Feet are big business in Dubai. Forget hiding them away in boots and trainers for half the year, our sunny climate means that sandals, flip-flops and strappy heels are a daily must and that your toes rarely take a break – and as such – need to look their best at all times. Here are some of the best places to make sure they're in tip-top shape.
Margaret Dabbs Sole Lounge (from AED 465)
Arguably the Roll's Royce of pedicures, what Margaret Dabbs at The Dubai Mall's Level Shoe District doesn't know about feet, isn't worth knowing. Firstly, this isn't just your average buff, file and polish – Margaret Dabbs has a team of foot specialists who fuse health and beauty to give one of the first ever podiatric (that's foot medicine) pedicures that promise to transform your tootsies, which is probably why prices start at AED 465. With everything from stubborn callouses to posture (yep, they aim to correct that too) taken into account – after a visit here you'll be walking on cloud nine.
The Nail Spa (from AED 100)
A real LovinDubai favourite, The Nail Spa has come to be the a reliable, blissed-out sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life. With their huge armchairs to sit back in, brilliant service, extensive colour choice (including gel and nail art options) and easy online booking system – this is a salon run by people who know what they're doing, and who pride themselves on customer experience as well as beautiful results. During a classic pedicure (from Dhs100) your feet are scrubbed, washed, filed and massaged before your toenails are cleaned, shaped and given a lick of the colour of your choice. The ultimate post-work pick-me-up or Friday morning treat, find one of their salons in Ibn Battuta Mall, The Lakes, The Dubai Mall or Arabian Ranches.
Tips & Toes (from AED 90)
A trusted favourite in Dubai's extensive beautifying portfolio, Tips & Toes are famed for their unique brand of Eastern-inspired chill. With their trademark reclining chairs being known as some of the most comfortable in the Emirates, and a list of services as long as your arm, it's easier than you think to wile away many hours in one of these havens of tranquility. A classic pedicure (AED 90) involves a lengthy foot soak, thorough exfoliation, dead-skin removal, massage and all the nail primping needed to leave them looking shiny and new. Tip? Visit the Jumeirah 2 brand (hidden in the back of Spinney's) for the best in-chair massage of your life!
SOH(from AED 50 for a quick fix)
Creative types: take note. This trendy Japanese-inspired hideaway in Dubai's Galleria Mall is the place to head if generic salons aren't really your thing. At Soh, you'll find yourself in an industrial, arty atmosphere – surrounded by some of the coolest kids in Dubai getting intricate nail art applied by some of the most precise technicians in the city. And the pedicures are no different. Offering everything from a quick AED 50 fix for a last minute party, to AED 220 for one of their famous 'Japanese' treatments (which involves immersing your feet in a bowl full of brightly coloured organic products) you're bound to come out feeling 10 years younger.
The White Room (from AED 75)
An unsung hero of the Dubai spa scene is The White Room, who have handy locations in JLT, Marina Plaza and Motor City. If you're after a calm, personal service this is the place for you. These salons are run by a caring team of professionals who provide a truly nurturing experience, with excellent results – of course. All products used are some of the finest natural and organic to be found on the market – meaning you can enjoy a wonderfully holistic approach to your grooming. And with prices for a classic pedicure starting at just AED 75 you can afford to treat yourself on a regular basis!
N. Bar (from AED 90)
With salons located all over Dubai – from Jumeirah Emirates Towers Downtown to Sunset Mall in Jumeirah and Grosvenor House in the Marina – N.Bar is the perfect place to pop in for a quick spot of pampering in-between running errands. Not only are the technicians some of the loveliest you'll come across in the UAE, they are also master painters who will leave you cuticle-free and expertly polished, and all from just AED 90. Another bonus is the layout of these salons – with the (super comfy) chairs grouped in threes in their own little rooms, a pedi with your friends is like a private party.