Dubai, rich in history and culture, is the heart and pulse of the United Arab Emirates. The Middle Eastern gem is a highly glamorous and innovative city located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf that begs to be explored. If you did not know, Dubai is home to the world’s most luxurious hotels, exotic natural wonders, sparkling nightlife, sublime gastronomy, and even flying taxis.

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To get you inspired, we have created a list of our favourite places to dine, party, explore and stay in Dubai to help build your travel itinerary.

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At.mosphere

At.mosphere will provide you with a dining experience like no other. This restaurant is located on level 122 of the world’s tallest building, which is 442 metres in the sky. At.mosphere is the ideal dining location if you enjoy a luxurious dining experience with a side of adrenaline.

 

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Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara

If the thought of crispy oysters and shellfish on ice makes your mouth water, a trip to Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant is a must. This restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and is known to produce the best seafood in Dubai. At Nathan Outlaw, guests can expect simple dishes cooked in a unique way.

 

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Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant

Do you crave a traditional 1001 Arabian Nights experience? The award-winning restaurant, Al Hadheerah will be for you. At this restaurant, patrons can expect to enjoy delicious authentic Middle Eastern food, camel and equestrian shows plus live music and dancing. Fattoush and felafel anyone?

 

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Flamingo Room by tashas

Flamingo Room is blush-tone lover’s paradise. The casual restaurant can take you from lunch to dinner and will provide you with an ultra-stylish and delicious dining experience. Flamingo Room’s aesthetic is described as ‘African Glamour meets Arabian Sea’ and thanks to the restaurant’s décor and view of the Arabian Sea, we couldn’t agree more.

 

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Choix Patisserie & Restaurant

At Choix Patisserie, fronted by Pierre Gagnaire, you will be able to indulge in authentic French culinary delights. If you are on holidays, why not treat yourself to some delicious morsels while sipping on champagne and overlooking the water? At Choix, you can enjoy everything from croissants and crepes with maple syrup to salmon gravlax and pan-fried duck liver with corn velouté.

 

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Zero Gravity

No trip to Dubai is complete without visiting this multiple-award-winning beach bar and restaurant. Zero Gravity boasts an area for everyone at any time of day. Think: a pool area, beach, garden, lounges and a restaurant. No matter whether you are an early riser or night-owl, Zero Gravity can accommodate your every need, from breakfast to late drinks.

 

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Barasti

Another famous beach-bar location in Dubai is Barasti. At Barasti, you can watch sport on the big screen, sip on cocktails and snack on delicious food, enjoy live music and admire the Dubai Marina from the pool. If you hang around Barasti until the sun goes down, you dance the night away at Sugar Beach nights with world famous DJ’s.

 

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Mercury Lounge

This luxe rooftop bar at Four Seasons gives off serious Mediterranean, year-long summer vibes and has rather impressive views. The food and drink menu at this bar reflect the Mediterranean decorating style, allowing guests to enjoy dishes such as basil arancini and bonito carpaccio. Mercury Lounge overlooks Burj Khalifa in one direction and the Arabian Gulf in another (did we mention the views were impressive?).

 

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Cavalli Club

Does the name of this club sound familiar? You would be right to think Cavalli Club is associated with designer, Roberto Cavalli. This modern and ultra-luxe lounge has been decorated with chandeliers, waterfalls and gold accents which truly embodies Cavalli’s flair. Visit the sophisticated Cavalli club to experience fine Italian cuisine and mind-blowing cocktails.

 

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Q’s Bar and Lounge

There’s certainly something extra special about this jazz bar in Palazzo Versace. Q’s Bar and Lounge was created by none other than the music legend himself, Quincy Jones! At Q’s, you can enjoy live music while sipping on one of the many cocktail offerings.

 

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Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park

Get ready to slip and slide at the Middle East and Europe’s number one water park! At the Aquaventure Water Park, you can get your heartbeat racing on the slides then relax at the Aquarium. If you really want to get the adrenaline pumping, there’s even options to go on in-water shark safaris!

 

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Ski Dubai

If you need to, literally, chill out from the Dubai heat then why not hit the slopes? This indoor ski experience is a great way to experience the joys of winter in a warm climate. Ski Dubai caters to everyone from beginners to those more advanced on the slopes. At this winter wonderland, you can even go bobsledding, tobogganing, climb walls or admire Snow Penguins!

 

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Camel Safari

You won’t want to visit Dubai without experiencing a camel safari. Camel safaris are a great way to immerse yourself in the stunning Arabian landscape! You can even book camping packages which include meals, live music and dancing.

 

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Visit The Grand Mosque

Visiting the Grand Mosque is a beautiful and peaceful experience. While non-Muslims are not allowed to visit inside the mosque itself, tourists can visit the stunning minaret and take photos.

 

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Shop Up A Storm At The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is a shopper’s paradise and should be added to every shopaholic’s must-see list! At the Dubai Mall, you will be able to experience stunning architecture, fountains, aquarium features, and of course, world-class stores!

 

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One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only combines traditional Arabian décor with modern elements. This luxurious hotel boasts lush green gardens with a beach villa and views of turquoise water. A major attraction to this hotel is its grand designs which have to be seen to believed.

 

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Taj Dubai

This glamorous hotel is inspired by Indian influences and is conveniently located in the Burj Khalifa. Taj Dubai is in close proximity to the Dubai Mall and airport, making it a convenient location for tourists to stay at.

 

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Armani Hotel

The Armani Hotel was named the world’s most luxurious hotel in 2016 for a good reason. This impeccably designed hotel is the first designed by fashion designer Giorgio Armani, and focuses on providing guests with a comfortable, friendly and homely experience.

 

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