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10 Must-Visits For Fashion People In Dubai

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    Dubai may thrive on unapologetically modern design and over-the-top luxury (everyone needs a caviar facial, right?), but if you look beyond the flash, you'll see there's something else quietly going on. It's coming into its own as an international city of high-end taste and refinement, a destination for well-traveled aesthetes looking for something new. And, now, the fashion people are coming.

    With designer-branded hotels from Roberto Cavalli and Armani (Versace's is in the works), its own Fashion Week, and Prime Dubai — a recurring fashion exhibition dedicated to up-and-comers — the city is attracting both emerging and established designers. This new focus on serious style means there's only one place for Dubai to go on our must-visit list: up. Way up.

    So, to prepare for our inevitable travels, we partnered with Emirates Airline to round up 10 to-dos for lovers of fashion and good old-fashioned pampering (when in Dubai...). Flip through to see where we're going when we take on this desert metropolis before everyone else does. What? There's nothing wrong with a little competitive traveling. Advertisement

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    Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience
    A sure sign Dubai's status as an international style city is on the rise, this three-day dive into high fashion spotlights 20 emerging designers from the Middle East. From October 30 to November 1, there will be exclusive in-store events, live music, and panel discussions at the Dubai Mall. Eight established designers from around the world will not only lend their style cred to the event by debuting their newest collections, but they'll also share their expertise by mentoring the 20 up-and-comers. Everyone deserves their own Tim Gunn, right?

    Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai; +1-800-38224-6255.

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    Bambah Boutique
    With vintage clothes from the 1930s to 1980s, the shop embodies the kind of Casablanca cool the Middle East is known for. You'll spot names like Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Lanvin. Even if you're not there to buy, you'll be tempted to take a seat and stay awhile — it's just that kind of store.

    Bambah Boutique, 142 Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai; +971-50-674-1754.

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    Talise Spa
    While Middle Eastern spas can range from ancient (and we mean ancient) baths, or hammams, to luxurious indulgences, this waterside retreat is the best of both worlds. Built to mimic a traditional hammam, but fully outfitted with Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms, and infinity pools, Talise Spa combines old and new for a one-of-a-kind experience with a waterfront view.

    Talise Spa, The Burj Al Arab, Jumeira 3; +971-4-301-7365.

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    Dubai Mall
    If we got lost in the Dubai Mall, we wouldn't mind one bit. And, considering it's the largest shopping center in the world, that just might happen. It has everything from high-end stores like Carolina Herrara and Oscar de la Renta to record-breaking details (tallest building, faster elevators) that serve as bragging rights. And, if between shops, you think I'd love to see some exotic fish, there's a three-story aquarium at its center.

    Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai; +1-800-38224-6255.

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    Bur Dubai Souq
    When you're ready to shop like a local, head straight to the souq, or open-air market. Overwhelming in size, sound, and sights, Bur Dubai has all the vibrant textiles and hand-hammered metalworks you can fawn over. It's hard to navigate the winding alleyways, but if you can find Hindi Lane, it's worth the wandering — the narrow path is lined with garlands of marigolds and packed with Hindu religious paraphernalia. Pro tip: Haggling is not only acceptable, it's encouraged.

    Bur Dubai Souq.