United Arab Emirates
Bold brash and brilliant Dubai’s explosion of wealth and wonder has created a dizzying logic-defying desert wonderland. Boundary-pushing architecture which gently nods to the region’s past - and a relentlessly futuristic vision - makes Dubai one of the most dynamic destinations on the planet. Whether it’s the gleaming sports cars that purr along the streets or the luxury shopping malls that are decked out with colossal aquariums and amusement parks credit cards are flexed with abandon here. The sheer scale of Dubai is stupefying and the sight of the iconic Burj Khalifa towering over its not inconsiderable neighbours is surreally spectacular. Rocketing up a staggering 830 metres the world’s tallest building is an elegant affair tapering up into the ever-blue sky and headlining this record-breaking city’s list of architectural wonders. The Dubai Fountain performs here each evening - a blur of colour and haze its waters dance before the almighty tower behind. Dubai isn’t all about the skyward scramble however and the Miracle Garden is a vibrant violent explosion of multicoloured flowery landscaping. Elsewhere white-sand beaches like Sunset Beach grant sanctuary to take it easy and enjoy splendid views of instantly recognisable buildings like the Burj Al Arab and the reclaimed islands that fan out across Dubai’s warm sea waters. Desert landscapes of rolling sand dunes raise the pulses of the adventurous while fine-dining and lively nightlife makes Dubai a luxury destination that truly has it all.