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o mark the start of this new year we have launched a new look Discover Dubai together with a new Editor, yours truly. My thanks go to John who has done a remarkable job getting this magazine off the ground and making it one of the most sought-after tourist guides in Dubai - enjoy the golf John! Speaking of golf, be sure to catch the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club, where some of the biggest names will be teeing off on Monday 28th January, or for those a little more active you can follow the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday 25th January. Alternatively, if your here for the shopping you’re in for a treat, with the Dubai Shopping Festival running from 3rd January to 3rd February - see page 20 for more details. January is perfect for getting out and about and this issue is packed with exciting ideas on how to make your holiday special, exciting or just different. So read on and let’s see if we can entice you with a desert safari, hot air balloon ride, scuba diving, sky diving, deep sea fishing, shopping malls, restaurants, waterparks, beaches, swimming with dolphins - the list goes on! No matter what you decide to do, check out the discount vouchers at the back of the magazine, and if you leave this copy behind, log on to www.mydubaiconnection.com so you will always have access to Discover Dubai during you’re holiday or for planning the next one! Whatever you get up to...Enjoy!

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GENERAL information

Historyof Dubai In 1833 the Bani Yas tribal family moved into Dubai headed by Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti, who became the founder of the Al Maktoum family that still rule the Emirate of Dubai.

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n 1892 H.H. Sheikh Maktoum launched a formal trading agreement with the British government, establishing a full tax exemption to all foreign traders which still continues to this day.

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As a result of being duty free, the reexport business (whereby cheap goods could be imported into a duty free port and immediately exported to another market) accelerated. In 1912, H.H. Sheikh Rashid (often referred to as the father of Dubai) was born. He was the first ruler to visualise the trade potential that Dubai had to offer and ordered the development of Port Rashid to handle shipping imports and re-exports and further develop the shipping trade, most notably in gold. This commercial enterprise continued, which prompted Sheikh Rashid to order the dredging of Jebel Ali Port, now the largest deep-water port in the world. Sheikh Rashid had a special relationship with the British and was said to enjoy a close friendship with Queen Elizabeth II. His sons all completed their education at Sandhurst and it is perhaps not surprising that the affable relationship between the two countries continues to this day. H.H. Sheikh Rashid died in 1990, passing the mantle to his son, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum who himself sadly passed away in January 2006 thus passing the title to the current ruler, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed. As Dubai continues on its vigorous development, there is no doubt that H.H. Sheikh Mohammed will forge ahead with plans to make Dubai one of the most modern cities in the world today.


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and hugely ambitious projects aimed at promoting the profile of Dubai. • Sheikh Mohammed's eldest son, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the deputy ruler of Dubai. • His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum is the Chairman of Emirates Airline.

PRESENT DAY DUBAI

The ruler and president of the United Arab Emirates is His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the eldest son of the hugely popular Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who died in 2004. The ruler of Dubai is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed is also the VicePresident and Prime Minister of the UAE and continues building on the work of his brother, Sheikh Maktoum who died in January 2006. Sheikh Mohammed is probably the best known of all the Al Maktoum family having an extremely high profile, not only because of his internationally renowned love for sport in general, and horse racing in particular, but also because of his charismatic personality 14 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

RELIGION

The official religion of the UAE is Islam and there are a large number of mosques situated throughout the city. Non-muslims are not permitted entry into mosques. There is one exception to this which is the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque situated on Jumeirah Beach Road.

POPULATION

The estimated population of Dubai is 2.1 million people of which about 80% are expatriates from various countries who are attracted by the tax-free working conditions and the relaxed, relatively crime-free lifestyle.

LOCAL TIME

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT during winter months and 3 hours ahead during daylight saving in the summer months.


DUBAI CLIMATE

Dubai has a tropical desert climate, with summer temperatures reaching the mid to high 40’s and staying in the 30’s overnight! However, the winter months are milder and

more comfortable, with average temperatures in the mid 20’s, dropping to 12ºC-14ºC. But be aware, winter weather can also bring short, irregular rainfall between December and March - so be prepared!

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LANGUAGE

The official language is Arabic, although English is the most commonly used language in all areas that incorporate tourism and commerce. Hindi, Farsi and Urdu are also widely used.

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Friday and Saturday

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) have kiosks at the following locations and are open as shown. • Baniyas Square, 9am - 11pm, 04-2285000. • Sheikh Zayed Road, 9am - 9pm, 04-8833397. • Deira City Centre, 10am - 10pm, 04-2948615. • BurJuman Mall, 10am - 10pm, 04-3520003. • Hamarain Centre, 10am - 10pm, 04-2977331. • Wafi Mall, 10am - 10pm, 04-3240499. • Mercato Mall, 10am - 10pm, 04-3446252. www.mydubaiconnection.com

CURRENCY

The local currency is the Emirati Dirham which is pegged to the US Dollar. The Dirham is commonly referred to as either AED or DHS when shown in written form such as on price tags or menus.

The following Dirham exchange rates are correct at the time of going to press: • One US$ = Dhs 3.67 • One UK£ = Dhs 5.92 • One Euro = Dhs 4.79 There are 100 fils to one Dirham and coins issued are 5 fils, 10 fils, 25 fils, 50 fils and one dirham. Notes are issued in denominations of Dhs 5, Dhs 10, Dhs 20, Dhs 50, Dhs 100, Dhs 200, Dhs 500 and Dhs 1,000. Always try to have a selection of smaller notes available for cheaper items as it’s not always easy trying to get change for a Dhs 500 or Dhs 1,000 note. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 15


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BANKING AND MONEY EXCHANGE

Exchanging cash or travellers cheques is relatively easy in Dubai and there are numerous Exchange Centres situated throughout the main shopping malls. The main banks are open from Saturday to Thursday and are closed on Friday. Personal cheques are not widely used in the UAE so please don’t expect retail outlets to accept a cheque even when presented with a personal cheque guarantee card.

PUBLIC DECENCY LAWS

Public decency laws are not new and you would be well advised to take these laws seriously. If someone takes offence to your behaviour and reports it to the police, there is a likelihood you will be arrested and put before the courts. Offensive hand signals and swearing in public are also not tolerated - ignorance is not a defence.

DRUGS

Don’t even think about it. If you are caught in possession of any controlled substance you could be sent to prison for up to seven years and then deported. Anyone caught importing drugs into Dubai is potentially looking at a life sentence.

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CAR RENTAL

There is a large selection of vehicles available in Dubai and depending on your budget you could be driving anything from economy models to top of the range performance vehicles. Hiring a car is a great way to get out and see the Emirates, and most rental companies will deliver to, and collect from, your hotel or apartment.

Drivers must be 21 years or over to drive a small economy car and over 25 to drive a larger car with an engine capacity over 2 litres.

Petrol in the UAE is cheap compared to European countries, with prices currently ranging between Dhs 1.72 and Dhs 1.83 per litre. Expect to pay about Dhs 100 for unleaded petrol (called ‘Special’) to fill an economy car, and up to Dhs 170 for a larger car or 4x4. Rental companies will generally quote for third party, CDW and theft insurance, so if you require fully comprehensive insurance you will need to make this clear when arranging the car.

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The Dubai Metro

The Dubai Metro is a driverless system and will eventually be 70 kilometres long with 47 stations linking Jebel Ali, Bur Dubai, Deira and Dubai Airport with Al Maktoum International Airport currently under construction at Jebel Ali. Each station is served by feeder buses to convey passengers to destinations in the immediate vicinity and your Nol ticket is valid for the entire journey. The most applicable ticket for tourists is the Red Nol ticket priced between Dhs 2 and Dhs 6.50 depending on the length of journey, however if you wish to travel in style a Gold Class ticket ranges between Dhs 4 and Dhs 13; children under 5 years travel free of charge. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office within each station. The Green Line links areas north of Dubai International Airport with the Corniche and Al Jadaf at Dubai Creek. The Green Line also links up with the Red Line at Khalid Bin al Waleed station (BurJuman) and Union station in Deira.

Limousines

For the ultimate luxury night out with a larger group of friends, or to make a real impression, why not consider hiring a chauffeur driven limousine to collect you from your hotel and allow you to arrive at your restaurant or nightclub destination in real style. The prices are surprisingly affordable, especially when split between 8 or 10 people and very reasonable if the limo is only hired for a one-way journey. After all you can always get a taxi back to your accommodation.

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DUBAI METRO OPERATIONAL HOURS

The Metro runs from 5.50am until midnight from Saturday to Wednesday, 5.50am until 1am on Thursday and from 1pm to 1am on Friday. Trains run every 4 minutes during the rush hours and at intervals of 7 minutes at all other times.

Some limo companies provide a stretch Hummer which leases at around Dhs 500 per hour. For other stretch limousines expect to pay about Dhs 300 for 3 hours for 3 passengers, rising to Dhs 1,000 for a group of 14 passengers for 3 hours. Prices include the driver, insurance, unlimited mileage and soft drinks. For details and contact numbers for car rental and limo leasing agencies please see the Green Page Listings at the back of Discover Dubai. When readers of Discover Dubai book 3 hours with Dubai Exotic Limo (see advert opposite) they will receive 1 hour's use of the limousine free. See the discount voucher in the pink pages section at the back of this magazine.


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What’s happening this month BIG BOYS TOYS Big Boys Toys 2013, the three-day luxury and lifestyle exhibition kicks off on 31st January at the Atlantis Hotel. The exhibition showcases products from adventure, aviation, digital, drive, fashion, lifestyle, marine, off road, sports cars, bikes and wellness sectors, including the most expensive water bottle in the world. Additionally, the ‘Big Boy Mega Raffle’ offers the chance for VIP and Club Royale ticket holders to win several outstanding prizes with an overall value of Dhs 1 million. Log on to www.bigboystoysuae.com

DUNLOP 24 HOUR DUBAI The Dubai Autodrome is proud to present the eighth edition of the Dunlop Tires 24 hour of Dubai on 11th and 12th January, where more than 80 teams from around the world will compete against one another in this highly anticipated international motorsport event for GTs, touring cars and 24 hour specials. Entrance is free to the grandstand and paddock. Call 04-3678700.

CULTURAL NIGHT MARKET Great Events presents the second Cultural Night Market (CNM). The CNM offers local and international artists the opportunity to develop and showcase their art within public open spaces and parks in the UAE. The CNM will be organised around a series of unique themes; a Kids Section where children will be encouraged to develop their artistic skills, a Culinary Corner with unique world gourmet products, an Arts Market where a diverse range of artisans will display and sell their unique artwork and a multipurpose amphitheatre with performers, dancers, musicians and orchestras from around the region. The CNM will be at Safa Park on the 25th and 26th January, from 2pm to 10pm. For more details and bookings, log into www.greateventsdubai.com, contact Liliana on 050-4618888 or Emily on 055-5019408 or email administrator@greateventsdubai.com

GET READY TO RACE The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and Dubai Half Marathon have been held in the city since the year 2000 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is one of the first sporting events on the city’s calendar, taking advantage of the cooler winter temperatures. This year’s event will take place on Friday 25th January, starting from The Pavilion Downtown Dubai at 7am (Marathon), 7.15am (10km) and 10.30am (3km).

DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL Dubai Shopping Festival 2013 will take place from 3rd January to 3rd February and feature ‘Dubai at its Best’. In addition to the shopping and prizes, hundreds of events and activities await residents and visitors. From international concerts, musicals and shows, to sports, outdoor, and fashion events, Dubai Shopping Festival caters to every age segment. 20 | JANUARY Discover Dubai


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DINING out

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of being on holiday is dining out in one of the many restaurants that Dubai has to offer. The cosmopolitan mix of Dubai’s population means that the city offers a variety of restaurants to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

FAST FOOD

Costing around Dhs 4, perhaps the cheapest, healthiest and most delicious fast food available and served extensively from roadside shops is the shawarma, lamb or chicken cooked upright on a rotating spit and served in soft pitta bread with salad, pickles and hummous. To complement your shawarma, why not try one of the various fresh fruit juices such as mango or mixed fruit? Incidentally, if you are concerned about the hygiene aspect of eating from a roadside café, there is no need to worry, Dubai Municipality regularly check all restaurants and they are not slow to close down outlets that fail to adhere to their strict hygiene standards. Slightly more expensive at about Dhs 20, but still incredibly good value for money are some of the Indian, Keralan or Pakistani restaurants found mainly in Bur Dubai, Deira, Karama and Satwa. These serve excellent curry dishes such as butter chicken or rogon josh together with the obligatory mountain of biryani rice. Obviously these roadside restaurants are not licensed, however as in the shawarma outlets, they serve superb freshfruit juices.

RESTAURANTS

The fact that licensed dining means that many of the better restaurants are in hotels may seem slightly strange to visitors coming to Dubai. However you will soon get used to accessing your favourite restaurants via a hotel lobby, and in some circumstances, a lift. Some hotels will reserve seating space for their own guests and therefore it is always highly recommended that you pre-book a table at any restaurant that you intend visiting. Likewise, if you intend eating at the better quality restaurants it is advisable to be dressed in smart casual clothes tailored shorts don't always cut it in Dubai! Always remember that if you are staying at a hotel in Jumeirah, and planning to eat at a restaurant in Deira, to allow plenty of travelling time, probably 45 minutes to one hour as traffic can be heavy on Sheikh Zayed Road until 9pm. Despite the travelling time, taxis from Jumeirah to Deira are inexpensive and you can probably expect to pay between Dhs 60 and Dhs 80. Most of the restaurants featured over the following pages have specific deals this month and you may wish to take advantage of one or more of these deals. Friday brunches are very popular in Dubai and, whilst they may appear expensive at first sight, when you consider that most include free-flowing alcoholic drinks you may come to the conclusion that they represent great value. Be aware that alcohol in general and wine especially can be quite expensive in Dubai and can significantly increase your bill. Don’t worry if you have been recommended to a restaurant not listed over the following pages. You will find extensive listings in the Green Pages at the back of Discover Dubai.


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CRAZY LOBSTER SUNDAYS AT THE ‘FISH MARKET’ SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

The award-winning seafood restaurant ‘Fish Market’ located on the second floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, is offering ‘Crazy Lobster Sundays’ every Sunday throughout the month of January. Chose any size of Lobster from the seafood display and order it the way you like it cooked! Chose from some of the signatures dishes such as Thermidor Baked Lobster or Sauteed Lobster in Lemon, Garlic and Butter Sauce or let any of the restaurant’s knowledgable team members suggest a few for your taste! Open 12.30pm - 3:15pm and 7.30pm – 11.15pm (Wednesdays and Thursdays until 11.30pm). For more information call 04-2057030.

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I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a relaxed brunch vibe with delicious food than at Al Dhiyafa, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa.

What we ate

Choose from tasty soups and salads, seafood, chicken, lamb and made to order pasta. Being a seafood lover I enjoyed an excellent selection of seafood including oysters, shrimp, pink tuna, mussels and a mouthwatering steamed Hammour; while my partner got stuck into the roasts at the carvery station. There’s more on offer for the kids who can enjoy their own buffet selection including the all important ice cream station - yes we did indulge!

Verdict

It’s great that the new Friday brunch is designed so both adults and kids can enjoy their afternoon. The fully loaded brunch comes hand in hand with a kid’s brunch room complete with complimentary www.mydubaiconnection.com

child minders. From its childfriendly buffet and wii games to beanbags and face painting, the kids’ oasis allows parents to kick back and relax guilt-free while enjoying the live DJ performance. Perfect!

Cost

The family brunch is available every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and is priced at Dhs 199 including soft beverages or Dhs 299 including free flowing selected beverages for adults; Dhs 59 including buffet and soft beverages for children and free for kids below six years. Plus you can enjoy free valet parking. For reservations and enquiries, call 04-4084257, email hgrs.fbreservation@ habtoorhotels.com or visit www.habtoorhotels.com. L.C. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 23


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CREEK VIEWS Legends at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is offering a unique way to spice up the usual dining routines with its fantastic BBQ tables and grill menu. Each grill table has an inbuilt BBQ station allowing guests to enjoy the fun of a hands-on dining experience. There is the option of preparing the various grill items yourself or having one of the chefs prepare it, which is a great way of picking up some handy BBQ tips. For Dhs 155 per person, diners can choose three cuts, their choice of potato, a selection of vegetables and a sauce to complement the mains. Call 04-2956000.

GO WILD FOR BRASATO During the month of January, the Italian dream team at Certo, Chef Daniele and Chef Renaud, have gone wild on preparing various meat dishes ala Brasato style. The name derives from ‘brace’ or the ‘hot coals’ the meat was traditionally cooked over, and Barasato is made from cuts of meat which have been marinated with aromatic herbs and spices, then left to slow cook in its own juices to stew gradually over a period of time. This promotion is available during dinner only from 15th to 31st of January. Call 04-3669111.

SWING SUNDAYS Start your week on a high note at Double Decker Pub at Al Murooj Rotana and enjoy an all-new theme night - Swing Sundays. Enjoy a full dinner of the pub’s famous pot roast with all the trimmings, complete with dessert and two selected beverages, while watching your favorite premier league teams in action on huge screens. To make the night even better, you will be entertained by a prominent swing and soul singer every Sunday after the game. Enjoy Swing Sundays for Dhs 129 per person from 5pm until 1am. Call 04-3211111.

TRADITIONAL DISHES Visit The Terrace at Park Hyatt Dubai to sample an exquisite menu of German tapas, available exclusively from 6th to 24th January. The sumptuous menu includes the infamous Currywurst Mit Pommes, Schnitzel ‘Weiner Art’, Mache Salad with Sauteed Bacon and Onions, Baked Camembert Cheese with Cranberries, Homemade Liver Pate with Rustic Bread, as well as many more dishes guaranteed to satisfy different tastes and preferences. Not to be missed are the sumptuous desserts, including Pear Crumble and Baked Pancakes stuffed with Quark and Raisins. Call 04-3172222. 24 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

WHO ATE ALL THE PIES? Within its charming interior, Alfie's at Jumeirah Emirates Towers invites you to sit back and enjoy Pie and Pint Night, a much-loved British tradition. Choose from a variety of pie fillings and selected pints, including Spinach and Goats Cheese Pie with Brewdog Punk IPA Chicken, Leek and Wild Mushroom Pie with Brewdog 5am Saint Beef and Guiness Pie with Fuller's ESB. Valid daily throughout January and priced at Dhs 99 per person for a pie and pint of lager. Call 04-3198088.


A TASTE OF JAPAN The Fuyu winter lunch promotion at Minato! at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek gives you the chance to enjoy specially prepared winter lunch delicacies for the whole month of January for unbeatable value, starting from Dhs 65. Order one of Chef Nagakawa’s lunch specialities such as Gindara Teishoku, Spicy Miso, or Kimchi Ramen and enjoy the finest Japanese cuisine in authentic surroundings. Call 04-205 7333/744.

