Lavish, exuberant, and the undisputed land of excess. Welcome to Dubai! Towering buildings decorated with gold, super malls stocked with the world’s finest and most expensive goods, and cities built in the ocean. When Dubai does something, it does it big, which is why we just had to visit to discover if it’s really as fabulous as we imagine (spoiler alert – it was even more fabulous!).
To help you decide what to see and do in Dubai, here’s a quick rundown of our favorite adventures:
The World Expo 2020 showcases the best of a total of 192 countries and with more than 200 pavilions to explore, there’s so much to do that you might want to plan a vacation just for this! With daily shows, theme weeks and delicious food from all over the world, it’s an unmissable event!
It can be difficult to decide what to do in Dubai, but one thing’s for certain, there’s something for everyone! Here are some ideas:
- Take an overnight stay in the desert with Arabian Dubai tours en Safari. Relax under the stars and be transported to another world.
- Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in neighboring Abu Dhabi, the largest in the country
- Spend a luxurious night at the ShuiQi Spa Atlantis Hotel and enjoy some well deserved pampering
Have you even been to Dubai if you haven’t shopped in Dubai? Whether you prefer to receive world class service with some of the world’s most luxury brands, or love haggling with the locals for gold, you’ll be guaranteed to enjoy every second of your shopping spree:
- Dubai Mall - Everything you can dream of under one roof, in one of the world’s largest shopping malls
- The Souk - Go hunting for spices, gold, perfume and textiles can be found at incredible prices in Dubai’s Souks! Don’t be afraid to haggle with the prices, and if you can’t make a deal, you’re sure to find plenty of opportunity to get what you want at exactly the price you want!
Experience the ultimate in Arabian hospitality at the Arabian Tea House at the old city
Need a quick bite between shopping and exploring? We’ve got you covered!
- La Coco Andaz Dubai the Palm - be transported to the coast of California at La Coco to enjoy traditional American dishes as well as some favorites with a Mexican twist
- No57cafe - a delicious world menu made with seasonal ingredients in sophisticated surroundings
- Naughty Noodles Brunch at maiden Shanghai Five Palm - What’s not to love about unlimited gourmet Chinese cuisine and cocktails?
Must Dine :
Evening meals to linger over after a busy day:
- Hakassan at the Atlantis Hotel - Discover contemporary Chinese cuisine using innovative culinary techniques
- Mama Zonia Dubai Marina – Enjoy Asian, Caribbean and Latin American dishes in lush tropical surroundings.
Know Before You Go:
Dubai is a Muslim country but the more relaxed of the Emirates thanks to its population which consists of around 80% ex pats. In public spaces and Mosques, covered shoulders and pants or below the knee skirts or dresses are recommended. During Ramadan it is important to follow local customs thoughout this special time of year.
However, for the remainder of the year, you'll find that a more western wardrobe is perfectly acceptable, especially in tourist areas. Remember to check restaurant dress codes when making reservations, as more formal attire is sometimes required. We recommend the gorgeous Reina Shirt Dress for the perfect mix of comfort and style in Dubai’s hot climate, no matter which activities you choose!