Dubai: A beautiful city or holiday hell?
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For some, the hustle and bustle of this developing city may be too much for a first time visit, but for others the idea of a ‘city that never sleeps’ is an exciting one. I fall into the latter category. True there are the scare stories about what this alien culture has in store for westerners – especially women. For those of you who have no idea where Dubai is or what this outstanding city beholds, do not fear! The magnificence of this city is more than worth a visit from the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only seven-star hotel; the Jumeirah Beach Hotel which is famously designed in the shape of a wave, the iconic Atlantis Hotel (which sits on a man-made Palm) frequented by such celebrities as Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen and Robert De Niro and the incredible Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. However, some may argue that what was once a great place to visit, the city now lacks Arab culture, and the feeling of being in the Middle East has been lost. The city certainly is now more multi-cultural both visitors able to experience a vast amount of different traditions and styles when visiting. There are a large number of pubs, beach clubs, amazing restaurants, sports clubs, parties and events to enjoy. Whilst this entertaining lifestyle seems tempting, there are harsh realities to deal with on any Dubai visit; the humidity and heat is intense and when it rains, it really, really rains! But as a student holiday it is definite worth considering Dubai. If you ever get the chance, for some a once in a lifetime experience, to visit this extraordinary city, do it! And remember to pack factor 40, your best summer clothing (because fashion is also outstanding there) and however many bathing suits you can, because yes, you can sit on the beautiful white Jumeriah beach in barely nothing and not disrespect the excellent cultures within the city.