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Hop off at this stop for blue jelly and a taste of the Philippines. Go on, you know you want to

Red line, Metro features
Red line, Metro features
Red line, Metro features

1 Al Ghurair City: Right outside the station, Al Ghurair City is a small shopping mall (well, compared to others in Dubai), but it manages to cram in high fashion brands, furniture stores, and even an eight-screen cinema. The mall also has several surprisingly good restaurants, the highlight being Shogun, which offers a unique mix of Korean, Thai and Japanese food.
04 222 5222
One minute walking distance from the station

2 Pinoy Grill: For a totally unique experience, visit this popular and reasonably priced Filipino restaurant, next to Burger King. Specialities include the popular dessert ‘halo halo’ – a mix of ice, jackfruit, red and blue jelly cubes, sweetcorn, mung beans and mashed purple yam in evaporated milk… er, yum?
04 222 2225
4 minutes walking distance from the station

3 Al Maya Lals: Though shabby looking from the outside, this supermarket chain is a favourite with the expat community thanks to its cheaper prices for vegetables and bargainous weekly promotions. Worth a look if you’re on a budget.
04 273 5600
Five minutes walking distance from the station

4 Ramee Guestline Hotel: The Ramee has quirky restaurants and bars, catering to many cultures so they can have a taste of home: namely a Filipino nightclub, a South Indian restaurant, and an Arabic club.
www.rameehotels.com; 04 229 9111
Nine minutes walking distance from the station

5 Reef Mall: Reef Mall offers high-street brands such as Splash, Shoe Mart, Baby Shop, Home Centre, Plug In’s, along with plenty of food outlets, including Dome Café, which does a mean salmon panini. Next door is the Al Futtaim Centre, which houses store giants Toys R Us and Marks and Spencers.
Reef Mall 04 224 2240; Al Futtaim 04 227 7553
Nine minutes walking distance from the station

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