Destination Dubai Summer 2013 Edition

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e are now onto our 3rd edition of Destination Dubai and are delighted to be making a few ripples within the publishing industry in Dubai. We could never have achieved this without the combined hard work and support of our writers, photographers and production team. Destination Dubai Summer 2013 is finally here and hopefully we have once again achieved our goal - to produce a guestbook that we are proud of and you are happy to own.

The 2013 Summer Edition is once again packed with amazing features, photography and a look at the people that make up this fabulous city. We start with our stunning cover that’s shot by my friend and award-winning photographer Ivana Maglione. Ivana has contributed to all the editions so far and her images have been a major talking point for guests as they browse the pages. Continue through the book and you will find our regular pages where we take a look at the cultural side of Dubai. This section was a promise I made to myself, to try and create a little understanding of the society we are living in. For summer, we look at the link between tradition and local dancing as well as the significance of the abaya to the Emirati culture. (p. x-x)

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Henna is a plant.For skin dyeing; a paste of ground henna (either prepared from a dried powder or fresh ground leaves) is placed in contact with the skin. Once applied, depending on how long you wish to leave the paste on your body, the longer the better result, henna begins to fade after about 10 days,and within two to three weeks, there is no evidence of it on your body.

The world of the arts is given a once-over by Danielle Simpson who keeps us up to date with the ever-evolving cultural hub that is Alserkal Avenue. (p. x-x). She also talks to Arabic calligraphy artist Faouzia Hilmy, a relative newcomer to Dubai, who shares her unique style with us and explains how Dubai has inspired her work. (p. x-x) Turning to the social scene we look at one of Dubai’s most popular activities that takes place every Friday of the year: the infamous Brunch. We give you tips on how to make the most of this luxurious, gastronomic marathon, and those that are, in our opinion, the best of the best! (p. x-x) For information on fashion, food, health, music and shopping, along with comprehensive listings of all the best places to visit, we point you to the Directory pages at the back of the book. Without hesitation, we guarantee that Destination Dubai offers you the most up to the minute, in depth stories and information about this unique and ever-growing city. Please sit back, be our guest, relax and enjoy.

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Our round-up of activities, sights and things to do in and around Dubai


PIECES OF ATLANTIS Discover the elements and minor details that characterise's one of Dubai's most iconic hotels



We show you a spectacular view

from some of the rooftops of

Dubai through the eyes of nigh

time photograper Daniel Cheong

and his magical lens


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All over the city the ubiquitous

Dubai brunch has become the

favourite weekend pasttime of

visitors to and residents of Dubai


THE ABAYA IN MODERN ARAB CULTURE A look at one of the most traditional aspects of Arab culture and how it is adapting to modern times



Amal gives us a personal insight into her culture and offers her view on the direction Dubai is taking


THE ENERGY OF TRADITIONAL DANCING An unmissable experience which embraces history, culture and energy in its celebration of life

64 INDUSTRIAL ARTS REVOLUTION As the Dubai arts scene rapidly blossoms we take you on a tour of its emerging cultural hub


THE ART OF WRITING French/Moroccan artist and calligrapher Faouzia Hilmy tells us about her unique style and what it takes to be just one of a few female calligraphic artists

106 HEALTH SALONS AND SPAS A guide to massage, facials, salon services and where to go to get the ultimate pampering experience

128 FROM SKY DIVING TO SNOWBOARDING We show you where to go for white-knuckle excitement and an adrenalin rush 134 BOOKS ELECTRONICS AND MUSIC

136 FOOTBALL ON THE BEACH Beach soccer has found its home in Dubai. Fast-paced, exciting to watch with goal after goal scored, this is unlike any other sporting event in the region


THE MUSICAL INVASION Dubai has now become a major destination for the world’s most famous musical acts

112 RESTAURANTS: SELECT YOUR DISH Treat your tastebuds to the city’s best restaurants, with a range of cuisine from around the world


DRAMA CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION Concept Stylist Joyce Saicedo and Photorapher Merchal Pete Caguuan show us their style


ENTERTAINMENT BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS For night owls who love live music, dancing, lounge bars and the city’s best nightspots


ART AND GALLERIES Purchase, view and admire. See art by today’s up and coming artists from around the world, here on your doorstep


Indulge in some serious retail therapy at Dubai’s myriad shopping locations from local shops and boutiques to flagship stores

Home entertainment, books, music; the latest buys and where to find them

A DAY AT THE RACES We look at the most important sporting event of the year, attended by thousands from around the world

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DESTINATION DUBAI YOUR DEFINITIVE GUESTBOOK PUBLISHER COVA Group EDITOR Danielle Simpson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tagred Chandab, Danielle Simpson, Kerry Baggott Georgie Vassy, Rebecca Anne Proctor

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Andrew Cotterill, Merchel Peter Caguan, Noel Miller, Daniel Cheong, Joyce Salcedo, Ivana Maglione, Donnell Gumiran, Gary Schmid DESIGN DIRECTOR Noel Miller PROJECT COORDINATER Sai PR CONSULTANT Amal Akbar INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Alexandra Young SALES MANAGERS Ashih Limaye, Shawki Abdel Malik GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Liju Augustine at Print Outs ONLINE DIRECTOR Donald Thomas


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Ivana was born in Italy and is based in Dubai. Her two biggest passions in life are travel and photography, visiting more than 60 countries across all the continents, encountering many fascinating cultures and beautiful places. Her ability to connect with her subjects and the almost instantaneous rapport she creates is evident in her images. She wants her subjects to feel at ease with her and keep true to themselves, unchanged by the presence of her and the camera. Originally from Italy Ivana co-founded Photography Ect, teaches workshops on digital photography and is involved in organizing photographic expeditions to various countries worldwide.

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Donnell Cablas Gumiran is an award winning photographer and art director based in Dubai, UAE. His love of the visual arts led him into the world of photography at a young age, and this naturally developed into a passion for photography and graphic design. His genuine love of capturing the emotions of people’s lives make Donnell one of the most successful photographers in the UAE. Donnell’s mission is to pass on his knowledge to young co-photographers. “Photography is a wonderful and mysterious tool” His work has landed him exposure internationally, and to date he has had both local and internationally published material.

Destination Dubai, the definitive guestbook, embraces design, elegance and creative features along with stunning photography to assist the tourist in getting the most out of Dubai. Editions are printed in hardback to a large format and distributed in both summer and winter to four and five star hotels, serviced apartments, airport executive lounges and art galleries across Dubai. WINTER 2012

Daniel was born in Mauritius and is of Chinese descent. His job in the telecommunications industry allows him to work in many countries. Based in Dubai, this budding and passionate photographer became serious about it when he bought his first DSLR, in Singapore, in 2006. He then learned and perfected the technique of digital blending, which consists of manually blending multiple bracketed exposures, in order to obtain the maximum dynamic range. His main photographic interests are seascapes, cityscapes, especially at the blue hour, and also urban decay. Recently, he went out of his comfort zone, trying portraiture and modelling.


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Gary Schmid

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Gary is an internationally renowned commercial photographer from Austria, opened his first studio there in 2005. Finding that the majority of his business was coming from the Middle East and Africa, he moved to Dubai in 2009 where he has worked commercially ever since, focusing on interiors and food photography for international hotel chains and the food industry. His photos are widely published in magazines, books and his travel photography has been exhibited in galleries in Dubai and Austria. Technically brilliant he is one the most sought after photographer in the region. Gary also takes time to instruct others with his well attended workshops and has recently became a photographic ambassador for Canon.

Danielle is a British writer and editor, originally from London. She has been based in the Middle East for the past six years, living in both Bahrain and the UAE. She is well travelled, and has spent significant time in India and France. She has written for magazines and guidebooks and is published in France, the UK, USA and Middle East. Having recently completed her first novel she is currently seeking an agent and looking forward to becoming the next JK Rowling. With a passion for travel, food, reading, writing and psychology, Danielle thinks she’s pretty lucky being paid for doing what she loves.


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Kerry Baggott As a travel journalist, Kerry sees her two greatest passions in life - travel and writing - come together in a perfect marriage. In a career spanning almost 20 years, Kerry has written for national newspapers and magazines and edited numerous travel industry publications and guidebooks. She has explored countless countries - either with a rucksack as a backpacker, with a briefcase on business, or with a stroller as a mum of two. Although hailing from England, Kerry has lived in Dubai for over five years and loves witnessing, almost on a daily basis, the changes taking place here.


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DIVING IN DUBAI Diving and Dubai go hand-in-hand. Centuries ago Dubai was largely reliant on pearl diving. Today divers are more interested in encountering the many wonders that lie below the surface of the warm waters of the Gulf. With sea temperatures rarely falling below 25 degrees, this is the perfect climate in which to either learn to dive in comfort or simply enjoy the underwater spectacles. And there is lots to entertain you from turtles and snapper to stunning schools of angelfish, barracudas and moray eels. Dubai is also renowned for its wreck diving, predominantly the wreck of the MV Dara. This cruise liner sunk in the 1960s, causing, after the Titanic, the highest loss of life at sea, when 238 passengers perished. Further up the east coast of the UAE in Al Aqah and in Dibba, Musandam, colourful sealife and coral are waiting in abundance. PHOTOGRAPH BY NICKY LOH

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If speed is your thing, then head to the 5.39km long Dubai Autodrome. With its high-speed straights and technical corners, it’s a challenging course that hosts numerous regional racing fixtures. However, it’s also the place to go if you're itching to get behind the wheel and put your own foot to the floor. Experience the epic power of the new Audi R8 V10 or the thrill of a Formula 1-style single-seater. Master your driving technique in a high-performance Audi TT or take control of a World Rally Championship Subaru. If you want to combine fun with socialising, make for the Kartdrome. Buckle up and hop into a Honda 390cc kart to challenge your teammates around the bends of the 1.2km circuit. There are also sessions especially for children. And for kids, big and small, don't miss the Laserdrome, a medieval castle-like setting where only the smartest and nimblest will avoid being ‘lasered’.

From the top of its giant Ferris wheel the whole world is visible - from India to Namibia, Japan to the Philippines or Brazil to Thailand. Global Village is Dubai’s cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination, all situated in one outdoor area. Each year more than six million visitors explore the 45 countries showcasing their cultural handicrafts and indigenous products. But not only is Global Village a shopper’s paradise, it is also a cultural and entertainment haven. At its heart sits the Village’s amazing big wheel, lit up each night and visible from the Emirates Road. Located within the funfair area, the Ferris wheel soars 40m high, providing spectacular views of the Village below and out over the desert. It’s certainly worth a ride. Global Village opens each year from October to the end of March. PHOTOGRAPH BY NICKY LOH



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CLASSIC CAR APPRECIATION Ironic as it may seem, for the past five years the Emirates Classic Car Festival has taken place in the ultra modern Downtown area of Dubai. For one week each year, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, more commonly frequented by Ferraris and Maseratis fresh from the showroom, becomes the location for rare and iconic classic cars and motorbikes, many of which boast an illustrious legacy. Amongst the 1970 E-Type Jaguars, 1950 Cadillac Coupe Devilles and 1930 Harley Davidsons, past exhibits have included the 1920s Bentleys that participated in the Blue Train Race between London and Nice. This event, organised by Emaar Properties in association with the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE, has a fair-like atmosphere that sees well over 200 vehicles on display, with competitions held for the ‘best car’ in 14 categories. Who says Dubai is all about the here and now? PHOTOGRAPH BY NICKY LOH

CAMEL ENCOUNTERS A trip to Dubai would not be complete without a close encounter with a camel. But beware – these are characterful creatures. Spitting is one of their habits, as is showing their often-dirty teeth and if you intend to ride one you’re in for a bumpy experience. Nevertheless, lumbering across the desert dunes on top of a camel is a magical and mystical experience that completes a desert safari. Indeed, these creatures are embedded in the culture of Arabia, not only wandering the desert but also on the racetrack. To watch these ‘ships of the desert’ pick up pace, head for the track at Al Marmoum (exit 37 off the Al Ain Road). This truly Arabic experience is a loud and lively one as a herd of lanky one-humped dromedary camels battle it out to the finishing line cheered on by a raucous audience of local enthusiasts. The season runs from October to March and has to be seen to be believed. PHOTOGRAPH BY NICKY LOH 18 Destination Dubai

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THE PATIALA RESTAURANT Patiala is Indian fine dining at its best. Formerly a princely state in Punjab, Patiala was known for being a seat of India’s political and cultural aristocracy and its illustrious heritage informs the restaurant’s cuisine. Award-winning Head Chef Sanjay Bahl and his team of specialist chefs, flown in from North India, have created a mouthwatering menu boasting signature dishes such as Quail Kebab, Chargrilled Chili Mint Prawns, Zaveri Fish Tikka and Patiala Murg Tikka - spicy chicken kebabs from the royal kitchen. One of Patiala’s chefs is the great grandson of the kebab’s inventor, which, legend has it, was created for an ageing Nawab. Patiala also specialises in royalty breads, rarely found outside of India, as well as a range of lighter Patiala bites for diners in the lounge area.

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Level 3, Souk al Bahar, Downtown Dubai Tel: 04 451 9151,

They have to be the coolest creatures in town, and thanks to Ski Dubai we now have the opportunity to meet with McFatty, Pumpkin, Pebbles and Squeaky. As part of a colony, we’re talking Gentoo and King penguins of course. These magnificent birds are well and truly at home in the unique snow park within Mall of the Emirates where their natural habitat has been painstakingly recreated. At sub-zero temperatures these fabulous creatures live a life of luxury as they duck and dive in their icy pool, lounge on their private deck and dine on fish banquets. And each day they are free to waddle around the park, escorted by their personal trainers, in their daily March of the Penguins Show. For those who want to meet, train and play with the penguins, don’t hesitate to sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime Peng-Friend Encounter.




PARTY AT SANDANCE In Dubai’s cooler months (October to April, bar January) the hottest tickets in town are to the Sandance music festival. Literally thousands flock to the sands of the opulent Atlantis, The Palm, for what has become the biggest beach party in the region. With a line-up of headline acts that have included the Kaiser Chiefs, Faithless, Snow Patrol, The Script, Richard Ashcroft and Dizzee Rascal, not to mention Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding, both of whom performed alongside Roger Sanchez and Paul Van Dyk, at Dubai’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, Sandance is a star-studded attraction. Add to that the cream of local and international DJs, including Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Armand Van Helden, Calvin Harris, Benny Benassi and Avicii taking control of the decks, with 12 hours of dancing on the sands of Atlantis Beach, the chance to soak up the sun from mid-afternoon then chilling out at sunset and partying into the early hours the next day, as well as a stunning firework display to light up the sky, and it comes as no surprise that revellers just keep coming back for more and more. PHOTOGRAPH BY NICKY LOH



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It’s not uncommon in Dubai for the air to be filled with a sweet or spicy aroma and the chances are there’s often a shisha bar close by. Wafts of apple, mint, cardamom (frankly an endless menu of flavours) will be coming from the flavoured tobacco as it smolders atop the hot charcoals of a shisha pipe. The oriental pipes themselves are often beautiful and colourful ornaments consisting of a round water chamber and a long tube through which the smoke is inhaled. Whilst there is much dispute as to where shisha first originated (some say India, others Persia or Turkey), the pastime of smoking shisha is most definitely embedded in the UAE culture. Lying on comfy sofas watching the sunset and smoking shisha is certainly the thing to do at the end of the working day for many Dubaians. PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL CHEONG Destination Dubai 23

Pieces of Atlantis

Poised at the crest of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, sits a monument to hospitality. With 1539 rooms, Atlantis The Palm dominates all other hotels in the region, not only for its sheer size but also its revolutionary architectural prowess. Yet, step inside this humungous property with its towering arches and arabesque domes and it’s the minute detail that is most impressive. BY KERRY BAGGOTT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY SCHMID

Using an esteemed roster of internationally acclaimed architects, designers and landscapers, Atlantis The Palm takes its inspiration from that lost city of the same name discovered beneath the sea some 11,000 years ago. This theme is unmistakably apparent the moment you enter the grand lobby and you marvel at the priceless Dale Chihuly centrepiece - a 10m high sculpture with over 3000 pieces of intensely coloured blown glass, said to have taken almost two years to create. As Chihuly’s first installation in the Middle East, this stunning glass sculpture brings the essence of the sea to life. 24 Destination Dubai

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Surrounding it are eight sea snake columns constructed within a sea urchin’s shell, while the arched ceilings feature eight hand-painted murals by Spanish artist Albino Gonzalez, telling the story of the ancient mythological city of Atlantis. This theme continues as you journey deeper into the hotel. Amongst the larger-than-life fantasy dÊcor, notice the intricate frescoes of sea horses, twirling shells, lace-like seaweeds and corals decorating every corner and column. Look up and see majestic statues of swordfish jump on the roof and hear the sound of water trickle from the numerous fountains dotted about the hotel and gardens.

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You'll meet over 65,000 aquatic creatures from sharks to luminescent jellyfish

But of course this theme truly comes to life when guests encounter the inhabitants of the sea themselves. Within the underground maze of glass tunnels that is The Lost Chambers Aquarium, you’ll meet over 65,000 aquatic creatures from sharks to luminescent jellyfish. And of course the theme is complete as you lie on the resort’s 1.4km beach facing the sea itself. So, if you think the city of Atlantis has been lost forever, think again as you witness its painstakingly detailed recreation.

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LEVEL 43 Four Points Sheraton The close proximity of water is not a prerequisite to finding a great lounge bar in Dubai. And you don’t need to be at either end of Sheikh Zayed Road either. If you find yourself near Downtown or DIFC, then head to Level 43 at Four Points Sheraton. The clue is in the title; the al-fresco lounge sits on the 43rd floor and offers you the most incredible view of Dubai, both the beating heart of the city - the six lane highway that is Sheikh Zayed Road - and over Jumeirah and Satwa’s patchwork spread of villas, as far as the Arabian Gulf.


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ubai is a city of artificial beauty. An urban development of the 21st century, this former fishing village is now beyond recognition from the modest trading post it once was in the past. From street level, the skyline is formidably fantastic: a futuristic landscape. Think Gotham City or the Capitol of The Hunger Games. Mind-bogglingly high structures soar up from the desert, gleaming in the sunlight, awe-inspiring in the inventiveness of their designs. But it is at night, from up high that this horizon takes on another aspect all together. Illuminated and sparkling, it is breathtaking in its beauty and the views are phenomenal. We’re not talking views over the desert, but of the buildings themselves. We are bombarded with grids of golden lights in motion - the roads, crammed with evening revellers. Red warning lights, atop the tallest buildings, flash to avert flying aircraft of their proximity to the moon. Neon colours are stars of their very own light shows and wherever we cast our eyes, angles and shapes, graphic lines and mathematical curves, glass and steel, concrete and aluminium, circles, and diamonds, rectangles and spirals assault the senses as far as the eye can see. This is an urban jungle, a dystopian landscape, a science fiction backdrop. It forms the inspiration for film-makers, architects and photographers alike. This is Daniel Cheong’s view of Dubai.

We are bombarded with grids of golden lights in motion. Neon colours are stars of their very own light shows

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Park Hyatt The fun is not limited to Dubai Marina. For a sense of its trading history and the city Dubai once was, head down to the Moroccan-inspired Park Hyatt in Deira. Overlooking the busy Creek, The Terrace bar is the place to unwind after a long day’s shopping or lying in the sun. Watch the brightly lit dhows drift lazily past, some carrying tourists, others still trading. Whilst the hotel’s restaurants attract a crowd interested in their French and Thai menus, those who want to make the most of Dubai’s nightlife scene will gravitate towards The Terrace. Open daily 2.00 pm-late

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This is not for the fainthearted, nor for those who eat to live

Brunch: THE DUBAI WAY The Dubai Friday Brunch bears no resemblance to brunch American or European-style. In fact it is not that familiar contraction of breakfast and lunch, typically enjoyed sometime late mid-morning after a heavy night before, at all.


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hether you prefer your Pont-l'Évêque and soda crackers with a side of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and grilled garlic prawns, or your plate loaded with sushi, sashimi, dim sum and lobster tails, or, if starting with every chocolate creation under the sun, garnished with strawberry homemade marshmallow and white chocolate buttons is more to your taste, then Friday Brunch, Dubai-style, will definitely be a thing for you. For the purists amongst you, never fear. You can conservatively work your way through an array of fruits de mer extraordinaires - grilled, steamed, baked, or oyster-raw; salads, crudités, vegetables – marinated, dressed, undressed, grilled, roasted, baked or steamed; pasta, noodles, rice, potatoes,

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Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Mediterranean, British, Aussie, Teppanyaki, Mongolian; groaning tables four-metres long bearing obscene quantities of gourmet cheeses; wine, bubbles, cocktail stations; white chocolate fountains, gateaux, pancakes, sorbets and mousses. There are even fantastical culinary delights for the kiddies in designated frenzied scaled-down areas offering Willy Wonkastyle food fantasies: candy floss, hot dogs, chips, popcorn, sweeties and ice cream. If you want it, you will find it. Eat and drink as much as you can. You have four hours. Your time starts now.... For newcomers to Dubai, this is brunch, but not as you've known it. No. Friday Brunch, Dubai-style, is a blow-out, all-you-can-eat, lavish-beyond-any-

reasonable-person’s-expectations banquet of the finest cuisines from around the world. Cooking stations, comprising extravagant, gastronomic excellence, battle to titillate your taste buds. This is unparalleled dining at its most excessive, consisting, in gargantuan proportions, of the finest food money can buy. Think lobster, caviar, champagne, truffles, multiply that by infinity. Think Michelin-starred food from around the world all in one place, all at one time, every Friday, in every luxury hotel throughout Dubai. If this is your first time, you may think you have died and gone to gastro-heaven. Brunch is not for the fainthearted, nor for those who eat to live. It should be reserved for special occasions so you never become blasé about what you are confronted with. The day you do, it’s time to stop.

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• Eat nothing after 9pm the night before. Not a single thing.

• Go easy on the carbohydrates. You will have no tummy space for the rest.

• Dress to impress. The concept of overdressed does not exist in Dubai.

• Pace the beverages. Four hours of all you can drink is known to become messy.

• Arrive on the dot of ‘on your marks, get set, GO!’ Every second counts.

• Be brave: try everything.

• Familiarise yourself with the layout of the food. You don’t want to waste precious time when the whistle blows.

• Queues for the lobster? Go try something else and come back later.

• Going with friends is more fun than à deux.

• Leave space for dessert and ditto for the cheese.

Logistically the distance from the food stations to your table is such that you will spend at least half the meal on your feet in pursuit of ‘more’. Just the two of you? Chances are you will spend no time together at the table at the same time. A romantic lunch this is not.

6 of the Best One Loves Brunch @ Media One Tel: 04 602 1234 Bubbalicious @ The Westin Tel: 04 399 4141

Cooking stations, comprising extravagant gastronomic excellence, battle to titillate your tastebuds

The Friday Brunch @ Al Qasr Tel: 04 366 6730 Spectrum On One @ Fairmont Dubai Tel: 04 311 8316 Traiteur @ Park Hyatt Tel: 04 602 1234 and for a bit of a bargain... Spice Island @ Crowne Plaza, Deira Tel: 04 262 5555

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Traditionally, the abaya was always black but the point of it is to cover up. There is no rule that says it can't be colourful

IN MODERN ARAB CULTURE The once plain, black, cloak-like over-garment worn mostly by women in the Arab Gulf has undergone many transformations over the years, but none more so than today as the Abaya becomes a fashion statement, hits the London catwalk and goes Couture BY MAYE OSTOWANI PHOTOGRAPH BY NOEL MILL


visit to Hanayen store in Mall of the Emirates reveals an abundance of abayas of all descriptions. Many are loose, black-onblack creations with minimalistic black or conservatively coloured embroidery around the neckline and on the sleeves. Others are also black-based but with splashes of coloured fabric on the bodice, down the front or on the sleeves in blues, greens and reds. Still others are a lot more intricate and elaborate in form, style and adornment. Prices range from AED250 for a simple design to AED10,000 for a custom-made Swarovski crystalembedded Hanayen abaya. The majority of Hanayen’s customers are Emirati. They will buy the simpler, black-on-black versions for everyday use or for work and the fancier, often44 Destination Dubai

bejewelled and hence more expensive abayas for special occasions such as Eid and weddings. But the store also welcomes a considerable number of Western tourists who often buy the abayas for themselves because they are “different” or as a unique gift. Traditionally, women in the Middle East, mainly in the Gulf countries of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Kuwait, wore their abayas over their clothes only rarely, because they often didn’t leave their homes. Its main purpose was to cover them in public places or in the presence of male non-family members and was seen as a gesture of modesty. The abaya dates back hundreds of years. Originally, it was made of one large piece of silk or wool

and was worn draped from head to toe, covering the entire body except the face and hands. Its first known use dates back to 1836. Only in the past 20 years or so, has the simple, black abaya begun its transformation to include colour, embroidery and embellishment in tandem with the changing lifestyle of many young women in the region who are increasingly attending universities and entering the workforce for the first time in their society’s history. Those working in the public sector and often in mixed-gender environments are required, culturally, to wear their abayas all day. ‘The abaya has changed a lot in its purpose and its look,’ says Emirati national and Abu Dhabi resident Shatha Al-Noaimi. ‘It’s a cultural obligation that girls have changed to fit the times. Our culture

dictates that I have to wear an abaya, but I’m going to do it my way. Al-Noaimi, who owns and runs a school in Abu Dhabi, says that the style and shape of abayas like her grandmother’s, worn over the head, very loose and open at the front, would not be practical in today’s working environment. ‘The one I wear to work is partially closed with buttons so I have ease of movement and at the same time it ensures I am covered at all times,’ she says. ‘In the old days, women had one abaya for everything. Now they have different ones for each occasion. Saudi national Nada Alatas clearly remembers breaking with tradition in the early 90s. ‘I was going to college and had to wear my abaya all day, but I was spending lots of time outdoors,’ she

recalls, ‘so I started thinking: why does it have to be black? There is no rule that says it can’t be colourful.’ Alatas added just a little colour to her abayas at first. ‘I used to get some strange stares,’ she says. But as abayas with minimal colour started appearing in stores, she became emboldened with more daring and elaborate designs. Alatas, who now works in marketing and advertising, says her work abayas are practical but reflect her personality and her career. ‘They are more like dresses, with zippers on the front, in colours such as beige and purple.’ Abaya stores and boutiques have flourished across the Gulf to accommodate growing demand for more fashion-forward creations, mirroring the lat-

est haute couture trends in international fashion markets. ‘Studs are now a big thing in fashion so abayas are incorporating them and some abayas are form-fitting too,’ says Alatas. In 2012, Emirati sisters Hind and Reem Beljafla first featured their Dubai-based range of abayas, Das Collecions, at London Fashion Week. Now their designs are featured at Saks Fifth Avenue, Burjuman and Dubai Mall. With online stores, such as, exclusively selling abayas, from more conservative styles to trendier, cutting edge versions and posting blogs like: “How To Wear A Slouchy’Z Couture Abaya,” it can only be a matter of time before the abaya becomes a global fashion statement rather than a cultural requirement. Destination Dubai 45

Amal Ahmad Al Jabry TV journalist, electronic music producer and scriptwriter

Born in Dubai and raised in both the UAE and the UK, Amal is no stranger to every household in Dubai. As the only female Emirati reporter on Dubai’s popular English daily news bulletin, Emirates News, her face graces our TV screens every night from seven. Although she has a background in software engineering, it is her love of writing and for her homeland that is shaping her career. You joined Emirates News in 2010, how is it going? Alhamdulillah, for me the experience has been phenomenal to date! I’m grateful to Dubai Media Incorporated for giving Emiratis the chance to be a part of such a strong organisation, and to be working with such a fantastic team to air the latest news from Dubai and beyond. It’s also given me a great opportunity to meet some of my all-time favourite celebs– Nicki Minaj, Michael Winslow, Ne-Yo, Monty Python’s Michael Palin, Quincy Jones, Yanni, The Jackson brothers, Engelbert Humperdinck and Moby to name just a few. Do you believe it is important to raise awareness of Emirati culture in the local expat community? In such a bustling city like Dubai, I am happy to come across many 46 Destination Dubai

expats and I feel it’s my responsibility to offer them a glimpse of our traditions and culture whenever possible. Some people who have moved out here may never have met Emiratis and it may be a bit of a culture shock for them to find themselves in the Middle East. So I think being approachable is a characteristic that’s really important to have. I believe I am approachable and am happy to answer any of their burning questions. What do you think of the relationship between the expats and the locals? I feel it’s progressed in a positive way. It must have been hard for both sides to find themselves living side by side. But now there’s a better understanding and mutual respect. There’s a lot of interaction between the nationalities out here and working together in harmony is always a great sign for the present and future What makes Dubai unique? Dubai is a city of its own kind. I mean, which other city in the Middle East has over a 100 nationalities living together in harmony? Plus, the pace of continued progress is amazing. The fairly recent introduction of the Metro has made getting around so

much easier and has made a huge difference to people’s lives. What started with just one magnificent tower – that’s the World Trade Centre - is now home to hundreds of other towers [including the world’s tallest] all on the same road and location. Do you think Dubai is a good example to other Arabic countries? Absolutely without a shred of doubt! Seeing what great progress Dubai has made in such a short space of time is an inspiration for other Arabic cities to excel and to dream big. But none of this would have been possible without the leadership and vision of our rulers. They lead the way for others to also achieve what they wish and hope for. What event in Dubai is particularly special to you? Personally, I always look forward to National Day! It’s fun, exciting and celebrated by everyone, not just Emiratis. The happiness is infectious. Even driving is exciting –the tooting, the colours, the flags, the wigs, the masks. I also love Global Village. I visit the Emirati Pavilion where everyone watches how the nationals cook the yummy cuisine in their full traditional attire along with their families

What spots do you take visitors to when they are ‘in town’? I try to show them a good mix of the new and old. Of course I always take them to Al Fahidi Cultural District. It’s the best place to showcase our history and culture. Dune bashing is also on my itinerary – desert safaris give them the chance to dress up Emirati style and experience some falconry too. What are your hopes for Dubai’s future? With so much achieved in such an unimaginably short timeframe, Dubai’s future is bright indeed. Plus we have a strong leader looking after the city and its people, from near and far - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Which additional international events would you bring to Dubai? It’s hard to say as there are so many already! I would love to see the World Expo 2020 happen here. I reported from the Expo in Korea earlier last year and was proud watching the graceful Minister of State Reem Al Hashimy speak about Dubai’s bid. I really hope it comes to fruition. PHOTOGRAPH BY IVANA MAGLIONE

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The UAE is steeped in tradition and heritage despite its expeditious race to embrace all that the 21st century offers. With a rich history of both bedu and townspeople, the most authentic and popular form of cultural expression for both has always been traditional dancing – a special feature of festivals, national holidays,weddings and even casual gatherings of friends. BY DANIELLE SIMPSON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DONNELL GUMIRAN

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n any weekend in any village throughout the Emirates, chances are you will stumble across a patch of sandy wasteland transformed into the open-air venue for a wedding party. If you are on foot, you are likely to hear the strains of drums and chanting of voices before you see the people dancing in time to the hypnotic rhythm of drums and tambourines. Such dances have been passed from generation to generation: women swing their long black hair and sway their bodies in time to the beat whilst men re-enact battles of days gone by, symbolically using sticks, swords and rifles as they move. It is a privilege to witness one of these dances which are evidence of the region’s desire to preserve its rich cultural heritage.

