It sounded like a hare-brained scheme - a gigantic palm-shaped man-made island in the middle of the Arabian Gulf.
Just when you thought Dubai couldn't get any more fantastical, here come the theme parks.
Beyond the glitz and glamour, there's another side to this Persian Gulf city.
How to do a stopover in Dubai, one of the busiest airports in the world.
There's 5000 guests, 3000 staff and 65,000 fish. Welcome to one of the craziest hotels on Earth.
There's not a scratch in sight, it looks sensational and there's a spring in the crew's step.
We have nine hours between flights. Is there a lounge in the airport where we can have a good rest?
Dubai has remained the world's busiest for international passenger ahead of London's Heathrow.
Dubai is fast changing its economic focus away from oil to tourism while positioning itself as one of the world's major air travel hubs. Incredible architecture (including the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa) and amazing experiences await. For those seeking something beyond the glitz and glamour of the modern city, there's also the traditional souks and outdoor adventures of the surrounding desert.