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ith the weather starting to cool down, Dubai’s vibrant nightlife and social scene are gearing up for a great winter season.
Gitex Shopper will be running from 5th to 12th, packed with more than 30,000 cutting-edge gadgets; on Friday 11th, The Killers will make their Dubai debut playing the opening Sandance party at the Atlantis and Gulf Bike Week returns between 24th and 26th, showcasing the very latest in motorcycles, competitions, parades, stunts and live bands. If stand-up comedy is more to your liking Al Murray returns with ‘the only way is epic’ tour; comedian of the year Omid Djalili brings his comedy show to the Dubai World Trade Centre, and The Laughter Factory and Punchline Comedy Club continue to deliver side-splitting humour throughout the month. October also brings Eid Al Adha, Breast Cancer Awareness month and not forgetting good old Halloween on the 31st. The beach clubs and water parks are still a great place for days when you just want to kick back and relax, but if you’ve got energy to burn, then check out the sights and attractions, sports and activities, shopping, dining, nightlife and entertainment sections for everything you need to fill your holiday with lasting memories. Don’t forget to log onto www.discover-dubai.ae and whatever you get up to… Enjoy!
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contents October 2013 General Information
Sights & Attractions
Sports & Activities
Health & Fitness
Nightlife & Entertainment 58 Beauty & Pampering
Getting Around Dubai
Find Discover Dubai
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In 1833, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti moved the Bani Yas tribal family into Dubai and subsequently became the founder of the Al Maktoum family who still rule the Emirate to this day.
PRESENT DAY DUBAI The current ruler of Dubai is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed is committed to fulfilling his fatherâ€™s dream of making Dubai one of the leading cities in the world, and today Dubai is internationally recognised as a global hub of tourism, trade and logistics between the East and West.
The official religion of the UAE is Islam and you will find a large number of mosques throughout the city. Unless you are on a guided tour, non-muslims are not permitted entry into mosques.
The estimated population of Dubai is approximately 2.1 million people. Around 80% of those are expatriates, who are attracted by the tax-free working conditions and the relaxed, relatively crime-free lifestyle.
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT during winter months and 3 hours ahead in the summer months (during daylight saving).
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.
Friday and Saturday.
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Dubai has a tropical desert climate, with summer temperatures reaching the mid to high 40’s and remaining in the 30’s overnight. Winter months are milder and more comfortable, with average temperatures in the mid 20’s, dropping to 12ºC-14ºC at night. Between December and March the winter weather can also bring short, irregular rainfall so be prepared!
Credit: Dubai Meteorological Office
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 on price tags and menus etc. There are 100 fils to one Dirham and coins come in 5 fils, 10 fils, 25 fils, 50 fils and 1 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 can be difficult getting change for a Dhs 500 or Dhs 1,000 note.
MONEY EXCHANGE & BANKING
Exchanging cash or travellers cheques is relatively easy, with Exchange Centres located in most of the shopping malls and throughout the city. Banks are also open Saturday to Thursday (closed on Friday).
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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LOCAL CULTURE Despite becoming one of the most modern cities in the world, the local population of Dubai remain conscious of their heritage, legacy and culture. The late President of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, famously said, ‘A country that knows not its past has neither present nor future’ a phrase which adequately describes the Emirates of today. Many people come to Dubai holding misconceptions about the local culture, so in order to put everyone's mind at ease, Discover Dubai asked Mr Nasif Kayed, General Manager of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), to answer some of those frequently asked questions.
Q. Can you please explain the local dress.
A. The national dress for men is the spotlessly clean and crisp white ‘dishdasha’ or ‘kandoura’ and is worn with a headdress known as a ‘ghuttra’ (normally white for Emirati nationals). The ghuttra is secured around the head with a black cord or ‘agal’ which is still used to tether the camel’s feet together to stop them wandering off in the desert. Local Emirati women wear a traditional black weightless cloak called an ‘abaya’ together with a headscarf called a ‘sheyla’ sometimes decorated with traditional embroidery or sequins. Some women will also wear a leather mask called a ‘burgaa’ or use a very light veil ‘niqab’ to cover their face. Tradition, culture and religious modesty all influence the local dress for both men and women, and simplicity is the rule.
Q. Is it okay to hold hands, and even hug and kiss your wife/husband in public?
A. It's definitely ok to hold hands, but in public please conduct yourselves in a respectful manner. It’s expected to see an embrace at the airport, but these types of gestures are not typical in local society, therefore visitors and residents are asked to keep intimate exchanges ‘family friendly’ as public areas are considered rated “G”.
Q. Is it okay to show the bottom of your feet?
A. In the past, walking in the village was not as tidy as it is today, so when you entered a home, one removed their shoes. Even if you wore sandals your feet may have become soiled and unsightly. Today, mostly the elderly would expect you not to show the bottom of your feet as a sign of respect.
Q. Is it okay to take pictures of a local/Emirati?
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Q. What is the “dress code” in Dubai?
A. Most expect business casual as the official dress code, as well as the underlying values of modesty. Generally modesty in this country means no need to show-off. While we do see a bit of that, beachwear is for the beach, evening wear for the nightclubs and family friendly for the malls and public places. Just like company dress code rules, it’s best that a family-friendly attire is worn when out, if your shoulders and knees are covered you’re sure not to offend anyone.
Q. Can I wear the local dress?
A. There is nothing that states you cannot dress like a local, but it’s best to remember that once in that attire you may be mistaken for one! So best to learn the protocol, mind your manners and understand you may be representing (or misrepresenting) someone’s culture. In the past almost everyone wore some type of robe because of its simplicity and modesty, from religious figures to everyday people. Light, airy clothes also keep you cool in the desert, which is why it’s still so popular in this region. The black abaya has evolved over the years and has crossed the cultural line to become a more universal garment worn all over the world and is an iconic part of fashion in the region.
Q. Can we enter a mosque?
A. Only if you are joining a guided tour through SMCCU (in Dubai) and currently Jumeirah Mosque and the Diwan Mosque in the historic district of Dubai are open weekly for tours.
Q. Why are alcohol and pork only served in limited areas in Dubai?
A. This comes from religion regarding do’s and don’ts. So no to alcohol, but here in Dubai it is legal in places like hotels and private residences (if you have a permit), but absolutely no tolerance for it in public or behind the wheel. As to pork, it’s a dietary restriction mentioned in the Quran along with other restrictions pertaining to certain foods. In Dubai, pork can be found in a small number of markets, and is usually kept separate from the main area.
Mr Nasif Kayed
If you would like to know more, why not go along to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding where you can try the local dishes and have an open conversation about life in the Emirates. Call 04-3536666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 13
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Shisha (hubbly-bubbly) As you travel around Dubai you will often see people smoking shisha, and if the sweet, fruity smell has got you intrigued, you will find this short guide enlightening.
What is it?
Shisha is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco through cooled water. The tobacco is heated by charcoal at the top and inhaled through a water chamber at the bottom. Shisha pipes date back over 500 years and their origins are still heavily debated.
What’s in it?
Shisha mu’assel is a syrupy mix of tobacco, binding agent (molasses, honey, treacle, sugar or vegetable glycerol) and fruit flavouring. Typical flavours include apple, mint, mango, strawberry, grape, melon and a variety of fruit based mixes. Contrary to popular belief, shisha is smoked for the flavour and enjoyment, and not for any kind of effect.
What’s it all about?
Smoking shisha is about socialising and has been part of life in the Middle East for centuries. Shisha cafés are full of friendly conversations, with both men and women equally taking part, and in places where alcohol is not allowed, you will find shisha being used to lubricate a social get together. Shisha is also becoming increasingly popular in the West and you can find shisha pipes in homes and restaurants around the world.
What you need to know!
Smoking shisha is a leisurely, sociable activity that lasts about an hour (unlike a cigarette that usually takes a couple of minutes). According to the World Health Organisation, the volume of smoke inhaled in an hour-long session is the
equivalent of smoking around 100 cigarettes. Findings show a smoker will inhale half a litre of smoke per cigarette, while a shisha smoker can take between a sixth and a litre of smoke per inhale. Some of the nicotine is absorbed in the water, but this leads to people smoking more to experience the same effect, therefore inhaling more carbon monoxide, heavy metals, tar and carcinogens. Remember that shisha contains tobacco and is therefore linked to the same life-threatening illnesses as cigarettes.
USEFUL TIPS Although we don’t condone smoking, this is part of the local culture, and shisha may be one of the things you try during your stay. To help you fit in; here are some tips: • Only use specially prepared shisha tobacco • Occasionally blow into the pipe to get rid of the smoke building up in the water chamber • Replace the water if smoking for longer than an hour • Don't inhale too deeply • Shisha is no substitute for cigarettes, don’t switch to shisha if you’re trying to give up • Share your shisha, it will give you a break • If you do try it, limit it to occasional use; it's meant to be sociable!
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ARABIC FAMILY NAMES
On your travels you’re likely to come across traditional Arabic names, so we’ve put together this short explanation to help you understand what they mean. First names traditionally come from Islam, and are chosen for their strong meanings. In the Holy Quran it says, ‘On the day of resurrection, you will be called by your names and by your fathers' names, so give yourselves good names’. This is why most Muslim names are made up of three parts - the given name, fathers name (‘bin’ means son of, ‘bint’ means daughter of ), and their family name. For example, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum is: Mohammed
(given name meaning ‘Praised One’)
(son of Rashid)
Emiratis can also include their fathers, grandfathers, and in some cases great-grandfathers names, so Sheikh Mohammed’s name could also be written like this. Mohammed (First name)
You will also hear men being called by their sons name, so Sheikh Mohammed’s close friends could call him Abu Rashid (Abu means 'father of ' Rashid - his eldest son).
It’s extremely rare to see the mother’s name included, however it can happen. The most obvious case is Isa bin Maryam ( Jesus son of Mary).
Tap water in Dubai is processed through large desalination plants and is perfectly safe to drink. However, it doesn’t taste particularly nice and most residents tend to drink bottled water or use a water cooling machine. If you are on a self-catering holiday there is absolutely no problem using tap water for cooking. Bottled water is sold at supermarkets, shops and petrol stations and is cheap at around Dhs 2 per litre bottle. Please try to remember that you are in a desert environment and with over 2 million people in Dubai and an obvious lack of rainfall, it’s everyone’s responsibility to preserve water. So remember to turn off the taps and try not to use running water for shaving or brushing your teeth! If you travel outside the city, it’s best to be cautious and don’t drink from the tap, and make sure you have a good supply of bottled water to hand, especially if you are going to an isolated area! www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 15
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Useful ARABIC GENERAL information
Hello - marhaba Peace be upon you as-salaamu alaikum Upon you be peace wa-alaikum as-salaam Welcome - ahlan wa sahlan Pleased to meet you - tasharrafna Goodbye - maas-salaama Until we meet again - ilallika’
Yes - naam No - laa Maybe - mumken I hope so (God willing) - In shaa’ Allah Please - min fadlak Thank you - shukran You’re welcome - afwan Excuse me - udhran Lets go - yalla Congratulations! - mabrook! Do you speak English? hal tatakallam al-ingliiziya?
0 - sifr 1 - waahid 2 - ithnaan 3 - thalaatha 4 - arbaa 5 - khamsa 6 - sitta 7 - sabaa 8 - thamaaniya 9 - tisa 10 - ashara 100 - mi’a
My name is... - ismii.. What is your name? maa ismuka? (male) maa ismuki? (female) Where are you from? - min ayna anta? How old are you? - kam umruka?
How much? - bikam? Do you sell...? - hal tabii...? I want to buy... - uriidu an ashtarii... I want to pay... - uriidu an adfa... Price - si’r Receipt - iisaal
The menu please al-kaa’ima, min fadlak Water - maa’ Salt - malh Sugar - sukkar The bill please - al hisaab, min fadlak
Right - yamiin Left - yasaar Straight on - alaa tuul Airport - mataar Bank - bank Beach - shaate’ Hotel - funduk’ Toilet - hammam
Where is...? - ayna...? I am lost - anaa daa’i How can I find a taxi? - kayfa yumke nunee aluthoor ala sayyaarat ujra? I would like to go to... awad an adhhab ila...
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MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE If you’re looking for an affordable way to stay in touch with family and friends back home, subscribe to a prepaid mobile package.
DU VISITOR MOBILE LINE
The du prepaid line is Dhs 49 including a Dhs 20 free recharge card. The line is valid for 90 days from the date of the first call, you then have 275 days to renew your subscription at a cost of Dhs 20. Visit any du shop or authorised dealer, or get your visitor line as soon as you land at one of the airport branches. Required documents: Passport with Visit Visa no. Visit www.du.ae for more information.
