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Monday, December 21, 2009

New Year Celebrations in Dubai: a grand and mesmerising way to usher in the New Year by Pushpitha Wijesinghe

The state of Dubai makes up one of the seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates. Written accounts date Dubai back around 150 years. Originally built around the thriving Oil Industry in the region, this urban oasis in the middle of the Arabian Desert has gradually evolved into a tourism and commercial hub.
In recent times Dubai has moved away from the Oil Industry and focussed more on tourism, trade and commerce. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and is home to many established businesses.
Dubai during New Year's time is awash with bright decorations that adorn the city streets, which transform at night into a dazzling array of colourful light sequences that illuminate the city for miles. Visitors flying into Dubai are greeted with a veritable Kaleidoscope of festive colour and decorations as they bank into the airport.
The emirate is known internationally for its varied shopping experiences from its larger than life malls to its traditional soukhs. Many retailers and malls are lavishly decorated and have many shows in their foyers and lobbies to help attract visitors. Stores offer a variety of special deals and discounts to entice visitors.
Soukhs are traditional Middle Eastern bazaars. Many in the region date back several hundreds of years to the inception of the respective towns. Originally hubs for traders in ancient times, Soukhs are a bargain hunters dream. Selling everything from food to carpets the variety of goods is staggering. Visitors to the Dubai soukh will find many seasonal promotions to take advantage of. Do not hesitate to negotiate on price, in fact it is sometimes expected.
Visitors looking to party on New Years will find many locales ranging from exotic nightclubs with elaborate floorshows to exquisite restaurants offering the finest festive delights.
There is an abundance of Dubai accommodation to choose from when planning your trip to this dazzling emirate. Raffles Dubai, UAE in particular is an exquisite Dubai hotel offering a range of luxurious rooms and suites and a host of internationally acclaimed restaurants serving the finest delicacies from around the world.

About the Author
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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