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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
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“The biggest mall on the world. Make sure to watch the dancing fountain! And also great spot to see the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa!”
  • 154 locals recommend
Beach
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“Great food, music and beach right at your front step in this beach bar and restaurant minutes away. Feel free to go swimming here in the mornings too!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Burj Khalifa is one of the icons of Dubai and it can be conveniently accessed when you go outside the mall. You will see it in it’s full glory and just admire it up close. If you have the chance to go at the top of the tower (with a fee), you can enjoy unparalleled panoramas of the city and Arabian Desert. Likewise, this area of the mall allows you to take a thrilling high-speed ride in one of the fastest elevators in the world.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Nature
“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 ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Dubai Marina Mall is a shopping mall located in the center of Dubai Marina and is one of the main shopping malls in Dubai. It features 140 retail outlets, spread over 390,000 sq ft of gross leasable space, making it one of the largest shopping malls in Dubai”
  • 47 locals recommend
Hotel
“This is the Dubai Icon. Taxi is about 20dhs to get to the beach and enjoy selfies and swimming”
  • 52 locals recommend
Resort
“Lovely hotel, with the infamous underwater aquarium, water park for all ages and lots of restaurants and beach clubs. Swimming with dolphins is a highlight!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“A more expansive mall full of all your favorite and high end brand stores. While the wife is shopping why not book yourself in for a ski lesson on the worlds largest indoor ski slope located within this mall. After all that hard work pop into Aspres Bar (the only restaurant that serves alcohol in the Mall) for a beer and i recommend the Pizza, nice place with views overlooking the ski slope. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“What is a tandem skydive? A tandem skydive is the quickest and easiest way to experience the thrill of freefall at over 120 miles per hour, while securely harnessed to one of our experienced and accomplished instructors. Adrenaline enthusiasts can live this adventure at our two world-class locations, the Palm Dropzone and the Desert Dropzone. Every customer who purchases a tandem package at either of our locations will receive a USB provided by us which contains photographs and our standard edited video of their experience. This can be collected from the on-site Shop, 45 minutes after you complete your skydive. A tandem package at our premium location, the Palm Dropzone, costs a total of AED 2,199. Located within the city of Dubai, the highlight of a tandem experience here is the stunning view of the iconic Palm Jumeirah island from 13,000 ft. You can also purchase third-party insurance and pay to receive an Instagram-friendly video edit at this location on the day of your skydive. Those who visit our Desert Dropzone, located about 35 km outside Dubai, will need to pay a total of AED 1,699 for a tandem package. This, our standard location, offers customers a skydive over Dubai’s sandy dunes from 13,000 ft. A desert safari, if you will, like no other. Those interested in a tandem experience at either location must meet all of our Requirements (below). If you do not meet all our requirements you will not be allowed to skydive and your deposit will not be refunded. We also suggest you read through the Important section (below) for information on how to prepare for your skydive and for what to expect on the day. For any other queries please contact our tandem reservation team directly. We look forward to skydiving with you!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Try to visit it in the sunny day. You would definitely get amazing pictures.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Miracle Garden is one of the most beautiful and biggest natural flower gardens in the world. Located in Dubailand, it is spread across a vast area of over 72,000 square meters, the garden is the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 45 million flowers and plants. The place is a heaven for those seeking nature's beauty in the city. The garden is open only from mid-November to mid-May.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. It is set on the 12 hectare manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Shop, dine and stroll by the sea along the chic waterfront strip known as The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Along this buzzing beachside boulevard, there’s plenty of opportunity to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home and handicraft shops and boutiques. The Walk features shopping attractions such as Sauce-on-sea, a boutique featuring local and regional designers, plus a host of international retailers. Another highlight are the outdoor pop-up markets where you can check out stalls offering jewellery, food treats and homewares, as well as take in performances by street entertainers. And don’t miss the adjacent shopping area called The Beach and the open-air cinema.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Transportation
“Enjoy the widest selection of shopping, dining, indoor skiing and cinema experiences in Dubai at Mall of the Emirates.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Pier 7 is Dubai Marina's premiere fine dining scene with 7 different restaurants offering exotic Arabic and Asian flavors and European inspired dining.Enjoy views of the sunset out the windows - you're sure to find something for everyone's taste. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This clean, wonderful beach area has plenty of facilities, including showers, toilets and changing rooms housed in distinctive panelled pods. Kids can keep cool in a splash zone, and there's even an outdoor gym for exercise! Since it's right next to The Beach at JBR and The Walk at JBR, there's no shortage of food and drink outlets, although alcohol is only available in the hotels.Paralleling the beachfront for about 1km, The Beach at JBR is an open-plan cluster of low-lying, urban-style buildings wrapped around breezy plazas. Hugely popular with families on weekends, it mixes cafes and upmarket shops with a lively waterfront fun zone complete with a kiddie splash park, an outdoor gym, a crafts market and other diversions. A beach club rents out sunloungers, or you can spread your towel just about anywhere for free.”
  • 34 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Beach
“Great food, music and beach right at your front step in this beach bar and restaurant minutes away. Feel free to go swimming here in the mornings too!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Pier 7 is Dubai Marina's premiere fine dining scene with 7 different restaurants offering exotic Arabic and Asian flavors and European inspired dining.Enjoy views of the sunset out the windows - you're sure to find something for everyone's taste. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Lounge
“Famous Day and Night Beach and pool club with live music and DJ everyday and night”
  • 23 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“A wealth of sensory experiences with colours, textures, taste, and of course, the unmistakable chill-out lounge music.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“My absolute favourite place for nights out! Best cocktails, amazing ambience, great people and brilliant Japanese food! Better make a reservation if you are coming for dinner, because the place is always full, especially on Thursday and Friday nights.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Jewelry Store
“Great new outdoor shopping district! A must for those like me who are not a fan of indoor malls!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located at only 3 min walk from the building, in the Marriot Hotel. An roof top restaurant and bar with a stoning view 360 degrees over the marina bay and the palm jumeirah from the 52nd floor.”
  • 11 locals recommend

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