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47 amazing home-grown brands in Dubai to support

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47 amazing home-grown brands in Dubai to support

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A salute to our home-grown community…

Whatever walk of life they are from, our home-grown heroes in Dubai all have in common the courage and conviction to grow an idea here, adding an authentic flavour to the region. And we want to remain a tight-knit community, therefore it’s essential that we support them.

Here are 47 amazing home-grown brands in Dubai to support.

Surf House

Surf House opened in 1992 and has been a hub for the water-loving community ever since. They offer all things surf related, such as lessons, equipment, surf school and also SUP hires. This surfers paradise also has a cafe, serving healthy eats and piping hot coffee. Surf House invites people to come and use their space to work and you can even bring your four-legged friends.

Surf House, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah, Dubai, Mon to Sun 7am to 7pm, Tel: (0)50 504 3020 @surfhousedubai 

Wise Guys

Channelling an NYC vibe, this neighbourhood sandwich spot has been curated in a retro style, bringing some of New York’s old school to the shores of Dubai. Its name is a reference to the American mafia nickname, ‘a wise guy’, giving it a true NYC flare. Open from 8.30am until 11.oopm daily, all sandwiches are made on freshly baked bread, using high-quality ingredients that will elevate any stressful work day.

Wise Guys, Gate District, The Marble Walk, 8.30am to 11.30pm, Tel: (0)52 686 3801, @wiseguysdubai

PetBae

Looking for a one-stop shop pet sitter? Then look no further than PetBae. This innovative platform connects pet owners to the perfect pet sitter. While it isn’t a pet kennel, PetBae offers a more personalised experience for those who don’t necessarily want to use a kennel or cattery. The platform is very simple to use and all you have to do is visit their website here, fill in the simple details of your pet and what you’re looking for and you will get the help you need.

petbae.com

Bedia Gallery

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This is one of the most recent galleries to enter the Dubai art scene, and it is owned by Kemal Yazici – the first Turkish gallery owner and artist in Dubai. Born in Turkey and raised in Germany, Kemal Yazici creates contemporary abstract art by utilising geometrical and organic elements. Yazici creates his masterpieces by overlapping layers, combining flowing textures and using bespoke tools to depict the vibrant dynamic world we live in. Bedia Gallery houses Kemal’s unique work as well as his art studio on the first floor.

Bedia Gallery, Warehouse 10, Al Khayat Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, Tues to Sun 10am 7pm, Mon closed, Tel: (0)4 335 9133, bediagallery.com

Contrast Wellness

Looking to de-stress and recharge? Say hello to Contrast Wellness: a first-of-its-kind sauna and ice studio located on Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile 6. The brainchild of Layla Kardan and Hamdan Al Khafaji, is expanding their entrepreneurial endeavours with a stunning new wellness concept. The space has five large private sauna rooms and Dubai’s first contrast therapy room which features a traditional sauna complete with salt walls and immersive ice baths. Bringing ancient healing practices to the modern world, guests can try infrared saunas, contrast therapy, IV drips, massages, traditional saunas, and ice baths, with no membership required.

Contrast Wellness, Golden Mile 6, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Open from May 3. Daily 7.30am to 9.30pm. @contrastwellness / contrast-wellness.com

Charliholic

Dogbandanas

This homegrown brand is here to glam up your furry friends. If you need something for a special occasion, or just want to shake up your pooches look, this enterprise has got you sorted. Your fur babies’ custom-made bandana or bow tie is only an Instagram DM away, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to local animal shelters, making this a guilt-free purchase.

@_charlieholic

Crank

If you’re looking for a way to get your body moving, head down to Crank. This homegrown workout zone has an inspiring and diverse team that is ready to push your body to new limits. Guests can choose between their Ride or Shape HIIT classes but no matter what you choose, your workout is guaranteed to be spicy and will get your heart pumping.

