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My Dubai Black Book

Clockwise from top left: Tom & Serg; BOCA; Kite Beach; 40Kong and Salt

Clockwise from top left: Tom & Serg; BOCA; Kite Beach; 40Kong and Salt

Eat: A recent great find was Boca in DIFC for satisfying tapas in a laid back setting. Also on the tapas theme, El Sur in the Westin hotel has been a firm favourite since it opened. Zuma is always a winner, the food consistently hits the mark, same goes for Hakkasan and La Petite Maison .

Drink: The coolest bar in Dubai has to be 40Kong. The views are incredible, the setting is to to die for and the music is perfect. I almost feel like I’m in Ibiza or somewhere equally as trendy in this bar. For a more low key night, Cargo in Pier 7 is great. For chilled drinks on the beach I love Jetty lounge for the ambiance and the views although the service could do with some work.

Dance: I very rarely go dancing these days, the last place I went was White which was pretty good. We’ve also had some fun nights at Mahiki and Cirque Du Soir in the past.

Lunch: TOM & SERG in Al Quoz is a perfect lunch or breakfast place, the atmosphere is great. I’m also loving Fume in Pier 7 right now.

Chill: During the cooler winter months I love to go to Kite Beach with friends and grab a burger at the amazing Salt food truck. Also The Beach at JBR is great for a wander and a bite to eat. We have a lack of big green spaces in Dubai (hardly surprising!) it would be great to have a park similar to Hyde park in London or Central Park in New York. I think every Dubai resident would benefit from more green open spaces.

Where to take visitors: I often take visitors to the Madinat and also downtown to Souk al Bahar for the fountain views. I’ve had to cut some of my visitors off from continual fountain trips (Mum, I’m looking in your direction!) as I’ve seen them too many times. I also recommend people visit old Dubai and understand the UAE is not all flashy hotels and restaurants. Finally I advise people to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, it’s an amazing building and the tour is well worth doing.

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