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July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury
July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury
July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury
July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury
July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury
July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury
July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury

July 2011

Issue 399

UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000
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July 2011 Issue 399 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 WIN WIN WIN! A luxury break

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A luxury break in Tanzania (flights included), a BlackBerry PlayBook and drinks at Hopfest

ALSO INSIDE:

25 things to do this summer,our verdict on The Ivy and Dubai’s top pool halls

PLUS!

The best of the UAE online, ice creams tested, Catboy talksTwitter and the top ten of everything!

Contents

Features

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Made in Dubai Forget the big international brands and chain stores, and enjoy our celebration of the best shops, businesses, restaurants and cultural delights born right here in the UAE

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Your summer sorted Whether you’re a foodie, a luxury lover, a culture vulture, a sports fan or a parent looking to keep your little darlings busy this summer, we have an activity for you

25

Hopping mad All you need to know to have a good time at the seventh annual Hop Fest at The Irish Village

26

UAE online Turn on your computer, turn up the air conditioning and delve into our round-up of the best local apps, regional online stores and blogs in the UAE

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Dubai’s best pool halls What better time than summer to chalk up your cue, head down to your local pool hall and shoot a few frames with your pals

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The round up

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Salaam July in a handful of pages, packed with what’s hot and what’s not, Geordie Bird visits Republique at The Address Dubai Mall, a chef’s guide to the UAE, plus enough stats, facts and news to blow your tiny minds

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two new brunches. Plus afternoon teas, our new monthly Twitter recipe and, of course, the latest opinion from The Critic

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Arts Singing along to summer musicals, purchasing affordable art at Third Line, buying advice from The Insider and five exhibitions you simply must see

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Win, win, win The first of two pages populated with lots of lovely competitions. For more, turn to page 79

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Film All the latest movies hitting screens in the UAE, including the final instalment in the Harry

Potter series, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester on holiday in Monte Carlo and Robert Redford’s The Conspirator – plus Honey 2, 5 Days Of August and Conviction

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Eating out We put the UAE’s best ice creams to the test, present you with our verdict on global big boys The Ivy and Royal China, enjoy a spot of lunch at Emirates Golf Club’s M’s and sample

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Shopping Update your wardrobe with swaps from My Ex Wardrobe, purchase those summer essentials and our style guru, Sophia, quells your sartorial woes. Plus this month’s new openings

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Mind & body Turkish and Brazilian treatments, J-Lo’s eyebrows, electrotherapy, his ‘n’ hers at The Address Dubai Marina and the latest spa deals

65

Sport & outdoor We learn to swim, test the latest running shoes and bring you Mr Fitness’ answers to your health and fitness queries

70

Music Prog rockers EYE (that’s e-why-e) are our band of the month, plus three live music nights

72

Club diary The best of the UAE's nightlife

75

Travel A concise guide to the Frankfurt Book Fair, summer travel deals and Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa GM, Arne Silvis, lets slip his travel secrets

81

Hot list The definitive monthly guide to the ten best bars, restaurants, brunches and spas in Dubai

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Backchat The monthly missive from Dubai 92’s Catboy

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Learning to swim, p66 Exploring independent Testing ice creams, p35 shops, p15
Learning to swim, p66
Exploring
independent
Testing ice creams, p35
shops, p15

Editor’s note

Testing ice creams, p35 shops, p15 Editor’s note You don’t need me to tell you that,

You don’t need me to tell you that, in some quarters, Dubai can take a bit of a bashing. Type the word ‘Dubai’ in Google, and it won’t be long before someone or other’s written assassination of the emirate pops up, usually when they’re on a flying visit (one writer managed it from no more than a four-hour trip aboard the Big Bus Tour), and usually taking the same tact – ‘Dubai is so not New York. Dubai is so not London.’ And while, quite clearly, we’re not New York or London, and, yes, I’m sure there are lots of things that you, me and everyone could point out that need changing, there are positives, too, and plenty of them. (I read AA Gill’s words of “It’s a holiday resort with the worst climate in the world” in Vanity Fair while I was lying at the pool thinking he’d obviously never made it to my hometown of Sunderland, where it’s mostly either cold or colder). As a magazine, What’s On exists to point out just a few of those positives, and to help you have a good time. Living in Dubai is fun, we enjoy it, and while we appreciate it’s not for everyone, there are plenty of us here that do rather like it. This issue we celebrate some of Dubai’s own; the shops, restaurants, art spaces and more, all created and run in Dubai, by Dubai-based people. Dubai people like you, and me, who still call Dubai, despite its faults, home.

Enjoy the issue.

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SALAAM

Salaam!

July's news, knowledge and rumours

U SALAAM Salaam! July's news, knowledge and rumours What’s hot NEW HIGHWAY The new 45km long
What’s hot NEW HIGHWAY The new 45km long Dubai- Fujairah highway will open by the
What’s hot
NEW HIGHWAY
The new 45km long Dubai-
Fujairah highway will open by
the end of this month.
PRICE FREEZE
PRICE FREEZE
highway will open by the end of this month. PRICE FREEZE The Economy Ministry has frozen

The Economy Ministry has frozen the price of food until the end of the year, in order to combat the rising global cost of food. Time to go wild in the aisles.

CHEAP ROAMING
CHEAP ROAMING
cost of food. Time to go wild in the aisles. CHEAP ROAMING The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority have decided to cut phone roaming charges within the GCC region by 30 per cent as of this month.

What’s not

the GCC region by 30 per cent as of this month. What’s not CASH STRAPPED E
CASH STRAPPED
CASH STRAPPED

E ects of the recession rumble on as

the purse strings for the proposed Dubailand are being tightened, according to analysts BMI.

NO RALLY
NO RALLY

The motor sport governing body, the FIA, has rejected Abu Dhabi’s proposal to host a race during the 2012 World Rally Championship season.

host a race during the 2012 World Rally Championship season. FOUL PLAY FIFA is investigating ‘sporting
FOUL PLAY
FOUL PLAY

FIFA is investigating ‘sporting irregularities’ during a match held in the UAE earlier this year between Kuwait and Jordan.

Guess list

Fact: summer is hot. But not as hot as these rumours

list Fact: summer is hot. But not as hot as these rumours ROLLING STONES No longer

ROLLING STONES No longer the athletes they once were, maybe, but according to our well-informed snitches, Mick and the boys will be strutting their stu on stage at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix.

10% 35% 55%
10%
35%
55%
on stage at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. 10% 35% 55% SNOW PATROL OK, so
on stage at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. 10% 35% 55% SNOW PATROL OK, so

SNOW PATROL OK, so we've mentioned the Irish indie rockers before. But it's a rumour that just won't go away. We hear the lads will, nally, hit a stage near you later this year. And this time, we think it just might happen.

UFC

A loose-tongued

insider in the world

of sports promotion

let slip to us that we’re in for yet more

ghting mayhem, as the Ultimate Fighting circus lines up another visit to the UAE’s shores.

