In part two of our series, ten Time Out types tell us their top spots
Time Out Dubai staff
In the second part of our ongoing series, ten Dubai types tell us how they like to spend their free time
The golf pro
Curriculum Vitae Name: Kenny Monaghan Nationality: British Age: 30
How long in Dubai? Three years
Works for: Dubai Golf
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai and why? I recently went to Prime 68 in JW Marriott Marquis Hotel and the steaks there are the best I have ever had.
Favourite Thursday nightspot? I go to QD’s at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, the atmosphere is very relaxed, the music is great and the views of the Dubai skyline are incredible.
Favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? When I have the chance I like to spend the day at The Westin.
Top Dubai tip? Always wear sunscreen. Where do you send visitors? Calabar overlooking the Burj Khalifa at The Address, Downtown Dubai.
The dolphin trainer
Curriculum Vitae Name: Lauren Crank Nationality: British Age: 25
How long in Dubai? Five years
Works for: Dolphin Bay, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai? Mango Tree in Souk Al Bahar. Outside has fantastic views of the Dubai Fountains and the food is great also. Afterwards head to At.Mosphere in the Burj Khalifa for mixed drinks.
Favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort’s beach club has beautiful pools and beaches, great restaurants and peacocks walking around. It’s very cool, especially for animal lovers!
Top Dubai tip? Take advantage of ladies’ nights. There are so many great ones around the city, you can plan your night out around them and see some new places.
The choreographer/ professional dancer
Curriculum Vitae Name: Krista Degaetano Nationality: Maltese Age: 31
How long in Dubai? Four years
Works for: CDD (Contemporary Dance Dubai). A school teaching contemporary, ballet and dance fi tness from beginner to professional level for children and adults.
What is your fave weekend restaurant in Dubai? I love West 14. The steaks are so juicy and the ambience is lovely and relaxing.
Favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? Has to be 360° club at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The sea view, the Burj lit up, fantastic music – it’s a real treat.
Top Dubai tip? Keep your passion alive, keep inspired by art and keep real.
Curriculum Vitae Name: Anna Gorodinskaya Nationality: Russian Age: 28
How long in Dubai? Two years
Works for: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Royal Residences
What is your favourite weekend restaurant in Dubai? BiCE Mare: its Mediterranean food is amazing and it has a wonderful view of the fountains.
What is your favourite place in Dubai on the weekend? At the weekend, I usually go to the beach with my friends. Afterwards, we go for dinner somewhere or just cook at home – something traditional. One thing I always do at the weekend is shop.
What’s your favourite Thursday nightspot? 360° or Cavalli depending on who I’m with. If I want a chilled night I go to Belgian Café.
The pole fitness professional
Curriculum Vitae Name: Lisa Karras Nationality: British Age: 28 How long in Dubai? Three years
Works for? DIVA Pole Fitness
What is your fave weekend restaurant in Dubai and why? Beachcombers. The view is perfect and it’s very relaxed.
What’s your fave Thursday nightspot? I really like 360°.
What is your fave place in Dubai on the weekend? It can be a bar, shop, beach, anything. I love More Café by the fountains at The Dubai Mall.
What is your top Dubai tip? Great sunglasses, comfy walking shoes for the malls and killer heels at night!
When you have visitors, where do you send them? Le Royal Méridien beach club or At.Mosphere Lounge.
Curriculum Vitae Name: Benjamin B French, AKA Flex Master French Nationality: British Age: 29
How long in Dubai? Three months
Works for: Cirque Le Soir
What is your fave weekend restaurant in Dubai and why? Wide Range is the nearest takeaway and we use that a lot.
What’s your favourite Thursday nightspot? Cirque! We work every Thursday so I never get a chance to go anywhere else.
Where do you like to hang out in Dubai on the weekend? We work at Cirque on Fridays so I guess that takes up most of my weekend. I spend the rest of it at home or on the beach.
What is your top Dubai tip? Never go to a shopping mall on a Thursday or Friday evening!
When you have visitors, where do you send them? I haven’t had any visitors yet, but if I did I would probably recommend Cirque Le Soir.
Works for:www.paddyman.com What’s your favourite Thursday nightspot? I play every Thursday night in Fibber Magee’s Irish pub. It’s my favourite gig because it is always busy and full.
Where do you like to hang out in Dubai at the weekend? Madinat Jumeirah is always a great place to go when I am off.
What is your top Dubai tip? Fibber’s, because it’s one of the few bars not inside a hotel. Ask for directions or you’ll get lost!
When you have visitors, where do you send them? Jumeirah beach is worth a visit. I also love to have a few drinks with visitors at Barasti.
The director of movie Champ of the Camp
Curriculum Vitae Name: Mahmoud Kaabour Nationality: Lebanese Age: 34
How long in Dubai? I went to school here but my latest stay has been eight years
Works for: Independent fi lm maker and founder of Veritas Films
What’s your favourite Thursday nightspot? I love a delicious and inexpensive meal at one of the hole-in-thewall restaurants in Deira or Bur Dubai. I’m a big fan of Ravi’s in Karama.
Where do you like to hang out in Dubai at the weekend? I play a little bit of golf at the Creek golf course but more than anything I like to go to Bur Dubai or Deira for a long walk – usually in the market areas. A walk around Baniyas Square could possibly be one of the most enjoyable things for me in Dubai.
What is your top Dubai tip? I feel that the old part of town has a lot of hidden gems that are not known by many.
When you have visitors, where do you send them? I like to take my guests who visit town on an abra ride across the Creek, which is always good fun. For a full interview with Mahmoud on Champ of the Camp see www.timeoutdubai.com
The marketing and PR manager
Curriculum Vitae Name: Aarti Fernandes Nationality: Indian Age: 29
How long in Dubai? Eight years
Works for: Gold’s Gym UAE
What’s your favourite Thursday nightspot? The Irish Village in Garhoud.
What’s your favourite weekend restaurant? Toro Toro (Grosvenor House in Dubai Marina) for its classy venue and menu selection.
Where do you like to hang out in Dubai at the weekend? The Dubai Mall.
What is your top Dubai tip? If you’re staying with friends you don’t have to go out every night. Have a meal in or a barbecue and celebrate old times.
When you have visitors, where do you send them? Downtown Dubai.
Curriculum Vitae Name: Hayley Doyle Nationality: British Age: 32
How long in Dubai? Four years
Works for: Hayley’s Comet
Favourite weekend restaurant? Jamie’s Italian in Dubai Festival City for the wonderful fl avours and friendly staff. Favourite Thursday nightspot? Rosso in JBR for the lovely ambience. I also love going to the Laughter Factory or Punchline Comedy Club nights.
Favourite weekend spot? Bert’s Cafe in The Greens for lunch or breakfast – and it’s a great place to read or work.
Top Dubai tip? Girls, get your favourite dresses copied in Satwa. I go to a tailor called Ishwar who is fantastic. I have had dresses customised, altered to perfection and even designed my own. It’s a whole new shopping experience.