If you’re looking for a city with attitude, Dubai is one destination that is on a power trip. Home to the world’s largest mall, tallest building, largest dancing fountain, tallest ferris wheel (2016), and biggest natural flower garden, this port city-turned-global metropolis is conspicuous and proud of it.
Reaching skywards from the sea of sand, Dubai celebrates the feats of mankind, from the craftsmanship needed to create glittering gold trinkets in the traditional souks to the architectural ingenuity funneling cooling wind into the homes dotted around the heritage quarter. Then of course, there are architectural masterpieces such as Burj Khalifa and The World Islands. And when it comes to shopping, you’ll do well to find a bigger, more impressive shopping mecca than here. Take a look at the top 10 luxury hotels in Dubai, and be schooled in what the L word means in this part of the world.
Not surprisingly, there are quite a few ways to let the city make a lasting impression on you; try a scenic cruise down Dubai Creek or take in the vistas from one of the number of rooftop lounge bars for a bird’s eye gawk and gasp. Indoor snow ski in the desert or sleep with the fish in a luxury underwater hotel suite — if you can dream it, the World Expo 2020 host probably already has it.