THIS

MONTH

WE'RE

GOING

TO

to the UAE’s shores. THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING TO MOVIES AND MUNCHIES NIGHT Every Wednesday in
to the UAE’s shores. THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING TO MOVIES AND MUNCHIES NIGHT Every Wednesday in

MOVIES AND MUNCHIES NIGHT Every Wednesday in July Desert Palm will be screening two lms in their outdoor pool. Desert Palm, Al Awir Road, Dubai, Wed from 7pm, Dhs30. Tel: (04) 3238888. www.desertpalm.ae

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Franck Detrait, head chef, Traiteur, Park Hyatt Dubai Knives Produce I always try
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
Franck Detrait, head chef,
Traiteur, Park Hyatt Dubai
Knives
Produce
I
always try to go to local
markets, the sh market and
the fruit and vegetable market
and, even though I’m usually
busy with the Traiteur brunch,
I
managed to check out the
farmers' market in Souk Al Bahar
Most of my cooking equipment is from
Zwilling JA Henckels on the Boulevard
Malesherbes in Paris. But most of my
knives are from Japan. The brand is
Global [supplied by Yoshikin in Japan]
and I have them tailor-made with my
own design. They are extremely light,
solid and very long lasting.
Zwilling JA Henckels, The Dubai Mall,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 4340725.
www.zwilling.com
Yoshikin, Japan. www.yoshikin.co.jp
before it closed for summer.
Eating out
The Terrace. Not because I
work at Park Hyatt Dubai,
but because I have a love of
seafood. The Terrace is one of
the best places in Dubai for a
fresh seafood platter.
The Terrace, Park Hyatt Dubai,
Deira Dubai. Tel: (04) 3172222.
www.dubai.park.hyatt.com
Takeaway
I sometimes like to
get a home delivery of
freshly made maki and
sushi from a really small
Japanese restaurant
here in Dubai called
Agemono.
Agemono, International
City, Dubai. Tel: (050)
8876784
Cookbooks
I read anything on the shelves that catches my eye. I prefer
the books of Michelin star chefs, though, because they
take food to the next level – it becomes art. My favourite
cookbook is by Alain Ducasse, Grand Livre de Cuisine.
Available from Amazon.com
SWAMP JUICE
A wonderfully creative one-man, lo- shadow
puppet show. And it's free.
Jul 23 to 31, Theatre Space, Dubai Marina Mall,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 4361020
BASTILLE DAY WEEKEND
Celebrate (and eat) your way through all the good
things that France has given the world.
Jul 13 to 16, Sofitel Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4484870. www.sofitel.com

GIRL

ABOUT

TOWN

Dubai 92’s Geordie Bird gives us the heads up from the UAE bar scene

THIS MONTH: REPUBLIQUE
THIS MONTH:
REPUBLIQUE

What does it look like? This glitzy club is compact and spread over two oors, but manages

to

I’ve ever seen in Dubai. It also has two

projectors, which occasionally come to life. While I was there Axl Rose showed up on screen. Who goes there?

A pretty trendy 20 to 30 something

crowd. Put it this way, I didn't bump into anyone I might see at Rock Bottoms.

Drink recommendations? There are loads of shots to choose from to keep the party going. When should you go?

Thursdays and Fridays are the obvious nights with 90s tunes on the DJ's set list, but I heard a whisper that the club is planning something a bit di erent once a month. Watch this space. Dress code? You wanna look cool but not ‘dressed up’

in this club. Jeans and heels for the ladies.

How’s the service? There’s an army of sta behind the bar, so you won’t be left waiting. What’s the taxi situation? It’s attached to The Dubai Mall so there are taxis everywhere. GB VERDICT:

Republique plays the best music from the 1990’s. I didn't hear a bad tune all night. Add to that it’s in Downtown so I can stroll home – it’s like they practically built the place just for me. I don't have a bad word to say about it. Republique, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai. Tel: (050) 4880876

t in the biggest disco ball ll

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SALAAM

IN THE NEWS

SALAAM IN THE NEWS BLOOD SIMPLE OK, so we’re not fans of needles, but there is
SALAAM IN THE NEWS BLOOD SIMPLE OK, so we’re not fans of needles, but there is
SALAAM IN THE NEWS BLOOD SIMPLE OK, so we’re not fans of needles, but there is

BLOOD SIMPLE

OK, so we’re not fans of needles, but there is no cause worthier than giving blood – it truly is a sel ess act that can lead to saving someone's life. This month, there will be a mobile blood donation clinic set up in Dubai outside The One on Beach Road, where you can pop along and give blood. Donated blood is used to help cancer patients, people with pregnancy complications, sick children and burn victims – to name just a few. However, for obvious health reasons not anyone can donate their blood. To ensure that you are eligible to donate, call the number below prior to your visit, answer a few simple questions and book a time to go. The whole process won't take longer than 15 minutes. The sta there are nice and friendly, and we promise it won’t hurt, you big softy. Your blood could make a real di erence.

Jul 25, The One, Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, 9am to 3pm. Tel: (04) 3456687

SUPERSONIC

FLIGHT

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SonicStar – a US$18 million (Dhs66 million) airplane set to cut the journey time from Dubai to New York to just two hours and 20 minutes. Supersonic jet makers, Hyper Mach, announced plans to build the ten to 20-seater aircraft, which will be able to cruise at 4,287kmph at an altitude of 60,000ft, at the recent Paris Air Show. Hyper Mach claims that the SonicStar jet will y at twice the speed of the now defunct Concorde – but, sadly, you will have to wait until 2021 to hop on board.

will y at twice the speed of the now defunct Concorde – but, sadly, you will

Green light

“The next stop is Etisalat” – don’t recognise that station? Well, you will soon, as
“The next stop is Etisalat” – don’t
recognise that station? Well, you will
soon, as the RTA has (at long last)
announced the opening of the Green
Metro line. Study the map. Learn the
stations. There will be a quiz later*.
EMIRATES TOWERS
* There won't be a quiz.
We made that up.
FINANCIAL CENTRE
STADIUM
AL NAHDA
GHUBAIBA
AL AL
ABU HAIL
AIRPORT
FREE ZONE
FAHIDI AL RAS
QUSAIS
RIGGA
AL ETISALAT
BIN WALEED
KHALID
CITY
CENTRE
AL KARAMA
AIRPORT
TERMINAL
1
JAFILIYA
AIRPORT
TERMINAL
3
GGICO AL DEIRA
TRADE AL
CENTRE
EMIRATES
HEALTHCARE CITY
AL JEDDAF
CREEK
PALM DEIRA
BANIYAS SQUARE
UNION SQUARE
SALAH UDDIN
OUD
ABU BAKER AL SIDDIQUE
METHA
AL QUIADAH
RASHIDIYA
A whole new world The rst commercial development in The World is set to open
A whole new world
The rst commercial development in The
World is set to open later this year – not
the actual world, mind (that happened
centuries ago), but that famous group of
islands o the Dubai coast. Let’s have a
nosey at the stats
Dhs60m
The amount spent on buying and
developing the beach club
70
The percentage of the 300
man-made islands that have
been bought
1
Based on Lebanon Island,
The World Island Beach Club
will be the first commercial
property to open
Dhs40,000
The projected annual
membership fee to join the
beach club
80ft
The size of the yachts
that the pontoon can
accommodate
Families travelling in style With the ‘Families Travelling in Style’ Dubai offer, book your first
Families travelling in style With the ‘Families Travelling in Style’ Dubai offer, book your first

Families travelling in style

With the ‘Families Travelling in Style’ Dubai offer, book your first room this summer for two adults and receive:

One&Only Royal Mirage from AED950++

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Rates valid for GCC and Middle East residents only. Maximum two adults only in the first room. A maximum of two children up to 16 years old, plus one teenager up to 18 years old are permitted in the second room. Additional terms and conditions apply. Visit oneandonlyresorts.com for full details. One&Only Resorts, Dubai reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time without notice.

