If you were to imagine a resort city built purposely with the needs of 21st century visitors in mind, then the result would almost certainly look something like Dubai.
Offering an almost 100% guarantee of sunshine, a Dubai city break is like no other. Mile after mile of white, sandy beach is towered over by some of the world's most impressive buildings, which showcase the wealth of this Emirate, which is increasingly getting the attention of not just holidaymakers, but governments the world over.
The city authorities operate a number of tourist information centres, strategically located in areas of particular interest such as Bur Dubai, Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road.
Answer the call of the wild by joining a desert safari, or heed your more materialistic urges and head for the local souks, or outdoor markets, which offer a chance to sample and buy local products.
If you want to get some idea of what the city was like before it struck it rich courtesy of oil, then head to the Bastakiya district, where elaborately-built mosques take the place of the space-age architecture which dominates elsewhere.
Don't forget that daytime temperatures in a Dubai summer can easily top 100 degrees F. So a Dubai short break makes an ideal escape from a northern European winter, when it's more likely to be a still-warm but comfortable mid-70s.
Check out the many resorts and hotels offering city breaks in Dubai right here at Co-operative Travel, and you can be sure that your stay will be filled with awe-inspiring sights as well as all the sun you could wish for.
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