One of the most iconic images of Dubai are the skyscrapers. The most famous is the Burj Khalifa, but others are of equal importance and adrenaline-pumping. Yes, adrenaline. Those with a fear of heights or dizziness may not cope well with the Edge Walk at Sky Views Dubai, which is basically a stroll around the 53rd floor of one of Dubai’s panoramic view buildings. But that’s a quick rundown of what the Edge Walk really was, so wait for the true description.
However, Dubai today has gone through several stages and one of these is explained in the Etihad museum, a word meaning union, referring to the seven emirates that signed an agreement in 1971 and formed the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The whole story is told in a large museum (too much for what it takes), opened in 2016, and quite interactive, which makes it easier and more interesting to understand how it happened and what it entailed.
Of the seven, Dubai is the most populous emirate and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, occupies 80% of the territory. Sharjah is the most conservative emirate of all. We learned all this guided by Carherin until we reach the place where the agreement signed by the seven emirates is exhibited, presented in a special way. The document itself is on a wooden post inside a reliquary, but surrounded by a gilded wall, a very present word in this museum and a symbol of the power of the UAE, like oil, which has become the main source of wealth. to the economy since the 1930s.
After a brief historical background on the constitution of the UAE, it’s time to return to focus on one of them: Dubai and our third day logbook.
We saw a palm tree by the sea and a toy town on Edge Walk
It may seem like we are hallucinating, but everything we just announced has happened. We also saw a palm tree, more specifically the Palm Jumeirah from the 52nd floor of The View at The Palm. It is yet another work by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who in 1997 began thinking of a way to double the size of the Dubai coast. Since some of the symbols of Dubai are the hawk, the camel and the palm tree, the easiest thing was to choose the date (which now also exists covered in milk, white or dark chocolate). However, in this self-defying country, an animal-shaped island would be just another spectacular feature that would set it apart.
After several studies, in 2001 the project went ahead and the coast began to take shape, with a rejection of high-tech techniques, GPS and satellite images that gave rise to a trunk and 17 branches. In these residences and beach villas were built and in 2008 the first resort, the five-star Atlantis, The Palm, was opened. Today the project has 1,500 villas scattered between the branches and two marinas, which, in addition to being visible from The View at The Palm (from € 45 per adult), are observable from space, given that the Palm Jumeirah is one of the few islands to the world that can be seen from space with the naked eye: lucky extraterrestrials and billionaire Jeff Bezos. Or not. A trip to The View at The Palm is always an opportunity to explore more of Dubai, as we did.
Explore or challenge. Because this is the Sky Views Dubai Edge Walk.
It is like a representation of everything that is done in Dubai: more and more, better, with more luxury and more uniqueness. As mentioned above, the idea of the Burj Al Arab was to build something that has never been done and will never be done again. The same idea applies to our experience at Edge Walk, which opened in November 2021.
We had never toured a building on the 53rd floor. And there’s a certain chance we won’t do it again, at least as soon as possible. Which now leads us to think that we should have taken the challenge more seriously when we were at the top. The idea is to walk on a minimally wide platform held by a rope while enjoying the view. The difference between this place and a panoramic balcony like, for example, that of the Burj Khalifa, is that it has no guards around it.
If we want to go out on top of the 53rd floor, we can. We can and wanted to, but we couldn’t. For one simple reason: we have thought too much. You can’t think of these adventures, you have to throw yourself headlong, or rather, with your body. We still did this part.
With the help of the Edge Walk instructor, we first sat in front of the view, then turned our backs and moved our bodies in this position towards the cliff edge. Just remember, the butterflies in the stomach are back, the trembling of the legs, basically, the adrenaline. What is the purpose of this experience: to feel the adrenaline. To see the views we go to the Burj Khalifa, The View at The Palm, the Dubai Frame. Here’s to hear. And halfway through the race we realized we weren’t allowing ourselves to hear. Then follow: “How do we venture a little further into these heights?”
Salaam Aleikum, a lively city, from here MAGG finally has its arms open to live this experience. At this point we allowed ourselves to enjoy the view more and in a sense the height became insignificant. It looked like a toy town down there and what we were doing was like a dream.
After returning to the base and taking off the suit, one has the feeling that what we have done was still little. The last exercise was missing: one arm and one leg out. Stay for the next run to the limit. The experience costs more than € 180 per adult.
