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Dubai
by Samira Nodjoumi

After doing an internship at Point Of Design a leading interior design practice in Dubai in 2005, Samira enrolled at the Inchbald School of design to do a diploma in Architectural Interior Design. Samira is now doing small residential projects.

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


The three best

Hotels

GRAND – Al Qasr in Madinat Jumeirah
PO Box 75157, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 366 88 88
http://www.madinatjumeirah.com/
‘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
http://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/
‘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
http://www.accorhotels.com/
‘A very impressive hotel with an amazing Thai restaurant, steak house and beautiful spa’


The three best

Restaurants

Teatro at Towers Rotana Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
P.O Box 30430, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 343 8000
http://www.rotana.com/
‘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
http://www.madinatjumeirah.com/
‘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
http://www.jumeirahemiratestowers.com/
‘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
http://www.madinatjumeirah.com/
‘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
http://www.dubai.park.hyatt.com/
‘Lovely views, one-off music events and special DJ nights’


The three best

Shops

Sauce
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
http://www.jumeirahbabalshams.com/) 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.