June 2012 | issue 94
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At any time of year Dubai is a destination for shoppers. Sprawling malls provide not only a vast selection of luxury brands, but also a selection of fun attractions which can be enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort – an additional benefit during the hot summer months. So what could possibly make the ultimate retail experience even more memorable? That is the challenge Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) rises to every year. Launched in 1998, the month-long extravaganza, which commences June 14, is now in its 15th year. Over 70 malls take part in the festival and in addition to millions of dirhams in discounts and giveaways, DSS is a family-friendly affair with a full programme of events aimed at children of all ages. To learn more about what to expect this year, turn to page 22. Of course, while shopping is a major part of the Dubai experience there is a variety of other activities to be enjoyed throughout your stay. During the month of June temperatures soar and if you’re keen to cool off we invite you to turn to page 54, where you can read all about the city’s icy-themed attractions, or page 60 for you all you need to know about the region’s most exceptional diving spots. Culture vultures should direct their attentions to our Discover section which begins on page 45 and this month showcases the history of dhows. For quick listings on everything from gourmet restaurants to cultural activities, simply turn to The Guide. With all the latest information at your fingertips, you’ll have everything you need to create a bespoke itinerary for your stay. Further information can be found at conciergedubai.com or by consulting your hotel concierge. Enjoy your Dubai experience fully with Concierge.
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In focus Photography: Adham Sneeh Location: Al Barari Credits: Albe wears: Dress Marni; scarf Ralph Lauren; bangles Furla; watch Baume & Mercier; sunglasses Yves Saint Laurent. Aydin wears: Trousers Ermenegildo Zegna; shirt Hackett; shoes Roberto Fabiani at Valencia; belt Hackett
Nowhere says luxury like Dubai. Whether it’s gourmet dining or high-end hotels, this is a city which knows no bounds when it comes to splendour. For our latest high-end fashion shoot (turn to page 28) we took our cue from style trends through the decades and seamlessly blended them with the plush surroundings of sophisticated villa development, Al Barari.
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The emirateâ€™s top attractions, news and events
The wind towers of the Bastakiya quarter
21/SHOP 22/LONG HAUTE SUMMER Prepare to shop until you drop at Dubai Summer Surprises
28/THIS STYLISH LIFE
Take a cue from designs through the decades for a sophisticated summer look
Sleek and elegant watches prove classic black is back
45/DISCOVER 46/LEGACY OF THE DHOW
For centuries the wooden dhow has sailed the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and still provides an essential mode of transport in the UAE today
51/TOURIST TRAIL From retail therapy to Michelin-starred cuisine and world-class golfing action, Dubai Festival City has it all
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53/EXPERIENCE 54/COOLER CLIMES
If June temperatures are too hot to handle, seek out a cooling adventure or two
60/WORLD UNDER WATER
Take the plunge and explore the region’s most exceptional diving spots
67/TASTE 68/RAISING THE BAR
Quench your thirst in one of the city’s most luxurious bars
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Comprehensive listings to plan the perfect stay
100/MY DUBAI Professional pianist Malika Omar shares her thoughts on how to have a harmonious stay in the emirate
Dubai: Mall of the Emirates (New Extension) - Dubai Festival City - Dubai Mall - Marina Mall - Mirdif City Centre - Deira City Centre Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Mall - Bawabat Al Sharq Mall Bahrain: Seef Mall - Bahrain City Centre Qatar: Villagio Mall - Landmark Mall Kuwait: The Avenues Riyadh: Hayat Mall - Gallery Mall - Panorama Mall Jeddah: Andalus Mall - Mall of Arabia - Red Sea Mall - Haifa Mall Dahran: Dahran Mall (New Extension) Al Khobar: Rashid Mall (New Extension)
DISCOVER Palm Jumeirah
Visible from space, Palm Jumeirah is a must-visit for anyone new to the emirate. One of the most exclusive and awe-inspiring neighbourhoods in the city, the manmade island measures five kilometres by five kilometres and covers an area larger than 800 football pitches. Of the lengthy list of attractions it’s important to tick off a visit to Aquaventure – a jumbo-sized water park within the Atlantis The Palm, Dubai resort – and a kayaking trip around the outside of the island, which can be arranged through your concierge.
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EVENTS IN BRIEF D u b a i I n t e r n at i o n a l D a n c e F e s t i va l June 1 The First Group Theatre at Madinat Jumeirah plays host to the best young performers in the region. Classical dance academies, youth orchestras and music ensembles will unite for an unforgettable show. For details visit dubaidancefestival.com
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EXPERIENCE Wadi Adventure
Adventurous types should head to Wadi Adventure, which is located in the east of Abu Dhabi emirate, an hour and a half down the road from Dubai. Newly opened in January, it is the only manmade park in the Middle East where visitors can try kayaking, whitewater rafting and surfing and more. Where: Al Ain. Price: Adults AED100, children AED100. Contact: 03 7818422.
June 3 and 4 It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The queen of pop will be touching down in the capital for the show of shows. Performing exclusively at Yas Arena, Abu Dhabi, as part of her world tour, this not-to-be-missed concert is set to be one of the most exciting events of the UAE calendar. For tickets log on to thinkflash.ae
S wa n L a k e June 6 After wowing audiences with its spectacular sell-out performance in September, 2011, the Grand Gala Ballet will be returning to the First Group Theatre to bring you Swan Lake. Featuring 26 dancers, prepare yourselves for two and a half hours of pure elegance and grace. For tickets visit timeouttickets.com
The L aughter Fac tory
Afternoon tea Afternoon tea is a Dubai institution and you can expect anything from cucumber sandwiches to caviar on blinis, alongside a staggering range of teas and gourmet pastries. Our top recommendations include At.mosphere, which is located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa and Bateaux Dubai (pictured), which combines an elegant Creek cruise with the traditional high tea experience. Enjoy a lavish spread and idyllic views of the city as you explore the tranquil waters of Dubai Creek. For more information visit jebelali-international.com.
June 7 Prepare to chortle the night away because stand-up comics Dave Fulton, Josh Howie and Junior Simpson will take to the stage at the Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, for The Laughter Factory. Tickets are priced at AED140. Log on to thelaughterfactory.com for details
D u b a i S u mm e r S u r p r i s e s June 14 to July 14 Shoppers can expect discounts and daily raffles as they explore the many retail havens through-out the city. For details visit dubaievents. com or turn to page 22.
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EXPERIENCE At the Top
A highlight of any trip to Dubai is a journey to At the Top and thanks to the superswift elevators which climb at a rate of 10 metres per second, you can expect to be enjoying unparalleled views from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa in a matter of moments. Be sure to have your camera handy as the photo opportunities are once-in-a-lifetime shots. Location: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. Time: Sun to Wed, 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat, 10am to midnight. Price: Dated and timed tickets AED100 adults, AED75 children aged four to 12. Immediate entry AED400. Contact: 800 AT THE TOP (28843867) or visit burjkhalifa.ae/observationdeck.
EXPERIENCE A day of spa pampering
If globetrotting has left you washed out and weary, a few days in Dubai will fix that. With an array of first-rate spas throughout the city’s top hotels, Dubai is the perfect place to indulge in some five-star pampering. Whether you’re keen on massages, facials, scrubs or wraps, there’s a treatment to suit every type of traveller. Our top recommendations include Mandara Spa at The Monarch Dubai (pictured). Turn to page 84 for a list of hotels, most of which have in-house spas.
If your stay takes in a Friday (the first day of the UAE weekend) use this opportunity to experience a Dubai brunch. Unlike the calm culinary experience it is elsewhere around the world, brunch in Dubai is legendary. With buffet tables laden with gourmet goods and an unending supply of freeflowing drinks, you won’t be left wanting. Our favourite spots include Farriers at The Meydan, which overlooks the world-famous Meydan Racecourse and Al Bahou at Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel (pictured). Turn to page 92 for a list of hotels, many of which serve Friday brunches.
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Ask the concierge
L ahcen Sa adaoui, chief concierge at the Ibn Bat tuta Gate Hotel share s his tips for a fun-filled stay in Dubai
Dubai is abundant with jaw-dropping views and I always recommend guests visit either At the Top, which is the observation deck on the 124th of the Burj Khalifa, or Skyview Bar in the Burj Al Arab, which offers amazing views of the Arabian Gulf. A lot of visitors come here to shop, but with so many malls to choose from knowing where to start can be tricky. First up is The Dubai Mall, the biggest shopping centre in the world with over 1,000 stores. Another top retail spot is BurJuman which is located in Bur Dubai and is home to Saks Fifth Avenue. Ibn Battuta Mall, with its unique design and built to celebrate the travels of the famous Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta, also has a wide variety of stores to explore. Dubai is a city that comes to life at night and many of our guests ask which bars and clubs they should visit. Trilogy at Madinat Jumeirah is known for its cool club sounds and is always a big hit. For a glamorous hangout, Cavalli Club at The Fairmont Dubai ticks all the boxes. Alternatively the guests may be looking for something romantic, in which case I would recommend Nassimi Beach at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai for sundowners by the sea. Alternatively dinner aboard river restaurant Bateaux Dubai gives visitors the opportunity to take in the idyllic views of ‘old Dubai’ as they sail down Dubai Creek by moonlight. In addition to the glitz and glamour, there is also a historic side to the emirate. I recommend guests take time to visit the Bastakiya quarter, which is Dubai’s old district. Another must-visit is the Shiekh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This non-profit organisation, based in the Bastakiya quarter, is dedicated to offering unique activities, such as cultural breakfasts and historic tours. I also recommend a visit to Jumeirah Mosque, one of only a few mosques in Dubai open to the public.
A trip out of the city into the Arabian Desert is an awe-inspiring adventure. The unspoilt dunes can be reached within an hour, with tour operators providing pickups from Dubai’s hotels. Those looking for excitement can taste the thrill of desert driving, while a trip to a traditional desert camp provides a more sedate experience. Turn to page 84 for a list of tour operators.
Retail revelry Dubai is abundant with shopping malls and retail revelers should direct their attentions to BurJuman, which has a large selection of designer brands including Cartier, Dior (pictured) and Christian Lacroix. It is also home to Saks Fifth Avenue. Turn to page 78 for a list of malls. Contact: 04 3520222.
DISCOVER Dubai Museum
If the ultra-modern side of Dubai is all you know, step back in time at Dubai Museum. Located in Bur Dubai, inside the Al Fahidi Fort, you’ll find artefacts, photographs and life-sized displays. Open Sat to Thu from 8.30am to 8.30pm and Friday from 2.30 to 8.30pm, admission is AED3 for adults and AED1 for children under six. Contact: 04 3531862.
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eat drink and relax
Enjoy 25% off food, drinks and spa treatments all summer, when you pay with your Visa card at: • Armani Hotel Dubai • The Address Hotels + Resorts • The Palace – The Old Town • Dubai Marina Yacht Club • Arabian Ranches Golf Club • Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club Visa Infinite cardholders can enjoy 30% off food, drinks and spa treatments all summer. For more information and terms & conditions, visit www.theaddress.com/visa
The intoxicating aroma of shisha smoke wafting through the air is a common one in Dubai, as the sociable pursuit of shisha smoking has become part of the rich culture of the Middle East. Derived from the Persian word shishe meaning ‘glass’, the pipe consists of a bowl at the top of the pipe, which is packed with flavoured tobacco and covered with a piece of pierced foil. This pastime sees groups of friends meet and share f lavours such as vanilla, apple, grape, strawberry, raspberry and mint. Location: Served at most hotels and at many cafés throughout the city. Price: Approximately AED60 per pipe.
Eid al Fitr August 19 to 22 To mark the end of Ramadan the three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of FastBreaking) commences on August 19. On the day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning to perform the Eid prayer.
Gitex October 14 to 18 If you think duty free is the only place to bag bargains, think again. Gitex, the biggest consumer electronics sales bonanza in the Middle East, is your one-stop shop for gadgets, gizmos and all things technological. Make your way to the Airport Expo from 11am to 11pm. Entry is AED30. Children under five go for free. For more information visit gitex.com
D u b a i f a s h i o n w ee k October 20 to 24 Style mavens should clear their diaries in October because Dubai Fashion Week, the ultimate Middle Eastern fashion event, is upon us. Held at The Arena at the Dubai World Trade Centre, fashionistas can look forward to the latest spring/summer trends. For more information visit dfw.ae
If you like to trawl for trinkets, pack a pair of comfortable shoes and get ready for a shop-a-thon at one of Dubai’s air-conditioned indoor markets. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (pictured), Souk Al Bahar and Khan Murjan are three recently built bazaars, constructed to resemble traditional Arabic marketplaces. The perfect places to pick up Arabic lanterns, dates and Persian carpets, this is where you go for last-minute souvenir shopping. Location: Umm Suqeim, Downtown Dubai and Oud Metha respectively. Turn to page 78 for more information.
F o r m u l a 1 E t i h a d A i r way s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix October 30 to November 1 Put pedal to the metal and take a drive to Abu Dhabi where world-class speed demons take to the tarmac for one of the most fiercely contested grand prix in the world. For more information visit formula1.com
D u b a i R u g b y Se v e n s November 29 to December 1 Rugby fans can rejoice, because The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is three days of exhilarating action. As the opening tournament of the IRB Sevens, many of the rugby’s powerhouse nations, including South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, fly in to compete for the trophy. For more information visit dubairugby7s.com
DISCOVER Dubai by water
T he temperat u re outside maybe be scorching, but there are still plenty of ways to discover the city in air-conditioned luxury. One way is by the Dubai Ferry, a service launched by the Roads & Transport Authority. Book your seat and admire the city’s greatest attraction including Dubai Creek, The World island, the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah as you sail around the emirate’s picturesque waterways. Contact: 8009090.
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It’s more than just a city. It’s intriguing Abu Dhabi.
SHEIKH ZAyED GRAND MOSQUE
ISLAND BOAT TOURS
FROM SOUK TO MALL
FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI
Be moved by the wonder of this architectural treasure which can house over 40,000 worshippers.
Experience ultimate luxury at one of the world’s most opulent hotels.
Explore the natural beauty of the Corniche as you drift along clear seas on a relaxing cruise boat.
Seek out a bargain at traditional markets or cut a dash in a modern mall.
Feel the 240kmph adrenaline rush of the world’s fastest roller coaster.
yAS LINKS ABU DHABI
ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL
OPEN-TOP BUS TOUR
MANARAT AL SAADIyAT
DINE AT MEZLAI
Take on the challenge of Yas Links Abu Dhabi - the region’s first links course.
Learn more about the UAE’s national bird and try your hand at the traditional sport of falconry at this state-of-the-art facility.
All aboard for this tour of the UAE capital with commentary in any one of eight languages.
Experience Abu Dhabi’s purposebuilt arts exhibition centre on Saadiyat Island.
Head to Emirates Palace for a taste of Emirati cuisine fine dining style.
Explore a city built on tradition and inspired by innovation. Where you can lose yourself in age-old hospitality and marvel at the wonder that is Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi. Travellers welcome. Discover more. www.visitabudhabi.ae or call 800 555
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Snapshot Winds of change While the vast expansion of the last four decades has seen Dubai transformed from a seaside fishing village to a paradigm of modern architectural excellence, the old-world charm of the Bastakiya quarter is steadfast. The oldest residential part of the city, its maze-like streets were originally the neighbourhood of Dubaiâ€™s wealthy merchants whose ships sailed the seas between Dubai, Iran, India and other major trading posts. Hugging the bank of the Creek in Bur Dubai, this charming area has been restored over the years and is now something of an open-air exhibit of times gone by. Its traditional courtyard houses are distinguished by their innovative wind towers. The original air-conditioning solution, these clever structures capture the slightest breezes and funnel the cooling wind down into the living areas. Historically the wealth of a family would have been measured by the number of wind towers on a house â€“ the wealthier the family, the more wind towers.
360Ëš of enjoyment... Witness and enjoy 360 degrees of unparalleled views of Dubai and beyond from the highest public observation terrace in the world, At the Top, Burj Khalifa. Explore the unique, interactive Burj Khalifa multi-media exhibits. Explore the history of Dubai aboard the 65-metre-long travelator. To experience all-round enjoyment, visit At the Top, Burj Khalifa.
For more information please call us on 800 At the Top, or visit www.atthetop.ae to purchase your tickets today.
shop CH Carolina Herrera
A celebration of colour, CH Carolina Herreraâ€™s Mini Matryoshka Handbag Capsule Collection is a limited-edition line for spring/summer 2012. The traditional Matryoshka bag, which is inspired by the famous Russian doll, has been transformed with a range of striking colour combinations. CH Carolina Herrera is available at The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and BurJuman.
