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Abu Dhabi in 24 hours
Dubai in a Day
City of the Future… Today
The various ways for sightseeing and exploring the UAE.
A handy 24-hour itinerary to the best of what the capital has to offer. This specially designed itinerary will help you make the most of your oneday layover in Dubai. Dhow & Desert Delights with Tour Dubai.
As one of the world’s most sustainable cities, Masdar City makes the world’s ‘Green Cities’ a reality – a must-see attraction for the green tourist.
40 34 Family Fun From interactive and magical game arcades to incredible waterparks, the UAE is a great family vacation destination. In this guide we've got some suggestions for a trip the wee ones will never forget.
One With Nature
Wildlife is a huge draw in the UAE, and your journey through free-roaming wildlife, animal parks and underwater life begins here.
Dining & Nightlife
The Adrenaline Junkie Bucket List For adrenaline junkies, the pursuit of new highs has spawned a glut of adventure activities. From sky diving to sand surfing, we round up our UAE favourites.
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The UAE In 10 Dishes
A Taste of Malaysia
Meals on Wheels
Nightlife Hit List
Want to discover Emirate food? Try these 10 dishes.
For those who live to eat rather than eat to live.
Discover authentic Malaysian flavours in the heart of Dubai at Rasa Sayang.
We spot out five food trucks with innovative concepts and declivous menus.
The low down on the nightlife and music scene, including all the best venues, from nightclubs and lounges to bars and beach parties.
Get outside and explore the UAEâ€™s great outdoors.
The golferâ€™s guide to the most beautiful golf courses and destinations in the UAE.
Top Tables The best of Haute Cuisine in the UAE.
94 Magnificent ArchitecTour 15 must-see blockbuster buildings and skyscrapers.
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Here to Stay
The UAE is rich in archaeological treasures including castles, forts and mosques, some of which date back to about five centuries ago. We visit the most significant ones in this guide.
From scenic desert retreats to towering city hotels, we list the places to unpack your suitcases in the UAE.
Into the Artmosphere
Whether youâ€™re looking for an intriguing art exhibition or an inspiring live performance, youâ€™ll be enthused by the cultural offerings found in the UAE.
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A Wealth of Wellness
Pamper, relax and restore from holiday madness with a wealth of awardwinning spas and healing sanctuaries.
138 Brilliant Bargains 50 unique, unusual and specialist shops you will love.
From modern-day malls to nostalgic Arabian souks, work your way through these entirely different shopping experiences, and you’ll soon come to realize why the UAE is shopper’s haven.
150 A Place to Call Home Life in the United Arab Emirates appeals to you? Here’s how you can make it your home.
Hospitals & Pharmacies Directory
Embassies & Consulates
Events & Happenings in 2016
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Ibis Deira City Centre
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah
Golden Beach Motel
Al Bustan Residents
Ibis Mall of the Emirates
Sofitel the Palm
Grand Hotel Sharjah
Al Bustan Rotana
Somewhere Hotel Dubai
Green House Resort
Al Khaleej Hotel
Intercontinental Dubai Marina
St. Regis Dubai
Al Murooj Rotana
JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
Suite Novotel Mall of the Emirates
Holiday Inn Sharjah
Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
JA Ocean View Hotel
Holiday International Hotel
Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah
Jood Palace Hotel
Sun & Sky Al Rigga Hotel
Lavender Hotel sharjah
Al Sarab Hotel
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Tamani Marina Hotel & Apartment
Lou Lou A Beach Resort
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
The Address Downtown
Anantara The Palm
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
The Address Dubai Marina
Mermaid Hotel Sharjah
Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Time Grand Plaza
Nova Park Hotel
JW Marriott Marquis
TIME Oak Hotel & Suites Al Barsha
Radisson BLU Shajah
Kempinski Mall of the Emirates
Atlantis, The Palm
Kempinski The Palm
Auris Plaza Hotel
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
Royal Grand Suite Hotel
Avari Dubai Hotel
Sharjah Carlton Hotel
Avenue Hotel Dubai
Le Meridien Dubai Hotel
Bluebay Black Stone Hotel
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
Sharjah Palace Hotel
Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort
Al Ain Palace
Sharjah Premiere Hotel and Resort
Al Diar Capitol Hotel
Shatee Al Raha
Carlton Tower Hotel
Al Raha Beach
Cassells Al Barsha Hotel
Marmara Hotel Apartments
Centro Yas Island
Tulip Inn Sharjah
Citymax Hotels Al Barsha
Marina View Hotel
Crowne Plaza Yas Island
City Season Hotel
Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
City Season Suites
Metropolitan Deira Hotel
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Ajman Beach Hotel
Mercure Gold Hotel
Grand Millenium Al Wahda
Golden Tulip Al Jazira
Coral Al Khoory Hotel Apartments
Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand
Ramada Beach Ajman
Moevenpick Bur Dubai
Hyatt Capital Gate
Crowne Plaza Deira
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Ras Al Khaimah:
Crowne Plaza DFC
Moevenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi
Al Hamra Residence & Village
Crowne Plaza Dubai
Le Royale Meridien
Beach Hotel by Bin Majid
Dream Palace Hotel
Millennium Corniche Abu Dhabi
Beach Resort by Bin Majid
Donatello Hotel Apartments
DoubleTree by Hilton Al Barsha
Novotel Deira City Centre
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
DoubleTree by Hilton RAK
DoubleTree by Hilton Jumeirah
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
DoubleTree by Hilton Marjan Island
Dubai Marine Beach Resort
One and Only the Palm
Radisson Blu Yas Island
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
Palazzo Versace Dubai
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Hilton RAK Beach and Resort
Royal Rose Hotel
Rixos Bab Al Bahr
Pullman Diera City Centre
Sheraton Abu Dhabi
The Cove Rotana
Fairmont the Palm
Radisson Blu Dubai Creek
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
First Central Hotel
Radisson Blu Dubai Marina
Shangrila Qaryat Al Beri
Flora Grand Hotel
Radisson Royal Hotel
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Flora Park Hotel
St. Regis Abu Dhabi
St. Regis Saadiyat Island
Golden Tulip Al Thanyah
Ramada Downtown Dubai
Golden Tulip Suites
The Royal International
The Yas Viceroy Hotel
Grand Belle Vue Hotel Apartment
Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
Ritz Carlton Jumeirah
Yas Island Rotana
Rixos, The Palm
Regent Beach Resort
Holiday Beach Motel
Rose Rayhan by Rotana
Al Ain Rotana
Hilton Hotel Al Ain
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort &Spa
The Palace Downtown Dubai
Mecure Hotel Grand Jebel Hafeet
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Holiday Inn Barsha
Oceanic Khor Fakkan
Holiday Inn Downtown
72 by Hues
Royal Beach Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Airport
Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Al Bustan Beach Hotel
Radisson Blu Fujairah
Holiday Inn Jumeirah
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
Al Seef Beach Hotel
Sandy Beach Hotel
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach
Aryana Hotel Sharjah
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Welcome to Tourist Magazine, a magazine that paints a simple yet full picture of the United Arab Emirates â€“ a place where history is part of the present moment and where luxury can be found amongst the simplest pleasures. As you delve into travelogues and features that are to come, my hope is that you will find their contents useful for planning your journey through the countryâ€™s biggest landmarks as well as its lesser known attractions. If this is your first time coming to the UAE, then get ready to be enthralled by its endless wonders from white sandy beaches to towering skyscrapers and slew of shopping, dining and entertainment options to say the least. Recurrent visitors would know exactly what we are talking about, and to them we first wish a hearty welcome back and remind them of the fact that they will always discover something new and wondrous on each visit. We would love to hear about your experience, so please get in touch and share your thoughts and memories of the United Arab Emirates with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AIRBORNE OUTLOOK Helicopter Tours
Exploring the UAE comes in ways as various as its attractions, and there are countless sightseeing and tour choices that match every taste and special interest. However you decide to tour the UAE – by air, water or land – you will be introduced to a wonderful world of natural and manmade sights and delights.
Helicopter tours not only provide visitors with a truly unique view of the city, but they are also a thrilling and entertaining experience at their own. And the UAE’S most populous cities are particularly beautiful when viewed from high above. Dubai’s largest and most well-appointed helicopter sightseeing service, Helidubai (www.helidubai.com), offers visitors the opportunity to see the city and all its major attractions from the skies. Lifting off at Dubai Festival City, Helidubai tour passengers will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the sparkling Dubai coast, the world-famous Burj
Issue 2016 Khalifa, the iconic Burj Al Arab as well as the The World and The Palm Jumeirah islands. For a bird's eye view of the UAE capital, Falcon Aviation Services (www.falconaviation.ae) offers two helicopter sightseeing tour that take off from Marina Mall helipad and fly over Abu Dhabi’s most outstanding attractions, from the skyscraper dotted Corniche, to the green tranquillity of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and the iconic Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. All tours take off from Marina Mall helipad. You can also try gyrocopter experience at SkyDive Dubai (www.skydivedubai.ae). Although this is not exactly an aerial tour, the Skyhub Gyrocopters give you the best visibility possible and brings you the beauty of Dubai with a unique one-on-one airborne experience.
Sea Plane Tours
Flying in a plane is one thing, flying in a seaplane is another! On Seawings (www.seawings.ae) seaplane tours, you will enjoy the unique thrill of taking off and landing on water only after you taken in the most astonishing of views on one of the their scenic tours on offer. You can choose between the Dubai Creek Tour and the Jebel Ali Tour, each offering you the chance to admire a different side of the city. If you happen to be in Abu Dhabi, you can catch the Abu Dhabi Pearl Tour, showcasing some of the most beautiful parts of the UAE’s capital city.
Hot Air Balloon Flights
Hot air balloon flights offer an amazing new perspective of the UAE’s desert landscape. Taking off with the sunrise and drifting silently into the dusky skies over an endless ocean of sand dunes and emerald green oases with a backdrop of the red Hajjar Mountains from one side and the majestic sunrise from the other; it is a truly mesmerizing experience. Balloon Adventures Emirates (www.ballooning.ae) offers hot air balloon flights just 30 minutes away from Burj Khalifa. Having flown in UAE since 2005, Balloon Adventures Emirates is one of the world's most experienced hot air balloon companies with operations in the UAE and in Europe.
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NAUTICAL NOTE Speed Boat
If you haven't seen Dubai from the water, you haven't really seen Dubai! The city’s fabulous skyline looks its best when viewed from the waters, simply because you get a close-up, unobstructed view like no other. If you love being on the water, The Yellow Boats (www.theyellowboats.com) can bring a fresh on-water sightseeing experience into your Dubai tour. The Yellow Boats are rigid inflatable crafts designed to manoeuvre with speed, a fun thrill no matter what age you are!
For a more unique sightseeing experience, hop aboard Wonder Bus (www.wonderbusdubai.net), the first and only amphibious city tour in the Middle East. It is far more exciting than just an ordinary sightseeing bus tour or a boat cruise. On Wonder Bus, you can see Dubai's most talked about sights, learn interesting facts about the city and be entertained by an action packed live commentary before the thrilling splashdown into the Dubai Creek!
Yacht charters offer many great ways to see the UAE from the water. Whether you’re looking for a quick tour of the Dubai coast where the Palm Jumeirah is the one of the star attractions, or just enjoying a romantic dinner on the water to the view of the big city lights and fresh breezes, there’s a yacht, boat, or catamaran cruise that’s worth squeezing into your itinerary. For a tourist-friendly option, look no further than Arabian Yachting (www.arabianyachting.com). With comprehensive packages and a variety of services and comforts, your yacht charter with Arabian Yachting promises to be a relaxing and joyful experience.
The true character of Dubai lies in its effortless blending of the old with the new. The traditional dhow (wooden sail boat) is a perfect example. A celebrated ancient mode of marine transportation in the UAE, the dhow is one of todayâ€™s most popular tourist attractions to study the many facets of the city while gliding gently along its picturesque waterways. There are many places and settings where you can catch a dhow ride, from the commercial abras (ferryboats) used to ferry people across the Dubai Creek to the more touristic ones found at the waterways of modern souks and attractions. If itâ€™s more than just a cruise you seek, Al Boom Tourist Village (www.alboomtouristvillage.ae) offers culinary cruises aboard a range of large traditional dhows, on which you can indulge yourself in a tasty open buffet while cruising gracefully along the Dubai Creek.
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GROUND BOUND Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours
Hop-on Hop-off bus tours are created around thoughtfully designed routes that take you to key places of interest. You can hop on and off as many times as you wish to explore places of interest. Big Bus Tours (www.bigbustours.com) is the only open-top tours bus in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While Big Bus also has a panoramic tour of Sharjah, the emirate has a dedicated open-top bus operated by the world’s leading open-top bus tour operator, City Sightseeing (www.citysightseeing.ae).
Though the the cities in the UAE aren't made for walking, some neighbourhoods are best explored on foot. During a walking tour of these localities, you can discover hidden gems, survey traditional architecture and interact with the locals. One option is to do this on your own but if you feel like you could use some guidance, then you can always do your walking tour with the help of tour guide. Arabian Adventures (www.arabian‑adventures.com) offers private walking tours around historic areas of Dubai. On this afternoon tour you will visit a local mosque, walk through Heritage House, stroll through the Old Souq, cross the Dubai Creek by abra (ferryboat) and explore the picturesque streets, galleries and quirky shops of the Historical District. A more culture-focused tour is operated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (www.cultures.ae). The 90-minute tour includes a walk through Al Bastakiya neighbourhood in Al Fahidi Historic District and a visit to the Diwan Mosque. Guests then return to the centre for a cultural discovery Q&A session, a cup of tea or coffee and dates. Tours are held every Saturday 9am - 10:30am.
There's something romantic about hopping onto tram. The Dubai Trolley (www.emaar.com) provides that very experience and more as it whisks through the lively Downtown Dubai, passing by major landmarks and attractions such as Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Souq Al Bahar and several iconic hotels. The double-decker tram, resplendent in bright red with aesthetic gold pin-stripes, can carry 50 passengers, who can choose between open-deck or air-conditioned seating or conveniently hop on and hop off at locations of their choice, providing a wonderful and easy way to discover the top landmarks within the locality.
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Abu Dhabi in 24 hours As the capital city of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is teeming with art and culture, but that’s not all… if you have landed here with 24 hours up your sleeve, this handy itinerary will help you experience the best the city has to offer – from dawn to dusk.
9am-10am: Souq Qaryat Al Beri Start the day by heading to Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri situated in al Maqta area of the city. Part of the hotel’s complex is Souk Qaryat Al Beri. As you make your way around the large hotel complex, the fascination heightens. The hotel is connected by a winding waterway featuring traditional boats, known as abras. You lie back, utterly relaxed, while the abra slowly meanders through verdant garden scenery. The boat drops you at the hotel's souk, a contemporary adaptation of a typical Arabian market. Here, you’ll be surrounded by a wide array of restaurants and cafés – most of which offering stunning views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – as well as many shops and stalls selling everything from jewellery and accessories to clothes, perfumes, antiques, furniture and carpets. If you can’t decide at which café or restaurant to get your most important meal of the day, then you might want to try the ginger milk tea and a freshly baked butter bun at Papparoti, which has captivated audiences all around the country.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
10am-11:30am: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Now that your stomach is sufficiently lined, it’s time to head out to what most people would name as Abu Dhabi’s most important landmark, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Known for its grandeur and majesty, the mosque was a dream in the heart of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Souq Qaryat Al Beri
Nahyan, May God rest his Soul, where he established its general vision, set its foundation stone, and crowned thereby a journey full of fulfilled dreams and great achievements. Opened for worship in 2007, the mosque features four minarets and eighty-two domes, representing different Islamic styles. The mosque is also known for its diverse Islamic architecture and pure white colour. White marble clads the external walls and columns and features relief carving of verses from Holy Quran and Islamic ornamentation. Once you are done marvelling the grandeur of the mosque, you may walk to the taxi designated area in the north car park and hop into a cab to go to your next stop.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Tourist | Tours & Attractions Etihad Towers
12pm- 1:30pm: Etihad Towers With five stunning towers that sparkle iridescently in the never-ending sunshine, Etihad Towers is a reflection of Abu Dhabi's modernity and regalness. Why should you visit you might ask? The answer is to observe, not just the sparkly towers but the entirety of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape from the Observation Deck at 300, located on the 74th floor of Tower 2 at the Etihad Towers complex. Entrance for visitors is AED75 (US$ 20.5), with AED 50 (US$ 13.6) redeemable as food and beverage vouchers at the venue. Now that you've worked up an appetite, it’s time for lunch. At Etihad Towers there are 12 exquisite restaurants, bars and lounges offering food from around the world, including French, Japanese and contemporary Lebanese. What more is there to say but bon appétit?! However, if you want to try some local dishes, then you just might want to hold off your hunger until you get to Emirates Place, located just across the road from Etihad Towers.
1:30pm-3pm: Emirates Palace A site to behold, Emirates Palace is the essence of palatial yet traditional Arabic architecture and truly one of the most inspiring hotels in Abu Dhabi. Built as a landmark showcasing Arabian culture, the ultra-luxurious hotel features a stunning main lobby with expansive marble floor and a large patterned dome above, picked out in gold. The hotel also offers a number of world class restaurants. Among them is Mezlai, a top choice for Emirati dining in Abu Dhabi. Mezlai is an Arabic word meaning ‘the old lock of the door’, befitting the classic ambient Arab décor that surrounds you as you recline and dine in luxurious comfort. According to many within the top echelons of the city’s business community, Mezlai is the best Arabic restaurant in Abu Dhabi, serving a variety of beautifully-cooked and elegantly-presented local dishes that are made with the finest fresh ingredients.
Etihad Towers Observation Deck
3pm-5pm: Heritage Village Having fed your body, it’s time to feed your soul, and there’s no better place for some culture in Abu Dhabi than Heritage Village. Run by the Emirates Heritage Club, the village is an open museum that depicts a traditional Emirati village, providing visitors with an interesting glimpse into the emirate’s past. You will find it on the Corniche Breakwater at close proximity to Emirates Palace. If the weather is good, you can walk along the Corniche past the Marina Mall to get there. Traditional aspects of the desert way of life, including a campfire with coffee pots, tents made of goat hair, and a falaj irrigation system, are attractively displayed in the open museum, while the little spice shop on site is a treat – you can get a range of dried herbs, handmade soap and plenty of chatter.
4pm-8pm: Yas Mall & Ferrari World Soaked up the emirate’s history? Then now is time to see its cool modern attractions. Jump into a taxi cab and head to Yas Island to experience Abu Dhabi’s must visit vibrant shopping destination, Yas Mall. The mall serves is functional gateway destination offering retail, entertainment and dining, all under one roof. After whiling away a couple of
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hours, make your way across the elevated footbridge inside the mall to get to Ferrari World, the world’s first Ferraribranded indoor theme park. Home to an amazing mix of Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions and the biggest Ferrari Store in the region, this is a must-visit, but you probably need to come back here again with more time to spend, unless you don’t mind sparing AED350 on a ticket just to check the place out and maybe, if you’re lucky, get to find a few rides with queues that won’t burn the hours you have left of the day.
8pm-10pm: Yas Marina All that wandering around at the mall is thirsty work, so now is the time to find a restaurant or a bar for some dinner, and the most vibrant place on the island for that is Yas Marina. Featuring seven restaurants and bars with terraces overlooking the Marina, this is the place to be on a cool, breezy night.
10pm-2am: Nightlife on Yas Island If nightlife is your thing and you’re looking to continue on clubbing, O1NE and Skylite on Yas Island are great shouts. Located on the roof deck under the sensational light-filled canopy of the Yas Viceroy hotel, Skylite is the perfect place for indulging in cocktails and the rhythms of commercial house music. On the other hand, O1NE Yas Island features the world’s largest privately owned graffiti wall on the outside, while it’s inside space features an awesome a 360-degree 3D projection mapping on the walls that can transport guests from St.Tropez to outer space as they dance the night away. These, among many other elements, make O1NE Yas Island a landmark nightclub.
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DUBAI in a Day
A day is nowhere near enough to discover the many delights of Dubai , but if that’s all the time you’ve got, this specially designed itinerary will help you make the most of every hour.
8am-9:30am: Breakfast at XVA Café Start your day at XVA Café. Located within XVA Art Hotel in Al Fahidi Neighbroood, this cosy courtyard cafe offers a range of Middle-Eastern-inspired breakfast options. Breakfast is served from 7am to 9am, so make sure you make it there on time.
9:30am-11am: Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood After fuelling up at XVA Café, leave the hotel for a stroll around the surrounding Al Fahidi neighbourhood. One of the oldest communities in Dubai, the neighbourhood has retained its traditional architecture and wind towers. However, the same can’t be said about its inhabitants; most of the buildings have been converted to art galleries, cafes, shops and government offices. If you’re eager for some information and history about the history of the locality, you can make a pit stop at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (House number 26) for answers and useful tips. If not, you can try Basta Art Café for a refreshing drink or Majlis Gallery for art.
11am-12pm: Dubai Museum While in the area, don’t miss the Dubai Museum. The museum is a reincarnation of what once was Al Fahidi Fort, a garrison built in 1787. Today, the museum displays archaeological finds and traditional artefacts as well as multimedia charting the city's progress through the decades.
