10 REASONS TO CHOOSE DUBAI THIS JANUARY

If you can tear yourself away from the bespoke surroundings of your Nasma Luxury Stays holiday villa or apartment, the city of Dubai has a wealth of exciting cultural and entertainment experiences on offer. To help you make the most of your vacation home stay with us – and the wonderful winter weather – we’ve put together our January shortlist of top 10 city-wide experiences.

LANDMARK EXPERIENCES

One of two hot ticket tourist destinations to open this month, the gold-clad Dubai Frame, located in Zabeel Park, is expected to attract more than two million visitors in 2018. Be one of the first to travel 150 metres to the glass bridge observation deck for a bespoke bird’s eye view of both old and new Dubai, and also capture the perfectly framed city skyline from ground level.

Swap high-tech architectural innovation for nature with a trip out to the new Dubai Safari wildlife park. Home to more than 2,500 animals, the 119-hectare park is divided into a series of geographically themed villages (African, Arabian, Asian) plus the Open Safari village. We love the thrill of the world’s first drive-through crocodile exhibit and the UAE’s only drive-through hippo and tiger enclosure.

ON THE WATERFRONT

Dubai’s maritime history meets stylish relaxation at a number of landscaped locations across the city, but this month the destination on everyone’s lips is La Mer. A new laidback beachfront development in the Jumeirah neighbourhood, La Mer’s1.24 million square metres of outdoor space is centered around a beachfront promenade and palm tree-fringed timber walkway lined with cabanas, water hammocks, an array of trendy cafés and licensed restaurants, and one-of-a-kind retail opportunities.

SHOP THE CITY

January and shopping go hand in hand with the annual Dubai Shopping Festival already in full swing. Check out the special offers, promotions and sales at top brand stores across the city’s 40+ malls or head to Global Village for a cultural retail experience with more than 30 international pavilions, street entertainers and nightly fireworks. For a VIP shopping experience, we recommend the Dubai Shopping Festival Pass, which gives you special access to the best attractions, tours, experiences and seasonal dining.

Back by popular demand, and also part of the festival, our top shopping tip this January is Market OTB, an al fresco showcase for up-and-coming designers and independent labels. It’s a great outdoor alternative to the bustling mall scene and runs from 11-20 January at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai.

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU

After-dark entertainment abounds in Dubai and it’s the sellout La Perle by Dragone show that’s blowing minds this month. A 90-minute Cirque du Soleil-style extravaganza inspired by the emirate’s history, the show is a mastery of music, choreography, daredevil stunts and jaw-dropping moments featuring aerial acrobats, divers, motorcyclists and cast of hundreds. We recommend springing for the Gold or VIP level tickets for the best seats.

The stunning setting of Dubai Opera is another Nasma Luxury Stays team favourite, and the January calendar has something for everyone including performances by Abdullah Bilkhair and Hind Albahraineya (12 January) and an international production of the acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita (22-27 & 29 January).

ART IN THE CITY

Dubai’s art scene is thriving and there’s a profusion of galleries in the city from the charming setting of Al Fahidi Historical District on the banks of the Dubai Creek to Alserkal Avenue in the industrial Al Quoz area. An urban arts hub, the avenue is home to a collection of galleries and artists and is a great place to while away a few hours. If you’re in town 26-27 January, be sure to pop in to the Quoz Arts Fest, with gallery tours, dance performances and a market.

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Adrenaline thrills and clear blue skies are guaranteed with a tandem skydive over Palm Jumeirah and you may even spot your Nasma Luxury Stays vacation rental from 4,000 metres! Skydive Dubai is the place to go with a team of world-class instructors and a professionally edited video for show and tell back home.

If sky high action isn’t your thing and you’d like to know more about the UAE’s heritage and history, we recommend stepping back in time for a 90-minute walking tour of Al Fahidi Historical District on the Dubai Creek, led by a qualified Emirati guide from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (cultures.ae).

FALL IN LOVE WITH DUBAI THIS MARCH

Fall in love with Dubai this March as we take you on a whirlwind 24-hour tour of the city’s most romantic locations from private escapist experiences for two to intimate evenings created with romance in mind.

