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Prosperity came to this previously sleepy city state relatively recently. Before the oil boom in the 1970s, it had an exclusively sea-based economy concentrated on pearl diving and trade routes, so if you are looking for classical art, ancient artifacts, and historical sites or monuments, you'll be disappointed. The government is trying to fast-forward the creation of a modern urban culture with roots in local traditions. It is restoring culturally significant buildings and areas such as the souks and Bastikiya, and encouraging operators to embrace Arab culture for experiences and theme parks, all while pouring money into supporting contemporary art and building the infrastructure—a metro, a massive new shipping port, and an airport—required for a 21st-century economy.

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Al Quoz, Dubai

This district of warehouses, small factories, and labor camps just south of Sheikh Zayed Road has become a locus of Dubai's dynamic art scene thanks to its vast...more

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Bastakiya, Dubai

Shops, galleries, and charming restaurants pack the alleyways of the Bastakiya quarter, an area on the west side of the Creek that has been inhabited by wealthy...more

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as the Burj Dubai) officially opened at the beginning of 2010. At 2,625 feet high, the building...more

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Desert adventures, Dubai

Desert safaris are cheesy and contrived but still great fun. Even the most jaded locals grudgingly admit that a dune-bashing safari is not to be missed. A 4WD...more

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Dhow or Abra Cruise, Dubai

Cruise down the Creek (the name throws many visitors, but as it's a huge, natural inlet it is technically a creek) at a leisurely pace on a large, traditional...more

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Dubai Camel Market, Dubai

In the desert on the road to the neighboring emirate of Al Ain, the Al Lusali Camel Racing Club track and Dubai Camel Market offer a glimpse into the cultish...more

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Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai

Some of the city's most prominent curators have taken over a repurposed luxury shopping mall at the foot of the Dubai International Financial Center. Have lunch...more

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Dubai Museum, Dubai

In contrast to most of Dubai's shiny new attractions, this small but informative museum near the Creek, a short walk from Bastakiya and the old Textile Souk, is...more

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Golf, Dubai

Yes, it's built in a desert, but Dubai has plenty of cultivated greens to keep even the best golfers happy; the diehards play at night in summer to avoid...more

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Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

The majestic Jumeirah Mosque showcases Islamic heritage and promotes cultural understanding; this is the only mosque non-Muslims are allowed to enter in the UAE...more

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