For a place that stretches to little over 4,114km sq, Dubai is seriously well-versed when it comes to Championship golf courses. Nearly all of its 12 x 18-hole courses have been designed by a worldrenowned golf pro 'architect', including Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Baker- Finch, Ernie Els and Greg Norman, with Tiger Woods set to join that list in the not-too-distant future. And with three European Tour events taking place here in the past six months, Dubai is golf utopia.
Away from the course, it has plenty to offer every traveller. As well as the big guns of cuisine on the food front, it's got a thriving streetfood scene, gin bars, Spanish restaurants with vast sherry cellars and a Friday brunch offering where alcohol is de rigueur. And that's all before you get to the shopping, the desert adventures and that iconic skyline.