A close shave

It’s never been eas­ier for gents to get groomed in Dubai. Here are the top bar­ber­shops for hair­cuts, shaves and more

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A classy Man­hat­tan im­port, The Art Of Shav­ing sits at the fancier end of the bar­ber­shop spec­trum. Case in point: there’s lots of ma­hogany cab­i­nets in its brand new City Walk lo­ca­tion, and the bar­bers wear natty braces (the kind of braces that keep your trousers from fall­ing down, not the ones that make your teeth straight). Mod­elled on a gen­tle­men’s club, this lux­u­ri­ous bar­ber­shop offers a range of ser­vices in its two pri­vate booths that in­cludes hair­cuts, beard main­te­nance and fa­cials. The Art of Shav­ing also stocks a range of groom­ing goods and gift packs. Hair­cut: Dhs100 Ex­press fa­cial 15 mins: Dhs140

aCity Walk 2, Dubai. Sun to Thur 10am to 10am, Fri and Sat 10am to mid­night. Tel: (04) 3400800. Taxi: City Walk. face­book.com/theartof­shav­ingme


A tucked-away Me­dia City bar­bers that’s worth seek­ing out, Julian Bar­ber­shop is lo­cated on the bot­tom of the Arenco Tower. It has a retro Bri­tish feel to it – you al­most ex­pect a bunch of Mods to stroll in at any mo­ment. The boss is Julian Col­clough, who is at the shop, scis­sors in hand, most days wear­ing his skinny black tie. It’s an un­hur­ried, chatty sort of place with a chilled at­mos­phere and good mu­sic. Shaves, hair­cuts and beard trims are what’s on of­fer. Look out, too, for some lovely old pho­tographs of fa­mous men en­joy­ing a hair­cut in bar­ber­shops around the world through the decades. Hair­cut: Dhs130

Beard trim: Dhs90 aArenco Tower, Me­dia City, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 4473188. Metro: Nakheel. ju­lian­hair­dress­ing­dubai.com


Eas­ily one of the coolest looking bar­ber­shop in Dubai, Akin is a min­i­mal­ist spot of pinewood, con­crete and tile that does bang up to the minute bar­ber­ing work. Akin has a prime spot a few doors down from The Sum Of Us, at the rear of the Sher­a­ton Grand. But with only three chairs in place, ap­point­ments are hard to come by and you must book in ad­vance (a sec­ond lo­ca­tion is due to open on JBR later this year). There are no mas­sages or fa­cials here, just hair­cuts, beard trims and wet shaves.

All of Akin’s crew are highly skilled and per­son­able, but Jor­dan Black does a mean fade and looks like a young David Bowie. Just so you know, Akin also stocks cloth­ing from mo­tor­bike brand Deus. Hair­cut: Dhs165

Beard trim: Dhs75 aBurj Al Salam Build­ing, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (052) 3647092. Metro: World Trade Cen­tre. ak­in­bar­ber­shop.com


Groom­ing haven 1847 has Dubai cov­ered with five lo­ca­tions in Mirdif, JBR, Grosvenor House, City Walk and Emi­rates Tow­ers, mean­ing you’re never far away from help should you ur­gently need a trim. Al­ways busy, 1847 has an army of ther­a­pists and bar­bers bustling around their shops. Man­i­cures and pedi­cures are ad­min­is­tered in cubby holes, while hair­cuts and shaves are done in a sep­a­rate room lined with a row of beau­ti­ful vin­tage bar­ber’s chairs from Ital­ian brand Gioia. The Emi­rates Tow­ers branch also has a swanky VIP room. As well as all the bar­ber­ing es­sen­tials, fa­cials, mas­sages, man­i­cures, pedi­cures and wax­ing can be had at 1847. We rec­om­mend the Ex­press Fa­cial, which is a 15-minute blitz de­signed to clear con­gested skin. Hair­cut: Dhs110 Ex­press fa­cial 30 mins: Dhs150

aEmi­rates Tow­ers, DIFC, Dubai. Daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3301847. Metro: Emi­rates Tow­ers. 1847uae.com


Chaps & Co has quickly ce­mented its place as a groom­ing stal­wart in Dubai since open­ing in late 2015. Well versed in the lat­est bar­ber­ing trends, its first shop opened in Jumeirah Lakes Tow­ers at Clus­ter C. (If you’re book­ing at the JLT branch ask for Rom­mel, who gives the most ex­tra­or­di­nary shoul­der mas­sage half­way through your hair­cut,) The JLT branch was such a suc­cess that they soon fol­lowed up with a sec­ond venue near Le Royal Méri­dien Beach Re­sort & Spa in Dubai Ma­rina. Last month saw their third branch open in Dubai De­sign District that’s their best yet. It’s fully equipped with tele­vi­sion screens where cus­tomers can play FIFA, and you can even or­der your lunch from one of D3’s top restau­rants and have it de­liv­ered to you while you wait.

Hair­cut: Dhs115 Ex­press fa­cial 30 mins: Dhs165

aClus­ter C, JLT, Sat to Thur 10am to 10pm, Fri 9am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 5516192. Metro: JLT. chap­sandco.ae. ALSO: Le Royal Méri­dien Beach Re­sort & Spa and Dubai De­sign District

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