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Already established as one of the world’s foremost shopping destinations, Dubai is also fast becoming a centre for style. Majestic malls not only boast some of fashion’s leading brands but increasingly stage high-profile events attracting the industry’s leading lights. Visitors can soak up some of that creative atmosphere at a slew of prestigious fashion events before taking to the malls to enjoy endless designer possibilities. Dubai’s malls play host to fashion royalty this month in a series of exclusive events. The Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience is one of the most high profile and sees Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani join fashion’s finest at The Dubai Mall. Turn to page 48 for more. Leading watchmakers Tissot has been at the forefront of timepiece fashion and innovation since 1853. Concierge marks its 160 th anniversary with an exploration of Tissot’s history on page 42. No trip to Dubai is complete without enjoying a delicious brunch. The city’s finest restaurants and hotels stand ready to offer the most decadent of Friday feasts, turn to page 98 for some of the finest. Explore Dubai’s property scene this month with an indispensable guide to investing in the thriving local real estate market, starting on page 111.
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Elegant and feminine, the traditional dress for women in this region is a flowing black gown known as an abaya. Nowadays, visitors to the emirate can see graceful women pass by in a variety of designs boasting beautiful embroidery and stylish embellishments. This month, the very best in local clothing design is celebrated at Fashion Forward, a showcase of talented regional designers and their innovative fashions. Turn to page 34 for more on this inspirational event.
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Contents OCTOBER 2013 / IssuE 110
The emirateâ€™s top attractions, news and events
Shop 34/Success by design
The talent set to shine at Fashion Forward
42/Time to celebrate 160 years of excellence at Tissot
Dubaiâ€™s malls play host to high profile events
Discover 56/Moving with the times
Dubai Moving Image Museum opens its doors
62/Written in the stars Stargazing in the UAE
70/New horizons Magnificent aerial panoramas from the UAE skies
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Aerial photography offers a new view
Contents OCTOBER 2013 / IssuE 110
Experience 84/The good life See Dubai in style with luxury tours on air, land and sea
Try a traditional hammam spa treatment
Taste 98/Room for more
Whet your appetite at a grand Friday brunch
104/Ship to shore
From net to plate, discover the ocean’s culinary riches
111/Building a future
CAYAN TOWER, DUBAI MARINA
Concierge’s essential guide to Dubai’s burgeoning property scene
Simon Coates, arts centre manager and curator at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, shares his Dubai highlights
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128 Shop Malls / Souks
130 Discover Art galleries / Tours / Museums
Experience Adventure / Family activities / Golf / Sports
142 Taste Hotel outlets & promotions / Independent outlets
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TA S T E Cocktail hour
As the sun sets on Dubai, the city’s vibrant evening entertainment scene comes to life. Choose from a host of chic destinations offering just the right ambience in any number of luxurious settings. Cavalli Club at Fairmont Dubai is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s most exclusive destinations. The place to be seen among the city’s social elite, refreshing cocktails are prepared by expert bartenders. When: Daily, 8pm to 3am. Contact: 04 3329260
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A special time of celebration for Muslims around the world, the eid Al Adha two-day islamic festival is expected to start in the UAe on october 14. The faithful will gather in the morning to perform the eid prayer before joining loved ones for a special meal.
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Join in a celebration of traditional Arabic cuisine at sofitel dubai Jumeirah Beach. The 1001 Nights feast marks eid Al Adha with an array of authentic dishes. A.o.c. French Brasserie offers guests an Arabian-themed buffet featuring hot and cold mezze, succulent ouzi lamb and live chicken shawarma station. A delicious sweet selection makes the perfect finish. When: daily, throughout eid Al Adha from 7 to 11.30pm. How much: From Aed220 per person, inclusive of soft beverages; Aed 320 per person, inclusive of selected house beverages. Contact: 04 4484733
October 3 to 14 World of Fashion is a glittering annual luxury fashion showcase held at Mall of the emirates. The latest autumn/winter collections will be presented during a series of catwalk shows and exhibitions. There will also be a host of competitions and viP soirées to take part in. Now in its fifth year, the event has attracted over 50,000 shoppers to date with an impressive roster of previously participating luxury brands such as dior, Louis vuitton, Burberry and Lanvin. Admission is free. Contact: facebook.com/HarpersBazaarArabia
CITYSCAPE GLOBAL October 8 to 10 This successful annual property event sees major players in the real estate sector come together at dubai World Trade centre. running for over a decade, the important platform attracts more than 25,000 participants including real estate investors, architects and designers. This is also a useful event for those interested in investing in property or learning more about real estate developments in the region. register for admission online. Contact: cityscapeglobal.com
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e X Per i e Nce The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride
cruise Burj Lake and marvel at the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in this incredible attraction that brilliantly blends the past and future. The dubai Fountain Lake ride sees a fleet of abras (traditional boats) ply the waters of the 30-acre lake, providing visitors with stunning new vistas of the surrounding iconic sights. From The dubai Mall to The dubai Fountain, there are plenty of remarkable photographic opportunities to be had. rides take place in the evenings, at 30-minute intervals in between The dubai Fountain shows. Where: downtown dubai. When: sat to Thu 5.45 to 11.30pm. How much: Aed65 per person. Contact: burjkhalifa.ae
October 8 to 11 The international coffee & Tea Festival is a one-stop shop for coffee and tea lovers with a wide selection of barista and café products and accompaniments. Workshops, seminars and the UAe Barista & Latte Art championships make this is a fantastic showcase for regional retailers and roasters. Contact: 04 3355001
SANDANCE THE KILLERS October 11 American rock band The Killers is the headline act at this iconic al fresco music festival as it returns following a break for the summer. international dJs, food, drinks and additional musical acts make for a fun evening on the beach at Atlantis The Palm, dubai. Tickets cost from Aed295. Contact: 055 2004321
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one of the first places i suggest guests visit is At the top, the viewing platform at Burj khalifa. the panoramas from the observation deck on level 124 of this impressive tower are sensational. the Dubai Mall is another must-visit destination during a visit to Dubai. the world’s largest mall has everything a person could wish to find, from an enormous amount of shops and every type of cuisine, to activities such as ice skating and movies. skydive Dubai is another unforgettable encounter. it’s an amazing, adrenaline-filled activity which provides incredible views over manmade island Palm Jumeirah and the gulf. experience a taste of Dubai’s famed nightlife at a host of exciting venues across the city. cavalli club, at Fairmont Dubai, is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s most luxurious clubs while People by crystal at raffles Dubai is also an excellent choice for a memorable evening out. Dubai’s gourmet dining scene is full of exceptional options to choose from. For a romantic occasion, Al Muntaha restaurant at Burj Al Arab offers stunning views of the Arabian gulf accompanied by a selection of mouthwatering european dishes. Afterwards, studio du chef at sofitel the Palm, Dubai offers a wonderful cellared beverage selection with a sommelier on hand to make helpful suggestions. For an enriching afternoon, i recommend a walk around Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood where traditional wind towers and winding lanes take you on a journey to times past. Atmospheric Dubai creek also offers a host of wonderful photographic opportunities such as traditional boats called abras which ferry visitors along its gentle waters.
chanel recently unveiled its third UAe boutique with a stunning store at Mall of the emirates. the legendary fashion house commissioned acclaimed new York architect Peter Marino to give the space a special touch. A feel of Parisian elegance flows throughout the roomy boutique where clients are first greeted by a stunning display of handbags. Adjoined is a room dedicated to chanel’s exquisite watches and fine jewellery. When: sun to Wed, 10am to 10pm, thu to sat, 10am to midnight. Where: Fashion Dome, Mall of the emirates. Contact: 04 3818400
D i s c oV e r Camel racing
this ancient sport of sheikhs has enjoyed a renaissance in recent decades. each adrenaline-fuelled 60-kilometres-per-hour race comprises brightly coloured robot jockeys which replaced the child jockeys a few years ago. the official race season runs from october to the end of April and individual races take place on thursdays, Fridays and saturdays with an average of two races a day. Contact: Dubai camel racing club on 050 7740005
style and innovation effortlessly combine in the Montblanc timewalker World-time hemispheres timepieces which are able to simultaneously show the hour in the world’s 24 time zones. the watch hands indicate the local time at the wearer’s location while the ring around the dial bears the names of 24 cities, each representing a different time zone. Montblanc’s latest creations are also available in northern and southern editions. the northern hemisphere model shows a map of the earth with the north Pole at its centre while the southern hemisphere timepiece shows the south Pole. Both models are available at the Montblanc boutique at the Dubai Mall. Contact: 04 4340300
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step into a world of luxurious treats at parisian chocolate boutique, Forrey & Galland. Lovingly created from the finest ingredients with a touch of French flair, macaroons, dates and sweets take pride of place alongside an array of sumptuous handmade chocolates at The Dubai Mall boutique. When: Daily, 10am to 10pm. Contact: 04 3398850
Christie’s Dubai is this month introducing a watch sale: the only auction in this category to be held in the Middle East. As part of the biannual auction, around 48 pieces from international luxur y watch brands will be presented with estimates ranging from Us$1,000 (AED3,673) to Us$80,000 (AED293,840) and with a total value of around Us$1 million (A ED3.6 million). Brands represented include Breguet, patek philippe, piguet, Bulgari and Cartier (pictured). The sale will be held on october 29. Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Contact: christies.com
E x pEr i E NCE Fashion Forward
Now in its second edition, this hugely successful fashion event returns for another exciting instalment. Top designers from across the region join members of the public for a celebration of all things fashion. A lively programme includes talks and workshops by the industry’s leading lights while fashion shows present the very latest designs. Where: Madinat Jumeirah. When: oct 15 to 18. How much: register online for admission. Contact: fashionforward.ae
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Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood Meander along the winding streets of Al Fahidi historical Neighbourhood for a colourful portrait of old Dubai. This enchanting quarter was built in 1859 and its streets are still steeped in the emirate’s varied history. Located on the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, the area is a special haven for those seeking to spend a pleasant afternoon surrounded by traditional Arabic architecture, visiting Dubai Museum or taking in some of the vibrant art galleries located here. No trip to this wonderful area would be complete without visiting the sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Aside from a packed series of events, the centre hosts cultural brunches and dinners. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to experience Emirati life first hand.
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DP WORLD TOUR C H A M P I O N S H I P 2 013 October 8 to 11 The greats of the golf world will battle it out for Us$11.75 million and the race to Dubai crown in one of the most anticipated events of the sport’s calendar. The Dp World Tour Championship will see the european Tour’s top 60 golfers compete on the earth course at Jumeirah Golf estates in the final event of the season-long race to Dubai. register online for free admission. Contact: 04 3400066
TA s T e Dinner cruise
enjoy a feast for all the senses on a dinner cruise along Dubai Creek where gourmet food is served alongside stunning views of old and new Dubai. An extensive à la carte menu combines traditional favourites with adventurous modern creations. savour pan-seared scallops and prawns, Thai crab with minted avocado or traditional Arabic mezze. stand-out dishes also include duck rillettes terrine with citrus salad and cranberry caviar and asparagus risotto with morel mushroom and white truffle foam. When: Daily, 7.45pm. Contact: bateauxdubai.com
F O R M U L A 1 E T I H A D A I R WAY S ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX November 1 to 3 prepare for a spectacular show at one of the most anticipated events of the year. Abu Dhabi will play host to the world’s leading racing drivers as around 50,000 eager race fans from all over the world pack into the impressive Yas Marina Circuit to watch all the high-speed action. There will also be plenty of exciting activities to enjoy away from the circuit with Depeche Mode and Muse in concert, gala dinners, balls and lavish parties at the social events of the year. Contact: yasmarinacircuit.com
D I s C oV e r Downtown Design
The stage is set for an exciting showcase of design talent. This innovative event will be held at the base of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in custom-built The Venue, Downtown Dubai. exhibitors include leading Italian furniture makers poltrona Frau, Cassina and Cappellini. When: oct 29 to 31 from 6 to 8pm each day, Nov 1 from midday to 6pm.
D U B A I I N T E R N TAT I O N A L MOTOR SHOW November 5 to 9 some of the world’s most luxurious cars are showcased at the largest motor show in the Middle east. This premium event has been a forum for prestigious launches over its 24-year history. held at Dubai International Convention and exhibition Centre, the show welcomes over 100,000 motoring enthusiasts and trade professionals from all over the globe. Tickets cost AeD50 per person. Contact: 04 3086014
GITEX Shopper 2013 Visit the region’s largest consumer electronics retail show packed with world-class brands presenting the very latest in gadgets and cutting-edge technology. Join a huge audience of IT professionals and eagleeyed shoppers out to stock up on the best deals and latest must-have electronics. Where: Dubai World Trade Centre. When: oct 5 to 12. Contact: 04 3086085
In bloom The dreamy landscape of Dubai Miracle Garden offers the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city. The flowering oasis is awash with bright colours and fantastical floral forms that pay fitting tribute to natureâ€™s wonders. Winding paths dissect great swathes of lush greenery peppered with a host of horticultural gems. The futuristic garden in the Arabian Ranches area of the city is home to more than 45 million blooms in all shapes and sizes with 45 different varieties of flower on show. Spend a few hours exploring the colourful twists and turns of this innovative attraction. Flowering pyramids in pink and orange hues appear at one turn, followed by pretty peacocks in petals and classic cars sprouting an array of buds at the next. Bright blooms are woven around archways overhead while a quirky canopy of rainbowcoloured umbrellas adds a unique touch. A prayer room, restaurant and shop are also here to visit, or simply pause at one of the sitting areas dotted throughout the garden to soak up the sights and aromas of this calming space. 30
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A timepiece for the seasoned traveller, the Capeland Worldtimer draws on the rich heritage of this esteemed watchmaker to embody a passion for exploration. The stylish watch delivers exceptional performance while boasting a vintage feel. At a glance, check the time in 24 cities or view the self-winding mechanical movement through the stunning sapphire case back. Contact: 04 3398880
Success by design style showcase fashion forward provides a chance for local designers to shine
A flurry of flash bulbs illuminates the runway as statuesque models march to a carefully choreographed rhythm. Every detail has been painstakingly considered from lighting, set design and the show’s soundtrack to the order in which each meticulously dressed model takes to the stage. As the curtain prepares to rise on the stylish spectacle, hundreds of eager fashion aficionados file into neat rows to view the latest collections from designers of the moment. This familiar scene is unfolding here in Dubai, far from the established fashion capitals of New York, Paris, London and Milan. The city’s fashion star is on the rise and is attracting international design talent as one of the world’s leading destinations for luxury goods. Now in its second season, Fashion Forward is an innovative showcase of the region’s finest creative talent and as such, at the forefront of a renewed focus on furthering Dubai’s fashion credentials. At the heart of Fashion Forward, which is set to continue as a biannual event, is of course the clothing. Taking centre stage are amazing readyto-wear and couture pieces that are the product of many months of dedication and hard work by the designers. The true stars of each impressive fashion show are the designers themselves who watch proudly from the sidelines of each catwalk show as their ideas are finally presented in this ultimate showcase.
