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ith the hot summer coming to an end, Dubai’s vibrant atmosphere is about to kick back in with a line up of exciting events.

Why not start the month off with ‘The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible’ featuring seven world grand master magicians delivering jaw-dropping acts of levitation, mind reading, disappearance and escapes. If stand-up comedy is more to your liking, the Laughter Factory will be delivering side-splitting humour throughout the month. Or if music is more to your taste why not check out the Whitney Houston tribute, the Rolling Stone Street to Stage 2013 Live Final or Aiza Seguerra the acoustic sensation from the Philippines. 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 and whatever you get up to…Enjoy!


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contents September 2013 General Information


What's Happening


Sights & Attractions


Sports & Activities


Health & Fitness




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Dining Out


Nightlife & Entertainment 54 Beauty & Pampering


Getting Around Dubai


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GENERAL information

Welcome to


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 father’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.


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 everyones 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 ok 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 ok 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 ok 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 keep separate from the main area.

Mr Nasif Kayed

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(hubbly-bubbly) As you travel around Dubai you will often see people smoking shisha, and if the sweet, fruity smell has got you intrigued, here’s a quick guide to tell you more.

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 will find shisha pipes in homes and restaurants around the world.

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 useful 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!

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.

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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

bin Rashid

(given name meaning ‘Praised One’)

Al Maktoum

(son of Rashid)

(tribe/family name)

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)






(Great Grandfather)

Al Maktoum


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 very nice and most residents tend to drink bottled water or use a water cooling machine. Bottled water is sold at supermarkets, shops and petrol stations and is cheap at around Dhs 2 per litre. If you’re on a selfcatering holiday there is absolutely no problem using tap water for cooking. 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, 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! DD Master Layout - September 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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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 for more information.


“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 for more information.

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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 ‘Special’ 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 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 18

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THIS month

What’s happening this month A touch of magic The biggest selling magic show on earth is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre featuring seven world grand master magicians on one stage. Running until 6th September, ‘The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible’ features a hand-picked cast of internationally renowned illusionists who together create a blockbuster stage show featuring a stunning mix of their most outrageous and unbelievable optical illusions, including nail-biting Russian roulette, jaw-dropping acts of levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and escapes. Tickets are priced at Dhs 250 and are available from

Aiza Seguerra Acoustic sensation Ms. Aiza Seguerra is back in Dubai on 6th September at Boracay Night Club with her show entitled Beyond Acoustic. Aiza's transition from a child star to a certified singer-performer isn’t new, but what is rare is that Aiza has fought her way to be recognised as a serious singer-performer who is honest to her craft rather than follow the dictates of the game. In 2001 the hit single, "Pagdating ng Panahon’’ (When Time Comes) catapulted Aiza to the local music charts and received several awards including Best Pop Recording, Best Produced Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The show start at 9pm at the Asiana Hotel, Deira and tickets are priced at Dhs 125 and are available at the venue and and Call 050-8537533 for more information.

Keep laughing The Laughter Factory returns again this month with Imran Yusuf, Mark Walker and Andy Askins. See them on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th at the Movenpick Hotel JBR; Wednesday 18th at Zinc, Crowne Plaza Hotel and Thursday 19th at Grand Millennium (TECOM). Shows start at 9pm and tickets are priced at Dhs 140 and are available at the venues and and Visit for more information. 20 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 20

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Rolling Stone Street to Stage 2013 Live Final On the 20th September, Rolling Stone Middle East’s annual music competition, Street to Stage, will conclude with a live grand final at Dubai’s Hard Rock Cafe. Hundreds of unsigned musicians from across the Middle East have submitted their music to the judges, and on the 20th September the grand finalists will perform live at the Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, where members of the public are encouraged to come and support the region’s finest unsigned, unheard and undiscovered talent. The winner will be announced on the night and will receive a mentorship from Sony Music, a recording session at SAE Institute Dubai, the coveted Street to Stage trophy and endorsement and support from Rolling Stone Middle East magazine. For more information visit

The Whitney Houston tribute This September, Madinat Theatre brings you “The Greatest Love Of All” - The Whitney Houston Show. Starring Belinda Davids, this magnificent tribute to one of the best performers of our time will include some of the most loved songs from Whitney’s 29 year career. The show will feature a live six piece band, four spectacular dancers and the fascinating vocals of Belinda. Hear timeless hits such as ‘How Will I Know’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’ and of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’. Show times: 18th & 21st September at 7pm; 19th and 20th September at 8pm. Tickets are Dhs 325 per person - Stalls; Dhs 250 per person - Balcony and available at the venue. Call 04-3666546 or visit for more information.

