While being only one of seven emirates of the UAE, Dubai can easily be described as a nation, if not a world, unto itself. The unchallenged premier tourist destination of the Gulf region, Dubai has come a long way from its humble origins as a coastal port city on the Persian Gulf.

Oil wealth may have brought the original construction boom and national infrastructure to the emirate, but a long-term strategy into trade, commerce and tourism have given Dubai an international feel, with over 80% of its residents being long-term expatriates from across the world. Five-star resorts offer the best of amenities alongside magnificent beaches, while daytime entertainment venues such as horseracing and an aggressive tradeshow regimen compliment a lively nightlife.

Whether it’s visiting the relatives, attending a business conference, or just looking for a regional vacation with a radical new look, Dubai is definitely on the must-visit list.

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