My little black book
An insider’s guide to the UAE
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.