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: Souk Madinat
Dubai is the capital of replicas. The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a Souk that opened in 2004 in the hotel, leisure and business centre Madinat Jumeirah. Like on traditional Arabian markets you find little lanes illuminated by lanterns, narrow waterways and 95 small boutiques and retailers. The offer ranges from Converse sneakers and ties from the Tie Shop, to gold jewellery, fragrances, handiworks, carpets, cashmere, decorative knick-knacks for your apartment and underwear by Cotton Club and watches by Swatch. The focus lies on antiquities, handicraft and high-quality oriental groceries. For those among you who are still searching for some souvenirs and presents: here you will definitely find some nice shiny gifts for your beloved ones at home. But: Price comparison pays off. Many goods at this tourist attraction are a little bit pricier than at other Souks around the city.
STAY in Dubai: Jebel Ali
Finally calm. Everyday life rush is far away at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. 40 km away from the capital, there is a classic hotel in the middle of the 52-hectare blooming landscape gardens. Sun-hungry people are stretching out on the rambling private beaches all day long, but the facility has a lot of attractive activities in stock. Tennis court, squash box, shooting range, four pools (heated, fresh and salt water), riding stable, aquatic and diving centre ideal for families, and after sports a relaxing time in the spa against aching muscles. For the little ones there is child care. Also on offer: 15 restaurants and bars. And right next to the hotel there are marinas and water planes for flights over Dubai. In addition, the hotel offers a free bus shuttle to the city. Tea-time can be enjoyed in the 9-hole golf course. Many of the world's best players have been here already prior to the famous Dubai Desert Classic. Rooms starting from 130 Euros.
SEE in Dubai: Dubai Creek
Exploring Dubai on the water - and enjoying it. There are plenty of guided tours and sailing boats. It's especially romantic at night on a traditionally decorated wooden dhow along the Creek up to the beginning of the sea. Passing the Gold Souk everything shimmers in metallic shades, up to the spice souk which already makes you feel dizzy with its intensive aromas of cinnamon, incense and cardamom. The huge skyscrapers and palaces along the riverside take you back to reality. But it doesn't matter, it smells seductively of orient and the Arabian dinner is waiting. Those among you who prefer individual tours can chose the abras. The smaller sisters of the dhows take tourists to all imaginable spots from one side of the creek to the other. The motorised water taxis may not appear very trustworthy at first sight but that is a mistake. Lifejackets and first aid boxes provide for the guests' safety. If you're lucky and fast you can have one hour with the captain and abra all for yourself - for 20 euros.