Short back and sides
It’s never been easier for gentlemen to get groomed in Dubai. Here is our pick of the coolest barbershops for haircuts, shaves and more
Chaps & Co
Chaps & Co has quickly cemented its place as a grooming stalwart in Dubai since opening in late 2015. Its first shop opened in Jumeirah Lakes Towers at Cluster C, and such was its success that it soon followed up with a second venue near Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai Marina. A shop in Dubai Design District will open later this year. Chaps & Co’s barbers, mostly from the UK and all of whom wear black skinny jeans, are well versed in the latest barbering trends. If you’re booking at the JLT branch ask for Rommel, who gives the most extraordinary shoulder massage halfway through your haircut.
Dubai Marina, JLT Cluster C and D3, Dubai | chapsandco.ae
1847 has Dubai covered with locations in Mirdif, JBR, Grosvenor House, City Walk and Emirates Towers. Always busy, 1847 has an army of therapists and barbers bustling around their shops. Manicures and pedicures are administered in cubby holes towards the back of each salon, while haircuts and shaves are done in a separate room lined with a row of beautiful vintage barber’s chairs from Italian brand Gioia. The Emirates Towers branch also has a swanky VIP room.
Emirates Towers, DIFC, Dubai | 1847uae.com
Without doubt the coolest looking barbershop in Dubai, Akin is a minimalist spot of pinewood, concrete and tile that does bang up to the minute barbering work. Akin has a prime spot a few doors down from cool café The Sum Of Us, at the rear of the Sheraton Grand on Sheikh Zayed Road. But with only three chairs in place, appointments are hard to come by and you must book in advance (a second location is due to open on JBR later this year). There are no massages or facials here, just haircuts, beard trims and wet shaves. Akin also stocks clothing from motorbike streetwear brand Deus.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai | akinbarbershop.com
The Art Of Shaving
A classy Manhattan import, The Art Of Shaving sits at the fancier end of the barbershop spectrum. Case in point: there’s lots of mahogany cabinets in its brand new City Walk location, and the barbers wear natty braces (the kind of braces that keep your trousers from falling down, not the ones that make your teeth straight). Modelled on a gentlemen’s club, this luxurious barbershop offers a range of services in its two private booths that includes haircuts, beard maintenance and facials. The Art of Shaving also stocks a wide range of grooming goods and gift packs that are perfect for birthdays.