Dubai, the city that surpasses anything in everything
A city that has it all, right in the middle of the desert. Book a flight to Dubai and discover exquisite hotels, pearly-white sand beaches, souks and huge shopping malls. Neither expense nor effort have been spared to turn Dubai into the overwhelming but most of all extravagantly luxurious place that it is. Expect to be lost for words in amazement.
The next level and beyond
Anything is possible in Dubai. Restaurant with a view? At.Mosphere Grill & Lounge is located on the 122nd floor of the staggeringly tall Burj Khalifa. Visit a large mall? The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall. Go swimming in a spectacular water park? Aquaventure has a slide that has you glide through a shark-filled pool. Dubai is the ideal destination for a city trip or the perfect starting point for a longer vacation in the United Arab Emirates. Treat yourself: book a flight to Dubai now!Book a flight to Dubai
Extravagant shopping malls
Gold, pearls, diamonds: you’ll find them in abundance in the Gold Souk. But do pay attention, as you can easily lose your way in this myriad of narrow streets. If a trip to the old part of the city is something special, visiting one of the Dubai shopping malls is truly an experience, because these malls are all about entertainment. The Mall of The Emirates, for instance, boasts an indoor ski slope, and in the Dubai Mall you’ll find one of the world’s largest aquariums. If that doesn’t turn shopping into something quite extraordinary, nothing does.
Flights to Dubai for a unique city trip
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Curated for you
For the residents of the United Arab Emirates, Friday is like Sunday in the west – a quiet, lazy day of rest. On the first day of the weekend, restaurants try to outdo each other with delectable gourmet brunch buffets. Oysters served on shaved ice, crab, lobster and crispy Peking duck are among just some of the delicacies offered. Decadence is a virtue, as it is after all the most festive meal of the week.
In the mini state of Dubai, home to 600 hotels of which 65 are 5 stars or higher, it will take a lot more to impress guests than a simple bottle of wine or free Wi-Fi in their room. How about a hot tub with a view of 65,000 bright fish in a subtropical lagoon? Or perhaps a dining table at a ski slope while the outside temperature rises above 40 degrees?
It is no longer the largest shopping centre in the world − that title has belonged to The Dubai Mall since 2008 − but the Mall of the Emirates is definitely still the craziest shopping centre in the world. It has a ski slope, après-ski bar and ski chalets, hundreds of clothing stores and approximately 100 bars and restaurants. The mall is also home to two 5-star hotels, a theatre, a multiplex cinema and the largest Harvey Nichols outside of England.
Dubai has established itself as a luxury destination, appealing to wealthy visitors with plenty of money to spend. Many luxury hotels feature opulent guest suites and very expensive restaurants, as well as beautiful spas. After a day of sunbathing, sightseeing and shopping, take a relaxing break in one of the enormous spa complexes.
There is no shortage of sun, sea and sand in Dubai – although finding a free beach can be a challenge. The lion’s share of beaches are owned by the large resorts, so those who are not guests of the Four Seasons, Hilton or Madinat Jumeirah may have a hard time finding a place to spread their towel. But don’t worry, it may take a bit of effort but even in hyper-expensive Dubai there are free beaches.
A day at the beach in Dubai doesn’t have to cost a thing, but it is a lot more fun to relax on a comfortable chaise in the shade with a glass of chilled white wine and a dozen oysters. While there are dozens of classy beach clubs to choose from, most clubs are part of the best 5-star hotels and range from comfortable and pricy to luxurious and outrageously expensive.
With more than 1200 shops, 120 restaurants and cafés, an enormous aquarium with 30,000 fish, and an Olympic skating rink, the Dubai Mall is a spectacular attraction. Shop at Marc Jacobs and Manolo Blahnik and eat at Ping Pong Dim Sum or Yo Sushi. Enjoy a few rounds on the skating rink when the outside temperature soars to 40 degrees, or relax in a bubble bath at Acqua di Parma.
From the moment you step off the plane in Dubai you will embark on an unforgettable experience. The term 'shop ‘til you drop' seems to have been invented here. The selection of shops ranges from small individually owned businesses to the world’s most exclusive designer stores; there is never a dull moment when it comes to shopping in Dubai.
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Nobody knows for how long the Burj Khalifa will continue to be the highest tower in the world. For now, the impressive 829.84-metre-high building in Dubai still holds this record. To get an idea of just how tall the Burj Khalifa is, it is twice as high as the imposing Empire State Building in New York.
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