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The Ultimate First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Dubai

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Downtown Dubai

Known for being home to the tallest tower in the world and The Dubai Mall

Sightseeing & Activities

📷 At The Top, Burj Khalifa Observation Deck
📷 Dubai Fountains, Dubai Mall
📷 Dubai Mall
📷 Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard
📷 Dubai Opera

Casual Dining

🍔 The Cheesecake Factory, Dubai Mall
🍔 Katsuya, Dubai Mall
🍔 Parkers, Dubai Mall
🍔 Salt, Dubai Mall
🍔 Huqqa, Dubai Mall
🍔 Galleries Lafayette, Dubai Mall

Formal Dining

🍴 La Serre, Vida Hotel
🍴 Amal Armani, Armani Hotel
🍴 Sean Connolly, Dubai Opera

Desserts & Coffee

🍩 Sprungli, Dubai Mall
🍩 % Arabica, Dubai Mall
🍩 Laduree, Dubai Mall
🍩 Ben’s Cookies, Dubai Mall
🍩 Papparoti, Dubai Mall
🍩 Yamanote, Dubai Mall
🍩 Nutella Bar, Eataly, Dubai Mall

Family-friendly

👶 VR Park, Dubai Mall
👶 Kidzania, Dubai Mall
👶 Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Mall
👶 Ice Rink, Dubai Mall
👶 Candilicious, Dubai Mall
👶 Reel Cinemas, Dubai Mall

Shopping

🛍️ Dubai Mall
🛍️ Souq Al Bahar

Nightlife

🎉 Ting Irie, Manzil Hotel
🎉 Downtown Toko, Vida Hotel
🎉 Armani Prive, Burj Khalifa
🎉 At.Mosphere, Burj Khalifa

Popular Hotels

🏨 The Address, Boulevard
🏨 Vida Hotel
🏨 Armani Hotel
🏨 Palace Hotel
🏨 The Address, Downtown

Palm Jumeirah

Known for being the largest manmade island in the shape of a palm tree with the most luxurious hotels in the world

📷 Palm Monorail
📷 Guerlain Spa at One & Only The Palm
📷 Water Sports
📷 Talise Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

🍔 Club Vista Mare
🍔 Restaurants at Golden Mile

🍴 Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Atlantis
🍴 Nobu, Atlantis
🍴 Maiden Shanghai, FIVE
🍴 Ossiano, Atlantis
🍴 Social by Heinz Beck, Waldorf Astoria
🍴 Mekong, Anantara

👶 Aquaventure Water Park, Atlantis
👶 Lost Chambers, Atlantis
👶 Dolphin Bay, Atlantis

🎉 El Chiringuito, Rixos

🏨 Atlantis
🏨 One&Only The Palm
🏨 Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
🏨 Waldorf Astoria
🏨 Rixos
🏨 FIVE
🏨 Anantara

🛍️ Golden Mile

Sheikh Zayed Road, DIFC, Business Bay

Known for the hustle and bustle of the city, the nightlife, and the best restaurants

📷 Level 43, Four Point Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road
📷 Hotel Cartegena, JW Marriott Marquis
📷 Vault, JW Marriott Marquis

🍴 La Petite Maison, DIFC
🍴 Robertos, DIFC
🍴 Zuma, DIFC
🍴 Tresind, Sheikh Zayed Road
🍴 Carnival by Tresind, DIFC
🍴 Morimoto, Renaissance Hotel
🍴 Waka, Oberoi
🍴 Novikov, Sheraton Grand Hotel
🍴 Matto, Oberoi
🍴 BASTA! by David Myers
🍴 BB, DIFC

🍔 The Sum Of Us, Sheikh Zayed Road
🍔 Pantry Cafe, Business Bay
🍔 Parlour Boutique

🎉 Miss Lily’s, Sheraton Grand Hotel
🎉 Weslodge Salon, JW Marriott Marquis
🎉 Iris, Oberoi
🎉 La Cantine du Faubourg, Emirates Towers
🎉 The House Party, Fairmont Dubai
🎉 Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai
🎉 40 Kong, H Dubai
🎉 VII, Conrad
🎉 Rodeo Drive, Sheikh Zayed Road
🎉 Billionaire Mansion, Taj

