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Reviving the artistry of another era is a wonderful way to preserve the past. Whether exquisite jewellery pieces or rare antiques, the story of times gone by is told through their intricate workmanship. In modern creations, the influence of another era is also a marker of exceptional quality. As one of the world’s leading destinations for luxury, Dubai boasts an abundance of exclusive items which not only evoke a sense of the past but offer the opportunity to own a very special piece to treasure. The latest high-jewellery collections from Fabergé take us to a time when Russian royalty comissioned extraordinary items from one of the world’s most gifted jewellers. Turn to page 28 to explore the world of Peter Carl Fabergé and the enchanting new collections which pay a fitting tribute to his legacy. Another golden era of design is celebrated by the world’s finest timepiece creators in elegant pieces influenced by the Art Deco movement, choose your favourite on page 22. Discover treasures from another time in Dubai where a burgeoning antiques scene offers a world of fascinating finds, learn more on page 36. Islamic art offers a wonderful insight into the people and places throughout this region and beyond. Gain a fresh appreciation for these captivating arts and crafts on page 50. See the city in a new light with a host of experiences to enjoy once the sun goes down from an exhilarating night dive to golfing on floodlit fairways, turn to page 70 for more. Dubai undoubtedly boasts some of the most luxurious spas in the world; indulge in some first-class relaxation with our selection on page 74. Embark on a tantalising culinary journey through some of the world’s finest cuisines at one of Dubai’s fine-dining fusion restaurants on page 80. Italian cooking is much revered for its fresh ingredients and flare. In Dubai, a host of exclusive eateries provide exceptional Italian dining experiences that retain an authentic feel, turn to page 84 for more. Enjoy all Dubai has to offer with Concierge.
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In focus Photography: Adham Sneeh Location: Miraj Islamic Art Centre, Dubai
As early Islam developed, so too did a keen interest in astronomy. The ability to read the patterns of the moon and stars was particularly valued as it aided in the calculation of prayer times. Early Islamic metal workers produced specialised objects such as the astrolabe. An elaborate inclinmetre tool, it was used to measure angles for navigation and astronomy. Calligraphic engravings on the bronze are an enduring symbol of faith. It is one of many fascinating pieces at Miraj Islamic Art Centre. Turn to page 50 to discover more about this captivating art form.
Contents SEPTEMBER 2013 / ISSuE 109
The emirate’s top attractions, news and events
19/Making waves Explore island life on manmade marvel Palm Jumeirah
Shop 22/Timeless style Art Deco exerts a beautiful influence on some of the world’s finest timepieces
28/A modern fable
The story of iconic jewellery house, Fabergé
36/Past masters Antiques shopping in Dubai offers the chance to own your own piece of history
42/Keeping time Never miss a moment with the latest innovation in time-keeping accuracy
Discover 50/Art to treasure
Discover the waterways of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
60/On bustling banks
An insight into life on Dubai Creek and Abu Dhabi Corniche in this intriguing photo essay
François-antoine Bossuet, 19th century antiques
Exquisite works of Islamic art
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Experience 70/Nights to remember
Make the most of your visit with an unforgettable evening experience
74/A special space
Unparalleled luxury awaits at one of Dubaiâ€™s world-class spas
Taste 80/A change of place Enjoy flavours from far and wide with a fine-dining fusion feast
Top chefs at Dubaiâ€™s finest Italian eateries ensure the cuisine is both authentic and outstanding
EMIRATES GOLF CLUB
89 The guide 112/My Dubai Dubai-based jewellery designer Ying Peng shares her city highlights
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D I S C OV E R Art exhibition
Vibrant colours and rich detailing are hallmarks of this beautiful collection from Iranian artist Feeroozeh Golmohammade. Inspired by the traditional paintings of her native country, Feeroozeh has also drawn on Oriental themes throughout the pieces in the exhibition which is entitled Eastern Woman. The talented painter uses an innovative mixture of compositions and colour techniques in this striking series of water colours on canvas. Where: Alliance Franรงaise, Dubai. When: September 16 to October 6. How much: Admission free. Contact: 04 3358712 or visit afdubai.org
E X PER I E NCE At the Top
Enjoy unparalleled views of Dubai from At the Top, the observation deck in the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Located on level 124 of this impressive structure, and easily accessible thanks to the swift elevators which climb at a rate of 10 metres per second, expect exhilarating sights of the city and a host of stunning photo opportunities. Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. When: Daily, 10 to 1am. Contact: 800 AT THE TOP (28843867) or visit burjkhalifa.ae/observationdeck
EVENTS IN BRIEF THE ILLUSIONISTS Until September 7 Prepare to be amazed at this thrilling magic show. The Illusionists are a nine-member troupe of entertainers and magicians who have taken their highly entertaining performance worldwide and are now bringing it to Dubai World Trade Centre. Marvel at entertaining sets that include an escape artist and mind reader. Tickets cost from AED250 per person. Contact: 056 1333268
JUNG LEE September 9 to October 23 This solo exhibition at Dubai’s Green Art Gallery showcases the intriguing work of Korean artist Jung Lee. For her first presentation in the Middle East, Lee offers sculpture and photography from her Aporia and Day and Night series. In Aporia, beautiful landscapes are contrasted with meaningful phrases in neon text sculptures intended to mimic cold neon signs often found in cities. Contact: 04 3469305
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Moon Cake Festival Enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf and Burj Al Arab as you celebrate the Moon Cake Festival at Chinese restaurant Zheng He’s. The traditional mid-autumn lunar celebration is an important part of Chinese culture. Coinciding with a full moon, it usually falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar. During this time, families come together to give thanks and offer prayers for special wishes. Join in celebrations at Zheng He’s, Madinat Jumeirah Hotel – Mina A’Salam where set menus and an exclusive à la carte selection are on offer from September 15 to 21. Entertainment includes moon cake making and tea master ceremonies. Contact: 04 3666730
September 18 This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the best in international classical music with a free concert from the Dubai Concert Committee (DCC). Stefan Temmingh is part of the young generation of world-class recorder players who are bringing the instrument back into popularity. His second album The Gentleman’s Flute was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2011. Contact: 04 3414777
MOSCOW GRAND CIRCUS September 25 to 28 The world-famous Moscow Grand Circus makes its Arabian premiere this month in Abu Dhabi. Amazing acts, selected from across Russia, include daring acrobatic stunt artists, elegant dancers and mischievous clowns. This traditional circus boasts a contemporary edge for a thoroughly entertaining experience at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Tickets cost from AED150 per person.Contact: moscowgrandcircus.snack.wsf
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Visitors should experience a mixture of modern and traditional attractions to truly appreciate all Dubai has to offer. For breathtaking city views, a visit to At the top on level 124 of the world’s tallest building, Burj khalifa, is a must. A helicopter tour of Dubai gives another exhilarating perspective on the city. Dubai Miracle garden is filled with hundreds of blooming flowers in vibrant colours and striking shapes. it is a unique experience and makes an interesting contrast from the urban and desert landscapes most often associated with Dubai. Delve into the more traditional side of the city with a visit to Dubai Museum. housed in Al Fahidi Fort, which is Dubai’s oldest building, the fascinating exhibits here make it the perfect place to understand life in the emirate long before the arrival of oil. the museum is located in Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood, one of the oldest areas in the city. While here, take a trip across Dubai creek on an abra which is a traditional water taxi used to transport people across this beautiful stretch of water. there is nowhere quite like Dubai when it comes to shopping. For an incredible selection of international brands across 1,200 stores, i recommend the Dubai Mall. the mall also has Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, an ice rink, cinema and access to the mesmerising water show at the Dubai Fountain. Dubai has many exceptional restaurants to choose from and a highlight is undoubtedly reflets par Pierre gagnaire at the intercontinental Dubai Festival city. headed by renowned chef Pierre gagnaire, reflets presents sensational French cooking in a romantic waterfront setting.
Whether gazing out across the crystal waters of the Arabian gulf or admiring Dubai’s iconic skyline, a host of first-class bars and restaurants across the city provide prime vantage points. chic lounge neos at the Address Downtown Dubai boasts breathtaking panoramas of Burj khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Another wonderful spot is the observatory at Dubai Marriott harbour hotel & suites. enjoy gourmet fare while feasting your eyes on 360-degree views of Dubai Marina to one side and Palm Jumeirah to the other.
Arabic perfume Attars are a spicy variety of perfume specific to the region. Derived from natural plant oils, they are highly concentrated and often sold in decorative crystal bottles or decanters. Popular in the Middle east for thousands of years, Dubai’s traditional Perfume souk in Deira is the place to purchase one of these special scents. When: Daily, 10am to 1pm and 4 to 10pm.
e X Per i e nce Meet the penguins
Meet some of Dubai’s most loveable residents at amazing winter wonderland, ski Dubai. the indoor attraction at Mall of the emirates is home to a colony of gentoo and king penguins. Make some adorable new friends during a one-on-one Peng Friend encounter or watch the playful snow penguins have fun in their splash pool. When: Daily, 12 to 9pm. How much: From AeD175. Contact: 04 4094090
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The Manufacture has consistently accompanied aviation pioneers by offering them onboard instruments and timepieces on a par with their achievements. Boasting generous white superluminova-enhanced Arabic numerals, the Type 20 GMT exalts visibility and ensures precision thanks to a Zenith Elite 693 movement, while a dual-time display sets the crowning touch.
D I S C OV E R Local attire
Traditional attire worn by UAE residents can be seen during any outing in the emirate. For men, a crisp white kandoura which is a loose fitting outer garment is often worn with layered clothing underneath. A folded ghutra is worn on the head and held in place by a wool rope known as an agal. Ladies wear elegant, long flowing black abayas with a silken head scarf known as a sheila.
E X PER I E NCE Ballooning
Embark on an awe-inspiring adventure which sees you soar over some of the UAE’s most arresting sights with Balloon Adventures. Start early and seize the opportunity to watch the sun rise over the desert as great sandy hues come into view. Photographic opportunities abound during this sensational experience as camels, Bedouin farms and a fresh perspective on this stunning landscape presents itself. Contact: 04 2854949
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Sporting lounge This innovative restaurant and bar opened in Dubai in May at Wafi Mall. The chic space not only offers mouthwatering food but designer ping-pong tables and a shisha lounge on the terrace. The venue is SPiN Galactic’s first destination to open outside North America and is one of Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon’s ping-pong clubs which have been credited with a rise in the popularity of the sport. It also boasts the only gold ping-pong table in the world. Contact: 04 3707707
Designed with frequent flyers in mind, the Montblanc Star World-Time GMT Automatic enables wearers to keep a watchful eye on two time zones at once while also tracking the hour in the world’s 24 time zones via the outer dial. Contemporary and cosmopolitan in style, this timepiece is housed in a 42mm stainless steel case with guilloche dial, and is available in black or silver from the Montblanc boutiques in Jumeirah Emirates Towers and The Dubai Mall. There are 40 limited edition models featuring an Abu Dhabi time zone. Contact: 04 4340300
The largest selection of 19th Century French antiques in the region, 19th Century Antiques specializes in rare furniture, bronzes, paintings, clock sets, and vases of exceptional quality and taste.
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LOOKING AHEAD G i t e x S H O P P e R 2 013 October 5 to 12 Visit the region’s largest consumer electronics retail show packed with world-class brands presenting the very latest in gadgets and cuttingedge technology. Join a huge audience of IT professionals and eagle-eyed shoppers out to stock up on the best deals and latest must-have electronics. Contact: 04 3086085
The Gold Souk There is nothing quite like a trip to Dubai’s world-famous Gold Souk, with its gleaming corridors laden with gilded wares. Each shop window glints with treasures, from necklaces, earrings and rings to pendants and bracelets. More than 300 gold retailers have set up shop at this vast souk. Located close to Dubai Creek, it dates back to the 1940s when merchants from India and Iran sold their wares in the area. Where: Deira, Dubai. When: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 4 to 10pm.
i N t e R N At i O N A L C O F F e e & t e A F e S t i VA L October 8 to 11 The International Coffee & Tea Festival showcases a selection of barista, tea and café products and accompaniments. Workshops, seminars and the UAE Barista & Latte Art Championships provide a platform for regional retailers, roasters and visitors. Contact: 04 3355001
D I S C OV E R Jumeirah Mosque
F A S H i O N F O R WA R D SeASON tWO October 15 to 18 Experience the finest in Middle Eastern talent at the second season of this fashion extravaganza. Promising even more designers and catwalk presentations than the inaugural edition earlier this year, the event also has the support of the team behind the planned Dubai Design District. This is the best place to view couture and readyto-wear pieces that the region’s talented designers have to offer. Contact: fashionforward.ae
DP WORLD tOUR CHAMPiONSHiP November 14 to 17 The greats of the golf world battle it out for $11.75 million and the Race to Dubai crown. The DP World Tour Championship sees the European Tour’s top 60 golfers compete on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in the final event of the seasonlong Race to Dubai. Register online for free admission. Contact: 04 3400066
Dubai is full of beautiful mosques that are themselves stunning icons of the city. Boasting highly decorative interiors and distinctive architectural features, a mosque tour is a fascinating experience. Jumeirah Mosque on Jumeirah Beach Road is open to non-Muslims and tours are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10am. How much: AED10 per person for the tour. Contact: 04 3536666
TA S T E Spa Bar
Enjoy healthy refreshments to complement a soothing spa session at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Choose from a selection of six fresh juices at the Spa Bar, each crafted by the juice sommelier at The Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre. Your choice of juice and spa treatments make for a holistic wellbeing experience. Juices and treatments fall into three categories: relax, revive and rejuvenate. Savour a beetroot and cranberry juice or orange, carrot and celery drink as an accompaniment to a rejuvenating spa treatment. When: Daily, 8am to 9pm. How much: 60 minute treatment and juice package from AED450. Contact: 04 3722777
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Making waves Stretching out into the Arabian Gulf is impressive manmade island Palm Jumeirah. A testament to the boundless vision of some of the world’s top marine engineers, this iconic attraction is not only one of Dubai’s most renowned sights, but draws those seeking unparalleled luxury surrounded by lush greenery. Famed the world over for its clever creation and unique form in the shape of a giant palm tree, this archipelago serves as far more than a stunning sight. The paradise isle redefines the concept of manmade having been specifically designed to encourage the creation of a natural reef where shoals of rays have been spotted. A host of exclusive hotels line this pristine development which also boasts the Middle East’s premier water park Aquaventure, at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. Set in 42 acres of tropical landscape, expect white-knuckle rollercoaster rides and a splendid private beach. Another of the archipelago’s gems is One&Only The Palm. Immaculate gardens are accented by a series of sparkling pools at this serene space where restaurants include French eatery Stay by Yannick Alléno. For an island overview, take a ride on the Palm Monorail for breathtaking views of luxury hotel Burj Al Arab and the azure waters beyond.
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Shop Louis Vuit ton
Chic and elegant, the new W handbag is a fresh take on the iconic Monogram. A mixture of canvas and multi-coloured leather takes the shape of a ‘w’ in this piece from the A/W ’13 collection. Actress Michelle Williams also models a delicate lace slip from the Marc Jacobs collection for Louis Vuitton in this striking shot by renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh. Contact: 04 3308060
Timeless style Take inspiration from a luxurious era with an exquisite Art Deco-style watch
A defining moment of extravagance and splendour, the 1920s brought not only a renewed prosperity but the iconic Art Deco movement. Popular during the post-First World War economic boom, Art Deco embodied the very essence of an era marked by an insatiable appetite for luxury and a raft of technological innovations. It was a time when towering skyscrapers dominated cityscapes and lavish lifestyles were enjoyed. Leading ladies of stage and screen attended exclusive parties at chic cocktail bars where the new jazz music was played. Art Deco’s influence was felt in restaurants, theatres and lounges in this ‘decorative art’ style while elaborately designed cinemas were temples to the glamour of Hollywood. Ostentatious cruise liners that set sail for foreign climes became symbolic of the Art Deco movement’s luxury appeal. Its grand designs were to influence a host of creative arts for years to come. Great icons of the mechanical modern age were also incorporated into the motifs of Art Deco. Advances in aviation, rail, ocean transport, electric lighting and architecture were all represented, characterised by stepped patterns, sunburst shapes, geometric angles and sweeping curves. Art Deco references were soon seen everywhere from film to architecture, fine art, furniture, photography and interiors. Absolute luxury was the movement’s guiding principle accompanied by the application of the finest design techniques. Nowhere was this embodied more than in the glittering jewels adorning the beautiful women of the day. Haute horology in particular took the style to its heart and the result was a stunning selection of timepieces in sleek shapes incorporating shimmering diamonds. The advent of the Second World War marked a decline in the Art Deco movement which was increasingly seen as overly lavish in a time of austerity. However the 1960s saw something of a revival in the genre and now in 2013 the world’s finest watch houses are presenting beautiful examples of Art Deco-style timepieces as the movement enjoys a renaissance. Concierge’s selection of timepieces bear all the elegance and style of the iconic Art Deco movement.
