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Food Scene
Organic restaurant with gourmet coffee, right in the lobby of the building. You can buy some organic products from here too, all fresh and local.
Mazaraa Kitchen Restaurant and Cafe L.L.C
Organic restaurant with gourmet coffee, right in the lobby of the building. You can buy some organic products from here too, all fresh and local.
One of the best - if not THE best - authentic Mexican restaurant in town. It's priced WAY better than most other hotel restaurants in Dubai and just a 10 minute drive away.
La Tablita Dubai
One of the best - if not THE best - authentic Mexican restaurant in town. It's priced WAY better than most other hotel restaurants in Dubai and just a 10 minute drive away.
Iconic Dubai restaurant serving incredible but simple kebabs, curries and rice dishes. This is a casual family-owned restaurant that has been busy with Dubai residents for 40 years now. The walls are covered with photos of international, regional and local celebrities who have visited the place. The brothers who own the restaurant come from southern Iran & are always behind the cash register or running around - you will know them by how they are constantly joking/messing with customers. Their most popular menu item is the Beef Yoghurt Tikka skewers. Special tip: ask for the Tahdeeg with Meat Curry. It's not on the menu and they are picky about who they gave it to, but it's worth asking!
AL Ustad Special Kebab
Iconic Dubai restaurant serving incredible but simple kebabs, curries and rice dishes. This is a casual family-owned restaurant that has been busy with Dubai residents for 40 years now. The walls are covered with photos of international, regional and local celebrities who have visited the place. The brothers who own the restaurant come from southern Iran & are always behind the cash register or running around - you will know them by how they are constantly joking/messing with customers. Their most popular menu item is the Beef Yoghurt Tikka skewers. Special tip: ask for the Tahdeeg with Meat Curry. It's not on the menu and they are picky about who they gave it to, but it's worth asking!
The best desserts in town. Pricey but worth it if you feel like truly indulging. This place started out as a home business and exploded in popularity. Even with their current prices, this place is busy all the time with repeat customers.
Home Bakery
The best desserts in town. Pricey but worth it if you feel like truly indulging. This place started out as a home business and exploded in popularity. Even with their current prices, this place is busy all the time with repeat customers.
Excellent restaurant with Pakistani/Indian food (modern presentation) and very reasonable prices. This place is in Bur Dubai near Karama - which is the grimey part of Dubai but also the part residents go when they want some authentic, cheap, shockingly delicious eats. This restaurant in particular is very clean and has great service too. Highly recommended. They make a killer Butter Chicken dish.
Dhaba Lane
Excellent restaurant with Pakistani/Indian food (modern presentation) and very reasonable prices. This place is in Bur Dubai near Karama - which is the grimey part of Dubai but also the part residents go when they want some authentic, cheap, shockingly delicious eats. This restaurant in particular is very clean and has great service too. Highly recommended. They make a killer Butter Chicken dish.
Great Tex-Mex and drinks at a rowdy bar. The food here is really good. We go here when we want some scrumptious American style Mexican food that we're so used to.
Loca Restaurant & Bar Dubai
Great Tex-Mex and drinks at a rowdy bar. The food here is really good. We go here when we want some scrumptious American style Mexican food that we're so used to.
Iconic, cheap, local fast-food restaurant. All kinds of fastfood. In terms of health, this place is no different than your average McD's or BK. Cheaper and better tasting food if you ask me. You can dine there on the main road, or you can drive up and honk (it's not rude, it's just how they prefer to operate) and one of the waiters will come to your window with a menu to take your order. The most famous menu items: - Zinker (which is a crunchy fried chicken sandwich) - Hassoon Matar (extra-toasted shawarma with extra hot sauce, garlic sauce and french fries) - Aseer Moz (Banana Milkshake) - Abood (Mango Berry Milkshake)
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Iconic, cheap, local fast-food restaurant. All kinds of fastfood. In terms of health, this place is no different than your average McD's or BK. Cheaper and better tasting food if you ask me. You can dine there on the main road, or you can drive up and honk (it's not rude, it's just how they prefer to operate) and one of the waiters will come to your window with a menu to take your order. The most famous menu items: - Zinker (which is a crunchy fried chicken sandwich) - Hassoon Matar (extra-toasted shawarma with extra hot sauce, garlic sauce and french fries) - Aseer Moz (Banana Milkshake) - Abood (Mango Berry Milkshake)
Iconic, reasonably priced, good quality, ultra fresh seafood restaurant with Indian and Arabic flavors. You must have seen this place on one of the dozens of international tv shows that come through. If you love fish, you'll love this place.
