Walking The New Walk

Following on from my last post about ‘The Walk’, in Dubai’s JBR area – we ventured out today to a new Dubai development, ‘City Walk’. Located in Al Wasl, near Business Bay and within the shadows of Burj Khalifa.  City Walk phase 2 opened earlier this year, if offers a variety of residential opportunities, and (this probably sounds familiar) features tons of shops, restaurants, a cinema …. etc.

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One great thing about the development though, is that it’s a combination of indoor and outdoor facilities – there’s the obligatory indoor mall, which felt like so many others, but the interesting part came when stepping outside, where there are some pleasant surprises to be found.

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First of these was ‘Walk Lane’, an area mimicking classic London streets, complete with London’s iconic red phone box and letter box. Typical terraced apartments, including small balconies decorated with window boxes line Walk Lane, above a variety of shops and restaurants.

Even the street signs copy the London style – if it wasn’t for the 35 degree heat, you might almost feel like you are back in Blighty!

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A short distance further reveals some great street art, which have been prepared as part of a programme called #dubaiwalls – some brilliant examples of this unique art style are on display.

Turning another corner revealed something that I think the younger members of our family would be quite keen to visit – Hub Zero, which it’s website claims is ‘the region’s first immersive entertainment park, Hub Zero, is a fully interactive gaming experience’.

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I’m no gaming enthusiast, but as we walked around, it seemed to have everything that a gamer could want – spread across two very large floors, it features areas dedicated to top selling games such as Final Fantasy, Gears of War and Resident Evil. There is a ‘Network Arena’ which provides the ability to play a full selection of online games, using top of the range equipment – and the one area that I personally found of interest, the ‘Time Warp Arcade’. Here, classic games such as Super Mario, Pacman, Street Fighter II, and Space Invaders are all available to play on arcade style machines. If you get tired of all the video game action, there are even karaoke suites, and a room full of purple baized pool tables – something for everybody!

After all that gaming action, we were rather hungry, so went in search of refreshment. There are a number of places with brands that are quite familiar to Dubai, but in search of something a bit different we found a cocitywalk19ffee shop that we had not heard of before – The Brass – and a great find it was too.

A very welcoming cafe, with great decor, we soon felt at home and eagerly reviewed the menu.

A good range of snacks, salads, sandwiches and pastries are on offer, together with all the usual coffee and tea options, plus some unusual ones too.

From the unusual category, Melanie chose a ‘Lavender and Honey Latte’ – garnished with tiny sprigs of lavender. I had a more conventional White Chocolate Latte; anything with white chocolate goes straight to the top of my list! To satisfy our hunger pangs, Melanie had Salmon on Rye, garnished with salad and fennel, whilst I had Moroccan Spicy Chicken flatbread.

All items were excellent – we both really enjoyed our food, and the lavender latte was so good, Mel ordered a second cup! I strongly recommend The Brass, we would definitely go back.

After lunch, it was time to head home – our visit turned out to be more enjoyable that I had perhaps expected, it is definitely far more than the typical Dubai shopping experience. One word of caution though, if driving – there is still a great deal of construction work taking place around the immediate areas of City Walk, not least on the roads – we found it a bit of a challenge to navigate our way out of the area, taking a wrong turn that lead us to a building site car park – don’t rely on google maps!

Further information can be found at these links:

City Walk’s own website

Hub Zero’s website

Dubai Walls’ website

The Brass

Postscript – some of the photos feature the flags of UAE and Saudi Arabia – these were flying in recognition of Saudi national day, 23rd September.

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