Off The Beaten Path City Guide | The World You See
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Top local sights, unique restaurants and exclusive clubs to visit in Dubai


Local guide of places to visit in Dubai

Dubai is the commercial hub of Middle East which attracted the worldโ€™s attention through innovative construction projects and sport events. The city is symbolized by its skyscrapers and in addition to ambitious development projects, it also boasts some of the worldโ€™s largest and extraordinary shopping malls.
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Curated places to see

๐ŸŒŠ Jumeirah Beach — White sand beach offering water activities and a spot to tan
๐ŸŒต Desert Safari — Visit the dunes of Dubai on quad bikes, camels or by sandboarding
โ›ท Ski Dubai — Indoor resort offering skiing and snowboarding in Emirates mall
Dubai Miracle Garden — Large flower garden open between November and May
๐Ÿฆˆ Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo — Fish and sea mammals at the Dubai Mall
Phobia Dubai — Timed escape adventure game with clues and riddles played in a group
IMG Worlds — Family-friendly indoor amusement park offering a full day adventure
๐Ÿ’ฆ Aquaventure — Waterpark with ziplines and an underwater shark tank slide

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Unique restaurants

Tresind — Indian fusion restaurant serving gastronomical spices in a great atmosphere
Ashiana — Quiet Indian restaurant serving authentic dishes
๐Ÿ• Taste of Italy — Italian restaurant serving gastronomical favourites from the region
๐Ÿ” Salt — Quality hamburger restaurant with a beach view and great service
Shabestan — Classic Iranian restaurant serving Persian food with timeless service
Traiteur — French restaurantย serving seafood brunch with a view
Zaroob — Traditional Lebanese and Jordanian restaurant serving great food
Vaibhav — Restaurant in Dubai serving Indian vegetarian cuisine
Red Dragon — Indo Chinese restaurant serving great vegetarian options and dim sum
โ˜•๏ธ Aubaine — French restaurant famous for its afternoon tea and Parisian breakfast
๐Ÿฅ› Shakeism — Quaint little spot serving fancy milkshakes and waffleย 
Walnut Grove — South African boutique restaurant
๐ŸŒฎ Taco Barrio — Mexican fast food restaurant in Dubai
$ Roberto’s — Contemporary Italian restaurant
$ Ossiano — Seafood dining inside an aquarium at the Atlantis
$ Yuan — Chinese cuisine with dim sum and peking duck at the Atlantis
$ Tomo — Upscale Japanese restaurant with balcony seating
$ Buddha Bar — Lively pan-Asian restaurant and bar
La Serre — Parisian style cafe and bistroย offering a quick bite with a cosy atmosphere
Mezza House — Arabic restaurant with an outdoor terrace for sheesha 
La Petit Maison — Upscale French-Italian restaurant 
$ Qbara — Lively lounge and bar offering a contemporary take on Arabic cuisine  
๐Ÿณ Tom & Serg — Hipster cafe offering eggs Benedict and coffee 
The Beach House — Restaurant offering great views and serving sheesha by the beach
๐Ÿฅ— Comptoir 102 — Concept cafe serving healthy vegan and organic dishes in a store
๐Ÿฆ€ Aprons & Hammers — Crabs, lobsters and oysters on a boat
๐Ÿš Rice Creamery — Cosy shop serving milk-rice desserts with unique flavours
$ Teatro — Fine dining restaurant with an open kitchen
$ Toro Toro — Latin American restaurant serving steaks and ceviche

Watch out!

It is an offence to buy alcohol from an off-licence without an alcohol licence (its possible to obtain one here but residents sometime use home delivery services instead).

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Bars, Nightlife and Parties!

โšฝ๏ธ Kickers — Homely sports barย playing live events with pool tables and beer pong
๐Ÿ€ Fibber Magee’s — Irish pubย serving draft beers while watching live sport games
๐ŸŽญ MusicHall — Cabaret style music theatre with live performances and bar
๐Ÿบ Red Lion — British pubย with good service and happy hours
Caramel — American restaurant with sheesha and happy hours
Shades — Poolside bar and lounge with alfresco dining and sheesha
Barasti — Casual beach bar with great atmosphere serving drinks, sheeshaย and music
One&Only — Outdoor dining lounge and bar with great views over the city
Iris — Rooftop outdoor bar serving Bloody Mary and live music on Tuesdays
$ At.Mosphere — Bar and lounge on floor 122 Burj Khalifa
360° — Open air lounge with views over Dubai

Networking spots in the city

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Exclusive moments and luxury

Al Mahara — Underwater seafood restaurantย at the Burj Al Arab
Zuma and Tomo — Contemporary Japanese restaurants
Pai Thai — Thai restaurant with an ornate waterway
Pierchic — Seafood restaurant on a private pier overlooking the water and Burj Al Arab
Gold on 27 — Cocktail bar and restaurant offering breathtaking views over Dubai
Cavalli Club — Night club over 3 levels with crystal décor
Skydive — Thrilling skydiving experiences in Dubai here

Shopping and gift guide

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Road trip ahead

Abu Dhabi — Capital of UAE and home to the Ferrari world and Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Al Ain — Inland oasis city known for its palm groves and natural springs

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