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omega De Ville Ladymatic Diamonds and pearls Effortlessly embodying the Art Deco aesthetic, this delicate yet striking timepiece boats a white mother-of-pearl dial and polished hour, minute and seconds hands crafted from 18K Sedna™ gold, a new alloy created in-house by Omega. The beautiful jewellery bracelet shines with 52 white Akoya pearls, polished 18K Sedna™ gold ‘pearls’ and 310 fullcut diamonds while the butterfly clasp is decorated with a wave of diamonds.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 101 Art Déco The Reverso is one of the most iconic pieces from this renowned jewellery house and was originally inspired by the Art Deco movement. A tribute to
the ingenious skills of the craftsmen at the Swiss watchmaking manufacture, this particular piece comprises intricate design details within the spacious Reverso watch case. Mother-of-pearl detailing slopes down to the extraordinary dial which appears suspended in glass in a stunning example of the trompe-l’oeil effect. Precision techniques and sparkling rows of baguettecut diamonds further exemplify the Art Deco inf luence in this elegant timepiece. Clusters of diamonds are arranged with the use of the snowsetting technique where the gems nestle together to form a glittering blanket. An Art Deco motif is reflected in the sun-ray effect in white gold on the sidepiece and a white alligator leather strap completes the design.
precision design techniques and sparkling rows of baguette-cut diamonds exemplify the Art Deco influence on this elegant timepiece. Clusters of diamonds are arranged with the use of the snow-setting technique where the gems nestle together to form a glittering blanket
1 Cartier Tank Anglaise 2 Omega De Ville Ladymatic Diamonds and Pearls 3 Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 101 Art Déco
Cartier Tank Anglaise
The Tank watch is undoubtedly one of the most famed creations from luxury Parisian watchmaker Cartier. Designed by Louis Cartier in 1917, this revolutionary timepiece broke from traditional watchmaking styles of the day which favoured a rounded dial. Cartier drew inspiration from the armoured body and caterpillar treads of the first tanks that commanded the battlefields of Europe. The result was a watch inspired by mechanical innovation bearing bold new geometric lines. An Art Deco effect is created in the parallel lines and perpendicular strap connections which are perfectly concealed. An updated version of the original design is the Cartier Tank Anglaise which comes in an elegant 18-carat pink gold case set with a host of brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial is also in 18-carat pink gold with blue steel sword-shaped hands. The piece, which also comes in white gold, is finished with a stunning 18-carat pink gold bracelet.
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Chaumet Joséphine Watch From its beginnings in 1780, French jewellery house Chaumet has been at the forefront of master craftsmanship creating stunning pieces for society’s elite. Its founder Marie-Étienne Nitot became the official jeweller to Napoleon Bonaparte and his new wife Joséphine. This collection is a tribute to Joséphine and the elaborately designed tiaras Napoleon bestowed upon her, but it also draws on influences from the haute jeweller’s Art Deco past. In 1928 Marcel Chaumet took over his father’s work as the Art Deco movement reached its zenith in France. The House of Chaumet submitted a selection of pieces to the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, a show regarded as the pinnacle of the Art Deco movement. Bringing these influences into current collections, the Chaumet Joséphine Watch boasts geometric shapes and angular Art Deco lines. A teardrop face is surrounded by pavé diamonds stretching in gold lace detailing from the classic mother-of-pearl dial which is encased in sapphire crystal glass. To reinforce the Art Deco style further still, the magnifying effect of the glass highlights dial details such as the number 12, a reference to Chaumet’s address at Place Vendôme in Paris.
W h e r e t o b u y: Omega: Available at Mall of the Emirates, 04 3414452 or visit omegawatches.com Jaeger-LeCOuLtre: Available at The Dubai Mall, 04 3398769 or visit jaeger-lecoultre.com Chaumet: Available at The Dubai Mall, 04 3627500 or visit chaumet.com Piaget: Available at The Dubai Mall, 04 3398222 or visit piaget.com Cartier: Available at The Dubai Mall, 04 4340434 or visit cartier.com BOuCherOn: Available at Mall of the Emirates, 04 3410030 or visit boucheron.com
4 Chaumet Joséphine Watch 5 Boucheron Ava Déco Watch 6&7 Piaget Limelight tonneau-shaped watch
piaget Limelight tonneaushaped watch
The talents of gem-setters at this exceptional Swiss design house are showcased in the beauty of this timepiece. The tonneau-shaped dial, characterised by its rounded sides, references Art Deco styles while a geometric effect is created by the frames of diamonds which mirror the unique shape of the dial set with 293 brilliant-cut diamonds. The dial also boasts hands in 18-carat white gold. Showers of brilliant-cut diamonds continue the Art Deco theme throughout this piece while contemporary curves feature in the 18-carat white gold bracelet which is set with an array of 600 brilliantcut diamonds.
Boucheron Ava Déco Watch Screen goddess Ava Gardner is the inspiration behind this stunning collection from celebrated French high-jewellery maison Boucheron. Tribute is paid to the glamorous icon of American cinema in a sparkling series of diamond jewellery pieces. The Ava Déco Watch in white gold is set with 750 diamonds and is defined by a beautifully linked Art Deco-style jewellery bracelet adorned with the stones. The radiant dial is crafted from white mother of pearl where still more diamonds mark the hours. A high-precision quartz movement within the watch shows a fine fusion of function and striking beauty in this timeless piece.
A modern fable Each timeless piece of Fabergé jewellery tells its own extraordinary story
To enter the world of Fabergé is to open a door to another era, to an exquisite time of Tsars and Russian princesses draped in finery and enjoying the many luxurious trappings of high society. Surrounded by an ever-attentive entourage of the creative elite, the absolute best in the literature, art and music of the day was made available to the privileged members of the Imperial Court. Set against this backdrop, the intricate artistic jewellery designs of Peter Carl Fabergé came to the attention of Russian royalty, beginning a chapter in history that has gone on to define jewellery-making over the decades.That exceptional legacy lives on today in an ingenious reinvention of the original Fabergé designs which has resulted in collections every bit as brilliant. Conscious of the weight of history surrounding that work, Fabergé creative director Katharina Flohr and her team took on the formidable challenge of breathing new life into one of the world’s most iconic jewellery houses. The team spent countless hours painstakingly piecing together the Fabergé legacy to bridge old and new in classic, yet contemporary collections which have helped restore the Fabergé name to its former glory. Founded in 1842 in St Petersburg, Russia, by Gustav Fabergé, the jewellery house is best known for its exquisite Fabergé eggs, jewellery pieces and decorative items such as cigarette cases and carved parasol handles. Peter Carl Fabergé, born in 1846, was apprenticed as a boy to his goldsmith father. He continued his goldsmith studies in Paris, Germany and England before returning to Russia where he joined the family business, eventually taking over when his father stepped down. Extraordinary detail and an enchanting colour palette became hallmarks of Peter Carl Fabergé’s craft and he soon caught the attention of the Russian Imperial Court. The House of Fabergé became known, under Peter Carl’s direction, as an artist-jeweller, reviving the lost art of enamelling and precision stone setting. By 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave Fabergé the title ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’. Peter Carl flourished in the role, creating exquisite jewels and objects including the legendary series of lavish Imperial Easter Eggs.
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“Fabergé was a jeweller that, not only created these extraordinary objects, but became at the time of the imperial courts and the turn of the century a jeweller known for social gifting. Fabergé was the gift ‘du jour’. If you were given a piece of Fabergé, whether that was a cigarette case or an egg pendant you knew you were part of a set who appreciated it. It was very much a status symbol. Nicholas II gifted Fabergé pieces to the prima ballerinas of the imperial ballet. We have to understand that it was a time where all of Russia’s culture – literature, ballet, music, art – came together and rang in the new century,” says Flohr. “Today, pieces come up at auction and you find you might be holding a cigarette case that belonged to a member of the imperial family. We’ve also come across things like albums; one was compiled by the sister of Nicholas II. She had it hand-painted to commemorate the Fabergé eggs she had been given over several years. There, we found out the eggs weren’t just given at Easter but at birthdays, celebrations or just as treats,” adds Flohr.
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The opulence of the Russian royalty came crashing down in 1917 when the Russian Revolution brought about the end of the Romanov dynasty and with it, the House of Fabergé. The Bolsheviks seized the Fabergé workshops and their treasures, all production was closed down and Peter Carl Fabergé and his family fled Russia on the last diplomatic train bound for Riga, Latvia, living out his days in Switzerland. In a legal settlement in 1951, the Fabergé family lost the right to produce and market designs under the Fabergé name. It wasn’t until 2007 that the family was reconnected with the iconic title. Tatiana Fabergé and Sarah Fabergé, both great-granddaughters of Peter Carl Fabergé, became founding members of the Fabergé Heritage Council which offers advice to the new company. Fabergé was then relaunched in September
2009 with three Les Fabuleuses de Fabergé High Jewellery Collections – Les Fleurs, Les Fables and Les Fauves de Fabergé. Two years later, two egg pendants and a dozen high-jewellery eggs became the first eggs to have been made by Fabergé since 1917. Flohr explains: “When we started with Fabergé, it came attached with 13 licences for everything from ties to sunglasses. The most important thing was to clean the Fabergé name and terminate those licences because we wanted to bring Fabergé back as a jeweller known for extraordinary items. “Fabergé was the greatest jewellery house of all time. How do you take this icon and move it into the next millennium? We wanted to imagine what Peter Carl would be doing if he was alive today. Rather than going back and just copying design elements literally, we wanted to translate
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them. I have a wonderful young Russian head of design that has an art and jewellery background. He was educated in Russia and at London’s Central St Martin’s College, so he has the mix of both worlds. He understands both traditional Russian lifestyles and what makes Fabergé cool today,” says Flohr, who is also a former Russian Vogue editor. One challenge facing Flohr and her team has been that much of the original Fabergé pieces were lost in the decades following the Russian Revolution. “What is left are the gifts. Very little of the jewellery is still around as the gems were taken out, disassembled and sold off. We were able to create one hero piece, the
6 Sketch of Romanov necklace courtesy of The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg 7, 8&9 Fabergé Emotion rings 10 Romanov necklace
“The Romanov necklace is a wonderful example of how you can marry the past and the present and is based on an original drawing we found from 1887” 9
Romanov necklace which is worth US$3 million. It is a wonderful example of how you can marry the past and the present and is based on an original drawing we found from around 1887. We transformed it with a matching ring and earrings. You can also take it apart like the old tiaras in those days that were worn in many different ways. It looks magnificent on,” says Flohr. Also launched was a stunning collection of high-jewellery eggs and jewel-studded egg pendants that can be worn in a variety of ways on silk ribbons or with tassels. The Roses Egg is a lavish, gem-encrusted egg pendant which comes as part of the Les Fameux de Fabergé collection and took a whole year to create. Celebrating the roses treasured by Catherine the Great, it is crafted in white gold, silver and platinum. The egg was engraved and then enamelled with
between nine and 10 layers. It is clustered with red and pink roses set with rubies, red spinels, pink sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and a rare colour-change garnet. The piece is suspended from an elegant necklace of rubellite beads and a ribbon of diamonds. A surprise element comes from a tiny ant which nestles on the rosebud. A vibrant collection of stunning cocktail rings also boast beautiful coloured gemstones in the Fabergé Emotion ring series that features pink and white diamonds, emeralds, rubies and peridots. The Poppy ring from the Les Fleurs collection has a spectacular flower centre set with a pink-orange sapphire, enclosed by pavé petals set with a mixture of rare coloured diamonds. The Red Hibiscus cuff from the same collection is smothered in rubies with pink, yellow and white diamonds.
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Les Danses Fantasques collection pays homage to the epic fairytales told through Russian opera. Elegant bows on Luda earrings are set with white diamonds and emerald drops. The earrings are crafted from 18-carat highpalladium white gold and feature round and pear-shaped white diamonds with egg-shaped emeralds. “The collections appeal to a very international audience and it’s a global luxury taste. It’s something that is quite iconic for the aristocracy of today. It’s a social currency for today’s influential individuals, a contemporary heirloom for current grand duchesses and grand dukes,” says Flohr. “When Fabergé was resurrected, most people thought it could not be done; that
the challenge was so extraordinary it would be impossible. However, we can achieve that same sort of magic and sensitivity to detail which fascinated royalty in the past. “You have to dive wholeheartedly into Fabergé. It becomes your life. This is where travel, research and reading are so vital to understanding what it means to make a piece of Fabergé jewellery today. “I remember going to see authentic historical pieces with Tatiana Fabergé. It was wonderful to see the perfection, the extraordinary workmanship of pieces from over 100 years ago. What struck me was the precision and immaculate workmanship, the art of the craft. That’s what we have applied
“The collections appeal to a very international audience and it’s a global luxury taste. It’s something that is quite iconic for the aristocracy of today” Fabergé is available at Damas outlets in Burj Al Arab and The Dubai Mall. Contact: 04 2953848 or visit fabergé.com
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to all the jewellery we make today, from the small egg pendants to the exquisite US$3million dollar necklace. We go to great lengths and there are no corners cut,” explains Flohr. Fabergé currently has boutiques in Geneva, London, New York and Hong Kong and is now distributed in the UAE through one of the region’s largest jewellery outlets, Damas. Flohr says: “I think there is a deep appreciation for the extraordinary here in the UAE and an appreciation for magnificent stones and incredible craftsmanship. Fabergé is partnering with Damas and releasing a selection of pieces. It’s very exciting to be here and Damas has a great network of people and experience the company can benefit from. “This is one of the most extraordinary relaunches that jewellery history has seen in recent years. At the same time as restoring the rich Fabergé legacy, it is reviving the art of making beautiful things.”
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Past masters Discover a host of treasures from another time in the antiques emporiums of Dubai
Owning an antique brings a special sense of joy. Items from another era are cherished possessions which often evoke an emotional response not just because of an aesthetic appeal but as a result of a connection to people and moments from the past. Full of character and a singular craftsmanship that cannot be replicated, the pleasure in collecting antiques comes from tracking down the truly exclusive. An antique is generally considered to be an item which is at least 100 years old. Often the starting period is prior to 1830 as this marked the beginning of mass production in most parts of the world. Many genres fall into the antiques category from fine art and sculpture to furniture, jewellery and books. Among classifications in which antiques are sold, exhibited and collected the most common is by country of origin. European antiques are still among the most sought after while Chinese pieces such as ceramics from the Ming Dynasty fetch many thousands. Antiques are also collected according to type. Furniture such as bureaus and chests in mahogany or rosewood make for a sound investment. By their nature, such pieces remain in good condition for decades and are often identifiable by a time stamp to denote a specific period of manufacture. Fine art is among the most valuable of antiques due to the rarity that comes from a piece created by just one artist.
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Elsewhere in the antique world, a plethora of items are considered collectible. Vintage jewellery, timepieces, clocks and music boxes are just some examples of items prized as antiques as a result of their unique craftsmanship or time period. For the initiated, antiques are also often collected according to era such as beautiful furniture from the Victorian age or a Tiffany Art Nouveau lamp. When purchasing an antique, whether as a gift or investment, there are a number of factors to bear in mind such as rarity. Genuine items are usually one-off pieces where one or just a few originals were ever made. Elements that add to rarity include an unusual design feature or even a defect which makes for an interesting quirk. Pieces which were made to commemorate a particular occasion are also assigned an increased value. It is important also to evaluate authenticity and, beyond official appraisals, there are some clues to aid assessment such as the quality of materials and workmanship or whether a piece bears the signature of its creator. Careful consideration should also be given to condition as defects and alterations can significantly impact value. For antiques lovers, collectors, or those looking to embark on a first foray into this fascinating area, there is a burgeoning scene in Dubai where established boutiques offer treasure troves to explore. Knowledgeable advisors are on hand with expert guidance on subjects such as shipping large or valuable
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The store’s interior is reminiscent of a 19th century French chateau. The custom gilt moldings and limestone floors are repeated throughout seven rooms or ‘halls’ and serve as a beautiful backdrop
items, maintenance and insurance. With a wealth of antiques to discover, an afternoon spent perusing Dubai’s elegant antiques emporiums is an enjoyable one. Behrouz Javaheri is president and chairman of Saba Properties, owners of one of Dubai’s newest and most exclusive destinations for antiques. Specialising in mainly French pieces, 19th Century Antiques offers an exceptional experience from the store at chic shopping space Boulevard at Emirates Towers. “The pieces for sale are part of my private collection, which I have been acquiring for over 25 years. The opening of 19th Century Antiques allows me to share my passion as I continue to expand my collection,” says Javaheri.
“We provide the largest selection of 19th century French antiques in the region. The store offers quality, genuine antiques in a unique environment that engages customers. The store’s interior is reminiscent of a 19 th century French chateau. The custom gilt moldings and limestone floors are repeated throughout seven rooms or ‘halls’ and serve as a beautiful backdrop for the cohesive collection. “The collection itself is displayed in a way t hat it would have been in the 19 th century. It is predominantly French and includes a variety of furniture, bronzes, paintings, clock sets, and vases. The pieces have been acquired from around the world and average 150 years old,” explains Javaheri.
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“We have many rare items within the collection. One such example is a bronze sculpture entitled Gloria Victis by Antonin Mercié. The piece is a historical reference of the Franco-Prussian war and depicts an allegorical female representing fame (or hope), carrying a dying French solider to glory. His broken sword is a symbol of defeat. Versions of Mercié’s Gloria Victis can be seen in The National Gallery in Washington D.C. and in Bordeaux. “We also have a painting by FrançoisAntoine Bossuet which depicts an architectural view in the orientalist style. Bossuet was a product of the Belgian School and travelled throughout the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and North Africa where he recorded scenes of town life, castles and ancient architectural ruins. The piece in our collection is an exceptional example of the artist’s skilled use of perspective and light,” says Javaheri. He continues: “19th Century Antiques is more than merely a new shopping destination, rather it is a place to develop a good eye and personal taste, enriching existing collections as well as cultivating new collectors. Dubai’s developing antiques market can complement the region’s thriving luxury home décor market. Even if someone’s personal design aesthetic tends to be modern, there is a growing trend to mix design elements to individualise home
c o n ta c t: 19th Century Antiques: 04 388 7000 or visit 19centuryantiques.com
décor. A growing antiques market will also enhance Dubai as a shopping destination for international visitors, providing items that cannot be found elsewhere in the region.” Showcase Gallery is another major antiques store in Dubai which has been in operation since 1997. Originally launched by an expert in antiques and artefacts from the Middle East, in 2005 current director Sharon Harvey took over the company which is based in Dubai’s art quarter, Al Quoz.
