A Sleek Metropolis In The Arabian Desert, Dubai Blends Ancient Customs With Cosmopolitan Vibrance.

From the surreal beauty of the Arabian desert to its skyscraping monuments to the imagination, Dubai blends timeless traditions with a forward-thinking verve that provides enduring, once-in-a-lifetime moments.

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Dubai International Airport (DXB), Sharjah International Airport (SHJ)

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ALSERKAL AVENUE
STREET 8, AL QUOZ 1
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In the hip, artsy Al Quoz district, a collection of former warehouses have been transformed into Alserkal Avenue, a miniature arts district. Over 20 art galleries, museums, cinemas, and performance spaces offer a peek into Dubai’s vibrant art culture. In addition to studios like internationally renowned Grey Noise and the Middle Eastern-focused Salsali Private Museum, the complex is home to A4, a combination café, boutique, library, and movie theater.

ARABIAN TEA HOUSE CAFE
AL FAHIDI STREET BUR DUBAI
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Dubai may be known for its sleek skyscrapers and rapid new construction, but, long before it was a major international capital, it was a small Emirati town. Catch glimpses of this disappearing world at the Arabian Tea House Café, a picturesque café that preserves traditional Emirati culture and hospitality in an historic wind tower house and its shady courtyard.

BASTAKIYA
ALONG DUBAI CREEK
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Carved wooden doors, narrow stone lanes, smooth limestone walls, and shaded courtyards fill the historic neighorhood where Dubai’s wealthiest families once lived. A picturesque heritage district where the last vestiges of old Dubai are preserved through traditional Islamic architecture, Bastakiya is now home to popular restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Located near Dubai Creek, the region is distinctive for its many barjeels, wind towers that cooled the houses in an earlier era.

BURJ KHALIFA
DUBAI
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Undoubtedly the pride of Dubai and the nation’s biggest landmark, the 2,716.5-foot Burj Khalifa has already broken numerous records as the tallest building in the world. At the insistence of Dubai’s ruler that this record-breaking piece of architecture also stay true to its local heritage, the architect incorporated iconic patterns from traditional Islamic architecture and took stylistic inspiration from the hymenocallis, a local desert flower with a naturally harmonious structure.

DUBAI MUSEUM
AL FAHIDI FORT
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Housed in an 18th-century fort – the oldest building in Dubai – the Dubai Museum was established in 1971 to present and preserve the region’s rich history, culture, and traditions. Vivid dioramas depict life in the United Arab Emirates before the discovery of oil in the 1960s. A pair of canons flanks the museum’s entrance, while tall masts rise from the wooden hull of a majestic dhow boat that rests outside.

JUMEIRAH BEACH ROAD
DUBAI
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It’s easy to get sucked into Dubai’s megamalls and spend an entire visit exploring international chains and luxury designers. Those interested in independent, local designers should make their way to Jumeirah Beach Road, whose bungalows are filled with trendy design shops, hip cafés, vintage stores, and more.

JUMEIRAH MOSQUE
JUMEIRAH BEACH ROAD
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Twin minarets rise from both sides of a radiant sandstone structure. Between these iconic towers, an intricately carved dome crowns one of Dubai’s holiest landmarks. Designed in the Fatimid style, which dates from the Middle Ages, this exquisite mosque pays tribute to the golden era of Islamic architecture. The emirates’ only mosque open to non-Muslims, guided tours are organized by the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding.

KHAN MURJAN SOUK
WAFI, AL GARHOUD ROAD
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Few things could be more emblematic of Dubai than Khan Murjan Souk, a luxury shopping center modeled on an ancient subterranean souk in Baghdad. While the shopping itself is impressive – including both mainstream shops and traditional Persian, Moroccan, and Arabic handicrafts – the real marvel is the building, with its colorful stained-glass ceiling, intricately carved wooden colonnade, and traditional tilework.

KITE SURFER’S BEACH
DUBAI
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One of Dubai’s most popular beaches, this pristine stretch of sand attracts locals and visitors alike on every sunny day. Learn to kite-surf from one of the kite-surfing outfits that give the beach its name, sip refreshing juices from one of the popular juice bars that line the beach, bask in the sun, and join in outdoor activities like paddle-boarding, beach volleyball, and bungee jumping.

THE SHEIKH MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
HOUSE 26, AL MUSSALLAH ROAD, BASTAKIYA, BUR DUBAI
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Set in the historic Bastakiya neighborhood, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding occupies one of the city’s most picturesque buildings, inspired by traditional Emirati wind tower houses and ornately decorated with artisan carvings and decor. Inside, the center holds events, exhibitions, and performances focused on bridging Emirati culture and the cultures of Dubai’s expatriates.

FEATURED EVENTS

EXPLORERS

CAMEL TREK AT SUNSET DUBAI

For a romantic experience, take a trek at sunset: our guides know the most scenic vistas for watching the desert sky’s colors.

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