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Long haute summer International fashion shows, irresistible discounts and millions of dirhams in giveaways – ladies and gentlemen, we give you Dubai Summer Surprises
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From Prada to Pucci, Stella McCartney to Stella Luna, you name it, Dubai’s got it and recent studies show that the emirate has overtaken established markets such as New York, Hong Kong and Paris when it comes to availability of luxury labels. While Dubai boasts year-round appeal for those in the pursuit of retail pleasures, June is a particularly popular month because it signals the start of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) – the region’s biggest entertainment and shopping fiesta. Launched back in 1998, the retail extravaganza is now in its 15th year and has beckoned more than 22 million visitors from across the globe since its inception. “In addition to major discounts, shoppers can look forward to millions of dirhams in giveaways, raffles and free family entertainment while they browse the malls,” explains HE Laila Mohd Suhail, CEO of Dubai Events and Promotions Establishments.
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Retail detail While DSS offers a multitude of attractions, including fashion shows, dancers, acrobats and even the chance to walk away with cash or a car, the obvious draw is the shopping. “DSS is the perfect time for savvy shoppers to indulge in a spot of retail therapy and update their wardrobes as there is always a variety of bargains to be had,” says personal shopper Christina Karachaliou (omyglamour.com). “This season, look out for vibrant colours such as bright oranges, warm yellows, nautical blues and rosy reds, which are all making a big impact in the spring/
summer collections.” Christina also recommends taking the opportunity to acquire a few key fashion items which will carry you through to next summer. “Ladies should look out for staple pieces such as shift and maxi dresses, which hold their style. Tropical-coloured jumpsuits and pleated maxi skirts are all on trend. Men should stock up on wardrobe classics such as tailored suits and woven-silk ties. A classic pair of black leather shoes is always a wise investment as shoes are the first thing people see when you walk into the room.” So with 70 of the city’s malls taking part in the month-long festival, which
For the latest designer labels direct your attention to the shiny shop fronts that line Fashion Avenue – a section dedicated to haute couture labels including Burberry and Chanel
1 Nina Ricci, The Dubai Mall (previous page) 2 Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall 3 Carolina Herrera 4 The Dubai Mall
retail palace do you hit first? The largest and most luxurious of them all, The Dubai Mall is an incredible shopping destination at the foot of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. For the latest designer labels direct your attentions to the shiny shop fronts that line Fashion Avenue – a section dedicated to haute couture labels. Other high-profile malls taking part in DSS include one of the city’s most time-honoured retail spots, BurJuman, located in Bur Dubai. Home to Saks Fifth Avenue it houses labels unavailable elsewhere in the city, including Prada. For those who enjoy shopping on a smaller scale, look no further than Mercato – an Italian-themed shopping mall on Jumeira Beach Road which ticks all the right retail boxes with a diverse mix of brands including Hugo Boss and Massimo Dutti.
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Fun for everyone
Of course, in addition to searching for bargains in the mall, savvy shoppers can look forward to a fantastic variety of family entertainment. “As well as being a shopping extravaganza, DSS is everything to do with fun,” says Mohd Suhail. “It’s heavily geared towards families with each mall offering a programme of events for children of all ages.” Fun activities, raffles, prizes and gifts bring the summer festival’s slogan ‘Big fun for little ones’ to life, while diehard DSS fans can celebrate festival mascot, Modhesh, at Modhesh World – the largest indoor entertainment venue in the Middle East. Located at Dubai World Trade Centre, Modhesh World offers a multitude of activities to cater to tots, tweens and teens, with 40 themed zones offering everything from the latest video games to international cartoons and stage shows. Don’t just take our word for it though, because Modhesh World has welcomed more than five million visitors (and counting) since it first opened its doors in 2000. During the last 12 years it has played host to an assortment of international and regional shows, including cartoon icons Hello Kitty, Ben 10 and the Powerpuff Girls.
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Culture club While shopping and entertainment take centre stage, DSS also hosts the Min Bladi Al Emarat event at the Star Atrium in The Dubai Mall displaying various aspects of Emirati culture. Visitors are welcomed by volunteers who serve dates, tea, Arabic coffee and sweets. “We are very proud to be participating in this event,” says Nawal Obeid, an Emirati volunteer. “This kind of event makes me proud of my heritage.” In addition to traditional entertainment, which is showcased against a backdrop of Bedouin tents, informative displays tell the stories of traditional cooking, cloth weaving and henna painting. Ultimately, whether you’re looking for a bargain buy, an afternoon’s entertainment or a touch of cultural edification, it’s all there for the taking at DSS.
Dubai Summer Surprises, June 14 – July 14 2012
this stylish life Take a cue from designs through the decades for a sophisticated summer look
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Albe wears: Dress Marni; scarf (in hair) Ralph Lauren; watch Baume & Mercier; sunglasses YSL Aydin wears: Shirt and belt, both Hackett; jacket Rick Taylor at Boutique 1; trousers Burberry; watch Baume & Mercier; sunglasses YSL
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Opposite page Albe wears: Dress Ala誰a and cardigan Oscar de la Renta, both at Boutique 1; jewellery Nina Ricci Aydin wears: Vest Ralph Lauren; trousers, shirt and tie, all Hackett; shoes and belt, both Burberry
Albe wears: Dress Marc Jacobs; pearls and earrings, both Carolina Herrera Aydin wears: Shirt Hackett; trousers Ermenegildo Zegna; tie YSL; shoes and belt, both Burberry
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Dress Dolce & Gabbana; bangle Furla, glasses Jeremy Scott at s*uce
Albe wears: Top Dior; skirt Giorgio Armani; shoes Paule Ka; watch Baume & Mercier; jewellery Valencia Aydin wears: Suit and shirt, both Hackett; belt Burberry, tie Ermenegildo Zegna
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Dress Chanel; jewellery Nina Ricci
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Albe wears: Dress Moschino; bag and jewellery, both Furla Aydin wears: Trousers and jacket, both Ermenegildo Zegna; shirt and belt, both Hackett; shoes Roberto Fabiani at Valencia
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Albe wears: Dress Elie Saab at Boutique1; bag Nina Ricci; jewellery Valencia Aydin wears: Tuxedo and shirt, both Armani Collezioni; bowtie Burberry; watch Baume & Mercier
Fashion editor: Naomi Chadderton Stylist: Christina Karachaliou (omyglamour.com) Hair and makeup: Dennie Pasion Models: Albe and Aydin at Bareface Location: Al Barari
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PITCH PERFECT With glossy black faces and shady-hued straps, these sleek watches are instant classics
Q Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean chronograph For those who enjoy reading up on the history of watches, the Seamaster story goes back to 1948 when Omega launched a watch with a waterresistant case. Fourteen years later the famous Seamaster 300 was born and since then we’ve seen a variety of stunning timepieces from this collection. One of the latest is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean chronograph, which comes in elegant black and regal red gold. Equipped with the famous Omega coaxial escapement and a silicon balance spring, this watch is distinguished by a ceramic bezel and 18-carat red gold hands. The large dial measures in at 45mm and has only two registers for displaying seconds minutes and hours. The minute and hour recorder has been combined in one subdial at 3 o’clock and the subdial at 9 o’clock displays seconds. Omega is available at Rivoli stores across the UAE
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Dunhill Black Diamond This elegant, 38mm watch is distinguished by a striking black dial, featuring crushed black diamonds which are blended into lacquer. Inspired by the perpetual elegance of a ‘black tie’ affair, the watch has an automatic JaegerLeCoultre movement which is illustrated by the double-line feature on the dial and crown. To add to its appeal, the Black Diamond features an alligator strap, carefully crafted for maximum comfort for the wearer. With its stylish design, which draws inspiration from this season’s trendy darker shades, this timepiece is bound to make an impression. Dunhill is available at The Dubai Mall and Rivoli stores across the UAE
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Open Grande Date Moon & Sunphase Revealing the beating heart of the stunning El Primero movement, this high-calibre chronograph boasts a distinctive frequency of 10 vibrations per second (36,000 per hour), making it the only movement capable of measuring and displaying 1/10th of a second. It’s certainly an impressive feat that’s well worth a view through the aperture at nine o’clock. An enchanting characteristic specific to Zenith is the feature at six o’clock, which simultaneously tracks the celestial movements of the sun and moon. Enclosed within a generous 45mm-diameter case with round vintage-style push buttons, this chic and graceful watch exudes a beauty that will charm wearers whenever they check the time. Zenith is available at Rivoli stores across the UAE
Inspired by a historic single push-piece chronograph from the 1940s, this chic watch is classically good looking while boasting a host of cutting-edge gadgetry
Baume & Mercier Capeland With the mantra ‘Accept only perfection’, it is not surprising that Baume & Mercier reaches the upper echelons of timepiece design. The Capeland collection aims to please with its sportymeets-chic blueprint. Inspired by a historic single push-piece chronograph from the 1940s, this chic watch is classically good looking while boasting a host of cutting-edge gadgetry, including a flyback chronograph, tachymeter and telemeter. A high-precision self-winding mechanical movement and beautiful oscillating weight can be viewed through the sapphire crystal back. “Life is about moments,” says Baume & Mercier and this watch certainly takes you from one to the next in the most stylish of fashions. Baume & Mercier is available at Dubai Mall and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons stores across the UAE
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Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu Ever wished you could squeeze more hours into the day? Winner of the ‘Best Men’s Watch Prize’ at the Geneva Watch Making Grand Prix 2011, the Arceau Le Temps Suspendu has the ability to make time stand still. Built with a new horological complication that allows the owner to stop time without disturbing either the onward march or the precision, this unconventional but entertaining illusion is made
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Inspired by the field of aeronautics, this watch features a moving 12-blade ‘turbine’ dial made of titanium, which spins with the movement of the wearer. The optical effect is enhanced with stripes on the black underdial to make the movement appear even more dramatic. Perrelet is available from Damas stores across the UAE
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possible by an additional module that enables the watch to alternate automatically between real and suspended time. Whenever the wearer wishes to view the correct time and date – whether it’s minutes, hours or even weeks later – he simply pushes the button again and all three hands put themselves into their rightful places. Hermès is available at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons stores across the UAE
Available from Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
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IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Inheriting excellent nautical precision from one of IWC’s most successful watches ever – the legendary Yacht Club Automatic of the ’60s and ’70s – The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph boasts a wealth of updated hi-tech and hi-spec features. The self-winding, 89361-calibre movement is manufactured by IWC and water resistant to six bar. The flyback function accurately measures time, an additional flange with quarter-second calibration displays short periods of time and a separate analogue subdial shows longer stop times in hours and minutes. Twinned with a rubber strap, this sporty yet elegant chronograph is a winning combination of form and function, presenting the perfect accessory for the avid sailor or devoted water sportsman. IWC is available at Dubai Mall and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons stores across the UAE
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In May 2006, history was made in the art market when Christie’s held its first auction in the Middle East. Since then, the fine art auctioneer has gone on to sell over US$200 million worth of art in Dubai, firmly establishing itself as the leading auction house in the region. Christie’s Dubai is located at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. For more information visit christies.com
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LEGACY OF the DHOW For centuries the wooden dhow has sailed the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and still provides an essential mode of transport in the UAE today
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With its billowing sails reflected in the design of architectural wonders such as the Burj Al Arab and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, the graceful Arabian dhow and its billowing sails is a cultural symbol of the UAE. While the majestic vessel has become an emblem of nostalgia for days gone by, the history of these boats is humble and rooted in the modest beginnings of the emirate. To look at modern-day Dubai, itâ€™s hard to imagine that just over 100 years ago the emirate was little more than a sleepy fishing village with a f ledgling economy kept buoyant by pearl diving and trading. Dubai Creek, with its direct route to the sea, facilitated trade and transport and as a result communities settled around the sandbanks and made a living from the water. Dhow boats sailed as far as East Africa and India to sell their wares, providing an essential source of revenue to the city. Without motors or mod cons, the humble crafts were powered by the wind and skilled navigators looked to the stars for guidance to point them in the right direction. Of course, to look at the simple structure of a classic dhow itâ€™s hard to believe that these vintage vessels made it across the high seas. Yet while the journeys were fraught with danger, successful crews often returned home with profits from bartering their goods.
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Modest creations With modern technological advances it seems hard to believe that dhow-building skills were passed down through the generations by word of mouth and dhows were built without drawings, plans or templates. The measurements and designs were known only to the boat makers. Using natural resources, the dhow was originally created from teak, by an extremely labour-intensive process where logs were sawn, chiselled and drilled by hand before being assembled. The huge, white triangular sails called lateens were traditionally stitched together from sheets of white cotton and facilitated smooth sailing as they billowed in the wind, pulling the
boats quickly through the water. Thousands of men journeyed out on the boats during the summer months, some seeking their fortune and others just hoping to make enough money to last them until the following pearl-diving season. Divers would leap overboard and spend up to two minutes as far as 40 metres below the surface, searching the sea floor for oysters and wrenching them from the rocks. Back onboard all oysters were opened by the captain after sunset, when the white lateen sails glowed orange from the fires on board. Much like any fishing crews today, each member would take home a salary based on the value of the catch, or in this case pearls retrieved.
The white triangular sails, called lateens, were traditionally stitched together from sheets of white cotton and facilitated smooth sailing as they billowed in the wind, pulling the boats quickly through the water
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While the job was hazardous and claimed lives, it paid well. Initially the UAE subsisted on a barter economy, but pearl diving cultivated profits that enabled steady growth. The once nomadic population made permanent settlements around trading ports. Tribes formed dhow-ownership cooperatives, paying for the dhows’ upkeep and then splitting profits. Yet the worldwide economic depression in the 1930s, combined with the Japanese discovery of the cultured pearl, heralded the end of pearling in the Gulf. When oil was discovered in the 1950s, it further transformed the economy providing new opportunities for local people.
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To sample the hustle and bustle of dhow traders first hand, head down to the Dubai wharfage – located in Deira, opposite the Hilton Dubai Creek hotel. Watch the traders as they load up their heavy cargo en route to destinations around the subcontinent and Africa. Despite their heavy workload, the traders are welcoming to visitors
Ancient sailing traditions have not been forgot ten, however. T hese beguiling vessels still have a purpose. Salah Bin Toak is the owner of Bin Toak Yachts and his family have been living in the region for more than 120 years. He regularly builds dhows for customers. “A 1,500-tonne dhow can take as long as three years to build and costs in the region of AED5 million,” explains Toak. “We have customers from a l l around the region who want dhows for different purposes. It could be for cargo, fishing or diving purposes and we build on request.” In addition to commercial dhows, purpose-built racing dhows take to the water for the annual traditional dhow racing season from September to May. Not only is this a keenly observed sporting event, it is also a celebration of the country’s fascinating culture and heritage. Similarly, t he wooden boats st ill dominate Dubai Creek as they line up along the banks. Some operate as restaurants while others can be seen at the Dhow Wharfage in Deira docked and ready to be loaded with goods. Whatever the purpose, the image of the dhow resonates in many things – architecture, songs, stamps, money and crests – and will forever be ingrained within the history of the United Arab Emirates.
The word ‘dhow’ is derived from the Iranian word ‘dawh’ meaning sailing vessel
4&5 A dhow dinner cruise 6 Crew members sail the Creek
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On the waterfront From retail therapy to Michelin-starred cuisine and world-class golfing action, Dubai Festival City has it all
A quick glance at Dubai’s skyline tells you one thing; this is a city that doesn’t do things by halves. From the world’s tallest tower to manmade islands visible from space, the emirate’s new generation of architectural developments is designed with one objective in mind – to make an impression. Dubai Festival City is a development that definitely does that. Located in the north east of the city and rising along the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, this waterfront destination is touted as a ‘city within a city’, ticking all the boxes for residents and business with lots of entertainment. In the heart of the neighbourhood you’ll find Festival Centre. This Creek-side shopping mall is home to department stores, high-street chains, designer jewellery brands and a 12-screen cinema. If you want to explore outdoors, head outside to Canal Walk were you’ll find pleasant waterfront walkways and over 40 shops and cafés.
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A short walk on from the mall lies Festival Marina, a Mediterranean-style luxury yachting hub that is evocative of the French Riviera
A short walk from the mall lies Festival Marina, a Mediterranean-style luxury yachting hub that is evocative of the French Riviera. Every Friday and Saturday night throughout the cooler months of the year, this picturesque stretch comes to life as musicians take to Dubai’s only floating stage and entertain onlookers with a variety of musical acts. Along the waterfront you’ll also find Marina Restaurant Pavilion which offers a multitude of enticing culinary choices. British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver opened Jamie’s Italian in 2010 and guests can look forward to classic dishes such as trout tagliatelle and prawn linguine. Alternatively, visit the iconic Hard Rock Café, which opened its doors late last year.
Inside there’s a stage for live entertainment programmes or guests can enjoy al fresco drinks on the terrace. The Al Badia Golf Club is a five-minute taxi ride from Festival Centre. Designed by distinguished golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II, this 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course is run by the InterContinental Dubai Festival City and includes the region’s only TaylorMade Performance Lab offering motion capture technology for your swing. After a round on the pristine greens, be sure to visit the club’s signature restaurant Blades. Well known for its panoramic views of the course, dreamy smoked salmon bagels and melt-in-the-mouth apple crumble, it’s a great location to chill before or after a game.
