Las Vegas has the famous Bellagio Fountains and Dubai has its own OTT interpretation: the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest “performing” fountain on 30-acre Burj Lake. Where should you go to see the show? There are plenty of options—from one of the touristy restaurants at Souk Al Bahar, or from the upper reaches of Burj Khalifa, or from the busy waterside promenade. Our choice (and the locals’)? Wafi Gourmet, the Lebanese take-away shop and restaurant at Dubai Mall. Don’t bother winding your way through the mall to get there. To save time, you can enter directly across from the lake and take a peek around before you settle in at your outside table for prime fountain viewing. Inside, you’ll find a foodie wonderland with every manner of sweet and savory Arabian delicacy on offer: smoky charcoal-grilled lamb kebabs and flavor-packed Lebanese meze as well as assorted rosewater-scented sweets. This is the place to grab culinary gifts (spices, dates, baklava, halvah, Arabian raw honey) bring back home with you. But don’t forget why you came here in the first place: the synchronized light-water-music spectacle outside. Lucky for you, there’s a show every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm every night.
Driving, take Dubai-Ghweifat International Highway onto Financial Centre Road. After a slight right toward Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, head left into The Dubai Mall. You’ll find Wafi Gourmet on the lower floor.
WAFI GOURMET: lower ground floor, Dubai Mall; +971 4 330 8297; wafigourmet.com