Tourist | Tours & Attractions Old Dubai Bastakiya Area
Al Fahidi Fort
12pm-2pm: Souk Madinat Jumeirah As the sun gets higher in the sky, you’re going to want to find some sheltre and while away the few more hours before lunchtime. Hail a cab and head to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a unique shopping destination located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most luxurious Arabianstyle resorts. The souk is re-creation of an ancient Arabian marketplace with a bazaar-like atmosphere. Here, you can explore a myriad of meandering pathways hosting numerous cafes, restaurants and bars, and shops selling a variety of traditional wares and souvenirs.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
2pm-3pm: Lunch at Al Qasr Hotel When you are ready for your second meal of the day, you can walk in for lunch at one of the various restaurants at the souk, or, for something a little more extravagant, make your way through the resort to Al Qasr Hotel, where the hotel’s picturesque seafood restaurant Pierchic sits at the end of its own pier, offering an over-the-water dining experience unmatched anywhere in Dubai. Open for lunch and dinner, Pierchic features à la carte menus of classics including oysters, scallops, sashimi and lobster, as well as an array of fresh fish. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
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Afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab Image Courtesy of Jumeirah.com
3pm-4pm: Afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s most iconic hotel. Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it’s all the more extraordinary on the inside. Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, getting past the front gate of Burj Al Arab isn’t an easy task. Unless you are staying at the hotel or have a reservations at one of its opulent restaurants, your easiest ticket in is a reservation to the Afternoon Tea (for AED 560 per person) at the hotel’s atrium restaurant, Sahn Eddar, where you can indulge in sweet and savoury afternoon tea menus of very best in the world.
4pm-6:00pm: Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall Once you are done savouring your afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab, it’s time for you to see Dubai’s other iconic and world-famous structure, the Burj Khalifa. Hard to miss from almost anywhere in Dubai due to its sheer height, Burj Khalifa is perhaps best admired from its base in Downtown Dubai. From here, you’re also footsteps away from The Dubai Mall, the largest and most-visited mall in the world, combining world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. With over 1,200 retail outlets, it’s easy to lose track of time – and yourself. If shopping is not your on list (although it should, amid this unparalleled retail mix), there’s still plenty for you to see and do at The Dubai Mall. First there’s the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, containing thousands of aquatic animals, and then there’s the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink. And for those after great views of city, a flight to one of Burj Khalifa’s observation decks ‘At The Top’ and ‘At The Top SKY’ (located on the 124th floor and 138 floor respectively) is not to be missed. You’ll be taking with you a fuller appreciation of this architectural wonder and a deeper understanding of Dubai’s remarkable vision.
Tourist | Tours & Attractions A standard visit to At the Top lasts approximately 60 minutes, allowing ample time for you to relax and enjoy the Dubai skyline at your leisure. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office near the entrance to At the Top on the lower ground of The Dubai Mall.
Neos Sky Lounge
6pm-6:30pm: Dubai Fountain From inside The Dubai Mall, make your way to the Dubai Fountain and prepare yourself to witness the outstanding performance of this exhilarating water fountain. Set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, the Dubai Fountain shoots music-synchronised water jets as high as a 50-storey building. It performs daily, with performance repertoire including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok; and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye). Performances are 30 minutes apart (from 6pm to 11pm).
6pm-9pm: Souk Al Bahar Only after catching one of fountain’s performances should you proceed across the footbridge over Burj Khalifa Lake. The bridge will lead to Souk Al Bahar (‘market of the sailor’), another arabesque shopping destination reminiscent of old bazars in the Middle East. Here, again, you are left with choice of casual dining at the souk’s restaurants or the fine dining options at The Palace Downtown Dubai hotel, located next to the souk and connected to it through different pathways. If the latter is your choice, Ewaan restaurant at The Palace will whisk you away with a tempting blend of Arabic and Oriental specialities, shisha and live music on the terrace. Other dining options include Thai cuisine at Thiptara and Argentinian grills at Asado.
Souk Al Bahar
9pm-11pm: Neos Sky Lounge Being in Downtown Dubai means you are surrounded by many vibrant lounges and bars that offer good music and great after-dinner cocktails. For the best views, we recommend Neos Sky Lounge. Located on the 63rd floor of The Address Downtown Hotel, this lounge is a destination venue and a ‘must see’ if you’re looking to watch the radiant lights of The Dubai Fountain from the perfect vantage point as you groove to the resident DJ’s rhythmic mixes.
11pm-2am: Armani/Privé If you are still standing and got what it takes to party the night away, the best spot close to you for that is Armani/ Privé, one of Dubai’s trendiest after-hours destinations for vibrant DJ beats and fast-paced fun. Located at the lobby level of Armani Hotel Dubai, inside Burj Khalifa, Armani/Privé exudes in exclusivity, elegance and excellence, and envisages a luxurious clubbing experience. Its slick, smooth black-andwhite décor encompasses a lounge area, a bar and a dance floor where one can dance away into the early hours. Armani/ Privé is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10pm to 3am.
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Dhow & Desert Delights with Tour Dubai Dhow Cruise
A Dhow Cruise is a novel experience, one which you cannot miss when in Dubai. With six traditionally-built wooden dhows, Tour Dubai has perfected this must-try activity by offering tourists and guests guided tours and dinner cruises at the two picturesque waterways of the city, Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina...
Dubai Creek Fringed with historic landmarks and time-honoured attractions, the Dubai Creek sets the ideal stage for a delightful dinner cruise. Operating daily from 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Tour Dubai dinner cruises offer a sumptuous dinner buffet, with soft drinks and refreshments, while their one-hour guided tours, sailing eight times a day, include a pre-recorded commentary in English, providing interesting and valuable information about Dubai and the creek.
Dubai Marina The Tour Dubai Marina Dinner Cruises offer the best view one could have of Dubai’s fascinating skyline and the glamorous Dubai Marina. Imagine unfolding a scene of glittering skyscrapers as you gently cruise along a glistening shoreline in a beautifully-decked, wooden dhow. Whether you choose Tour Dubai’s 2-hour dinner cruise or 1-hour Sightseeing tour, you are guaranteed to unveil some of the most impressive scenery, ranging from impressive architectural marvels to the bustle of water traffic on this vital artery.
Desert Experiences Tour Dubai Sahara For those after desert fun, Tour Dubai Sahara promises participants a sand adventure of a life-time. Set in a breath-taking desert landscape amid 37 million square feet of spectacular sand dunes and indigenous fauna and flora, Tour Dubai Sahara sits within the Dubai Heritage Vision oasis, Just 25-minute drive (28 KM) from Iconic Burj Khalifa. Featuring a traditional souk, an amphitheatre, an equestrian centre, a desert resort and a variety dining options with spectacular live Arabian entertainment, Tour Dubai Sahara is a one-of-kind desert venue where you can enjoy every aspect of the UAE’s desert dwelling heritage, from warm Arabian hospitality to traditional activities like Henna Painting, Camel Ride, Horse Ride, Dance Shows, Falcon Displays and much more! For more information and bookings, visit (www.tour-dubai.com) or call 04 3368407/06/09.
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One With Nature Burned out by the relentless pace of your UAE holiday? Wildlife is a huge draw in the country, and your journey through freeroaming wildlife, animal parks and underwater life begins here.
With a varied landscape that encompasses mountain terrain, rich oceans and arid deserts, the UAE certainly has a wide range of wildlife viewing adventures. From zoos to desert safaris, vast wildlife parks and mangroves teeming with fascinating fauna, there are many ways to come face to face with incredible animals. Spot emblematic pink flamingos at the Ras Al Khor Bird Sanctuary, or take a boat Sir Bani Yas Island to view hundreds of free-roaming animals including, gazelle, Arabian oryx and cheetah. Underwater is a whole other kind of natural wonder, one most appreciated by the scuba divers in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.
WILDLIFE PARKS & ZOOS Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Zoo
Visitors to Al Ain Zoo the zoo can view over 4,000 animals in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats. There are plenty of green spaces for picnics with playgrounds, and a cafeteria. Giraffe feeding, camel riding and ‘Elezba’ petting zoo are some of the interactive activities visitors can also enjoy. www.alainzoo.ae, Tel.: +971 3 7992000
Emirates Park Zoo
With 660 animals, including a majestic pair of white tigers, a Siberian bear, lions, cheetahs and dozens of zebras housed in the zoo’s ‘Predators’ and ‘Wild Animals’ enclosures, the Emirates Park Zoo offers a fresh experience. Laidback and family-oriented atmosphere makes this zoo a place that inspires and encourages kids and adults alike to explore, have fun and stay connected to nature and wildlife. www.emiratesparkzoo.com, Tel.: +971 2 5633100
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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital offers a rare opportunity to come close to plenty of falcons and gain a deep insight into the world of the majestic birds. The hospital tour is supported by a visit to the unique falconry museum where you can learn the traditional heritage of falconry and explore special falconry tools and equipment. At the hospital’s large free-flight aviary, you will see the falcons flying free, but the highlight of the tour is the extraordinary opportunity to have your picture taken with one of the majestic birds in the beautiful hospital garden. www.falconhospital.com, Tel.: +971 2 575 5155
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Ras Al Khor Bird Sanctuary
Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas Island is home to several thousand of freeroaming animals that are indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula, including Arabian Oryx, Sand Gazelle, Arabian Gazelle, as well as Cheetah and Hyena. Many exciting wildlife and adventure activities are available for visitors. These include Nature and Wildlife Drives in purpose-built jeeps, guided walks, kayaking and mountain biking. www.sirbaniyasisland.com, Tel.: 800-TDIC (8342)
Ras Al Khor Bird Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor Bird Sanctuary is a wetland reserve that attracts over 64 specious of migratory and native birds and large numbers of flamingos. There are three bird-watching hides around the sanctuary. The sanctuary is located off Ras Al Khor Road in Dubai. Entrance is free and the bird-watching hides are open 9am-4pm, Saturday through Thursday. Tel.: +971 4 6066822
Dubai Butterfly Garden
Along to a huge variety of beautiful flowers, visitors can enjoy viewing thousands of gorgeous butterflies in Dubai Butterfly Garden. Located in Dubai Miracle Garden, the circular butterfly garden, covering 1,800 metres square, features nine domes, each home to a range of butterflies in various colours, sizes and species. The domes are climate-controlled, giving the butterflies a comfortable environment and allowing the garden to be open year-round. www.dubaibutterflygarden.com, Tel.: +971 4 4228902
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ent animals. Visitors will be able to move among a variety of animal enclosures while riding in air-conditioned jeeps. A safari trip on the back of an Asian elephant will also be available for visitors. Tel.: 800900
Located in Jumeirah area, Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo in the United Arab Emirates. Though small in size, the zoo houses approximately 230 animal species. Among these are around 248 mammals including foxes, hyenas, pumas, Asiatic lions, jaguars, chimpanzees, baboons, bears, and giraffes. Endangered species include Bengal tiger, gorilla, subspecies of grey wolf and Arabian wolf, Siberian tiger and the indigenous Gordon's wildcat. The zoo is reported to relocate soon, allowing animals to live in areas designed to be as similar to their natural environment as possible. Tel.: +971 4 349 6444
Arabiaâ€™s Wildlife Centre & Sharjah Desert Park
Arabiaâ€™s Wildlife centre is home to over 100 species including reptiles, invertebrates, birds, ungulates and large carnivores, all displayed in safe, spacious and natural surroundings. Arabian wildlife is also the only zoological park in the Middle East to be completely indoors, making it a good attraction to visit, regardless of the weather. www.breedingcentresharjah.com, Tel.: +971 6 531 1999
Dubai Safari Park (Opening Soon)
Expected to open in the third quarter of 2016, the long-awaited Dubai Safari Park in Al Warqa area aims to replace the existing Dubai Zoo and become a world standard for wildlife habitat. The park has been designed over an area of 22 hectare to provide a variety of conditions to suit differ-
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Aquarium tank; the simplest of them being a walk-through a long tunnel 11 metres below the surface. Other interactive features include Glass Bottom Boat Rides, Cage Snorkelling Experience, The Ocean School Programme, feeding presentations and the Aquarist Programme. www.thedubaiaquarium.com, Tel.: +971 4 448 5200
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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Located in Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the world, featuring the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel. The 10-million-litre aquarium houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 400 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world, while new species are regularly added to the aquatic animal community – with recent additions being the exquisite Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and Silver tip Sharks. There are numerous ways for visitors to experience the main
Dubai Dolphinarium is one of the region’s most loved attractions. At Dubai Dolphinarium, visitors get up close and personal to graceful bottlenose dolphins and playful seals at the action-packed live shows. This interactive extravaganza showcases these amazing animals' astounding skills. Visitors watch in wonder as the dolphins and seals perform incredible acrobatics, dance, sing, juggle, jump through hoops and even paint! www.dubaidolphinarium.ae, Tel.: +971 4 336 9773
Marine Adventures at Atlantis The Palm
Amid the lush surroundings of the five-star Atlantis The Palm Hotel, visitors will discover an underwater world at The Lost Chambers Aquarium or meet the incredible marine mammals at Dolphin Bay and Sea Lion Point. The Lost Chambers is a theme aquarium based on the mysterious ruins of Atlantis. Here you will be surrounded by 65,000 marine animals as you explore the underwater mazes and tunnels encountering sharks, eels, seahorses, and piranhas. Fish Feedings, Ultimate Dive Experience, Ultimate Snorkelling, Aquatheatre and Behind The Scenes Tours are some of the activities that add to the interactive experience of visitors. www.atlantisthepalm.com, Tel.: +971 4 426 1040
The Sharjah Aquarium, located in Al Khan area in Sharjah, consists of two floors equipped with 20 water tanks. With over 150 species, there is so much to see from the smallest clown fish and delicate seahorses to moray eels, rays, reef sharks and jellyfish. The aquarium features state-of-the-art touchscreens that take you on underwater journey to discover everything from the large ocean creatures to the smaller marine life found in the rock pools, coral reefs, lagoons and mangroves. www.sharjahaquarium.ae, Tel.: +971 6 528 5288
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Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm
Family Fun From interactive and magical game arcades to incredible waterparks, the UAE is a great family vacation destination. In this guide we've got some suggestions for a trip the wee ones will never forget.
Waterparks Wild Wadi Themed around the tale of Juha, Wild Wadi offers 30 awardwinning rides and attractions that kids will love, from the Lazy River to racing waterslides and water guns! www.wildwadi.com, Tel.: +971 348 4444
Aquaventure One of the main attractions of the five-star Atlantis The Palm Hotel, Aquaventure is a leading waterpark in the UAE. The fun-filled waterpark offers an array of attractions and rides for all ages. www.atlantisthepalm.com, Tel.:+971 4 426 0000
Yas Waterworld Situated on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterwold offers more rides, slides and attractions than any other waterpark in the Middle East, guaranteeing to thrill visitors of all ages. www.yaswaterworld.com, Tel.:+971 2 414 2000
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Amusement Parks Ferrari World Located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World is the first and only Ferrari-branded theme park and the largest indoor theme park in the world. It is home to the Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, as well as many other thrill and family rides that Ferrari fans will love! www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com, Tel.: +971 2 496 8000
IMG Worlds of Adventure (Opening soon) Set to open soon, IMG Worlds of Adventure will be the largest indoor themed entertainment park in the world. It will feature four dazzling zones, including MARVEL, Lost Valley-Dinosaur Adventure, Cartoon Network and IMG Boulevard – all bursting with rollercoasters, rides, thrills and adventures – making it one of Dubai’s mustsee attractions. www.imgwoa.ae
Dubai Parks & Resorts (Opening soon) Taking shape at Jebel Ali, Dubai Parks & Resorts will comprise three theme parks and one waterpark: motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park. The development will also feature Riverland Dubai – and Lapita Autograph Collection Hotels. www.dubaiparksandresorts.com
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Games & Entertainment Zones
Sega Republic Conveniently located at The Dubai Mall, this bi-level Segathemed entertainment park features 15 thrilling attractions and more than 170 games, from cutting-edge motion simulators and virtual experiences to one of the region's largest assortment of arcade, video and redemption games that are sure to have you coming back for more. www.segarepublic.com, Tel.: +971 4 448 8484
Magic Planet Jam-packed with kids’ games, rides and attractions, Magic Planet in Mall of the Emirates is sure to keep you entertained all day long. Thrill-seekers can take their pick from the Robo Coaster, Sky Trail and climbing wall. For younger kids, there’s a Ferris wheel, trampolines, a merry-go-round and a large soft-adventure playground; while all the family can enjoy the bumper cars, mini golf, pool tables and a ten-pin bowling alley together. There’s also a whole range of arcade and online games for teens. www.theplaymania.com, Tel.: 800 386 (inside the UAE only)
KidZania Located within the Dubai Mall, KidZania indoor edutainment centre is a city built to scale for children as a unique educational environment that allows kids between the ages of four to sixteen to do what comes naturally to them; roleplaying by mimicking activities done by adults in real life. From police officer to dentist to journalist, KidZania Dubai offers over 80 role-playing activities with a range of ease and intricacy to meet the abilities and interests of every child. As in the real world, children are paid for their work and earn kidZos, KidZania's own currency, so they can pay for goods and services in the KidZania city. www.kidzania.ae, Tel.: +971 4 448 5252
Dubai Bowling Centre Situated in Al Qouz area in Dubai, Dubai Bowling Centre is a modern bowling centre and a spacious community recreation centre featuring a large game arcade and 16 professional-series bowling lanes, which can be furnished with bumpers to cater for youngsters and newbies to the game. www.bowlingdubai.com, Tel.: +971 4 339 1010
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Bounce is an indoor trampoline park with more than 100 interconnected trampolines housed within a huge, colourful space in Al Qouz Area in Dubai. It is a world where the wall becomes the floor, a slam-dunk is within your grasp and the rules of gravity no longer apply. The best part is that it doesn’t matter if you’re under five or an action sports junkie in training – you’re never too old or too young to have an awesome time at Bounce. www.bounce.ae
Adventure & Obstacle Courses Adventure Zone by Adventure HQ A dedicated indoor adventure facility that can be enjoyed all throughout the year, offering a wide range of fun activities such as skate park, bike pump track, trampoline park, boulder wall, cable climb and The Lodge – a log cabin where people of all ages can be involved in fun, active and adventurous activities. The first Adventure Zone was born in 2011 at the opening of Adventure HQ store Times Square Centre, Dubai. As a result of the huge success and increasing demand, Adventure Zone expanded into Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi. www.adventurehq.ae
Jump Boxx Jump Boxx offers a huge play area for all ages inside its 22,000 square foot facility which has over 100 interconnected trampolines. Suitable for all ages above 3 and all levels of fitness, Jump Boxx also offers a unique design that features dodgeball, slam dunk, a foam pit and much more. www.jump-boxx.com
Wire World Adventure Park (Opening soon) Once opened, Wire World Adventure Park, located at the heart of Meydan alongside the Racecourse, will be a one of a kind kind outdoor adventure park in the UAE Offering a first-of-its-kind adventure course, two bone-shakingly good bike trails, laugh-yourself-silly bungee trampolines, super slides, awesome kite-surf boards, and over 70 activities, promising a whole new level of fun for big kids and little ones. www.wireworldparks.com
Wadi Adventure With world class facilities and a variety of activities, Wadi Adventure has become a regular weekend getaway for families looking for adventure. Alongside manmade rafting, kayaking and surfing facilities, the Airpark offers an obstacle course with, 18 different elements and challenges and a 200m long zip line – an activity that is sure to keep you entertained all day. Located at the base of Jebel Hafeet in Al Aid, Wadi Adventure offers visitors an experience of a lifetime! www.wadiadventure.ae
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City of the Future… Today As one of the world’s most sustainable cities, Masdar City makes the world’s ‘Green Cities’ a reality – a must-see attraction for the green tourist.
progressive urban planning and eye-catching architecture that combines traditional design principles with leadingedge technology. One of these innovative design elements is a huge central wind tunnel that channels a cooling breeze through the streets and alleys, making it comfortable to
A city within a city, Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s ‘greenprint’ of a city of the future – a community where people live, work, play and learn in an environment that pushes the boundaries of sustainable design, construction and operation. As you walk through Masdar City, you will notice its
stroll around even during high summer temperatures. Masdar City is walkable and pedestrian friendly, integrating a smart network of transportation options to create an accessible, liveable community. Travelling into the City can be done by different methods of low-carbon transportation. One of them is the super cool and emission-free Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) pods – small driverless electric cars. Admission is free to the public who wish to explore Masdar City. There is parking available in the covered car park at the PRT station. From there, you can access the City via the PRT cars that will take you directly into the heart of the City. Whether you just want to wander the streets and marvel at the unique architecture, relax at one of the many restaurants and coffee shops, or browse a convenience store or the organic food shop, there is plenty to do and see. Here are some of the things to discover in this futuristic city…
Traditional Design As you walk through Masdar City, you will notice that it looks both extremely modern and traditional. That’s because the City incorporates many passive design features that don't require energy to deliver benefits. These features have been used by urban dwellers in the region for millennia. Some of these techniques are obvious, such as the window shading, narrow spaces between buildings and colonnades. Others are less so, such as the northwest-southeast orientation of the City’s streets, which optimises shading of streets via building walls, and facilitates natural airflow throughout the City.
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Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)
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The on-demand Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system of electric-powered, automated, single-cabin driverless vehicles which can seat up to 4 people, offers the privacy, comfort and non-stop travel of a taxi service, and the sustainability of a shared public transport system. Operated using a touch screen that sets the PRT in motion to your disembarkation point, the vehicles run along PRT-only corridors. These passenger cars run on a 1,700-metre track that passes from the parking garage PRT station to the Masdar Institute PRT station. The cars are controlled by computer and use sensors to ensure nothing is in their path and to locate magnets that have been embedded in the concrete floor every two metres to help the vehicles navigate. An overhead leaky coaxial cable antenna runs the length of the PRT corridors and provides a wireless link between the individual cars and the PRT system computer.
As you rest on any of the benches across the City, note that like other concrete used in the City these are made from ‘low-carbon’ concrete. This concrete has a significantly lower environmental footprint because up to 40% of the energy-intensive Portland cement is replaced with ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS), a waste product of iron making. The use of this slag has resulted in concrete that is more resilient against moisture and Abu Dhabi’s hypersaline soil. Most of the aluminium used across Masdar City for sheeting, windows and door frames, comprises 90% recycled aluminium, a product that has one-eighth the carbon footprint of conventional virgin aluminium sheeting. The use of this 90% recycled aluminium is a regional first in the construction industry. All timber is certified as sustainably sourced, while steel reinforcing bars are made with recycled scrap. And what makes the City more eco-friendly, is its heavily reduced need for energy produced by fossil fuels, thus doing a good job in climate action. A purpose-built 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant and an array of building-mounted solar panels offset part of the electricity needs in the current phase of Masdar City.
