Posted January 21, 2010 by BookingBuddy
The glittering city of Dubai is an ode to excess, but if you look closely enough, you can still find quiet little hidden spots that tell of the city’s illustrious history. While the city is known for it’s many shiny new developments, visitors longing for a bit of nature need only travel a short distance to find some stunning landscapes.
Hatta Rock Pools – The ancient town of Hatta lies a short distance away from Dubai. Intrepid explorers will be rewarded with a great day out at these stunning, jewel-hued rock pools nestled among the Hajar Mountains. The cool, spring-fed pools are a delightful oasis in the dry, mountainous terrain, and a popular picnic spot for many local families.
Qamardeen Hotel – It may not be as hyped up as some of the city’s glitzier concoctions, but the Qamardeen more than makes up with its exceptional service. Shopaholics will be glad to learn that the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates are a short hop from the hotel. The rooms are decorated in a quietly elegant manner, with beautifully detailed touches and cutting edge facilities. For some respite from the never-ending bustle of the city, ask for a Garden Access room, which allows guests to enjoy the serenity of the hotel’s beautiful garden. Rates start from around £125.
Shabestan – Said to be one of the best Iranian restaurants in the city, hungry travellers can be assured of getting some bang for their buck at this elegantly decorated restaurant. The lamb dishes are the stars here, with the chelow kebab highly recommended by many. Pair it with some fragrant saffron-infused rice and you have a meal fit for a king. Wash it all down with a glass of tea, and some faloodeh – a light Iranian ice cream flavoured with rose water and saffron.
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