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CULTURE VULTURE

Does Dubai lack culture or are you just not looking hard enough. Make your own decision after visiting these important hubs...
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IT'S A SECRET

Unforgettable experiences within the Emirates and just beyond its borders, that most tourists don't get to know about...
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SEE THE BEST SIGHTS

Some things you must see when visiting Dubai...
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SHOPPING LOCAL

Dubai caters generously to the consumer and here are some of the city's homegrown concepts, Cherrypick'd...
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Al Fahidi District (Bastakiya)

Stroll down the waterfront beside the Creek and through the Textile Souk into Al Fahidi District (originally Bastakiya)...
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Alserkal Avenue

Meander around Al Quoz district's Alserkal Avenue, the city's industrial art hub...
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Aquaventure Water Park

Atlantis Hotel's famous water park, Aquaventure boasts 42 acres of fun; including the Master Blasters, speed slide, rivers, rapids, Splashers children's play area, lush tropical landscapes and a private beach.
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Ayyam Gallery

Hailing from Damascus, Syria and now present in Beirut, Dubai, London and Jeddah, Ayyam Gallery has had a prolific impact on the Middle East's art scene.
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Bloomingdale's

This famous “Big Brown Bag” department store is set over three levels and includes beauty, fragrances, jewellery, womenswear, menswear, kids, bridal, shoes and accessories.
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Book World by Kinokuniya

A booklover’s Utopia. This gargantuan temple of wisdom houses thousands of books and international magazines, from fiction to autobiographies, encyclopaedias, language training
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Boutique 1

One of Dubai’s first fashion forward boutiques, stocking contemporary designer brands including Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham
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Burj Khalifa

Soar 124 stories and bask amidst the dwarfing surrounds of the world’s tallest building, with inevitable, awesome views of the city.
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Cinema Akil

The GCC's first arthouse cinema; an independent platform creating awareness and bringing quality films, along with timeless cinematic art, to the UAE.
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City Walk

Bringing together an array of dining and shopping amenities within one convenient, outdoor lifestyle concept.
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Closet Case

Promoting new talent from their Brewer Street, London location, online shop and now, Dubai’s Design District, this independent menswear store stocks avant-garde Japanese designs and up-and-coming European labels.
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Comptoir 102

Acquainting Jumeirah with Parisian bohemian chic, this peaceful environment and 'Yummy Mummy' hangout focuses on interior design, fashion accessories and food...
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Concrete

A multi-disciplinary space conceptualised by Alserkal Avenue, this award winning building, created by Dutch design firm OMA, houses a host of diverse art and design programs.
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D3 (Dubai Design District)

Affectionately named D3, this is a Dubai-centric hotspot for the city's creative types.
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Deira Old Souk & Spice Souk

Slip beneath the arches of the wind towers on the Deira side of the Creek and nip into Dubai’s largest and oldest souk.
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Designer 24

Here's how it works… Choose a dress online from a selection of their designers; including Marchesa, Herve Leger and Alex Perry.
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DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre)

There are several galleries favouring impressionism and modern art in this suited and booted business hub.
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Dubai Design Week | October 2016

This year doubling in size with over 150 events across the city and over 550 designers participating in a six-day celebration of design.
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Dubai International Film Festival | December 2016

The 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is an annual celebration of film, supporting Arab cinema and the region's best talent, as well as a meeting-point to connect with industry leaders and media.
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Dubai Opera

This iconic landmark taking centre stage amidst a Burj Khalifa backdrop provides a diverse schedule of opera, concerts, art exhibitions, theatre, orchestra, sports events, ballet, film and seasonal programmes.
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Dumye

Perfect for gifts, each handcrafted Dumyé rag doll can be customised by you; choose the style, look and purpose by creating a personal message for the Purpose Pocket.
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Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

The work of Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde precedes its established date of 2010 and since has continued to rise as one of Dubai's leading galleries on the international scene.
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Garderobe

