The Navigator

Your inside look into Dubai

In Dubai, it’s not what you know—it’s who you know. Our Navigators make the city in the desert sands their playground and are here to connect you to every aspect of local life, from culture to cuisine and more. They’re practiced explorers who anticipate local trends and frequent every hotspot near Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai. Try traditional karak tea or find first-rate espresso at the Coffee Museum. Visit a high-end perfumerie or pick up a souvenir from a local artisan craft gallery. No matter what you’re into, a pit stop with our Navigators makes sure you leave knowing the destination like the back of your hand.

Cleatus George believes it’s not what you know—it’s who you know. Get to know him. Pulled into hospitality almost by accident, Cleatus George soon discovered he had a knack for the job. His gregarious nature, along with a curiosity for the new and undiscovered, had him quickly rising through the ranks, first in India, then in Dubai. An aspiring journalist, he likes to stay on the cutting edge of what’s going on in the city, just like any scribe worth their salt. Like a reporter, Cleatus has his reliable sources. Keeping in touch with a wide network of local tastemakers, bloggers and influencers keeps Cleatus several steps ahead of other local city guides. He spends his days off in wonderfully diverse fashion: Great coffee with friends at Seven Fortunes, authentic Middle Eastern fare for lunch at Mama'esh, an evening show at the Courtyard Playhouse. When you see him in the hotel, ask for the latest neighborhood story—he’s always got good news.

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Mama'esh is a friendly neighborhood restaurant that offers a variety of traditional Palestinian delicacies. It specializes in homemade flatbreads, which are served hot straight out of the original wood-fired oven. Be sure to try the signature dish, the zaatar & melted cheese fatayer, as well as the classic hummus!

Dubai Coffee Musuem

Mr. Khalid Al Mulla, the original founder of the Dubai Coffee Museum, began this project because of his pure passion for all things coffee. Come see a onetime Emirati home that has been converted into a museum for a better understanding of the origins of coffee, an impressive antique collection, and tastings in the must-visit café upstairs.

Seven Fortunes

Seven Fortunes is a local coffee roastery tucked away in the hipster side of Al Quoz in an old converted warehouse. Their specialty can be found in their unique craftsmanship when it comes to producing the highest quality of roasted coffee. They offer a carefully curated selection of handpicked coffee beans sourced from all across the world, naturally resulting in an explosion of unique flavors!

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