Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
In only fifty years this little pearl-fishing village on the Arabian Gulf has transformed itself into a slick, mega-rich desert oasis of R&R, sun, sand, shopping and spa. Despite the forest of cranes, construction, and ever-burgeoning traffic, the opulence and pure chutzpah of this city of indoor skiing, the world's tallest building and first underwater hotel are undeniable.