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Global City Guidebook: Dubai

Jul 19, 2023

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Shimmering with glitz, glamour and ultramodern skyscrapers, Dubai lures visitors with the utmost in luxury hotels, world-class dining, designer shopping and lively nightlife. But this city in the United Arab Emirates offers so much more, from history and heritage to desert adventures and water sports.

GETTING THERE & AROUND

The world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, Dubai International Airport lies 5 miles from city center. Many hotels offer a shuttle bus or other transportation service to and from the airport. Taxis do not use meters, and fares vary widely. A public bus service is also available. Taxis offer an efficient way to get around the city; hail them on the street or from the RTA Smart Taxi app. The Dubai Metro network offers an affordable transportation mode for getting from place to place.

LODGING

Atlantis The Royal

Indulge in the epitome of ultraluxury at Dubai’s new iconic landmark, a 43-story experiential resort boasting stunning views and bespoke amenities crafted exclusively for the hotel. Enjoy holistic wellness, culinary masterpieces and unmatched personal service.

Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 4 426 3000

atlantis.com

Bab Al Shams, A Rare Finds Desert Resort

Wake up to stunning desertscape or garden views at this one-of-a-kind desert retreat just 45 minutes from downtown. Unwind at five dining options, palm-shaded pools and the wellness spa. Or seek adventures like falconry, hot-air balloons over the dunes, riding Arabian horses and camel trekking.

Al Qudra Road, opposite Endurance City, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 4 809 6100

babalshams.com

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Situated on its own small island, the sleek, sail-shaped hotel is known for elegant luxury and world-class hospitality. Stay in sumptuous guestrooms and suites with spectacular sea views, and unwind in an exquisite spa overlooking the Gulf.

Jumeirah Street, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 4 301 7777

jumeirah.com

DINING

Ariana’s Persian Kitchen

Inspired by family recipes handed down for generations, TV chef and cookbook author Ariana Bundy’s debut restaurant offers a fresh take on Persian food. Classic dishes with a modern twist evoke the aromas of a traditional Persian home — all served with charming hospitality.

Atlantis the Royal, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 4 426 2500

atlantis.com

Orfali Bros Bistro

Named No. 1 restaurant in the Middle East and North Africa 2023, the unpretentious bistro helmed by three Syrian brothers expresses their love of food, art, travel and culture. Expect surprising flavor combinations reflecting their appetite for adventure, such as a fattoush Greek salad-and-gazpacho hybrid.

Wasl 51 Mall, D92, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 4 259 2477

orfalibros.com

Trèsind Studio

The only 2-Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in the U.A.E. offers a refined take on the diverse culinary landscape of India in an intimate space for just 20 guests, where each seat overlooks the open kitchen.

Rooftop East, Nakheel Mall, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 58 895 1272

tresindstudio.com

ATTRACTIONS

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Escape to the U.A.E.’s first national park, designed to protect the last of the desert wilderness. Approved tour operators take visitors on journeys among spectacular dunes and offer activities like camel riding, archery and falconry. Reservations required.

Sharjah, UAE, tel 971 50 907 0193

ddcr.org

Hatta Heritage Village

Explore a restored mountain town where mud and stone houses demonstrate ancient village life. Located about 80 miles southeast of central Dubai, Hatta’s craggy mountains, scattered springs and lush valleys offer a stark contrast to the bustling city.

Sufayri, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 4 852 2200

visithatta.com

Seabreacher

For a thrill to remember, try the latest water adventure in Dubai. Hit the waves in Seabreacher, a mini-submarine in the shape of a shark, reaching speeds up to 60 mph and mimicking the movements of a real shark as it jumps up to 20 feet out of the water.

Water Adventure Dubai, JBR Beach, Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE, tel 971 54 411 5599

wateradventure.ae

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