One of the best perks of visiting Dubai in the winter is the weather. There is a drastic difference between the cold you leave at home and the tropical, desert temperatures you find in this city. Once the sun goes down, the weather becomes a perfect mix of warm but not humid. So what better way to enjoy the beautiful weather by sitting outside and enjoying a gourmet bite? Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the weather and the fine dining in Dubai.
Set against a backdrop of the mighty Burj Khalifa and with a prime view of the dancing water fountains, which perform every 30 minutes in the evening, a table on Mango Tree’s outdoor terrace is worth it for the sights and sounds alone. The Thai-inspired menu is unbeatable though, with plenty of choices for meat eaters, vegetarians and the health-conscious. www.soukalbahar.ae
The Terrace, Park Hyatt Hotels
Perched on the Deira (old Dubai) side of the Dubai Creek and nestled amongst the palm-filled Park Hyatt hotel gardens and yachts of the Dubai Creek & Yacht Club, this gorgeous terrace bar is a hidden gem. With a DJ most evenings and a raw seafood bar inside, this is a fab spot for sundowners and a dose of contemporary ‘old school Dubai’ charm. www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
Bonfire, courtesy of Kempinski Hotel and Residences
Specialising in scrumptious yet informal barbeque cuisine on a small patch of private beach as part of the Kempinski Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, Bonfire is a must for grill aficionados. Tuck into hearty barbeque and charcoal-grilled dishes in the intimacy of your very own beach hut and complete with the sizzle of the campfire and lapping of the sea. www.kempinski.com
Cove Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
This is as near as you will get to St Tropez on the Arabian Gulf. Perched on the edge of the sea and with a backdrop of billion-dollar yachts and the iconic Burj Al Arab, and complete with rosé bar, super chic white décor, modern Mediterranean brasserie style cuisine and all-day luxe beach club vibe, Cove Beach is one of the ‘it’ spots for Dubai’s style set. www.covebeach.com
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Frioul Bistro de Luxe
Frioul Bistro de Luxe
This bustling bistro specialising in French-Mediterranean cuisine (with an Italian flair) occupies a great little spot at Souk Madinat Jumeirah with an outdoor terrace right by the canal and with the Burj Al Arab looming above. Add to this its sharing menu concept and live music, it is a great choice for a romantic meal for two.
Jetty Lounge, Royal Mirage
This is the destination in the city for popping a bottle of bubbles or sinking into a cocktail or two come sundown. Kick back to chilled out house tunes and a hedonistic Ibiza style ambience as you take in the stunning sea and Palm views from this bar perched on the beach of the One & Only Royal Mirage. www.royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com