ETISALAT AHLAN VISITOR’S MOBILE PACKAGE
“Ahlan” in Arabic means “Hello”, and is available for Dhs 60 with free talk-time worth Dhs 25 upon activation, and is valid for 90 days. To subscribe, visit the nearest Etisalat Business/Service Center or any authorised retailer. You can also subscribe at the Etisalat Kiosks at Dubai Airport, as well as in Dubai Duty Free. Required documents: Passport with Visit Visa no. Visit www.etisalat.ae for more information.
DO'S AND DON'TS: PUBLIC DECENCY LAWS
Public decency laws are not new and in Dubai you would be well advised to take these laws seriously. If someone takes offence to your behaviour, including offensive hand signals or swearing in public, you could be arrested - ignorance is not a defence.
Clothing should cover the knees and shoulders. Indecently exposed parts of the body, wearing offensive T-shirt slogans or men walking around without a shirt are all unacceptable. Nudity is strictly forbidden and is punishable by imprisonment or deportation.
DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Married or not, public displays of affection do not sit well with the local culture. Holding hands for a married couple is tolerated, but kissing and petting are considered offensive to public decency.
As in most countries, it is a criminal offence to be drunk in a public place. Dubai also has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drink driving and if you are caught with the slightest amount of alcohol in your blood you will go to prison. Take a taxi, they are cheap and plentiful!
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The road network throughout the UAE is expanding daily, and hiring a car is a great way to get out and see the Emirates. Most rental companies will deliver to, and collect from, your hotel or apartment, and depending on your budget you could be driving anything from economy models to top of the range sports cars. All the vehicles are left-hand drive and most (if not all) are automatic, and watch out for the speed cameras, or you could be hit with a big fine when you return the car! Petrol is cheap compared to Europe, with prices ranging between Dhs 1.72 and Dhs 1.83 per litre. Unleaded petrol is called â€˜Specialâ€™ and you can expect to pay about Dhs 80 to fill an economy car and up to Dhs 150 for a large car or 4x4. Drivers must be over 21 to drive a small economy car and over 25 to drive a car over 2 litres. Driving License Requirements: 1. Drivers are required to produce their original passports as a form of identification 2. All national licenses must be valid and held for a minimum period of one year 3. Visitors from the following countries are allowed to drive in Dubai with their national valid driving license, however, we recommend that drivers obtain an international license as this may not apply to other Emirates within the UAE: UK, USA, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Turkey, Canada, Japan, Poland, Korea, Finland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Romania.
For the ultimate night out with friends, or to make a real impression, why not hire a chauffeur driven limousine and arrive in style. A limousine ride in Dubai is a great way to see the city and most companies will customise the tour to suit your needs. You can find all types of luxury transportation available and the prices are surprisingly affordable (especially when split between a group of people) and include the driver, insurance, unlimited mileage and soft drinks. When Discover Dubai readers 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 at the back of this magazine. 18 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 18
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What’s happening this month THIS month
From 5th to 12th October, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, whether you’re looking for the latest in HD TVs, the smartest in smartphones, or the trendiest in tablets, the next edition of GITEX Shopper is set to deliver some seriously sizzling deals. As the biggest and best consumer electronics extravaganza in the Middle East, the show will be packed with more than 30,000 cutting-edge gadgets at unmatched prices. Add to this the coolest in prizes and promotions ever offered at the show before and GITEX Shopper becomes an unbeatable option on all fronts. Open from 11am to 11pm. Tickets are Dhs 30 (available at the venue). Visit www.gitexshopperdubai.com.
Sandance On Friday 11th October, The Killers will make their Dubai debut playing hits that have earned them the reputation of America’s greatest rock band, such as Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me. They will be joined by Icelandic folk band, Of Monsters and Men, who recently stormed the charts with the catchy single Little Talks, and Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, together with other star DJs. Location: Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm. Tickets Dhs 295 booked (Dhs 350 on the door), VIP Dhs 550. Available from Virgin Megastore and selected EPPCO & ENOC stations. Call 055-2004321.
Gulf Bike Week This much-loved annual festival of motorcycling returns to the region between 24th and 26th October, at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. The event showcases the very latest in motorcycles, cruisers, off road and all/urban-terrain vehicles, apparel, accessories and motorcycle-related products, as well as major international lifestyle brands from across the world. The Middle East’s only dedicated bike festival also features a range of entertainment activities such as the bike building competition, thunder parade, live stunts, all-day live bands and DJ’s and quality food and beverage. Admission - Adults Dhs 60, Children Dhs 20. Call 04-4356101 or visit www.gulfbikeweek.com.
Hard Rock Joins Forces for Pinktober Pinktober®, Hard Rock's campaign for breast cancer awareness, heads into its 14th year stronger than ever. Hard Rock Cafe Dubai has planned a month of fund-raising activities to raise awareness and money for local and international charities. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Pinktober® apparel and accessories goes directly to breast cancer research. Have a lot of fun for a great cause, with My Dance Box and Zumba Fitness®, Salsa Y Caribe and Yoga and Rock Bellydance with Motion Ladies Fitness Centre. Tickets Dhs 95 per event. Call 04-2328900 or visit www.hardrock.com/dubai. 20 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 20
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Al Murray, The only way is epic tour For one night only, everyone’s favourite publican is back in Dubai. On 4th October, at The Dubai World Trade Centre - Al Murray will bring a show of epic proportions, teaching his punters from all corners of the UAE life’s motto: It’s much more complicated than that…See Britain’s most irrepressible innkeeper serving up his premier brew of aleinspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery, THE GUV’s show will reboot you as parents, sort you out as kids and set you free as citizens. Ambitious? Yes. Epic? Certainly. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so get yours now at www.doneevents.com.
Omid Djalili Comedy Show On 11th October, multi-award winning stand-up, television and international film star Omid Djalili is set to perform LIVE at Dubai World Trade Centre. He's conquered Hollywood with roles in 'Sex and the City' and 'The Mummy', and is the star of his own BBC series 'The OmidDjalili Show'. But now the comedian of the year is back doing what he does best; whipping audiences into hysterics with silly dances, witty anecdotes and sharp gags. It’s a show you don’t want to miss! Tickets are available at www.Platinumlist.net and Virgin Mega Stores. CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AND MUST HAVE A VALID TICKET.
Save the Date for the Funniest Night! This October, Punchline Comedy Club brings you the very best in terms of quality, international experience and total hilarity with Junior Simpson, Jeremy O’Donnell and Simon B Cotter. So save the dates - Emirates Golf Club Friday 18th October, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Friday 25th October and Sharjah Rugby Club Saturday 26th October. Tickets are priced at Dhs 200 inclusive of pub grub served from 7.30pm at Emirates Golf Course; Dhs 150 at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Sharjah Rugby Club exclusive of food. Tickets are available from www.urbanevents.ae.
Have a hoot This month The Laughter Factory brings Rainer Hersch, Louis Ramey and Ortiz Cannellonis. See them on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th at Movenpick Hotel JBR; Wednesday 9th at Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai and Thursday 10th at Grand Millennium (TECOM). Tickets are priced at Dhs 140 and are available at the venues and www.whatsonboxoffice.com and www.platinumlist.ae. Visit www.thelaughterfactory.com. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 21
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SIGHTS & attractions
Dubai’s rich history and modern architecture provide superb sightseeing opportunities, and with an ever growing list of things to see and do, you’ll need our Sights & Attractions guide to keep you on the right track.
CULTURE & HERITAGE 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, Sheikh Saeed’s house is one of the most popular and best known sights in Dubai. 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 rise to prominence. Open daily from 7.30am to 9pm and 3.30pm to 8pm on Friday. Call 04-3937139.
Heritage and Diving Village
The Heritage Village incorporates a small museum displaying ancient artifacts dating as far back as 550BC and remains dating from the 6th century. The Village also displays and sells traditional crafts, pottery, woven goods and Bedouin jewellery, and there is a small souq (market) where visitors can try traditional Arabic coffee and bread. Pearl diving started around seven thousand years ago and the Diving Village displays historical features on what was once the major industry of Dubai and the oldest profession in the region. Entrance is free. Call 04-3937151.
Bayt Al Wakeel Maritime Museum and Burj Nahar Situated near the abra (water taxi) station at Dubai Creek, the restored Bayt Al Wakeel museum was Dubai’s first office building. Built in 1934, the building has been completely restored and is now a popular museum and restaurant depicting Dubai’s oncetraditional fishing and maritime history and culture. Call 04-3530530. On the opposite side of Dubai Creek you will 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. 22 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 22
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Situated on Jumeirah Beach Road, the enchanting Jumeirah Mosque with its huge central dome is the best known mosque in Dubai. There is an organised tour at 10am, Saturday to Thursday and you can book by calling the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding on 04-3536666. 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.
Located near the Ruler’s Court, the Grand Mosque opened in 1900 AD as a Quranic school and was built in a traditional Islamic style. In 1998 the mosque went through a full refurbishment programme consisting of large and small domes, stained glass panels, sand-coloured walls, wooden shutters and the tallest minaret in Dubai. Nonmuslims are not allowed inside the mosque, but this is a good photo opportunity.
Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum
The main attraction in the district of Bur Dubai is Al Fahidi Fort which incorporates Dubai Museum. Built in the late 18th Century, the Fort has been a seat of government, the ruler’s main residence, a military barracks, a 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. Call 04-3531862.
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Diwan Mosque Constructed sometime after 1985 during the renovation of the Ruler's Court, the Diwan Mosque has a private entrance from the Ruler's Court and a public entrance in the village, all leading to the same main hall which can hold about 500 worshippers. It is simply decorated with Islamic calligraphy and Fatimid period colors and designs. It has a single minaret and can be viewed by the public as part of the SMCCU Heritage Tour of the Al Fahidi historic district. Call 04-3536666 for more information. Please remember the Diwan Mosque is a place of worship and you will be expected to cover shoulders, arms and legs whilst inside the building. Discover Dubai OCTOBER | 23 9/26/13 2:06 PM
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Dubai Creek and Abra Rides
The best way to see the impressive buildings that have sprung up along Dubai Creek is from the waterway, and bustling abra stations will provide you with a quick and efficient way to cross the Creek. Abras are small barges which used to be rowing boats but are now powered by diesel engines, and can seat about 20 people. Incidentally, the work force commute across the Creek on a regular basis and there are over 17,500 crossings per day, so if you’re wearing expensive or light coloured clothing I advise you to remain standing for the trip, as the bench 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 get a good deal.
GOLD SOUK With imports of over 500 tonnes per year and an annual business worth in excess of Dhs 25 billion, it’s no wonder Dubai is known as the City of Gold. There are over 800 jewellery shops in Dubai, and with no taxes, low import duties and high turnovers allowing for lower margins, Dubai is one of the cheapest city in the world to buy gold jewellery. The Gold Souk is in Deira (the old part of town) and even if you’re not looking to buy, it’s worth a visit to see the glittering array of merchandise on offer (especially in the evening). If you are looking for something, don’t feel pressured into buying from the first shop, as there’s plenty of choice - and be prepared to barter.
Located close to the Gold Souk, all you have to do is follow your nose and take in the breathtaking selection of spices such as ginger, chillies, cardamom and frankincense, all displayed in huge jute sacks ready to burst at the seams. Wandering around the stalls is a pleasant way to pass an evening and the fragrances can really help to work up an appetite. This is a working souq which sells goods to locals and sailors from the dhows, and is a good place to buy incense burners, saffron, rose water, henna kits and shisha pipes. 24 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 24
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THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN AND LAKE RIDE
The Dubai Fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, and is 275 metres long with five circles and two central arcs. Over 6,600 lights and 50 colour projectors create a breathtaking show syncronised with classical, Arabic and world music. Shows run every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 11.30pm Thursday to Saturday. The Dubai Fountain is located next to The Dubai Mall and entrance is free (get there early to avoid the crowds). And now you have the opportunity to navigate the 30-acre Burj Lake (home to The Dubai Fountain) on an abra. Each abra can accommodate 6 people and will navigate a defined path that doesn’t interfere with the fountain’s grid. Boats operate every 30 minutes between 5.45pm and 11.15pm, Saturday to Thursday (rides are held between performances to ensure your safety). Price is Dhs 65 and the ticket counter and abra bay are located at the waterfront promenade of The Dubai Mall.
