My best buys

Battered and broken, the items that go everywhere with Dan

My best buys, Dan

Desert boots by Opening Ceremony: I have no idea how much they cost… they were a fantastic birthday gift from someone special. Not sure how practical they are for the sand though, given that they are electric blue.
1963 Omega Seamaster watch: I scavenged this at a junk shop in Damascus for about Dhs370. It loses about 10 minutes a day and every now again stops altogether, but I still consider it a bargain.
Rough Trade tote bag: cost Dhs30 from my favourite record shop and originally used for carrying home far too much music. This is almost threadbare because it goes everywhere with me, from beach to travel.
Second-hand records: for about Dhs6 each. I've found some of my favourite songs by trawling through charity shop rails. There's no such thing as too much Tom Jones.
Bedale coat by Barbour: cost Dhs885. It is always with me, whenever I go somewhere cold. Originally made for shooting, fishing and farming, this one gets more use shielding me from flying drinks at gigs.
Leather briefcase: cost Dhs770. I had it made for me by a guy with a little leather workshop in Sicily a long time ago. It’s quire battered and I should probably get something smarter, but to me, it's irreplaceable.
Oliver Peoples glasses and clip-ons: for Dhs2,200. I get most of my glasses from the London Eye Company in Soho. Steenie, the owner, has the most fantastic collection of frames from the 1900s onwards.
Dinner jacket: which cost Dhs4,700 from Spencer Hart. Sometimes you just have to give in to the Dubai glitz.
Leather jacket: for Dhs175 from Spitalfields Market in London. One of my favourite vintage finds. Perfect for the days when you need to channel the Fonz.
Nautical Tie: by Ralph Lauren for Dhs100. A Dubai Outlet Mall bargain. I'm a sucker for anchors and Breton stripes in general.
Vintage Grenson Brogues: cost about Dhs206 from Brick Lane, London. These are virtually indestructible.
More: Carine Abboud's profile.

The al fresco theme park will be opening its gates with a new show

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch

Feeling the pinch? Fear not. We've got 16 weekend feasts for under Dhs300 for you

Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1


Follow us