The 6th Dubai International Dance Festival The region’s largest dance event, the Dubai International Dance Festival (DIDF) is set to kick off its sixth year from 25th to 28th September 2013 at The Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Center (DUCTAC), Mall of the Emirates.The event which celebrates all genres and styles of dance in Dubai, is dubbed the biggest event of its kind in the region and promises to showcase the best young talent from Dubai, regionally and from around the world, with performers expected to travel to the Emirate to participate in this annual festival. For more details please visit Tickets are available from and the DUCTAC Box Office 04-3414777. For more information please contact Chris 050-2777475 or Sarah 050-9803810. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 21

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Sights& Attractions

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 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 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.

Grand Mosque

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 covered with stained glass panels, sand-coloured walls, wooden shutters and the tallest minaret in Dubai. Non-muslims 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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 23

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SIGHTS & attractions

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.

Spice Souk

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 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 24

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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 safaris options and they will take you for some serious ‘dune bashing’ in a Hummer or Land Cruiser - think rollercoaster with bumps thrown in for good measure! 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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 25

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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 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, about 40 minutes drive from Dubai, the 250,000 square metre expanse of lush, green, landscaped gardens makes Dreamland the perfect place for a holiday escape. Catch the action on over 30 thrilling rides, slides and attractions or push the snooze button on a sun bed and take advantage of the two shaded areas, Palm Path and Peak Park. Dreamland also has overnight waterside camping facilities in either tents or cabanas, allowing 36-hour access to the water park. There are plenty of sporting activities such as basketball, volleyball and tennis, and specialty restaurants including Arabic, Indian and international cuisine available for a quick bite or for indulging. 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 As a Discover Dubai reader you can also receive a discount of Dhs 100 per couple by presenting the voucher supplied at the back of this magazine. 26 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 26

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Experience heart-thumping slides that catapult you through shark filled lagoons, uphill water roller coasters, never ending rapid river adventures and up-close animal encounters. Kids will love Splashers, a children’s play area featuring 10 slides, rope bridges, water cannons and much more. Or you can choose to relax on the private beach surrounded by lush tropical landscapes. Open 10am to sunset (Opening hours subject to change depending on time of year). Tickets are Dhs 225 for adults and Dhs 180 for children below 1.2 metres in height. Call 04-4260000.

Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi features 43 rides, slides and attractions set in a legendary world that evokes Abu Dhabi’s history and heritage. Following the story of ‘Dana’, a young Emirati girl, on a quest for the legendary pearl that had once brought prosperity to her village, the story is brought to life through the colourful characters that greet you on the rides. When it comes to fun family entertainment that captures the spirit of the Emirates, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi has it all, from the atmospheric setting, the thrilling rides, authentic souq-style shopping and live entertainment, there’s something to amuse the entire family. Open 10am to 6pm. Tickets cost Dhs 225 for adults and Dhs 185 for children below 1.1 metres in height. Premium tickets are also available. Call 02-4142000.

Ice Land

Ice Land Water Park is located in Ras Al Khaimah and has over 50 attractions catering for all age groups. Besides traditional rides, Ice Land offers some unique attractions, with the world’s largest manmade water fall, the largest assortment of water slides, the world’s largest rain dance pool and other thrilling experiences. Open 10am to 7pm Sun to Wed and 10am to 8pm Thurs to Sat. Tickets cost Dhs 150 for adults and Dhs 100 for children below 1.2 metres in height. Call 800-969725 Or book at the Dubai Office on 04-2567313. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 27

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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 action-packed 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 work out the way. Open 9am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday. For details and tickets visit: or call 04-3369773.