The PRT Station The PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) Station marks the beginning of the Masdar City experience for most visitors. The floors are constructed with prefabricated concrete slabs that are manufactured offsite and fitted together on site, dramatically reducing construction waste. Benches are made of polished low-carbon concrete. Backlit recycled-glass walls accent the PRT station entrance. Inside, the eye-catching glass-walled numeration of the PRT berths and multiple smaller international numbers are embedded into the single large Arabic numeral. The parking berths have recharging panels in the floor, allowing vehicles to recharge while standing in the station.
Students Residential Buildings Masdar Institute’s residential buildings are defined by the terracotta-coloured, undulating glass-reinforced concrete (GRC) balcony ‘screens’ that serve much the same role as traditional Arabic mashrabiya screens. They provide shade and privacy, while allowing air to pass through to cool the balconies. Inside, these buildings have a central enclosed atrium that naturally ventilates the common space for much of the year. During the evening, cool air flows from vents opened on the ground level, cooling the interior walls and flowing out through open louvers at the top of the buildings.
Issue 2016 tor Building slopes outward as it rises in an effect that reduces solar gain by up to 63%. The use of ‘fritting’ on the glass walls also keeps heat at bay yet still promotes diffused natural lighting inside. Some exterior windows can be manually opened to provide natural ventilation of fresh air in cooler weather to significantly reduce cooling requirements. The design of walkways into the building’s open-air interior courtyard helps to ‘lock in’ the cooler shaded air. Different coloured fritting has been applied to different sections on the facade. Higher up the building, the dots are bright yellow and reflective, while ‘cooler’ colours are used towards the building’s base.
In warm weather, these openings are closed during the day to keep cool air in. Walls cooled by the night air then provide thermal cooling to keep the interior hallways pleasant throughout the day.
Knowledge Centre One of the most distinctively shaped buildings in the City, the oval-shaped roof of the institute’s Knowledge Centre reflects the designers’ efforts to optimise photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting through the building orientation and the inclination of the PV panels on the roof’s curved surface. The roof’s large self-shading overhang prevents direct sunlight from causing heat gain inside, while still allowing natural light to illuminate study areas and providing a full wall of glass that will look out over one of the City’s parks. Although the glulam (glued laminated) timber structure is graceful and beautiful, the reason it was chosen over steel was because sustainable timber reduces the building’s embodied carbon footprint. Covering the northeast section of the building’s exterior roof, sustainable folded zinc cladding provides ventilated shading to parts of the building and nearby public spaces.
Multi-use Hall This sports building and performance hall features an open-air swimming pool. Above the pool is an indoor gym and a large multipurpose hall that is used for conferences and sporting events. Ensuring accessible leisure and recreational opportunities for workers, residents and visitors to Masdar City is central to the sustainability objective of creating a viable work-life balance. That’s why streets and public squares are intentionally designed to encourage sitting, whether for a work or informal meeting, to read or simply enjoy the weather. Cafes and restaurants benefit from the City’s pleasant micro-climate, while future development includes more open space such as parks, playgrounds and sports fields. The unusual design choice of putting a building above an outdoor swimming pool optimises land use and provides necessary shading to the pool.
Masdar Wind Tower Rising 45 metres above the plaza in which it stands, the Masdar Wind Tower is a modern interpretation of one of the region’s most iconic traditional architectural features. Its height allows it to capture upper-level winds and direct them to the open-air public square at its base. Sensors at the top of the steel structure operate louvers to open in the direction of prevailing winds and to close in other directions to divert wind down the tower. A PTFE (Teflon) fabric membrane carries the wind downward, while mist generators at the top further cool the air. This combination of evaporative cooling and air movement helps to lower the perceived temperature in the courtyard.
IRENA HQ The seven-storey, 32,000 square-metre complex comprises an atrium surrounded by three buildings and is home to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquarters. The complex has a 1,000 square-metre rooftop solar PV array that will meet 10% of the building’s electricity requirement. The office building, the first in Abu Dhabi to earn a 4 Pearl Estidama construction rating, reduces overall energy demand by more than 60% compared to a baseline non-Estidama building in Abu Dhabi. It also uses 54% less water than a comparable structure, and 75% of its hot water demand is heated on site with solar heaters. The complex was constructed with advanced sustainable building materials, such as low-carbon concrete, recycled aluminium and steel, and FSC-certified timber. Melius restaurant, located on the ground floor, offers mouth-watering cuisine ranging from Arabic, Italian, Asian and other international dishes.
Siemens Middle East HQ The Siemens Building is a LEED Platinum certified, high-performance office building, whose unmistakable exterior façade has been designed on the concept of a ‘box within a box’. The inner ‘box’ is the highly insulated, airtight wall that provides maximum insulation. Surrounding this is the ‘outer’ box comprising a lightweight aluminium external shading system featuring fins of varying forms. These prevent excess solar heat from reaching the inner ‘box’ and warming the building’s interiors, while maximising views and daylight. The building, which is the company’s Middle East headquarters, ‘floats’ above and shades a public plaza, whose funnel shape accelerates prevailing winds underneath the building. This flushes hot air out of the surrounding public spaces using natural air-flow dynamics. The atriums draw up the warm ground-level air from the building’s plaza and expel it and allow natural daylight to permeate the interior office spaces. Smart metering systems are deployed to monitor energy and water use.
Digital Guestbook The Masdar digital guestbook is an engaging and interactive souvenir of your visit to Masdar City. Created by American artist Joshua Davis, the guestbook invites you to sign your name on the screen. Based on each signature, the guestbook software uses randomisation to create a unique, computer-generated art form that evokes a schematic urban planning map. The slower, more carefully you sign your name, the better the resulting artwork. So be sure to take your time. Once the design is created, the guestbook will send a copy to your email.
Incubator Building The distinctive ultra-modern façade of them Incuba-
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OUTDOORS Get outside and explore the UAEâ€™s great outdoors Camping & Safaris
It is easy to be drawn to flashy forms of entertainment and forget about the great outdoors when in the UAE, but with a variety of landscapes that suit just about every kind of outdoor activity, the UAE is an oasis of fun under the sun. The adventurous traveller can find awesome outdoor adventures, while others can keep both feet on the ground at one of the countryâ€™s beautifullymanicured parks and sandy beaches. So slather on the sunscreen and head outside for a day of fun!
Whether you prefer pitching a tent in top of a quaint sand dune or relaxing in a luxury Bedouin-style camp, the UAE desert safari experience is the way to go. With hundreds of campgrounds and tour operators, you are sure to find the right option for you. The experience usually starts with a freeway drive in 4x4 vehicles driven by trained safari guides before going over the sand dunes and deep into the heart of the desert, where your safari camp awaits. You can also make the experience more exciting by adding in a variety of fun recreational activities such as camel trekking, dune surfing, quad biking and stargazing.
Issue 2016 Platinum Heritage (www.platinum-heritage.com) offers what is described as the ‘ultimate luxury safari’, where you can choose between a Mercedes G-wagon or a vintage Land Rover to transport you to the Bedouin-style camp nestled inside a private Royal desert retreat. For the more courageous souls seeking a higher degree of ‘roughing-it’, Explorer Tours (www.explorertours.ae) offers fully equipped mountain treks in Hatta, and desert expeditions to Liwa desert (the Empty Quarter), famous for its mammoth (up to 200 metre) sand dunes.
Parks & Picnics On the other end of the landscape spectrum, the UAE has abundant parks and green spaces where visitors can take a break from the hectic pace of the city and enjoy a picnic on manicured lawns while being surrounded by a wonderful range of opportunities to make the most of their leisure time. While most public parks offer children playgrounds, shaded areas and other comfort amenities, some of these verdant spots stand out above the rest by offering BBQ areas, kiosks, jogging tracks and body exercise machines – not to mention free WiFi access. So whether you are looking for a relaxing picnic on the grass or a refreshing jog, we invite you to head to one of these green spaces, which will truly give you a new sense of the UAE.
Dubai Creek Park Situated at the heart of old Dubai along the bank of the Dubai Creek, Dubai Creek Park is one of the oldest parks in Dubai and the only one to feature a cable car. The park is also home to the Dubai Dolphinarium, Dubai Frame and Children's City, a centre where children can investigate, explore, play and learn about the world they live in.
Mushrif Park Located in the eastern outskirts of Dubai, Mushrif Park features an international village, comprising 13 models of Arabic and English houses. The park facilities include BBQ areas, children and sports playgrounds, running and bicycle tracks, and restaurants. Visitors also get to ride camels and horses in The Heritage Area.
DUBAI Al Mamzar Beach Park Set on headland at the edge of Dubai, this 106-hectare park has five serviced beaches. You can also drive your car into the park where you will find numerous BBQ and play areas and host of air-conditioned day chalets available for day hire.
Zaabeel Park Located in Zabeel area, this green haven is split into two parts by Sheikh Zayed Road which runs across it. The two parts of the park are connected together via a pedestrian bridge and together make up the 47.5-hectare expanse of the park. With many amenities and activists such as minigolf, a skateboard and BMX track, a cricket pitch, and a 4.3km jogging track, the park is very popular among residents.
Jumeirah Beach Park Besides having the best spot on Dubai's coastline, Jumeirah Beach Park is an ideal location for a family picnic with barbecue areas, children's playgrounds, volleyball courts and a swimming pool.
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Khalifa Park Spread over 38 hectares near Al Bateen Airport, Khalifa Park is one the most popular parks in Abu Dhabi. One of the main attractions here is a Maritime Heritage museum, and the Murjan Splash Park, offering seven water-based attractions for children up to the age of 12.
SHARJAH Al Majaz Waterfront Al Majaz Waterfront is an expansion and beautification of the Al Majaz Park. Together, the two attractions create a well-rounded family-leisure and entertainment experience, featuring special attractions such as the 100-meterhigh Sharjah Fountain, a kids area, landscaped gardens, and a host of cafes, shops and restaurants.
Beaches As the UAE is a seaside country, itâ€™s obvious that one of its strong points is an ample supply of beaches. But while there is an open beach almost everywhere you look along the cost, you run the risk of landing on one with no lifeguard on duty. Moreover, some of these undesignated beaches lack facilities such as showers, toilets and refreshment stalls. That is why youâ€™ll be better off going to one of the more populated beaches which have evolved to become friendlier to their frequenters. If you plan to hit the turquoise waters on your visit to the UAE, here are a few beaches you should consider:
Capital Garden Located on Khalifa Street in Abu Dhabi, this 5.6-hectare park is a green oasis in the middle of the city. Each little garden cove has a small selection of climbing frames, swings, slides and beautiful fountains. Vending machines and an enclosed cafeteria provide refreshments.
Corniche Park Stretching along the Abu Dhabi coast this 50-hectare waterfront park is dotted with small restaurants, play areas and bicycle rental stations.
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DUBAI Jumeirah Public Beach
JBR Beach Stretching along the prestigious Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), this is the perfect beach for those who want to spend their time by the sea in style and comfort with lots of food and entertainment offerings to go around. It is the only beach in the UAE to feature an outdoor cinema and an outdoor beach gym.
Jumeirah Public Beach This iconic city beach, stretching from Jumeirah Mosuqe to Jumeirah Beach Park, is the perfect beach for seaside jogging and cycling, thanks to a night-lit, four metre-wide track. There are also public showers, toilets, shaded benches and refreshment kiosks servicing beach goers.
Kite Beach Dubai Kite Beach has long been a favourite spot for kite surfers hence the name â€˜Kite Beach.â€™ Recently, however, the beach has become popular among beachgoers and families forcing serious surfers to take their sport elsewhere. There are plenty of water sports and beach activities to go around as well as numerous restaurants and food trucks nearby. Kite beach is located past Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on Jumeirah Road.
ABU DHABI Corniche Beach Extending along the Corniche Road in the city of Abu Dhabi, Corniche Beach is divided into three separate sections: families, singles and general public. With lifeguards on site, entry to the family and singles sections is for a fee (AED 10), while the public area is for free of charge. The beach has toilets and changing facilities as well as multiple play areas.
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Set on the tranquil shores of Yas Island in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Yas Beach is a private beach dedicated to serving the guests of the hotels located on the island. The beach is also open to the general public for an admission fee of AED50 on weekdays and AED100 on weekends. The fee includes a beach towel, a lounger and a parasol. The beach is open from 10am-7pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends, with a full range of beverages and dishes served from a beach bar and a fully-decked restaurant.
Saadiyat Beach Saadiyat Beach is a public beach on Abu Dhabiâ€™s Saadiyat Island. It offers multiple facilities and activities designed to suit trendy beachgoers. The beach is serviced by BAKE, a beach-specialised operator that provides sun loungers, towels, beach umbrellas and water sports.
SHARJAH Al Khan Beach Situated near the Al Khan historic area and in close proximity to Sharjah Aquarium, Al Khan Beach is the first public beach in Sharjah with multiple facilities and activities designed to suit both beach sport enthusiasts and sunlounging guests. G2O, a specialized beach sports operator, manages the 600-meter stretch of beach, and operates the various available activities.
Water Sports Most beaches, especially the ones in Dubai, offer a huge range of water-borne activities. Whether itâ€™s motorized or non-motorized, on a board or on an inflatable, whatever water sport you think of, you will find it here. One place to go for all these activities is JBR Beach where Water Adventure Dubai (www.wateradventure.ae) has set up shop and offers everything you could possibly need to have a fun in the water, from adrenaline filled Seabreacher rides and high-flying parasailing trips, to jetskis, waverunners and paddle boards.
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The Adrenaline Junkie
BUCKET LIST For adrenaline junkies, the pursuit of new highs has spawned a glut of adventure activities. From sky diving to sand surfing, we round up our UAE favourites.
Skydiving Skydiving is the nearest thing to flying like a bird a man can experience. Tandem skydiving is the safest way to experience skydiving for the first time. After a few minutes of instruction, you can experience exhilarating freefall with an instructor and enjoy the breath-taking views as you gently descend to earth together. Skydive Dubai (www.â€Œskydivedubai.ae) offers tandem jumps at its Palm Drop Zone.
Bungee jumping For almost the same thrill of skydiving but half the price, there is bungee jumping. Gravity Zone (www.gravityzone.co) brings an adrenaline filled adventure to the city of Dubai in the form of a 50m Bungee Jump. Located in Al Quoz, the company also plans to launch a giant human catapult, a zip wire and abseiling.
Shark diving Watching footage of sharks on television is enough to up the pulse rate. Now imagine how it is to get in the water and come face to face with the ocean’s most intimidating predators. At Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (www.thedubaiaquarium.com), you can do just that. The aquarium is home to the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world, and no matter what your diving ability is, you can reliably dive and experience the thrill of encountering them, thanks to a variety of experiences suited for everyone.
Motor racing For petrol heads, there is quite possibly no better adrenaline-pumping activity than taking the driving seat of a supercar and unleashing its full power around a racing track. Dubai Autodrome (www.dubaiautodrome.com) Track Experiences give you the chance to sample race cars and supercars through a world class track, while the Kartdrome, with its indoor and outdoor tracks, is where you can race against your friends and find out what you’re really made of. Taking the driving seat is a lot of fun but sitting back and letting the experts do the hard work can be just if not all the more exciting! Aside from the incredible Driver Experiences at Yas Marina Circuit (www.yasmarinacircuit.com), you can buckle up in the passenger seat for a heart-stopping ride with one of the pro drivers and masters of the circuit.
Dirt Bike tours If race cars are not enough for you and you want a ride that’s more daring, Just Gas it (www.justgasit.net) offers dirt bike tours that will have you blasting through the dunes of the Dubai desert. An intermediate tour includes an experienced lead rider, bike rental, petrol, protective gear and riding kit.
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Shooting and archery If shooting targets with bullets and arrows is your kind of fun, there a few shooting ranges in the UAE where you can get that adrenaline pumping while improving your aim. With eight Olympic-standard Skeet and Trap fields, 10 indoor lanes apiece for 25m and 50m target shooting, as well as a 300m rifle range and numerous simulator rooms, Al Forsan International Sports Resort (www.alforsan.com) caters to every whim. Another location to practice firing pistols and rifles in the emirate of Abu Dhabi is Al Ain Shooting Club (www.remaya.ae). Those looking to experience shooting in Dubai, have no other than the fortress-style JA Shooting Club (www.â€Œjaresortshotels.com) to practice the sport, while shooters in or close to the emirate of Sharjah can go to Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club (www.golfandshootingshj.com), which boasts one of the best shooting and archery ranges in the UAE.
Paintball and Softair combat For the ultimate shooting excitement, look no further than Tasleeh Entertainment (www.tasleehentertainment.com), where you and your friends can engage in thrilling Airsoft battles. Airsoft is a game in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting them with non-metallic pellets launched via replica firearms called Airsoft guns. Located at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, Tasleeh Entertainment features a large battleground and state-of-the art Airsoft weapons and accessories. When it comes to paintball, there are many places to play. One of our favourites is Sharjah Paintball Park (www.paintballuae.com). Considered to be one of the biggest and best in the Middle East, the park has indoor and outdoor fields that feature different kinds of obstacles and hides. The outdoor fields are fully grassed and floodlit, allowing play through the night, while the indoor facility features as a replica bank and a replica of London city. Paintball enthusiasts can also enjoy paintball battles at Pursuit Games Paintball (www.paintballdubai.com) in Dubai, or at Zayed Sports City Paintball (www.zsc.ae) in Abu Dhabi.
Scuba Diving If you are looking for an underwater adventure, Al Boom Diving (www.alboomdiving.com) has it all. With dive centres located within numerous hotels throughout the UAE, Al Boom is placed to offer incredible dives and a full range of PADI courses for everyone interested in braving the waters of the Arabian Sea.
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Golf Greatness Few places in the world boast as many beautiful golf courses as the UAE. The fields, mostly designed by international architects, meet the requirements of the most demanding golfers, making the country a premier destination for the sport. The golf season begins in November and lasts â€“ Mother Nature willing â€“ until April. Players of all abilities are sure to find something to cater for them, from tough courses requiring skill and precision to half-rounds designed for novices. Many courses are located within or near to resorts, offering holiday makers luxury accommodation and amenities.
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Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Must-Play Courses Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Emirates Golf Club, host of Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its 36 holes of worldclass golf, the club sports two of the city's finest must-play courses, the Majlis Course and the Faldo Course (the only 18-hole course in the region to offer night golf). Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse remains the most eye-catch-
ing in the region. The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 25 year history, including a 2012 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the 'Top 100 Golf Courses in the World' and 'Best Course Middle East' in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi Designed by the sport’s legend Gary Player, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is one of the world’s most captivating golf projects. As the Gulf’s first ocean course, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, features several beach-front holes that weaves around several five-star hotels
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that line the beach. One third of the course command spectacular views of the Gulf’s glittering, crystal blue waters fringed by pristine white sands. The imaginative golf course routing provides a spectacular variety of golf experiences with every hole having its own unique character. From the creation of an aquatic habitat, to the introduction of salt-water lagoons and the restoration of the beach and sand dunes, the course has been designed with a strict environment-friendly approach and a true sensitivity to the surrounding natural environment.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi An oasis of tranquillity carved out of the desert, Abu Dhabi Golf Club offers one of the most luxurious golf resort experiences in the Middle East. The 27-hole championship course weaves through undulating terrain which features pockets of palms, ornamental trees and shrubs as well as seven spectacular saltwater lakes. The par-72, 7,334-yard Championship course provides a tough but fair challenge with 18 holes of lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers and generous greens. The 3,299-yard, par-36 nine is more forgiving, making it an enjoyable experience for all players, especially those new to the game.
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Yas Links, Abu Dhabi Set among rolling hills and delicate mangrove plantations of Yas Island, Yas Links Abu Dhabi, designed by world-renowned course architect Kyle Phillips, is the Middle Eastâ€™s only true links course. Thanks to its location on the western shores of the island, every daunting yet dynamic Yas Links hole has sparkling coastline views of the Arabian Gulf. The par-72 course, measuring 7,450 yards, is a favourite among UAE-based players and has been voted 'The 24th best course in the World out-
side the US' by Golf Digest Magazine. A nine-hole par-3 academy course, floodlit practice facilities and a luxurious clubhouse further complement the offering.
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Home to the DP World Tour Championship, the season ending finale of the Race to Dubai, the Fire and Earth courses at Jumeirah Golf Estates offer golfers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play on two exciting and challenging championship layouts,
each providing unique and distinctive playing characteristics. The par 72 Fire and Earth courses measure 7,480 yards and 7,706 yards from the championship tees, respectively. The course presentation is highly individual â€“ each hole is a design gem blending effortlessly into the natural desert landscape. From their ingenious shaping and sculptured bunkers to the impressive presentation and attention to detail, every hole is as remarkable as the fairways, greens and lakes it is surrounded by.
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Stay & Play The Address Montgomerie | The Mongomerie, Dubai
Meydan Hotel | The Track Meydan Golf, Dubai
The Address Montgomerie Dubai boasts a 7,396-yard championship golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie. The spectacular links-style course, managed by Troon Golf, is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the Middle East. The clubhouse which is managed by the five-star hospiality brand ,The Address Hotels & Resorts, features 21 five-star hotel rooms, three international restaurants, a fitness centre and a Spa.
Set along the magnificent Meydan racecourse, Meydan Hotel offers direct access to The Track Meydan Golf. The Track golf course measures 7412 yards off the Black championship tees, but with four other varying tee boxes, it caters to every golfer. Renowned golf course architect, Peter Harradine, strategically placed each hole allowing the six natural lakes on the course to come into play on several approaches.
Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai
Intercontinental Festival City | Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Located at Dubai Festival City, InterContinental Hotel is minutes away from the 18-hole championship course at Al Badia Golf Club, which is also managed by Intercontinental Hotels Group. The course, designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones II, features abundant water, rivers of sand and plants indigenous to the Arabian Gulf. The prestigious course can be played from the maximum 7,303 yards for championship players, down to 5,398 yards for newer players.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai Situated in the heart of the Arabian Ranches development, Arabian Ranches Golf Club offers a links-style par 72 signature course designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design. Playing up to 7,658 yards, it is a true test of championship golf. The luxurious Spanish Colonial Clubhouse houses 11 luxurious guest tooms, each with spectacular views and exellent en suite amenities.
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Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai Set within the grounds of the resortâ€™s 128 acres, the championship standard 9-hole, par-36 golf is an exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities. The availability of 4 tees on each hole provides the opportunity to play either a 9 or 18-hole round. Golf carts, trolleys and clubs are available for hire while balls, sporting attire and equipment can be purchased at the Pro Shop.
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort | Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Take in breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf and the Hajjar Mountains as you tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course of the Hilton Al Hamra Golf & Beach Resort. Designed by Peter Harradine, the course offers an exciting challenge for guests of all ages and skill levels.
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Night Golf Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Tower Links Golf Club
Fifteen minutes from the city centre, and just ten minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi Golf Club features 27 Championship holes, over 162 hectares of land. The course has nine holes under floodlights (Holes 1-9 then 19-27).
Abu Dhabi City Golf Club Abu Dhabi City Golf Club is located in the Mushrif area in the heart of Abu Dhabi. Its nine-hole, par 70 floodlit course is set in the middle of a racetrack, offering golfers an exciting set of challenges.
Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club As the only fully floodlit 18-hole course in Dubai, the Faldo course continues to light up the night sky enabling golfers to enjoy a full round of 18-hole championship golf in the heart of Dubai.
Dubai Creek Golf Club For those looking to improve their short game or to simply enjoy a round of social golf after sunset, the Par 3 course at Dubai Creek Golf Club
is floodlit and is open daily from 7am10pm.
The Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club Designed by internationally-acclaimed architect, Peter Harradine, the nine-hole golf course at Sharjah Golf & Shooting club is fully floodlit, enabling play well into the evening.
Tower Links Golf Club With a challenging 18-hole, par72 golf course, Tower Links Golf Club is possesses an outstanding range of facilities, including a fully floodlit back nine holes and practice facilities, which enable golfers to play or practice their swing even after sunset.
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Top Tables The best of Haute Cuisine in the UAE
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While some of us are happy with a salad or sandwich, others prefer to indulge in costly fine dining wherever they go. If you’re a discerning foodie and you’re after the best of what the UAE dining scene has to offer, we give you 10 sumptuous restaurants to try, all of which are famous for their exclusivity, acclaimed chefs, rare foods, and unique atmospheres. These dining hot spots offer more than meals; they offer unforgettable dining experiences...
Al Mahara Cuisine Seafood | Location Burj Al Arab, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 301 7600 Al Mahara, Arabic for 'The Oyster Shell', doesn’t just tantalise the palate; it’s a dining experience that stimulates all the senses. The stunning floor to ceiling aquarium inside the restaurant sets the scene for a meal where only the best will be served. Sink into the soft seats and be mesmerised by the world of colourful sea life swimming in the aquarium beside your table while Al Mahara’s award-winning chefs prepare you something special. A selection of fine grapes perfectly complements the mouth-watering seafood made with the freshest and delicious ingredients of every dish.
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At.Mosphere Cuisine International | Location Burj Khalifa, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 888 3828 At 442 metres above the city, the height of fine dining meets relaxed social interaction at At.mospehere Restaurant and Lounge. Located on level 122 of the world’s tallest building, this innovative lounge and restaurant offers unparalleled views of the Arabian gulf. With a reputation for innovative menus featuring the finest internationally sourced ingredients, Executive Chef Jerome Lagarde’s 20 years’ experience in acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants guarantees you a meal every bit as memorable as the view.
Nobu Cuisine Japanese | Location Atlantis The Palm, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 426 0760 Offering an exquisite dining experience in a stunningly-attractive space, Nobu at Atlantis maintains the cutting-edge culinary traditions started by World-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and remains, without a doubt, the hottest Japanese restaurant in Dubai. Nobu excels at infusing traditional Japanese style with cuttingedge South American influences and contemporary flair, which is complemented by a sushi bar and an extensive sake lounge.
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire Cuisine French | Location InterContinental Festival City, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 701 1127 For world-class dining at its finest, Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire delivers a truly magical and kaleidoscopic experience that will take you on a culinary journey full of discovery. Headed up by the renowned three-Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire, Reflets presents sensational French menus and gastronomic creations that intrigue and play with the senses. Sink into the plush pink damask chairs surrounded by artistic Murano glass chandeliers and mother-of-pearl adorned walls as you fully indulge in the romantic waterfront setting and enjoy the tastes of the wine cellar, recommended by Refletsâ€™ expert sommelier.
Le Petite Maison Cuisine French | Location Gate Village 8, DIFC, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 439 0505 With branches in London and Italy, Le Petite Maison is the home of Cuisine Nicoise, whose origins lie in old Genoese cooking of the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with the influences of Ligurian Italy across the border. Local produce, notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers and girolles are used generously with sea food, meat and fresh pasta to produce a style thatâ€™s light and healthy. Oil obtained from olive groves on the hills of the Alpes Maritimes is used throughout.
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Rhodes W1 Cuisine British | Location Grosvenor House, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 317 6000 A quintessentially British restaurant, bar and terrace, Rhodes W1 offers a new take on wholesome British cuisine. A casual yet chic dining experience based around great British classics. Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes is renowned the world over for his tireless attention to detail and unique mastery of great British fare, and the menu at Rhodes W1 has been cleverly created to transport you back to your childhood, with nostalgic dishes, masterfully created by Chef Gary himself.
Stay by Yannick Alléno Cuisine Contemporary European | Location One & Only The Palm, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 440 1030 Stay by Yannick Alléno surprises guests with signature dishes showcasing traditional cooking methods reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion. Different seating arrangements including a sharing table area as well as a unique Pastry Library concept are key to the restaurant’s DNA. They provide an element of surprise, inviting guests to discover simple, great tasting food and unique sharing experiences while high timber walls and vaulted ceilings with black crystal chandeliers produce an atmosphere of refined elegance.
Clé Dubai Cuisine Modern Middle Eastern | Location Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 352 5150 Clé Dubai unlocks the experience of contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine, as expressed through Michelin-starred chef and author Greg Malouf’s eyes, as well as a journey of discovery through the space itself, where the mood of approachable luxury is tempered by exquisite detailing. Clé’s special features include revolving displays of art and sculpture, music and live performances, an intimate VIP area, a bar and a lounge that opens to an alfresco terrace overlooking Burj Khalifa.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck Cuisine Steakhouse | Location The Address Downtown, Dubai | Reservations +971 4 888 3444 Critically acclaimed, CUT by Wolfgang Puck is one of the finest modern steak restaurants in America, Singapore and London, and is now claiming the title in Dubai. CUT delivers innovation at every level through its unique culinary, service and design combination. The menu offers a modern take on the classics through global influences and Wolfgang’s philosophy of offering only the finest and freshest ingredients. From prime dryand wet-aged beef to shellfish and roasted whole fresh fish, CUT’s menu provides broad appeal.
Social by Heinz Beck Cuisine Italian | Location Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah | Reservations +971 4 818 2222 Featuring minimalistic design elements, Social by Heinz Beck offers a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere and innovative modern Italian cuisine by 3-star Michelin Chef Heinz Beck who is widely known throughout Italy and Europe as a notable master of modern gastronomy. Expressing a unique interpretation of the modern kitchen, Beck's artistry exceeds his raw culinary talent with a well-guarded process which includes mindfully curating ingredients and implementing innovative techniques to transform simple ingredients into highly evocative dishes.
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in 10 DISHES Want to discover Emirati food? Try these 10 dishes. To the uninitiated, Emirati cuisine can appear overwhelmingly rich and hearty, but exploring it is surely and delicious experience. Emirati cuisine has long been confined to the home and has only recently emerged into the restaurant scene. Unmistakably aromatic, Emirati dishes balance fresh flavours of meat and vegetables, along with spices and rice. If youâ€™re looking to sample the local fare while in the UAE, this shortlist will come in handy.
One of the most-known Emirati dishes, Harees is a dish that resembles porridge. It is made by boiling wheat with chicken or beef and then beating the product into thick a mixture with a consistency varying between that of porridge and dumplings.
Jasheed is a seafood dish that consists of small shark meat served over rice cooked with fried onion and mixed spices.
Similar to Biryani, Machboos is the traditional rice-based dish in the UAE. The rice is cooked and served with lamb, chicken, fish or shrimp infused with herbs and spices.
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This traditional Bedouin dish resembles a hearty stew and its made with root vegetables, tomatoes and lamb.
Margooga is a delicious stew of vegetables, meat, chunks of bread and a generous mixture of fragrant spices.
Balaleet is a breakfast dish comprising of sweet pasta (vermicelli) served with an omelette. It is sweet and savoury.
Tharid is a traditional Arabian dish made of crispy flat bread (rugag) soaked in vegetable or meat broth.
Beautifully textured cookies made using dates with flour and ghee to bind.
Aseeda is a traditional Emirati dessert served during celebrations and religious holidays. It is made using barley or wheat flour dough which is then boilded and served with honey or date syrup.
Served warm or chilled, this traditional dessert rice pudding is sweet and aromatic. It is scented with cardamom and garnished with ground pistachio.
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Al Fanar Restaurant & CafĂŠ Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai +971 4 232 9966
The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai +971 4 551 6652
Mezlai Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi +971 2 690 7999
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai +971 4 228 8555
Milas Dubai Mall, Dubai +971 4 388 2313
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Cuisine Convergence The variety of international eats in the UAE is huge, and one could go on a culinary journey around the world in one day. No matter what you're craving, it's possible to please your palette with authentically-executed ethnic flavours, be it fine French fare or spicy Indian food.
AMERICAN Manhattan Grill $$$ Grand Hyatt +971 4 317 2222 CLAW BBQ $$$ Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai +971 4 432 2300 The Cheesecake Factory $$ Dubai Mall +971 4 437 1631 Clinton St. Baking Company $$ Burj View Tower, Downtown Dubai +971 4 550 9114 Crumble Restaurant $ 48 Burj Gate, Downtown Dubai +971 4 346 5911
BRITISH Rhodes W1 $$$ Grosvenor House +971 4 317 6000 Wheeler’s of St. James by Marco Pierre White $$$ Gate Village 2, Dubai International Financial Centre +971 4 386 0899 The Ivy $$$ Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, Sheikh Zayed Road +971 4 319 8767 Rivington Grill $$ Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai +971 4 423 0903 Fibber Magee’s $$ Sheikh Zayed Rd. +971 4 332 2400
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CHINESE Yuan $$$ Atlantis The Palm +971 4 426 2626 Hakkasan $$$ Jumeirah Emirates Tower +971 384 8484 Ba $$$ Fairmont The Palm +971 4 550 9188 P.F. Chang’s $$ Mall of the Emirates +971 4 395 1801 Chop Suey $ Beach Park Plaza, Jumeirah 2 +971 4 449 8538
French Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire $$$ Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City +971 4 701 1127
Ashiana by Vineet $$$ Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers +971 4 207 1733
Doner Deli $ Umm Suqeim 2 +971 4 550 9137
Le Petite Maison $$$ Gate Village 8, Dubai International Financial Centre +971 4 439 0505
Nordsee Express $ Dubai Mall +971 4 339 9499
La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie $$$ Vida Downtown Dubai +971 4 428 6969
Entrecote Café de Paris $$ The Dubai Mall +971 4 434 0122 Paul $ Multiple locations across the UAE +971 4 327 9669 (Wafi Mall)
Rang Mahal $$$ JW Marriott Marquis Dubai +971 4 414 3000 Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor $$$ Meliá Dubai +971 4 386 8111
GERMAN Der Keller $$$ Jumeirah Beach Hotel +971 4 406 8999 Hofbrauhaus $$$ JW Marriott Hotel, Al Rigga +971 4 607 7977 Brauhaus $$ Jumeirah Rotana Hotel, Satwa +971 4 345 5888 Der Keller Image Courtesy of Jumeirah.com
India Palace $$ Multiple locations across the UAE +971 4 339 9325 (Dubai Mall) Kamat $ Multiple locations across the UAE +971 4 359 8444 (Mankhool)
Italian Armani/Ristorante $$$ Armani Hotel Dubai +971 04 8883888
Tourist | Dining & Nightlife Bice Ristorante $$$ Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort +971 4 399 1111
Jamie’s Italian $$$ Jumeirah Beach Hotel +971 4 3808890 Eataly $$ Dubai Mall +971 4 330 8899 Bianca Mozzarella & Co. $ Boxpark, Al Wasl Rd. +971 4 345 5300
JAPANESE Nobu $$$ Atlantis The Palm +971 4 426 2626 Toko Dubai $$$ Vida Downtown Dubai +971 4 442 8383 Okku $$$ The H Hotel Dubai +971 4 801 8888
Koryo Korean BBQ $ Mall of the Emirates +971 4 341 1154
Tortuga $$$ Mina A’ Salam +971 4 366 5866
El Chico $$ The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) +971 4 4233828
Fuego $$$ Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai +971 4 440 9300
Sushi Art $$ Souk Madinat Jumeirah +971 4 366 6730 Sumo Sushi $ Garhoud Dubai +971 4 283 0622
KOREAN Sonamu $$$ Asiana Hotel, Dubai +971 4 238 7777 Pyongyang Koryo $$$ Holiday Inn Hotel, Khalid Bin Al Waleed +971 4 383 1623 Kung $$ Byblos Hotel, TECOM +971 4 550 9109 The Sky $$ Golden Tulip Al Barsha Hotel +971 4 341 7750
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Issue 2016 Rosa Mexicano $$ Dubai Mall +971 4 388 2505 Taqado $ Mall of the Emirates +971 4 385 1171
MIDDLE-EASTERN Qbara $$$ Pyramids At Wafi 80072272 Al Iwan $$$ Burj Al Arab +971 4 301 7600 Khan Murjan Restaurant $$ Khan Murjan Souk, Al Wafi City +971 4 327 9795 Reem Al Bawadi $$ Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard +971 4 4439690 Mezza House $ Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard +971 4 420 5444
PERUVIAN Coya $$$ Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach +971 4 316 9600 The Act $$$ Shangri-La +971 4 355 1116 Graden $$$ JW Marriott Marquis Dubai +971 56 224 0956 Ceviche $$ Dubai International Financial Centre Pollo Pollo $$ Umm Al Sheif Street
RUSSIAN Tchaikovsky $$$ Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina +971 4 448 8222
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Arbat $$$ Carlton Tower Hotel +971 4 222 7111
Casa De Tapas $$ Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club +971 4 416 1800
Troyka $$ Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai +971 4 352 0900
Tapeo $ Dubai Mall +971 4 339 9933
Bolshoi $$ Moscow Hotel +971 4 228 8222
THAI Pai Thai $$$ Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah +971 4 366 6730
Suvoroff $ Dubai Marina +971 4 437 0178
Thiptara $$$ The Palace Downtown Dubai +971 4 275 3077
SPANISH El Sur $$$ Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina +971 4 399 7700 Salero Tapas & Bodega $$ Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates +971 4 409 5888 Sevilleâ€™s $$ Wafi, Oud Metha +971 4 324 4777
Benjarong $$$ Dusit Thani Dubai +971 4 317 4515 Blue Elephant $$ Al Bustan Rotana +971 4 282 0000 Lemongrass $ Al Ghurair City, Al Rigga +971 4 295 1020
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Discover authentic Malaysian flavours in the heart of Dubai at
Dubai is awash in Asian restaurants: Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and even a few Korean eateries. However, food from Malaysia is a little harder to find, but find Rasa Sayang and you would have found a restaurant that offers cuisine as distinctly Malaysian in character as in hospitality. With experienced and dedicated Malaysia chefs, Rasa Sayang aims to be a food ambassador to introduce and promote Malaysian authentic dishes to the world. Named after a famous Malaysian folk song which means ‘Taste of Love’, Rasa Sayang reflects the uniquely-warm Malaysian hospitality in addition to the ‘love’ which the restaurants puts into its culinary delights and service. Rasa Sayang is located in Oud Metha Building, next to Malaysia Trade Center, Oud Metha, Dubai. For reservations and information, call Rasa Sayang on +971 4 331 3135.
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Meals on Wheels Once just a passing trend and a Dubai Food Festival feature, the food truck concept has finally parked onto the streets of Dubai, with more and more trucks joining the move. We spot out five wheeled eateries that brighten up lunch hours, private events and weekends at the beach with innovative eats served from a tiny kitchen.
Jake’s Burgers Where to find it: Umm Suqeim Beach and Kite Beach, Jumeirah, Dubai Some people may think you'll only find simple creations at a burger truck, but that is not the case with Jake’s burgers by The Food Truck (www.foodtruckdubai.com). Boasting unique delistyle bagel burgers filled with exciting new flavours, Jake’s Burgers offers restaurant-quality grub at reasonable takeaway prices. One of the most compelling offerings is Jake’s Original, a burger made with grilled Angus beef parry, Brie cheese, red onion, Boston lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion and horseradish cream!
Salt Where to find it: Kite Beach, Jumeirah 3, Dubai Stationed at Kite Beach in Dubai, Salt is a hip eatery out of an Airstream trailer that serves up what is considered by many Dubaians the tastiest burgers in town. Although the menu consists of just three varieties (Hook, Original and Chicken Cheetos), Salt still manages to attract queues of people that come to sink their teeth into Salts’s delicious sliders and their toes in the sand of the beautiful beach where Salt is parked.
Bob’s Fish & Chips Where to find it: Kite Beach, Jumeirah 3, Dubai Bob’s Fish & Chips is the food truck of choice for one of Britain's favourite combos: crispy battered fish and potato chips. In addtition to this favourite classic, they've also got healthy options such as grilled prawns and grilled fish marinated in herbs and spices.
Melt Where to find it: Outside JA Ocean View Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai Melt is not exactly a ‘food’ truck as much as it is a frozen yogurt truck. The pretty van offers a delicious variety of frozen yogurt, natural fruit lollies and iced teas. Melt's frozen yogurt is made with non-fat, low-calorie yogurt and their Ice Lollies are 100% pure fruit with no preservatives, additives or added sugar.
Ghaf Kitchen Where to find it: Occasionally at Alserkal Avenue, Al Qouz 1, Dubai Primarily a catering company, Ghaf Kitchen has a gourmet food truck which can be booked to cater to events and parties. The most interesting aspect of Ghaf Kitchen – apart from the made-to-order menu – is the charmingly-restored vintage Citroen H van from which the culinary team operates. If you're not so fortunate to get invited to an event which Ghaf Kitchen is doing the catering for, you can stalk the company on social media (www.facebook.com/ghafkitchenDXB) to see where their next public pop-up is going to be.
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Nightlife Hit List The low-down on nightlife venues, from nightclubs and lounges to bars and beach parties!
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Best 20 Nightclubs People by Crystal Dubai Raffles Dubai, Dubai +971 50 297 2097 This two-time winner of the 'Best Nightclub in Dubai' award nests at the top of Raffles Hotel’s pyramid with a panoramic view of the glittering metropolis.
Pacha Ibiza Dubai
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai +971 4 567 0000
City, Provocateur is the first American nightlife brand to enter the UAE. Following in the footsteps of its New York incarnation, Provocateur Dubai is dedicated to electronic music.
Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai +971 50 9910400
Based on the foundation of Pacha Ibiza, Pacha Ibiza Dubai is a luxurious nightclub spread over three floors each with its own purpose and sexy vibe.
With a flagship location in New York
Mo*Vida Dubai Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai +971 55 174 4449
Cavalli Club is the embodiment of the glamorous soul of the designer Roberto Cavalli, hosting exclusive and fashionable parties with some of the best DJs and artists in the business.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai +971 55 211 8222 / +971 4 343 8411
cated following of celebrities, international jetsetters, and fashion industry elite.
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai +971 52 881 8888 Famous for its A-list clientele, VIP Room has a worldwide reputation for its dedi-
With an illustrious history that includes a string of awards and a dedicated following across Europe, Mo*Vida plays perfectly into Dubai’s mantra of 'See and be Seen'.
Armani/Privé Armani Hotel, Dubai +971 4 888 3308 Giorgio Armani's own exclusive nightclub; Armani Privé is one of the chicest venues to hit Dubai, perfect for those looking for a clubbing experience en vogue.
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O1NE Yas Island Yas Island, Abu Dhabi +971 52 788 8111
Cirque Le Soir Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd., Dubai +971 50 9955 400 A fresh take on nightlife where circus atmosphere and spectacular theatrics make this venue stand out from any other nightclub in the world.
White Dubai Meydan Racecourse Grandstand Rooftop, Dubai +971 50 443 0933 White Dubai is a high-tech and ultramodern outdoor rooftop space that is the ultimate destination for a night full of energy and thumping music under the stars.
Mahiki Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai +971 4 380 7731 Mahiki Dubai is the ultimate destination for vibrant Polynesian-themed nights, with tiki décor, delicious fruit cocktails and an endless variety of typical feelgood tunes.
360° Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai +971 4 366 5866 Located at the end of Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Marina walkway, 360° offers a comfortable open-air lounge experience with panoramic views out to sea and across Dubai’s skyline.
Societe Dubai Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai +971 50 357 1126
Featuring the world’s largest privatelyowned graffiti wall on the outside and a 360-degree 3D projection mapping on the inside, O1NE Yas Island is more than just a nightclub – it is an artistic landmark!
Societe Dubai has established itself as the bedrock of old-school music, retrochic ambiance and non-pretentious service.
