Al Hadheerah

Emirati food, desert setting and touristy vibe at the Bab Al Shams hotel

  • Al Hadheerah
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
Nestled in the desert resort of Bab Al Shams, this MENA restaurant seems to be a tourist’s delight, whereas any resident will find it more of a tacky spot, with the outdoor surroundings feeling more like Universal Studios than a tranquil authentic oasis of calm. The entertainment matches this vibe too, with every aspect of performance incorporated throughout the night, from dancers and deafening live music, to actors riding camels and horses, and a firework display to top the night off. In fact, it is all very over the top in every aspect.

This out of town spot only serves a pricey set buffet. A huge range of Arabic options are available, but it is all very average at best. The service here is on the rude side and combines an odd mix of ignoring you all night, with other staff pushing to get you out of the door as quickly as is physically possible. This Arabic restaurant is not somewhere to go out of your way to visit, and beware, if you arrive by taxi, then be sure to reserve one at the end of the night at least an hour before you leave, otherwise you can be left with a long wait. Al Hadheerah
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 26 March 2011

Location: - Dubailand
Tel: 04 809 6194
Travel: Next to Endurance Village
Cuisine: Arabic, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Dresscode: Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, Shisha, Outdoor seating, Live music, Smoking permitted
Times: Open daily 7pm-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs500+
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  • MR Jul 30, 2013 10:34 am
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    Different experience, but this place is not for summer time and definitely not suitable for iftar in this heat. They have fans, which only blow the hot desert heat more intensely at you! Would love to go back in winter sometime.

  • Janette May 23, 2012 04:57 am
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    I was on holiday from South Africa and was taken by my hosts. The ambiance was superb and the music and show was great, however, the music was loud. The food was authentic and enjoyable however, not 5 star standard. The downside was the photographer who was at the table continually when the performers mingled with the guests, and the whilte wine we ordered was not cold. Unforgivable on a hot night. As I was visiting Dubai I would not go back but it is a good experience for visitors.
  • jane Mar 13, 2012 12:48 pm
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    Excellent place- great food and entertainment
  • Mai Feb 15, 2012 04:18 am
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    i went to Al Hadeera last month as we had the "entertainer" coupons, but even with those we still felt we got ripped off!

    there is a large selection food, but below standard ! a shame for a five star hotel... then the music and the dancers were just horrible and reflected the Arabic tradition so cheaply..i was ashamed as an Arab to be sitting there and seeing such a cheap show. the singers were literally screaming their heads off, not singing!

    it was one of the worst exeriences i had in Dubai!
  • Javid J Dec 16, 2011 06:09 pm
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    Not worth 425 Dh (even with Ent. voucher)., unless you like loud arabic music.

    Selection of food could be better for such a place, particularly for seafood.
    Service is below average from waiters, though there was a guy who overlooked them, he was very attentive and nice.

    Most brilliant piece of that place is when you drive back, make a stop on that dark road with no road lights. Get out of a car and watch the stars.

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