Gourmet Gastronomy is Why You Should Come to Dubai
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Since the Emirati boom first began, Dubai has been attracting the rich, famous and hungry. The result has been a gastronomic revolution that has seen scores of fine dining establishments open for business in the city-state.
There are now 5,400 restaurants and cafés in Dubai serving cuisine from all around the world. Whether you’re looking for traditional French and Italian, cutting-edge Scandi-style, or indigenous Emirati menus, Dubai offers something for everyone… and plenty more.
For seafood, head to Pierchic, where exceptional dishes comprising the finest fruits of the ocean are served on a pier jutting out into the ever-warm Arabian Gulf. It wasn’t without good reason that Time Out named it the Best Seafood Restaurant in town.
Also with a seaside theme, but far more jaw-dropping, is the setting for Al Mahara, another fish specialist housed inside the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, where guests eat as they stare into an underwater aquarium. This is not only the place to dine in Dubai, but also to be seen.
It comes with a vertigo-inducing price tag, just as its twin sister imitation restaurant Ossiano’s at Atlantis The Palm, another underwater themed restaurant which was crowned Best Seafood Restaurant and where there’s a minimum spend of £120 per person. Certainly, la crème de la crème.
Meanwhile, more intoxicating flavours can be tasted at Zheng He’s, a wonderful Chinese establishment on the banks of a canal in the Jumeirah resort. Or perhaps you’d prefer to indulge in a piquant from closer to home? In which case Rhodes Mezzanine, the flagship offering at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel, probably ticks the right boxes, thanks to the innovative creations of founder and Michelin-starred chef, Gary Rhodes.
The list could go on. And on. And on. For example, we’ve yet to reference the many options offered by Neil David Foster, the acclaimed British gastronomer who heads up a team of 123 chefs at the world famous Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. And this is before anyone has mentioned the mind-boggling variety presented at the annual Dubai Food Festival, a month-long celebration of intoxicating flavours, inspired by the four corners of the globe, and the 200 nationalities that currently call this wonderful place home.
Like we said, more than enough to keep you busy for a holiday, or indeed a lifetime. As such our best recommendation is to step off the plane and immediately immerse yourself in the culinary revolution currently under way in this corner of the UAE.
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People come to Dubai for different reasons. Some want to shop until they drop, others choose to experience the glamorous lifestyle. Some prefer to relax indulgently, whilst some want to embrace the epic adventures Dubai offers- with more unforgettable experiences to be had than we can hope to mention here.
A glistening city in the middle of the desert, defined by some of the world's most modern and opulent buildings, contemporary shopping and high-tech entertainment, the Emirates' most famous destination is also a hotbed of culture; from art galleries and museums to the indigenous Arabian history.
When you're surrounded by warm waters, bathed in high temperatures and sunshine almost every day of the year, it should go without saying that everything from water sports to beach lounging, fishing to pearl diving, should be on the agenda. Welcome to Dubai, where all that and more comes as standard.
There are few places on Earth where you can sunbathe on the beach in the morning, snowboard in the afternoon, and head out to explore sand dunes before sunset. To top it off there are huge entertainment centres and waterparks too. All of which barely scratches the surface when it comes to keeping the family entertained in Dubai, one of the world's safest and most fun cities.
As a centre of international culture, it's no surprise that Dubai is home to an abundance of festivals and events of global repute. This is also a place steeped in a unique history, meaning that whilst visiting soirees appear dominant, you'll also find a host of traditional offerings to contrast the more lavish affairs.
Many cities have a claim to fame, but only the best have several. In Dubai, alongside unforgettable adventures and unparalleled shopping, the hotels represent a unique selling point all of their own. So whether you're spending big or modest, there's no chance you'll be disappointed.
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