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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Smulders


We show you “Our Dubai” from the eyes of residents travelling with kids.

“For a first glimpse of the city, take the Dubai Ferry from Marina to the new Dubai water canal. Get some fresh air and enjoy the good weather season”

If any of the activities felt like something you would like to experience in Dubai, find the links below:

Bstakiya: Find out more about old Dubai and the Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood HERE Book a breakfast, lunch or dinner with the Sheik Mohammed centre for cultural understanding HERE Check the times for the Dubai Ferry HERE How to get to La Mer in Jumeriah HERE Find out where to take the monorail for the palm HERE More on the lost chambers of Atlantis aquarium HERE Locate Il Faro, the Italian restaurant at the Palm Jumeirah HERE Where is Al Qudra lakes? HERE Book a table at the Al Forsan rooftop in Bab Al Shams HERE For Motion gates HERE Check the times for the animal feeding and other shows HERE

Travelling to Dubai in summer

If you are travelling to Dubai during the hotter months (it can get as hot as 45 c) fear not. We share with you 6 indoor fun places that the little ones (and the not so little) will certainly enjoy.

Arabic food in Dubai

Whenever we have guest visiting Dubai, they are usually eager to try the local food. After living 10 years in the city, we know one or two places around that we truly love and visit regularly or for special occasions.

The Emirati experience

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for cultural understanding hosts different meals throughout the day where you can enjoy Emirati food while sitting on the floor by the courtyard of one of the houses in the oldest neighborhoods in Dubai, Al Fihidi district. The meals are not only an opportunity to try local food, but also get to learn about the local traditions from the Emirati hosting the gathering. Any question can be asked whether about the meal or the local culture. A real eye opener for first timers in the country.

Al Hadheerah located at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort will certainly impress. A buffet set up as an old Arab market in the surroundings of the desert. The buffet is diverse and quite authentic, you can’t miss the mouth watering lamb cooked underground, our favourite. In addition to the delicious food, you will be treated to local dances (belly dancing included) and a performance of how the Bedouin life used to be in the olden days. There is a heritage village towards the back of the dining area where you can learn about the Emirati life, hold a falcon and ride a camel. If you are lucky, you might enjoy some fireworks at the end of the night!

Al Marhabani is easy to access from anywhere you stay in the city. Conveniently located in the residential area of Umm Suqeim, you can join your own indoor Arab-style tent and sit on the floor a la Emirati to enjoy delicious mixed grilled, and mandi and magbi rice dishes among others. This place is famous for locals too. Make sure you ask for a tent on the first floor.

Arabic food

If you are mainly looking to try Arabic food in a lovely place with iconic vistas and a wonderful set up (while keeping your shoes on), then our recommendation is the following:

Reem Al Bawadi is never a miss. Our favourite branch is the one in Marina so we can sit on the top floor and enjoy the delicious food (please order their Shawarma!) while relaxing to the views of the waterways of the Marina.

Bdou Café is our latest discovery and one we would certainly recommend for a chilled evening out right after shopping in the outdoor Citywalk. The indoor themed decoration is very pleasant and if you know anything about Arab culture, you will know horses are very important and you will find many paintings with them throughout the venue. Our favourite dishes were Chicken Machboos and Fish Sayadieh, but you have to stay for dessert. Yum!


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