Dubai's most iconic healing destination
As the seventh-most visited city in the world, Dubai is a magnet for international travelers seeking the height of luxury in a rich cultural setting. Often dubbed the business hub of Western Asia, the capital of the Emirate of Dubai attracts cosmopolitan visitors with its lavish shopping centers, soaring architectural marvels and historic souks on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Everything from pearl diving and camel races to couture frocks and fragrant Arabic delicacies can be enjoyed here. And if you happen to see Michael Jordan sipping a cardamom-spiced coffee across the bar, you’re not hallucinating—Dubai is a favorite haunt of global celebrities.
When to go:
With a hot desert climate, Dubai never gets cold, but the best time to visit is from late fall through early spring, when temperatures hover around a blissful 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and dip to around 60 in the evening. It’s the best time to visit the city’s many beaches, but it’s also when the area becomes the most crowded with travelers. In humid August, by contrast, the afternoons can easily reach 106 before dropping to only 87 at night. A visit this year is especially auspicious, as the delayed World Expo is occurring from October through March.
How to get around:
Traffic congestion is a big problem in Dubai, and visitors using cars, taxis or the city bus system must expect delays. An option is the Dubai Metro: The red line stops near many landmarks and shopping centers such as the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The green line passes through many of the city’s older areas, with access to historical souks and museums. An electric tram is also available, with a special cabin for gold ticket holders.
A local home-grown restaurant serving Emirati, Indian and Persian cuisine
Taste authentic Lebanon cuisine in Dubai
Dine the best Emirati Levantine cuisine
Authentic Emirati culture in an immersive atmosphere of 1960s' Dubai
Taste the authentic flavors of Emirati food with a side of belly dancing performances
Dive into the Persian Gulf and find precious pearls
Be a part of an adrenaline-pumping, heart-racing experience that has been integral to Emirati life for centuries
Bask in the warmth of the sun and relax at the public beach
Take your experience to new heights at the world's tallest building
The world's largest frame that doubles as the world's largest "stolen building"
Bustling waterfront bazaar with textiles, attire, purses and more
A unique mall modeled after Ancient Egypt
The world's first shopping resort and luxury flagship destination
One of the largest gold markets to exist in the world
The world's largest shopping mall