Showcase Gallery: 04 3790940 or visit showcaseuae.com
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“A visitor to our store will be treated to a viewing of a selection of antiques which are well displayed amongst our collection of art and prints. We stock mainly antique chests which were once used as storage as well as tribal doors bearing beautiful patterns and textures, silver jewellery and khanjars which are ornate daggers from Oman. We also have a small selection of antique maps of the region. The antique chests range in price from AED4,000 to AED30,000 depending on the size, type and age. One of the rarest pieces I have ever stocked was an antique door from Oman with detailed Islamic carvings and the family name engraved in the timber,” explains Harvey. “I can tell an antique by the type of wood, the way the panels are joined and the type of hardware used. For example, silver is assessed by the quality and amount of wear visible on the piece. I explain clearly to a potential buyer how to differentiate between one of my originals and the fakes. I also talk them through the process of purchase to shipping which we will handle for them. We have quite a few very high-profile clients, mainly from the US and Europe. “I am hoping the local population will begin to collect also whilst there are still pieces available to buy. The fact is that many pieces have been shipped abroad and I would like to see some remain here for future generations, museums and private collections,” adds Harvey.
Keeping time Make sure you never miss a moment with an innovative anti-magnetic timepiece
A luxury timepiece serves the dual function of being a striking adornment and also a precision tool to measure moments. Connoisseurs look to send a stylish message with a well-chosen watch which also meets high performance standards. In a bid to provide the very best quality in design and performance, the worldâ€™s top timepiece creators have found ingenious solutions to modern challenges. One of the greatest hurdles has been countering the effects of magnetic fields on functionality. A magnetic field is an invisible force of electrical currents which surrounds us. Used in technology such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, magnetism can cause second hands to stop and watches to lose time. For those who come into daily contact with magnetic fields in the healthcare, aeronautics or engineering sectors this is a concern. In the late 1800s Vacheron Constantin succeeded in assembling the first anti-magnetic timepiece made with palladium which withstands magnetic fields. Rolex introduced the Milgauss series of antimagnetic chronometers in 1954. At this yearâ€™s edition of Baselworld 2013 The World Watch and Jewellery Show, the antimagnetic theme was taken up with full force as a series of formidable timepieces was introduced to the market where the highest standards of performance meet sophisticated style.
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe This elegantly designed timepiece updates the iconic Fifty Fathoms divers’ range which was first introduced in 1953. The reinvention remains true to the original legacy while showcasing the best technology Blancpain has to offer. Classic design houses an impressive array of modern features. Available in steel with a grey dial or hardened titanium and black dial, sapphire crystals front and back add a luxurious touch. Hour markers are in gold and are luminescent. A first for Blancpain is the non-magnetic silicon balance spring which is made up of 227 components. This innovative addition offers protection against magnetic fields to ensure timekeeping accuracy, a feat previously only achieved by the inclusion of a soft iron inner case to protect the movement. However, the use of a silicon balance spring in the Bathyscaphe allows Blancpain to display the movement through the open sapphire crystal case back. A tribute to the underwater exploits of Swiss
Classic design houses an impressive array of modern features. Available in steel with a grey dial or hardened titanium and black dial, sapphire crystals front and back add a luxurious touch
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adventurer Jacques Piccard, Blancpain revealed the new landmark timepieces at Baselworld 2013. Powered by the automatic movement of Blancpain’s Calibre 1315, and Calibre 1150 in the white edition for ladies, these robust timepieces offer 120 hours of power reserve and are water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres, making it an excellent choice for divers.
IWC pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Boutique Edition
The Top Gun collection has been at the heart of IWC watches since 2007, a centrepiece of the brand’s Pilot’s Watch series. All Top Gun models offer luminescent hour and minute hands, while the markings at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are also in the same material. This special edition offers a raft of professional features epitomised by the watch’s ability to protect its movement from magnetic fields. A soft-iron inner case shields the delicate mechanism inside from any destabilising forces in a combination of precision and sleek design. The front glass plate secures against displacements in the movement from a drop in air pressure, making this timepiece one of the most robust on the market. Blue hands and indices are a stand-out feature while the dial comes in the classic cockpit design with a date display resembling an altimetre. This is an exclusive timepiece capable of matching even the most fast-paced of lifestyles.
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omega seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss A landmark in the development of watchmaking, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss is a revolutionary timepiece. Unveiled at Baselworld 2013, the watch houses a new movement, the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8508. The calibre has been created using a selection of non-ferrous materials which allow the watch to cope with levels of magnetism up to 15,000 gauss, a rating which leaves other timepieces trailing. Gauss is the unit which measures magnetic fields and in most watches, resistance is scaled at between 60 and 80 gauss. The calibre contains no iron and has a coil of silicon which is an anti-magnetic element. Screws and pivots are composed of a new anti-magnetic material made in-house by the Omega team, called Nivagauss. The firm’s watchmakers employed a skilled team of researchers, metallurgists and engineers to produce this unprecedented technology. Sleek in its design, the watch is aimed at both the style-conscious and those seeking high performance. A black dial and a distinctive yellow and black seconds’ hand lend a striking contrast to the stainless steel case.
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The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Contact: 04 3951862
A landmark in the development of watchmaking, the omega seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss is a revolutionary timepiece. Unveiled at Baselworld 2013, the watch houses a new movement, the omega Co-Axial calibre 8508
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Breguet Classique Chronométrie 7727
From the beginnings of Breguet in 1775, the forward-thinking watchmaking house has strived for excellence in both design and innovation with a particular focus on honing the accuracy of keeping time. In recent years, there has been a move towards incorporating anti-magnetism into designs to maximise performance. The Breguet Classique Chronométrie 7727 is the result of that vision. The watch, in rose or white gold, is fitted with the new hand-wound Calibre 574DR, the latest development from the Breguet workshops that delivers impressive results. Its major innovation is the magnetic pivots which counter the negative effects of
magnetism. The watch is fitted with a double balance spring in specially prepared silicon to protect against magnetic fields for optimum precision. Breguet’s watchmakers have also used two micro-magnets to ensure the balance staff, which supports the watch mechanism’s balance wheel, remains stable. The result is a balance that is insensitive to gravity, more stable and resistant to shocks. In the classic Breguet style, the water-resistant case is presented in 18-carat rose gold, while the dial is defined by decorative ‘Geneva waves’ in the centre. Hands are in polished steel, while the Breguet signature marks the watch’s pedigree. The sapphire crystal case back displays the innovative workmanship inside.
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Art to treasure Discover the many riches of Islamic art and enter a world of extraordinary design
A delight for art aficionados and history enthusiasts, Islamic art spans, not only nations, but centuries and also an array of styles with a wealth of art treasures that have been carefully preserved across the decades. From elaborately woven carpets to beautifully designed ceramics, glass and jewellery, each unique piece tells the story of times and peoples past. Here in the UAE, Islamic artworks have been painstakingly preserved to be appreciated anew bolstered by a determination to retain the expert craftsmanship used to create these wonderful works. There are many fine examples of Islamic art throughout the UAE in mosques, official documentation, architecture and textiles where modern practitioners, from calligraphers to weavers, have helped ensure this historical legacy is not lost. The principles which underpin Islamic art are sewn into the very fabric of societies in this region and far beyond. As Islam expanded, from around the seventh century, the art form which accompanied it crossed a host of borders from Spain to China. Covering a time frame of around 1,300 years, countries most often represented are the central Asian republics, the Middle East, Turkey, Syria, Iran, the Indian sub-continent, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt and Africa. The incredibly varied art produced during this time was created for a Muslim population, although it wasnâ€™t necessarily defined by religious themes. While calligraphy was used to illustrate the Qurâ€™an and decorative glasswork adorned mosque lamps, a great deal of examples of the style can be found in everyday objects such as pottery, carpets, textiles and tiling.
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Bold hues, strong shapes and intricate designs are some of the distinctive characteristics of Islamic art. Recurring motifs focus on vegetal and geometric themes which, when repeated, are characteristic of the Arabesque style. The vegetal motifs often showed trees and flowering plants as lush gardens represented different notions of paradise. This celebration of nature and, by extension, the work of God is also demonstrated in scalloped designs and curling vines seen in woven carpets and ceramic tiles. Geometric shapes also feature greatly in examples of the art form. As Islamic cultures developed, so too did the study of mathematics and geometry to gain a greater appreciation of God’s creations in nature. The proportion and symmetry of calligraphy shows the influence of geometry on Islamic art
“Islamic art is a broad term used to define art from countries where Islam has flourished over the centuries. The UAE has become a focal point for visitors and it is important that they understand the rich and varied facets of Islamic culture”
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which purports principles of balance and order. There is also a focus throughout on abstract and natural motifs rather than human figures to ensure a celebration of God rather than man. “Islamic art generally comprises stylised lines and designs in highly disciplined forms. It is often woven or inlaid on precious materials that are both decorative as well as useful, yet it always celebrates God’s creation. Islamic art is a broad term used to define art from countries where Islam has flourished over the centuries. The UAE has become a focal point for visitors and it is important that they understand the rich and varied facets of Islamic culture,” says Manzoor Kachroo sales director at Miraj Islamic Art Centre, Dubai, which houses an impressive collection of Islamic art pieces both exhibited and for sale.
“Besides being a museum and gallery, Miraj is also a learning centre. Here you will find children from various Dubai schools learning about art. The centre was set up primarily to showcase art from Islamicinfluenced cultures and countries. It also supports present-day artists and craftsmen who need patronage to sustain their artistic endeavours. In ancient times, this patronage came from the rulers and the royal courts. This explains why the media used is quite often precious materials such as gold, silver, gems, silk, marble and semi-precious stones. “The centre is proud of its role in educating people from all over the world about Islamic heritage and its culture. From painting and ceramics to metalwork and glass decoration, each genre within Islamic art boasts its own defining characteristics for visitors to Dubai to explore,” says Kachroo.
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Within Islamic art, paintings were defined mostly by miniature hand-painted scenes to illustrate the Qurâ€™an. These intricate works used bold colours such as gold and red to lend a rich and vibrant feel to the important pages. Some of the first miniature paintings date back to 13th century Persia which, in turn, influenced Turkish miniature artworks and later versions in India. As these paintings were often created specifically for use in the private spaces of the Islamic court, scenes depicted were less restricted and showed human figures in the realist style with animals and in gardens. These incredibly detailed paintings were finely drawn, for a beautifully intricate effect.
Woven rugs and carpets The pile carpet or rug is perhaps one of the most iconic examples of Islamic art and is still very prolific today. The earliest examples often feature geometric designs as the straight edges were easily produced by weavers. It is rare to find carpets from before the 16th century, although some Egyptian rugs have survived. Depictions of animals and geometric lines were the most common at first followed by flowing loops and curves of Arabesque vegetal styles. Production of the
Persian carpet reached its peak in the 16 th and 17th centuries while outside the Middle East, rugs were also made in central India, Spain and the Balkans. Multiple uses were adopted across the decades as carpets served as f loor coverings and art adorning walls. Within Middle Eastern societies, carpet weaving is a rich tradition. Rural communities and Bedouin camps keep a culture of weaving alive.
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Arabic Script Calligraphy, more commonly known as Islamic Calligraphy, encompasses all works by Muslim practitioners from Morocco to China. Beautiful examples of this special script can be seen throughout t he UA E , par ticularly on mosque ceilings and in interior design. Traditionally, Islamic Calligraphy is drawn using a carved reed pen and there are around 20 different types, though not all are still in regular use. The three main styles are Kufic, Naskh and Thuluth. Kufic is a geometric style characterised by horizontal, sharp lines. It was originally developed for writing on stone and in early religious texts, but has now all but disappeared. Naskh is a more cursive calligraphy that appeared in the 10th century and replaced geometric variants as it was easier to read and write. The third style is Thuluth where one-third of each letter slopes. Large and elegant, Thuluth was used in medieval times in mosque decorations and is still in use today.
Ceramics Islamic potters brought a new expertise to ceramic design with a special type of glazing that was applied to surfaces. Tinglazed pottery dates back to 750CE in Iraq and spread to Egypt, Syria and Spain. The tin glaze lent an opaque effect to ceramics and was applied to pottery, wall tiles and plates. Often a glaze was applied to pieces painted with bold colours, most commonly blue. Another influence on Islamic ceramics came from Chinese design believed to originate from invasions of Mongols and a general appreciation for Chinese accomplishments. In tiling, Islamic art forms are 6
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distinctive in their geometric patterns and vibrant colours. Tiles, each in a different single colour, were cut to shape and then inlaid to create abstract patterns while in later examples, three-dimensional relief elements such as lettering, were added.
Glass Mosque lamps, which were hand-blown with intricate decorations, are some of the finest examples of Islamic glasswork. Egypt, Persia and Syria were important centres of Islamic glass production while, in eighth century Egypt, luster-painted glass techniques emerged. This saw glass painted with pigments containing silver or copper before being fired in a kiln at a low temperature. This ensured the pigment was absorbed beneath the surface, creating a permanent colour or stain. Pieces were also decorated with different coloured glass threads that were worked into the surface. Gilded, painted and enamelled glass followed and examples of elaborate designs can still be seen today in mosques and architecture throughout the UAE.
The greatest advance in Islamic metalworking was the development of watered steel, associated with Damascus in Syria. Damascening saw iron and steel decorated with inlaid threads of gold or silver
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FIND OUT MORE: Where: Miraj Islamic Art Centre, Dubai When: Daily, 9.30am to 6.30pm How much: Admission free 8
Specialised objects such as knives and armour, were adorned with detailed motifs. Silver dishes from the early eighth and ninth centuries were used at the Islamic courts while more practical items, such as candlesticks and bowls were made from metals such as bronze, steel and brass for everyday use. Silversmiths and goldsmiths designed royal crowns, necklaces, games. robes and jewelled wall hangings. The greatest advance in Islamic metalworking was the development of watered steel, associated with Damascus in Syria. Damascening saw iron and steel decorated with inlaid threads of gold or silver. Metal work designs were also created by piercing, engraving and hammering the metal from the inside. From around the 12th century, astronomical symbols appeared on Islamic metal work as the relationship between mapping the stars and Islam grew. Geography and astronomy motivated Islamic scientists to invent the Astrolabe, a highly decorative instrument to track the stars and planets.
The waterways of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are busy thoroughfares that link past with present
The UAE’s transformation from a collection of sleepy Bedouin lands to one of the world’s most dynamic nations is rooted in its life-giving waterways. Dubai Creek helped transform a small fishing village into the spectacular city we see today, while the Abu Dhabi Corniche has long been a hub of activity in the capital, both for business and leisure. Each stretch of water has, over the course of time, helped cities and indeed a nation, rise from the desert.
1 Dhow on Dubai Creek 2 View of Dubai Creek from above 3 Abu Dhabi Corniche 4 Corniche Public Beach
Over a century ago, as the Bedouin travelled through the desert, they found a place to settle in the modest fishing villages that have since become Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The warm and sheltered waters of the Arabian Gulf provided perfect conditions for pearls and this, in turn, saw coastal communities f lourish. Traditional boats known as dhows were built on the banks of the waterways to carry pearl divers out to reefs where they would courageously free dive to the seabed in search of precious oysters. By the early 19 th century, the pearl-diving trade had garnered great wealth for the nation. However this was shortlived and by the 1930s the development of the Japanese cultured pearl brought with it an end to the UAE’s lucrative pearling income. Despite this the waterways continued to play a major role in city
life, becoming ports for dhows ferrying goods from India and the Orient. Today, Dubai Creek and its bustling banks offer visitors a treasure trove of fascinating activities. Often referred to as the heart of Dubai, the salt-water creek originates in the Arabian Gulf and ends 14 kilometres away at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Also known as Khor Dubai, it divides the city with Deira on one side and Bur Dubai on the other. Stroll along the water’s edge for a glimpse into Dubai’s trading past as all manner of goods are loaded onto dhows destined for neighbouring countries and beyond. For a further insight into Dubai’s rich heritage Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a short walk away. This charming city quarter is renowned for its quaint cobbled streets and traditional wind towers. Once an enclave for fishermen who
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found work on Dubai Creek, this area has been painstakingly restored with a clutch of art galleries and cafés featured alongside some of the city’s oldest buildings. Dubai Museum can also be found here and is well worth a visit as it includes innovatively designed exhibits, including displays charting Dubai’s transition from fishing village to pearl-diving hub and thriving metropolis. Perhaps one of the best ways to see Dubai Creek is from an abra, a traditional boat which ferries passengers across this enthralling waterway. Sit back, relax and gaze at both old and new Dubai to glean a true sense of the city’s soul. In Abu Dhabi, the Corniche features many of the capital’s top assets while boasting gleaming sands, lush parks and boutique shopping. On any given day of the week the Corniche is abuzz with activities. It’s the gateway to the city’s public beach and, at weekends especially, people pass along here to reach their favourite sunbathing, volleyball or swimming spots. In the cafés, others sit drinking coffee or enjoying a
Dubai Creek helped transform a small fishing village into the spectacular city we see today, while the Abu Dhabi Corniche has long been a hub of activity in the capital, both for business and leisure
bite to eat, while on the seaside path a regular stream of joggers, cyclists and roller-bladers make their way along the eight-kilometre stretch. In many ways, the Corniche is a microcosm of Abu Dhabi’s brief history. At one end, lies the old Port Zayed, where the city’s expansion really began, while at the other stands a symbol of the prosperity that overseas trade has brought to the country – Emirates Palace. In between and set back from the beach, high- and medium-rise buildings represent various stages of Abu Dhabi’s development from the original towers to the sleek new skyscrapers and high-rise hotels. A landscaped path snakes its way alongside the beach, breaking out into patches of park and a flower-covered bank every so often. Around the entrance to the public beach, the path broadens into a large paved area surrounded by cafés and ice-cream stalls. Situated further along the breakwater is the Heritage Village where reconstructed barasti huts and demonstrations of traditional Emirati crafts offer an insight into times gone by.