Societe Jumeirah NEW Capitol Hotel, Al-Mina Road, Dubai +971 52 728 5126 Following the success of its flagship club in Dubai Marina, the new Societe club located at the Capitol Hotel, brings the same nostalgic flavour of music and atmosphere.
Chameleon Club Byblos Hotel, Dubai +971 50 1135858 Chameleon Club is a kaleidoscope of colour with dazzling lighting arrangements and three-dimensional wall designs that feature over 60,000 colourchanging LED lights.
A Club NEW Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai 0564845737 A Club is the place for those who want join a glamorous crowd for a night ofnon-stop dancing.
People by Crystal Abu Dhabi St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi +971 50 826 9698 With its contemporary design, burlesque entertainment and VIP clientele, People by Crystal Abu Dhabi is ultimate nightlife experience in the capital.
Square NEW JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai +971 50 224 0956 One of latest additions to Dubai’s nightclub scene, Square is a hotspot for the best underground music supplied by international DJs.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai +971 56 640 6161
Toy Room Dubai NEW
An outdoor party venue with unique VIP cabanas which come with their own personal waitress, private toilet, bar and swimming pool.
Toy Room Dubai has its roots deep in the heart of the London clubbing scene, with a very typical Dubai twist. The setting is perfect for cosmopolitan party-goers looking to have a great night out.
Al Murooj Rotana Hotel, Dubai +971 55 246 4555
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The H Hotel, Dubai +971 4 355 8896 A rooftop cocktail lounge roosted on the 40th floor of The H Hotel Dubai, with stunning panoramic views of the city.
Vii Dubai NEW Conrad Dubai +971 50 169 6777 Tucked away on the 7th floor of Conrad Hotel Dubai, Vii is a terrace bar and lounge where the Dubai urban sky meets a lush garden.
The Cave Conrad Dubai +971 4 444 7111 An intimate wine bar with cosy corners, serving top drops from the old world and new, alongside innovative cocktails.
The Irish Village Al Garhoud, Dubai +971 4 239 5000 An Irish pub with a traditional design and a charming outdoor terrace overlooking a garden and a lake – a small piece of Ireland in Dubai.
Belgium Beer Café Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City +971 4 701 1127 With an authentic Belgian atmosphere and drinks menu, Belgium Beer Café is a place where one can enjoy Belgian good taste in all its aspects.
McGettigan’s Dubai World Trade Centre Arena 800-6247 Relaxed environment, delicious Irish grub and drinks and the best Irish entertainment are some of the ingredients that make McGettigan’s a popular hangout.
Neos Sky Lounge The Address Downtown +971 4 888 3444 Located on the 63rd floor of The Address Downtown, Neos offers stunning
views of Burj Khalifa in an art deco and contemporary setting.
the Downtown Dubai area, offering an array of signature cocktails and eclectic beats from resident and guest DJs.
The Oberoi Dubai +971 56 951 1442 A sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge, featuring an extensive menu of creative speciality fruit cocktails and stunning views of the Downtown Dubai and Business Bay.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai +971 4 321 4541
Inspired by GQ, the leading men’s lifestyle magazine, GQ Bar offers much the same as its namesake; a sophisticated bar and lounge, combining stylish interiors, upbeat music and an elaborate cocktail menu.
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Calabar is a premium lounge-bar with a sun-downer terrace that comes alive with an energetic buzz.
Cielo Sky Lounge Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club +971 4 416 1800 A modern Spanish-influenced rooftop lounge, offering guests a stunning view of the Dubai Creek and Dubai skyline.
Above Sofitel Dubai Downtown +971 52 925 9111 The latest rooftop bar and lounge in
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai +971 4 414 3000 Located high on the 71st and 72nd floor of the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis, Vault gets its name from its design and doors that resemble a bank's safe.
K Lounge Souk Madinat Jumeirah +971 4 458 5858 A first-of-its-kind professional karaoke concept in Dubai, K lounge interiors combine the luxurious flavour of Arabia with a chic European touch.
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Four Points by Sheraton +971 4 316 9888 Crowning the 43th floor of Four Points by Sheraton on the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road, this modern lounge provides its visitors with a spectacular panoramic view of Dubai's skyline.
Skylite Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi +971 2 656 0600 Abu Dhabi’s most stylish roof deck, featuring commercial house music under a sensational light-filled canopy.
And Lounge Dubai NEW The Address Dubai Marina +971 4 551 9698 And Lounge conjures up the feeling of a gentlemen’s club festooned with an array of pop culture artwork on its walls, mismatched leather sofas and waiters in natty bow ties.
Nippon Bottle Company NEW Dusit Thani Dubai +971 4 357 0779 Hidden behind a fake bookcase in the lobby of the hotel, Nippon Bottle Company is Dubai’s first speakeasy bar, inspired by prohibition-era bars hidden out of sight.
Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar
Trader Vic’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah +971 4 366 5646 Home of the Original Mai Tai, this Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar injects the spirit of the island into a happy imbibe from a collection of expertly crafted libations.
Grosvenor House Dubai +971 4 317 600 Infusing Asian flavours with futuristic sounds in a sophisticated ambience, a sublime lounging experience, indoor and outdoor, awaits at Siddharta.
And Lounge Dubai Vault
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Blue Marlin Ibiza Eden Beach Club
Beach Parties Barasti Le MĂŠridien Mina Seyahi +971 4 399 3333 Famed for its thumbing beach party nights, Barasti is a Dubai institution offering the perfect mix of great music, delicious food and divine cocktails against the stunning backdrop of Dubai Marina skyline.
Blue Marlin Ibiza Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel, Ghantoot +971 56 113 3400 Blue Marlin Ibiza is a stylish beach club where you can enjoy lazy lunches and swims in the cool waters of the bay by day and dance to the latest beats by renowned international DJs by night.
Eden Beach Club Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah +971 55 277 1477 As day turns to night, Eden Beach Club transitions into an evening destination that sets a unique standard for entertainment, dining and music by celebrated artists and DJs.
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Live Acts The Act Shangri-La Dubai +971 4 355 1116 The highest theatre venue in the world (located on level 42 of the Shangri-La Hotel), The Act Dubai is a unique concept combining theatre, nightlife and dining. The act provides guests with a unique and sophisticated experience, not only through its mind-bending theatrics inspired from the world of vaudeville and cabaret, but also with a matching interior that blends a Victorian-style theatre seamlessly with a classic fit-out and royal blue velvets, finished by antique wooden flooring.
MusicHall Jumeirah Zabeel Saray +971 56 270 8670 MusicHall is a new and unique concept that features a series of short live musical performances. Every Thursday and Friday, at least ten successive multicultural stage performances of ten minutes each cover a wide variety of music styles ranging from Middle-Eastern to Russian, from Rock to Gipsy via French
and American Pop, as well as Salsa, Indian and Persian. Live shows are interspersed by the best DJ sets while a gourmet menu offers fusion cuisine and a wide variety of drinks.
Hard Rock Café Dubai Festival City Mall +971 4 232 8900 With unwavering fan base all over the
world, Hard Rock Café is the best place for youthful souls and Hard Rock fans looking for clean fun and a wonderful night out. Hard Rock Café Dubai is no different in this respect. The main floor of the restaurant features a large stage as the focal point. In addition, impressive memorabilia articulates the energy and vibe of the Hard Rock brand.
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15 Must-see Blockbuster Buildings and Skyscrapers
It goes without saying that the United Arab Emirates is home to some of the most magnificent buildings in the world, each a feat of architectural ingenuity. This drive to construct superstructures has turned the UAE into an architectural wonderland with some of the most dramatic skylines in the world. Some of the architectural wonders on this list are obvious choices, while other lesser-known structures had to be carefully selected out of many qualifying buildings.
Burj Khalifa Topping the list is none other than Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and Dubai's infamous urban masterpiece at over 828 metres and more than 160 floors. While Burj Khalifa is superlative in every respect, it is the unique design of Burj Khalifa that truly sets it apart. Like petals from a stem, the tower's wings extend from its central core, which emerges at the top and culminates in a sculpted spire.
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Burj Al Arab Completed in 1999, the distinctive sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel is one of the buildings that helped shape Dubai. Resting on an artificial island 280 m offshore and connected to the mainland by a bridge, the iconic structure required complex engineering feats to achieve. Inside the building, the atrium is 180 m tall, making the hotelâ€™s lobby one of the biggest in the world.
Cayan Tower Developed by Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development, Cayan Tower is a 306-metres, 73-story skyscraper located in the Dubai Marina area. The tower is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) architectural group, the same group who did the concept design for Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Upon its inauguration on 10 June 2013, the tower has become world's tallest high rise building with a twist of 90 degrees.
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Almas Tower Home to Dubai’s diamond exchange, Almas Tower is a sparkling example of innovative design. Located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, and rising 360 m in height, Almas Tower was the tallest building in the Middle East when it was completed in 2008, up until it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa in 2010. Almas Tower was designed to meet a particularly challenging brief. It had to be the tallest tower in Dubai, but was also restricted in floor area. The obvious way to meet these requirements is to taper the building as it rises, but the tower’s designers sought a more aesthetically interesting solution than a simple cone. The result is a supremely elegant form, created by intersecting two elliptical towers of different heights, producing a composition that changes subtly as one circles the building.
Capital Gate Owned and developed by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company), Capital Gate building is designed with a striking lean: 18° westwards. At 160 m (35 floor), it is also one of the tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi. Guinness World Records certified Capital Gate as the ‘World’s furthest leaning man-made tower.’ The tower accommodates exclusive office spaces as well as the 5 Star ‘Hyatt Capital Gate’ hotel.
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Al Bahar Towers Located at the intersection of Al Saada and Al Salam Street in Abu Dhabi, this award-winning development consists of two 145 m high towers. The distinguishing feature of the iconic towers is the Mashrabiya, an 'intelligent' faรงade which functions as dynamic solar shading system designed to open and close during the course of each day in response to the movement of the sun.
Aldar HQ The Aldar HQ building is the first circular-shaped building of its kind in the Middle East. It is located in Al Raha area in Abu Dhabi. The distinctive building was voted as 'Best Futuristic Design' by The Building Exchange Conference held in Spain. The building offers flexible office accommodation to international corporations.
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Dusit Thani Dubai 37 stories high, this Dusit Thani hotel development stands out as a striking skyscraper on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road. The most notable aspect of the tower is that its structure is divided into two bases which join at the top.
Iris Bay At 170 metres, Iris Bay is a one-of-a-kind structure located in Dubaiâ€™s Business Bay area. The tower is designed in the shape of an ovoid and comprises two identical double curved pixelated shells which are rotated and cantilevered over the podium. The rear elevation is a continuous vertical curve punctuated by balconies while the front elevation is made up of seven zones of rotated glass. The tower is also claimed to incorporate both passive and active environmental features. This includes naturally ventilated spaces and integrated solar energy and shading films in
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O-14 Building O-14 stands at the heart of Business Bay, Dubai. The tower is surrounded by a concrete shell which creates a lace-like faĂ§ade with openings to allow views, sun exposure and luminosity. A space nearly one meter deep between the shell and the main enclosure creates a so-called â€˜chimney effect,â€™ a phenomenon whereby hot air has room to rise effectively cooling the surface of the building behind the perforated shell. This passive solar technique essentially contributes to a natural component to the cooling system for O-14, thus reducing energy consumption and costs.
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Monumental Meanderings Many people tend to overlook the United Arab Emirates as a destination of historical significance, largely due to the overshadowing modern attractions, but the UAE is in fact rich in archaeological treasures, including castles, forts and mosques that date back centuries.
DUBAI Union House
Located on Jumeriah Beach Road, Union House is the former office of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It is here where the historical agreement union was signed on 2 December 1971, uniting the emirates six emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain, and Ajman (Ras Al Khaimah joined later).
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Housed within the beautifully restored 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum brings the cityâ€™s past and present together in a series of life-size dioramas and archaeological exhibits collected from desert excavations. It also contains a collection of old weapons and arms from different historical periods along with a model of the city from the year 1820.
Jumeirah Archaeological Site
Dating back to the Abbasid period, between the 9th and 11th century, Jumeirah Archaeological Site is one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in the UAE. To visit the site, you must obtain a special permit from Dubai Museum, where much of siteâ€™s digs can be seen. Jumeirah Archaeological Site
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Al Ahmadaiya School
Founded in 1912 by Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, Al Ahmadiya School is one of the oldest educational institutions in Dubai. It was converted into a museum in the year 2000 to showcase the origins of semi-formal education in the emirate.
Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood
Located at the mouth of Dubai Creek, Al Shindagha neighbourhood is where Dubaiâ€™s ruling family established itself. The charming neighbourhood features many historical buildings and attractions including Heritage and Diving Village, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House and Jumaa and Obaid Bin Thani House.
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Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood
Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood
Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood
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Hili Archaeological Park
ABU DHABI & AL AIN
Located about 12km north of Al Ain city, Hili is one of largest archaeological sites in the UAE, with traces dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Finds from the site can be seen at Al Ain National Museum in central Al Ain, while the site itself has been turned into a park for visitors to see the circular tombs discovered here.
Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn was originally built as watchtower in 1761. It was expanded to become a small fort in 1793, later converted to be the permanent residence of the ruling Sheikh. A major extension of the fort took place in the late 1930s. The fort remained the rulerâ€™s palace and seat of government until 1966. In 2007, it was redeveloped as a historical site and was opened to the public.
Al Jahili Fort
An Al Ain city landmark, Al Jahili Fort was built in 1891. The fort has been carefully restored, and now houses a permanent exhibition of the work of British adventurer Sir Wilfred Thesiger famed for his 1940s crossings of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) desert.
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Sharjah Heritage Museum
For an understanding of Sharjah’s diverse heritage, the Sharjah Heritage Museum is the perfect place to explore traditions that have endured the test of time. A visit here is full of discovery with exhibits including works of art, crafts, costumes and folklore.
Al Hisn Fort
Built in 1820, Al Hisn Fort, which is now open to the public as a museum, was once the residence of Sharjah’s ruling family. The house played an important role and has witnessed several social, political, commercial and military developments and changes in the region.
AJMAN The Red Fort
The Red Fort was built during the time of Sheikh Humaid bin Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi. Gravel and red plaster were used in the construction of the walls of the fort and hence it was named the red fort.
Dating back to the 18th century, the Ajman Museum was originally built as a fort and a stronghold for the emirate’s leadership. The historical landmark has been converted into a fully-fledged museum displaying antiquities and traditional artefacts.
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Hassa Buweid Castle
This castle represents another legacy in the historical heritage of the emirate of Ajman. Built by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi in 1976 on top of a stone hill called 'Hassa Buweid,' the castle's main purpose was to provide quarters to the leadership of the emirate at the time.
Hassa Buweid Castle
The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
RAS AL KHAIMAH The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
The museum is an 18th-century fort that houses an intriguing collection of archaeological artefacts from numerous sites in the emirate.
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Located about 15km from Ras Al Khaimah, this 16th-century fort offers scenic views of the mountains and overlooks the village of Shimal â€“ a significant archaeological site. The fort is a popular tourist destination as it had a major role as a strategic military fortification in the history of Ras Al Khaimah.
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Umm Al Quwain Museum
The history of Umm Al Quwain Museum dates back to 1768 when it was established as the rulersâ€™ quarters and seat of government. The museum houses several artefacts found in near archaeological sites.
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Al Bidyah Mosque
Al Bidyah Mosque
Located in a small village 50km North of Fujairah city, this mosque is the oldest known mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Its construction is traced back to 1446 AD. The mosque is a popular tourist attraction in Fujairah and an active place of worship.
Al Bithna Fort
13 kilometres from the city of Fujairah, in Al Bithna village, stands Al Bithna Fort overlooking the Hajar Mountains and palm orchards surrounding it. The construction of this castle goes back to 1735, and it consists of an enormous staunch edifice graced by two watch towers on the west side.
Al Bithna Fort
Fujairah Fort is one of the important and largest forts in Fujairah. The fort was built in the era of Sheikh Hamad bin Matar Alsharqi from local materials involving stone, gravel, clay, hay, and gypsum.
The design of the Fujairah Fort differs completely from the construction of other forts in emirate.
The fortress of Awhlah is located in the mountainous village of Aouhlah, 30 kilometres from the city of Fujairah. The architectural structure of the fort is similar to the the walls of the Assyrian cities in northern Iraq, which points to the relationship of the region with the ancient civilization.
Al Bithna Fort
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INTO THE ART-MOSPHERE The art scene in Dubai and its bordering emirates is undeniably diverse, with a lot to offer the artistic mind. Besides cultivating local artistic talent, it attracts some of the best established international names, who come here to perform or exhibit. Whether you’re looking for an intriguing exhibition or an inspiring live performance, you’ll be enthused by the cultural offerings found here.
DIFC Gate Village
(www.alserkalavenue.ae) is the most significant hub in the area. The complex has a youthful kind of energy, and is home to twenty – and growing – creative organizations that cultivate Dubai's arts scene.
With few exceptions, most art galleries are conveniently concentrated in small areas that have come to be recognized as ‘art districts’. In these art districts inspiration abounds on every corner. The best way to explorer these areas is to get lost in them.
DIFC Gate Village, Dubai A global financial hub, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is where the biggest financial institutions base their offices in Dubai. With Dubai’s financial sharks working here, the centre has attracted some of the finest retail outlets and restaurants to set up shop here. The district also attracted several exclusive art galleries, which brought about a host of art and culture events that keep the district pulsating night and day.
Al Quoz, Dubai One of Dubai’s industrial zones, Al Quoz locality is dominated by cement factories, labour camps and auto repair shops. Surprisingly, however, it is here where Dubai’s contemporary art scene has taken root and blossomed. The area is now best known for its many art galleries, housed in warehouse spaces. Alserkal Avenue
Art Bus The UAE’s shuttle to arts; ArtBus provides guided tours of the city’s prominent art galleries, studios, centres and fairs. It’s an enjoyable experience where trained art guides take you through a programme of gallery exhibitions, events and performances. To book your seat, call +971 4 341 7303 or email email@example.com
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shops. Together with two other sites, The Heart of Sharjah (www.heartofsharjah.ae) and Al Qasba (www.alqasba.ae), the mosaic of Sharjah’s art scene comes together, forming a beautiful picture that embodies the artistic vision of the emirate.
Situated in Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi is one of the oldest residential neighbourhoods in the city. Rich with historic and cultural attractions, the laidback neighbourhood has gained great importance as a cultural centre – a natural place for art institutions to exist. The neighbourhood is also home to SIKKA Art Fair (www.sikka.ae), the annual initiative by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority to support and showcase Emirati and Dubai-based artistic talent.
Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi With the Louvre Abu Dhabi (www.louvreabudhabi.ae) nearing it opening day and Manarat Al Saadiyat pulsating with a wide-ranging series of art programmes, the Saadiyat Cultural District (www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae) on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi is becoming a major hub for the art and culture scene in the capital. And as the realization of the Zayed National Museum, the Guggenheim Musuem, the Maritime Museum and the Preforming Arts Centre nears, this art and culture hub will soon be globally unprecedented in terms of scale and scope.
The Art Area & Heart of Sharjah, Sharjah Located in the heart of Sharjah, The Art Area or Al Shuwaihiyeen area is one of the most prominent cultural areas in Sharjah. Chosen for its historical and cultural significance, The Art Area grew over time into a vibrant centre for the arts. Many arts and cultural institutions are based here, playing host to regular exhibitions, seminars and work-
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Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC)
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Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) Connected to Mall of the Emirates, DUCTAC has a state-of-the-art theatre that regularly hosts plays, dramas, musicals and other stage performances. www.ductac.org
Madinat Jumeirah Theater Located within Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Madinat Theatre is always abuzz with performances, ranging from foottapping musicals to side-splitting stand-up comedy and mesmerising ballet. www.madinattheatre.com
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Dubai Opera Due to open in 2016, Dubai Opera is set to be the centrepiece of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai. The multi-format theatre, with a 2,000-seat, capacity will be a worldclass destination for concerts, ballet, drama ,orchestra, and other art programmes. www.dubaiopera.com
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Abu Dhabi Theatre Located near to the Abu Dhabi Marina, the theatre houses an auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and film equipment, and is large enough to seat 2,253 spectators. +971 2 621 5300
The Emirates Palace Auditorium
Al Majaz Amphitheatre
At the splendid Emirates Palace Auditorium, some 1100 spectators can enjoy dramas, comedy, music and dance performances in the ornate hall decorated with shimmering gold-leaf. The auditorium possesses superb acoustics and offers exceptional seating comfort.
Positioned on Al Majaz Island, Khalid Lagoon, Al Majaz Amphitheatre is an open-air, Roman-style, semi-circular theatre that can accommodate up to 4500 spectators. www.sharjahmydestination.ae
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Dubai Moving Image Museum
Sharjah Art Museum The museum includes 8 sets of permanent collections donated by H.H.Shaikh Dr.Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, the Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Most of these works are from European orientalists who painted the Arab Orient. These collections help in depicting the area in the past periods, which refreshes the architectural memory, the shape of cities, kinds of fashions and the state of Arabian cities. www.sharjahmuseums.ae
Dubai Moving Image Museum Dubai Moving Image Museum’s showcases the progression of visual entertainment, from its inception to the birth of modern-day cinema. It is one of a handful of museums in the world focusing on the history of the moving image and the only museum of its kind in the Middle East. www.dubaimovingimagemuseum.com
The Women’s Museum Here, visitors can learn about the lifestyle and philosophy of Emirati women down through history. The first floor is dedicated to works by female Emirati artists, while the Diwan Ousha Bint Khalifa space on the second floor celebrates the life and work of the acclaimed Emirati poet Ousha Bint Khalifa. www.womenmuseumuae.com
Abu Dhabi Emirates National Auto Museum The museum holds the amazing, private car collection of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The collection includes a vast array of vehicles. While some cars have been kept as originally intended, others have been modified as pieces of art. www.enam.ae
Sharjah Art Museum
Tourist | Beauty & Wellbeing
A Wealth of Wellness
Pamper, relax and restore from holiday with a wealth of award-winning spas and healing sanctuaries
When you think of vacationing in the United Arab Emirates, you probably imagine yourself stumbling through the city with the sun blazing down on you. However, opportunities to be restored and rejuvenated are countless. Most of the UAE's top relaxation destinations are situated in hotels and resorts, and whether you're looking for a tension-relieving massage, a glowboosting facial or an exotic body treatment, these spas will serve it up amid impressive and luxurious spa environments.
