Weekend break: Dubai
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Fancy a weekend of sunshine, shopping and a sprinkling of desert safari? Ianthe Butt goes over the top
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Biggest, tallest and best are words you'll hear a lot in Dubai. Describing its gigantic shopping malls, towering buildings and haute cuisine, this once-sleepy expanse of desert now swims in superlatives. It's the place to shop until you drop, eat until you pop and dance until the sun rises.
A taxi is the only way to get around: for one thing the skyscraper-tall Jimmy Choos favoured by the city's fashion pack aren't made for walking and petrol is cheap in oil-rich Dubai. Ease yourself into the city's lavish lifestyle with a weekend brunch (weekends are Friday to Saturday). For a river view accompanied by bottomless glasses of wine and beautifully crafted cuisine,
try Legends Restaurant at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (dubaigolf.com). Nab the 'floating table' on the sun-soaked terrace for added glamour.
Although you could feasibly spend all your time exploring Dubai's 68 shopping malls, it's worth dedicating some time to a different kind of exploration: dune bashing. Belt up for an afternoon with Arabian Adventures (arabian-adventures.com) and prepare to topsy-turvy over sand dunes in a 4x4. You will be navigated across the desert before dinner at a Bedouin-style camp with grilled meat and salads, henna painting and hookah pipes.
Join the Executive Club and earn up to 20,418 Avios points when you fly First to Dubai (return). Or redeem your points: 40,000 will get you
to Dubai. (World Traveller return exclucing taxes, fees and surcharges.) ba.com
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