Where to this week, then, Time Out?
We thought we could look in at Nad Al Sheba.
The name sounds familiar, where is that?
You probably know it because of the Dubai World Cup. The world’s richest horse race happens at Meydan Racecourse once a year, but there is more to this neighbourhood than that one amazing afternoon and evening.
So we shouldn’t shut the door after the horses have bolted, you could say.
Very droll. But you are right – the Dubai World Cup is just the finale to horse racing season, months of racing takes before then. But now that it’s over, we don’t want you to forget about Nad Al Sheba altogether.
Okay, so what is there to do now?
The District One cycle track is only a few months old and not that well known outside of the cycling community. Top cyclists including Mark Cavendish have taken their bikes for a spin along the 8.4km track, and whether you’re serious about the sport or just want a pleasant afternoon pedal, it’s one of the best places in Dubai to get bikey.
If cycling isn’t your thing, there’s a good, casual golf course here, too. The Track, Meydan Golf, isn’t as formal as some of the city’s other clubs and courses, meaning you can knock a ball around the floodlit greens with family or friends, without feeling the need to feel like you’ve got to go full golf pro about it all.
And you know I like to dine.
Where can I eat in Nad Al Sheba?
The crown jewel is The Meydan Hotel. You can go for fine dining at Prime steakhouse and lap up the racetrack views from the fifth floor or take in more sport than your eyes can actually handle at the modern, stylised Qube sports bar. Our top tip, though, is Farriers. It has a loose horse club vibe and the outdoor tables look out to that magnificent track – an impressive sight even when there aren’t horses galloping around it.
Only in Nad Al Sheba
The phrase “more than a gallery” is splashed around like paint on a Jackson Pollock, but for Nad Al Sheba’s creative hub Tashkeel, it rings true. As well as exhibiting contemporary works, there are many studios and workshops for the creatively inclined to enjoy including jewellery-making, photography and fine arts. There’s also a skate park for the cool kids in town.
Open Sat-Thu 9am-10pm. www.tashkeel.org (04 336 331304 336 3313).