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Ancient and modern on the Creek

10 hot things to do in Dubai

Destination: Dubai

Where can you slide down giant sand dunes, ski on snowy slopes, exhaust yourself shopping, swim in deliciously warm seas and enjoy sumptuous luxury - all in one day? It could only be Dubai!

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Dubai skyscrapers

Doing Dubai in a weekend

Destination: Dubai

If you're looking for a quick fix of luxury lifestyle and reliable sunshine, Dubai can definitely deliver the goods

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Gazelle in the wildlife park at Sir Bani Yas Island

A unique hideaway in Abu Dhabi

Destination: Abu Dhabi

Only guests of the luxury Desert Islands Resort & Spa on Sir Bani Yas Island can enjoy this eco-tourism destination with its own wildlife reserve

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The Emirates Palace Hotel

A cultural sheikh-up in Abu Dhabi

Destination: Abu Dhabi

With ambitious plans unfolding, the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi is aiming to become a major new cultural hub

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Anything can happen on ladies night...

Five-star Dubai on a budget

by rwicks

Destination: Dubai

In Dubai, with its opulent hotels and shopping malls, the ethos is spend, spend, spend – but you don't have to. From free drinks and fashion bargains to cheap brunch, here are my money-saving tips

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Sand, sea and golf

Ras Al Khaimah: the expectant emirate

Destination: United Arab Emirates

Little-known Ras Al Khaimah has plans as grand as Dubai. Catch it now, while it remains the most traditional emirate in the UAE

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Chi at The Lodge

Dubai City: an insider's guide

Destination: Dubai

With its soaring architecture, conspicuous wealth and high-octane energy, Dubai is an inspiring place. To make the most of it, follow my advice on where to shop, eat, drink and go clubbing

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Dubai hotels: an expat's guide

Destination: Dubai

Whether you are heading to Dubai for the beaches, the bars or the shopping malls, there are plenty of hotels to stay at – but it can be confusing. As an expat living in the Gulf, I can help you choose

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Business and bling in Dubai

Destination: Dubai

It’s glamorous, some think over the top, but there’s no denying there are few places in the Middle East as good as Dubai when it comes to mixing business with pleasure

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The Desert Islands Resort entrance lobby

Sir Bani Yas Island: on safari in the Persian Gulf

Destination: Abu Dhabi

Got a hankering for an offbeat luxury getaway in the Middle East? Then head for Abu Dhabi's Sir Bani Yas Island, where a curious combination of attractions awaits lovers of wildlife and pampering

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