Insider Tips - Dubai

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Our top insider tips for Dubai:

 

The Barasti beach bar

The Barasti Bar, which sits among skyscrapers and beneath palm-covered roofs, is a popular place for both residents and European visitors. The open-air lounge is located on the pier of Dubai Marina and is always buzzing. You can choose to either sit beneath a canopy or relax on carpets under the sky. Daily 11am–1.30am | Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina | Al-Sufouh Road | Dubai Marina | Metro Red Line: Dubai Marina

 

Ancient Islamic treasures

Take a trip outside of the city and visit anicent Arabia at the Museum of Islamic Civilisation. The ancient treasures are presented thematically in the magnificent Islamic-style palace, which is one of the best in the United Arab Emirates.‘The five pillars of Islam’ on the ground floor provides an insight into the Islamic religion and helps non-believers to understand it. Historic black-and-white photos depict pilgrims in Mecca - the city that non-Muslims are forbidden to enter. One particular item is a treasure of unique value for Muslims, a piece of cloth, which used to cover the Kaaba in Mecca. This holy relic is displayed behind glass and is well protected. Sunday–Thursday 8am–8pm | Fridays 4pm–8pm | Al-Majarrah Souk | Al-Majarrah Corniche | Sharjah | Admission 5 Dh

 

Ice-skating 

Take your woolly hat, jumper and gloves to the enormous ice-rink on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. Daily 11.15am–1.15pm, 1.30–3.30pm, 5–7pm, 7.30–9.30pm, 9.45–11.45pm | Dubai Mall | Sheikh Zayed road, 1st Interchange, Doha Street | 2 hours 50 Dh (includes skates) | Metro Red Line: Dubai Mall

 

Market on the marina

The Dubai Marina turns into an open-air market on Fridays and Saturdays, where you will find a range of crafts and souvenirs for sale. The yachts, extraordinary buildings and people from all over the world each contribute into making it an amazing experience. October-April | Marina Walk, opposite Grosvenor House | 16 miles southwest of the city centre at Interchange 5 | Metro Red Line: Dubai Marina

 

Party in style 

Party all night at the nightclub N'Duldge in the gigantic themed Atlantis hotel. The club plays house, electro, R&B, dance and groove music and consists of three areas: the arena, the lounge and the terrace. If nightclubs aren't really your cup of tea then head for the lounge area, which has a sophisticated restaurant and a more chilled out vibe. Daily 9.30pm–3am | Atlantis Hotel | Crescent road | The Palm Jumeirah | Metro Red Line: Nakheel

 

Inside the Jumeirah Mosque

The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers hour-long guided tours of the Jumeirah Mosque on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The meeting point is outside the front of the Mosque, opposite The One furniture store. Registration (10 Dh) from 9am | Tour 10–11.15am. Men cannot wear shorts | Women will be given a black robe (abaya) and a headscarf | Jumeirah Road | Metro Red Line: Trade Centre

 

Organic and delicious

Try something delicious and healthy in the Organic Foods & Café at the Dubai Mall. They offer organically grown fruit, fair-trade coffee, cheese from unpasteurised milk, salads, fruit juices, fair-trade chocolate and much more. Sun–Wed 10am–10pm, Thu–Sat 10am–midnight | Lower Ground Floor, next to the Waterfront Restaurant | Dubai Mall | Tel. 04 4 34 05 77 | Metro Red Line: Dubai Mall

 

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