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Seawings, the UAE’s luxury seaplane tour operator can build an entire group experience around a spellbinding scenic flight, including a relaxing game of golf and an elegant fine dining experience. The group charter package includes a 20 minute seaplane tour of Dubai followed by group golf lessons and a scrumptious lunch or dinner at one of the city’s finest restaurants at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. A minimum of 25 guests are required per booking, valid until 15th October, 2013. Customised packages including scenic flights and other entertaining experiences are also available. Please contact 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 bird’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 pilot’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 DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 29

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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. 30 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 30

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PRIVATE BEACH CLUBS If you’re looking for something a little more exclusive, then why not try one of the private beach clubs featured below.


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


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.


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


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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 31

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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.


The Palm Drop Zone - The world premier skydiving location in the heart of Dubai, offers tandem jumps so you can experience the rush of the free fall while safely strapped to a professional instructor. 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 120 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. Call 04-3778888, 050-1533222 The Desert Campus: 8am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Call 05-01542992 Email: and


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 for package prices or call 04-4094000. 32 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 32

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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 or visit


Imagine the crystal blue water of the Arabian Gulf and the colourful kites of the Dubai Kitefly Club buzzing over Jumeirah Beach. Kite surfing has become a mainstream watersport for anyone who is reasonably fit and confident in the water, and Dubai is an ideal place for both beginners and advanced kite surfers alike. If you want to join the fun but don't know how to get started, let Dubai Kitefly Club show you how. They have French, English, Spanish and Farsi speaking instructors all ready to welcome you. As a student you will be accompanied by an instructor who can see every move you make and give you tips according to your needs, all you have to do is to focus on your kite boarding. Equipment is provided and they only ask that you come with a positive attitude and be ready to release some adrenaline! Visit Check out the Private Beach Clubs page in ‘Sights & Attractions’ for information on Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Sailing and Powerboating! DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 33

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Cruising along the coastline of Dubai is a great way to see the city and make the most of the beautiful weather. Most charter yachts depart from the Dubai Marina area and vary in size from 10 to 50 metres. 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. Although Dubai authorities monitor safety standards, it’s also important to book with an established company who provide well maintained yachts with an experienced crew. 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 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. If you want a good catch then it’s important to book a boat that has all the tackle plus an experienced fisherman who knows the best fishing spots during the different times of year. The best season for fishing is October to May however plenty of fish are also caught in the summer months. 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 or visit 34 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 34

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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 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 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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 35

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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 or visit www.golfand


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 36 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 36

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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 065487777, email or visit www.golfand


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 DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 37

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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.


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 395 for 18 holes (til’ 30th Sept). Price include a shared cart, range balls and use of the practise facilities. Clubs are available at Dhs 200. Call 04-3905600.


Probably the best known golf club in Dubai and home to ‘The Dubai Desert Classic’. There are two courses available, the Majlis - par 72 and the Faldo - par 73. Green fees for the Majlis are Dhs 500 at all times whilst the Faldo is Dhs 400 during the day and Dhs 425 during the evenings (til’ 30th Sept). 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.


Completely re-designed by Thomas Bjorn in 2005, the 18-hole course is a par 71 with numerous water features. There is also a floodlit, 9-hole, par 3 course. Green fees are Dhs 350 during the week and Dhs 400 at weekends (valid til’ 30th Sept). 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. 38 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 38

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Home to the award winning Peter Harradine 9 hole championship course, fully 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. Book 4 Ball 18 holes at Dhs 695 peak/ Dhs 550 off peak, or 4 Ball 9 holes at Dhs 375 peak/ Dhs 290 off peak (til’ 30th Sept). Call 06-5487777.


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 495 (valid til’ 30th Sept). Price includes a shared golf cart with GPS and complimentary range balls. Taylor Made clubs are available at Dhs 195. Call 04-4251010.


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 285 Sunday to Thursday and Dhs 340 Friday and Saturday (valid til’ 30th Sept). Club hire is available at Dhs 175 for 18 holes. Call 04-3663000.