ABU DHABI ESPA at Viceroy Yas Abu Dhabi Enter a sanctuary of award-winning rejuvenation at ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, where classic healing traditions blend with modern techniques to provide an inspirational experience. ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi transcends the expected, with eight treatment rooms, separate private areas for male and female guests, Kinesis fitness equipment, a relaxation lounge overlooking the Yas Marina race track, plus the Viceroy Presidential Treatment Suite, featuring its own hammam steam room with a rain shower and colour therapy. Through a detailed offering of spa treatments, each guest will find a tranquil retreat for pampering and relaxation, emerging with a renewed energy and spirit. All ESPA treatments begin with an in depth consultation and a relaxing foot ritual using mineral sea salts and essential oils to refresh the feet, and include full use of the steam room, waiting lounges and relaxation areas.
Anantara Spa at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara Embark on a sensual journey of lasting impressions at Anantara Spa Eastern Mangroves. Away from the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi City and tucked away amid a tranquil waterway of mangroves, Anantara Spa guides you on a pathway towards beautiful wellbeing with traditionally inspired techniques and gentle authentic remedies that offer therapeutic pampering. Reward your body with the nurturing it deserves, while escaping from life’s everyday stresses and tensions. Choose from an array of indigenous treatments, from Middle Eastern traditions to Thailand’s exotic remedies. Retreat to luxurious facilities, where 15 treatment rooms include three couple’s suites, two Vichy shower rooms and dedicated LPG face and body slimming room. The spa also takes great pride in its Traditional Turkish Hammam, featuring two private Hammam rooms, as well as an open Hammam area, sauna and steam rooms. Anantara Spa uses specialist spa products including the award winning British skincare brand Elemis, Arabian inspired Shiffa products and the signature Anantara Spa product range which is made from highly prized natural ingredients. In Addition, guests can enjoy a full spa and wellness experience with pampering treatments at the Beauty Spot Salon and energising sessions in the Workout Room.
Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah Set amidst the tranquil waterways and tropical landscapes of Madinat Jumeirah, Talise Spa is a true oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation. All treatments at Madinat Jumeirah Talise Spa in Dubai are personalised to cater to your individual needs, transforming the mind, body and soul on your journey to self-discovery. Indulge amongst 26 treatment rooms, including of two couples' suites and choose from a variety of signature experiences, facials, massages and body treatments. Relax in any of the relaxation areas or experience the infra-red sauna, steam rooms and plunge pools. The award-winning Talise Spa in Madinat Jumeirah also features a communal swimming pool which serves a variety of health conscious spa cuisine. Facilities also include a private yoga studio which caters to group and personal sessions.
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DUBAI Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab Perched 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf, Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab is the ultimate destination to luxuriate, relax and rejuvenate. Each experience has been carefully crafted and exclusively developed using the world’s most luxurious products to leave you utterly pampered. Talise Spa offers a unique naturebased luxury environment to help you unwind in pleasure with treatments from world-renowned houses, such as La Prairie, Sundari and THÉMAÉ, applied by a skilled and caring team of therapists. Spanning over two floors, separate men's and women's amenities ensure total privacy and discretion. Separate indoor infinity pools, jacuzzi and treatment rooms overlooking the Arabian Gulf complement the spa treatments, along with saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools. Guests can also enjoy the panoramic sauna and steam lounges fitted with rare fog-proof glass looking out to the World Islands and Downtown Dubai. Additional facilities include a squash court, a fitness centre with aerobic facilities, advanced cardiovascular and resistance training equipment.
B/Attitude Spa at Grosvenor House Dubai The B/Attitude Spa welcomes you to an adventure through the senses, with all natural, oriental treatments that restore harmony between body and mind. A blend of ancient therapies form the East coupled with an intimate, contemporary setting lead you on a unique pathway toward luxury and solitude. Breaking the traditional spa experience with a divine combination of oriental opulence, Chakra infused décor, unique atmosphere and a plethora of signature treatments, combined with unparalleled service, this restful sanctuary will help reverse the signs of ageing and melt away the ills of stress.
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Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Behind vast carved turquoise doors within the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel lies the palatial Talise Ottoman Spa. Winner of multiple awards, including The World Travel Awards ‘UAE's Leading Spa Resort’ in 2014, ‘Best Luxury Hotel Spa’ in the Luxury Spa Awards and the 'Best Spa' category in the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards 2013, and ‘Most Unique Treatment – Snow Room’ category in Condé Nast Johansens 2015, Talise Ottoman Spa is an experience like no other. From the moment you arrive you will experience a spa sensory journey that will instantly, relax, destress and uplift both your body and mind. With 42 treatment rooms, eight hydrotherapy rooms, steam rooms, saunas, snow rooms, floating baths and two thalassotherapy pools, you’ll discover almost limitless ways to treat yourself At the heart of this spa, built from marble and exquisitely decorated with dark woods, mosaics and murals, is a spectacular Turkish Hammam, with centuries-old tradition based around a philosophy of community. It’s the perfect place to come together, relax and experience true indulgence.
Armani/SPA at Armani Hotel Dubai An oasis of peace and tranquillity in the heart of a bustling city, the 12,000 square feet Armani/Spa reflects the Armani lifestyle and design philosophies, offering beautiful unique spaces and outstanding service for individual treatments, personal fitness, sequential thermal bathing, creative spa cuisine, private and social relaxation. Each guest receives a personal consultation from the spa manager in order to develop a fully tailored sensory experience designed by Armani. The spa therapies have been designed to fulfil different goals. MU quenches a desire for relaxation and stillness; LIBERTA’ encourages freedom of movement and the release of physical pain; and FLUIDITA’ enhances vitality, restoring internal balance. These therapeutic treatments are enhanced with bespoke, naturally fragranced Armani oils of Bois, Jasmine and Jade. For those seeking to restore natural balance, the Armani/Spa provides the perfect escape for rejuvenation.
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RAS AL KHAIMAH Banyan Tree Spa at Banyan Tree Al Wadi At Banyan Tree Spa, the best of restorative retreats await you in the midst of a desert oasis environment. Lavish treatment pavilions, a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facility,and unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf shimmering usher you into a lush world where relaxation reigns in priority. With a potent blend combined from local ingredients, including herbs and spices, your journey into an existence of restful being begins and ends. Banyan Tree Spa therapists are formally trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Bintan in Indonesia or Phuket in Thailand, ensuring that each spa experience is of a high level of consistency and quality.
Bab Al Bahr Spa at Rixos Bab Al Bahr Take a deep breath and relax with Rixos Bab Al Bahr Spa. Two ultra-luxurious Ottoman spas – one for men, one for women – are the largest spas in Ras Al Khaimah and provide everything you need to achieve a state of complete and utter relaxation. Whether you have selected a spa vacation, or are simply enjoying a respite from the excitement of the resort, Rixos Bab Al Bahr Spa is the ultimate haven of serenity. Each spa has a secluded private swimming pool area, perfect for sunbathing or enjoying a cool water dip, whereas the most enchanting area of the spa is undeniably the traditional Turkish Hammams, where you can embark on the time-honoured ritual of deep cleansing scrub, undertaken beneath the decorative architecture of the hammam’s central dome. Guests can also enjoy unlimited access to the steam room and sauna, invigorating ice fountain and quiet reading and relaxing areas. In addition to the wide range of complimentary facilities, guests can also indulge in a host of pampering spa wellness therapies, beauty treatments and a beauty salon.
Tourist | Hotels
Here to Stay From scenic desert retreats to towering city hotels, we list the best places to unpack your suitcases in the UAE.
With an ever-expanding hotel scene, the UAE offers plenty of room for choice when it comes to accommodation. Most hotels are located centrally within close proximity to major sights and attractions, but as more travellers turn towards more exotic experiences, city fringes have also been flourishing with resorts that offer something a little more refreshingâ€Ś Whatever type of accommodation you're looking for, this list will help you pin down some of the best staying options.
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Best for: Perfectionists, Big Spenders, Glitterati
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah 3, Dubai Repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel, the magnificent Burj Al Arab offers guests the finest service and facilities throughout – right down to a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce. Burj Al Arab’s suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within rooms, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers. Guests can also indulge in the hotel's nine signature restaurants and bars, and awardwinning Talise Spa.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers West Corniche Rd., Abu Dhabi Rising majestically from its beachside setting in Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers sets a new standard for luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. This multi-award winning luxury hotel has 382 elegant rooms and suites, which afford some of the most stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Moreover, the towering hotel offers some of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi, and delivers it all with passion and panache.
Emirates Palace West Corniche Rd., Abu Dhabi A site to behold, Emirates Palace is the essence of palatial Arabian architecture. It is one of the most inspiring hotels in Abu Dhabi with 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, 114 breath-taking high domes, and ornate hotel rooms and suites decorated in gold and marble, and offering unparalleled comforts and conveniences. From Italian food to local flavours, there is a wide array of tastes to indulge in with the hotel’s 14 restaurants, cafes, lounges and bars.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah Perched on the northernmost tip of Ras Al Khaimahcoast, this luxury hotel is one of the best places to stay in the emirate. It offers spectacular views of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Hajar mountains to the east. The setting of this landmark destination is matched by its unparalleled facilities including stylish dining and entertainment venues, luxurious spa experiences, an 18-hole championship golf course and a 350m private beach.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
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Palazzo Versace Dubai
mous with the Versace brand. Each of the luxurious rooms is furnished by Versace Home Collection and features a private balcony or a terrace with views of Culture Village or the Dubai Creek. Guests are spoilt for choice with eight unique concept restaurants and exquisite hotel facilities, including three magnificent lagoon pools, state-of-the-art gymnasium, an opulent grand ballroom and the premier V Spa.
Cultural Village Dubai Creek, Dubai Set in the heart of Dubaiâ€™s Culture Village precinct, Palazzo Versace Dubai is one of the most prestigious and iconic waterfront hotels in the city. The hotel represents the essence of the Versace lifestyle, which evokes the fine workmanship, supreme quality and sophisticated style synony-
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BOUTIQUE & DESIGN
Best for: Fashionable Travellers, Selfie Takers, Design-savvy souls
Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd., Dubai Envisioned by fashion icon Giorgio Armani, this elegant hotel occupies 11 floors of Dubai’s iconic skyscraper, Burj Khalifa. Each of the hotel’s elegant rooms is decorated with Japanese tatami and luxury fabrics. The hotel provides sophisticated dining options in each of its seven restaurants. Guests can relax at the extensive Armani Spa, offering personal treatments and sequential bathing, or enjoy a round of haute couture shopping at Armani Galleria, retailing fashion, flowers and Italian pastries.
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Vida Downtown Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd., Dubai A 10-minute walk from the iconic Burj Khalifa, Vida Downtown Dubai is an exciting and refreshing boutique hotel ideal for the new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers. Elegant yet minimalistic, the hotel creates a stimulating environment for those who demand all the frills of modern luxury travel but none of the fuss. Deluxe interior decorations with designer furnishings distinguish all rooms. Guests can also benefit from a business centre, a gym and an outdoor pool.
Meliá Dubai ,
PER AQUUM Desert Palm
Kuwait St., Bur Dubai, Dubai Situated in the gilded heart of Dubai, Meliá Dubai is the first five-star Spanish hotel in the Middle East. Designed by a Milan-based architect, the hotel has a fresh, modern air. Expect visually entertaining interiors with contemporary art pieces from all over the world, along with stunningly-decorated rooms and suites, state-of-the-art meeting space and business facilities that reflect the urban glamor of this flourishing metropolis.
XVA Art Hotel Al Fahidi St., Bur Dubai, Dubai Since the 2003 inauguration, heritage and history have merged to create a constantly evolving designer haven called the XVA Art Hotel. The inspired owner, Mona Hauser, has created 13 unique and individual guest rooms, which showcase architectural and cultural motifs of the region. Located in the heart of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood within an internationally-acclaimed art gallery, the hotel also boasts an award-winning restaurant. With its three original wind towers, a sumptuous lounge and a starry rooftop for the solace-seeking guests, this centrally located hotspot is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
PER AQUUM Desert Palm Al Awir Rd., Warsan 2, Dubai Close yet well-secluded, this upscale resort is set in a peaceful location amidst lush greenery, only 15 minutes from Dubai's city centre. Here one can retreat from the silver peaks and endless dunes to chic spaces, distinct flavours and the manicured grounds of a 160-acre polo estate. Naturally modern spaces blend with contemporary architecture and soft touches of nature – rustling palms cast their shade across your courtyard and its private pool.
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Four Seasons Dubai
Atlantis The Palm
Best for: Family Vacationers, Honeymooners, Funloving Flocks
health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah – a traditional retail and dining experience showcasing the best of Arabia.
Atlantis The Palm
Four Seasons Dubai
Crescent Rd. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Situated on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, the five-star Atlantis beach resort is an aquatic wonderland by the sea, offering guests relaxation and thrills unlike any other in Dubai. Each room and suite is designed to immerse guests in comfort and spectacular views of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea or over the iconic Palm Jumeirah and the magnificent Dubai skyline. Atlantis is a culinary destination too, with some of the best restaurants in Dubai.
Jumeirah Beach Rd., Dubai Set on the naturally-shelving Jumeirah Beach, Four Seasons Resort Dubai blends Arabic design with cool, contemporary style – creating an atmosphere of light and sophisticated luxury. The resort’s 237 ultra-spacious accommodations offer views of the Arabian Gulf on one side and Burj Khalifa and the downtown skyline on the other. The five-star Dubai hotel is also home to 10 restaurants and lounges, one of the city’s most lavish spas, and three swimming pools.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Al Sufouh Rd., Dubai Set across its own private beach, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, 7 Jumeirah Malakiya Villas, over 40 restaurants and bars, and expansive conference and banqueting facilities, all interconnected by three kilometres of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides leisure and
Jumeirah Beach Rd., Dubai With its striking wave-like design, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of Dubai’s most instantly-recognisable resorts. All the hotel’s rooms, suites and villas are luxuriously furnished and provide spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. And once you’ve finished taking in the view, you can choose from the widest array of leisure facilities around one of the best family hotels in Dubai, including a scuba diving centre, six swimming pools, Sinbad’s Kids Club and complimentary, unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark.
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accommodation, complemented by cuisine from Asia as well as the Mediterranean served at four speciality venues. In addition, guests can unwind in one of three turquoise swimming lagoons, enjoy a session at the tennis courts or gyms, or indulge in a choice of treatments at Anantara Spa.
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa Crescent Rd. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Perched on the eastern crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a remarkable resort inspired by traditional Thai architecture in an Arabian setting. The resort offers enchanting beach side
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Tourist | Hotels Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Best for: Soul Searchers, Honeymooners, Escapists
Al Mazraa, Wadi Khadija, Ras Al Khaimah This idyllic all-villa desert retreat sits amid stretches of desert dunes surrounded by the evergreen Ghaf trees of the tranquil Wadi Khadeja in Ras Al Khaimah. Designed to blend into the surrounding environment, the design of Banyan Tree Al Wadi takes on an adaptation of traditional Arabic architecture: each of the 101 villas feature a Bedouin-inspired, tentlike design, inspiring the romance of living like the nomads of yore. When it comes to â€˜relax, recharge and unwindâ€™, each of the plush 101 villas, offer a private pool and a tranquil view of the desert, while appetising temptations and Asian-inspired spa facilities heighten the soul-soothing experience.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Al Qudra Rd., Dubai Located in the heart of the desert, yet just a 40-minute drive from the city of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa presents the ideal destination for those seeking a unique desert experience within easy reach of the city. Surrounded by gently-sloping dunes, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa offers guests a traditional desert experience that is true to the culture and heritage of Dubai and the UAE. The resort is built in an Arabian fort setting, with shaded courtyards, walkways and water features, providing cool shelter and maintaining the unique atmosphere.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Ain Road, Dubai A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Al Maha is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve . The resort showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins, and also offers a sense of desert adventure. The Arabian Oryx and the Gazelles are the star attraction of the reserve. The indigenous Arabian wildlife can also be viewed from the temperature-controlled infinity pool or sun deck seating area of all villas. Guests also enjoy complimentary desert activities every day as part of the stay.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Rd, Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi Emerging as a palatial mirage in the heart of the world’s largest desert (Rub'Al Khali), Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is a regal oasis of true Arabian splendour. Every room, villa and suite is considered to be some of the finest abodes among luxury Abu Dhabi resorts, blending rich interiors with the mesmerizing landscape. Qasr Al Sarab distinguishes itself with facilities to please the most demanding of tastes. These include Anantara Spa, four dining venues, a fitness centre, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a kids club, a business centre and a small library.
Desert Island Resort & Spa by Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Set on the island of Sir Bani Yas, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara is regarded as one of the most luxurious Abu Dhabi resorts offering intrepid travellers an unforgettable island escape. The resort boasts luxury accommodation that taps into the country’s opulent spirit. Guests here can discover the diverse wildlife inhabiting the desert island through walking, kayaking or mountain biking, or simply lie back and enjoy Anantara Spa, a shoreline infinity-edge swimming pool and The Workout Room. Several restaurants serving both local and international cuisine complete the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara experience.
Desert Island Resort & Spa by Anantara
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Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre
Best for: Business Travellers, City Slickers, Socialites
Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai This Ritz-Carlton property is situated within Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), one of the city’s most exciting destinations for business and leisure. Here, understated luxury and elegance behind a handsome limestone façade and a stunning 14-storey waterfall welcome guests into an art deco inspired lobby. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, soothing accommodations, indoor and outdoor pools, and three world-class restaurants, make the Dubai luxury hotel a dynamic setting and opulent retreat for any affluent traveller. Conrad Dubai
Raffles Dubai Sheikh Rashid Rd, Wafi City, Dubai Located in the heart of the city, Raffles Dubai enjoys a great location – just 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport – and is connected to Wafi Mall, one of Dubai’s premium lifestyle and entertainment complexes. The rooms and suites at Raffles Dubai are amongst some of the largest in the city. Beginning at 70 square meters, each room offers spacious balconies and stunning views of Dubai’s skyline. Guests can indulge in a culinary fare with a choice of award-winning restaurants and bars, while those looking for well-deserved pampering can find a haven of relaxation at Raffles Spa.
Issue 2016 for this vibrant and energetic city. The hotel's spacious and bright rooms offer a dynamic sense of style and a striking design that appeals to all tastes across the international travel market. With a host of dining and leisure options, The Address Downtown is an ideal destination for everything from indulgent spa treatments to fabulous brunches, exquisite dinners and late night hangouts.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Rosewood Abu Dhabi Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi Marking the first presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand in the UAE, Rosewood Abu Dhabi offers guests a distinct and personalized luxury lifestyle experience new to Abu Dhabi. Situated on Al Maryah Island at the core of Abu Dhabi’s new International Financial Centre – a sophisticated environment for business and leisure – the hotel offers nine restaurants, access superb shopping and stunning views of the of Abu Dhabi. As with every hotel in the collection, Rosewood Abu Dhabi encompasses Rosewood’s 'A Sense of Place' philosophy by reflecting the culture, history and geography of its location.
Conrad Dubai Sheikh Zayed Rd., Dubai From the moment you step into Conrad Dubai, you feel transformed by a world that is globally inspired, sophisticated and innovative. Located in the heart of the buzzing financial and shopping district of Dubai, Conrad Dubai offers elegantly furnished accommodations with panoramic views, unique dining and entertainment venues and a luxury Spa, complete with range of fitness facilities.
The Address Downtown Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd., Dubai Whether travelling to Dubai for business or leisure, The Address Downtown is the premier all-around destination
The Address Downtown
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Brilliant Bargains 50 Unique, Unusual and Specialist shops you will love We all know about the massive and expansive shopping malls in Dubai, but what about all of the unique and quirky shops the city has to offer? Whether it is bargain hunting, grocery shopping or searching for that illusive outfit, we have selected 50 great shops that are guaranteed to delight you if you are on the market for something fun and funky.
