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Exploring Postmodern Dubai

Martha Camarillo In the lobby of the Burj Al Arab hotel, in Dubai.

Photo: Martha Camarillo

All around, things are going up: the skeleton of the future is already visible in Dubai—stretching out into the sea or rising high into the air—the future with its girders and joists and concrete waiting to be poured, trucks at its feet and cranes surrounding it like bent-backed, worried nannies. On the earth below, people of all nations go about their business, pursuing their amusements and vices, each in his own particular style: Russian, Indian, Saudi, British.

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Destinations: Dubai

Inspired by: See the Future in Dubai — by Amy Wilentz, Published Aug. 2006

Hotels (7)

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    Park Hyatt Dubai

    Compared to Dubai’s flashy skyscraper hotels, the waterfront Park Hyatt Dubai, which opened in 2005, is subtle and diminutive—which is exactly the

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    One&Only Royal Mirage

    A kind of über-Arabian fantasia built in the style of an ancient palace and fortress, the Royal Mirage occupies prime Dubai real estate. The compou

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    Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

    Meaning gateway to the sun, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is located in the desert outside of the city. The low-rise hotel is only two stories h

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    Grosvenor House

    Overlooking Dubai Marina, the Grosvenor House Dubai is located in the city's Jumeirah district. Composed of two 45-story towers, the property has 7

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    Burj Al Arab

    This iconic, sail-shaped hotel—which soars 1,053 feet over the Persian Gulf, on an artificial island off Jumeirah Beach—literally epitomizes Dubai’

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    Al Qasr

    This hotel's Lebanese restaurant has outdoor tables overlooking a waterfront resort. Part of the Madinat Jumeirah resort.

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    Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

    Set in the heart of so-called New Dubai (about 20 minutes south from downtown), this 393-room hotel looks right onto one of Dubai’s most extravagan

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Restaurants (7)

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    Zheng He's

    Housed inside the Madinat Jumeirah, Zheng He’s blends traditional Chinese fare and cooking techniques with gourmet ingredients to create an innovat

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    Sho Cho

    The trendy sushi restaurant and nightclub is located in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa.

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    Marrakech, Dubai

    The Moroccan restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel features live music.

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    Bice

    The superb Italian food is served in a relaxed atmosphere and coupled with a notable wine selection.

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    Al Nafoorah

    The restaurant serves Lebanese cooking—and the best hummus in Dubai. During the colder (read: still insanely hot) months, it is possible to dine ou

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    Verre

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    Rhodes Mezzanine

    One of the signature restaurants at the Grosvenor House Dubai, Rhodes Mezzanine serves the culinary creations of British chef Gary Rhodes, enhanced

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Activities (7)

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    Villa Moda

    The "sheikh of chic" of Kuwait, Majed al-Sabah, enters the Dubai scene with his trademark luxury shopping destination in the Jumeirah Emirates Towe

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    S*UCE

    A fashion boutique like no other in Dubai—you can enter directly from the street—with clothes by Middle Eastern designers.

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    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

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    XVA

    XVA, an art gallery owned by Mona Hauser, is located in the Bastakiya district and focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic art. The gallery hosts rot

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    Third Line

    Located off Sheikh Zayed Road in the Al Quoz district, The Third Line gallery displays and promotes regional and Islamic art from artists throughou

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    Six Senses Spa

    The 26 tropical treatment rooms sit on small islands.

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    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

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