Welcome to Dubai
Dubai’s arrival on the international scene is relatively recent. In just the last half-century it has been transformed from a quiet fishing village to a city of luxury hotels and restaurants, golfing greens and racetracks, and ultramodern architecture.
Sitting on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is a world of superlatives, including an indoor ski resort, a Miracle Garden in the desert, and the tallest building in the world─Burj Khalifa, dominating the skyline at 2,716 feet and 160 stories tall.
And while one is rightfully dazzled by Dubai’s glittering modern surface, visitors who dig a bit deeper will come to enjoy its centuries-old heritage, as well.
Visit the historic area of Al Bastakiya and you’ll find a 19th century neighborhood created by pearl traders from Bastak, Iran, with a maze of streets lined in authentic Arabian architecture. Explore shops and galleries, enjoy the scent of spices or a guided food crawl, and take home a piece of locally made ceramics.
For another perspective of the city, head out into the surrounding desert. You can romp over the dunes in a jeep or float above the landscape in a hot air balloon. Visit the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to meet falcons, hawks, and other raptors, and learn about the tradition of falconry used for hunting by the desert-dwelling Bedouin people.
Plan your visit to Dubai during the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, avoiding it in July and August when temperatures average 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember that the city shuts down for the holy month of Ramadan, which varies year-by-year. And book one of our Dubai photographers to capture the superlative memories you’ll make there.