Designed to bring together the act of eating and reading, hence the name, this family-focussed café is a cosy getaway for guests to nestle in with a book and a slice of zucchini cake. Its carefully selected collection of children’s, adult and cookery books attempts to cater to the more eclectic among you, so you’re sure to find a page-turner to keep yourself busy.
Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 388 4006).
Intended to be a cultural hub connecting creative writers and readers in a casual environment, CEO Jamal Al Shehhi started Kuttab Café to a lot of positive feedback and press, which keeps this venue packed. You’ll find an expansive selection of Arabic literature, and some easy-to-please picks from the English side to borrow for a read. A big plus are events such as book signings promoting local writers.
Uptown Mirdif Mall, Dubai Mirdif (04 549 4033).
A specialised library in the heart of Safa Park, this glass-encased building invites you to enjoy an espresso and a book to read while keeping nature very much around you. You’ll have everything but a picnic basket to complete your picturesque day at the park. Browse the enriching Middle Eastern and African titles stocked, along with some English bestsellers, and even sign up for yoga classes, book clubs and workshops to keep up the creative enlightenment.
Safa Park (need number)
Dubbed the ‘Book Shelter’ initiative, started by two Emirati women, the Healthcare City branch of the popular café offers a free book service for people to read, borrow and even take titles that need a new home. You’ll find an array of English and Arabic books to peruse while you enjoy a dish of green curry or chicken skewers from the fusion menu.
Al Razi Building 64, Healthcare City (04 362 1944).