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Dubai's Best Attractions
Must-see places in Dubai
Dubai’s Best Restaurants
The greatest places to eat in the city this year
A Guide To The Top Rides and Attractions in Dubai
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For the first time, you can experience this ultimate Dubai icon without having to check in as a hotel guest, thanks to the new terrace extension that opened in 2016. The air-conditioned luxury cabanas by the gorgeous infinity pool are fully kitted out with upholstered beds, fresh fruits, coffee and mini-bar, state-of-the-art sound systems and a variety of poolside amenities (the Royal Cabanas even come with luxe private bathrooms). After taking in the rare ‘from the other side’ views of the Burj Al Arab that only a privileged few get, check out the Californian fusion menu of Scape Restaurant & Bar.
As much a party hotspot as it is a beach breakfast venue, this is the ultimate day-through-night destination. Whether you want to top up your tan on the seashore; pose by the pool (infinity, naturally!); or chill in their landscaped gardens, there’s a corner here that’s perfect for anyone. The contemporary casual menu has a focus on natural, healthy and sustainable ingredients – think Atlantic lobster and king crab bruschetta, and smashed avocado with goat’s cheese crumble, and free-range organic scrambled eggs – at affordable prices. The vibe changes as the sun goes down and there’s always something fun going on here, with a stellar lineup of gigs and performances on their weekend calendars, plus a popular brunch.
Probably Dubai residents’ favourite beach, this public stretch of sand owes its name to the kite surfers who throng here. Whether you want to enjoy watersports or just grab a towel, hat and SPF to soak up some sun, you can’t go far wrong here. The vibrant beachfront promenade is livened up with an array of eating options, from gourmet burgers to smoothies and pancakes, and live music action on weekends. Don’t miss Salt, which has acquired a cult following for its signature sliders.
The Jumeirah Beach Residence stretch of coastline is a colourful mélange of beach umbrellas and sun seekers (it’s a public beach), al fresco dining and weekend markets, overlooked by towering apartments and luxury hotels. You can choose from a plethora of restaurants, cafes and grab-and-go kiosks at open-air mall The Beach - from a hearty comfort food feast at celeb chef Tom Aikens’ Pots, Pans and Boards, or nostalgic British fare at Retro Feasts, to authentic Hellenic at Eat Greek, and Indian classics at House of Curry. You can always work off the calories at the free outdoor gym or running track after.
Dubai’s hottest beachfront destination is set in the eastern shores of Palm Jumeirah. Spread over 120 metres of coastline, Vista Mare is home to different restaurants specialising in international cuisines. From modern European (The Tap House) to slightly more exotic Caribbean (Breeze Beach Grill), it’s all here, and it’s all authentic. For exceptional Arabian-inspired seafood in a chic nautical setting, head to Ibn AlBahr – a meal here never disappoints.
This luxury beach club oozes contemporary minimalist chic with its all-white, marine-accented décor. The sprawling venue is home to not only the beach club – complete with sunbeds, VIP cabanas and swim-up bar; but also four restaurants serving up international fare, from salads and sushi to rotisserie chicken; and most recently, a boutique hotel. As the sun goes down, things get cranked up a notch with their regular roster of lavish parties and entertainment nights.
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