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Contents
Features
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Rocking horses
Your essential guide to
this year’s Dubai World
Cup, from fashion to
fillies
23
Music special
Usher, The Streets,
Sandance, Stevie
Wonder and Thirty
Seconds To Mars arrive
for your listening
pleasure
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4 WHAT’S ON MARCH 2011
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Salaam
Everything you need
to know about March;
what’s hot and what's
not, we meet polo-
player Rashid Al
Habtoor, a trip to Allure
by Cipriani, where to go
this month and a few
rumours
34
Films
A sneak peak at
Scream 4 and Sucker
Punch, plus we rate the
Arthur re-make, cartoon
caper Rio and grown-
up fairy tale Red Riding
Hood
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Eating out
Taste of Dubai, sky-high
dining at At.mosphere,
the new Hakkasan
brunch, trying tapas at
Al Hambra and all your
food news
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The round-up
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and take a couple of
freebie mini-breaks. See
page 80 for more
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Art
The biggest Art Dubai
yet, this month’s
essential exhibitions
and meet our new
columnist
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Shopping
The hottest sunglasses,
the best online gifts
for Mother’s Day, a trip
to vintage boutique
Bambah and style
queen Sophia tackles
your wardrobe woes
71
Mind & body
What happens when
you haven’t been to the
dentist in ten years?
Plus this month’s spa
deals, exotic therapies
from tropical lands and
a trip to Saray Spa
83
Sport & outdoor
It’s time for another
challenge, this time we
take on a triathlon and
get some expert advice.
Mr Fitness answers your
exercise questions, and
a preview of the big
rugby action
91
Music
Pop rockers Behold The
Locus are our band of
the month, Depeche
Mode’s Andrew Fletcher
and all the happenings
in clubland
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Travel
An exhilarating trip to
Kenya for ballooning
and beasties, travel tips
from a top tailor and
some budget-friendly
breaks
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Hot lists
Who’s king of the world
and top of the heap
when it comes to spas,
bars, restaurants and
brunches?
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Backchat
Catboy shows his softer
side with an ode to
Mother’s Day. Bless
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Editor’s note
This month we’ve been...
Doing some light reading, p67
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Complete Madness was a 16-track ‘best of’ album by London ska/
pop band Madness, featuring all the Nutty Boys’ hits including
Embarrassment, My Girl and It Must Be Love. More importantly, to me,
anyway, it was also the first record I ever bought.
Kind of cool, as first records go, although I was pretty much cajoled into buying it by my
older brother, who tended to cajole me into all kinds of things back then (‘you’re the
test driver of this shoddily-cobbled together go-kart’, ‘you’re the pilot of our down-the-
stairs-on-a-cushion sledge’), normally with threats of a slap around the head. To be fair
to my brother, his musical cajoling actually stood me in good stead – thanks to him
I acquired a taste not only for ska, but for punk, early electronica, and all kinds of off-
the-wall stuff. While the rest of my class at school were singing along to Kylie, I was out
buying The Sex Pistols, New Order and Kraftwerk. I’m not saying that made me better
than them (I am. And it does), I’m merely pointing out my music obsession – and it is in
an obsession – started at an early age.
But then, music plays a part in most people’s lives, be it an obsession, like mine, or just
something that makes the drive to work that little bit easier.
This month the Emirates is the perfect place for music lovers of all varieties, with
appearances in Dubai from The Streets, Usher, 2ManyDJs and the Brand New Heavies at
Sandance, while Abu Dhabi welcomes Thirty Seconds To Mars and the utterly brilliant
Stevie Wonder. I hope you’re as excited about that as we are. Because, music obsessive
or not, I bet you can still name that first record you bought.
Enjoy the issue.
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8 WHAT’S ON MARCH 2011
A pair of pages to put a spring in your step this March
Salaam!
What’s not
Salik
Gah – can there be anything worse than
constantly topping up your Salik?! Bad news,
then – the RTA is set to open two more Salik
gates on Al Ghusias and Al Ittihad roads.
Time to buy a Metro pass.
Du
We enjoy the TV and Internet service, but
Du’s customer service is atrocious. We spent
two hours in a queue at The Dubai Mall
branch recently, and the phone service is
even worse. Sort it out.
What’s hot
Benches
Dubai-based fashion and lifestyle
boutique S*uce has decided
that the city needs more
benches and has asked artists
and designers to create
customised designs to be
displayed at Art Dubai and
around the emirate.
www.sauceloves.com/benches
The Extra Cold Freezer
We had a rather good time in Heineken’s
moveable bar at the Rugby Sevens last
year, and it’s set to return at the Sandance
festival at Nasimi Beach on March 11 (p23).
Chefs doing battle
We couldn’t possibly miss an event called
The Battle Of The Chefs, now, could we?
Every month The Address Montgomerie
Dubai will invite the city’s chefs to
compete in a three-dish cook off. And
you get to eat the results.
Mar 16, The Address Montgomerie
Dubai, Dhs275 no alcohol, Dhs355 house
beverages. Tel: (04) 3631275. www.
theaddress.com
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Guess list
What the rumour mill ground
out this month
85%
THE KOOKS
An insider involved with next month’s Chill
Out festival has informed us that the indie
popsters could be playing. Quite a coup,
promoters have been trying to pull that off
for a while.
75%
IPAD
We know, all you cool kids already have one,
but word on the new generation tech grape-
vine is that Apple is set to officially launch
every geek’s best friend in the UAE very soon.
60%
MARK RONSON
The über-cool spinner drew a huge crowd
for his visit to Trilogy last year. We know, we
were in it. Rumours of a return are doing the
This month we’re going to…
Alfresco concerts
Don't miss Music In The Park with the Centre
Of Musical Arts and Dubai Classical Guitar
Orchestra performing at Safa Park. Or Opera
In The Park, with London opera singers Foley
and Hepburn at the Wafi rooftop gardens.
Mar 25, Music in the Park, Safa Park, Dubai,
from 3.30pm, Dhs3. Mar 30, Opera in the Park,
Wafi, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs145 with picnic basket.
Tel: (04) 3244100.
2MANYDJS
Mar 11, Sandance, Nasimi Beach, Dubai
(p23)
We told you so...
rounds – but, we’re told, this time it will be on
an even bigger scale. Watch this space.
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A pair of pages to put a spring in your step this March
Salaam!
Find us at
www.facebook.com/WhatsOnDubai
This month we’re going to…
The Threadneedle Dubai
Gold Cup is one of the main
events on the Dubai polo
calender. Rashid Al Habtoor,
whose Mahra team won the
first edition of the event in
2010, fancies his chances of
victory again at this month’s
tournament
Five Questions… Rashid Al Habtoor
Why polo?
I have been playing for the past 20 years.
It’s so exciting and beautiful, this harmony
between the man, the horse and the ball.
But I also love polo because it is more than a
game – it’s a lifestyle.
It has a reputation for being an elite sport
for the wealthy. True?
Well, it all depends on you; how many
times you want to play, with how many
professionals and where you are located
in the world. It is an expensive sport, but
you can spend from Dhs2,000 a month or
Dhs200,000 a month. If you are thinking of
playing polo, you mustn’t be afraid of horses
or speed, since they are the two essential
components of the sport. You have to love
to ride and have the patience to learn to
play.
It’s quite a dangerous sport, right?
The worst experience that I witnessed was
during the Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup.
Two players collided at full speed with their
horses. We just saw them flying in the air
due to the violence of the impact.
Blimey. Are you sure we should come and
watch?
Yes – it’s an exciting game to watch and
it’s great for families as well. This level of
polo is very rare in the UAE, that’s why this
tournament is so special. Depending on the
ticket you buy, you can have brunch on the
VIP Terrace. There will be Skydivers from Sky
Dubai, an after-party in the Horizon Lounge
at the Habtoor Grand and fireworks to enjoy.
Will we be seeing your team win again
this year?
My team and I are ready. We are a strong
team with passion for the game and very
good horses, so we will do our best to win
this year. All the teams have their qualities
and we take them all as very serious
competition. This season there will be great
players such as Nacho Gonzales, Ignacio
Tocolino and Alfredo Capella Barabucci to
name just a few.
Mar 2 to 11, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club,
Arabian Ranches. Tel: (04) 3437887. www.
dubaipologoldcup.com
Nezesaussi Grill
As cricket fans know, the ICC Cricket World
Cup is in full swing and will be until April 2.
The good ‘ol Nezesaussi Grill, which does a
cracking pie, is showing all the matches and
offering special menus for lunch and dinner
throughout the tournament. Howzat!
Nezesaussi Grill, Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown
Dubai, Sun to Thurs noon to 2am, Fri and Sat
10am to 2am. Tel: (04) 4285888. www.nezgrill.
com
The Pavilion
Downtown Dubai
The opening of the Armani hotel and Burj
Khalifa have brought Downtown to life, and
now The Pavilion Downtown Dubai arts
centre has opened up, too. Boasting two
galleries, The Pavilion will run a programme
of exhibitions and act as a venue for artistic
discussions. We love a bit of culture.
The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, opposite Burj
Khalifa, Dubai. www.thepavilion.ae
What does it look like?
Cipriani restaurant is awash with white
leather chairs, with the wood-panelled
walls sporting portholes for an ‘at-sea’
feel, complete with views of the marina.
Upstairs, at the nightclub Allure, the
modern white look continued. I loved the
private seating pods and suspended ceiling,
fringed with LED lights. Very swanky.
Who goes there?
There was a mix of families and couples
in the restaurant, but Allure was full of
fashionable types in their early 30s taking
to the dance floor for the resident DJ’s mix
of familiar pop, R&B and house music.
Any bar nibbles?
The sushi downstairs was some of the best
I’ve ever tried. The yellowtail kizame with
yuzu soy is a must.
Drink recommendations?
You can’t go to Cipriani and not try their
signature Bellinis.
When should you go?
Allure gets busy with their ladies night on
a Wednesday, but Thursdays and Fridays
are packed.
How's the service?
Outstanding. Those Bellinis kept on coming.
What's the taxi situation?
Stress free.
GEORDIEBIRD'S VERDICT:
Allure by Cipriani sits snugly between
Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and with a rare
late licence until 6am (amazing!), I'll
definitelybe heading back there for the
carnival themed night.
Allure by Cipriani, Yas Marina, Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 5650050. www.
nightcluballure.com
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BEFORE…
10 WHAT’S ON MARCH 2011
Rocking
horses
The outfits, the mingling, the money and, of course, the
horses; the Dubai World Cup is one of the city’s most
exciting events and one of the richest races in the world.
Here’s everything you need to know, from getting ready
to the best after-parties
As well as being a social must-do, the races
are a chance to dress up to the nines. It is
however, something of a sartorial mineeld.
Here are the tailors, tips and tricks to ensure
you make it to the party pages
TOP THREE TAILORS
In a town where you don’t need to earn a
salary the size of a small country’s GDP to get
a suit made to order, the races are a perfect
excuse to indulge in some tailoring. Here’s
our top spots to get measured up:
1. WHISTLE & FLUTE
is Satwa spot is harder to nd than the
philosopher’s stone but is worth the hunt.
Oering a full range of bespoke tailoring,
from shirts to suits, as well as alterations, the
family-run business has all your tailoring
needs covered. Expect to pay around Dhs150
upwards for a shirt, with suits coming in
around the Dhs2,000 mark. Material is
available in shop or, if they don’t have what
you want, the guys will recommend a visit to
the nearby Deepak’s, which stocks just about
everything.
Whistle & Flute, off Plant Street, Satwa, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3429229
2. SANTOBA TAILORS
Ask for Rajesh or Prakash, the two brothers
who own the store, who will guide you
through the process from cloth selection,
to style, right down to the lining. ey also
make shirts and have a range of fabrics and
will cater to the most discerning of tastes. A
full bespoke shirt comes in at around Dhs200
and suits will vary according to cloth and
the amount of material you require, but be
prepared to spend between Dhs1,300 and
Dhs2,000 for a good suit that will stand the
test of time. Allow approximately two weeks
for a suit as you will need to be measured,
then go back for a rst tting for them to
make alterations. For shirts, allow a week.
Santoba Tailors, near York International Hotel,
Bur Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3931234. www.
santobatailors.com
3. M2M
Paying a visit to the small M2M boutique,
opened on Beach Road at the tail-
end of 2009 by veteran tailor Kamlesh
Ramchadani, is a slightly grander
experience than seeking out one of the
talented tailors hidden away in the back
streets of Bur Dubai. A bespoke suit can
be had for a reasonable Dhs1,200, though
you could pay anything up to Dhs6,000,
depending on the fabric you choose. With
15 tailors, all with a guaranteed ten years
in the trade, and a pair of master cutters,
you’re in good hands.
M2M, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3, Villa 1,
opposite Sunset Mall, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3942244
Few of the 60,000 spectators who crammed
into the Meydan Racecourse at Nad Al
Sheba last year will forget the spine-tingling
climax to the US$10 million Dubai World
Cup, the world’s richest horse race. Gloria de
Campeao held on to beat Lizard’s Desire by
a nose, perhaps even a nostril, with Allybar
a short head away in third place in the
tightest of photo-finishes.
Another thriller is likely this month, once
the mammoth list of 312 ‘nominations’ from
18 countries has been whittled down to a
star-spangled field of 14. The crème de la
crème of the equine fraternity will do battle
over 8.75 furlongs on the Tapeta all-weather
track, with representatives jetting in from
all over the globe to take part. Seven other
top-notch races – and a total prize fund of
US$26.25m – attracts the very best.
Bold Silvano, trained by Mike de Kok in
South Africa, is many experts’leading fancy for
the World Cup, especially after his smart win
in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round Two at
the Dubai International Racing Carnival last
month. Mendip, from the UAE’s Godolphin
stable, took the Al Maktoum Challenge Round
One and could also go close while Cape
Blanco, the Irish Derby and Irish Champion
Stakes winner from the Ballydoyle yard, will
have his backers.
Snow Fairy, the globetrotting
superstar filly, is a four-time
Group One winner and
won valuable events in
Japan and Hong Kong last
autumn. If he’s not going for
the World Cup, trainer Ed Dunlop will
target the Sheema Classic or Dubai
Horses for courses
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DURING…
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The party
fuel
The food and drink element of the day can’t
be underestimated, with some of Dubai’s most
popular venues setting up shop at Meydan.
This year you can expect to find the Irish Village
pulling pints, Rock Bottom keeping the party
going and food from all over the world. May we
recommend getting some carbs down your
neck? Remember, race day is a marathon, not
a sprint – especially if you’re hanging out in the
Bubble Lounge.
Tickets
Join the masses on the Apron or splash the
cash in the tiered restaurant? Read on and
decide what you want for your dirhams
APRON VIEWS
Dhs350
The majority of party
people will be here,
sampling drinks
from various venues,
posing for pics and
making mischief.
Best for... seeing
everyone you know in
Dubai in one place
PREMIUM SEATING
Dhs12,00 – Dhs1,400
There are three Premium Seating areas
arranged near the finish line. Included
in the price are house beverages, soft
drinks, afternoon tea and dinner snacks,
plus indoor and outdoor seating.
Best for… soaking up the atmosphere
in style
PARADE RING RESTAURANT
Dhs2,750
This ground-floor restaurant will be
serving unlimited buffet fare, offers
afternoon tea, includes house beverages
and TVs are dotted everywhere so you
don’t miss any action.
Best for… Hungry horsey types

TIERED RESTAURANT
Dhs3,000
Opt for this package and you’ll get
your own reserved table, afternoon tea,
five-course set menu, soft drinks, house
beverages and unrivalled views across
the racetrack.
Best for… Food fans and lovers of luxury
Hate having to buy books
of vouchers in order to
get a round of drinks in?
Fear not, Meydan will
have cash bars, so you
won’t find yourself with
pockets lined with useless
coupons the next morning.
Other venues should pay
attention. Just saying.
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The venue
The vast 1.6km-long Meydan Racecourse is
a mere 15 minutes from downtown Dubai
and boasts 10,000 parking spaces. We’d
bet you’re not driving though. It also has
numerous restaurants, an IMAX, museum,
marina, leisure facilities and a hotel, but for
the big day all you need to know is that
Meydan has the capacity to hold, entertain
and feed 60,000 revellers.
Tickets available
from Meydan, Nad
Al Sheba, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3270000.
www.dubaiworld
cup.com
Horses for courses
Duty Free Stakes. “We’ll watch all the trials,”
he said, “see how she trains and then select a
race.”
Connections Of Transcend are hoping
for an upgrade from the Godolphin Mile to
the World Cup after his win in the US$2.2
million February Stakes in Tokyo, while
Twice Over, a disappointing tenth in the
main event in 2010, will have a warm-up
race on Super Thursday to get used to the
conditions before going for the big one. “He
seems to be getting better with age,”his
trainer Henry Cecil insisted.
Class acts all of them... and all trying to
emulate glorious Gloria from last year.
EARLY ODDS
4-1 Bold Silvano, Cape Blanco, Snow
Fairy; 5-1 Twice Over; 7-1 Gio Ponti; 10-1
Musir, Mendip; 12-1 Gitano Hernando;
14-1 Allybar; 16-1 Debussy
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Brian Meehan is one of
the UK’s top trainers who
has enjoyed success at the
Dubai World Cup in the past
and has a horse running this
year. We caught up with him
to talk form, memories and,
of course, money

Do you hope to have runners at the
World Cup every year?
Of course. It’s a very important meeting
in the racing calender and the rst
major event of the year. I’ve probably
had a dozen or so runners since I started
coming to Dubai and I hope to have
many more.
What is the World Cup’s main
attraction?
e prize money. It’s huge! But we’re also
looked aer extremely well – ourselves,
the horses, the owners. Everyone is so
friendly towards all of us.
What do you think of the Meydan
Racecourse?
It’s wonderful, everything about it. And
the turf track is possibly the best in the
world, certainly in the top four or ve.
ere are mixed opinions about the
Tapeta [the all-weather track] but, I
suppose, it’s case of horses for courses.
Away from the racecourse, how do you
relax in Dubai?
On the beach. at’s a must. We’ll go
out and see a few sights as well. We
always get a really lovely hotel to stay in
and Tracy Gill, the Dubai Racing Club’s
international liaison ocer, is always
there to help. She makes it really happen
for us.
You won the Dubai Duty Free race with
David Junior in 2006. What are your
memories of that?
It was a marvellous occasion. He was the
rst runner from our Manton stables [at
Marlborough, Wiltshire] and what a win.
What a great way to open our account,
too. Back at the hotel, the celebrations
went on long into the night. You could
say that we had a good time.
Don’t let a good outt go to waste – keep
the fun owing with our pick of Dubai’s
most party-friendly bars. Just remember to
schedule a ‘meeting’ on Sunday morning
ahead of time
DOUBLE DECKER
e classic post-race venue, DD’s garden is
now open for under the stars revelry or head
to the bar inside for a good feed, sporting
action on the screens and a bit of a dance.
Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3211111
LONG’S BAR
Well located, well priced and well relaxed, this
is the place to head to let your hair down aer
the last race. ey oen have special deals on
for race-goers too, so keep your hat on if you
want money o.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3122202
The
trainer
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BARASTI
From turf to sand, Barasti is always packed on
Saturday nights, but on the 26th it will be rammed.
Sharpen those elbows if you’re at the bar, or crash
out with some sh’n’chips on a beach bed.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina,
Dubai Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3993333
IRISH VILLAGE
Pie and chips should sort you out for the next
morning. If in doubt, have more chips and a
pint of lemonade. You’re welcome.
The Aviation Club, Garhoud, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 2824750
CHI@THE LODGE
Wow. You really want to make it a big night,
eh? Chi will be one big outdoor party. We
predict many a tie, hat and waistcoat will be
found on the danceoor the next morning.
Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3379470
Barasti
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FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE
Dubai’s Festival Of Literature is back, with a bigger and
better bundle of wordsmiths than ever before, from Michael
Palin to Margaret Atwood, plus some fantastic new talent from
the Middle East. Here’s the inside scoop and hot highlights
In the 1970s his first novel,
The Kids, landed him a job
on British music bible the
NME, throwing him into the
chaotic world of the emerg-
ing punk scene. The 1980s
saw him penning columns
for women’s mags as he
struggled to bring up a child
on his own. And in the 1990s
his best-seller Man And Boy
made him a literary star. He is,
of course, Tony Parsons
Tony, we hear you’re going to teach us how
to write a best-seller at the festival. How?
You can teach people to avoid making common
mistakes; you can give them a few guidelines.
ey still have to drive to the destination
themselves, but you can tell them the route that
you think they should take.
Did you have a route map when you wrote
your first novel?
I didn’t really know anything about anything. It’s
amazing how dumb I was. I probably had wildly
unrealistic dreams about what getting published
was going to do. It’s not false modesty to say e
Kids wasn’t very good. It was the kind of eort
that gets le in the bottom drawer, but it was
great for me because it got me my rst job in
journalism.
That was your job at the NME. How much
did you want that job?
Yeah, I denitely wanted it. e paper was
important to me when I was a young man, and a
boy even. It was central to my life and I admired
a lot of people who wrote for the NME. I thought
that if I got a book published then the world
would give me enough money to be a writer and
to live on, to do the one thing I wanted to do and
was half good at. And it kind of turned out like
that.
You went from working in a gin factory to
interviewing The Clash. That was quite a
jump.
Yeah, I would have said to my younger self at
the NME, you can relax a bit, take in the sights,
appreciate what you’ve got here, count your
blessings and maybe not smell the roses, but
smell the leather trousers. It seemed normal at
the time for me to be interviewing Debbie Harry
or e Clash or even Mick Jagger and Keith
Richards. at was my job. at’s what I was
there for. at’s what I did for a living.
Your novel, Stories We Could Tell, is based on
your time at the NME. How close to reality is
that book?
It’s as close as I could get to explaining what life
was like then, in as much as it was enormous
fun and also absolutely drug soaked. ere were
people settling down to careers and others who
would be dead within a year. e action takes
place in one night in that book because that
replicates what it’s like to be young, the highs
and lows, the agonies and the ecstasies you go
through.
What was life like post NME?
We has so much fuss made of us at the NME that
we thought everybody would be beating a path
to our door, that we would be given newspaper
columns and TV shows, that the world owed
us a living. e truth is, the world had never
heard of us. at was a slap in the kisser, but we
probably needed a slap in the kisser.
How did you cope?
It was ten hard years, from one end of the 1980s
Stories he could tell
to the other, doing work where I could, waiting
for the postman to deliver a cheque. But if you
can survive, and I just about survived, good
things happen. What happened for me was a
friend of mine asked me to start writing stu for
the women’s magazine she worked for. I was the
token guy.
It must have been very different to working
on the NME?
Yeah, but even though I was in my mid-20s,
I didn’t feel I had the option to go wandering
around America with Ian Dury or e
Clash. Being asked to write stu for women’s
magazines, and later men’s magazines, was really
a second chance for a career. And I realised I’d
actually prefer to be writing about men and
women, or fathers and sons.
Was that the realisation that led to you
writing Man And Boy?
When I wrote Man And Boy I was pretty settled.
I was on TV every week on a little show, Piers
Morgan took me from e Daily Telegraph as

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FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE
Michael Palin
Comedian, actor, television presenter, world
traveller and author are just a few of the
hats that Michael Palin’s worn during his
career. He opens the festival with a live show
entitled Forty Years Without a Proper Job.
Mar 8, Gala Evening
1, Dubai Cultural
and Scientific
Association, Al
Mamzar, Dubai 8pm
to 11pm, Dhs125 to
Dhs195
Big hitters
The literary giants joining Parsons at the Lit Fest
Margaret Atwood
Atwood is one of the world’s greatest living
authors, boasting 13 novels, including The
Handmaid’s Tale, winner of the first Arthur
C Clarke Award for best Science Fiction, the
Booker Prize-wining The Blind Assassin, and
Oryx and Crake.
Mar 9, Gala Evening
2, Dubai Cultural and
Scientific Association, Al
Mamzar, Dubai, 8pm to
11pm, Dhs125 to 195
Lionel Shriver
Journalist and author
Lionel Shriver published her first novel,
The Female Of The Species, in 1986, but it
was her controversial 2003 book about a
teenage sociopath perpetrating a school
massacre, We Need to Talk About Kevin, that
catapulted her to worldwide fame and won
the 2005 Orange Prize for fiction.
Mar 10, Festival Book Club, Al Ras 2,
InterContinental DFC, 3pm to 4pm, Dhs65 and
Mar 11, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Dhs65
his rst signing when he became editor of e
Mirror, and I was remarried and happy. But I
just felt I had this book inside me that I had to
write, even if it wasn’t successful. If I hadn’t gone
through that hard time I wouldn’t have had that
impetus, I would have been too comfortable. But
there was something gnawing at me inside and
it’s gnawing at me still.
A new book?
Yeah, it’s called Catching The Sun and it’s about
a British family who move to Phuket in Thailand
and what happens to them. All my mates live
abroad, in Hong Kong or Los Angeles, so it’s a
big part of my life, that expat urge.
March 11, How to Write a Best-seller, Al Majlis,
InterContinental DFC, 11am to 1pm, Dhs200
Mar 12, Tony Parsons in Conversation with Paul
Blezard, Al Ras 1, InterContinental DFC, 10.30pm to
11.30pm, Dhs65
TONY’S TOP TIPS
Three nuggets of literary advice from
the Man And Boy author
t
You’re the best critic of your own work
t
Rewrite as much as possible
t
Take the opportunity to learn how to do it
whenever you can. I attend Robert McKee’s
writing seminars once every year or two
“It was ten hard years,
from one end of the
eighties to the other,
doing work where I could,
waiting for the postman
to deliver a cheque”
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FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE
AHMED AMIRI
Journalist, satirist and author of
the short story collection The
Lion, Who Admitted.
