red|guide Tipps: Dubai
EAT in Dubai: Buddha Bar Dubai
A staff armada stands in front of the club: To hold open the door of the car, to help the arriving guests out of it and to bring the car away. There is even a bathroom man who hands towels to the guests. For every door a staff member, so to speak. The interior looks bombastic with gigantic, red luminaries on the high ceiling, carpets in which one almost sinks down and of course an almost five-meter high golden Buddha. Room-high panorama windows reveal the view on the Marina. Who wants to breathe in some sea air can go out onto the outdoor terrace. Classy cocktails are served on a sound carpet with typical Buddha-Bar sound. Hungry people may choose between bistro, bar and restaurant. Together with the bold and beautiful one can try prawns, tender beef or noodles with coconut, mango - and white chocolate.
SHOP in Dubai: Gate Village
In Dubai they take every chance of spending money. But at this point it makes real sense. In the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) everything revolves around the filthy lucre. Apart from the stock exchange various financial companies and assurance offices have their base here - accordingly you find names like Credit Suisse or Goldman Sachs on the doors. But what to do with all the generated revenues? The question to this answer is right in front of the door. In the Gate Village you do not only find the usual mega brands but also more edgy labels: Vivienne Westwood from London or Dries Van Noten from Antwerp. Tsumori Chisato mirrors the urban landscape of Dubai. Apposite to the ambitious fashion offer many galleries for contemporary art have opened in the same area. And when the platinum card steams it's time for some cool sushi treats in the Japanese restaurant Zuma.
STAY in Dubai: Hilton Dubai
To lie in the sun at the swimming pool on the roof terrace, a nice cocktail in the hand and enjoying a view over the city and Dubai Creek - this could be endured longer by all means. The Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel connects the art of living with business. The attractive location enables a quick way to business meetings. On the other hand the Hilton Creek is a perfect starting position for discovery tours in the city. The airport is only ten minutes away, many shopping malls like the Deira City Centre and the old Dhow-Hafen are very close-by. Business can be done excellently in the nearby golf club. To relax you can use the shuttle-service to the sister hotel Hilton Jumeirah which has beach access. Nice evenings in the house are guaranteed by Gordon Ramsay's restaurant Verre, which was awarded the prize for best restaurant in the Middle East. Rooms starting from 150 Euros.
SEE in Dubai: Bastakiya
Going through small alleys, passing traditional buildings and courtyards. Seeing small boutique hotels with narrow doors where tourists bump their heads. And everywhere windmills that are used as air conditioning. That's Bastakiya, the historic district in Bur Dubai. Home to the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum and Majlis Gallery. The Persian influence is truly noticeable here, the houses made of clay, shells and limestone adorned with plenty of Arabic art. Today, they all have landmark status and are only refurbished with identical materials. Although this district only makes up one per cent of the whole city you have to be there for once - in order to see and understand how people used to live here in former times. Furthermore the narrow lanes offer the ideal protection against the sun. It's perfect for rummaging in the little stores, and visiting the numerous ateliers and galleries which do not only excite those interested in history but art fans as well.