Haute Secrets: Dipesh Depala On His Favorite Luxe Locations

Dipesh Depala

When it comes to all things glamorous, luxe and haute, perhaps there is no better expert on the topic than Dipesh Depala, co-founder of The Qode, an agency specializing in luxury public relations and events in the GCC. He’s also the genius behind Redvelvetnation.com, which draws faithful readers seeking information about the most fabulous news and highlights on the social scene. 

Ever cultured, Dipesh grew up in Europe and graduated from the American College of Switzerland with a degree in Business. From there, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and launched many successful ventures.

Along with his business partner Ayman Fakoussa, Dipesh recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of The Qode. Given his adroit knowledge of all that is luxury, The Qode has built a premier reputation as a leading luxury, event and communication consultant in the Middle East. Their elite guest lists always draw in the most famous and sought after faces from across the globe.  

A connoisseur of arts, culture and fashion, Depala enjoys collecting and displaying countless pieces of art in the home that he designed and shares with his wife in Dubai. A fan of iconic designer Tom Ford, Depala models his own fashion beliefs and advice around the same belief that classic with an individual twist is always in. When not talking luxury and fashion, you’re likely to find Dipesh experimenting with a camera or enjoying time with his family.

What does Dipesh have to say about his favorite pieces of fabulousness found in Dubai? Read on to find out!

How long in Dubai: 23 years

Neighborhood: Umm Suqueim

Occupation: Businessman, social commentator and online editor

Favorite Restaurant: Abshar Iranian restaurant on Beach Road.

Best Sushi: Tomo at The Raffles Hotel

Best Italian: Bice

Best dessert: The Hokkaido milk soft serve ice cream at Yamanote.

Best Friday brunch: Iris and Traiteur

Best place for a power business meeting: Intersect by Lexus in the DIFC

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Vida

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Berluti, Mr. Porter,

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Jewellery at Bil Arabi, and watches at IWC, Rolex and Cartier

Best Spa: Sensasia at Emirates Golf Club

Favorite Cultural Event: Downtown Design

Favorite Cultural Institution: Art Dubai

Best Steakhouse: CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Best Pizza: Bussola

Best Lunch: Comptoir 102

Best Massage: The aromatherapy massage at Sensasia

Best Limousine/Driving Service: My chauffeur Saif!

Best Museum/Exhibit: Maximo Riera at Cities Boutique

Describe your city in three words: Multicultural, Glittering, Vibrant

All-around favorite spot in Dubai: Desert Palm Polo Club

Best Aspect of Dubai: The quality of life.

Where were you born?  Bombay

Occupation? Co-owner of The Qode Luxury PR and Events Agency, Editor, and social commentator.

Best place for a romantic date: The terrace at Bab Al Shams

Best gym / athletic facility:  Platform 3