This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Squaremeal.ae
It feels like an absolute lifetime since we were allowed to get out and about, and really enjoy a bit of travel, and if I’m being completely honest, I really miss it. I’ve got a case of perpetual itchy feet, and I love planning where we’re off to next, whether that’s a staycation, or something which is a little more far-flung.
One of the destinations occupying the top spots in my wish list is Dubai. I actually lived there after I graduated from university, and worked on a magazine out there, and before that, we used to head there pretty much every year on a summer holiday. I can’t count how many times we’ve been, but it’s a bit of a favourite thanks to the guaranteed sunshine, seriously luxe hotels and incredible shopping. It’s pretty much the ideal destination, no matter what sort of holiday you might be in the mood for.
We started visiting Dubai back in 2001, and honestly, it feels like a complete lifetime ago. It was before The Palm, the Dubai Mall or even the Mall of the Emirates were even an option, and a big night out consisted of a movie at the Mercato Mall, or window shopping at Chanel in the Wafi Centre. Over the years, the food scene in Dubai has seriously blossomed, and if you’re headed out there soon, I’d recommend sitting down and deciding on a few destinations for special evenings out. Since it’s a city which can feel a touch overwhelming, it’s good to know a couple of shortcuts, which will let you enjoy everything you want to do without getting too stressed out, which is where Squaremeal.ae comes in.
Their website is a one stop shop for booking your dining option whilst in Dubai. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual lunch, a fancy date-night, or even one of the city’s infamous brunches, you simply pop in the name of the restaurant you want to head to, click ‘book more’ and you’re good to go. The site gives you an overview of the restaurant, contact details, and even similar options if you’re just having a browse.
All of my favourites are included on the site – I lived at The Address Dubai Marina, and it’s so lovely to see Shades – their poolside bar be included on the site. If you’re looking for a chilled evening spot, it’s a great one to enjoy. Being able to book your table a few weeks before you go is such a luxury. The site even organizes Dubai’s restaurants and bars by regions, so no matter if you’re staying in the Marina, on Jumeriah or on even on the Palm, it couldn’t be easier to find some incredible options.
Having a look through at all the places which have opened up since I’ve been has made me a bit homesick for the place, and I’m not going to lie – I’ve already started looking at holidays for next year!