Dubai is the dream of luxury and entirely possible. A dream that costs much less than you imagine: thanks to the cost of fuels, which in this area is among the lowest in the world, and the far-sighted expansion policy of the airport, the airlines are able to offer competitive rates for those who want to land in Dubai.
Then set off on an amazing journey, where excess is the norm, the impossible becomes real and world records are continually broken. Book your cheap flight tickets today.
You can ski even when the temperatures touch dizzying peaks of 50 °, play golf from the top of a skyscraper, dine in a mega aquarium with the fish passing over and under it, go shopping in the largest mall in the world, admire from the top of a panoramic monorail a palm-shaped island created by man.
Or you can go to the discovery of a lesser-known Dubai, that of low houses and souks, scents of spices, and hand-crafted leather. But start with awareness: both the modern Dubai of record-breaking skyscrapers and billions and that of daily life and traditions will disorient you.
Nothing can prepare you for a trip to Dubai because there is nothing else like this city in the world.
Where is Dubai located?
Dubai is the capital of an emirate of the same name, one of the seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. It rises along the coast of the Persian Gulf, in the Arabian peninsula, in a desert territory. Unlike the other Arab Emirates, the Dubai desert is sandy rather than rocky.
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When to go?
The climate of Dubai is desert, with mild winters (more like a hot spring) and hot summers that put a strain on the human capacity for endurance. Resisting outdoors during the daylight hours of summer days is virtually impossible, which is why those who travel to Dubai in July and August end up locked up in air-conditioned rooms.
Much better to go to Dubai in winter: you can easily go around in short sleeves, but without suffering, and the days are longer than in Italy. The absolute best time to go to Dubai is Christmas and New Year, but of course, on these dates, the prices of flights and hotels increase significantly.
What to see in Dubai?
Dubai is a very special city, totally different from the big European cities we are used to: don’t expect a historic center, the main square, a long pedestrian street, museums, and ancient monuments; however, it has a lot of things to see.
Get ready for a travel experience out of the ordinary: here are the 5 must-see attractions in Dubai. You can also book a Dubai city tour for getting all tours in one package.
The most iconic building in Dubai is the hyper-technological and very expensive Burj Khalifa, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. More than 800 meters high, it is a futuristic construction with elements of Islamic inspiration, including a spiral minaret and a Y-shape that echoes the symmetry of the Hymenocallis desert flower.
In addition to admiring it from the outside, you can visit this jewel of contemporary architecture from the inside and admire an incredible view of Dubai from its panoramic terrace.
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An engineering masterpiece, a monument to excess, or just plain madness? Palm Jumeirah knows no half measures, and you either love it or hate it. It is an artificial island that, seen from above, has the shape of a palm tree, where there are only super-luxury hotels and exclusive villas with private access to the sea.
In a city devoted to luxury, Palm Jumeirah is something of an oasis for the rich. The most emblematic building of Palm Jumeirah is the Atlantis hotel, easily recognizable by its characteristic sail shape.
In a city where walking around is very difficult it is not surprising that one of the most popular areas for tourists is the one with a long promenade. And if this pedestrian boulevard runs alongside the largest tourist port in the world, then success is guaranteed.
Even in Dubai Marina, there is no shortage of high-class hotels and the mega-constructions typical of Dubai, but the atmosphere is completely different. Also here you will find one of the best publicly accessible beaches (many of Dubai’s beaches are in fact reserved for hotels or villa owners).
The Persian Quarter
Do not be betrayed by the modern image of Dubai: even if unfortunately few traces remain, the city has its own past. You can fantasize about the Dubai of yesteryear by walking through the alleys of Al Bastakiya, the Persian quarter.
Here instead of skyscrapers, you will find the characteristic houses with the roof called “badger”, thanks to which the wind was channeled inside the rooms to bring some relief from the heat. You can also visit the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest construction in Dubai (dating back to the 1700s).
Shopping centers and markets
Shopping is an integral part of any holiday in Dubai. The malls in Dubai are certainly not the best place to buy low but must be seen because they are something incredible.
Huge, with an impressive number of shops and not a few oddities inside them, such as a ski slope or thematic areas dedicated to different cultures and civilizations, they are at the same time commercial areas and important places for socializing.
A completely different atmosphere is breathed in the souks, the traditional markets. There are some specialized ones (the soul of gold, spices, perfumes, fabrics), but all are very rich in colors and smells. The rule that applies in every souk: always bargain the price.
How to get to Dubai?
The only easy way to reach Dubai is by plane: by land or sea, it would be complicated, expensive, and in some cases even dangerous due to some borders to cross. The only safe and fascinating alternative to flying is a cruise.
Although you will have to travel with scheduled and non- low-cost airlines, flights to Dubai are cheaper than flights to equally spaced destinations. You can choose between direct flights departing from Rome, Milan, Venice, and a couple of other Italian cities.
In addition to Dubai International Airport, you can also consider Abu Dhabi or Sharjah Airport.