Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates(UAE), a country located on the East coast of the Arabian peninsula. Dubai made its fortune over the last decade through its vast oil reserves, and more recently is trying to diversify its economic activity. Finance and tourism are two industries in which Dubai is investing heavily, especially through various projects that made headlines around the World. Numerous world class hotels have been built, and entire new islands are being created to provide real estate opportunities. Some of them are truly spectacular. Dubai is also aggressively trying to become a major tourist destination, for example by providing a world class airport-hub for travel among various continents. You can fly to Dubai airport with Austrian Airlines.

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Stay in Dubai

Stay in Dubai
XVA Art Hotel
The XVA Art Hotel is practically the anti-thesis to the new hotel palaces in Dubai, in the middle of skyscrapers the boutique hotel moved into a 100-year-old sandstone house. It is only two-storied. After all, small but fine is the philosophy of this art project by Mona Hauser.   First, the American founded the XVA Gallery, in the course of time an awarded cafe with veggie cuisine, several shops, a tailor and the hotel in the old city Bastakiya were added. Without a pool and no shiny bar, but a nice inner courtyard with a few tables instead, modern artwork on the walls and six rooms.   Each room was designed individually by renowned artist and brings a breath of fresh air into the hotel scene with a noble mixture of contemporary vintage and kitsch design. Ridiculously small for Dubai standards, but beautiful. Rooms starting from 40 Euros.
Marriott Marquis
Palm hotel

Shopping in Dubai

Shopping in Dubai
Waterfront Centre
In 2007 this new mega mall with 185,000 square metres and 400 shops, 25 flagship stores among them, opened. Here you find fashion by Bench, Esprit, Fred Perry and Hugo Boss, underwear by Calvin Klein, Ikea furniture, Sony electronics, and in addition toys, glasses, fragrances and gold jewellery. The latest additions are Glittery Jimmies, Beyond the Beach, Fruits & Passion, The Face Shop and SkinJam.   Like in most of the city's malls that's not enough. You have a gustatory feast in more than 90 restaurants, cafés and bistros. In 12 cinema halls the newest films from all over the world are screened and the balls all rolling in Bowling City.   If you enjoy all this so much that you want to stay the night, you can check in at the InterConti or Crowne Plaza Hotel.   And also events and concerts take place regularly at the Dubai Festival Centre.
Souk Madinat
Wafi City

Sights in Dubai

Sights in Dubai
Bliss Lounge
Interestingly you only find few beach bars in Dubai that are accessible directly from the elegant promenade The Walk. So far there's been Hilton's Wavebreaker Bar for casual guests, and the XL Beach Club at Habtoor Grand Beach Resorts for those focusing on polishing their image. New to the beach: the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in-house bar Bliss Lounge.   Entering this bar you will unavoidably think of sweets. Given the chocolate marshmallow shaped stools and the pastel cushions. In the next second - chocolate. Everything's just a question of lighting. In any case, the feet remain free from sand, since the semicircular sofa, the centrepiece of the lounge, is covered with wooden panels. In this way the sand stays at the beach of the Dubai marina, and does not get into the shoes or on the plates. On the menu for hungry mouths - be it during lunch time or at night: Asian, Spanish and Italian inspired dishes and cocktails. House music for shaking off. 
VU's Bar

Eat in Dubai

Eat in Dubai
Buddha Bar Dubai
A staff armada stands in front of the club: To hold open the door of the car, to help the arriving guests out of it and to bring the car away. There is even a bathroom man who hands towels to the guests. For every door a staff member, so to speak.   The interior looks bombastic with gigantic, red luminaries on the high ceiling, carpets in which one almost sinks down and of course an almost five-meter high golden Buddha. Room-high panorama windows reveal the view on the Marina. Who wants to breathe in some sea air can go out onto the outdoor terrace. Classy cocktails are served on a sound carpet with typical Buddha-Bar sound. Hungry people may choose between bistro, bar and restaurant. Together with the bold and beautiful one can try prawns, tender beef or noodles with coconut, mango - and white chocolate.
Rivington Grill
Exchange Grill

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