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Simultaneously a skyscraper-soaring urban Mecca for the jet-set and a cultural hothouse deeply rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia, Dubai is a city that embraces the dichotomy of the extravagant modern opulence and old world charm.

The old and the new rub shoulders in this vibrant city that is home to some fabulous attractions – both ancient and modern. The latest offering is Dubailand, a unique multi-faceted district of sporting, entertainment and retail attractions. Set to become an international hub for family tourism, it is already home to a number of exciting attractions, including a Global Village, MotorCity, sporting academies and an outlet mall. The world’s largest natural flower garden is currently under construction there.

When Dubailand is complete, it will represent the largest collection of theme parks in the world. Future plans include developments such as City of Arabia, Palmarosa and Dubai Lifestyle City, in addition to Universal Studios and Legoland.
As the tourism and trade gateway of the Arabian Sea, Dubai is continuing to design and build luxury hotels that are in themselves attractions. The famous Burj al Arab hotel, which stands tall on an artificial island a short distance from the shoreline, is an amazing sight.  The hotel’s Al Mahara restaurant, which is accessed by a simulated submarine, is dominated by a massive aquarium.  

Spice SoukDubai Department of Tourism and Commerce MarketingBut don’t let all of the incredible modern architecture distract you from enjoying the rich heritage that the region has to offer.  

The Al Fahidi Historical District is one of the oldest heritage sites in city, revealing an intoxicating glimpse of the old Dubai. It is also home to the last wind tower quarter left on the Arab side of the Gulf.

The district, which was built in the 1850s, created an iconic skyline for the city, and even today, Al Fahidi’s unique windtowers are considered to be the cultural icons of the city. These wind towers trapped wind and funnelled it down into the houses to create an affective form of early air conditioning.

Today these old buildings have been converted into shady cafés, art galleries and quirky little shops , making Al Fahidi Historical District the perfect place to while away a few hours.

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Bedouin folk music is still popular in Dubai today and traditional dance exhibitions are often part of celebrations. And traditional dishes made of dates, rice and barley still make up a large part of the cuisine scene in Dubai.  Served with some delicious fresh yogurt, they are served by both street vendors and in most restaurants.