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Contents
Features
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The best roadtrips In
the UAE
Your guide to the
greatest destinations
in each of the seven
emirates
31
50 boredom beaters
Stay sane this summer
with 50 great things
to do, from comedy to
charity
p40
40
Where to watch
Football fever hits the
UAE with our top picks
of where to support
your team in the World
Cup
51
Shall we dance?
The Irish dance
spectacular, Lord Of
The Dance, hits the UAE
capital
p51
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Salaam
Essential reading
for the month of
June, plus a cheeky
chat with one of The
Wiggles
44
Win, win, win
To celebrate our
31st birthday there
are a mammoth 31
competitions waiting
to be won
54
Films
We rate or slate this
month’s films including
Toy Story 3, The
A-Team, Shrek Forever
After and The Twilight
Saga: Eclipse
57
Eating out
Dinner at the Armani
hotel, afternoon teas
put to the test, the best
seafood in the UAE and
we introduce a brand
new food critic
75
Arts
A new project from
The Third Line gallery,
plus June’s must-see
exhibitions
83
Shopping
Interiors to transform
your home and our
pick of the most
exciting new stores
89
Mind & body
We visit the spa at
Atlantis, try Bikram
yoga and have our
feet nibbled by fish
96
Sport & outdoor
Our own Mr Motivator
answers your fitness
questions
The round-up
99
Music
Is Chesney Hawkes still
the one and only? We
find out
102
Club diary
All that’s happening in
Clubland this month,
plus one-on-one chat
with Steve Lawler
105
Travel
Take a long-haul flight
to explore beautiful
New Zealand
113
Hot list
Who’s top dog this
month in spas,
bars, brunches and
restaurants?
122
Backchat
Catboy shares a
football supporter’s
world of woe
p54
p62
p84
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14 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
CATHERINE JARVIE
Having written on art for the
likes of The Guardian, The
Times and The Observer, Cath-
erine’s a lady who knows her
cubism from her surrealism.
When she’s not churning out
quality prose, you’ll find her
in her local gallery eyeing up
paintings and studying sculp-
tures. Don’t miss her take on
the UAE’s art scene, p75
Contributors
This month we' ve been...
JAMES BRENNAN
We’d like to extend a warm,
What’s On welcome to big
Jim, who this month joins us
as our latest expert column-
ist. The talented wordsmith
earns his crust writing about
food for a host of interna-
tional magazines. He’s also,
more impressively, the Middle
East judge for the Pellegrino
World’s 50 Best restaurants. So
we’re eagerly anticipating his
opinions on the state of the
UAE’s food industry, p67
Hunting
crustaceans, p27
Learning to cook, p21
CATBOY
During his illustrious media
career, Catboy has chauf-
feured around arguably
football’s greatest player, Pelé,
for three days, held the World
Cup trophy in his hands, and
filled the 1978 Panini World
Cup sticker album before the
tournament ended. No won-
der he can’t wait for the World
Cup. Backchat with Catboy on
the beautiful game, p122
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16 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
June in not much room
June in numbers
Sum might say
Salaam!
This month we’re going to…
What’s not
The Picturehouse
We love Reel Cinemas’ alternative movies
home, The Picturehouse. But we also love
popcorn – it’s a vital part of our movie-going
experience. So why is it all food and drink
banned at The Picturehouse? Join our Twitter
crusade to stop this madness.
Gary Rhodes Twenty10
Chef Gary’s second UAE restaurant was
supposed to open at Le Royal Méridien this
month, but the opening has been pushed
back to July. We do not like being made to
wait for our dinner. www.garyrhodes.com
Sex And The City 2
The latest adventures of the fab four may
be partially set in Abu Dhabi, but due to its
risqué content, it looks like it won’t be shown
at the UAE’s cinemas.
What’s hot
UAE film
Director Ashraf Ghori is taking UAE lm
to the world. The UAE’s rst 3D animated
short, Levity – Xero Error Minus 1,
showed at Cannes last month,
having already proved a success
in the Gulf Film Festival.
www.youtube.com/xpansecgi
Justin Timberlake
Yes, ladies, the one they call the trouser
snake is heading to the desert this month.
Unfortunately, he’s only in town for the
launch of Givenchy’s new fragrance. Still,
he has to venture outside at some point...
Gold
It sounds like something James Bond
villain Goldnger would own, but the new
ATM at Emirates Palace is denitely real. In-
stead of cash, the machine dispenses gold
nuggets, bars and coins. Only in the UAE.
URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART
How would you like a Warhol on your
wall? No, not a fan of Andy’s work?
How about the graffiti art of elusive Brit
Banksy? Gold-toothed Goldie? Gorillaz’
Jamie Reid? London lad D’Face? Well, you
had better join us at 1X1 Art Gallery this
month where work by all will on display
and up for sale.
Jun 7 to 12, 1X1 Art Gallery, Villa 5, 1023
Al Wasl Road, Al Manara, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3483873. www.1x1artgallery.com
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Kilometres we travelled in total on
our road trips to each of the seven
Emirates, p19
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Guinness World Record held by Lord
Of The Dance creator Michael Flatley.
His Irish dance spectacular hits Abu
Dhabi in June, p51
45,000,000
The total number of sheep in New Zealand,
outnumbering the human population 11 to one.
We met some people, and sheep, on our visit to
the country, p105
31
Years ago this very month, What’s
On, the UAE’s oldest and best
magazine, was founded. And to
celebrate, we have 31 cool prizes to
give away, p44
171
Total goals scored at the France 1998
World Cup, a tournament record. We
show you the best venues in the UAE
to watch this month’s event, p40
COOL SUMMER NIGHTS
There are few things we love more than
waterslides, but throw in live cooking
stations, entertainment, smaller queues plus
zero danger of burning our feet and we’re
sold. Aquaventure’s Thursday night oering is
great for a few drinks before hitting the lazy
river and enjoying the reworks.
Aquaventure, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, Thurs
7pm to midnight. Dhs150, Dhs120 for children
under 1.1 metres. Tel: (04) 4260000. www.
atlantisthepalm.com
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June in not much room
Five Questions… The Wiggles
Salaam!
This month we’re going to…
The Wiggles have
made 40-plus
records, November
1 is Wiggles Day
in New York City
and the band has
a host of celebrity
fans. Playing the UAE this
month, we caught up with
Red Wiggle Murray Cook
Ready to rock the UAE?
Well, the show is fairly eclectic, lots of songs
and high energy. We encourage the children
to be involved by doing the actions from
songs or dancing. If you’re in a rock band
you’re pretty tied to one genre, but one of
the things we can do is play a lot of dierent
kinds of music.
You tour with a dinosaur, right?
We have Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the
Octopus, Captain Feathersword and Wags
the Dog. And we have dancers too, so there
are quite a few of us on stage. They say not
to work with children and animals but it’s
ne. They are very well behaved.
What about the rest of you? Any big
Wiggles bust-ups?
There are always moments where you
disagree on things. But one of the good
things is the underlying philosophy that we
all agree on, being child centred. We can
usually refer back to that, which cuts down
on a lot of the creative tension.
No? Come on, give us the rock’n’roll dirt.
When we’re touring in the states we’re
on a proper rock‘n’roll tour bus, but we’re
Guess list
No less than three famous
people who might be
heading for our sandy
shores
95%
ZANE LOWE
BBC Radio 1’s Mr Music is
fast becoming a John Peel
for our Tweeteration, and it
seems he’s building quite an at-
tachment to our fair desert land. After pop-
ping over to do his thing behind the decks
at Chi’s Sound Of Live gig in April, Zane is
rumoured to have signed a deal for thrice
yearly UAE appearances. We must have
impressed him with our ability to appreciate
quality tunes and ceaseless party spirit. Or a
big pot of dirhams.
www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/zanelowe
85%
JAMIE OLIVER
It seems the Naked Chef is
nally coming to the UAE.
Yep, Jamie Oliver is recruit-
ing chefs and managerial
sta for a branch of Jamie’s
Italian due to open in
Dubai later this year. He’s sure to be in town
for the launch, isn’t he? Pukka.
www.jamiesitalian.com
50%
PAUL MCCARTNEY
Macca is, arguably, the
greatest living musical
gure on the planet. Just
try to ignore Band On The
Run. And a deal seems to
be in the pipeline to bring
the erstwhile Beatle over to Abu
Dhabi for one of those giant concerts only
the capital can pull o. The who’s your
favourite Beatle arguments have already
started at What’s On towers.
www.paulmccartney.com
older guys so we’re not hell raisers. We
used to do a part of the show with Captain
Feathersword where he’d sing our song
Quack, Quack in the style of dierent
performers. James Heteld from Metallica
was at one of the shows so we did the song
in the style of Enter Sandman. James stood
up and gave us the devil horns salute and
shouted ‘yeah’. Pretty rock‘n’roll, no?
Not bad. You’re bigger than Metallica,
well, with the nippers, anyway. How do
you handle the fame?
Yeah, you do have people stopping you in
the street. Mostly, it’s just parents saying
they like what we do and their kids love us.
It’s not really a problem.
Jun 11 and 12, The Palladium, Dubai, Fri 11am
and 2pm, Sat 11am, Dhs140 to Dhs250. www.
thepalladiumdubai.com
HAKKASAN
With a Michelin star to its
name and a host of A-listers regularly dining
there, London’s Hakkasan is denitely a
celebrity restaurant. And this month a branch
of the cool Chinese is opening at the Emirates
Palace. And with dishes such as Peking duck
with caviar and silver cod with champagne
sauce, at last Abu Dhabi has somewhere to
rival Dubai’s Nobu and Zuma restaurants.
Hakkasan, Emirates Palace, West Corniche, Abu
Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6909000. www.hakkasan.com
30”X30”
An ambitious project at the
ever interesting Ghaf Gallery this month.
Featuring the work of around 20 national
and international artists, 30”x30” was
conceived as an “open call” to artists keen
to serve up their art to Abu Dhabians in the
same square (the 30x30 of the title) format.
Intriguing.
June 9 to 24. Ghaf Gallery, Al Khaleej Al Arabi
Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 665 5332.
www.ghafgallery.com
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THE BEST ROAD TRIPS IN THE UAE
Happiness is an open road.
Beg, borrow or steal a hot
motor, stock up on snacks,
line up the tunes and start
exploring, with our pick of
the finest routes the
Emirates have to offer
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20 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
THE BEST ROAD TRIPS IN THE UAE
THE ITINERARY
11.30AM Leave Dubai
12.30PM Arrive at Banyan Tree Al Wadi.
Lunch at Al Waha
1.30PM Head to the spa
2PM Experience The Rainforest
4PM Relax and get changed
4.30PM Set o
5.30PM Arrive in Dubai
THE JOURNEY
Simple. Head north on Emirates Road (E311),
watch out for the speed cameras and come
o at exit 119. Turn right at the roundabout
and drive 4km until you see the Banyan Tree
sign. Turn right and drive a further 3km, past
goats and camels, where you’ll see low-lying
Arabian-style buildings behind a grand gate.
THE CAR
The Audi A5 Sportback is a chic beast that
will roar up Emirates Road. Program your
destination into the sat-nav, ick on cruise
control and watch the landscape whiz by.
We were particularly enamoured with the
rear-view camera for reversing, its beefy
bodywork and an engine that made hitting
120km/h alarmingly easy. The A5 is a head
turner and you’ll be proud to valet it – surely
the ultimate UAE stamp of approval? Put
the windows down and system up. You can
buy one for Dhs179,000 or rent an A6 from
allorent.com from Dhs207 per day, based on
a 30-day lease.
THE MUSIC
Girl power. Laura Marling’s I Speak Because I
Can (Dhs51 from amazon.com) for laidback
tunes and a bit of Metric’s new album
Fantasies (Dhs47 from amazon.com) on the
way home to make sure you don’t fall asleep.
THE FOOD
Skip the Haribo and save your appetite
for lunch at Al Waha, the all-day dining
RAS AL KHAIMAH
AKA THE GIRLIE DAY OUT
THE TRIP: THE RAINFOREST SPA AT BANYAN TREE AL
WADI
restaurant at the resort. The made-to-order
risotto is the star of the show, but don’t leave
without sampling some mini raspberry éclairs.
THE SPA
Spa fans, listen up. This place couldn’t be
further from your run-of-the-mill hotel
oering. In addition to a range of Asian-
inspired therapies in luxurious treatment
rooms, the Banyan Tree has created The
Rainforest. The rst of its kind in the region,
The Rainforest is a hydrothermal experience
boasting 14 areas, designed to benet your
body in dierent ways. You’ll be treated
to an ice igloo, tropical rain shower, brine
cavern, bucket drench, grotto steam and
herbal sauna, plus all manner of special
steams, showers and more. Finish with a
dip in the vitality pool, where nine types
of hydro jets target specic points of the
body, then dry o on heated loungers.
If all of that sounds a little bewildering,
fear not – you’ll be given a map of The
Rainforest, which explains the stations
and suggests how long you should spend
at each, totalling around two hours of
pampering. Then recline with a chilled
lemongrass tea before reluctantly heading
home in a blissed-out state.
THE DETAILS
The one-hour Rainforest Experience is Dhs70
per hour per person and is complimentary
for guests staying at the resort. Book a two-
hour spa treatment and receive a free one
hour Rainforest Experience.
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah.
Tel: (07) 2067632. www.banyantree.com
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THE BEST ROAD TRIPS IN THE UAE
THE ITINERARY
9AM Breakfast at Boulevard Café
11AM Coee tasting at Orbis
1.30PM Cooking lesson and lunch at
Traiteur, Park Hyatt Dubai
4PM Gingerbread Cocoon body treatment
at the RitzCarlton Spa
7.45PM Dinner at Reet Par Pierre Gagnaire
THE CAR
What better for zipping around in than a Mini?
The cheeky little car-about-town is perfect
for navigating around Dubai’s streets, and
couldn’t be easier to park. Get your hands on
the cabriolet number, and open-air motoring
– albeit with a blast of A/C to combat the June
sun – is a joy. A number of companies hire
Minis for the day, starting from around Dhs600.
www.shortstaydubaicars.com
THE MUSIC
The quirky, punchy, sounds of Northern
Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club (Tourist
History, Dhs48, amazon.com) are ideal for
eeing around town. Stevie Wonder’s Songs
In The Key Of Life (Dhs100, Virgin, Mall Of The
Emirates) should nish your day nicely.
BREAKFAST
Start strong with some protein at Boulevard
Café in Old Town. This Parisian-style pavement
café serves up French fare until midnight but
the breakfasts are sublime. We went for les
oeuf a la mode; two eggs in any style, with herb
roasted tomatoes, Provencale potatoes and
chunky sourdough toast (Dhs35).
Boulevard Café, Burj Boulevard, Old Town,
Dubai, 7am to midnight. Tel: (04) 4285923
DUBAI
AKA THE CULINARY TOUR
THE TRIP: A WHIRLWIND TASTING TOUR OF DUBAI
THE COFFEE TOUR
We have our own coee roastery on our
doorstep and they sell caeine to some of
the nest hotels in the UAE, and even Sheikh
Mohammed himself. You can sni it out on
their Saturday morning tours at 11am, when
you’ll go behind the scenes and even make
your own custom blend.
Orbis Roastery, Al Lahbab, Hatta Road, Dubai,
Dhs50. Tel: (04) 3417789. www.orbisroastery.com
THE COOKING MASTERCLASS
Man, according to the proverb, is what he eats.
Which unfortunately makes certain members of
the What’s On team beans on toast. The beautiful
Park Hyatt Dubai hotel oers a way out for
those that are kitchen-challenged, with cooking
lessons at Traiteur from head chef Franck Detrait.
Franck is everything you’d expect in a head chef;
food is his life, he knows the kitchen like the back
of his hand, and boasts the type of French accent
that would make a fried egg butty sound exotic.
Luckily, Franck wouldn’t lower himself to
mess with mere butties – our lesson was in
how to make the slightly daunting chilled
avocado and green apple soup with smoked
salmon and sesame seeds, followed by John
Dory with asparagus.
The lesson itself couldn’t be easier – Franck
and his team have everything laid out, and it’s
a simple case of he does, you do. Granted, his
peeling, chopping and, well, everything else
cooking related is way better than you could
dream of, but it’s fun trying, even if you’ll never
be able to cut asparagus perfectly. Trust us –
it’s a lot trickier than it sounds.
And when your avocados are all peeled,
your apples chopped, limes squeezed, salmon
diced and asparagus cut smaller than it
should be (look, it’s really hard, OK?), the end
result is yours to eat, dished up by Traiteur
waiters. Hopefully, you’ll also take away with
you a newfound skill, but even if you slump
back to the tinned beans and toasted bread
again, you’ll have at least had an afternoon to
remember.
Traiteur master class, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira,
Dubai, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 6021804
THE TREATMENT
You deserve a nice little lie down after all
that hard work. In keeping with the foodie
theme head to the spa at the RitzCarlton for
the Gingerbread Cocoon treatment. You’ll be
scrubbed before a body masque is applied
then you shower and are treated to a massage.
All with the delicious scent of ginger.
Gingerbread Cocoon, RitzCarlton, Dubai
Marina, Dubai, Dhs750 for 110 minutes. Tel: (04)
3994000. www.ritzcarlton.com
DINNER
If you’re going to devote a whole day to food
then the piece de resistance has to be Reets
Par Pierre Gagnaire. And if you’re going to eat
dinner, eat dinner, don’t be a pansy. Order
the Dhs790 daily tasting menu, sit back
and enjoy. What you eat depends entirely
on “the mood of the chef”. You will not be
disappointed, we assure you.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 7pm to
1am. Tel: (04) 7011128. www.ichotelsgroup.com
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THE ITINERARY
7AM - Leave Dubai
8:30AM - Stop for refreshments at Friday
market in Hajar hills
9:30AM - Arrive Wadi Beh
10:30AM - Discover road to Jabal Karim
is impassble
11AM - Attempt to climb smaller peak
2PM - Take the crazy winding road
to Zighy Bay
2:30PM - Lunch at Zighy Bay
4PM - Stop o at Sandy Beach motel for late
afternoon snorkel
6PM - Depart
7PM - Crawl through heavy trac in
Al Dhaid
8PM - Arrive back in Dubai
THE JOURNEY
One of the best drives. The road to the
Eastern Regions takes you through some
beautiful desert in Sharjah, and later
through the barren moonscape of the
Hajar mountains. Taking the Masafi route
offers some of the best driving roads in
the whole of the UAE, so if you’re itching
to give your sports car a real test, this
is one of the best routes to take. Long
sweeping curves, spectacular scenery
and few good tight bends offer some
challenging conditions a world away
for the straight-as-an-arrow multi-lane
highways.
THE CAR
Land Cruiser Prado VXL. It does the
journey in style, but for off-road, you
may want something more robust. With
less than 1000km on the clock, we didn’t
want to test it too much in the rocky
terrain of Wadi Beh, forcing us to call an
early halt to a trip that would have been
do-able in our beaten up Land Rover.
Matchless, Dubai, Dhs630. Tel: (04) 3559699.
www.matchlessdubai.com
FUJAIRAH
AKA MAN AND MOUNTAIN
THE TRIP: FUJAIRAH AND JABAL KARIM, MUSANDAM
THE MUSIC
Get into the wilderness mood with Bukka
White (Shake ‘em On Down, Dhs44, amazon.
com), Johnny Cash (American III, Dhs30,
amazon.com) and Wilco’s (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,
Dhs35, amazon.com).
THE FOOD
Fresh coconut juice at the Friday market
is a must, even if you might as well have
a placard screaming “tourist”. On the coast
itself, there’s plenty to choose from. Sandy
Beach isn’t as cheap and cheerful as it
once was, but the sh is fresh. Zighy Bay
is the real gem, just up the coast. It’s pricey –
about Dhs400 for two with drinks – but the
quality – and location is outstanding.
THE DRIVE
The wadis in Musandam oer some of the
best scenery in the Gulf. The hills are rocky
and exposed, with trails vague at best and
non-existent at worst. Pack plenty of water –
and we mean plenty, if you’re venturing out
in the summer months, even though it’s a
little cooler than on the coast, the heat can
still get oppressive. Elsewhere on the East
Coast, snorkelling and diving are the main
attractions. Watch out for the ‘red tides’
though. These choking algal blooms starve
the water of oxygen, killing sh, hindering
visibility and basically making the water
a no-go zone. The rarer ‘brown tides’ do
the same, but don’t last as long. On a clear
day, though, the sea life is stunning. Expect
to see turtles, sea snakes, sharks, and all
manner of tropical sh, from huge stingrays
to tiny – and surprisingly aggressive – clown
sh. And if camping under the stars on a
beach or in a barren wadi isn’t your thing,
there are plenty of hotels and resorts to
suit any budget, from the Sandy Beach and
Golden Tulip at the lower end to Zighy Bay,
which oers a remote, chilled out and out of
this world experience.
THE DETAILS
Getting out into the wilderness does need
some preparation, especially if you’re
exploring the remote wadis. GPS is useful, as
the terrain gets very confusing. Wadi Beh can
be a frustrating journey – it’s not accessible
from the Ras Al Khaimah side unless you’re
a Gulf national, so a trip requires a journey
to the East Coast, a border crossing and,
the hope that the road is passable, and the
need to double back on yourself even if it
is. It’s worth it though, oering spectacular
views and a respite from the coastal heat.
Check online forums such as Middle East
4x4 (me4x4.com) for updates. Avoid going
when heavy rain is expected – it gets very
treacherous, and be aware that after the
rains, roads and wadis can be blocked with
fallen trees, rocks, mud and silt. The beaches
are accessible all year round, of course, but
snorkelling and diving is best in the cooler
months. Watch for those red tides, though
– and the occasional tropical storm: Cyclone
Gonu played havoc with the reefs – and the
hotels – back in 2007.
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THE ITINERARY
3PM – Leave Abu Dhabi
5PM – Arrive at the zoo
6.15PM – Watch the African animals
being fed
7PM – Watch the penguins being fed
7.30PM – Watch the birds of prey show
8PM – Walk the Dinosaur Trail
8.30PM – Dinner at Tanjore
10PM – Set o home
Midnight – Arrive home
THE JOURNEY
From Dubai, take the E66, which begins at
the Nad Al Sheba interchange. Keep on this
road for about 120km and you’ll hit Al Ain.
Be careful, there are miles of roadworks,
so watch out for closed lanes. From Abu
Dhabi, simply head out of the city along
Airport Road and follow the E22 for about
140km to Al Ain. When you reach Al Ain, the
wildlife park is clearly signposted on brown
road signs. Just be a bit wary of the city’s
numerous roundabouts as approaching cars
rarely slow down.
THE CAR
As we were o to see some of the world’s
most magnicent beasts, we needed a
beast of a car. And the giant Mercedes
Viano is the elephant of the motoring
world. Despite being a people carrier, the
six-seater was incredibly fast, eortlessly
hitting top speeds. It also ran as smoothly
as a cruise liner cutting through tranquil
waters, nonchalantly gliding over speed
bumps and potholes. And with built in
screens and DVD players in the back the
little ‘uns were amused all the way to the
zoo and back.
Sixt Car Rental, Dhs875. Tel: (04) 2200777.
www.sixt.com
THE MUSIC
Animal-related hits. Go for The Beatles’ I
Am The Walrus (Magical Mystery Tour, Dhs45,
ABU DHABI
AKA THE WILD ONE
THE TRIP: AL AIN NIGHT ZOO
amazon.com) , The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The
Tokens, Dhs45, amazon.com) and Arctic
Monkeys (Humbug, Dhs45, amazon.com).
THE FOOD
The zoo has its own café, which serves
up adequate burgers, shwarmas and the
like. But we recommend hitting one of
Al Ain’s best restaurants, Tanjore at the
InterContinental. The service may be a bit
more relaxed than what you’re used to in the
big cities, but it’s more than made up for in
the quality of dishes, especially those from
the tandoori oven.
THE ZOO
From June to September, the zoo runs its
Wild Nights visitors programme where the
cages are lit up throughout the evening.
As most of the animals sleep during the
scorching summer days, an evening visit
gives you a chance to see the creatures
roaming around their spacious enclosures.
And with more than 4,300 animal and 186
species, expect a long evening of wildlife
spotting. Make sure you arrive by about
5pm, as that’s when feeding time starts
and you can see the animals devouring
their supper. Our favourite was the African
animal enclosure, where giraes, gazelles,
wildebeest and rhinos gather around a
huge watering hole to eat and drink. It’s as
close as you’ll get to seeing the savannahs
of Africa here in the UAE. While later on in
the evening, the zoo puts on a birds of prey
display, in which eagles, falcons, vultures
and owls y from one handler to another,
swooping right over your head. Then
round o the trip by visiting the Dinosaur
Trail, where you can see actual-sized,
moving replicas of the giant prehistoric
lizards. It’s a fascinating experience,
although it may give some youngsters
nightmares, meaning it’ll be tough to get
them to sleep when you eventually get
back home.
THE DETAILS
Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, Sat to Thurs, 4pm
to midnight, Fri 10am to midnight, Dhs25 with
Dinosaur Trail entry, Dhs15 without, children
Dhs15 with Dinosaur Trail entry, Dhs5 without.
Tel: (03) 7828188.
www.awpr.ae
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THE ITINERARY
11.30AM – Leave Dubai
Noon – Arrive in Sharjah’s Heritage and Arts
Centre and take a stroll along the Corniche
12.30PM – Gallery hop. Lunch under the
blue and gold dome of the Sharjah Museum
of Islamic Civilisation
3PM – Head to Al Qasba
3.15PM – Visit Shelter at Maraya Art Centre
4.30PM – Time for a quick abra ride
5PM – Set o
5.30PM – arrive in Dubai
THE JOURNEY
Ah, the National Paints roundabout, a
legend in local trac news. Luckily, come
the weekend the sticky jams are rare so just
follow the signs into Sharjah. The Heritage
and Arts Centre is signposted.
THE CAR
Anything luxe will stick out in Sharjah like
a sore thumb, so keep with the budget
theme and hire a basic model. The cheapest
we could nd was a little Chevrolet Spark
for Dhs29 per day with discountcardubai.
com. Or if you want to buy, have a look
on dubizzle.com, we found a white Saab
convertible for only Dhs10,000.
THE MUSIC
Get in the Middle Eastern mood with the
awesome Now That’s What I Call Arabia
(Dhs70, amazon.com).
THE FOOD
Keep it cheap and pack a picnic to enjoy
under the blue and gold dome of the
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation.
THE CULTURE
Sharjah is an absolute treat for culture
vultures, the only one of the UAE states
with a dedicated Heritage and Arts area set,
rather picturesquely, in a series of ‘traditional’
SHARJAH
AKA CULTURE US UP
THE TRIP: THE PICK OF SHARJAH’S MUSEUMS
AND CULTURAL SPOTS
buildings in narrow strip of streets on the
edge of Sharjah Creek. There are many reasons
to head here, from the Sharjah Archaeology
Museum (which oers a great selection of
interactive activities for kids) to the Heritage
Museum. Our picks, however, have to be the
Sharjah Art Museum, home to an eclectic
and impressive selection of contemporary art
(it’s here that much of the Sharjah Biennale is
based) and the largest library collection in the
UAE, the nearby Calligraphy Museum and the
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation. The
latter began life more than two decades ago
as an indoor market, the Souq al-Majarrah.
