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Dubai sits on the coast of the Persian Gulf, less than 7 hours from the UK on a direct flight from London Stansted Airport.
It’s no exaggeration to say that whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Dubai. Beach-lovers will be spoilt for choice with a range of glamorous resorts, beach clubs and public beaches. If discovering the history and culture of your destination is a priority, you’ll love the atmospheric souks and preserved historic streets at the mouth of Dubai Creek, where the city began.
Dubai has been part of the United Arab Emirates since 1971 and given its futuristic appearance, you might be surprised to discover that its history goes back much further. The first records of Dubai come from 1799, when its main industry was pearl fishing. When the market for pearls collapsed in the 1920s Dubai turned to trade – an industry that you can still see today in the Deira district as wooden dhows laden with goods from all over the world set out across the Gulf to Iran and beyond.
Since oil was discovered in the 1960s Dubai has continued to push forward, with a series of incredible and record-breaking building projects. Everywhere in Dubai you’ll come across world firsts and world-beating sights; the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the world’s biggest mall (Dubai Mall), the world’s biggest flower arrangement (the life-size Airbus A380 at Dubai Miracle Garden) and the world’s biggest gold ring – which is estimated to be worth a cool $3 million.