Why not begin your new life together in a new city? Dazzling Dubai, leader of the United Arab Emirates, is a striking, newer-than tomorrow oasis of futuristic buildings bordered by a majestic desert and the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. A young look and a sophisticated vivacity that is palpable make it one of the most exciting destinations in the Middle East. Its ultra modern facilities are the perfect combination of 21st century business and pleasure. Though it is a centuries old trading center and an ancient pearl diving capital, the city of Dubai is just over 20 years old and growing fast.
Some of the world’s most avant-garde architecture surrounds you from the moment you step off the plane into the ultra modern airport. Hotels are off the charts for luxury and design. Many are part of skyscrapers that also include giant shopping malls and sightseeing attractions. Some, which feature the latest perks for business travelers, are also sprawling seaside resorts with meandering gardens and pristine, white sand beaches. You can step into yesterday by visiting a Bedouin camp in the desert, seeing the Spice Market and the Gold Market, or crossing the creek that intersects the city on a typical dhow (boat.) The future is just across the street in the world’s highest building and the world’s longest automated metro. “Awesome” is a word you’ll find yourselves saying over and over on every honeymoon day as you discover Dubai together.
There won’t be a dull honeymoon moment unless you want one. Dubai offers such a wide variety of things to do that you’ll have many left over for an anniversary trip. Get a taste of life in the desert by visiting a Bedouin village. Watch sports you’ve never seen or practice your favorites. Ski on snow or on soaring sand dunes. Dine in one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Shop in centuries old markets (souks) or ultra modern malls. Visit internationally famous art galleries. (Dubai is the art center of the Middle East.) Desert Adventures (www.desertadventures.com) can make it easy to do it all.