I spent a week in the hot, desert-town of Dubai back in 2007. I wasn’t sure if I was in Disney or Las Vegas, but Dubai is definitely like no other place I’ve ever been. This photo was taken from the grounds of the luxury resort, Madinat Jumierah. In the background is the world famous Burj al Arab Hotel, complete with helicopter pad hanging off the side of the building, butlers on demand, and a reservation policy to even set foot in the building. I imagine in the 5 years since I’ve been there, a ton has changed since it is one of the world’s fastest growing cities, so perhaps you want to spend your holidays in Dubai? Although I’ve also read that it also grew too fast – and now one in four homes is vacant and a quarter of office space lies empty due to oversupply.