The Best Restaurants in Dubai | Handpicked Collection

Looking for an unforgettable and tasty experience in Dubai, in some of the world’s greatest restaurants? Look no further, for the best of the best can be found down below.

Fountain restaurant

Basic information

Fountain restaurant, which currently has the highest ranking on TripAdvisor, is the place to visit if you would like a chance to taste a mix of the best European, Arabian and Asian meals. Rather than just pick one cuisine, you can taste the best of multiple cultures.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is amazing and well-lit by the natural daylight which comes through the atrium. You must check out the restaurants sea food, for it is highly praised in Dubai. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, every day of the week here. The estimated price for a meal (2 people) in this restaurant is circa AED 350.

What makes it special?

The restaurant has a night dedicated purely to Italian food (The Italian Job – held on Tuesday), a night dedicated to simple and exotic street food (Wednesday), a grill night (Thursday) and a special brunch with live entertainment and kids activities (The Art of Brunch – Friday from 12:00 AM until 4:00 PM).

The restaurant has free Wi-Fi access, offers a special healthy (‘Go Healthy’) menu and an a la carte menu.

Location and contact information

The restaurant is located in Bur Dubai, the 19th Street.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Lunch is served from 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Dinner is served from 7:00 PM until 10:30.

You can contact the restaurant via phone +971 4 336 6000, email Hotel.burdubai.restaurants@moevenpick.com.

West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge

Basic information

The West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge is the perfect retreat for casual relaxation. The venue, which is very highly regarded for its comfortable ambiance, great service and safety, is one of the most popular sport bars in Dubai. If you wish to do something other than watch sports, you can always play a game on the pool table with your friends.

You can eat various types of sea food here, along with some bistro style food and tasty deserts. Check out the menu for more information. If you get thirsty, you will have a chance to taste various types of vines, cocktails, shots and beers. Find out more here.

What makes it special?

The venue has large interactive screens which display the current sport events, which makes it the perfect environment to stay in track with the newest sports news. The place also offers the best deals when during happy hour, in the area. Special entertainment events are also held here so keep an eye for something interesting on the venue in the future.

Location and contact information

The venue is located at Dubai Jumeriah Beach. The Bistro & Sports lounge works every day from 12 AM until 3 AM.

The contact number is + 971 4 449 8888. You can also get in touch via email wbb.jumeirahbeach@moevenpick.com .

Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge

Basic information

The Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge is an ideal place to escape the city and relax in the comfort of the lounge. The place has a spectacular view of the Arabian Desert, especially during sunset. An interesting thing is that you do not need to make a reservation.

What makes it special?

The lounge, which has been designed in an Arabian style, decorated by using only soft earth colors and lit by dim lanterns, provides the perfect conditions for an unforgettable night. Shisha can also be ordered in the lounge. You can watch and enjoy the live entertainment from 7:30 until 10:30.

You can order specialized platters (i.e. Asian Delights for AED 165, Seafood Platter for AED 325, Meat Lovers for AED 225…) or order individual meals (i.e. pizzas, fries, desserts…).

Location and contact information

The Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge is located in the Al Rigga Street, Deira, near Taj Palace Hotel. The lounge opens at 6 PM and works until 1 AM.

The lounge can be contacted via phone on the following number: +971 4 809 6194.


Basic information

Mistral, a restaurant themed after a busy market place, features live cooking stations where you can see first-hand how your food is prepared. The restaurant served breakfast (AED 120), lunch (AED 159) and dinner (AED 199). Lunch is rich with Arabian, North African and Lebanese cuisine, while dinner mostly consists of fresh seafood meals. The venue, which is well renowned for great service, also gives you a chance to try cold and hot Arabic mezzeh.

What makes it special?

The restaurant offers a special healthy menu. Mistral restaurant has an interesting brunch, Surf & Turf Bruch, which is actually held every Thursday night. The brunch experience is enriched by live music played by a band. You can choose between the basic, soft drinks package which costs AED 199 per person and the package with special house beverages, which costs AED 299.

Location and contact information

The restaurant is located at the Dubai Ibn Battuta Gate.