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As Season Two approaches, an incredible selection of talent from across the region is preparing to send collections down the Fashion Forward runway. Among the returning designers is a host of new names showing work for the first time. One of the most anticipated is Dubai-based designer Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi who brings a regal influence to her designs and is new to Fashion Forward. As the daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, HH Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, the Sheikha grew up immersed in the influences of high fashion and took inspiration from
tailors crafting custom gowns. Her collection boasts beautifully crafted evening wear with a contemporary edge. Expect a 1960s influence across an eclectic series of pieces that combine neon jacquards with crocheted lace and comprise varied incarnations from gowns to jumpsuits. Meanwhile, making a triumphant return to Fashion Forward are the brothers behind The Emperor 1688. Farhan, Babak and Haman Golkar are British/Iranian designers based in Dubai and a success story in men’s fashion. “We decided to combine our
love of design and celebrate our creative differences by starting a fashion label that would create something unique in the fashion industry, particularly in menswear,” says Babak Golkar. “It is vitally important for any designer to showcase their ideas in a runway presentation. Fashion Forward is a professional environment where we can present out collections internationally. We are based in Dubai so it is important to have a show in Dubai. This city is one of the leading retail capitals of the world. It’s also a potential fashion industry capital of the region,” says Golkar. The brothers are showing the spring/summer 2014 collection at Fashion Forward, with pieces that are the product of many months of dedication. “It is a wonderful moment when six months of designing, research and creating comes to life in first fittings with models for our runway presentations. It’s the first time we
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When: Fashion Forward Season Two runs from October 15 to 18 Where: Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Contact: 04 4327844 or visit fashionforward.ae
see our vision come to life. We go to great lengths to make sure quality is always present in everything we make and are pleased to be returning to Fashion Forward,” says Golkar. Also making a welcome return is Dina JSR. From an international background, Dina JSR is of Lebanese origin, but was brought up in Saudi Arabia before training at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Cocktail and evening dresses are her speciality in bold colours, strong geometric shapes with shimmering embellishments. “I honestly felt it was a great opportunity for me to have my first fashion show in Dubai
“It’s very important for us as Arab designers to be able to develop fashion in the Middle East and in Dubai there is great exposure that you can’t find elsewhere”
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at Fashion Forward Season One. Dubai is a place that has some of the most stylish women, a cosmopolitan city with a very eclectic mix. “It’s very important for us as Arab designers to develop fashion in the Middle East and in Dubai there is great exposure that you can’t find elsewhere,” says Dina, who will show her spring/summer 2014 collection during Fashion Forward Season Two.
Dima Ayad is another Dubai-based designer showing her latest designs at Fashion Forward. Originally from Lebanon, she is another of this region’s success stories. Her autumn/ winter 2011 collection was shown off-schedule at London Fashion Week and she has gone on to design a capsule prom collection for Saks Fifth Avenue and a Ramadan-inspired abaya collection for Harvey Nichols in Dubai. “Fashion Forward is important because it’s being done right. It is becoming the region’s most credible platform for all fashion designers,” says Ayad. Fashion Forward’s first instalment in April was a resounding success and was attended by more than 12,000 guests. The impressive event, held at Madinat Jumeirah, provided a vital platform for talented local designers and a valuable opportunity for the region’s fashion community to come together and exchange ideas. Industry professionals from across the globe shared their expertise as part of a developmental programme of events that ran alongside exciting catwalk shows. Building on the great gains of the first event, visitors can expect even more from Season Two, as it attracts major players from the global fashion industry. Accompanying this key collective will be stylists and buyers from all sectors of the fashion world, while a series of illuminating talks from established designers will be an added attraction. Academic panel discussions peppered throughout the four-day event also aim to lend support to
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up-and-coming talent. The popular Fashion Gallery and Fashion Café will return, offering plenty to keep visitors and the region’s fashion elite entertained in between four catwalk shows. There will also be plenty of opportunities to shop as the latest musthave accessories are available to buy at the Pop-Up store. “Fashion Forward Season One clearly demonstrated the tremendous talent here in the region. We were thrilled with the widespread support from all corners of the fashion community,” says Bong Guerrero, founder and CEO of Fashion Forward. “Participation from leading academic institutions and international industry professionals means we have been absolutely inundated with interest for Season Two, which is a solid benchmark,” he adds. Fashion Forward’s bid to foster such an incredible roster of design talent is firmly supported by Dubai Design District, which has thrown its weight behind Season Two.
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Fa s h i o n F o r wa r d season Two designer roll call Amira Haroon: Dubai-based designer who launched her label for women in 2009 Dima Ayad: Dubai-based Lebanese designer who launched her label in 2010 Emperor 1688: Luxury menswear designer Essa: UAE-based designer with Indian roots specialising in vintage fabrics Ezra: Dubai-based Filipino couture design house Endemage: Fusion of east and west in this label from two Omani sisters House of Fatam: Elegant and edgy designs from three Emirati sisters Kage: Dubai-based Bohemian fashion label Madiyah Al Sharqi: Emirati designer with regal, yet edgy, themes Michael Cinco: Filipino fashion designer to the stars, based in Dubai Rami Kadi: Lebanese couture designer Starch: Lebanese designer known for eye-popping colour Tahir Sultan: Kuwaiti and Indian womenswear designer Zayan The Label: Clothing line from the co-founder of successful UAE boutique s*uce Dina JSR: Designer of bold cocktail and evening gowns
The first phase of Dubai Design District, also known as d3, is expected to be completed by January 2015. The specialist zone will foster the local creative community by providing a platform and city space for the UAE’s design, luxury and fashion industry. “Fashion Forward’s inaugural season was a success and as a new home for the Emirate’s design and fashion industry, Dubai Design District (d3) wanted to lend its support. The success of the first season was really underpinned by the organisation’s enthusiasm and commitment to develop the fashion industry. This helped attract leading industry players and a keen interest from the public. We see Fashion Forward as a key partner working with Dubai Design District to nurture emerging regional talent and maximise the potential of the design, luxury and fashion industry. “Aside from lending our endorsement to the season itself, representatives from d3 will be present at various events and shows,” says Dr Amina Al Rustamani, d3 spokesperson and group CEO of Tecom Investments. “We will be encouraging local talent to engage as much as possible, within that, Fashion Forward’s ongoing academic and development programmes are particularly important.” “Developing local talent is something that d3 is absolutely dedicated to and there are clear synergies with Fashion Forward’s objectives. We hope that in the future Fashion Forward continues to go from strength to strength.”
Time to celebrate Tissot watches embody a unique blend of innovation and style that has been 160 years in the making
Nestled among Switzerland’s beautiful Jura Mountains is the enchanting city of Le Locle, a picture-postcard destination where lush rolling hills meet blankets of alpine forest. It is here, among the pointed rooftops and quaint cobbled streets, that the watchmaking industry was born. Along the winding streets, workshops and residences sit side by side as they have since the 17th century when watchmaker Daniel Jean Richard first encouraged local farmers to manufacture timepiece components. Since then, watchmaking has been the lifeblood of Le Locle, which is in turn considered the birthplace of the horology industry and awarded UNESCO World Heritage status as a result. Some of Le Locle’s greatest triumphs stem from the achievements of innovative timepiece creator Tissot. From the humble beginnings of its workshop in the town in 1853, Tissot has grown to become one of watchmaking’s leading lights. This year marks Tissot’s 160th anniversary and is a timely reminder of an incredible success story that is the very embodiment of the company’s motto, ‘innovators by tradition’. A blend of expert craftsmanship, classic style and bold vision has seen the firm consistently innovate over the decades with special collections and a number of world firsts. As early as 1853, Tissot released the first mass-produced pocket watch followed by a pocket watch with two time zones. Another first followed in 1930 with the world’s first anti-magnetic watch which combated the effects of magnetic fields on the watch mechanism. Almost 70 years later and the revolutionary touch-screen technology in the T-Touch watch simply affirmed Tissot’s pioneering credentials.
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That pioneering spirit also extended to the world of sport when Tissot became the official timekeeper and partner at a host of major events including the cycling, fencing and ice hockey world championships as well as the RBS Six Nations Rugby tournament. Aligned to some of the greats of the sporting and acting world, ambassadors for the brand include MotoGP racer Bradley Smith, US basketball star Tony Parker and Chinese actress Barbie Xu. In further testament to the brand’s enduring appeal, Tissot creations have been worn by some of history’s most prominent figures from Elvis Presley and Grace Kelly to Nelson Mandela. A member of the Swatch Group, Tissot is not only present in 150 countries on five continents but is the world’s largest timepiece producer and distributor of Swiss watches.
“From the very beginning, Tissot was destined to be more than just a local creation. In 1858, Charles-Emile Tissot, son of founder Charles-Félicien, travelled to Russia, the US and Latin America to champion the brand. The company just kept on broadening its horizons from there. It is this relentless innovative spirit and dedication to fine craftsmanship that forms Tissot’s distinctive identity and that has been the key to its success,” says Tissot president Francois Thiebaud. “That spirit has led the company to produce many firsts which have made watchmaking history. In 1953, ground-breaking multiple time zone technolog y arrived in the form of the Tissot Navigator, which was the first with 24 time zones. In 1971, the Tissot Astrolon became the first plastic mechanical watch with plastic movement
1 Tissot’s first workshop, 1900-1905 2 Tissot PRC200 3 Tissot atelier, 1923
In further testament to the brand’s enduring appeal, Tissot creations have been worn by some of history’s most prominent figures from Elvis presley and Grace Kelly to Nelson Mandela
components. Tissot further explored the use of unusual materials with the Tissot Rock Watch made from Swiss alpine granite launched in 1985. By 1999, the touch-screen technology in the Tissot T-Touch and the Powermatic 80, with 80 hours of power reserve, revolutionised watchmaking,” says Thiebaud. The innovations continue in Tissot’s 160 th
year with a reinvention of a classic watch to mark the occasion. A stunning feat of timepiece design, the Tissot Heritage Navigator boasts 24 time zones indicated by the capital cities of each country displayed on the dial. Once the watch is set to a chosen country, that particular time zone is indicated by the numbers on the bezel. The time in any of the other 23 countries is shown by the minute track on the dial in front of its capital. “The Tissot Heritage Navigator celebrates Tissot’s 160 th anniversary and is the re-edition of the Tissot Navigator, created to celebrate the brand’s centenary in 1953.
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It is not only a piece which marks our history but also represents Tissot’s adventure and the new horizons explored since the beginning of the journey,” says Thiebaud. That journey has seen Tissot supported by a host of high-profile brand ambassadors who reaffirm the pioneering spirit. “The Tissot brand ambassadors share the same family values we have at Tissot and within the Swatch Group. They are independent, yet team players, with an entrepreneurial spirit. These ambassadors share the brand’s dynamism and in turn we provide them with the utmost precision in timekeeping, no matter what their sport or passion,” says Thiebaud, who joined Swatch Group in 1996. Describing the special relationship that exists between Tissot clients and the brand, Thiebaud explains: “Tissot, unlike many other renowned Swiss watchmakers, is not limited in terms of its target market. Tissot customers are driven by the watches as historical assets. Often, they are souvenirs from relatives who owned or gifted a Tissot watch. Past, existing and future customers are all extremely important to us, as they are the true ambassadors around the world.
“I believe that Tissot, in the hub of the Swiss watch industry, has great potential. In the sporting arena, from the very beginning, Tissot wanted to go beyond being just a name on a poster. Like any good athlete, we kept striving for better performance, searching for new technologies to deliver more accurate results for our products. As part of the Swatch Group, Tissot, like its sister brands, can bring quality Swiss products into the market that reflect the incredible watchmaking know-how of the country,” says Thiebaud.
4 Tissot T-Touch Lady Solar 5 Tissot Rose Dream Quartz 6 Tissot Two Time Zones Pocket Watch 1853 7 Tissot exhibition, Geneva
WHERE TO BUY Tissot is available at Rivoli stores and at The Dubai Mall. Contact: 04 434 0394 or visit tissot.ch
TISSOT TIMELINE: 1853: Tissot is founded by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot. The first Tissot pocket watches are produced 1858: Tissot pocket watch with diamonds is dedicated to the US market 1930: Tissot Antimagnétique is the first anti-magnetic watch 1953: Tissot Navigator is the first watch with 24 time zones launched to mark the brand’s centenary 1971: Astrolon, the first plastic mechanical watch 1985: Tissot Rock Watch is the first watch made of stone 1999: Tissot T-Touch, the first touch-screen watch 7
2013: Tissot celebrates its 160 th year
That specialist expertise is celebrated in a captivating exhibition at the Cité du Temps in Geneva this month. A timeline on the floor leads visitors into the exhibition space as each step marks a milestone in Tissot history. The last date represents Tissot’s 160th anniversary and opens onto a fascinating showcase of some of its most iconic creations from the 1878 Tissot Pendant pocket watch to the Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th anniversary edition. Carefully considered displays allow each piece to shine in a fitting tribute to the firm’s talented craftsmen who, to this day, innovate from the Tissot workshops in the Swiss alpine town of Le Locle.
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Fashion parade A host of high-profile fashion and shopping events at Dubai’s malls not only reaffirm the city’s shopping credentials, but ensures there are glamorous occasions to attend
Stepping inside Dubai’s majestic malls is like entering a world of luxury shopping like no other. Pristine boutiques line gleaming corridors where the world’s most exclusive designers come to showcase exquisite products. Dubai’s extraordinary shopping facilities bring visitors from all corners of the globe keen to explore grand retail palaces that are also imaginative and innovative spaces. A great deal of thought and creativity is poured into the design of each mall as elaborate displays celebrate the premium products within. While shopping is undoubtedly the main event, in most cases this marks just the beginning of the experience as visitors enjoy a vast choice of additional entertainment from indoor winter wonderland Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates to the world’s largest dancing water feature – The Dubai Fountain – and record-breaking Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, both reached from the world’s largest mall – The Dubai Mall. Retail on such a grand scale and within stunning environments, in turn, inevitably attracts upscale fashion, style and shopping events. Annual extravaganzas such as Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises have become major fixtures. Adding to the growing excitement surrounding Dubai’s fast-growing fashion and retail status are landmark events attracting some of the biggest names in the industry. From visiting fashion royalty to couture artists, Concierge takes a look at the best of the fashion and retail showcases at Dubai’s malls this month.
