Here’s where to make the most of Dubai’s glorious sunshine…
After weeks of weather uncertainty, the glorious blue skies and windy summer days are back. So what could be better than a new open-air restaurant in Dubai? From beachside dining to front row at the Dubai Fountain Show, here are 7 gorgeous new spots to gather your foodie squad.
The new downtown URLA hotspot has one of the most enviable spots in the area to watch the Dubai Fountain Show. Located in Address Downtown, it has such an Instagrammable central bar with an impressive art installation – a dazzling tree of lights. An overgrown juniper bonsai, the incredible tree stands 18 feet tall and 20 feet wide and is one of the few similar creations in the world. By day, URLA patrons will see a towering but dormant Bonsai tree, but at night the tree comes to life, with over 11,000 individually addressable color LEDs spinning each of its 1,000 color-changing leaves to sound and to the rhythm of the music. Come camera ready.
Urla, downtown Dubai address, daily from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Tel: (0)52 554 5997 @urla
The first of a duo of concepts coming to the new Dubai Port development is Bar Du Port, a lovely new bar with bohemian decor, inspired by the Ligurian Riviera., French Riviera and picturesque Greek islands. With al fresco tables overlooking the harbour, yachts and Dubai Marina, guests can enjoy the ambient ambience throughout the cooler months, sipping on cocktails such as ‘Go Fish’, ‘Coast d’Azur”, “Sailor’s Tears” and “Collector’s Item”; as well as a range of premium wines, champagne and spirits. On the menu, expect a fusion of French Mediterranean dishes, with dishes like snails, linguine with langoustines, wood-grilled octopus and slow-cooked 250-day grain-fed Angus short ribs.
Bar Du Port, Dubai Harbour, Dubai Marina, Monday to Friday 5pm to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 3am. Tel: (0)50 969 9820. @barduportdubai
Hailing from Bahrain, Clay is the latest open-air restaurant to join the list of licensed restaurants on the Bluewaters Island beachfront. Clay has an impressive collection of four folia-filled outdoor terraces with marble tables offering views of the sea and Ain Dubai, from which guests can enjoy delicious Nikkei cuisine that celebrates the flavors and recipes of Japan and from Peru. On the menu, options come from the barbecue and grill, or can be cooked in the traditional Japanese style of robatayaki, as well as many raw creations.
Clay Dubai, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, Sunday-Thursday 12-12 midnight, Friday-Saturday 12-2am. @clay_dubai
While The Dubai EDITION’s Italian restaurant Duomo may have jaw-dropping interiors (Italian for ‘cathedral’, it has a 15-meter high ceiling), its hidden garden-like terrace shouldn’t be overlooked. for al fresco dining in Dubai. Elevated booths and wooden tables are set among aged olive trees set in terracotta and Italian Sienna clay pots, with the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and its impressive LED show. For a treat for your taste buds, the upscale Italian restaurant offers an indulgent Italian menu, influenced by southern Italian regions and prepared from a wide range of high-quality ingredients. Diners can expect a unique twist on traditional Italian dishes such as homemade pasta, selected meats and fish, many truffle dishes and a selection of authentic pizzas.
Duomo, The Dubai Edition, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily 12:00-1:00 a.m. Tel: (0)4 602 3399. editionhotels.com/dubai
Inspired by the West Indies, Latin America and the Caribbean, this expansive venue features a beautiful restaurant, outdoor terrace and beach bar. Tamoka’s interiors are striking, with a boho-chic island vibe throughout, and fully open windows allow even guests seated inside to bask in the warm sea breeze. As you enter you are wowed by a huge tree stretching across the central bar which is adorned with whimsical glowing lights. There’s also an open kitchen and ceviche counter so you can watch the skilled chefs at work.
Tamoka and Cana by Tamoka, Al Mamsha Street, Ritz-Carlton Beach, Dubai, JBR, weekdays 12pm-1am, weekends 12pm-2am. @tamokadubai
Piatti on the beach
A new addition to Dubai’s glorious outdoor dining scene is Piatti by the Beach, another culinary outpost at Raffles The Palm. Offering neutral tones with blue accents and a beach view that will transport you to the Mediterranean, Piatti encapsulates the European lifestyle through food, music and ambiance. The Amalfi Coast-inspired spot offers an Italian haven in Dubai’s bustling cityscape, where diners can bask in the winter sun on the expansive terrace. Chef Batuhan Piatti, a former Masterchef Turkey judge, has created a menu of Mediterranean delights such as cherry tomato burrata and sautéed Mediterranean mussels. Highlights included a prawn tagliolini, with swirling ribbons of tagliolini with giant Mazara red prawns.
Piatti by the Beach, Raffles The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily, lunch 12-4:30 p.m., dinner 7-11:30 p.m. Tel: (0)4 248 8889. @piattibythebeach
Looking for a new open-air restaurant in Dubai to soak up the sun on a lazy afternoon? Head to the beachfront of Jumeirah Al Qasr where a new seaside paradise – La Plage by French Riviera, awaits. the the luxury beach deck exudes the ambiance and boastfulness of the French Riviera iconic views of the Burj Al Arab. On the menu, expect a mix of classic and modern French Mediterranean dishes designed for sharing, accompanied by a list of seaside cocktails. There’s the riviera sour with pisco, black rice, lime , rhubarb and aquafaba; Mary beet mixed with beet juice and a mixture of spices; and the signature cucumber martini with juniper liquor, cucumber, lime, and elderflower.
La Plage by French Riviera, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, every day from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Phone. : (0)4 432 3232. jumeirah.com