Now comprising of four huge galleries –
including one dedicated to Islamic Faith and
another to Science and Innovation – it has
become a world-quality museum showcasing
the art and culture of the region.
There are, however, other contenders
to the heritage area’s cultural crown. Al
Qasba, on the edge of Khalid Lagoon, is a
family-friendly arts and culture centre that’s
home to everything from abra rides to a
musical fountain (you didn’t think the Dubai
Fountain was the only one, surely?). It’s also
home to the Maraya Art Centre, into which
Shelter, the Dubai-based multifunctional
arts and events space, has recently
extended its scope. Currently featuring
Bauhaus an exhibition of textile design by
Beatrice Gayer that is heavily inuenced
by the early 20th century German art and
crafts movement of the same name. The
gallery is also home to Experiment – A
Contemporary Art Project throughout
June. A multimedia showcase of young
Emirati artists, it’s a rare opportunity to see
indigenous contemporary art both in and
of the UAE.
THE DETAILS
Sharjah Art Museum, Corniche Road, Sharjah,
Sat to Thurs 8am to 8pm, Fri 4pm to 8pm, free.
Tel: (06) 5688222. www.sharjahmuseums.ae.
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilsation,
Corniche Road, Sharjah, Sat to Thurs 8am to
8pm, Fri 4pm to 8pm, Dhs10, families Dhs10
and free for children. Tel: (06) 5655455.
www.islamicmuseum.ae
Shelter, 1st Floor, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba,
Sharjah, free. Tel: (06) 5560777. www.shelter.ae
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THE ITINERARY
4PM – Leave Dubai
5PM – Arrive Flamingo Beach Resort
5.05PM – Nip to the changing rooms and put
on your swimmers
5.15PM – Sit back under a sun umbrella and
enjoy your complimentary snacks (a beer is just
Dhs15)
6.40PM – Slip on your life jacket, jump in the
boat and head for the mangroves to hunt
7.30PM – Return to shore with your catch
7.45PM – Enjoy a three course meal
culminating in a crab feast
8.45PM – Finish dinner and head for home
10PM – Crab in the fridge and o to bed

THE JOURNEY
From Dubai take Emirates Road, take the
turn for Dreamland and then follow signs to
Flamingo Beach Resort.
www.flamingoresort.ae
THE CAR
No need for anything fancy here, just
book a run of the mill RTA taxi, sit back
and let somebody else do the driving
for a change. It’s Dhs500 to hire car and
driver for 12 hours. For those in Abu Dhabi
it’s a little steeper at Dhs800. But the
beauty of a taxi is that you can enjoy the
experience fully without worrying about
the journey home.
THE MUSIC
Something classical, like Wagner’s The Ride
Of The Valkyries (Dhs30, amazon.com) or
Queen’s Vultan’s Theme (Flash Gordon, Dhs50,
amazon.com) from 1980s cult hit Flash
Gordon (a What’s On favourite); the image of
a winged Brian Blessed attacking a spaceship
will inspire you to crab hunting glory.
UMM AL QUWAIN
AKA CRAB HUNTING
EXPEDITION
THE TRIP: FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT
THE FOOD
The hotel provides a couple of sarnies and soft
drinks pre-hunt and you’re going to eat your
catch just a few minutes after returning to shore,
so a packet of sweeties for the journey would be
ne. Make sure you oer the driver one.
THE HUNT
You don’t know you’re alive until you’ve stared
into the wobbly black eyes of an angry crab.
You know what’s going to happen. He knows
what’s going to happen. And there’s that
moment – just after you’ve caught him in your
torchlight, just before you ram a spear through
his shell so hard it hits the seabed, throwing up
a cloud of sand – when his eyes are saying, “It’s
OK, you win, I accept my fate like a crab.” The
rush is so great it spurns a savage 45-minute
period of bloodlust (do crabs have blood?),
which left us with the souls of 29 crabs and
three squid on my conscience. The captain
of the small, motorised boat that ferried us
across the turquoise waters to the mangrove
island, where the crabs were rife, has been
taking groups crab hunting every night for
the past 14 years. At 30 plus crabs a night,
Mohammad Ali (for that was his name), has
brought the lives of at least 153,300 crabs
to an end. Don’t be mistaken. This is killing
we’re dealing with. You should know what
you’re getting yourself into. But as you wade
through the waves, eyes pinned to the
seabed, hunting your clawed prey you will be
as close as you can come in the UAE to feeling
like Ernest Hemingway on safari in Africa.
THE DETAILS
Dreamdays Gift Experiences, Dhs339 for two
(including snacks, equipment and dinner).
Tel: 2002080. www.dreamdays.ae
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AJMAN
AKA UNDER THE SEA
THE JOURNEY
Getting to Ajman from Dubai is seriously easy
and cheap. Just hop on an E401 coach from
Union Bus Station in Deira and the hour-long
(trac permitting) journey will cost you a
bargain Dhs7. This service runs every 20
minutes every day. If travelling from Abu Dhabi
by bus, you need to get the E100 bus from the
main bus station on Muroor Road and 11th
Street and change at Dubai. This 90-minute
journey will cost Dhs20. The hotel is a ten-
minute taxi ride from Ajman Bus Station.
THE VEHICLE
The Dubai-Ajman bus leaves from Union Bus
Station costs Dhs7. The coach to Dubai from
Abu Dhabi is Dhs15. Crowded but cheap.
THE TRIP: LEARNING TO DIVE IN AJMAN
ITINERARY
7.40AM – Leave Union Bus Station, Dubai
8.45AM – Arrive at Ajman Bus Station
9PM – Arrive by taxi at Kempinski Hotel Ajman
10AM – Start rst diving lesson
4PM – Finish rst day’s diving lesson
8PM – Dinner at Hai Toa restaurant
9.30PM – Tenpin bowling a
SECOND DAY
10AM – Start second day’s lessons
4PM – Finish lessons
5.20PM – Get on bus back to Dubai
6.25PM – Arrive back in Dubai
THE MUSIC
What better way to get into the chilled out vibe
than some smooth jazz? John Coltrane (Giant
Steps, Dhs30, amazon.com) on our iPod on the
bus journey there and Miles Davis (Kind Of Blue,
Dhs30, amazon.com) on the way back. Nice.
THE FOOD
After an exhausting day, hit the Kempinki’s
Hai Tao Chinese restaurant. There were some
seriously tasty noodles on oer. The hotel also
has a six-lane bowling alley, where you can enjoy
some bar snacks and drinks while knocking
down some pins.
THE LESSONS
As the UAE’s smallest Emirate, Ajman is fairly
limited in the amount of activities on oer to
the would-be road tripper. But what it does
oer is some beautifully clear waters, teeming
with wildlife and shipwrecks, which are ideal
places to scuba dive. But before strapping on
your tank, you have to learn the basics. We
signed up for Blue Planet Diving’s two-day
beginner course, and as the diving centre
is based at the Kempinski Hotel Ajman, it’s
an ideal opportunity to take a quick break
at the hotel. The Professional Association of
Diving Instructors (PADI) accredits the lessons,
meaning that once you pass, you can dive
anywhere in the world up to 12 metres deep.
And, as long as you’re an adequate swimmer,
you should be able to easily pass. They
start with the basics, like putting on your
equipment, cleaning your mask under water
and controlling buoyancy. The rst day ends
with an hour-long session in the swimming
pool. The second day is trickier and nishes
with two hours in open water. None of
the lessons were seriously taxing, and the
instructors were incredibly patient and
helpful. If you get the diving bug go back for
the four-day advance course, which grants
you the licence to dive up to 18 metres down.
DETAILS
Blue Planet Diving, Kempinski Hotel Ajman,
Dhs1,500 for two days beginners’ course,
Dhs2,000 for four-day advanced course. Tel:
(06) 7145555, ext 8515. www.scubaajman.com
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BECOME A MASTER CHEF
If your dinner parties are a massive flop,
sign up to these lessons. The friendly chefs
at Bord Eau, our favourite Abu Dhabi
restaurant, aren’t ones for keeping their
recipes to themselves. Twice a month
they hold regular lessons for adults and
children, where they teach you the secrets
to knocking up quality European cuisine.
Bord Eau, Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Between
the Bridges, Abu Dhabi, Fri 10am, Dhs320
including lunch. Tel: (02) 5098888. www.
shangri-la.com
INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING
Wannabe Spidermen, and women, can aim
high on the UAE’s newest climbing wall at
Magic Planet in Mirdif City Centre. Open until
midnight, Sky Trail is a top spot for exercising
and mingling with fellow climbers, boasting 13
metres of obstacles to test your Spidey skills.
Sky Trail, Magic Planet, Mirdif City Centre, Sat
to Wed10am to 11pm, Thurs and Fri 10am to
midnight, Price TBC. Tel: (800) 5347873.
www.playnation.me
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOT CAMP
Kick o a new hobby with an intensive two-
day photography course. You’ll learn the
basics plus some sneaky tricks to impress.
Jun 4 to 5, SAE Institute, Knowledge Village,
Dubai, Dhs2,100. Tel: (04) 3616173.
www.dubai.sae.edu
BECOME A SUPER SLEUTH
“Professor Plum, in the library, with the
candlestick.” Enjoy a real life version of Cluedo
this summer with Yas Hotel’s Whodunit
package. You and your friends will be given a
character to play, before trying to track down
the murderer in a mysterious plot that would
leave Hercule Poirot scratching his head.
Yas Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs640 to Dhs880,
including dinner, overnight stay and breakfast.
Tel: (02) 6560000. www.theyashotel.com
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50 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER
INDOOR KARTING
It might be hot outside, but it’s smokin’ on the
tarmac. Make a day of karting and competing
with your pals at Dubai Autodrome’s indoor
track, which can accommodate 20 people.
e Arrive & Drive package costs Dhs100 for
15 minutes, which includes all equipment and
suits (just be sure to wear closed toe shoes)
but we recommend booking ahead if you all
want to race at the same time.
Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, Dubai, Sun and
Mon 2pm to 10pm, Tue and Weds 10am to
11.30pm, Thurs and Fri 9am to 1am, Sat 9am
to 11.30pm, Dhs100. Tel: (04) 3678700. www.
dubaiautodrome.com
TOUR THE ISLANDS
Take to the seas by jet ski for a guided tour of
Abu Dhabi’s islands. e trips will take you on
a 50km tour of the remote island that surround
Abu Dhabi, with plenty of time to stop o to
explore the island and have a picnic. e tours
take place regularly during the summer.
X-Ventures, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi,
Fri, 9.30am, Dhs350 per hour. Tel: (055) 404500.
www.x-ventures.ae
LEARN TO SALSA
Ditch the brunches and shape up with Cuban
salsa lessons. Ritmo De Havana run twice
weekly classes for beginners from June 5,
where you and other rst-timers will turn
from clumpy-footed cygnets into elegant
swans. Hopefully.
From Jun 5, Ritmo De Havana, Mall of the
Emirates, Dubai, Sat and Tue 9pm to 10pm,
Dhs800 for 12 hours of classes. Tel: (050)
6963520. www.ritmo-de-havana.com
GO SHOOTING
e Caracal Shooting Club at the Armed
Forces Ocers’ Club is the newest and best
shooting club in the city. For a mere Dhs275
they’ll arm you with a pistol, as well as the
know-how to re it from their expert tutors.
e indoor range is fully air-conditioned
– very welcome in this weather – so with
enough practice, you could be well on your
way to becoming a master marksman.
Caracal Shooting Club, Armed Forces Officers’
Club, Abu Dhabi, Dhs275 for gun rental and 50
bullets. Tel: (02) 4416404. www.afoc.mil.ae
COOK LIKE NOBU
On the rst Saturday of each month Nobu’s
oh-so charming Chef de Cuisine Hervé Courtot
can teach you some serious skills. Classes are
limited to 12 people and include a cooking
lesson, three-course lunch and Nobu apron.
Jun 5, Jul 3, Aug 7, Nobu, Atlantis The Palm,
Dubai, Dhs980. Tel: (04) 4260760.
www.atlantisthepalm.com
GO ICE SKATING
Get all nostalgic for those disco days at e
Dubai Mall. e Olympic-sized ice rink plays
host to live DJs so if you fancy a little tongue-in-
cheek fun, Blades Of Glory style, lace up those
skates. Flesh-coloured leotards are optional but
are in no way endorsed by What’s On magazine.
The Dubai Mall, Old Town, Dubai, Mon, Thurs, Fri
and Sat, Dhs75. Tel: (04) 4485111.
www.dubaiicerink.com
UNLIMITED SKIING
Buy a three month pass at Ski Dubai for
Dhs2,500. You can ski as much as you like
and also receive a free locker, two discovery
ski or snowboard lessons for friends, 25
per cent discount at the Ski & Snowboard
Academy, 40 per cent discount voucher for
Snow Pro, 20 per cent o at Avalanche and St
Moritz Café, Magic Planet card worth Dhs50
and Ski Dubai gi voucher worth Dhs100.
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, Dubai,
Dhs2,500. Tel: (04) 409 4000. www.skidxb.com
TAKE TO THE (INDOOR)
SKIES
While you may get the same eect at A/C-
blasted cinemas across the UAE, if you want to
actually enjoy a wind tunnel then there’s only
one place to go. iFly, at Playnation in Mirdif City
Centre, is a realistic indoor sky dive experience
suitable for everyone over the age of ve. It also
makes for cracking people watching, whether
the user is a rst-timer or practiced mid-air
somersault-ace. Warning: not recommended
aer hitting the food court hard.
Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif, Sat to Wed
10am to 11pm, Thurs and Fri 10am to midnight,
Dhs195 and Dhs145 for under 13s (peak) or
Dhs165, Dhs125 for under 13s (off-peak), which
includes equipment, tuition and two flights. Tel:
(800) 5347873. www.iflyme.com
IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
Yoga Tree studios is the capital’s only
dedicated yoga club. And, as all the classes
take place in a cool, air-conditioned villa,
there’s no excuse not to sign up for them
throughout the summer. For beginners, we
recommend the ashtanga yoga classes.
Ashtanga yoga, Yoga Tree, Villa 405/1, 30th
Street, Abu Dhabi, Mon, 8pm, Dhs450 for ten
classes. Tel: (02) 6676579. www.yogatree.ae
LEARN ABOUT THE FUTURE
e Guggenheim and Louvre galleries on Abu
Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island are, unfortunately,
still a few years from being nished. But
in the meantime, the island’s rst museum
has just opened. Manarat Al Saadiyat is a
huge gallery space that will host numerous
exhibitions in the coming months. Its rst
permanent exhibition is the Saadiyat Story,
which reveals the island’s history and future.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,
10am to 8pm, daily, free. Tel: (02) 4061400.
www.saadiyat.ae
CLEANING UP
Abu Dhabi’s surrounded by important
wildlife sites but, unfortunately, people
dumping their trash over them are seriously
damaging the environment. So why not
help save these sites this summer as well
as improving your sense of self-worth, by
joining the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency’s
regular clean-up operations? It’s easy to get
involved, and will cost you no more than your
spare time to make a real dierence.
Al Mamoura Building, Muroor Road, Abu Dhabi,
Fri. Tel: (02) 6934629. www.ead.ae
IMPROVE YOUR ORATORY
SKILLS
e Abu Dhabi Toastmasters club has nothing
to do with learning how to perfectly brown a
slice of bread. In fact, this is a public speaking
club where you’ll be taught how to sound
convincing and condent when addressing
people. Join and you could well be a public
speaking genius by the end of the summer.
Abu Dhabi Toastmasters 1950, every other
Saturday, 5pm, LEED Training Building, next to
Aldar offices, 6th Street, Abu Dhabi, Dhs150 for
a year’s membership. Tel: (02) 6440805.
www.ad1950.freetoasthost.info
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GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF
AN AUDI R8
Every boy (and girl) racer’s dream, the R8 is
actually within your grasp, if only for a day.
Based at Dubai Autodrome, Audi is oering
driving experiences on a number of its
models, to teach UAE drivers about safety on
the roads and try out some key features. e
course runs on selected weekends throughout
the summer.
Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, Fri and Sat, Dhs920 for
half day. Tel: (050) 2834053. www.audidriving.net
TELL US A JOKE
Put your stand-up skills to the test and learn a
few more jokes at the Comedy 101 workshop.
Based at DUCTAC, it covers all aspects of
comedy, including improvisation, character
development, history of the joke, acting,
stand-up, sketch and monologue writing.
Bring your own rotten tomatoes.
DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Sat 1.30pm to
2.45pm, Dhs1,000 for a nine-week course,
including one private coaching lesson and a
final show. Tel: (050) 9273621. www.ductac.org
MAKE A QUILT
Stitch and sow yourself a dazzling, colourful
quilt this summer by joining the Abu Dhabi
Quilters Guild. e expert members will
teach everything you need to know about the
art form, from where to buy materials to how
to stitch together complicated patterns.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi,
second Wed of each month 8pm, Dhs100 for year
membership. Tel: (02) 6212130. www.quiltguilds.com
ACT NATURAL
You’re such a good actor that once you get
discovered you’ll probably be more famous than
Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow
put together. In the meantime, why not rene
your talent at these summer classes at Abu
Dhabi School Of Film And Acting?
Abu Dhabi School Of Film And Acting, Muroor
Road, Abu Dhabi, Sun, Wed and Thurs, 7pm,
Dhs11,500 for a four-week course, Tel: (02)
4466442. www.abudhabifilmschool.com
GET FIT
Yeah, yeah we know – it’s too hot to work
out. We’ve made that excuse ourselves but
the team at Original Fitness Company aren’t
taking no for an answer this summer. At 6am
the weather is still pretty fresh so get along
to their boot camp three times a week for a
month and banish the post-brunch bulge.
Original Fitness Co, JBR beach, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, Sun, Tue and Thurs 6am to 7am, Dhs900
for 12 sessions. Tel: (04) 3132081.
www.originalfitnessco.com
DUBAI DANCE FESTIVAL
At the start June, you may spot more long-
limbed beauties around town than usual.
e third Dubai Dance Festival kicks o
with a party at El Malecon, and the dancing
doesn’t stop. ere’s a packed programme of
performances and workshops all over Dubai,
so you can sit back and watch or get involved.
Jun 3 to Jun 4, Dubai Dance Festival, The First
Group Theatre, Madinat, Dubai. Dhs175.
Tel: (04) 3666546 www.dubaidancefestival.com
FEED THE BIRDS
One of the highlights of our recent trip to
Banyan Tree Al Wadi in RAK was visiting
the falcons, owls and a gigantic eagle. Don’t
dismiss this as tourist-tastic – it’s actually
a fascinating glimpse into an important
part of local history. Bedouins used to hunt
gazelles with eagles. Eagles! If you want
to learn more there are two courses, held
by their resident friendly expert, covering
handling, training and management, ending
in written and practical examinations. Not
many have that qualication on their CV…
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras al Khaimah, Dhs850 to
Dhs1,000. Tel: (07) 2067777. www.banyantree.com
IMPROVE YOUR SWING
Every Wednesday throughout the summer,
Abu Dhabi Golf Club is organising a nine-
hole weekly competition that will cost you a
bargain Dhs95 for members, or Dhs195 for
non-members to enter. And at the end of
the summer, the winner will bag a three-
night stay at the classy Gleneagles Hotel in
Scotland, with direct ights included.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi,
Wed 4.30pm, Dhs95 to Dhs195.
Tel: (02) 5588990. www.adgolfclub.com
CHOCOLATE HEAVEN
The Address Dubai Marina is on a mission
to get you to step away from the naff
chocolate, and educate yourself with a
cocoa buffet at Kambaa, where you’ll find
decadent Valrhona desserts. The sweet
treats include fresh strawberries dipped
in melted chocolate, delicate cups filled
with smooth chocolate creams and dreamy
cakes. You can even meet with the pastry
chef and try to steal his secrets, a bit like
Slugworth from Charlie & The Chocolate
Factory.
The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, Thurs and
Fri 6.00pm to 9.30pm, Dhs90. Tel: (04) 4367777.
www.theaddress.com
RUN THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Everyone’s a winner with this charity event
from Manzil, which is bringing together
5,000 people to cover 50,000km in 80 days.
You can get t running or walking 10km at
your nearest Fitness First (gyms open to non-
members who are taking part), while Manzil’s
centre for children with special needs benets
from sponsorship money. From June 1,
simply pick up a registration form from any
Fitness First or download one from the Run
e World website, hop on a machine and
do your bit. Take as long as you want (up to
three days in fact), then feel the warm glow of
exercise and do-gooding.
www.runtheworld.ae
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SO YOU THINK YOU
CAN DANCE?
Sharmila is one of the UAE’s most popular
dance teachers, so you’ll need to book soon
for her summer workshop at DUCTAC.
Incorporating street jazz, hip hop and musical
theatre, the course culminates in a showcase
so you can demonstrate what you’ve learnt.
Shrinking violets need not apply…
Jun 25 to 29, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates,
Dubai, Dhs1,300. Tel: (050) 4668793. www.
sharmiladance.com
EAT DATES
With 30 million date trees across the UAE,
date growing is a lucrative business. Every
July, to celebrate the dates ripening, the town
of Liwa hosts a huge date-themed festival. e
event is essentially a huge agricultural show,
with date cookery tents, handicra stalls and
children’s rides. ere’s even a free bus service
from Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall, leaving at
8am each day.
Jul 17 to 26, Liwa Date Festival, Liwa, Western
Region, Abu Dhabi, 10am to late, free. Tel: (02)
6215300. www.adach.ae
DESERT DAY
From June 1 to July 31 you can escape the city
and head to Bab Al Shams. You’ll get all day
access to the innity pool and sun loungers,
complimentary camel rides and the falcon
show, access to Sinbad’s Kids’ Club as well as
games and tness activities.
Bab al Shams, 45 mins from Dubai, 7am to 6pm,
Dhs275 for adults, Dhs150 for children years. Tel:
(04) 8096167. www.jumeirah.com
BECOME A SCULPTOR
If you’ve ever dreamt of creating a sculpture to
rival Michaelangelo’s David, sign up to these
classes at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture
And Heritage (ADACH) building this summer.
Your expert instructor Svelin will guide you
through the arts of sculpting with clay and
stone. ADACH also runs loads of other art
classes, covering subjects from painting to
photography to jewellery designing.
Al Hosn Fort, Zayed The First Street, Abu Dhabi,
Sun and Tues 10am, Mon and Wed 6pm, Dhs480
per month for eight lessons. Tel: (02) 6576355.
www.adach.ae
BECOME A SHIPMATE
One of the most desirable courses in Dubai,
the Competent Crew course is the rst stage
to becoming a sailor. e Dubai O-Shore
Sailing Club currently has a waiting list but
it’s worth trying your luck and selling your
granny to get on it this summer as they have
dates throughout the summer.
Dubai Off-Shore Sailing Club, Beach Road, Dubai,
Dhs3,500 including breakfast, lunch, evening meals
and snacks. Tel: (04) 3941669. www.dosc.ae
RACE YOUR OWN CAR
If you’ve ever fancied yourself as the next
Lewis Hamilton, throughout the summer
Yas Marina Circuit is offering you the
chance to test your driving skills on the F1
track. You’ll start the day with some driving
tuition before you take your own car on
a few laps of the circuit. And if you have
Dhs7,500 to spare, you can even get a ride
in a two-seater F1 car, with top speeds up to
300km/h. It might just beat our Yaris.
Jun 12 and 25, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu
Dhabi, Dhs650 to Dhs1,000. Tel: (02) 4460384.
www.yasmarinacircuit.com
GET INTO FOLK
Expand your musical horizons this summer
with a series of world music concerts being
put on in Abu Dhabi. On June 10, a ve-piece
folk group from Kyrgyzstan will be playing
the indigenous music of the nomadic tribes
of the country. And then on June 22, Alim
Qasimov and his daughter Fargana will be
presenting an evening of Azerbaijani classical
music. Both concerts should be intriguing.
Jun 10, Nomadic Music of Kyrgyzstan, Manarat
Al Saadiyat, 7pm, free.
Jun 22, Spiritual Music Of Azerbaijan, Manarat Al
Saadiyat, 7pm, free. (02) 6908207. www.tdic.ae
WATCH A MOVIE FROM A
SWIMMING POOL
We already have enough reasons to love
Desert Palm (namely, conversely, the burgers
and the spa) but this summer brings even
more. Each Wednesday you can pull up an
inatable chair, grab a bowl of popcorn and
kick back in the swimming pool for a movie
double bill. June’s lms include Monsters vs
Aliens, e Hangover and He’s Just Not at
Into You, with family-friendly lms starting at
7pm and the less PG at 9pm.
Desert Palm, Al Awir Road, Dubai, Dhs30
includes popcorn, towel hire and pool entry. Tel:
(04) 3238888. www.desertpalm.peraquum.com
LEARN HOW TO WEAVE
is fascinating collection of colourful
Islamic embroidery is still running at the
Emirates Palace’s Gallery One. But the
organisers have also kindly put on a series
of lectures and workshops connected with
the exhibition throughout the summer. For
example, Weaving With Burlap, on June 9 and
16 will show you how to turn the coarse cloth
into stunning artwork.
Until Jul 28, Gallery One, Emirates Palace, Abu
Dhabi, 10am to 10pm, free. Tel: (02) 6908207.
E-mail: artsabudhabi@tdic.ae
CINE SPLASH
If you enjoyed your Wednesdays at Desert
Palm so much you fancy a repeat performance,
then head to Dubai Polo Club on ursdays.
Great for families, there’s popcorn, candy oss,
grilled food and pizzas that children can make
themselves. e rst lm starts at 7pm, while
the club caters to older viewers at 9.30pm. Entry
is free for members and the non-members’ fee
is Dhs30, which includes a welcome drink. Call
ahead to nd out about forthcoming titles.
Dubai Polo Club, Arabian Ranches, Dubai, free.
Tel: (04) 3618111
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DUCTAC SUMMER CAMP
Now in its fourth year, this is one of the
most popular art summer camps in Dubai
for children and teens. It features a range
of arty activities including painting and
pottery (six to eight years and nine to 12
years) with ve or ten-day workshops
throughout July and August. e cost
includes all materials and equipment.
DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, Dhs900
to Dhs1500. Tel: (04) 341 4777. www.ductac.org
KIDZANIA
Oh, to be young again. In fact, we’d merrily
borrow children for the day in order to gain
access to this fun wonderland. A funderland,
if you will. e ultimate in make-believe, this
scaled-down city encourages children (aged
four to 16) to try out dierent job roles, from
cashier to reman. With costumes, money
credits and even mini vehicles, Kidzania is a
great blend of education and entertainment.
Edutainment? OK, we’ll stop that now.
