Desert, Skyscrapers & More: A Guide to Traveling in Dubai


| LAST UPDATE 10/05/2023

By Colleen Walker
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Dubai has become one of the hotspot destinations for travelers. From luxury hotels to the endless sand to the modern skyline, there is something for everyone in this Middle Eastern city. If you are looking to plan a trip there, here's a guide about what to do, where to stay, places to eat, and more.

The best way to arrive in Dubai is by plane, and the city has two international airports. You can fly into the Dubai International Airport, or DXB, or the Al Maktoum International Airport, known as DWC or the Dubai World Central. Now that you have arrived safely in Dubai, it's time to settle into your accommodations. Dubai offers the best of the best when it comes to hotels. The Armani Hotel Dubai sits in the tallest and one of the most famous structures in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The rooms were designed by designer and the hotel's namesake, Giorgio Armani, and offer spectacular views. If a desert scape is more of your thing, then the Al Maha is perfect. Situated outside the city, each of the 42 private suites has a private pool and views of the never-ending sands.

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The food scene is unlike anything else. Whether you are looking for a Californian vibe or more traditional fare, Dubai has it. Feast under the stars at Al Hadheerah and dine on classic dishes like shawarma, lamb, hummus, and tabbouleh. If you want an unparalleled dining experience, head to Il Ristorante by Niko Romito. Located in the Bulgari Hotel, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars and serves up some of the best Italian food in the city. There is definitely not a lack of things to do, whether you want to hang out by the pool or shop at the Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping center. You can also embark on ATV tours in the desert, walking food tours, or skiing indoors at Ski Dubai.

So, whether you're looking to explore the city or relax at one of its resorts, there's always something to do in Dubai. It makes sense why it has become such a popular destination over the years.

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