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All That Glitters in Dubai

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Glittering Dubai

Dubai truly wasn't born in the late 1960s—or the late 1990s. Since 1799, there has been a settlement known as Dubai. But today, the city stands alone in its propensity to reach, and reach some more. The glittering oasis on the gulf has weathered its own economic storms, but to live in Dubai is still to brush elbows with the world's monied elite.

Pictured: The magnificent Burj Khalifa skyscraper.
Glittering Dubai
Avenue leading to the Palm Jumeira with Atlantis Hotel in the background.
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The lobby at the Burj Al Arab hotel.
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The Dubai Marina shining in the sun.
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The Dubai Marina shimmers at night.
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Saudi Arabian camel owners prepare for the races at the Al-Lisaili Race Track on Al Ain Road, about 40 kilometers from Dubai.
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Camels race with mechanical jockeys (controlled via remote control by the camels' owners, who ride 4 x 4s along the track) at the Al-Lisaili Race Track.
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The Lounge in the new JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai downtown.
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The pool at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.
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Many buildings are under construction in downtown Dubai.
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Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort at Emirates Mall.
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Travelers from all over the world—including this Chinese woman—venture up to the 124th-floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, currently the tallest in the world.
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The Burj Khalifa skyscraper as seen from a nearby building site. Indian and Pakistani construction workers in the foreground.
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Bur Dubai, Dubai's old part on the west side of the Creek. Pakistani workers taking a break.
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In the Dubai Mall fashion area.
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The Neos bar on the 63rd floor of The Address Downtown Dubai hotel. It's a great place to have a drink with a breathtaking view to the Burj Khalifa skyscraper.

Photographs by Roberto Frankenberg.

Where to Stay:
There's the Burj Al Arab, which is over the top all the way, with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf from the top-floor bar. The Armani Hotel Dubai is a Giorgio Armani-designed stunner in the world's tallest skyscraper. Or stay in the brand new 1,608-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, with its 10 restaurants and luxe spa.

Where to Dine:
Stop for tea or dinner at the enchanting ALMAZ by MOMO at Harvey Nichol's outpost. And try the excellent Persian fare at Shabestan.

What to See:
For those who aren't afraid of heights, don't miss the Burj Khalifa. Venture out of the city for a desert safari, ski inside at Ski Dubai and be sure to visit the galleries and cafés in the Bastakiya quarter.

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