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Sk y-high Dubai
Brimming with iconic landmarks, Dubai is a feast for the eyes. One of the best ways to see the sights is on an aerial tour, which takes in key attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Creek and the sprawling Palm Jumeirah. Make sure you pack your camera to capture stunning vistas. For bookings visit seawings.ae
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COOLER CLIMES If the soaring summer temperatures become too much to bear, seek out these cooling adventures
Q As June temperatures rise throughout the region, even dedicated sun worshippers will be seeking solace from the heat. The good news is that the UAE is well equipped to take the barometer to below zero, so if you’re keen to chill out, do it in style with our round-up of the coolest venues. A top spot is Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort. In addition to 22,500 square metres of real snow in the desert, this unique spot has jumps, toboggans and an après ski café that serves piping hot chocolate. For something a little less energetic, cool customers should direct their attentions to Chillout (pictured), the region’s only ice bar. With temperatures of -6 degrees Celsius, this chilly haunt is entirely carved out of ice. Alternatively, don a hat, scarf and gloves and glide into a magical winter wonderland at Dubai Ice Rink. Located at The Dubai Mall, this Olympic-sized rink is suitable for both learners and dab hands. For those who don’t mind venturing further afield, 90 minutes down the road you’ll find the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, which is home to Iceland Waterpark. While this wintry playground isn’t actually made of ice it will keep the entire family cool with its ice-themed attractions. Read on to find out more...
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Dubai Ice Rink Whether you’re practising pirouettes or learning a basic glide, the Olympic-sized ice rink at The Dubai Mall provides a chilled-out way to wile away a hot summer day. With a full programme of sessions for all abilities and tastes, including two-hour disco sessions complete with DJ and nightclub-style lighting, you’ll feel cool regardless of your skating skills. In addition to ordinary skating times, the rink also hosts the Emirates Hockey League Cup games on weekend mornings from 8.15am. For those who don’t wish to attempt a subzero power play and would rather sit back and watch the slippery action, spectator seating is available around the rink. Location: The Dubai Mall Price: AED50 per person including skate hire Contact: 04 4485111
Ski Dubai One of Dubai’s most well-known attractions Ski Dubai brings a touch of St Moritz to Mall of the Emirates. Skiing is not alien to the Middle East, with resorts in the mountains above Beirut and in Iran, but there is still something daringly different and exciting about this slope. The first indoor ski slope in the region caters for all ages and abilities, with green, blue, red and black runs, as well as a variety of jumps and ramps. If that sounds too hardcore, head to the impressive Snow Park (the world’s largest) at the foot of this mountain-style resort for family-friendly activities. To add to the fun Ski Dubai recently welcomed a colony of gentoo and king penguins and nature-loving visitors can make their own ‘PengFriends’ through a unique one-on-one encounter. Location: Mall of the Emirates / Price: From AED120to AED180 / Contact: 04 4094000
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Chillout It is easy to see why many have described Chillout as the coolest venue in Dubai. Entirely carved from ice, right down to the glasses from which you’ll sip your mocktails, this is the perfect place to go to escape the summer heat. All the necessary clothing is provided, including thermal coats, gloves and shoes and then you’re free to enjoy your complimentary drink (which is included in the AED60 admission price) in snug style. Hot chocolate is also an option if the thought of an ice-cold drink leaves your teeth chattering. Better still, Chillout is the first ice lounge in the world to serve hot food, with a menu ranging from soups to Oriental kebabs. While there, check out the ice sculptures of some of Dubai’s most famous buildings. Although you can stay in the lounge for as long as you like, the recommended optimum exposure time is around 40 minutes. Location: Times Square / Price: AED60 admission fee (includes a complimentary mocktail) Contact: 800 CHILLOUT (24455688)
Entirely carved from ice, right down to the glasses from which you’ll sip your mocktails, this is the perfect place to go to escape the summer heat
Iceland Waterpark Cleverly tailored to provide tots, tweens and teens with a wide variety of wintry water activities, Iceland Waterpark is a novel way to keep cool during the hot period. Admittedly, real snow and ice is in short supply (non-existent to be exact) but what this ‘icy’ water park lacks in authenticity it makes up for in creativity (think model penguins, Swiss-inspired chalets and model igloos). Thrill seekers are in luck because in addition to the world’s largest manmade waterfall (120ft tall) there are 37 slides to hurl yourself down. Plucky big kids can brave the 100 metre fall from the top of Mount Attack, while smaller ones will enjoy some kiddy time in Kid’s Cove, a dedicated toddler area with shallow water and mini slides. Location: Ras Al Khaimah Price: AED150 for adults and AED100 for children Contact: 800 WOWRAK (969725)
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world under water Discover colourful fish and coral, interesting wrecks and unusual marine life while scuba diving in the warm waters of the UAE
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Teeming with exotic fish and multi-coloured coral gardens, not to mention over a third of the world’s species of whales and dolphins, the UAE is a scuba diver’s paradise. Unlike other countries where most dive sites are seasonal, the waters here can be explored all year round thanks to temperatures ranging from a mild 22ºC in winter to a bath-like 30ºC in the height of summer. June, as luck would have it, is one of the prime months to delve into the deep as the fish are breeding, so there’s an abundance of aquatic life to explore. Diving in the UAE is split into two distinct geographical locations: the east coast, which includes the emirate of Fujairah (a world-renowned diving hub); and the west coast, comprising Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The east coast is generally considered to offer the best and most consistent year-round diving with rainbow-hued corals, tropical fish, good visibility and thrilling underwater cave and rock formations. The west coast meanwhile is home to some fascinating wreck dives for the more experienced diver, not to mention the chance to see unusual marine life such as Dubai’s population of highly endangered dugongs. Whether you’re a seasoned diver seeking new adventures or a landlubber who needs some gentle persuasion to dip a toe in, the UAE offers a wealth of underwater marvels. Here, local diving experts reveal their favourite dive sites in and around the region, so get ready to take the plunge and explore a fascinating new world…
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Dibba Rock Fujairah, east coast
The waters around Fujairah offer exhilarating diving for all levels. According to Marian Moore, owner of Freestyle Divers, one of the best sites is Dibba Rock. “This is a stunning coral reef covered in hard corals where you can see black-tip reef sharks, turtles, tropical fish (such as angel and parrot fish), seahorses, lobster, barracuda, jack fish, devil rays and even stingrays,” she says. Experience level: Maximum depth is 14 metres so it’s suitable for all levels of divers (and snorkellers – some of the best marine life can be seen at just five metres’ depth). Distance from Abu Dhabi city: Approximately 3.5 hours by road. What makes the site worth the trip: Clear waters and the incredible variety of marine life. While you’re there, why not dive at: Martini Rock, a nearby popular dive site that’s teeming with coral and reef fish, or Car Cemetery, an underwater gem of sunken cars, trucks and buses. 1 Musandam (previous page) 2&3 Fujairah 4 Green turtle
One of the emirate’s top dive sites is Jassim, an interesting wreck broken into three sections lying on its side. Expect to see large schools of barracuda as well as stingrays
Jassim Abu Dhabi, west coast
Jumeira Beach Dubai, west coast
With approximately 300 kilometres of coastline, the UAE’s capital offers an abundance of diving opportunities. “Abu Dhabi is a hidden gem for diving, as there are plenty of hard corals, fish and wrecks,” reveals Kathleen Russell, PADI course director at Al Mahara Diving Center. One of the emirate’s top dive sites is Jassim. “This is an interesting wreck broken into three sections lying on its side,” she continues. “Expect to see large schools of barracuda as well as stingrays.” Experience level: Advanced and upwards. Distance from Abu Dhabi city: Approximately 1.5 hours by boat. What makes the site worth the trip: The challenge of navigating a wreck, plus it’s a convenient dive if you’re staying in Abu Dhabi. While you’re there, why not dive at: Saadiyat Reef, 45 minutes by boat from the coast of Saadiyat Island. Look out for hard corals, angelfish, nudibranches and hammour.
“Beach dives are good fun due to their simplicity and with the right conditions they can be fantastic for both day and night dives,” explains Tom Crabbe, a divemaster from Al Boom Diving. “Strolling down to the beach wearing your dive gear and then floating during the briefing, followed by a calm and relaxed dive helps those who are starting to learn,” he adds. Experience level: Perfect for beginners. Distance from Abu Dhabi city: Approximately 1.5 hours’ drive. What makes the site worth the trip: The ease of a beach dive in calm and shallow waters (as opposed to a traditional boat dive, where you begin by jumping from the boat). While you’re there, why not dive at: The aeroplane. A relatively new site, a large aeroplane was deliberately sunk in waters close to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. It’s one for the more experienced and intrepid divers.
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Lima Rock Musandam, east coast The Musandam peninsula offers thrill-aminute diving thanks to fjords that squeeze water through narrow passages formed by the Hajar Mountains. Coral-encrusted drop-offs plunge to great depths while swift currents attract some of the world’s largest ocean dwellers. “Lima Rock in Musandam is a coral reef with an abundance of fish. The depth varies from 30 to 40 metres, but best of all there’s a good chance of seeing whale sharks,” reveals Moore from Freestyle Divers. Experience level: Advanced and upwards. Distance from Abu Dhabi city: Approximately 3.5 hours’ drive. What makes the site worth the trip: June is one of the best months to spot whale sharks. While you’re there: Discover remote dive sites on a dhow cruise (day trip or overnight) and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Hajar Mountains. It is perfect for adventurous scuba divers and snorkellers. Don’t forget: The Musandam is part of Oman so you’ll need to bring your passport to show at the border crossing.
Dubai Aquarium Think you’ve got what it takes to swim in a glass tank with some of the world’s most feared underwater predators? Then book a shark dive at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall, where you’ll get close to over 70 different marine species, including 400 sharks. “It gives visitors the chance to have a perfect-visibility dive at any point in the year and allows them to see a wealth of marine life in one place,” explains Tom Crabbe from Al Boom. For the less intrepid, there’s the less fearsome option of cage snorkelling in the aquarium’s 10 million-litre tank. You’ll still be in close proximity to 33,000 aquatic creatures including tropical fish, eels, rays (and the sharks), but you only need to wear snorkelling gear rather than donning full scuba equipment. Cage snorkelling at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is for those aged seven and above. It costs AED225 per person and runs daily every 30 minutes from 12 to 3.30pm, then 4.30 to 8pm. Shark diving is for those aged 10 and above. The cost for a certified diver is AED625 with
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daily timings at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm (bring your diving qualification). The cost for a non-certified diver is AED825 with daily timings at 3, 5 and 7pm. Please note, a mandatory pool session for noncertified divers must first be completed at Al Boom’s dive shop in Dubai at 11am. For more information contact Al Boom Diving on 04 342 2993 or visit the website thedubaiaquarium.com
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Ta k e t h e p l u n g e If you aren’t a qualified scuba diver, the UAE’s yearround warm climate makes it the perfect place to learn. The dive operators listed offer PADI-certified courses from beginner to instructor level and can organise trips to the east and west coast as well as Musandam (some also offer bus transfers to departure points). Al Boom Diving 04 3422993 alboomdiving.com
(Dubai, Fujairah and Dibba) Al Mahara Diving Center 02 6437377 / 050 1118125 divemahara.com
Arabian Divers & Sport fishing Charters 050 6146931 fishabudhabi.com
Freestyle Divers 04 3944275 / 09 2445756 freestyledivers.com
(Dubai and Fujairah)
Pavilion Dive Centre 04 4068828 jumeirah.com
7 Seas Divers 09 238 7400 7seasdivers.com
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Taste Flavours of the deep
The Burj Al Arab’s signature seafood restaurant Al Mahara is probably the only eatery in the world that involves a ‘submarine ride’ (a motion simulator replicates the real thing), and the journey is worth it for the luxurious bill of fare, which includes dishes such as poached tsarskaya oysters (pictured) and Atlantic wild turbot. For bookings call 04 3016076.
Raising the bar Quench your thirst with an elegant flute of Champagne or a tastebudtickling cocktail in one of the city’s most lavish and luxurious bars
Cavalli Club If you’re keen to mingle with Dubai’s ‘it’ crowd, the Cavalli Club is your first port of call. Chic and sophisticated, this club is arguably the city’s hippest hangout. The multi-faceted venue boasts a contemporary Italian restaurant, sushi bar, wine and Champagne bar, together with a trendy cocktail and cigar lounge, as well as boutique shop. Owned by fashion favourite Roberto Cavalli who, with his extravagant designs, belongs in Dubai more than any other designer on the planet, this stylish haunt is exactly as you’d expect – colourful and creative, with a multitude of zebra-print features. Bottom line: guests shouldn’t even think of stepping inside unless they’re preened to perfection and seriously style-savvy. Like the clientele, the drinks menu is hot to trot, with a selection of carefully crafted and wellexecuted drinks. Start the evening with a glass of fine wine before sampling the delectable cocktail and Champagne offerings, which include high-end snifters such as Dom Pérignon and Veuve Cliquot. Location: The Fairmont Dubai Open: Nightly from 8pm to 3am / Contact: 04 3329260
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Skyview Bar Suspended 200 metres above sea level on the 27th floor, this famous bar in the iconic Burj Al Arab offers stunning views and to-die-for drinks. Why not try a glass of Brut NV or Rosé 2005 from Louis Roederer, one of the world’s leading Champagnes? The Rosé, with its pale apricot and rose colour, is crisp and refreshing with subtle aromas of bread, honey and strawberries. As you would expect in a bar of this calibre, there is an extensive list of Champagnes by the bottle too, ranging from the decadently sublime to the downright outrageous – what you spend is up to you. The 1996 Krug Blanc du Blancs Clos Du Mesnil, for example, a renowned vintage, comes in at AED17,000 (US$4,600) a pop. The 1993 Cuvée Dom Pérignon Oenotheque is also available at this high-end bar, which is ideal for pre- and post-dinner drinks. Location: Burj Al Arab / Open: Nightly from 7pm to 2am Contact: 04 3017600
Cin Cin Despite a swath of hot new nightclubs opening up around the emirate, this swish avant-garde establishment with a low-lit bar and a well-heeled clientele, is still a firm favourite. In addition to the cocktail menu, which boasts a delicious selection of signature concoctions, the Champagne selection also happens to be one of the best in the city. Moët & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot and Dom Pérignon are all served by the glass. Meanwhile, connoisseurs with money to spend might like to try a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rosé NNV or the 1998 Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage. Perhaps the finest Champagne on the menu, however, is the 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Vintage. Although a bottle will set you back AED7,500, (US$2,000) anyone with a passion for bubbly will appreciate the silky, creamy texture and nutty core with passion fruit and honeysuckle nuances. Cin Cin also offers an impressive wine selection showcasing over 250 international labels and 30 wines by the glass so if you just want to drop in for a pre-dinner drink, you’re sorted. Location: The Fairmont Dubai Open: Nightly from 6pm to 2am / Contact: 04 3118316
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This chic bar is blessed with spectacular views across Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf and is a mustvisit for anyone with a taste for Champagne and a head for heights Bar 44 Perched on the 44th floor of Grosvenor House, Dubai is Bar 44. This chic bar is blessed with spectacular views across Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf and is a must-visit for anyone with a taste for Champagne and a head for heights. However, while the views are stunning, it is not just the floor-to-ceiling windows which give way to spectacular sights across the city that makes Bar 44 a hotspot. With 52 varieties of Champagne and a list that includes bottles from all over the Champagne region in Northern France, this is where to come if you want an extensive selection of bubbles, served by the glass, bottle, magnum, jeroboam and the granddaddy of them all, the Nebuchadnezzar (which is the equivalent to 20 regular bottles). Mirrors make striking cocktail tables and wall features, while cream leather armchairs lend the feel of a private membersâ€™ club. Once youâ€™ve taken in the sleek ambience and selected your favourite fizz, nestle into one of the cosy nooks in the lounge area and enjoy cool jazz sets from the live musicians who play nightly. Location: Grosvenor House, Dubai Open: Nightly from 6pm to 2am (3am on Thu) / Contact: 04 3998888
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Alegra Returning visitors will be pleased to see that Dubai’s ever-expanding bar portfolio has a new arrival. Alegra, at Al Murooj Rotana, opened its doors earlier this year and the Spanish-themed cocktail bar is quickly becoming one of the city’s ‘it’ venues. Cocktail fans are in luck because the drinks menu has 11 signature combinations. The Passion Fruit Lover, a flavoursome mixture of rum, passion fruit, coconut and orange comes highly recommended from the bar staff, as does the Red Carpet, which blends Campari with Champagne, grape juice and grapefruit. While the cocktails are enough to win you over, it would be wise to explore the menu fully. In addition to an impressive selection of Champagnes such as Dom Pérignon and Crystal, there is also a variety of fine wines and premium spirits to choose from. Non-alcoholic drinks are listed on the mocktail menu, which includes refreshing concoctions such as the Honeymoon, a sweet mixture of honey, banana, milk and peach purée, and the Tropical Sunset, which blends lychee, rambutan, coconut milk, apple juice and grenadine syrup. Location: Al Murooj Rotana Open: Sun to Fri from 7pm to 3am / Contact: 04 3073482
Alegra, at Al Murooj Rotana, opened its doors earlier this year and the Spanish-themed cocktail bar is quickly becoming one of the city’s ‘it’ venues 101 Dining Lounge & Bar Otis Redding sang about ‘sittin’ on the dock of the bay’ and after an evening spent at super-chic beachside hangout, 101 Dining Lounge & Bar, you’ll appreciate his sentiments. Set at the end of the hotel’s jetty, this St Tropez-style outdoor bar at the One&Only The Palm, Dubai, is one of Dubai’s hippest drinking spots. 101 prides itself on having a cosy yet stylish feel. Chilled out music, twinkling candle lights and a liberal scattering of sofas, cushions and pouffes is all that’s needed to complement the stellar views of Palm Jumeirah. Naturally there are plenty of options on the drinks menu, with an array of signature cocktails. The 101 signature cosmopolitan gets the thumbs up, but don’t miss out on the extensive wine and Champagne selection. Located at the tip of the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, by car it takes a surprising amount of time to arrive at this secluded spot. Fortunately there’s also the option to arrive by boat from the One&Only Royal Mirage, which takes about 15 minutes from the Al Sufouh resort. Be sure to book ahead though, as you’ll require a booking number to board the yacht. Location: One&Only The Palm, Dubai Open: Nightly from 7 to 11pm / Contact: 04 4401010
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SHOP From haute couture to traditional souvenirs, Dubai is a shoppers' dream with luxury malls, atmospheric souks and cool markets
THE WALK AT JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE
Though not a mall, this 1.7km-long shopping promenade, will eventually host nearly 300 retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Aiyanna of London.