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The Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience In partnership with Vogue Italia, the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience promises to be the largest international fashion event of its kind wit h more than 250 par ticipating brands. Not only will the glittering gathering showcase the latest catwalk trends, but it will also present an invaluable mentoring opportunity for emerging designers to learn from the best in the business. Franca Sozzani, editor-inchief of Vogue Italia will be on hand to impart expertise to budding designers. Meanwhile, a gala dinner with high-profile local and international attendees will raise funds for Dubai Cares. The respected initiative, founded by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, raises funds to help impoverished children around the world. “The Dubai Mall is a fashion world. Vogue Italia is the fashion magazine. To produce an event together means to welcome everyone who loves fashion and also to give an opportunity to young talents to show their creativity. This event has another aim too and that is to raise funds for Dubai Cares, one of the most internationally recognised organisations in helping children for education and health. We are really delighted to participate in such an incredible project and to underline how much The Dubai Mall and Vogue care about creativity and social opportunities,” says Sozzani. Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, adds: “The Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience will be the most definitive fashion celebration in
The choice of Vogue Italia to host the event in the city and at The Dubai Mall is a strong declaration to the global fashion circuit that Dubai has indeed arrived the city, with the world’s leading names in the industry joining hands for a true celebration of the best in fashion. Today, Dubai serves as the undisputed style capital of the region. The choice of Vogue Italia to host the event in the city and at The Dubai Mall is a strong declaration to the global fashion circuit that Dubai has indeed arrived. By raising funds for Dubai Cares, the event underlines the strong societal role that the fashion industry can play.” Tariq Al Gurg, chief executive officer, Dubai Cares, adds: “Our collaboration with Vogue Italia shows how fashion has global advocates who are passionate about what they do and keen to give back to the international community.” At the heart of the exciting event will be a fashion show to unveil collections from a host
of international designers at The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Catwalk. Multimedia displays positioned throughout the mall will showcase the best of the fashion shows which more than 40,000 visitors who are expected to attend. A special highlight will be a stunning exhibition in the Grand Atrium of 50 Vogue Italia magazine covers detailing a history of fashion across the decades. The atrium will also host an haute couture showcase incorporating international fashion icons such as Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Dior. The creativity continues with specially created displays in boutiques and stores, which are also offering special promotions, throughout the mall. When: October 10 / Where: The Dubai Mall How much: Admission free / Contact: thedubaimall.com
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe exhibition During October, The Dubai Mall also plays host to an exhibition of stunning diving watches from Blancpain. The innovative event will be held at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in a celebration of these classic aquatic timepieces. With shoals of shimmering fish as a dramatic backdrop, beautiful displays tell the story of one of the first timepieces for divers, the iconic Fifty Fathoms watch created in 1953. In tribute to that legacy, 60 years on, two new models have joined the Blancpain lineage. The vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe was launched this year in editions for men and women. Inspired by the underwater exploration of Swiss adventurer Jacques Piccard, Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe divers’ watches were first introduced in the late 1950s. This year’s models are a reinterpretation of these iconic timepieces. In each, mechanical self-winding movements beat at 28,800
vibrations per hour while a non-magnetic silicon balance spring is viewed through a sapphire crystal caseback. The exhibition focuses on the Fifty Fathoms collection and the X Fathoms watch – an exclusive piece launched in 2011 in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Where: The Dubai Mall / When: October 7 to 21 How much: Admission free / Contact: 04 3398304
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harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion
A much-anticipated showcase of all things fashion, Harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion brings together the best of the autumn/winter collections in one glamorous occasion at Mall of the Emirates. The city’s chic set turn out alongside thousands of shoppers and visitors to catch a glimpse of new must-have designs and limited edition pieces. Exhibitions and demonstrations add to the raft of fashionable experiences. World-famous British fashion illustrator David Downton will also be on hand to display his fine-art couture drawings. A visiting professor at London College of Fashion, Downton’s clients include Tiffany & Co., Chanel and Dior. The talented artist also has a portfolio of beautiful portraits of fashion royalty ranging from Linda Evangelista
and Iman to Erin O’Connor. Sketching live on stage, Downton will also conduct a masterclass for budding local illustrators. The Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Illustrator of the Year competition winner will also be announced during this exciting event that spans a total of 14 days. “World of Fashion complements Dubai’s Fashion 2020 strategy, to be the fashion hub for the region and create a sustainable platform for emerging local talent,” says Anna Mansour, associate director of Mall of the Emirates. She adds: “Visitors can look forward to a truly exciting fashion festival.” Where: Mall of the Emirates When: October 7 to 20 / How much: Admission free Contact: facebook.com/HarpersBazaarArabia
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Inky strokes made by a carved reed pen are expertly interwoven to form beautiful works of calligraphy. Modern variations remain faithful to traditional styles that have been handed down from one skilled practitioner to the next. Exquisite examples of the ancient art form can be found throughout the UAE in mosques and in architecture where this national treasure is kept alive today.
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Moving with the times Dubaiâ€™s newest museum tells the fascinating story of the moving image
Some of the very earliest art works, daubed by primitive man on the walls of caves, strived to capture a sense of movement as a way of describing early experiences. Clever manipulations of shadow, light and imagery brought detailed scenes to life. At the heart of those first depictions was a desire to make sense of the world and leave behind a chronicle of valuable knowledge for future generations to find. Moving imagery was an essential part of those first renderings and the story of its development goes far beyond simply a tale of entertainment. It is instead a record of the ways in which man has progressed and communicated throughout the years and offers a valuable insight into the reciprocal relationship between science, technology and culture. Across the millennia, each element has worked hand in hand to capture some of the most memorable moments of our time. In the centuries since cavemen contorted their imagery with shadow, the moving image has reached the pinnacle of its progression in the birth of motion pictures and modern cinema. When we think of moving images, cinema is often the first reference which comes to mind. However, the moving image has witnessed a host of incarnations, marking definitive moments in both time and place. A variety of instruments from moving picture toys and pinhole cameras to projectors and shadow boxes have helped pave the way to the successes of the movie screen.
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T he newly opened Dubai Moving Image Museum showcases this progression through a series of innovative exhibits which chart the development of visual entertainment. One of only a few of its kind in the world, the museum is the brainchild of Bahraini entrepreneur Akram Miknas. An avid art collector and patron, Miknas has realised a long-held dream in the Moving Image Museum. It houses countless pieces from his private collection which he has painstakingly gathered over the years. The result is an exciting new addition to Dubai’s cultural scene and the first moving image museum in the Middle East and Asia. “It all began after I finished high school when I insisted that my parents give me their old tea samovar, an instrument to boil tea. I became so interested in the intricate engravings on the samovar that I wanted to understand its history. I developed a passion for objets d’art and antiques because I understood how limited the makers were and I admired their ability to produce such beautiful objects. “My passion for a moving image collection began 36 years ago when I found a
zoetrope at Portobello Market in London. I later found an early motion picture device, a kinora in Berlin. They both represent early stages of motion in imagery. I have been collecting ever since,” says Miknas, who as well as founder of Dubai Moving Image Museum, is also chairman of Middle East Communicaton Network. Five years in the planning, Miknas set his sights on establishing the museum in Dubai. In May, he was awarded the
1 Moving picture toy 2 Akram Miknas 3 19 th century animation strips, photograph of Walt Disney with moving picture toy 4 19 th century magic lanterns
Among the fascinating finds is a series of instruments which manipulate shadow and light to create some of the earliest forms of entertainment
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Patron of the Arts Award for his work on the museum. “I began collecting with the future plan in mind to open a museum. As I was collecting, I became aware of the necessity of sharing my collection in the Middle East with the public and with students to further develop their interest in the image and movement. I have been thorough with my collection, making sure I can truly represent the chronology of the history of the moving image. “I had the opportunity to build the (MCN) Hive building that is home to my communication group. I decided to dedicate a full floor to the museum and started working laboriously about two years ago to make it happen,” says Miknas. The innovative space, in Dubai’s Internet City district, opened its doors last month and is already considered one of the city’s most exciting new cultural destinations. The collection tells the story of the moving image with examples from almost every stage of its development. Among the fascinating finds is a series of instruments which manipulate shadow and light to create some of the earliest forms of entertainment. The artistic use of shadow in storytelling was developed in ancient China during the Han dynasty and gained huge popularity throughout Asian culture. The art form spread across the Ottoman Empire and reached Europe by the mid-18th century. Elaborately designed boxes reflect light and shade across intricately cut-out characters made of paper and wood which take centre stage as light and shade interplays in charming scenes. Dubai Moving Image Museum dedicates considerable space to these enchanting devices in an exhibition charting the origins and development of shadow art forms, showcasing some beautiful examples.
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Visitors to the museum can also learn the history of the first pin-hole camera, or camera obscura, which is credited to Arab scientist Abu Ali Hasan Ibn al-Haitham, known as Alhazen. Between 1015CE and 1021CE Alhazen published the Book of Optics where he outlined the premise for the pin-hole camera, a simple device without a lens. He described how a lightproof box, with a small hole in one side, would allow light to pass through and project an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. Alhazen went on to improve upon his idea once he realised that the smaller the hole, the sharper the image became. Later, the combination of the camera obscura and silver nitrate allowed for the creation of the first photograph in 1827. Dubai Moving Image Museum is also home to a selection of traditional peep boxes. Traced back to 15th century Europe, showmen would carry the devices from country to country to fairs and markets to amaze local people. By simply looking through a small hole or magnifying glass, the viewer was entertained by scenes of far away lands and great battles. The operator would change images by pulling a corresponding string while the boxes were often decorated inside to enhance theatrical pictures. Shows were often accompanied by narrations explaining the images. In 1867, Venetian inventor Carlo Ponti created the Megalethoscope which took the concept to another level. He cleverly combined the peep box viewer with photographs to create depth. Manipulation of light reflected changes from day to night in scenes, bringing the enchanting boxes to life.
visitors to the museum can also view a selection of beautiful magic lanterns which were early image projectors from the 17th century
Another fascinating exhibit at the museum tells the story of stereoscopy. Invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1838, stereoscopy turned 2D images, which were at first drawings, into 3D experiences by using a special viewer. The device works by presenting two images separately to the left and right eye which combine in the brain to give the perception of 3D. The Kayser Panorama is a form of stereoscopic entertainment which came as a precursor to film. Invented by August Fuhrmann in 1890, the large device comprised several viewing stations where people could watch scenes through a pair of lenses showing rotating stereoscopic glass slides. Visitors to the museum can also view a selection of beautiful magic lanterns which were early image projectors from the 17th century, fascinating transformation pictures, zoetrope wheels of static images which come to life when turned to make moving images and a stunning vues d’optique wall showcasing brightly coloured scenes in striking perspectives. “Our permanent collection is displayed in a way that allows visitors to follow the progression of advancements of the moving image leading all the way up to cinema, but we also have lots of interactive features such as replica moving picture toys that people can play with, shadow walls and a projection room.
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Contact: 04 4216679 or visit dubaimovingimagemuseum.com
“All the pieces in the museum are very important to me, but if I had to choose one favourite, it would have to be the megalethoscope viewer. It is a wonderful piece which was invented in the 1860s. It uses photographs and light to achieve dramatic effects and transformations,” says Miknas. He adds: “Any visitor to the museum can expect to gain a new appreciation of man’s interest in image movement, not only for its intrinsic beauty, but also for its value in communication. I hope it will add to the cultural experience here.”
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Written in the stars For centuries the night skies have guided inhabitants of this region, even enabling them to cross a vast, empty desert, sail uncharted seas and stars forecast weather and farming conditions based on the cycles of the
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The inhabitants of this region have a long-standing tradition of using the cosmos as a guide for the terrestrial world and it was once common practice to anticipate everything from wind patterns and temperatures to crop cycles and animal behaviour by gazing up at the night sky and interpreting the arrangement of the stars. Today, few people are acquainted with the old droror calendar. Most of those who understood the system, which operates by dividing the year into 10-day portions, each based on the rising and setting of a star, are no longer with us, says Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, chief executive of the Dubai Astronomy Group. In addition, global climate change has made previously regular patterns less predictable and this decline in reliability has become a common joke among local elders who will ask one another: â€œDid your calendar work this year?â€?
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Al Hariri is one of those trying to preserve this ancient knowledge, once vital to the survival of local Bedouin tribes. “Based on the droror, those who lived inland knew when to raise cattle, when to sow seeds and when to cultivate fruit, vegetables and dates,” he says. Farmers would anticipate the arrival of the Antares star in June, which meant the correct conditions for the date harvest would soon follow, while a sighting of Al Murzim signalled the start of the hot period when there could be no cultivation at all.
The stars were also a vital tool for nomadic tribes and tradesman undertaking long journeys across the desert. With only the occasional tree or rock formation to act as a landmark, Bedouin travellers relied heavily on the sun, moon and stars for guidance as they passed through the unvarying landscape, often for weeks at a time. Closer to the shore, fishermen and pearl divers consulted the night sky to determine the appropriate times of year to begin their seasonal work, while Arab sailors relied heavily on the stellar map to navigate the seas.
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The stars were also a vital tool for nomadic tribes and tradesman undertaking long journeys across the desert
In the 15th century an Arabic seaman from the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah named Ahmed bin Majid undertook a ground-breaking voyage across the Indian Ocean using only the stars and a single chart to guide him. In doing so, he opened up new routes for Arab sailors who had formerly clung to the coast as they travelled between the subcontinent and Sri Lanka rather than venturing out unaided into the rough seas of the Indian Ocean. Bin Majid wrote a number of authoritative treatises on sailing and navigation, including The Book of Useful Information on the Principles and Rules of Navigation, which was regarded as the definitive reference on the subject at the time. Known as the ‘lion of the sea’ he is also popularly believed to have helped the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco de Gama, find his way from Africa to India, using the stars to guide them. The navigation techniques used by Bin Majid are part of a rich legacy of astronomical breakthroughs made in the Arab world, mostly during the Islamic Golden Age from the eighth century to the 15th. After the birth of Islam in the seventh century, Muslim scientists began applying mathematical methods to the study of the skies, building on the findings of the Greek, Indian and Sassanid astronomers that preceded them to expand their knowledge and fulfil their religious commitments. “The Holy Qur’an encourages Muslims to benefit from the observation of the stars in navigation. As a result, from the early Islamic period, Arab-Islamic scientists have exerted much effort in observing and charting the night skies and the movement of the heavenly bodies,” explains Dr Ulrike Al Khamis, the Islamic and Middle East arts collection adviser at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation.
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No Muslim is exempt from a basic understanding of astronomy. “Islam is very closely aligned with celestial objects. Without the appearance of the crescent moon, for example, we would not be able to begin Ramadan and it’s through observation of the sun that we determine prayer times,” Al Hariri says. He is quick to point out, however, that while astronomy is fundamental to Islam, astrology, the study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they influence human affairs, is prohibited. “When Islam arrived in the year 610, it clearly separated astronomy – a science everyone should understand – and astrology, which is considered condemned knowledge. Astronomy is based on the laws of nature. It is factual, whereas astrology is an abuse of scientific knowledge. In Islam, we believe that anyone who goes to an astrologer will suffer 40 days of unaccepted prayers and if he or she believes the astrologer’s predictions, then that person will become a non-Muslim.” There are several astronomy organisations in the UAE that offer visitors the opportunity to get involved. In Dubai, Al Hariri’s organisation runs regular star-gazing excursions for its 3,000-plus members and anyone else who wants to go along. “Whenever a meteor shower, an eclipse, a comet sighting or something
else is due to take place in the skies, we go out to our observatory or another location to witness it, though it doesn’t have to be a major celestial event to occasion a trip. There are regular star-gazing parties where we offer basic tips on astronomy for newcomers and just enjoy looking at the stars,” he says. The group also runs ‘astro-tourism’ excursions and teams up with local tour companies to provide a celestial experience as part of a larger package. Private trips can be organised by contacting the club directly for those who want to tailor a trip to their precise requirements or
2 & 3 Dubai Astronomy Group in Downtown Dubai 4 Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri
individuals can call up to find out when the next group session is planned. In Abu Dhabi, visitors can get in touch with Andy Palado who established the Abu Dhabi Astronomy Group in 2007 so that local enthusiasts could share their passion and develop their knowledge of the cosmos. Wit h hundreds of miles of empt y desert, the UAE capital offers the perfect environment for astronomers. Those who want a really good view of the sky must travel about 100 kilometres away from the city to escape the light pollution but, on a clear night, their efforts will be rewarded by a stunning stellar panorama. According to Palado, one of the best places for observations in the UAE is Liwa. “Out here, there is absolutely nothing but desert for miles and miles and the whole night sky is illuminated by stars. You get a sense of what the old astronomers must have felt when they looked up at the sky from their simple Bedouin camps to read the patterns of the cosmos and that feeling is priceless.”
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Enjoy a new point of view with an aerial perspective on the UAE’s most spectacular sights
Some of the world’s most photographed attractions can be found in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. As innovative and modern cities, each boasts an impressive roster of exceptional sights and iconic locations. The world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa towers over Downtown Dubai and commands the attention of every passing photographer while a host of attractions at its base such as The Dubai Fountain and The Dubai Mall complete the picture-perfect panorama. Luxurious hotels and resorts Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai are also among the headline attractions that spring to mind when thinking of Dubai. In Abu Dhabi, the gleaming domes and beautifully ornate architecture of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the UAE’s most stunning sights, while the incredible splendour of Emirates Palace is another of the capital’s must-visit locations. Aerial photography offers a wonderfully fresh perspective on iconic vistas. Requiring a little skill and a keen eye for detail, a view from the air not only allows for sensational panoramas to unfold, but transforms familiar frames to challenge the way in which we consider each scene. 1 Palm Jumeirah, Dubai 2 Dubai coastline
From above, elements in each image are enhanced and at the same time simplified to highlight geometric shapes, architectural design details or geological formations. The UAE is awash with extraordinary scenes ranging from the futuristic, in examples of contemporary architecture, to the natural wonders of the UAE’s coastline and the waterways of Dubai Creek and Abu Dhabi Corniche. A host of companies provide the opportunity to take to the skies, camera at the ready to capture the changing vistas below. Seawings is one of the country’s most established aerial operators and offers a variety of packages for up to nine passengers to take in the major sights of Dubai and Abu Dhabi fby seaplane. One particularly worthwhile experience sees the Cessna 208 Caravan seaplane set off from a pontoon at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club on a 40-minute flight along the coastline to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.
