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Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about and discern the truth from the clichés. For starters, Dubai is nothing like Las Vegas. There are no colossal neon-lit signs, no impersonator shows, no showgirls, and certainly no casinos. In fact, gambling is illegal, even at the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup.
Dubai is much more like Shanghai, with its audacious architecture, spectacular skylines, obsession with fashion and style, and flourishing contemporary art scene. Contrary to rumours, Dubai does have a rich culture, though most of it is intangible, rooted in Bedouin heritage and traditions of storytelling, poetry, song, dance, and falconry, but there are plenty of opportunities to experience it.
For all Dubai’s futuristic appeal and abundance of western entertainments – a sleek metro that zips through the sky like something out of Blade Runner, sumptuous shopping malls, an indoor ski park, and countless bars – there is just as much fun to be had in the simple pleasures of “the Orient”: haggling for gold and frankincense in the bustling souqs, savouring the sunset from the back of a camel, inhaling from a fragrant sheesha pipe on the fairly-lit deck of an old wooden dhow. Perhaps there is, after all, some truth to be found in the clichés…
Discover Dubai and be amazed by the city of superlatives! Best, biggest, tallest, largest, highest are the words which will always come in your mind during your trip. Experience the world’s tallest building and shop at the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall covering 12 million square feet! Or visit Dubai’s old city and museum, get lost in the souks and take an abra across the creek to get a glimpse of what Dubai was before it became an emerging desert metropolis.