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Thursday, 28 August 2014

miss b loves ..... a stopover in Dubai

En route to Singapore last month we took the opportunity to break the journey both on the way there and back. It's a seven hour flight from Manchester to Dubai and another seven hours on to Singapore.... A couple of long weekends in Dubai was definitely a good idea...an excuse to visit a few favourite spots...

 ..... and a chance to discover new openings in a city which is constantly evolving.

I'd read that London's iconic Fortnum and Mason store had opened a branch in a prime location opposite the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. The terrace has a spectacular view of the Dubai Fountain too .....

The ground floor stocks a variety of teas, preserves and other treats...

The sophisticated Tea Salon on the first floor serves their famous afternoon tea and the second floor is a stylish ice cream parlour. As it was late in the evening, we made our way to the top floor for dessert and coffee.... 

It's not unusual to have a cappuccino served with a complimentary biscuit on the side, a mini macaron, madeleine, or for an Arabian touch, a succulent sweet date but a mini ice cream cone clipped to the saucer was definitely a first!

Our full size versions followed ......pistachio and salted caramel....

The following afternoon we headed to 'The Beach' leisure development(which I mentioned here) with its open air cinema, restaurants and shops along Jumeirah Beach near Dubai Marina. This new project continues to flourish and each time we visit there are more new openings. We were delighted to see that La Postreria, a Spanish chain was open for business. In March, it was not quite ready but we spotted the stylish outdoor furniture which had just been delivered .....

It was worth the wait......

Le Fournil de Pierre, also at 'The Beach' was the ideal spot for a quick bite on our final day .....a taste of France in the desert!

In the evening, beautiful new lanterns along the esplanade created a romantic Arabic ambiance. 

Cavalli Caffè and Magnolia Bakery coming soon!

Ladurée too!! More than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth!

You may like to read more about Dubai .....

Dubai old and new

Dubai with a difference

Winter sunshine in Dubai


  1. I've been in singapore at the end of july and I had stopover in dubai but just for few hours so we didn't have a chance to visit the city. we are going there at the end of september! i can't wait, i'm so happy! I visited Dubai last year but just for one day so i went streight to the mall of emirates and i spent the entire day there!
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  2. The cream cone clipped to the saucer is something I have never seen before. It's so cute! Give me the pistachio and salted caramel ice-cream please! I know that you love France and I can imagine how happy you are when you have macarons haha! I love them too! Definitely an exciting stopover!

  3. that ice cream cone clipped to your coffee is probably the cutest thing i've ever seen haha! dubai looks gorgeous!

  4. Gosh I would be heading straight there every morning for my free icecream with coffee! Love that new outdoor furniture ,especially the turquoise color:)

  5. Oh, those lanterns are so cool. Very pretty designs. I loved the camel pictures. Can you believe that my mom rode the camels in Egypt when she was 70 years old? What an experience that was. I love the picture of the ice cream cone clipped to the saucer. What a clever idea. All the food here looks scrumptious. I know how much you enjoy your visits to this charming place.


  6. Miss B, when I see or read about Dubai, I now think of you!:) I know your passion for this city and you know, Ive learnt something you everytime from you. Cappuccino served with a mini ice cream cone, seriously? This place is now onto my wishlist! And how lovely and refined La Postreria looks! Dubai is constantly evolving indeed, you did well to stop there on the way to Singapore and back from there. Many kisses Miss B! xo

  7. Their tea and ice cream parlour Miss B is divine! I would love to go there. You go to the most fabulous places. Definitely worth the trip! Thank you for bringing your sweet adventures to us :)

  8. WOW...now this is a part of the world I'll probably never see, but what incredible feats of architecture and nature! Miss B., you have traveled well! Thank you so much for coming to visit today! Anita

  9. Hi Miss B, I just love your pics. Such a wonderful place on earth. Love the ice cream cone holder. We all need this I think.
    Now I'm hungry after seeing all your yummy food pics.
    My friend here visited Dubai when her husband worked there for several years. She had a fabulous time.
    Thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.

  10. Loving all of these! That glass looks like stained glass which I love Sorry haven't been around as my Mom went in hospital last Friday and it's been crazy She is doing well and in rehab now I am getting much needed vacation at home! So love this post Thank you !!