A NEW VENUE Trader Vic’s Festival City has opened its doors. It is the largest out of the four already present in the city and has some exclusive features such as the new sushi bar and large outdoor terrace that is sure to be a big hit in the cooler months. The extensive menu will feature signature dishes and over the coming months the venue will be rolling out a number of special food and beverage packages to allow guests to sample some culinary treats and explore the signature beverage menu. The venue is situated opposite the Intercontinental Hotel with an entrance a short walk over the connecting bridge. Call 04-2559000 or email: tradervicsfc@ rmalhospitality.com. www.mydubaiconnection.com

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SURF AND TURF Reclaim your right to brunch and join Mistral at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai for their Surf ‘n turf ‘night brunch’on Thursday and Friday nights. An impressive array of food above and beyond sea-level displayed in market style is waiting for you for Dhs 190 with soft beverage and Dhs 249 with free-flowing house beverages. Offers are subject to price change. Call 04-4445613

NEW BRITISH HOT SPOT Girders is the newest venue on The Walk featuring a traditionally British menu with a nod toward Gaelic delicacies, including a full Scottish breakfast. Featuring indoor seating and an outdoor terrace, Girders décor is inspired by the industrial era and steel furnishings are a common feature, whilst a fire place takes pride of place in this hot new outlet. This is just one of the six dining outlets located at the new Ocean View Hotel. Call 04-8145599

LE MÉRIDIEN DUBAI BUSINESS LUNCH Enjoy the scrumptious menus at one of the Le Méridien Dubai's stylish restaurants - from sophisticated European dining to contemporary Italian fare, from a beef bistro to fusion or the exotic oriental trail -Thai, Chinese and Japanese. A boastful selection of handpicked fine wines will help to complete the meal. Dining at Le Méridien Dubai temptingly blends the familiar and the extraordinary. Prices from Dhs 99 or Dhs 129 with a glass of selected wine. All the restaurants are open for lunch between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Call 04-7022455.

KIKU - LE MÉRIDIEN DUBAI Indulge in Japanese Kobe Beef served in Teppanyaki style or grill, served with three different kinds of sauce at Kiku, Le Meridien Dubai. Dishes are individually priced and Kiku is open from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Call 04-7022455.

25TH JANUARY AUSTRALIA DAY AT YALUMBA To celebrate Australia day, the team at Yalumba have cooked up a storm.Traditional Aussie BBQ, Aussie beers and a variety of the finest Australian wines. Devour a magnificent buffet with Aussie specialties and all the Yalumba favourites complemented with champagne and other selected beverages. Priced at Dhs 499 between 12.30pm and 3.30pm - Happy Hour from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Call 04-7022328 for more information. 26 | JANUARY Discover Dubai


CRUISE THE CREEK Cruise down the Creek under the starlit sky in air-conditioned comfort onboard the unique Bateaux Dubai. Enjoy this unforgettable luxury cruise experience, which can be savoured for only Dhs 350 per person including a welcome beverage and four-course gourmet dinner. Alternatively upgrade to the all inclusive package for only Dhs 470 per person. Call 04-8145553 or email mail@bateauxdubai.com.

BIGGER AND BETTER At Al Bustan Rotana be spoiled for options as Choices, Blue Elephant and Benihana showcase their signature dishes in an extensive buffet which spreads up to the lobby. The master chefs will flaunt their expert skills at the live cooking stations, and your kids will have a great time with face painting, clowns and even their own buffet of yummy treats. The Grand Friday Brunch is priced at Dhs 205 (unlimited soft beverages), Dhs 235 (unlimited selected beverages), Dhs 300 (unlimited premium beverages) and Dhs 85 for kids. Call 04-7054285.

EXPRESS BUSINESS LUNCH Need lunch on the go? Then stop in at Shooters at the JA Shooting Club from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and they guarantee you’ll be done in 60 minutes! Lunch includes one standard soft drink, juice, beer or house wine, a choice of one of four main courses, dessert and coffee or tea, all for only Dhs 95 per person. And for every five lunches, get one for free! Call 04-8836555 or email jasc@jaresorts.com.

EAST MEATS WEST Meat lovers can rejoice when classic creations from the East truly ‘meat’ up with authentic choices from the West at a delicious Wednesday night barbecue at West 14th. North American mini burgers, Indian lamb tandoori and Japanese chicken teriyaki are on offer and every week a new dish will be featured to keep things interesting. Priced at Dhs 295 for a serving of barbecue and house beverages, and Dhs 150 with soft beverage. Call 04-4477601. www.mydubaiconnection.com

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Friday Brunches

DINING out

FRIDAY VINTAGE BRUNCH AT THE ADDRESS DOWNTOWN DUBAI

The fun doesn’t stop at Fazaris’ Friday Brunch, so make the most of your weekend and spend a long lazy day at The Address Downtown Dubai. The Vintage Friday Brunch is your first stop for an exciting blend of Asian, Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine, paired with hand-selected vintages designed to please both the avid connoisseur and enthusiastic amateur, with live entertainment courtesy of Resident Fazaris Duo – The Essentials, featuring Celeste. Late afternoon head to Calabar and join the city’s stylish fun seekers for an extended Happy Hour together with a live set from the resident DJ. Then let the weekend vibe continue into the evening with the ultimate chilled-out Friday experience. Every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm, Calabar Happy Hour from 4pm to 8pm. Dhs 290 per person including soft beverages & Dhs 425 including selected beverages. Call 04-4368799 or email dine@theaddress.com

THE MALT DRUNCH & BRUNCH WITH A TWIST - WAREHOUSE, AT LE MÉRIDIEN DUBAI, GARHOUD Enjoy your weekend with the new Beer & BBQ Drunch at Warehouse! Unlimited draught paired with a selection of grills and an extensive selection of cold meats, salads and dessert. Dhs 199 per person inclusive of unlimited selected beers (Stella, Hoegaarden or Kronenbourg 1664), selected regular spirits and Le Méridien Dubai exclusively blended housewines OR Dhs 299 per person inclusive of unlimited beers from our extensive Beer Guide (with over 50 kinds of draught beers and bottled beers), selected premium spirits, selected premium wines and bubbly. Two resident DJs, will be turning tables, regaling guests on the lounge dance floor with a varied selection of music ranging from house, hip-hop and r'n'b to retro tracks. Timings 1.00pm to 4.00pm, Happy Hour from 4.00pm to 7.00 pm with 30% discount on beverages. Call 04-7022560.

YALUMBA AT LE MÉRIDIEN DUBAI A decadent spread of scrumptious cuisine and a never-ending supply of fine champagnes - Taittinger Brut Réserve N.V., Bollinger Special Cuvée N.V. and Laurent Perrier N.V. This popular brunch features a variety of international food stations sprawling from the extensive buffet onto the pool patio, with each à la carte option paired with your choice of champagne. Savour the experience and enjoy the bottomless pouring of world-class champagnes. Timings 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Price Dhs 499 per person. Happy Hour from 3.30pm to 7.30pm with 20% discount on all beverages. Call 04-7022328 or log on to: www.yalumba-dubai.com, www.diningdubai.com


AL QASR AT MADINAT JUMEIRAH A truly luxurious array of cuisine spread over the ground floor of Al Qasr, this superb Friday brunch serves favourites from three restaurants – Al Hambra, Arboretum and MJ’s Steakhouse. From freshly barbecued wagyu burgers to delicious desserts, guests can savour a delectable array of options whilst enjoying live entertainment and activities for the kids. Take your place at tables within any one of the three restaurants, alternatively sit outside on the terrace with splendid views of the lazy waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah or the imposing Burj Al Arab hotel. Brunch is served between 12.30pm and 4pm and is priced at Dhs 550 inclusive of bubbly, cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks, Dhs 450 for non-alcoholic beverages and Dhs 250 for children four to 12 years - free to children under four years of age. For reservations call 04-3666730. MJrestaurants@jumeirah.com

BUBBALICIOUS AT THE WESTIN DUBAI With more than 10 live cooking stations across three restaurants, Blue Orange, Hunters Grill and Spice Emporium, Bubbalicious is the trendiest, liveliest, and one of the most interactive brunches the city has to offer. Catering to young and old, families, couples and groups alike, guests will be able to move freely through each of The Westin's fabulous eateries, seeing their delicious meals prepared by the chefs as they enjoy amazing entertainment happening all around them. Brunch is served from 1pm to 4pm including free flowing Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne, cocktails, beer and premium wines. The amazing entertainment comes in the form of a band and the superb spectacle of Chinese entertainers from acrobatics to flying dance and Pavane demonstrations. Brunch is priced at Dhs 490 per person and 'The Delicious Price' which excludes alcohol is Dhs 350. Kids eat for Dhs 190 whilst children under 6 years dine for free. For those who wish to stay longer and see in the evening, head up to Senyar or Oeno for the Bubbalicious Late Edition between 4pm and 8pm, where guests receive Buy-One-Get-One-Free on selected beverages including bottles of champagne! For reservations call 04-3994141. www.mydubaiconnection.com

BEACH BRUNCH Villa Romana St. Tropez-Dubai sets to excite the fine dining class further with the launch of another high-end service - Brunch on the Beach. This Friday brunch offers a live DJ, silhouette dance shows and fashion shows in addition to a selection of top end exotic dishes accompanied by a high end selection of fine wines and other selected alcoholic beverages. This is priced at Dhs 450 and includes direct access to the beach and the swimming pools at XL Beach Club. Call 050-5028666 or email villa.romana@ accentureinvestment.com.


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Nightlife &

entertainment Holidays in Dubai do not end with the sun going down and there is an energetic and cosmopolitan feel about the many different nightspots that Dubai has to offer.

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ubai’s nightlife is mainly centred around the hotels and can start rather late. People tend to eat at around 9pm and therefore the bars and nightclubs don’t get busy until after 11pm. Most clubs are open until 3am and with, what is in essence, a three-day weekend, a youthful population, (some) with money to burn, a large tourist population present most of the year and free drinks for ladies in many bars several nights of the week, there is usually an active social life to be found most nights. Although Dubai’s clubbing dress code is fairly casual, be sure that you gain entrance by wearing trousers, shoes and a collared shirt otherwise you may find yourself on the outside looking in!The age requirement to access licensed premises in Dubai is 21 years of age and it is rigidly enforced. It is always advisable to take some form of ID with a photo and date of birth such as a driving licence.

Ladies’ nights

In an attempt to promote the quieter nights of the week, normally Sundays and Tuesdays, certain pubs, bars and clubs offer drinks promotions to ladies to entice them inside, hoping, obviously that the men will follow closely behind and spend their hardearned cash.

Bars, wine bars and pubs

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At.mosphere Lounge: You will need a head for heights for this one! Perched on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa there are incredible views across the city and of the performing fountains a mere 2,000 feet below. There is a DJ playing chilled lounge tunes and the dress code is smart elegant, including long sleeved shirts for men. Aussie Legends: On the ground floor of Rydges Plaza in Satwa, this friendly bar has a solid reputation as a fun drinking venue and sportwatching bar. Aussie Legends comes complete with large screen TV’s, pool tables and good food. Bahri Bar: Situated within Mina A’ Salam and overlooking the sea gently winding through the Madinat Jumeirah with the imposing Burj Al Arab hotel seemingly close enough to touch. The sumptuously decorated Bahri Bar offers both inside seating around a large oval bar or in comfortable armchairs; alternatively there is al fresco seating for 48 customers on the terrace ideal during the cooler months. Bar 44: Chic and ultra-glamorous cocktail bar on the top floor of the Grosvenor House hotel. The bar has magnificent views directly over Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah for sipping your favourite tipple. Barasti Bar: Situated at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Barasti is, quite simply, the most popular beach bar in Dubai. Barasti has bars on three levels and a restaurant with timber decking extending out over the beach with superb views


over The Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf. Barasti is busy pretty much every night during the cooler months but especially so on Thursday and Friday nights. BarZar: Spread over two levels, BarZar is located in the Madinat Jumeirah and attracts a large and regular following especially at the weekends. There is a choice of taking your favourite tipple indoors or outside on the spacious terrace overlooking the passing abras. Boston Bar: Loosely based on the bar in the American sitcom, Cheers, the Boston Bar in Jumeira Rotana hotel, Satwa, is a favourite haunt for expats and provides great food combined with reasonable drink prices. Ladies’ night is on Tuesdays and Thursdays when ladies each receive 4 free drinks.

Mahiki At.mosphere Lounge

Buddha Bar: Stylish restaurant, bar, nightclub and definitely one of Dubai’s favourite places both to see and be seen is located on the ground floor of the Grosvenor House Hotel, Al Sufouh. Buddah Bar is busy every day of the week and reservations for dining are essential. Dhow and Anchor: Pub atmosphere on the ground floor of the Jumeirah Beach hotel and popular with British tourists for that home away from home feeling. There is an outdoor split-level decking restaurant with views over the poolside and the fish and chips come highly recommended. Fibber Magee's: A cosy but lively bar next to, and at the rear of, Crowne Plaza hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. There is an excellent choice of draught beers and lagers and the food is amazing. Fibbers is especially good for watching sports, especially football matches. The Irish Village: Nestling in the shadow of the tennis stadium and just off Al Garhoud Road, Deira, boasting a quaint Irish-style pub indoors and a huge al fresco area populated with trestle tables and benches. The Irish Village retains its status as one of Dubai’s favourite watering holes. www.mydubaiconnection.com

Jambase: Tucked away within the Madinat Jumeirah, this late-night restaurant and bar features a live jazz band later in the evening. Jambase is extremely popular on Thursday and Friday nights and it is best to arrive early and definitely before 11pm to avoid the inevitable queue. Karma Kafé: Raymond Visan, the developer of the global brand Buddha Bar , has now opened his second Dubai nightspot with Karma Kafé at Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Dubai. The restaurant and bar serve up superb Asian-fusion cuisine and cocktails from 10am to 2am every day. The outdoor deck gives wonderful views over Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. Koubba: Enjoy the breathtaking views of the gardens, beach, the Arabian Gulf and Madinat Jumeirah from Koubba rooftop bar. There is outdoor seating for 120 which makes it extremely popular during the cooler months and the ambience is one of unadulterated luxury. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 31


NIGHTLIFE NIGHTLIFE DINING out&& entertainment entertainment Left Bank: Set by the stunning waterfront of the Madinat near several promenade restaurants, Left Bank has recently been renovated and is an ideal meeting place. By night the bar evolves into a vibrant lounge environment and is a pleasant place to sit outside during the cooler months whilst enjoying a drink or two. Neo's: Competing at a high level (literally) to be named Dubai's best cocktail lounge, Neo's is on the 63rd floor of the Address Hotel Downtown Burj Khalifa. Neo's has fabulous views of Burj Khalifa and the amazing Dubai Fountain which springs into life every 30 minutes. Rooftop Bar: Arabic-themed rooftop bar in the One&Only Royal Mirage, bedecked with large comfortable seating areas and Persian carpets. Sip your favourite cocktail whilst enjoying the views of the surrounding hotel grounds and the sun setting into the Gulf. Sho Cho's

Seville’s: Popular Spanish tapas bar and restaurant located in Wafi City. The highlight for most is the large outdoor terrace, ideal for sipping a Sangria and listening to a Spanish guitarist. Sho Cho’s: Superb setting during the cooler months as the bar is on wooden decking overlooking the surf gently breaking onto the beach at Dubai Marine Beach Resort. Enjoy the cool breeze as you sway in time with the background music. Dress to impress. The Observatory: Set on the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, the Observatory serves up more than signature dishes and cocktails; it’s the ultimate night out. Savour cocktails and snacks whilst enjoying the panoramic views over Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. There is Happy Hour every night Saturday to Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm and Wednesday to Friday 6pm to 8pm. 360º: Fabulous al fresco setting at the end of the jetty leading out into the Gulf from the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. A favourite place for a 'Sundowner' with great views of the coastline and the nearby Burj Al Arab hotel with chilled out sounds complementing the relaxed atmosphere. Uptown: Sit outside on the terrace of the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach hotel sipping a cocktail for what is the most spectacular view of the coastline, The Burj Khalifa and the nearby Burj Al Arab hotel. Vista Lounge: A cocktail and lounge bar situated at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City. As the name suggests there is a beautiful view over Dubai Creek and the ever-changing city skyline; evening entertainment is provided by a pianist playing popular music.

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Vu’s Bar: You’ll need a head for heights if you head to Vu’s Bar on the 51st floor of Emirates Towers. There are amazing sights over the city as you sit high up on your perch enjoying your drink whilst looking down on almost everyone else in Dubai.


Waxy O’Connor’s: Located in the Ascot hotel, Bur Dubai; there always seems to be a party atmosphere with drinks promotions and televised sporting events and the pub remains a favourite for expats, sports lovers and tourists alike. Friday Brunch is always a lively affair with an Irish breakfast, carvery lunch and five drinks all for Dhs 85 - who says Dubai is expensive!

N'Dulge: Situated within the Atlantis hotel Palm Jumierah, N'Dulge is host to three dance areas as well as stages where live dance performances take place from 11pm. To add to the entertainment, N'Dulge boasts Dubai’s most advanced FX lighting show from 10pm on weekends. There is also a large outdoor terrace area, perfect for chilling out during the cooler months.

Nightclubs

Rare: Rare is located in the Media Rotana hotel, Al Barsha. With Baroque inspired interior and a contemporary Renaissance feel, Rare offers a varied food and beverage menu, as well as trendsetting music from Dubai’s top DJs and live jazz on Wednesdays.

Boudoir: Located in Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Boudoir is a sophisticated and opulent nightclub and with free Champagne served to ladies every Tuesday and Friday nights and free cocktails most other nights, it’s little wonder that Boudoir is popular. Cavalli Club: Offering the finest selection of ingredients from all over the world, carefully selected and prepared by their chefs. Experience their signature dishes whilst dining in the luxurious, triple-levelled restaurant. Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Hotel, where food and fashion meet in one single concept. Chi@The Lodge: Situated within Al Nasr Leisureland, Chi@The Lodge is a veteran of the Dubai club scene and has a terrific atmosphere especially on Thursday nights. I wonder if it has anything to do with its nine bars, cheap drinks and large open air dance floors? Cirque du Soir: Roll up, roll up to the circus at the Fairmont hotel! Theatrical and seductive, Cirque du Soir features trapeze artistes, jugglers, a unicyclist, contortionists, tattooed dancers, fire eaters, mixologists and, oh yes, great house and R&B music. Cirque could well fashion a reputation to be Dubai's best club and is open on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10pm until 3am. Arrive early or else join a long queue.

Rock Bottom Café: A stylish American themed diner at the Regent Palace Hotel Bur Dubai, which is open until 3am every night. After 10pm the night begins to unfold offering party-goers entertainment provided by a DJ and a live band. Trilogy: Featuring three levels of entertainment including a great rooftop terrace, Trilogy is certainly one of Dubai’s finest nightspots. With a line-up of top DJ’s spinning cutting-edge music, Trilogy hosts some of the finest electronic music acts in the world. Trilogy is situated at the entrance to Souk Madinat Jumeirah and is open from Monday to Saturday. Zinc: Zinc at the Crowne Plaza is open seven nights a week until 3am. Resident DJ Greg Stainer pumps up the volume and there are some great drinks promotions including daily Happy Hours from 10pm ‘til 11pm. I would advise you to arrive early to avoid the normal lengthy queues.