Timings: Sun to Thu 8am
Dubai DUBAI MARINA MALL
Spread over four levels, the mall is home to 160 stores dedicated to fashion, jewellery and home furnishings with waterfront dining and a children’s area.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to
10pm, Thu and 10am to midnight Metro: Dubai Marina Map reference: A1
IBN BATTUTA MALL
Inspired by the Arab traveller Ibn Battuta, the mall is home to designer shops, Woolworths and a multi-screen cinema complex.
to midnight. Fri and Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Dubai Marina Map reference: A1
This mall is one for label lovers with Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel, Dior, Versace, Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Furla and more.
GATE VILLAGE, DIFC
This four-storey mall spans 134,000 sq m and houses 77 stores, including Carrefour Express and Fun City.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Al Quoz or Business Bay Map reference: C2 PALM STRIP
Get some beach action before browsing the shops at Palm Strip – a two-storey open mall with designer shops and restaurants.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Fri 1pm to 10pm Metro: World Trade Centre Map reference: D1
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Metro: Financial Centre Map reference: D1
800 DUBAI MALL (382246255)
Located in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Village is home to a range of high-end stores.
Travellers who enjoy a touch of retail therapy will be pleased to hear that this month signals the arrival of Dubai Summer Surprises – a monthlong retail extravaganza which starts on June 14. International fashion shows, millions of dirhams in giveaways, free family entertainment and generous discounts on everything from gadgets to gold jewellery are all part of the fun.
1&2. The Dubai Mall 3. Khan Murjan 4. Damas 5. Madinat Jumeirah 6. Mercato Mall
DUBAI SUMMER SURPRISES
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Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm. Fri and Sat noon to 10pm
Metro: Emirates Towers Map reference: D1
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm. Metro: Burj Dubai Map reference: D1
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 11am. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Map reference: E1
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10.30pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: E2
An elegant mall featuring 50 premium boutiques and fine-dining restaurants spread over two floors.
MALL OF THE EMIRATES
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Mall of the Emirates Map reference: B2
A mix of brands caters to the needs of the entire family with stores such as Bhs, Camaeiu, Dorothy Perkins and Pumpkin Patch.
BOULEVARD AT JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS
Find the world’s largest indoor ski slope nestled among 350 shops, children’s entertainment areas and a cinema.
A Renaissance-styled mall on Jumeirah Beach Road featuring a wide variety of brands such as Pandora, Armani Junior, Gant and Virgin Megastore. There is also a seven-screen cinema and a children's play area. Throughout the year Mercato also hosts various entertainment acts in the central area.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Ibn Battuta Map reference: A1 04 4099000
THE DUBAI MALL
The world’s largest shopping mall covering 550,000 sq m. In addition to over 1,000 shops, this mall is home to the world’s largest indoor gold souk, an Olympic-sized ice rink and aquarium.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Burj Dubai Map reference: D2 THE VILLAGE
A selection of boutiques such as S*uce and Candella, a high-end bridal store, a footwear and accessories shop and many top brands.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Fri 2 to 10pm Metro: Financial Centre Map reference: D1 TIMES SQUARE
A one-stop shop for everything from lifestyle and home to fashion
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Al Quoz Map reference: C2 6
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This Egyptian-themed shopping haven has over 200 designer stores with 1,000 fashion brands including Miss Sixty, Chanel and Escada.
The newest addition to Dubai’s shopping scene, this largely residential mall is home to 350 brands including Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: E2
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: No Metro nearby Map reference: E3
Dubai Festival City/Deira
Located in Sharjah, the mall is best for lifestyle shopping with sporting goods, toys, cosmetics, jewellery and home furnishings from leading retailers.
AL GHURAIR CITY
Timings: Daily 10am to 11pm. Fri 2 to 11pm Metro: Al Rashidiya
With 200 retail outlets, Dubai’s first mall offers a great range of value fabrics, alongside high-street favourites such as French Connection and Levi’s.
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm. Fri 2pm to 10pm Metro: Union Square Map reference: E1 ARABIAN CENTRE
Home to more than 200 fashion, perfume, homefurnishing and electronic brands with shopping zones catering for men, women and children.
DEIRA CITY CENTRE
Great for bargains, this popular mall features well-known brands such as Debenhams, Benetton, Shoemart and Next.
Timings: Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Deira City Centre Map reference: E2 DRAGONMART
Built in the shape of a dragon, this 1.2km mall is one of the largest trading hubs for Chinese products outside China.
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm. Fri 2pm to 11pm Metro: Al Rashidiya Map reference: E3 DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
Covering 204,000 sq m, this retail resort is home to 550 shops including Marks & Spencer. There is also a Community Arts Market.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Emirates Map reference: E2 DUBAI OUTLET MALL
A bargain hunter’s dream, covering 93,000 sq m of discount shopping 20 minutes out of town on the Dubai – Al Ain highway.
Timings: Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: No Metro nearby Map reference: D3
Spice of life Step back in time for a taste of the old side of the city at the spice souk. Located in Deira, the marketplace is overflowing with herbs, perfumed oils, rugs and souvenirs. Be aware that while the souk operates seven days a week, many vendors close from 1 to 4pm daily, while some shopkeepers do not open for business on Fridays.
Timings: Sun to Wed 9am to 10.30pm. Thu and Fri 9am to midnight Metro: Al Rashidiya Map reference: F3
MIRDIF CITY CENTRE
ARTS & CRAFT SOUK
Dubai has long been associated with gold. The largest gold trading centre in the Middle East, the story began over a century ago when the emirate opened a modest marketplace by Dubai Creek. Following these humble beginnings, the souk grew to become one of the largest in the world. Today the souk has been modernised and while the haphazard shacks and oil lamps of yesteryear have been replaced by shiny shop faces and neon lights, this historic spot is still a tantalising introduction to the Arabian world. Simply put, no trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Gold Souk. However, bazaar shopping can be daunting, so before you stop by, find out the current price of gold from your concierge. This way you know you are not paying over the odds for your precious purchase. The Gold Souk is open seven days a week, but many vendors shut up shop from 1 to 4pm daily.
Located in Times Square shopping mall, this small market sells handcrafted jewellery, accessories and contemporary UAE art.
Timings: Noon to 7pm every second Friday of the month Metro: First Gulf Bank Map reference: C2 Gold Souk Comprising more than 300 retailers, this traditional souk is one of Dubai’s oldest trading areas and one of its biggest attractions.
Timings: Daily 7am to noon and 4 to 10pm. Fri 4 to 10pm Metro: Union Square Map reference: E1 INDOOR GOLD SOUK
The world’s largest indoor gold souk, situated in The Dubai Mall, houses 220 gold and jewellery retailers and features a 25m x 13m atrium with multimedia shows.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 9pm. Thu to Sat 10am to 10pm Metro: Burj Dubai Map reference: D2 KHAN MURJAN
SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH
Featuring 75 boutique shops and craft stalls set in a bazaar environment overlooking the scenic waterways of the adjacent hotel complex.
Timings: Daily 10am to 11pm Metro: Mall of the Emirates Map reference: B1 Spice Souk Brimming with sacks full of colourful and aromatic spices, the spice souk is a feast for the senses.
Timings: Daily 7am to noon and 5 to 7pm. Fri 5 to 7pm Metro: Union Square Map reference: E1 Textile Souk Haggle hard and pick up yards of fabric including silk, satin, linen and polyester. Cotton is harder to find.
Timings: Daily 7am to noon and 5 to 7pm. Fri 5 to 7pm Metro: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Map reference: E1
Modelled on an ancient 14th century souk Khan Murjan has more than 150 stalls offering traditional arts and crafts.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: E2 SOUK AL BAHAR
COMMUNITY ARTS MARKET
Browse more than 100 boutiques before admiring views of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Fountain.
Open every first Friday of the month, this market held in Dubai Festival City, brings together artists and craftsmen. From paintings to jewellery, this is the place to shop for works of art.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Fri 2pm to 10pm Metro: Burj Dubai Map reference: D2
Alexander McQueen FA Armani BV, FA Balenciaga BV, MOE Boutique 1 MOE, TW Brioni FA, MOE Bugatti BJ, MOE, Wafi Bulgari BV, MOE, TDM Burberry BJ, FA, MOE, Wafi Calvin Klein BJ, FA, Wafi Calvin Klein Underwear DCC, DFC, MOE Carolina Herrera FA, MOE Cartier BJ, BV, MOE, TDM Cerruti 1881 Wafi Chanel BJ, FA, Wafi Christian Lacroix BJ Christian Louboutin FA, MOE Chloe BV, FA Dior BJ, FA, MOE Dunhill DFC, TDM DKNY BJ, MOE Dolce & Gabbana BJ, FA, MOE Elie Saab FA, TDM Emporio Armani BV, MOE Ermenegildo Zegna BV, FA, MOE Escada BJ, FA, MOE, Wafi Etoile La Boutique MOE, Wafi Façonnable MOE Fendi BJ, FA, MOE Giorgio Armani BV, MOE Givenchy FA Gucci BV, FA, MOE Hermès BJ, FA Hugo Boss BJ, FA, MOE Issey Miyake GV John Galliano MOE, Wafi Jimmy Choo BV, FA Kenzo BJ, FA Lanvin BV, FA Louis Vuitton BJ, FA, MOE Missoni FA, MOE Oscar de la Renta FA Pal Zileri BJ, FA, MCC, MOE, Wafi Ralph Lauren BJ, FA, MOE Roberto Cavalli FA, MOE, Wafi Rocco Barocco DMM, TDM, Wafi Salvatore Ferragamo BJ, FA, MOE Saks Fifth Avenue BJ Stella McCartney FA Tom Ford FA Valentino FA, BJ Versace BJ, FA, MOE, Wafi Vivienne Westwood GV Yves Saint Laurent BV, MOE BJ BurJuman (04 3520222) BV Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 3198999) DCC Deira City Centre, (04 2954486) DFC Dubai Festival City, (04 2325444) DMM Dubai Marina Mall, (04 4361000) FA Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall (04 3627500) GV Gate Village, DIFC (04 3600501) MCC Mirdif City Centre, (800 6422) MOE Mall of the Emirates (04 3414747) TDM The Dubai Mall (04 3627500) TW The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 3900091) Wafi Wafi Shopping Centre (04 3244555)
Timings: Fri 10am to 8pm Map reference: E2
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Showcases paintings, sculptures and photography from local emerging and international artists.
Located on Jumeirah
Timings: Sat to Wed
8.30am to 5.30pm; Thu, 9am to 4pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1 GALLERY etemad
04 3468649 1X1 Art Gallery
Located in Al Quoz, this established gallery showcases international mixed media and is a big favourite with Dubai's budding art scene.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10.30am to 8.30pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 ART SAWA
A showcase of regional contemporary art with a library and video lounge for artists and art enthusiasts to interact. Art Sawa recently opened a second gallery space in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 ARTSPACE
A contemporary gallery displaying the works of international and local talent in the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am
to 8pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: D1 AYYAM GALLERY
Exhibits striking artwork that features in museums and international collections.
Timings: Sun to Thu
10am to 6pm; Sat noon to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 GREEN ART GALLERY
With regular exhibitions this gallery features art by newly discovered artists and internationally recognised names.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 1pm Map reference: C2 CUADRO MUSEUM & FINE ART GALLERY
An area of 4,000 sq m dedicated to international contemporary art in the heart of Gate Village, DIFC.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm; Sat noon to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1
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Located in The Dubai Mall, this small art gallery and framing shop displays thoughtprovoking works by a range of Middle Eastern artists.
Founded by the former head of sales of Christie’s Middle East and the former MD of Art Dubai, the gallery showcases works by regional artists.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 7pm, Sat 11am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 MAJLIS GALLERY
This charming gallery with an idyllic courtyard features art by local and international artists.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri
the pavilion downtown dubai
One of Dubai’s leading galleries specialising in Arab and Iranian art.
THE THIRD LINE
Exhibitions by artists from the Middle East, with a schedule of events both in the gallery warehouse and outside locations.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri
Map reference: C2 TOTAL ARTS
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am
Spanning two floors and 10,000 sq m, Total Art specialises in artists and art influenced by the culture of the Middle East.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2
to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: B2
With operations all over the world, the gallery showcases the work of great masters as well as new talent.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm. Sat 12 to 8pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1 pro art gallery
A non-commercial contemporary art space where visitors can view and discuss local and international artists. The Pavillion includes two galleries, a restaurant and a shisha lounge.
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: E1
1. The Dubai Fountain 2. Bastakiya wind tower 3. Majlis Gallery 4. Spice Souk 5. Dubai Creek
Map reference: C2
Timings: Daily 10am to midnight Map reference: D2
the mojo gallery
Mojo focuses on contemporary exhibitions of original paintings, conceptual photography, digital media prints, illustrations, video art, installation pieces and sculptures.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am
Founded in 2003, this Arabic gallery is located off Mankhool Road in Bur Dubai.
Timings: Daily 10am to 11pm Map reference: A1
the Art source
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: C2
This modern gallery on The Walk – Jumeirah Beach Residence has different exhibitions every month and showcases a variety of artworks by local artists.
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C1
Timings: Sat to Wed 8am to 6pm. Thu 8am to 2pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D2
The oldest gallery in Dubai, the Green Art Gallery showcases contemporary art with a focus on regional work.
to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: E1
BOUTIQUE 1 ART GALLERY
Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Showcase specialises in contemporary and traditional art and photography and showcases work from local and international artists.
Representing some of the Arab world’s leading and emerging artists, Ayyam promotes contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Specialising in contemporary art, Traffic houses two galleries.
Timings: Sat to Thu10am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 XVA GALLERY
One of Dubai’s newest art galleries, Pro Art sells some of the most carefully curated contemporary art in the global market.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm; Fri 1pm to 9pm Map reference: D1
Timings: Sun to Thu 11am to 7pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: E1
Modern art on show in a 2,500 sq ft gallery in Gate Village in DIFC.
DIS C O VER/THE GUIDE
Choose four-star cuisine with lively entertainment, or a more tranquil option with five-star catering by the Taj Palace Hotel.
Timings: 7.30pm to 10pm Guide price: From AED175 CREEKSIDE LEISURE
Air ALPHA TOURS
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Dubai’s most impressive landmarks in a helicopter. City shuttle services available.
Timings: Flights depart
from 10am to 4.45pm Guide price: City tour AED1,199 per person (25 minutes), private hour-long tours AED3,060 per person FALCON AVIATION SERVICES
This Abu Dhabi-based company also operates flights over Dubai’s key landmarks.
Timings: Flights depart
from 9am to 3pm Guide price: Prices start from AED500 (20 minutes), AED2,675 for up to six people SEAWINGS
Fly from Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in the south west or Dubai Creek in the north east and explore the city from up high
Timings: Flights depart from
9am to 4pm every hour Guide price: From AED1,325 per person (40 minutes)
Water AL BOOM TOURIST VILLAGE
Traditional Arabian dhows take guests on cruises each evening, with a banquet of food included in the price.
Timings: Daily 8 to 10pm and 10.30pm to 12.30am. Boarding at 8pm Guide price: AED160 Map reference: E2 AL MANSOUR DHOW
This five-star dhow from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, offers international cuisine, alcoholic beverages and live entertainment.
Timings: Daily boarding at 8pm. Cruise from 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide Price: AED185 ART MARINE
Cruise around The World islands, Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab and Dubai Creek with Art Marine chartered yachts.
