Top Things To Do In Dubai Afternoon Tea at Al Iwan Restaurant - first floor of the Burj Al Arab Hotel (ring to make a reservation Tel: 04 301 7600) Jumeria Mosque Tour (Jumeria Beach Road) - you get to find out about the local way of life in Dubai and Muslim culture. - The only mosque in Dubai non-Muslims can visit on Thurs and Sun at 10am. Boat trip at the Jumeria Beach Hotel - view the Palm, the Sheikh’s beach palaces and the new Marina Visit the Palm Sales office - see models of what the new palm and world developments will look like The Dubai Museum in Bastakia - great henna tattoo’s The Majlis Gallery in Bastakia Souk shopping (Gold, Spice and Textiles Souks) in Bastakia Have a drink at the XVA hotel/café – very nice (Tel: +971 353 5383) - also jump on an abra boat on the creek to see the city from the water Go to the Madinat souk for late afternoon shopping - stay for dinner at one of the many restaurants (wander until you find one you like) Have a manicure & pedicure at Nstyle at the Madinat souk - costs 80 AED (11 pounds for both!) - Nstyle Tel: 04 368 6124 - for men there’s the 1847 grooming salon (Emirates Towers) – Tel: 04 330 1847 Go to Karama for bargain hunt shopping - lots of fake designer clothes/bags/pens etc. Visit a shop called Persepolis - Tel: 04 334 2824 for 10 dirham pashmina’s = 1.50! - great bags at shop called Blue Label (ask to go upstairs to see exclusive collections) If you like horses do the Nad al Sheba - one of the world’s leading racing facilities, home to the Gold Cup - stable tour (you get to see top Arabian horses up close) - plus ride golf buggies! - Godolphin gallery/museum and breakfast. - early morning start but great fun Tel. 04 336 3666. - the racing season is Nov-Apr if you want to see the horses in race action! - there’s also the only night lit golf course there in Dubai. Visit the camel market to see the camel racetrack - see the camels training - the market sells colourful camel blankets for 10 AED = 1.50! - a short trip but worth doing in a taxi if you are on the way to/from Dubai centre Have sundowner cocktails at the rooftop bar at the Royal Mirage Hotel - get there for 5pm, sun sets around 6-ish - one of the best hotels in Dubai, perhaps stay for supper See flamingo’s at Al Khor (outskirts of Dubai) - get the taxi driver to show you on the way to or back from Dubai Centre Go for a massage/spa treatment at the Six Senses Spa - Tel: 04 366 6818 Wild Wadi water park - great for small and big adult type kids! Desert safari with Arabian adventures - tel. 04 303 4888 - day trip from approx. 2-9pm - you get to see the real desert and to ride a camel! The Big Bus Company Tour - great thing to do early on - shows you all the main sites - gives you a feel for the size of Dubai - Tel: 04 324 4187 Bastakyia - oldest heritage site in Dubai - Dates to early 1900’s - Lots of wind tower buildings, art galleries, cafes etc - A cultural delight! The Creek - take an abra boat down the creek and view Dubai from the water. - this is the real heart of Dubai - stop at the Souks (Gold, textile and spice) on the way. Shopping: Wafi City Top end shopping mall, also home to M & S! Great restaurants and open air cinema Top of Jumeria Beach road Several small malls along a strip of road The Village Jumeria Centre The Palm Strip Take a cab and wander Mercato Mall Very nice Set in a Venetian theme Diera City Centre Largest shopping mall in the Gulf A bit of everything Great Arabian shopping at “Arabian Treasures” for mementos and family presents Burjuman More high street shopping Designer fashion brands Gold and Diamond Park!! Great indoor shopping Best shop we have found there is called Cara on Tel: 04 347 8089 Mall of The Emirates Biggest shopping centre in the middle east Indoor ski slope! Antique Museum Great Arabian treasures Speak to Musthak Dinner recommendations: Vu’s restaurant 5 Star Tel: 04 330 0000 At the top of the Emirates Towers Pre-dinner drinks on the 50th floor (glass lift to 40th floor and then change lifts) Stunning views Delicious food Special occasion stuff Café Chic (French) Meriden hotel near the airport Bateaux Dubai Glass boat that travels down the Creek Dinners only Eauzone and the Beach Bar & Grill Royal Mirage Hotel Lime tree café Great lunch spot Villa Beach On the beach Marina Seafood Restaurants Jumeria Beach Hotel Boudoir Ladies night on a Tuesday Free champagne all night Great dinner Dancing Very Moulin Rouge! Segreto’s, Pier Chic Restaurant on a wooden pier in the sea Alboretum Al Qsar Hotel Koubba A really nice bar with views of the sea and lovely setting (after dinner drinks) Shimmers Arabic food on the beach – amazing Zheng He’s Chinese Mina Salam Hotel The rib room Emirates Towers Verre Gordon Ramsay Hilton Creek Hotel The Glasshouse Hilton Creek Hotel Champagne brunch on a Friday Set menu with champagne included, very yummy! Lots of brunch menu’s in Dubai on a Friday – also try The Fairmont Hotel. Madinat Souk Lots of venues to choose from - We like: Jambase - Jazz & Blues restaurant, great dancing too Shoo Fee Ma Fee - Moroccan Trader Vics - fun international menu Noodle House - quick & easy The Meat Company – steaks The Agency - lovely bar to have a pre-dinner drink in Bab Al Shams Desert Hotel Desert restaurant (Al Hadheerah) - Arabian BBQ and belly dancing. Tel: 04 809 6194. If visiting in the summer book at the indoor restaurant. Location is 40 mins taxi ride from main Dubai Budda Bar Grosvenor House Hotel Drinks and dinner (based on the famous concept in Paris) Mezziane. Park Hyatt Hotel On the Creek A great Terrace bar Overlooking a fantastic Marina Nightclubs: Trilogy at the Madinat Peppermint at the Fairmont (Fri) Tangerine at the Fairmont Lotus One at the Novotel Lie on the beach - Swim in the sea lots!