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10 Travel must have gadgets for any type of traveler

There are many gadgets coming out nowadays. Specifically for travel activities, regardless of being a solo, group, business, backpacker or if you are one of the vlogger, if you are looking for the perfect travel gadgets to bring out the best on your travel journey, here are some picks we find essential as any kind of traveler you are.

1.External Battery


Other than a smartphone, one of the most useful travel gadget you have to carry on during trips is an external battery where it can save you out of hassling while on the road. Always have at least one or more batteries to charge your phone or other electronics. Most especially if you are in the middle of the road and there is no power outlet available.

2.Universal travel adaptor


If you are a non-stop traveler, well you have to keep one.

3.Kindle paper white


Believe me when we tell you that reading is the most beneficial activity to survive long flights, not only you use your time wisely but you will gain lot of leanings. This is also a space saver for long term travelers because you can download your favorite travel books on your kindle, instead of bringing a bunch of books with you.

4.Water Filter


If you are a mountaineer or trekker, or a typical backpacker where you spend most of the time outdoors during travels, or are you traveling to countries where water is not safe to drink?  A water filter can save you, it makes a contaminated water safe for drinking, and it removes bacteria and parasites.




For travelers that want to take photos while being active or underwater a GoPro is a must have!

6.Mirrorless camera


If you want to take stunning photos but don’t want to bring along a bulky DSLR, a mirrorless camera is what you need.

7.Gorilla pod


A portable gorilla pod is useful for travelers that want to take better photos but don’t want to carry a large tripod. This pod is best for vloggers.

8.Selfie Stick


Want a selfie stick and a portable tripod?  The gadget which you can do both.



Drones can produce amazing aerial shots, so if you are that serious to be a travel blogger or vlogger this one is worth to invest for.

10.Digital Luggage Scale


This handy digital luggage scale will leave you no worries when travelling, if you want to sure not to over pack and to avoid overweight fees. You have to carry one.

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There is nothing to worry about as long as you remain respectful to Muslim countries, following the UAE Laws and regulations, especially during the month of Ramadan, However, Here’s 7 major tips you have to take note if you are spending Ramadan in the UAE.

1.No eating, drinking or smoking in public

Do not drink, eat or smoke in public during fasting hours. Regardless of your religion, this applies to all public places and public and private transportation. However, for non-Muslims if you want to eat, drink during fast hours, you have to stay indoors and out of sight or in areas within public places

2.No revealing clothes 

One important thing is to wear clothes decently. Avoid wearing revealing clothes that is too short, tights, or see-through out of respect to Muslims who are observing Ramadan, specifically when visiting public spot like malls, restaurants, hotels.

3. Workplace manners

During Ramadan, there’s a general rule of scheduling, working hours for federal government and ministry employees will be from 9am to 2pm during Ramadan, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources. Private sector working hours are yet to be formally announced, but are expected to be shorter by two hours. If any urgent business meetings in line with Muslims, it will be best to schedule them in the morning when people are more focus and less exhausted.

4. Scheduling food and entertainment

During Iftar time, as much as possible avoid making dinner reservations as most restaurants will be busy serving for iftar feast, loud music is not allowed and pointless travels that will cause heavy traffic and uneasy.  Mostly during Ramadan, Entertainments such as clubs and bars are prohibited.

5. PDA or Public display of affection is not allowed

Public display of affection is generally considered impolite and indecent.

6. Ramadan night markets

Don’t worry, there is much to enjoy as well during Ramadan, we have night markets and souks out there. This must be fun to spend with your family and friends to catch up for food, stoppings and more.

7. be generous and friendly

During Ramadan, Muslims often donate to charities during the month and feed the hungry. And it isn’t bad to be like one, Start it with a friendly greetings to anyone you may randomly bump into, offering food to less fortunate, find opportunities to give genuine compliments throughout the day, this small kindness can mean so much more.


