Lamia Dahmash is a Dubai-based fashion wizard with over a decade of experience in the industry and a sixth sense of exceptional style and taste. You don’t want to miss her if you’re looking for a bit of inspo for your next outfit. But wait, there’s more. Get ready to discover her most cherished spots around the city. It’s jam-packed with enticing and relaxing things you can do around town, from delectable bites and vintage shopping to the must-see art scene around Dubai. Whether you’re a tourist or a resident, get ready to experience Dubai the Lulu Dahmash way.

Enjoy yourself; there’s something for everyone here.

Top must visit food spots in Dubai?

Honeycomb Hifi: for dinner. It’s a japanese izakaya and listening bar for delicious food, drinks and the coolest music – Catch me here almost every week!

Moonrise: for a unique culinary experience 

Miss Lily’s: for dinner, and hands down have the best burger in dubai.  

The Nice Guy: for an american italian dinner or drinks – dreaming of their pesto pasta! 

3 Fils: for a japanese lunch or dinner – so good!

Indochine: for french vietnamese cuisine. I would recommend you visit for lunch or dinner – Their Saturday brunches are also SO much fun! 

Best place for vintage shopping?

Nouvelle Vague: It’s a vintage store based in Beirut that sells the most unique gems. I have worked with the owner on her most recent dubai pop up – Stay tuned we are planning another one soon!

Best boutique hotels to stay in?

XVA Art Hotel: A stylish and artistic boutique hotel in the heart of Al Fahidi quarter, Bastakiya. 

25Hours Hotel: A super fun, eclectic hotel located in the center of dubai – So many events happen there and the interior is so cool!)

Underrated places?

Fusion Ceviche: A hidden gem and hole-in-the-wall in JLT that serve the best ceviche! If you are a ceviche lover then you must visit this spot! 

Wa Wa Dining: A low key, super cozy japanese restaurant in Barsha.

Tanos at 8: An underground home supper club – they have insane food and the best paella!

Scoopi Ice Cream: I am a HUGE ice cream lover and Scoopi’s pistachio ice cream just hits the spot!

Must-pack items?

Hair Clips: I always carry one around with me, especially during the hot weather and if you know me you’ll know I’m a big fan of floral colorful hair clips. 

Labello Poppy Red Crayon: I’m obsessed and have it with me everywhere I go. You can find this in the pharmacy or supermarket. I love bright lip colors and it’s moisturizing too!

Huda Beauty Vivid Pink Lip Liner and a Fenty Lip Gloss: I always have these in my bag too, I start off by applying the lipliner and then apply the Lip Gloss on top! They make your lips look so plump!)

Supergoop Sunscreen: I never leave my house without sunscreen, this is an essential in Dubai! I love the one from supergoop, it gives you the best glow.

And last, my Gucci Bloom mini perfume!

Must Visit Spots

Tabari Art Space: It’s where I go to feel inspired. They represent extremely talented emerging artists from the region and always have the coolest exhibitions.

Flipside Records: If you know me, you’ll know I’m a HUGE music lover and love discovering new records. Flipside is a Record Shop that specializes in all genres of music. They are based in Al Serkal Avenue and also have a shop in Honeycomb HiFi!

Al Ustad Special Kabab: This is a hidden gem located in Bur Dubai. If you love Kebab, you must visit this OG Dubai spot.

Gosha Flowers: The most unique and inspiring flower shop. Who doesn’t love flowers?

Matcha Club: I love their matcha at Nette, and yoga classes too!

Mandarin Oriental Beach: Catch me lying here on the weekend! If you love poke bowls make sure you try theirs!

Rascals: A super cool new sandwich deli that opened in Al Serkal Avenue (dreaming of their turkey sandwich!) 

Seva Experience: It’s my peaceful sanctuary. I love their sound healing classes.  

What should you avoid?

Peak Hours: Traffic is crazy during that time and you will get stuck for a while.

Summer in Dubai: It gets extremely hot here that’s why I always try to escape to a cooler destination.

Malls on a Weekend: Finding parking in the mall is a nightmare and the mall gets very crowded.

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.