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City Guides: Dubai

Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the UAE.

In just four decades, the city has undergone a radical transformation and is now one of the most high-profile, futuristic urban destinations in the world.

City Guide: Dubai
With all that in mind, we'd like to introduce you to our City Guide for Dubai - a resource for members much like a tailored Trip Advisor. A way for our members to share insider tips on a city.

If you're in Dubai for any of the reasons below, make use of our guide and let us know your feedback.


  Members' answers
Best hotel for business Dusit Thani: A Thai chain in the centre of town, 5 minutes walk from the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Dusit Thani offers an authentic experience, with great service and a superb restaurant. The Oberoi: A great new hotel, currently offering some good deals and located in Back Bay, just 5 minutes taxi ride from Burj.
Best hotel for pleasure Jumeirah Zabeel Saray: Luxury resort and spa on Palm Island, with views of the city waterfront from the other side. Excellent facilities, with a 30 minute taxi away from the bustle of the city. Hatta Fort Hotel: Nestled in the majestic Hajar Mountains, Hatta Fort Hotel is an exclusive 4 star retreat, an hour's drive from the city.
Best bar for celebrating Sip cocktails at the top of the iconic Burj Khalifa in the At.mosphere bar. Visit at night for the best views of Abu Dhabi and gaze at sea and city views through the glass walls. Daytime views can be disappointing owing to the haze, so consider a night-time visit when you should be able to see Abu Dhabi on the horizon. Booking several days in advance is recommended for diners.
Best bar for a business drink Voda Bar: Enjoy world-class cocktails and Japanese in the outdoor bar, or in the sophisticated, chilled interior of this bar at the Jumeirah Beach Club.
Best restaurant for a business lunch Mayrig: An Armernian-Lebanese restaurant just below the Burj Khalifa, boasting a relaxed atmosphere and a superb menu.
How to spend an hour in-between meetings In winter, lounge on the beach, or by the pool, to the envy of your peers. In summer, be wary of the often oppressive heat and make the most of your air-conditioned suite. In all seasons, try to avoid travel during the busy rush hour and lunch time period.
If you only have time to do one thing in this city, do this... Undoubtedly, it has to be a visit to the Burj Khalifa. The world's tallest building offers trips to the 124th or the 148th floor for £28. Booking online is recommended to save both time and money. For those preferring to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, relax in one of the many cafes at its base and admire the impressive dancing fountains.

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