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If you’ve been lacking a little bit of sleep recently, perhaps getting your hands on the world’s most expensive pillow will ease your insomnia.

Coming in at a staggering Dhs210,000, the pillow is supposed to cure anyone of a dodgy night’s sleep, thanks to lush fabrics, lots of technical wizardry and “complex mathematical algorithms”. Patients are treated by neck specialist Thijs van der Hilst where he works out exactly how each person sleeps, then sets about making an ergonomic pillow perfectly designed for the most peaceful 40 winks.

Sounds great, and very handy for the sleep deprived among us, but Dhs210,000? Well, that’s where the luxury aspect comes in.

Pillows are crafted using 3D scanning technology to determine the precise shape required, which is then printed in a designated robotic milling machine, creating the pillow out of non-toxic memory foam. Each pillow is then covered in hand-stitched Mulberry silk, Egyptian cotton and 24-carat gold, before four diamonds and a huge 22.5-carat sapphire adorn the zipper.

It even comes with a custom made Louis Vuitton case, for those sleeping away for the night.

Though if Dhs210,000 for a pillow is a little on the hefty side, Thijs still creates carefully-crafted pillows and cushions for a meagre Dhs18,000…

You can see the pillow at the INDEX Design Series at the Dubai World Trade Centre between Monday 22 and Thursday 25 May. Register at

04 455 9989 Palm Jumeirah

With the sweltering summer having made a heavy-handed entrance, it’s time to turn our attention from the city’s wealth of al fresco watering holes, and contemplate something cooler. And happily, at Above 21, that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice views. We’ve raved about The Penthouse at FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai on many an occasion. Its classy vibe, Time Out Dubai award-winning ladies’ night and stunning vistas out across the Marina make it a winning spot for residents and tourists alike. But if you can’t face temperatures rising above 40°C, there’s another option.

Set on the 13th floor of the trendy hotel (there’s also a private members’ version on the floor above) Above 21 has a chic, fresh feel as it’s all blue and cream leathers. Mirrored cabinets and pale fittings add to the feeling of space, even though it’s a petite area.

We settle in to admire the views from floor-to-ceiling windows out across the Marina. It’s stunning and the cool air-conditioning is a delight.

We visit at sunset – the perfect time to go as you can enjoy the best of both skylines in light and dark.

The drinks menu is fairly extensive and although on the pricey side, as you’d expect from such a venue, it’s not eye-wateringly so. The bar specialises in Scottish shorts, as well as having a good selection of grape and sparkling.

Service is friendly and slick, and there’s a small bar snacks menu with light bites.

Above 21 is on the quiet side when we visit, but we’re sure once word gets out it will pick up, as it’s one of the best indoor spots we’ve found for views from the Palm.

The bottom line
Grown-up indoor bar with stunning vistas.

Italian +971 4 441 6342 Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)
It may be chain-y and, well, Pizza Express, but we’ve long been fond of the Jazz@ branch in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, with its devotion to live music, laid-back atmosphere and good-value pricing.
Since the restaurant recently underwent a revamp, we’re only too happy to return.
Its outdoor area has hugely improved, now feeling more like a restaurant than someone’s backyard. Inside, the relocation of the stage to the entrance of the restaurant divides opinion on our table – in fact, the whole overhaul of the interiors does (it feels a bit clunky and disorganised – our dining companion disagrees). Fortunately, there are two things we’re able to agree on – firstly, that the addition of high tables is a good move, and secondly, that service is woefully inattentive.
Sigh. At least prices are still keen.

Piping hot dough balls and an American on a Romana (super-thin) base are as good as they ever were, but calamari in a stodgy, cakey batter returns to the kitchen barely touched, while the rolled, stuffed eggplant (aubergine) dish is no worthy replacement for the seemingly discontinued Parmigiana melanzane.

Still, with bottles of grape under Dhs160 and some top tunes (will Jazz@ ever be so quiet as during local musician Chad’s super rendition of Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman?), we’ll be back.

The bottom line
Casual, affordable eats in JLT.


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