Al Bandar, placed in the north of Al Raha area, is a great location to visit. It’s built on an artificial island and you can be sure that there are lots of things to see here, even though it has been developed quite recently. Stick with us to see what tour we prepared you if you want to explore Al Bandar!
If you want to make your taste buds extremely happy, you should not miss Ornina. It’s a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant which offers gourmet seafood. While you enjoy some smoked duck, beetroot or orange salad, you should admire the fascinating decor: there are wooden panels that recreate the aspect of a yacht, together with large windows and a sleek design.
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For those who live here or are simply interested in doing some exercise before or after they explore Al Bandar, we have to recommend Cobra Fitness. Here you can find everything you want when it comes to sports and fitness, from Muay Thai to boxing or mixed martial arts. Here you can take yoga or Pilates lessons, use the weights gym and swim in a 25 meters lap pool. The prices are 70 AED for one session, a subscription for 10 sessions costs 550 AED and a monthly one is 800 AED.
Hydro Marine Sports Dhow. An one-hour cruise in a traditional dhow is a perfect way to explore Al Bandar and discover new attractions and beautiful sights. On weekdays a ticket for an adult costs 50 AED, in weekends AED 60 and children below 10 have a special price of AED 30. If you want, you can rent the boat for a party. In this case, the first hour costs 1.200 AED, and each hour after that will cost 1.000 AED more. The bright side is that you can have 22 guests at the party!
Those who want to explore Al Bandar in a more high class way are invited to the Juli Music Institute. This music school offers various instrument lessons (piano or woodwind ones, for instance) or singing classes (from pop to classical). A 30-minute lesson costs 120 AED. For kids there are special ballet classes or jazz lessons for prices starting with 67 AED.
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Relax and explore Al Bandar by trying Afghani cuisine at Nolu’s Cafe. One of the most popular cafes around, here you can taste the true Afghani dishes, but with a Californian touch. Try out salads with more than ten different toppings or choose chapli kabob, which is a special mound or brown rice, combined with onions, jalapenos, coriander and minced beef. Enjoy!
Those who are not interested in trying exotic cuisines will be happy to know that in Al Bandar you can find an excellent Italian restaurant, Bricco Pasta & Pizza. Classic dishes are available here, from mozzarella pizza and spaghetti carbonara cooked with turkey bacon and egg. If you want to cook some Italian dishes yourself, you can find here also an Italian grocery shop with pasta, risotto, chocolate, cakes, olive oil or balsamic vinegar. For the chef in you!