*Tentative dates

BE PART OF A COLOURFUL JOURNEY IN DUBAI. More than one million expected visitors 32
BE PART OF
A COLOURFUL
JOURNEY
IN DUBAI.
More than one million
expected visitors
32 global cuisines to be
featured
Attractions for every age
group
Five days of shopping,
dining and entertainment
Unique adventure sports
for thefirst time
in the UAE
31 Aug - 4 Sept* 2011
Meydan, Dubai
Guinness
World Record
Attempt at Venue
The largest
photographic collage
of human faces on
a mosaic surface
photographic collage of human faces on a mosaic surface Follow us on: Presenting Shoppiesta – an

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Presenting Shoppiesta – an annual exhibition that’s a unique celebration.

The Dubai event calendar is all set to get even more exciting! Shoppiesta, the five-day lifestyle extravaganza, is coming soon to enthral everyone with great bargains, adventure sports, exclusive concerts and lots more.

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What’s On has teamed up with Serena Hotels & Resorts, Africa and Asia’s
leading hotel group, to o er one lucky reader and a friend a three-night
package in one of Tanzania’s most luxurious safari destinations, including
return ights to Dar-Es-Salam on Kenya Airways.
If you’ve always dreamed of losing yourself in a world of untamed beauty,
complete with luxurious accommodation, high-adventure game drives and
boating safaris, then your wishes could come true.
The winners will enjoy three nights in one of Tanzania’s most sought-
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standing high on the banks of the shimmering Ru ji River with views down
to the plunging torrents of Stiegler's Gorge. The Mivumo River Lodge o ers
12 river-facing rooms, each of which is housed in a timbered chalet with
private viewing deck, sun loungers, plunge pool and a rain shower. The prize
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The resort is close to the spectacular Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO
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For your chance to win this amazing trip, simply answer this question
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We unearth and celebrate the best UAE-born stores, restaurants and cultural gems in Dubai How
We unearth and celebrate the best UAE-born stores,
restaurants and cultural gems in Dubai
How many times have you heard somebody
complain about the lack of original shops,
restaurants or cultural institutions in Dubai?
We hear this familiar refrain on an almost
weekly basis, “I hate malls, I ate in that
restaurant when I was in London, and there’s
just no culture here in the UAE – not like
Europe.” Our answer? What balderdash. OK,
so Dubai is not Paris or London, but those
ancient capitals have a good few centuries on
the young emirate we are proud to call home.
And on the following pages you will see that
there is an abundance of distinctive stores
created and run by entrepreneurs living right
here in the UAE, retailing unique products
that you would never be able to nd in a mall
or, indeed, anywhere else in the world.
e independent restaurant scene in
Dubai, meanwhile, is ourishing with local
restaurateurs o ering just about every cuisine
you could wish for. And from the Al Quoz
gallery quarter, which grows seemingly by the
day, to the numerous cultural organisations
popping up around town Dubai is certainly,
indubitably, not lacking culture. Made In
Dubai is a tag to be proud of, something to
celebrate. And that is exactly what we have
done here…
If
you have, are starting or are
planning on launching
a
shop, restaurant or cultural
enterprise in Dubai,
we would really like to hear about it.
E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae

MADE IN DUBAI

IndependentIndependent shopsshops

In a land of malls, it takes a brave soul to set up shop on their own. Luckily for us, an army of such retailers has taken to the Dubai streets to offer us vintage clothing, rare vinyl, second-hand books and more. Here’s our pick of the best independent shops in the city

Bambah

This vintage boutique is a treasure box

of fashion from the 1930s to the 1980s,

sourced from all over the world by 25-year-

old owner Maha Abdul Rasheed. You’ll find pieces from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Nina Ricci, with vintage suits, LBDs and accessories on racks and in old-fashioned suitcases just waiting to be incorporated into your wardrobe.

142 Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 10am to

10pm. Tel: (050) 6741754. www.bambah.com

Reem’s Closet

A haven for cash-strapped label lovers, Reem’s

Closet is tucked away in the somewhat un-glam

Mazaya Centre. But don’t be put o , Reem Mohammed and her team has one of the best

collections of ‘pre-owned’ (that’s second-hand

to the rest of us) designer goods from Chanel,

Dior, ierry Mugler and more, all of which have been checked for authenticity. Mazaya Centre, Dubai, 10am to 9.45pm. Tel: (04) 3439553

Kitsch

Centre, Dubai, 10am to 9.45pm. Tel: (04) 3439553 Kitsch A pioneer in Dubai’s cupcake world, Kitsch
Centre, Dubai, 10am to 9.45pm. Tel: (04) 3439553 Kitsch A pioneer in Dubai’s cupcake world, Kitsch

A pioneer in Dubai’s cupcake

world, Kitsch is the home-grown brainchild of Dalia Dogmoch and Racil

Chalhoub, who have added inches to our waistline since launching two years ago. And

it was worth every kilo.

Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 10am to midnight.

Tel: (04) 3956963. www.kitschconcept.com

Zoo

The sibling store to Bambah, Zoo is all modern spaces and quirky gifts. There’s also designer clothing, homewares and the kind of knick-knacks that add a little bit of cool to your life. In short, it’s the kind of shop you go into for a present and spend twice as much on yourself.

142 Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 10am to

10pm. Tel: (04) 3495585. www.zoofashions.com

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O De Rose

Fused together by three creative cousins from

di erent backgrounds with a shared passion

for fashion, interiors and art, O de Rose is a stunning boutique set in a converted villa. e garden is strewn with fairy lights and cushions, the products are enchantingly embellished and there’s always a warm welcome (sometimes you’ll get a cup of tea, too). Great for injecting some o eat charm into your home. Al Wasl Rd, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 10am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 3487990. www.o-derose.com

House Of Prose

A store run by book lovers, for book lovers,

this wordy wonderland has a wide selection of second-hand English-language tomes, and you can even return your purchase and receive half your money back. A fantastic shop with a winning attitude. Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 9am to 8pm, Fri 5.30pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3449021

Sugar Daddy’s

to 8pm, Fri 5.30pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3449021 Sugar Daddy’s As the bakers at Sugar

As the bakers at Sugar Daddy’s say “stressed

is desserts spelled backwards” – we couldn’t

have said it better. Innovative avours, loads of outlets and enough sugar to send us into a well-earned diabetic coma. Various branches including Village Mall, Beach Road, Dubai, Saturday to Thursday 9am to 10pm, Friday 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3448204. www.sugardaddysbakery.com

Deans Fujiya Supermarket

3448204. www.sugardaddysbakery.com Deans Fujiya Supermarket With freezers full of seaweed and shelves heaving with

With freezers full of seaweed and shelves heaving with steamers, Deans is favourite with Dubai chefs. e tiny Japanese supermarket sells imported ingredients, utensils and dishes, so whether you’re an aspiring sushi master or just want some unusual side plates, it’s well worth seeking out. Near Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 10am to 8.30pm, Fri 5pm to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 3370503

S*uce
S*uce

S*uce

to 8.30pm, Fri 5pm to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 3370503 S*uce S*uce A leading light on the

A

leading light on the local fashion scene, S*uce

is

a contemporary boutique with a mixture

of brands such as Karta, Isabella Cappeto,

Alldressedup and collections including McQ by Alexander McQueen, See by Chloé and Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood. ere’s also gorgeous jewellery, cute gi ideas and very bling gold shopping bags. The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3447270. www.shopatsauce.com

Dubai, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3447270. www.shopatsauce.com Mr Ben’s A walk-in fancy dress box, Mr
Dubai, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3447270. www.shopatsauce.com Mr Ben’s A walk-in fancy dress box, Mr