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Bu Qtair Restaurant
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Iconic, reasonably priced, good quality, ultra fresh seafood restaurant with Indian and Arabic flavors. You must have seen this place on one of the dozens of international tv shows that come through. If you love fish, you'll love this place.
a local favorite, incredible burger joint, always packed. Great burgers, shakes, and fries on the beach.
SALT Kite Beach
a local favorite, incredible burger joint, always packed. Great burgers, shakes, and fries on the beach.
Open 24 hrs. a day, this is a Lebanese/Palestinian street food restaurant in an arabic pop culture setting. Very highly regarded in Dubai among residents. Try the Lahmeh Be Ajeen with pomegranate sauce, Hummus is excellent, Saj charcoal grilled shawarma is also a crowd favorite.
Zaroob
Open 24 hrs. a day, this is a Lebanese/Palestinian street food restaurant in an arabic pop culture setting. Very highly regarded in Dubai among residents. Try the Lahmeh Be Ajeen with pomegranate sauce, Hummus is excellent, Saj charcoal grilled shawarma is also a crowd favorite.
High end Indian restaurant with beautiful calming ambience belonging to legendary Bollywood icon Asha Bhosle.
Asha's Restaurants
High end Indian restaurant with beautiful calming ambience belonging to legendary Bollywood icon Asha Bhosle.
Internationally acclaimed Asian Fusion restaurant. Rated one of the best restaurants in the world. The sushi is especially good. The Ruler of Dubai is known to enjoy lunches here all the time.
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Zuma Restaurant
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Internationally acclaimed Asian Fusion restaurant. Rated one of the best restaurants in the world. The sushi is especially good. The Ruler of Dubai is known to enjoy lunches here all the time.
highly authentic, reasonably priced casual Japanese restaurant which is frequently visited by Japanese customers as well.
Bento-ya Japanese Restaurant
119 Sheikh Zayed Rd
highly authentic, reasonably priced casual Japanese restaurant which is frequently visited by Japanese customers as well.
Feel like you're transported into a forest, with lakes, waterways and gardens. Organic Thai cuisine and international options, pricey but decent value for money.
The Farm Restaurant, Al Barari
Feel like you're transported into a forest, with lakes, waterways and gardens. Organic Thai cuisine and international options, pricey but decent value for money.
An authentic Ethopian restaurant run by 2 Ethopian sisters who are always friendly. Small and casual restaurant but truly unique experience for the delicious food and great hospitality. Hidden gem.
Zagol Restaurant
An authentic Ethopian restaurant run by 2 Ethopian sisters who are always friendly. Small and casual restaurant but truly unique experience for the delicious food and great hospitality. Hidden gem.
Essentials
Small supermarket in the lobby of the building!
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Small supermarket in the lobby of the building!
Giant supermarket. It's a 5-7 minute drive away, but impossible to walk there from the apartment since it's in the mall across the creek. Very good prices too.
Carrefour Hypermarket
Giant supermarket. It's a 5-7 minute drive away, but impossible to walk there from the apartment since it's in the mall across the creek. Very good prices too.
Super close laundry. They will pick up and drop off your laundry if you need. Call them: +9714885 2136
The Laundry Press Laundrers LLC
Super close laundry. They will pick up and drop off your laundry if you need. Call them: +9714885 2136
Drinks & Nightlife
Awesome modern but old-style Jazz Bar owned by the legendary Quincy Jones. It's in the Palazzo Versace Hotel, which you can walk to by passing through the pool area into the side entrance.
Q's Bar and Lounge
Awesome modern but old-style Jazz Bar owned by the legendary Quincy Jones. It's in the Palazzo Versace Hotel, which you can walk to by passing through the pool area into the side entrance.
