Traveling = rejuvenating. It’s probably one of the most important things you do with your life to enrich it. It’s not even about painting that movie scenario where everything is magically arranged and you’re hopping on and off trains that have spectacular sceneries speeding by, in your ever-so-bright wardrobe. Your trip can be as mundane as you want it to be, and still have a blast because it makes you happy.
It’s a lot of hard work, especially if you aren’t going to head straight down to a travel agency where they charge top dollar but do it because they’re making life easier for you, literally. For everyone who has a tight pocket and hence a tighter timeline, you’re headed for some solid research, more so if you want to make use of almost every hour you’re there.
Here’s a list of things that can help you out;
City walk by Meeras is one of the most interesting places in Dubai by far.
Open air areas with very unique designs all over, city walk is a place you just can't miss.
Citywalk hosted the 3D art festival, and in a word, it was awesome. Massive areas taken up by this awe-inspiring art was probably one of the best ways to start your weekend.
They had some really great work, with the artists hanging about so you could personally compliment their work (and we did!) The 'Tasting Japan' food festival had an area especially dedicated to Japanese food stalls, which also saw an appearance of none other than His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
There were so many artists displaying a wide variety of stunning work, that is open to the public. You can get right into the painting and get your picture clicked. There are areas marked to help you get the best angle for your desired picture. Helpers were also standing at each painting to help regulate the crowd and offered to click pictures for you and even go so far as to suggest poses for you if need be.
You could also grab a bite at any of the cafés and restaurants dispersed all around the wonderfully unique architecture that can only be Citywalk. With Dubai mall metro station only a 20 minute walk away, this turned out to be a very convenient visit for anyone who isn't a fan of driving (or traffic!)
All in all a very cool place, definitely worth the visit!
Check out some of the pictures below!
Metro accessibility and good wifi.
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Check out our top 4 suggestions for cafe's somewhere you can actually get some work done, and if you’re under a budget.
4. Costa - Burjuman
Costa coffee surprises with its fast wifi albeit it needs hourly reconnecting. It's a few minutes walk away from the metro. Great coffee, comfortable seating, including a few unique seats along with couches at the back. Plenty of seating outside the cafe as well, however sockets are only available on the inside of the cafe. It does require hourly reconnecting which can prove a little inconvenient for people, but it's great for getting up and stretching your muscles. They've got a variety of sandwiches you can pick from, so if you get hungry, Costa's got your back.
3. Caribou Coffee - Deira City Center
Looking for home outside home? Established in 1992, this United States based coffee shop has the best cozy and homey vibe.
Located 1 escalator ride up from the metro and a 30 second walk away, this cafe is the biggest one that's this close. An impressive display of mugs greets you at the front of the cafe, for you to look at when you've looked at your laptop screen for too long. Wall sockets in various corners so you're covered if you forgot to charge your laptop and need to work for hours on end. You want try and head to the end of the cafe if you're looking for a private corner.
To access the wifi you will need a wifi coupon that will be provided by the staff.
Great variety of food, possibly the best olive & cheese sandwich ever. (You have to try it!)
2. Tim Hortons - Trade Centre Area
If you need the spectacular view of the towers on Sheikh Zayed Road to get those gears working, this is the place for you. Excellent in winter especially, because of its outdoor seating. Lenient with smokers too.
Too hot to sit outside? No problem. They've got a good number of seating arrangements inside including sofas. They've got a decent number of wall sockets and fast wifi indoors. Unfortunately no wall sockets outside and wifi gets weaker as well.
In case you were wondering, fast service from the staff and pretty great variety of coffees and foods.
Most importantly, it's smack in between the Trade Centre and Emirates Towers Metro Stations, so it's a 5-7 minute walk from either station.
1. Dome Cafe - Burjuman
Dome cafe is ideal for people who want to work and who want to take a break. It’s a very cozy place with its old and rich decor. Not even a minute walk away from the metro exit, this is the first place you will see as soon as you exit the metro station. You can see it has plenty of outdoor as well as indoor seating.
They’ve got lots of power sockets available indoors so it’s just a matter of your seating preference. A dedicated wifi network is available as well, which works like a charm. No renewals, and no signal loss.
The food might be priced on the high end, but the coffees are reasonable and perfect if you’re looking for a steaming cup of coffee as you type away.
Dubai, a city that goes big from the world’s tallest tower, to largest cake, to the longest gold chain, to man – made islands’. So why would it be out of the realm of possibility that the entire WORLD can be visited in one day here in Dubai?
Not time travel, nor bending of space, but here at Dubai’s very own Global Village, with over 70+ countries represented, showcasing the very best they have to offer of themselves.. With countries across the globe from US to Australia, Russia to Indonesia, Japan to India to France to Mexico, one gets to visit, explore, taste and savor a bit of the local cultures of the multiple countries being represented. From foods to handicrafts, clothes to furniture, jewellery to electronics each country there has the best of its unique goods to share.
Besides the unmatched shopping potential, you also get to have a blast at the world class entertainment presented from theme park rides for all age groups, to live stage shows being held daily to the occasional concert. A sight to behold, nothing beats the extravagant fireworks display held daily in the evening during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, which is usually held for a month from mid Dec to mid Jan. Pre and Post festival, the fireworks are held every weekend at approximately 9pm & a parade every Friday at 8.30pm.
Global Village Dubai becomes a one stop entertainment for families, friends and loved ones. Hosting over 20 full-fledged restaurants, over a 120 food & beverage kiosks, retail stores, currency exchange centers, ATM’s, information desks, porter services & valet parking. It runs usually from November to March on average every year, opening its doors in the late afternoons around 4pm to midnight, and 1am on the weekends. A small admission fee is charged for adults and children under 3, senior citizens & special need visitors are free to enter. What’s more, every entry ticket bought, can be registered into the weekly draw to win big!
Going on for the past 20 years, Dubai has hit the right note with the people when it comes to their entertainment!