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Sun to Fri 6.30am to 10pm, Sat 8am to 10pm, Tel: (0)4 321 2095, crank-fit.com

Planet Terra

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Foodies, travellers, and creative types can all congregate at Planet Terra. Soothe your soul as well as your body in this serene environment that is 100 per cent organic and vegan. Everyone can enjoy a veganized version of a British classic with their ‘tofish and chips’, where crispy tofu is topped with toasted nori seaweed, lemon, miso mayo alongside some sweet potato fries – it’s simply unmissable. Terra’s objective is to bring together a fusion of the world’s tastes, traditions and energies as well as using local and ethical suppliers.

Planet Terra, 6th floor, Panorama Building, The Greens, Dubai,  Mon to Sun 8am to 10pm.  Tel: (0)4 578 2000. planetterra.life

Dive Campus

Looking to get your PADI license? Perhaps you’re a beginner wanting to try scuba diving for the first time? Dive Campus, located in Al Quoz, holds the region’s largest indoor ‘Dive Tank’ with 220,000 litres of fresh water, measuring four metres deep, 12-metres long, and five metres wide. Ideal for scuba and free diving training, anyone from beginners to seasoned divers can try diving with beginner Dive Tank sessions starting from Dhs200.

Dive Campus, Al Quoz, Dubai. Daily, 10am to 10pm. Try from Dhs200. divecampus.com

Pirates Surf

United in a mission to empower children, this company believes in fostering a like minded community that encompasses good, moral and hardworking athletes. The popular water sports and lifestyle program for individuals of all fitness levels, abilities, genders and ages. Created by Candice Fanucci in 2011, this program started with five children on Kite beach, and has since taken the city by storm.

Kite Beach, Dubai. Tues to Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun and Mon 7am to 7pm, @pirates.surf

Kinki Swim

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Get all your swimwear goods from this homegrown and sustainable brand. Kinki Swim aims to bridge the gap between high-quality and sustainable swimwear, boasting boho chic designs that have been crafted seamlessly. All of Kinkis swim pieces are created using solar powered energy, stepping away from the toxic methods in which the fashion industry revolves around. Most pieces can convert into different styles, with matching coverups using silky satins made from sustainable materials.

@kinki_swim

My Sip

An idea that sprung on a hot day at the beach has quickly become a growing company that does away with the need for single use plastic containers. The My Sip drinkware is well insulated to ensure that your drink will stay at its optimum temperature all day long. Make the gift extra special by adding a personalised touch thanks to My Sip.

My sip, available online. mysip.ae

Fashion Rerun

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This vintage store is offering a range of vintage and retro items for both men and women. Alongside their store in Satwa, Fashion Rerun hosts regular pop-ups at Ripe market and The Urban Market, but also at major events including Sole DXB. All thrifters will be able to find an abundance of elevated essentials including T-shirts, jackets, trousers and cargo pants, along with some more unique pieces. Fashion Rerun boasts brands such as Carrheart, Levis, Dickies and much more.

Fashion Rerun, online and in-store at Al Bada’a, Al Satwa, Dubai, @fashion_rerun

The Kakao Guy

Boasting an array of delicious treats, the Kakao Guy knows how to do baked goods well, in particular with matcha. Those who have a hankering for its greeny goodness can find it in the form of a creamy burnt cheesecake, delicate nama and nutty barks that are perfect for a snack. Tried, tested and adored by the What’s On Team, we can honestly say you won’t be disappointed.

The Kakao Guy, Union Square, Deira, Al Rigga, Dubai, 9am to 7pm, Tel: (0)55 299 8823, thekakaoguy.com

Bella Ciao

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Nestled into the West side of The Pointe, boasting panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and Atlantis, The Palm, this new beauty salon promises the highest level of luxury and opulence for both men and women. Guests will be in good hands with the highly skilled team, who offer services including nails, eyelashes, eyebrows, beards, hair and more. Using the most modern technology and premium products, this salon also offers private rooms with TVs and sound systems to heighten your experience, leaving you pampered and refreshed. This spot also doubles as a cafe and bar, where guests can enjoy decadent dishes, coffees, teas and cocktails after you get your blow-dry. See you there?

