Dubai has positioned itself as the liberal, tax-free transit lounge between Europe and Asia. After several slow years following the financial crisis, the city is back in business and attracts visitors as diverse as Lebanese entrepreneurs, moneyed Saudi princes and sunburnt British tourists with a penchant for partying. The first city in the GCC to build an urban rail network, Dubai is home to some of the Gulf’s finest hotels including the landmark Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. The best time to visit is between October and May – unless you enjoy 40C heat.
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