On bustling banks Concierge photographer Adham Sneeh heads down to the waterfronts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where modern cities meet traditional ways of life
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Dubai Creek reflects both the past and present of this energetic city. The significant stretch of water provides a vital channel for boats laden with goods travelling to and from Dubai. Also known as the khor or heart of the city, the creek has seen Dubai rise from the desert
Along the banks of Dubai Creek lie the colourful souks where visitors can stock up on spices, fabric, perfumes and jewellery. The city's oldest quarter, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, is also a short stroll from here and features traditional local architecture, art galleries and cafĂŠs. Wander though quaint alleyways and soak up the atmosphere of this charming locale
Dubai Creek separates the old districts of Bur Dubai and Deira, snaking through newer parts of the city as it flows the 14 kilometres from Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary to the Arabian Gulf. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (pictured above) is one of several landmarks situated along its banks
A cruise along the creek is a wonderful way to take in the sights of old and new Dubai. Join a dinner cruise aboard a traditional dhow and spend a memorable evening savouring fine food and the changing city vistas
Modern Abu Dhabi sprung up along the tip of an island that juts out to sea. Today the city's corniche is an immaculately landscaped eight-kilometre promenade where visitors and residents come to walk, jog, cycle and visit the large public beach
For a long time, fishing was the lifeblood of the local community and provided the Bedouin with vital sustenance in the arid desert environment. Today, UAE fishermen still cast their nets from the traditional wooden dhows used by previous generations
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Reignite your sense of fun with a visit to Aquaventure Waterpark. White-knuckle roller-coaster rides, river rapids and a pristine private beach await. The Tower of Poseidon opens this month boasting heart-pumping water slides and the longest zipline in the Middle East. Where: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. When: Daily, 10am to sunset. Contact: 04 4260000 or visit atlantisthepalm.com
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Nights to remember See Dubai in a new light with a host of exciting evening activities
By day, Dubai is a thriving metropolis offering some of the most extraordinary experiences to be had anywhere in the world. As the sun sets and shimmering lights lend a new hue to the futuristic city scene, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy during the cooler evening hours. A thriving nightlife presents the opportunity to enjoy truly memorable moments from dining at exclusive restaurants to sampling chic international clubs. During the summer months a fantastic opportunity arises to explore the city from a fresh night-time perspective with plenty of activities to enjoy in cooler temperatures. Why not try your hand at a round of golf on floodlit fairways or savour a romantic dinner cruise along Dubai Creek? See the city after dark from the viewing platform in the worldâ€™s tallest building, Burj Khalifa or watch an entertaining evening dolphin show. Whether youâ€™re stargazing or diving into the ocean depths by night, an unforgettable evening experience awaits. Concierge takes a look at some of the most exciting ways to see the city, from dusk till dawn.
Evening vistas This is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s best spots to watch the sun set over the city and the desert beyond. At the Top, the viewing platform at level 124 of the world’s tallest building Burj K halifa offers a simply stunning spectacle. As night falls, see the incredible vistas transform as a great swathe of bright lights illuminate the scene below. Vast f loor-to-ceiling windows offer endless city panoramas. There is also an opportunity to learn how this architectural feat was created in a series of informative displays exhibited at the base of the building. Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai When: Daily, 10 to 1am How much: General adult admission from AED125, children from AED95. Contact: 800 AT THE TOP (28843867)
Night diving Explore the ocean like never before with a magical night-time scuba dive. As evening falls, an amazing underwater world comes to life and a dive in the dark offers the chance to catch a glimpse of nocturnal creatures. Expert instructors from Al Boom Diving will guide you through this unforgettable experience where you can learn some valuable new skills, including navigating with a compass at night and how to communicate underwater when visibility is poor. The course includes three night dives and Al Boom also offer the PADI Open Water certificate required
Night golf Enjoy a cooler session on the fairways and avoid hot summer temperatures with a round of night golf. The Faldo course at Emirates Golf Club has the only fully floodlit 18-hole course in Dubai which makes for a unique evening activity. Members and club guests can choose between playing the full 18 holes or just nine holes during flexible sessions. Players can tee off as late as 8pm for 18 holes and 10pm for nine holes to take full advantage of this championship course after dark. “Night golf has the potential to revolutionise the game within the UAE. With night golf, we believe we have made golf more accessible, especially in the summer months for those wishing to play in the cooler evenings,” says Andrew Whitelaw, club manager at Emirates Golf Club. The Faldo, a par-73 championship course spread over 7,348 yards, opened in 2006 following the redesign of the Wadi Course by golfing legend Nick Faldo. Where: Emirates Golf Club / When: Daily, 5pm to midnight How much: Contact the club for rates / Contact: 04 3801234
before embarking on a night dive. “We conduct most of our diver training for various levels at Jumeirah Open Beach as it’s a fairly shallow dive site. We have some favourites who like to come out at night namely lobsters, cuttlefish, squid and stingrays. It’s an attractive site with some good photo opportunities,” says Sam Thomas, aquarium dive centre manager. Where: Dive centres at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and Jumeirah / When: Wednesdays from 6pm How much: AED1,400, including PADI course materials / Contact: 04 3422993
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Dolphins at dusk Recently refurbished, Dubai Dolphinarium is a wonderful attraction for all the family to enjoy. Get up close and personal to bottlenose dolphins and northern fur seals before watching them take centre stage in a special evening show where the loveable creatures dance, sing, juggle, play ball and even paint during the incredible 45-minute spectacular. Marvel at these special animals as they interact with trainers and members of the audience, showing off their unique skills in a lively choreographed display of music, lights and movement. From October, the evening show will be themed around a musical adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Where: Dubai Dolphinarium, Creek Park When: Monday to Saturday, from 6pm How much: From AED100 for adults and AED50 for children Contact: 04 3369773 or visit dubaidolphinarium.ae
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Stargazing Dubai Astronomy Group has been helping visitors explore the wonders of the UAE night sky since 1993. Marvel at the moon, planets, a galaxy of stars and colourful nebulas during a trip with this expert group which offers a wide range of stargazing experiences. “We have stargazing for members and the general public, family trips and training courses as well as astronomy trips to both the mountains and deep in the desert. We also have the largest publicly available observatory in the UAE which is just a 30-minute drive from Dubai. Here, we can arrange private observatory viewings on request which makes for an unforgettable experience,” says Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group. With a variety of equipment, from binoculars and small telescopes to astronomy cameras, visitors are guaranteed not only breathtaking views of the night sky, but memories to treasure.
Gaze upon the enchanting evening vistas of Dubai Creek as you savour the experience of an exclusive dinner cruise. Gentle waters transport diners through a series of sights that reveal the Dubai of then and now. Dubai Creek was once the city’s lifeblood and the traditional pearl-diving and fishing industries around the creek gave rise to a transformation from sleepy port to bustling metropolis. Soak up the atmosphere along this iconic stretch of water. An outline of the souks and the city’s oldest quarter Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood can be seen on the banks of the creek as the city’s futuristic evening skyline comes into view. The air-conditioned luxury vessel boasts a glass design which allows all-encompassing
views through f loor-to-ceiling windows. Each night Bateaux Dubai sets sail for journeys through both Dubai and an impressive culinary landscape. A four-course dinner from an international à la carte menu is prepared by a talented team of chefs and offers a choice of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes alongside delicious local Arabic delicacies. There is also live musical entertainment which adds to the unique ambience. The fully-air conditioned restaurant is spread over three areas within this impressive vessel. Where: Bateaux Dubai, Dubai Creek When: Daily, 7.45pm, departs at 8.30pm How much: From AED245 per person Contact: 04 8145553
Where: Thuraya Observatory, Zubair Astronomy Camp When: Stargazing sessions run each week, contact club for details How much: Contact club for pricing / Contact: dubaiastronomy.com
A special space Prepare to be pampered at some of the world’s most luxurious spas
A trip to the spa is one of life’s little luxuries that provides a welcome opportunity to unwind. From the moment we step inside the serene space, a feeling of relaxation descends as refreshing scents and sounds soothe the senses. Not content with providing a premium pampering experience, most high-end spas boast offerings for the discerning client looking for the last word in luxury. Adding an air of exclusivity to proceedings are lavish treatments, unique experiences and private spaces which create extraordinary moments. In Dubai, some of the world’s finest spas offer the very best in relaxation as impeccable standards and the highest quality treatments are presented in exquisite surroundings. Indulge in wonderful spa sessions which make use of some of the rarest ingredients in the world such as an opulent black diamond foot scrub, a caviar facial or 24-carat gold treatment for the skin. Put your wellbeing in the hands of some of the most expertly trained practitioners in the business or enjoy the ultimate in personal attention with a synchronised treatment carried out by several therapists during a pampering session. An enticing world of luxury awaits at one of Dubai’s first-class spas where exclusivity is the order of the day.
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One&Only Private Spa A courtyard surrounded by lush green gardens leads the way to this haven of relaxation. Natural light pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows to accentuate a sense of calm. The exceptional experience to be had here is the Bastien Gonzalez manicure and pedicure. Acclaimed French podiatrist Gonzalez is now offering his innovative services to an elite Dubai clientele, combining traditional podiatry with a focus on aesthetics and massage. The result is beautiful feet that have been expertly cared for. Practitioners undergo intensive training to master each step and podiatrists are on hand during sessions. This
intensive treatment for the hands and feet uses specialist podiatry tools to soften the skin before the nails are shaped and shined. The Duo Treatment finishes with a heavenly massage which sees two therapists work on the hands and feet in choreographed movements. Another Gonzalez treatment is a blissful massage from toes to knees. Black Diamond Scrub exfoliates the skin with a rich texture of diamonds, mother-of-pearl particles and black volcanic sand. Where: One&Only The Palm When: Daily, from 10am to 9pm How much: The Duo Treatment is 75 minutes and costs AED690 / Contact: 04 4401040
Raffles Spa Inspired by a fusion of Asian, Middle Eastern and European approaches, this soothing space comprises chic interiors in muted colours that encourage relaxation from the moment of arrival. For the utmost in luxury spa experiences, the Signature Caviar Facial is a decadent 90-minute treat. Caviar is reputed to be protein-rich with powerful antioxidants to nourish the skin. This treatment sees a caviar mask applied to the face which aims to dramatically improve the skinâ€™s moisture, leaving a long-lasting glow. Or indulge in the last word in luxury with the Egyptian Gold treatment. This 90-minute experience sees 24-carat gold applied to the skin in a special mist to deliver radiant results. Where: Raffles Dubai / When: Daily 9am to 9pm How much: Signature Caviar Facial AED859, Egyptian Gold AED1,899 / Contact: 04 3149870
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Mandara Spa A tranquil setting is created at this opulent spa where gleaming marble floors lead to a network of peaceful treatment rooms and state-of-the-art hydro-therapy facilities. The scent of fresh flowers fills the air in a space where the emphasis is on signature services and treatments designed to create a more intense, personalised experience. Embark on a journey of relaxation where luxurious indulgence awaits with the signature Mandara Massage. Offering an incredible level of personal attention, the treatment sees two therapists work in complete synchronisation to deliver a unique blend of five different massage styles. During the blissful 95-minute session, expert masseurs alternate between shiatsu, Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese massage for an unrivalled experience that encompasses the very best of world-class relaxation techniques. Where: The H Hotel Dubai / When: Daily, from 9am to 10pm How much: Mandara Massage AED950 / Contact: 04 5018270
ShuiQi Spa & Fitness This majestic spa at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is an awe-inspiring space spread over two f loors at Royal Towers. Stone steps create a path through a stunning corridor of water which leads to a myriad of serene treatment rooms. An exceptional selection of treatments and therapies is offered here. For a truly unforgettable experience, indulge in the ShuiQi Japanese Ritual. The four-hour treatment is carried out in the absolute privacy of the Royal Spa Suite. Step inside this exclusive space where youâ€™ll find a welcoming lounge
area which flows into beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a private terrace and an incredible oval-shaped pedestal tub. The pampering begins with a rose petal-infused foot bath before a full-body Qi massage. Attention is then turned to the face with Shiseido facials for ladies and gentlemen. To finish, enjoy a selection of sushi served with delicate Japanese green tea. Where: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai When: ShuiQi Japanese Ritual AED4,460 for two How much: Daily, 10am to 10pm / Contact: 04 4261020
Taste Fish Market
Savour fresh seafood at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek. Fish Market is an exceptional eatery brimming with quality ingredients. Guests can peruse an endless array of the finest seafood and fish, presented in a market style setting. Selections are then cooked to order, accompanied by a choice of sauce. This pan-fried fish fillet is served with prawns, steamed rice and pak choy. Contact: 04 2227171
A change of place Travel the world without leaving your table at one of Dubaiâ€™s first-class fusion restaurants
A wonderful way to explore the culture and character of a country is through its food. One of the first things any traveller is keen to explore in a new locale is its culinary scene. Much can be gleaned from cooking styles and ingredients, climate and environment but look a little further and youâ€™ll find hints of history, culture and general attitudes to life that give a true flavour of a destination. Within each nation and region there is a varied and colourful cooking map to be explored. Ingredients, ambience and style all come into play when shaping the servings available. Consider the vivacious Italian appetite for life translated in flavourful dishes bursting with fresh vegetables, meats and fish dressed in mouthwatering sauces. Meals are a lengthy affair, designed to be enjoyed with friends and family accompanied by fine wines. The French have a similar gastronomic approach with quality ingredients taking centre stage. Indian food, much like the vibrant country itself, is known for its eclectic mix of flavours in dishes full of bold spices and bright colours. While Japanese cooking offers a feast for all the senses, with exceptional ingredients innovatively presented. With so many options to consider, choosing which cuisine to enjoy at a particular restaurant can be a tantalising yet difficult decision. In Dubai a number of dynamic dining destinations have risen to that challenge offering fusion feasts and gourmet menus which combine the best elements from a mixture of styles. Going beyond simply offering a varied menu, establishments successfully combine cultures and cuisines for a unique multi-cultural meal served in wonderfully diverse surroundings. Tuck into pasta to start, savour fresh sushi for a main course before ordering a melt-in-the-mouth French pastry for dessert. Discover cross-border cuisine on an exciting culinary adventure in Dubai where some of the worldâ€™s finest restaurants offer a passport to palatable perfection.
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Teatro One of the very first restaurants in Dubai to offer the fusion concept, Teatro remains a firm favourite with visitors and locals. A fusion of Indo-AsianLatino cuisines sees the impressive menu offer f lavours from Japan, China, India and Italy. Dishes are expertly crafted by the international team in the kitchen while welcoming, warm interiors effortlessly transport diners to the corners of the world represented. An exciting open-kitchen concept adds the theatre of the bustling chefs and their team to the overall experience. Where: Towers Rotana Dubai / When: Daily , 6 to 11.30pm How much: Mains from AED80 / Contact: 04 3122202
Teatro remains a firm favourite with visitors and locals. A fusion of Indo-Asian-Latino cuisines sees the impressive menu offer flavours from Japan, China, India and Italy
Yum! Sample the tastes of Asia at this contemporary eatery. Healthy noodle dishes are the order of the day at the vibrant spot which offers a blend of Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Singaporean cuisines. The restaurantâ€™s cutting-edge interiors are the brainchild of world-renowned restaurant designer Tony Chi. The varied menu offers tasty spring rolls and fresh salads alongside mouthwatering fish dishes and delicious mains such as teriyaki chicken. This is one of Dubaiâ€™s most vibrant and contemporary dining destinations. Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek When: Daily, midday to 11.30pm / Contact: 04 2057333 How much: From AED100 per person for starter and main
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Fazaris A fresh concept at The Address Downtown Dubai sees the best of Italy and Japan brought together under one stylish roof. The restaurant offers an exciting dining option with a clever fusion of the much loved cuisines. Enjoy the finest in Italian cooking with exceptional dishes such as beef carpaccio and rocket, Tuscan white bean soup or wild mushroom risotto. Pizzas, pastas and an incredible selection of meat and fish dishes make for a mesmerising menu Freshly basked rosemary infused bread
is an absolute delight. Diners could be forgiven for thinking it all ends there but an exciting world of Japanese cuisine also awaits. There is an endless sushi offering from fresh platters of sashimi, rolls and miso soup to seafood tempura and noodle dishes ensuring there is something here to satisfy all culinary cravings. Where: The Address Downtown Dubai When: Daily, 6.30pm to midnight How much: Mains from AED80 per person Contact: 04 8883444
ZEST Cooking styles of the Middle East, Asia and the West combine at ZEST to present a sumptuous and exciting menu. Chefs entertain as they expertly prepare dishes in the show kitchens which adds an interactive element to proceedings. Hot and cold mezzeh options include hummous with sesame seed paste, fresh tabouleh and cheese sambousek pastry parcels. Choose from an array of international starters such as sake infused sashimi or linguine with calamari and Provenรงale sauce. Meat and fish dishes for main courses are cooked to order in a range of Arabic, Western or Asian sauces. Floorto-ceiling windows add to the bright yet elegant ambience where classic interiors are finished with fresh fabrics. Glass leaf and cut quartz crystals enhance the Arabesque-feel. There is also al fresco dining available during cooler months overlooking the grand pool and gardens lined with lemon and tangerine trees. Where: One&Only The Palm / When: Daily, 7 to 11pm How much: Mains from AED80 per person / Contact: 04 4401030
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Fresh flavours Some of the most talented chefs in the business are ensuring Dubai’s Italian fine-dining scene delivers a truly exceptional experience
Italian cooking is defined not just by fresh produce but by a deep connection to the much-admired Mediterranean way of life. Making use of the best produce nature has to offer, the cuisine ref lects Italy’s lush and bountiful landscapes. From region to region, a variety of cooking styles yield wonderfully diverse results with the finest seafood, meat and fresh vegetables just some of the ingredients Italy’s wellstocked larder has to offer. In Dubai, a select number of the world’s finest Italian chefs are part of a vibrant cooking tradition which celebrates the very best in the country’s renowned gastronomy. Every aspect of the experience is considered, from authentic interiors to well-stocked wine cellars which offer the perfect accompaniment to fine food. Innovative chefs at a host of Dubai restaurants concentrate on sourcing the best quality ingredients available to offer an exceptional Italian fine-dining experience. By returning to the beginnings of this iconic culinary tradition, sophisticated dishes are expertly crafted for the discerning diner to discover. Italian cuisine dates back more than 2,000 years and is a result of a melting pot of influences. Ships of the Roman Empire returned from voyages to new lands laden with wheat, wine and spices which were soon incorporated into local cooking styles. From region to region, differences in climate and available natural produce added to these bold new flavours to create distinctive cooking styles.
