Flashy, fun, flamboyant, Dubai is one of seven sovereign sheikhdoms that form the United Arab Emirates. A Bedouin wilderness less than a century ago, it is today famed for its sun, sand and duty-free shopping. Not to mention its staggering wealth, displayed for all the world to see in its glamorous futuristic skyscrapers.

Anything’s possible in this ambitious, glitzy city; massive manmade islands; championship golf courses in the desert and ski slopes in one of the most arid corners of the planet. One of the most cosmopolitan communities on Earth, only around a quarter of inhabitants are ethnically Emirati.

A fantastically friendly place, Dubai boasts some of the world’s most exciting and luxurious hotels as well as some of the most expensive. Next to these giants of capitalism, traditional Arab courtyard houses, ornate mosques and souks can be found, intriguing hints at this fast-changing region’s origins.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is estimated to fall between 15 May - 14 June 2018. As Ramadan involves fasting during daylight hours, visitors are asked to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in outdoor public areas during daylight hours as a sign of respect. Alcohol restrictions may apply at hotels. Visitors should be respectful to local culture and dress appropriately in public areas.


GMT: + 4 hours
FLIGHT TIME: Approximately 7 hours
CLIMATE: High temperatures throughout the year. Cooler and more pleasant between October and March. Minimal rainfall all year.


Designer Details By Charlotte Hudders

Inspiring and ever evolving – with so many cultures in one place, what would you expect? The diversity of architecture here is incredible, with the world’s tallest building (and highest bar) – Burj Khalifa – to take in the spectacular view of the city. When you compare this example of shimmering modernity, to the traditional citidels that you can still see across the city, it’s hard to believe how far Dubai has moved, and how fast… with no sign of slowing.

CULINARY CUES By Nigel Haworth

Dubai is a global melting pot of ingredients, Everything from the best Russian caviar, lobsters and langoustines to top French champagne in five star restaurants produced by five star chefs. Typical local dishes are lamb and mutton stews spiced with saffron, cardamom and turmeric often served with rice, other favorites are hummus, falafel and tabbouleh. Wander the spice souk with its colourful sacks of ingredients, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, saffron and turmeric to mention a few.


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