Food and drink
The food here is mainly snacky - Arabic platters of hummous, salad and other tasty local treats - and not ideal for a full meal. There is a decent wine list, plus a decent variety of fruit flavoured shisha, should you wish to try the classic Arabian pipe.
Relaxation is the key here, with the sofas, candles and ornate Arabian furnishings all geared towards a healthy dose of chill out - helped enormously by the sand dunes all around. It's mainly tourists here, both couples and families.
Friendly and attentive. They may even end up charging you less for a pot of tea than the price in the menu, which is what happened last time I went.
Al Sarab is sat on the roof of the [node:120975] hotel, an Arabian Fort-themed resort out in the middle of the desert. It'll take you about 40 minutes drive from Dubai to get here.
The Arabic platters cost around 100 dirhams, which is more than most other places, but you are sat in the middle of the desert. Once you've had a drink, you can then go for a wander around the resort, have a game of croquet on the lawn or just sit in the desert and watch the sun go down, which makes the whole experience rather unforgettable.
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Nature / wildlife