Mahiki: One of the world’s most famous nightspots and the ultimate venue for cocktail lovers opened during December 2011 and is now fully open to the public everyday from 6pm to 3am. Situated at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, make the most of Mahiki’s reduced ‘Sunset’ cocktail menu every day between 6pm and 9pm. www.mydubaiconnection.com

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SIGHTS & attractions

Sights& Attractions Dubai’s rich history coupled with the more recent architecture provide superb sightseeing opportunities for everyone. Our sightseeing guide will put you on the right track. crafts, pottery, woven goods and Bedouin jewellery. There is a small souq (market) where the visitor may have coffee and traditional Arabic bread, dosa. There are also remains dating from the 6th century which were found at one of the most significant sites in the UAE, the Jumeirah archaeological site. The Diving Village displays historical features on what was once the major industry of Dubai, pearl diving.

Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House

Built in 1896 from coral covered in lime and sand and situated on Dubai Creek next to the Heritage and Diving Village is one of the most popular and best known sights in Dubai, the completely restored and renovated Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House. This was the house of the grandfather of the current ruler and has now been turned into a museum with photographs depicting the history of Dubai and its swift recent rise to prominence. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House opens daily from 7.30am to 9pm, and 3.30pm to 8pm on Friday. Telephone 04-3937139.

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The main attraction in the district of Bur Dubai is Al Fahidi Fort which incorporates Dubai Museum. The fort, built in the late 18th Century has been, in the past, a seat of government, the ruler’s main residence, a military barracks and prison, and now provides the starting point for a walking tour of the ancient Bastakiya district. The restored fort provides a fascinating insight into days of old, with many interesting archaeological finds displayed in cavernous underground rooms including spears, armour, khanjar knives and cannons, many of which are inscribed with the maker’s name. Al Fahidi Fort is open daily from 8.30am to 8.30pm. Telephone 04-3531862.

Bayt Al Wakeel Maritime Museum and Burj Nahar

Situated near the abra (water taxi) station at Dubai Creek, the restored Bayt Al Wakeel museum is Dubai’s first office building which was built


in 1934. The building has been completely restored and is now a popular museum depicting Dubai’s once-traditional fishing and maritime history and culture. On the opposite side of Dubai Creek the tourist can find Burj Nahar, one of three watchtowers which were used to guard Dubai. Set amongst beautiful gardens, Burj Nahar is a fine example of an old watchtower and is a wonderful photo opportunity.

Grand Mosque

Built in the 1990’s the multidomed Grand Mosque is near the Ruler’s Court. The mosque has sand coloured walls, wooden shutters and stained glass windows and also features Dubai’s tallest minaret. Unlike the Jumeirah Mosque it should be noted that non-muslims are not allowed inside the mosque.

Historical wind tower

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JUMEIRAH MOSQUE

Situated on Jumeirah Beach Road, the enchanting Jumeirah Mosque with its huge central dome is the best known mosque in Dubai and is the only place of worship that non-muslims are allowed to enter. There is an organised tour of the mosque every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am and the tour may be booked by calling the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding on 04-353 6666. The entrance fee is Dhs 10. Please remember that Jumeirah Mosque is a place of worship and you will be expected to cover shoulders, arms and legs whilst inside the building. Enchanting Jumeirah Mosque


GOLD SOUK

Dubai Creek and Abra Rides

Undoubtedly the best way to see the many amazing and impressive buildings that have sprung up along Dubai Creek is from the waterway itself. Bustling abra stations provide workers and tourists alike with quick and efficient travel; the cost of a single crossing of the Creek is Dhs 1. Incidentally, the work force commute on a regular basis from one side of the Creek to the other and there are in excess of 17,500 crossings per day. The abras themselves are small barges which used to be rowing boats but are now powered by diesel engines. They will seat about 20 people per crossing, but if you are wearing expensive or light coloured clothing I would suggest that you remain standing for the trip, as the bench-type seats can get a little grubby. Abras can also be hired for private trips along the Creek and if you negotiate well with the boat captains you should not have to pay more than Dhs 70.

Spice Souk

Again situated on the north side of Dubai Creek and close to the Gold Souq is Deira Old Souk which is a pleasant place to pass an evening wandering around. The souk has a breathtaking selection of spices such as ginger, chillies, cardamom and frankincense, all displayed in huge sacks which are bursting at the seams and the fragrances tend to work up an appetite. The best time of day to go is the evening when the souks are busier. 36 | JANUARY DECEMBERDiscover DiscoverDubai Dubai

With annual imports of over 500 tonnes and the gold business worth in excess of Dhs 25 billion per year, it is little wonder that Dubai is known as the City of Gold. There are over 800 jewellery shops in Dubai selling 18, 21, 22 and 24 carat gold at the prevailing daily rate, with a relatively small charge being made for craftsmanship. Low import duties and high volume turnover allows for lower margins, ensuring that Dubai is probably the cheapest city in the world to buy gold jewellery. The fact that there are no taxes, the competitive nature of the market and positive support from the Dubai government, means a vast majority of tourists coming to Dubai visit the Gold Souk. The Gold Souk is on the north side of Dubai Creek in Deira (the old part of town), on Baniyas Street and even if you are not in the market to buy some gold it is worth visiting, especially in the evening, just to wonder at the glittering array of merchandise. There is plenty of choice and you don’t have to buy from the first shop you go in to, but remember, be prepared to barter!


SEAWINGS

Seawings are a seaplane tour operator based in Dubai who create a unique aerial sightseeing excursion over Dubai's iconic landmarks. From private charter and corporate events, to daily Dubai City Tours and overnight tour packages, Seawings caters to the needs of all tourists, residents and corporate entities in the UAE.

New Launch – Scenic Charters

Scenic Seaplane Charters are exclusive charter flights to unique locations within the UAE like Zighy Bay - Oman, Al Maha - Dubai, Sir Bani Yas - Abu Dhabi and Emirates Palace - Abu Dhabi. Each charter flight can accommodate up to 9 passengers and includes water takeoff and landing, panoramic views of the UAE’s stunning landscape and iconic architecture. Their partnership with luxury hotels and resorts also provide guests with several dining options and leisure activities. Seawings have bases at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club allowing them to offer a service which is close to all the main tourist hotels and apartments. For reservations please call 04-8070708 or visit their website at www.seawings.ae/charters/almahacharters for more details.

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ALPHA TOURS

The advantage of helicopters over fixed wing planes is that they have much larger windows giving completely unobstruced views with no wings, struts or propellers to get in the way of those all-important souvenir photographs. You will also receive headphones allowing you to talk to one another or listen to the pilot’s commentary.

HELICOPTER TRIPS

Alpha Tours offer four levels of excursions from their helipad located next to The Atlantis hotel: • 15 minute Fun Ride for Dhs 795 per person. • 25 minute City Circuit for Dhs 1,250 per person. • 45 minute Grand Tour at Dhs 9,450 for a group of 5. • 60 minute Customizer Tour at Dhs 12,850 for a group of 5. For reservations call Alpha Tours on 04-2949888 or email ramia@alphatoursdubai.com

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SIGHTS & attractions

WILD WADI

Situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Themed around the tale of Juha, a well known character from Arabian folklore, the park is one of Dubai's foremost tourist locations. Upon entry guests are supplied with a waterproof 'wristwatch' which stores electronic credits so that towels, lockers, food and refreshments can be paid for without the need to carry cash around with you. Prices range from Dhs 175 for children under 1.1 metres in height to Dhs 220 for adults and includes the use of sun loungers and rubber rings. Any credit left over is refunded as you exit the water park. Wild Wadi is open from 10am to 6pm between November and February. As a Discover Dubai reader you can also receive a discount of Dhs 30 per person! Simply present the voucher supplied in the pink pages section at the back of this magazine. For more information call: 04-3484444, or visit wildwadi.com

Please note that Wild Wadi will be conducting essential maintenance from 13th January – 31st January 2013. During this period the waterpark will be closed and will re-open on 1st February 2013.

DREAMLAND AQUA PARK

Dreamland Aqua Park, the largest water park in the UAE, is located on the scenic coastline of Umm Al Quwain, about 40 minutes drive from Dubai. The 250,000 square metre expanse of lush, green, landscaped gardens makes Dreamland the perfect place for a holiday escape. Catch the action on over 30 thrilling rides, slides and attractions or push the snooze button on a sun bed and take advantage of the two shaded areas, Palm Path and Peak Park. Dreamland also has overnight waterside camping facilities in either tents or cabanas, allowing 36-hour access to the water park. Plenty of sporting activities await you such as basketball, volleyball and tennis. Specialty restaurants include Arabic, Indian and international cuisine in addition to Snack Attack, are available for a quick bite or for indulging. Dreamland Aqua Park has a capacity of 5,000 visitors and is open from 10am until 6pm between December and March. Ticket prices are Dhs 135 per adult and Dhs 85 for children below 1.2 metres and adults over the age of 65. Infants under 2 years and those with special needs are free of charge. As a Discover Dubai reader you can receive a discount of Dhs 100 per couple by presenting the voucher supplied in the pink pages section at the back of this magazine. For further information call 06-7681888 or access www.dreamlanduae.com. 38 | JANUARY Discover Dubai


Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium is a 5000sqm modern marine mammal facility located in the Creek Park and is the first fully air conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East. Inaugurated in May 2008, Dubai Dolphinarium has welcomed over 1 million visitors and gained a reputation as a first class family entertainment venue. The live Dolphin and Seal show is a 45 minute spectacular, where the audience witness bottlenose dolphins and northern fur seals play basketball, sing, jump, paint, juggle and even dance. The show is full of action and involves the

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dolphins interacting both with the audience and the trainers. The appearance of the fur seals on stage, watching their funny gestures and their great adaptability for both land and water, brings an easy smile to any visitor’s face. Dolphins on the other hand are born with a natural smile on their face and are considered one of the most intelligent animals on earth, and watching them perform amazing displays based on their natural behavior is an unforgettable visual and emotional experience. Dubai Dolphinarium is a perfect place for the whole family, with mascots, clowns, puppet shows and jugglers creating a great atmosphere.

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SIGHTS & attractions

DESERT SAFARIS

This is the real ‘must do’ for anyone coming to Dubai for a holiday and you will be surprised how beautiful and serene the desert can seem to the uninitiated. There are now numerous companies offering an evening desert safari and you may expect to be collected from your hotel or apartment by your own driver in a clean and spacious 4X4 - normally a Toyota Land Cruiser or GMC Yukon. You will then be driven to an area about an hour from Dubai called Big Red, stopping en route to deflate the cars tyres. There then follows some serious ‘dune bashing’ over some enormous deep red and yellow sand dunes - think rollercoaster with bumps thrown in for good measure! Later you will stop at a camel farm and after stretching your legs you will be whisked off again, out into the solitude and natural beauty of the desert for some sand boarding, whizzing down steep dunes on a ski board. This is a fun pastime and good for the young or very fit, but don’t forget what goes downhill has to come up again and it’s hard work walking up sand dunes, especially if it’s a hot or humid day. There are plenty of breathtaking photo opportunities and what better place to take a souvenir photograph of the sunset than in the solitude of the desert, with deep red and golden The weather is usually perfect to see and take photographs of the desert, gazelles, mountains and bedouin villages from the air, however, be prepared for a very early start as the best time of day for ballooning is at the crack of dawn. 40 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

dunes as a backdrop and a slight wind thrown in constantly changing the surrounding landscape. As night falls clients are taken to a Bedouin camp where there are opportunities to ride camels or dune buggies, dress up in a dishdasha or abaya for a photo opportunity or try smoking some hubbly bubbly or shisha. The barbequed food supplied is plentiful and surprisingly good, and after the meal a belly dancer provides entertainment whilst the clients enjoy a drink or Arabic coffee before leaving, normally at about 9pm, for the return journey to your hotel or apartment. The Desert Safari tour is great fun, however it may not be suitable for very young children who may get scared. It is also not recommended for the elderly or infirm as passengers tend to get thrown about quite a lot. Please see the pink pages section at the back of this magazine which feature discount vouchers supplied by most of our advertisers.

HOT AIR BALLOONING

Balloon Adventures collect their clients and drive them to the launch site by air-conditioned vehicles. After light refreshments you will start the flight which lasts for about an hour and after your flight you will be presented with a personalised certificate, signed by your pilot, before being driven back to your hotel. There is a minimum age requirement of 5 years and please allow about five hours from being collected to returning to your hotel. Remember to dress sensibly in a warm top, comfortable shoes or trainers, hat and sunglasses and don't forget your camera! This service does not operate between June and September and Balloon Adventures is priced at Dhs 995 per person. Call Balloon Adventures Dubai 04-2854949.


Burj Khalifa The world’s tallest tower

The world's tallest tower, developed by Emaar Properties, was unveiled in a crescendo of fireworks, lasers and fountain displays in February 2010. The official height of the tower, unveiled as 'Burj Khalifa', was announced as 828 metres (2,716.5 ft).

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urj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world according to the three main criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The CTBUH ranks the world’s tallest buildings based on ‘Height to Architectural Top’ , ‘Height to Highest Occupied Floor’ and ‘Height to Tip.’ At 828 metres (2,716.5ft), Burj Khalifa is 320 metres taller than Taipei 101, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the record for the world’s tallest building since 2004, the year the project was announced. Burj Khalifa achieved the distinction of being the world's tallest structure – surpassing the KVLY-TV mast (628.8 metres; 2,063 ft) in North Dakota, USA – 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004. The tower also beats the record of CN Tower, which at 553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft) had been the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land since 1976. Other world records for Burj Khalifa include the highest occupied floor in the world, at over 550 metres (1,800 ft); the highest outdoor observation deck in the world – ‘At the Top’ on Level 124; and the tallest service elevator, which travels to a height of 504 metres. Burj Khalifa employed the latest advances in wind engineering, structural engineering, and systems, construction materials and methods. All design considerations took into account the 12,000 people who will live and work in the tower. With a total built-up area of about 6 million sq ft, Burj Khalifa features nearly 2 million sq ft of residential space and over 300,000 sq ft of prime office space, in addition to the area occupied by the Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences. The tower also features clubs, health and fitness facilities, gourmet restaurants and the 124th floor observation deck.

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Tickets to access the observation deck 'At the Top' are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, on specific days, in order to carefully manage the daily rush of sightseers. The introductory time-stamped ticket price is Dhs 100 for adults, Dhs 75 for children up to 12 years and free for children under 3 years. For those who just cannot wait, immediate entry is Dhs 400 per person. The entrance to the 'At the Top' experience is at The Dubai Mall’s Lower Ground level and the ascent to the 124th floor is by a double-deck elevator, each deck carrying up to 14 people. In less than a minute, the elevator reaches the observation deck, the world’s only public observatory at this height with an outdoor terrace. High windows circle the entire viewing platform and for Dhs 10, visitors can scan the horizon and the distant streets below through computerised viewfinders, which also have pre-programmed day and nighttime vistas of the city and surrounding region. Visitors can also buy official merchandise from the 'At the Top' retail boutique. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 41


SIGHTS & attractions

Life’s

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BEACH PARKS

There are two beautiful beach parks in Dubai, Al Mamzar Park and Jumeirah Beach Park. Both are well developed and scenic, having large grassy areas, shrubbery and palm trees. Be aware though that the beaches can become very busy on Fridays with families taking advantage of their day off, the beautiful weather and barbecue and picnic facilities.

AL MAMZAR BEACH PARK is open from 8am to 11pm weekdays and 8am to 11.30pm at weekends. It has four pristine beaches, two swimming pools, a children’s playground, over 100 chalets which can be rented out on a daily basis, picnic areas, inpark transport system, cafeteria’s and changing rooms. Fees are Dhs 5 per person or Dhs 30 per car which includes the driver and all passengers, large chalet Dhs 210, small chalet Dhs 160, pool fees are Dhs 10 per adult and Dhs 5 per child.

several hotels and beach clubs that offer daily, weekly or monthly rates for the use of their beach club facilities. Their beaches are pristine, clean and all feature temperature-controlled swimming pools and a range of restaurants and bars. Most also allow access to gym facilities although this may incur an additional cost. Several beach clubs are featured here and whilst every effort has been made to provide up-todate information it is always advisable to check their rates via the phone number provided.

JUMEIRAH BEACH PARK is on Jumeirah Beach Road next to the Dubai Ladies Club, the beach is lovely and there are lifeguards in attendance. The surroundings are superb with large lawned areas, beautiful flowers and shrubs. The beach park is open from 8am to 11.00pm weekdays and 8am to 11.30pm at weekends. Fees are Dhs 5 per person or Dhs 20 per car. Mondays are reserved for women and children only.

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The beach complex at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is huge and features a beautiful wide sandy beach right next to the Burj Al Arab hotel. There are three adult swimming pools including a lap pool, and a kids pool and play area. There are several restaurants and bars with choices of views either overlooking the beach, the Burj Al Arab or the Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Marina. A day pass costs Dhs 250 for adults and Dhs 150 for kids aged under 15 years. For further enquiries call 04-3480000.


CLUB JOUMANA AT JEBEL ALI HOTEL

Located about 15 minutes drive from Dubai Marina, Club Joumana has superb facilities including a nine-hole, par 36, golf course. Club Joumana is ideal for families who want to relax on the beach and although it is normally quiet throughout the week, Friday, Saturday or national holidays can get very busy and you will need to make reservations in advance. During the week a day pass will cost Dhs 180 for adults and Dhs 90 for under 12’s, access is free for children under the age of 4 years. Weekend passes on Friday, Saturday and national holidays are priced at Dhs 220 & Dhs 110 respectively or Dhs 325 & Dhs 160 with lunch. For further enquiries call 04-8836000.

SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT & TOWERS

The Sheraton is situated right in front of Jumeirah Beach Residence at Dubai Marina and is the least expensive Beach Club in Dubai. There are several restaurants and a beach bar and you are allowed access to both the swimming pool area and the beach. Sunday to Thursday is Dhs 100 for adults and Dhs 60 for children, whilst weekend passes are priced at Dhs 180 and Dhs 100. Access is on a first come basis, so make sure you arrive early. For further enquiries call 04-3995533.

CLUB MINA AT LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI

Undoubtedly one of the best beach clubs in Dubai, located within the lagoon created by Palm Jumeirah. There is a 1,200 metre long private beach and five pools including an infinity pool and a lap pool. There are water sports available and a superbly equipped gym (additional cost) overlooking Barasti, Dubai's best beach bar. The gym features a sauna and steam room and there is also access to personal training and fitness coaching. Day passes from Sunday to Thursday cost Dhs 200 (Dhs 125 for children aged 4 to 17 years) and weekend passes are Dhs 300 and Dhs 175 respectively. Access is on a first come basis. For further enquiries call 04-3993333.

