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    Bastakiya

    4
    10 reviews

    One of the most authentic places in Dubai. Make sure you spend a couple of hours walking around and exploring the neighborhood. You can find several galleries, museums along with a small hotel and some cafes. Bastakiya is the historical center of Dubai and where the city started.

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  • 2

    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    4.5
    34 reviews

    Stunning modern marvel and the highlight of Abu Dhabi. Truly a serious challenge to the Taj Mahal. The official tours are a great introduction and will give you access beyond the velvet ropes. Hours are limited. An absolute must see. Arrive first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. Bring sunglasses -- the white marble is highly reflective and ...

    Popular withLocalDesignFamilies
  • 3

    Abu Dhabi Mall

    3.5
    7 reviews

    Huge Mall. Goos Selection of stores mostly in the midrange area. Might be in need of some updating but still a fantastic place for shopping

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  • 4

    Souk Madinat Jumeira

    4
    32 reviews

    Completely artificial but thoroughly enjoyable. This artificial souk packs a lot of atmosphere even if it feels a little more Disney than authentic. Nice restaurants, good shopping, and steps away from the beach.

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  • 5

    Bateel

    4.5
    2 reviews

    Great atmosphere. Arabic Coffee and Dates are the best.

    Popular withLuxuryDesignLocal
  • 6

    Burj Khalifa

    4.5
    142 reviews

    The Burj Khalifa is a stunning piece of architecture and is visible from most parts of Dubai. Standing close to it at the Dubai Mall is humbling.

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  • 7

    Mall of the Emirates

    4.5
    85 reviews

    Huge and over extravagant. I enjoyed walking around but it was a little overwhelming. What I did enjoy was the scenery outside- the giant fountain that goes off every hour and the enormous buildings.

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  • 8

    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

    4.5
    22 reviews

    The biggest indoor theme park in the world is also a museum and education center of the Ferrari brand thats great not just for the fans of the sports car but with shows and cools event happens, great for the families too.

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    Marina Mall

    4
    7 reviews

    Massive mall with shops in various ranges, this mall is also an entertainment complex with ice skating, bowling and cinemas available in addition to shopping, eating, and people watching.

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  • 10

    Dubai Fountain

    4.5
    63 reviews

    Show starts at 6pm and every half hour at this Dubai Mall complex. Different type of music accompanies the dancing fountain - from modern to middle eastern and even Chinese

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  • 11

    Dubai Marina Walk

    4.5
    21 reviews

    Whenever I need to remember why I love living in Dubai, I visit the Dubai Marina. It’s one of the most stunning places in Dubai and looks very different than the rest of the city. It’s an artificial canal city built along the Persian Gulf shoreline. The Dubai Marina Walk can be quite a romantic place for a stroll at ...

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  • 12

    Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

    4.5
    5 reviews

    excellent place for enjoyment, especially for family with children. watching mermaid show is so amazing (it is having specific time schedule ) . it is so wonderful experience to see giant fish like shark moving above your head.....

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  • 13

    Cirque du Soir

    5
    2 reviews

    Want to enjoy club music at a cirques? Well this is as close as it comes to it! This unique club combines circus acts, from stilt walkers, contortionists, and burlesque dancers, to fire eaters and sword swallowers, with high-intensity club sounds. Add the free pop-corn available at the entrance and all your senses are mesmerized at this nightclub. This circus ...

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  • 14

    The Dubai Mall

    4.5
    162 reviews

    The latest and greatest mega mall in Dubai. Connected to the Burj Khalifa observation deck. Has an aquarium and acres of retail and American chain restaurants. It is a spectacle.

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  • 15

    Jumeirah Beach

    4.5
    70 reviews

    Lovely beach area where the dessert plunges into the turquoise sea. A must visit.

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  • 16

    The Waterfall

    3.5
    2 reviews

    Unexpectedly nice art installation inside the Dubai Mall. Worth seeking out.

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  • 17

    Dubai World Trade Centre

    4.5
    3 reviews

    Home to a number of nice restaurants. A good place for meetings. Gate Village is an upscale oasis that houses a few excellent local galleries as well as high end restaurants -- most serving international food.

    Popular withLuxuryFoodiesDesign
  • 18

    Saadiyat Island Cultural District Exhibition

    3.5
    2 reviews

    Even if only half of Saadiyat gets built, it will be a major accomplishment. As it stands now, and as laid out in this exhibition, Saadiyat is essentially a brand-new city from the marshy ground up. The exhibit is all bells and whistles--video interviews with the engineers, models of the fancy new museums, Frank Gehry's disembodied voice describing his vision. ...

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  • 19

    Souk Al Bahar

    4.5
    4 reviews

    This Arabian-style shopping mall has more character than Dubai Mall but somehow feels a bit dark and cramped. I prefer the older Madinat Jumeirah for this style of mall but Souk Al Bahar is a nice break from the full-on mega Western monstrosity across the way at Dubai Mall.

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  • 20

    At The Top Burj Khalifa

    4
    2 reviews

    The Burj Khalifa itself is gorgeous. I found the observation deck a little anti-climactic. The building is so tall versus the surrounding buildings that the views feel a bit muted. Still lovely but given the price and potential lines, I'd deprioritize vs. other experiences if I was short on time. 125 AED for a reserved time or 400 AED for ...

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