Top 7 Restaurants in Dubai

Looking for best restaurants in Dubai? Here are our favourite restaurants in Dubai.

Dubai is a place that is known worldwide for its many “firsts” and “bests”. We hear about Dubai’s famous tourist attractions, festivals and events, and recreation and sports facilities. All these make Dubai a highly preferred tourist destination.

Finding a place to eat in Dubai is not a problem at all. Whatever one’s nationality, he or she will surely find a dining place that serves his/her favorite back home.

Some of the best restaurants in Dubai are located right inside a hotel, and these include the Benjarong Restaurant, Verre Restaurant, Le Venezia Restaurant, Blue Elephant Restaurant, Bacchus Restaurant, Ashiana Restaurant, and Al Qasr Restaurant.

The Benjarong Restaurant:

This restaurant is ideal for those who enjoy authentic Thai food. The restaurant’s specialties include fried lobster with shitake mushrooms, grilled river prawns, and Ka-Thong Tong (rice pastry cups filled with a mixture of ground chicken, peanut and coconut milk) with tamarind or lemon sauce. The Benjarong Restaurant is located on the 24th floor of the Dusit Dubai Hotel in Zayed Road.

The Verre Restaurant:

This is considered one of Dubai’s finest restaurants with its wide range of international cuisine (Western and Asian) and an exotic selection of wines. The Verre Restaurant is located at the Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel in Baniyas Road.

The Le Venezia Restaurant:

Besides being one of the best restaurants in Dubai, the Le Venezia Restaurant is also one of the newest and most frequented. It has an Italian theme with its noticeable design of gondolas and waterways. The food served here are, of course, Italian favorites, such as pizzas and pasta. This restaurant is located at the Metropolitan Hotel in Sheikh Zeyahid Road.

Blue Elephant Restaurant:

Another one of the fine restaurants in Dubai that serves authentic Thai delicacies. It is popular for its somtan (fried fish with papaya salad), lamb in rich Massaman sauce, and chicken satay, among others. The Blue Elephant Restaurant is located at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel.

The Bacchus Restaurant:

This is also an Italian-style dining place. It has outdoor dining setting and serves a fine selection of pasta, salads, sandwiches, ice cream, and juices. It also has an exotic selection of wines. The Bacchus Restaurant is located at the Fairmont Hotel.

The Ashiana Restaurant:

When it comes to serving Indian cuisine, this restaurant is one that stands out in Dubai. It is frequented by both tourists and locals. The Ashiana Restaurant is located at the 5-star Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers.

Al Qasr Restaurant:

This restaurant is famous for its fine Middle East cuisine, particularly those from Lebanon. Some of the favorite dishes that are served here include Shanklish (cheese made from sheep’s or cow’s milk), Baklava (sweetened nut-filled pastry), and Labneh (strained yoghurt). The Al Qasr Restaurant is located within the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa complex, one of the most popular 5-star hotels in Dubai.

The best restaurants in Dubai are not necessarily only those that are located inside a hotel. The Biella Caffe Pizzeria (Wafi City Mall, Bur Dubai), Planet Hollywood (Wafi City), and Hatam Restaurant (Bani Yas Street) are just some of the other fine dining places tourists can try while traveling in Dubai.

Dubai Zoo

Tourists in Dubai have many things to do and still a lot of places to see. The Dubai Zoo is one of these. This is especially true for those who have a particular interest in the many kinds, types or species of animals.

The Dubai Zoo is located opposite the Jumeirah Beach. It was built by a man named Otto Bulart in 1967. The zoo sits on a 5-acre land on the coastal residential area of Jumeirah. It marks the end or edge of the town, and for this Dubai Zoo is considered an important landmark of Dubai.

The Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo in the entire Arabian Peninsula. In the early 1970s, the Municipality of Dubai took over the management and operation of the zoo. In the first two years of its operation, the zoo had very few animals on show. Included were the usual big cats (lions, pumas, tigers, and jaguars), several hoofed animals, and some monkeys. A few kinds of fish and some reptiles were likewise on show in an aquarium section.

Today, the zoo’s collection of animals is still rather limited. On last count, it has about 230 different species. The biggest group consists of reptiles, with about 400 specimens. Next are the mammals, with some 250 specimens. The mammals include the four big cats and the monkeys mentioned above, bears, deer, giraffes, hyenas, foxes, and porcupines. There also are baboons and chimpanzees.

