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Hotels | Restaurants | Bars & Clubs | Shops | 36 Hours | Useful Information

The three best


GRAND – Al Qasr in Madinat Jumeirah
PO Box 75157, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 366 88 88
‘Grand Arabian style, service and quality is excellent, some suites and private villas come with butlers. Six Senses spa has over 20 treatment rooms’

BOUTIQUE – The Residence
One&Only Royal Mirage
P.O Box 37252, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 399 9999
‘A 50-room boutique hotel within the One&Only Royal Mirage resort. Great attention to detail and attached to the Givenchy spa and Moroccan Hammam’

MODERN – Palace Hotel
The Old Town Island, Burj Dubai
P.O Box 9770, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 428 7888
‘A very impressive hotel with an amazing Thai restaurant, steak house and beautiful spa’

The three best


Teatro at Towers Rotana Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
P.O Box 30430, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 343 8000
‘A popular and hip restaurant, menu includes Japanese, Italian, Indian and Thai dishes, always has a buzz’

Pier Chic at Madinat Jumeirah
PO Box 75157, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 366 88 88
‘Seafood restaurant at end of a pier, with great views of Burj al Arab and the sea’

Al Nafoora at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
P.O Box 72127, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 330 0000
‘Lebanese restaurant surrounded by designer clothes and jewellery shops’

The three best

Bars and Clubs

Sho Cho’s at Dubai Marine Beach Club
Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 346 1111
‘Legendary 80’s night every Sunday. Happening and lively and they serve Japanese food – Nobu-style’

Bahri Bar
Madinat Jumeirah
PO Box 75157, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 366 6730
‘Bahri Bar is perfect when the weather isn’t too hot. Weekends are happening’

Terrace Bar at Park Hyatt
P.O Box 2822, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 602 1234
‘Lovely views, one-off music events and special DJ nights’

The three best


The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road,
Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 344 7270
‘Multi -brand designer boutique perfect for frivolous holiday shopping’

Ayesha Depala
Ground Floor, The Village Mall
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 344 5378
‘Dubai-based designer’

Villa Moda
P.O Box 27026, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 330 4555
‘Multi brand boutique collections are well researched and one can find anything from day-evening wear, accesories and make-up’

If you’re there for

36 hours

A day at the beach: ‘water sports and spa treatments through hotel facilities’

See the city around the creek: ‘Spice and gold souks, galleries around bastakia, textile markets’

Desert Experience: ‘Spend a day at Jumeirah Bab al Shams (P.O Box 8168, Dubai Tel: +971 4 809 6100 Falcon Shows every evening and at 7pm every day is the hadeehra, a permanent camp style buffet, with belly dancers, whirling dervishes and horses and camels’

Other Useful Information

Best radio station:
92 FM, the first English station.

Best way to get to and from airport:
Taxi is your only option. Arrange a hotel transfer as taxi queue can be long.

How to find a local sim card:
Any shopping centre, at the airport.