We check out the plans for the new Nakheel metro station as Dubai warms up for the trains' winter launch
Nakheel Metro station might be way out yonder, teetering as it is on the outskirts of Dubai, but with feeder buses going from the station to the likes of Emirates Hills (F35), the Meadows (F38) and Knowledge Village (F32), there’s plenty to explore.
1 Emirates Golf Club: This is probably the only place within walking distance of the metro station. In true Dubai ‘best and blingest’ fashion, it won the top spot in Golf Digest’s Top-100 golf courses outside the US. You can relax in any one of its many restaurants and bars – after you’re done putting on the greens that play host to the Dubai Desert Classic, that is. We recommend the Sports Bar: it has seven flat screen TVs and more than 20 channels of sport. 04 380 2222, 8am-5pm daily 2 minutes walking distance from the station
2 Bare Gents Salon:A salon for the über-stylish and metrosexual man, offering services ranging from routine haircuts to manicures and pedicures, and even Moroccan baths. Avoid going during the weekend if you can, as it’s packed with loyal customers who swear by the quality of service.
04 363 8883, 10am-10.30pm daily 8 minutes driving distance from the station
3 Hayya! Fitness Club: Hayya! boasts facilities ranging from a gym (with a ladies-only section) to a swimming pool, plus tennis and squash courts. While the gym is not meant for use by non-members, anyone can book from a range of classes offered at the Hayya! clubs, which are at affordable prices, so it won’t be too tough on the wallet. Try Thai boxing for Dhs60 a session or Power Bhangra for Dhs50. 04 3627784 (Emirates Hills Town Centre), 04 3627790 (The Lakes Club), 04 3627770 (The Meadows Village), 6am-10pm daily, www.hayya.com 7 minutes driving distance from the station
4 Beyond The Beach: Love hitting Dubai’s many beaches? Then take the feeder bus from the metro straight here. Selling swimwear, beachwear and a range of accessories that come in handy for an afternoon’s bask in the sun, it also offers everyday clothes with a sporty flair. 04 360 8877, 10am-10pm daily 4 minutes driving distance from the station
5 Heritage Touch Trading: Add a touch of culture to your home with buys from Heritage Touch Trading. Antique chests, rugs and pashmina shawls are just some of the items you’ll find. Although the Springs Village is furthest away from the metro, this shop is worth the bus ride. 04 360 5786, Sat- Thu 10am-10pm 10 minutes driving distance from the station
6 Riot Art Photography Studio: Make some memories by heading over to Riot Art’s portrait studio. The photographer works while you hang out and have fun with your loved ones, making for natural, fun pictures. 04 422 4166, Sat-Thu 8am-7pm, www.riot-art.com 5 minutes driving distance from the station
7 Nineteen: If you’re feeling peckish, you might consider heading over to the vast expanse of green that is The Montgomerie golf course and resort, where you can enjoy a classy dinner at this impressive restaurant at The Montgomerie clubhouse, a past winner of our Best Contemporary European Restaurant accolade. 04 390 5600, 7pm-midnight daily, Fri- Sat 12pm-3.30pm 9 minutes driving distance from the station
8 Tips And Toes: While the name Tips And Toes suggests this is paradise for your nails, it offers more than just manicures and pedicures. Possibly everything a woman desires in a beauty salon, from hand and foot massages to LPG (slimming therapy) and even eyelash extensions, can be booked here. Metro ride tire all you beauties out? Indulge over here. 04 393 2991 (Emirates Hills Town Centre), 04 361 9393 (The Meadows Village), 04 361 9696 (The Springs Village), 9am-10pm daily 7 minutes driving distance from the station
9 Thierry’s Friends: The place for funky, personalised gift items. Bright, cheerful and reasonably priced, you can choose from quirky mugs and magnets, watches, pens, and handbags, all decorated with either a bright print or funny catchphrases. 04 341 7112, 9am-10pm daily 8 minutes driving distance from the museum
10 Angsana Spa: Retreat to the Angsana Spa either at The Montgomerie or Emirates Hills Town Centre for hours of relaxation. Pamper yourself with a host of treatments that include massages, body facials and body conditioners. 04 360 9322 (The Montgomerie), 04 368 2222 (Emirates Hills Town Centre) 10am-9pm daily 9 minutes driving distance from the museum