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In the south, the ocean’s influence is felt in fresh seafood and fish dishes. Swordfish, sardines and lobster are particular favourites as are seasonings such as oregano, basil, rosemary and thyme. Mozarella cheese and citrus fruits are also some of the signature produce of the south. Moving towards the north and cooking focuses on simple, quality ingredients cooked well. Meat, especially beef, lamb and game feature heavily on menus and are served alongside root vegetables and polenta. One of the north’s gastronomic jewels, Tuscany is credited with not only some of the world’s finest vineyards but delicious dishes rich in legumes and fresh vegetables with less pasta than is traditionally associated with Italian cooking.
This myriad of tastes and styles is represented in abundance at Dubai’s many Italian eateries. While the Italian dining scene in the city offers plenty of choice, talented chefs here are particularly focused on championing fine-dining venues. Cosimo Danese, head chef at award-winning BiCE Ristorante at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort leads the way in that endeavour. “In the last four years, there has been a lot of development in Dubai’s dining scene and the competition is very tough,” says Danese. “The awareness of Italian
1 Tagliotti, BiCE Ristorante 2 Stracciatella, burrata heart with eggplant caponata tomato and basil, Armani/Ristorante 3 Cosimo Danese 4 Armani/Deli
“Italian customers, with high expectations, say they have enjoyed better quality Italian food here in Dubai than in Italy”
restaurants is growing here and currently there are over 400 Italian eateries in Dubai. For us, diversity and high standards are of prime importance. One of the greatest compliments we have is when Italian customers, with high expectations, say they have enjoyed better quality Italian food here in Dubai than in Italy. “We mostly work with ingredients based on seasonality, importing ingredients from different parts of the world such as Australia and Europe. The support we get from suppliers is invaluable and fortunately we have good suppliers in Dubai,” says Danese. “We meet on a regular basis to discuss ingredients with them. Our best sellers come from our fish trolley and we make sure we have fresh fish delivered through a special import from Italy and Southern Europe. Our signature dish at BiCE is rock-salt seabass which is available most days of the week, again due to our fresh delivery. We keep seasonality in our dishes within the prestige menu where guests can find something new every month, such as asparagus in spring and white truff les in autumn,” adds Danese who began his cooking career in London before moving on to run his own restaurant in Spain where he met the BiCE team who then lured him to the UAE. “Dubai is a remarkable market in terms of both offering and demand with good restaurants and knowledgeable customers. Looking ahead to the future, there is real opportunity related to Italian fine-dining cuisine here. Our main focus is, and will always be, maintaining the high quality food and service we are known for as the Italian dining scene in Dubai continues to grow,” he adds.
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Armani Hotel Dubai is home to some of the city’s most renowned Italian eateries, Armani/Ristorante and Armani/Deli. In each exceptional venue, the focus is firmly on quality ingredients served in a chic, contemporary setting. Chef Emiliano Bernasconi is executive chef at Armani Dubai and as such is at the cutting edge of the city’s Italian fine-dining scene. “At Armani/Ristorante, we offer an innovative, modern take on Italian cuisine which matches the style of the restaurant. Our diners are looking for quality first and foremost, but we are known for our homemade pasta and also the range of cheeses we import. I like to be very hands on when it comes to creating new menus and will even head back to Italy to visit a specific region to seek out the right ingredients that I know will make a particular dish a standout culinary experience. I also work very closely with our local and international suppliers to ensure that we only bring the best products to Dubai and to the dining table,” says Bernasconi, who hales from Western Lombardy in Northern Italy and has worked in luxury hotels and leading independent dining venues in Italy, Switzerland, England and the UAE.
5 Medallion of veal, mashed peas, shallots and foie gras, Armani/Ristorante 6 Emiliano Bernasconi 7 Chocolate mousse, brownies and coconut ice cream, Armani/Ristorante 8 Armani/Ristorante
“Every region in Italy has its own ingredients and culinary focus which is what makes Italian cuisine such an exciting mix of flavours and styles, reflecting the geography, history and culture of the people in each of the 20 regions. For example, in the northern part of Italy, we commonly use polenta, a simple ingredient that can be cooked in so many delicious ways whether boiled, baked or eaten on its own for breakfast. Southern Italian cuisine is more focused on the produce from the land with a wonderful variety of
vegetables. One of my favourites is the cime di rapa which is grown in Puglia. It belongs to the broccoli family but with a more bitter taste and it goes beautifully with fish and pasta.” “It should always be all about the quality of the ingredients you use and this is what sets Italian cuisine apart – our passion for and commitment to using only the best quality, freshest and most appropriate ingredients to create a memorable dish. Tradition in Italian cooking is very important, both for me and for Italian cuisine in general. When I was a child, I used to watch my mother cooking and it was always an amazing experience – the smells, colours and tastes. These memories are something I carry with me in my heart and, when I go home to my little town, I can still smell all the familiar aromas that take me right back to my childhood,” recalls Bernasconi. Looking to the future of Dubai’s Italian dining scene, the passionate chef believes a focus on quality ingredients and excellent service will further enhance the city’s dining credentials. He says: “I would like to see the Italian dining scene grow and diversify even further. I welcome the opportunity to continue to showcase my team’s passion for Italian cuisine to ensure that Dubai creates food and experiences that continue to excite, inspire and delight our diners.”
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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 picturesque 1.7km-long beachside shopping promenade, is home to nearly 200 retailers including Boots, Boutique One, Zadig et Voltaire and Aiyanna of London. The views are also stunning.
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.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am
to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Ibn Battuta Map reference: A1
MALL OF THE EMIRATES
Find the world’s largest indoor ski slope nestled among 350 shops, children’s entertainment areas and a cinema.
Timings: Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Mall of the Emirates Map reference: B2
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to 1am Metro: Dubai Marina Map reference: A1
Downtown Dubai BOULEVARD AT JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS
A mix of brands caters to the needs of the entire family with stores such as Bhs, Camaeiu, The Body Shop and Rivoli Watches.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to midnight. Thu to Sat 10 to 1am Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: E2 MERCATO
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 11pm. Metro: Burj Dubai Map reference: D1
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm Fri 4 to 10pm Metro: Emirates Towers Map reference: D1
An elegant mall featuring 50 premium boutiques and fine-dining restaurants spread over two floors.
This mall is one for label lovers with Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel, Dior, Versace, Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Furla and more.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Map reference: E1 GATE VILLAGE, DIFC
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 1.30 to 10pm Metro: World Trade Centre Map reference: D1
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Metro: Financial Centre Map reference: D1
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BUYING TIME Dubai is peppered with world-renowned shopping malls and those in the market for a bit of retail therapy should direct their attention to Mall of the Emirates, which offers a large selection of designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Chloé (pictured). The mall is also home to Ski Dubai, the region’s first indoor ski slope. For details visit malloftheemirates.com
This four-storey mall spans 134,000 sq m and houses 77 stores, including Carrefour Express and Fun City.
Located in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Village is home to a range of high-end stores.
1. Bulgari Gerard Genta Commedia dell'Arte 2. Carrera y Carrera, Circulos de Fuego collection 3. s*uce boutique, The Dubai Mall 4. The Dubai Mall 5. Khan Murjan, Wafi Mall 6. Mall of the Emirates
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 4 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
T HE GUI D E / S HOP
This Egyptian-themed shopping haven has over 200 designer stores with 1,000 fashion brands including Miss Sixty, Chanel and Escada.
SHOPPERS’ SURVIVAL GUIDE
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: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: No Metro nearby Map reference: E3
Timings: Sat to Wed
10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: E2
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.
Timings: Sun to Tue 10am to 10pm. Wed, Thu Sat 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm Metro: Al Rashidiya
AL GHURAIR CITY
04 2225222 3
MIRDIF CITY CENTRE
With 200 retail outlets, Dubai’s first mall offers a great range of value fabrics, alongside high-street favourites.
Timings: Sat to Wed10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Union Square Map reference: E1
Home to more than 200 fashion, perfume, homefurnishing and electronic brands with shopping zones catering for men, women and children.
ARTS & CRAFT SOUK
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10.30pm. Thu and Sat 10am to 11.30pm Metro: Al Rashidiya Map reference: F3
Located in Times Square shopping mall, this small market sells handcrafted jewellery, accessories and contemporary UAE art.
Timings: Noon to 7pm every
DEIRA CITY CENTRE
second Friday of the month Metro: First Gulf Bank Map reference: C2
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: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu 10am to 11pm. 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 1am 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: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: No Metro nearby Map reference: D3 6
Some of Dubai’s malls are very big. To save time, pick up a map at the entrance so you can find the stores you want to visit quickly. In most malls similar outlets are grouped together. For a quiet and leisurely shopping experience, visit Dubai’s malls throughout the week to avoid the weekend crowds. When shopping in the traditional souks, be prepared to haggle. Vendors expect it. Before buying gold or visiting the Gold Souk, find out the current market price of gold from your hotel concierge to ensure that you do not pay over the odds. Some malls specialise in particular kinds of shopping, for example, home furnishings, luxury labels or high-street brands. Decide what you want from your shopping trip and pick the right mall for you.
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
IN THE KNOW Major credit cards are accepted in most shops and outlets. There are many ATMs around the city and foreign currencies and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, hotels and banks. A passport is required. Souks give an authentic shopping experience offering everything from spices and fabric to gold and perfumes. Put your bargaining skills to the test at one of Dubai's traditional markets and soak up the atmosphere. Dubai's souks can be found just a few minutes from Dubai Creek and make for a wonderful day out.
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
Browse more than 100 boutiques before admiring views of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Fountain.
COMMUNITY ARTS MARKET
Open every first Friday of the month, this market held in Dubai Festival City, brings together artists and craftsmen. 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
Timings: Fri 10am to 8pm Map reference: E2
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
COVENT GARDEN MARKET DUBAI
Artisans from across the emirate congregate at this market, located in The Walk – Jumeirah Beach Residence, to sell their wares
Timings: Wed and Thu 5pm to midnight. Fri and Sat 10am to 9pm Map reference: A1
LABEL STABLE Aigner, TDM, MOE Alexander McQueen FA, MOE Armani Collezioni BV, FA Balenciaga BV, MOE Bally TDM 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 Chloé FA Dior BJ, FA, MOE Dunhill DFC, TDM DKNY BJ, MOE, TDM Dolce & Gabbana BJ, FA, MOE Elie Saab FA Emporio Armani BV, MOE, FA Ermano Scervino TDM Ermenegildo Zegna BV, FA, MOE Escada BJ, FA, MOE, Wafi Etro TDM, MOE, BJ Etoile La Boutique MOE, Wafi Façonnable MOE Fendi BJ, FA, MOE Giorgio Armani BV, MOE, TDM Givenchy FA Gucci BV, FA, MOE Hermès BJ, FA Hugo Boss BJ, FA, MOE John Galliano MOE, Wafi Jimmy Choo BV, FA, MOE Kenzo BJ, FA Lancel TDM Lanvin BV, FA Louis Vuitton BJ, FA, MOE Missoni FA, MOE Oscar de la Renta FA Pal Zileri BJ, FA, MCC, MOE, Wafi Prada BJ, MOE, TDM 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, MOE Tom Ford FA Valentino FA, BJ Van Cleef & Arpels TDM, MOE Versace BJ, FA, MOE, Wafi Yves Saint Laurent BV, MOE, TDM 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) 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 Mall (04 3244555)
Dubai is one of the world’s most modern and dynamic destinations, with a fascinating heritage very much alive and waiting to be discovered
PrO art gallery
Showcases paintings, sculptures and photography from local emerging and international artists.
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 Wed 9am to 6pm; 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: Sun to Thu 10am to 6pm; Sat noon to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2
Timings: Sat to Thu 10.30am to 8.30pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2
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 11am
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
gallery isaBelle VaN DeN eyNDe
Local and international artists exhibit at this well-known gallery in the Al Serkal district
Timings: Daily 10am to 11pm Map reference: A1 CarBON 12
With regular exhibitions this gallery features art by newly discovered artists and internationally recognised names.
Timings: Sat to Thu 11.30am
to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2
CUaDrO MUseUM & FiNe art gallery
Timings: Sat to Wed 8am to 6pm. Thu 8am to 2pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D2 04 3477388
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Map reference: C2
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1
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.
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.
This charming gallery with an idyllic courtyard features art by local and international artists.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: E1
the PaViliON DOWNtOWN DUBai
Timings: Daily 10am to midnight Map reference: D2 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 04 3475050
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: E1
One of Dubai’s leading galleries specialising in Arab and Iranian art.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri and Sat. Map reference: B2
Specialising in contemporary art, Traffic houses two galleries.
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 XVa gallery
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm; Sat noon to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1
With operations all over the world, the gallery showcases the work of great masters as well as new talent.
Art buffs with love this ultramodern gallery, where modern art is on show in a 2,500 sq ft gallery in Gate Village in DIFC. Current exhibitions include work by Yazid Oulab and Sami Al Karim
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm. Sat 12 to 11pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1
Timings: Sun to Thu 11am to 7pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: E1
An area of 4,000 sq m dedicated to international contemporary art in the heart of Gate Village, DIFC.
Founded in 2003, this Arabic gallery is located off Mankhool Road in Bur Dubai.
Spanning two floors and 10,000 sq m, Total Art specialises in artists and art influenced by the culture of the Middle East.
1. Al Farooq Omar Ibn Al Khattab Mosque, Dubai 2. Camel racing 3. Spice Souk 4. Dhow building
the MOJO gallery
greeN art gallery
This modern gallery on The Walk – Jumeirah Beach Residence has different exhibitions every month and showcases a variety of artworks by local artists.
Located in The Dubai Mall, this small art gallery and framing shop displays thoughtprovoking works by a range of Middle Eastern artists.
The oldest gallery in Dubai, the Green Art Gallery showcases contemporary art with a focus on regional work.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: C2 04 4257888
the art sOUrCe
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm; Closed Fri Map reference: C2
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2
BOUtiQUe 1 art gallery
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm; Fri 2pm to 9pm Map reference: D1
Mojo focuses on contemporary exhibitions of original paintings, conceptual photography, digital media prints, illustrations, video art, installation pieces and sculptures.
Representing some of the Arab world’s leading and emerging artists, Ayyam promotes contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Exhibits striking artwork that features in museums and international collections.
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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 from your hotel are available.
Timings: Flights depart
from 10am to 4pm 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 5pm daily (except tue) Guide price: Prices start from Aed800 (20 minutes), Aed3,350 for up to six people sEAWiNGs
Hire a dhow with dinner and transfers, plus butler service and enjoy unlimited beverages.
Enjoy an evening cruise on a traditional dhow. Private charters are available.
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
Map reference: B2
Timings: daily boarding at 8pm.
MADiNAt tHEAtrE, souK MADiNAt JuMEirAH
Cruise from 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide price: Aed175 for an evening dhow cruise
This 442-seat luxury venue hosts popular productions from drama to dance and comedy to film.
This amphibious bus departs from BurJuman before sailing up Dubai Creek for an hour-long cruise.
Map reference: B1 sHEiKH MoHAMMED CENtrE For CuLturAL uNDErstANDiNG
Guide price: Aed145 adults; Aed95 children (3-11 years); Aed450 family (two adults and two children)
Traditional Arabian dhows take guests on cruises each evening, with a banquet of food included in the price.
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.
Timings: Flights depart from 9am to 5pm every hour Guide price: From Aed1,325 per person (40 minutes)
DANAt DuBAi CruisEs
AL BooM tourist ViLLAGE
DuBAi CoMMuNity tHEAtrE & Arts CENtrE (DuCtAC)
Timings: daily boarding 8.30pm Guide price: Aed200 dinner cruise
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.
JuMEirAH MosQuE tour Visitors should cover arms and legs and women must wear headscarves when visiting the mosque.
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 thu 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 under your own steam. For an organised tour, why not 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 – Aed125 adults, Aed75 children, Aed375 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.
the falcon is not only a national symbol of the uAe but a majestic bird that has played a significant role in the country's development. the impressive predators were crucial to early Bedouin life as they strived to carve out an existence in the harsh desert conditions. Falcons were trained to hunt for food. teaching the birds was a fascinating process that saw a close bond form between handler and bird. the same is true today although the birds are used purely for sport. Annual falcon championships are hugely popular and sees falcons purchased and trained for the duration of the hunting season before the birds are once again returned to the wild. today the importance of the falcon to uAe culture and history is seen in many examples as the bird is represented on banknotes, official documents, paintings and architecture.
