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A look at Dubai

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A Fascinating, Fun and Futuristic City

Upon arriving in Dubai it is hard to believe that less than a century ago it was little more than a desert-strewn wilderness where Bedouin tribes roamed.  
In the 1960s, as it began to step away from British colonial rule oil was struck and Dubai has never looked back. Since then its population has exploded to almost 1.5 million and now an ever-growing number of hotels welcome the temporary expat workers and tourists who help propel the economy.
Situated in the middle of the desert Dubai is a 21st-century city set against a beautiful prehistoric backdrop. Its sky scrapers rise from the endless sand-scape that typifies the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai, like everywhere in the Emirates, is surprisingly cosmopolitan and you'll find international languages, cuisines and merchandise available almost everywhere.  It is a city of surprises where first time visitors marvel at the lush championship golf courses in the desert, massive manmade islands in the shape of the world (the three Palm Islands of the World) and ski slopes in one of the most arid corners of the planet.
Dubai has a personality like no other city. Its contrast between the ultra modern and the enchantingly traditional give visitors a variety of experiences to choose from. From desert oases and unspoiled beaches, camel races and old wind towers, to top-class shopping opportunities, breath-taking architecture and the finest international cuisine.
One of Dubai’s top attractions has to be shopping. Shoppers are overwhelmed by its incredible range of top brand names at cheaper prices due to the tax-free environment. Wallets and purses are drawn from around the world to experience this paradise of malls, souks, boutiques and modern department stores. The annual Shopping Festival attracts millions of tourists to the city for a shop-till-you-drop holidayMore info
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