Kidzania, Dubai Mall, Dubai, Sun to Wed 9am
to 10pm, Thurs 9am to midnight, Fri 10am
to midnight, Sat ten am to midnight. Tel: (04)
4485222. www.kidzania.ae
JOIN A SUMMER CAMP
Most hotels run their own summer camps
for youngsters, but we reckon this is the best
one in Abu Dhabi. e Beach Rotana oers
a ra of lessons in arts and cras, swimming,
martial arts and squash, as well as activities
such as sandcastle making, treasure hunting,
volleyball and kite ying. Even the child with
the shortest attention span won’t be bored.
Beach Rotana Hotel, Tourist Club Area, Abu
Dhabi, members Dhs100 per day, Dhs450 a
week, non-members Dhs120 per day, Dhs550
per week. Tel: (02) 6979000
PEEKABOO
Your little ones will have a packed schedule
at Peekaboo this summer, with daily
activities ranging from dance and yoga to
origami and story telling. Camps run ve
days a week across three locations in Dubai.
Peekaboo, Ibn Battuta, Dubai Tel: (04) 297949.
Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3470622.
Village Mall, Dubai. Tel (04) 3447122, Sun to
Thurs 10am to 2.15pm, Dhs450 per child per
week. www.peekaboo.ae
FOR FAMILIES
DRAMA FOR LITTLE
DARLINGS
Kids eatre Works will take your aspiring
Hannah Montanas and Justin Biebers o your
hands this summer with their creative camps.
ere are two venues (DUCTAC in Mall of
the Emriates and DESS in Oud Metha) and
a selection of weeklong dates, each with a
dierent them, and every camp ends in a
performance for parents.
Kids Theatre Works, Dhs650 per child per camp.
Tel: (050) 585653. www.kidstheatreworks.com
SUMMER IN THE CITY
Fun City may save your sanity (and work
surfaces) this summer if you’ve got cray kids
who need a creative outlet. e team has lined
up arts, cooking, science experiments, theatre,
martial arts and even yoga to keep them
entertained. ere’s even transportation to get
families to the nearest Fun City branch, which
includes Burjuman, Ibn Battuta, Mercato and
the Arabian Centre.
Fun City, various locations, Dubai, Dhs100 per
day, Dhs350 per week or Dhs1,250 per month.
www.funcity-fec.com
HAVE FUN IN ABU DHABI
e capital’s ultimate boredom buster for
children. e Abu Dhabi National Exhibition
Centre is transformed into ve fun-lled
zones, each with a dierent theme. ese
include the Laser Zone, where you can ght
it out with laser guns; Bee Amazed Zone, a
series of physical challenges inspired by the
cult Japanese TV show Takeshi’s Castle; and
the Mad Scientist Laboratory, where you can
learn the secrets of science. On top of this,
the show will feature a visit from the world
renowned New York’s Big Apple Circus, which
will be performing throughout the event.
Sounds brilliant.
Jun 24 to Aug 5, ADNEC, Khaleej Al Arabi
Street, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thurs, 10am to 10pm,
Fri, 10am to midnight, entry price TBC.
www.summerinabudhabi.com
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50 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER
LEARN A LANGUAGE
Plan a trip with a friend to somewhere wild
and learn the language before you go. We
have our eye on Japan, so will be swotting up
at Berlitz with a one-week total immersion
course (approx Dhs9,000). Konichiwa.
Berlitz, Beach Road, Dubai, prices depending on
course. Tel: (04) 3440034. www.berlitz.ae
GO FISHING
Once you’re out at sea, the heat is a lot less
intense. So why not charter a boat, grab your
rod and see what bites? We recommend hiring
one of Yas Hotel’s boats. A day trip will take you
out to some of the Abu Dhabi’s prime shing
spots, where you can try and hook the Gulf ’s
sh, including the legendary blue marlin.
The Yas Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Fri, Dhs480
per person (minimum four people).
Tel: (02) 6560000. www.theyashotel.com
UNDERWATER LOVE
Flee the sun and dive under the waves. e
summer is a great time to learn to dive so you
can take advantage of those cheapie Ramadan
deals come August. We recommend Al Boom
Diving Centre, where you get one Discover
Scuba session plus an ocean dive for Dhs550.
Al Boom Diving Centre, Al Wasl Road, Dubai,
Dhs550. Tel: (04) 3422993.
www.alboomdiving.com
BECOME A CHESS
GRANDMASTER
Improve your chess skills by joining the Abu
Dhabi Chess Club, which meets once a month
for a few friendly games. And although there
are some true chess geniuses among the
members, they’re a friendly and welcoming
lot, who’ll be happy to teach you some
winning strategies. And every August, the
club organises an annual chess festival, where
the world’s chess grandmasters come along
for a knockout tournament.
Abu Dhabi Chess Club, first Thurs of every
month, Al Jazira Club, 15th Street, Abu Dhabi,
9pm, free. Tel: (02) 4430043.
www.abudhabichess.com
GREAT VALUE GOLF
Al Hamra is oering some wallet-friendly
summer packages to dedicated golfers. Our
favourite is a mere Dhs399 per month and
includes three 30-minute lessons with a PGA-
qualied pro, unlimited use of the driving range
and nine-hole par three course, free equipment
hire on lesson days and preferred rate green
fees. Whiz up aer work for some swinging fun
in the evenings. Race you to the range.
Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras al Khaimah, 7am
to 9.30pm. Tel: (07) 2447474.
www.alhamragolf.com
BECOME A CHARITY
FUNDRAISER
Improve the lives of those who are worse o
than yourself by getting involved with Gulf
For Good. e charity organises adventure
trips around the globe to raise money for
impoverished people. For example, the
charity is still looking for volunteers to climb
Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in
July. But the Dhs18,000 you’ll need to raise
will denitely occupy the summer months.
Gulf 4 Good, last Tue of each month, One To One
Hotel, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, 7pm.
www.gulf4good.org
THIS SUMMER WE WILL BE…
MARK EVANS
EDITOR
“Check that out – a brilliant list of
fun, active and brain-
challenging things
to do this summer.
No excuses for
boredom. I,
however, like the
large majority
of the UAE’s male
population, will be
completely ignoring most of that
list in order to spend the summer
screaming at a large TV screen.
I’m talking, of course, about the
World Cup. There’s a host of great
spots in the UAE to watch England
fail miserably at the quarter-nal
stage on penalties – I think Barasti
or maybe the Park Hyatt will have
my custom – but make your own
choice, with our handy guide, p40.
HELEN SPEARMAN
DEPUTY EDITOR
“I’ll be heading to Shelter every
Tuesday night in June for their
fashion-themed cinema screenings.
Grey Gardens will
be a highlight. –
Drew
Barrymore
dressed up
and acting
crazy?
Yes please.
My main pursuit,
however, will be avoiding football
fever so I’ll mainly be found with the
girls on the air-conditioned patio at
Caramel, ordering lobster tacos.”
Shelter, Road 318, Al Quoz, Dubai,
free for members or Dhs15 for non-
members. Tel: (04) 4345655. www.
shelter.ae. Caramel, DIFC, Dubai. Tel:
(04) 4256677. www.carameldubai.com
GARETH REES
FEATURES EDITOR
“Unlike most
golfers, who
are lazy, I like
to sweat
buckets
when I
swing a nine
iron. Sweating
makes one feel like a man. So I’ll be
booking a cheeky afternoon or two
o work and taking advantage of Al
Badia Golf Club’s summer golf oer
(until September 30). Just Dhs299
for 18 holes during the week,
including dinner and drinks at the
pleasant Spikes restaurant.”
Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival
City, Dubai, weekdays Dhs179
to Dhs299, weekends Dhs235 to
Dhs399. Tel: (04) 6010111.
www.albadiagolfclub.com
HUGO BERGER
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
“Instead of my usual summer
DVD box set and junk food
marathon, I intend to keep
relatively healthy this year. So
I’ll be signing up to the thrice-
weekly body pump classes at
the Beach Club gym at
the Beach Rotana
Hotel. I’ve been
told that they’re
seriously tough
and guaranteed
to rid you of your
summer paunch.”
Beach Club, Beach
Rotana Hotel, Tourist Club Area,
Abu Dhabi, Sun, Tues and Wed,
6.25pm, Fri, 9.45am, Dhs35
for members, Dhs40 for non-
members. Tel: (02) 6979000.
www.rotana.com
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F R I DAY 1 6 5
ONE DAY. FOUR RESTAURANTS. ONE PRI CE.
For reservations, call InterContinental Abu Dhabi at 800 423463.
The Belgian Café Brunch 11am–3pm
Croissants, orange juice, one house brew and unlimited
dishes from our special brunch menu AED165.
Add AED 110 for free flow of brews.
The Chamas Carnival Lunch 12 noon– 3pm
Braziliant value with salad bar, select cuts of meat, dessert
and a complimentary exotic house cocktail AED165.
Add AED 130 for free flow of exotic drinks.
The Yacht Club Late Lunch 2pm–6pm
Order unlimited dishes from our exclusive Late menu,
including a free flow of sundowner refreshments AED165.
Add AED 200 for free flow of bubbly.
The Buffet Lunch 12 noon –3pm. International buffet,
carvery, salads, dessert, juices and local water AED165.
Add AED 30 for free flow of house grape beverage.
Add AED 100 for free flow of bubbly.
THE 26 BEST PLACES
TO WATCH THE
WORLD CUP
2010
40 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010 40 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
From dynamite
drinks deals to
fully-fledged sporting
arenas, it’s all on offer
as the UAE gears
up for the biggest
sporting event of
the year
BEST FOR…
CHEAP DRINKS
SHERATON ABU DHABI
Head to the poolside bar, grab a
beanbag or an inatable chair in
the pool, lay back and watch all
the evening games. Dhs195 to
eat and drink as much as you like
throughout the evening.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Corniche,
Dhs195. Tel: (02) 6970224.
www.sheraton.com
BEST FOR…
SPLASHING OUT
CHAMELEON
If watching the games in a
seedy pub doesn’t appeal to
you, we recommend the classy
Chameleon Bar. It’s being
transformed into a sophisticated
sports lounge, with two 50in
plasma televisions and a range
of World Cup themed bar bites
and cocktails. If you really want
to push the boat out, hire the
VIP lounge where your own
butler will serve you bubbly and
canapés – although prices start
at Dhs4,000 for the group games,
rising to Dhs10,000 to the nal, so
make sure you’ve a few dirhams
tucked away before you book.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Between The
Bridges, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02)
6543000. www.fairmont.com
BEST FOR…
CHEAP DRINKS
31ST BAR & TERRACE
On match days, a pint of beer at this
cosy, rooftop bar will set you back a
mere Dhs19. And if you think you’ll
be too emotional after the game to
make it home, you can get a room
for as little as Dhs199.
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Airport
Road, Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel:
(02) 6574888. www.holidayinn.com
BEST FOR…
ALFRESCO FOOTY
THE RED LION
It’s not the classiest place in the
city, we know that, but with eight
colossal screens standing proud
in an air-conditioned garden
you can’t really argue. There’s
no better atmosphere in which
to enjoy the footy than that of a
traditional pub, and you can enjoy
the sunshine and all manner of
giveaways as well. It’s only one
lion, and it’s red, but this may be a
suitable place for England fans.
Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3430000.
www.habtoorhotels.com
BEST FOR…
VENUE
PARK ROTANA
During the quarter-nals, semi-
nals and nals, the hotel’s giant
ballroom will be transformed
into a footy fan’s dream venue.
The seats will be arranged in an
arena-style, with TV screens in the
centre, while there’ll be waitress
service to keep you refreshed
without missing any of the action.
Park Rotana, Salaam Street,
Abu Dhabi, free.. Tel: (02) 6573333.
www.rotana.com

BEST FOR…
SETTING
QASR AL SARAB
The desert-based hotel will be
showing each and every game of
the tournament at its poolside bar.
And with its stunning backdrop of
the dunes of Liwa desert, there are
few more picturesque places to
catch the action.
Qasr Al Sarab, Liwa Desert, Abu
Dhabi, free. Tel: (02) 8862088.
www.qasralsarab.anantara.com
Sheraton Abu Dhabi 31st Bar & Terrace
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JUNE 2010 WHAT’S ON 41
WORLD CUP 2010
ON THE
BOX
Watch the
beautiful game
the old
fashioned way
Al Jazeera Sports holds the
rights to all the FIFA World
Cup 2010 matches and are
charging Dhs660 for a six-
month package, including the
World Cup.
Tel: (04) 2283600.
www.aljazeerasport.tv
BEST FOR…
WATCHING
GERMANY
BRAUHAUS
Never write o the Germans
is a common cliché among
commentators during World Cup
broadcasts. And rightly so. The
Germans are always a safe bet
to reach the later stages of the
Cup. And so expect Brauhaus,
the capital’s favourite Teutonic
watering spot, to be a busy old
place during the tournament.
Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area,
Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02) 6979000.
www.rotana.com
BEST FOR…
MATCH-
DEPENDENT
DISCOUNTS
BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ
As if you needed an excuse to visit
the BBC. Everyone loves it, don’t
they? The serious beer, the saliva
inducing pub grub, the fact that
it’s a bona de pub – yep, we like
it. And, of course, it’s showing
all the games. During the last 16
category matches a 10 per cent
discount on drinks is applied
every time a goal is scored. Let’s
hope it’s 10-0, then, shall we?
Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City,
Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 7012222.
www.ichotelsgroup.com
BEST FOR…
WINNING A BIG
DISCOUNT
LE MÉRIDIEN MAJILIS
It’s being billed as the ‘ocial
Majilis for the World Cup’, and we
are ocially quite excited about
the chance to ll in the guess
the score card for the chance
to win 50 per cent o upon our
second visit. Something to look
forward to if your team is being
thrashed.
Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai,
free. Tel: (04) 2170000.
www.lemeridien-dubai.com
BEST FOR…
COMMEMORATIVE
DRINKING
BELGIAN CAFÉ
Deus Brut is known as the
champagne of the beer world. It’s
fermented for months in special
cellars, before being served in
fancy 75cl bottles. If you feel like
popping a few corks of the stu
while watching your team win,
you can buy a commemorative
World Cup bottle for Dhs300
at Abu Dhabi’s best European-
style bar.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al
Bateen, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02)
6666888. www.ichotelsgroup.com
BEST FOR…
GOING ALL OUT
STILLS BAR & BRASSERIE
On rst glance, Dhs1,400 might
seem a fair whack to spend on
watching the World Cup, but just
check out what it buys you at
Stills. The bar’s platinum package
will buy you 50 drinks vouchers,
12 food vouchers, one night’s stay
in the hotel, one bottle of bubbly
and plenty of other World
Cup goodies.
Crowne Plaza Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
free. Tel: (02) 6563000.
www.crowneplaza.com
BEST FOR…
CHILDREN
(AND PARENTS)
THE ARENA
One of several big old venues
vying for your patronage during
the World Cup, The Arena has a
capacity of 600. It’s indoors and
it’s free, but best of all – there’s
a supervised children’s zone so
you can watch the game in peace
and quiet. There’s also a group
VIP lounge, with prices ranging
from Dhs400 per person during
the group stage to Dhs1,000 for
the nal.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, free.
Tel: (04) 4068999.
www.jumeirah.com/football
BEST FOR…
CHEAP DRINKS
SCARLETT’S FOOTBALL
CLUBHOUSE
Frankly, my dear, I don’t
give a damn. That’s what a
moustachioed fellow once said
to Scarlett O’Hara. Well, we do
give a damn about Scarlett’s,
or to be more precise, Scarlett’s
happy hours, 5pm to 8pm. We
also like the fact it’s Dhs80 for ve
drinks on Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday nights, with screens
everywhere for the footy.
Scarlett’s, Emirates Towers, Dubai,
midday to 3am. Tel: (04) 3198088.
www.jumeirah.com/football
BEST FOR…
CHEAP DRINKS
HEROES
The underground pub is a rough
and ready kind of place where
there’s bound to be plenty of
passion on show among the
punters. And with ten per cent
o your bill during the games
and house drinks costing just
Dhs15 during happy hour,
expect it to be packed out and
extra noisy during those vital
World Cup clashes.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan
Street, free. Tel: (02) 6210000.
www.crowneplaza.com
BEST FOR…
SETTING
AL FORSAN
OK, so it’s located at a luxury
resort in the middle of the desert,
but if you’re after a unique
hideaway to watch the footy at
the weekend, why not Bab Al
Shams? Al Forsan is showing
all the matches, there’s an
unbeatable view of the dunes
and there is 50 per cent o South
African beverages for the full
90 minutes of each match.
Back of the net!
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa,
Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 8096194.
www.jumeirah.com/football
Belgian Beer Café
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42 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
WORLD CUP 2010
What’s
On pick
BARASTI BEACH STADIUM
Barasti is really going all
out with an air-conditioned
stadium. Yep, you heard right
– a stadium. The Mega Dome
will be ve stories high and
t 1,200 screaming fans for
each match. And it’s free. The
atmosphere is sure to be the
closest to being at the game
as you will get in Dubai. And
the air conditioning unit is
270 tonnes, for heaven’s sake.
How impressive is that? Of
course we’ll be there.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach
Resort and Marina, Dubai, free.
Tel: (04) 3181313.
www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.
com
SHANGRI LA QARYAT
AL BERI
The hotel is erecting a
fully air-conditioned, giant
marquis that will have acres
of seating, a huge TV screen,
bar food and waitress service.
We reckon this could well be
the best place in the capital
to see the goals y in.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri,
Between The Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, Dhs75.Tel: (02) 5098888.
www.shangri-la.com
BEST FOR…
WATCHING THE
GAME IN STYLE
THE TERRACE AND THAI
KITCHEN
The Park Hyatt is our favourite
hotel, the seafood platter at The
Terrace oers the freshest seafood
in town and Thai Kitchen is one
hell of a Thai restaurant. With two
footy zones – one at The Terrace
and the other an air-conditioned
balcony for 50 at Thai Kitchen (call
ahead to book) – there’s no better
place to watch the game in style.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, free.
Tel: (04) 6021804.
www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
BEST FOR…
HAPPY HOUR
THE OBSERVATORY
Since Marriott took over at the
Harbour Hotel, it seems like
every hour has been happy hour.
Anyone who’s brunched nearby
will have made their way to The
Observatory to take advantage
of the discounted drinks in the
early evening. Well, during the
tournament it’s a case of happy
hours – plural. From 6pm to 9pm
on match days everyone will have
a smile on their face – providing
their team is winning, that is.
Marriott Dubai Harbour
Hotel & Suites, Dubai, free.
Tel: (04) 3194795. www.
dubaimarriottharbourhotel.com
BEST FOR…
AFTER WORK
ACTION
EVORY LOUNGE ARENA
Kempinski’s lounge bar is billing
itself as the place to watch the footy
after work, and is oering a range of
complicated discounts. In short, it’s
Dhs190 for six drinks, with groups
of ten given a ten per cent discount
and groups of 20 a 20 per cent
discount. Or, pay Dhs20 entrance
and enjoy 20 per cent o you bill
for evening games. Or Dhs10 will
buy you a 20 per cent discount for
daytime games. Confused? We are.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the
Emirates, Dubai, Dhs10 to Dhs20.
Tel: (04) 3410000. www.kempinski.
com
BEST FOR…
GOING FURTHER
AFIELD
AL HAMRA GOLF CLUB
If you happen to be in Ras Al
Khaimah, head for Lagoons Sports
Bar, where the winning team
could earn you some serious
drinks discounts. When their rst
goal is scored you’ll receive ten
per cent discount, 20 per cent
for the second, and so on and so
forth for the full 90 minutes. If
there is another game later on, the
discount lasts until kick-o.
Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah,
free. Tel: (07) 2447474.
www.alhamragolf.com
BEST FOR…
VENUE
GRAND HYATT DUBAI
There’s Grand Stand seating in
the air-conditioned tent for 450
people at the Grand Hyatt, and
the What’s On team will be rmly
pressed into several of them.
Dhs45 will buy you entry and a
drink and there are various group
packages available.
Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, Dhs45.
Tel: (04) 3171234. www.hyatt.com
BEST FOR…
WATCHING BRAZIL
CHAMAS
Barbecued meat and football.
It’s a combination that we
definitely can’t resist. So what
better way to end a meat-fest
at this Brazilian restaurant by
heading to Chamas’s upstairs
bar to watch Kaka, Robinho
and co show why football’s
known as the beautiful game?
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al
Bateen, free. Tel: (02) 6666888.
www.ichotelsgroup.com
BEST FOR
MATCH ANALYSIS
PARADE RING RESTAURANT
The brand new Meydan Hotel
will be hosting this extra special
World Cup watching experience.
Former Showsports English
Premier League pundits Rob
McCarey and Derek Whyte will
be joined by a panel of football
players and managers to provide
live match analysis of the
nals’ major clashes. They’ll be
there for a total of 11 matches,
including all of England’s group
games, plus the knockout stages
of the competition.
Parade Ring Restaurant, Meydan
Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai,
Dhs375. Tel: (04) 4456024.
www.robandderek.com
BEST FOR…
WATCHING SOUTH
AFRICA
NRG
The capital’s only dedicated
sports’ bar is giving itself a South
African themed makeover for
the World Cup. With authentic
snacks and drinks on the menu
and big screens covering every
wall, it’s a dead cert to be the
place where Abu Dhabi’s Saer
contingent gathers to cheer on
the host nation.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club
Area, free. Tel: (02) 6446666.
www.lemeridien.com
BEST FOR…
DRINKS DEALS
MY BAR
This place promises to ll your
stomach, quench your thirst
and be kind to your bank
balance. Eat your way around
the world with the World Cup
menu, oering dishes from the
competing countries, then take
advantage of the buy three get
one free beer oer. If you buy a
bottle of spirits, you’ll receive a
buet lunch or dinner for two at
The Californian restaurant.
Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3174515.
www.dusitthanidubai.com
My Bar
Barasti
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44 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
It’s our 31st birthday this month so we
should really be receving presents. But it’s
better to give than to receive, apparently.
So here are 31 prizes you can win
WIN! WIN! WIN!
DINNER FOR TWO
AT HAKKASAN
The super-chic Chinese restaurant
has just opened a branch at Abu
Dhabi’s Emirates Palace and we
have a meal for two to give away.
Just answer this question:-
Which of these meals is not
likely to be served in a Chinese
restaurant?
a) Peking duck
b) Dim sum
c) Hamburgers
A NIGHT AT SHANGRI-LA AND
TRADERS HOTEL
The Between The Bridges area is Abu Dhabi’s best
entertainment hub. This prize, a night’s stay for two, plus
breakfast in both the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri and Traders
hotels, will give you ample opportunity to find this out for
yourself. Just tell us:
What is the name of San Francisco’s famous bridge?
a) Bronze Fence Bridge
b) Silver Hedge Bridge
c) Golden Gate Bridge
WEEKEND AT CROWNE PLAZA
ABU DHABI
How does a two-night stay at the Crowne Plaza
Abu Dhabi in a suite, with Dhs500 meal
vouchers for both the superb Cho Gao and
Spaccanapoli restaurants sound? Well that's
what we're giving you the chance to win.
Just tell us:
Spaccanapoli restaurant is named after
a street in which city?
a) Napoli
b) Newport
c) Nagasaki
A DINNER AND A STAY AT
YAS HOTEL
The futuristic Yas Hotel is the UAE’s most visually
stunning new hotel. Here’s your chance to find
this out for yourself with a one-night stay for two
plus dinner in the quality Angar, Atayeb or Amici
restaurants. Just answer this:
Yas Hotel overlooks what?
a) An F1 racetrack
b) The Amazon Rainforest
c) The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
HOTEL STAY
PLUS UNLIMITED
FITNESS CLASSES
If you win this prize, keeping
fit during the summer months
should be easy. We're offering
you a weekend stay for two at
the Sheraton Abu Dhabi, plus a
week’s worth of fitness classes
in the hotel’s modern, well-
equipped gym.
To win, just answer this:
Which of these pieces of
equipment are you unlikely to
nd in a gym?
a) Treadmill
b) Rowing machine
c) Nuclear reactor
SPA AND
SEAFOOD AT THE
BEACH ROTANA
If you win this prize, you and three
of your pals could be enjoying
a spa treatment at the Beach
Rotana’s amazingly tranquil Zen
Spa, followed by dinner at Finz,
one of the best seafood places in
Abu Dhabi. Just tell us:
Which of these do you rarely
see on a sh?
a) Fins
b) Gills
c) Arms
To be in with
a chance of winning
one of the
31 amazing prizes
on offer visit
www.winwithmotivate.com
and register your details.
Good luck!
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JUNE 2010 WHAT’S ON 45
A NIGHT’S STAY AT THE
MONTGOMERIE, DINNER AT NINETEEN
AND GOLF FOR TWO
We have a luxury weekend, perfect for golf lovers. The Montgomerie is
mere minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road but is a world from the frantic
city with rolling greens, top eateries and a stunning pool. To win a
stay for two including dinner at
Nineteen and a round of golf,
tell us:
Which of the following
shouldn’t be used when
playing golf?
a) A putter
b) A nine-iron
c) A tennis raquet
BRUNCH
FOR TWO AT THE
OBSERVATORY
Brunch at The Observatory at the
Dubai Marriott Harbour is a decadent
affair; bubbles, cocktail trolleys, oysters
and some seriously impressive views
over the Marina that you can check
out with telescopes. For your chance to
win brunch for two, answer this question:
What is a telescope normally
used for?
a) Watching telly
b) Looking at remote objects
c) Scoping Teletubbies
A DINING
EXTRAVAGANZA
AT THE RADISSON
BLU HOTEL
Check out this amazing prize from
the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira
Creek. One hungry winner will get
Friday brunch for two adults and
two children at the Friday Fun Food
Festival, a two-hour dhow dinner
cruise for two people aboard the Al
Mansour Dhow and lunch or dinner
for two at Japanese restaurant
Minato. To be in with a chance
of winning, answer the following
question correctly:
Which creek is the Radisson
Blu on?
a) Dawson’s Creek
b) Dubai Creek
c) Jacob’s Creek
MEZZALUNA
COOKING CLASS
FOR TWO PEOPLE
Perfect your pasta with Italian chef
Marco in his kitchen at Mezzeluna
in the InterContinental Residence
Suites. We have two places in a
cooking class (worth Dhs600 each)
for one lucky winner. The class
includes breakfast, four-course
teaching menu and lunch with
paired beverages. For your chance
to win, just
tell us:
Which of the
following is
not a type of
pasta?
a) Penne
b) Linguine
c) Penguin
WWW.WINWITHMOTIVATE.COM
A SUITE STAY
AND DINNER AT
TEATRO
We’re huge fans of Teatro,
the new international
restaurant at Abu Dhabi’s
Park Rotana hotel. And you
could be winning a meal for
two, plus an overnight stay
in a suite room at the hotel.