Breakfast is served from 6.00 am to 10.30 am.

Lunch is served from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm.

Dinner is served 6.30 pm to 11.00 pm.

Mistral can be contacted via phone +971 4 444 0000 or via email hotel.dubai.ibnbattuta@movenpick.com.

Chutneys restaurant

Basic information

Chutneys restaurant, which is well renowned for its tasty, award-winning curry, is an Indian themed restaurant in which you can find authentic meals from the North Indian cuisine. You will also have a chance to enjoy the relaxing music played by the Ghazal Trio.

The food menu of the restaurant is divided into a vegetarian package. You will have a chance to taste meals like the Tawa Murgh or the Dal Tadka, and sweeten everything with Gulab Jamun with ice cream. You can also take a look at the offered drinks here.

There are various meal packages, mainly differed in the type of drinks served. The basic package costs AED 120 per person.

What makes it special?

The supreme quality of food is due to legendary Qureshi chefs, who have been nourishing their recipes and traditional Dum Puhkt cooking style for generations. You can also have a Thali tasting experience here.

Location and contact information

The restaurant is located in Bur Dubai.

Lunch is served from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM.

Dinner is served from 7:00 PM until 11:45 PM.

The contact telephone is +971 4 336 6000 but you can also get in touch via email hotel.burdubai@moevenpick.com.


Basic information

Arman/Amal is a restaurant which serves meals from the Indian cuisine, but also exotic teas and drinks. The restaurant is said to be very romantic. It includes private dining areas and outdoor seating. Watch your meals be prepared at the table, examine the preparation process and the ingredients used to finally delight in your tasty meal, while soothing live music plays in the background. The estimated budget for two people to share this experience is AED 550.

What makes it special?

The restaurant has a spectacular view of the Downtown Dubai neighborhood, especially the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains.

Location and contact information

Amal is a restaurant located within the Armani Hotel, near the Burj Khalifa.

Dinner is served from 7 pm until 11 pm.

Reservations can be made online.

Indego by Vineet

Basic information

Indego by Vineet is an Indian restaurant which offers a classy atmosphere. It has won the 2016 Time Out Dubai restaurant award in the Best Indian Category. The approximate budget you would need for two people to dine in this restaurant is AED 650.

What makes it special?

The restaurant features modern combinations of traditional ingredients and spices with the art of creating eye-appealing food. All of this work is led by the Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia.

Location and contact information

Indego by Vineet is located at Grosvenor House Dubai Al Sufouh road.

The restaurant works from 7 PM until 12 AM.

You can make a reservation by calling the phone +97143176000 or sending an email to resbook.grosvenorhouse@luxurycollection.com.

Shanghai Chic

Basic information

Shanghai Chic, a modern and elegant venue, is a great Asian food restaurant where you can taste a wide selection of tasty food, like Peking duck mixed with pancakes, cucumbers, onions and more. The restaurant consists of semi-private seating booths, which give you the perfect chance to enjoy with your dinner in privacy but also see what is going on around the restaurant. The restaurant only serves dinner which should costs circa AED 500 for two people.  

What makes it special?

There are two awesome events organized by the restaurant which make it special. Unlimited Tasting Night is one of them. You get a chance to taste as many different Chic plates as you wish. You can check out more about the offer here. The price without beverages is AED 199. The package with unlimited spirits and wines costs AED 299.

Chef’s table night, is another opportunity for you to taste various dishes of the Asian cuisine. The price with soft drinks costs AED 155, while the alcoholic package costs AED 255. Feel free to check out the menu for Chef’s table night.

Location and contact information

Shanghai Chic can be found in the close vicinity of the Dubai Ibn Battuta Gate.

Dinner is served from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

The contact phone of the restaurant is: +971 4 444 0000. The contact email is: hotel.dubai.ibnbattuta@movenpick.com


Basic information

Sloane’s, a restaurant decorated with a vibrant stylish setting, features an open-show kitchen, where you can observe how your food is being made. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is also important to mention that the seafood made in this restaurant is highly praised in Dubai. You can visit the restaurant at any time if you wish to have a quick, tasty snack. The approximate costs for 2 people to dine in Sloane’s is AED 400-450.

