red|guide Tipps: Dubai
EAT in Dubai: Pierchic
Who wants to have a romantic evening with their beloved one? This is the ideal place for an atmospheric dinner. The scenery could even match a fairy tale. The restaurant is located in the middle of the sea on a platform and is accessible by a jetty. On one side there is the characteristic Burj Al Arab, on the other side the shimmering Atlantis and in the middle the Madinat-complex shines in different colours at night. Minimalistic wooden tables provide for intimacy in soft Arabic ambience. For the perfect evening, book a table outside; otherwise chances for an outdoor experience are rather small. The finest, freshly caught sea dwellers are treated with a lot of instinct. Fresh oysters, yellow-fin tuna melting in the mouth, lobster or carrot-falafel with Tasmanian trout - highlights non-stop.
SHOP in Dubai: The Walk
The Jumeirah Beach Residences, in short JBR, opened in August 2008 and along with them the 1,7-kilometre long shopping street The Walk. In 330 shops, restaurants and cafés the residents of the luxury residence complex and friends of consumption from all over the world can bring their money to the retailers. The offer is tempting. The European fashion label Zadig et Voltaire and the American department store Saks Fifth Avenue are only two famous names which have opened their stores in the noble area. And also at night a stroll is really worth it. Not only because the street provides for a beautiful atmosphere due its location near the water. Also because there's always quite some action taking place. Big events like the Dubai Shopping Festival, the festivities on the occasion of the Emirate UAE National Day or the Dubai Jazz Festival are celebrated here on a grand scale.
STAY in Dubai: XVA Art Hotel
The XVA Art Hotel is practically the anti-thesis to the new hotel palaces in Dubai, in the middle of skyscrapers the boutique hotel moved into a 100-year-old sandstone house. It is only two-storied. After all, small but fine is the philosophy of this art project by Mona Hauser. First, the American founded the XVA Gallery, in the course of time an awarded cafe with veggie cuisine, several shops, a tailor and the hotel in the old city Bastakiya were added. Without a pool and no shiny bar, but a nice inner courtyard with a few tables instead, modern artwork on the walls and six rooms. Each room was designed individually by renowned artist and brings a breath of fresh air into the hotel scene with a noble mixture of contemporary vintage and kitsch design. Ridiculously small for Dubai standards, but beautiful. Rooms starting from 40 Euros.
SEE in Dubai: Jumeirah mosque
The Jumeirah mosque on the Bur Dubai side of the creek is tall and impressive. The house of god was re-built in 1998 in the mansion district Jumeirah (close to the court area) and comprises 45 small and nine large domes. The minaret - the highest in town with 70 metres - watches the ivory-white building which is also eternalised on the 500-dirham bank note. But no matter how inviting the mosque seems to be, not everybody may enter it. Non-Muslims only have the chance to see the interior of the medieval building during a guided tour, for example by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. During these tours not only the mosque and the mixture of modern Arabic and traditional architecture are examined carefully but the participants are also offered many insights into Muslim habits. But be careful: take off your shoes at the entrance and roll down your trouser legs. Women's hair and shoulders have to be covered with a scarf. Children under the age of five are not allowed but you may take photos.