36 Hours in Dubai

36 Hours in Dubai

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Dubai has emerged as an ethnically diverse metropolis where the world’s populations mingle in markets, galleries and international restaurants, both humble and high-end.

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    Opened in 2014, the new 319-room Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is a palatial spread with multiple restaurants and bars, two swimming pools, myriad fitness facilities and a private beach with city views.
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    Bambah stocks the designer Maha Abdul Rasheed’s haute couture
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    The Zoo Concept provides kitsch-cool accessories and novelties chosen by Ms. Rasheed’s brother Hussein.
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    Silvery teapots, embroidered cushions and Taschen tomes: this French-owned shop serves it all up — along with fresh juices, smoothies, coffees and teas.
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    A 40-story vantage point over the city with an orange-glowing bar, white-glowing low tables and pillars of fire in wire cages. The Kong cocktail (bourbon, vanilla liqueur, lime, mint, ginger beer) is king.
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    Located amid the art galleries and souvenir shops of Dubai’s small historical quarter, Orient Guest House occupies an Old World courtyard house with 11 rooms of traditional Arabian furniture and fabrics.
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    Faster than a flying carpet, the kitchen can transport you to Yerevan via Aleppo (a sweet-salty hybrid of air-dried beef basterma with peaches and halloumi cheese) and Marrakesh (a smoky synthesis of quail in grape leaves with Moroccan spices).
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    Visitors will find the following: Salsali Private Museum, a sleek vaulted space that shows mainly Iranian and Middle Eastern artists; Grey Noise, which presents highly conceptual projects; and Gulf Photo Plus, which shows international photographic works.
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    The Australian-Spanish pair whose namesake restaurant fills a soaring, neo-industrial space offers a menu that mixes brunch-style bites like corned-beef eggs Benedict and breakfast burritos with lunchtime fare like seared tuna with soba noodles.
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    Everything from reggae tributes to Egyptian crowd-pleasers is served up live and loud in this vast, velvety concert space on the famous Palm Jumeirah island.
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    Within the white, soft-glowing, minimalist-cool interiors, a friendly young waitstaff delivers Gary Rhodes’s modern takes on British country classics, from Welsh rarebit to braised oxtail to offal meatballs in gravy.
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    Soaring 2,716.5 feet in the air, Burj Khalifa offers views of Dubai from its 124th-floor observation deck. The twinkling cityscape — pulsing highways, soaring skyscrapers, desert sprawl — is a powerful introduction to Dubai’s vertical ambitions.
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