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June 2016 The insider's guide to Dubai's must-have visitor experiences


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AN ILLUMINATING RAMADAN

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DUBAI We know it can feel a little overwhelming when you first set foot in Dubai. How exactly do you explore this ultra modern metropolis? Where do you start? We love Dubai and we want to ensure that you feel the same, so that’s why we decided to create this handy-sized, helpful guide to help you on your way. Rather than present you with a long list of recommendations which would take you the duration of your holiday to read, our Dubai-based team of in-the-know writers have cherry picked the city’s best bits – leaving you free to simply enjoy it. Inside this guide you’ll find insider knowledge on everything from the best restaurants with a view and tips on where to shop for clothes made by the finest local fashion designers, to the coolest season-ending beach parties and the finest family entertainment. We’ll also tell you which of the many organised tours are the best to take to see all of this city’s ample attractions. This month – most likely from June 6 – Dubai observes the Holy Month of Ramadan. It's a wonderful time to be here as a visitor, with the daily iftars and suhoors (see page 14) granting you an opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture. Both deliver a real warmth and feeling of togetherness that you really must experience, so check out our recommended venues from page 30. Away from the iftars and suhoors there are some key cultural sensitivities to be aware of during Ramadan – we list them on page 17. All that remains is for us to wish you Ramadan Kareem and the holiday of a lifetime. Go get it...

Cover Image : Ramadan Kareem By Andrew Thorpe

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On ArrivAl All you need to know when you touch down in Dubai.

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SO ThiS iS DubAi A little local knowledge to help you ease your way into the city.

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TOp Of The TOurS Let the experts take the strain out of sightseeing.

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Where TO eAT From fine dining and ‘only in Dubai’ eats, to family favourites and best budget options, this chapter comes stuffed with our recommendations.

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Where TO ShOp There’s more to Dubai’s shopping scene than merely the world’s biggest mall. Credit cards at the ready…

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WhAT TO DO Underwater, on the water, in the sand and in the snow: there are myriad ways to enjoy yourself in the city. We’ve selected the best.

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Where TO GO It's quieter than usual this month as the city's clubs close for Ramadan. But there's still fun to be had after dark.

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ARRIVAL You’re almost there now, but before you head off to your hotel here’s a little something to help you on your way

Leaving The airporT There are ample public taxis available at the airport, though there’s every chance you’ll have to queue to get one. As you do so, you may notice a line of estate-sized pink-roof taxis. These are exclusively for women and families, and are helmed by female drivers only. There are also taxis specifically for special needs travellers – both can be requested from the taxi line attendant once you’re at the front of the queue. Your fare will include an airport pickup fee of Dhs25, which is the amount the meter will start from. Dubai International Airport is also serviced by the Dubai Metro. However, each passenger is restricted to two pieces of luggage, one of which shouldn’t be bigger than hand luggage. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and depart from Terminals 1 and 3 – just follow the signs. Trains start at 5.50am (5.30am on Thursday), and stop at midnight (1am on Thursday and Friday). But be aware that trains start at only 10am on Fridays. There are just two lines, so it’s easy to work out your route, and you’ll likely find taxis at each station to take you to your specific address. If you’re intending to hire a car on arrival in Dubai, you’ll find all the major operators are present at the airport. Chief amongst them is Hertz, which is

available at both Terminal 1 (+971 4 224 5222) and Terminal 3 (+971 4 220 3013) of Dubai International Airport. Drivers must be aged 21 or over and be in possession of a valid driving license from their home country. Remember that driving in Dubai is on the right hand side of the road.

hire a heLping hand from marhaba If you’re reading this before you travel to Dubai, or if you haven’t yet planned your return journey to the airport, it’s well worth checking out the services of Marhaba (+971 4 389 8989, marhabaservices.com). On arrival, their always-smiling staff greet you as you come off the aircraft, before ferrying you by buggy to passport control and whizzing you past the queues (which can be long) to their dedicated counters and beyond, where a porter will collect your luggage. Services are tailored to suit individuals, families and those with specific needs. Fast-tracking through airport procedures is also a feature of any return journey you make with Marhaba, while you can also book a chauffeur pick-up from anywhere in Dubai and enjoy the hospitality of their airport lounge – and its complimentary food and drink – as you await boarding.

have a word Although English is spoken and understood pretty much everywhere you'll go in Dubai, it's polite to try a little Arabic when you show your passport on arrival. If Arabic’s not your native tongue, here are a few helpful words… Marhaba : Hello Sabah al-khayr : Good morning As-salaam alaikum : Peace be upon you Ma’assalama : Goodbye Minfadlak : Please Shukran : Thank you

geT connecTed Before departing the airport you may wish to buy a sim card that’s designed for visitors to use while in the UAE. It costs Dhs35 and provides you with The Visitor Mobile Line (VML), allowing you to make calls – or text – while in Dubai at a fraction of the cost you’ll pay for roaming. You can buy it from the ‘du’ shop in the arrivals hall of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Once purchased you can top it up by buying pre-paid cards at various convenient locations across the city, including du shops. See du.ae for a list of locations.


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Dubai is a very warm and welcoming city, but like anywhere else you travel in the world you’ll want to show respect for local sensibilities. Here are a few things to keep in mind while enjoying your holiday…

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You’ve read about it, seen the pictures and marvelled from afar. Now you’re here. But before heading off to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime, here are a few things to put you in the know

A little bit About this greAt city of ours… With a skyline dominated by towering skyscrapers and now-iconic structures like Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, it’s hard to imagine that Dubai was once little more than a fishing village. The Bani Yas tribe settled next to Dubai Creek in 1833, and the area soon became a hub for fishing, pearling and trading. The discovery of ‘black gold’ in 1966 triggered Dubai’s remarkable transformation into the glittering city of today. In 1971, Dubai joined with six neighbouring emirates – Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and (in 1972) Ras Al Khaimah – to form the United Arab Emirates, and this union is celebrated each year on December 2. Under the late Sheikh Zayed, the first President of the UAE, the country blossomed and has developed into one of the world’s most prosperous, while still remaining true to its rich heritage of Bedouin, Islamic and Emirati cultures. Today, Dubai is home to over 200 nationalities that are attracted by its opportunities and lifestyle. Such has been the city’s rapid expansion beyond

its Creek origins that residents now commonly refer to ‘old’ and ‘new’ Dubai, with the old part encompassing Dubai Creek and the wider Bur Dubai area in the north of the city, and the new part featuring the strictly modern superstructures – Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina and all – which spread for miles into the south of the city.

the bAsics, iN No more thAN 140 chArActers The Climate Without a doubt, June in Dubai is hot. Temperatures top 40°C in the hottest part of the day, with overnight temperatures rarely dropping below 26°C. The Currency The UAE Dirham is what you’ll use. Notes come in 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 and their value is pegged at Dhs3.67 = US$1. The Weekend The UAE’s weekend is Friday/Saturday. Dubai Metro services start at 10am on Fridays (5.30am on Saturdays) and run until 1am on weekends.

Be sure to refrain from over-the-top public displays of affection, even when in nightclubs.

Do not succumb to the urge to make rude hand gestures to other people – doing so could land you in hot water.

Dress modestly when outside the confines of your hotel, particularly if you’re heading to a mall, where women shouldn’t leave their shoulders bare.

Taking photos of some government buildings and all military sites is strictly prohibited. Stick to the tourist attractions when you’re choosing a background for selfies.

Don’t drink alcohol, or be seen to be overly intoxicated, outside of licensed premises. Unruly behaviour isn’t tolerated.


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Jumeriah Beach Road, as well as trendy shops, cafés and restaurants at popular new developments such as The Galleria Mall, Box Park and City Walk. Jumeirah Mosque is another reason to visit, especially during Ramadan. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (+971 4 353 6666, cultures.ae) offers guided tours every Saturday to Thursday at 10am (Dhs10).

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Downtown Dubai

Throughout this guide we’ve referenced areas of Dubai, which to the first-time visitor may mean nothing at all. To help, here’s the skinny on the city’s districts you’ll most likely encounter...

DowNtowN DubAi Home to the largest mall, tallest tower and biggest fountain, Dubai’s showpiece city centre is as glitzy as it gets. Lined with palm trees that twinkle with thousands of fairy lights, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard boasts five-star hotels, restaurants, a San Francisco-style tram and a constant flow of supercars. Another popular spot is Souk Al Bahar (‘market of the sailor’), a waterfront entertainment and dining hub overlooking the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.

DubAi mAriNA AND Jbr In the south of the city, this buzzing district includes a man-made marina and a forest of skyscrapers that stretch from Sheikh Zayed Road to Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Brimming with hotels and restaurants, there are two beachfront promenades, The Walk and The Beach at JBR, packed with family-friendly eateries. You’ll also find the Marina Mall and the Dubai Tram, which connects to Palm Jumeirah monorail and will eventually extend to the Burj Al Arab.

bur DubAi AND DeirA Flanking the southern side of Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai is the oldest part of the city. Here you’ll find the majority of the city’s historical sites, including Dubai Museum and Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House, as well as restored wind-tower houses and a textile souk. Over the water, Deira is a melting pot of Arab, Asian and African cultures and a great spot for cheap street eats, as well as shopping in the Gold Souk and Spice Souk.

The 8km stretch of the main highway between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout is popular with tourists, expats and locals alike, thanks to the clutch of five-star hotels including the Fairmont Dubai, The Conrad and H Hotel, which are easily reached by metro (stations line Sheikh Zayed Road). Just past the roundabout is the brilliant Zabeel Park, one of the city's largest green spaces.

JumeirAh Home to sprawling villas and excellent beaches, this low-rise suburb overlaps with Umm Suqeim (where you’ll find Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah, an Arabesque-inspired hotel, dining and entertainment complex). Jumeirah is known for boutique shopping along

pAlm JumeirAh Even if you’re not staying here, you can still visit the man-made island that’s become a symbol of Dubai. A monorail runs along the length of the trunk to Atlantis, The Palm, where you can spend the day at Aquaventure water park. Meanwhile, the 11km-long crescent has a string of five-star hotels with restaurants and spas open to non-guests.


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Best for… an indulgent cinema experience You don’t have to settle for popcorn in Dubai, thanks to renowned British chef, Gary Rhodes. At Vox Theatre by Rhodes (+971 600 599 905, voxcinemas.com) you can tuck into finger or fork-only fine-dining dishes while watching the latest releases in plush, reclining, leather chairs.

Best for… sKiing in a mall Keep cool at the indoor snow resort, Ski Dubai (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabian-adventures. com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506). The whole family will love skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or just mingling with penguins in the mountain-themed setting.

Best for… defying gravity Fly high in the world’s first double vertical wind tunnel at iFly Dubai (+971 4 231 6292, theplaymania.com). Kids, teens and adults can all get a feel for skydiving without jumping out of a plane, or just enjoy hovering four meters above the ground.

Best for… spotting marine life Explore the world's largest suspended aquarium at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabianadventures.com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506). It's home to over 140 species including sharks, stingrays, crocodiles and much more.

Best for… local crafts and organic fare Looking to take a piece of Dubai home? Find everything from organic skincare and local honey to leather handbags and handmade jewellery at Ripe Market (+971 4 380 7602, ripeme.com), held every Saturday from 9am-3pm at Times Square Centre.

Best for… Being at one WitH nature Open year-round, Dubai Butterfly Garden (+971 4 422 8902, dubaibutterflygarden.com) is a fluttery attraction unlike any other in the city. There are nine air-conditioned domes filled with thousands of plants, flowers and butterflies from around the world.

Best for… late nigHt sHopping Dubai's malls stay open later during Ramadan, often until 2am. Two top malls to soak up the atmosphere are The Dubai Mall (800 38224 6255, thedubaimall.com) and Mall of the Emirates (+971 4 409 9000, malloftheemirates.com).

Best for… Keeping young Kids entertained Just opened at City Walk, Mattel Play! Town (+971 4 317 3999, playtowndubai.com) is a fun-filled

‘eduplay’ attraction for kids aged two to 10. There are five play zones, live shows and a 4D cinema featuring characters such as Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina and Bob The Builder.

Best for… a serene spa experience Treat yourself to a Jetlag Reviver aromatherapy massage at Dubai InterContinental Marina (+971 4 446 6643, ihg.com). Using a blend of individually chosen oils, the skilled therapist will firmly knead away knots and tension to leave you feeling relaxed.

Best for… a middle eastern cooKing class Learn to cook an authentic iftar menu at the sleek Top Chef Cooking Studio (+971 4 385 5781, topchefdubai. com) in Jumeirah. You'll learn about Arabic culture and cuisine and sit down to sample your culinary creations afterwards. See the website for details.


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Experience the community spirit of Ramadan and enjoy a host of indoor activities

2nd dubai sports world Every summer, Dubai World Trade Centre is transformed into the region's largest indoor sporting venue. There are tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, as well as football pitches, cricket nets, table tennis, parkour, bungee trampolines, an aerial rope course and more. Open 8am-1am until August 27, dubaisportsworld.ae

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the merry wives of windsor Produced in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, an all-male cast double up in roles to bring The Bard’s hilarious farce to life at DUCTAC Theatre. The plot follows the antics of Sir John Falstaff, a fat knight who tries to swindle money out of two prominent housewives of Windsor. Tickets Dhs100, ductac.org

3rd Gabriel iGlesias Get set to giggle as Gabriel Iglesias brings his #Fluffy Breaks Even world tour to Dubai World Trade Centre. As one of America’s best-loved stand-ups, his high-octane show is a mixture of spot-on impersonations, storytelling and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. Tickets from Dhs250, virginmegastore.me

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6th ramadan majlis Share the spirit of Ramadan at the indoor majlis at Dubai World Trade Centre's Sheikh Saeed Hall 3. Even if you haven’t been fasting, you are still welcome to join in and enjoy à la carte Arabic cuisine, tea and shisha. Open throughout Ramadan for iftar from 7pm-9pm and suhoor from 9pm-3am (4am on weekends), majlis.ae

10th uefa euro 2016 The month-long football tournament featuring 24 European teams including Germany, Spain, Italy and England kicks off today in France. Group matches start at 6pm, 9pm or midnight local time, and football fans in Dubai can watch the all the action at various venues around town. See page 75 for more details.