Timings: From 7am into the night Guide price: From AED750 per hour
Hire a dhow with dinner and transfers, butler service and unlimited beverages.
DUBAI COMMUNITY THEATRE & ARTS CENTRE (DUCTAC)
Timings: Daily boarding 8.30pm Guide price: AED200 dinner cruise
Located at Mall of the Emirates, this centre brings together a wide variety of performing and visual arts including drama, dance, opera, comedy and children’s shows.
DANAT DUBAI CRUISES
Enjoy an evening cruise on a traditional dhow. Private charters are available.
Map reference: B2 MADINAT THEATRE, SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH
Timings: Daily boarding
at 8pm. Cruise from 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide price: AED150 for an evening dhow cruise
This 442-seat luxury venue hosts popular productions from drama to dance and comedy to film.
Map reference: B1
This amphibious bus departs from BurJuman before sailing up Dubai Creek for an hour-long cruise.
SHEIKH MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
Guide price: AED145 adults; AED95 children (3-11 years); AED450 family (two adults and two children)
Enjoy an Emirati breakfast or lunch and chat freely with local volunteers about the life and culture in the UAE.
Land JUMEIRAH MOSQUE TOUR
Visitors should cover arms and legs and women must wear headscarves.
Timings: Sat, Sun, Tue and
Thu for one hour from 10am Guide price: AED10 Map reference: D1 AL FAROOQ OMAR BIN AL KHATTAB MOSQUE
Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque in Umm Suqeim is one of only a few mosques in the city open to non-Muslims. Tours run three times a week. Timings: Sat to Thur 10.30am. Closed Fri Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: C1 THE BIG BUS COMPANY
If your stay in the emirate is short you might not have time to take in the sights by yourself. For an organised tour, hop aboard a double-decker bus for fantastic city views from the open-air top deck.
Timings: Tours depart every 20 minutes from any of the 20 stops Guide price: Day tour – AED220 adults, AED100 children, AED540 family. Night tour – AED100 adults, AED75 children, AED275 family (two adults and two children)
Abaya Traditional black dress worn by local women Abra Water taxi or traditional wooden boat used to transport people across Dubai Creek
Timings: Sun to Thu 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 1pm Guide price: Breakfast AED60, lunch AED70. Reservations essential Map reference: E1
Dhow Traditional wooden fishing boat, bigger than an abra
Majlis A room or seating area usually used for entertaining guests Manakeesh Popular Arabic food, consisting of dough with toppings such as cheese, thyme or ground meat, similar to pizza Shawarma A sandwichlike wrap usually filled with meat, such as chicken or lamb. Very popular across the Middle East Shisha A water pipe used for smoking flavoured tobacco. Sometimes referred to as hubbly bubbly
Prior to this, the seven emirates had lived in relative harmony, united through a protectorate treaty with Great Britain, which earned them the name the Trucial States. It was a successful partnership, but in 1968 the United Kingdom ended the treaty. In order to maintain security, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid reached out to their neighbours and in 1971 they signed an agreement, which signified the creation of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai’s most comprehensive museum features a rich collection of aerial photographs of 'old' Dubai, an assortment of multimedia exhibits and a wide variety of artefacts. This museum, located inside the impressive Al Fahidi Fort, provides visitors with an in-depth history of the emirate.
Timings: Sat to Thu 8.30am to 8.30pm, Fri 2.30 to 8.30pm Guide price: AED3 adults, AED1 children (under 5 years free) Map reference: E1
Kandoura Traditional white dress worn by local men Labneh Traditional yoghurt drink, usually served with Arabic food
History in the making The earliest known habitation in this part of the world dates back as far as 5500 BCE. However, it was in 1971, when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's ruler from 1966 to 2004, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai from 1958 to 1990, set the wheels in motion with their neighbouring sheikhdoms, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman (Ras Al Khaimah joined in 1972) to form an alliance.
AL AHMADIYA SCHOOL & HERITAGE HOUSE
Learn about the education system of yesteryear at Al Ahmadiya School & Heritage House. Located in Deira in the north east, visit Dubai’s first school and traditional house, which is home to fascinating life-size dioramas.
Timings: Sat to Thu 8am to 7.30pm, Friday 2.30 to 7.30pm Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: E1 DUBAI MUNICIPALITY MUSEUM
Located next to the spice souk, the museum contains rare manuscripts of royal and administrative decrees and photographs and provide a glimpse of times gone by. This is definitely one for culture vultures and history buffs to try out.
Timings: Sat to Thu 7.30am to 3pm Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: E1
HERITAGE & DIVING VILLAGE
This museum, where Emiratis prepare local food and perform dances to Arabic music, provides a glimpse of a bygone era, when pearl trading and fishing were the emirate's main source of revenue.
Timings: Sat to Thu 8am to 10pm, Fri 4 to 10pm Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: E1 MAJLIS AL GHORFAT UM-AL-SHEIF
A peaceful majlis with antique interior ornaments in Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s former summer residence.
Timings: Daily 8.30am to 1.30pm and 3.30 to 8.30pm. Fri 3.30 to 8.30pm Guide price: AED1 adults, children under six years free Map reference: C1
THE HOUSE OF SHEIKH SAEED AL MAKTOUM
Wander around this restored house and see fascinating paraphernalia including old photographs and currency of Dubai.
Timings: Sat to Thu 8am to 8.30pm, Friday 3.30 to 9.30pm Guide price: AED2 adults, AED1 children (under eight years free) Map reference: E1
KNOW THE LAW Only non-Muslims are allowed to consume alcohol and this must be in licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs or private venues. Do not consume alcohol if driving. Dancing is only allowed in the privacy of your hotel room or at licensed clubs. Avoid addressing women in public or taking their photograph without their permission. Offensive language, spitting and aggressive hand gestures must be avoided. Married couples may hold hands in public, but kissing and hugging is not allowed.
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experience With a vast desert, spectacular coastline and world-class sports facilities, Dubai is full of fun-packed tours and activities
04 3754148/050 6550313
Range of options from speedboat rides to refined electric boat cruises.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: From AED200 OASIS PALM TOURISM
Cruising Individual hotels and tour operators can also organise pleasure cruises on request AL WASL CRUISING & FISHING
Charter an exclusive yacht and sail past modern icons including Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and The World islands.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: From
AED2,600 per boat ART MARINE
Set sail from Jumeirah Beach Hotel and cruise around The World islands, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Creek.
Timings: From 7am Guide price: From
AED750 per hour
04 2629993/050 7548466 Take a two-hour cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional dhow.
Timings: From 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide price: AED150
Timings: From 7am Guide price: AED2,400 per 24
hours for up to seven people THE YELLOW BOATS
Adrenaline-pumping tours around Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab hotel in bright yellow inflatable crafts.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Adults from
AED80. Children from AED60 ULTIMATE CHARTER
04 3254975/050 1002477 Enjoy a dinner dhow cruise along
Timings: Call to arrange Guide price: From AED275
VENUS FLOATING RESTAURANT
Timings: From 6am to 6pm Guide price:From AED3,500
Timings: Dinner cruise at 8.30pm. Call for details on daytime cruises Guide price: AED195 per person. Call for details on daytime cruises
Desert tours Call individual tour operators for times and prices
Take a four-hour catamaran cruise along Dubai’s coastline and enjoy a barbecue lunch as well as snorkelling.
Dine among the dunes, explore the wadis, go desert driving, sand boarding or camel riding.
Timings: Every Saturday 8pm to midnight Guide price: AED275 EL MUNDO
Take out a 60-foot catamaran as near or as far as you like (within reason)
Timings: From 2:30pm Guide price: Adults AED250, children AED210
NET TOURS DUBAI
Enjoy sand boarding, camel riding and shisha (hubbly bubbly) as well as belly dancing and a barbecue dinner.
Hop aboard the Arabian dhow for a one-hour day cruise or a two-hour dinner cruise.
Timings: 8 to 10.30pm Guide price: AED150
Journey to a Bedouin campsite, ride a camel, smoke shisha together with a range of other desert-based activities.
See world-famous offshore projects on yachts ranging from 36-foot to 180-foot.
A range of experiences are available including sailing on a traditional dhow and private charters.
OASIS PALM TOURISM
per adult and AED90 per child
DANAT DUBAI CRUISES
LAMA DESERT TOURS & CRUISES
Timings: Daily boarding
As well as fishing trips, Club Mina offers all kinds of exciting or relaxing cruising options.
Overnight desert camping, quad biking and a Liwa expedition are all available.
Half-day and full-day desert safaris are available as well as overnight camping.
Dubai Marina. Inclusive of buffet, drinks and live entertainment.
Sail along the Creek on Bateaux Dubai and enjoy a welcome beverage, canapés and a four-course gourmet dinner. at 7.45pm, departing at 8.30pm. Returns 11pm Guide price: AED330
EXTREME ADVENTURE DUBAI
ARABIAN DESERT TOURS
From a Hummer safari taking in an authentic Bedouin camp, to a trek through the Hajar Mountains. DESERT RANGERS TOURS & ADVENTURE SPORTS
A range of exciting desertbased activities are available such as camel trekking, desert driving and rock climbing.
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OFF ROAD ADVENTURES
Offers excursions including dinner at a Bedouin camp, overnight camping and trips to Liwa. ORIENT TOURS
Expect innovative desert trips, tours between Dubai and Muscat and adventurous expeditions. PLANET TRAVEL & TOURS
Operates throughout Dubai and the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.
1. Shooting 2. Camel riding 3. Bateaux Dubai 4. Desert buggy driving 5. Dune bashing
ROYAL ARABIAN TOURS
Drive over the dunes before heading to a traditional campsite. TRAVCO
Desert tours include an offroad adventure, a dune dinner and an overnight safari.
Flying ALPHA TOURS
Discover Dubai from the sky and marvel at a long list of world-renowned landmarks.
Timings: From 10am to 4.30pm Guide price: From AED1,199
per person for 25 minutes. Private hour-long tours are priced at AED3,060 per person
EMIRATES FLYING SCHOOL
Learn how to fly or top up your hours at the only approved flying school in Dubai.
Timings: From 9am to 5pm Guide price: AED1,000 for first-time flyers trial flight, plus AED100 for airport pass FALCON AVIATION SERVICES
This Abu Dhabi-based company also operates flights over Dubai’s key landmarks.
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Limited Edition Jimi Hendrix Signature Series Collectable Pin and T-shirt
15% of the proceeds will go to the Fender Music Foundation and the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.
Available inside our Rock Shop now.
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FUJAIRAH AVIATION ACADEMY
Take pleasure flights over the neighbouring emirate of Fujairah or enjoy a flying lesson from the fully equipped aviation centre.
Timings: From 8am Guide Price: Fun flying
(see Sports) DUBAI AUTODROME LASER TAG
04 4361400/04 4361422
Hunt down your adversaries in a mock medieval castle with artificial fog, moody lighting and a pumping soundtrack.
Enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the new developments around the city including the Burj Khalifa.
Timings: Thu to Sat 9.30am to 11.30pm, weekdays by appointment Guide price: From AED160 with go-karting
Timings: From 9am to 4pm Guide price: AED1,325 per
PURSUIT GAMES AT WONDERLAND
person for 40 minutes
04 3244755/050 6514583
Take a 15-minute tour over Dubai.
Go head to head with paintballing opponents in the heart of Dubai city at the Wonderland entertainment complex.
Timings: From 10am Guide price: From AED999
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED80 for two
04 3254975/050 1002477
BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES
hours, includes 100 paintballs, masks, coveralls and paintball gun. Call for bookings
Take to the skies in a majestic hot air balloon and marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise.
SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB
Timings: Before sunrise Guide price: AED995 per adult. AED850 for children between 5 and 12
Karting (see Sports)
06 5383224/050 2032288
Enjoy fast-paced action with state-of-the-art semiautomatic paintball guns and the latest antifog visor masks. Timings: 10am to 11pm Guide price: AED85 for two hours on weekdays (AED90 Thu to Sat), includes 100 paintballs, unlimited gas propellant and coveralls
Experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping from a plane at this indoor centre in Dubai Festival City.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm. Thu and Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: Adults AED195. Children AED145 SKYDIVE DUBAI
Based in Dubai Marina behind the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, this centre offers tandem skydiving for thrillseeking tourists.
Swimming with sharks DUBAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO
Swimming with dolphins (see Marine adventures)
Timing: Call to arrange time Guide price: AED825 for
800 LEISURE (5347873)
A fun and interactive family-focused amusement centre in Deira City Centre and Mall of the Emirates.
non-certified divers (includes short diving course), AED625 for certified divers
Timings: Daily 10am to midnight Guide price: Rides vary in price. Buy a AED50 credit voucher and get an extra AED10 free, AED100 – AED40 free, AED200 – AED80 free
PEEKABOO! CREATIVE PLAY
BURJ KHALIFA OBSERVATION DECK (AT THE TOP)
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: Adults AED100, children (4 to 12 years) AED75. Children aged three or under go free. Immediate entry AED400 DUBAI LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW
A brilliant light and sound show featuring Egyptianthemed graphics and a storyline depicting The Return of the Pharaohs.
Timings: Daily 9.30pm at Wafi Guide price: Free of charge FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI
02 4968001/ ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Terrifying teeth Come face to face with the world’s ultimate predator at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. The nailbiting shark dives feature more than 33,000 aquatic animals including sand tiger sharks, reef sharks, giant groupers and stingrays, making the underwater adventure an experience not to be missed. Plane sailing Get a birds-eye view of the city as you take off from and land on water in a thrilling seaplane safari. Marvel at awe-inspiring landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and The World islands. Gun games From trap and double trap to clay and skeet, try your hand at a number of fun-packed, sharp shooting activities. Head to the Jebel Ali Shooting Club and there’s also a 5,000 square metre archery range. Flying colours Take to the skies in a majestic hot air balloon and watch the sun rise over the desert. This calm and serene experience is a wonderful way to see the emirate away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Peekaboo! Creative Play offers fun activities for 0 to seven-yearolds such as cookery classes, face painting and board games.
Amusements & attractions Admire unparalleled views of Dubai in this spectacular tour through the tallest building in the world.
Check out these top action-packed activities and experience Dubai at its best…
Features games, tasks and facilities to test children's limits, help them discover hidden talents and develop skills.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 8pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED130 for one adult and one child
800 LEISURE (5347873)
Swim among 33,000 aquatic animals including sharks, giant groupers and stingrays in The Dubai Mall’s 10-million-litre tank.
Timings: From 2pm to
dusk Sun to Thu. From 11am to dusk Fri and Sat. Guide price: Adults AED1,750. Cash only
Ride rollercoasters, race in an F1 simulator and feel the force of being propelled 62m into the air.
Timings: Tue to Sun 11am to 8pm. Closed Mon Guide price: AED225 for visitors over 1.5m tall, AED165 for visitors below 1.5m. Premium tickets available KIDZANIA
A 'mini city' in which kids can role play over 80 adult professions including pilots, doctors and firefighters.
Timings: Sun to Wed 9am to
10pm,Thu 9am to midnight, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: AED 95 for children aged two to three, AED130 for four to 16-year-olds.
Timings: Mall of the Emirates, 10am to 9pm. Ibn Battuta Mall, 10am to 9pm. The Village Mall, 9am to 8pm Guide price: From AED30 per hour
Whether you have mischievous infants or impatient teenagers, Dubai offers something for all the family... Desert safari Sandboarding, quad biking, camel riding, belly dancing – the list of activities available in the desert is endless. Choose from an adrenalinefuelled adventure or a more sedate cultural journey of discovery. Waterparks No matter what your age, the UAE’s waterparks will leave you squealing with delight. Our favourites are Aquaventure at Atlantis, The Palm, and Wild Wadi at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Kidzania This interactive children’s ‘city’ allows children to fly aeroplanes, drive buses and work in restaurants playing adult roles in a world created just for them. Ski Dubai Escape the heat and head to Ski Dubai, the longest indoor ski slope in the world. This popular attraction offers skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, tubing and even zorbing. There’s also an area to build snowmen.
Explore five zones and 150 amusement games at the first Sega Republic indoor theme park in the region.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 1am Guide price: Entry is free of charge but AED10 credit is required on each entrant’s play card. Power Pass AED140, Platinum Pass AED220 THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN
From the foot of the world's tallest building, watch the world’s tallest dancing fountain shoot jets of water 150 metres into the air in time to music.
Timings: Sat to Thu 1am, 1.30pm, 6pm and every 30 minutes thereafter until 11pm. Friday 1pm, 2pm, 6pm and every 30 minutes thereafter until 11pm Guide price: Free of charge WONDERLAND
Creekside family entertainment village is a great day out for the entire family.
Timings: Daily Splashland 10am to 6pm, theme park 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED105 adults, AED95 children
Arts & crafts CAFÉ CERAMIQUE
04 3447331/04 3410144
Create your own piece of pottery art at Café Ceramic.
