We found cheap flights a few weeks ago, via Bucharest on the way there and via Sofia, Bulgaria on the way back, so decided to book it and go!
The flights were £300 return - the Dubai to Sofia was only €20! - and the 4* hotel was £60 each for 6 nights so pretty good deal!
It was 41oC during the day so too hot to stay outside and even at night it didn't drop below 34oC at 3 or 4am!
The first day was a bit of a culture shock with the massive clear divide between wealth and poverty; 5 star gold and marble hotels next to falling down apartment blocks and exploitation of Indian workers doing manual labour in blazing sunshine...
But once we took if for what it was worth, a showy resort in what once was nothing but desert, it was amazing!
The Dubai Mall was like nothing I've seen even compared to New York and America - there's a 10 million litre aquarium, Sega World theme park and Ice rink just dotted around the mall!
We did Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, at 7pm on one of the evenings.
It was dark when we were up there but apparently you can see Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan during the day!
We went to Aquaventure waterpark on The Palms, man made islands, which was awesome!
Some of the slides and the lazy river go through underwater tunnels through the shark tanks and you can see dolphin training as you queue for rides.
Food was amazing and actually quite cheap.
On the first night we went to Just Falafel and had Falafel panini, hummus (not in the photo), chips, extra falafel and a drink which cost about £4.00!
We went to my favourite The Cheesecake Factory TWICE but learnt after the first meal all we needed was starters (Mac 'n' Cheese balls) not mains, to leave room for cheesecake!