HABTOOR GRAND RESORT & SPA

Ideal for tourists staying in Dubai Marina, the Habtoor Grand has a wide beach area featuring numerous watersports including wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing and paragliding. Day passes from Sunday to Wednesday cost Dhs 150 (Dhs 100 for kids aged 3 to 16 years) whilst passes from Thursday to Saturday are priced at Dhs 175 (Dhs 125 for kids). For further enquiries call 04-3995000. www.mydubaiconnection.com


SIGHTS & attractions

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi features more than 20 rides and attractions, from the world’s fastest roller coaster to advanced racing simulators, driving and scenic experiences. Families, children, thrill seekers and racing fans can all enjoy an unforgettable experience at this brand new theme park. Ferrari World has rides for all the family but the main adult attractions are listed below. The thrill of Rosso – the need for speed!

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trap yourself into the F1 cockpit and hold onto your soul as you blast away on the fastest roller coaster on the planet. You will accelerate up to 240kms per hour in less than 5 seconds and feel what 4.8G's feels like, scream over the track and soar 52 metres into the sky before flying across the finish line, with an adrenaline kick worthy of the Grand Prix.

THE DRAG RACE IS ON – FIORANO GT CHALLENGE

Challenge your friends, jump into a Ferrari F430 Spider and may the best team win. Feel the thrill and G force of a real drag race as you blast away from the starting line on twisting parallel tracks. As you reach speeds up to 95kms per hour, watch out for the hairpin turns then tear ahead through the straights. as you out-maneuver and pass the other GT coaster cars.

RACING ON THE EDGE – SCUDERIA CHALLENGE

Experience the ultimate state-of-the-art racing simulator. If you have ever dreamed of challenging the professionals behind the wheel, this is your chance to show what you’re really made of. Race a variety of Ferraris solo or with a group on the virtual Yas Marina Circuit. Similar to the simulators used by the Scuderia drivers in training, Scuderia Challenge offers a level of realism far beyond an arcade game, with a full body immersion into the racing experience. There is an extra charge of Dhs 75 to experience the thrill of driving the two state-of-the-art simulators used by F1 drivers. All simulators run on a timed ticketing system and tickets should be collected in advance at the attraction. 44 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

THE HEIGHT OF ACCELERATION – G -FORCE!

Bring the whole family, or at least those brave enough to feel the acceleration rush of a F1 racecar and the rocket-force G’s that go with it. Strap yourself into a custom Ferrari style seat as you’re launched 62 metres into the sky, enjoy the eagle-eyeview from the highest point on Yas Island, before plummeting back to earth. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island and is about 50 minutes from Dubai Marina or 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport. The park is open everyday, from 11am to 8pm, but is closed on Mondays. Tickets can be purchased at the park and are based on height with General Admission tickets priced at Dhs 225 for guests taller than 1.5m and General Admission Junior tickets priced at Dhs 165 for guests under 1.5m. Premium Admission tickets giving unlimited access to all attractions through the Fast Track lane are also available and priced at Dhs 495 for General Admission and Dhs 390 for General Admission Junior tickets. Children under the age of 3 years are admitted free of charge. Log onto www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com.


DUBAI Must Do's If time is of the essence and you are here on business or only on holiday for a few days, there are several excursions you should make or places you should visit to gain the maximum benefit from your trip, as well as some terrific photo opportunities to highlight any enduring memories of your trip to Dubai.

Get closer to nature by taking a Desert Safari. Enjoy an exhilarating drive over huge red and gold sand dunes, try sandboarding, get up close and personal with a camel and then drive to a Bedouin camp for an evening feast under the stars, and an opportunity to witness authentic belly dancing.

There is an observation deck on the 124th floor called 'At The Top' and, on a clear day, the views over the city are spectacular. At.mosphere restaurant situated on the 122nd floor provides a sensational fine dining experience and there is a lounge with incredible views for that important pre-dinner cocktail.

The Big Bus Tour supplies the tourist with a good, informative, overall impression of Dubai. Try to combine the tour with a trip to Dubai Museum, the Gold and Spice Souks and either Dubai Mall, Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates or BurJuman shopping malls.

Friday brunches are popular in Dubai and many hotels feature quite superb buffet dining experiences with all-inclusive deals at very reasonable prices. Go on, you're on holiday - spoil yourself!

Tour Dubai Creek in an abra and take in the outstanding views of futuristic and traditional architecture standing side by side on the banks of the Creek. Alternatively, an excellent (and cheap) way of exploring the city, is on board the new fully automated and driverless Dubai Metro system. Stroll through the maze of shops in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah before taking in a leisurely cocktail or two, or possibly dinner, from any one of many restaurants that are to be found by the tranquil waterways in the shadow of the magnificent Burj Al Arab hotel.

Other venues that come highly recommended are the lovely cocktail bar at Neo's, on the 63rd floor of The Address Hotel, Downtown Burj Khalifa and FAI or Thiptara at The Palace, The Old Town, all offering excellent views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain. In terms of footfall Wild Wadi (pictured above) is the fastest growing waterpark in the world and if you are a golfer you should really try to get to grips with one (or more) of the great golf courses here.

It is always important to get the best value possible whilst on holiday, and we have arranged discounts with our advertisers especially for our readers. Please make use of our perforated Pink Discount Coupons No trip to Dubai would be complete without a at the back of this magazine for the best deals that visit to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. are currently available. www.mydubaiconnection.com

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SPORTS & activities

Sports&activities There is an incredible selection of sporting activities available in Dubai. The following is an example of some of the more popular activities which should help to get you started.

DIVING

Dubai’s year-round calm, warm waters are perfect for beginners and experienced divers alike and there are several PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses available. The UAE has two coastlines and there are some great diving options. Jumeirah Beach Hotel offer The Pavilion Dive Centre which is the only PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre in the UAE. It is run by fully qualified PADI instructors and offers a full range of courses to suit beginners and experienced divers alike. Weather permitting, daily excursions leave at 10am returning between 1pm and 3pm. Course prices vary between Dhs 350 to Dhs 1,200. Call 04-4068828 or email divecentre@jumeirah.com for further details. Al Boom Diving was established in 1996 in response to the UAE’s ever-growing need for reputable dive operator’s. The company has since gone from strength to strength and is now the country’s largest scuba operator. You will find Al Boom linked to most of the hotels in Dubai and they offer more equipment brands than any other diving distributor in the G.C.C. For bookings call 04-3422993 or email abdiving@ emirates.net.ae. 46 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

KITE SURFING

On most windy days you are likely to see the colourful kites of the members of Dubai Kite Club buzzing around just off the coastline at Jumeirah Beach close to Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. Kite surfing has become a mainstream watersport for anyone who is reasonably fit and confident in the water, and as Dubai is blessed with warm winds and water most of the year, it is an ideal place for all levels from beginners to advanced kite surfers. If you are a novice it is essential to have lessons for at least 6 hours and Dubai Kite Club has access to 9 instructors. Languages spoken include English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Dutch, German and Afrikaans. Each lesson is for three hours with the first lesson being on the beach and includes basic kite flying, safety systems, wind awareness and theory. The second lesson will see you on the water, whizzing over the waves using the kite in the ‘Power Zone’. It is a requirement for all kite surfers in Dubai to possess a licence and therefore you must be a member of the Dubai Kite Club to kite surf in Dubai. Membership of the Dubai Kite Club is your licence and in addition provides you with third party liability insurance. Temporary


membership costs Dhs 200, lasts for one month and can be obtained at the beach. You will also require a passport copy, your coolest passport-sized photograph and the completed application form. Costs for lessons range from as little as Dhs 85 per person per hour in a group of 4, to Dhs 300 per hour for one to one tuition. Prices include all necessary equipment. For information access www.kitesurf.ae or www. dubaikiteclub.com

SKIING

Ski Dubai, situated at Mall of the Emirates, brings all the fun of snow skiing to the desert and is a superb facility. The snow-making process involves atomising liquid water to create a cloud inside the building; this cloud is then ‘sprinkled’ with minuscule hard ice particles, which allow snow crystals to form and fall out of the cloud. This is normally only done at night as it creates a ‘white out’ in the centre, which would obviously cause poor visibility for skiers and snow boarders. There are five multi-directional slopes with varying slope gradients, the steepest of which would, in my opinion, be about the equivalent of a steep ‘blue’ run in Europe. The lift system includes a four-man chair and a button lift for the middle and upper slopes and moving walkways for the beginners slopes. Ski Dubai is excellent for children and includes the world’s largest indoor snow play area and kids party rooms. Other special design features, such as the way the structure of the building is used to create an insulated box around the slope and how the snow on the slope is cooled from within, all help make this feat of snow in the desert possible, economical and efficient. Entry to the Snow Park is Dhs 130 per adult and Dhs 120 for a child under the age of 12 years. Prices for 2 hours on the ski slope are Dhs 180 for an adult with children being charged Dhs 150. www.mydubaiconnection.com

You may extend your stay on the ski slopes, at a price of Dhs 50 per hour for both adults and kids, whilst a day ski slope pass is available for Dhs 300 for an adult and Dhs 240 for a child. Group instructions, lesson packages and private tuition are all available and entry prices include ski jackets and trousers, boots, skis or a snowboard, disposable socks, poles and medical insurance. Ski Dubai holds over 6,000 tonnes of snow at any given time and is the third largest indoor snow dome in the world. It boasts such features as a 400 metre ski run and a snowboarding park including a metal rail for stunts and purpose built jumps. Lockers may be rented for Dhs 20 with Dhs 10 being refunded after use of the locker and return of the keycard. There is a discount of 5% if you have brought suitable clothing for skiing and a further 5% if you have had the presence of mind to bring your skis, boots and poles to the desert! Please note, skiers need to meet the minimum skill requirements to be allowed to access the main slope. Skiers and snowboarders not meeting these requirements will need to take lessons. Ski Dubai is open from 10am to 11pm during the week and from 10am to midnight at weekends. For more information call 04-4094000, or visit the website at www.skidxb.com.


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FISHING & CRUISING

Game Fishing is a popular sport with Sailfish being the most sought after fish amongst the fishing community. The best times for fishing trips in Dubai are from October to May however some whoppers have been landed in the summer months. In fishing nothing is guaranteed and the art of the sport is to relax and enjoy yourself. Expeditions can be tailor-made to your requirements and trips vary from between 4 hours to 10 hours in duration and range in price from Dhs 2,400 to Dhs 4,500 for the hire of the boat and a maximum of 6 people on board. The main fish to be caught in these waters are Kingfish, Queenfish, Barracuda, Bottomfish, Hammour, Cobia and of course, Sailfish. If it’s Sailfish that you’re after you will have to book a full-day expedition as the fishing grounds are 40 miles offshore. It’s not unusual for an experienced captain with a skilled fishing team to catch, tag and release as many as 10 to 20 fish per day. If your time in Dubai is limited try to book your fishing trip early to avoid disappointment. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has access to the 32 foot Hatteras deep sea fishing yacht, 'Sneak Away' for fishing expeditions. Rates vary from Dhs 3,500 for four hours to Dhs 4,500 for an 8-hour expedition and 'Sneak Away' comfortably carries up to six passengers with the hire rates including all of your tackle, bait, fuel, soft drinks and a friendly crew that offer a fishing trip to remember. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the 33 foot 'Creek Breeze' with rates starting at Dhs 700 for an hour and a maximum capacity of 6 passengers. There are several options with cruises available from 7am until 9pm. Call 04-205 4646 for details. Deep Blue Sea offers luxury boat services which are just perfect for relaxing and exploring all that the pristine gulf has to offer. They offer fishing trips, party trips and packages which you can customise to your requirements of a fun day with friends or family. Deep Blue Fishing are located in Umm Suqeim Fishing Village near the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Their rates include the latest professional fishing equipment and expert techniques, allowing the client to have an amazing experience of fishing in 48 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

Fish species caught range from tuna, kingfish, barracuda and queenfish, to the best sport fish available in these waters, the magnificent sailfish. The 8-hour trip is advised for the advanced fisherman as the deeper waters provide larger and more plentiful fish. At an additional cost packed lunches are available. the Arabian Gulf and then cooking your catch on the yacht. Their yachts vary in size from the 85-foot Dubai Marine-Duretti with a capability of hosting 25 guests with three master bedrooms, huge living rooms and 2 dining rooms, a dance floor, jacuzzi and a BBQ area complete with a surround sound music system. All yachts on charter are equipped with the latest technology, from SONAR, GPS and depth finder and other gadgets as well as safety equipment including First Aid Kits and life jackets. Deep Blue Fishing also arrange night fishing on request. Access www.deepbluefishing.net.


SKYDIVE DUBAI

Skydive Dubai is the only skydiving centre in the Middle East and combines excellent staff, superb facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, a great location right next to Dubai International Marine Club, superb jumping weather and the best skydiving aircraft along with an incredible view of The Palm Jumeirah. A tandem jump is a great way to experience the thrill of skydiving whilst under the close supervision of an experienced USPA rated (United States Parachute Association) Instructor. The Tandem Jump with Skydive Dubai costs Dhs 1,750 and includes a scenic ride to an altitude of 13,000 feet. You will then freefall for a minute before the parachute opens and your instructor brings you expertly back to the grass landing area. Your skydive includes a professional videographer to make the skydive with you to film it, and take digital photographs and not long after landing you will receive a professionally edited DVD of your skydive along with a CD of digital still photos. Use the DVD and photos to prove to your friends that you really have got what it takes! Skydive Dubai is located between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, the entrance to the drop zone is off Al Sufouh Road, just before the Habtoor Grand Hotel. The minimum age requirement is 21 years and Skydive Dubai accepts only local currency or Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card for payment. For more information call +971 50 1533222 or access www.skydivedubai.ae. o@skydivedubai.ae

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Skydive Dubai is open Monday through Saturday for experienced fun jumpers, tandems and team training. There are a variety of jumps starting at Dhs 80 for Hop n’ Pops and Dhs 120 for full altitude jumps from 13,000 feet. Gear rental, packing and jumps with a staff camera flyer are all available.

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Golf Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the more popular destinations for dedicated golfing enthusiasts and with several other courses in the design, planning and development stages, and with guaranteed weather, Dubai can only go from strength to strength.

TEEING OFF THIS MONTH

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic attracts some of the biggest names in golf and this year this popular six-day event tees off on Monday 28th January at Emirates Golf Club. Admission is Dhs 75 (practice day & challenge match), Dhs 175 (tournament day), Dhs 675 (season pass). Call 04-3802112 for further details.

AL BADIA GOLF CLUB, DUBAI

Located within Dubai Festival City, adjacent to the banks of Dubai Creek and only five minutes from Dubai International Airport, Al Badia Golf Club combines exceptional golf with a breathtaking retreat. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, it is a 7,303 yard, par 72 course with numerous water features and incorporates 11 lakes and a number of smaller water features. Green fees for visitors playing 18 holes, including a shared cart with GPS, access to the driving range and range balls are Dhs 595 during the week and Dhs 875 at the weekend. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 175. For tee reservations call 04-6010101.

ARABIAN RANCHES GOLF CLUB

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Golf Club was designed by Ian Baker-Finch Signature Courses in association with Nicklaus Design. This challenging par 72 course uses a natural desert terrain with little landscaping. All standards of golfer will appreciate the GPS yardage service available on every golf cart. The golf course houses the Golf Academy which hosts a practice facility with swing rooms that open onto the driving range, short game area, putting green and 3 hole pitch and putt practice area. The clubhouse hosts the golf professional’s shop, Grand Lobby area, and the Baker-Finch function room is complemented by a terrace and the Birkdale Bar. Within the clubhouse are 11 luxurious guest rooms with spectacular views overlooking either the golf course or the lake. Ranches restaurant and bar hosts a large terrace with panoramic scenic views over the 9th and 18th holes, a great place to meet and try the international menu, which also includes a superb Friday brunch. Green fees for visitors to the UAE are Dhs 555 from Sunday to Thursday and Dhs 660 at the weekend (Friday and Saturday). Range balls and carts are included in the price. For tee reservations call 04-3663000.


DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB

Located in Al Garhoud the uniquely designed club house is easily distinguishable sitting on the banks of Dubai Creek. The course hosted the European PGA Tour Desert Classic event in 1999 and 2000 and was completely redesigned by Thomas Bjorn in 2005. The course is an 18-hole, par 71 course and has numerous holes where water comes into play. There is also a floodlit, 9-hole, par 3 course, again complete with water features. Green fees for visitors to the UAE are Dhs 595 during the week, rising to Dhs 695 at weekends. Prices include a shared cart complete with GPS and driving range balls. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 195 for 18 holes and Dhs 110 for 9 holes. For tee reservations call 04-2956000.

EMIRATES GOLF CLUB

The Emirates Golf Club is the best known golf club in Dubai and the Majlis course is the traditional host of the European PGA Tour Event, The Dubai Desert Classic. The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 22 year history, the most recent of which was its 2010 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the 'Top 100 Golf Courses in the World'. The course was built in 1988 and now has two full 18 hole courses. The Majlis is a 7,211 www.mydubaiconnection.com

yard par 72 course and the Faldo is a par 73 course playing 7,328 yards from the back tees and is now completely floodlit allowing play until late evening. Green fees to play The Majlis course during October are Dhs 795 at all times whilst The Faldo is priced at Dhs 595 at off-peak times and Dhs 695 during weekends and public holidays. Floodlit golf is priced at Dhs 425 after 5pm on The Faldo course. Prices include the use of range balls and a cart. Club hire is available at a charge of Dhs 195 for 18 holes and Dhs 110 for 9 holes. For tee reservations call 04-3802222.

JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA

Part of the Jebel Ali self-contained resort, about 30 minutes drive from downtown Dubai and 20 minutes from Dubai Marina. The course is a 9-hole, par 36 course which may be played twice from different tee boxes. The views are impressive with the Arabian Gulf and the impressive Jebel Ali Hotel as a backdrop and peacocks roam freely around the course. Green fees for visitors to the UAE based on 18 holes play are Dhs 300 from Sunday to Thursday, increasing to Dhs 395 at the weekend. Carts are included in the above prices and golf clubs may be hired at a cost of Dhs 65 for 9 holes or Dhs 125 for 18 holes. For tee reservations call 04-8836000. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 51


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THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE

Located in Emirates Hills and nestling amongst enormous villas overlooking the golf course is The Address Montgomerie. Designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead, the course features 14 lakes and 72 bunkers and has the largest single green in the world - an incredible 58,000 square feet which is in the shape of the UAE. The par 72 course is an inland links with generous landing areas and undulating greens, however played from the back tees it plays a lengthy 7,308 yards. The clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green, includes a 21-bedroomed Address hotel which is ideal should you wish to stay close to the course. Green fees for visitors to the UAE are Dhs 825 for 18 holes. Prices include a shared cart, range balls and use of the practise facilities. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 200. For tee reservations call 04-3905600.

THE ELS CLUB, DUBAI SPORTS CITY

Designed by Ernie Els, the course is set on undulating slopes of native desert vegetation; it is a links style layout combining traditional classic design. Stretching 7,538 yards with four sets of tees allowing players a selection of differing lengths from which to play, The Els Club offers players a challenging round accompanied by all the essential facilities that extend beyond the immaculate fairways and ultra-fast greens. The Els Club has a temporary clubhouse but has all the amenities necessary to service your needs during a visit to the club such as a pro shop, ample locker rooms, changing facilities, outdoor dining and an all-day restaurant. The magnificent new clubhouse is due to open in the final quarter of 2012. Green fees for visitors are Dhs 825 at all times. The price includes a shared golf cart with GPS and complimentary range balls. Taylor Made clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 250. For tee reservations call 04-4251010.

