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Dubai’s population comprises of more than 2 million Indians and therefore, here you can find the best flavors of India, as the aromas of Indian cuisine has beautifully mingled with the cosmopolitan environment of Dubai.  Here you can select from a  wide range of  Indian flavors like foods from Malabar coastal region, Punjab, Chettinad, Lucknow, Hyderabad.  There are many varieties of Indian restaurants all over in the city, luxury hotels, Malls which carries the richness & legacy of ancient heritage and therefore whenever you are traveling to Dubai, then go for Indian Food tour to cherish Indian feast & celebrate your special moments. Presenting you the Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants in Dubai. 

The magic of Indian flavors

The list of Indian restaurants in Dubai is endless but I have picked a few of them which I have tried personally many times with my family and friends.

Mini Guide to Indian Restaurants In Dubai  |  Must try food in Dubai

MAHARAJA BHOG A perfect style of royal feast and served with lots of love. Thali style of eating with many varieties of delicacies and here flavors of Rajasthan and Gujarat are dominating the food scene. 

Royal feast at Maharaja Bhog

LOCATION – Discovery Gardens & Al Karama (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 5543459  &  +971 4 3964744

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 90

WHY MAHARAJA BHOG – Pure Vegetarian, Food is served with love, Lots of varieties starting from starters to desserts in one Thali(plate), Affordable rates.

USHNA – A fine Dining restaurant in Souk Madinat Jumeirah is perfect for romantic dinners.  USHNA means warmth and therefore dining here reflects passion and warmth. Served with love, the classical Indian cuisine in a contemporary style. Here you will find North Indian food.

LOCATION – Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Madinat Jumeirah (Click for Google Map Location)

PHONE NO. – +971 4 368 6506

BILL FOR TWO (APPROX) – AED 280

WHY USHNA – Very delicious Food, Welcoming Staff, Rich, and Fine Dining, Located at one of the famous tourist attractions.

CALICUT NOTEBOOK RESTAURANT – Calicut (Kozhikode) is located on the Malabar coast of India and so as the name suggests, you will find pure Malabar coastal style of Indian cuisine here.  Though the location of the restaurant is not great you must try it for tasting Keralite cuisine.

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Abu Dhabi Skyline

Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE) is located on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, has a perfect balance of cultural heritage and modern infrastructure.  This city has many world records – World’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the highest High Tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the fastest roller coaster, the largest cluster of the cultural building of the 21st century.  MARHABA (Welcome) to this beautiful city and know more about Best Things to Do in Abu Dhabi City Tour. 

Best Things To Do In Abu Dhabi City Tour  |  Abu Dhabi Itinerary

Day 1 – Start your day with a cup of strong Arabic coffee known as Qahwah and then go for an Abu Dhabi skyline tour along Corniche – main city tour.

CORNICHE – A stretch of stunning 8 km. curve – city’s pristine and clean beach-front has gained Blue Flag status. This waterfront has well-maintained manicured gardens, beach-umbrellas, restaurants, children’s play area, a cycling track with a stunning skyline view.

ETIHAD TOWERS & EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL – Etihad Towers an iconic building which is prominently adorned Abu Dhabi skyline has Observation Deck on the 74th floor to get the glimpse of Abu Dhabi city. 

Etihad Towers

Emirates Palace which is a 7-star hotel is known for its regal opulence. It welcomes you with 24-Karat gold painted interiors, lavish chandeliers, ballrooms.  The tea and coffee are served here are garnished with edible 24 Karat Gold flakes.  High Tea is recommended here.  This luxury Palace also has a beach, landscaped gardens, and lovely fountains.  The even Gold vending machine is present inside, where you to feed the machine with cash or card and you will get Gold biscuit/bars.  A special Christmas lighting ceremony takes place during December and you can see the world’s most bejeweled Christmas tree here.

