Sure, you want to show them the cool new places, but there are certain spots every visitor must see. Here’s our top 10
Time Out Dubai staff
1 Burj Al Arab: The ultimate seven-star destination, whether you take them inside for dinner or decide to look at it from Umm Suqeim beach or Bahri Bar next door. Beach Road, Jumeirah (04 301 7777).
2 Burj Khalifa: The new ultimate tourist spot: hit the observation deck and catch it from all sides at Souk Al Bahar. Downtown Burj Khalifa (800 2875 38224).
3 The Dubai Mall aquarium and ice rink: If you’re really adventurous, why not take them for a dive with the sharks? Or if you’re after something a little tamer, lead them through the shark tunnel or take them skating on the Olympic-sized ice rink. If all else fails, just give them a tour of the shops. Downtown Burj Khalifa, near Defence Roundabout. Aquarium: 04 437 3155, www.thedubaiaquarium.com. Ice rink: 04 437 3111, www.dubaiicerink.com.
4 The creek: Abra rides for Dhs1, dhows, souks – this is where the city first began. Head to Bur Dubai.
5 Ski Dubai: Don’t warn them about the view when trotting into Après bar. Then see their mouths drop. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 9000).
6 Satwa: One of the oldest areas in Dubai, a waltz through the lively streets has more atmosphere than any mall or five-star hotel. Try the falafel at Al Mallah café. Sublime. Al Mallah (04 398 4723).
7 A desert tour: This is a desert city, after all, so show them some sand. Dune bashing (and belly dancers) will shake them up – perfect if they’re driving you crazy. Sunflower Tours (04 334 5554).
8 Atlantis: They heard about the party, now let them see the strange curly monument and the impressive waterpark (including that shark slide). Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
9 Ride the metro: We sound like trainspotters, but even newbies seem to grasp the importance of the new metro. www.dubaimetro.eu.
10 The Madinat: Motorised abras, a slight toytown feel and fantastic restaurants and bars – the kitsch will only impress. Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah (04 366 8888).