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Nationalities that can get visa upon arrival in Dubai

The visa issuance is subject to the approval of the GDRFA’s committee and security department.
Visa Types can be applied through us by first assessment on our website  or may call us directly at 042760000.
East and West Travels Visa services
Visa type Valid before entry        Valid After Entry 
Short term visit Single Entry – Service 14 days 14 days
Short term visit Single Entry – Tourist 60 days 30 days
Long term visit Single entry –  Visit Visa 60 days 90 days
Short Term Visa- Multiple Entry 60 days 30 days
Long Term Visa-Multiple Entry 60 days 90 days
Nationalities can get visa upon arrival to the airport:
Andorra Canada Finland Hong Kong Latvia Malta San Marino Sweden
Australia Croatia France Hungary Liechtenstein New Zealand Singapore Switzerland
Austria Cyprus Vatican City Iceland Lithuania Norway Slovakia United Kingdom
Belgium Czech Germany Ireland Luxembourg Poland Slovenia United States
Brunei Denmark Greece Italy Malaysia Portugal Spain
Bulgaria Estonia Holland Japan Monaco Romania South Korea

All other nationalities need to pre-obtain the UAE visa to be able to enter the country.

The minimum requirements to apply for Tourist visa
– Clear passport copy (color & clear)
– Photo (color & clear)

For Guarantor’s documentation

-Passport copy

-Visa page

-Emirates ID Copy

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Pack your bags and your sense of adventure as we check out the best destinations for your vacation this year. Whether you like sightseeing, shopping, diving, or just lying back as the sea laps at your feet, we have the perfect place for you and your family.

  1. Maldives


The most stunning collection of islands on the planet is just a short trip away from the Middle East, making them a favourite for everyone from honeymooners to large families needing privacy and a bespoke service. The most significant addition of the last 12 months to the array of stunning resorts is St Regis Vollumi Island. Combining stunning architecture, luxury service from morning until night and a truly personal touch, the destination has already earned an incredible reputation. St Regis Vommuli Island is a once in a lifetime trip and is first class when it comes to unforgettable food and beverage – something often overlooked in the Maldives. Finding a decent place to stay can be tough in the Maldives. If you are booking your room at the last minute, here’s a good tip: some credit cards offer 20 per cent off across the year when you book a room via

• Best for: Sun worshippers’ and diving enthusiasts

• Explore: The beautiful spa and for dinner the five-course degustation and drink pairing menu held in the underground cellar of Decanter restaurant.

2. UK South Coast Unique Shopping


The most stunning collection of islands on the planet is just a short trip away from the Middle East, making them a favourite for everyone from honeymooners to large families needing privacy and a bespoke service. The most significant addition of the last 12 months to the array of stunning resorts is St Regis Vollumi Island. Combining stunning architecture, luxury service from morning until night and a truly personal touch, the destination has already earned an incredible reputation. St Regis Vommuli Island is a once in a lifetime trip and is first class when it comes to unforgettable food and beverage – something often overlooked in the Maldives. Finding a decent place to stay can be tough in the Maldives. If you are booking your room at the last minute, here’s a good tip: some credit cards offer 20 per cent off across the year when you book a room via

• Best for: Sun worshippers’ and diving enthusiasts

• Explore: The beautiful spa and for dinner the five-course degustation and drink pairing menu held in the underground cellar of Decanter restaurant.

3. Singapore


Home to glistening skyscrapers, wide open green spaces, historic temples and world-class restaurants, this cosmopolitan city has it all. Just seven hours from Dubai you will find this Asian hotspot offering an unforgettable shopping experience. From the minute you step off the plane into the luxury Changi International airport you will want to flex your credit card to enjoy complimentary lounge access upon arrival for you and a guest. Once settled into the hotel, the first stop must be a walk down the legendary Orchard Road which will awaken your retail senses with row upon row of malls packed with on-trend brands and catwalk couture. Indulge in retail therapy to your heart’s content and use a credit card that has no fees on overseas spend to pay for your purchases. The Bugis Street Market has an array of books and jewellery you won’t find anywhere else in the world, or hunt down unusual antiques and Chinese delicacies in Chinatown.

