5 awesome hotels in Dubai
Dubai has hotels to suit every budget, from backpacking hostels in the residential neighborhoods to the super-luxurious 7-star Burj Al Arab Jumeirah located on its own private island in the waters of the Gulf.
Finding the romance of the Dubai desert
On a visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is not until I go off into the desert that I really meet any actual local people.
There's still some pre-madness Dubai to be found
Searching for the “real” Dubai, I wander alongside Dubai Creek, where brightly-painted wooden boats that trade with Iran and other countries on the Persian Gulf are unloaded by hand.
In Dubai's larger-than-life mall, you shop AND ski
As I stand in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, it is hard to be convinced that concern for the environment has ever entered into the thinking of this desert city, one that makes Vegas look shy about excess.
How Dubai became the city of "Why not?"
Penguins in the desert? When it comes to excess, Dubai’s motto seems to be “Why not?” and the flightless birds more usually associated with Antarctic are the latest addition to its now-famous indoor snow slope.
Burj Khalifa tells the tale of Dubai’s over-ambition
It’s a perfect centerpiece for an extravagant city. Dubai’s glistening Burj Khalifa pierces confidently 820 meters into the sky. But its imposing exterior is misleading. The financial crisis has actually left many of its rooms empty.
Dubai and "the world's only seven-star hotel"
One of the landmarks dominating Dubai’s waterfront is the Burj Al Arab. This sail-like building soars to 321 meters and houses a luxury hotel that one British journalist, overwhelmed by its décor and level of pampering, called “the world’s only seven-star hotel.”
Try to reveal something new about your destination
Traveling to Kabul via Dubai some years ago, the man next to me on the flight said many businessmen got off in Dubai because the world’s prettiest working girls lived there.
Oil profits have turned the desert into a city
Hello Dubai, where the motto seems to be “Why not?” when it comes to excess. Oil profits have turned the desert into a city with the world’s tallest building, its biggest airport and largest shopping mall but both the environment and local culture may been lost in this rush to make a mark on the world. Will Emiratis one day find they have exchanged too much, too soon, for too little?