Dubai holidays remind you of Las Vegas, that’s the kind of effect it has on you, no doubt about it. This classiest of Middle East’s cities is a great place to visit on your holidays. The big downside is that it’s an expensive city to stay and shop in. We went to several malls and did a lot of shopping (most of it was window shopping), but I’m getting ahead of myself. The desert is impressive with unbelievable sand dunes that extend as far as the eye can see. Our full day desert tour was a novel experience, and something I’ve since recommended to many friends. Our Camel ride was different from the elephant ride we experienced in India, but was pretty good nonetheless. This is perhaps the most authentic insight into Dubai’s traditional culture one could hope for. Our city tour was quite organized and travelling through Dubai in double-decker buses was fun. The boat ride across creek side was a good experience and worth it for the city views. The city has plenty of buses and taxi fares are reasonable. Taxis are tough to hire on Thursdays and Fridays so ensure that your hotel calls one in advance. I’m not much of a skiing person but my wife did try her hands at skiing in the enormous Mall of Emirates. Anyone going for holidays in Dubai should know – Attire – Swimsuits are o.k. on the beach but make sure you’re wearing casual/smart wear in the city. Never, repeat never roam bare-chested, let’s just say it could create problems for you. Women must dress conservatively. January was surprisingly pleasant for a place that’s in the desert. Dubai laws prohibit sale of liquor outside hotel bars and restaurants. Don’t Ever Drink and drive, you may regret it, their laws are super-strict and you have been warned. Food is quite palatable, even in the more reasonable places, and I personally liked the Shawarma, made from chicken. Remember to be courteous and don’t chew with your mouth open. The only time we visited a fancy restaurant, the food was lip smacking. Shisha Bars are quite popular and apparently great places for socialising. No description of the city can be complete without mentioning Dubai’s legendary shopping. We quite liked Deira Gold Souk, and even bought some pretty gold jewellery. The malls were incredible, and make sure you’re carrying extra cash, because the variety is incredible and the temptation to spend money strong. We had a great time and next time we plan to go in March when the Dubai Shopping Festival is in full force. Booked using Zip holidays .