Yes, people bash Dubai for being entirely fabricated and too conservative but it is a vibrant city and offers an experience that you won't find anywhere else in the Middle East. Modern, wealthy, sophisticated, and garish yet still tethered by a more conservative tradition. This is the place...more
One of the better places in Dubai to enjoy the beach. The views of the architecture nearby are a major plus and the location is perfect for exploring Madinat Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab or the Jumeirah Beach Resort.
This upscale collection of art galleries and restaurants is a welcome creative addition to the spectacle that is Dubai. Off the tourist path, this is the place to explore Dubai's art scene. Stunning galleries -- that will break the bank.
Pleasant art hotel set in the traditional style found in the Bastakiya quarter. A nice low-key alternative to glitzy alternatives that is in the perfect spot for exporting Old Dubai. Highly recommended. Friendly staff, comfortable rooms, and excellent value....more
This lovely little gem is tucked into a pleasant tree-planted courtyard. A wonderful spot to step out of the heat and enjoy a fresh salad and mint lemonade. Highly recommended. I still dream about the salad (bananas, chick peas, lemon juice and a bit of cayenne) and lemonade that I had here....more
This property is massive in comparison to the neighboring Burj Al Arab. Although it doesn't feel as exclusive / special, it offers a number of advantages: - great views of the Burj - lower price point - easier access to the water park (if you want to go) - expansive pool and beach club A great place...more
This lovely resort is so other worldly that it was actually used in a recent Star Wars film. The terrain here is gorgeous but the real lure is the property itself. Relax in your plunge pool as Arabian oryx saunter by and stop for a drink. In addition to the in-room wild life viewing, the resort has a...more
Went here on my honeymoon and loved it. A bit over the top (surprise surprise). The decor is definitely more tacky than tasteful -- a lot of gold and a big mirror above the bed. That said, hard not to find the place entertaining. The views are wonderful and the rooms are massive. You probably need to stay a...more
Excellent high-end Lebanese restaurant set in the ground floor of the Emirates Tower -- a sight of its own. Reasonably priced and probably the best Lebanese I have had anywhere. Just revisited after 6 years and these guys are still at the top of their game. My must try dishes: Zaatar salad, Labneh with...more