Category Archives: JLT

Restaurant Review: Shawarma Factory, JLT

While scouting for locations to take some pictures in the next evenings we made a stop at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers to look for some food. Once again the Zomato App was quite helpful guiding us to Shawarma Factory located on the Lake Level of the Platinum Tower in Cluster I.  Having left JLT more than three and a half years ago I had been really surprised how much has changed. But this might be due to not being in JLT and specially on the Lake level very often since.

Shawarma Factory is a nicely styled clean Restaurant whose basically full main menu is what the Restaurant name says: Shawarmas. You can choose between small and regular, but be warned, regular is huge! I made the mistake and the regular one has the size of a normal mans underarm!  I have not seen the small one, but guess this would have been very sufficient as well.

Taste wise this is probably something that can keep people discussing for years to come. This is not the standard arabic Shawarma, it is big, almost like a Sub. For my part, I prefer this version over the most traditional versions I had in the past years. I choose the Garlic Mayo sauce and was very happy with the outcome of my Chicken Shawarma. If in JLT this is surely a place I will visit again as from ambiance to taste everything was perfect for me.

Reviewed: Shawarma Factory, JLT
nicely decorated located on the Promenade Level
Huge but Loved it!
Friendly, patient, helpful
Shawarma a different, but tasty, way.

Contacts for Shawarma Factory, JLT


 04 554 7318


Restaurant Review: Shawermaty , JLT

We passed by Shawermaty at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers last night. Having a little hunger we stopped to Shawermaty which is a Gourmet Shawarma Restaurant located below the Palladium Tower in JLT’s Cluster C.

They have not really much space inside but a quite nice outdoor seating area close to the green area. Specially in the evening this is a really nice place to sit and relax with a good Shawarma.

We ordered a Pita Sandwich and a Maty Sandwich paired with two bottles of water.  We had just sat down outside when our order already arrived – that was really quick.  My Maty Sandwich was really good and tasted very flavorful. The chicken was tender and the Maty was much better than I had ever expected.

The Pita Sandwich was good as well, and if you compare it with value for money there is really nothing to complaint at all. The Pita Sandwich came in with 10AED and the Maty Sandwich with 20AED, both very reasonable and light on the pocket.

Overall definitely a place to visit again for the little hunger and a good Shawarma.

Reviewed: Shawermaty , JLT
Easy to find, Cluster C, below Palladium, nice outdoor seating,small inside
lovely Sandwiches
a nice Shawarma for the little hunger.

Contacts for Shawermaty , JLT


 04 451 6661




Restaurant Review: Pressman’s Pressed Sandwiches, JLT

I had been in JLT today and visited Pressman’s Pressed Sandwiches. Pressman’s is a recently in last November opened Sandwich House and as far as I am aware the only one of its kind in Dubai. 10941848_797908673596845_4868861117559681690_n

The Pressman’s concept takes its inspiration from the historic era of early 20thcentury USA, when sandwich shops became popular community hubs and drove the widespread adoption of sandwiches as a convenient fast food – across the world.

The first thing I notices is the relaxed interior. Even if you are in a hurry and busy, this Restaurant gives you a relaxing feeling. I really liked it and it reminded me of some US Roadside Restaurants I have been to. I could sit there all day long and work from my tablet and drink Cappuccinos…

You can choose between two sizes of sandwiches: BIG and BIGGER. I should have taken 2 BIG ones instead of one BIGGER one to sample a bit more but well. I went for the Roast Beef one which comes in with 19AED as BIG and with 26AED as BIGGER, a water and a 9a7097ace6494af7_orgCappuccino. The Cappuccino is from Lavazza , hence tastes great. The Sandwich not only looked extremely good, it tasted superb as well and is a delight to the taste buds.  What I found really cool was that you can order as well a Breakfast Sandwich, and this serves all day long!

The choice is big, from Turkey to Tuna from BBQ Chicken to Szechuan Chicken and Chicken Tikka, You surely find one that matches your taste!

They have as well a great selection of Salads and Soups, Smoothies, Juices, Coffee and Tea. For me a place I will definitely visit more often from now on, and you should too! I love this place.

I have as well met Chef Owen from South Africa today who gave me a brief explanation of the Restaurant concept. Owen has managed the catering for a number of high profile corporate gatherings and events  in the UAE. These include the Dubai World Cup 2013, Bruno Mars and Eric Clapton concerts, international cricket tournaments and Comic Con ME.   Could you be in better hands? I don’t think so.