Just tell us…
Which of these is not a
famous theatre?
a) The Globe
b) The Old Vic
c) Wild Wadi Waterpark
AN MINI-BREAK IN KERALA
Situated on the banks of a fresh-water lake,
the Zuri Kumarakom resort is one of the most
luxurious retreats in Southern India. With an
award-winning spa, fine dining restaurants and
stunning surrounds, this is a getaway you’ll never
forget. For your chance to win a three-night stay,
all-inclusive (not including flights) at the resort
answer this question:
Kerala is known as:
a) God’s own country
b) Land of the rising sun
c) The Big Apple
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46 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
PURE
INDULGENCE
TREATMENT FOR
TWO AT MANDARA
SPA
One winner and a friend can
enjoy a 170-minute Pure
Indulgence treatment at the
gorgeous Mandara Spa at The
Monarch hotel. Worth Dhs2,380
in total, the treatments include
reflex foot ritual, body scrub, floral
bath and Balinese massage. To be
in with a chance of winning this
pampering package, tell us…
Which of the following won’t
you nd at Mandara Spa?
a) Jacuzzi
b) Relaxation lounge
c) Kebab shop
A NOKIA E72
SMARTPHONE
This seriously slick bit of kit is up for
grabs. Worth Dhs1,440 and featuring
email (up to ten addresses), Ovi maps,
QWERTY keyboard, five mega-pixel
camera and internet, the E72 is an
essential gadget for communication on
the go. It also looks very nice. For your
chance to win it, answer this question.
What does GPS stand for?
a) Great Problem Solver
b) Global Positioning System
c) Good Point Sir
DINNER FOR TWO
AT EMBER
We’d do bad things for Ember’s
black truffle risotto, and it’s
only a side dish, so the
winner of dinner for two
should be a happy camper.
The Address Dubai Mall’s
signature restaurant serves
up elegant grills and fine
wines and for your chance
to try it, answer this question
correctly:
What is black true?
a) Meat
b) Fungus
c) Fizzy drink
GOLF PACKAGE
FOR TWO
PEOPLE
We have two ‘More Than Golf’
packages to give away. The
winner and a friend can play
the 18-hole championship
course at Al Badia Golf Club
before enjoying a meal and
drinks at Spikes restaurant. To
be in with a chance of winning,
answer this question correctly:
What can often be found on
the bottom of golf shoes?
a) Spikes
b) Wheels
c) Stiletto heels
DINNER FOR SIX AT THE PALACE
Arabic restaurant Ewaan at The Palace hosts Layali Ewaan, a Middle
Eastern experience every Monday evening. With live cooking
stations, musicians, henna painting, belly dancing, shisha and more
you can have a truly Arabian night. If you’d like to try Layali Ewaan
with five friends, answer this following question:
Which of these won’t be found at an Arabian buet?
a) Falafel
b) Tabbouleh
c) Dim sum
ORIENTAL HAMMAM
RITUAL FOR TWO
PEOPLE
Here’s your chance to try a luxurious
75-minute hammam treatment at the spa
at The Palace. Your body will be covered
with traditional black soap then you’ll take
a steam bath before a thorough scrub and
soothing massage. To win this treatment
for you and a friend tell us:
Which part of the world did the
hammam originate from?
a) The Middle East
b) Australia
c) Antarctica
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JUNE 2010 WHAT’S ON 47
TEPPANYAKI FOR SIX
PEOPLE
If you win this prize you can treat five friends to
a teppanyaki experience at Shiba, the Japanese
restaurant at The Meydan. It’s all hot plates, egg
throwing and mountains of delicious fare. For your
chance to win a night of foodie
fun, answer this question:
What colour is the circle
on the Japanese ag?
a) White
b) Black
c) Red
A SUITE STAY
IN THE SOFITEL
DUBAI JUMEIRAH
BEACH HOTEL
Take a free stay-cation in a suite
at the new Sofitel hotel in Dubai
Marina. The winner will also
receive dinner and breakfast for
two in the AOC French Brasserie
and butler service throughout the
stay. To win this luxury prize, you’ll
have to get this question right.
Which beach is the hotel
situated on?
a) Jumeirah Beach
b) Summer Bay
c) Brighton Beach
DINNER FOR
TWO IN NA3NA3
With surely one of Dubai’s most
unusual names, NA3NA3 is a stylish
Arabic buffet restaurant in The Address Dubai Mall.
There’s an open kitchen grilling meats, vast counters
of fresh salads and enough desserts to bring on a
sugar coma just from looking. For your chance to
dine at NA3NA3 with a friend, tell us:
Which of these is a traditional Arabic dessert?
a) Umm ali
b) Baked Alaska
c) Arctic roll
STEAK FOR
FOUR AT PRIME
Prime, the signature steakhouse
at The Meydan, is one of the
newest spots on the block for
meat-lovers. If you and three
friends want to pay this restaurant
a visit for free, then tell us:
Which of the following is not a
well-known steak?
a) T-bone
b) Bull’s eye
c) Rib-eye
BRUNCH FOR FOUR AND A
NIGHT IN A TWO-BEDROOM
SUITE AT THE FAIRMONT
Kick off your weekend at one of our favourite
brunches, with a feast for four at Spectrum on
One before enjoying the rest of your weekend in
a stunning two-bedroom suite at The Fairmont.
One very lucky winner can get their hands on
this amazing prize by answering the following
question:
What is the spa at The Fairmont called?
a) Willow Stream Spa
b) Wind in the Willows Spa
c) Islands in the Stream Spa
FRIDAY
BRUNCH FOR
FOUR
Escape the heat at The
Meydan with this prize. You
and three friends can enjoy
brunch (including drinks)
at Farriers restaurant. This
month there is such a thing
as a free brunch. For your
chance to win this fantastic
prize, simply tell us:
Brunch is a
combination of which
words?
a) Breakfast and lunch
b) Breakfast and
munch
c) Breakfast and
crunch
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48 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
THREE NIGHTS IN
SWITZERLAND
We have a three-night stay
in the gorgeous Tschuggen
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WEEKEND AT LE
MÉRIDIEN DUBAI
One reader can spend a weekend
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room at Le Méridien Dubai, which
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In which area
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Combine food and fun with a night’s
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What kind of beans would you
nd in a full English breakfast?
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c) Kidney
BRUNCH,
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STAY AT THE
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Which popstar
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Start a new hobby this
summer with these dance lessons
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switch between Latino, Arabic,
Western, Indian and fusion with
eight one-hour classes at the
Nora Dance Studio. For a chance
to win, tell us:
Which of the following is a
traditional form of Middle
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a) Abdominal dancing
b) Six-pack dancing
c) Belly dancing
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What colour were Elvis’ suede
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Shall we dance?
The Lord Of The Dance
spectacular hits Abu Dhabi
this month. But how did the
Irish dance show conquer
the world? Damien O’Kane,
star of the show, talks us
through it
It started with the Eurovision Song Contest
– the trans-European annual showcase of
mediocre pop songs.
In 1994, Ireland was hosting the event
for the second year in succession, a dubious
honour granted for winning the previous
year’s event.
On the night, as millions of pop fans
from across Europe tuned in, it was neither
Lithuania’s entry, Lullaby For My Beloved
by Ovidijus Vyšniauskas, nor Germany’s
Mekado with We’re Giving A Party who
stole the show.
Even the eventual winners, Dublin
folk singers Paul Harrington and Charlie
McGettigan and their catchy tune Rock
‘n’ Roll Kids, hardly went on to become a
household name, even though it won Ireland
an unprecedented third successive title.
Instead, it was an Irish dance troupe
that precision jigged its way through the
intermission that received the loudest ovation
of the night.
e huge acclaim convinced the show’s
choreographer and lead dancer, the US-born
Michael Flatley, to create Riverdance, a full-
length theatre show based around the fast
kicking dance act.
But, aer a sell-out run in London’s West
End, Flatley had an acrimonious split with
the show’s producers and le Riverdance.
Undeterred, he set about creating his own
dance spectacular.
And in 1996, Lord Of e Dance, a
grandiose dance interpretation of Irish
folk tales, was born. It was another global
phenomenon and Flatley regained his crown
as the king of Irish dance.
Some 14 years later the show is still
going strong. It has two different troupes
on tour at one time, has amassed a US$300
million fortune for Flatley and has played
to 60 million people in more than
60 countries.
Flatley retired from dancing in 1998, and
since then the role of Lord Of e Dance has
been played by Damien O’Kane.
“Of course, Michael’s shoes were huge ones
to ll and it was very nerve-wracking on the
rst night I took over,” recollects Damien,
who’s in the middle of a seven-month world
tour that will include a three-day stop o
in the capital to perform at the Abu Dhabi
National Exhibition Centre.
“I’ll never be able to beat Michael, but I
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LORD OF THE DANCE
think I’ve made the role my own and added
my own technique and character to it.”
Damien has played the high-energy role
more then 1,000 times, but insists he never
tires of it.
“We’re constantly changing the
choreography and costumes, so when we start
every tour we do something new. And the fact
that I’m on tour with my wife means I always
have a companion with me, so I don’t plan to
hang up my dance shoes any time soon.”
His said wife is Bernadette Flynn, who’s
played the lead female role of Colleen since
the show began.
But surely it must be hard to have your
husband touring, dancing and living with
you?
“Of course we have the odd argument,
every couple does,” admits Bernadette.
“But we never let it get in the way of our
performance. To be honest, if Damien hadn’t
been here with me, I wouldn’t have stuck it
out for so long. It’s hard living out of suitcases
on a tour bus. But it’s also a great life.
“I’ve danced at places like Radio City
Music Hall and Madison Square Gardens in
New York in front of royalty and presidents.
“Who’d have ever thought Irish dancing
would have ever given us opportunities
like this? Denitely not me when I started
dancing lessons when I was a little girl in my
small town in County Tipperary.”
And with Michael Flatley promising to
step out of retirement and return to the stage
later this year, despite now being aged 53, and
massive tours of the US and Europe planned,
the LOTD bandwagon won’t be slowing down
any time soon.
e same cannot be said for the career of
Ovidijus Vyšniauskas.
Jun 23 and 24, 8pm, Jun 25, 3pm and 8pm,
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Khaleej
Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, Dhs295 to Dhs795.
www.lordofthedance.com
“I’ll never be
able to beat
Michael, but
I think I’ve
made the role
my own and
added my
own technique
and character
to it”
TICKETS TO
LORD OF THE DANCE We have ve pairs of tickets to watch the
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Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz,
Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Grace,
Paul Dano, Viola Davis, James
Mangold (director)
‘Cruise and Diaz are Knight
And Day’
Fugitive couple Miller and June
(Cruise and Diaz) undertook a
globe-spanning adventure of the
sort that might leave even James
Bond feeling a tad discombobu-
lated.
Erase all memories of the movie
nightmare that was Vanilla Sky.
Bond-ish action adventure, which
will soon be in short supply now
that 007’s been handed his march-
ing orders.
Before Tom Cruise was cast, the
producers considered Gerard Butler
(300, Law Abiding Citizen) and
Chris Tucker (Rush Hour and, ahem,
Rush Hour 2) for the role of Miller.
Has the star power to become the
movie of 2010.
PREVIEW
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy,
Cameron Diaz, Antonio
Banderas, Jon Hamm, Jane
Lynch, Mike Mitchell (director)
‘e Final Chapter’
e world’s favourite ogre, having
grown bored with the peace and
seclusion of Far, Far Away, made a
pact with an enigmatic little chap
called Rumpelstiltskin...
Listen to Mike Myers talk in that
not-terribly-convincing Scots
accent of his for the better part of
two hours.
Shrek e ird, which wasn’t a
patch on Shrek 2, which wasn’t half
as good as the superb Shrek.
Rumpelstiltskin is voiced by Walt
Dohm, co-writer of Shrek e ird
and director of countless episodes
of Dexter’s Laboratory and Sponge-
Bob SquarePants.
It’ll enchant kids but Shrek’s lost his
spell over adults.
★★★✩✩
Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotil-
lard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-
Levitt, Michael Caine, Christopher
Nolan (writer/director)
‘Your mind is the scene of the crime’
In a world where thoughts can
be stolen while the victim sleeps,
‘dream thief ’ Dom (DiCaprio)
nds himself on the run from the
authorities.
See perhaps the most conceptually
satisfying lm since e Matrix.
Not the rubbishy sequels of course,
but the peerless, bullet-time-intro-
ducing original.
Anything else by the blistering Brit-
ish visionary Christopher Nolan,
from e Dark Knight to Following.
Desperate to keep Inception under
wraps, Christopher Nolan wouldn’t
talk about the movie in interviews,
saying only that “it’s a sci- thriller set
within the architecture of the mind”.
Makes Nolan’s Batman movies look
like Howard e Duck.
★★★★★
Knight And Day Shrek Forever
After
Inception
Knight And Day
Shrek Forever After
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FILM | NEW RELEASES
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael
Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Joan
Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, Lee
Unkrich (director)
‘No toy gets le behind’
Woody, Buzz and co were sent to a
day-care centre when their owner,
Andy, le for college. Now obliged
to fend for themselves, our heroes
discover that their new charges
have next to no respect for toys...
Spend more time with Pixar’s great-
est creations to date.
Toy Story I and II, plus modern ani-
mated gems such as Finding Nemo,
e Incredibles and Up.
It took Pixar and their new business
partners Disney Studios ve long
years to get a second Toy Story
sequel up and running.
At last, the toys are back in town!
★★★★✩
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart,
Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Ashley
Greene, Jackson Rathbone, David
Slade (director)
‘It all begins... with a
choice’
A series of bizarre
killings strained the
relationship between our
heroine Bella (Stewart), her vampire
lover Edward (Pattinson) and her
lupine best friend Jacob (Lautner).
Watch wane-faced teens moon
over one another. Like you can’t
see that anywhere else.
e previous Twilight lms, which
turned the near-translucent Rob-
ert Pattinson (aka R-Pattz) into
the pastiest international star since
Marcel Marceau.
Chris Weitz, who directed Twi-
light: New Moon, turned down
Eclipse because the previous pic-
ture took too long to complete.
Heaven for fans, but it’ll leave
newcomers in the dark.
★★★✩✩
Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper,
Quinton ‘Rampage’Jackson,
Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick
Wilson, Joe Carnahan (director)
‘ere is no plan B’
‘A crack commando unit was sent
to prison... for a crime they didn’t
commit. ese men promptly
escaped... to the Los Angeles un-
derground. Today... they survive as
soldiers of fortune,’ etc.
Revisit that special time when Mr T
pitied fools and point blank refused
to go on no airplane.
So-so guys-on-mission movies
like e Wild Geese and below-par
movie remakes of hit TV shows
such as Starsky & Hutch.
When an A-Team movie was rst
mooted way back in 1999, Mel Gib-
son was the studio’s choice to play
head honcho ‘Hannibal’ Smith.
Alas, this plan doesn’t really come
together.
★★★✩✩
Toy Story 3 The Twilight
Saga: Eclipse
The A-Team
The A-Team
Toy Story 3
Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy,
Max Minghella, Derek Jacobi,
Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Mays,
Beeban Kidron (director)
‘From Beeban Kidron, director of
Bridget Jones: e Edge Of Reason’
ere was an exciting time called
the 1960s, during which skirts
became shorter, hair became longer
and three blokes launched an
incendiary magazine called Oz.
See a lm that celebrates rock’n’roll
while also proling one of the most
controversial trials of recent times.
1960s British cinema classics such
as Blow-Up, Ale, Performance and
A Hard Day’s Night.
Hippie Hippie Shake features cameo
appearances from Tom Goodman-
Hill and Emma Booth as 1960s
luminaries David Frost and Ger-
maine Greer.
OK, but the soundtrack could do
with more music from e Kinks.
★★★✩✩
Hippie Hippie
Shake
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EATING OUT
Café Chic
Need to know
Location: Le Méridien Dubai
Tel: (04) 2170000
Web: www.starwoodhotels.
com
Open: 12.30pm to 2.45pm
and 7.30pm to 11.45pm
Cuisine type: French
Must eat: pan-fried frog legs
Bill for two: Dhs700
(excluding drinks)
Café Chic is now hip
and trendy
We’d heard exciting things were
going on at Le Méridien Dubai’s
Café Chic. So when we received
a press release entitled ‘Café Chic
is now hip and trendy!’ – yep,
it really said that – we laughed
heartily, and then began to worry.
For a start, a restaurant called
Café Chic, by denition, should
always have been hip and trendy.
And secondly, the description was
one small step away from funky.
And funky is bad. Very bad.
en we received the menu,
and we began to forgive the
cool Gallic cats over there in Le
Méridien’s kitchens.
ere are already a slew of
French restaurants in Dubai, most
of which more than cut the Dijon
mustard – shining examples are
Franck Detrait’s Traiteur and
Pierre Gagnaire’s emporium of
culinary wonder Reets – but
there’s always room for more.
Variety is the spice of life, or in
this case the pan-fried crispy
duck liver of life.
And chef de cuisine Sylvain
Gohier has created a menu that
is both classic and contemporary.
Fresh, but not too experimental.
A list of dishes that doesn’t bore
you or ll you with dread.
Duck liver terrine, half roasted
lobster salad, pan fried frogs legs
(more on those later), lobster
bisque with coral and lemongrass
– salivating over page 59 yet? It’s
certainly the kind of menu that
makes our taste buds perspire.
e restaurant itself is both
hip and trendy, but perhaps
lacking that je ne sais quoi. It feels
a little like it’s been installed in
the hotel’s only available space,
but it’s nice enough, with a lot of
dark wood and a nice cocktail bar
looking out onto a busy terrace
(not for the summer months).
Before we move on to the food
– a warning. Do not order a glass
of champagne. It is, perhaps, one
of the most expensive in the city.
Do order the king prawn ravioli
with leek compote, Parmesan
and beetroot butter – packed
with avour – and, of course,
the frog legs. e meat was silky
so, and there is nothing more
satisfying than the taste of garlic
and white wine on the tongue and
a smattering of tiny frog femurs on
your plate.
Not to mention the seafood
would be remiss. Pan-fried
scallops, tajine of lobster, Atlantic
bass, Meuniere Dover sole and
cont of salmon all sounded
delightful. But it was impossible
to refuse the blend of avours
promised, and delivered, by
endless slices of blood red duck
breast, stued with rich wild
mushrooms and accompanied
by a fresh artichoke mousseline,
green peas with spring onion and
a surprisingly gentle Szechuan
pepper sauce. And the Guinea
fowl breast with hazelnut sauce
was also a triumph.
e Aer Eight mint mousse was
a tad 1970s and a little too minty
for our palette. What is required is
that most French of oerings – a
cheese trolley. Unfortunately it’s not
really hip these days. Fortunately,
Café Chic is.
PICCOLO MONDO
BAY
To progress from
International City to a
prime Marina Walk spot
next to the Grosvenor House
Hotel, a restaurant needs to
be doing something right. The
original PM is a local haunt of
ours in the IC – an Aladdin’s cave
of bric-a-brac collected by Iraqi
owner Mr Zaki from 50-plus years
of travelling the globe, shrouded
in shisha smoke and serving
good coee and decent food.
The new café promises more of
the same.
Marina Walk, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, 11am to midnight. Tel: (04)
4475449
WEST BEACH
BISTRO
The opening of the
Mövenpick Hotel
Jumeirah Beach has
long been awaited by
residents of JBR. And
West Beach Bistro promises
the kind of casual dining beloved
of those who like to walk The
Walk. Chef Jason Wass boasts a
reasonably priced menu, with a
roast rack of lamb just Dhs125.
Gents should check out the Boys'
Night every Tuesday, where wine
is two for one.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach,
The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 6.30pm
to 1am. Tel: (04) 4498888. www.
moevenpick-hotels.com
CEDAR LOUNGE
If this new Lebanese
fusion restaurant
is on a par with
Fairmont Bab Al
Bahr's other oerings
– Marco Pierre White
Steakhouse & Grill and
Frankie's – we'll be happy. Expect
unusual takes on classic Arabian
dishes such a vine leaf sushi and
falafel with red berry sauce.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Between The
Bridges, Abu Dhabi, noon to 3pm
and 7pm to midnight. Tel: (02)
6543333. www.fairmont.com
Which of these new
restaurants will you
be eating at this
month?
A taste of
things to
come
“There is nothing more
satisfying than the taste of
garlic and white wine on the
tongue and a smattering of
tiny frog femurs on your plate”
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60 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
Given the UAE’s coastal position, it’s
no surprise to see a host of top class
seafood restaurants throughout
the emirates. Shaiful Bin Kassim
– the chef de cuisine at the Yas
Hotel’s fantastic seafood restaurant,
Nautilus – lets us in on the secrets of
cooking fish, while we pick out our
favourite top five eateries
SHAIFUL BIN KASSIM
ON…
…THE ESSENCE OF
COOKING SEAFOOD
It’s all about the freshness of
the sh. At Nautilus, we throw
away any sh that’s over three of
four days old. If you have good
ingredients, try and keep it simple.
If you’re cooking a llet of sh, do
nothing other than cook the skin
side for four to ve minutes in olive
oil, then turn over and cook the
other side for a minute. Add some
butter, seasoning and lemon juice
and it’s done.
…KEY INGREDIENTS
Good quality olive oil, butter,
lemon and herbs like thyme, cori-
ander and oregano are essential to
seafood cooking.
…WHICH FISH TO USE
We y in the best sea bass and
salmon from Europe. But there are
plenty of great shes you can get
from the Gulf. Everyone knows
hammour, but there are also other
local shes like Sultan Ibrahim sh
and red snapper that I would also
recommend highly. Always check
the eye isn’t cloudy when buying a
sh. at’s how you tell its freshness.
…HIS FAVOURITE
SEAFOOD DISH
is has to be sea bass, cooked
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n
tia
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with olive oil and butter. e
smoky taste of the sh is simply
amazing.
…CURRENT TRENDS
I think molecular gastronomy
is an exciting development and
we make some use of it in our
restaurant with foams and sauces.
But for seafood, the classical way
of cooking is still the best in my
books. A nicely grilled or pan-
fried llet of sh can’t be topped.
…WORKING UNDER
GORDON RAMSAY
I worked with him at e Con-
naught in London. We didn't see
that much of him as he only came
in twice a week. But when he was
there, you knew you had get eve-
rything exactly right. He never
lost his temper at me, but I've
seen him do it to other people a
few times and it wasn't pretty
to watch.
…BEST SEAFOOD
RESTAURANTS IN THE
UAE
is one, of course. Apart from us,
I like Sayad at the Emirates Palace,
while Ossiano at Atlantis is also
pretty special. As freshly caught
seafood is so readily available, the
quality is generally pretty high
over here. Even a small restaurant
should serve reasonably fresh and
good quality sh.
NAUTILUS KING PRAWN
WITH SEAFOOD AND
VEGETABLE RAVIOLI
A dish Captain Nemo would have been proud of...
INGREDIENTS
Two large king prawns, 30g prawn, 30g hammour or sea bass,
80g chicken stock, 20g our, 25g egg yolks, lime zest, 15g baby
corn, 15g asparagus, 15g baby carrot, one tomato, two cloves of
garlic, 20ml cream, 20g butter, 1g saron, parmesan cheese
PREPARATION
Season the king prawn and grill on both sides. Then glaze in a
hot pan with olive oil, butter, garlic and thyme. For the ravioli:
cut the asparagus, baby corn and carrots into diamonds. Sear the
sh and prawn in a pan, but don’t cook them. In another pan,
sweat the vegetables for three minutes. Then add the seafood
and cook for another three minutes, seasoning with salt, pepper,
lime and thyme. For the pasta dough, mix the our, salt and olive
oil in a blender, and then stir in egg yolks slowly. Let it rest for 30
minutes. Roll with a rolling pin, add some lling and cut. Boil for
one minute then place it on king prawn. For the foam: sweat a
white onion with thyme leaves. Add chicken stock then reduce
by half, then add grated Parmesan. Season and add cream and
saron. Boil for ve minutes, and then blend in a blender. Pass
through a ne sieve and pour on the king prawn.
SEAFOOD
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MEAL FOR TWO AT
NAUTILUS WITH OVERNIGHT
HOTEL STAY
That's right, we're giving away a three-
course meal for two at Nautilus, a bottle
of wine and an overnight stay in the
super-modern Yas Hotel. For a chance to
win, go to www.winwithmotivate.com
and tell us:
What is the largest animal that
lives in the sea?
a) Blue whale
b) Sardine
c) Giraffe
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Our pick of the UAE’s seafood restaurants
FISHMARKET
ATMOSPHERE
INTERIOR
FOOD
LOCATION
PRICE
WHAT'S ON
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INFO
AMWAJ PIER CHIC OSSIANO NAUTILUS
Amwaj provides
the calm you would
expect from such an
upmarket and elegant
restaurant.
According to the
rule book (if there
actually was one)
a contemporary
restaurant has dark
wood floors, stiff white
table linen, an open
kitchen, lots of light
and nothing garish or
kitsch. Amwaj has read
it cover to cover.
A favourite of real
seafood aficionados,
some of the freshest
seafood in Dubai is
to be found on this
menu. And they can
do it all, from snapper
and salmon to sea bass
and swordfish.
The Shangri-La sits on
Sheikh Zayed Road –
both central and away
from the crowds.
It’s reasonable a la carte,
but the Dhs225 set
menu is a drop in the
ocean for fish this good.
It re-opens this month
after some hotel
refurbishments, and
we’ll be the first in.
Shangri-La, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai,
Sun to Fri 7pm to
midnight. Tel: (04)
4052703. www.
shangri-la.com
Calm and romantic
with the lapping of the
waves and the sound
of the sea breeze
whispering in your ears.
It’s more of an exterior.
With panoramic views
from the terrace, you
can take in the lights of
the Al Qasr Hotel and
the turquoise waters of
the Arabian Gulf.
Lots of inventive fish
dishes, including oven
roasted Tasmanian
ocean trout with carrot
and lobster falafel
(Dhs140) – yes, please.
Torches light your stroll
along the pier leading
to a terrace above the
calming waters of the
Arabian Gulf. And if
that’s not enough, you
can add the Burj Al Arab
into the scene as well.
Around Dhs700 for
two.
One of the most
romantic environments
in which to wield a fish
knife in the UAE.
Madinat Jumeirah,
Al Qasr Hotel, Dubai,
1pm to 3pm and
7pm to 11.30pm. Tel:
(04) 3666730. www.
jumeirah.com
The respectful hush
of a formal fine dining
restaurant.
Ever wondered what
it’s like to dine under
the sea? Like Ossiano.
Dim lighting and an
aquarium view that
allows you to ogle
all manner of sea
creatures as you eat
their piscine cousins.
Officially Michelin
starred Catalan chef
Santi Santamaria’s
UAE outpost is only
“inspired by the ocean
depths”, but in our
book it’s a darn good
fine dining seafood
restaurant.
For a seafood
restaurant, you can’t
ask for a better location
than the depths of
the lost city of Atlantis
(well, the famous hotel
of Atlantis, anyway).
One starter below
Dhs200. Cheapest
main, Dhs295. The bill
for two, Dhs1,000 plus.
It’s hellishly expensive,
but one hell of an
experience.
