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TRAVEL GUIDE

Discover Dubai's story

Emiratis are justifiably proud of their heritage. Local culture is still evident, from the call to prayer that rings across the city to the falconry and camel racing industries and the traditional souks.

Visit Al Fahidi district, home to traditional wind tower houses and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding where you can learn about local customs, before touring the galleries of Al Quoz to see the city's emerging artists tell their stories in innovative, creative ways.

About town

From sport to art, music and food, there's always an event on in Dubai. If your idea of sport involves a little retail therapy, then start your year with the Dubai Shopping Festival, with bargains and entertainment for the whole family.

The internationally renowned Dubai Rugby Sevens and the lavish Dubai World Cup Carnival are staple sporting events, while Dubai Art Season, Dubai International Film Festival and Dubai Jazz Festival round off the major arts offerings. Epicureans should not miss the Dubai Food Festival, while fitness enthusiasts can partake in the annual Dubai Marathon or Cycle Challenge.

An adrenaline rush

Hurling oneself out of a plane at 13,000 feet is par for the course in Dubai, as is sand boarding down a 300 foot dune; galloping across the desert on an Arabian thoroughbred; and teeing off on a floodlit golf course at midnight. Whatever adventure you seek, Dubai delivers.

Beach bliss

Dubai's glorious sandy beaches, warm Arabian Gulf waters and year round sunshine are the perfect ingredients for anyone who loves to be near the water.

Breathe in the fresh coastal air with a walk along the track that runs from Kite Beach to Sunset Beach, with postcard perfect views of the Burj Al Arab. And there is plenty of aquatic action to be had at Dubai's two fantastic water parks: Aquaventure and Wild Wadi Water Park.