Dubai is ranked as the #1 destination in the Middle East, according to TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Destinations. It boasts 571 things to do.

  • There’s the Dubai Foundations, a 500-foot water display that’s choreographed to music
  • The SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
  • Dolphin Bay, one of the largest dolphin habitats in the world
  • And an easy-to-use metro system.

Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis, a futuristic cityscape that towers over the Arabian Desert. It should be an easy marketing and public relations win for any country’s tourism office, except of course, when western and eastern cultures collide.

For western tourists, this isn’t an Ibiza, Cancun, Vegas or heavily publicized party city. It’s a place of traditional values that are heavily monitored and enforced.

If you are looking for a quiet and lavish retreat away from wild parties: Dubai might still be your place.

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