Fashion & Accessories
Bullet & Butterflies
Best for: selected men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from niche brands. Mercato Mall, Dubai +971 4 342 2243
Best for: reasonably-priced fashion and accessories from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Jumeirah Rd., Dubai +971 4 349 5585
The Cartel Best for: avant-garde, visionary and timeless fashion from across the world. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai +971 4 388 4341
The Zoo Concept Best for: innovative gifts, clothes and accessories ranging funny to uber-cool. Jumeirah Rd., Dubai +971 4 349 5585
The Zoo Concept
Garderobe Best for: pre-loved luxury and designer fashion. Jumeirah Rd., Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai +971 4 394 2753
Souvenirs & Collectibles
The Noble Collection
Harvest Home Best for: quirky gifts and souvenirs that you wonâ€™t find anywhere else. Jumeirah Rd., Dubai +971 4 342 0225
Al Jaber Gallery Best for: traditional Arabian gifts and souvenirs to remind you of the UAE. Dubai Mall and various locations across the UAE +971 4 339 8566
Antique Museum Best for: Arabic-style ornaments and trinkets to decorate your home. Al Quoz, Dubai +971 4 347 9935
Collectors Palace Best for: miniature high end car models and limitededition wearables. Dubai Mall +971 50 888 7582
The Noble Collection Best for: prop replicas and collectibles of various comics, movies and TV series Dubai Mall +971 4 330 8911
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Level Shoe District
Bloomingdaleâ€™s Best for: a highly personalized shopping service among a full-line of upscale fashion brands. Dubai Mall +971 4 350 5333
Saks Fifth Avenue Best for: superlative American and international designers and first-rate fashion experience. BurJuman +971 4 501 2700
Level Shoe District Best for: a shoe frenzy with 40 boutiques offering luxurious and bespoke collections. Dubai Mall +971 4 501 6888
Harvey Nichols Best for: exclusive, niche and established labels sitting alongside accessible everyday collections. Mall of the Emirates +971 4 409 8888
Galeries Lafayette Best for: a French perspective on fashion, home decoration and Gourmet food. Dubai Mall +971 4 339 9933
Entertainment & Gadgets Virgin Megastore Best for: a wide range of entertainment products, including Books, Electronics, Multimedia, Games, Accessories and a whole lot more. Dubai Mall and various locations across the UAE +971 4 325 3330
Tarsam Best for: a wide selection of quirky gadgets and innovative high-tech products. Dubai Mall and various locations across the UAE +971 4 339 8161
Kinokuniya Best for: a stock of more than half million books and thousands of magazines. Dubai Mall +971 4 434 0111
Comicave Best for: a huge collection of pop-culture collectibles, merchandise, comic books and apparel. Dubai Outlet Mall +971 4 423 4666
Geekay Games Best for: The widest collection of games and gaming accessories for all age groups.Â Dubai Mall and various locations across the UAE +971 4 330 8066
Fortnum & Mason Best for: exotic and speciality food products ranging from premium tea blends to caviar and Foie Gras. Downtown Dubai +971 4 388 2627
Jones the Grocer Best for: natural cooking ingredients produced by artisan suppliers from around the world. Sheikh Zayed Rd., Dubai +971 4 346 6886
Eataly Best for: Italian foods and products. Dubai Mall +971 4 330 8899
Milk & Honey Best for: a wide array of quality gourmet products and functional lifestyle goods. Shoreline Apartment Building, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai +971 4 432 8686
The Farm House Best for: fresh organic and gluten-free products including dairy, eggs, honey, meats, poultry, drinks and herbs and spices. Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai +971 4 361 7577 Fortnum & Mason
Sports & Adventure Adventure HQ
Adventure HQ Best for: a diverse range of equipment and gear for outdoor adventures and active lifestyle pursuits. Times Square Centre and various locations across the UAE, Dubai +971 4 346 6824
Decathlon Best for: sport kits and apparatus. Mirdif City Centre, Dubai +971 4 283 9392
Wolfiâ€™s Bike Shop Best for: some of the worldâ€™s leading cycling brands and products. Sheikh Zayed Rd., Dubai +971 4 339 4453
Rage Skate Shop Best for: some of the gnarliest skate and surf brands. Mall of the Emirates and various locations across the UAE +971 4 341 3388
Golf House Superstore Best for: all your golfing needs, including equipment, clubs, clothing and accessories Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Quoz, Dubai +971 04 338 6477
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Home DĂŠcor Petals Best for: unique and bespoke furnishing pieces. Courtyard, Al Qouz, Dubai +971 4 347 3003
19th Century Antiques Best for: original European 19th-century art, novelties and antiques. Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai +971 4 388 7000
Andrew Martin Best for: quality contemporary and fusion home furnishings and decor. Gate Village 07, DIFC, Dubai +9 71 4 323 1388
The Odd Piece Best for: modern furniture and vintage-then-updated finds collected from all around the world. Al Wasl Square, Al Hadiqah St., Dubai +971 4 388 3733
19th Century Antiques
Cities Best for: unique design items by notable and talented artisans from around the world. Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Rd., Dubai +971 4 343 4301
Jewellery & Watches Momentum Best for: limited edition, one-off, and vintage watches, as well as quality accessories to accompany them. The Gate Building, Marble Walk, DIFC, Dubai +971 4 327 4320
The Odd Piece
Sophieâ€™s Closet Best for: unique and rare jewels. Online at www.sophiescloset.com
Stone Best for: unique jewellery pieces from a select handful of worldwide designers. Village Mall, Dubai +971 4 342 7050
s*uce Rocks Best for: a high-end edit of collections that are as precious as they are edgy. The Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Rd., Dubai +971 4 344 0608
FR Hueb Jewellery Best for: an exquisite collection of unique, handmade diamond and natural stone jewellery inspired by the dynamic and colourful pulse of Brazil. Souk Al Bahar, Dubai +971 4 431 6733
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Art & Crafts Opera Art Gallery Best for: high-end paintings, photography and sculpture, as well as early modern masters and 19th century pieces. Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai +971 4 323 0909
O De Rose Best for: unique items ranging from chic mirrors to tea & coffee cups crafted by regional artisans. Al Wasl Rd, Dubai +971 4 348 7990
Build A Bear Workshop
Best for: ready-to-hang contemporary art and photography in paper and canvas. Souk Al Bahar, Dubai +971 4 420 3619
Best for: making your own stuffed animal friends like bears, bunnies, dogs and dressing them up in furbulous furry fashions! Dubai Mall and other locations across the UAE +971 4 325 3114
Fann-À-Porter Art Gallery Best for: beautifully-designed objects of art, including paintings, wearable art and home accessories. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates +971 4 427 0219
Imaginarium Best for: educational children’s toys, including microscopes, DIY benches and kids’ gardening sets. Wafi Mall, Dubai +971 4 324 8055
Selsal Best for: the finest handicrafts and ceramic products, which comes adorned with 18 carat gold-plated calligraphy. Souk Al Bahar, Dubai +971 4 420 1888
Hamleys Best for: the biggest collection of children’s toys ranging from dolls to action figures, learning games, building blocks and more. Dubai Mall +971 4 339 8889
O De Rose
Early Learning Centre Best for: toys designed to expand children’s imaginations and creativity. Deira City Centre and other location across the UAE +971 4 295 1548
Pinocchio World Best for: original wooden creations to cheer up your children’s bedrooms. Dubai Mall +9714 3253434
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Shop-in Shop-out The variety of shopping experiences in the UAE goes far beyond great bargains. Shopping here is a day-long activity that runs parallel with the best in the West, while also giving you a flavour of the cultural uniqueness of the East. From modern-day malls to nostalgic Arabian souks, work your way through these different experiences, and you’ll soon come to realize why the UAE is a world-famous shopping destination.
Shopping Malls Dubai The Dubai Mall Situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world. It is so big that it has golf buggies for hire to move shoppers inside of it! Almost every fashion label or brand in the world has a store here, not to mention the endless dining and entertainment options. www.dubaimall.com
Mall of the Emirates Known for housing the world’s infamous indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates is one of the biggest and most visited malls in the UAE, offering a wide range of shopping and entertainment options. www.malloftheemirates.com
Wafi Mall Shaped after the Egyptian pyramids, Wafi mall is a similarly marvellous structure featuring exquisite stained glass, intricate mosaics and carved columns. It houses a number of exclusive shops and boutiques. www.wafi.com
The Galleria This community mall contains a variety of quirky boutiques and shops good for an easy browse. It is anchored by an Italian Gourmet eatery that is developed by 3-star Michelin Chef, Heinz Beck. www.facebook.com/TheGalleriaAE
One of the smaller shopping destinations in Jumeirah Area, Mercato epitomises Italian architecture with Tuscan and Venetian features, transporting you back to the Renaissance period. www.mercatoshoppingmall.com
WTC Mall offers a selection of international fashion brands and casual dining outlets in a spacious urban environment with an abundance of natural light and greenery. www.wtcad.ae
Burjuman Known as the residence of high-fashion, BurJuman has over 300 leading high-end and high-street fashion brands mingling comfortably under its roof. www.burjuman.com
Abu Dhabi Yas Mall The largest mall in Abu Dhabi; Yas Mall is home to over 400 leading international and regional brands. Being situated on Yas Island means its right next to the regionâ€™s most exciting leisure and entertainment offerings, with direct access to Ferrari World. www.yasmall.ae
The Galleria Redefining Abu Dhabiâ€™s retail landscape, this uber chic shopping destination on Al Maryah Island is probably where the highest concentrations of luxury brands and high-end fashion labels can be found in the Middle East. www.thegalleria.ae
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Dubai Flea Market
Dubai Arte Art & Craft Market A pop-up market for locally-based artisans to sell their arts and crafts products. www.arte.ae
Dubai Flea Market A seasonal second-hand market where Dubai residents come to trade their used goods, from used furniture to books, clothes, antiques and handcrafts. www.dubai-fleamarket.com
The Ripe Food & Craft Market Taking place in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, this weekly community event is largely a farmers market for organic food, but it also offer crafts, homeware, fashion, jewellery and fun activities for families. www.ripeme.com
Prime Dubai Designer Market The place to be if you’re looking to find authentic preowned designer wear. Prime Dubai Designer Market also nurtures Dubai’s upcoming designers, so you can be the first one to discover brand new fashion lines. www.prime-dubai.com
Arte Art & Craft Market
The Ripe Food & Craft Market
Sharjah Central Souk (Blue Souk) Located at the mouth of Khaled Lagoon, this charming souk, built in 1979, occupies two twin, two-story buildings connected by overhead enclosed walkways. The east building features rugs, antiques and electronics, while the west building is occupied by jewellers.
Souk Al Arsah
Situated in Al Mareija locality in Sharjah, Souk Al Arsah (Courtyard Souk) is one of the oldest market places in the UAE. It is here where pearl divers are said to have gathered to trade their gems of the sea. Today, the souk is air-condition and is home to numerous stores selling local goods such as pearl chests, copper coffee pots, handmade jewellery and Arabian incense.'
Dubai Gold Souk Located in the heart of Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, this traditional souk house an enormous number of shops that trade almost exclusively in gold jewellery.
Situated on Baniyas Street adjacent to theÂ Gold Souk, the Spice Souk comprises several narrow byways, which are lined by small shops and stalls that sell spices, herbs and natural fragrances. It is the perfect place to get your hands on some frankincense, sandalwood or saffron.
Iranian Souk This open-air marketplace is very popular with tourists coming to pick up high quality Persian rugs. It is also a good place to find traditional souvenirs such as miniature dhows, pottery, and handmade brass accessories. It is located in Al Mina Area surrounding Zayed Port.
Textile Souk With weaves from around the world, the Textile Souk is the place to find a wearable souvenirs, be it a Kashmiri shawl or traditional Indian Sari.
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Souk Al Bahar during The Festival of Lights
Dubai Souk Madinat Jumeirah
WTC Souk With a fusion of classic Arabian architecture and modern design, WTC Souk features stunning squares, a central atrium with a retractable roof, and beautiful rooftop gardens – elements that come together to create a vibrant and attractive retail environment for tourists and residents alike. www.wtcad.ae
Located in Madinat Jumeirah resort, this souk is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience. Visitors enter a world reminiscent of ancient Arabia through sight, smell and sound, as sunlight peeks in through the wood carved archways showcasing intricate Arabic architectural design. www.jumeirah.com
Souk Qaryat Al Beri Part of the Shangri-La Hotel, this souk features meandering man-made canals that run through it with abras (water taxis) ferrying visitors around the complex. Besides the unique shopping experience, you can enjoy a wide array of restaurants and cafés – most of which featuring stunning views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. www.shangri-la.com
Souk Al Bahar Surrounded by bargain alleyways, Souks Al Bahar (‘Market of the Sailor’) is just as plentiful, varied and charming as its older counterparts. This Arabesque shopping, entertainment and dining destination, located in the heart of Downtown Dubai is easily accessible through Dubai Mall. www.soukalbahar.ae
Souk Khan Murjan Souk Khan Murjan offers a unique bazaar-like atmosphere inspired by the splendour of 14th century subterranean souks of Baghdad. Its architectural design draws on all four corners of the Middle East, with influences from Egyptian, Syrian, Turkish and Moroccan architectural styles. Throughout the four quarters of Khan Murjan you'll find various shops selling traditional products from across the Middle East. www.wafi.com
Souk Qaryat Al Beri
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The Beach Residents and tourist flock to this beach-side outdoor destination to fill their shopping bags with cool buys and stomachs with gourmet treats. The former includes Roberto Cavalli, Sephora, Designer’s Club, while the latter can be taken care of in a selection of alfresco cafes and restaurants. www.thebeach.ae
Dubai City Walk Providing a refreshing alternative to shopping malls, this street-side complex located on Al Wasl Road features mid-priced dining and shopping offerings intermingled with open spaces and play areas. www.citywalk.ae
BoxPark Nestled in the heart of Jumeirah, this fresh shopping destination follows the trend set by cities such as New York and London, where ‘pop-up’ shopping complexes have been erected out of shipping containers. Here you can find a selection of unique, high-street retail and quirky dining options from around the world in a hip, modern environment. www.boxpark.ae
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A Place to Call Home Life in the United Arab Emirates appeals to you? You aren not alone! Living in the UAE is the dream of many visitors who are captivated by the breath-taking coastlines, vibrant cities, multicultural society, abundant opportunity and exemplary governing of this prosperous country.
Finding a job or starting a business
the service sector, with the remainder being in construction, natural resources and other sectors. While foreign workers are actively sought to grow the national workforce, the graduate labour market remains competitive, so to ensure success in your job search you will need to make sure that you have the right combination of skills and experience. In order to work in the UAE and have a residency permit, you need to secure the relevant sponsorship from the
Employment opportunities The UAE has a diverse economy and a high standard of living, making it by far the first choice for many professionals who want to work abroad. The job market is similar to that in other developed countries, and many of the worldâ€™s leading companies have established themselves here, most notably in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The majority of jobs are in
THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY ISSUES LICENCES AND REGULATES ALL PRIVATE BUSINESSES IN THE UAE.
hiring company. This is done by filing your employment contract with the hiring company to the Ministry of Labour or the relevant free zone authority if the company you will be working at is registered in a free zone. In most cases, a bank account and a health insurance policy is required. Expatriate residents may sponsor family members of first degree (wife or children under 18) for a non-employment residency permit. However, the sponsor has to fulfil certain requirements in terms of position at workplace, monthly income and other rules in this regard. For more information on residency sponsorships, visit the official portal of UAE Government (www.government.ae).
or personal tax and no need for a local partner. Investors looking to start a business in the UAE can seek assistance and detailed guidance from business start-up companies, law firms or from the Chamber of Commerce or business councils in the emirates.
Starting a business The UAE encourages growth of private businesses and supports their existence through its business-friendly policies. The Department of Economic Development in the Ministry of Economy issues licences and regulates all private businesses in the UAE. Depending on the legal form of your company, you and your business partners may need to file a Memorandum of Association. In some cases, you will have to enter into a Local Service Agent or Partnership agreement with a UAE national, who will represent your business with regards to licencing and compliance. The government has also established several specialized free zones that offer investors several benefits such as 100% ownership of the enterprise, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, no minimum capital investment, no corporate
Finding a home Renting a home One of the first things to consider when moving to the UAE is finding a home. The process of finding a flat or house will vary. In larger cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the housing market can be quite competitive, making it relatively difficult to find affordable housing. As in many countries, the cost of rent in the UAE depends on the location and size of the accommodation. Dubai has the highest rates in the country, with mostly unfurnished housing. In order to get your rent contract registered with the concerned authorities , you will be asked to provide proof of
Tourist | Essentials residency permit and a copy of your passport, as well as a deposit. Depending on your form of housing, you may need to arrange and/or pay for utility connection such as electricity, water, gas, telephone service, internet and television. Check with your landlord or real estate agent to find out what applies in your case.
dents need to obtain training from driving schools in the UAE and pass the test/s conducted by the respective local government's traffic regulatory entity. Some expatriate residents with driving licence obtained from their home country are eligible for driving licence adjustment in the UAE, for which they might be required to take a theory or a practical test.
Buying a home
Renting a car
Expats and foreign investors can purchase freehold property within selected projects and areas in the UAE. Rules for purchasing property differ from emirates to emirate. In addition to the price paid for the property itself, you will also have to pay a one-time registration fee in addition to an annual community fee that covers building maintenance, renovation and other costs. Many local banks and financial establishments offer home loans and financing solutions to residents interesting in buying a property in the UAE. As in many other countries, real estate agents in the UAE assist individuals in locating and purchasing houses or flats. There are real estate agents that specialise in specific areas, cities or types of housing. The website (www.propertyfinder.com) is a good starting point for finding a home. On it you can browse homes for sale or rent throughout the country and get an idea on the prices and different areas.
Although there are many car rental companies in the UAE, renting a car is still considered a costly affair. Renting can be a sensible choice for the first few months while you familiarise yourself with the road network and driving styles in the UAE. Most of the car rental companies in the UAE are reliable and offer quality vehicles. Monthly car rental for a relatively new small car ranges between AED1500-2500 per month.
Buying a car With a host of new and used (pre-owned) car dealerships in the UAE, buying a car is a very simple matter. In order to buy a car, the buyer must have a residence visa and a valid UAE driving license. When buying new a car from an authorized dealer, buyers can expect service and maintenance packages, warranty, insurance and help with financing and registration. However, it is not the same when buying a used car from an individual seller or unauthorized car showrooms, and one should be diligent in checking if the car is in good condition by having the car tested before purchasing it. All cars, new or used, must be insured before being registered. There are several international and local insurance companies offering different vehicle insurance pack-
Driving in the UAE Driving license Visitors in the UAE can drive provided they have a valid international driving licence. However, expatriate resi-
cation of pets at the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (www.ipata.org).
ages. By law, third party liability coverage is the minimum category of car insurance necessary for all vehicles driven in the UAE. It is also important to purchase a Salik tag and attach it to your vehicle if you will be driving in or through Dubai. Salik, meaning open or clear, is Dubaiâ€™s road toll collection system which operates without toll booths, barriers or gates, allowing traffic to move freely through tolling points on primary roads.
Sending your children to school The UAE education system offers comprehensive education for students of all ages across many different curriculums, including the English National Curriculum, GCSE, Aâ€™level, International Baccalaureate System, as well as British, American, Australian, French and Indian curriculums. This has proved to be very convenient for expat as well as national students interested in pursuing an international degrees in the UAE. Moreover, by establishing state-of-the-art educational districts, such as Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai International Academic City and University City of Sharjah, the UAE has attracted some of the best international universities and higher education institutes to establish campuses here, with courses ranging across different disciplines. Requirements for admission and fees vary depending on the school and the program. In general, the cost of private education in the UAE remains considerably high when compared to other countries so make sure you plan ahead and take school fees into account if you are moving to the UAE with your children.
Bringing your things There are many home relocation and moving companies that offer comprehensive solutions to all relocation needs. When you are ready to move your belongings, make sure to find a reputable relocation company with branches in both countries. And remember â€“ even if you come with no furniture, there are many furniture stores that suit every budget in the UAE.
