red|guide Tipps: Dubai
EAT in Dubai: The Edge
The Edge is celebrated as the newcomer of the year. Although it is hidden in a warehouse in the International Financial Centre, a visit is certainly worth it. As soon as one is greeted by the friendly, beige-dressed waiters, the world is all right again. The lounge with lighted Onyx-Bar and cool leather seats get you into the right mood for the eating area. There is no menu. Chef Juraj Kalna cooks what he wants. The result is a gastronomic feast in light six or eight courses, especially gourmet fans take the eat-ad-nauseam version. Highlights are King Island salmon, home-smoked and as tartar, or goose liver with sweet stewed fruit. There is also Wagyu beef which has been massaged with sake for months. The exclusive beef melts on the tongue positively. No wonder after ten hours of roasting.
SHOP in Dubai: Mall-resort
Calling the Mall of the Emirates a boring shopping centre would be a daring understatement. The owners themselves regard the situation more realistically and describe the mall as a recreation, entertainment and shopping resort. The 223,000-square-metre large entertainment temple is centrally located in the heart of New Dubai and houses 520 international brands including department stores, fashion labels, lifestyle brands, manufacturers of sports equipment, electrical goods and interior design - primary from the luxury segment. If you get bored by shopping you find a nice change in the entertainment area for families or in the multiplex cinema. The Mall of Emirates has grown to fame however due to its indoor ski slope. If you wanna stay in the Mall of Emirates for your skiing holidays you can check in at the five-star Kempinski Hotel. In August 2010 the latest addition to the mall - the Fashion Dome - celebrated its opening. Since then also the conspicuous red soles by the French Christian Louboutin are available. With a mono brand store under the fashion dome the French made his debut in the Emirates. Also Paul Smith, Marc Jacobs and Diane von Fürstenberg did not hesitate to move in. The D&G Boutique by Dolce & Gabbana is the biggest far and wide.
STAY in Dubai: Palm hotel
The new One & Only The Palm treats its guests with style. The exclusive project was made a reality on the outer ring of the incredible, artificially created island The Palm Jumeirah and it offers just what Dubai-fans expect: a fantastic view on the sea and Dubai's skyline, a 450-meter-long, white sand beach with crystal clear water and an elegant restaurant. The boutique hotel is kept in a Moorish-Andalusia style and impresses with idyllic gardens, elegant fountains and a 850 m2 large pool. The 91 rooms and suites are allocated in a three-storied Manor House and six free-standing Palm Beach Mansions. Special highlights are the four private Beach Mansions. The 2,400 m2 large spa offers nine private en suite spa-rooms and a care-suite for couples. Never let it be said that luxury is purely built on sand. Rooms starting from 350 Euros.
SEE in Dubai: Bastakiya
Going through small alleys, passing traditional buildings and courtyards. Seeing small boutique hotels with narrow doors where tourists bump their heads. And everywhere windmills that are used as air conditioning. That's Bastakiya, the historic district in Bur Dubai. Home to the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum and Majlis Gallery. The Persian influence is truly noticeable here, the houses made of clay, shells and limestone adorned with plenty of Arabic art. Today, they all have landmark status and are only refurbished with identical materials. Although this district only makes up one per cent of the whole city you have to be there for once - in order to see and understand how people used to live here in former times. Furthermore the narrow lanes offer the ideal protection against the sun. It's perfect for rummaging in the little stores, and visiting the numerous ateliers and galleries which do not only excite those interested in history but art fans as well.