Read where Emiratis spend their quality time
It’s summer in Dubai. That means mall concerts, great dining and no queues. There are plenty of things to do and you’ll enjoy terrific value. We asked a few locals about their favorite summer places in Dubai. And this is what they said:
Ayesha Abbasi (27)
“I love coffee and have discovered this new quirky place in Jumeirah, near Dubai Zoo. It’s called Stomping Grounds and a true specialty coffee hub for all coffee enthusiasts. They have various kinds of coffee from all over the world, for example from Panama, Indonesia and Costa Rica. You can choose between the different roasts and how you would like your coffee to be brewed - whether you prefer it mild, strong, or something in between.
“They also have a great breakfast menu that includes healthy options, like muesli, and so on. The portions are big, and the staff members are super friendly. They have indoor and outdoor seating. But in the summer it’s better to stay inside. They also have delicious desserts, as well as lunch and dinner options. It’s a really cool place to hang out with your friends.”
Mohammed Theyab Alahbabi (28)
My favourite summer spot is The Dubai Mall. If you like shopping, you should take advantage of the special deals during the Dubai Summer Surprises. It’s always worth having a look. When I go to The Dubai Mall I have breakfast at Social House. I have been a regular customer there for many years. The staff is the best, and I like this mix of Asian and international dishes. Try the ‘Messy Sally’ sandwich, which combines egg with grilled chicken and cheese. It’s amazing.
“For coffee, I recommend Espressamente Illy. It’s an authentic Italian coffee place. I usually take a seat at the bar and have my double espresso there. And if I crave something quick and sweet, I go to Ben’s Cookies. They have all kinds of different cookies, from chocolate, to peanut butter, to oatmeal and raisin. It’s nice to go there in the morning when the shop opens and the cookies have just been taken out of the oven and are still warm.”
Saeed Al Mehairi (33)
“Once the sun is setting and the temperature is cooling down, the Kite Beach is a great place to spend the rest of the day. You can take a swim and relax on the beach, or do sports like volleyball. You can also take a walk along the promenade and eat at one of the many food stalls and kiosks selling things like falafel, doner kebab, German sausage, shakes and ice cream. If you are looking for a healthy option, try ‘Wanna Banana’ and their range of frozen banana snacks.
“Kite Beach also has a Smart Palm, which is a solar operated recharge station for mobiles and provides free Wi-Fi access. The beach offers so many things and has a great atmosphere. I like to watch the colourful kites of various shapes filling up the sky. It looks surreal and is absolutely beautiful. The beach is also one of the rare places in Dubai where you can see Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and The Atlantis Hotel from one single spot.”
Khadija Mohamed Al Marzouqi (29)
“It’s not a place but a great chance to treat yourself on special occasions: a helicopter tour. It’s not that cheap and costs AED1,250 per person but my birthday was coming up and I wanted to do something different. So I checked online and found this opportunity to see Dubai from above. I booked the ride with Alpha Tours Dubai. It was for a friend and myself but the helicopter had space for six people. We were all from different countries and had a blast up there.
“Our tour lasted 25 minutes and took us around Palm Jumeirah while giving us amazing views of the Palm Island and The Atlantis Hotel. We also flew over the World Islands, Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. What really impressed me was the fact that our pilot was a woman. She was also a very good tour guide and knew a lot about the area and attractions that we saw. It was an amazing experience that I strongly recommend for residents and tourists.”
Salim Dahman Al Amoudi (35)
“Al-Mamzar Park is one of my favorite places in Dubai, even in the summer. My friends and I go there in the late afternoon, when the temperature has dropped, and have a barbecue. The park, which lies right next to the beach, has quite a few barbecue sites with grills, umbrellas, and seats, so you don’t have to bring anything except the food, the beverages and some barbecue tools. Most of the time, we sit in the grassed picnic areas while enjoying the beautiful sea view.
“When I go with my family, we rent a beach cabin because it’s more convenient. We can store our stuff in there, it’s equipped with a barbecue, a bathroom, and the kids have a place to nap. And if we don’t feel like having a barbecue, we go to the food court or buy something from one of the many kiosks. The park is great for kids because of its beach access and play areas. It also features a skate park, basketball and football courts, and there are water coolers all over the place.”