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A trip to Dubai can feel like a visit to another century. Or even another planet. From futuristic architecture to indoor skiing to camel races to stunning Arabian Sea beaches, Dubai offers lots of distinctive sights and activities.
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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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Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Iranians first began to settle in Dubai in the 1920s, when H.H. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum invited several Persian families. The lingering influence of this community on the old part of Dubai is still quite striking, especially in the...
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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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In colloquial Arabic, an avid traveler is jokingly dubbed Ibn Battuta in honor of the medieval globe-trotter by the same name. Battuta set off on a legendary adventure in 1325 that took him from modern-day Morocco all the way to Somalia, China,...
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Rigga Street - دبي - United Arab Emirates
If your interest in malls transcends shopping, Al Ghurair Centre is a must. Built in 1981—which makes it Dubai's oldest mall—Al Ghurair has undergone renovations, but maintains a whiff of the past (sometimes...
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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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31 A Street, Al Garhoud - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Irish Village was initially built in 1996 to cater to spectators arriving for the Dubai Tennis Championships. But over the years, it has became a city staple in its own right. In this strange little settlement within a tennis...
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Head Office, UAE - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Frenetic as a beehive and as colorful as the towering piles of produce on sale, the Fruit and Vegetable Market can transport visitors back in time to the souks of old Dubai. Merchants, savvy bargainers, and...
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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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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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Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Atlantis Hotel is the focal point of Dubai's giant cluster of man-made isthmuses that jut out into the Persian Gulf. Even if you can't afford to stay at this spectacular hotel, you can still go see what the decadent expat lifestyle feels like...
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Citywalk,Al Wasl , Al Safa Roads,Near ENBD - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Pretty much every kooky exercise trend can be found in the gyms of Dubai, and Physique 57 has emerged as one of the favorite franchises to catch up on the latest crazes. Join Dubai’s leading bloggers and socialites...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai's thoroughfare, Sheikh Zayed Road, is often seen in all its silvery steel glamour in Instagram feeds, but it makes for a unique experience in person, too. The roadway is lined with dozens of restaurants and cafés...
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3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The name "Kite Beach" doesn't cover the half of what goes on along this stretch of Dubai’s coastline. It's a community space, an open-air gym, and home to several popular cafés and restaurants. For adrenaline junkies, Kite Beach...
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Al Wasl Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
In 2015, funky shipping containers appeared in Dubai’s old town of Jumeirah, along with a large sign announcing the arrival of Boxpark, now Dubai’s home for all things hip and urban, with niche restaurants, shops, and...
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Bahar 7 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When it opened, Jumeirah Beach Residence, known to locals as JBR, was just a upscale beachside residential area with just a few cafés. Over the years, JBR got bigger and busier and now features dozens of...
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17, The Iridium Building, Umm-e- Suqeim Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Whether you want to explore the stretch of sand dunes 40 minutes outside of Dubai or visit the largest expanse of uninhabited desert in the world, known as the Empty Quarter, a desert safari is the way to do it. There are any number of tour...
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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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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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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...
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Jebel ali, Al Muntazah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Where else but Dubai could you find a church, a mosque, and a Sikh temple side by side? Thanks to just this juxtaposition in Jebel Ali (a suburb of Dubai), the locals have dubbed the area Religion City. Of particular interest is the...
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Financial Center Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
You may have already seen photos of Dubai Mall on social media, but to visit is more of an experience than just a trip to a mall. While the mall has a lot to offer avid shoppers, other visitors may instead choose...
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Street 8 - Al Quoz 1 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Alserkal Avenue runs through an industrial area in Dubai where you'll find the core of the city's art scene inside a group of warehouses. The galleries and exhibition spaces here are a must-see for art lovers and those who...
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Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Safa Park is a regular stop on the weekend itineraries of most Dubai families, and as such, has a place in the childhood memories of many of the city’s residents. The family-oriented public park is ideal for a relaxed picnic...
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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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Al Wasl Rd, Next to Post Office, Jumeirah 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Women in exquisitely designed abayas and all shades of Hermès sandals and men in pristine kandoras and fancy cars frequent this mall to satisfy  their boutique shopping needs. Because it's in an affluent neighborhood and...
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Street # 17B - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Perhaps because Dubai is home to so many Indian expats, many Emiratis have become avid fans of Bollywood films. (Several Bollywood stars, including Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan, own homes in Dubai and are often...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dating back to the 1780s and restored in the late 20th century at the behest of Prince Charles, the historical town of Al Bastakiya is a lovely historic exception to the modern glass and steel towers that dominate Dubai’s...
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Naif Street, Near Naif Police Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
One of Dubai’s oldest and busiest traditional souks, Naif Souk is a great spot for buying  souvenirs and trinkets that will tell the world “I just came back from Dubai!” Offering fabrics, cosmetics, street food,...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai Miracle Garden is home to over 15,000 butterflies and 45 million flowers, all displayed upon eccentric props in a distinctly over-the-top Dubai style: Take, for example, the Ferrari and Emirates airplane covered with...
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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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The Dubai Mall, Level 2, Downtown - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When Kinokuniya reopened in Dubai Mall after a brief absence, the event attracted an excited crowd of bibliophiles who cheered its return and immediately took possession of the store's wooden benches and inviting aisles and...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tucked behind Sheikh Zayed Road and its imposing skyscrapers, Al Satwa is a low-tech hot spot for all your tailoring needs: Patch up an old skirt, tailor a designer dress, or get fitted for a custom-made Indian sari. The textile stores here offer...
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Dubai Gold Souq,Deira,Behind Malabar Gold Showroom - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
On Friday afternoons, this unassuming expanse of sand comes to life with music and athletes practicing the lively art of pehlwani, a South Asian wrestling tradition. Spectators sit on the ground to listen to the ringmaster and watch...