Visit Dubai: 7 of Dubai’s Best Hidden Gems
August 8, 2017
Dubai is one of the most beautiful, thrilling and eye-catching destinations in the world, a culturally and geographically diverse location, and one that combines sun-kissed coastlines with a bustling city environment. As a travel specialist that deals with offers to the luxury destination, we can testify that it remains a bucket list favourite like no other.
As you would expect from a destination like this, Dubai is also home to some hidden and truly wonderful gems, and many of these often go under the radar for luxury travellers from near and far. To help you unearth these little gems, we’ve listed our top seven to get you started:
The Coffee Museum
If you have heard of the so-called ‘latte factor’, you will know that this refers to a way of calculating how a small (but frequent) expense can help you to build wealth. This is certainly relevant in Dubai, which has a vibrant coffee culture and is also home to the intriguingly titled ‘Coffee Museum’. A café, a shop and a cultural experience, all rolled into one, it is a must-see for anyone with a love of specialist coffee through the ages.
The Life ‘N One Eatery
Is there anything finer than eating breakfast or brunch while surrounded by greenery? We think not, and that’s why the Life ‘N One is the place for you. Boasting rustic wooden tables and quaint picnic rugs, you can enjoy a delightful and unique dining experience while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. This cafe is in the heart of Jumeriah, but it will transport you to a secluded, remote paradise.
From a cultural perspective, Alserkal Avenue is one of Dubai’s most fascinating locations. A constantly evolving diamond in the rough, this is essentially an industrial warehouse site in Al Quoz that is home to some incredible artwork and cultural venues. You could spend a day or two exploring this location, with its cafés, libraries and fairly lit cul-de-sacs.
Located in the Al Barari desert, The Farm is an exquisite eatery that offers a wide range of cuisines and both indoor and outdoor seating. This is a true oasis in the heart of the desert, and its unique location considerably to the charm of the venue and its lavish menu. We recommend that you check out the 16 kilometres of landscaped gardens and streams, which elevate the experience on an exalted level.
A focal point of downtown Dubai, Burj Park forces you to rethink everything that you think you know about big city living. This is a staggeringly beautiful, three-hectare island in the Burj Lake, which offers lush greenery and incredible views of the The Dubai Fountain. It also has a well-lit promenade around the edge, while it sits just a stones throw from one of the regions’ main shopping districts.
Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif
Dotted in the random spaces that exist between Dubai’s white-washed villas, there sits the Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif, which is an historic two-storey building that was once Sheikh Rashid’s summer retreat during the 1950’s. Make no mistake this is a must-see example of lavish architecture, embellished with solid teak, golden doors and truly stunning interior furnishings.
The Mary Foot Spa
This is a deserved feature on the list, and one that remains one of your personal favourites. It is easy to miss this quaint spa in the Al Wasl Square, but its methodology has been inspired by the ancient Chinese practice of reflexology and it offers a range of specialist and unique treatments to lucky guests. The small and dimly-lit location also looks underwhelming from the outside, but its luxurious interior only serves to enhance the customer experience.