Timings: Sun to thu 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 1pm Guide price: Breakfast Aed60, lunch Aed70. Reservations essential Map reference: e1
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. 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.
sALsALi PriVAtE MusEuM
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.
As the first private museum for contemporary art in the region, this important venue provides a key platform for new and established collectors.
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 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 9am to 5pm 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
Timings: Sun to thu 11am to 6pm. Closed Fri. Sat 1pm to 5pm. Guide price: Admission free Map reference: e1 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 7.30am to 9pm. Closed Fri Guide price: Aed2 adults, Aed1 children (under eight years free) Map reference: C2
In the know: LoCAL DIALeCt Arabic is the official language of the UAe, although english is widely understood. Using some common Arabic phrases is appreciated: Marhaba – hi or welcome Shukran – thank you Ma’asalama – Goodbye
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
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
AED600 per hour 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
Sail along the Creek on Bateaux Dubai and enjoy a welcome beverage, canapés and a four-course gourmet dinner.
Timings: Daily boarding
at 7.45pm, departing at 8.30pm. Returns 11pm Guide price: AED350 cLUB MinA
As well as fishing trips, Club Mina offers all kinds of exciting or relaxing cruising options.
Timings: From 6am to 6pm Guide price: From AED3,500 DAnAt DUBAi crUisEs
A range of experiences are available including sailing on a traditional dhow and private charters.
Timings: 8.30am to 11pm Guide price: AED225 DrEAMDAYs
Take a four-hour catamaran cruise along Dubai’s coastline and enjoy a barbecue lunch as well as snorkelling.
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
Overnight desert camping, quad biking and a Liwa expedition are all available. LAMA DEsErt toUrs & crUisEs
04 2629993/050 7548466
Journey to a Bedouin campsite, ride a camel, smoke shisha together with a range of other desert-based activities.
Timings: From 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide price: AED150
nEt toUrs DUBAi
oAsis PALM toUrisM
EXtrEME ADVEntUrE DUBAi
Take a two-hour cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional dhow.
See world-famous offshore projects on yachts ranging from 36-foot to 180-foot.
Half-day and full-day desert safaris are available as well as overnight camping. oAsis PALM toUrisM
04 2629993/050 7548466
Timings: From 7am Guide price: AED2,400 per 24
hours for up to seven people
Enjoy sand boarding, camel riding and shisha (hubbly bubbly) as well as belly dancing and a barbecue dinner.
tHE YELLoW BoAts
oFF roAD ADVEntUrEs
Adrenaline-pumping tours around Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab hotel in bright yellow inflatable crafts.
Offers excursions including dinner at a Bedouin camp, overnight camping and trips to Liwa.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Adults from
AED200. Children from AED150 ULtiMAtE cHArtEr
04 3254975/050 1002477
Enjoy a dinner dhow cruise along Dubai Marina. Inclusive of buffet, drinks and live entertainment.
Timings: Call to arrange Guide price: From AED275
per adult and AED90 per child VEnUs FLoAtinG rEstAUrAnt
Hop aboard the Arabian dhow for a one-hour day cruise or a two-hour dinner cruise.
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
Expect innovative desert trips, tours between Dubai and Muscat and adventurous expeditions. 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.
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 AED4,840 per person EMirAtEs FLYinG scHooL
Dine among the dunes, explore the wadis, go desert driving, sand boarding or camel riding.
Learn how to fly or top up your hours at the only approved flying school in 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.
1. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai 2. Arabian Adventures 3. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 4. Desert safari
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.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Call for details
AED250, children AED210
Dubai’s premium bespoke
• 48hr turn around for a fully bespoke suit • 24hr turn around for a fully bespoke shirt • All tailoring is dealt with in house by the Royal Fashions team with 40 years experience in tailoring • • • •
Souk Madinat Jumeirah Opp. Theatre Box Office (04-368 6192) • Jumeirah Road Opp. Pizza Hut (04-394 4844) Pyramid Building Near Burjuman Center (04-396 8282) • Jumeirah Beach Hotel Mezzanine Level (04-348 6878) Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) “C” Goldcrest Executive Near Al Mas Tower & Bonnington Hotel (04-443 8766) JW Marriott Marquis, Shopping Aecade, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai (04-432 3166) | F R E E T R A N S P O R T AVA I L A B L E F O R V I S I T O R S |
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
lessons AED960 SEAWINGS
Enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the new developments around the city including the Burj Khalifa.
Timings: From 9am to 4pm Guide price: AED1,375 per
person for 40 minutes
Take a 15-minute tour over Dubai.
Timings: From 10am Guide price: From AED999 BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES
Paintballing 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.
Experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping from a plane at this indoor centre in Dubai Festival City.
Timings: Call for timings Guide price: From AED80 for 15 minutes
Timings: Daily 9am to 11pm. Price: AED215
PURSUIT GAMES AT WONDERLAND
04 3244755/050 6514583
Go head to head with paintballing opponents in the heart of Dubai city at the Wonderland entertainment complex.
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED80 for two
hours, includes 100 paintballs, masks, coveralls and paintball gun. Call for bookings
SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB
Timings: Before sunrise Guide price: AED995 per adult. AED850 for children between 5 and 12
Enjoy fast-paced action with state-of-the-art semi-automatic paintball guns and the latest anti-fog visor masks. Timings: 10am to 11pm Guide price: AED80 includes 100 paintballs, unlimited gas propellant and coveralls
Take to the skies in a majestic hot air balloon and marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise.
Based in Dubai Marina behind the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, this centre offers tandem skydiving for thrillseeking tourists.
DUBAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO
Swim among 33,000 aquatic animals including sharks, giant groupers and stingrays in The Dubai Mall’s 10-million-litre tank.
oN ToP oF THE WoRLD
non-certified divers (includes short diving course), AED675 for certified divers
800 LEISURE (5347873)
A fun and interactive family-focused amusement centre in Deira City Centre and Mall of the Emirates.
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
dusk Sun to Thu. From 11am to dusk Fri and Sat. Guide price: Adults AED1,750. Cash only
(see Marine adventures)
Swimming with sharks
FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI
02 4968001/ ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Ride rollercoasters, race in an F1 simulator and feel the force of being propelled 62m into the air.
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, snow boarding, tobogganing, tubing and even zorbing. There’s also an area to build snowmen.
Timings: Mall of the Emirates, 10am to 9pm. Ibn Battuta Mall, 10am to 9pm. The Village Mall, 9am to 8pm Guide price: From AED40 per hour
Admire unparalleled views of Dubai in this spectacular tour through the tallest building in the world.
Timings: Daily 9.30pm at Wafi Guide price: Free of charge
Water parks No matter what your age, the uAE’s water parks will leave you squealing with delight. our favourites are Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and Wild Wadi(pictured) at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Peekaboo! Creative Play offers fun activities for 0 to seven-year-olds such as cookery classes, face painting and board games.
A brilliant light and sound show featuring Egyptianthemed graphics and a storyline depicting The Return of the Pharaohs.
Desert safari Sand boarding, 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.
BURJ KHALIFA OBSERVATION DECK (AT THE TOP)
DUBAI LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW
Whether you have mischievous infants or impatient teenagers, Dubai offers something for all the family.
PEEKABOO! CREATIVE PLAY
Amusements & attractions
Features games, tasks and facilities to test children's limits, help them discover hidden talents and develop skills.
Timings: From 2pm to
Swimming with dolphins
800 LEISURE (5347873)
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 8pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED130 for one adult and one child
Timing: Call to arrange time Guide price: AED875 for
Timings: Sun to Wed 9am to midnight. Thu 8.30am to midnight. Sat 4.30am to midnight Guide price: Adults AED125, children (4 to 12 years) AED95. Children aged three or under go free. Immediate entry AED400
Timings: Tue to Sun 11am
to 8pm. Closed Mon Guide price: AED235 for visitors over 1.3m tall, AED195 for visitors below 1.3m. 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 9pm,Thu 9am to 11pm, Fri and Sat 10am to11pm Guide price: AED 95 for children aged two to three, AED140 for four to 16-year-olds.
At the Top Marvel at unparalleled views of Dubai from At the Top, the remarkable observation deck in the Burj Khalifa. Located on the 124th floor of the world's tallest building, visits last around 60 minutes so there is ample time to make the most of the incredible photographic opportunities to be had. Take in stunning vistas of the city and beyond from this marvellous viewpoint. Super-swift, futuristic elevators take visitors to the top of this iconic structure in record time.Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office near the entrance to At the Top on the lower ground floor of The Dubai Mall or in advance online. General admission for adults costs AED125 when booking a dated and timed ticket. For children, dated and timed entry costs AED95. For more information contact 800 AT THE ToP(28843867) or visit
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: Thrill ticket AED 160 Platinum Power 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 1 to 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: AED125 adults, AED115 children, under four AED40 and younger free
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
Head to Jam Jar for a threehour painting session.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 8pm, Fri 2 to 8pm. Closed Sun Guide price: Prices start at AED85 per canvas
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 Thu 1 to 9pm,
Fri and Sat noon to 9pm Guide price: AED145 per person
Edutainment CHILDREN’S CITY
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
DubAI AQuARIuM & uNDERwATER ZOO
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.
Timings: Shows Mon to Thu 11am and 6pm. Fri and Sat 11am, 3pm and 6pm. Closed Sun Guide price: From AED120 adults; AED80 children 04 4260000
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. This is one of Dubai's most famous attractions.
Timings: Open 10am to sunset. Guide price: Individual
rate AED790 with access to Aquaventure and private beach
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
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED100 for
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
Timings: Daily from 10am to 6pm Guide price: AED225 adults; AED175 children under 1.1m, children under two go free
THE LOST CHAMbERS
Timings: Sat to Wed
With its central location next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, along with funpacked rides, this water park is always a hit with adults and children of all ages.
Learn more about dolphins, seals and other marine life at this fully air-conditioned dolphinarium.
10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Friday 9am to midnight and Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: From AED5
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: AED225 for adults, AED180 for children under 1.2 metres DREAMLAND AQuA pARk
Perfect for families and only an hour’s drive from Dubai, this 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 8pm (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: Sun to Wed and Fri 10am to 6pm. Thu and Sat 10am to 7pm Guide price: Above 1.2m AED150. Below 1.2m AED100
Splashland is a fun family water park near the Dubai Creek featuring slides, twisters, a lazy river, water cannons and children’s activity pool.
adults, AED70 for children aged three to eight
04 3241222/04 3243222
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: Combo ticket AED55
Wafi’s adventure playground for kids. Look out for 'Lunarland', 'Galatica' and the skate park. 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
Dubai Ice Rink Whether you’re practicing pirouettes or learning a basic glide, the Olympic-sized ice rink at The Dubai Mall provides a chilledout way to pass a hot summer afternoon. Tots, tweens and teens are all welcome at this fun filled ice park. Location: The Dubai Mall Contact: 04 448511
5. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall 6. Emirates Golf Club 7. Dolphin Bay, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
(7,303 yards, par-72) 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 ARAbIAN RANCHES gOLF CLub
(6,531 yards, par-72) This is a popular course with both visitors and locals, designed by Ian Baker-Finch.
Ski Dubai 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 raps. If that sounds too hardcore, head to the Snow Park, or get up close and personal with gentoo and king penguins, in the resort’s unique penguin enclosure. Location: Mall of the Emirates Contact: 04 4094000
Green fees: Sun to Thu AED460, Fri and Sat AED550 for 18 holes(AED60 cart free added each day)
Chillout For the ultimate icy experience book a table at Chillout, a bar entirely carved from ice. All the necessary clothing is provided, including thermal coats, gloves and shoes and then you’re free to enjoy dinner and mocktails in this effortlessly cool haunt. Location: Times Square Contact: 800 CHILLOUT (24455688)
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
AED695 and Fri to Sat AED595 for 18 holes
EMIRATES gOLF CLub
(7,211 yards, par-72)
(6,916 yards, par-73)
The Par Three:
1,239 yards, par-27) Emirates Golf Club is home to the annual Dubai Desert Classic tournament, but also offers everything from fine dining to bar bites available alongside top-notch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a spa.
Green fees: Majlis Course
daily AED995 for 18 holes. Faldo Course Sun to Thu AED595 and Fri to Sat AED595 for 18 holes
JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA
(3,299 yards, par-36, nine holes)
WAFI PhARAOh'S CLuB
This pretty nine-hole course features wooden gazebos, views of the Arabian Gulf and peacocks which roam the fairways.
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?
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
Timings: sat to thu 6.30am to 10pm, Fri 9am to 9pm Guide price: Aed60 for one hour with an instructor
JumEIRAh GOLF ESTATES
It's a challenge, but at more than 15 metres high (that's nearly 50 feet), this is the UAE's highest climbing wall.
(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
Timings: sat to thu 2 to 10pm. Closed Fri Guide price: Aed90 per hour without an instructor. Aed75 with an instructor
Aed495 and Fri and sat Aed795 for 18 holes ThE ADDRESS mONTGOmERIE DuBAI
(7,396 yards, par-72) One of the most luxurious golf clubs in Dubai, the Colin Montgomerie-designed 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 Aed895 for 18 holes
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
Diving 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 Aed500 per person
AdrenAline Adventures Dubai boasts an array of high-octane experiences for the visitor looking for an action-packed stay. Kitesurf Dubai Kitesurfing is a unique water sport that enables you to harness the power of the wind. Using only a board, to which feet are bound, and a large kite, kitesurfers can control the wind to reach speeds of up to 50 knots. Water parks dubai boasts some of the world’s best water parks to enjoy during your stay. Aquaventure on Palm Jumeirah offers a world of excitement set in 42 acres with speed slides, river rapids and tropical landscapes. the leap of Faith tunnel slide catapults riders through a shark-filled lagoon, while the Plunger propels riders along with water jet blasts. Wild Wadi situated in front of Burj Al Arab offers over 30 rides and attractions. Balloon Adventures Emirates take to the skies for an exhilarating ride in a hot air balloon. enjoy incredible views from an unforgettable vantage point. the balloon can climb at up to two metres per second to ensure incredible views.
Charter a vessel for six people or more and take to the Arabian Gulf’s turquoise waters.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Aed750 per hour onwards 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.
8. Wild Wadi 9. Scuba diving 10. Rock climbing 11. Dubai Desert Classic
Book in for seafishing in southern Oman and stay the night in a lodge.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Aed4,400 a day for up to four people. Aed440 to stay in a lodge
Up to seven people can be accommodated on private fishing trips.
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: AED350 EMIRATES EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
050 5537986/ 050 5587656
A British Horse Society-approved 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 surrounding 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)
LIFE AQUATIC There is a host of once-in-a-lifetime encounters to be had at some amazing major Dubai attractions. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is teaming with creatures of the deep. Located at The Dubai Mall, visitors can gaze at hundreds of brightly coloured fish, rays and sharks. Walk through a viewing tunnel underneath the vast tank. There is even the chance to scuba dive with the sea creatures. For more marine adventures try swimming with dolphins and experience the magic of meeting these unique creatures at Dolphin Bay, Atlantis The Palm Dubai or at Dubai Dolphinarium.
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: From AED55
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: AED70 for two hours of ice skating. Includes park entrance and skate hire
for availability Guide price: AED1,200 3000 Yas Experience
DUBAI ICE RINK
02 6599393 or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
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: AED55 for two hours
12. Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall 13. Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club 14. Ski Dubai 15. Meydan Grandstand, Dubai
This ice skating rink at the Hyatt Regency Dubai offers professional coaching and fun for the whole family.
Karting 04 3678744
EMIRATES KART CENTRE
for availability Guide price: Private tuition starts at AED1,500 for private tuition
The centre at Jebel Ali provides karting for everyone over the age of eight on its one-kilometre track just outside Dubai.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Call for details
Enjoy a guided canoeing tour through Khor Kalba nature reserve while spotting birds and other sea life along the way.
mini golf and fun course. Hotel entry fee redeemable against hotel facilities
Guide price: AED300 per person including transport
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.
.22, AED180 for 9mm and AED235 for .38. Sessions last for 40 minutes
Skiing SKI DUBAI
800 LEISURE (5347873)
Chill out at the indoor snow park and ski slope, in Mall of the Emirates.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED30 for
JEBEL ALI SHOOTING CLUB
Timings: Call for details Guide price: Free of charge.
Fun, cross country golf course and driving range with scenic views of the Hajar Mountains.
Guide price: AED6,400
HATTA FORT HOTEL
Enjoy the ultimate holiday experience when you set sail on a luxury yacht ranging in size from 50 to 188ft.
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
Call for season information
Timings: 12 noon to 10pm Guide price: AED185 for
Located on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi highway, watch polo while enjoying a meal in the clubhouse. Nonmembers are welcome.
Timings: Daily 3 to 10pm Guide price: AED100 for
Guide price: Call for details SUMMERTIME MARINE
Guide price: AED300 per person for a day’s trip. See Listings for tour operators
GHANTOOT POLO CLUB
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.
SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB
The facility includes two polo fields, a riding school and equestrian centre.
Tour operators offer biking trips through the Hajar Mountains, with gear provided. Trips include pickup and lunch on request.
Timings: Call for details Guide price: From AED115
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.
Guide price: AED220
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.
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: 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
YAS RACING SCHOOL
Timings: See website
GALLERIA ICE RINK
DUBAI OFFSHORE SAILING CLUB
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
Round 3: 11-12 October
Round 4: 6-7 December
TEL: 04 436 1320 • EMAIL: KARTING@DUBAIAUTODROME.COM
Superb restaurants, chic cocktail bars and hip nightclubs make Dubai a stylish and sophisticated city for fine food and drink
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The Palm Jumeirah
For a delicious selection of authentic Thai food, book a table at Pai Thai. Relax and unwind with delicious cocktails at Koubba Bar.