Timings: Daily 9am to 10pm to midnight Guide price: ceramic prices vary from AED45 to AED200
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DUBAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 8pm, Fri 2 to 8pm. Closed Sun Guide price: Prices start at AED85 per canvas
Marvel at the diverse collection of marine life or swim with the sharks at The Dubai Mall. There are also glass-bottom boat rides for the less brave and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Head to Jam Jar for a threehour painting session.
Birdwatching NATIONAL FALCON CENTRE
Learn all about the national bird of prey at the falconry centre just outside Meydan Racetrack.
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 1pm and 4 to 10pm Guide price: Free of charge SNOW PENGUINS AT SKI DUBAI Visitors have a rare opportunity to interact with these remarkable birds in a oneof-a-kind encounter.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 9am to midnight and Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: AED175 for adults; AED150 children
04 3241222/04 3243222
A fun family water park near the Creek featuring slides, twisters, a lazy river, water cannons and children’s activity pool.
Timings: Daily from 10am to 6pm Guide price: AED105 adults; AED95 children
Timings: Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: Adult tunnel entry AED25, child AED20; tunnel and zoo AED50
A central location next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, along with fun-packed rides, make this waterpark a hit with adults and children of all ages.
Learn more about dolphins, seals and other marine life at this fully air-conditioned dolphinarium.
Timings: Daily from 10am to 7pm Guide price: AED215 adults; AED175 children under 1.1m, children under two go free
Timings: Shows Mon to Thu
11am and 6pm. Fri and Sat 11am, 3pm and 6pm. Closed Sun Guide price: From AED100 adults; AED50 children
THE LOST CHAMBERS
Discover a maze of underwater halls and tunnels, with 65,000 marine animals swimming at the Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis, The Palm.
AL BADIA GOLF CLUB DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY
(7,303 yards, par-72)
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED100 for
This championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
Green fees: Sun to Thu AED595 for 18 holes. Fri and Sat AED875 for 18 holes
An interactive science and cultural centre.
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 8.30pm, Fri 3 to pm Guide price: AED15 adults, AED10 children 2 to 15 years and AED40 for a family ticket ENCOUNTER ZONE
Wafi’s adventure playground for kids. Look out for 'Lunarland', 'Galatica' and the skate park.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED45 for five hours, AED35 for two hour. AED35 for Lunarland (under eight years) two-hour pass
6. Dreamland Aqua Park 7. Ski Dubai 8. Golf 9. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club 10. Aquaventure
adults, AED70 for children aged three to eight
800 LEISURE (5347873)
Aimed at children from the age of two to eight, Dubai's latest waterpark is both fun and educational.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Friday 9am to midnight and Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: From AED5 AQUAVENTURE
Ride the rapid and shoot down the fastest free-fall slide in the Middle East into a shark-filled lagoon. Located at the Atlantis, The Palm.
Timings: Daily from 10am to sunset Guide price: AED210 for adults, AED165 for children under 1.2 metres
DREAMLAND AQUA PARK
Marine adventures DOLPHIN BAY
For the ultimate aquatic experience that you'll never forget, meet Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins under the supervision of marine mammal specialists at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.
Timings: Open 10am to sunset. Guide price: Individual rate AED790 with access to Aquaventure and private beach
Perfect for families and only an hour’s drive from Dubai, this is a large fun-filled park has a number of entertaining rides.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am
to 6pm. Fri, Sat and public holidays the park is open for families only from 10am to 7pm (no all-male groups) Guide price: AED135 adults; AED85 children ICELAND WATER PARK
800 WOWRAK (969725)
A sprawling ice-themed water park in the middle of the desert.
Timings: Daily 10am to 7pm Guide price: Above 1.2m
Struggling to find a tee time or looking for an alternative challenge? The UAE has other excellent courses to feed your need. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club (02 5588990) is managed by Troon Golf and located just ten minutes from the airport. This superb, 27-hole championship course has excellent facilities and a distinctive clubhouse shaped like a falcon. The course itself is pleasantly tough with many water hazards to negotiate. Also in the capital is the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (02 5578000), designed by Gary Player and the Gulf’s only ocean course. Heading north, Tower Links (07 2278555) in Ras Al Khaimah is a tricky 18-hole course that meanders through a mangrove swamp and has the Hajar Mountains as a backdrop. The back nine holes are also floodlit, meaning you can make the most of your journey.
ARABIAN RANCHES GOLF CLUB
(6,531 yards, par-72) A popular course with both visitors and locals, designed by Ian Baker-Finch.
Green fees: Sun to Thu AED555, Fri and Sat AED660 for 18 holes DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB
(6,800 yards, par-71) The superbly manicured fairways feature date and palm trees, lakes and the Creek on at least four holes.
Green fees: Sun to Thu AED595 and Fri to Sat AED695 for 18 holes EMIRATES GOLF CLUB
(7,211 yards, par-72)
(6,916 yards, par-73)
The Par Three:
1,239 yards, par-27) The club is home to the annual Dubai Desert Classic tournament.
Green fees: Majlis Course
daily AED995 for 18 holes. Faldo Course Sun to Thu AED595 and Fri to Sat AED595 for 18 holes
AED150. Below 1.2m AED100
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JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA
THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE DUBAI
(3,299 yards, par-36, nine holes)
(7,396 yards, par-72)
This pretty nine-hole course features wooden gazebos, views of the Arabian Gulf and peacocks which roam the fairways.
Green fees: Sun to Thu AED160
for 9 holes and AED240 for 18 holes. Fri and Sat AED195 for 9 holes and AED320 for 18 holes. Twilight rate is AED125 from approximately 5.10pm Jumeirah Golf Estates
(6,473 yards, par-72) Fire Course: (6,507 yards, par-72) One of Dubai’s most prestigious golfing destinations, host of last year’s Dubai World Championship.
Green fees: Sun to Thu AED495 and Fri and Sat AED795 for 18 holes
One of the most luxurious golf clubs in Dubai, the Colin Montgomeriedesigned course features lakes, landscaped gardens and 81 large bunkers.
Green fees: Daily AED825 for 18 holes THE ELS CLUB
(7,538 yards, par-72, 18 holes) Set on undulating slopes of native desert vegetation, this links-style course offers a challenging round.
Green fees: Daily
AED795 for 18 holes
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November World-class speed demons put pedal to the metal in Abu Dhabi. The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens December As the opening event of the IRB Sevens many of rugby’s powerhouse nations, including South Africa, New Zealand and England, fly in to compete. Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon January This yearly running race begins and ends at Downtown Dubai. Head to Beach Road to cheer on the pavement pounders. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships January/February Some of the most talented players on the planet battle it out at The Aviation Club's centre court. Omega Dubai Desert Classic February Golf stars unite on the fairways of the Emirates Golf Club and compete for the muchcoveted cup.
PADI and BSAC approved instruction is available at all levels. Hotels will organise dives on request. Freediving courses are also available.
Guide price: Two-day PADI course for supervised dives up to 12 metres, AED1,850. Pleasure dives from AED400
Fishing Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request AL WASL CRUISING & FISHING
Experience the thrill of deep-sea fishing in the Arabian Gulf.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: From AED875 ART MARINE
Charter a vessel for six people or more and take to the Arabian Gulf’s turquoise waters.
SPECTATOR SPORTS Don't fancy working up a sweat? Relax at one of these high-profile spectator events
Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED750
per hour onwards
Archery HATTA FORT HOTEL
Think you’re Robin Hood? Put your archery skills to the test while taking in the scenic views of the Hajar Mountains.
Timings:8am to 6pm Guide price: Sun to Thu
AED50 for 30 minutes and Fri AED50 for 30 minutes JEBEL ALI SHOOTING CLUB
The 5,000-square-metre soft sand archery range can safely accommodate up to 12 people in a group at the same time.
Timings:10am to 9pm Guide price: AED100 for 30
minutes with unlimited shots
Climbing WAFI PHARAOH'S CLUB
DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB
Up to six people can enjoy a day of fishing.
Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price:AED2,000 for four hours. Longer trips are available as required first yacht
04 3754148/050 6550313 Up to seven people can enjoy a day of fishing.
Timings: 6am onwards Guide price:AED3,400 for four hours. JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA – CLUB JOUMANA
Take a group fishing trip and make the catch of the day. Timings: Mon and Wed 3 to 6.30pm Guide price: AED1,750 for four hours on the boat.
Book in for seafishing in southern Oman and stay the night in a lodge.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED4,400 a
Timings: Sat to Thu 6.30am
Up to seven people can be accommodated on private fishing trips.
It's a challenge, but at more than 15 metres high (that's nearly 50 feet), this is the UAE's highest climbing wall.
Timings: Sat to Thu 2
to 10pm. Closed Sun Guide price: AED60 per hour without an instructor. AED75 with an instructor
For an exciting and challenging rock-face experience perfect for fit and energetic types, why not head to the only state-of-the-art textured indoor climbing wall in the UAE? to 10pm, Fri 9am to 9pm Guide price: AED60 for one hour with an instructor
11. Dubai Rugby Sevens 12. Rock climbing 13. Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental 14. Sea fishing 15. Scuba diving
day for up to four people. AED440 to stay in a lodge
Timings: From 6am to 10am and midday to 4pm Guide price: AED2,500 per hour ULTIMATE CHARTER
Catch your own lunch on a deep-sea fishing trip.
Timings: From 7am Guide price: From AED1,800 for four hours. No fish, no pay guarantee
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Horseracing The season is November to March. For more information, visit www.dubairacingclub.com
Horseriding DUBAI POLO & EQUESTRIAN CLUB, ARABIAN RANCHES
From show jumping and dressage to desert hacking and stable tours, the club offers a wide range of equestrian experiences.
Timings: Desert hack 6 to 8am or 5 to 7pm Guide price: AED300 EMIRATES EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
050 5537986/ 050 5587656
A British Horse Societyapproved riding and training centre for all abilities. Learn show jumping, dressage and eventing.
Timings: Lessons from
7 to 11am 4 to 7pm Guide price: AED145 for adult group lesson. AED250 for private lesson JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA
Enjoy the natural desert surrounds in a resort setting, or take lessons under the guidance of qualified riding instructors.
Timings: Tue to Sun 7am
to noon and 4 to 7pm Guide price: AED150 for a 30-minute lesson, AED200 for a one-hour outdoor ride (experienced riders only)
EQUINE EMPIRE The Dubai World Cup takes sport in the emirate to a whole new level each March. Oozing glitz and glamour, the event is the richest horse race on the planet with a prize purse of AED37 million (US$10 million). Along with the Dubai World Cup, there are five further nailbiting thoroughbred group races and the full action totals more than AED95 million (US$26 million) in prize money. The 2009 World Cup was the last to be held at Nad Al Sheba racecourse as the sport moved in January 2010 to Meydan, a new state-of-the-art development spanning seven million square metres and featuring a 60,000-capacity, world-class grandstand.
THE DESERT RANCH
This out-of-town equestrian centre offers riding lessons and desert hacks as well as the chance to meet and learn about camels.
800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
Hit 250kmh in five seconds in a drag car driven by world champion Rod 'Hot Rod' Fuller at the Yas Drag Racing Centre.
Timings: 9am to 12noon Guide price: Desert
riding from AED200
Timings: See website
for availability Guide price: AED600
02 6599393 or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
AL NASR LEISURELAND
Experience the thrill of Formula One, screeching around Yas Marina Circuit at top speed as a passenger in an F1 two-seater.
Cool off and burn a few calories skating around the Olympic-sized ice rink or try your hand at 10-pin bowling.
Timings: See website
Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED35 for two
for availability Guide price: AED1,200 3000 Yas Experience
hours of ice skating. Includes park entrance and skate hire DUBAI ICE RINK This Olympic-sized ice skating rink is situated at The Dubai Mall and is perfect for skaters of all skill levels.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm; Thu to Sat, 10am to 11.45pm. Guide price: AED50 for two hours
Timings: Sun and Tue 10am to 9.30pm; Mon, Wed and Sat 10am to 9.30pm Guide price: Sun to Wed AED35; Thu to Sat AED40 including skate hire
Karting 04 3678744
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Call for details
The centre at Jebel Ali provides karting for everyone over the age of eight on its one-kilometre track just outside Dubai.
Timings: Daily 3 to 10pm Guide price: AED100 for 30 minutes
Mini golf 04 8523221
Enjoy a guided canoeing tour through Khor Kalba nature reserve while spotting birds and other sea life along the way.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED30 for mini golf and fun course. Hotel entry fee redeemable against hotel facilities
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The fortress-style architecture opens to an indoor and outdoor shooting academy and floodlit clay-shooting ranges.
Timings: Winter – Wed to Mon 1 to 10pm; summer – Wed to Mon 3pm to midnight Guide price: Outdoor AED220 for 25 shots; indoor AED140
One of the UAE’s biggest shooting clubs.
Skiing SKI DUBAI
800 LEISURE (5347873)
Chill out at the indoor snow park and ski slope, in Mall of the Emirates.
Fun, cross country golf course and driving range with scenic views of the Hajar Mountains.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Free of charge. Call for season information
HATTA FORT HOTEL
JEBEL ALI SHOOTING CLUB
Located on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi highway, watch polo while enjoying a meal in the clubhouse. Nonmembers are welcome.
Guide price: AED6,400
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm; Thu 10am to midnight; Fr 9am to midnight; Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: AED120 for entry to Snow Park for adults, AED110 for children; AED180 for adults and AED150 for children for two hours on the ski slope
GHANTOOT POLO CLUB
Enjoy the ultimate holiday experience when you set sail on a luxury yacht ranging in size from 50ft to 188ft.
Timings: 12 noon to 10pm Guide price: AED185 for .22, AED190 for 9mm and AED235 for .38. Sessions last for 40 minutes
The facility includes two polo fields, a riding school and equestrian centre.
EMIRATES KART CENTRE
Guide price: AED300 per person for a day’s trip. See Listings for tour operators
Timings: Call for details Guide price: From AED110
Guide price: Call for details SUMMERTIME MARINE
SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB
DUBAI POLO & EQUESTRIAN CLUB
The Formula One-standard track on the outskirts of Dubai boasts an outdoor and an air-conditioned kartdrome with hi-tech machines.
Take your pick from five boats that can be chartered for a day on the water or go one step further and learn to sail one yourself.
Tour operators offer biking trips through the Hajar Mountains, with gear provided. Trips include pickup and lunch on request.
Mountainbiking 16. Ski Dubai 17. F1 experience 18. Polo 19. Wake boarding
Guide price: AED220 DUSAIL
Drive open-wheel, singleseat race cars, two-seat open sports cars and topof-the-range race-spec sports cars or take a hot lap with a professional driver.
This ice skating rink at the Hyatt Regency Dubai offers professional coaching and fun for the whole family.
