Ethereal luxury in Dubai

The largest emirate of the UAE, Dubai has something for every taste – from a Manhattan-like city with superb souk shopping, to desert isolation and even a year-round ski resort, writes Ros Drinkwater

29th August, 2009

A hot south-easterly wind was blowing in from the Empty Quarter, one of the largest sand deserts in the world, veiling the distant, glittering city in an ethereal haze.

From my room on the 23rd floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, I had heart-stopping views over the Persian Gulf, down to an expanse of white sand studded with beach umbrellas, a marina bristling with luxury yachts and, rising out of the cobalt-blue sea, Dubai’s iconic...

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