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Dubai is a strange place, and I mean that in a very good way!100 years ago, Dubai was some random part of the Arabian Desert that most people didn’t really know of unless you were in the pearl trade. However, as with many countries in the Middle East, oil changed all of that. What was once a small fishing village has become a thriving metropolis of skyscrapers, artificial islands and luxury hotels (which are usually combined to great effect) that has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

This post was written by the amazing Alyssa Acree of She Went to Spain.

Alyssa just returned to the U.S. after a year in Southern Spain teaching English in a Spanish high school. The experience left her with the desire to share her travel adventures with others and encourage everyone to follow their dreams. Her goal is to see everything, to learn about other cultures, religions, and traditions and explore this beautiful, vast world.

Check out her amazing blog for destination reviews, travel tips, and a great "Ultimate Packing List" and read on to find out why you should visit Iceland, Morocco, Croatia and many other countries this year...