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Burj Al Arab
Panoramic View of Dubai
Burj Khalifa Skyscraper
Al Mamzar Beach
Traditional Bread Manakish
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Just 70 years ago, Dubai was a small port city whose inhabitants survived by hunting for pearls and fishing. Now it is the largest metropolis in the United Arab Emirates, fast-developing and cosmopolitan.

It seems that nothing is impossible for Dubai. It has everything: Arab history and modern skyscrapers, hot beaches and snowy mountain slopes, fantastic shopping and a busy nightlife. A trip to Dubai is an experience of a lifetime.

The fastest and easiest way to get there is to fly direct with Aeroflot Flights from Moscow to Dubai take 5 h 30 m. They arrive at Dubai International Airport, which is just 5 km from the city centre. To save money, look for round-trip tickets, and remember to book early, since the best deals sell out quickly.

General flight information Moscow  → Dubai

Distance between cities

3 681 km

Time difference in winter

+1 h

Time difference in summer

+1 h

Average direct flight time

5 h 30 m

What to see

Before plunging into the fast-paced and exciting life of modern Dubai, look into its past. You can learn about the city’s uneasy and dramatic history by visiting the Dubai Museum. It is located inside the ancient Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to protect the city from the sea. At different times, the fortress served as a residence for the rulers, as a barracks and as a prison.

Not far from the fort on the bank of the Dubai Creek, you’ll find the historical quarter of Bastakia, a labyrinth of classical Arab streets with lots of houses, cosy courtyards and a mosque. The construction of this neighbourhood began at the end of the 19th century, when Persian merchants started settling here. Nowadays, Bastakia hosts an array of hotels, museums, exhibition halls, cafes and shops. The emblem of Old Dubai is the wind-powered tower known as a barjeel, a prototype of modern air conditioners, which, thanks to its design, catches the lightest breeze and directs it downwards, creating a pleasant coolness in the house in a natural way.

Lovers of modernity will find Dubai just as interesting as history lovers do. The city is quite worthy of its title of ‘Record Holder’ in many respects.

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is 828 metres high. Its 163 floors house apartments, offices, shopping centres, restaurants, and the Armani Hotel, designed by the famous Giorgio Armani. The skyscraper is equipped with several viewing platforms, from which you can see Dubai spread out below you. At the foot of the tower is an artificial lake and a fountain - again, the largest in the world; its jets shoot up 150 metres.

Lovers of shopping have to check out the Dubai Mall, the largest in the Middle East (548,100 square metres). Here, you will find shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as one of the largest aquariums in the world (Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo), and KidZania, a children's theme and educational park, plus a cinema with 22 halls and a skating rink. The shopping centre is adjoined by the five-star hotel The Address and indoor parking for 14,000 cars.

Another wonder of the world is Ski Dubai, a ski centre with artificial snow in the desert, where the temperature sometimes rises to +50°C. This is the only ski resort in the Middle East. It is open to visitors all year round.

The Burj al-Arab Hotel, better known as the ‘Sail’, is the only seven-star hotel in the world, despite the fact that the maximum rating is five stars. Officially, the Burj al-Arab is a five-star luxury hotel. It stands on an artificial island in the sea at a distance of 270 metres from the shore and is reached by bridge. It is a world-famous symbol of Dubai.