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Dubai: High Temperatures and High Fashion

Published: March 28, 2014 (Issue # 1803)



  • From Bedouin encampments in the desert to the worlds tallest skyscraper, Dubai aims to please.
    Photo: Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce

  • Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience attracted 400,000 visitors and heralded the arrival of Dubai on the world fashion stage.
    Photo: Emaar Properties

  • The Burj Khalifa houses the worlds largest shopping mall as well as the highest restaurant in the world.
    Photo: Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce

  • Fashion Avenue attracts the well heeled for a unique boutique experience.
    Photo: Emaar Properties

  • The Gold Souk at Dubai Mall is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest in the world.
    Photo: Emaar Properties

  • A pink suede shoe decorated in feathers by Paul Andrew.
    Photo: Courtesy Paul Andrew

There are two types of travelers: Those who enjoy shopping on vacation and those who do not. For the first category, the success of any trip is measured by the beautiful things one discovers with which to adorn home and body. For the second, it is the depth of a tan or the number of photos with which to entertain or bore family and friends.

Being one of the former married to one of the latter, few destinations cater to both sides as well as Dubai. That the country boasts some of the best weather in the region nearly all year round is an added benefit although perhaps beside the point for those who plan to spend most of their stay indoors.

Dubai is one of the seven principalities that make up theUnited Arab Emirates and is the most modern and progressive emirate in the U.A.E. Easily reached with direct flights from most of Europe, including St. Petersburg, Dubai makes the perfect mid-winter shopping break and offers a taste of summer while letting you build a warm weather wardrobe for when the sun finally reaches Russia.

With temperatures that can soar to more than 40 degrees Celsius in the summer but remain blissfully sultry for most of the year, cool, shaded places are a necessity that the country has made an art of perfecting. In Dubai, air conditioning is even available at some outdoor cafes, making life a delightful dream despite the melting temperatures.

As a country of superlatives, Dubai is home to the worlds largest shopping center, which sits at the base of the Burj Khalifa. At 829.8meters tall, the Burj beat the previous record holder, Taipei 101, by more than 300 meters when it opened in 2010 to become the worlds tallest building. The tower was recently the focal point of the countrys New Years Eve firework display which propelled it into the Guinness Book of World Records for launching over 400,000 pyrotechnics. The Burj is also home to the worlds highest restaurant, the aptly named At.Mosphere, which offers haute cuisine along with the altitude.

As a result, there is perhaps nowhere better in Dubai to escape the sun for both shoppers and, perhaps surprisingly, beach bunnies and kids, than in the shadow of Burj Khalifa. Home to a collection of some 1,200 shops covering a massive 350,000 square meters, Dubai Mall is a destination in itself with numerous leisure activities for young and old alike. With the DubaiAquariumand Discovery Center another Guinness World Recordholder for using the worlds largestacrylicpanel as a window on the sub-aquatic world an Olympic-sized ice rink, an edu-tainment zone and the SEGA Republic indoor theme park for the kidsand a 22-screen cinema.

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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



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The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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