What makes it special?

Sloane’s hosts a seafood brunch, every Friday from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. The brunch consists of hot and cold seafood stations, grill stations and delicious deserts. The basic package with soft drinks costs AED 280 per person, in contrast to the alcoholic beverages package which costs AED 430. Children under 4 years old can dine for free while ones aged from 4 to 12 can enter for AED 140.

A special seafood night is also held, every Thursday. It consists of a cold section, where you can browse fresh seafood meals made from Alaskan king crab or even Shushi, the hot section, where you can find meals like the Canadian lobster, grilled fish or tasty pizzas.

Location and contact information

Sloane’s is resides at the Grosvenor House Dubai Al Sufouh road.

Breakfast is served from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Lunch is served from 12:30 AM until 3:30 PM.

Dinner is served from 7:00 PM until 11:30 PM.

You get reach the restaurant by calling +97143176000 or sending an email to resbook.grosvenorhouse@luxurycollection.com.


Basic information

Zengo, a Pan Asian restaurant, gives you the perfect combination of traditional Asian food, mixed with international (especially Latin) ingredients. The result is a tremendously tasty meal which you will surely love. You can expect the total costs for two people to be approximately AED 500. The restaurant also offers outdoor seating and is great for birthday celebrations. Apart from offering a very unique menu, it also offers very interesting cocktails.

What makes it special?

The restaurant is so well renowned due to the fact that the food is made by celebrity chefs, Richard Sandoval & Akmal Anuar.

Location and contact information

The restaurant can be found in the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa on the Al Sufouh Road.

Dinner is served from 7 PM until midnight. Feel free to visit the lounge and the bar, which are open from 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM (Sat- Wed) or until 2 AM (Thu & Fri).

You can reserve a table or organize a special event by calling +97143176000 or sending an email to Resbook.Leroyalmeridien@Lemeridien.Com.

There you have it, the best of the best. Make sure to check them out the first chance you get!


101 Things To Do & Places to Go in Dubai


Dubai is one of those cities that there is a lot of buzz around.

Unfortunately for every signal there is 10 times the amount of ‘noise’.

This post is intended to be a very useful summary of all there is to do in and around the city of Dubai. 

It is meant to be useful for both residents & visitors of this fine city.

As someone who has been living here for over 20 years, and has been working in the Tourism industry for nearly a decade I feel like I have accumulated enough insight and information to create something that hopefully others would find useful.

This rather large list if split into sections in order for it to be useful.

The list covers both places and activities and even ‘cheats’ a little – by things that can be done FROM Dubai, not only IN Dubai.

History & Culture

#1: Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum is based in ‘Al Fahidi Fort’, an old fort that was once upon a time one of the most central and important parts of the city. The museum is a conceptual one based on the idea of a wax figures that recreate day to day activities of life in the past. Its split into a variety of ‘scenes’ which depict different aspects of life in the past, e.g: a school, an old market etc.

This museum can probably provide the most historical insight into the city of Dubai and the UAE more broadly.

The cost of the entrance fee is only 2 AED and is part of our Dubai City Tour.

#2: Heritage Village

The Heritage Village is another significant historical part of the city located only about 1-2 kilometres from the Dubai Museum. The Village is meant to show the more mundane aspects of UAE traditions and if you are lucky you will find Emirati ladies cooking traditional local snacks and explore the huts and houses which were the main place of residence. The Heritage also has quite a few interesting museums such as the museum of ancient maps, coins and the museum of Islam.

#3: Bastakiya

The Bastakiya is just a bit further along the creek from the heritage and constitutes what is widely considered the beginning of Dubai as a City. It is now renovated and has a lot of charm. The area has a very Arabic feel and is perhaps the only area left in the city where you can get a feel of a healthy mix between history and culture. There is quite a few things to explore there, starting from little museums to lots of cool little shops that sell calligraphy, souvenirs and more authentic art.

