The Best Things to Do in Dubai
Collected by Rend Beiruti , AFAR Local Expert
It's hard, at times, to wrap your mind around Dubai--and that's a good thing. It's a city that feels incredibly modern but, also, maintains strong ties to the rich and diverse traditional ways of Arab cultures. A trip to Dubai can feel like a visit to another century, with its traditional mosques and the Desert Safari excursion. But Dubai also steps confidently into the future with the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest built structure; Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort; an incredible water park at Atlantis, The Palm; and much more.
4 17th St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Alserkal Avenueruns through anindustrial area in Dubai where you'll find the core of the city's art scene inside agroup of warehouses. The galleries and exhibition spaceshere area must-see for art lovers and those who want tolearn more about the...
1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Two architectural wondershelpedput Dubai on the map: the Burj Al Arab hotel, which resemblesthe 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 shape of a huge...
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...
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...
17, The Iridium Building, Umm-e - Umm Suqeim St - 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...
Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Iranians first began to settle inDubai in the 1920s, when H.H. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum invited several Persian families. The lingering influence of this community onthe old part of Dubai is still quite striking, especiallyin the beautiful Ali Ibn...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bahar 7 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When it opened, Jumeirah Beach Residence, known to locals as JBR,was just aupscalebeachside residential area with just a few cafés. Over the years, JBR got bigger and busierand now featuresdozens of cafés, restaurants, and pop-up boutiques and...
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...
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 inJebel Ali (a suburb of Dubai), the locals have dubbed the areaReligion City. Of particular interest is the serene and...
Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Safa Park is a regular stop on the weekend itineraries of mostDubai families, and as such, has a placein the childhood memories of many of the city’s residents.The family-oriented public park is ideal for a relaxed picnic inthe shadow of the park’...
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...
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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...
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