GOLF PACKAGES

Book online You can now enjoy the best available green fee rates at all times, simply by logging on to www.themontgomerie.com and using their innovative online booking system. Not only is this a quick and convenient way of booking a tee time at fantastic rates, you can also check the weather and course conditions at the same time. 52 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray offers complimentary golf club hire for all guests when making a booking at one of Dubai Golf ’s three golf courses. You can also enjoy two nights stay inclusive of one round of golf (day or night) at the Faldo course; five nights stay inclusive of three rounds of golf at Dubai Creek, Faldo course (day or night) and the Majlis Course; or seven nights stay inclusive of four rounds of golf at Dubai Creek, Faldo course (day and night) and the Majlis Course. Validity is ongoing and rates start from Dhs 2,500. Call 800 5863 4724 (toll free) or 04-3647555 for further details.


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If shopping was an Olympic sport, Dubai would win the Gold Medal hands down, every time! Incredibly, by the time building is completed on shopping malls already well under construction, Dubai will lay claim to having five of the seven largest shopping malls on the planet.

Shopping malls

Dubai is renowned as the shopping capital of the Middle East and ranked second in the world (behind the United States) as a shopping destination. With over 50 shopping malls, the variety of all kinds of commodities from haute couture, electrical goods, cosmetics, perfumes, leather goods, carpets and of course gold and jewellery means that there is probably no better

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place to shop to find these products at unbeatable prices. Because of the tax-free shopping and low import duties, goods are distributed at extremely competitive prices, these savings being ultimately passed on to the consumer. Products such as gold and jewellery, electrical goods, men’s and ladies’ fashion apparel, rugs and carpets can be purchased for amazing deals that are unlikely to be matched anywhere else in the world.

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SHOPPING

BURJUMAN CENTRE

Known as the residence of high-fashion and located in the heart of Dubai with immediate access to the Khalid Bin Waleed Metro Station, BurJuman houses one of the finest collections of luxury shopping brands in the world under one roof. Names such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Valentino, D&G, Gianfranco Ferré, Burberry, Escada, Polo Ralf Lauren, Versace, Cartier and Tiffany reside with popular high street brands such as Zara, Mango, New Look, Gap, Guess, Esprit and offer a world of choice. Indeed, with over 300 leading high end and high street brands, BurJuman fulfills the elite customer’s discerning shopping needs. With a wide array of dining choices, atrium courtyards, beautiful seating and abundant foliage, the mall offers an elegant and relaxed shopping environment for shoppers from the region and across the world. Opening times are Saturday to Wednesday from 10am to 10pm and on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am until 11pm. There is a multi-cuisine food court and a host of popular restaurants and café’s at BurJuman which cater to guests between 10am and 11pm from Saturday to Wednesday and from 10am until midnight on Thursday and Friday. As a distinctive landmark BurJuman comprises over 2.8 million square feet of space including the shopping centre, business tower, hotel suites and residences. Call 04-3520222.

DEIRA CITY CENTRE

Located opposite the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira City Centre mall has 370 retail outlets spread over 1.2 million square feet. There is car parking available for 6,000 cars and Citywalk provides access to 13 restaurants and cafes in a purpose built food hall. There is also an 11-screen cineplex and Magic Planet, a huge indoor leisure complex, which boasts a huge family entertainment centre featuring simulators, video games, theme rides, a bowling alley and a soft adventure playground for younger children. 54 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

Stores include Carrefour and ladies’ and men’s fashion shops flourish with household names such as Balmain, Dockers, Gant, Lacoste, Mango, Hugo Boss, Ted Lapidus, French Connection, Valencia Shoes and La Senza. Electrical goods shops such as Sharaf DG, Jacky's or Jumbo Electronics and Virgin Megastore are also represented and for home interiors try Debenhams. Opening times are Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm and Friday 2pm to 10pm. Call 04-2951010.

DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

Branded as Dubai’s ‘City within a City’, Dubai Festival City is an immense, mixeduse, waterfront development. Stretching across 4 kilometres of Dubai’s Creek in 15 development zones, it spans 1,600 acres in a harmonious blend of retail, leisure, hospitality, entertainment, office and residential offerings. Dubai Festival City is in close proximity to Dubai’s International Airport and has the added convenience of being easily accessible from the two major bridges of Dubai, as well as three direct-entry points from the 12-lane Business Bay Bridge which has recently been completed. Dubai Festival City has 2.8 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment, with over 600 shops and 100 restaurants, many of which provide al fresco, waterfront dining. There is also a 12-screen Grand Cinemas complex. Flagship stores include Toys R Us, Next, Plug-Ins ElectroniX, Paris Gallery, Esprit, Marks and Spencer, IKEA, ACE, Diesel, Markati Palazzo and HyperPanda. Fashion outlets include Springfield, DKNY, Hugo Boss, Pierre Cardin, Karen Millen, Lacoste, Raymond Weil, Geox, Tommy Hilfiger, Liali Jewellery and Al Futtaim Jewellery. The Link houses the Dubai Gold Marketplace providing 60 jewellery shops displaying the largest selection of top gold retailers from around the globe. Opening times are Saturday to Thursday from 10am until 10pm and Friday from 10am until midnight. Call 04-2325444.


The Dubai Mall

DUBAI MALL

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination and is spread over a total area of 12 million sq ft. The mall features 1,200 retail stores including several flagship stores and Middle East debuts of global brands. The Dubai Mall offers over 160 food and beverage outlets in food courts that have a capacity to seat 3,000. Department stores include Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s. Other major brands include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Burberry, Chloe, Gianfranco Ferre, Herve Leger, Karen Millen, Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, La Senza, Agent Provocateur, Hugo Boss, Rodeo Drive, Bvlgari, Garrard, Rolex, Raymond Weil, Cartier, and Tag Heuer. Fashion Avenue, a 440,000 sq ft fashion precinct dedicated to haute couture, positions the mall as the fashion capital of the region whilst the Gold Souk is a sprawling gold and jewellery retail showcase featuring over 200 stores. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, with over 33,000 aquatic animals including sharks and rays, features the largest acrylic viewing panel in the world and a walk-through tunnel. The Olympic-sized Dubai Ice-Rink is another key leisure attraction and a destination for skating enthusiasts. The mall promenade opens onto The Dubai Fountain, a spectacular water, music spectacle, set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, which shoots water jets 150 metres into the air, equivalent to the height of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 275 metres long has five circles of varying sizes, two central arcs and was designed by the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. Dubai Mall has opened the region’s first KidZania, a children’s edutainment concept; SEGA Republic, an indoor theme park; and the 22-screen REEL Cinema with a capacity of 2,800 seats. Dubai Mall offers over 14,000 car parking spaces. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday from 10am until 10pm and Thursday to Saturday from 10am until midnight. Call 800-Dubai-Mall (800-3822 46255). www.mydubaiconnection.com

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SHOPPING

Lamcy Plaza

Established in 1997, Lamcy Plaza is centrally located next to the American Hospital in Oud Metha near to Sheikh Zayed Road. The mall covers 400,000 square feet and with over 150 retail outlets can cater for just about every shopping requirement. Whilst the adults get on with more important matters, children can be left under the supervision of highly qualified staff at Lou Lou Al Dugongs, a popular play-and-discover centre for children. Lamcy Hypermarket is a one-stop destination providing an extensive range of products including foodstuffs, clothing and electrical goods. Yet again fashion is well represented by retailers such as Bossini, Pierre Cardin, Athletes Foot, Nine West and Paris Gallery. There are a total of 17 restaurants and cafes capable of seating 700 people in the Food Court which caters for all types of cuisine from a quick bite to a leisurely meal. Open everyday from 9am to 11.30pm. Call 04-3359999.

Mall of the Emirates

Located at interchange 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road, Mall of the Emirates is instantly recognisable because of the huge spherical enclosed ski centre. The mall has more than 477 retail outlets and 65 restaurants there is something for even the most discerning of shoppers. Retail outlets include Harvey Nichols, Debenhams, Mango, Zara, Louis Vuitton, OshKosh B’Gosh and the French supermarket Carrefour. The two-storey Magic Planet play area is the largest supervised family entertainment centre in Dubai and is packed with rides and amusements to keep the children happy. Mall of the Emirates have recently expanded and launched the Fashion Dome. Spread over a gross leasable area of 10,500 square metres, Mall of the Emirates’ Fashion Dome is a one-stop destination for the fashionistas of the region offering high fashion names such as Christian Louboutin, Cartier, Canali, Galliano, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Mulberry, Diane von Furstenberg and the largest D&G boutique in the region. In total there are an additional 42 outlets and the project, costing nearly Dhs 500 million, sees the addition of increased facilities for shopping, dining and parking, a direct link for Dubai Metro 56 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

commuters and increased parking spaces to accommodate 750 vehicles. Amongst the new dining options is a superb P.F. Chang’s, an American-Chinese Bistro franchise – try it, you won’t be disappointed! One of the highlights of the centre must be Ski Dubai, a huge indoor ski slope complete with a four-man chair lift where visitors can ski all year round with guaranteed snow. Add to this a Kempinski hotel, superb restaurants and a 14-screen VOX cinema complex and you are spoilt for choice. Incidentally, if you have not tried the Gold Class option in the VOX cinema complex you don’t know what you are missing. Comfortable, reclining leather seats, with blankets and personalised food and beverage service - wonderful! Open everyday from 10am to 10pm. Call 04-3414747.

Mercato

Situated on Jumeirah Beach Road is Mercato mall, with its modern Renaissance-style architecture playing host to 125 stores, 16 food outlets and a multiplex cinema. Mercato features many international brand names in fashion and accessories, home décor and furniture. Stores include Mango, Top Shop, Hugo Boss, Gap, Diesel, Gant, Armani Jeans and Massimo Dutti amongst a whole host of others. Mercato has welcomed further well known brands including French home accessories brand Genevieve Lethu, Nike, Next, River Woods, Mamas and Papas, Hobbs, Nayomi, L’Occitane, Aldo, the Toy Store, Zin Zin, Kas Australia, Triumph, Portfolio and the T-shirt factory. The well-loved UK brand, Laura Ashley, has opened a fashion store as well as an enormous Laura Ashley Home store. Further new additions range from international brands such as Nautica to designer boutiques like Bullets and Butterflies. There is free underground and ground floor parking and also wheelchair access. Strollers and wheelchairs are available upon request from the reception desk on the ground floor. Opening times are Saturday to Thursday 10am to 10pm, Friday 2pm to 10pm. Call 04-3444161.


Souk Madinat Jumeirah

The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is located on the beach next to the world-famous Burj Al Arab hotel and has been completed in traditional Arabic style architecture. Step into the world of Madinat Jumeirah with an Abra tour through the resort. Take a relaxing journey along the meandering waterways and discover why Madinat Jumeirah is the jewel of Dubai. You can access the tours from the Abra stations near Toscana and BarZar at Souk Madinat Jumeirah with tours departing every 20 minutes. The Abra tour lasts for 25 minutes, costs Dhs 50 per person and tours are available daily from 11am until 11pm. Once inside the Madinat there is a theatre, a host of superb restaurants where you may dine at the waters edge, trendy bars and opulent nightspots with something to please everyone. Wandering through the labyrinth of the Souk’s 75 shops and getting hopelessly lost is a ‘must’ for any tourist coming to Dubai. Men’s and ladies’ fashions are catered for but don’t expect to get as varied a choice as the main shopping malls. There are still, however, household names including Rodeo Drive, Paris Moda, Bin Hendi Boutique and Oxbow. Swimwear can be purchased from Sun and Sand Sports, Villebrequin and Beyond the Beach and there are several beautiful jewellery stores tucked away in corners such as Saddiqi and Sons, Le Paris Diamond and Damas. There are several craftsmen offering candles, scented soaps, coloured sand-bottle souvenirs and an artist who specialises in personalised name painting, in a creative and unique way, all of which make great gifts. Opening times are 10am to 11pm, seven days a week. Call 04-3668888.

Wafi Mall & the Pyramids

Centrally situated in Bur Dubai near Sheikh Zayed Road, Wafi is considered to be one of, if not Dubai’s most elegant, shopping malls. A passion for art is deeply embedded in Wafi's foundations. A kaleidoscope of colour illuminates beautiful statues and intricate mosaic floors, as rays of light filter through stained glass www.mydubaiconnection.com

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windows in the retail and dining environments. There is a select collection of the world's most original, revered and influential fashion brands, many of which are exclusive to Wafi. The classic luxury of Chanel and Escada, unconventional and edgy creations of Roccobarroco and Kitson, or the raw originality of the new wave such as Ginger & Lace, Tiger Lily and Desert Rose. Kids can enjoy the pulse racing energy of Encounter Zone and there is a variety of live performances in the casual setting of the rooftop gardens. The staggering range of bars and restaurants provide yet another layer of entertainment, whilst a choice of exclusive night clubs complete the collection. Souk Khan Murjan just has to be explored! Expect to find the authentic splendour of a 14th century souk, and the Souk is the jewel in the crown of the Wafi Collection. Opening times are Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to 10pm and Thursday and Friday 10am to midnight. Call 04-3244555. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 57


REAL estate

Real Estate This article is a guide to purchasing property in Dubai and is designed to provide you with some basic information to assist you with your decision throughout the buying process. There are several renowned Real Estate companies throughout Dubai and it is always best to take advice from one of them and a solicitor before proceeding with any transaction.

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reehold property is available to nonresidents in designated areas only, but there is plenty of choice. Properties available vary from studio apartments, ideal for holidays, up to amazing high-end 7 bedroom villas. Dubai is an exciting place to live, but as with purchasing property anywhere in the world, certain matters need to be taken into consideration. In 2002 a law was passed allowing foreigners to purchase freehold or leasehold property in certain areas of Dubai and this led to an unsustainable boom in the property market culminating in a crash in the market throughout 2008 and 2009. The market has stabilised and matured to a large degree since then and it does seem now that the market is becoming more attractive to overseas investors. Compared to earlier times, prices in 2012 have come down from ridiculously high levels to more realistic ones where serious buyers and sellers can complete deals and purchase their dream property in Dubai.

FEES TO CONSIDER

To register the property you will be required to pay a transfer fee to either the developer if the property is still under construction, or the Dubai Lands Department if the property is completed. If you are purchasing with a mortgage there is also a payment of 0.25% of the value of the loan to be paid to either the developer or Dubai Lands Department. In addition, should the property be complete and already in use, there is normally a service maintenance fee that must be paid to the seller on a pro rata basis.

There are numerous areas where foreigners may purchase property with the main areas of note being: The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, Downtown Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubailand, Arabian Ranches, The Green Community, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Discovery Gardens and Emirates Hills.

to 6%. There are a number of financial institutions in Dubai offering mortgages to non-resident property buyers normally up to 80% of the value of the property. Non-resident buyers do not need to possess a local bank account and services of a local solicitor can be employed, who can then receive your transferred funds into a dedicated client account. A solicitor can then arrange for all payments to be made to purchase the property. If you assign your solicitor as power of attorney, it is not even necessary for you to be present at the time of property transfer. If you would rather have your own bank account, then this option can also be easily arranged through one of the many international banks throughout Dubai.

MORTGAGES AND FINANCE

SERVICE CHARGES

FREEHOLD AREAS

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Service charges are levied to maintain various common areas and facilities of the community,


or building if you are purchasing an apartment. Generally, the charge is to ensure that the properties are properly managed and administered. In several of the new property developments and residential buildings throughout Dubai, service charges are levied on the owners by the Owners Associations and collected by a manager appointed on behalf of the association. Services charges throughout Dubai vary widely, depending on the area of purchase and desirability of the property. Larger developments also charge their owners an annual community charge, which is normally paid to the master developer of the project. There is an obligation on the developer to complete and handover property on time and these obligations are dealt with contractually under the sale and purchase agreement (SPA). If the property is not completed, the agreement will normally provide an estimated handover date and usually the agreement will allow the developer some latitude in terms of extending the date so purchasers should be prepared to anticipate possible delays when awaiting possession of a property under construction. Once the property has been handed over, the developer has an obligation to provide a 10-year warranty to maintain the property. Warranties covering defects in property are dealt with contractually but it is common for developers to repair general defects for a one-year period only. www.mydubaiconnection.com

TIME FRAME FOR PURCHASE

Purchases tend to be completed fairly quickly in Dubai and normally take between two and six weeks to complete. Although it is not necessary to obtain the services of a solicitor to complete a property transaction it is always recommended to obtain legal advice so that you can be assured that the transaction is being handled to your satisfaction.

RE-SELLING

You can sell your property to anybody. This means that they will either take over the payments to be made to the developer should the property still be under construction, or pay 100% of the amount due to you should the property be complete and fully paid up. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 59


A guide to prices -

VILLAS

DUBAILAND ARABIAN RANCHES

Non-residents can buy property in the Arabian Ranches and there are a total of 12 villa communities to choose from providing plenty of options. The community is mature and boasts its own shopping centre including a Spinney's Supermarket, a Community Centre, the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club which includes a riding academy where children and adults can learn to ride before making the most of a desert hack! Arabian Ranches is located in Dubailand but is close to several motorways and has good access to Mall of the Emirates, Jebel Ali and the city. This is a gated development with security staff at each entrance and there are beautifully landscaped areas, communal pools, pedestrianised walkways and biking opportunities. Two of Dubai's most soughtafter schools, Jumeirah English Speaking School ( JESS) and GEMS World Academy are within easy reach with JESS actually situated within the Arabian Ranches development. Prices start at around Dhs 1.4 million for two bed properties increasing to Dhs 1.8 million for three beds, Dhs 3.5 million for four beds, Dhs 4 million for five beds and in excess of Dhs 6 million for the high end Hattan villas.

THE PALM JUMEIRAH

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The man-made Palm Jumeirah stretches 6 kilometres out from the coastline with the trunk containing apartments and the villas on the fronds allow residents direct access to their very own beach. It is estimated that The Palm Jumeirah has added almost 80 kilometres of coastline to Dubai's coastline and is a modern-day marvel. The breakwater, known as The Crescent, surrounding The Palm Jumeirah boasts luxurious hotels including Atlantis, One&Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Rixos, Fairmont Residences and Kempinski Hotel and Residences. The Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest manmade island and construction began in 2001 with the first properties being handed over in 2007. There are approximately 1,400 villas and 2,500 shoreline apartments and The Palm even has its own monorail connecting the mainland to Atlantis, The Palm. The Palm Jumeirah has several types of property available to buyers. Expect to pay in the region of Dhs 1.5 million for a two-bedroomed apartment in The Golden Mile rising to in excess of Dhs 6.5 million for a four bedroomed Shoreline apartment with spectacular sea views. Apartments are also available in several of the hotel complexes such as Kempinski, The Palm and The Fairmont Residences. Villa prices start in excess of Dhs 8.5 million for a four bedroomed villa located nearer the trunk of The Palm and tend to increase in price as the villas in the middle and towards the tips of the fronds are more sought after. The larger 5 bedroomed villas tend to start at Dhs 11.5 million with Signature Villas commencing at Dhs 22.5 million.