#4: Textile Market

The textile market is located in between Bastakiya and Heritage Village, and behind it is the Dubai Museum. It’s a part of the city which is still actively authentic and hasn’t changed too much over the years. Most of the textiles are brought in from India or Korea and it has a very hustle bustle traders feel.

#5: Abra Crossing

Once you are done with explore the old parts of town on the Bur-Dubai side of the creek its time to cross over to the other side – ‘Deira’. This can be done on a traditional ‘water taxi’ aka an ‘abra’. Going across by taxi would take significantly longer and cost approximately 20-25 AED, whereas by abra it would only take 5-10 minutes and cost just a few dirhams.

#6: Spice Market

Immediately across the creek from the Historical Areas covered by point #1-#5 is another rather old part of town where the “Spice Market” is located. Traditionally it was exactly that, a market of spices and wholesale food items such as grains, wheats and spices. Today it has evolved slightly to have a larger variance of shops and has become a little bit more touristic than before but nonetheless is an interesting area to explore if you are looking for insight into the traditions the past.

#7: Gold Souq

The Gold Souq is another highly interesting market place which basically is adjacent to the Spice Market and basically one area progresses into the seamlessly. The gold souq is as the name suggest highly focused on all forms of gold trading, ranging from buying bullion slabs to buying small items of jewellery. It is truly an amazing place and few places worldwide accommodate for such large selection of Gold, Silver & Precious Stone based jewellers.

#7: Museum on Jumeirah Beach Road…


#9: Flag in Jumeirah Beach Road


The Union Flag is located on Jumeirah Beach Road, along the shore-line and is an enormous UAE flag…

#10: Sheik Zayed Museum (Al-Ain)

General Advice on all attractions above:

  • The entry ticket is free or very cheap to all venues above
  • It is possible to do a pedestrian tour that would cover point 1-7 in about 4-5 hours.
  • Having a knowledgable tour guide is recommended since you will get amazing insight into the History of the Country
  • Starting from $35/person you could cover most of the points above

Dining Experiences

One of the things that Dubai is really known for is the extremely rich dining experiences that it can offer to its guests and few cities can boast so many incredible restaurants in such a small geographical concentration.

All the restaurants & cafes in Dubai are naturally impossible to list, however we have put together the absolute highlights, which offer a dining experience versus just ‘food consumption’.

#1: Bateaux Dubai

When looking at ‘Floating Restaurants’, ‘Bateaux Dubai’ is definitely the classiest affair. Its a glass boat done in a French Style and its home to a fine-dining restaurant which serves an excellent quality of food onboard and is essentially a 5* restaurant on a boat. Unlike other boats, they don’t do a catering style set up, instead they cook their meals onboard. Live entertainment onboard is usually a pianist or guitarist playing relaxing & romantic music.


  • Views of Dubai Creek
  • High Class Dinner Restaurant

Advice & Cost

You are looking at spending at around $100/person for a dinner and about 2 alcoholic drinks, so although it is a rather good service, its also quite expensive. The downside I found to Bateaux is that there isn’t really a great view of the City. There is no open air deck and thus you are ‘Indoors’, and although most of the restaurant walls are glass, its still not ideal.

#2: Dhow Cruise

A “Dhow” is a traditional Arabic vessel that has traditionally been used for trading and general transportation but since the tourist boom in Dubai, many of them have been renovated into ‘Floating Restaurants’ and have become its own concept that evolved into being a ‘staple diet’ of Inbound Tourists.

As an owner & operator of a Dhow I will provide some insight into what you can expect.

The first thing to note is that you can have a ‘Dhow Cruise’ in 2 parts of the City, ‘The Dubai Creek’ which is the waterbody that separates the city into two parts (old town) and in Dubai Marina, a new area of Dubai which is more modern and built around an artificial canal. 

Ofcourse its a matter of preference of what views you want to get, but I frankly think that the level of service generally is higher in Dubai Marina due to the much higher berthing fees and a much smaller number of boats (About 7 in Dubai Marina vs. About 50 in the Creek).

If you are looking for an extremely fine dining experience, you probably shouldn’t go on a Dhow Cruise since all Dhows are catered, i.e: the food isn’t cooked onboard and thus this takes away that ‘fine’ experience.

