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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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