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Top Choice Market in Deira

Deira Gold Souq

All that glitters is gold (and occasionally silver) at this colourful covered arcade where hundreds of stores overflow with every kind of jewellery imaginable, from tiny pearl earrings to giant golden wedding neckla…
Top Choice Museum in Bur Dubai

Dubai Museum

Dubai's best museum occupies the sturdy Al Fahidi Fort, built around 1800 and considered the city's oldest structure. The exhibit charts the emirate's turbo-evolution from fishing and pearling village to global cent…
Top Choice Mall in Jumeirah & Around

Mall of the Emirates

With 600 stores, MoE is (another) one of Dubai’s mega malls, with retail options ranging from high street to haute couture. The indoor ski hall Ski Dubai is the main non-shopping attraction.
Top Choice Iranian in Deira


Dubai’s top Persian outpost also scores high on the romance metre with a panorama of glittering lights unfolding over the Creek. Take your sweet time as you tuck into slow-cooked lamb, charcoal-grilled kebabs or chi…
Top Choice Bar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah


Seaside at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Barasti is the top spot for lazy days on the beach and is often jam-packed with shiny happy party people knocking back the brewskis. There's soccer and rugby on the b…
Top Choice Seafood in Jumeirah & Around


Looking for a place to drop an engagement ring into a glass of champagne? Make reservations (far in advance) at this impossibly romantic seafood house capping a historic wooden pier with front-row views of the Burj …
Top Choice Mosque in Jumeirah & Around

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, during one-hour guided tours operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre …
Top Choice Bar in Deira


Watch the ballet of lighted dhows floating by while sipping cocktails at this always-fun outdoor Creek-side lounge deck where carpets and cushions set an inviting mood. In summer, keep cool in an air-conditioned ten…
Top Choice Lebanese in Al Markaziyah West & Around

Lebanese Flower

Amid a cluster of Middle Eastern snack, grill and pastry outlets, a short walk from Al Husn Fort, this Lebanese restaurant is a local legend, attracting a multinational clientele of city residents. The generous plat…
Top Choice Fort in Al Markaziyah West & Around

Qasr Al Hosn

Featured on the back of the Dh1000 note, this iconic fort started life in 1760 as a watchtower that safeguarded a precious freshwater well. After an expansion, it became the ancestral home of the ruling Al Nahyan fa…