What’s On reviews some of the coolest nail bars in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and helps advise on where to get a manicure in Dubai with a twist.

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There’s no shortage of nail bars in the region but these indie salons are changing the way you get your mani and pedi done…

What: On the surface you’d be forgiven for thinking this is just a salon but scratch a little deeper and you are in for a treat. Not only does SoH offer a wide range of nail services, including Japanese manicures and intricate nail art, it also acts as an art gallery with the minimalist white walls adorned with quirky pieces from local artists such as Melanie Pickup, Maria Iqbal and Mubarik Jafery.
Price (for mani): From Dhs75

The Galleria, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3444147. Taxi: Corner of Financial Centre Road and Al Wasl Road. facebook.com/sohdubai

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Galina’s Beauty Salon
What: Mention the name Galina and nails in the same sentence and it’s likely you’ll get nail art as a response. The team at Galina’s has undergone intense training to become highly skilled nail artists. They’ll even take it one step further and turn your nail art three-dimensional.
Price: From Dhs5 per nail.

Saratoga building, Al Barsha 1, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm and Fri 2pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3418851. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. galinasbeauty.com

The Dollhouse
What: The latest addition to The Dubai Ladies Club takes girly pampering to the next level. Not only is the interior of the salon pretty impressive, the list of nail services is vast. Take your pick from the Ciate Caviar manicure, Swarovski crystal adornment or Nail Glitz manicure for something a little bit different from your normal treatment and leave The Dollhouse feeling red carpet ready.
Price: From Dhs200.

The Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (800) 3655. Taxi: The Dubai Ladies Club. thedollhousedubai.com

Nail bars in Dubai - The Dollhouse

What: N.A.I.L.S are on a mission to make beauty organic and provide nail polishes by brand Zoya that don’t contain any nasty parabens. That means your mani is healthier and kinder to your nails. This Marina salon also stocks a range of natural skincare products from locally-grown brand, Herbline Essentials.
Price: From Dhs70.

Marina Boulevard, Dubai Marina, daily 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 4473688. Taxi: Marina Boulevard. nailsorganicspa.com

Nail Moda
What: Spending time in the salon chair is far from boring if it’s a Nail Moda chair. Their chairs have inbuilt massage pads, and personal sound systems let you catch up on reruns of sitcoms, while you indulge in an hour of bliss with the signature Peach Paraffin manicure.
Price: Dhs125.

Colonnade, First Floor, Wafi, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3279088. Taxi: Beside Noodle House. nailmoda.com

Nail bars in Dubai - Nail Moda

Snob Salon
What: A trip to Snob is a must for beauty addicts, largely because of the treats on offer from the more unusual or up-and-coming brands. Snob Salon also has a hair salon and tanning beds, along with a great selection of polishes to make your manicure pop.
Price: From Dhs70.

Villa 677b, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3386600. Taxi: Beside Park And Shop. snob.ae

Nail bars in Dubai - Snob Salon