Metro guide: Emirates Towers

Metro Area Guide: Emirates Towers

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The Noodle House
The Noodle House
Vu's bar
Vu's bar
Al Nafoorah
Al Nafoorah
Crowne Plaza Dubai
Crowne Plaza Dubai
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We never knew what it was we loved about the look of Emirates Towers till a conversation with an architect friend. ‘See how the two towers stand so that the relationship between them changes depending on where you’re looking at them from,’ she said. ‘Cool, huh?’ And it’s true. There’s something graceful about the towers that you don’t often find with skyscrapers. But anyway, what treats can we find in and around these iconic symbols?

1 Emirates Towers Boulevard: If you’ve got serious cash burning a hole in your pocket you’ll find plenty of ways to part with it here. The usual top-of-the line brands are here, including a big Armani store. But you can get some more quirky designer bargains in Boutique 1 (04 330 4555) and the recently opened Chloé (04 330 0700).
1 minutes walking distance from the station

2 Noodle House: Few restaurants in Dubai can claim such a loyal following. Turn up to any of the branches of The Noodle House for lunch or dinner and there’s a good chance you’ll have to wait for a seat. There are simple reasons for this: the food is reliably good, service is cheery, the atmosphere is buzzing, and prices are reasonable. Best of all, this is said to be an occasional pit stop for His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has an office upstairs.
1 minute walking distance from the station

3 Scarlett’s: This Tex Mex joint may be themed around the overly precious Gone With The Wind character of the same name, but with its snow-white ostrich leather seats and gloriously smoke-free policy, we’re not sure Rhett Butler would’ve chosen it as his local. That said, if you’re into your burgers and Tex-Mex-style nosh, but prefer a polished silver spoon rather than the greasy variety, this is the place for you.
1 minute walking distance from the station

4 Al Nafoorah: If you work anywhere near Emirates Towers chances are you’ve ended up at this pricey but exceptional restaurant for a business lunch. Hugely popular, lunch and evenings are packed with a changing crowd of suits and dish-dashed businessmen tucking into the first-rate Arabic food.
2 minutes walking distance from the station

5 Vu’s: Laid-back elegance at premium prices has well-heeled conversationalists heading up to this swanky 51st-floor bar, where high-vaulted ceilings and impeccable good looks open on to one of the finest views in Dubai. Head up early on and watch the sun go down and the lights go up across the city, made all the sweeter thanks to the bar’s mouth-watering cocktail list. Make sure you wear a collar and shoes or the fashion police will throw you out.
2 minutes walking distance from the station

6 Cosmos: The food is a mishmash of items from antipasti to yakitori and all portions are massive, but, as is usually the case with a wide-ranging menu, some dishes make the grade and some don’t. Try your luck with a crab noodle salad, chilli chicken or a mozzarella and tomato salad, bearing in mind that you can always pile your plate higher with greenery from the salad bar. The Dhs35 lunch buffet is popular with budget-conscious Emirates Towers workers. 04 332 6569, 7am-1am daily
2 minutes walking distance from the station

7 Shakespeare’s: This alcohol-free restaurant occupies the back part Al Attar Business Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, and flows over into a charming outside area. Part of Shakespeare’s attraction is that it has all the attributes of a cool, snug café: battered sofas to loll in, books and magazines to browse and plenty of idiosyncratic touches. The food is generally good too.
2 minutes walking distance from the station 

8 Carizma: Moving across the road and tucked away from the Sheikh Zayed Road crowds, Carizma serves shisha and coffee. A relaxed and peaceful atmosphere in which to put your feet up and unwind with friends after work. 04 331 1018, On the side of Khalid Al Attar Tower, 9am-midnight daily
4 minutes walking distance from the station

9 Bocadillo: Lurking in the corner, this coffee shop serves food at reasonable prices and is an enjoyable place to grab a bite to eat without it having to be fast food. Ranging from light bites to meals, Bocadillo offers a pleasant enough experience for passers by.
4 minutes walking distance from the station

10 Rachal: A hair stylist and beautician for men and women, which is popular among the Arabic contingent on Sheikh Zayed Road, Rachal offers a range of services from haircuts to manicures and pedicures. Men: 04 332 9066, Al Durrah Tower, 10am-11pm; women: 04 332 7720 10am-9pm
5 minutes walking distance from the station

11 Fountain Café: Another casual place to smoke shisha, have a coffee and unwind with friends. It’s often packed so try to get there before sunset to grab a spot and enjoy the view of the skyscrapers at night. 04 331 1502, 8 am-1am
6 minutes walking distance from the station

12 Crowne Plaza Dubai: The number of quality venues here could fill an entire article: Zinc for late night partying, punchy cocktails in Trader Vic’s, sushi at Sakura, French food and an excellent wine cellar at Oscar’s Vine Society, healthy stir frys and Japanese beer at Wagamama, fat steaks at the Western… the list goes on. Some are real hidden gems – we’ve long been fans of a quick lunchtime Italian fix at Al Fresco. Suffice it to say, if you can brave the trip over or under the highway to get here, you’ll have plenty of options to keep you entertained.
10 minutes walking distance from the station

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