In the past decade or two the Emirate of Dubai has become a convenient layover spot for long-haul flights and boasts an airport that is always evolving to accommodate more passengers more comfortably.And in many travellers minds, this is sort of where Dubai ends and begins - whichever airport terminal they find themselves in waiting to board the next flight. However, there's a whole fascinating city out there to explore - a city of scarily high skyscrapers rising out of an endelss stretch of flat desert. While many people find the whole setup rather disconcerting, kitsch and somewhat fake, others are charmed by Dubai's almost space-age modernity, penchant for lavish luxury and sprawling malls. We asked our readers, Facebook friends and Twitter followers whether they thought Dubai was only good for an airport layover, or if it was a city worth exploring. This is what they said. What are your thoughts? Worth exploring Magnificent @News24Travel: Quick Poll #Dubai - only good for an airport stopover OR a great city to explore? Why? http://t.co/460ZGth3bC — Donnette Fry(Davis) (@donnette) October 10, 2013 @News24Travel #Dubai I loved the waterfront, gold market is a must (can't pronounce what its called) So many, I'll scan thru my photos :) — Donnette Fry(Davis) (@donnette) October 10, 2013 And why?Adrian Dobbin - Dubai is a great city to explore. Make sure that you know and follow the rules and you will be able to explore unimpeded with loads to see and do! Awesome public transport, great beaches, world class shopping, etc. Dubai has everything a hedonistic explorer could possibly want. Just make sure you take your credit card. Nov - Apr is the best time to go weather wise.Frankly, I'd rather stay in the airport @News24Travel just a big, dusty construction site. Don't know if I'll go back there on holiday again but the airport is great for lay overs. — ? Kir's World ? (@xoxo_Kir) October 9, 2013 Gorj Bear - A superficial dump.Ehsaan Moosa - I'll never go back, passport control is crap, best advice is don't fly there on a Friday.It's complicated... @News24Travel @News24 Bit of both. Can be very expensive to explore. Souq is nice. Otherwise just a stopover. — Limpie (@limpieradyn) October 9, 2013Michael Van Wyk - I used to stop over every 4 months on my rotation working in Afghanistan and I must admit it’s clean and beautiful. On the other hand its extremely expensive and I don’t agreed with their laws. By saying that you are not allowed to show any kind of affection towards your partner, holding hand or kissing. Then you need a permit to buy any alcohol from any bottle store, so you spend a small fortune by drinks in a hotel pubs. Then there’s the weather, the summer time is unbearable! You can’t even breath it’s so hot and humid the only time to visit Dubai is during the winter months.There you have it, well from what I’ve see and experienced.