Dubai has been named the number 1 global destination in the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for the second consecutive year, consolidating its position as the world’s favorite tourist destination. The recognition supports the goal of the recently launched Dubai Economic Agenda D33 to consolidate Dubai’s status as one of the world’s top three destinations for tourism and business.
Dubai’s top international ranking was announced by Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guide platform, at the annual Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Destination Awards 2023. The successive global awards underline the significant efforts to strengthen the city’s vibrant economy and tourism ecosystem, while pursuing the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make Dubai the most visited and livable city in the world.
Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award winners are uniquely chosen by millions of travelers around the world, who provide their genuine and unbiased reviews or opinions about destinations, activities and experiences. The quality and quantity of independent destination and traveler ratings covered a 12-month period from November 1st2021 to October 31st2022. Here are some of the best hot spots out there.
Visit Alserkal Avenue
Alserkal Avenue, one of Dubai’s most celebrated cultural districts, is located in the industrial area of Al Quoz and offers contemporary art galleries, yoga, spinning and wellness studios, homegrown cafes and Cinema Akil, which screens independent art house films. A magnet for cultural types, Alserkal is home to some of Dubai’s most well-known art galleries, including the Leila Heller Gallery, which showcases the work of contemporary artists from the Middle East, Central Asia, South East Asia and Turkey, Custot Gallery , which represents modern and contemporary artists from Europe and the US, and The Third Line which presents contemporary artists from the Middle East.
Take a street food tour
Dubai is home to a range of street food tours that showcase off the beaten track restaurants and dishes. These tours take guests on a journey through the culturally diverse side of Old Dubai and beyond and include a choice of walking tours with Frying Pan Adventures, or why not take your own foodie walking tour of Dubai’s souks? The bustling Deira Waterfront Market is an absolute must for foodies and seafood lovers, where visitors can choose fresh seafood from the market and have it cooked to their taste at one of the destination’s many restaurants.
Gather for a meal at one of Dubai’s many Michelin star restaurants
Launched in June 2022, the Michelin Guide Dubai recognizes the city as a world-renowned gastronomic destination. The emirate’s rich and diverse culinary scene is full of innovative dining experiences, hidden neighborhood gems, and creative menus that reflect Arabian traditions, world flavors, and inspiring modern fusion. Highlights of the inaugural guide include LOWE, the contemporary zero-waste Dubai restaurant awarded a coveted Green Star, and Ossiano, which takes diners on a journey to the depths of the ocean.
Spend a day in Dubai’s iconic swimming pools
Dubai is home to a host of epic pools that reach new heights and depths. These include the world’s tallest 360-degree infinity pool, Aura Skypool, and the world’s tallest infinity pool at Address Beach Resort, both with breathtaking views of the city. In addition, Deep Dive Dubai is included in the Guinness World Records for the deepest diving pool in the world, with a depth of 60.02 meters allowing thrill seekers to dive into another dimension.
Dubai is also bursting with fitness-inspired activities, yoga classes and destination spas, which can be found all over the city. These include an array of decadent spas and wellness experiences available at luxury destinations such as Blended Wellness, located in Dukes Hotel and the spa at Anantara World Islands.
Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is one of the city’s largest and most luxurious spas, boasting extensive facilities including a Turkish hammam, thalassotherapy pools and sub-zero snow rooms. Located in the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah, the spa offers an extensive menu of treatments inspired by traditional Ottoman therapies and regional pampering practices. The ‘Rose Bliss’ body massage is a pampering ritual that begins with a gentle exfoliation of the body, followed by a massage with luscious rose oil infused with evening primrose oil, shea butter and Damascus rose oil to heal and restore. Or opt for the exclusive 24 carat gold facial treatment. This decadent treatment includes an Arabian gold-infused Hammam experience and a rose bliss and argan oil massage followed by a luxurious skin-soothing milk and bath, priced at AED 25,000 ($6,800).
In other words, don’t forget your credit card!
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