By Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Writer
Ever since first setting foot in this tiny powerhouse emirate back in 2007, Dubai has fascinated me with its energy, optimism and openness towards people from all over the world. I’m a die-hard foodie, so the staggering variety of authentic global fare is exhilarating, and even the shopping here – which I normally consider a chore – is actually a joy. Dubai is a place that’s constantly in flux and it’s been exciting to see it grow and mature as a city and as a society. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
With Emiratis making up only a fraction of the population, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are bustling microcosms peacefully shared by cultures from all corners of the world. This diversity expresses itself in the culinary landscape, fashion, music and performance. Although rooted in Islamic tradition, this is an open society where it’s easy for newcomers and visitors to connect with myriad experiences, be it eating like a Bedouin, dancing on the beach, shopping for local art or riding a camel in the desert.
The world’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century – UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn’t afraid to challenge world records. Welcome to an exciting city where nothing stands still…except perhaps the herons in its mangroves.
For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi offers opportunities to understand the UAE’s history through museums, exhibitions and tours. But thankfully Emirati heritage isn’t boxed and mothballed; it’s also experienced through strolls around the dhow harbour, haggling in markets and absorbing the atmosphere at sheesha cafes“*
*Lonely Planet quote
Package rate: 550 EUR/person (terms and conditions apply)
Price includes: flight tickets, 5 nights accommodation in a 4* Hotel, in Double room, breakfast
(1 night in Abu Dhabi, 4 nights in Dubai)