Travel guide: Dubai

Dubai's best neighbourhoods, shopping, bars and restaurants and more

Dubai is a record-breaking city, always striving to reach the next level and create a better city.

We asked the crew at Time Out Dubai to share the best of their 'hood. Read on for the hottest neighbourhoods, the best shops, bars and restaurants, what to see and where to explore and much more.

Hottest neighbourhoods


Jumeirah Beach Residence is the prime spot for Dubai’s young movers and shakers. It’s new, near the beach and has loads of bars and restaurants.

Bur Dubai

One of the oldest parts of the city where you’ll find museums, historical districts, and traditional shops and cafés.


The cARTel

This boutique in the Alserkal Avenue arts hub sells one-off items from more than 60 designers.

17th St.

Comptoir 102

A shop and healthy café on Jumeirah Beach Road where you’ll find jewellery, kitchenware and other interior items by independent artists.

102 Beach Road, Jumeira 1o.


Another Jumeirah boutique, O-Concept stocks casual and evening wear, retro and high-end pieces and in doing so, keeps arty types and fashionistas happy.

Beach Residents Building (near Saladicious and The ONE), Jumeirah 1, Dubai.


An institution. Eat exceptional and extremely cheap Pakistani food at this no-frills venue in Satwa.

Satwa Road (Al Dhiyafa Road), Nr Rydges Plaza.

Yalla Momos

Head to this Karama spot for fantastic budget Nepalese food. The momos (dumplings) are the best in the city. Karama, Opp Bikanerwala, behind Park Regis Hotel.


There’s many more expensive restaurants than Zaroob, but few do Arabic food as well as this quirky Sheikh Zayed Road diner.

Shop 1, Ground Floor, Jumeirah Tower Building, Sheikh Zayed Road.


A huge beer garden, regular gigs and wallet-friendly prices are just three of the reasons we love this pub near Dubai International Airport.

31 A Street, Garhoud, Tennis Club.


A cool, New York-inspired bar in JBR, Tribeca has a great resident DJ, organic food, cool décor and great drinks.

Level 1, JA Ocean View Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai Marina.

See and explore

Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood

In Bur Dubai you’ll find this recreation of one Dubai’s first settlements. The buildings are now galleries, cafés, and workshops.

Dubai Creek

The reason Dubai was populated in the first place, the creek is still the best place to get a sense of the city’s history. Get an abra (boat) ride across for 1Dhs.

Majlis Ghorfat Umm al Sheif

One of Dubai’s oldest buildings, kept how it would have been when it was built in 1955, when it was the ruler’s summer house.

17 Street, Jumeira 3.

Hidden gems

A fish shack on a beach near Burj Al Arab with no menu and no reservations. As simple, authentic and tasty as it gets thanks to the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Tuck into the catch of the day and prawns with rice, paratha and curry sauce on tin plates and plastic chairs.

Road 4d, near Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah.

The Scene Club

Dubai’s only independent film club holds monthly screenings of the best of world independent cinema, followed by Q&A sessions with actors or directors. Check the website for the latest schedule. ‪

Al Sufouh Rd, Jumeirah 2. ‪

Dubai Women’s Museum

Trace the history of the UAE at this Deira museum through the lives of the fascinating and often forgotten women who helped shape it, from Shaikas who influenced politics and commerce to the students who protested the Camp David agreement in 1978.

Al Sabkha, Gold Souq, Near Al Khor St, Deira.

Don’t miss

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The highest viewing platform in the world at Burj Khalifa’s At The Top, or take the view in from the world’s highest restaurant, Atmosphere.

122nd floor, Burj Khalifa.

Local’s tip

Dubai has a reputation for being pricey, but by using the metro (it has great views), seeking out cheap eats in old Dubai and making the most of the many happy hours and ladies’ nights, you can still experience the best of the city on a something of a shoestring.

For more great ideas of where to go and what to do, check out Time Out Dubai.

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