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 295 during the week and Dhs 395 at weekend (valid til’ 30th Sept). Clubs are available at Dhs 120 (18 holes) and Dhs 75 (9 holes). Call 04-6010101. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 39

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HEALTH & fitness

Health&fitness As part of the world’s leading health and fitness chain, Fitness First Middle East is dedicated to offering its members world class amenities, and is constantly striving to provide the latest facilities, innovations and events so it’s members can feel part of the Fitness First family. Throughout September, why not check out one of the Fitness First - Ladies Only road shows in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Experts will conduct seminars on the importance of screening for breast cancer, along with nutrition, Zumba pink-themed classes and other fun activities. Fitness First have also set up ladies only training areas, fully-equipped with Queenax and Lifescape - the latest innovations in the fitness industry. Queenax adapts to the new trends in suspension and functional training with everything around you – the walls, the floors and even the ceiling becoming your equipment for a fitter life. It’s the only system with patented technology that multiplies the space available within your room.

LifeScape on the other hand gives you the opportunity to bring your workouts to life. The integrity series come with a television screen that allow you to choose from a variety of landscapes,

and features exclusive high-definition hikes, runs and bike routes through famous locations around the world. The integrated machine speeds up the video as you move faster and matches the resistance or inclines to the varying terrain. The Mirdif City Centre club has also opened a luxurious indoor swimming pool to help people get fit, toned and even relax while escaping the heat. The pool is equipped with separate changing rooms alongside sauna and steam relaxation areas, with ladies only sessions scheduled throughout the week.

Fitness First’s primary goal is to take care of you in the best possible way, so why not head over to the place that’s making the world fitter. For more information call 800 FITNESS (3486377) or visit Join our community at fitnessfirstme, or @fitnessfirstme on Instagram.

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Growing Bones, Steadfast Care.

American Hospital

Pediatric Orthopedics at the American Hospital Dubai

Unlike adults, a child’s musculoskeletal system continues to develop and grow. Therefore, treating ailments in this area requires the unique expertise of Pediatric Orthopedic surgeons. These physicians not only specialize in evaluating and treating a child’s bones, joints and muscles, they do so through a special approach that comforts young patients and their anxious parents.

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The American Hospital Dubai brings two skilled specialists to our community. Dr. med. Ludwig Schwering and Dr. med. Michael Vohrer are both Pediatric Orthopedic and Foot Surgeons and are highly trained in the conservative and operative treatment of pediatric orthopedics, disabled adults, foot problems and tumor orthopedics. The team also includes Orthopedic Technician Master Jan Jurkoweit, whose conservative approach offers a non-operative chance for healing. From accidents in the playground to congenital disorders, the pediatric orthopedic unit couples facilities with exceptional, steadfast care to ensure your child grows up standing tall. Find out how our skilled and dedicated network of physicians can ensure you and your family get the peace of mind you deserve.

For more information please call +971 4 377 6922 The first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) The first private laboratory to be certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP)

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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. 44 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 44

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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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 45

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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. 46 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 46

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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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 47

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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 & Sharjah. 48 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 48

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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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 49

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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.

SEPTEMBER OFFERS Autumn festivities Celebrate the Moon Cake Festival at Zheng He’s Chinese restaurant at Madinat Jumeirah from 15th to 21st September. Set menus and an exclusive à la carte selection is available for lunch and dinner with entertainment and activities also taking place, including a traditional lion dance on 19th September and live Guzhen music during the week. This traditional lunar celebration, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar during the full moon. Recognised by the Chinese and Vietnamese, an important part of it is the ritual of moon gazing and moon worship. Call 04-3666730 or visit

Full Moon Festival The Chinese Full Moon Festival takes place at Long Yin, Le Meridien Dubai from 1st to 14th September offering Hong Kong Moon Cake with Lotus seed paste with two yolks for Dhs 180 per box. There is also a regular a la carte and dim sum menu with Chinese spirits and sake. Call 04-7022455.

