My lit­tle black book

An in­sider’s guide to the UAE

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My favourite gallery

Tash­keel has some re­ally good ini­tia­tives, work­shops and art classes go­ing on. Sup­port­ing lo­cal artists is ce­mented at the core of that and they of­fer great res­i­den­cies. It’s got a re­ally nice friendly feel to it and is very laid back too – I mean, how many gal­leries have their own skate park?

My favourite in­te­ri­ors store

D.tales in Jumeirah as I like the min­i­mal­ist Scan­di­na­vian style. I’ve also re­cently found out about Lucky in Shar­jah and it’s def­i­nitely now on my need-to-visit list. They’ve got some great in­dus­trial-style hand­crafted wooden ta­bles.

My favourite bar or restau­rant

We’ve been lucky enough to work on lots of cool F&B projects, match­ing our artists to new venues across the UAE, and as a re­sult this changes all the time. My cur­rent favourite is Black Tap. It’s a burger joint known for its amaz­ing desserts and the art­work is not bad ei­ther – we did some re­ally fun graf­fiti and mu­ral work, and be­spoke pieces of some hip hop legends.

My favourite area to ex­plore on foot

It would have to be City Walk. We’ve re­cently done a lot of res­i­den­tial apart­ments there so I’ve been able to walk around and check out all the street art they have on show. Dubai Walls has man­aged to bring over some in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artists such as DFace and Rone, so it’s great to be able to view their work so close to home.

My favourite place to un­wind

On the week­end I en­joy grab­bing a quick cof­fee in at Cap­i­tal D Stu­dio or Wild & The Moon. If there isn’t an ur­ban mar­ket hap­pen­ing then I head to Kite Beach for some food and sun be­fore head­ing home for a BBQ with friends. I’m pretty sim­ple re­ally.

My Dubai hid­den gem

There are lots of in­ter­est­ing things hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment. The new Cor­cel con­cept store and café is a great ad­di­tion to d3. The Col­lec­tive at The Court­yard is also a per­sonal favourite of mine – they’ve cu­rated some good brands there.

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