The UAE and Dubai in particular has become a major tourism hub, with the emirate home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, SkiDubai. Other big draws include landmarks like the Burj Al Arab and Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping center.

Culture and heritage is also proudly on display in the Emirates. Desert safaris, featuring traditional Emirati dishes and activities, are a popular weekend activity and cruises are perfect for sight-seeing tours. A visit to the souks and the fish markets are a must. To understand the city’s journey from a fishing and pearl diving village to the cosmopolis it is today, a visit to the Heritage Village, mosques and forts offers insight into the region’s past.

And, of course, Dubai beaches are second to none for swimming, lounging and water sports.