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Contents
Features
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Detox your life
Ramadan is a time for
reflection, so what better
month to sort out your life?
Find out how, with our
comprehensive detox guide,
covering everything from
health testing, to financial
planning and quitting the
dreaded white sticks
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The great indoors
Tired of festering in your
apartment this summer?
Time to go out, and then in
again, as we discover the
perfect indoor sport for you
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p23
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Abu Dhabi's best
bowling alleys
Bowling is one of our
favourite summer pastimes.
Enjoy our round up of the
city’s finest lanes
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Win, win, win
In celebration of our
400th issue, we’ve rounded
up more than 400 prizes,
which could be yours.
If you’re lucky…
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Salaam
August dissected and
served in easy to digest
portions: what’s hot and
what’s not, insider tips
from a local UAE artist
and some serious newsy
number crunching
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Film
This month's movies
include the Palme d’Or-
winning The Tree Of
Life, the side-splitting
comedy Bridesmaids
and the star-studded
romantic drama Crazy,
Stupid, Love. Plus
the rest of the latest
releases
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Eating out
Putting new summer
menus to the test, our
verdict on two new
burger joints, the
expansion of the Jones
The Grocer empire,
seafood restaurant
Sennara and DIFC’s
Blue Rain. Plus The
Critic, this month’s
Twitter recipe and all
the latest new openings
and food news
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Arts
Saudi Arabian artist
Sami Al-Turki talks us
through his exhibition,
all the news on the
latest exhibitions,
The Art Insider on
the importance of
authenticity, Syrian
painter Aboud Salman
and a summer camp
for grown ups
The round up
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Shopping
Our resident fashion
expert solves your
sartorial puzzles, we
put the latest summer
fragrances to the test,
what not to put in your
summer suitcase and
our pick of the latest
page-turners, DVDs,
albums and games

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Mind & body
We go under the
laser to rid ourselves
of unwanted hair
(we do it for you,
remember that). Plus
treatments from Tibet
and France, improve
your communication
skills, our verdict on
Al Maha’s spa and all
August’s beauty deals

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Sport & outdoor
Discover your inner
Robin Hood with
archery lessons, Mr
Fitness answers all
your health and
fitness queries, What’s
On's world war, and
our pick of the UAE’s
football supporters
clubs – just in time for
the new Premiership
season
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Travel
A culinary journey
around the Jordanian
capital, Amman,
another globetrotter
reveals his travel
secrets and a trio of
travel deals
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Hot list
The best iftars this
Ramadan, plus our ten
favourite bars, spas
and restaurants
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Backchat
Emirati film-maker
and producer Nayla Al
Khaja reveals her new
independent film club
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AUGUST 2011 WHAT’S ON 7
Editor-in-Chief
Obaid Humaid Al Tayer
Group Editor & Managing Partner
lan Fairservice
Group Senior Editor
Gina Johnson | gina@motivate.ae
Senior Editor
Mark Evans | marke@motivate.ae
Deputy Editor
Helen Spearman | helen@motivate.ae
Features & Food Editor
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Features Editor, Abu Dhabi
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Sta Writer
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Chief Sub Editor
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Senior Designer
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Editorial Co-ordinator
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Contributors
Charlie Banalo, Victor Besa, James Brennan,
Louise Browne, Stef Burgon, Vikram Gawde,
James Houghton, Catherine Jarvie, Charles
Pocock, Mark Powell, Farooq Salik, Tia Seifert,
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Interns
Honor Brannelly, Rebecca Pudner
Senior Production Manager
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Editor’s note
This month we’ve been...
Testing summer perfumes, p53
Kicking off our
fitness challenge,
p69
OK, I’ll let you into a secret – I quite like Ramadan. Yes, I know the bog-
standard response from most Western folk is to pull a face and start
complaining about how their lives have been interrupted because they
can’t eat a Big Mac in public during daylight hours or whatever, but
they’re kind of missing the point. For Muslims, it’s obviously a very special
time of year. And for me, even as a non-Muslim, it’s still a special time – like a lot of people, I use
it as a time to reflect, take stock. Everything moves just that little bit slower during Ramadan,
and when you’ve been here long enough you appreciate the respite in the traffic, or the hectic
nightlife and brunch circuit or, well, the pace of Abu Dhabi life in general.
And, again, like a lot people, I use that break as the perfect time to clear out all the rubbish
that’s been accumulated over the past year – both mentally and physically – and get back
on the right track. Which brings us nicely to our cover feature – detoxing your life. Detoxing
doesn’t always have to mean dieting, or staying off the sauce (although both aren’t bad ideas
now and again) – we’ve also explored our stress levels, checked our finances and investigated
our sleeping patterns, for a whole new healthy us. And, of course, you.
Enjoy the issue, and Ramadan kareem.
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SALAAM
The world according to What's On, in handy bite-sized chunks
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ART IN SPACE
A wild and varied array of sculptures at
Saadiyat’s Salwa Zeidan gallery.
Until Aug 30, Salwa Zeidan, Al Khaleej Al Arabi
Street, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02) 6669656
What’s not
MCDONALD’S
McDonald’s in the UAE is to
start running its delivery trucks
on bio-fuel made from used
cooking oil.
The Ministry Of Health has
decided to slash the price
of nearly 2,000 pharmacy-
bought medicines.
Manchester City will rename
their stadium the Etihad
Stadium after an agreement
was struck for the new season.
As of this month, UAE
airports will be charging
passengers a Dhs5 security
and safety fee.
CHEAP MEDICINE
NAMING RIGHTS
HIDDEN AIRPORT COSTS
A recent study shows that the
UAE is the most expensive
place in the GCC for expats
to live.
EXPENSIVE LIVING
Reports have surfaced that
Chelsea football club captain
John Terry was seen buying
dodgy handbags in the UAE,
despite his Dhs928,000-a-week wage.
ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS
Guess list
Big names rumoured to
be visiting the UAE
40%
25%
35%
TIGER WOODS
Out of form, maybe,
but the rumour in the
clubhouse is that the
Tiger will make his Abu
Dhabi debut this year.
TOM CRUISE
Our man in Hollywood tells us that the big
little man will be at the UAE premiere of
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – lmed
in the Emirates – later this year.
FOO FIGHTERS
With the success of their new DVD,
Back And Forth – screened in the UAE
last month – come fresh rumours
that Dave Grohl and the boys will be
stopping by as part of their world tour.
Shooting has begun in the
UAE for Wild Arabia, a new
BBC nature documentary.
WILD SIDE
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AUGUST 2011 WHAT’S ON 9
The world according to What's On, in handy bite-sized chunks
Salaam!
Find us at
www.facebook.com/WhatsOnAbuDhabi
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
Ghaf Art Gallery co-owner and
professional artist Jalal Luqman
RAMADAN FESTIVAL
From 7pm to 3am, for most of Ramadan, ADNEC
will be hosting various fun family events.
Aug 9 to 30, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. adnec.ae
GAMES NIGHT
From bingo to pictionary, if it's a board game
then they will give it a go at PJ O'Reilly's.
Every Sun, Le Royal Méredien, Sheikh Khalifa Street,
Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6742020. lemeridien.com
Art supplies
I tend to buy my supplies
from the Jarir Bookstore in the
Meena area. I will also go to
Ace Hardware occasionally.
Jarir Bookstore, Meena Mall,
Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02)
6733999. jarirbookstore.com
Ace Hardware, Meena Road,
Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6731665.
aceuae.com
Inspiration
As an artist I can gain
inspiration from anything,
but I particularly like to go
to the Abu Dhabi Country
Club where I use the gym
and cycle.
Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al-
Sada Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel:
(02) 6577777. adhfc.com
Galleries
Naturally I love my Ghaf Gallery, but I also enjoy going to Gallery One
at Emirates Palace and the Salwa Zeidan Gallery – to name just a few.
Ghaf Gallery. Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6655332.
ghafgallery.blogspot.com
Gallery One, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6908207
Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02)
6669656 salwazeidangallery.com
Eating out
Being an Emirati who
has travelled a lot, I have
a local favourite and an
international favourite.
For local food, I love going
to the Saudi Kitchen and
ordering a plate of mandi.
At other times, I like to go
to The Meat Company and
have a steak.
Saudi Kitchen, Gava Hotel,
Defence Street, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 6416744
The Meat Co, Souk Qaryat
Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02)
5581713. themeatco.com
Relaxing
When I’m done working and
delivering all the paintings to
clients, I love to sit down in
the Gold Class at Marina Mall
Cinemas, and enjoy a good
movie (it's the only time my
phone is on silent).
VOX cinemas, Marina Mall,
Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6818484.
voxcinemas.com
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LET THE
GAMES BEGIN
The grass is cut. The players
are ready. All you need is a
place to watch the games as
the new football season kicks off
BEGIN
place to watch the games as
the new football season kicks off
Hemingway’s
Ernest Hemingway was better
known for his writing than
any sporting prowess, but
it’s a little known fact that
he was a keen footballer
in his school days. So, he
would doubtless have
appreciated the devotion
to the sport displayed by the
bar that carries his name, with big screens
galore. A shame the great man isn’t around
to pen the post-match reports.
Hemmingway’s, Hilton, Corniche Road, Abu
Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6811900

NRG
There might be a blooming
great racing car suspended
outside, but footy has its
fair share of coverage at
sports café NRG. Thanks to
a host of oers that run until
the end of August – including extended
happy hours and a free pint with every
sizzle platter – there are plenty of reasons to
make it the bar to follow your boys at.
NRG, Le Méridien, Tourist Club Area, Abu
Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6446666.
lemeridienabudhabi.com
3rd Avenue
Though Ramadan restrictions will prevent
you from catching most of
the Saturday afternoon
kick-os from European
leagues, you can
guarantee plenty of
baries will ock to 3rd
Avenue once darkness
falls. There are screens
for viewing at almost every
angle in the old school pub’s nooks and
crannies, and plentiful seating too.
3rd Avenue, Sheraton Khalidiyah, Khalidiyah,
Abu Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6666220.
sheratonkhalidiyaabudhabi.com
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IN THE NEWS
New Abu Dhabi waste
disposal plans
As if taking notes from last month’s What’s On, the Abu Dhabi
government is looking to give wide-scale recycling another go
Dhs284m
The value of the five-year contract given to waste resource company Averda by the Centre For Waste Management
1,000
People employed to clean and collect waste
70
Trucks used to collect waste around the city
Hey, big spender
An anonymous UAE man recently bought the world’s most expensive car – a custom-made Bugatti L’Or
Blanc – for Dhs8.8million. Bargain. What else could he have bought for that pile of cash?
Source: latest gures from Abu
Dhabi Trac Police
1,760,000 shawarmas
Dinner for two at Hot List favourite Hakkasan,
every day for 24 years
502 years of Mawaqif parking
880,000 copies of What’s On
12 flights to space on Virgin Galactic
Super cow
Al Ain Dairy claims its cow 4307 produces an astounding 100 litres of milk per day – that's a million
litres of milk during its nine years to date. Here’s how some other animals weigh-in with milk output
Average amount of litres produced per day:
CAMEL
20
COW 4307
100
AVERAGE COW
30
GOAT
25
BUFFALO
20
They are like buses
The Department Of Transport recently pledged to expand the
capital’s bus services. Here are the stats:
50km Total length of new bus lanes planned
1,360 The size of the projected bus fleet
123 The total number of bus routes
Who are
the better
drivers –
men or
women?
91%
of motor
accidents
caused by
men in the last
18 months
9%
of motor
accidents
caused by
women in
the last 18
months
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Have you been working and playing a little too
hard of late? Feeling a bit run down? Well, the Holy
Month of Ramadan is the ideal time to give your
body a break, with our ultimate guide to detoxing
DETOX
YOUR
LIFE
THE WHAT…
Your body experiences a toxic
accumulation as you go through life and
detoxication is all about ridding your
body of those toxins. From the air we
breathe, through gas or fumes, chemicals
in deodorants or cosmetics, chemicals we
consume if we smoke, drink alcohol or a
lot of coee, or toxins we aquire through our
diet – we absorb a lot of toxins.
THE WHY…
When we start to digest, that digestion
process isn’t optimal, with food oen le in
our systems, so we accumulate residue. is
residue is toxic, so we start to build up a
toxic accumulation. e point of a detox is to
reduce those levels of toxicity and to clear out
our bodies.
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THE HOW…
e golden rule when you’re detoxing is
to never put anything into your body that
has potential toxins. Tea with caeine,
coee, alcohol, cigarettes... they’ve got to
go, otherwise there’s no point detoxifying
yourself.
THE WHEN…
It really does depend on the person. People detox
for any number of days. Even one day will help
your body nd its balance and relieve your
digestive system for a while. I like three days
because it’s a nice so approach to detoxing. at’s
enough to start to get over the initial headaches
and thinking ‘Oh my, what am I doing?’
SUPERFOODS
A superfood is something that has exceptional
nutrients that your body needs in a bio-
available form, like coconuts, goji berries,
cocao beans and spirulina. eir nutrient
proles are amazing. eir ability to create
balance, scavenge free radicals in your body, to
provide minerals and vitamins, that essentially
aid the detoxication process, are in a league
of their own. When you’re detoxing, the foods
you want to eat are predominantly green, then
pink and, nally, red.
ADDITIONAL FOODS
Aduki beans and lentils are excellent.
With fruit, eat the whole fruit as opposed
to juice, because that’s very high in sugar.
When you eat the whole fruit you’re getting
fibre as well. Blueberries are superb for
their antioxidant content. And drink as
many fluids as possible – clean water and
herbal teas. Nettle tea and dandelion tea are
great choices.
MYTHS
Detox shouldn’t be used just for weight loss.
You are going to lose a little bit of weight, but
it isn’t the prime motivation. Detox should be
a kick-start to a healthy way of eating, which
will start weight loss.
Food For Life, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (050)
5048523. inshallah.org.uk
What is detoxing? We asked
nutritional therapist Laura
Holland from Food For Life to
break it down…
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DETOX
What is metabolism?
e faster your metabolism, the more
kilojoules your body burns, converting
food into energy. Dependent on a series of
chemical reactions, enzymes break down
food and turn proteins into amino acids, fats
into fatty acids and carbohydrates into simple
sugars. ese compounds are then absorbed
into the blood.
e number of calories an individual burns
depends on the amount of exercise they do,
levels of fat and muscle in the body and their
BMR (basal metabolic rate), which measures
how quickly energy is burned while at rest. It
tells you how many calories you can eat per
day without losing or gaining weight if you
were to stay do nothing. If you have a low
BMR then you’ll tend to gain more fat.
How can you test your metabolic
rate?
Simple body composition tests will give you
an indication of your BMR, along with your
fat percentage and the amount of water and
proteins in your system. However, these
tests do not take into account any chemical
problems in your body. If you are concerned
that your BMR is preventing you from
losing (or gaining) weight then it’s time to
get scientic. It’s necessary to pick up on
vitamin and mineral deciencies, amino acid
insuciencies, antioxidant levels, central
nervous system function, bacteria or yeast
overgrowth, and more. Problems could be
caused by a nutrient deciency, inherited
enzyme defect, toxic build-up or a side
eect from medication. Abu Dhabi’s NMC
Healthcare oers a variety of tests to help
identify many of these aictions.
How can you boost your metabolism?
Metabolic disorders that can be medicated
include thyroid problems and diabetes. If,
however, you just have a sluggish system that
can’t be treated with drugs, then a lifestyle
change is needed. Eating breakfast and ‘front
loading’ your food (eating the majority of
your calories at the start of the day) is key to
kick-starting your system. Also avoid eating
three to four hours before bedtime, so your
body has the chance to burn the calories.
Small, light meals are preferable to keep
your blood sugar constant – don’t starve
yourself. Low GI (glycaemic index) foods like
porridge, lean meat and fresh vegetables will
help fuel your body, releasing energy slowly.
You should also include fatty sh like salmon,
which are rich in omega-3. A pinch of chilli is
good, too, as it contains capsaicin, a chemical
that speeds up your heart rate and keeps the
body burning calories. And drinking enough
water is crucial.
Exercise wise, a combination of aerobic
cardio to burn fat, and resistance or weight
training is ideal; muscles burn more energy
than fat, even converting calories while you
rest. If your energy levels are low then you
might be lacking in B vitamins, so try taking
a B-12 supplement along with co-enzyme
Q10 (sometimes labelled as CoQ10), which
aids in the supply of energy to your muscles.
NMC Healthcare, Electra Street, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 6332255. www.nmc.ae
Detox is not just a matter of cutting things out of your diet and lifestyle,
there might be nutrients your body needs that you’re not providing it
with. Fully understanding how your body functions is essential to getting
it running properly. Metabolism is key, and here’s how you can improve it
THE
METABOLISM
TEST
TEST YOURSELF
Three more tests to try…
FOOD INTOLERANCE
Some allergies can be easy to spot;
people allergic to nuts may go into
anaphylactic shock or break out in a
nasty rash. Intolerances, however, can
be harder to pick up on. Feeling groggy
or bloated after meals, or suering
from headaches, can be traced to food
intolerances that you didn’t even know
existed. Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital
can help you identify such problems: its
allergy clinic uses methods including
blood and skin prick tests.
Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital, Al
Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 6658090. gdc-hospital.com
STRESS
Whether it is trac, waiting for that
urgent e-mail or moving house, nothing
seems easy these days. We all deal with
varying stress levels, but it’s important
to ensure that it doesn’t start aecting
your health. Breath And Health’s 90
minute consultations aim to determine
your level of stress using a quantum
biofeedback machine. It might sound
like a science ction lm prop, but the
machine actually monitors factors
including your brainwave frequencies
and hormone and toxicity levels, giving
you a reading on your ‘bio-energetic
data’, which is then used as a starting
point for future treatment.
Breath And Health Alternative Medical
Centre, 1080 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim
2, Dubai, Dhs550. Tel: (04) 3489940.
breathandhealth.net
INSOMNIA
Ensuring a good night’s shut-eye is
essential – it allows your body to relax
and recharge. So, if you are struggling
to get the required six hours per night,
it might be worth seeing the clever
clogs at the American Hospital Dubai’s
The Sleep Centre. With everything
from loud snoring to dropping o at
work considered a sleeping disorder,
the centre invites people to spend the
night at the facility with various sensors
placed on the body to monitor sleeping
patterns. When you wake up, a diagnosis
is provided – after breakfast of course.
The Sleep Centre, American Hospital Dubai,
Oud Metha Road, Dubai. Dhs4,110. Tel: (04)
3367777. ahdubai.com
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DETOX
ANXIETY
Anxiety – and especially in its excessive
form, an anxiety disorder – causes a variety
of physical problems, from headaches to
heart palpitations, and can also lead to
panic attacks. e Well-Being Zone combats
anxiety with emotional freedom therapy.
“We tap into the subconscious while working
on the body and releasing kinetic energy
to unblock negative emotions, attitudes or
beliefs,” explains Well-Being Zone’s Houry
Pappin. “We’re working on all levels: mental,
emotional, physical and even spiritual.”
While she admits this therapy won’t be
for everybody, the technique does boast a
signicant worldwide following.
The Well-Being Zone, Mina Road, Abu Dhabi,
by appointment, Dhs500 per session (sessions
resume after Ramadan). Tel: (050) 4457370.
thewell-beingzone.com
FEARS AND PHOBIAS
Rational or irrational, most of us have fears
or phobias, from spiders or enclosed spaces to
the more obscure aictions (fear of clowns,
and err, fear of knees). Susan Smith, who runs
Healing 4 Hearts, tackles fears and phobias
using elements of meridian psychotherapy
and emotional freedom technique. “e
body is made of energy and when we have a
disruption in our energy that can create a fear
or a phobia,’ explains Susan. “Depending on
the fear and phobia it can take ten minutes
or a couple of sessions.” e treatment works
by tapping on meridian points, the same
areas targeted in acupuncture, a technique
that Susan logically describes as “a bit like
acupuncture without needles.” ese areas are
manipulated to release energy ows, which in
turn promises to take away the fear. Susan has
successful alleviated past customers of fears
of cats, water, ying and dentists.
Healing 4 Hearts, Abu Dhabi, Dhs200 per
session. Tel: (050) 7236703.
healing4hearts.com
THE
METABOLISM
TEST
ANGER MANAGEMENT
In an increasingly fraught world, controlling
rage has become an important personal and
professional issue. Statistics suggest that one
in ten people have trouble controlling their
temper. It’s an important issue to resolve too,
as the long and short-term physical health
eects of anger are wide-ranging, including
increased risk of coronary heart disease or
stroke, exacerbating digestive problems,
weakening your immune system and taking a
toll on mental wellbeing. Don’t get mad, don’t
get even – do something about it.
American Centre For Psychiatry And
Neurology, behind Khalidiyah Mall, Khalidiyah,
Abu Dhabi, 9am to 9pm, initial assessment
Dhs600, subsequent sessions Dhs300 to
Dhs600. Tel: (02) 6664866.
americancenteruae.com

LIFE COACHING
Stuck in a rut? Needing a kick-start to get back
on track in life? Life coaching is a practice
on the rise in the Middle East, designed to
help you “set an agenda according to your
priorities and desired accomplishments,”
according to UAE expert HNI. Run by CEO
Hanan Nagi, HNI helps you to gure out
your goals, whether they be linked to your
career, nancial issues or relationships. “e
rst question I would ask is, ‘how badly do
you want the change?’”, Hanan says. “People
say, ‘I want to change this or change that’,
but they’re not willing take the risk. e
person that wants to change is the real player
in this relationship. e coach helps them
to get everything out of their mind. It’s like
spaghetti: it’s all tangled and the coach helps
arrange it on the table.” e rst sample
session is normally free, then depending on
the scale of the goal, anything from three
to four further meetings are required, based a
personal understanding of yourself and your
behaviours, thoughts and beliefs.
HNI, Abu Dhabi, average price Dhs500 per
session. (02) 4047174. hni.ae
SHIRODHARA
Despite the sceptics, alternative forms of
medicines and practices are still very much
trusted methods for curing ailments and
relaxing the mind. e shirodhara treatment
is a branch of traditional Indian method
ayurveda, which involves pouring warm
herbal oil over the forehead for a prolonged
period. To the uninitiated, this might seem
like an unusual treatment, but the hour-
long sessions are recommended for people
suering from insomnia, chronic headaches
and more, to help relax and clear your mind.
e oil used varies depending on what is
being treated, with a range of liquids from
essential lavender oil to coconut water,
tailored to the patient’s concerns.
Eden Spa, Le Méridien, Tourist Club Area, Abu
Dhabi, 9am to 11pm, Dhs360 for 60 minutes.
Tel: (02) 6446666. starwoodhotels.com

