1. No key, no problem
Welcome to Dubai, where we all feel safe enough to leave our bags unzipped, our car doors open at gas stations, our phones alone on tables and our houses unlocked. (And then proceed to complain when anything goes missing.)
2. Deira: Dubai’s heart
Dripping AC units, bustling souks selling everything from spices to Tupperware, lost-looking tourists and a lot of traffic. Deira’s hectic, but we love it.
3. The mighty Burj
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world (if you didn’t already know). While the camera-wielding crowds outside Souk Al Bahar are annoying (you’re never going to fit all 830m of it in one shot mate, just give up) and the thought of one more visiting friend suggesting we go to the top makes us want to cry, we’re secretly pretty proud of it.
4. Salon time
To keep up the UAE’s glamorous reputation it’s our duty to be buffed, polished and moisturized head-to-toe on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. It’s the least we can do.
5. The glamorous Boulevard
There’s more to Downtown than Dubai Mall and the fountains (or so we’ve heard). Grab an over-priced coffee, put on your designer sunnies and go for a stroll beneath the trees with the rest of Dubai’s elite while you stare at the tourists as they trundle by on the tram.
6. Safa Park (we miss you – well, half of you)
Living in the desert means our parks are almost as bustling as our beaches, which is why they can get so packed. Our Safa Park survival tips? Get there early, remember change for entry, and stay alert to avoid a flying football to the face.