Myself and the Nasma Luxury Stays team have delved deep into our little black book of insider knowledge to share some of Dubai’s more exclusive experiences throughout the month.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Get a head start on the season of love and combine romance and adventure with a hot air balloon ride and gourmet breakfast experience. The pre-dawn start and drive out into the desert hinterland is worth waking up early for as you gracefully float over a desert vista populated by Arabian gazelles, roaming camels and palm tree oases. A taste of luxury awaits among the wind-sculpted sand dunes with a sumptuous breakfast of smoked salmon, caviar, eggs benedict and other fresh goodies served in a private Bedouin desert camp setting.

TIME OUT FOR TWO

Look your best for your loved one and book a half-day session at one of Dubai’s highly rated spas. We love the couples’ experience at Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah where the rejuvenating Arabian Royal Hammam ritual takes place in a lavishly opulent setting reminiscent of a sultan’s palace. At the other end of town, the award-winning Amara Spa at Park Hyatt offers a couples’ journey in your own private garden with a fragrant and relaxing series of face and body treatments featuring the evocative scent of cardamom, rose, sandalwood and signature Amara oils followed by a healthy spa lunch for two.

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LUNCH BY THE LAKE

Succumb to the lure of fresh air and a change of scenery and pack a picnic for a long, lazy lunch at Al Qudra Lakes. Just a short drive from the city’s main thoroughfares, the area is teeming with bird life from falcons wheeling overhead to families of ducks and even pink flamingos. For a bespoke picnic basket to go, the team at Nasma Luxury Stays likes Chez Charles’ hamper, complete with savoury nibbles, salads, cold cuts and desserts, or the Book Munch Café version which includes a returnable picnic rug.

THE LOOK OF LOVE

Planning a five-star dinner or night on the town? Find the perfect outfit for him and her courtesy of our personal shopper contacts. Both Bloomingdale’s at The Dubai Mall and Harvey Nichols at Mall of the Emirates offer a no obligation service with elite access to a coterie of designer labels.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

Avoid the tourist hordes and get out on the water with a private sunset yacht cruise. A limousine transfer and red carpet welcome set the scene for a very special evening aboard your own 48-foot Azimut captained yacht. Bring a bathing suit to enjoy a dip from the dedicated bathing platform, watch the sunset over the Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah from the flybridge or relax on the horseshoe-shaped sofa in the main salon.

WRITTEN IN THE STARS

Unique to Dubai, a night desert safari and star gazing session is an unforgettable experience and a personal favourite. Escape the city lights for the peace and quiet of a royal desert conservation retreat in the company of a professional safari guide. Night-vision binoculars offer a glimpse of local wildlife while a three-course torchlit barbecue dinner showcases flavours of the region. End the night before retiring to the comfort of your luxury Nasma holiday home with a memorable stargazing session courtesy of a telescope and personal astronomer.

DINNER A DEUX

Dubai is spoilt for choice when it comes to romantic dining options so we polled the Nasma Luxury Stays team for their top recommendations. Gourmet dining at the height of luxury is on the menu at Atmosphere Restaurant & Lounge on level 122 of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa; or opt for dinner on the water, quite literally, with a culinary abra tour along the winding waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, stopping off at three of its most popular restaurants.

And for the ultimate in private dining in the opulent comfort of your luxury Nasma villa or apartment, we can arrange for a private chef to create a tailor-made epicurean menu just for two.

THE NASMA GUIDE TO… DUBAI WORLD CUP

Powerful, graceful and synonymous with the region, the Arabian horse still plays a major role in Emirati culture and heritage. With the 23rd running of Dubai World Cup – the world’s richest horse race – set to take place on Saturday 31st March 2018, we’ve put together the ultimate equestrian guide to the city’s best equine pursuits.

A NIGHT AT THE RACES

The Nasma Luxury Stays team loves an evening out with a difference and the horse racing season is in full swing this month ahead of Dubai World Cup weekend, but if you can’t make the main event you can still enjoy on-track excitement with race nights taking place on 1st, 3rd, 10th, 15th and 17th March.

The spectacular Meydan Racecourse is the home of UAE racing and offers viewing and hospitality packages to suit every budget. A limited number of free admission tickets to the main grandstand are available on non-international carnival race nights but we recommend you upgrade your experience, whether it’s an al fresco seat in The Premium area or drinks and dining from the comfort of a grandstand suite (dubairacingclub.com).