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Despite sounding like a particularly invasive
medical procedure, this massage is actually
very gentle. Intended to improve metabolism
and help the body eliminate waste and toxins, it
delicately stimulates the lymphatic system and
boosts the immune system.
Zen Spa, Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area, Abu
Dhabi, 10am to 10pm, Dhs350 for 60 minutes,
Dhs525 for 90 minutes. Tel: (02) 6979000.
rotana.com
Whatever your issue, there’s a treatment to deal with it
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ALIGN YOUR
LIFE
Feng shui is about creating balance between
the ve fundamental elements: re, earth,
metal, water and wood. Fire when burned
creates earth, earth gives birth to metal,
metal when corroded produces water,
water nourishes wood, and wood when
burned creates re. is cycle can bring
about harmony and growth. ere are many
conicting schools of feng shui, so it is very
important to implement changes only aer
employing a good feng shui consultant.
e direction of the room is as important as
the direction of the building. As your oce or
room is part of the building, it is very important
to rst assess the energies of the building and
then locate your oce within that energy grid
of the building. Once you have identied which
sector of the building your oce is located in,
we can then focus on enhancing the energies
within the oce. We also need to nd out if the
room is getting enough chi (movable life force
energy) and how can we balance and enhance it.
An oce environment must be peaceful and
conducive to good work. Feng shui can bring
about wonderful positive changes if implemented
correctly. It helps everyone be at peace and
able to work as a team. It will create a sense of
harmony, leading to growth and stability. Many
establishments who have implemented feng
shui successfully notice that employees are not
reporting sick so oen, productivity has improved
and inter-oce politics diminish.
When designing an oce space, be mindful
of the harmony and balance. Water is for
movement and prosperity, wood depicts growth
and earth denotes stability. However, these
elements must be placed in the right corners of
the oce to bring about balance.
Seating arrangements for all employees must
be based on the dates of births and kua number
(a calculation based on date of birth and gender).
e hierarchy in the oce plays an important
role. e most important person in the oce
has to sit in the most remote corner. Which will
allow them to focus on important tasks.
The Alignment Institute, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (050)
6811728. E-mail: align@shivaniadalja.com
shivaniadalja.com
FENG SHUI QUICK TIPS
Shivani’s cut-out-and-keep guide to office alignment…
1. The desk should never be placed opposite the door of the oce, as the chi will hit
you hard.
2. There should be enough natural light in the oce for chi to rotate.
3. The colours in the oce should be yin (light) colours to help you focus with mental work.
However, if the person working in the oce is in sales and marketing, and will need to get
out of the oce often, then the oce can be coloured in yang (bright) colours.
4. The oce should not have any thorny plants. Bamboo or money plants are
recommended in the lit corners of the oce.
Is your dull office space getting you down at work? Forget
forking out on flash furniture or moving to new premises,
perhaps you need to try the ancient Chinese art of feng shui,
says expert Shivani Adalja
“FENG SHUI CAN BRING
ABOUT WONDERFUL
POSITIVE CHANGES
IF IMPLEMENTED
CORRECTLY. IT HELPS
EVERYONE BE AT PEACE
AND ABLE TO WORK
AS A TEAM”
Day one
Breakfast Coconut smoothie, with fresh
coconut water and pulp, with added
strawberries
Snack Almonds and goji berries
Lunch Spinach and avocado salad with
parsley, celery, sugar snap peas and peppers,
drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice
Snack Raisins and pumpkin seeds
Dinner Vegetable chilli with quinoa
Day two
Breakfast Fresh raspberries, blueberries and
pomegranate salad with sunower seeds,
chopped banana and honey
Snack Walnuts and dried apricots
Lunch Roca leaf salad with mint, parsley and
hummus and raw carrots, cucumber and
broccoli with olives
Snack Organic peanut butter (no added salt
or sugar) on Ryvitas
Dinner Vegetable stir fry with fresh ginger,
lime and coriander (include veggies like
cabbage, bean sprouts, asparagus, broccoli,
carrots, beans)
Day three
Breakfast Strawberry and avocado smoothie
Snack Brazil nuts with dried gs
Lunch Mixed bean salad with a shredded
cabbage, sultana and pine nut raw slaw (kind
of like coleslaw but no mayo)
Snack Goji berries and pumpkin seeds
Dinner Vegetable Thai green curry
THREE-DAY
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What age should you start saving for
a pension?
Once it’s aordable, start as early as possible.
A good rule of thumb for a comfortable
retirement is to pay in a percentage of your
salary equal to half of your age e.g. if you’re
25 years old, pay in 12.5 per cent of your
salary, including any employer contributions.
What are the most important things to
consider before you start saving?
Check if any tax-ecient savings schemes
exist. In the UK, for example, all adults can
save GBP5,340 per year in a cash ISA, which
accrues interest and is safe from the taxman.
Check if it is a pure savings account to make
sure you are guaranteed to get back what you
put in, plus the stated interest, with no risk
involved. If there is risk, you are investing.
Check how the money is protected in the
worst-case scenario of a bank collapsing. And
PUT YOUR
FINANCES
IN ORDER
nally, to get a higher rate, you oen have
the option of a ‘xed rate’, but your money
is locked away without access for a set time
usually from one to ve years. e penalties
for accessing a xed account are oen
substantial.
What immediate steps should you take
to put your personal finances in order?
Most crucial is to do a budget, taking into
account every single expense. We have built
a tool to do this – budgetbrain.com. Next,
cut the cost of your debts. Don’t consolidate
just for the sake of it – only move debts
to a dierent card if it makes it cheaper
overall. Pay of as much o as you can aord,
focusing on the most expensive debt rst.
Also, plan what to buy on food shopping
trips beforehand (and don’t go when you’re
hungry) and, if you smoke, quit.
Moneysavingexpert.com’s Dan Plant offers his top tips for sorting out your finances

What’s the best bit of financial advice
you’ve ever been given?
Never pay more for something than you
absolutely have to. You can oen get exactly the
same service or product by paying less – so why
wouldn’t you? All it takes is a bit of research.
If somebody is a compulsive spender,
what safeguards can they put in place
to prevent unnecessary spending?
Leave credit cards at home, and only take cash
out with you, so you can’t overspend. Plan
everything in advance. We have built a great
tool to show people the wastefulness of their
spending (demotivator.com). When people see
they spend two whole weeks a year working to
aord their daily coee, it oen shocks them
into submission.
Dan Plant is the web editor of
moneysavingexpert.com
QUIT SMOKING
Four ways to ditch the dreaded white sticks
1. Hypnotherapy
Quit the ciggies with
a programme tailored
to you.
The Well-Being Zone,
Mina Road, Abu Dhabi,
Dhs500, sessions
restart after Ramadan.
Tel: 050 4457370.
thewell-beingzone.
com
2. Nicotine gum
and patches
Kill the cravings with
every quitter’s friend.
Boots Pharmacy, Al
Wahda Mall, Abu
Dhabi, gum Dhs15 to
Dhs16, patches Dhs76.
Tel: (02) 4437167.
me.boots.com
3. Champix
It might sound like
dog food, but this
nicotine-free tablet is
popular at present.
Boots Pharmacy, Al
Wahda Mall, Abu
Dhabi, Dhs198 to
Dhs444. Tel: (02)
4437167.
me.boots.com
4. Acupuncture
Why not ditch the lthy
habit by going full-on
Hellraiser?
Gulf Chinese Medical
Centre, Mohammed
Bin Butti Building, Abu
Dhabi, Dhs100 for initial
consultation, Dhs150 per
session Tel: (02) 6343538.
gulfchinesemedical.net
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The great indoors
Use our highly scientific chart to find the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer
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Boxing
You might not expect a punch
in the nose at the International
Tennis Complex, but tramlines
and racquets aren’t the
centre’s only sporty concerns.
Its boxing facilities offer group
classes and private tuition.
Abu Dhabi International
Tennis Complex, Zayed
Sports City, Airport Road,
Abu Dhabi, daily 6am
to 10pm, Dhs60 each to
Dhs3,500 per person. Tel:
(02) 4034200. zsc.ae
Squash
The quintessential lunchtime
racquet game of oce
co-workers the world over,
squash is a top workout. It’s
also among Abu Dhabi’s
most widespread sports,
with a wealth of courts
across the island.
InterContinental Abu
Dhabi, Bainouna Street,
Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to
10pm, Dhs50 to Dhs 75 per
hour, members free. Tel: (02)
6666888. ichotelsgroup.com
Shooting
Al Forsan’s impressive 300m
sniping range, plus 50m and
25m galleries, are sadly shut
until September, but a rather
fun laser alternative, with
full recoil, is still operating
through Ramadan with
a special dual 10-minute
shooting/15-arrows
archery package.
Al Forsan International Sports
Resort, Khalifa City A, Abu
Dhabi, daily 2pm to 10pm,
Dhs200. Tel: (02) 5568555.
Equestrian
It’s a little humid to don your
jodhpurs in the midday
sun right now, a problem
foreseen by Al Forsan’s 65m
air-conditioned indoor
equestrian training arena,
oering lessons for all abilities.
The horses, meanwhile, reside
in air-conditioned stables.
Al Forsan International Sports
Resort, Khalifa City A, Abu
Dhabi, daily 2pm to 10pm,
Dhs150 to Dhs3,100. Tel: (02)
5568555. alforsan.com
Martial arts
Oriental Karate & Kobudo Club
is the first stop in the capital on
your quest to become a black
belt. With more than 1000
active students, it runs Tourist
Club, Airport Road, Khalifa
Street, Madinat Zayed and
Khalidiyah branches.
The Oriental Karate & Kobudo
Club, various branches, Abu
Dhabi, various times, Dhs250
to Dhs675 per month (initial
registration Dhs100). Tel: (02)
6771611. orientalkarate.com
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The great indoors
Use our highly scientific chart to find the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer
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Ice skating
If the habitual daily
transition from street
to air con isn’t extreme
enough, a full on wintry
blast at Abu Dhabi Ice Rink
should do the trick. Public
skating runs throughout
the month, with ladies-only
sessions on Thursdays.
Abu Dhabi Ice Rink, Zayed
Sports City, Airport Road, Abu
Dhabi, various times, Dhs25
to Dhs35 for 90 minutes. Tel:
(02) 4034200. zsc.ae
Football
Summer can’t halt the
beautiful game in the capital
during August. And after the
huge success of the Women’s
World Cup, female players will
be pleased to know they’re
equally welcome at The
Dome, too.
The Dome @ Rawdhat,
Airport Road, Abu Dhabi,
daily 9am to midnight,
pitches Dhs350 to Dhs700
per hour. Tel: (02) 4498480.
thedome.ae
Indoor skydiving
Gagging for an adrenalin rush
without jumping out of a
plane at frightening altitude?
Spacewalk’s parachute-less
indoor skydiving lets you do
exactly that in complete safety.
You can even grab a souvenir
DVD of the experience.
Abu Dhabi Country Club,
Al Saada Street, Al Mushriff,
Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to
11pm, Dhs180 to Dhs700
per person. Tel: (02) 6577777.
adhfc.com
Table tennis
Picking up a ping pong paddle
isn’t quite as exciting as many
of the indoor sports you can
indulge in this August, but it’s a
popular pursuit in the UAE. It’s
an Olympic sport too, with
Emirati hopes for London
2012 qualification.
Abu Dhabi International
Tennis Complex, Zayed
Sports City, Airport Road, Abu
Dhabi, daily, 7am to 11pm,
Dhs15 per person per hour.
Tel: (02) 4034200. zsc.ae
AFOC’s 15th Open
Sports Festival
Though registration just closed
for this Ramadan extravaganza,
you can still turn up as a
spectator. More than 3,000
competitors contest football,
boxing, shooting and more.
August 2 to 21, Armed Forces
Officers Club & Hotel, Al Khaleej
Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi,
daily after Kyam Prayer (around
9.30pm) to midnight, free. Tel:
(02) 4415900. afoc.mil.ae
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The ridiculous (read stylish) footwear, the highly polished wood, the clink of pins
and the heady scent of success and failure. If you love bowling as much as we do,
check out one of these ten bowling alleys
ABU DHABI’S BEST
BOWLING ALLEYS
ABU DHABI COUNTRY CLUB
With a bar and a la carte menu, the Country Club’s
four-lane bowling alley is a step up from the average
snacks and milkshakes experience. Inate the
balloons, too – they welcome birthday parties of all
ages. And club membership isn’t required.
Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Saada Street, Al Mushriff,
Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to 11pm, Dhs100 per hour, Dhs60
per half hour. Tel: (02) 6577777. adhfc.com
AL AIN INTERNATIONAL
BOWLING CENTRE
They sure love their bowling in Al Ain, with several
choices in the city’s relatively cosy connes. The
International Bowling Centre has ve lanes and is dirt
cheap. Even better, the surrounding International
Centre houses additional attractions from
videogaming to restaurants and shisha.
Al Ain International Bowling Centre, opposite Park
Saleme, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, 8am to 2am, Dhs10. Tel: (03)
7630222. alainintlcentre.net
AL JAZIRA BOWLING CENTRE
Not only can you associate yourself with Abu Dhabi’s
double-winning footy champions at Al Jazira, but
these six lanes are exceptionally high-tech. Prices are
mighty reasonable, too. And add in table tennis (three
tables), darts (two boards) or pool (one table) and it’s
an all-round winner.
Al Jazira Sports Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium,
Abu Dhabi, 4pm to midnight, Dhs12 per hour. Tel: (02)
4454455. jc.ae
BOWLING CITY
A reliable ten-pin shaped xture across the Emirates’
landscape, widespread chain Bowling City began life
at this state-of-the-art Garden City branch. Planning a
full day’s entertainment here couldn’t be easier, with
12 lanes, reasonably priced pool tables and karaoke,
to boot.
Al Ain Mall, Kuwait Area, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, 10am to
midnight, Dhs12 per game. Tel: (03) 7510006. bowling-
city.com
BOWLING CITY
Swap the hustle of the capital’s bustling heart
for the crash of balls on pins at this downtown
entertainment haven. As well as an above-average
18 lanes, videogame nuts will love the PlayStations,
alongside plenty of shopping and guzzling options
around Al Mariah Mall.
Al Mariah Mall, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, 10am to
1am, Dhs12 per game. Tel: (02) 6760444.
bowling-city.com
BOWLING CITY @ SPARKY’S
The manic surrounds of Sparky’s house this 12-lane
bowling centre, right next-door to a bevy of pool
tables should you fancy a spot of between-frame
potting. And Sparky’s borderline headache-inducing
attractions – indoor rollercoaster and all – will help to
banish any lurking boredom.
Sparky’s, Khalidiyah Mall, 26th Street, Abu Dhabi,
10am to midnight, Dhs15. Tel: (02) 6354315.
khalidiyahmall.com
EMIRATES BOWLING VILLAGE
Want to add status to your strikes? With four VIP lanes,
Emirates Bowling Village is the solution. Timing is
key if you’re on a budget, though. Take advantage
of happy hour (Sun to Wed 10am to 5pm) for Dhs10
games on one of the 32 lanes. Night owls note that
EBV has the latest opening hours in the city.
Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 1am,
Thurs and Fri 10am to 3am, Dhs10 to Dhs20. Tel: (02)
6811185. ebv.ae
KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL
BOWLING CENTRE
If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway then the boulder-
sized ball above the door should do it. These 40
huge lanes are home to several established bowling
leagues. And afterwards why not head upstairs
to aptly named restaurant Noodle Bowl? Pun, we
imagine, intended.
Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, 9am to
1am, Sun to Wed Dhs10, Thurs to Sat Dhs12. Tel: (02)
4034648. zsc.ae
SUPER STRIKE
Part of Bawadi Mall’s sprawling family
entertainment centre, the garish surrounds of Fun
City aren’t solely for ankle biters. Super Strike’s
dozen lanes provide enough space to knock ‘em
down for everyone from gutter ball-prone novices
to maximum score-eyeing pros.
Fun City, Bawadi Mall, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thurs
10am to 11pm, Fri noon to 11pm, Dhs12 before noon,
Dhs15 noon to 11pm. Tel: (03) 7840338. funcity.ae
WANASA BOWLING CENTRE
Wanasa’s grammatically challenged aim – ‘make
the life always happy’ – is aided nicely by wallet-
friendly bowling on one of the six lanes and live
sports coverage. If your fun can only begin once the
children are occupied, however, simply dispatch the
little blighters to Wanasa Land’s veritable kingdom of
entertainment.
Wanasa Land, Al Wahda Mall, Hazaa Bin Zayed Street,
Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 10am to 10.30pm, Thurs
to Sat 10am to 11.30pm, Dhs15. Tel: (02) 4437654
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WIN! GOODIES FROM JONES
THE GROCER
Having championed the splendid Abu Dhabi
outlets, What’s On teamed up with Jones The
Grocer to throw a party for gourmet chain’s first
Dubai store last month. To coincide, we have ten
sets of JTG food goodie packs
for you hungry readers.
What is Jones The
Grocer's country
of origin?
a) France
b) Japan
c) Australia
WIN! WEEKEND STAYS AND POOL
PARTY PASSES AT ALOFT
Almost 1,000 revellers flocked to Aloft’s Liquid
by Mai Café rain pool party last month. After
a Ramadan break, they’re doing it all again on
September 30, in collaboration with Radio 1.
We’ve teamed up with Aloft to give away four one-
night stays for two, worth around Dhs400, valid for
any weekend, plus six runners-up prizes of entry
for two to their September pool party.
Which of these wouldn’t you expect to find at
a swimming pool?
a) Lifeguard
b) Life preserver
c) Life coach
WIN! AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE
CITYMAX HOTEL
Fans of musical and culinary pleasures won't
struggle to find reasons to enter to win an overnight
stay for two at Citymax Hotel Al Barsha, inclusive
of dinner at MAXX Music Bar & Grill. The whole
package clocks in at Dhs600 (subject to availability
and prior reservation; the three-course meal includes
soft drinks).
What was Mel Gibson’s breakthrough film
called?
a) Sad Max
b) Glad Max
c) Mad Max
WIN! DINNER AT FANR
Airy new contemporary international restaurant Fanr
at Manarat Al Saadiyat is an early culinary attraction
on the fast-developing Saadiyat Island. We’re giving
away four meals for two (worth approx Dhs350 per
person), and you could grab one by telling us…
Which of these attractions isn’t being built on
Saadiyat Island?
a) The Louvre
b) London Olympic Stadium
c) Guggenheim
WIN! A
VALERA
HAIRDRYER
Want to look your best this summer? Valera
has given us an i-f@n digital travel hairdryer
worth Dhs359, plus five runner-up prizes
of silent 2200 super ionic hairdryers, worth
Dhs219. To have a chance of winning, tell us…
What makes up human hair?
a) Keratin
b) Carrots
c) Caramel
WIN! DINNER AT THE SILK ROUTE
We have six vouchers worth Dhs100 each to
redeem at The Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa’s
Silk Route restaurantany time until December 31.
To get your hands on one, just tell us...
Which of these is not traditionally made from
silk?
a) Scarves
b) Handkerchiefs
c) Jeans
WIN! IFTAR AT THE ONE TO ONE
HOTEL
The homely One To One Hotel is a Ramadan
favourite and four readers can find out why by
winning an iftar buffet for two, worth Dhs300.
Which of these isn’t a real football team?
a) Aston Villa
b) Villareal
c) Toon-real-rubbish
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We’ve reached a staggering milestone – our 400th issue. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up more than
400 prizes, from mini-breaks to fitness classes, waterpark passes to iftars. Are you feeling lucky?
WIN! TICKETS
TO WILD WADI
Let’s not kid ourselves, August is hot. But
luckily, those brain-boxes at Wild Wadi have
decided to keep the park open this month
from 10am to 8pm (with all of its restaurants
open throughout the day), and from noon
until midnight every weekend, with special
Ramadan rates for visitors between 8pm
and midnight. We’ve teamed up with Wild
Wadi to give away 30 pairs of tickets to the
waterpark. For your chance to win, just tell
us the name of a Wild Wadi character:
a) Juha
b) Julia Childs
c) Julia Roberts
*Terms and conditions apply: all tickets must be
redeemed by Aug 17th 2011 and used by the last
day of Ramadan. wildwadi.com
WIN! DINNER AT FLAVOURS
You could win dinner for two at Flavours restaurant,
worth Dhs350, including soft drinks, or a pair of full-
day resort access passes, including use of the gym,
three pools, sauna and private lagoon (worth Dhs400
per pair). To enter, please tell us...
Which body of water does The Corniche
overlook?
a) Persian Gulf
b) Indian Ocean
c) Pacific Ocean
WIN! IFTAR AT THE ARABIAN
COURTYARD HOTEL & SPA
Sampling the excellent iftars around the UAE during
Ramadan is a must, so why not answer this little
question and be in with a chance of winning one
of ten vouchers for the Bastikiya restaurant at the
Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa. Just tell us...
Which month does Ramadan fall in this year?
a) April
b) January
c) August
WIN! A MINI-BREAK AT THE YAS
ISLAND ROTANA
Escape the city with a one-night stay for two at Yas
Island Rotana, worth Dhs800. Two runners-up will
win meals for two at Indian restaurant Rangoli (worth
Dhs300) and another duo will nab international meals
for two at Choices (worth Dhs350).
Which of these attractions isn’t on Yas Island?
a) Ferrari World
b) Marina Park
c) The Coliseum
WIN! IFTAR AT HILTON ABU DHABI
We have iftar vouchers for two (worth Dhs159
per person), courtesy of our chums at Hilton Abu
Dhabi to give away, for their wonderful La Terrazza
restaurant, including Arabic fruit juices. Fancy it?
Try your luck by telling us…
The Hilton family’s famous socialite is named
after which iconic city?
a) Mogadishu
b) Paris
c) Honolulu
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WIN! DINNER AT LA VERANDA
Whatever your food preference, it should be
catered to by Sheraton Khalidiya’s mouth-
watering prize: winners will enjoy dinner for
two at La Veranda (worth Dhs400), which serves
up seafood, Italian, Chinese, Indian and Arabic
dishes.
In architecture, what is a veranda?
a) A wall
b) A porch
c) A window
WIN! A MASSAGE AT THE PALACE
What’s On and The Palace in Old Town are giving
ten people the chance to unwind and de-stress
with 30-minute massages in their lovely spa. If
you’d like the chance to relax for gratis,
simply tell us…
Massages a great way of getting rid of...
a) Mist and fog
b) Stress and tension
c) Cookies and milk
WIN! A SPA BREAK AT THE ABU
DHABI PARK ROTANA
One lucky reader will win a relaxing one-night
stay for two at Abu Dhabi’s five-star Park Rotana
hotel, completed by two one-hour massage
treatments (total value Dhs1,200). Is it you? Try
answering this question correctly…
Rock group Blur had a hit with Parklife. Who
did it feature?
a) Phil Daniels
b) Phil Collins
c) Phil Spector
WIN! A BODY FAT ANALYSER
If you’re following our detox tips this issue,
you may want to keep an eye on your pounds
and ounces. Now you can, by winning a set of
Terraillon Body Fat Analysers, state-of-the-art
bathroom scales worth Dhs350.
How many grams are there in a kilogram?
a) 14
b) 1,000
c) 1,000,000
WIN! IFTAR AT LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN
They don’t do Ramadan by halves at Le Royal
Méridien Abu Dhabi, and you can see for yourself
by winning vouchers for two at their Ramadan tent,
worth Dhs200 per person. To enter, tell us…
Which of these are usually used to hold up a
tent?
a) Scaffolding
b) Guy rope
c) Elephants
WIN! MEALS AT THE CROWNE
PLAZA YAS ISLAND
Crowne Plaza Yas Island contains a wealth of
great restaurants and you can sample some of
the best with this giveaway. Win a meal for two at
Jing Asia (choose from lunch, worth Dhs260, or
dinner, worth Dhs320) or you can enjoy the lunch
delicacies of Lebanese restaurant Barouk (worth
Dhs510). To enter, tell us…
What is the capital city of Lebanon?
a) Abu Dhabi
b) Amman
c) Beirut
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TO WILD WADI
Let’s not kid ourselves, August is hot. But
luckily, those brain-boxes at Wild Wadi have
decided to keep the park open this month
from 10am to 8pm (with all of its restaurants
open throughout the day), and from noon
until midnight every weekend, with special
Ramadan rates for visitors between 8pm
and midnight. We’ve teamed up with Wild
Wadi to give away 30 pairs of tickets to the
waterpark. For your chance to win, just tell
us the name of a Wild Wadi character:
a) Juha
b) Julia Childs
c) Julia Roberts
*Terms and conditions apply: all tickets must be
redeemed by Aug 17th 2011 and used by the last
day of Ramadan. wildwadi.com
WIN! CINEMA TICKETS FROM VOX
Our friends at VOX cinemas have given us 20
pairs of VOX Max tickets to use at any VOX
cinema this month – the winners can choose
from Ajman City Centre, Deira City Centre,
Mirdif City Centre, Mall Of The Emirates and
Marina Mall Abu Dhabi. If you want to be in with
a chance of checking out the latest releases
on the 20-metre screens with super-modern
technology and bigger, VIP seating, just tell us...
How many VOX cinemas complexes are there
in the UAE?
a) Five
b) Zero
c) One
WIN! A MONTH’S MEMBERSHIP AT
SERENITY SPA
We have a great spread from Abu Dhabi’s top
ladies-only facility, Serenity Spa. The top prize is
a one-month gym membership, including fitness
classes (worth an impressive Dhs1,000). Runners-
up, meanwhile, will receive either two sessions of
Hypoxi (worth a total of Dhs400) or a Kerastase hair
treatment (Dhs150).
What is Lady Gaga’s latest album called?
a) Born This Way
b) Walk This Way
c) Born In The USA
WIN! ABU
DHABI
GOLF CLUB
VOUCHERS
Abu Dhabi Golf
Club has handed
us four golf vouchers
(worth Dhs425 each),
to drive, chip and putt to your heart’s content on
the beautiful course. To enter, tell us...
What is the golfing term for completing a hole
one under par?
a) Birdie
b) Albatross
c) Puffin
WIN! A MONTH’S SUPPLY OF
PIPER DRINK, PLUS A GRAND
PRIZE OF 400 CANS
To celebrate our 400th issue, our
generous friends behind soft drink
Piper are offering the chance to win
400 cans. Don’t worry if you’re not the
main winner, though: 12 runners-up will
receive a month’s supply.
Which of these is a character from a
famous story?
a) The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
b) Billie Piper
c) Rowdy Roddy Piper
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WIN! A STAY AT THE CRISTAL HOTEL
Want to spend a night in a plush hotel in the heart
of Abu Dhabi? Our lovely pals at the Cristal Hotel
have given us an overnight weekend stay to give
away, including buffet breakfast for two (worth a cool
Dhs2,680). For your chance to win, tell us…
Which of the following companies isn’t
associated with crystal?
a) Waterford
b) Swarovski
c) McDonald’s
WIN! MEALS AT THE CROWNE
PLAZA ABU DHABI
We have two vouchers apiece to giveaway for lunch
at Cho Gao, tasty Italian Spaccanapoli, Friday roast
lunch at Heroes, Vincent’s Bar, and Cappuccino’s
Café. Ten runners-up can enjoy 40 per cent off
the iftar buffet at Cho Gao, Spaccanapoli and The
Garden. Want to enter? Simply tell us…
Where are the British crown jewels kept?
a) Wembley Stadium
b) Tower Of London
c) Legoland
WIN! VOUCHERS FOR SAADIYAT
BEACH GOLF CLUB
Want to work on your swing? Grab yourself one of
these four golf vouchers – worth Dhs825 each – for
use at the picturesque Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
course. To enter, tell us…
How old was Rory McIlroy when he won the
US Open recently?
a) 12
b) 22
c) 42
WIN! A STAY AT THE DANAT JEBEL
DHANNA RESORT
Escape the city with a one-night weekend stay for
two, including buffet breakfast (worth Dhs499 during
Ramadan and Dhs699 afterwards).
Which of these is on the USA's west coast?
a) New York
b) Chicago
c) Los Angeles
WIN! SPA
VOUCHERS
FOR THE
LOUNGE
When it comes to
pampering for men
in Abu Dhabi, the
Lounge are executive
grooming experts. One reader
will win a Dhs500 voucher, while two runners-up will
pick up Dhs300 vouchers and a further 17 people
will receive Dhs100 vouchers.
Which of these is a famous men’s fragrance?
a) Old Hat
b) Old Spice
c) Old School
WIN! A STAY AT THE AL AIN ROTANA
The Al Ain Rotana is its premier hotel and we have a
one-night stay, with breakfast for two at Zest, to give
away. A total of 25 runners-up will snaffle free pool
access.
Which of these is a famous gardener?
a) Monty Don
b) Monty Burns
c) The Count Of Monte Cristo
WIN! URBAN ENERGY
FITNESS CLASSES
These fitness experts are training our World War
team, and have given us 100 vouchers for classes,
including Urban Prenatal, Running, Kick and Boost,
that could be yours. Answer this simple question...
What footwear should you wear for running?
a) Stilettos
b) Trainers
c) Brogues
WIN! APPETISERS AT BORD EAU
Readers with finely-tuned palettes can win an
appetiser at Shangri-La’s What's On-recommended
French restaurant Bord Eau (worth approximately
Dhs100). To be in with a chance of winning, simply
answer the following question:
How tall is the Eiffel Tower in Paris?
a) 324m
b) 1m
c) Invisible to the naked eye
WIN! CDS FROM VIRGIN
MEGASTORE
Music connoisseurs – we have five copies of five
new albums from Virgin Megastore up for grabs –
that’s 25 CDs to give away, maths fans, including the
latest from Tiesto. For a chance to win, just tell us...
Which of these is a genre of music?
a) Krumping
b) R&B
c) Googlie
WIN! BEACH PASSES FOR THE
INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI
Fancy taking it easy on one of the most inviting
shorelines on Abu Dhabi’s main island? We have ten
beach access passes, worth Dhs95 each, for the
InterContinental. To be in with the chance of winning
one, tell us…
Who played the lead role in 2000 movie The
Beach?
a) Leonardo DiCaprio
b) John O’Shea
c) Rod Hull
WIN! MEALS AT THE AL MANZIL
HOTEL
We have vouchers for lunch at Nezesaussi Grill,
where you’ll find giant portions, big screen sporting
action and super-friendly staff, plus two vouchers for
lunch at the lovely, sunny Conservatory Restaurant.
To be in with a chance of winning any of these
vouchers, answer this question correctly…
Nezeaussi Grill screens what genre of
entertainment?
a) Sport
b) Cartoons
c) Chat shows
WIN! A HEALTHY BREAK AT ABU
DHABI’S BEACH ROTANA HOTEL
We have beach and gym access passes for two –
worth Dhs300 to Dhs400 – for the Beach Rotana.
Also up for grabs is Italian lunch for two at Prego’s
(Dhs350). Please specify which prize you would
prefer.
What car was famously featured in the movie
The Italian Job?
a) Mini
b) Range Rover
c) Ford Mustang
WIN! LUNCH AT THE QAMARDEEN
We’ve teamed up with the Qamadeen hotel, Old
Town to give away lunch vouchers for two for their
Esca Italian restaurant, plus lunch vouchers for two
for their new Italian-themed café, Esca. To be in
with a chance of winning lunch at either of these
venues, tell us...
Which of the following cities is not in Italy?
a) Rome
b) Milan
c) Glasgow
WIN! A
MASSAGE AT
EDEN SPA
Thanks to What’s On and Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
you can ease away those summer aches and pains
– we’re giving a one-hour relaxing body massage at
Eden Spa (weekdays only, advance booking required)
worth Dhs300. To enter, tell us…
How many seconds are there in an hour?
a) 360
b) 3,600
c) 36,000
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Kiefer Sutherland (narrator),
Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts,
Curtis Jackson, Esti Ginzburg,
Joel Schumacher (director)
‘No one needs anything here. It’s
all about want’
Hard-partying lifestyles among
the dispossessed teenagers of
Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East
Side led to a spiralling body count
as the façade began to crumble.
Be alternately titillated, shocked
and depressed by witnessing lives
of narcissistic privilege so quickly
and bleakly eroded by greed,
violence and envy.
e 2004 novel, penned by then
17-year-old NYC writer Nick
McDonnell. If you didn’t read it,
superior early Leonardo DiCaprio
ick e Basketball Diaries (1995)
oers a few parallels.
Joel Schumacher also directed
Kiefer Sutherland in Flatliners
(1990), A Time To Kill (1996) and
Phone Booth (2003), the latter of
which also saw largely Sutherland
restricted to a voiceover role.
Overly slick in translation, it
worked better as a book.
★★✩✩✩
Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica
Chastain, Terrence Malick
(writer/director), Emmanuel
Lubezki (cinematography)
‘Nothing stands still’
A troubled architect (Penn)
struggled to reconcile the death
of his brother and a conicted
Texas upbringing. en Malick
introduced ruminations on
planets and dinosaurs, and critics
were wildly polarised.
Get all weighty and existential
about life’s fundamental questions,
while basking in the glow of a
deeply poetic thought experiment
bolstered by a couple of A-listers.
Any of Malick’s oddly sparse back
catalogue – notably Badlands
(1973), Days Of Heaven (1978) or
e in Red Line (1998), all of
which wax philosophical about
man, violence and nature.
One Italian cinema screened an
early preview of the lm with the
reels in the wrong order. Nobody
noticed, which gives you an idea
as to what you’re in for.
e great auteur Malick proves
himself master of the mystifying.
★★★★★
Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer
Valderrama, Nicholas D’Agosto,
Luis Alfaro (screenplay), Angel
Garcia (director)
‘A riches to rags story’
Spoiled Beverly Hills sisters Nora
(Belle) and Mary (Vega) barely
engaged with their Mexican roots,
but their father’s sudden death
sent them on a crash course in
East LA Latino life.
Nod sagely along with a handful
of well meaning, if faintly
patronising, truisms about the
value of migrant cultures in a
modern cosmopolitan society.

