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Dubai -Off the beaten track [ 14-21 September , 2017 ]

August 27, 2017


Think of Dubai and images of Burj Al Arab , Dubai Fountains , Mall of Emirates, Safari in the sand dunes ,  Cruise on Dubai Creek on a beautifully illuminated ‘dhow’ [ a traditional Arabian sail boat ] , Adventure Parks and Shops laden with gold jewellery at the Gold Souq flash into your minds straightaway . And then there is the magnum opus – Burj Khalifa, standing tall and majestic .

Not to forget the annual Dubai Shopping Festival [ DSF ] which draws thousands of shoppers to Dubai in January every year .

But having been to Dubai umpteen number of times since I started travelling overseas in 80s , I have seen them all .

Happily,  the best thing about Dubai is that it keeps on developing new entertainment spots to ensure that tourists keep on coming again and again .  So for my next trip , I selected the following attractions which have come up in Dubai in last 24 months , that do not normally find a place in the travellers’ standard itinerary .

Dubai Canal : Dubai Water Canal is an artificial canal which was inaugurated in November 2016. It comprises one shopping centre, four hotels, several restaurants, luxury housing, walkways and cycle paths.

Village Outlet :  Located in Jebel Ali area .

This Mall offers  sophisticated shoppers the ultimate in discounted deals on high-end brands, this Italian-inspired indoor mall is a stylish entertainment venue in Dubai.   From fashion to food, music to magic, visitors can enjoy an exciting calendar of events, all within the charming setting of a traditional Tuscan medieval town

The Green Planet : Explore and interact with a whole new world of exotic flora and fauna in this fully immersive indoor vertical rainforest in Al Wasl area . The world’s largest artificial tree rises can be seen here . Located on City Walk – Al Wasl . Must visit .

Bollywood Parks :  This is a family-friendly theme park styled like a Bollywood set, with rides, stunt shows & performances, located on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway .

Restaurants, cafes  and eating joints located all over Dubai offer a varied international cuisine . Therefore, apart from relishing home cooked food ,  the restaurants that I have identified for a nice  gastronomical  experience this time  are as follows :

Kulcha King –  for the best mouth licking Amritsari Kulchhas in town . Several outlets in the City . Also deliver at home .

Pappa Roti – the very soft  buns that simply mmmelt in the mouth .  3 outlets as far as I know . At Dubai Mall, JBR Walk and JLT, quite recently .

Manvaar  – for delectable Rajasthani cuisine, located in Karama area , not far from Bur Juman Mall/Metro Station in Bur Dubai .

Gazebo –  specializing in North Indian/Punjabi cuisine – located on Kuwait Road , Mankhool, Bur Dubai . For fine dining .


Qasr El Sultan

Experience the lifestyle of a royal at this cultural space inspired by traditional Arab hospitality. You’ll feel like you’re in a different world when you enter a bakhoor-scented majlis. Try some heartwarming, delicious cardamom-flavoured Arabic coffee and nibble on dates before you begin your sensory journey. Stroll through charming sikkas or souk streets, browse the lively spice markets, watch belly dancers, live cooking and falcon shows, and end up at a shisha lounge. Qasr Al Sultan’s food and drink takes you on a sensory experience. Located on Qasr El Sultan  Road  between Dubai and Abu Dhabi Expressway .

See you there , very soon . Khushamdeed .







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  1. Manvaar I have eaten too.

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