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Just a short walk away, discover Dubai’s soon to open newest addition to the shopping scene, Al Nakheel Mall boasting 418,000 sq m of retail, dining and entertainment space. Head to the roof plaza for an exceptionally atmospheric fine-dining experience.
Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates is home to the iconic 22,500 sq m indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai. This creatively engineered project where the scorching desert heat collides with freezing temperatures is awe-inspiring and worth a visit. With over 700 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues this mall has something for everyone.
This unscripted 12000 store mall has many hidden corners to be discovered. Luxury fashion, native start-up stores selling all sorts, casual eateries and fine dining options are all available. Explore the outdoors from the lower-ground floor, where you will find the most iconic landmark in the city, Burj Khalifa and where you are encouraged to witness a show by the sensational immersive dancing fountain.
Arts and Culture
With all the glitz and glamour this city has to offer, it’s hard to imagine what life was like in Dubai in the 19th century, which is when this distinctively local in every sense, native neighborhood was constructed. Visit Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding where unscripted talks take place explaining the Emirati culture and heritage to all curious and savvy visitors.
Arabian Tea House at Al Bastakiya
Located in Al Bastakiya, this friendly restaurant and café is aimed at gracious visitors who wish to take a moment and imagine life before modernity in Dubai. Aimed at preserving cultural identity in the UAE, the restaurant offers fresh locally and regionally inspired dishes suitable for its locale.
Located in Downtown Dubai, this relatively new destination (opened August 2016) on the performing arts map, can impressively seat 2,000 people and offers a range of collaborative performances in different languages.
Dubai Spice Souk (Market)
Nothing screams history more than Dubai Spice Souk located next to the equally iconic Gold Souk. Also referred to as the Old Souk, both these markets are decades old and expose visitors to the indigenous way of buying and selling. Don’t be shy to haggle, it’s expected.
Al Serkat Avenue
Uncover this hidden cultural district located in Al Quoz industrial area. You can expect to find some great art galleries and discover a friendly community of visual, performing artists and designers exchanging ideas, as well as plenty of interesting artisanal spaces. You are encouraged to check the events schedule to make the most of your visit.
Sky Dive Dubai
Ignite your spirit when you experience the adrenaline rush of a skydive in this kaleidoscopic city. With various jumps to suit different levels of experience, if sky diving is something you imagined you would do, then Dubai is the place to tick that box.
Dune Bashing/Desert Safari
The desert plays a large part in Arabian history and culture. This newly urbanized country sees its people very much still connected to the peaceful moments and beauty of its unique deserts. There are plenty of companies providing a desert safari, check the reviews and pick one that offers an evening meal to feel the authenticity of the experience.
Al Qudra Cycling Track
This accessible 80 km stretch of paved paths weaving through the desert in an unscripted manner, offers inspiring views of Dubai’s sandy mountains. Rent a bike and lose yourself in a magical and stimulating cycling trip. Preferable timing is at sunset or when the desert is at its coolest.