This morning we headed off to Lucy’s favourite beauty shop, Casa Havana in Jumeirah. Its a great place and Ive been there before. I was having a much needed pedicure, Lucy was having a facial. Then I decided to get my nails done at the same time. I haven’t had a manicure since last year when we went into the long lockdown. So, I had two ladies working on me which felt very indulgent. Very pleased with the results. A bit more expensive than the UK but on the other hand, it took much longer.
After that we called briefly at the Dubai Mall to pick up a friend of Lu’s who moved here 2 weeks ago. She wanted to buy some furniture for her new apartment and Lu wanted a new bed and maybe some wall art work – a jaali screen. She had been to a massive Indian warehouse in Sharjah, the neighbouring Emirate, to buy her initial furniture and wanted to shop there again and so suggested her friend might like to come and look. We grabbed some quick lunch first and set off.
I guess it was about a 30 minute drive from the mall to Sharjah and Lucky’s Warehouse. What a place!!!!!! It’s like Aladdin’s Cave. Four warehouses of stuff!!!! There is some sort of organisation but you have to rummage because there is just so much stuff. Most comes from Gujerat and Rajasthan and there is a lot of carved wood, really solid beautiful furniture. Also stone and ceramic topped furniture. Lucy found an amazing carved wooden bed with an enormous, ornate headboard, painted in distressed white. Gorgeous. And a massive carved jaali screen also painted distressed white to hang above the guest bed. Her friend bought masses of stuff. It’s displayed as bare wood and they will stain or in some cases, paint, to suit. It’s all quite dusty LOL so a good wash first too….. They were both so happy. Prices were amazing. It was very fortunate in a way that they don’t ship because I was definitely seeing a lot of the stuff in our Cyprus house……
Dinner tonight at Ravi’s in the Asian Quarter of downtown. Proper local haunt with prices to fit. Outstanding breads – the cheese naan was historic as was the potato stuffed naan. Peshwari mutton was amazing. Of course palak paneer and a butter chicken. We couldn’t eat it all…. And the bill was well under £20. Who says you can’t eat cheaply in Dubai!!!