Sambar in Dubai: why not?
We leave gastronomy for the end and each is better than the other. On November 15, 2021, the Sushisamba brand, which already existed in London and Las Vegas, was moved to the 51st floor of the St Regis hotel in Dubai. As we were walking there we obviously went for samba in the new space. Or better. The restaurant food is what brought samba to the mouth.
What feast of flavors was the aubergine right after the first bite of the appetizers? A throwback to childhood mix in what looked like estrelitas (but it was crispy rice) on an eggplant, grilled to the point, which still came with a white miso cream on top. If only for a simple eggplant we already have such a description, imagine how much the rest is worth, especially with this view.
The menu is varied, with executive menu for lunch (around € 36, with soup, two starters and a main course) and à la carte for dinner. On our way to lunch, we started with a miso soup – not surprisingly, like the others – and then two appetizers.
We recommend that you go with company, because that way you can samba better thanks to the wide offer of this restaurant. It’s just the one between salmon ceviche with passion fruit sauce, i.e. summer (a summer with a good mood and not the scorching heat of Dubai), the kind of fish from the garden, with a touch of aioli al black truffle, and the bahia roll of samba, slightly spicy, if you don’t share you can’t get to the main ones. And just like in samba you can never break the beat, in Sushisamba you can’t stop at the entrances.
For the main course we can choose to opt for Peruvian, Brazilian or Japanese cuisine. After so much indecision, here … we have not yet been able to make a choice because there were so many curious dishes. The chef’s moriawase samba nigiri sushi then suggested it to us, which ended up making sense to further sample what gives the restaurant its name: sushi.
There was a selection of four nigiris, with the fish cut flawlessly and without great ornamentation to maintain the authenticity and show the freshness of the pieces, and two more rolls, the futomaki samba, with pearls that melt in the mouth as per water the piece made up of tuna tempura, avocado, cucumber and shrimp.
A rice chaufa has also arrived on the table, made with wild rice and low-temperature hard-boiled egg, a dish that is finished at the table. It’s like the Peruvian version of our açorda, where the egg is only involved when the dish is served to create even more mouth water and, nowadays, enable new content for the digital generation.
There was no room for desserts, unless it was after a samba. But time was running out because that was the energy boost to go to the Edge Walk.
Truffle and lobster in Dubai. Do I need to say more?
After visiting the Burj Al Arab on our second day in Dubai, it’s time to admire it at night, this time from one of the seven restaurants of the Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel, Rockfish. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to fish and every day has new flavors in the tasting menu (over 115 € per person).
Among the many served, there are two that made us close our eyes for joy: the tuna tartare with a slice of truffle and ponzu sauce and the risotto with lobster.
With haute cuisine dishes and waves to act as a soundtrack, a glass of wine is fine, but in Dubai the best (and the healthiest, in fact) is to order a water, because alcohol is not for all budgets and in this restaurant only a glass can cost more than 27 €.
We went to rest from jungle luxuries at the Monkey Bar
After a lobster dinner, it would be a wasted night if we went straight to bed. We then changed the sheets for the Monkey Bar of the 25hours Hotel Dubai, with a wild environment to rest from the metallic tones of the Dubai buildings and the golden ones on the outside, as well as the Lamborghini and Porsche cars at the entrance of the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel .
“The first Monkey Bar opened in Berlin. As this 25hours Hotel is very close to the zoo, when you go to this bar, with a roof, you can see the monkeys of the zoo. Here’s what’s behind the concept “, Joshua, tourism marketing at 25hours Hotel Dubai, explained the reason for the name and decoration of the space. From the Monkey Bar in Dubai you can see the illuminated Museum of the Future and the skyscrapers in front of the hotel, creating an unusual contrast.
Once again alcohol doesn’t count, but a beer worth more than € 10 just to get into the fun and relaxed atmosphere, where Beyoncé sometimes plays, sometimes Shakira, sometimes the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Alternatively, there are always mocktails (served with biodegradable straws, as with all drinks) beautifully presented to accompany a conversation between friends.
On other occasions, fewer conversations and more dancing, particularly on evenings with DJ entertainment.
* MAGG travels by invitation from Dubai Tourism.