Time Out explores the best things to do in Emirates station
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Feeder buses run to and from Al Twar 3 (F06), Garhoud (F07), Al Twar 2 (F08) and Festival City (F09)
1 Al Barakah Restaurant: This small restaurant next to the petrol station serves Indian food. It’s good, but the main selling point is it’s like an oasis in the desert – you’re unlikely to find another eatery for miles. 04 286 0308 Five minutes walking distance from the station
2 RTA HQ: You shouldn’t need to worry about vehicle licensing, parking permits, or, er, the repercussions of passenger smuggling, due to the fact everyone’s giving up their cars now thanks to the metro. However, the RTA HQ is still a good place to know as they also deal with marine transport, taxis and, of course, the metro itself. 800 90 90; www.rta.ae Five minutes walking distance from the station
3 American College of Dubai: This is a good stop for students, with Cambridge International School, Gulf Indian School and Khalid Bin Whalid High School all nearby. The American College of Dubai is 10 minutes away and is especially for students who plan on transferring out of the UAE. It provides courses to prepare students for life at university, plus evening classes for associate degrees in the liberal arts, business and IT. 04 282 9992 Ten minutes walking distance from the station
4 Dubai Institute for Human Resource Development: This government institution offers courses, unsurprisingly, in human resource services. Most courses are in Arabic, but they do have a handful in English. They also hold seminars from time to time – check online for corporate packages. 04 283 3444; www.dihrd.ae Ten minutes walking distance from the station
5 Festival City: This is an all-in-one (deep breath) shopping, dining, leisure, entertainment, homes, school, offices and hotels complex. The Festival Centre mall sits on the edge of the water with canals winding around its grounds, it boasts more than 600 shops, a 12-screen cinema and over 100 restaurants. Other leisure hot spots include Bowling City, a golf club, and Festival Marina. Definitely worth the bus ride. 04 232 5444 Five minutes to travel by bus from the station