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Within a few minutes of its impressive take off from the watery runway of Dubai Creek, the plane reaches 2,000 feet (609 metres). A spectacular view of some of Dubai’s most historical areas is offered as the plane passes over Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai and the creek. As old Dubai passes from view, the city’s most notable landmarks are presented as never before. The horizon is soon filled with modern marvels and an aerial view is undoubtedly one of the best ways to appreciate a clutch of world-leading structures. Standing 828 metres (2,716 feet) tall with more than 160 storeys, soaring over the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa is a thrilling experience. The magnitude of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall, is also awe-inspiring from the air and the aquamarine waters of Burj Lake add a vibrant dash of colour to the scene. From there, the seaplane heads south down the coast and circles another wellknown Dubai landmark, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. Built on a manmade island 280 metres off shore, one of the world’s most exclusive hotels boasts stunning architectural features including a helipad stretching out from the side of the structure for the convenience of its exclusive clientele. A little further on, the world-famous Palm Jumeirah dominates the view with its
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fronds reaching out into the Arabian Gulf and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai standing tall at its tip. Much like The World islands, a view from the air truly showcases the ingenious design. Heading slightly inland, the architectural wonders of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers come into view as ultramodern towers are arranged around the world’s largest manmade marina and a series of lakes.
U p a n d away The Yas Classique Experience departs from Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and lands at Yas Marina. It takes 40 minutes and costs AED1,450 per person or AED1, 550 with Ferrari World entry included. Seawings offers a range of experiences such as tours of architecture in Dubai, the UAE coastline and an aerial exploration of Abu Dhabi. For reservations visit seawings.ae or call 04 8070708
The journey continues along the coastline offering up beautiful views over the Arabian Gulf before reaching the capital. Upon arriving in Abu Dhabi, an unusual disc-shaped building stands out. Aldar HQ, home of Yas Island developer Aldar, is one of Abu Dhabi’s more unique structures. Capital Gate then comes into view, one of the city’s most distinctive skyscrapers, boasting the world’s steepest incline. In a wonderful marriage of old and new, the journey takes in the gleaming towers and decorative domes of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. See one of the country’s most luxurious hotels from the air as a sweeping vista of the stunning Emirates Palace appears. Looping around, Yas Marina Circuit is the next attraction to appear below. This is where the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is staged each November. The 5.55-kilometre track winds around the picturesque Yas Marina and through the futuristic Yas Viceroy hotel. From here, the true scale of the blazing red Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is evident. Among its many accolades, it holds the record for the world’s largest roof at 200,000 square metres and the world’s largest Ferrari logo, which is 65 metres long and covers 3,000 square metres. As the plane makes its descent for a thrilling water landing, it’s one last chance to see Abu Dhabi’s pristine coastline before docking at Yas Island with a collection of extraordinary aerial photographs to treasure.
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New horizons Concierge photographer Adham Sneeh takes to the skies over Dubai and Abu Dhabi for a wonderful perspective on the country's iconic vistas
Dubai Marina is testament to innovative architectural design in the city where arresting structures such as Cayan Tower (pictured left) set the scene
An aerial vista allows visitors to absorb Dubai's heady blend of old and new as the plane travels over the city's historic coastline past modern marvel Palm Jumeirah
A view from above perfectly frames Dubai's many icons from Burj Al Arab on the coast to the city's crowning glory, the towering Burj Khalifa
Dubai Creek is often referred to as the heart of the city or Khor Dubai. The waterway is a vibrant and bustling area where traditional boats known as abras ferry visitors between its bustling banks to visit historical quarters and the character-filled souks nearby
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque looks even more magnificent from the sky. From here visitors can fully appreciate the beauty of over 1,000 gleaming white columns adorned with 82 golden domes
From the skies the diversity of Abu Dhabi's attractions is apparent in the verdant green of the city's many golf courses, including Abu Dhabi Golf Club (pictured below) and the glittering blue of its marinas and water parks, the newest of which is Yas Waterworld (pictured right)
Sweeping panoramas of the lush mangrove forests unfold as the plane soars over the coastline before reaching the city's colourful corniche
More than 100 hectares of landscaped garden surround Emirates Palace. The lavish hotel is a grand symbol of the city's prosperity
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Find unique treasures in character-filled souks, enjoy dinner on the waves and catch a glimpse of times past with a visit to Dubai Creek
Dubai’s journey from small fishing port to one of the world’s most accomplished urban centres is a story that focuses on Dubai Creek. Often referred to as the heart of Dubai, the saltwater 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. Now largely a visitor attraction, Dubai Creek was once the lifeblood of the city. As the Bedouin ventured beyond the desert, they found a place to settle in the modest fishing village of Dubai. On the banks of Dubai Creek, traditional boats known as dhows were built and by the early 19 th century the pearl-diving trade was f lourishing, having transformed Dubai
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Meander along the water’s edge for a glimpse into Dubai’s trading past as all manner of goods are loaded onto dhows
into a bustling port. Keeping the city and its people afloat, the pearl trade garnered great wealth long before the discovery of oil. The 1930s brought the development of the cultured pearl and with it an end to Dubai’s lucrative pearling income. Dhow building is still carried out today on the banks of the creek where several yards remain faithful to traditional methods. Today, Dubai Creek and its bustling shoreline are a treasure trove of fascinating activities for visitors. Meander 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. A short stroll to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood reveals a charming quarter renowned for its quaint cobbled streets and the sandy hues of traditional wind towers. Dubai Museum can also be found here and boasts innovatively designed exhibits including displays charting Dubai’s transition from fishing village to pearl-diving hub.
Souks peppered around Dubai Creek not only provide plentiful purchases but a fascinating f lavour of Dubai’s character. A perfumed pathway signals the way to the Spice Souk, a short wander from the banks of the creek. Spices and herbs spilling from sacks, baskets and drawers are a vibrant patchwork to behold. Walk a little further and the Gold Souk comes into view with gleaming corridors laden with gilded wares. Next is Bur Dubai Souk stacked high with bales of bright fabrics from India, Asia and beyond. The Perfume Souk is the final fragrant stop where there is fun to be had bartering with traders over bottles of scents. Dining options abou nd in and a rou nd t he c reek a nd a h ig h l ig ht is undoubtedly a dinner cr uise. One of t he best ways to see Duba i Creek is from an abra, a traditional boat ferryi ng passenger s across t he water way. Sit back, relax and gaze at both old and new Dubai to gain a sense of the soul of the city.
Discover wildlife and enjoy a great day-out packed with fun and adventure, and explore our large animal collection of around 4,000 animals. Al Ain Zoo is a true family destination, providing entertainment and learning experiences in a natural outdoor environment. For opening times and special attractions or visit www.alainzoo.ae AlAinZooUAE
Experience Deep blue sea
Explore the azure waters of Dubaiâ€™s coastline with an incredible scuba diving session. Marvel at a wonderful variety of marine life as an amazing underwater world comes to life. Expert instructors from Al Boom Diving are guides for this unforgettable experience, offering a selection of PADI courses from dive centres at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and Jumeirah. Contact: 04 3422993
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The good life Explore the city in the lap of luxury by air, land and sea with a tailormade experience that celebrates Dubai’s most lavish day-trip tours Words by
Haunt of the super-rich and home to over 50,000 millionaires at last count, Dubai’s aspirational lifestyle attracts ever-increasing numbers of well-heeled tourists as well as affluent residents. The emirate may be small in size but it’s big on luxury, with high-end designer boutiques jostling for space in its supersized malls and sleek highoctane cars dominating the highway fast lane. Where else can you check in to sailshaped five-star hotel Burj Al Arab and enjoy the use of a 24-carat gold plated iPad, or sip one of the world’s most expensive cocktails – a snip for some at US$7,450 – presented in an 18-carat Baccarat gold glass? If a luxury experience is topping the itinerary for your next sojourn in the city, one UK-based travel website even offers the world’s most exclusive excursion. Available for just under US$65,000 per person, the Royal Emirates Experience includes three helicopter trips, private jet flight to neighbouring Abu Dhabi, six-star yacht cruise to a private island, your fill of five-star food and beverages and the 24/7 services of a private butler and chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. A little over the top perhaps but if you’re looking for a high-spend, highend experience that delivers a different perspective on the city and its glittering skyline, then a VIP tour by air, land or sea is still uniquely Dubai.
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Helidubai’s pilots also deliver an on-board narrative during the journey and the company can also help arrange transfers from hotels to departure points through recommended local limousine operators Air: sky-high style A private helicopter tour is a fashionable way to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city in style. Originally established to transport guests from the iconic Burj Al Arab, local operator Helidubai now offers its VIP service to visitors with the cash to splash. According to finance director Larry Pentz, Helidubai’s tailormade helicopter experiences have once-in-a-lifetime appeal with clients taking trips from Dubai to Yas Island for the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix or over spectacular Zighy Bay in the Musandam area of Oman. “The sky’s the limit really. We have standard 12- and 22-minute tours but clients can request custom tours. During Dubai World Cup, for example, we have many horse owners flying direct to Meydan racetrack,” he says. The company also takes a lot of aerial film and its aircraft have been featured in movies such as Mission Impossible 4 starring Tom Cruise, as well as being the transportation mode of choice for numerous film stars and celebrities. Helidubai’s f leet of Italian-built Agusta 109e helicopters can seat up to six guests each and the company can also arrange for flight permits for departure points from virtually any commercially certified landing pad in the emirate. Its full-service luxury charter experience is more than just an ‘in air’ flight time with a
pilot, as Pentz explains: “We advise on departure details, go over the flight routes, ascertain what the client is looking for, check special needs and also work closely with the concierge to ensure a high-quality product. “Helidubai is dedicated to the VIP market and our aircraft, which are considered the Rolls Royce of the industry, all offer leather interiors.” Helidubai’s pilots also deliver an on-board narrative during the journey and the company can also help arrange transfers from hotels to departure points through recommended local limousine operators. According to Pentz, high-profile weddings are another avenue of opportunity for Helidubai clients. “There is always something that surprises us with each wedding event. It may involve getting the bride’s dress into the aircraft in one piece or organising group photos: every wedding so far has been a tremendous success and unique experience,” he says. For a novel tour of the city, Helidubai will start its new signature Night Lights tour on November 1, 2013. “We’ve all seen Burj Khalifa sparkle at night and the LED colours of Dubai’s new skyscrapers. The tour will travel from Dubai Festival City down the heritage sites of Dubai Creek, then along Sheikh Zayed Road past Burj Khalifa and down to Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina,” adds Pentz.
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Land: fast and fabulous Dubai’s long straight roads were made for cruising and the team at Lane Luxury Car Rental is the cream of the crop when it comes to leasing high-performance vehicles. The company boasts a roster of the latest models from a lipstick red Rolls Royce Drophead convertible and the more sedate Phantom, to an eight-cylinder Ferrari California and one of the motor world’s most powerful sports convertibles, the flashily spectacular black and yellow Lamborghini Murcielago Spyder. Lane delivers directly to your door, so visitors can wake up from five-star slumber to find this season’s latest must-have rental on the hotel driveway.
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For a self-drive experience with a decidedly cinematic influence, the company recommends the new Aston Martin DB9. Touted as the most luxurious Aston Martin DB9 in history, this is a thoroughbred sports car with GT levels of comfort and refinement. Slip into the ultra-lavish hand-stitched leather and walnut wood interior and play at being James Bond for a day with the power of a V12 engine and a throttle roar designed to turn heads. For a tour of Dubai or to make a grand entrance to a high-society event, Lane also provides a personal chauffeur. The range of cars available includes BMW, Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi and Land Rover for an off-road experience.
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Sea: extravagance on the water
Dubai’s coastal location offers visitors plenty of opportunity to get out on the water and a private yacht charter is an upscale alternative to the usual dhow cruise. Located in the heart of Dubai Marina, Xclusive Yachts caters to a wide range of clients from the intimate quarters of its smallest vessel, at a comfortable 48 feet, to a state-of-the-art 90-foot yacht for the ultimate party cruise. “We offer different sailing routes including out to Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and Burj Al Arab or up to The World islands and can arrange custom charters to go further afield to Abu Dhabi for example,” explains Umesh Gupta, sales manager. With capacity for 12 to 80 guests, Xclusive Yachts can tailor an individual charter experience from start to finish, providing experienced captain and crew with a range of menus from nearby five-star hotel kitchens as well as soft drinks and light refreshments. “Our yachts can be chartered for a minimum of three hours or more and we find that a lot of high-end tourists book the bigger 86-foot Xclusive 2 yacht for a day of deep-sea fishing,” says Gupta. A glossy white yacht with an expanse of rich teak decking, Xclusive 2 comes equipped with an extra large f lybridge from which up to 35 guests can enjoy the coastal views, seafood barbecue or dancing the night away. There are two further outdoor decks, a salon with dining table to seat 10 guests and four impeccably designed bedrooms.The Xclusive experience also includes Audi Q7 and Mercedes GL stretch limousine or Rolls Royce Phantom transfers (upon request) and, for guests taking a dip in the Arabian Gulf, fluffy towels come as part of the exceptional experience.
Where: Departures from various locations including Burj Al Arab, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Festival City and Port Rashid. Contact: 04 2244033 / 800-FLY or visit helidubai.com How much: Standard tours from US$162 (approx AED595) to US$300 (approx AED1,100) per person, customised tour prices upon request lane luxury Car rentals
Where: Al Naboodah Building, Oud Metha. Contact: 04 3355188 or visit lanerac.com How much: From US$232 (approx AED850) to US$2,328 (approx AED8,550) per day xClusive yaCHts
Where: Dubai Marina Yacht Club Contact: 04 4327234 or visit xclusiveyachts.com How much: From US$7,895 (approx AED28,998) to US$16,335 (approx AED59,998) for a full day
Royal treatment Bathe in luxury during a traditional hammam experience at one of Dubaiâ€™s soothing spas
Centuries past, majestic marbled bathing chambers provided a serene space where societyâ€™s elite came to be pampered. These exclusive areas, called hammams, represented not only an oasis of relaxation but a peaceful place in which to greet acquaintances and indulge in the finest treatments. Elegant ladies would while away hours in ornate surroundings as attendees offered a series of skin treatments and exotic body wraps. Men would also visit a hammam to unwind and discuss important matters. The treatments themselves were often based on long-held family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Black soap and clay wraps were among some of the early ingredients used to pamper in this early incarnation of a modern-day spa. The tradition of bathing, at the heart of a hammam ex per ience, is rooted i n t r ad it iona l bel ief s. Wit h i n Islamic culture, bathing has always been an important ritual carried out as part of the preparations for prayer. Typically, a hammam experience consisted of three main elements. The sicaklik, or hot room, was traditionally a large domed ceiling with small windows to let in a little light as steam filled the space. A large marble stone was positioned in the centre of the room where treatments were carried out as clients reclined. Around the edges of the room were fountains of flowing water. The tepidarium, or warm room was used for washing up and enjoying a refreshing drink. A cool room, or frigidarium, was sometimes included, although not always as part of the Arabic hammam. Separate quarters were made available for men and women. The modern hammam experience remains true to its traditional roots. In Dubai, some of the f inest spas in the world stand ready to welcome clients to a wonderful authentic oasis of luxurious treatments fit for royalty.