Fish-out-of-water comedies are
hardly a Hollywood rarity; last
month’s Monte Carlo pulled a
similar trick, albeit in (nancial)
reverse. Perhaps avoid if you’re a
huge Jane Austen fan, though –
see below.
e screenplay is actually an
adaptation of Austen’s seminal
romantic satire Sense And
Sensibility, uprooted from 19th-
century England and given a
modern Latin twist. Hmm.
Mawkish and predictable, but the
title remains its gravest crime.
★★✩✩✩
Twelve The Tree Of Life From Prada
To Nada
The Tree Of Life From Prada To Nada
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Lubna Azabal, Mélissa
Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim
Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Denis
Villeneuve (writer/director)
‘e search began at the opening
of their mother’s will’
e dying wishes recorded in
a mother’s nal testament sent
twin sisters Jeanne (Désormeaux-
Poulin) and Nawal (Azabal) on
a Middle East voyage to explore
their knotted family heritage.
See the ne line between intimate
and epic artfully trodden by a
stirring Quebec-made drama
that dely tackles issues of
family, faith and mythology.
Skilled, source-faithful
adaptations of revered stage
works – the original theatre
production, Scorched (2005),
was a critical hit for Canadian
playwright Wajdi Mouawad.
Incendies was Academy-
nominated in the Best Foreign
Language Film category at last
year’s Oscars, narrowly losing
out to Susanne Bier’s Danish
masterpiece, In A Better World.
Expertly directed slow-burner
packing genuine sting in the tail.
★★★★✩
Steve Carell, Julianne Moore,
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone,
Kevin Bacon, Glenn Ficarra/
John Requa (directors)
‘is is crazy. is is stupid. is
is love’
Comfortable mid-life success story
Cal Weaver (Carell) was thrust back
on to the dating mineeld when his
wife asked for a divorce, so laddish
pal Jacob (Gosling) agreed to take
him on as a pet project.
See US comedy royalty Carell
playing it a little – not much, but
a little – straighter than his oash
turns in Anchorman and Dinner
For Schmucks.
e 40-Year-Old Virgin, Date
Night or Dan In Real Life, all of
which starred Carell in similarly
clownish roles. As did his career-
dening turn in the US version of
e Oce.
Co-directors Ficarra and Requa
made their directorial debut in
2009 with the well-received, fact-
based romcom I Love You Phillip
Morris (starring Jim Carrey and
Ewan McGregor).
A solid cast drag us along, but
nobody’s stretching far.
PREVIEW
Kevin James, Rosario Dawson,
Leslie Bibb, Adam Sandler,
Sylvester Stallone, Frank Coraci
(director)
‘Welcome to his jungle’
A mist zoo employee (James) tried
to quit in order to focus on making
human friends. But the animals
didn’t want him to go, and revealed
their secret gi of speech in order
to coach him in social skills.
Walk, talk, squeak and squawk
with the animals, while watching
an inherently likeable leading man
mugging along with a gag-lled,
but profoundly immature, script.
Goofy Jim Carrey vehicle Ace
Venture: Pet Detective, or any
other live-action lm in which
the animals atly refuse to
be portrayed as cutesy CGI
caricatures.
Various animal welfare groups
(including PETA) called for a
boycott of Zookeeper, aer video
emerged of its elephant star being
abused by a former trainer in
2005.
Unlikely to leave lasting paw-prints;
le under ‘harmlessly fuzzy’.
★★★✩✩
Incendies Crazy, Stupid,
Love
Zookeeper
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph,
Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-
Covey, Judd Apatow (producer),
Paul Feig (director)
‘From the producers of Superbad
and Knocked Up’
Having been sacked as maid
of honour at her best friend’s
wedding due to a comedic self-
destruct in rehearsals, a luckless
thirty-something mounted a one-
woman quest for redemption.
See yet another nail driven into
the already-liberally-perforated
con of that risible old ‘women
can’t do funny’ argument.
e Hangover, 2009’s successfully
blokey pre-wedding disaster
opus to which the female-led
Bridesmaids has repeatedly (and
favourably) been compared.
e lm was overseen by Apatow
Productions, responsible for such
hits as Anchorman and Forgetting
Sarah Marshall, and quickly
overtook Knocked Up (2007) as
their biggest earner to date.
A chick-ick by denition, but
with deantly broad appeal.
★★★★✩
Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids Zookeeper
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Most people think the Holy Month Of Ramadan
is about fasting, and that’s true, but only during
daylight hours. The nights of August will be all
about feasting. Once the fast is broken around
sunset, there will be innumerable iftar banquets
to attend (check out our Iftar Hot List, p83). And
restaurants are still open during the evening,
too, so Eating Out’s cupboards are as fully
stocked as ever. Following its grand What’s On
opening in July, Jones The Grocer’s doors have been
besieged by diners eager to sample its superb cheeses,
cold cuts, bakery and café menu – and we bring you
our verdict just over the page (p32). We also put two
new burger restaurants to the test (p33), visit Abu
Dhabi seafood restaurant Sennara (p36), test eight
new and revitalised summer menus (p34) and discover
the overlooked Ritz-Carlton Thai restaurant Blue Rain
(p38). Plus, of course, The Critic – this month asking if
the UAE really needs Michelin (we think it does, but our
opinionated friend has other ideas) – all the most recent
food news, new openings, and our monthly Twitter
recipe. Wishing you and yours Ramadan kareem. Enjoy.
Gareth Rees, Features & Food Editor
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EATING OUT
Jones The Grocer
It’s caused a
sensation in Abu
Dhabi, but is the
Aussie café chain’s
first Dubai outlet up
to scratch?
Aussie café and grocery chain
Jones e Grocer has proved a
hit down under, in neighbouring
New Zealand, Singapore, and, of
course, Abu Dhabi. Why? Well,
we have no idea how the Aussies,
Kiwis and Singaporeans think,
but Jones has caused a big stir in
our beloved capital for one reason
– it’s dierent.
And that holds true for Dubai,
too. We’re talking clean-cut,
industrial design – concrete
oors, the odd bit of exposed
metal girder, high ceilings and
bright exposed strip lights. en
there are the shelves, stacked
with jars, tins and packets of
‘gourmet’ this and that and a few
choice cookbooks and magazines
(Monocle and Wallpaper*). Add
to that an open kitchen, cheese
room, charcuterie counter and,
perhaps most impressive of all,
a coee station where a barista,
equipped with a Bunsen burner,
creates magical brews with
endlessly entertaining siphons
and drips. It’s a winning formula.
Oh yes, the food is pretty
good, too. e menu is full of the
sort of food people want to eat.
Burger? Check. Steak. Check.
Fish ’n’ chips. Check, check and
double check. And that’s before
you consider the cold cuts and the
cheese, which is what we started
o with. A whole platter lled
with a meaty, dairy melange.
e sharing platters could be
ordered on their own with one
of the superb smoothies, or the
invigorating Granny Smith and
ginger cordial with sparkling
water. Or as a starter.
ere’s the option of three
(Dhs45), ve (Dhs65) or seven
(Dhs85) items from an extensive
list of cheeses, cured meats,
seafood and antipasti. We went
for the full seven – a mound of
surprisingly impressive chicken
chorizo; greyish slices of UAE
beef (pat on the back for local
sourcing), which weren’t too good
on their own, but went terribly
well with a hunk of the nutty
bread; a bowl of ‘stued’ olives
(good olives, but they seemed
to have forgotten the stung in
several of them); several thick
cuts of gleaming gravlax salmon;
a poky Roquefort, a nice brie and
a ne semi hard petite cantal. All
of which would have benetted
from a glass of something red,
but that can’t be helped. One of
the excellent coees would be an
acceptable alternative.
We’ve raved about the Jones
wagyu burger before on these
pages, but, suce it to say,
ordered medium (at most)
it is one of the juiciest, most
delectable renderings of the
most primal of menu staples
we have ever tasted. e sh
’n’ chips, consisting of three
decent chunks of sheri (thumbs
up for sustainability) in a crisp,
fairly airy batter accompanied
by a good handful of fries, was
satisfying, but would have been
easier to eat had it been served
on a plate, rather than a wooden
board.
In tweet form… Finally, Jones The Grocer
has landed in Dubai. Order the burger,
explore the cheese room and ask for a
demonstration of the coffee siphon.
Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and
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Need to know
Location: Sheikh Zayed
Road, opposite Times
Square, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3466886
Web: jonesthegrocer.com
Open: daily 10am to 9pm
Cuisine type: café, deli
Must eat: Jones wagyu
burger
Bill for two: Dhs230
Finally, a neat, remarkably
crumbly apple crumble, and a
gooey chocolate brownie, both
with good ice cream, did the job.
Since last month’s opening
party (check out the footage on
youtube.com/whatsondubai),
ravenous diners have been
ocking to Jones e Grocer.
If you aren’t one of them, you
should be. Go. Now.
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Two to try: new
burger bars
WHAT? THE BURGER
JOINT
WHERE? TBJ is on the
concourse in Atlantis hotel, near
the entrance to Aquaventure.
Most of the seating is on the
thoroughfare, which means it’s
quite noisy, but this is also a
prime spot for people watching.
We spotted some fairly unique
swimwear. Inside, there’s a diner
theme, with red walls and an
open kitchen, complete with
singing chefs.
THE BURGERS ARE…
Generous. We recommend
signature burger e
Works (Dhs60), a juicy
patty with beef bacon,
cheese, mushrooms,
pickles, lettuce,
tomato, onions and
TBJ sauce, and the
Rooster Booster (Dhs45),
for a crispy chicken burger with
salad, pickles and a tangy mayo.
Add Dhs15 to the burger price to
include a so drink and fries.
AND THE FRIES? Far from
the tasteless, over-salted fare
found elsewhere, TBJ’s fries are
more ‘home-style’, with some
skin le on, a rich golden colour
and excellent spices. Extra points
for Hellman’s mayo and Heinz
ketchup on the tables, too.
ANY MILKSHAKES? Do you
really have room aer all that?
If so, try the cookie milkshake,
or go classic with vanilla (both
Dhs25). Word to the wise though,
they are enormous, so unless
you’re on a weight-gain mission,
it’s best to share.
FINAL VERDICT: You
wouldn’t make the journey to
Atlantis just to visit TBJ, but for
a wallet-friendly pre-waterpark
meal it’s a tasty, well-seasoned
bet. e sta are keen to the
point of exhausting, but this
might be early days enthusiasm.
The Burger Joint, Atlantis The
Palm, The Palm, Dubai, 10am to
10pm. Tel: (04) 4260747
WHAT? BURGERFUEL
WHERE? You can’t miss New
Zealand chain BurgerFuel, thanks
to a display of purple-liveried
ags outside that would satisfy
any monarch. e
outdoor seating on
JBR isn’t inviting
right now, so we
headed inside,
where large
wooden tables,
exposed ceiling
ttings and an open kitchen of
polished metal lends a converted
Brooklyn warehouse vibe.
THE BURGERS ARE…
Borderline terrifying, in the
best possible way. We couldn’t
pass up the challenge of the BF
Monster. Good luck tting your
jaws around the third-pounder of
char-grilled New Zealand ground
beef (Dhs35). e extras jammed
into a wholemeal bun mean the
monster matches its moniker,
featuring melted cheese, sliced
beetroot, surprisingly ne beef
bacon, mango and fresh avocado.
For such a mouthful, that’s
incredibly good value.
AND THE FRIES? We
wondered whether the modest
box of 'spud fries' (Dhs11),
with aioli dip, were a touch on
the stingy side. But the chunky
specimens proved more than
enough.
ANY MILKSHAKES? Yep.
Classic avours are order of
the day: chocolate, vanilla or
strawberry (all Dhs15). All are
suitably frothy and towering.
FINAL VERDICT: If you’re
still peckish aer a visit to
BurgerFuel, you should probably
join the circus as a sideshow
freak. As gourmet burgers go,
in both quality and price, this is
right up there. Expect BF to be
jam-packed come the weekend.
BurgerFuel, Bahar, JBR Walk,
Dubai, 11am to 5am. Tel: (04)
4458220. burgerfuel.com
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One&Only Royal Mirage offers you the ‘coolest’ of two Ramadan
Cafés – a uniquely comfortable, temperature-controlled
environment in a traditional setting, at The Palace “Courtyard”
and the “Peregrine Garden” at the Arabian Court.
Enjoy Iftar buffets, served every day in Tagine restaurant and
The Rotisserie, then spend the evening among friends in a relaxing
atmosphere, enjoying oriental specialities, coffee and tea.
Iftar: 7.10pm - 8.30pm Ramadan Cafés: 8pm - 2.30am
Group Bookings/Corporate Packages: Please contact us directly
for special Ramadan offers.
Ramadan Special Room Rates: Starting from AED 975++*
Rate valid until 30 August 2011 excluding 10% service charge and
10% municipality fee.
*Subject to availability. Valid for GCC and Middle East residents only.
Enjoy a blend of tradition and
novelty in the coolest of settings
for Ramadan
Telephone +971 4 399 99 99 Fax +971 4 399 99 98
oneandonlyroyalmirage.com
The Palace
Residence & Spa
Arabian Court
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34 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
EATING OUT
OTTOMANS
CUISINE:
Turkish
MENU:
Appetisers
of deep
fried
courgette
cakes
(mujver) served
with garlic and mint yoghurt –
light and refreshing, though the
cakes themselves were a little
bland – and deep fried prawns
with crispy, shredded kunafeh
pastry and a lightly spiced acuka
sauce (sehriyeli karides) were
pleasant enough, but a yoghurt
and rice soup (yayla corbasi)
served with mint and chilli sauce
had real depth of avour and, as
a starter, would be enough on
its own. e slow cooked lamb
shank with mash and a tomato
sauce (kuzu incik) was homely and
lling, if far from mind blowing,
and the chocolate fondant (sicak
cikolatali kek) ticked all the right
boxes. If you want traditional
Turkish, Ottomans isn’t a bad
option.
BILL FOR TWO: You’re talking
around the Dhs690 mark
without alcohol
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, Tue to Sun 7.30pm to 1am.
Tel: (04) 3176000. grosvenorhouse-
dubai.com
FILINI
CUISINE: Italian
MENU: Chef omas Marchi
has pulled out all the stops with an
imaginative array of fresh air at
Filini. Carpaccio di polpo (octopus
carpaccio) is the obvious standout
New summer menus: tested
The quiet summer
months are the
perfect time for
restaurants to test
out fresh ideas and
launch new menus.
Take your pick from
these beauties
antipasti, moist morsels of meat
simply but eectively presented
with lemon olive oil and rocket
leaves. e spaghetti alle vongole
(spaghetti with clams and cherry
tomatoes) keeps an oceanic theme
owing in pleasingly healthy
fashion. e good waistline karma
is dented a little by the semifreddo
al torroncino con salsa ai lamponi
(nougat semifreddo with raspberry
sauce), although its fruity tang at
least lends a nod to healthiness.
BILL FOR TWO:
Approximately Dhs340, without
alcohol
Radisson Blu Yas Island, Golf
Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
6pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6562000.
radissonblu.com

HAWKSBILL
CUISINE: International
MENU: Open throughout
Ramadan, you can start light
with vegetable spring rolls
brought to life by soya and plum
dip. e chicken makhani –
seared chopped chicken breast
with cashew nuts in tomato
gravy embellished by basmati
rice, roti and pickles – is the
most adventurous new main.
And for dessert? Classic sweet
blueberry cheesecake with glazed
strawberries.
BILL FOR TWO: Dhs250
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat
Island, Abu Dhabi, 6am to 10pm.
Tel: (02) 5578000. sbgolfclub.ae

JONES THE GROCER
CUISINE: Café
MENU: An ingenious pu crusted
true soup (perigord true stock
in crisp pu pastry) sets taste buds
tingling before a welcome menu
return for steak. Indeed, it would
be rude not to sample the 250g
char-grilled rib-eye drizzled in our
choice of green peppercorn sauce.
Sadly, there are no new dessert
options. at shouldn't stop you
yielding to temptation and ordering
the mini indulgence selection of
tarts and pastries.
BILL FOR TWO:
Approximately Dhs340,
without alcohol
Al Mamoura Building B, Muroor
and 15th Street, Abu Dhabi, Sun
to Thurs 8am to 11pm, Sat 9am
to 11pm. Tel: (02) 4438762; Pearl
Plaza Tower, next to Oryx Hotel,
Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to
Thurs 8am to 11pm, Sat 9am to
11pm. Tel: (02) 6395883; Garden
Plaza, Al Raha, Khalifa
City, Abu Dhabi,
Sun to Thurs
7.30am to
10.30pm, Fri
and Sat 8.30am
to 10.30pm.
Tel: (02) 5574882.
jonesthegrocer.com
INDEGO BY VINEET
CUISINE: Indian
MENU: As our favourite Indian
restaurant, any new menu at Indego
makes us sit up and take notice.
And the summer menu is a very
aordable sneak peek at what is
normally on oer at this Hot List
mainstay. e four courses on the
non-vegetarian set menu include a
couple of Indego’s signature dishes,
such as the excellent tandoori
salmon and the inventive marbled
chocolate samosa. e only fault
is the main course choice of either
chicken tikka or lamb rogan josh.
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Despite being well made and
presented, the option is rather
safe and doesn’t display just how
creative the kitchen at Indego really
is. Still, food of this quality is a
bargain for just Dhs250 per person.
BILL FOR TWO: Dhs250 per
person, with two glasses of wine
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, Tue to Sun 7.30pm to 1am.
Tel: (04) 3176000. grosvenorhouse-
dubai.com