23rd ramadan niGht market Held over ten nights, this popular indoor market offers shopping in a bazaar-like atmosphere, a huge food court, family entertainment and kids' play area, plus a henna majlis for ladies. It takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 8pm to 2am. Entry costs Dhs5 (under-5s free), ramadannightmarket.com

27th modhesh world This giant temporary playground is an enormous soft play and activity centre for kids at Dubai World Trade Centre. Attracting around thousands visitors over the summer months, you can expect slides, rides, trampolines, video games and live shows galore. Open until August 27, entry costs Dhs20 (under3s free). For more events happening this month, visit dubaicalendar.ae


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An Insight Into Emirati Culture The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (+971 4 353 6666, cultures.ae) was set up in 1998 to realise the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who sought to educate expatriates and visitors in the traditions and customs of the UAE. To that end, SMCCU seeks to answer visitors’ questions about Emirati culture, its religion, politics and customs, and does so through its policy of ‘open doors/ open minds’, meaning that no question is considered too silly or offensive. In short, it’s a must-visit for tourists. In this series of question and answer sessions we’re conducting with SMCCU to provide you with an insight into Emirati culture, we discuss Ramadan – expected to begin on June 6 – with one of the centre’s guides, Salamah.

whAt is rAmADAN? Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar that we Muslims follow. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is also one of the five pillars of Islam. The fast is from sunrise to sunset and we’re not eating, drinking or inhaling any substance that will reach our stomach. If we have to take in something for medical reasons, this is a different case. But it's not just abstaining from food and drink; it's abstaining from what the physical body wants so the soul, from sunrise to sunset, can focus on worship. We're abstaining from our natural instincts in a way and things that the physical body wants have to be denied, just as a test. And also it helps us remember those people who don't know if they're going to have a meal at sunset so we feel more thankful.

whAt is the Atmosphere like DuriNg rAmADAN? There's a community spirit as everyone else around you is fasting, and that's

what keeps me going on those days when all I can think about is that brownie in the kitchen from last night. We look forward to Ramadan – it's a challenge and we don't necessarily focus on what we can't have. But there are days when it's hard and that's when the community spirit helps.

is ANyoNe exempt from fAstiNg? Yes. Anyone who is very sick, to the point where if they were to continue the fast it would be detrimental to them. If you are sick and you need medicine that is swallowed or inhaled through the nose, then you must take the medicine and not fast. Elderly people and small children don't fast, nor do travellers – even if you feel capable of fasting, the fast is not accepted and you have to make it up later. For pregnant women and breastfeeding women, it's up to them really if they feel they can fast or not. Then depending on why you're not fasting, you either have to make up the fast after Ramadan or you have to pay a 'ransom', which is a meal for a poor person.

whAt is iftAr AND suhoor? Suhoor is the meal before sunrise. Iftar means breakfast so, outside of

Ramadan iftar is the breakfast we eat in the morning, and during Ramadan it is the 'break fast' at sunset. In Islam, we're recommended to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad, which is to break the fast with water and dates. The water refreshes the system and the dates have sugar, minerals and vitamins which wake up the digestive system so you will feel better when you go to eat other food. Most Muslims around the world will break their fast with water and dates. In the UAE, we add something called luqaimat, which are small fried balls of dough covered in date syrup. They're technically a breakfast food – we serve them at our cultural breakfasts at the centre – but very few households make them during the year, so we have them when we're breaking the fast during Ramadan.

whAt is the sigNificANce of chArity DuriNg rAmADAN? Because you're feeling what poor people are feeling, you feel more charitable. Then the last 10 nights during Ramadan are special, as Laylatul Al Qadr (the Night of Power) comes during this time, although we don't know when exactly this night is. It's the night when the Quran was revealed to


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the Prophet Muhammad for the first time. If you do an act of charity within these nights, you'll get more 'points' for it. You should be charitable at all times and you can do extra during the last 10 nights.

Are there AdditionAl prAyers during rAmAdAn? We continue with all of our activities as normal, so work (although in the UAE, office hours are shortened) and the five daily prayers. Then there are additional prayers throughout Ramadan at night; after the normal last prayer, called Isha, are Tarawih prayers, which can last anywhere from an hour to two hours. Then in the last 10 nights after Tarawih, there are additional prayers called Qiyam Al-Layl. These are in the early morning around 3am and preferably you have slept and woken up for them to make it an even bigger challenge. Many people think that hunger is the biggest [challenge during Ramadan], but personally for me, and for many Muslims, it’s the change in sleep patterns and tiredness. Also one of the goals during Ramadan is to read the whole Quran. The Quran is divided into surahs, or chapters, but the pages are also divided per day of the lunar month. So we try to do one section for each day of the lunar month and finish by Ramadan.

Are there Any etiquette tips for visitors during rAmAdAn? I think all of the things they should be mindful of year-round, they should especially try to adhere to during Ramadan. So modest clothing, based on what’s considered modest here, rather than their home countries, and try to be patient with us – sometimes dealing with fasting people, especially during the first 10 days, is challenging. Visitors must also remember that, by law, people are not allowed to eat or drink in public [from sunrise to sunset]. However, children can walk through the mall drinking a juice, for example – this is fine, as even Muslim children are not required to fast. Visitors [nonMuslim] shouldn’t be shy about letting their children eat or drink in public.

Ramadan Dos and Don’ts You’ll love Ramadan in Dubai. Iftars and suhoors are great to attend as a non-muslim as they convey a real feeling of peace, happiness and harmony. The cultural sensitivities you’ll adhere to as a visitor to Dubai (see page 6) are heightened during the Holy Month of Ramadan, but there are a few Ramadan-specifics to be aware of…  You can’t eat or drink (water included) in public during daylight hours. You should also abstain from smoking or chewing gum. All hotels will have at least one venue – or designated screened-off area – open during daylight hours to cater to those who wish to eat and drink as normal.

 However, it’s not a problem for young children to eat and drink as normal in public places. Likewise those who are pregnant, elderly or sick.  It’s very important to dress modestly during Ramadan when in public, including within shopping malls – cover your shoulders and knees.  Dubai’s roads are particularly busy around Iftar time and, as drivers who are fasting tend to be tired, accidents can occur at a greater rate than outside of Ramadan. Try to avoid travelling at this time, if possible.  If you’re travelling on the Dubai Metro or Dubai Tram and listening to music, make sure it isn’t audible to your fellow passengers. Loud music and dancing (should the urge take you) are not permitted during Ramadan.


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CIT Y OF LIGHTs TOUR Watch Dubai transform into a sparkling city of lights during this evening City Sightseeing bus tour. The Creek Route takes in the enchanting lights of Dubai Creek and the neon-lit commercial hubs of Deira and Bur Dubai, the oldest parts of the city, before heading into the heart of 'New Dubai'. Meanwhile, the Contemporary Route showcases the city's most strikingly illuminated modern buildings, including the glittering Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina and the distinctive silhouette of Atlantis, The Palm. InCLUdes:

• 2 sightseeing routes showcasing Dubai by night • See all the big sights including Burj Khalifa and Atlantis, The Palm • Audio commentary in 13 languages • Complimentary water daYs OF OpeRaTIOn: Daily from 6pm-10pm WHaT’s InCLUded: Hop-on and hop-off access to

all City Sightseeing buses on 2 routes for 3 hours GOOd TO knOW: Tour is free when purchasing a 24hr, 48hr or 72hr City Sightseeing Dubai ticket; Both routes are included in the ticket price and there is enough time to do both LanGUaGes: English, Arabic, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Hindi, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Persian pRICInG: Adult: Dhs145, Child: Dhs75, Family (2 adults, 2 children): Dhs365. To book, call 800-CSDUBAI (800 273 8224), email info@cs-dubai.com, or visit citysightseeing-dubai.com


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CIT Y sIGHTseeInG TOUR Enjoy stress-free sightseeing during a hop-on, hop-off bus tour with City Sightseeing, the world’s leading open-top bus tour operator. There are four colour-coded routes showing you all of the most popular attractions. Step back in time in the old quarters of the city, wander among the vibrant souks, marvel at gleaming skyscrapers, and admire the beautiful coastline and marina. With over 44 bus stops across the city and countless photo opportunities, it’s the easiest way to see Dubai. InCLUdes:

• All 4 sightseeing routes • Audio commentary in 13 languages • Complimentary water on board • Entry to a number of museums and attractions (see below) daYs OF OpeRaTIOn: Daily. Day tour: 9am-

5.30pm; night tour: 6pm-10pm WHaT’s InCLUded: The 24hr ticket includes:

City of Lights night tour; Arabian dhow cruise, RTA water taxi (abra); entry to Dubai Museum, Sheikh Sayeed Al Maktoum House and 5 other museums; ‘Show & Save’ shopping and dining discounts. The 48hr and 72hr tickets additionally include: entry to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo; City Sightseeing Sharjah and Ajman (shuttle bus to Sharjah available on certain days, check with driver) GOOd TO knOW: Before your 24hr ticket has expired you can upgrade to a 48hr ticket for an extra Dhs55 LanGUaGes: English, Arabic, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Hindi, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Persian pRICInG: 24hr ticket: Family (2 adults, 2 children): Dhs580, Adult: Dhs240, Child (aged 5-15): Dhs100. 48hr ticket: Family: Dhs720, Adult: Dhs295, Child: Dhs130. 72hr ticket: Family: Dhs850, Adult: Dhs340, Child: Dhs170 To book, call 800-CSDUBAI (800 273 8224), email info@cs-dubai.com, or visit citysightseeingdubai.com

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dHOW dInneR CRUIse Cruise the historic Dubai Creek aboard a traditional wooden dhow, the famous ocean-going vessel of the region. Dine on Arabic and international cuisine as you sail past the mosques, wind towers and lively souks of 'old Dubai', with the glittering lights of the city's skyscrapers in the distance. InCLUdes:

• Buffet dinner • Aromatic Arabic coffee • Cruise on Dubai Creek • Scenic photo opportunities daYs OF OpeRaTIOn: Daily (evening) WHaT’s InCLUded: Dinner cruise GOOd TO knOW: Operates year-round;

modest dress is recommended; hotel transfers can be added pRICInG: Adult/Child: From Dhs170 To book this tour, call Arabian Adventures on +971 4 303 4992 or visit arabian-adventures.com


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easT COasT TOUR Explore the dramatic canyons, sleepy villages and date-palm oases of the UAE’s east coast during a full-day tour. Shop for local pottery, crafts and carpets at the Friday Market, open daily; see the historic Bidyah Mosque, the oldest and smallest mosque in the United Arab Emirates; stop for lunch and take a dip in the beautiful ocean; and climb the towers and ramparts of the 16th-century Fujairah Fort InCLUdes:

• Visit to a local market • Sightseeing stops at Bidyah Mosque and Fujairah Fort • Opportunity to swim in the ocean • Drive through canyon landscapes • Scenic photo opportunities daYs OF OpeRaTIOn: Mon, Wed, Fri

(full day) WHaT’s InCLUded: Hotel transfers;

guided tour GOOd TO knOW: Operates year-round;

modest dress is recommended pRICInG: Adult/Child: From Dhs225

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PRIVATE DUNE DINNER Surprise your sweetheart, celebrate a special occasion, or just enjoy a being surrounded by silence and stars during this VIP experience. A private 4x4 will whisk you away into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where you’ll enjoy an intimate Bedouin-style barbecue at our authentic camp. Lit only by lanterns, it’s the perfect place to stargaze away from the bright city lights. INCLUDES:

• Private and personalised dune driving • Private dinner with select beverages • Stargazing • Camel ride • Option to include henna painting and a belly dance performance DAYS OF OPERATION: Daily (late

afternoon until evening) WHAT’S INCLUDED: Food, soft drinks

and beverages; guided tour; hotel transfers GOOD TO KNOW: Operates year-round; a portion of your fee goes towards supporting local conservation PRICING: Adult/Child: Dhs895 To book this tour, call Arabian Adventures on +971 4 303 4992 or visit arabian-adventures.com


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TRadITIOnaL dUbaI CIT Y TOUR While the modern city has only existed for little more than 40 years, Dubai has a rich history that blends Bedouin, Persian, Islamic and Emirati culture and traditions. This fascinating tour explores the atmospheric old quarter of Al Fahidi with its wind towers and historic fort, as well as the bustling Creek area and exotic souks. InCLUdes:

• Photo stop close to Burj Al Arab • Photo stop at Jumeirah Mosque • Drive by Zabeel Palace • Walk through Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood • Visit to Dubai Museum • Traditional abra crossing over Dubai Creek • Walk through the spice and gold souks daYs OF OpeRaTIOn: Twice daily (half-day,

morning /afternoon); Friday (afternoon only) WHaT’s InCLUded: Guided tour; hotel transfers GOOd TO knOW: Modest clothing and walking

shoes are recommended LanGUaGes: English and German OTHeR LanGUaGes: French and Italian tours operate on Sunday and Wednesday afternoon; Russian tours operate on Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon. Mandarin tours operate on Monday and Thursday mornings. Japanese tours operate daily. Portuguese and Spanish language tours operate on Monday and Thursday and comprise a full-day tour of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Dubai, including Burj Khalifa, At The Top. pRICInG FOR enGLIsH/GeRman; FRenCH/ ITaLIan and RUssIan TOUR OpTIOns:

Adult: Dhs165, Child: Dhs110 (Dhs120 English/ German) pRICInG FOR mandaRIn:

Adult: Dhs175, Child: Dhs110 pRICInG FOR Japanese:

Adult: Dhs180, Child: Dhs140

pRICInG FOR pORTUGese and spanIsH:

Including At The Top, Burj Khalifa ticket Adult: Dhs495, Child: Dhs395 To book this tour, call Arabian Adventures on +971 4 303 4992 or visit arabian-adventures.com

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MORNING DUNE DRIVE WITH FAT BIKES There is no better time to observe the vast magnificence of the desert than during the early hours of the day. Explore the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4x4 and then try fat bike desert cycling, so-called because the bikes have three-inch-wide tyres which make it easier to cycle on sand. Finish with a picturesque picnic breakfast. INclUDES:

• Morning dune drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve • Fat bike desert cycling. No minimum fitness required (weather-permitting) • Sand-boarding (weather-permitting) • Picnic breakfast in the desert • Opportunity to spot Arabian wildlife DAyS OF OpERATION: Daily (half day,

mornings only) WHAT’S INclUDED: Food and soft

drinks; guided tour; hotel transfers GOOD TO KNOW: Modest dress and

sports shoes recommended; operates year-round; a portion of your fee goes towards supporting local conservation pRIcING: Adult: Dhs285, Child: Dhs285 To book this tour, call Arabian Adventures on +971 4 303 4992 or visit arabian-adventures.com


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sUndOWneR dUne dInneR saFaRI When it comes to the quintessential desert experience, this best-selling tour is hard to beat. Venture into the enigmatic Arabian desert and watch the sun set over endless dunes; enjoy an Arabic feast under the stars at a traditional Bedouin-style camp; and sample Emirati culture with camel riding and henna painting. InCLUdes:

• Dune driving through the desert • Sunset photo stop in the dunes • Arabic-style, three-course buffet with unlimited hops and grape beverages • Camel rides, falcon-viewing, sandboarding, henna painting and aromatic shisha • Belly dancing performance • Stargazing • All inclusive - no hidden costs • Optional camel milk chocolates and photos are available for purchase • A Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari and City Sightseeing combo ticket is available OpTIOnaL UpGRades: Book a private

4x4 vehicle or add a sandboarding experience before the Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari. daYs OF OpeRaTIOn: Daily (late afternoon until evening) WHaT’s InCLUded: Food, soft drinks and beverages; guided tour; hotel transfers GOOd TO knOW: Operates year-round; a portion of your fee goes towards supporting local conservation pRICInG: Adult: Dhs360, Child (aged 5-11): Dhs300 To book this tour, call Arabian Adventures on +971 4 303 4992 or visit arabian-adventures.com

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Desert Dune Buggies Those looking for the ultimate off-road experience will love this exhilarating adventure tour. After leaving Dubai in the morning or afternoon, you’ll head into the empty desert where the off-road dune buggies will be waiting. Then it’s a rollercoaster of a ride over the dunes in the fully automatic, fourseater vehicles that were built for fun. incluDes:

• Fully guided tour along the dunes • Driving and safety instruction provided • All dune buggies are four-wheeldrive, fully automatic with seat belts, roll cages and off-road suspension • Driver experience and passenger experience options are available • Shared buggy or private buggy option • Fantastic desert photo opportunities Days of operation: Daily (half day,

morning/afternoon) What’s incluDeD: Soft drinks; guided

tour; hotel transfers gooD to knoW: Sports shoes

recommended; operates yearround; drivers must be minimum 18 years of age and carry a valid UAE or international driver’s licence; passengers must be aged six and above pricing: Per person (sharing); 30-min driving time: Adult/Child: Dhs695 Per person (sharing); Passenger: Adult/Child: Dhs300 Private buggy (for up to 4 pax): Dhs1,500 per buggy To book this tour, call Arabian Adventures on +971 4 303 4992 or visit arabian-adventures.com


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'neW' dUbaI CIT Y TOUR With its man-made islands, audacious architecture and futuristic skyline, Dubai has more than its fair share of iconic landmarks, and you can tick them off your list during this tour. Ride the monorail to Atlantis, The Palm; explore the buzzing Dubai Marina area; window shop at The Dubai Mall; and admire the view from the world’s tallest tower. InCLUdes:

