The real estate agent and entrepreneur shares her guide to the UAE…

Each month, we ask Dubai residents to share a guide to the UAE through their eyes. Their favourite places, hidden gems, must-have products and local brands they love.

This month, we chat to Al Barari real estate developer and entrepreneur Nadia Zaal (@nadiazaal) talks us through the places and things she’s loving right now, from local artists and beachfront restaurants to the perfect spots for escaping it all.

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My current favourite restaurant is Kyma at Palm West Beach. It’s a wonderful experience with fantastic food, stylish design, and great DJs. I love to take my friends there for some much-needed adult time, which doesn’t happen often.

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When I want to relax, I like to spend the day at Park Hyatt Dubai. Being on the Creek feels to me like real Dubai. It’s a sentimental experience, as it brings back early memories. My father once had his office on the Creek, and my grandfather’s house was located nearby. The spa therapists are exceptional, and I especially love the views from Noépe.

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My local hidden gem is a beautifully restored summer house that houses a café called Hideout. Located in Majlis Ghorfat Umm-al Sheif, this café feels like a small oasis where my kids can explore the garden and the traditional Falaj. For a tranquil reading spot, I built a small structure in the midst of Nature Escapes in Al Barari as a pilot for a new school, which my kids have nicknamed the “Tatween House”. This space, known as the Spirit Spot, is simply lovely and perfect for sitting and reading.

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One and only royal mirage

The One&Only Royal Mirage Residences is my go-to staycation in the UAE. It has a soul that sets it apart from the rest of the hotel. I’ve been visiting since the early 2000s and the spa continues to offer the best hammam experience in Dubai.

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Talented local artist, Ziad al Najjar is a discovery I’ve recently made. I acquired one of his pieces and often find myself lost in its beauty for hours on end.

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