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    13 hotspots to check out for a chic summer escape

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    by Camille Macawili
    8 seconds ago

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    Summer is high season to give you a chance to explore the hotspots far and away.
    Don’t know where to go? If you’ve been out of the loop and this question fills you with dread, you don’t have to fret. Emirates Woman have curated a tasteful edit of the latest and greatest must-see and must-do for all the different kinds of wanderlust that are worth making time for in your hard-earned annual leave.
    From places with a focus on gastronomy to those filled with character, here’s how and where to stay, dine, and spend all your summer days.
    Tap the gallery above to discover the edit.
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    14 luxe new restaurants opened in Dubai this year

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    by Sarah Joseph
    42 mins ago

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    As the world embraces a new year, so is Dubai with all its new restaurants that have opened its doors for tourists and residents.
    From sophisticated ambiences to dishes prepared with an innate attention to detail, be prepared to be astounded with the best served on a plate. Be it the finest caviar or the most indulgent tiramisu, these restaurants have it all.
    Be it fine-dining or creative culinary gems, these are some of the tastiest new spots in town. These are the places that we consider to be the all-time greats, from Michelin-starred dining rooms to impressive new openings from this list. Hence, we decided that each haven deserves a spot on the ultimate list of the best restaurants in Dubai.
    If there’s one thing that rings true it’s that there are plenty of new restaurants in Dubai bursting onto the scene.
    Every month we see brand new spots launch in this vibrant city and we couldn’t be happier that the F&B scene just keeps growing (and growing and growing).
    No matter what the cuisine of preference is, this emirate is never short of culinary havens. So if you’re looking to make a booking and try something new, swipe through our guide of editor-approved restaurants to experience in Dubai.
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    20 Instagram-worthy coffee spots to unwind in Dubai

    If there’s one thing Dubai isn’t short of, it’s all the aesthetic coffee shops that allow one to unwind at.
    From getting your daily caffeine fix to embracing a café with minimal interiors, there are plenty of options that offer both.
    For adding to your list of must-visit cafés, Emirates Woman has curated a guide of where all you need to go next.
    The Grey

    This bespoke coffee haven is the newest epicentre for creative freedom, where a subtle yet charming aura is felt throughout the space. From luxe coffees to a relaxing meeting place, for different cultures, minds and communities to unite, The Grey is definitely a must-visit here in Dubai. Located on Al Wasl Road, it’s open daily from 8am to 11pm.
    For more information visit the-grey.co
    Heal

    This minimal café situated in the heart of Dubai concentrates on keeping it clean with its refreshing interiors and neutral tones. Designed with sleek furniture, this café is the next Instagrammable spot to be at. With a refreshing design and an impressive menu, this luxe spot is a world away from the everyday. It’s open daily from 7am to 11pm and is located in Umm Suqeim on 30 Al Manara Rd.
    Drop

    This speciality Dubai-based café has revolutionised the coffee experience in the emirate, with its team of experts who use nine different brewing techniques while delivering a unique experience to all its visitors. Drop Dubai is open from 10am to 11pm, with one of its locations being on Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl, entrance 3, shop 72.
    For more information visit dropdubai.ae
    Alchemy

    With a minimal mindset approach, Alchemy came about with a passion for coffee spurred from ethical single farms where it’s roasted to perfection to enjoy it will all your loved ones in the heart of Dubai. For a redefined coffee experience, visit Alchemy which is open on weekdays from 8am to 10pm and on weekends from 8am to 11pm.
    For more information visit alchemydubai.com
    PARKA

    Escape the ordinary with this minimalist coffee shop, that offers a calming ambience to help you refuel for the day. With simple interiors and delicious coffee, ranging from hot to cold brews with alternative milk preferences, guests are sure to enjoy this refreshing space in Dubai. Complimenting the coffee is a range of decadent pastries, muffins, tarts and croissants to ensure you relax, snack and unwind with your loved ones. Located in Town Square, it’s open daily from 7:30am to 11pm.
    Café Otaku

    Offering authentic Japanese cuisine in the heart of Dubai Design District, Otaku embodied the philosophy of home throughout its layout. From a welcoming entrance to modern aesthetics, the café celebrates the minimal elements throughout the experience. Known for their speciality coffee and delicious Japanese pancakes, the café reflects the overarching simplicity of Japanese design. It’s open from Monday to Thursday 8am to 10:30pm and Friday to Sunday 8am to 11:30pm.
    Comptoir 102