Incredibly modern, posh, expensive nightclub. About 10 minutes away from apartment. You must have a booking and they have a strict dress code. If you plan on having one of those nights, this is the place. Beware of other spots in Dubai which are equally expensive tourist traps and locals never actually go to.
Boa
Incredibly modern, posh, expensive nightclub. About 10 minutes away from apartment. You must have a booking and they have a strict dress code. If you plan on having one of those nights, this is the place. Beware of other spots in Dubai which are equally expensive tourist traps and locals never actually go to.
7 floors with 7 different bar & club options with views of the Arabian Gulf. Dress to impress and book in advance.
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Pier 7
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7 floors with 7 different bar & club options with views of the Arabian Gulf. Dress to impress and book in advance.
Shopping
5 min. drive: One of the biggest malls in Dubai with tons of restaurants and fashion at your disposal. Just across the creek, but you have to drive there.
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Dubai Festival City
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5 min. drive: One of the biggest malls in Dubai with tons of restaurants and fashion at your disposal. Just across the creek, but you have to drive there.
10 min. drive: The biggest and most iconic mall in the world. You can shop for anything, eat anything and there's still cinemas and scuba diving and the legendary Dubai Fountain. You must visit this place at least once if you're a visitor, unless consumerism is not really your thing.
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두바이 몰
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10 min. drive: The biggest and most iconic mall in the world. You can shop for anything, eat anything and there's still cinemas and scuba diving and the legendary Dubai Fountain. You must visit this place at least once if you're a visitor, unless consumerism is not really your thing.
Still one of the biggest malls in the world. Shop for and eat anything and everything you can imagine as well as go for a movie or a ski on the slopes. I love grabbing a hot chocolate at the little cafe/cabin on the slopes (you don't have to ski to get to this) and watch people ski through the window.
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Mall of the Emirates
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Still one of the biggest malls in the world. Shop for and eat anything and everything you can imagine as well as go for a movie or a ski on the slopes. I love grabbing a hot chocolate at the little cafe/cabin on the slopes (you don't have to ski to get to this) and watch people ski through the window.
Parks & Nature
Gigantic beautiful park that also has sub sections (Miracle Garden, Fluorescent Glo Garden, Restaurants, etc.) and bikes that you can rent. About 10 minutes away from the apartment.
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Zabeel Park
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Gigantic beautiful park that also has sub sections (Miracle Garden, Fluorescent Glo Garden, Restaurants, etc.) and bikes that you can rent. About 10 minutes away from the apartment.
Getting Around
This is the nearest metro station to the apartment. It is a 10 minute walk from the apartment or a 1 minute drive. If the weather is hot (June, July, August), the walk isn't the most pleasant.
Al Jadaf
This is the nearest metro station to the apartment. It is a 10 minute walk from the apartment or a 1 minute drive. If the weather is hot (June, July, August), the walk isn't the most pleasant.
This is the 2nd nearest metro station to the apartment. Takes about 12-15 minutes. The walk is not so pleasant in June, July and August when the weather is hot in Dubai.
Creek
This is the 2nd nearest metro station to the apartment. Takes about 12-15 minutes. The walk is not so pleasant in June, July and August when the weather is hot in Dubai.
Arts & Culture
This is the old Dubai with beautiful original and restored old buildings. It's filled with cultural art exhibits, coffee museum & cafe, souvenir stores, spices, perfumes, cultural information/experience centre. This is a MUST-DO for any visitors interested in history/culture of the city of Dubai. It is also referred to as Al Fahidi Fort District by some.
Bastakia 1
This is the old Dubai with beautiful original and restored old buildings. It's filled with cultural art exhibits, coffee museum & cafe, souvenir stores, spices, perfumes, cultural information/experience centre. This is a MUST-DO for any visitors interested in history/culture of the city of Dubai. It is also referred to as Al Fahidi Fort District by some.
The modern museum that tells you all about the history of the United Arab Emirates since the oil boom. If you're a history buff, you will love this place.
Union Museum
The modern museum that tells you all about the history of the United Arab Emirates since the oil boom. If you're a history buff, you will love this place.
In the middle of the old district, this museum tells you all about how Dubai grew into what it is today.
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Dubai Museum
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In the middle of the old district, this museum tells you all about how Dubai grew into what it is today.