DESERT SAFARIS Safaris come highly recommended and are a real ‘must do’ for anyone coming to Dubai. There are a number companies offering great safari options, from some serious ‘dune bashing’ (think rollercoaster with bumps thrown in for good measure!), to one of Dubai’s newest activities - an authentic wildlife safari. Platinum Heritage (see back cover) even use museum quality 1950’s open top Land Rovers, ensuring you feel like you have stepped back in time whilst enjoying a gentle drive inside a traditional wildlife reserve. Safaris can incorporate a multitude of activities, from breathtaking photos of the sand dunes and local wildlife, to camel rides, sand boarding, bedouin camps, dune buggies, dressing up in a dishdasha or abaya and magnificent displays from a local falconer. In the evenings you could be smoking shisha and indulging in traditional food from the local bbq, and after the meal a belly dancer may well provide entertainment whilst you enjoy a drink or Arabic coffee (bedouin camps are licensed to sell alcohol). Desert safaris may not be suitable for very young children who may get scared, or the elderly or infirm, as passengers tend to get thrown about quite a lot. For an even better deal, check out the discount vouchers supplied by our advertisers at the back of this magazine. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 25
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ICONIC BUILDINGS Burj Khalifa The world’s tallest tower
Burj Khalifa was unveiled in February 2010 in a crescendo of fireworks, lasers and fountain displays. The official height of the tower is 828 metres which is 320 metres taller than Taipei 101, which held the record since 2004. Other records include the highest occupied floor at over 550 metres; the highest outdoor observation deck - ‘At the Top’ on Level 124; and the tallest service elevator, which travels to a height of 504 metres. Tickets to the observation deck are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, but if you can’t wait, immediate entry is available for a price. To book tickets go to www.burjkhalifa.ae/ observation-deck/ticket-information.
BURJ AL ARAB TOWER OF THE ARABS
In its short time on the Dubai coastline the Burj Al Arab has attracted immense media attention, making it one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's only seven-star hotel", the Burj Al Arab was designed to resemble the billowing sail of a ship, and standing at a height of 321 metres it makes an impressive addition to the Dubai skyline. To make it even more inspiring the building is illuminated at night by a choreographed light show representing water and fire. This symbolic hotel offers the finest amenities and you can be assured of the ultimate in personal service throughout your stay.
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360Ëš of enjoyment... Witness and enjoy 360 degrees of unparalleled views of Dubai and beyond from the highest public observation terrace in the world, At the Top, Burj Khalifa. Explore the unique, interactive Burj Khalifa multi-media exhibits. Explore the history of Dubai aboard the 65-metre-long travelator. To experience all-round enjoyment, visit At the Top, Burj Khalifa.
For more information please call us on 800 At the Top, or visit www.atthetop.ae to purchase your tickets today.
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DUBAI BY AIR Seaplane Adventures
Get onboard a Seawings Adventure and experience the thrill of flying in a seaplane. Enjoy takeoff and landing on water and flying several hundred feet above the ground in a cozy, comfortable and luxurious seaplane. This 25 minute trip will provide you with lasting memories of your time in the UAE! Book the Dubai to Abu Dhabi Seaplane Adventure for only Dhs 795 and enjoy complimentary entry to Ferrari World along with return road transfer. Customised packages including scenic flights and other entertaining experiences are also available. Please contact email@example.com or call 04-8070708 for more information.
Fly high with an amazing experience and create unforgettable memories with Alpha Tours! Alpha Tours is the most prominent helicopter tour operator in Dubai and they have been providing a birdâ€™s eye view of the city's everexpanding skyline for over 5 years. Helicopters move graciously through the air and have large windows which give you a completely unobstructed view of the sites below, allowing for those all-important souvenir photographs! Each Helicopter is also fitted with headphones which allow you to talk to one another and listen to the pilotâ€™s commentary. Alpha Tours operate from 9am to 6.30pm, 7 days a week and offer four levels of excursions from their helipad located next to the Atlantis hotel. All flight bookings are subject to aircraft availability and a first come, first serve basis. To find out more call Alpha Tours on 056-7112243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 28 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 28
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At the recently refurbished Dubai Dolphinarium in Creek Park, visitors can get up close and personal with bottlenose dolphins and playful northern fur seals during the actionpacked shows. These interactive extravaganzas showcase the astounding skills of these amazing animals. Watch in wonder as the dolphins and seals dance, sing, juggle, play ball, jump through hoops and even paint. Swimming with dolphins sessions are also available and starting in October the musical and illusion adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’ will take you on a magical adventure through this classic fairy tale! The Dolphin and Seal Show starts at 11am and 6pm Monday to Thursday, 11am, 3pm and 6pm Friday and Saturday, Swimming with Dolphins is every hour between 1pm and 4pm Monday to Thursday (advance booking essential). Dubai Dolphinarium is also home to the UAE’s only mirror maze, a dizzying labyrinth with a visual size of over 10,000 square feet. Accept the challenge and find your way through a baffling and disconcerting maze of mirrors, finding yourself disoriented in a bewildering network of endless corridors achieved by a complex arrangement of reflecting glass. Once within the mirrors you won't be able to work out which way to go and will have to use your senses of touch and adventure to find your way. Open 9am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday. For details and tickets visit: www.dubaidolphinarium.ae or call 04-3369773.
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Situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab and themed around the tale of Juha, a well known character from Arabian folklore, Wild Wadi is one of Dubai's foremost tourist locations. Discover your inner child on the master blaster - an exhilarating water rollercoaster ride, while Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj will push thrill seekers’ to the limit. Those brave enough to conquer the new Jumeirah Sceirah, which now has two tandem slides, will climb to a height of 32 metres and stand on a trap door. They will then be released, rapidly descending down the 120 metre slide at an astonishing speed of over 80 km/h! Open from 10am to 7pm and admission is Dhs 235 for adults and Dhs 175 for children below 1.1 metres in height. Call 04-3484444 or visit www.wildwadi.com. As a Discover Dubai reader you can also receive a discount of Dhs 30 per person! Simply present the voucher supplied at the back of this magazine.
Dreamland Aqua Park
Located on the scenic coastline of Umm Al Quwain, 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. Open 10am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday and up to 7pm Friday and Saturday. Tickets are Dhs 135 per adult and Dhs 85 for children below 1.2 metres and those over the age of 65, and free for infants under 2 years and those with special needs. Call 06-7681888 or access www.dreamlanduae.com.
The spectacular ‘Tower of Poseidon’ is now open! Filled with record breaking rides, including the worlds largest waterslide. The terrifying ‘Poseidon’s Revenge’ suspends you over a trap door and then releases you through a series of extreme twists and turns, reaching 60kmh! Experience heartthumping slides, uphill water roller coasters, never ending rapid river adventures and up-close animal encounters. Open 10am to sunset (Opening hours subject to change depending on time of year). Tickets are Dhs 250 for adults and Dhs 205 for children below 1.2 metres in height. Call 04-4260000. 30 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 30
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No visit to Dubai is complete without a nice day relaxing on the beach, and for those of you staying in hotels or apartments without beach access, you will find several hotels and beach clubs offering daily, weekly or monthly rates to use their facilities.
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 the beaches can get very busy on Fridays with residents taking advantage of their day off.
AL MAMZAR BEACH PARK is in Deira and open from 8am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 8am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday. 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, in-park 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. JUMEIRAH BEACH PARK
is on Jumeirah Beach Road. The beach is lovely with superb surroundings, large lawned areas, beautiful flowers and lifeguards in attendance. The beach park is open from 8am to 11pm 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. 32 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 32
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PRIVATE BEACH CLUBS If youâ€™re looking for something a little more exclusive, then why not try one of the private beach clubs featured below.
RIVA BEACH CLUB
Located beneath building 8 of the Shoreline Apartments on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, RIVA is a stylish and relaxing neighbourhood beach club with its own stretch of private beach, climate controlled pool and fully licensed al fresco restaurant and gazebo bar. RIVA is also home to several outlets offering everything from beauty and pampering to award winning Gastro CafĂŠs. Beach access is Dhs 150 weekends and Dhs 100 weekdays. Call 04-4309466 or visit www.riva-beach.com.
CLUB MINA AT LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI
Club Mina has 500m of pristine private beach, five pools and a water sports centre offering water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, surf ski kayaking, and sailing lessons on the range of Hobie Cats and Lasers. You can even charter your very own speedboat for a tour of the spectacular coastline. Day passes Sunday to Thursday cost Dhs 200 for adults and Dhs 125 for children, weekend passes are Dhs 300 and Dhs 175 respectively. Access is on a first come basis. Call 04-3993333.
RIXOS THE PALM DUBAI
Nestled on a pristine stretch of beach on The Palm Jumeirah, with striking views of the Arabian Gulf, Rixos beach club offers a relaxing beach experience together with a large infinity pool, pool bar and water activities. Beach access is Dhs 175 for adults and Dhs 75 for children, weekend passes are Dhs 200 and Dhs 85 respectively. Call 04-4575555 or visit www.rixos.com.
TALISE AT JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL
Talise features a beautiful sandy beach right next to the Burj Al Arab hotel, with three adult swimming pools (including a lap pool) and a kids pool and play area. There are several restaurants and bars with a choice of views overlooking the beach, the Burj Al Arab or the Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Marina. Weekdays Dhs 250 for adults and Dhs 150 for kids aged under 15 years and weekends Dhs 350 and Dhs 200 respectively. Call 04-4068800. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 33
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SPORTS & activities
Sports&activities Dubai has a great selection of sports and activities to fill your holiday, so why not get out and try some of those exciting things you’ve always dreamed of. To help you plan the week ahead, here are some of Dubai’s most popular activities.
SKY DIVING SKYDIVE DUBAI
The Palm Drop Zone - the world premier skydiving location, is offering you the chance to experience the rush of the free fall while being safely strapped to a professional instructor - Tandem jump + video + photos for only Dhs 1,999! Skydivers with a type D license and more than 500 jumps are also welcome. The Desert Campus Drop Zone - (SD2) the school for continued education and newer jumpers (100 jumps or less), is located 35 km from Dubai and offers some of the best Skydiving instructors in the world. Courses include; accelerated free fall and tandem progression, and for experienced skydivers; canopy piloting, formation, free flying and wing suit courses.
Tandem Jump rules: 1. Age: 18 and above 2. Clothes: Athletic and comfortable, wear trainers/ sport shoes 3. Weight: Ladies less than 90 kg, Men less than 100 kg 4. Time: Plan to spend at least 3 hours at the drop zone 5. Absolutely no alcohol and/or drugs in your system 6. Make sure not to jump 24 hours after scuba diving.
Opening Hours (Skydiving is weather permitting). The Palm Drop Zone: 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. The Desert Campus: 8am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. For bookings visit skydivedubai.ae or email Info@skydivedubai.ae.
IFLY DUBAI, MIRDIF CITY CENTRE
Indoor skydiving at iFLY Dubai is safe for kids (over 5yrs), challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers, offering endless excitement, adrenaline and adventure - no experience is necessary! iFLY Dubai is not a ride or a simulator, it’s a vertical wind tunnel (VWT) that moves air in a vertical column, offering the best possible flight experience for indoor skydiving. iFLY have 2 clear acrylic tunnels 10m high and 3m wide, with fans that can blow up to 200kph. Execute twists, turns and somersaults in the specially constructed chamber, without having to leave the safety of terra firma. And for a great souvenir of your experience, take home a DVD or photo of your flights. Open Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 11pm, Thursday & Friday 10am to 12 midnight. Call 800 6422 or visit mirdifcitycentre.com. 34 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 34
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SNOW & ICE SKI DUBAI
Discover the ultimate indoor snow resort at Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! Situated at Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai brings all the fun of snow skiing to the desert, boasting a 400 metre ski run with five multi-directional slopes of varying gradients, purpose built ski jumps and a snowboarding park with a metal rail for stunts. With an amazing mountain-themed wintery setting, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. Plus you can now meet and play with Ski Dubai's newest residents; the Snow Penguins! Group 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. Open 10am to 11pm during the week and 10am to 12 midnight at weekends. Visit www.skidxb.com for package prices or call 04-4094000.
