Take a stroll into City Walk, one of Dubai’s most exciting urban precincts. Expect chic shops, al fresco restaurants, beautifully designed outdoor spaces and even a swish boutique hotel in the form of La Ville Hotel and Suites.This lifestyle destination artfully combines shopping with entertainment, including stand-outs such as The Green Planet, Coca-Cola Arena, play areas, a cinema and a year-round calendar of events.
Boxpark is an urban lifestyle destination that mixes trendy boutiques with concept dining and entertainment venues. Expect a modern Middle Eastern vibe with shops and cafes housed in brightly-coloured shipping containers. At night, the 1km strip that houses several smaller brands and labels doing something different is lit up and bathed in a funky neon glow.
La Mer is an urban beachfront destination that combines sun and sand with shopping and style. With turquoise waters, white sands and funky murals, the leisure locale brings a splash of colour to the surrounding Jumeirah neighbourhood. The development boasts a modern industrial aesthetic and features a buzzworthy selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and beach activities for you to enjoy. In 2023, La Mer is set to unveil many new-to-Dubai venues. Soon, you can make your way to internationally-acclaimed beach clubs like Sirene Beach by Gaia and Bâoli while here, among other spots that promise elevated seaside experiences.
Mix some souk shopping with chic cafés on Dubai Creek
Al Seef is one of Dubai's most popular leisure districts, situated directly on the bustling Dubai Creek. The popular destination offers a charming atmosphere that pays homage to the UAE’s distinct heritage. A neighbourhood steeped in history, Al Seef is the place for visitors looking to shop, dine and stay. Every building façade in Al Seef has been given an old school makeover to take you back to Dubai's past, from the shopping stalls right down to Starbucks, and the effect is simply delightful.
Enjoy an outdoor market with homegrown goods, food and crafts
Explore fresh food, diverse crafts and family-friendly entertainment at weekly Ripe Market events. The outdoor markets take place every Saturday and Sunday during Dubai's winter months – with a flagship location at Police Academy Park and a Saturday pop-up at Al Barari. In the summertime, the artisanal fairs go indoors and are hosted at Times Square Center and Springs Souk. The market is all about fostering a thriving community and has something for everyone, with workshops, live music, fitness classes, educational activities and a petting zoo for the kids.
Visit sun-soaked cafés and shops along a promenade
For a taste of an idyllic beachside lifestyle make your way down to The Beach opposite JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences) – a relaxed district with restaurants, hotels, lounges and plenty of family-friendly entertainment. The bustling cosmopolitan area is like a sunny beach resort that's open for all, with a contemporary Arabian touch. Easily accessible from anywhere in Dubai, visitors can enjoy the water, sample a range of eateries and marvel at the fleet of supercars on show.