Atlantis The Palm,
Dubai, 7pm to
11.30pm. Tel: (04)
4261000. www.
atlantisthepalm.com
Relaxed sophistication.
Fairly empty when it
opened, diners are
begining to flock to
The Yas Hotel.
Glass-windowed walls
give views over the
nearby marina and F1
racetrack, while inside,
it’s sparse, functional
and modern.
Imported and locally
caught fish, beautifully
cooked, and served
with a selection of
sauces and purees.
There are also five
different kinds of
oysters to choose from.
Yas Island is only 20
minutes drive from
Abu Dhabi and 45
minutes from Dubai.
It’s well worth visiting
for a night out or a
weekend break.
Splash out, you’ll easily
drop a grand. Choose
wisely, it’ll be about
half that.
Nautilus is a favourite
haunt of sheikhs,
celebrities and other
VIPs. It’s easy to see why.
The Yas Hotel, Yas
Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm
to 11pm daily.
Tel: (02) 6560600.
www.theyashotel.com
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WIN!
MEAL FOR TWO AT
NAUTILUS WITH OVERNIGHT
HOTEL STAY
That's right, we're giving away a three-
course meal for two at Nautilus, a bottle
of wine and an overnight stay in the
super-modern Yas Hotel. For a chance to
win, go to www.winwithmotivate.com
and tell us:
What is the largest animal that
lives in the sea?
a) Blue whale
b) Sardine
c) Giraffe
Flaming woks and
steaming pots in the
open kitchen brings
this rustic beachside
restaurant to life.
A bamboo shack
with fish tanks lining
the walls and a huge
ice display of fresh
seafood in one corner.
Fill your shopping
basket with lobster,
shrimps and fish and
let the talented chefs
transform it into a Thai
feast.
Overlooking the
InterCon’s private
beach, it’s a perfect
spot for a quiet,
romantic tête-à-tête.
The average for two is
around Dhs700.
If we don’t visit
Fishmarket once every
four weeks, it’s been a
bad month for us.
InterContinental
Abu Dhabi, 12.30pm
to 3pm, and 7pm
to 11pm. Tel: (02)
6666888. www.
ichotelgroups.com
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Armani Ristorante
Dubai’s first designer
hotel impresses with
its Italian fine dining
restaurant
e fashion world is all about glitz
and glamour, VIPs, presentation
and pretension – style over
substance. Isn’t it?
OK, so Giorgio Armani can
throw together a top suit, but
what does the man with the tan
know about food?
Well, the installation of eight
food and beverage outlets at
the much-hyped Armani Hotel
Dubai – three of them ne dining
establishments – suggests feeding
his guests, and feeding them well,
is a priority.
e great man is Italian, aer
all. And if there’s one thing the
Italians care about even more
than the clothes on their backs,
it’s the food on their plates.
We expected high prices and
showy dishes from the menu at
Armani Ristorante. Instead, chef
Alessandro Salvatico wowed us
with promises of rustic delights
from his homeland – veal liver
bruschetta, seafood soup, ravioli
lled with braised beef cheek and
pappardelle with rabbit ragout
– that although far from cheap,
aren’t impossibly exclusive.
And the restaurant itself is a
beauty. One of the chicest in a
town where chic is a must. Parts
of this designer property seem
drab, a tad lacking in something
– furniture, things to ll space –
and suering from Mr Armani’s
‘minimalist’ style. But Armani
Ristorante’s design is spot on. A
grey stone oor, esh coloured
blinds half raised to reveal a
wonderful view, cushioned
booths with overhanging lamps,
perfect lighting and several
occupied tables – even at 7pm.
And the food, down to earth
though it may be, was beautifully
prepared and presented by the
brigade of chefs – mostly fully-
edged Italians – gliding about
the central open kitchen, while
Salvatico himself – accompanied
by enthusiastic restaurant
manager Roberto Di Pierno
– hopped from table to table
peddling his culinary wares.
Steak tartare – an unusually
burly amuse bouche – was served
with a sweet pepper sauce and a
yolky quails egg which impressed
us from the o.
Cod brandade, a hearty
Ligurian dish, sometimes served
as a spread, was presented as a
delicate heap of shredded salty
cod blended with olive oil on a
bed of buttery, so polenta. We
scooped it up with a few hunks of
fresh olive bread.
Another starter, giant pink
prawns with cannellini beans and
Need to know
Location: Armani Hotel
Dubai
Tel: (04) 8883888
Web: www.dubai.
armanihotels.com
Open: midday to 3pm and
7pm to 11pm
Cuisine type: Italian
Must eat: saron risotto
Bill for two: Dhs850
turnip tops, was fresh and pretty
as a picture.
And then came the saron
risotto with ossobuco. Bulb
bright yellow rice blended with
a superior Parmigiano-Reggiano
and perfectly seasoned made
up the best risotto we’ve ever
tasted, while the chunks of
partially shredded slow-cooked
veal shank in a rich tomato
sauce – the Milanese ossobuco –
provided a tangy balance.
Herb crusted lamb rack was
as tender as the night. And
sweet pink tuna loin with a salty
olive and herb crust, served
with spinach purée and sautéed
chaterelles, represented a clever
synchronisation of avours.
We hear the desserts are not
to be missed, but we couldn’t
resist the cheese trolley. It wasn’t
“If there’s one thing the Italians care about even more than
the clothes on their backs, it’s the food on their plates”
a mistake. Creamy Gorgonzola
with a kick and magnicently
crumbly and salty Parmigiano-
Reggiano were the stars.
Salutations, Signore Armani.
Armani Ristorante is our new
favourite Italian.
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Kazu
The Yas Hotel’s
understated
Japanese holds
its own against its
much-hyped Dubai
counterparts
Kazu isn’t a restaurant name
that’ll have the paparazzi reaching
for their ashguns.
It doesn’t have a branch in
Beverley Hills or Manhattan, it’s not
owned by a legendary actor and you
won’t nd millionaire footballers
or pop stars posing at the bar. In
fact, it’s fair to say it distinctly lacks
celebrity status, despite being based
at the ultra-trendy Yas Hotel, Abu
Dhabi’s futuristic new landmark
stopover. And what better way to
get the glare of publicity shining
on the place than a Japanese
restaurant with a celebrity
following? It worked for Nobu at
the Atlantis in Dubai, right?
Maybe so, but head chef Yu Cao
seems determined to nd fame
for his restaurant through its food,
rather than the column inches it
generates in gossip magazines.
Cao, who ironically used to
work at e Bahamas branch of
Nobu, knows that minimalist
simplicity is the bedrock of good
Japanese cooking.
Take his sushi and sashimi. It’s
nothing more than superbly fresh,
well cut sh, quality rice, pickled
ginger and wasabi. Simple, healthy
and tasty.
e dishes from the robotayaki
grill – an old fashioned cooking
technique in which sh and meat
are grilled over charcoal – continue
the theme. We loved the skewered
wagyu simibiyaki beef chunks,
which were glazed with a warm
balsamic vinegar sauce, while
the kohisuji suminiyaki – two
succulent lamb chops doused in a
sweet and intense garlic miso – was
the pick of the menu. ey’re small,
so, like us, you’ll probably nd
yourself ordering a second serving,
but couple them with the skewered
beef chunks glazed with a warm
balsamic vinegar sauce and you’ll
leave happy.
Like the food, the simplicity
continues in the décor. e white,
clinical theme of the hotel is
interrupted by the bamboo rod
screens and the open kitchen in
the centre of the restaurant.
And although Kazu clearly isn’t
on the restaurant world’s A-list
yet, if quality of food is anything
to go by, it surely deserves its 15
minutes and then some.
Need to know
Location: The Yas Hotel, Yas
Island, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 6560600
Web: www.theyashotel.com
Open: 12.30pm to 3pm and
7pm to 11pm
Cuisine type: Japanese
Must eat: kohisuji suminiyaki
Bill for two: Dhs500
Meat lover? Visit
Hilton Dubai
Jumeirah’s
Pachanga
Churassco night
Pachanga
“Head chef Yu Cao knows that
minimalist simplicity is the bedrock
of good Japanese cooking”
How many pieces of
meat can you eat in
one sitting? It might
not be a question
you’ve often asked,
but should you ask
us we now know
the answer. And that
answer is, can you
believe, 28 – plus a little
nibble here and there that we
haven’t included.
Our slightly strange meat
conundrum was answered
at Pachanga’s Tuesday night,
Churassco. Churassco is a Brazilian
concept and, as with many ideas
from that part of the world,
involves big chunks of meat which
are delivered in a stream one after
the other. Probably not the best
place to take that vegatarian date.
Carved tableside from a large
metal skewer by one of a host of
jolly Pasadores – the purveyors
of 14 dierent cuts of beautifully
cooked animal protein – the
supply was seemingly never-
ending, including chicken, all
manner of beef cuts from rib eye
to sirloin, lamb… in fact, you name
it, Pachanga has probably speared
it and is ready to carve you a slice.
It’s extremely busy and while
the live music leaves a little to
be desired, Pachanga is a party,
so expect lots of merriment and
meat. Lots and lots of meat. We’d
advise those hungry for esh – or
competitive eating, anyway – to
keep Tuesdays free. Just make sure
you’re hungry – 28 is a big number
to beat…
Need to know
Location: Hilton Dubai
Jumeirah
Tel: (04) 3182530
Web: www1.hilton.com
Open: Tues 7pm to 11.30pm
Cuisine type: Brazilian
Must eat: meat, meat and
more meat
Bill for two: Dhs700
(excluding drinks)
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P.O.Box 42211, Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 4 2232222, Fax +971 4 2278222, www.tajhotels.com
*Subject to 20% service charge and municipality fees
Biryani Festival at Handi
for Aed 99/- per person*
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James Brennan knows
food. Having written
on everything from
bhajis to burgers for a
string of international
publications, James is
now the Middle East
chairman of the World’s
50 Best Restaurants
judging panel
“THERE’S A
BURGEONING
SCENE FOR
LOCALLY
SOURCED
INGREDIENTS
THAT’S
MAKING
EXCITED
LOCAVORES
AS FLUSHED
AS AN
ORGANIC
STRAWBERRY”
THE CRITIC
It was once dismissed as the
“stinking whale”. But when the
Danish restaurant Noma topped
the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best
Restaurants list a few weeks ago,
it heralded a new order in the
world of gastronomy.
ose molecular morsels
at Ferran Adria's El Bulli and
Heston Blumenthal’s e Fat
Duck were outdone by the
simpler, more natural cuisine of
René Redzepi, whose restaurant
– a converted whale-blubber
warehouse in Copenhagen –
serves only seasonal ingredients
that are locally sourced. Forget
culinary foams and foie gras
frozen in liquid nitrogen, the
long-simmering trend for local
ingredients is now at boiling
point thanks to Noma.
But where does that leave us
in the UAE? ankfully, in a
much better place than we used
to be. Once upon a time, if a chef
needed a decent tomato he had
to get on the phone to Holland or
Italy. Practically everything worth
eating had to be own in from
around the globe in what could
be described as the world’s biggest
take-out. But a recent mini
explosion of organic farms, farm
shops and farmers markets in the
UAE might just change all that.
OK, you’re not going to get
your arm ripped o by a ying
cauliower or have to dodge a
deluge of lettuce shrapnel any
time soon, so perhaps explosion
is the wrong word. But it’s easy
to get carried away with what’s
been happening on the local food
front. Where once the UAE’s
larder for high-quality local food
was as barren and moth-ridden
as Birmingham City Football
Club's trophy cabinet, now there’s
a burgeoning scene for locally
sourced ingredients that’s making
excited locavores as ushed as
an organic strawberry.
e Nazwa Organic Farm
o the Dubai-Hatta Road
gained ocial certication last
year. Now it sells fresh local
produce through its recently
opened Umm Suqeim store,
and makes regular deliveries to
the Arabian Ranches. Mazaara
organic farm in Al Ain grows
such diverse crops as maize,
mangoes and aubergines, and
will be ocially opened in the
autumn. Meanwhile, Baker &
Spice restaurant in Dubai’s Souk
Al Bahar set up its very own
farmers' market in April, which
will resume aer the summer.
But it’s not just everyday
punters who are beneting from
the local food movement in the
UAE. Top chefs like Scott Price
at Verre by Gordon Ramsay are
examining local farms with a view
to cutting back on imports and
reducing their carbon footprint.
And since there were no UAE
restaurants on the 50 Best list this
year, perhaps going local is what’s
needed to put the UAE back on
the culinary map. It certainly
worked for the stinking whale.
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modern japanese restaurant and lounge
dubai marine beach resort & spa po box 5182, jumeirah dubai, u.a.e. tel: +9714 346111 fax: +9714 3541023 www.sho-cho.com
souk qaryat al beri (shangri la hotel) po box 95150 between the bridges abu dhabi, uae tel:+9712 5581117 fax: +9712 5581119
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Cultural differences
are put aside at
the Park Rotana’s
new international
restaurant
In this cosmopolitan country we
live in, in many ways it’s pretty
much a given that restaurants
would want to appeal to people of
various creeds and cultures.
But these admirable sentiments
oen lead to disaster. We’ve had
the misfortune to eat in some
restaurants where the food has been
such an insult to the cuisine it's
purporting to be, it's more likely to
start World War ree than unite us
with our fellow man.
ankfully Teatro is by no
means one of these. In Dubai, its
restaurant at the Tower Rotana
Hotel has been happily serving
for more than a decade and is
something of an institution in
the city.
And its new opening at the Park
Rotana in Abu Dhabi deserves to
achieve the same longevity.
On rst glance, it could be
mistaken for an Italian. But the
Italian name and the opera masks
lining the walls are a red herring.
Indian, Chinese, Western steaks,
ai and Japanese sushi are all
featured in the extensive menu.
at’s not to say Italian food
doesn’t gure large. And the
wood-baked, topping heavy
pizzas were incredibly moreish,
as was the steamed hammour
llet with a handmade linguini
and doused in a sauce brimming
with halved cherry tomatoes and
herbs.
But the place really comes into
its own with its Asian selection.
e ai Tom Ka Kai soup – an
intense chicken soup in which
the overbearing avours of the
chillies were mellowed by the cool
coconut milk – should be the way
to launch your meal.
From the choice of mains, the
Chinese chilli beef was outstanding.
e meat was crisped to a tee and
served in a ery chilli sauce that
delivered a hey uppercut to our
taste buds.
e dessert menu, unfortunately,
was laden with the clichéd tiramisu
and chocolate fondants. But an
unusual addition was the sweet
miso soup, a creamy, rice-based
soup swimming with wild berries
and marshmallow pieces. Choose
this as a refreshing nale to your
globetrotting culinary experience.
Teatro
Need to know
Location: Park Rotana Hotel,
Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 6573333
Web: www.rotana.com
Open: 6pm to 1am
Cuisine type: international
Must eat: crispy chilli beef
Bill for two: Dhs450
The restaurant's Italian name
and the opera masks lining
the walls are a red herring
THREE FOR THE
PRICE OF ONE
A few months ago
we enjoyed our rst
‘progressive’ dinner at
Radisson Blu Yas Island
– starter in one restaurant, main
in second, desert in a third. Now,
Radisson Blu in Deira is oering an
Asian progressive dinner, giving
you the chance to eat Asian fusion
at Yum, Japanese at Sumibiya and
Chinese at The China Club. We
think it’s a snip atDhs150 for just
food or Dhs220 with beverages.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai
Deira Creek, Dubai, 7.30pm to
11.30pm, daily. Tel: (04) 2057333.
www.radissonblu.com
BLADES’ RUNNER
We’re big fans of Al
Badia Golf Club. We
enjoy a round on the
beautiful course, the
ve-star changing
room facilities, a juicy
steak at Terra Firma (best
steakhouse in Dubai), even the
odd mocktail on the Spikes
balcony. But not satised with all
that, Asian fusion restaurant Blades
has launched a new weekend
brunch (Fri and Sat) – and it’s just
Dhs199. Hole in one.
Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival
City, Dubai, Fri and Sat midday to
3pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 7011128.
www.albadiagolfclub.ae
PRECIOUS MOMENTS
OK, there’s good news
and bad news. Bad
news rst – Pearls &
Caviar’s cool upstairs
alfresco bar will very
soon be closed down
for the duration of the
summer. Good news, however,
is that the super-cool downstairs
restaurant has just started a Friday
brunch, with freshly cooked
seafood and quality champagne.
That’s our Fridays sorted then.
Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Qaryat
Al Beri, Between The Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 with
champagne, Dhs199 without. Tel:
(02) 5098888. www.shangri-la.com
The UAE culinary
world is serving up
a feast of events
this month
On the
menu
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TAKE FIVE
Where’s the best place to take your afternoon tea? On
your behalf, we went in search of afternoon delight
There’s a need for more
savoury, though the mini
brioche rolls and vol
au vents were superb.
Scones, cakes, doughnuts
and a chunk of Victoria
sponge to finish things
off. 6/10
An pot of English
breakfast protected by an
entertainingly kitsch tea
cosy. There were several
appealing alternatives, but
not enough to delight tea
aficionados. 7/10
One of our favourite
places for spot of
breakfast or lunch at the
weekend. Fountain-side
at Souk Al Bahar and a
commitment to organic,
local produce. 8/10
A decent cuppa, but it
is the beautiful scones
with homemade jam and
fresh cream that do it for
us. 6/10
Dhs145 for two. Not bad
at all. 8/10
The perfect place to relax
and recuperate after a hard
day on the sand or with
hundreds of shopping
bags in your hands. And it
won’t unduly worry your
accountant, either.
35/50
Souk Al Bahar, Old
Town, Dubai, 3pm to
6pm, Dhs145 for two.
Tel: (04) 4252240. www.
bakerandspiceme.com
Four courses with scones
and madeleines to start,
sandwiches, cakes and
then pastries. Portions are
dainty but the choice is
fantastic, and each person
gets their own mini feast.
9/10
Practically all the tea in
China, with a staggering 24
different varieties on the
menu. The caramel tea was
the perfect partner for the
cake course. 10/10
The lobby lounge at The
Address Dubai Mall, but it
couldn’t be further from
the nearby foodcourt
madness. Big chairs and
elegant staff, but not a lot
of atmosphere. 7/10
It would have to be either
the salted caramel and
raspberry macaron, or
the tiny blue-fin tuna
sandwich. 8/10
Dhs125 per person, but it’s
well worth it. 9/10
Gorgeous, gorgeous,
gorgeous. From the
individual tea-warmers
to the glass boxes each
course is served in, this is
a stylish way to spend an
afternoon.
43/50
The Address Dubai Mall,
Dubai., 3pm to 6pm,
Dhs125. Tel: (04) 4388888.
www.theaddress.com
A tier of three plates
filled with enough food
to last you for breakfast,
lunch and dinner.
Delicious salmon and
beef sandwiches, scones,
pastries and cakes. 9/10
The Emirates Palace serves
23 different kinds of organic
tea, from Moroccan mint to
Darjeeling. We chose Earl
Grey and the fragrant brew
was up there with the best
teas we’ve ever had. 10/10
The café sits in the
excessively decadent
lobby of the Emirates
Palace. If this doesn’t
impress your dining
companion, nothing will.
9/10
We couldn’t get enough
of the crumbly scones,
served with three choices
of jam with some solid
clotted cream. 9/10
Dhs195, but you’d expect
luxury of this level to hit
your wallet harder. 7/10
You can’t get a classier
high tea than that served
at London’s famous The
Ritz hotel. But the Emirates
Palace’s version comes
mighty close.
44/50
Le Café,
Emirates Palace, Abu
Dhabi, 2pm to 6pm,
Dhs195. Tel: (02) 6909000.
www.emiratespalace.com
Three plates packed
with sarnies, cream buns,
toasted teacakes and
scones. It’s more than
enough to cure your mid-
afternoon hunger pangs.
9/10
Choose from coffee,
Darjeeling or Earl Grey. You
get a fair-sized pot for all
of the choices, but none
of the beverages were
anything special. 6/10
A nice, cosy café tucked
away above a furniture
store. There’s plenty
of comfy leather sofas
should you want to
lounge around for a few
hours. 7/10
The chocolate fudge cake
was so good we could
have eaten a whole plate
of it. 8/10
Dhs38 for one person
or Dhs60 for two is an
undisputed bargain. 9/10
A relaxed afternoon tea
that won’t leave you
broke.
39/50
Sheikh Zayed The First
Street, Khalidiyah, Abu
Dhabi, 3pm to 6pm,
Dhs38. Tel: (02) 6816500.
www.theoneplanet.com
It’s your classic tier-style
serving, with a mix of
sandwiches on top,
savoury pastries below,
and biscuits and cakes
below that. The whole
thing is then rounded off
with scones and jam. 7/10
You name it, it’s available.
The choice of both teas and
coffee is very impressive
– the black oolong was
outstanding – and the whole
thing starts with a cheeky
glass of Champers. 8/10
High up in one of the
Emirates’most iconic
buildings. It’s hard not to feel
a little special. Unluckily, it
was one of the mistiest days
of the year on our visited but
still... the Burj rocks. 9/10
Would have been the view,
but thanks to the weather,
we’ll go for the drive up.
7/10
Dhs395 each. Ouch. 5/10
While the food's nice, it's
not life changing – what
you're paying for here is
the experience. Take your
mum when she visits, she'll
love it.
37/50
Burj Al Arab, Beach Road,
Jumeirah, Dubai, 1pm
to 4pm, Dhs395. Tel: (04)
3017777. www.jumeirah.
com
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Fantasy Islands
The What’s On Awards – the
UAE’s biggest and most
respected entertainment awards
– hits Dubai this November, and
as always you choose which
restaurants, bars and events take
home the coveted gongs. But
it’s not just the award-winners
that can scoop a prize – this
year, everyone that votes for their
favourite outlets and events will
be automatically entered into a
competition to win a five-night
holiday in the tropical paradise
that is the Maldives. The lucky
winner will be flown from Dubai
to the amazing Four Seasons
hotel on the remote Landaa
Giraavaru resort for two nights,
before spending three nights
on the incredible Kuda Huraa
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THE ACCOMMODATION
There can be few more relaxing
hotels in the world than the
two Four Seasons Resorts in the
Maldives. Both are on their own
private islands, giving guests an
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Four Seasons Resort Maldives
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villas, all overlooking a spectacular
turquoise lagoon with its coral
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beaches, restaurants and spa, this
is a self-contained paradise for
holidaymakers looking to get away
from the stresses of modern life.
Meanwhile, the Four Seasons
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is also based on its own private
island and consists of 96
waterside bungalows. The idyllic
resort resembles an island village,
with shops, restaurants and spas
within walking distance of the
bungalows.
And once you’ve completely
relaxed and unwound, why not
sign up for a diving, water sports
or surng course?
If this sounds far too energetic,
just recline on a sun lounger or
swim in the warm waters of the
Indian Ocean.
CUISINE
Both Four Seasons hotels are
home to some of the best ne
dining restaurants in the whole of
the Maldives.
The islands have long been a
crossroads for travellers from as
far a eld as Europe, Arabia and
India, and the restaurants reect
their global appeal.
On Landaa Giraavaru, make
sure you eat at Blu. With a
stunning location overlooking
a 2km-long lagoon and beach,
this ne dining restaurant
serves contemporary Italian
cuisine. Meanwhile, alfresco
spot Al Barakat oers a taste of
the Middle East, specialising in
Lebanese and Moroccan food.
Kuda Huraa has equally
impressive dining options, from
the Indian Baraabaru Restaurant
to the classical Italian Reef Club.
BOAT TRIPS
The calm, azure seas surrounding
the Maldives are just waiting to be
discovered. There’s no better way
than on the Four Seasons Explorer
private yacht. The 39-metre, three-
deck catamaran boasts 11 rooms,
all with king-size beds and wall-
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to-wall carpeting. There’s even a
dining room on the upper deck.
The vessel is also tted with
the latest technology, such as
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The boat sets sail from the Four
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and atolls of the area. Along the
way, guests can snorkel in the
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the world drift by.
WILDLIFE
The Maldives is a nature lover’s
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The Four Seasons Resort
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Other islands are enclosed
by huge coral reefs, teeming
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whale sharks and manta rays. An
afternoon snorkelling through
the reefs will be one of the most
amazing experiences of your life.
Sadly, the reefs are under threat
by pollution and global warming,
so the Four Seasons resorts are
actively involved in replanting
coral to rebuild the battered reefs.
With international projects to
conserve the manta rays, whale
sharks and sea turtles, the islands’
rare wildlife is being given a
massive survival boost.
AYURVEDIC CENTRE AND SPA
Should you want to take
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level, visit the Ayurvedic Retreat
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The centre oers treatments
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Whatever you choose, you can
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The spa’s signature treatments
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Life in the Projects
As one of the UAE’s most prestigious galleries, The Third Line
has been flying the flag for Middle Eastern art for the past
five years. As they prepare to launch an experimental new
project space, co-director Claudia Cellini talks to What’s
On about moving forward while going back to their roots
Tell us about Projects – what were the
thoughts behind setting it up?
e ird Line is ve years old now. It’s been
a really thrilling, exhausting, interesting ve
years for us. I think when we started out we
had an opportunity for experimentation and
to look at trying to establish our artists and
getting them introduced to the market and
getting a critical cognisance around their
work. Now, ve years on I think that we’re
– I don’t want to sound boastful – but we’re
pleased for them and for ourselves. I think
that we’re excited to return to the element
that allows us to go back to experimentation
or maybe a space both for our artists and dif-
ferent, younger members of the community
to participate in.
So in a sense this is an opportunity for
the gallery to go back to its roots?
We’ve thought about expanding and having
more space for a long time, and with the sort
of boom in the UAE and Dubai especially,
everything nancially became way out of
our reach; it became too expensive to take
too many chances. e downturn has had a
few benets in that it’s allowed everybody
to slow down a bit but it’s also allowed us to
look a little bit more creatively at our own
programme and how we’re able to do things.
e rst year it’s going to focus on people
working within the UAE – budding artists
making bodies of work that are smaller;
perhaps they’re not ready for a full solo
show; perhaps their ideas are half-developed.
We’re oering a project space that’s perhaps
less intimidating than trying to come up with
something that lls a huge area, but it’s a
place to capture smaller bodies of work
as well.
Is it an indication of how the art scene in
the city is developing that there’s room
for such experimentation?
I think so, yeah. I think that part of what we
do there is also for our own entertainment
if you will, so part of it is that we’re really
excited to develop it. e other part is, I think
there’s an interest in seeing more complicated
programming, at least in Dubai, and that’s
quite exciting. We’ve approached a couple of
people that we know make work and said to
them: “is is the space – come have a look
at it. What are you working on now, what are
you wanting to develop? Is it suitable for this
smaller venue?”
Does the development of initiatives like
Projects show that people are becoming
interested in things other than big-name
blockbuster shows?
Yeah, denitely, and maybe there’s something
about reaching dierent people. If we had ve
spaces and a small lump sum of money we
could programme the heck out of it. ere
are tons of dierent artists or ideas to be
represented, it’s just that we don’t have spaces
and we don’t really have grants or any sort of
funding structures to help produce them [in
the UAE] so this is sort of an opportunity for
us to do things on a smaller scale, if you will.