Mr Ben’s

A walk-in fancy dress box,

Mr Ben’s is packed with wigs, accessories and out ts to transform you from ordinary to Barney the Dinosaur, a beefeater, 1970s disco queen and pretty much anything the Rugby Sevens or a costume party could demand. Rental also available. Mr Ben, Al Ghazal Mall, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3463422. www.mrbendubai.com

“Mr. Ben’s was the first official costumes sales and rentals business here in the UAE.
“Mr. Ben’s was the first official
costumes sales and rentals
business here in the UAE. We
wanted to not just be the first,
but also remain the best in the
market at what we do.”
Jayne Eastland – Managing Director,
Mr Ben’s

MADE IN DUBAI

“There is an amazing entrepreneurial spirit and energy in Dubai. There always has been.” Zayan
“There is an amazing
entrepreneurial spirit and
energy in Dubai. There always
has been.”
Zayan Ghandour – Creative Director,
Head Buyer and co-founder,
S*uce

Bookworld

Whistle & Flute
Whistle & Flute

Fabindia

With handcra ed products and fabrics from all over India, this store isn’t cheap, but you’ll leave with authentic clothing, linens and accessories. ere’s even organic food and products for your bathroom shelf. Al Mankool Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 10am to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3989633 www.fabindia.com

Ohm Records

4pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3989633 www.fabindia.com Ohm Records Hailed by many vinyl fans as local

Hailed by many vinyl fans as local heroes, the gang at OHM promotes and distributes hard to nd music from non-commercial genres like trip hop, acid jazz and jazz. Nice guys, too. Al Kifaf Building, Trade Center Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai, 2pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3973728. www.ohmrecords.com

My Vintage

Parlour

Tel: (04) 3973728. www.ohmrecords.com My Vintage Parlour Fashion fanatic Judith Hanley has a thirst for vintage

Fashion fanatic Judith Hanley has a thirst for vintage so set up My Vintage Parlour, a space where her sartorial sisters can book appointments to view the collection and nd that perfect prom dress. Pieces from the 1900s

through to the 1970s have been expertly curated

by Judith and she’s on hand to advise on tting,

alterations and accessorising. Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (050) 5504249. www.myvintageparlour.com

Ayesha Depala Boutique

5504249. www.myvintageparlour.com Ayesha Depala Boutique A regular on best-dressed lists, Ayesha Depala studied at

A regular on best-dressed lists, Ayesha Depala

studied at Central St Martin’s in London before setting up her own label and boutique. Ayesha’s designs are modern, feminine and undeniably in uenced by her Indian heritage,

with rich beading and glamorous colours. e store boasts all her creations, plus accessories

to turn heads.

The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 10am to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm. Tel:

(04) 3445378. www.ayeshadepala.com

Five more local favourites Absolute Adventure Adventurer, guide and Dubai resident, Paul Oliver organises expeditions
Five more local
favourites
Absolute Adventure
Adventurer, guide and Dubai resident,
Paul Oliver organises expeditions all
around the globe, but his company is
based in the UAE and he’s the go-to guy
for local adventures here and in Oman.
Absolute Adventure, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3459900. www.adventure.ae
Desert Gardener
Dan, the Desert Gardner,
runs the ever-expanding
Dubai Garden Centre,
now home to a couple
of our featured local
businesses, Bumble Box
Market and an House Of Prose
bookshop outlet, as well as other local
gems like the RAW Co ee Company.
Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3400006
Dubizzle
You all know about Dubizzle, so we
won’t bang on about it, but the online
classifieds market with its tagline
“buy, sell, find anything” is one
of the city’s most successful
home-grown sites.
www.dubizzle.com
Duplays
Anyone who plays sport in the UAE
will already be eternally grateful to
this online sports and social club,
which enables anyone to join a team
or establish their own to play in one of
the various leagues on the site. One of
the most original and useful businesses
in town.
www.duplays.com
Okku
We’ve been regular
patrons of the stylish
Japanese restaurant
since the day it opened,
and we’re not the only
ones. In fact, Okku has
been so successful that its
creators are planning to open in London
soon. Dubai goes global.
Okku, The Monarch Dubai, One Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 5018777.
www.okkudubai.com

Piled high with second-hand books and magazines, Book World is a hideaway for Dubai’s literati. With everything from vintage Viz annuals to nearly new best-sellers, the prices are cheap, the choice is vast and if your own home is too full, you can borrow a book instead of buying it. Plant Street, Satwa, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 9.30am to 9.30 pm and Fri 4.30pm to 9.30pm. Tel: (04) 3491914

Whistle & Flute

It is hard to nd a good tailor in Dubai, and Whistle & Flute is no di erent, tucked away in an alley near the Iranian hospital. Trust us, with expert sta , quality fabrics and speedy turnaround times you won’t begrudge them a little mystery. Plant Street, Satwa, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3429229

Disco 2000

9am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3429229 Disco 2000 Need highbrow culture at

Need highbrow culture at rock bottom prices? Get yourself to Disco 2000 where you’ll nd CDs and DVDs for under Dhs50, with some even costing as little as Dhs10. Spinneys, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 9.30am to 10pm, Fri 10am to 10pm. Tel:

(04) 3940139

Bumble Box

Already a What’s On favourite, Bumble Box is a home delivery service o ering fresh organic fruit and vegetables at a ordable prices. Boxes cost Dhs80 and Dhs130 depending on the size, with the larger packages holding enough for a family of four (depending on appetites). ere’s also a market twice a week, Tuesday and Saturday, at the Dubai Garden Centre in Al Quoz starting at 9.30am, where you can meet the team and buy from other local suppliers. www.bumble-box.com

“We offer items with stories and soul, not just a price tag.” Mimi Shakhashir –
“We offer items with
stories and soul, not just
a price tag.”
Mimi Shakhashir –
Managing Partner,
O de Rose

MADE IN DUBAI

EatingEating outout

Coming soon: Keep an eye out for organic restaurant Burger 360, scheduled to open September/October
Coming soon: Keep an eye
out for organic restaurant
Burger 360, scheduled to
open September/October 2011

Aprons &

Hammers

A&H, billing itself as “the rst crab shack in Dubai”, has been causing a big stir around town. Owner and chef, Lawrence Fleet, is omnipresent, chatting with diners, boasting about the quality of the local seafood and cooking up the various buckets and platters on the menu. We recommend the steamed crab with chili and garlic dipping sauce and the mussels in sa ron cream. Aprons & Hammers, The Dhow, Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4547097

Kcal

Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4547097 Kcal Aprons & Hammers Wild Peeta Set up
Aprons & Hammers
Aprons & Hammers

Wild Peeta

Set up by the Al Awadhi brothers, co-founder Mohamed Parham Al Awadhi describes his fusion shawarma restaurants as what every country should have, but Dubai desperately needs – locally-derived, creative food ideas. “Dubai is dependent on importing everything,” he insists. “We need to be able to create.” Right on the money. Wild Peeta, various locations, Dubai. Tel: 8009453. www.wildpeeta.com

Zaroob

Set up by local restaurateur Nasser Zuhour, also responsible for Dubai’s Mezze House, Zaroob is a ne example of the kind of trendy, local restaurants popping up around the city. e design is o eat, urban chic with Arabic in uences, while the restaurant boasts two oors with an open kitchen producing nourishing Levantine cuisine. Jumeirah Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel:

(04) 3276060. www.zaroob.net

More Café

Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3276060. www.zaroob.net More Café If you have been in Dubai for more

