A land of excess and contrasts. Dubai is a desert metropolis embodying the glamour, style and wealth of the Middle East.
Dubai is an urban retreat offering beach and city, side by side. With an ever-changing skyline of slick high-rises set aside historic Arabian architecture, it's an enchanting place to stopover on your way Down Under.
Of course, one must do while in Dubai is to experience the dizzying heights of the world’s tallest building - the Burj Khalifa. Situated in Downtown Dubai, the impressive 830-metre skyscraper pierces the skyline. With 160 storeys, ascend to level 124's observation deck for floor-to-ceiling panoramic views. Or, for a fine dining experience with a difference, book a table at At.Mosphere on level 122.
It's also no secret that Dubai is a haven for shoppers. The city is rich in designer boutiques and extravagant malls. But if you're looking for more traditional souvenirs, make a beeline for the souks. Here you'll find everything from fragrant spices and colourful jewellery, to lanterns and gold.
If you need a break from shopping, then head to Ski Dubai - the indoor ski slope at Emirates Mall. Cool off in the -1°C temperatures and enjoy the wintery setting, or take to the slopes. With five different slopes, including the world's first indoor black run, choose from snowboarding, skiing or tobogganing. Who would have thought you could find snow in Dubai?