Super Saturday (10th March) is the official ‘dress rehearsal’ for Dubai World Cup day, and a less pricey alternative to the big-ticket occasion; with an opportunity to meet your favourite equine stars and mingle with the city’s social set.

Flying home before the 31st? Our Nasma top tip for a sneaky peek at the pre-race action is a ticket to enjoy Breakfast With The Stars on Thursday 29th for an exciting early morning experience including live entertainment, raffle draws, interviews with the trainers and jockeys and a lavish breakfast buffet.

THE MAIN EVENT

Nine races and a total prize purse of US$30 million attracts more than 60,000 spectators for an afternoon and evening of thrilling dirt and turf action culminating in

the final US$10 million race and grand finale concert (Sia was the 2017 headline act).

An Apron Views ticket is your entry level option with access to grandstand seating, a full coterie of beverage options out on the lawn and the Rails Food Court inside the Meydan Grandstand. Book before 18th March and early bird tickets are a steal at AED 472.50 (normal price AED 630).

For a one-of-a-kind experience, it has to be the Cigar Suite on level five. A private table and terrace access overlooking the Parade Ring is all yours with an endless menu of afternoon tea, à la carte and buffet flavours complemented by free-flowing beverages and bubbles. At AED 4,987.50 per person (minimum two guests), it’s an investment, but is definitely unforgettable (dubaiworldcup.com).

DRESS TO IMPRESS

Think Ascot meets Melbourne Cup and you’ve got the picture with dapper suits, designer dresses, gravity-defying hats and heels the order of the day.

Do keep it classy. Our resident style insider, Malak at United Designers, stipulates hem lengths below the knee and a restrained décolletage, but morning suits for gentlemen are not a requirement. Oh, and if walking on grass in those ultra-expensive Louboutins isn’t for you, then stylish wedges are the answer.

Dubai’s upscale malls and boutiques are all geared up for race day. A Nasma Luxury Stays favourite is local hat designer Evelyn McDermott (evemcdermott@mac.com), while Ana Bella Millinery travels the world crafting custom headgear (anabellamillinery.co.uk) and Oasis Fashion at WAFI Mall is a popular go-to for hats and accessories. Fashionistas in search of something a little different should head to United Designers’ flagship store at Mirdif City Centre.

Strut your stuff on race day and enter the Dubai World Cup Style Stakes with a chance to win fabulous prizes and an honorary ‘best dressed’ title.


SADDLE UP

If you’re here with little ones then the Meydan Stable Tour (Tues/Weds in season; stabletours.meydan.ae) is a great way to introduce children to Dubai’s equestrian scene. Discover how the thoroughbred racing stars get ready to compete with a behind-the-scenes tour that kicks off with a five-star buffet breakfast at the adjacent Meydan Hotel where you can watch the horses working out on the track.

Head to the stables to learn how horses are groomed and conditioned, check out the Jockeys’ Room, Saddling Paddock and Parade Ring. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see the horses exercising in their own swimming pool in what can only be described as the equine equivalent of a luxurious villa stay with us.

Dust off your jodhpurs and feel at one with nature with an early morning hack, beach ride or dressage lesson at any one of a number of excellent equestrian centres. We recommend Jebel Ali Equestrian Club for beginner lessons and ladies only rides (jebelaliequestrianclub@gmail.com) or Emirates Equestrian Centre for more experienced riders (emiratesequestriancentre.com).

And for a suitably refined experience to wrap up your Nasma Luxury Stay, the Dubai Gold Cup Polo Series 2018 is a perfect day out with fast-paced chukka action and a choice of bespoke hospitality packages (dubaipologoldcup.com).

DISCOVER DUBAI WITH A LUXURY FAMILY STAYCATION

For visitors and UAE residents, the arrival of Spring isn’t necessarily marked by an obvious change in season, but April is still a great month to get out there and make the most of Dubai’s fantastic line-up of outdoor activities. And where better to begin, than with a luxurious Nasma staycation.

Kids on Easter holidays? Avoid the inevitable cries of ‘mum, we’re bored!’ and hit the city with a stay in a stylish family-friendly apartment in the vibrant urban City Walk enclave, buzzing Dubai Marina community or upgrade to a luxurious villa on Palm Jumeirah for an escape from everyday reality.

