There seems to be a raise of a new genre of Indian dining in Dubai. Taking cues from the Insta-friendly requirements of millennials and combining it with the nostalgic vibes of Bollywood that transcends generations, we have a brand-new dining destination for Indian funk, fusion food and live entertainment.
Located on the lobby level of Grand Millennium Dubai (Barsha Heights) is Hitchki, which is Hindi for ‘hiccup’. Urban legend has it that when you hiccup, someone who loves you is remembering you. Hitchki is about all things nostalgic, yet quirky enough to have a name that resonates as ‘new age’.
One of the highlights of my stay at Al Ain Rotana a couple of weekends ago was my much-needed pampering session at award-winning Zen the Spa.
Located on the newest wing of Al Ain Rotana, Zen the Spa has won a large number of accolades including nominations at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards for 3 consecutive years since 2016.
I’m missing the gloomy grey weather already. Last week was surely the last of the UAE winter, and we made good use of it over the weekend by treating ourselves to a soulfully good pan-Asian dinner. We headed to the newest hotel establishment in Sharjah. Yes, Four Points by Sheraton now has a branch in the heart of Sharjah, right off the busy, bustling King Faisal Road.
We were here to try out the recently launched pan-Asian restaurant Cheeky Chan. Don’t you just love the cheeky name?!
If you’ve been following my Insta Stories, you already know where we were last weekend 😊 We were in Al Ain, the ‘garden city’ of the UAE. We had a room booked at Al Ain Rotana, one of the oldest properties in the Emirate which also happens to be the only 5-star property of Al Ain as of now.
We drove into Al Ain a little past 12 noon on a Friday afternoon. Loved cruising through the near-empty roads! We were there in a little over an hour.
The beauty of the Al Ain Rotana property is its flat, spread-out structure. Not your typical towering hotel building here, but rather a collection of mid-heighted structures with a spread of exclusive villa properties, spacious greens and wide, inviting pool areas.
I love mall-hopping with my
little girl. It’s our mummy-daughter bonding time, and one of our favorite
shopping destinations has always been Dubai Festival City Mall.
Apart from a wide range of shopping
options including the two anchor tenants Ikea and Robinson’s which do not have
stores anywhere else in the city, Dubai Festival City has a great selection of
restaurants and cafes, and the spectacular IMAGINE show that takes place every
half-hour at the harbor front is absolutely magical for kids and grown-ups
Last weekend, I flooded my Insta Stories with
live updates from our weekend away at Radisson Blu Ajman. This is one of the
Radisson Blu group’s newest hotels and opened its doors a little over a year
Located in a quiet corner of the industrial
heart of Ajman, the grandeur of the hotel façade stands out with its European-inspired
arched windows and astute driveway. The location is actually ideal for tourists
wanting to explore the Northern Emirates as it is just off-road from the E11
highway that connects Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.
Last weekend, we stayed at Radisson Blu Ajman, and had
dinner at Filini. The fully licenced Italian restaurant has stunning, welcoming
interiors complete with a real-life Vespa at the front, a rose-gold coffee urn
and other interesting artifacts from an Italy we envision when flipping through
What’s not to love about Thai cuisine? The exotic blend of
herbs and pungent spices makes Thai dishes a treat for the entire senses, and
despite having that ‘feel good’ comfort food vibe, Thai food in general is very
wholesome and healthful.
Great news for Thai cuisine lovers out there, we have a
brand-new nook in town that gives you an entirely authentic Thai dining
experience. Introducing Master of Wok, now open on the bustling 2nd December
street juxtaposed between swanky Jumeirah and great-value Satwa.
There is nothing like traditional Indian hand-worked embroidery. Every region of this vast country boasts of their own style of handiwork and hand looms, and the North Western state of Rajasthan arguably takes the lead when it comes to the brightest hues of color and color clashes. The art of tie-dye that was an integral part of the hippie movement of the roaring sixties was born here.
Rajasthan is also home to Gota Patti. What is Gota Patti you ask? It is an ornate version of applique embroidery where intricately cut pieces of gold or silver ribbon are placed into a pattern and sewn onto either georgette or silk.
South African fine-dining cafe and diner concept Walnut Grove has opened its second store in Dubai. Their first branch is located in CityWalk, and their newer and arguably more prominent location is in the heart of The Dubai Mall, right by the waterfalls.
The savvy, brightly lit cafe looks delightfully inviting with its Parisian-inspired interiors but the real highlight of the new branch is its spacious outdoor seating area that boasts of a stunning view of the Dubai Fountains and the mighty Burj Khalifa.