Things to do

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Marvel at the world’s tallest build­ing

There’s no taller build­ing on Earth than the Burj Khal­ifa. That’s a fact. So of course you’re go­ing to tick it off your bucket list of things to do in Dubai. You can see if from pretty much ev­ery­where in the city of course, but the best van­tage point is from just out­side in Down­town Dubai, ei­ther by the Burj Lake (you can watch the record-break­ing foun­tains here, too) or from the su­per ter­races of one of the ex­cel­lent nearby restau­rants. The Meat Co. in Souk Al Ba­har has re­opened with a new look and is a prime spot. Or you could head to Sean Con­nolly at Dubai Opera. The rooftop restau­rant has a bril­liant ter­race with views of the Burj Khal­ifa.

There’s also the op­tion to ven­ture into the burj it­self. The Ar­mani Ho­tel takes up the Àrst few storeys and has some top restau­rants, while­sphere on the 122nd Áoor has a Àne-din­ing restau­rant and lounge area that serves frankly bril­liant food and bev­er­ages all day long.

You could also check out one of the view­ing decks at the tower’s At The Top, which sit on the 124th, 125th and 148th Áoors. There’s quite a view from up there.

→ At The Top from Dhs135. Daily 5.30am-11pm. Burj Khal­ifa, Down­town Dubai,

Ex­plore the old town at Al Seef

Dubai Creek is where the emi­rate Àrst sprung to life, and it’s still the site of much hus­tle and bus­tle to­day. The ar­eas of Deira and Bur Dubai sit at ei­ther side of the wa­ter and each have their own char­ac­ter and things to see. You can get an abra ride be­tween the two sides around the clock for Dhs1. Deira is Àlled with traders and shops sell­ing ev­ery­thing from spices to gold and from watches to wash­ing ma­chines. Bur Dubai is where the his­tor­i­cal heart of the emi­rate lies. The Shindagha area (where Sheikh Saeed Al Mak­toum lived from 1912 to 1958) is well pre­served and of­fers the chance to look around the for­mer homes of the rul­ing fam­ily. You can walk all the way to Al Seef, past the Dubai Mu­seum (Dhs3 to get in and great fun), the tex­tile souk and the Al Fahidi His­tor­i­cal District (where you can ex­pe­ri­ence al­ley­ways and build­ings as they were in the early 20th cen­tury) to Al Seef. The area has been built to re­sem­ble an old Dubai vil­lage, but is Àlled with bars, restau­rants, cafés and shops that show off the di­verse ways of life in the mod­ern city. It’s a su­perb way to spend a day.

→ Bur Dubai,

Have a day of retro-lux­ury at the QE2

The leg­endary cruise ship has come to rest in Dubai. Al­though rest isn’t quite the right word. Re­stored and re­ju­ve­nated, the old lady’s cor­ri­dors and venues have just the right retro bal­ance be­tween cheesy and cool. Check out the Golden Lion pub for a bit of English his­tory and keep an eye on the pro­gramme of events at The­atre by QE2 for some old-school en­ter­tain­ment. There are daily tours, which are in­sight­ful and fun, too. A win­ning combo.

→ Port Rashid, Bur Dubai,

Take a stroll along a beach

There are loads of places to get the sand in be­tween your toes, from the bustling shore­line of JBR to the more serene Kite Beach (which comes with views of Burj Al Arab). Per­haps the most fun can be had at La Mer, near the gi­ant Áat at Jumeirah 1. There’s a wa­ter­park, restau­rants, bars, shops and loads more to check out at the new de­vel­op­ment, as well as a pub­lic beach.

→ Jumeirah 1,­

Burj Khal­ifa

Al Seef

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