    This award-winning ethical concept is tucked away on Jumeirah road offering conscious choices with ingredients sourced from local organic farms, serving delicious food while promoting sustainability. From homemade nut milk to its famous smoothies, there’s enough and more for everyone who visits. This eatery is open daily from 8am to 10pm.
    For more information visit comptoir102.com
    Tom & Serg

    The Melbournian-inspired café has become the city’s favourite not-so-hidden gems with good food, great coffee and excellent vibes while also transforming this warehouse space into a cultural delight to include start-up galleries, food concepts and coffee roasters. Serving plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, the menu caters to a dynamic palate with fresh ingredients. It’s located in Al Quoz and is open from Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday 8am to 6pm.
    Brunch & Cake

    With a fresh needed space added to Dubai’s dining scene, this unique spot offers a wide range of spectacular dishes in a chic relaxed setting with delicious Instagrammable breakfast staples. There are three locations in Dubai at Jumeirah Islands, The Pointe and Wasl 51, ensuring each visit is a memorable one.
    For more information visit brunchandcake.com
    Cassette

    This homegrown gem is a modern Parisian bistro celebrating food, music, art and design with dishes that evoke subtle hints of French familiarity in their flavours with a wide range of diners and tastes. Located at The Courtyard in Al Quoz, this getaway has the very best curated content in food making it an ideal breakfast spot while you get your creative juices flowing. From food, coffee, inspiration work or a catchup with friends, you’re sure to feel inspired every time you visit. It’s open daily from 8am to 6pm.
    For more information visit cassette.ae
    The Hamptons Café

    Inspired by the distinctive charm of New York, this boutique café is nestled in some of the most popular locations in Dubai and is famous for its flavourful and picturesque breakfast spreads with a combination of light and hearty meals, while offering reinterpreted classics. The all-day breakfast menu has been curated to stay true to the Hamptonian tradition of hearty and simple to ensure freshness. It’s located in JBR, Islands and Arabian Ranches.
    For more information visit hamptonsdubai.com
    Nightjar Coffee

    Located in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, Nightjar is known for its delicious coffee options and extensive range of creative cold brew teas. With nitro-infused formulas, Nightjar has become an artisanal coffee roasting platform with cold brew production. Known for sourcing their coffee beans from ethical sites, it allows them to meet the farmers, ensuring a seamless process from a great coffee bean to roast. The eatery is open daily from 10am to 9pm and is located in Unit G62.
    For more information visit nightjar.coffee/shop/
    The Lighthouse

    This restaurant and concept store sits at the intersection of food, creativity and design. With a menu focusing on Mediterranean-inspired delights, guests can choose from a myriad of dishes prepared with fresh seasonal produce. By incorporating the principles of fresh eating, each dish is prepared with nothing but the best ingredients. Adding to the venue’s charm is a minimal shop that boasts a handpicked selection of gifting merchandise including glassware, travel and lifestyle accessories by a pool of unique designers. Located in building 6 of Dubai Design District, Mall of the Emirates and Nakheel Mall at The Palm, it’s open from Saturday to Wednesday 8am to 10pm and Thursday and Friday 8am to 11pm.
    For more information visit thelighthouse.ae
    Friends Avenue Café

    With a fresh blend of all your favourites including Açai bowls, gourmet burgers, a breakfast-style menu and healthy smoothies, Friends Avenue Café lets you enjoy your food completely guilt-free. Aimed to provide food that reminds you of home, this concept launched in 2015 and has been a hit ever since. Located in Fortune Executive Tower, Cluster T and Motor City, it’s open daily from 7am onwards.
    For more information visit friendsavenue.ae
    Common Grounds

    This relaxed epicurean escape serves an array of wholesome dishes with ingredients that are beautifully sourced packed with goodness. Located at balcony level 2, building 5, DIFC, JBR, Mall of the Emirates, JLT and soon to open in Dubai Hills and Nakheel Mall, making it the perfect neighbourhood space with warm wooden finishes. It’s open from 8am onwards until different timings at each location.
    For more information visit commongroundsdubai.com
    Amongst Few