Emirates Palace Hotel

SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE – This masterpiece, magnificent architecture of Abu Dhabi has 80 marble domes, 1000 pillars and a perfect combination of modern Islamic design and architecture.  This mosque can accommodate up to 50,000 worshippers. About 90,000 tonnes of white Greek marble has been used with intricate floral patterns, which are then adorned with precious stones like agate, Amethyst, Jasper, Pearls and many other. When you enter prayer hall then you would be impressed by the world’s largest loomed carpet and a 24 Karat Gold galvanized chandelier with Swarovski crystals. 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Visitors are not allowed to enter the mosque during prayers timings. A strict dress code to be followed inside the premises by wear long ankle length loose-fitted trousers or skirts with full sleeve shirts and head scarf(for women). You can even borrow traditional attire for free on Security gates.  During and after sunset this mosque looks splendid and it is recommended to visit during that hours.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Day 1 ends here and in evenings you can take Dhow (traditional style Arabic boats) Cruise along Corniche or go to Yas Viceroy hotel at Yas Island for special light effects on its unique roof. 

Day 2  – Best Things to do in Abu Dhabi city tour – starts with Adventure and ends with Art Tour.  There are three theme parks in this city – Ferrari World, Yas Water World(water park) and Warner Brothers World.  You can buy a combo ticket for the Ferrari World and Yas Water World.  Warner Brothers World is a huge indoor theme park which covers 1.65 million sq.ft. and is divided into 5 lands.

FERRARI WORLD – Take a ride on the world’s fastest roller coaster which is a Ferrari-themed adventure indoor park. There are nearly 20 adventurous rides which are a huge dose of adrenaline.  If you love speedy cars and various models of Ferrari then go for this. As weekends (Friday & Saturday) are very crowded, plan your trip on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday). There are many good tickets deals on Entertainer & Groupon like sometimes it Buys 1 and Get 1 free.  This park is located at Yas Island adjoining Yas Mall.  You can spend your whole day at this place and then proceed to Louvre museum.

The entrance of Ferrari World Theme Park

LOUVRE ABU DHABI – Located on Saadiyat Island, it is art and Civilization museum developed jointly by UAE & France. This museum presents a historical narrative of art from different eras and how art evolved from ancient times till today.  Its special 180m wide filigree dome, with geometric openings, represents interlacing of palm leaves roof, creates a Rain of Light effect in 23 galleries.

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Australia – The 6th largest country in the world, is a paradise for tourists, nature lovers, adventure/sports lovers, peace-seekers, families, and honeymooners.  It is a dream destination and it tops the travel bucket list for all.  As the holiday season is gearing up in, plan for your next trip to this beautiful and exotic country which is a complete package of stunning rainforests, red-earthed National Parks, exotic & world-famous beaches, natural coral reefs, and livable cities.  Let’s have a look at quick tips for Planning a Trip to enchanting Australia.

Holiday to Australia

Generally, Sydney and Melbourne are the first places to stop while on an Australian holiday but there are many other beautiful places and cities. I lived in Sydney and Melbourne for about 1 year and have traveled in those areas and their surroundings before. For the upcoming Christmas break, I am planning to visit The Great Barrier Reef on the coast of Queensland and the famous Uluru monolith rock formation.  

Attractions List – Quick Tips for Planning a trip to Enchanting Australia THE NATURAL WONDERS TOUR  

The natural wonders tour includes the following destinations:

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • The 12 Apostles on Scenic Great Ocean Road
  • Magnificent Fraser Island
  • The beautiful Blue Mountains
  • Sacred rock formations of Uluru
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Phillip Island
  • An aboriginal region with cliffs – Three Sisters
  • Green Island
  • Cradle Mountain
Sunset at Great Ocean Road EXOTIC BEACHES

Australia is gifted by many of the world’s most stunning beaches. It has a long coastline of 37,000 km which features approximately 11,011 beaches.  

Some of the famous beaches include dazzling Cabble Beach, Hyames beach which is famous for have the whitest sand, Kirra Beach with its rolling waves, fashionable Four Mile Beach or Whitehaven Beach near The Great Barrier Reef.

There are also city beaches, like the iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Other beaches include Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Burleigh Heads, Apollo Bay and many more.  

STUNNING & LIVEABLE CITIES

With low population density and larger land area than most countries, most of the urban areas in Australia are scattered between mountains, oceans, coasts, wildlife reserves, rivers, and pretty landscapes.

Choose Sydney for high energetic vibrant culture. The city is famous for its Opera House, world-famous zoos, aquariums and a metropolitan style of lifestyle.  It is also blessed with sunny weather and clear skies and it is never too chilly. 

