I have a confession, I genuinely thought I would absolutely hate Dubai the first time I went. This city seemed so artificial to me, every thing would be fake and tacky.
Now I have another confession, I actually enjoyed my time in Dubai! Yes everything is very artificial but it is a very impressive city. The architecture is pushed to the limit, the options for food are endless and you can, if you want, explore most authentic neighbourhoods like Deira to have a glimpse of how/where locals live.