So, we’re off to Motor City… in what way is it motoring themed?
This is where you’ll find the Dubai Autodrome, so you could call it the home of motorsport in the emirate.
I thought Abu Dhabi was the speedy one.
You’re right, our neighbours have the F1 track and Ferrari World theme park, but if you’re seeking high speed thrills in this city then the Autodrome (www.dubaiautodrome.com) is where you’ll find them. Track racing in the shape of the UAE Sportbike Championships and the UAE Touring Car Championships frequently get their rev on around the 5.39km circuit. There’s an annual 24-hour race – Hankook 24H Dubai – which happens here, too, to show off endurance racing teamwork. Best of all, however, are the motoring experiences regular punters can have a go at. A variety of drift driving and supercar experiences (from McLaren to Audi vehicles) put you behind the wheel of a car on a racetrack.
I don’t think I’m ready for a Fast and the Furious-style experience just yet!
Then perhaps you should start off at the Kartdrome, instead. It’s just over the road and it has indoor and outdoor tracks for racers as young as seven.
That’s sounds more my speed. So what else is there in Motor City that I should know about?
Aside from the adrenaline, this is an affordable place to set up home. It’s closer to the major business hubs of DIFC and Downtown Dubai than International City and it’s on an easy commute belt into most other places of work, too. Apartments tend to be a touch cheaper than areas such as Dubai Marina and JLT, with studios available at around the Dhs55,000 mark.
And if I go there, where will I be eating?
It’s not as stocked with options as areas such as JLT, but you’ll still find some staples. The area is home mainly to casual restaurants. Tomato & Basilico serves fresh pasta and some ambitious Italian meals, and there is the ever reliable Zaatar W Zeit. But really, you should go with the motoring theme and pull up at roadside pit stop 82 American Diner. All-American favourites and big burgers to fill up on after smashing records on the race track.
Only in Motor City
The cycle hub
More than just a store selling bikes, The Cycle Hub is, well, a hub for cyclists in Dubai. It organises rides and sessions for advanced riders looking to clock up serious distances. Events for beginners taking their first pedal are also frequently organised.
Sun-Tue and Thu 8am-8pm; Wed 8am-9pm; Fri-Sat 8am-6pm. www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).