20 best feelings in Dubai

You may have seen <em>Time Out</em> feeling its way around Dubai recently. We've selected our 20 favourite things to touch in the city.

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1 Padding through Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire’s purple carpets – super-luxe underfoot matches super-luxe surrounds. (InterCon, 04 701 1128)

2 Sand between your toes, vegging out on Jumeirah Open Beach.

3 Diving into a cold swimming pool on a hot summer day.

4 The colourful carpet beneath your bare feet at Pars Iranian on Diyafah Street. (04 398 4000)

5 Patting a snowball at Ski Dubai. (04 409 4000)

6 Feeling the warm sun in the dead of winter.

7 Washing off sand after a particularly arduous day at the beach.

8 The connection between foot and ball as you play the beautiful game on Jebel Ali’s stunning pitches.

9 Touching sea cucumbers and star fish off the east coast after learning to scuba.

10 Grass underfoot at Safa Park during a weekend barbecue – a pleasant change from sandy parking lots.

11 The soft fur of a much-loved moggy up against your leg.

12 The bracing AC having finally fought your way into a taxi after standing on Diyafah Street for an hour and a half in the morning.

13 The warm stones on your feet as you stand on the patio next to the pool in the evening.

14 The gentle swaying of an abra as it carries you across the Creek.

15 Shaking hands with a new Dubaian, who you think you might get on with.

16 A hot cup of chai tea, handed to you by a tailor in Bur Dubai as he waits for you to choose your fabric.

17 The grip of a 4X4’s safety bar, as you career over desert dunes.

18 Your body sinking into the floor, as you relax at the end of a Gem Yoga session. (SZR, 04 331 5161)

19 The sensation of the gliding across the ice of the bijoux Hyatt Regency rink. Small, but ever so perfectly formed. (04 209 1100)

20 The Prestige Facial at the Willow Stream Spa. The pain of the ‘extrac-tion’ is definitely worth the gain of glowing skin afterwards. (04 311 8800)

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