Dubai's big spending on manmade islands and other over-the-top attractions left this unabashedly capitalist city with mountains of debt.
That doesn't mean a trip to the cosmopolitan Mideast sheikdom needs to send you to the poorhouse though.
There's plenty to do without spending a dirham.
Image: In this photo dated Thursday, July 26, 2012, people enjoy swimming at Jumeirah open beach with the city skyline in background in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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