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October 12, 2021

Our Luxury Travel Guide: Dubai

A city full of contrasts, Dubai is a city where a traveler could choose from many options. There’s the glittering skyline, made up of skyscrapers so tall they defy imagination; the modern collection of stores and eateries,  and the luxurious hotels, luxury rentals, ready to welcome even the most discerning traveler in style and excess.

Then there’s the desert with its rolling hills of sand stamped with the footprints of Arabian oryx and gazelles; the souks with their labyrinth of stalls, bins overflowing with a rainbow of spices, the scent filling the air; and the traditional abra boats ferrying riders across the Dubai Creek.

The city has sprouted up from its desert port beginnings to become a sprawling metropolis full of vibrant neighborhoods, record-setting buildings, and over-the-top shopping centers all in the last several decades (excavation work on the famous Burj Khalifa didn’t even begin until January 2004).

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The weather in Dubai is hot throughout the year, but the months between end of September to March/April are the best times to visit with average temperatures hovering in the high 70’s and low 80’s in December. Those who love to pack a sweater are in luck too as early mornings and evenings in the desert tend to be much cooler and air conditioning is plentiful throughout Dubai.

Another reason to visit during the winter is the Dubai Shopping Festival, which is held in January each year, complete with great deals, live entertainment, and raffles.


By Air:
Dubai has two world-class airports that provide thousands of international flights each week. Dubai International Airport (DXB) has been the gateway to the emirate since the first airstrip was developed in the 1960s – it is now one of the busiest airports on the planet. The newer Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) is a part of the expansive Dubai South development, which will eventually span 6.7 million square kilometres, including real estate, leisure facilities and retail.
By Land:
The vast majority of visitors will arrive in Dubai by plane, but you can arrive via neighbouring countries easily by road. The UAE shares land borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman, and Gulf (GCC) residents can drive easily between each. Some of the busiest borders include Hatta and Al Ain, where adventure-seekers can get quick access to the Hajar Mountains, or take quick road trips on the outskirts of Dubai. Visitors from outside the region may have some visa restrictions so please plan accordingly.
By Sea:
Cruise tourism in Dubai has thrived thanks to the Dubai Cruise Terminal located at Mina Rashid. The luxurious port typically welcomes around half a million visitors each year. The terminal is a great vantage point from where you can explore the emirate, equipped with plenty of facilities, including a café, restaurant and minimart, with free WiFi, seating and tour company outlets. There’s even a complimentary shuttle service to selected shopping destinations and a paid shuttle service to The Dubai Mall and Dubai International Airport.
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The Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

It is considered one of the newest neighborhood of Dubai Marina, and JBR is the most Westernized area in the city. A nice walkable location in Dubai, probably one of the best ones.

JBR refers to the beach, the promenade and all the buildings which are in the first line. The Marina is everything behind there, including the tallest skyscrapers and the canal.

Most European expats choose to live here, as it is the easiest place to live in, with plenty of bar options and no strict restrictions, like the way women dress at the beach, for example.


Not an appealing place where to stay during your your vacation in Dubai, since it is the functional neighborhood of Dubai.

Besides wandering around the Mall of the Emirates (the second most famous mall) to see the Ski Resort, tourists don’t have much to do here.

On the other hand, however, there are quite a few expats living here, basically, because it is very well-connected to the metro, is close to both Marina and Downtown and you can save a few hundred of dollars rent per month.

Moreover, it has everything you may need, from a Carrefour to many types of shops and some really good local restaurants, from Arabic to great Indian and Pakistanis, so Al-Barsha is actually a great place to stay.


Considered the best location where to stay in Dubai. With some of the tallest skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa, the most luxurious shops, fancy boulevards, and the most glamorous clubs and fine-dining restaurants, Downtown is the reason why Dubai is famous.

Whether you want to go to the top of Burj Khalifa, shop in the world’s largest mall or just check out the fountain show, all tourists come here at some point during their trip.


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Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah (or The Palm) is one of Dubai’s most remarkable landmarks.