DUBAI ICE RINK
Glide into a magical winter wonderland at Dubai Ice Rink. With a seating capacity of 350, Dubai Ice Rink is a family-oriented attraction open to the general public, with regular ‘learn to skate’ programs taking place. The Olympic-size ice rink also serves as a multi-purpose venue that can be transformed into a concert arena, or host private functions. A giant 20m x 10m LED screen is positioned at one end of the rink, and a selection of cafés offer a leisurely and relaxing experience for the entire family. So whether you want to learn skating, perfect your technique, play ice hockey, socialise with friends or just have a great time, this spectacular venue is the coolest place to hang out any time of the year. Check out www.dubaiicerink.com for timings & prices or call 04-4485111. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 35
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WATER SPORTS SCUBA DIVING
The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with Common Rays and the odd Eagle Ray making an appearance. Some of the wrecks have fascinating histories and provide fun safe penetration possibilities. The East Coast has over 50 dive sites, from shallow reefs off Khorfakkan to the deep wall dives in the Musandam. Live-aboard charters are also available in the Musandam which is becoming a popular destination for divers looking to explore new territories. The best time to dive is April to October, even though the temperatures get quite high. The Pavilion Dive Centre at Jumeirah Beach Hotel offer courses starting at Dhs 200 for a Discover Scuba Experience to Dhs 1,850 for the PADI Open Water Course. Dive trips are available (weather permitting) and the dive boats depart at 9am for 2 dives returning at approx 2pm. Prices range from Dhs 250 to Dhs 700. Call 04-4068828, email divecentre@Jumeirah.com or visit www.Paviliondivecentre.com.
CRUISING & FISHING Luxury Yacht and Fishing Charters
Cruising along the coastline of Dubai is a great way to see the city. Whether you’re looking for a marina tour on a fast rib, a day out cruising with a delicious BBQ, corporate party or team building event, there is something for everyone. In general the price includes crew, insurance, fuel (at economical cruising speed), soft drinks, water and ice. Catering, transfers, water sports, entertainment, flowers and yacht decoration for special events can all be added to upgrade your charter experience. Eden Yachting will help you put together an itinerary, with luxury yachts including the Astondoa 52, Aicon 72, Aicon 85, and superyachts such as the Guy Couach 120 and the Benetti 50. Fishing charters are also extremely popular and there are some great catches to be made outside the immediate coastal area. Hammour, King Fish, Queen Fish, Barracuda, and Sultan Ibrahim are all caught locally, whilst for those who enjoy game fishing, the elusive Sailfish is a prize worth a full day out on the water. Tailor-made trips can be arranged to suit your schedule and if you want to combine fishing with some cruising to keep the whole group happy, then you can take a yacht with more facilities onboard and enjoy a BBQ lunch with the fish you catch! Eden Yachting have a choice of luxury fishing boats including the Hatteras 68 or the Hydra Sport 34. For more information contact Eden Yachting on 050-3716377, 04-3282930, email email@example.com or visit www.edenyachting.com. Check out the Private Beach Clubs page in ‘Sights & Attractions’ for information on Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Sailing and Powerboating! 36 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 36
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Motor Sports Dubai Autodrome
The 5.39km Dubai Autodrome circuit is one of the most modern in the world; it is also one of the most challenging, with a combination of high-speed straights and technical corners. The circuit, which contains six different configurations, is designed to allow three racing circuits to operate simultaneously and independently from each other. The result presents circuit users with unparalleled options. If you think you can handle it, track day experiences are available in the folowing cars - Audi TT, Subaru STI Legend, Audi R8 V10 and an F1 Style Single Seater. To book a session log onto www.dubaiautodrome.com or call 04-3678700.
Kartdrome Arrive & Drive Sessions
The Kartdrome at Dubai Autodrome offers a fleet of Karts that deliver an excellent racing experience with high safety measures. Manufactured by SODIKART, the Karts offer a comfortable driving position, top level performance and handling and a Honda 390cc, 13.5hp engine ensuring equal acceleration and guaranteeing the most competitive karts available. They are also equipped with transponders that automate timing and scoring, providing an accurate starting grid in qualifying. This up-to-date system displays laps competed, gap between karts and the fastest lap. At the end of each session drivers are able to compare lap times. To book your session log onto www.dubaiautodrome.com or call 04-3678744.
Emirates Kart Zone
Emirates Kart Zone offer you the opportunity to challenge your friends and the clock, at an adrenaline fueled Formula 1 style circuit. Emirates Kart Zone provides Karts that accelerate like slingshots and make hairpin bends seem like a walk in the park. These mini racers are fuel powered, professionally engineered racing machines! Get ready for high performance thrills that will get your adrenaline pumping as you hurtle around this purpose built track with gorgeous views of Dubai's Skyline and the Burj Khalifa. Strap on your helmet, hammer the accelerator and challenge your friends or family. Call 050-4263424. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 37
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SHOOTING SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB
The indoor shooting range at SGSC boasts to be one of the best in the UAE. Featuring 25 and 50 Meter German Technology ranges you can enjoy a wide variety of pistols, rifles and revolvers from various international brands such as, Berretta, Glock, Sig Sauer, and much more. The range has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with safety as one of the paramount pre-requisites. They also provide you with a personal, fully trained safety instructor who will be with you at all times in the shooting arena. The shooting range hosts 3 - 4 competitions per year monitored by judges from the police academy. Age will dictate weapon availability, starting with Air Rifles for kids as young as 5, going upto .38 Pistols for those over 21.
On the order of Sharjah Police, you will need to present your Passport (or clear colour copy) to the reception, have your photograph taken and complete the guest profile. Call 06-5487777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.golfand shootingshj.com.
JA SHOOTING CLUB
This indoor and outdoor shooting academy, built to exacting international safety standards, makes the exciting sport of recreational and competitive shooting easily accessible for beginners, corporate groups and experienced shooters. Facilities for Clay Shooting include five floodlit ranges equipped to cater for olympic trap, automatic ball trap, down the line, compak sporting and olympic skeet. The club offers both 12 and 20 gauge Beretta shot guns suitable for all shooting disciplines. There is also an indoor pistol range offering .22 and 9mm pistols suitable for beginners and experienced shooters alike. On the order of Dubai Police, you will need to present your Passport to the reception and complete the Guest Profile record before proceeding for shooting. Age Limit is 13 years and above. Open Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays) 4pm to 11pm (until 31st October). Call 04-8836555 or e-mail email@example.com. 38 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 38
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PAINTBALL SHARJAH PAINTBALL PARK
Sharjah Paintball Park is considered to be one of the biggest and best in the Middle East, setting world renowned standards. So whether you are looking for a company day out, an excuse to shoot your friends, or perhaps a special birthday event, Paintball is always the first point of call. The innovative parks (the Jungle & Savannah phases) can accommodate up to 150 players in one session and a maximum of 14 players in one team. The fields feature bunkers, huts, trees, aircrafts, hills, trenches, bridges, towers and more. The outdoor fields are fully grassed and floodlit allowing play through the night. The new indoor facility features two unique fields in the UAE, designed as a replica bank and a replica of London city. The building also consists of changing rooms, showers, briefing rooms, a Grab ‘N’ Go Café and a pro shop selling the best paintball equipment and accessories. Call 06-5487777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.golfand shootingshj.com.
HORSE & CAMEL RIDING AL SAHRA EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Set amongst miles of glorious natural desert, these boutique stables give you the opportunity to have a true Arabian adventure. Whether you’re a complete novice or the most experienced rider, enjoy the freedom, beauty and excitement of riding a horse in the desert. Take the afternoon ride and watch the magnificent sunset over Dubai, or see the desert waking up and catch sight of a desert fox or a tiny gazelle. The friendly staff will ride with you to ensure you have the best time imaginable and return with memories that will last a life time, all for Dhs 300. Or try a Camel Encounter for just Dhs 180; cuddle them, brush them and get to ride one of these magnificent animals. You will learn all about the history of the camel and even try some camel milk! And if you want something really special, Al Sahra can arrange a sunset Champagne ride for another unforgetable memory of your time in Dubai. Bookings are essential. Call 04-4274055 or 0561772856 or visit www.alsahra.com. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 39
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GOLF Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for dedicated golfing enthusiasts and with several courses in the development stages, Dubai’s reputation can only go from strength to strength.
THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE
Designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead, the course features 14 lakes, 72 bunkers and has the largest single green in the world. The par 72 course is a lengthy 7,308 yards with inland links, generous landing areas and undulating greens. Green fees are Dhs 825 for 18 holes (valid til’ 31st May). Price include a shared cart, range balls and use of the practise facilities. Clubs are available at Dhs 200. Call 04-3905600.
EMIRATES GOLF CLUB
Probably the best known golf club in Dubai and home to the ‘The Dubai Desert Classic’. There are two courses available, the Majlis - par 72 and the Faldo - par 73. Green fees are - Majlis Dhs 995 off-peak and Dhs 1100 during weekends and public holidays (valid til’ 30th April) and Faldo Dhs 595 off-peak and Dhs 695 during weekends and public holidays (valid til’ 31st May). Prices include the use of range balls and a cart. Club hire is available at Dhs 195 (18 holes) and Dhs 110 (9 holes). Call 04-3801234.
AL BADIA GOLF CLUB, DUBAI
Al Badia combines exceptional golf with a breathtaking retreat. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, it’s a 7,303 yard, par 72 course with 11 lakes and a number of smaller water features. Green fees for 18 holes, including a shared cart with GPS, access to the driving range and range balls is Dhs 595 during the week and Dhs 875 at weekend (valid til’ 31st May). Clubs are available at Dhs 195 (18 holes) and Dhs 110 (9 holes). Call 04-6010101. 40 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 40
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SHARJAH GOLF AND SHOOTING CLUB (SGSC)
Home to the award winning Peter Harradine designed 9 hole course, fully grassed and floodlit, enabling play well into the evening. If played twice, the course will provide a par 72 layout that stretches over 7,300 yards. Described as a pleasure to play but a challenge to par, the course features upto 7 different tees on every hole, vast water features, large bunkers and unique undulations. 18 holes Dhs 315 off-peak and Dhs 385 during weekends and public holidays, 9 holes Dhs 190 off-peak and Dhs 220 during weekends and public holidays (valid til’ 31st May). Call 06-5487777.
THE ELS CLUB
Designed by Ernie Els, the course is set on undulating slopes of native desert vegetation. Stretching 7,538 yards with four sets of tees, it allows players a selection of differing lengths from which to play. The new clubhouse has a pro shop, ample locker rooms, changing facilities, outdoor dining and an allday restaurant. Green fees are Dhs 895 (valid til’ 31st April). Price includes a shared golf cart with GPS and complimentary range balls. Taylor Made clubs are available at Dhs 250. Call 04-4251010.
ARABIAN RANCHES GOLF CLUB
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. The Golf Academy houses 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. Green fees are Dhs 520 off-peak and Dhs 615 during weekends and public holidays (valid til’ 31st May). Range balls and carts are included in the price. Call 04-3663000.
DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB
Completely re-designed by Thomas Bjorn in 2005, the 18-hole course is par 71 with numerous water features. There is also a floodlit, 9-hole, par 3 course. Green fees are Dhs 625 during the week and Dhs 725 at weekends (valid til’ 31st Oct). Prices include a shared cart complete with GPS and driving range balls. Clubs are available at Dhs 195 (18 holes) and Dhs 110 (9 holes). Call 04-3801234. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 41
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Health&fitness HEALTH & fitness
Fitness Innovation Fitness goes hand in hand with healthy eating, which is why regular exercise and a healthy diet are essential to staying fit. Committing to daily workouts can be tough, and mustering the required perseverance can be a challenge. One main reason for breaking these commitments is boring workout routines, which lead to our lack of motivation and excitement. Is there a solution? Luckily, yes! Fitness First Middle East, a part of the world’s leading health and fitness chain, is dedicated to keeping you entertained with fun-filled workouts. Every Fitness First Club provides members with the latest exercise innovations, promising a unique and fruitful experience. TUFF, Swing Yoga and Queenax are just a few to touch on, which encourage members to challenge themselves and achieve their fitness objectives in the most entertaining and fun way yet! The Ultimate Fitness Firster (TUFF) is something else! A home-grown group exercise class which dramatically changes your body shape using a freestyle routine and three dimensional exercises. It’s estimated that approximately 1,000 calories are burnt during one TUFF workout session! Swing Yoga is a one-of-a-kind therapeutic exercise, which has the same benefits as regular yoga but even better. It’s done while hanging
upside down in different positions, each targeting certain muscle groups and stretches, as well as promoting better blood circulation and increased joint flexibility. It doesn’t end there, with many more exciting workout experiences for members to enjoy, like My Ride - a personalized indoor cycling routine, MYZONE - helps members measure, track and review their progress and PurMotion - a cardio routine which involves pulleys, bars, ropes and weights. Other routines available are Lifescape - offering interactive hikes, runs, and bikes through famous locations around the world, Sports Zone - which offers a variety of indoor sports for members to chose from and Synergy 360 and XFit studio arenas where the high intensity functional training takes place. Thanks to the variety of innovative fitness concepts at Fitness First, workouts and the nature of the environment means there is no room for laziness or excuses! So next time you think of a workout, we challenge you to think about more than just walking on a treadmill. For more information call 800 FITNESS (3486377) or visit www.fitnessfirst-me.com. ?Join our community at www.facebook.com/ fitnessfirstme, www.twitter.com/fitnessfirstme or @fitnessfirstme on Instagram.