Mar 12, Keeping It Real:
Where Fiction and Journalism Meet, Al Ras 3,
InterContinental DFC, 3pm to 4pm, Dhs65
KHALID AL-BUDOOR
Poet and founder of the Emirates Writers’ Union.
Mar 11, Magical Moments in the Desert of Time,
Al Khaimah, InterContinental DFC, 7pm to 8pm,
Dhs30
NASSER AL DHAHERI
Journalist Al Dhaheri and has published three short
story collections and a novel.
Mar 12, Keeping It Real: Where Fiction And
Journalism Meet, Al Ras 3, InterContinental DFC,
3pm to 4pm, Dhs65
NUJOOM AL GHANEM
Poet Al Ghanem has directed four films.
Mar 10, Poetry Of The Unexpected, Al Khaimah,
InterContinental DFC, 9.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs30
DR SALEM HUMAID
Author and Head of research for the Dubai
Culture and Arts Authority.
Mar 10, Bridging The Culture Gap, InterContinental
DFC, 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Dhs30
IBRAHIM MOHAMMAD IBRAHIM
Winner of the poetry prize at the Emirates
Appreciation Award for the Arts in 2009.
Mar 10, An Evening Of Arabic Poetry, Al Ras 3,
InterContinental DFC, 7pm to 8.30pm, Dhs65
AMNA AL MANSOORI
An academic, Al Mansoori worked as a
scriptwriter on popular television show Freej and
has written a novel, Your Eyes, Hamda!
Mar 10, Past And Present: The Next Chapter Of New
Emirati Fiction, Al Khaimah, InterContinental DFC,
6.30pm to 7.30pm, Dhs30
DR FATIMA AL MAZROUI
A member of the Federal National Council,
Al Mazroui’s book, Monafarat in Pre-Islamic
Literature, won the Best UAE Book prize at last
year’s Sharjah International Book Fair.
Mar 12, Influences and Traditions in Writing Short
Stories, Al Majlis, InterContinental DFC, 8pm to
9pm, Dhs30
ALI F MOSTAFA
The man behind the UAE’s biggest ever film, City
Of Life.
Mar 12, From Script To Screen With Acclaimed
Director Ali Mostafa, Al Ras 1, InterContinental DFC,
1.30pm to 3pm, Dhs65
MOHAMMED AL MURR
Author and Deputy chairman of Dubai Culture
and Arts Authority.
Mar 12, Influences and Traditions in Writing Short
Stories, Al Majlis, InterContinental DFC, 8pm to
9pm, Dhs30
MARYAM AL SAEDI
Al Saedi has published two story collections,
Mariam and the Good Fortune and I Look Smart.
Mar 12, Ones To Watch – New Stars In The Literary
Firmament, Al Ras 1, InterContinental DFC, 6pm to
7pm, Dhs65
WAEL AL SAYEGH
Poet, essayist and founder of inter-cultural
consulting firm ALGHAF HRC.
Mar 10, Poetry Of The Unexpected, Al Khaimah,
InterContinental DFC, 9.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs30.
www.waelalsayegh.com
ALI AL SHAALI
Poet and Director of the Knowledge Production
Sector at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum Foundation.
Mar 11, In Conversation, Al Khaimah,
InterContinental DFC,
5pm to 6pm, Dhs30,
Magical Moments in the
Desert of Time, 7pm to
8pm, Dhs30
DHA’EN SHAHEEN
Poet Shaheen is editor
in chief of Dubai
newspaper Al Bayan and editor of the Arab
Writers’ General Foundation magazine Shoun
Adabia. Mar 9, Gala Evening 2, Dubai Cultural and
Scientific Association, 8pm to 11pm, Dhs125 to 195
JAMAL AL SHEHHI
CEO of Dubai International Children’s Book
Fair and director of Culture Development
at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Foundation, Al Shehhi also runs Kuttab
Publishing. www.kuttabpublishing.com
Mar 11, Curious Incidents: Writing For Teenagers, Al
Majlis, InterContinental DFC, 8pm to 9pm, Dhs30
Local talent
15 UAE stars appearing at the festival
Best of
the rest
Our festival highlights
MARCH 10
Bernard Cornwell In Conversation
The master of historical fiction and
author of the popular Sharpe series
chats to BBC presenter Gavin Esler.
Al Ras 2, InterContinental DFC, 9pm to
10pm, Dhs65
MARCH 11
Mark Billingham Masterclass
The best-selling crime writer reveals the
secrets of writing crime fiction.
Al Khaimah, InterContinental DFC, 10am
to 12.30pm, Dhs200
MARCH 12
Digital Revolution 2
A panel of authors discuss the impact
of technology on books and ask, is the
book dead?
Al Ras 2, InterContinental DFC, 7.30pm to
9pm, Dhs39
Don’t
miss
MICHELIN MAN
All that intellectual activity
is sure to make you hungry,
so the festival organisers have arranged
for multi-Michelin star chef French
Pierre Gagnaire to put on a display of
his culinary skills followed by a Literary
Lunch at his restaurant Reflets.
Mar 10, Cooking Demonstration and
Literary Lunch with Pierre Gagnaire,
InterContinental Dubai Festival City,
11.30am to 12.30pm and 12.45pm to
2.45pm, Dhs300. Tel: (04) 3420060. www.
eaifl.com
THE DETAILS
WHEN: Mar 8 to 12
WHERE: Festival of Literature, Dubai
Cultural and Scientific Association, Al
Mamzar and Intercontinental Event
Centre, InterContinental Dubai Festival
City, Dubai
TEL: (04) 3420060
WEB: www.eaifl.com
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Made with peas from Souk Al
Bahar’s farmers’ market, you can
taste the fresh spring flavours
in this vibrant soup. Underpinned by a soft
smokiness from the meat, then further
complemented by caraway seeds, lemon
zest and a swirl of sour cream, this was an
absolute winner. Comforting and refreshing
at the same time. Delicious.
Fountain, Mövenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai,
Dhs35. Tel: (04) 3104202
Sharp and fresh, this chilled delight smacks
of ripe vegetables and hours of balancing
flavours. Made with sherry vinegar, it has
just the right bite and would be the perfect
starter on a warm Dubai evening.
Seville’s, Wafi, Oud Metha, Dubai, Dhs32.
Tel: (04) 3244100
In a clear chicken broth lies a nest of thin
crispy noodles, topped with chicken,
broccoli and carrots in the shape of
butterflies. The soup itself is thick and
nutty, smooth without being creamy and
complemented by the carb-loaded crunch
of the noodles.
Anise, InterContinental Festival City, Dubai,
Dhs35. Tel: (04) 7011111
This brilliantly hued bowlful comes with
chunks of carrot, cumin and chili bread,
perfect for dunking into the creamy soup.
The taste is as colourful as you’d expect –
nicely spiced and warming. Just the thing
for a weekend lunch.
The One, Beach Road, Dubai, Dhs28.
Tel: (04) 3456687
Even frothier than it looks, this managed to
win over the ‘shroom haters in the tasting
panel. Incredibly light in both taste and
texture, this would be a cracking start to
any meal.
Bistro Restaurant, Ramada Hotel, Bur Dubai,
Dubai, Dhs30. Tel: (04) 3519999
We love a good miso, and by jove this is a
good miso. The small bowl delivers a big hit
of seaweed at the bottom, with plenty of
texture to set you up for a Japanese meal.
This is definitely a starter – but a very strong
one.
Okku, The Monarch, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, Dhs15. Tel: (04) 5018888
GREEN PEA AND BACON
FOUNTAIN
10/10
GAZPACHO
SEVILLE’S
9/10
CANTONESE FRIED
NOODLE SOUP
ANISE 8/10
PUMPKIN AND SAGE
SOUP
THE ONE 8/10
MUSHROOM CAPPUCCINO
BISTRO RESTAURANT
8/10
MISO SOUP
OKKU
7.5/10
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Dubai’s
best soups
When life’s getting you down, all you need is a hug in
a mug (or bowl). We’ve rounded up some super soups
from across the city to warm your cockles – and help
you keep your cool
Green Pea and Bacon
by Fountain
Mushroom Cappuccino
by Bistro Restaurant
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Wonderfully creamy without being too
thick, this smoothie is crammed with subtle
tastes vying for your attention. Soft in both
colour and texture, it’s filling enough for a
lunch or a sturdy starter.
Medzo, Wafi, Oud Metha, Dubai, Dhs39.
Tel: (04) 3244100
Just the kind of soup you’d crave after
a day on the slopes, this is a bowlful of
cheesy, garlicky goodness. It’s guaranteed
to ward off any impending cold, but not
recommended for a first date, unless you
both order it. Punchy.
Bistro Restaurant, Ramada Hotel, Bur Dubai,
Dubai, Dhs30. Tel: (04) 3519999
Giant prawns swim in this warming broth of
spices and vegetables. This would sort you
out after a heavy night out, and no mistake,
probably followed by a creamy Thai curry. It
packs a punch without shocking the system.
Thai Chi, Wafi, Oud Metha, Dubai, Dhs76.
Tel: (04) 3244100
Packed with every mollusc and fishy friend
under the sea, Al Fresco’s offering tastes very
fresh, with a tomato base and squeeze of
lemon. Chunks of scallops and mussel add
substance, but we couldn’t taste the sprig of
rosemary on top, which was a shame.
Al Fresco, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, Dhs38. Tel: (04) 3311111
An elaborate affair, complete with potato
fondant foam, quenelle of black truffle,
squid and mushroom, and seared scallops
floating in a salty seafood broth. Very
attractive until the eating starts; it quickly
turned into a curled grey mess. Still very
tasty, though.
Chadi Kitchen, Dubai Marine Resort & Spa,
Beach Road, Dubai, Dhs65 Tel: (04) 3461111
This clear, spicy broth needs a bit more
complexity, but the flavours were well
balanced and the massive prawns and lime
swayed us.
Thai Kitchen, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai,
Dhs68. Tel: (04) 6021234
Not particularly inspiring, with cubed veggies
in a clear soup, this is something we’d expect
to come out of a can rather than a kitchen.
Not unpleasant, but really rather boring.
Bellucci, Wafi, Oud Metha, Dubai, Dhs33.
Tel: (04) 3244100
Alone, this soup was more like a thin
passata, but with the bruschetta it was
improved. Lacking in substance and
seasoning somewhat, it was something we
could whizz up with a few tomatoes and a
blender. Disappointing.
The Exchange Grill, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai, Dhs50. Tel: (04) 3118246
Creamier than your usual seafood soup,
this bowl was full of underwater characters
to create a good depth of flavour. Well
seasoned, but we were slightly put off by
how, well, lifelike the unshelled prawns
looked. Someone, peel them please!
Da Vinci’s, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud,
Dubai, Dhs45. Tel: (04) 2823464
ASPARAGUS AND SPINACH
SOUP WITH TORTELLINI
MEDZO 7.5/10
ROASTED GARLIC AND
VEGETABLE BROTH
BISTRO RESTAURANT 7.5/10
TOM YAM
THAI CHI
7.5/10
SEAFOOD SOUP
AL FRESCO
7/10
FUSION SEAFOOD SOUP
WITH LEMONGRASS
CHADI KITCHEN 7/10
TOM YAM
THAI KITCHEN
6.5/10
HOT AND SOUR
SEAFOOD SOUP
SHANG PALACE 6.5/10
NONA LIVIA’S
MINESTRONE SOUP
BELLUCCI 5/10
HEIRLOOM TOMATO
GAZPACHO
THE EXCHANGE GRILL 4/10
ITALIAN SEAFOOD
SOUP
DA VINCI’S 7/10
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Fusion Seafood Soup with
Lemongrass by Chadi Kitchen
Seafood Soup by Al Fresco
Neither particularly hot nor sour, this soup
was nonetheless very tasty, it just needed
a bit more kick. The seafood is almost
shredded, which makes it easier to eat than
those with whole prawns or scallops, but
it doesn’t look very pretty. It’s the Anthony
Worrall-Thompson of the soup world – not
attractive, but kind to the palate.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai, Dhs34. Tel: (04) 3438888
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What’s next for you both?
On April 1 we’re starting a big project that
we’re releasing for free on the Internet, a
24-hour radio station called Radio Soulwax.
We’re putting the nishing touches on that
now, and then we start on the new Soulwax
record. It’s going to be a pretty eventful year.
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Stephen Dewaele, one half of sibling
mash-up kings 2ManyDJs, tells us
about naked fans and what’s next for
the brothers
You’re headlining Sandance’s post-sundown
festivities. Are you nocturnal types?
Night-time suits us best. We’ve become
night owls. We live in the night and get up
late. If we had a choice, it would probably be
dierent – we’d like to go early to bed.
2ManyDJ’s sets are renowned for
unexpected occurrences, including one UK
show where a fan jumped onstage naked.
Are you mindful of curbing such excesses in
the UAE?
If somebody wants to jump onstage naked I
hope I’m not going to get arrested! If anybody
wants to do that they’re more than welcome.
On the other hand, in Dubai everybody always
warns us before we go, but I remember it
being pretty relaxed. We did a festival there as
[rock band alter ego] Soulwax. ey told us we
couldn’t swear, so we had to edit out little bits.
But it wasn’t bad. I was amazed by the crowd.
As brothers, do you ever squabble on tour?
e whole time, of course. We’re brothers
– that’s what you do. But it makes it easier,
because we understand each other when we
play music. We don’t need to talk to each
other that much.
THE BRAND
NEW HEAVIES
The British acid jazz
legends are best
known for their hit
Midnight At The Oasis
but, as Andrew Levy
explains, you hear a
whole lot more at Nasimi
Will we hear all the classics at Sandance?
Yeah, it’ll be a greatest hits set-list so we don’t
disappoint and start boring everyone with
new stu. I know whenever I go to see a band
I want to hear the songs that made me fall in
love with them in the rst place. You have to
think about the fans rst.
You have two new studio albums in the
pipeline – ambitious considering your last
effort, Get Used To It, emerged five years ago?
Kind of. I moved away from the UK and that
slowed us down a bit, but I’m back in London
now and we’re writing. I don’t know why it
always takes so long to put stu out. We’re
going to do one album, wait six months, then
put a second out, so that we’re not o the
radar too long.
Are you looking forward to catching any
other acts at Sandance?
Roger Sanchez did some remixes for us a few
years back. I’ve seen him DJ in New York and
I’m a massive fan. N’Dea [Davenport, BNH
vocalist] has collaborated with him, too. So
I’m denitely going to hang out with the DJs
and have a good time.
What else have you got planned in Dubai?
Usually the hotels are so much fun there’s
not time to do much else. But I’m a big fan
of architecture, so a trip to the top of Burj
Khalifa is the rst thing I’ll do when I land.
Revellers rejoice, Sandance is
back. At this year’s Nasimi Beach-
based fest you’ll be treated to the
beats and skills of 2ManyDJs,
Sander Kleinenberg, The Brand
New Heavies, Sneaky Sound
System and more
WORLD BEATERS
2Many DJs’ top three places to play (the UAE
aside, of course)...
BRAZIL
Brazil is always amazing. We really like the music
and it’s always nice to go to a country where
you can play something typically theirs. They’ve
taken pop culture and made it into their own.
ASIA
Japan is definitely one of my favourites; it’s
different to anywhere else. And everything
we’ve done in Korea, Kuala Lumpur and
Singapore turned out amazing. The Internet’s
changed everything. Even in Kuala Lumpur
there’s going to be a kid really into your music.
That makes it exciting.
BRITAIN
I really like playing the UK. I know it’s not exotic
whatsoever, but there’s only one thing I can say:
they’re crazy! Nuts! It’s an amazing thing.
2MANYDJS
Mar 11,
Nasimi Beach,
Atlantis, The Palm
Jumeirah, Dubai, 2pm
to 2am, Dhs150 to
Dhs300.
Tel: (055) 2004321.
www.atlantisthe
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The Streets released their
fifth studio album last
month, along with the news
that this would be their last.
What’s On caught up with
frontman Mike Skinner to
find out why
Mike Skinner recently put a ‘closed’ sign on
his website, conrming the end of his e
Streets alias. He kicked o the farewell tour in
Edinburgh Scotland, before bringing things
to a close when he hits Dubai this month.
So, that’s it. e Streets are no more. Dry
your eyes, and all that. What a pity.
For the Chav Poet Laureate, sharp
observations of modern life seem to have
come easy throughout a ve-album career.
And newbie Computers And Blues, which is
chock-full of them, is every bit the match
of the best work he’s produced.
So why end it? Well, because the
Birmingham bard feels he’s said it
all now, that’s why. “e most
interesting element of anything
is death, so if you’re going
to talk about e Streets,
ending e Streets is
probably a good thing
to talk about,” he says.
“But it’s not interesting
really. I haven’t really
got anything more
to do.”
And it seems
anyone hoping that
he’ll change his
mind can forget
it. “I don’t feel
any sadness,” he
admits. “I would
feel frustrated
if I had to
make another
SNEAKY SOUND
SYSTEM
Black Angus from the awesome
Aussie twosome on new tunes,
Jay-Z and expats
On Sandance...
We’ve just nished our
third album, so we’re
going to be test-
driving a lot of new
material.
On forthcoming
LP From Here To
Anywhere...
It’s the rst record we’ve
done as a duo. We wrote it
in hotel rooms and various places touring
through Europe last year. It’s very much for
the dance oor, more electronic. It’s varied and
very upbeat. It’s not a record for wallowers.
On sharing recent studio time with Jay-Z
and Kanye West...
We had some time with Jay-Z and Kanye
West in Sydney. Beyoncé was there as well.
[SSS vocalist] Connie sang a couple of
tracks for Kanye and Jay-Z’s record that’s
coming up. ey were going to collaborate
on a track of ours, but we’ve gone o in a
dierent direction on that tune now.
End of the road
SANDER
KLEINENBERG
The Dutch master explains why he
likes to offer crowds more
than the average deck
wrecker...
“Video DJing is
something I started a
couple of years ago. A
lot of people looked at me
like, ‘what is he trying to get
across, putting video into his
equation? is is dance music, not souped-
up karaoke!’ But as soon as the technique
became available I wanted to jump on it,
to make sure my DJ sets are memorable
experiences you won’t get from any other
Tom, Dick and Harry. e amount of people
I DJ for has grown in volume over the years.
If you’re in a 200-capacity room you don’t
need a big screen with lots of action going
on. But if you’re in front of a few more
people and, in my case, refuse to go down
the obvious route of playing really obvious
big records, I love having that extra element
to keep the crowd entertained and inspired.
So Sandance is going to be exciting and
challenging, with loads of exclusives and
great video material.”
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THAT’S A (W)RAP
The lyrical genius of Mike Skinner
Geezers need excitement,
If their lives don’t provide them this, they
incite violence.
Common sense, simple common sense.
Geezers Need Excitement, Original Pirate Material
I’m not trying to pull you,
Even though I would like to.
I think you are really fit,
You’re fit but my gosh, don’t you know it.
Fit But You Know It / A Grand Don’t Come For Free
For billions of years since the outset of
time,
Every single one of your ancestors has
survived.
Every single person on your mum and dad’s
side,
Successfully looked after and passed on to
you life.
What are the chances of that, like?
On The Edge Of A Cliff / Everything Is Borrowed
When you’re a famous boy, it gets really
easy to get girls,
It’s all so easy you get a bit spoilt.
So, when you try to pull a girl, who is also
famous too,
It feels just like when you wasn’t famous.
When You Wasn’t Famous / The Hardest Way To
Make An Easy Living
It’s not the size of the
dog in the fight,
But the fight and
the dog.
Going Through Hell
/ Computers And
Blues
End of the road
one. You can’t go on forever, can you?”
Skinner may make it sound as if the
decision to ditch The Streets was an easy
one, but he claims that it was nothing of
the sort. Indeed, he likens ending the band
with breaking up with a girlfriend. “You
think, ‘I really miss her and want to get
back together’,” he explains. “But eventually
you realise the reasons you ended it are
stronger than the feelings of missing her.”
He pauses for reection, before adding, “To
stay erce I’ll have to throw the last ten years of
my life in the bin and start again.”
Now 32, Skinner burst onto the UK music
scene with e Streets’ 2002 Mercury Music
Prize-nominated debut Original Pirate
Material, but it wasn’t until the release of
sophomore eort A Grand Don’t Come For
Free – a concept-heavy release featuring
the radio-friendly hit singles Fit But You
Know It and Dry Your Eyes – that he really
made a mark on the mainstream, reaching
the number one spot and selling over three
million copies.
A major star by the time of
2006’s e Hardest Way
To Make An Easy
Living, Skinner’s
third long-
player was a
no-holds-
barred
account
of the
celebrity lifestyle.
e album shot to the top of the charts
on its release, and he followed it up two
years later with Everything Is Borrowed, the
penultimate album from e Streets’ ve-
record deal.
e singer, who enjoyed a cameo role as a
security guard in the h series of Doctor Who,
and now plans to move into lm-making, said
in the past that he always envisioned e Streets
as a ve-album box-set.
So, now that he’s fullled contractual
obligations by releasing Computers And Blues,
the time has come to wrap things up.
“It’s obvious,” he says. “I’ve been doing it
for ten years now and I’ve always tried to do
something dierent with each album. Some
[of my work has] been amazingly received
and some of it hasn’t been, and I’ve run out of
new avenues.”
Tellingly, he admits that his latest album
doesn’t see him going down new avenues,
but instead trawling down streets he’s already
visited.
“is album is not really a new direction,”
he says. “It’s all the directions I’ve already
been down rehashed into something that’s...
quite nice on the ears.”
Another serving of his trademark
intermingle of hip hop, two-step garage
beats and comic social commentary might
be enough to keep the fans happy for a bit
longer, but it’s not nearly enough to keep its
creator interested.
“I don’t want to be doing things by habit
and don’t want to make formulaic music,” he
insists. “I want whatever I do to be dierent
and reect the times. at’s why people are
constantly choosing dierent genres to listen
to as time goes by. I want to get away from
my own preconceptions of what I am
as a musician, so that hopefully I can
keep entertaining people,” he adds.
So, it’s a wrap, then. But will he
miss touring with e Streets? “I
don’t know,” he says. “I do really
enjoy performing.”
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Livin The Music,
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Mina Seyahi Resort
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Dubai, Dhs225. www.
livinthemusicdubai.
com
WIN!
We have tickets to see The Streets up
for grabs. For your chance to win, e-mail
WinWithWhatsOn@motivate.ae
with the correct answer to this question,
and the name of the prize in
the subject line...
Which of the following is a
famous musical?
a) 4th Street
b) 42nd Street
c) 424th Street
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The wonder of Stevie
2006
Introduces himself to a new
generation of fans by appearing on
AmericanIdol, as well as cameoing on
albums from hip hop high rollers Busta
Rhymes and Snoop Dogg.
2009
Performs with Sting at US President
Barack Obama’s inauguration day. A
month later, Obama presents Wonder
with the Library Of Congress’ Gershwin
Prize For Popular Song. In November,
Wonder is named a Messenger Of
Peace for the United Nations.
Mar 18,
Yas Arena,
Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, tickets
from Dhs250.
www.boxofficeme.com
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The wonder of Stevie
The soul and R&B legend’s glittering career in pictures
1950
Born on May 13, 1950, as Stevland
Hardaway Judkins. The third of his
parents’ six children, he is born six
weeks premature and blind. His
mother subsequently changes his
surname to Morris, aged four, after
separating from his father.
1963
Backed by a youthful Marvin Gaye
on drums, Fingertips (Pt.2) becomes
13-year-old Stevie’s first hit, topping
the US charts.
1973
Wins the first of his 25 Grammy
Awards – a record amount for any solo
artist – scooping Best Rhythm & Blues
Song for Superstition. The same year he
also sings the track on classic children’s
television show Sesame Street.
1974
Wonder makes his live comeback at
New York’s Madison Square Garden,
after a serious car crash in North
Carolina seven months previously left
him in a coma for four days.
2002
Performs at the Winter Paralympics
opening ceremony in Salt Lake
City, USA.
2006
Introduces himself to a new
generation of fans by appearing on
AmericanIdol, as well as cameoing on
albums from hip hop high rollers Busta
Rhymes and Snoop Dogg.
2009
Performs with Sting at US President
Barack Obama’s inauguration day. A
month later, Obama presents Wonder
with the Library Of Congress’ Gershwin
Prize For Popular Song. In November,
Wonder is named a Messenger Of
Peace for the United Nations.
1961
Signs to the seminal Tamla Motown
after wowing label impresario Berry
Gordy. Producer Clarence Paul coins
the iconic stage name Stevie Wonder,
declaring; “We can’t keep calling him
the eighth wonder of the world”.
1980
Releases single Happy Birthday as
part of his campaign to make Martin
Luther King Jr’s birthday a national
holiday in the US. Three years later,
then-President Ronald Reagan grants
Wonder’s wish.
1996
Inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall
Of Fame and receives the Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award.