Bella Ciao, West, The Pointe, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 10am to 10pm, @bellaciaoclub

Tabchilli

Tabchilli is a homegrown gem located in Dar Wasl mall run by Maher, who is greatly passionate about all things spicy and fermented. It offers an array of gorgeous fermented products as well as weekly workshops. In the two-hour workshop, guests will be guided through the fermentation process before getting down to business, making their own kimchi and chilli paste to take home. If you’re an avid spice lover or just have a hankering for fermented foods, then you need to make your way down to this workshop, priced at Dhs400 per person.

Tabchilli, Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl, Dubai, Mon to Sat 6pm to 10pm, Sun 9.30am to 12pm and 6pm to 10pm. Tel: (0)58 584 3463, tabchilli.com

Kaleidoscope by Mimi

This vibrant brand encompasses the vast travels of founder Mimi Shakhashir, a girl boss who truly embraces her love for worldwide cultures through fashion.  Kaleidoscope by Mimi keeps sustainable practices at the heart of this brand, utilising eco-friendly practices, as well directly sourcing materials from the communities that hand craft her garms. By adding a few gems to your wardrobe, fashionistas will also be making a difference to the communities which have crafted their goods, with founder Mimi being dedicated to enriching these communities through education and entrepreneurship.

Ladies can feast their eyes on dresses, kimonos, kaftans and more, that boast vibrant colours and hypnotic patterns.

kaleidoscopebymimi.com

New Earth Café

Spend your days surrounded by palm trees and sunshine at this stunning hidden gem. From smoothie bowls to avo toast, superfood lattes to affirmation juices, New Earth Café is a conscious eatery located in the green heart of Dubai, Al Barari, serving simple, honest food that nurtures and nourishes.

New Earth Café, Al Barari, Dubai. daily, 7am to 6pm. Tel: (0)4 267 0502, @newearth.cafe

Wear The House – Gem Rugs

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This family-owned company makes rugs that are works of art for your floor. Since each of their rugs is custom-made, they are tailored to perfectly fit your home. These items are entirely hand-tufted and made of 100 per cent New Zealand wool. Once you place a purchase through their website, your rug will arrive within four to six weeks.

Order online at wearethehouse.com

Bokakenia

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for colleagues, friends, or little ones, look no further…Bokakenia is a fun card game made up of 30 intriguing and mindful questions to get you thinking and to know each other a little better. Questions like, if you could go back and be an eyewitness to any moment in history, which would you choose? Or which of your colleagues would have the lowest chance of survival on a desert island? Each pack is tailored towards colleagues, spouse, partners, or children, and is aimed at unlocking meaningful dialogue between one another. The fun, thought-provoking card game makes a great gift and the perfect way to spend time with loved ones and be present. 

bokakenia.com/en-ae

 Sprout

Armed with knowledge and maternal power, Sprout has created a healthy meal delivery service which is designed to maximise nutrients. With this quick and easy online delivery guide, you can have nutritious foods ready for your little ones or the whole family.

sprout.ae

Sported.ae

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Sported started as a passion project and has now become integral to the sporting community. Their website is every fitness fanatics’ dream, acting as a multi-sport resource for athletes in the UAE. If you need information about sports clinics, nutrition or just want to access their master race calendar, hop on to their website. If you have time, pop into their showroom which offers an extensive variety of high-quality brands that focus on triathlon and sports nutrition.

Sported, Surf House, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai, Tel: (0)56 409 0994, sported.ae

Megumi Matcha

Rie from Japan started Megumi Matcha one-year ago, selling ceremonial grade matcha and hosting tea-making workshops in Dubai. From the farm in Kyoto to the packaging, Megumi is completely run by women. Each month, Megumi hosts a matcha workshop at Vanilla Sukkar – a local mother-and-daughter-owned gem in Jumeirah. In two hours, guests can learn the history of the Japanese tea ceremony, how matcha is grown, how to make the perfect cup, and try matcha-infused sweet treats. A must-try experience for any matcha fans out there.