Some Dhows have very poor service and layout and you have to be extremely careful when you pick.

Most Dhows have onboard entertainment, usually in the form of some musicians, tanura dancer and/or a magic show. This however varies.


  • Views of the Creek OR Dubai Marina
  • Live Entertainment

Advice & Cost

Naturally my advice would be to book our ‘Alexandra’ Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina which is currently the highest rated Dhow Boat in Dubai according to TripAdvisor (may change at time of reading) however if you wish to book with others, below are the companies that are good.

Creek: Sultan, Rustar & Tour Dubai

Dubai Marina: Alexandra & Tour Dubai

I would STRONGLY advice advise against booking any other boat as unfortunately the vast majority of suppliers have dampened the market into poor service.

I would advise against paying more than approximately 200-220 AED/person including transfer service.

Another point I would advise is to try and get an Upper Deck Seat, either ask for it during the reservation or come early to ensure you get it etc.

#3: Classic Desert Safari

The Desert Safari is another one of those experiences in Dubai that have become ‘staple’. 

The activity runs approximately like this:

  • 3.00 PM Pick up from the Hotel
  • 4.00 – 5.00 PM ‘Dune Bashing’ in the Desert, i.e: desert driving with a Photo Stop.
  • 5.30 – 8.30 PM Dinner & Live Show in a Desert Camp

Definitely going to the Desert is a must, and the Classic Desert Safari is the cheapest & easiest way to do this but once again, many suppliers offer a poor service in an attempt to deliver low costs and you must be really careful when booking safaris.

Regardless, do not expect a 5* Dining Experience.

Advice & Cost

If you are looking to really get an adventure in the Desert, the Safari will leave you unsatisfied and we suggest a more custom experience, see Dune Buggying, and if you are looking for a more high end Desert Dining Experience (naturally at a higher cost) we recommend going for Bab Al Shams Restaurant Below.

The cost of a Safari on average is about 60-65$/adult.

We also offer a custom Safari Package called a ‘Royal Safari’ which takes the standard Safari experience but instead of the regular safari camps, guests will be brought to Bab Al Shams for dinner.

#4: Bab Al Shams

Bab Al Shams is a 5* Hotel Located in the Desert with a famous Desert Camp styled restaurant which was originally created as a ‘Majlis’ for the Royal Family and later adopted into a restaurant for the public.

Bab Al Shams offers a true feast for its guests with an enormous selection of food available. It is truly a 5* Buffet Dinner with everything imaginable.

Besides the food, Bab Al Shams offers one of the most elaborate Arabic Folk Shows in the region with Vocalists, Oud Players, Belly Dancers, Tanura Dancers and more for a night of entertainment.

Advice & Cost

The experience is rather expensive and costs approximately $200/adult including transfers, without drinks, but is worth the money.

We recommend doing the ‘Royal Safari’ option.

#5: Sahara Restaurant

The Sahara Restaurant conceptually & thematically is very similar to Bab Al Shams, and offers a similar but slightly less powerful experience for a little bit cheaper. The buffet is not as elaborate, and the show has less numbers, but the ambience of the restaurant is equal or even more.

Advice & Cost

It is possible to do the Royal Safari + Sahara Restaurant combination as well.

Cost of Dinner + Transfer (without Safari) is about $150/adult.

#6: Meat Company

Although this restaurant does not have any live entertainment or anything that is overly exceptional with the decor, ambience or concept – they deliver on something very important: phenomenal meat.

The South African restaurant specialises in all kinds of meat dishes such as steaks, lamb chops or ribs.


  • One of the best steaks you can have
  • Nice location in Madinat Jumeirah

Advice & Cost

This dining experience we recommend to not involve any middlemen in, simply call 04985335, reserve a table and take a Taxi to ‘Madinat Jumeirah”. Once there, as for Meat Co.

Cost will be about $100/person for a few drinks and a meal.

#7 Tepaniyaki Experience

If you are not familiar, ‘Tepaniyaki’ is the Japanese Tradition of Live Cooking Food on a very large flat grill. It is one of the most incredible tasting experiences I personally have ever had.

