Dubai, showing the Burj Khalifa and on a seaplane flight over Dubai with the excellent Seawings company

The Dubai Creek, then out into the desert to see some local wildlife and what the country is really like, outside the cities

A visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. There was still a lot of building work going on when I was there

Staying in a suite in the Armani Hotel, in the Burj Khalifa, on the 34th floor. A wonderful hotel with excellent food, service and people

Staying in the Burj al Arab hotel, in a 350 square metre suite. All rather expensive and not really enjoyable at all

The Address Hotel, Downtown, Dubai, showing the executive club room, with access to the executive lounge, food and drink included

Al Maha private villa with an infinity pool and views out over the desert, where wildlife roam freely

The Banyan Tree Hotel private pool villa suite with a huge infinity pool, large bedroom, sitting room and bathroom, plus a great view of sunset from the Moon Bar

The Dubai Fountain, viewed from the Armani Hotel bar, one of many mosques, the Burj Khalifa viewed from The Address Hotel bar, and the Burj al Arab from the beach

More pictures from the Seawings seaplane flight over Dubai