Holiday to Australia

Melbourne has a European flair and is famous among coffee lovers and selected as one of the most livable cities of the world many times.

Adelaide has many famous and beautiful wineries, colonial buildings and stunning wildlife at Kangaroo Island.  

Darwin is famous for lush green national parks and natural surroundings. If you love the outdoorsy lifestyle and spectacular wilderness, then don’t miss Darwin.  

Enjoy the laid-back city of Perth with sunny and warm weather throughout the year and pristine beaches across the Indian Ocean. 

Go to Brisbane which has beautiful sunshine weather with local Australian vibes, youthful zeal and diverse destination.  At an hours drive, you can go to Gold Coast which is must visit destination of Australia.  Read about Gold Coast Attractions.  

Go for a natural wonders tour in Cairns the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef. 

Great Barrier Reef

But don’t miss Canberra which is the cool capital of the country. It is a place where you will find cool architectures, museums, and galleries. Architecture lovers would love this capital city.

What you need to know before booking your  Holiday to Australia 
  • All non-Australians require a visa to enter Australia
  • The country is huge and diverse so use local budget local airlines to book flights
  • Within the cities, there is a wide and very good network of public buses, trains, ferries, and trams. Public transport is cost effective and very efficient. In Sydney check the OPAL card for affordable public transport
  • Budget-friendly accommodation deals near the city center are difficult to find but I managed to find some cost-efficient options on KAYAK.
  • As this country is huge, don’t expect to cover all places on the same trip
  • Check the weather before packing as Australia has opposite season to that of countries from Northern Hemisphere and the climate varies a lot from region to region.
  • Visit world-class stadiums and sports arenas as local love sports and have earned many accolades and medals in International sports.
  • Gardens like The Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney or the Botanical Gardens of Melbourne are free  
  • Some Museums and Art Galleries also have free entry
  • Melbourne is a foodie paradise and a great place for coffee lovers. Check the Food Market at Victoria’s Market Square.  
  • Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and their steering wheel is on the right-hand side just like UK, India and some other places.
  • Carry good sunscreen and apply whenever your skin is exposed to the sun as here there is higher ultraviolet radiation in Australia.
  • Don’t carry nuts, flowers, seeds, or any other food items into the country as Australia has a strict policy about bringing food items.
View from Eureka Towers in Melbourne

And I would suggest this Two weeks Itinerary to Australia for those who are going on Holidays for the first time –

Sydney – 3/4 days – Sydney City tour(you can do by Public transport or by Big Bus tours) which comprises of Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge, Ferry tour around opera house and under the bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi or Coogee Beach, Taronga Zoo and day tour to the Blue Mountains. Catch a flight to Melbourne.

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Windmills at Pirogovo Open Air Museum Pirogovo Open Air Museum – Day Trips from Kiev / Kyiv 

Pirogovo Open Air Museum is the largest open-air museum in Europe and is also known as the National Museum of Ukrainian Architecture & Culture or Museum of Folk Architecture and Folkways of Ukraine.  It is spread across 370 acres and a true depiction of beautiful countryside, the rural lifestyle of different regions of Ukraine.  The day trip to this open-air museum from Kiev is a great way to know about Ukraine and how Ukrainians live centuries ago. 

Various styles of ancient Ukranian countryside houses/huts

Pirogov or Prohiv is originally a village to the south of Kiev – the capital of Ukraine which houses this wonderful outdoor museum. This territory has archaeological evidence from the Bronze Age too.  The tour to Pirogovo Open Air Museum is a kind of Time Machine where you can see houses, architectures, a way of living from centuries ago.  It is like a Glimpse of the whole Ukraine at one place. 

Windmills area

The formation of this open-air museum started in 1969 and opened in 1976 where you can see more than 70,000 items of Ukrainian household & traditional cultural items such as costumes, textiles, embroidered fabrics, carpets, ceramics, metal and wooden pieces, glass works, paintings, and various folk musical instruments.  The whole area is categorized into separate “village” which features typical historical & orthographical region of Ukraine for e.g. Polesia, Sloboda, Ukraine & Poltava region, Carpathians, Middle Dnieper Ukraine, Podolia & Southern Ukraine. 

What to see in Pirogovo Open Air Museum 
  • The oldest wooden church from two centuries ago like from 1750. It is not just a historical monument but it is a working church.  There are total three orthodox churches which celebrate all religious days in a traditional manner.   

