Time Out has a quick guide to Dubai World Trade Centre, featuring information about restaurants, bars, shows and things to do
Time Out Dubai staff
I was on the Dubai Metro the other week and it seemed like half the train got off at World Trade Centre. What’s there? Your fellow passengers were likely conference delegates or concert-goers. Dubai World Trade Centre area is a massive multi-purpose event space. Lots happens there ranging from corporate trade shows to indoor concerts.
Tell me more. Events like Leatherworld and Facilities Management Expo might not be for everybody, but around 2.5 million people do attend such shows each year. It averages out at more than 25,000 per show and it can get pretty busy for the bigger ones.
And the concerts? Recent weeks have seen Disney Live, Middle East Film & Comic Con, World Art Dubai, Dara Ó Briain and Avicii perform. That is theatre, culture, arts, comedy and music, so don’t think this area is just about trade and business.
But Dubai sleeps through the summer, so it will be quiet for a few months, right? Not DWTC. It transforms from a business conference centre into a giant sports facility in the summer. From Tuesday June 21 to Monday August 29, Dubai Sports World will host indoor football tournaments, basketball sessions, cricket, rugby, skateboarding, tennis and loads of free fitness sessions.
I like that a lot. Is there anything else there? Next door to Sports World and also taking up a massive space this summer will be Modhesh World. This giant temporary playground is an enormous soft play and activity centre for kids and will be generating screams of delight from Saturday June 25 to Saturday August 27.
Where, as usual, can I eat and drink here? On show nights or during big exhibitions, it can get crowded so options are better suited for speedy casual bites. McGettigan’s is brilliant and one of our favourite places in the city. It is good as a pre- and post-gig hangout and is worth visiting even if you don’t have a show to go to. Blue Bar is fantastic for music fans and for fine dining, Options by Sanjeev Kapoor is your best bet. www.dwtc.com.
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Amid the commerce and trade you can find one of Dubai’s best live music spots in the Blue Bar, featuring jazz and funk bands, plus some of the best jam nights in the city. Sun-Wed noon-2am; Thu-Sat noon-3am. Novotel World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.novotel.com (04 332 000004 332 0000).