Al Barsha

The residential area of Dubai known as Al Barsha is dominated by the Mall of the Emirates. This vast complex offers many options in terms of eating, drinking and entertainment and even has several hotels attached.

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Located in south Dubai, Al Barsha is a series of sub-communities collected into a group bounded by the Sheikh Zayed Road on one side and the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road on the other. The third edge is taken up by the Jebel Ali Racecourse. The individual areas inside the development are named Al Barsha First, Second and Third and Al Barsha South One, Two and Three.

Overview

This mainly residential development is relatively new compared to other neighbourhoods in Dubai, but is situated not far from a number of amenities. These include Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Sports City. Within its boundaries, the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Autodrome can also be found.

Where to stay

Al Barsha may not be the first neighbourhood that springs to mind for visitors planning a trip to Dubai, but using it as a base has its advantages. Its location is not far from a number of attractions and well connected with several stations on the city’s Metro network within its vicinity. Families may also find it quieter than many other areas of Dubai.

-Pullman Mall of the Emirates – what could be handier than staying in a hotel that is directly linked to a world-class shopping venue that also offers various leisure activities?! This four-star hotel is decked out in chic modern style and is close to the red line of the Metro network, as well as having two on-site restaurants, two bars and a rooftop pool.

-Time Oak Hotel and Suites – those who love to spread out will love this option, as the rooms are spacious even for a city that loves its luxury. The suites have just about everything you could need, which is a philosophy that is continued with the Petals restaurant, coffee bar, pool bar, fitness facilities, pool and amenities for children.

-Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates – a room with a view is what many people who stay here get, with the slopes of Ski Dubai visible the ski chalet rooms. The Kempinski is by far the most upmarket option attached to the Mall of the Emirates, with everything from a spa to tennis courts on site.

Where to eat

The dining scene in Al Barsha is a combination of small restaurants and those inside the hotels, where alcohol is served. It depends on what you are looking for as to where you frequent for your meals. While those in the hotels cater for visitors, the local restaurants are popular with the residential population of the area. There is also a wide selection of eateries within the Mall of the Emirates.

-Serena’s Seafood – with a homey feeling to it, Serena’s Seafood is a great place to have a slap-up meal fresh from the ocean. Diners can choose their own fish and then have it prepared to their taste, with everything from prawns and mussels to crab and lobster on the menu.

-Apres – located inside Mall of the Emirates, this restaurant takes it inspiration from the ski chalets of Europe. This means perfectly seasoned French onion soup and spatchcock chicken, as well as popular classics like burgers and pizzas. It will transport you to a world away from the heat of Dubai.

-Chimes – for a taste of the East, head to the Chimes restaurant within the Seven Sands Aparthotel. Here, the menu has taken some of the best dishes from the cuisines of Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and beyond and served them up in simple style. Whether it is meat, seafood or vegetarian fare you require, something will tickle your taste buds at this eatery.

What to do and see

While many of the main attractions of Dubai fall outside of the Al Barsha area, the district does have one major draw – the Mall of the Emirates. This vast complex offers more than just shopping, with a wide range of activities on offer as well.

-Shopping – with more than 560 retail stores within its walls, the Mall of the Emirates has enough to satisfy even the most dedicated of shopaholics. Among the delights on offer are a Harvey Nichols, which appeals to the luxury so enjoyed in the Emirates.

-Ski Dubai – almost as if proving that anything is possible, this ski slope in the middle of the desert, is a great way to relax as a family. Found within the Mall of the Emirates, it boasts 22,500 metres of skiable area and offers various other activities too.

-Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre – for a burst of culture and the arts, look no further than DUCTAC. It holds performances of everything from dance to plays and offers up spaces for exhibitions and artists to work in. Check out the schedule prior to travel to see if there is anything that appeals.

Conclusions

Al Barsha is a convenient area of Dubai in which to be located, as it is close to many areas that visitors are likely to want to frequent. Within the district itself, the main draws are the relative quiet, good transport links and of course, the Mall of the Emirates.

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