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Keith, British musician

You’ll get one of the best views of Dubai if, like Kate, you get an early start out on the water. I think the city skyline from that viewpoint at that hour is totally worth the wake-up call. And contrary to popular belief, the great thing about Dubai is you don’t have to rush through it all. You’ll enjoy the city the most if you explore at your own pace, stumbling into all kinds of unexpected delights – from cafés and galleries, to street art, and house bands around every corner.

If you ask me, I say follow Kate’s lead and just go with the flow without much of a plan. You’ll meet people from every corner of the world, from every walk of life – selling authentic wares, serving amazing food… or, even run into people like me who make pretty good guides. Whatever you are looking for, chances are, we can point you in the right direction. If you want some of our recommendations, here’s a start.

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Paddleboard to the Burj Al Arab

Yu Yan, Chinese student

Get ‘the’ view of the city from out on the water. Not only is this view an Instagrammer’s dream, but also good exercise to work up an appetite.

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Grab some food

Just a short walk from the beach, you’ll find Single Fin Café located within Surf House Dubai – try the sunrise waffles! Or, if you don’t like waffles (who doesn’t?), there’s a bunch of other delights on the menu here or the several cafes dotted along Beach Road.

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Explore the underground art world

Salma, Emirati artist

You’ll find tons of artists, designers, studios and galleries around town. I recommend starting at Al Fahidi and ending up at Alserkal Avenue, that way you’ll make sure not to miss out on the arthouse cinema, quirky cafes, and pop up events that make this spot a go-to for all things arts and culture.

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Relax by the creek

The Dubai Creek is unmistakably the birthplace of Dubai; the legacy of this area is impressive. Grab a latte at Mazmi Coffee And More, or be a local and hop on to the abra for AED1 to head across the waters and soak in the glorious sunset.

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