Morning Jolt. Coffee has been a part of Middle Eastern culture since the 16th century, so it’s fitting that the Dubai Coffee Museum sits in one of the city’s most historic districts, Al Fahidi. This private museum displays antiques and artifacts from Ethiopia — where coffee originated — and also Egypt. Before leaving, have a cup of freshly brewed coffee from the museum’s custom bar.
A Creek-Side Breakfast. Stroll through picturesque Old Dubai and stop for breakfast at the charming Creekside Café. Situated right alongside Dubai Creek, you can watch the passing abras (traditional wooden boats) while eating your Emirati-inspired food. Post-meal, explore the nearby textile souk for a shopping experience that’s more cultural than commercial.
Go Global. If you’re in Dubai between November and April, be sure to visit the Global Village. Every year, this event showcases different cultures from over 65 countries in a celebration of entertainment, shopping and, of course, food. From Egypt to Italy and Vietnam to Oman, you can sample the regional cuisines of each country for a smorgasbord of flavors.
Jumeirah Mosque. For all the modern glamour of Dubai, the city is still home to myriad locations that have an undercurrent of strong traditions and old-world ways — Jumeirah Mosque is one of those places. As the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslim guests, it’s a worthwhile visit for a view into the culture and religion of the United Arab Emirates.
A Lebanese Lunch. Pay a visit to the well-loved Al Nafoorah for authentic Lebanese cuisine. This highly regarded restaurant has perfected traditional dishes like grilled lamb and shawarma with mouthwatering results. With flawless service and generous portions, it’s the perfect place for a leisurely lunch.
A Sunset Stroll. Before dinner, take a walk along the shore of Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest artificial island. Dip your toes in the Arabian Sea or explore the shops, cafés and restaurants that line the boardwalk. Stop long enough to admire the sunset, then hop on the monorail back to the mainland.
A Picture-perfect Meal. This is a special occasion meal, so don your finest threads and head to Pierchic for the best seafood in Dubai. The restaurant, at the end of its own wooden pier, serves up dishes like tuna carpaccio, fresh oysters and sea bass paired with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.