The process of the food preparation infant of you really changes the dynamic and the chefs really put on a show. In addition, Tepaniyaki themed cuisine has a distinct taste and is absolutely amazingly delicious.

The best place in Dubai for this experience is ‘Tokyo Towers’, an absolutely amazing restaurant in ‘Emirates Towers’ Hotel.


  • Authentic & Mega Delicious Japanese Food
  • Live Cooking

Advice & Costs

This is another dining experience that we recommend you partake in on your own, simply call 04 9893583 and take a taxi to ‘Emirates Towers. Once in the Lobby ask to be directed to ‘Tokyo Towers’.

Cost will approximately 150-200$/person including drinks, but its totally worth it!

#8: Friday Brunch @ Al Qasr

A Friday Brunch has become a famous tradition of expats living in the UAE, primarily started by the Brit expats who have spread that tradition to virtually everyone in the country.

Its a very simply concept, you pay a fixed fee and eat/drinks as much as you can between 12 and 5 PM. 

Towards the end of the Brunch things get quite messy and everyone is rather intoxicated and full.

The Brunch in Al Qasr is legendary! It has every imaginable food and drink that one could wish for and the best problem that one has there is how to best allocate the limited stomach real estate.


  • Trying a wide range of foods
  • Drinking a lot

Advice & Costs

This is another experience that we suggest you have on your own by calling 04……., we recommend to book early. Once you have made the reservation, take a taxi to ‘Al Qasr’ Hotel.

P.s: do not plan to drive.

#9: Atmosphere

The ‘Atmosphere’ is a very classy restaurant located close to the top of Burj Khalifa and offers fantastic views of the city. Infant its a great alternative to the traditional ‘At The Top’ Burj Khalifa experience. 

Besides good views, you will get excellent service and food, naturally at a rather premium price.


  • Views of the City from Burj Khalifa
  • Classy Food & Drinks

Advice & Costs

The minimum spend at the restaurant is 500 AED and its one of those experience we think you should do on your own by calling 04…….

One important thing to note is that you CANNOT access the restaurant from Dubai Mall, the only way to get to the entrance to Armani Hotel is to take a Taxi from Dubai Mall.

#10: Burj Al Arab High Tea

The Burj Al Arab is a legendary hotel known for out of this world opulence reserved for the ultra rich, however there is a way to get a sneak preview of the hotel without paying 3000$/night, and that experience is the ‘High Tea’ experience.

Basically its a 5 course light lunch, tea & champagne experience at one of the Hotels finest restaurants.


  • Feel ultra rich
  • Get a taste of 7* Hospitality

Advice & Costs

Book this experience as part of ‘Dubai City Tour’ here.

#11: Cinematic Dining Experience

Despite many travels around the World, I have personally never been to a truly VIP Cinema Hall like the ones available in Dubai.

Its an entirely different concept where there is much fewer seats, split into couples with a small table in between them. You are able to order food from a menu that a waiter will deliver and recline back to a nearly 180 degree angle to get the ultimate cinematic experience.


  • Dinner + Cinema Viewing
  • Super High Class Cinema

Advice & Costs

We recommend to this yourself in Beach Mall Dubai, which can be reach on:

The cost of the ticket is around 130 AED/person which is 4 times more than the standard ticket (30 AED) but its totally worth the difference.

#12: Have a Shawarma & ‘Juice’ Cocktail

This is one of those secret ‘local’ things to do.

The multiculturalism in Dubai has spawned a distinct type of cafeteria that is only found in this Country. Loosely based on a mix of Indian, Emirati, Western & More Broadly Arabic Food it produces a fusion that is very particular and most tourists never get this.

For example, you may find a shawarma, and a burger being prepared in the same place (go for the shawarma, and ask for extra ‘Tahina’ Sauce).

Another highlight is the juices & juice cocktails and milkshakes that they often prepare, with sometimes very funny names.


  • Local Street Food
  • Very cheap, often shockingly good

Advice & Costs

It is definitely by far the cheapest dining experience suggested here and you could get a full meal for approximately 5$.

