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Sunrise shot of Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa.
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Marina walking
The marina area is surrounded by tall buildings and is made up of a beautiful scenic boardwalk. Here, you'll find lots of fancy boats, beautiful condos, and bars and restaurants that overlook the harbor. Be sure to check out Pier 7, which is seven floors of restaurants and bars on the water. I liked Asia Asia, with its flamboyant Asian theme.

Hit the Mall
Malls in Dubai are not like malls anywhere else in the world. The city has more than 65 malls and more on the way. People like to go to the mall here! Between Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, you will find lots of amazing things to see and do. Luxury shopping inside the Dubai Mall, nightly fountain shows, an aquarium (which has a 270-degree underwater tunnel that you can walk in) and even the Mall of Emirates (Mall of the Emirates also has more than 650 stores) There is indoor skiing. And 100 restaurants). You can also visit Ibn Battuta Mall, the largest themed mall in the world. It has a Moroccan theme and is named after the discoverer of the same name (it also has over 270 stores and 50 restaurants). Be sure to dress properly and avoid tank tops, shorts or mini-skirts.

Visit the Grand Mosque
Located in nearby Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is definitely worth a half-day visit. Built between 1996–2007, the mosque and its surrounding gardens are spread over 30 acres. The mosque and its huge square is almost white in color, giving it a very royal look. It is a 90-minute drive from Dubai (around 290 AED in taxi or 25 AED in bus). You will want to make sure that you wear appropriate clothing as it is a place of worship (they have cover-up items available for anyone without the appropriate attire). More than 41,000 people visit the mosque daily during Eid. admission is free.

Explore Old Dubai
This is Dubai as it used to be. Pepper markets (like the famous gold market), small shops are lined up on the streets, and you can get lost in the streets of the street. Take a boat from Dubai Creek to Deira (you can ride an Abra, a traditional wooden boat) and stroll aimlessly through the streets, eat at some traditional restaurants, explore the art district, and see Dubai as it is Away from the glitz of malls and skyscrapers. Views from Dubai Frame (a landmark with great city views), Gold Market (which holds more than 10 tons of gold at any given time), and Masala Souk (a large spice market you can browse through) Do not miss.

2 hours drive from Dubai into the desert
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Visit Jumeirah Mosque
Opened in 1979, this beautiful mosque is one of the two in the city that you can actually visit. Built in the Fatimid style, it has a large room and a guided tour takes place every day at 10 a.m. (except on Fridays). It's 35 AED and comes with a great breakfast spread. If you don't know much about Islam or its role in UAE, it is quite an interesting tour.

Go Deep Sea Fishing
If you want to try your hand at deep sea fishing it is quite easy to book a place on a boat and head out to sea. Tour operators cater to all ages and experience levels, and most packages also include lunch. Prices will vary depending on what type of ship you book and how long you go, but expect to pay 1,500 AUD for a 4-6 hour trip.

Relax at Jumeirah Beach
This white-sand beach is a great place to sunbathe and take a stroll along the boardwalk. Located along the waterfront south of the city's historic district, there are plenty of shops, and even an outdoor movie theater. It is not only a great place to hang out, but it is a great area to live in because you are surrounded by so many things. There are playgrounds for children as well as areas for BBQ. It is perfect for picnics, but gets very busy at weekends so try to enjoy it during the week to beat the crowd.

Walking the Palm Islands
On this famous man-made palm tree-shaped island, you'll find a large shopping walkway, the Atlantis resort, Aquaventure Waterpark, and many fancy restaurants, bars, and clubs. It's beautiful to walk around and explore during the day (at night, it's so boring!)

Visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah
It is in a modern building designed to look like an out of the souk (market) Aladdin, but is home to some truly incredible restaurants. The complex also has a beautiful inner courtyard pond. If you are a foodie then come here! Don't forget to check out Al Makan for local cuisine, Pomegranate for Persian cuisine and The Noodle House for delicious Asian eats.

Binge on Brunch
Brunch is a tradition among locals and migrants. Every Friday, everyone flocks to an unlimited drink and lunch of food. As the day progresses, it often turns into deception that makes Nero proud. However, brunch is not a cheap affair, costing 700 AED. Ask your hotel / hostel staff where the cheapest brunches are. You can usually find some for less than 300 AED.