It’s basically a palm-shaped island which is attached to Dubai’s mainland. It is actually huge, with a length of several kilometers from the beginning till the edge of the island, where you find the Atlantis Hotel, one of the most luxurious hotels in the city and a replica of the same hotel in The Bahamas

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From noodles to shawarma, sushi to steak, Dubai’s dining scene is outstanding – in both quality and variety.

Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara

The restaurant is not underwater, nor is the ‘submarine’ that takes you there real. Nonetheless, it is an extraordinary and unique experience dining within the vast aquarium that sets the scene for Nathan Outlaw Al Mahara. The Michelin-starred British chef’s dishes emphasize the power of simplicity while the flavors of the finest ingredients speak for themselves. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails in one of the open-air, waterfront patio tables.


Casual atmosphere at Eauzone, reflecting the slow pace of the One&Only Royal Mirage and the lazy sea beyond. After sunset, however, this venue smartens up into a sleek, refined restaurant. The design is beautifully positioned around the pool, giving the impression that it is floating on the translucent water. A winding walkway over the pool shows the way into the restaurant where there is a stylish bar and a glamorous, striped poolside marquee deck.

La Petite Maison

Magnificently located in Dubai International Financial Centre, this restaurant’s cooking style belongs to ‘old Genoese,’ serving Mediterranean dishes. Local produce — notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers and girolles — is used generously with seafood, meat and fresh pasta to produce a style that’s light and healthy.

Al Hadheerah

The Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa signature restaurant is a 60-minute drive from Dubai airport. The resort is hidden among sand dunes, giving the image of an isolated oasis perfect for a fine-dining experience under the stars. Fourteen live cooking stations provide authentic cuisine from the Middle East while guests enjoy live entertainment. The Emirati Heritage Museum is also located nearby for an extra dose of culture.

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Zheng He’s

Award-winning chefs at Zheng He’s pride themselves on creating dishes that blend modern Western presentation with old Chinese flavors. The setting adds to this fusion — on the ‘dockside’ of a canal that weaves itself into the Madinet Jumeirah resort, it has an atmosphere of ancient simplicity while retaining views of the Burj Al Arab and the Gulf beyond. Try the signature Fortune Beggar Chicken among the exquisite Chinese fare on offer.

Nobu Dubai

Based at the Atlantis Hotel, Nobu fuses cutting–edge Japanese style with Arabian influences, while retaining Nobu classics such as its legendary seared black cod served with sweet miso sauce, and yellowtail topped with thin slices of jalapeño. The menu is complemented by a sushi bar and stylish surroundings, including private areas for more intimate gatherings. Cooking classes are available, allowing guests to learn the secrets behind this world-famous restaurant chain, created by globally renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa to redefine Japanese cuisine.


The Dubai Mall

The UAE’s highest concentration of designer boutiques can be found here, alongside the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and an Olympic-sized ice rink, while the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa are on the doorstep. Walking through the several million square feet of retail space is a workout: you can navigate with the Dubai Mall mobile app, and be sure to pack comfortable shoes – or buy a pair. With more than 1,300 shops, including anchor departments stores Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s, finding the right footwear for the job shouldn’t be a problem.

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Al Barsha

Mall of the Emirates

The only place in the UAE where you’ll find a ski slope, Mall of the Emirates is a magnet for Middle Eastern travellers who’ve never seen snow. The mall’s Fashion District looks like the pages of Vogue brought to life, with Bulgari, Dior and Gucci stopping shoppers in their tracks with attention-grabbing window displays. High-street offerings include Next, Topshop and the popular Turkish equivalent, Koton, while Harvey Nichols and Debenhams go head to head as the flagship department stores. The ‘Hands Free’ service means shoppers can have their bags collected and delivered later anywhere in the mall, car parks or connecting hotels (a Kempinski and a Sheraton).

