Images: Sarah Rasheed
Born in Damascus, Syria, SARAH RASHEED moved to DUBAI with her parents when she was 5 years old. As the Senior Beauty Editor of Marie Claire Arabia she knows what's in and out in the Middle East's mecca of all things style. Here, she shares her insider tips for the city she and her family have considered their second home for 25 years.
Fast growing, rich in superlatives and very luxurious.
Favourite thing about Dubai…
Meeting people from all over the world
Fondest memory of Dubai…
The UAE consists of seven Emirates so I used to like cruising the Emirates with my family on the weekends, visiting different cities and experiencing different vibes within the same country.
One fun fact about the local people
Emiratis tend to keep themselves away from the main tourist mass, so it’s rarely unlikely to get to chat with one on the beach.
Best time to visit Dubai
Anytime from December until April. The weather is great then with lots of sunshine and amazing alfresco cuisines that you can get to try.
A local tidbit should one must know about Dubai
If you are planning to visit the city and tag your Instagram photo in Dubai, use the hashtag #MyDubai .
One must pack…
Summer dresses, comfy sandals, hats. Make sure to get a nice cocktail dress, if you are planning to party or dine in a fancy restaurant. I would also suggest bringing chic sunglasses to block away the rays and a good SPF to keep your skin protected.
Favourite things to see
The Dubai Mall fountain, Dubai Cycling Tour and Art Days in Dubai
Favourite places to stay
Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Four Seasons Jumeirah, One & Only the Palm and XVA Art Hotel
Favourite places to shop
Shop at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, The Dubai Mall and visit Old Dubai, where there is a variety of local markets that you will get to experience
Favourite things to do
Do underwater yoga at Atlantis the Palm, go horseback riding in the desert at sunset, do a Desert Safari and take a cruise in a traditional boat in the Dubai Creek.
Must-see/do in Dubai
Visit Burj Khalifa and see Dubai from the highest building in the world, go to Aquaventure Waterpark and Burj Al Arab, as well as visit Al Bastakiya.