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Known for its cutting-edge architecture, Dubai is now using green technology to make its newest projects more sustainable. Read on to find out more...

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A local’s guide to shopping in Dubai

by GarethRees October - last edited October

A local’s guide to shopping in DubaiDubai is famous for its shopping malls, behemoths packed with shops stocking high-end fashion brands, food courts, cinema complexes, skating rinks and, in the case of Mall of the Emirates, even an indoor ski slope. But in recent years a number of passionate entrepreneurs have expanded the scope of shopping in Dubai, setting up homegrown businesses to cater to a growing community of discerning local customers.

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Discovering the Emirates: Things to do in Umm Al-QuwainLook out of the car window as you exit Sheikh Zayed Road and you will be confronted with something very different to the high-rise buildings, plush hotels and shopping centres of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. You will see a smattering of roadside cafeterias, ramshackle shops overflowing with tacky clothing and budget electronics, the odd tailor’s shop and a wooden sign in the shape of a tree adorned with pictures of the local ruling elite. Take a look at our guide to the best things to do in Umm Al-Quwain, before the mega malls move in.

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Discovering the Emirates: Things to do in AjmanAjman is the smallest of the seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), covering just 260sqkm. North of glitzy Dubai and the tiny emirate’s much larger neighbour Sharjah, until recently Ajman was a sleepy weekend escape for residents of the better-known emirates – particularly Dubai. But in the past two years Ajman has started to change. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in Ajman.

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New Hotels Opening in Dubai in 2015

by Jimmy October 2014 - last edited September

New Hotels Opening in Dubai in 2015

Having secured the bid to host World Expo 2020, big things are on the horizon for Dubai. With an estimated 25 million visitors set to make their way to the Dubai desert, the rush is on to open a fleet of spectacular new hotels. We’ve picked out the top new hotels opening in Dubai in 2015, to help you stay ahead of the crowd.

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Abu Dhabi: Art Capital of the Middle East

by Chantelle July 2014 - last edited September

Abu Dhabi: Art Capital of the Middle East

With several high profile museum openings proposed over the next few years, and the expansion of the newly developed Saadiyat Cultural District, the Abu Dhabi art scene is fast becoming a draw for artists and culture vultures alike.

 

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