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

Top 10 family experiences in Dubai

Beyond its twinkling skyscrapers and high-class excess, the Emirati city is full of family-friendly experiences. Check out 10 of the best to get you started.

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.

Family fun in Dubai: Discover traditions in the desert

Take to the desert and enjoy breakfast in a Bedouin camp.

Family fun in Dubai: Outdoors and adventure

From the beach to hot air ballooning, there's plenty to do with the family

Family fun in Dubai: Sports and adrenaline

Water parks, skiing, diving and more

City life: Dubai

After a recessionary dip, Dubai has got its mojo back and remains the place to go for five-star resorts, golden beaches, international fine-dining restaurants, giant glitzy malls, sky-piercing buildings and world-class golf courses

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