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At a irty Seconds To Mars gig, you
could divide the audience members into
two categories. ere are the 20 and 30-
something fans of frontman Jared Leto from
his incarnation as teen heart throb Jordan
Catalano in the mid-1990s drama series My
So-Called Life and his portrayal of a junkie
in the art-house lm Requiem For A Dream.
But these will be far outnumbered by the
young fans that are there for the music. Such
is the success of Leto’s band that they sold
more than two million of their eponymously
titled debut album, worldwide, 3.5 million
copies of their second album, A Beautiful Lie,
worldwide, while 2009’s is is War sold over
67,000 units in its rst week of sales in the
United States alone.
Yet, despite all that, Leto, now 38, still feels there
are people who don’t take his band seriously.
“A lot of people have given us more than a fair
shot and it’s been great, and a lot of people
have given me a really hard time. And they
still do. In the beginning it was really tough.
People didn’t come to see us because I was
in Requiem For A Dream – we played shows
when there were 20 people there. It wasn’t
until the music connected with people that we
started having some success. at’s interesting
to see. You can’t count on success in one area
just because you happen to have a little in
another. It doesn’t work like that. People can
sense a sham aer a while.”
It certainly wasn’t a particular success for
other Hollywood stars: Keanu Reeves, Russell
Crowe, Kevin Bacon, Eddie Murphy, Bruce
Willis and Billy Bob ornton. But irty
Seconds To Mars’ alternative rock and elaborate
stage shows have secured them a solid fan base
around the world.
“We’ve played Wembley Arena. And when
that happens, who cares? Let people say what
they say. You can’t please everyone, whether
you’re Damien Hirst or Björk. How much do
you need before you’re OK with being who
you are?”
Leto may be OK with who he is, but there’s
a sense that he would quite like to rid himself
of the acting associations altogether when he
is in rock star mode. In order to avoid being
known as Jared Leto’s band, when they were
signed in 1998 concert promoters were not
allowed to use Leto’s name on posters and
there were no photographs. Even now, for
the music videos he has directed for irty
Seconds To Mars songs, he goes under a
pseudonym. “When I rst started doing
them it was a way for me to disappear – and
hopefully for people to be able to experience
The path from film star to pop star is a well-trodden and
notoriously rocky one. But Thirty Seconds To Mars is far
more than just an ego massage for Jared Leto – they’re
a massive million-selling success
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it maybe a little dierently than they would if
they thought that I had anything to do with it
at all. Especially in the beginning, me being
in the band, having made some lms, seemed
to be a real distraction for a lot of people.”
ere’s no doubt that irty Seconds To
Mars have put in the eort to reach their
level of success. ey toured extensively
following the release of their 2005 sophomore
album and took o in America, while their
online connection with fans catapulted them
to worldwide stardom. In a bid to involve
their fans for is Is War, the band held a
“summit” where they invited fans to provide
backing vocals. At the rst, in Los Angeles,
people showed up from all over the world, so
they repeated the summit in eight countries,
from Japan to Germany. When Leto received
a Twitter message from a fan in Iran
disappointed they were unable to make it,
they were inspired to hold a digital summit.
And, for the album, Leto invited fans to
submit close-up shots of their faces in order
to make 2,000 dierent individual covers.
But there’s another key to the band’s success:
perhaps the dierence between other actors-
turned-rock-stars and Leto’s million-selling
band is that Leto was playing music long
before he was acting. Born on a commune
in Louisiana, he spent his childhood on the
move with his brother Shannon (the band’s
drummer) and photographer mother, with
spells living in Alaska, Florida and Wyoming,
Haiti and Brazil, before nding himself in
Washington DC as a teenager, where he
enrolled at the Corcoran School Of Art. He
still paints today, large, abstract works. Next
he studied lm-making at the School Of
Visual Arts in New York.
His rst musical instrument, aged four or
ve, was a broken-down piano and he grew
up singing classic rock, from Pink Floyd to
Led Zeppelin. He claims to have not become
very procient at the piano because, “I’m less
interested in technique and more in other
things – emotion. For me it’s about gut and
feel. I want to keep things simple. I want the
primal side.”
If you’re looking for proof of the band’s
commitment, you only have to look at their
ght against their record label Virgin’s
attempts to sue for not fullling their contract
– it ended in the high court.
“It was brutal. ere were days where we
thought, ‘what if we went all the way and lost?’
How does that aect us, the band mates? We
certainly don’t have deep pockets. For them,
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lawsuit. It became about survival, really.”
While Leto, who has worked with lm
directors David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky and
Oliver Stone, has made the seamless transition
from actor to rock star, he is still a working
actor, and appeared in 2009’s Mr Nobody, a lm
about a man waking up as the oldest man in a
world in which everyone is immortal. With a
successful career in both music and lm, can he
say which art form he prefers?
“Making a lm is really the most
interesting part for me. I love the research. I
love the building of a character. I also don’t
need to make ve movies a year – I’m not
aer being the person who makes the most
lms. I want to have a rewarding, challenging
experience so I tend to do more art house
type lms, not big blockbuster movies. It’s
interesting to be able to be a smaller piece of a
bigger puzzle.
“With music you’re much more responsible
for everything. As the songwriter, as a person
who’s behind some of the creative ideas, you
are the director, writer, editor,
producer and the actor, so
you have a much bigger
contribution.”
“FOR ME IT’S ABOUT
GUT AND FEEL. I WANT
TO KEEP THINGS
SIMPLE. I WANT THE
PRIMAL SIDE”
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Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, tickets
from Dhs150. www.
boxofficeme.com
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Urban leg end
Usher, the man behind the
modern face of R&B, talks to
What’s On about confessions,
fatherhood and his rivalry
with protégé Justin Bieber
Talking to Usher long-distance from the UAE
to Kentucky is no easy task. He’s nearly an
hour late calling us, we get cut o numerous
times, but while we lose our cool a little,
Usher remains a slick operator, an over-
condent and well-oiled R&B PR machine.
No surprise aer nearly 20 years in the
industry. Within the rst minute he claims,
“It will be good for tourism for me to come
and do a show in Dubai”. ere are no self-
esteem issues in the Usher camp, it seems.
e mega mogul was discovered age
13 on Star Search, a TV talent show, and
later signed to LaFace Records by LA Reid,
where the Texas-born teen was produced
and developed by Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs
and Jermaine Dupri, leading to a Grammy
nomination in 1997 for You Make Me Wanna.
Undeniably good-looking, with some very
smooth dance moves (some shirtless action
in music videos didn’t hurt, either), the music
industry and fans alike quickly sat up and
paid attention to the young solo star.
Tours with Mary J Blige and Janet Jackson,
plus forays into acting in teen icks She’s
All at and e Faculty, secured Usher
Raymond IV’s spot in popular culture, and
were seamlessly followed up by hits from the
2001 album 8701 like Pop Ya Collar, U Got
It Bad and U Remind Me. Today he’s 31, a
divorced father of two boys, and a big bucks
businessman with interests in sports, fashion
and music. He’s also the man responsible for
bringing Justin Bieber, the oppy-haired,
much-Googled pop sensation to unimagined
levels of fame.
A crazy number of awards adorn Usher’s
mantelpiece (or maybe they have their own
wing), with two Grammy’s from the 2011
ceremony added last month. But with all his
success, and enviable bank balance, does he
still appreciate the recognition? And whose
opinion does he care about most? “e fans”
he tells us. “at’s what matters the most –
and if I win an award that’s OK.”
e latest album, Raymond V Raymond, has
spawned singles OMG (the one that shouts,
“Honey got a booty like pow-pow-pow”) and
the Grammy-winning There Goes My Baby,
and sees Usher’s signature honey-drenched
voice switching between ‘playa’ party anthems
and maybe-confessional crooning.
Famed for his opaque lyrics about past
relationships with the likes of his ex-wife
and former ame Chili from TLC, is his
latest musical oering also a personal piece?
“Well, some things are ctional, some things
are non-ctional,” Usher dodges. “I pull
inspiration from all things that I do, I’m a
true artist in that sense. Sometimes people
have a rst time experience through my
music that they would not normally be able
to have. Some people have never travelled
outside of America, but when you listen to
my music it takes you all around the world.”
Critics have given the album mixed
reviews, but many have noted a return to
an earlier style, something Usher himself
disagrees with. “Noooo. I wouldn’t say that
at all!” he exclaims. “It’s an introduction to
a new style. The sound of OMG, the sound
of ere Goes My Baby, those are sounds
that are new for me. But I’m notorious for
the power ballad so I guess ere Goes My
Baby is somewhat comparable to Burn or U
Got It Bad”.
With something of a split personality,
Raymond V Raymond attempts
to straddle both sides of the
singer; trying to balance
the single stud party tunes
you’d hear in a club, with
his more sensitive family
man character traits. And
Usher does talk fondly
about his sons. “e one thing
I really look forward to is helping to tell
my children’s story. As they nd the things
they want to put passion into, I love to be
supportive of them”. But would he wish the
kind of success Justin Bieber is experiencing
on them? “Let’s just say I think I’d be the
world’s greatest coach if my children decided
to become artists,” he says. “For the most part,
I don’t force them to go towards music, but if
that’s what they want to do I would denitely
support it.”
e Bieber global phenomenon seems
to have taken everyone but his mentor by
surprise. “From the moment I met him I
knew he had a very special gi,” he says.
“And I only hoped that in time people would
recognise it. I’m very proud of him.” Bieber
now gets over 150 million results on Google,
around three times the number Usher does.
For most people, that fact would sting a
little. Is he cool with it? “Of course, he’s
my child. Why wouldn’t I be? Rivalry? No.
I’m very happy with my student and very
excited about his future,” the singer insists.
“Everything I’ve learnt as an artist I oer him
as a mentor. I encourage him how to be the
best artist on stage, but also nurturing him
as a person. It’s the time spent o-stage that
makes the dierence to you as a person; the
philanthropy than I do didn’t happen because
of the man I am in front of the camera, it
happened because something motivated
me, a place I went, a story I heard,
a book I read, some art I’ve seen.
at’s what matters. It’s about
being a well-rounded, well-
cultured individual.”
It seems Usher’s
philosophy is
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paying o, as his record sales prove, and he
clearly loves what he does. “It’s a beautiful
thing. I’m able to rejuvenate my creativity
and I love touring. Music is an ever-evolving
thing, like a revolving door, and when you’re
in it, you’re in it”. Perhaps not the kind of
wisdom the Dalai Lama should be worried
about, but denitely the makings of a great
entertainer and superb performer.
As Usher’s radio play amps up before his
show, Dubai waits excitedly for the R&B
superstar to take to the stage. “e show will
be really physical. ere are some technical
elements to the show, but for the most part I
want to focus on music. is is the rst time
I’ve ever been able to perform songs that have
made my career to these fans,” he chatters
enthusiastically. “I’ll be trying to get in as
many songs as possible before the lights go
out. A bit of wardrobe, a bit of dance, that’s
what you can look forward to. It’s going to be
an incredible performance.”
And with an attitude like that, there’s no
doubt it will be.
Thur Mar 10,
Dubai Media City
Amphitheatre,
Dubai, tickets from
Dhs295.
www.usherdubai
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the wolf ’
In a village that lived in fear of a
werewolf, a young girl (Seyfried)
fell in love with a handsome
woodcutter.
Be reminded that the Brothers
Grimm’s stories were in fact utterly
terrifying and rarely ended with the
words “happily ever aer”.
Previous adult fairytale oerings
such as Neil Jordan’s e
Company Of Wolves and Snow
White: A Tale Of Terror in which
Sigourney Weaver gives a wicked
performance as the stepmother.
e role of the woodcutter was
originally oered to Twilight star
Taylor Lautner.
Sure to go down a storm with the
Twilight crowd.
★★★✩✩
Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish,
Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens,
Jon Hamm, Zach Snyder (writer-
director)
‘You will be unprepared’
A young girl, consigned to an
asylum by her wicked stepmother,
retreated into an alternate reality
which she aimed to escape by
nding ve special objects.
See whether Zach Snyder has
returned to form following the
mild disappointment of Watchmen
and the so-so animated adventure
Legend Of e Guardians.
Pictures that blend fantasy and
reality such as Inkheart and
virtually everything Terry Gilliam
has ever made (Brazil, Time
Bandits, Tideland, we could go on).
Sucker Punch was meant to
star Amanda Seyfried, Evan
Rachel Wood and Emma Stone,
but all three actresses proved
unavailable.
Could restore Snyder to his 300-
era standing.
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Jesse Eisenberg, Anne
Hathaway, George Lopez,
Jamie Foxx, Leslie Mann,
Carlos Saldanha (director)
‘One out of every eight
Americans is afraid of ying.
Most of them don’t have feathers’
Domesticated macaw Blue
(Eisenberg) had his life turned
upside down by an encounter
with an independent parrot
called Jewel (Hathaway).
Watch the latest in a long line of
animated features that have the
good grace to entertain adult and
child alike.
Earlier pictures from Twentieth
Century Fox Animation, such
as the Ice Age saga, Robots and
Horton Hears A Who!
Not only is it largely set in South
America, but Rio was partially
nanced by Brazilian investors.
It has its feathers, but Rio’s oen
wonderful.
★★★★✩
Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-
Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz
Akdeniz, Colin Friels, Stuart
Beattie (writer-director)
‘Where were you when everything
changed?’
Seven Australian teenagers on a
camping trip banded together to
protect their country from overseas
invaders.
Watch seven adolescent Aussies
try to do what 11 Australian adults
couldn’t accomplish last December
– namely resist a superior foreign
power.
Red Dawn, in which Russia storms
the United States and it’s le to
Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and
C omas Howell (remember
him?) to uphold life, liberty and the
American way.
Tomorrow, When e War Began
was the biggest domestic hit at the
Australian box oce in 2010.
A gallant eort, unlike the
aforementioned Ashes campaign.
★★★✩✩
Natalie Portman, Zooey
Deschanel, Danny McBride,
James Franco, Damian Lewis,
David Gordon Green (director)
‘is spring, prepare for their
excellency’
Prince Fabious (Franco) set o
in search of his kidnapped bride,
accompanied by his feckless
brother adeous (McBride).
See whether James Franco’s
hilarious stoner turn in Pineapple
Express wasn’t a uke but proof
positive of his seriously impressive
range.
e Princess Bride, which blended
fantasy and comedy to sublime
eect, and A Knight’s Tale, which
introduced the wider world to a
young chap called Heath Ledger.
Although the screenplay’s credited
to Danny McBride and Ben
Best, most of the dialogue was
improvised on set.
Your Highness is a ne advert for
big dumb fun.
★★★★✩
Rio Tomorrow, When
The War Began
Your Highness
Russell Brand, Helen Mirren,
Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig,
Nick Nolte, Jason Winer
(director)
‘From the writer of Borat and
Brüno’
Wealthy, alcohol-fuelled gadabout
Arthur Bach (Brand) fell in love
with Linda Marolla (Gerwig), a
woman so unsuitable, our hero
found himself in danger of being
disinherited.
Enjoy some of Brand’s unique, er,
brand of anarchy.
e original Arthur that secured
Dudley Moore an Oscar
nomination, but not the sequel,
which is a lm so wretched, one
can imagine them showing it to the
inmates at Guantanamo Bay.
Arthur screenwriter Peter Baynham
started out in comedy playing a
homeless Welshman in Stewart
Lee and Richard Herring’s UK TV
sketch show Fist Of Fun.
Not bad, but Brand and Mirren are
a winning team.
★★★✩✩
Arthur
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Before we begin, we would like to express
our sadness at the news of chef Santi
Santamaria's recent death. We interviewed
Santi at his Dubai restaurant Ossiano
not long ago – he was lovely chap who
conducted the interview in his native
Catalan using an interpreter. The Critic will
pay full tribute to the great man's career
in next month's column. And now, as
Santi surely would have wanted, on to the food.
Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy Taste Of Dubai
(TOD) – only a fool would turn their nose up at
a field full of food from some of the emirate’s
finest restaurants – but it’s a pity some of our
favourites are missing. Where’s Zuma? Where’s
Gagnaire? Where on earth is La Petite Maison?
Luckily, this year’s TOD manages to redeem itself
slightly as The Ivy makes its Dubai debut with a
stand at the festival. You can read what executive
chef Colin Clague has to say about the culinary
institution slated to open in DIFC this April, as
well as restaurant group Caprice Holdings’ future
plans for the UAE on the following pages (p38).
And that’s not all. We also give our verdict on the
somewhat ridiculously named At.mosphere, the
new restaurant on the 122nd floor of the Burj
Khalifa (p40), the reimagined Margaux (p42), as
well as brunch at one of the capital’s big name
restaurants, Hakkasan (p45). There’s a new tapas
menu at Al Hambra (p47), The Critic on the
perils of blogging (p48) and what we thought
of Chi’Zen at Festival City’s Marina Restaurant
Pavilion (p49). That’s more than a taste of Dubai,
it’s a full blown seven courser. Enjoy.
Gareth Rees, Features Editor
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Dubai’s foremost food fest is back, with 22 of the emirate’s finest
restaurants showing off their wares and appearances from celebrity
chefs Gary Rhodes, Vineet Bhatia and Richard Phillips. Here’s our
festival highlights, plus an interview with The Ivy’s executive chef Colin
Clague as the restaurant prepares to make its debut at Taste Of Dubai
THE CELEB CHEFS
Famous faces to look out for
GARY RHODES
As the proud proprietor of two
Dubai restaurants, Rhodes is
a Taste Of Dubai regular, and
anyone who’s dined at our pal
Gary’s Rhodes Mezzanine or
Rhodes Twenty10 will know
the spiky-haired chef can throw
together a nice plate of chow.
Mar 4, Gary Rhodes, Chef’s Theatre, 8pm to
8.30pm
VINEET BHATIA
Indian chef Vineet Bhatia is a culinary genius.
Nobody does Indian food like this
man and his Dubai restaurant
Indego at Grosvenor House has
never been out of our restaurant
Hot List. Why? It’s the best
Indian in the city, no question.
Mar 3, Cookery School 7pm to
7.40pm, Chef’s Theatre, 4.15pm to
4.45pm
Mar 4, Chef’s Theatre, 4.15pm to 4.45pm
Mar 5, Cookery School, 5pm to 5.40pm
RICHARD PHILLIPS
Unlike some TV chefs, Phillips did his time
behind the stove before hitting the
idiot box, working at the Roux
Brothers’ Le Gavroche and Marco
Pierre White’s e Criterion,
before winning a Michelin star
for his UK restaurant ackeray’s
and opening Hengist and Richard
Phillips at Chapel Down.
Mar 3, Chef’s Theatre, 5.45pm to 6.15pm,
Cookery School 2pm to 2.40pm and 9pm to
9.40pm
Mar 4, Chef’s Theatre, 1.15pm to 1.45pm and
Taste Of Dubai
5.45pm to 6.15pm, Cookery School 5pm to
5.40pm and 10pm to 10.40pm
Mar 5, Chef’s Theatre, 4.15pm to 4.45pm and
8pm to 8.30pm, Cookery School 6pm to
6.40pm and 10pm to 10.40pm
SIX OF THE BEST
The stands worthy of your tokens
RIVINGTON GRILL
Cuisine? British
Why visit? e Riv, as it is aectionately
known at What’s On Towers, is one of our
favourite restaurants and has never been out
of the Hot List top ve. Why? e Saturday
roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, the fresh
ingredients, the daily specials – why ever not?
Executive chef Colin Clague promises sh and
chips, Scotch egg and Eton mess.
RHODES TWENTY10
Cuisine? Steakhouse/grill
Why visit? ere’s sure to be some rst-rate
meat on oer, and who, aside from veggies,
doesn’t like a juicy chunk of esh? We
certainly do. And with Gary only appearing
once at the Chef ’s eatre this year, he’ll have
plenty of time to hang around his stand.
RHODES MEZZANINE
Cuisine? European
Why visit? Gary’s rst Dubai restaurant has
become an institution and any foodie worth
their salt will know the team at Mezzanine
rarely, if ever, drops the ball, or rather the
spatula. e white tomato soup is a hit with
every diner.
MAYA BY RICHARD
SANDOVAL
Cuisine? Mexican
Why visit? Sandoval is on a global mission
to teach people that real Mexican food is as
dierent to Tex-Mex as water to wine, and
Maya chef Ruben Herrera and the rest of the
team are just as determined.
INDEGO BY VINEET
Cuisine? Indian
Why visit? We mentioned that Vineet Bhatia
is a genius, right? Well, head chef John Sinjobi
walks the path laid-down by the master,
which is why Indego won Favourite Indian at
the What’s On Awards last year.
VERRE
Cuisine? European
Why visit? Scott Price, winner of our Chef
Of e Year award in 2010, is the most
talented young chef in Dubai and Verre still
serves up some of the most outstanding food
in the city. Let’s hope the team whacks one of
their famous beef Wellingtons in the oven.
Rhodes Twenty10
Rivington Grill
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Taste Of Dubai
THE CHEF'S
THEATRE
Our pick of the performances
DAY ONE
Tim Hughes, The Ivy, London, Dubai
6.30pm to 7pm
DAY TWO
Jun Tanaka, Pearl, London, Dubai
2.45pm to 3.15pm
DAY THREE
Uwe Micheel, China Club, Dubai
5pm to 5.30pm
THE COOKERY
SCHOOL
Three lessons you shouldn’t miss
DAY ONE
Scott Price, Verre, Dubai
4pm to 4.40pm
DAY TWO
Simon Convoy, Rivington Grill, Dubai
11pm to 11.40pm
DAY THREE
Ruben Herrera, Maya, Dubai
7pm to 7.40pm
The Ivy
arrives
in Dubai
Set to open in Dubai in
April, Caprice Holdings’
The Ivy will be introducing
itself to diners at Taste Of
Dubai. The group’s UAE
executive chef, Colin
Clague, admits the
pressure is on
A month until the opening, Colin. The
pressure must be well and truly on?
Denitely. Obviously everyone knows it now,
it’s exceptional, but not many people had
heard of the Rivington Grill when it opened –
it came in under the radar a little bit. But with
e Ivy, whether you’ve eaten there or not,
everyone knows it. It’s got that reputation, that
mystique, and the pressure is on.
After a decade of cooking Japanese
food has it been a challenge to return
to British cuisine?
It was time for a change. I wanted to get
back to something I enjoy cooking at home,
something I enjoy eating – back to British
food. ough, having said that, e Ivy is
pretty eclectic. e Rivington is a British
restaurant, but e Ivy is more of a British
institution, so you’re going to have curry,
there will be some Arabic dishes, an Asian
plate – there’s something for everybody.
You’ve had to do quite a bit of
preparation, though, right?
In the past couple of months I’ve been back
to England and immersed in the philosophy
of e Ivy. I saw the recipes and how the
kitchen worked, so it’s a case of adapting
that and bringing it to the Dubai market. I
don’t think you can replicate London copy
and paste style, but the feel of the restaurant
has to be the same.
And the food?
I’ve worked very closely with Tim Hughes
who’s the group chef in London. ere are
going to be some very high-end items on
the menu and some very reasonably priced
items, so the idea is that there’s something
for everybody. We’re going to do frutti di
mare and there’s going to be caviar at the
top end, but there will also be a shepherd’s
pie and beef burger.
And is it all on track?
It’s where Scarlett’s used to be in Emirates
Towers, the hoarding is up, the kitchen
is totally gutted, the restaurant is totally
gutted, the approvals from the municipality
have been done and it’s just a case now of
putting it all back together. Simon Convoy
from e Rivington is moving over as head
chef and it’s slated to open end of April.
And after The Ivy, what’s next?
We’re looking into doing another Rivington
in the Madinat, which is in the planning
stages. at will be a phenomenal location
if that materialises. e powers that be are
talking, but I think it’s pretty far forward.
ey’re talking September. en Scott’s
in Abu Dhabi for the next opening on the
radar at Etihad Towers.
But first Taste Of Dubai.
Yep, there will be an Ivy stand. Some of the
cookbooks will be there, some images, and
the maitre d’ and the manager just to whet
the whistle so people know what it’s about.
The Ivy, The Boulevard, Ground Level,
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3198767. www.theivy.ae
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ROYAL CHINA DUBAI
There’s been a welcome glut of
Chinese restaurants
opening in Dubai
of late after years
of a rather too
limited offering.
The latest is
Cantonese
restaurant Royal
China, which
opens in DIFC this
month. With popular
restaurants in London, Singapore
and China, we’re hoping Royal
China will be a hit. We’ll be
popping in to try their signature
lobster noodles the minute the
doors are thrown open.
The Balcony, Precinct Building 4, DIFC,
Dubai. www.royalchinagroup.biz
JONES THE GROCER
Whoever this Jones fellow is, he
or she knows what they’re doing.
The brand’s first store on the corner
of 4th Muroor and 15th Street is
already an Abu Dhabi favourite,
and this second store in Khalidiyah
promises a lot more than groceries.
As well as the fresh food and café,
the new store will boast a walk-in
cheese room, a coffee and tea
distillery where you can snort the
essence of your favourite brew
from a test tube, and a bakery
and patisserie. Good ol’ Jones, our
favourite grocer in the capital.
Pearl Plaza Tower, Khalidiyah, Abu
Dhabi. www.jonesthegrocer.com
LALEZAR
The newly opened Zabeel
Saray hotel on The Palm has
four restaurants, including Al
Nafoorah (Lebanese), Amala
(Indian) and Voi, a Vietnamese
restaurant serving dishes from
the French colonial era. But
the one that interests us the
most is Lalezar, a regal Turkish
restaurant promising Anatolian
cuisine and décor from the era
of the Ottoman Empire. We like
something a little bit different.