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The Liwa is one of the most energetic dances performed in the Emirates


he Aarda is the most popular of the dances of the Gulf Arab people, practised throughout the Arabian Peninsula. The local version in the Emirates is called the Iyala and incorporates poetry originating from the Najd plateau which overlaps the borders of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Historically, the word Iyaly signified an attacker. To raise the alarm of an approaching attack, drums and shouts would rouse the men to defend the camp. If the attackers fled, the dance would be performed by the tribe to signify victory. Performed by anything from 25-200 dancers, the Iyala offers quite a spectacle, with formations of men facing each other reciting poetry, while brandishing swords. Drums and tambourines set the pace and women also take part – their vivid costumes adding beauty and glamour to the proceedings. A variation of the Aarda in the Emirates is the Harbiya. Very similar to the Iyala it incorporates drama with the addition of rifles. Performed frequently at weddings, its warlike references provide the context for love poems. Tribes in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai perform the Mated on religious occasions, derived from the word ‘mawlid’, the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday. Dating back to Sufi times, the dance comprises two parts: The first is the Mated al Sira or readings about the life of the Prophet. This is followed by the Mated al Samaa, where two groups face each other: one - ‘the hearing people’ - recites to the beat of tambourines while the other - ‘the chorus’ repeats key phrases from the recitation.

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The Liwa is one of the most energetic dances performed in the Emirates'

The Liwa, one of the most energetic dances performed in the Emirates, at weddings and originally on other special occasions such as the return from a long sea voyage or the successful end of the pearl diving season, was brought to the region by Omani merchants who were colonising Zanzibar and the coast of East Africa. Male dancers and drummers form a circle. A man paces in the middle of the group playing a simple reed instrument, which resembles the plaintive tones of an oboe. The circle claps and dances in position, while individuals join a line that rhythmically paces around the inside of the circle. Despite the fact that this is a country that is racing towards modernisation, Arabic dance is firmly rooted in the UAE's past and offers us the opportunity to really understand the Emirati people and their detailed history. 54 Destination Dubai

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Al Quoz is steadily transforming itself into Dubai's edgy arts district


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REVOLUTION Alserkal Avenue, in the heart of Al Quoz industrial area, is rapidly evolving into a dynamic arts district BY DANIELLE SIMPSON | ILLUSTRATIONS BY ROSIE FORESTER


uxtaposing the traditional with the futuristic, the modern with the past, Dubai is a city of contrasts and never is this more evident than when you compare its two main art districts in Al Quoz and Downtown’s Dubai International Financial District (DIFC). Until fairly recently, Al Quoz was merely a sprawl of industrial warehouses and little else, whilst DIFC and Downtown didn’t actually exist. Now, Dubai’s skyline is dominated by some of the finest futuristic architecture in the world, overshadowed by the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, adjacent to the sleek, imposing, vast DIFC, Dubai’s business centre and sophisticated arts hub, whilst Al Quoz is steadily transforming itself into Dubai’s edgy arts district. Al Quoz is like the rougher-round-the-edges

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younger sister of the sleek, smooth DIFC. Art galleries are housed in concreted industrial spaces, retail outlets reveal unexpected treasures, art and design is experiential, and trendy, healthy eateries are springing up amongst the warehouses. There’s even a weekly organic farmer’s market for Dubai’s trendy gastronomes. But it is at the heart of this cultural enclave that you find the newly beating pulse of Dubai’s art scene: Alserkal Avenue. Almost hidden from the road that leads to Al Quoz 1 and behind some gates, lies a cluster of streets, not really an avenue at all. Here you will find converted warehouses containing galleries, studios and workspaces sitting comfortably amongst existing industrial businesses. The atmosphere here is convivial; galleries coordinate openings, organise

collaborative events and work together to create an exciting and stimulating arts district. Alserkal Avenue has changed the cultural landscape of the UAE by providing a platform for different cultures and communities to network, meet and be inspired through the arts. With 21 creative spaces that include galleries for art, photography and design, a collaborative workspace for creative entrepreneurs, Shelter, and a private museum, Salsali Private Museum, this area is developing and expanding rapidly. The aim is that in less than two years, this district will be known as one of the largest private initiatives dedicated to arts and culture today. In a city otherwise typified by squeaky-clean megamalls, the industrial quarter of Al Quoz offers a refreshingly gritty perspective of Dubai Destination Dubai 57

with the organic growth of Alserkal Avenue since 2007. Inspiring different communities to foster an understanding through arts and creativity, it makes a commitment to artists, creatives, collectors and art lovers alike to further cultivate and develop the arts scene of Dubai. Warehouse spaces are home to contemporary art galleries, each representing different artists and each with its own identity. Among them are Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12, Etemad Gallery, Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Green Art Gallery, Grey Noise and Lawrie Shabibi, as well as a design gallery of 20th century masterpieces – La Galerie Nationale. Additionally, Satellite is dedicated to artists in residence, while other creative art spaces like Gulf Photo Plus, FN Designs, Mojo and Showcase (which also provides bespoke framing solutions) enrich the Avenue with workshops, seminars and community events. All are located in one block enabling visitors to walk to each, while enjoying a cup of coffee at Shelter

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in between. The Avenue also saw the welcome addition of its first performing arts organisation – the Fridge – at the end of 2012, providing a platform for local and regional artists, performers and musicians. Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, an Emirati patron of the arts, is the visionary behind the Alserkal Avenue cluster. Having witnessed the gradual transformation of other industrial areas into art districts - New York’s Meatpacking District, London’s East End - he was inspired to create a similar concept on his family’s vacant land in Al Quoz, inviting art galleries to come and settle there. Unlike so much of Dubai’s strictly planned development, Alserkal allowed the Avenue to evolve naturally in its own time. In 2012, two of Alserkal Avenue’s galleries – Green Art and Isabelle Van Den Eynde – were accepted into Art Basel and it is thanks to the galleries’ outstanding artists’ programmes that interest in this modest district is spreading far and wide. The Alserkal family

was recognised for its contribution to the arts and culture, in April 2012, with the Patron of the Arts award by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Because of its startling success, the Avenue is outgrowing its geographical space, encouraging Alserkal to look at expansion. ‘The growth within the arts scene in the region, naturally led towards this,’ he explains. ‘The vision for the development is very simple: to extend the platform to anyone involved with the arts; to welcome, to provide and engage.’ With plans to expand the existing block to double its size, Alserkal’s brief to architect Philip Logan, from Shakland Cox organisation, was to retain the industrial look and feel of the place but with the addition of a creative twist. ‘Our family had a marble factory here, which was closed down.’ Alserklal says. ‘And we have decided to keep an old, rusted crane that has been standing here for 40 years, to link the new project to the history of

this place. The architects have found creative ways to use the marble from the factory in the landscaping and other elements of the design. They also plan to recycle wastewater from the air-conditioning systems and use other methods to ensure an environmentally sustainable development. The 250,000 square-foot expansion, which will be connected to the present complex will have 62 spaces ranging from 1000 sq ft to more than 7000 sq ft. There will be 500 new parking spaces, two restaurants, a coffee shop and an event centre to accommodate 1000 people. During the expansion process, the existing complex will also be refurbished. ‘We want to support every section of the local arts community, especially emerging creatives,’ Alserkal concludes. ‘With the expansion in place, we will be able to extend our creative platform for new ideas, projects and arts initiatives.’ Alserkal Avenue, open every day except Friday, 11am-6.30pm

A Tour of Alserkal Ave Ayyam Gallery One of the first galleries to come to Alserkal Avenue. Founded in Damascus in 2006, Ayyam Gallery is one of the Middle East’s premier art spaces, representing some of the region’s most prominent contemporary artists. With a selection of cuttingedge painting, sculpture and photography, the gallery has sought to promote the Arab World’s dynamic cultural scene at home and abroad. Barakat Gallery The Gallery is a purveyor of museum quality ancient art specialising in Classical antiquities, Near Eastern, Biblical, Chinese, Pre-Columbian, Byzantine, Asian, African and Primitive arts. It also specialises in ancient Numismatics and fine jewellery in a very comfortable and charming surrounding.

Carbon 12 Carbon 12, was established in 2008, with the aim of introducing and supporting international contemporary artists in the Middle East. Carbon 12’s focus is to promote an emerging artist programme, as well as established international artists. Since 2008, Carbon 12 has held over 25 exhibitions, accompanied by exhibition catalogues and publications. The gallery regularly represents its artists in international art fairs. Desert Fish Studio Desert Fish Production produces the highest quality advertising, fashion and commercial photographic images for international and national clients. It also offers a wide range of video recording services and in 2006 the studio created the edgy Desert Fish Magazine, the UAE’s first and only conceptual fashion and lifestyle magazine now distributed in 52 countries.

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Etemad Gallery The gallery is committed to raising the profile of Iranian contemporary art, by featuring emerging and established artists. The works exhibited range from abstraction to figuration, with adherence to innovative techniques and aesthetic styles. FN Designs FN Designs is a multidisciplinary art and design studio based in Dubai. FN is the Arabic word for “the arts.” Molded by curiosity, creativity and aspirations that are at the heart of the studio’s diverse body of work, it offers conceptual and visual design, illustrations, photography, publications and clothing whilst applying pragmatic and creative solutions. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde was established in 2005 to offer an essential platform for the dialogue and development of emerging artists from Iran and the Middle East. Continuing to fulfil its vision, the

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gallery now extends its pivotal role as a platform for young artists to promote a roster of established artists in the international art scene. Green Art Gallery Green Art Gallery, originally established in 1995, and rebranded in 2010, represents a multi-generational mix of artists. The programme is focused on contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Turkey and beyond, working across different media. Grey Noise Grey Noise is a contemporary art gallery representing a selection of emerging and established artists, from South Asia and Europe, through active partnership with curators, galleries, art fairs and museums worldwide. Gulf Photo Plus Gulf Photo Plus aims to develop, educate and inspire the local photography community across the

Middle East offering a wealth of resources from digital photography classes, exhibitions and events with master photographers, to the Slidefest events showcasing local talent. La Galerie Nationale La Galerie Nationale is a gallery specialising in Original Art furniture made by top designers of the 20th century. The 20th century was one of the most prolific periods in design; the birthplace of generations of extraordinary designers. Few of these original items still exist. La Galerie Nationale promotes these outstanding designers and offers their exceptional objects to collectors. Lammtara Pictures Lammtara Pictures is the creator of the award winning ‘Freej’ cartoon and will soon become part of Alserkal Avenue’s creative community. Lawrie Shabibi Lawrie Shabibi promotes the works of relevant,

innovative contemporary artists primarily from the Arab world, Iran, North Africa, and South Asia. The gallery offers a stimulating, diverse programme and regularly organises artist talks, panel discussions and exhibitions with independent curators. Mojo The Mojo gallery forms the focal point in a multifunctional art space that brings together several creative forms - art, design and new media, with the aim of exposing a wider audience to innovative art and compelling creative ideas. Olivier Dolz Olivier Dolz is a French wedding and events planner specialising in the organisation of all types of weddings, special events and parties from conception to completion. Portfolio Portfolio is Al Quoz's first photography-only gallery and hosts unique and unusual exhibition. It

also provides a variety of services including t-shirt printing and includes a printing station for the city’s photographers, a selection of photography books and, surprisingly, a pool table. Salsali Private Museum Salsali Private Museum is a unique cultural project, founded by Ramin Salsali, which offers collectors on a regional and international level a platform to meet and exchange ideas. It is a home to the private collection of Ramin Salsali, which he started at the age of 21 and welcomes various foundations and projects to exhibit. Satellite Satellite offers a unique opportunity to visitors to view finished works and to engage with the artist before the works are known to the 'art world'. Rami Farook, who curates and manages the programming of Satellite, also invites other artists passing through Dubai to use the space as a kind of satellite studio and gallery while away from home.

Shelter Shelter Dubai is a flexible and free community workplace that provides a unique office infrastructure aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship within small businesses. It also offers a variety of educational programming events to the public. Showcase At Showcase you will find a diverse selection of antique Middle Eastern furniture and jewellery, and contemporary art by both established and emerging artists from the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Showcase also offers an in-house framing service as well as a turn-key service from art selection to installation. The Fridge The Fridge is an independent artist and music management company, offering commercial and private entertainment events and supporting the development of the Middle East's music and performance art scene with rich and diverse programming.

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of The traditional art form of calligraphy is given a thoroughly modern makeover by French/Moroccan artist and calligrapher Faouzia Hilmy BY DANIELLE SIMPSON | ILLUSTRATIONS BY FAOUZIA HILMY


ith its origins planted firmly in the seventh century, the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy was first used in manuscripts, the writing of the Quran and as a form of architectural decoration in Islamic countries from Syria to Andalucia. Prohibited by Islam to recreate images of living beings, artists developed their creativity through the graphical aspect of writing instead. Faouzia Hilmy, born in Toulouse, of Moroccan background, loved art and museums when she was growing up. ‘Unfortunately,’ she explains, ‘it was not deemed appropriate for a young woman in an Arabic family to have a career in the arts.’ After graduating she worked in sales and marketing in Paris, but was never fulfilled creatively or artistically. An advertisement for a calligraphy workshop was to be the turning point of her career. ‘I went with little idea of what to expect and it was a revelation,’ she says. ‘ When I’d finished I realised I’d found my calling.’ Hilmy, who learnt to read and write Arabic as a child, discovered that she had a natural flair for this traditional art form. ‘After the workshop I met a Syrian calligrapher in Toulouse. He’d been to art school in Alleppo and was happy to give me lessons for as long as I wanted.’ After two years of one-on-one lessons, and inspired by the work of Iraqi calligrapher Hassan Massoudi, Hilmy felt ready to branch out on her own. ‘There were not many calligraphers in France and certainly no women,’ Hilmy laughs, ‘I was lucky in that respect, I had an advantage. And I had a different style to the traditional calligraphers.’

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With her commercial background, Hilmy saw the potential of applying a fresh approach to this historic art form. ‘Calligraphy is extremely suited to modern graphics and contemporary usage,’ she says. ‘My style is rather bold and I have adopted a free flow to the art form. My aim, with my work, is to highlight the Arabic letters - to emphasise their aesthetic quality - rather than forming purely meaningful words with them.’ Hilmy’s style is delicate yet confident, her colours ethereal and her form fluid. She is comfortable working in a variety of media – watercolour, acrylic, ink, on canvas and paper. ‘I love the exuberance of Baroque design and Baccarat crystal chandeliers – they influence my designs very much and hopefully keep my ideas fresh and contemporary.’ Certainly the versatility of Hilmy’s work appeals to a wide market. She has been commissioned to incorporate calligraphy into various global advertising campaigns in France, Belgium, Morocco, Egypt and Qatar. Her range of vinyl stickers for walls (a very cool alternative to wallpaper) is becoming highly sought after by France’s interior design set, whilst her successful wedding card company – an opportunity for her to use calligraphy in a more traditional way – is busier than ever. With a desire to explore the potential of calligraphy as art, Hilmy is pursuing a new direction with her work - collaborations with photographers to superimpose her artwork over their images. Currently in Dubai, Hilmy is hoping to exhibit her work here and expand the commercial aspect of her business to the Middle East. Destination Dubai 63

The Musical

INVASION 2012 has firmly put the UAE on the music map for many touring artists and bands. This year has seen huge crowds shake their hips to some of the biggest names in pop, including Evanescence, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, who have graced the stage here in the past year. And for those who prefer guitars to gyrating, some of rock’s most talented sons have chosen this year to make their Middle Eastern fans very happy, including Bryan Adams who made a lot of older music lovers’ dreams come true when he appeared in Dubai


SNOOP DOGG Snoop Dogg’s New Year’s Eve concert was the stuff of legend. Headlining the Meydan’s festive concert, the easy-living rapper and movie star, who had a number one album with ‘The Doggfather’ and who has roles in movies like ‘Starsky and Hutch’, recently hit headlines for changing his name to Snoop Lion after a life-changing visit to Bob Marley’s Jamaica. Whatever his name now, the rap superstar, long admired by many in Dubai, took to the stage in a black and white kandora and promoted ‘peace in the Middle East’ amongst his hits which included ‘Beautiful’. 64 Destination Dubai

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JUSTIN BIEBER The 21st century’s answer to Donny Osmond, Bieber-fever has swept the globe over the last four years, as the oh-so-cute teenager has won over tweens, teens and adults who should know better, with bubblegum pop. He was discovered on You Tube, and the gig in May was the Canadian pop prince’s first time in the Middle East, when fans made the Sevens Stadium shake with their screaming. With 15 million album sales under his belt and over 33 million followers on twitter, you can be assured that this performer brings his own audience wherever he plays. Dubai has become a Belieber.

NICKI MINAJ Louder than life, Nicki Minaj seems to epitomise the phrase ‘bigger is better’. You can’t miss her candy-coloured clothes and hair, but the rapper and MC started life recording mixtapes in Queens, before she became known for her fast patter and cheeky rhymes with Young Money Entertainment. She is the only female artist to have seven singles on the Billboard chart at the same time: no mean feat. Having lit up the female rap and pop scene over the last three years, her recent Meydan concert was her first visit to the UAE and if the response was anything to go by, she’ll be back. 66 Destination Dubai

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EVANESCENCE Smoky-eyed emo heroes Evanescence come from the same town in Arkansas as Bill Clinton, but we’d say that’s where the similarity ends. Front woman and regular pin up Amy Lee and her band have torn up festivals across the world with their brand of melodic Goth-rock and their Dubai stopover was possibly one of the best gigs of last year. Since 2003 the band has regularly sold millions of albums and their Dubai gig rattled through their many greatest hits as fans sung every word. Fans of the band will be expecting a new album any time soon.

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BRYAN ADAMS Bryan Adams will always be associated with his 16 week smash number one hit ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You’ from 1993 and the pub-rock classic anthem ‘Summer of 69’. Also Canadian, in recent years, Adam’s attention has turned from the stage to behind the scenes, becoming a respected portrait photographer and pub owner in London. His first tour in years saw him hit the Dubai World Trade Centre to promote his greatest hits album ‘Icon’, the first time many residents have had the chance to see the drive-time, rock favourite perform live.

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Lebanese fashion designer Dina Jsr was always fascinated by the strong and omnipresent architectural monuments and historical buildings of her homeland as well as those in the countries she often used to visit, particularly Italy and Spain


his love of architecture and design soon translated into an interest in jewellery and precious stones after she began studying at Central Saint Martins in London. There, she obtained a BA in Jewellery Design and subsequently a diploma in diamonds and semi-precious stones from the Gemology Institute of America (GIA). When Dina moved back to Lebanon she worked for architectural firm Ask Deco. Once again surrounded by the dramatic buildings of her homeland, she looked for ways to combine her interest in the geometric and robust lines of the buildings around her with the dazzling forms of precious gemstones; a quest that led her to the world of fashion. While at Ask Deco, she started training with renowned designer Rabih Kayrouz and soon after established her own line.

The designs which grace Dina’s collection successfully marry her love of architecture and jewellery. They are at once structured and edgy, yet also elegantly feminine. Since the inception of her brand she has relied on inspiration from various architects and monuments. The first collection recalled the architecture of Lebanon, the second that of Italian architect Mario Botta; the third, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and most recently, for her upcoming Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection, she looked to Zaha Hadid’s Dorobanti Tower in Bucharest, Romania. But success hasn’t come without its challenges. ‘There have been ups and downs,’ she says, ‘but you keep going - you never let anything bad get you down.’ Pitfalls certainly don’t stand in Dina’s way and her stunning creations clearly pay testament to this.

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All clothes available from Galeries Lafayette The Dubai Mall Dubai Tel: + 971 4 339 9933

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Drama Creativity & Inspiration When a group of Filipino friends got together to indulge in their creative passions, this series of photographs was the stunning result BY KERRY BAGGOTT | CONCEPT STYLIST | JOYCE SALCEDO PHOTOGRAPHY | MERCHEL PETER CAGUAN

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With every click of a camera, a fairytale concept came to life as photographer, stylist and model blended their crafts. 'It was all a bit of fun really - none of us are professionals, we just love sharing our creativity. But we were delighted with how the final photographs came out,' says Joyce Salcedo, makeup stylist.

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Mushrif Park was the setting for the shoot - one of Dubai’s oldest and most beautiful sprawling parks that combines woodland and desert scenery in one. 'Mushrif is a perfect setting for these close-tonature shots,' explains Salcedo. The use of floating yellow fabric allowed the model to merge seamlessly into the waves of the dunes. 'The idea in this shot was that Ashley, the model, was like a fairy in the desert,' she continues. 'Like a dragonfly.' The sense of drama and theatre was achieved through all aspects of the shots – from the wild hair right down to the vivid makeup and the use of the peacock feathers: 'Look how the makeup blends so beautifully with the colours of the feathers - green, gold and turquoise. And it all looks so natural with the trees in the background - she’s a real peacock.' Taking inspiration from the Dubai landscape is what feeds the creativity of this group of artists. 'Dubai is an inspirational place that fuels inspirational people,' concludes Salcedo. “There is so much that can be achieved here. The can-do mentality of the place seems to have an influence on everyone here.'

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Dubai is the ultimate city for retail therapy; it has world-class shopping malls that are filled with the most well known brands from around the world. Chic designer wear, haute-couture, and the latest electronic gadgets are all located within grand interiors. There is one massive bonus about shopping in Dubai it is tax-free. Dubai has over 30 malls in the city from the small local plazas to the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall, which is home to over 1200 shops. So, whether you’re after spices in traditional souks or the latest designer It bag in a chic store, you’re guaranteed to leave with more luggage than you arrived with. PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL CHEONG 84 Destination Dubai

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Tired of impersonal malls? Enjoy browsing and discovering one-off handicrafts of the highest quality? You will love Artisans of the Emirates (ARTE) arts and crafts market. With over 100 stalls selling original, handcrafted items to suit all purses: silver jewellery, fashion and accessories by local designers, mouthwatering food, photography and art in all media, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass…the choice is endless. E: Dubai Festival City - 1st Friday of every month Times Square Centre - 2nd Friday of every month

Founded in 2005 by Miriam Walsh a felt maker, and Paul Townsend a silversmith, to showcase the quality work produced by talented UAE-based crafts people, ARTE has, in just seven years, expanded from a group of 30 participants to over 3000 members from around the world. ARTE market buzzes with creativity and offers the opportunity to meet some of the most talented artisans in the city.

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One stall at ARTE started life as a hobby for sisters Jasmine and Amrita Sihra. Now it is a successful business.



isters, Jasmine and Amrita Sihra, long-term residents of Dubai, turned their hobby into a successful business with the launch of dorri, in July 2012. ‘We’d always made jewellery and decorative items,’ Jasmine explains, ‘and after researching the market and seeing the importance of handmade products in this region we decided to create our own brand. ’‘Many people ask us why “dorri”?’ Jasmine continues. ‘Well, we wanted our brand to have a meaning which we could link to our Indian background, our work and to different cultures. The roots of the word “dorri” stem from several languages. In Greek, it means “a gift of the Gods”, in Hindi, “a thread” and in Farsi – “a sparkling star glittering like a gem”.’ With a wide range of handmade products the dorri lines draw on rich and diverse Indian handicraft techniques. Find dorri at ARTE and online at Destination Dubai 87




Privé Fine Jewellery is rapidly cornering the fine gems market in the UAE, offering stunning pieces for weddings and social occasions. Designer and Director Reetika Rajpal talks about the inspiration behind the company.


family interest in jewels and gemstones inspired Reetika Rajpal to turn her design background to jewellery. ‘I started designing the sort of jewellery I wanted to wear about eight years ago and consequently received many private commissions,’ she explains. ‘Last year it seemed the right time to establish our own company - Privé.’ The name of the company is significant in itself. ‘Our clients are women who like exclusivity and privacy and who would not necessarily want to buy their important jewellery from a shop in a mall.’ Rajpal says. ‘We offer a bespoke service and exquisite, luxurious gems at affordable prices. We want to be everyone’s jeweller whilst providing a

really individual service. Privé Fine Jewellery is fast becoming a key player in the wedding jewellery market. ‘We listen to what our clients want,’ Rajpal says. All Privé gems are made with 18ct gold, and incorporate emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls which are particularly popular with the UAE market. The last six months has also seen a demand for yellow diamonds. Privé jewels are classic and timeless for the woman who is confident but who keeps back something of herself. ‘The best part of my job,’ Rajpal concludes, ‘is when I’ve created a piece that has wholly satisfied the client, and when I’ve made a bride look her very best on her wedding day.’

Above Ruby Earring Inspired by the baroque style this earring is crafted from small white diamonds to give a pear shaped solitaire effect, the large Tanzanian ruby adds the royal finishing touch.

Far Right Emerald Necklace This exquisitely crafted emerald and diamond encrusted necklace has round brilliant-cut diamonds, marquise, baguettes and eight large natural pear-shaped Columbian emeralds weighing over 100cts, perfect for a bride or royalty. 88 Destination Dubai

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We offer a bespoke service and exquisite, luxurious gems at affordable prices For more information call: +9714 435 6080 or Above Emerald Earring Chandelier style ornate earrings made with precious Columbian emeralds set with round, baguette and marquise cut diamonds.

Far Left Solitaire Necklace A breath-taking three stringed solitaire necklace set with quality diamonds of various cuts; round, marquise, pear and oval merging in the centre to form a lotus embellished with a teardrop pendant.

Far Left Ring Left Inspired by crochet motifs this ring is generously smothered with diamonds, carefully hand set to create a graduated colour effect from black diamonds at the base to white diamonds at the top.

Far Left Ring Middle Versatile and vintage, this one of a kind diamond ring with white south sea pearl will look beautiful worn during the day or night.

Far Left Ring Right Highlighting the beauty and elegance of nature, this ring is inspired by ancient tree roots, emphasized with micro pavĂŠ diamonds and superior craftsmanship. 90 Destination Dubai

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Dubai is not just about the glamorous malls and marble flooring, there are other places where you’ll find unique pieces of clothing and artefacts. We suggest you take a drive along Jumeirah Beach or Al Wasl roads, where you’ll find a number of converted villas that offer the most beautifully quaint items ranging from flowers and cupcakes to small one-off designs

SHOPPING MALLS MALL OF THE EMIRATES Mall of the Emirates is one of the largest shopping malls outside of North America,with over 400 different brands and 65 restaurants, a cinema complex, art galleries, children’s entertainment area, bars, community arts and theatre as well as its main feature point Ski Dubai. Take the opportunity to ski down its 450 metre slope in the city known for its desert. Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 409 9000 THE DUBAI MALL The Dubai Mall is the region's premier lifesyle, shopping and entertainment destination. With more than 1200 stores and a host of worldclass attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionising the modern shopping experience. With an impressive array of leisure pursuits, this is the ultimate, cutting-edge shopping experience. A great range of shopping outlets, alongside waterfalls, restaurants, ice-skating and a massive aquarium. Downtown, Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 362 7500 DUBAI MARINA MALL Dubai Marina Mall, in the heart of the Marina, is a modern shopping and lifestyle destination for residents and visitors of the Dubai Marina community.With more than 130 outlets spread across four levels, Dubai Marina Mall features a retail mix of

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high street fashion brands and internationally recognised brands, along with restaurants, cinemas and the popular Address Hotel. Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 436 1020 IBN BATTUTA MALL This themed mall is built around the travels of 14th century Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta. Split into six different regions, Tunisian, Egyptian, Persian, Indian and Chinese courts are represented in their cultural décor and are eye catching. The stores within are your expected worldwide brands. Everything you need is in this vast complex of shopping madness or paradise to some. Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 362 1900 FESTIVAL CENTRE Festival Centre is Dubai’s unrivalled waterfront destination for style and sophistication, showcasing a selection of prestigious retailers, an international gourmet culture and a world-class entertainment retreat. Located at the heart of Dubai Festival City, Festival Centre has over 600 shops including, a 12-screen cinema complex, bowling, a vast entertainment centre and parking for 13,000 cars. Treat yourself and enjoy. Festival City Centre Tel: 04 232 5444 WAFI CITY This mall is well worth a visit. The pyramid-

shaped atrium, the stained glass and the decorative hieroglyphics on the walls add to the character of the mall along with the most opulent stores. This mall merges high fashion brands, boutiques, lingerie, department stores and fabulous restaurants to put the elegance back into shopping. Wafi City, Sheikh Rashid Road Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 7700 MERCATO CENTRE Mercato (Italian for market) offers a charmed shopping experience. One of the slightly smaller malls compared to the other giants, it is comparatively calm, unique and distinctive for the Middle East. The architectural concept is based on pieces of Italian, French, and Spanish designs. With cobblestone bridges and walkways amongst the shopping brands that are around you will still find the usual suspects. Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 344 4161 DEIRA CITY CENTRE Deira City Centre is one of the busiest shopping malls in the region. It has over 300 outlets with almost everything you can possibly need - food, textiles, cinema, restaurants and a children’s area. The mall is ideally placed between branded hotels, the airport, a golf course and on the edge of central Dubai. It is spread over three floors.

Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 295 4486 BURJUMAN CENTRE Haute couture and other high-end fashion brands can all be found right here. Stroll through the stunning passageways and modern sculptures and take your pick from the likes of Burberry, Prada, Karen Millen, DKNY, Paul Smith, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kenzo, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana The list goes on and on. Khalid Bin Al Waleed Tel: 04 508 7767

DEPARTMENT STORES PARIS GALLERY Paris Gallery is the leading luxury retailer in the GCC. There are more than 40 stores across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, offering customers a premium selection of over 450 international brands across several product categories - fragrances, cosmetics, watches, jewellery, fashion accessories - including leather goods, ladies shoes and eyewear. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai Deira City Centre, Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 330 8289 Destination Dubai 93



One of the Middle East’s favourite fashion and accessories boutiques

BLOOMINGDALE’S The main store is spread across 146,000 square feet and three levels and includes beauty products and fragrances, fine jewellery and watches, handbags and accessories, women’s shoes, bridal, women's contemporary wear, women's casual wear and denim, lingerie and swimwear, men's designer wear, men's footwear, men's shirts, ties and accessories. Other highlights include At Your Service personal shopping salons for men and women.


S*UCE Dubai Mall 1st Floor, Fashion Section, Downtown, Burj Dubai Dubai, Tel: 04 339 9696 S*UCE Village Mall Ground Floor, The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai Tel: 04 344 7270 S*UCE Marina Mall 1st Floor, New Extension, Marina Mall , Abu Dhabi Tel: 02 681 8650 S*UCE Gifts Wasl Square Shop 43, Al Wasl Road, Safa Park, Dubai Tel: 04 346 3393

THE GLOBAL VILLAGE Global Village is the most popular open-air cultural entertainment and shopping venue in the region, where families gather from around the world to enjoy games, music, rides, dance and shopping. At Global Village, artists from various parts of the world come together to entertain and offer live performances. Global Village 2012 is an international platform for creative global artists. It is also an appealing exhibition with several forms of modern art for public. Being the largest outdoor family entertainment venue in the region and a member of Tecom investments, the Dubai Global Village welcomes a huge number of visitors with annual events, special offers and surprises. Global Village offers 28 pavilions representing 40 or more nations, including Egypt, Saudi, Qatar, Turkey and Thailand. All these countries perform shows in the pavilion theatres. There are also occasional fireworks displays. The World Events Tent, can accommodate over 700 people.

The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai Tel: 04 350 5333 DEBENHAMS Debenhams is one of the UK’s leading department stores.What differentiates Debenhams from other retailers is its unique combination of own brands, exclusive designer ranges and leading international brands. Debenhams currently has over 20 'Designers at Debenhams', designing over 41 different ranges. The range of designer collections includes J by Jasper Conran, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson and Rocha by John Rocha. Deira City Centre Baniyas Street, Port Saeed Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai Tel: 04 294 0011 MARKS & SPENCER An institution in the UK.The company remains true to its vision of maintaining its high standards, quality, value and service. Marks & Spencer stores are situated conveniently for all your shopping needs. The stores have a wide range of products including fashionwear for men, women and children, lingerie, beauty, fragrances, jewellery, home and in–house food products. Deira City Centre Baniyas Street, Port Saeed

S*UCE Gifts 1st Floor, Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai Tel: 04 344 4391

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pening in 2004 S*UCE has gained a steady stream of clients across the region. The brand was founded by Zayan Ghandour, Fatima Ghobash and Dina Saleh to supply the need for innovative and forward-looking fashion within the UAE. The award-winning multi-brand fashion and lifestyle concept now has five locations within the UAE and offers a curated collection of top contemporary fashion labels including Alexander Wang, Mary Katrantzou, Preen, Thakoon, Sacai, Z Spoke, Vanessa Bruno and Notte by Marchesa. The selection of renowned designer pieces is complemented by innovative pieces from up-and-coming fashion creatives. The store also boasts a wonderful collection of limited-edition lifestyle items including home interior accessories. S*UCE engages in a host of artistic collaborations such as 2011 Dubai Benches Project whereby local Dubai-based artists designed public benches to be placed around the city in a creative effort to increase public interaction outdoors.

The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai Tel: 04 206 6466

GALERIES LAFAYETTE Legendary French style is truly alive in the shopping capital of the Middle East. Galeries Lafayette's massive, three-storey space comprising an area of 215,000 square ft claims the distinction of being the largest department store in Dubai. Fashion and home collection floors offer numerous international brands. Lafayette Gourmet also offers gastronomic food products and cuisine. The Dubai Mall Al Doha Street, Downtown Burj Dubai Tel: 04 339 9933

WOMEN’S SHOPS BCBGMAXAZRIA In 1989, Max Azria launched BCBGMAXAZRIA, named after the French phrase "bon chic, bon genre; Parisian slang for "good style, good attitude”. BCBGMAXAZRIA is the premier lifestyle collection for the modern woman. Reconciling creativity with accessibility and desirability. BCBGMAXAZRIA occupies a unique position in American fashion, offering sophisticated, confident designs that take consumers from work to weekend in style. Burjuman Bur Dubai Trade Centre Road Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 355 8458 BEBE Chairman and founder Manny Mashouf founded Bebe as a San Francisco boutique in 1976. Strong, sexy, bold and stylish, the Bebe woman is confident, hip, sophisticated, body-conscious, expressive and retains her own style. Bebe’s exclusive products are available under the Bebe, 2b Bebe and Bebe outlet brand names in more than 500 boutique stores across the world. Marina Mall, Dubai Marina Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Mirdif City Centre Emirates Road Tel: 04 399 7797 GUESS BY MARCIANO Guess has repeatedly shown that ‘giving back’

is part of its business practice. Guess by Marciano represents pure glamour in everyday fashion, from intricately detailed tops to glamorous party dresses and well-constructed trousers, skirts and coats. The collection offers a variety of mix-and-match pieces that will take you from a morning meeting to cocktail hour in style. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 9210 HERVE LEGER Hervé Leger captures the allure of the modern, powerful woman with its exclusive couture and dynamic ready-to-wear collections. Hervé Leger designs are seamlessly sculptured. Paying tribute to a modern femininity while maintaining the house's heritage, Hervé Leger, by Max Azria, makes unforgettable statements and is embraced by today's style-setters, including Kate Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, and Victoria Beckham. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 330 8205 JUICY COUTURE Juicy Couture is a contemporary line of casual and dressy apparel. Known for its signature velour tracksuits as well as other clothing and accessories. Juicy Couture is a glamorous brand for the decidedly fashionable, known for elavating the tracksuit to its status as a luxury icon. Juicy Couture continues to evolve, bringing confident and feminine attitude to all its designs. Mirdif City Centre Emirates Road Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 284 3075 MANGO Mango is an international brand dedicated to the design, manufacturing and sale of women and men’s clothing. Currently, it has 2059 stores in 104 countries. Mango springs from the alliance between a quality product of unique design and a brand which is coherent and unified. Dressing the urban and modern woman, Mango’s full range is adapted and applied to each country in which it operates. Mercato Mall Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1 Destination Dubai 95


Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Mirdif City Centre Emirates Road Tel: 04 344 7195


MOTIVI Motivi is becoming a focal point for young women in Italy and throughout the world who want to project a spirited but refined image that is always different and fashionable. Motivi is well established in all main Italian towns and cities, but it is also becoming an everyday sight on the streets of Paris, Shanghai and now Dubai. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8358 MISS SIXTY Miss Sixty was the answer to an absence of denim exclusively designed for women. The brand rapidly established itself internationally. Particularly appreciated for its wide range of denims with a unique and original style, the collections distinguish themselves from others, season after season, by their feminine, flattering, contemporary style. Wafi City, Sheikh Rashid Road Oud Metha Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 324 1998 NEW LOOK New Look is a high street family fashion retailer found in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Kuwait, the UAE and Russia. The brand is about delivering on-trend youthful fashion at reasonable prices. It translates the latest styles from the catwalk, celebrities and the streets as fast as it can, providing its customers with fashion of great value and creativity. Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 230 655 ZARA Trendy clothing brand Zara is known around

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the world for dressing men, women and children in a cool retail environment that feels a lot more expensive and exclusive than it is. A truly credible, trustworthy brand, Zara has hundreds of retail locations everywhere from Abu Dhabi to Uruguay via Dubai, and is part of one of the largest fashion retail groups worldwide. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Burjuman Centre Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Mankhool, Bur Dubai Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 294 4244 DKNY The mission of the Donna Karan Company is to represent the international pulse of New York in the design, marketing and delivery of a complete lifestyle system to a global customer, whilst applying the highest standards of creativity, integrity, quality and innovation to its products and concepts. Simply stated, DKNY is the spirit of New York; eclectic and fun. Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road Barsha 1 Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 341 4343 EXPRESS Express is the must-have sophisticated fashion brand for work, the weekend, or going out. It’s what’s new and what’s now for young fashionforward men and women. Started 30 years ago as an experiment – an offshoot of another successful concept, it grasped an opportunity and ran with it. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 608 2600 FRENCH CONNECTION Creating fashionable clothing, French Connection offers a clothing range with a quirky spin on design, priding itself on quality and affordable prices. Having established a strong core clothing business, through unique design and a true sense of style, the company has in recent years moved its portfolio into new areas including men's and women's toiletries, sunglasses, watches and shoes. Deira City Centre, Level 1 Store B35, Baniyas Road, Port Saeed

Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 295 0431 GAP Gap is an iconic retail brand offering inventive American style. Known for its clean, classic clothing and accessories customers are able to express their individual sense of style. Gap, which opened its first store more than 40 years ago, continues to build its brand presence around the world. A comfortable and bright speciality retailer offering clothing, accessories and care products for men, women, children and babies. Mercato Mall Jumeirah Road Jumeirah 1 Deira City Centre Ibn Batuta Mall Egypt Court Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai Outlet Mall Dubai-Al Ain Road Dubailand Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8784 ARMANI EXCHANGE A|X Armani Exchange is accessible Armani, inspired by street-chic culture, fashionable and urban dance music and everything that signifies freedom and personal style. Armani Exchange is a youthful label created by Italian designer and entrepreneur Giorgio Armani. With Armani Exchange he interprets his sensual and individual style to create a casual yet sophisticated collection for the young, urban woman. Deira City Centre Baniyas Road Port Saeed Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 294 3057 CALVIN KLEIN Calvin Klein, Inc. is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs women’s and men's collections and a range of other products. Brands include Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein Jeans. Product lines under Calvin Klein brands include hosiery and swimwear, perfume and items for the home. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 434 1461

CHANEL Designer and artist, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel reinvented fashion by transcending its conventions, creating uncomplicated luxury that changed women’s lives forever. She followed no rules, epitomising the very modern values of freedom, passion and feminine elegance. From the little black dress to the tweed suit, the perfect red lipstick and the world’s best-selling fragrance N°5, the list is endless. Wafi City Bur Dubai Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 324 0464 DIOR Christian Dior was a visionary. Beginning with his first collection in 1947 he rewrote the rules of modern elegance and imposed his style on the entire world. He offered women his ideals of beauty and happiness. He showed unprecedented creative originality. “True luxury requires genuine materials and the craftsman’s sincerity. It is only meaningful when it respects tradition“, Christian Dior. Saks Fifth Avenue Dubai Burjuman Centre Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 362 7500 D&G Dolce & Gabbana represents The Dream: a luxury brand that is distinguished by its stylistic originality combined with the superior sartorial content of its creations. The identity of the Dolce & Gabbana brand has evolved over the years while always remaining faithful to its inherent standards. An unmistakable style it is an expression of luxury, which, season after season, combines strong innovation and originality. Saks Fifth Avenue Dubai Burjuman Centre Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road Mall of the Emirates Al Barsha The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 362 7500 GALLIANO John Galliano is one of the world’s most influenDestination Dubai 97


tial fashion designers,creating some of the most spectacular fashion shows of our time. Since his 1984 degree collection, Les Incroyables, which metamorphosed his London art school into a French Revolutionary street scene, he has transported his privileged audiences to more exotic and sartorially blessed places than they could ever have imagined or experienced. Wafi City, Sheikh Rashid Road Oud Metha Mall of the Emirates Tel: 04 409 9000

DRAGON MART Dubai’s Dragon Mart, the largest trading hub for products from China outside the Chinese mainland has already witnessed huge numbers of visitors since opening its doors on December 7th 2004.The 1.2 km long dragon-shaped structure has attracted residents from Dubai and the other Emirates who come to enjoy a unique shopping experience while browsing through a vast and varied selection of Chinese products. Dragon Mart includes showrooms, shopping areas, restaurants and warehouses that house 4000 enterprises dealing in Chinese merchandise. The Mart is divided into several commercial and service areas, an office area and a business centre. It also has negotiation rooms and three conference rooms within the commercial areas. Another major factor draw-card, and one that fascinates the public, is the Mart’s distinctive architecture, which is very rare in this part of the world. Dragon Mart attracts visitors from all over the world catering to a multi-cultural audience.

JANE NORMAN Jane Norman is one of the UK’s most successful fashion brands. The brand has carved a niche in targetting 16 to 25 year old fashionconscious women with on-trend and affordable clothing. With the ability to recreate adaptations from the catwalk, the Jane Norman girl is feminine, fun-loving and confident. Her style is more about state of mind than a specific demographic. Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Ibn Batuta Mall Tel: 04 340 3312 REISS The Reiss philosophy centres around creating and producing,designer-led menswear, women's wear and accessories. Reiss prides itself on an uncompromising commitment to delivering innovative, products with exceptional design. The first Reiss store opened in 1971 selling European-quality men’s tailoring in the City of London. David Reiss, founder and owner kept his vision alive while developing and diversifying the brand. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Galeries Lafayette Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Dubai Marina Mall Dubai Marina Dubai Mirdif City Centre West Walk Tel: 04 284 3580 KOTON Koton set out to provide for the anytime needs of young, urban professionals at reasonable prices, 23 years ago. Koton introduces to

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fashion lovers over 50 collections and 15,000 new items of clothing every year. The Designer’s Line features designs by world-renowned designers and Koton is now an international brand sold beyond the borders of Turkey. Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Ibn Batuta Mall Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 341 0468 RALPH LAUREN Ralph Lauren is the essence of American style while representing the height of luxury. Striking a balance between “timeless” and “modern,” Ralph Lauren creates collections that are unique with personal style. They are inspired by the rich imagery around him: the rustic beauty of the American West, the golden age of Hollywood glamour and the sleek innovation of authentic equestrian heritage. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Dubai Mall Burj Khalifa Boulevard RIVER ISLAND River Island customers are part of the "because I'm worth it generation“. They shop everywhere, but look forward to getting something special and rather different from River Island. Most customers are in their 20s and 30s, but designs suit all ages who appreciate great style. The company focuses on fantastic ideas and quality products. Dubai Mall Burj Khalifa Boulevard Mall of The Emirates Tel: 04 339 9415

LINGERIE CALVIN KLEIN UNDERWEAR Since its inception, Calvin Klein underwear for men and women has led the market by offering consumers cutting-edge design, innovative fabrics, and exceptional fit. Known for its iconic advertising campaigns featuring top models, celebrities, and newly discovered talent, Calvin Klein underwear continues to develop its reputation as the brand of choice for consum-

ers who want sexy, fashionable, and comfortable underwear. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 340 3448 NAYOMI Nayomi is the region’s leading lingerie and nightwear retailer and is known for its feminine products that offer international designs with an oriental twist. Nayomi, which means ‘soft and delicate’ in Arabic, has126 stores across the Arabian Gulf in 32 key cities and is growing by the day. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Mercato Mall, Jumeirah 1 Tel: 04 341 4377 OYSHO Oysho was created in 2001 to enhance the lingerie and corsetry market. Oysho shares its form of management and fashion philosophy; collections are renewed as fast as trends change, offering clients a quality product and design. Oysho has created new product families to complement its brand concept, including license collections, homewear, weekend wear, accessories and footwear. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Festival Centre Dubai Festival City Nadd Al Hamar Road, Ras Al Khor Burjuman Centre Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Bur Dubai Tel: 04 341 4214 PASSIONATA Passionata makes lingerie affordable, smart and wearable on a daily basis by modernising fabrics and materials. Passionata ignites passion and unlocks the unexpected, making everyday an extraordinary day for all its clients. Passionata’s pink logo is instantly recognisable and is synonymous with style and comfort. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai

Tel: 04 320 7099 WOMEN’SECRET Women’secret is a brand offering underwear, sleepwear, accessories and swimwear for today’s woman. The brand offers exciting new ideas to make life simpler and more fun, on occasions provoking feelings and emotions and on others offering solutions. Created for and by women, this prestigious global brand combines femininity, modernity and excellent prices. Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Festival Centre Dubai Festival City Nadd Al Hamar Road, Ras Al Khor The Dubai Mall Al Doha Street Downtown Burj Dubai Tel: 04 295 9661 MEN’S SHOPS ZARA This Spanish clothing and accessories retailerlaunches around 10,000 new designs each year. A new product can be in their stores in two weeks compared to the six month industry average. Its most unusual strategy is its policy of zero advertising. They are known for their on-trend designs, their simple lines, the flattering cut of their clothes and the quality of the fabrics used in their products. Also offer lines for women, teens and children. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Burjuman Centre Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Bur Dubai Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 294 4244 DUNHILL Alfred Dunhill is the definitive men's luxury brand, committed to challenging the notion of luxury and what is expected of an international high-end brand. With over 220 stores across the world, the globally acclaimed ‘Homes’ retail lifestyle environments in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo are a perfect example of Dunhill’s ability to push the boundaries of class and design.

The Dubai Mall Tel: 04 434 0403 TOM FORD Tom Ford is among the most highly respected and successful designers today. His innovative designs set the tone for an entirely new direction in the world of luxury goods. In April 2005, one year after leaving The Gucci Group, he announced the creation of the Tom Ford brand. An eyewear and beauty collection was later launched to rave reviews. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 330 8300 MASSIMO DUTTI Massimo Dutti has around 542 stores in more than 45 countries. Based in Barcelona, Spain, Massimo Dutti designs for urban, elegant and contemporary customers; customers who are not only looking for the very latest trends, but feel equally comfortable in the office or in leisure environments.They are also loyal to their label and share a pride in its values. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Mercato Mall Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1 Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 341 3151 TOP MAN Top Man Is the stand-alone fashion business counterpart of Top Shop that caters exclusively to men’s clothing. A part of the Arcadia Group, which also owns Burton, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Evans, British Home Stores and Dorothy Perkins, Top Man has a chain of high-street men's clothing stores located throughout the United Kingdom. Creativity is expected of the brand’s loyal customers. Ibn Battuta Mall India Court Sheikh Zayed Road Arabian Centre Al Khawaneej Road Tel: 04 295 1804 LEVI’S This American clothing company is known for its ubiquitous range of denim jeans. The Levi’s brand epitomises American style and effortless

cool. Since their invention by Levi Strauss in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become the most recognisable and imitated clothing in the world – capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations as well as being worn by stars and celebrities worldwide. Deira City Centre Baniyas Road Ibn Battuta Mall India Court, Sheikh Zayed Road Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 295 9943 COLUMBIA The largest American seller of ski apparel. Columbia has iconic status in America. Columbia Sportswear distributes its products in more than 72 countries and through 13,000 retail outlets around the world. Columbia also operates its own chain of retail stores and is considered the major force in revolutionising the way ski-wear is perceived. It responsible for making ski garments fashionable. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Dubai Outlet Mall Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubailand Ibn Battuta Mall Egypt Court, Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 347 8277 NIKE Nike Inc is a major sportswear and equipment supplier from the United States. The company based near Beaverton, Oregon, is part of the Portland metropolitan area. It is the world's leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment. The brand is distinctive and has a worldwide reputation for producing quality sports wear. It is endorsed by major international celebrities and worn by sporting greats the world over. It is a major sponsor of major worldwide events. Mercato Mall Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1 Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Ibn Battuta Mall Egypt Court Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai Marina Mall Tel: 04 344 7894

REEBOK Reebok was founded for one of the best reasons possible: athletes wanted to run faster. Reebok is a global brand that creates sports and lifestyle products, built upon a strong heritage and authenticity in sports, fitness and women’s categories. The brand is committed to designing products and marketing programmes that reflect creativity and the desire to challenge the status quo. The Dubai Mall Tel: 04 434 0606 Dubai Marina Mall Tel: 04 602 3000 PAL ZILERI Menswear at Pal Zileri is stylish and youthful, yet traditional. The shirts are beautiful and come at a fraction of the price of more internationally known names worldwide. Shirts and jackets coordinate well with jeans, for a more casual look. Suits, trousers and overcoats demonstrate the finest quality of materials through tailoring and finesse. Burjuman Centre, Bur Dubai Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 359 9935 KENZO Kenzo, a native of Himeiji, Japan, attended Tokyo’s prestigious Bunka Fashion College as one of its first male students before making the move from Tokyo to Paris, where he opened his first boutique, “Jungle Jap.” He surprised the fashion world with his originality and the apparent celebration of diverse cultures, nature and colours in his designs. A true creative light. Burjuman Centre Bur Dubai. The Dubai Mall Tel: 04 434 0473 AZZARO Azzaro is the quintessential brand of the Mediterranean. Fluid fabrics and vibrant and frank colours, Mediterranean blues, greens and whites, are the timeless characteristics of Azzaro couture. From 1968, Loris Azzaro created flowing, sexy and glamorous customised gowns for evening parties and select gatherings on yachts and at the poolside. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Destination Dubai 99


Dubai Festival City Al Rebat Road Tel: 04 232 6567 LONDONIZE.ME This new online fashion store promises heaps of exciting independent British designs straight from London to the Middle East region with international brands that are established within the fashion industry. Order from a fantastic selection of clothes, jewellery and all your latest fashion items from the comfort of your home. Tel: 04 385 6385 Mob: 050 758 5107 TED LAPIDUS The French design legend Lapidus was considered to be the creator and pioneer of the unisex fashion look. He is also the first designer to put military style shoulder straps on both male and female clothing, and to make blue jeans part of the mainstream of fashion design. Dubai Outlet Mall Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubailand Ibn Battuta Mall, India Court Sheikh Zayed Road Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 366 9866 AMERICAN EAGLE The brand targets 15 to 25 year old men and women and opened its first store in the Middle East at Mirdif City Centre in Dubai. Some of the brand's more popular products are low-rise jeans, polo shirts, graphic T-shirts, Henley shirts, boxers, briefs, outerwear and swimwear. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Mirdif City Centre Ground Floor The Dubai Mall Tel: 04 316 631 BEVERLY HILLS POLO CLUB Beverly Hills Polo Club was developed with a focus on making international fashion more affordable. The product range consists of iconic graphic T-shirts, polo shirts and jeans, fashion accessories, bags, wallets, eyewear, fragrances, caps and watches for men and women Dubai Outlet Mall 100 Destination Dubai

Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubailand Burjuman Centre, Bur Dubai Tel: 04 438 0633 BOSS The brand world of Hugo Boss consists of various independent collections: the premium line is supplemented by shoes and accessories as well as licensed eyewear, watches and fragrances. The collection combines fashion, lifestyle and golf and offers expressive looks in strong colours. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Mercato Mall Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1 BurJuman Centre, Bur Dubai Tel: 04 341 0702 GIORDANO The heart of the Giordano system is that it is totally customer responsive. Information, speed, quality, innovation, creativity and simplicity are the key components driving the entire operation. The brand’s offering of timeless, relevant and easy to mix and match apparel has proved popular with all age groups and nationalities, demonstrating the appeal of the brand all over the world. Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Ibn Battuta Mall , Egypt Court Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai Marina Mall The Marina Mall of the Emirates Tel: 04 295 0302 SACOOR BROTHERS Sacoor Brothers is an international lifestyle brand that offers new and different styles for day to day living. With 21 years experience in the fashion market, Sacoor Brothers has an important role in the fashion business, setting trends and introducing new products and services. It has achieved strong recognition in the market where it is positioned. Dubai Marina Mall The Marina Mall of the Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 399 7931 LACOSTE Lacoste is a French lifestyle brand, born of the inventiveness of a tennis champion, René Lacoste, who created the first polo shirt ever, to be both relaxed and elegant on and off the tennis courts. Lacoste is famous today for its iconic polo shirt, available in a wide variety of colours every season. More broadly it offers sportswear for men and women. Deira City Centre, Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Ibn Battuta Mall , India Court Sheikh Zayed Road Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Mercato Mall Jumeirah 1 Tel: 04 295 4429

CHILDREN'S CLOTHES ARMANI JUNIOR Armani Junior caters exclusively for stylish boys and girls aged 0 -14 years. Part of the prestigious Armani Fashion Group, Armani Junior is for the growing child entering the age of discovery and play. The Armani Junior Collection, created by one of the world's leading designer houses, is produced with outstandingly fresh elegance and has an award-winning track record. Mercato Mall Jumeirah 1 The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 342 0111 GUESS JUNIOR The global brand of a young, and adventurous lifestyle, Guess Junior, with a complete line of apparel and accessories, offers stylish, colourful clothing that will entice your fashion conscious youngster. The designerwear is a fun range with an excellent choice for looking good. Burjuman Centre, Bur Dubai Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road The Dubai Mall Tel: 04 351 8393


MOTHERCARE Mothercare a unique one-stop shopping experience for children and their parents has a wide assortment of fashion and basics for babies, children between 1-10 years and maternity wear. A comprehensive range of feeding, bathroom, bedroom and travel accessories is also available along with home delivery and assembly service and a six month guarantee on nursery pushchairs.

Q HOME DECOR Q Home Décor is a network of luxury furnishings stores in Dubai and the rest of the UAE, specialising in classic and contemporary furniture and home accessories. Q Home Décor offers a dynamically different and innovative selection of showpieces and furniture sets made with deluxe styling and excellent craftsmanship. Customers experience calm, comfortable, beautiful shopping environments, featuring individually decorated room settings.

Burjuman Centre, Bur Dubai Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Ibn Battuta Mall Egypt Court Sheikh Zayed Road Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 347 5399 BABYSHOP Babyshop, established in 1973, is part of the Landmark Group, one of the largest retail chains in the GCC. It caters to the formative years of a child's life, from 0 to 16 years and has everything needed to make childhood joyful.The Babyshop sources its products from the best manufacturing units around the world. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Ibn Batuta Mall Persia Court Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 341 0604 SANRIO The philosophy behind Sanrio known for Hello Kitty was built on the idea that a small gift would bring a smile to any child. Hello Kitty, an instantly recognisable brand, forms an indispensable part of all our lives with toys, home and lifestyle accessories, travel kits, cosmetics and even fashion clothing for adults. An amazing array of colour and ideas available. Ibn Battuta Mall Sheikh Zayed Road Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed Tel: 04 368 5224

THE GOLD SOUK Visit the gold souk, to see the large variety of gold for sale. Designs can be traditional, modern, conservative, old, delicate or robust and come in various gold hues such as white, yellow and even pink. There are more than 300 jewellers situated in the strip and in the afternoon and early evening the streets are alive with people from all over the world visiting the city of gold. Never buy without haggling, as this is an expected tradition. Most shops are open until 10.00 pm so take time and choose wisely. Gold is a very serious business in this part of the world and the shop windows, brimming with every possible piece of jewellery imaginable, are a truly dazzling sight. Each shop has its own craftsman who can alter a piece of jewellery on the same day.

Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 800 743 ZARA HOME Zara Home specialises in home fashion and decoration. Around 70% of its products are textile goods for the bedroom, table and bathroom, as well as decorative ornaments and household items such as tableware, cutlery and glassware. Zara Home has always pitched itself as an international company and is now present in 24 countries with more than 200 shops worldwide. Mirdif City Centre Emirates Road, Mirdiff Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 341 4184 LIFESTYLE Lifestyle is a well-defined retail concept that captures the essence of today's fashion. It offers a wide range of home décor, home furnishings, bathroom décor, home fragrances, cosmetics, perfumes, fashion accessories, fashion bags, spa products and teen gifts. Lifestyle customers will find themselves spoilt for choice. Ibn Battuta Mall Egypt Court Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha 1 Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Mirdif City Centre, Emirates Road Tel: 04 341 0523 MARINA EXOTIC HOME INTERIORS Marina's products are sourced from over 20 countries and represent four continents. Innovative designs are inspired by life in the countries

that Marina represents. Creativity is contagious and Marina brings out the artist in its customer. Stimulated by captivating in-store presentations, customers are able to create combinations that reflect their own individuality. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 341 0314 HOME CENTRE Home Centre's product range includes furniture and accessories for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, children's bedrooms and home offices. Home Centre is competitive in its price ranges and very competent in its service.The store has always been environmentally friendly and responsible towards the society in which it operates. A recent Home Centre initiative has been to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 341 4441 ACCESSORIES AND BAGS ACCESSORIZE Accessorize has its own in-house design team, and holds a unique position on the high street with its inspirational, globally sourced, wellpriced and excellent quality collection of fashion accessories. Displayed in an original and impactful colour-bay design, the constantly changing range includes every kind of accessory imaginable; bags, purses, jewellery, belts, hats, scarves, flip flops, gloves, hair accessories and cosmetics. Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 339 9098 COACH For more than 65 years, Coach has been a classic mainstay on the landscape of American design. Founded as a family-run workshop in a Manhattan loft, six artisans handcrafted a collection of leather goods using skills handed down from generation to generation. Today, Coach products are chic and fashionable representing innovation, quality, authenticity,

value and a truly distinctive American style. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8670 HERMES Hermès is renowned for its handmade luggage and handbags. The company does not use assembly lines. instead, one craftsperson, who has been employed by the company for decades, makes a single handbag at a time, handstitching individual pieces with linen thread and using an awl. The construction of each "Kelly" bag, for example, requires 18 hours to fully realise. Burjuman Centre Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road, Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 330 8385 LOUIS VUITTON Louis Vuitton endlessly reinvents itself and continues to inspire people all over the world. Louis Vuitton brings elegance and distinctiveness to its creations: shoes, leather goods, ready-towear, jewellery and accessories. Iconic, the height of chic, each travel item showcases the brand’s signature style and bears witness to the French lifestyle and creativity. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Burjuman Centre, Bur Dubai Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 341 4462 MULBERRY Inspired by the buzz of the city and the calm of the countryside, Mulberry has always represented a peculiar British juxtaposition. Established in 1971, with modest roots, in sleepy Somerset, England, the brand was first found on the shelves of the London fashion emporium, Biba. From humble beginnings, Mulberry rapidly grew to become the Britain's first lifestyle brand, creating the vogue for "le style Anglais". Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8990 Destination Dubai 101


MCM ACCESSORIES A store offering crafts, luxury leather goods, apparel and footwear for the world’s most seasoned travellers. Through innovation and timeless design, MCM combines iconic German-engineered functionality with traditional craftsmanship, providing a heritage of elegance. A long time favourite with royalty and celebrities, MCM boasts architect designed boutiques in Berlin, London, New York, Dusseldorf,Tokyo and Seoul as well as in many prestigious stores worldwide.

WAFI CITY One doesn’t have to dig deep to understand that a passion for art is deeply embedded in Wafi’s foundations. A kaleidoscope of colour illuminates beautiful statues and intricate mosaic floors, as rays of light filter through stained glass windows in this delightful retail and dining environment. Art galleries and interior design boutiques showcase artists and designers from around the world. The artistic focus filters seamlessly into the fields of fashion. For connoisseurs of gourmet cuisine and vintage beverages, Wafi is the destination. The fusion of food and art, of romance and atmosphere, is found time and time again in over 20 restaurants. The art of entertainment at Wafi, is another stroke of ingenuity. Amidst its tranquil calm there’s plenty to get excited about. The staggering range of bars provides yet another layer of exciting entertainment, whilst a choice of exclusive nightclubs completes the experience. Whether you live in Dubai or are simply passing through, every visit to Wafi is an occasion to remember. Wafi City Bur Dubai

Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 454 7742 EVITA PERONI Hair accessories and eyewear, fashion jewels and handbags, Evita Peroni celebrates women in revolutionary mode. The practical how-to-do booklets, videos and advice from trained style consultants in the exclusive Evita Peroni stores, back the whole spectrum of the Evita Peroni collection. It caters to women who crave stylish yet affordable fashion accessories in an inspiring shopping environment. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 434 0629 GUCCI Gucci is one of the world's leading luxury fashion brands. With a renowned reputation for quality and Italian craftsmanship, Gucci designs, manufactures and distributes highly desirable products such as leather goods (handbags, small leather goods, and luggage), shoes, ready-to-wear, silks, timepieces and fine jewellery. The exquisite quality and craftsmanship first introduced by Guccio Gucci has been meticulously maintained by expert artisans. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8712 BRACCIALINI Braccialini is a leather accessories company from Italy. After an incident when Carla’s bag was stolen, she was inspired to create a bag in the shape of a house from which the tagline “In your handbag lies all your life” was born. The bag was received to high acclaim from the market and offered Carla the opportunity to experiment with her creativity and passion for design.

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Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8400 PARFOIS Parfois is a fast expanding women´s accessories brand, targetting early adopters and followers of fashion trends for fashion accessories such as handbags, jewellery, sunglasses, belts, scarves and watches. Parfois presents new styles in its stores, weekly. Offering value and fashion for money to its customers, Parfois is also known for the way it creates a pleasant atmosphere in all its stores. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 434 3167 SHOES ALDO SHOES Aldo specialises in high-quality fashion footwear and accessories offering an unparalleled shopping experience with an energetic vibe. Dubai customers can enjoy the Aldo brand with an extensive selection of the latest footwear for both men and women and on trend styles at affordable prices, Aldo is built on the core values of integrity and quality design. Mercato Mall Jumeirah 1 Dubai Marina Mall Dubai Marina Deira City Centre Port Saeed Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Ibn Battuta Mall India Court Tel: 04 344 7995 STEVE MADDEN Steve Madden is easily America's most successful shoe designer. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Madden has been responsible for the design and marketing of the company's trendsetting shoes for the past two decades. His vision, to give young, fashion-forward women a unique way to express their individuality through footwearstyle, has resulted in the brand having millions of customers worldwide. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1

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1963, Kurt Geiger has become Europe's leading designer of footwear with over 65 Kurt Geiger stores worldwide and100 concessions within Europe's top stores. The company sells more than 2 million pairs of shoes each year

CHARLES & KEITH A favourite with stylish shoppers, Charles & Keith has developed a distinctive line of fashion-forward designs. Attention to product design and fashion trends is the driving aesthetic force of Charles & Keith as the brand continues to provide shoppers with a plethora of stylish footwear and accessories to complement and complete their wardrobes.

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Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Ibn Battuta Mall Egypt Court Arabian Centre Al Khawaneej Road Tel: 04 341 0408 JIMMY CHOO Jimmy Choo is an iconic luxury lifestyle brand defined by glamour and a confident sense of style. The brand traces its roots to a bespoke shoemaker named Jimmy Choo, based in the East End of London in the early 1990s. Jimmy Choo's luxurious shoes and handbags are synonymous, around the globe, with elegance and red carpet glamour. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8925 MANOLO BLAHNIK Manolo Blahnik began his career in the seventies and continues to be a champion of timeless and beautifully crafted designs. His shoes are synonymous with high glamour and full-throttle sex appeal and have become as famous as the women who wear them. Now universally known as Manolo’s, Blahnik’s shoes are coveted by a list of famous celebrities and royalty. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8122 KURT GEIGER The Kurt Geiger vision is to be the world’s leading retailer of luxury shoes and accessories. Since first opening its doors in Bond Street in

GIFT SHOPS PALM STRIP SHOPPING MALL This small whitewashed shopping centre surrounded by palm trees and water features is the only open-air shopping centre in Dubai. Downstairs is dominated by Zara Home Store, Media Cast Apple Store, Starbucks coffee shop, Haagen-Dazs and Japengo restaurant, while upstairs you’ll find small boutique shops, beauty salons and the very popular Pro Art Gallery. Other fashionable outlets include Great Expectations, Effa Boutique and Escada Sport. Because it’s an open-air mall you have the opportunity to browse, eat, drink a coffee and contemplate what goodies you are about to purchase without the stress of the crowded shopping malls that visitors to Dubai is accustomed to. Palm Strip Opposite the Jumeirah Mosque Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 346 1462

CAMEL COMPANY Camel Company is the market’s leading store for gifts and souvenirs all focussing on the UAE's noble beast - the camel. It is a leading retail chain with Arabic Heritage themed stores in busy tourist destinations throughout the region.Camel Company has commissioned artists inspired by local scenes to develop a range of gifts and souvenirs, stationery, postcards, T-shirts, mugs, novelty items and fantastic soft toys for the kids. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai Ibn Battuta Mall Shiekh Zayed Road Festival Centre Dubai Festival City Ras Al Khor Tel: 04 366 9386 CRYSTAL GALLERY Crystal Gallery leads the way, with innovative products customised to the need of each customer. By keeping pace with changing trends and tastes, Crystal Gallery caters to an exclusive list of ministries, government departments, and multinational organisations as well as discriminating individuals. The gallery sells a vast range of ornaments and iconic gifts in a variety of materials. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road Al Barsha 1 Deira City Centre Baniyas Road, Port Saeed The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Dubai Tel: 04 339 8774

THE NOBLE COLLECTION The Noble Collection has gained an international reputation for products with exquisite design and craftsmanship. In its quest for perfection, it has sought out the most talented and acclaimed sculptors and artists from around the world to recreate historic designs. They rely on methods often passed from generation to generation, to create unsurpassed beauty and enduring quality. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Downtown Burj Dubai Tel: 04 330 8911 AL JABER GALLERY Al Jaber Gallery carries a huge collection of antiques, arts and crafts for any home. Its collection also includes carpets of all sizes and shapes available in the finest materials to suit all budgets and needs. Souk Al Bahar The Old Town Island Tel: 04 366 1688 Souk Madinat Jumeirah Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 366 8888 Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 341 4747 AMAZING WRAP Gifts mark joyous occasions and everyone loves to celebrate milestones in their lives. “Amazing Wrap “offers extraordinary giftwrapping designs to enhance an event, to beautify a present and to make the entire experience of receiving a gift very special. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 362 7500 JAY STRONGWATER An American designer of home accessories producing photo frames, statement vases and tabletop items adorned with Swarovski crystals. These signature designs are sought by collectors the world over. 'In essence, I’ve created my own niche; the jeweller turning his meticulous eye and art on a world beyond a woman’s wrist, neck, and ears.' - Jay Strongwater The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 362 7500

LITTLE THINGS Little Things specialises in original gifts, artistic pieces and creative collectable furniture. Delivering upto the minute, desirable pieces, most of the items on sale at Little Things are the designs of young, talented artists from around the world. Each piece is unusual, one of a kind and leaves you wanting more. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 330 8717 COVENT GARDEN MARKET Covent Garden Market Dubai is a unique outdoor retail experience offering an alternative to Dubai’s famous malls. Based at the stunning beachside location of The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, Covent Garden Market showcases the work of 55 artists, jewellery makers, fashion designers and artisans. Reminiscent of a European street market, this open air venue offers visitors the chance to buy original gifts, whilst enjoying street entertainers at a seafront location unique to Dubai The Walk Jumeirah Beach Residence Tel: 050 425 0543 SHOPPING MY STYLE Shopping My Style is an exclusive shopping programme offering you a complementary limousine service that will pick you up and take you back to your hotel after your shopping experience is complete. Your tour is personalised, taking you to participating outlets and a wide selection of great malls to choose from. Tel: 04 286 8635 THE STORE FZCO A luxury brand with outstanding customer service, advice and professional guidance, The Store has built relationships with thousands of customers and served all their shopping needs. Specialising in high end watches and jewellery, all the timepieces are authentic and extremely affordable. Gold and Diamond Park 4th Interchange Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 380 7881 Destination Dubai 103



At Their Best

In a city synonymous with luxury, it’ll come as no surprise to learn that Dubai is home to some of the region’s most cutting-edge and opulent spas – many ranked among the best in the world. Pandering to a population for whom health and beauty treatments are an essential way of life – as opposed to an occasional treat – highquality beauty salons, nail spas, and massage centres can be found on virtually every street corner and certainly in almost every hotel and resort. BY KAYA PETERS PHOTOGRAPH BY NICOLE ANDERSON


V manicures, anti-­ cellulite massages, Brazilian Blowouts and Brown Sugar Body Scrubs – you name it, Dubai offers it. However, in many of the best salons across the city, bookings need to be made well in advance as vying for a slot is a vast clientele that includes not only the local resident population, but also a never ending stream of tourists, not to mention visitors from neighbouring countries in the region who specifically come to Dubai to indulge in their favourite treatment perhaps not available in their own country. Naturally, Dubai has something to offer its male visitors and residents too. As Arabic men take great pride in their well-­groomed appearance, specific high-­class beauty salons, tailored to the needs of the modernday man, offer massages and relaxing spa rituals, quality shaves and male manicures. And for those wishing to experience something a little more traditional, a visit to the older side of the city is highly recommended. Stroll through the streets of Deira and Bur Dubai and you will find small, basic barber

shops, where an old-­fashioned shave that is usually followed by a soothing facial wash using homemade mint soap, costs no more than AED 25. From the traditional to the avant-garde, helping to fuel the worldwide growth in interest and awareness in both physical and mental health, Dubai has witnessed an enormous increase in the number of clinics and experts specialising in all aspects of holistic care and treatments. Where Dubai was once almost devoid of alternative options, now one can pick from an abundance of yoga centres, holistically-orientated health clinics, medi-spas, wholesome cafés and restaurants, vibrant, organic vegetable markets and detox-­programmes delivered right to your door. So whether you’re on a small or large budget, visiting on a long or short stay, prefer ultimate luxury or have a passion for traditional simplicity, Dubai has something for everyone. Browse through this next section and book yourself an appointment at your favourite centre, to guarantee a real Dubai beauty experience first hand.

Kaya Peters is a Dubai based Yoga, food & lifestyle coach Tel: 056 212 5878

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HEALTH, SALONS & SPAS Pampering is a serious business in this city. Every five star hotel has its own spa or salon offering plenty of respite from the fast paced nature of Dubai. Try out a traditional Middle Eastern hammam treatment or ease away any jetlag stress with a massage

SALONS JETSET Every three months Coleville’s most sought-after stylists land in Dubai's aviation-themed salon to conjure up A-list locks for the region. Prices might produce a lump in the throat with highlights alone starting from Dhs1870, but what would you expect from the women who style Jennifer Aniston, Megan Fox, Carey Mulligan, Anne Hathaway and Jon Bon Jovi to name just a few! Grosvenor House Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 5005 PASTELS Pastels is known for bringing innovative beauty services to Dubai. In addition to cuts, and colours, it offers clip-in and permanent extensions (including Jessica Simpson's range) and the Kera straight smoothing treatment that takes the frizz out of fluffy hair. The team is highly skilled in its areas of expertise and has been trained in well-known salons around the world. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Tel: 04 394 7393 / 04 399 5016 FRANCK PROVOST With over 600 salons around the world, Frank Provost’s reputation is far reaching, relying on style and elegance delivered with skill and expertise, all under the "Franck Provost" name. The simple, elegant setting and professional and modern space make their salons truly 106 Destination Dubai

welcoming areas, adapted to the technical and aesthetic needs of today's style-conscious woman. Park Hyatt Dubai Tel: 04 602 1663 Dubai World Trade Centre Tel: 04 331 0801 / 04 331 2235 Dubai Marina Tel: 04 362 9865 / 04 362 9866 Mall of Emirates Tel: 04 341 3245 / 04 341 3246 Palm Strip Mall Tel: 04 345 1171 Coral Boutique THE GOLD SALON The Gold Salon is the exclusive distributor of excellent hair products. Its team of highly qualified stylists and technicians offers the finest specialist hair extension service in the Gulf region. The main salon floor features the very latest in European hair design, whilst the tanning rooms will provide you with the latest high speed vertical tanning units. 502, Al Attar Tower Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 321 1423 / 04 321 1425 ALAMA AFRO LADIES SALON A one-stop shop for Afro hair and skin care.

staff offer body treatments, massage, hair styling, makeup and nail care. Dubai Media City Tel: 04 391 3149

Specialists in braiding, cornrows, relaxers, dreadlocks, roller sets, Ghana lines, human, Brazilian and synthetic weaves, nail care and beauty, the salon stocks skin care products specifically made for women of colour. No need to worry about finding the right foundation for your skin tone - they have it all. Opposite Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira Tel: 04 273 3424 or 050 460 3490 THE HAIR SHOP With a team which aims to make sure its clients are happy, by listening to requests and keeping up to date with current trends and hairdressing techniques, the qualified and professional staff at The Hair Shop works hard to please ladies, gents and children in creating looks that work equally well for business and informal events. Trade Centre Apartments Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 332 6616 ZOUARI HAIR SALON As a true creative, Zouari designs his own collection, inspired by nature and focusing on the structure of shapes, with a reference to the natural products always present in the composition of haircare. A team of stylists works with him to bring this vision to life at the Zouari Hair Salon. His exclusive pedicure includes a massage focusing on flexibility and skin conditioning Royal Mirage, One and Only Resort Al Sufouh Road Tel: 04 315 2130

TONI&GUY Toni and Guy Mascolo remain at the forefront of the hairdressing industry and have led the way for professional hairdressers to exceed all industry standards making their expertise available around the world. With a worldwide reputation Toni&Guy launch a global trend collection every year directed by Global Creative director Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck and created by the International Artistic Team. Grand Hyatt Dubai Oud Metha Area, Bur Dubai Tel: 04 324 4900 Dubai International Financial Centre The Gate, Marble Walk Tel: 04 330 3345 L’ESPIRIT BEAUTE A fascination with skin, coupled with a passion for helping women look and feel their best, ensures that treatments incorporate customised synergy of skincare, technology and laser therapies to bring you fresh and rejuvenated skin. Imperfections can be repaired, unwanted hair can be eliminated and ageing can be slowed down and even reversed to keep your appearance in tip-top condition. Jumeirah Tel: 04 344 4047 KARISMA Karisma Ladies Centre Dubai, focuses on the latest beauty techniques to give women confidence, and the tools to raise their esteem and make them feel at their most attractive. Skilled

UNDERSTANDING THE SUN: UVB rays are the main trigger for sunburn. They can reach the cell layers of the epidermis and damage the DNA. UVA rays penetrate even deeper into the skin and can induce sun allergies, pigment spots and premature skin ageing. A real sun protection expert thinks ahead! It takes an experienced skin care expert to give your skin what it really needs. With 100 years of skin expertise, NIVEA delivers water-resistant and superior sun protection using advanced UVA and UVB filters that immediately protect the skin from sunburn and future damage. The right amount of protection: Use two thick lines of lotion from the tip of your middle finger to the wrist or 5-10 squirts of spray on each part of the body. To maintain protection, re-apply frequently especially after swimming and towelling.

AL MUROOJ BODY LINES Considered the pioneer leisure centre for The Rotana Hotels Group, Al Murooj Body Lines provides a full range of facial treatments, body treatments and various types of massage. Additional treatments on offer include AromaPlasty. The most popular treatment, it feeds the skin with all the essential nutrients it could need. Al Saffa Street Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 321 1111 ext 2192 ORIENTAL HAMMAM Known locally as tellaks or tayebs, the masseurs are masters of their craft, hailing from Tunisia and Turkey. Under gentle guidance (the English word ‘massage’ is derived from the Arabic mass, or ‘gentle touch’), guests cannot fail to fully relax on a heated marble slab, while an expert masseur attends every need of the body, rejuvenating the skin and invigorating muscles. One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel Palm Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 9999 www.royalmirage.oneand HUSH HAIR LOUNGE LADIES SALON Hush Hair Lounge Ladies Salon, The Art of Hair-At Hush; offers a truly unique hairdressing environment and experience. Highly trained personnel and tailor-made services provide a personal touch and creativity. Hush is in harmony with who you are. Tel: 04 327 9577 NAIL MODA Award winner of the Beauty World Middle East Nail competition. Nail Moda is a popular, top quality provider of beauty services for ladies of all ages, nationalities, and lifestyles. It is a place where customers will not only receive outstanding service but where harmony and relaxation will enhance the whole enjoyable experience.

beauty and takes wellbeing to a new level. As well as providing traditional spa treatments including massage, waxing and nail care, it also has expertise in cutting edge, tailored, wellness options such as weight loss programmes, bodyshaping with LPG and VelaSmooth Pro. 901, Tiffany Towers Jumeirah Lake Towers ‘W’ Cluster Tel: 04 447 3626 LOFT 5TH AVENUE SALON As far as hair treatments go, this popular and renowned salon offers the Rolls Royce of blowdries. The salon is supremely popular and getting an appointment can be tough – there’s often a waiting list. But once you secure a date, you’ll be treated to a luxe hair detox mask and soothing head massage before the stylist turns on the dryer. Al Mina Road, Satwa Tel: 04 345 4225 BINT AL KHALEEJ BEAUTY SALON The team of highly trained, and qualified technicians are passionate about creating unique, cutting-edge looks to suit every individual. Frizzy, lacklustre locks are shown the door with a Brazilian keratin straightening treatment to smooth wayward curls and kinks, leaving manes silky, shiny, and more manageable. You can also stretch out and take advantage of the great manicures and pedicures on offer. Al Thayer Building 1st floor Tel: 04 343 4282 WOW LADIES BEAUTY SALON A beauty salon which takes pride in top quality service . On offer are: nail therapy, manicures and pedicures, hair treatment, sculpture cut, shaping and styling, hair colouring, skin treatment and therapy, all performed by expert friendly staff, using the best worldwide brands. Ramada Jumeirah Hotel Al Mina Road Tel: 04 386 2663 
 The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 82 65

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Tamani Hotel Marina Sufooh Road 
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LA CONTOUR With a mantra that beauty starts from within, La Contour has a holistic approach to health and

Bur Dubai Tel: 04 354 2546

SPAS SOFTTOUCH SPA Softtouch offers spacious and fully equipped treatment rooms, encompassing both health and wellness treatments to ensure a relaxing and pleasurable experience. Softouch Spa features elements of nature such as a water stream, stone floors, pebble tiles and silk walls in a blend that is truly soothing and relaxing. The Spa menu offers more than 60 therapies as well. 1st Floor, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Tel: 04 409 5909 MANDARA SPA With its beginnings on the spiritual island of Bali, Mandara embodies the philosophy of the ancient healing arts that is passed on from generation to generation. Massage and the power of touch are truly revered in Bali and are part of the daily care system. It’s this passion and reverence for one’s well-being that Mandara brings to its spa. The Monarch Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 501 8270 SPA INTERCONTINENTAL Spa InterContinental creates a quiet sanctuary from the bustle of the city with nature-inspired décor and Arabian subtleties. Personalised treatments infused with pure organic products Natura Bissé skincare and Dubai’s own Shiffa brand - promise visible results and genuine rejuvenation. Notable features combine some of the Spa’s most popular treatments to create an exclusive experience tailored to specific needs. InterContinental Hotel Festival City Tel: 04 701 1111 AMARA SPA Reminiscent of an ‘Arabian Nights’ tale this spa experience will exceed expectations. A wide range of treatments ensures that your visit fulfils your personal requirements, whether you wish to relax, rejuvenate, energise, hydrate or detoxify. Amara Spa offers a blissful experience. Park Hyatt Dubai Deira Tel: 04 602 1660 Destination Dubai 107


SENSASIA URBAN SPA Admired internationally and adored by Dubai’s fashion set, Sensasia Urban Spa is a chic day spa for today's modern man and woman. With a selection of divine designer treatments to melt away the stresses of everyday life, the awardwinning boutique spa combines both Asian philosophy and western science, integrating health and wellness in a modern oriental environment. Al Nafura Clubhouse, Palm Jumeirah Tel: 04 422 7115

KATRINA VALENTE Katrina Valente has been in the holistic beauty business for 20 years and her passion for what she does is clear for all to see...Renowned for being one of the World’s Top Facial therapists she combines her holistic knowledge and expertise to give you a truly unique treatment. Qualified in many of the holistic therapies including aromatherapy, reflexology, Crystal Healing, colour therapy, NLP, Shamanic Healing and hypnotherapy she combines her tools within her treatments to give you a completely bespoke approach. Using Crystal therapy, Colour therapy and reflexology in her facial treatments, she looks at the whole mind, body Spirit to give you a very unique end result. She uses a combo of Organic and Clinical products that leave your skin simply glowing. She also offers emotional therapy treatments using her vast experience to make you feel so much better by the end of just one treatment.

THE RITZ CARLTON SPA Escape to a spa in Dubai where mystical eastern therapies and treatments blend seamlessly with European wellness and beauty rituals. Amenities at this luxurious Dubai spa include eight treatment rooms, a dry sauna, whirlpool, and eucalyptus steam rooms, plus two new ladies-only treatment rooms for complete privacy. Guests can keep up their workout routine in the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness centre. Dubai Marina Tel: 04 318 6184 CLEOPATRA SPA Renowned for its outstanding service, luxurious settings and wide selection of international treatments designed to accommodate every need, with an international handpicked selection of well trained staff and a wide range of treatments, Cleopatra’s Spa Dubai offers a high standard of service and opulent surroundings. The spa operates a male and female spa seven days a week. Wafi, Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 7700 WILLOW STREAM SPA Experience a range of unique spa experiences for relaxation, rejuvenation and a totally indulgent time.The spa covers an incredible 40,000sqft and offers several distinct experiences which include a dedicated spa facility with a luxurious Romanesque feel throughout, and separate male and female sections, both featuring an opulent Jacuzzi area with Turkish Hammam inspired steamrooms. A truly indulgent experience. The Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 332 5555

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RAFFLES SPA DUBAI Raffles Spa Dubai is a full service spa; a haven for relaxation. It has six private spa suites, a VIP suite and a private garden sanctuary in the Raffles botanical garden, which is used for signature treatments. There is also a full fitness facility, with a swimming pool, locker areas equipped with separate male and female saunas, steamroom and whirlpool. Raffles Dubai Oud Metha Tel: 04 314 9869 AHASEES SPA Tucked far away from the rush of city life, Ahasees Spa and Club offers an experience of solitude. With an extensive outdoor swimming area, fully complementary fitness facilities and recreation space with a range of treatment rooms, every need has been considered at Ahasees. A truly inspired experience. Tel: 04 317 2333 TALISE SPA Talise is more than a spa. It is a destination providing out of this world spa and wellness experiences for the mind, body and soul. A wide collection of relaxing and pampering spa treatments are complemented by advanced and bespoke science, medicine and evidence based therapies, paired with an onsite pathology lab. All treatments are administered by qualified experts. Madinat Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6818 THE SISTERS BEAUTY LOUNGE AND SPA Sisters Beauty Lounge is a stunning salon spa offering an indulgent experience served up with style and elegance. This lavish haven is the premier destination for excellence in service and superior professional products. Customers will enjoy quality treatment and relaxation. The Village Mall Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai Tel: 04 342 0787 AMARA SPA The Amara concierge will customise your experience using the ancient healing philosophies of diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. These precious jewels each have their own physical and spiritual benefits. Arabian teas and authentic delicacies ensure a quality and personalised

experience. Begin your journey with a refreshing rain shower in your suite. Couples’ suites are also available for the spa experience. Park Hyatt Dubai Tel: 04 602 1234 CHILL SPAS How gorgeous would you feel if you could step outside your everyday life and be preened, relaxed and groomed? ‘Chill Spa’ gorgeous is the answer...Deliciously indulgent body treatments, massages, celebrated facials and more are offered in a contemporary, soothing sanctuary of pleasure. Don your robe and let Chill Spa take the strain for a few hours of well-deserved bliss. Shatha Tower, Media City Tel: 04 369 0902 ANGSANA DAY SPA Total harmony with 14 single treatment rooms with showers and six double therapy suites and jacuzzi, separated equally into men’s and ladies’ quarters. Focus on your physical and spiritual wellbeing, with other facilities such as sauna and steamrooms. For spa members, an azure swimming pool and wellequipped gymnasium are also available. Town Centre, Meadows Drive Emirates Hills Tel: 04 368 3222 MAVEN SPA Maven Spa – a traditional spa in Dubai - is one of the few spas where you can have authentic relaxation and beauty treatments in a pristine, traditional Balinese atmosphere.There are ten spacious treatment rooms equipped with built in shower and luxurious floral baths. Maven Spa uses 100% organic natural products to suit all skin types.


