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The Electric Caterpillar

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Dubai is an electric caterpillar charged with neon blood, wrapped tight in gold leaf and ever evolving inside a diamond-studded chrysalis that shimmers under Arabian moonlight, always eager to break free of the past and present shiny new butterfly wings to the world. Dubai's reputation as an innovative architecture and design mecca is unparalleled – this is the home of the world's tallest skyscraper, after all – while the spectacular scope and scale of the city's shopping centers is staggering.
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1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Two architectural wonders helped put Dubai on the map: the Burj Al Arab hotel, which resembles the sail of a ship out on the gulf waters, and the Palm Jumeirah, a residential development on a manmade archipelago that fans out in the...

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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
One of the cheapest tickets in Dubai is to the museum. At AED 1 when I visited (about .30 cents USD), the museum is a fantastic display of the short history of Dubai. From a pearl diving town, the City has grown in the last 30-40 years into a...
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The Dubai Spice Souk is a tradition market located in Deira, near the famed Gold Souk. It's easy to overlook the Spice Souk if you're not looking carefully; tucked into alleyways off of Baniyas Street, the souk is small, but manages to pack a...
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Dubai's perpetually glittering Gold Souk has been one of this Emirate's major attractions for many years—you'll find dozens and dozens of shops selling gold, silver, platinum, and diamonds, plus plenty of touts hawking “geniune fake” Rolex...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
If you're looking for a spectacular night in the desert, consider the Arabian Adventures custom safari; this tour includes a 4X4 dune adventure, falconry experience, elegant outdoor dinner, and a wildlife excursion into the Dubai Desert...
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Desert Conservation Reserve - Dubai - Al Ain Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
If you're looking for the most secluded bar in Dubai, this may well be it. A wild 4x4 ride over beautiful sand dunes delivered our crew to the Arabian Adventures private camp, where we found the bar open for happy hour. Not a bad way to end a day...
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The Arabian oryx was hunted to extinction on the Arabian Peninsula by the mid-1970s, but became the first animal species upgraded from Extinct in the Wild to Vulnerable by the IUCN index when conservation efforts bolstered wild population numbers...
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai boats some of the finest hotels in the world, though many tout style over substance with spectacular exterior design and lacking interior embellishments. That's why the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts experience is so refreshing; experience the...
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Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Sink your teeth into Dubai's elegant culinary culture at Seagrill on 25º at the beautiful Fairmont Palm. Bedouin classics, Mediterranean staples, and European delicacies are served up on the terrace, where guests are presented with unfettered...
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Dubai Creek - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai's most important waterway becomes a different creature at night, reflecting the brightest lights of this electric city. One of the best ways to see the creek is on a Dhow Dinner Cruise. Embrace Bedouin traditions as you board a charming...
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Desert Conservation Reserve - Dubai - Al Ain Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Hajar Mountains, rising out of the desert between the United Arab Emirates and Oman, are brought to life by the fiery glory of the rising sun. I shared this scene only with a curious Arabian Oryx while on a desert safari with Arabian...
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Admit it; you're curious. A ski hill in the middle of the desert, on the Persian Gulf, no less, is as wild an idea as humankind has ever concocted—but isn't dreaming big what Dubai is all about? The slopes at Ski Dubai are no substitute for...