From the cold snow back to warm beaches here's Joe with a comparison between two dream destinations, Maldives versus Dubai... If you would ask me, I'm sure I would choose both but let's see ;)
Planning a luxury holiday and torn between destinations? Dubai and the Maldives are both really popular when it comes to this kind of break, and if you're having trouble making your final decision between the two, read our guide to work out which is for you.
Both locations offer the ultimate in luxury - each in its own way - and, on the face of it, it can seem pretty simple to choose between them. After all, one's an island paradise and the other is the height of urban chic, right? Well, yes - but, if your aim is just to find sun, beaches and a little luxury, picking between the two can get pretty tough. To help you work out which you fancy, I've listed the top desirable qualities in a holiday and named a winner or loser. Find out which is a romantic haven and which is a water sports wonder below...
Lavish accommodation - Winner: Dubai. Ok, the Maldives has great luxury hotels too, but Dubai is the ultimate world champion of opulent accommodation and it doesn't look like it'll be losing its title any time soon. It is home to the grand Burj Al Arab, which is the most luxurious hotel in the world (you'll probably recognise it from pictures - it's the one designed to look like a billowing sail) and scores of other famous establishments, like the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Water sports - Winner: the Maldives. A world-renowned destination for scuba diving, the Maldives is home to stunning coral reefs and reams of colourful fish. Especially handy is the fact that each island has a dive centre that caters for beginners and experienced divers alike, so it's easy to get involved in the fun. Plus, there's plenty of scope for all sorts of other water sports, like kayaking and kite surfing.
Again a super thanks to Joe for this article and to Wikimeda for the nice views. What a travel it would be :)