If you have been in Dubai for more than a

week, it’s likely you have discovered More Café. We’re not telling you it’s there, we’re reminding you that it’s Dubai born and bred. Having received the What’s On Award for Favourite Café/ Independent in 2009,

managing partner Wouter Lap told us, “I wanted to create a place where you could go and be in total comfort.” He’s done just that. More Café, various locations, Dubai. Tel: (04)

2830224. www.morecafe.biz

Lime Tree Café

Dubai. Tel: (04) 2830224. www.morecafe.biz Lime Tree Café BoHouse With its distinctive, colourful and arty décor,

BoHouse

With its distinctive, colourful and arty décor, its outdoor terrace facing the sea and its no nonsense grub, BoHouse has become a popular hang out for JBR and Marina residents in Dubai. e food and the laid-back style of the place are perfectly in sync with the city. And, as if that weren’t enough, the café has just launched a book club. BoHouse Cafe,The Walk, JBR, Dubai.Tel: (04) 4298655. E-mail: bookclub@bohousecafe.com

Local House

(04) 4298655. E-mail: bookclub@bohousecafe.com Local House Not merely made in Dubai, but a truly original concept
(04) 4298655. E-mail: bookclub@bohousecafe.com Local House Not merely made in Dubai, but a truly original concept

Not merely made in Dubai, but a truly original concept as Kcal, set up by passionate fitness fan Andreas Borgmann and his business partner, serves “healthy fast food” with all the dishes coming in at less than 300 calories. The Kcal beef burger is surprisingly good, and Kcal delivers. Kcal, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4473844. www.kcalhealthyfastfood.com

Piccolo Mondo

Tel: (04) 4473844. www.kcalhealthyfastfood.com Piccolo Mondo Bay Dubai For a long time, Piccolo Mondo was a

Bay Dubai

For a long time, Piccolo Mondo was a solo café hidden away in International City, an Aladdin’s cave lled to bursting with artefacts and bric-a-brac picked up by owner Zaki Al Obaidi on his travels. e Dubai Marina outlet launched it into the mainstream, but PMD still retains its distinctive junk shop aesthetic and its delightfully muddled multi- cuisine menu. Piccolo Mondo Bay Dubai, Dubai Marina, Marina Tower, Basement Level, Water Front, Dubai. Tel:

(04) 4475449. www.piccolomondobaydubai.com

“All small businesses are going to have lows – it is your passion that fuels
“All small businesses are going
to have lows – it is your passion
that fuels you to get through
them.”
Mohamed Parham Al Awadhi –
Co-founder, Wild Peeta
Mohamed Parham Al Awadhi – Co-founder, Wild Peeta e original Lime Tree Café in Beach Road

e original Lime Tree Café in Beach Road has become a Dubai institution, and one of the hardest places to secure

a table at breakfast time in the city. With

a fourth café recently opened in Media City,

Lime Tree Café is a genuine Dubai success story. Lime Tree Café, various locations, Dubai. Tel: (04)

3498498. www.thelimetreecafe.com

Coffee Shop & Restaurant

It might be located in Al Baskakiya, prime tourist territory, but Local House is the real Dubai deal. Set up by Khalid Sultan Moosa Al Halyan, it specialises in traditional Emirati food and music. It would be grossly negligent not to sample the famous camel burger. Local House Coffee Shop & Restaurant, Al Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3540705. www.localhousedubai.com

MADE IN DUBAI

CultureCulture

MADE IN DUBAI Culture Culture Backstage Theatre Group is non-pro t amateur theatre group started two

Backstage Theatre Group

is non-pro t amateur theatre group started

two years ago with just ten people. Since then,

its numbers have swelled to 400 strong – putting

on as many as ten productions last year alone.

Playing throughout Dubai, it encourages people

to join its ranks and aims to raise the pro le of

performing arts in the UAE. Tel: (050) 4524793

Dubomedy

of performing arts in the UAE. Tel: (050) 4524793 Dubomedy Dubbed the ‘Future Of UAE Comedy’

Dubbed the ‘Future Of UAE Comedy’ by this very magazine, Dubomedy was set up

in 2008 by comedic royalty Ali Al Sayed and

Mina Liccione and is the region’s rst and only comedy and urban arts school. With over 30 years of performance experience, Ali and Mina’s

goal is to educate and create a local comedy community. So far, so good. www.dubomedy.com

Dubai Confidential

Film Club

Recently we’ve been singing the praises of the DCFC. Only set up this year, the monthly events screen classic art house lms to small groups of passionate lm bu s. is month’s showing will see Vertigo following the success Casablanca and Breakfast At Ti any’s. Tel: (055) 5537686

The Fridge

A music agency, a performance space, a gallery

and make-shi concert area – e Fridge is many things, and is totally unique. Set up by Shelley Frost in 2007, its aim has always been to promote, manage and facilitate the collaboration of locally-based music talent. The Fridge, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3477793. www.thefridgedubai.com

Mindloop Studios

You can’t have an indie scene without a studio

to record angst- lled songs. Cue Mindloop.

With three studios, a throng of local session musicians, this wire-strewed recording studio adds much-needed creative grit to Dubai. Mindloop Studios, Dubai Media City, Dubai. Tel:

(04) 3914111 www.mindloopstudios.com

Media City, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3914111 www.mindloopstudios.com Art Galleries Tra c The spacious multi- purpose set-up
Art Galleries Tra c The spacious multi- purpose set-up is ideal for showcasing local artists.
Art Galleries
Tra c
The spacious multi-
purpose set-up is ideal for
showcasing local artists.
Traffic has two galleries, a
residency artist studio and PRINT – an
art store.
Traffic, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3470209. www.viatraffic.org
The Jam Jar
Set up in 2005, thejamjar strives
to support the development of
Dubai’s art scene through art
programmes, educational initiatives,
and community projects.
The Jam Jar, Al Quoz 3, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3417303.
www.thejamjardubai.com
Third Line
Another gallery set in the
maze of Al Quoz, the
ird Line specialises in
showcasing contemporary
Middle Eastern art.
The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3411367. www.thethirdline.com
XVA
Heralded not only in the UAE but also
throughout the MENA region, the plush
XVA gallery has established itself as one
of the big names in Middle Eastern art.
XVA Gallery, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3585117. www.xvagallery.com
Showcase
Gallery
One of the most
established galleries
in Dubai, Showcase
caters to both art and
antiques collectors.
ShowcaseGallery,Jumeirah
BeachRoad,Dubai.
Tel:(04)3488797.
www.showcaseuae.com
4 Walls
Not just a gallery, 4 Walls puts on
painting and sculpting workshops, as
well as regular art classes for children.
4 Walls Art Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3388892.
www.4walls-dubai.com

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3388892. www.4walls-dubai.com JULY 2011 WHAT’S ON 19 The Fridge Capital D Is it a gallery or

The Fridge

Capital D

Is it a gallery or a photography studio? We’re not quite sure – but either way we love it. Set up by the husband and wife team of Ayaad and Meredith Taylor Damouni, it hosts exhibitions and a professional photography service – all the right components to foster a photography community in Dubai. Capital D Studios, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3415339 www.capitaldstudio.com

Tashkeel

Now this is more like it. A plush open space set up for artists and designers to help generate creativity. Members are allowed the use of the studios, which include a photography studio and darkroom, 3D studios, and textile printing and jewellery studios. ere is an excellent reference library, too. Freelancers rejoice! Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3363313 www.tashkeel.org