We’ve put our thinking caps on to cherry pick the most fun-filled family activities on offer around town to get you out of the house, into the fresh air and making sure that every member of the family has an unforgettable stay in this dynamic city.

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS
An Emirates A380 made out of flowers? Only in Dubai. A short drive from Mall of the Emirates end of town, Dubai Miracle Garden, is both a calming retreat from the frenetic pace of city living and a rainbow-hued tribute to the ingenuity of its green fingered gardeners. Millions of floral blooms have been used to shape iconic figures and breathtaking structures. Check out the A380 or, our personal favourite, the supersized Mickey Mouse made out of around 100,000 flowers. The adjacent Butterfly Garden is also lots of fun. dubaimiraclegarden.com

BESIDE THE SEASIDE
The latest beachfront destination to take shape, La Mer on Jumeirah Beach Road, is from the same team that designed The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residences. Decked out in a vaguely piratical style with wooden boats and rope ‘n’ bucket showers this 100% family focused area is fronted by shallow Gulf waters, making it ideal for small children. It’s also dotted with play and splash areas, while grown-ups will love the sea hammocks, and a wealth of causal eateries means there’s no need to pack sandwiches. lamerdubai.ae

OUTDOOR EDUTAINMENT

Part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts development, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park offer a double dose of interactive al fresco fun for those with younger children. Colourful edutainment awaits plus plenty of entertaining rides including the Lego favourites – Rescue Academy and Legoland Driving School. End the day with a dip and splash in the waterpark. dubaiparksandresorts.ae

HIGH WIRE ACTION

One of our top picks for adventurers of all ages, Aventura Park in Mirdif is home to 35,000 square metres of adrenaline-inducing activities with no less than 85 tightrope walks, ladder climbs, log crossings and high wire zip lines to enjoy. Located in the Al Mushrif Park forest, there are six circuits available with options to suit all ages and abilities (the family-focused Explorador course is super fun but we dare you to brave the Xtreme circuit with its 25-metre leap of faith). aventuraparks.com

ACTION CENTRAL

A perennial favourite any time of day, Kite Beach is a community hangout with sun, sand and fun guaranteed. But it’s more than just a beach and 14-kilometre-long promenade with XGrounder skate park, tons of watersports action (think kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddle boarding) as well as some of the city’s coolest food trucks and casual cafés. Kids are lining up to check out the new XPark Jr., a forest themed adventure playground populated with trees to climb, streams to splash in, more climbing nets, wooden forts and its own petting zoo. kitebeach.ae

OPEN WATER

Take a road trip out of town to the foothills of the Hajar mountains for a kayaking session at Hatta Dam where you can rent anything and everything from a single kayak to a pedal boat, floating doughnut or water bike (life vests included). Alternatively, the Hatta Trail Centre is the place for mountain biking adventures and suitable for both beginners and experienced trail riders. hattakayak.com, hattamtb.ae

THE NASMA LUXURY TOUCH

We know that taking a family trip, even if it’s just a staycation in another emirate, can be a challenge when it comes to packing the kids up for a few days away. Our team is on the ball as always, and part of the Nasma Luxury Stays check-in experience is a welcome basket filled with baby or kids’ essentials – just to get you started.

Every mum and dad also deserves a night off, and with on-call babysitting services part of the Nasma added extras collection, we promise to keep your little darlings safe and sound while you enjoy an evening for just the two of you. We also offer newborn baby care courtesy of our highly qualified neonatal team from Emirates Home Nursing.

And even a night in can have some added magic with our on-call catering service on hand to rustle up a romantic dinner for two, a laidback family barbecue, or a basket of fresh-baked goods delivered to your door for a lazy breakfast.
Just call your Nasma Luxury Stays hostess 24 hours in advance and you’re good to go.

THE NASMA GUIDE TO… PERSONAL PAMPERING IN THE CITY

Dubai’s reputation as a fast-paced, action led destination is well deserved, but it’s also packed with pampering and wellness spots, boasting some of the region’s best spas and salons.