APARTMENTS There are many residents of Dubai who tend to travel extensively throughout the region with their work committments and therefore lock-it-andleave apartments tend to be extremely popular in the city. As an added bonus most apartment blocks have their own swimming pools and gyms so you are never too far from that workout or a relaxing sun lounger and temperature-controlled pool. Non-residents therefore have a huge choice of apartments if they are looking for their very own holiday place in the sun!

DUBAI MARINA

Dubai Marina is the largest man-made Marina in the world and boasts numerous towers with apartments having superb water views over the Marina. The Marina is extremely popular with single residents and young families because there is really something for everyone. The Marina Mall provides for all your shopping needs and there are more hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes, banks and general purpose retail outlets than you could possibly need. The Marina complex also includes the mixed-use Jumeirah Lake Towers ( JLT) www.mydubaiconnection.com

and the sprawling, beachfront Jumeirah Beach Residence ( JBR) which, at the time of construction, was the largest single development in the world. There are studio apartments available from as little as Dhs 500,000 with one bedroomed marina view apartments commencing at Dhs 800,000. Prices increase, depending on desirability, commencing at Dhs 1.4 million for two bedroomed apartments and just under Dhs 1.9 million for three beds. Some of the very best four bedroomed, full seaview apartments with the very best fitouts are available but they will be approaching, or sometimes in excess of, Dhs 20 million. Generally apartments tend to be a little cheaper in JBR and cheaper still in JLT - with the exception of some spectacular full seaview apartments in JBR some of which are duplex and boast a terrace and plunge pool selling at upwards of Dhs 10 million. Discover Dubai JANUARY | 61


HEALTH & beauty

Health& beauty YOUR HEALTH

Let's hope that your holiday is not ruined by becoming ill or getting injured, but rest assured that healthcare is of a particularly high standard in Dubai and obtaining treatment is relatively easy. Appointments at doctors or dental clinics can normally be made for the same day. Healthcare however is quite expensive and it is highly recommended that tourists have some form of medical insurance in place. On that note, it is always a good idea to carry a photocopy of your insurance cover at all times, because if you are involved in an accident, or are otherwise taken to hospital, you may find that you are not admitted for treatment if you are not able to provide proof of insurance. Please see listings for beauty salons, hospitals, dental surgeons, pharmacies, optical specialists and spas in the Green Pages at the back of Discover Dubai.

PHARMACIES

Daily newspapers list at least one pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day. However, if medication is urgently required the number of the appropriate pharmacy may be obtained by phoning your hotel concierge or Dubai Municipality on 04-2232323.

BEAUTY SALONS

One of the boom industries in Dubai is the search for eternal youth and to look one’s very best at all times! Beauty salons are extremely popular with tourists and residents alike and they offer a wide range of services to their clientele including pedicures, manicures, gel and acrylic nails, facials, hair removal, hair straightening and extensions as well as solarium treatments and spray tanning for that instant glow without the necessity of spending hours on the beach. Henna tattoos are very popular with both local women and tourists and they can be obtained in 62 | JANUARY Discover Dubai

salons that are aimed primarily at Arabic ladies or at attractions such as desert safaris. The tattoos normally last for about a week before fading.

SPAS

Dubai is well known for its extensive range of lavish spa treatments. Why not indulge yourself in a little pampering in luxurious surroundings? More popular treatments include reflexology, aromatherapy massages, facial or body treatments, scrubs and peels. If you feel like being especially pampered and don’t have the time to attend the salon there are beauticians who will make a visit to your hotel room or accommodation to make sure you look and feel great with the minimum effort.

OPTICAL LASIK LASER TREATMENT

Surgeons specialising in corrective laser eye surgery including cross-sightedness, near-sightedness, far-sightedness, cataracts and astigmatism are all available in Dubai. Appointments are easy to arrange and treatment is immediate.

COSMETIC SURGERY

There is an abundant supply of highly-skilled and vastly experienced cosmetic surgeons in Dubai, who are able to offer a wide range of cosmetic surgery options to their clients. Surgery can be performed comparatively quickly in either the surgery or hospital, depending on the treatment required, and is competitively priced compared with European surgeons.


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HEALTH & beauty

January's Spa Promotions AMARA SPA

This January, Park Hyatt Dubai’s Amara Spa presents New Year - New You, an exclusive package featuring some of Amara’s most indulgent treatment combinations. The package includes a 45-minute Dead Sea Salt Scrub and a 60-minute Detoxifying Swedish Massage. Then guests are invited to enjoy the healthy spa menu, which includes a selection of fresh juices, aromatic teas, healthy cuisine and light desserts, before spending the rest of the day enjoying the wet spa facilities. This package is usually priced at Dhs 905, but throughout January Amara Spa is offering a special price of just Dhs 770. Call 04-6021660.

ELCHE Take Elche’s one-month Detox package with one deep-cleansing facial, one Anti-Cellulite Vacuum therapy and one Speedfitness training session and get 20% discount from the original price. In addition, get 25% discount on selected natural products while stock lasts. Finally, visit Elche during Happy Hour and experience their natural facials and receive 15% off. This is valid on appointments at 12pm or 2pm from Sunday to Thursday. Visit www.elche.ae.

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SENSASIA URBAN SPA Kick start the year with the 90 minute Skinni-Mini de-bloating treatment which uses the powers of galvanic and faradic stimuli, along with algaerich ivy and kelp to detox your body, for Dhs 515. Alternatively, beat the post Christmas blues with the 75-minute After Spa-arty treatment for Dhs 295. Visit www.sensasiaspas.com.

REBECCA TRESTON AESTHETICS With Rebecca Treston Aesthetics’ fantastic January promotion, achieving your dream body is easier and more affordable than ever. The Body Beautiful package comprises three of the clinic’s most iconic treatments, namely three sessions of Ultrasound Cavitation, three sessions of Proellixe, and one session of Radiofrequency skin tightening (body). This exclusive Dhs 5,000 package, which is available throughout the month of January only, offers savings of more than Dhs 3,000. Call 04-3945422 or visit www.euromedclinicdubai.com.


ELIXIR SPA & HEALTH CLUB In the season of New Year’s resolutions, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa is offering an annual membership programme. To become a member of Elixir Spa & Health Club and gain access to the extensive amenities all year round costs Dhs 15,000 for women and Dhs 17,000 for men. Call 04-4084256.

TALISE SPA Embark on a journey of urban tranquility at the heart of Jumeirah Emirates Towers with this exclusive day spa package. The package includes a 55-minute signature massage,30minute signature facial, 30-minute floatation pool, full day access to the outdoor pool, and salad or fruit platter with juice. Available from 1st January to 31st March and priced at Dhs 699 per person for the day. Call 04-3198181.

TALISE OTTOMAN SPA Book a 60-minute spa treatment At Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and receive a complimentary upgrade to a Signature Spa treatment. Available between 12th January and 12th February, Sunday through Thursday, and based on selected bookings from Dhs 485 to Dhs 500. Call 04-4530456.

THE SPA AT THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA Experience the ultimate in luxury relaxation at The Spa at The Address Dubai Marina with their ‘Indulgence at The Address’ package. The session begins with an exotic bamboo scrub to exfoliate your skin and prepare it for treatment. A detox cocktail is mixed based on your needs and applied to the body, infusing it with elements to boost your body’s own efforts to clean and detoxify. A warm cocoon helps the seaweed’s rich array of minerals, vitamins and enzymes to penetrate your pores and nourish your skin. End your journey with a traditional Balinese full body massage to complete this exotic experience. Priced at Dhs 1,135. Call 04-4367424.

SOFTOUCH SPA Powerful Vitamin C brightens your complexion from head to toe. Feel the tropical essence with the mango and passion fruit body treatments at Softouch Spa at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates that will exfoliate and nurture your skin. This treatment includes a 90-minute Tropical Salt Mousse & Body Wrap and a 75-minute Luminous Vitamin C & Sea Facial - for Dhs 1,350. Call 04-4095909.

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ACCOMMODATION

SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION BurJuman Rotana Hotel Apartments BurJuman Centre ........................................352 4444 Flora Park Hotel Apartments ..................294 9966 Flora Creek Hotel Apartments ................294 3232 Le Meridien Dar Al Sondos Hotel Apartments. Rolla Street, Bur Dubai...............................393 8000 106 apartments ranging from studios to 2 bed-roomed apartments. Book on-line at ww.lemeridien.com. MyDubaiStay - MSG ........................428 0380 Apartment 110, Al Sultana Bldg, Palm Jumeirah www.mydubaistay.com Orange Real Estate ..........................395 4402 Short term lets. www.dubaishortbreaks.com Rihab Rotana Suites Near Deira City Centre ......................294 0300 Savoy Hotel Apartments Al Rais Centre, Bur Dubai. ...............355 3000 The Courtyard by Marriott Green Community Dubai, 4 star.................885 2222 Wafi Residence Bur Dubai..........................................324 7222 Villa Rotana Suites Sheikh Zayed Road ............................321 6111 HOTELS The list below shows hotels with a rating of 3 stars or higher and the area of the hotel in Dubai. Admiral Plaza Hotel Bur Dubai, 3 star........................................ 393 5333 Al Bustan Rotana Hotel Garhoud, 5 star........................................... 282 0000 Al Jawhara Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................222 3141 Al Khaleej Hotel Deira, 3 star. ................................................221 1144 Al Maha Desert Resort 5 star............................................................303 4223 Al Manzil Hotel The Old Town, Burj Khalifa.......................428 5888 Al Murooj Rotana Sheikh Zayed Road .....................................321 1111 Al Qasr Hotel Madinat Jumeirah, 5 Star............................366 8888

Ambassador Hotel Bur Dubai, 3 star.........................................393 9444 Arabian Courtyard Hotel Bur Dubai, 4 star...............................................351 9111 Ascot Hotel Bur Dubai, 4 star.........................................352 0900 Astoria Hotel Bur Dubai, 3 star.........................................353 7000 Atlantis, The Palm The Palm Jumeirah, 5 star .........................426 1000 Avari Dubai International Deira, 4 star.................................................295 6666 Avenue Hotel Deira, 4 star .............................................. 297 0808 Bab al Shams 5 star............................................................832 6699 Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. 5 star. ..........................................301 7777 Capitol Hotel Satwa, 4 star. ...............................................346 0111 Carlton Tower Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................222 7111 Chelsea Hotel Bur Dubai, 5 star.........................................398 8840 Claridge Hotel Bur Dubai, 3 star.........................................271 6666 Copthorne Hotel, Dubai Deira, 4 star ................................................295 0500 Coral Boutique Hotel Apartments Al Barsha, 5 star. ........................................340 9040 Coral Boutique Villas Al Barsha, 5 star..........................................402 8888 Coral Deira Dubai Deira, 5 star.................................................224 8587 Coral Oriental Dubai Deira, 4 star.................................................228 1999 Crowne Plaza Sheikh Zayed Road, 5 star. .........................331 1111 Crowne Plaza, Dubai, Deira Deira,5 star. .................................................262 5555 Dar Al Masyaf Madinat Jumeirah, 5 star ............................366 8888 Dhow Palace Hotel Bur Dubai, 5 star.........................................359 9992 Dubai Grand Hotel Deira, 4 star................................................263 2555 Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa Jumeirah, 5 star. ..........................................346 1111 Dubai Palm Hotel Al Madina Deira, 3 star. .............................271 0021 Dusit Thani Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road, 5 star. .........................343 3333 Flora Grand Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................223 3344 Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai, 4 star ...................................... 397 7444

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Discover Dubai - January 2013


Golden Tulip Al Barsha, 4 star ........................................341 7750 Grand Hyatt Dubai Garhoud, 5 star............................................317 1234 Grosvenor House Hotel Dubai Marina, 5 star ...................................399 8888 Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Dubai Marina, 5 star ...................................399 5000 Hallmark Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................222 1999 Hatta Fort Hotel Hatta, 4 star. ................................................809 9333 Hilton Dubai Creek Deira, 5 star. ............................................... 227 1111 Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Dubai Marina, 5 star....................................399 1111 Holiday Inn Downtown Deira, 4 star.................................................228 8889 Hyatt Regency Dubai Deira,5 star. .................................................209 1234 Ibis Sheikh Zayed Road, 3 star. .........................332 4444 Imperial Suites Hotel Bur Dubai, 3 star.........................................351 5100 Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa Jebel Ali, 5 star. ..........................................814 5555 Jumeirah Beach Hotel Jumeirah, 5 star. ..........................................348 0000 Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, 5 star. .........................330 0000 Jumeirah Rotana Hotel Satwa, 4 star. ...............................................345 5888 Jumeirah Zabeel Saray The Palm Jumeirah, 5 star .........................453 0000 JW Marriott Hotel Deira, 5 star.................................................262 4444 Karama Hotel Bur Dubai.....................................................3366607 Khaleej Palace Hotel Deira. 4 star.................................................223 1000 Landmark Hotel Deira, 3 star.................................................228 6666 Le Meridien Dubai Garhoud, 5 star............................................282 4040 Le Meridien Fairway Hotel Garhoud, 4 star............................................283 3000 Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Hotel (currently closed) Jumeirah, 5 star. ..........................................399 3333 Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Jumeirah, 5 star. ..........................................399 5555 Lotus Boutique Hotel Deira, 4 star ...............................................273 5555 Lotus Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................227 8888 Madinat Jumeirah Jumeirah, 5 star. ......................................... 366 8888 Marco Polo Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................272 0000 Mayfair Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................228 4444

Metropolitan Hotel Deira Deira, 4 star ................................................295 9171 Metropolitan Palace Hotel Deira, 5 star.................................................227 0000 Millennium Airport Hotel Garhoud, 4 star............................................282 3464 Mina A' Salam Madinat Jumeirah, 5 star.............................366 8888 Moscow Hotel Deira............................................................228 8222 Movenpick Hotel Bur Dubai, 5 star.........................................336 6000 Novotel Sheikh Zayed Road, 4 star. .........................318 7000 One&Only Royal Mirage Al Sufouh, 5 star. ........................................399 9999 Palm Beach Rotana Inn Bur Dubai, 3 star........................................ 393 1999 Princess Flamingo Hotel Deira, 3 star............................................... 263 5500 Qamardeen Hotel Old Town, Burj Khalifa..............................428 5888 Radisson Blu Deira, 5 star.................................................222 7171 Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, 4 star .............................366 9111 Raffles Dubai Bur Dubai, near Wafi, 5 star.......................324 8888 Ramada Continental Hotel, Deira, 4 star.................................................266 2666 Ramada Hotel Bur Dubai, 4 star.........................................351 9999 Ramee Deira Hotel Deira, 3 star. ...............................................295 8777 Regent Palace Hotel Bur Dubai, 4 star.........................................396 3888 Rihab Rotana Suites Deira, 4 star.................................................294 0300 Rimal Rotana Suites Deira, 4 star................................................268 8000 Riviera Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................222 2131 Rydges Plaza Hotel Satwa, 4 star. ...............................................398 2222 Samaya Hotel Deira, 5 star.................................................703 3333 Seaview Hotel Bur Dubai, 4 star.........................................355 8080 Shangri-La Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, 5 star. .........................343 8888 Sheraton Deira Hotel & Towers Deira, 5 star.................................................268 8888 Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Deira, 5 star.... .............................................228 1111 Sheraton Jumeirah Resort & Towers Dubai Marina, 5 star. .................................399 5533 Sofitel, City Centre Deira, 5 star.......................................294 1222 Sofitel, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, 5 star .....448 4848


DINING With the different nationalities and cultures that have influenced cuisine in Dubai there is no doubt that there is an amazing choice of dining to satisfy all tastes and suit all price ranges. We have tried to make the dining-out guide as simple as possible and have categorised the following restaurants by virtue of their location, the type of cuisine they offer and price range which is assessed for an average three-course meal per head without alcohol. Alcohol can be quite expensive in Dubai and I would suggest that you look carefully at wine list prices before just casually ordering a bottle or two. It is also apparent that, as in many other countries, waiters will sometimes place bottles of water on the table - it is always advisable to check whether you have ordered the water as sometimes prices can be quite expensive. As a general rule of thumb, most restaurants that are in hotels are licensed, restaurants outside hotels tend not to be licensed. If in doubt enquire when you are making your reservation. Restaurants have been graded according to price ranges as follows. Each grading refers to a three course meal per person not including alcohol; Price range - Low - Dhs 150 or less Price range - Medium - Dhs 150 - 250 Price range - High - Over Dhs 250

Obviously we depend considerably on feedback from our readers and if you consider that any restaurants could be added to our listings please contact Paul Carne on paul@connector-dubai.com. AL FRESCO RESTAURANTS Barasti ...................................................................399 3333 Price range - medium Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Beach Bar and Grill ............................................399 9999 Price range - medium The One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Capanna Nuova ...................................................346 1111 Price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah Dhow & Anchor ...................................................348 0000 Price range - medium. International food Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim Medzo .....................................................................324 4100 Price range - medium Wafi Pyramids, Bur Dubai Meridien Village Terrace ....................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Deira Pierchic ..................................................................366 8888 Price range - high Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Rooftop Terrace ...................................................336 6000 Price range - medium Movenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai Seville's ..................................................................324 7300 Price range - medium Wafi Pyramids. Bur Dubai Sho Cho's ..............................................................346 1111 Price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah Thai Bistro ............................................................346 1111 Price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah The Boardwalk ....................................................295 6000 Price range - medium Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira The Irish Village ..................................................282 4750 Price range - low Aviation Club, Garhoud The Meat Company ............................................368 6040 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim QD's .......................................................................295 6000 Price range - medium Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira

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Sun and Sands Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................223 9000 Taj Palace Hotel Deira, 5 star.................................................223 2222 The Courtyard by Marriott Green Community Dubai, 4 star.................885 2222 The Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, 5 star. .........................332 5555 The JW Marriott Harbour Hotel ..........319 4000 Opposite Dubai International Marine Club The Palace - The Old Town Downtown Burj Khalifa, 5 star.................. 428 7888 The Rixos, The Palm Dubai The Palm Jumeirah, 5 star.......................... 457 5555 The Westin Jumeirah, 5 star ......................................... 399 4141 Towers Rotana Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, 4 star. .........................343 8000 Traders Hotel Deira, 4 star.................................................265 9888 Tulip Inn Knowledge Village Jumeirah, 4 star...........................................367 1222 Vendome Plaza Hotel Deira, 3 star.................................................222 2333


ALL-INCLUSIVE BUFFET RESTAURANTS; The following restaurants normally offer various promotions including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in their price and provide excellent value for money.