• Best for: Retail therapy

• Explore: The Botanical Gardens and Gardens by the Bay

4. Italian Lakes


The summer in Italy can be stifling so forget the major cities of Rome and Florence and head to the Lakes. Everyone has their favourite lake, but we recommend Lake Como which we believe is one of the most beautiful places in Europe, if not the world. Explore the historical villages of Bellagio, Varenna and Menaggio along the lake banks and end in Como where you will find laid back charm, elegant shops and fine dining Italian cuisine. It is also just 30 minutes by train to the buzzing metropolis and fashion capital, Milan.  For the romantics and ideal for couples, the Grand Hotel Menaggio, is situated directly on the Lake and provides the ideal combination of traditional style and modern comfort. Here’s a great tip, get a complimentary 2 nights’ stay if you have paid the annual fee on your ADCB Traveller credit card.

• Best for: Lovers of luxury and romantics.

• Explore: Whizz around the lake on a speedboat or take a slow ferry and explore the natural beauty of northern Italy.

5. Bali


Nine hours away on Emirates, Bali has something for everyone. From the swanky beach clubs in Seminyak, where you will make the most of your bling bikinis and Kaftans to the tranquility of Gili Air where you can enjoy some much needed time out.  Made famous in Eat Pray Love but enjoyable for both families (with older kids) and single travellers alike, Ubud is all about hiking or cycling through rainforests,  playing with the monkeys in forest or taking a yoga or meditation classes at the Yoga Barn. Enjoy cashew nut lattes or traditional Indonesian foods while watching the sunset over the rice paddies or watching traditional Balinese dancing.  The Gili islands are a boat ride away from Bali where you can take a horse drawn cart to explore the island’s beautiful beaches, as well as do sunset yoga and meditation.

• Best for: Travelling, we recommend taking the time to travel and enjoy all of what Bali has to offer

• Explore: Gili Trawangan for beverages and dancing.

6. Sri Lanka


With cooler climes, lush hills, the Ceylon tea trails and quaint villages, an almost untouched southern coastline and temperatures 10 degrees less than the UAE, Sri Lanka is the perfect place to get away from busy city life and explore a quiet but vibrant country on our doorstep. Just four hours to Colombo, you are in what is known as at the jewel of the Indian Ocean. Start your vacation with a trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. From there head straight to the hills and past lush green tea plantations and trek up to Ella Rock for amazing views. Next stop should be the colourful mist covered city of Kandy, where you can visit the sacred Temple of The Tooth and relax while watching a game of cricket in the stadium. Take a driver down to the south coast and book into one of the delightful luxury boutique hotels in Galle where the right credit card can get you 20 per cent off rack rates. If sunbathing is more your thing hire a villa on the beaches of Wijaya, Hikkaduwa and Tangalle.

• Best for: Families who like adventure

• Explore: The turtle sanctuary in Galle

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We are excited to announce our new headquarters in Business bay! Our last day operation at current address will be April 08, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 2:00pm and will transfer to our main office for the meantime at Al Jassim Bldg., shop # 7, Al Nayl Road, Naif, Deira, Dubai. We will notify all of you once our new office in business bay has been furnished.  Please update your contact information accordingly. we greatly appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience in advance.

our new office in Bay view Tower, Office 1103-1104, Business Bay. Currently under construction.

You may visit us for now at Al Jassim Bldg., shop # 7, Al Nayl Road, Naif, Deira, Dubai.

Kindly contact us or call us at 04-273-0000 or 0568111077 for your inquiries.

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9 awesome destinations for every type of traveller

We know that we all have differences, different likes, hates, and favorites. Most specially when it comes to travelling. we have certain places we’d love to come and go.

go and come back. we hear you! thats why we chose 9 types of places you might be with yourself into!

  1. The beach body- MALDIVES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Of course who wouldn’t love brown tans, sunny days?  Time to show off that GYM body you are building.  it will always be Maldives for  tropical kind of people with budgeted money for travelling. Maldives is waiting for you!


See our Maldives deals here : 

2. The reader- BALI

Ever crave for somewhere peaceful so you can have full blown of mind-relaxation. as they say we need to exercise our minds as well.

the reader continues and still go for BALI indonesia. Perfect for a serious and lazy bum moment to chill to.


