What’s On has details of the Ibn Battuta & Discovery Gardens neighbourhoods in Dubai – part of the What’s On neighbourhood guide – including hidden gems and old favourites.

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Dubai’s southern-most suburb has five-star hotels, cool shops and authentic restaurants.

Explore: Ibn Battuta Mall 

The extravagant and colourful mall design steals the show at this mall, which traces the journey of 14th-century explorer Ibn Battuta in six themed courts (Andalusia, China, Egypt, India, Persia and Tunisia). Forget the shops, grab and coffee and marvel at the intricate architecture.

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3621900. Metro: Ibn Battuta. ibnbattutamall.com

DINE: Lemonade

This cheerful café was one of the first of its kind in Dubai to serve that quintessential, healthy California cuisine. With innovative and healthy recipes using seasonal products, Lemonade has the power to draws crowd even from the other side of town.

China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, daily 11am to 11.30pm. (800) 53666233. lemonadela.com


SHOP: Urban Peak

Outdoor enthusiasts in the UAE will know all about Urban Peak. From outdoor equipment, camping systems and activewear, Urban Peak has brought some of the best brands in adventure gear to Dubai. We love these quirky monster-themed chalk bags for climbers.

502, Ibn Battuta Gate Offices, Dubai, Tel: (04) 4548805. Metro: Ibn Battuta. urbanpeak.com

DINE: The Kebab Shop

If, like us, you find it hard to get your hands on a British-style doner kebab in Dubai, we suggest you track down The Kebab Shop in Discovery Gardens. While it certainly won’t help with your waistline, the tender lamb, slow cooked then lightly grilled with oil over an open oven, is tasty. Add a dollop of tamarind paste and garlic mayo and you’ll be in doner heaven.

Shop 1, Building 19, Zen Cluster 3, Discovery Gardens, Tel:(04) 4475457. tks.ae