CARAMEL
CUISINE: International
MENU: It is quite hard to
pigeonhole Caramel’s cuisine, and
the new summer additions to the
menu reect that diculty. ere
are some exceptional additions –
the salmon salad, the
spicy tuna roll, and
the glorious baked
Alaska – but some
items are slightly
o target, such as
the TNT shrimp,
which is far too creamy
and rather expensive. All in all,
though, a welcome renewal of the
menu.
BILL FOR TWO: Dhs600 with
a cocktail
DIFC, Building 3, 2nd Floor, Dubai,
11am to 2am, Tel: (04) 4256677.
caramelgroup.com
RODEO GRILL
CUISINE: Steakhouse
MENU: Tiny helpings or
overblown dishes aren’t really on
Rodeo Grill’s radar, so take it easy
by starting with an appetiser of
chicken liver pate, because the
hearty steak and mushroom pie is
a meat, veg and pastry joy sure to
keep you stued until dinner the
following evening. Aer that, it’s
probably wise to order a slightly
less plate-engulng dessert, and
the warm rhubarb and strawberry
tartlet is a sweet and charming
conclusion to proceedings.
BILL FOR TWO: Around
Dhs500
Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area,
Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6979000. rotana.com
WHITE ORCHID
CUISINE: Asian
MENU: e token Asian staples
are all here, including vegetable
spring rolls and chicken satay for
starters, but go for the crispy tiger
prawns, smothered in spicy wasabi
salsa, or the prawn salad (plaa
goong) avoured with lemongrass,
mint and ai coriander. e
Madam Pa's chicken curry lacked
spice and was terribly sweet, but
the roasted duck, with pineapple,
cherry tomatoes and roast lychee
in a red curry sauce, had us wiping
the plate clean. e wok-fried
snapper was overcooked and
without avour, but the stir-fried
beef and hot basil had plenty of
heat. White Orchid has everything
from Hong Kong-style favourites
to hand-rolled sushi and a range
of ai curries. It's a jack-of-all-
trades, but only a master of some.
BILL FOR TWO: Our meal cost
Dhs490 without alcohol
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai,
12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 814 5604.
jebelali-international.com
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36 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
EATING OUT
Sennara
Will One To One’s
new seafood
restaurant sink or
swim?
Hooking the nest catch, as any
sherman will doubtless tell you,
requires the perfect bait. And
Sennara (‘shhook’ in Arabic)
has many attractive facets sure to
entice its human prey.
Taking cues from traditional
shoreline cafés of the
quintessentially Lebanese variety,
Sennara’s catch of the day menu
arranges a lip-smacking display
of straight-from-the-boat
treats in raw form, ready for
pre-preparation deliberation.
e welcome is warm and the
décor – nets thronging the
ceilings and walls smattered with
other assorted seafaring props
– manages, just about, to avoid
going overboard. So far, so good.
A handful of light mezze
selections, including a zingy
fattoush, the patatas bravas-
esque batata harra (fried potato
cubes with tomato, green pepper
and onion) and consummately
presented classic, deep fried
calamari, all slipped down well.
But it was the mains that
impressed the most. e
shmonger’s arrangement
comprises rotating selections
priced by the kilo rather than
the serving – a welcome option
for those who, like us, prefer
dictating their own portion sizes.
You can also choose the cooking
method – char-grilled, deep-fried,
steamed or Provencal – and there
are sauces to suit every palate.
Anybody longing to pick their
dinner while it's still alive – select
from several ne specimens
of Australian spiny lobster,
Canadian lobster and mud crab –
can now indulge their crustacean-
based food fantasies, although
sadly when we visited Sennara’s
tank was still on the cusp of being
fully completed and stocked.
Without the lobester to tempt
In tweet form… Sennara sets sail (sorry)
to be one of the city’s best seafood
specialists. It’s early days yet, but so far,
so good… Follow us at WhatsOnDubai
and WhatsOnAbuDhabi
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Need to know
Location: One To One Hotel
– The Village, Al Salam
Street, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 4952000
Web: onetoonehotels.com
Open: Sun to Fri noon to
4pm and 8pm to midnight
Cuisine type: seafood
Must eat: char-grilled
kingsh
Bill for two: Dhs329
our taste buds, we opted for a
hearty steak of local favourite,
kingsh. Every drop of avour
is coaxed from the meaty
esh by charcoal grilling and
complemented smartly with
sautéed veg and handcut fries.
Delicious.
e dessert options were
limited, though by that point
you’ll doubtless be full enough to
need only a plate of the fresh cut
fruits. All in all, not the nest sh
in the ocean, but far from a bait
box tiddler.
CHI’ZEN
We’re fans of Chi’zen’s
rst branch in Dubai
Festival City for a
spot of lunch, so
the opening of
a branch in Mall
Of The Emirates is
welcome news. Like
most Chinese restaurants,
its menu is extensive and includes
the usual range of dishes from
barbecue-roasted duck to
kungpao chicken; the dierence
is the standard of ingredients and
Chi’Zen’s reliability. Far from your
typical mall fast food joint.
Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3549288
BARCELOS
Having opened 100
outlets across the
world, it was only
a matter of time
before Portuguese
fowl specialist
Barcelos arrived in
the UAE. Famed for its
spicy peri-peri chicken
dishes, Barcelos will soon be part
of your take-away rotation. If you
like Nando’s, odds on you’ll like
Barcelos.
Sama Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3425440
RED LOBSTER
Red Lobster has been
whipping up clam
chowder and grilling
crustaceans in the
US since 1968.
We’ve visited the
branch in Orlando,
Florida, and though
the ingredients
weren’t of the highest
quality – not that you’d expect
just out of the ocean freshness
from a fast food restaurant – it’s
a safe choice for the casual, value
for money diner.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3253131
It’s a good month
if you like your food
fast
A taste of
things to
come
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NEW
SUMMER
MENU
If we’re
looking
for dim
sum in
a hurry,
Ping Pong is
our rst port of call. We love
those little parcels of joy, so
we’ll certainly be checking out
the new Ping Pong summer
menu. The steamed lobster
dumplings, crab spring rolls
and refreshing mocktails are
all healthy options, too, so the
indulgence is fairly guilt-free.
Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3399088.
pingpongdimsum.ae
CURRY ON SPECTRUM
As if summer wasn’t hot
enough already,
Spectrum on
One’s Curry
And Hops
night is
cranking
up the
temperature
on Mondays.
With unlimited curry on oer,
the chefs will be dishing up
more Kashmiri rogan josh,
butter chicken and biryani than
you can shake a naan at. Even
better, there’s unlimited beer to
wash it all down with.
Spectrum on One, Fairmont
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3118316.
fairmont.com/dubai
GOOD VERSUS BAD
The Chinese
philosophy of
Yin and Yang
promotes
balancing
good and
bad – but
in the case
of the Sizzling
Wok's all-you-
can-
eat night challenges you to
ignore your good side and
indulge in the set menu of
Chinese platters and dim
sum. You wont feel too bad,
however, as it will only set you
back Dhs99. Tasty and cheap. A
ne balance, indeed.
Sizzling Wok, Citymax Hotel, Al
Mankhool, Bur Dubai, Dubai,
Dhs99, 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (04)
4078000. citymaxhotels.com
DIABETES MENU
Chefs from the
Millennium
Hotel have
been working
with diabetes
experts
from Mafraq
Hospital, to
create a menu
that is nutritionally
balanced and helps those with
diabetes to control levels of
blood glucose, blood fats, and
blood pressure.
Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 614 6000.
millenniumhotels.com
New Asian nights and bites
On the menu
TWITTER RECIPE
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140 characters
Chef Izi, La Petite Maison
La Petite Maison, DIFC, Gate Village 8, Dubai,
Sun to Fri noon to 2.30pm and 7pm to 11pm.
Tel: (04) 4390505. lpmdubai.ae
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400g GRILLED
RIB-EYE STEAK
Marinate rib-eye with green chili, garlic,
rosemary and olive oil. Season with rosemary
and garlic salt mixture. Grill. Serve.
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significant as we provide you the perfect
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friends and colleagues.
Join us at Horizon restaurant and
enjoy our lavish international buffet
which showcases traditional and
modern Arabic delicacies.
Treat the loved ones to an exceptional
Iftar buffet for only AED 135 per
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Ramadan beverages.

*Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge
and 10% municipality fee
For more information
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Break the fast in style
38 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
EATING OUT
Blue Rain
It opened quietly a
few months back,
but Ritz-Carlton’s Thai
restaurant is only
now starting to make
some noise. But is it
as good as word on
the street suggests?
We visited Ritz-Carlton’s DIFC
steak restaurant Center Cut
(their American spelling, not
ours) back in August, reporting
back that, although it was decent,
it was entirely bere of patronage.
In fact, aer its grand opening,
talk of the Ritz-Carlton seemed
to zzle and fade pretty quickly.
But recently, its ai restaurant,
Blue Rain, started to be dropped
into conversation – the kind of
conversations we have, anyway.
Word was it was worth a visit.
And who are we to argue with the
word – so time to revisit e Ritz.
On a Tuesday night the
restaurant was empty, but it
shouldn’t have been. ere are a
handful of laudable ai places
in the UAE – and Blue Rain
deserves to be counted among
them. Not least because the sta
are so enthusiastic about their
restaurant. Especially our waiter,
Nirut, who harbours a strong,
and not particularly well hidden,
desire to be a chef – he loves ai
food, and is ready and willing to
explain every little detail to you,
from avours and provenance to
how to devour particular dishes.
Current chef Sawai Krasian
creates food for Nirut and his
colleagues to be passionate
about. Of the soups, salads
and appetisers, the pick was an
exemplary tom yum soup – a
giant prawn, not overcooked as
they so oen are in this most
ubiquitous of broths, bobbing
about in a sour and spicy stock of
coconut, lemongrass, coriander,
mushrooms and lime. Also
good were the mieng kham
In tweet form… Blue Rain is better than
your average Thai. Order the wagyu
curry, and don’t miss the lunchtime
Express menu or Saturday Thaipas
Nights. Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and
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Need to know
Location: The Ritz-Carlton,
Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3722222
Web: ritzcarlton.com
Open: Sun to Thurs noon to
3pm and 6.30pm to 11pm,
Fri to Sat 6.30pm to 11pm
Cuisine type: Thai
Must eat: Panang nua wagyu
Bill for two: Dhs700
(without alcohol)
kung (prawn wrapped in a betel
leaf with ginger, lime, chilli and
coconut), gai hor bai toey (a
nubile nibble of chicken, again
wrapped in a leaf, this time
pandan, with crunchy noodles)
and some fresh popia sot, or ai
spring rolls. And nally, a tangy
papaya salad with fried catsh.
We were advised to try the
Panang beef curry (a speciality,
apparently), which, thankfully,
we did. Beef curries in ailand,
as the restaurant manager
reminded us, are oen made
with extremely tough beef from
the shabby local cattle stewed
for hours and thus lacking in
avour – not so at Blue Rain.
Made with melliuous wagyu,
steeped in a smooth curry sauce,
we can see why the punters love
it. But it’s not the be all and end
all; the grilled lamb rack in ‘holy
basil marinade’ also hit the spot,
especially accompanied by a
large helping of soupy morning
glory (water spinach). So called,
according to Nirut, because it
makes the eyes brighter, and one
has to wake up early to buy the
best of it.
A light, tea avoured panna
cotta, an attempt to create a
dessert with a ai twist that has
the advantage of a broad appeal
to all palates, was a success.
As is Blue Rain – dinner and a
culinary education, what more
could you ask for?
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38 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
EATING OUT
Blue Rain
It opened quietly a
few months back,
but Ritz-Carlton’s Thai
restaurant is only
now starting to make
some noise. But is it
as good as word on
the street suggests?
We visited Ritz-Carlton’s DIFC
steak restaurant Center Cut
(their American spelling, not
ours) back in August, reporting
back that, although it was decent,
it was entirely bere of patronage.
In fact, aer its grand opening,
talk of the Ritz-Carlton seemed
to zzle and fade pretty quickly.
But recently, its ai restaurant,
Blue Rain, started to be dropped
into conversation – the kind of
conversations we have, anyway.
Word was it was worth a visit.
And who are we to argue with the
word – so time to revisit e Ritz.
On a Tuesday night the
restaurant was empty, but it
shouldn’t have been. ere are a
handful of laudable ai places
in the UAE – and Blue Rain
deserves to be counted among
them. Not least because the sta
are so enthusiastic about their
restaurant. Especially our waiter,
Nirut, who harbours a strong,
and not particularly well hidden,
desire to be a chef – he loves ai
food, and is ready and willing to
explain every little detail to you,
from avours and provenance to
how to devour particular dishes.
Current chef Sawai Krasian
creates food for Nirut and his
colleagues to be passionate
about. Of the soups, salads
and appetisers, the pick was an
exemplary tom yum soup – a
giant prawn, not overcooked as
they so oen are in this most
ubiquitous of broths, bobbing
about in a sour and spicy stock of
coconut, lemongrass, coriander,
mushrooms and lime. Also
good were the mieng kham
In tweet form… Blue Rain is better than
your average Thai. Order the wagyu
curry, and don’t miss the lunchtime
Express menu or Saturday Thaipas
Nights. Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and
WhatsOnAbuDhabi
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Need to know
Location: The Ritz-Carlton,
Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3722222
Web: ritzcarlton.com
Open: Sun to Thurs noon to
3pm and 6.30pm to 11pm,
Fri to Sat 6.30pm to 11pm
Cuisine type: Thai
Must eat: Panang nua wagyu
Bill for two: Dhs700
(without alcohol)
kung (prawn wrapped in a betel
leaf with ginger, lime, chilli and
coconut), gai hor bai toey (a
nubile nibble of chicken, again
wrapped in a leaf, this time
pandan, with crunchy noodles)
and some fresh popia sot, or ai
spring rolls. And nally, a tangy
papaya salad with fried catsh.
We were advised to try the
Panang beef curry (a speciality,
apparently), which, thankfully,
we did. Beef curries in ailand,
as the restaurant manager
reminded us, are oen made
with extremely tough beef from
the shabby local cattle stewed
for hours and thus lacking in
avour – not so at Blue Rain.
Made with melliuous wagyu,
steeped in a smooth curry sauce,
we can see why the punters love
it. But it’s not the be all and end
all; the grilled lamb rack in ‘holy
basil marinade’ also hit the spot,
especially accompanied by a
large helping of soupy morning
glory (water spinach). So called,
according to Nirut, because it
makes the eyes brighter, and one
has to wake up early to buy the
best of it.
A light, tea avoured panna
cotta, an attempt to create a
dessert with a ai twist that has
the advantage of a broad appeal
to all palates, was a success.
As is Blue Rain – dinner and a
culinary education, what more
could you ask for?
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40 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 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
Rumours that the Michelin Red
Guide could appear in the UAE
by 2013 are enough to get most
chefs toques standing on end.
e thought of something as big
and sparkly as a Michelin star
to brag about must be the stu
of saucy dreams for the local
big-hitters. In fact, if you put
your ear to the ground and feel
a nascent rumble, that’ll be the
food and beverage PRs of the
Emirates, vibrating gently.
Exciting stu, there’s no
doubt. But just a month or so
aer a French restaurant handed
back its Michelin star, it has
to be asked: are Michelin stars
becoming an irrelevance?
Le Lisita – the only restaurant
to be awarded the accolade in the
southern French town of Nimes
– ooaded its star because the
demands of being a Michelin-
rated restaurant were just too
great. More sta had to be hired
to deliver the exacting level of
service required and costs went
up, driving punters away. Once
the restaurant reverted back to
its brasserie-style service, the
customers returned in their
droves. e food hadn’t changed.
e above case may be down to
the economic situation in Europe,
but there’s reason to believe
diners around the world are
looking for a more relaxed and
informal experience – without
compromising on the food.
ree Michelin stars
disappeared o the face of the
earth last month when El Bulli
closed for good. But the legendary
restaurant of Catalan chef Ferran
Adria has been superseded in
Barcelona by Tickets – a casual
tapas concept with a fairground
theme. Standards are still
impeccably high, of course, but
instead of having a snotty maître
d’ glare at you for picking up the
wrong spoon, the emphasis is on
having fun.
Perhaps Michelin will award
Adria’s latest venture a star?
at might be the catalyst for
changing the way Michelin
judges restaurants. But should we
really pay attention to a bunch
of self-important and stuy
inspectors with anal xations on
how many creases there are in a
folded napkin anyway?
Even the number one
restaurant in the world
(according to the San Pellegrino
World’s 50 Best Restaurants) has
yet to win its third Michelin star.
Yet you’ll have to be cryogenically
frozen and thawed out when
Aston Villa win the Premier
League [for which read, never
– Ed] to get a reservation at
Copenhagen’s Noma.
Don’t get me wrong. e kudos
that comes with Michelin stars
is something all chefs crave. But
by the time the Michelin guide
comes to the UAE – with all the
pyrotechnic promotional hoo-ha
that will involve – the light shed
from its coveted stars may well be
starting to zzle out.
“THERE’S REASON TO BELIEVE
DINERS AROUND THE WORLD
ARE LOOKING FOR A MORE
RELAXED AND INFORMAL
EXPERIENCE – WITHOUT
COMPROMISING ON THE FOOD”
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Al-Turki made a name
for himself charting the
physical development
of Dubai, a passion that
continues in his latest series,
Constructakons
How did you come to work in Dubai?
Well, I grew up in Saudi Arabia, where it was
said that the city’s people bathe in black gold.
When the time came to move on to higher
education I le in search of a dream, one that
was promised by ad campaigns and the giant
billboards in this new oasis called Dubai.
Your current exhibition charts the
continuing growth of the city. Why is that
so important to you?
‘Continuing growth’ – not any more, as one
can see; as the whalers of the city are now
realising, what goes up must come down. e
only thing that kept the momentum going
was a presence of a monster slowing down
the ship, but the wake of the boom is nally
catching up with the vessel.
Tell us a little about your fascination with
construction and machinery.
I’m just like any young boy who became
fascinated with machines and the way that
they can construct something out of nothing –
not on their own, obviously, but with the aid of
humans. e principal of shiing earth around
and forcing a change to what was laid by
nature and transforming the landscape into a
creation of their own is somewhat bewildering,
but has consequences in the long run, I believe.
As a photographic and video artist, are
you merely recording what you see or do
you put something more personal into
your subjects?
Artists have several ideas and judgments
about one thing; there must be a form of a
complex compassion between the receiver,
messenger and the message. So being an
observer is only a part of what is expected,
otherwise I would have been wildlife
photographer.
Building blocks
You rst came to attention with a series
recording the lives of Dubai’s migrant
workers. How did that come about?
e idea of the project Lis was that I would
give a li/ride to anyone who seemed to need
one, and by the wheels that turned in Dubai
all who did were the migrant workers who
put their hopes and dreams into the city. en
I ended up in Sanapor, a labour camp on the
city limits. Funnily enough, I think the name
translates to city of gold.
Why does Dubai remain such an
interesting subject for you?
In pre-recession, the city was a test subject
to the whims and the ideas that any human
could come up with. Whatever they dreamed
of, everyone was ready to lay their life on the
line for it – cites in the sky, vertical gardens
in the desert, underwater hotels, islands
dropped in the sea, canals running for miles
through the dry deserts. I guess in a sense
that an old proverb could work here – ‘No
one ever thinks that the well will run dry’, and
that is what fascinated me about Dubai in the
past. Now being a part of the city that gave all
the opportunities I could have ever dreamed
of is something special, unforgettable and I’m
hopeful for what comes next. But only time
will tell.
Until Aug 31, Gallery 2, The Pavilion
Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard,
Downtown Dubai, free. pavilion.ae
Paint charts
Take advantage of the quiet
summer season with the Jam
Jar’s cut-price rates for painting sessions.
With prices starting from as little as Dhs35
for a seven-inch-square canvas, there’s no
reason for you not to add it to your list of
summer resolutions (see page 46). Picasso,
your canvas awaits!
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NEW WORKS: NARGESS HASHEMI
The Iranian artist’s solo show reopens after a short summer nap. The
fascination in Hashemi’s drawings of traditional Iranian ceremonies
and celebrations lies in the subtext. Not only do they speak of her
awkwardness in relation to such aairs, but drawn as they are from
real events, they reveal the clash between ‘traditional’ Iran and its
recent political struggles. Fascinating.
Aug 15 to 31, Gallery IVDE, Unit 17, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3235052. ivde.net
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DIVISION BY ZERO
Carbon 12 presents one of the
strongest of this year’s crop of
summer exhibitions. Anahita
Razmi, Mathias Garnitschnig,
Aamir Habib and Florian Hafel
explore the criss-crossing
boundaries of contemporary
art, investigating the path from
concept to form between the
personal and the political.
Until Sept 15, Carbon 12,
Warehouse D37, Al Serkal
Avenue, Dubai. Tel: (050) 4644392.
carbon12dubai.com
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STEPHANO GALLI
The Italian artist takes up
residence at Abu Dhabi’s The
Social Hub café throughout
this month. We think their
colourful slice-of-life scenes are
a little reminiscent of popular
British artist Beryl Cook (minus
her trademark fat ladies). Not
challenging, perhaps, but just
the thing to brighten up a long
summer’s day.
Until Aug 31, The Social Hub, 2454
Bldg 4, Al Salam Street, Khalifa
Park, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4411117
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POSITION, VELOCITY, ACCELERATION
Rather appropriately, this group exhibition at XVA takes summer as its
focus. Seven artists stick more or less loosely to the theme, including
Sami al Karim, Nelda Gilliam and Caroline Krop. Loredana Mantello’s
Sea Serpent is staggering for its scale alone.
Until Sept 19, XVA Gallery DIFC, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC, off Zabeel
Road, Dubai. Tel: (056) 1032766. xvagallery.com
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ART EUPHORIA
Artist and gallerist Cynthia Reta Richards presents a solo show of
her own work this month. Expect to see much of her trademark
colour and pattern, mixed with a rich geometry. And on August 23
the gallery’s monthly Art & Coee event will be looking at how ‘art
soothes’, with Ayushy Sajnani.
Until Aug 31, Art Couture Gallery, Blue Al Fattan Marine Towers, The Walk,
JBR, between the Ritz Carlton and Hilton hotels, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3994331.
artcoutureuae.com
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46 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
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. Do you have
an art question for Charles? E-mail:
editor-wo@motivate.ae
THE ART INSIDER
ARTS
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What inspires your
work?
My wonderful mother's
small talk was the rst
thing that helped me to
create my paintings. My works
are heavy with colours and fonts,
amulets and icons, the life of the
people of my country and everyone
who is full of creative anarchy. They
represent beauty ghting back
against the forces of ignorance,
disease and stagnant minds,
because beauty alone puts man on
the purest and highest level of life.
Your canvases are full of imagery
– what’s behind that?
The experience of transforming my
work on paper, with all its elements,
to a work of art on canvas was one of
my dreams after my work about the
Euphrates and the Syrian desert was
exhibited in Paris in 1992. I became
obsessed with the idea of adapting
the work of art and its subjects into
other assets that may riot against the
human and turn into other objects.
Describe your work in three
words…
Love and life.
Until Sept 6, Aspen, Kempinski
Hotel, Dubai, free. vindemia2010.
dukkanarabia.com
Syrian artist
Aboud Salman
Five minutes
with...
Think summer camps are just for kids? Think
again. DIAC has a list of activities to get any
grown-up’s creative juices owing. Fancy
channelling your inner Monet? Then there’s
a short course in impressionist painting. Or
perhaps Van Gough’s fervent, thickly daubed
paint is where you see your talent developing?
Then it would be the weekly palette knife
painting course for you. To learn more about a
traditional art form, there is Arabic calligraphy.
Or you could take your genre o the page
completely with a lesson in sculpture, pottery,
dress pattern making, photography, knitting,
crochet or stued toy making: the list, while
not quite endless, is certainly exhaustive.
artdubai.com
Learning Zone
Having covered the pricing of artworks
in my last column, I will now delve into the
oen-tricky world of authenticity.
When buying a work of art, a certificate
of authenticity should always be requested
from the seller. It acts as a warranty that
gives you the right to reclaim your funds if
the work turns out to be an outright fake
or has perhaps been predated by the artist
to add more to its value. The artwork in
question may have been looted, and there
have been instances when the seller is
unauthorised in their dealings, that is he or
she is not the legal owner (who in this case
would be unaware of the sale). If something
unpleasant arises in the future, and if there
is proof that there was intent to deceive, it
is this certificate or printed warranty that