Jebel Ali

The Outlet Village

This incongruous Tuscan village-styled mall on the outskirts of Dubai is to the UAE what Bicester Village is to England. From Armani to Ermenegildo Zegna, several discounted high-end collections can be found in bespoke boutiques or one of three multi-brand department stores: The Deal, Priceless and Galeries Lafayette L’Outlet. Hotfoot it to Coach, Dunhill, Michael Kors and Montblanc for luxury leather accessories, and bag high street bargains at stores including Banana Republic, Gap Factory, Diesel, Superdry and Ted Baker. In addition to the 100 or so shops, there’s a food court and Stay & Play, a care facility where children can be entertained while grown-ups splurge.

Contact: 00 971 800 637 227;

Lotus Arts de Vivre

This little shop of curiosities, an outpost of a family business based in Thailand, presents dramatic handcrafted jewellery and home décor inspired by Asian mythology and made from unusual materials, most striking among them the iridescent green wings of the scarab beetle. Outshining the sharpest cut of emerald, large and ornate scarab earrings and pendants emit an almost supernatural glow from within the shop’s glass display cases. A bespoke scarab souvenir can cost a few thousand pounds, but it’s sure to remain a talking point for years to come. Slightly more affordable items are fashioned from seeds, nuts, shells and emu eggs.

Contact: 00 971 4 343 6677;

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1. Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest building is at the top of most Dubai tourists’ must-see list. Standing 163 floors – almost 830 meters tall – Burj Khalifa is perfect for a family trip including the beautifully landscaped gardens beneath and the 124th/125th and 148th-floor observation decks.

From above, the birds-eye view of Dubai and most importantly the panoramic skyline is unmatched. The world’s largest choreographed fountain show – Dubai Fountain – lies beneath for those who prefer their action on the ground or perhaps do not have time to join the queues

2. Burj Al-Arab

The world’s tallest, one and only “seven-star” hotel is a sail-shaped building standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island off the coast at Jumeirah.

3. Dubai Desert Safari

One of the major highlights of any Dubai tour is exploring the Dubai deserts. And going for a Dubai desert safari is the best way to experience a taster of the Dubai desert. A typical desert safari includes dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding and many end in traditional Bedouin-style camps for dinner, henna and musical entertainment, a not to be missed experience.

4. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque, a replica of the Egyptian Al-Azhar Mosque but eight times larger in actual size, is considered among the most beautiful mosques in Dubai, a great show-off of the traditional Islamic architecture.

5.Dubai Museum

Housed in the 230 years old Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum serves as a showcase of the history and culture of the city and beyond. There is a great exhibit, at the entrance, displaying old maps of the region lining up as dots to the gigantic boom in modern development and expansion.

Traditional boats and palm-leaf house with wind-tower decorate the courtyard. Traditional weaponry, musical instruments, presentation of the local way of life along with artefacts from the several thousand years old Al Qusais archaeological site forms the core of the museum interior.

6.The Bastakia Quarter

This is the old city of Dubai and was built by the wealthy pearl-traders in the 19th century. Old luxurious buildings made of coral and limestones were fitted with wind-towers – air-conditioning of the olden days. Bastakia is located on the eastern side of Bur Dubai and lies on the Dubai Creek. Along-side the old architectures, Majlis Gallery shows traditional Arab ceramics and furniture, while the XVA Gallery displays a more contemporary art collection.

7.Sheikh Sayeed Al-Maktoum House

This is another great museum housed in an old royal home. Sheikh Sayeed Al-Maktoum ruled Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and lived in this house originally built in 1896 by his father. The house was rebuilt and was turned into the museum; however, the architecture has been preserved. Dubai Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents now occupies the building.

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Aquaventure Waterpark is an internationally famous waterpark based at Atlantis The Palm. The world’s longest water slide Aquaconda, Leap of Faith – a nine-story-tall water slide and coaster rides offer the great water thrills for family fun.  Underwater safari, water-sports area for children and a 700 meters long white sand beach complement the adventure.

9.Luxury Yachting Experience

Dubai is considered one of the best places in the world to enjoy luxury yachting. You can pick a yacht rental in Dubai per your budget and requirements and enjoy your time with your loved ones in Dubai’s crystal clear waters


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