The sea of large sand dunes extending eastward like a glowing garnet in a ring of gold is a sight to behold.
To the south, gravel deserts dominate the region.
There are high temperatures all year long.
In the summer, the temperature can reach extremes of 40 degrees Celsius, while the winters average a generally mild 23 degrees.
If you're able to get out of your luxurious hotel room, jump in a taxi (or chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce if you're staying in the Burj al-Arab) and explore Dubai city.
The city offers a fantastic, traditional souk where you can find many bargains, restaurants and hotel bars where you can relax after a long day of sun-bathing, and beautiful Mosques where you can experience Muslims coming to pray in orthodox Islam tradition.
The synthetic structures of this unique state draw tourists from around the globe.
With a coastline studded with skyscraper hotels, Dubai brings more diversity to a single place than any other destination.
On Jumeirah beach, the popular locale for sun worshipers, luxurious hotels such as the famous Burj al-Arab, the only six-star hotel in the world, rise up behind pristine sands.
The Burj al-Arab occupies an island of its own and offers accommodations, sumptuous dining and unique service.
Depending on your choice of lodgings, you can find some great bargains when booking your holiday to Dubai.
Most people stay for 6-9 nights, but please remember that during the August - September Ramadan period, eating, drinking, and smoking in public are considered offensive by practicing Muslims, so book your travel accordingly.
Alcohol is typically not available in bars until 7:00 PM, although most major hotels cater to westerners and their bars and restaurants open at the usual hours.
If you prefer the hectic city life or a relaxing hotel-based experience on Jumeirah beach, your Dubai holidays will provide you with everything you can wish for and much, much more.
While on holiday in Dubai, adventurous souls can take a trip on a balloon and enjoy a ride over the Arabian desert.
Watch the shimmering heat roll over the hot sands from above, and spot camels and gazelles wandering the desert.
If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the sand, enjoy a safari ride in a 4x4.
Travel down the sand dunes via four-wheel drive and stop to try your hand at sand-boarding, the ultimate experience in excitement and exhilaration.
You ca ride a camel, have your hands and feet painted with traditional henna designs, enjoy a barbecue dinner while watching yes, a belly dancer around the campfire, all under the desert stars.
Don't forget your shisha pipes!