Five hidden gems: Selection of Dubai's lesser known tourist attractions
Renaissance Downtown Dubai’s chief concierge, Cleatus George, reveals some of Dubai’s secret locations for tourists to explore.
Hotelier Middle East has exclusively been given the lowdown by Renaissance Downtown Hotel’s chief concierge, Cleatus George, who is also part of the Les Clefs d'Or UAE organisation, on what Dubai tourists can plan to see when visiting the emirate.
Here’s what he recommended tourists to explore when visiting Dubai:
1. Dubai Coffee Museum - Discover a former Emirati home that has been converted into a museum for a better understanding of the origins of coffee, an antique collection and tastings.
2. Courtyard Playhouse – A theatre dedicated to staging live improvisational comedy performances. The 60 seat auditorium is located in Dubai’s Al Quoz. Courtyard Playhouse also offers workshops in acting and improvisation for all ages.
3. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) - The inspiration behind the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding is to provide a cultural platform for those who want to learn more about Emirati and Muslim customs and traditions. It is located in the Al Fahidi Historic District, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai.
4. Villa 515 - a simple perfume store with a reputation for offering authentic varieties of original perfume brands. It also serves as a salon for perfume consultation and a behind-the-scenes laboratory where the perfume is designed for customisation.
5. Mama'esh – a neighbourhood restaurant that offers a variety of traditional Palestinian delicacies. It specialises in homemade flatbreads that are served hot straight out of the original wood-fired oven. Be sure to try the signature dish, the zaatar and melted cheese fatayer, as well as the classic hummus.