Since opening back in the 1970s, the Jebel Ali Recreation Club has been one of the oldest leisure haunts in Dubai, along with its pub, the Ship’s Wheel, which opened back in 1993.
But as of 7pm on Friday August 25, the pub and restaurant at the Club are no longer.
On Thursday August 24, a brand-new, amphitheatre-esque complex, located just behind the original, opened the doors to its first two outlets – The Clubhouse, a contemporary new restaurant with a kitchen helmed by Scottish chef de cuisine Ryan Waddell (formerly executive chef at Reform Social & Grill), and the all-new Ship’s Wheel, complete with pictures, nautical paraphernalia and stained-glass windows from the original pub.
Its interiors look pulled straight from the original – cosy red booths, noisy patterned carpets and high tables and chairs – and feature an abundance of TV screens, plus pool tables and dart boards.
Prices look set to remain keen, too, with pints around the Dhs35 mark and bottles of hops around Dhs29, while weekly deals include Mexican Monday (25 percent off nachos, plus Mexican specials), Tuesday Curry Night (a curry and a bottle of hops for Dhs90), Burger Wednesdays (Angus beef, southern-fried chicken or falafel burger and a bottle of hops for Dhs80), and a traditional roast on Saturdays and Sundays (Dhs95).
Also soon to open at the complex are eateries including Seafood Kitchen, Café Milano and Andalucia, plus a movie theatre complex from Reel Cinemas.
Stay close to Time Out Dubai for the latest on these and more new openings across Dubai.