For those who have never visited this magnificent city in the UAE, there is certainly a lot of opinion flying around about the destination. While it is true that Dubai can thank its rich oil reserves for its kick start into splendour, these days most of the financial support of the city can be credited to the booming tourism industry; and subsequent real estate market. Dubai has modelled itself as one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting holiday makers and business travellers from across the globe.

While visiting the city, you will never want for visual attractions, especially if urban skylines are your thing. Known to some as the “City of Skyscrapers”, Dubai is home to the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world located in the Downtown Dubai district of the city. The structure is a combination of commercial office space and luxury private residences, but does offer an observation deck to the public – boasting some of the most dramatic, breathtaking views available on the planet.

Dubai opened its Miracle Garden in February of 2013, the world’s largest natural flower garden, though the garden will be closed from May through September annually due to the high temperatures that can average in the low 100′s Fahrenheit. Because of this tendency to be uncomfortably hot, Dubai also offers state of the art air conditioning in most modern buildings, and plenty of indoor activities to keep you dazzled during your summer stay. The restaurant scene is delightfully diverse, featuring fine dining cuisine from all over the globe. Dubai is home to some of the most sought after wine lists in the world, made possible by the deep pockets of many visitors. Some of the most popular spots include the French La Petit Maison, Japanese haunt, Okku, and classic Italian at Robertos. If your budget doesn’t stretch to that, there are still some authentic market stalls to be found if you go off the beaten track.

Dubai Museum is another way to take in the local culture, and it is located in the oldest building in the city, the Al Fahidi Fort. Once you’ve enjoyed the artifacts, there’s plenty of shopping from street markets to high end boutique shops to keep you occupied.

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orlandoOrlando is best known for being the hub of the Disney corporation’s theme parks, and certainly there are hundreds of Disney attractions which draw in thousands of tourists every single week of the year. However, Travelup offers great value package deals to the Oakland area, or value flights for those who prefer to organise their own accommodation.

Many golf enthusiasts flock to Orlando each year to take advantage of some of the largest and best golf courses in the entire world. There are over one hundred and seventy golf courses in the Orlando area, some of which are home to prestigious annual tournaments. Visitors can learn or improve their game at one of twenty separate golfing academies or simply enjoy a day or two practicing their swing while scoping out the area for famous pro golfers who may be sharing the course.

For lovers of the arts Orlando is home to numerous playhouses, galleries and festivals including the Florida Film Festival. The Orlando Ballet perform three original productions each season along with the festive must-see performance of The Nutcracker Suite. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre shows a mixture of productions of the work of the Bard himself and more contemporary works including Broadway shows and special adaptations of popular children’s stories, while the Winter Park Playhouse specialises in musical productions from both on- and off-Broadway along with New York-style cabaret acts.

Of course, children and adults alike are going to want to visit at least one or two of the world famous Disney theme parks, and there are plenty to choose from in the Orlando area. The Walt Disney World Resort covers over 30,000 acres and is comprised of four separate theme parks, two water parks, twenty-four themed resorts and numerous golf courses, spas and fitness centres as well as retail parks and other venues. The resort itself is actually several miles outside of Orlando although there are plenty of transport options including the Magical Express Transportation service from the local airport.

Orlando is also home to the Lego Imagination Center situated in Downtown Disney, which combines theme park style rides with Lego activity stations where children can build anything their heart desires; all surrounded by some of the most impressive Lego constructions imaginable. Downtown Disney can be entered without purchasing a park ticket, although at all other parks a ticket must be purchased.