Once a humble pearl trading village on the banks of the Dubai Creek, the emirate has emerged as the glittering playground of the Middle East. Amidst its skyscrapers and beaches, discover international cuisine, renowned architecture, vibrant souks, and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Experience a sunset unlike any other, riding on camelback through the seemingly infinite desert.
The Dubai Aquarium, with its underwater tunnel traversing a shark tank, offers an otherworldly experience for the whole family.
Discover the natural wonder of the Arabian Desert on a guided camelback tour.
In the hip, artsy Al Quoz district, a collection of former warehouses have been transformed into Alserkal Avenue, a miniature arts district. Over 20 art galleries, museums, cinemas, and performance spaces offer a peek into Dubai’s vibrant art culture. In addition to studios like internationally renowned Grey Noise and the Middle Eastern-focused Salsali Private Museum, the complex is home to A4, a combination café, boutique, library, and movie theater.Learn More
Dubai may be known for its sleek skyscrapers and rapid new construction, but, long before it was a major international capital, it was a small Emirati town. Catch glimpses of this disappearing world at the Arabian Tea House Café, a picturesque café that preserves traditional Emirati culture and hospitality in an historic wind tower house and its shady courtyard.Learn More
Carved wooden doors, narrow stone lanes, smooth limestone walls, and shaded courtyards fill the historic neighorhood where Dubai's wealthiest families once lived. A picturesque heritage district where the last vestiges of old Dubai are preserved through traditional Islamic architecture, Bastakiya is now home to popular restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Located near Dubai Creek, the region is distinctive for its many barjeels, wind towers that cooled the houses in an earlier era.
Undoubtedly the pride of Dubai and the nation's biggest landmark, the 2,716.5-foot Burj Khalifa has already broken numerous records as the tallest building in the world. At the insistence of Dubai’s ruler that this record-breaking piece of architecture also stay true to its local heritage, the architect incorporated iconic patterns from traditional Islamic architecture and took stylistic inspiration from the hymenocallis, a local desert flower with a naturally harmonious structure.
Housed in an 18th-century fort – the oldest building in Dubai – the Dubai Museum was established in 1971 to present and preserve the region’s rich history, culture, and traditions. Vivid dioramas depict life in the United Arab Emirates before the discovery of oil in the 1960s. A pair of canons flanks the museum’s entrance, while tall masts rise from the wooden hull of a majestic dhow boat that rests outside.
It’s easy to get sucked into Dubai’s megamalls and spend an entire visit exploring international chains and luxury designers. Those interested in independent, local designers should make their way to Jumeirah Beach Road, whose bungalows are filled with trendy design shops, hip cafés, vintage stores, and more.
Twin minarets rise from both sides of a radiant sandstone structure. Between these iconic towers, an intricately carved dome crowns one of Dubai's holiest landmarks. Designed in the Fatimid style, which dates from the Middle Ages, this exquisite mosque pays tribute to the golden era of Islamic architecture. The emirates' only mosque open to non-Muslims, guided tours are organized by the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding.
Few things could be more emblematic of Dubai than Khan Murjan Souk, a luxury shopping center modeled on an ancient subterranean souk in Baghdad. While the shopping itself is impressive – including both mainstream shops and traditional Persian, Moroccan, and Arabic handicrafts – the real marvel is the building, with its colorful stained-glass ceiling, intricately carved wooden colonnade, and traditional tilework.
One of Dubai’s most popular beaches, this pristine stretch of sand attracts locals and visitors alike on every sunny day. Learn to kite-surf from one of the kite-surfing outfits that give the beach its name, sip refreshing juices from one of the popular juice bars that line the beach, bask in the sun, and join in outdoor activities like paddle-boarding, beach volleyball, and bungee jumping.Learn More
Set in the historic Bastakiya neighborhood, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding occupies one of the city’s most picturesque buildings, inspired by traditional Emirati wind tower houses and ornately decorated with artisan carvings and decor. Inside, the center holds events, exhibitions, and performances focused on bridging Emirati culture and the cultures of Dubai’s expatriates.Learn More
Aiming to be an event on par with those in Paris, London, New York, and Tokyo, Dubai’s fashion week showcases high-profile international designers as well as up-and-comers from around the Arab world.
For a week each fall, one of the world’s most design-focused cities hosts an exciting array of discussions, exhibitions, panels, performances, and installations looking at the future of design.
One of the world’s fastest-growing film festivals, the Dubai International Film Festival draws international stars and major international films to its weeklong celebration of the silver screen.
For one weekend every January, the art galleries and event spaces of the old industrial neighborhood of Al Quoz open their doors to the public for exhibitions, performances, film screenings, and more.
In keeping with Ramadan’s festive nighttime atmosphere, the Dubai World Trade Centre transforms into a decadent market selling everything from clothes to food to traditional handicrafts.
Not only does Dubai’s marathon offer a scenic tour of the city’s most impressive sights, but it also attracts the world’s top runners and gives the city a festive atmosphere.
Dubai’s opera attracts some of the world’s top orchestras, and, in 2016, the Vienna Concert Verein will be performing some of Mozart’s most famous pieces, from operas such as The Marriage of Figaro.
The Middle East’s largest art fair, Art Dubai attracts top galleries, artists, dealers, and non-profit art initiatives from around the world, with a focus on the surrounding region.
Al Maha is located with the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, putting some of the UAE’s most dramatic natural scenery and wildlife at our fingertips.
While staying in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, spot exotic wildlife such as the Arabian oryx and gazelles, as well as a wide variety of bird species.Learn More
Inspired by traditional tents and architecture, all of our suites have private infinity pools and terraces overlooking the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.Learn More
The Timeless Spa draws on healing practices from cultures around the world, so that treatments are truly representative of Dubai's cosmopolitan nature.Learn More
An unforgettable lounge experience, the world-famous Buddha Bar fuses Asian flavours and innovative cocktails with eclectic decor and cool tunes direct from Paris.Learn More
Each of the hotel's towers has its own spa: Tower One has the Western-influenced The Retreat Spa, while Tower Two is home to the Eastern-inspired B/Attitude Spa.Learn More
Our two outdoor pools - The Retreat Pool (Tower One) and Siddharta Pool (Tower Two) - overlook the iconic urban skyline and glittering marina, offering respite from the city and refreshing drinks.Learn More