• Visit to The Lost Chambers aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm • One-way ride on The Palm Jumeirah monorail • Drive through Dubai Marina and the Jumeirah Beach Residence area • Afternoon visit to The Dubai Mall • Visit to Burj Khalifa (with option to include the observation deck ticket) • Free pickup; tour ends at The Dubai Mall daYs OF OpeRaTIOn: Daily, except Fri (half day,

morning); Wed, Fri (half day, evening) WHaT’s InCLUded: Fully-guided tour GOOd TO knOW: Operates year-round;

modest dress recommended LanGUaGe: English and German OTHeR LanGUaGes: French/Italian and Russian tours operate on Monday and Thursday mornings. Portuguese and Spanish tours operate on Monday and Thursday and comprise a full-day tour of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Dubai, including Burj Khalifa, At The Top pRICInG FOR enGLIsH/GeRman; FRenCH/ITaLIan and RUssIan TOUR:

Including At The Top, Burj Khalifa ticket Adult: Dhs350, Child: Dhs300 Excluding At The Top, Burj Khalifa ticket Adult: Dhs225, Child: Dhs175 pRICInG FOR pORTUGUese/spanIsH TOUR:

Including At The Top, Burj Khalifa ticket Adult: Dhs495, Child: Dhs395 Excluding At The Top, Burj Khalifa ticket Adult: Dhs395, Child: Dhs320 To book this tour, call Arabian Adventures on +971 4 303 4992 or visit arabian-adventures. com

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Dubai’s cultural diversity is reflected in its culinary mosaic of fantastic restaurants – from the best Indian food this side of the subcontinent to sleek Japanese eateries and authentic Arabic mezze. It’s little wonder that world-renowned chefs are falling over themselves to open venues in the city. There is something for every taste in Dubai, so it’s time to tuck in…

IFTAR OFFERINGS Ramadan Kareem! Enjoy the community spirit of Ramadan in Dubai by attending one of the many Iftar and Suhoor events held after the sun goes down. We’ve rounded up a selection to suit all tastes, with iftars starting at sunset until around 8-8:30pm, followed by suhoors until the early hours. Set on the shore, the Asateer Tent at Atlantis, The Palm (+971 4 426 0800, atlantisthepalm.com) is one of Dubai’s most glamorous Ramadan locations. The buffet features regional favourites such as lamb ouzi and fish sayadieh, along with oud players and traditional activities such as backgammon. Dhs205 per person. Also set aside the sea – this time on a more pristine beach in Ajman, a 30-minute drive from Downtown

Dubai - is the sea-view Ramadan tent at Kempinski Hotel Ajman (+971 6 714 5555, kempinski.com/ajman). The atmospheric tent houses multiple live-cooking stations and traditional Arabian entertainment, backed by a sumptuous iftar buffet that’s available until 8.30pm (thereafter, à la carte service commences in the same venue until 3am). Dhs140 per person. The ballroom of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel (+971 4 414 0000, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com) will be just as opulent as it is transformed for Ramadan into a white, gold and royal blue lounge with live oud music and a buffet featuring classic Arabic cuisine. Dhs195 per person. At sister hotel JW Marriott Hotel Dubai (+971 4 607 7977, marriott. com) iftar is served in two spots: Market Place and Town Square. At

both you can watch as chefs cook up a storm of traditonal Arabic fare as well as Indian and Italian dishes. Dhs200 for two at The Market Place; Dhs150 for two at Town Square. Dhs45 for kids. Ritz-Carlton Dubai (+971 4 318 6646, ritzcarlton.com/dubai) introduces the spectacular Mamemo Majlis for the month of Ramadan, replete with specially selected furniture and works of art. Inside you’ll be treated to the sight of chefs readying myriad Arabic dishes from wholesome ingredients, and musicians playing live. Dhs220 per adult; Dhs110 per child over five. Against the backdrop of the Dubai Fountain and with subtle Arabesque design, the Saraya Tent at Armani Hotel Dubai (+971 4 888 3666, dubai. armanihotels.com) provides a stylish setting for seasonal gatherings. There’s


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AbOuT THIS CHApTER During Ramadan, many independent cafés and restaurants only open after sunset. Hotels (and areas like DIFC) usually have restaurants open for guests during the day, and will only serve alcohol at night. We’ve included a phone number and it’s wise to call ahead to confirm the venue is open. Where possible, we've also included a website, should you wish to look at menus and prices before heading out.

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a daily-changing collection of Iftar and Suhoor menus, as well as a la carte shisha. Iftar from Dhs250 per person. Over at the beautiful Park Hyatt Dubai (+971 4 602 1234, dubai.park. hyatt.com) iftar is served via live cooking stations in the stylish setting of Café Arabesque, from where you can soak up views of the atmospheric Dubai Creek. Dhs200 per person. For another glimpse of old Arabia, visit the air-conditioned tent at Al Hadheerah (+971 4 809 6194, meydanhotels.com) at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. From authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and live music to a camel and horse caravan show, it promises to be a magical evening. Dhs250 per person. Meanwhile, a cultural Iftar at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (+971 4 3536666, cultures.ae) provides a unique opportunity to break the fast with Emirati locals, who will explain the UAE’s customs during Ramadan. From 7pm-9:30pm, Dhs135 per person. To get a real sense of modern Dubai, head to the Sky Bubble at The Meydan Hotel (+971 4 381 3111, meydanhotels.com), a stunning spot that offers 360-degree views of the city. Enjoy a sumptuous Iftar buffet for Dhs170 per person, followed by à la carte offerings and shisha for Suhour. The full flavour of the Middle East is on offer at H Hotel (+971 4 501 8888, h-hotel.com) which you'll find at the prestigious One Sheikh Zayed Road address. Inside its pop-up marquee, sharing plates from a particular region will be offered and changed daily, ranging from Moroccon to Lebanese, Egyptian to Turkish and all in between. This is a great option if you're sampling Middle Eastern food for the first time. Dhs170 per person. For another iftar with a difference, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar (+971 4 414 0000, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife. com) has a special menu of 11 dishes celebrating the heritage of Indian cuisine, with à la carte options available after 8pm. Dhs325 per person. If you’re partial to Peruvian, the always-good Coya (+971 4 316 9600,

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coyarestaurant.com) has a set menu offering a choice of four delectable mains. Dhs240 per person. The South American twist on Iftar continues at Gaucho Dubai (971 4 422 7898, gauchorestaurants.com) in DIFC, where a three-course set menu is offered. The choices include its famed full-bodied, beautifully marbled beef.

A TRuE TASTE OF THE EmIRATES Considering all of the colourful cuisines Dubai has to offer, it might come as a surprise that good Emirati food is not so easy to come by. However, slowly but surely more and more authentic Emirati restaurants are cropping up across town. An enduring favourite is Al Fanar (+971 4 232 9966, alfanarrestaurant. com) located along Canal Walk in Festival City. You can dine outside on floor cushions at the traditional majlis or at a table in the central courtyard area that looks like a traditional Emirati home. The food is fresh and hearty with dishes such as chicken machboos, grilled shaari fish and jesheed (baby shark with onions and punchy spices). Another place which has started to pull in its fair share of local Emiratis (always a good sign) is Al Barza (+971 4 343 5310) on Jumeirah Beach Road. The setting is a modern take on the traditional architecture of the region, but the food is undeniably authentic – here you can try camel meat, at its best in a burger. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (+971 4 353 6666, cultures.ae) also offers authentic Emirati cuisine, but with a welcome twist. The interactive ‘cultural meals’ they serve – so named because guests are encouraged to ask questions on anything that relates to the Emirati culture – are prepared by local chefs in order to preserve the traditions and customs of the Bedouin culture. They offer cultural breakfast on Mondays and Wednesdays, cultural lunch on Sundays and Tuesdays, cultural brunch every Saturday and a cultural dinner every Tuesday. Advance booking is essential for every meal.

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WIDER (AND WONDERFul) ARAbIC While Emirati food may be thin on the ground, wider Arabic certainly isn’t. Famed Lebanese import Em Sherif (+971 4 424 3000, emsherif.com), which you'll find at ground level of the Address Downtown Dubai, offers superb views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain to add to a fixed-price dinner menu (Dhs320) which sees hot and cold mezzes, mains of tender, charcoal-grilled meats and desserts arrive at your table in a near endless flow. Meanwhile Olea (+971 4 341 0000, kempinski.com) at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates prides itself on authentic cuisine, thanks to its 14-strong team of chefs from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine. Highlights include the lamb kofta, served on a 1.5-metre-long skewer. A good place to head with the family in tow to try myriad Arabic dishes for the first time is the Friday Boulevard Kitchen Brunch at Manzil Downtown Dubai (971 4 888 3444, vida-hotels.com). While the parents get adventurous with their tastebuds – and let the in-house artist decorate their hands with henna – the kids will be royally entertained via face painting and arts and craft. The fun runs from 1pm-4pm.

CElEbRITy-CHEFS' RESTAuRANTS Michelin-starred chefs have long been coming to Dubai to hawk their wares. Having been one of the first celebrity chefs to open a restaurant in Dubai (the now defunct Verre by Gordon Ramsay, back in 2001), firebrand Gordon Ramsay has returned to the emirate with Bread Street Kitchen & Bar (+971 4 426 2000, atlantisthepalm. com) at Atlantis, The Palm. Here, the menu, though for the most part international, makes more than a nod to Ramsay’s homeland, but the fact that it has a bit of everything makes it a neverfail option for families. Don’t be swayed by Ramsay’s name into thinking that this is a fine dining and, by extension, expensive restaurant. This is more gastro pub and good value, too.


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Another Brit chef to cause a stir in Dubai’s bubbling pot of great restaurants is Jason Atherton, who has Marina Social (+971 4 446 6777, ihg.com) at InterContinental Dubai Marina. Atherton’s Social concept has won an army of fans in London, and while this Dubai offshoot hasn't yet hit the same dizzy heights it's still a great spot, particularly if you snag a table on the terrace. Nobu in Atlantis, The Palm (+971 4 426 2000, atlantisthepalm. com) meanwhile, offers a Peruvian twist on dishes that have made the Japanese master chef’s restaurant chain the toast of celebrities the world over. This Nobu boasts a unique garden, which is a great place to dine under the stars. For a luxe contemporary dining experience from the subcontinent, head to Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar at JW Marriott Marquis (+971 4 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com). Here, the menu sings with a cacophony of flavour and creativity, and we heartily recommend the very well-priced grazing menu. Every bite is a delight. Lastly, Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire (+971 4 701 1111, pierre-gagnaire. com) remains one of the longestrunning and most renowned restaurants in Dubai. The Frenchman makes a point of visiting his restaurant at least once a year (more than most), and the chefs onsite have all been trained by him personally. It shows. The ever-changing menus are exquisite examples of fusion fare.

lOVEly lATIN AmERICAN Just like other cities across the world, Dubai is currently in love with Peruvian food. In fact, a few of the city’s hotright-now restaurants serve authentic examples of this fabulous cuisine, which puts melt-in-your-mouth meat to good use as much as the freshest fish. While you’ll be right to love Coya (+971 4 316 9600, coyarestaurant.com) at the Four Seasons Dubai, we have a thing for the more casual Garden (+971 56 224 0956, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com) at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Here the chef is Peruvian, the staff are

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fully knowledgeable of what they’re serving, and the vibe relaxed. Save room in your affections too for Inka (+971 4 346 9295, inkadubai. com) at Sofitel Downtown Dubai. The intimate dining room is complemented by super nice staff and a lounge area that’s perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks (and fine views of Burj Khalifa), while their chilli-laced rocoto ceviche and chicken anticuchos are divine.

pERFECT pIzzAS For a quick and casual meal, you can’t look past a pizza. Dubai has plenty of places serving up crisp crusts and superlative sourdough bases with nary a pineapple in sight. The upstairs pizzeria at Bussola (+971 4 511 7136,

bussoladubai.com) at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi has long been a favourite. Crusts are thin and crispy and toppings generous, with over 30 varieties to choose from. The open kitchen, complete with chefs tossing dough into the air, adds to the atmosphere. For a crisp, yet foldable New Yorkstyle pie that pays homage to its Neapolitan roots, say hi to The Pizza Guys (800 843 4897, thepizzaguys.ae) at Bay Avenue in Business Bay. There are five signature pizzas, all of which are hand-tossed and finished with Italian extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and parmigiano reggiano. Our tip? Pull up a stool at the communal counter and order The Godfather (Dhs60) with wagyu beef meatballs and melted fior di latte mozzarella. Bellissimo.


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ASK A TOp CHEF Jerome Lagarde, At.mosphere Burj Khalifa The best meal I’ve had in Dubai was at Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire (+971 4 701 1111, pierre-gagnaire. com). For light bites and drinks, 101 Dining Lounge and Bar (+971 4 440 1030, oneandonlyresorts.com) is a perfect location for chilling out while enjoying a nice cigar.

If you still want to squeeze into your swimsuit, Nonno (800 696 66 66, nonnopizza.com) is a chic pizzeria, also in Business Bay, specialising in paper-thin crusts with no sugar or salt. Sauces are made from scratch and go straight from blender to base, toppings are super fresh and some pizzas come in at less than 400 calories. That doesn’t mean they’re boring, though. Try the Absolutely Fabulous (Dhs48) with slow-roasted free-range chicken. Down in JLT, Jazz@Pizza Express (+971 4 441 6342, pizzaexpressuae. com) remains a popular pizza joint. For anyone familiar with the UK brand there are no surprises in store, but the pizzas are fresh, flavoursome and a cut above your average chain. They also have a great deal on drinks from 4pm.

WHAT’S NEW IN TOWN? Dubai's ever-advancing gastro scene sees a raft of new restaurants opening each month. Here's our pick of those just opened... Another month, another Peruvian restaurant opens its doors in Dubai. Hoping to follow where all have succeeded so far is Totora Cebicheria Peruana (totora.com) at Gate Village, DIFC. A restaurant and bar set over two floors, the highend offerings here are created from Peruvian ingredients and balance beautifully with an inventive cocktail list. Get here before the It Crowd takes over. Traditional Emirati fare is the offering of Aseelah (+971 4 205 7333, radissonblu.com/hotel-

dubaideiracreek) at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek. In additional to listing traditional dishes on the menu (like samak, a local fish in gravy served with date rice) are dishes made using local ingredients (including camel stew). Go on, be brave. It'll make for a great holiday anecdote. Over at the newly created Pearl Jumeira, Satine (+971 4 376 6168, satinebynikkibeach.com) is the first restaurant to open at the new Nikki Beach Dubai. Inspired by Nicole Kidman’s character from the hit movie Moulin Rouge, the stylish restaurant has a Med-influenced menu and a large outdoor terrace facing the sea. This place buzzes at the weekend, so book ahead for then.


