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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding/SMCCU

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding/SMCCU (House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Al Fahidi District, Bur Dubai) — Located in a traditional Wind Tower House in the heart of the historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai, the SMCCU offers a range of activities through its programs. Operating under its philosophy & motto “Open Doors. Open […]

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Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House (Shindagha Heritage Area, Dubai) — This was the house of the current ruler’s grandfather. Built in 1896, under Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher al-Maktoum, the house was home to the ruling family until Sheikh Saeed’s death in 1958. Aside from being an architectural marvel, it has been converted into a museum […]

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Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque (Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai) — This is the best known mosque in Dubai, made prominent by its huge central dome. This is also the only place of worship where non-muslims can enter. Organised tours of the mosque are conducted every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am.

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Heritage and Diving Village

Heritage and Diving Village (Bur Dubai, towards the mouth of the Creek, Dubai) — Displays ancient artifacts from sites dating back as 550BC. You may enjoy coffee and traditional Arabic bread at a small souq in the village.

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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina (Interchange 5, Dubai) — an artificial canal city, is a fun place to bar hop and people watch at night. Bear in mind that alcohol is only permitted for non-Muslims in hotels. Fortunately there are plenty of hotels at the marina, which gives you plenty of options to choose from, including the Observatory […]

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Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab (Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai) — “the world’s only seven-star hotel”, is worth a visit, although unless you are a guest you aren’t allowed inside the gate. The loophole is to make a reservation for “Sky Tea”, or high tea in the Skyview Bar located on the top floor of the sail-shaped hotel. […]

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Atlantis Hotel at Palm Jumeirah

Atlantis Hotel at Palm Jumeirah (Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai) — this hotel is located at a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. In the lobby you will find a magnificent glass sculpture by the famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. Keep going and you’ll find the 11-million liter aquarium. This aquarium trumps […]

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Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum

Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum (Al Fahidi Street, Dubai) — The fort dates back to the 18th century (acting as the oldest existing building in Dubai). It houses interesting archeological finds as spears, khanjar knives and cannons along with various artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai traders. Open daily from […]