Much talk has been said of Dubai in the past decade or so. This Middle Eastern hotspot has become a veritable mecca of modern excess which, of course, has made it popular with travelers who have money to burn. Financed by oil wealth, Dubai was developed by the rich for the rich as a playground for those who can afford it. From man-made islands to the luxurious Burj Al Arab and soaring towers, Dubai is all about spending money. If you're on a shoestring budget, you're going to want to steer clear!
In fact, most of Dubai's economy is centered on money or conspicuous consumption. Although the city boasts scenic coastline and a desert oasis, there is little to do outside of spending money in large shopping centers or on expensive outings, such as day-trips on yachts or renting a helicopter.
The entire experience, even if you have the funds, feels a little bit empty, especially since many of the people who 'live' there are temporary workers longing to return home. Dubai lacks the culture and character that makes so many other expensive destinations appealing. Still, if you must, you can drop $20,000 to spend a night at Dubai's best hotel.