Whether you’re in the city for a weekend escape, a late spring sojourn or here with mom to treat her for Mother’s Day, we recommend factoring in some well-deserved downtime to complement your Nasma Luxury Stay experience

COUPLES’ ONLY

Couples’ spa treatments are quite the done thing here in Dubai and a fantastically intimate way to enjoy quality time together. Any number of luxury hotel spas offer tailored experiences for two; we love Anantara Spa (anantara.com/palm-dubai) out on Palm Jumeirah where the setting and scenery only add to the magic of the moment. This Asian-inspired sanctuary has something for every spa aficionada. For the two of you, the team at Nasma Luxury Stays say go for the signature three-hour Palm Retreat journey. A collection of soothing therapies that includes a romantic milk bath, top to toe exfoliation, hydrating nourishing body wrap, de-stress Arabian massage and personalised facial, you’re guaranteed to emerge feeling refreshed and ready for anything.

HAMMAM TIME

You can’t come to the Middle East and not experience a traditional hammam. If you only have time for one spa session, head out to Talise Ottoman Spa (jumeirah.com) at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah where Turkish inspired architecture and the capable hands of an experienced hammam masseuse await. Surrender to the setting as you lie back on a warmed marble slab under a vast decorated domed ceiling and enjoy every second of the 60-minute Royal Ottoman signature treatment. The traditional invigorating kese mitt polish and pillowy foam massage are quite unique, and having your hair shampooed is a delightful throwback to childhood. A sweet finish is delivered with your body enveloped in a skin-loving honey mask. We suggest you continue the pampering back at your vacation home with a Nasma Luxury Stay partner chef to cook up an equally memorable dinner….

ULTIMATE INDULGENCE

Dubai and decadence are a natural fit and The Spa at Palazzo Versace (palazzoversace.ae) in the emerging Culture District is as opulent as its namesake. If you have an entire day to spare, an unlimited credit card and can bear to tear yourself away from the comfort of your Nasma luxury rental, why not spoil yourself – or a loved one – with The Ultimate, a 7½-hour pampering session offering five luxurious treatments. A chauffeur driven car will pick you up from your Nasma Luxury Stay home for breakfast at the hotel’s Giardino restaurant before a signature hammam ritual, ceremonial massage, two-course lunch in a private poolside cabana, followed by a radiance facial, blow dry, luxury mani-pedi and Cinderella-esque ride home.

MUM AND ME

Where in the world could there be a Hello Kitty spa (hellokittybeautyspa.com) other than Dubai? This Town Centre Jumeirah mall enclave is top-to-toe branded in all things feline and is the perfect mother-daughter beauty destination. Treat your little princess (or let your little princess treat you) to a Queen Mother and Her Kitty-ness mani-pedi session for two, which also includes a blow dry for both of you, make-up application, a sugar-loaded cupcake and drink. Note to mums: the salon only uses all-natural kid-friendly products.

PERFECTLY GROOMED

A well-groomed man makes a unique impression and for the city’s sartorially switched-on, this starts with a session in a top men’s salon. Barberia Italiana (04 336 0024) in Mercato Shopping Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road is a current grooming hotspot where the menu includes the salon’s signature shave. A true old school treat, the experience is styled using traditional Italian barber shop techniques and includes a facial massage with cream, hot towel, the requisite shave, a matte mask, cold towel to close the pores and splash of after shave lotion. Perfecto!

FINISHING TOUCHES

If you’re planning a big night out to Dubai Opera or dinner at an on-trend five-star eatery then you’ll want to look your best. Leave the finishing touches to the experts and pop over to the Blowout Bar (blowoutbar.ae) in the Golden Mile Galleria on Palm Jumeirah for a blow dry and styling fix that will leave you suitably glammed up for the evening. A regular haunt for the Nasma Luxury Stays team, we love the themed menu, which offers a choice of finished from a signature blowout (straight with a touch of body) to the beach babe look (tousled waves) and the super sophisticated vintage vogue (old Hollywood red carpet glamour).

