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Bollywood Café

Bollywood Café (Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai) – the name says it all –this is one of Dubai’s most famous Indian restaurants & lounges, serving north-west frontier cuisines with great live entertainment from the Bollywood Indian film scene.

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Bar 44

Bar 44 (Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai) — Chic and stylish with live jazz and blues, Bar 44 is an exclusive Champagne and cocktail bar located on the 44th floor. Classy and refined, Bar 44 offers an outstanding selection of exotic drinks as well as a choice of 44 different types of Champagne.

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AudioTonic

AudioTonic (Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai) – a hotel nightspot with its own following, AudioTonic is not known for booking big-name House & Trance DJs. However, its roster of up-and-coming Euro DJs makes an effort to compete with other nearby expat hangouts and venues that book bigger-name acts.

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Zuma

Zuma (Gate Village 6, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai) – with its “power lunch” style interior, this restaurant is reminiscent of the Four Seasons Restaurant at New York’s Park Avenue. The Dubai outlet of chef Rainer Becker’s six-strong chain of izakaya-style Japanese restaurants serves inventive small-plates of Japanese cuisine in a bright downstairs restaurant and […]

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Tagine

Tagine (One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah, Dubai) – despite the Dubai location (near The Palm Jumeirah), the cuisine, décor and live music here are all Moroccan. Expect dishes such as harira soup, couscous, lamb shanks and, of course, tagines. The dining area, meanwhile, is divided into smaller rooms and alcoves to […]

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Table 9 By Nick and Scott

Table 9 By Nick and Scott (Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai) – rated “#1 Restaurant in the Middle East”, this high-end eatery is competing with other celebrity chef-driven restaurants in Dubai. Taking a step away from formal fine dining, the award winning chefs have created a seasonal fluid menu made up of aptly named “smaller” […]

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Shimmers

Shimmers (Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, Dubai) – upon entering this restaurant through the Mina A’Salam Hotel (on the right side of Madinat Jumeirah), patrons are won over by its mere location – by the beach and a great view of the Burj Al Arab building. Those actually eating here are pleasantly surprised by its spicy […]

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Roberto’s

Roberto’s (Gate 1, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai) – another celebrity chef within shouting distance of similar outposts, Roberto Rella (who once managed the world renown Italian restaurant Bice), is competing for the attention of well-heeled travelers.

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Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire

Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire (International Dubai Festival City, Dubai) – Michelin star French chef Pierre Gagnaire aptly had his Dubai outpost named after him, attracting a stream of high-brow diners accustomed to similar locales in Paris and London. Media critics have given their desserts, in particular a thumbs-up, ranging from palate-teasing experiments (rocket leaves and […]

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Rhodes Mezzanine

Rhodes Mezzanine (Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai) – British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes runs the show at this restaurant, overseeing one of the most disciplined kitchen staffs in Dubai, guaranteeing that his “British classics with French flair” are satisfactory to its patrons.