The bird group consists of the golden eagle, parrots, and ostriches.

The zoo is also home to some of the animals that are in the list of endangered species. The most prominent five are as follows:

1. Cormorants – These are long-necked seabirds that are dark-colored and are noted for being voracious. A cormorant has a distensible pouch in which to hold the fish it catches. These birds are native to this region. Their odd-shaped body and unusual large posture make them ideal for zoo exhibit.

2. Siberian Tigers – These animals are believed to be natives of northern China and eastern Asia. They normally live in a harshly cold environment. For this reason, the Dubai Zoo created this exact same condition in a special facility to preserve the endangered tigers.

3. Barbary Sheep – These are goat-antelopes which originated from North Africa. However, they’re now rarely found in their native place. The sheep were introduced to southern Europe, North America, and other regions.

4. Arabian Wolves – These are subspecies of the Gray Wolf, which used to roam (often in packs) in many parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Today, however, only a few of these wolves can be found on the inner parts of Israel, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.

5. Gorillas – These are considered the largest extant primates, and they’re found in the central African forests. They are known to have 2 species, with both being on the list of endangered animals. Destruction of their habitat and the outbreaks of the Ebola virus in their native central Africa contributed to their dwindled population.

The Dubai Zoo is likewise noted for its being the first zoo in the Arabian Peninsula to breed the Gordon’s wildcat, which is also an endangered animal.

The Dubai Zoo constantly undergoes renovation and re-designing, with the primary aim of maintaining the environment of its every section in such a condition that will be natural for their sheltered animals.

Dubai Heritage Sites

Dubai is one of the seven states (called emirates) that comprise the United Arab Emirates (UAE), although it is known to have existed about 150 years prior to the establishment of the UAE. One written account, in fact, gives the impression that Dubai already existed as early as 1095.

Heritage sites understandbly line this old emirate, with Al Fahid Fort being the most famous. The fort, which was built in 1787, houses the equally famous Dubai Museum. Next in the list of the well-known Dubai heritage sites is Sheikh Saeed’s House, the official residence of the sovereign who ruled Dubai for 46 years beginning 1912, which was built in 1896.

The list of Dubai heritage sites is simply long and, because of this, some are not known to even those who frequent the rich state. Three of the least known heritage sites in Dubai, which nonetheless represent or carry some of the most important parts of Dubai’s rich culture and tradition, are the Philately House, the House of the Camels, and the House of the Horses.

Philately House:

This heritage site was originally built in 1905 from the large leaves of the palm tree, and stayed that way for the next 25 years. In 1930, it was reconstructed to a two-story building and, much later, was renovated to its present-day museum structure.

The Philately House, as its name infers, is a gallery for the exhibition of the state’s collections of historical stamps and postmarks. More importantly, the museum showcases the history of the post as well as the development of the postal services and activities, not only in Dubai but likewise in the entire UAE.

Travelers to Dubai can find the Philately House at the Al-Bastakiyah heritage area in the historic district of Bur Dubai.

House of the Camels:

Called “Beit Al-Rekkab” in Arabic, the House of the Camels is a relatively young edifice, having been built only in the 1940s. Nevertheless, it is considered a very important heritage site in the whole of the UAE in that it showcases the history of one of the Arab people’s closely-guarded prides – the camel.

Visitors to the House of the Camels will gain valuable knowledge about these amazing desert mammals – their species and the names by which they’re called in Arabic, their anatomy, and their special relationship with the Arab people.

The House of the Camels stands next to Sheikh Saeed’s House in the Al-Shindagha neighborhood.

House of the Horses:

This heritage site actually was conceived based on the very same principle that guided Dubai in building the House of the Camels; only this time, the less enduring but more agile horses are the subjects or honorees.

The House of the Horses was also built in the 1940s, and was originally used as the residence of the late Sheikha Moza bint Saeed Al-Maktoum. The building was renovated into its current museum status, in which everything about horses – from their history, bloodlines and names to their importance to the Arab people – is exhibited.

The House of the Horses can found in the same Al-Shindagha neighborhood where the House of the Camels is located.

Other Dubai heritage sites worth visiting are The Bastakiya, Hatta Heirtage Village, Burj Nahar, Sheikh Obaid bin Thani House, Bait Al Nakeel, Heritage and Diving Village, Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House, and Neif Museum.