Time Out explores the best things to do in World Trade Centre station
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A feeder bus runs to and from Jumeirah Emirates Towers, DIFC and Satwa (F11)
1 World Trade Centre: Built 30 years ago, Trade Centre tower is the granddaddy of Sheikh Zayed Road skyscrapers. And, just like grandpa, it seems to have shrunk in its old age as its descendents tower over it, but it retains a certain old-school charm. There’s a private members’ club (think chandeliers and plush carpets) and an international restaurant, Seven Sands. You’ll also find exhibition halls, which have hosted everything from pop concerts to the IMF meeting. 04 309 7979 Three minutes walking distance from the station
2 Fairmont Hotel: This is a five-star joint, and one that’s getting better with age. Wallow in its luxury spa, eat a tasty business lunch at the Exchange Grill, go all out at Spectrum On One’s brunch, smoke a cigar in Cin Cin and enter the weirdly wonderful world of the Cavalli Club (provided you have deep pockets). It also houses top Japanese restaurant, Kitsune, complete with white decor and a fog machine, naturally. 04 332 5555 Four minutes walking distance from the station
3 The Club: The charmingly old-school club behind the Trade Centre buildings has a pool bar, gym, restaurant and a terrific family vibe. It’s open to non-members for Dhs70 weekdays, or Dhs90 weekends. There’s also Capri Italian Grill (04 331 4505) nearby, which serves up authentic, well-priced fare. 04 306 5052 Five minutes walking distance from the station
4 Climbing wall: Feeling stressed? You can literally climb the walls at the World Trade Centre Club. Scaling 15m on the outside of the building, it’s good for getting fresh air, exercise, and developing a skill with the patient and helpful instructors. 04 306 5052 Five minutes walking distance from the station
5 Monarch Hotel: Across the road, you’ll find the proud address of Number One, Sheikh Zayed Road. This swish pad boasts contemporary decor and six restaurants. The pick of the bunch is the ultra-hip Japanese restaurant, Okku, which does a mean black cod. 04 501 8888 Eight minutes walking distance from the station