Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is full of contrasts: ultra high-rise buildings and glossy shopping malls nestle next to white sandy beaches and traditional souks. With its year-round sunshine, fabulous shopping and luxurious hotels, Dubai attracts jetsetters and weekend shoppers alike.
Just a short taxi ride away from most accommodation in Dubai, the giant Dubai Mall isn't just about shopping. It's also packed with cafés, food stalls, cinemas, and even an ice rink. Don't forget to check out the mall's famous musical fountain and the panoramic view of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, while you are there.
In Dubai, Marriott hotel guests have the chance to catch some world-class sport, including international tennis, golf and horse racing events. For some local action, head to the indoor pistes of Ski Dubai to check out the Freestyle Night.
If you are interested in the history and culture of the region, visit Dubai Museum, housed in an imposing 19th-century fort. For Arabic architecture and traditional buildings, see the Bastakiya Quarter, as well as the Jumeirah Mosque.
From your hotel in Dubai, it's easy to book camel rides, dune driving adventures and sailing trips on a traditional wooden dhow.