A taste of Thai Make your way to Blue Elephant Restaurant at Al Bustan Rotana from 8th to 12th September as the venue showcases a lavish buffet of the finest satay Thai dishes accompanied by Chang, the famous authentic Thai beverage. Visit or call 04-7054285.

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We recommend...

Jamie’s Italian - Festival City

Running till the end of September, loyal Jamie’s fans are in for a treat as tables of six people or more will receive a bottle of house wine or a glass of prosecco on arrival. All you need do is quote this code when making your reservation: JIP6. Call 04-2329969 or visit for more information.

Steak your claim

Fantastic Fridays Featuring diverse buffet stations and a playground area for kids, the Fantastic Family Brunch is available every Friday at Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, from 12.30pm to 4pm. Prices start from Dhs 195 (including soft drinks), Dhs 295 (including house beverages), or Dhs 495 (including house and bubbly beverages). Call 04-2308571 or email

Explore an exciting treat at Double Decker, Al Murooj Rotana and enjoy the pub’s ‘Steak and Fries’ for the whole month of September. Go for your favourite steak, whether it is sirloin, tenderloin, rib-eye, T-bone or the signature Big Daddy grilled to perfection. This will be served on a wooden block with the perfect condiments, including fries. Visit or call 04-3211111.

Business lunch Savour mouth-watering ribs and succulent steaks at The Rib Room steakhouse at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and enjoy a two-course menu for Dhs 110 or a three-coruse menu for Dhs 130, and just add Dhs 20 for a glass of house grape beverage. Timings are for lunch only from Sunday to Thursday. Call 04-3198088 or email DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 51

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Eat like an Italian at Dante Restaurant, Grand Millennium Dubai. Enjoy an authentic Italian Pasta night every Monday from 7pm to 11pm and indulge in a wide selection of appetisers, main course, live cooking stations and desserts. Prices are Dhs 175 with soft drinks, Dhs 195 with one glass of bubbly or grape and soft drinks, Dhs 295 with unlimited selected beverages, with children between 6 and 12 years dining for Dhs 85 and children under six years eating for free (2 children per family). Call 04-4299999 or email

Latinostyle Keeping with Dubai’s longstanding tradition of brunch festivities, Café Habana has launched Fiesta Cuban-Mexican themed brunch. Fill your day with Latino flair, as the live band Ritmo de Habana plays Cuban tunes through the afternoon. As noon turns to evening, Café Habana’s resident DJ will take to the decks to mix a selection of commercial, house Cuban beats. Brunch options include the Non-Alcoholic Fiesta for Dhs 195, Free-Flowing Fiesta for Dhs 295 and Bubbly Fiesta for Dhs 345. Call 04-4222620.

Mamma mia! Travel from coast to coast for a global celebration of seafood every Tuesday at Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina. Enjoy unlimited ocean-fresh flavours with an extravagant buffet featuring classic raw bar preparations, sushi, smoked salmon and gravlax, as well as inspired seafood dishes from both East and West for Dhs 285 (food only). Alternatively, take a trip to Southern Europe at Mazina with an extensive menu featuring traditional Napoli pizza, regional antipasto and Milanese risotto to classic Bolognese, Tuscan bruschetta and Chicago deep-dish pizza pie, Italian cuisine is as colourful and diverse as its history. This is available every Sunday for Dhs 220. Call 04-4367777 or email

A Culinary weekend Park Hyatt Dubai will host Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine, a special culinary experience on Saturday 21st September. This gastronomic event will feature an interactive tea-infused cocktail master class hosted by Camelia’s Teahouse and Park Hyatt Dubai promising both a unique and memorable evening. The event will be concluded with a sumptuous barbeque dinner, overlooking the beautiful skyline of Dubai. Located at the Traiteur Upper Bar, reservations can be made by emailing or by calling 04-6021804. Visit

Business on the go Souk al Bahar’s Kanpai, home to contemporary Japanese cuisine, is introducing a new lunch set menu for the business aficionado. Offering a selection of mains accompanied by soup, bento and dessert, Kanpai’s cool interior is an inviting option for a quick and delicious lunch. The business lunch is priced at just Dhs 69. Call 04-4419262.