Dolphin Creative

Experimental events company Dolphin Creative specialises in open space theatre, festivals and public events that highlight the arts and entertainment, including its show Swamp Juice (Jul 23 to 31). “We feel this region has a real ‘can do’ attitude, and we want to be part of it,” Stuart Every, Dolphin’s Managing Director, told us. Dolphin Creative, Dubai. www.dolphincreative.ae

“We felt our experience and drive could do well, and we were prepared to give
“We felt our experience
and drive could do well, and
we were prepared to give up
the security of steady pay
cheques to go for it.”
Stuart Every – Managing Director,
Dolphin Creative

Your summer

Need to fill those long humid weekends and boring evenings? We’ve found the best activities in Dubai to keep you and the family busy

The foodie

in Dubai to keep you and the family busy The foodie Visit an organic market We’ve
in Dubai to keep you and the family busy The foodie Visit an organic market We’ve

Visit an organic market

We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again, the local, organic produce at the weekly Bumble Box Market is a must for any serious foodie with scruples. Bumble Box Market, Dubai Garden Centre, Dubai, Sat 9.30am to 1pm. Tel: (04) 34000006. www.bumble-box.com

Enjoy a culinary weekend

Planning on enjoying the superb cooking at Verre? Enjoy it properly with a three-course dinner at Ramsay’s Dubai bastion, a stay at the Hilton and breakfast at Glasshouse, also run by Verre’s Scott Price. The Gordon Ramsay Culinary Experience, Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai, Dhs1,295 per couple. Tel: (04) 2271111

Master the art of French cooking

Enjoy a lesson with our favourite French chef, Traiteur’s Franck Detrait, followed by lunch or dinner. Traiteur, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai, from Dhs350 per person. Tel: (04) 6021804

Sample cheese and wine

Two nights to please both oenophiles and turophiles

Plantation Lounge More than 30 cheeses with wine pairings and a jazz band. Plantation Lounge, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR, Weds 7pm to 10pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 4484873 Lobby Lounge The Qamardeen Hotels Cheese and Wine Unwind nights provide exactly what the name suggests. Lobby Lounge, Qamardeen Hotel, Emaar Boulevard, Old Town, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Wed to Fri 6pm to 9pm, Dhs109. Tel: (04) 4285888

Blend your own tea

Visit manager Alexandra Kalinina and her team at the new Tea For You café and create your own blend of tea. Tea For You, TECOM, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4572575.

www.tea4you.ae

The sports

Learn capoeira

Get to grips with the non-contact Brazilian sport, where two players exchange movements. Great for coordination, exibility and strength. Contender Gym, Al Quoz, Dubai, Sun, Tues and Thurs 8pm to 10pm, Dhs700 per month. Tel:

(050) 1034672. www.capoeiradubai.com

Go climbing and be frozen – at the mall

Adventure HQ is an enormous new store packed with the latest outdoor equipment – and a climbing wall, cable climb and ice chamber where you can try out winter gear. It’s o cially the coolest place in Dubai. Adventure HQ, Times Square, Al Quoz, Dubai, 10am to 10pm. www.adventurehq.ae

Try cheerleading aerobics

Pom-poms at the ready, the latest exercise craze to sweep Dubai is Cheerobics, which combines cheerleading techniques and aerobics to burn up to 700 calories per hour. Extra points for pep and team spirit. Core Direction, DAMAC Waves Tower, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Dhs350 per month for unlimited classes. Tel: (055) 6930668. www.coredirection. com

Cycle, run or blade at the Autodrome

Forget the motors, every Wednesday night runners, rollerbladers and cyclists take over the track at the Autodrome with Cycle Safe Dubai. It’s free, but you’ll have to bring your own mode of transport. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, Dubai, 6pm to 9pm, free. Tel: (04) 3678700

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Culture vulture

Join a Scrabble club

Meet like-minded word nerds for monthly meet-ups, regular tournaments and online tip swapping. To contact the group, search for ‘UAE Scrabble’ on www. facebook.com

Watch the Copa America

If you’re more of an armchair or barstool kinda

sports fan, then you’ll already know that the

cream of South America’s international football stars go head to head in the Copa America during July in Argentina. You won’t have to shell out on the next ight to Buenos Aires or worry about time

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e Underground is

ight to Buenos Aires or worry about time di e Underground is Swap your books Refresh

Swap your books

Refresh your bookshelves and save some cash with the book swaps o ered at KAS Cafe in JLT. Drop in any time with a tired tome or that novel you just never got around to and pick up a new read from the shelf. Our kind of recycling. KAS Café, Lake Terrace, JLT, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4471703

erences because

screening matches and

is

2.30am.

open from noon to

The Underground, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3995000

Join the library

In the days of Kindles and iPads it’s easy to forget the simple joys of borrowing a book. Run entirely by volunteers (and they’re always looking for more) e Old Library in Mall Of e Emirates has 19,000 titles, second-hand books for sale and hosts reading sessions. Membership is Dhs200 for adults and Dhs50 for children. The Old Library, DUCTAC, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun to Thurs noon to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3414777. www.theoldlibrary.ae

Show off your knowledge

Summer is prime pub quiz season, with many brainaics holing up in bars to pit their wits for prizes. Here’s our top three:

1. Fibber Magees (Tue), Sheikh Zayed Road,

Dubai. Tel: (04) 3322400

2. The Sports Lounge (Mon), Dubai Marina

Yacht Club, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04)

3627900

3. Arabian Ranches Golf Club (Tue),

Emirates Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3663000

Draw at the mall

Hone your people watching and sketching skills with Saturday a ernoon drawing sessions with Raja’a Khalid. You’ll meet at one of Dubai’s malls to observe shoppers, architecture, window displays, perspective and more. Minimum of four people needed per class and prices depend on group size. Bring your own A4 notebook, black ink pens and pencils. Tel: (050) 5595617

YOUR SUMMER SORTED

Family

YOUR SUMMER SORTED Family Feast on meat Celebrate the beginning of the weekend by over indulging

Feast on meat

Celebrate the beginning of the weekend by over indulging in endless cuts of top-quality meats and seafood while serenaded by a live jazz band. ursday nights at Ember really is one for people who know their meat. Ember, The Address Dubai Mall, Old Town, Dubai. Thurs 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Dhs180 to Dhs245 including a selection of house beverages. Tel: (04) 4388999

Become a photographer

Splashed out on a fancy camera but still taking bad shots? Throughout July and August pro portrait snappers Pink Pepper are offering five-day courses for beginners and intermediates at their studio. Forget a stuffy classroom – these sessions are all about fun, experimentation, snap happy times for all ages. Pink Pepper, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, Dhs800. Tel: (04) 4340437. www.pinkpepperuae.com

Luxury lovers s

Birthday baking

If your little darling celebrates their birthday this summer, Sugar Daddy’s cupcake and cookie decorating classes could provide the ideal birthday bash. Let them make a mess on somebody else’s property for a change, eh? Sugar Daddy’s, Park Island, Dubai Marina, Dubai, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3448204

Free summer camp

Lamcy Plaza and Fun City have teamed up for Dubai Summer Surprises to create a children’s summer camp o ering entertainment ranging from cooking to yoga. ere will also be activities available in the evenings. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, Dubai, 11am to 2pm, and 5pm to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 3352700

An evening at the zoo

Summer nights are the ideal time to take

that trip to the zoo (it’s educational, educational, a a er er all), all),

especially as Al Ain Wildlife ildlife Park Park & & Resort Resort

has a buy one get one free ree deal deal on on tickets until July 31.