Projects takes place upstairs in The Third
Line’s existing space – why not move
elsewhere?
e area is upstairs, above the main gallery
in what was previously our oce space,
which we’ve now moved. It didn’t make
sense to divide up that new space – we
wanted something that would enhance what
we already had. And for visitors, it’s great
to be able to experience two separate things
in one space. We’re even looking now at our
2011 plans and at how some projects that
we’ll slot in there will be able to interact with
the main space and vice versa. I think the
rst year will focus on work developed in
the UAE and then aer that, we’re not really
sure at the direction we’ll go in; I think we’ll
take direction from what happens over the
next six months. Mainly, we want to see how
it goes from here. When I rst met Sunny
[Rahbar, co-director of the gallery] here she
was curating shows that involved local art
practitioners and it still remains a big inter-
est of hers – nding younger talent, nding
really great work that hasn’t had an opportu-
nity to be presented. It’s an exciting time for
all of us.
The Third Line, behind Spinneys warehouse,
Al Quoz 3, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3411367. www.
thethirdline.com
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To market, to market...
More reasons to visit Bastakiya this
month – head down to the pretty
courtyard of the Majlis Gallery
before the worst of the summer’s
heat kicks in for its Majlis Market.
It’s not strictly conned to ‘art’ as
such, but there will be plenty of
prints and canvases to peruse along
with selected crafts, jewellery and
hand-blocked Indian textiles, with
cakes and other sweet treats there
to keep the energy levels up while
you browse. And there’s always the
gallery itself to explore, of course,
should you wish to make a morning
or afternoon of it.
Jun 5, Majlis Gallery, Al Musalla
roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai,
free. Tel: (04) 3536233. www.
themajlisgallery.com
Now, we don’t generally need a reason to visit the
delightful XVA Gallery – their excellent exhibition roster
and cool courtyard is rationale enough. For those of you
who do need a gentle incentive to wend your way through
Bastakiya’s walled alleyways, however, this latest wheeze
from the gallery should get the motivational juices owing.
The gallery’s current show is a trio of solo exhibitions by
three female artists with very dierent practices – Dubai-
based US artist Julia Townsend presents her slightly surreal
humorous paintings in Things That Go In, Out, Back, Up And
Around; Suzanne Kanatsiz plays with classical Arabic form
in Writing The Written; while emerging Sri Lankan abstract
artist Anoma Wijewardene reects on nature and the
manmade in Earth, Rise Within Us. Presumably it’s the latter
artist who has inspired the aforementioned incentive to
visit – the chance to win a three-night stay at the boutique
Kahanda Kanda hotel in Galle, Sri Lanka. Simply drop your
business card in when you visit the show and you’ll be in
with a chance to win. Sorted.
Until Jun 9, XVA Gallery, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, Dubai, free. Tel:
(04) 3535383. www.xvagallery.com
Save the date
Yes, we know, November feels
a long way away now, but you
know what it’s like – before you
know it, it’ll be Ramadan, then
ve metaphorical minutes later
you’ll be ringing in the New
Year, so better early than not
at all, we say. In that spirit, get
your diary out and make a big
red mark over November 5 to
7 – the just-conrmed date for
the second edition of last year’s
hugely successful Abu Dhabi Art.
Last year saw some of the biggest
names in the international art
world bring their galleries and
artists to the fair, alongside the best
emerging work from the Middle
East. With a full programme of talks,
events and exhibitions still yet
to be announced, 2010 promises
to be another winner – let the
countdown begin.
www.abudhabiartfair.ae
Eye on the prize
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Five to see
Å
A STORY OF ISLAMIC EMBROIDERY IN
NOMADIC AND URBAN TRADITIONS
We’re just going to keep on plugging this one until you go – now
into its second month, this look at the history and signicance of
textiles within Middle Eastern craft and culture is a must-see.
Until Jul 28, Gallery One, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02)
6908207. www.artsabudhabi.ae
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THAT
SHIMMERING
BEAST
Not, you might be forgiven
for thinking, an animal of
land or sea, but the shifting,
mercurial essence of our
cities and the echoes of
those who inhabit them as
captured by photographers
Virgilio Ferreira, Mehrdad
Naraghi and Miyuki
Okuyama.
Jun 8 to Jul 4, The Empty
Quarter, Bldg 2, Gate
Village, DIFC, Dubai, free.
Tel: (04) 3231210. www.
theemptyquarter.com
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ART FOR ALL
Vibrant group show
featuring international
artists from South Africa
to Vietnam as well as India
and Pakistan. Also showing
is Cynthia ‘Reta’ Richards’
latest exhibition of work,
Blooming Artitudes.
Until Jun 24, Art Couture
Gallery, Al Fattan Towers,
The Walk, Jumeirah Beach
Residence, Dubai, free.
Tel: (04) 3994331. www.
artcoutureuae.com
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CONNECTING HEAVENS
Last chance to catch this group show featuring several of the most
interesting emerging artists from Lebanon. We’re particularly
smitten with Tagreed Darghouth’s glimpse into her culture’s passion
for plastic surgery, but there’s plenty more to see.
May 8 to Jun 15, Green Art Gallery, Villa 23, 51st Street, Jumeirah,
Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3449888. www.gagallery.com
Å
DIARY OF THE FUTURE
Lara Baladi documents the nal months of her father’s life
through the ritual and pattern of coee drinking, the process of
which marked seven months of worry, connection and, nally,
bereavement. Both restrained and beautiful, this is powerful stu.
Until Jun 10, IVDE Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, free. Tel:
(04) 3235052. www.ivde.net
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SHOPPING
AMOUAGE
Much like Marmite, you either
love or hate Arabian scents. For
some, they evoke heady nights
of exoticism, for others, they just
mean a headache. Regardless,
the best come from Amouage,
an Omani fragrance house which
stays true to its local roots, so
you’ll nd no celeb perfumes here.
These luxurious, iconic products
make wonderful souvenirs and
a trip to the new store is an
education in itself.
The Dubai Mall, Dubai, Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm, Thurs to Sat 10am
to midnight. Tel: (04) 3308184.
www.amouage.com
BILLIONAIRE ITALIAN
COUTURE
If you’re on the search for high-
end menswear (and by high-end
we mean downright swank) then
Billionaire Italian Couture could be
for you. Far from subtle – what do
you expect from Flavio Briatore?
– the store is full of animal prints,
ne fabrics and belt buckles
emblazoned with ‘Billionaire’. It’s all
very Dubai, and as far from street
style as you can get, but perfect
for a night at Cavalli Club.
The Dubai Mall, Dubai, Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm, Thurs to Sat 10am
to midnight. Tel: (04) 4341223.
www.billionairedubai.com
Which new shops will
relieve you of your
dirhams this month?
New
Openings
Temperley London
Alice Temperley, the queen of the British fashion scene, has just opened a branch of her eponymous
boutique in Abu Dhabi. Her colourful hand-embellished evening gowns are the red carpet favourites for
A-listers such as Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Charlize Theron. And these frocks, as well
as knitwear, cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories, are all about bringing the feel-good factor back into
fashion. With boutiques in London, New York, LA and Dubai, Temperley’s foray into Abu Dhabi has clearly
boosted the city’s fashion credentials.
Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thurs 10am to 11pm, Fri 2pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6810926. www.
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MIND & BODY
His ‘n’ hers
We explore a watery wonderland and discover relaxation at Atlantis
His
Hers
TALK US THROUGH IT...
First, you can’t help but be
wowed by the grand staircase
and stunning oating walkway,
before you’re then taken to an
underwater themed treatment
room. en there’s an almond and
coconut body scrub, green tea and
herb wrap, full body massage and
Express Radiance facial.
THE BEST BIT?
During the wrap you’re cocooned
in warm towels and treated to a
head massage – no cold Clinglm
or being abandoned for 20
minutes here.
ANY AWKWARD MOMENTS?
I’ve become incapable of staying
awake during massages. Aer
the scrub I was just one smooth-
skinned narcoleptic.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
Black and papery with elasticated
leg holes. Not a winning look but
comfy enough.
SLEEP FACTOR?
See above. You might be able
to sneak in a little nap in the
relaxation lounge, too.
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
is is the ideal treatment if
you’re getting ready for a big
TALK US THROUGH IT...
The menu said exfoliation and
a silt clay wrap followed by
a soak in the tub and a deep
tissue massage. We enjoyed a
hydro bath to loosen us up, an
exfoliating scrub, a seaweed
wrap and a deep tissue massage.
Extremely pleasurable, but they
might want to work on their
descriptions.
THE BEST BIT?
When the lid was closed over
the bubbling hydro bath and I
was le cocooned in steam and
dazzled by colourful lights, I felt
like Sigourney Weaver in her
Avatar pod. And, I assure you, it’s
not oen I feel like a hot middle-
aged woman.
ANY AWKWARD MOMENTS?
As my perky therapist slopped
on the seaweed gloop, he uttered
the condence boosting line,
“you look just like the Hulk… Or
Shrek”. Charming.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
Disposable board shorts. I’d wear
them on the beach if they weren’t
so loose around the merchandise.
SLEEP FACTOR?
Zero. ere’s far too much going
on to snooze. I did daydream about
having serious words with John
Lithgow regarding his treatment of
the gingerbread men, mind.
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
Shrek, e Hulk, Sigourney
Weaver and adventurous souls in
search of so skin and something
a little bit dierent.
HOW MUCH AND HOW LONG?
Dhs1,020 for one hour and 40
minutes.
night out – you’ll be fresh-faced,
glowing and feeling like royalty.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
Dhs1,380 for two hours and
20 minutes of princess-style
pampering.
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MIND & BODY
92 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
Slim with us!
I could write a litany of excuses.
An ode to procrastination. Justi-
fy. Explain. Defend. But it really
just comes down to this: I moved
house this month and haven’t
tried hard enough to lose weight.
And furniture shopping is much
more fun than running in 36
degree heat. Not to mention how
time-consuming playing house
is – have you ever been to the
DEWA oce?
Unfortunately, I can’t see the
diet situation getting better –
living with two other people can
force you to up your game a little
on the healthy food front, but
now I’m going solo I have visions
of eating golden syrup o a
spoon and surviving on toast. If
no-one sees it doesn’t count.
However, in the name of
research, I started Bikram yoga
at Club Stretch and it has kept
me sane during the dark days
of waiting for IKEA to show
up. e ‘hot yoga’ sessions were
attributed to Madonna’s frankly
terrifying arms so I was looking
forward to checking out my
fellow classmates and their veiny
limbs. ere were, of course, a
smattering of super-bendy types
but it wasn’t as intimidating as
you’d think. It was, however, as
hot as Ravi’s in August in the
studio.
Each class lasts 90 minutes
and you are taken through 26
postures and two breathing
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Our disastrous dieter
turns up the heat
with a month of
Bikram yoga
exercises – standing then on the
mat. It can’t be over-emphasised
how dicult it is to focus, bal-
ance and use strength in the
43 degree heat. Also, I have
what the French call ‘il y a du
monde au balcon’ (translation:
the whole world on the balcony
or, if you prefer, a large chest)
and some of the postures are
near impossible. My favourite
is number 13 – Savasana, or
‘corpse pose’. is involves lying
on your back while mentally
pleading with the instructor to
open the studio door just an
inch so some delicious cool air
can creep in.
e point of the heat is to
warm your muscles properly
so your exibility is increased
and you’re less likely to injure
yourself. It’s also an ecient way
to tick ‘taste own sweat’ o your
bucket list. Yes, you sweat. A lot.
Aer the rst class I had to sit
in the car with the AC on for 20
minutes before I felt physically
capable of driving. Recovery
time is swi though, and most
people (thankfully myself in-
cluded) get a great natural high
aerwards, with sleep patterns
improving and skin looking
brighter too. at may be due
to the fact you neck water like a
parched possum.
What was particularly surpris-
ing was the addictive nature
of Bikram, and I found myself
thinking about classes a lot, drag-
ging friends along and chirping
about ‘how amaaaaazing you feel
aerwards’ only to get glower-
ing looks as sweat dripped of the
ends of their noses. It’s a little
cultish and something I would do
again – maybe taking instructor
Brian’s suggestion and doing a ‘30
Day Challenge’ with a class every
day for a month. In the mean-
time though, there are boxes to
unpack.
Club Stretch, Al Mina Road,
Satwa, Dubai, Dhs70 per class or
Dhs100 for a week of unlimited
classes (first-timers only). Tel: (04)
3452131. www.clubstretch.aw
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94 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
The ancient arts of
healing from the
Philippines makes
its debut at the
Shangri-La Qaryat Al
Beri’s Chi Spa
Over in the Philippines, the
manghihilot was a part-mystic-
cum-part-doctor type who, until
the advent of modern medicine,
was the go-to guy for pretty
much any illness.
Using a combination of
chanting, herbal concoctions
and massage, he was, suppos-
edly, able to identify and cure
whatever ailed you. The Chi
Spa’s interpretation of this
traditional massage may have,
thankfully, ditched the chanting
and spiritual side of the treat-
ment, but it’s still based on the
manghihilot’s tried and tested
technique of massaging various
pressure points dotted around
your body.
Philippine Hilot Massage
Fisho Fish Spa
“ink of it as reexology on
your whole body, rather than just
your feet,” our masseur Dev tells
us as we arrive.
So, using coconut oil to in-
crease the heat from his hands,
Dev gets to work on us. is is far
from being one of those sublime-
ly relaxing massages where you’ll
dri o into a peaceful slumber.
Expect a bit of pain as the thera-
pist prods and kneads away at
your esh. But it was worth it.
Lower back pain has always
been our Achilles heel, so to
speak. And so Dev spent 30 min-
utes digging his thumbs into the
small of our back and massaging
the surrounding area. It hurt a
bit, but aerwards all traces of
our spine problems had appar-
ently been eliminated. Only time
will tell whether this has been a
long-term x to our backache,
but so far so good.
Chi Spa, Shangri-La Qaryat Al
Beri, Abu Dhabi, Dhs700 for 90
minutes. Tel: (02) 5098888. www.
shangri-la.com
Feeding the fish – with your feet – at
Wild Wadi
Fish Spa? What’s this all
about?
Feet cleaning using live sh.
I’m sorry, feet cleaning using
what?
Live sh. It couldn't be simpler.
Aer giving your feet a thorough
clean, roll up your trousers and dip
them into a tank full of tiny sh.
What on earth would that do?
Well, once in the water, dozens
of toothless Garra Rua swarm
around your toes and begin to
nibble away at the dead skin.
Wow, that sounds weird.
Well, the sight of your feet
disappearing in a cloud of little
black sh can be a bit unnerving,
but that’s nothing compared to
the tickling sensation you feel
when they start to do their thing.
ankfully this soon subsides and
what’s described as a micro-mas-
sage, which is sort of like an ever
so slight electric current pulsing
through you feet and lower legs,
replaces the awkward tingling.
Is it relaxing?
It is quite relaxing, really, despite
the fact you're sweating it out in the
middle of a crowded water park.
How long does all this take?
e sh are done in about 15
minutes and the results are in-
stant. Your feet feel smoother and
soer, with almost all of the un-
sightly patches of tough old skin
being eaten away. e sh also
clean out the pores on your feet,
removing dead cells and improv-
ing blood circulation. Bonus.
Fisho Fish Spa, Wild Wadi, Dubai,
Dhs40, Dhs30 for children. Tel (04)
3484444. www.fisho-spa.com
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JUNE 2010 WHAT’S ON 95
Spa Deals
AL ASALLA SPA
Take an aromatic journey at Dubai Ladies Club this month. Choose
the Decleor massage that best suits your needs (choose from
Relax, Flow, Detox or Tonic) and you’ll get a free 15-minute paran
wax treatment for your hands, plus ten per cent o Decleor
products. The massages use acupressure to soothe and invigorate
and costs Dhs695 for non-members (two hours and 15 minutes).
Al Asalla Spa, Dubai Ladies Club, Beach Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3499922
LIME SPA
Freshen up with the spa at Desert Palm. During June you get
a free 30-minute Anne Semonin body exfoliation when you
experience the earth clay cocoon treatment (Dhs480) and can
enjoy complimentary access to the swimming pool and tness
studio when you book any spa treatment.
Lime Spa, Desert Palm, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3238888
THAI PRIVILEGE SPA
The ladies at TPS have gone discount crazy. As part of Dubai
Summer Surprises, from June 17 you’ll get a whopping 50 per
cent o spa treatments and 30 per cent o
salon services. Plus, from June 1 to 16, if
you book two spa sessions you’ll get one
free at this Al Wasl Road hideaway.
Thai Privilege Spa, 1047 Uttamah Villas,
Al Wasl Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3489679
Your guide to the best discounts
in Spa Land this month
Take this page to Natural Elements spa at Le
Meridien Dubai and you’ll get 50 per cent o
the High Performance Facial treatment (usually
Dhs650 for 90 minutes) and the Deluxe Manicure or
Pedicure (normally priced at Dhs180 and Dhs200).
For more information, call the spa on (04) 2170000
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96 WHAT’S ON JUNE 2010
ecial, if fat loss is your goal. Look to add
more resistance training into your workout,
perhaps alternating upper and lower body
exercises with relatively short rest periods.
Another aspect to address is your nutri-
tion. Fat storage around the gut tends to be
linked to insulin sensitivity as well as high
levels of the hormone cortisol. Make sure
that you are consuming foods low on the
glycemic index and that have a low glycemic
load as well as getting to bed at a reasonable
time and having a good nights sleep.
Mr Fitness
Our resident exercise guru
James Houghton answers your
health and fitness questions.
I’ve just started going to the gym and
I would like to get my body, especially
my arms, in good shape. Could you
recommend a few exercises that
would help a beginner?
Adam, The Greens, Dubai

As you are new to the gym, I would sug-
gest that you begin with a higher volume
of repetitions and a lower weight, a phase
of strength endurance. is will allow
your connective tissue (muscles, ligaments
and tendons) to adapt to the new stresses.
You should also experience some pretty
good strength gains in the rst few weeks
as your neurological system will become
more ecient at the new patterns you are
using, so don’t be afraid to increase the
weights accordingly. As for exercises, look
to bicep curls, hammer curls and reverse
curls to hit the dierent muscles of the bi-
ceps. For triceps, dips, if you can manage
them, are awesome as well as lying tricep
extensions and to add a bit of denition to
the shoulders, lateral raises and overhead
presses will do the trick.
I’m a 30-year-old man who is pretty t
(I did the RAK half marathon without
much bother) but I have a bit of a gut.
What’s the best way to shift it? Sit-ups?
Darren, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi

Firstly, let me congratulate you on complet-
ing the RAK half marathon. However,
contrary to popular belief endless amounts
of sit-ups are not going to shi the gut. I
would look at the type of training you are
doing and whether it is conducive to fat
loss. As strange as it sounds, marathon
training doesn’t tend to be particularly ben-
What essential bits of tness kit do I
need in my gym bag?
Karina, DIFC, Dubai

To answer this question I’ll give you three
of the essentials that I tend to carry around
in my gym bag. Number one is my foam
roller. I use this pre and post-workout for
mobility and regeneration work and to
ensure that I release any restrictions that
I may have, which could limit my ranges
of movement in training as well as lead to
injury. ink of it as a quick and simple
massage technique. Second, I have my
skipping rope, which I use for active iso-
lated stretching. It is also an excellent tool
for warming up as well as conditioning.
Finally, I have my post workout nutritional
drink, which usually consists of a mixture
of carbohydrate and protein in a 2:1 ratio in
order to maximise and speed up the body’s
recovery process from training. It’s getting hot outside – is it safe to do
my normal twice-weekly laps of Safa
Park with the temperature creeping up?
Sunil, Jumeirah, Dubai

As long as you are used to running in the
heat then I would say that continuing to
do so in the heat of the summer is safe. It
is important though that you ensure your
Got a tness
question for
James?
E-mail
editor-wo@motivate.ae
What Mr Fitness James Houghton
doesn't know about staying healthy
isn't worth knowing. In his seven
years as a personal trainer, he's
helped West End actresses lose the
pounds and worked with the Arabian
Gulf rugby sevens team to keep them
in peak condition.
body is properly hydrated and that your
balance of electrolytes remains intact.
One little trick to make sure you hydrate
properly is to weigh yourself before you go
out for your run and then again when you
get back. e dierence in weight (likely
to be a few pounds) will be the amount
of uid you have lost whilst training. For
every pound lost aim to consume 16 uid
ounces or about half a litre of water and
you should remain properly hydrated.
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SPORT & OUTDOOR
Paintball for less
Just the ticket Get fit quick
Sports shorts
News to make you sweat
What with our hectic
social schedules, we all
know how hard it is to
nd time to t in an hour
or two in the gym. That’s
why a new health centre
in Abu Dhabi is so appealing.
The Concept 10:10 technique claims to be
able to keep you t with just 20 minutes of
exercise per week. Apparently, it works by
using regular gym exercises, such as lifting
weights, but done at an extra slow pace.
We’ve just signed up, so read next month’s
issue to see if it really is too good to be true.
Maskar Al Nahayan Commerical Complex, next
to Emirates National School, Muroor Road, Abu
Dhabi, Dhs499 for four sessions. Tel: (02) 4298567.
www.concept1010.com
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The fast cars, the yachts, the beautiful people
as well as some amazing after-show concerts
from the likes of Aerosmith and Beyoncé
made the inaugural Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix
the undoubted sporting highlight of 2009.
And on November 12, the F1 machine hits
Abu Dhabi again for three days of thrilling
qualifying and racing. Tickets have gone on
sale this month. But if want to make sure you
don’t miss out on the action, you better buy
yours quick smart as last year the
tickets, especially the cheaper
ones, sold out in days.
Nov 12 to 14, Yas Marina
Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
Dhs1,400 to Dhs3,400.
Tel: (02) 4460384. www.
yasmarinacircuit.com
Who doesn’t like nailing their pals in the
particulars with paint during a summer
weekend? There’s always one friend, though,
who gains an advantage by splashing out
on loads of balls. Even up the score at Al Ain
Paintball, where the 30 per cent summer
discount (until end of August) will allow you
to buy all the ammo you need. It’s Dhs200 for
full protection and 500 balls. We’ll be back.
Al Ain Paintball, Al Ain. Tel: 0507439648/
0507732818. www.alainpaintball.com
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JUNE 2010 WHAT’S ON 99
Still the one and only
Pop star Chesney
Hawkes had a
huge hit with The
One And Only
back in 1991. But
what has be been
doing since? We
found out from
the man himself
ahead of his Du-
bai gig at Chi this
month
1991. America and its allies
were busy trying to liberate
Kuwait in the Gulf War, most
of Eastern Europe was busy
trying to liberate itself with
the collapse of the Soviet Un-
ion and the LAPD was busy
trying to liberate Rodney
King of his senses.
In the UK and the US, a
pop sensation was busy doing
some liberating of his own, as
young Chesney Hawkes – a
mere slip of a thing at 19-
years-old – began his assault
on the music world, with the
track e One And Only.
“at particular period
of my life was like being in
the eye of a storm,” says a
still remarkably fresh-faced
Chesney looking back. “It
was a conveyor belt of mad-
ness, going from concert
venue, to radio station, to
airport. ere were always
crazy fans everywhere I went.
I look back at footage of that
now and it’s like watching a
cartoon character.”
e song was, of course,
a huge success; topping the
charts in the UK and reach-
ing number ten on the US
Billboard charts, meaning for
“I GOT INTO GRUNGE
MUSIC AND STICKING
MY FINGERS UP AT THE
CROWD.
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What’s on
Chesney’s
iPod?
THE TUNES
“I’ve discovered this band
called Broken Bells. It’s
Danger Mouse’s new
project with the lead singer
from The Shins. It’s brilliant.”
THE VERDICT
An awesome album.
Proving that Chesney
Hawkes is not just the one
and only, but a pretty cool
guy in our book.
NEED TO KNOW
Jun 11, Chi @ The Lodge,
Al Nasr Leisureland,
Dubai, 8pm to 3am,
Dhs100, free before
11pm, ladies free
before midnight. Tel:
(04) 3379470. www.
chesneyhawkes.co.uk
a brief period in 1991 Ches-
ney Hawkes – while perhaps
not the most rock‘n’roll of
musicians – was hot property.
“I wouldn’t want that now,”
he says earnestly as he chats
to What’s On prior to his
upcoming appearance at the
ever-popular Cheese night
in Dubai. “I’m quite a private
person and I like my life now.
Of course, I enjoyed it then.
I was 19 years old, a young
boy, and I took advantage of
the rock‘n’roll lifestyle that
any young kid would have
dreamed of.”
e singer went on to re-
lease three further singles in
1991, none of them, unfortu-
nately, particularly successful.
I’m a Man Not A Boy reached
27 in the charts, but Secrets
Of e Heart only managed
57 and Feel So Alive failed
to chart. e only single
released from his follow up
long player, Get e Picture,
charted at 63 – and Chesney
Hawkes didn’t put out an-
other album until 2002’s Stay
Away Baby Jane.
“When you’re young you
haven’t experienced any-
thing terrible. You haven’t
experienced the downsides so
you take what comes at you,”
declares Chesney, knowingly.
“When I put that record out
and it went to number one,
I thought ‘brilliant, let’s put
another one out, I’m sure it’ll
do the same’.”
But it didn’t. So how did he
feel about that song aer the
relative failure of his follow-
ing eorts? “I went through a
period of seven years where I
didn’t play it,” he says. “I be-
came a bit of a shoe gazer, got
into grunge music, turning
the guitar up to 11, kicking
my amplier and sticking my
ngers up at the crowd. It was
my angry period.
“But,” he says, “we’re friends
again now and you will de-
nitely hear it in Dubai.”
Despite the temporary
resentment towards his biggest
hit, Chesney didn’t fall out of
love with music, and can now
be found dividing his time
between personal appearances,
such as this month’s visit to
Chi@e Lodge, and writing
– he’s penned songs for the
likes of Caprice, Hepburn, A1,
Jennifer Paige and Tricky.
“My day job these days is
writing and producing for
other people,” he says chirpily.
“I work with lots of dierent
people – at the moment it’s
Sean Rumsey, a nalist on the
UK TV talent show e X-
Factor a couple of years ago.”
And he’s still working on
his own music, too. Since Stay
Away Baby Jane in 2002, he
has released one other album,
Another Fine Mess in 2005,
toured constantly and started
the Marvellous Mechanical
Mouse project, produc-
ing music he describes as,
“Quirky, interesting sounds,
electronica”, and released the
EP Me, My Mouse And I.
“I’ve just nished an acous-
tic tour, just me and a guitar,”
he says. “Most of my gigs are
big student union things,
which is great fun, obviously.
But this last tour was nice
because I got to do my music
and have people appreciate
just the songs.” And that’s
what Chesney Hawkes cares
about – the songs. Still, there
must be a part of him that
wishes, ‘if only…’ we ask?
