Soon we can hang out at a Friends style coffee shop

Cross Cultural Cafe Friends

Dubai welcomes a restaurant themed around possibly the most popular TV series ever.

Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa in Al Fahidi has announced the opening of Cross Cultural Perks Café & Bistro.

The “friendly and comfortable hang out for family and friends” (that’s a clue) is inspired by American sitcom Friends. Fans of the series, which launched way back in 1994, might remember much of the action revolved around Central Perk café, where Phoebe, erm, serenaded Monica, Joey, Ross, Rachel and Chandler.

No word on whether there’ll be renditions of ‘Smelly Cat’ or an iconic orange couch to hang out. It’s perfectly placed for a pitshop after pounding the cultural trail of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. As we enter the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, the café will promote and celebrate diversity through the medium of food.

Due to open later in January 2019, Cross Cultural Perks Café & Bistro will serve Western, Emirati, Asian and Indian dishes 24 hours a day. Whether you fancy pies, camel meat or tandoori, they’re all on the menu.

The new eatery at the hotel near Dubai Museum and the Ruler’s Court also promises a “friendly, comfortable, authentic cultural vibe” where you can watch live sports, listen to music. They’ve covered our basic human right of free WiFi and there are seats outdoors and inside.

Habib Khan, CEO of the hospitality division of owners Planet Group, says: “We are very excited to open and showcase this inspired concept café where guests can relax or recharge, build a conversation, or get connected.”

Time to get on our Thanksgiving pants and get down there!


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