Uptown Mirdiff Mall, Mirdiff Tel: 04 2888480 / 04 288 8220 FEET FIRST Providing healing and relaxation through oriental reflexology and therapeutic massage, to promote optimal physical and mental perfor mance and improve your overall state of wellness with a variety of treatments. Highly professional, qualified and courteous therapists offer a wide range of treatments. Town Centre, Jumeirah Tel: 04 349 4334 Destination Dubai 109


THE CURE The Cure is a beauty and wellness lounge that offers an excellent variety of luxurious treatments, complemented by the best products carefully chosen from the global beauty shelf. A warm, friendly and gracious experience, The Cure brings you five star service at bargainprices. Offering a wide collection of worldrenowned brands and therapies. Building 10 (BBC World) Dubai Media City Tel: 04 391 6485

JASMINE SPA Revitalise and unwind at the Jasmine Spa. Escape into a world of relaxation in one of nine treatment rooms,while your skin specialist selects a specific spa facial and body treatment tailor-made for you. To follow on from your spa journey there are also a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, hamam with Rasul and an ice fountain for you to choose from. Grand Millennium Hotel TECOM Tel: 04 429 9999

AKARU SPA In a class of its own Akaru Spa reflects aesthetic charm and originality. Flowing water features create a spirit of free-flowing energy.A special feature of the Akaru Spa is a floor, for men only, with a separate entrance and a welcoming lobby. Friendly staff welcome visitors and advise on skin care, face and body treatments. Tel: 04 282 4122 THE SPA AT THE ADDRESS DOWNTOWN You’ll find yourself in a tranquil haven of contemporary luxury, where modern techniques go hand in hand with ancient wisdom and the finest natural ingredients. Discover a peaceful place for supreme relaxation and rejuvenation, with an array of European and Asian wellbeing practices and world-class, signature treatments. Revive both body and mind with the healing powers of plants, flowers and aromatic oils. The Address, Dubai Mall Tel: 04 438 8888 THE ANGSANA SPA The Angsana Spa offers six treatment rooms and a comprehensive menu of treatments and therapies, placing special emphasis on the use of natural ingredients such as flowers, fruits, herbs, spices and plants. It employs the use of aromatherapy, the therapeutic sense of touch, and a fusion of techniques from the East and West to refresh and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The Address, Montgomerie Tel: 04 390 5600 BLISS RELAXOLOGY This small but intimate spa is not extravagant in its appearance, but the service offered by friendly staff is outstanding. If you’re in need of straightening out the kinks without spending

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lots of money, this relaxation station near the airport might just do the trick. Treatments are extensive, ranging from traditional Thai massage to foot reflexology. Shop 11, Emirates Building, Garhoud Tel: 04 286 9444 H20 A spa aimed at metrosexual moguls and stressed and jetlagged executives all badly in need of, but having little time for, revitalisation. You'll find the usual range of massages and spa treatments, plus a few esoteric ones. Tighten your capillaries in the Oxygen Lounge or trick your body into believing it got eight hours of sleep by spending just one in a flotation pool. Jumeirah Emirates Towers Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 319 8181 OBAGI MEDISPA Strategically located in The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall, Obagi MediSpa marks a groundbreaking new direction in medical aesthetics and skincare. The state-of-the-art medical spa, a fully comprehensive treatment facility, blends restorative treatments with the latest advances and most definitive technologies in skin repair. The results? Complete skin health restoration; clear, firm, healthy, youngerlooking and younger-acting skin. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 7060

HEALTH AND BEAUTY PLANET NUTRITION Planet Nutrition not only focuses on high quality products but regards its customers’ needs and exceeds their expectations by providing personal attention to healthy living options and advice and guidance on their product range. Planet Nutrition is the importer and exclusive distributor of many well renowned brands of vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural skin and hair care products. Ibn Batutta Mall Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 366 9799

BATH & BODY WORKS Bath & Body Works has reinvented the personal care industry with the introduction of fragrant flavourful indulgences, including shower gels, lotions, candles and accessories. With a focus on creating and offering the best products, and an emphasis on innovation from nature, Bath & Body Works is destined to become the ultimate personal care destination, integrating health, beauty and well-being.

DERMALOGICA ON BURJ With internationally trained and qualified skin therapists, Dermalogica is dedicated to creating industry-first products containing revolutionary ingredients for maximum efficacy – minus known skin-irritants found in other skin treatment products. It takes skin care seriously and appreciates that clients expect an outstanding experience. Their goal is to ensure ultimate customer satisfaction and products that are wholesome and pure.

The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 330 8839

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8250 NUTRITION ZONE Nutrition Zone provides you with the finest quality fresh, natural, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, bodycare products and health information in a fresh, modern environment. With a range of extensive branded products that will benefit all your health concerns, staff are on hand to assist you with your all issues and concerns. Town Centre Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1 The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 9868 LIFESTYLE NUTRITION Lifestyle Nutrition has an extensive product range consisting of the world’s leading brands in sports nutrition, vitamins, minerals, herbs, health and fitness education, skin and hair care products. Nutrition products are based on the latest scientific research and are manufactured to the highest international standards. Lifestyle Nutrition now has 15 stores in the UAE’s finest shopping malls. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 437 3200

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8025

NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES Neal’s Yard Remedies is driven by the passionate belief that health and beauty should be more natural, less synthetic and that it’s down to all of us to protect our precious planet. At the heart of everything this company does is the idea that your body deserves the same high quality treatment as your face. For everything natural for health, body and mind, Neal's Yard brings a slice of England to the UAE.

Dubai Health Care City Wafi City Tel: 04 434 3997

The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 050 873 5454

KAYA PETERS Health for Life by Kaya: The all-round guide to your dream body! Holistic practitioner Kaya Peters offers personalised detox, weight-loss and healthy lifestyle programmes, as well as yoga and cooking classes, tailor-made to the specific needs of each unique individual. Blending the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine with western teachings, yoga and nutrition, Kaya’s programmes incorporate all aspects of holistic living; yoga, exercise, proper breathing, healthy food and cooking and a positive life attitude. Kaya’s philosophy does not include diets nor complicated methods, but instead teaches a way of healthy living that is balanced, fun and can easily be integrated into daily life without having to make any drastic changes. Tel: 056 212 5878

Ibn Batutta Mall Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 368 5975 INGLOT Inglot is all about colour, but more importantly it’s about making you look great, with the latest trends direct from Europe and the largest range of colour on offer in Dubai. Founded by the Inglots in Europe over 25 years ago, Inglot is a global brand currently operating throughout Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Australia. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 8865 PENHALIGON’S LONDON Your fragrant adventure began in the Victorian era of decadence and carries on into the future as the company strives to create original scents for the discerning eccentrics of today. The spirit of William Penhaligon, the founder, touches everything. An Englishman living in an age of excess and flamboyance, Penhaligon was wildly creative and inventive, always inspired by the unusual. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 434 3122 MAKE UP FOR EVER From the most traditional to the most extravagant, MAKE UP FOR EVER has a network of 17 professional boutiques where makeup artists can procure all the 1400 product references the range offers. The range includes foundations, eye shadows, lipsticks, gloss, body makeup, eyeliner pencils, brushes, false eyelashes, glitter and more, in addition to artistic products and makeup for special effects. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 325 3710

DR. NUTRITION CENTRE Founded in 1989, Dr. Nutrition Centre has become one of the Middle East’s most reputable companies to offer dietary supplements, natural care products (skin, hair, and body), sports nutrition advice, diet and organic food products, sports Items, fitness machines, low carb, sugar free products and medical equipment. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 9600 LIFE FITNESS The 2000sqft store is staffed by trained product consultants and offers a comprehensive menu of services complete with product delivery by a trained team of installers. The company is constantly looking for new ways to reach consumers in the Middle East and strives to make fitness more appealing and readily available to them. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 9764 HOLLAND & BARRETT With over 80 years of experience in the health industry, Holland & Barrett offers an unparalleled range of natural health food products and an intense commitment to quality goods at exceptional prices. The company applies many years' experience to bring its customers the best in natural healthcare. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR L’Artisan Parfumeur, initially set up by Jean La Porte, creates eaux de toilette, home fragrances and fragrant objects, always keeping in mind the desire to explore new olfactory territories; an approach that has revised the French tradition of perfume and expresses the luxury of difference, stimulating, within each creation, the need to surprise and touch The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 434 3134 AL HARAMAIN PERFUMES A name that is synonymous with modernism and flamboyance, Al Haramain offers fragrances

that are cosmopolitan, fresh and adaptable to fast-paced city life, whilst being long-lasting and perfect for the Dubai consumer. The Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 339 9291

YOGA ZEN YOGA Zen Yoga is a full-time yoga and pilates studio, offering all types of yoga and pilates classes. Instructors are all internationally certified teachers ensuring you the best and most professional yoga and pilates experiences with no injuries and with maximum benefits to your body and health. The health benefits of yoga and pilates are enormous and are widely recognised. The Village Mall Jumeirah Tel: 04 349 2933 EXHALE Exhale has taken the serious business of yoga, pilates and feel-good fitness to another level, coupling together the benefits of the classes with beautiful and elegant surroundings. Bringing together the best instructors in their field Exhale provides a clean, elegant setting for its classes, offering over 35 hours a week of yoga and pilates classes. Murjan 1, Plaza Level Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai Marina Tel: 04 424 3777 RENSHI’S FITNESS CENTRE DUBAI This family fitness studio provides, classes on yoga, karate, kung-fu, zumba, parikrama, fitness, slimming, dancing, yoga teachers training courses, martial art instructors training courses, boot camps, summer camps, cultural exchange programs etc. The sessions are designed to reveal the sources of creative inspiration inside the human physic and lays the foundations for a higher level of self-development, self confidence and a deeper self-awareness. Icon Tower #103, Tecom near Greens, next to Byblos Hotel Tel: 0971 4 452 5599 Destination Dubai 111




Experience the exotic tastes of Asia at the Toshi Restaurant, one of the finest buffet restaurants in Dubai. A teppanyaki and wok show kitchen takes centre stage as guests are treated to some of the finest local delicacies while savouring a magnificent view of the Jumeirah Coastline. At the Toshi Asia restaurant, Dubai, enjoy gastronomic journeys with flavours of Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and China. Tel: 04 429 9999 Fax: 04 374 3777 E: PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GRAND MILLENIUM

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RESTAURANTS Eating out is a favourite pastime of Dubai’s residents. The multicultural population has resulted in just about every cuisine being well represented in the city, from Michelin-starred chefs and high end fine dining, to authentic Middle Eastern mezze or budget street-eats.Whatever a rumbling tummy desires, you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy it

ARABIC ARBORETUM Offering sumptuous all-day dining of international appeal, Arboretum features Arabic dishes of detectable quality and taste and embraces a menu of global appeal. The ambience at Arboretum reflects the region - a style-driven interpretation of traditional Arabic themes. Guests will appreciate the opportunity to dine al-fresco on a terrace bordering a waterway offering views of the Arabian Gulf. Al Qasr Hotel Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6730 AL DAWAAR There are plenty of reasonable buffet dinner deals in Dubai, but few of them involve sitting in a slowly rotating restaurant overlooking Deira. Situated in one of Dubai’s more established hotels, the Hyatt Regency, Al Dawaar manages to be both minimalist and cosy, with warm tones of a typical Arabic restaurant and the contemporary feel of a European city. Hyatt Galleria, Deira Tel: 04 317 2222 AL DAHLEEZA Far from the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s busy Garhoud streets lies Al Dahleez Restaurant – the perfect hideaway to take a break from demanding daily schedules experienced by those who work in the city. Stepping into its 114 Destination Dubai

cave-like interior, guests will find a welcoming atmosphere and a wealth of facilities, including wi-fi internet connection and screens playing popular programmes, Jumeirah Beach Residence The Walk Opposite Rotana Hotel Tel: 04 448 4276 AL DIWAN Al Diwan is a simple sand-coloured restaurant with pillars, arches and select paintings on the walls. All the attention is focused on the stage, with the tables arranged accordingly. Al Diwan is the Metropolitan Palace Hotel’s in-house Lebanese restaurant. Offering a rich variety of Lebanese and Arabian cuisine, Al Diwan features traditional dishes as well some modern takes on old favourites. Metropolitan Palace Hotel, Deira Tel: 04 227 0000 AL HADHEERAH A magical Arabian celebration awaits you as the sun sets on Al Hadheerah, amidst the enchanting desert dunes of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa. There is no mistaking the mouth-watering aroma of Arabic cuisine as it drifts from the live cooking stations, wood-fired ovens and spit roasts. Al Hadheerah is so much more than a restaurant. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Tel: 04 809 6194

AL IWAN In the heart of the world’s tallest atrium, flanked by golden columns and next to the lobby fountain is Al Iwan, where you can enjoy a taste of the finest Arabic cuisine.The Al Iwan Restaurant at the Burj Al Arab is a paradigm of luxury and class. It offers wonderful view of the Arabian Gulf along with spectacular Arabic cuisine. Burj Al Arab Tel: 04 301 7600 AL NAFOORAH Al Nafoorah features an authentic selection of Lebanese cuisine. Enjoy a wide offering of mezze, main courses and desserts in surroundings which echo traditional Arabic and Lebanese decor. The rich wood-crafted walls and ceilings create a cosy ambience which is further enhanced by Arabic music and live performances seven days a week. JumeirahZabeelSaray The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road (West) Tel: 04 453 0444 AL MUNA Al Muna offers sumptuous all-day dining of international and regional appeal in a light and spaciously styled environment. The heritage styled Al Muna is an international restaurant with regional overtones and great food. The Arabian decorative styles are beautifully detailed and the culinary options range from traditional Arabic to cuisine from around the world. Mina A’ Salam Madinat Jumeirah

been in Dubai awhile, but Levantine’s emphasis on fresh ingredients means that the appetisers zing and stand out. A mixed grill is large enough to share and is cooked to perfection. Atlantis The Palm Palm Jumeirah Tel: 04 426 2626

Tel: 04 366 6730 EWAAN The Arabian all-day dining restaurant Ewaan evokes a truly regional theme evident in its regal arches and wooden trellis. Arabic and oriental dishes are served from live cooking stations and a buffet, along with coffee and shisha on the terrace. Feast on the exhaustive selections of cold mezze (particularly the rough and punchy mutabbal) while gaping up at the Burj Khalifa. The Palace The Old Town, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 428 7888 KHAYAL Experience Lebanese hospitality in its purest form – a warm greeting, a genuine smile and the finest of flavours. Extravagant and lavish interiors with inviting majilis-style seating encompass you in a true Arabian ambience. Be tempted by Al Khayal’s stylish set menu intricately prepared by a team of culinary experts. Guests may choose from a range of set menus on offer. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 04 406 8999 LEVANTINE Levantine offers Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine and has a huge array of starters followed by meat and fish main courses. The dishes might be pretty familiar to anyone who’s

EXIT36 Experience a unique outdoor experience at "EXIT 36" and spend some great quality time with your loved ones. Pick your favorite snacks, finger food, delightful Arabic Mediterranean dishes and more as you enjoy the pleasant outdoor weather. Tel: 04 429 9999 Fax: 04 374 3777 E:

of atmospheric spaces, arches and alcoves, creating an ambience akin to an old home in Marrakesh. One & Only Royal Mirage Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 9999

MAHARA You will feast on delicious contemporary seafood prepared by award-winning chefs, while watching a wide selection of exotic fish in what has to be the most beautiful aquarium in Dubai. Dining above sea level seems like high adventure. Step into one of the express panoramic lifts and look forward to what awaits you at the top.

ZAHR EL-LAYMOUN Zahr el-Laymoun is an oriental kitchen and grill café where you can enjoy watching your meal being prepared and you can escape from the crowd for a homemade dessert or coffee. Taking customers away from fried and heavy meals, the result is a selection of wholesome grilled and baked Lebanese dishes and a range of salads.

Burj Al Arab, 27th floor Tel: 04 301 7600

Zahr el-Laymoun Souk Al Bahar Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 448 6060

NA3NA NA3NA's chefs will take you through a real culinary journey by serving the most original Middle Eastern ingredients and dishes. Halloumi salad and fried eggplant can be found amongst the selection of appetisers along with freshly prepared Arabic bread straight from the oven, followed by a stunning buffet of Arabic specialities, available everyday. The Address Dubai Mall Tel: 04 888 3444 SAMMACH This is a Lebanese restaurant with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Start with some mezze and try the creamy baba ganoush or the dense and zesty tabbouleh. Order some jumbo shrimps, grilled to perfection and served with a lemony provençal sauce. Sammach offers great value, generous portions, and a refreshingly casual atmosphere for Dubai's gastronomes. Beach Centre Jumeirah, Dubai Tel: 04 349 4140 TAGINE The ambiance of Tagine provides diners with more than just a taste of this mysterious land. The tobacco-coloured walls have been hand polished and wax plastered in the Moroccan tradition of Tadlekt. Lanterns, rugs and artefacts have been specially procured from around the region and adorn the restaurant’s series

ASIAN ARMANI HASHI Just when we thought it wasn’t possible to cram another high-end Japanese restaurant into Dubai, Hashi comes along and rips up the rulebook. The food is faultless – each dish bursting with fresh ingredients, artfully combined to create innovative twists on Japanese classics. The chef’s pick of sashimi – slabs of fresh, juicy fish, served on a somewhat over-the-top ice sculpture, is well worth a try. Aramani Hotel Dubai Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 888 3444 AMALA Amala is a refined signature restaurant embracing truly authentic Northern Indian cuisine. Located in the right wing of the lobby, this vibrant restaurant focuses on Mughalai curries, specialities from the Tandoori oven and biriyanies presented with a contemporary twist. JumeirahZabeelSaray Crescent Road West Crescent The Palm Jumeirah Tel: 04 453 0444 BEACHCOMBERS Beachcombers might sound like it’s a little holiday shack on the beachfront in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab but it is actually more of a five

star restaurant admittedly with a laid-back vibe and a simple formula - a nightly themed Asian food buffet. The stunning setting and its hiddenaway location give it that extra edge. Enjoy a combination of Thai curries, seafood, dim sum and satay sticks. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Jumeirah 04 406 8999 BLUE ELEPHANT The idea of creating an “Authentic Thai Experience” in the corner of Al Bustan Rotana’s vast lobby, proved to be a great move. The award winning “The Blue Elephant” does it with both conviction and style. Sipping cocktails by the waterway, you can watch koi carp swim lazily past your table and chill out before delving into some delicious Thai cuisine. Al Bustan Rotana Tel: 04 282 0000 BAMBOO LAGOON Bamboo Lagoon offers a taste of Far Eastern and fusion cuisine combined with the exotic. A scattering of huts, bridges and waterways, rushing waterfalls and live entertainment all add to this fun dining experience. Indulge in the vast seafood buffet where Polynesian, Indonesian and Thai influences offer an excellent selection of healthy choices. Starters, salads and desserts round up the experience. JW Marriott Dubai Deira Tel: 04 607 7977 COCONUT GROVE Coconut Grove is not just the only licensed Indian restaurant in Satwa, it is also home to a cartoon fox on stage, a great view of the entire city and excellent curries. Furthermore, and rather amusingly, it’s home to some of the most assertive service in Dubai. This Indian restaurant not only has great service but the food is fantastic value too. Rydges Plaza Dubai, Satwa Tel: 04 398 2274 HAKKASAN’S Try black cod in champagne sauce and grilled Wagyu beef with King soy sauce. This restaurant, known for its unique take on modern Chinese cuisine, features two private dining rooms Destination Dubai 115


inside and two semi-private sections outside the Ling-Ling lounge for a more casual retreat. Located at the Emirates Towers Hotel, Hakkasan has its own private entrance with valet parking. Jumeirah Emirates Towers Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 384 848 Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6730

CAFEM caféM, following the lead of European café bars, is open every day from 7 am-11 pm offering quick yet healthy casual food. Located on the ground floor of Media One Hotel it is a relaxed and fun meeting place before, during or after work. Offering free Wi-Fi it is an ideal venue for informal business meetings or casual gatherings. Media One Hotel Media City Tel: 04 427 1000

INDEGO Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai’s exquisite contemporary Indian restaurant offers it’s guests sumptuous hot and cold creations courtesy of Michelin starred chef Vineet Bhatia. Indego by Vineet Terrace builds upon the restaurant’s existing reputation, adding a relaxed al fresco atmosphere, where guests can spend an evening under the stars, whilst sharing the delectable tapas-styled delights on offer. Grosvenor House Dubai Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 8888 Al Sufouh Road MIRAI Like a more modern take on Buddha Bar, Mirai is a large multi-level restaurant with lots of funky design features and some excellent sushi. Its location, just off Souk al Bahar and underneath The Palace Hotel, ensures lots of trendy Old Town patrons plus a few well-off tourists. Food is New Wave Japanese Cuisine, which basically means very expensive sushi. Souk Al Bahar Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 439 7333 MANGO TREE Thai cuisine’s subtle layering of flavours is increasingly replacing the ubiquitous Indian curry as the nation’s favourite food, but with so many restaurants to choose from how can you be sure of quality? A winner of the Thai Chef of the Year award in the fusion category, the Mango Tree offers innovative tastes yet classic cuisine of the highest calibre. Tel: 04 426 7313 MIYAKO “Miyako” is the Japanese word for “capital” or “city centre”. Miyako was the first Japanese

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restaurant in Dubai and since then has retained a well-deserved reputation for serving the finest Japanese cuisine in Dubai. Visit this contemporary yet authentic and award-winning restaurant and treat yourself to an array of truly authentic Japanese delicacies prepared by Chef Shigeru Sato and his team. Hyatt Galleria, Deira, Tel: 04 317 2222 THIPTARA A walk across The Palace Hotel’s surprisingly breathtaking grounds leads you to Thiptara. Thiptara meaning ‘The Magic at the Water’ serves refined Bangkok-style seafood and Royal Thai cuisine. Situated in a stand-alone building out on the lake, adorned with glowing torches and with prime views of the Burj Dubai and The Dubai Fountain, this unique space boasts a romantic ambience. The Palace The Old Town, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 428 7888 PAI THAI PaiThai means ‘Go Thai’, and is the pictureperfect setting in which to enjoy contemporary Thai dining. Enjoy a stylish perspective on classical favorites. Go by abra and you will be transported to one of the most picturesque corners of this city. Pai Thai has taken the best of Thai food and created a fresh and novel culinary sensation. Al Qasr - Madinat Jumeirah Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 8888 PEACOCK Moving away from traditional Chinese decor, a Zen-style makeover has introduced a palette of colour complemented by the use of granite, parquet flooring, leather walls and signature furnishings to add a contemporary feel to this airy restaurant on the mezzanine floor of the hotel. The popular Friday Yum Cha buffet offers Dim Sum varieties at attractive prices. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 5533 RAJDHANI RESTAURANT Rajdhani Restaurant is as basic as you get but very novel. Serving your meal in metal platters and bowls called ‘katoris’ this is the most

authentic experience you'll have while eating Indian food in Dubai. The colours of the curries are as intriguing as their taste. Spicy, delicious and filling. Rajdhani offers a lively ambiance.

local character. Plush and unrushed, the dining room leads into the equally sophisticated Shiba Bar. The Meydan Hotel Meydan Racecourse Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba Tel: 04 381 3333

Bur Dubai Tel: 04 393 4433 SHAHRZAD All dishes are prepared the traditional way and served family-style. A variety of non-alcoholic Iranian beverages are offered in addition to a wine list. For more intimate dining choose between the Private Dining Room and the Ladies' Dining Room with a curtain to separate it from the rest of the restaurant. Hyatt Galleria Deira Tel: 04 317 2222 ZHENG HE’S Modern and progressive, this is new Chinese cooking - a fusion of western tastes and far eastern ambience. China’s most modern cuisine is recreated in beautifully prepared and presented dishes, which combine styles designed to surprise. The result is an exquisitely refreshing blend of east and west. Madinat A'Salam, Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6730 BLUE RAIN RESTAURANT This signature fine-dining Thai restaurant, offers pared down design with blue and gold tones of colour. A water feature spills down one wall and under a glass floor through the centre of the room – a very contemporary version of the water in the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra – whilst a hand-blown glass bubble chandelier runs the entire length of the room. Gate Village Dubai International Financial Center Tel 04 372 2222 SHIBA Shiba at The Meydan Hotel is home to some authentic, deliciously mouth-watering Asian cuisine. The food captures the heritage and vibrancy of Asia together with some innovative and modern cooking techniques. Indian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese, each dish has its own distinct and exciting taste, aroma and

ROYAL CHINA Cantonese restaurant Royal China with locations across London, Singapore and Shanghai has opened its doors in Dubai. It is located in the Financial District and is decked out in dark wood, rich red velvet and brocades. The pièce de résistance is a floor to ceiling wine display in the bar. Menu choice is varied; dim sum, as well as Cantonese à la carte, and an impressive tea selection. The menu has been tailored to an international clientele which seems to be the formula for Far Eastern and Asian cuisine dished up outside its country of origin. Royal China boasts 37 choices of dim sum along with old favourites like crispy aromatic duck, carved and shredded at your table, and served with sliced spring onions, cucumbers and hoi sin sauce, rolled up in pancakes. Royal China is buzzing at lunchtimes, with the DIFC's suited and booted business crowd including quite a few Chinese people always a reassuring indication that the food is authentically good. DIFC The Balcony Precinct Building 4 Tel: 04 354 5543

JUNSUI With breathtaking views over the Arabian Gulf and an uber-stylish cocktail lounge, Junsui is the definitive place to be for a stylish night out. The culinary team cooks in front of the guests at twelve live stations in an open kitchen concept. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Korean cuisines complete an extensive range of dishes available. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Beach Road Ground mezzanine floor Tel: 04 301 7600 VOI Sophisticated with soaring ceilings that give the space a sense of grandeur, this fine dining Vietnamese and French colonial restaurant serves cuisine which vividly captures the spirit of the French colonial Southeast Asia of the 1920s. Dine under glittering crystal chandeliers off fine bone china and enjoy an extensive selection of beverages and cocktails prepared by Voi’s creative mixologist. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road (West) Tel: 04 453 0444 NOBU (ASIAN) Nobu, created by world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, combines cutting edge Japanese cuisine with South American influences to create a truly stunning space and unforgettable dining experience. A true celebrity favourite, Nobu at Atlantis is a sleek modern restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere, giving you the perfect excuse to dress to impress. Atlantis, The Palm Tel: 04 426 0000 OKKU A contemporary Japanese restaurant with a great selection of fish, meat and vegetarian taste buds. This plush restaurant and lounge bar offers cutting edge service, style, and

design. Okku has scanned the globe, to put together one of the hottest management and kitchen teams in the industry, who have all relocated to Dubai to set a new standard in modern Japanese cuisine. The H Hotel One Sheikh Zayed Road Tel; 04 501 8777


BICE MARE Bice Mare (pronounced “”bee-che””) is a family restaurant from Milan, with Italian acting greats like Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale as clientle at a time when there was only one Bice in the world. A replica at the foot of Burj Khalifa within the chic Souk Al Bahar complex, promises the same warmth that once drew stars to its tables. Souk Al Bahar Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 423 0982

BELGIAN BEER CAFE In this unique hotel Café, Dubai provides the warm and cozy atmosphere of an authentic European café, featuring an Art Nouveau-inspired interior for an elegant and sophisticated place to meet. Ideal for a quick lunch or a relaxing dinner from the Belgian inspired menu, The Belgian Beer Cafe Dubai is particularly popular for its after work drinks

BICE With a setting that is cool, spacious and attractive. Bice plays on the theme of an Italian restaurant in an international setting, from the ‘buona sera’s’ uttered by Asian waiting staff, to set-pieces such as giant pepper mills and trolley loads of olive oil. Any suspicions about the speedy appearance of dishes are soon allayed; lobster carpaccio with caviar and artichoke heart – one of the signature dishes – makes a wonderful starter.

Grand Millennium Hotel, Dubai TECOM Tel: 04 429 9999

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 1111

BAS PASTA Whether you are meeting friends for brunch, business associates for lunch or your significant other for dinner, The Meydan Hotel offers a wide choice of delicious dining options, trackside terraces and lush lounges to choose from. The food and ambience at the hotel’s restaurants are a sure treat for your taste buds. Bas Pasta is The Meydan’s exciting new Italian restaurant.

AT.MOSPHERE Raising the bar with a 442m high lounge and grill, along with amazing views, At.mosphere; serves dinner, lunch and tea. The luxury lifestyle hits a new high in Dubai with this stylish, cool and comfortable experience. At.mosphere, a spectacular chi-chi fine-dining venue is the world’s highest restaurant. The restaurant has it’s own private lift from the tower’s corporate suites to gain entry.

The Meydan Hotel Nad Al Sheeba Tel: 04 381 3111 BAKER & SPICE This is a European experience, adapted to the region and it creates an authentic version of how wholesome, healthy food starts with the finest ingredients. Baker & Spice knows how food ought to be grown, cooked and served. Its location in the Souk Al Bahar, a cool shaded terrace with a direct view of the Dubai Fountain at the base of the Burj Khalifa, is the perfect place to sit after a day's shopping. Souk Al Bahar Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 425 2240

Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 888 3828 BATEAUX DUBAI Amongst the many dhow dinner cruises along the creek in Bur Dubai, touting for tourist business, Bateaux Dubai stands out. The boat itself is sleek and plush. Built in Paris, it boasts glass walls and ceiling and the interior is understated. The restaurant offers daily dinner cruises that depart at 8.30pm, giving diners the opportunity to view the Creek as they eat. Bur Dubai Opposite British Embassy Tel: 04 399 4994 CARAMEL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Caramel Restaurant and Lounge provides patrons with a young and sophisticated conDestination Dubai 117


CAFÉ BAROQUE If your looking for a down to earth setting with fabulous staff and service then you need look no further than this traditional decorated café which is growing in popularity by the day. The selection, mix and variety of soups are staggering for its size. Everything is homemade and tastes it. A big jar of soup is very reasonable in price along with a few a warm bread rolls. With a selection of vegetarian options and organic pots available, you get a big serving and everything is freshly made. Menu highlights have include pumpkin soup, garden soup and Thai chicken. The Juices available are also mouth – watering. They are also made fresh with a selection of different flavours. Apple, carrot, lemon, celery and cucumber mixes are available and make for a perfect lunchtime option. Murjan Tower 5, Plaza level Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai Marina Tel: 04 361 4252

temporary American restaurant, perfect for a quick bite or business lunch. By night, Caramel Restaurant and Lounge transforms into an exciting and energetic indoor/outdoor ultra-lounge serving flavourful and decadent plates and offering a full-service bar: ideal for unwinding with colleagues or friends for a fun-filled night of enjoyment.

made even more delightful with the romantic outdoor 'Al Fresco' terrace, live entertainment, a pizza corner, waterfall, private dining room and chic marble. This is the quintessential charming Italian restaurant. Dubai diners love nothing more than tasting the delights of Dante's kitchen whilst enjoying the vivacious and welcoming ambience.

