Modern innovation meets ancient tradition
Break bread with Bedouins, dine in opulent resort hotels and cruise the gorgeous waters of the Arabian Gulf. Home of the world’s largest marina, the world’s first rotating skyscraper and the world’s tallest building, it’s an oasis of innovation and beauty.
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Palm-shaped islands, malls the size of cities, luxury hotels and posh dining. A city-state located along the Persian Gulf, Dubai mixes an exotic blend of ancient tradition with scifi-inspired skyscrapers and desert splendour. A man-made canal city, Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed.
Cruise the Dubai marina beneath the world’s tallest apartment buildings and dazzling urban skyline. Explore the city’s coastline, drop anchor next to the iconic Burf Al Arab hotel, and marvel at both the engineering and the stunning view atop the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.
The cultural and economic capital of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi is where east-meets-west with shopping mega-centres, traditional souks and grand mosques. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest and most breathtaking mosques with a golden Swarovski crystal chandelier, pure white Greek and Macedonian marble, and more than 80 domes held aloft by 1000 pillars.