    This Dubai-based space echoes minimal hues and textures with both an outdoor area for relaxing and an indoor for working from. By using simple materials such as natural wood, steel counters and lots of plants, this café also serves organic fair-trade coffee and fresh seasonal dishes to match the standards. With refreshing raw finishes, one can’t help but notice how seamlessly the café blends with a creative space. Located in Villa 3 on Al Wasl Road, Palm Strip and Jumeirah Beach Road, it’s open daily from 9am to 7pm.
    For more information visit amongstfewcafe.com
    Society

    This aesthetic café is known for its visually appealing textures and Instagram-worthy dishes. From delicious coffees to appetizing dishes, this bespoke haven is surely one visit. The dishes vary from their mouth-watering shibuya toast to a honey cake with several layers of perfection. It’s open daily from 8am to 11pm for all-day dining and breakfast until 3pm and is located in Jumeirah 1.
    Myocum

    Located in Dar Wasl Mall, this cafe brings the essence of Australian coffee and cuisine to Dubai. Their coffee is some of the best you’ll find in the UAE and hero dishes include the Halloumi Hash Burger and Casuarina Toast. As a result of the friendship between coffee and great food, Myocum was born. It’s open from Sunday to Thursday 7am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday 7am to 12am.
    For more information visit myocumdubai.com
    Cafe Villa515

    This social spot has a workspace, food and coffee moments all combined into one place. With sophisticated interiors and tranquil space, this venue is definitely one to add to your list for a catchup with your friends or family. The timings are from 8am to 10pm and It’s located in Villa 515, Jumeirah Beach Road.
    L’Occitane Café

    Bringing together a fusion of delicious flavours with something to delight all taste buds, while serving the classic breakfast staples in Dubai and transporting you to the South of France with a multi-sensory journey. It’s located at Citywalk and is open on weekdays from 9am to 11am and on weekends from 9am to 12am.
    For more information with ae.loccitane.com
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    15 luxe Saturday brunch spots to book ASAP in Dubai

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    by Sarah Joseph
    58 mins ago

    As you unwind from a stressful week, each upscale brunch located around Dubai is sure to let you relax. While you get your money’s worth with a specially curated menu of cocktails and delicious food accompanied by splendid views of Dubai’s skyline.
    It’s no secret brunch is a rite of passage in Dubai. However, it can be overwhelming to decide on where to go.
    From Japanese to Italian, each restaurant offers a myriad of delectable dishes are all crafted to perfection with live music and an enchanting ambience to let guests begin their weekend in style.
    Also, if you’re on the lookout of what to wear. Comfort is key—so it’s best to rely on those easy breezy slip dresses and co-ords. To not make dressing up feel like a chore. Be it Massimo Dutti or Cos, these free-flowing midi dresses can be worn all year round. Overall, the simplest piece can really add depth to the laziest of outfits, and leave you feeling put together for what really matters: gossip shared over mimosas and your favourite playlist. We’ve also compiled the best high-street pieces we use as brunch fit inspiration all year.
    To help you whittle it down, Emirates Woman has rounded up some of the best brunches in Dubai, which hopefully might help you find some new favourites in your mix or help you rediscover old favourites that are just only reopening.

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    3 Sheikh Mohammed-approved restaurants in 2024

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    by Sarah Joseph
    57 seconds ago

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai are avid food lovers. They are always seen supporting the restaurants scene in the UAE.
    While the Royal Family may well have kitchens filled with more chefs than a Michelin-starred restaurant, eating out can offer – just as it can for most of us – a thrilling change from the routine.
    From neighbourhood bistros to fine-dining havens in Dubai by Chef Izu, such as Alaya. The options for dining are endless and now some are even approved by the Royals.
    With a plethora of restaurants available in Dubai, it can be hard to choose where to go, however, the Royals know exactly where to visit. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine at then, these restaurants are a must-visit.
    Over the years, Sheikh Mohammed has visited a myriad of restaurants such as CÉ LA VI, Shanghai ME, Gaia, Zuma and more.

    Various Royals from the family have often been spotted dining at a host of the emirate’s best eateries. It proves they truly have their finger on the pulse of Dubai’s booming gastronomic scene. Year after year, Sheikh Mohammed, has consistently shown support for the local F&B industry in the UAE.
    Both Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makhtoum are all about supporting the hospitality industry.
    Here’s three restaurants in the emirate that are Royally-approved this year.