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Dr. Ammar Safar Specialist Ophthalmologist
Dr. Nadim Habash Specialist Ophthalmologist
A vision of dedication and advanced capabilities. The Ophthalmology Department at the American Hospital Dubai is now offering Vitreo-Retinal Services. The American Hospital Dubai now extends its legacy of premier patient management to ophthalmology. Our team of eye care specialists offer Vitreo-Retinal services using state-ofthe-art diagnostics and the latest procedures for treatments. Specialist Ophthalmologists, Dr. Nadim Habash and Dr. Ammar Safar are American Board and maintaining general health. Specialized adult and pediatric services include diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma management, corneal transplant, anterior and posterior segments surgery. Clinical Offerings • General Ophthalmic services • Comprehensive services for pediatric and adult patients • Vitreo-Retinal services • Anterior and posterior segment procedures including management of glaucoma • Cataract extraction and lens implantation • Corneal transplantation • Selected plastic surgical repairs and other opinion.
Certified and work closely with patients and their families in treating ophthalmic disorders
For more information, please contact +971 4 377 6453
www.ahdubai.com The first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA)
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‘til you With over 45 shopping malls and all kinds of commodities from haute couture, electrical goods, cosmetics, perfumes, leather goods, carpets and of course gold and jewellery, you can always find what you’re looking for. Dubai’s tax-free environment also means goods are distributed at extremely competitive prices, and with savings being ultimately passed on to the consumer, you can find some amazing deals - so go on, shop til’ you drop!
SHOPPING MALLS IN DUBAI DUBAI MALL Located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai and being the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the world, The Dubai Mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. On one side it’s positioned as the region’s fashion capital, thanks to the 440,000 sqft Fashion Avenue dedicated to haute couture. On the other side it’s a prime destination for families and tourists, with the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, KidZania, SEGA Republic, Reel Cinemas, an Olympic-sized Ice Rink and The Dubai Fountain. The Dubai Mall also features key areas such as 'The Souk', with 99 stores offering gold and jewellery, traditional handicrafts, souveniers, abayas, perfumes and carpets, in a precinct designed to reflect traditional Arabic heritage and culture, and 'The Village', which is the region’s first indoor-outdoor streetscape with a fully retractable roof, tree-lined walkways and cafes and restaurants. The Mall is also linked directly to the Dubai Metro station through an exclusive Metro Link. Open 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 12 midnight Thursday to Saturday. Call 04-3627500. 46 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 46
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MALL OF THE EMIRATES The world’s first shopping resort currently features more than 560 international brands, including department stores, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing outlets and the largest Carrefour in the city. Family leisure includes a Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen VOX Cinemas, the world-renowned Ski Dubai - the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park, the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) and more than 90 international dining and café options. Mall of the Emirates also features unmatched luxury, housing more than 80 of the world’s most renowned designer brands in the Fashion Dome and Via Rodeo. Open 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 12 midnight Thursday to Saturday. Call 04-4099000.
SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH Souk Madinat is a traditional Arabian souk and home to more than 75 shops and boutiques, catering to both men’s and ladies’ contemporary fashions as well as more traditional style clothes and items. With carefully selected shops, restaurants, bars, and the 440 seat Madinat Theatre there are unlimited options to entertain you. Traders selling candles, Arabian scents and souvenirs, as well as artists specialising in personalised portraits and name paintings provide a choice of gifts for tourists. Dining is also a culinary treat, with the finest Italian restaurants, fresh sushi and Asian delights, and the supper club Jambase with blues, jazz and funk courtesy of musicians Few As Much. From signature to casual dining or simply catching up with friends over drinks, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is the ideal setting. Open 10am to 11pm. Call 04-3668888.
WAFI MALL & THE PYRAMIDS Wafi offers a compelling mix of retail, leisure, dining, entertainment and residential facilities, and delights its visitors with unique architecture and unrivalled collection of high-end retailers and brands, many of which are exclusive to Wafi. The Mall is renowned for its haute couture and range of fashion, jewellery, gifts, home and interior accessories, with anchor stores such as Marks & Spencer, Salam and Carrefour Market ensuring a high level of repeat footfall. An added attraction for those with high purchasing power, is to enjoy the quiet sophistication of Raffles Dubai - part of the Wafi complex. Open 10am to 10pm Saturday to Wednesday and 10am to 12 midnight Thursday and Friday. Call 04-3244555. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 47
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DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY Dubai Festival City is one of the finest mixeduse waterfront developments in the UAE, offering over 2 million sqft of shopping, dining and entertainment with over 400 stores and restaurants including, Carolina Herrera, DKNY, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Ed Hardy, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, Dunhill, Calvin Klein, Mont Blanc, S.T. Dupont, Rolex, A. Testoni, Anne Klein, Ikea, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us, the Ferrari Store, Plug Ins, Paris Gallery, as well as Hard Rock Café and Jamie’s Italian. With its renowned hospitality, shopping outlets and international standard entertainment, Dubai Festival City is a must-visit destination for all visitors to the UAE! Open 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 12 midnight Thursday to Saturday. Call 800-33232.
BURJUMAN CENTRE BurJuman has one of the finest concentrations of fashion brands, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Prada, Hermes, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Fendi, MiuMiu, Tod’s, Cartier, Zara, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Promod, Massimo Dutti and many more all under one roof. Kids and families also have plenty to look forward to, with BurJuman regularly hosting exhibitions and shows, including Simply Madonna, Hello Kitty, Spiderman and the Alice in Wonderland Cirque Show; as well as fashion galas, celebrity meet and greets, festive celebrations and unique markets, all of which add to the fun factor for visitors to the Mall. Open 10am to 10pm Saturday to Wednesday and 10am to 11pm Thursday and Friday. Call 04-3520222.
DUBAI MARINA MALL Dubai Marina Mall is a lifestyle shopping destination for residents and visitors. Sporting a distinctive architectural style with a circular atrium, the Mall features over 140 stores and provides an exciting mix of shopping and activities, including fashion wear, accessories, jewellers, boutiques, book and toy shops, a supermarket and children’s entertainment. In addition there is a food court, the SEGA Republic Game Zone and the 6-screen premium boutique Reel Cinemas, and most of the cafes and restaurants make utmost use of its waterfront location. Open 10am to 10pm Saturday to Wednesday and 10am to 12 midnight Thursday and Friday. Call 04-4361020. 48 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 48
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IBN BATTUTA MALL Ibn Battuta was a 14th century adventurer, who travelled the world at the age of 20, and the regions he explored have been reflected in the architecture and theme of the Mall’s six courts. China Court is home to the Entertainment Zone, including the IMAX theatre and casual dining. India Court showcases all the latest fashion brands including Evisu, Bauhaus and Ginger and Lace. Persia Court has a large central dome, which has been hand-painted by talented artists and hosts Paris Gallery, Debenhams, H&M and Forever 21. Egypt Court offers Magrudy’s, The Toy Store, Sun & Sand Sports and Mothercare. In Tunisia Court you will find Fun City, Geant Supermarket and 16 International food outlets and in Andalusia Court you will find everyday items such as florists and hair salons. Call 04-3621900.
DEIRA CITY CENTRE With over 370 stores, Deira City Centre prides itself on its wide range of mid-market popular brands such as Zara, Forever 21, H&M, Splash, Marks & Spencer, American Eagle and Toys R Us, as well as its anchor stores - Carrefour, Debenhams, Iconic, Sharaf DG, Virgin Megastore and Paris Gallery. Deira City Centre continues to evolve with the introduction of a new dining area called City Court, featuring three new restaurants: P.F. Chang's, Texas Roadhouse and Gazebo. Deira City Centre also features an 11-screen VOX Cinemas, Magic Planet family entertainment centre, a Fitness First facility, dedicated tourist services and a Metro Station at its doorstep. Open 10am to 10pm Saturday to Thursday and 2pm to 10pm Friday. Call 04-2951010.
MERCATO Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Mercato is one of Dubai’s best kept secrets. Full of charm and personality, Mercato boasts beautiful Renaissance-style architecture and an unrivalled ambience for shopping and relaxed dining. Essentially a community mall, Mercato continues to be a hit with residents and tourists alike. Home to international brands including Mango, Massimo Dutti, Sacoor Brothers, Nicole Farhi, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Gant, GAP, Armani Jeans, Jack Wills, Top Shop and many more. Anchor stores include Spinneys, Virgin Megastore, Fun City and Vox Cinemas. Mercato also offers a good selection of dining facilities, from a spacious food court with a wide range of fast food outlets to a superb selection of restaurants including PAUL, Fiesta and Chocolate Bar. Open 10am to 10pm. Call 04-3444161. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 49
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MIRDIF CITY CENTRE Mirdif City Centre is home to more than 465 world class stores, retailing in convenience, services, fashion, home, electronics, entertainment and leisure, giving you a wealth of choice. Key anchor stores include Carrefour, VOX Cinemas, Playnation, Debenhams, Emax, Centrepoint, Crate & Barrel, Home Centre, Hamleys, Decathlon and Fitness First. The Centre’s entertainment includes Little Explorers - a children’s ‘edutainment’ centre, iFly Dubai - an indoor sky diving experience, Yalla Bowling - a 12 lane bowling alley, Soccer Circus Dubai featuring indoor training camps and Aquaplay - an indoor waterpark for younger children. Mirdif City Centre is also the first shopping mall in the region to have been awarded a Gold LEED rating for its environmentally sustainable design. Open Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am to 12 midnight. Call 800-6422.
GOLD & DIAMOND PARK The Gold & Diamond Park has 90 retail outlets dedicated to the gold and jewellery trade, plus 118 manufacturing units for the gold and jewellery industry. In addition to purchasing ready made items, jewellery enthusiasts have the option of commissioning their own designs and have them handcrafted onsite within a short time frame. The park is a popular shopping destination with cafés and restaurants catering for shoppers and neighbouring businesses, and parking spaces for over 750 vehicles. The Gold & Diamond Park is also easy to find from the First Gulf Bank station on the Metro Red line. Call 04-3627777.
DUBAI OUTLET MALL Dubai Outlet Mall is the only ‘Value’ concept mall in the Middle East and hosts famous brands such as Gucci, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Stellla McCartney, Prada, Carolina Herrera, Burberry, Missoni, Kate Spade, Braccialini, Cole Haan, Sacoor, CK, DKNY, Boutique 1, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Rodeo Drive, Gap, Banana Republic, Diesel, Aizone, Bally, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Adidas, Puma, Nike, Tchibo, Splash, Stever Madden, Jashanmal, THE One Furniture and more. Over 1200 premium and top fashion and lifestyle brands offering 30% - 90% discounts. Open Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm and Thursday and Friday 10am to 12 midnight. Call 04-4234666. A free shuttle bus is available from Dubai and Sharjah. 50 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 50
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OASIS CENTRE Oasis Centre offers shoppers an engaging experience in a convenient, shopping-friendly environment. Spread across four levels, Oasis Centre encompasses a wide selection of brands, including Home Centre, Centrepoint (which incorporates Babyshop, Splash, Shoe Mart, Lifestyle & Beauty Bay), E-max and Q Home Décor. The Mall’s food court features a delectable spread from fast food to cafes. Throughout the year, the Mall is buzzing with activity; be it the Oasis Wellness Fest, DSF Money Mania or the Mall’s anniversary celebrations. Open Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am to 12 midnight. Call 04-5154000.
TIMES SQUARE CENTRE Named as the “Retail Destination” for 2007 by the RetailME Awards, Times Square is right at the heart of new Dubai. With diverse and unique brands such as Sharaf DG, Adventure HQ, Intersport, Toys R Us, YellowHat and DG+, Times Square visitors make the journey to the Mall with driven intent and purpose to spend. Sharaf DG, being the main anchor tenant and the largest one-stop electronics store in Dubai, provides a whole new concept in Electronics Retailing in the UAE, and the coolest offering would certainly be Chillout, Middle East’s first ever Ice Lounge - a unique concept where you step into a sub-zero environment with the walls, tables, chairs and even your own personal glass made entirely out of ice. Open Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm and Thursday and Friday 10am to 12 midnight. Call 04-3418020.
