Middle East

Dubai

Dubai has quickly become a sparkling cosmopolitan jewel of the middle east, both a city of gold and glamour, as well as an exotic desert outpost.


Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline, and artificial islands sit just offshore, along with white-sand beaches, eternal heat, Bedouin culture, austere natural beauty, bustling souks, space-age architecture, international cuisine, theme parks of almost every nature, shopping, and more. (Dubai’s successful airline – Emirates – brings in global business leaders via their extensive route network). And don’t forget to take a day trip out into the desert!

August is the hottest month, with an average high of 96°F. January is the coldest month, with an average high of 66°F. Also the city essentially shuts down for the holy month of Ramadan (dates change each year). Restaurants are closed in order to respect muslims that are fasting, and it’s illegal to eat, drink, or smoke in public during this period.

Eat

Comptoir 102, Coya, Em Sherif, Flooka, La Cantine du Faubourg, La Petite Maison, Dubai, Maya, No.57 Boutique Cafe and Restaurant, Tasha’s, Toko, Xiao Wei Yang Hotpot, Zaroob

Stay

Manzil Hotel, Media One Hotel, One&Only Royal Mirage, Mina A’Salam, Four Seasons, St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Vida Hotel, XVA Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Zaya Nurai Island

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)