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Dubai, the jewel in the Emirates' crown
The rapid modernisation and construction in Dubai shows how committed the city is to becoming an international hub of business and culture. It's one of seven emirates which make the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai residents don't do anything by halves - even going out for lunch is an experience to remember.
Look in any direction and you're likely to see at least one skyscraper on the horizon. Burj Khalifa is possibly the most recognisable, and at just over 829m high it's the world's tallest building. Dubai World Trade Centre is 149m tall, containing financial businesses and the Dubai International Convention Centre.
Another building that's photographed by thousands of tourists every year is the Jumeirah Mosque. It's impressive to see from the outside, and it's also the only mosque in Dubai that offers guided tours for non-Muslims.
Food and drink
Dubai holds two food festivals every year: the Taste of Dubai Festival in March and the Dubai Food Festival in February - as is the Dubai Food Carnival. The UAE boasts some of the finest restaurants in the world, and no matter what type of cuisine you're looking for you'll find it in Dubai. International chains have opened up stores in the city, such as TGI Friday's, McDonald's, Starbucks and Planet Hollywood.
For something more traditional, sample the city's street food. Shawarma is a popular snack, made as a wrap with meat such as chicken or lamb, tomato, cucumber, hummus and pickles. The finely-chopped mix of tomato, parsley and mint used as seasoning is known as tabbouleh.
The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping centre in the world. It contains more than 1,200 shops and is part of the sprawling Downtown Dubai complex. Three quarters of a million people visit the mall every week. Outlets include WH Smith and Japanese book store Kinokuniya, high fashion brands such as Givenchy, Chanel and Dior, and a branch of Boots for holiday essentials.
Dubai is regularly listed as the most expensive city in the world, so make sure you get a great deal on flights, hotels and holidays with lastminute.com to give yourself more spending money.
Skiing holidays to Dubai
The city's hot climate means the weather is good all year round. Book flights to Dubai in summer or winter and you can still try the authentic piste experience at Ski Dubai. This family friendly resort is the first ski resort built in the Middle East, located close to Dubai International Airport.