Relocating Pets If you decide to move to the UAE with your pet, there are specialist pet relocation companies to assist you making the transition as smooth as possible. You can find a list of international shipping companies that specialize in the relo-
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What’s On Events & Happenings in 2016 Trade Shows & Conferences Arab Health The largest healthcare exhibition and medical congress in the Middle East. When: 25-28 January Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre www.arabhealthonline.com
Gulfood The world’s biggest food and hospitality show. When: 21-25 February Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.gulfood.com
Dubai International Boat Show The biggest yacht and boat show in the region. When: 1-5 March Where: Dubai International Marine Club Mina Seyahi www.boatshowdubai.com
Abu Dhabi Air Expo A three-day exhibition dedicated to general aviation. When: 8-10 March Where: Al Bateen Executive Airport www.abudhabiairexpo.com
Cityscape Abu Dhabi An exhibition that brings together the full spectrum of real estate professionals. When: 12-14 April Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre www.cityscapeabudhabi.com
Dubai Derma An event dedicated to practitioners, specialists, manufacturers and distributors in the field of dermatology, skin care and laser. When: 12-14 April Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre www.dubaiderma.com
GETEX An effective platform for education providers and students. When: 13-15 April Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre www.mygetex.com
Arabian Travel Market A market-leading international travel and tourism event. When: 25-28 April Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre www.arabiantravelmarket.com
The Hotel Show A must-attend event for hospitality professionals. When: 17-19 September Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.thehotelshow.com
SIAL Middle East An all-important event for professionals in the food, beverage and hospitality. When: November/December Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre www.sialme.com
Beauty World Middle East The largest international trade fair for beauty products, hair, fragrances and wellbeing in the Middle East. When: 15-17 May Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition CentreÂ www.beautyworldme.com
Airport Show The meeting point for airport industry decision-makers and professionals. When: 9-11 May Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre www.theairportshow.com
INDEX An annual trade exhibition for the textile, furniture and interior design and manufacturing industries. When: 23-26 May Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.indexexhibition.com
The Big 5 Show
E- Commerce Show Middle East The region's event dedicated to all aspects of e-commerce. When: 31 May -1 June Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre www.terrapinn.com
The Leisure Show The number one meeting place for the leisure industry. When: 17-19 September Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.theleisureshow.com
The largest gathering of construction professionals in the Middle East. When: November Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.thebig5.ae
Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition An event that aims to support traditional hunting and equestrian activities with camel auctions, saluki and falcon beauty contests. When: September Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre www.adihex.com
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Dubai Shopping Festival One of the most-awaited events in Dubai; a full month of entertainment, celebration and amazing discounts. When: 1 January - 1 February Where: Multiple locations in Dubai www.mydsf.ae
GITEX Shopper The biggest consumer electronics market place in the region. When: 30 March – 2 April (Spring), October (Autumn) Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.gitexshopperdubai.com
Abu Dhabi Electronic Shopper Abu Dhabi’s annual consumer electronics market. When: November Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre www.adeshopper.ae
Mideast Watch & Jewellery Show The MidEast Watch & Jewellery Show is famed for bringing together leading jewellery chains and designers from all over the world. When: 5-9 April (Spring), Oct (Autumn) Where: Expo Centre Sharjah www.mideastjewellery.com
International Jewellery and Watch Show Abu Dhabi An event dedicated to those passionate about exquisite fashion jewellery, bringing together some of the best names in the business. When: 3-7 May Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre www.jws.ae
Dubai International Jewellery Week A weeklong event that brings you face to face with hundreds of jewellery sellers from all over the world. When: December Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.jewelleryshow.com
Hankook 24H Dubai
Dubai World Cup The world's richest horse race day. When: 26 March Where: Meydan Racecourse www.dubairacingclub.com
Yet another endurance race lasting a whopping 24 hours at the Dubai Autodrome. When: 1-3 APril Where: Dubai Autodrome www.24hseries.com
Al Ain Aerobatic Show An air show featuring a wide range of activities and air acrobatics performed by pilots from around the world. When: December Where: Al Ain International Airport www.alainairchampionship.ae
DP Tour World Championship
Mubadala Word Tennis Championship A non-ATP affiliated exhibition tournament with the world's top players competing for the prize. When: Dec 31, 2015 – Jan 2, 2016 Where: International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City – Abu Dhabi www.mubadalawtc.com
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship One of the biggest events on the European Tour, regularly attracting some of golf’s most famous names. When: 21-24 January Where: Abu Dhabi Golf Club www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship A firm favourite amongst the top ranked players, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship is a professional tennis tournament owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free. When: 15-27 February Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com
A world-class golf event and the final tournament of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. When: November Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates www.europeantour.com
Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby 7's An event to remember for all rugby fans. When: December Where: The Sevens Stadium www.dubairugby7s.com
Redbull Air Race World Series A thrilling air race with the aerial action taking place over the Arabian Gulf's sparkling blue waters. When: March Where: Abu Dhabi Corniche www.redbullairrace.com
Dubai Polo Cup The premier polo competition of the year with the world's best polo teams and players battling it out for the title. When: MCLAREN CUP 2016 – 22 January-5 February; JULIUS BAER GOLD CUP 2016 – 19 February-11 March; DUBAI CUP 2016 – 8-15 April Where: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club www.dubaipologoldcup.com
Omega Dubai Desert Classic The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is the longest running Professional tour event in the region, attracting the biggest golf professionals year after year. When: 1-7 February Where: Emirates Golf Club www.dubaidesertclassic.com
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix A world-class destination for F1 racing action. When: November Where: Yas Marina Circuit www.yasmarinacircuit.com
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Dubai World Game Expo The largest event for the video games and digital entertainment industry in the Middle East & North AfricaÂ When: November Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre www.gameexpo.ae
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival The most popular multi-day music festival in the region, featuring the biggest international musicians and artists. When: 24-26 February Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre www.dubaijazzfest.com
Dubai Latin Festival
A five-day spectacle of Latino flavours, colours, sights and sounds. When: 13-17 April Where: Hilton JBR www.dubailatinfest.com
A family entertainment destination during the summer in Dubai. When: July-August Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.visitdubai.com
Abu Dhabi Summer Season
Dubai Music Week
Emirate-wide festivities for everyone to enjoy throughout the three months of summer. When: July-August Where: Multiple locationsÂ all around Abu Dhabi. www.visitabudhabi.ae
A star-studded festival featuring music concerts, industry talks, master classes an entertainment. When: October Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.dubaimusicweek.ae
Dubai International Film Festival Spearheading the cinema movement in the region, the festival serves as platform for filmmakers and talent at an international level. When: December Where: Madinat Jumeirah www.dubaifilmfest.com
Dubai Summer Surprises The highlight of the city's summer calendar with fun events and activities for the whole family. When: July-August Where: Multiple locations in Dubai www.visitdubai.com
Lifestyle Bride Dubai One of the most successful platforms for the wedding, fashion and lifestyle industry in the Middle East. When: 10-13 February Where: Dubai International Exhibition Centre www.thebrideshow.com/dubai
Middle East Film & Comic Con The only consumer event for fans of cult entertainment and popular culture in the Middle East. When: 7-9 April Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.mefcc.com
Dubai Food Carnival
Taste of Dubai
One of the biggest international food events in Dubai that features a fusion of cuisines, celebrated chefs, restaurants, retailers and entertainment. When: February Where: Dubai International Marine Club www.dubaifoodcarnival.com
A three-day food festival featuring a line-up of innovative and interactive programmes, a magnificent market, some of the best superstar chefs in the business as well as remarkable restaurants. When: 12-14 March Where: Dubai Media City www.tasteofdubaifestival.com
Emirates Classic Car Festival The Middle East’s premier showcase of classic cars. When: March Where: Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard www.emiratesclassiccarfestival.com
Bride Abu Dhabi One of the most successful platforms for wedding, fashion and lifestyle industry in the Middle East. When: 13-16 April Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre www.thebrideshow.com/abudhabi
Dubai Food Festival A month-long citywide culinary celebration that showcases the Emirate’s emergence as a gastronomy destination through a series of foodrelated events and activities. When: 25 February – 12 March Where: Multiple locations in Dubai www.dubaifoodfestival.com
Fashion Forward The definitive fashion platform in the Middle East, welcoming members of the regional and international fashion communities to fashion shows, talks, workshop and more! When: October Where: Madinat Jumeirah www.fashionforward.ae
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Art & Culture Emirates Airline Festival of Literature The Middle East’s largest celebration of the written word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from around the world. When: 1-12 March Where: InterContinental Hotel Festival City www.emirateslitfest.com
Design Days Dubai A fair dedicated to design furniture and objects presented by international and Middle East galleries. When: 14-18 March Where: The Venue, Downtown Dubai www.designdaysdubai.ae
Abu Dhabi Festival A spectacular programme featuring a series of world-class classical music, theatre, dance and visual arts. When: March Where: Emirates Palace & Abu Dhabi Theatre www.abudhabifestival.ae
World Art Dubai Dubai’s newest public art fair, World Art Dubai is designed to bring together global and regional accessible artists and galleries, and introduce them to the international community here in Dubai. When: 6-9 April Where: Dubai World Trade Centre www.worldartdubai.com
Al Marmoom Heritage Festival
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
A popular camel festival and race with day-long activities and side shows based on the UAE's culture and traditions. When: April Where: Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai Al Ain Road www.dubaicalendar.ae
The most professionally organised, most ambitious and fastest growing book fair in the Middle East and North Africa. When: May Where: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair www.adbookfair.com
Art Dubai is the leading international art fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. When: 16-19 March Where: Madinat Jumeirah www.artdubai.ae
Abu Dhabi Art Fair A cornerstone of the wider Abu Dhabi Art platform featuring a dynamic, interdisciplinary set of art, talks and sensational experiences for all audiences to enjoy. When: November Where: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi www.abudhabiart.ae
Sharjah International Book Fair A 10-day international book fair providing an opportunity for book lovers to meet with authors and acquire their favourite pieces of literature at great prices. When: November Where: Expo Centre Sharjah www.sharjahbookfair.com
Sikka Art Fair Sikka Art Fair showcases and celebrates the very best of the UAE's arts community. When: March Where: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood www.sikka.ae
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Bin Sina Mall of the Emirates +971 4 341 0345
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Iran Air +971 4 222 8494 www.iranair.com
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Jet Airways (India) +971 4 203 2022 +971 2 611 8668 www.jetairways.com Air Kazakhstan DNATA +971 4 299 4446 www.airkaz.com
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Mahan Air +971 4 220 0105 www.mahan.aero Malaysia Airlines Alrais Travel +971 4 297 7722 www.malaysiaairlines.com Mihin Lanka Trident Travels LLC +971 4 358 5353 ww.mihinlanka.com
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Thai Airways +971 4 268 1701 www.thaiairways.com
Saudi Airlines Algaith Almoosa Travel +971 4 221 4000 www.saudiairlines.com
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Afghanistan +971 2 447 2666 afghanembassy-uae.com
Scat Airlines +971 50 624 0839 www.scat.kz
Turkish Airlines 800 03 57 43 43 +971 4 444 0999 www.turkishairlines.com
Albania +971 2 658 2505 www.ambasadat.gov.al
Shaheen Air Intl +971 4 295 7373 www.shaheenair.com
Turkmenistan Airlines +971 2 6327100 www.turkmenairlines.com
United States of America +971 2 414 2200 abudhabi.usembassy.gov
Siberia Airlines +971 4 335 2433 +971 56 175 1318 www.s7.ru
Ukraine Intl Airlines Sharaf Travel +971 4 406 0530 www.flyuia.com
Angola +971 2 447 7042 www.adangola.ae
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United Airways Al-Naboodah Travel and Toursim +971 4 294 0099 www.uabdl.com
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Armenia +971 2 444 4196 +971 2 444 4128 uae.mfa.am Australia +971 2 401 7500 www.uae.embassy.gov.au
Chile +971 2 447 2022 www.chile-uae.com
China +971 2 443 4276 +971 2 447 4742 ae.chineseembassy.org Colombia +971 2 650 5756 Cyprus +971 2 665 4480 www.ctcdubai.org Czech Republic +971 2 678 2800 www.mzv.cz/abudhabi Denmark +971 2 441 0104 fae.um.dk/en Djibouti +971 2 633 0160
Austria +971 2 694 4999 www.bmeia.gv.at
Dominica +971 2 658 0788 www.drembassyuae.com
Azerbaijan +971 2 666 2848 www.azembassy.ae
Netherland +971 2 695 8000 uae.nlembassy.org
Bahrain +971 2 665 7500 www.mofa.gov.bh
Fiji +971 2 681 3002 www.fijiembassyuae.com
Bangladesh +971 2 446 5100 www.bdembassyuae.org
Finland +971 2 632 8927 www.finland.ae
Belarus +971 2 445 3399 uae.mfa.gov.by
France +971 2 813 1000 www.ambafrance-eau.org
Belgium +971 2 631 9449 +971 50 441 3460 www.diplomatie.be
Germany +971 2 596 7700 www.abu-dhabi.diplo.de
Belize +971 2 443 7477
Greece +971 2 449 2550 www.mfa.gr/abu
Virgin Atlantic +971 4 406 0600 www.virgin-atlantic.com
Brazil +971 2 632 0606 abudhabi.itamaraty.gov.br
Hungary +971 2 676 6190 www.mfa.gov.hu
Virgin Australia 8000 612 002 www.virginaustralia.com
Canadian +971 2 694 0300 canadainternational.gc.ca
India +9712 449 2700 www.indembassyuae.org
Issue 2016 Indonesia +971 2 445 4448 www.kemlu.go.id/abudhabi Iran +971 2 444 7618 abudhabi.mfa.ir Iraq +971 2 441 8022 +971 2 441 8033 www.mofamission.gov.iq Ireland +971 2 495 8200 www.embassyofireland.ae Italy +971 2 443 5622 www.ambabudhabi.esteri.it Japan +971 2 443 5696 www.uae.emb-japan.go.jp Jordan +971 2 509 9000 www.jordanembassy.ae Kazakhstan +971 2 449 8778 www.kazakhstan.ae Kenya in UAE +971 2 666 6300 www.kenyaembassy.ae Korea +971 2 441 1520 are.mofa.go.kr
Morocco +971 2 443 3973 www.moroccan-emb.com
Portugal +971 2 650 5541 www.embportugal-uae.com
Spain +971 2 626 9544 www.maec.es
Nepal +971 2 634 4767 www.nepalembassyuae.org
Qatar +971 2 449 3300
Sri Lanka +971 2 631 6444 srilankaembassyuae.com
New Zealand +971 2 441 1222 www.nzembassy.com
Romania +971 2 445 9919 adudhabi.mae.ro
Swaziland +971 2 666 9637 www.gov.sz
Nigeria +971 2 443 1503 www.nigerianabudhabi.org
Russian Federation +971 2 672 1797 +971 50 218 4000 www.uae.mid.ru
Norway +971 2 403 8400 www.norway.ae
Saudi Arabia +971 2 444 5700 www.mofa.gov.sa
Switzerland +971 2 627 4636 www.eda.admin.ch
Libya +971 2 445 0030
Oman +971 2 463 3333 www.mofa.gov.om
Senegal +971 2 633 6929 www.diplomatie.gouv.sn
Tanzania +971 2 631 3088
Luxembourg +971 2 491 2446 abudhabi.mae.lu
Pakistan +971 2 444 7800 pakistanembassyuae.org
Seychelles +971 2 491 7755
Thailand +971 2 557 6551 www.thaiembassy.org
Malaysia +971 2 448 2775 www.kln.gov.my
Palestine +971 2 447 1440
Singapore +971 2 222 2083 www.mfa.gov.sg
Maldives +971 2 674 0200
Philippines +971 2 639 0006 www.philembassy.ae
Somali +971 2 665 1580 www.uae.somaligov.net
Mexico +971 2 511 9900 embamex.sre.gob.mx
Poland +971 2 446 5200 abuzabi.msz.gov.pl
South Africa +971 2 447 3446
Kuwait +971 2 447 7146 Lebanon +971 2 449 2100 www.lebembassyuae.com
Sweden +971 2 417 8800 www.swedenabroad.com
Tunisia +971 2 681 1331 Syrian Arab Republic +971 2 444 8768 www.syrianembassy.ae Turkey +971 2 410 9999 abudhabi.emb.mfa.gov.tr
Tourist | Essentials Ukraine +971 2 632 7506 uae.mfa.gov.ua
Iran +971 4 344 4717 www.iranconsul.ae
Uganda +971 2 665 9931 ugandaembassyuae.com
Italy +971 4 331 4167 www.consdubai.esteri.it
United Kingdom +971 2 610 1100 www.gov.uk
Japan +971 4 331 9191 dubai.uae.emb-japan.go.jp
Uzbekistan +971 2 448 8215 www.uzbekembassy.ae
Jordan +971 4 397 0500 www.jorconsulate.com
Vietnam +971 2 441 7899 vietnamembassy-uae.org
Kazakhstan +971 4 339 7156 +971 4 339 7151 www.kazconsulate.ae
Yemen +971 2 444 8445/2/57 www.yemenemb-uae.org
Consulates Angola +971 4 344 7541 www.angolaconsulate.ae United States +971 4 309 4000 dubai.usconsulate.gov Australia +971 4 508 7100 www.uae.embassy.gov.au China +971 4 394 4733 dubai.china-consulate.org Denmark +971 4 348 0877 fae.um.dk/en France +971 4 408 4900 consulfrance-dubai.org Germany +971 4 349 8888 +971 50 6504 134 www.dubai.diplo.de Greece +971 2 449 2550 www.mfa.gr/abu India Dubai +971 4 397 1222 +971 4 397 1333 www.cgidubai.com
Oman +971 4 397 1000
South Africa +971 4 397 5222 www.dirco.gov.za
Pakistan +971 4 397 3600 www.pakistanconsulate.ae
Sri Lanka +971 4 398 6535
Peru +971 4 422 7550 www.peru.ae
Switzerland +971 4 329 0999 www.eda.admin.ch
Philippines +971 4 220 7100 dubaipcg.dfa.gov.ph
Syrian Arab Republic +971 4 357 2227 www.syrianembassy.ae
Qatar +971 4 396 0444
China (Taiwan) +971 4 397 7888 www.roc-taiwan.org/DXB
Kenya +971 4 342 8111 www.kenyaembassy.ae Korea +971 4 344 9200 are-dubai.mofa.go.kr Kuwait +971 4 397 8000 Kyrgyztan +971 4 236 4457 +971 4 236 4453 www.kyrgyzconsuae.org LEBANON +971 4 397 7450 lebanonconsulate-uae.com Libya +971 4 397 3972 Malaysia +971 4 398 5843 +971 4 398 5847 www.kln.gov.my
Romania +971 4 349 2971 www.mae.ro
Morocco +971 4 349 6377 moroccanconsulate-dubai.com
Russian Federation +971 4 328 5347 www.gconsdubai.mid.ru
Netherland +971 4 440 7600 uae.nlembassy.org
Saudi Arabia +971 4 397 9777 www.mofa.gov.sa
Tunisia +971 4 261 7070
New Zealand +971 4 331 7500 www.nzte.govt.nz
Singapore +971 4 321 9498 www.mfa.gov.sg
Turkey +971 4 331 4788 dubai.bk.mfa.gov.tr
Norway +971 4 382 3880 www.norway.ae
Somali +971 4 222 3030 www.uae.somaligov.net
Ukraine +9714 385 7668 mfa.gov.ua
Thailanf +971 4 348 9550 thaiconsulatedubai.com Tanzania +971 4 394 0200 www.tanbizdubai.com
Hotels Abu Dhabi
Al Raha Beach Hotel +971 2 508 5555 www.danathotels.com
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Al Sahel Villa Resort +971 2 801 4300 al-sahel.anantara.com
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Emirates Palace +971 2 690 9000 www.emiratespalace.ae
Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel +971 2 441 5900 www.afoc.mil.ae
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr +971 2 654 3333 www.fairmont.com
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Grand Millenium Al Wahda +971 2 443 9999 www.millenniumhotels.ae
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel +971 2 681 1900 www3.hilton.com Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi +971 2 617 0000 www3.hilton.com Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi +971 2 596 1234 abudhabi.capitalgate.hyatt.com
Intercontinental Abu Dhabi +971 2 666 6888 www.intercontinental.com
Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi +971 2 674 2020 leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers +971 2 811 5555 www.jumeirah.com
Millenium Corniche +971 2 614 6000 www.millenniumhotels.ae
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana +971 2 657 0000 www.rotana.com
Park Arjaan by Rotana +971 2 657 3333 www.rotana.com
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi +971 2 644 6666 lemeridienabudhabi.com
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Royal Rose Hotel
Shangrila Qaryat Al Beri +971 2 509 8888 www.shangri-la.com
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Crowne Plaza Yas Island +971 2 656 3000 www.crowneplaza.com
Oryx Hotel +971 2 681 0001 oryx-danathotels.com
Swiss-Belresort Ghantoot +971 2 506 8888 www.swiss-belhotel.com
Radisson Blu Yas Island +971 2 656 2000 www.radissonblu.com
Aloft Abu Dhabi +971 2 654 5000 www.aloftabudhabi.com
Golden Tulip Al Jazira +971 2 562 9100 www.goldentulipaljazira.com
Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel +971 2 692 8500 sheratonalkhalidiya.com
Courtyard World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi +971 2 698 2222 www.marriott.com
One to One Hotel The Village +971 2 495 2000 www.onetoonehotels.com
Staybridge Suites +971 2 656 3333 www.ihg.com
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Zaya Nurai Island
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Park Inn by Radisson +971 2 656 2222 www.parkinn.com
Ajman Beach Hotel +971 6 742 3333 www.ajmanbeachhotel.com
Centro Yas Island +971 2 656 4444 www.rotana.com
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Al Diar Capital Hotel +971 2 678 7700 www.aldiarhotels.com
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Armani Hotel Dubai +971 4 888 3888 dubai.armanihotels.com
Dusit Thani Dubai +971 4 343 3333 www..dusit.com
Intercontinental DFC +971 4 701 1111 www.intercontinental.com
Atlantis, The Palm +971 4 426 2000 www.atlantisthepalm.com
Fairmont Dubai +971 4 332 5555 www.fairmont.com
InterContinental Dubai Marina +971 4 446 6777 www.intercontinental.com
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa +971 4 809 6498 www.meydanhotels.com
Grand Hyatt +971 4 317 1234 dubai.grand.hyatt.com Grand Millennium Dubai +971 4 429 9999 www.millenniumhotels.ae
Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers +971 4 356 0000 www.bonningtontower.com
Al Bustan Rotana +971 4 282 0000 www.rotana.com
Burj Al Arab +971 4 301 7777 www.jumeirah.com
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa +971 4 832 9900 www.al-maha.com
Crowne Plaza Dubai +971 4 331 1111 www.crowneplaza.com
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection +971 4 399 5000 www.marriott.com
Crowne Plaza Deira +971 4 262 5555 www.crowneplaza.com
Hilton Dubai Creek +971 4 227 1111 www3.hilton.com
Crowne Plaza DFC +971 4 701 2222 www.crowneplaza.com
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah +971 4 399 1111 www3.hilton.com
Dar Al Masyaf +971 4 366 8888 www.jumeirah.com
Hyatt Regency +971 4 209 1234 dubai.regency.hyatt.com
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Al Murooj Rotana +971 4 321 1111 www.rotana.com Al Qasr +971 4 366 8888 www.jumeirah.com Amwaj Rotana +971 4 428 2000 www.rotana.com Anantara The Palm +971 4 567 8888 dubai-palm.anantara.com
Grosvenor House, A Luxury Collection Hotel +971 4 399 8888 grosvenorhouse-dubai.com
JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort +971 4 814 5555 www.jaresortshotels.com Jood Palace Hotel +971 4 223 2222 www.joodhospitality.com Jumeirah Beach Hotel +971 4 348 0000 www.jumeirah.com Jumeirah Creekside Hotel +971 4 230 8555 www.jumeirah.com Jumeirah Emirates Towers +971 4 330 0000 www.jumeirah.com Jumeirah Zabeel Saray +971 4 453 0000 www.jumeirah.com JW Marriott Hotel Dubai +971 4 262 4444 www.marriott.com JW Marriott Marquis Hotel +971 4 414 0000 www.marriott.com Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates +971 4 341 0000 www.kempinski.com Kempinski Hotel & Residence Palm Jumeirah +971 4 444 2000 www.kempinski.com Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre +971 4 217 0000 www.lemeridien-dubai.com Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina +971 4 399 3333 lemeridien-minaseyahi.com
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Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort And Spa +971 4 399 5555 leroyalmeridien-dubai.com
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Ritz Carlton Hotel Dubai +971 4 399 4000 www.ritzcarlton.com
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One & Only Royal Mirage +971 4 399 9999 oneandonlyresorts.com
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Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach +971 4 449 8888 moevenpick-hotels.com
Radisson BLU Dubai Marina +971 4 435 5000 www.radissonblu.com
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