With soaring skyscrapers, massive artificial islands, and the only seven-star hotel in the world, Dubai is certainly a city that consistently redefines luxury. The Burj Khalifa
has secured this city's status as a global trend-setter, and at nearly half a mile tall and shattering every world record, it is of course the tallest building in the world.
Besides luxury accommodation, Dubai is also home to world-class shopping inside some of the most decadent shopping centers in the world. The Dubai Shopping Festival is held during the first two months of the year, and the shopping malls and local markets offer promotions to encourage shoppers.
West of the gleaming heights of modern Dubai are Bur Dubai and Deira, historic districts straddling Dubai Creek
, where life still reflects some of traditional Dubai. Several of the best hotels in Dubai are housed here in heritage buildings along the creek and around the wharf, with water taxis ferrying passengers between sites like the Bastakiya historic quarter and the Dubai Museum
. Dubai International Airport
is the busiest travel hub in the Middle East, and it ushers an ever-growing number of tourists into Dubai each year.
Find out where the hotels, attractions, and must-see destinations of Dubai are located by exploring the interactive map on this page.