Known for powdery beaches and larger-than-life attractions, Dubai is a magnet for travelers from all over the world. In this stunning city you can climb the Burj Khalifa, shop the planet's largest mall, see the world’s tallest performing fountain or soar over the desert in a hot air balloon. Here, you can explore the famous spice souks or sail the blue waters of the Persian Gulf, all within minutes of The Ritz-Carlton hotel.
The al Fahidi Fort, which now houses the Dubai Museum, has served as a palace, garrison and prison. Built around 1799, one of its towers is thought to be the city’s oldest building. Colorful and evocative dioramas complete with life-size figures, sound and lighting effects vividly depict everyday life in the pre-oil days. Marvel at artifacts found in 3,000-4,000-year old graves as the different galleries showcase traditional Arab houses, mosques, souks, date gardens, desert and marine life. One of the most spectacular exhibits portrays the underwater world of pearl diving, one of the main means of livelihood during the early years.
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
Located in the heart of the oldest residential area in Dubai, the Centre welcomes Dubai visitors and expatriate residents alike and aims at raising awareness of the local culture, religion and traditions.
The Centre hosts cultural breakfasts every Monday and Wednesday at 10 am and cultural lunches every Sunday and Tuesday at 1pm, offering guests a chance to try homemade traditional Emirati food and exchange information with the Centre’s staff and volunteers about the UAE, its culture and its religion.
Kindly note that bookings for cultural meals should be made in advance.
The Dubai International Financial Center is home to numerous art galleries, showcasing both local and international art. The galleries showcase works by Middle Eastern and international artists, and frequently host events to present new works. Photography, painting, sketches, sculpture, video creations and a host of other art farms are represented by artists from every continent. Art Dubai, an art fair that occurs each March, features offerings from more than 75 galleries from all over the world.
ARTSPACE Dubai is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Middle Eastern art and artists, and caters to the trends of the Dubai art scene and the gallery's worldwide collector base.
Founded in Damascus, Ayyam Gallery represents Middle Eastern artists with an international profile and museum presence. The gallery showcases the work of Middle Eastern artists with the aim of educating a wider audience about the art of the region.
Cuadro Fine Art Gallery is one of the UAE’s premier contemporary and modern art venues. The gallery’s exhibitions provide audiences with an opportunity to experience different approaches and execution styles of art.
Guests who reserve a stay in a suite or Club® Level room can now receive an educational guided tour of the historical collections, along with complimentary return transportation to the center located in Jumeirah, Dubai.
Opera Gallery offers a selection of contemporary paintings, photography, furniture and sculpture as well as early modern masters and nineteenth century pieces from around the world.
The Empty Quarter Fine Art Photography works with emerging and established photographers, celebrating photography in various forms from around the world, including documentary, fine art, poetic photojournalism, abstract, human and street photography.
Catering to works of artists from the UAE and the greater Arab world, XVA Gallery is proud to present various works from recognized talents in this part of the world. The gallery promotes new artists and gives them a platform to showcase their talents.
Journey between past and present in a traditional dhow. Since the dawn of time, dhows (wooden boats) have been used for trading purposes. Dhow cruises are an imaginative way to see Dubai by night, when most of the major landmarks glitter beside the waterway. The cruise takes you along Dubai Creek, separating the city into Deira to the east, and Bur Dubai to the west.
Night Tour of Dubai
Famous for offering open top double decker bus sightseeing tours of London, Philadelphia, Hong Kong and Dubai, The Big Bus Company now offers a spectacular panoramic night tour of Dubai providing visitors with the opportunity to discover the sights and sounds of Dubai as the sun sets and the city comes to life.
The tour of Dubai operates every night of the week from five departure points: Deira City Centre at 7:15 p.m., Burjuman at 7:15 p.m., the Dubai Mall at 7:30 p.m., the Mall of the Emirates at 7:45 p.m. or Souk Madinat at 8 p.m. and Souk Madinat Jumeirah at 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Jumeirah Mosque
The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the largest and most photographed mosques in the region and is one of the few mosques in the U.A.E. which is open to non-Muslims. Guided tours are organized by The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and are conducted Saturday through Thursday at 10 a.m.
No booking is required. Visitors can simply register outside the mosque prior to the tour. Private and evening tours as well as tours in other languages can be arranged with prior notice.
Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest artificial island, which extends into the Arabian Sea and has increased Dubai’s shoreline by 520 kilometers. A monorail, the first in the Middle East, connects Palm Jumeirah to the mainland. Cars are also permitted on the island.
The World Islands, located about 4 kilometers from the coast of Dubai, were constructed in the shape of a world map.
Dubai Shopping Festival
A month of shopping deals in all malls, held for one month from the end of January to February.
Located only five minutes from The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, the Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With its more than 1,200 stores and attractions such as an Olympic size skating ring, a world class aquarium, and a wide range of cafés and restaurants, the Dubai Mall is quickly becoming the city’s favorite destination for shopping and family outings.
Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates is the ultimate leisure, entertaining, and shopping resort, complete with an indoor ski resort. Open Sun. to Wed. 10am to 10pm, Thu. to Sat. 10am to midnight.
This high-end mall houses a range of designer stores and includes other reasonably priced high-street names. Open Sat. to Wed. 10am to 10pm, Thu. to Fri. 10am to 11pm.
Deira City Centre
A large mall that offers the usual brand names plus a cinema. Open Sun. to Wed. 10am to 10pm, Thu. to Fri. 10am to midnight.
The largest Chinese trading hub outside China. Open Sat. to Wed. 10am to 10pm.
Dubai Marina Mall
Smaller mall close to the Marina and JBR, it has about 160 stores, plus a cinema. Open daily 10am to 10pm.
Dubai Outlet Mall
A large mall about 30 minutes outside the city, it houses more than 1,200 of the world’s top fashion brands all with up to 90% off. Open Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to midnight.
Waterfront restaurants, cafes, department stores, high-street chains, a cinema and IKEA. Open Sun. to Wed. 10am to 10pm, Thu. to Sat. 10am to midnight.
An Italian-themed mall with high-end shops plus a cinema. Open Sat. to Wed. 10am to 10pm, Fri. 2pm to 10pm.
Mirdif City Centre
This large family-friendly mall has an indoor skydiving facility and several exclusive brands. Open Sat. to Wed. 10am to 10pm, Thu. to Fri. 10am to midnight.
A family-friendly mall with 77 stores on Sheikh Zayed Road. Open Sat. to Thu. 10am to 10pm, Fri. 2pm to 10pm.
Souk Al Bahar
Another Arabesque-themed mall along the lines of Souk Madinat, but without the crowds and located close to the Dubai Mall. Open Sat. to Thu. 10am to 10pm, Fri. 2pm to 10pm.
This Egypt-themed pyramid shaped also features a souk. Open Sat. to Wed. 10am to 10pm, Thu. to Fri. 10am to midnight.
The world’s largest themed shopping mall, the mall is uniquely designed to highlight the travels of famous Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta. Open Sun to Wed, 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat, 10am to midnight.
Souks and Markets
Bur Dubai Souk
A bustling market full of bargains with textiles and souvenirs in Bur Dubai.
The gold souk is a must for any visit. More than 100 shops lined up in traditionally decorated alleys offer a wide selection of designs. Each shop window is resplendent with gold necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches, in all shapes and sizes. Gold jewelry comes in 18-carat exquisitely designed in Italy, 21 and 22 carat from Thailand, Singapore, India and now from Dubai as well. There is also a good selection of silver jewelry. Gold prices are among the lowest in the world. Here, bargaining is expected and one can almost always find exceptional deals.
Gold Souk, Dubai Mall
More than 220 jewelry stores in this huge indoor souk located in The Dubai Mall.
Visitors will be taken to the narrow alleyways and tiny lanes of the Spice Souk. The atmosphere and the scents of the past can be savored in the bustling Arabic market. Colorful bags of spices, incense, rose petals and traditional medicinal products are stacked outside each stall.
The shops stock a huge range of materials and fabrics from the subcontinent. Located in Bur Dubai.
La Perle, by Dragone
La Perle features a cast of 65 artists, each bringing their own unique set of skills to the performance, ranging from acting, acrobats, aquatic and aerial stunts. Prepare to be mesmerized as the one and a half hour fast-paced live show unfolds right in front of you with the performers diving into the pool on stage and flying through the theatre at spectacular heights, creating a visually captivating experience both below, on and above stage.
The vast desert surrounds Dubai, beckoning guests towards exotic adventure. Experience the magic the desert holds. Conquer the massive dunes of Dubai and see many exquisite sites such as traditional Bedouin villages and camel farms. No trip to Dubai is complete without venturing into the desert.
Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. The club boasts two of the city's finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which is also the only 18-hole course in the region to offer night golf.
The world's biggest annual food and hospitality show, held in February at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club overlooks the Creek and Marina and is complemented by its iconic clubhouse. Since it opened in January 1993 to world acclaim, it has been host to numerous tournaments and events.
Located next to the Emirates Golf Club, the course covers 265 acres which consist of 123 acres of turf, 49 acres of man-made lakes (a total of 14), 93 acres of landscaped gardens and is scattered with 81 large bunkers.
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Guests are treated to a mountain-themed winter wonderland, where they can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobagganing, slides and themed restaurants. At Ski Dubai, guests can enjoy winter snow and sports in the desert all year long.
KidZania provides children and their parents a safe, unique, and very realistic educational environment that allows kids between the ages of four to twelve to do what comes naturally to them: role-playing by mimicking traditionally adult activities.