Girls' guide to Dubai
It has a staggering amount of fantastic restaurants, enough retail opportunities to satisfy the most rampant shophaholic and a burgeoning art scene. No we're not talking about Los Angeles: we're talking about Dubai.
Traveller Portia Webb offers her female-friendly guide to exploring the city including where to stay, eat, drink and shop.
They don’t do run-of-the-mill buildings here. Raffles is a huge glass pyramid with a glowing beacon at its peak. The suites are tasteful and modern with fantastic views over the city and enough top-notch bars and restaurants to keep you entertained for days.
Al Maha is far from the bustle of the city in a desert conservation area. Each Arabian-style tented villa overlooks sand dunes and has its own infinity pool. Watch the wildlife from your terrace and soak up the tranquillity.
Go to Shindagha, the oldest part of town, for an authentic Emirati experience. Walk along the waterfront in the evening and tuck into Arabian mezze at Kan Zaman.
For extremely fine dining visit Reflets, a restaurant by the Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire in the InterContinental Festival City.
The Basta Art Café in the old Bastakiya district has a cool, leafy courtyard – perfect for escaping the modern city and sampling freshly squeezed juices, teas and Arabic coffee.
One of the most spectacular places to dance the night away is the maximalist nightclub at Raffles, in the very peak of the pyramid with views over the city.
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Most of the shopping happens inside huge malls. The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest and is home to every designer and high-street name you can imagine. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit the Aquarium, where you can even dive in and help at feeding time.
Book a tour with Kelly at Divine personal shoppers to find the city’s hidden treasures, from boutique designers to second-hand delights.
Take an abra (boat taxi) across the Dubai Creek to the gold and spice souks in Deira. Here you get a real sense of another Dubai as you roam through the narrow streets in search of a bargain.
Visit Sun Rise tailors with a picture of an item of clothing you want copied, then pop across the road to buy your desired material and they will have it ready in 24 hours. Ta-dah!
Dubai now has its own art fair and more than 50 galleries. One of the best is the Third Line, which exhibits contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Arabian Adventure’s Sundowner Supper includes a thrilling drive over sand dunes in a four-wheel drive, camel-riding, belly-dancing, watching the sunset and eating delicious food. Phew.
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This article was written by Portia Webb from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.