INSIDE-OUT WELLNESS

Dubai may be heavily reliant on imported food and ingredients but there is a growing market appetite for locally produced and organic produce. Pamper yourself from the inside out and pick up some kitchen essentials and other delicious goodies at Greenheart Farms (greenheartuae.com) for delivery directly to your Nasma rental home and Organic Foods & Café (organicfoodsandcafe.com, various locations), which is also a great healthy Saturday brunch destination. If a Nasma Luxury stay means zero time in the kitchen, Dubai has a wealth of health-oriented cafés to choose from – try Life’n One’s (lifenone.com) villa garden oasis for vegan eats, on-trend Comptoir 102 (comptoir102.com) on Jumeirah Beach Road or the delightful Wild & The Moon (wildandthemoon.ae) in the Alserkal Avenue arts hub in Al Quoz.

DISCOVERING A DIFFERENT SIDE TO DUBAI THIS MONTH

A time for self-reflection, renewal and ritual practice for Muslims around the world, Dubai takes on a distinctly different persona during the holy month of Ramadan. While daylight hours move at a slower pace, the city comes alive after sunset and the breaking of the fast at iftar.

If cultural exploration is your thing, then this is the perfect time to experience another side to the emirate with a host of unique events, occasions and gatherings designed to celebrate the spirit of togetherness and kindness that defines the season.

Whether you’re a long-term UAE resident enjoying a staycation in one of our fantastic vacation homes, or a first-time visitor to the Emirates, we hope you enjoy our guide to some of the experiences on offer across Dubai.

CITY OF LIGHTS


Hop on-hop off night bus city tours

www.citysightseeing-dubai.com

See the city from a different perspective during the holy month with an after-dark tour on board one of the City Sightseeing double decker buses. Choose from the Sunset Red Route, which wends its way along the famed Dubai Creek and surrounding area out to Dubai Festival City and modern Downtown Dubai, or opt for the Midnight Blue Route for amazing views of Dubai Marina, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Atlantis, The Palm. Sparkling fairy light and seasonal decorations meet glittering skyscrapers and busy streets on this 6-11pm tour.

CULTURAL IFTAR

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding iftar experience
www.cultures.ae

The traditional meal to break the daily fast during Ramadan, iftar doesn’t get more inclusive than this traditional experience at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Located in a restored windtower house in the heart of the Al Fahidi Historical District, your Emirati hosts will talk you through the symbolism of the season before you tuck into a delicious collection of Emirati dishes. There’s even an opportunity to quiz your hosts on the season, Islam and local traditions in an open forum. Runs until 12th June, reservations a must.

DINE AND RIDE

Iftar at Legoland Dubai

www.legoland.com

The Nasma Luxury Stays top recommendation if you’re in town with the kids, Legoland Dubai out at Dubai Parks and Resorts is offering an iftar buffet experience complete with free entry to all its rides until 14th June. Enjoy a family feat with traditional far such as local dates, slow-cooked lamb ouzi and chicken kabsa, as well as all your international favourites plus a special kids’ only counter (think spaghetti and sausage rolls). Don’t go too crazy on the buffet though as a full tummy isn’t the best combination with the park’s collection of thrilling rides and experiences open for your amusement until 9pm.

IMMERSIVE ART


Ramadanization at The Gallery of Light

www.ductac.org

An annual seasonal exhibition held at Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre’s dedicated art space, Ramadanization is back for its third edition and runs until 17th June. A group project, that showcases – and celebrates – the talent of a collection of Dubai based artists, this year’s open call for submissions asked the community to present works that illustrate what Ramadan means to them.

LOCAL FLAVOUR

Al Seef Night Market

www.alseef.ae

One of Dubai’s newest retail and entertainment attractions, Al Seef is a cultural hotspot on the banks of the historic Dubai Creek and its Ramadan night market (open until 22nd June) is well worth a visit. Get ready to double up on cultural exploration and bag a bargain with as you wander through this seasonally themed bazaar. Packed with local flavour in the form of food stands, arts and crafts areas and souvenir stalls selling all manner of cultural mementos, you’ll also find henna artists and a Ramadan storyteller. Visit on the weekend and there’s live musical entertainment as an added bonus.

MALLS AND MORE

Roaming entertainers and Eid celebrations
www.visitdubai.com

You can’t visit Dubai without popping into one of its many fabulous malls and even if you’re not a hardcore shopper in search of a sweet retail deal, there’s still lots to do and see in these mega entertainment centres. The Eid Al Fitr holiday to mark the end of Ramadan sees the city’s shopping hubs amp up the excitement from 14-17 June with stilt-walking ballerinas in rainbow-hued tutus, traditional strolling musicians, wearable art on show and freestyling football action. Quite possibly our favourite thing this year is the giant floor piano at City Centre Deira – if you’re a Tom Hanks in Big movie fan, this has to be on your Dubai to do list!

