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Dubai: The Ultimate Destination for Glamour, Sophistication and Retail Therapy

Mall of the Emirates

Dubai attracts 10 million visitors every year who arrive in this city to enjoy the white sand beaches and year round hot temperatures. But for many people it’s the shopping options, restaurants and nightlife that makes this city such a unique destination.

A vacation unlike any other


Where can you dine while enjoying views from the world’s tallest skyscraper, play a round of golf on some of the world’s best courses or relax on beautiful beaches right next to the city skyline? The answer is Dubai, home to world famous hotels as well as restaurants where the scenery and indoor d├ęcor is just as important as the food.

Only in city as glamorous as this would you find a hotel designed by Georgio Armani featuring seven restaurants and an exclusive ‘guests-only’ Armani store. And if that’s not enough then consider the immense Dubai shopping malls offering superb discounts on designer goods when you’re in need of some relaxing retail therapy.

A city made for shopping


If you’re looking for a shopping experience with a difference then look no further than the stunning Mall of the Emirates. This immense mall is home to over 560 different outlets over its three levels.

You can basically buy anything from hand woven carpets to designer clothing to furniture; if you can’t find it at the MOE you probably can’t find it anywhere. The centre also offers numerous restaurants, cinemas and a theatre as well as the world’s largest indoor ski resort, and you can easily spend a day exploring this amazing location.

Traditional marketplaces


If you’re looking for an authentic Arabic shopping experience then head to the vibrant and colourful marketplaces. The souks are the place to haggle over those vacation souvenirs and the best ones are located either side of Dubai Creek. Take a water taxi and spend some time looking for one that catches your eye, you’ll certainly find plenty to choose from. Of course if you have more money to spend then why not visit the famous Gold Souk where you can stock up on precious stones and yes, even gold bars.

Dining and nightlife


If it’s diverse and exciting restaurants and nightlife options you’re after then this city will hit the spot. Numerous world-famous celebrity chef restaurants have opened in this city including names such as Marco-Pierre White, Pierre Gagnaire and Nobu Matsuhisa. But it’s not all about upmarket dining and you can eat excellent value-for-money Indian, Iranian and Lebanese food at the local’s favourite restaurant area in Jumeirah. If dancing all night is also on the menu then this city includes what has been named the best club in Dubai, the ridiculously glamorous People by Crystal, which offers a panoramic view of the city’s skyline.

Whether you arrive by plane, train or cruise ship you’ll never forget your first glimpse of dazzling Dubai. This is truly a city that stands out in terms of natural and architectural beauty as well as offering some of the world’s best shopping and leisure activities.

NOTE: This is a post from one of our contributors. Any views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views on www.pinoyadventurista.com.
Photo Credit: Mall of the Emirates image by Lucero Design, shared under a Creative Commons License.


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