DIFC, Building 3 Tel: 04 425 6677

Grand Millennium Hotel, Dubai TECOM Tel: 04 429 9999

CARNEVALE Experience the ambience and exquisitely crafted menu, in the superb surroundings of this fabulous restaurant. The Italians perfected the art of sociable dining and the menu at Carnevale only adds to the experience. Timeless and sophisticated Italian options full of flavour wait to tempt you, complemented by a selection of bold reds and fresh whites, aperitifs and liqueurs. Indoor or outside terrace Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 04 406 8999 CIAO RESTAURANTS Italian chef Gaetano Di Stefano will attend to guests’ tables to suggest a selection of appetisers, main courses and desserts. Ciao Ristorante is one of the few places which serves authentic Italian food in Dubai. The menu includes freshly made pasta as well as other notable authentic dishes. The perfect place to enjoy true Italian delicacies. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers Dubai Marina Tel: 04 315 3218 CELEBRITIES A grand staircase leads into Celebrities, The Palace’s speciality restaurant for international cuisine. A wall fountain trickles over hand-painted tiles creating an elegant atmosphere. This is enhanced by romantic lighting and a multi-level interior that overlooks gardens. The interior colours echo those of the manicured lawns and foliage and varied hues of the sea, providing an ideal dining venue for special occasions. One & Only Royal Mirage Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 9999 DANTE Savour Italy's stylish and elegant 'dolce vita',

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DER KELLER This is one of the oldest restaurants in Dubai, committed to traditional German cuisine made with seasonal, fresh ingredients. The variety of dishes ranges from fresh, healthy salads and vegetarian options to regional specialities along with a wide selection of pork items. A special selection of German beers and wines is exclusively available to accompany your meal. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 04 406 8999 DHOW & ANCHOR Dhow & Anchor prides itself on being one of the very few establishments that creatively blends the aura of Arabian heritage with the feel of a classic English pub. Overlooking the majestic waters of the Gulf and the spectacular Burj Al Arab, Dhow & Anchor provides a memorable evening for those wanting to enjoy classic English specialities and an authentic pub experience. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 04 406 8999 EMBER Creating a delectable new culinary experience every season, Ember, located in the heart of the Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall, represents a preferred leisure destination for postwork or weekend get togethers dining out with friends and family. The lounge option further adds to its appeal. The Address Dubai Mall Tel: 04 888 3444 RIVINGTON GRILL Located in Souk Al Bahar, Downtown, the restaurant’s philosophy is simple British food,

served well and without pomp. A starter of seared scallops shows the very best of what the restaurant is capable of. Doors are open for lunch or dinner daily with bar dining also available, serving a seasonal menu of the finest dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

restaurant of impeccable character. It nestles amidst the waterways and grand Malakiya Villas in the imposing shadow of Al Qasr. Segreto offers sophistication with inimitable refinements. Diners can choose to eat alfresco looking over the resort’s waterways. Souk Madinat Jumeirah Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6730

Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 423 0903 WEST The history of the West unfolds on the walls, and characters beaming with life and lore bring a distinctive American feel to diners. Other standouts include wafer thin tortillas, smeared with generous dollops of guacamole, sour cream, and folded with sizzling beef, or prawns, whilst the beef and pork ribs are unmissable with the tender meat slithering off the bone. Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 406 8999 FOCACCIA This was the first Mediterranean restaurant in the Middle East. The concept has often been imitated but never equalled within the setting of a Mediterranean villa built around the turn of the century. Focaccia offers the irresistible flavours of Italy and is a proven favourite for both locals and visitors to Dubai. It is unique in its concept and authentic in taste. Hyatt Regency Dubai & Galleria, Deira Tel: 04 317 2222 BENIHANA Request a seat at the teppanyaki grill, because that’s where all the fun is. The menu offers a number of hearty options including assorted seafood (scallops, prawns and salmon) while the chef entertains you with the usual gimmicks – banging utensils, getting the grill to breathe fire like a dragon and catching prawn tails in his hat. Amwaj Rotana Dubai Marina Tel: 04 428 3089 SEGRETO At Segreto, the speciality is fine dining. Hidden amongst the summerhouses in a secluded enclave of this majestic city, Segreto is an Italian

ASHA’S An innovative style of Indian Restaurant combining traditional north western Indian cuisine, knowledgeable staff, authentic uniforms and contemporary design in a buzzing environment! Asha Bhosle the legendary Indian artiste selected Dubai as the location for the first restaurant to open in her restaurant chain. At Asha’s, let the kebab based menu tempt you – enjoy succulent meats flavoured with herbs and spices or a wide variety of vegetarian options to delight your palate. A family dining area with children’s play area and an amazing terrace feature strongly at Asha’s, making it an attractive dining option with something to appeal to everyone. Wafi City Sheikh Rashid Road, Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 4433

VILLA BEACH RESTAURANT Ranks among one of Dubai’s best restaurants, cherished for its sunny European cuisine, beachside setting and unsurpassed views of the Burj Al Arab. While more dramatic dining options are now available, La Villa has lost none of its charm, offering heavenly dishes such as the tender beef fillet with oxtail, roasted corn fed chicken and banana toffee cheesecake. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 348 0000 LA VILLA Contrast Mediterranean sun drenched stucco restaurants with tiled roofs and bouganvilla climbing the walls; ocean waves lapping gently, serving excellent food, with La Villa, located on the mezzanine floor of a hotel, with a view of the cavernous lobby below, cutlery scraping, hushed conversation. The two do have excellent food in common. City Centre Hotel Residence, Deira Tel: 04 294 1222 THE ATRIUM When dining out in Dubai, make time to experience the Grand Venetian-style dining environment at the Atrium. Dubai has few restaurants of such striking individuality that offer such delightful cuisine in an ambience offering such a warm welcome. The opulent surroundings together with the mouth watering delicacies on offer at the Atrium provide a rich and inviting experience. Grand Millennium Hotel, Dubai TECOM Tel: 04 429 9999 TRAITEUR Against a backdrop of striking architecture and a magnificent showpiece staircase that connects the restaurant’s two levels with great views of the kitchens, you'll discover a signature elevated show kitchen that literally posi-

tions chefs on stage. Traiteur is as much a feast for the eyes as the palate. The lounge, which is suspended from the ceiling, specialises in wines and traditional European apéritifs. Park Hyatt, Deira Tel: 04 317 2222 CENTER CUT With a focus on premium cuts, the menu at Center Cut Steak House is focused on Australian and American beef, complemented by delicious sauces and side dishes, paired with the finest red wines. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can relax while dining on Center Cut’s outdoor terrace or in the restaurant’s private dining room which seats upto 14 guests. Gate Village Dubai International Financial Center Tel 04 372 2222 AL MUNTAHA Dining 200 m above sea level seems like high adventure. Step into one of the express panoramic lifts travelling six metres per second and look forward to what lies at the top. Al Muntaha which means 'The Ultimate' or 'The Top' in Arabic lives up to its name by offering unparalleled views of Jumeirah Beach and The Palm. Burj Al Arab Tel: 04 301 7600 CAN CAN BRASSERIE A spacious outdoor terrace overlooking a beautifully landscaped hotel courtyard is ideal for alfresco meals in cooler months, while cozy sofas and Parisian café style tables of the main restaurant room are arranged In line with its French brasserie concept. The menu offers all time classics such as snails with garlic and parsley butter or sugar crusted crème brûlée with vanilla bean. Gate Village Dubai International Financial Centre Tel 04 372 2222 THE IVY Situated at The Boulevard in the luxurious and iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers, this restaurant, straight from London, offers a brasseriestyle menu with a selection of Ivy classics. An ideal place for a business lunch, evening dinner or simply a drink at the bar, it also has a private dining room for a more secluded experience and live jazz performances to

complement your meal. The Boulevard, Ground Level, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Tel: 04 319 8767 ROBERTO’S With pure Italian flair, Roberto Rella and his Alist team have created a concept blending Roman passion for food, Riccione hospitality, and Milanese style. Reinterpreting Italian cuisine, Roberto’s team introduces Dubai's gastronomic scene to a culinary experience which combines the familiar and new with classic and modern Italian cuisine including celebrated signature dishes. Gate Village Building No. 1 Dubai International Financial Centre Tel: 04 386 0066 VIVALDI Located at Dubai Creek, Vivaldi offers diners a combination of authentic pan-Italian cuisine and excellent service. The restaurant has a casual light-hearted atmosphere enhanced in the evenings by live Italian classics courtesy of an in-house Italian duo. Dhows glide past as you enjoy some consistently competent Italian cuisine. Starters include roasted figs, and Jabugo ham sprinkled with rocket. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Deira Tel: 04 207 1717

INTERNATIONAL APRONS AND HAMMER Soak up the warm, friendly Aprons and Hammers experience. The secret recipe: just-caught freshness and generous portions. What’s more, chefs prepare each dish with signature herbs and spicy marinades, featuring creatively upto-date flavour combinations. Beyond’s a secret. Dont miss out on the lovely selection of wines and frosty buckets of imported beers. Dubai International Marina Club Mina Seyahi Beach Resort Tel: 04 454 709 BAB AL YAM Along with a poolside café, this restaurant provides informal al fresco dining with attractive sea views. Located next to the private pool and sundeck at the base of Burj Al Arab, this complex offers a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere. Guests can select from an extravagant selection of international cuisine served buffetDestination Dubai 119


WAFI GOURMET Connoisseurs of authentic Lebanese Cuisine will find it difficult to ignore the many mouth watering temptations that Wafi Gourmet is famous for. Dining out is not just about food, it is also about the experience that brings a whole lot of joie de vivre. Wafi Gourmet has truly earned its deserved reputation as the city’s leading Lebanese Restaurant & Delicatessen, offering fine dining and an unparalleled ambiance. The menu is a wish-list for lovers of delicious fresh food and includes a wide variety of mezze, kebabs, shawarma and fish preparations. Continental food is also on offer, as is garden- fresh fruit and vegetables, an array of delicious sweets and pastries, sensational home made ice creams and mounds of the finest olives, cheese and spices. The menu also features a wide selection of hot and cold beverages, including coffee and fresh fruit juices Wafi City Sheikh Rashid Road Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 4433

style and enjoy their meal in a relaxing casual dining environment.

fusion-inspired menu of unique flavours that tantalise the tastebuds.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 301 7600

Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 423 0909

BEACH BAR AND GRILL Overlooking Palm Island, and poised between lush gardens and golden sand, the Beach Bar and Grill is a refreshing experience. Affectionately called "The Beach" by resort staff, guests enjoy impressive platters of freshly grilled seafood and bright salads. By night, "The Beach" dresses up with flickering candles and a warm glow as chefs serve lobster, tiger prawns, mixed kebabs and prime steaks. One & Only Royal Mirage Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 9999 CREEKSIDE With a stylish interior fitted with plush comfortable chairs, dedicated food stations, artwork and dazzling lights, beyond the dramatic entrance, Creekside opens into a warm and casual ambience, where in one corner diners can watch chefs displaying their culinary skills on the teppanyaki tables, or they can sit at the long communal tables for lively conversation. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira Tel: 04 228 1111 FAZARIS Fazaris is a restaurant with a difference. The cosmopolitan blend of Asian, Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean cuisines places the restaurant among Dubai’s highly regarded choices for any meal. Enjoy superb cuisine in the main dining area or the outdoor terrace looking towards Burj Khalifa, where clean lines and an array of colourful design features combine into an unforgettable dining venue. The Address Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 888 3444 KARMA CAFÉ DUBAI Karma Café Dubai features opulent décor and a striking rich atmospheric setting. At the heart of the restaurant, a large Buddha presides over the dining area. The venue caters to the distinguished palate, with an Asian-Californian

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MARGAUX RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Margaux Restaurant and Lounge is the perfect venue in which to relax, chill and socialise over delicious tapas and cocktails while enjoying the spectacular view of the Dubai Fountain. Chef, Julian Mercier, is trained under the Michelin- studded Alain Ducasse. Signature dishes include: Caesar salad bites, wagyu beef rolls, beef tartare, chilled rare tuna and a varied selection of imported drinks. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 439 7555 OCEANA RESTURANT Reminiscent of an elegant 1920s cruise ship, the lacquered wood interiors, tall plants and comfortable dining chairs give Oceana Dubai restaurant a welcoming feel. You will be spoilt for choice with the daily themed dinner and breakfast buffets on offer here. A wide selection of cuisines are available from around the world on various evenings throughout the week. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah The Dubai Marina Tel: 04 318 2540 NEZESAUSSI Major sports events are televised and as a result Nezesaussi is recognized as the city’s number one sports-lovers’ destination for a bite or a drink. The grill offers meals typical of the Boerewors (traditional South African sausage made with a blend of herbs and spices) the best tender steaks and lamb as only tasted Down Under. A fun crowd, along with lively background music, adds to the atmosphere. Al Manzil Hotel Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 428 5888 BBQ DONUT This is a novel dining experience: for the uninitiated, it involves a small doughnut-shaped dinghy with a barbecue station built into the centre. Diners are given a coolbox full of food and are sent floating off down the creek. Enjoy grilled meat, seafood and vegetable skewers while steering the boat. A wonderful way to

The Wharf is all about. With live music every Wednesday to Saturday evenings, the setting is the perfect venue for a relaxing drink

see Dubai from the creek. The Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Deira Tel: 04 295 6000 OTTOMANS For those wishing to enjoy al fresco dining and an exotic outside shisha lounge during the cooler months ahead, Ottomans has opened the doors to its opulent themed terrace area. Ottomans has become fast renowned throughout Dubai for serving up the finest in modern Turkish cuisine, including mouthwatering contemporary dishes, accompanied by live music from the restaurant’s traditional Arabic musicians. Grosvenor House Dubai The Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 8888 PALM GARDEN RESTAURANT Dine in a casual chic environment, where the palm theme is echoed in the furnishings and mirrored by views of the landscaped gardens surrounding the outdoor terrace. This restaurant boasts of having one of the best restaurant themed nights in Jumeirah Beach. Travel the world over dinner and indulge in delicious meals ranging from Lebanese to German and Indian. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers The Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 5533 SLOANES This vibrant, classy and stylish international restaurant boasts some of the finest cuisine in town, not to mention the most impressive views of Dubai Marina, which diners can enjoy from its beautiful terrace. However the focal point of Sloane’s has to be its spectacular open show kitchen where each chef attends to their area of speciality and serves alluring dishes. Grosvenor House Dubai The Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 8888 THE WHARF Classic fresh ingredients are used to serve up generous portions of traditional English comfort food with an international touch. At The Wharf you are always welcome to meet, relax, unwind, be yourself and have fun. This is what

Mina A’ Salam Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6730

DANTE Savour Italy's stylish and elegant 'dolce vita' made even more delicious with the romantic outdoor 'Al Fresco' terrace, live entertainment, a pizza corner, waterfall, private dining room and chic marble. This is the quintessential charming Italian restaurant. Dubai diners love nothing more than tasting the delights of Dante's kitchen whilst enjoying the vivacious and welcoming ambience. Dante Italian Restaurant, Dubai - it's Grand Italian love. Tel: 04 429 9999 Fax: 04 374 3777 E:

TCHAIKOVSKY Experience a Russian restaurant-lounge with a nightly cabaret act. The venue’s regal wallpaper, thick midnight blue carpeting, touches of gold skirting and elaborate table settings offer style and sophistication. The service is good, the staff are friendly and all in all this is a very agreeable evening out. Marina Byblos Hotel The Dubai Marina Tel: 04 448 2222 THE GRAMERCY Casual conversation, live bands, delightful cuisine and an easy going vibe find themselves in perfect balance here. Be it the wafting aromas emanating from the kitchen or the lingering tones of the saxophone player backed by a slick jazz singer, all help to create a great time out. DIFC Precinct Building 3 Tel: 04 437 7511 101 With sweeping panoramic views of the Gulf ,the striking 101 restaurant with al fresco dining opens onto a fashionable overwater chillout lounge with daybeds, beach-side tables and bar. Conceived with a very unique identity of its own, the restaurant calls for a celebration of its setting on the water, and emphasis is the indoor-outdoor lounge setting. One & Only The Palm Palm Jumeirah Tel: 04 440 1010

HARD ROCK CAFE This sizeable venue is awash with novelty value, whether it’s the ridiculously over-the-top burgers (some in a good way, others not so much), a fantastic range of music memorabilia adorning the walls, or the all-singing, alldancing staff who also seem to be trained in the art of friendly wisecracks. Guests as well as group bookings are advised to book their tables early.

LA PARILA An Argentine restaurant inside Dubai’s landmark wave-shape resort impressively recreates the theme of the Argentine pampas. Plantation estate furniture fills the dining space, where cartwheels and other country-themed decorations cover the walls. The only reminder that this is not South America is the stunning 25th-floor panoramic view of the Arabian Gulf which, along with the food, should not be missed.

Festival Centre Dubai Festival City Tel: 04 232 8900

Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 04 406 8999

LE PETITE MAISON A restaurant offering authentic Cuisine Nicoise, with its origins in traditional Genoese cooking, from the old town of Nice in France. Local produce, notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers and girolles is used generously with seafood, meat and fresh pasta to produce a style that’s light and healthy. Dishes are served to be shared.

PACHANGA RESTAURANT Embrace the Latin spirit at Pachanga Restaurant. Tastefully styled and with an emphasis on authenticity, the meat and seafood based menu blends flavours and cooking traditions from across the continent and features signature dishes from the most popular of the region's cuisines. There’s live music every night and complementary dance lessons followed by a professional floorshow twice a week.

Gate Village 08 DIFC Tel: 04 439 0505 WEST 14 th NEW YORK GRILL & BAR West 14th suggests that it stands for everything ‘New York Prime’. And, it does a very good job at living up to this vision. Mr West struts his stuff in full view of diners. Whatever the weather, the hierarchy of chefs chop, steam and grill away in a salsa-like rhythm, somehow never missing a beat between them. West 14th New York Grill & Bar At the Oceana Beach Club on The Palm Jumeirah Tel 04 447 7601


24-7 MANHATTAN 24-7 Manhattan presents a contemporary and chic venue for hotel guests and visitors to Hawthorn Hotel. It exudes a feeling of simple pleasures, spaciously and elegantly fitted out, tables laid with crisp white cloths and calm, cool and unfussy decor.

LATITUDE Just off the lobby, positioned along the sea-facing side of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Latitude is a family-friendly eatery with a buffet bearing dishes from Mongolia to Mexico.Gourmet creativity appeals to the sweetest tooth with mouthwatering gateaux, desserts and freshly baked breads.

Hawthorn Hotel Al Rigga Road, Deira

Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 04 406 8999

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort Jumeirah Beach Residence Tel: 04 318 2530 TORO TORO Bathed in striking burnt orange tones with thedramatic centrepiece of a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, Toro Toro, by famed South American Chef Richard Sandoval, spans two floors on the Marina's edge. Set to turn up the heat in the city's already famed dining scene, it pioneers tastes from Buenos Aires to São Paulo and offers a dining experience paired with an extensive Cachaça Bar. Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Sofouh Road, Tel: 04 399 8888 GAUCHO Located in the centre of the DIFC, Gaucho offers guests the opportunity to dine in luxurious style, With the option to dine al fresco, or simply to meet with friends for a cocktail in the lounge, this is the perfect location in which to attend one of our masterclasses and enjoy our offering of the finest Argentine food and wine. Podium Level, Gate Village 05 Dubai International Financial Center Tel: 04 4227898 Destination Dubai 121

BARS & NIGHTCLUBS From the highest bar in the world to drinks out at sea, Dubai’s bars and nightclubs really do offer world class views. Global DJs arrive most weeks to rock the crowds during the cooler months. You can choose from backstreet rock bars to dancing on the sand under the stars

at this attractive, upscale rooftop bar on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La Hotel. Palms and white fabric add to the mood of Arabian nights spliced with LA glitz and a little piece of Miami Beach. The place is full of pretty people clustered around the hotel’s pool deck with their cocktails. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 343 8888 JUNA LOUNGE Make sure you book ahead before a night of quality cocktails at the Juna Lounge. It’s so popular they’ve been known to turn away many people at the entrance. An intimate and luxurious lounge on the mezzanine level of the spectacular Burj Al Arab, it’s done up with thick cushions and attractive bright sofas.

IRISH VILLAGE Located opposite the Aviation Club of Dubai, the Irish Village is a large Irish pub and is one of the few places where you can drink alcohol without having to go to a hotel. A pint of beer will cost AED17 and there is seating both inside and out. This really does feel like an authentic Irish pub.

360 Positioned at the end of a pier, this venue has lined up a string of international DJs that are sure to keep the crowds coming back. Next to the Burj Al Arab, it also boasts one of the city's best views, creating a vibe where you can chill to the cool house tunes playing until the early morning.

Garhoud, Dubai Tel: 04 282 4750

Jumeirah Hotel Tel: 04 406 8999

KASBAR The club has followed the design of the hotel and has an Arabic theme, with most of the decorations coming from palaces around Morocco. Taking you into another world this is a definite must if you are from out of town. The high profile club is on three levels with terraces that overlook the dance floor below.

ARMANI PRIVE Armani Privé captures the essence of the luxury brand within a nightclub venue; exclusive, luxurious, selective, personalised and meticulously designed providing the highest level of service and entertainment.The Armani Privé experience will not only grab your attention with every tiny detail but will also capture your imagination, leaving you with an experience that will be remembered for a long time.

One & Only Royal Mirage Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 9999 CARTER’S Carter’s a very stylish bar, that offers betterdeals than anywhere else in Dubai. Located inside the pyramid complex, at Wafi City, this stylish bar named after the famous Egyptologist Howard Carter opens for lunch at 12 and closes its’ doors at 2am (3am Thursdays). As the evening progresses the restaurant transforms into a bar. Wafi City Bur Dubai Tel: 04 324 4100 122 Destination Dubai

Armani Hotel Dubai Tel: 04 888 3308 SENYAR BAR Senyar Bar is spread over two floors. It is a gleaming, almost clinical white space warmed with splashes of colour - the bar stools and the curving banquettes are scarlet. The cocktail list has been complied with care and an eye for the imaginative; sit back and be entertained by the DJ spinning the latest dance hits. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Tel: 04 511 7136 SHO CHO BAR This hip and trendy Japanese restaurant and lounge with its sparsely designed interior. overlooking the sea has a cool, seductive ambience. It is the place to be seen. Lit with glowing blue neon, furnished with cream leather space age chairs, the food speciality is sushi. As you would expect a DJ spins a chilled sound and the clientele is young and trendy. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Al Sofouh Road, Jumeirah Tel: 04 346 1111 NASIMI BEACH This day-through-night venue is both a lifestyle brand and trendsetter playground. It fuses entertainment with fashion and offers one of the greatest bar scenes in Dubai, with quality dining. The incomparable beachfront location includes fully-serviced beach facilities with sun loungers, cabanas and day beds, plus culinary delights of sushi and sashimi and is a favourite with Dubai’s good-looking set. Atlantis the Palm Tel: 04 426 0000 BAHRI BARI Bahri Bar is one of the best outdoor bars in Dubai, where you’ll discover a beautiful wraparound terrace on the second floor spread with Persian carpets and stylish cane sofas. Hidden in the Mina A’ Salam Hotel within the sprawl-

ing Madinat Jumeirah Resort, it’s the perfect spot to take in the peaceful scenes of the boats passing by the canal. Madinat Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6730 BOUDOIR If you’re in Dubai for business or pleasure, there’s one bar you won’t want to miss. Boudoir is as opulent as it gets. Nothing is understated or subtle about it, but then this isn’t an understated or subtle city. The look of the bar evokes the world of the French Court when luxury was everything, and pleasures were never guilty. Al Sufouh Road Jumeirah Tel: 04 345 5995 BARASTI Located in the heart of Dubai Marina, Barasti benefits from a superb beach location. Laidback, welcoming and sun-soaked, the reasons for this bar’s popularity are not rocket science. Even with a recent refit almost doubling its size, it still gets packed out with a cool, casual crowd most nights of the week, with people enjoying the multiple pleasures of Barasti. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 3333 HED KANDI There is an abundance of cutesy candy pink

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 301 7600 CU-BA Cu-ba a new venue to Dubai, offers a chic Latin experience, where guests can enjoy an evening out surrounded by panoramic city views of both traditional and new Dubai. The menu at Cu-ba offers contemporary Cuban tapas that are sure to please the most discerning palate. Choose between indoor or outdoor seating. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Al Garhoud, Deira Tel: 04 230 8582 Email: THE JETTY LOUNGE Housed in chic Arabian architecture with contemporary interiors, the Jetty Lounge is not a restaurant as such but an elegant beachside lounge bar. Beverages and wines are complemented by a selection of light snacks such as mezze, quiches, Spanish ham and cheeses as well as dips and Asian-inspired platters. The mood is laid back, with sophisticated chill out lounge music. One & Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah Tel: 04 399 9999 CAVALLI Bringing a lifestyle concept to Dubai, Cavalli remains true to every element of Roberto Cavalli’s style. From the Swarovski crystal-adorned

alls to the shiny black quartz flooring, the opulent space exudes luxury, sophistication and glamour. The Cavalli Club draws a clientele that is prestigious and elite. On the top floor, you can enjoy a selection of culinary delights. The Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 332 5555 KOUBBA Koubba is a gem in the Madinat Jumeirah complex belonging to Al Qasr Hotel. It’s a cozy lounge bar with a beautiful terrace atmosphere and views over Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah’s canals. Enter through the magnificent lobby with its gigantic crystal chandelier and grand mosaic, and have a drink on the soft cushions at sunset while viewing Dubai. UPTOWN BAR There is a very good reason to visit this bar, and that’s the view. Stepping out of the cosy interior bar – which itself has a fine view of the Burj Al Arab you’ll find yourself gazing down at an extraordinary panoramic view of Jumeirah, with roads receding to vanishing point and the Burj Khalifa glittering on the horizon. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Tel: 04 406 8999

Z:ONE A fresh, vibrant hangout, Z:ONE lounge bar can be found in Media One’s Hotel lobby offering cool twists on favourite Asian bar bites and impressive cocktails, including a DJ playing to a friendly neighbourhood crowd. It’s been a long while since a pub raised the bar, or at least the seating. Open every day from 11am until 1am. Attracts the media crowd from neighbouring Media City. Media One Hotel Tel: 04 427 1000 Media City BALCONY BAR There’s an old colonial feel to the Shangri-La’s Balcony Bar. The interior features rich, coffee coloured wood, black leather armchairs, a panelled ceiling and oriental rugs aplenty. It’s all very elegant in a rather masculine way. As the name suggests, the bar overlooks the chic hotel lobby; there’s a drinks list featuring the usual suspects, classics and cocktails. Opens between 6pm-3am. Dress code, smart/casual. Shangri-La, Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 405 2703

VU’S BAR The magnificent view, Downtown to the north, and the Marina to the south—should get accolades, but the modern cathedral-like space and its striking clientele keep the eye focused inside. Try the 51st Floor house cocktail: so deliciously strong we forgot to ask what it was. But if you can’t find it, don’t worry –there are 200 cocktails to choose from!

BAR 44 No prize for guessing which floor of Dubai’s Grosvenor House Hotel Bar 44 is located on. It’s high up – 44 floors high up - and is therefore blessed with superb views over Dubai’s ever shifting, ever developing skyline. The décor is low-key retro with deep leather bucket chairs. Service is exemplary, whisper-quick efficient, with music in the background. Guest jazz singers add the chilled ambiance.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 319 8088

Grosvenor House Hotel Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 8888

THE BUDDHA BAR The Buddha Bar global juggernaut is unstoppable. Though the format is familiar to many now, it still has the power to wow. Its Dubai incarnation is a case in point. This place is impressive in every sense. Walk through the doors and you are launched into an imposing multi-level interior: plush carpets and glittering chandeliers plus the vast Buddha statute.

TRILOGY Trilogy is possible the largest nightclub in Dubai, located in the Madinat Jumeirah. Dubai is already known for it’s high-end club scene where the beautiful people like to hang. Trilogy is a great venue for a wild night out. The club has two floors with different music and a rooftop that is more akin to a lounge area despite the pounding dance music.

Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 8888

Souk Madinat Jumeirah Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6917

ZINC Zinc provides copious amounts of action, in the form of music, dance and entertainment. Located on the ground floor of Crowne Plaza, Zinc is one of the biggest clubs in town. The club has various theme nights playing different kinds of music from r&b, dance music, house and techno. Crowne Plaza Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 331 1111 N’DULGE N’dulge offers weekend events which focus around an exceptional level of entertainment featuring circus performers, magicians, themed actors and dancers with themed decor uniquely transforming the space. With sleek furniture alongside sofas and armchairs and 2 new bespoke communal tables, this new ultra-lounge combines a sexy outlook with the latest up front dance music. Atlantis Hotel the Palm Palm Jumeirah TORO TORO Decorated in striking orange tones with a dramatic floor-to-ceiling fireplace, Toro Toro by famed South America Chef Richard Sandoval spans two floors. Poised to turn up the heat considerably in the city’s dining scene, it pioneers tastes from Buenos Aires to São Paulo and a multitude of Pan Latin dining experiences with an extensive Cachaça Bar. Grosvenor House Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 8888 SIDDHARTA LOUNGE Mediterranean and Asian flavours with futuristic sounds in a modish and sophisticated ambience, sublime dining awaits at Siddharta. Arrive through an exclusive entrance leading to its level 4 location. Lounge around the pool; soak up the sun or just gaze at the stars. This venue is set to be the playground of the crème de la crème of Dubai society. Grosvenor House Dubai Marina Tel: 04 399 8888 Destination Dubai 123


CROSSROADS COCKTAIL BAR Located on the third floor with a spectacular view over the Raffles Sky Garden, Crossroads Cocktail Bar offers contemporary and award winning cocktails of the highest standards. The decor is a sumptuous Balinese inspired indoor/ outdoor affair, boasting an extensive (and expensive) array of drinks, including over 45 specialist rums and tequilas which we’re assured are unique to Dubai. The bar enjoys panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline and a cosy semi-circlular bar inside, at which you can strike up conversation with one of the highly knowledgeable barstaff. Raffles Dubai Wafi City Sheikh Rashid Road Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 4100

BLISS LOUNGE Bliss Lounge is one of the swankiest lounge bars, serving the hippest crowd in Dubai every day of the week til the wee small hours. Located in Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort this venue gives you the best chill out afternoons and upbeat nights. Resident DJ Joseph mixes the best of chill and deep house music. Bliss combines a contemporary setting with the beautiful surroundings of Jumeirah Beach.

CHINA MOON CHAMPAGNE BAR The Raffles Hotel's exclusive Champagne Bar is available to residents only. China Moon Champagne Bar offers one of the finest selections of champagnes in Dubai, with many vintages being exclusive to Raffles Dubai as well as award winning cocktails. China Moon Champagne Bar offers a perfect setting on the 19th floor with a range of Raffles Cigars and Raffles Caviar. Dress Code: Elegant.

LEFT BANK Left Bank is a sophisticated contemporary lounge, bar and restaurant. A trendy meeting place that combines style with a relaxed atmosphere and cool music, Left Bank is known for its creative casual dining menu and for pouring some of the best cocktails in town. Left Bank’s contemporary chic personality is reflected in the bars’ interiors and the various locations where they are situated.

as well as vegetarians alike.For the first time, “cutting” edge service, style, and design are combined with a see-and-be-seen atmosphere that is set to revolutionise the Dubai restaurant scene and elevate it to a whole new level.

Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Al Sufouh Road Tel: 04 399 5533

Raffles Dubai Wafi City Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 4100

Souk Madinat Jumeirah Souk Al Bahar Tel: 04 368 6171 Tel: 04 368 4501

PEOPLE BY CRYSTAL People by Crystal is an explosion of glamour and extravagance located at the tip of the fivestar Raffles Dubai pyramid. Huge windows with magnificent panoramic views of Dubai can easily get lost amid the gold decor, white leather seating and illuminated dance floors make up the club’s interior. And that’s not to mention the flashing light shows, live music acts and confetti that regularly pours from the ceiling or the huge metal gorillas at the door. You can safely expect a packed house and a lively atmosphere.

BLUE BAR One of the few authentic jazz bars in Dubai, Blue Bar showcases some genuine local talent and on occasions names from abroad. This venue is located on the ground floor of the businesslike Novotel, Blue Bar and combines fashionable décor, cigars and an ambience that is rare in Dubai. A noisy and slightly older crowd awaits you in this relaxed and endearing venue. Call for information on performances and schedules. Novotel World Trade Centre Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 332 0000 CHI @THE LODGE Chi the Lodge (AKA Chi @ the Lodge) can host over 3000 people on a regular basis and offers the only Miami-style outdoor clubbing experience in Dubai. Experience four different clubs within one venue with various acts such as Tiesto, Akon, Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Jay Sean, and more gracing this venue. 2A St Bur Dubai (Next to Al-Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha) Tel: 04 337 9470 CIN CIN This chic wine bar with avant garde style has become a true destination for the urban set. The impressive beverage list showcases over 350 international labels. The food is a mixture of international delicacies. The interior is based on a contemporary theme that is consistent throughout with intricate floor designs, plush furniture, reflective white panelling and a wide selection of cigars. Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 311 8316

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CIRCUE DU SOIR The London original of the Cirque Du Soir now has its home in the former 400 Club. It’s a high end circus themed experience with flame throwers, jugglers, clowns, snake-charmers, contortionists and magicians, who perform to the music in the background provided by Cirque Du Soir’s resident DJ, who plays an eclectic mix of upfront house and R&B. Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 332 4900 DIABLO You could say this venue is the new kid on the block as far as reputation is concerned. The club has been described as unique, stylish and glamorous with a stage hosting international acts that make regular appearances, a booming sound system, an impressive light show with the best party anthems and a mixture of R&B and house music. Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel The Gardens Tel: 04 444 6666 JAMBASE Head downstairs to the basement to find Jambase, the Supper Club. The passion for music and creativity in the kitchen are a hallmark of people from southern regions - think Latin America, southern Europe and the vibrancy of South Africa. You will find an eclectic mix in Jambase. It is the ideal location for drinks or dinner before a night of revellery. Souk Madinat Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6730

MAHIKI With its tiki décor and delicious fruit cocktails a night out here is unique in every respect. Mahiki prides itself on its friendly, fun atmosphere and the attention it pays to its customers. A host of celebrities have visited Mahiki including Liam Gallagher and Katherine Jenkins. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 055 2160181 M-DEK The M-DEK terrace at Media One Hotel is where trendsetters mingle and socialise. Featuring breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline, luxurious cabanas, and a range of beverages and mixed platters, time stands still when you chill out at M-DEK, Media One Hotel during the week. It steps up a notch to become one of Dubai’s hot spots at the weekend. Media One Hotel Media City Tel: 04 427 1000 NEW ASIA BAR & CLUB As one of the only clubs in Dubai not to charge entry, it is a particularly popular venue with the nighttime crowd. A huge Egyptian head welcomes you and mixologists will whip up a homegrown invention called Dubai Sling. A sophisticated crowd makes it to the top of the pyramid of the ultra-plush Raffles hotel, where the views are stunning. Raffles Dubai Wafi City, Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 4100 OKKU Introducing a new style of contemporary Japanese cuisine to the Middle East dining scene, Okku cateris to discerning fish and meat lovers,

The H Hotel Mezzanine Level One Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 501 8777

EL MALECON This Cuban restaurant/bar provides an exceptional combination of dining and entertainment. On the menu is typical Cuban cuisine with a fusion of international styles. The bar area provides live Latino entertainment every night with a no holds barred attitude to entertainment making this the place to visit if you don’t want a quiet evening out. There is no doubt El Malecon is one of the most established Latin influenced venues in the region. This graffiti spawned venue is also unique in offering Latin flavoured drinks and more importantly salsa music and dancing. The crowd is friendly,enthusiastic, and energetic and there is also the opportunity to take part in salsa classes along with an instructor earlier in the evening and a live band performing with a DJ every night. Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa Tel: 0 4 346 1111

Raffles Hotel Dubai Wafi City Oud Metha Tel: 050 297 2097 Sheikh Rashid Road REPUBLIQUE An amazingly popular venue, you don’t have to dress to impress here and everyone is generally very nice. A shiny disco ball welcomes you; a great nostaligic touch harking back to the days when a disco ball reflected music and fun. A great atmosphere spreads through the two-floored club that caters for 400 guests. The Address, Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 438 8888 SAVAGE GARDEN For those with a liking for all things exotic, Savage Garden brings to the floor a cosy LatinAmerican tavern with a tropical atmosphere and juicy Argentinean style grills. A live band helps the night along and the occasional Salsa nights for dance lovers are scheduled throughout the week. This is a popular nightspot, small but intimate, with great ambience and atmosphere. Capitol Hotel Satwa Tel: 04 346 0111

SKYVIEW BAR The Skyview bar is set on the Burj’s 27th floor, 200m above sea level. Visiting the Burj Al Arab is a must for all visitors to Dubai. It’s Dubai’s first truly iconic building, the desert city’s answer to the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building. The Skyview bar is simply the icing on the cake.

den seating area, this is a sophisticated entertainment lounge specialising in cocktails. Start your evening early at the European style café bar and garden where you can enjoy an array of international beverages at the stylish bar and a DJ playing soul and funky house.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 301 7600

Le Méridien Dubai Garhoud Airport Road Tel: 04 217 0000

TRADER VIC’S With locations around the world, Trader Vic’s is a family of restaurants, united by four cornerstones: Decor, Food, Drinks, and Service. Combined, these define the Trader Vic’s brand and create the Trader Vic’s experience. Essentially this place is a simplistic conception of a 1950s American tiki bar, well known for its sugar cane derived drinkables.

XL BEACH CLUB Habtoor Grand’s beach club is a fun venue to lounge or party the night away. Amongst the low white sofas, towels, the pool, beach seats you will be entertained by a DJ on stage. The area is surrounded by private cabanas, complete with their own Jacuzzi, lounge and bathroom. You can expect to see a lot of beautiful people and a very mixed party crowed.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah Al Sufouh Road Tel: 04 366 5646 THE MUSIC ROOM The Music Room has become synonymous with quality live music in Dubai. Its unwavering fan base continues to grow and people are undoubtedly loving this unique style of venue housed remarkable events such as concerts by ‘The Proclaimers’ and ‘The Heavy’, an album launch by ‘Jonas Desai’ and countless theme nights steadily making it a leading music venue in Dubai. Majestic Hotel, Deira RED LOUNGE TERRACE You’ll be seeing red at the top of Raffles. The decor is red; many of the drinks are red. Red lounge terrace serves creative dim sum and innovative cocktails in a sky bar setting. you can expect a very trendy fashionable crowd and a selection of the best in dance music.

The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Dubai Marina Al Sufouh Road Tel: 056 640 6161 ZUMA Zuma has fast become an institution in Dubai. The favourite haunt of Dubai's beautiful people, it has a contemporary Japanese menu, but it continues to offer the staples, like sushi and tempura, and even when preparing these basics, the chefs delight us with the high quality and fine cuts of fish. The venue is beautifully designed and well laid out. A resident DJ provides the beat driven, infectious music. DIFC Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 425 5660

Raffles Hotel Dubai Wafi City Oud Metha Sheikh Rashid Road Tel: 04 324 8888

BLENDS Enjoy the glow of the Marina’s urban landscape from this spectacular fourth floor lounge. Chic and vibrant, Blends is a fresh mix of three innovative experiences. The trendy lounge serves a fine selection of bubbly and vintages from around the world displayed in modern floor to ceiling cellars. At the weekends Blends doubles up as a nightclub with Shades, its outside chill out area .

WAREHOUSE A combination of four bars, two restaurants, a sushi bar, a wine cellar and an exclusive gar-

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ART GALLERIES Dubai’s art scene has exploded in recent years,with galleries devoted to Middle Eastern art, photography and contemporary art. Head to DIFC for slick shows or the Al Quoz area to find art galleries in converted industrial spaces. For a taste of Dubai’s history, head down to Bur Dubai to learn how a small pearling village evolved into the cosmopolitan city you see today

THE ARA GALLERY The Ara Gallery is purely focused on giving aspiring Arab artists a platform where their talents will be showcased to the region and the world, thereby providing them with the opportunity to establish themselves in the ever growing Middle Eastern art market. At The Ara Gallery, you can take part in art-related dialogue, discussions, workshops and view locally produced artist exhibitions. Emaar Boulevard Downtown Dubai Tel: 04 454 2784 ARTSPACE GALLERY The gallery’s diverse clientele includes private collectors, art consultants, interior designers as well as business people, diplomatic and social VIPs. Artspace Gallery offers the client an extraordinary opportunity to acquire and see some of the most contemporary Middle Eastern art on the market. Every three weeks, artist’s works, ranging from paintings to sculpture, are exhibited. The gallery has now begun to branch out regionally. Dubai International Financial Centre The Gate Village Bldg. 3, Level 2 Tel: 04 323 0820 CHRISTIE’S In May 2006, art market history was made when Christie’s held its first auction of International Modern and Contemporary Art in the Middle East. Christie’s has sold over US$200 million worth of art in Dubai alone. Christie’s, 126 Destination Dubai

Dubai has gone on to establishe itself as an international auction centre alongside Geneva, Hong Kong, New York and London. Office Gate Village, Building 5, Podium Level Dubai International Financial Centre Viewing Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 425 5647 FLYING COLOURS ART GALLERY Introduces new artists from around the world and promotes UAE based artists. The aim is to bring in functional art in the form of mostly original paintings and digital versions of the same that will appeal to art lovers whether they are corporate offices, hotels or private collectors. As such, regardless of your budget, they will have something for everyone. Apex Atrium Bulding in Motor City Tel: 04 453 4979 ARTINHOUSE A simple concept, ArtInHouse is extending an opportunity to local, regional and international artists to exhibit in the Gallery at Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments Bur Dubai as well as to introduce a diversified artistic programme to its guests throughout the year. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai 19th Street, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai Tel: 04 336 6000 GREEN ART GALLERY Green Art Gallery was amongst one of the first galleries to exhibit Arab art in Dubai. The Gallery played a vital role in introducing modern Arab art to the city and in nurturing the city’s earliest collector base. Promoting the works of the region’s generation of pioneering artists from across the Middle East and North Africa including Iraq, Lebanon, UAE, and Morocco. Al Quoz 1, Street 8 Alserkal Avenue Unit 28 Tel: 04 346 9305 MEEM GALLERY Meem Gallery has established itself as a leading specialist in the Arab and Iranian art world. The gallery’s aim is to promote the work of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern artists.The gallery distinguished itself by gaining exclusive representation rights in Dubai for the work of Ali Omar Ermes and Nja Mahdaoui, bringing their art to the Emirates for the first time. Umm Suqeim Rd Tel: 04 347 7883 MONDO ARTE GALLERY Mondo Arte Gallery has the most beautiful oil paintings on canvas. Their artists handpaint everything from reproductions of the world’s most famous artistic masterpieces to customised oil paintings. The gallery has a huge inventory

of the world’s finest oil paintings that include Impressionist and Renaissance art, as well as themed paintings, including Mediterranean, seascape, animal, landscape, portrait and historical art. Mall of the Emirates The Galleria Tel: 04 341 3001 MIRAJ ISLAMIC ART CENTRE Miraj holds a fantastic collection of Islamic art objects from silver, metalware and marble, to intricate astrolabes, painstakingly crafted carpets and textiles, and displays of calligraphy and engraving. Just up the road is Saga World a souk-style, high-end department store, where you can buy a range of Middle Eastern and Indian handcraft products similar to those on display in the gallery. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah Tel: 04 394 1084 PORT OF CALL GALLERY This gallery focuses on oriental arts - from far eastern countries such as China and Japan. Over the past few years the gallery has experienced valuable growth while travelling to the far east looking for pieces of furniture, ceramics and textiles. The antiques and collectibles that are on display at Port of Call are aesthetically pleasing and are of great quality. Al Attar Business Tower Sheikh Zayed Road Near DIFC Tel: 04 332 6006

TRAFFIC A stylish multi-disciplinary art and design practice, which features a gallery, store and studio. Work is displayed from established designers as well as up and coming talents in the field, while the store sells a wide range of aesthetically pleasing items, from cutlery through to inspirational furniture and a variety of art related work. 179 Umm Suqeim Rd Al Quoz Industrial 4

ART SAWA In 2008, the Art Sawa project began to find its roots in Dubai’s multi-cultural dynamism. It was still difficult to find art and yet it was realised that there was a demand for art and culture that remained unmet. With a passion for art and the promotion of talent, Amel B. Makkawi, owner and director, set out to create an art platform that would provide artists from the region with a space where they could present their work; a space of sufficient size and quality to create its own dynamic. Art Sawa embodies all of Makkawi's aspirations for art in this part of the world; it is the largest addition to Dubai’s bustling art scene. Offering 12,000 sq ft of state-ofthe-art space, Art Sawa is dedicated to promoting world-class contemporary art to a global and regional audience. Art Sawa has recently decided to expand its presence to what has become the must-visit art destination in Dubai, namely the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), to be closer to its collector base. Al Quoz Tel: 04 340 8660 Dubai International Financial Centre Tel: 04 386 2366

THE MAJLIS GALLERY A haven for artists and art lovers The Majlis Gallery grew out of a love affair between an expatriate lady and a very special house. Alison Collins came to Dubai in 1976 to work as an interior designer. She fell in love with the country, especially with the architecture and the ambiance of the old wind tower houses in the Bastakiaand established her gallery there. Al Musalla Roundabout Bastakiya Bur Dubai Tel: 04 353 6233 THE MOJO GALLERY The Mojo Gallery is a multifunctional art space that brings together several creative forms, art, design and new media. As a gallery, Mojo focuses on exhibitions that explore contemporary expressions and concepts in fine art and design through multiple mediums and formats encompassing more than classical genres. Find original paintings, conceptual photography, digital media, works on paper, prints and illustrations. The Mojo Gallery Alserkal Avenue Tel: 04 347 7388 THE THIRD LINE The Third Line is an art gallery in Dubai, with a focus on promoting contemporary Middle Eastern art and artists locally, regionally and internationally. In addition to monthly exhibitions, the gallery hosts and organises a nonprofit alternative programe. Artists participating include Babak Golkar, Slavs and Tatars, Hayv Kahraman, Pouran Jinchi, Joana Hadji Thomas, KhalilJoreige and many more. Al Quoz 3, Tel: 04 341 1367

THE RED GALLERY The inspiration behind The Red Gallery is the passion for Vietnamese art of its owner Huong Nguyen, who has founded and managed the gallery since January 2007. The gallery is spread over two floors and has a beautiful space of over 4500 sq ft, displaying stunning artworks from more than 25 artists from Vietnam. Villa 833b, Al Wasl Road Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah Tel: 04 395 5811 THE JAM JAR The Jam Jar is a creative space that works to promote artists and support Dubai’s art scene through its extensive arts programme, educational initiatives, and community projects. The 4000 sq ft studio and gallery offers the region’s first public DIY painting studio with year round exhibitions and events presenting work in visual art, film, music, theatre, photography and more. RKM Properties, St. 17a, Al Quoz 3 Tel: 04 341 7303 THE EMPTY QUARTER The Empty Quarter - Fine Art Photography is the only gallery in Dubai devoted to fine art photography and serves a rapidly growing membership of artists and photo enthusiasts. The goal is to expand the understanding and appreciation of photography as an artistic medium. The gallery deals with young, emerging and established photographers. Discover and celebrate Dubai International Financial Centre DIFC Gate Village Tel: 04 323 1210 PROART GALLERY ProArt Gallery, featuring paintings and with separate sections for collectibles like Osler crystal chandeliers, has opened its doors in Palm Strip Shopping Mall. The gallery is the first place in the Middle East where a connoisseur is able to acquire masters and lithographic prints of 50 artists from 15 different countries as well as art pieces exclusively from the UAE. Palm Strip Mall Opposite Jumeirah Mosque Tel: 04 345 0900

XVA GALLERY Now located in the DIFC, this is one of Dubai’s most interesting galleries. While the gallery focuses on fine art and hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, XVA can also lay claim to the title of Dubai’s hippest hotel, in Bastakiya, with eight guest rooms on the upper floors. Bastakiya Bur Dubai Tel: 04 353 5383 Dubai International Financial Centre Gate Village Tel: 04 358 5117 4 WALLS ART GALLERY A 3000 sq ft facility in Al Quoz, holds workshops for drawing, painting, photography and sculpting, as well as art classes for children and students, supervised by art teaching artists professionals and a variety of workshops. This gallery focuses on Middle Eastern and international art and hopes to share its passion for Middle Eastern art with local communities and visitors to Dubai whilst enhancing the reputation of the region’s talented artists. 4 Walls Art Gallery Sheikh Zayed Road 3rd Interchange AYYAM GALLERY Founded in Damascus in 2006, Ayyam Gallery represents some of the region’s most prominent contemporary artists. The gallery seeks to promote the Arab world’s dynamic cultural scene at home and abroad. Over the years, its continued commitment to the expansion and progression of Middle Eastern art has led to a number of landmark initiatives including The Shabab Ayyam Project, an incubator programme for young talented artists in the region, Ayyam Publishing, a Middle Eastern art imprint and Ayyam Auctions, which hosts biannual public sales on a regular basis. Alserkal Avenue Street 8 Al Quoz 1 Tel: 04 323 6242 Ayyam Gallery Gate Village Building 3 Dubai International Financial Centre Tel: 04 439 2395 Destination Dubai 127




THE FRIDGE PERFORMANCE ARTS HUB FOR THE CITY Reflecting the city's dynamic interchange of cultures and ethnicities, The Fridge plays an active role in the growing performaning arts and music scene in the region with the provision of world-class entertainment. Delighting locals and visitors, The Fridge is renowned for its’ rich and diverse programming which includes The Fridge Concert Series, hosted in an inspiring warehouse space in Alserkal Avenue, and the international classical concert series The Score. ( Founded in 2007, The Fridge is the only music management company in the region that actively engages regional talent as well as international, generating a lifecycle from development to performing and recording. The Fridge creates and produces some of the Middle East’s most iconic events as well as playing host to a mix of performance and art related events for all ages and nationalities. For information on The Fridge’s exciting and progressive calendar of events. Tel: 04 347 7793 128 Destination Dubai

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Activities,Beaches and Sights From ice skating to taking in a musical at the Madinat Jumeirah or keeping children amused in mammoth theme parks, this city is not lacking in things to do. For the best views head over to Sky Dive Dubai and launch yourself from a plane13,000 feet up. Too high? Try indoor sky diving in Mirdif. Want to go skiing or snowboarding? Try Mall of the Emirates and if you’re a petrol head, check out the city’s Autodrome

SKYDIVING For anyone seeking an adrenaline rush, this experience will fit the bill. This is one of the most unique drop zones in this part of the world - over the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Even those without training can enjoy skydiving. Supervised jumps are the safest and most carefree way for beginners to have a go sharing a parachute with an experienced professional. Tel: 04 432 9393


was the brainchild of local theatre-lovers, arts enthusiasts, artists and business people.

DUBAI MEDIA CITY AMPHITHEATRE A venue that stages a range of events throughout the year, the amphitheatre itself is located within the confines of the Media City and is situated next to a very scenic lake that adds to the charm of the venue. The amphitheatre is fairly central and is popular for concerts, comedy shows and live entertainment held in the city.

Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 Tel: 04 341 4 777

Dubai Media City Tel: 04 364 2032 MADINAT JUMEIRAH THEATRE The theatre’s well planned 424-seat luxury venue within the busy streets of the ‘ancient’ Souk has witnessed an impressive programme of performances. From ‘treading the boards’ classics to musicals and innovative comedy shows, make sure you keep your eyes open for what’s coming to town next and chances are you won’t be disappointed. Designed by stage professionals. Souk Madinat Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6380 DUBAI COMMUNITY THEATRE DUCTAC DUCTAC aims to contribute to the creative and cultural development of Dubai by presenting a programme of events and participatory activities for Dubai’s many multi-national communities and visitors alike. The Theatre & Arts Centre is the first modern, non-profit, cross-community creative centre in the Gulf. This flagship project 130 Destination Dubai

SKI DUBAI Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing setting in which to enjoy skiing, snowboarding or just playing in the snow. There is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 DESERT SAFARI A Desert Safari in Dubai presents a real taste of true spirit of Arabia. It’s less than a 45-minute drive from central Dubai where you can experience a fun filled trip. The thrill of a roller coaster ride on the sand dunes, being entertained with music, belly dancers and a taste of Arabic culture and food is a must. Tel: 04 3572 200 AUTODROME Dubai Autodrome is designed to accommodate all types of motor sports events from world class to local. This multi-purpose complex also serves as an ideal setting for concerts and cor-

porate events, whether conferences, seminars, or motoring exhibitions. Built to world-class standards, the Dubai Autodrome offers manufacturers and racing teams a perfect location for testing, prototype development, vehicle demonstrations, and product driver training. Dubai Autodrome Tel: 04 367 8700 CAMEL RACING The former president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, endorsed camel racing and provides financial support for citizens who are caretakers of camels. Camel races take place on an annual basis, mostly during the late October to early April racing season and periodically throughout the calendar year.The races generally take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the winter season. Nad Al Sheba Racecourse Tel: 04 322 277 HELICOPTER TOUR Helicopter is a unique way to see Dubai from above. Marvel at the city's beautiful desert landscape and as you weave amongst the skyscrapers the architectural landscape will leave you spellbound. Helicopter flights of up to 30 minutes will give you a tour of the beautiful Jumeirah Palm and the Burj Al Arab hotel.

with races like the world famous Dubai Golden Shaheen Cup. Emirates Racing Authority is the internationally recognised governing body for horse racing in the United Arab Emirates. It administers all aspects of the sport, including the implementation of the registration of horses for racing and the licensing of all, jockeys, officials and stable personnel. Meydan Racecourse Tel: 04 327 0077 WILD WADI WATERPARK Designed with influences that reflect Arabian folklore, the rides and attractions interconnect. Once you enter Wild Wadi, you will be given access to all the water rides, as well as the use of rubber rings, life jackets and body boards. The water park has 90 lifeguards on duty, keeping you safe while you are having lots of fun. Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 348 4444

807 Golden Business Centre Airport Road, Deira Tel: 04 294 6060

DUBAI ICE RINK The Olympic-size ice rink boasts world-class facilities. Whether you want to learn to skate, perfect your technique, play ice hockey with friends or just have a great time, this spectacular venue is the coolest place to go, any time of the year. On the ground floor of the ice rink, guests can now purchase a vast array of ice skating merchandise.

HORSERACING Racing in Dubai has enjoyed great success

The Dubai Mall Tel: 04 448 5111

FALCONRY Falconry is a sport known to the Arabian World for centuries. Although the sport has roots in many other countries, including Mongolia, China, Pakistan and Russia, it has been adopted with ease and admiration in the Arab world. In Dubai you have the unique opportunity to learn about the falconry as well as participating in this sport. For further information: Travel & Culture Services offers special Falcon Safaris on a daily basis. Travel & Culture Services Tel: 055 715 9025

iFLY Experience the world’s first double vertical wind tunnel. The design raises you three metres in the air. It also incorporates air conditioning keeping flyers cool while they are soaring to new heights. The wind tunnel is 10 metres tall with an acrylic glass wall! The state of the art patented technology ensures a high degree of safety and accommodates all flyers. iFly Playnation, Mirdif City Center Tel: 04 231 6292 SAILING AND WINDSURFING Sailing is one of the most popular pastimes in Dubai because of its relatively calm waters. Fixed keel, dingy and board sailing, sail boarding, windsurfing and surface water sport are all available. Conditions are near perfect with minimal tides or currents in the Gulf. Winds are usually predictable and reassuring for the beginner but strong enough to challenge the experienced sailor. Jebel Ali Hotel and Golf Resort Tel: 04 883 6000 SCUBA DIVING With the sea temperature set at a constant minimum 75 degrees and sometimes rising to 93 degrees this is an ideal place to learn your first dive or for the more experienced diver to relax and enjoy the surroundings.There is a cruise liner, which sunk in the 1960s just outside Dubai. This has become extremely popular with divers. Al Boom Diving Al Wasl Road Tel: 04 342 2993 WATERSKIING The calm warm waters of the Gulf and yearround sunshine make Dubai an ideal location for waterskiing. Facilities and locations are perfect for both beginners and advanced skiers. Dubai’s reputation as a waterskier’s paradise

is well established. Each year the Dubai Water Sports Association invites top performers from Europe and the United States for a week-long competition and festival. Dubai Water Sports Association Tel: 04 324 1031 EDVENTURE Edventure Travel is a group of artisans and travellers who run travelling workshops in photography and art around the UAE and overseas. The goal is to showcase beautiful destinations and learn an art form in the process. They have travelled to Jebel Hafeet, the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, Hatta, Bali, and Vienna. Tel: 050 715 9457 DUBAI OFFSHORE SAILING CLUB Sailing is popular in Dubai and the UAE, and not just with the types of yachts people can only dream about. Traditional sailing yachts can be chartered like anywhere else in the world. With relatively calm waters, the beautiful coloured seas and glorious conditions during the winter months make sailing in Dubai one of the most pleasurable pastimes.

SHOOTING The impressive fortress style architecture as you first enter the Jebel Ali International Shooting Club makes an imposing sight from the very start. 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. Olympic trap, clay shooting, automatic ball trap and down the line are amongst the disciplines that are available Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Tel: 04 883 6555 HUNTING GAME, TARGET AND SHOOTING SIMULATOR This is for hunting and shooting enthusiasts. Shoot your way to the top of your game at Meydan’s target and shooting simulator which comes with complete diagnostic tools for all skill levels for beginners and professional. This highly realistic game creates vivid digital environments for a shooting experience that is as real as it gets and an experience that will leave you wanting more.