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Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Ancient healing philosophies meet modernday spa technology in this luxurious space. Elaborate surroundings boast ornate mosaics and stunning murals. At the heart of this spa is a spectacular Turkish hammam built from marble and finished with dark wood, elaborate mosaics and murals. Immerse in a truly authentic experience with the Traditional Turkish treatment. Start with a body cleansing ceremony which includes an all-over exfoliation with a kese mitt administered on a heated stone bed. A foam massage follows
One&Only Spa, One&Only Royal Mirage A chic and serene sanctuary, this calming space boasts 12 private treatment suites offering a range of holistic experiences. Dressed in a traditional wrap known as a pestemal and loose sandals, guests are guided to the heart of the hammam where the calming sounds of running water echo from ornately tiled walls. The Complete Oriental Treatment offers a blissful 110 minutes of luxury and relaxation. It starts with cleansing before a body scrub from head to toe. A body wrap with ghassoul mud is applied next, alongside a honey mask before a soothing massage completes the experience. Another treat to try is the Royal Hammam which involves deep cleansing using Moroccan black soap, followed by a complete body scrub, traditional body wrap and honey facial. Where: One&Only Royal Mirage / When: Daily, 9am to 9pm How much: Complete Oriental Treatment AED670, Royal Hammam AED490 / Contact: 04 3152140
with handmade olive oil soap. A massage of your own choosing is then recommended, or finish with the application of satin oil and essences of amber and frankincense. For another luxurious treatment, try the Arabian Rose or Gold Mask Hammam. A kese mitt exfoliation and olive soap cleansing is followed by a purifying rose or gold body mask and healing clay facial. Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray / When: Daily, 9am to 9.30pm / How much: Traditional Turkish AED400 per person, Arabian Gold or Rose AED515 Contact: 04 4530455
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Saray Spa, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites A sense of calm is felt within a few moments of entering this serene spa. Thoughtfully designed interiors add to the peaceful atmosphere created by soothing aromas and brass lanterns peppered across the f loor. The focus here is on traditional Middle Eastern treatments and products for an authentic experience at the Saray Hammam. Using traditional ingredients and practices, the session begins with a light body massage using laurel and olive oil soap to loosen tired muscles. Therapists then stimulate the skin with a kese exfoliation to gently remove dead cells. A heavenly massage with sandalwood oil ends the ritual. Where: Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites When: Daily, 10am to 9pm How much: Saray Hammam AED330 Contact: 04 3194630
The Spa, The Palace Downtown Dubai This is an exclusive spa retreat for the discerning guest. Traditional elements in the dĂŠcor lend an authentic Arabic feel. A host of exceptional treatments are offered here where first-class facilities include Jacuzzis, monsoon showers, steam rooms and a relaxation lounge. Hammam is a speciality and the Oriental Hammam Ritual is a 75-minute journey into unparalleled pampering with a soothing scrub of Rhassoul clay from the Moroccan Atlas mountains blended with rose water to
nourish the skin. The Oriental Hammam Scrub lasts 45 minutes as the body is smothered in black soap from Morocco, followed by immersion in a steam bath and scrubbing on the hammam table. Among the brands used at The Spa is Les Sens de Marrakech which incorporates extracts of argan oil. Where: The Palace Downtown Dubai When: Daily, 9am to 10pm How much: Oriental Hammam Ritual AED655 per person, Oriental Hammam Scrub AED395 per person Contact: 04 4287805
Journey into unparalleled pampering with a soothing scrub of Rhassoul clay from the Moroccan Atlas mountains
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Taste Blue Flame
The emphasis is on quality ingredients cooked to perfection at this exceptional dining destination at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. The impressive menu boasts plenty of tempting choices from the finest seafood to this refreshing Burrata cheese dish. Specialities include succulent steaks and flavoursome foie gras. Choose from the extensive wine list presented on an iPad. Contact: 04 2308459
Room for more Settle down to one of Dubai’s most acclaimed epicurean experiences – a delicious brunch
Excited chatter rises from a grand dining room as guests dressed in finery make their way to one of many lavishly presented tables. Luxurious décor sets the scene where the main attraction is a host of gastronomic delights. Settling in for the afternoon, diners anticipate an extraordinary array of culinary treasures as exceptional dishes from all corners of the globe are presented at bountiful stations, each offering a new taste to try. The eclectic occasion is also an opportunity to showcase the talents of chefs and their teams across the full gambit of culinary styles. From quality meat dishes cooked to perfection and accompanied by all the trimmings to fresh fish and seafood or enticing towers of carefully crafted desserts, the choice is endless. Pair each plate with a fine cellared beverage, glass of Champagne or refreshing cocktail as the conversation flows. This is dining at its finest in Dubai, where a Friday brunch welcomes the weekend. The idea of coming together in opulent surroundings to enjoy fine food, wines and convivial company has long been both a form of entertainment and a practice at the heart of most societies. From the lavish banquets of Ancient Greece and Rome to the pomp and ceremony observed in overfurnished Victorian dining rooms, such gatherings were intended to be savoured as an opportunity to revel in high society. In Dubai, this tradition is upheld each week at some of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants. Such is the institution of brunch in Dubai that many venues have expanded their offerings to evenings and throughout the weekend. A host of interesting themes have emerged such as Japanese or barbecue-style brunches that enable guests to savour the fine food and atmosphere while enjoying their spectacular surroundings. Enjoy one of the finest food traditions Dubai has to offer with Concierge’s selection of some of the city’s best brunches.
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Armani/Hashi Brunch This is a chic and stylish brunch that effortlessly combines a stunning setting with the very best in Japanese cuisine. Start with a refreshing Japanese cocktail and take in outstanding views of The Dubai Fountain through sweeping windows. Rich interiors in sleek dark wood are accented with black leather furnishings to lend an exclusive feel. A resident DJ adds subtle notes to the ambience. Choose from an incredible array of dishes which blend the finest produce with cooking flair. Fresh salmon and tuna sushi and sashimi are among the delights on offer. Fish is flown in daily from all around the world. A live teppanyaki station adds some of the
theatre of a high-end kitchen, or watch as expert chefs prepare your selection from noodles and wok-based creations to melt-in-the-mouth seabass. Highlights include prawn tempura that is both crispy and golden, or the sublime black cod. Make sure your feast ends at the dedicated dessert room where the pastry chef presents an ensemble of sweet treats to linger over with a Japanese green tea. Where: Armani Hotel Dubai When: Fridays, midday to 4pm How much: AED350 per person including soft drinks, AED450 per person including selected house beverages and Japanese-themed cocktails Contact: 04 8883444
The Friday Brunch at Al Qasr This sprawling feast of fine food showcases the best dishes from three of the hotel’s renowned restaurants each bringing delicious flavours to the mix. Al Hambra offers authentic Spanish tapas dishes to enjoy while there’s a sumptuous international buffet at Arboretum. A mouthwatering selection from MJ’s Steakhouse offers succulent cuts served with a little New York-inspired panache. Pile your plate high as you amble between cooking stations and tables laden with food from all corners of the world at this luxurious brunch which takes place across the ground floor of Al Qasr. Where: Madinat Jumeirah Hotel – Al Qasr When: Fridays, 12.30 to 4pm How much: AED450 per person with soft drinks, AED550 per person with house beverages, AED250 per child aged four to 12. Children under four dine free. Contact: 04 8883444
Manava Grand Brunch Embark on an incredible culinary journey at Manava, which translates as ‘welcome’ in Tahitian. Guests can enjoy dishes prepared by the expert culinary team from six outlets within this artfully designed Polynesian-themed hotel. Gauguin’s Tahitian paintings enhance the stylish yet vibrant dining room while a terrace offers a lovely option to enjoy the lush green outdoors. Enjoy delicacies and signature dishes from Porterhouse, which specialises in steaks and grill, the finest seafood from Moana and French fare from Studio du Chef. Chinese delights are presented from Hong Loong restaurant while Bottega brings Italian deli-style f lavours to proceedings. Polynesianthemed cocktails and a range of exotic barbecue grills are offered courtesy of the Maui Beach Restaurant & Bar team. Start the eclectic experience with antipasti, sushi or foie gras before moving on to your choice from delicious main dishes created at live cooking stations such as slow-roasted prime rib, Peking duck, dim sum or fresh oysters. Leave room for the mouthwatering dessert selection or indulge in some fine French cheeses and wine.
Gauguin’s Tahitian paintings enhance the stylish yet vibrant dining room while a terrace offers a lovely option to enjoy the lush green outdoors
Where: Sofitel The Palm, Dubai When: Fridays, 12.30 to 4pm How much: AED325 per person including soft drinks and signature mocktails, AED450 per person including bubbly and selected beverages, AED85 per child between six and 11, AED135 for teenagers between 12 and 17. Complimentary for children up to five years old. / Contact: 04 8883444
Splendido International Friday Brunch This delectable brunch presents the opportunity to savour the finest creations from expert chefs at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai. New York-style décor of wood and marble adds to the chic ambience while the expansive patio is the perfect spot to enjoy views of the Gulf. A host of exceptional dishes from around the world are offered and there is an incredible selection to choose from. Highlights include a salad bar, oyster station, sushi counter and charcuterie station with an array of first-class meats. Enjoy eclectic mains from risotto to pasta while accompaniments include fresh breads, pastas and deli items. A visit to the dessert station for a melt-in-the-mouth crêpe makes a heavenly finish. Where: The Ritz-Carlton Dubai / When: Fridays, 12.30 to 3.30pm How much: AED300 per person including soft drinks, AED490 per person including sparkling wines and house beverages, AED720 per person including Laurent-Perrier Champagne and house beverages. AED150 for children between five and 12 years old. / Contact: 04 8883444
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Ship to shore Dubai is a veritable treasure trove of fine-dining restaurants offering all the riches of the sea
As with agriculture, fishing is a practice that dates back millennia. Seafood is considered one of the greatest culinary treasures largely because of the incredible skills, manpower and courage needed to deliver each serving. An exquisitely presented plate, which is both a visual delight and taste sensation, tells only part of the story. On the open ocean, fishermen trawl far out to sea and often in challenging conditions in search of rich fish stocks. Their hauls sustain not only livelihoods but are an important source of food. In Dubai, fishing sustained the emirate long before the discovery of oil. Oceans, therefore, are a bountiful source of ingredients for chefs when planning a culinary masterpiece with nature providing such a rich underwater larder from which to hook exciting and interesting flavours. Chefs who specialise in seafood have the opportunity to create extraordinary dishes from the highest quality produce with a flair and expertise that is the measure of a truly exceptional seafood restaurant. In Dubai, a host of quality restaurants stand ready to offer the finest tastes fresh from the oceans. The word â€˜seafoodâ€™ applies to countless varieties of fish, shellfish and even some plant foods which boast an incredible range of characteristics, flavours and textures. Among the most prized on restaurant menus are crustaceans such as prawns, crab and lobster, while mussels, oysters, scallops and snails from the mollusk family also make exceptional dishes.
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In Dubai, a host of excellent restaurants present a tantalising array of seafood. Ossiano at Atlantis The Palm Dubai offers some of the city’s finest dishes in a truly unique environment. Dinner is served in front of sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramas of the sealife in the Ambassador Lagoon aquarium. With 65,000 marine animals making magical dining companions, visitors could easily be forgiven for shifting focus from the food. However, mouthwatering offerings include North Atlantic sea scallops and
Canadian lobster. Another of Dubai’s outstanding destinations for seafood is the beautifully situated restaurant Flooka at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa. The finest ocean offerings can be enjoyed here while guests gaze across the Arabian Gulf. Each fine-dining seafood restaurant shares one thing in common: an exceptionally talented chef with a sound understanding of the produce. That knowledge is not limited to methods of cooking and combinations of ingredients but goes far beyond the kitchen to sourcing stocks and
“Seafood has become more popular. People are more concerned about their health and view fish as a more healthy option”
1 Prawn tom yam with coconut milk, Fish Market, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek 2 Frilled bouri fish topped with prawns served with steamed pak choy, Fish Market, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek 3 Fish Market 4 Uwe Micheel
preservation techniques such as drying, smoking, refrigerating and freezing. Uwe Micheel, director of kitchens at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, presides over one of the city’s most innovative seafood restaurants, Fish Market. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, he is leading the way in furthering Dubai’s reputation as a quality seafood dining destination. “When I started in Dubai, there was only a handful of five-star hotels. Now that number has increased considerably along with the restaurant offering and seafood has become more and more popular. People are more concerned about their health and as part of that, view fish as a more healthy option. Items which are poached and steamed are often preferred and fish lends itself well to this. “The best seafood for the restaurant is the fresh seafood bought here in Dubai from the local market. 4
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There is also a great deal of excellent quality fresh and chilled products flown into Dubai from overseas. We buy from both the local market and from suppliers who import from overseas,” says Micheel, who is originally from Germany but has been a chef in Dubai since 1993. Not only does Fish Market boast spectacular views of Dubai Creek but it has an unparalleled selection of seafood. The restaurant has been something of a Dubai institution since 1989 where a market-style set-up offers an endless array of seafood from juicy tiger prawns to lobsters presented in baskets and tanks for each guest to choose from.
Locally caught seafood, during the cooler months, is quite good but we buy directly from fishermen’s boats as this is as fresh as it can get
5 Peppercrab, Grand Hyatt Dubai 6 Dubai Fish Market 7 Fish Market Restaurant, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
“There is no menu at Fish Market as the guest simply selects the fish of his or her choice and pairs it with a preferred sauce before finally opting for the cooking method they would like – grilled, sautéed, steamed or deep fried. “Today, people tend to prefer sustainable fish amid a growing awareness for environmental concerns. I also believe that in the future people may start to prefer seafood over meat because of the health benefits. “In Dubai, imported seafood is fresh and, because of the municipality’s strict safety and quality controls, it is safe. Then, it is up to each chef to ensure seafood is cooked to a safe temperature, not over cooked, but safely prepared for diners to enjoy,” says Micheel, who is also president of the Emirates Culinary Guild, the UAE’s association of professional chefs. Singaporean restaurant Peppercrab at Grand Hyatt Dubai is another of the city’s destinations for an exceptional seafood meal. Spices and sauces are used to add
bursts of flavour to fresh seafood and a speciality here is chilli and black pepper crab, a firm menu favourite. For Steven Agius, executive sous chef at Grand Hyatt Dubai, the focus is on sustainability. “We try to educate our guests about conservation and keeping our oceans green. We collaborate with the Emirates Wildlife Society in its Choose Wisely campaign. On our menus at Peppercrab, sustainable seafood choices are indicated so guests can make an informed choice. “We source seafood from reputable local and overseas suppliers who provide only the best quality ingredients. We follow very strict rules when it comes to quality. Healthy and balanced menus are the top of our market list. Locally caught seafood, during the cooler months, is quite good but we buy directly from fishermen’s boats as this is as fresh as it can get. When an ingredient is of the highest quality, the freshness of flavours infuses the dish and creates an exceptional dining experience,” adds Agius.
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Building a future MELISSA SLEIMAN 111
The rise of real estate Economic growth, tighter regulation and attractive yields are drawing global investors to Dubai’s property market
Ranked as the world’s top-performing rental real estate market by one of the globe’s largest property agencies Knight Frank, Dubai is back on investors’ radars. While economies in Europe and the US are slowly picking up, high-yield investment opportunities in these countries remain scarce. As a result, savvy investors are eyeing emerging markets such as Dubai where property prices are booming and returns are potentially more rewarding. Dubai’s existing residents are keen to get in on the act too. Dubai’s total real estate sales transactions reached AED52.8 billion in the first half of 2013 – an increase of 49 percent compared to the same period last year, figures from the Dubai Land Department show. Foreign investors contributed over AED32 billion — a 73 percent increase year on year – to the rising property sales figure. Among GCC investment levels, Emiratis rank first while Saudi Arabia comes in second at AED2 billion. Kuwait is third
exceeding AED360 million followed by Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. Of the investment originating from outside the Middle Eastern region, the top spot went to India, followed by Pakistan and the UK. Alan Robertson, CEO of real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Middle East North Africa, says: “We continue to notice interest in single-owned well-let buildings from investors from the GCC who are attracted by the ‘safe haven’ status of Dubai, its legal system and the overall recovery in the market. There are also increasing investments from Chinese organisations.” According to a report released in the second quarter of 2013 by global real estate services firm CBRE, continued unrest in the region is “clearly playing a part in Dubai’s current growth scenario, with increasing occupier demand and solid investment volumes that show no sign of slowing down despite an escalation of political uncertainty in Egypt and no respite for the situation in Syria”.
