Book a stay at Atlantis, The Palm
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Atlantis, The Palm boasts one-and-a-half kilometres of private beach, two huge resort pools, the ShuiQi Spa & Fitness facility with 27 treatment rooms, and 20 restaurants and bars, including three by Michelin-starred chefs.
Spend the day at Wadi Wadi Waterpark
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Boasting 30 different rides and attractions, this seaside water park promises a fun family day out. Kids with love the twisting water slides, the Breaker’s Bay wave pool and the Wipeout Flowrider surfing simulator.
Check out the world's tallest building
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At an incredible 828 metres high, the Burj Khalifa is officially the world’s tallest building. Make your way up the record-breaking tower with the At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY Experience, which includes insights about the construction and offers views from decks on both the 125th and 148th floors. The record-breaking eatery, At.Mosphere, is located on floor 122.
Be pampered at Talise Ottoman Spa
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With hydrotherapy rooms, steam rooms, saunas, snow rooms and thalassotherapy pools, plus an entire level dedicated to couples, a visit to Talise Ottoman Spa should not be missed. Book for the steamy hammam, or select a specific body or facial experience in one of the 42 treatment rooms.
Shop till you drop at The Dubai Mall
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This is the world’s largest shopping destination, housing 1200 different stores, an on-site souk, as well as an ice rink and aquarium. Its Fashion Avenue is home to premium international designers including Burberry, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton.
Wander through Deira’s Souks
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Savvy shoppers should visit the gold souk, textile souk and spice souk in Dubai's older part of town. Be prepared to haggle – a little bit of bargaining is expected as part of the experience.
Have a meal at Qbara Restaurant Lounge & Bar
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Enjoy a rollout of 17 incredible dishes at Qbara. Dishes including chargrilled octopus and Syrian lamb, and sour cherry kofta and baklawa smash are sure to delight foodies. Image: Facebook
Visit Desert Falconry
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See the UAE's national bird in its natural habitat with a hands-on falconry experience at the Al Maha Desert Resort. As part of the Private Falconry Experience, Platinum Heritage's falconers teach visitors modern and ancient training techniques and run their feathered charges through their paces, swinging lures to demonstrate the bird of prey's deadly dive. After meeting with the birds, guests are treated to a breakfast at the resort.
Explore the art district of Al Quoz
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The industrial quarter of Al Quoz is home to unassuming warehouses turned into art galleries. Make sure to drop by Alserkal Avenue, which is a cluster of public spaces spread across 46,000 square metres, and offers a rotating collection of exhibitions and live performances. Image: Facebook
Get your coffee fix at Spill the Bean
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This independent speciality coffee shop is one of the best in Dubai. Kickback over a decent coffee and enjoy its selection of savouries and homemade pastries. If you’re game, try the local variety of cardamom Turkish coffee with camel milk. Image: Facebook