LAMCY PLAZA Lamcy Plaza is home to over 150 retail brands including Matalan, Style Studio, Bossini, Nayomi, Carter’s, Nine West, ALDO, Damas, Paris Gallery and DOT Electronics. Lamcy Plaza offers apparel, accessories, shoes, perfumes, toys, electronics, watches, household items, gold and jewellery, luggage and sportswear, restaurants, pharmacy, photo processing, post office, money exchange and gift wrapping. Little ones can be left under the supervision of the highly qualified staff at Fun City, one of the safest and cleanest play-anddiscovery centres in Dubai. Apart from shopping, visitors can also check out the food court with over 17 different cuisines in an area that can accommodate up to 700 people. Open 9am to 11.30pm. Call 04-3359999. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 51
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diningout DINING out
There are some great restaurants in Dubai, from world famous names to hidden gems on the high street, and with an abundance to choose from, you will not be disappointed.
Be aware that alcohol in general and wine especially can be quite expensive in Dubai and can significantly increase your bill. If you like a glass of wine with your meal then you will need to book a restaurant in one of the many hotels, which may sound strange at first, but you will soon get used to accessing restaurants via a hotel lobby, and in some circumstances, a lift! Some hotels will reserve seating for their own guests, so we highly recommend that you pre-book a table. Likewise, it is advisable to be dressed in smart casual clothes - tailored shorts don't always cut it in Dubai! Friday brunches are very popular, and whilst they may appear expensive, when you consider that most include free-flowing alcoholic drinks, they represent great value.
Eid Al Adha OFFERS Eugenie Les Gourmadises Now open in Souk Al Bahar, Eugenie Les Gourmadises invites you to experience a culinary escape with its spectacular ‘Series de Compeigne’. This chic patisserie café offers a variety of speciality teas and coffees, along with a delightful palette of French pastries and the ‘piece de resistance’, The Rendez-Vous - an elaborately decorated macaron, which is sure to become a ‘must have’ treat for sweet lovers and would make the perfect gift for Eid. Call 04-4207741 or email email@example.com.
OKTOBERFEST DINING Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Revel in the Oktoberfest festivities at The Grandstand, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel and indulge in Bratwurst, Schweinelende or Shicken Schnitzel all served with Sauerkraut or mashed potato for Dhs 40. Alternatively, the Oktoberfest Combo is Dhs 99 and includes your choice of one litre beer and one German speciality. Available from until 20th October from noon until closing. Call 04-3771111.
Hofbräuhaus, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai Indulge in traditional Bavarian delicacies at this year’s Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai daily from 17th to 31st October. Let the ‘oompah’ band entertain you with festive tunes while you enjoy the original German brew, participate in the sausage-eating competition and decorate your own ‘lebkuchen’. An a la carte menu will be served from Saturday to Wednesday between 6pm and 2am, while a traditional Bavarian buffet awaits you on Thursday and Friday with prices at Dhs 250 (including a Bavarian buffet and soft beverages), Dhs 350 (including a Bavarian buffet and house beverages), and Dhs 450 (including a Bavarian buffet and premium beverages). Guests will also have a chance to participate in a photo competition and win a trip to Munich, with two tickets sponsored by Lufthansa and two nights stay at a Marriott hotel. Call 04-6077977 or visit www.marriottdiningatjw.ae.
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We recommend... & Tried
The Meat Co @ Madinat Jumeirah
Sitting on the waterway at Souk Madinat Jumeirah and offering stunning views of the Burj Al Arab, The Meat Co is one of Dubai’s best-known and much loved steakhouses. The warm, vibrant environment and friendly staff – who regularly perform impromptu karaoke – make for a great night out! What we ate
We started with the Boerewors (traditional African sausage) served with pap (polenta) and chakalaka sauce and the Red Chilli Prawns pan-fried with garlic, chilli, lemongrass and cream. For mains we opted for the 500g Chateaubriand, a grain fed fillet cut from the centre of the beef tenderloin and roasted to perfection, with a side order of glazed baby potatoes, steamed asparagus, sautéed mushrooms and Béarnaise sauce. For dessert we shared a warm Chocolate and Pistachio fondant with vanilla bean ice-cream.
The food was superb, each dish was fresh and perfectly cooked. We would highly recommend the Chateaubriand which literally fell from your fork. Little tip – try the meat before adding the sauce we found it really didn’t need it.
The bill came to Dhs 630 for two, plus drinks. Call 04-3686040 or visit www.themeatco.com/ locations/middle-east.
The Gramercy The Gramercy is Dubai’s first genuine Gastro-Pub. They take pride in welcoming you to a place where casual conversation, delightful cuisine, a friendly atmosphere, and show stopping entertainment find themselves in perfect balance. By day, sit back, relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz, then at night feel the pace pick up and unwind to the live entertainment acts. Established in 2010, The Gramercy has had the luxury of time to perfect its unique experience – so check out this cool yet cosy corner of DIFC. On Mondays it’s Ratpack Style; Latin Ladies Night on Tuesdays with a special gift and cocktails for all ladies; ease and relax on Wednesdays with acoustic melodies and soul vocals; on Thursdays there’s a resident DJ; while on Fridays you can showcase your singing talent with Open Mic Night. On Saturday and Sunday there’s live football on the big screen. Call 04-4377511 for reservations. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 53
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OCTOBER OFFERS A touch of Arabia
Indulge in a true Arabian experience at Al Bayt in The Palace Downtown Dubai. The Timeless Arabic Afternoon Tea boasts a specially tailored menu that reflects traditional Arabian cuisine, including Ataif (Velvet Pancakes) with Chocolate, Rose Petal Cheesecake, Basbousa (Semolina Cake), Mammoul Cookies, Camel Milk Pistachio Crème Brulee, Saffron and freshly-baked Cardamom Scones with Clotted Cream, and Date Cake and Lemon Cake - all accompanied with date and apricot jams and a wide selection of tea. Priced at Dhs 150 per person. Call 04-4287806.
Dining delights Rixos the Palm Dubai’s speciality Italian restaurant L’Olivo Ristorante is offering a threecourse set menu with pairing wines (one glass with each course) for Dhs 325 each evening on a daily basis throughout October and November. Additionally, their Sushi Making Classes followed by a set menu dinner (inclusive of water) is Dhs 599 per person and available every Monday in October and November. Call 04-4575454.
Saturday barbeque This month guests at The Terrace at Park Hyatt Dubai will be able to enjoy a vast assortment of antipasti, grilled vegetables, grilled Argentinian beef parrailladas, grilled marinated jumbo squid, seafood salad, salmon skewers, mustard and tarragon marinated chicken, and many other delectable dishes. Unwind at The Terrace will take place every Saturday from 12.30pm to 4pm and is priced at Dhs 220 (including food and soft drinks), and Dhs 295 (including food, soft drinks, free-flowing beer and rosé wine). Children aged between six and eight will be charged Dhs 110, while those under six will eat for free. Visit www.parkhyatt.com.
Cheese and wine nights
Spoil yourself every Tuesday at Sofitel The Palm Dubai from 3rd October as Studio du Chef Bar takes you on a cheese and wine journey. Aficionados will relish in the selection of over 30 artisan French cheeses paired with selected grapes for Dhs 175 (with house wines) or Dhs 250 (with a premium wine selection). For the month of October, a cheese master will guide guests through their choices. Call 04-44556677.
Spanish Night is set to bring the best of the Spanish traditions to Dubai, from its traditional flamenco to tasty Spanish flavours. Guests can enjoy the flamenco and sevillanas show and learn the basic steps in a dancing class from a professional Spanish dancer. The first Spanish Night will be on 2nd October, and will be held every Wednesday night from 8pm to 2am at Nomad wine bar, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Entrance is free, the dancing class is Dhs 50 per person, and food is al la carte. Call Emily on 055-5019408 or email aferrandiz@ greateventsdubai.com.
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Chez Sushi by Sho Cho Chez Sushi the modern sushi bar by Sho Cho has opened a second outlet in Silverene Tower on Dubai Marina Walk. The new venue will provide the same dining experience; a fun and interactive way to enjoy Japanese classics, by selecting fresh and healthy ingredients based on individual preferences. Sho Cho fans can also order by phone (800-SUSHI) or online via www.chezsushi.com.
Saturday Backyard Barbecue at Double Decker’s There is no better way to end your weekend than at Double Decker Garden’s Backyard Barbecue. Enjoy a sizzling BBQ buffet lunch with family and friends in the relaxed setting of the pub’s Garden as you enjoy the beautiful weather, relaxing ambiance and the awesome aroma of barbecue treats fresh from the grill. Every Saturday (starting 12th October), treat yourself to a selection of the best grilled items and pick your choice of chicken, ribs, steaks, burgers or sausages in addition to the fantastic Double Decker traditional salads for only Dhs 119 food only and Dhs 189 inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 receive a 50 percent discount. For reservations visit rotanatimes.com or call 04-3211111.
Carvery Night every Wednesday at Al Bustan Rotana This culinary adventure at the Rodeo Grill Steakhouse, features the finest grilled rib-eye steak, accompanied by a fantastic selection of starters, side dishes and the famous Rodeo Grill Caesar Salad. To make it more exciting, you will be entered in a bi-weekly raffle draw to win a free bottle of wine for your next visit. For Dhs 185 enjoy steak from the trolley with 2 side orders and sauce of your choice, for Dhs 205 try steak from the trolley plus Caesar salad, and for Dhs 220 you have it all; steak from the trolley plus Caesar salad and dessert. For reservations call 04-7054818 or visit rotanatimes.com.
Pick up a pizza Papa Murphy’s, the USA’s largest award winning Take ‘N’ Bake pizza chain, has announced the opening of its flagship store in Dubai, which is the first outside North America. Aside from the ever popular Take ‘N’ Bake experience, Papa Murphy’s Pizza also offers the luxury of choosing the ready to eat option of their signature pizzas, bake ‘n’ take. The store is located in Al Barsha inside Lulu Hypermarket complex. A second branch has also opened in JLT and these will be followed by the opening of five Papa Murphy’s Pizza restaurants within the next few months. Call Al Barsha 04-3470706, JLT 04-3688151 or visit www.papamurphysme.com. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 55
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Scary stuff The Pre-Halloween Brunch at Yalumba on 25th October is a house-of-horror-themed brunch offering a chance to dress up and win a bottle of bubbly. Priced at Dhs 499 per person, brunch timings are 12.30pm to 3.30pm with Happy Hour from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Call 04-7022455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish hospitality October is a month of celebration at Meliá Dubai with the launch of Estrellas, the rooftop tapas bar on Thursday 10th October. Enjoy chilled out beats and a laidback vibe as you mingle with friends against the spectacular panoramic view of the Dubai skyline. Then revel in spooktacular style with Estrellas Halloween party on 31st October, where guests can don their scariest costumes with prizes awarded for the best dressed male and female. A DJ will be playing the hottest hits, with free flowing drinks and Spanish tapas for Dhs 350. Call 04-3868111 or email email@example.com.
Head for the Mina A’Salam Halloween Evening Brunch on Thursday 31st October or Freaky Friday Brunch on Friday 1st November at Zheng He’s, Al Muna and The Wharf and enjoy Halloween-inspired food and beverages. Guests are encouraged to dress up and get into the spirit of things with prizes offered for best costume. Prices are Dhs 515 (inclusive of bubbly, beer wine and slushy beverages), Dhs 395 (without alcohol), Dhs 275 for children aged six to 12 years with children under six dining free. Call 04-3666730 or visit www.jumeirah.com/mjhalloween.
Al Qasr Al Qasr’s Evening Halloween Brunch is offered at MJs Steakhouse, Al Hambra and Arboretum on Thursday 31st October and is priced at Dhs 575 (inclusive of welcome drink, grape, bubbles, mixed beverage stations, and fresh cocktails prepared on spot). Alternatively, the Freaky Friday Brunch at the same restaurants on Friday 1st November is priced at Dhs 575 (with bubbly and house beverages), Dhs 475 (non-alcohol package), and Dhs 250 for children aged six to 12. Fancy dress is welcome with prizes for the best costume. Call 04-3666730 or visit www.jumeirah.com/mjhalloween. 56 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 56
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FRIDAY BRUNCH Friday Brunches in Dubai are an experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world, and you have to try at least one during your stay. To help wet your appetite, here are just a few suggestions.