“Investing in Dubai gives you a lot better return than leaving your money sitting in any bank and in the sustainable areas. If you invest wisely, you will rarely lose any percentage of what you have put in” 2
1 Jumeirah Beach Residence 2 Downtown Dubai
Property prices are surging on the back of Dubai’s rapid economic growth. Funds are flowing into the emirate, job creation is rising and real estate developers are launching new projects as demand for property from the growing expatriate population increases. Meanwhile, Dubai’s economic growth of four percent this year – compared to an average of two to two-and-a-half percent in western countries – is fuelling a general sense of optimism that, in many ways, this is the place to be for would-be property investors. Dubai’s Department of Economic Development’s Business Confidence Index shows that positivity is still rising and businesses continue to be upbeat. An impressive 91 percent of firms reported either improvement or stability in business conditions and there are expectations that the coming years will result in an even stronger rise. A major factor here could be Expo 2020, for which Dubai is by all accounts the current frontrunner to host. The winner of the mega-event will be announced in November and will likely further boost Dubai’s international profile and spur yet more foreign investment.
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Jones Lang LaSalle believes that a successful Expo bid would create an estimated 277,000 additional jobs and result in over 25 million visitors to Dubai between October 2020 and April 2021, providing a notable boost to the economy. This is in addition to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s vision to achieve 20 million visitors a year by 2020 – an ambitious but attainable goal considering that Dubai has experienced its busiest first half-year ever in 2013, attracting 5.5 million visitors – an 11 percent increase on the same period last year. The torrential tourism f low is set to benefit many developers, as they tend to operate diversified portfolios focused not only on property development, but also on hospitality, retail and commercial projects. As their balance sheets strengthen, their ability to develop new properties grows. “After several years of slowing pace, the development pipeline is again starting to grow and with momentum behind it, the construction sector is set to enter a new growth period,” notes CBRE. Additional supply is already being delivered this year. In June 2013, the total residential stock in areas monitored by Jones Lang LaSalle stood at around 360,000 units, with around 3,400 residential units, mostly apartments, handed over in the second quarter of the year. A further 18,600 residential units are expected to come to the market before the end of the year. With plenty of existing and upcoming developments on offer, it can be hard to make a decision. The trick is not to expect 4
ExamplE:REtuRn on invEstmEnt (Roi) If an investor was to buy for investment purposes, costs for a one-bedroom apartment in Dubai Marina (800 square foot in Bay Central), priced at AED1,200,000, will be as follows: • Agency fees - two percent
of the purchase price: AED24,000 (first year only)
• Dubai Land Department
transfer fee of one percent (the total charge is two percent, but this is shared with the seller): AED12,000 (first year only) • Administration fee for Dubai Land Department: AED350 for the Title Deed (first year only) • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the developer: up to AED5,000 dependent on the developer • The service charge for the year up-front – for this example, it would be AED18 per square foot: AED14,400 Total costs: AED55,750
This one-bedroom apartment will lease for around AED85,000 per year, so the first year the investor will have potential costs (taking into account that they pay AED5,000 for NOC): AED55,750 – rent received (AED85,000) = AED29,250 = net ROI of 2.4 percent for the first year The second year the investor should be looking to receive a net ROI of 5.8 percent The third year investors can raise the rent amount as per the law in Dubai. This will enable a larger return.
3 Dubai Marina 4 Palm Jumeirah
too much and not to get greedy, says Laura Adams, managing director of Carlton Real Estate. “In Dubai, the time when you can transfer paper and receive large percentage returns are long gone. They won’t return either as the investors that benefited from those times also lost heavily. Investing in Dubai offers a lot better return than leaving your money sitting in any bank and in the sustainable areas. If you invest wisely, you will rarely lose any percentage of what you have put in. Dubai is pretty much a low-risk investment as the market is led by supply and demand and we are fortunate enough to have a high demand for properties,” she explains. According to Adams, there are currently not enough properties being handed over to accommodate the ongoing rise in Dubai’s population. Bearing that in mind, she advises investors to stay clear of any off-plan developments not being built by major developers such as Damac, Emaar or Nakheel that are not within six months of completion. Although buying off plan comes with higher risks than acquiring existing properties, there are strict regulations enforced by Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority that aim to ensure investors are protected and get what they paid for. This year, the authority announced it is insisting each developer fully owns the land and puts down a 20 percent guarantee before launching a construction project. In addition, the Dubai Government is currently in the final stages of approving a robust new regulation which aims to offer protection for real estate investors when buying off plan. The proposed law, called ‘Tanweer’, specifies that investors will be able to claim back their money if a developer does not hand over the property within a specific time frame, commits fraud or does not meet the conditions which were agreed upon by both parties prior to the completion of the project.
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With Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) expecting 38,000 additional residential units to be added to the Dubai property market by 2015, there is plenty of choice for international investors. While residential properties continue to remain popular, many upcoming developments are increasingly factoring in the ‘lifestyle’ appeal of surrounding shops, services and other attractions in order to boost their appeal. “Visitors are increasingly looking for high-quality, luxurious accommodation providing them with all the comforts and conveniences needed during their stay, which Damac Properties caters for and which is why we are developing serviced hotel apartments that make great investments,” explains Niall McLoughlin, senior vice president, Damac Properties. Investors are increasingly drawn to hotel apartments due to the high demand and
Dubai has always been a very attractive destination for international investors, given the high standard of living and the ideal geographical location linking the east and west
1 Garden and pool area, Damac Villas by Paramount 2 Damac Towers by Paramount
affordable management costs. Indeed, Dubai is among the top 25 destinations in the world for hotel investments, according to global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. Other properties set to raise demand from visitors to Dubai are branded developments created in co-operation with some of the world’s biggest names in hospitality, design and entertainment. “Investors will focus
on core – often trophy – products leased to top branded operators with proven income streams,” Cushman & Wakefield said in a recent report. Properties such as Damac’s Paramountbranded villas in the Akoya development (10 minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road), Damac Residenze (featuring interior design by Fendi Casa) in Dubai Marina, Fairmont Residences on Palm Jumeirah and Mövenpick Laguna Tower in Jumeirah Lakes Towers have become some of the most soughtafter on the market which is burgeoning as a result of continuous demand from an increasing population. “Dubai has always been a very attractive destination for international investors, given the high standard of living and the ideal geographical location linking the east and west. Continued investment in infrastructure across Dubai also adds to the attraction. I expect the market to continue to grow throughout 2013 and then show consistent, steady growth to 2016,” adds McLoughlin. Other luxurious lifestyle developments are also set to launch in the coming years as the desire for quality developments continues to grow. Many of the new scheduled developments are concentrated around the Mohammed Bin Rashid City area, close to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay. Over the next few pages is a guide to some of the hottest upcoming property zones in Dubai.
Akoya by Damac Developer: Damac Properties Location: Near Sheikh Zayed Road and Umm Suqeim Road. Reference B3, see map on page 150 Size: 28 million square feet Expected date of completion: March 2015 for first phase Description: The development is set to become a fully integrated community including mansions, villas and apartments as well as a boutique hotel, international schools, shops and entertainment. A sports complex
and an 18-hole PGA championship golf course, named Trump International Golf Club, will be at the heart of the project. The golf condos are already up for sale at prices starting from AED2.4 million. Suitable for: Investors with large budgets, looking to put their funds in a new area Why we rate it: The massive project will become the most luxurious residential golfing community in the region. The collaboration with Trump, which will operate and manage the golf course and spa, will attract people from all over the world.
Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City) – District One 3 & 4 Golf condominium, Akoya by Damac 5 Mohammed Bin Rashid City–District One
Developers: A joint venture between Meydan Group – the company behind the world-class Meydan Racecourse – and India’s Sobha Location: Alongside Al Khail Road, adjacent to the Meydan Racecourse. Reference D2, see map on page 150 Size: 2.4 million square metres (600 acres) Expected date of completion: 2020 for the first phase Description: District One will be the closest residential villa and green space development to the famous Burj Khalifa. Attractions include a 350,000-square-metre water park, the largest crystal lagoon body of water in the world with seven kilometres of stunning lagoons and manmade beaches, along with retail zones, leisure and sports attractions. In total, 1,500 premium luxury villas, to be delivered in four phases, will be built around the area. Suitable for: Longer-term investors looking to profit from the increased activity around Burj Khalifa Why we rate it: As part of the ambitious MBR City – a multi-billion city within Dubai designed to include over 100 hotels and what is set to be the world’s largest shopping mall – the development is bound to raise demand among investors.
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6 Dubai Hills Estate 7 Jumeirah Beach Residence 8 Al Furjan community 9 Falconcity of Wonders, Taj Arabia 10&11 Bay’s Edge by Damac
Dubai Hills Estate Developers: A joint venture between Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding, backed by Dubai Holding Location: Junction of Umm Suqeim Road and Al Khail Road, MBR City. Reference D2, see map on page 150 Size: Over 11 million square metres Expected date of completion: Date has yet to be announced Description: The mixed-use development will feature a series of neighbourhoods set around an 18-hole championship golf course. Overlooking the golf course will be
a gated villa community, which buyers can choose to design according to their liking. A commercial centre, landscaped parks, gardens and low- and mid-rise residences, hotels and serviced hotel apartments will also be part of the community Suitable for: Investors who want to be one of the first to own a property in MBR City. Why we rate it: The development offers something for different types of investors. Whether you are looking for a serviced hotel apartment or a luxurious villa, the project will have plenty to choose from
The island off the coast of JBR will be the home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel at 210 metres in addition to retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones. ‘Dubai Eye’, will offer breathtaking views
Hotspots Most of the upcoming residential supply will be located outside of central Dubai in areas to the south and east of the city, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. The largest proportion of future stock from 2013 to 2015 will be delivered in the sub-markets of Dubailand (5,800 units); Dubai Sports City (4,000 units); Business Bay (3,600 units); Dubai Marina (2,800 units); and Jumeirah Village (2,500 units). “Business Bay is the new Downtown Dubai with property prices less than its neighbour but rental prices on a par which gives investors a minimum of eight percent net return on investment,” says Laura Adams, managing director, Carlton Real Estate.
Blue Waters Developer: Meraas Holding Location: Near Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Reference A1, see map on page 150 Size and expected date of completion: Yet to be announced Description: The island off the coast of JBR will be the home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel at 210 metres in addition to retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones. The wheel, called ‘Dubai Eye’, will offer breathtaking views of Dubai’s coastline and iconic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. The piazza at the base of the wheel will serve as an entertainment zone and a venue for special occasions and conferences. The island will also feature a souk encircled by a promenade that will boast al fresco dining outlets, a mix of retail stores and a food hall offering fresh produce. Suitable for: Investors looking for something special, right on the beach front Why we rate it: Located next to Dubai’s prime beach locations
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Al Furjan community Developer: Nakheel Location: Near Jebel Ali. Reference A2, see map on page 150 Size: 5.6 million square metres Date completed: End of 2013 Description: The community includes a total of 819 terraced homes and detached villas, built in clusters and connected by 32 communal park areas. It will soon have its own community centre with shops and cafés. The centre will complement two other neighbourhood malls – under construction and due to open in early 2014 – at Jumeirah Park and Discovery Gardens. Suitable for: Investors with smaller budgets Why we rate it: Located near highly populated areas, offers affordable housing options.
Falconcity of Wonders, Taj Arabia
Bay’s Edge Developer: Damac Properties Location: Burj area. Reference D2, see map on page 150 Size: A 22-storey tower Expected date of completion: End of 2016 Description: Bringing together the luxuries of a hotel with the homely comforts of family living, Bay’s Edge offers views of the waterfront as well as Burj Khalifa. The development’s 220 units comprise studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with prices starting from AED720,000. The furnished properties come with amenities such as a grand lounge with café, valet parking, concierge, spa, restaurant, swimming pool and gymnasium. Suitable for: Buy-to-let investors. Why we rate it: Situated in central Dubai, the apartments are set to attract residents working in adjacent areas such as Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
Developer: Link Global Group Location: Across Emirates Road. Reference D3, see map on page 150 Size: 3.8 million square metres Expected date of completion: 2015 Description: Boasting a replica of the Taj Mahal, the Taj Arabia will include over 400 superluxury hotel rooms, high-end retail, serviced apartments, a variety of residential units and gourmet experiences. The area will sit alongside some of Falconcity’s other projects, which include icons of architecture such as The Pyramids, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Eiffel Tower, The Great Wall of China and The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Suitable for: Longer-term investors Why we rate it: Four times the size of the Taj Majal, the development is set to become an architectural marvel. 10
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Dubai’s appeal to the determined property investor is resolutely on the up. Use our guide to pick the best location for your needs
Businesses are hiring and people are moving to the city in their droves, lured by tax-free salaries, good weather and cutting-edge leisure attractions. The Dubai Statistics Centre’s latest figures show the city’s population shot up 106,000 to 2.174 million in August 2013, a 4.8 percent rise on the same time last year. According to real estate company Cluttons, a job creation boom is translating into upward pressure on house prices and rental values, a fact vividly illustrated by capital values rising by close to a third during the first six months of 2013. Domestic demand has gained significant momentum, fuelled in part by favourable lending rates encouraging a greater number of buyers to step into the market, as well as soaring rents that are driving some tenants to embrace home-ownership as a way of eschewing rising accommodation costs. As the pace of job creation accelerates, there is a marked increase in tenants seeking accommodation, particularly in well-established sub-markets in newer areas of Dubai. The frenetic demand has already pushed up rental values by 11.3 percent across Dubai during the first six months of 2013.
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Property sales have also continued to improve. For savvy investors, buying to rent appears to be an increasingly attractive proposition in Dubai. A recent survey by Better Homes found that 88 percent of 1,400 residents surveyed rented their accommodation, leaving 12 percent opting to own their own home, largely due to an oversupply of tenants and high demand. “Established residential communities that stand out as tempting long-term investment include Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Downtown Dubai, Emirates Hills, Meadows, The Lakes, The Springs and Arabian Ranches,” says Anna Lucas, marketing and communications specialist at PropertyFinder.ae. Lucas explains that two of the biggest real estate buys in Dubai in the second quarter 2013 were registered at Le Reve tower in Dubai Marina. The third was for an apartment sold at Emirates Crown Tower, also in the Marina. In at fourth and fifth places were properties at Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Residences. Of the top 10 biggest transactions, six were registered in Dubai Marina while four were registered in Palm Jumeirah. “These communities offer investors the best rental yields having experienced a fast recovery in rent prices following the economic downturn. However, upcoming master-planned communities such as Jumeirah Village and Dubai Sports City are becoming popular spots for buyers due to their competitive pricing. This, in
turn, has made them sought-after, costsensitive options for tenants,” she adds. Laura Adams, managing director of Carlton Real Estate agrees that established areas such as Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and Downtown Dubai are proving hugely popular for existing property purchases. “Investors can be assured of no void periods in rents as they are all in high demand constantly by tenants,” she says. “Figures show these areas have averaged a 6.5 percent return on investment for the past two years, compared with London which averages between two and three percent. Dubai is a low-risk investment as the market is led by supply and demand and we are fortunate enough to have a very high demand for properties.” For Niall McLoughlin, senior vice president, Damac Properties, it is Dubai Marina and the Downtown Burj Dubai areas that are currently wielding most investor magnetism. “These two areas are very desirable due to stunning views of the city, completed and integrated infrastructure and great shopping and dining options,” he says. “End-users are looking for a place which is either already completed, or close to being handed over, for obvious reasons. This means they are likely to pay a premium to be able to move either themselves or tenants straight into their new home. Proximity to key services such as schools, hospitals and length of drive to work are key considerations in addition to the quality of the finish.”
