What’s On has details of Jumeirah Lakes Towers neighbourhood in Dubai – part of the What’s On neighbourhood guide – including hidden gems and old favourites.

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It’s been a popular residential neighbourhood for some time, but JLT has witnessed a spike of independent eateries and stores. From cool graffiti–clad walls to tiny, colourful cafés, JLT is bubbling with creative energy and ambition.

DINE: Memsaab Curry & Tandoor

This restaurant may be on the down low, but the chefs at this delicious – and extremely affordable – restaurant are masters of Indian cuisine. Dine in or opt for their speedy delivery service – you won’t believe your eyes when you see the bill.

J2 Tower, Cluster J, JLT, Dubai, daily noon to midnight. Tel: 04 4489529. Metro: JLT. memsaabfood.com


SHOP: Bikers

This super slick outlet carries German-built mountain and road bicycles as well as accessories and clothing. They’ll also take in your busted bikes for repairs. Need a bike that folds in half? They’ve got that too.

Lake Level Promenade, Cluster H, JLT, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 7pm, Thur noon to 9pm. Tel: (052) 6221888. Metro: JLT


DO: Real Pilates

Break a sweat with this full body workout. After growing quite the cult following at their flagship studio in Jumeirah, Real Pilates opened their JLT branch to cater to the neighbourhood’s sweat-savvy clientele.

Tower JBC2, Cluster V, JLT, Dubai, Sun to Thur 7am to 6.30pm, Fri 2pm to 6.30pm. Tel: (04) 3453228. Metro: Damac Properties. facebook.com/Real.Pilates.Dubai

DINE: Public Café

With rave reviews online, this JLT café offers a range of Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches, soups and salads for dine in or delivery. But it’s their top-notch coffee that’s propelling them on to many caffeine-thirsty pedestals.

Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT, Dubai, Sun to Thur 8am to 7pm, Fri closed, Sat 7am to 9pm.Tel: (04) 4519670. Metro: JLT. publiccafeme.com

VISIT: Ruben Sanchez Creative Community Wall

Popular graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez has created a gorgeous mural on an otherwise inconspicuous wall in JLT. Birds, snakes and other flora and fauna make for a bright and eye-catching painting that’s become the backdrop for many Instagram profiles.

V3 Tower, Cluster V, JLT, Dubai. iamrubensanchez.com