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Best things to do in Dubai

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
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“The biggest mall in the world. If you go here, you can see the Dubai fountains, and hit the Burj Khalifa. Kill 3 birds in one stone”
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Beach
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“Barasti Beach is one of the coolest place to visit. Great food and beverages. Atmosphere at times. Must visit this place if you are visiting Dubai.”
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Premise
“Dubai’s stunning skyline can be admired from this 829-metre-tall architectural marvel, with the world’s highest observation deck, nightclub and restaurant (worth having a fancy dinner at Atmosphere) For the observation deck please note that there are two options of height (the first one is good enough) and you must purchase your tickets in advance ”
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Monument / Landmark
“Spired 828-meter skyscraper with a viewing deck, restaurant, hotel and offices and 11-hectare park.”
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Coffee Shop
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“Large waterfront shopping & dining complex with big-name stores, a supermarket & food outlets.”
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Resort
“Atlantis, The Palm opened in September 2008, and spans a massive 46 hectares, with 17 hectares of water park alone. Atlantis also features exciting marine and entertainment attractions that the whole family can enjoy and a collection of world-renowned and award-winning restaurants.”
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Hotel
“Opulent hotel featuring ornate suites, plus 9 restaurants, 4 pools, a private beach & a luxe spa.”
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Clothing Store
“Still one of the biggest malls in the world. Shop for and eat anything and everything you can imagine as well as go for a movie or a ski on the slopes. I love grabbing a hot chocolate at the little cafe/cabin on the slopes (you don't have to ski to get to this) and watch people ski through the window. ”
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Athletics & Sports
“Skydive Dubai is opposite of the building and it is one of the best in all around the world !!!”
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Neighborhood
“Dubai Marina area is a high-class residential neighborhood known for The Beach at JBR, a leisure complex with alfresco dining and sandy stretches to relax on. Cafes and pop-up craft markets line waterside promenade Dubai Marina Walk, while Dubai Marina Mall is packed with chain and luxury fashion brands. Upscale yachts cruise through the large man-made marina, where activities range from jet-skiing to skydiving or just laying down and relaxing.”
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Neighborhood
“JBR is located in Dubai's most sought-after beachfront neighborhood, the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). JBR is home to the famed The Walk at JBR and The Beach, with five-star hotels, restaurants headed by Michelin star-awarded chefs, branded shops, dynamic water sports and a strip of cafés and dining facilities popular for al fresco dining. ”
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Premise
“Best Mall in Dubai where you can get anything you wish.Is just 2 metro stations away and 10 minutes by taxi”
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Route
“Nice and calm place within in the heart of city. Just 10-15 minutes drive from the building.”
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Botanical Garden
“A magical flower garden. The garden occupies over 72,000 square metres, making it the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.”
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Restaurant
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“Good place to have a drink and eat dinner. You will have a great view of the Dubai Marina at any of the bars and restaurants”
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Shopping Mall
“Massive fountain with 30-minute displays of water jets reaching 140 m, set to a music & light show.”
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