@megumi_matcha

Shoeq

Eco Conscious shoes

While they might say diamonds are a girls best friend, some might argue that shoes in fact are in fact a girls best friend. This shoe company has grown leaps and bounds since opening in Al Quoz and makes shoes inspired by the Spanish Avarca, created over a century ago using leather and recycled tyres to keep farmers’ feet dry and protected. There are a whole host of designs and styles to choose from and they are comfortable and long lasting.

Shoeq, various locations around the UAE. shoeq.ae, @_shoeq_

The Lime Tree

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Lime Tree has remained constant in Dubai’s rapid growth and in many aspects embodies Dubai’s expat community. You may be familiar with this establishment purely due to their iconic carrot cake, an item which is locally renowned. With many delicious cakes and breakfast goodies, as well as their beautiful salad and sandwich bar, you will not leave this establishment hungry.

Multiple locations, thelimetreecafe.com

Below Farm

Born in the wake of the pandemic, this vertical farm grows up to 120 tonnes of mushrooms a year, without taking up as much as a square meter of arable land. With sustainability and self sufficiency at it’s core, this new age movement is reimagining mushrooms, to deliver nutritious produce, contribute to a circular economy and promote sustainable innovation across sectors. Mushroom fanatics can purchase fresh mushrooms, mushroom powder, as well as grow it yourself mushroom kits.

Below Farm, Ajban Farms, Abu Dhabi, UAE, belowfarm.ae

Helya Jewelry

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A female-run home-grown brand in Dubai, this jewellery outlet is the answer to all your accessories worries. Helya is founded by two Emirati sisters who combined their passion for Emirati culture, architecture and design. Their simple and beautiful designs encapsulate the native flora and heritage of the Middle Eastern. The item would make a perfect gift for a friend or to yourself.

Order online at helya.store.com, @helya.a

Bespoke Balconies

A locally grown design and styling business is here to give your balcony a glow up! In the midst of the global pandemic Georgina Griffin, a British designer founded this company. The whole process of styling your balcony is entirely based upon each clients individual taste, budget and balcony. This is your cue to glam up your our door space…

bespokebalconiesdxb.com

Beachbelle Dubai

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Challenging the idea of what it means to have a ‘beach body’, this new swimwear brand caters to all shapes and sizes. Beachbelle Dubai wants everyone to feel comfortable in their skin (and their swimwear), carrying sizes S to 4XL. In a bid to challenge the idea that we need to get fit for the summer, founder Veronique Gregorec created a collection of size-inclusive pieces with fun, modern styles to flatter everyone. After struggling to find ‘plus size’ swimwear that didn’t look like something her grandmother would wear, Veronique took on the challenge to fill the gap in Dubai for women in of all sizes to find something they love in their size.

beachbelledubai.com

Samadhi Wellness

In need of some R&R? Welcome to Samadhi Wellness, Dubai’s zen new wellness space, yoga retreat, and wholesome eatery now open in Jumeirah. From a quaint villa in Jumeirah 3, Samadhi has transformed into a wellness hub promising an inclusive, welcoming, and authentic experience. The space features two types of yoga studios, Reflect, with infrared heaters, and Connect, which extends into the garden in the cooler months; as well as a sauna, stunning pool, ice bath, hair therapy rooms, sanctuary garden, wholesome café, and a shop. Inviting guests to come for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the clean eatery serves wholesome mains, smoothie bowls, vegan-friendly dishes, salads, detox juices, coffee, matcha, homemade truffles, and more.

Samadhi Wellness, 491b Jumeirah St, Jumeirah 3, Dubai. Daily, 7am to 9.45pm. Tel:(0)4 323 5354. samadhi-wellness.com / @samadhimywellness

Boston Lane

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In the heart of Dubai’s underground art scene, Boston Lane is a humble project serving coffee and delicious food. Diners can enjoy, breakfast, lunch and a variety of toasties. They have an extensive drinks menu, complete with milkshakes.