Our recommendations: ‘Chicken Shawarma with extra tahina sauce & a banana milkshake’. These cafes can easily be identified in all parts of the city by a shawarma skewer usually on the outside.

Note: be cautious, and try to avoid such cafes is they look lovely dirty or unhygienic. 

#13: Cheese Bread in Lebanese Bakery

This is another local ‘secret’.

The Lebanese bakery has gotten quite a reputation for baking some phenomenal ‘manouche’ or ‘cheese bread’. Its absolutely fresh, cooked on order and is mouthwateringly delicious. It is also open quite late and is very cheap.

It is by no means a ‘restaurant’ but its something that expats and Emiratis equally cannot ignore once they have tried it.


  • Authentic Lebanese Cheese Bread
  • Local ‘Street Food’
  • Cheap

Advice & Costs

Its one of those experiences you could have without a middle men, simply tell the Taxi Driver – ‘Lebanese Bakery’ on Al Wasl Road, Near Union Coop.

Once inside don’t expect anything fancy, and just order yourself a manakish with meat or with ‘zaatar’.

General Sightseeing

#1 Burj Khalifa at the Top

Burj Khalifa is one of those buildings that by now anyone has the internet knows about. Its the tallest man made structure in the world and without any exaggeration, the view from the Top is rather breath taking. The building itself is a feat of human technology & innovation and solves many problems architecturally that have never been attempted before.

‘At The Top’ is the name of the attraction which basically takes people upto the viewing platform of Burj Khalifa, showing them some history of the building on the way.

There is another, VIP option to get the same view which costs about 3 times the price, but takes you to a higher floor, offers you a dedicated tour guide, some lights snacks and a dedicated elevator that doesn’t require queuing.

There is also significantly less people, but if you are on a tight budget and all you are after is the view from the top, its probably not worth it.


  • View from the Tallest Building in the World
  • Internal brief tour of the building

Advice & Costs

Tickets to Burj Khalifa are rather complicated to purchase and are often sold out for the time slot you are interested in. Also, Burj Khalifa isn’t really worth going in off itself, its more logical to combine with a city tour.

You can book this experience as part of the ‘Modern Dubai City Tour’ or any Private Tour of your choice.

The cost of the experience itself is $60 for the regular experience and $150 for the VIP experience.

#2: Dubai Mall Aquarium

This is another attraction that is usually part of the ‘Modern Dubai City Tour’ or other variations of it offered by various suppliers.

The aquarium has a very wide range of marine animals ranging from sharks to sting rays and a wide range of fish.

The entrance ticket is around 15$ and definitely worth it if you are already at the mall. The aquarium is structured like a ‘tunnel’ by which around and on top of you are some quite intense visuals.

Advice & Cost

The cost is approximately $15 per person, and is definitely quite affordable.

Tickets are practically always available on the spot on and reservation in advance is required.

If you are on a really tight budget, usually seeing the outside wall of the aquarium conveys a good sense of whats inside without paying.

#3: The Fountains Show

Just outside the Dubai Mall is a large artificial lake which has inbuilt a complex system of extremely powerful fountains that shoot up water 10’s of metres into the sky in a synchronous and programmed manner, creating a mesmerizing ‘dance’ of water that is in sync with the music that is played outside.

The shows start at approximately 6 PM and run every 30 minutes.

Advice & Costs

There is no extra cost or charge for viewing this show.

If you want a VIP experience, we recommend booking yourself a table at one of the restaurant in ‘Souk Al Bahar’ which is a shopping mall that is immediately adjacent to Dubai Mall.

One restaurant that has a particularly good view is ‘Sammach’ an excellent sea food restaurant. If you book a table in advance in their outside patio, over the course of the dinner you will be able to view 2,3 or even 4 instances of the show, which constantly changes.

#4: Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is one of those iconic buildings of Dubai, which however isn’t particularly easy to view.

There are 3 ways to get a perfect shot of the Burj Al Arab from the outside and only 1 way to view it from the inside.

Advice & Costs

The only way to enter the hotel and infant even the Island on which it sits is to book a table in one of the restaurants in the Hotel or for example the Burj Al Arab high tea experience listed above.

