Think desert, think Bedouin village forty years ago, think “oil rich transformed” Sheikdom with some of the most amazing hotel complexes, beach resorts and spa facilities in the world.  Yes, Dubai is probably the most rapidly developed tourist destination of the modern age with fantastic beaches, high class shopping malls and a wide array of water sport activities.

There is still evidence of old Arabia in the atmospheric souks and historic forts of the region, which are best visited on an inclusive local tour.

Our pick of Dubai’s many hotels is the Jebi Ali Beach Hotel, which offers an all-inclusive meal plan and is less pretentious than many of its 5 star competitors.  The Royal Meridian offers a superb beach and an extensive range of leisure facilities.