In comparison to more recently-opened, design-heavy hotels, the Sheikh Zayed Road’s Fairmont is a bit of a relic. But once you’ve made it past the pretty unimpressive lobby and up to Cin-Cin, it loses the dowdy carpet and becomes a much sleeker space. It’s managed to retain its see-and-be-seen atmosphere in this fickle city, and consequently still attracts the unbuttoned shirt brigade looking to spend their bonuses on the attendant tottering totty. A seat at the bar provides a good vantage point for this testosterone circus, but the mix of sink-into seating in the long, curved space is difficult to resist. The wine list is long and pocket-emptying, with most wines available by the glass. Food is foie gras and caviar heavy, as you might expect.