Airports at Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al-Ain, Ras Al-Khaimah, and Fujairah all handle international flights, however, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are by far the largest and most commonly used.
Emirates Airlines from Dubai and Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi fly daily to different cities in Australia. Both carriers offer connecting flights to other cities in the Middle East and Europe and have very good reputations for safety and reliability. A number of other airlines fly to Dubai via Asia including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines and Royal Brunei.
Transportation between the various emirates and cities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is by taxi. Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap, with all taxis in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah metered. When using non-metered taxis, travellers should agree on a fare before entering the taxi.
Dubai is also well connected by Metro which links it to major attractions/areas within the city. A car can be rented at the airport or from hotels in most major cities and towns.
In the UAE, there is an expansive range of international and local hotels for you to select from. Your choice of hotel will obviously depend on your budget, preferred location and services offered.
A wide variety of good quality dining out options are available where you can find almost any type of food including Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, Polynesian, Tex Mex, Indian and much more.
Tipping is not very common, a service charge is usually added to the bill in more expensive restaurants.
Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns. Deira lies to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. It is possible to take a boat trip down the creek, which gives an interesting view of Dubai.
Burj al Arab Hotel
Designed to resemble a billowing sail, this luxury hotel soars to a height of 321m, dominating the Dubai coastline. With 202 two-storey suites, this hotel describes itself as the 'finest that the world has to offer'.
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and the tallest man-made structure when it is completed in 2008. An observation deck is located on the 124th floor.
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah is the largest man-made island in the world and is situated on the coast of Dubai. The island is built in the shape of a date palm tree with a trunk, a crown with fronds and surrounded by a crescent island. The Palm Jumeriah features attractions such as hotels, malls and residences, with a monorail that transport passengers to the Atlantis hotel resort.
Dubai has a number of souqs (market places) hawking goods such as gold, clothing, CDs and souvenirs. Most popular among tourists are the gold souq and the spice souq. There are a number of other attractions in the other Emirates.