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Dubai

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Aerial view of a beach in Dubai

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Dubai

Dubai is a place where hospitality and luxury flourish to create a seductive ambiance with a shimmering oasis. It is one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates(UAE), which was created in 1971 with the formation of the UAE although written accounts document its existence for at least 150 years. It is a city built for tourism with everything done on a grand scale. It is home to what will be the tallest building in the world and the largest shopping mall; and it plays host to major golf, tennis, horse racing, football (soccer) and cricket tournaments. Dubai is also known for its nightlife, as noted by the New York Times as its travel choice for partying in 2008.

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Highlights
In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with windtowers to ultra-modern shopping malls.
Geography/Environment
The second largest of the seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is located on the southern shore of the Arabian Gulf. It has an area of some 3,900 square kilometers. Outside the city itself, the emirate is sparsely inhabited and characterized by desert vegetation.
Climate and Weather
Desert climate, but cooler in the eastern mountains, with sunshine year round. It is subtropical, arid climate. Temperatures range from 57-106ºF although the average is 90º F.