AOC (Friday Brunch) .......................................... 448 4848 Sofitel Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina Al Dhiyafa ............................................................ 399 5000 Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina Bamboo Lagoon (Friday Brunch)........................607 7977 Asian and Seafood JW Marriott Hotel, Deira Dunes CafĂŠ.............................................................343 8888 International and Seafood Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Dusit Delicatessen.................................................343 3333 Thai, International and Seafood Dusit Thani Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Flavours on Two ...................................................343 8000 Various themed buffets and promotions Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Imperium (Friday Brunch)...................................453 0444 Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah Marketplace (Friday Brunch) ..............................262 4444 Various themed promotions - call to check JW Marriott Hotel, Deira Spectrum On One (Friday Brunch) ....................332 5555 Various themed promotions - call to check The Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Spice Island ...........................................................262 5555 Various themed promotions - call to check Crowne Plaza Dubai, Deira (formerly The Renaissance) The Observatory (Friday Brunch) .................... 319 4000 Buffet brunch including a carvery Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina Warehouse (Friday Brunch) .................................702 2455 Beer garden, bar & lounge, various promotions Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Yalumba (Friday Brunch) .................................. 702 2455 Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud

AMERICAN

Beyond El Rancho .........................................272 0000 Price range - low Marco Polo Hotel, Deira Billy Blues .......................................................398 2272 Price range - low Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa Boston Bar ......................................................345 5888 Price range - low Jumeirah Rotana Hotel, Satwa

Chilli's Price range - low Garhoud ............................................................282 8484 Jumeirah ...........................................................344 1300 BurJuman..........................................................352 2900 Internet City......................................................390 1495 Fuddruckers ...................................................282 7771 Price range - low Opposite India Palace, Garhoud Go West ..........................................................348 0000 Price range - medium Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim Henry J Beans ................................................345 8350 Price range - low Capitol Hotel, Mankhool Road, Satwa Jambase ..........................................................366 6730 Price range - low Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Johnny Rockets ..............................................344 7859 Price range - low Opp. Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road Manhattan Grill .............................................317 1234 Price range - medium Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bur Dubai Napa ................................................................366 8888 Price range - low Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Planet Hollywood............................................324 4777 Price range - medium Wafi City, Bur Dubai Ponderosa Steakhouse ...................................295 3527 Price range - low Next to Dnata car park, Deira Rock Bottom CafĂŠ ..........................................396 3888 Price range - low Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai ARABIC/LEBANESE Ajwa ................................................................282 3464 Price range - low Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud Ahlan Lounge ..................................................351 9111 Price range - medium Arabian Courtyard, Bur Dubai Al Basha .........................................................399 5000 Price range - medium Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina Al Dana............................................................222 2131 Price range - low Riviera Hotel, Deira Al Diwan..........................................................227 0000 Price range - medium Metropolitan Palace Hotel, Deira


Mir Amin .........................................................344 9921 Price range - low Opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Olive House .....................................................343 3110 Price range - low Lebanese - Tower 1, Sheikh Zayed Road XVA ..................................................................353 5383 Price range - low Bastakia Quarter, near Al Musallah roundabout.

ARGENTINIAN/ LATINO Asado (Steakhouse)..............................................428 7971 The Palace, The Old Town Dubai La Parilla (Steakhouse) ......................................348 0000 Price range - high Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim Malecon.. ................................................................346 1111 Cuban fusion - price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah Pachanga ...............................................................399 1111 Price range - medium Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence.

ASIAN Eau Zone................................................................399 9999 Price range - medium The One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Ginseng................. .................................................324 4777 Price range - medium Vietnamese, Wafi City, Garhoud Noshi Noshi ...................... ....................................344 3377 Price range - low Opposite Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Hana ................................ ......................................222 2131 Price range - medium - Asian fusion Riviera Hotel, Deira Hoi An.................. ..................................................343 8888 Price range - medium. Fusion Vietnamese/French Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Lotus One ..............................................................329 3200 Price range - medium Convention Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road White Orchid .......................................................814 5555 Price range - medium Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali

BARS Marbles.........................................................205 7333/7444 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira Up on the Tenth Jazz Bar .........................205 7333/7444 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira KuBu Tattoo Themed Bar.........................205 7333/7444 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira

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Al Fardous.......................................................268 8888 Price range - medium Sheraton Deira Hotel, Deira Al Iwan ............................................................301 7600 Price range - high Burj Al Arab Hotel, Umm Suqueim Al Khaima .......................................................399 5555 Price range - low Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina Al Khayal.........................................................348 0000 Price range - medium Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim Al Mijana.........................................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Deira Al Muna...........................................................366 8888 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Al Nafoorah.....................................................330 0000 Price range - medium Emirates Towers Hotel, Sh. Zayed Road. Al Nafoorah ................................................. 453 0444 Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah Al Tannour.......................................................331 1111 Price range - high Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road Al Qasr .............................................................346 1111 Price range - high Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah Awafi ................................................................262 4444 Price range - medium JW Marriott Hotel, Deira Awtar ...............................................................317 1234 Price range - medium Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bur Dubai Bastakiah Nights.............................................353 7772 Bur Dubai Butterfly ..........................................................222 7111 Carlton Tower Hotel, Deira Ewaan......................................................................428 7951 The Palace, The Old Town Dubai Kanzaman .......................................................393 7151 Price range - low Dubai Heritage Village, Bur Dubai Khater..............................................................334 4334 Price range - low Karama, Bur Dubai Lebanese Village Restaurant .........................352 2522 Price range - low Near the Ramada Hotel, Mankhool Street, Bur Dubai Local House.....................................................353 2288 Price range - low Bastakia Quarter, Bur Dubai


CAKES Boulevard Gourmet Cake Shop ...............205 7333/7444 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira

CHINESE Chinese Pavillion .................................................344 4432 Price range - low Jumeira Beach Centre, Jumeirah Dynasty...................................................................351 9999 Price range - low Ramada Hotel, Bur Dubai Emperor .................................................................346 0111 Price range - low Capitol Hotel, Satwa Golden Dragon Restaurant Trade Centre Road .................................................396 7788 Dubai Internet City..................................................391 1480 Jebel Ali Free Zone ................................................881 5242 Hakkasan ...............................................................384 8484 Price range high Jumeirah Emirates Towers (Ground floor) Lan Kwai-Fong.....................................................335 3680 Price range - low Opposite Movenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai Long Yin ...............................................................282 4040 Price range - low Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Mini Chinese .........................................................345 9976 Price range - low Al Diyafah Street, Satwa Peacock...................................................................399 5533 Price range - medium Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina Shang Palace .........................................................343 8888 Price range - low Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Summer Place .......................................................399 5000 Price range - medium, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina The China Club...........................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira Zheng He's ............................................................366 8888 Price range - high Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim

DINNER CRUISES Al Mansour Dhow.......................................205 7333/7444 Arabic food - price range - medium Opposite Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira Bateaux Dubai.......................................................399 4994 Price range - medium - International food Dubai Creek, near the British Embassy

FRENCH Café Chic ...............................................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Entrecôte Café de Paris ......................................223 1000 Price range - medium Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Deira Le Classique .........................................................380 2222 Price range - medium/high Emirates Golf Club, Interchange 5, Sheikh Zayed Road St. Tropez Bistro ...................................................286 9029 Price range - low Century Village, Garhoud Voi .........................................................................453 0444 Colonial French/Vietnamese price range - high Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah GERMAN Brauhaus................................................................345 5888 Price range - low Jumeirah Rotana Hotel, Satwa Hofbrauhaus .........................................................607 7977 Price range - low JW Marriott Hotel, Deira Der Keller ..............................................................348 0000 Price range - low The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim KOREAN Silla .........................................................................266 2666 Price range - medium, Ramada Continental Hotel, Deira

INDIAN Ashaya (Karama) ................................................336 5339 Price range - low Al Shindagah.........................................................227 0000 Price range - low Metropolitan Palace Hotel, Deira Amala ................................................................... 453 0444 Price range - medium Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah Antique Bazaar.....................................................397 7444 Price range - medium Four Points Sheraton, Bur Dubai Ashiana ..................................................................207 1733 Price range - medium Sheraton Dubai Creek, Deira Asha's .....................................................................324 4100 Price range - low Wafi Pyramids, Bur Dubai Bollywood Café.....................................................355 6633 Price range - medium Regal Plaza Hotel, Bur Dubai The Bombay .........................................................272 0000 Price range - low Marco Polo Hotel, Deira


INTERNATIONAL CUISINE Al Dawaar..............................................................209 1100 Price range - medium Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira Al Nafoorah ..........................................................224 8587 Price range - low Coral Deira, Dubai Al Samar Lounge .................................................366 8888 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Arboretum.............................................................366 8888 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Armoury Lounge..................................................366 8888 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Aspen Cafe ............................................................341 3600 Price range - medieum Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha Atrium ....................................................................346 0111 Price range - medium Capitol Hotel, Bur Dubai Bab Al Yam............................................................301 7777 Price range - high Burj Al Arab Hotel, Umm Suqueim Barasti ....................................................................399 3333 Price range - medium Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Baywatch ...............................................................399 5533 Price range - medium Sheraton Jumeirah Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence Boulvar .........................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira CafĂŠ Insignia .........................................................351 9999 Price range - medium Ramada Hotel, Bur Dubai Cascades.................................................................332 5555 Price range - low The Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Celebrities........................................................399 9999 Price range - high The One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Latitude..................................................................348 0000 Price range - low Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim Evory Lounge........................................................341 3600 Price range - medium Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha Choices ...................................................................282 0000 Price range - medium Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Garhoud

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Casa Goa................................................................393 1999 Price range - low Palm Beach Rotana Inn, Bur Dubai Coconut Grove......................................................398 3800 Price range - low Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa Dhamaal.................................................................393 4777 Price range - low Seashell Inn Hotel, Bur Dubai Dakshin ..................................................................227 8888 Price range - low Lotus Hotel, Deira Dhadkhan...............................................................222 7111 Price range - low Carlton Tower Hotel, Deira Haveli......................................................................351 5100 Price range - low Imperial Suites Hotel, Bur Dubai India House ...........................................................352 6006 Price range - low Opposite Sheba Electronics, Al Hisn Street, Bur Dubai India Palace Restaurant ....................286 9600, 368 5567 Al Garhoud and Ibn Battuta Mall Indego by Vineet...................................................399 8888 Price Range - high Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina Jashan.....................................................................332 0202 Price range - low, White Crown Building, Shk. Zayed Rd Mohanlal's Taste Buds.........................................336 2001 Price range - low Near Choithram's Supermarket, Fish Market, Karama Mumtaz Mahal......................................................351 9111 Price range - high Arabian Court Hotel, Bur Dubai Nalukettu ...............................................................263 2555 Price range - low Grand Hotel, Al Ghusais Nina.........................................................................399 9999 Price range - medium The One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Rasoi ......................................................................224 8587 Price range - low Coral Deira, Dubai Spice CafĂŠ ..............................................................349 9951 Price range - low Town Centre Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Sukh Sagar ...........................................................396 7222 Trade Centre Road, Karama Ushna......................................................................368 6506 Price range - medium, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim


Fountain.................................................................336 6000 Price range - medium, Movenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai Flavours on Two ...................................................343 8000 Price range - medium Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Glasshouse..............................................................227 1111 Price range - medium Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel, Deira Jeema......................................................................809 9333 Price range - medium Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta Khaymat Al Bahar ...............................................366 8888 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim La Baie ...................................................................399 4000 Price range - medium Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina La Cite....................................................................294 1222 Price range - low City Centre Hotel, Deira La Marguerite .......................................................222 7111 Price range - medium Carlton Tower Dubai, Deira Le Gourmand........................................................332 4444 Price range - medium Ibis Hotel, nr. Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road Le Rendevouz........................................................223 2222 Price range - low Taj Palace Hotel, Deira Oceana..............................................................399 1111 Price range - medium Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence Pisces.......................................................................366 8888 Price range - high Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Rhodes Mezzanine................................................399 8888 Price range -high Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina Salmontini .............................................................341 0222 Price range - medium Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha Senses .....................................................................301 9888 Price range - low Gold Swiss-Belhotel, Bur Dubai Sea Breeze..............................................................399 5555 Price range - medium Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina Shoo Fee Ma Fee ..................................................366 8888 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah Teatro......................................................................343 8000 Price range - medium Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road

The Explorer .........................................................272 0000 Price range - low Marco Polo Hotel, Deira The Ivy ...................................................................319 8767 Price range - high Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road The Kitchen...........................................................209 1234 Price range - medium Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira The Rotisserie........................................................399 9999 Price range - medium The One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Vintage ...................................................................324 0000 Price range - medium Wafi Pyramids, Bur Dubai Vu's .........................................................................330 0000 Price range - high Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Warehouse .............................................................702 2455 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Waves......................................................................399 3333 Price range - medium Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh World Trade Club ................................................309 7979 Price range - high Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road IRANIAN/PERSIAN Al Zumorrod .........................................................222 7111 Price range - medium Carlton Tower Hotel, Deira Pars Iranian Kitchen ...........................................398 4000 Price range - medium Near World Trade Centre in the Wilson building Shabestan...............................................................222 7171 Price range - medium The InterContinental Hotel, Deira Shahrzad................................................................209 1200 Price range - medium Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira

ITALIAN Al Fresco.................................................................331 1111 Price range - medium Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road Andiamo.................................................................317 1234 Price range - medium Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bur Dubai BiCE........................................................................399 1111 Price range - medium Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Residence BiCE Mare ........................................................... 423 9082 Price range - high Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai


Ossigeno ...............................................................399 5555 Price range - medium Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina Pax Romana .......................................................343 3333 Price range - medium Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road Pompeii Italian Restaurant and Cafe .............453 9390 Price range - low Jumeirah Lake Towers (Cluster T) Segreto .................................................................366 6730 Price range - high Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Toscana ................................................................366 8888 Price range - low Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Verdi ....................................................................223 2222 Price range - low Taj Palace Hotel Dubai, Deira Vivaldi .................................................................207 1717 Price range - medium Sheraton Dubai Creek, Deira

JAPANESE Benihana .............................................................282 0000 Price range - medium Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Garhoud Creekside Japanese Restaurant .......................207 1750 Price range - medium Sheraton Dubai Creek, Deira ET Sushi .............................................................330 0000 Price range - medium Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Kiku ......................................................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Kisaku ..................................................................223 1000 ENJOY. Chef Chitoshi Takahashi Al Khaleej Palace Hotel, Deira Minato ........................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira Miyako ................................................................209 6717 Price range - high Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira Nobu ...................................................................426 2626 Price range - high Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah Sakura ................................................................ 223 2222 Price range - medium Taj Palace Hotel, Deira Sakura ..................................................................331 1111 Price range - medium Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road

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Bussola ...................................................................399 3333 Price range - medium The Westin Hotel, Al Sufouh Capanna Nuova.....................................................346 1111 Price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah Carnevele ...............................................................348 0000 Price range - medium The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim Casa Mia................................................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Ciro's Pomodoro...................................................399 3333 Price range - medium Le Meridien Mina Seyahi,Al Sufouh Come Prima ..........................................................282 0000 Price range - low Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Garhoud Cubo Pasta ...........................................................332 4444 Price range - low, Ibis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Cucina ....................................................................262 4444 Price range - low JW Marriott Hotel, Deira Da Vinci's ...............................................................703 9123 Price range - low Millenium Airport Hotel, Garhoud Focaccia ..................................................................209 1234 Mediterranean/International Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bur Dubai Il Rustico ................................................................398 2222 Price range - low Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa La Moda .......................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - high Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira La Moda @ Media City .......................................366 9111 Price range - medium La Traviata ............................................................814 5555 Price range - medium Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali La Veranda ............................................................336 6000 Price range - medium Movenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai Luciano's ................................................................399 5000 Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina Medzo .....................................................................324 0000 Price range - medium Wafi City, Bur Dubai Mosaico ..................................................................330 0000 Price range - high Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road


Sho Cho's ................................................................346 1111 Price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah Sumibiya .......................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira Sumo Sushi and Bento.........................................343 5566 Price range - low Interchange 1, Sheikh Zayed Road Sushi .......................................................................317 2222 Price range - low Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bur Dubai Sushi Times............................................................391 0198 Price range - low Building 10, Dubai Media City, opposite the One&Only Royal Mirage Teppanyaki House................................................351 9999 Price range - medium Ramada Hotel, Bur Dubai Tokyo@the Towers...............................................330 0000 Price range - medium Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Yakitori House................................... ...................352 0900 Price range - medium Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai Yo! Sushi ................................................................359 4579 BurJuman Shopping Mall, Bur Dubai Zuma ......................................................................425 5660 Price range - high Dubai International Finance Centre, Gate Village No. 6. MEDITERRANEAN az-u-r .....................................................................319 4000 The Harbour Hotel and Residence, Dubai Marina Opposite Dubai International Marine Club, Al Sufouh Finz ........................................................................368 5620 Price range - low China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road. Gozo Garden.........................................................282 3464 Price range - low Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud Olives .....................................................................399 9999 Price range - medium The One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Sails.........................................................................262 5555 Price range - medium Crowne Plaza Dubai, Deira (formerly The Renaissance) Sketch .....................................................................227 0000 Price range - medium Metropolitan Palace Hotel, Deira MEXICAN/TEX-MEX El Paso ...................................................................349 3455 Price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah

Cactus Cantina .....................................................398 2274 Price range - low Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa Cactus Jacks..........................................................282 3464 Price range - low Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud Maria Bonita's Taco Shop...................................395 4454 Price range - low Umm Al Sheif Street, near Spinney's Centre, Umm Suqueim MONGOLIAN BARBECUE Rooftop Terrace ....................................................336 6000 Price range - low Movenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai

MOROCCAN Marrakesh .............................................................343 8888 Price range - medium Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Samari ....................................................................345 4511 Price range - medium Al Mina Road, near Capitol Hotel, Bur Dubai Tagine .....................................................................399 9999 Price range - medium The One&Only Royal Mirage Hotel, Al Sufouh

NOODLE BARS Noodle House Price range - medium Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road .......330 0000 Madinat Souk, Madinat Jumeirah .........................366 8888 Wagamama ............................................................331 1111 Price range - medium Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Yum! .............................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira PERSIAN Al Borz ...................................................................331 8777 Price range - low Inside Al Durreh Tower, Bur Dubai Shabestan .....................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira

PIZZERIA Bacchus ..................................................................311 8000 Price range - low The Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road

POLYNESIAN Trader Vics ............................................................331 1111 Price range - medium Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road


PUB GRUB Aussie Legends Bar and Grill ...........................398 2222 Price range - low Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa Biggles ...................................................................282 3464 Price range - low Millenium Airport Hotel, Garhoud Boston Bar ............................................................345 5888 Price range - low Jumeirah Rotana Hotel, Satwa Champions Sports Bar .......................................262 4444 Price range - low JW Marriott Hotel, Deira Chelsea Arms .......................................................207 1721 Price range - low Sheraton Dubai Creek, Deira Dubliners ..............................................................282 4040 Price range - low Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Fibber Magees .....................................................332 2400 Price range - low Saeed Tower No. 1, Sheikh Zayed Road Fox & Hounds.......................................................272 0000 Price range - low Marco Polo Hotel, Deira Harvester's .............................................................331 1111 Price range - low Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Irish Village ...........................................................282 4750 Price range - low Aviation Club, next to Tennis Stadium, Garhoud Jimmy Dix .............................................................336 6000 Movenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai Jules Bar ................................................................282 4040 Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Long's Bar .............................................................343 8000 Price range - low Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road QD's ........................................................................295 6000 Price range - low Next to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira Sherlock Holmes ...................................................351 9111 Price range - medium Arabian Courtyard Hotel, Bur Dubai The Pub ........................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira The Underground ................................................399 5000 Price range - low Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina

The Viceroy ......................................................397 7444 Price range - low Four Points Sheraton, Bur Dubai Waxy O'Connor's ...........................................352 0900 Price range - low The Ascot Hotel, Bank Street, Bur Dubai

RUSSIAN Arbat Russian Club ........................................222 7111 Price range - medium Carlton Tower Hotel, Deira Russian Home .................................................334 6050 Price range - low Near Lamcy Plaza, Bur Dubai Troika ...............................................................352 0900 Price range - medium The Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai

SEAFOOD Al Bandar ....................................................... 393 9001 Price range - low, Heritage Village, Deira Amwaj ............................................................ .343 8888 Price range - medium Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Beach Bar and Grill ..................................... 399 9999 Price range - medium The One&Only Royal Mirage,Al Sufouh Far East Seafood Market ..............................396 3888 Price range - medium Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai Fish Bazaar ......................................................399 5000 Price range - medium Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina Fish Market ........................................... 205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira Mi Vida..............................................................399 5555 Price range - medium Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina Peppercrab .......................................................317 1234 Price range - medium Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bur Dubai Pierchic...............................................................366 8888 Price range - high Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Sammach...........................................................349 4140 Price range - low Beach Centre Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road Sea World..........................................................321 1500 Price range - medium Sheikh Zayed Road Seafood Market................................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud............................................

