Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the most exquisitely beautiful and luxurious town in the entire world, nestled on the Persian Gulf coast.
Its a mesmerizing oxymoron that ties the infinitely silent desert with the sparkling lights of the consumer mecca that is the metropolitan area, dominated only by the sea.
Dubai City seems to have grown according to a geometrical pattern that showcases surprisingly open city block layouts, filled with huge shopping centers like the Mall of the Emirates – that has an adjacent ski resort with 3 ski slopes, one sledding slope and a children snow park – high performance cars, five star hotels and even a gold market.
It’s a true melting pot of technology and ancient Arab traditions; it blends architectural marvels like the ancient Mosque with technological wonders like the Burj Dubai skyscraper, the tallest building in the world.
And, speaking of Guinness records, you surely have heard of the hotel with the most stars on earth, 7 to be exact; it’s the Burj Al–Arab (Tower of the Arabian people), the imposing sail- shaped 321 meters high architectural feat that rises on the man made island named Juneriah Beach, a building that has become the symbol of the city itself.
The man-made islands
The year 2015 will mark the completion of the Three Palms, the ambitious Persian Gulf project that foresees the construction of three artificial peninsulas shaped like the trees by the same name.
The World, an archipelago of 300 small islands is also in the works. The islands will be sold individually, and will carry price tags ranging between 1 and 15 million dollars.
The Milan and Rome airports offer service to Dubai from Italy. We recommend checking the websites of the best low-cost carriers directly, and also check out the flights offered on line by Emirates, the airline owned by Sheik Mohammed, governor of Dubai.
We also suggest booking in advance to get the best rates on low-budget holidays. For more ideas, click on whichbudget.com
Where to stay
The Christmas season does not necessarily mean lack of good deals. For example, you could book a 7 night stay at the Ibis hotel chain, from 26 December to 2 January 2010, and pay a mere 35 Euro/night.
More info at: www.dubai-turismo.com
Enjoy your vacation!