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Travel with AFAR to Dubai, visit http://afarexperiences.com/dubai to learn more. The ultra-modern city of Dubai emerges from the desert like a futuristic oasis. Dubai is a study in contrasts—from the awe-inspiring heights of the world's tallest building, to the endless, rolling dunes of the desert, to the azure waters along the coastline.
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
A culturally enriching experience in Dubai is a visit to the Jumeirah Mosque. Many mosques do not allow non-Muslims to walk inside. This particular mosque has dedicated several times during the week for people to visit and learn about Islam and...
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Warehouse Next to RTA Carpark WH10, Cnr 7A and 4A Street - Al Manara Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Raw Coffee is an artisanal coffeehouse that won't disappoint. These guys are passionate about coffee, and put an emphasis on using locally roasted, ethically sourced beans to produce their high-quality brew. Arguably the best cup of joe in town....
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Villa 596 Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
If you're looking for designer brands, vintage clothes, and shoes, then look no further than Garderobe—for the ladies, there's a carefully curated inventory to suit a wide range of tastes, and for guys who aren't quite sure what size their loved...
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Al Manara - Opp. Times Square Building - Indigo Central 8 - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jones the Grocer in the Al Manara neighborhood is an outstanding gourmet market, with the added benefit of having an in-house cafe. It's a great place to bring a family, with a host of dining options, whether you're in the mood for a quick cup of...
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4 17th St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Carbon 12 is a hub for international contemporary artists in Dubai. Having opened in 2008, the gallery has hosted numerous exhibitions, and continues to grow in influence. Artists like Philip Mueller, Jamie Baldrige, and Katherine Bernhardt have...
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Oud Metha near Lamcy Plaza - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Lemongrass Thai has a reputation for authentic flavors and a friendly atmosphere—a great option for families. If you're in the mood for a taste of international cuisine in this cosmopolitan city, Lemongrass can satisfy your craving.
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Emirates Road P.O. Box: 111123 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Els Club is among the most finely appointed in the world, with an expansive clubhouse—a useful space for a meeting, a meal, or to just hang with friends after a round—and a well-groomed course (extending over 7,000 yards) befitting the name.
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
It's hard to imagine a more cognitively dissonant experience than skiing in Dubai—but in Dubai, if something seems impossible then it'll probably be done. Ski Dubai's five runs—open year-round—vary in difficulty and height....
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Dubai Marina - دبي - United Arab Emirates
For an enchanting view of the city, take a cruise on Dubai Creek on a dhow—the traditional boats of the region. There are a wide variety of options, including dinner cruises, allowing you a chance to soak up a sunset and watch as the lights...
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6 King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Shoppers, restaurant connoisseurs, travelers, and cultural enthusiasts will find the impressively designed Madinat Jumeirah a treat for all their passions. This area, once the residence of pearl divers, fishermen, and traders, is now home to many...
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1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There's a lot to see in Dubai, a lot of shopping malls and shisha cafes. However, the Burj Khalifa is an amazing architectural creation that offers 360-degree views of this surreal civilization in the desert. Located on the 124th level of what is...
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Baniyas Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai is the modern-day mekka for savvy shoppers. Your craving for luxury brands can be satisfied at the world's largest Dubai Mall or the Mall of the Emirates. For a more authentic experience, choose the centuries-old Deira souks instead. Deira...
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Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
If you're looking to get across town quickly, or are just keen on skyline views, take the Dubai Metro. There are now two lines, the Red Line and the Green Line, which cater to a large part of the city, ranging from the airport to Mina Jebel Ali....
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Archive in Safa Park is probably the coolest place around to sip at a coffee and brush up on your North African and Middle Eastern literature. Not only does it boast a full-service cafe, The Archive also hosts musical concerts, art & pottery...
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2 Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
On the 27th floor of the soaring Burj Al Arab, sample an array of eclectic drinks and tapas like foie gras terrine, Arabic hot and cold mezzeh, as well as a comprehensive afternoon tea (that might just include champagne). Live jazz or piano music...
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Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Whether it's during the day lounging on beach beds or in the evening sipping cocktails, Barasti Beach Bar is a great place to hang out with friends. No one is going to write home about the food, but this bar proves that location, location,...
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Al Rigga - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
After being attacked by sand during my very first sandstorm in Dubai, the next part of our desert safari took us to the camels. I shot this right before I hopped on for a scenic camel ride
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122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The term 'High Tea' takes on a whole new meaning at At.mosphere, a restaurant & lounge on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa (currently the tallest building in the world). The views are incredible, as you might imagine. Sip slowly and take it all...
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Although I didn't actually buy anything at the gold souk in Dubai, just experiencing it was one of the highlights of my layover. My entire Dubai experience was one of the most surreal experiences of my life: touring with my Pakastani driver,...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Majlis Gallery is more than a conventional art gallery—here innovative displays complement the work of a wide array of artists in a beautiful courtyard. The name also hints at its purpose, as the word majlis is Arabic for...
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57, Opposite to Abra, Ali Bin Abi Talib Street, Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Whether you're looking for upholstery fabric for a sofa back home, or want a tailor to whip you up a silk tunic, the textile souk has it all. There are hundreds of little shops lining the narrow passages, and you can find cheap cotton-poly blends...
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Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Looking over graded land - being prepped for another high rise or seaside resort - and looking toward the Arabian Gulf, a lone wooden dhow sails near shore. One of the most amazing things about spending time in Dubai is that, when you look, you...
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26 34 St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
 I was lucky enough to visit the gold and spice souks in Dubai with an Arabic-speaking friend who helped me talk the shop owners down on everything from fabric and pillowcases to dried roses and cinnamon sticks. We were impressed by the...
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The Jumeirah Beach Park is a great place to bring friends and family, with a great deal of open space for a little soccer, volleyball courts, and warm water. It's also a great place for stunning views of the city! While spending a lazy afternoon...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Very little of Dubai would be considered “old”, but the Dubai Museum, housed in a former fort, is a good introduction to the city 100 years ago. While walking around houses and boats from the early 20th century, it’s a little jarring to hear the...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Everything is bigger in Dubai, and this aquarium is no exception to that rule. With offerings like glass bottom boat tours, cage snorkeling, and shark diving, it's perhaps among the most interactive aquarium's out there as well! Still, if you'd...
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Jumeirah, Umm Al Sheif area street #3, villa 14 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
In my experience, it's never the wrong time to sit down on a patio and enjoy a cupcake (or several), and that's just the kind of thing that Dalia Dogmuch and Racil Chalhoub had in mind when they decided to bring their talents to Dubai. There are...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
While it can be easy to be swept away by the glitz and glamor of the ultra modern in Dubai, Creek Park offers a welcome outdoor escape. Ride bikes, play a round of mini golf, relax in the shade in the botanical gardens, or bring a picnic for the...