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DINNER WITH AN INCREDIblE VIEW One of the most striking spots in Dubai to enjoy outdoor dining is on the westernmost tip of Palm Jumeirah – from here you get to drink in pictureperfect views of Dubai Marina and Burj Al Arab. Just off a jetty that juts out into the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, lies 101 Dining Lounge and Bar at One&Only The Palm Dubai (+971 440 1010, thepalm.oneandonlyresorts. com). This sparkling, shimmering venue serves sublime contemporary European fare from a menu that has been rubber-stamped by French superchef Yannick Alléno – here we enjoyed the softest squid we’ve ever tasted. The whole experience can be heightened by catching a boat to the restaurant from sister hotel One&Only Royal Mirage. Booking is essential, as is a preboarding drink in the Jetty Lounge. If you want a fine vantage point to see the Dubai Fountain dance its way toward the night sky – and believe us, you do – book a table at Thiptara (+971 4 888 3444, theaddress.com) at The Palace Downtown Dubai. The name Thiptara means 'magic at the water' and the traditional Thai recipes with Bangkok-style influences are as magical as the setting. Nothing tops the view of Burj Khalifa that's served up – along with incredibly good food – at Katana (+971 427 78808, katana-dubai.com). Hailing from LA's sunset strip – Katana specialises in the ‘robatayaki’ style of authentic Japanese cuisine, whereby bamboo skewered gourmet fish, meat and vegetables are grilled over a charcoal-induced open flame. It's fabulous. How about dining as if under the sea? Of course it’s possible: this is Dubai. A whole-wall aquarium forms the backdrop to a meal at the excellent Ossiano (+971 4 426 2000, atlantisthepalm.com) at Atlantis, The Palm. Your credit card will enjoy a good workout here, but hey, you’re on holiday. For something altogether different try a dinner as you float down Dubai Creek in a boat-turned-restaurant,

taking in the sights of 'old' Dubai as you feast on fine dining dishes like baked chermoula prawns with a wonderful ginger and coriander couscous. This is Bateaux Dubai (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabian-adventures.com), where boarding is at 7.45pm nightly and disembarking at 11pm. This month, Bateaux Dubai operates until June 12, setting sail again on June 29.

DINING IN THE DESERT For an atmospheric Arabian Desert experience, head to Al Hadheerah (+971 4 809 6194, meydanhotels. com) at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, about 30 minutes’ drive from Downtown. Designed like an oasis town, guests at the open-air restaurant are entertained under the stars by falconry displays, camel rides, belly dancers, musicians and a spinning tanoura dancer. There’s also an impressive buffet overflowing with hot and cold mezze, Arabic sweet treats such as baklava and kunafa, along with live cooking stations serving up shish taouk and slowroasted lamb ouzi. If you’re after a more romantic setting, Arabian Adventures (+971 4 303 4992, Arabian-adventures.com) offers a private desert safari through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, followed by a gourmet dinner – reached on camel back – at your very own, torch-lit Bedouin camp. On the menu are grilled meats, fresh salads, delectable sweets and unlimited house beverages, followed by an aromatic shisha pipe if you so wish. The luxurious Al Maha Desert Resort (+971 4 832 9900, al-maha. com), which overlooks the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve around 65km southeast of Dubai, also offers a private dune dining experience. Available for in-house guests and those staying elsewhere, your private tent features Persian carpets, plump cushions and flickering flame torches, while dishes include Arabic mezze and Catalan seafood stew.

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FOR SOmE FAmIly FuN As mentioned elsewhere, The Beach at JBR is a great place to head for a family dinner. But there are other places worthy of your attention, particularly if your kids are that little bit older. If you tend to take an age to decide what to order, then Burger & Lobster (+971 4 514 8838, burgerandlobster.com) at Burj Daman Building, DIFC, is the place to head. Here, you have only three choices, each priced at Dhs127: whole lobster (steamed or grilled) with chips and salad; lobster roll with chips and salad; or beef burger (cooked medium or well done) with, you guessed it, chips and salad. Despite the brevity of options, it’s actually difficult to decide as all three are top notch (the burger’s big and packed with flavour), but if you pushed us we’d recommend the whole lobster. Not only is the meat supremely succulent, but it’s also great fun to don a bib and get to work with your claw cracker. You’ll love the vibrant atmosphere here, too. You’ll find Crab Tavern (+971 4 420 7489, crabtavern.ae) at Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City. Crab, you’ve guessed it, is the house speciality here, and it comes served many ways – in pasta, as a fish cake, or, best of all, the soft-shell variety comes in a burger laced with red pepper jam. Of the same ilk is Claw BBQ (+971 4 432 2300, clawbbq.com) in Souq Al Bahar, although it’s a tad more raucous than Crab Tavern thanks to its eating competitions and live band. They’ve been known to queue out of the door to snag a table at Slider Station (600 544 005, sliderstation. com) in the Galleria Mall on Al Wasl Road, which proudly claims to be the world’s first conveyor-belt burger joint. It’s much more than that, offering a fun American tapas menu (the likes of sticky red onion rings and Coca Cola-braised short ribs) to complement décor based on a 1940s American petrol station. Grab a gourmet slider from its unique, if small, conveyor belt – we say reach for the so-called Dangerous, featuring buttermilk fried chicken, jalapeno and chimichurri aioli.


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ASK A TOp CHEF Andy Toh Chye Siong, Hakkasan Gastronomically, Dubai has become very dynamic with new openings every month. I find myself re-visiting Thai origin restaurants, a style of cuisine that is very close to my heart. Lemongrass (lemongrassrestaurants.com) and Pai Thai (+971 4 432 3232, jumeirah.com) are my favourites.

SOmEWHERE SImplE WITH yOuNG KIDS Eating at your hotel can be expensive – especially if you have a whole family to feed – but fear not: Dubai has plenty of options for good value, great quality fare. Ideal for tiny tots is bookstore-slash-café BookMunch in Al Wasl Square (+971 4 388 4006, bookmunchcafe.com). It serves up tasty treats (try the blueberry pancakes) and stocks plenty of children’s books, ensuring your kids get food for thought as well as the belly. Bystro (+971 336 8056, bystrodubai.com) on Sheikh Zayed Road offers a special kids’ corner featuring mini tables and chairs, as well as toys and books. The food will please kids and adults alike; choose from sandwiches, great breakfast options, weekend roasts, and – intriguingly – dinosaur ribs. Baker & Spice’s (+971 4 362 4686, bakerandspice.com) Marina Promenade location in Dubai Marina is arguably the pick of the chain’s four venues in the city – you'll get to enjoy views of the yachts while eating tasty homestyle dishes, the ingredients for which are often drawn from local farms.

There’s no dedicated kids’ menu here, but on offer are smaller portions of main dishes, including a fine spaghetti and meatballs. Over at Italian restaurant Sapori Di Bice (+971 4 344 2550, saporidibice. com) at City Walk, kids get to create their own pizzas, with multiple funshaped bases on offer. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for somewhere to eat with your baby, try Pantry Café (+971 4 388 3868, pantrycafe.me) on Al Wasl Road. While you enjoy wholesome, locally-sourced food, your baby will get messy sucking on free veggie puree. With its seaside location at The Beach JBR and double-height dining space lined with bookshelves, Big Chefs (+971 4 5515302, bigchefs.co) has a stylish, yet homely feel. The huge menu has over 145 dishes across a multitude of cuisines, from Turkish and Arabic to Tex-Mex and European, along with a separate kids’ menu, meaning you’re bound to find something for even the fussiest of eaters. Just be sure they leave room for dessert – the Oreo Nutella cheesecake is one your kids won’t want to share.

HEAD TO pIER 7 It’s a pier, it has 7 floors. That’s the reason for its name covered off. But what’s of real note here is that each floor is devoted to a different-style restaurant. It’s also the only licensed premises on Marina Walk in Dubai Marina. And so to the good stuff... The Scene (+971 422 2328, thescenedubai.com) by TV chef and serial author Simon Rimmer is the frontrunner here. British-style comfort food is the jist of it – think succulent, deep-filled pies, feather-light battered fish and chunky chips – but if you want something less filling, the grilled halloumi, pear and salted hazelnut salad is delicious. No prizes for guessing the cuisine cooked up at the excellent Asia Asia (+971 4 276 5900, asia-asia.com), but there might be a prize if you can find a dish, anywhere, that tickles your tastebuds as much as their tiger prawn Kerala masala. Meanwhile, if you want a side order of animated atmosphere with your mains of slow-cooked prime beef back ribs, then head to Cargo (+971 4 361 8129, cargo-dubai.com).


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NICE AND SpICy An offshoot of its New Yorkbased, Michelin-star toting elder sibling, Junoon (+971 4 405 2717, junoonrestaurants.com) at Shangri-La Dubai is a standout example of how, when it’s done as well as this, there are few finer cuisines than Indian when it comes to robust flavour combinations. Let your waiter guide you through the must-haves (there are many) but have stern words if he fails to mention the Shahi Lamb Shank – as tender a meat as you’ll ever try, it comes, teased from the bone at your table, with a beautifully balanced black cumin rose curry. You’ll also adore the Macchi Masala: panroasted, flake-at-the-touch-of-a-fork artic char that’s coated in a wonderful green chili coriander marinade. Tong Thai at JW Marriott Marquis (+971 4 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com), meanwhile, showcases unique regional Thai dishes alongside street food favourites and authentic yet inventive classics we all know and love. Regularly voted the best Thai restaurant in the city, signature curries like creamy Panang Kung with tiger prawns and Gai Phad Ka-Prao with chili and hot basil pack plenty of depth and flavour, while classics like Tom Yum and Pad See-Eiw have been honed to perfection. The dining room itself is glorious riot of red and orange hues, with glittering lanterns suspended from the ceiling and floor-toceiling windows overlooking Business Bay, albeit only from the fourth floor.

FOR DubAI’S ANSWER TO STREET FOOD With gourmet food trucks rolling out across Dubai at an astonishing rate, there’s bound to be one on the tarmac (or sand) near you. Stalwart Ghaf Kitchen (+971 4 443 0355, ghafkitchen.com) was the first restaurant-on-wheels concept in the city and serves a variety of British classics with a decadent twist, all supplied from a lovingly restored retro Citroen H van. The truck travels to various events across the city so keep an eye on its Facebook and Twitter

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accounts to discover where it's at. Shiny new truck Calle Tacos (+971 55 171 5712, calletacos.ae) dishes up street-side tacos, nachos and burritos complete with utterly delicious salsa – handmade from a secret family recipe. Look out for the bright orange truck at Ripe Market, Dubai World Trade Centre, and many of the city's big festivals – it's hard to miss. Another one to add to the list is the hugely popular Salt (instagram.com/FindSalt). With its silver Airstream parked permanently at Kite Beach alongside an air-conditioned glass-walled terrace, it serves just three types of gourmet sliders packed with flavour. There’s also a mobile truck that pops up at Dubai’s coolest events – follow it on Instagram to get the exact location. Also along Jumeirah Beach Road, and

at the opposite end of the glitz in Dubai's dining spectrum, is Bu Qtair (+971 55 705 2130), which has drawn a devoted following for more than two decades. While it’s recently upgraded from its original beach shack to a simple restaurant in the nearby fishing harbour, it continues to attract crowds who queue for the freshest prawns and catch of the day, both of which are served with curry sauce, rice and bread

SO yOu CAN SAy yOu’VE bEEN THERE If you only know a handful of things about Dubai, one may be that it’s the home of Burj Al Arab, that most famous of hotels. You’ll doubtless leave Dubai with a picture of yourself posing against a backdrop of it, but why not go


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GRApE EXpECTATIONS Alcohol is only served in restaurants based within licensed premises, which basically means a hotel. A handful of exceptions include restaurants based at DIFC. Where sold, you'll likely find wine expensive. During Ramadan, alcohol will only be served after sunset.

the whole hog and dine there? The best way to experience the culinary offering of the Burj is via its Culinary Flight: your dinner begins with a cocktail at Skyview Bar before you embark on a journey through five grape-paired courses at five different restaurants. The food is superb and the service exceptional. You'll perhaps only find fault with the changing ambience (from the perfect to the poor) as you move through restaurants. It costs Dhs1,350 per person from 7pm-midnight. You’ll need to book ahead to dine at the world’s highest restaurant, which spans much of level 122 of the Burj Khalifa, but you’ll be glad you’ve done so. You arrive at At.mosphere (+971 4 888 3828, atmosphereburjkhalifa. com) via the world's fastest elevator, before settling down in the swankiest of

settings to enjoy the finest cuts of meat and fish to grace a menu.

bIG, bEAuTIFul buRGERS Brilliant burgers aren’t confined to the menus of Dubai’s hotel-based restaurants. In fact, the city’s best burgers are served in stand-alone venues. This is certainly true of Burger Fuel (+971 4 445 8220, burgerfuel. com), which has various branches across the city – the best of which, due to it being beside the sea, is at The Walk, JBR. The concept is 100% New Zealand grass-fed beef, a 1/3 pound patty of which is chargrilled to perfection and placed within a wholemeal bun. Thereafter, you can pick multiple extras to stuff inside. The emphasis at Burger Joint New

York (+971 4 344 4459, burgerjointny. com), which you’ll find at City Walk, is on quality alone, with the options limited to just hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Their meat is minced on the premises to ensure consistency of flavour. Moylo’s (+971 4 388 3140, moylosburgers.com) is a homegrown, hole-in-the-wall joint on Jumeirah Beach Road, just down from Sunset Mall. Quirky and colourful with an industrial edge, it features a wire counter covered in padlocks customised by patrons (including one by Dubai’s Crown Price, Sheikh Hamdan). There are five burgers to choose from, including the new Truffle Shuffle with 100% Wagyu Beef and homemade truffle mayo, and three milkshakes (we say salted caramel all the way).


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IT'S All GREEK TO mE If you’re hankering for some Hellenic flavours, you’ll be pleased to learn that, while Dubai is not exactly overflowing with Greek restaurants, it does boast some truly excellent ones. In-the-know locals will point you towards Elia (+971 4 359 8888, dubaimajestic.com), a cosy restaurant with a lovely glass terrace surrounded by greenery in the somewhat incongruous setting of the Majestic Hotel in bustling Bur Dubai. In the kitchen is Cretan head chef, Poppy Kourkoutaki, while charming restaurant manager (and fellow Crete local), Margianna Mavridou, heads up the front of house team. The menu by Elia’s celebrity chef consultant, Yiannis Baxevanis, is divided into Greek classics – the cheese saganaki and chicken souvlaki are standouts – and more contemporary interpretations such as slow-cooked veal cheeks with eggplant puree. Don’t leave without trying the freshly baked carob bread. From the same team, Mythos Kouzina & Grill (+971 4 399 8166, mythoskouzina.com) feels like a little slice of Santorini hidden away in JLT’s Armada Bay Hotel. Kitted out like a traditional seaside taverna with whitewashed walls, rustic furniture and light blue banquettes, the simple menu is a mix of traditional dishes such as keftedakia (meatballs) and grilled calamari, together with homestyle favourites like mousaka and gigandes (butter beans). The word is out about this well-priced gem, so be sure to book ahead. Down at The Beach at JBR, Eat Greek Kouzina (+971 4 430 5249, eatgreekkouzina.com) has a more urban feel with distressed wood floors, exposed brickwork, and a beautiful sea view. The large menu has all the classics, including salads, hot and cold appetisers, gyros and souvlaki stuffed pittas, as well as mixed grills, seafood, fish, lamb and even burgers. It’s open for breakfast from 8.30am, and there’s a second branch in the Mall of the Emirates, too.

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TOp TApAS With an open kitchen, funky murals and baskets hanging from the high ceilings, Salero Tapas & Bodega (+971 4 341 0000, kempinski.com) at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates looks more hipster eatery than traditional tapas joint. However, the all-Spanish staff, led by head chef Oscar Leon, ensure the no-nonsense, garlicsmothered tapas are entirely authentic. There’s a great selection of hot and cold tapas such as Galician-style octopus and pork cold cuts, along with three types of paella and a separate kids’ menu. The vibe is relaxed and casual, with flamenco on Wednesdays from 8pm and a resident DJ. Casa de Tapas (+971 4 416 1800, casadetapas.ae) at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club has lovely views over the Creek and a large upside-down lemon tree sprouting from the ceiling. The menu is packed with classics, including Spanish omelette and garlicky steamed clams, along with more inventive dishes such as paella de fideua (made with angel hair pasta, squid ink and prawns) – reportedly the only place in Dubai where this delicacy is served. BOCA (+971 4 323 1833, boca.ae) in DIFC, meanwhile, strays from Spain to include sharing plates from Italy and France on its menu too. From Med staples such as sweet Padrón peppers and grilled sardines to 12-hour braised lamb and lobster ravioli, dishes are served as they’re ready making for a relaxed, grazing-style meal. The menu also has a raw section with carpaccios, crudos and tartars, along with a 22-strong list of grape available by the glass. Choose a spot at the buzzing bar or outdoor terrace, or head down to the cellar for a food and grape pairing experience hosted by the sommelier.