    3-Domed Wooden church since 1750

  • Windmills from 1880 to 1907.  

    windmills

  • Podillia 
  • Houses from Bukovyna region 

  • Huts, Peasant houses, and interiors of houses from 18th-19th 
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Fine Dining at LUIGIA – The Best of Italy  Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai Fine Dining at LUIGIA – The Best of Italy Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai

A newly opened Italian Fine Dining in super Luxury Rixoz Premium JBR is now attracting foodies and has become the major hotspot in Dubai Food scene.  Luigia is a successful group of Italian restaurants in Europe which is founded by Luigi Gaurnaccia and Enrico Coppola. The Luigia group has been recognized as one of the Top 10 pizzerias in the world by Italian Food and Wine publication Gambero Rosso.  Let’s go for Fine Dining at LUIGIA – The Best of Italy  Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai

Interiors of Luigia Let’s take an overview of LUIGIA – The Best of Italy  Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai

The name – Luigia is inspired by the first name of Founders’ grandmother and is an inspiration of Love which is passed on by Italian grandmothers to their families through the art of cooking.  Luigia presents you with “The Best of Italy” which sources fresh and authentic ingredients from Italy. It also boasts of serving homestyle recipes which are passed on from generations to generations.  This Fine Dining in Dubai features freshly baked Pizzas in a Neapolitan Wood-fired oven, Signature home style Pasta, Risottos along with authentic Italian desserts.  Offering 38 pizza choices which are divided into 7 categories, Luigia has an extensive menu which also has many vegetarian and Vegan styled delicacies.  Luigia sources 100% Italian grown flour from Rachello Oasis, an Italian family of flour Millers from ages.  This grain is produced by the Miller Family in Italian farms far away from city pollution.  Also, fresh cheeses are outsourced from the province of Caserta and Agerola in Naples named as Buffalo Mozzarella and Fior di Latte di Agerola (soft textured cheese made from cow’s whole milk). Luigia uses unique tomatoes grown in the volcanic region of Vesuvius area

AMBIANCE / DÉCOR OF LUIGIA – The Best of Italy  Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai

Rich red colored walls with thousands of tiny bulbs with large open interiors welcome you with a very hospitable and smiling staff.  There are about 9000 bulbs which give a very romantic and dreamy look.  There are sofa styled, chair styled and bar stool styled seating arrangement.  You have many seating choices like a corner or a seat near the glass which opens into the luxurious lobby of Rixos Premium hotel. You can also choose a sofa styled for relaxed dining or high stools for casual dining.     Beautiful, red-colored, Open bar and a Neapolitan Wood-fired Oven at the back also adorn the interiors. You can actually see your pizza cooked under the high flames of fire.  The stones in the wood-fired oven are volcanic stones sourced from the Vesuvius Volcano region.  There is also a mini Cinema area for kids with a large screen and bean bags so that kids can enjoy till the food arrives.  Walls are adorned with black & white photos of the ancient Italian style of cooking in homes from previous generations.  The whole atmosphere is perfectly romantic and classy. 

WHAT I ORDERED  at  LUIGIA – The Best of Italy  Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai

I chose my chair styled seating near the glass through which I can see the activities of the Rixos hotel lobby.  A perfect place to see the activities in the lobby of Rixos,  where I saw the display and advertising of McLaren car with several photographers.

We were welcomed by one of the staff members who took our order very patiently explaining all the details of the menu.

First of all, we were offered by Complimentary bread before our food gets ready.

Complimentary Bread
  1. RISOTTO CAPRESE – Carnaroli Rice with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh Basil leaves with Tomato based bright red sauce is served with dollops of Burrata Di Bufala Campana.  

    Risotto

  2. VEGETALE PIZZA – Topped with Piennolo tomatoes, peppers, Zucchini, Oregano, Fior Di Latte, smoked Provola cheese, eggplants and mushrooms which is coming straight from high flames of the oven.  

    Vegetale Pizza

  3. MEDITERRANEA – Pizza topped with Soft cheesy Fior De Latte, Ricotta, Piennolo tomatoes, tomato sauce, Oregano, Basil and Garlic, which too cooked under the flames.  

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