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Things to do in United Arab Emirates

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in United Arab Emirates. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite United Arab Emirates attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in United Arab Emirates to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in United Arab Emirates.

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  • Al Majlis

    One of the best places to escape the maddening airport crowds is this expensive and lavish reception and service center for VIPs—or those willing t... More
  • Al Nassma

    You’ll find camel’s-milk chocolate (that’s right, camel’s milk) with dates, spices, and half the fat of your standard cow’s-milk variety. More
  • Burj Dubai

    The Burj Khalifa, also referred to as the Burj Dubai, is one of the city’s most recognizable structures and the tallest building in the world. The ... More
  • Burj Khalifa

  • Business Bay

    Currently under construction, Business Bay, when completed, will be a multipurpose, commercial and residential center. Located between Sheikh Zayed... More
  • DDF Gold “Islands”

    As in the various gold souks in the Middle East, gold is sold by the gram in the Dubai Airport, at constantly fluctuating prices. You can also buy ... More
  • DDF Raffles

    An ever-changing selection of cars and motorbikes gets raffled off to passengers willing to shell out $139 for a ticket in the Finest Surprise raff... More
  • Dubai Duty Free (DDF)

    With the opening of Terminal 3 in October 2008, the airport’s retail operations—all controlled by Dubai Duty Free—doubled to 160,000 square feet of... More
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB)

    Dubai International Airport is the primary airport for the city of Dubai and has become a major air traffic hub for the Middle East. The airport ha... More
  • Dubailand

    Behold Dubailand, a three-billion-square-foot outdoor oasis from Tatweer (a government-owned real-estate investment firm) that improbably marries a... More
  • Ferrari World

    Slated to open in late 2010, the first Ferrari theme park will also be the world's largest indoor park—more than two million square feet. Among oth... More
  • Five Green

    Five Green is the first United Arab Emirates concept store devoted to urban street-wear and art sourced from all over the world. This concept store... More
  • G-Force Health Club

    If you’re stopping over in Dubai, the likelihood is high that you’ve just gotten off a long flight and are on your way to another. Which means you’... More
  • Gold Souk

    Browse the glittering stalls: the sheer volume of what’s on display (it's estimated that ten tons of gold are in the market at any given time) alon... More
  • Harvey Nichols, Dubai

    Part of the Mall of the Emirates, this internal complex houses a good selection of designer labels—and the new Almaz restaurant, by Mourad "Momo" M... More
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