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The Perfect Day in Dubai

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You'll want to pack your day. You can sleep when you leave. Start out early with a swim in the Arabian Sea, criss-cross Dubai Creek on an abra and amble the souqs and labyrinthine Bastakiya before breakfast at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Stroll to Shindagha, then soak up history at the superb Dubai Museum. Taxi to sumptuous Dubai Mall for lunch with Burj Khalifa views and shopping. Indulge in afternoon tea then hit Bahri Bar for sundowners, Special Ostadi Restaurant for the saffron rice and lamb curry, and Stereo Arcade for dancing.
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Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Wimpy waves and calm coasts—Dubai's Public Beach (also known as Umm Suqeim Beach) is as peaceful as it gets. This local secret is removed from the bustling shops and restaurants occupying (ruining?) other UAE waterfronts—perfect for...
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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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26 34 St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Spice Souk is a traditional market located in Deira, near the famed Gold Souk. It's easy to overlook the Spice Souk if you're not looking carefully; tucked into alleyways off of Baniyas Street, the souk is small, but manages to pack a...
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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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Al Musalla Rd. - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai isn't just about shopping and architecture. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers enriching and intellectually stimulating tours, meant to engage and inform visitors about Emirati history and...
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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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Lobby, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
There aren't many cities where I'd send visitors to a hotel lobby to hang out. Dubai is the exception. Due to a combination of the sweltering year-round heat, the multicultural population, the opulence of the city's luxury hotels, and the...
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Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
During the many years I lived in Dubai, I must have sipped drinks on the wide, breezy veranda of Bahri Bar hundreds of times. It was the bar I took my many visitors to Dubai—from my Mum to my old school friends—on their first night in the city and...
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The Iranian influence in Dubai is evident everywhere, and will be especially noticeable if Special Ostadi Restaurant (SOR) is on your culinary itinerary. The photos of Iranian faces lining the walls—celebrities, singers, and pretty...
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Stereo Arcade is as charmingly gimmicky as a place can get—billing itself a “club-pub-arcade,” this nightclub attracts a refreshingly diverse pack of customers. A bouncer admits you into a neon-lit room...