We are flying to Osaka, Japan from Manchester in Oct/Nov 2012 and looking for a stopover for up to a week either on the way there or on the way back. As a complete UAE novice, which should I go for? I have never fancied visiting UAE at all to be honest (worried about Doha/Dubai being huge, dusty construction sites with little history and few cutural attractions), it's just that I just can't face such a long trip to Japan again without a break.
We normally like staying in European resorts with a bit of history/old architecture, nice beach, good food, 4* hotel, somewhere where you can stroll around in the day/evening or just sunbathe all day.
So, Doha or Dubai ? And any hotel recommendations? Thanks.