Anyone interested in astronomy may wish to take holidays to Dubai, it has been suggested.

Anyone interested in astronomy may wish to take holidays to Dubai, it has been suggested.

As part of the International Year of Astronomy, Conde Nast Traveller magazine has put together a list of the best countries in the world in which to lie back and do some stargazing – and Dubai came in at number two.

The publication’s Sophie Butler recommends paying a visit to the Al Maha Desert Resort, where guests can stay in a torch-lit encampment in order to get a better view of the constellations.

“Expert guides are on hand with a portable astronomical telescope,” she added.

Holidays to Australia may also be good for people with an interest in this field of science.

Tourism Western Australia recently suggested visiting the Gingin Observatory, which opens at night to show off the constellations to budding Patrick Moores.

Meanwhile, Western Australia in general is good for stargazing because it is so far around the curve of the earth that tourists will be able to see the northern hemisphere’s sky too, the organisation said.

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