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    9 must-visit Indian restaurants to experience in Dubai

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    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

    From time to time, it’s always good to add a little spice to your cuisine and indulge in an array of exquisite dishes. Indian restaurants are the best way to do so with their flavourful dishes crafted to perfection.
    For a fine-dining Indian meal together with your loved ones, there’s no better way to celebrate any occasion than to savour a host of Indian culinary delights in style.
    With no dearth of Indian restaurants in Dubai to cater to everyone’s palate, the world of spice has seen a contemporary twist with its playful interiors and gastronomic culinary journey.
    So, if you’re thinking of where to book during the upcoming weeks, scroll through our guide of editor-approved Indian restaurants to visit.
    Atrangi by Ritu Dalmia

    Lead by well renowned Indian Chef Ritu Dalmia, Atrangi’s culinary offerings shine a spotlight on lesser-known regional Indian delicacies, infusing the vibrant venue with the comforting essence of homemade cooking. With a varied menu that caters to a diverse range of palates, Atrangi offers a personalised solution for those seeking the ultimate culinary experience. To experience the key dishes, Diners can choose between two options for the tasting menu. The five-course tasting menu is priced at Dhs440 or an indulgent seven course experience priced at Dhs640. The seven-course menu is inclusive of a delectable amuse bouche and palate cleanser, heightening the dining experience and allowing each signature plate to create a harmony of flavours with each bite. It’s available from 6pm to 12am and is located in the prestigious Jumeirah Al Qasr Hotel.
    For more information visit atrangidubai.com
    Trésind

    With Executive Chef Mohammed Zeeshan at the helm, Tresind now offers a Premium Chef’s Tasting Menu for its patrons to offer an unparalleled dining experience. Guests can experience a variety of dishes such as Cannoli Samosa with Tomato Chutney, Asparagus Salad, Truffle Mushroom Consommé and more. The price starts at Dhs550 for both the Veg and Non-Veg menu, and is available throughout the week during dinner hours this tasting menu includes Amuse Bouche, Chaat, a selection of starters, palate cleanser, a selection of main courses and desserts. Diners can end their meal with desserts such as Black Forest Mithai Tart and Paan Cotton Candy. Located at the Arabian Court at One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai Marina, it’s open from 12pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm.
    For more information visit tresind.com
    Aamara

    If you’re looking for a unique dining experience inspired by the ancient Silk Route, check out Aamara at the VOCO Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. Here to dazzle your palate during the Festival of Lights with an exclusive 10-course Diwali tasting menu priced at Dhs(all inclusive) per person. The dishes include rustic onion focaccia served with zaatar pesto hummus, delicate butterfly prawns accompanied by mohmara chutney and more which is available until November 16, 2023. Aamara has curated a menu that celebrates the diversity of flavors and techniques shared along this historic route. Guests can look forward to a moody interior with a modern, contemporary finish, a Mediterranean and Indian-inspired menu, and a captivating cultural fiesta.
    For more information visit aamara.ae  
    Masti

    After shifting to a new location, Masti is all set to welcome guests to its restaurant situated at the Dubai Edition. Listed in the first Michelin Guide this restaurant brings a bold 360-degree experiential offering of innovative food, experimental beverages and unmatched hospitality. Masti remains emboldened and unafraid to be different. The new location will take risks and deliver a buzzing dining scene, with a sprinkling of Masti spice at The Dubai Edition. Befitting of the restaurant’s legendary reputation, the iconic Dubai Edition Hotel, optimally positioned on Fountain Street, Downtown will prove a stellar destination from which the restaurant can shine from. The restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday from 12:30pm to 1am and 12:30pm to 2am.
    For more information visit mastidubai.com
    Indego by Vineet

    Known for its experimental take on Indian cuisine and craft cocktails, the restaurant was opened by the first Indian Michelin chef who has curated an eccentric menu with fine-dining presentation. With brightly decorated interiors in an intimate setting, where the sharing-style menu features street food-inspired dishes prepared on a griddle, clay oven, grill and stew pot. Located in Grosvenor House, it’s open from Monday to Friday 7pm to 12am and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 12am.
    Rang Mahal