Expect our verdict soon.
Zabeel Saray, The Palm, Dubai. Tel:
(04) 4530444. www.jumeirah.com
Our pick of the
UAE’s tastiest new
talent
A taste of
things to
come
At.mosphere
Its prices, like
its location, are
stratospheric, but
is the Burj Khalifa’s
long-awaited 122nd
floor restaurant
worthy of the hype?
e Burj Khalifa is the tallest
building in the world and,
therefore, its new grill restaurant
At.mosphere is higher o the
ground than any other. So, full
marks for the matchless location.
But the UAE has a nasty habit
of relying on glitzy surrounds,
hoping they will wow diners
into a stupor rendering them
incapable of rejecting the all too
oen disappointing food. And
we must admit that aer all the
hoopla surrounding the opening
of At.mosphere we weren’t holding
out much hope. We were expecting
it to be ash, gaudy and expensive –
a nightmare of pretentiousness and
outlandish ostentation.
But, having enjoyed a wonderful
evening on the 122nd oor, we
are willing to hold our hands up
and admit that our preconceptions
were unwarranted. At.mosphere
is smart, sexy and every inch the
modern grill restaurant that its
location deserves. And the view,
although the perspective from the
lounge is better, isn’t bad either.
Having said that, it is
excruciatingly expensive, with a
minimum spend for dinner of
Dhs450 per person guaranteeing
a bill of at least Dhs900 for two.
Taking advantage of a prime setting
– an assured tourist magnet – by
slapping haute cuisine prices on
simple dishes is inexcusable, if wily,
and expected. We’re also far from
convinced by the superuous full
stop in the middle of its name – for
the life of us, we just don’t get why –
but what they lose in grammar they
pick up again with their decision
to open a grill; it’s a people pleaser,
there’s something for everyone.
Foregoing a strong urge to order
the chestnut and pheasant soup
with true mascarpone, which
at Dhs120 has to be the world’s
most expensive broth, we ordered
up appetisers of beef tartare and
poached langoustine. A blend of
ground wagyu and Angus beef,
the tartare was the best we’ve
had in at least a year – the small
patty made up of high quality
meat and served simply with
the classic accoutrements. And
the langoustine, sat discreetly in
lobster vinaigrette, was poached to
supple perfection.
For mains we tried both ends
of the price spectrum, choosing a
Dhs440 150g llet of Kobe steak
and the Aussie saltbush lamb,
one of the cheaper mains on the
menu at Dhs260. A lot of fuss is
made about Kobe beef, which to
be worthy of the name must be
born, reared and slaughtered in
the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan.
Bred from Tajima Wagyu cattle,
it is supposedly the best cut of
red esh planet Earth has to oer.
Well marbled, it was tender, lithe,
toothsome and served with a
fabulous true and mushroom
sauce. Was it the best steak we’ve
ever had? Well, it was terribly
tiny, but you don’t get much meat
from Tajima, apparently. So yes, it
probably was. But don’t order it if
you’re hungry. e lamb was pink,
accommodating, perfectly seasoned
with just enough salt and served
with a sweet pumpkin fondant. To
top it o, the sommelier suggested
a fabulous wine that complemented
it beautifully.
An agreeably rendered lemon
and ricotta soué took 15
minutes, to prepare giving us
welcome time to digest our mains
and, along with Gianduja, a sweet,
hazelnut infused chocolate, served
with a dark chocolate mousse and
crunchy and caramelised nuts,
ended a surprisingly satisfying
evening nicely.
In tweet form… At.mosphere. Just the kind
of restaurant you would want to find on
the 122nd floor of the tallest building in
the world. Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and
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Need to know
Location: Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Tel: (04) 8883828
Web: www.
atmosphereburjkhalifa.com
Open: 12.30pm to 3pm and
7pm to 11.30pm
Cuisine type: grill
Must eat: beef tartare
Bill for two: Dhs1,250
(without alcohol), minimum
spend Dhs450 per person
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Margaux Restaurant & Lounge
Previously one of
our favourite French
restaurants, Margaux
has had an injection
of cool. But did it
really need the
medicine?
Why is Bono staring at us?
at was the rst question that
popped into our heads when
we sat down at our table at the
all-new Margaux. ere was a
giant picture of the U2 frontman
– trademark shades, earring, hair
slicker than a city trader’s and
that well practiced look striking
a balance between thoughtful
and ever so slightly disgruntled –
looming over the table like some
kind of deity of cool, or some
poor, delusional fool’s idea of cool.
But, of course, Bono is not cool
– not to anyone under the age of
45, anyway. He’s your dad trying
to be cool.
To make matters worse, the
image was reected in a mirror
to the right of us – double Bono.
Nobody wants that, now, do they?
So, why did we nd ourselves
being leered at by a middle aged
Irish rocker? Because Margaux,
once one of the nest French
brasserie restaurants in the city,
has gone, to quote the press
release, “ultra chic”. Oh, dear.
And while the new emphasis
on the lounge aspect of Margaux
– with its tapas menu and appeal
to fashionistas and executives to
come and “mix and mingle on the
terrace” – might have somewhat
spoiled what was a lovely, classic,
French restaurant, there is one
saving grace. e food. It is still
magnicent.
New chef Jason Oakley –
veteran of the Michelin-starred
Restaurant Alex in Vegas and
restaurateur David Laris’ swanky,
but now deceased, Shanghai
restaurant, Laris – knows his way
around a kitchen.
We were told the appetisers
were designed for sharing, but we
should only order two plates. So
we went for the Farmers’ Market
salad, because we’re big supporters
of what Baker & Spice and the
handful of UAE farmers who hawk
their fresh wares every Friday are
trying to achieve. at and the
warm goats’ cheese. ey arrived
as regular size portions on separate
plates, but the salad was so fresh
and crunchy and the goats’ cheese
so creamy, deliciously lolling in
basil pesto and accompanied by
the zing of cont tomato, that we
passed forkfuls back and forth
across the table.
What arrived next was worth
the visit alone. Cote du boeuf for
two. ere are few things that
bring us more joy than a grilled
rib of beef the size of a gentleman’s
thigh wheeled up to our table on
its own little trolley and carved
in our presence. Cooked rare, the
meat opped from the waiter’s
carving knife, its bloody liquor
trickling down the blade as he
piled the applause-worthy slabs
of protein high on our plates,
the juices forming a rich puddle
below. is was red meat in all its
primitive glory, and served with
some outrageously truey ratte
potatoes and a tangy béarnaise
sauce it was enough to guarantee
our return.
In tweet form… Once one of Dubai’s
foremost French restaurants, Margaux
is now catering to the trendy set. But
the cote du boeuf is a must. Follow us at
WhatsOnDubai and WhatsOnAbuDhabi
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Need to know
Location: Souk Al Bahar,
Dubai
Tel: (04) 4397555
Web: www.margaux.ae
Open: noon to 11.30pm
Cuisine type: European/
French
Must eat: cote du boeuf
Bill for two: Dhs680
(without alcohol)
Dessert was a decent cheesecake
and a rather predictable chocolate
fondant, the staple of every menu
in the city, though we hear the
menu is changing imminently.
If they ditch Bono and never
use the phrase “ultra chic” again,
Margaux will be a very ne
restaurant indeed.
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EATING OUT
Hakkasan
It scooped a trio of
What’s On Awards,
but will Hakkasan be
a contender for best
brunch next year?
By night this is a sexy restaurant.
Dark woods, low slung sofas,
screens, private nooks and a
well-lit bar conspire to create
an ideal space for tête-à-têtes,
whispered meetings and cocktails.
But how does the Hakkasan
experience translate to daytime?
Not particularly well, to be
honest, especially if you go with
an up-for-it brunch mentality.
Raucous it ain’t. Much better to
approach the Hakkasan brunch
as an opportunity to sample its
award-winning cuisine and enjoy
a few glasses of Laurent Perrier
with a small group of friends.
Far from the rowdy buet
aairs elsewhere in the UAE, all
dishes are served to your table
and there are two set options:
dim sum with either tea or
champagne, with both needing a
minimum of two people dining.
Or, if you’re too tempted by
Hakkasan’s famed dishes, then go
a la carte. We did a combination
of both, rst sharing a selection
of dim sum washed down with
Kowloon Coolers, the restaurant’s
most popular mocktail, packed
with berries, lycee, apple and
lemonade. Refreshing indeed.
Annoyingly for a table of four,
each dim sum selection came
in a trio, meaning someone
always missed out (we don’t
recommended attempting to slice
a steamed shrimp dumpling in
half with a chopstick – disaster
will ensue), which was a shame
given that every morsel was
outstanding. Special mention
goes to the sticky, rich venison
pu, aforementioned har gau
dumplings and the unusual lotus
layer pu, an attractive treat of
lotus root and seaweed, all of
which came with dipping sauces.
In the name of research we
ordered a few mains, too. e
jasmine tea smoked chicken
shone through, with yielding
meat under crispy skin, while the
sea bass could rival Zuma’s black
cod for best sh dish in the land.
All dishes were light, avourful
Need to know
Location: Emirates Palace,
Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 6907999
Open: Brunch on Friday and
Saturday 12pm to 3pm
Web: www.hakkasan.com
Cuisine type: Far Eastern
Must eat: venison puff
dim sum
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and well suited to lunchtime
dining, with small bowls of rice
adding substance in case you
go for the bubbly option. Some
refreshing coconut sorbet was a
sweet end to a lovely lunch.
e whole experience was
enjoyable, but we couldn’t help
but wish we’d been seated in the
darker bar area instead of near
the door, where sunlight streamed
through the shutters. e
brightness really was at odds with
the elegant décor and lead to a
feeling that we shouldn’t be there
– not helped by the lack of fellow
diners early on – and it wasn’t
particularly relaxing. All in all,
the brunch felt like a bit of a tease;
the food was truly fantastic, sta
were stern but ecient and the
restaurant itself is stunning, but it
seemed like a dress rehearsal for
the evening, when Hakksan really
comes into its own.
Dhs199 per person sharing ten
dim sum between two with tea,
or Dhs325 per person sharing ten
dim sum and a bottle of Laurent
Perrier. A la carte also available.
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EATING OUT
Al Hambra
What does Al
Hambra’s new menu
offer the tapas fans
of Dubai?
In a city packed with every
conceivable cuisine from Korean
to Ethiopian, one country seems
a little conspicuous by its absence.
Spain’s neighbours are well
represented with a glut of French
and Italian restaurants, but it
seems someone forgot to invite our
Spanish friends to the food ght.
Dubai institution Seville’s has just
celebrated ten years of service, but
it has fallen to Al Hambra to keep
the tapas coming at the Marina end
of town.
An integral part of the Al Qasr
brunch, Al Hambra is a popular
spot in the evenings too, with the
terrace packed with diners hungry
for the views of the Burj Al Arab,
not to mention a taste of the garlic-
infused menu. Inside we found a
live band, cosy colours and chunky
furniture – it’s as authentically
Spanish as you can get in a modern
Arabic hotel anked by gold horses.
Once seated, you’re let loose on
the menu with a pencil to make
your choices, an oddly casual
practice in a ve-star hotel, with
two tapas dishes for Dhs60, four
costing Dhs115 and six for Dhs170.
e menu stays true to its home
country, with the usual suspects
making an appearance alongside
more unusual dishes, and is
dotted with letters denoting the
expected A for Alcohol and V for
Vegetarian, but also the occasional
O for, well, Diabetic Friendly. We’re
pretty sure that Al Hambra will
never make it onto Sesame Street
with that one, but it didn’t stop
us ordering some blood sugar-
friendly calamari.
Opting for six tapas between
two, plus paella for one to share, we
may have been a little ambitious.
Especially given that a loaf of fresh
bread was devoured with a tomato
salsa and aioli before we’d even
picked up the pencil.
We started with some cold
dishes of Manchego cheese on
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Need to know
Location: Al Qasr, Al Sufouh
Road, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3668888
Web: www.jumeirah.com
Open: Mon to Thurs 6pm
to 11.30pm and Fri 7pm to
11.30pm.
Cuisine: Spanish
Must eat: beef spare ribs
Bill for two: Dhs340
(excluding alcohol)
bread rubbed with garlic and
tomato plus a platter of salty cold
cuts before the hot tapas arrived
in quick succession, each bringing
their own Mediterranean aroma
to the table. e calamari needed
a bit more bite, but was saved by a
delicate dipping sauce, while more
robust avours came in the form of
the superb slow oven-baked spare
ribs with scallion mashed potatoes
(we should have ordered more)
and meatballs in a garlic tomato
sauce that had us gesturing to the
attentive Argentinean waiter for
more bread. A self-induced carb
overload – nothing better. Just
as we considered a rest from the
starch, the arroz caldosa arrived; a
paella with lobster, cuttlesh and
prawns. It was an overly shy mix
(clue being in the ingredients)
but lacked the seasoning to set it
apart from paella you could make
at home, despite the luxurious
components.
Ordering dessert was waistline
suicide, but utterly worth it as we
attacked fried churros and ice
cream, then sugar and cinnamon
fried bread (the Spaniards like a
fried pud, it seems) with renewed
vigour. Both were heavy, but
excellent. And as all bad dieters say,
better to be hung for a sheep than a
(braised leg of) lamb.
Overall, the food was very good,
but the restaurant lacks the rustic,
homely feel that would inspire big
groups to order 30 plates of food,
jugs of sangria and have one of
those messy meals when everyone
goes home full to bursting with a
smile on their face. Perhaps tapas
isn’t suited to dinner for two, the
music needs to be louder, the tables
should be circular or Al Hambra is
just missing that fairy-lit X factor
than turns a good meal into a great
night.
GRAPE TIMES
The Yas Hotel’s
sommelier, Jorge
Mejia, is starting
a new Wine Trail.
Beginning with
New Zealand this
month, Mejia will talk you
through a selection of tipples
from various Kiwi vineyards while
you enjoy a meal at the hotel’s
seafood restaurant Nautilus.
Mar 31, The Yas Hotel, Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, Dhs350. Tel: (02)
6560000. www.theyashotel.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
With so many
nationalities
represented in
Dubai it seems
that it’s new year
every month,
but we’re not
complaining – it
means more diverse
food deals. In honour of Novrooz
(Iranian New Year) our favourite
Middle Eastern restaurant,
Shabestan, will be serving a
special set menu for both lunch
and dinner, featuring a variety
of traditional dishes as well as
plenty of their warm, freshly
baked bread. Happy Novrooz, one
and all.
Mar 21 to 31, Shabestan, Radisson
Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek,
Baniyas Road, Deira, Dubai,
Dhs185. Tel: (04) 2057333. www.
radissonblu.com
CHEESE, WINE
AND JAZZ
Plantation
Lounge has read
our minds or
stolen our list of
favourite things
(yep, we have one
of those), and is putting
on a weekly jazz night, with the
added bonus of 30 cheeses and a
selection of wines to wash them
down with. We really couldn’t ask
for more. And it’s only Dhs150. We
will definitely be seeing you there.
Plantation Lounge, Sofitel Dubai
Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR,
Dubai, Wed 7pm to 10pm, Dhs150.
Tel: (04) 4484873. www.sofitel.com
Missives from the
foodie frontline
On the
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48 WHAT’S ON MARCH 2011
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.
Don’t miss his monthly
musings every issue
THE CRITIC
Everybody’s talking about
Kuwait. Believe me, it’s not oen
I get to write those words. But
I’m writing them now because
of a signicant development in
Kuwait’s restaurant scene. And,
sadly, it’s not because Hooters
has opened a branch there (be-
cause it hasn’t).
A blogger in Kuwait City
is being sued by a restaurant
for writing a less than glowing
review on his blog. What’s really
silly about all this is that the
restaurant is Benihana, a big
international chain that really
should know better.
Benihana is the Japanese
restaurant that’s famous for its
chopper-juggling teppan chefs,
but now it appears to be throwing
writs into the mix without
thinking of the implications.
e blogger is Mark Makhoul,
who runs 248am.com – one
of the most popular blogs in
Kuwait. But while Benihana
might be demanding $18,000 in
compensation, it has certainly
earned itself a whole load of
dreadful publicity, not just in
Kuwait, but throughout the
Middle East and beyond.
“Kuwaitgate”, as I like to call
it, sent ripples through the food
blogging community. Bloggers all
over the world pasted Makhoul’s
original article on their websites
in a show of solidarity. And I, like
many others, excitedly logged on
to read the scathing review.
I was expecting monstrous
revelations about how Benihana
serves up puppy dog teriyaki, or
about how Mr Makhoul found
the severed end of a chef ’s nose
in his udon noodles. But there
was nothing more oensive in
there than a recommendation to
try other Japanese restaurants in
the area.
So not only does Benihana
come across as petty and small-
minded, but its action has done
untold damage to its brand
and almost certainly lost the
restaurant a lot of custom.
It got me worried for a
moment, though. If that kind of
thing can get you sued, heaven
knows what some of the stu I’ve
written about restaurants in the
past might have incurred?
I once gave both barrels to an
Italian place, likening its salami
to a dead cat’s tongue, and saying
that its tuna steaks were as dry
as former UK PM John Major’s
memoirs. All they did was ban
me from going back, which
was actually more reward than
punishment.
In conclusion, then, there are a
couple of important things to be
learned from all this.
Lesson 1: Restaurants
shouldn’t sue bloggers. Ever.
Either they ignore them
altogether, or they actually
listen to the feedback, invite
the blogger back and treat him
or her to a slap-up dinner. e
resulting positive publicity will
far outweigh the cost of the
meal.
Lesson 2: If bloggers are going
to get sued for slagging o a
restaurant, they might as well
do it properly. Does the crème
brulée really resemble a cup of
cold gorilla vomit? en blog it
and be damned.
“A BLOGGER IN KUWAIT CITY
IS BEING SUED BY A
RESTAURANT FOR WRITING
A LESS THAN GLOWING
REVIEW ON HIS BLOG”
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Chi’Zen
Festival City’s
new addition –
a new take on
Cantonese food
Arriving for lunch at Chi’Zen (via
an elevated airport-esque corridor
and past several yet to be opened
restaurants) we were told, “it looks
better at night”. A fair comment,
as it happens, with the décor all
crimsons and black that would no
doubt look dramatic by candlelight.
But it was lunch that we were aer,
so we headed to the large balcony
that overlooks the water at Festival
City. A burgeoning dining hub, this
area remains a bit of a mystery, with
access confusing, but the promise
of a cohesive space where we can
one day merrily bounce from
Jamie’s Italian to the new Hard
Rock then Trader Vic’s for drinks.
In the meantime, however, it’s a bit
soulless, especially during the day
when the ‘coming soon’ hoardings
are all too obvious.
Back on Chi’Zen’s terrace, we
were contemplating their concept
of redened Cantonese while
bickering about what to order.
at’s the problem with Chinese
food – everyone has their favourite
dishes, without which a meal would
be incomplete. Prawn toast was
missing but steamed buns lled with
barbecue chicken appeased us, and
some wasabi prawns (which were
almost as good as Noodle House’s
oering). Going a bit o-piste with
the starters, a plate of tangy turnip
rolls with baby cabbage in a mustard
sauce arrived and blew us away, the
sweetness of the turnip perfectly
foiling the heat of the sauce. We
skipped the shark’s n soup, instead
opting for another rarity from under
the ocean waves – rainbow jellysh.
It was a dish that split the table, one
loving the unusual, grainy texture
and delicate taste, one turned o by
Need to know
Location: Festival Centre,
Festival City, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 2329077
Open: daily noon to
midnight
Cuisine: Cantonese
Must eat: half Chi’Zen
Peking duck with pancakes
Bill for three: Dhs470
(without alcohol)
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the accid noodle-like quality and
the other unable to face it. Not one
for everyone, but a avourful start.
Next up, a waiter rolled a
trolley laden with duck (and
knives) to the table. With
lightning speed he chopped and
served the crispy meat, before
taking away the leovers – only
for them to return minced in
mini lettuce cups and cooked in
garlic and pepper. is hat-trick
of styles was a winner. So much
so, that the other dishes faded
into the background; sliced lamb
with spring onions was pleasant
but unforgettable, while garlic
pepper squid was a nice addition,
but nothing compared to our
previously feathered friend.
It was an ambitious order for
lunchtime, and we were beaten.
Typically Cantonese desserts
lurked on the back page of the
menu, but weren’t enough to tempt
us. Maybe we’ll come back at night
to give them and the happy hour
a try. Aer all, it seems this part is
town is going to be the place to be.
THE CRITIC
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60-minute massage with mini-facial. The lucky winner will
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For your chance to win, simply tell us…
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stations, international cuisine, barbecue grills,
a vast dessert selection and free flowing house
drinks. There’s also cracking views of the city
from Sanabel’s terrace and it’s great for groups.
For your chance to enjoy this new brunch with
five friends, you’ll have to get this question
right:
In geometry, what do you call a shape with
six sides?
a) Hexagon
b) Dodecahedron
c) Rectangle
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Art Dubai returns to the Gulf for its fifth outing this
month. Newly appointed fair director Antonia
Carver reveals what’s in store
Congratulations! This is your
first stint as fair director – and
the first time Art Dubai has
been run by someone living
locally. Will that give the fair a
more regional flavour?
Many thanks. Art Dubai is so
special as an art fair because it’s
a site of exchange and discov-
ery: in 2011 we have 82 galler-
ies from 34 countries showing
the work of over 500 artists.
Around a third of the galleries
are from the region – and the
commissioned artists’ projects
tend to focus on Asia and the
Middle East – but the other
two-thirds are international,
and that’s the right balance. Art
Dubai is where the art world as a
globalised phenomenon is at its
most stark, and it’s all the more
exciting for it.
Art Dubai is now in its fifth
year. Do you see it as firmly
established within the
region’s cultural scene?
Absolutely. It began with around
40 galleries in 2007 and has dou-
bled in size. In 2010, it welcomed
over 18,000 visitors, around
5000 of those from overseas. In
its ve years, the gallery base
has become more diversied,
and young collectors locally that
have grown with the fair now
look as much at international
art as they do Middle Eastern.
Dubai is also a very dierent
city; it’s clearly become a cultural
capital, with more world-class
galleries than anywhere else in
the region, and with a homeg-
rown audience with an entrepre-
neurial spirit that’s passionate
about art, ideas, and debate.
Last year Art Dubai increased
its scope across the region.
Will this year’s fair build on
that?
Art Dubai 2011 is the most col-
laborative yet. e Global Art
Forum_5 is a partnership between
four cities and ve cultural bodies:
Art Dubai, the Dubai Culture and
Arts Authority, Doha’s new Mathaf:
Arab Museum of Modern Art, the
Bahrain Ministry of Culture, and
Abu Dhabi’s ADACH. Of course,
we’re liaising closely with Sharjah
Biennial, which coincides with Art
Dubai. It’s a year of anniversaries:
the h Art Dubai, the tenth Shar-
jah Biennial, and the rst year of
the rst modern and contemporary
museum in the region.
What are the highlights of this
year’s programme?
Many of the galleries are plan-
ning solo shows and curated
booths, so that really the fair
becomes a series of 82 mini-ex-
hibitions. Take London’s Green
Cardamom, for example, which
is opening with one curated ex-
hibition on their stand and then
re-hanging the booth two days
in to display another curated set
of artists. We have a great show-
ing of galleries from India and
Pakistan this year. My advice is
to plan multiple visits to take it
all in.
Mar 17 to 19, Madinat Arena, Souk
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. www.
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“We commissioned the British curator Nav
Haq to find and work with the most dynamic
arts spaces in Asia and the Middle East, to
create experimental stands within the gallery
halls,” says Carver. New to Art Dubai, Marker
will feature the work of emerging artists from
across the Menasa region, resulting in five
dedicated ‘concept stands’.
Les Voyages Extraordinaire
Art Dubai sponsors Van Cleef & Arples return
with another high-concept display of the
luxury brand’s high-concept jewellery, based
on four works by the legendary French
novelist Jules Verne. As the author of classics
such as A Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
and Around The World In 80 Days, there should
be plenty for Van Cleef’s talented team to
work with. Expect it to be a spectacular show.
Abraaj Capital Art Prize
Now in its third year, the rules have changed
slightly for what has been dubbed the world’s
richest art prize. The $US1million pot remains
in place, but this time it is shared between
five – rather than three – artists from the
Menasa region: Hamra Abbas, Jananne Al-Ani,
Shezad Dawood, Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Timo
Nasseri. And, rather than each artist working
with their own curator, as in previous years, in
2011 there will be just one, Sharmina Pereira,
which should give a more unified feel to the
Abraaj showcase overall.
Best of the rest
The Art Park, curated by Bidoun Projects,
returns as an underground space for video,
film and talks, but interaction between artists
and the public doesn’t stop there: last year’s
hugely popular artist-led tours return, with
Abhishek Hazra and Malak Helmy leading
visitors around the fair. Elsewhere, the Global
Art Forum, under the title Changing Audiences,
looks at the links between art and fashion,
and the changing role of the artist. Featuring
discussions, presentations and performances,
as Carver points out: “It’s totally free, open to
all, and only in Dubai would you have access to
such an incredible line-up of speakers from all
corners of the world.” Amen to that.
