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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Burj Khalifa

    The world’s tallest building
    The Burj Khalifa is the landmark of Dubai. Not only is it the tallest building in the world, but it is also a breathtaking work of art and an incomparable feat of engineering. Burj Khalifa represents Dubai probably more than any other building or landmark, and is an absolute must-see.
    1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Downtown Dubai
    Dubai
    +971 4 366 16 88
    burjkhalifa.ae
  • Jumeirah Mosque

    Impressive
    Although it was only built in 1983, the Jumeirah Mosque with its domed roof, impressive interior, the two slender minarets and the elaborate stucco work is one of the most beautiful places of worship in the city. The building is particularly impressive in the evening, when the rays of the setting sun illuminate its ivory-hued limestone façade and emphasise the sculptural quality of its perforated walls. Non-Muslims are also permitted to enter the mosque.
    Jumeirah Road, Al-Dhiya-Road
    Dubai
  • Helicopter Tour

    Dubai from up high
    The loveliest and best way to see Dubai and identify the many parts of the city, its towers and buildings is on a helicopter tour. The Palm, with all its mega hotels and villas; the lofty towers of the business district, the dead-straight stretches of Sheikh Zayed Road and the greenery of the golf courses, race track and Creek Park, can only be seen from above. Alpha Tours offers more than 30 flights a day for small groups with a knowledgeable running commentary.
  • Bastakiya

    Historic quarter
    It is probably more by coincidence that the ancient Bastakiya district, with its narrow alleys and clay-coloured wind towers that still operate as they always have done, has survived the construction boom of recent decades, and it bears eloquent testimony to the Dubai of old. There are still a good number of lovely houses with traditional inner courtyards in the area around Al Fahidi Fort, some of which have been turned into art galleries and cafés.
    Bastakiya district
    Dubai
  • Grandstand Stables

    Top racing stables
    Seventy-five horses in large air-conditioned stalls with padded sides – this is how a horse lives in the top racing stables in Dubai. They are among the fastest and most expensive in the world. They can be admired in action at the Meydan race track. Guests in the luxurious hotel, which is also a popular meeting place, have an excellent view of the track.
    Meydan Racecourse
    Al Meydan Road
    Nad Al Sheba
    P.O. Box 9305, Dubai
    +971 4 327 00 00
    meydan.ae
  • Vivel

    Patisserie
    This family company started in 1922 with one small shop; now there are several branches in Dubai alone. Shelves and display cabinets are filled with around 300 different handmade pastries based on Arabian recipes, and which are also supplied to the royal palace. The most attractive store is in the Dubai Mall.
    The Dubai Mall
    P.O. Box 113444, Dubai
    +971 4 325 31 63
    vivel.com
  • Malls

    Shopping alarm
    Talk about being spoilt for choice: whether to hit the Mall of Emirates with its ski slope and ice rink or the Ibn Battuta Mall, where it looks like Venice one moment and like China the next, or the Wafi Mall with its excellent delicatessens and roof-top cinema? The Dubai Mall is the biggest of them all, and probably also the loveliest. The attractions include the huge aquarium and the fountains at the entrance.
    Dubai Mall
    Doha Street
    P.O. Box 113444, Dubai
    +800 38224 6255
    thedubaimall.com
  • Majlis Gallery

    Art gallery in the garden
    This wildly romantic courtyard in the delightful Bastakiya district is actually an art gallery that also gives art classes. Eye-catching jewellery, porcelain and vases are sold in the tiny rooms around the courtyards, as are silverware and unusual textiles.
    Al Musalla Roundabout, Al Fahidi Street
    P.O. Box 42885, Dubai
    +971 4 353 62 33
    themajlisgallery.com
  • Pride of Kashmir

    Finest goods
    Today, the company is a strong brand and acts as an ambassador for the fine processing of cashmere. The focus is on the tradition of scarf and carpet weaving and on art. Although the beautiful cashmere works have their price, it’s still worth popping into one of the three branches for a look. There are further branches in the Grand Hyatt and at the Souk al Bahar.
    Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Road
    P.O. Box 75157, Dubai
    +971 4 368 61 10
    prideofkashmir.com
  • Souks

    Markets
    Thanks to the markets with their (mostly) covered shopping lanes, the Arabian lifestyle has been retained in some parts of Dubai. The Gold Souk consists of rows of jewellery stores, while the Spice Souk has baskets full of almonds and pistachios leaning against jute sacks bursting with tea, coffee and rose petals. It’s well worth stocking up on cinnamon, saffron and pepper – the prices are fair, and the sellers are happy to haggle.
    Deira Old Souk
    Dubai
  • Madinat Jumeirah

    Souk and mall
    The air-conditioned lanes full of shops and restaurants were built a few years ago in the style of an Arabian village. Tourists are not the only people to be found strolling through the labyrinth of shops (some exclusive and expensive), wine bars and any number of souvenir shops. Locals also enjoy the combination of kitsch, art and luxury.
    Jumeirah Road intersection
    P.O. Box 75157, Dubai
    +971 4 366 88 88
    jumeirah.com
  • Sauce

    Unusual fashion and accessories
    You would struggle to find fashion and accessories like this anywhere else. The eclectic blend of luxurious, flamboyant creations by local designers and international labels is virtually unrivalled. There is also a terrific selection of unusual bags, belts and jewellery. There are several branches in Dubai.
    The Village Mall
    Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
    +971 4 346 33 93
    shopatsauce.com
  • Dubai Museum

    Dubai’s history and culture
    Historic Al Fahidi Fort, which was restored in 1970 and has an underground museum, is an absolute must. The exhibits tell the story of how the Emirate began, explain the everyday life of the pearl fishermen and sheikhs, and show the importance of the dhows and life in the desert. Some of the artefacts that are displayed to bring this history closer to visitors are up to 4000 years old.
    Al Fahidi Street, opposite the mosque
    Dubai
    +971 4 353 18 62
  • The Fridge

    Cultural events and concerts
    Acclaimed concerts of various styles of music, modern dance and other performance are staged in this massive two-storey warehouse. The Fridge is dedicated to promoting regional creative artists, and its forum is also a driving force behind many other cultural events in the city.
    Alsterkal Avenue, Warehouse 5
    P.O. Box 71373, Dubai
    +971 4 347 77 93
    thefridgedubai.com

LOCAL TIP

You can have a great relaxing time at Barasti Bar. Not to mention the fantastic cocktails and hookahs. Above all on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, fun is guaranteed.

Marco
Barasti Beach Bar
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Al Sufouh Road
Dubai
+971 4 399 33 33
barastibeach.com

Thanks to the large number of locals of Indian descent, there are a great many Indian restaurants in Dubai. «India Palace» serves fantastic Indian food. The decorations are impressive, and the staff friendly and very attentive.

Marco
India Palace
Al Rigga Road
Dubai
+971 4 222 38 81
indiapalace.ae