See our Bali Deals here :

3. The Snow Lover- CANADA

Are you fan of snow man?  love to snow board? likes a hot tea chill session? well, CANADA might be the best place for you!

as what we heard, Montreal or Toronto would be best as city choices.


4. The Road Tripper- INDIA

Snow-capped mountains, curving roads, beautiful people, an unseen side of India and amazing memories are what the GANG GOALS!

go get your gang and road/bike trip together at the Leh-Ladakh route in INDIA.


See our INDIA deals here :

5. The Mountain Climber – TANZANIA/WASHINGTON

For the trekker, hiker and mountain climber we suggest Mount Baker in Washington for beginners (takes just a day) or Kilimanjaro, Tanzania for the more extremely devoted traveller (to 19,336 feet).


6. The Shopper – LONDON

if your the shopper time of person, then London would be great for your high-end brands to one-pound items. whichever you love.

less expensive than UAE.


7. The Art Connoisseur – ITALY

Rome, Venice, Florence! They got it all for you! ITALY is just the best place for your mind-blowing works of Art. you have to put these on your list people.

its a MUST!


See our ITALY deals here :


8. The Foodie – FRANCE

We all have that one friend who loves to eat! Yes all gang get that! Having a zip of coffee in the morning at some Parisian cafe would be definitely your instagram goal buddy!

the pleasant settings and friendly approached would amaze you and the crew! you will surely back for more!


9. The Adventurer- NEW ZEALAND

SAY NO TO FEARS! this destination is for those who to killed the ropes with boats, planes, buildings mountains and a lot more! to NEW ZEALAND IT IS!



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9 afternoon tea in Dubai you wouldn’t say no to!

Who wouldn’t love tea in the afternoon? describes afternoon teas of various kinds, and provides menus for the old-fashioned tea, the at-home tea, the family tea and the high tea. Different types as we know, the typical tradition of an afternoon tea can sometimes be perceived as uptight one, missing it with good sandwiches and pastries that could satisfy your hunger.

Nowadays, a formal afternoon tea is more of a special occasion, taken as a treat in a hotel. The food is often served on a tiered stand.  there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread, or toast, muffins. Sounds good?

We as individual who works on in front of the computer, crave for something to keep things flow and to feed ourselves a bit before facing the tools,  band at least have a chance to down tools or get away from the computer and relax from work for 10-15 minutes. It may equally involve coffee, tea, and almost inevitably, biscuits.  Yes? That is why we have search different afternoon tea that could help you refresh your daily work booster cravings. Here’s our top afternoon tea places that anyone couldn’t say no to!

The Farm restaurant in Al Barari



Set within the green surroundings of Al Barari, The Farm is more than a restaurant – it is a culinary, leisure and social ‘hub’ for UAE residents looking to spend quality time and enjoy great food with family and friends.

The Farm’s philosophy is simple – to serve high-quality, wholesome food the way nature intended, in a relaxed and tranquil setting.

The flavours of The Farm are inspired from around the world, from Thai and Mediterranean to Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian.

From the on-site bakery and variety of dishes created to suit all dietary requirements to the interactive menus, The Farm is a culinary haven in Dubai.

Afternoon tea is served daily from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Price per person: AED 175/SAR 179
The Farm, Al Barari
(+971) 4 392 5660


Al Maha Resort’s afternoon tea



Embracing the culinary cultures of the East and West, dining at Al Maha Desort Resort and Spa is an experience to savour and remember.  With an excellent team all of the menus are exciting, meticulously prepared and flawlessly executed. 

Every dish is hand-made, using the finest, fresh ingredients from around the world. 

Bespoke dietary requirements are well catered for at Al Maha, including Halal meats, gluten-free dining and the freshest of hand-chosen produce. The resort provides an exemplary culinary experience which has earned Al Maha’s restaurant, Al Diwaan, superb reviews and accolades, including the reputation of being among the best food and dining in Dubai.

 there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to the food offering at Al Maha Resort’s afternoon tea. and it’s the stress-free atmosphere at hajar terrace where the afternoon tea is served makes it irresistible and the definitive afternoon-tea spot for a nature lover.

