Ten Dubai types tell us how they like to spend their free time
Time Out Dubai staff
Ten Dubai types tell us how they like to spend their free time
The beach club DJ Name: Karlos Tadros Nationality: Egyptian-Armenian Age: 27 How long in Dubai? Four-and-a-half years Works for: RIVA Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah
Favourite weekend restaurant? I love the food at Claw BBQ and the mechanical bull is lots of fun.
Favourite Thursday nightspot? Okku in The H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Favourite weekend spot? I have been practising MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) for the past six years, so when I’m not working I hit the MMA gym.
What is your top Dubai tip? De-stress every so often by getting out of the city and exploring the desert. Head to the mountains or go on a desert safari.
Where do you send visitors? The observatory deck at Burj Khalifa and Souk Al Bahar for food.
The relationship manager Name: Rebecca Cousins Nationality: British Age: 28 How long in Dubai? Four months Works for: District Lounge, DIFC
Favourite weekend restaurant? Castellos in Jumeirah Plaza. It’s defi nitely the best Lebanese restaurant in Dubai, I’m addicted to their spicy potatoes!
Favourite spot on the weekend? I really enjoy going for breakfast at Il Caffè Di Roma on The Walk, JBR. They make an amazing vanilla latte and it’s the perfect place to people watch.
Top Dubai tip? Take the Metro. When I first moved here, it helped me to become familiar with my surroundings. It’s cheap and the views are pretty spectacular.
Where do you send visitors? A desert safari is a must.
The account manager Name: Nazneed Yasin Nationality: Indian Age: 29 How long in Dubai? Four-and-a-half years Works for: Al Futtaim Group
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai? I can name a million things I like about Smiling BKK – but using pages from magazines for table mats and the innovative musical instrument to get the waiters’ attention have got to be my favourite things.
Favourite Thursday nightspot? 360 °, it’s placed in the middle of the sea, the music is good and the shisha smooth.
Favourite weekend spot? Burj Plaza in Downtown Dubai. This little strip has somehow managed to miss the attention of the bulk of the city.
What is your top Dubai tip? Never drive in the fast lane unless you’re prepared to race.
The artist Name: Melanie Pickup Nationality: British Age: 35 How long in Dubai? Five years Works for: Freelance artist
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai and why? Karma Kafe at Souk Al Bahar as it has great food, a great atmosphere and great music.
Favourite Thursday nightspot? I’m actually a Friday girl and 360° at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is my choice of place to be.
Favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa. It feels like I’m away from Dubai. I can relax in the health spa while my husband enjoys the water sports.
What is your top Dubai tip? Don’t ruin your night out by not taking ID with you.
When you have visitors, where do you send them? Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis.
The entrepreneur Name: Haysam Eid Nationality: 29 Age: Lebanese How long in Dubai? More than three years Works for: Eideal
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai? La Petite Maison because it serves good food in a beautiful setting.
Favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? Show jumping is my true passion and as an amateur show jumper, competitions take up a lot of my free time. If my weekend is free I relax at Kitesurfi ng Beach or party at Blue Marlin Ibiza. Where do you send visitors? To Bastakiya area and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This always shows them a different side of Dubai and gives them a real insight into many aspects of its fascinating culture.
The marketing executive Name: Preeti Bhambra Nationality: Indian Age: 27 How long in Dubai? 23 years Works for: BurJuman
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai? For Thai, Lemongrass or Pai Thai are my fi rst options. But if I’m on a night out with friends and I’m craving some sushi and drinks with good music then Zuma.
Favourite Thursday nightspot? MusicHall at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
Top Dubai tip? There’s something for everyone, explore it with an open heart.
When you have visitors, where do you send them? I start with a trip to Bur Dubai, Dubai Museum, the Creek and then a drive down Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab.
The account manager Name: Khaled Abou Hichme Nationality: Lebanese Age: 27 How long in Dubai? Five years Works for: Landmark PR and Events
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai? I think Roberto’s has the best Italian cuisine in the region and I love the venue’s contemporary design.
Favourite Thursday nightspot? It has to be Irish Village. You can’t beat live music and it has a great ambience.
Favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? Private beaches, my pick is the one at Barasti for the food and drinks.
Where do you send visitors? Barasti beach and Art Dubai during the art season. But the Burj Khalifa observation deck is the fi rst thing I put in every visitor’s mind as the view is simply breathtaking.
Front of house Name: Oussama Youbi Nationality: French-Algerian Age: 24 How long in Dubai? One year Works for: Mahiki
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai and why? La Serre because I am a fan of French food. I always order the roast chicken with foie gras followed by tarte tartin.
What is your favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? Rixos – great place to chill and it’s not too busy. I love to unwind there and relax with friends.
When you have visitors, where do you send them? Old Dubai for the culture, realness, food, tradition and hustle and bustle. It’s important for people to experience both aspects of the city, old and new.
What is your top Dubai tip? Never say no to trying new things – there is so much to experience.
The boutique owner Name: Veronica Smulders Nationality: Peruvian Age: 31 How long in Dubai? Five years Works for: Michelle Belau Middle East
Ideal Dubai weekend? A late Friday breakfast at Al Fresco at JBR followed by an afternoon at Riva Beach Club on Palm Jumeirah with my husband and son. Saturday, brunch at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE.
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai? Recently I visited The Act, Toro Toro and Pachanga. I really like the concept of Latin music and shows, combined with great food and a nice ambiance.
What is your top Dubai tip? During winter, spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Where do you send visitors? The boat tour from Dubai Marina, followed by a stroll along JBR.
The celebrity make-up artist Name: Najla Kaddour Nationality: Algerian/Turkish Age: 23 How long in Dubai? Two years Works for: Myself
What would be your ideal Dubai weekend? The day would involve going for a swim, tanning, then lunch, relaxing at a resort or on Kite Beach, Jumeirah. At night I’d get dressed up for dinner with my husband.
What is your favourite restaurant in Dubai and why? Almaz by Momo in Mall of the Emirates. The food is amazing. Algerian and Moroccan food reminds me of my childhood.
What is your top Dubai tip? Be yourself and enjoy Dubai.
When you have visitors, where do you send them? I try to give them the full Dubai experience. That means enjoying the beaches and water parks.