On my way to Asia recently, I stopped over in Dubai, which I discovered is actually much more than just its infamous shopping malls. It was my first visit to the city, and I was lucky enough to have a friend living there, who was happy to play tour guide for the day. We met at the Park Hyatt Hotel for some excellent Middle Eastern food at Cafe Arabesque. We sat outside looking over the Dubai Creek and the boats. It was lovely and I could have happily sat there all day, drinking mint iced tea and eating the very tasty hummus.