red|guide Tipps: Dubai
EAT in Dubai: 360 Degrees Bar
The 360 Degrees is not only a bar, but a sight which should be on each and every must-see list. The name says it all and keeps what it promises: an impressive panorama view over the Burj Al Arab and Dubai's skyline. The disc-shaped deck quasi hovers over the restaurant Marina and is connected to the shore by a pier. Hanging around casually is not possible, the 360 Degrees is unobtrusively cool. Chic, sophisticated, bathed in the light of the evening desert sun. It is the perfect place to get rid of the stress of daily business life. The following relaxation instruction is very recommendable: Glide into one of the comfortable white leather-sofas, order a hookah plus cocktail (or maybe two or three), listen to the house music of the live-DJs and keep your face towards the sunset. As the saying goes: Life can be a pleasure, too.
SHOP in Dubai: Boulevard Dubai
The Towers Boulevard doesn't range among the biggest shopping malls in the city. It's rather addressed to those with the really big wallets. But also those who don't possess the really big bank notes should come by once. The glass and steel architecture forms two uniform triangle structures, the 350-metre tall office tower and a 305-metre tall hotel complex. The connection of the two colossi is the 13,050-square-metre big boulevard. On the shopping area international luxury brans offer their latest collections from Milan, Paris and New York. On the main floor you find fashion by Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and leather accessories by Bottega Veneta. In the upper spheres Prada, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney await their customers. After business hours the fun is not over yet. Then the credit cards keep on burning at the cash points of the restaurants and bars.
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: Heritage Village
What was architecture in Dubai like in former times? What are the city's cultural treasures and how had life taken place before the oil blessing came? These and many more historical details especially with regard to former sailors, the pearl diving tradition and architecture are dealt with in the Dubai Heritage Village. Together with the Diving Village and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House it makes up an integral part of old Dubai. You find it in Shindigah in Bur Dubai. You have the impression that the inhabitants are just about to turn around the corner. The 30 houses, all of them rebuilt in the typical Hattas style are located near the Creek mouth. The first room shows the private life back in the days: kitchen, parents' and children's bedroom. The second one reconstructs the social community in the Majlis, a public meeting point. The third one visualises life in the village. The house is guarded by two round towers which protect the city from external attacks. A museum with artefacts that reach back to the year 550, and shops with antiquities and handicraft can also be visited.