After hours in Dubai

Our guide to the best places to relax in Dubai after a long day at GITEX and some ideas for other leisure activities in the city

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By  ITP.net staff writer Published  September 21, 2008

At the end of a long day at GITEX, if you’ve got time to spare, you will no doubt want to get out and get something to eat, or like many visitors, extending your trip by a couple of days to take in some of the attractions that Dubai has to offer.

Here we list some of the best places to eat and drink that are close to the Dubai World Trade Centre, and give you some ideas on what do if you do manage to get some spare time.

Guide produced with the kind assistance of timeoutdubai.com.

RESTAURANTS

Al Tannour (Arabic Lebanese)
Crowne Plaza Hotel (800-CROWNE/04 276963)
Taxi Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Opening Hours Daily 8.30pm-3am All major credit cards accepted.
Set menu including entertainment Fri-Wed AED210 per person, Thu AED240 per person (drinks not included).

Amwaj (Seafood)
Shangri-La Hotel (04 343 8888)
Taxi Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Opening Hours 12 noon-3pm, 7pm-12 midnight Sun-Fri, closed Sat.
Average price of meal for two with glass of house wine AED500-600.

Marrakech (Moroccan)
Shangri-La Hotel (04 343 8888)
Taxi Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 6.30pm-1am. All major credit cards accepted.
Average price of a meal for two with soft drinks AED400-450.

Teatro (European International)
Towers Rotana Hotel (04 343 8000).
Taxi Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Opening Hours 6pm-12 midnight daily. All major credit cards accepted.

Exchange Grill (Steakhouse)
Fairmont Hotel (04 311 5999).
Taxi Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Opening Hours 7pm-12 midnight daily. All major credit cards accepted.

Options (Indian)
Dubai Convention Centre Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 329 3293)
Taxi Dubai Convention Centre (next to Novotel Hotel).
Opening Hours 12 noon-3pm, 7pm-12 midnight daily. All major credit cards accepted.

Lotus One (Fusion Thai)
Dubai International Convention Centre (04 329 3200)
Taxi next to Novotel.
Opening Hours Daily 12.30-3pm, 7.30pm-12.30am. All major credit cards accepted.
Average price of meal for two with glass of house wine AED300-400.

Oscar's Vine Society (Wine Bar/Bistro)
Crowne Plaza Hotel (800-CROWNE/04 276963).
Taxi Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 12pm-2 am, Fri 6pm-2am. All major credit cards accepted.

BARS

Agency, The
Wine Bar at Emirates Towers Hotel (04 330 0000)
Taxi Emirates Towers Hotel
Opening Hours Saturday to Thursday, 12.30pm-1am; Friday 3pm-1am

Balcony Bar, The
Cigar Bar/Wine Bar at the Shangri-La Hotel (04 405 2703)
Taxi Shangri-La Hotel
Opening Hours 12 noon-2am daily

Blue Bar
Jazz Bar/Wine Bar at the Novotel (04 332 0000)
Taxi Novotel Hotel, behind World Trade Centre
Opening Hours 12.30pm-2am

C-Bar
Nightclub at the Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites (04 307 3482)
Taxi Al Murooj Rotana Hotel
Opening Hours daily 9.30pm-late

Champagne Lounge
Cocktail Bar/Piano Bar at the Dusit Dubai (04 343 3333)
Taxi Defence Roundabout, Sheikh Zayed Road
Opening Hours 3.30pm-1am daily

Cin Cin
Wine Bar at the The Fairmont (04 311 8316)
Taxi The Fairmont
Opening Hours 6pm-2am daily

Oscar's Vine Society (Wine Bar/Bistro)
Crowne Plaza Hotel (800-CROWNE/04 276963).
Taxi Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 12pm-2 am, Fri 6pm-2am. All major credit cards accepted.

Double Decker
English Bar/Nightclub at the Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites
Tel 04 321 1111
Taxi Directions Behind the Dusit
Opening Hours 12pm-3am daily

Harvesters Pub
English Bar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (800-CROWNE/04 276963)
Taxi Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn, Sheikh Zayed Road
Opening Hours 12 noon-2am daily

Long's Bar
English Bar/Nightclub at the Towers Rotana Hotel (04 312 2202)
Taxi Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Opening Hours 12 noon-2.30am daily

Scarlett's
Cocktail Bar/Nightclub at the Emirates Towers Hotel (04 330 0000)
Taxi Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Opening Hours 12.30pm-3am daily

Trader Vic's
Cocktail Bar at the Crowne Plaza (800-CROWNE/04 276963)
Taxi Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Opening Hours 7pm-1.30am daily

Vu's Bar
Cocktail Bar/Wine Bar at the Emirates Towers Hotel
Tel 04 330 0000
Taxi Directions Emirates Towers
Opening Hours 6pm-2am dailySHOPPING MALLS

SHOPPING MALLS

BurJuman Centre
Trade Centre Road (04 352 0222)
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4-10pm.

City Centre
Garhoud (04 295 1010)
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 2-10pm.

Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 0000)
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4-10pm.

Ibn Battuta Mall
Between Interchange 5 & 6, Sheikh Zayed Road ( 04 368 5888/04 882 1414)
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 9.30am-9.30pm; Fri 12.30-10.30pm.

Mall of the Emirates
Exit 39, Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 4747 )
Opening Hours daily 10am-12 midnight.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Al Sufouh Road (04 366 6546)
Opening Hours daily 10am-11pm

Wafi City
Oud Metha Road (04 324 4555)
Opening Hours Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4-10pm.

GOLF

Club Joumana
Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort (04 883 6000)
Taxi Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Exit 13 (past Interchange 7)
Opening Hours 7am-3.30pm (last tee-off) daily
Price non-resident 18 hole, mid-week AED215, weekend AED230. Cart fee AED50. Club hire AED85 per set. Set of 50 range balls AED20

The Desert Course
Arabian Ranches (04 884 6777)
Taxi Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road off Junction 4
Opening Hours 6.30am-7pm daily
Price weekdays AED 465 (UGA AED 325), weekends 545 AED (UGA 380 AED).

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000)
Taxi Opposite Deira City Centre mall, Garhoud
Opening Hours 7.30am-2.50pm (last 18-hole tee-off) daily
Price AED525 Thur-Sat, AED445 Mon-Wed (public); AED400 Thur-Sat, AED345 Mon-Wed (UGA members). Includes shared cart

Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club (04 380 2222)
Taxi Sheikh Zayed Road, off Interchange 5
Opening Hours 6am-3pm (last tee-off) daily
Price AED525 daily. Non-members should book 18-hole sessions at least a week in advance

The Montgomerie
Emirates Hills (04 390 5600)
Taxi Emirates Hills, Sheikh Zayed Road, off Interchange 5
Opening Hours 7am-1.50pm (last tee-off) Sat, Thur, Fri; 7am-4pm (last tee-off) Sun-Wed
Price AED695 Thur-Sat (AED495 UGA members); AED445 Sun-Wed UGA members

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Wild Wadi (04 348 4444)
Taxi Near the Burj Al Arab.
AED170 entrance fee.
Opening Hours Daily 11am-6pm. Ladies only Thu 8pm-12midnight.

Ski Dubai (04 409 4000)
Taxi: Mall of the Emirates.
Hour-long ski and snowboard lessons cost AED140 if it's your first time (Discover lesson for 60 minutes) and AED190 for subsequent adult lessons (90 minutes). Two hours free skiing or snowboarding costs AED150; day pass costs AED 270.
Opening Hours daily from 10am-12midnight.

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