‘Wherefore art thou, Romeo?’: Top terraces and balconies from which to soak up Expo 2020 in style - British Herald
January 21, 2022
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‘Wherefore art thou, Romeo?’: Top terraces and balconies from which to soak up Expo 2020 in style

DUBAI – As the mercury dips for the Dubai winter and temperatures below the 30-degree mark become increasingly common, what better way to soak up the atmosphere at Expo 2020 Dubai than the site’s huge variety of world-class balconies and rooftops?

Whether a rotating observation tower 55 metres above the ground or a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experience just metres from Al Wasl dome – home to the world’s largest 360-degree projection screen – tickles your fancy, visitors seeking a unique aerial experience are truly spoilt for choice.

Here are just 10 of Expo 2020’s outdoor must-sees…

Note:Excluding Garden in the Sky, all listed locations are fully licenced.

Mudrá, Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion

The brainchild of US celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, vegan hangout Mudrá is found on the rooftop of Terra, the Sustainability District’s impressive Thematic Pavilion. Aimed at sharing the plant-based lifestyle through approachable cuisine, its menu has a wide range of options, from simple food such as pizzas and burgers with a gourmet twist, to novelty Nikkei sushi to amazing starters and mains, set to impress the finest palates.

Swiss Rooftop Bar, Switzerland Pavilion, Opportunity District

Enjoy spectacular views of Expo at the Swiss Rooftop Bar, savouring bites from the country for a real feel of Switzerland. From traditional meat and cheese platters to the iconic Raclette, or its exquisite ‘Walk the Swiss Dog’, there are flavours to please every palate – plus a selection of Swiss hops, and grapes for good measure!

Brillat-Savarin, France Pavilion, Mobility District

The 180-degree terrace on the Belvédère floor at the France Pavilion is 21 metres above ground, offering an exceptional vantage point of the Expo site, with spectacular views of Alif – the Mobility Pavilion and Al Wasl Plaza. The terrace is home to Brillat-Savarin, a restaurant run by chefs Martin Becquart and Erwan Stadler. It promises a unique French gastronomic delight with a frequently revamped menu designed to be a journey to the heart of French cuisine. Each month, the menu honours a region of France with a guest chef. For November, Stéphan Rémon is bringing regional specialities from the South and Corsica Region.

Al-Lusitano by Chakall, Portugal Pavilion, Jubilee Park

Perched on the second floor of the Portugal Pavilion, restaurant and terrace Al-Lusitano by Chakall offers panoramic views over Jubilee Park. This culinary delight is the inspiration of Luso-Argentinian Chef Chakall, who has travelled through Portugal for many years, participating in cooking TV shows and participating in various events and regional show cooking, acquiring in-depth knowledge of Portuguese cuisine, from the mountains to the sea, all the way to the islands in the Atlantic.

Garden in the Sky, Jubilee Park

Soaring 55 metres above the ground, Garden in the Sky in Jubilee Park is an observation tower and ‘flying park’ in one – offering 360-degree views of the Expo site. Planted with 10 Peltophorum Inerme trees that are well adapted to the UAE’s hot and arid climate, the tower’s upper floor is linked to its air-conditioned lower floor by stairs. Tickets to this iconic attraction, one of its kind in the world, are available at an on-location ticket counter. Children under six can ride for free while an adult ticket costs AED 30.

Rooftop – 2020 Club by Emaar, Al Wasl Plaza

Those looking for a truly elevated Expo experience, complete with stunning views and spectacular cuisine can head to 2020 Club by Emaar, comprising a Hospitality Lounge, events venue and a spectacular rooftop. Located at Al Wasl Plaza, adjacent to the UAE Pavilion, guests can discover new cuisines and traditions during themed celebrations, witness the lighting up of Al Wasl dome, and watch the enthralling entertainment programme during the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, New Year’s Eve, and many other festivities.

Jubilee Mixology, Expo Media Centre, Al Wasl Plaza

Nothing short of show-stopping, visitors can embrace the classics at Jubilee Mixology on the 10th floor of the Expo Media Centre, which offers a fresh interpretation of eight signature mixes inspired by past World Expos – plus all the classics and a truly unique repertoire of other stunning signature beverages. Working closely with all its chefs, the venue’s in-house sommelier creates a unique beverage experience at this open-air rooftop overlooking Al Wasl dome, the beating heart of the Expo site.

BeLounge, Belgium Pavilion, Mobility District

Tucked away on the roof of the Belgium Pavilion, BeLoungeoffers guests a relaxed lounge area, complete with spectacular views of the Expo 2020 site. Guests can choose from a selection of Belgian snacks, such as Steak Tartare on toast, cheese croquettes and more – all easily shared ‘tapas style’ with friends and family. Add a variety of Belgian hops, Belgian-inspired mixed drinks or a glass of bubbly and visitors are assured a good time.

Efzin, Greece Pavilion, Sustainability District

Tucked away near the UAE Pavilion and a stone’s throw from Al Wasl Plaza,fine dining restaurant Efzin was created by Chef ‘Sperxos’, its dishes inspired by traditional Greek Cuisine with a modern twist giving visitors a glimpse into the heart of Greece.

Grand Beirut, Sustainability District

Boasting a balcony bursting with flowers, the eponymously named Grand Beirut takes its inspiration from the country’s charming capital. Indulge in an authentic Lebanese experience filled with art, culture and food from the heart of the Levant – complete with shisha options, hops and grapes to create a truly exquisite ambience!

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