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Dubai Venues: Our 5 favourite venues to eat & drink in Dubai

I have some lovely friends who now live in Dubai and so I was lucky enough to visit over Christmas & New Year for a few days and what else to do at this time of year but sample the many delights in terms places to eat and drink that Dubai has to offer –  and there is a lot to suit all budgets. It was fun but for an event organiser it is also background research. Honest!

As an event organiser I have visited many times before both for business and pleasure and this city never ceases to amaze me. Its probably been about 18 months since I was last here and in that time there have been hotel and restaurant openings plus Dubai Tram -which runs from Knowledge visit through Media City, Dubai Marina and down through JBR –  has also opened.

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Since I’ve visited many times before Im ashamed to say I didn’t do any signtseeing as such – The Dubai Museum is well worth a visit by the way, but as it was New Year and technically a holiday and not work (for once) we (by we I me and one of my oldest and dearest friends who will be known simply as Jo – you might as well know, she will feature in blogs a lot I suspect!) went to a few new places (to me anyway) and set ourselves the challenge of spending as little as possible – (ok we didn’t succeed all the time but it was a good idea) and its great to see what is possible when you are looking for new venues for either business or pleasure.  So if you are visting to Dubai they might be worth considering. So here some new and old favourites and some top tips for eating and drinking, relatively cheaply and where the locals (you know what i mean) go.

For a light lunch outside of hotel location you cant go far wrong with Simon Rimmers new restaurantThe Scene located at Pier 7 in Dubai Marina.  On the menu is good quality British Fair and a great selection of gin based cocktails. it was a little quiet when we went at lunchtime but Im told it does liven up in the evening.

For Sundowners I love 360 at The Jumeriah Beach hotel. In Dubai terms the hotel is pretty old now – having opened in 1997 but 360 located out on a walkway into the sea is so relaxing at sunset and we went at Happy Hour. Their own website states that the Dress Code is Casual to beachwear for dinner and sunset sessions and then Chic and stylish after 21:00 hours. As we came straight from the Nassimi Beach club we left before 21.00 as we were definalty not chic and stylish! The views of the sun setting behind the Burj Al Arab are amazing and the wine was on offer as it was happy hour. Chilled out tunes and fantasic people wtaching was in order as the sun set.

We also sampled Nassimi Beach club at Atlantis The Palm for a  fabulous relaxing sunday in December it cant be beaten. best to reserve space ahead of time and they have standard sunbeds as well as larger double beds with cushions. Its a delight – trust me. There is a minimum charge for rental of 400 AED per person but that can then be used for lunch/drinks and the Pina Coladas are amazing. There are lots of beautifiul people around but ignoring the posing and you will have a great time. Only down side is that if you are not staying at the Hotel itself there is no taxi pick up point outside the Nassimi Beach – so make sure you ask one of the waiters to escort you to the hotel entrance so you can go through the hotel to much easier grab a taxi.

One of the favourite places of the trip was a truely chilled out evening at the bar in the Vida Donwtown Dubai Hotel. They have a fantastic pool bar and again at Happy hour we had some drinks on promotion and then relaxed with some arabic Tapas bites.  For relaxed chilled out after work or after shopping drinks its a great location.

An old favourite is the Barasti Beach Bar. I first came here a few years ago with an old boyfriend from University Days who now lives in Dubai – you know who you are! and I proceeded to get a bit drunk to be honest, but since then its been a firm favourite of mine here in Dubai. Relaxed beach bar with good no fuss food, drinks and great music you cant really go wrong.

Again at Pier 7 Atelier M has possibly one of the best views in Dubai. This open air/roof bar at the top of Pier 7 is fabulous! Well worth a visit.

We love checking out new venues wherever we are in the world. See venues that wow for some more of our favourites and if you don’t know where to start with finding a venue for your event then check out our checklist…

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Caroline Sumners

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