gives you the right to reclaim, as well as sue
for damages.
All galleries, art dealers and auction
houses have a responsibility to supply such
documents to the buyer if requested. One
way to ensure that the information provided
is correct is to buy the work from the recog-
nised agent of the artist. ere was a case, in
New Delhi in 2009, which was well reported
internationally, when SH Raza turned up at
his own show and stated that a few of the
works displayed were by him, but that most
were fake.
e show was organised by an unauthor-
ised dealer and the work came from the sec-
ondary market. When you can, buy artwork
from the recognised gallery that represents
the artist, whom in turn can, and will, liaise
with the artist on your behalf.
In relation to auction houses, Sotheby’s will
supply certicates of authenticity when and
where available, as will Bonham’s. e senior
legal counsel of Christie’s informed me by e-
mail that: “Christie’s does not issue certicates
of authenticity.” Christie’s states in its list what
is guaranteed, this being what is listed in the
catalogue in upper case script only – anything
else they do not guarantee.
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We drag the oh-so stylish Sophia
Serin 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
SOPHIA SAYS...
I often wear ip-ops for work and
need to up my game, but don’t want to
wear heels. What style of at should I be
looking for?
Sylvia, Abu Dhabi
You can’t go wrong with a chic pair of ballet
ats. Depending on your budget, New Look
have some cheap and cheerful options, but if
you want to walk the designer route Repetto
or French Sole are a stylish option. You can
wear these slippers with a skirt, jeans or day
dress and the best part – you will be comfy,
as well as chic.
I am travelling this month and my wife
has told me to ditch the backpack
and buy some new luggage – any
suggestions?
Farid, Sharjah
e backpack has denitely got to go, as
these are only acceptable for people under
the age of 21. Head to Samsonite for good
quality luggage that will last a lifetime, and
bon voyage.
I love the colour-
blocking look this
season, but it seems like
a passing trend – how
can I incorporate this
look into my wardrobe
without spending too
much money?
Anna, Dubai.
Buy from the high street.
You won’t care as much
when you throw out a
Dhs100 dress from H&M than you would
a Dhs10,000 number from Gucci.
The strap on my Mulberry Alexa bag has
snapped – is there anyone in the UAE who
can repair it? And sort out the scumarks,
too?
Sarah, Dubai
I would denitely take it back to the place of
purchase. is bag is so new to the market
that it really should not be falling apart
just yet. is might be a problem if you are
pushed for time, as they may need to send the
bag back to England, but good things take
time. If they refuse to x it, try Minutes in
e Dubai Mall for the strap and scumarks.
Whenever you buy a new bag (or shoes) it
is vital to spray it with protector before you
take it out for its rst wear – this will keep the
scumarks at bay and protect from things like
drink spills, dust and general wear and tear.
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SUMMER SCENTS
CALVIN KLEIN
CK One Summer
A summery twist on the 1990s classic,
CK One Summer has a long-lasting
citrus smell, fresh packaging and a tres
reasonable price tag, making it a must-
have for the young ‘uns out there. But a
word of caution, as it is unisex, there is a
slightly masculine edge.
Dhs185 for 100ml
BECKHAM
Intimately Yours For Her
This is more of a cleaning product
than a summer fragrance, smelling
articial and fairly unpleasant. On the
bright side, the scent fades quickly.
Perhaps the Beckhams should stick to
socialising and choosing bizarre names
for their spawn.
Dhs195 for 75ml
JEANPAUL GAULTIER
Classique
The striking packaging raised our
hopes, but the initial scent was a let
down. Although distinct, the lemony
aroma was reminiscent of the hot
annels you’re given on a plane. It’s nice
for the dressing table, but not the nose.
Dhs283 for 100ml
MARC JACOBS
Daisy Eau So Fresh
Sweet smelling with a oral, fruity
twist, Daisy Eau So Fresh has a playful,
feminine personality and the bottle
makes owning a bit of Marc Jacobs
design eau so easy. A woody note
follows the initial owery whi, which
is pleasant but it doesn’t last long.
Dhs440 for 125ml
GUESS
Seductive Wild Summer
Youthful and pretty, Guess’ new perfume
is a long-lasting blend of pear, lychee,
berries and vanilla that is inspired by hot
summer nights. Think Brazil rather than
Barsha, this is an exotic scent design to
seduce. Lock up your sons.
Dhs175 for 50ml
KENZO
L’eau De Kenzo Amour
The dominant notes of vanilla, subtle
oral accents and hints of orange
attract a more mature audience to this
summer scent, but sadly it fades fast.
We loved the packaging, but sadly
aesthetic appeal isn’t enough when
you’re buying perfume.
Dhs327 for 70ml
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Dancing Ribbon
At the pricier end of the scale, but
undoubtedly worth it, Nina Ricci’s
new scent practically reeks of holiday
romance. No, not Hawaiian Tropic and
teenage boys, Dancing Ribbon has
sweet berry notes and is distinctive
enough for evenings, too.
Dhs225 for 50ml
DAVIDOFF
Cool Water Summer Dive
Fresh, clean and simple, you’ll sni out
hints of lemon lingering after the initial
scent of zesty melon. A great daytime
fragrance, it’s not strong enough for
the evening, but is really refreshing
and ideal for the under-25s.
Dhs190 for 100ml
ISSEY MIYAKE
L’eau D’Issey Summer
The intriguing smell of this scent is just
as unique as its packaging – bold and
bright. A new take on Miyake’s popular
perfume, the crisp smell of pear with a
woody base note has a lasting eect,
perfect for a long summer day.
Dhs288 for 100ml
BULGARI
Mon Jasmin Noir
Bulgari’s new perfume embodies
modern sophistication, while pitching
to a younger audience than the
original Jasmin Noir. It has a musky
base with oral top notes, resulting
in a ladylike fragrance with a hint of
mystery. Expensive, but high quality.
Dhs320 for 50ml
GUCCI
Guilty
Gucci’s latest oering is well suited to
fans of fresh scents, with a mix of pink
pepper, peach and mandarin creating
a sophisticated aroma. It’s more grown-
up than many on the market, and
would be a good choice for a romantic
dinner a deux.
Dhs390 for 75ml
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Saharienne
Saharienne promises to be an ideal
summer scent, contrasting the warmer
desert aromas with more fresh, cooler
accents to give a powerful and exotic
blend. The result is an edgy, unusual
mix with a spicy side that we took
quite the fancy to.
Dhs295 for 75ml
Find a new signature perfume, or the perfect olfactory
companion to your wardrobe, with the latest summer
fragrances
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CALVIN KLEIN
CK One Summer
A summery twist on the 1990s classic,
CK One Summer has a long-lasting
citrus smell, fresh packaging and a tres
reasonable price tag, making it a must-
have for the young ‘uns out there. But a
word of caution, as it is unisex, there is a
slightly masculine edge.
Dhs185 for 100ml
BECKHAM
Intimately Yours For Her
This is more of a cleaning product
than a summer fragrance, smelling
articial and fairly unpleasant. On the
bright side, the scent fades quickly.
Perhaps the Beckhams should stick to
socialising and choosing bizarre names
for their spawn.
Dhs195 for 75ml
JEANPAUL GAULTIER
Classique
The striking packaging raised our
hopes, but the initial scent was a let
down. Although distinct, the lemony
aroma was reminiscent of the hot
annels you’re given on a plane. It’s nice
for the dressing table, but not the nose.
Dhs283 for 100ml
MARC JACOBS
Daisy Eau So Fresh
Sweet smelling with a oral, fruity
twist, Daisy Eau So Fresh has a playful,
feminine personality and the bottle
makes owning a bit of Marc Jacobs
design eau so easy. A woody note
follows the initial owery whi, which
is pleasant but it doesn’t last long.
Dhs440 for 125ml
GUESS
Seductive Wild Summer
Youthful and pretty, Guess’ new perfume
is a long-lasting blend of pear, lychee,
berries and vanilla that is inspired by hot
summer nights. Think Brazil rather than
Barsha, this is an exotic scent design to
seduce. Lock up your sons.
Dhs175 for 50ml
KENZO
L’eau De Kenzo Amour
The dominant notes of vanilla, subtle
oral accents and hints of orange
attract a more mature audience to this
summer scent, but sadly it fades fast.
We loved the packaging, but sadly
aesthetic appeal isn’t enough when
you’re buying perfume.
Dhs327 for 70ml
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NINA RICCI
Dancing Ribbon
At the pricier end of the scale, but
undoubtedly worth it, Nina Ricci’s
new scent practically reeks of holiday
romance. No, not Hawaiian Tropic and
teenage boys, Dancing Ribbon has
sweet berry notes and is distinctive
enough for evenings, too.
Dhs225 for 50ml
DAVIDOFF
Cool Water Summer Dive
Fresh, clean and simple, you’ll sni out
hints of lemon lingering after the initial
scent of zesty melon. A great daytime
fragrance, it’s not strong enough for
the evening, but is really refreshing
and ideal for the under-25s.
Dhs190 for 100ml
ISSEY MIYAKE
L’eau D’Issey Summer
The intriguing smell of this scent is just
as unique as its packaging – bold and
bright. A new take on Miyake’s popular
perfume, the crisp smell of pear with a
woody base note has a lasting eect,
perfect for a long summer day.
Dhs288 for 100ml
BULGARI
Mon Jasmin Noir
Bulgari’s new perfume embodies
modern sophistication, while pitching
to a younger audience than the
original Jasmin Noir. It has a musky
base with oral top notes, resulting
in a ladylike fragrance with a hint of
mystery. Expensive, but high quality.
Dhs320 for 50ml
GUCCI
Guilty
Gucci’s latest oering is well suited to
fans of fresh scents, with a mix of pink
pepper, peach and mandarin creating
a sophisticated aroma. It’s more grown-
up than many on the market, and
would be a good choice for a romantic
dinner a deux.
Dhs390 for 75ml
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Saharienne
Saharienne promises to be an ideal
summer scent, contrasting the warmer
desert aromas with more fresh, cooler
accents to give a powerful and exotic
blend. The result is an edgy, unusual
mix with a spicy side that we took
quite the fancy to.
Dhs295 for 75ml
Find a new signature perfume, or the perfect olfactory
companion to your wardrobe, with the latest summer
fragrances
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54 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
SHOPPING
THE STRANGER’S CHILD
Alan Hollinghurst
The latest novel from literary giant
Alan Hollinghurst – his rst outing
since winning the 2004 Man
Booker-Prize for The Line Of Beauty
– spans 95 years from 1913 to
2008. But the subject throughout
is young, aristocratic poet Cecil Valance and
a poem written before he heads o to ght,
and die, in WW1. Valance scribbles the work
in question in the diary belonging to a friend’s
sister during a debauched weekend at Two
Acres – a majestic villa in the London suburbs.
And, as Hollinghurst guides us into the new
millennium, it is that solitary work that serves
as the driving force of what is a sophisticated
and absorbing story, as the impact of Cecil’s
weekend at Two Acres is slowly revealed.
HERRING ON THE NILE
LC Tyler
Ethelred Tressider is a struggling
writer attempting to breathe
new life into his career by
embarking on a trip down the
Nile. However, almost as soon as
the boat sets o, a passenger is found dead
– murder is afoot, and everyone is a suspect.
Tyler is clearly a fan of the queen of crime
ction, Agatha Christie – even the title is a nod
to the mistress of murder mystery – but that’s
by no means a bad thing. With dark wit and
shady characters, Tyler’s contemporary spin on
a Christie-esque tale of intrigue and adventure
is at worst an entertaining homage, and at
best an exhilarating read.
IN DEFENCE OF DOGS
John Bradshaw
The age-old question beckons:
if dogs could talk, then what
would they say? It is this poser
that biologist, and all-round dog
man, John Bradshaw attempts to
answer in his book, In Defence Of
Dogs. The book looks into the evolution of the
canine, from being kept for working purposes
to their more common role as a domesticated
pet and, in many cases, a member of the family.
Having studied the behaviour of domestic dogs
for over 25 years, the author proposes modern
ideas of the role of dogs and the way they are
understood by contemporary society.
All available from Magrudy’s, Borders,
Jashanmal and Kinokuniya
The
bookworm
Recommendations from
our wriggly, book-reading
friend
THE BLOG
e holidays are here, and for most
of us it’s a chance to escape the
heat of the Emirates and head to
a country where the average daily
temperature isn’t 45 degrees – and
rising. And with a summer trip
comes the inevitable wardrobe
meltdown, which, for some people,
means a chance to ‘go wild’. What
is it about the holidays that bring
normally sane, relatively well-
dressed men and women out in
ridiculous wardrobe attire? Shorts
and oce shoes (boys, you know
who you are), see-through white
dresses (crime against fashion)
Hawaiian shirts, Speedos – they
all scream ‘bad holiday wardrobe’.
And, judging by the Facebook
photos already popping up, no-one
is safe from this phenomenon.
ere’s nothing like a Speedo-
wearing perpetrator in the
background of your holiday snaps
to ruin a new potential prole pic.
I remember one aernoon when
the beautiful view of the Indian
Ocean from my remote island
getaway in the Maldives was spoilt
by the outline of a rather large and
tubby man in a very tiny pair of
shorts – not nice.
In fact, things were so bad
amongst the British population
that last summer a list of what
not to wear when on holiday was
compiled by Heathrow Airport.
At the top of the list were beach
thongs. is awful, dental oss-
sized beachwear, so popular with
Britney Spears and sleazy nightclub
owners, might give you an ‘all
over tan’ but it’s the ultimate in
In this month’s blog, lovestyle.com
editor and blogger Primrose
Skelton gives us some tips on
what not to pack. Hint: burn the
bad taste. Next up were socks and
sandals – although this has been a
recent catwalk trend, I can verify it is
a look for supermodels and fashion
designers only.
For me ‘crazzzzyyy’ neon, bum
bags, Bermuda shorts, Crocs and
the wrong swimwear are all holiday
fashion monstrosities.
Of course, style and holidays can be
great partners; it just takes a push in
the right direction.
Firstly, remember that just because
you are abroad, it doesn’t mean
you can’t be stylish. OK, so you
might not see anyone you know for
a couple of weeks (other than the
people who are away with you –
show some respect) but for your own
self-worth try to pick pieces that still
represent who you are.
Ladies – the S/S11 trend of colour
blocking is great for a capsule
wardrobe while away. Take one
bright skirt, and mix and match
with a couple of dierent coloured
vests. Zara and Topshop have a great
selection. Next up, grab a maxi dress
– or two. ey are cool and versatile,
plus buy in light cotton and you
won’t have to worry about creases.
Gladiator ats in gold or silver will
work well with dresses and jeans,
while Havaianas are ideal for the
beach and sightseeing. Boys – think
tailored cotton shorts, dark jeans, a
couple of T-shirts, a few nice tted
shirts, loafers and ip-ops.
Both sexes should wear Ray-Ban
aviators, a trilby and a laid-back attitude.
Happy holidays!
Primrose Skelton is the editor of
lovestyle.com
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DVD
THE ADJUSTMENT
BUREAU
(Universal Pictures)
While the trailer has you expecting two
hours of Matt Damon running away
from men with fedoras, The Adjustment
Bureau is actually a well-paced lm that
tries hard not to rely on action-heavy
sequences (until the last 20 minutes,
anyway), and more on the relationship
between the two protagonists. Damon plays an
ambitious politician, David Norris, whose life is turned
on its head after a chance meeting with Elise (Emily
Blunt), a beautiful ballerina – but was their meeting
really by chance?
Out now
ALBUM
DAVID GUETTA
NOTHING BUT THE BEAT
(EMI)
Feather-fringed Frenchman David
Guetta’s fth studio album shows o
his mega-star status with a host of big
name guesting alongside the dance
doyen. And if Guetta’s transition to fully-
edged popstar was ever in doubt, then
this is an album that clearly sets the
record straight, as Guetta and chums
Snoop Dogg, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Usher and
will.i.am show o their lyrical prowess.
Out now
GAME
UFC PERSONAL TRAINER: THE
ULTIMATE FITNESS SYSTEM
THQ for Xbox360 and PS3
The UFC ghting crew throw their hats
into the gaming tness ring, with their
version of personal training, ghting
style. Using the motion detecting
Kinect or Playstation Move, users ght
and kick their way through a specially
programmed workout. You can select
from either pre-made or customised
workouts, or even follow 30-day
programmes if you’re dedicated, but
either way make sure you like throwing
a lot of air punches and kicks.
Out now
Playlist
The pick of this month’s
new releases
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p63 Spa news
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The
verdict
Life changing treatment, or utterly terrifying? We don the
protective glasses and let a laser tackle the stubble trouble
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During wintery months in cold countries, our
legs, under arms and bikini lines are hidden
beneath layers of 60 denier tights and swathes
of wool, allowing a cosy cocoon of ignorance.
Not so in the UAE, when each weekend seems
to oer up beaches, boat parties and brunches,
all in the glaring sunlight. Rogue hairs seem
magnied, one-day growth looms like the Black
Forest and good luck if you are a stranger to the
waxer’s table. So what to do?
To quote Dr Evil, we need a sophisticated
heat beam, which we call “a laser”. Many use
a machine called Cynosure, which is one of
the most eective methods of permanent
hair removal; most clients require three to six
sessions to become fuzz-free forever. Quick
word of warning to the blondes though – lasers
aren’t for you; the technique ‘explodes’ the
pigmentation in the hair, which destroys the
follicle and ultimately leads to smooth skin. So
while you might think fair, ne fur would be
easy to get rid of, it’s actually dark, coarse hair
that yields the best results.
For those of you who incorporate hair
removal into your monthly grooming regime,
view the laser approach like buying a house,
an investment, while temporary methods like
epilating, removal creams and waxing are more
like renting.
Hair
today...
Think laser hair removal
is for girls? Not so: it’s fast
becoming a grooming
essential for fellas, too
WHY? Simple: clearing hair in unsightly
places. male customers at clinic Silkor have
backs, stomachs, chests, toes and even ngers
turned into hairless expanses smoother than
the proverbial baby’s backside.
HOW? First, obviously, select the desired area.
I went for my stomach, not least as the pain
increases closer to the bone. A pen guideline
is sketched out in macabre Frankenstein’s
monster manner, before a trimmer and
disposable razor begin the initial, err,
deforestation. Then comes the laser, a small
handheld gun the size of a barcode scanner,
dragged across the skin and lubricated with
gel reminiscent of antenatal scans.
PAIN FACTOR? With a prickling, pulling
sensation that feels like hair being tweezered
from the inside, therapist Patricia warns this
isn’t a relaxing treatment. It is bearable – just
– although the sizzled follicle odour hardly
heightens enjoyment.
RESULTS? One session isn’t permanent;
several more are required for that eect.
But once heat rash-esque irritation subsides,
I’m left with a stomach covered in stubbly
hair roots that gradually fall out. A follow-
up session ten days later completes the
zapping process.
Silkor, Villa 1, Zayed The First Street,
Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs400 per
session. Tel: (02) 6816070. silkor.com
Dubai’s Beach Road is lined with clinics
oering the service, including EuroMed.
Rebecca Treston, our practitioner, whips up
her trouser leg to demonstrate shins that look
like they’ve always been hairless. It’s quite
extraordinary. Filled with condence, we hop up
on the table and put on some protective glasses
and aer shaving the unwanted hair, Rebecca
gets to work with a small laser, administered via
a pen-shaped gun. Depending on the body part
you’re treating – clearly some areas are more,
well, sensitive than others – your reaction will
range from ‘is that all?’ to ‘yeowwww!’ but each
session takes mere minutes, numbing gel is used
and the heat generated by the laser quickly cools
down. Aerwards, some people might suer
from tenderness or blisters, but it’s rare and a
quick slick of a healing cream will sooth any
discomfort. With a wait of a month between
sessions, it’s best to leave the blitzed area alone
if you can and it took four trips to leave us hair-
free. Do our shins measure up to Rebecca’s? Yes.
It’s weird – as if stubble never grew there. Bye-
bye razors and having hair ripped away with
wax. Forever. Gotta love technological advances.
Rebecca Treston @ Euromed Clinic,
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai,
from Dhs250 per session. Tel: (04) 3945422.
euromedclinicdubai.com
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What? Gelish French mani-pedi
Country of origin? France
Where can I try it? Tips & Toes
What does it involve? French manicures are characterised
by natural, pink polish with white at the tips and are thought to
have been introduced in Paris during the 18th century. Times
they are a-changing, though, and new techniques have been
developed to make your mani-pedi last longer. Gelish is a soak-
o gel polish that, after nails are clipped, led and bued, is
applied in layers (base coat, polish, white tip, polish, white tip,
polish and top coat – phew), each sealed with a 30-second blast
of UV light, promising no chipping or peeling for up to three
weeks. The process takes longer than your usual trip to the nail
salon (we started to get a numb bum after an hour and a half ),
but promises the durability of acrylic nails, without the damage.
Does it work? Instead of looking like scary false nails, this
mani-pedi looks like your own nails – but better. The big
bonus for clumsy types is that because the gel is ‘set’ by the
UV light, you leave the salon with rock-hard polish, so there’s
no danger of smudging and cursing the second you leave.
The only downside is not being able to remove it with nail
varnish remover and a cotton wool pad – you need to soak
your ngertips in acetone for ve minutes then scrape it o, or
go to the salon for the therapists to do it. Still, Gelish saves on
the weekly mani-pedis and looks so good chances are you’ll be
back to try it again anyway.
Details: Tips & Toes, various branches, Dhs240. Tel: (04) 3492918.
tipsntoeshaven.com
What? Ku Nye massage
Country of origin? Tibet
Where can I try it? The Spa at Ritz-Carlton DIFC
What does it involve? Forget Mount Everest, anti-Chinese
occupation campaigns and, um, yaks; Tibet also has a rich history
of traditional medicines and therapies to experience. The Ku Nye
massage would be ideal if you’ve been hiking in the Himalayas,
but is equally useful for straightening you out after a week of
pounding the mean streets of Manhattan and a 14-hour ight, as
we found out. It aims to balance the ve elements in your body
with ve essential oils, using Tibetan techniques of massage,
kneading, acupressure on meridian points and cupping. The
spa also incorporates hot herb poultices and stones, with the
therapist working on each limb, leaving heat behind to soothe
and detoxify.
Does it work? Maybe it was the jetlag. Maybe it was the
warm stones. Who knows? But after 15 minutes of stretching,
muscle manipulation and massage, it was sleep central. The
Ku Nye treatment left us refreshed, with the therapist working
on pressure points to energise the body. The combination of
snoozing, moisturising oils and knot-busting beat the body clock
blues and we strolled out recharged.
Details: The Spa, Ritz-Carlton DIFC, DIFC, Dubai, Dhs600 for 80
minutes. Tel: (04) 3722222. ritzcarlton.com
Totally tropical
Try the world’s best treatments from the
comfort of the spa. This month month
we take trips to Tibet and France for a
massage and a mani-pedi
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Totally tropical
Speak up
Terrified of public speaking? Improve your
communication skills. Coach and consultant
Jacqueline Harris breaks down how…
What are the most common
mistakes people make in their
communications?
One of the biggest I come across
is overuse of e-mail, assuming
that it’s the most ecient
method. It’s oen not the best
or most appropriate method for
the message or the receiver. I go
into businesses and talk about
how e-mails are used in an oce:
people will say they e-mail the
person at the desk next to them.
Has overuse of e-mail and the
Internet significantly affected
people’s skills?
I think so. Fundamentally
beneath communications skills
is the rapport and connection
you have with the people you’re
communicating with. It’s very
dicult when it’s a screen in
front of you rather than a person.
ink through what you want to
communicate and what’s the best
method to do that.
What are your top tips for
public speaking?
I really can’t underestimate
the importance of prepara-
tion, planning and practicing.
When I work with people who
put the proper preparation in,
they reduce their nerves hugely,
because they feel a lot more
condent in what they’re saying,
and come across a lot more
professional. Make eye contact
with everyone in the audience.
Be comfortable with silence.
Make sure your body language
and tone of voice supports what
you’re saying.
Are there any other important
things to remember?
Bring your personality across.
Sometimes, in business, we feel
that we can’t do that. People buy
from people, so remember to
bring personality into the pres-
entation of any communication.
On a personal level, improving
your communication skills will
help with raising your prole,
establishing credibility and
enhancing career prospects.
Professional Coaching
International, Abu Dhabi. Tel:
(050) 9087434. E-mail: shan.
veillard@pciperformance.com.
pciperformance.com
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and spend more quality
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month of Ramadan at
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Dubai Media City.
During this month of
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welcomes you with a
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traditional Iftar Buffet
at sundown for only
AED 99 per person
or AED 119 including
fresh juices, coffee and
tea.

