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  • Juseppe luiz c
    3 contributions
    The views was amazing and burjkalifah is incredible!!!!!I really have enjoyed it and highly recommended
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • yns_10
    Sydney, Australia1,468 contributions
    The place to go for the largest selection of designers stores - the key is in the variety available, do not expect a bargain. Add to that Burj Khalifa, the dancing fountain, aquarium, restaurants and Time Out Market. Free wifi which makes the mall easy to navigate.
    Written 15 August 2022
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  • Morsli A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates45 contributions
    Simply and great place in downtown close to Burj khalifa, sea and sun with free view and swim.
    Just Amazing..............
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • yns_10
    Sydney, Australia1,468 contributions
    One of our party had never seen snow, so having a look at ski Dubai was a must. As the outside temperatures were in the mid 40's, the slopes were crowded with kids, so we did not try to ski. The mall has a wide range of stores and prices. For luxury goods, we prefer Dubai Mall but there are some stores that we like are only found here like Calzedonia.
    Written 15 August 2022
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  • Discover31056075478
    7 contributions
    BOMBASTIC EXPERIENCE!!!! all thanks to Miguel in Americano Restaurant who was just the sweetest and who really fave us the best service ever!! We had a great time! The Burger OMG was incredible and the dessert was woah! thanks to the whole team MiGuel And Pella !! you made our experience to be remembered!! thank you
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, UK6,341 contributions
    I used the Metro from the World Trade Centre to the Marina which is the most efficient and cheapest way to travel there.

    The Marina is huge and I covered most of it on foot as I couldn't get on a Dhow cruise as more than 5 passengers were required for a trip.

    As well as yachts, there are restaurants, a mall, hotels and apartments along the waterway.

    It was one of the highlights of my trip and wasn't very busy as it's quite a distance from the city.
    Written 19 July 2022
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  • Priscilla Tjandra
    Indonesia29 contributions
    Al Seef is very instagrammable spot in every corner. Very beautiful and I love the ambiance. A combination of old-and-new Dubai in Heritage District. This area is very clean enough. And so many restaurant and souvenir shops here.

    Do not forget about a Starbucks shop in the part of oldest Dubai.
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • betul_m
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates56 contributions
    This is a very good beach in Dubai to spend a day with family . It is relatively less crowded compared to some of the other public beaches, there are several kite surfers and people just relaxing. It also has a public library which is great for spending some quality time.
    Written 31 May 2022
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  • Rahulakkara
    Mumbai, India289 contributions
    Pier 7 is situated at marina bay on the 7th floor . The restaurant has a very good decor and faces the marina bay. The food is outstanding and cannot be missed when you are at marina bay
    This restaurant has to be on your to do list when in Dubai at marina bay
    Written 10 July 2022
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  • Shoeb Arif
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates252 contributions
    5point Review
    Summer heat and Malls of Dubai, a never ending love story. So Dubai Festival City Mall, what do you have to offer
    1. Thumbs up : If you are on a shopping spree this is the place. From all Brands (even Brands for Less) to Hypermarkets (Carrefour, Lulu) to Ikea to everything you want. If you are a foodie from every fast food joint you can think of to some fine dining. (Cheesecake factory, Nando, Chillis etc etc. Spoilt for choices. Gosh, I wanted to dine 4- 5 times in one night)
    2. Thumbs Down : Won't go nitpicking. Festival City you are spared here, Although a better attraction for kids would be ideal (Fabyland sucks and Bounce is overrated) DFC you need to pick your game up here
    3. Wow Factor : Light and Sound Show was good. So much to shop and dine makes time (and also money) fly.
    4. Dial M for Money : Here you can spend a fortune on useless things but also can get some steal deals. (I ended up doing both and my wallet was in tears). There are so may attractive places to shop and dine, so beware. You have been warned
    5. 5point Experience Gauge : This place is worth spending a sunday evening. Shop, dine and play (give us better playing options DFC, do you hear).
    My rating : Go, get it
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • John F
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
    Very attractive place I went with my daughter she liked the place many restaurants and shops.I would absolutely recommended for anyone who like to have amazing time and take some pictures because the place is absolutely fantastic
    Written 8 July 2022
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  • Will R
    Skelmersdale, UK364 contributions
    Very nice clean and spacious mall. Lots of shops with everything you need, groceries. Pharmacy fitness, health, clothing, cinema, fast food and restaurants. Definitely worth a trip if your in the area.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Silvia P
    11 contributions
    Tourist beach, not dangerous. You can do also a nice walk or rest. As it is free, you can decide to sunbathing and then do a nice walk on the beach. Possibility to do a camel ride. Nice view.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • sssteveg
    Haifa, Israel1,579 contributions
    Palm Jumeirah is the grandest of the grand projects in Dubai. It's the largest man made island in the world, and it can be seen from outer space. It took 6 years and 12 billion US dollars to build. It has a monorail running up its spine which ends at the impressive Atlantis Hotel. And, it's not the only man-made island in Dubai. There are several others in various stages of construction. If you want to see it from above, go visit the “View at the Palm”, a 240 meter high viewpoint of the entire island, located on the 52nd floor of the Palm Tower Hotel.
    It's definitely a must-see attraction while in Dubai.
    Written 14 February 2022
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  • Chris Stephens
    Ontario, Canada43 contributions
    The crown jewel of the Dubai Marina, probably the wealthiest place in the entire city. You will see many many supercars and 6-star hotels here. The beach itself is nice and wide but gets very busy, especially at night. Lots of wildly overpriced restaurants, which is to be expected from this area. Good transport connections from the tram, and a safe place even at night.
    Written 12 August 2022
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