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, ort, Al Al Ain, Ain, Abu Abu

Dhabi, 4pm to 10pm, Dhs15, hs15, children children Dhs5. Dhs5.

Tel: (03) 7041543. www.awpr.ae wpr.ae

Get some rhythm

Dubai Drums is holding day camps

for children aged four to to 12 12

throughout July with hand

drumming, singing,

drama, story telling and

puppet shows. You can

even join your progeny

between 12.30pm and 1pm

for no extra charge. Bonus. nus.

Dubai Drums, Al Noor

Centre, Barsha, Dubai, Jul to

28 9am to 1pm, Dhs750

per week. Tel: (056)

7442129

Tread the

boards

Do you have a budding g

thespian on your hands? s? Kids Kids

eatre Works is holding

drama camps for children

aged seven to 14 led by British British

performers Hayley Doyle, yle, Anna Anna

Stranack and Dean Elliot. iot.

Jul 3 to Jul 7 and Jul 10 to Jul 14,

Kids Theatre Works, DUCTAC, TAC, Mall Mall

Of The Emirates, Dubai, 9am 9am to to

3pm, Dhs750 per week. Tel: Tel: (04) (04)

3414777

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Rolling in style

Ditch your tired old banger for a few days and

rent a car with some serious comfort. Hertz is

o ering a top-of-the-range Lexus IS300s from

Dhs428 per day, including insurance. Road- trippin’ in style. Hertz Middle East, From Dhs438. Tel: (800) 43789. www.hertz.ae

Smokin’ success

Nothing says ‘you’ve made it’ like sitting in utter comfort, pu ng on the nest cigar with

a choice beverage in hand. If you’re celebrating this summer, here are our top three cigar bars:

The Cigar Bar Daily from 7pm to 2am, The Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3118316. www.fairmont.com/dubai C Club

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Hopping

mad

ree days long. Two weeks and 40 people to build the tent. 30 doormen. 50 bar sta . Over 100 varieties of beer. A pint pulled every 20 seconds. at’s right, Hopfest is back. e fun- lled three-day fest kicks o at noon and nishes at 2am, with music by e Maplejacks, Adam Shero, e Vision and DJ Mark. Up for the hat-trick? On the Saturday take your wristband from ursday and Friday and the rst 200 punters will get a free brunch and a ‘I Survived Hopfest 2011’ T-shirt. Wear yours with pride, you crazy kid. Jul 21 to Jul 24, Irish Village, Garhoud, Dubai, noon to 2am, drinks from Dhs35. Tel: (04) 2824122. www.irishvillage.ae

WIN! DRINKS AT HOPFEST What’s even better than a festival of fun? When it’s free,
WIN!
DRINKS AT HOPFEST
What’s even better than a festival of fun? When
it’s free, of course. We have drinks and food
vouchers worth Dhs350 to give to four thirsty
readers. For your chance to win, e-mail
editor-wo@motivate.ae with‘Hopfest’in the
subject line and the answer to this question…
At which Dubai institution
is Hopfest held?
a)
Scottish Village
b) Irish Village
c) Finnish Village
Dubai institution is Hopfest held? a) Scottish Village b) Irish Village c) Finnish Village JULY 2011
Dubai institution is Hopfest held? a) Scottish Village b) Irish Village c) Finnish Village JULY 2011
Dubai institution is Hopfest held? a) Scottish Village b) Irish Village c) Finnish Village JULY 2011
Dubai institution is Hopfest held? a) Scottish Village b) Irish Village c) Finnish Village JULY 2011

Dubai

online

Chances are, like us, you’re permanently parked at your PC or glued to your smartphone.There’s no denying it, the UAE population is spending more time online. We’ve rounded up the best blogs, top twitterers, amazing apps, online shops and stats. So whether you’re an internet lurker, aspiring entrepreneur or Facebook friend, read on to find out what’s happening on our world wide web

Get appy From galleries and games to bill paying, here’s our pick of UAE apps
Get appy
From galleries and games to bill paying, here’s our pick of UAE apps to download today
DUBAI METRO2
Metro stations, times, rules, fines and prices.
DEWA
Bill queries, office locations and complaint logging.
DUBAI MAP & WALKING
TOURS
One for visitors – download and send them on
their way. Maps, routes, landmarks and information.
KALIMAT
An utterly addictive word game in both English
and Arabic.
THE THIRD LINE
The Al Quoz gallery’s app features artists’ work and
profiles, exhibitions, events social feeds and a book
store.
7DAYS
The latest news in either iPhone or BlackBerry format.
DUBAI 92
Listen to Dubai 92 on the go.
DUBAI FLIGHT TRACKER
Gives you up-to-date arrival and departure info
from Dubai airport. Excellent for those who travel a
lot, or for picking up friends and family
GRAND CINEMAS
What’s showing and when, screening times,
e-tickets and cinema locations.
MPARK DUBAI
Enter your vehicle details, parking zone and
required duration to pay for parking through your
iPhone. Snazzy.
Percentage of the UAE population using internet 25% not on the internet 75% on the
Percentage of the UAE
population using internet
25%
not on the
internet
75%
on the internet
Style blog!
Picking out your new wardrobe needn’t be a
solitary task. Dubai fashionista and blogger
Bebhinn Kelly’s www.hellwafashion.com
helps you trawl through latest trends, from
designers to high street and everything in
between.
Percentage of the UAE population on Facebook FACT: The UAE is number nine in the
Percentage of the UAE
population on Facebook
FACT: The UAE
is number nine
in the worldʼs
top ten countries
by Facebook
penetration. Iceland
is number one
worldwide – 66.5% of
its population have a
facebook account
46%
not on
54%
facebook
on facebook
The most popular YouTube video from Dubai is of Shakira bellydancing at her 2007 concert,
The most popular YouTube
video from Dubai is of
Shakira bellydancing at her
2007 concert, with
9,644,942 views

Top tweeters

Our pick of the UAE’s 140-character chatterers

@TheLemonadeBoy Followers: 113,390 Who is he? Com Mirza is an entrepreneur and all around ‘creative madman’. Tweets about: Famous inspirational quotes Likelihood he’ll tweet you back: Pretty high – Com is a daily tweeter

@ lollipop26 Followers: 32,423 Who is she? Laura is a beauty blogger who its between Dubai and London Tweets about: Beauty products and tips Likelihood she’ll tweet you back: High – Laura is a self-confessed tweet-aholic

@Catboy_Dubai Followers: 11,458 Who is he? Simon Smedley is Catboy from Dubai 92’s breakfast show (and What’s On columnist) Tweets about: Amusing snippets from around Dubai and beyond. He does a good infographic, too Likelihood he’ll tweet you back: Reasonable – it depends if you have anything entertaining to say

@AshrafGhori Followers: 25,723 Who is he? Ashraf Ghori is an artist and award- winning lm-maker. Tweets about: Arts, graphics and news Likelihood he’ll tweet you back: Good – Ashraf tweets… a lot

5.5 MILLION Twitter users in the region

tweets… a lot 5.5 MILLION Twitter users in the region 40% of them in the UAE

40% of them in the UAE

MILLION Twitter users in the region 40% of them in the UAE Food blog! Unlike actual
Food blog! Unlike actual food, when it comes to food advice, you can never have
Food blog!
Unlike actual food, when it comes to food
advice, you can never have too much. Check
out www.duguzzle.blogspot.com, the
sparkling blog from our very own The Critic
(p40), James Brennan.
UAE Age of facebook users in the UAE 55% 45% 15 - 30 years old
UAE
Age of facebook users in
the UAE
55%
45%
15 - 30
years old
over 30
years old
New blog! While most of us moan to our mates about the weird and wonderful
New blog!
While most of us moan to our mates about the
weird and wonderful people that live in Dubai, a
certain annonymous blogger has taken it online.
Check out www.mrsmadisondubai.com for all
the stereotypes; the campers, the old-timer, the
waxer, the 7Days letter writer – which one are you?