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME


FIFA World Cup 2018 in Dubai

www.barastibeach.com

We’re pretty sure there’s a football fan or two among our Nasma guests and we haven’t forgotten you this month. From 14th June onwards, Dubai will go football mad with numerous hotels, purpose-built pavilions and lounges offering giant screens and brilliant food and beverage deals. We love the Barasti SuperDome on the edge of the Dubai Marina district – a two-floor soccer centric venue that’s being touted as the place to catch all the tournament action live from Russia. Check it out and cheer on your favourite team to victory in air-conditioned comfort.

NASMA GOES THE EXTRA MILE

It’s not only finding a great location (and gorgeous holiday home) for your next staycation or vacation that sets the scene for a perfect getaway, we all love to add a little extra wow factor to our travel plans.

The Nasma Luxury Stays team already has the basics covered, from a plentiful supply of fresh, fluffy towels and high thread count linens to bathroom amenities from The White Company and free at-home movies. And our 24/7 Concierge Service is on call to help you arrange anything and everything from a limo airport transfer to booking a table at Dubai’s latest dining hotspot.

But that’s not all. We have also created a collection of curated partner experiences designed to make your Nasma Luxury Stay experience even more special. Check out a few of our guests’ favourite added value experiences.

At-home dining with EAT Artisanal Bakery

These guys are great. Located in the Business Bay area of the city, it’s my absolute favourite place for breakfast, and we’ve eaten there as a team (yes, it really is that good!). In fact, it’s so good that we signed them up as our official at-home catering service.

One of our most requested partners, they are the go-to for a home delivery breakfast (don’t miss their baked egg shakshouka, it’s a bestseller) and their home chef experience is also super popular.

With more and more of our guests choosing to spend time enjoying the comforts of their vacation home, having a chef come over and prepare dinner in ‘your’ kitchen has become a Nasma Luxury Stays signature.

Plus, EAT Artisanal Bakery also offers a bespoke menu service and can cater for any occasion or dietary preference. That’s your wedding anniversary dinner sorted!

Personal style session from United Designers

This is a favourite brand of mine and I can confidently say that we are the only luxury vacation home rental company to offer this kind of service. A homegrown design success story, the label has a store at City Centre Mirdif but why travel to find style when we can bring it to your door?

A personal stylist will have a chat with you about your own personal glamour preferences and then the lovely team at United Designers will come to your Nasma residence with a selection of handmade garments for you to try.

From stunning traditional abayas with a couture edge to flowing hand-embroidered kaftans, evening dresses and accessories, the label is highly sought after by Emirati fashionistas and regional trendsetters alike. Set trends of your own by picking up a one- of-a-kind piece to make heads turn back home.

Quality childcare courtesy of Emirates Home Nursing


Traveling with children is a joy but even mums and dads need some quality time together. We understand that leaving your little one in the care of a third party may be a little daunting and that’s why we work exclusively with the team at Emirates Home Nursing.

Highly qualified, certified and well trained, their experienced nurses are the Mary Poppins’ of Dubai, and are used to taking care of children of all ages from newborns through to ‘babysitting’ emerging adolescents. They can even be booked at short notice (four hours) although we recommend 24 hours advance booking.

Honestly speaking, we couldn’t rate them more highly. Punctual, professional and passionate, we get fantastic feedback both from parents and children – and they’ve even tried to poach them from the company on occasion!

And if you’re travelling with elderly or infirm family members, they also offer support services to take the stress out of your planned holiday time and a much-needed extra hand. Just call or email us for client testimonials and more info.

DISCOVER LUXURY ON THE DOORSTEP THIS SUMMER

Summer doesn’t have to be a drag if you’re stuck in the desert for the duration, and the promise of a staycation does wonders to boost sagging spirits. Add in a wow luxury factor and you’ll soon be enjoying one of the best vacation experiences you’ve had to date.

