Sure, the world associates Dubai with superficial glitz and glam.
Yes, that's right. The guys with their well-trimmed beards, oversized retro glasses, Hawaiian t-shirts, drop-crotch pants, and skinny jeans.
They will occasionally enter a mall to do their quick shopping, but apart from that, they spend most of their time in much "cooler" places.
Where do they go? What do they do?
The mystery unravels…
Here is a list of 9 Dubai hipster hangouts you should know about:
1. Khazzan Park
Khazzan Park is Dubai’s solar-powered park with a café, bookstore, playground, and traditional water tower.
They even have workshops on a variety of alternative topics taking place in the winter!
2. Stereo Arcade
I’ll give this to them – there is nothing better than a classic.
Instead of heading over to a club, the hipster specimen can be found sporting jeans and a sarcastic, graphic t-shirt at Stereo Arcade.
At the bar side, they will awkwardly boogie to everything from Nelly and AC/DC, even though they scoffed at those songs for being cliché when they first came out.
3. Alserkal Avenue
4. Music Room
5. Cinema Akil
At Cinema Akil, a movie theatre for independent films, not only do you get a chance to be around the hipster folk but you actually get to sit next to them and immerse yourselves in art-house movies from every place in the world.
They have a warehouse in Alserkal Avenue and often collaborate with outdoor events to showcase the best of indie cinema.
6. The Fridge
If you’re passing by their warehouse in Alserkal Avenue, you should definitely visit because there is a high chance you might find some amazing talent that you had never heard of before.
Here’s a riddle for you: Why is it called the fridge?
Answer: Because it’s that cool!
7. Dubai Design District / d3
9. Courtyard Junction
If Alserkal Avenue is where all the regular hipsters hang out, this is where the very alternative ones go.
Hidden in a corner among a courtyard bursting with furniture stores, Courtyard Junction awaits on the opposite side of the artsy neighbourhood.
For a small donation, one can watch live improv, plays by local drama groups, and screenings of famous theatre productions.
Disclaimer: This article means no offence to hipsters. In fact, these are places where the author herself can be found. She might even be one of them. Stay tuned…