Chugging along on a camel ride, defying gravity at a water park and, most importantly snapping away at architecture that rules the skyline, Holidays in Dubai teaches you that this world-class destination is worth a visit.
Weekly camel races aren't a desert mirage. They're real and take place most Fridays. Hit the Bastakiya Quarter where classic Middle East architecture is waiting to be caught on your digital camera's sensor.
Guests at hotels are often mistaken for royalty among opulent facilities that offer comfort options, second to none. Some have Arabian themes featuring bustling bazaars, giant sand dunes and towering date palms.
You'd think there would be a dearth of water in Dubai, but that's not so. The beaches are beautiful and picturesque--sailboats glistening on tranquil oceans, and, better yet, soaring programmatic (look like real-world objects) buildings sitting on the sand, surrounded by unspoiled beaches on which you can jog or walk for miles, photographing on the way.
Finally, you've probably heard about the malls--some of the grandest in the world, places where you can eat, stroll and window shop, gathering up unique gifts to pass out when you go home. In January there's a shopping festival, offering products for sale at deep discounts, not to mention raffles, performances and entertainment for kids (and the child within you).
Note that you can bargain your way to good buys here with friendly store clerks. Just know that when you reach a final price, you should pay it and not go back down again (a word of advice). Carpets are especially good buy and you can roll them up to bring home. Also, look for stores to be open late--most til 10 p.m.
So, get around the city, get to know it and take lots of photos to bring home to share with all.