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Monday, 27 January 2020

UAE2020 Day 07: Dubai City Walk

We checked out of XVA Art Hotel at noon. Ginny and Sern then took us to a place that we visited during our last trip here. It was here where we had our Christmas dinner in 2016 but due to an unfortunate incident with my camera's memory card later that night, all photos from our Christmas dinner then were lost!


woah, a proper muscle car

leaving the car park

the central square

we had Christmas dinner here in 2016

it was still pretty quiet

in celebration of Chinese New Year

a very rosy restaurant

the Burj Khalifa way in the distance


Billed as a creative lifestyle space where one can live, work and play Dubai City Walk is “built around movement, sharing and community, where contemporary creativity thrives and everyone who visits is inspired to actively seek the unexpected.”


we initially thought we'd have lunch here

but we decided to wonder on

and explore the other eateries here

headed out to Al Safa St

more Chinese lanterns

you should come here at night

what is that we see?

aha, a moose on the loose

landmark of the area


After leisurely stroll along its vast complex of indoor and outdoor outlets Ginny and Sern thought it would be a good idea to have lunch at this quiet and unassuming restaurant:


we were the first diners here

attractive menu

peek-a-boo?

industrial utensils

the Chicken 9

the Lebanese Burger

Brendan's fries

Sern had the Saffron Risotto

and Brendan's M&C


State 88 is an upbeat American eatery located within Dubai City walk facing the Al Saga Street. We tried out their Super Sliders, Lebanese Burger and Chicken 9 while Brendan tried the Mac & Cheese.

All tuckered up, we took another stroll around before coming across Geek Nation. Brendan and Sern were suitable excited and spent some time browsing while Cat and I sat outside to do some bird watching... I mean people watching.


interesting wall 'ornaments'

one last glimpse of the Burj Khalifa

the geeks Sern & Brendan loved this store

but this old & tired geek sat this one out


Unlike most other areas in Dubai we found the people who frequented City Walk to be predominantly Emiratis. We watched in fascination the clothes and outward appearances of the local Emiratis. Most were well dressed and took painful lengths to maintain their outward appearances, from the tousled cool-girl chic to the elegant buns it was evident Emirati ladies had style; the men were not to be outdone with their immaculately maintained goatees.

After about we got into Timah and made our way back to (albeit our temporary) home sweet home: Abu Dhabi, but not without a small detour which we will talk about in the next post.

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