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07 September, 2008

Dubai secrets

Time Out has published an interesting feature about Dubai's 50 best secrets - which are presumably no longer secret now they've made it to print. They include:

1. Dubai’s very best hot chocolate
The hot chocolate at the Avalanche Cafe, Ski Dubai is suprisingly good. It's one of the rare instances where whipped cream actually enhances the drink. Partly because it looks like snow, partly because it acts as a useful platform for the M&Ms. But for more interesting flavours, try the hot chocolate cafe in Abu Dhabi's Marina Mall.

2. Historic Dubai
The archaeological site in Jumeirah. It's probably easier and more informative to visit Dubai museum though. And more comfortable, given the air conditioning.

3. Garhoud Plant Souk
This is a great place to buy plants, and much cheaper than the Dubai Garden Centre place on Sheikh Zayed Road. The ideal place to buy your bougainvillea barricade to keep the peeping toms out. (Interesting note: if you never water bougainvillea, it dies. If you water it too much, it dies. Sometimes it just dies anyway).

4. House of Prose
A great secondhand bookshop. And while they will buy back books for half price, they always seem to be overwhelmed with stock, so they're unlikely to buy everything you bring them if you're having a clear out. It's also a good place to gauge how crap a recent novel is, by the stacks of copies rejected by Jumeirah Janes in the discount shelf.

5. Indoor rainforest
At the Grand Hyatt just before Garhoud Bridge. Just don't try to get there in rush hour. The problem is with this one is that it's high budget only if you want to have a drink. However the deli-cafe there has some interesting imported goods, even if you do need to have your own oil well to be able to afford them.


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Blogger Samar Owais said...

Interesting. We can post comments but not see the actual website?

07 September, 2008 16:31  
Blogger secretdubai said...

The comment link is for people behind the proxy who get the blog emailed. They should be able to click that link and still get to the comments page. Then, by clicking Show Original Post they can see the post.

But yes, the site is still inaccessible. The best way to get round the proxy is with a VPN for a few dollars a month. This also allows Skype to work, so you actually save money overall if you were previously making overseas calls via Etisalat or Du.

07 September, 2008 16:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indoor rainforest? In a hotel? Really?

08 September, 2008 03:01  
Blogger samuraisam said...

I think house of prose is where I found a copy of the book Dubai once.

08 September, 2008 07:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice stuff. my only problem with publishing the 50 secrets is, in all probability there will be an expat rush to these places making it lose whatever little charm there was. I have noticed this on many previous occasions, nice places around get some publicity, and on weekends expats get on to their cars and often make a beeline to these places since there is so little to actually see or do here other than drive in traffic jams to show off your fancy car.

08 September, 2008 12:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god. that desperate little place called dubai i left behind. didnt miss the 50 wonders either.

08 September, 2008 13:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VPN? I can get round the proxy to access secret dubai and other blocked blogs sites? can someone please tell me how to go about this? I don't care how much it costs!

08 September, 2008 16:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's brother. What a guy!

10 September, 2008 01:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that video can go as the 51st best secret to enjoy around dubai.

10 September, 2008 15:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that torture video is CRAZY !! Regardless of what bans/blocks on internet/media the govt puts in place- dont things like this blow up once the word of mouth gets around ? What was the official word on this story?Any one know? I'm ofcourse assuming that video really has the people it claims its shows.

10 September, 2008 23:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

House of Prose is a real hidden gem. It's certainly not easy to find. I wish there were more such stores in Dubai.

11 September, 2008 15:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A favourite of mine is something i think that many visitors to Dubai might not think to bother with. The other day i decided to take a trip to Abu Dhabi to check out The Palace Hotel. It is a very impressive hotel to say the least, but the real treat was the buffet lunch. It was out of this world, you have never seen so much choice of different types of food and all of it cooked and prepared to the highest standards.

13 September, 2008 01:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt, Dubai is the BEST in the Middle East. Best for holidays, best for shopping, best for jobs etc. I can add many more. It's amazing that such a tiny city in the middle of the desert has so much to offer for everyone.

No matter if you are visiting Dubai for a vacation or as an expat for a long stay, we can guide you how to get the maximum out of your visit.

There is a big difference between visiting Dubai for a holiday verses visiting for a job and staying longer (we know this because we have done both). Specially, Dubai accommodation options can save you a lot of money if chosen carefully.

16 October, 2008 07:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure whether it's a secret or it’s already made available for public, anyways I'll do my shot.
Whores in Dubai are no longer cheap commodities that any one can pick up for affordable cost, they became very well connected and extremely influential, and what troubling most is that they are uneasy to identify in public scene, and thus they easy can hang around the families. I believe this is a unique behavior that can only be noticed in Dubai.

18 October, 2008 05:25  
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01 November, 2008 19:10  
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22 December, 2008 23:11  

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