Learn how to sail or improve your sailing skills with twoday courses or day training in the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf.
for four hours
Timings: See website for availability Guide price: Private tuition starts at AED1,500 for private tuition
GALLERIA ICE RINK
YAS Racing School
02 6599393 or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
DUBAI OFFSHORE SAILING CLUB
Guide price: AED300 per person including transport
Hotels can organise watersports on request. Some have their own facilities. See Taste section for hotel telephone numbers
Banana rides AED150 for 20 minutes Parasailing AED250 per ride Waterskiing AED150 for 20 minutes Wakeboarding AED150 for 20 minutes Windsurfing AED170 per hour
Taste Superb restaurants, chic cocktail bars and hip nightclubs make Dubai a stylish and sophisticated city for fine food and drink
Hotel outlets & promotions
Al Bustan Rotana
04 2820000 Garhoud
Make your way to Choices every Friday for Indian night and indulge in the traditional Indian buffet for only AED179 per person. Benihana – Japanese Blue Elephant– Thai Choices – International Mawal – Arabic Rodeo Grill – Steakhouse
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
04 3034222 Desert
An exclusive desert retreat, the restaurant and bars cater to guests only. Al Diwaan – Arabic and Mediterranean
Al Manzil Hotel
Downtown Dubai This Downtown property offers a choice of dining options with all outlets linked to a central Arabian courtyard where shisha (hubbly bubbly) is served in the evening. Conservatory offers all-day dining. Conservatory – International The Courtyard Restaurant – Arabic Nezesaussi – Sports bar
Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites
Downtown Dubai Brunch lovers should try Double Decker's legendary Friday brunch. From 12 to 4pm AED169 buys a tasty buffet and unlimited selected drinks. Al Mawal – Arabic Allegra – Nightclub Double Decker – English Latino House Restaurant & Bar – South American Pergolas – International Zaika Restaurant – Indian
Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Umm Suqeim For a delicious selection of Thai food book a table at Pai Thai. Prices start at AED80 a dish. Alternatively, head to one of Dubai's most romantic restaurants, Pierchic. Al Fayrooz Lounge – Afternoon tea Al Hambra – Spanish Arboretum – International Khaymat Al Bahar – Arabic Koubba Bar – Cocktail bar MJ'S – Steakhouse Pai Thai – Thai Pierchic – Seafood
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Burj Al Arab
Brandish your chopsticks at the all-you-can-eat dinner at Benihana, from AED199. The promotion runs every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 11.30pm. Benihana – Japanese Horizon – International Rosso – Italian
Arabian Ranches Hotel & Golf Club
04 3663000 Dubai
An elegant, out-of-town venue with fine food served at the signature Ranches Restaurant. The club is particularly popular among the emirate's expatriates. Ranches Restaurant – International Birdies – Sports lounge
Armani Hotel Dubai
Downtown Dubai Have an all-Italian experience at Armani/Peck. Every Friday diners can enjoy Friday Vita, an Italian-inspired brunch. Prices start at AED260 per person. Armani/Amal – Indian Armani/Hashi – Japanese Armani/MediterraNeo – Mediterranean Armani/Peck – Italian Armani/Privé – Lounge/nightclub Armani/Ristorante – Italian fine dining
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
The Palm Jumeirah This landmark property, which is home to Nobu Matsuhisa's signature restaurant, is a genuine destination resort with a range of five-star outlets. Barazura – Cocktail bar Kaleidoscope – International Levantine – Arabic Nasimi – International N'Dulge – Nightclub Nobu – Japanese Ossiano – Seafood Plato's – Afternoon tea Ronda Locatelli – Italian Rostang – French Saffron – Asian Seafire – Steakhouse The Burger Joint – American diner
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
04 8096100 Desert
This charming desert retreat offers good food, most notably at Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant. Visitors should also try the delicious pizza at renowned Italian restaurant Pizzeria Le Dune and the signature cocktails at Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge. Al Forsan – International Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant – Arabic Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge – Cocktail bar Al Shurouq – Rooftop terrace Masala – Indian Pizzeria Le Dune – Italian Ya Hala – Arabic tea bar
Head to Skyview Bar for superb afternoon tea and spectacular views over Dubai. Prices start at AED425 per person, inclusive of a glass of bubbly. Al Iwan – Arabic Al Mahara – European Al Muntaha – International Bab al Yam – International Juna Lounge – Cocktail bar Junsui – Far Eastern Majlis Al Bahar – Mediterranean Sahn Eddar – Afternoon tea Skyview Bar – Cocktail bar
Courtyard by Marriott, Dubai Green Community
Green Community A relaxing out-of-town property with an excellent buffet at Pine Grill. Aquamarine – Pool bar Cucina – Italian Pine Grill – International The Bar – Casual bar
Crowne Plaza Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road Ladies visiting Trader Vic's on Monday and Tuesday nights can look forward to a fun night as they receive a 50 percent discount on selected cocktails. Al Dana – International Al Fresco – Italian Al Tannour – Arabic Harvester’s Pub – English Oscar’s Vine Society – Wine bar Sakura – Japanese Trader Vic's – Polynesian Wagamama – Far Eastern Western Steakhouse – Steakhouse Zinc – Nightclub
Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira
04 2625555 Deira
Bring your family for a fun day out at Spice Island. Every Friday from 12 to 4pm enjoy a delicious unlimited buffet and entertainment for kids. Prices start at AED159 per person (excluding alcohol), AED209 with house beverages and AED279 with premium tipples. AED69 for children aged between 10 and 12.
1. Vu's Bar – Jumeirah Emirates Towers 2. Armani/Peck – Armani Hotel Dubai 3. Hukama – The Address Downtown 4. Al Nafoorah – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray 5. Shanghai Chic – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel
Aquarium Lounge – Afternoon tea Harry's Place – American Spice Island – International
Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City Flamenco your way into the weekend at Zaytoun's Latin Live night. With hot and cold tapas on the menu, as well as barbecue and live churros stations, you can enjoy all the sizzling flavours of South America before hitting the dance floor for some serious salsa action. Prices start at AED185 per person. Belgian Beer Café – European Mazar – Afternoon tea Zaytoun – International
T HE GUI D E / T A S T E
pick of the brunch
Hatta Fort Hotel
Dinner Cruises Why not enjoy a dinner with a difference by jumping aboard one of the floating restaurants that cruise along Dubai’s waters. The hugely popular Bateaux Dubai has been operating for more than five years on historic Dubai Creek, serving freshly prepared gourmet cuisine and complemented by an extensive selection of fine wines and beverages. Add to that the live entertainment and the unobstructed views of the sights from all seats onboard and it is sure to be a memorable experience. Alternatively, enjoy a buffet, plus drinks and live entertainment aboard a traditional dhow with Ultimate Charter, which navigates around Dubai Marina. Venus Floating Restaurant departs from around the same area, near West Marina.
04 8099333 Hatta
Enjoy movies under the stars with your loved ones at Hatta Fort Hotel every Thursday and Friday. Sip on choice tipples, relax and float in the outdoor temperaturecontrolled pool, while watching your favourite films. Café Gazebo – International Jeema Restaurant – International
Hilton Dubai Creek
04 2271111 Deira
Head to Issimo Bar & Lounge for pints of draught beer for AED20 or check out Table9 by Nick and Scott and enjoy a wide selection of European dishes. Glasshouse – International Issimo Bar & Lounge – Sports bar Table9 by Nick and Scott – European
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
04 3461111 Jumeirah
Multi-faceted dining and entertainment complex located in the heart of Jumeirah. Hip lounges and stylish restaurants attract a late-night crowd. Al Khayma – Arabic Al Qasr – Lebanese Boudoir – French/nightclub Capanna Nuova – Italian Flooka – Mediterranean Loco – Tex-Mex Lounge Bar – Afternoon tea Malecon – Cuban Serai – Arabic nightclub Sho-Cho – Japanese Taverna – International Thai Bistro – Thai
Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Dubai Marina Enjoy stunning views at The Observatory’s happy hour, which runs from 6 to 10pm, Saturday to Tuesday, and 6 to 8pm, Wednesday to Friday, or head to Az.u.r for a tasty selection of Mediterranean dishes. Guests can also enjoy delicious Mediterranean food at Az.u.r. Az.u.r – Mediterranean Counter Culture – International The Observatory – International
Dusit Thani Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road This distinctive property close to The Dubai Mall is home to Benjarong, one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. Benjarong – Thai Dusit Delicatessen – Deli gourmet My Bar – Bar Pax – Italian The Californian – International
Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa
Al Aqah Beach For those who like to explore, this out-of-town option is popular as a weekend getaway with Dubai residents. Fujairah is a neighbouring emirate on the east coast. Al Falaj – Lobby lounge Mozaique – International Waves – International
Grand Hyatt Dubai
04 3171234 Oud Metha
Peppercrab is the only Singaporean-inspired restaurant in the city. Andiamo! – Italian Awtar – Lebanese Cooz – Jazz bar iZ – Indian Manhattan Grill – American Panini – Italian deli and café Peppercrab – Singaporean Sushi – Japanese The Market Café – International Wox – Vietnamese
Grand Millennium Dubai
04 4299999 Al Barsha
Every Monday enjoy Italian night at Dante. Prices start at AED169 per person. Doors open at 7pm. Atrium – International Belgian Beer Café – European Crystal Bar – Bar Dante – Italian Toshi – Asian
Grosvenor House, Dubai
Dubai Marina Every Friday from 1 to 4pm Sloane's holds the Bellissimo Italian Feast. Bar 44 – Champagne bar Buddha Bar – Far Eastern Embassy Dubai – European Indego by Vineet – Indian Leaves – Afternoon tea Ottomans – Turkish Rhodes Mezzanine – British Sidhartha Lounge – Asian Sloane's – International The Gallery – Bar Toro Toro – South American
Habtoor Grand beach Resort & Spa
Dubai Marina This popular property occupies one of Dubai's most enchanting beachside locations. Al Basha – Arabic Al Dhiyafa – International Al Majlis – Afternoon tea Fish Bazaar – Seafood Thai Restaurant Luciano’s – Italian Summer Place Chinese Restaurant Lounge & Bar – Chinese Salamar – Garden lounge The Grand Grill – Steakhouse The White Lounge – Lounge The Underground Pub – English
Dubai Marina Catch the latest sports tournament at Studio One and enjoy bottled beer for AED25. Axis Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea BiCE Skybar – Bar Oceana – International Pachanga – Latin America Studio One – Sports bar Wavebreaker – Beach bar
Holiday Inn Al Barsha
Sheikh Zayed Road For indulgent Mexican cuisine, visit The Gem Garden every Tuesday night for all-youcan-eat Mexican. Doors open at 7pm and the dinner is priced at AED95 per person including select beverages. Last orders at at 11pm. Gharana – Indian Mojito – Cocktails The Gem Garden – International The Q – Sports bar The Royal Budha – Thai
hotel pullman dubai mall of the emirates
Downtown Dubai This inner-city hotel is located on Sheikh Zayed Road next to Mall of the Emirates. In addition to Sanabel, an international eatery, it is also home to Vantage rooftop bar. Sanabel – International Vantage – Cocktail bar
hyatt regency dubai
04 2091234 Deira
Head to The Kitchen every Thursday from 12.30 to 3pm for fragrant Indian cuisine. For AED135 per person enjoy an extensive buffet and soft drinks. Al Dawaar – International Carpenter's Bar – Sports bar Focaccia – Italian Hibiki – Karaoke lounge Miyako – Japanese Shahrzad – Arabic The Kitchen – International
Ibis World Trade Centre dubai
04 3324444 Zabeel
Cubo Pasta is a well-liked lunch spot for workers and delegates from the neighbouring World Trade Centre. Be sure to book ahead. Cubo Pasta – Italian
Elsewhere around the world brunch is known as a meal between breakfast and lunch. In Dubai it is an entirely different affair. Usually taking place between midday and 3pm, Friday brunches are popular with expatriates and tourists alike. Prices range from AED100 to AED600 per person and take place in the city's hotels. The menus are generally served with your choice of alcoholic beverages.
Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel
Ibn Battuta Mall Like to croon? Then head to Al Bahou for the JazzSumptuous brunch every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm. Jazz singers will keep you entertained with their repertoir, while you tuck into a choice of dishes from five international restaurants. Prices start at AED295 with soft drinks, AED395 with selected beverages or AED495 with free-flowing Laurent Perrier bubbles. Alternatively, head to Shanghai Chic for a taste of the Orient or Moroc for a late-night cocktail. Chor Bazaar – Indian Diablo – Nightclub Mistral – Mediterranean Moroc – Lounge bar and terrace Shanghai Chic – Chinese Sicilia – Sicilian
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City Enjoy the Culinary Lunch at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire. Every Friday from 12 to 2pm a four-course menu, which includes a variety of signature dishes, is served. Prices start at AED250, plus an extra AED140 for wine. For those who truly like to indulge head to Terra Firma Steakhouse and try 'The Tomahawk Challenge'. If, within 60 minutes, you can devour a 2kg Tomahawk rib-eye steak, together with 300g of chunky chips and 300g of bèarnaise sauce, you dine for free. If not, the price is AED690 per person. Anise – International Bistro Madeleine – French Eclipse – Champagne bar Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire – French Terra Firma Steakhouse – Steakhouse
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
For a plentiful spread of German, Austrian and Swiss dishes, visit La Fontana for Alpenfest every Tuesday evening from 7 to 11pm. For AED190 (excluding drinks) you can enjoy a warm and welcoming buffet and a second person dines for free.
Enjoy an à la carte Friday brunch at Al Nafoorah from 12 to 4pm. Savour the finest Lebanese cuisine served with characteristic flair. Prices start at AED150 per person.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Al Nafoorah – Arabic ET Sushi – Japanese Hakkasan – Chinese Harry Ghatto’s – Karaoke lounge The Ivy – International Mosaico – Mediterranean The Agency – Wine bar The Noodle House – Far Eastern The Rib Room – Steakhouse Tokyo@thetowers – Japanese Vu’s – European
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Ibn Majed – International La Fontana – International La Traviata – Italian Shooters – American Signatures – French White Orchid – Far Eastern
For al fresco fun, you can't beat 360˚. Set at the end of its very own pier, the heli-padshaped outdoor space boasts panoramic views of Dubai’s picturesque coastline and vivid sunsets over the Arabian Gulf. For indoor dining, enjoy a five-course Arabic menu at Al Khayal daily from 7pm to midnight. Prices start at AED340 per person. Alternatively, visit Beachcombers for traditional Far Eastern fare, La Parrilla for authentic Argentinean food or La Veranda for southern Italian delights. 360° – Terrace bar Al Khayal – Lebanese Beachcombers – Far Eastern Carnevale – Italian Der Keller – German Dhow & Anchor – English Go West – American La Parrilla – Argentinean Latitude – International La Veranda – Italian Marina – Seafood Palm Court – Lobby lounge Uptown – Bar
The Palm Jumeirah Go Continental at the French Brasserie brunch at Imperium. Every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm enjoy French favourites and delicacies. Prices start at AED275 per person. Al Nafoorah – Lebanese Amala – Indian C Club – Cigar lounge Imperium – French Lalezar – Turkish Plaj – Beachside international dining Sultan’s Lounge – Afternoon tea Voda bar – Vodka bar Voi – French Vietnamese
Jumeira Rotana Hotel
04 3455888 Satwa
From 6 to 8pm daily enjoy selected beverages for as little as AED22 at Brauhaus' happy hour. Boston Bar – American Brauhaus – German Five Dining – International
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JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
04 2624444 Deira
Enjoy cheese fondue and raclette for AED99 every Tuesday night at Hofbräuhaus Bamboo Lagoon – Far Eastern Champions – American Cucina – Italian Hofbräuhaus – German JW's Steakhouse – American The Market Place – International
Blue Bar offers an impressive range of Belgian beers Blue Bar – Belgian bar Entre Nous – International
Mina A' Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
Enjoy brunch every Friday at Thyme restaurant. From 12.30 to 3pm, prices start at AED140 per person
le royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Dubai Marina This sprawling five-star resort is home to an extensive selection of bars and restaurants. Ossigeno is well known for its southern Italian menu, while Maya, which is run by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, serves up a selection of authentic Mexican dishes. If you're looking for Arabic cuisine, book a table at Al Khaima Al Khaima – Arabic Al Murjan – Afternoon tea Brasserie – International Fusion – Far Eastern Maya – Mexican Mi Vida – Mediterranean/Seafood Ossigeno – Italian Pizzeria – Italian Rhodes Twenty10 – Steakhouse Seabreeze – Sports bar
Media One Hotel
Dubai Media City For AED120 enjoy a two-hour unlimited food and beverage package in The Z:ONE Bar & Lounge. This offer runs from 2pm until late, Saturday to Thursday Café M – Coffee shop The Z:ONE Bar & Lounge – Bar The MED – Mediterranean
Media Rotana Dubai
04 4350000 Al Barsha
Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai is a strategically located business hotel in the heart of the city. Drop into La Plaza for a spot of Mediteranean fare
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & marina
Waves – Brasserie Horizon – Poolside bar Opera Italian Restaurant – Italian
6. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire – InterContinental Dubai Festival City 7. Fish Market – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek 8. Garden Brunch – Hyatt Regency Dubai 9. Icho – Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road 10. Thiptara – The Palace – The Old Town
Sheikh Zayed Road
Oasis Beach Tower
Visit Waves and enjoy the Yum Cha Chinese tea Friday brunch with a lion dance, acrobats and tasty dishes such as miso soup and dim sum. The promotion runs from 1 to 4pm and costs AED299 per person
Novotel World Trade Centre
La Plaza – Mediteranean Metro! – International Infinity – Pool bar
Millennium plaza Hotel dubai
Go Japanese on Monday nights at Channels. An unlimited buffet of Japanese specialities including tempura and sushi is on offer. Prices start at AED145 per person (excluding alcohol)
The Wharf serves big-bone, sticky beef ribs with mashed potatoes or fries and the restaurant’s signature sticky sauce for AED110 per person. The deal is available every Tuesday from 7pm. Afterwards, head to Bahri Bar where you can enjoy an al fresco tipple on the bar's stunningly attractive wraparound terrace, which provides perfect views of the Burj Al Arab Al Muna – International Al Samar Lounge – Afternoon tea Bahri Bar – Bar Shimmers – Beachside dining The Wharf – British Zheng He's – Chinese
Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai
04 3366000 Bur Dubai
Savour great Italian food every Tuesday at The Fountain from 7 to 10.30pm from AED85 per person. Alternatively, head to Chutney's for a delicious curry or Fakhreldine for an array of tantalising Arabic dishes Chutney's – Indian Fakhreldine – Arabic Pulse – Nightclub Rooftop Terrace – Far Eastern Somerset’s – English The Fountain – International
Mövenpick Hotel Deira
04 4440111 Deira
Located in the heart of Dubai’s historic quarter, this five-star property offers three food and beverage outlets for discerning tastes. Head to Jigsaw for a wide selection of international dishes or Wok-In Bar for Asian-themed tipples Jigsaw – International Spirits Bar – Bar Wok-In Bar – Asian-themed bar
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Jumeirah Beach Residence
The Dublin Arms delivers a selection of authentic Irish dishes and beverages in a relaxed setting
Tuck into a quintessentially English Sunday roast at The Talk. Freshly carved joints, live grill stations and classic Brit desserts such as apple crumble and rhubarb and custard are all part of the fun. Running from 6.30 to 11pm, prices start at AED165 per person. For a taste of Mexico drop by on Thursday nights and sample the finest Mexican cuisine, from sizzling seafood, to spicy grills and wholesome regional dishes, washed down with Corona Mexican beer
Al Riqa Restaurant – International Dublin Arms – Irish
The Talk – International West Beach Bistro – Sports bar
Channels – International Prego's – Italian Nelson’s Bar – Pub Rare – Nightclub The Terrace – Outdoor bar
Metropolitan Hotel Deira
04 2959171 Deira
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Frankie’s – Italian Mai Tai – Cocktail bar Thyme Restaurant – Mediterranean Wagamama – Noodle house
One&Only Royal Mirage
04 3999999 Al Sufouh
One of Dubai's most elegant properties with sprawling lawns and sophisticated outlets Beach Bar & Grill – Seafood Celebrities – International Eau Zone – Far Eastern Kasbar – Nightclub Nina – International Olives – International The Jetty – Beach Bar The Roof Top Lounge – Bar The Rotisserie – International Tagine – Moroccan
One&Only The Palm, dubai
The Palm Jumeirah Head to Stay by Yannick Alléno for Afternoon Thé Gourmand afternoon tea. Prices start at AED220 per person 101 – Mediterranean Stay by Yannick Alléno – French Zest – Oriental and Middle Eastern
Park Hyatt Dubai
04 6021234 Garhoud
Partial to a green curry? Visit The Thai Kitchen on Wednesday nights. For just AED220 per person, diners can feast on an extensive list of dishes Cafe Arabesque – Arabic The Lounge – Arabic The Terrace – Bar The Thai Kitchen – Thai Traiteur – French
Go local Dubai is abundant with Arabic restaurants but for authentic Emirati cuisine we recommend the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The centre offers a variety of programmes which can be experienced over a spread of traditional Emirati dishes. Local cuisine is uncomplicated and relies on meat, fish and rice, enhanced by the creative use of spices and other aromatic flavourings. Traditional dishes include ouzi, which is a whole roast lamb stuffed with fragrant rice, and balaleet – a fine egg pasta with onion.