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Trader Vics ............................................................366 5646 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim


The Dhow ..............................................................399 3333 Price range - high Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh The Wharf .............................................................366 8888 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim SPANISH Al Hambra.............................................................366 8888 Price range - high Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim Seville's...................................................................324 7300 Price range - low Wafi Pyramids. Bur Dubai The Agency - Tapas Price range - medium Jumeirah Emirates Towers ....................................319 8780 Madinat Jumeirah...................................................366 8888

STEAKHOUSES AND GRILLS American Dream ..................................................393 4777 Price range - low Seashell Inn Hotel, Bur Dubai Entrecôte Cafe de Paris ...................................223 1000. Toujours Imitée, Jamais Egalée Khaleej Palace Hotel, Deira Grill Room.............................................................399 5533 Price range - medium Sheraton Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence Hunters Grill ........................................................399 4141 Price range - high The Westin Hotel, Al Sufouh JW's Steakhouse...................................................262 4444 Price range - high JW Marriott Hotel, Deira Legends Steakhouse.............................................295 6000 Price range - medium Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira M's ..........................................................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud MJ’s Steakhouse...................................................366 8888 Price range - high Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah Palm Grill.....................................................205 7333/7444 Price range - medium Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Creek, Deira Rhodes Twenty10 .................................................399 5555 Price range - high Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina Rodeo Grill ............................................................282 0000 Price range - medium Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Garhoud

Ruth’s Chris Steak House ................................. 501 8666 Price range - medium The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Shooters .................................................................883 6555 Price range - medium Jebel Ali International Shooting Club Terra Firma Steakhouse .................................... 701 1127 Price range - medium InterContinental, Dubai Festival City The Exchange Grill..............................................332 5555 Price range - high The Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road The Meat Company .............................................368 6040 Price range - medium Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqueim The Rib Room.......................................................330 0000 Price range - high Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Western Steakhouse..............................................331 1111 Price range - high Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road

THAI Beachcombers .......................................................348 0000 Price range - medium. Thai/Polynesian/International Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqueim Benjarong ..............................................................343 3333 Price range - medium Dusit Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road Blue Elephant........................................................282 0000 Price range - medium Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Garhoud Fusion ..............................................................399 5555 Price range - medium, Thai/Malaysian/Indonesian Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina Indochine .........................................................317 2222 Price range - medium Grand Hyatt Hotel, Bur Dubai Silk Route .................................................. ....351 9111 Price range - medium Arabian Courtyard Hotel, Bur Dubai Sukhothai ........................................................282 4040 Price range - medium Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud Thai Bistro .......................................................346 1111 Price range - medium Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Thai Connection............................... ..............352 0900 Price range - medium Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai Thiptara ...........................................................428 7961 Price range - medium The Palace, The Old Town Dubai


DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; Flight Enquiries Service ...........................216 6666 Ticket Sales................................................216 6700 Lost and Found Baggage..........................216 2542

AIRLINES Aeroflot ......................................................222 2245 Air India.....................................................227 6787 Alitalia........................................................224 2256 American Airlines .....................................393 5792 British Airways..........................................307 5555 Cathay Pacific ...........................................295 0400 Czech Airlines ...........................................295 9502 Emirates.....................................................214 4444 Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi ..............(02) 505 8000 Gulf Air ......................................................271 3222 Indian Airlines...........................................221 6789 Japan Airlines............................................228 1777 KLM...........................................................319 3777 Korean Airlines .........................................337 7119 Kuwait Airways.........................................228 1106 Lufthansa...................................................343 2121 Malaysia Airlines ......................................397 0250 Saudi Arabian Airlines .............................295 7747 Singapore Airlines.....................................223 2300 South African Airways .............................397 0766 Swiss International Airlines .....................294 5051 Thai Airways .............................................268 1702 United Airlines ..........................................316 6942

BEAUTY

BEAUTY SALONS Aroushi Beauty Salon ...............................336 2794 Dalouk Beauty Salon (Shj Ladies Club) 06 565 5511 Essential Image Salon, Mazaya Centre ....343 3321 Franck Provost Marina Walk, Dubai Marina .......................362 9865 Dubai World Convention Centre ................331 0801 Gold Salon........................321 1423 / 050 625 0288 Lamcy Hair & Beauty Salon....................335 1101 Marie France Beauty Salon .....................344 8739 Reflection Beauty Care ..........394 4595 / 394 9906 SOS Beauty Salon .....................................349 1144 The Hair Corridor, Jumeirah ..................394 5622 The Nail Spa Dubai Mall ................................................. 339 9078 The Aviation Club ...................................... 282 1617 Ibn Battuta Mall ......................................... 368 5070 Mercato ...................................................... 349 7766

COSMETIC SURGERY Al Rustom's skin and laser clinic ............349 8800 Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery .....................395 3033 Al Zahra Private Hospital, Sharjah...06 561 9999 Belhoul European Hospital......................345 4000 CosmeSurge Dubai ...................................344 5915 Dr. Dany Kayle..........................................344 0300 Dr. Farhat Bokhari ...................................331 7544 Dr. Imran Tahir.........................................344 2020 Medical International Centre Dr. Jaffer Khan............................................349 9100 SPAS Al Assalla Spa Jumeirah Beach Road Dubai Ladies Club ......................................349 9922 Angsana Spa Dubai Marina ..............................................368 4356 Assawan Spa Burj Al Arab................................................301 7338 Cleopatra's Spa Wafi Pyramids.............................................324 0000 Natural Elements Spa & Fitness Le Meridien Dubai......................................702 2430 One&Only Spa ........................................ 399 9999 One&Only Royal Mirage Hotel, Al Sufouh Ritz Carlton Spa .......................................399 4000 SensAsia Spa The Village Mall .........................................349 8850 Six Senses Spa Madinat Jumeirah .......................................366 6808 Sole Senses Spa Le Meridien Mina Seyahi .................... .....399 3333 Taj Palace Hotel Spa.................................223 2222 The Haven Depilex Jumeirah......................................................345 6770 Timeless Spa .............................................319 4000 JW Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina Opposite Dubai International Marine Club The Spa Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa .......................814 5810 Willow Stream Spa The Fairmont Dubai....................................311 8800

CAR & LIMO RENTAL

CAR RENTAL Autoplus Car Rental ............................... 339 5900 Autolease....................................................282 6565 Avis .............................................................295 7121 Budget ........................................................295 6667 Connection Chauffeur ............................ 332 8779 www.RentACarUAE.com Diamond Lease .........................................343 4330 Dream Cars Rental ...................................398 7345

TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

AIRPORT & AIRLINES


Eurodrive..........................800 044 0092 (Toll Free) Eurostar .....................................................266 1117 Hertz...........................................................282 4422 Patriot car rental www.patriotuae.com 224 4244 Sphinx rent-a-car (24H) ...296 5556, 050 737 7449 Thrifty ........................................................224 5404 United Car Rentals ...................................285 7777

LIMOUSINE HIRE Autoplus Limo ......................................... 339 5400 Connection Chauffeur .............................332 8779 www.LimoUAE.com Dubai Exotic Limo ...................................286 8635 Premier Limousines ..................................282 3333 Prime Limousines.................................... 332 4141 Royal leasing and rent-a-car. ...................297 5111 Sphinx rent-a-car (24H)...296 5556, 050 737 7449

EMBASSIES EMBASSIES, CONSULATES, HIGH COMMISSIONS AND LEGATIONS American Consulate..................................311 6000 Australian Consulate ................................321 2444 British Embassy ........................................397 1070 Canadian Consulate..................................314 5555 Chinese Embassy ......................................344 8032 Danish Consulate ......................................222 7699 French Consulate ......................................332 9040 German Consulate ....................................397 2333 Indian Consulate.......................................397 1222 Italian Consulate .......................................331 4167 Japanese Consulate...................................331 9191 Netherlands Consulate .............................352 8700 New Zealand Consulate............................331 7500 Norwegian Consulate................................353 3833 Pakistan Consulate ...................................397 0412 Swedish Consulate ....................................345 7716 Thailand Consulate ................................. 349 2863

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Sandra Metaxas .......................................050 652 3248 Portrait weddings and events photographer

HEALTH & MEDICAL

CLINICS & DOCTORS

Aesthetic Care Centre ..............................266 8878 Al Amal Clinics .........................................332 9833 Al Bayan Medical Centre.........................271 9008 Al Borj Medical Centre ............................321 2220 Al Diyafa Modern Medical Centre .........345 4945 Al Rigga Medical Centre..........................297 7447 Apollo Medical Centre .............................337 9040 Dubai London Clinic ................................344 6663 Dubai Medical Group...............................262 8887 Emirates Diagnostic Clinic ......................331 5155 Euro Gulf Medical Centre .......................331 3544 European Medical Centre ........................344 8840 General Medical Centre ...........................349 5959 Gulf American Clinic................................344 2050 Gulf Medical Centre .................................3622 929 Health Care Medical Centre....................344 5550 Jebel Ali Clinic ..........................................884 6489 Jumeirah Family Clinic............................344 8844 Magrabi Eye and Ear Centre ..................262 0001 Manchester Clinic .....................................344 0300 Mayo Clinic ...............................................362 2900

Medilink Clinic..........................................344 7711 New Emirates Medical Centre.................228 3555 Plastic Surgery Clinic ...............................209 6495 Prime Medical Centre (Deira) .................272 0720 Singhania Children's Clinic .....................334 9779 COSMETIC DENTISTRY

The Dental SPA, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Amer, DDS-Canada ..............................395 2005 24 hour emergency ..............................050 563 0611 DENTAL CLINICS

Abrahim Arab Dental Surgery Al Rigga Street, Deira ................................227 8827 Al Zahra Medical Centre Sheikh Zayed Road.....................................331 5000 Amal Specialised Dental Clinic

Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road ............331 6363 American Dental Clinic

Jumeirah Beach Road .................................344 0668


PHARMACIES

Dental Art Clinic

Al Nakheel Road, Deira..............................227 3411

Al Wasl Road, Satwa ..................................342 1318 Jumeirah Beach Road, near HSBC.............395 2524 German Dental Clinic

Sheikh Zayed Road.....................................332 4499 Kumar Medical Centre Nasser Square, Deira ..................................227 2576 Dr. Michael's Dental Clinic

Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah ............................349 5900 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqueim ..................394 9433 Emergency service available.

Drs. Nicolas & Asp Dental Centre

Jumeirah Beach Road .................................394 7777 Swedish Dental Clinic

Al Maktoum Street, Deira ..........................223 1297 The Dental SPA, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Amer, DDS-Canada ..............................395 2005 24 hour emergency ..............................050 563 0611 HOSPITALS

American Hospital ....................................336 7777 Al Amal Hospital.......................................344 4010

Al Bahara Hospital ...................................271 0000 Al Maktoum Hospital ...............................222 1211

Al Wasl Hospital........................................324 1111 Al Zahra Hospital .....................................331 5000 Belhoul Hospital........................................273 3333 Belhoul European Hospital......................345 4000 Dubai Hospital ..........................................271 4444 Emirates Hospital .....................................349 6666 German Medical Center ..........................362 2929 International Private Hospital.................221 2484 Iranian Hospital ........................................344 0250 Neuro Spinal Hospital ..............................342 0000 New Medical Centre Hospital..................295 6576 Rashid Hospital.........................................337 4000 Welcare Hospital .......................................282 7788 OPTICAL SPECIALISTS

British Lasik and Cosmetic Surgery Centre ......... ....................................................................344 2020

Gulf Eye Centre ........................................329 1977

International Medical Centre ..................344 1142 International Private Hospital.................221 2484

Abeer Pharmacy

Ahlam Pharmacy

Nr. Diplomat Hotel, Deira ..........................272 0265 Al Afia Pharmacy

Astoria Hotel Road, Deira ..........................352 1443 Al Baraha Pharmacy

Nr. Al Baraha Hospital ...............................272 7252 Al Corniche Pharmacy Beach Centre,

Jumeirah Beach Road .................................344 7220

REAL ESTATE AGENTS

TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

British Dental Clinic

AAA Home Group ....................................368 9999 Arabian Escapes........................................325 6550 Better Homes ........................................... 344 7714 www.bhomes.com Desert Homes.............................................321 0110 Dubai Property Centre.............................3517 466 www.dubaipropertycentre.com Dubai Waterfront Properties.................. 321 3344 www.dwp.ae Group Seven Properties LLC ..................366 3377 www.group7properties.com Gulf Oasis ..................................................397 5500 Immobiliare Azzurra - Assistenza Italiani www.immobiliaredubai.com ................050 755 4821 Indus Real Estate ......................................398 8352 Jamal Al Habtoor Real Estate Est. .........363 9800 email: info@uaepropertycentre.com Landmark Properties ..............................331 6161 www.landmark-dubai.com Leman Real Estate ...................................224 9060 Ocean Front ..............................................332 6877 www.oceanfrontdubai.com Ocean View ................................................343 3256 www.oceanviewdubai.com Oryx Real Estate .......................................331 7183 www.oryxrealestate.com Priority Real Estate .................................343 4433 www.prioritydubai.com Properties in Dubai...................................221 1993 www.propertiesindubai.com


Seven Valleys Real Estate ..................050 658 2432 info@7vre.com, www.7vre.com ..........050 626 9908 The Real Estate Specialists ......................331 2662

RELOCATION SPECIALISTS

ECHO - XPATS ........................................323 7688 www.echo-xpats.com Expat Relocations .....................................368 9826 One Stop Business Centre........................343 1433 The Relocation Specialists........................331 2662 Writer Relocations ................................... 884 9865

SHOPPING

BurJuman Centre Bur Dubai ..................................................352 0222 Deira City Centre Deira ......................................................... 295 1010 Dubai Festival City Dubai Creek, Deira ....................................232 5444 Dubai Mall Downturn Burj Khalifa .................. 800 38224 6255 Dubai Outlet Mall Dubailand ...................................................367 9600 Jumeirah Plaza..........................................349 7111 Jumeirah Beach Road, near Jumeirah Mosque Lamcy Plaza Oud Metha ..................................................335 9999 Latas Handicrafts Al Rais Centre ............................................359 2267 Souk Madinat Jumeirah .............................368 6216 Central Souk (Blue Souk) Sharjah .......06-572 3842 Mazaya Centre Sheikh Zayed Road, near Interchange 1.....343 8333 Mall of the Emirates Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road.............341 4747 Mercato Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah ................344 4161 Palm Strip Jumeirah Beach Road .................................346 1462 Reef Mall Salahuddin Street, Deira .............................224 2240 Souk Madinat Jumeirah Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqueim.......366 8888 Spinney's Centre Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah .............................394 1657

Town Centre Jumeirah Beach Road .................................344 0111 Village Mall Jumeirah Beach Road.................................344 7714

TAILOR SHOPS

Profile Tailoring ........................................332 5665 Fine men’s tailoring Royal Fashion............................................396 8282 Tailoring & Textiles Pyramid Bldg, opposite BurJuman

TOUR OPERATORS

Adventure Leisure Tourism ................... 271 4847 Arabian Adventures..................................303 4888 Arabian Desert Tours ...............................268 2880 Arabian Nights .........................................321 6565 Atlanta Travels and Tours ......................273 8533 Balloon Adventures...................................273 8585 Butterfly Tourism .....................................268 8601 Creekside Leisure......................................336 8406 Danat Dubai Cruises.................................351 1117 Desert Rangers ..........................................357 2233 Dubai Leisure Holidays ...........................346 7878 info@dubaileisureholidays.com East Adventure Tours ...............................355 5677 Excite Tourism .........................................268 7305 Falcon Oasis Tourism LLC .................... 351 9690 Gulf Ventures.............................................209 5608 Hormuz Tourism .......................................228 0668 Net Tours....................................................266 6655 Oasis Palm Tourism..................................262 9993 Orient Tours ..............................................282 8238 Planet Travel Tours...................................282 2199 Royal Sands Tourism................................397 9995 Summertime Marine ................................331 1483 Sunflower Tours ........................................334 5554 SNTTA Travel & Tours ............................282 9000 The Big Bus Company .............................324 4187 Yahoo Tours LLC .....................................297 1213


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24 hours reservations

Valid until 31st January 2013 Email: shahidrfk@hotmail.com

Saude Trading, Ground Floor, Jumeirah Plaza Disclaimer: Subject and conditions Jumeirah Beach Road,to04terms 349 4920 Ramesses Cafe, next to Cleopatra’s Spa Wafi City, 04 324 0000 For more details contact: Dianne Penny - Authorised Distributor 050 659 9189

Please call for more details

15% off any purchase

24 hours reservations

Valid until 31st January 2013 Email: shahidrfk@hotmail.com

Saude Trading, Ground Floor, Jumeirah Plaza Jumeirah Beach Road,to 04terms 349 4920 Disclaimer: Subject and conditions Ramesses Cafe, next to Cleopatra’s Spa Wafi City, 04 324 0000 For more details contact: Dianne Penny - Authorised Distributor 050 659 9189

Please call for more details

Disclaimer: Subject to terms and conditions

Disclaimer: Subject to terms and conditions

dianne@desertdiamondsco.com www.desertdiamondsco.com

dianne@desertdiamondsco.com www.desertdiamondsco.com


Notes


Notes


Notes


Notes


Allow 5mm margin from the RIGHT cutting line

Allow 5mm margin from the TOP cutting line

Type area

(refer to gray shaded area)

Allow 5mm margin from the BOTTOM cutting line

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