red|guide Tipps: Dubai
EAT in Dubai: Kabab-ji Grill
The first few seconds decide a new acquaintance. In the case of Kabab-ji, it is a nice encounter; one feels as if at home. The atmosphere: comfortable and trendy at once. The walks are kept in warm orange and red tones, matching the brick wall at the grill. The cuisine focuses on Lebanese dishes. Restaurant founder Toufic Khoueiri says the usual programme is too boring though; what he really wants is to offer traditional cuisine in a contemporary design. Fast, healthy and fresh are the pillars. Frozen ingredients are a no-go and one can taste this. Mostly it is interesting dishes that open new horizons to flavour explorers. Mouhamara, for instance, is a thick, orange paste with pomegranate, chilli and walnuts. Cheese Fatayer is similar to a pizza with cheese and chilli. Grilled chicken and lamp or very tender veal kebab round it off.
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: Meydan City
Last year the highest prize money in horseracing history was advertised in Meydan City. The sheikh from Dubai invests quite some money in his hobby because Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum loves horses. And that doesn't go without notice in the Meydan Resort. Looking at the huge monument one's jaw drops: the construction of the racecourse itself has already cost up to two billion dollars. The 285 exquisite hotel rooms are located under a roof in the shape of a halfmoon. Names like Presidential Suite or Grand Deluxe Balcony leave no doubts that we play in a different league here. 370 square metres with 2 bedrooms and unlimited view on the apple green race course - from the bathtub. Additional features: dark wood floor and white leather sofas. And all this for two adults and two children. Pure luxury for an exclusive, extraordinary weekend experience.