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While the country’s historical symbol of unity, the Union House, the 120-metre iconic flagpole (the second tallest flagpole in the UAE) and Belhoul European Hospital may be popular landmarks on 2nd December Street (formerly called Diyafah), the avenue is also well worth exploring for its decadent dining and relaxation offerings.
When in this area of Dubai, you won’t find it hard to decide on your options to satiate your hunger. The place is great for those who love to explore their divergent interests in different cuisines as dining outlets take up most of the space along the street. Typically teeming with tourists, one would never fail to be lured by its wide culinary delights available in sidewalk cafés and restaurants. Here, you can try for yourself the make-your-own shabu shabu. For fine dining, you may head for Chelsea Plaza Hotel or Jumeira Rotana.
After having your fill of your choice dish, you may choose to indulge your sweet tooth at the sweets shops lining the street, do a bit of retail therapy at the Al Ghazal Mall, spend a leisurely walk at the Al Jafiliya Park or sweat it out at the Arab Park Basketball Court.
In need of some “me” time? Get your hair done or be pampered at the different beauty salons and spas spread everywhere.
The locality has several supermarkets as well like De Belchior, Choithram and Westzone. However, if you desire to buy something like furniture, jewellery or garments, stroll along nearby Satwa which is filled with shops selling practically everything at reasonable prices.
The tourist-friendly neighbourhood of 2nd December Street offers a compelling view of Shaikh Zayed Road. There are benches along its footpaths that tempt you to stay a while, enjoy the view and watch the traffic in its frenetic pace. It is well connected by bus and taxi.
• 2nd December Street sports a bustling air especially in winter
• It is considered one of the great “food streets” in the emirate
• It is also dotted with supermarkets, salons, spas and retail shops
Source: Alfred Ocianas, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer