Dubai is a hub of culture where city life meets the desert and history is as rich as the extravagant architecture. Many tourists are off put by the location of Dubai because of the perceived association in a region riddled with terrorism but Dubai was actually voted one of the fifth safest cities in the entire world.
When to go:Winter in Dubai is comfortably warm. While it may seem strange to westerners, winter is a time when outdoor activities are easiest and most comfortable. You should bring along plenty of comfortable clothes when in Dubai to help fight the heat but donít forget longer clothes for when the temperatures drop in the evening.
When not to go:Summer . . . a time of sweltering heat and unbelievable humidity. While the city looks urban enough donít forget you are just miles from the desert and with that desert sand comes a heat wave you wonít soon forget if you come in the summertime sun.
Culture shock factor:One thing to note about Dubai is that the city collects sewage from tanks daily to take to the only treatment plant around. Because of the long drive some tankers resort to illegal dumping in storm drains . . . which run into the Gulf. For this reason, doctors advise tourists to stay out of the water as the risk of typhoid and other illnesses run rampant.
What to do while youíre here:Youíll want to stop and see the Deira Clock Tower which is an important landmark in Dubai and a beautiful one at that. Youíll also want to check the calendar for the Dubai Shopping Festival if you or your spouse are a bit of a shopaholic. And donít forget . . . The desert on the outskirts of the city is also a canít-miss where you can take a camel ride for two. Dubai is an enchanted land where history and urban society collide in a beautiful way. From the fine buildings to the history intertwined, the experience of Dubai is one that will make you fall in love all over again.
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