🏨 Conrad, Sheikh Zayed Road
🏨 Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
🏨 Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road
🏨 Shangri La, Sheikh Zayed Road
🏨 JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay
🏨 The Oberoi, Business Bay
🏨 Taj Business Bay
🏨 Renaissance Downtown Hotel
🏨 Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay

Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah

Known for the most luxurious beachside hotels and residences

📷 Boat ride at Madinat Jumeirah
📷 Burj Al Arab from Folly, Madinat Jumeirah
📷 Etihad Museum, Jumeirah 1

🍴 Pierchic, Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah
🍴 Il Borro, Jumeirah Al Naseem
🍴 Pad Thai, Madinat Jumeirah
🍴 Coya, Four Seasons Jumeirah
🍴 Scalini, Four Seasons Jumeirah

🎉 McGettigans, Madinat Jumeirah
🎉 BOA, Al Habtoor Hotels
🎉 Trader Vic’s, Madinat Jumeirah

🍔 Black Tap, Madinat Jumeirah
🍔 Prime Grill, Wasl
🍔 Kaftan, Jumeirah 3
🍔 3 Fils

🍩 Tania’s Teahouse, Jumeirah 3
🍩 21 Grams, Jumeirah 3
🍩 Hamptons Cafe, Jumeirah 2
🍩 Vibe, Jumeirah 2
🍩 Drop, Dar Wasl
🍩 Sugarmoo, Dar Wasl
🍩 Alchemy, Wasl Road

👶 Wild Wadi
👶 Kite Beach

🛍️ Madinat Jumeirah Souks

🏨 Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
🏨 Burj Al Arab
🏨 Jumeirah Al Naseem
🏨 Bvlgari Hotels
🏨 Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah

Dubai Marina, JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence), JLT (Jumeirah Lake Towers)

Known for being an affluent residential neighbourhood often referred to as “New Dubai”

📷 The Beach, JBR
📷 Flying Cup, JBR
📷 Pier 7, Dubai Marina
📷 Sky Diving

🍴 The Observatory, Dubai Marina
🍴 Couqley French Bistro & Bar, JLT
🍴 Indigo By Vineet, Grosvenor House
🍴 Ruya, Grosvenor House
🍴 Pier 7
🍴 Marina Social, Intercontinental Dubai Marina

🍔 Nola, JLT
🍔 Bait Al Maryam, JLT
🍔 Blaze Burgers, JBR
🍔 Mythos, JLT
🍔 Luigia, JBR
🍔 Bombay Bungalow, JBR

🍩 Bouchon Bakery, JBR
🍩 Friends’ Avenue Cafe, JBR
🍩 Bentley Cafe, JBR

🎉 Inner City Zoo, JBR
🎉 Pier 7
🎉 Ramusake, JBR
🎉 Stereo Arcade, JBR
🎉 Zero Gravity, JBR
🎉 Barasti, Dubai Marina
🎉 Industrial Avenue, Dubai Marina
🎉 Toro Toro, Grosvenor House

🏨 Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina
🏨 Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
🏨 Rixos Premium, JBR
🏨 The Address, Dubai Marina

🛍️ Dubai Marina Mall
🛍️ The Beach, JBR

👶 The Walk, JBR
👶 Splash Pad, JBR
👶 Tiny Town, JLT

City Walk, La Mer, D3 (Dubai Design Destrict)

Known for the coolest outdoor and indoor shopping & entertainment boulevard

📷 City Walk 1 & 2
📷 La Mer (Beach Side)
📷 Dubai Design District

🍴 LIMA, City Walk 2
🍴 Toro & Ko, City Walk 2
🍴 Grape Skin, La Ville
🍴 Galvin Dubai, City Walk 2
🍴 Masti, La Mer

🍔 Kaftan, La Mer
🍔 Salt, La Mer
🍔 Molecule, D3
🍔 Cupaghawa, La Mer
🍔 Cocoa Kitchen, City Walk 2
🍔 Farzi Cafe, City Walk 2

