1. Cure writer's block
Struggling to meet a deadline? Make Business Hub’s light and airy atmosphere is ideal for blitzing procrastination. Whether you’re freelancing, studying or just looking for a quiet space outside of the house, the Dubai Marina café’s cosy work pods, ergonomically designed chairs and calendar of entrepreneurial events are perfect for nurturing creativity (although the potent coffees and home-made brownie melts help too). With an edgy yet erudite vibe, it’s like a library, art gallery and cool people-watching café all rolled into one. Flashy MacBooks not included. www.makebusinesshub.com.
2. Fit for a Maharaja
Ever since William Penhaligon was inspired by the steamy aromas of a Turkish hammam in the late 1860s, the London-born Penhaligon’s perfumery has been creating quirky and exotic fragrances renowned the world over. Sarah Rotheram is the brand’s latest chief nose and she was in Dubai recently for the launch of its newest scent, Vaara, created for India’s Maharaja Gaj Singh II to mark the birth of his granddaughter. A spicy blend of coriander, saffron and Indian magnolia, this scent is literally fit for a king. From Dh510.
3. Take to the skies
Skydive Dubai is officially open for business again after the summer hiatus, and is offering more high-octane, adrenaline-pumping action than ever before, with everything from tandem jumps to courses for experienced skydivers available. With five aircraft, state-of-the-art cameras to film your big leap and two sites – the Palm Drop Zone and the Desert Campus Drop Zone – all you need is a little thrill-seeking instinct and a lot of guts. www.skydivedubai.ae.
4. Baby go!
Dubai-born fashion label OTT is living up to its name with its brand new Cupcakes
collection, designed especially for babies. The range’s catwalk of cuteness launches with these eccentric sleepsuits, which parallel the prints and designs of the womenswear collection, and will certainly ensure your tot starts making a fashion statement early. Dh85 at S*uce.
5. A bug’s life
Insect bijoux have well and truly crawled back on to the fashion radar. Sparked by the likes of Jason Wu’s 2013 Resort collection, which was inspired by bug taxidermy, you can now catch the little critters everywhere from high-end to high street. We love this ladybird necklace from Bimba & Lola (Dh525), butterfly earrings from Parfois (Dh29) and this buzzing Wilbur & Gussie clutch (Dh1,450 at Valleydez).
6. Fairy tale from NY
‘Whimsical street style’ defines the AW collection of US fashion label Alice & Olivia, the brainchild of designer Stacey Bendet and favourite of the likes of Sienna Miller and Gwyneth Paltrow. While we’re not sure the full-length gown-and-crown combo would look quite right on the streets of Dubai, this cap-sleeved, knee-length adaptation could be smartened up with a tailored jacket for the office or paired with killer heels for party season glam (Dh1,900, Bloomingdale’s).
7. Under the boardwalk
Set right on the water, the glittering views from Dubai Creek Yacht Club’s Boardwalk restaurant were one of the first experiences that made us fall in love with Dubai, and it’s been stealing hearts ever since it opened back in 1993. Now relaunched for its 20th anniversary this autumn, the new-look venue features a cascading water display showcasing its fresh seafood dishes, a fusion of nautical design features, as well as a crèche and play space for younger children. Call 04 295 6000 for more information.
8. Super shades
If you can’t afford a supercar, at least you can dress as if you can with Porsche Design’s new Gold Collection of luxurious sunglasses for men. Featuring frames made from real gold, the slinky shades are as well crafted and covetable as the vehicles you’ll wish you were driving while you wear them. However, with the most inexpensive starting from Dh30,380 and the priciest pair (pictured) – which feature 24ct gold and platinum – weighing in at Dh69,700 from Paris Gallery, you might just want to save up for that car instead...
9. Teddy couture
Does this bear’s fur look familiar? First seen on the catwalks in 2004, Teddy Bear DouDou is the only bear that Louis Vuitton has ever created, and just 500 of the furry fellows have been made and released worldwide. This haute-couture critter doesn’t come cheap (he’s Dh32,670 in fact), but you can get your paws on him by logging on to www.theluxurycloset.com.
10. Kawaii cakes
So much for sushi – the newest Japanese in town is a bakery, and we’re loving the light and fluffy delights from Yamanote Atelier, now open in Wasl Square. Featuring Eastern delicacies such as the red bean bun and curry doughnut, and Western pastrieswith-a-twist, such as the green tea matcha and walnut scones or these cute ‘kawaii’ kitty buns, it offers a whole lot more than your average croissant. www.yamanoteatelier.com.