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According to the CBRE, Dubai Marina topped the transaction charts for the first half of 2013, racking up 3,748 deals amounting to over AED6.6 billion. Asteco, a regional and international real estate services firm and property services company, reports that apartment rental rates in Dubai Marina recorded an eight percent growth in the second quarter of 2013 (20 percent year on year). A two-bedroom apartment now leases for AED110,000 per year on average. From bijou bachelor pads to opulent family ‘sky villas’, Dubai Marina is big, bold and packed with appeal. Notable landmarks include the world’s top four tallest residential apartments (Tameer’s Princess Tower, Hircon International’s 23 Marina, Tameer’s Elite Residences and the Select Group’s Marina Torch). It also hosts the Cayan Tower, the world’s tallest double helix-esque, twisted building. All around, the world’s largest manmade marina never fails to amaze and there are plenty of shopping, dining and leisure haunts to sate most indulgences. Add to that a coterie of closely located five-star hotels packed with lounges and restaurants and it isn’t hard to see why this now well-established jewel of New Dubai remains a beguiling choice for would-be investors.
Nakheel’s iconic Palm Jumeirah is an inveterate trooper in Dubai’s property market, but it still packs a punch. Recent analysis by community website Dubizzle shows that the average sale price rose by as much as 11 percent for three-bed apartments (AED3.9 million) and five-bed villas (AED20 million) during the April to June period this year. One-bed apartments (AED2.15 million) also shot up eight percent, while two-bed apartments (AED3 million) rose five percent and four-bed villas (AED12 million) were up four percent. Average rents, however, remained unchanged for smaller apartments and rose only marginally for three- and fivebedroom properties. Often credited with kick-starting Dubai’s first real estate boom in the first place, the manmade archipelago typif ies Dubai’s outward-looking, limitless ambition, boasting 60 kilometres of beach and a bustling sprawl of thousands of waterside villas, townhouses and apartments. Five star hotels – including Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, as well as the newly constr ucted Kempinksi Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah and Fairmont The Palm – provide an array of entertainment and escapism, while the views are among the finest in the region.
3 View towards Palm Jumeirah, from Dubai Marina 4 Downtown Dubai
Apartment rental rates in Dubai Marina recorded an eight percent growth in the second quarter of 2013 (20 percent year on year). A two-bedroom apartment now leases for AED110,000 per year on average
Downtown Dubai, including the Burj Dubai area Downtown Dubai’s soaring architectural vision is starting to be accurately reflected in the demand for and value of its properties. Emerging markets real estate information provider Reidin.com figures recently found that apartments in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower and justifiable modern wonder of the world, registered a 32 percent increase in the first five months of 2013, compared to the same period last year. A recent investigation by online news portal Emirates 24/7, meanwhile, found that apartments in The Residences, which face Burj Khalifa, have registered gains of as much as 40 percent since the beginning of the year, with units listed as high as AED3,300 per square foot. Units with partial or no view of Burj Khalifa have an average listed price of AED2,150, which is 26 percent higher than January. Elsewhere, average listed prices for apartments in Emaar’s two Standpoint Towers located on
5 & 6 Downtown Dubai 7 Emirates Hills
Burj Dubai Boulevard are at AED2,000 per square foot in June, having registered an increase of 17 percent since January. Average listed prices for units in Emaar’s The Lofts apartments, located on the same street, are AED1,800 per square foot, 28 percent higher since the start of the year. Asteco notes that Downtown Dubai witnessed an increase of 18 percent in Q2 (38 percent year on year) and remains the most expensive area in Dubai to buy an apartment at AED17,750 per square metre. Launched in 2004 by local developer Emaar Properties, the 500-acre development includes highly coveted residential options such as The Address The Blvd, The Address Residence Fountain Views and Burj Vista. A city-within-a-city with access to a galaxy of entertainment and shopping options, including of course The Dubai Mall – the world’s largest mall – Downtown Dubai evokes the vibrant urban districts of New York’s Lower Manhattan.
Emirates Hills The exclusive Emirates Hills area stretches to three bordering areas – The Lakes, The Meadows and The Springs. According to Reidin.com, Dubai’s biggest Q2 2013 deal was for a property in Emirates Hills, which sold for an eye-watering AED67 million. The equivalent of AED2,692 per square foot, this is double the price of the most expensive villa sold in the first quarter of 2013 and a sure indicator of the area’s cachet.
Asteco reports that The Springs and The Meadows were the top performers for villa rental rates in Q2 2013, recording 10 percent and eight percent increases respectively over the last three months. A three-bedroom villa in The Springs now leases for AED160,000 per annum and the same unit type leases for AED240,000 in The Meadows. Average year-on-year rental increases stood at 35 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Emirates Hills is the only freehold area where some plots were sold for buyers to build their own choice of house in Dubai, most of them mansion-style overlooking the Montgomerie Championship Golf Course and several lakes. The Emirates Golf Club sits on the periphery close to Sheikh Zayed Road. The Lakes (between 7
the two golf courses), The Meadows and The Springs all benefit from being right next door to Emirates Hills. All of the individual areas offer a tranquil villa life in a secure self-contained gated community, ideal for family life. Each area has a dedicated community centre with convenient shopping facilities, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, medical facilities, gyms, cafés and restaurants. All around, a green landscape with lakes and plenty of amenities add to the charm. There are generous parks, playgrounds and sports facilities like tennis and basketball courts and gyms, as well as open-air pools, one for every sub-community in each of the areas. The Lakes also boasts air-conditioned squash courts and volleyball courts and one of the few indoor pools in Dubai. Emirates Hills appeals to rich, highprofile personalities, while The Meadows, The Lakes and The Springs attract welloff and middle-class families. The latter is also attractive for singles due to its relatively cheaper cost. For those commuting to Abu Dhabi, it’s one of the best-located communities offering houses and gardens. The neighbourhood is all about mansionsized properties, though large properties can also be found in The Meadows where three- to seven-bedroom properties come in different designs. The Lakes offers threeand four-beds, while The Springs is the only one that also has two-bedroom townhouses as well as bigger three-bedroom villas.
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The Greens Adjacent to the Emirates Hills quartet, The Greens is another popular choice. A veritable small town oasis packed with greenery, walkways, restaurants and shops, the location is hugely popular with both professionals and families alike. The Greens apartments comprise studios up to threebedroom apartments, all of them with a balcony and, in the case of ground floor units, a terrace/mini garden. The Golf Towers complex lies between The Greens/ The Views and Emirates Hills and benefits not only from apartments, but also houses some ‘villas’ overlooking the golf club or the canal. Each building cluster has its own pool, play areas for children and a gym. The Greens is a self-contained, nongated residential area with a community centre housing a supermarket, pharmacy, beauty salon, book shop and the like, as well as several eateries. Within some of the residential buildings you can find further ground floor cafés and other restaurants with terraces. Located just behind Emaar Business Park, its banks, for example, add to the convenience. Furthermore, essential shopping needs are covered in Tecom, which also offers bars and restaurants based in the many hotels in this neighbourhood. Asteco states that The Greens recorded 15 percent sales growth in Q2 reaching AED12,400 per square metre.
2013. Rent-wise, rates shot up 20.8 percent between January 2011 and April 2013. In 2012, the median price per square foot of residential property stood at AED730, rising to AED944 in 2013. With 87 towers and 25,000 residents, JLT is rapidly gaining a reputation as Dubai Marina’s more affordable sibling. The area’s three-tower cluster design is set around four lakes, some with views over Dubai Marina or the Emirates Hills’ golf courses. An ideal commuter location, two metro stations (JLT and Dubai Marina), enable residents to ditch the car when heading into the city. In the coming months, pedestrians will even be able to stroll across a 55,000 square metre park planned to replace one of the lakes.
With 87 towers and 25,000 residents, JLT is rapidly gaining a reputation as Dubai Marina’s more affordable sibling
Jumeirah Lakes Towers Those investing in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) appear to be benefiting from Dubai’s burgeoning population. In a recent study, Propertyfinder.ae found that residential prices at JLT had gone up by almost 27.5 percent between June 2011 and April
The serviced office soluTion For investors, business owners or regional managers seeking to strengthen brands or gain entry into Dubai’s increasingly thriving private sector, a commercial serviced office space is proving a compelling option. “Using a serviced office from a leading business solutions provider is a quick, efficient and extremely powerful platform for local success,” says Razan Dozom, marketing manager – Middle East, Servcorp, which offers Dubai office options in Emirates Towers, Habtoor Business Tower in Dubai Marina and Boulevard Plaza in Emaar Square, as well as across the region. Offices are customisable with a ready-to-go structure. This also includes secretarial, administrative and IT support, which means businesses can be up and running in just 24 hours. “Everything is up front or based on a fixed per-use charge, providing real value for your money,” says Razan. A Servcorp investment of approximately USD2million on top-of-theline office fit-outs includes a reception area with black and white checkerboard floor, stunning city views and in-house IT, among other professional staff. There is also access to meeting rooms across the globe, which can be managed using a Servcorp Online account.
8 Jumeirah Lakes Towers 9 The Greens 10 Emaar’s new Palma villas in Arabian Ranches
Arabian Ranches Asteco says Arabian Ranches racked up a notable price increase of 10 percent in Q2, 19 percent year on year. Properties are now selling at AED11,850 per square metre on average. Set within the heart of the desert on the Emirates Road, nine kilometres inland from intersection four on Sheikh Zayed Road near the Mall of The Emirates, the 4,000 villa Arabian Ranches has excellent access to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah from the Emirates Road and is only 15 minutes to Dubai International Airport. The community includes the Arabian Ranches Shopping Centre, which houses 20 retail outlets, an Andalusian-style Equestrian Centre and the Arabian Ranches Desert Course, the region’s premier desertstyle grass golf course, designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Niclaus Design. It also features the Jumeirah English Speaking School, one of Dubai’s most respected schools enjoying a world-class reputation, offers primary and secondary education based on the best aspects of the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
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Understanding the law An indispensable lowdown on the legal process for investing in property in Dubai
How much is the average deposit? A deposit, handed over at the contractsigning phase, is generally 10 percent of the overall purchase price. If the buyer withdraws from the transaction they will lose the deposit. The seller must refund the deposit if they renege on the sale. How do I register the property? As a new owner you are responsible for registering the property at the Dubai Lands Department to receive a Title Deed. This usually costs between one-and-a-half and two percent of the overall property value. What documents do I need? Documentation requirements differ between lenders. It is best to play it safe and get everything together, including six to 12 months of bank statements, a copy of your passport with visa page, utility bill or tenancy agreement and a salary certificate from your employer, or minimum of two years’ audited accounts if self-employed. When it comes to buying off plan, a developer will usually only ask for a passport and a booking deposit.
I’m considering buying a property off plan – how can I safeguard against loss if things go wrong? Off plan is riskier, but there are laws to protect buyers. The Dubai Escrow Law requires anyone collecting money for off-plan property to put it in an Escrow account. The Pre-registration Law requires developers to register the contracts they’d entered into with the Dubai Land Department. There are also moves to initiate an Investor Protection Law, which allows a full refund of paid amount to investors if the developer fails to complete or hand over a property within a certain time frame from the date specified in the sales contract, deliberately defrauds an investor or alters the specifications of the unit without obtaining requisite permission. What are the visa requirements for those buying a property in Dubai? Residents of other countries will not need to obtain a visa to buy a property in Dubai. Upon purchase of property, investors will be able receive a visa from the developer if they intend to stay in the country or wish to visit Dubai regularly to inspect the property. In order to
apply for a three-year property owners’ visa, you need to fulfill a list of requirements including: a minimum salary of AED10,000; medical insurance; and be able to provide proof of ownership papers. The stipulation is that the property you are purchasing must be worth over one million dirhams and the ownership of the property must be for an individual owner, not a company or multiple owners. Ownership of property and residency or sponsorship are interrelated, but should be looked at separately.
B u y e r ’s c h e c k l i s t • Have a plan: Buying to rent or to secure long-term capital appreciation? Your choice will determine your abode. • Ascertain exactly what all the additional fees are. • Reputation is everything: An agent needs to have a good, provable track record. Ask to see his or her trade licence. • Research prices in a given area. • Be thorough: Interrogate every aspect of the dwelling. • Get your paperwork in order: Individual buyers need passports and a Signed Buyer Agreement (also know as a Form B) • Finalise the deal: Make an offer via your consultant (if applicable), then move towards paperwork finalisation. • Make it official: Register the title at the Dubai Land Department. You will be the undisputed owner when documents are completed and handed to the local registry office. • Obtain legal support: It is advisable to have a lawyer present when signing the Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA). Be sure you can commit to the transfer date and final payment before giving the deposit.
What are my legal responsibilities as a landlord? All Dubai landlords should be familiar with Law No 26 of 2007, which governs the relationship between the landlord and tenant. A comprehensive overview of obligations can be found on the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) website, www.dubailand.gov.ae. As a landlord you need to draw up a contract between yourself and your tenant clearly defining obligations such as maintenance and rent collection. A tenant contract is usually signed for one year. Rents can be raised only when the agreed lease duration is finished and it’s time to renew. If any dispute arises between landlord and leasee, they need to file a case with the municipality’s rent committee. All contracts must be registered through Ejari registration system and will be kept on file for the duration of the tenancy where it cannot be altered. This system is designed to help resolve any disputes that arise. Where can foreign investors buy properties? Foreign ownership is permitted in areas designated as freehold. NonNationals who obtain freehold rights can use the asset forever. Moreover, they are allowed to transfer their rights to another person. In order to possess freehold properties in specific areas, buyers have to obtain approval from the Dubai government in some cases.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
Representing some of the Arab world’s leading and emerging artists, Ayyam promotes contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: C2 BOUtiQUe 1 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.
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
gallery isaBelle VaN DeN eyNDe
Local and international artists exhibit at this well-known gallery in the Al Serkal district
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm; Fri 2pm to 9pm Map reference: D1 the art sOUrCe
Located in The Dubai Mall, this small art gallery and framing shop displays thoughtprovoking works by a range of Middle Eastern artists.
Timings: Sat to Wed 8am to 6pm. Thu 8am to 2pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D2 the MOJO gallery
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm; Closed Fri Map reference: C2
Mojo focuses on contemporary exhibitions of original paintings, conceptual photography, digital media prints, illustrations, video art, installation pieces and sculptures.
greeN art gallery
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm.
The oldest gallery in Dubai, the Green Art Gallery showcases contemporary art with a focus on regional work.
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.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 MaJlis gallery
This charming gallery with an idyllic courtyard features art by local and international artists.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 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
Founded in 2003, this Arabic gallery is located off Mankhool Road in Bur Dubai.
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.
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
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Map reference: C2
Spanning two floors and 10,000 sq m, Total Art specialises in artists and art influenced by the culture of the Middle East.
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
An area of 4,000 sq m dedicated to international contemporary art in the heart of Gate Village, DIFC.
Exhibits striking artwork that features in museums and international collections.
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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)
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)
A NAtioN'S tReASuRe
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.
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. Calligraphy is among the most treasured of ancient art forms while beautiful Arabesque details can be found in architecture throughout the country.
Enjoy an Emirati breakfast or lunch and chat freely with local volunteers about the life and culture in the UAE.