Al BustAn rotAnA
04 2820000 Garhoud
Choices offers a wonderful array of international dishes to enjoy with theme nights throughout the week. Or head to Blue Elephant for the best in Thai cuisine. Benihana – Japanese Blue Elephant– Thai Choices – International Mawal – Lebanese Rodeo Grill – Steakhouse
Al GHurAir rAYHAAn BY rotAnA
04 2933000 Deira
Liwan serves a delicious international selection offering an array of cuisine with live cooking stations and an à la carte menu selection. Liwan – International Shayan – Iranian Yasmin Lounge – Lounge Buzz Deli Cafe – Cafe
Al mAHA Desert resort & spA
04 8329900 Desert
Al Diwaan is a popular gourmet restaurant serving an eclectic selection of international cuisine in a stunning desert setting.
Benihana – Japanese Horizon – International Rosso – Italian
ArABiAn rAncHes Hotel & Golf cluB
Auris plAzA Hotel Al BArsHA
Jumeirah Beach Residence Brandish your chopsticks at Benihana where the finest Japanese food awaits. For gourmet Italian dishes served in a beautiful setting with views out to the Arabian Gulf you might like to also pay a visit to Rosso.
An elegant, out-of-town venue with fine international food served at the signature Ranches Restaurant. For a relaxing evening visit Birdies for some drinks and light bites at this lively sports lounge. Ranches Restaurant – International Birdies – Sports lounge
ArmAni Hotel DuBAi
Downtown Dubai One of Dubai's favourite sports bars, Nezesaussi Grill is a lively spot with good food. An inviting atmosphere makes it a great place to relax with friends and family.
Armani/Amal – Indian Armani/Hashi – Japanese Armani/Mediterraneo – Mediterranean Armani/Deli – Italian Armani/Privé – Lounge/nightclub Armani/Ristorante – Italian fine dining
Al mAnzil Hotel
Conservatory – International The Courtyard Restaurant – Arabic Nezesaussi Grill – Sports bar
Al murooj rotAnA – DuBAi
04 2387777 Deira
Head to Pergolas for fine international fare and delicious seafood served in a sophisticated setting where you can enjoy an array of dishes from every corner of the globe. Or try Zaika Restaurant for a vibrant and authentic taste of Indian cuisine.
The property’s signature restaurant Sonamu offers fine Korean cuisine and is ideal for those seeking a place to socialise. Also try Lamesa which offers an authentic Filipino dining experience. With a cosy warm ambience and chefs serving a mouthwatering selection of dishes, this is an excellent choice for Filipino cuisine.
Alegra – Nightclub Double Decker – English Mawal – Lebanese Pergolas – International Zaika Restaurant – Indian
Hanabi – Japanese Lamesa – Filipino Sea World – Seafood Sonamu – Korean Yuraku – Japanese
With 20 restaurants, bars and lounges brought to you by world-renowned chefs, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is one of the most diverse and iconic culinary destinations in the city. Make your weekend lunch something special with the different flavours and styles at Kaleidoscope. Each venue is unique and, as you’d expect from a five-star venue, there’s something to suit every taste and occasion. Asia Republic – Asian 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
The Armani/Hashi Friday brunch offers delicious dishes such as sushi and tempura from noon to 4pm, priced from AED350 with soft drinks and AED450 with select house beverages.
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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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This inner city hotel is home to Didon Restaurant, a traditional Arabic eatery, well-known for its Levantine-inspired dishes, warm atmosphere and fantastic service. Didon Restaurant – Arabic
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Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant offers traditional local dishes in a stunning setting. 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
Burj Al ArAB
04 3017777 Jumeirah
Enjoy the finest in Arabic fare at Al Iwan restaurant where sensational local dishes are offered. The Skyview Bar is a wonderful destination to enjoy a cocktail and breathtaking views out to the Arabian Gulf. 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
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Sheikh Zayed Road Modern and elegant venue in the heart of Dubai's financial and shopping district. For fine wines try Cave or enjoy the best of British at Marco Pierre White Grill. Izel – Latin American Marco Pierre White Grill – British Purobeach Urban Oasis – Lounge Ballarò – Sicilian Cave – Wine bar
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Green Community A relaxing out-of-town property with an excellent buffet offering an eclectic mix of dishes at Pine Grill international restaurant. Try The Bar for a relaxing evening drink. Aquamarine – Pool bar Cucina Italian Kitchen – Italian Pine Grill – International Rendezvous – International The Bar – Casual bar
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Sheikh Zayed Road Al Dana restaurant offers a wide selection of tasty international dishes and traditional Arabic delicacies. 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
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04 2625555 Deira
Enjoy sumptuous flavours from all over the globe at Spice Island. Aquarium Lounge – Afternoon tea Harry's Place – American Spice Island – International
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Dubai Festival City The Belgian Beer Café boasts a hearty selection of tasty fare including delicious waffles and a range of beverages.
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Dubai Marina Enjoy stunning views and delicious gourmet meals at chic restaurant The Observatory. A Dubai favourite, this classy eatery offers a sophisticated dining experience and luxuriously designed interiors. Az.u.r – Mediterranean Counter Culture – International The Observatory – International
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Sheikh Zayed Road Enjoy the finest in Italian cuisine at PAX which also boasts stunning views across Dubai. Benjarong – Thai Dusit Delicatessen – Deli gourmet My Bar – Bar Pax – Italian The Californian – International
Sheikh Zayed Road Gourmet international dishes are the order of the day at Spectrum on One. 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
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Palm Jumeirah Home to a variety of highend restaurants including Flow Kitchen, Seagrill on 25° Restaurant and Frevo. Frevo - Brazilian Flow Kitchen – International Mashrabiya Lounge – Lounge The Cigar Room – Lounge Seagrill on 25° Restaurant & Lounge - Seafood The Cigar Room - Lounge Delicacy - Deli
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Belgian Beer Café – European Mazar – Afternoon tea Zaytoun – International
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.
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Al Falaj – Lobby lounge Mozaique – International Waves – International
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Located in the heart of Jumeirah, hip lounges and stylish restaurants attract a late-night crowd at this vibrant and varied venue with Boudoir, Loca Restaurant and Bar and Sho-Cho hosting regular theme nights to enjoy. Al Khayma – Arabic Al Qasr – Lebanese Boudoir – French/nightclub Capanna Nuova – Italian El Malecon – Cuban Flooka – Mediterranean Loca Restaurant & Bar – Tex-Mex Lounge Bar – Afternoon tea Serai – Arabic nightclub Sho-Cho – Japanese Taverna – International Thai Bistro – Thai
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Japanese hotspot Sushi has re-opened with an exciting new menu which includes delicious prawn or vegetable tempura, Donburi rice bowls and an enticing selection of traditional Japanese desserts. 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
DINE BY CUISINE ARABIC Mawal – Al Bustan Rotana The Courtyard Restaurant – Al Manzil Hotel Mawal – Al Murooj Rotana – Dubai Khaymat Al Bahar – Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Didon – Auris Plaza Hotel, Al Barsha Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Al Tannour – Crowne Plaza Dubai Sakura – Crowne Plaza Dubai Al Khayma – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Al Qasr – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa The Sushi Café – Fairmont Dubai Awtar – Grand Hyatt Dubai Al Basha – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Shahrzad – Hyatt Regency Dubai Al Nafoorah – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Al Nafoorah – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Al Khaima – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Al Diwan – Metropolitan Palace Hotel Fakhreldine Lebanese Restaurant – Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Café Arabesque – Park Hyatt Dubai The Lounge – Park Hyatt Dubai Al Hadiqa Restaurant & Tent – Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers Topkapi – Taj Palace Hotel Na3Na3 – The Address Dubai Mall Al Bayt – The Palace Downtown Dubai Ewaan – The Palace Downtown Dubai Amaseena – The RitzCarlton Dubai
ASIAN Benihana – Al Bustan Rotana Blue Elephant, Al Bustan Rotana Pai Thai – Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Benihana – Amwaj Rotana Armani/Hashi – Armani Hotel Dubai Hanabi – Asiana Hotel Yuraku – Asiana Hotel Asia Republic – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Nobu – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Saffron – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Al Iwan – Burj Al Arab Junsui – Burj Al Arab Sho-Cho – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Thai Bistro – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Benjarong – Dusit Thani Dubai Peppercrab – Grand Hyatt Dubai Sushi – Grand Hyatt Dubai Wox – Grand Hyatt Dubai Toshi – Grand Millennium Dubai Buddha Bar – Grosvenor House, Dubai Siddharta Lounge – Grosvenor House, Dubai Summer Palace Chinese
Restaurant Lounge & Bar – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Miyako – Hyatt Regency Dubai Shanghai Chic – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel White Orchid – Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Beachcombers – Jumeirah Beach Hotel Nomad – Jumeirah Creekside Hotel ET Sushi – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hakkasan – Jumeirah Emirates Towers The Noodle House – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Tokyo@thetowers – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Zheng He’s, Mina A’ Salam – Madinat Jumeirah Rooftop Terrace – Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Wok-In Restaurant – Mövenpick Hotel Deira Eau Zone – One&Only Royal Mirage The Thai Kitchen – Park Hyatt Dubai Minato – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Sumibiya – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek The China Club – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Yum – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Icho – Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai Indothai – Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai Tomo – Raffles Dubai Shang Palace – Shangri-La Hotel Dubai Creekside – Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Peacock – Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers Sakura – Taj Palace Hotel Okku – The H Hotel Dubai Shiba – The Meydan FAI – The Palace Downtown Dubai Thiptara – The Palace Downtown Dubai Blue Rain – The RitzCarlton, Dubai International Financial Centre Spice Emporium – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
INDIAN Zaika Restaurant – Al Murooj Rotana – Dubai Armani/Amal – Armani Hotel Dubai Masala – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa iZ – Grand Hyatt Dubai Indigo by Vineet – Grosvenor House, Dubai Chor Bazaar – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Amala – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor – Meliá Dubai Chutney’s – Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Ashiana – Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Handi – Taj Palace Hotel
MEDITERRANEAN Rosso – Amwaj Rotana Armani/Peck – Armani Hotel Dubai Armani/Ristorante – Armani Hotel Dubai Ronda Locatelli – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Pizzeria Le Dune – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Majlis Al Bahar – Burj Al Arab Cucina Italian Kitchen – Courtyard by Marriott, Dubai Green Community Al Fresco – Crowne Plaza Dubai Capanna Nuova – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Flooka – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Az.u.r – Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites Pax – Dusit Thani Dubai Andiamo! – Grand Hyatt Dubai Dante – Grand Millennium Dubai Luciano’s – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Soda Box – Hotel Pullman Mall of the Emirates Foccacia – Hyatt Regency Dubai Cubo Pasta – Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai Mistral – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Sicilia – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel La Traviata – Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Carnevale – Jumeirah Beach Hotel La Veranda – Jumeirah Beach Hotel Biscotti – Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Mosaico – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Brunello Restaurant – Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah The MED – Media One Hotel Prego’s – Media Rotana Dubai Sketch – Metropolitan Palace Hotel La Plaza – Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai Frankie’s – Oasis Beach Tower Thyme Restaurant – Oasis Beach Tower 101 – One&Only The Palm, Dubai La Moda – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Certo – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City Roccha Mediterranean Restaurant – Rixos The Palm Dubai Vivaldi – Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Rococo – Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Verdi – Taj Palace Hotel Shades – The Address Dubai Marina Bas Pasta – The Meydan Splendido – The RitzCarlton Dubai
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SEAFOOD Pierchic – Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Seaworld – Asiana Hotel Ossiano – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Fish Bazaar – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Divaz – Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Mi Vida – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Ossigeno – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Pizzeria – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Beach Bar & Grill – One&Only Royal Mirage Fish Market – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Al Mersat Restaurant – Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai Amwaj – Shangri-La Hotel Dubai Zeta – The Address Downtown Dubai
STEAKHOUSES Rodeo Drive – Al Bustan Rotana MJ’s, Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah Seafire – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Western Steakhouse – Crowne Plaza Dubai The Exchange Grill – Fairmont Dubai The Grand Grill – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Terra Firma – InterContinental Dubai Festival City Blue Flame – Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Gaucho – Dubai International Financial Centre The Rib Room – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Rhodes Twenty10 – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Palm Grill – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Fire & Ice – Raffles Dubai Chef’s Steak House Restaurant – Rixos The Palm Dubai Ruth’s Cris Steak House – The H Hotel Dubai Prime – The Meydan Center Cut – The RitzCarlton, Dubai International Financial Centre Hunters – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
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Enjoy flavours from around the world at Atrium restaurant where fine international fare is the order of the day. For a taste of Italy, try the delicious dishes at Dante. Atrium – International Belgian Beer Café – European Crystal Bar – Bar Dante – Italian Toshi – Asian Exit 36 – Garden venue
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Dubai Marina Toro Toro is one of the city's best destinations for a true taste of South America. Expect sumptuous meats and flavoursome sharing plates. Or try the finest Indian dishes served up at Indego by Vineet, a chic restaurant under the expert direction of the worldrenowned chef Vineet Bhatia.
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Bar 44 – Champagne bar Buddha Bar – Far Eastern Embassy Dubai – European Indego by Vineet – Indian Leaves – Afternoon tea Ottomans – Turkish Rhodes Mezzanine – British Rhodes in Residence– Afternoon tea Siddharta Lounge – Asian Sloane's – International The Bar – Bar The Gallery – Bar Toro Toro – South American
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Dubai Marina Savour a wide selection of tasty seafood and delicious fish dishes at Fish Bazaar.
Al Basha – Arabic Al Dhiyafa – International Al Majlis – Afternoon tea Fish Bazaar – Seafood Thai Restaurant Luciano’s – Italian Polo Bar – Cocktail bar Summer Place Chinese Restaurant Lounge & Bar – Chinese Salamar – Garden lounge The Grand Grill – Steakhouse The White Lounge – Lounge The Underground Pub – English
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Enjoy drinks by the pool and watch your favourite films at Movies Under The Stars nights every Thursday and Friday. Café Gazebo – International Jeema Restaurant – International
Savour sublime Italian food at this award-winning restaurant. Sleek interiors at BiCE Ristorante add to the ambience at this elegant evening-out destination. For a lively evening out Pachanga offers delicious Latin American flavours in a vibrant atmosphere. Axis Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea BiCE Skybar – Bar BiCE Restaurant - Italian Cuban Bar – Cuban Oceana – International Pachanga – Latin America Studio One – Sports bar Wavebreaker – Beach bar
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Sheikh Zayed Road For multicultural cuisine, visit allday dining restaurant Sanabel. Sanabel – International Soda Box – Mediterranean Vantage – Cocktail bar
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For a meal with a difference, why not try Al Dawaar. The restaurant not only boasts fine food but the city's only revolving restaurant. Al Dawaar – International Carpenter's Bar – Sports bar Hibiki – Karaoke lounge Miyako – Japanese Shahrzad – Arabic The Bar – Cocktail bar The Kitchen – International The Premiere Nightclub– Nightclub
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Cubo Pasta is a popular spot for delegates at neighbouring World Trade Centre. Cubo Pasta – Italian
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Dubai Festival City Step into old-world Paris and enjoy an afternoon at Bistro Madeleine. Choose from a selection of mouth watering starters, main courses and delicious patisseries. Available daily until November from 3pm to 7pm. Anise – International Bistro Madeleine – French Eclipse – Champagne bar Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire – French Terra Firma Steakhouse – Steakhouse
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Award-winning chefs Scott Price and Nick Alvis' table9 by nick and scott offers elegant cuisine in an intimate setting. Or you may like to try Issimo Bar & Lounge for the relaxing ambience and light bites on offer at this popular sports bar. Glasshouse – International Issimo Bar & Lounge – Sports bar table9 by nick and scott – European
Embark on a culinary journey at Ibn Majed. Buffets feature specialities from Germany, Thailand and India. Divaz – Seafood restaurant Mushref Bar – Cocktail bar Ibn Majed – International La Fontana – International La Traviata – Italian Tex Mex Steak House – American Sports Cafe – Sports bar White Orchid – Far Eastern
Latitude takes you on a journey through dining cultures. Savour creations from Mexico and India. Or try Arabic cuisine and British food on themed weeknights, from AED225 per person. 360° – Terrace bar Beachcombers – Far Eastern Carnevale – Italian Der Keller – German Dhow & Anchor – English Go West – American La Parrilla – Argentinean Latitude – International La Veranda – Italian Mahiki – Nightclub Uptown – Bar
JuMeiraH creekside Hotel
04 2308555 DIFC
Blue Flame will this month be serving foie gras dishes following the Nivo programme where exceptionally high ethical standards of production are reinforced. Available Monday to Friday from 6 to 11pm. Plumeria – Healthy café Blue Flame – Steak Cu-ba – Cuban Nomad – Asian Crimson Gallery - Afternoon tea
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Savour the finest oysters and bubbly from 5pm to 7pm every Wednesday and Thursday at Alfie's Oyster Night. AED620 for bubbly and six oysters. Alfie's – English Al Nafoorah – Arabic Clique – Bar ET Sushi – Japanese Hakkasan – Chinese Harry Ghatto’s – Karaoke lounge The Ivy Dubai – International Mosaico – Mediterranean The Agency – Wine bar The Noodle House – Far Eastern The Rib Room – Steakhouse Tokyo@thetowers – Japanese Vu’s Bar – Champagne bar Vu's Restaurant – International
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The Palm Jumeirah Imperium offers the best from French cuisine in a chic, brasserie-style setting. 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
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Try some authentic German flavours in a series of traditional and delicious dishes from this influential European nation at Brauhaus. Boston Bar – American Brauhaus – German Five Dining – International
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Brunello Restaurant offers Italian cooking at its best in the chic surroundings of Palm Jumeirah.
Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai is located in the heart of the city. Drop into La Plaza for a spot of Mediteranean fare.
Pay a visit to international restaurant Entre Nous for fine fare from all corners of the globe.
Beachside Barbecue – Brasserie Brunello Restaurant – Italian K-West Bar – Wine bar
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The Wharf is a British-style restaurant which serves delcious fare which includes big-bone, sticky beef ribs with mashed potatoes and the restaurant’s signature sticky sauce.
There is an exciting collection of culinary concepts to try here including Latest Recipe which offers dishes from around the world. Barasti – International Latest Recipe – International Watatsumi – Japanese Latitude Bar – Bar
Al Muna – International Al Samar Lounge – Afternoon tea Bahri Bar – Bar Shimmers – Beachside dining The Wharf – British Zheng He's – Chinese
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Dubai Marina Brasserie presents flavours from across the globe in this ecletic setting. Al Khaima – Arabic Al Murjan – Afternoon tea Maya – Mexican Bar Below – Wine bar Brasserie – International Mi Vida – Mediterranean/Seafood Ossigeno – Italian Pizzeria – Italian Rhodes Twenty10 – Steakhouse Seabreeze – Sports bar
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Dubai Media City The MED is a stylish yet relaxed Mediterranean eatery boasting stunning views over the Palm Jumeirah. THE DEK on 8 – Terrace bar The Z:ONE Bar & Lounge – Bar The MED – Mediterranean
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Prego's presents a delicious selection of gourmet Italian fare. Channels – International Prego's – Italian Nelson’s Bar – Pub Rare – Nightclub The Terrace – Outdoor bar
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Famed chefs Marco Pierre White and Sanjeev Kapoor head up two of the three restaurants at this hotel. Azalya – International Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor – Indian
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A quaint, old-school hotel located in Deira. Al Shindagah – International Al Diwan – Lebanese Malate Bar & Restaurant – Filipino Sketch – Mediterranean
Armani/Hashi For the finest in Japanese cuisine look no further than Armani/ Hashi which offers a chic Friday brunch and fine dining in sleek surroundings. Menu highlights include fresh sushi, noodles and meltin-the-mouth seabass. Location: Armani Hotel Dubai Contact: 04 8883888 Nobu This worldrenowned restaurant takes its name from celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Savour specialities such as black cod and wagyu gyoza. Location: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Contact: 04 4262626 ET Sushi A feast for the senses is on offer here as guests watch the creatively prepared plates of sushi pass by on the conveyor belt or sit on the terrace and enjoy à la carte choices including soups, hot and cold noodle dishes, tepanyaki and several kinds of ice cream. Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Contact: 04 3198088 Miyako Expect an authentic yet lively atmosphere at this vibrant restaurant. The extensive menu includes a range of traditional delicacies. Location: Hyatt Regency Dubai Contact: 04 3172221
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04 3366000 Bur Dubai
Chutneys restaurant features a selection of traditional North Indian dishes. Some of the culinary delights include gosht korma, tawa murgh and fish tikka. Chutney's – Indian Fakhreldine Lebanese Restaurant – Lebanese Pulse The Club – Nightclub Rooftop Terrace – Far Eastern Somerset’s – English The Fountain – International
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Located in the heart of Dubai’s historic quarter, this five-star property offers three food and beverage outlets for discerning tastes. Jigsaw – International Spiritz – Bar Wok-In Restaurant– Pan Asian
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Shanghai Chic offers a new menu with dishes from across Asia. Mistral – Arabic Al Bahou – Brunch buffet Sicilia – Italian Shanghai Chic – Chinese Moroc Bar – Moroccan lounge Chor Bazaar – Indian
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Jumeirah Beach Residence Start your weekend in style at West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge. Singer Harry Austin performs live rock and pop classics every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm. Enjoy the atmosphere with a 50 percent discount on selected beverages until 9pm. The Talk Restaurant & Lounge – International West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge – Sports bar
oasis Beach toweR Jumeirah Beach Residence For a true taste of Italy, don't miss a mouth-watering meal at Frankie's. There is also a taste of Japan at internationally renowned restaurant Wagamama or relax at Mai Tai where you can choose from a variety of refreshing cocktails. Frankie’s – Italian Mai Tai – Cocktail bar Thyme Restaurant – Mediterranean Wagamama – Noodle house
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Sheikh Zayed Road For an authentic taste of India, why not try a delicious meal at Ananta. This chic hotel, located close to Downtown Dubai and DIFC, also offers fine Asian fare Umai restaurant. Nine7One – International Umai – Asian Ananta – Indian The Lobby Lounge – Lounge The Lobby Bar - Bar
Enjoy fun for all the family at the Friday Fun Food Festival. This is one of the city's best family brunches. Held on the second floor of the hotel, it's available every Friday from 12:30pm until 4pm. Choose from more than 200 dishes from 10 of the hotel's first-class food outlets. There's also a children's buffet and live band. From AED149 per person. 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
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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 and Downtown Dubai. Infiniti Bar & Terrace – Bar Lemon Pepper – International
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Celebrities restaurant has undergone an exciting redesign. Dine in style on delicious dishes such as wild mushroom risotto. Beach Bar & Grill – Seafood Celebrities – International Eauzone – Far Eastern Kasbar – Nightclub Nina – International Olives – International The Jetty – Beach Bar The Roof Top Lounge – Bar The Rotisserie – International Tagine – Moroccan
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The Palm Jumeirah Zest combines flavours of east and west for a sensational dining experience at this chic location on Palm Jumeirah. 101 Dining Lounge and Bar – Mediterranean Stay by Yannick Alléno – French Zest – Oriental and Middle Eastern
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04 6021234 Garhoud
Masters of Food & Wine is a special culinary experience evening on September 21 featuring an interactive tea-infused cocktail master class and a fantastic barbecue dinner at exceptional French restaurant, Traiteur. Cafe Arabesque - Arabic The Lounge – Arabic The Terrace – Bar The Thai Kitchen – Thai Traiteur – French
Embark on a culinary journey of Italy at Certo where delicious pizza and pastas are a delight. Certo – Italian Chef's House – International Icon Bar & Lounge – Sports bar Tamanya Terrace – Cocktail bar
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Sheikh Zayed Road Indo Thai offers authentic flavours of Asia in a stunning setting decorated in Oriental style. Or try Icho for tasty Japanese dishes in chic surroundings. Celsius – All-day dining Mo*Vida Nightclub – Nightclub Icho – Japanese Indo Thai Asian Restaurant – Asian
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Enjoy an array of international favourites at Azur restaurant. Azur – International Crossroads – Cocktail Bar Fire & Ice – Steakhouse People By Crystal – Nightclub Raffles Salon – Afternoon Tea Tomo – Japanese
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Jumeirah Beach Residence This hotel, located in Jumeirah Beach Residence, is home to the city's first Brazilian restaurant and well worth a visit. Shores – International Fogueira –Brazilian
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Palm Jumeirah Enjoy sushi, snacks and tapas at Biber lounge and bar. A la Turca – International L'Olivo Restaurant – Italian Nargile - Shisha lounge Biber- Lounge Salt - Seafood
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Sheikh Zayed Road/DIFC Sample creative dishes from around the world at Petals. Café Rose – Afternoon tea Petals – International
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Sheikh Zayed Road Hoi An offers modern Vietnamese cuisine with French influences, served in a vibrant and colourful atmosphere. Balcony Bar – Bar Dunes Café – International Hoi An – Vietnamese/French Ikandy – Cocktail bar Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Marrakech – Moroccan Shang Palace – Chinese
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Vivaldi offers stunning views of Dubai Creek which present the perfect backdrop to a delicious Italian meal. Ashiana – Indian Chelsea Arms – English pub Creekside – Japanese Vivaldi – Italian
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Dubai Marina Visit Peacock for delicious Chinese cuisine. Al Hadiqa Restaurant & Tent – Lebanese Ciao Ristorante – Italian Moods Bar – Bar Palm Garden – International Peacock – Chinese
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An abundance of dining options is on offer here including Mediterranean restaurant Sanabel offering a host of European fare. Sanctuary Pool Lounge - Lounge Sanabel - Mediterranean Vantage - lounge
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Dubai Marina A.O.C. French Brasserie is one of the city's best destinations for fine French food offering an authentic taste of the country in an array of delicious fish and meat dishes. Don't miss the melt-in-the-mouth pastries which are freshly made at this exceptional eaterie. AOC French Brasserie – French Plantation – Afternoon tea Rococo – Italian The Hub – Sports bar
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Palm Jumeirah Porterhouse Steaks & Grills offers a delicious selection of top-quality meat dishes served in the chic surroundings of this stunning Polynesian-themed property on Palm Jumeirah.
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Bas Pasta – Italian Equus Bar – Poolside dining Farriers – International Millennium Lounge – International Prime – Steak house Shiba – Asian
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Handi is the place to go for fine Indian thali. Handi – Indian Le Rendezvous – International Sakura – Japanese Topkapi – Arabic Verdi – Italian
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Downtown Dubai Indulge in an array of freshly prepared, all-you-can-eat sushi at Fazaris on Wednesdays and Thursdays until August 31. Priced from AED185 per person. Calabar – Latin lounge Fazaris – Italian and Japanese Neos – Cocktail bar Risala – Afternoon tea Zeta – Seafood
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Downtown Dubai Enjoy an array of authentic flavours of Arabia at Na3Na3.
Blends – Lounge bar Kambaa – Lobby lounge Mazina – International Shades – Mediterranean
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Emirates Hills Enjoy tapas at Monty's every evening. Choose from an offering including crispy calamari with lemon mayonnaise. Available Sunday to Thursday from 7 to 9pm. Priced from AED109 per person. Monty's – Pub Links – International Monty Cristo's – Cigar lounge Nineteen – International
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Sheikh Zayed Road Savour the finest quality produce and a delicious steak at one of the city's most popular spots. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse offers a gourmet dining experience in chic surroundings. Okku – Japanese Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - Steakhouse Gold lounge – Lounge Mizaan - International
Sheikh Zayed Road Moka Café serves an excellent daily international buffet with a host of dishes to choose from at this sumptuous feast served in a chic and contemporary setting. Moka Café – All-day dining
Dubai Marina Blue Jade celebrates the mystique and authenticity of Asian cuisine. Diners are taken on a journey through the East with exotic aromas and authentic flavours in an exquisite dining experience. Amaseena – Arabic Blue Jade - Asian Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Library Bar – Aperitifs/nightcaps Splendido – Italian
Center Cut is a delicious steak house serving the finest quality produce cooked to perfection. Alternatively, enjoy the flavours of Thailand at Blue Rain. Blue Rain – Thai Can Can – French bistro Center Cut – Steakhouse No.5 Lounge & Bar – Bar
Al Murooj Rotana This stylish bar is located in the heart of the city. AQUArA
Dubai Marina Yacht Club Enjoy spectacular views over Dubai Marina. At.mosphere
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Blends brings a taste of Havana on Wednesday nights with a salsa instructor, Cuban-Latino sounds and complimentary beverages for ladies. From 6pm to 3am.
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Ewaan is one of the best choices for traditional Arabian delicacies. Or, enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Al Bayt featuring velvet pancakes and rose-petal cheesecake served from 2 to 6pm, AED150 per person.
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Enjoy the finest, succulent steaks with sensational racecourse views at stunning restaurant, Prime.
Manava – International Studio Du Chef – French Porterhouse Steaks & Grills – International Bottega - Italian Deli – Italian Hong Loong - Asian
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Dubai's rich cultural mix has given rise to a wide variety of cuisines. All cooking styles can be found here from Italian and Japanese to Korean and Lebanese. Local Arabic food tends to be full of flavour with an array of spices used in rice, fish and meat dishes. On special occasions, such as weddings, camel is served while camel's milk is viewed as a healthy drink. Expect a host of vibrant dishes from local cuisine. Al Mahshi: Roasted lamb stuffed with rice, raisins, onions, eggs and a host of different spices and seasoning. This dish is usually prepared for feasts and weddings. Al Balaleet: This is a kind of fine pasta made from eggs, onion, cinnamon, sugar and oil. It is usually eaten for breakfast.
Dubai Marina Blue Orange takes you on a journey through the flavours of the world in a range of tasty dishes. Blue Orange – International Bussola – Italian Hunters – Steakhouse Oeno – Wine bar Senyar – Bar Spice Emporium – Thai
Al Harees: An ancient dish that consists of small pieces of meat, wheat and water. This dish is prepared by putting meat in the pot and adding wheat and then cooking until the meat is very tender. The mix is then beaten to become a porridge. Finally the pot is surrounded by charcoal and left to cook overnight.
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Sheikh Zayed Road Teatro is one of Dubai's most established and popular venues where a wonderful fusion of Asian and western cuisine is served. Expect a menu boasting mouthwatering prawn tempura and succulent steaks among delicious dishes. Teatro – International Long’s Bar – Bar Wraps – International
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The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and Mirdif City Centre Authentic Italian cuisine in a friendly environment. CAvAlli ClUB
Fairmont Dubai A chic nightspot that attracts a trendy late-night crowd. Centimetro
Souk Madinat Jumeirah Enjoy bruschetta sold in 10cm denominations. Chi’Zen
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Expect succulent steaks at this New York grill and bar.
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PALM JUMEIRAH AND ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI This manmade island is home to an incredible selection of first-class restaurants, bars, entertainment and white sand beaches. Luxury resort Atlantis The Palm, Dubai calls this idyllic spot home. From world-class restaurants to the finest in designer shopping the hotel also offers family fun at Aquaventure water park set in 42 acres with speed slides, river rapids and lush tropical landscapes. Take a ride on the Palm Monorail for panoramas of this unique island.
DUBAI MARINA MALL, THE WALK AT JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE, JUMEIRAH BEACH Nestled among a clutch of skyhigh towers Dubai Marina Mall offers an unforgettable shopping experience. Browse designer brands before relaxing at a selection of restaurants or enjoy al fresco eateries lining the water’s edge. Minutes away are Jumeirah Beach and The Walk at JBR where a leafy boulevard boasts cafés, fivestar hotels and art stores. Skydive Dubai is based at Jumeirah Beach for your chance to soar over the stunning sights below.
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MADINAT JUMEIRAH HOTEL, BURJ AL ARAB, JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL This picturesque cluster of Jumeirah properties boasts an eclectic range of luxury hotels, fine dining and entertainment. Shop at Souk Madinat, relax in the Assawan Spa or make waves at Wild Wadi water park. For the ultimate in luxury experiences visit Burj Al Arab with stunning ocean views, ornate interiors and decadent dining. Or enjoy the pristine beaches of Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
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Ask the concierge desk for a copy of the Concierge Dubai fold-out map with tips on what to see and do in the city
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MALL OF THE EMIRATES, SKI DUBAI Hundreds of designer stores, boutiques and entertainment options abound in this sprawling mall. Enjoy a 14 screen cinema complex or dine in one of two food courts. For something different, try Ski Dubai. The Middle East’s first indoor skiing complex offers a range of alpine fun from skiing to snowboarding.
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THE DUBAI MALL, BURJ KHALIFA AND THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN The world’s largest mall offers more than 1,200 shops alongside an abundance of dining and entertainment options. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is teeming with ocean life while The Dubai Fountain can be accessed from the mall where a stunning water show takes place every half hour each evening at the foot of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
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DUBAI CREEK, SOUKS AND DUBAI MUSEUM The heart of the city, the Creek is a stunning spot to catch a glimpse of authentic Dubai. See dhows (traditional boats) ply their trade along the waters while early morning visitors will see fishermen at work on the river banks. Also in this part of the city is Dubai Museum which makes for a fascinating day out with interactive displays and exhibits charting the emirate’s history from its pearl diving days. Stop by the gold, spice and perfume souks for some traditional treasures before leaving this vibrant area.
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Ying Feng, jewellery designer and creator of Ying’s Jewels, shares her Dubai highlights
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I am originally from Beijing in China but have spent the greater part of my life in Singapore and have been living in Dubai for four years. There is always something interesting happening here. I attend art exhibitions often as there is a real cultural evolution taking place. It’s amazing the number of art galleries opening up in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and the quality and variety of work on display. Dubai is a beautiful place to be all year round, however it is simply irresistible from October to April. At weekends, I enjoy some quality time with my family and enjoy lazing around in our garden. If I ever feel homesick, I simply prepare a nice pot of Chinese tea as I always keep a stock of the very best green, red or fruit and herbal teas from China. I play my favourite Chinese music, slouch on my sofa and imagine I am at home in Qingdao. Dining is something my whole family enjoy and there is an incredible selection of restaurants to experience in Dubai. Kaleidoscope at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai offers a wonderful
international buffet and is great place for the family. I love the Brazilian brunch at Frevo, Fairmont The Palm which is held every Friday. Gaucho at Dubai International Financial Centre is an excellent choice for fine Argentinian food. When friends and family come to visit, I make a point of taking them to Burj Khalifa. Not only is it the tallest building in the world, but it is a breathtaking structure and an incredible feat of design. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is a fantastic place to take friends and family with its stunning location on Palm Jumeirah and wealth of entertainment options. Living in Dubai, we are in the perfect location for shopping. My favourite place to shop is Mall of the Emirates. There is just so much choice under one roof. Dubai is a city that welcomes and embraces everyone. I feel so at home here. My fondest memories are all connected to time spent with my family. We have a beautiful life here and I treasure every moment of it.
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is a fantastic place to take friends and family with its stunning location on Palm Jumeirah and wealth of entertainment options
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