For private or group
Iftar bookings,
corporate packages are
available on request.
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Dubai Media City
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62 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
His ‘n’ hers
We head to the dunes to unwind at Al Maha Resort’s Timeless spa
His Hers
TALK US THROUGH IT
Fear not, you won’t emerge
from this massage smelling of
camels. e treatment begins
with some body brushing, then
it’s on to a full body rub-down
with gentle stretching, using
relaxing, balancing or energising
aromatherapy oils.
THE BEST BIT
Instead of staring through the
hole in the massage table at a
ower in a bowl, there’s a tiny
sandpit within arms reach so you
can ddle with that. e shoulder
rub was excellent, too.
ANY AWKWARD MOMENTS?
e therapist had some good
chat, and I got an attack of the
TALK US THROUGH IT
is detoxifying massage serves
up half an hour of exfoliation
and basting in algae, before being
tightly wrapped in foil and le
to gently heat while enjoying a
head massage. is is followed
by a shower to remove the algae
and an hour-long massage with
detox oil.

BEST BIT
Call me childish, but I enjoyed
blasting the algae o in the shower
with the nine, count them, nine
jets. It made me feel like I was
going through a car wash.

AWKWARD MOMENTS
Not really, other than realising
that my entire body had been
painted green, except for my
nipples.

HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
By the end of the rst half an
hour, they were covered in algae,
but a second pair kept me fresh
for the massage. In one word:
supportive.

SLEEP FACTOR
e massage was extremely
relaxing, but also gave my
stressed-out shoulders and back
a good working, so no danger
of falling asleep. ere was too
much enjoyment to be had from
the stress absconding to waste it
by falling asleep.
giggles for no apparent reason. I
also had to be shaken awake. So
two fairly awkward moments.
You can’t take me anywhere.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
Stretchy mini-shorts. None of
your papery pants here. Very
good indeed.
SLEEP FACTOR?
High. Very. Embarrassingly so.
But I woke up feeling refreshed
rather than disorientated, so
major points for that.
WHO SHOULD GET INVOLVED?
If you need some serious time
out, have aching muscles and
want to enjoy a spa session in a
stunning location then, get thee
to the Al Maha.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
Dhs370 for one hour, or take
advantage of Al Maha’s Summer
Indulgence package (Dhs1,200)
which includes a 60-minute
treatment, use of the pool, spa
facilities and lunch.
ALGAE DETOX
MASSAGE THERAPY
DESERT AROMA
MASSAGE
Al Maha, Dubai Desert
Conservation Reserve, Dubai,
8am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 8329900.
al-maha.com
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
Anyone – the staff are
incredibly funny, and seem to
really enjoy their work. Anyone
looking for a retreat from the
city should make the visit,
as the spa also benefits from
an enormous infinity pool
overlooking the desert.

HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
e Algae Detox Massage
erapy costs Dhs600 for 90
minutes of total escapism from
everyday life.
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Spa news
Beauty bargains and extraordinary
offers to enjoy this month
SARAY SPA
Get in touch with local traditions this Ramadan
at Saray Spa. Through the use of ancient healing
techniques, the elasticity-granting fruit enzyme
facial (Dhs230) and the replenishing lemon and
mint body polish (Dhs190) will revive you in a swift
hour. Say goodbye to A/C-ruined skin.
Until Sept 30, Saray Spa, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai
Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3194000. marriott.com
JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA
Leave your little monsters in the kids’ club while
you enjoy a weekend spa treat at Jebel Ali
Golf Resort & Spa and unwind with either a 60-
minute massage or foot reexology (Dhs495).
This summer treat also includes a lunch buet
and access to both the pool and beach.
Until Aug 31, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai. Tel: (04) 8145555.
jebelali-international.com

SENSO WELLNESS CENTRE
Feel the need to relax but don’t know what to
choose? It seems The Senso Wellness Centre
has the solution. The three and half hour August
special (Dhs700) includes a Swedish massage,
body polish and wrap, an energising facial, and the
choice of either a manicure or pedicure. Top to toe body blitzing.
Until Aug 31, Senso Wellness Centre, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai
Media City. Tel: (04) 3669111. radissonblu.com

THAI PRIVILEGE SPA
Start booking ladies, the Thai Privilege Spa is
oering half-price wellness and relaxation
courtesy of its exotic spa concepts. Book an
appointment between 4pm and 9pm from Sunday
to Thursday until the end of August and prepare to
be spoiled by a 50 per cent discount on your chosen therapy.
Until Aug 31, Thai Privilege Spa, Villa 1047, Uttamah Villas, Al Wasl
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3489679. thaiprivilegespadubai.com
30 PER CENT OFF AT THE SPA AT
THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA
What’s On readers can enjoy 30 per cent
o all treatments (excluding packages)
at The Address Dubai Marina’s spa this month. Yes, you
can take advantage of a whopping discount on facials,
massages and more, then kick back in the steam and sauna
rooms. Just mention What’s On when you book and bring
along this page to your appointment.
Until Aug 31, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4367777. theaddress.com
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62 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011
His ‘n’ hers
We head to the dunes to unwind at Al Maha Resort’s Timeless spa
His Hers
TALK US THROUGH IT
Fear not, you won’t emerge
from this massage smelling of
camels. e treatment begins
with some body brushing, then
it’s on to a full body rub-down
with gentle stretching, using
relaxing, balancing or energising
aromatherapy oils.
THE BEST BIT
Instead of staring through the
hole in the massage table at a
ower in a bowl, there’s a tiny
sandpit within arms reach so you
can ddle with that. e shoulder
rub was excellent, too.
ANY AWKWARD MOMENTS?
e therapist had some good
chat, and I got an attack of the
TALK US THROUGH IT
is detoxifying massage serves
up half an hour of exfoliation
and basting in algae, before being
tightly wrapped in foil and le
to gently heat while enjoying a
head massage. is is followed
by a shower to remove the algae
and an hour-long massage with
detox oil.

BEST BIT
Call me childish, but I enjoyed
blasting the algae o in the shower
with the nine, count them, nine
jets. It made me feel like I was
going through a car wash.

AWKWARD MOMENTS
Not really, other than realising
that my entire body had been
painted green, except for my
nipples.

HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
By the end of the rst half an
hour, they were covered in algae,
but a second pair kept me fresh
for the massage. In one word:
supportive.

SLEEP FACTOR
e massage was extremely
relaxing, but also gave my
stressed-out shoulders and back
a good working, so no danger
of falling asleep. ere was too
much enjoyment to be had from
the stress absconding to waste it
by falling asleep.
giggles for no apparent reason. I
also had to be shaken awake. So
two fairly awkward moments.
You can’t take me anywhere.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
Stretchy mini-shorts. None of
your papery pants here. Very
good indeed.
SLEEP FACTOR?
High. Very. Embarrassingly so.
But I woke up feeling refreshed
rather than disorientated, so
major points for that.
WHO SHOULD GET INVOLVED?
If you need some serious time
out, have aching muscles and
want to enjoy a spa session in a
stunning location then, get thee
to the Al Maha.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
Dhs370 for one hour, or take
advantage of Al Maha’s Summer
Indulgence package (Dhs1,200)
which includes a 60-minute
treatment, use of the pool, spa
facilities and lunch.
ALGAE DETOX
MASSAGE THERAPY
DESERT AROMA
MASSAGE
Al Maha, Dubai Desert
Conservation Reserve, Dubai,
8am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 8329900.
al-maha.com
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
Anyone – the staff are
incredibly funny, and seem to
really enjoy their work. Anyone
looking for a retreat from the
city should make the visit,
as the spa also benefits from
an enormous infinity pool
overlooking the desert.

HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
e Algae Detox Massage
erapy costs Dhs600 for 90
minutes of total escapism from
everyday life.
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Spa news
Beauty bargains and extraordinary
offers to enjoy this month
SARAY SPA
Get in touch with local traditions this Ramadan
at Saray Spa. Through the use of ancient healing
techniques, the elasticity-granting fruit enzyme
facial (Dhs230) and the replenishing lemon and
mint body polish (Dhs190) will revive you in a swift
hour. Say goodbye to A/C-ruined skin.
Until Sept 30, Saray Spa, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai
Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3194000. marriott.com
JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA
Leave your little monsters in the kids’ club while
you enjoy a weekend spa treat at Jebel Ali
Golf Resort & Spa and unwind with either a 60-
minute massage or foot reexology (Dhs495).
This summer treat also includes a lunch buet
and access to both the pool and beach.
Until Aug 31, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai. Tel: (04) 8145555.
jebelali-international.com

SENSO WELLNESS CENTRE
Feel the need to relax but don’t know what to
choose? It seems The Senso Wellness Centre
has the solution. The three and half hour August
special (Dhs700) includes a Swedish massage,
body polish and wrap, an energising facial, and the
choice of either a manicure or pedicure. Top to toe body blitzing.
Until Aug 31, Senso Wellness Centre, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai
Media City. Tel: (04) 3669111. radissonblu.com

THAI PRIVILEGE SPA
Start booking ladies, the Thai Privilege Spa is
oering half-price wellness and relaxation
courtesy of its exotic spa concepts. Book an
appointment between 4pm and 9pm from Sunday
to Thursday until the end of August and prepare to
be spoiled by a 50 per cent discount on your chosen therapy.
Until Aug 31, Thai Privilege Spa, Villa 1047, Uttamah Villas, Al Wasl
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3489679. thaiprivilegespadubai.com
30 PER CENT OFF AT THE SPA AT
THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA
What’s On readers can enjoy 30 per cent
o all treatments (excluding packages)
at The Address Dubai Marina’s spa this month. Yes, you
can take advantage of a whopping discount on facials,
massages and more, then kick back in the steam and sauna
rooms. Just mention What’s On when you book and bring
along this page to your appointment.
Until Aug 31, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4367777. theaddress.com
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Ramadan Iftar Buffet
AED 119/- net per person for the Iftar Buffet
Function rooms with dedicated service are available for
private or company Iftar events.
Special prices are available for larger events.
Spi ce I sl and i nvi tes you to break your fast wi th a wi de
sel ecti on of Arabi c speci al i ti es. Share thi s speci al
ti me wi th your fami l y, fri ends and col l eagues whi l e
enj oyi ng an array of tradi ti onal sal ads, fresh Arabi c
gri l l ed meats, l i ve cooki ng stati ons i ncl udi ng Asi an,
Mongol i an and Tandoori as wel l as refreshi ng j ui ces,
accompani ed by a sel ecti on of fresh frui ts, Ori ental
and i nternati onal desserts wi th the al l -ti me favouri te,
bakl ava.
CROWNE PLAZA DUBAI - DEIRA
Salahuddin Road Deira, P.O. Box 8668 Dubai
t: 971.4.2625555 f: 971.4.2697358
email: cpdeira.info@ihg.com
SPORT & OUTDOOR
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p68 Mr Fitness
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There’s nothing we like more than to send our
intrepid, albeit slightly nervous features writer,
Matt, to brave whatever adventures we deem
fun and/or silly enough to make us laugh.
This month, Matt tackles… archery
Who didn’t play cowboys and
Indians when they were growing
up? I did, and I remember how
accurate I was back then with my
imaginary bow and arrow (fash-
ioned, quite accurately, I thought,
from a coat hanger), so I feel more
than condent that aer a few ses-
sions with the Dubai Archers I’ll be
able to re a real arrow and split an
apple from 70 metres away. Bring.
It. On.
GETTING STARTED
Archery is more complicated than
you’d think. A lot more compli-
cated. e terminology alone is
enough to bae Stephen Hawking
but, luckily, instructor Rao is on
hand to talk me through the basics,
such as determining which is my
dominant eye. Turns out it’s my
right one. Cracking. All red up, I
re o a few imaginary arrows with
my bow (known as ‘dry ring’ in
the sport). Big mistake. e string
whips into the forearm of my bow
is key. Rules are enforced rigidly
on the range at all times, the most
important of which being ‘only col-
lect your arrows once everyone has
nished shooting and an all clear
is given’. Having watched the speed
of the arrows y, I’m more than
happy to comply – aer all, I’ve just
worked out which is my dominate
eye, so feel in no hurry to lose it.
GROUPING
Surprisingly, the aim of the game,
for beginners anyway, is not so
much to hit the bull’s-eye, but
rather to get all your arrows close
together on the target. You can
always adjust your sight aer – if
you can group them around the
bull’s-eye you’re on the right track.
Having a close grouping shows
that you have a steady tech-
nique, which, can only
be perfected aer hours of
practice. However, it’s all very ad-
dictive, especially when the shots
start going your way, so the hours
just y by.
VERDICT
Once the basics have been mas-
tered, then archery is all about
practice. Put in the hours, and
you’ll start to see results, and with
Rao and the other archers more
than happy to give out advice my
skills were improving constantly.
OK, I wouldn’t volunteer to let me
shoot an apple o your head just
yet, but with more practice, fruit
everywhere will fear for its life.
Dubai Archers, Sharjah
Wanderers Golf Club, Fri
8am to12.30pm, Dhs50.
Tel: (050) 5580951.
dubaiarchers.com
The stages
1
STANCE
Stand side on to the
target with your feet
shoulder-width apart,
spreading your weight
equally.
2
NOCK AND SET
Take an arrow and place the
nock on the string underneath
the nocking point. Place your
bow hand in the bow grip. Hook
the string with three ngers, one
above the arrow nock, two below.
3
PREDRAW
Keep your bow arm
straight as you lift the bow to
shoulder height.
4
DRAW
Pull back on the string using
your shoulder and back muscles.
Hold at the anchor point, with
your index nger touching the
corner of your mouth, close your
non-dominate eye.
5
RELEASE
Line up your aim, pull
the string back and relax your
ngers on the draw hand.
Bull’s-eye
arm, and boy, does it sting. Lesson
learnt, and with Rao’s “don’t do that
again” warning still ringing in my
ears, I’m ready to do it for real.
THE STAGES
e process of shooting is broken
down into stages – stance, nock,
set, pre-draw, draw, release. See,
told you it was complicated. e
thinking is that if you can perfect
each stage you can develop a
routine and improve your consist-
ency. I strap on an arm guard, give
a half-hearted shout of ‘Release!’
and unload my rst set of arrows.
Not bad – not bad at all, consider-
ing the shaking from the string
tension. I’m secretly smug, and
start working on a series of Robin
Hood jokes.
SAFETY
ere’s no geting away from it – in
the wrong hands these babies
could do some serious damage,
and, not unsurprisingly, safety
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There’s nothing we like more than to send our
intrepid, albeit slightly nervous features writer,
Matt, to brave whatever adventures we deem
fun and/or silly enough to make us laugh.
This month, Matt tackles… archery
Who didn’t play cowboys and
Indians when they were growing
up? I did, and I remember how
accurate I was back then with my
imaginary bow and arrow (fash-
ioned, quite accurately, I thought,
from a coat hanger), so I feel more
than condent that aer a few ses-
sions with the Dubai Archers I’ll be
able to re a real arrow and split an
apple from 70 metres away. Bring.
It. On.
GETTING STARTED
Archery is more complicated than
you’d think. A lot more compli-
cated. e terminology alone is
enough to bae Stephen Hawking
but, luckily, instructor Rao is on
hand to talk me through the basics,
such as determining which is my
dominant eye. Turns out it’s my
right one. Cracking. All red up, I
re o a few imaginary arrows with
my bow (known as ‘dry ring’ in
the sport). Big mistake. e string
whips into the forearm of my bow
is key. Rules are enforced rigidly
on the range at all times, the most
important of which being ‘only col-
lect your arrows once everyone has
nished shooting and an all clear
is given’. Having watched the speed
of the arrows y, I’m more than
happy to comply – aer all, I’ve just
worked out which is my dominate
eye, so feel in no hurry to lose it.
GROUPING
Surprisingly, the aim of the game,
for beginners anyway, is not so
much to hit the bull’s-eye, but
rather to get all your arrows close
together on the target. You can
always adjust your sight aer – if
you can group them around the
bull’s-eye you’re on the right track.
Having a close grouping shows
that you have a steady tech-
nique, which, can only
be perfected aer hours of
practice. However, it’s all very ad-
dictive, especially when the shots
start going your way, so the hours
just y by.
VERDICT
Once the basics have been mas-
tered, then archery is all about
practice. Put in the hours, and
you’ll start to see results, and with
Rao and the other archers more
than happy to give out advice my
skills were improving constantly.
OK, I wouldn’t volunteer to let me
shoot an apple o your head just
yet, but with more practice, fruit
everywhere will fear for its life.
Dubai Archers, Sharjah
Wanderers Golf Club, Fri
8am to12.30pm, Dhs50.
Tel: (050) 5580951.
dubaiarchers.com
The stages
1
STANCE
Stand side on to the
target with your feet
shoulder-width apart,
spreading your weight
equally.
2
NOCK AND SET
Take an arrow and place the
nock on the string underneath
the nocking point. Place your
bow hand in the bow grip. Hook
the string with three ngers, one
above the arrow nock, two below.
3
PREDRAW
Keep your bow arm
straight as you lift the bow to
shoulder height.
4
DRAW
Pull back on the string using
your shoulder and back muscles.
Hold at the anchor point, with
your index nger touching the
corner of your mouth, close your
non-dominate eye.
5
RELEASE
Line up your aim, pull
the string back and relax your
ngers on the draw hand.
Bull’s-eye
arm, and boy, does it sting. Lesson
learnt, and with Rao’s “don’t do that
again” warning still ringing in my
ears, I’m ready to do it for real.
THE STAGES
e process of shooting is broken
down into stages – stance, nock,
set, pre-draw, draw, release. See,
told you it was complicated. e
thinking is that if you can perfect
each stage you can develop a
routine and improve your consist-
ency. I strap on an arm guard, give
a half-hearted shout of ‘Release!’
and unload my rst set of arrows.
Not bad – not bad at all, consider-
ing the shaking from the string
tension. I’m secretly smug, and
start working on a series of Robin
Hood jokes.
SAFETY
ere’s no geting away from it – in
the wrong hands these babies
could do some serious damage,
and, not unsurprisingly, safety
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MR FITNESS MR
in more and more cushioning
for the heel, which resulted in
a biomechanical adaptation in
running patterns creating a heel-
to-toe running style. Because
of the removal of the thick
cushioning from shoes such as the
Nike Frees and Vibram 5 Fingers,
you are forced to start running on
the ball of your foot. Be careful,
though, if you haven’t run on the
ball of your foot for a while you
will be in for some sore calves.

