United Arab Emirates

A highly developed oasis in the middle of the desert, Dubai was a very interesting destination. The obvious attractions are the hi-tech infrastructure and building projects, and in Dubai there are plenty. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world is just stunning. I've wanted to see it as soon as it opened to the public, less than a year before my visit, and was positively impressed. It stands out from the skyscraper crowd and looks like an alien embassy on Earth; it's not just the height, but also the unique architecture and thousands of glass panes gleaming in the sun.

The downtown area surrounding the tower is neat and nice; high up from the viewing platform it looks like an architecture model (don't miss the fountain show at night).

Other impressive sights include the world famous Burj al Arab Hotel, the palm-shaped artificial Jumeirah archipelago with its Atlantis Hotel, the Jumeirah Mosque and the Madinat Jumeirah Souq (market).

Dubai is a shopping paradise. The Mall of Emirates has 220 thousand sqm of shops and includes Dubai's very own indoor ski course. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall with 350 thousand sqm of retail area and over 1,000 shops; it includes the largest suspended aquarium in the world.

Enjoy Dubai's local food delicacies, including some delicious dates, and don't forget to finish your trip with a desert safari - touristy, yes, but nice.

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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