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Dubai anyone?

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I noticed that Interval has several resorts in Dubai, although they may be cheaper just to rent rather than do an exchange. I haven't done the research yet. I have never been to the UAE. For those that have been there, is it worth the trip? We're talking 18 hour flights and I'm getting a little sore just thinking about that! However, the place looks like it has a lot to offer. What can all of you tell me?
 

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I noticed that Interval has several resorts in Dubai, although they may be cheaper just to rent rather than do an exchange. I haven't done the research yet. I have never been to the UAE. For those that have been there, is it worth the trip? We're talking 18 hour flights and I'm getting a little sore just thinking about that! However, the place looks like it has a lot to offer. What can all of you tell me?
Had a trip planned for Aug-2020 but due to COVID we rescheduled to Mar-2021.
Used Bonvoy points for a Multi-Country trip:
  • Dubai: 5-Days [280K-Bonvoy Al Maha]
  • Mussoorie, India: 5-Days [140K-Bonvoy JW Marriott]
  • Mumbai, India: 10-Days [$120/Night St. Regis]
  • Mauritius: 5-Days [240K-Bonvoy St. Regis]
  • Maldives: 5-Days [400K-Bonvoy St. Regis]

Dubai: There is much to do including Sand-Dune'ing, Desert-Safari [with Camel rides], Worlds Tallest-Tower, Indoor-Skiing, Gold-Souk Shopping, Dow-Rides, Palm-Island, Ferrari-World, Grand-Mosque, Dubai-Marina and more. Maybe the Dubai-Wheel [worlds tallest] will soon open.

Flights: You are right that the journey is long from the West-Coast to Asia over Europe.
Emirates has a Non-Stop LAX -> DXB 16hrs. However, we managed to get decent Business-Fares for ~$3k.
 

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We spent 1 month in the UAE a few years ago, and spent time in 5 of the 7 Emirates. One of the Emirates we only spent the day. Enjoyed our entire stay, it was interesting to say the least. The breakfast buffets are the most amazing I have ever seen, but that is all over the Middle East. I am a vegetarian , and I have a field day there. There are items on the breakfast buffets you never see elsewhere, humus, falafel, dates stuffed with walnuts, every kind of nuts there are, vegetable samosa, lentil soup, the list goes on. There is something for everyone, the typical US ,UK, Asian breakfast etc. and its all incredible. You have to see it to believe it. The fruits are fantastic. The service in hotels is amazing, the hotels fabulous. DH and I really enjoy seeing different areas of the world, seeing the different cultures and the differences in each country. Can't wait til the borders open up again everywhere.
 
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