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Plans for a major new tourist development have been unveiled in Dubai this week. The development is set to include a state of the art shopping mall, art galleries, parks and even a Universal Studios centre and there are claims that it could welcome up to 80 million visitors each year.

Fortunes in the Arab emirate have been on the rise lately with tourism up by around ten per cent already this year and this has led to a spate of announcements regarding developments that had previously been on hold. One of these also includes the announcement that Dubai is set to play host to a replica of the Taj Mahal with a budget in excess of £600million.

Many of the projects could take decades to come to fruition but there is still plenty to entertain the many hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. One of the city's most famous attractions is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world at 828 metres high. With 160 floors the building dwarfs the rest of the world's tall buildings by a long way. Though it's not on the top floor, the observation area is located on the 124th floor and 452 metres up and gives a staggering view of the city. At the base of the building sits the Dubai Mall. Shopping is one of the key draws to Dubai for tourists and here they certainly won't be disappointed. It is one of the largest shopping malls in the world and home to 1200 shops including hundreds of glossy designer boutiques. Inside the Mall, you can also find the Dubai Aquarium and an ice rink.

If you like free entertainment, the Dubai Fountain is the spot for you. This is the largest dancing fountain in the world and shoots water up to 150 metres in the air. You can enjoy wonderful displays set to music and lights every evening, every thirty minutes. On the other end of the scale you could enjoy an afternoon seeing how the other half lives. The famous Burj Arab Hotel claims to be the only seven star hotel in the world and certainly has prices to match. Tours of the hotel run when it isn't full but you can also book in for an afternoon tea if you feel like splashing out and enjoying the splendour of the opulent surroundings.

There is no shortage of diversions for tourists to Dubai from beaches, to sports, shopping and glamorous escapades and with the announcement new developments to come this can only get better and better.

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