Dubai, with its somewhat liberal policies and wide range of attractions, is definitely the most popular vacation spot in the Middle East. Over the years the emirate has established itself as a top venue for shopping, sun bathing, partying, fine dining, and sporting and musical events. Dubai boasts a highly diverse population that spices everyday life, and adds a certain cosmopolitan charm to the city. Travellers who want to learn more about Arabic culture and customs will find the city an ideal starting point.

Dubai Summer Surprises is probably one of the most highly anticipated events in the region, consisting of nearly a month of shopping, promotions and fun. It was first held in 1998 to promote the emirate as a summer vacation destination. The citywide shopping festival transforms the city into a shopping haven. Dubai Sumer Surprises sees the participation of over six thousand stores, all offering unbelievable discounts and amazing bargains. While shopping is the main event, it is hardly the only thing going on. The summer festival is geared towards families and also features loads of activities that are suitable for children.

Many restaurants around the city offer their own promotions, and provide foreigners with the opportunity of sampling some amazing Middle Eastern cuisine. Travellers, especially those with children, should try and visit Modhesh World. Modhesh World is the home of Modesh, the festival’s grinning yellow mascot! The entertainment centre is divided into several themed zones and features playgrounds, videogames, theatres and even a 4D cinema. In 2012, Dubai Summer Surprises will start on the fourteenth of June and will end on the fourteenth of July.

With top class infrastructure the city is an excellent place for a vacation. Public transport is both efficient and comfortable. It is also extensive, providing easy access to all the best tourist spots. One will also find a surprising number of parks and gardens, which not only serve as important recreational spots but also add to the emirate’s beauty. Accommodation is plentiful and one can count on UAE hotels to adhere to high standards. Tourists looking for luxurious Middle East hotels with a central location will not be disappointed with the offerings of Raffles Dubai, UAE.