Afternoon tea is served daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. except during the month of Ramadan.

Price per person: AED 175/SAR 179
Al Maha Resort
(+971) 4 832 9900


Dinner in the sky



Dinner in the Sky is a Belgian-based experience that has created more than 5,000 dinner events in 40 cities around the world. Iconic locations have included the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the Marina of Dubai, Villa Borghese in Rome, Athens, Copacabana Beach, and Cape Town. Forbes magazine has named it one of the world’s most extravagant meals. 

“Floating” above the ordinary brings a whole new perspective to product launches, consumer promotions, sponsorship activation, corporate engagement and entertainment in the sky.

Getting a plus thumbs up for having great food variety options and beverages. Making you more intense up in the air for serving its brewing coffees and tea. Definitely a top one bucket list you must add on!

Afternoon tea is served twice daily, with seatings at 4:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Price per person: AED 499/SAR 511 on weekdays, AED 599/SAR 611 on weekends
Dubai International Marine Club
(+971) 50 925 6341

Shangri-La Dubai’s




Every afternoon from 1pm to 6pm, enjoy a refined Asian High Tea in the chic surroundings of our newly refurbished Lobby Lounge. Indulge in a selection of exotic teas, accompanied by mouth-watering savoury and sweet delicacies, all infused with unique Asian flavours. 

 Prices start from AED 135 per person. 

Shangri-La Dubai
(+971) 4 405 270


Skyview Bar at Burj Al Arab.





From modern day classics to innovative cocktails, our master mixologists go to great lengths to seek out inspiration, drawing influence from the most unexpected places.The space inside Skyview has been designed for intimate conversations, and a rotating line-up of live music ensures the sights and sounds are as impressive as the beverages we shake up. Here, creating cocktails really is an art form.

 Giving you the most satisfying ambience in your entire life, fantastic view, wonderful staff, and a great fresh tea made up. You couldn’t ask for more!

Afternoon tea is served from Saturday to Thursday, with seatings at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Price per person: AED 620/SAR 633
Burj Al Arab
(+971) 4 301 7600


The Palace Downtown Dubai




In a truly palatial Arabian atmosphere with panoramic views of Burj Lake and The Dubai Fountain, indulge in a selection of delectable pastries, sandwiches, premium beverages, juices and exclusive teas and coffees.

Afternoon Tea,’ has treats from the West paired with flavours of the East.

This is exactly what the PICTURE says it all!

Price per person: From AED 160/SAR 163
The Palace Downtown Dubai
(+971) 4 428 7981





Depending on your choice, you wil be treated to exquisite flavours that may berries,

Cream and savoury delicacies, or fine roasts with seasonal Vegetables. A sweet ending comes courtesy of an exquisite dessert selection featuring fine pastries and traditional favourites.

This must be one of the incredible view you will ever experience. You’ll love dubai even more with its spectacular scenery at the top.  

Afternoon tea is served daily from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Price per person: From AED 320/SAR 327
Burj Khalifa
(+971) 4 888 3828


The atlantis Palm


Everyone loves a restaurant with a view and views don’t get much better than the one in Ossiano — Dubai’s famous seafood dinery located in Atlantis The Palm. With some of the finest seafood in the world it’s a superb place to celebrate something special. Follow Katrina as she enlists help from the mesmerising panorama of 65,000 marine animals, plus a friendly aquarium keeper who goes above and beyond the call of duty to make Mum and Dad’s special evening truly unforgettable.

Nothing beats the under the sea ambience I guess? This could be way more relaxing place to have staycation to. looking at the different fishes while having a zip on your tea is just perfect!

Afternoon tea is served every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Price per person: From AED 295/SAR 301
Atlantis The Palm
(+971) 4 426 2626


Rhodes W1



Famed for his modern take of the best of British cuisine, Gary Rhodes and his dedicated team have developed a fabulously traditional take on the most popular of British traditions – afternoon tea. An afternoon at Rhodes W1 will leave you feeling transported to an English countryside setting, as you sit back, relax and sip tea out of the finest Wedgewood bone china, enjoying the enchanting gold and white butterflies and pops of colour throughout the restaurant which evoke a beautiful English garden. Alternately enjoy afternoon tea al fresco and bask in the peaceful ambience of the Rhodes W1 terrace, while the weather still permits.