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Moshiri has developed
quite a reputation for
his irreverent, humorous
works, but his newest
Dubai show is shrouded
in mystery. Intrigued,
we turned to Tarané Ali
Khan from The Third Line
gallery for a little insight
Tell us a little about Farhad Moshiri’s
new exhibition.
For his third solo exhibition at the
gallery, Moshiri presents new work
which continues to simplify his
subjects through his composition and
painting style within the neo-pop
movement. The exhibition will consist
of one large installation taking up the
whole main back wall of the gallery.
The work will only be revealed on the
day of the preview on March 15 – no
images will be released until then.
Moshiri is known for using unusual
materials in his art. Any surprises in
this show?
The concept of the show cannot
be disclosed yet. Yet Moshiri has
since been constantly pushing his
materials, using cake icing dispensers,
Swarovski crystals and knives to make
paintings and works that incorporate
Mysterious Boy
increasingly textured and sculptural
approaches.
Is it art’s job to hold a mirror up to
society?
Given the current situation, artists
have to try a lot harder. One cannot
mass produce as before when the
market was up and anything could
and would sell. Those involved in the
arts realise how hard it is to produce
good, believable work. There are
opportunities now to perfect skills and
create work that is genuine, something
that is strong without relying on
anything but yourself and your work.
It is a time of self-reflection and time
to really make the best works of your
career without having the frustration of
the speculative market.
Mar 15 to Apr 21, The Third Line, opposite
Golden Sands Laundry, Al Quoz 3, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3411367. www.thethirdline.com
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Art historian, dedicated
collector and managing
director of Dubai’s
Meem Gallery, Charles
Pocock knows the UAE
art scene like the back of
a Picasso. Enjoy the first
of his monthly reports from
the frontline
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With a vast amount of activities
planned for March, the question
is: where does one start and what
should one focus on?
As always, galleries and art fair
organisers will try and cram eve-
rything into one week in order to
get as much coverage and attend-
ance as possible, but this usually
has the reverse aect – there is
just too much too see and do.
Yes, the Sharjah Biennial opens
on March 16 and runs until May
16, the Hassan Sharif show by
ADACH opens on the 17th and
runs until mid June, the Abu
Dhabi Festival runs from the
end of March for ten days and
many Dubai galleries will exhibit
the work they open with in mid
March for four weeks. So what is
the priority? When and how do
you get to see it?
Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah
opens with its Patrons Preview
on the March 15 and around this
time e ird Line, Meem Gal-
lery, IVDE, Ayyam, Carbon 12
and Lawrie Shabibi will be open-
ing their March shows. On March
16 the Sharjah Biennial opens
and the following day the Hassan
Sharif opens in Abu Dhabi. A lot
to do in three days, almost too
much, so pace yourself, take it
slowly and, above all, enjoy. Your
brain can only absorb a certain
amount so pick and choose from
the enormous amount of visual
culture on oer.
I would focus on Art Dubai
and its programme and then,
with the works of Nabil Nahas,
Farhad Moshiri and Dia Azzawi
on show, take the gallery shows
step by step, monitoring when
the exhibitions end so nothing of
worth is missed. If paying a visit
to Abu Dhabi, tie in a trip to e
Abu Dhabi Festival and ADACH’s
Hassan Sharif show. And, nally,
a separate trip to Sharjah for the
Biennial is a must.
www.meemartgallery.com
Flying high
Freeze frame
Cultural
authenticity
Art lovers are going to be
busy on March 14. As if
the Al Serkal Gallery Night
wasn’t enough culture for
one eve, the city’s other
major art hub, DIFC, is also
planning an open gallery
art night of its own. One
of the highlights of which
has got to be Terminal, a
pop-up exhibition in an
abandoned ground-floor
space of the finance centre
Would-be travel
photographers take note;
one of the world’s leading
practitioners, Chris Hurtt, is
heading to Dubai to lead a
hands-on Travel Photography
workshop at Gulf Photo Plus.
The San Francisco-based
photographer is just one of a
leading line-up of experts at
Art and marketing meet in
Common Expressions, Zaman
Branding’s collaboration
with UAE universities which
sets a lofty aim to sustain
“authenticity” in Arab
culture via a competition to
visually interpret one of a
dozen commonly used Arab
proverbs. Open to design
students and graduates,
the competition is “a bridge
for graduates and Zaman
to make their design
commercially viable”. The
best 12 designs (presumably
one for each proverb) will be
this year’s weeklong event.
Places always fill up fast, so
get in quickly.
Mar 7 to 12. www.
gulfphotoplus.com
selected after entries close
on March 31 and awarded
a place in Zaman’s limited
edition Signature Calendar
2012, following an awards
ceremony in November. To
find out more, visit Zaman’s
Facebook page (search
under 'calendar design
competition’).
that is dedicated to new
contemporary art from
Saudi Arabia under the
banner, Edge Of Arabia.
Promising a full airport
experience, from check-
in and security and on
towards the departure gate,
it promises to be part art,
part theatre. Fasten your
seatbelts – it’s going to be
an exciting ride.
www.edgeofarabia.com
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Five minutes with...
André Butzer
You employ lots of very bold colour in your work. What’s that
about?
I am trying to save and carefully store the history of colour on
canvas. My paintings are comparable to upload servers that
preserve this history for future generations ready for download.
Also, colour is about its own virtuality; it’s there, visible as real and
clean or dirty stuff, and at the same time it’s not really there. It’s a
complicated projection comparable to pure light.
This exhibition features work that is both broadly figurative
and more abstract…
All my work is abstract, even if you see recognisable things like
figures on them, as you can see mostly in my earlier works. These
figures legitimise what I am painting today or tomorrow, but it has
always been abstract right from the beginning. The figures did
symbolise this path from an unknown beginning, with the end
finishing with the actual beginning. This is what I call abstraction.
What are your artistic influences?
My art is mostly influenced by European art like the Italian
Renaissance or Paul Cézanne. My wish though is to see it as part of
a more global history of the image of all past and future times in
general. Also, I would like people to see it as part of the history of
outer space art.
This is the first time you have shown in Dubai. Do you have
any impressions or expectations of the local art scene?
I hope the local art scene will show up at my show and I hope they
will like it and never forget me afterwards. I imagine these artists
as being strong and wise defenders of their holy version of a long
history on this messed-up planet.
How would you describe your work in three words?
André, go home!
Mar 14 to Apr 20, Warehouse D37, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai.
Tel: (050) 4644392. www.carbon12dubai.com
We catch up with the weird and
wonderful German artist on the eve
of his first Dubai show
Open sesame!
The March art madness continues with a round of exhibitions
and happenings across Dubai. Worthy of special mention is the
Al Serkal Gallery Night set to take place in the city’s industrial
art quarter, Al Quoz, on March 14. If you haven’t made your way
to visit it yet, now’s your chance – half a dozen or more of the
emirate’s top galleries all concentrated in one workable (and
walkable) area, all throwing open their doors for an evening of
art and entertainment. Some, such as Syrian specialists Ayyam
Gallery, offer visitors the chance to view existing shows (in this
case, its epic Selections from the Samawi Collection). Others,
including recent Al Serkal settlers Green Art Gallery – set to
launch its ambitious video installation, Balloons on the Sea, by
Turkish artist Hale Tenger – and relative old-timers Carbon 12
will be taking the opportunity to open new shows.
More exciting still is the news that that night will
also see the launch of new galleries in Al Serkal,
including Tehran-based Gallery Etemad’s first
opening in Dubai (see Five to see).
March’s visual arts calendar
isn’t all about Art Dubai – it also
kicks off the two-month cultural
extravaganza that is the Sharjah
Biennial. This year’s outing
marks the 10th anniversary of
the event and promises to be
its most ambitious yet. Curated
by Suzanne Cotter, the curator
of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
project Plot For A Biennial, as
the event has been titled, will
feature more than 65 specially
commissioned works alongside
existing pieces and projects. The
event will roll out over the course
of the eight-week programme
in locations as diverse as the
city’s cultural quarter, with its
concentration of museums and
traditional architecture, to the
Sharjah cricket stadium.
Alongside the multimedia
exhibition programme is a
line-up of seven short films by
international film-makers from
Brazil and the US to Lebanon
Another view
There’s more than
one international art
showcase happening
this month. Sharjah
shows us what it’s
made of
and Iran,
each of
which was
commissioned by
the Sharjah Biennial. A further,
curated film programme, as
well as those for music and
performance, and a biennial-
long series of talks, lectures
and additional events will also
be taking place. If you’ve never
quite managed to make it
any further into Sharjah than
its airport and those handy
Air Arabia flights (and let’s
be honest, many of us in its
neighbouring emirates haven’t),
this would be a fine time to
break that particular fast.
Art Dubai may get most of
the headlines, but the Sharjah
Biennial is one of the oldest
contemporary art initiatives in
the Middle East – and one of
the most cutting-edge. Nearly
75,000 people made the trip
to the ninth edition in 2009,
What’s On included. We were
duly impressed by the calibre of
what was on display and from
what we’ve seen already, 2011
is unlikely to disappoint. They
don’t call it the "cultural emirate"
for nothing, you know.
Mar 16 to May 16. www.
sharjahart.org/biennial
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Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
Abu Dhabi Festival
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April 2011
Tickets on sale now at:
TimeOut 800-4669
timeouttickets.com
Tuesday, 4
th
January 2011
Pre-launch event: World Orchestra for Peace
The first ever concert in the Arab world by UNESCO
Artists for Peace, Maestro Valery Gergiev and the World
Orchestra for Peace
8:00 pm - Emirates Palace Auditorium
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th
March - 4
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April 2011
The Path of Roses (Tariq Al Ward)
Exhibition by the eminent Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi
Emirates Palace, Auditorium Foyer
Saturday, 19
th
March 2011
Mozart Masterpieces
Augustin Dumay, Conductor / Violin
Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Piano
Soloists from Queen Elizabeth College of Music
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie
8:00 pm - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Sunday, 20
th
March 2011
The Metropolitan Opera - Lucia di Lammermoor
Broadcast from New York in HD (limited seating)
Natalie Dessay, Soprano
7:00 pm - Marina Mall - Cinestar Gold Class
Monday, 21
st
March 2011
Macbeth
A specially-commissioned production presented by
Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe
8:00 pm - Abu Dhabi Theatre
22
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th
March 2011
The Zaha Hadid Pavilion
Arab creativity in the architecture of the future
Emirates Palace Lawns
Wednesday, 23
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March 2011
Sylvie Guillem & Russell Maliphant - PUSH
8:00 pm - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Friday, 1
st
April 2011
Ballet Gala: Max and Irina present
Stars of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky
Principal dancers from the Bolshoi Theatre, Mariinsky
Theatre and more… with the Russian National Orchestra
Valery Ovsyanikov, Conductor
8:00 pm - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Saturday, 2
nd
April 2011
Bronfman & Brahms
Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Nicola Luisotti, Conductor
Russian National Orchestra
8:00 pm - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Sunday, 3
rd
April 2011
Al Jarreau - A Jazz Roots Concert
8:00 pm - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Monday, 4
th
April 2011
Opera Gala: Dmitri & Friends
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Baritone
Ekaterina Siurina, Soprano
Nicola Luisotti, Conductor
Russian National Orchestra
8:00 pm - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Info Hotline: 050 907 6158
www.abudhabifestival.ae
Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Presented by
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The way the Arab world is represented and projected in the world's
media and how this in turn shapes judgement and behaviour
forms the basis for this third exhibition of works from Sheikh Sultan
Sooud Al-Qassemi’s 500-strong personal art collection.
Mar 11 to Jul 30, Barjeel Art Foundation, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah.
Tel: (050) 4543734 barjeelartfoundation.com
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NMArt Gallery and Xerxes
Art have joined forces to
showcase this fascinating
multimedia group exhibition
of contemporary art by 18
international artists from
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran
and Pakistan.
Until Apr 16, Al Serkal Cultural
Foundation, Heritage House,
Bastakiya, Dubai. www.
nmartgallery.com / www.
xerxesart.com
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SPLENDOURS OF
MESOPOTAMIA
One to look forward to at
the end of this month – in
collaboration with the British
Museum, the title says it all.
This showcase of the treasures
of ancient Mesopotamia offers
a classy taste of things to
come when Abu Dhabi’s Zayed
National Museum opens in
2014.
Until May 29, Manarat Al Saadiyat,
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel:
(02) 6735244. www.saadiyat.ae
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TREES AND THE HIGH RISING CITY
Palestinian artist Samia Halaby riffs on the contradictions and
convergences in the built environment and nature in this, her first
solo Dubai show. Featuring several large collages and a fine eye for
colour, Halaby offers an arresting interpretation of abstraction.
Mar 14 to Apr 16, Ayyam Gallery Dubai DIFC, Gate Village Building 3,
DIFC, off Zabeel Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4392395. www.ayyamgallery.com
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NEW WAVE  BRITISH ART TODAY
Proving that art influenced by the Middle East and its cultural
heritage isn’t just alive and well, but positively blooming in
the West is this first show from new Al Serkal gallery, Etemad.
Showcasing work that featured in London’s Saatchi Gallery’s
recent Newspeak: British Art Now exhibition illustrates the truly
international nature of contemporary art today.
Mar 14 to May 1, Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3468649. www.galleryetemad.com
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SHOPPING
In the UAE, clouds are as rare as a steak tartare, so it’s
not enough to buy cheapo specs. Invest in some
colourful sunnies, guaranteed to perk up any outfit
Summer
Tiffany
Dhs1,315
D&G
Dhs715
Dolce & Gabbana
Dhs985
Ray-Ban
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Ray-Ban
Dhs910
Vogue
Dhs700
Miu Miu
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Prada Linea Rossa
Dhs1,065
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Mother’s Day
Your mum may be miles away, but we’re
giving you a heads up with our round-up
of the best online gifts to keep her happy
on her special day
We love the whimsical style of
artist Rob Ryan, and this coin
purse is sure to brighten up your
mum’s day. Soma Gallery’s web-
site is full of crafty gifts and they
can mail wherever you please.
Dhs60
www.somagallery.co.uk
If your sainted mum is in the
UK, then Moon Pig should be
your first port of call. There are
hundreds of cards available that
you can personalise, before the
website mails them out.
www.moonpig.com
Prove that you were listening to
her for all those years with this
lovely print from the V&A shop.
Wise words written in style.
Postage is available anywhere in
the world.
Dhs240
www.vandashop.com
What Mothers Day is complete
without a nice set of smellies?
If you’re going to be unoriginal,
at least do it in style with these
goodies from Liberty, who can
distribute internationally.
Dhs185
www.liberty.co.uk
For a truly personal gift (without
wandering into cheesy territory)
these charm necklaces can be
engraved with your name. Mums
love that kind of thing. While
you’re on Boticca’s website be
sure to have a look for yourself
too, as it’s prime hunting ground
for unique jewellery. Most jewel-
lers will ship internationally, but
should be contacted directly.
Dhs150
www.boticca.com
This tea towel is too pretty to
use, so suggest your mum gets
it framed instead. It’s the work
of London print designer Anja
Jane, who produces her work in
limited numbers and can ship
internatioanlly. You can pay
through PayPal, too.
Dhs90
www.anjajane.com
Cath Kidston is the ultimate
mum icon, and this charming
sewing basket will encourage
her to keep darning your socks
whenever you come home. Do
people still darn socks? Anyway,
it’s very pretty indeed and a darn
sight (ho, ho, ho) better than
those kits you keep nicking from
hotels. And Cath can post her
goods wherever you want.
Dhs200
www.cathkidston.co.uk
Got a cool mum? They’re a rare
breed and utterly terrifying to
buy presents for. Best to keep
it simple with vouchers, and
where better than from Net-A-
Porter. If you do see something
on the website you think she’ll
like then be assured that the
gift wrapping is gorgeous, and
returns are possible.
www.net-a-porter.com
DATE FOR
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SUNDAY
APRIL 3
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Our wriggly little friend reveals this
month’s must-reads
The
bookworm
THE CHAMPION
Tim Binding
It might be written in a light-hearted
manner, but Tim Binding’s latest
novel is both witty and profound.
Everything is running smoothly in
narrator Charles Pemberton’s small,
quiet, English town until Large, the
boy every boy wants to be and every
girl wants to be with, crashes onto
the scene and changes things forever. Set in late 20th century
Britain, the story follows Charles and Large from the “loads of
money” Thatcher years to Blair’s Cool Britannia, during which
time the world that Charles loves is replaced by one that he
can’t quite comprehend.
THE DEVIL’S GARDEN
Edward Docx
There is a palpable sense of
foreboding right from the first page
of The Devil’s Garden, as a sinister
Colonel and a sleazy Judge arrive at Dr
Forle’s jungle river station, disturbing
his research into the behaviour of his
beloved ants in the Devil’s Garden
of the title. Docx, with his spare,
strong prose, spins an eerie tale of
love, violence and obsession. With its
unusual setting, amidst the Indian tribes of an unnamed jungle,
this is one of the most original books we’ve read in some time.
TRIUMPH OF THE
CITY
Edward Glaeser
Our good friend Edward Glaeser
is a Harvard Professor and one of
the world’s most eminent urban
economists, yet he has managed
to write a book that will be
comprehensible to anyone, whether
novice or academic. In Triumph Of
The City Glaeser argues that the close
proximity of people in cities spurs
creativity and that city living is better
for the environment – mankind’s future lies amid the high-rises
and skyscrapers of the world’s metropolises. And there’s even a
page or so on Dubai.
Available from Magrudy’s, Borders, Jashanmal and Kinokuniya
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Opening a vintage boutique in a
country a mere 39 years old is a bold
shout by anyone’s standards, but that’s
just what Maha Abdul Rasheed has
done. Bambah, on Beach Road, is a
haven for style mavens, packed with
one-off pieces, big name and no name
labels, antique furniture, personal
photos and memorabilia from Maha’s
travels.
There’s a section dedicated to little
black dresses, racks arranged by era
and shoes dotted all over (we spotted
some Gina heels for Dhs725), but the
stock is well-chosen and truly unique
so it’s worth popping back regularly
to see what Maha’s latest trawls have
uncovered.
Bambah shares a villa with fellow
independent boutique Zoo, home to
quirky gifts and modern design, so
ladies can leave their chaps there to
browse the T-shirts and gadgets while
they try on all manner of original pieces
in the floral changing rooms. It’s an
Aladdin’s cave of cool.
Bambah, 39 Beach Road, opposite Dubai
Zoo and next door to Sultan Garden
Centre, Dubai. Tel: (050) 6741754.
www.bambah.com
Bambah
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We drag the oh-so stylish Sophia
Triantafillou away from the helm
at Emirates Woman into the grubby
What’s On office to answer your
wardrobe woes
Do you have a fashion question for Sophia?
E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae
I have just started a new
job in the media, and no
longer have to wear a suit
and tie to work every day.
Are trainers and jeans too
casual?
Chris, JBR
Trainers should be for train-
ing purposes only, so opt for a smart loafer
instead. Jeans should be ne, but I would wait
a few days to scope out what the other gents
in the oce are sporting before you decide on
denim. A long-sleeved shirt or sweater looks
great with chinos and a jacket, but if you want
to err to the more relaxed style, swap the shirt
with a polo top and leave the blazer at home.
I’m going to the polo this
month but I’m stuck on
what to wear. I assume
it’s a bit posh, but we are
having a picnic. Can you
advise on shoes too,
please?
Cecily, Dubai
Invest in a summery frock,
nothing too dressy or ‘done
up’. White is always a win-
ner as are muted colours
(no metallics). Even though
the polo is more glamorous
than the football, you must
always remember that it is a
sporting event nonetheless.
Footwear is always a concern when it comes
to grass so a pretty pair of ballerinas or a small
wedge, if you need the height, is just the ticket.
Take a cropped jacket for when lunch turns
into dinner and don’t forget a hat to keep your
hair at bay.
Where in Dubai can I have some shirts
and a suit made – other than Bur Dubai
or Satwa? I really can’t be doing with all
that traffic.
John, Dubai
Help is at hand in the name of Logsdail.
e British master tailors have now set up
shop in Dubai and have your every suit and
shirt need covered. Whether it’s o the
rack, ready to wear or a bespoke beauty, a
Logsdail suit will have you looking like a
spiy gent in no time. Choose from ne
fabrics, avoid the trac and best of all, be the
best dressed whatever the occasion.
Logsdail London, Warehouse 17b, Street 6, Al
Quoz. Tel: (050) 6003224
SOPHIA SAYS...
What trends are in for S/S11? Some ideas
of key colours, lengths and textures
would be brilliant, as I’m feeling a bit
overwhelmed by all the new stock in
stores.
Sarah, Abu Dhabi
Whether it is bold colours, graphic prints
or fresh white frocks, S/S11 has a trend,
length or label to suit all tastes. If you have a
penchant for all things pretty, opt for one of
the most ladylike trends this spring, broderie
anglaise. A shirt, skirt or dress will do the
trick. e hottest hue of the season has to
be any shade of orange, so stand out in style
with a coral maxi-dress with
contrasting accessories
to make the perfect
style statement.
If you want to
up the fashion
ante, fringing
is the way
forward, the
longer and
more luxurious the
better.
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Totally tropical
treatments
No need to travel to distant shores, the
world’s best spa sessions are available
right here in the UAE
What? Hot Salt Pot treatment
Country of origin? ailand
Where can I try it? ai Privilege Spa
What does it involve? An oil-free massage, you wear loose
pyjamas and lie down on a rm mattress on the oor. is ancient
treatment starts with stretches and acupressure, before a warm clay
pot is lled with sea salt and used to massage your body. e heat
relieves muscle stiness, especially in the upper back and shoulders,
and this is a proven method for eliminating water retention as well
as helping women who have given birth to strengthen their bladder
and uterus. e salt helps to ush out toxins and boost circulation,
while promising to help ward o colds and u.
Does it work? e heat is incredibly soothing, with muscles
gently manipulated rather than pinched so it’s a very relaxing treat-
ment. Aerwards, you may feel slightly disorientated, but luckily
ai Privilege Spa oers a pick up and drop-o service, so you can
be driven home and prolong the peace.
Details: Thai Privilege Spa, 1074 Uttamah Villas, Jumeirah, Dubai,
Dhs350 for an hour and Dhs450 for 90 minutes. Tel: (04) 3489679
What? Abhyangam and Shirodhara Ayurvedic treatments
Country of origin? India
Where can I try it? Breath & Health Alternative Medical Centre
What does it involve? As rst-timers to the world of Ayurvedic
medicine, we sat down with the resident doctor to learn more. ere
are a series of questions to answer in order to determine which
constitution, or ‘dosha’, you are, be it water, air, re or a combination.
Treatments and programmes can then be styled to suit your body
and personality. We were a Kapha (water) and advised to take an oil
massage with a warm herbal poultice to harmonise and revitalise
the body, followed by the traditional Shirodhara therapy to clear
the mind. e Abhyangam massage uses a lot of oil that is great for
dehydrated skin, while the warm poultice penetrates knotted muscles
and sluggish lymph nodes to calm and strengthen the nervous system.
e Shirodhara treatment, however, is far from your usual
massage. You lie on a raised table, with a container positioned
above your head. A steady stream of warm oil is poured onto your
forehead to open up the ‘third eye’ for up to 50 minutes. is aims to
create a deep sense of relaxation, so it is particularly recommended
for suerers of stress, insomnia tension and migraines.
Does it work? e full body Abhyangam massage was incredibly
calming, with particular attention paid to the lower back and
abdomen so organs were warmed and stimulated. e oil theme
continued with the Shirodhara
treatment. While the room set-
up and three therapists present
may seem a little intimidating,
once the oil stars to ow you’ll
nd your mind dris into
a dreamlike state. e only
niggling worry was how many
hair washes it takes to get the
oil out (three). A simultaneous
head and foot massage was the
nal straw and we crashed out,
only to be awoken for some tea.
Details: Abhyangam
massage, Breath & Health
Alternative Medical Centre, Al
Wasl Road, Al Manara, Dubai,
Dhs375 for an hour and
Shirodhara treatment Dhs450
for 50 minutes. Tel: (04) 3489940
NEXT
MONTH…
JAPAN AND
SWEDEN
WIN! A HOT SALT POT TREATMENT
If you like the sound of Thai Privilege Spa’s Hot Salt Pot treatment then read
on. We have one to give away and for your chance to win, simply e-mail
WinWithWhatsOn@motivate.ae with the prize in the subject line and answer
this question:
What is the capital of Thailand?
a) Bangkok
b) Beijing
c) Belfast
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His ‘n’ hers
Our resident spa junkies have a rub down at the Dubai Marriott Harbour
His
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TALK US THROUGH IT
In keeping with Saray Spa’s
Arabic theme, the therapist uses
oatmeal and black seed oil from
Jordan to gently exfoliate. A
combination of rose oil, milk and
honey is then added to the mix
to soen your skin. Aer a quick
shower you’re treated to a hot
stone massage and scalp rub.
THE BEST BIT
e scalp massage (complete
with ear pulling) ties for rst
place with how great my skin felt
post-scrub.
ANY AWKWARD MOMENTS?
e lights went out mid-shower
leaving me to guess where I’d
washed o the oatmeal mixture.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
Scant pants indeed. Basically a
paper gusset (sorry for using that
TALK US THROUGH IT
e therapist scrubs your back
with Arabic coee and Dead Sea
salt, covers you in Dead Sea mud,
wraps you in a plastic sheet and
leaves you to marinate for quarter
of an hour. en you jump in the
shower to wash the mud o and
enjoy your new so skin before a
quick but eective massage.
