The tiny Emirate of Dubai has seen a seismic shift in growth over the past twenty or so years. It may have lost some of its lustre during the recent financial crisis, however, she's come back with a vengeance (as well as pure opulence) to build itself to a Grande status in time for hosting the Expo 2020.
Dubai still remains an archetypal winter sun destination for luxury holidays - good weather is all but guaranteed, there's a choice of outstanding resorts, pristine beaches, warm sea, famously good (tax-free) shopping, and all within reasonable flying time of the UK. The portfolio of quality luxury hotels and desert resorts is always expanding, as are the dining options. With a large expat community and international flavours influencing the cuisine, Dubai now hosts a number of fine dining establishments, including Michelin star and celebrity chef hosted restaurants. Café culture is also something of a lifestyle adaptation in Dubai with a number of great ice cream parlours, cake shops and sheisha bars dotted throughout modern city - not a bad way to spend your luxury holiday.
Modern Dubai is a cosmopolitan society with a wide range of attractions, from watersports, golf and tennis to international sporting events such as horse racing's World Cup. Dubai's legendary tax-free shopping ranges from traditional Arabic souqs to opulent, marble-clad malls, where the choice (and price) of products are unrivalled.
The past hasn't been completely erased by the present, however. Dubai's old heart can still be found in the Bastakia area around the Creek, from where wooden dhows still trade across the Gulf and further afield. And not every modern building is a hotel - the Jumeirah Mosque is a striking example of modern Islamic architecture and well worth a visit.
For that burst of much-needed winter sun, a Dubai luxury holiday isn't easily beaten. Our Middle East team are here to help with every detail of your trip whether it's a high tea in the Burj al Arab, ascending the 163 floors of the Burj Khalifa (Duba's tallest building to date at 2,717 feet tall) or the best spot to dine whilst watching the famous water fountain show at the Dubai Mall. Dubai has it all and more, the country is so multi cultural that one day you could be sat in an American style diner and shopping in a souq the next. The statement 'seeing is believing' springs to mind when summing up Dubai, which is why we recommend you do - no brainer.