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Dubai

Dubai is a location that is certainly a tourist paradise among the sand dunes of the Middle East. Car rental companies in Dubai will provide you with transportation facilities helping you access a variety of places in this idyllic desert landscape. Burj-Al-Arab or the ‘Tower of the Arabs’ is one of the world’s best 7 star hotels highly rated and opulent, with some of the most coveted designs and architectural magnificence. It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and is an icon that spells out the rich heritage and grandeur of the Middle East.

The sights and sounds of the Dubai Fountains and the spouts of water dancing to the tunes, justify the fact that this attraction is the world’s largest and most expensive dancing fountain show, designed to enthrall you, and which can be seen at least 20 miles away. Located at the Dubai Palms, the luxurious Atlantis Hotel is one of the most majestic resorts in the city. With an exotic water park and unique marine water habitats and about 18 or more restaurants, it’s safe to say that high quality eating chains operate in the Dubai Atlantis. The most exotic spa in Dubai - the ‘ShuiQi’ will certainly arouse your senses. The Palm Jumeira comes next in the list of Dubai's attractions and is the most advanced man made harbor in the world. A natural seawater inlet the Dubai Creek, is an area that has some of the best fishing reserves in the Middle East.If you thought that skiing only takes place at high altitude Alps in the European mainland, then do reconsider. Ski Dubai is the first all indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The Wild Wadi Water Park is Dubai’s most famous entertainment complex with 30 rides and attractions and is themed around the tale of Juha, classical Arabian humour and folklore. The old has to inspire and intrigue you and to satisfy this is the Bastakia, the Old Dubai quarter where traditional emirati houses, shops, wind towers, the Grand Mosque, Souks, the Center for Cultural Understanding Tour House and just beside it is the Al Fahidi Fort, a multitude of attractions can be found by avid travellers. The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months, from November to April. January and February see heavy tourist traffic because of the Dubai Shopping Festival, which makes the city come alive.

Beirut
Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport IATA Code - BEY
Postal address: Khalde, Lebanon

Beirut
Beirut is like no other city in the Middle East, juxtaposing designer boutiques with grand mosques, bullet-scarred buildings with a boisterous nightlife. Though it has suffered hugely from decades of civil war, it is now one of the region’s safest places to visit. A waterfront promenade with cafés peddling nargileh pipes and old men playing backgammon, the Corniche is Beriut’s favourite spot for a stroll. The National Museum of Beirut has an impressive collection of artefacts, including gilded-bronze Phoenician statues. Originally a cathedral built in the 12th century by Crusaders, the Omari Mosque was converted by the Mamluks in 1291 and restored after the Lebanese Civil War. Serving contemporary interpretations of French and Lebanese dishes in minimalist surroundings, La Tabkha in Gemmayzeh is part of a popular Beirut chain. L’Hote Libanais offers an alternative Lebanese hospitality, with families welcoming visitors into their homes. It’s a great way of getting to grips with the real Beirut, and similar b&b accommodation is available elsewhere in the country. A Beirut mainstay since the 1950s, The Riviera Hotel has comfortable rooms with great sea Sleep views. The Lebanese Commuting Company (lccworld.com) runs bus networks alongside government owned OCFTC buses. Beirut has cool, rainy winters until February, and hot, Mediterranean summers from June. February’s Al Bustan festival has a varied programme of orchestral and chamber music in Beit Mery (albustanfestival.com) and the Beirut International Film Festival takes place in October (beirutfilmfoundation.org).



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