THE BEST BIT
e coee exfoliation. A dog
likes having its belly rubbed, a
gentleman enjoys a good back
scratching – even if it is from an-
other gentleman with a handful
of coee and salt.
ANY AWKWARD MOMENTS?
e toilet is not in the changing
room and the corridors are dimly
lit, so it wasn’t easy nding the
bathroom having removed my
contact lenses.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
e SAS of spa underwear – the
loose tting boxers. ere is no
better way to hide one’s modesty.
SLEEP FACTOR?
It’s a lively treatment and the back
exfoliation is administered while
you sit upright, but there’s time
for a quick snooze when you’re
le ensconced in plastic for 15
minutes.
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
If you tire of lying still for hours,
word) attached to a waistband
made of string. Deeply unatter-
ing, and far from comfy.
SLEEP FACTOR?
It’s a relaxing treatment, but the
various stages leave little time for
snoozing. I still oated out on a
wave of milk, honey and rose oil,
though.
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
If you suer from dry or sensitive
skin, this gentle, luxurious treat-
ment will sort you out, especially
if you use the steam room rst.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
Dhs400 for 90 minutes. Good
value for a great spa trip.
ARABIC COFFEE
AWAKENER
MILK & HONEY
IMMERSION
Saray Spa, Dubai Marriott
Harbour, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04)
3194630. www.marriott.com
this is for you. It’s nicely broken
up into two stages with a shower
half way through.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
Dhs400 for 90 minutes, which
is verging on cheap for the UAE.
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Going dental
I lay prostrate on a red leather chair wearing a
prattish orange visor to protect my eyes from
the dazzling light above my forehead, mouth
gaping open like I was trying to swallow an
apple whole. A man wearing rubber gloves was
sandblasting my teeth and prodding my gums
with a sharp metal object. Blood and spit were
ying everywhere.
is is the situation you will nd yourself
in – if you’re lucky – should you take a similar
attitude to dental visits as I did. For I have a
confession to make, ladies and gentlemen –
until very recently I hadn’t visited the dentist
for ten years. Ten! I have no record of the exact
date, but I do know that my mother made the
When was the last time
you visited the dentist? Six
months ago? A year? For
our features editor Gareth
Rees, it had been over a
decade, which, as he dis-
covered, is a disgrace
“A man wearing rubber gloves was
sandblasting my teeth and prodding my
gums with a sharp metal object. Blood
and spit were flying everywhere”
“Here in DIFC we have a lot of business
men in their 30s and 40s who have an old
lling that was done when they were 12 years
old and, like yours, it’s fallen out, they haven’t
replaced it and the tooth has fractured,”
explains Dr Fekih. “Oen, we have to do an
emergency root canal and a crown. at’s a
typical scenario.”
A root canal, for the record, is not going to be
fun. To put it simply, it involves removing nerve
tissue, blood vessels and various other bits and
bobs from the troublesome tooth-peg with a
drill. Aer that’s done, your tooth will be dead.
So exactly how do you go about avoiding the
murder of your molars? e short answer is
this: visit the dentist every six months. If you
are diligent enough to have your teeth properly
cleaned on a regular basis, the simple scale and
polish won’t be the blood- spattered ordeal I
have recounted.
I have already made an appointment with Dr
Fekih for that urgent lling and will, without
fail, be paying a visit twice a year from now on.
DR FEKIH’S EIGHT GOLDEN RULES
Floss once a day
Visit the dentist once every six months
Brush at least twice a day; more oen if
possible
Use a so brush. “Remember, so, so,
so,” says Dr Fekih
Brush from the top of your gum in one
motion down to the bottom of your teeth,
from red to white
Brush for three minutes
Use a toothpaste that has uoride in it
because it helps the teeth reinforce
themselves
Use mouthwash for one week maximum if
you have gingivitis. e best mouthwash is
hot water with salt
The Clinic, DIFC, Dubai, Dhs150 initial
consultation. Tel: (04) 3230900. www.theclinic.ae
appointment, which is telltale sign in itself.
I don’t fear the dentist. I’m just lazy. But that
excuse isn’t going to wash forever, so I made
the move and booked an appointment to see
what sort of shape my gnashers are in.
I was extremely fortunate. Aer a decade of
dental negligence, I had inamed gums (gin-
givitis) and will soon be paying a fair whack
for three llings – only one of them classied
“urgent” by the charming French dentist Dr
Karim Fekih at e Clinic dentist, where I
nally made my appointment. It could have
been a lot worse.
ALSO RECOMMENDED
Aqua Care Dental Clinic
Ask for the lovely Dr Mandana Motaghian.
M-05 Al Meraikhi Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3210103. www.aquacare.ae
FIND A DENTIST
Dubai Dentists Network
This website will help you find a dentist in any
area of the emirate.
www.dubaidentistsnetwork.com
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Spa news
From swish blow-dries to soothing
massages and lessons in effective yoga,
here’s our pick of the UAE’s best bargains
THE SPA AT THE PALACE
The Palace has created The Palace Combination package that
involves a 25-minute massage and 25-minute facial of your choice.
The package offers a choice of Swedish, deep tissue and back, neck
and shoulder massage using balancing aromatic oils, and there’s
a free skin analysis on your first visit, to blend products tailored
specifically for your skin type.
The Palace, Old Town, Dubai, Dhs400. Tel: (04) 4287805
DETOXIFY SENSO
Want to put a sparkle back
in those tired eyes? Then this
expert spa package at Radisson
Blu is right on the money.
The intensive anti-ageing eye
contour treatment promises to
diminish fine lines, dark circles
and reduce puffiness using the
very effective Anne Semonin
eye express radiance ice cubes.
But first, you’ll be scrubbed,
polished, wrapped and
detoxified. The effective three-
hour treatment, costing Dhs680,
is great value for your bucks.
Detoxify@Senso, Radisson Blu,
Media City, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3669111
THE SPA AT SHERATON
Book yourself in for an 80-minute session that begins with an
intensive body-scrub before reclining into a relaxing massage
using delicately scented Belnature products. The treatment is
guaranteed to
leave your skin
feeling supple and
nourished. This
head-to-toe revive
is available at a
very special rate of
Dhs390 this month.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi
Hotel & Resort,
Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02)
6970272
TED MORGAN
Want to liven up your locks
before heading out for your fizz
with the ladies? Ted Morgan
has come to the rescue with its
speedy 30 minutes Desk2Club
Ladies Night special especially
created for a work-to-party
spruce up. Their new express
blow-dry service will run
between 5pm to 9pm on
Tuesdays, which, as we all
know, is ladies night. The range
of blow-dry styles starts from
Dhs100, so be warned; this
could become a new addiction.
Ted Morgan, Palm Jumeirah,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 4308190
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Spa news
ARTISTIC YOGA CENTER
When it comes to fitness,
flexibility and agility, few
disciplines or therapies can
achieve it like yoga. Check
out the spanking new Artistic
Yoga Centre opened by the
internationally renowned
yoga guru, Bharat Thakur. The
energetic yoga classes will
help you lose weight, get fit
and reduce stress levels. Now
is the best time to get into
comfortable clothing, keep
an open mind and give yoga
a chance.
Artistic Yoga Centre, Al Mina
Road, Sharjah. Tel: (06) 800964
ZEN SPA
With a focus on results, the Zen
Spa has designed a 60 to 90-
minute, Active Muscle Massage
just for those gentlemen who
lead an active work and sports
life. Expertly working on tense
muscles and joint disorders
with using a pack of ginger,
black pepper and rosemary the
therapy will leave your body
stimulated, invigorated and
relieved of all aches and pains.
Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02)
6979333
SOFTOUCH SPA AT KMOE
Here’s an exciting offer from the Soft Touch Spa this month.
Surrender yourself to 55 minutes of traditional Balinese massage
costing just Dhs150 and receive 20 minutes of full body polish. The
ancient deep tissue massage technique involves the use of vitamin
rich massage oils to provide you with a soothing and deeply
healing massage experience. Whilst the Pevonia’s body polish, using
natural jojoba granules leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4095909
MAN/AGE LUXURY
MEN’S SPA
Chaps, if you want to be treated
like demi-gods, then here’s the
ultimate pampering package.
The Sport’s Man Delight Package
involves a Skin Fitness Facial,
Sport’s Man Massage and a
Moroccan Bath using a deep-
sea salt scrub with ginger and
lemongrass. The deal is normally
Dhs820 but is available for Dhs600
during March. Alternatively, you
could splash out by signing up
for an enticing new membership
for just Dhs2,500 that includes
a complimentary Yon-Ka Mini
Facial, Classic Manicure, Classic
Pedicure, Classic Shave and a
Trendsetter haircut. The deal is
topped off with a life-long 15 per
cent discount off all products and
services.
There are three spas across the
UAE; Rimal 1, Jumeirah Beach
Residence, Dubai Tel: (04)
4355780, Arjaan Rotana Souk,
Dubai Media City, Dubai. Tel: (04)
4370868 and Marina Mall, Abu
Dhabi (02) 6818837
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80 WHAT’S ON MARCH 2011
WIN! THE CHANCE TO
CREATE TWO PAIRS OF
SNEAKERS WITH PUMA
To celebrate the launch of PUMA Creative Factory, an awesome
in-store concept that allows you to design your own one-off
pair of shoes on an Apple iPad, we’re giving one lucky reader
the chance to get crafty with two styles, The Basket II (a leather
classic from 1971) and The First Round (the 1980s basketball
high-top). You’ll get your pick of PUMA fabrics, materials and
colours to create your very own custom shoes. For the chance
to win two pairs of unique sneakers, plus envious glances from
all of your friends, simply tell us…
What are the names of the sneaker styles featured in
PUMA Creative Factory?
a) Basket & First Round
b) Basket & Last Round
c) Bag & First Round
WIN! A WEEKEND STAY
AND DINNER FOR TWO AT
THE ARABIAN COURTYARD
HOTEL & SPA
Slap bang in the middle of Bur Dubai, the Arabian Courtyard Hotel
& Spa is a great base for exploring this part of town, and an even
better place to unwind. We have a weekend stay for two, complete
with romantic dinner and breakfast the next morning, up for grabs.
For your chance to win this mini-break, you’ll have to get this
question right…
Which museum is close to the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa?
a) Natural History Museum in London
b) Dubai Museum
c) Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Anna Gorski
Event Organizer
annagorski@ymail.com
TO REGISTER, CONTACT
THE CLUBS DIRECTLY:
The Els Club: chrisb@elsclubdubai.com
The Montgomerie: pwynn@themontgomerie.ae
Arabian Ranches Golf Club: francois@arabianranchesgolf.ae
Emirates Golf Club: bcoleman@dubaigolf.com
TO REGISTER, CONTACT
THE CLUBS DIRECTLY:
The Els Club: chrisb@elsclubdubai.com
The Montgomerie: pwynn@themontgomerie.ae
Arabian Ranches Golf Club: francois@arabianranchesgolf.ae
Emirates Golf Club: bcoleman@dubaigolf.com
Anna Gorski
Event Organizer
annagorski@ymail.com
CHARITY AMATEUR
GOLF TOURNAMENT
QUALIFYING ROUNDS:
• The Els Golf Club - 6 April
• Emirates Golf Club - 7 April
• Montgomerie Golf Club - 14 April
• Arabian Ranches Golf Club - 28 April
Format: teams of 4 (scramble)
Rafes, Competitions and Giveaways
Top 3 teams from each club will qualify for the final
Final: at The Els Club (date TBA)
Three teams from Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa awaiting other nalists
Entry fee AED 550 per player
Part of the proceeds will go to Dubai Autism Center
PLAY GOLF - SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE
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SPORT & OUTDOOR SPORT & OUTDOOR
The legends return
Britain and South Africa are
giants of the sporting world, and
for one weekend in April their
rugby legends will clash under
the Dubai sun. Held at Jebel Ali
Golf Resort & Spa, South African
Freedom Day will be celebrated
with a rugby match featuring
big names including Joost Van
Der Westhuizen, Braam Van
Straaten, Corne Krige and Robbie
Kempson from South Africa,
plus Colin Charvis, Josh Lewsey,
Scott Hastings and Shame Byrne
playing for the British & Irish
Lions.
With more than 7,000 people
expected to attend, this match is
the main attraction of the Family
A day of fun, food
and rugby rivalry
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will also be a host of live music,
good food, kid’s entertainment
and competitions, plus the chance
to meet the legends at a golf day
and gala dinner.
For kids
Guaranteed to tire out the little
ones, the Family Day is packed
with activities including bouncy
castles, Sony PlayStations, face
painters, clowns, table football,
air hockey and all manner of
child-friendly food including
popcorn and candy oss.
For food lovers
South African favourites
including pap and wors, boerie
rolls, bunny chow and loads
of meat on the barbecue will
be on oer, but the star of
the culinary show will be the
potjiekos competition, which
budding chefs can enter. For the
uninitiated, ‘potjietos’ translates
as ‘small pot food’ and is a stew
prepared in a traditional cast-
iron pot. Recipes vary greatly,
and contain meat, vegetables and
sometimes fruit, with many chefs
and families adding their own
1/4 AD
secret ingredient. On Family Day
the testing panel will be sampling
the creations of Dubai-based
cooks, who will be given 5m x
5m areas to decorate and cook in,
with top three entrants winning
great prizes. If you want to enter
your potjiekos, register online.
For sports fans
e legends match at 5pm on
Family Day will see big names go
head to head, but there will also
be a rugby clinic for boys aged
12 to 14 on Wednesday, April 6.
If you want to meet the legends
tickets are available for a golf day
on ursday, April 7, plus a gala
dinner.
Apr 6 and 8, Jebel Ali Golf Resort &
Spa, Dubai, noon, Dhs100 or free for
under-12s. E-mail info@elanevents.
net. www.saweekend.com
Joost Van Der Westhuizen
Colin Charvis
Josh Lewsey
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Students take
a hike
An adventurous pair of former-Dubai students has embarked
upon a gruelling five-month trek for charity, following the
world’s newest walking trail. The mammoth Te Araroa trail goes
from Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point, to Bluff,
the furthest south you can go.
Collectively known as Tasty Trek, Anders Ford and Damien-
Marc Ford were raised in Dubai and educated at Dubai English
Speaking School. They will be donating all monies raised
through sponsorship to Wateraid and Solar Light For Africa.
Local support has come in the form of a non-uniform day at
Dubai English Speaking School to help raise funds towards the
pair’s Dhs22,000 target.
Set to be officially opened later in this year, the 3,000km
(1,800 mile) track follows coastlines, meanders through forests
and across farmland, over volcanoes and mountain passes,
along river valleys and on green pathways across seven cities;
and the pals hope to be one of the first teams to complete
it. Damien-Marc, at 19 years old, is potentially the youngest
person to do so.
So far Anders and Damienmarc have endured endless farm-
land, dense bush, rapids and even highway traffic, and are due
to complete the trek in April and welcome donations to their
chosen charities via their website, where you can also follow
their progress.
http://tastytrek.com/charities.php
A charitable duo from Dubai has set
their sights on walking the length of New
Zealand
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at Chef ’s House
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
For bookings or more information, please call
04 366 9111 or email
chefshouse.mediacity.dubai@radissonblu.com
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SPORT & OUTDOOR
Abu Dhabi International Triathlon
Swimming, cycling and running. Why
on earth did you get involved in this
madness?
Well, I was a swimmer to start with, but I
worked for a marketing agency in London
that looked aer Nokia, who sponsored the
Windsor Triathlon. A couple of people at
Nokia entered the race and asked if I wanted
to join their team. I did and the bug bit me.
at was three or four years ago now.
And you’ve done triathlons all over the
world since?
at’s right. I’ve competed in Australia,
Bahrain, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the UK,
Ireland and Hungary. My best race was the
World Championships last year in Hungary.
I had ten days before the triathlon with my
coach just to really focus and prepare for it.
So I felt really good, had an awesome race and
achieved a personal best.
But you’re running a longer distance than
usual in Abu Dhabi, right? Daunting?
I usually do Olympic distance for triathlon,
which is a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and a 10km
run, but this one is the same swim and the
same run but with a 100km bike. So I’m doing
a lot of cycling to try and get my legs stronger
and ready for the race. I’m looking forward to
it, but I’m quite nervous about the distance.
We understand triathlons, especially the
swimming, can be quite rough. Is that so?
Yeah, denitely. I’ve been in races where I’ve
had my legs pulled on one stroke and my
shoulder on the next stroke. I’ve been dunked
under the water so people can get ahead.
People want to lead out of the water so they
can get onto the bike and lead throughout the
race. In the bigger races, where you have 1,000
competitors in the water in one go, you can’t
really help it. It’s a bit of a washing machine.
We’re scared.
It’s really competitive, but anyone can take
it up. e great thing about triathlon is that
there are distances from the sprint, like
the one that What’s On is doing, through
to Ironman. People tend to get involved in
the shorter distances rst, then as they gain
condence they nd the training easier to
This month we are taking
part in our first triathlon, so we
asked local triathlete Jessica
Robertson why anyone would
get involved and why you
should go along and watch
TEAM WHAT’S ON
Come and watch us take part in
the relay sprint event
SWIMMING
Iain Akerman,
Editor, Campaign
When we mentioned
the triathlon to
the indomitable Mr
Akerman he proffered a
relaxed, “I could do that”. So now he’s
signed up for a 750m swim. He starts
the Team What’s On effort at Emirates
Palace. You don’t want to miss this man
in his Speedos.
CYCLING
Geordie Bird,
Dubai 92
Geordie Bird
keeps our monthly
columnist Catboy in
t into their lifestyles and can move up the
distances a bit. And cross training denitely
has benets.
Such as?
Today I’ve done a heavy session on my legs,
three hours on the bike and a 45-minute run
straight o, so tomorrow will be swimming,
lots of kicking in the water and letting my legs
recover and ushing out all the lactic acid.
OK, for anyone who hasn’t signed up, why
should they come and watch?
ere’s always a really big crowd. You have
supporters of the people racing and a lot of
people from Abu Dhabi will come out as well.
e nicest thing about triathlon is having eve-
ryone there cheering you on. It’s important for
the competitors. And all the competitors re-
ally encourage each other as well, which is one
of the things that attracted me to the sport.
What’s next for 2011?
To get on the Great Britain team you have to
go back to the UK and qualify, so I’m looking
at the qualiers for the World Championship
in Beijing later this year.
check on the Dubai 92 Breakfast Show, so
she probably won’t break a sweat doing
the 50km cycle across Saadiyat Island,
Yas Island and the Yas Marina Circuit,
especially considering she completed the
92km Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge
last year.
RUNNING
Gareth Rees,
Features Editor,
What’s On
Our features editor
likes to go for a bit of a
jog every now and again.
Having conquered his first marathon
in Dubai in January and completed his
second RAK Half Marathon last month,
5km will be easy – he hopes.
Mar 12, Abu Dhabi International Triathlon,
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88 WHAT’S ON MARCH 2011
In his seven years as a
personal trainer, James
Houghton has helped
everyone from West End
actresses to the Arabian
Gulf rugby sevens team
lose the pounds and keep
in shape
A few friends are boot camp
devotees and keep moaning
about ‘burpees’. What are they,
what do they do and are they
really that difficult?
Jim, Dubai Marina
In my book, a burpee is a total
body conditioning ex-
ercise. Some may class
it as a strength exer-
cise, which it can be if
we’re talking strength
endurance, but I prefer
conditioning. Regard-
less of how you class
it, burpees are simple,
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To perform a basic burpee, follow
these simple steps:
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hands to the oor in front of your
feet
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now in a push up position
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stand up
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basic format.
In all honesty, there are lots of dif-
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come up with but, for now, the
basic version should suce.
A great little nisher at the end
of a workout is to do a burpee
and star jump combo to really
get your metabolism ring. Start
with ten burpees, followed by ten
star jumps, then nine of each,
eight of each, etc, until you nish
with one of each. Record your
time and aim to beat it next time
you do the challenge.

Can you recommend some
quick stretches that I should do
after a big session in the gym?
Sunita, Al Barsha
Stretching shouldn’t just be le
as an aerthought. You should
be focusing more on the quality
of your muscle tissue and fascia,
rather than just stretching. So
tissue work, which does involve
stretching, should be an integral
part of your weekly training
schedule. I schedule in recovery
and regeneration sessions for my
clients, which involves a great
deal of work on tissue quality
amongst a few other things. With
the time that you do have avail-
able to you, I recommend that
you focus on a technique known
as Active Isolated Stretching
(AIS), devised by Kinesiologist
Aaron Mattes and focus on the
most problematic areas such as
hips, chest and thoracic spine.

I have weak ankles, but my
trainer insists on me run-
ning on the beach, claiming
it will help strengthen them.
Jogging on sand makes me
nervous. Who’s right?
Nicki, Downtown
Without knowing more about
you and your specic weakness,
then I can’t really say who is right
or wrong. However, if jogging on
the sand makes you nervous then
perhaps it is not the best thing for
you, as the more time you spend
worrying about it, the more likely
you are to actually hurt yourself.
ere are plenty of alternative
ways in which you can work
to strengthen the musculature
around your ankle joint without
running on the sand. I think that
walking barefoot on so sand is a
good thing, as the contours of the
sand allows the joints in your foot
to unlock and move more freely,
which will strengthen your feet
and give your body and mus-
cles higher up the kinetic chain
greater feedback.

Do you have a fitness question for James?
E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae
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MARCH 2011 WHAT’S ON 91
One of Dubai’s most enduring local bands,
Behold e Locus may have a secret
formula to explain their longevity: being a
collective. Members don’t quit; they move
on to make room for the next person. is
revolving door of talent means the group’s
inuences and styles shi and develop at
speed, with diverse inspirations currently
ranging from acid jazz and reggae to e
Police and rock.
Today’s line-up includes Richard on lead
vocals, Fabian on lead guitar and backing
vocals, Derek on bass, Connel on keys and
backing vocals and Ferdinand on drums,
with most members being long-term Dubai
residents. e result of this collaborative
approach is a hybrid of rock and pop that
has brought them success on the local live
scene, with performances across the UAE,
from a television appearance on Dubai One
and the Yasalam F1 celebrations to getting
fans through the doors at the likes of the
Music Room and Aussie Legends.
You can next check them out at the Yas
Rock Factory, which will see ve bands
battle it out on Yas Island on March 10.
Keep an eye and ear on these guys – their
unique approach might mean that they’ll
be making music for years to come.
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This month's clubbing highlights
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Edward Maya @ Nasimi Beach
The Romanian hit-maker returns to Dubai
on his Desert Rain tour. Actual precipitation
not predicted.
Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 8pm
to late, Dhs150. Tel: (050) 5336087/(050)
8717493. www.321-events.com
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Anniversary Party @ Relax@12
DJs Stew Magoo, Valerie and Greg Stainer
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celebrate Relax@12's first birthday.
Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel, Abu Dhabi, 5pm to
late, free. (02) 6545138. www.relaxat12.com
Bow Wow @ Chi
The American superstar rapper, formerly
precocious child star Lil Bow Wow, barks
into town.
Chi Garden @ The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland,
Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs100 to Dhs300. Tel:
(04) 3379470. www.chinightclubdubai.com
Hernan Cattaneo @ Pure Allure
Big-hitting Argentinean compilation mix
master flies in direct from South America.
Allure by Cipriani, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
10pm to late, Dhs200, Dhs150 before 2am.
Tel: (505) 969543. www.nightcluballure.com
Heavies and more head to the beach for a
stellar all-dayer.
Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 2pm to
2am, Dhs150 to Dhs300. Tel: (055) 2004321.
www.atlantisthepalm.com
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CircoLoco @ Heat
Clive Henry and Matt Tolfrey get the party
started at Dubai's edition of the world
famous club.
M-Dek, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City,
Dubai, noon to midnight, Dhs100. Tel: (056)
7893897.
www.mediaonehotel.com
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Wesley Aarons @ The Yacht Club
Parisian DJ plus vocalist Jessica Flores (also
Mar 17).
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Bainouna Street,
Abu Dhabi, 10pm to late, free. Tel: (02) 6666888.
www.intercontinentalabudhabi.com
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Black Coffee @ MustHaveSoul
UAE debut for South Africa's Black Coffee,
holder of the longest DJ set world record at
a mind-boggling 60 hours.
Skylite, The Yas Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
4pm to 2am, free. Tel: (055) 6160643. www.
musthavesoul.com
Gramophonedzie @ Nasimi Beach
Circus Full Moon
Serbia's answer to Paul Oakenfold – he even
soundtracked his home country's version
of Big Brother – showcases funky chart-
crashing wares.
Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 5pm
to 2am, Dhs100, Dhs50 and ladies free
5pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 4260000. www.
gramophonedzie.com
Pierre Ravan and Vandy @ Ill
Communications
Celebrate the Persian New Year in style with
a dual house attack from the Dubai regulars.
Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 10pm to 3am,
Dhs100 to Dhs130, ladies free before 11pm. Tel:
(050) 7258277. www.pierreravan.com
You took a sabbatical a couple
of years ago to avoid becoming a
'bitter old DJ'. Did it work?
Yeah. I decided to take a year out and
collect my thoughts because there's
so many old boys, not much older
than me, that are quite bitter and
twisted. You've got to move with the
times. Not completely change your
musical style, but bend a little bit.
DJing is about entertaining people. If
the floor's not happening, it's down
to the DJ to fix that. I took a break to
become more open-minded and get
my label together.