I’m terribly confused by all the
supplements and sports drinks
on the market. A friend says
I should be drinking protein
shakes before weights sessions
and drinking electrolyte drinks
when running, but I don’t know
what to drink when. Help.
Arash, Discovery Gardens, Dubai
I would always recommend
eating a pre-workout meal
before training rather than
drinking a protein replacement.
I would also have a post workout
meal ready to go once I nish
training in order to speed up the
recovery process. is can get
Do you have a tness question for James?
E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae
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X
P
E
R
T
!
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
I read somewhere about
barefoot running. What is it,
and how does it work?
Harold, Jumeirah
Simply, barefoot running is
running without the aid, or
support, of shoes.
When we change from a
walk into a jog, run or sprint,
the emphasis of the load going
through the body as the foot
makes contact with the ground
changes. Biomechanically, the
rst ground contact point when
walking is the heel followed by a
roll through the foot towards the
toes. When running, the ground
contact should be through the
ball of the foot.
As shoe and trainer companies
have developed their products
over the years, they’ve added
quite complicated, so I would
stick to the basics. Electrolyte
replacement drinks are denitely
a must, especially if you’re
running out in the heat that we
experience here in the Middle
East. Take a bottle with you with
an electrolyte mix in it and make
sure you take regular sips whilst
training. Remember, thirst is not
an indication of dehydration.
Once you are thirsty, you are
already low on uids.
I am usually very active,
exercising four or ve times
a week, but I am ve months
pregnant. What exercises could
I still be doing?
Sunita, Greens, Dubai
If you have not been used to
training for the past ve months
then I would recommend that
you don’t start a strenuous
training plan. As your pregnancy
advances, you should avoid
exercises that involve lying on
your back or pressing against
your stomach. As your centre of
gravity changes, it is important
to maintain strong postural
muscles such as the ones that run
the length of the back. You can
probably get away with stability
ball hip bridges (it should only
be your upper back on the ball).
Avoid too much stretching or
over-reaching.
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Amy can measure
our progress. e
aim of the game is to
improve our tness
and lose weight as a
team, with the winners
enjoying some goodies from
Reebok, and free classes with
Urban Energy until the end of
the year.
WANT TO GET
INVOLVED?
Even if you’re not part of Team
What’s On, you can come along
to our weekly sessions on
Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Hercules
Fitness near the bowling centre
in Al Quoz and train with
us. Nicola, our personal guru
of all things healthy, will put
you through your paces with
circuits, cardio, resistance
and more. If you can’t make
Tuesday nights, we’ll be
attending Urban Energy classes
throughout the week, so you
can join us for some kickboxing
and circuits. Prepare to sweat.
Hercules Fitness Centre, The
Bowling Centre, Al Quoz, Dubai,
Tue 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Tel: (055)
8869158. urbanenergyfitness.com
BATTLE OF THE
The teams have been picked, our fitness
scrutinised and the war against Dubai 92
has begun – and you can get involved too
THE
CHALLENGE
ree months, two
teams, one winner.
A ght to the death.
Well, maybe not to the
death, but there are some
seriously tough few months
ahead. Last month we kicked
o World War – a 12-week
tness challenge pitting What’s
On against Dubai 92, with
teams consisting of 15 wannabe
warriors from all walks of life,
each looking to up the number
of sit-ups they can do in a
minute and lose some kilos.
e regime involves weekly
training sessions at with Urban
Energy Fitness, extra classes,
free membership at Hercules
gym and an end to the carbs
and cookies we love so much.
It all started with a body
composition analysis to
establish weight and body fat
percentage, followed by a series
of tests to see just how much
trouble we were in. From an
assault course to wall squats,
press-ups to the plank, each
team member has had their
tness assessed and recorded,
so team trainers Nicola and
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SPORT & OUTDOOR
For football fans, World Cup-free summers are
the worst. Thankfully, the wait is over, with Europe’s
leagues flooding back onto our screens this
month. If you want to celebrate the highs and
lows of your team with fellow fanatics, then your
best bet is to join a supporters’ club. Here are just
a few of our favourites…
WHO: THE BUSBY BOYS
TEAM: Manchester United
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Harvester's, Crowne Plaza,
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3311111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 80
CONTACT: musc-uae@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: muscuae.wordpress.com
WHO: DUBAI MANCHESTER CITY
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Crown & Lion, Byblos
Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4488000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 45
CONTACT: mcfcdubai@gmail.com
WEBSITE: mcfcdubai.blogspot.com
WHO: ABU DHABI BLUES
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas
Al Nakh, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 5588990
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: abudhabiblues@gmail.
com
WEBSITE: abudhabiblues.com
WHO: DUBAI REDS
TEAM: Liverpool
ESTABLISHED: 2006
MEET: Goodfellas Sports Lounge,
Ramee Rose Hotel, Tecom, Al
Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 500111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 200
CONTACT: enquiry@dubaireds.com
WEBSITE: dubaireds.com
Show your true colours
WHO: DUBAI CHELSEA
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Chelsea
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3222400
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 83
CONTACT: lee.sporle@dcsc.info
WEBSITE: uaecsc.com
WHO: UAE CANARIES
TEAM: Norwich City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Dhow And Anchor,
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4068999
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 28
CONTACT: uae-canaries@live.co.uk
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘UAE Canaries’
WHO: DUBAI WOLVES
TEAM: Wolverhampton Wanderers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Loca, Dubai Marine Beach
Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3461111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 119
CONTACT: stuart@axyz-me.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘Dubai Wolves’
WHO: DUBAI RS
TEAM: Queens Park Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 42
CONTACT: jamonorris@msn.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘Ocial QPR Supporters Club’
WHO: DUBAI LOYAL
TEAM: Glasgow Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 75
CONTACT: jim.graham
@rm-electrical.com
WEBSITE: thedesertbears.org
WHO: DUBAI HOOPS
TEAM: Glasgow Celtic
ESTABLISHED: 2004
MEET: Dubliners, Le Méridien
Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai. Tel:(04)
2824040
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 100
CONTACT: dubaicsc@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: dubaihoops.com
WHO: BARCA FAN CLUB UAE
TEAM: FC Barcelona
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: Seville’s, Wa, Oud Metha,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 324 7300
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 155
CONTACT: info@barcauae.com
WEBSITE: barcauae.com
WHO: EVERTON SUPPORTERS
CLUB DUBAI
TEAM: Everton
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: The Locker Room, Golden
Tulip, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3417750
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 70
CONTACT: amit.vyas@wvss.net or
mpjones1971@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘Everton Supporters Club Dubai’
WHO: DUBAI TOTTENHAM
APPRECIATION FAN CLUB
TEAM: Tottenham Hotspur
ESTABLISHED: 2010
MEET: West Beach Bistro &
Sports Lounge, Mövenpick
Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4498888
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: steveindubai15@
hotmail.com
WEBSITE: Search
Facebook for
‘Dubai Tottenham
Appreciation Fan
Club’
Norwich City Wolverhampton Wanderers
Glasgow Rangers
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For football fans, World Cup-free summers are
the worst. Thankfully, the wait is over, with Europe’s
leagues flooding back onto our screens this
month. If you want to celebrate the highs and
lows of your team with fellow fanatics, then your
best bet is to join a supporters’ club. Here are just
a few of our favourites…
WHO: THE BUSBY BOYS
TEAM: Manchester United
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Harvester's, Crowne Plaza,
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3311111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 80
CONTACT: musc-uae@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: muscuae.wordpress.com
WHO: DUBAI MANCHESTER CITY
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Crown & Lion, Byblos
Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4488000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 45
CONTACT: mcfcdubai@gmail.com
WEBSITE: mcfcdubai.blogspot.com
WHO: ABU DHABI BLUES
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas
Al Nakh, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 5588990
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: abudhabiblues@gmail.
com
WEBSITE: abudhabiblues.com
WHO: DUBAI REDS
TEAM: Liverpool
ESTABLISHED: 2006
MEET: Goodfellas Sports Lounge,
Ramee Rose Hotel, Tecom, Al
Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 500111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 200
CONTACT: enquiry@dubaireds.com
WEBSITE: dubaireds.com
Show your true colours
WHO: DUBAI CHELSEA
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Chelsea
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3222400
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 83
CONTACT: lee.sporle@dcsc.info
WEBSITE: uaecsc.com
WHO: UAE CANARIES
TEAM: Norwich City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Dhow And Anchor,
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4068999
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 28
CONTACT: uae-canaries@live.co.uk
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘UAE Canaries’
WHO: DUBAI WOLVES
TEAM: Wolverhampton Wanderers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Loca, Dubai Marine Beach
Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3461111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 119
CONTACT: stuart@axyz-me.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘Dubai Wolves’
WHO: DUBAI RS
TEAM: Queens Park Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 42
CONTACT: jamonorris@msn.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘Ocial QPR Supporters Club’
WHO: DUBAI LOYAL
TEAM: Glasgow Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 75
CONTACT: jim.graham
@rm-electrical.com
WEBSITE: thedesertbears.org
WHO: DUBAI HOOPS
TEAM: Glasgow Celtic
ESTABLISHED: 2004
MEET: Dubliners, Le Méridien
Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai. Tel:(04)
2824040
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 100
CONTACT: dubaicsc@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: dubaihoops.com
WHO: BARCA FAN CLUB UAE
TEAM: FC Barcelona
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: Seville’s, Wa, Oud Metha,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 324 7300
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 155
CONTACT: info@barcauae.com
WEBSITE: barcauae.com
WHO: EVERTON SUPPORTERS
CLUB DUBAI
TEAM: Everton
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: The Locker Room, Golden
Tulip, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3417750
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 70
CONTACT: amit.vyas@wvss.net or
mpjones1971@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
‘Everton Supporters Club Dubai’
WHO: DUBAI TOTTENHAM
APPRECIATION FAN CLUB
TEAM: Tottenham Hotspur
ESTABLISHED: 2010
MEET: West Beach Bistro &
Sports Lounge, Mövenpick
Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4498888
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: steveindubai15@
hotmail.com
WEBSITE: Search
Facebook for
‘Dubai Tottenham
Appreciation Fan
Club’
Norwich City Wolverhampton Wanderers
Glasgow Rangers
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Capital cuisine
e old man’s face is as wrinkled and leathery
as his desert trues. Yusef stands there most
days, watching over his side-street grocery
stall as the glaring sun adds layers of character
to his grin. “Eat the desert true like a
mushroom,” he says. “Squeeze the juice into
your eyes. It’s good for your eyes.”
Round a corner, a clutch of sugar cane
juts from a tin bucket outside a drinks kiosk.
A sign lists the health benets of the juice:
‘preventing arteries stiness, cleaning chest,
sexual supporter…’
Most people visit Jordan
to ogle at its historical sites
and float in the Dead Sea,
stopping in Amman only for
a brief visit. But should you
spend a little longer in the
capital city, there’s a host of
culinary delights to discover
Amman
In Jordan, it seems, everything you eat
or drink is an aid to vigour, well-being or
social interaction. e hungry huddle each
lunchtime outside Amman’s famous Reem
Cafeteria (+962 4645725, 2nd Circle, Jebel
Amman), the shawarmary hums with friendly
chit-chat as they wait for the meat to be
carved. is place is renowned across Jordan,
not just for serving up some of the best
shawarmas in the Levant, but also for being a
favourite of King Abdullah himself.
A king eating a shawarma. It’s an image
SHORT
HAUL
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that encapsulates the spirit of food in Jordan.
Nothing is considered too low rent; if it tastes
good enough, it’s t for royalty. Even the
humblest of Arabic street foods, the falafel, is
imbued with a sense of backstreet reverence at
the legendary Hashem Restaurant (Al-Amir
Mohammed St, Downtown Amman). e
‘dining room’ amounts to a cluster of plastic
garden furniture in a bland alleyway, but its
golden brown falafel, velvety hummus and
heart-warming ful medames are nothing short
of regal.
Amman is full of institutions like Hashem.
Independent family restaurants, loved by young
and old, are scattered all across this city of
nooks, hills and wandering roads. Just across
the street from Hashem is Al Quds (+962
4630168, Al-Malek al-Hussein St), where some
of the heartiest examples of traditional bedouin
cuisine can be found. e mansaf here is
famous throughout the city. e dish of lamb or
chicken and rice is doused with ‘jameed’, dried
yoghurt, which is mixed with hot water and
made into a heavy, but delicious, sauce.
Mansaf is what the bedouin have been
oering guests and travellers for hundreds, if
not thousands, of years. Traditionally served
on a huge platter and eaten communally,
always with the right hand, it is a symbol of
humanity and hospitality in an inhospitable
environment. Tourists passing through the
beautiful, arid sandscapes of Wadi Rum can
enjoy alfresco feasts with bedouin hosts under
the stars. But there are countless tales of
independent travellers being taken in and fed
by kind strangers without any tourist dinars
changing hands.
Jordan’s cuisine is as much about its
bountiful produce and Ottoman inuenced
delicacies as its simple bedouin origins.
Another of Amman’s institutions is
Zalatimo Sweets (Rivoli Plaza, Shmeisani,
zalatimosweets.com), purveyors of luxury
Arabic pastries and baklava. e family
business was started in 1860 in Jerusalem by
the great, great grandfather of the current
general manager, Abdallah Zalatimo. It has
expanded across Jordan to include European-
style cakes and chocolates, but the traditional
baklava – around 45 varieties – never veers too
far away from its roots.
“A lot of the cuisine in Jordan has been
inuenced by the close ties with Palestine. It’s
almost like one country,” says Abdallah. “But
both countries were very much developed
by the Ottomans. eir empire was vast and
culturally diverse. We were inuenced by the
gis brought for the Sultan. He’d say to his
head chef, I have a new spice, give it a go. at’s
when fusion started happening.”
e building blocks of fusion can be found
in the souks around Amman’s vibrant Hashemi
Street. Spice shops have dunes of cumin and
paprika sitting under loops of dried lemons
hung from the raers. Mounds of fresh parsley
and coriander roll like green elds opposite
bloody butcher’s shop displays. A shark’s head
dangles on a hook outside a shmonger’s, and
everywhere people are munching on fresh
green almonds, young, tart and sprinkled
with salt.
For a country that’s 90 per cent desert,
Jordan’s produce is surprisingly diverse. “In
the coastal parts you have a lot of produce,
vegetables, fruit from the orchards, oranges,
cherries, grapes and grape leaves,” Abdallah
explains.
Madaba is where some of the best organic
vineyards in the Middle East can be found,
but you don’t have to leave the capital to have
a taste. e Winemaker (Wadi Saqra, zumot-
wines.com) has up to 34 varieties of award-
winning bottles. e man behind the vines is
Omar Zumot, who started out 15 years ago
with nothing but a bit of land and boundless
determination.
“INDEPENDENT
FAMILY
RESTAURANTS, LOVED
BY YOUNG AND OLD,
ARE SCATTERED ALL
ACROSS THIS CITY
OF NOOKS, HILLS
AND WANDERING
ROADS”
Desert Wadi Rum
Baklava
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NEED TO KNOW
HOW TO GET THERE
FlyDubai has a daily service to Amman,
from Dhs980. ydubai.com
WHERE TO STAY
Grand Hyatt Amman
This huge top-end
hotel complex is one
of the plushest in
the city. Lose yourself
amongst its shops and
pools, and stu yourself at
its many restaurants, from Arabic to Asian.
Hussein Bin Ali Street, Jebel Amman. Tel:
+962 64651234. hyatt.com
Palace Hotel
A simple but clean budget option, right
in the thick of the Amman action. The
rooms are of a pretty basic standard, but
the daily sightseeing tours to outside of
Amman are excellent value.
Al-Malek Faisal Street, Downtown Amman.
Tel: +962 4624326. palacehotel.com.jo
DON’T MISS
Blue Fig Café
Keep your dining
options open at this
laid-back café, with a
range of international
dishes and Arabic
favourites. With a
multicultural vibe, it’s the
feel of the Blue Fig, as well as the food,
that will keep you coming back.
Jebel Amman. Tel: +962 5928800
Habibah
For some of the city’s freshest, gooiest,
sweetest and best kunafe (soft-cheese
desserts) head to this famous sweet shop.
The warbat bil ashta, or pastries with
clotted cream, are also sublime.
Al-Malek al-Hussein St, Downtown Amman
Zad el Khair
A ne Iraqi restaurant serving one of
the delights of Middle Eastern cuisine –
masquf. The delicious fresh-water sh is
sliced open, attened out and roasted
around an open charcoal re in the
traditional way, before begin served with
plenty of lemon juice, salad and freshly
baked atbread.
Um Uzaina Main Street, Amman. Tel: +962
65540057. zadelkhair.com
“In Jordan, previously the wine was not
of a high quality and I wanted to produce
something that’s really Jordanian, that’s really
got character and its own personality,” says
Omar. “e problem I faced was that there
was nobody before me who planted grapes, so
I didn’t know what to plant or where.”
rough dogged trial and error, and
using as many dierent grape varieties as
possible, Omar succeeded in creating a
natural product that has won plaudits from
tasters around the world, not to mention 15
international medals. “What’s my secret? I
do nothing,” teases Omar. “When you do
nothing, you allow nature to express itself,
and nature can give you much more than 34
dierent avours. Our strength is in how we
grow the grapes. All of it is organic. We’ve
never used any pesticides. We fertilise with
dierent techniques. And every year our
wine is better – not because we know how to
make wine better, but because our roots are
deeper and our soil is richer and more alive.”
Roots go deep when it comes to food and
drink in Jordan. Beit Sitti (+962 795 633 868,
beitsittijo.com) is a restaurant and cookery
school that is all about upholding traditional
homemade recipes and teaching them to a
generation of Jordanians who are losing touch
with their heritage.
“e art is being lost,” says owner Maria
Hadad. “It’s not being handed down from
generation to generation, because women
aren’t getting the chance to teach these recipes
to their kids. So we’re trying to bring it back.
It’s funny because you see women who are
40 or 50 that come to learn. ey are tired of
not knowing how to do this. So we have all
dierent ages.”
Set in a beautiful townhouse in the Jebel
Weibdeh district of Amman, the initiative
concentrates on the type of food that can’t
be found in many of Jordan’s restaurants.
“We originally started for tourists, but then
we found that it’s really popular with locals
as well,” explains Maria. “Locals really enjoy
homemade food. ey really want to learn
how to make it because you can’t get it in
restaurants. ey’re oen newlyweds who are
sick of takeaways, so they want to learn how
to make Arabic food.”
An evening session at Beit Sitti will teach
you how to make four courses from scratch
– a mezze, a salad, a main dish and a dessert.
Guests are shown how to prepare and cook
aubergines on an open ame to make the
smokiest moutabel dip imaginable. And for
the main course, spices are blended with
layers of tomatoes and chicken to make an
aromatic rice dish called maqlooba.
A huge pan is stued to the brim and
simmered slowly before being turned over
onto a vast platter – ‘maqlooba’ means ‘upside
down’ in Arabic. By the time you get around
to dessert, you might also wish to learn the
phrase for “please, stop feeding me, I’m about
to explode”.
“As Arabs, we’re very hospitable and
portions are always huge,” says Maria.
She tells a story about a journey King
Abdullah and Prince Hassan once made on
camelback in the desert. ey came upon a
bedouin tent, and were invited in for a large
lunch.
“When they were leaving, the King found
out that the man had killed his only camel to
feed them. So the King bought him 30 times
what he had given up. People would really
feed their guests rather than themselves or
their family.”
Kebab Shawarma
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Emirati writer Wael Al
Sayegh co-hosts a live talk
radio show every Tuesday
on Dubai Eye 103.8FM, as
well as writing a regular
column in the Emirates
inflight magazine, Open
Skies. Describing himself as
a ‘promoter of inter-cultural
intelligence’, travel is an
integral part of his life
Travels with…
Wael Al Sayegh
“The world must learn
to understand China,
and China must learn to
understand the world”
THANK EID
Eid is a time that just keeps on
giving. How about a half-price, four-night
stay for two at the Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru
Resort & Spa in the Maldives? Now factor
in that it includes breakfast and all taxes.
Thanks, Eid.
Until Oct 31, Dnata Travel, from Dhs4,830.
Tel: 8008118. dnataholidays.com
HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA
If you’re of an adventurous disposition,
signing up to do a 1,350km trip on
a tuk-tuk through the challenging
Cambodian wilderness should be
right up your street. The 21-day
Fancy a trip?
What’s the best holiday you have ever
had?
My most memorable trip has to be my 2004
visit to South Africa. I absolutely loved Cape
Town, and I have never quite been the same
since. When I got back to Dubai, I quit my
banking job and started a new way of life.
What has been your biggest travel
disaster?
Strangely enough, I have to say South Africa
again, but it was a dierent trip in 2006. I
went out to attend a wedding and I had boxes
to deliver. e airport sta in Johannesburg
claimed that my boxes were over the
permitted weight – although I knew they
weren’t. e guy told me he could only put
me onboard the ight if I paid him a bribe. I
hated the whole experience.
If you could advise people to visit one
destination, what would it be?
It would have to be mainland China. You can
read about China all you want, but until you
go there, walk the streets and ride the subways,
you have no idea what it is really like. e
whole world must learn to understand China,
and China must learn to understand the world.
What are your three top tips for surviving
a long airport stopover?
You should always take a good novel with you
– personally, I love Haruki Murakami’s books.
It is important that you always stay hydrated
and fed, and, lastly, make sure you have a bag
of toiletries with you.
What do you never travel without?
A sense of adventure and a compass that
points in the direction of Mecca.
TRAVEL
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Function: Organise your travel
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Available for: iPhone and iPad
Price: free
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TOTAL LUXURY
Flights to and from Florence in a
private jet, three nights stay in a
deluxe room at the swanky Il Salvatino
Villa overlooking the Duomo, with breakfast
and a private car. What’s the point of money
if not to spend it lavishly? Warning. For the
super rich only.
Dnata Travel, Dhs66,590. Tel: 8008118.
dnataholidays.com
APP
OF THE
MONTH
Cambo Challenge trek is carried out in
teams, and is an excellent way to meet the
Cambodian people. Sign up now. We dare you.
Nov 6 to 14, Cambo Challenge, Cambodia,
Dhs12,000 for a team of two.
cambochallenge.com
WOMEN ONLY
The World At Her Feet, a
new travel organisation for
women in the Middle East, is
launching its rst trip to India.
The seven-day trip will take female-only
travellers to Mandawa, Jaipur, Agra and
New Delhi, with transport and most meals
included in the price. Holiday, ladies?
Sept 1 to 7, The World At Her Feet, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai, from Dhs4,000. Tel: (50)
6254251. facebook.com/theworldatherfeet
SPLASH
OUT
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iftar&
suhour
ARE better
WHEN SHARED
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, PO BOX 640, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi UAE. T 971 2 677 3333 F 971 2 672 5149
sheraton.com/abudhabi
DAILY IFTAR AT FLAVOURS
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TO ENJOY IFTAR WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY
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BRAVO RESTAURANT TURNS
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DISCOVER THE JOY OF RAMADAN AT BRAVO,
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ONWARDS. ENJOY AN ENTERTAINING EVENING
WITH YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY. FEEL AT HOME
IN OUR ARABIC LOUNGES, HAVE A SHISHA,
AND WATCH YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOWS, PLAY
BACKGAMMON & CARDS OR SIMPLY RELAX.
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After Sunset
Relax and delight in a sumptuous buffet spread,
set menus and your choice of beverage.
Throughout August.
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Traditional
Arabic dishes.
Head to Emirati
restaurant
Mezlai for
unrivaled
all-year-round
expertise.
Spread across
Emirates
Palace’s
Ramadan tent,
Mezlai, Anar
and Diwan
L’Auberge.
Live music
perfectly
complements
the atmosphere.
Sampling
several classy
takes on iftars
under one roof.
Dhs230. The
summit of
the city’s iftar
pricelist.
Emirates
Palace, West
Corniche, Abu
Dhabi, sunset
to 9pm. Tel:
(02) 6909000.
emiratespalace.
com
More than 50
Arabic, Asian
and European
buet dishes,
majoring on
Emirati, Syrian
and Lebanese.
CuiScene, plus
a sizeable 375-
square metre
Ramadan tent
nearby.
The Sheikh
Zayed Grand
Mosque views
are easily as
spectacular as
the food.
Watching the
sunset across
the Abu Dhabi
Creek, and
donating to the
three charities
the Fairmont is
supporting this
month.
A high-end,
but worth it,
Dhs195.
Fairmont
Bab Al Bahr,
Between The
Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, sunset
to 8.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6543333.
fairmont.com
Pearls & Caviar’s