Timings: Sun to thu 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 1pm Guide price: Breakfast Aed60, lunch Aed70. Reservations essential Map reference: e1
For hundreds of years the finest pearls in the world have been harvested from the waters of the Arabian gulf. its shallow and sheltered contours offer optimum conditions for oysters and there are still over 200 pearl diving sites off the uAe coast. Long before the advent of oil the pearling industry furnished the people of the uAe with an income. As demand for pearls grew, families settled in the coastal villages which gained importance and influence, particularly Abu dhabi and dubai. the country’s lucrative industry sadly died out in the early 1930’s with the discover the cultured pearl.
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
Bring out the tenor or the soprano in you, in a meal so divine that you want to sing its praises. The delicious notes of every dish, accompanied by the smooth orchestration of the service, leave you in a pleasant reverie. P.O. Box 30430, Dubai, UAE, T: +971 (0)4 343 8000, F: +971 (0)4 343 5111, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Skydiving 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
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
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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
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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.
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Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED100 for
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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
Musandam Khasab, Oman with a Fantastic offer this Season + A chance to see dolphins from their natural habitat. Khasab $150 per person DIbba $88 per person
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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
Superb restaurants, chic cocktail bars and hip nightclubs make Dubai a stylish and sophisticated city for fine food and drink
Hotel outlets & promotions
Al QAsr, mADinAt jumeirAH
Umm Suqeim 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 at the Friday Family Brunch with live cooking stations, a dedicated section for children and mocktails, smoothies, shakes and soda pops. From AED165 per person.
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. Benihana – Japanese Horizon – International Rosso – Italian
AnAntArA DuBAi tHe pAlm resort & spA
Delicious flavours of Asia combine at Oriental restaurant Mekong. Indulge in a feast for the senses, as you sample the delights of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine on spectacular 'rickshaw-style' seating or intimate round tables. Tea connoisseurs will enjoy an exceptional array of exquisite brews and infusions at its signature Tea Bar.
Al Diwaan is a popular gourmet restaurant serving an eclectic selection of international cuisine in a stunning desert setting.
Bushman’s Australian Restaurant & Bar – Australian Crescendo – International Mekong – Asian The Beach House - Mediterranean The Lotus Lounge - Lounge
Liwan – International Shayan – Iranian Yasmin Lounge – Lounge Buzz Deli Cafe – Cafe
Al mAHA Desert resort & spA
Al Diwaan – International
Al mAnzil Hotel
ArABiAn rAncHes Hotel & Golf cluB
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. Conservatory – International The Courtyard Restaurant – Arabic Nezesaussi Grill – Sports bar
Al murooj rotAnA – DuBAi
Downtown Dubai 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. Alegra – Nightclub Double Decker – English Mawal – Lebanese Pergolas – International Zaika Restaurant – Indian
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
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 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. Armani/Amal – Indian Armani/Hashi – Japanese Armani/Mediterraneo – Mediterranean Armani/Deli – Italian Armani/Privé – Lounge/nightclub Armani/Ristorante – Italian fine dining
04 2387777 Deira
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. Hanabi – Japanese Lamesa – Filipino Sea World – Seafood Sonamu – Korean Yuraku – Japanese
AtlAntis tHe pAlm, DuBAi
04 4260000 V Jumeirah
With 20 restaurants, bars and lounges brought to you by world-renowned chefs, Atlantis, 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
Auris plAzA Hotel Al BArsHA
1. 2. 3. 4.
Armani/Ristorante Ossigeno, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa ZEST, One & Only The Palm Junsui, Burj Al Arab
04 4554800 Al Barsha
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
BAB Al sHAms Desert resort & spA
04 8096100 Desert
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
T HE GUI D E / T A S T E
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
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
CourtyArd By MArriott, duBAi Green CoMMunity
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
Crowne PlAzA duBAi
Sheikh Zayed Road Al Dana restaurant offers a wide selection of tasty international dishes and traditional Arabic delicacies.
duBAi MArine BeACh resort & sPA
04 3461111 Jumeirah
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
duBAi MArriott hArBour hotel & suites
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
dusit thAni duBAi
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.
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
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
Crowne PlAzA duBAi deirA
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
Crowne PlAzA duBAi FestivAl City
Dubai Festival City The Belgian Beer Café boasts a hearty selection of tasty fare including delicious waffles and a range of beverages. Belgian Beer Café – European Mazar – Afternoon tea Zaytoun – International
FAirMont the PAlM, duBAi 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
FujAirAh rotAnA resort & sPA
Al Aqah Beach For those who like to explore, this out-of-town option is popular as a weekend getaway with Dubai residents. Fujairah is a neighbouring emirate on the east coast. Al Falaj – Lobby lounge Mozaique – International Waves – International
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
Bussola – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
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
L'OLivO, RixOs The PaLm Dubai
Burj Al ArAB
Grand Hyatt dubai
Hilton dubai creek
Celebrate German festival Oktoberfest with pretzels and sausages in an air-conditioned festival tent. Every Tuesday to Saturday this month, indulge in German food and drinks prepared by Grand Hyatt’s culinary team.
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.
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
Glasshouse – International Issimo Bar & Lounge – Sports bar table9 by nick and scott – European
Grand MillenniuM dubai
04 4299999 Al Barsha
6 5. Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Meliá Dubai 6. Anise, InterContinental Dubai Festival City 7. BiCE, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort 8. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
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
Grosvenor House, dubai
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.
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
Habtoor Grand beacH resort & spa
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
Hatta Fort Hotel
04 8099333 Hatta
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
Jebel ali GolF resort & spa
04 8145555 Jebel Ali
Embark on a culinary journey at Ibn Majed. Buffets feature specialities from Germany, Thailand and India.
Hilton dubai JuMeiraH
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
JuMeiraH beacH Hotel
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 Pure Sky Lounge - Lounge Studio One – Sports bar Wavebreaker – Beach bar
Hotel pullMan dubai Mall oF tHe eMirates
Sheikh Zayed Road For multicultural cuisine, visit allday dining restaurant Sanabel.
04 3480000 Jumeirah
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.
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.
Plumeria – Healthy café Blue Flame – Steak Cu-ba – Cuban Nomad – Asian Crimson Gallery - Afternoon tea
Sanabel – International Soda Box – Mediterranean Vantage – Cocktail bar
Hyatt reGency dubai
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 Bistro Madeleine's French Nights offer a little piece of Parisian culture. Expect a chic night of music and authentic French fare, from cold cuts and cheeses to delicious desserts. From AED185 per person for buffet and soft drinks. 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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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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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 |
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Try some authentic German flavours in a series of traditional and delicious dishes from this influential European nation at Brauhaus.
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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
04 3868111 Port Rashid
Famed chef Sanjeev Kapoor heads up a sumptupuous eatery at this hotel. Azalya – International Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor – Indian
Armani/Amal Contemporary cool meets old-world charm at this first-class dining destination on the third floor of Armani Hotel Dubai. The finest ingredients are expertly prepared here for an exciting journey through Indian cuisine. Location: Armani Hotel Dubai Contact: 04 8883888 Amala Explore Mughlai cuisine at this stunning restaurant where a rich setting is created by wooden ceilings and glittering chandeliers. The Mughlai cooking style is strongly influenced by Iran and Turkey. Signature meals to enjoy at Amala include dal fry of yellow lentils, cumin, coriander and spinach and the delicious bharwan tandoori aloo which is a tasty mix of potato, paneer, pistachio and cashew nuts. Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Contact: 04 4530444 iZ The finest Indian cooking is presented with a fresh urban zeal at this chic eatery. Location: Grand Hyatt Dubai Contact: 04 3172221
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
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Pay a visit to international restaurant Entre Nous for fine fare from all corners of the globe.
Blue Bar – Belgian bar Entre Nous – International
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
A quaint, old-school hotel located in Deira.
La Plaza – Mediteranean Metro! – International Infinity – Pool bar
Beachside Barbecue – Brasserie Brunello Restaurant – Italian K-West Bar – Wine bar
Brasserie presents flavours from across the globe in this ecletic setting.
Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai is located in the heart of the city. Drop into La Plaza for a spot of Mediteranean fare.
Brunello Restaurant offers Italian cooking at its best in the chic surroundings of Palm Jumeirah.
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Barasti – International Latest Recipe – International Watatsumi – Japanese Latitude Bar – Bar
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Al Shindagah – International Al Diwan – Lebanese Malate Bar & Restaurant – Filipino Sketch – Mediterranean
Boston Bar – American Brauhaus – German Five Dining – International
There is an exciting collection of culinary concepts to try here including Latest Recipe which offers dishes from around the world.
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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. 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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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.
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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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04 4440000 Jebel Ali
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
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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Chutneys restaurant features a selection of traditional North Indian dishes. Some of the culinary delights include gosht korma, tawa murgh and fish tikka.
Dine in one of seven selected restaurants during October and November for a chance to win one of eight prizes including a Fiat 500 or flights and hotel getaways in seven European cities as part of the Dine In, Fly Out & Drive Away promotion. Participating restaurants include The China Club, Minato, Sumibiya and Fish Market.
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Frankie’s – Italian Mai Tai – Cocktail bar Thyme Restaurant – Mediterranean Wagamama – Noodle house
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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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The Terrace boasts stunning views of Dubai Creek marina and offers fine fare a hearty Saturday barbecue of delicious salads, cheeses, cold cuts and a wide selection of beers and wines. Cafe Arabesque - Arabic The Lounge – Arabic The Terrace – Bar The Thai Kitchen – Thai Traiteur – French
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.
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Palm Jumeirah Salt offers the finest seafood in a friendly dining atmosphere. 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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Infiniti Bar & Terrace – Bar Lemon Pepper – International
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Vivaldi offers stunning views of Dubai Creek which present the perfect backdrop to a delicious Italian meal.
Dubai Media City Embark on a culinary journey at Chef's House where theme nights take you on a tour of world flavours.
Ashiana – Indian Chelsea Arms – English pub Creekside – Japanese Vivaldi – Italian
Certo – Italian Chef's House – International Icon Bar & Lounge – Sports bar Tamanya Terrace – Cocktail bar
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Visit Peacock for delicious Chinese cuisine.
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
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.
Enjoy an array of international favourites at Azur restaurant.
Sanctuary Pool Lounge - Lounge Sanabel - Mediterranean Vantage - lounge
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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Dubai Marina A.O.C. French Brasserie is offering an Arabian-themed buffet this month of mezzeh, ouzi lamb and international favourites. 1001 Nights is priced from AED220 per person, inclusive of soft beverages. Available daily throughout Eid Al-Adha from 7pm to 11:30pm. AOC French Brasserie – French Plantation – Afternoon tea Rococo – Italian The Hub – Sports bar
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Studio Du Chef takes you on a delicious cheese and wine journey, every Tuesday from October 3. Relish over 30 artisan French cheeses paired with selected grapes. Priced from AED 175 per person with house wines. Manava – International Studio Du Chef – French Porterhouse Steaks & Grills – International Bottega - Italian Deli – Italian Hong Loong - Asian
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Enjoy the finest, succulent steaks with sensational racecourse views at stunning restaurant, Prime.
Teatro – International Long’s Bar – Bar Wraps – International
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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
Nine7One – International Umai – Asian Ananta – Indian The Lobby Lounge – Lounge The Lobby Bar - Bar
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Fazaris offers the finest in Italian and Japanese cuisine. Calabar – Latin lounge Fazaris – Italian and Japanese Hukama - Chinese Neos – Cocktail bar Risala – Afternoon tea Zeta – Seafood
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Downtown Dubai Enjoy an array of authentic flavours of Arabia at Na3Na3.
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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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.
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. Blends – Lounge bar Kambaa – Lobby lounge Mazina – International Shades – Mediterranean
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
Dubai Marina Yacht Club Enjoy spectacular views over Dubai Marina.
Moka Café – All-day dining
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Amaseena – Arabic Blue Jade - Asian Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Library Bar – Aperitifs/nightcaps Splendido – Italian
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.
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This stylish bar is located in the heart of the city.
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Chameleon Bar – Cocktail bar The Junction – International
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The Junction combines Arabian spirit with international style. Or choose from a wide selection of delicious and refreshing cocktails to relax and unwind at the chic Chameleon Bar.
Al Bayt – Arabic Asado – Argentinean Ewaan – Arabic FAI – Asian bar Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Thiptara – Thai
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Cabana – Lounge Karat – Afternoon tea Na3Na3 – Arabic
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Long's Bar celebrates Halloween with a special themed night on October 31. The evening includes fancy dress costumes, spooky snacks and a selection of drinks created especially for the occasion.
Bas Pasta – Italian Equus Bar – Poolside dining Farriers – International Millennium Lounge – International Prime – Steak house Shiba – Asian
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.
Center Cut is a delicious steak house serving the finest quality produce cooked to perfection. Alternatively, enjoy the flavours of Thailand at Blue Rain.
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.
Blue Rain – Thai Can Can – French bistro Center Cut – Steakhouse No.5 Lounge & Bar – Bar
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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.
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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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First-class Cantonese cuisine and amazing views. rivington grill
04 4230903, 04 3666464 Souk Al Bahar and Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Steak, fish and fine wine are the order of the day. the mAngo tree
Souk Al Bahar Enjoy delicious Thai cuisine while overlooking Burj Khalifa. UshnA
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The Palm Jumeirah Expect succulent steaks at this New York grill and bar.
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Round 4: 6-7 December
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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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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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DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE(DIFC) The city’s finance and business hub connects the region to the rest of the world. Pay a visit to this area for a sophisticated evening out with a chic selection of restaurants, bars and lounges. Jumeirah Emirates Towers boasts a range of gourmet offerings such as fine-dining brasserie The Ivy.
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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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SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD As Dubai's main artery, this is one of the busiest roads along with Al Khail and Emirates Road.
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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Simon Coates, arts centre manager and curator at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre shares his Dubai highlights
1 Dubai Creek 2 Snorkelling
I am originally from Sheffield in the United Kingdom and have been in the UAE for a little over two and a half years. This is such a vibrant city with so much to do. Walking through the souks in and taking an abra across Dubai Creek never gets boring. There is also a beautiful Iranian mosque, a Hindu temple and the kinds of places you’d expect to see in the Middle East. The shops that line the tiny avenue next to the Hindu temple are packed with exotic finds while the galleries are a good reference point for the kind of art that’s coming out of Egypt, Syria and Iran. I need to keep tabs on the regional art scene and to get my culture fix, I enjoy visiting old Dubai. My favourite places are Bur Dubai, Satwa, Karama and Deira. The art galleries in Al Quoz and Dubai International Financial Centre are also fantastic. My wife and I are very keen on snorkelling so, when it’s not too hot, we drive to some of the smaller beaches in Dubai and splash about. There is some amazing sea life just a few metres from the beach. We also enjoy meeting friends in our spare time and a Le Pain Quotidien
in Dubai Marina is a lovely place to catch up. It’s also just nice to meet up on the beach and take our own food and coffee bought from stores nearby. One of my favourite times of year is Ramadan. I have an Emirati friend who observed the fasting and praying rules, as well as iftar and visiting family on Fridays and during Eid. Talking with her gave me a clearer view of the holy month. There are so many wonderful places to eat out in Dubai offering an incredible amount of choice. City Pearl in Al Quoz serves the best biriyani. I’d also recommend Pasha in the food court at Mall of the Emirates. It sells really good Levantine food. I normally order shish taouk and fattoush. One of my favourite memories of Dubai so far would have to be snorkelling with my brother and my wife in Al Aqaa in Fujairah, it was pretty special. The Hajar Mountains and eastern emirates’ coastline are well worth the journey. The drive back to Dubai is wonderful. Travelling through the mountains as the sun sets is a genuinely unique experience.
There are so many wonderful places to eat out in Dubai offering an incredible amount of choice
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