Like all cities, Dubai is shaped by those who live in it. Before the discovery of oil, fishermen and merchants along the Gulf found a safe haven in the city's old trading port, the Creek. Four decades later, Dubai has become one of the world's most glamorous and futuristic destinations, with over 200 nationalities making up the fabric of the desert city.
We go beyond Dubai's sandy beaches, skyscrapers and seven-star luxury to discover the city through the eyes of those who know it best: creatives, street wanderers and modern-day adventurers, who call this melting pot of cultures home. From art galleries hidden away in Dubai's industrial area to one of the oldest restaurants in the city; from a growing parkour scene to kayaking in the Hajjar mountains, there's more to this city than meets the eye. Some of our guides on this journey: influencer Ahmed Al Nasheet, designer Nathalie Trad and king of the local nightlife, DJ Dany Neville.