Premier Dhow Palace Hotel Dubai

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Kuwait St, Bur Dubai, PO Box 121545, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Costs 72% less but rated 11% lower than other 5 star hotels

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Dal, a pint of Kingfisher & the mesmerizing sitar

by JessH about DHOW KA AANGAN Indian Restaurant

(Licensed - serves alcoholic beverages)

This is my 3rd favourite Indian restaurant in Dubai.
Aangan (in the Dhow Palace hotel) - a name that implies an authentic courtyard - is a truly harmonising stage on the path to culinary enlightenment.
Indian food can go terribly wrong; all smothered in gravy, swimming in oil, choked by spices. Or it can do the great Indian magic trick: balancing flavours, textures & colours.

We entered the dimly lit, wood-finished restaurant at 08:30pm to a flurry of slightly chaotic attention. We were "too early" for authentic dining; a typical pair of "ignorant Westerners" that fail to give-in to the fact that sub-continental dinning starts around 11:00pm ;-) But shortly after our first bottle of Kingfisher (memories of Goa drifted back into my mind...) a large Indian family arrived complete with the visit of a semi-famous Bollywood actress, and a more relaxed mood settled in. There was only one other non-Indian couple in the entire restaurant… an excellent sign of a promising authentic experience.

The 5-man & 1-woman band started humming along to the skillful sitar playing... a bit loud for private conversation, but hey! No curry tastes 100% right without a sitar playing in the background... haha!

"In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments, they are like part of God." - Ravi Shankar. We pondered the medium-size but varied menu; the dishes are explained helpfully for the non-Indian guest... and when in doubt, always ask them to "make it less spicy / mild."

John & Siddharth tucked into the complimentary crispy poppadum, fruity chutneys & mint sauce. For starters we had Paneer Tikka: crispy, hot & well spiced. But the true star was the Aloo Mattar Babycorn Tikki: a delicious potato-pea-corn patty that melts in your mouth... divinity on a plate!

The main courses arrived, and to the last morsel they were a revelation.
> John's Kadai Jhinga (Dhs 80) was creamy & wonderfully aromatic, jumbo prawns bathing in a sea of thick sauce with cardamom, saffron, onions & tomatoes.
> My Fish Curry Noorani was superb, with a chunky sauce & 5 large pieces of juicy fish, cooked to perfection.
> Siddharth's dish of butter-chicken kebabs had the boys grinning with delight.
> And then there was the Dal Makhani – the dish with which I tend judge the quality of an Indian restaurant. This one was a delicious buttery brown, a bit too liquid for my liking by still the ideal partner for a piece of hot & crispy garlic-butter naan (mixed naan platter Dhs 24).

Yes, the dishes cost a bit more: starters range between Dhs 30 - 60, but it comes with the territory: this is a 5-star hotel after all.
Summary: this place is superb for an evening of upmarket Indian dining.
And if you can't finish all the food (which we couldn't) there's no problem with having the surplus packed to take home (which we did)
SEATING: 120 people.
DRESS CODE: Smart-casual.

Opening Hours: Daily 12.30pm - 03.30pm & 07.30pm - 01:00am
(If you're in the mood for something cosier, less posh & slightly cheaper, check-out the Antique Bazar, another of my restaurant tips)


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Deals for Jumeirah Beach Hotels in Dubai

by lovinoz

Any great discount hotel websites - other than the obvious mainstream ones - you can recommend for the following hotels?

- Jumeirah Beach Hotel

- Burg al Arab

- One & Only Royal Mirage

Thank you!! :)

RE: Deals for Jumeirah Beach Hotels in Dubai

by colin_bramso

I think you said on another thread that you would be here in August. That's the worst month for weather so you may get discounts, but the hotels here are doing such good business that we have the second highest rates in the world (after Paris).
Before we moved here we got good rates, even better than we could get direct from the hotels, from

The hotels you've chosen are all *Rates on request* by the way...and there are plenty of other excellent hotels to choose from, on the beach and in the heart of the city.

RE: Deals for Jumeirah Beach Hotels in Dubai

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

For some 5 8 ones check the following:

Al Bustan Rotana Hotel
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Al Murooj Rotana Hotel
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Telephone : 3211111
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Al Qasr Hotel
P.O.Box : 75157
Telephone : 3668888
Fax : 3667788
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Bab Al Shams Hotel
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Coral Deira Hotel
P.O.Box : 82999
Telephone : 2248587
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Crowne Plaza Hotel Dubai
P.O.Box : 23215
Telephone : 3311111
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Dar Al Masyaf
P.O.Box : 75157
Telephone : 3668888
Fax : 3667788
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Dhow Palace Hotel
P.O.Box : 121545
Telephone : 3599992
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Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
P.O.Box : 5182
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Dusit Dubai
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please suggest an accomodation

by vpas

My husband is travelling to Dubai on work.He has to be located in dubai city proper.Please suggest a good 3 or 4 star hotel.Also any suggestions on vegetarian food options would be welcome.
thank you,

Re: please suggest an accomodation

by colin_bramso

Do you know whether he'll be working in Deira or Bur Dubai? There are hotels in both and I'm sure we'll be able to suggest some. Do you have a budget fixed?

There are vegetarian restaurants in all areas, and most restaurants have vegetarian options.