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Get set to brunch Sofitel The Palm Dubai has opened its brunch season at its all-day dining sensation Manava, inviting guests to experience cuisines from the six food and beverage outlets on offer at the hotel. The Grand Brunch is available every Friday and is priced at Dhs 325 (including soft drinks and signature mocktails), Dhs 450 (including bubbly and selected beverages), Dhs 85 for youngsters between the ages of six and 11, and Dhs 135 for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. It is complimentary for children up to five years of age. Call 04-4556677.
Now in its 10th year, Friday Brunch at Spectrum on One continues to push the culinary envelope. The legendary Friday brunch lexicon, includes highlights such as Syrian lamb ouzi, freshly baked naan bread from the tandoor oven served with Dal Bukhari, teppenyaki flambé and slow roasted Wagyu beef with homemade Yorkshire puddings and gravy, as well as the largest cheese room in the city, with over 30 different types. Rounding out the experience is a superlative dessert station with delectable offerings of ‘made to order’ crepes. Available every Friday from 12pm to 3pm, Dhs 575 for the premium bubbly brunch (Moet & Chandon), Dhs 455 for the ‘Hops & Vines’ experience (house wines, house beers, spirits and selected cocktails) and Dhs 345 for the non alcoholic brunch. Call 04-3118559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bubbalicious at The Westin With more than 10 live cooking stations across three restaurants (Blue Orange, Hunters Grill and Spice Emporium), and amazing entertainment in the form of a band, Chinese acrobatics, petting zoo, Jumping castle and kids gaming corner, 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, you will be able to move freely through each of The Westin's fabulous eateries, seeing the delicious meals being prepared by the chefs whilst enjoying amazing entertainment all around you. Brunch is served from 1pm to 4pm and is priced at Dhs 590 with free flowing bubbly, or Dhs 490 with free flowing sparkling. The bubble free version is priced at Dhs 350 with soft drinks and Dhs 190 for Kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6 eat for free! Call 04-3994141.
Feel good Fridays Every Friday from 4th October you are invited to Jumeirah Creekside Hotel’s Fantastic Friday Brunch to take advantage of the stunning indoor and outdoor space by the duck pond. Brunch at Nomad has a variety of international buffet stations and a dedicated area for children including special food menu, bouncy castle, face painting and more. Prices start from Dhs 195 (including soft drinks), Dhs 295 (including house beverages), or Dhs 495 (including house and bubbly beverages). Children below six dine complimentary, and children below 12 receive a 50% discount. Call 04-2308571. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 57
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NIGHTLIFE & entertainment
entertainment Dubai doesn’t stop when the sun goes down and after 9pm the city comes alive with an energetic and cosmopolitan atmosphere buzzing through its multitude of nightspots.
ost clubs are open until 3am with some of the best DJs in the world performing on a regular basis. Add this to a youthful population, a large number of tourists and free drinks for ladies during the week, and you can usually find a great night out. Thursday is the biggest night out as the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday, however Saturday can also be quite busy, making it a virtual 3 day weekend! Dubai’s nightlife is mainly centred around the hotels, and given the hot climate during the day and people eating late, the bars and clubs don’t usually get busy until around 11pm. The dress code for most clubs is smart casual, and wearing trousers, shoes and a collared shirt may help you gain entrance. You also need to be aware of the ‘No Dancing’ rule - it’s illegal to dance in a bar or club if they don’t have a dance license, but don’t worry, the security staff will let you know...
In an attempt to promote the quieter nights of the week (normally Sundays and Tuesdays), certain pubs, bars and clubs offer free drinks to ladies to entice them inside, hoping the men will follow closely behind and spend their hard-earned cash. The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21, so if in doubt, take some form of photo ID.
OPULENT CLUBS Dubai has some of the most prestigious clubs in the world, so if you have that weekend millionaire feeling, check out one of the clubs below for a mesmerising experience. CIRQUE LE SOIR: Cirque Le Soir’s incredible circus atmosphere makes it incomparable to any other night club experience. Enjoy live worldclass circus performances including stilt walkers, midgets, contortionists, tattooed dancers, jugglers, drummers, burlesque dancers, sword swallowers, magicians and fire eaters. With unparalleled music provided by international DJs, this daring entertainment house offers a new insight into the world’s club scene. Call 04-3324900. CAVALLI CLUB: Inspired by and launched in collaboration with Roberto Cavalli, Cavalli Club is the distillation of all things fabulous. Located in the Fairmont Hotel, the glittering restaurant and lounge is dripping in signature Cavalli icons from animal prints to sparkling crystals. With plans to expand the experience internationally, Cavalli Club is set to become an international destination for the world’s jet setting elite. Call 04-3329260. 58 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 58
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ARMANI/PRIVE: Milan’s exclusive Armani/Privé lounge comes to the Armani Hotel Dubai. Meet up with old friends and make new ones, then dance into the early hours to the vibrant beats of the resident DJ as well as visiting and international guest DJs. Armani/Privé is a great after-hours destination for fast-paced fun. Call 04-8883308. VIP ROOM: Launched in December 2012, this internationally acclaimed nightclub brand has redefined Dubai’s luxury nightlife scene. Spanning two levels, the venue features a contemporary club layout centered around a rotating DJ booth and intimate settings adjacent to the main bar. The VIP Room has a reputation for attracting high-end clientele of international jetsetters, fashion socialites and celebrities. Call 04-3881400. Embassy Dubai: Sitting on top of Grosvenor House, Tower Two and Inspired by the legendary Embassy Mayfair in London, Embassy Dubai is the ultimate entertainment venue. Combining dining, lounging and dancing across three floors and offering European cuisine, exemplary service and exceptional DJ's playing a host of funky beats, Embassy is a venue of true class and style. Call 04-3998888. PEOPLE BY CRYSTAL: Nested on the top of a glass pyramid with a 360 degree view over Dubai, the venue’s architecture alone makes People a cutting edge club. The leather and velvet couches and the thick cozy carpet make you feel right at home and provide a great place to sit and watch People mingle and party to the sounds of some of the best DJ’s. Call 04-2972097. Blue Marlin Ibiza: Bringing pure Ibiza style fun, Blue Marlin is a hideaway that takes you from day to night, offering an experience unlike any other in the region. Located in Ghantoot, the beach club spreads itself over two floors, and on arrival, the sound of Ibiza tunes lures guests into the architectural haven surrounded by white canopies and clear turquoise waters. Indulge in the island’s lush bay, minimalistic sun loungers, signature cocktails, music from an infamous selection of DJs and live acts from around the world. For reservations call 056-1133400 or email email@example.com. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 59
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NIGHTLIFE & entertainment
CHIC NIGHTLIFE Dubai’s mainstream nightlife is filled with a combination of late bars and clubs that can match any major city in the world. Here are some of the most popular. Trilogy: Three levels of pure entertainment, the ground floor, the first floor and the rooftop, make this 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. Call 04-3666917 or 050-6245751. MAHIKI: One of the world’s most famous nightspots and the ultimate venue for cocktail lovers. Situated at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, make the most of Mahiki’s reduced ‘Sunset’ cocktail menu every day between 6pm and 9pm. Call 04-3807731.
Nasimi Beach: The nightly beach parties at Nasimi Beach keep you dancing til the early hours! Enjoy a cool afternoon with food and bubbly from the restaurant before going up-tempo in the evening with a rotation of resident DJ’s playing the best house music sets in Dubai. Sports lovers can also watch all their favourite sports live on the 15 flat screens.Call 055-2004321. Boudoir: A fabulous French lounge bar and night club full of glamour, finesse and grandeur. There is an air of romance enflamed by the French Renaissance period with an added twist of Baroque arrogance. The lounge music dissolves late afternoon moving in to trendy Deep House, upping the tempo and volume as the evening progresses. Fashionable, chic and trendy qualities make Boudoir a truly unforgettable experience. Call 04-3455995. ZINC: Zinc is one of Dubai’s hottest nightspots and, as it happens, one of the first to arrive in the city. After an impressive 10 years in operation it is still going strong. Featuring superstar DJs, international club tours and a great atmosphere, the club takes fun to a new level. It plays host to some of the world’s biggest party brands and world famous performers. Call 800-276963. N'DULGE: N'Dulge is the new nightlife concept at Atlantis the Palm, consisting of: N'Dulge Arena - House, Electro, RnB and Dance; N'Dulge Lounge - Deep Grooves, Chilled House and Oldskool Vibes and N'Dulge Terrace - RnB and House with an Arabic twist. Open 7 nights a week from 9pm to 3am. Call 055-2004322 or 04-4260561. 60 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 60
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NEO’S: Discover a delicate blend of elegance and enchantment at Neos, the striking sky lounge located on Level 63 of The Address Downtown Dubai. Relax in the art deco surround while watching the radiant lights of the Dubai Fountain and grooving to the resident DJ’s rhythmic mixes. Call: 04-4367700 or 04-4367711.
360º: A 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. Call 04-4068999. BARASTI BAR: Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Barasti is an award winning vibrant beach venue full of excitement. With great music, a delectable menu and delicious cocktails - it's no wonder Barasti has become an icon of the Dubai social scene. Call 04-3181313.
BAHRI BAR: Translated as ‘Views of the Sea’, Bahri Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy refreshing classic cocktails and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. This bar serves delicious tapas and a wide range of drinks, together with a duet playing Smooth Jazz, Pop Ballads, R&B, Soul, Bolero, Cha-cha-cha, Samba and Bossa Nova. Call 04-3666730. Koubba Bar: Enjoy spectacular sunsets from the ample terraces of the most stylish bar in Dubai with sweeping views of Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Sea and the Burj Al Arab. Relish in the exclusiveness of a custom made cocktail with a sunset theme from the new Koubba Bar mixology trolley. This is the perfect setting to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Call 04-3666730. THE OBSERVATORY: Wonderfully novel and outright chic, The Observatory delivers an experience you'll savour in more ways than one. The Dubai Marriott Harbour’s signature destination restaurant and bar offers a breathtaking blend of sophisticated urban ambience, palate-pleasing cuisine, imposing views across Dubai, as well as the finest wines and perfectly poured cocktails. Call 04-3194795. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 61
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NIGHTLIFE & entertainment CU-BA POOL BAR: Elevate your lifestyle at Cu-ba, the Cuban-inspired rooftop lounge at Jumeirah Creekside hotel. Swim in the 25-metre glass bottom pool and chill out to the relaxed beats whilst enjoying the ‘buy one get one free’ on selected house beverages, every night from 6pm to 8pm. Call 04-2308582. BUDDHA-BAR: The Buddha-Bar is legendary, its awesome spectacle instantly promising guests an evening of pure theatre and pleasure. The lively main bar and dining room is dominated by Buddha-Bar’s famous four-metre high gilded statue and an entire wall of glass. Relax in the sensual sound of chill-out music and a menu inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, China and Japan, with fresh seasonal ingredients from Arabia. Call 04-3998888. VU’S BAR: The teasing tastes of a cocktail made by an award winning bartender. The world laid out at your feet, coloured by the golden glaze of the sun during the day, and crisp glitter of city lights at night. Located on Level 51 in the Hotel Tower of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Vu's Bar is a smart and sophisticated nightspot with impeccable service and a selection of the finest international cocktails. Call 04-3198088. Jambase: Head downstairs to the basement to find Jambase, the Supper Club. Think Latin America, Southern Europe and the vibrancy of South Africa, such an eclectic mix is shaken and stirred in Jambase. The ideal location for drinks or dinner before a night of revelry. The ambience is stylishly informal, always upbeat and enlivening. Call 04-3666730. BARZAR: Barzar is a uniquely stylish bar and brasserie, ideal for a lively night out, pre-dinner drinks or an informal soiree. Food and drinks are based on British tastes and served with style. DJ Tanya’s repertoire ranges from chill out to lounge, to commercial music, and her energy and enthusiasm and need for tracks with tasty beats and catchy leads make her the crowd's favorite. Call 04-3666730. BAR 44: Bar 44 has a spectacular view over the Palm Jumeirah and a stunning range of Champagnes and cocktails. Located on the top floor of the Grosvenor House Tower One, Bar 44 is where the chic crowd heads when the sun goes down. With a dizzying range of cocktails, international wine list and Champagne, it’s no wonder the atmosphere is always charged. Call 04-3998888. 62 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 62
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BARS AND PUBS There are countless bars and pubs scattered throughout Dubai and the following are just some of the choices available. THE IRISH VILLAGE (IV): The outdoor setting, authentic ambience and excellent food & beverage make The IV one of the top 10 attractions in Dubai. Concerts and international gigs are held regularly and The IV was awarded “Best Concert Venue in Dubai” and “Best Pub in Dubai” for 2012. The Irish Village is the anchor to all things Irish and a trip down is always great craic! Call 04-2824750. The Underground: The Underground Pub at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, resonates the vibrancy of Britain’s culture with quirky décor mirroring the design of the London Underground, an extensive menu of British delicacies, from steak and kidney pie to traditional fish and chips, and daily entertainment for families and friends to enjoy. Call 04-4084257. Hard Rock Café Dubai: Measuring 2700sqm, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai can seat 350 guests, offers two Rock Shops, a stage for live performances, a private VIP function room, a separate lounge adjacent to the bar and an outdoor terrace, and being located at Dubai Festival City makes Hard Rock easy to find. Check out www.hardrock.com/dubai to find out what’s happening each week. Qube Sports Bar: Qube Sports Bar is next to the Meydan Hotel near the North Grandstand of Meydan Racecourse. The venue is named after the specially designed cube in the centre of the bar which shows live sporting action from around the world on the four customer-facing screens. QUBE Sports Bar is also home to the UAE's spiciest burger the QUBE Infernooo burger - which contains the spiciest chilies from around the world and requires participants to sign a legal waiver before attempting it! Call 04-3813231. ROCK BOTTOM CAFE: Located in the deluxe Regent Palace Hotel, the good-time bar is open 7 days till 3am. Be entertained by the best livebands in Dubai pumping out your favourite classic hits and the DJ who'll have you on the dance-floor in no time. Styled in true classic form with the atmosphere of a 50's American diner, they invite you to dine, drink and dance the night away. Call 04-3963888 or 055-2009361.
