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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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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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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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Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jutting out to sea at the end of a walkway at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel marina, 360 offers breathtaking panoramic views from its rooftop lounge-bar: cocktail in hand, you can see the Arabian Sea, Burj Al Arab, and the sweep of the coastline. Arrive...
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Lobby, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - 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 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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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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المدينة القديمة، داونتاون دبي - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Serving the best of beautifully prepared British cuisine, the Rivington Bar & Grill, located in Souk al Bahar, overlooking Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, is one of my favourite spots for a mid-shopping lunch or post-spree drink to assess the damage...
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The Dubai Spice Souk is a tradition 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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99 2 C 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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Gate Village No, 8, Dubai International Financial Center - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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LPM is consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the city, and the fact that it has outlasted many a flashy upstart testifies to its quality and consistency. It's a lovely room and the food is always delicious: freshly sourced and...
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InterContinental Dubai Festival City - P.O. Box 45777 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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As you'd expect from a chef considered to be one of France's greatest, Reflets by Michelin-starred Pierre Gagnaire is Dubai's finest fine dining restaurant, offering a gastronomic experience unrivaled in the Emirati city that wins the eatery...
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Gate Village 06, Podium Level, Al Sa'ada St. - DIFC - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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Located near the heart of Dubai, Zuma is known for strong classical execution with a hip, contemporary twist. The menu includes both sushi and sashimi alongside modern riffs, such as delicately-sliced sea bass served with truffle oil, yuzu, and...
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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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Al Fahidi Area, Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai's souks, or open-air markets, are the best spots to haggle for everything from 22carat bracelets to essential oils. Don't be afraid to ask questions: most vendors are happy to show you how to wrap a pashmina scarf or recommend the right...
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Al Ras Near Ahmadiya School - Dubai United Arab Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Slightly worn out from haggling at the souks or climbing Mount Burj Khalifa? Stop by at Ahmedia Heritage Guest House for an afternoon serving of rice pilaf. Many incarnations of pilaf exist throughout the region, but most include a serving of some...
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1 41 A St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When the swell is up and the waves are high, Sunset Beach is Surf City, UAE. Count on left-breaking waves at the Jebel Ali end and right-breaking waves at the northern tip of the beach. In between, expect a busy beach full of tourists, locals, and...
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Al Ittihad Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Any jaunt to Dubai would not be complete with a desert safari. Local tour operators have fine tuned the Bedouin desert experience into a check list of tourist activities: 4x4 dune bashing, camel rides, sand boarding, pictures in traditional ‘...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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24th Floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road - Umm Suqeim - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Don't come for the atmosphere or decor, which are usually big draws in Dubai where bars are often extravagant and over-the-top. The interior of this compact watering hole up on the 24th floor of Jumeirah Beach Hotel won't win any design awards. I...
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Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Mall of the Emirates is where Dubai meets, eats, entertains, and goes ski driving. In summer the temperatures outside are so warm, if you stay there or have a stay over—here is where to meet. Most of the hotels offer a shuttle. For breakfast,...
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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...