5 Phil Asher @ MustHaveSoul
UK soulful house expert
Phil Asher has released
under a multitude of aliases
and alongside various
collaborators over the past
decade and a half. A regular
visitor to the UAE in recent
years, the Restless Soul label
boss makes his MustHaveSoul
debut this month
Under your Phlash moniker and
other aliases you've worked
with many respected producers.
What attracts you to the art of
collaboration?
I've always had the mentality you can't
build a house by yourself. I love working
with people: you put ideas in and they
put in theirs. My next Phlash album is
going to be mostly my own work but
there are still collaborations. I've
always got a collaboration in the
pipeline.
Your father was a record store
clerk, so does the decline of
physical record stores depress
you?
It's not really sad, it's just progression.
We still do vinyl on Restless Soul. But
everybody at the moment is looking
back at the 1980s, trying to emulate
that sound and fashion. I'm trying to
do what they did in the 1980s: look to
the future.
Do you have any favourite haunts
when you visit Dubai, having
played here several times now?
I know a lot of people moan about it,
but I really love the Aquarium. And I
love the attention to hospitality out
there. You don't get that much in
England. I've got a few mates there,
so it's always a pleasure to go and
hang out.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai,
4pm to 2am (guest list only 4pm to
8pm), free. Tel: (055) 6160643. www.
musthavesoul.com
Edward Maya @
Nasimi Beach
Gramophonedzie
@ Nasimi Beach
Circus Full Moon
Hernan Cattaneo @
Pure Allure
Butch @ Ill Communications
Techno, minimal and tech-house direct
from Germany, off the back of Butch's 2010
album Eyes Wide Open Part One.
Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 10pm to
3am, Dhs100 to Dhs130, ladies free before
11pm. Tel: (050) 7258277. www.myspace.
com/cometobutch
Tony Lionni @ Audio Tonic
Cocoon and Gigolo-approved Detroit-
tinged techno/deep house from Berlin-
based, British-born producer and DJ.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 4pm to
2am, free. Tel: (050) 1076405. www.myspace.
com/httpwwwmyspacecomtonylionni
Sandance @ Nasimi Beach
2ManyDJs, Sander Kleinenberg, Roger
Sanchez, Sneaky Sound System, Brand New
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Ill Communications
Keyboard-loving Belgian
house duo Spirit Catcher
present a brand new live set
at their upcoming Dubai
appearance, following up
latest album Partners In Crime,
as Thomas Sohet explains
Seminal electronic rockers
Depeche Mode became
a quintessential 80s band,
finding fame with tracks like
Just Can't Get Enough and
Personal Jesus, and continue
to fill arenas globally to
this day. Founder member
Andrew Fletcher hits Dubai
as part of a rare solo DJ tour
this month, hoping Depeche
Mode will follow his lead and
play the Emirates on their
next world expedition
Have you built up a healthy fan
base in the UAE after multiple
Dubai appearances?
Yeah, we have fans there. Some
of the guys are even coming from
Bahrain and other places we have
played. It's a very special city, Dubai.
Each time is really nice, it's unique,
with people always really into the
music.
Will this set be similar to
previous Dubai shows?
This one will be different – it's
really brand new. Usually we play
Your solo dates have been few and
far between over the years...
I've been DJing for about ten years,
but there's limited time when I can
actually do it, because Depeche Mode
are either in the studio or on tour.
When we finish a tour we get a year-
long break and toward the end of that
we can do our thing, so it's something
I like doing. Depeche Mode is a
machine when we come into town:
we're playing big gigs; we've got a
huge amount of crew. The nice thing
about DJing is you get to speak with
the promoters, go for dinner, you see
a bit more than you would do with
Depeche.
Are you itching to get back out on
the road?
No, my family just want me to get out
of the house, they're sick of me!
Are you hoping to spend time in
Dubai, aside from your show?
I've got five days here. I've got friends
and family coming out, and I'm just
going to chill. I've been to Dubai
before for a break. We did the full
tourist thing – safari, camel racing,
everything.
This tour takes in numerous exotic
destinations. Is it an extended
holiday or hard work?
a DJ set with some live add-ons
and keyboards or small electronic
gadgets, but this time, for the
first time, we'll be playing full live
versions with no mixing, with an
analogue desk and more keyboards
and gadgets. It's very exciting.
Keyboards are a big part of your
sound. Is it tricky shipping bulky
instruments around the world?
It's not always easy. Before we
were travelling with a big analogue
keyboard, a Roland Juno-106, but
we stopped because we broke four.
Now we've updated our set-up and
sampled sounds from the keyboards.
But we like to have something
visual, because seeing one guy on
his laptop screen sometimes makes
people wonder 'What’s is he really
doing? Maybe he's on Facebook?'
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai,
4pm to 2am, free. Tel: (050) 1076405.
www.myspace.com/spiritcatcher1
Hard work. There's a lot of flying. But
I'm trying to get to places where we
wouldn't normally tour [with Depeche
Mode]. We haven't done South East
Asia for years, so we're looking to do
that on the next tour. It would be great
to go to Dubai as well.
What should we expect from
your set? Will you air any of the
upcoming Depeche Mode remix
album?
Most of it is current electronic
dance music with a bit of historical
perspective thrown in. I'm pretty full
on, but it should keep people dancing.
I'm going to be playing three or four
of the remixes, so that should be
interesting.
One of the weirdest examples of
your band's fandom is the fully
Depeche Mode-themed DM Bar in
Estonia. Have you visited?
We had to pay the bill! They gave us
all these drinks, we thought they'd be
free, and then we had to pay the bill!
Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 10pm
to 3am, Dhs100 to Dhs130, ladies free
before 11pm. Tel: (050) 7258277.
www.depechemode.com
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Black Coffee @ MustHaveSoul
See Mar 18.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 4pm to
2am, guest list only 4pm to 8pm, free. Tel:
(055) 6160643. www.musthavesoul.com
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Greg Boost @ The Yacht Club
Late night floor-fillers from the spinner who
has previously played Cannes Film Festival.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Bainouna Street,
Abu Dhabi, 10pm to late, Dhs100. Tel: (02)
6666888. www.intercontinentalabudhabi.com
Purple Music Party @ Barasti
Jamie Lewis and Michael Watford get
colourful with house as Swiss label Purple
Music take over.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort &
Marina, Jumeirah, Dubai, 5pm to late, Dhs50
to Dhs100, ladies free before 9pm. Tel: (04)
3181313. www.lemeridien.com/minaseyahi
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Harold Heath @ Audio Tonic
Roger Sanchez and Fedde Le Grand-
approved UK house stalwart with releases
on a host of hip underground labels.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 4pm to
2am, free. Tel: (050) 1076405. www.myspace.
com/haroldheath
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Mofunk @ 360°
Juxtapose classic sounds against Dubai's
modern skyline with a night of 1970s funk
and soul.
360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 6pm to
2am, free. Tel: (050) 8717493. www.jumeirah.
com
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MARCH 2011 WHAT’S ON 95
Pack up your troubles, and
a sturdy pair of boots, in
your old kit bag and hop
on a plane to Africa. It’s not
just hype; a Kenyan safari
really is a life-changing
experience
Africa time
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Black rhinos: this rare beast
became our safari obsession
Time slows down the minute you arrive in
Africa. It becomes so inconsequential that you
won’t look at a clock or check your watch the
whole time you are there.
As our driver, Jackson, the calmest gent
we’ve ever encountered, warned with a
knowing grin, “tomorrow’s ight times are
just a guide, the pilot will y when he wants to
y – you’re on Africa time now.”
And we were more than happy to be on
Africa time. Hakuna matata. ere are no
worries.
So, spending an hour in a van heated by
the slowly receding sun, balmy air waing in
through the open windows as we made our
way from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport across town to e Norfolk hotel
became a pleasant, rather than a trying
experience.
Hemmed in by vehicles, one link in a
slow moving chain of metal, we watched the
people of Kenya’s capital making their various
ways home from work, or just going about
their business. A pregnant woman wiping
sweat from her belly, hawkers tapping on
the windows brandishing month-old copies
of Vogue and GQ, a beggar – not persistent,
seemingly not really bothered – and a couple
of camouaged men, automatic weapons
slung across their laps, being chaueured who
knows where by a man in a cheap suit driving
a Toyota Corolla.
e Norfolk opened in 1904, and has been
the hotel of choice for visiting dignitaries and
stars ever since. Winston Churchill, Neville
Chamberlain and eodore Roosevelt have all
spent the night at some point over the years,
and in the era of game hunting all the big
guns stayed at e Norfolk before embarking
on safari. It’s still the only hotel in town for
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THE ANIMAL
KINGDOM
Some of the bigger animals you could
spot on a Masai Mara game drive
THE BIG FIVE
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come with a distinguished history.
But aer a cosy night, cosseted ve-star
luxury with a belly full of chicken potpie and
a ight addled head rested on a uy pillow,
it was time for the real action to begin. Safari
time.
To get to the Masai Mara, the famous
game reserve in the south west of Kenya and
our destination, we took a short ight from
Nairobi’s small Wilson airport in a daringly
diminutive plane. e smaller the aircra the
better in our book. If you can stand to your
full height in it, you’re not really ying. And
gliding over a vast palette of browns, reds,
greens, yellows – too many subtle tones to
count, the thrum of the engine reverberating
in your chest, your heart starts to beat slower.
A moment of calm. Time is no more.
Soon we came in to land on a long strip
of earth in the middle of the Masai Mara, or
the Mara as the locals call it. Met by Peter,
our driver for the duration of our stay, we
were treated to our rst encounter with the
non-human residents of the Mara. A herd
of plodding elephants, a couple of giraes
munching at the treetops, a family of warthog
who li their tusks from the ground to
acknowledge our presence and a bachelor
herd of impala with their regal, curved horns.
We stayed at Little Governors’ Camp, which
has just 17 tents and is completely open so the
numerous animals can, and do, roam about
freely and game wardens are employed to
walk you to and from the reception, bar and
restaurant area.
From the wooden porch of our luxurious
tent (it had a fully functioning bathroom
and electric lighting) we could see a baboon
strutting about like he owned the place and
an elephant shrugging at the smaller animal’s
juvenile antics. A family of warthog scuttled
from a nearby bush and vacuumed up a fair
portion of the scrub grass before running o
their lunch chasing each other around our
tent. We could have watched this drama all
day, but there was more to see on our rst
aernoon safari drive.
We had no idea what to expect having done
no preparation and possessing little knowledge
of the animals living in the Mara beyond a
few hazily remembered David Attenborough
documentaries. But armed with a checklist
provided by the hotel we were soon ticking
creatures o as we spotted them – a seriously
addictive habit.
Aer just ten minutes of bouncing about in
Peter’s 4x4 we’d laid a shaky lead mark beside
elephant, warthog, impala, baboon and lion,
among others.
e lion is Africa time in action, or not, as
is oen the case. We saw our rst, a female,
sleeping in some long grass, prompting Peter
to point out that, “they don’t do much, just
hunt, eat and sleep”. Lions, apparently, live
for 15 to 20 years and spend up to 20 hours
a day sleeping. Lazy beggars. Similarly, male
elephants are sluggish fellows, lagging far
behind the herd led by the cow (female) and
keeping track of their families using their
sense of smell.
Nothing is hurried. It’s all well ordered. It
makes sense. And all of this reminds you that
we haven’t ruined the planet completely yet.
Nature still holds sway. By giving man the
ability to think for himself, Mother Nature
laid down a challenge. “Go on, try and do
better than me,” she said with a sardonic
snort. But man is yet to better her. e
wonders of Petra, the history seeping from
the walls of the old city of Damascus, the
magnicence of Burj Khalifa – none compares
to the sights you can see in the Masai Mara.
Nature beats man hands down.
We did two game drives a day during our
time at Little Governors’. And no two drives
are the same on safari. You might see elephants
one day and elephants the next, but on the
rst day they’ll just be chewing some grass, the
next crossing a river, the older members of the
The king: royalty they may
be, but lions are some of the laziest
animals in the kingdom
Thirsty work: four lady
lions wash down breakfast
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THE BALLOON
SAFARI
As our slightly eccentric but likeably cheerful
balloon captain put it, you haven’t seen the
Mara until you’ve seen it from the basket of
a hot air balloon. We booked a dawn flight
from Little Governors’Camp and, woken at
5.30am with a cup of fruity Kenyan coffee
and biscuits, began our ascent just as the
sun was rising and the animals started to go
about their morning ritual. There’s no need
to be worried, the balloon doesn’t fly much
higher than the tree tops – in fact the basket
skimmed a tree on our way up, snapping
branches and showering debris down upon
us, terrifying a few of our fellow passengers
and the captain. Then it’s 45 minutes of
floating across the immense landscape
towards Tanzania as the orange sun rises
higher in the purple sky, before quite a
bumpy landing during which you’re likely
to crash into several termite mounds. Be
CHECK LIST
If you’re going on safari, don’t
forget to…
LBuy a pair of binoculars
LPack a hat (sunglasses can affect your
view of the animals)
LApply plenty of lip salve, sun cream and
insect repellent
LInvest in a decent camera with long lens
LPick up a copy of Jonathan Scott's Safari
Guide To East African Animals
LIt’s not set in Kenya, but Ernest
Hemingway’s Green Hills Of Africa would
be perfect holiday reading
herd book ending their young to protect them
from crocs.
Twenty minutes into our rst drive we
followed a baby elephant galumphing about,
throwing a tantrum because it had lost its
mother, stopping every couple of seconds to
smell and listen for the herd. Elephants see
best in dim light.
An entertaining sight, but being young in
the animal kingdom doesn’t mean you will live
longer. Oen just the opposite is your fate. A
50-year-old elephant has a much better chance
of surviving a year than a newborn warthog,
for example.
Hippos live for up to 40 years and, with
the ability to crush most things between their
gaping, dripping maws, kill more humans in
Africa than any other animal. But a young
hippo, though they sleep on their mother’s
backs for safety, can easily become a crocodile’s
breakfast.
Death or potential death is all around.
Bones lay where their owners perished.
Intimations of danger lurk in every bush,
but there is also comedy. When a hippo goes
“pee-pee”, as the encyclopaedically-minded
Peter put it, it spins its tail around, slapping the
water against its ample posterior. Its sneeze is
a deep quacking sound, and when the hippos
communicate it sounds like a building being
pulled down. And warthogs, well, warthogs
have the best personalities. You could go for a
beer with a warthog.
ese events are played out as if our large
warned, the basket is certain to tip over, so hold
on tight. Finally, a fully cooked champagne
breakfast in the wilderness and an hour-long
game drive back to camp. The 60-minute
balloon safari, including breakfast costs
Dhs2,000 per person and can be arranged by
Emirates Holidays or Little Governor’s Camp.
green vehicle were invisible. We were within
feet, sometimes inches, of these animals
and they couldn’t have cared less about the
voyeurs gawping in wonder at their every
move. One group waited two hours for a
leopard to emerge from the undergrowth. e
animals are denitely in charge in the Mara;
you work on their time. And if they didn’t
want you to see them, you didn’t.
We quickly developed an obsession with the
black rhino, the rarest of the infamous ‘big ve’
(lion, leopard, bualo and elephant are the
other four) due to poachers and hunters.
We watched as a lioness observed a young
male’s unsuccessful attempt to kill lunch, we
looked on as four lionesses fresh from the
hunt slurped water from a pool, we even saw
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a young male lion soon aer he’d beaten o an
older rival, killing his young and injuring and
seriously angering the lioness. We saw hyenas
playing peek-a-boo in the long grass. We even
caught sight of a hippo making its way back
to the cool waters aer a night of grazing. But,
though we sped and leaped over what must
have been a good few miles of the Mara –
Peter assuring us that “this is where the rhino
lives" – we never saw the giant, black beast of
our nerdy tick-box dreams.
But we’re hooked, and so will you be.
Everyone should enjoy some Africa time
every once in a while. Maybe you’ll even catch
sight of that illusive black rhino.
“Bones lay where their owners
perished. Intimations of danger lurk in
every bush, but there is also comedy”
Need to know
THE PACKAGE
Emirates Holidays offers a four-day, three
night package to Kenya, including return
economy class flights, one night in Nairobi
at The Norfolk hotel, flights to and from
the Masai Mara, two nights at the main
Governors' Camp with breakfast, lunch,
dinner, five 4x4 game drives, entrance fees
and all transfers for Dhs7,792 per person.
www.emirates-holidays.com
THE HOTELS
THE NORFOLK
www.fairmont.com/
norfolkhotel
GOVERNORS’ CAMP
www.governorscamp.com
MOUNT KENYA SAFARI
CLUB
We added an overnight stay
at the lavish Mount Kenya Safari Club to
our itinerary. Founded by Hollywood actor
William Holden after a hunting trip to the
area in the late 1950s, Winston Churchill
(that man got around), Conrad Hilton, Bob
Hope, Bing Crosby, Lyndon Johnson and
David Lean are on the roll call of former
guests. Sitting on the slopes of the majestic
Mount Kenya right on the equator – you
can enjoy a charming equator ceremony
with Masai warriors – it is a beautiful resort
with lush, landscaped gardens populated
by numerous birds, a 1,000 acre game
reserve, golf course, tennis courts and all
the comforts one expects from an exclusive
resort. The ideal place to recuperate for
several days after returning from safari.
Emirates Holidays offers an extension
package, including a flight from Nairobi
to Nanyuki airstrip near the Mount Kenya
Safari Club, transfers to
and from the hotel, two
nights accommodation,
breakfast, lunch, dinner
and the return flight to
Nairobi’s Wilson airport for
Dhs3,730 per person.
www.fairmont.com/kenyasafariclub
CURRENCY
100 Kenyan shillings = Dhs4.49024268
Friendly lions: go on, give
us a kiss.
Lovely fellow: a warthog
Elephant skull A giraffe
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At 21, Leonard Logsdail
became the youngest tailor
to open a shop on Savile
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made suits for Robert De
Niro and Matt Damon and
he now has operations in
ten countries, including an
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If you’re a keen
photographer, you’ll love
this one. The Gulf Photo Plus
Faces & Places photography three-day tour
of Oman, led by photography instructors
Bobbi Lane and David Nightingale, will
include workshops at all of Muscat’s
cultural highlights, models and an assistant,
accommodation at a four-star hotel,
breakfast and lunch. We advise that you snap
it up (see what we did there?) straight away.
Mar 17 to 19, Faces & Places, Dhs4,958.
Tel: (04) 3602365.
www.gulfphotoplus.com
TALKING TURKEY
Istanbul is sitting pretty near the top of
our travel wish list for 2011, so we like the
look of this deal from Air Arabia Holidays,
which includes return flights from Sharjah,
three nights in a central three-star
hotel, a tour of Istanbul and a
Bosphorus cruise. Not bad, eh?
Air Arabia Holidays, from
Dhs2,180. Tel: (06) 5074400.
www.holidays.airarabia.com
THREE CITIES, FIVE
DAYS
This is a more than a
bargain; it’s practically
a gift. Return flights
from Sharjah to the Sri
Lankan capital Colombo,
five nights accommodation
in Bentota, Kandy and Colombo, breakfast,
a tour of Colombo and Kandy and visits
to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, the
Botanical Gardens and Kandy Temple for
well under Dhs3,000. All you need to worry
about is sorting out your visa.
Air Arabia Holidays, from Dhs2,630. Tel: (06)
5074400. www.holidays.airarabia.com
Three bargain spring
breaks
the best tailors. Many will think England and
Savile Row and there are good tailors there, but
the quality of the workmanship is better in the
US. e trouble is, most of the tailors there are
getting old.
What are your three top tips for surviving
a long airport stopover?
I love airport stopovers, as I see such interest-
ing people there. I enjoy the dierent human-
ity passing by. ey fascinate me. But do not
expect good food at the restaurants and you
will not be disappointed. Setting your expecta-
tions or hopes too high will leave you feeling
let down. When you need to use the
bathroom for ‘serious’ matters, take
a free hotel shuttle and use one there.
Much cleaner and less used.
What do you never travel without?
A toothbrush, naturally, but I also always carry
a silk pocket square. It can be just that or a
cravat too – it instantly smartens up your ap-
pearance and makes you feel well turned out.
What destination serves the best food?
I enjoyed the food in Venice most of all.
Logsdail London, Warehouse 17b, Al Quoz, Du-
bai. Tel: (04) 3233148. www.logsdaillondon.com What’s the best holiday you’ve ever had?
It has to be Tuscany in 2010. My wife and I
stayed at Castello di Vicarello, an 11th century
castle boasting it’s own vineyard and olive
groves. It sat high in the Tuscan hills and was
extremely interesting and enjoyable. We then
moved on to Rome where we stayed at the
InterContinental at the
top of the Spanish steps. For
location, you couldn’t have much better
than that.
What’s been your biggest travel disaster?
When I lived in London I travelled to the
United States extensively. I had one
particularly good client in San Francisco, all
the way on the west coast. He asked me to y
out there to see him specically. is was a
13-hour ight from London. e meeting was
set and I ew out there only to nd he had
been called away. I sat in the hotel for one day
and then ew back to London.
If you could advise people to visit one
destination, what would it be?
It would be Italy. It’s beautiful, historic and
very stylish. People in the cities take a pride in
their appearance and, naturally, I appreciate
that. But I actually think the United States has
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Caramel is packed
with pretty girls and
pretty men with
a pretty healthy
bank balance. This
is place to see and
be seen.
Caramel’s leafy
terrace offers
respite from the
concrete jungle of
DIFC, while inside
you’ll find a city-
style bar.
Meet friends for a
quick post-work
drink, be tempted
by the menu then
settle in until
midnight. Try the
kobe sliders.
This bar is far
from cheap –
neighbourhood
hazard – but ladies
get half price
cocktails from
6pm to 9pm on
Tuesdays.
Building 3, DIFC,
Dubai, Sun to Thurs
11am to 2am.
Tel: (04) 4256677.
www.carameldubai.
com
Very, very slick.
Glass, dark wood,
low slung sofas and
a terrace perfect for
post-work drinks.
Zuma was the first
big-hitter to set
up shop in DIFC,
starting quite the
trend. It’s still at
the heart of this
nightlife hub.
Break out the Hugo
Boss, shine those
shoes and get your
best garb on. This
lounge is anything
but casual.
You can go a
bit wild on the
wine and sakes,
but cocktails are
reasonable. High
prices at a high
quality bar.
Building 6, DIFC,
Dubai, Fri to Wed noon
to 2am, Thurs noon to
3am. Tel: (04) 4255660.
www.zumarestaurant.
com
Barasti veers
between laid-back
cool on the beach,
and mania at the
bar – it’s a brave
man that pushes to
the front on a Friday
night.
Right on the beach.
Split between
poolside and
beachside, there’s
usually a quiet or
hot spot depending
on what you’re after.
Quiet sundowners
with the sand
between your toes.
When the hoards of
sunburnt tourists
turn up it’s your cue
to leave.
Stick with the beers
and you'll be OK:
spirits and mixers
are expenisve given
they're served in a
tiny plastic cup.
,
Le Méridien Mina
Seyahi Resort &
Spa, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, 11am to 2am.
Tel: (04) 3993333.
www.lemeridien-
minaseyahi.com
LA pool party. DJ
under the stars.
That constant
threat of being
thrown in the deep
end. We love it.
Media City. One
of the last places
you’d expect to find
watery debauchery.
Mingling. This
place is packed
with revellers both
post-brunch and
mid-week. Go with
a group.
Not bad, to be
honest. High rollers
dominate the
poolside tables.
Media One, Dubai
Media City, Dubai, Tues
to Sat noon to 3am. Tel:
(04) 4271000. www.
mediaonehotel.com
Depends when you
go. It’s chilled on
Friday and Saturday
afternoons but
once the sun sets,
the party goes off.
Slap bang in the
Arabian Gulf, we
recommended
catching a golf
buggy up the jetty
to 360˚’s gangplank.
Dubai’s finest break
out their finery come
Friday to pose for
those all-important
photos ops.
Ouch. The dirhams
stack up if you
arrive early and
leave late.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel,
Al Sufouh, Dubai, Sun
to Thurs 5pm to late,
Fri and Sat 4pm to
2am. Tel: (04) 4068769
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Buzzy
atmosphere, the
chance of celeb-
spotting and
seriously good
food. We’re sold.
Stay tuned for
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perfect way
to end your
weekend.
Try the evening
brunch on a
Friday then head
out to the pool
to continue the
party.
Gigs like The
Streets on the
18th are turning
the beach from
chilled to hot,
hot, hot.
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We’re willing
to overlook the
slow service for
the tunes and
views.
Belgian Beer Café Zuma Barasti
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Now the weather
is dreamy you'll
have to be quick to
nab a table on the
terrace. Inside the
pews are rammed
with diners, and
the bar busy with
beer fans.
Don't dismiss
Festival Centre as
the land of IKEA,
the BBC is king
of a huge swathe
of new bars and
restaurants in this
part of town.
If you’re in the
mood for some
European charm,
this is the only pub
to go to.
There’s a Monday
night all you can eat
moules and beer
affair for Dhs199.
Bargain Belgian.
Crowne Plaza Festival
City, Dubai, Sun to
Mon 6pm to 2am, Tue
to Wed noon to 2am,
Thurs and Fri noon to
3am. Tel: (04) 7012222.
www.ichotelsgroup.
com
Ditch the pashmina
or John Smedley
knit, the winter is
warming up so it's
the right time for
drinks at Calabar.