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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 appitite, here are just a few suggestions.

Feel-good Fridays Pergolas Restaurant proudly presents its amazing Friday Brunch and welcomes you to relax every Friday with your family at Al Murooj Rotana Dubai for Dhs 225 for adults (including unlimited selected beverages) and Dhs 125 for kids. Visit or call 04-3211111.

Get set to brunch Celebrate with Yalumba on 6th September with their 8th Anniversary brunch, offering a decadent spread of scrumptious cuisine and a never ending supply of fine Champagnes. Alternatively, you could check out the Back to School brunch on 27th September. Both brunches are priced at Dhs 499 with a 20% discount on all beverages. Call 04-7022455.

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.

Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah A truly luxurious array of cuisine spread over the ground floor of Al Qasr, this superb Friday brunch serves favourites from three restaurants - Al Hambra, Arboretum and MJ’s Steakhouse. From freshly barbecued wagyu burgers to delicious desserts, savour a delectable array of options whilst enjoying live entertainment and activities for the kids. Take your place at tables within any one of the three restaurants, alternatively sit outside on the terrace with splendid views of the lazy waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah or the imposing Burj Al Arab hotel. Brunch is served between 12.30pm and 4pm and is priced at Dhs 550 inclusive of bubbly, cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks, Dhs 450 for non-alcoholic beverages and Dhs 250 for children four to 12 years - free to children under four years of age. For reservations call 04-3666730. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 53

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NIGHTLIFE & entertainment

Nightlife &

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. 54 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 54

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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.

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. 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. MO*VIDA: Located on the 1st floor of the Radisson Royal Hotel, the club boasts two bar areas and 38 VIP tables with two steps leading you straight on to the Mo*Vida dance floor. The club features an incredible sound system, bespoke designer furnishings and lighting to create the perfect ambience. Call 04-3866844. 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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 55

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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. 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. CALABAR: This vibrant, Latin-inspired, chic-yet-informal premium lounge on the lobby level of The Address Downtown Dubai, offers added reason for cheer every Friday with an extended Happy Hour on all beverages from 6pm-8pm. Groove to the live set from the resident DJ and let the weekend vibe continue into the evening. 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. 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. 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. 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. 56 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 56

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SALAMAR: Salamar provides the ultimate Cuban experience and an ideal spot for those that like to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Set in the lush gardens of the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, sit back and enjoy mouth-watering light bites and cocktails with salsa music and peacocks - a truly unique experience. Call 04-3995000. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 57

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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. 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.

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.

UPTOWN: Sit outside on the terrace of the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach hotel sipping a cocktail with what is the most spectacular view of the coastline, The Burj Khalifa and the nearby Burj Al Arab hotel. Call 04-4068999. 58 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 58

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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. THE HUDDLE SPORTS BAR AND GRILL: The theming of Huddle’s is purposely underplayed so as not to distract from the key activity of watching sport. Designed around a centrally located bar, with TV screens located throughout, the layout and decor not only creates a sense of intimacy but also ensures the screens are clearly visible from any angle. Call 04-4098017 (Al Barsha) or 04-4078068 (Bur Dubai). BOSTON BAR: This upbeat venue is based on the famous ‘Cheers’ setting and is a trendy haunt for the young and the young at heart. Patrons will find their favourite beverages and delicious American style menu in a welcoming, lively atmosphere, with theme nights, happy hour prices, ladies’ nights and the very latest in music hits selected by the in-house DJ. Call 04-3455888 ext.4342. 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. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 59

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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, 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 to make sure you look and feel great. So why not indulge yourself and check out some of the great offers available this month.