Boston Lane, Courtyard, Al Quoz, Mon to Sun 7.30am to 7pm, Tel: (0)58 517 2132, bostonlane.com

LOCH 

LOCH is a family-owned, homegrown UAE brand focused on stylish and sustainable hydration. Once you try one of their insulated stainless steel water bottles, you will never go back. The water bottles keep liquids cold for 24-hours, hot for 12-hours, and have an easy-sip straw lid. It’s an easy way to stay hydrated, be more environmentally friendly, and look good while you’re doing it.

@loch.life / loch.life/shop

Boxica

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Looking for a new way to amp up your workout routine? Then look no further. Recently crowned as What’s On Dubai’s 2023 Favourite Fitness and Wellness Club in 2023, Boxica is the ultimate place to head to for your fitness journey. They offer a whole host of classes that will have you sweating and pumped. The team are friendly, and hilarious and will always keep you motivated.

Boxica, Dubai Studio City, UAE, Mon to Thur 6am to 8.30pm, Fri 6am to 7pm, Sat 7.30am to 2pm, Sun 8am to 6.30pm. Tel: (0)55 483 8361, boxica.ae

The PiercingSpot

Inspired by the lack of stylish jewellery on the market, founder Aya took matters into her own hands by creating the PiercingSpot. This independent female piercer is dedicated to helping all ladies express themselves and their sense of style through gorgeous jewellery. This girl boss has recently made major moves, expanding her brand with a new shop and piercing parlor, which opened in Health Care city in early February.

The Piercing Spot, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, Mon to Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun closed, Tel: (0)4 878 1697, piercingspot.net

Nightjar Coffee Roasters

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Born in 2017 by a group of coffee lovers, this establishment loves the art of coffee and the communities that grow it. This chic outlet is based in Alserkal Avenue, offering artisanal coffee, cold brew and positive vibes. Nightjar is aware of the exploitation of farmers and is dedicated to ethical sourcing.

Nightjar Coffee Roasters, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Mon to Sun 9am to 9pm, Tel: (0)50 365 1120, nightjar.coffee

Thrift for Good

This enterprise is putting Dubai’s old clothes to good use: re-homing preloved items to reduce waste. Thrift for Good welcomes all clothes as they are committed to repairing or recycling old items or materials. Go to any of their outlets to find your perfect thrift find, or to donate all of those clothes you have been hiding at the back of your cupboard. All profits go to helping children around the world, in partnership with Gulf for Good.

Multiple locations, Mon to Fri, 10am to 10pm, thriftforgood.org

Daughter and Dad Coffee

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All visitors are welcomed to bring their furry friends to this unique family-run business. With freshly roasted specialty coffee and a plant-based menu, you will be feeling nourished when you leave this wholesome outlet.

Daughter and Dad, Meliá Desert Palm, Warsan 2, Dubai, Fri and Sat 8am to 7pm, Sun to Thur 8am to 6pm, closed on Tues, Tel: (0)54 383 4709, @daughterdadcoffee

Jetlagged Chef

This enterprise is the passion project of a former aviation employee. During lockdown, Eliza’s love for cooking took to new heights, creating a meal delivery service which offers healthy recipes with an Australian flare. The Jetlagged Chef believes in nourishing and fueling one’s body rather than adhering to a restrictive diet.

Jetlagged Chef, No-contact delivery, Tel: (0)58 507 7524, jetlagged-chef.com

Wolfi’s Bike Shop

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Wolfi’s has paved the way for the cycling community in the Middle East. From humble beginnings in 2002, Wolfi’s has had exponential success in bringing cycling to the Middle East. They are the Middle East‘ Cycling Candy store’ with an extensive range of cycling brands and offering repair services.

Wolfi’s Bike Shop, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Fri to Sun, 8.30am to 7pm, Tel: (0)4 339 4453, wolfis.ae

DICE Board Game Cafe

Located in the heart of Circle Mall JVC, all game fanatics can get involved in over 1,000 board games, puzzles and mandalas, costing only Dhs40 for unlimited usage. Guests won’t get hungry or parched, with an extensive menu of salads, burgers, pizzas, snacks, sharing platters, smoothies, milkshakes and of course – coffee.