COOl CAFéS Craving a good cup of coffee or a slapup breakfast? Newly opened at City Walk, the al fresco shopping and dining district in Jumeirah, The Brass (+971 4 385 6971, thebrass.ae) features gorgeous golden interiors and an extensive menu of speciality brews such as lavender honey lattes and Arabic coffee flavoured with cardamom, along with pastries, cakes, salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. Meanwhile, The Majlis Dubai (themajlisdubai.com) in the grounds of Jumeirah Mosque bills itself as the city’s “first and finest camel milk café”. Come here to try the signature camelccino or camellatte made with specially roasted Ethiopian coffee beans and deliciously smooth camel milk, along with Arabic coffee served from a traditional dallah pot, and muffins, éclairs and ice cream made from, you guessed it, camel milk. Leading the way when it comes to hipster cafés, The Sum of Us (+971 56 445 7526, thesumofusdubai.com) in the Burj Al Salam building behind the Sheraton Hotel has industrial-chic interiors, a sourdough bakery and its own coffee roastery. As you can imagine, it smells pretty good – throw in an inviting menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, such as French toast with salted caramel sauce or Parmesan crusted chicken breast, and you can see why it’s one of Dubai’s most popular spots (open daily from 8am–10pm). If you’re in need of sustenance between bouts of shopping at the Mall of the Emirates, stop by sister café, Common Grounds (+971 5 0478 1094), near the Vox cinema, for top-notch coffee, superfood salads and delicious burgers and baguettes.


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bRIllIANT bAR FOOD If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the Euro 2016 tournament – group matches kick off at 6pm, 9pm or midnight local time – or just after a casual meal, Dubai’s bars and pubs offer a plethora of delicious light bites. For a laidback affair, head to Bidi Bondi (+971 4 427 0515, emiratesleisureretail.com) on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah. With national flags hanging from the walls and plenty of television screens, the massive menu features kangaroo sliders, Queensland lamb cutlets and New Zealand grass-fed rump steak alongside plenty of familiar bar staples. Down at JBR, JB’s Gastropub (+971 4 428 3084, rotana.com) at Amwaj Rotana is about as far from the traditional image of greasy onion rings and soggy nachos as you can get. The selection of cheese and cured meats on display will seriously tempt you, or there are more substantial menu options such as smoked beef brisket sandwich, steamed Mediterranean mussels, and build-your-own mac and cheese. Hugely popular with residents of The Lakes community near Emirates Golf Club, Reform Social & Grill (+971 4 4542638, reformsocialgrill.ae) offers a classic ‘Best of British’ menu, along with summer salads and sharing plates. There’s also an air-conditioned tent where you can watch all the action during Euro 2016. The menu at The Black Lion (+971 4 359 2366, theblacklion. ae) at The H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, meanwhile, takes you from late breakfast through to the wee small hours. Munch on Korean short rib buns and salt beef sandwiches, or pitch up here for the all-day roast served from midday until 11.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Moving Downtown, The Eloquent Elephant (+971 4 438 3131, tajhotels. com) at Taj Dubai is a contemporarystyled gastropub complete with filament light bulbs, industrial stools, and leather barstools. On the menu you’ll find posh grub including truffle

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chips, fresh burrata with heirloom tomatoes, and lamb pate with Indian spices. Take a break from shopping and visit Brunswick Sports Club (+971 56 404 0685, brunswicksc.com) at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates for ribs, crisp squid, fried chicken and some of the best burgers in town. At the opposite end of Mall of the Emirates, Après (+971 4 341 2575, emiratesleisureretail.com) is the UAE’s only après-ski gastropub. With an international menu, there’s plenty to choose from, but the stone-fired pizzas are easily some of the best in the city. Couples should plump for the traditional Swiss cheese fondue and tuck in as you watch Ski Dubai’s snowboarders swoosh down the slopes in front of you.

DIVINE DIm Sum, AND THEN SOmE No self-respecting cosmopolitan city can call itself a self-respecting cosmopolitan city unless it has a Hakkasan (+971 4 384 8484, hakkasan.com). Happily, Dubai does (at Jumeirah Emirates Towers) and the high-end chain doesn’t disappoint with its chic contemporary Chinese décor, expertly-made dim sum and oh-so fashionable bar. Shang Palace (+971 4 405 2703, shangri-la.com) at the Shangri-La Dubai is an old favourite which never fluctuates from serving up outstanding examples of Cantonese cuisine: case in point, the signature cod fish with grapes and well-balanced orange sauce. If you’re feeling decadent, head to Shiba (+971 4 381 3111, meydanhotels.com) at The Meydan Hotel. Chinese meets Japanese on the menu here, with some superb examples of big-hitting dishes from each – the never-fail miso-marinated black cod reprenting Japan; the stir-fried fresh scallops with a tongue-numbing XO sauce in the Chinese corner. For a budget-friendly, brilliant and authentic Chinese restaurant experience, head to China Sea (+971 4 295 9816) in Deira – go Peking duck before heading upstairs for karaoke.

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SuCCulENT STEAK Most high-end hotels in Dubai are endowed with a high-end steakhouse offering premium beef staples like wagyu that are far from cheap. But, budget aside, there are some brilliant steaks to be had in this city. Heading up our list of top tables is Prime68 (+971 4 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com) at JW Marriott Marquis, which is a cut above (pun intended). The premium beef here is sourced from choice suppliers across the globe and tastes sublime, matched by the views from the 68th floor. Accompaniments such as black truffle butter add a little extra oomph, while add-ons like lobster tails and crab cake are an indulgent treat. Overlooking the famous horseracing track, Prime Steakhouse (+971 4 381 3111, meydanhotels.com) at The Meydan Hotel is a destination restaurant that never fails to impress. With plush décor, low lighting and a pianist tinkling on the ivories, this romantic spot serves only the finest cuts of premium beef sourced from around the world including Tajima Wagyu and grain-fed Black Angus. With throne-like chairs and informed service, you’ll feel like royalty when dining here. Opened in 1996, JW’s Steakhouse (+971 4 607 7977, marriottdiningatjw. ae) is a Dubai institution, and rightly so. Chef Mohammad Iqbal has been in the kitchen from day one and knows each of his (many) regulars’ preferences by heart – it’s so popular

that every table is adorned with brass plaques with the names of diners who always sit at the same spot. With wood panelling, overstuffed armchairs, a long mahogany bar and Frank Sinatra tunes playing in the background, the décor of this classy steakhouse sets the tone. The menu features the finest cuts cooked to perfection, while seafood lovers can choose Maine lobsters and Dungeness crabs straight from the tank. For steaks that cut like butter and excellent service, JW’s is pretty hard to beat. J&G Steakhouse (+971 4 435 5577, stregisdubai.com) at the St. Regis Dubai is another standout. Managing to marry masculinity to elegance, the setting here is just about perfect for you to savour fabulously high quality cuts of meat (as well as seafood and raw bar selections). In fact, such is the restaurant's quest for perfection that nothing is left to chance – so much so that exclusive cattle are raised only for this restaurant (yes, you did read that right). It's listed as Queensland AACO Beef on the menu, and tastes superb. Pair it with a side of potato gratin, topped with a creamy, nutty Comté cheese, and bookend it with a wonderful scallop sashimi on black truffle toast and the flamboyant bananas foster – a genuine showstopper of a dessert. For somewhere lighter on your wallet, go to Soho Grill (+971 4 286 8520, sohogrill.ae) at Century Village, Garhoud (one of four branches in the city). The meat here hails from Australia and New Zealand (two of the world’s finest suppliers), and you can bag a grass-fed fillet for just Dhs100.


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IncredIble value IndIan & PakIstanI Since Indians and Pakistanis account for the biggest expat community in Dubai, it comes as little surprise that the city is awash with an abundance of Indian and Pakistani cuisine – much of it very cheap and delicious. That’s particularly true of Saravanaa Bhavan (+971 4 334 5252) in Karama, whose vegetable curries pack in brilliant flavour and cost an average Dhs15. Also in Karama is Calicut Paragon (+971 4 449 8560, paragonrestaurant. net), which serves curried Keralan seafood specialities, while Rangoli Vegetarian Restaurant (+971 4 351 5873, rangolirestaurants.com) in Meena Bazaar, Bur Dubai, serves food hailing from the Gujarati region of India (imagine platters upon platters of delicious thali, which just keep on coming). The Dubai institution that is Ravi Restaurant (+971 4 331 5353) in Satwa serves Pakistani-style curries, with favourites including chicken achar, keema fry and chicken methi. These places are strictly no frills, but when the curries are so good and such great value, who cares?

IF you book just one Place whIle you're here thIs month, make It... Al Fanous Lounge, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai (+971 4 414 3000, marriott.com) It's all about iftar this month, so where best to head to soak up the warm and inclusive atmosphere – and enjoy a genuine feast of Arabic fare? Our top tip is housed within the world's tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Its ballroom will become the opulent Al Fanous Lounge for the duration of Ramadan, where live oud players set the tone for a memorable holiday experience.

Fast, FIllIng noodles (and a bIt more besIdes) The Noodle House (+971 4 366 6730, thenoodlehouse.com) is a real homegrown success story, and is the go-to place for steaming hot bowls of fragrantly-spiced pad thai and myriad other dishes inspired by the street foods of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok and Jakarta. The dishes are never-fail and good value to boot, which makes it a great option for families – it even has a funky kids’ menu, comprising the likes of wok-fried satay chicken noodles. You’ll find branches of The Noodle House across the city, including one at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The menu at Veda Pavilion (+971 4 361 8845, emiratesleisureretail.com) on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah moves beyond Far Eastern staples to include a head-popping free-range chicken vindaloo. As such, everyone in your dining party is likely to find something that really hits the spot here.

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Heavenly HigH Tea From traditional afternoon tea to more contemporary offerings, Dubai upholds this very British custom with real flare. If you want to feel on top of the world while enjoying the city’s most unique afternoon tea – and we heartily recommend that you do – head to the Tea Party on 68th, which takes place within Prime 68 at JW Marriott Marquis (+971 4 414 3000, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com). This is the world’s tallest hotel, and from its 68th floor you get to drink in panoramic views of Dubai while enjoying the finest cuts of beef, American cheesecake (the world’s best) and some sublime drink creations. It takes place on Saturdays, from 2.30pm-5pm, priced at an incredibly good value Dhs185 per person or Dhs350 per couple. Keeping with the more contemporary offerings, Raffles Dubai (+971 4324 8888, raffles.com), the striking pyramid-shaped hotel in Oud Metha, hosts a fun Fashion Afternoon Tea with over 20 blends from Newby Teas and dainty sweets and savouries inspired by seasonal runway trends (don’t miss the fabulous peach praline stiletto). From now until September 30, afternoon tea guests can also enter a draw to win one of six pairs of Manolo Blahnik shoes. Normally served in Raffles Salon in the light-filled marble lobby, during Ramadan you can take tea in Crossroads, overlooking the lush Raffles Garden, on the third floor. Dhs125 per person, daily 2pm-7pm. Meanwhile, be transported to an English summer garden at Rhodes W1 (+971 4 317 6000, rw1-dubai. com) at Grosvenor House Hotel. With sunny lemon tones and walls covered with fake grass and white butterflies, this classy but casual dining spot from Dubai-based British chef, Gary Rhodes, serves afternoon tea every Wednesday to Saturday from 2.30pm to 5pm. From finger sandwiches in savoury flavours such as quail's egg mayonnaise and onion and herb Croque Monsieur to warm crumpets with fresh raspberries and homemade scones, the fine china cake stands come piled high with tasty

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SumpTuouS Seafood While most menus these days feature ample fish dishes, restaurants which specialise in serving up our fishy friends are in surprisingly short supply across Dubai. That’s one of the reasons why Catch (+971 4 357 1755, catch. ae) was so warmly received by locals – and remains one of the hottest tables in town with an atmosphere to match. Hailing from NYC, the other good reason that this contemporary American seafood restaurant finds favour is, of course, its food. You can

have your fish in a number of ways, but you don’t need to look beyond the simple grilled version. If you only have time to eat out once or twice while you're here, make Catch a must-dine. For classic seaside favourites at a reasonable price, stop by The MAINE (+971 4 457 6719, themaine.ae) at the DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR. Part American brasserie and part European bistro, the unpretentious venue features a raw bar overflowing with fresh oysters, ceviche and seafood towers, along with grilled steak, chops and a variety of vegetarian dishes. With touches of nautical glamour and a seafront-facing terrace, it’s also a top spot to head for relaxed sundowners.


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DINING AT DIFC You may want to check in with your bank manager back home before heading to DIFC for dinner (especially with the whole family), but your reward for blowing your budget will be a truly memorable meal. Within DIFC is Gate Village, where amidst the high-end galleries and auction houses are some of Dubai’s – and the world’s – best restaurants. Listed at number 88 in Restaurant Magazine’s 2015 list of the World’s Best Restaurants is the ever-popular Zuma (+971 4 425 5560, zumarestaurant.com), where the outstanding Japanese food is best ordered to share. In fact, what always works well here is to ask your waiter to order for you. New-to-the-menu dishes that you'll want to try, courtesy of new Executive Chef Pawel Kazanowski and a hint of influence from CEO and Founder, Rainer Becker, include a sublime thinly-sliced chutoro tuna, chilli, coriander, and sesame. It may have slipped from that same list of best restaurants (it was placed at 81 in 2014) but La Petite Maison (+971 4 439 0505, lpmlondon.co.uk/ dubai) is still great. It uses produce from local UAE farms in a number of its sublime dishes, all of which have their roots in French Mediterranean cooking – dishes like the burrata with basil and tomatoes and the salt-baked seabass are legendary amongst Dubai gourmands. A mere stone's throw from DIFC – though admittedly by a very strong arm – is the always-in-vogue La Cantine Du Faubourg (+ 971 43 527 105, lacantine.ae), as fashionable a restaurant as you'll find this side of the, erm, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. As is increasingly popular these days, sharing plates is the concept here, so take your pick from a catwalk-length menu of mid-sized dishes, the standouts from which are the crab-avocado salad and (the exceptional) slow-cooked wagyu short ribs. As expected, you should turn up fashionably late to experience the atmosphere at its buzzing best, something heightened by its brilliant inside-to-outside setting.

