Carved out of the desert, Dubai mixes 21st-century life with ancient Arabic traditions. Along with skyscrapers, mega-malls and supercars, you'll find atmospheric souks, cafés serving shisha and thick Arabic coffee, and Bedouin camps out on the desert sands.
There's plenty to keep you busy here - get a bird's eye view of the city from the world's tallest tower, take a tour along the Dubai Creek on a traditional wooden dhow, or tee off at one of the world-class golf courses. Out in the desert, explore off-the-beaten-track villages and isolated camel farms, or get your adrenaline pumping on a sand boarding excursion.
On the shopping front, you've got tax-free bargains and designer boutiques at modern malls, plus centuries-old souks where you can barter for handmade jewellery or bags of saffron and cinnamon. A glut of Michelin-starred restaurants and chic cafés makes Dubai a haven for foodies - brunch is a must on Fridays, the first day of the Arabic weekend.
Please note: The UAE is a country of Muslim faith and observes the tradition of fasting during daylight hours for the whole of the holy month of Ramadan. Please be aware that during Ramadan, visitors are required to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public areas during daylight hours. In Dubai, this does not usually apply to services provided within the hotels. Serving of alcohol and entertainment may be limited.
Dubai Family Holidays
Dubai is ideal for a family holiday, particularly in the winter months due to balmy temperatures and a relatively short flight time. If you're travelling with the kids in tow, take a look at Atlantis, The Palm - it comes with an adventure park that little ones will love. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is another great option, offering interconnecting rooms, children's menus and activities for all ages.
Hotels in Dubai
When it comes to choosing a hotel in Dubai, you've got plenty of options. If you've got relaxation in mind, you could try the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which boasts one of the biggest (and most luxurious) spas in the world. Closer to Dubai's shopping malls and buzzing nightlife is the beachfront Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa - it comes with a trio of pools and restaurants serving everything from seafood to Arabic mezzehs.
Check out our full list of luxury hotels in Dubai.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.