Tel: 04 394 1596

The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba Meydan Road, Tel: 04 381 3733

BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES Leave the glitz and the glamour of the city behind and join this balloon expedition deep into the desert! Enjoy a magic carpet ride over giant red sand dunes, emerald green oases, gazelles and wandering camels. Be welcomed by the warmth of the desert people you may have a chance to meet on landing. Flying daily at sunrise.

AIKIDO Originating in Japan, Aikido is unique as it is designed to protect either side from injury, making it a very safe and neutral way to explore martial arts. Whether you’re a beginner or a black belt, Aikido is an empowering way to try something new. Lessons are conducted on the ground floor of the hotel. Group bookings are also available.

Dubai Festival City Tel: 04 285 4949

The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheeba Meydan Road, Tel: 04 381 3405

AMIGOS BALLOONS Amigos can offer a personally tailored experience, a romantic balloon flight over Dubai for two, a family occasion or a corporate event. The experience is breathtaking. See the sun rise above the beautiful sand dunes and rugged, red mountains. The journey starts at 5am from Festival City and will take you halfway between Dubai and Al Ain. The ride lasts about an hour and is unforgettable. Make sure you don't forget your camera. Festival City Rabat Street Tel; 04 289 9295

DIRT BIKING Rent a bike and go it alone or sign up for a tour with an experienced guide, ranging from half a day to a four-day adventure in remote areas across the UAE and Oman. Just getting started? Beginner off-road lessons are available for everyone for upto two hours per session. Group bookings are also available upon request. Emirates Bike Tours, various locations Tel: 050 466 9615 KARTING The Dubai Autodrome’s rental karts can reach speeds of about 55kph – not fast by road car Destination Dubai 131


standards, but when you’re a mere 15cm from the tarmac it will take your breath away. A 15-minute session will get you about 12 laps of this outdoor circuit, which features 17 corners, plus chicanes and even a tunnel/bridge setup to test your mettle and nerve. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City Tel: 04 367 8744

THE DUBAI DANCE ACADEMY The Dubai Dance Academy teaches classical French ballet, and promotes the best international techniques from leading ballet schools worldwide. The Academy’s Directrice, Reiko M-Cheong, has had an illustrious career, both as a ballet mistress and as a prima ballerina. During her time with the Opera National de Paris she perfected the art of Fine French Ballet, a dance discipline considered by ballet connoisseurs to be the most graceful and precise of all ballet forms. “Performance is everything to the dancer, regardless of age or expertise,” she says. "That is where The Dubai Dance Academy shines. We don’t just teach our students the principles of fine ballet, we carefully develop our dancers, giving them the skills and confidence they need to perform to international standards. The Dubai Dance Academy promotes self-confidence, determination, respect and a total understanding of the body. We have a very holistic approach to the well-being of our students. This type of education is something we take very seriously, and is particularly important for children and teens who dance regularly." The Gloria Hotel 8th Floor Dubai Media City Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 381 8115 ext 8115 Mobile: 055 362 6435

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DUNE BUGGYING The adrenaline-high gained from storming through the sand dunes in a high-powered buggy is unrivalled. Day-long excursions from Dubai are available, meaning that within an hour of leaving the city you can be strapped in and on your way. Arabia Horizons Tel: 04 294 6060 QUAD BIKING This one has a reputation for attracting crazier personalities. Most operators offer the choice of a sunset excursion, when the landscape takes on an almost magical setting. Frequented by the younger setthese excursions are open to all ages, backgrounds and people at all levels of the desert ride experiences. Desert Rangers Tel: 04 357 2200 THE SNOW PENGUINS You can meet them up close and personal in an intimate one-of-a-kind encounter that the whole family will love. Gentoo and King Penguins make up this colony of endearing and intelligent birds that will wow and entertain you with their daily show, March of the Penguins. Experience an exclusive and rare interaction with these remarkable birds. It’s completely free for all mall visitors to watch. Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road 4th interchange towards Al Barsha. Tel: 04 409 4090 HIGH-ALTITUDE TRAINING Favoured by endurance athletes, high-altitude – or ‘hypoxic’ – training offers a tough, breathless workout, even if you’re only walking. It’s designed to help individuals shed body fat, increase muscle mass, improve fitness levels, lower blood pressure and improve stamina.

The Quay Healthclub Madinat Jumeirah Tel: 04 406 8534 PAINTBALLING There’s nothing like a little mock combat, especially if you’ve got scores to settle with your colleagues, friends and social enemies. However, there are rules to the game – while you might fancy yourself as gun hoe shooting movie star, remember those paintballs hurt at close range but of course can be plenty of fun. Group bookings can be made on request. Pursuit Games Oud Metha Tel: 04 324 4755 MOUNTAIN BIKING Based in Dubai, experienced bikers with the right equipment are advised to find out where Hot-Cog’s members are heading for the weekend. Led by group leader Andy Whitaker, you will take on rough-and-ready terrain around the emirate most Fridays. They also run day trips in Dibba. Group bookings are welcome. Absolute Adventure Tel: 04 345 9900 SNOWBOARDING Snowboarding has attracted a huge following with the younger generation but is enjoyed by all ages. Ski Dubai has ideal snowboarding conditions with a 400m long run, regular freestyle events, to test your skills and the Freestyle Zone with jumps and rails specifically designed to challenge you. Professional instructors are available to teach you the basics or help you polish your skills. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 800 386 CLIMBING Anyone interested in taking full advantage of Dorell’s The Wall needs to take eight hour-long lessons to be able to climb casually. Having taken the course, climbers can also go on Dorell’s climbing excursions, which take place intermittently, with locations determined according to demand. Group bookings are also available on request. The Wall, opposite Ibis Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre Tel: 04 306 5061

HIKING Want to climb a wadi on foot and get buns of steel? Hiking is a great way to explore the rugged landscape in locations such as the Hajar Mountains (and it’s possibly the only legit excuse you’ll have to wear boots in the UAE). Absolute Adventure Tel: 04 345 9900 GOLDEN HORSE STABLES With a choice of two, five or ten 45-minute sessions of horseriding lessons given by experienced riders,hone the skills that you need to become an experienced horse rider. Enjoy horseriding whether you're taking the first steps or are already galloping. The lessons are flexible and can be taken over days or weeks Mushrif Park, Al Waqa Al Khawaneej, Mirdif Tel: 050 873 3352 ULTIMATE CHARTER YACHTS Experience in planning charter vacations and inspecting yachts on the pristine blue seas. Ultimate Charter the best charter boats in the Gulf at the most competitive prices and the finest service. Free independent and professional advice with personalised friendly service crewed luxury motor yachts. Boats super yachts. and mega yachts for an ultimate luxury cruise are also available. 601 Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 346 4194 ULTIMATE CHARTER – DHOW CRUISE Get a different perspective of this amazing city. After departing from Dubai Marina Yacht Club, you will then cruise the Dubai Marina channel with the Dubai Marina on one side and Jumeirah Beach Residences on the other side. You will then enter the Palm Island with amazing views of The Burj Al Arab Hotel on the other side. 601 Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 346 4194 ULTIMATE CHARTER – HELICOPTER This spectacular tour features the Dubai Creek, Burj Al Arab Hotel, The World Islands, Jumeirah Palm, Dubai Marina, Business Bay, Burj Khalifa, Atlantis Hotel. Setting off from Dubai Atlantis Hotel, you cover Old and New Dubai. Choose 15, 25 or 45 minute sightseeing flights on a sharing basis for one to six persons.

BIG BUS TOURS Your open-top tour reveals Dubai’s landmarks and charts the city’s rapid development from a small fishing village to a modern, vibrant city. Take the Day Tour and use the hop-on, hop-off facility to visit all the places that interest you, or join the Night Tour with a live commentary which showcases illuminated Dubai. On the Day Tour, you can choose a 24 or 48 hour ticket and enjoy free inclusions such as the Dhow River Cruise and Dubai Museum. Both Day Tour routes provide a personal recorded commentary available in eight languages.The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is a safe and relaxing way to discover this great city; the perfect introduction to Dubai and a fun day out for all. Tel: 04 340 7709

601 Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 346 4194

Emirates Hills Tel: 04 390 5600

looked.The surrounding historic buildings are home to museums and artists.

THE TRACK With no membership fees and a new nine-hole pay-and-play golf course this is the ultimate golfing day out. Located next to the Meydan Racecourse on the site of the old Nad Al Sheba golf course. The course is teeming with birdlife, with water in play on every hole – often begging you to hit over it – ten bunkers guarding the greens and a course of 2460 metres.


The Meydan Hotel Nad Al Sheba Meydan Road Tel: 04 381 3733

Creekside, Garhoud Bridge Deira Tel: 04 336 7633

SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH Souk Madinat Jumeirah has been built to resemble a traditional Arabic marketplace. The souk is a colourful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city. Lively trading culture, animated and interactive - this defines Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which open fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways.

EMIRATES GOLF CLUB Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city’s finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which is also the only 18 hole course in the region to offer night golf. The club house,is one of the most eye-catching spectacles in the region. Emirates Golf Club draws accomplished and casual golfers. This course is one of the most popular course for local golfers and visitors to Dubai. Emirates Hills Tel: 04 380 2222 AL-BADIA GOLF CLUB Close to the airport, this stunning range was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is a pleasure to play – impeccably manicured and well laid out, with 11 lakes and several streams feeding into Dubai Creek. The changing rooms are like a luxury mini-spa, complete with sauna and jacuzzi. Driving range access is AED75 and includes unlimited balls. Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City Tel: 04 601 0111 MONTGOMERIE GOLF COURSE Fans of Scottish links will enjoy this course. It has 14 lakes and 81 bunkers designed by Colin Montgomerie. The par-three 13th hole is on an island shaped like the UAE and is purportedly the largest single green in the world: 58,000 sq ft, or the size of nine normal greens combined. A truly world class course arguably the best and another course that has a international reputation amongst golfers worldwide.

CABLE CAR To see just how quickly Dubai is expanding, take the cable car that runs the 2.3km length of Creekside Park (between the Creek’s two bridges) in under half an hour. Suspended 30 metres in the air, you can see for miles in each direction. Less than 15 years ago, the Dubai World Trade Centre (on the Bur Dubai side) marked the outskirts of the city.

THE FISH MARKET The market has undergone a revamp in its bid to accentuate the fishing heritage of the region and also to educate tourists. A seafood restaurant and a museum explain the history of this area, which was once a fishing village. The Al Hamriya fruit and vegetable market, opposite, offers tropical fruit; the variety is plentiful. Opposite The Gold Souk Deira THE GOLD SOUK This is what many people around the world primarily recognise Dubai for - as the city of gold. People race straight from the plane to the gold souk and they are not disappointed, streets and streets full of glitter and at prices you can barter for. The choice, the quantity, the range, the creativity in the designs are extremely impressive, as are the prices. Opposite the Fish Market Deira SPICE SOUK A wonderfully different experience, the spice souk has narrow streets and an aroma so unique, it’s like walking into another era.The place seems to have downsized in the past year and the rows of stalls displaying spice -laden sacks are fast diminishing. Although spices are available, a far eastern influence seems to be setting in, with integrated shops. Deira BASTAKIYA Bastakiya is a bustling market and the cultural centre of Dubai. The original, old city of Dubai is just one per cent of the modern city we see today. The district is filled with traditional courtyard houses and classic wind towers, which offer a charming glimpse of how Dubai once

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Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road Tel: 04 366 8888 THE WONDER BUS The Wonder Bus is an amphibious bus. It is brand new state of the art and is approved by the US coast guard and Emirates Marine Services Dubai. It was manufactured in New York State. Passenger capacity is 44. The bus has comfortable and spacious seats for passenger comfort and a large TV screen inside. BURJ AL ARAB The 7 star hotel at the Jumeirah Beach Resort stands at 321 metres; this is the world’s tallest hotel, only 60 metres shorter than the Empire State Building. This all-suite hotel stands 27 double-height storeys high and comprises 202 duplex suites. Your transfer to the hotel may be arranged by one of the world’s largest fleets of Rolls Royce Silver Seraphs. Jumeirah Al Sufouh Road Tel: 04 301 7777 EXPLORER TOURS Explorer Tours is a Dubai based company, specialised in team-building programmes, adventure packages for schools and unique outdoor activity tours for exploratory individuals. More adventurous activities such as canoeing or kayaking, raft building, camping, mountain hikes, abseiling and rock climbing can be arranged as can one or several days staying at the base camp just outside Dubai. Tours and safaris, such as the popular dune buggy safari, canoeing, trekking, desert safari, dhow cruising or Liwa safari can also be enjoyed and experienced staff will make sure you have a memorable time. Destination Dubai 133


Nad Al Hamer Road Rashidiya Tel: 04 286 1991 DUBAI HERITAGE VILLAGE The Hatta Village or Dubai Heritage Village is constructed around an old settlement and is a recreation of a traditional old style mountain village set in an oasis. The Dubai Heritage Village helps you discover the old world charm of barasti or palm leaves and mud houses. There’s a large central fort and tower, which overlooks the Dubai Heritage Village.

DOLPHIN BAY Enjoy an unforgettable experience during an Atlantis Dolphin Encounter (Shallow Water Interaction) at Dolphin Bay in Dubai. Dolphin Bay is a lush tropical beach with three vast lagoons. Here you can meet the charismatic dolphins through a choice of five unique programmes. Guests have the opportunity to interact at the edge of the lagoon, in waist-high crystal clear waters and enter the intriguing and playful world of the dolphins swimming and showing off some of their favourite skills. Then they will come nose to bottlenose for an up-close experience as they touch, hug and even kiss their new dolphin friend. Touching, hugging, holding ‘hands’ and playing ball are some of the activities guests can experience during this interaction which is open to all ages and suitable for non-swimmers. Once the interaction is complete, guests are invited to enjoy a complementary non-alcoholic beverage. All children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years and above). One adult per three children, per interaction. All reservations also include admission to Aquaventure Waterpark. Atlantis, The Palm Tel: 04 426 1030

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Shindagha, Bur Dubai Tel: 04 393 7151 THE JUMEIRAH MOSQUE The Jumeirah Mosque stands as a dominant landmark of Dubai City. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the mosque at sunset, the shadows form elegant formations. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organises visits to the Jumeirah Mosque for non-Muslims, aimed at promoting cultural understanding. Jumeirah Tel: 04 353 6666 THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets up to150 metres equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1000 abstract attractions. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 25 km away, and is visible from space. Dubai Mall Downtown Burj Khalifa

DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO Dubai Aquarium contains more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined. Dubai Aquarium’s 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible closeencounter experiences with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet. A special ‘lunar-cyclic’ lighting system changes the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day. Dubai Mall SOUK AL BAHAR Souk Al Bahar is an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai. Souk Al Bahar features over 100 shops in an eclectic retail mix that includes 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade. The cultural theme flows throughout the mall, with boutique shops. A must-see destination for tourists. Downtown Burj Khalifa Emaar Square NORTH TOURS The natural seawater that cuts through the centre of the city is the historical part of Dubai. Take an abra (water taxi) and view the old trading port and the dhows from the water and also pass many of the city’s historic as well as modern landmarks. Walk around the wharf and see elements of Dubai’s past heritage. Saleh Bin Lahej, Bur Dubai Tel: 050 276 8111 Al Fahidi Fort Bur Dubai

AT THE TOP OF BURJ KHALIFA Experience a journey through Dubai’s exotic Arabian heritage, the extraordinary story behind Burj Khalifa as the new icon for the Middle East, and view the spectacular panorama from the observatory At the Top, Burj Khalifa Experience offers 360 degree sweeping views from level 124 of the world’s tallest tower with views of the Arabian desert and beyond.

DUBAI DOLPHINARIUM The Dubai Dolphinarium has been selected by Dubai Municipality to focus on balancing education and family entertainment. Dubai Dolphinarium is an amazing place, where you are guaranteed to meet some of the most beautiful animals that inhabit the world’s oceans. Have lots of fun and exciting interaction with these wonderful creatures. An unforgettable experience with the worlds most loved mammels.

Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa Tel: 04 888 8124 www.Burj

Riyadh Street, Creekside Park Bur Dubai Tel: 04 336 9773

DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB A former winner of the tournament, Thomas Bjorn, has redesigned the one-time host course of the Dubai Desert Classic. The Creek side location is gorgeous, as is the landscaping, with meticulously groomed fairways lined by date and coconut palms and water features. The Park Hyatt Dubai is within walking distance of the greens. Beginners can go wild on the par-three.

aerial tours around the major tourist destinations. An exclusive full charter flight (for up to 9 people), a door-to-door limousine pick-up and drop-off service and in-transit refreshments, are all part of the package. Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa Tel: 04 883 2999

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Tel: 04 295 6000 THE AVIATION CLUB Packed after work and at weekends and with good reason – the Aviation Club has killer body pump and spinning classes, and a big selection of weights and circuit training for a pre-cardio workout or before a lap-swim in the half-Olympic-size pool. This is where the Dubai Tennis Championships are held; the club’s five tennis courts are available only by reservation. Tel: 04 282 4122 AL-NASR LEISURELAND Open since 1979, Leisureland is definitely long in the tooth, but retains a bit of character and lots of facilities under one roof, including a gym, tennis and squash courts, a bowling alley and an ice rink. Sure, it’s not as snazzy as the Dubai Ice Rink, but it’s bigger than the one at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. Tel: 04 337 1234 Oud Metha Bur Dubai DUBAI ICE RINK This state-of-the-art Olympic-size ice rink is ringed with cafes and restaurants and can even be converted into a concert arena. Sign up for a private or group class if you’re still a little wobbly in the knees. Hormone-crazed teens invade for the nighttime ‘Disco Sessions’. This is great fun for adults and kids and at times gets very busy. The Dubai Mall Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: 04 448 5111 SEAWINGS Provides visitors with a bird’s eye view of the region’s extraordinary man-made structures. Operating up to 16 flights daily, they provide

RIVA BEACH CLUB Dubai’s first standalone beach club , with palm trees, sun loungers and luxurious day beds scattered around the pool. A paradise-island bar and private beach, by day it’s a place for kicking back, cold drink in hand. Come sunset, twinkling candles turn RIVA into one of the Palm’s most romantic locations, perfect for sundowners and intimate dinner dates. With chilled out music in the background the setting is just right for the surroundings.The club is situated in the shade in the late afternoon, in which the beach remains sun-kissed for longer periods throughout the evening. There’s a large pool, plus a kids’ splash-about pool, outdoor bar and an outdoor à la carte restaurant, with indoor space. Choose from more than 200 loungers, or go for a giant day bed, ideal for couples. Palm Jumeirah Tel: 04 430 9466

ALPHA TOURS Alpha Tours offer you the best way to experience the world-famous icons of Dubai, such as the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah. They also offer desert trips, helicopter tours, romantic dinners down the Creek and many other extraordinary experiences that Dubai and Arabian culture have to offer. Al Owais Building 5th floor, Deira Tel: 04 294 9888 DUBAI MUNICIPALITY MUSEUM Built in the late 50s, this museum was headquarters to Dubai Municipality until 1964. The museum showcases the history of Dubai with a focus on the stages of its development over the past decades. It contains several rare manuscripts, royal decrees issued by the late rulers, old administrative decrees and orders of the former and present officials. Bani Yas Road opposite Dubai Creek. Tel: 04 345 3636 AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK The largest waterpark in Dubai overflows with 42 acres of fun. Enjoy shark-filled lagoons, rapid river adventures, Splashers children’s play area with rope bridges, slides, water cannons and more. Or relax on the private beach set in lush tropical landscape. Atlantis, The Palm Tel: 04 426 0000 THE LOST CHAMBERS AQUARIUM Imagine exploring the mysterious ruins of Atlantis, lost for 1000s of years deep beneath the sea. Now picture yourself surrounded by 65,000 marine animals. Live out your own adventure and explore the underwater mazes of this lost civilization. There are over 20 exhibits including sharks, piranhas, seahorses, a touch tank and interactive Aquatheatre show.

Atlantis, The Palm Tel: 04 426 0000

BEACHES HABTOOR GRAND BEACH RESORT & SPA The Habtoor’s pool and beach caters to a range of interests. You can lounge in the sun on the extra-long beach to relax. Or take advantage of the children's play area with two waterslides and if you're feeling peckish, enjoy the restaurant and swim-up bar with plenty of space in the sun. You can choose between the beach or the pool for added variety. Dubai Marina Tel: 04 408 4444 CLUB JOUMANA Located at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa and spread over a long stretch of beach, there are three pools, watercooled watersports and private huts on the beach. Everything from a hairraising zapcat ride to a more relaxing paddleboarding session are available. There’s also a beach bar and restaurant. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Tel: 04 814 5555 DUBAI MARINE BEACH RESORT & SPA There are three pools, a gym, tennis courts, spa, children's play area and table tennis, plus beach, poolside bars and restaurants. This is a complex with no shortage of entertainment and food outlets. Eat at Lebanese restaurant Al Qasr, Italian venue Capanna Nuova or the Thai Bistro, drink at Cuban-themed Malecon lounge bar Boudoir and hangout at Sho Cho. Jumeirah Beach Road Tel: 04 346 1111 NASIMI BEACH You can choose from a range of laid-back seating, plush day beds and private cabanas. The chilled vibe comes complete with music. As well as the bar and restaurant, there’s also a new shopping boutique and a volleyball net. Head to the Nasimi Beach Boutique for a collection of designer fashion, jewellery and accessories well worth a look. Also the venue for the very popular Sandance parties. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah

Tel: 04 426 2626 ONE AND ONLY ROYAL MIRAGE Enjoy the 1km pristine beach situated in front of this stunning hotel or take advantage of the pool facilities with complementary water and towels. There are a variety of watersports on offer, from water-skiing to speedboat rides. Sun loungers are readily available. Nearby are the Beach Bar & Grill and Jetty Lounge – two beautiful beachside hangouts. Al Sufouh Road Tel: 04 399 9999 SHERATON JUMEIRAH BEACH CLUB This club offers a well-located area of beach, which is set back from the water’s edge. The Sheraton has a volleyball court on the beach. Sunbeds are available and a poolside restaurant. The Sheraton occupies a prime spot on The Walk at JBR if you want to leave your lounger and pop out for a stroll to the shops. Sheraton Dubai Jumeirah Beach The Walk at JBR Tel: 04 399 5533 THE PAVILION MARINA & SPORTS CLUB One of Dubai’s most well-equipped clubs, sprawls across 900m of private beach attracting an international crowd. Looking out to sea with the Burj Al Arab in front of you, your towels are laid out for you and you can choose from four different pools, try watersports including banana boating and windsurfing or play tennis with seven courts to choose from. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Tel: 04 348 0000 THE QUAY CLUB With views of the Burj Al Arab, this is one of Dubai’s popular beachside spots. There are two hotel pools, towels are free, beach toys, buckets, spades are provided and a beach butler brings fresh fruit. There’s a great beach bar menu and the entry price includes food and drink vouchers to spend during the day. Comfortable cabanas are also available. The Quay, Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah Tel: 04 366 6821 Destination Dubai 135

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Beach Soccer has found a home in Dubai, attracting many famous faces and seeing some of the world’s best teams compete on the golden desert sand. BY TAGHRED CHANDAB | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BEACH SOCCER WORLDWIDE


or those who have never watched a professional beach soccer match, it’s unlike any other world sporting event; it’s fast, goals are scored, lots of goals, and more often than not, in the blink of an eye. Beach Soccer requires skill, improvisation and the athlete to be in excellent physical shape. Unlike with regular football, where the ball on the ground is critical to the final result, in Beach Soccer it’s all about aerial play and keeping the ball off the sand. Off the sand it’s the ideal spectator’s sport. 136 Destination Dubai

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Crowds are vocal, it’s a party atmosphere and between each half the beach soccer dancers have everyone up out their seats. Beach Soccer has been around for over two decades. It first started in 1992 in Brazil when the Brazilians took their passion beyond the pitch and onto the beach, giving birth to the most spectacular version of the Beautiful Game. However, it is only now that beach soccer has found a home in the Middle East. In 2009, Dubai won the right to host the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, making it only the second time the game has moved from the sands of Copacabana Beach, Brazil. (France hosted the World Cup in 2008). It was a risky decision for its founders Beach Soccer World Wide (BSWW), to move the sport from South America and Europe to the Middle East, where spectators had to be educated about the game. But four years on, Joan Cusco, Vice President of BSWW and FIFA Board Member, believes the game has found a ‘true home’. In 2011, Dubai Sports Council announced that Beach Soccer was making its long awaited return to the desert sand with the introduction of an annual tournament, the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, featuring the best teams from each continent. The event was held at the trendy Jumeirah Beach Walk, with tens of thousands flocking to the popular beach-side community to get a taste of the action. Russia shocked the Brazilians by winning the event (5-4). Following the success of the first edition, the action travelled to Festival City where the second edition of the competition was held from 30th October to 3rd November, 2012. It was the first time the event had moved from the beach to a car park. Tons of sand were delivered and dumped to begin creating the purpose-built

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5000-seater stadium. Dr Ahmed Al Sharif, General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council, expressed his joy at seeing Dubai host the event again. “We are sure that moving the event to Festival City will help boost its firstclass status,” he said. Eight contenders were split into two groups of four with hosts UAE being accompanied in Group A by World Champions Russia, Oceania kings Tahitia and CONCACAF representatives, USA. CONMEBOL rulers Brazil, European Beach Soccer Champions Switzeraland, African powerhouse Nigeria and Asian crown-holders Japan fought it out in Group B. The final was a rematch of the previous year with the Russians again upsetting the samba boys to win their second consecutive Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup (7-4). The event will return to Dubai in 2013. A date has not yet been set.

HISTORY OF BEACH SOCCER • Flamboyant Frenchman Eric Cantona, legendary Spanish strikers Michel and Julio Salina, Brazilian samba stars Ramario, Junior and Zico and Argentinean superstar Diego Maradona are among the illustrious stars who have played beach soccer. Whether it was competitively or just to stay in shape, these internationally renowned players helped expand the game,which is today played in over 100 countries worldwide. • In 2004, beach soccer became part of the FIFA family • The first-ever FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was staged,in May 2005, on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro. France defeated Portugal in the final while hosts Brazil fell in the semi-final. It remains Brazil’s heaviest defeat since the sport began on the same sand in 1992. • The 2013 Beach Soccer World Cup will be staged in Tahiti in October.

We are sure that moving the event to Festival City will help boost its first-class status

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FRANCE, PARIS This is the ultimate city of love. Savour the atmosphere with your significant other as you both sip rich red wine from a bistro beside the River Seine; walk hand in hand through the quaint streets of Ile St-Louis and drink in the mesmerising views of the city from the top of the Tour Eiffel. But of course, the French capital is famous for so much more than love. Avant garde fashion; cutting edge nightlife; Michelin- starred cuisine and, of course, art. Is the Mona Lisa smiling? Go see for yourself.

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YOUR DESTINATION TIPS RUSSIA, Moscow Russia’s capital may boast more billionaires than any other city, yet evidence of a life once structured by censorship and hardship is still apparent - although now under a progressive and creative guise. Former factories are now edgy art galleries or uber chic clubs. Sushi bars, bohemian art cafes, designer boutiques and trendsetting theatres are all what contribute to making this city so ‘now’. Yet, Moscow is proud of its rich heritage and a trip to Moscow is not complete without a visit to the Kremlin in the majestic Red Square or a night out at its glittering Bolshol theatre.

HOLLAND, Amsterdam Watch the city sights glide by as you cruise the canals of the Venice of the North. Then step ashore and continue exploring on two wheels. Canals and bicycles are just two of the visions that come to mind when thinking of the Dutch capital. Add to that beer, flower markets and museums. Among its 50 museums most famous are those dedicated to Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Anne Frank and diamonds. In fact, Amsterdam is a mish mash of sights. Among the frenzy of the Red Light District sits the tranquility of historical town squares and secret gardens. It’s a city full of historical treasures yet it continues to set the trends of the 21st century. 144 Destination Dubai

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Punta Cana Welcome to the eastern province of the Dominican Republic - a haven for beach lovers, watersport enthusiasts, golfers and all those simply wanting to savour the Caribbean’s distinctive chilled-out vibes. You'll wish to spend as much time on and in its crystal-clear waters as you will on land. Enter its colourful underwater world for a spot of scuba diving, try your luck with some deep-sea fishing or simply cruise along its coast, visiting hidden Robinson Crusoe coves en route. Meanwhile on land - the natural beauty is a lush tropical paradise. Indeed, when Columbus discovered this island he literally struck gold.

SPAIN, Barcelona The self-confident capital of Catalunya is cosmopolitan to the core. Staunchly independent, the Catalonians have a lot to be proud of. From their beloved Barca Football team and the city’s unique Gothic architecture to its wide variety of art museums, including the Museu Picasso, and its magical Park Guell. Be mesmerised by Gaudi’s surreal and still unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Famillia - the most visited monument in Spain. Wander the Ramblas Boulevard stopping off for tapas in tavernas tucked between designer and trendsetting boutiques. And when it’s time to relax, head to the beach - this city has it all.

THAILAND, Bangkok This multifaceted capital of exotic Siam has many guises. Congested chaotic streets of fuel-belching tuk-tuks and hushed, tropical temple gardens sit cheek by jowl; air-conditioned mega malls are juxtaposed with traditional flower and floating markets, while chaotic streets are a stone’s throw from the golden spires of Bhuddist temples. Just like its famous street food - which has to be tried - The Big Mango offers a heady combination of sweet and sour, both of which combine to create what is an exciting, vibrant, cultural and unforgettable city that cannot fail to seep under your skin.


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