In a city so awash with grand attractions, Veronica Torres, head butler at the The St. Regis Dubai, walks us through some of the simpler pleasures Dubai has to offer.
Where should one go to enjoy the best of the local art scene?
As a city, Dubai is extremely contemporary and very visual, so it is only natural that it has a vibrant art scene. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, formerly named Bastakiya, is Dubai’s oldest area and is at the center of the bustling arts change. Located in the heart of the old city, the neighborhood is not only a heritage precinct, but has also nurtured art and artists through the years. The XVA Gallery in Al Fahidi is one of the leading galleries in the Middle East that specializes in contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran, and the Indian Subcontinent. For art enthusiasts on a trip to Dubai, this area is not to be missed.
What would be a nice local souvenir to bring home, and where can one find it?
There is a souvenir shop on Level 124 in the Burj Khalifa, current holder of the record for the world’s tallest building, where guests can purchase Burj Khalifa gifts, but there is a second gift shop on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall for anyone afraid of heights who wants a memory of Dubai!
Where can one find the best cup of coffee?
Book Munch Café is a beautiful community café with a lot more to it than great coffee and delicious cakes. There are plenty of books for all ages and the café organizes great events for bookworms, with fun book clubs, readings and book signings. It’s a lovely way to enjoy much more than a cup of coffee.
What’s a nice nighttime experience in the city?
Dubai is a city with an energizing nightlife, there is something on every night of the week so there is no excuse to stay in. Ladies’ nights are something of an institution in Dubai, with venues going out of their way to make every girl feel like a little bit of a princess offering various promotions and giveaways across many bars, nightclubs, lounges and restaurants. The offers can range from complimentary food and beverages to pampering experiences like manicures, make-up and hairdos.
What’s one underrated thing to do or place to visit in Dubai?
Dubai has some remarkable dining experiences awaiting the adventurous foodie. From eating high up in a skyscraper to the restaurants of world-renowned chefs, there are plenty to tempt your taste buds. But a dhow dinner cruise is the best way to enjoy a fast changing view and delicious cuisine, with a wide range of options available to choose from. Authentic Arabian dhow options that sail from Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek include the Al Mansour Dhow, Alexandra Dhow Cruise, and Bateaux Dubai, while more fun unique on-water dining experiences would be Aprons and Hammers at Mina Seyahi port or the BBQ Donut on Dubai Creek.