Fab 5: Dining + Dubai Design Week

Al Maha
For the ultimate romantic gesture, head to Al Maha Desert Resort for their new Desert Moon Dinner – a sublime Arabic-inspired al fresco experience. Guests arrive in a luxurious limo, to catch the majestic sunset with a signature bubbly before they enjoy a curated an extravagant dinner whilst watching gazelles and Arabian oryx wander freely.
Andes Steakhouse
Designed by Swiss Bureau, the new Andes Steakhouse in Dubai World Trade Centre blends an industrial chic vibe that illuminated the restaurant’s contemporary take on artisanal Chilean and Argentinian cuisine through an open-display kitchen. Its white marble, copper, wood and overall elegance create a nuanced style whist respecting the origin of the cuisine.
Asian Kitchen
Feeling overwhelmed? Catch the wave. Nakheel has opened Asian Kitchen, a new beachfront restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah. Featuring tastes of India, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam and China, Asian Kitchen uses high-quality, fresh ingredients to create Asian favourites and signature dishes, all served up in a casual, waterfront setting.
Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Ninive is a way to experience the contemporary ethos of Dubai in an environment that honours local culture with nuanced ideas. Located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers and designed by James Michael Lees of studio Hopscotch, the suspended garden and a contemporary urban majlis are a must-see.
Embrace your inner sweet tooth. Located at Port Rashid and designed by Maja Kozel, Pastryology is positioned within four containers that reflects the brand with delicate patterns and sober colours. The ultimate honour: a “Done By Youth” award from the UAE Ministry of Youth in recognition of its contribution towards social and economic progress.

Whether it’s a quick espresso, a lengthy afternoon in a café with your fellow design-lovers, or an evening to celebrate your new discoveries – and newly found friends – Dubai has a destination that’s a feast for the eyes. Take a moment to discover local, smaller venues with cuisine from around the world that forgo glitz and embrace a genuine love of food and design.