Immediately behind Mall of the Emirates lies the brand spaking new Citymax Hotel, a great three-star find for thirsty shoppers and office workers looking to kick back. For sure, it’s no Bahri Bar, but it’s not trying to be.

In fact, it’s a charming live music spot with a fun resident band, The Usual Suspects, playing covers of old favourites like ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ alongside more recent chart hits. Service is shockingly efficient for Dubai, and the staff are a welcoming, friendly bunch, even on busier nights. Drinks are very reasonably priced, with a glass of house grape just Dhs25. Munchies, meanwhile, include everything from pub grub-style nachos and chicken wings to more filling lamb chops and steak options.