Top things to do

Burj Al Arab

The Burj’s graceful silhouette – meant to evoke the sail of a dhow (traditional wooden cargo vessel) – is to Dubai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Completed in 1999, this iconic landmark sits on an artificial island

Dubai Museum

The city’s main historical museum charts Dubai’s turbo-evolution from fishing and pearling village to global centre of commerce, finance and tourism. It has an atmospheric setting in the compact Al Fahidi Fort, buil

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Housed in an air-conditioned hangar the size of 28 football fields, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest indoor theme park. The US$1 billion park is truly impressive, with more than 20 rides and attraction

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is a stunning feat of architecture and engineering, with two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. The world’s tallest building pierces the sky at 828m a

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Anyone keen on delving deeper into Emirati culture and history should take advantage of the activities, Emirati meals and tours offered through this nonprofit Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, based

Al Fahidi Historic District

Traffic fades to a quiet hum in the labyrinthine lanes of this nicely restored heritage area formerly known as the Bastakia Quarter. Its narrow walking lanes are flanked by sand-coloured houses topped with wind towe

Madinat Jumeirah

One of Dubai’s most attractive developments, Madinat Jumeirah is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Arab village, complete with a souq, palm-fringed waterways and desert-coloured hotels and villas festoo

Jumeirah Mosque

Snowy white and intricately detailed, Jumeirah is Dubai’s most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE that are open to non-Muslims (one-hour guided tours are operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for

Dragonfly by Tim Raue

Superb craftsmanship, bottomless imagination and stunning decor combine at Dragonfly, the Dubai venture of Germany’s hottest chef, twin Michelin-star decorated Tim Raue. His free-spirited modern-Asian fine-dining co

3 Fils

Singaporean chef Akmal Anuar turns out innovative, yet unpretentious Asian-influenced small plates at this tiny, unlicensed spot – a perfect foil to Dubai’s expensive, overblown eateries. There are around 25 seats i

Arabian Tea House

A grand old tree, white wicker chairs, turquoise benches and billowing flowers create a sun-dappled refuge in the courtyard of an old pearl merchant’s house. The menu includes lots of Emirati specialties, including