For the… culture vulture
Cultural breakfast, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
As well as the opportunity to sample an authentic Emirati breakfast, with a spread of dates, chickpeas and Arabic coffee, this breakfast also offers you chance to ask your friendly and informative host any questions you might have about Emirati culture and customs.
For the… snapper
Dhow Cruise, Al Sammak, Bur Dubai
Unlike the more tourist-orientated large dhow cruises, these intimate experiences offer just ten passengers the chance to explore the creek that runs through the heart of old Dubai, its banks bustling with souk traders and it waters criss-crossed with small abras, or water ferries.
Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park
Take a trip to the Dubai Frame, an AED160m ($44m) project designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis. This curious landmark is made up of two 150-metre high towers, connected by a nerve-wracking 93-metre glass bridge at the top. At its base is a small museum that educates visitors on the city’s transformation from fishing harbour to metropolis.
For the… thrill seeker
Al Sahra Desert Resort, Al Sahra, Lehbab Road
Far away from the buzz of the city, this Bedouin-inspired eco-tourism resort is nestled among the dunes of the Arabian desert. Guests are offered a range of activities, from the sedate – pottery or poetry under the stars – to the adventurous: horse riding, camel trails, and kite flying.
Jumble, Al Barsha 1
For a team bonding experience, head to Al Barsha for a challenge described as the ‘world’s first indoor urban maze’. Teams of three to six people must work together to progress through a series of rooms, each one containing a physical challenge or mind-bending problem to solve.
For the… urbanite
The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue
Alserkal Avenue is one of the most celebrated arts venues in the UAE, featuring a wealth of Emirati artists and international names, as well as pop-ups from arthouse cinemas, and street festivals. The Fridge hosts an eclectic array of musical talents at its industrial-feel warehouse – perfect for letting your hair down at the end of a long business day.
Al Seef, Dubai Creek
This new cultural district in Dubai draws upon the authenticity and character of Al Fahidi, the first trading point of the city. Today, alongside the old-style houses has emerged a new array of stylish hotels, shops and dining experiences.