Dubai is the best-known state with iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. This glamourous playground is a superlative-craving society with the highest building in the world, fearlessly embracing the future with concepts such as flying taxis, a lightning-fast Hyperloop train and an army of robocops. Shopping is a big attraction either in malls with indoor ski slopes, giant aquariums or open-air botanical gardens or traditional souqs, with timeless bargaining banter.

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