Afternoon tea is served every Friday and Saturday, from 14:30 to 17:00.

Price per person: From AED 195/SAR 199
Grosvenor House
(+971) 4 317 6000


Cant get enough of the mouth watering afternoon tea youve see in the picture above? i bet! :p


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New baggage rules at Dubai airport from March 8, 2017

via Gulfnews

Dubai: Airport authorities are enforcing stricter baggage rules that may change the way you pack your suitcase.

The new rules will come into effect on March 8, 2017.

What are they?

  1. No irregular shaped bags
  2. No oversized bags
  3. No round bags
  4. All bags should have a flat surface

“Dubai International provides some of the most sophisticated baggage systems in the world,” said Ali Angizeh, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai International.

“However, even the most technologically advanced systems can be disrupted by irregular shaped or oversized bags. Bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind are by far the largest source of baggage jams.

“These jams can shut down sections of our system, delay baggage delivery to the aircraft and inconvenience our customers,” he said.

According to the rules, round bags that do not have a flat surface will not be checked-in.

Dubai Airports has also advised all airlines operating into the airport of the new regulations that will take place next month.

“Passengers, who show up at the airport with non-compliant baggage, will also be given the option to have it repacked in boxes for a fee.”

Stretching 140 kilometres and covering a surface area of 75 football fields, DXB’s baggage handling system is among the largest in the world. It has 15,000 trays and is powered by 21,000 motors.

Dubai International Airport handled approximately 9.3 million bags in January this year. A bag spends an average of 29 minutes in the baggage system at DXB.

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East & West Travels First Roundtrip ticket Giveaway!

East & West Travels first ROUNDTRIP TICKET Giveaway at The Philippine Foundation Event

We are proud to the success of our First Event where held at The Philippine School Dubai, foundation day wherein thousands of Filipino we have met during the said event. Our Company East & West Travels were present to promote our travel services. Having our own booth and Giveaways makes it more exciting.  Our dedicated team put altogether an extra level of support to participate and welcomed guests, making it more special by Giving away a roundtrip Ticket By emirates Airline to the lucky Kabayan Ms. Aileen De Jesus. Congratulations Again Ms. Aileen.

We wanted to thank all the people involved in putting together our first event. Thank you The Philippine School for letting us rock the stage and saving us a spot for tent  to your beloved school.Also we would like to thank the School Directress of TPS School and the Consul General of the Philippines who helped us to announced the winner.

We had so much fun from beginning till the end. it was fun and awesome day for all of us at East & West! See you all again next time. More giveaways soon! Keep watching our page

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Never leave Dubai withouth trying MINT LEAF

Loves to eat? or are you looking for an awesome place to relieve stress after work? or just simply take your friends to a cool dinner? You would not miss the one of the most finest dinning

restaurant here in Dubai. We highly recommend

With the increasing number of F&B establishments all around it is getting more difficult by the day to spot the unique taste. With that said, Mint Leaf has portrayed a highly specialized area of expertise to ensure every classic Indian recipe that is authentic to its nativity. Handpicked only the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients and the highest quality spices selected at source to bring traditional recipes, cooked in contemporary cutting-edge style, to a very fine table, with astonishing surroundings.
Mint Leaf is inspired by the exotic & extraordinary regional tastes of India. They have distinctive culinary styles & unusual exciting auras incorporating India’s alluring culture. Mint leaf has set a new standard for Indian fine dining as they redefined quintessential Indian cuisine – bringing together authentic flavours, reinterpreting traditional recipes, applying innovative techniques, and adding world-class presentation.

Group of friends enjoying a bottle a drink.


Kitchen Set up is just lovely to see.


an eye-catchy photography will leave you no choice but to have a selfie.


a sumptuous meal you crave is to die for


What are you waiting for? cant get enought of what you are ssing?  Visit them now at 15th floor, South towers Emirates Financial towers, DIFC

For reservations:  +971 4 706 0900

[email protected]