Dice Board Game Cafe, Circle Mall, Jumeirah Village, Dubai, Mon to Thur 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 12am, Tel: (0)4 582 0108, dice-cafe.com

Baesic by DB

Women of the UAE are always on the go, so it’s no surprise that the fundamentals of Baesic are there to take you from the office to after-work drinks without the need for an outfit change. Offering luxe locally-made fashion staples, the 30-piece inaugural collection follows a neutral colour palette including dusty pinks, crisp whites and inky blacks. Fabrics such as lightweight linen and cotton-rich jersey make this collection ideal for the summer months. Designed to go with what you already have in your wardrobe, Baesic offers oversized blazers, palazzo pants, silky shirts and flowing dresses to elevate your existing outfits.

baesicbydb.com

Natrl 

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If your a camping fanatic then this may be for you. It might sound obvious but you can never take enough water on a camping trip. Homegrown brand Natrl box water sells a 10 litre bag-in-a-box of New Zealand mineral water, that use 90% less plastic. It comes with a 7.5pH level that is completely in sync with our bodies to aid digestion and hydration. Plus the boxes are 100% recyclable and an eco-friendly choice to staying hydrated while you’re on the road.

@natrlwater

Ganache Chocolatier

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Chocolate aficionados, get excited…There’s a real-life chocolate factory now open in Dubai’s bustling arts district, Alserkal Avenue. Ganache Chocolatier’s flagship factory, café, and boutique features over 100 flavours to choose from and a unique gift wrapping station that allows you to customise your own boxes. Open to all, chocolate lovers can experience first-hand the craft of artisan chocolate-making and sample the nostalgic flavours like baklava crunch and zaatar praline, as well as delectable bonbons and floral flavoured treats. (Almost) too good to eat.

Ganache Chocolatier, Warehouse 82 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Daily, 10am to 10pm. Tel:(0)56 420 3732. @byganachechocolatier

The Giving Movement athleisurewear 

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Stay stylish and comfortable with eco-friendly fashion and fabulous fits from The Giving Movement. Fabrics are 100% sustainable, and everything is sourced locally in the UAE. Think t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, joggers, jackets available in every colour.  Not only that, The Giving Movement donate Dhs15 to charity partner Dubai Cares & Harmony House for every item sold.

@thegivingmovement

Island People.Co

In a world that is striving to be more sustainable, why nots pruce up her kitchen with sustainable artisanal crockery and handwoven linens designed for pillow covers and serviettes. Island People.Co is a socially conscious artisanal brand that collaborates with Sri Lankan Artists, offering unique products that will bring calm and tranquillity into anyone’s home. Check out their Instagram or head to Depachika in Nakheel Mall to view their products.

Nakheel Mall, Palm Jumeirah, @islandpeople.co

Posture

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This homegrown brand promises a mind-body-soul experience offering reformer, cadillac, and mat pilates for all levels. Located on the Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah the Balearic-style studio honors the original style of Joseph Pilates and has a strong focus on form and core, rather than simply burning calories, and an emphasis on strength and mobility in all their signature classes. The packages start from Dhs150 per class, Dhs1,300 for ten classes, or first-timers can get two classes for Dhs150.

Posture, Golden Mile, Building 4, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel:(0)58 580 7256. thisisposture.com / @thisisposture

Hampstead Bakery and Cafe

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Quintessential West London-inspired eatery, Hampstead Bakery and Cafe showcases an array of gorgeous dishes, all with the stunning view of the Burj Khalifa view. Freshly made breads, sandwiches, indulgent breakfast dishes and of course…coffee can be enjoyed here. Famous for their golden royal brioche french toast, that is soaked in saffron infused tres leches, served with fresh berries and almond praline, and completely coated with 24 karat edible gold, this item is a must try.

Hampstead Bakery and Cafe, Downtown Dubai, 9am to 11.30pm daily. Tel: (050) 583 0155. @hampsteadbakeryandcafe

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