Our previous month was dedicated to Singapore, whether as now we want to shed the light on what’s now being called Middle Eastern Singapore or Hong Kong, we are sure you guessed it correct – Dubai! In just over two decades the city has transformed from a desert backwater port to a thriving metropolis with extravagant, newly built landmarks like the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Mall and more. The city exploded in prosperity after the UAE discovered oil in 1966, leading to a development boom that has resulted in the world’s most luxurious hotels and more skyscrapers, however unlike its neighbors such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia which still rely heavily on oil exports, Dubai managed to shift from this perspective and now its economy is driven by tourism, real estate, shipping, technology and financial services. According to Bloomberg, oil and gas now accounts for less than 1 per cent of Dubai’s economy. Today, Dubai is embracing the concept of a futuristic city with introduction of the Museum of the Future, fastest land transportation system (the Hyperloop) and building on its credentials as one of the fastest-growing technology hubs. With our global connections and knowledge, we will help you find out more about this fast-growing city and plan your visit if you wish.
The city has more than 100,000 hotel rooms and how would you know which one is right for you? You have options from Italian-designed modern resorts to Arabian style hotels in which you may feel yourself more as in Arabian fairytale. As usually we have eliminated five luxury hotels for you to consider which staying in Dubai.
Burj Al Arab
The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is more than just a stunning hotel, it is an emblem of modern Dubai, a world-famous icon, and a symbol of extreme wealth, therefore making the resort very popular among the rich and famous. Still the only (self-proclaimed) 7-star super luxury hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab offers oversized suite-only accommodation, with each suite composed of two floors that are connected by a marble staircase.
Jumeirah Al Qasr
Designed in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout. Jumeirah Al Qasr offers all the facilities and activities of the wider resort, with traditional wooden abra boats transporting guests to more than 40 world-class restaurants and bars. The resort boasts a re-creation of an ancient market, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, with 70-plus boutiques and galleries, a mile-long private stretch of beach, watersports, 19 indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water Park.
Armani Hotel Dubai
The Armani Hotel Dubai is located within Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, and part of a mixed-use development consisting of 160 rooms and 144 residences. The downtown hotel is up to the 8th floor and then 38th and 39th floors, and the residences occupy levels 9 to 16 of the Burj Khalifa Tower. The hotel has been designed by Giorgio Armani himself, and as such it is typically chic and minimalist in style. The design of the hotel features bright lighting, natural and neutral shades, and clean lines, all of this adds to the charming and dignified aura of the hotel.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
This elegant beachfront resort has views of the calming waters of the Arabian Gulf on one side and the glittering Dubai skyline on the other, and houses two pools (one adults only) plus 11 tempting restaurants and lounges. There’s the Pearl Spa staffed by therapists from India, Thailand and Indonesia, tennis courts with Eastern European ex-pros for instructors.
One&Only the Palm Dubai
Chic and glamorous, One&Only the Palm is an exquisite low-rise boutique oasis located on the lush, landscaped private peninsula of the Palm Island crescent. Blending Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary chic interiors, the property consists of 90 rooms and four exclusive beachfront villas. At One&Only The Palm, you can hide away from the everyday and soak up the sun beside shimmering pools and the private, white-sand beach; capture the calm of the day in the Guerlain Spa, set amidst ponds, fountains and open courtyards; and tantalize your palate with an enviable selection of bars and restaurants under the culinary guidance of three-Michelin-stars Chef Yannick Alléno.
When it comes to food, there is no doubt that you will be able to find any cuisine from around the world that you wish in Dubai. This city does not have its own Michelin Guide, however because Dubai likes to have everything more outstanding, bigger and taller, it imports chefs or restaurant chains that are recognized elsewhere by this prestigious publication. Some of the restaurant you may find are simply destination for stunning décor, unforgettable culinary experiences and amazing views.
Le Petite Maison
Magnificently located in DIFC, this restaurant’s cooking style belongs to old Genoese serving Mediterranean dishes.LPM, as it’s commonly known, is the Dubai outpost of a three-restaurant global group. Its reservations book is always full (but obviously not for our clients, we are always happy to make reservation for you at any date or time you wish).
The latest venture of Chef Izu Ani – Gaia is a striking Greek restaurant in the heart of DIFC’s Gate Village — could well be his best restaurants. His trademark interiors of a light, muted colour palette are in full force at Gaia, with white painted woods and cream walls, warmed by perfect lighting and brought to life by a stunning seafood bar. Having only been open for a few months, expectations for the restaurant are still sky high.
Nusr-Et Dubai is the very best meat experience – hands down. This intimate restaurant with seamless terrace for inside-out dining, is buzzing with energy. The casual service is highly personal and involving.
The founder, a master butcher for over 20 years, Nusret Gokce personally selects each and every cut of meat served in the restaurant, the master grillers complete the magic on the charcoal grill. A dining experience unlike any other with creative fish and seafood dishes for the non-carnivores.
If you are searching for classy Italian food, this is the restaurant you need to visit. The elegant dining room is all shiny woods with vibrant blues and crisp white tablecloths, its classic, yet quirky. The menu is nothing groundbreaking in terms of creativity, but what it does it does well.
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