It’s hard to believe when confronting the sheer scale of Dubai, but most of the city was built in just the last 50 years. It makes the world’s biggest shopping mall, tallest skyscraper, and a host of ultra-luxurious hotels all the more bewildering. Still, amid all the glamor and superlatives, there are vestiges of a pre-skyscraper Dubai, in its winding souks and the vast empty desert that surrounds the city. Here’s how to navigate both sides of this always-growing metropolis.
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What to Do in Old Dubai: Our Guide
A historical neighborhood where colorful wooden dhows bob, and there's not a mega-mall in sight.
How to Make the Most of Your Layover in Dubai
You’d be amazed at how much you could squeeze in on a 24-hour layover. From culture to beaches (even spas!), here’s everything you could reasonably fit into one day
Where to Stay in Dubai Right Now
The global, ever-growing hub of the United Arab Emirates has a high bar for new hotels—and it only seems to be getting higher.
Inside Dubai's Miracle Gardens, Where Used Cars Become Oversized Flower Pots
What do you do with a used Mercedes in Dubai? Fill it with flowers, of course. That's what the planners of the emirate's latest over-the-top tourist attraction did in creating Miracle Gardens—click through to check out the extravagant blooms.
35 Best Hotels in Dubai
We’ve eliminated the guesswork and rounded up 36 of our favorite Dubai hotels, for all budgets, ages, and travel preferences.
Editor Hotel Recommendations
25hours Hotel One CentralPerhaps the most un-Dubai hotel of all Dubai hotels, of a new sleek vibe that's permeated the city itself.Read full review
Anantara World Islands Dubai ResortThe first resort to open on Dubai’s ambitious World Islands offers a breezy beach getaway within view of the Burj Khalifa.Read full review
Address MontgomerieA golf retreat from the same firm that designs top fairway resorts from Scotland to Arizona.Read full review
Bvlgari Resort DubaiAll 101 rooms have a balcony with sea, marina, or skyline views. If you can afford it, splurge on a villa.Read full review
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & MarinaThe Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi's elegant and vast lobby is truly grand with plush furnishings, fresh flowers, and a sunlit atrium.Read full review
Fairmont the Palm, DubaiSet on the trunk of Dubai's famous palm, the Fairmont is popular with beach-vacationing families.Read full review
Shangri-La Hotel, DubaiCome to this recently renovated 42-story hotel for the Instagrammable pool, afternoon tea, and beautiful new rooms.Read full review
Palace DowntownUAE nationals and European travelers come to the Palace Downtown for a posh atmosphere and above all, the location.Read full review
Jumeirah Al Qasr at Madinat JumeirahAl Qasr in particular takes the palatial vibes to the next level.Read full review
Jumeirah Zabeel SarayIn a city known for opulent hotel rooms, Zabeel Saray takes the cake. In fact, rooms might feel too extreme for someRead full review
Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway HotelA modern and elegant British hotel that's relatively new to the Dubai scene.Read full review
Armani Hotel DubaiInside the world's tallest tower, Giorgio Armani’s first hotel property is as glam as you'd expect from the Italian designer.Read full review
Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & ResortsThe low-slung beaux arts-inspired building is a departure from the standard high-rise Dubai hotel.Read full review
The Ritz-Carlton, DubaiLuxury-seeking retirees flock here for signature Ritz-Carlton luxury with touches of Arabian hospitality and decor.Read full review
Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph CollectionThis tranquil, family-friendly Arabian-style resort is set on a quiet stretch of Jumeirah Beach.Read full review
The Best Things to Do in Dubai
25 Best Things to Do in DubaiThere are many kinds of must-sees in this sprawling desert city.
5 Best Day Trips from DubaiQuick desert getaways that are easy to fit in during a visit.
10 Best Shops in DubaiWhere to get the city's best buys.
15 Best Desert Safaris in DubaiFrom quad biking over sand dunes to camping under the stars to taking a sunrise hot air balloon tour, here are our favorites.
Seven Awesome Things to Do with Your Kids in DubaiThose over-the-top theme parks are great for kids, but parents will have a blast, too. Here’s where to go, from waterparks to indoor ski slopes
13 Best Outdoor and Extreme Sporting Activities in DubaiFor thrill-seekers, Dubai is an unmissable city.
The Very Best of the Dubai MallAs the largest mall in the world, The Dubai Mall has plenty to see—including several kid-friendly spots. Here’s what to see
Explore the Inspiring Parts of Dubai with Photographer Rhiannon Taylor
Produced by Condé Nast Traveler with Conrad Hotels & Resorts | Rhiannon Taylor continues her journey at Conrad Dubai where she connects with photographer Katarina Premfors and explores famed Dubai markets followed by a tour of Fossil Rock and a round of Dune Bashing in the desert.
The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Dubai
30 Best Restaurants in DubaiExplore one of the most diverse, vibrant, and delicious destinations on earth.
20 Best Bars in DubaiWhere to grab a few drinks in the emirate.
10 Best Hotel Brunches in DubaiFrom all-you-can-eat party brunches to decadent food-focused affairs, we've got all your needs covered.
The Best Healthy-ish Restaurants in DubaiWhen you need a break from caviar and Champagne, hit one of Dubai’s fantastic superfood-focused cafes
The Seven Best Dubai Restaurants to Book with Your FriendsThere’s no shortage of top-rated restaurants in Dubai. Here’s where to go all-out for a decadent group dinner.
Editor Restaurant and Bar Recommendations
Dinner in the SkyThe only restaurant of its kind in the UAE, it will impress a first date, long-time spouse, or best friend.
The Vintage Brunch at Jumeirah Al QasrThree of the Jumeirah al Qasr's resort restaurants combine forces for a brunch so immense, you'll need a map to get back to your table. Seriously.
Maiden ShanghaiThe place to be for celebratory dinners, weekend brunches, and other special occasions, Maiden Shanghai has people watching that’s almost as good as its excellent Chinese cuisine.
LogmaA chilled out cafe with a crowd-pleasing menu, Logma’s got something for everyone and a lovely outdoor patio for when the weather’s mild.
Milas RestaurantMany of Dubai's Emirati restaurants tend to be casual hole-in-the-walls, but Milas sets itself apart with slick decor and top-notch, soul-satisfying food.
The LighthouseA go-to for cool souvenirs, homewares, and art books, this Dubai Design District stalwart also has a lovely all-day cafe with killer pastries.
PatialaWhen Master Chef India's Kunal Kapur opened this sleek fine dining destination in Souk Al Bahar, the entire city took notice.
Biryani PotThis Indian chain might not have the most luxe ambiance (think mall setting with plastic cutlery), but it does have hearty and affordable biryanis, curries, tandoori grills, and wraps.
Andrew Zimmern's Back-Alley Tour of Dubai Dining
Some of the city's most surprising and delicious flavors hail from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and more.
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The Small Concept Hangouts Challenging Dubai’s Maximalist Reputation
The city continues to live up to its reputation for excess, but now there are more places than ever to stop and take a breath.
A Local’s Guide to Dubai, UAE
Designer Latifa Al Gurg on the United Arab Emirates.
News & Advice
Dubai Airport Is World's Busiest for International Travel (Again)
The airport has seen one billion passengers pass through in the past 58 years, and has emerged as a go-to stopover destination.
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Dubai’s Quest to Be the 'Most Active City In the World'
The city is becoming an epicenter for global fitness trends.
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