Some talk of a kind of urban megalomania to describe the skyline of this city, one that looks like something out of a futuristic science fiction film and has brought many benefits to the Emirates. Dubai, capital of one of the seven United Arab Emirates, has become a top destination for a type of tourism that enjoys unfettered luxury.
Burj Al Arab hotel
The Burj Al Arab is the only 7-star hotel in the world. Since it was built, it has been considered the best hotel on the planet by many industry experts. Its sail-shaped structure has made it one of the most photographed buildings in the world. To visit the hotel and admire its fountains, shops and impressive lobby (the highest lobby in the world at almost 200 m), you need to make a booking at one of the hotel restaurants or bars.
Phone: +971 4 301 7777
Atlantis The Palm
Opened in September 2008, Atlantis The Palm covers 46 hectares, 17 of which are the water park. The hotel also offers exciting marine attractions and entertainment for all the family, as well as over 23 restaurants, bars and eateries serving more than 28 different types of cuisine. Atlantis has everything, from family options to haute cuisine experiences. One of the most famous is the Ossiano Underwater Restaurant, the Atlantis’ most luxurious culinary experience.
Phone: +971 4 426 2000
Armani Hotel Dubai
The hotel by the famous Italian designer, Giorgio Armani, opened its doors in 2010 in the world’s tallest tower, the Dubai Burj Khalifa. Occupying the first 39 floors of the skyscraper, it follows the same aesthetic that characterises the designer’s collections: minimalism, neutral colours and fine materials, especially wood. The best rooms offer excellent views of the Dubai Fountain.
Sheikh Zayed Rd
Phone: +971 4 888 3888
One & Only The Palm
One&Only The Palm is an oasis overlooking the sea and surrounded by the lush landscape of the crescent-shaped Palm private peninsula. Surrounded by sandy beaches and with immaculate gardens, fountains and bubbling pools, this intimate boutique resort offers stunning views of the magnificent skyline of the new Dubai. Guests can stay in a residential setting, with a mix of Moorish and Andalusian architecture with exquisite Arab-style interiors. Perfect for travelling as a family. Chic and refined, One&Only The Palm adds a sophisticated air of island elegance to the frenetic pace of Dubai.
Phone: 971 4 440 1010
Fairmont The Palm
Fairmont The Palm is an idyllic, 5-star complex on the emblematic Palm Jumeirah island. Inside, the contemporary architecture is the backdrop, with authentic Arab touches and sophisticated elegance. Outside, guests can enjoy the sun, surf and sand of a private beach as well as being surrounded by views of the Dubai Marina and the Persian Gulf. The hotel also offers an exclusive holistic spa where you can enjoy different wellbeing options, all inspired by ancient philosophies and the essence of the sand and the sea that surrounds Dubai.
Phone: 971 4 457 3388
Al Maha Resort
Set 45 minutes from Dubai, the Al Maha is an exclusive resort built on a reserve in the middle of the desert. A luxury oasis offering a range of activities to help you experience life in the desert: dune safari, horse riding or camel riding, falconry, dinners at sunset, an more. Each one of its Bedouin-style suites has its own private pool and butler service with three butlers per guest. The Al Maha boasts a restaurant offering dishes made with first-class ingredients.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Phone: 971 4 832 9900
Palm Islands is the name of the three artificial islands where different commercial and residential facilities have been built and which has become a tourist destination. The islands are called Jumeirah, Jebel Ali and Deira. 100 million m³ of rock and sand were used to build Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali. Palm Deira used 10 times more rock and sand than Jumeirah and Jebel Ali. All the islands have large residential areas, restaurants, theme parks, entertainment areas, shopping centres and luxury hotels.
Heritage House is a historic, traditional house that reflects Dubai’s past. The building dates from the end of the 19th century. In 1910, the property was bought by Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, the most famous pearl merchant in the region. In his hands, the house went from having two rooms to becoming a 950 m² mansion. The house changed hands over the years until in 1994, the government of Dubai acquired it in order to renovate it and use it for tourist and cultural activities.
This is a complex of buildings, bars, restaurants and shops near Burj Al Arab, built in the purest traditional Arab style. Set next to the Persian Gulf and with its own private beach, it’s an authentic Arab city in miniature within Dubai. It includes three magnificent hotels, a group of traditional summerhouses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf and seven stunning houses in Jumeirah Malakiya Villas. There are also over 50 different restaurants and night spots. It includes a 5 km river network and its own fleet of traditional boats to travel around the entire area, perhaps with a stop at the Madinat Jumeirah souk.
Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai)
At 828 m, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Over 12,000 people from 30 countries were involved in its construction. The Burj Khalifa houses the first Armani hotel (across the first 39 floors), 700 private luxury apartments (floors 45 to 108), a viewing deck (floor 123), and observatory (floor 124) and offices (other floors up to floor 156)… The interior décor is by famous designer Nada Andric, combining glass, stainless steel, polished stones, stucco walls, traditional textures, stone floors, all inspired by local Dubai culture.
Emaar Boulevard 1
Dubai Creek is a natural estuary of around 10 km separating Deira and Bur Dubai, the two historic districts of the city. At the beginning of the 20th century, Dubai Creek was the region’s most important port, with hundreds of boats trading their wares with India and Africa. These dhows (traditional Arab boats) are closely linked with the history of the city. To cross from one side to the other there are two bridges, a tunnel and small boats that organise scenic crossings, with meals on board. One of the best areas of the city to explore on foot. The liveliest spots to visit are Deira Creek and Heritage Village.
