Collected by June MacKinnon
Al Seyahi St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
If the viewing platform from the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa doesn’t induce vertigo, why not jump out of a perfectly good airplane at Skydive Dubai? The view of the Palm Jumeirah from 13,000 feet up will literally take your breath...
Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - 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...
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
From the moment it opened Neos became my go-to bar when I wanted to impress my visitors to Dubai. From the giddy heights of this very glamorous bar on the 63rd floor of The Address hotel, one of Dubai's swankiest, they could not only watch the...
Grosvenor House Dubai - Al Emreef St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
I remember the first time I went to Buddha Bar in Paris years ago I was disappointed it was packed with tourists taking photos and buying souvenirs. I also vividly recall when it opened in Dubai and being relieved it was locals only. There wasn't...
Dubai - Al Ain Road - Al Marmoom - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Camel Racing Festival is free and open to the public, and celebrates a sport that has deep cultural roots in the region. Much like the city itself, the current festival has a modern twist (as you can see): robot-jockey-mounted camels gallop...
Al Barari - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Farm is at once a relaxed, down-to-earth night out, and a surreal dining experience. Adding to the allure of the place are the botanical gardens, waterways and lakes that surround the dining areas, giving you a sense of connection to nature—a...
Marina Byblos Hotel, Al Hubob St, Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Have a hankering for pierogies and Beef Stroganov? Tchaikovsky Russian Restaurant & Night Club offers an impressive buffet of Russian fare. The drink menu is pretty solid, but the real treat is the company of talented Russian dancers, who provide...
Lobby Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr - Jumeirah Rd. - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
While many of Dubai's cafes offer afternoon tea, it's more fitting to partake in the tradition in a posh hotel lobby. Dubai is actually one of the few cities in the world where I encourage people to spend time in hotel lobbies. Thanks to the...
4 B Street, Al Karama, Behind Park Regis Hotel, Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There is such a mind-boggling variety of food cramped up in the block behind the Park Regis hotel in Karama, that your brains get fried into this chewy schmukaroo of dinner-time confusion. Should you do Ethiopian? Or Sudanese falafel? Or...
Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tucked away in a very dusty, uninspiring road behind the Mall of Emirates, Cabrito Mandi is a traditional restaurant that caters to the carnivorous taste buds. The dish to order is their Lamb Shoulder haneeth, crusted in cumin and falling off the...
The Walk - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Arva Ahmed of Frying Pan Adventures' delicious culinary walking tours to street food areas and backstreet eateries seem to have inspired Dubai's foodies to share more of their scrumptious local secrets with foodie visitors to the city. A new tour...