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Travel Article Flying into Dubai's smart, high- tech airport with its extremely famous duty free where Porsches and Ferraris are won by purchasing expensive raffle tickets. Dubai International Airport is amongst the world's top fifty international airports. It is very hard to imagine that a metropolitan city like Dubai with its modern towers and extravagant hotels grew from a few specks of dust, at the edge of a Creek in the Persian Gulf. This is the heart of Arabia. The past of Dubai is very hard to relive but a visit to Dubai Museum is the only place where you can get a good idea of how old Dubai was. Some of the past may just be discernible in the gold and spice souks (traditional markets) of Deira. Dubai is a city where east and west, old and new join together this can be seen just from the traditional markets to the lavish shopping malls. The souks are redolent with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, incense, dried fruit and nuts from as far away as East Africa and India. The gold souk entails legwork through narrow and winding alleys where the shops are lined up one after the other, with glittering windows, saturated with jewellery and with the lowest prices in the world. It is definitely a rewarding experience. Although when shopping in Dubai you can also do it in the comfort of shopping malls, which are, often being replaced by malls that are more luxurious a few include, "Deira City Centre" and "BurJuman Centre". ...read more.

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Another option includes the Jumeira Beach, even at the early stretches of dawn you can see some enthusiast swimming in the dark and playing football on the beach without the presence of lifeguards. Jumeira Beach Park with its azure seas, palm trees and a long, shady stretch of beach, I personally think that this is Dubai's best used park and of course most popular. The transport in Dubai is advanced, there are four main companies offering taxi services, the camel coloured Dubai Transport and Metro Taxi's, silver national taxis and Cars Taxi with their blue and red stripes. The U.A.E. has its own national carrier which is Emirates, and like Dubai it has grown very rapidly in the past fourteen years to be voted the best airline for the years 2000 and 2001. Emirates now offer services to over forty-seven destinations. As you are probably been thinking how did Dubai turn into a rich and prosperous city in just fifty years whilst others take around two hundred! The main reason for this rapid development is due to the discovery of oil but nowadays this is totally opposite. According to the GDP in 1998, forty-eight billion Dirhams (which is the local currency) was from Dubai and only twenty percent of that was from oil. Arabic cuisine is originally a blend of Moroccan, Tunisian, Iranian, Egyptian and Lebanese. Modern Arabic food in Dubai usually means Lebanese. A must-try item is the "shawarma," throughout the city there are dozens of small cafeteria's and restaurants on the pavements serving the delicacy. ...read more.

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Dubai is slow paced compared to places like New York or London. People generally wake up early, having a long afternoon fiesta and late dinners. Attitude to time is also very unique as opposed to the saying "time is money." The weather in winter mornings can be very foggy although the sun invariably burns the clouds away after someone has carelessly crashed by mid-morning. The most pleasant time to visit is in the cooler winter months since the summer humidity can be a killer. Usually sunny weather and blue skies are there almost yearlong. Rain only occours in the winter months and the occasional sandstorm also known as "shamal," blinding the visibility. There are many activities available in Dubai, ranging from jet skiing in the Creek or golfing at the Emirates Golf Club. Especially during DSF there are many sporting events including the Dubai World Cup (horse racing), Power boat racing, Dubai Desert Classics Tournament with players like Tiger Woods, there's no excuse for not being active! Also a project is being developed to make two "palm islands" off Jebel Ali, so it would be able to be seen from space. Mostly more Five-Star Hotels, Resorts, Spa's and new housing complexes will open. The only way to experience the life of Arabia before development is a thorough visit to Dubai Museum that is the oldest building in the U.A.E. The museum itself was setup in 1971 and renovated in 1995 to add more displays and exhibits. There are holograms and life-like exhibits and even four thousand-year-old artefacts from excavations including, pottery and hunting equipment, this is truly the best way to capture the old essence of Dubai! ...read more.

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