Unseen Dubai

Nature In Dubai

Take a break from the stunning skyline and explore the natural wonders that make the city come alive.There are enormous green spaces with picturesque lakes and lawns right in the heart of the emirate.Discover on your own, or take advantage of tour guides who specialise in the region’s diverse flora and fauna.You’ll uncover an entirely new side of the metropolis.

Heritage And Culture

Discover the city’s past on Dubai Creek, once a bustling port on the trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, whose artefacts can be found at the Saruq Al-Hadid museum in the Shindagha district.

Then follow the city into the beginnings of modern Dubai, which traces back to the 1830s when the emirate began its transformation from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis.

Move south along Sheikh Zayed Road to discover the startling architectural masterpieces of Downtown, including the recently opened Dubai Opera, a brand new performance centre in Downtown Dubai whose interiors draw on the city’s marine past.

The city’s unique brand of modernism is also on display in Al Quoz – a vibrant arts and cultural hotspot which is transforming the city’s former industrial district.

Taste Emirati Cuisine

To get to know a country, it’s important to know its food. So while in Dubai, feast on machboos, a flavoursome dish of meat cooked with spice blends and rice. Prefer bread? Try the exotic khameer and chebab, and end your meal with the Middle Eastern version of sweet dumplings, luqaimat. A great place to sample the entire gamut of authentic Emirati cuisine is the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). Alternately, you can visit local restaurants like Bait 1971, Seven Sands and Milas for a taste of the local fare.

There’s nothing the people of Dubai love more than to dress up and dine out. You can choose from a glittering array of celebrity restaurants and a huge variety of Middle Eastern food, plenty of them family friendly and almost all in Instagram-worthy locations.

Don’t leave without experimenting with street eats in Deira, a beachside breakfast on Kite Beach, rooftop dining in Dubai Marina, or our very own institution, the Friday Brunch. With more than 200 nationalities living in Dubai, we’ve got nearly every craving covered.