Metro guide: WTC

In the latest of our series of guides to Dubai's new Metro, we look at the World Trade Centre stops

World Trade Center
World Trade Center
The Monarch Hotel
The Monarch Hotel
Fairmont Hotel
Fairmont Hotel
Casper and Gambini
Casper and Gambini
Jashan Restaurant
Jashan Restaurant
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Dubai may have many centres, but Trade Centre could well stake a claim to be the city’s heartbeat. There’s a buzz about the place that only time can really establish: the tower was built 30 years ago and its adjacent exhibition halls have hosted everything from pop concerts to the IMF meeting.

1 World Trade Centre: Although dwarfed by just about every other building on the strip, the Trade Centre tower holds a place in our hearts as the granddaddy of the Sheikh Zayed Road skyscraper scene. While it has been superseded in recent years by newer buildings, it has a certain old-school charm. There’s a private members’ club on the 33rd floor (think chandeliers and plush carpets) and an international restaurant, Seven Sands, on the same floor that’s open to all-comers. Down at ground level, you’ll find the exhibition halls, which have been known to hold some decent concerts as well as the habitual exhibitions.
04 309 7979
One minute walking distance from the station

2 Novotel Hotel: A decent four-star hotel, with modern, functional rooms overlooking the city’s glittering skyline. It’s home to Lotus One, a stylish fusion restaurant and bar, and the city’s best (only?) jazz/blues bar, the aptly named Blue Bar. Stop here for something on the rocks and possibly a cigar, as well as some of the best live music in town.
04 332 0000
One minute walking distance from the station

3 Ibis Hotel: You’d be hard pressed to find a two-star hotel as good as this one. The rooms – which are basic but perfectly acceptable – start from as little Dhs320 over the summer months, so it’s perfect for visiting relatives who want to be near the centre of town. The Italian Cubo restaurant is good for a spot of lunch if you’re in the vicinity.
04 332 4444
Five minutes walking distance from the station

4 The Club: Another slice of old-school Dubai can be found at the WTC apartments. The charming club behind these buildings has a pool bar, gym, restaurant and a terrific family vibe and it’s open to non members for Dhs70 weekdays, or Dhs90 weekends. There’s also Capri Italian Grill (04 331 4505) nearby, which many nearby residents swear by. It’s been open forever and serves up authentic, well-priced Italian cuisine.
04 306 5052, 8am-11.30pm
Five minutes walking distance from the station

5 Climbing wall: If you haven’t already tried scaling up the back of the apartments building, we suggest you get yourself down here pronto. The instructors are patient and helpful, it’s great exercise and it’ll get you out in the fresh air after a long day indoors. It’s cheap too: Dhs75 for an introductory session and Dhs50 for an evening pass (weekdays 6-10pm, Fri 1.30pm-6.30pm, Sat 2pm-10pm).
04 306 5052
Five minutes walking distance from the station

6 The Monarch Hotel: Across the road, you’ll find the proud address of Number One, Sheikh Zayed Road. This swish pad boasts contemporary decor and is home to six different restaurants and a pool lounge. The pick of the bunch is the ultra-hip new Japanese restaurant, Okku. It’s spread over two floors with an exotic atmosphere, 10-metre aquarium and a mean black cod.
04 501 8888
Two minutes walking distance from the station

7 Fairmont Hotel: This is another five-star joint, and one that’s getting better with age. Wallow in its luxury spa, eat a great business lunch at the Exchange Grill, brunch at Spectrum On One, smoke a cigar in Cin Cin and enter the weirdly wonderful world of the Cavalli Club (provided you have deep pockets). Kitsune’s another top-of-the-line Japanese restaurant, complete with white decor and a fog machine. Strange but true!
04 332 5555
Five minutes walking distance from the station

8 Mille Miglia Cafe: Back down at ground level, and tucked away in the corner of the API tower, this Italian café boasts chic Italian racing retro – think velvet chairs, memorabilia, old photographs of cars and metal miniatures. But even the non-car-obsessed will enjoy sipping a cappuccino and reading a paper in the leafy courtyard. The perfect pit stop to escape the rat race.
04 331 6288, 7.30am-12 midnight
Seven minutes walking distance from the station

9 Casper & Gambini’s: This chain eatery in the Park Palace hotel has a decent menu that stays away from Lebanese tradition by including international dishes like flame-grilled prime beef burgers. The atmosphere is funky and contemporary with an uplifting ambiance and a coffee-shop feel.
04 3297300, 8am-12 midnight
Nine minutes walking distance from the station

10 Jashan Restaurant: One of the less known restaurants in the area, Jashan serves an impressive selection of traditional Indian dishes with generous portions and fair prices.
04 3320202 12pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.45pm
Ten minutes walking distance from the station

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