Top 20 sights in Dubai

<em>Time Out</em> selects the 20 sights that make us love living in Dubai.

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1 The Mona Lisa (with moustache) on Smiling BKK’s sign in Jumeirah. (04 349 6677)

2 The gap-toothed old men who wander about Bur Dubai’s Textile Souk.

3 The walls of sequinned shoes at Bright Ocean Trading in Bur Dubai. (04 355 0894)

4 The rows of Gucci-clad girls sashaying about Sho Cho. (Dubai Marine Beach Resort, 04 346 111)

5 The blow-up Great White Sharks in Speedex Supermarket. (Mankhool, 04 398 8747)

6 Staring up at all 688m of the Burj Dubai.

7 The view from the Jumeirah Scarer at Wild Wadi – and someone pulling their swimming costume from their bum at the bottom. (04 348 4444)

8 The glow from a shop window of the Gold Souk at night.

9 Spotting Chris Eubank at Left Bank. Never fails to amuse. (04 399 4000, Madinat)

10 Kite surfers along Kite Beach.

11 A full moon over the sea, along with the glowing Burj Al Arab.

12 Tim Cheddar on his roller blades in full flight at Chi @ The Lodge. (Lamcy Plaza, 04 348 4444)

13 The view of the skyline from the new jetty on Jumeirah Open Beach. You can rollerskate home on the new track afterwards.

14 The fields of the Polo Club at Desert Palm. (near International City, 04 323 8888)

15 The hundreds of trees inside Safa Park.

16 The sun rising over Za’abeel Park in the morning.

17 The desert dunes, from one of the infinity pools at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa. (04 303 4222)

18 A glowing yellow sign on the roof of a taxi. We dream about them.

19 Ski Dubai from a window table in Après. It’s a live-action version of You’ve Been Framed. (04 344 9897)

20 Police pulling over drivers trying to jump the queue during morning traffic jams. Pay back!

And five we can’t stand...

1 Rising rent prices on

2 A 4x4 right behind us, flashing its lights on Sheikh Zayed Road.

3 The plight of construction workers waiting for their bus after toiling in 48- degree heat, looking dirty, miserable and half-broken.

4 Thousands of red lights slowing down – again on Sheikh Zayed Road.

5 The ugly scars of endless construction, especially when it’s just outside our front window.

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