|FACTS / Dubai is now one of the Fastest Growing Tourist Destinations in the World, having completely metamorphosed from a sleepy fishing town to a modern tourist, shopping and business destination. Having consistently grown over the past 2 decades, Dubai now projects doubling tourist inflow numbers by 2015. To cater to this huge potential, a number of top international hotel chains have gone all out to build the most expensive and luxurious Hotels in the world. Not without reason. Statistics show that Dubai will attract the lion’s share of rich & affluent tourists by 2015.|
|STAY / The Hydropolis Underwater Hotel /
Located in the middle of the ocean, and below the surface of the sea, Touted to be the only 10 star hotel in the world.
|VISIT / The Ice Bar and Chill Out Lounge|
|STAY / Bur Al-Arab Hotel /
The first 7-star hotel in the world, Bur al-Arab is the most luxurious hotel in the world. This hotel in the shape of the sail boat is built on an artificial island at Jumeirah beach. Burj al-Arab is the 4th tallest hotel in the world. If Burj Al Arab’s exterior is an expression of modern architecture, luxurious interior is a combination of Western and Eastern styles. Burj Al Arab has a huge atrium 180 feet high and boasts 8,000 square meters covered with gold leaf and 24,000 22-carat square feet of marble.
|VIEW/ Skyview Bar at the Bur Al-Arab Hotel|
|STAY / The Atlantis Hotel Dubai, a Palm Island Resort|
|STAY / The Burj/ Earned one of its stars by having the worlds highest tennis court on its roof! Here's a photo of Andre Agassi and Roger Federer on the roof of the Burj.|
|STAY / Desert Palm Hotel|
|SHOP / DSF /
The internationally acclaimed Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) runs every year around February. Dubai has the largest collection of international brands in any world city with the exception of London. DSF has become one of the world's best-loved shopping events with a diverse range of city and street markets, to traditional souks, to world-class malls. Visitors can look forward to hundreds of events and activities - from concerts to sporting, outdoor and fashion events as well as the fireworks over picturesque Dubai Creek. Shopping lasts day and night with the highly popular Night Souq. The DSF Carnival features performances by international artists, acrobats, percussionists and dancers. Spectacular fireworks and laser shows dazzle every day during DSF. Dubai Fashion has become a must-attend event with high impact stunts such as the world's longest catwalk and biggest makeover providing plenty of opportunities for entertainment and haute couture. This unique destination features pavilions from countries around the world showcasing their unique products and cultures, alongside entertainment, events, food stalls, rides, sports activities and daily lucky draws. Launched in 1996, Dubai Shopping Festival has attracted more than 42 million visitors from across the world with a visitor expenditure close to $27billion.