We say aim high, and we’re not talking just talking an apartment in the sky (more of that later). The team at Nasma Luxury Homes has the perfect antidote to summer blues with our collection of ultra-luxe homes on Palm Jumeirah.

Want to know a secret? Two of our most popular island residences – Villa Duchess and Villa Korra – feature stunning interiors personally designed by their French owner. We love her taste in upmarket décor and her homes pay homage to European elegance with some of the pieces flown in directly from France.

A stay at the four-bed, four-bathroom contemporary styled Villa Duchess is truly exceptional, and that’s not only because it comes with its own private swimming pool and pristine beach.

Our guests tell us that one of their favourite spots is the open plan living room with its floor-to-ceiling windows with views across Palm Jumeirah. There’s even a purpose-built pétanque court for a slice of French village life right here in Dubai!

The four-bedroom Villa Korra showcases a blue, green and cream accented interiors theme, and a guest highlight has to be the fabulous outdoor deck that overlooks the iconic Atlantis, The Palm hotel.

The huge kitchen with its sleek appliances and central dining island is perfect for family breakfast and our at-home chef service is just a phone call away if you feel like kicking it up a notch and taking advantage of the gorgeous dining room.

If you’re travelling with the family and staff, then a villa is the obvious choice if you’re looking for a secure, one-stop destination with everything you need on the doorstep.

Nasma Insider tip: Cool off with the kids on the rides and slides at Aquaventure Waterpark, just a stone’s throw away at Atlantis, The Palm. Or, take to the air for a bird’s eye view of the city with a Fly High Dubai helicopter tour and you might even fly over your Nasma Luxury Stays holiday home! atlantisthepalm.com

For couples looking for a romantic getaway or families who prefer to be at the heart of Dubai’s urban action, then we have a trio of fabulous locations to choose from.

The city’s newest urban lifestyle destination, City Walk is a delightful low-rise community packed with top drawer retail, tons of mouthwatering restaurants and cafés, and lots of fun activities.

Highly sought after, our impressive two-bedroom apartment is all about luxury and comfort, with the added bonus of mesmerising Burj Khalifa views. We know it’s a little warm outside right now, but a chilled sundowner on the balcony – with that award-wining view of the world’s tallest tower – has to be factored into your stay.

And with a great location on the edge of the Sheikh Zayed Road, with easy access to the city’s business enclaves, it’s also a good option for business travellers.

Nasma Insider tip: Where to start? There’s so much to see and do from eye-catching street art from the likes of Blek le Rat and Magda Sayeg to little kid fun at Mattel Play! Town, the 18,000 sqm Hub Zero gaming destination and Green Planet biodome. citywalk.ae

Check in for a night or two to a stylish studio in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), where thoughtful design maximises this compact space….helped no doubt by the divine four poster bed!

Or, feel like you’re on top of the world in the stunning spaces of our two-bedroom, three bathroom DIFC duplex. This is one city pad that you won’t ever want to leave with unrivalled views down to Burj Al Arab and over The World islands from your luxury sanctuary.

Nasma Insider tip: A bustling business hub by day, DIFC is a fine dining hotspot after dark. Perennial favourites include Zuma (zumarestaurant.com), where you have to try the miso black cod, and La Petite Maison (lpmlondon.co.uk/dubai); with Michelin-starred high-end Italian New York export Marea pegged to open its doors any day now.

Dubai Marina, the heartland of the city’s southern entertainment scene, is our choice for vacation escapism for couples or solo travellers looking for waterfront action injected with quintessential Dubai flavour.

Take your pick from a collection of chic one and two-bed residences including a trendy, modern one-bedroom with a large open plan living and dining room as its own entertainment centerpiece, framed by a sparkling view over Palm Jumeirah. Chill at the rooftop swimming pool by day and then it’s only a hop, skip and jump to any one of the must see-do-eat experiences dotted along the waterfront promenade.

Nasma Insider tip: As well as obvious water-bound action, from sunset cruises to disco party boats, Dubai Marina raises the bar when it comes to unique experiences. Take a trip down the world’s longest urban zip line high above the marina (170 metres) at speeds of up to 80km/h. xdubai.com

Interested in joining the Nasma Luxury Stays residential family? We take on the stress of managing your luxury vacation rental with end-to-end property management, and higher revenues of anywhere between 30-50%. Talk to us today for more information