The historic Al Bastakiya district is what is left of the old Dubai of fishermen, tradespeople and pearl divers. Its name means “Iranian city” after the large number of Iranians immigrants who settled there. Many of the buildings were constructed in 1890 and renovated in 2005 when the government decided to make Al Bastakiya an artistic and cultural landmark in the city. Although these buildings are new, they were built to be as faithful as possible to the original architecture. Most of the buildings are cultural centres, art galleries or small cafés with their own exceptional charm
Haute cuisine restaurant on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. The restaurant itself holds a Guinness World Record as the highest restaurant in the world. Famous chef Jitin Joshi offers a haute cuisine menu based around foie gras, oysters and Wagyu sirloin. Why not visit Atmosphere to sample tea served with scones or mushroom quiche while you enjoy the incredible city skyline?
122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
Phone: +971 4 888 3828/
An underwater restaurant in the Burj Al Arab building where you can enjoy an exquisite lunch or dinner surrounded by a marine world of sharks, coral reefs and other aquatic species. The kitchen is run by acclaimed British chef Nathan Outlaw, a specialist in seafood and the holder of two Michelin stars. He has revitalised the restaurant with his unique style and the most exquisite dishes with ingredients sourced from England, Scotland and Ireland as well as local produce. His signature dishes include smoked turbot with citrus fruits, aromatic basil, salted anchovies and almonds, or lobster risotto.
Phone: 971 4 301 7777
Sophisticated fusion restaurant in the One & Only Royal Mirageresort. A range of world famous chefs prepare traditional dishes from Mediterranean, Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine, with grilled meats and delicious seafood, served near the beach where you can enjoy the fresh air. There’s an informal vibe during the day, that becomes more elegant after sunset. Once night falls it becomes an intimate, refined space offering an interesting range of modern dishes with an Asian touch.
Al Sufouh Rd,Jumeirah Rd, Arabia Courts, Opp Media City
Phone: 971 4 399 9999
A unique restaurant in front of Al Qsar, in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Pierchic is one of the most romantic restaurants in Dubai, ideal for those looking for intimate moments. It’s just a five-minute stroll along a wooden pier that leads to this bar and restaurant that has become one of Dubai’s most unique culinary destinations. The speciality: Mediterranean seafood with fish dishes combined with ingredients such as truffles and almonds. Our recommendation: the tasting menu.
Phone: 971 4 366 6730
A restaurant bearing the stamp of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, one of the most important Japanese chefs in the world. Known the world over as Nobu, its restaurants are famous for fusing traditional Japanese style with innovative South American influences and contemporary style. The Nobu empires now boasts 13 restaurants across the globe. Nobu in Dubai is located in the Atlantis The Palm hotel and offers an exquisite culinary experience in an incredibly attractive setting. Its specialities include: Nobu-style Saikyo miso, a delicious lobster and quinoa ceviche, or top-quality black cod dusted with sweet miso before being baked to perfection.
The Crescent – Atlantis The Palm Dubai
Phone: 971 4 426 2626
The brand relaunches its emblematic flagship store in Dubai, in the Mall of the Emirates, presenting its new interior design proposal for the first time in the 1000 m² store set across a single floor. Massimo Dutti offers the Women and Men collections as well as its prestigious Personal Tailoring service. A new store concept where all the details fall into place to consolidate the brand’s identity and lifestyle, conveying a sense of quality, an inherent value in all Massimo Dutti collections.
Mall of Emirates
Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah souk
The Madinat Jumeirah souk is an attractive shopping complex designed to look like a traditional souk. A lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere that attracts both tourists and local residents. The souk has over 70 shops where you can buy different souvenirs of your trip to Dubai, as well as bars and restaurants that really come to life in the evenings.
Jumeirah Beach Road
Harvey Nichols Dubai opened its doors in February 2006. The largest Harvey Nichols store is in the Mall of the Emirates shopping centre and offers all sorts of gourmet products, beauty and home wares, as well as a restaurant, Almaz by Momo on the top floor, a must-see for visitors to the city. Almaz by Momo is a North African restaurant specialising in vegetable-based dishes and delicious desserts. The restaurant also boasts spectacular views over the city.
Mall of the Emirates
Phone: 971 4 409 8888
These luxury department stores are a must-see at Dubai Mall, with two stores where you can find the best fashion brands and home wares. Covering over 13,564 m2 and offering the most sought-after names in fashion, they even offer personal shoppers and beauty salons for men and women.Forty Carrots or Magnolia Bakery, the most famous cupcake store in the world, with its headquarters in New York.
Financial Center Rd – Dubai
Phone: 971 4 350 5333
French department store Galeries Lafayette can also be found in the Dubai Mall, offering high-quality fashion brands as well as home wares and beauty. The Dubai Mall is famous for its enormous size and revolutionary design, part of the Burj Dubai mega project. The shopping centre occupies around a million km2. There are 1,200 shops, 14,000 parking spaces and 120 eateries. Among its many attractions, the complex boasts a fashion avenue, dedicated to haute couture and where you’ll find this famous French department store.
The Dubai Mall – Level 2, Galeries Lafayette – Dubai
Phone: 971 4 339 9933
Deira Spice Souk
A traditional place that you can explore, find your way around and do some shopping. Like all spice markets, it’s infused with the smells of incense and cinnamon and you can find pretty much any kind of souvenir. The Spice Souk is said to be the largest spice market in the world, offering an endless range of spices, herbs and traditional medicines. If you want to buy something, as in most souks,you’ll need to barter and even in shops it’s a good idea to ask for their “best price”, especially if you’re paying in cash, which is the most common way to pay.