Living in Dubai

International City – Peking Duck @ Quanjude Beijing Roast Duck

Craving for some authentic Asian food? Tired of the westernized type Downtown and in the surroundings? Well if you are looking for the best roast duck in town, look no further, we have the perfect place for you and the price is very budget friendly! Quanjude Beijing Roast Duck in International City is the magic spot where you get serve great Peking Duck combos including the awesome crispy duck skin, soup, tons of vegetables and DIY rolls. Chef always starts by giving you side dishes like tofu and sometimes throw in free chicken, etc! Then it’s served the perfect criiiiiispy skin. Then the sliced duck is served and you wrap them with pancakes and hoisin sauce. Depending on the combo you get more chicken and chili garlic shrimp (if you can’t eat spicy, make sure to tell them!).

Pricing: For a group of four, it will cost you about 140-150 AED (40 USD) Total and you get 20 AED (5.50 USD) free vouchers, we might have at least 3 more laying around!

 China F08, China Cluster, International City, Dubai, UAE (Map) | +971 50 551 1508

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International City – Hot Pot @ Xiao Fei Yang

Our friends brought us to this Hot Pot joint in International City. There are many restaurants around the area, but they reckon this one is the best after a Foodie in our group had tried them all! She is awesome haha. Make sure you call and ask them for a room if you are a group. Order 2 different broths and lots of things to throw in! A must are the frozen tofus, #nomnomnom literally. We can’t really eat spicy, but to be honest you still have to try a spicy broth! Just make sure you have your sugary plum juice on the side to wash the spiciness off.

Pricing: The bigger the group, the lower it will cost you! We were 7 and cost us 52 AED each (15 USD).

 China Building B03, China Cluster, International City, Dubai, UAE (Map) | +971 4 432 7211

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Downtown/Bur Dubai – Souk Al Bahar/The Dubai Mall & The Dubai Fountains

One of the first places you have to go see when you are in Dubai! The Dubai Mall is huge, having every shops you can imagine. Ski Dubai is there too so if you feel like a snow session you are at the right place! When you are done you can make a turn in the Souk Al Bahar for more restaurants and shops. The look is a fun modern and traditional mix.

Once you are done shopping or window shopping, head outside for the fabulous Dubai Fountains also known as the Dancing Fountain. The shows start at 6pm, is at every 20 minutes until 10pm on weekdays and until 11pm on weekends. The shows last about 3-5 minutes, with a different tune playing each time.

Fun Facts:
– You probably know the famous Bellagio Fountains, but the Dubai Fountains is the world’s largest dancing fountain.
– It goes up to 500 feet in the air

Pricing: Free and there is free parking! Park at the Souk Al Bahar for closer access to the Dubai Fountains.

Jumeirah – AFL Training @ Jumeirah Lake Towers

You are a new Aussie in town and are looking to play? Hit us up to get more details! You are welcome to come watch the practices where the boys go weekly the Friday mornings at 7am at the JLT Cluster Q. There is free parking on the side to walk on the green area where they train. There are multiple teams in the UAE, Mitch is with the Dubai Dingoes.

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Jumeirah Beaches

Whenever we finish work early enough, we go straight to the beach. If we don’t have time during the week, a weekend morning session is require very early at the beach. Note that parking is always free on Fridays and public holidays, but it makes the beaches very crowded!

AdventureFaktory x Dubai Beaches

Al Safa – Korean BBQ @ Sobahn

Feeling for all you can eat Korean? Every Thursday, Sobahn, standing for “good” in Korean, offers a very decent Korean BBQ experience at only 38 USD per person. Beside a Korean/Asian supermarket, you step in the lobby to the right then go to the restaurant on the 1st floor. To start off, aside the obvious Korean side dishes any decent Korean restaurant serves you, you get served salads with sashimi seafood, you can ask for cold noodles and much more. The main course is the obvious delicious meat. Sadly there is no pork, but believe me the chicken and the lovely fresh beef cuts will make you satisfied.

Pricing: We went for the Korean BBQ only at 139 AED per person (38 USD). You can check their other promotions here.

1st Floor Matloob Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa, Dubai, UAE (Map) | +971 4 380 7888

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The Dubai Mall – Crafts, Fun & Decor @ Typo

The Dubai Mall can be very overwhelming. I went there to shop at Forever 21 and need to check out one of my favourite shops, Typo, to see if they had Washi tape, a type of Japanese masking tape. I left the place satisfied and bought 5 new sets of washi tape. I discovered Typo when I was in Australia and was very happy to know I was able to shop there in Dubai too!
Another shop you can find Washi tape is at Daiso, the Japanese department store where you can find everything. It’s like a Dollarama for Canadians and Dollar Tree for Americans.  (Ah les Dollaramas me manquent!)

Mirdif – Indian food @ Zafran (Available on the Entertainer – Mobile version)

We decided to finally use our Entertainer App so our purchase would not go to waste! We just bought it and there is only 2 months to go in 2015! So we opted for some Indian food at Zafran located the at the City Centre Mirdif. Opted for delicious Palak Paneer, our favourite because of the cottage cheese, coconut prawn curry and tons of stuffed naans and regular garlic ones.  Of course going along with Indian cuisine we had to have some Mango Lassi and a delicious fresh coconut juice with ginger and mint.

 Prices aren’t too expensive, main courses can be from 40-90 AED (10-22 USD). Big grill plates are over 100 AED and are not available to use with The Entertainer.

Advice: We advice you to always ask the waiter first before assuming what can work or not with your voucher. Keep in mind the lowest cost main course is the one that will be granted for free with 2 for 1 vouchers.

 City Centre Mirdif, Mirdif, Dubai, UAE (Map) | +971 4 284 0987

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Fashion Swap @ Media One Hotel 

Went to our first Fashion Swap at the Media One Hotel where we were able to discover the nice open area of the hotel. Local shops were featured as well as other small brands. More soon on another blog post!

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