Top things to do

Top Choice Landmark in Downtown Dubai

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is a stunning feat of architecture and engineering, with two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. The world’s tallest building pierces the sky at 828m a…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Dubai

Zuma

Every dish speaks of refinement in this perennially popular bilevel restaurant that gives classic Japanese fare an up-to-the-minute workout. No matter if you go for the top-cut sushi morsels (the dynamite spider rol…
Top Choice Club in Downtown Dubai

White Dubai

The Dubai spawn of the Beirut original did not need long to lure local socialites with high-energy rooftop parties under the stars. International spinmeisters shower party-goers with an eclectic sound soup, from hou…
Top Choice Mall in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Mall

With around 1200 stores, this isn't merely the world's largest shopping mall, it’s a small city, with a giant ice rink and aquarium, a dinosaur skeleton, indoor theme parks and 150 food outlets. There’s a strong Eur…
Top Choice Sports Bar in Downtown Dubai

Bridgewater Tavern

This happening joint has ushered the sports bar into a new era. Sure, there are the requisite big screens to catch the ball action, but it's packaged into an industrial-flavoured space with (mostly) rock on the turn…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Downtown Dubai

Alserkal Avenue

Edgy contemporary art from the Middle East and beyond has found a home in Dubai thanks to the vision of Abdelmonem bin Eisa Alserkal. The local developer and arts patron has turned a sprawling warehouse complex in d…
Top Choice Club in Downtown Dubai

Cirque Le Soir

Is it a nightclub, a circus or a cabaret? One of Dubai's hottest after-dark spots – and London spin-off – is actually a trifecta of all three, a madhouse where you can let your freak out among clowns, stilt-walkers,…
Top Choice International in Downtown Dubai

Baker & Spice

A pioneer of the local-organic-fresh maxim in Dubai, this London import offers a seasonal bounty of dishes, prepared in-house and serves amid charming, country-style decor and on a Dubai Fountain–facing terrace. The…
Top Choice Cinema in Downtown Dubai

Cinema Akil

Treating cineastes to smart indie flicks from around the world on a pop-up basis since 2014, this dynamic platform has now taken up permanent residence at the Alserkal Avenue. Screenings are often followed by Q&…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Opera

Shaped like a traditional dhow – the sailing vessels that still ply the Gulf – Dubai Opera is the city's newest high-calibre performing-arts venue. Despite its name, it actually hosts a potpourri of shows, including…