Living the Dubai Life

Dubai is the on the way to everywhere. Just on the east of Europe, just on the west of Asia, over two-thirds of the world’s population lives within eight hours flight. It’s on its way to becoming the world’s third busiest airport, behind Beijing and Atlanta. With so much money passing through, Dubai’s rulers are…
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Chip Off the Gold Block – The Palazzo Versace Dubai

In the film Showgirls (1995), the heroine says she purchased her dress at “Ver-sayse”, an indication that the lowly stripper was moving up in the world, even if she couldn’t pronounce Versace correctly. Moving up in the world is now literal for anyone staying in Dubai with the opening of the five-star Palazzo Versace Dubai.…
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Trapped In The Sand: Why You Should Go To Dubai For The Golf

The ostentatious stand-off between the top cities in the world doesn’t become prevalent purely during football World Cup bidding, Olympic Games-hosting hopes or when vying to become the next City of Culture. ‘We want to be the biggest tourist destination in the world, even bigger than London,’ our guide tells us as we head out…
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Donatella Pimps Dubai: The Palazzo Versace Hotel

If you can’t get enough of all things Italian (and all things Versace – that would definitely help), then we’ve found you the perfect destination for your next vacanza. Every inch of the 214 rooms at the Palazzo Versace Dubai Hotel have been rammed full of furniture and finishes designed by none other than fashion’s…
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Dolphin Bothering in Dubai

Fans of Barbie, Finding Nemo and those suffering a midlife crisis will find much to admire at Atlantis, The Palm – the Arab city states bonkers pink palace. If you want big, Dubai is happy to oblige. This Ferrari-driving midlife crisis in the desert seems to exist solely to show off the largest this, tallest…
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Emirates Palace

Neither country is teeming with the sort of “authenticity” beloved of some western tourists and earnest backpackers. However, while Dubai sweeps the issue under the carpet and attempts to distract – look! Another new, really tall building! – Abu Dhabi cheerfully acknowledges that, before discovering oil 50 years ago, the country was basically a few…
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Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace

They say that the US and the UK are divided by a common language. If that’s the case, then Abu Dhabi and Dubai are divided by a common love of building. The old joke it’ll be lovely when its finished applies equally well to these neighbouring states, with cranes a common sight in both. The…
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Abu Dhabi: Bani Yas Island Resort

The Sir Bani Yas Island Resort isn’t the most extravagant spot in Abu Dhabi – and it’s better for it. In a territory where the first paved road was laid in 1960, but which now commissions and completes new acts of architectural bravura quicker than other countries draw up plans for a bathroom extension, the…
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Atlantis, The Palm Dubai

If you want big, Dubai is happy to oblige. This Ferrari-driving midlife crisis in the desert seems to exist solely to show off the largest this, tallest that and newest, shiniest everything else. Want a building that gives you vertigo when you look at it? The 800m high Burj Khalifa should suffice. The biggest mall…
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