The brainchild of ex-Harvey Nichols buyer Micha Maatouk, Garderobe is well-stocked with ‘pre-loved’ and designer clothes and accessories from Micha’s well-connected friends.
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Gold Souk

The city’s famous Gold Souk, considered one of the largest gold bazaars in the Middle East. A maze of alleys behind the main arcade crammed with souvenirs and ethnic traditional costume jewellery
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Harvey Nichols

From Isabel Marant to Balmain, Maison Martin Margiela, Givenchy, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Chloé, Dries Van Noten, DSquared, Paul Smith and Lanvin. Harvey (as the locals call it) is a one-stop shop for beauty,
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Ikon House

Anyone with a deep interest in Scandinavian and mid-century modern furniture, needs know about Ikon House. Stocking authentic, iconic pieces and lighting from the likes of Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjaerholm and Hans J
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Inked

Creating conceptual dinners, cooking workshops, brand activations, guest-chef pop-ups and private events, in a large open warehouse.
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Karama Market

This famous ‘market’ has been around since Dubai’s malls first started to sprout. You will find “real, genuine fakes” here, replicated from international designer brands.
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Kite Beach

This white sandy beach with shower facilities, volleyball nets, shelter spots, canoe and kite surfing rentals,
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La Mer

La Mer is a beachside destination full of family fun, allowing visitors to Dine, Shop and Do...
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Lawrie Shabibi

When Lawrie Shabibi came onto Dubai's gallery scene back in 2011, they quickly established themselves as the ones to watch for contemporary art coming out of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
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Maison Des Fleurs

Modern and elegant, Maison Des Fleurs creates whimsical romanticism inspired by classic French design in their signature box.
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Majilis Gallery

Opening in 1989, Majilis Gallery was born of a desire to introduce international fine art within the city's once sleepy trading port.
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Mall of the Emirates

Housing everything you need, from Harvey Nichols and Gucci to an Apple store and largest Carrefour supermarket in the city. Featuring over 500 international brands, from fashion to furnishings, electronics and sports.
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Meena Bazaar

Landing a parking space in this busy, built-up area is like spotting a Jumeirah Jane at Bombay Chowpatty. Home to textiles, ethnic jewellery shops and Pakistani and Indian clothing stores, as well as some cheap and cheerful eateries.
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Meet D3 | December

Dubai Design District's annual festival showcases a host of creative mediums; like art, fashion, design, music, food and technology.
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Mirzam

Made in Dubai, Mirzam creates chocolate in-house; the process can be observed and items may be bought in their warehouse and mixing facility in Al Quoz.
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Nara Escape

Ever envisioned a magical evening at a nomadic Arabian location— Nara Escape is desert glamping at its best...
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Nasab

Dubai’s members-only social club. Averse to pretence, Nasab offers creatives, entrepreneurs and artists a space to collaborate...
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Priceless

A label lover's nirvana, stocking designer brands at knock off prices from the Al Tayer group, including Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney and Marni.
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Qasr al Hosn

Abu Dhabi’s symbolic birthplace and most historical landmark. Qasr (the Arabic word for palace) and Hosn (the Arabic word for fort) refers to the dual uses of this 250-year-old location;
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Reems Closet

Vintage handbags, clothing and accessories handed in by hundreds of local women and sold on by the boutique’s own, you’ve guessed it, Reem. Here you’ll find as-new Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton bags for less than half the price.
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Ripe

One of the first organic markets to hit Dubai. Ripe's aim is to provide customers with fresh, organic and seasonal produce.
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Saadiyat Beach Club

Complimenting the idyllic, white Saadiyat Island sandscape, this chic beach club is set on 9km of natural coastline.
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Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, with its Gary Player designed course is one of the world's most impressive golfing projects created to cater for all types of players, starting at 5290 yards, to the most challenging environment for the world's leading tour players at 7806 yards.
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

A magnificent example of Muslim architecture. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities; including marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.
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Sir Bani Yas Island (Anantara)

