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Where to sleep, eat and dance in Dubai

Wondering where to stay in Dubai? Where to eat and hang-out at night? Well, wonder no more. Here are my faves in all three categories: Eat Sass Café. In 2014, this sassy (pun intended) Monaco-restaurant opened up in Dubai’s financial district to rave reviews. I loved the red, plush interior, mellow piano music, divine food (the burrata is […]

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Al Bastakiya: Historic Dubai and Emirati culture

Dubai is perhaps best known for its futuristic skyline, its just-a-wee-bit-over-the-top shopping centres and luxury hotels, its record-breaking skyscrapers, and its slightly indulgent lifestyle. But there’s more to this affluent Arabian city than first meets the eye. If you’re interested in learning about Emirati culture, traditions and religion, I recommend visiting the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

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The tallest building in the world

Are you intrigued by ingenious architecture? World records? Then Burj Khalifa is just the place for you. The first time I was in town, the tallest building in the world was not yet completed. Its proposed height was a well-guarded secret and the working title was Burj Dubai, the Dubai Tower. That was early in […]

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Silent Sunday: The stark beauty of the Arabian desert

The stark beauty of the Arabian desert

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Dubai, the daydreaming emirate

Dubai is a study in contrast: an old souk with wooden beamed roofs in narrow alleyways. Just across the creek, hyper-modern skyscrapers of the most futuristic designs.

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Dubai Terminal 2

According to the Dubai Airport website, the renowned Dubai Duty Free covers 5 400 square metres of shopper’s paradise. Well, it’s certainly not located in Terminal 2. There’s only one shop in Terminal 2. A rather uninteresting one at that. That, and just a few cafeterias.

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Dubai shopping

Where can you find the world’s best hotel, the world’s tallest building, and several artificial islands where the world has been recreated? Why, in Dubai, of course. And there’s more: If you’re in the United Arab Emirates, part of the travel experience is a bit of Dubai shopping. Or at least having a look at […]

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