🍩 Hola, La Mer
🍩 Craft Cafe, D3
🍩 BLK Cab Coffee, City Walk 2
🍩 Jolie Cafe, City Walk 2
🍩 Double B Coffee & Tea, City Walk 1
🍩 Papparoti, City Walk 1
🍩 Izu Brasserie, City Walk 2

🎉 Stars & Bars, La Mer

🏨 La Ville Hotel & Suites

🛍️ City Walk 2

👶 Green Planet, City Walk
👶 Hub Zero, City Walk
👶 Laguna Water Park, La Mer
👶 Roxy Cinemas, City Walk 2

Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Barsha Heights, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz

Known for housing the top shopping destination, art districts, and edgy nightlife

📷 Mall Of The Emirates
📷 Ski Dubai, MOE
📷 Al Serkal Avenue Art Galleries
📷 Shine Spa, Sheraton MOE

🍔 Brunswick Eatery, Bar & Terrace, Sheraton MOE
🍔 Bait Al Mandi, Barsha
🍔 Arrows & Sparrows, The Greens
🍔 % Arabica, MOE
🍔 Shakeism Milkshakes, Barsha

🍩 Common Grounds, MOE
🍩 Tom & Serg, Al Barsha
🍩 Cabin, Dubai Science Park
🍩 A4 Space, Al Serkal Avenue
🍩 Nadi Al Quoz, Al Serkal Avenue
🍩 Boston Lane, Al Quoz
🍩 Hapi, Al Serkal Avenue

🎉 Barbary, Barsha Heights
🎉 Lucky Voice, Barsha Heights
🎉 Lock Stock Barrel, Barsha Heights
🎉 Belgian Beer Cafe, Barsha Heights

🏨 Sheraton MOE
🏨 TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights

🛍️ Mall Of The Emirates

👶 Ski Dubai
👶 Bounce, Al Barsha
👶 Magic Planet, MOE
👶 Adventure HQ, Times Square

Bur Dubai, Karama, Jaddaf, Deira, Mirdif

Known for traditional markets, authentic meals and cultural experiences

📷 Bastakiya Art Galleries
📷 Dubai Museum
📷 Abra Ride
📷 Deira Spice Market
📷 Deira Gold Souk
📷 Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding
📷 Al Seef
📷 Dubai Airport

🍴 Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, Intercontinental DFC
🍴 Vanita’s, Palazzo Versace
🍴 TOMO, Raffles Hotel
🍴 Giardino, Palazzo Versace

🍔 Al Ustad Special Kabab, Bur Dubai
🍔 Maharaja Bhog, Karama
🍔 Spice Klub, Bur Dubai
🍔 The Meating Room, Karama
🍔 Gazebo, Mankhool

🍩 Arabian Tea House, Bastakiya
🍩 Filli Cafe, Hudaiba
🍩 XVA Cafe, Bur Dubai
🍩 Magnolia Bakery, DFC
🍩 The Acai Spot, Deira

🎉 Bar Baar, Majestic Hotel
🎉 Miss Tess, Majestic Hotel
🎉 Hard Rock Cafe, DFC
🎉 Belgian Beer Cafe, DFC

🏨 Zabeel House, Al Seef, Bur Dubai
🏨 Palazzo Versace, Cultural Village
🏨 Intercontinental, DFC
🏨 Crowne Plaza, DFC
🏨 Raffles, Oud Metha

🛍️ Burjuman
🛍️ Deira City Center
🛍️ IKEA
🛍️ Dubai Festival City
🛍️ John Lewis, DFC
🛍️ Robinson’s, DFC
🛍️ Mirdiff City Center

👶 Magic Planet, Burjuman & DCC
👶 Faby Land, DFC
👶 iFly, MCC

Amusement Parks & Outdoor Activities

🎢 Dubai Parks & Resorts
🎢 IMG World Of Adventure
🎢 Global Village (seasonal)

🌳 Zabeel Park
🌳 Dubai Miracle Garden
🌳 Dubai Butterfly Garden
🌳 Ripe Market (seasonal)

🦁 Dubai Safari Park
🦁 Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
🦁 Desert Safari

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