Naturally, that would be a rather pricey experience.

To get a picture of it from the outside, we don’t recommend going to the ‘entrance’ – where most tourist groups go to take pictures.

For one its very crowded, very hectic and really isn’t a good place to get a good shot of it.

We recommend the following 3 spots for a perfect picture, of this beautiful building – and really, it is a beautifully built piece of architecture.

  1. From the public beach to the side of the hotel. You will get a nice view of the hotel from the beach, with much less crowd and a good unobstructed view. Cost = free.
  2. From Madinat Jumeirah. There are quite a few restaurants and just platforms for getting a clear shot of the hotel. Cost = free, OR the cost of the dinner, which isn’t really the cost. 
  3. From a boat. This is the most ‘pricey’ view but is totally worth it because you get to see the whole coastline. For example booking the ‘Palm Island Sea Cruise’ will show you this.

#5: Palm Island

The Palm Island is a very iconic piece of development that has really pushed the envelope of what humans have built.

It really is a cool piece of ‘property’ that people should visit at some point, however by simply driving on it – you can’t really get the experience of understanding it, or actually visualising that you are on an Island.

Advice & Costs

Now, truly the most epic and effective way to view the Palm Island is from a Helicopter Flight or a Sea Plane, however this is obviously also the most expensive way and would cost around $250/person for a 25 minute flight.

The second most effective way is to view it from a boat, e.g by taking a 2 hour cruise around the Palm by boat.

Driving on the actual Palm Island will not show you the scale or the structure of the Palm Island.

#6: Jumeirah Beach Road

Jumeirah Beach Road is the road that parallels the coast line and has a lot of cool restaurants, galleries and just iconic ‘villas’.

It is considered one of the early/original areas in Dubai, and also one of the wealthier areas of Dubai.

Advice & Costs

The road is rather long, and its impossible to walk it all, so there are a few options.

You can take a Dubai City Tour. This will take you a drive down this road.

You could also just take a taxi and take a drive, stopping where you wish.

Finally, you can start exploring the early part of the route and hop and off the government bus which goes up and down this road with lots of stops and frequent buses.

#7: Dubai Marina


#8: Dubai Metro


Active Activities

#1: Dune Buggies & Quad Biking

#2: Sky Dive Dubai

#3: Scuba Diving

#4: Ski Dubai

#5: Surfing

#6: Wakeboarding

#7: Skate Parks

#8: Fishing

#9: Yacht Cruises

#10: Hoverboarding

Family & Parks

#1: Kidzania

#2: Miracle Garden & Butterfly Park

#3: Creekside Park

#4: Mushrif Park

#5: Wild Wadi Waterpark

#6: Aquaventure Waterpark

#7: Sega World

#8: Dubai Butterfly Garden

#9 Ferrari World

#10 Yas Waterworld

#11 Global Village

#12: Dubai Dolphinarium

#13: Horse Riding & Stable Visit

Malls & Shopping 

#1: Mall of The Emirates

#2: Dubai Mall

#3: Bur Juman

#4: Ibn Battuta Mall

#5: City Centre

Pedestrian & Walking

#1: Marina Promenade

#2: JBR 

#3: Dubai Creek Deira Side

#4: Dubai Creek Bur Dubai Side

#5: Mina Bazaar


#1: Kite Beach

#2: JBR Beach

#3: “Russian Beach”

#4: Mamzar Beach

Other Emirates, From Dubai

#1: Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

#2: Musandam

#3: Crab Hunting

#4: Al Ain Museum

#5: Al Ain Zoo

#6: Hot Springs

#7: Sheikh Zayed Mosque

#8: Friday Market

#9: Ancient Mosque

#10: King Faisal Mosque

#11: Arabian Wildlife Centre

#12: Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi

#13: Emirates Palace Hotel Photostop or Lunch

#14: Koran Roundabout

#15: Old Souq, Sharjah

#16: First School in UAE

Flight Based Activities

#1: Helicopter Flight

#2: Sea Plane Flight

#3: Hot Air Baloon