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SublImE SuSHI AND SASHImI Beyond the elsewhere-mentioned Zuma and Nobu, Dubai is also home to a couple more standout Japanese restaurants. One of them, Armani/Hashi (+ 971 4 888 3888, armanihotels.com) is housed at the foot of Burj Khalifa in Armani Hotel Dubai. You'd be hard pushed to find anywhere serving up seafood as good as that served here. TOMO in Raffles Dubai (+971 4 357 7888, tomo.ae) is helmed by chef-owner Chitoshi Takaashi, who has devised a menu that’s vast and packed with fantastic authentic Japanese delicacies, best navigated with the help of a waiter. The terrace here bestows brilliant views of Burj Khalifa. Ex-Zuma chef Reif Othman’s Play (+971 4 225 6000, h-hotel.com) at The H Hotel was an instant hit when opened at the outset of 2016. Playfully (naturally) described as Mediterrasian – a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours – the twists on classic dishes here are a real delight. Be sure to order the duck gyoza and Takumi Wagyu ribs - both of which are divine. The always-buzzing bar and DJ means the atmosphere at dinner is as playful as the menu, although if you’re a non-

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smoker the restaurant area can get uncomfortably smoky. Within the very funky Vida Downtown Dubai hotel is the equally cool Toko Dubai (+971 4 442 8383, toko-dubai.com). Like Nobu, Toko Dubai also boasts a brilliant garden, where under the stars you can have your fill of some unique and sublime sushi creations – scampi nigiri, with foie gras and truffle oil being one. If you dine here as a part of a group of four, don't overlook the opportunity to order the tasting menu for the whole table, and allow the chef to bring you wave after wave of his finest creations. Famed London export, Novikov (+971 4 38 888 744, novikov-dubai. com), at the Sheraton Grand Hotel is another ultra-glamorous spot with a sleek, dimly-lit dining space, resident DJs and a vast – and very impressive – Asian menu. Fronting the open kitchen is a market counter displaying fresh fish and seafood flown in every second day from Portugal and Japan, including interesting delicacies like goose barnacles and sea urchins. The skill of ex-Nobu head chef Shane Macneill is evident throughout – highlights include the King Crab leg wasabi gratin, scallop and black truffle sashimi, and the signature duck salad. Founded in Moscow, famed in London and now delighting diners in Dubai is Sumosan (+971 56 678 3357, sumosan.com), which serves up Japanese food of the highest calibre to the showy crowd at Billionaire Mansion. You'll find it within the Taj Dubai hotel. Cheaper than the lot – though still of high quality – is Manga Sushi (+971 4 342 8300, mangasushi.ae) at Beach Park Plaza in Jumeirah 2. As its name more than hints at, this is a restaurant that’s designed manga-style, right down to the waitresses’ uniforms. The fun extends to the very inventive sushi creations, including Godzilla in Dubai: deep-fried wasabi prawn, asparagus and diced mango, dipped in wasabi mayonnaise and rolled in sesame seeds. You'll also find a branch of Manga Sushi in The Dubai Mall.

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DINE AT THE bEACH The Beach at JBR – a brilliant pedestrianised area mere metres from the sand and sea – is the perfect place to head for a good-value feed with your family in tow. Your best bet is to simply stroll the length of it, stopping to peruse the menus at places that catch your eye – there are myriad cuisines to choose from. But were you to twist our arm we’d heartily recommend the following. Pots, Pans & Boards (+971 4 456 1959, thebeach.ae) is one of Dubai’s more interesting recent openings. Helmed by Tom Aikens, who remains the youngest UK chef to have scooped two Michelin stars, the concept here is sharing dishes (make sure you get the lion’s share of the lobster mac and cheese), which you’ll enjoy in a relaxed, informal (even the chairs are mismatched) vibe. Almaz by Momo (+971 4 551 6247, momoresto. com) is one place that will definitely catch your eye. Here you can look out to the sparkling sea while enjoying your pick from a menu of North African and Levant-inspired dishes. Think piping hot tagines, slow-cooked meats and grilled fish. Busaba Eathai (+971 4 428 1421, thebeach.ae) is a Thai restaurant with roots – and multiple branches – in the UK, where it was founded by Alan Yau, the man responsible for introducing Hakkasan to our tastebuds. You’ll find the food here is undeniably tasty, particularly if you order one of the spice-laden curries (ask for it hot), yet a great deal lighter on your wallet. Breathing in the sea air may well put you in the mood for the ocean’s finest catches. If so, crack open a crab at Aprons & Hammers (+971 4 456 7888, apronsandhammers.com). Crab and shrimp are served by the bucketful – along with a dollop of family fun – with diners having to work for their meal by crushing crustaceans with hinged crackers and (you guessed it) hammers.

DINE DOWNTOWN In addition to The Beach, Downtown Dubai is one of the few areas in the city where you can walk along the street or, in this case, wide boulevards lined by trees and lit by tiny, twinkling lights at night. You’ll pass an array of good-value independent restaurants as you saunter past the skyscrapers, serving up everything from gourmet burgers and American classics at Ashton Kutcher-owned Ketchup (+971 4 363 8595, ketchup.ae) to the menu mash-up at Loui’s (+971 4 457 2411, louisrestaurant.net) where Lebanese, Mediterranean and Japanese dishes all vie for your attention. The al fresco terrace is also a major draw at Fümé Neighborhood Eatery (+971 4 456 8784, fume-eatery.com) at Manzil Downtown Dubai, but the home-style cooking is the real crowd charmer here. New to this neighbourhood is Ting Irie (+971 4 557 5601 tingirie.com) at Downtown Boulevard offers up Jamaican staples courtesy of Executive Chef Craig Wong (of Jamaican-Chinese heritage) who has a CV boasting stints at multi-Michelin starred restaurants Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Heston Blumental’s Fat Duck. If you’re coming to Downtown Dubai on the hunt for a meal you’ll remember long after your flight home has left the runway, it has to be La Serre (+971 4 428 6969, laserre.ae). Great service, even better food, and an atmosphere rarely bettered anywhere else in the city, this is another place where you should let the waiter order for you – just hope they mention the tagliatelle with black prawns and smoked duck. It's divine. Le Serre's downstairs boulangerie is also a great – and very popular – place to head for an al fresco breakfast.


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Mega Malls Few places in the world ‘do’ malls like Dubai. Ever since the first shopping centre swung open its doors in 1980 (the Al Ghurair Centre) there has been a steady flow of malls opening up across the city. Whether you’re in town for one day, one week, or longer, there’s a mall for you. During Ramadan, opening hours at malls across the city are extended to around 2am. Most cafés, restaurants and fast food outlets within the malls will be closed during the day (although some of the bigger malls may have a

food court available for non-fasters) and open after sunset, serving until as late as 3am to accommodate those who are fasting. With over 1,200 stores under its gargantuan roof, The Dubai Mall (800 38224 6255, thedubaimall.com) should be your first stop. Consisting of four levels – plus an aquarium, Olympicsize ice rink and a 22-screen cineplex – it was named the largest shopping centre in the world by the Guinness World Records when it opened in 2008, and is positively packed with both designer and high street stores. At some point during your shopping spree

here it’s a given that you’ll lose your bearings, but there are numerous help desks (and even buggies to ferry you around if you’re flagging). Don’t leave without visiting Level Shoe District (+971 4 501 6939, levelshoedistrict. com), which houses every designer shoe brand known to mankind; the region’s first Bloomingdale’s (+971 4 350 5333), and an outpost of France’s famous Galeries Lafayette (+971 4 339 9933, galerieslafayette-dubai.com). Mall of the Emirates (+971 4 409 9000, malloftheemirates.com) is another big shopping draw. Following its recent 36,000 square-metre


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extension (which saw 20 new fashion brands, 12 restaurants and a 24-screen VOX Cinemas added) this mega mall has over 560 stores to roam. Make sure you become acquainted with Fashion Dome, an area dedicated to designer garb; Boutique 1 (+971 4 395 1200, boutique1.com), a homegrown retail star stocking global and local labels; the UAE's largest Alexander McQueen (+971 4 347 0239) store, stocking seasonal collections as well as classics like skull scarves and knuckle box clutches; and Harvey Nichols – Dubai (+971 4 409 8888, harveynichols.com), which houses a winning mix of international fashion heavyweights and much more over its three floors. Next, hop in a taxi – or take the metro to BurJuman Metro Station 1 – to BurJuman (+971 4 352 0222, burjuman.com) one of the oldest shopping malls in Dubai. Offering wallto-wall high fashion, from Fendi and Versace to the UAE’s only Saks Fifth Avenue (+971 450 12700, saksme. com), here you can shop for designer names in relative calm. Back on the metro, continue for three stops along the Red Line and you’ll reach Deira City Centre Mall (+971 4 295 1010, citycentredeira. com) home to over 370 retail stores. Aside from the shops, the mall houses Magic Planet, a super-sized indoor family entertainment centre. A hop and skip from here is Festival Centre (+971 4 800 332, festivalcentre.com), an urban retail resort nestled in Dubai Festival City. Set on the historic Dubai Creek, it offers a potpourri of shops (mostly mid-range) and some great waterfront cafés that are perfect for a pit stop after sunset. Shoppers who need a fuss-free retail spree should head to Dubai Marina Mall (+971 4 436 1020, dubaimarinamall.com), which offers a stylish mix of high-street brands on a more manageable scale, or Ibn Battuta Mall (+971 4 362 1900, ibnbattutamall. com). Touted as the world’s largest themed shopping mall and based on the travels of Arabic explorer Ibn

Battuta, the décor alone makes for great snaps. It’s bargains galore at Dubai Outlet Mall (+971 4 423 4666, dubaioutletmall.com), located 30 minutes outside the city. Offering previous seasons’ wares of top brands at heavily discounted prices, must-visit shops here include Burberry, Coach, Priceless and The Outlet, which stock clothes and accessories from the city’s biggest luxury department stores.

sOUveniRs tO savOUR It’s time to say farewell to tacky token gifts and hello to something a little more authentic – starting with Arabica coffee. While a number of coffee shops in Dubai serve Arabica coffee (with a signature date), few sell the beans to take away – apart from the Dubai Coffee Museum (+971 4 353 8777, coffeemuseum.ae), that is. The museum, which is located in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, is split across two levels with a coffee bar on the top floor. It is here that the museum’s bubbly barista John Paul – an expert when it comes to drinks of the caffeinated kind – serves and sells Arabica coffee for visitors looking for a souvenir with a touch of authenticity. It’s open 9am until 5pm every day, except Friday. Like coffee, poetry forms a cornerstone of Dubai’s history. Head to the vast Kinokuniya (+971 4 434 0111, uae.kinokuniya.com) bookshop in The Dubai Mall to pick up an Arabic poetry book from one of the many shelves stacked high with tomes. Calligraphy, too, is synonymous with Emirati heritage. Gallery 1 (+971 4 432 7493, g-1.com), which has shops in Souk Al Bahar and Souk Madinat Jumeirah, among other locales, stocks an enviable selection of calligraphy keepsakes – from cards and prints to notebooks. Oud, a scent synonymous with Dubai, will undoubtedly make for a memorable holiday memento, with most of the malls and markets mentioned in this section offering bottled or bespoke versions for men

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and women. But for noses that prefer softer scents, head to Villa 515 (+9714 39 54 054, villa515.com), an olfactory sanctuary for bespoke fragrance. Located in Jumeirah 3, this perfumer boasts a shop and a laboratory that’s specifically designed for perfume customisation – perfect for creating your own holiday scent.

best OF bespOke Dubai has garnered a well-deserved reputation for custom tailoring over the years thanks, in part, to an abundance of fabric stores and quick turnaround times – great for visitors like yourself. Areas synonymous with tailoring include Satwa – Deepa’s (+971 4 349 4434, deepastailoring.com) is a popular spot; Karama – Dream Girls (+971 4 337 7287) is a regular for Dubai’s females; and Bur Dubai – Parmar Tailors (+971 4 3513112, parmartailors.com) is a firm favourite for made-to-measure. These three locations make for a great day out in old Dubai, regardless of whether or not you’re looking for bespoke attire. Men, meanwhile, should stop by Royal Fashion (+971 4 368 6192, royalfashion.biz) at Souk Madinat Jumeirah (it also has branches in various hotels in Dubai). The tailors here create made-to-measure suits and shirts at reasonable prices, and can send them on to your home country should they not be ready before you fly home. Couples looking to say ‘I do’ should stop by the popular Gold & Diamond Park, along Sheikh Zayed Road. It's a hive of activity with lots of jewellery stores offering custommade luxuries. (+971 4 362 7777, goldanddiamondpark.com). Here, Monili Jewellers (+971 4 340 7537, monilijewellers.com) is a standout boutique. It houses a range of diamonds and semi-precious to precious stones, which the boutique's artisans can put to good use by creating bespoke pieces for you. At this Dubai stalwart haggling is an absolute – and welcomed – essential.


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COnCept stORes Outside of Dubai’s glitzy malls there’s a raft of independent concept stores and shopping experiences to enjoy – if you know where to find them. The best way to tick off the city’s unique stores is to introduce them into your day, rather than allocate a day to visit them. For example, if you find yourself in Alserkal Avenue admiring the art galleries, make sure you stop by The cARTel (+971 4 388 4341, thecartel.me), one of Dubai’s creative retail pioneers. From the outside it looks like an abandoned warehouse desperate for some architectural attention. Step inside, however, and a carefully curated selection of limited edition clothing awaits. The designers stocked at cARTel are often exclusive to the region, with every piece a limited edition to ensure its individuality. Over the road from cARTel you’ll find A4 Space (+971 50 556 9797, alserkalavenue.ae), a sprawling 6,000sqft warehouse that regularly hosts pop-up fashion and art events for the city’s cool crowd. Fashion-conscious parents heading to Dubai Zoo should visit the nearby Zoo Concept (+971 4 349 5585), a concept boutique offering everything from novelty gifts to trendy T-shirts. From here, venture a little further along Jumeirah Beach Road to Comptoir 102 (+971 4 385 4555), a conceptualised eatery selling kitsch clothing items alongside a delicious vegan food menu. In Umm Suqeim is IF Boutique (+971 4 394 7260, ifboutiquedubai. com), a villa which houses cutting edge designs from a whole host of quirky international designers, including Yohji Yamamoto. A short drive down the same street you’ll find Garderobe (+971 4 394 2753, garderobe.ae), a hotbed for preowned luxury fashion. There is vintage Chanel alongside Celine, Balenciaga beside Burberry, and Dior in company with Dolce & Gabbana. Holidaymakers planning on retracing Tom Cruise’s footsteps at Dubai International Financial Centre (Cruise

ran under the iconic Gate Building in the fourth installment of Mission: Impossible) should pay Momentum (+971 4 327 4320, momentum-dubai. com) a visit. This vintage and rare watch store offers a raft of timepieces as well as service and repair.

Mini Malls They might not be as big as Dubai’s jumbo malls but the city’s smaller counterparts are chock-full of labels worthy of your holiday dirhams. Most of the mini-malls are located along Jumeirah Beach Road and Al Wasl Road – two roads that run parallel. Simply drive up one, turn around at Drydocks Dubai, and drive down the other. Kick-off your mini-mall trawl at one

of Dubai’s newest shopping centres, aptly named The Mall (+971 4 348 4848, themall.co.ae), opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Flooded with natural light, the mall houses 55 stores and food outlets including Boho Beachwear, Big Brands Factory Outlet and French fashion retailer, Escales. Then continue along Jumeriah Beach Road to Sunset Mall (+971 4 330 7333, sunsetmall.ae), home to West L.A boutique and its batch of underground fashion brands from across the globe. Two other must-visit shopping havens here include the Mediterranean-inspired Mercato Mall (+971 4 344 4161, mercatoshoppingmall.com) – here you’ll find a brilliant boutique called Bagatelle (+971 55 312 6822) which


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ask a lOCal Kelly Lundberg, Stylist (stylemedivine.com) Dubai-based designer Debra Henning (deborahhenning. com) is known for her minimalistic and delicate casual clothing. Her designs can be found in high-end department stores and independent boutiques such as IF Boutique ((+971 4 394 7260, ifboutiquedubai. com).

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sells pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and jewellery – and The Galleria Mall (+971 4 344 4434), another new name in the independent mall arena and home to quirky stores such as SoH (+971 4 344 4147, soh. ae) a beauty-salon-meets-art-gallerymeets-boutique, and ValleyDez (+971 4 321 2898, valleydez.com), which stocks a great range of cool designer and ready-to-wear clothing. And while most of the city's alfresco shopping precincts wind down over summer, City Walk (citywalk.ae) at the junction of Al Wasl and Al Safa Road aims to bring the outside in with a new boulevard-style shopping area with a glass roof, subtle airconditioning and plenty of natural light. Window shop without breaking a sweat at boutiques like American Vintage,

Rag & Bone and Karl Lagerfeld, then catch a film at Reel Cinemas or take the kids to Mattel Play Town, a newly opened indoor ‘eduplay’ centre. If you want to fully explore the Jumeirah/Al Wasl area but haven’t rented a car, a good option is to hire a taxi for a six-hour stint for a flat fee of Dhs500. You must book 24hrs in advance (+971 4 208 0000, dubaitaxi. ae).

indOOR MaRkets Dubai really heats up this month, bringing an end to the al-fresco markets which are a feature of the winter shopping season. Ripe Market (+971 4 380 7602, ripeme.com) is one of the city’s most popular, and for the summer months it takes refuge inside Times

Square Centre, on Sheikh Zayed Road. Focused solely on local artisans and designers, there's also live music, popup fitness classes and activities for the kids. It takes place every Saturday from 9am-3pm. Now in its fifth year, the Ramadan Night Market (ramadannightmarket. com) promises to be bigger than ever. Held over 10 days from June 23 to July 2 at Zaabeel Hall 4 and 5 at Dubai World Trade Centre, the market features a huge array of clothing, jewellery, perfumes, homewares, electronics, toys, handicrafts and souvenirs. There are also food stalls dishing up regional and international treats, and a kids' play area with face painting, bouncy castles, climbing walls, trampolines and more. It's open from 8pm to 2am.


