A ski slope in the desert, ATMs that dispense gold bars, palm-shaped artificial archipelagoes… Dubai doesn’t shy away from excess. But there’s more to this flourishing city than glitz and glamour. You might come for the endless sun, sweeping gold-sand beaches and the glittering blue waters of the Persian Gulf. There’s the lure of the surrounding desert, which stretches to the heat-hazed horizon. Or, in areas of the city less touched by glass and metal, you can find traditional Bedouin buildings, maze-like souqs and foods that reflect the breadth of Middle Eastern cuisine.
Our specialists have visited Dubai and can offer first-hand advice on how to uncover the culture that’s often hidden in the shade of skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa. They can arrange for a guide to help you explore spice-scented souqs and sample elusive local dishes. You can also leave the city for a driving safari in the Arabian Desert. And, if you want to spend your Dubai holiday simply lounging by the water with a cocktail, they’ll be happy to suggest resorts with the best private beaches and most attentive service.