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The tallest, biggest, fastest

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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The tallest building on the planet (Burj Khalifa), the biggest mall ever (Dubai Mall), the fastest-growing housing prices in the world...that is what you will find in Dubai, UAE. I was there with colleagues in mid-March, and we stayed at the new Conrad (Hilton) hotel. We got a pre-paid rate of about $360 per night before taxes and fees. The hotel was luxurious and is right near the World Trade Center metro, which provided simple access to the gold/spice souks for those who have time to wander around a bit in the old town. You can take a water taxi in the old town to get across Dubai Creek, which is a rustic and fun experience. The Dubai Museum on the banks of the creek is quite informative and well set-up.The Dubai Mall, which has an aquarium and a dinosaur skeleton, can take a whole day to walk around -- it's huge, and their merchandising is so good that it makes you want to go into every store. It also has a dancing fountain like the Bellagio in Vegas (I heard it was the same fountain designer). A promenade encircles the fountain and provides a wonderful vantage point for the Burj Khalifa (right in front of you). The malls are extremely clean and inviting with all the stores putting their best on display.As a woman coming from Boston, I felt safe and many people were dressed in Western clothing. It's a very international city. The food was extremely fresh, and I saw nearly every cuisine represented, from Mexican to Thai food.The resorts on Palm Island were amazing and lovely to walk around. All the luxury hotels and resorts have fresh flowers everywhere and tea service in the afternoons.Aside from a dust storm on the first day we arrived, March was a great time to visit Dubai. Also, everything is air conditioned, so bring a sweater even if it's 100 degrees!
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