Mediterranean
selections,
plus Sofra Bld,
embellished by
specialties from
Shang Palace
and Hoi An.
Pearls &
Caviar oers a
contemporary
Ramadan,
while Sofra
Bld’s relaxed
expanses are
equally inviting.
P&C also oers
a splendid
buet for
larger groups
alongside its set
menu.
Anybody who
prefers not to
restrict an iftar
menu to one
continent.
Dhs199 for
Pearls & Caviar
and Dhs185 at
Sofra Bld.
Shangri-La,
Qaryat Al Beri,
Between The
Bridges, Abu
Dhabi. Tel: (02)
5098777, Sofra
Bld sunset to
8pm. shangri-la.
com
Extensive buet,
plus all manner
of juices, dates
and Arabic
coee.
The InterCon’s
all-day
restaurant
maintains
the hotel’s
well-deserved
reputation.
Kanoon music
throughout the
evening
Enjoying a taste
of iftar as it
should be.
Dhs195,
reecting the
class of the
establishment.
InterContinental
Abu Dhabi,
Bainouna
Street, Abu
Dhabi, sunset
to 10.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6666888.
ichotelsgroup.
com
Arabic
specialities and
continental
mains, in
partnership
with Alhan
restaurant.
The Grand
Millennium has a
huge tent set up
in the Al Wahda
courtyard.
Book for
gatherings of
ten or more and
get two iftars
for nothing,
plus free valet
parking.
Enjoying
Ramadan
at a new
heavyweight on
the Abu Dhabi
hotel landscape.
Dhs160. Not too
shoddy at all.
Grand
Millennium Al
Wahda, Hazza Bin
Zayed Street, Abu
Dhabi, sunset
to 8.30pm. Tel:
(02) 4439999
millenniumhotels.
com
1
Emirates
Palace
2
CuiScene
3
Shangri-La
4
Selection
5
Grand
Millennium Al
Wahda
The lovely
location and
dizzying spread
makes for an
Abu Dhabi
Ramadan must.
It’s hard to pick
fault with the
InterCon, and
the Ramadan
showing is no
exception.
A hugely varied
spread in one
of the most
charismatic
hotels the
capital has to
oer.
IFTARS
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OF THE
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A Syrian oud,
violin and
percussion trio
atmospherically
soundtrack the
evening.
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As ever, expect
seven-star
splendour from
Emirates Palace.
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Mixed grills,
lamb ouzzi,
shawarmas
and traditional
Arabic desserts.
La Terrazza is
the primary
destination,
while groups
can book Liwa
Ballroom or
Hiltonia Beach
Garden’s Arabic
tent.
The specially
decorated La
Terrazza makes
for a colourful
Ramadan
experience.
Taking in the
season in close
proximity to the
beach, before
taking it easy
with shisha
in the Sohour
Zaman tent.
A none-too-
wallet-crippling
Dhs159.
Hilton
Abu Dhabi,
Corniche
Road, Abu
Dhabi, sunset
to 11pm. Tel:
(02) 6811900.
hilton.com
International
and regional
additions to
Arabic oferings
including,
most mouth-
wateringly,
whole roast
baby lamb.
Airy and – in
keeping with
the Yas Hotel’s
dazzling
interior – white
all-day dining
restaurant,
Origins.
You can
head over
to pan-Arab
outlet Atayeb
afterwards for
one of the city’s
most inviting
sohours.
Celebrating
the season
while gazing
across the
ever-impressive
Marina F1
circuit.
Dhs175, as you
might expect at
somewhere of
the Yas Hotel’s
standing.
Yas Hotel,
Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi. Tel:
(02) 6560600,
sunset to
8.30pm.
theyashotel.
com
A lavish range
of Arabic
delicacies,
from hot and
cold mezzes to
Ramadan juices.
The deceptively
roomy spaces
of Aloft’s quietly
quality Dine
restaurant.
The sohour
menu is varied
and inviting.
Breaking
your fast then
sampling
sohour at Aloft’s
marquee, with
oud, games and
Syrian television
treats.
A rather
bargain-tastic
Dhs135.
Aloft, Abu
Dhabi National
Exhibition
Centre, Abu
Dhabi, sunset
to 8.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6545138.
aloftabudhabi.
com
All the expected
traditional iftar
delights, plus
international
selections to
keep every taste
satisfed.
On the
eighth day of
Ramadan, this
iftar ups sticks
from the Al
Diwan Ballroom
to the Essence
restaurant.
You can sample
this iftar in
two diferent
venues, which
is an extra in
itself.
Taking family
and friends
to a fve-star
Ramadan feast.
Dhs165, which
is pretty spot
on for such a
leading hotel.
Beach Rotana,
Tourist Club
Area, Abu
Dhabi, sunset
to 10.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6979000.
rotana.com
Arabic
delicacies,
on top of
Choices’ regular
Oriental-style
favourites from
live cooking
stations.
International
and Asian
all-day dining
restaurant,
Choices.
Groups of ten
get two iftars
free.
Putting an
Oriental slant on
your iftar.
A middle of the
range Dhs155.
Yas Island
Rotana, Golf
Plaza, Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi,
sunset to
10.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6564000.
rotana.com
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You won’t
regret making
the journey to
Yas Island.
A great iftar
at one of Abu
Dhabi’s most
imaginatively
kitted out
hotels.
Capture the
essence of
Ramadan at
Essence.
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12 Crowne Plaza Yas Island
13 Sheraton
14 Crowne Plaza
15 Al Ain Rotana
Grand Millenium Al Wahda Selections
One of the best
value iftars on
Yas Island.
11 LE ROYAL
MÉRIDIEN
For a taste of iftar in ordinarily French
surrounds, head to L’Opera Brasserie this
month (Dhs160 per person). That’s followed
by sohour in Le Royal Méridien’s expansive
Layali El Hilmiya tent, which can hold
gatherings of up to 1,000 people, for mezze,
teas, juices, shisha and traditional music.
Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi, sunset to 11pm.
Tel: (02) 6742020. leroyalmeridien.com
A complete
Ramadan
experience in a
single complex.
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THE
FINEST FOR
BEVERAGES
AND
BITES
THE
FINEST FOR
BEVERAGES
AND
BITES
This desirable brick-
walled hangout,
away from the
hectic city centre, is
nicely understated.
All of Yas’s
widespread
entertainment is
within easy striking
distance from the
Rotana.
Escaping the hustle
and bustle.
More than
reasonable value for
money.
Yas Island Rotana,
Yas Plaza, Yas Island,
Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm
to 2.30am. Tel: (02)
6564000. rotana.com
A large turnover of
people almost any
night of the week.
Suciently busy
to stay interesting
but keeping its cool
throughout.
The souk is a one-
stop shop for dining
and going out, with
great views across
the water to boot.
Melting into the
crowd and meeting
new people.
The cocktails aren’t
exactly friends
of austerity, but
swerve those and
you’ll be laughing.
The Souk at Qaryat
Al Beri, Between
The Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, 7pm to 1am.
Tel: (02) 5581680.
emiratesleisureretail.
com
Encapsulating the
spirit of a European
bar perfectly.
Serving alcohol
after 7.30pm
during Ramadan.
The InterCon’s
normally thriving
outlets are a little
diminished during
Ramadan, although
the meaty treats of
Chamas are only
a short dash away
still.
Top grub and drink
with your mates.
Good things come
at a price, so don’t
turn up at Belgian
Café with chump
change only.
InterContinental,
Bainouna Street, Abu
Dhabi, 7pm to 1am.
Tel: (02) 6666888.
ichotelsgroup.com
Spacious bar and
plush furniture
equals a swish vibe.
Serving alcohol
from 7pm to 1am
during Ramadan.
It’s only a few
steps from all the
restaurants and
bars a reveller could
ever need around
Yas Island.
The snack menu,
which lls a hole on
a budget.
The meals might
set you back a bit,
but the drinks are
fairly priced.
Crowne Plaza Yas
Island, Yas Plaza,
Yas Island, Abu
Dhabi, 7pm to 1am.
Tel: (02) 6210000.
ichotelsgroup.com
A British pub vibe,
with an abundance
of media types
knocking around
thanks to its
proximity to
TwoFour54.
The ve-star Park
Rotana’s range of
restaurants mean
it’s easy to make a
night of it.
Catching the big
match on the
plentiful screens
in relatively sedate
surrounds.
Wallet friendly,
without being
suspiciously cheap.
Park Rotana, Al Matar,
Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm to
2.30am. Tel: (02) 6573333.
rotana.com
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Y Bar
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Left Bank
3
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Stills
5
Cooper's
Rising to
the top for
Ramadan, this
month Y is Yas
Island’s best bar
none.
Left Bank has
enough going
on indoors
that you will
barely miss the
alfresco terrace
this summer.
Whether
lounging early
evening, or
kicking the
pace up later,
Stills excels.
You wouldn’t
go to Brussels
without
sampling the
Belgian waes,
so make sure
you indulge.
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temporarily
keep Western
expats from
missing their
local.
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One of the most
bustling expat bars
in town. Serving
alcohol after
sunset throughout
Ramadan.
While the Hilton's
usual complex
of nearby bars
is depleted for
Ramadan, there's
plenty of other
entertainment
within easy reach.
The pub grub,
which is far
superior to the
average standard
around Abu Dhabi.
Not bad at all, even
if certain dishes
on the menu are
a touch more
expensive.
Hilton Abu Dhabi,
Corniche Road, Abu
Dhabi, Sun, Mon,
Wed and Sat noon to
midnight, Tue, Thurs
and Fri noon to 1am.
Tel: (02) 6811900.
hilton.com
Energetic, with, big
screens everywhere
and a smoky
basement vibe
reminiscent of how
bars used to be.
Step out onto
Hamdan Street for
all the convenience
of downtown, or
stay in the Crowne
Plaza for their
underrated cuisine
options.
A big night out,
or watching
whichever sport
you follow over a
lively pint.
Cheap as chips,
with free drinks
tokens on
admission on some
nights.
Crowne Plaza,
Hamdan Street,
Abu Dhabi,
7.30pm to 2am.
Tel: (02) 6210000.
ichotelsgroup.com
Lively. If you’ve
been to an Irish bar,
you’ll know the drill
at PJ’s.
The busy heart
of Abu Dhabi
city centre,
although parking
is thankfully
less headache
inducing since the
introduction of pay
meters in the area.
The pub quiz,
which runs every
Tuesday from
7.30pm during
Ramadan.
Value for money
and then some.
Le Royal Méridien,
Khalifa Street,
Abu Dhabi, 7pm
to 2.30am. Tel:
(02) 6742020.
leroyalmeridien.com
Transport yourself
to a Polynesian
island via the bric-
a-brac lining the
walls.
The Beach Rotana’s
ageless class will
see it throughout
Ramadan, despite
several outlets
closing for the
month.
A spot of
geographical
escapism.
Not entirely cheap,
but you won’t end
up penniless either.
Beach Rotana,
Tourist Club Area,
Abu Dhabi, 7pm to
midnight. Tel: (02)
6979000. rotana.com
Successfully
recreating the vibe
of a spit 'n' sawdust
British pub. Serving
alcohol after sunset
during Ramadan.
In the enclosed
courtyard at
the heart of Le
Méridien, with the
NRG sports café a
mere stone's throw
away.
Spending the
evening in the
company of
various interesting
conversation-
striking characters
at the bar.
No need for an
overdraft here,
as proved by the
endless streams of
punters that pack
the Captain's Arms
come evening.
Le Méridien, Khalifa
Street, Abu Dhabi,
noon to 12.30am.
Tel: (02) 6742020.
leroyalmeridien.com
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Hemingway's
7
Heroes
8
PJ O'Reilly's
9
Trader Vic's
10
Captain's Arms
At Hemingway’s
you can enjoy
a night out that
the eponymous
writer would be
proud of.
As no-frills fun
goes, Heroes is
an Abu Dhabi
institution.
A Polynesian
paradise
reimagined in
the Emirates.
If you’re in
search of
unpretentious
enjoyment, PJ’s
has it covered.
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A proper pub
in the best
British boozer
traditions.
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12 Hakkasan, Emirates Palace
13 3rd Avenue, Sheraton Khalidiya
14 NRG, Le Méridien
15 Cinnabar, Hilton
Belgian Beer Café Trader Vic's
13 3RD AVENUE
Sheraton Khalidiya
While several of the capital’s swankier bars
take a breather for Ramadan, Abu Dhabi’s
more straightforward pubs come to the
fore. With sports screens at every angle and
various alcoves, 3rd Avenue is just such a
location, perfect for grabbing plates of pub
grub in refreshingly unfussy surroundings.
Zayed The First Street, Khalidiyah,
Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm to 1am. Tel: (02)
6666220. sheratonkhalidiyaabudhabi.com
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A laid-back,
privacy-
enshrouded
vibe. Serving
alcohol after
sunset during
Ramadan.
Thoughtful
layout of
Oriental
wooden panel-
divided alcoves;
mazy and
luxurious.
Fine dining in
Asian fusion
style that could
win over any
customer – and
won three
What’s On
Awards.
A Michelin-
starred
restaurant in
the world’s
most expensive
hotel. The bar
is fantabulous,
too.
You won’t want
to hit Hakkasan
every day unless
you’re minted,
but it’s perfect
for special
occasions.
Emirates
Palace, West
Corniche, Abu
Dhabi, 7.30pm
to 11pm. Tel:
(02) 6909000.
hakkasan.com
Marco Pierre
White’s
manages to be
both cosy and
swish. Serving
alcohol 7pm to
midnight.
Relaxing dark
warmth, with
features that
might not work
in many other
restaurants –
such as a small
wall re – but
do here.
Kings of beef,
no doubt.
That’s why it
scooped What’s
On’s Favourite
Steakhouse
gong.
The Fairmont’s
quality-oozing
surrounds
are custom
made for an
under-one-roof
experience
post-MPW.
The four-course
beef tasting
menu (Dhs489
with wine until
December)
gives a fair
indication this
is pricey yet
justiably so.
Fairmont Bab Al
Bahr, Between
The Bridges,
Abu Dhabi,
7pm to 1am.
Tel: (02)
6543333.
fairmont.com
A romantic
dinner is on
the menu at
P&C, thanks
to alluring
lighting. Alcohol
is o during
Ramadan.
The smooth
black and
white interior
represents
caviar and
– surprise,
surprise –
pearls.
Exquisite caviar
and freshly
hooked seafood
head up an
imaginative
menu.
While the
rooftop Pearls
bar is closed for
summer, why
not explore
Shangri-La and
the Souk.
Perfectly
acceptable
for such top
notch-cuisine,
unless you fancy
splashing the
cash on caviar.
Shangri-La,
Qaryat Al Beri,
Between The
Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, 7.30pm
to 11.30pm. Tel:
(02) 5098888.
shangri-la.com
Rened, classy,
elegant and
quintessentially
French. Serving
alcohol after
8pm during
Ramadan.
Stately
traditional Gallic
sophistication,
from the
paintings to the
tables.
The nest
French classics
available in Abu
Dhabi.
The Shangri-La
is a joy right
down to its
wonderfully
designed rooms.
It isn’t dicult
to top Dhs800
for two, sans
alcohol,
although the
wine list is
sumptuous.
Shangri-La
Qaryat Al Beri,
Between The
Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, 7pm to
11.30pm.
Tel: (02)
5098888.
shangri-la.com
Updating Indian
dining for the
21st Century
in relaxing
surrounds.
Serving alcohol
after iftar.
A simple
interior full
of clean lines
and soothingly
subtle colours.
This is North
Indian cuisine
customised
to your spice
preference.
Order the butter
chicken.
The Souk,
Shangri-La and
nearby Fairmont
will keep you
comfortably
occupied for
hours.
An impressive
spread for
two only costs
around Dhs400
to Dhs500.
The Souk at
Qaryat Al Beri,
Between The
Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, 6pm to
midnight. Tel:
(02) 5581769.
cplmg.com
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Hakkasan
2
MPW
Steakhouse
& Grill
3
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Bord Eau
5
Ushna
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Great décor,
plus the best
dim sum that’s
ever passed
our lips.
MPW deserves
a foodie
knighthood
for steak
served with
undeniable
British nesse.
Our restaurant
of the year
continues to
ride high.
Raising the
bar for Indian
restaurants in
Abu Dhabi.
Two-toned
delicacies with
contemporary
class
throughout.
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Bustling,
with skewer-
wielding waiters
dispensing
meat. Serving
alcohol after
8pm this month
with the bar
open to 1.30am.
Multiple
dining levels, a
sizeable salad
bar installation
and a separate
bar all add up
to an intriguing
scene.
Like meat? You’ll
be in heaven
as ceaseless
servings of
exquisite beef,
lamb and
chicken are
sliced onto your
plate.
If you can move
after Chamas’
meat overdose,
we recommend
struggling over
to the Belgian
Beer Café for a
few brews.
Dhs225 for as
much meat as
you can handle.
Loosen that
belt.
InterContinental,
Bainouna
Street, Abu
Dhabi, 8pm
to 11.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6666888.
ichotels-
group.com
Relaxed and
inviting – a
popular spot
for Yas Island
diners.
Clean lines and a
spacious layout
make this an
unpretentious
Italian.
Updating Italian
staples with
smart twists,
particularly
when it comes
to seafood. It's
just launched a
new menu, too.
If you can’t nd
entertainment
around Yas
Island, you’re
not looking
hard enough.
Dhs400 for
two without
alcohol is easily
obtainable,
although do
take a look at
the extensive
wine list.
Radisson Blu
Yas Island,
Golf Plaza, Yas
Island, Abu
Dhabi, 7pm to
11.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6562000.
radissonblu.com
Like sushi?
So do the
hordes of diners
constantly
frequenting
Toki.
A neon sushi
station is the
beacon in the
restaurant’s
otherwise
darkly lit room
The extensive
menu stars
some unusual
regional
Japanese dishes
that you won’t
nd anywhere
else in the UAE.
The Hilton’s bars
are within easy
reach, as is most
of downtown
via Corniche
Road.
A three-course
meal for two
will have the
waiter returning
with change
from Dhs500.
Hilton Abu
Dhabi, Corniche,
Abu Dhabi,
7pm to 11pm.
Tel: (02) 6814151.
hilton.com
Busy, without
being rammed,
meaning you
should be able
to nd a table
here.
Eclectic, to say
the least, with
African masks,
spears and
animal skins
lining the walls.
A huge array
of ne dishes
from around
the world, from
Indian curries to
African grilled
meats.
Pop into Left
Bank, our
number two bar
in the capital,
after your meal.
It’s virtually next
door.
A meal for two
should come in
around Dhs700.
Souk Qaryat
Al Beri, Abu
Dhabi,
7pm to
midnight.
Tel: (02)
5581868.
mobasagrille.ae
Rened and,
without an
alcohol license
currently, a
certain sober
gravitas.
Sleek modern
furniture and a
piano nestled
opposite the
main entrance.
Italian smartly
done, using a
towering brick
pizza oven
nicely. Try the
veal, too.
Work o your
meal at the
largest health
club in Abu
Dhabi.
Aordable
enough to
ensure regular
visits aren’t
nancially
painful.
Grand Millennium
Al Wahda, Hazza
Bin Zayed Street,
Abu Dhabi, 7pm
to 1am. Tel:
(02) 4439999.
millennium
hotels.com
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Chamas
7
Filini
8
Toki
9
Mombasa
Grille
10
Porto Bello
The Favourite
Americas
Restaurant
at the What’s
On Awards
remains a top
draw.
Classic Italian
dishes with
a deal of
contemporary
air.
It won
Favourite
Japanese at our
awards. Well
chosen indeed,
folks.
A restaurant
that manages to
master a variety
of international
cuisines.
Porto Bello
excels in doing
all the simple
things an Italian
should.
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11 Frankie’s, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
12 Finz, Beach Rotana
13 Le Bistrot, Le Méridien
14 Mezlai, Emirates Palace
15 Samak, Desert Islands Resort
& Spa
Ushna Porto Bello
12 FINZ
Beach Rotana
Housed in a wooden chalet, if you’re looking
for a romantic spot and seafood tickles your
taste buds, Finz is just about the capital’s
finest. The décor is trawler-worthy – shark
skulls, fishing nets, lobster baskets – yet
Finz isn’t a cheap theme restaurant. At
Dhs700 for two as a ballpark figure sans
alcohol, the prices are matched by quality.
Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to
11.30pm. Tel: (02) 6979000. rotana.com
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Anantara Spa,
Qasr Al Sarab
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Some of the most
amiable and
expertly skilled
sta you’re likely
to encounter in
the capital.
We recommend
the invigorating
Moroccan bath,
but the choice is
huge: haircuts/
styling, shaves,
bronzing, baths.
It’s all here.
The compact yet
spacious villa
layout means
minimum traipsing
between treatment
rooms. Parking is
as easy as you like,
too.
Quite high, but
when the service
is this good, price
is only really
a secondary
concern.
Al Khaleej Al
Arabi Street, Abu
Dhabi, Sat to Thurs
11am to 10pm,
Tel: (02) 6677377.
thelounge.ae
You’ll get
an ultimate
pampering
from the
predominantly
Thai sta.
You can tell you’re
in for a treat from
a cursory glance
at the pricelist: the
Gateway To Arabia
is never likely to be
mediocre.
Anantara occupies
its own wing of
Emirates Palace. It’s
that big.
Expect to hand
over around
Dhs1,000.
Emirates Palace,
West Corniche,
Abu Dhabi, 10am
to 10pm. Tel:
(02) 6909000.
emiratespalace.com
Sweet and
cheerful, you’ll
relax from the
second you stroll
in the door.
Very wide ranging
options, from
Filipino hilot
massages to caviar
facials.
Serene. If
somebody said
you were in a
hidden temple in
the Himalayas, you
could probably
believe it.
Relatively
expensive,
but you’re
undoubtedly
getting what you
pay for.
Shangri-La, Qaryat
Al Beri, Between
The Bridges, Abu
Dhabi, 10am to
10pm. Tel: (02)
5098888.
shangri-la.com
The friendly and
knowledgeable
sta at this ladies-
only spa will
analyse your skin
before selecting
a tailor-made
treatment.
Varied full
body and facial
treatments, plus
waxing, hair-
styling, Hypoxi
and even personal
training. The
Clarins Facial is
recommended.
Tricky to locate the
rst time, above
the cosmetics-
lled displays of
Paris Gallery. Once
in the treatment
room though
it’s relaxation
personied.
Mostly a little
above upper mid-
range, although
certain longer
treatments can
crash through the
four-gure mark.
Paris Gallery,
Khalidiyah, Abu
Dhabi, Sat to
Thurs 11am to
9pm, Fri 3pm to
9pm (times vary
from August 11).
Tel: (02) 6678880.
parisgallery.com
Attentive,
eager to please
and happy to
recommend
post-treatment
products.
Almost as huge
as the Grand
Millennium itself.
We recommend
the facials: they
really do work on
every last pore.
Dreamy lighting,
with individual
changing areas in
treatment rooms
ensuring ultimate
privacy for the shy.
Pocket change
won’t see you
through here. It
will be worth it,
though.
Grand Millennium
Al Wadha, Hazza
Bin Zayed Street,
Abu Dhabi, 9am
to 10pm. Tel:
(02) 4439999.
millenniumhotels.
com
If you’re a
self-respecting
gentleman in
Abu Dhabi,
you need The
Lounge in your
life.
The diamond
facial will take
years o.
Chi has one of
the greatest
Jacuzzis in Abu
Dhabi.
Ladies in search
of serenity will
nd it here in
every sense.
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classes, too.
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Attentive,
eager to please
and happy to
recommend
post-treatment
products.
The facials are
a highlight of
a menu that
rivals the hotel’s
imposing size,
getting to work on
every last pore.
Individual
changing in the
treatment rooms
themselves
guarantee
ultimate privacy
and the lighting
is pleasingly low
level.
Above average,
much like Zayna
itself.
Grand Millennium
Al Wahda, Hazza Bin
Zayed Street, Abu
Dhabi, 9am to 10pm.
Tel: (02) 4439999.
millenniumhotels.
com
Friendly beyond
the call of duty
and brilliant at
teasing away
tension.
Imaginative
and spanning
a plethora of
treatments.
The dimmed
changing room
lights set the scene
for a spa that
thinks about your
relaxation at every
possible juncture.
Nudging the upper
end of mid-range.
Radisson Blu,
Golf Plaza, Yas
Island, Abu Dhabi,
10am to 10pm.
Tel: (02) 6562000.
radissonblu.com
Very personable,
until you ask
for ‘rm’, and
then there’s no
messing around.
The latest addition
to a regularly
updated range
is a candle wax
massage.
Soft lighting and
relaxing fragrance
characterise Zen,
with facilities
including
tranquility suites
for couples.
Very reasonable
considering the
quality of hotel
you’re in.
Beach Rotana,
Tourist Club Area,
Abu Dhabi, 10am
to 10pm. Tel: (02)
6979000. rotana.com
An excellent mix
of polite and
professional.
Luxurious and
expansive. The
hammams are
something of a
specialty.
The running
water themes
throughout ensure
there’s scarcely a
corner that doesn’t
soothe the senses.
In pure cost terms,
expensive. ESPA
scores highly on
value for money,
however.
Yas Hotel, Yas
Island, Abu Dhabi,
9am to 11pm.
Tel: (02) 6560862.
theyashotel.com
Chatty and cheery
– you may make a
new friend before
the treatment is
over.
All the necessary
treatments you’d
expect, plus
notable facilities
such as hammams.
Eden is a scaled-
down paradise,
once out of the
leisure centre-
esque changing
areas, at least.
In terms of cost,
this is right about
average.
Le Méridien, Tourist
Club Area, Abu
Dhabi, 9am to 11pm.
Tel: (02) 6446666.
starwoodhotels.com
There’s a great
range of tness
classes, too.
There isn’t a
better spa on
Yas Island right
now.
A subterranean
sanctuary to
steal you away
from the city.
A spa adjacent
to a Formula
One circuit
is about as
glamorous as
they come.
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Wind down in
the aquamedic
pool afterwards
to complete a
soothing visit.
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12 Man/Age Luxury Men’s Spa
13 Body & Soul Health Club & Spa, Al
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14 Crystal Holistic Day Spa, Tourist
Club Area
15 Sharinis Wellness Spa
Zen Spa ESPA
11 HILTONIA
HEALTH CLUB &
SPA
Hilton
Opposite the main Hilton complex, this
spacious spa’s proximity to the health club
gym next door ensures it’s a perfect spot to
soothe those post-workout aches and pains.
Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 9pm.
Tel: (02) 6924324. hilton.com
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Abu Dhabi has a fast-growing
movie scene, but the capital
needs something beyond
film festivals and big-screen
blockbusters, says Nayla Al
Khaja. So, she’s planning to
launch an independent film
club…
ere are a lot of lm clubs in the world. I was
part of one in Canada when I lived there, but it’s
something that’s missing here. I can’t understand
why it’s never been tried before in Abu Dhabi.
Film fever is catching all around the region,
especially in Gulf countries. It’s fantastic that we
have lm festivals, but they only happen once
a year, and once they’re over, they’re over. We
need something more constant and consistent
on a monthly basis for people with like-minded
interests to come together, almost like a festival
but spread out over 12 months of the year.
My lm club will celebrate independent Arab
A lm club will never make money, so the
idea is just to create a platform to really enjoy
lm-making. What’s my motivation? I love
lm. It’s something you enjoy and you want to
share with people who have the same thoughts.
I wouldn’t be surprised if people who meet at
the club actually end up making lms together.
at’s another motivation to start the club.
I have a list of 20 lms and I’m going to lter
them and see which directors are interested in
coming, because we have to y them in. ere
will be screenings with debates with the direc-
tor aerwards. You have to nd a balance and
keep in mind cultural taboos and boundaries,
because a lot of independent lms do have
scenes that aren’t suitable. But I would never
ever edit an independent lm. I would rather
not screen it. It would be so insulting. It’s like
dribbling paint on somebody’s canvas. It’s
made from the heart and should be respected.
I’m going to make sure the club is done right,
because I’m so passionate about it.
Nayla Al Khaja is the CEO of D-Seven
Motion Pictures. She begins lming her
rst feature-length movie next year
cinema, because there’s nowhere dedicated
to it. However, it will show lms that speak
to a broader range of audiences, regardless
of language. e lms don’t necessarily have
to be by an Arabic lm-maker – it could be a
German director who shot something in Abu
Dhabi – but it has to have something about the
region, an aesthetic value or storyline. at’s the
only clause. e idea is to make people excited
to watch independent cinema as opposed to
commercial movies.
e venue won’t change every month. is
way people become familiar with a location,
and it starts to be part of their routine. e
only thing that will change is the lm-makers
and the lms. I’m looking for a venue that will
be very cosy, that can accommodate 300-plus
people, with the right facilities, projectors and
soundsystem, so people can really enjoy the
experience and mingle aerwards in a net-
working room. I really want to bring locals and
expats together. at’s important. I think a lot
of misconceptions will be broken down at the
club; it’s a fantastic opportunity for nationals
and expats to talk beyond work and ask ques-
tions they might normally be worried to ask.
WITH NAYLA AL KHAJA
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