From lounging in the lap of luxury over 60 feet under the sea - watching passing tropical fish & perhaps the odd mermaid float by your hotel room window - to skiing down a snow-filled revolving mountain, Dubai, surprisingly, offers it all, where crafty developers have concocted fantasy locations in the midst of the Arabian desert.
With a well-deserved reputation for extravagance, this mighty mouse - and apparent size queen - is in the process of creating the world's biggest airport, the most sizeable port anywhere, the largest mall in the world, the only 7 star hotel in the world, the tallest skyscraper, and the largest theme parks in the world - which will encompass an area of almost 3 times the size of World Disney World in Orlando, Florida. "The most incredible thing about Dubai is that this revolutionary city is not a household name to many westerners and the majority of Americans," explains Brian Monahan of DubaiCondoProperty.com. The few Americans who even know Dubai exists (let alone being able to locate it on a map) generally equate its Middle East location with political turmoil and religious fanaticism - generally not high on vacation must-visit lists.
As one of the most liberal of all Middle Eastern Countries, this modern, cosmopolitan city is home to more than 184 nationalities who dig the laid-back vibe, not to mention the fact it's been voted safest city in the world two years in a row by Interpol. Donald Trump, Palazzo Versace, Atlantis (newer version of Bahama Atlantis) and Giorgio Armani are all building luxury properties here, and a surprising swathe of the A-list can often be found soaking up the rays on the gorge sandy beaches and azure blue Arabian seas, and party-hearty'ing at night.
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- Lesley Scott