“No, I’m quite happy right
now,” he says, chuckling. “For
the Dubai gig I’m bringing
my brother along. So it will
be acoustic with my little
brother on drums.”
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WEEKLY
Native @ Sanctuary
Sanctuary residents Rod Lee Winters and
Aaron Bryan drop commercial house.
Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai, 9pm
to 3pm, free. Tel: (04) 4260561. www.
sanctuarydubai.com
Evil Nine @ SYNF
Brighton breakbeat duo bring a slice of
Fabric to Alpha.
Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, 9pm to
3am, Dhs100. Tel: (04) 34479479
WE ARE: Circus @ Catwalk
Underground and tech house from
Afroboogie and Charl Chaka
Golden Tulip, Al Barsha, Dubai, 10pm to 3am,
free. Tel: (04) 3417750
Black Label Party @ Cubes Lounge
A winning combo of house music and
cocktails at the small but perfectly formed
club.
Cubes Lounge, One To One Hotel, Abu
Dhabi, 9pm to 2pm, free. Tel: (055) 6560801
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Claude VonStroke @ Ill
Communications
Who’s afraid of Detroit? The minimal
techno master is still looking for an
answer.
Rooftop, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 10pm to
3am, Dhs100, ladies free until 11pm. Tel: (050)
7258277. www.ohmrecords.com
Fight for your right to party
8
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Ali Mak @ Glow
Shef Codes and Mass Ramli join the king of
Virgin Radio for a night of urban tuneage.
Sanctuary, Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah,
Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free. Tel:
(04) 4260561. www.sanctuarydubai.com
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Tiefschwarz @ Ill Communications
Electro-tinged fun from the German
siblings.
Rooftop, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 10pm to
3am, Dhs100, ladies free until 11pm. Tel: (050)
7258277. www.ohmrecords.com
David Craig @ Relax@12
Funky house and electro beats at the cool
rooftop bar.
Relax@12, Aloft, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to late, free.
Tel: (02) 6545138. www.aloftabudhabi.com
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Mr Mr @ Audio Tonic
It’s four years since the electro fest that is
Audio Tonic night rst hit 360˚ bar. Join
regulars Mr Mr, Vas Floyd, Raxon and Julian
Jinx for a party to remember.
360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 4pm
to 2am, free. Tel: (04) 4068769. www.
platinumlist.ae
WEEKLY
Step On @ Home
Dubai’s only weekly indie night serves up a
dose of guitar-based fun.
Chi @ The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai,
8pm to 3am, Dhs100, free before 11pm,
ladies free before midnight. Tel: (04) 3379470
UK-born spinner DJ Chad Phunk has
performed at London’s Pacha, as well
as playing on the same bill as house
legends such as Judge Jules and
K-Class. Now a regular at Abu Dhabi’s
clubs, here’s his top ten tracks for this
summer
1. Hey Hey (Tom De Neef Remix) –
Dennis Ferrer
“These huge vocals will be sung on
every dance oor throughout the UAE
10 DJ Chad Phunk @ Relax@12
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this summer. This tune will
be massive.”
2. El Ritmo – Grant Nelson
Label
“Everyone’s loving this
Latin-inuenced house
track at the moment, as it
has a real carnival feel.”
3. Track A – Da Sunlounge
& Inland Knights
“A cool remix of an
underrated De La Soul
classic, which bounces
along nicely.”
4. Sax Lover – JamFunk
“There’s sax, sax and more sax in this
funky dance oor ller.”
5. Still In Love (Joey Negro Love
Symphony Mix) – AC Soul Symphony
“Joey Negro turns this 1980s soul classic
by Rose Royce into a soulful, funky house
masterpiece.”
6. 99 (Tim Green Remix) – Cassius
“This piece of classic French house is
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With his Brit award-winning band, The
Fratellis,on an extended break, bassist
and Scotsman Barry Fratelli (AKA Barry
Wallace) tells us about DJing, Dubai
and how the band has ‘denitely’ not
split up
We heard The Fratellis had split?
No, no. We never said we were splitting
up. That’s the thing, it was the press
reinvented for 2010. Expect me to play
this to death over the summer.”
7. Add Suv (Armand Van Helden
Remix) – Pharrel Williams and Ue
“A huge chunk of disco funk from
hip hop legend Pharrell and French
electro queen Ue. AVH has turned out
another classic.”
8. Back Home – Chocolate Puma
featuring Colonel Red
“Big beats, infectious vocals and a sax
ri mean this will have you piling onto
the dance oor to.”
9. Devil Walking – Mark Knight
“It’s all about the disco grooves this
summer and this remix of another
1980s track is another current favourite
of mine.”
10. Latin Thing – Tommy Largo
“One for the Latin lovers out there and
guaranteed to get the ladies up and
dancing throughout the summer.”
Relax@12, Aloft, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to late,
free. Tel: (02) 6545138.
www.aloftabudhabi.com
that decided to call it that. The band are
still very much together, we’re just not
working on anything right now. We all
want to go and do our own thing. I’m
in the process of putting a new project
together.
Tell us more.
It’s probably a departure from The
Fratellis, but it’s in the indie-alternative
vein. I’m not going to turn around and do
some mad jazz experiments. I’m pretty
secure in my position. I’m a bass player,
I’m a musician and I have no desire to
be a frontman or anything like that.
Getting this new project o the ground
is my main priority, and doing some
more DJing.
And what can we expect with a
Fratelli behind the decks?
It’s denitely more of a mod, indie rock
vibe. There’s a lot of Motown as well
and I play plenty of soul. Just the kind
of music I’m inuenced by, from the
1960s onwards. I would certainly say if
you’re expecting to hear Girls Aloud you
probably shouldn’t come.
Is DJ Barry a regular guise for you?
I’ve always done it on and o. It’s
another aspect to things. I just get to
enjoy playing other people’s music. It’s
denitely not my number one priority,
but it’s an outlet to do something
dierent. Up until last year, when my
daughter was born, I was doing two or
three a month. Now I’m getting back
into it.
Is this your rst visit to Dubai?
I was supposed to come out in April,
but the ash cloud spolit my plans.
It was quite disappointing, actually,
but you can’t argue with nature and
volcanoes. Everybody tells me the UAE
is a beautiful place and I’ve got some
extended family out there as well, so
it will be nice to catch up with them.
I’m over there for three days. I’ve never
been one for turning up somewhere,
doing the gig and then leaving. I like to
get out and see what it’s all about.
Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud, 9pm
to 3am, Dhs100. Tel: (04) 34479479
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YOU AND FIVE FRIENDS FOR EVIL NINE
Break beat duo Evil Nine hit Alpha’s SYNF
this month. To lay your grubby mitts on VIP
passes for you and ve friends visit www.
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b) 76
c) 10
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Andre Pulse @ Life
World cup themed party with the
Brazilian spinner.
Sanctuary, Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah,
Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free.
Tel: (04) 4260561. www.sanctuarydubai.
com
Mark Pickup @ Relax@12
Do you like deep house with a
smattering of vocals? Pickup is for you.
Relax@12, Aloft, Abu Dhabi, 8pm
to late, free. Tel: (02) 6545138. www.
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Space Ibiza Pool Party @ Sundowner
Don’t forget your swimmers for this Yas
Island pool party from the legendary
Space
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, 2pm to 11pm, Dhs120,
ladies free until 4pm. Tel: (02) 6563000.
www.crowneplaza.com/abudhabi
Cruise Boat Party @ En Vogue
Ahoy there me hearties! Weigh anchor
for this commercial house party on
the water
Al Bateen Marina, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to
1am, Dhs150. Tel: (055) 6560801
DJ Said Mrad @ Yacht Club
Oriental beats.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen,
8pm to 2am, free. Tel: (02) 6666888
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M.A.N.D.Y. @ Ill Communications
‘Oh, Mandy.’ No, it’s not Baz Manilow.
It’s Berlin’s electro house duo Patrick
Bodmer and Philipp Jung.
Rooftop, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai,
10pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free
before 11pm. Tel: (050) 7258277. www.
ohmrecords.com
ZEBRADISKO @ Sanctuary
Please extend a very warm welcome
to the new Sanctuary residents.
Sanctuary, Atlantis, The Palm,
We get personal with house DJ
Steve Lawler as he prepares to join
DJ Chus and Hernan Cattaneo in
celebration of Peppermint Club’s
sixth anniversary
You’ve visited Dubai a few times.
Where do you like to hang out
when you’re here?
Buddha Bar in Dubai is amazing.
The Armani Hotel Dubai recently
opened. Are you an Armani
man?
Ha, no, I can’t say that I am. Not my
style at all, sorry.
You must travel quite a lot. What’s
July 2 Sixth Anniversary
@ Peppermint Club
the most impressive thing you’ve
ever done on a plane?
Now that would be telling.
Oh. Do you travel rst class?
Always, with the amount we travel
it couldn't be any other way.
What’s the most interesting item
you have in your bag?
My laptop, I couldn't leave home
without it now.
Mac or PC?
Mac.
What’s on your rider?
Vodka, Tequila, Dom Peringnon,
soft drink mixers, water, potato
chips, fruit platter.
What’s your secret to success
with the ladies?
Ha, I’m engaged to be married.
That’s why I’m lucky, because I
found my soul mate.
Dinner or a movie?
Dinner.
Flowers or chocolates?
Chocolates
Looks or personality?
Personality.
Vinyl or CD or digital?
Digital.
Money or power?
Money.
Fame or respect?
Respect.
What’s the strangest thing ever
to happen to you at a gig?
I had a machete blade pulled out
on me in Guadalajara in Mexico
once, which was pretty scary.
What’s currently on your iPod?
Everything… except trance and
electro house.
Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,
9pm to 3am, Dhs100 to 150. Tel: (04)
2955153
Jumeirah, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs100,
ladies free. Tel: (04) 4260561. www.
sanctuarydubai.com
Battle of the DJs @ Relax@12
DJ Stew Magoo takes on DJ Chad
Phunk in a house war.
Relax@12, Aloft, Abu Dhabi, 8pm
to late, free. Tel: (02) 6545138. www.
aloftabudhabi.com
Funk D’Void @ Audiotonic
Scottish house DJ with resident Mr Mr.
Alpha, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud,
9pm to 3am, Dhs75, ladies free before
midnight. Tel: (04) 34479479
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Ace of Spades @ Cubes Lounge
One for the ladies. The fairer sex drink
free bubbly until the clock strikes 12.
Strictly guest list, text names quoting
the word ‘ace’. Ace, eh?
Cubes Lounge, One To One Hotel, Abu
Dhabi, 9pm to 2pm, free. Tel: (055)
6560801. www.onetoonehotels.com
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New Zealand is known by the
people who live there as Godzone.
As in God’s own country – a refer-
ence, largely, to the beauty and
rich variety of a land that features
everything from boiling mud and
volcanic geysers to snow-capped
mountains, perfect sandy beaches
and dense native bush.
It is for all this that most
visitors come. e chance to ex-
perience the near other-worldly
landscape that captured millions
You may know
it better for its
remarkable scenery,
but New Zealand’s
major cities offer
more to the visitor
than somewhere to
pass through on the
way to the land of
the hobbits and orcs
Land of the Long White Cloud
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Vibrant city:
Auckland’s skyline
[Inset] Deep water:
Pools at Maori Bay
of imaginations in Kiwi director
Peter Jackson’s Lord Of e Rings
trilogy; the chance to ski before
breakfast and be on the beach by
lunchtime, as the popular cliché
goes. e gateways to all this –
the cities that accommodate most
of New Zealand’s four and a half
million citizens – tend to remain
just that: places to pass through
en route to the ‘real’ NZ.
To miss them, however, is to
miss a trick. New Zealand’s major
cities may not oer the high-rise
excitement of a New York, Lon-
don or Paris. But they tell their
own rich story of a young, vibrant
culture and its unique dual
history of Maori and European
heritage. Spend a few days in each
of them and you’ll learn more
about NZ and its people than
any white-water raing, bungee-
jumping adventure, the ‘typical’
New Zealand holiday, could hope
to impart.
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CITY OF SAILS
With over a third of the coun-
try’s overall population, its most
densely populated city, Auckland,
is the obvious place to start on a
city-sider visit to NZ. Nicknamed
the City Of Sails, it quickly be-
comes apparent why – boats of all
descriptions bob in the harbour,
from two-man pleasure cra to
huge, ocean-going liners.
e waterfront is also the
stepping o point to the islands
that dot the Hauraki Gulf around
which Auckland sits. Must-sees
for visitors are Waiheke, a lush
piece of the tropics only 30 min-
utes from the city that has become
as well known for its award-
winning wineries and restaurants
as it is for its beautiful beaches,
and Rangitoto, the arid volcanic
island, the iconic outline of which
forms the backdrop to almost
every one of the city’s waterside
views.
Heading into the city itself
there are the usual attractions of
city art gallery, currently located
on Lorne Street while the main
gallery undergoes a major faceli,
and the impressive Auckland
Museum (worth a visit for its set-
ting alone in the rolling vales of
the Domain). But you could just
as easily while away the whole of
your stay café-hopping around
three of Auckland’s coolest
central suburbs, Parnell, New-
market and Ponsonby. e latter,
particularly, carves an essentially
cool groove. Bars such as the
Chapel (chapel.co.nz) typify the
area’s quirky-but-hip feel while
sleek Italian restaurant Prego
(prego.co.nz), a little further along
Ponsonby Road, pairs style with
substance in a venue that’s been
packing in the city’s chicest punt-
ers for over two decades.
Auckland’s cool-with-a-twist
style even extends to its ac-
commodation. For all the sleek
glamour of the Sky City Grand
(it’s pretty impressive opening
your blinds of a morning to the
sight of an adrenaline-junkie
tourist hurling themselves from
the top of the adjacent Sky Tower
in a static line jump that, at 192
metres, is the country’s high-
est – no mean feat in the country
that invented bungee jumping as
we know it), What’s On’s prize
for the city’s hippest temporary
residence goes to the Quadrant
(thequadrant.com). A sleek apart-
ment hotel next to lovely Albert
Park, the place is all slick white
walkways and funky grooves with
stays that come in packages, such
as the Rock Star and Weekender.
“New Zealand’s major cities may
not offer the high-rise excitement of
a New York or Paris. But they tell their
own rich story of a young, vibrant
culture and its unique dual history of
Maori and European heritage.”
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AUCKLAND
Sky City Grand
Luxury ve-star in the heart of
the city, adjacent to Sky Tower –
the tallest freestanding structure
in the southern hemisphere.
From NZ$195. www.
skycityauckland.co.nz
The Quadrant
Dubbed “Auckland’s hippest
hotel” – need we say more?
From NZ$120. www.thequadrant.
com
WELLINGTON
InterContinental
Treat yourself to a Club Room
for views over the harbour
from the private club lounge,
free Internet access and
complimentary evening
drinks and nibbles, and airport
transfers. Perfect.
From NZ$255. www.
intercontinental.com
CHRISTCHURCH
The Heritage
Hotel
Located right on
Cathedral Square,
the Old Government
Building has been
lovingly restored to oer ve-
star comfort in one of the most
beautiful settings in the city.
From NZ$170. www.
heritagehotels.co.nz/
christchurch
Remote wilderness:
NZ South Island
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THE WINDY CITY
Wellington has so much to oer,
it’s very hard to leave. e city is
the country’s capital and home
to its parliament (housed in a
building aectionately known as
the ‘beehive’ due to its layered,
circular structure). Located at the
southernmost tip of the North
Island, Wellington sits on the
Cook Strait, the narrow stretch of
water that connects the Tasmin
Sea on the west with the South
Pacic Ocean on the east and is
one of the most dangerous and
unpredictable stretches of water
in the world. Blustery is not the
word.
One of Wellington’s greatest
attractions is its size. Compact by
any standards, it’s easy to navi-
gate entirely on foot – from the
pretty colonial wooden houses
of orndon and Oriental Bay to
the boutiques and cafes around
Lambton Quay, riding the rickety
cable car up to Mount Victoria
for some leafy respite before
heading back down to enjoy the
shabby chic shops, bars and res-
taurants around Cuba Street.
e star attraction in this town,
however, is Te Papa (‘Our Place’
in Maori) Museum (tepapa.govt.
nz). A comprehensive and detailed
overview of the nation’s history
from before the rst Maori settlers
to the present day, it covers six
oors and several thousand
years of the country’s
culture. It’s interactive
and slick, but you may
be are better entranced
by the quirky delights
of the Museum of Wel-
lington City & Sea in
On the up:
Wellington Cable
Car ride
Seat of power:
The Wellington
Parliament Building
[Inset] Past
revealed:
Te Papa Museum
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the old Bond Store ve minutes
walk along the waterfront where
the permanent collection tells the
city’s history through some slightly
kitsch exhibits.
ENGLISH ROSE
Christchurch couldn’t be more
dierent. Set slightly inland,
next to the at expanse of the
Canterbury Plains, a river (the
Avon) runs through it. Its large
central Cathedral sets the tone
for a city that is rich in the
18th century architecture that
contributes heavily to its reputa-
tion as the most ‘English’ of NZ
cities. ere is, however, a fairly
bohemian vibe at work here – the
Arts Centre (artscentre.org.nz)
and neighbouring Dux pub and
restaurant oer arts, cra and
live music. Visit on the weekend
if you can, when the square that
joins the two venues is taken over
by a bustling market.
From here, it’s a short hop to
Hagley Park, a huge, at piece of
green that roughly cuts the city in
two. Here you’ll nd everything
from a public golf course and
cricket pitches to one of the city’s
crown jewels – the lush botanic
gardens (the don’t call this the
Garden City for nothing). en,
drop into Christchurch Art Gallery
The Insider
AUCKLAND
Don’t miss the chance to
‘race’ NZL 40, a spectacular
catamaran that competed in the
America’s Cup, one of yachting’s
most prestigious challenges.
Alternative thrillseekers may
want to bungee from the
harbour bridge. Or how about
visiting a magnicent beach
such as Muriwai? With black
sands and amazing surf, you’ve
never seen anything like it.
www.sailnz.co.uk; www.bungee.
co.nz
WELLINGTON
Take the ferry over to the
tiny island of Eastbourne. An
easy 20-minute ride away
from central Wellington, it
plays host to a handful of art
galleries and cafes. Perfect for
whiling away an afternoon.
For something more physical,
check out a Sevens rugby
game at Westpac stadium
– Wellingtonians take their
national game very seriously.
www.metlink.org.nz; www.
westpacstadium.co.nz
CHRISTCHURCH
The killer 5am start aside,
a hot-air balloon ride is a
Christchurch must-do, oering
views all the way to the
snow-capped Southern Alps
and the farms, pine forests
and patchwork beauty of the
Canterbury Plains. Later, try
whale and dolphin watching at
Akaroa or a gentle punt on the
river Avon. Landlubbers might
prefer a visit to a local winery.
www. ballooning.co.nz; www.
fourcorners.co.nz
(christchurchartgallery.org.nz) and
fall in love with the stark abstrac-
tion of one of the country’s most
famous 20th century artists, Colin
McCahon.
Culturally sated, jump on the
tram to the slick boutiques in
and around High Street – the
upmarket eclecticism of World
(worldbrand.co.nz) is a winner –
before moving on to Sol Square, a
vibrant quarter overowing with
bars and restaurants, including
the Fish & Chip Shop, a paean to
all things Kiwi with quirky, 1960s
decor and delicious food. If this is
city life Kiwi style, you may never
want to leave.
English style:
Christchurch
Cathedral
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Canterbury Plains
ballooning
Need to know
How to get there:
Emirates y to NZ daily, from
Dhs 6,325 (to Auckland) and
Dhs6,245 (Christchurch)
Currency:
NZ$1 = Dhs2.57

Visa:
A free, three-month visitor visa
is issued to most nationalities
(including UAE and British) on
arrival. Passports must be valid
for at least three months.
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OUR PICK OF THE BRUNCH BUNCH
I know it’s summer, but where is
everybody? Answer? Probably
hiding from the oppressive sun at
Spectrum On One. So book well
in advance.
With eight kitchens preparing
dishes from Europe, ailand,
China, India, Japan and the Middle
East, Spectrum will impress even
the most picky of brunchers.
Spectrum has its very own oor in
one of Dubai’s rst SZR hotels. is
is the only place to truly escape the
summer heat.
Ideal for groups of friends or im-
pressing visitors, amidst a deluge
of free-owing bubbles.
At Dhs550 the price needs to be
lowered. Knock o Dhs200 and it
would be hard to beat.
It costs too much, but it’s the perfect
place to hibernate for the next three
months.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai
noon to 3pm
Tel: (04) 3325555
www.fairmont.com/dubai
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ere’s always the healthy hustle
and bustle of a European pub.
But with brunchers forced
inside by the heat, expect the
volume to go up a couple of
notches and a queue at the
buet.
Always busy but never raucous,
the Zuma brunch is exactly
the kind of civilised aair you
would expect from this interna-
tionally recognised restaurant
brand.
With the live band playing and
the smell of premium French
food from the open kitchen in
the air, there are few environ-
ments more pleasing.
Each small plate oers up a
taste sensation. Just like Spanish
tapas, but with an Asian kick.
e kind of bulky Belgian grub
the BBC is famed for. Lowland
classics, both a la carte and
buet.
A broad selection of treats from
the menu, with the sushi chefs
showing o their knife skills
right before your hungry eyes.
Aside from the wonders emerg-
ing from Pierre Gagnaire’s
Reets, chef Franck Detrait’s
team at Traiteur produces the
best French food in Dubai.
At this time of year you’ll want
to dine inside, and ai Kitchen
oers one of the most attractive
environments in which to do so.
ere’s a terrace for those bonk-
ers enough to venture outside.
Again, the terrace is a no-no
during the summer months –
unless you run on solar power
– so diners will be conned to
the interior of the best pub in
the city. e are worse places to
be, but few better.
Zuma brought people without
briefcases and bespoke suits to
DIFC and now it’s one of the
trendiest locations in town.
If you have to be indoors – and
you do for the next few months
– it may as well be in the most
attractive restaurant in the city.
ose seeking topai food and
rened surroundings.
A quiet(ish) pub lunch or a jug
swilling, song singing all-dayer.
What’s your poison?
If you want the best Japanese
food in Dubai, Zuma is for you.
Romance, and dining with
those who know their food.
At Dhs199 it’s the best value
brunch in Dubai.
Just Dhs225 with alcohol. Who
said you had you had to pay
through the nose for quality.
Not cheap at Dhs385 with alco-
hol. But it is Zuma, aer all.
Up to you. Dhs295 sans alcohol,
Dhs425 with house beverages,
Dhs550 with Veuve Cliquot or
Dhs1,500 with a limo pick up.
When the terrace comes back
into play, expect the BBC to
challenge for that top spot
again.
With the summer putting the
BBC’s terrace out of commis-
sion, ai Kitchen wins the
battle of the bargain brunches.
Best Japanese in town. Period. We could happily eat at Traiteur
every brunch and dinner for a
month. Seriously.
Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival
City, Dubai
1pm to 4pm
Tel: (04) 7011128
www.ichotelsgroup.com
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira,
Dubai
noon to 4pm
Tel: (04) 3172222
www. dubai.park.hyatt.com
DIFC, Dubai
12.30pm to 4pm
Tel: (04) 4255660
www.zumarestaurant.com
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira,
Dubai
12.30pm to 4pm
Tel: (04) 3172222
www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
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11Aquara, Yacht Club
12 Yalumba, Le Méridien
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13 Mina A’Salam,
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14 Mango Tree, Souk Al Bahar
15 Blades, Al Badia Golf Club
With its open kitchen doling
out tiny dishes of the best ai
food in town in one of the cities
chicest surrounds, you couldn’t
ask for a more urbane brunch.
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You say brunch, the population
of Dubai says Al Qasr. is place
is synonymous with brunch and,
therefore, always busy.
e cocktails by the pool will be a
little sweaty until September, but
Media One’s brunch oers enough
to stay busy.
I know it’s summer, but where is
everybody? Answer? Probably
hiding from the oppressive sun at
Spectrum On One. So book well
in advance.
With a live band, acrobatics and
a giant feast, Bubbalicious can be
summed up in one word - PARTY.
A relaxed a la carte brunch
overseen by charming sta in a
chic spot.
You name it, Al Qasr probably has
it, from sushi to oxtail burger and
back again.
A superb array of seafood and salad
appetisers, lovely roast beef, pizza
to order and a delightful dessert
counter.
With eight kitchens preparing
dishes from Europe, ailand,
China, India, Japan and the Middle
East, Spectrum will impress even
the most picky of brunchers.
With ten live cooking stations across
three restaurants (Spice Emporium,
Hunters and Blue Orange) you may
want to skip breakfast.
Expect the best of the seafood-
infused Italian menu. Fresh
focaccia, huge prawns, plump
raviolli, delicate sh and sublime
crème brûlée.
It’s too hot to go outside, but with
several rooms to choose from it
doesn’t matter too much at Al Qasr.
It’s location means a post-brunch
drink at one of Dubai Marina’s
many appealing establishments is
a must. Marriott’s Harbour Hotel
happy hour is where you’ll nd us.
Spectrum has its very own oor in
one of Dubai’s rst SZR hotels. is
is the only place to truly escape the
summer heat.
Last month we enjoyed the poolside
patio. is month we’ll be throwing
ourselves head rst into all the
indoor madness.
Take your drink out onto the
terrace for a few minutes to ogle
the Burj and the fountain. But
don’t leave it too long before
returning to the elegant interior.
If you have guests, there is no other
brunch. Pure Dubai.
Everyone. It’s peaceful enough for
families and lively enough for a
party with pals.
Ideal for groups of friends or im-
pressing visitors, amidst a deluge
of free-owing bubbles.
With a petting zoo, a cinema and
those acrobats, the whole family is
taken care of.
Ideal for a birthday lunch or
catching up with friends over
excellent food and a few Peronis.
One of the cheapest brunches on
our Hot List at Dhs240, tting
in nicely with our new value for
money philosophy.
At Dhs550 the price needs to be
lowered. Knock o Dhs200 and it
would be hard to beat.
It’s Dhs450 for free-owing Laurent
Perrier, cocktails, beer and wine, or
Dhs299 excluding alcohol. Splash
out – the cocktails are impressive.
It’s a sharing concept for Dhs190
per person based on a minimum
of four people. Alcohol is an
extra Dhs100 each.
Please lower the price. We’re not
cheap, but you just look greedy. A
new era is upon us.
Media One loves an oer so make
sure you ask when making your
booking.
It costs too much, but it’s the perfect
place to hibernate for the next three
months.
Dubai’s new number one party
brunch.
If you love Bice Mare – and we
do – you’ll love this brunch.
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
12.30pm to 4pm
Tel: (04) 3666730
www.jumeirah.com
Media One Hotel, Media City,
Dubai
noon to 4pm
Tel: (04) 4271000
www.mediaonehotel.com
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai
noon to 3pm
Tel: (04) 3325555
www.fairmont.com/dubai
e Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai
1pm to 4pm
Tel: (04) 5117136
www.starwoodhotels.com
Souk Al Bahar, Old Town,
Dubai
noon to 4pm
Tel: (04) 4230982
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If anywhere is worth it, Al Qasr is.
