There's more to Dubai than futuristic skyscrapers, over-the-top hotels and monster malls. Honest! It may be a playground for the rich and famous, attracting well-heeled travellers to its powdery beaches and year-round sunshine, but there's more to Dubai than meets the eye.
The glitzy emirate was once a quiet fishing port until the discovery of oil in the 1960s which led to it becoming one of the world's most luxurious holiday destinations.
Luckily, it's possible to delve into Dubai's fascinating past and there are a few gems that offer a wonderful insight into the city's history, such as Dubai Creek, where you can take a ride on an abra, and Dubai Museum, housed in the emirate's oldest building.
Of course, for travellers who fancy a taste of the high life, there are iconic hotels, such as the Fairmont Dubai, world-class theme parks, like Aquaventure at Atlantis, The Palm and awe-inspiring activities, including taking in the views from the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
Whether you're looking for fine things to do for free or fabulous ways to spend lavishly, we've rounded up some of the best things to do in Dubai for every budget...
Get there: Fly from London Heathrow to Dubai with Emirates for as little as £447.34.
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