  11. Wow so many new openings there in Dubai. It is becoming a global City.

  12. Dubai looks so amazing.
    Looks like a place for shopping
    and luxurious relaxation. And of course
    the difference of culture is also interesting.

  13. C'est un incroyable voyage que tu viens de faire! Tes photos sont magnifiques et on se sont tout de suite la bas! Par contre, je suis un peu déçue que F&Mason a ouvert un store las ba! J'aimé l'idée de que soit unique, qu'on puise profiter the cet endroit magique seulement si on allait à Londres! S'il commence à ouvrir un peu partout dans le monde, il perdre un peu ça magie.
    J'aime beaucoup ton café avec la mini glace, so cute!

  14. What wonderful places. Now I want to visit as well. How interesting to find a Spanish chain over there....the desserts look divine.

  15. I always enjoy your gorgeous photos, Miss B. You have given me a whole new appreciation for Dubai and it's evolution. Magnolia bakery....it's really becoming a small world isn't it?
    Have a lovely weekend!

  16. Love your post!!!!!!
    Dubai is one of my favorite destinations. So many fun things to do...
    x Nina
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  17. Wow, what an experience! The ice cream attached to the side of your cappuccino is so unusual (and something I've never seen before!) and all of your photos are fantastic; I would love to visit Dubai a some point in the future! :)

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  18. The ice cream, fortnum & mason, the furniture shop but I particularly love the lanterns. Dubai is so difficult to explain but your posts describe it brilliantly

  19. Thanks a lot that you enabled me this short trip through Dubai! Honestly I didn't thought that this town has so many lovely places, therefore I thank you for sharing as I now renewed my inner picture of Dubai :)

    Happy rest of the weekend!

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena


  20. Yikes, look at all the new up and coming restaurants - almost like home from home. Your images of Dubai never fail to disappoint, it really does look spectacular. You'd be the perfect person to visit with as you know all the good hot spots. The Beach leisure development sounds a treat. It was certainly a good idea to break up that long journey Singapore, how cool that you got to do this on the way there and back. Have a great week!

  21. Dubai , ca fait rever, mais pas pour y vivre , juste pour des vacances!


  22. Ha! - what fun - Fortnum and Mason in Dubai. A little bit of England.
    It all looks so glamorous and sounds like you had a great time.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Liz x

  23. I would love a trip to Dubai! Your pictures make it look great and the food looks delicious!

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  24. Dubai is on my list of places to visit! Loved all your pics and hello can I have some of that cappuccino? :)


  25. To be honest Dubai is not my best destination to be but after reading your post that can be challenging

  26. miss b, you're my undisputed tour guide in Dubai even if you're not local :D I'll tell my friends there to take me to these newly opened venues. I'll be back there in November. I'll let you know if there's anything new by then. Thanks for sharing your trip back to the Emirates :)

  27. Lovely post!!! great place!!!
    Have a good week!!! my g+ for your post!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  28. What a marvellous post. I would love that cappuccino with a side cone, lol. It all just looks incredibly wonderful! xx/Madison

  29. Dubai is so gorgeous. I hope one day to visit there !! Lovely photos !

    ~ Lu

  30. Hi Miss B,

    I loved seeing your wonderful photos of Dubai - thanks for sharing.
    The icecream parlour looks wonderful. Have never been there but one day would like to get there.
    Happy week

  31. Your posts make me crave for visiting this sparkling city!!
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  32. Such a great idea to combine two destinations in one journey !!! The photos are amazing!!! Dubai is an incredible place to visit and I really felt in love with the Tea Saloon and its cappuccino!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

  33. I love Dubai, great pics x

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  34. Many thanks for your interesting comment! Happy rest of the week :) xx Rena

  35. Wow, everything looks wonderful. Visiting Dubai is definitely on my bucket list. I especially love all the food pics :)

  36. So cool that you get to travel to Dubai so often!

  37. I have been wanting to visit Dubai for years. Your pictures make me wish I was there even more.

  38. Dubai is breathtaking... not sure I will ever get there but I can live vicariously through your amazing photos! xx, B

  39. How cool is the mini ice cream at the side of the coffee!!!
    (and the cyan arm chair :)

  40. Dubai is always full of surprises which is one if the reasons we return. Thank you for all your positive comments.

  41. Your Dubai posts are always so tasteful, you catch interesting details, those little cones are so cute. Now I go eat something or I will faint here : ))) Have a sweet evening : )


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