Dubai sits on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, where the warm azure waves of the sea meet the desert. A high-rise oasis, this city is a pleasure dome surrounded by dunes; one of the most fashionable on the planet thanks to its ability to satisfy the needs of legions of demanding vacationers. Dubai is about having fun—and it's one big adult playground. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Expect excess in Dubai. The nearly 3,000-foot Burj Khalifa claims the title of tallest building anywhere. Hop an elevator to the observation deck.
Visit Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s most luxe hotels. Avoid nonguest entry fees by booking a meal (one eatery has a floor-to-ceiling aquarium).
If you adore the fountains that dance to music at the Bellagio Las Vegas resort, seek out the newer super spurters on Burj Khalifa Lake, from the same designers.
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Snap up a bracelet or diamond sparkler in the Gold Souk. The rows of shops aren’t for the timid: Owners can be aggressive, and haggling is expected.
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Spectacular trips of a lifetime — from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.
The stark ridges of the Hajar Mountains offer gold, red and ebony vistas, and the many wadis and dry valleys are perfect for excursions.
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Travel insurance can help in case you must cancel your trip or disaster strikes, but there are some considerations before you invest in it.
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