But the days of the Dhs495 brunch
are over. Time to lower the price.
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12 Yalumba, Le Méridien
Dubai
13 Mina A’Salam,
Madinat Jumeirah
14 Mango Tree, Souk Al Bahar
15 Blades, Al Badia Golf Club
During the summer months it’s go-
ing to be rather hot, which is why
Maya has dropped down the list.
But the Playa Buena Vista brunch
is still the most relaxed in town and
you could always take a dip in the
pool to cool o.
You’ll spend most of the time
outside, which is not ideal in the
summer. But with access to Le
Royal Méridien Beach Resort’s pool
and beach, a live DJ and Mariachi
band, it’s worth braving the heat.
ose brave enough to take on the
Dubai summer.
Dhs300 for pool and beach access
from 10am to 6pm, plus lunch and
a 30 per cent beverage discount
between 5pm and 7pm. Bargain.
Summer, pah! You don’t feel the
heat if you’re on the beach, do you?
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort
& Spa, Dubai Marina
10am to 6pm
Tel: (04) 3165550
www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com
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doval’s Mexican restaurant is always
authentic. Lunch is served between
1pm and 4pm on the terrace of
Maya. Expect platters of grilled
meat and sh and jugs of sangria.
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THE FINEST FOR BEVERAGES AND BITES
Still riding high at number one,
the BBC is our top pick for
watching the World Cup, beer
in one hand, wae in the other.
is is THE place to watch
the sporting event of the year,
with a massive ve-storey
air-conditioned stadium on the
sand. Good work Barasti.
e Terrace is a sophisticated
spot to recline, drink in hand,
and watch the football. Ideal
when the screaming gets too
much.
Buzzing. Proper buzzing any
night of the week. Caramel
cleverly conspires to whisk you
away from the desert to some
slick city far from home.
We’re going to eek one more
month of poolside fun at
Cabana before it’s so hot we
melt into our martinis.
ere’s valet parking and a
cracking view of the skyline.
Add in all the matches and we
don’t think you need anything
else on a balmy Dubai night.
Right on the beach, the Mega
Dome can t 1,200 footy fans.
Upstairs you’ll nd the usual
mix of live music and post-
brunch antics.
e Park Hyatt Dubai has set up
two areas for World Cup view-
ing, one at ai Kitchen and an
air-conditioned balcony at e
Terrace. We like.
e clever kids at Caramel have
enclosed the back patio and
chilled it to icy perfection for the
summer. Ideal respite from the
shimmering DIFC heat.
anks to its downright amaz-
ing Downtown location, you
can go from Bloomingdale’s to
the bar in minutes.
Enjoy football fever in style,
with an extensive European
menu and a cosy pub feel.
We reckon Barasti will have the
best atmosphere in town this
summer. See you there.
e creekside views will provide
a welcome distraction when the
game’s not going your way.
We went for cocktails but it
turned into a very late night.
Trust us, Caramel is ideal for
mid-week mischief.
Check out Outback Fridays
on, shocker, Fridays for BBQ
food, cocktails and pool access.
Splashing good fun.
Some of the beers will set you
back over Dhs50 each, but there
are goal-related discounts on
the last 16 category matches.
It’s not the cheapest, but a
bucket of beers between mates
will be all you need for the
match.
ere are promotions galore.
Half price drinks between
6pm and 9pm on Saturday and
Monday and many more.
Given the neighbourhood it’s
far from cheap, but ladies get
half price Cosmos on Tuesdays
from 6pm to 9pm.
e rustic rectangular pizzas
are great value for sharing, but
drinks are on the pricey side.
Who doesn’t love great food,
cold drinks and good chat at a
decent price?
Barasti is a reliable favourite that
will come into its own this sum-
mer. Just get there early, beware
the swaying, sunburnt tourists,
order a burger and you’ll be ne.
A glass of bubbly and the Raw
Bar seafood platter will mean
you may have the most civilised
football Terrace in existence.
It slipped a few places this month
due to the bad attitude of certain
sta members (we xed them
with a steely stare so they know
who they are...) but we’re not go-
ing to deny ourselves those mini
lobster tacos.
Innovative drinks, private
poolside cabanas and knock-
out views will be missed come
July. Any chance of some
outdoor air-conditioning if we
ask nicely?
Crowne Plaza, DFC, Dubai
Sun to Mon, 6pm to 2am,
Tue to Wed, noon to 2am,
urs to Fri, noon to 3am
Tel: (04) 7012222
www.ichotelsgroup.com
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi
Beach Resort and Marina, Dubai
11am to 2am
Tel: (04) 3993333
www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.
com
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira,
Dubai
noon to 2am
Tel: (04) 6021234
www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
Building 3, DIFC, Dubai
Sun to urs, 11am to 2am,
Fri, 5pm to 2am, closed Sat
Tel: (04) 4256677
www.carameldubai.com
e Address Dubai Mall,
Dubai
9am to 2am
Tel: (04) 4388888
www.theaddress.com
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It’s always nice to go a bit Mad Men
with suits and frocks for an up-
market night at Zuma. You’ll nd a
crowd of professional minglers who
play as hard as they work.
Warehouse is close to a giant majlis
that’s screening the matches, but
this super-sized space also has a
beer bar, Japanese restaurant, bar,
VIP rooms and club space.
It’s getting a bit sticky to enjoy
Calabar’s awesome outdoor space
but it’s still busy thanks to those
winning views.
One of the nest sports bars in
town, with Flintstones-style ribs
and screens everywhere. With the
World Cup kicking o in June,
Nezesaussi is back in the Hot List.
e night kicks o with chilled
out tunes and shisha smoking,
then turns into an o-shore
dance party. Be warned: the bar
queues are killer and rage is rife.
e football-hating contingent of
What’s On will be hiding from the
hooligans at Zuma this summer.
en maybe shopping at Dries Van
Noten. Downtown chic at DIFC.
Right in the middle of Le Méridien
Village so ideal for a post-brunch
drink or taking things up a level
aer drinks at the Irish Village.
Check out the Burj Khalifa upclose,
Calabar is at the heart of Old Town.
It’s a welcome hideaway from the
ever-so glam bars elsewhere in Old
Town, but well-positioned so you
can have the best of both worlds.
Slap-bang in the crystal waters of
the Arabian Gulf. You can even
take a golf cart there – What’s
On’s favourite form of transport.
It’s all multi-levels, glass and
trendy folks, so head here if you
want to feel grown-up for a few
hours. en ruin it with Sake.
You’ll please everyone at Ware-
house, from sushi lovers to those
who prefer beer and frites.
A very popular choice for groups,
Calabar is great for cocktails and a
catch up.
Meaty, meaty goodness. Ribs, pies,
steaks and ‘fush and chups’ all
washed down with surprisingly
good wines.
Classic people watching and
a bit of a dance on Fridays
and some laid-back beers on a
Saturday.
We’ve paid over Dhs90 for a glass of
house white. Best to stick to beers
and cocktails.
We love the Dhs99 deal that includes
mussels and three draught drinks
on Monday nights and Friday
aernoons.
It’s not cheap, but Calabar is stylsh
enough to forgive and you won’t be
knocking them back anyway.
Food is on the pricey side for a
pub but portions are huge and the
ingredients are top-quality.
Save it for payday.
Hot bar sta, a smart interna-
tional crowd and one of the slickest
brunches in town earnt Zuma its
post in the Hot List. Be warned
that they stop serving alcohol at
midnight now. Boo.
We thoroughly recommend lining
your stomach in Warehouse before
joining the crowds in the massive
majlis for some sporting action. See
page 40 for more details on World
Cup venues.
On Wednesdays check out the sushi
buet (Dhs210 with sake) next door
at Fazaris before rounding o the
evening at Calabar. e weekend
starts here.
Nezesaussi strikes the balance be-
tween sports and style. It’s friendly
enough for non-athletic types but
the banter at the bar should get
some healthy discussions going.
June is probably the last month
you can enjoy this place. Stand
close to the side for some sea
air. Top tip: it’s less packed on a
Saturday when the tunes alone
warrant a trip.
Building 6, DIFC, Dubai
Fri to Wed, 12pm to 2am, urs,
12pm to 3am
Tel: (04) 4255660
www.zumarestaurant.com
Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud,
Dubai
noon to midnight
Tel: (04) 7022500
www.lemeridien-dubai.com
e Address Downtown Burj
Dubai, Dubai
6.30pm to 2am
Tel: (04) 4368888
www.theaddress.com
Al Manzil Hotel, Old Town,
Dubai
Sun to urs, 6pm to 2pm, Fri
and Sat, noon to 2am
Tel: (04) 4285927
www.southernsunme.com
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Sun to urs, 5pm to late, Fri
and Sat, 4pm to 2am
Tel: (04) 4068769
www.jumeirah.com
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12 Neos, The Address Downtown
Burj Dubai
13 Amatista, The Address
Dubai Mall
14 Irish Village, Garhoud
15 Left Bank, Madinat
Jumeirah
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Grill

As long as it doesn’t drop the
ball (or the plate) we don’t think
people will ever stop visiting
Riv in their droves. e most
consistently busy restaurant in
Dubai for lunch and dinner.
e open kitchen brings the
restaurant to life, and with its
St Germain-infused playlist,
Traiteur is always cool, calm
and romantic.
e joy of diners – all glad to
be eating at Gagnaire’s Dubai
outpost – is palpable. It’s far
from stuy, but it is a culinary
temple par excellence.
Always busy, but never
overwhelming. Best, though, to
make a reservation.
We were saddened to hear lively
head sommelier and restaurant
manager Luca Gagliardi had
le Verre, but it’s still a true ne
dining experience.
Still fresh, simple and stylish,
just like the food. White walls
and linen, dark wood oors
and furniture, and chalkboards
carrying the day’s specials.
One of the grandest, most awe-
inspiring interiors in the city, its
unique design is still impressive
aer our umpteenth visit.
ink Paris, think glamour,
think ever so slightly camp.
Eat downstairs in sleek, sexy
surrounds and drink at upstairs
the busy bar.
e updated design is slick,
modern and monotone, with
a new chef ’s table and private
dining room.
e menu is uncluttered, with
every dish screaming, “Eat me!
Eat me, now!” And there’s al-
ways something on the specials
board to make your choice even
more dicult.
Chef Franck Detrait’s brasserie
menu is full of faultless French
classics. We did a cooking class
(page 21) with the man this
month and he certainly knows
his stu.
Ostentatious, extraordinary and
seemingly endless. It’s not just
dinner – it’s a culinary holiday.
ere’s constant pressure on the
Zuma kitchen to impress, and
the inventive Colin Clague and
his team continue to rise to the
challenge.
It feels like the new main man
Scott Price has been here for
years. e kitchen and menu
are truly under his control.
Try the daily special of beef
Wellington.
Too hot for the terrace, but
Souk Al Bahar is Dubai’s culi-
nary epicentre, home to some of
our favourite restaurants.
Alfresco dining is out, but Park
Hyatt Dubai is, without doubt,
our favourite hotel.
e InterCon at DFC does
everything right as far as we’re
concerned.
Zuma turned DIFC into a place
people want to visit. Now with
a host of designer stores and art
galleries it’s an ‘it’ destination.
Deira is not the most desirable
location, but Verre is worth it.
Around Dhs400 buys two hun-
gry people a three-course meal,
while it’s a piing Dhs100 for
the lunch menu. Bargain.
ree courses for two for
Dhs615 on our last visit, but
it’s Dhs280 per person for the
three-course set menu.
Worth every dirham of the
Dhs1,000 you’ll pay for two.
Dhs925 for two. Expensive, but
we’ve heard rumour prices may
be lowered soon.
e Riv is still number one in
our book, and our Hot List.
Rivington Grill versus Traiteur
is like McEnroe and Borg or
Nadal and Federer. ere’s very
little between them.
e best food to be found in a
Dubai ne dining restaurant.
Zuma. e best Japanese
restaurant in Dubai. And that’s
saying something.
Gagliardi may be gone, but
Price continues to breathe new
life into Verre.
Souk Al Bahar, Level 3, Old
Town, Dubai
noon to 11pm
Tel: (04) 4230903
www.rivingtongrill.ae
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira,
Dubai
Sun to Fri, 7pm to midnight
Tel: (04) 3172222
www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
InterContinental Dubai
Festival City, Dubai
7pm to 1am
Tel: (04) 7011128
www.ichotelsgroup.com
Building 6, Gate Village, DIFC
noon to 3pm and 7pm to
midnight
Tel: (04) 4255660
www.zumarestaurant.com
Hilton Dubai Creek
7pm to 11.30pm (closed
Saturdays)
Tel: (04) 2277550
www.gordonramsay.com
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Dinner should be reserved
for special occassions, but the
Dhs230 lunch allows everyone a
taste of culinary heaven.
Armani Ristorante
Rhodes Mezzanine
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12 Exchange Grill,
The Fairmont
13 Asado, The Palace
14 Margaux, Souk Al Bahar
15 Thai Kitchen,
Park Hyatt Dubai
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e name Vineet Bhatia and all it
means to foodies around the world
continues to put bums on seats.
e menu recently changed, brin-
ing even more people through
Okku’s doors. Book ahead, or
wait in the bar for a table. Either
option is appealing.
Still welcoming devoted Rhodes
acolytes in their droves, it’s always a
busy and happy place.
Time to really enjoy the chic
interior you’ve been neglecting
all winter.
Warm lighting, modern design and
comfortable furniture. A ne mix
of Michelin and Mumbai.
Subterranean, sexy and as cool as
a cucumber in dark glasses.
White with the odd touch of neon
and a tiny, tantalising glimpse of the
busy kitchen.
Just the kind of food we like –
unique and meaty. Elk, anyone?
Or maybe a slither of bison
carpaccio?
e words delicate and rened
are seldom used to describe
Indian food, but Indego’s plates are
decorated with the most innovative
in the UAE.
A new menu has just been
launched, giving a kick to what was
already a sterling choice of food.
Miso baked lobster. Yes, please.
Faultless. e white tomato soup
will treat your tongue to the time
of its life and Gary is sure to have
tinkered with the menu during his
recent visit.
Too far for some now it’s summer,
but loyal patrons will still make
the trip.
Rhodes and Bhatia in one hotel.
Who could ask for more?
Number One Sheikh Zayed Road.
You can’t ask for a better location
than that.
You can’t turn your nose up at Gros-
venor House, now, can you?
Approaching the Dhs800 mark for
two, so far from cheap, but money
well spent in our book.
Dhs800 for two for truly inspiring
Indian cuisine is almost cheap.
We’re looking at three courses, sushi
and sashimi for less than Dhs700. It
undercuts the big boys (Zuma and
Nobu) by Dhs300, at least.
One of the cheaper ne dining
restaurants, but still not your
bank manager’s best pal at around
Dhs760 for two.
Until other Indian chefs in Dubai
learn the lessons Bhatia is teaching,
nowhere will come close to Indego.
It may not have the big name, but
the kitchen has some big talent.
Okku is bested only by the almighty
Zuma.
Gary Rhodes. A thoroughly nice
man. And he knows a thing or two
about restaurants, too.
Grosvenor House, Dubai
Marina, Dubai
Sun to urs, 7pm to 11pm
Tel: (04) 3176000
www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com
e Monarch Dubai, SZR
7pm to midnight, Sun to urs,
noon to 3pm and 7pm to midnight
Tel: (04) 5018777
www.okkudubai.com
Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai
Marina, Dubai
Mon to Sat, 7pm to midnight
Tel: (04) 3998888
www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com
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10 Rare

Desert Palm, Al Awir Road,
aer International City, Dubai
Mon to Sat 7pm to 10.30pm
Tel: (04) 3238888.
www.desertpalm.peraquum.com
With the heat rendering the
terrace a no go area, Rare will
lose half its charm. But we’re
sure the restaurant will still
be busy.
Summer be damned. Where else
would we buy our bison?
Like an A-lister in an Armani suit,
Ristorante is suave, louche and
sophisticated. And with head chef
Alessandro Salvatico and restau-
rant manager Roberto Di Pierno
schmoozing with diners tableside,
there’s never a dull moment.
Perfect lighting, a grand view, com-
fortable booth seating and a bright
open kitchen. Precisely what you
would expect from Armani.
Simple Italian dishes with a ourish
cooked and presented beautifully.
Check out our review, p63.
It’s in the Burj Khalifa. at’s good
enough for us.
Dhs850 for two and worth every
dirham.
Our new favourite Italian restau-
rant.
Armani Hotel Dubai, Old Town
midday to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm
Tel: (04) 8883888
www.dubai.armanihotels.com
Okku
Rare
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11 Terra Firma, Al Badia
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12 Exchange Grill,
The Fairmont
13 Asado, The Palace
14 Margaux, Souk Al Bahar
15 Thai Kitchen,
Park Hyatt Dubai
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THE DADDIES OF THE HEALTH AND LEISURE SCENE
All expertly trained at the
Banyan Tree academy, the
sta are among the best in the
business.
Professional and friendly, these
guys make your experience at
Amara truly pleasant.
Modern zen awaits you at this
vast spa, with experienced
therapists on hand to guide you
from reception to relaxation.
e female therapists at this
ladies-only spa undergo two
years of training and the results
are impressive.
In a word? Luxurious. e
Asian-inspired treatments will
take you from the desert sands
to a distant shore.
Huge and decadent. Treat-
ments are grouped by theme
and there’s an emphasis on
pampering packages. e food
menu is great, too. Try the
barbecue chicken.
With separate menus for ladies
and gents you’ll be spoilt for
choice. e Aromatherapy
Associates treatments are par-
ticularly recommended.
Extensive with everything
from waxing and blow-dries
to luxurious packages. ey
are pretty hot on discounts so
give them a call to see what the
monthly deal is.
e treatment rooms are
lovely but e Rainforest
hydrotherapy experience is the
reason this spa is number one.

Just gorgeous, with their own
garden and outdoor shower.
ey even have a music menu
so you can avoid panpipes.
You’d never expect this shrine
to relaxation to be within ve
minutes of the manic Dubai
Mall. A welcome surprise.
In a villa on Al Wasl Road, it’s
a decadent escape with a lovely
garden for yoga.
is is a ve-star retreat and on
the pricey side, but an hour in
e Rainforest is only Dhs70 or
free if staying at the resort.
Far from cheap, but there are
monthly deals, and this is a re-
treat worth every l, especially
when you use the pool.
It’s steep, but the quality of
treatments, therapists and post-
massage snooze justify the bill.
Surprisingly reasonable at
around Dhs350 for an hour-long
massage. See page 94 for their
excellent DSS deal.
Check out page 20 for more
details, but in e Rainforest
you’ll nd an ice igloo, brine
cave, tropical rain showers,
hammam and more. Not what
you expect in Ras al Khaimah.
Book a treatment costing more
than Dhs460 at the weekends
(or longer than an hour during
the week) and you can use the
pool, steam room and gym all
day. And what a pool it is.
Make time to nibble on the
juicy dates and sip tea in the
relaxation room. ey nearly
had to ask us to leave...
e pick-up service (in a
Porsche Cayenne or Mercedes
no less) and knowledgeable sta
make for a truly relaxing spa.
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al
Khaimah
10am to 10pm
Tel: (07) 2067777
www. banyantree.com
e Address Dubai Mall,
Dubai
9am to 9pm
Tel: (04) 4388888
www.theaddress.com
e Palm Jumeirah Beach
Club, Dubai
10am to 10pm
Tel: (04) 4227115
www.sensasiaspas.com
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Quiet and charming, they get
the job done without causing
a fuss but can answer any ques-
tion you may have.
Loads of choice and the innova-
tive team behind the brand are
always coming up with new
treatments. We love specic
massages like e High Heeler.
Small and intimate, it’s the ideal
place for a cheeky ursday
aernoon rubdown. And the
dressing gowns are amazing.
Pick wisely and treatments
are reasonably priced, with an
hour-long Balinese massage for
Dhs310.
Allow some time aerwards to
enjoy the amazing ginger tea
and vegetable crudités in the
turquoise relaxation room.
Seriously, that ginger tea is like
golden nectar.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira,
Dubai
9am to 10pm
Tel: (04) 6021234
www. dubai.park.hyatt.com
3 SensAsia
Urban Spa

1047 Uttamah Villas, Al Wasl
Road, Jumeira Dubai
10am to 10pm
Tel: (04) 3489679
www.thaiprivilegespadubai.
com
Amara The Spa
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11 Lilypond, Old Town
12 Timeless Spa,
Al Maha
13Talise Spa, Al Qasr
14 Man/Age, JBR
15 Assawan,
Burj Al Arab
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e all-female sta will talk you
through your treatment or leave
you to snooze, depending on your
preference.
Super friendly and guaranteed to
make your spa experience as enjoy-
able as possible.
e team at Atlantis will greet you
with ginger tea, treat you to a top
quality pamper then bring you
more tea. We were chued.
Knowledgeable but unobtrusive,
they are consummate pros with a
genuine desire to provide you with
the service you desire.
Lime Spa has clearly done its
research. From massage and body
polishes to reexology and ear
candling, plus manis, pedis and
haircuts, it’s all here.
Try the four-handed Mandara
Massage. You’ll be pushed, pulled
and pulverised into a state of som-
nolence by two therapists.
e extensive menu covers
everything from expert pedicures
and shaves to rituals to revel in.
Particularly recommended are the
Clarins facials.
With spa, hammam, tness centre
and hair salon it is extensive, to say
the least.
Clever one-way windows in the
treatment rooms allow you to gaze
onto lush green polo elds as you
are indulged.
e soest dressing gowns in town,
Elemis facials and a beautiful steam
room are our highlights.
It’s an impressive space with
vast staircase, beautiful ‘oating’
corridor and underwater-themed
treatment rooms.
Silent but for the sound of your slip-
pered feet, with cosy treatment rooms
and a truly tranquil relaxation room,
whilst the hammam oers a unique
Arabian experience.
Sixty minutes of reexology is a
quite reasonable Dhs400.
We’d say it was mid-range. e
excellent Muscle Ease is Dhs470 for
65 minutes.
It’s expensive, with two hour-long
packages costing around Dhs1,000,
but you’ll emerge a more relaxed
and glowing version of yourself.
Various, but the Royal Hammam
treatment is a fair Dhs450 for 80
minutes.
Enjoy a sauna, steam room,
Jacuzzi and heated recliners
before and aer your treatment.
en head to Epicure or Rare for
a top feed.
If you’re lucky enough to work
nearby, keep an eye out for
Mandara’s mid-week hook-up with
restaurants in e Monarch. Lunch
and a massage? Sign us up.
We were pleasantly surprised by
Atlantis’ spa oering. Far from a
token hotel eort, this is truly a
destination spa that will have you
coming back for more.
A ladies-only spa that’s great a girls’
day out. e hammam is an essen-
tial Arabian experience that will get
your skin ready for the sun.
e Monarch Dubai, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai
9am to 10pm
Tel: (04) 5018888
www.themonarchdubai.com
Atlantis e Palm, Palm
Jumeirah, Dubai
10am to 10pm
Tel: (04) 4261020
www.atlantisthepalm.com
One&Only Royal Mirage,
Dubai Marina, Dubai
9am to 9pm
Tel: (04) 3999999
www.oneandonlyresorts.com
6 Lime Spa

7 Mandara Spa – 8 Spa & Fitness
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e sta are among the best in
Dubai, happy to explain what
they’re doing and what it does.
From deep tissue to aromath-
erapy, it’s the perfect mix of the
medical and the spiritual. Cer-
tainly enough to help you forget
all your troubles, forget all your
cares and go Downtown.
Contemporary and located in
one of the best neighbourhoods.
Reasonable, plus there always
seems to be a special oer
on the go. Who doesn’t like a
special oer?
You’ll love the attitude of the
sta who will not just prod you,
but tell you why.
e Address, Downtown
Burj Dubai, Dubai
9am to 9pm
Tel: (04) 4368888
www.theaddress.com
10 The Spa

Desert Palm, Al Awir Road,
Dubai
9am to 9pm
Tel: (04) 3238888
www.desertpalm.ae
SensAsia Urban Spa
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12 Timeless Spa,
Al Maha
13Talise Spa, Al Qasr
14 Man/Age, JBR
15 Assawan,
Burj Al Arab
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It is upon us once again. A solid month
of uninhibited worship, screaming at TV
screens in bars, nodding approvingly as
producers get their cameramen to focus
on hot Brazilian women in the crowd
and going to work each day with a pretty
bad headache.
I am, of course, talking about the planet’s
greatest sporting spectacle, the FIFA World
Cup. Four years ago I was there. I had three
of the best days of my life in Dusseldorf,
soaking up the electric atmosphere,
wrapping my arms around people from
all over the world, kicking balls through
the streets with strangers, celebrating
their victories as if they were my own and
generally feeling a unity with my fellow
man that I’d never felt before. It was
unforgettable.
Then came match day for my team, England.
I stood in the stadium at Gelsenkirchen,
watching Portugal break the hearts of an
entire country, all of us knowing that the
chances of England ever winning a penalty
shoot-out were practically non-existent.
is destined to look like their strip has been
painted on. The last time England
looked like this was 1982, when the
kits were aerodynamic but the perms
were anything but.
Now, from an athletic point of view, I can
totally understand the thinking behind the
design aesthetic. Nothing for opponents
to grab. Less drag. It makes total sense.
However, at every single game that is played
during the World Cup, there are more than
50,000 people in every stadium and millions
in bars, homes and arenas around the world
watching these matches and every single
one of us wants to wear our team’s shirt.
The problem is most of us don’t look like
professional footballers. We like to think
we do when we kick a ball around with
our mates on Tuesday nights but the truth
is, we’ve got 20kgs of ‘good times’ round
our waist that cannot be disguised in a
tight football top. My shirt is so tight small
children have been using the material across
my belly-button as a trampoline.
So here’s my advice for potential shoppers
when choosing your replica kit this
summer… Add two XXs to your normal
size. It’s depressing, it’s embarrassing
at the checkout, but at least when
your team scores and you raise your
arms in celebration, your nipples will
remain covered.
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The pain I felt afterwards was akin to being
dumped by someone you love. I wandered the
streets, alone, teary-eyed, feeling empty and
lost. It was over and there was nothing I could
do about it.
Now, four years later, I’m going to do it
all over again. I have no idea of my team’s
current form or chances but I will be there
with everybody else, yelling profanities,
chanting and generally having a blast. I
even bought my replica England shirt (red,
obviously) months ago in preparation for
the event. This brings me onto something
that I noticed creeping-in during the last
tournament that seems even more prevalent
this time around… Tight shirts.
I’m sure everyone remembers seeing
current champions, Italy, prancing around the
pitch in Germany, wearing skin-tight blue or
white shirts, resembling charging stallions,
muscles rippling beneath lycra. They looked
amazing, right? Even the most red-blooded
man can admit that.
This time around, everyone seems to have
taken note. Every competing nation’s team
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