Re: please suggest an accomodation

by MikeM2

For vegetarian - try the Indian snacks that are available on Bur Dubai side on the approach to the abra (the cross-creek ferry) - hot - fresh - and tasty

Whatever else you do you must use the abra - it is one of the few authentic Dubai experiences that remain ..

Re: please suggest an accomodation

by vpas

thank you for your suggestions.My husband needs to be in Bur Dubai.Someone suggested Hotel Dhow Palace where the room rent is 600 dirhams inclusive of breakfast and taxes.
could you please suggest something equally good at a lower price.

Re: please suggest an accomodation

by colin_bramso

All the hotels have brought their rates down since the recession hit so you can get good deals everywhere. In Bur Dubai you could try Four Points by Sheraton, or Ramada, or Imperial Suites Hotel for example.

Re: please suggest an accomodation

by paulanthony77

Dubai City Breaks

Dubai has recently gained a lot of attention as a tourist hotspot. As one of the wealthiest Emirates in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a modern desert city that mixes the traditional with the contemporary. There are many reasons to visit Dubai such as those listed below. Dubai is home to some amazing architecture, and it is where visions of the future are being brought into the present with ground breaking designs popping up all over the city.

I would like to discuss more about the Dubai i.e travel information, your comments will appreciate

Re: please suggest an accomodation

by vpas

my husband had a pleasant stay and dubai and is returning back!

Travel Tips for Dubai

Down by the water... Seef Street Secrets

by JessH

Why don't you choose to sample some real "1001 Nights" (I am not talking about a touristy desert safari with Russian belly dancer) and jump off the beaten path, into a taxi & tell the driver "Dubai Creek, Al Seef Street, near British Consulate", you won't be disappointed.
Seef Steet really comes alive after dark. Stroll along, watch the boats & abras (water taxis), and the numerous families that enjoy the grass and play areas with their children. Watch traditional wooden Dhows (boats) and modern yachts cruise by on the creek, and the spectacular skyline on the opposite shore.

Walk down (with the creek on your right) towards the Ruler's Court & experience some of the inticing traditional eateries:

(Unlicenced - these restaurants do not serve alcohol)
At the Ruler's Court, close to Dubai Museum, is BASTAKIYAH NIGHTS. A lovely courtyard restaurant where you can sample Arabic cuisine, fresh fruit juices, hot Maroccon mint tea and of course Sheesha (water pipe). Tel: +971-4-3537772.

Or continue walking past HSBC Bank until you reach the Sheikh Saeed House. This is where you'll find the KAN ZAMAN Restaurant (see seperate restaurant tip) with plenty of indoor & outdoor seating area for more than 400 people. Tel: +971-4-3939913.

These are some of my favourite spots to sit for a relaxing evening with great Arabic food & aromatic Sheesha. You're in the middle of the city, yet you're not sat right on a main road inhaling car fumes & shouting across the table to your friends. These are the spots that radiate the "original Dubai-feeling" that is increasingly hard to find in our modern & changing city.
PS: If you do fancy a beer after dinner, you can even walk back up towards Bank Street, across the traffic lights & straight into Rock Bottom's.
More details in my Nightlife tips

Embroidered Organzas

by Janani about Bareeze

This is a small shop with relaxed, friendly assistants, where I found it easy to browse, as the assistants seemed to hover less than at some of the other shops I visited.

I spent a lot of time here looking and comparing but actually bought very little as I couldn’t get the colours I wanted in the fabrics I liked and vice versa. I was very pleased with the grey embroidered and beaded organza that I did buy though and was recently delighted to discover that they have a branch in East London too. They have a small selection of very good quality fabrics, mainly machine embroidered silk organza, from Pakistan, some of which is hand beaded. The fabric is rather expensive but generally worth the money. They also had some ready made tunic tops when I visited.

Taxis in Dubai

by ATT

Ladies taxis are also for mixed couples (i.e. 1 male and 1 female) and families with females travelling. Groups of men or single men are not permitted to use them. Women can use whichever type of taxi they like.

I've been using taxis here for years and haven't had any problems apart from occasionally having to say 'slow down' (firmly). Often drivers are keen to chat and usually they speak good or reasonable English.

Do make sure you know where you are going and get details of the nearest landmark; just having street names is not enough. It is also a good idea to have the telephone number of your destination available if it is somewhere less well known, so you can call for guidance. The roads and buildings change regularly, owing to all the construction work, so maps go out of date very quickly. Hotels understand this and are helpful. Sometimes a driver may take a longer route to avoid a delay as the meter works on distance rather than time.

The flagfall fare from the airport is more but it takes you further before the meter kicks in. I pay about 25 AED* to the airport from home and 35 AED back. These are bargain fares compared to Europe and NZ, so DO remember to tip and DON"T haggle.

(*AED = Arab Emirates Dirham)

Great Indian food

by Gard about Kwality Restaurant

Dubai has a lot of Indian guest workers so this is a great place if you like Indian food. We tried out a place called Kwality Restaurant located near the Arif Castle hotel in Bur Dubai.

From the outside the place doesn't look like much. It is more or less just a door with the name over it. But inside we found a small cosy restaurant where the staff was great and the food was even better. We got some information about each dish and we were informed on how to mix the different dishes. The staff even came back to the table to help us put more stuff on our plates.


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 Premier Dhow Palace Hotel Dubai

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Address: Kuwait St, Bur Dubai, PO Box 121545, Dubai, United Arab Emirates