Curio Local Guide

Dubai

Authored by Jumana Jolie
Jumana Jolie
Photojournalist

We sent Jumana Jolie to V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton to create a Dubai travel guide. This hotel features a design built around the dynamic energy of Dubai. The hotel is steps away from Downtown Dubai and key attractions. Guest rooms feature an upscale and bold design boasting a modern yet stimulating atmosphere and guests are able to delight in a delicious meal or cocktail at one of the properties five restaurants and lounges. Jumana created an incredible travel guide full of local secrets and destination tips just for you.

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Dubai offers a welcoming taste of life from both a Middle Eastern and Western perspective. Visitors and expats feel like it’s a city where they belong; it’s exotic but also familiar.

My Perfect Day

What is a perfect day in Dubai?

In the morning, I’d recommend stepping back in time with a trip to Dubai’s old district Al Fahidi, also known as Al Bastakiya, a neighborhood of winding streets and alleyways offering a peek at life circa mid-19th century. Dubai’s many souks (markets) with their fragrant smells, brightly colored silks, and precious metals, are a delight for the senses and a must-see for any visitor. The best way to navigate your purchases is to bargain with the sales vendors, whether you are a tourist or a resident you should do this to get the best deal.

After exploring on the ground, opt for a view with a trip to the observation deck at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. From there, head to Karam Beirut in the Dubai Mall for lunch. Its location overlooking the performing Dubai Fountain provides a musical show while you dine on Lebanese delicacies. Start with the fattoush which is a Lebanese salad with special dressing, along with Hummus and some traditional pastries like kibble and cheese rolls. I would also recommend shish kebab and the chicken for those meat lovers. The bread they serve is complimentary as is the tradition in most Middle Eastern and Levant cuisine restaurants.

I’d spend some time exploring the mall’s many attractions – the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and Dubai Ice Rink are two options – then head to the beach or drive out to the desert to enjoy the sunset. You can easily find an organized guided sunset tour or tour guide who will take you to the best spot in the desert for sunset. Personally, I think Fossil Rock and Mleihn desert are the best spots. (You can request your guide to include those as part of your tour.)

Where to stay

V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton

I loved V Hotel Dubai’s architecture, the views, and the incredible light that design allowed for. The ground floor lobby is a geometrical visual mix of white, blue and grey lines that run along the floor and ceiling, and with the light entering the building from outside, it feels like the lines go on and on. The design of the hotel reception exudes a simple sophistication, with immaculate details like a stunning gold wall that reflects the light and enhances the vibrantly colored carpeting. The location of the hotel is ideal and close to all the activities that travelers can enjoy. It’s just minutes away from the beach and a few metro stops to downtown and the Dubai Mall with all of its don’t miss attractions. Dinner at hotel restaurant Namu exceeded my expectations. The service especially was attentive, with the waiter even offering his recommendations for top selections from the Korean-focused menu. It’s deserving as a destination for both hotel visitors and locals. For starters, you should definitely try their miso soup (the best I’ve tried) and edamame with black salt flakes. The miso cod was my favorite with a salty but mildly sweet taste to the palette.

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All of the Team Members at the hotel were so friendly. I loved how they made me feel like a long-lost friend whenever we crossed paths. Everything from the comfort and cleanliness of the hotel to the superior hospitality of the staff made for an exceptional experience and contributed to the feeling that the V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton is a real home away from home.

From the moment of my arrival at V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, I felt welcomed. A Team Member at reception greeted me warmly, and the check-in process was very smooth. I was escorted to my beautiful suite room on the upper floor. The views throughout the hotel are incredibly beautiful, and I could see all the way to the city’s beaches and also gaze at the high rises of downtown.

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