Ultimate Dubai experiences

What is the best thing you have ever done in Dubai?

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‘Heading to 360° every weekend for several years – what a Friday-night local. Also, the helicopter and seaplane rides across the city were certainly memorable, and amazing photo opportunities. The city looks beautiful from the sky. Oh – and Saffron brunch at Atlantis. I feel as though I’d never been to a true “Dubai brunch” until that one.’
Becky Lucas, editor

Meeting my husband – we met over bullfrogs in Barasti. I never expected to find my partner in crime in Dubai, and even less at a beach bar. It must have been the sea air.’
Nyree McFarlane, deputy editor

Having dinner at the Burj Al Arab. It’s ludicrously over-the-top and the bill will probably set you back a month’s wages, but I think everyone has to visit the world’s first self-proclaimed seven-star hotel at least once. I should have waited for the cheaper lunch offer they’re offering now, though.’
Holly Sands, Music & Nightlife and Film editor

Camping in the heart of the desert with a group of friends, then waking up early enough to see the sun rise over the dunes. Utterly peaceful and spectacular in equal measure.’
Rebecca Milford, chief sub editor

‘For creek views, super-friendly staff, great shisha and a real “Dubai” experience where you get a rainbow mix of customers, QD’s at Dubai Creek Golf Club is still the place that makes me feel all fuzzy.’
Vineetha Menon, Time Out Guides & Supplements assistant editor

My meal at Ossiano at Atlantis, which was exceptional. Rarely in this region have I experienced such a level of class, detail and flair. As close to a Michelin-starred meal in a submarine-like environment as I'll probably ever try.’
Vinny Maddage, senior designer

Try hot air ballooning. Forget about being awake before dawn, being in a cramped space with strangers and the fact that you’re hundreds of metres in the air supported by just a basket. Never forget the eerie silence, the desert views and the fact that you can watch the sun rise twice over the mountains.’
Will Milner, group online editor

Popping out for a pint in a five-star hotel never seems to get boring. It really puts meeting your mates down the Dog & Duck at home into perspective!’
Adam Wilson, group picture editor

The short boat ride from the original Royal Mirage to the One&Only The Palm’s 101 for dinner. Looking back at the Dubai skyline on a cool January evening reminded me what a weird and wonderful place we live in.’
Oliver Robinson, Eating Out and Community editor

I can’t remember most of my best Dubai times, so I’ll say screeching an Audi TT around the Dubai Autodrome circuit with reckless abandon against a bunch of people I had never met.’
Jamie Goodwin, assistant online and Sport & Outdoor editor

‘Skydiving over The Palm Jumeirah. No question.’
Georgina Wilson-Powell, Time Out Guides & Supplements editor

I look forward to the Rugby Sevens every year without fail. It’s one of the only places in the world where people descend on a sports stadium to party, rather than to watch the actual sport. The fun factor is high, the vibe is festival-style and you never know what to expect – last year we found ourselves hanging out with Yatesy from Aussie life-saving reality TV show Bondi Rescue.’
Jenny Hewett, Shopping & Style, Art & Culture and Time In editor


What you’ve loved…

Time Out readers reveal their Dubai highlights.

‘I just love Buddha Bar.’
Abdulrahman Alsanea

‘Going for a stroll along the beach whenever we like without having to take a spare set of clothes and blankets for the kids in case they get cold.’
Sameena Mirza

‘Awesome service while staying at some of the best hotels in the world, an escape from day-to-day troubles and guilt-free enjoyment of luxury.’
Melanie Biyanca

‘Watching Germany beat England in the 2010 World Cup (I'm Scottish) at a World Cup party at my villa at Biet Al Bahar at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.’
Tommy Doherty

‘Going to the beach when I was a kid in 1978. Collecting shells only to have them all get up and walk away; they all had hermit crabs living inside them. I was so upset I lost all my shells!’
Tori Higgins

‘I love the restaurants – the best one for me is Nobu.’
Sarah Baso

‘Dubai is a place to relax, where I can enjoy the amusement of modern life within the frame of the Arab world. It’s a place where I don’t have to be afraid of pickpockets and can walk freely day and night without fear of being robbed, unlike in most big cities. It’s still affordable, and luxury is available for those who are interested, yet it accommodates every traveller's budget.’
Ileana Mesa

‘Playing pétanque at sunset on Jumeirah Beach with a sea view on one side, and the Burj Khalifa on the other. That was an amazing moment…’
Frank Le Pen

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