You really need a full day to properly enjoy the diverse attractions on offer at The Pointe – and even then you’ll struggle to decide what to do first. But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you by testing out 10 of the top attractions to stop by on your first visit…
1. Snap a selfie on the promenade
As if 70 restaurants, shops and attractions weren’t enough of a draw, The Pointe is also earning fans for its cool sea breezes and stunning views along its 1.5km promenade. A destination in its own right, the outdoor space is the perfect spot to unwind at one of Dubai’s most exemplary locations, and provides the perfect backdrop (of Atlantis, The Palm) for snapping those perfect holiday pictures – use the hashtag #ThePointe.
2. Be pampered
Nail haven Tips & Toes is a famous name on the UAE’s beauty and spa scene. The homegrown brand has a team of highly talented technicians who deliver five-star treatments at accessible prices, from dreamy massages to eyelash extensions and, of course, flawless mani/pedis. For men, there’s the Super Trim Gents’ Salon offering classic haircuts and styling, through to beard grooming and soothing foot spa treatments.
3. Sip coffee by the sea
If, when at The Pointe, you find yourself in need of a mid-morning pick-me-up, Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café is the place to go. As if its exclusive 100 percent Arabica coffee blend and world-famous hot chocolates weren’t indulgent enough, the internationally renowned brand also offers freshly baked pastries and waffles, together with its signature chocolate desserts and tarts.
4. Create a bespoke fragrance
Oud is the most highly-prized ingredient of a perfumer’s palette and is said to be the first pure natural incense found on Earth, dating back to ancient civilizations. At Oud Dubai, the experts will educate you on the mystical properties of this rare ingredient and its ancient tradition. Plus, they can guide you in mixing your own rare oriental perfumes and oils, sourced and blended from the finest ingredients on the planet.
5. Let the kids run wild
At the award-winning kids’ play area, Cheeky Monkeys, children can let off some steam as they learn. It features a sizeable soft play area and birthday party venue, as well as a five-level play structure with slides, trampolines and climbers. Your children can spend hours in the life-sized monkey clubhouse, making new friends and enjoying the daily activities. Several party packages are also available if you’re celebrating a birthday or other special occasion.
6. Grab a drink with a difference
There are lots of great venues for sundowners at The Pointe, and one that stands out is Phantom House (main image). Here you can choose between five signature drinks served by the mixologist (or liquid chef as he’s known here) which are prepared at your table in order to convey the skill of creating the drink. Meanwhile, at the bar, you can see the other drinks being prepared using ingredients such as edible flowers and edible perfume (think hydrated cinnamon), all of which is made on the premises and used to enhance the flavours. Don’t overlook the canapés, however, one of which is served on an Ain Dubai style wheel, with each carriage containing treats such as strawberries, waffles and brownies to dip into a rich, dark chocolate sauce. All this is set to a backdrop of direct Atlantis, The Palm views, chilled house music during the day, with vocal house from 7pm, and live percussion three times a week.
7. Design your own jewellery
Creating beautiful, expertly-crafted jewellery, including engagement and wedding rings, diamond necklaces, and bridal sets, Palazzo Jewellery sells a selection of quality diamonds certified by respected, independent diamond grading labs. Best of all, you can also create your own bespoke pieces: simply select your diamond and they will set it in your favourite earring, pendant or ring design.
8. Treat yourself to a gift
Treat yourself to a little gift at Typo, which is brimming with cool, quirky, vintage gifts and irreverent stationery items. So whether you’re in need of a sparkly new water bottle or are a fan of slogan mugs and light-up letters, you’re sure to find something that appeals to your playful side. Other products on offer here include homewares, decorations, travel accessories, techy gifts, cards and DIY crafts, making it a fun shopping experience for all ages.
9. Catch dinner and a movie
The five-screen boutique Reel Cinemas gives you the chance to catch up on the latest releases – something that’s further enhanced by a dine-in experience courtesy of the Guy Fieri Kitchen & Bar. The internationally renowned restaurateur offers his signature all-American comfort dishes straight to your cinema seat, such as the trash can nachos, tuna poke tacos, triple-double mint pie and much more besides, best washed down with a signature mocktail or super thick shake.
10. Ramp up your fitness
If boxing’s your thing then Fit Box Gym offers a range of workout regimes to help you strengthen your core, build muscle and achieve your desired fitness goals. Certified instructors guide you throughout your fitness journey to ensure that you maintain the right form and avoid injuries. Alternatively, you can train with the team at Pinpoint Fitness where classes put the emphasis on form, technique and accuracy over intensity and vigorous exercise.
(Main image credit: Moayad Qatanany)