Dubai holidays are memorable and involve soaking up the sun on the prominent beaches of Dubai and limitless culinary delights.
Snowy white and intricately detailed, Jumeirah is Dubai's most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE that are open to non-Muslims
Modest dress is preferred, but traditional clothing may be borrowed for free.
The Burj's graceful silhouette - meant to evoke the sail of a dhow (traditional wooden cargo vessel) is to Dubai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
Beyond the striking lobby, with its gold-leaf opulence and attention-grabbing fountain, lie 202 suites with more trimmings than a Christmas turkey.
After the ultra-modern heights of the Burj, there's nothing like the contrast of a simple abra ride on Dubai Creek.
Take beautiful old roofed boats from Bur Dubai Abra Station on the southern side, and ride across the creek for just one dirham at sunset, as the evening call to prayer is singing out across the mosque minarets. Close your eyes and you could be back in the 1960s when the city began. At the other side you'll be met with the aromas of Dubai's spice souk, the place to buy an incense burner and a handful of frankincense
Anyone keen on delving deeper into Emirati culture and history should take advantage of the activities, Emirati meals and tours offered through this nonprofit Sheikh Mohammed Centre
Guided by the motto 'Open Doors, Open Minds', this unique institution was founded in 1995 by Dubai's current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, to build bridges between cultures and to help visitors and expats understand the traditions and customs of the UAE.
The city's main historical museum charts Dubai's turbo-evolution from fishing and pearling village to global centre of commerce, finance and tourism. It has an atmospheric setting in the compact Al Fahidi Fort, built around 1800 and considered Dubai's oldest remaining structure.
A walk-through mock souq, exhibits on Bedouin life in the desert and a room highlighting the importance of the sea illustrate the days before the discovery of oil.
The Burj Khalifa is a stunning feat of architecture and engineering, with two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. The world's tallest building pierces the sky at 828m and opened in January 2010.
The world's highest observation platform, though, is called At the Top Sky and is located at 555m on the 148th floor.
With around 1200 stores, this isn't merely the world's largest shopping mall.
It's a small city, with a giant ice rink and aquarium, a dinosaur skeleton, indoor theme parks and 150 food outlets.
The Dubai spawn of the Beirut original did not need long to get local hotties in a headlock with high-energy rooftop parties under the stars.
International spinmeisters shower party-goers with an eclectic sound soup, from house and electro to bump-and-grind hip-hop and R & B, all fuelled by dazzling projections and light shows.
The Dubai Mall also hosts the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Observe Dubais fascinating nocturnal desert animals, come face to face with huge saltwater crocodiles, walk beneath a 48-metre aquarium tunne, all without getting a drop on you.
For those happy to take the plunge, theres shark diving and cage snorkelling, plus many other imaginative ways to dive in. Dont miss the VRZOO, a simulated virtual reality experience that lets you travel to the jungles of Asia or the African Savannah without taking a step.