26 Jun 2019
Downtown Dubai is one of the UAE’s most coveted addresses. Rooftop bars, chic cafes, retail heaven, not to mention stunning views of the Burj Khalifa and Burj Park make Downtown a blissful combination of excitement and serenity in the heart of the Emirate’s capital. Here’s how to get the most out of spending the day in Downtown Dubai.
Friday brunches are a staple in Downtown Dubai and no day Downtown would be complete without a suitably deluxe late morning. Luckily at Jumeirah Emirates Towers you can head to Mundo and be transported to India for the afternoon. Step into the colourful and bright settings with live cooking stations serving delicious cuisine such as Dosa, Pav Bhaji, Pani Poori, Dahi poori and much more. For a sophisticated lunch with a spectacular view, dine at Alta Badia for Italian fare on level 50.
Back on the ground floor, it’s a short walk around the cerulean shallows of Burj Khalifa Lake to the most extravagant shopping centres of Dubai. The capital is awash with high-end retail choices, but nothing quite comes close to the sheer spectacle of Dubai Mall. With over 1,300 stores, it’s enough to keep you mesmerised the whole day, but even it has its standouts. Pride of place is Fashion Avenue, a gorgeous triple-deckered boulevard housing row after row of the world’s most enviable brands. From the exclusive, crafted leather accessories of Moynat to the fragrant mists of Tom Ford, you’ll find your perfect show-stopping outfit here.
Nearby and overlooking the hypnotic, dancing displays of Burj Lake’s Dubai Fountain, which make Las Vegas’ Bellagio spectacles look like mere trickles, is the atmospheric Souk al Bahar. The souk is an enchanting Arabesque shopping centre that seduces shoppers with its historic interiors and beautiful boutiques. Local is the watchword here: in addition to Gulf designer fashion, shoppers will discover antique carpets, award-winning contemporary art, and dazzling jewellery pieces.
A sejour in the souks can work up an appetite, and so we recommend treating yourself to some much-needed sustenance come evening time. Across Downtown Dubai, vibrant cafes, restaurants, and bars light up as the day comes to a close, showing off their sylish interiors and cosmopolitan dishes.
For tea and coffee, look no further than Dubai Mall’s Angelina, a Parisian patisserie set across a gorgeous Belle-Époque-come-contemporary sitting room. Angelina specialises in high tea, where you should look out for what might be the world’s most deluxe hot chocolate, “L’Africain.”
Meanwhile, perhaps the most stylish location for dinner is The Loft, situated at the top of the Dubai Opera House. Its outside terrace resembles the inside of a spiral shell as the walls of the Opera House curve upwards, beautifully framing the Burj Khalifa. The seafood orientated menu includes oysters from Dibba Bay, the UAE’s first and finest gourmet oyster farm, while items like the lobster ravioli in parmesan foam are practically one-of-a-kind.
Stay at Jumeirah Emirates Towers while you explore Downtown Dubai.