The Emirates' very own Jurassic Park, Sir Bani Yas Island is 87 km2 and can be reached via private charter, seaplane or 20 minutes by boat (off the port of Jebel Dhanna, Abu Dhabi).
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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Set on a private cove, an unassuming entrance of spindly goats and unkempt mountain road are opposites of what is within.
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Six Senses Zighy Bay | November 26.2013

A dusty road speckled with modest homes surrounded by mountains paints a humble picture. While sporadic trees act as lookout and spindly goats resilient to the harsh sun, courting the shade of nearby breezeblocks, look bored by our very existence.
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SMCCU (The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding)

The SMCCU is a non-profit organisation established to increase awareness and understanding between the various cultures that live in Dubai, addressing the local customs and religion of the region.
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Snoopy Beats

One of Fujairah’s best kept secrets, Snoopy Island has white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and hosts themed events for committed music-lovers.
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Sole DXB | November

Launched in 2010, Sole takes product design and brand marketing seriously, as the Middle East’s progressive communication platform for the latest in urban fashion, footwear and alternative culture.
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Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai's most convenient souk, Madinat (as it's more commonly referred to) is the perfect place to take Dubai newbies.
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s*uce

A national treasure and known for nurturing local talent, this Dubai fashion cult fave was the first on the block...
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Symphony

A contradiction of clinical whitewashed wood, with homely touches. This store supports young talent, especially local, featuring a selection of luxury, ready-to-wear, accessories ...
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Tashkeel

Since 2008, Tashkeel has been Dubai's corner stone for the local artist community, facilitating and encouraging professional art and design.
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Textile Souk

A treasure trove of colours and textures from around the world, selling viole, silk, satin, velvet and more. Shop around as prices are negotiable.
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The Beach

With several plazas, shops, restaurants, kids play area and an open-air cinema, this beach-side complex is more LA than Dubai.
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The Collective

A collection of lifestyle and homeware brands all under one roof, carefully curated by regional success story, Ripe and founder Becky Balderstone, The Collective is housed in the tranquil Courtyard of Al Quoz...
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The Creek

Soak up the sights of the boats effortlessly gliding along with eager seagulls ravenous for remnants of leftover catch.
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The Dinner Club by No.57

Emirati duo Buthaina Al Mazrui and Alamira Noor Bani Hashim created The Dinner Club 57 in November 2012 and brought something new and exciting to the city.
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The Dubai Fountain

Set on the Burj Khalifa lake, the choreographed fountain performs daily, shooting water jets as high as 500ft (the equivalent of a 50 storey building) and is 900ft long.
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The Dubai Mall

It can be a mission to simply get from one end to the other in the world's largest mall. But touch screen maps and golf buggies are at hand for the weak and weary.
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The Dubai Miracle Garden

It may surprise you (or maybe not, in our city full of record breaking stunts) that Dubai is home to the largest natural flower garden in the world.
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The Fridge

Based in a large two-storey warehouse in the city’s creative hub of Al Quoz.
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The Green Planet

The region’s first bio-dome, this immersive experience recreates the world of a tropical rainforest, with over 3,000 plants and animals. Allowing you the opportunity to engage and explore first-hand, the rich biodiversity of one of the world’s oldest living ecosystems.
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The Odd Piece

Eclectic home owners need know about The Odd Piece at Al Wasl square. Housing a combination of original, mid-century modern furniture designed by founder, Arwa Hafiz and vintage-then-updated finds...
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The Third Line

An International player in the contemporary art market, The Third Line is the go to gallery for those wanting to scope out the fastest growing names in Arab and Iranian art today.
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XVA Gallery

One of the first contemporary galleries in the UAE, XVA Gallery was established in 2003, specialising in art from the Arab world, Iran and Subcontinent...
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Zaya Nurai Island

A natural private island just a short boat ride from Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat. Hop on a 15-minute boat ride from the jetty and arrive on a sumptuously designed, tranquil isle surrounded by aqua waters and white sand...