Sleep: Dubai

Glam, glossy and extravagant — welcome to Dubai, the exuberant emirate that works hard and plays hard. its ever-expanding crop of hotels captures its high-tech, high-living personality perfectly, from over-the-top five-star retreats to more traditional Arabian abodes

Dubai: return to the wild

Far from being a barren wilderness, the Arabian desert is full of life. What's more, thanks to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, visitors to the Emirate can experience it for themselves.

Finding the real heart of Dubai

After years of trying to be the biggest and brightest, Dubai is finally prepared to think small — and focus more on those little things that help a city become a real hometown.

City life: Abu Dhabi

An intriguing mix of global influences, Abu Dhabi is the desert city with several centres — from the cultured Saadiyat Island and its frenetic alter ego, Yas Island, to the unexpected serenity of the wildlife-rich mangroves.

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