Travel Spotlight: Dubai

Dubai is one of the most interesting cities in the world. The majority of it was constructed in just the last half-century but the town has a lot of accomplishments to show for such a short time. Dubai boasts two of the world’s largest attractions. At 2,717 feet tall, Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in the world. The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall, by total land mass. However, there’s plenty more that makes Dubai an ideal vacation destination. Here’s a quick look at where to stay, where to eat and what to do when visiting Dubai.

Where to stay.

Armani Hotel Dubai

Picking the “best” hotel in Dubai is virtually impossible, as the entire city is bursting with some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the world. So, with that in mind, you really can’t go wrong with any pick, but for our money, the Armani Hotel Dubai is pretty amazing. The hotel boasts the tallest tower in the world and the rooms, restaurant and all the common areas in the hotel are laced with the kind of luxurious class you’d expect from Giorgio Armani. If the elegant rooms and grounds aren’t enough to convince you, the Armani/Ristorante is good enough to make the rather costly reservation worth the price.

Where to eat.


Much like the hotels, choosing a favorite restaurant in Dubai is an exercise in futility. However, if you’re looking for something that offers top marks in food, cocktails and atmosphere, Coya is an excellent choice. The restaurant itself is divided up into a dining room, public lounge and private, members-only bar. The food is phenomenal and the drinks are heavily influenced by the bar’s Peruvian roots. The furniture and décor are both gorgeous, with most pieces and artwork being hand-made in Peru.

What to do.

Beaches, The Dubai Fountain, and The Al Fahidi Historic District

The list of popular attractions and things to do in Dubai rivals those of any major vacation destination in the world. One of the more notable activities is visiting the cities gorgeous beach scenes, where you can soak up some sun or try your hand at kite surfing. After that, make sure to check out the Dubai Fountain—the largest fountain show on the planet. Finally, take a day to explore the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood, which will give you a glimpse of what Dubai looked like before all of the amazing skyscrapers and attractions. You can explore any number of the historically constructed buildings, the majority of which are museums or quaint little shops.