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Downtown Dubai Buffet-style dining by day turns into Italian-inspired dining by night at Esca
Esca – Italian
Downtown Dubai Located on the upper floors of a mixed-use building close to the thriving Business Bay district, this new property has excellent views of the Burj Khalifa Infiniti Bar & Terrace – Bar Lemon Pepper – International
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Dubai Media City Tamanya Terrace is the place to head on Saturday nights as ladies can enjoy five cocktails, blended by an award-winning mixologist, for AED125 per person. Doors open at 6pm Certo – Italian Chef's House – International Icon Bar & Lounge – Sports Bar Tamanya Terrace – Cocktail Bar
radisson royal hotel dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road This modern 51-storey glass tower, located near the Dubai World Trade Centre, offers excellent Japanese cuisine at Icho Al Muhallab – Arabic seafood Celsius – All-day dining Icho – Japanese Indothai – Asian
04 3248888 Oud Metha
Head to Azur every Friday for a classic British roast. Comprising roasted meats, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and gravy, the lunch is priced at AED200 Azur – International Crossroads – Cocktail Bar Fire & Ice – Steakhouse People By Crystal – Nightclub Raffles Salon – Afternoon Tea Red Lounge – Chinese Lounge The Noble House – Chinese
The world’s tallest hotel features creative dishes from around the world at Petals
04 3520900 Bur Dubai
Tuck into authentic Japanese cuisine at Sumibiya or try traditional English food at The Pub. Steak aficionados can enjoy Palm Grill, while seafood enthusiasts have Fish Market to look forward to. Whatever your preference, with so many dining spots you'll be spoilt for choice at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Sheikh Zayed Road/DIFC
Royal Ascot Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Downtown
Café Rose – Afternoon tea Petals – International
Radisson Blu hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Boulvar – International Fish Market – Seafood Ku-Bu – Cocktail Bar La Moda – Italian Marbles – Lobby bar Minato – Japanese Palm Grill – Steakhouse Shabestan – Iranian Sumibiya – Asian The China Club – Chinese The Pub – English Up On The 10th – Jazz Bar Yum – Noodle bar
Rose Rayhaan by Rotana
At Dae Jang Kum, expect meticulously prepared rice and kimchi (spicy vegetable pickle) Chill – Rooftop bar Dae Jang Kum – Korean Planet Bollywood – Indian Wellington’s – Lounge bar
Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road
Al Basha Authentic Arabic flavours make for an unforgettable dining experience at this Dubai Marinabased restaurant. Location: Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Contact: 04 3995000 Al Iwan As you'd expect from the Burj Al Arab (pictured), the dècor is bold, gold and gloriously grand, but nothing prepares you for the authentic and tantalising menu, which features an array of Arabic delights. Location: Burj Al Arab Contact: 04 3017600 Al Khaima There are plenty of simple spots in Dubai to get your fix of Arabic fare, but if you're looking for something truly sophisticated, Al Khaima is a must try. Location: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Contact: 04 3995555 Café Arabesque Inspired by the flavours of the Levant, with a heavy emphasis on grilled meats, mezze and kebab dishes, expect a variety of culinary creations from Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Location: Park Hyatt Dubai Contact: 04 6021234 Na3Na3 While the buffet concept may not be to everyone's taste, don't be too hasty with your judgment, at least not until you've tried the grilled kofta. Location: The Address Dubai Mall Contact: 04 4388888
One of Dubai's long-established hotels, Shangri-La Hotel Dubai is home to Shang Palace. Serving authentic Cantonese cuisine this attractively decorated haunt is famed for serving up a sumptuous selection of dishes Amwaj – Seafood Balcony Bar – Bar Dunes Café – International Hoi An – Vietnamese/French Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Marrakech – Moroccan Shang Palace – Chinese
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
04 2281111 Deira
Head to Creekside for the seafood buffet. A rich assortment of local fish and seafood prepared in a variety of ways is available for AED175 per person (excluding alcohol) Ashiana – Indian Chelsea Arms – English pub Creekside – Japanese Vivaldi – Italian
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers
Dubai Marina Visit Peacock for reliable Chinese cuisine and impeccable service. Meanwhile, Ciao Ristorante serves traditional Italian food and Palm Garden dishes up international cuisine Al Hadiqa Restaurant & Tent – Lebanese Ciao Ristorante – Italian Moods Bar – Bar Palm Garden – International Peacock – Chinese
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Dubai Marina Seafood lovers should book a table at AOC every Thursday from 7 to 10pm. The buffet is priced at AED195 per person including soft drinks and AED295 including bubbly. Cheese and wine enthusiasts should check out Plantation every Wednesday from 7 to 10pm. The traditional cheese and wine buffet is priced at AED170 per person. Those with a passion for Italian fare should book a table at Rococo AOC – French Plantation – Afternoon tea Rococo – Italian The Hub – Sports bar
Taj Palace Hotel
04 2232222 Deira
Handi is the place to go for fine Indian thali accompanied by live music. This established hotel is located in one of Dubai’s oldest districts and does not serve alcohol Handi – Indian Le Rendezvous – International Sakura – Japanese Topkapi – Arabic
The Address Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai A Friday brunch like no other, dine on a cosmopolitan blend of Asian, Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean cuisines at Fazaris. Doors open from 12.30 to 4pm and prices start at AED290 per person (excluding beverages) Calabar – Latin lounge Fazaris – International Hukama – Chinese Neos – Cocktail bar Risala – Afternoon tea Zeta – Seafood
The Address Dubai Mall
Downtown Dubai Chic, yet intimate Ember Grill and Lounge is a stylish stop for an evening meal. Every Tuesday from 7 to 11pm diners can enjoy a five-course tasting menu for AED295 per person including free-flowing beverages Ember Grill and Lounge – International Karat – Afternoon tea Na3Na3 – Arabic
The Address Dubai Marina
d rience expe p o h s &taste
Dubai Marina Cheese connoisseurs should head to Mazina on Thursday nights for an unlimited cheese buffet. Doors open at 6.30 and prices start at AED130 per person Blends – Lounge bar Kambaa – Lobby lounge Mazina – International Shades – Mediterranean
wining and dining
Although the UAE is a Muslim country, alcohol is permitted in several emirates including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Wine, Champagne and spirits are available from most five-star hotels and as a tourist you are free to enjoy the lively bar scene that Dubai has become famous for. However, be warned, there is zero tolerance to drink driving. One sip is one sip too many. Likewise being drunk in public is a criminal offence. Both crimes are treated seriously and are punishable with a fine and in more extreme cases imprisonment.
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Emirates Hills For an English experience try Nineteen for afternoon tea. Delicious teas are served with cakes. From Sunday to Thursday, 1 to 5.30pm and prices start at AED60 per person. Bunkers – Pub Links – International Monty Cristo's – Cigar lounge Nineteen – International
The Fairmont Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road Indulge in unlimited sushi and sake every Wednesday at Spectrum on One from 7 to 9pm. Prices start at AED150 per person. Bridges – Bar Cascades – International Cin Cin – Wine bar Nine – Arabic lounge Spectrum on One – International The Cigar Bar – Cigar lounge The Exchange Grill – Steakhouse The Sushi Café – Japanese
ARABIC TASTE Hummus: Well known and loved even beyond the Middle East, this Arabic dip or spread is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Moutabel: A delicious and spicy smoked aubergine dip that is popular in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Fattoush: This Levantine salad is made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread and mixed with lettuce, cucumber, onion and other vegetables. Sambusek: Small, triangular pastry pies filled with cheese, meat or spinach. Ouzi: This popular baked lamb and spiced rice dish is a favourite during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. Umm Ali: Similar to bread and butter pudding served in the west, this favourite Arabic dessert contains milk, pastry and nuts, and is a staple dish in many buffets.
Towers Rotana Dubai
Sheikh Zayed Road
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Farriers offers a relaxed international dining experience.
For British fare at its best head to Flavours on Two every Tuesday for Flavours from Britain. For AED179 expect classic Brit dishes with selected beverages.
Bas Pasta – Italian Farriers – International Prime – Steakhouse Shiba – Asian
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Downtown Dubai Visit Diademas Cigar Lounge for cheese and two glasses of wine for AED90, from 6 to 8pm daily. Amika – Lounge/nightclub Arcadia – Afternoon tea Diademas Cigar Lounge – Cigar lounge Mizaan – International Okku – Japanese One on One – Cocktail bar Ruth's Chris Steak House – Steakhouse
The Palace – The Old Town
Traders Hotel Dubai
First-class Cantonese cuisine is served while you enjoy the amazing views over Festival Marina.
The Junction combines Arabian spirit with international style and offers casual buffet-style dining with tasty pizza, pasta, Asian specialities and more. Chameleon Bar – Cocktail bar The Junction – International
Sheikh Zayed Road Moka Café serves an excellent daily international buffet.
Downtown Dubai Indulge in ladies' night every Tuesday at FAI. Ladies receive three complimentary beverages. Afterwards head to Thiptara for traditional Thai cuisine and views of the stunning Dubai Fountain.
04 2329077, 04 3549288
11. The Noble House – Raffles Dubai 12. Teatro – Towers Rotana Dubai 13. Toro Toro – Grosvenor House, Dubai 14. Zuma – DIFC
Relax at this Italian lounge and enjoy bruschetta sold in 10cm denominations.
Flavours on Two – International Teatro – International Long’s Bar – Bar
Moka Café – All-day dining
Cit y dining
Dubai Festival City and Mall of the Emirates
Souk Madinat Jumeirah With panoramic views of the Gulf, this fine-dining seafood restaurant is not to be missed. Rivington Grill
Souk Al Bahar Inspired by the Londonbased chapter, steak, fish and fine wine are the order of the day at this British grill. The Mango Tree
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Al Bayt – Arabic Asado – Argentinean Ewaan – Arabic FAI – Asian bar Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Thiptara – Thai
Enjoy delicious Thai cuisine served in a dark, moody setting, while overlooking The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
For delicious afternoon tea, book a table at Lobby Lounge. Daily from 2 to 6pm, enjoy a selection of tasty pastries, sumptuous sandwiches and tantalising teas. Prices start at AED125 per person and for AED235 guests can enjoy a glass of Champagne.
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Amaseena – Arabic Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Library Bar – Aperitifs/nightcaps Splendido – Italian
Dubai Marina Yacht Club Enjoy a spectacular view over Dubai Marina coupled with good food and fine wine.
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Bring your appetite to Center Cut every Wednesday for Australian night. AED240 buys a three-course menu including a starter, barbecue, desserts and house beverages. Blue Rain – Thai Can Can – French bistro Center Cut – Steakhouse No.5 Lounge & Bar – Bar
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Dubai Marina Head to Blue Orange every Thursday and indulge in fresh lobster and a variety of oysters, sushi and sashimi. Doors open at 6pm and prices start a AED250 per person (excluding alcohol) Blue Orange – International Bussola – Italian Hunters – Steakhouse Oeno – Wine bar Senyar – Bar Spice Emporium – Thai
This stylish bar located in the heart of the city welcomes a well-heeled crowd seven nights a week.
Spectacular views await from the 122nd floor of the world's tallest building. BarZar
Souk Madinat Jumeirah Ideal for a lively night out, BarZar serves British food and beverages. carluccio's
04 4341320, 04 3997844, 0428943728
The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and Mirdif City Centre Authentic Italian cuisine served in a familyfriendly environment . CAVALLI CLUB
The Fairmont Dubai A chic lounge that includes a contemporary Italian restaurant, sushi bar and Champagne bar.
Chic décor, excellent cuisine and friendly service make this Indian restaurant a culinary favourite. West 14th
The Palm Jumeirah Carnivores, come one, come all! Expect succulent steaks at this contemporary, beachside New York grill and bar.
SMOKE SIGNALS Smoking shisha (hubbly bubbly) is very popular in Dubai. The Middle Eastern water pipe, which is thought to have originated around 500 years ago, purifies and cools the smoke from flavoured tobacco heated on top of the pipe by coals. The most popular flavours are apple, mint, strawberry, apricot and grape. Although relaxing and sociable, estimates suggest that an hour of shisha smoking equates to inhaling 50 cigarettes. However, if you’re after an authentic experience, smoking shisha is a must. Just remember not to inhale too deeply and to share your shisha among friends. This is a social tradition and to be enjoyed in groups or couples.
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As Dubai's main artery, this is one of the busiest roads along with Al Khail and Emirates Road.
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Ask the concierge desk for a copy of the Concierge Dubai foldout map with tips on what to see and do in the city
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Stretching along the new extension of Dubai Creek, this multi-billion dollar project is a city within a city and is destined to become the business capital of the region
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Officially the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa stands as the centrepiece of the 500acre Downtown Dubai area. The tower houses the superluxurious Armani Hotel Dubai
A 15-minute drive from Dubai airport, the centre is in an enviable location on Sheikh Zayed Road and holds over 60,000 square feet of flexible and versatile exhibition space
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my dubai Professional pianist Malika Omar shares her thoughts on how to have a harmonious stay in the emirate
I moved to Dubai from Cape Town just over four years ago and I am currently working as the resident pianist at Al Fayrooz Lounge at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah. Working hard to realise my goals means I sometimes don’t have time for other things, but when I do have a break in my schedule I like meandering through the souks in old Dubai. It’s so refreshing to chat to the vendors and see all the colourful fabrics, trinkets and spices on display. In fact, the title track of my album Sand Star is inspired by the city because I’ve always thought of Dubai as a modern fairytale kingdom. Dubai is wonderful all year round, but my favourite time is December because the air is crisp and everyone is in a festive mood. Three months later in March the Dubai World Cup horse racing takes place. This is a spectacular occasion and I had the opportunity to perform at this year’s
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Working hard to realise my goals means I sometimes don’t have time for other things, but when I do have a break I like meandering through the souks
event. I love the fashion and being part of the excitement of the day. As anyone familiar with Dubai knows, the city is abundant with amazing restaurants. My favourite haunts include Ashas, which is an upmarket Indian restaurant at Wafi Pyramids. The butter chicken is the best in the city. For something a bit more casual I’d head to Social House at The Dubai Mall. I could nibble on the chicken satays all day. When it comes to nightlife, I’m a big fan of Hakkasan at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. It serves a tasty non-alcoholic cocktail called the Kowloon Cooler. For a bit of relaxation, I love the tranquility of JBR beach in the mornings. If the weather is good I like to go
for a leisurely walk along the shore and enjoy watching the yachts as they sail by. When I have friends in town there’s nothing more exciting than a trip to At the Top, which is on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa. You’ll literally feel on top of the world. For something fivestar, look no further than a visit to Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah. The resort reminds me of a floating palace and there is a variety of outdoor bars and restaurants where you can sit down and take in the view. Dubai is very much a shopping city and my favourite retail spot is The Dubai Mall. I love losing myself among all the stores and while there are more than 1,000 shops it never feels overwhelming.
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