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From a humble village to a cosmopolitan city Dubai has transformed from a humble fishing village to one of the most cosmopolitan and innovative cities in the world today. Tracing its origins back to 3,000 BC, Dubai's inhabitants made their livelihood from fishing, pearl diving, boat building and sea trading, before the discovery of oil in the late 1960s. In 1971, Dubai joined its neighbours to form the United Arab Emirates, safeguarding the area's prosperity.

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Buggy Safaris

Head off-road with Dune Buggy Dubai to discover the thrills of the desert. You can find activities to suit whatever level of adventure you crave. The Morning Dune Buggy Safari features an early bird hour-long ride in your own open buggy. If you're looking for more, try the Evening Desert Safari. Here, you'll go dune bashing in a brand new Land Rover. After the drive, you'll sit down for live entertainment consisting of a traditional dance show. Food, beverages and henna painting enhance the experience with sand boarding and camel riding available to keep the excitement going until late at night.

Skydive Dubai

Soar like a bird over one of the most spectacular drop zones in the world with Skydive Dubai. Step out of a plane at an altitude of almost 4,000m and enjoy the rush. To make sure you remember the experience forever, a cameraman documents the fun. The freefall lasts around a minute before your instructor pops the chute and you begin a leisurely five-minute descent with incredible views of Palm Jumeirah and other iconic landmarks. For an alternative view, try the desert drop zone.

Dubai Food Festival

Held annually, Dubai Food Festival celebrates the city's distinct food scene, celebrity chefs and world-class dining experiences. The festival features a fantastic line-up of events from late February to early March. The exciting schedule typically includes Dubai Restaurant Week, where foodies can taste must-try restaurants for less; an array of beachside food stalls at Beach Canteen; Taste of Dubai, where food, culture and music mix for an epic weekend event; and much more.

Emirati/Arabic Cuisine

While modern flavours and techniques influence Emirati food, the cuisine still retains much of its traditional character. A medley of aromatic spices such as cinnamon, saffron, turmeric and nutmeg take centre stage alongside dried fruits such as almonds and pistachios and fresh herbs like coriander, mint and thyme. Try traditional omelette, mandi and karak tea at restaurants like Al Fanar, JBR's Seven Sands and Al Hadheerah, tucked away among the dunes of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort.


From chic outdoor shopping precincts to super-sized city malls, there’s no better place to indulge in retail therapy than Dubai. And it’s not just the shopping that attracts; there’s also ice rinks, ski slopes, fabulous cinemas, spas and restaurant districts to keep you entertained. Take in the attractions of The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Walk and the beach opposite JBR as a starting point.


Lavish gold jewellery, hand-woven fabrics, oud fragrances and bargain knickknacks – you'll find it all in our bustling souks, or Arabian markets. While the emirate lives up to its reputation as a thriving modern city, the souks have been a crucial part of daily life and trade for centuries. For an immersive cultural experience, visit the gold, spice, perfume and textile souks in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and for a modern take, visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah or Souk Al Bahar.

Dubai International Airport

The Dubai International Airport is located 4 km (2.5 miles) southeast of Dubai. Transportation from the airport is possible by taxi and bus. Transfer between the terminals takes about 10 minutes using the airport shuttle service. The Terminal 1 departures concourse (Sheikh Rashid Terminal) is linked to Terminal 1 via a tunnel with travelators. Terminal 2 is used exclusively for business and charter flights. Taxi service is provided by the government-run Dubai Transport airport taxi, where each cab is meter-run. Bus service: Bus stations are located opposite both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Buses run frequently and serve the most popular places in Dubai (www,dubai-buses.com/index.aspx).Tickets must be bought prior to the journey. You can also take the metro to and from the airport. The metro runs at ten-minute intervals and stops at various stations located across the city.

The Dubai International Airport, Dubai


The bus service in Dubai is an easy, quick and inexpensive way to get around in the city, operated by the Dubai Municipality Transport Section. Fares are low, and a pre-purchased Nol Card is the most convenient payment option. There are special 24-hour passes available for visitors; these work on all forms of transport and allow visitors to easily reach most tourist sites.