Pressman's Pressed Sandwiches, JLT
JLT Cluster E, Promenade Level, easy to find and park
I loved it, and I do not say that very often..
very helpful on explaining, friendly, perfect .
A perfect relacing place with incredible Sandwiches...

Pressman’s is open from 7.30am to 10.00pm from Sunday to Thursday and from 9.00am to 9.00pm on Friday and Saturday, the sandwich house as well offers free delivery across JLT, Springs, Meadows, Lakes, Emirates Hills, Media City, Internet City, Greens, TECOM, Dubai Marina, JBR, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Gardens and Discovery Gardens.

For more information or to place an order for delivery you have multiple ways to connect to Pressman’s below:


04 430 8282




2 years after the Tamweel Tower Fire nothing has happened…

It is on the day 2 years ago now that the Tamweel Tower in Jumeirah Lakes Towers was on fire.  Nothing really has happened since back then. The tower looks exactly the same when you pass by on Sheikh Zayed Road. You would think that a city so much looking after its public image would have ordered something to happen on this long time back.

The tower went on wire 2 years supposedly which was caused by a discarded cigarette that fell into a pile of waste…


New road linking JLT to Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road …

Tomorrow will see finally the opening of a new connection between Sheikh Zayed Road at the JLT junction (Interchange 5.5) with SMBZ Road nearby Al Houdh R/A. The Road is named  as Qarn Al Sabkha Road.

You can see below where this road goes exactly:


Phase II of this project will be opened by the end of March 2015 where Al Saadah Road will be linked with Ibn Battuta Mall district, besides completing some bridges and roads in the neighborhood which will mainly serve JLT, the Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Islands, and Jumeirah Park by linking them with Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

Additional Al Khail First Road would be extended to Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road, Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta Mall and would include a link to Jafza in the future as per a RTA spokes person.

Restaurant Review: Pizza Me, JLT

pizzameAs Figaro’s Pizza and a bunch of other Restaurants we quite liked had closed down in JBR we had driven to JLT to have a look around.

Next to McGettigan’s we found Pizza Me. A small but lovely Italian Restaurant. They sadly have no tables outside so we sat inside. The staff was very friendly and we went for the Garlic Bread as starter with a Carbonara and a Pizza Margherita as main course. The Garlic bread was very tasty and i have not had it similar to this one before.  The Margherita was thin what i normally completely dislike but this one was really good. My wife was as well happy with her Carbonara so all was well.  Price wise this was with 118AED total in range and not overpriced.

The sad thin on JLT is that while driving in front of the Towers you really do not see what is on the Promenade side available. Probably there are the one or another nice surprises there.

Pizza Me, JLT
Nice location, but parking is a mess.
good taste, good size, fair price...
Service was good , fast and friendly .
A decent place to enjoy a nice Italian dish in a pleasant atmosphere...

Pizza Me is located below the Mohamed Ibrahim Tower next to McGettigan’s Bar in JLT. You can get more info’s and a map on the official website: (link)

What is happening to the the Tamweel tower in JLT?

IMG_0518its now more than 9 months since the Tamweel tower in JLT coughed fire on 18th of November 2012. Since than not much progress is to see on repairing the building.  Owners and Tenants had been paid minor amounts to rent somewhere but nobody could since than move back in.  If i would be an owner on that tower i would be pretty pissed having paid for something i cannot use and not seeing any progress on when this might be possible. I am passing by Tamweel Tower every morning on my way to Abu Dhabi and every day i am thinking about what will happen with this piece of stones and steel…

The fire at the 34-storey building at Jumeirah Lakes Towers was caused by a discarded cigarette, according to a police report. It ignited highly flammable cladding and flames spread up one side of the building. The cladding has since been banned in new buildings.

Back in January it was mentioned that repairs will start within 3 months which does not seem to have happened…

Jumeirah No Lakes Towers could become reality.. Almost.

As per an Interview with Arabian Business Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority executive chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem stated that he hates lakes and that there is no requirement for them and he did not like Developer Nakheels plan. Good thing is that he as well said “The only lake that I think will be untouchable is the one facing the Dubai Diamond Exchange because of the view.”

The Lake on the Armada Towers is currently already removed and turned into a Park including an Amphitheater and Basketball Courts…

Read the full story here: (LINK)IMG_1251