Abra sailing in creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Frank de Luyck/Gallo Images ROOTS RF Collection/Getty)

Jumeirah city skyline at dusk, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Digital Vision)

Construction skyline, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Adam Gault/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty)


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What to do in Dubai

For being one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Dubai manages to combine its Islamic traditions with a cosmopolitan flair that entices luxury travelers. Signs are printed in English and Arabic. Skyscrapers (including the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa) and luxury resorts overlook the narrow lanes and restored buildings of the historic Bastakiya district. At the Dubai Museum inside Al Fahidi Fort, you can see how Dubai transitioned from small coastal village to world-class metropolis. Non-Muslims can learn about the local culture through tours at Jumeirah Mosque. Fragrant spices drift out of every souk (Arabic street markets), and gold jewelry is sold on the street and in high-end shopping malls. Inside the world’s largest shopping mall, the Dubai Mall, shoppers browse 1,200 shops and can visit the world’s largest aquarium.

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