    This restaurant brings an elevated touch to Dubai’s dining scene with innovative and creative Indian cuisine in an upscale setting. In celebration of Diwali, the upscale Indian restaurant will launch a masterfully crafted 9-course set menu on November 12, 2023 that offers diners a taste of the vibrant colours of India. The menu thereafter will be available daily. The culinary team have put together a carefully curated offering specifically for the festival of lights, featuring a special multi-course dinner with an optional beverage pairing, fitting for the Diwali celebrations. The 9-course set menu features a selection of popular favorites from Rang Mahal, with each dish designed to transport diners through the myriad of flavours of the Indian sub-continent. Located within the iconic JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, the menu is priced at Dhs375 for a 9-course set menu and Dhs495 for a menu with a beverage.
    For more information visit mariott.com
    The Crossing

    To celebrate the annual festival of lights, The Crossing at H Hotel is offering a special menu until November 12, 2023. Michelin-acclaimed Chef Jitin Joshi has crafted a set menu featuring their signature dishes like Patti Chaat (reimagined using tempura shiso leaves, chickpea chaat, creamy yoghurt, and tangy chutneys) and Chicken Makhan Malai (tandoor chicken with mint labneh and pickled onion) plus some exclusive Diwali specials. From lunches with colleagues to grand 20-course feasts, they have something for everyone. With options starting from Dhs175 per person to all tastes. For a grand and luxurious celebration, guests can also book an exclusive, customisable experience with the Chef and Sommelier for only Dhs450 per person.
    For more information visit crossingtherestaurant.com 
    Little Miss India

    Visitors are immersed in a unique full entertainment experience as they are invited on a culinary tour of India with our glamorous globetrotter and fictional character. Guests can enjoy a myriad of dishes such as Dal Bati Churma, Jodhpuri Gatte with gram flour dumplings and even traditional Rajasthani sweets with age-old recipes. The restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday 6pm until 11pm and Friday to Sunday 2pm until 11pm and is located at Fairmont The Palm.
    For more information visit Fairmont.com
    The Cinnamon Club

    This colourful haven Dubai redefines modern Indian cooking, leading the charge with a stunning new menu of contemporary Indian cuisine created by Chef Vivek Singh and Head Chef Kamini Jha, which combines some of the Cinnamon Legends from the highly successful Cinnamon Collection in London, including the original Cinnamon Bazaar and Cinnamon Kitchen dishes, with a number of thrilling promotions making their way to the venue. From Chaat to chai, each dish is carefully prepared for guests to savour. Located in Park Hyatt, it’s open daily from 6:30pm to 11:30pm and is closed on Monday.
    For more information visit hyattrestaurants.com
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    21 luxe Sheikh Hamdan-approved restaurants in Dubai

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    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

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    When it comes to knowing the best restaurants to dine at in Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum always knows best.
    No stranger to Dubai’s foodie scene, when it comes to dining at the city’s fine-dining spots, Fazza knows best. From alfresco havens to new speakeasies, Dubai’s Crown Prince has paid a visit to a myriad of restaurants, to ensure he’s always on top of the food game.
    From sophisticated alfresco havens to all the authentic food choices, this royal is regularly seen dining out at some of the best F&B concepts Dubai has to offer.
    So, if you’re in need of some inspiration on where to dine next, Emirates Woman has curated a list of all the sophisticated restaurants that have received Sheikh Hamdan’s stamp of approval.
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    15 Saturday brunch spots to book ASAP in Dubai

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    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    As you unwind from a stressful week, each upscale brunch located around Dubai is sure to let you relax. While you get your money’s worth with a specially curated menu of cocktails and delicious food accompanied by splendid views of Dubai’s skyline.
    It’s no secret brunch is a rite of passage in Dubai. However, it can be overwhelming to decide on where to go.
    From Japanese to Italian, each restaurant offers a myriad of delectable dishes are all crafted to perfection with live music and an enchanting ambience to let guests begin their weekend in style.
    Also, if you’re on the lookout of what to wear. Comfort is key—so it’s best to rely on those easy breezy slip dresses and co-ords. To not make dressing up feel like a chore. Be it Massimo Dutti or Cos, these free-flowing midi dresses can be worn all year round. Overall, the simplest piece can really add depth to the laziest of outfits, and leave you feeling put together for what really matters: gossip shared over mimosas and your favourite playlist. We’ve also compiled the best high-street pieces we use as brunch fit inspiration all year.
    To help you whittle it down, Emirates Woman has rounded up some of the best brunches in Dubai, which hopefully might help you find some new favourites in your mix or help you rediscover old favourites that are just only reopening.

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