Itinerary three: It’s Friday!
1pm: Spend a lazy morning at JBR’s public beach, waiting for the trains to start running at 2pm. Head to Mall of the Emirates for a bite at one of our favourites – the super hip, Moroccan-style Almaz by Momo (at the back of Harvey Nichols, 04 409 8877) or Le Pain Quotidien (first floor near Ski Dubai, 04 341 0041). After a quick browse around Borders, head back to the station.
4pm: Next stop, Al Jafiliya – or more familiarly known as ‘that area between Satwa and Za’abeel Park’. Have a wander around the huge, often overlooked park. If you’ve packed your sports kit you could have a jog around the bouncy running track, or, if you have a few dirhams on you, hire a boat and float around the lake for a bit. Of course, the most exciting thing to happen to the park recently is the opening of Stargate theme park. Tune in to your inner child (or, if applicable, take your children) and go check it out. We heard rumours of fake snow at the Eid opening. Barmy edutainment.
7pm: Worn out and dehydrated? Get yourself back on the move and over to Al Rigga. Al Khaleej Palace is 10 minutes’ walk from the stop, and houses an excellent Japanese restaurant, Kisaku (04 233 1000).
9pm: Make a move to your final stop, Deira City Centre. From here you can make your way to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, which boasts QD's (04 295 6000), one of the best bar locations in the city. Settle into one of the Arabic sofas or Creekside tables and enjoy watching the yachts float right on past.