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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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Jumeirah Beach Road,Jumeria 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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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 10, Cnr 7A and 4A Street - Al Manara, Al Quoz - 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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Indigo Central 8, Sheik Zayed Road - Opp. Time Square Building, Al Manara - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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Jones the Grocer is one of the most accessible Western restaurants in Dubai. The market-and-restaurant's friendly Australian vibe extends all the way to its menu (there are tasty options for every kind of eater, including...
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Street 8 - Al Quoz 1 - 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 - Dubai - 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
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Admit it; you're curious. A ski hill in the middle of the desert, on the Persian Gulf, no less, is as wild an idea as humankind has ever concocted—but isn't dreaming big what Dubai is all about? The slopes at Ski Dubai are no substitute for...
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Dubai Marina - Dubai - 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

Two architectural wonders helped put Dubai on the map: the Burj Al Arab hotel, which resembles the sail of a ship out on the gulf waters, and the Palm Jumeirah, a residential development on a manmade archipelago that fans out in the...

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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
In Dubai, only visitors and laborers ride the subway—which is exactly why you should do it. Snaking its way through the city’s highways and skyscrapers, the Dubai Metro lets you steal glimpses of the city you would never get to...
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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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Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When it opened in December 1999, the Burj al Arab—a sail-shaped, all-suite skyscraper hotel built on an artificial island—put Dubai on the map as an over-the-top travel destination and became a landmark. Even today, the Burj al Arab...
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Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi 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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122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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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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Dubai's perpetually glittering Gold Souk has been one of this Emirate's major attractions for many years—you'll find dozens and dozens of shops selling gold, silver, platinum, and diamonds, plus plenty of touts hawking “geniune fake” Rolex...
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Bastakiya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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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 a 'majlis' is Arabic for 'place of sitting,' or...
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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
The visual harmony between the high-rise buildings and the shimmering water of the canal can almost lull you into forgetting that Dubai Marina is a man-made development. Built in 2003, Dubai Marina is a residential area, yet it has generous...
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26 34 St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Going to markets has an air of excitement in the Arab World, where the souks are still the place where locals and tourists can go to meet each other, trade, and shop around for all sorts of commodities. I was lucky enough to visit the gold and...
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1 Al Ghelaan Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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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Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street, Near Dubai Museum Textile Souk - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
One of the cheapest tickets in Dubai is to the museum. At AED 1 when I visited (about .30 cents USD), the museum is a fantastic display of the short history of Dubai. From a pearl diving town, the City has grown in the last 30-40 years into a...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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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...