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gO lOCal Dubai is home to a number of stellar designers whose collections have careered down the runway at fashion weeks around the world. Star of the moment Madiyah Al Sharqi, who is also the daughter of the ruler of Fujairah, is celebrated at home and abroad for her statement pieces, feminine separates and dresses. Pick up a Sharqi staple from Symphony (+971 4 310 6904, bysymphony.com) in The Dubai Mall. Also stocked in Symphony is Endemage, an ethnic chic label created by Omani sisters Nadia and Lubna Zakwani. Still in The Dubai Mall, for the summer months only you'll get to shop at pop-up boutique Design 971 (call 800 382 24 6255 for further information). It lays claim to the region's most exciting young designers, including Lilian Afshar, whose L’Afshar label has garnered praise from Vogue. House of Nomad is another local label elbowing its way inside the wardrobes of the UAE’s fash-pack. The celebrated newcomer, applauded for its use of Arabic calligraphy throughout its collections, can be found in West L.A. Boutique (+971 4 388 2828, westlaboutique.com) in Sunset Mall. Besides the malls, the streets along Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Wasl Road and the surrounding roads are dotted with villas housing local design talent. You’ll find Dubai fashion star Rami Al Ali (+9714 394 5607, ramialali. com), whose couture collections have appeared at Paris Fashion Week, in villa 697 on Al Wasl Road. Book a consultation or simply scour the rails for haute couture inspiration. Superstar designer Ezra (+971 4 395 5385, ezrafashiondesign.com), best known for his dreamy, extravagant gowns, creates his masterpieces from his atelier in Dubai’s Jumeirah 3 (villa 746, Al Wasl Road). With Britney Spears and Michelle Rodriguez for clients, Ezra is a must-visit boutique for ladies who are looking for five star quality couture.

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sOUk speCtaCUlaR It’s no surprise that one of Dubai’s oldest settlement areas provides the base and backdrop for one the city’s most authentic shopping experiences: Deira. Nestled in the neighbourhood’s maze of winding walkways you’ll find the Dubai Gold Souk – best reached by taxi, although the nearest metro stop is Al Ras. The residents love it because it reminds them of days gone by, while tourists like it for the quality and variety of gold – and the fact that you can haggle over the price. A quick march from the Gold Souk will lead you to the Spice Souk, home to a number of thatched market stalls selling spices that are certain to pull at your purse strings.

Over the water, on the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, you’ll find Bur Dubai Souk, a labyrinth of passageways teeming with stores selling clothes, camels (miniatures, of course), cushions and much more. The best way to get here from the Spice Souk is by hopping on board a sturdy abra boat at one of the many stations along Baniyas Road – for just Dhs2 per person, you’ll be standing on the other side of the creek in five minutes. The Dubai Textile Souk, meanwhile, is a fabric fairyland for shoppers looking to create bespoke garments. From swathes of silk for sarees and wedding gowns, to bolts of embroidered cotton, you would be hard-pressed to find a souk more colourful than this.


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Think you’re here for the sun and shopping only? Think again. Dubai boasts ample attractions that you’ll want to experience before heading home. The fun starts here...

SEE thE cIty From thE Sky Skydiving is on every daredevil’s bucket list and there’s no better place to do it than here. Skydive Dubai (+971 4 377 8888, skydivedubai.ae) has one of the world’s most spectacular tandem jumps over the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Or if you'd rather not leap out of a plane, iFly Dubai (+971 4 231 6292, theplaymania.com) lets you defy gravity in its amazing indoor wind tunnel. For more sedate sightseeing, Seawings (advance bookings via +971

4 303 4992, arabian-adventures.com) offers a range of scenic joy flights, including the Dubai Creek Silver tour, a 40-minute ‘dock to dock’ seaplane excursion above the historic Creek, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa and more. If VIP bling is more your thing, nothing beats hovering around town in a helicopter. Fly High Helicopter Services (advanced booking via City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506) offers 15- or 25-minute tours from its helipad at Atlantis, The Palm, as well as helicopter

transfers so you can really arrive in style. Meanwhile, Heli Dubai (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabianadventures.com) takes off from Dubai Festival City, with 12- or 22-minute aerial tours over Dubai’s stratospherenudging skyscrapers.Leaving the glitz and glamour of the city behind, a hot air balloon ride over the desert as the sun comes up is an unforgettable experience. Balloon Adventures Emirates (+971 4 285 4949, ballooning. ae) will take you up, up and away in either a large group or a private charter.


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About thIS chAptEr As you’ll read, there is much to do in Dubai, and as such we’ve ensured our recommendations include plenty of options for both big and little kids. By far the best way to get your bearings – and to see all of the city – is by starting out with a City Sightseeing Dubai, hop-on, hop-off bus tour (see ‘Top of the Tours’ for booking details). Then it’s all about ticking off that to-do list...

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GEt wEt And wIld Water babies are spoilt for choice as Dubai has two world-class waterparks that have something for all ages. Located in front of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabian-adventures.com) is the more manageable of the two, with over 30 rides and attractions. From kid-friendly slides and the relaxing lazy river, to adrenaline-fuelled surfing experiences and the truly terrifying Jumeirah Sceirah, it’s impossible not to have fun at this fantastic park. Over on Palm Jumeirah you’ll find Aquaventure (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabian-adventures. com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506) at Atlantis, The Palm. It comprises 17 hectares of heart-stopping slides, rides, pools and interconnecting waterways, along with a huge kids’ play area, exhilarating zip line, pristine private beach, private cabanas and the not-so-small matter of Shark Lagoon, where you can hand-feed gentle rays. Celebrating your birthday while in Dubai? Register online at atlantisthepalm.com for a free Aquaventure day pass to use anytime during your birthday week. On a smaller scale – and therefore perfect for the toddlers – is Splash ‘n’ Party (+971 4 388 3008, splashnparty. ae), which you’ll find in Al Safa 2, Jumeirah. Water slides, splash pads and huge buckets which soak all below are all guaranteed to spread a smile on kids’ faces, while parents will be similarly enthused by not being charged an entry fee. Admission for kids is Dhs80 on weekdays and Dhs100 at the weekend.

ExplorE thE Art ScEnE With a keen focus on contemporary art, Dubai has a burgeoning art scene centred around the financial district of DIFC and the industrial area of Al Quoz. The former is home to a dozen spaces including Ayyam Gallery (+971 4 439 2395, ayyamgallery.com), which promotes emerging and established

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artists from the Middle East, and The Empty Quarter (+971 4 323 1210, theemptyquarter.com), the city’s only gallery space devoted exclusively to fine art photography. The hippest art hub, Alserkal Avenue (+971 50 556 9797, alserkalavenue.ae), can be found in Al Quoz. There are around 15 galleries housed in converted warehouses, including Mojo (+971 4 347 7388, themojogallery.com) and Leila Heller Gallery (+971 56 831 3520, leilahellergallery.com). One exhibition worth checking out this month is “Observing the Ritual” at Gulf Photo Plus (+9714 380 8545, gulfphotoplus. com). The exhibition sheds light on the most intimate moments of life for practising Muslims, from communal prayer held in a secret mosque to the breaking of the fast in a family home during Ramadan. Down near the Creek in Bur Dubai, Majlis Gallery (+971 4 353 6233, themajlisgallery.com) is also well worth a visit. It’s Dubai’s oldest art gallery, established over 25 years ago in a windtower house in the Al Fahidi district. Meanwhile, an interesting gallery that aims to bridge the gap between high-end pieces and mass-produced prints can be found in The Dubai Mall. LUMAS (+971 4 388 2540, lumas.com) has original photographic and contemporary artworks starting at less than Dhs400, as well as limited edition pieces by big names such as Damien Hirst and Patrick Demarchelier.

on your bIkE Cycling is proving ever popular in the emirate, and the European-style bike hire service Byky (bykystations.com) is the best way to explore the city on two wheels. There are roughly 16 stations dotted around Downtown, Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. First, you need to register with your credit card details online, at a rental station or by downloading the NextBike app to your smartphone. Then a unique code is sent to your mobile to unlock the bike and you’re good to go. To really stretch your legs, head to Al Qudra Cycling Track,

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ASk A locAl Rebecca Haddad, Digital content strategist During Ramadan I love to participate in the sunset iftars held across the city. For those completely new to the city, it's hard to beat the Downtown Tent (+971 4 423 8883) at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. There, you can feast on an endless array of traditional dishes and enjoy views of the famous tower that are second to none.


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the world’s longest purpose-built cycling track that loops around the desert dunes near Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. You can hire bikes from Trek Bikes (+971 4 832 7377, trekbikes.ae) at the start of the track.

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GEt on trAck Petrol heads can do more than just drool at Dubai’s legion of supercars. Slip behind the wheel of a single seater F3 race car, McLaren, Audi TT or R8 supercar at Dubai Autodrome (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabian-adventures.com). Track experiences combine classroom and behind-the-wheel training from a professional racing driver, before you’re let loose to do a few laps on your own – guaranteed to get your blood pumping fast. The complex is also home to Kartdrome which has indoor and outdoor tracks that are suitable for big kids and little ones aged 7 and up. The 1.2km outdoor circuit features 17 corners, a tunnel and bridge, while the 500m indoor track allows up to ten karters to race at any one time. Plus, the karts are equipped with timers so you can test your mettle against your mates.

bEyond ShoppInG At thE dubAI mAll The Dubai Mall has a host of activities to keep the whole tribe entertained. Gamers of all ages will love SEGA Republic (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabian-adventures.com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506), a huge indoor theme park with 15 rides including a rollercoaster, and hundreds of high-tech games. Little visitors will love KidZania (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabian-adventures. com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506), a sprawling mini city that allows children to dabble in 80 different careers, from pilot to police officer. And aviation enthusiasts aged 9 and over can fly the world’s largest passenger plane at the Emirates A380 Experience (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabian-

adventures.com), a state-of-the-art Airbus flight simulator.

SwInG Into ActIon Dubai has become a major golf destination and boasts an impressive collection of high-calibre courses. And as the mercury rises, there are some great golf deals to be had at the various clubs around town. Emirates Golf Club (+971 4 380 1234, dubaigolf.com) boasts two 18hole par 72 Championship courses. The Majlis course has open horizons and stretches of scrubby sand along with more traditional bunkers, while the Faldo has a wadi (valley) running through it, which is sure to challenge first-timers. It's also Dubai's only fully floodlit 18-hole course, so you can tee

off after dark. Fron June 1 you can play the Majlis for Dhs500, or the Faldo from Dhs350 before 5pm and from Dhs375 after 5pm. Fees for 9 holes are also available. Jumeirah Golf Estates (+971 4 818 2000, jumeirahgolfestates.com) has two Greg Norman-designed Championship courses matched by excellent club facilities. Inspired by the great parkland courses of Europe and North America, the Earth course is home to the DP World Tour Championship, the final leg of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. Meanwhile the undulating topography of the Fire course, marked by its red sand bunkers, demands a strategic approach. From June 1 you can play 18 holes on either Earth or Fire for Dhs355.


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FEEl on top oF thE world Ascending the world’s tallest tower is high on most visitors’ must-do lists, and At The Top, Burj Khalifa (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabianadventures.com) doesn’t disappoint. A high-speed elevator delivers you to the observation deck on Level 124 452-metres above the ground - where floor-to-ceiling glass offers 360-degree views. You can then walk up a spiral, glass-walled staircase to Level 125 where viewfinders provide a virtual tour of the city from the perspective of a falcon. Premium ticket holders, meanwhile, can also visit the Level 148 observation deck - 555 metres up. Open daily until 11pm, advance booking is recommended and your ticket allows you to linger as long as you like.

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SEE A moVIE wIth A dIFFErEncE A trip to the cinema takes on a whole new dimension in Dubai. VOX Cinemas (+971 600 599 905, voxcinemas.com) at Mall of the Emirates has 24 screens including a multi-sensory 4DX theatre that adds moving seats and effects like rain and lightning; the first laser IMAX in the Middle East; and a colourful kids’ cinema. You can even swap popcorn for a gourmet duck burger at Vox Theatre by Rhodes, which combines luxury seats and service with a menu devised by Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes. A luxurious experience also awaits at Reel Cinemas (+971 4 449 1902, reelcinemas.ae) at The Dubai Mall. The 22-screen multiplex includes

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four lavish Platinum Movie Suites with just 36 seats. After sinking into your reclining leather chair and snuggling down with your pillow and blanket, press the call button and your personal butler will appear with food and drinks throughout the film. These swish suites can also be found at the 10-screen cinemas at City Walk in Jumeriah and The Beach at JBR. Something unique for kids cinemawise is The Dome Box (800 637 227, thedomeboxdubai.ae) at BoxPark on Al Wasl Road. It’s a dome-shaped theatre with a 360-degree screen which plays short edutainment films that are themed around science, nature, and popular culture. Instead of seats there are beanbags – and leaning posts for adults – and each movie lasts for around 30 minutes.


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DXB City Expert clokwISE From rIGht: Aquaventure; Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo; At The Top; Dubai Fountain

SEE AmAzInG SEAlIFE Some of Dubai’s best family-friendly attractions can be found under the sea. Home to over 65,000 marine animals, The Lost Chambers Aquarium (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabian-adventures.com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506) at Atlantis, The Palm is sure to mesmerise young and old. There are over 20 exhibits with creatures from all over the world. Visitors can also book a behind-thescenes tour or swim, snorkel or dive with sharks. Meanwhile, The Dubai Mall is home to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabian-adventures.com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506), one of the largest suspended aquariums on the planet. Marvel at over 140 species of sea life, including more than 300 sharks and rays, or rent some scuba gear and sidle up alongside the inhabitants of this 10-million-litre tank. No diving experience is required. At the zoo part of this aquatic attraction you’ll get to see the likes of penguins, otters, giant spider crabs and King Croc, who weighs in at 750kg. The Animal Encounter Experiences, meanwhile, provide behind-the-scenes access to otters, rays or saltwater crocodiles. The meet-and greet experiences take place every hour, daily, from 11am to 10pm. And if you’ve always dreamed of swimming with dolphins, you can do exactly that at Dolphin Bay (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabianadventures.com), the 4.5-hectare dolphin conservation centre at Atlantis, The Palm. Home to a family of friendly Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, you can take your pick from five different dolphin experiences.

chIll out At A SpA Feeling frazzled after all that fun? Dubai has some of the world’s most luxurious spas that are renowned for their ultra-indulgent treatments. One of the very best is Amara Spa (+ 971 4 602 1234, dubai.park.hyatt. com) at the beautiful Park Hyatt Dubai, which stands aside the city's historic creek. This magical setting features a 25m-pool and eight luxury suites replete with private gardens and tropical rain showers, three of which are designed for couples. If it's just the two of you in town, why not embark on Amara's Couple's Journey? Spread over a leisurely 180 minutes, you'll be pampered to the point of sheer bliss via a body scrub, body wrap, massage and facial. It's priced at Dhs3,000 per happy couple. Over at the world's tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis (+971 4 414 0000, jwmarriottmarquisdubai.com), you'll find the sublime Saray Spa, where customised treatments for two are also offered. The Saray Spa Ultimate VIP Journey is 3 hours of serenity, into which you're eased with a bath of your choice (try the milk option). You'll then be treated to an aromatherapy massage, signature facial, administered on side-by-side treatment tables in the wonderful VIP Suite. This journey to remember costs Dhs2,380. Somewhere else that's somewhat of a haven amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city is the Orchid Palace Wellness Spa (+971 4 381 8887, gloriahotels.com) in Yassat Gloria Hotel & Apartments. This Thai spa boasts a mammoth 17 ‘his and hers’ treatment rooms (with four allocated for couples) as well as a hammam, and steam/sauna facilities: basically, all you need for a comprehensive, aromatically-infused relaxation session.


