Dubai is one of my all time favorite places to go to. It's the perfect combination of eastern hospitality and luxury combined with the westernized advancements in technology: it's the perfect modern city. Due to its natural hot climate, I recommend going March-April or September-November. You will always find something new and exciting in this vibrant city. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite spots while being here.
From Tennis championships to Music Festivals, Dubai offers a wide variety of events to attend to all year round. The most up to date calendar can be found on: http://www.dubaicalendar.ae/en
Downtown- Fountains in front of Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach- Zero Gravity (great beach lounge to stay at the beach), Madinat Jumeirah (Hotel, restaurants and Souk), Miracle Gardens (Largest natural flower garden in the world http://www.dubaimiraclegarden.com/), Desert Tour- ATV & off road tours, Visit Burj Al Arab (The only 7 start hotel in the world, have to make a reservation to be able to go in), Boat Tours (Yacht Charter, yellow boats, dinner cruise, Dhow dinner cruise), Air Tours- Seaplanes and Helicopter, Emirates Golf Club, Skydive Dubai (http://www.skydivedubai.ae/), Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (in the Dubai Mall- http://www.thedubaiaquarium.com/en/Default.aspx), Ski Dubai (Indoor ski resort in Mall of the Emirates- ski lessons and you can pet penguins! http://www.theplaymania.com/skidubai/welcome), Palm Islands Jumeirah Hotel (Atlantis, The Lost Chambers Aquarium), The Dubai Marina (the most luxurious man-made marina in the world. http://www.dubai-marina.com/)
Dubai Marina Mall (http://www.dubaimarinamall.com/Page/StoreGuide.aspx)
Dubai Mall (largest mall in the world containing every major fashion brand in the world. http://www.dubaimarinamall.com/Page/StoreGuide.aspx)
Mall of the Emirates (http://www.malloftheemirates.com/)
"The Walk" on JBR (http://www.thewalkdubai.com/)
Media City: 1762, Pascal Tepper French Bakery, Circle Cafe
DIFC- Roberto's , Zuma, Caramel, Gramercy
Dubai Marina: Pier 7(Fümé, Atelier M, Asia Asia, Abd el Wahab, The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Cargo, O Cacti), Little Bangkok, Reem al Bawadi,
Downtown: Ewaan Lounge at the Palace Hotel, Katsuya, Karma Kafe, Belgian Beer Cafe
JBR: Smoky Beach, Jedoudnah, Magnolia Bakery, Pappa Roti, Leopold's of London
Tom&Serg, Jazz@PizzaExpress, Blue Sapphire, Malecon (Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa), La Farine (French cuisine in JW Marriott Marquis)
If you are a night owl this is your city! There are events going on every night of the week. To not miss out on anything go check out: http://www.dubainight.com/dubai/going-out-dubai,4.html - It will give you break down between clubbing, concerts, ladies nights or any other type of event you are looking for. Some of my favorite spots are: White X Dubai, Jetty Lounge, Iris (rooftop restaurant and bar on the 27th floor of the Oberoi Hotel).