SEPTEMBER SPA PROMOTIONS The Spa, The Address Dubai Marina The Citrus Summer Detox at The Spa allows you to bask in the natural effects of pink grapefruit, green rosemary, and juniper berry, with a treatment that soothes and stimulates skin. Drawing on the strengthening and detoxifying effects of these fruits, combined with exfoliation from ground olive grains, all coupled with layers of gels and oils and foot reflex pressure massages, encourages the release of toxins, your skin will be left feeling soft and nourished. This 50-minute treatment is priced at Dhs 375. Call 04-4367424 or email

Akaru Spa, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Amara, Park Hyatt Dubai

Everyone needs to escape the world and indulge in a few hours of pampering. Akaru spa offers you the opportunity to enjoy three treatments and only pay for two. This is valid on treatments of minimum 60 minutes and the cheaper treatment is complimentary. All treatments must be taken by the same person, this is not in conjunction with other offers and it is valid until 30th September. Call 04-2308565 or email

During September, the Amara Spa team is offering a special package designed to nourish and revitalise. The Winter Radiance package incorporates a 60-minute Rose of Arabia massage followed by a 30-minute booster facial and is priced at Dhs 650. Call 04-6021660

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Rebecca Treston@ Euromed Achieve a flawless physique with Rebecca’s Monday Makeovers. Until 30th September you can enjoy two of the clinic’s mosthyped and iconic treatments, Ultrasound Cavitation and Radiofrequency, for Dhs 1,400, offering a whopping discount of 50%. Call 04-3945422 or visit

Pastels Salon Pastels Salon’s September promotion is guaranteed to put the flair back into all hair. Whenever you buy either Kerastase Densifique or any product from the newlylaunched Redken Curvaceous collection, you will be entered into a draw to win the same products as those that were purchased. Contact Pastels Jumeirah on 04-3883534/3397, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai Marina Branch on 04-3995016/318 6141 or the Mercato Mall branch on 04-3447883.

Spadunya Wellness is all about healing, so open up your heart chakra and heal your body with the 60-minute Infinite Harmony Emerald Massage for Dhs 395 plus a free 30-minute Colour Face Reflexology. Call 04-4393669 or visit

The Spa, The Palace Downtown Dubai

The Cure Wellness and Beauty Lounge

With the newly-launched ‘Royal Orange Oasis Ritual’ feel your senses awaken with a top-totoe ritual that envelops you in revitalising citrus sensations. Aimed at protecting skin from dryness and premature ageing, while providing rejuvenation and antioxidants for firmer skin, this 12-minute treatment also repairs sun-damaged skin and is priced at Dhs 777 until 30th September or Dhs 1,100 from October onwards. Call 04-4287805, or email or

Enjoy some pampering with free polish changes for mums and daughters at The Cure, Media City. Every Monday between 9am and 11am starting 2nd September, The Cure will be holding the Yummy Mummy Morning for you and your little ones. You can enjoy the wide range of treatments available to you and allow your children to play with others, or even join in for the treatment as well. What’s more, get your nails done with a complimentary ‘Mummy and Princess Polish Change’, so that your daughter gets her dainty little nails painted just like Mummy’s. Just remember to book your treatment slot in advance. Call 04-3916485 or visit DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 61

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Getting around



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.


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.


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 for more information. 62 | SEPTEMBER Discover Dubai DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 62

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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 isn’t mandatory, but as in most places it seems the right thing to do. DD Master Layout - September 2013.indd 63


You can book a taxi by calling the numbers below or using the online booking service at 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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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!


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:

Tier 0

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

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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Energy (Dubai) IBN Battuta Nakheel Harbor & Tower (Jumeira Islands) Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai Marina Nakheel


Dubai Internet City (TECOM) Sharaf DG (Al Barsha) Mall of the Emirates First Gulf Bank (Burj Al Arab) Noor Islamic Bank (Al Quoz) Business Bay Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Financial Centre

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Emirates Towers World Trade Centre


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Jebel Ali (Jafza/Limitless) Jebel Ali Industrial


Oud Metha

Al Jafiliya Al Karama


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Union Square

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Al Fahidi


16 Burjuman

Al Ghubaiba Al Ras

The Dubai Metro Map

Creek Al Jedaf Dubai Health Care City

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Al Rigga


Deira City Centre


GGICO (Al Garhoud)


Airport Terminal 1


Airport Terminal 3



Salah Al Din Abu Baker Al Siddique Abu Hail Al Qiyadah



Stadium Al Nahda Airport Free Zone Etisalat


Al Qusais


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