A city that has literally sprung up from the desert, Dubai is a mirage of upmarket luxury that doesn’t do things by halves. It has the world’s tallest building, biggest mall and what’s been called its only seven-star hotel. You can explore the alien desert landscape and enjoy the kind of weather that turns us Brits green with envy. Pack your best beachwear as well as a nice dress or suit and start planning a visit to this fabulous city.

Unforgettable attractions

Dubai has a range of attractions that are sure to impress, so don’t forget to take your camera. You might struggle to capture the true scale of the Burj Khalifa, but you can give it a go from both the highest observation deck in the world and the comfort of solid ground. Head to the Burj Al Arab for an opulent brunch, Dubai Mall for an incredible experience as well as the many shops, or the Wild Wadi Water Park for an action-packed day of family fun.

Desert Dubai

Dubai’s surrounded by sandy desert, which gives the city an unusual feel. Head into the harsh terrain on a 4×4 safari, camel ride or quad bike tour, and stop off for a cup of Bedouin tea. The simple life that the people of the desert live will give you an incredible insight into how far Dubai has come from its humble origins, and make you appreciate the city’s fabulous attractions even more.

Great nightlife

You’ll usually go to a hotel for a night out while you’re in Dubai, as there are strict alcohol laws in place. Head to the Irish Village for a few drinks before you move on to a lively club that’s attached to a hotel, where you can party the night away in the sand or across glitzy multi-layered venues.