At the centre of Old
Town, affording
you great views
of the Burj Khalifa
from the coveted
beanbags.
Cocktails and chat.
Don’t expect super
speedy service,
though.
Above average, but
you'll be so relaxed
that you'll sip your
drinks anyway.
The Address
Downtown Dubai,
Emaar Boulevard,
Downtown Dubai,
daily from 6pm to
2am. Tel: (04) 436 8888.
www.theaddress.com
Civilised, with
outdoor tables
overlooking the
yachts and killer
cocktails.
At one of the most
beautiful hotels in
the land, just next
to the creek..
A few drinks,
lovely canapés
and picking out
which boat you’d
have. The Pershing,
please.
Pretty reasonable
given the stunning
setting and quality
of fare.
Park Hyatt Dubai,
Deira, Dubai, Sun to Fri
from 6pm to 1am, Tel:
(04) 3172222. www.
dubai.park.hyatt.com
Pretty busy most
nights, but out
of control come
Thursday when the
world and his pal
turn up for happy
hour.
At the heart of
Dubai Marina, with
the water literally a
stone’s throw from
the vast deck.
Great BOGOF value
and the weather
is perfect for
this place at the
moment.
Not bad at all, even
outside of happy
hour.
Aquara, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, daily from
6pm to midnight. Tel:
(04) 3627900. www.
dubaimarinayachtclub.
com
Buzzing at lunch
and after work,
quieter for dinner,
then packed later
on. It's a sports bar
with style.
Another reason to
eat, drink and be
merry in DIFC.
The bistro feel, live
music and menu.
The ladies' nights
on Tuesdays are a
nice change from
the usual meat
markets, too
It's not cheap, but
does have regualar
offers.
Unit 7, Level 2, Building
3, DIFC, Dubai, noon
to midnight. Tel: (04)
4377511
6
Belgian Beer
Café
7
Calabar
8
The Terrace
9
The Yacht
Club
10
The
Gramercy
A cracking
brunch, decent
deals and a
spectacular
drinks list mean
we're regulars.
Did we mention
the beanbags?
From techno
to naff 1980s,
they can't get
the music right.
And it's driving
us a bit batty.
Don’t leave
without
sampling the
raw bar.
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LPM is
everyone’s
favourite
restaurant, so
make sure you
book ahead.
White
panelled walls,
contemporary
artworks, dark,
bare wood
floors, a long bar,
crisp tablecloths
and romantic
lighting.
The small
plates are ideal
for sharing,
and chef Izi’s
delightful
Niçoise (from
Nice) cuisine
will encourage
conversation.
DIFC continues
to battle with
Souk Al Bahar
and Dubai
Marina for the
title of Dubai
restaurant hub.
We managed
to blow Dhs930
(without
alcohol), but
two could eat
very well for
Dhs650.
DIFC, Gate
Village 8,
Dubai, Sun
to Fri noon
to 2.30pm
and 7pm to
11pm. Tel: (04)
4390505. www.
lpmdubai.ae
We’d wager
that Zuma does
more covers
on an average
evening than
many Dubai
restaurants do
in a week.
For the
restaurant
experience head
downstairs. For
a more casual
affair plop
yourself down
on a sofa in the
upstairs lounge.
Try out the new
‘From the Grill’
selection. Cuts
of prime wagyu
cooked over
charcoal and
T-bone with
truffle ponzu,
anyone?
A short walk
from sister
restaurant LPM
in the peerless
DIFC.
Dhs1,000 for
two. Ebisu
Express lunch
menu (miso
plus main)
Dhs62, Ebisu
(miso plus
three courses)
Dhs120.
Building 6, Gate
Village, DIFC, Sat to
Thurs 12.30pm to
3pm, Sat to Wed
7pm to midnight,
Thurs and Fri 7pm
to 1am. Tel: (04)
4255660. www.
zumarestaurant.
com
Convivial with
knowledgeable
and hospitable
staff.
A cosy
restaurant with
several statues
of golden gods
and a cabinet
of shoes on one
wall to remind
you you’re
eating Indian.
He might not
be behind the
stove, but the
menu shows
off Bhatia’s
unequalled
contemporary
Indian cuisine.
It’s not
immediately
evident but
there’s a nice
terrace for a
coffee or post
meal drink.
Dhs900
(without
alcohol). Well
worth it.
Grosvenor
House, Dubai
Marina,
Dubai, Sun to
Thurs 7pm to
11pm. Tel: (04)
3176000. www.
grosvenorhouse-
dubai.com
RG is so popular
they’re opening
another one
later this year at
the Madinat.
Uncomplicated
with an open
kitchen, white
walls and linen
and, of course,
daily specials
scribbled on
chalkboards.
The food at The
Riv is simple,
elegant and
always delicious.
British cuisine at
its best.
The Friday
Farmer’s Market
just downstairs
has brought
a real buzz to
Souk Al Bahar.
Dhs400 for two. Souk Al Bahar,
Level 3, Old
Town, Dubai,
noon to
11pm. Tel: (04)
4230903. www.
rivingtongrill.ae
Under chef
Scott Price
Verre has again
become a must-
visit dining
destination.
It had a bit of a
tidy up late last
year, but it’s still
modern fine
dining 101.
If you want
the full Verre
experience
book the chef’s
table.
Deira. We know,
but it’s worth
the taxi.
Dhs395 for
three courses.
Dhs495 for six.
For the chef’s
table it’s Dhs695
without alcohol,
wine pairings
Dhs350 to
Dhs600.
Hilton Dubai Creek,
Sun to Fri, 7pm to
11.30pm. Tel: (04)
2277550. www.
gordonramsay.
com
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La Petite
Maison
2
Zuma
3
Indego by
Vineet
4
Rivington
Grill
5
Verre
The Ivy is
opens in
Emirates
Towers in April.
Can it knock
LPM off the top
spot?
If a better
Japanese than
Zuma comes to
Dubai this year,
we’ll eat our hat.
Read our
interview with
new executive
chef Colin
Clague (p39).
Catch both
chef John
Sinjobi and
Vineet Bhatia at
Taste Of Dubai
(p38)
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Not as full as
the bothersome
booking
suggested, but
pretty busy
nonetheless.
We expected
something a bit
garish, a little
like the OTT
décor at Burj
Al Arab, but it’s
smooth, sultry
and really rather
pleasant.
The name might
be silly, but
the high-end
grill menu is
anything but.
Go for the steak
tartare.
The 122nd floor
of the tallest
building in the
world. That do
you?
Extortionate. A
minimum spend
of Dhs450
per person
We dropped
Dhs1,250,
but everyone
should visit
once.
Burj Khalifa,
Dubai, 12.30pm
to 3pm and
7pm to
11.30pm. Tel:
(04) 8883828.
Dinner at Reflets
is reserved by
most for a special
occasion and
the ambience
reflects that.
Purple carpet,
pink chandeliers
and mahogany
balloon-back
chairs. Classic,
camp and ever-
so-French.
Pierre Gagnaire
is famed the
world over for
his creative
cookery and the
team at Reflets
was taught by
the master.
Reflets has
its own floor,
which can only
be reached in its
very own lift.
Dhs1,000 and
the some, but
the three-
course lunch
menu, available
Monday to
Friday, is a
bargain at just
Dhs180.
InterContinental
Dubai Festival
City, Dubai, 7pm
to 1am. Tel: (04)
7011128. www.
ichotelsgroup.
com
Refined and
romantic.
We love the
high, vaulted
ceiling and the
open kitchen.
Chef Franck
Detrait and his
team do French
brasserie better
than any other
restaurant in
Dubai.
Park Hyatt. Our
favourite Dubai
hotel.
Three courses
for two for
around Dhs615.
Dhs280 per
person for the
three-course set
menu.
Park Hyatt
Dubai, Deira,
Dubai, Sun
to Fri 7pm to
midnight. Tel:
(04) 3172222.
www.dubai.
park.hyatt.com
Life slows down
when you
dine at Rare. It
doesn’t feel like
you’re eating
dinner in a city.
Take a table
on the terrace
and enjoy the
view over the
lush polo fields
with the Burj
Khalifa in the
background.
Superb new
menu. Order the
Aussie Wagyu
rib-eye.
Desert Palm
allows you to
escape from
the city without
travelling too
far.
Dhs700 (without
alcohol)
Desert Palm,
Al Awir Road,
Dubai, Mon
to Sat 7pm to
10.30pm. Tel:
(04) 43238888.
www.
desertpalm.
peraquum.
com
Bathed in
the glow of
the open fire,
Asado is one
of the warmest
restaurants in
town. In more
ways than one.
Chalet-like with
dark woods,
an extensive
wine cellar, two
private dining
rooms and a
small stage for
live music.
Order pretty
much any of
the grilled
meats and the
delicious apple
tart for dessert.
Downtown
Dubai is a handy
central location
and the outdoor
terrace sits at
the foot of the
Burj Khalifa.
Around the
Dhs700 for two
mark. Not too
bad.
The Palace –
The Old Town,
Downtown
Dubai,
Dubai, 7pm
to midnight.
Tel: (04)
287888. www.
theaddress.com
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Read our
review (p40).
Don’t miss
Gagnaire at
the Festival Of
Literature this
month (p14).
A touch of
class. Our visit
to Margaux this
month (p42)
reminded us
why we love
Traiteur so
much.
We admire chef
Kevin Little’s
passion. He’s
breathed new
life into the
menu.
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tango on
Sunday nights
from 7pm.
Dhs222 for
three course
and tango.
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Still full to the
brim, as always.
Plenty. There’s a
cheese trolley,
made-to-order
steak to sushi,
oxtail burger
and just about
every other
food you could
possibly require.
There are three
rooms full
of food and
a terrace so
there’s plenty of
room to roam
around.
Impressing your
parents, friends,
potential
business
partners or a
significant other.
Impressing
anyone, really.
A steep Dhs495. Madinat
Jumeirah,
Dubai, 12.30pm
to 4pm. Tel: (04)
3666730. www.
jumeirah.com
With a live jazz
band and a
buffet in the
open kitchen
things can get
pretty lively.
Classic French
brassiere, just
like the a la
carte but it’s a
free-for-all.
Book the
private dining
room, grab a
table near the
open kitchen
or take a seat
on the terrace
and enjoy the
weather.
“Bon vivant:
a person with
refined taste,
especially one
who enjoys
superb food and
drink.”Is that
you?
Up to you.
Dhs375 sans
booze, Dhs450
with wine and
beer, Dhs595
with bubbly and
Dhs1,998 with a
limo pick up.
Park Hyatt
Dubai, Deira,
Dubai, noon to
4pm. Tel: (04)
3172222. www.
dubai.park.
hyatt.com
Already a firm
fixture on the
Dubai brunch
scene. Book
ahead.
Fresh sushi and
sashimi and a
wide array of
dishes from
the always-
exhilarating
regular menu.
The upstairs
lounge and bar
means there’s
no need to
leave at 4pm.
The best
Japanese food
in Dubai.
Kitsu (no
alcohol) Dhs315,
Kowaku Dhs425
(with alcohol)
and Kyasha
(with champers)
Dhs550.
Building 6, DIFC,
Dubai, 12.30pm
to 4pm. Tel: (04)
4255660. www.
zumarestaurant.
com
Toshi is an
evening brunch
so it feels more
like a long
dinner than
an abnormally
indulgent lunch.
It’s Asian night,
so you’re talking
sushi, dim sum,
soup and grilled
meats made to
order. It’s a fine
spread.
The 18th floor
of the Grand
Millennium,
so it's a bit of
hidden gem.
There’s a little
adjoining bar
for post-dinner
drinks.
The set price
and buffet set
up makes it
ideal for a big
dinner with
friends.
At just
Dhs195 Toshi
guarantees you
will be well fed
and watered
for less than
Dhs200.
Grand Millennium
Dubai, Tecom,
Al Barsha,
Dubai, 7pm to
10pm. Tel: (04)
4299999. www.
millenniumhotels.
com
Imagine a picnic
in the park,
but with other
people making
the food and a
glass of fizz in
your hand.
Breads, jams,
soups, salads,
hot pot, a BBQ,
buttered scones
and cheese.
Salivating yet?
On the grass at
the Al Badia Golf
Club. Lovely.
Enjoying the
spring weather.
Dhs199 sans
booze, Dhs330
with house
beverages and
Dhs495 with
Veuve.
Al Badia
Golf Club by
InterContinental
Dubai Festival City,
The Lawn, Festival
City, Dubai. Tel: (04)
7011127. www.
albadiagolfclub.ae
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Friday Picnic
Brunch
With many
newer, cheaper
options people
might be
starting to visit
Al Qasr less ofen.
For now it's king.
Verging on the
pricey, but we
pay it quite
often.
Three hours of
lovely food, free
flowing drinks
and, if you’re
lucky, good
company.
If you like
Japanese food
there is no
other option.
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they waited
until March?
There are only
a couple of
months before
the big heat.
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The live band
provides the
soundtrack to
proceedings.
Peking
duck, pizzas,
barbecued
cuts, curries
and more. But
leave room for
cheese, which
has its own
dedicated room.
Wander onto the
terrace and you
will be rewarded
with a grand
view of the
Dubai skyline.
One and all. Dhs395 with
alcohol, Dhs295
without.
Anise,
InterContinental
Dubai Festival
City, Dubai,
12.30pm to
4pm. Tel: (04)
7011111. www.
ichotelsgroup.
com
Not quiet by
any means,
but not too
messy either.
Sophisticated.
Bubbly, steak,
seafood, sushi.
Everything you
would expect
at a high-end
brunch.
Outside beside
the water is the
only option
as far as we’re
concerned.
A solid family
brunch.
A not so cheap
Dhs425.
Madinat
Jumeirah,
Dubai, 12.30pm
to 4pm. Tel: (04)
3668888. www.
jumeirah.com
For most of the
time you’re just
hanging out by
the pool, so it’s
pretty relaxed.
Mexican
from celeb
chef Richard
Sandoval’s
Maya. Platters of
grilled meat and
fish between
1pm and 4pm
on the terrace.
The beach. Or
are you more of
a pool person?
Being outside. Dhs300 for
lunch and pool
and beach
access from
10am to 6pm.
Drinks are extra,
but there's 30
per off between
5pm and 7pm.
Le Royal
Méridien Beach
Resort & Spa,
Dubai Marina,
Dubai, 10am to
6pm. Tel: (04)
3165550. www.
leroyalmeridien-
dubai.com
Everyone is at
Grand Grill to
eat meat and
be merry. The
waiters love a
bit of banter.
“BBQ the South
African way” –
i.e. bigger and
well lubricated.
The grill makes
sitting in the
relatively small
restaurant a
lively time. Take
a table outside
for the real BBQ
experience.
Meat eaters and
anyone who
likes a drop of
the good stuff.
A bargain at
Dhs295 with
alcohol, or
Dhs225 without.
The Grand Grill
Steakhouse,
Habtoor Grand
Resort & Spa,
Lobby level,
Dubai Marina,
Dubai, 12.30pm
to 4pm. Tel: (04)
3994221. www.
thegrandgrill.com
Expect full
tables, but
nothing too
rowdy.
It took 90
minutes to
arrive last time
we went. We
complained
five times. Not
good. Hence the
nosedive to the
bottom of the list.
Always take a
table on the
terrace.
Nine times out of
ten Thai Kitchen
has been a
superb venue for
fantastic small
Thai dishes and a
relaxed day out.
Dhs245 with
alcohol. Cheap.
Extremely cheap.
Park Hyatt
Dubai, Deira,
Dubai, noon to
4pm. Tel: (04)
3172222. www.
dubai.park.
hyatt.com
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The hiring of
a band was a
masterstroke.
Every brunch
should have
one.
It’s like a
quieter Al Qasr.
Pop on your
shades and
enjoy life in
Dubai.
Don’t miss the
live mariachi
band.
Saffers know
how to
barbecue.
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Lucky to
remain in the
top ten. It's a
good deal, but
Thai Kitchen is
hanging by a
thread.
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Urban Spa
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Talise Spa
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Utterly expert,
very friendly and
skilled beyond
belief. Truly the
best therapists
we've ever been
tended by in
Dubai.
Most treatments
are by ESPA,
so the menu is
well-chosen and
addresses every
possible concern.
There are even
wellness journeys
lasting up to five
days. We want.
Absolutely
gorgeous. The
hotel is a fair trek
to get to, but
the result is an
away from it all
experience. Expect
lots of wood,
terracotta and
gorgeous fabrics.
Not as expensive
as they could
probably demand
(shush) with a 25-
minute body scrub
for Dhs215 and
one-hour massage
costing Dhs490.
Thumbs up.
One&Only The Palm,
The Palm Jumeirah,
Dubai, 10am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 4401010.
www.thepalm.
oneandonlyresorts.
com
We recommended
Sue if knots
are your main
problem, but
they are all very
knowledgeable
and professional.
There’s a lengthy
and luxurious list
of treatments on
offer. Grouped
by theme, there’s
an emphasis
on rituals and
packages that
include pool and
health club access.
Stunning.
Particularly good
for couples, with
private outdoor
showers and VIP
suites.
There are monthly
offers that take
the sting out of
the steep prices –
but the quality of
products, spa and
therapists more
than justify them.
Park Hyatt Dubai,
Deira, Dubai,
9am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 6021234.
www.dubai.park.
hyatt.com
Quiet, kind and
with a firm hand
when necessary,
Sensasia’s staff
are trained to the
highest standards.
Innovative and
imaginative, you’ll
find treatments
you never knew
you needed.
We love specific
massages like
the Hi Heeler for
aching feet.
Asian chic with
splashes of jewel
tones; the cosy
rooms are a true
retreat. And the
dressing gowns are
the best in town.
Choose wisely and
you’ll get an hour-
long massage for
Dhs310, and they’ll
often do monthly
discounts.
The Beach Club, Al
Nafura, Shoreline
Apartments, The Palm
Jumeirah, Dubai,
10am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 4227115.
www.sensasiaspas.
com
There’s a mix
of nationalities
and specialities,
from massage
therapists to a GP.
This spa is packed
with experts.
Talise sets itself
apart with its
naturopath, life
coaching and
medical testing,
in addition to the
large spa menu.
The treatment
rooms are linked
by leafy outdoor
pathways, with
an outdoor pool
tucked away for
those day-long spa
sessions.
Various, but the
80-minute Royal
Hammam is a fair
Dhs450.
Al Qasr, Al Sufouh,
Dubai,
9am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 3666818.
www.jumeirah.com/
talise
Modern zen
awaits at this
vast spa, with
experienced
therapists on
hand to guide you
from reception to
relaxation.
There are
separate menus
for ladies and
gents. Particularly
recommended
is the Jet Lag
treatment.
You’d never expect
this shrine to
de-stressing to be
mere minutes from
The Dubai Mall.
It’s pricey, but
worth it for
the quality of
treatments and
snooze you’ll enjoy.
The Address Dubai
Mall, Old Town, Dubai,
9am to 9pm. Tel: (04)
4388888.
www.theaddress.com
This is the
ultimate day spa
destination. We
love it, and think
you will too.
It's finally off
the number one
spot, but is a
worthy holder of
the silver medal.
That ginger tea
alone makes
it worth the
trip, but the
treatments are
amazing, too.
Ask them
about the Talise
detox mini-
break at Bab Al
Shams desert
resort. Superb.
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luxurious, with
quality added
extras, this
spa is a true
sanctuary.
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An international
mix of staff.
We had a
knot-busting
South African.
Impressive.
There’s no
treatment menu
as such, just book
a time slot (from
90 minutes to a
full day) and the
therapist decides.
As stylish as you’d
expect from
Giorgio. It’s a
sleek space with
dark greys and
clean lines. Very
masculine indeed.
Not as bad as
you fear, with 90
minutes costing
Dhs650, up to
Dhs2,500 for a
full day.
Armani Hotel, Burj
Khalifa, Old Town,
Dubai,
9am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 8883888.
www.dubai.
armanihotels.com
Male and female
therapists
are available
with extensive
knowledge.
They’re happy to
answer questions,
or just let you
nod off.
The menu invites
you to 'drop your
robe, cares and
guard'. Cheeky.
There are Anne
Semonin and Eve
Lom treatments,
plus everything
from ear candling
to sculpting rituals.
Shared steam and
sauna facilities
make it an ideal
destination for
couples. We
especially like the
clever two-way
windows so you
can look out over
the polo fields.
Mid-range, with a
60-minute Anne
Semonin massage
for Dhs450 and an
hour of reflexology
for Dhs395.
Desert Palm, Al
Awir Road, after
International City,
Dubai, 9am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 3238888.
www.desertpalm.ae
The female
therapists at this
ladies-only spa
undergo two
years of training
and the results
are impressive.
Each month
brings new
treatments and
discounts. You’ll
find everything
from blow-dries to
luxury rituals, all
with a Thai flavour.
Hidden away in
an Al Wasl villa,
the spa is a cosy
escape with a
lovely garden for
yoga.
Well priced at
around Dhs350
for an hour-long
massage. Keep an
eye out for special
offers, too.
1074 Uttamah
Villas, Al Wasl Road,
Jumeira, Dubai,
10am to 10pm. Tel:
(04) 3489679. www.
thaiprivilegespadubai.
com
The team at
Atlantis will greet
you with ginger
tea, treat you to
some high quality
pampering, then
bring more tea.
Extensive, with
custom rituals
from Japanese
beauty masters
Shiseido.
It’s an impressive
spa with a huge
staircase, beautiful
'floating' walkway
and underwater-
themed treatment
rooms.
You’re on The Palm
so expect to pay
the big bucks,
with two-hour
packages costing
Dhs1,000. They’ve
priced it with
tourists in mind,
but it’s worth
treating yourself.
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Atlantis The Palm,
Jumeirah, Dubai,
10am to 10pm. Tel:
(04) 4261020. www.
atlantisthepalm.com
Expert,
unassuming and
happy to talk you
through what
they’re doing and
why. Excellent.
Not a huge
selection, but
everything you
could want from
rituals to tanning.
An unexpected
sanctuary in the
depths of Emirates
Towers. Previously
H2O male spa, it
has opened its
doors to the ladies.
Definitely on the
more expensive
side, which is no
surprise given
the hotel and
neighbourhood
it’s in.
Emirates Towers,
Dubai, 9am to 11pm.
Tel: (04) 3198181.
www.jumeirah.com
The unique
'decide for you'
approach is
great for spa
newbies.
We thoroughly
recommend a
massage then
steak at the
all-new Rare
restaurant.
We tried the
signature
Hot Salt Pot
treatment this
month. Read
all about it on
page 72.
A spa that
will have you
wanting more
(and asking for
a pay rise).
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Mum’s the word for our man
on the radio
I know I’ll get pedantic responses as soon as I
mention the subject of this month’s ramblings,
so let me kick-o with a caveat. I know dierent
countries celebrate Mother’s Day at dierent
times. In fact, the only months that don’t have a
country celebrating Mother’s Day are January,
July and September. However, for Brits and
most people heralding from the Middle East,
March is when we normally honour our mums.
e other reason I wanted to write this
now is because March is also when my mum’s
birthday is… Or at least I thought it was.
She’ll kill me for admitting this, but I just
had to double-check that fact on her
Facebook page.
Right now you’re probably murmuring
under your breath that I am a horrible
person and a poor excuse for a son. I agree
wholeheartedly. It’s got to be someone’s fault
though, right? I’m quite a generous person.
I tip heavily at the petrol station and in
restaurants, I don’t feign a heart attack when
it’s my turn to get a round in… If anything,
to be out late. Most of all, I know how many
times she covered for us with my dad (albeit
still constantly using him as a threat) and saved
us from “feeling the back of his hand”.
I just hope that, by this admission of my
own selsh stupidity, at least one person out
there will learn from my mistakes and do
something nice for their own mum this year,
whenever her birthday or Mother’s Day is. I’d
also like to use these last few lines to speak
directly to my own mother…
Mum, you’re number one. You make the
best Christmas dinner on earth. Your house
is the tidiest living space imaginable. You’re
interior decorating skills are second to none.
You have a great sense of humour. Your
tireless eort at being a wife and mother has
rendered the three men in your life useless at
looking aer themselves. You’ve done your
job as a mother perfectly and for that and a
million other reasons, I love you.
ere. at’s saved me a few dirhams on a
card and postage.
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I’m far more of a giver than I am a receiver.
So, who’s to blame? Well, I reckon it’s my
dad. is stu needs to be ingrained into
children from a young age for it to take hold
and, unfortunately, my dad just didn’t do
his job properly. It’s hard to blame him. He
was young. He was working very hard. He
probably didn’t have it drilled into him by
his father. It’s still his fault though. Dads are
supposed to buy the Mother’s Day card or
help you make one. ey’re supposed to buy
the owers, chocolates or ‘World’s Best Mum’
tat on your behalf. e same goes for mum’s
birthdays, too. He did none of that.
Sadly, for years this le me feeling no sense
of importance on these occasions. More
recently guilt has also reared its ugly head. I
don’t want my mum (who, by the way, is the
most supportive, hard-working, generous
mother on the planet) feeling like I don’t love
or appreciate her. I know how much eort she
put into bringing up two uncooperative, evil,
little monsters. I know how much she went
without in order that her precious snowakes
got everything we wanted. I know how many
nights she stayed awake just to make sure I got
home safe even though she had warned me not
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