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ASk A locAl Amanda Ennis, Teacher My favourite way to spend a Friday, especially when I have visitors in town, is to head to Le Royal Meridian beach club and spend the day lounging by the pool, occasionally venturing for a dip in the sea. You can pay as a non-guest of the hotel to use the beach club on a daily basis – Dhs250 per adult on weekdays, Dhs300 at weekends. Kids are welcomed at half of those prices.

ExplorE cIty wAlk City Walk is an open-air retail and leisure space in Jumeirah with European-style boulevards, Londonesque streetscapes – complete with red phone boxes – and the city's first street art project called Dubai Walls (dubaiwalls.com). With plenty of family-friendly indoor attractions, it's ideal for summer sightseeing too. Suitable for babies to older kids, Caboodle Pamper & Play (+971 4 344 4570, caboodle.ae) is a fabulous play centre full of interactive toys, climbing frames and soft play areas. There's a whole host of activities and classes, including music, dance, cooking and crafts, along with a café and salon for parents and their tots. Also good for little ones, Mattel Play! Town (+971 4 317 3999, playtowndubai.com) offers educational play and live shows based around five well-known characters, including Barney, Angelina Ballerina and Fireman Sam.


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ExpErIEncE Snow And IcE While a winter wonderland in a desert city sounds fantastical, it does exist in Dubai. Located in Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai (advanced booking via +971 4 303 4888, arabian-adventures.com or City Sightseeing Dubai kiosks at all major malls +971 4 316 7506) is the go-to place for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or just throwing snowballs. Clothing and equipment are available for hire, and there are lessons for budding skiers aged 3 years and up, while boarders must be at least 8 years old. And don’t miss the free penguin parades, which happen daily at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Dubai’s other mega mall has its own penguins too, albeit plastic ones. Dubai Ice Rink (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabian-adventures.com), the Olympic-sized rink at The Dubai Mall, has public skating sessions that are suitable for beginner and immediate skaters, as well as snowfall sessions with a live DJ every Tuesday at 6pm and 8pm. Penguin Pal skating aids are available for little ones measuring a minimum of 100cm tall, while there are Snowmen for adults and children over 12 years who are unsteady on their skates. One-on-one and semi-private lessons can also be arranged.

tAkE to thE hIGh SEAS Sailing and yachting are popular pastimes in the emirate and cruising past Atlantis, The Palm towards the iconic Burj Al Arab at sunset is one of the most memorable ways to experience Dubai. Deep sea fishing is another big draw, with species such as king mackerel and barracuda tempting anglers. First Yacht (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabian-adventures. com) specialises in tailor-made luxury yacht and catamaran charters and private fishing trips, as well as powerboat rides and romantic dinner cruises for two. Sea Hunters (advance bookings via +971 4 303 4992, arabian-adventures.com) is another recommended operator that

can organise deep sea fishing tours, luxury yacht and catamaran charters, and flashy speedboat cruises all around Palm Jumeirah.

hIt thE bEAch In our considered opinoin you would have to be brave, mad, or both to want to hit the beach this month, so scorching hot is the temperature. However, if you’re staying in a hotel without its own private beach, but a dose of sea and sand is high on your holiday wishlist, head down to one of Dubai’s beautiful public beaches. Backed by a low-rise collection of restaurants, cafés and boutiques, and featuring a winding walkway dotted with innovative food stalls, The Beach at JBR (800 637 227, thebeach.ae) is one of the most popular spots along the Arabian Gulf. There are well-kept changing facilities with showers, all manner of activities to enjoy (from beach football to early morning yoga), and you can rent a sunbed with an umbrella and towel for Dhs110 per day. Another firm favourite is the stretch of sand running the length of Umm Suqeim known as Kite Beach, thanks to its popularity with kite-surfers (you can sign up for lessons too). It boasts a promenade with a handful of cool

cafés, changing facilities and showers, a jogging track, beach tennis, watersports and the XDubai Skatepark, but no sunbed or brolly rental. Remember that as this month is Ramadan you shouldn't drink (water ot otherwise) while in public during daylight hours – that includes when you're hot and bothered on the beach.

All thE Fun oF thE FountAInS At the foot of Burj Khalifa is a 30-acre lake, in which stands the world’s largest dancing fountain. Dubai Fountain has multiple jets spread across the lake, which shoot water 500ft into the air – about the height of a 50-storey building – while ‘dancing’ to the music. Shows are daily at 1pm and 1.30pm (1.30pm and 2pm on Fridays) and every 30 minutes from 6pm-11pm. Bag a table on the terrace of a lake-side restaurant (see ‘Where to Eat’), watch for free from the Waterfront Promenade, just outside the entrance to The Dubai Mall, or see it in style aboard one of the abras (traditional Arabic boats) which sail as close to the action as possible. Tickets cost Dhs65 per person and can be purchased from a counter on the Waterfront Promenade or from At The Top, Burj Khalifa.


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go As the city winds down for summer, and the Holy Month of Ramadan is expected to begin on June 6, many of Dubai’s al fresco party spots host closing parties to end the season in style...

end-of-SeaSon partIeS under the StarS Since launching four years ago, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE (taxi: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels & Resort, Ghantoot, +971 51 133 3400) has set the benchmark high for house music parties in the country. Thousands of glamazons make the 30-minute journey towards Abu Dhabi to this Balearic beach party. The line-ups are always cutting edge and big on the house market: think Ibiza icons like Jamie Jones, Dixon and Marco Carola. On June 3, they’ll be ending the season with British techno legend Richy Ahmed and rising Scottish star Jasper James, along with Carlo Andrea Raggi, aka Cirillo, who has championed the Italian techno sound for more than 30 years. Part beach club, part open-air club and packed every weekend, Zero Gravity (taxi: Sky Dive Dubai, +971 4 399 0009) is the city’s current hot spot.

It has welcomed big names like Paul Van Dyk and Mark Ronson, alongside more alternative stars like Mr Scruff, to play under the stars. While their final Friday festival of the season took place last month, their popular Thursday House Party will also run on Friday nights from 8pm to 11pm, although entertainment will be in keeping with the UAE laws during Ramadan, so the sound will be lowered. The chilled out event will also move into the new Beach House, an air-conditioned ‘bachelor pad’-style abode at the foot of the glass-fronted infinity pool with a photo booth, giant Connect 4, air hockey and dart board. Nikki Beach (taxi: Pearl Jumeirah, +971 4 376 6162) is the city’s newest beach club and the 13th of its kind to open worldwide. Like its glamorous global counterparts in Miami and Marbella, the Dubai outpost attracts a beautiful crowd who come to party

from early afternoon around blue-tiled pools surrounded by white daybeds and cabanas with billowing drapes. The resident DJs will say their summer goodbyes on June 3 and 4, while the final Amazing Sunday session, beginning early afternoon and lasting through sunset, will take place on June 5. 360° (taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, +971 4 406 8999) is one of the longestrunning clubs in the city, and boasts panoramic views across the city from its perch in the middle of the Arabian Gulf. The two floor venue hosts resident DJs every Friday for your deep house kicks, while rotating promoters on Thursdays bring in soulful house, UK bass and dance classics. The summer farewell kicks off at 4pm on Friday June 3 and lasts until the small hours. The drinks are expensive, but well worth it for the views and music.


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about thIS Chapter During Ramadan, the focus turns to quiet reflection and connecting with family and friends at iftars and suhoors. Most major nightclubs are closed, while bars will generally remain open but there is no live music and nothing above background music. Most will only serve alcohol after 8pm to those aged 21 or older, the legal drinking age in Dubai. We have included a taxi reference for you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ask the driver to head here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as most will not know the location of the venue if you say its name only.

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host cameos from established and up-and-coming rappers (including O.T. Genasis), and have a very commercial hip hop and mainstream house/EDM soundtrack on the weekend. If you like to see bottles of bubbly with sparklers in them paraded every 20 minutes, this is the club for you. On June 3, DJ Bliss plays a mash-up of hip-hop, R’n’B and old-school urban tracks at the final Hip Hop By Nature night of the season, while the closing party kicks off the following night. Alongside its ultra-glam mahogany wood-finished walls and deep plum furniture, Vii Dubai (taxi: Conrad Hotel, +971 50 169 6777) transforms into a luscious greenhouse throughout the month of Ramadan. Resident DJ Anton will be playing deep, tech and soulful house every Thursday and Friday from 10.30pm until 3.00am, with shisha available in the adjacent lounge bar from June 20 until the end of summer.

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end of SeaSon partIeS IndoorS A cavernous venue on the 41st floor of Media One Hotel, Level 41 (taxi: Media One Hotel, +971 4 427 1000) hosts pop-up club nights and live music. From techno to drum and bass and hip hop to house, the back-to-basics rave cave hosts the city’s cooler promoters – meaning a clued-up crowd who aren’t afraid to cut loose on the dance floor. Recently awarded the city’s ‘Best House/Techno Night’ gong, the final Plus Minus session takes place June 3. With a panoramic view of Dubai’s skyline, White Dubai (taxi: The Meydan, +971 50 443 0933) is the sister lounge and club to the Beirut original. And like its Lebanese sibling, it’s high on the glam factor, with a good-looking crowd arriving around midnight every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the hip hop and EDM soundtrack. And of

course, the stunning view back into the city. See out the season on June 4 with the best hip-hop and R’n’B tunes from resident DJ masterminds, Dany Neville and Devon Kosoko, and complimentary drinks for ladies. Another imported chain, Provocateur (taxi: The Four Seasons Dubai, + 971 55 211 8222) began life in New York as a bottle-service club that catered to high-end house music lovers. Fittingly, the Dubai branch has welcomed 4/4 heavyweights like Seth Troxler and White Island favourite Solomon during its first season. They’ll be waving goodbye to the season on June 3 with dirty deep house anthems from Spanish underground master, Dosem. Since its refurbishment in summer 2015, Movida (taxi: Radisson Royal Hotel, +971 55 1744 449) has reclaimed its position as one of the city’s regular hot spots. They frequently

Like Friday brunch, ‘ladies’ night’ is somewhat of a Dubai institution. Usually staged on Tuesday nights, but now increasingly popping up at least somewhere throughout the week, the nights are so-named because ladies get to drink for free, in some places to a limitless degree. Things obviously quieten down over Ramadan, although some venues do still host low-key gatherings for ladies after sunset. Located on the 71st floor of the world’s tallest hotel, Vault (+971 50 738 1388, jwmarriottmarquisdubailife. com) is a two-level lounge bar with a futuristic feel, thanks to its sleek décor and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing Dubai’s Blade Runner-esque skyline. The ladies’ night takes place every Tuesday from sunset – midnight, with three complimentary drinks for ladies made by the expert mixologists. Down at JBR, Zero Gravity (taxi: Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, +971 4 399 0009) hosts a ladies-only Lost Angels night, every Tuesday from 8pm, overlooking the glass-fronted infinity pool and pristine private beach. For Dhs100, girls can enjoy free-flowing


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drinks, kitsch cocktails and canapés until midnight. In Dubai Marina, YNot Bar & Kitchen (taxi: InterContinental Dubai Marina, +971 4 446 6669) holds its ladies’ night every Tuesday from 7:30pm onwards, with three free drinks for women. It's got a funky, New Yorkvibe (think polished concrete floors and Banksy-esque murals), knowledgeable staff and great views.

Where to WatCh euro 2016 Euro 2016 kicks off on June 10, and matches will be shown all around town. Due to Ramadan, alcohol will only be served at venues after 8pm, which is when the majority of fixtures will be played. Barasti (taxi: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, +971 4 399 333) has been ruling the roost in Dubai for 20 years, pulling in thousands of revellers every weekend. The nornally al fresco venue will go under cover this month, making for a raucous atmosphere during Euro 2016 matches. Barasti boasts more serving stations than you can shake an empty glass at, so getting served shoudn't be a problem. An always lively atmosphere is yours to soak up at Girders (taxi: JA Ocean View Hotel, +971 4 814 5590), particularly in its faux garden which boasts a giant screen – a whole four metres, to be precise. Smaller screens inside will also sceen the match. Qube Sports Bar (taxi: The Meydan Hotel, +971 4 381 3780), so named because of its unique draw – a cube screen bearing four huge surfaces to provide fans with a fine view no matter where they’re sitting – makes for a great venue and serves decent food to boot. Two other venues which will be packed to the rafters come kick off time are McGettigans (taxi: Bonnington Hotel, + 971 4 378 0800) and The Irish Village (taxi: Century Village, +971 4 282 4752). New to town (it opened June 1) is O’Learys (timehotels.ae). A Bostonthemed sports bar (which doesn't serve alcohol at any time), you'll find it on Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite

Noor Bank metro station. It houses 21 screens, so you'll only have yourself to blame if you miss any of the action.

for SomethInG dIfferent We’re not sure why it hasn’t been done before, but Stereo Arcade (taxi: Double Tree by Hilton, +971 52 618 2424) combines music and a stereo arcade (with over 50,000 games from the ‘80s and ‘90s) as well as a slushy machine, hot dog stand and more. It’s an unpretentious place and plenty of fun, especially for those who grew up in a pre-Xbox era. For something with a real twist, push the bookcase in the lobby of the Dusit Thani hotel. It will open to reveal a hidden door, on which you’ll knock to gain entry to the Nippon Bottle Company (taxi: Dusit Thani, +971 4 357 0779), a Japanese speakeasy. It

offers an impressive list of Japanese whiskeys, which are now considered to be some of the best in the world. In DIFC, Indie (taxi: Gate Village, DIFC, +971 55 455 6106) is an eclectic, but nevertheless chic, concept imported from the region’s biggest party town, Beirut. With a mix of contemporary and vintage décor and three different bars, the relaxed space does a wide selection of tapas too. It’s open daily from 5pm–2am, with alcohol served once the sun goes down. With Burj Khalifa basically in its back garden, Treehouse (taxi: Taj Dubai, +971 4 438 3100) has unbeatable views from its airconditioned tent pitched on the leafy, third-floor terrace during Ramadan. Wooden floors and comfy sofas create an intimate lounge-bar feel and there’s shisha, board games and an à la carte menu of light bites.


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4. Photo credit: @andrewtapper_travel Explore the old souks during a tour with Arabian Adventures. 5. Photo credit: @happytummytravels Be sure to sample some of Bateel's gourmet dates this Ramadan. 6. Photo credit: @sebastian_t1000 At The Top, Burj Khalifa offers an unbeatable view of the Dubai Fountain.

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1. Photo credit: @abdulaziz_photo A spectacular sunset view of Dubai's famous cityscape. 2. Photo credit: @hussain_alshaba Street artists such as Nick Walker have left their creative mark in City Walk. 3. Photo credit: @saaggo The iconic Atlantis, The Palm hotel captured at dusk.

A stunning shot of Burj Khalifa from The Palace Downtown Dubai. 8. Photo credit: @visitdubai.ar Say hello to some feathered friends at Ski Dubai. 9. Photo credit: @burjalarab Snapping a photo of Burj Al Arab is high on most must-do lists.


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