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Positioned between Europe and Asia, Dubai is known as the gateway to the world. One of the main reasons why international visitors come to Dubai is for its shopping facilities. There are over seventy shopping malls in Dubai, as well as countless numbers of more traditional retail outlets. Shoppers and sightseers alike should visit the Ibn Battuta Mall. Named after a legendary traveller, the mall is separated in to themed wings based on geography. As well as retail outlets, it also offers a wide variety of entertainment facilities and food and drink establishments.

Although much of Dubai is of ultra-modern construction and design, the emirate still retains a wealth of sites with Old World appeal. The 18th century Dubai museum contains artefacts relating to traditional Arabian life, from weapons to musical instruments. Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House was the palace of a former ruler of the area and is now a museum, affording full insight in to the privileged lifestyle of the period.

Jumeirah Mosque is Dubai’s largest and is best appreciated when the floodlights come on after dark. In terms of relaxation, it is important to remember that only certain restaurants and bars in Dubai are allowed to sell alcohol but this should not detract from the entertainment value on offer. The Moroccan themed Kasbar is worth a visit due to its highly unusual terraced construction, while Carter’s in Wafi City in the heart of Dubai is one of the better combined bars and restaurants, very popular with the nightlife crowd later in the evening.

The climate of Dubai is suited to sun worshippers, though dress code should be observed on many of the public beaches. For families, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is something which should not be missed, where the wonderful variety of rides and activities for all ages are based on the adventures of the legendary Sinbad.

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