With all the hype, I don’t think I would go out of my way to visit Dubai though if it were the starting or ending point of a cruise, I would certainly plan a 2-day visit, but no more. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates but has no oil.The big attraction is shopping. “Old Dubai” is very interesting—a small ferry took us there. Gold is the big draw and shop windows are literally dripping with gold displays.
Dubai’s architecture is very exciting and includes the tallest building in the world with a revolving restaurant on top. Talk about excess! Dubai has the only indoor ski slope in the world. Certainly worth a look!
We did a half-day excursion in the desert in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Up and down sand dunes. Fun for about two minutes and then you can get motion-sick.What I did find very worthwhile was the seaplane ride we took to get a bird’s eye view of Dubai. Palm Island, the man-made archipelago, is fascinating from the air. It’s incredible the way it lays out like a piece of art.
The most expensive hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab, is worth a visit. Fabulous restaurants and prices to match.