Luxurious little brother of the world famous Singapore hotel 1 Reviews
Raffles has the distinction of being the only hotel in Dubai to be shaped like a pyramid, and a mostly glass pyramid at that. Built next to the Egyptian-themed Wafi mall, not too far from the airport, Raffles has brought some serious class and luxury to Dubai. Set away from Sheikh Zayed Road, visitors are able to watch the sun set over the iconic cityscape from the RED lounge terrace, before indulging in some of the city’s best Chinese food at Noble House, which won a Highly Commended award this year at Time Out's Restaurant Awards. The mall next door is one of Dubai’s higher end offerings, combining international designer boutiques, such as Chanel and Chopard, with local talent. Independent boutique Ginger & Lace is one of the city’s fashion favourites, while the souk, also located in the mall, is perfect for picking up souvenirs and presents. After all that hard work, relax in one of Dubai’s most pampering spas. Absolute bliss comes in the form of one of the many body wraps.
• On a Sunday night, check out Movies Under The Stars in Wafi’s outside terrace for free. Pull up a beanbag for a themed, double bill each week.
• Time Out’s Club of the Year 2011 is at Raffles, People by Crystal.
• For award-winning Arabic food, head to Khan Murjan at the Wafi souk – you’ll find mezze to die for.
• If Wafi proves to be too high-end, whizz down to Festival City mall for more high street stores than you can shake your credit card at.
• For designer fakes and ‘Hugo Boos’ watches, grab a cab to Karama – wall to wall ‘it’ handbags, watches, sunglasses and more.By Time Out Dubai staff
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