Top ChoiceLandmark in Jumeirah

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

The Burj's graceful silhouette – meant to evoke the sail of a dhow (a traditional wooden cargo vessel) – is to Dubai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Completed in 1999, this iconic landmark sits on an...

Top ChoiceAmusement Park in Dubai

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Housed in an air-conditioned hangar the size of 28 football fields, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest indoor theme park. The US$1 billion park is truly impressive, with more than 20 rides and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Bur Dubai

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

The city's main historical museum charts Dubai's turbo-evolution from fishing and pearling village to global centre of commerce, finance and tourism. It has an atmospheric setting in the compact Al Fahidi Fort,...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Downtown Dubai

Burj Khalifa

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...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Bur Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Anyone keen on delving deeper into Emirati culture and history should take advantage of the activities, Emirati meals and tours offered through this nonprofit centre, based on the edge of Al Fahidi Historic...

Top ChoiceArea in Bur Dubai

Al Fahidi Historic District

Al Fahidi Historic District

Traffic fades to a quiet hum in the labyrinthine lanes of this nicely restored heritage area formerly known as the Bastakiya Quarter. Its narrow walking lanes are flanked by sand-coloured houses topped with wind...

Top ChoiceArea in Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah

One of Dubai’s most attractive developments, Madinat Jumeirah is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Arab village, complete with a souq (market), palm-fringed waterways and desert-coloured hotels and...

Top ChoiceFair in Dubai

Global Village

Global Village

The carnival-like Global Village is a bit like a ‘world fair’ for shoppers. Each of the 30-something pavilions showcases a specific nation’s culture and – of course – products. Aside from shopping, there's also...

Top ChoiceMarket in Deira

Gold Souq

Gold Souq

All that glitters is gold (and occasionally silver) along this covered arcade where dozens of shops overflow with every kind of jewellery imaginable, from delicate pearl earrings to lavish golden wedding...

Top ChoiceMosque in Jumeirah

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

Snowy white and intricately detailed, Jumeirah is Dubai's most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE that are open to non-Muslims – one-hour guided tours are operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre...

Top ChoiceAsian in Jumeirah

3 Fils

3 Fils

Singaporean chef Akmal Anuar turns out innovative yet unpretentious Asian-influenced small plates at this tiny, unlicensed spot – a perfect foil to Dubai's expensive, overblown eateries. There are around 25 seats...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Downtown Dubai

Zuma

Zuma

Every dish speaks of refinement in this perennially popular bi-level 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...

Top ChoiceChocolate in Downtown Dubai

Mirzam Chocolate Makers

The art of crafting fine chocolate is taken very seriously at this high-tech 'Willy Wonka' factory, where all stages from roasting to handwrapping take place behind glass walls. Only single origin beans from such...

Top ChoiceGallery in Bur Dubai

Alserkal Cultural Foundation

Alserkal Cultural Foundation

This nonprofit foundation runs the most dynamic cultural space in the Al Fahidi Historic District. Galleries showcasing traditional and cutting-edge works by local and international artists orbit a central...

Top ChoiceBar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Barasti

Since 1995, Barasti has grown from basic beach shack to top beach club spot for lazy days in the sand, and is often jam-packed with shiny happy party people knocking back the brewskis. There's football and rugby...

Top ChoiceEmirati in Deira

Aseelah

With its mix of traditional and modern Emirati cuisine, this stylish restaurant ticks all the boxes. Many dishes feature a local spice mix called bezar (containing cumin, fennel, cinnamon and dried chillies),...

Top ChoiceFusion in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Asia Asia

Asia Asia

Prepare for a culinary journey along the Spice Road at this theatrically decorated restaurant, which is entered via a candlelit corridor that spills into an exotic booth-lined lounge with dangling birdcage lamps....

Top ChoiceIndian in Bur Dubai

Claypot

The chef here has Dorchester and Ritz cred, and studied under nouvelle cuisine guru Michel Guerard. Kickstart your menu with the dahi puri (stuffed crispy puris), a fabulous Indian street food. The...

Top ChoiceClub in Downtown Dubai

White 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 partygoers with an eclectic sound soup, from...

Top ChoiceBeach in Jumeirah

Kite Beach

Kite Beach

This long, pristine stretch of white sand, off Jumeirah Rd and next to a mosque, is superclean and has lots of activities, including kitesurfing, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking. There are showers,...