DHOW AND ANCHOR: A traditional pub atmosphere on the ground floor of the Jumeirah Beach hotel, 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. Call 04-4068999. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 63
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BEAUTY & pampering
pampering Why not pamper yourself in some of Dubai’s luxurious surroundings? Dubai has countless Spa’s and Salons offering a variety of treatments for both men and women, or if you don’t have the time to visit the salon and feel like being especially pampered, there are beauticians who will make a visit to your hotel room or accommodation. So why not indulge yourself for a change and check out some of the great offers available this month.
Gentlemen’s Tonic The Atlantis hotel is now home to Gentlemen’s Tonic, a salon dedicated exclusively to the needs of men. Founded in 2004 in the heart of Mayfair, this unique establishment affords the modern man a traditional barbershop and a variety of lifestyle and grooming services. In addition, some of the treatments also offer complimentary use of the Shuiqi Spa facilities, with magnificent Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms and very relaxing hot beds. Gentlemen’s Tonic also offers a range of men’s home grooming products, featuring a bespoke fragrance and incorporating natural plant-derived ingredients. So if you’re a man looking for a place to indulge yourself, or a woman looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, Gentlemen’s Tonic has the answer. Call 04-4261020.
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OCTOBER SPA PROMOTIONS Rebecca Treston@Euromed This October, Rebecca Treston@Euromed has the dream treatment for those who want to stop ageing in its tracks and showcase a younger-looking face. For Dhs 1,500, you can enjoy one session of the revered Face Lift Massage Therapy treatment and one session of the celebrity favourite – Radiofrequency. The Revital Radio Frequency (RF) treatment is a non-surgical treatment that reverses the signs of ageing and works by stimulating the body’s own natural collagen, to help rejuvenate existing collagen and encourage new collagen to grow. This improves skin texture, tone and appearance. Dubbed Magic Hands, the Face Lift Massage Therapy treatment yields impressive results, including skin tightening and face and neck shaping and lifting. For further details, call 04-3945422 or visit www.euromedclinicdubai.com.
Amara Spa, Park Hyatt Dubai The Amara Spa team is delighted to offer a special package designed to revitalise and leave skin silky smooth. The Skin GlowPackage incorporates a 45-minute Enrich Body Scrub, followed by a 45-minute Hydra Radiance Facial for women, or a 45-minute Sculpting Facial for men. 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. The Skin GlowPackage is priced at Dhs 770 throughout October. Call 04-6021660.
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Reflection Hair and Beauty Centre In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, get a complimentary Minx Breast Cancer Bow for your fingernails when you book a luxurious Phytoceane facial and a blow dry. Get this amazing package for Dhs 550. In support of the fight against breast cancer, Reflection Hair and Beauty Centre are also holding an in-house raffle draw, which will be held on 31st October. There will be three prizes of treatments and products to be won. All proceeds of the draw will be given to ‘The Breast Cancer Charity’. Call 04-3944595 or 04-3949906, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.reflectionhairandbeautycentre.com and www.facebook.com/ReflectionhairandbeautySalon.
Caracalla Spa and Health Club
A graduate of the prestigious Andrew Collinge training, Dawn Palliser has joined the Pastels Salon Jumeirah team, and to celebrate her arrival anyone who books an appointment with her during her first month will receive a complimentary conditioning treatment – valid until 22nd October. Dawn has also worked alongside some of the hair industry’s biggest names on fashion shows, magazines, newspapers and a daytime make over show. Additionally, Sasha Panic will join the Ritz Carlton Dubai Marina branch in mid-October and to celebrate his arrival the salon is offering a free conditioning treatment to anyone who books an appointment with Sasha during his first month. Contact Pastels Jumeirah Branch on 04-388 3534/3397 or The Ritz-Carlton Dubai Marina Branch on 04-3995016/3186141.
Treat yourself to some ‘you time’ and enjoy a range of luxurious treatments exclusive to Caracalla Spa and Health Club, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort + Spa. The pampering package for busy ladies on the go allows you to book any combination of 45-minute treatments from Back, Head, Face and Shoulder Massage and Refresher Facial/ Eye Treatment for Dhs 375. The Elemis Exotic Glow banishes dry skin, continues with a Back Massage and ends with an Elemis Refresher Facial, two hours for Dhs 820. And the Pevonia Muscle Reviver offers a gentle body polish followed by an Aromatic Moor Wrap and Back Massage, two hours for Dhs 820. Packages are available until 30th November. Call 04-3995555 (extension 5322 or 5543).
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Tips & Toes Pink it up this month as Tips & Toes roll out their Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Bazaar for the second year running. With a blushing array of chic retail treats, you can indulge in stylish accessories with guilt-free pleasure, safe in the knowledge that all proceeds are heading straight for charity. As avid Breast Cancer Awareness supporters, each year Tips & Toes strive to make a difference with last year’s donation of Dhs 55,197 its biggest yet. Take your pick from a delicious selection of hot pink delights, including the GlamGlow Mud Mask – Special Edition Cure Sexy, Hollywood’s favorite facial-in-a-jar. With a pink makeover especially for the month, enjoy clear skin with a clearer conscience. To find your nearest branch, visit www.tipsandtoes.com or call 04-3990550.
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GETTING AROUND Dubai
Public transport in Dubai is made up of Marine Transport (Abra, Water Bus, Water Taxi and Ferry Dubai), Buses, Taxis and the Metro, and you can use a Nol card or Nol ticket on most of these systems.
WHAT IS A NOL CARD?
A Nol (meaning fare) card is an electronic payment card. Of the 3 cards available we recommend Silver, which costs Dhs 20 (including Dhs 14 credit) and can be loaded with up to Dhs 500 credit. Other cards available are Blue - a personalised card with added security and online services, and Gold - which gives you privileged access to the Metro’s Gold Class seats (you will be charged the premium fare even if there are no seats available!). Nol cards are easy to use and are available from any ticket office.
WHAT IS A NOL TICKET?
The Nol Red ticket is a paper-based system for occasional travellers. It can be bought from any ticket vending machine for Dhs 2 and can be loaded with up to 10 single trips. Red Tickets can only be used on one mode of transport at a time (e.g. Bus only, Metro only), so moving between the Bus and Metro isn’t allowed. It also needs to be loaded with the correct trip beforehand, so make sure you know which zones you’ll pass through, or you’ll get penalised.
Dubai has a combination of water taxis and ferries to move people around the city. Dubai Water Taxis are a private service that will come to the station nearest to you. They operate between 10am to 10pm and cost Dhs 400 per hour. Dubai Ferry service is available from Ghubaiba and Marina Mall stations. Tickets cost Dhs 75 Gold (14 seats) and Dhs 50 Silver (84 seats - 2 seats for special needs). You can also find Motorised and Rowing Abra’s and Water Buses to transport you around Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. To book Marine Transport call 800-9090 or visit www.rta.ae for more information. 66 | OCTOBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 66
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Taking a taxi in Dubai is cheap and generally safe, and one of the fastest and most popular ways of getting around the city. You can find taxis outside malls, hotels and official taxi ranks, or wave them down in the street. Special Services Taxis with a pink roof are dedicated for ladies and families. Specially equipped vehicles are also available for those with special needs (booked 24 hrs in advance). Tips Avoid getting into unmarked taxis, not only are they illegal, you could become the victim of a scam. Try to identify a landmark near your destination and keep Discover Dubai handy so you can check the map. Tipping the driver isnâ€™t mandatory, but as in most places it seems the right thing to do. www.discover-dubai.ae DD Master Layout - October 2013.indd 67
BOOKING A TAXI
You can book a taxi by calling the numbers below or using the online booking service at www.etaxi.ae. You can also SMS the taxi rank number to 4774. For Dubai Taxi (Red Roof), Ladies and Families or Special Needs, call 04-2080808 Other Taxis Companies Al Arabia Taxi (Green Roof): 04-2855566 City Taxi (White Roof): 04-3331110 Cars Taxi (Blue Roof): 04-2693344 Metro Taxi (Orange Roof): 04-2673222 National Taxi (Yellow Roof): 04-3390002
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GETTING AROUND Dubai
The Dubai Metro
The Dubai Metro is a driverless public transport system linking the main areas of Dubai, and each station is supported by a bus terminal to help you get to your destination.
Buying your ticket
To travel on the metro you need a Nol card or a Nol ticket. The Silver Nol card is ideal if you’re planning to use the Metro regularly, or if you want to travel in style a Gold card will give you access to the Metro’s Gold Class seats. If you’re only going to use the metro occasionally, go for a Red Nol ticket. To buy or top-up a Nol card, or add trips to your ticket, just go to the ticket office within each station. Each time you travel, just enter your ticket or tap the card at the fare gate and it will automatically deduct the correct fare. It's easy!
DUBAI METRO OPERATIONAL HOURS
The Metro runs from 5.50am to midnight Saturday to Wednesday, 5.50am to 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.
THE COST OF YOUR JOURNEY WILL FALL INTO ONE OF 4 TIERS: Tier 0 less than or equal to 3 km Tier 1 starts and ends in the same zone Tier 2 starts in one zone and ends in a neighbouring zone Tier 3 exceeds two zones
INTIAL COST OF PURCHASING A RED NOL TICKET IS DHS 2 Adding trips to your ticket will cost:
Regular Class (Dhs)
2.00 2.50 4.50 6.50
Gold Class (Dhs) 4.00 5.00 9.00 13.00 Maximum journey duration (min)
90 180 180 180
Single trip maximum transfers
1 3 3 3
Time allowed between transfers (min)
30 30 30 30
1 Day Ticket Regular Class (Dhs) 14 1 Day Ticket Gold Class (Dhs)
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THE DUBAI METRO MAP Etisalat 1 Al Qusais 2 Airport Free Zone 3
Al Nahda 4
3 Airport Terminal 3
Al Qiyadah 6
4 Airport Terminal 1
Abu Hail 7 Abu Baker Al Siddique 8
Deira City Centre
7 Al Rigga
Al Ras 13 Al Ghubaiba 14
Al Fahidi 15
Palm Deira 12
Baniyas Square 11
Salah Al Din 9
5 GGICO (Al Garhoud)
Al Karama 10 Al Jafiliya 11 World Trade Centre 12 Emirates Towers 13
17 Oud Metha 18 Dubai Health Care City 19 Al Jedaf 20 Creek
Financial Centre 14 Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall 15 Business Bay 16 Noor Islamic Bank (Al Quoz) 17 First Gulf Bank (Burj Al Arab) 18 Mall of the Emirates 19
Sharaf DG (Al Barsha) 20 Dubai Internet City (TECOM) 21 Nakheel 22 Dubai Marina 23 Jumeirah Lake Towers 24
Nakheel Harbor & Tower (Jumeira Islands) 25 IBN Battuta 26 Energy (Dubai) 27
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