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Once a sleepy fishing village tucked away inside the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has in recent years emerged as a global metropolitan hub that accommodates business and recreation travelers alike. Staying in a Dubai hotel it’s hard to find yourself at a loss for things to do and see when in this coastal, Persian Gulf territory -- home to one of the world’s most unique skylines, including the tallest tower, underwater hotels and Palm Islands, a manmade archipelago, complete with theme parks and health spas.
Dubai caters to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Michelin-rated eateries are abundant. For an authentic taste of Middle Eastern cuisine, scores of sidewalk cafes with less opulent menus feature foods from Iran, Lebanon and India, prepared by people who came to the UAE when Dubai was still in its infancy. Head to Al Dhiyafah Road, known for serving some of the city’s cheaper, tastier eats. Keep in mind that alcohol can only be served in hotel bars and restaurants.
Think there’s no point heading to the shopping mall in a faraway destination? You might want to reconsider while in Dubai, where the malls are world famous. Don’t miss the spectacle that is the 10-million square foot Mall of Arabia, the largest mall in the world. Be sure to visit the onsite Restless Planet theme park, which has been compared to a real life Jurassic Park. Stroll through Khan Murjan souk -- an outdoor bazaar featuring local arts and crafts -- for a more authentic Middle Eastern shopping experience.
Visitors in Dubai are never far from a unique, unforgettable spectacle. With a friendly staff and exceptional amenities, your stay at an IHG hotel in Dubai is a perfect way to see the sights in this stimulating city.
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