Hg2 : The Hedonist

Al Hadheerah

This open-air dining spectacle, resembling a market scene out of Disney’s Aladdin, really puts the case for location, location, location. It’s situated an hour’s drive from the city centre (around Dhs100 by taxi – worth it even if only to enjoy sundowners at the rooftop bar) and the postcard desert setting is worth the journey. The low-level cushioned seating provides a perfect vantage point for the theatrical proceedings, namely the Arabian horse show, whirling dervishes, falconry display and camel trot. Oh, and a herd of biddable goats thrown in for good measure. This is the sort of place you won’t want to go more than once, as the childlike awe you’ll feel on seeing the above for the first time is hard to recapture. As for the food, well it’s not the really the point, but the Middle Eastern staples can’t be faulted – fish, breads fresh from the oven and charcoal-fired whole lamb – and are served up with panache at the many live cooking stations.

Bab Al Shams,
+ 971 4 809 6100
Opening Times
daily, 7-11.30pm
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