Emirates Airline is the social media brand with the most ʻfollowersʼ – the Dubai company has 69,950 followers across Facebook,Twitter and YouTube

WORLDWIDE
WORLDWIDE
66% 34% 56% 44% Facebook users in the UAE are Globally, the average is 56%
66%
34%
56%
44%
Facebook users in the UAE are
Globally, the average is 56%
66%femaleand34%male
femaleand44%male
UAE facebook users
showing status as ʻmarriedʼ
13%
20%
Married
Married
(male)
(female)
0
Language of UAE Facebook users 88% English 9.3% Arabic 0.8% French 0 20 40 60
Language of UAE Facebook users
88% English
9.3% Arabic
0.8% French
0
20
40
60
80
100

Where to buy

Arabic 0.8% French 0 20 40 60 80 100 Where to buy How to build your

How to build your

own app

Got a great idea for an app that can change the world, make life easier or just pass the time while you’re on the metro?

Until recently, the only people who could develop (and make cash) from app building were tech- heads. Now, Apps Arabia, an Abu Dhabi-based

investment fund, is inviting UAE residents to pitch their ideas and make their app-based dream a risk- free online reality. So how does it work?

1. Wannabe app entrepreneurs register and

submit their idea for investment.

2. Successful applicants are contacted and

AppsArabia finds suitable developers.

3. It invests in the development (if you have an

idea you don’t pay a dirham), it is created, tested and submitted to the appropriate app store. This takes around three months.

4. Revenue from sales is kept by AppsArabia

until the investment is paid off. Profits are then

split between the entrepreneur (70 per cent) and AppsArabia (30 per cent).

5. You become the next Mark Zuckerberg. It

could happen.

www.appsarabia.com

86%

of mobile internet users use their devices while watching TV

Forget your Amazons, Net-A-Porters and eBays, the UAE has a raft of home-grown websites packed with products. No conversion rates, shorter delivery times and help at the end of the phone. Welcome to your new lunchtime time-wasters and last-minute saviours

FOR HOMES www.wallcravings.com Vinyl waterproof, removable wall stickers, this excellent site is packed with decals to transform your home into an individual space. Designs range from the graphic to the floral, with Arabic calligraphy, famous quotes and nursery- friendly illustrations. Prices start from Dhs125.

FOR FLOWERS www.upscaleandposh.com Flowers, chocolates, balloons, cookies and more ordered online and delivered to your (or your beloved’s) door. Easy to navigate, arranged by occasion and well-priced.

FOR FASHION

www.boutique1.com

The Dubai home to Lily Allen’s Lucy In

Disguise label, Boutique 1’s online offering looks uncannily similar to Net A Porter, and offers a high standard of sartorial choices. Clothing and accessories from the likes of Issa, Halston Heritage and Erdem are available, plus menswear, stationery, books, gifts and a rather nice discount section.

FOR GADGETS www.aido.com Standing for All I Do Online, Aido offers gadgets, books, games, DVDs, quirky gifts and homewares, plus iPads and accessories. We love the massive Scratch Map poster (Dhs70), which allows you to scratch off countries as you visit them. To win a BlackBerry PlayBook from Aido, turn to page 97.

FOR CHILDREN www.sandypants.com After spotting a gap in the market for long- lasting toys, stylish children’s clothes and innovative products, plus party bags and travel items, Dubai mums Donna and Patricia launched Sandy Pants. Regularly relied upon for presents and party essentials, it has quickly become the go-to website for busy parents thanks to its next day delivery service.

FOR AUCTIONS www.souq.com If you love the buzz of bidding, check out Souq. New and used items, motors, tickets, properties and all manner of bric-a-brac is waiting to be bought for a bargain price. Just have a bit of savvy – we found an ‘original Banksy’which we’d recommend checking out before parting with your dirhams.

FOR LIFE www.dubizzle.com Dubizzle has expanded beyond apartment browsing to a site where you can pick up furniture for free, check out social snaps and even find a job. A website that is as essential to living in the region as a bottle of Masafi, pair of sunnies and some Hawaiian Tropic factor 30.

FOR FOOD www.casseroleonline.com Chef-prepared meals delivered to your desk or door. This website allows you to order soups, salads, main meals, drinks and desserts – you just need to heat it up. Particularly recommended are the lasagne and ratatouille, with prices starting from Dhs18 for a caesar salad. And there’s no minimum order.

FOR DJS www.djcorner.ae Gadgets galore at this online emporium, with DJ gear from headphones to turntables, plus lighting, stands and cables. Ideal for those who don’t want to buy internationally, the company is based in Deira and shipping is free on orders over Dhs1,000 within the UAE.

DUBAI’S BEST POOL HALLS

Our magic eight ball tells us you’re sick of waiting around for your local’s solitary pool table to become free. To make sure you’ll never have to wait again, we’ve scoured the city for the best pool and snooker clubs. We’ll rack ‘em, you break…

DUBAI BILLIARD ACADEMY

Small and peaceful, this place is a rarity; a family-friendly pool hall boasting two junior- size pool tables. It also does a range of pool courses if your action is a bit rusty – you hustler. Pool tables: five (including two junior tables) Snooker tables: one Shaiba Towers, Tecom, Dubai, 1pm to 1am, Dhs15. Tel: (050) 1518532. www.dubaibilliard.com

EMIRATES BILLIARDS CENTRE

There is no doubt about it, Emirates Billiards Centre is for the purists; it opens early, closes late, is well priced and is kitted out exclusively for billiards. Pool tables: 11 Snooker tables: 0 Shiekha Rafiya Building, Al Ittihad Road, Deira, 10am to 2am, Dhs15 before 7pm, Dhs20 after 7pm. Tel: (04) 2624499

QBALL

A gem in the maze that is International City, Qball offers good rates, both snooker and pool tables and a VIP room. Pool tables: 13 Snooker tables: two International City, Morocco Cluster, Dubai, 2pm to 2am, pool Dhs10 before 7pm, Dhs15 after 7pm, snooker Dhs20 before 7pm, Dhs30 after 7pm, VIP room Dhs40. Tel: (04) 4308127. www.qballdubai.com

DUBAI SNOOKER CLUB

Twenty-five years ago the Dubai Snooker Club was just six pool tables and a snooker table, now it’s one of the most popular clubs in town, Membership is not compulsory and the snacks are top notch. Pool tables: 13 Snooker tables: 14 Just off Maktoum Bridge, Karama, 9am to 2am, Dhs25 per hour. Tel: (04) 3375338. www.dubaisnooker.com

BILLIARD LEGEND

Buried in the bustle of Bur Dubai, this nice little pool hall has seven tables with hour-long bookings making it easy to drop by and pocket a few balls anytime you like. Pool tables: seven Snooker tables: 0 Al Tayer Building, Al Mina Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai, 10am to 2am, Dhs20 before 6pm, Dhs25 after 6pm. Tel: (04) 3988911

GOLDEN HALL BILLIARD DUBAI

Decked out with pool tables, foosball and gaming consoles, there is plenty happening here to pass the day away. The coffee shop attached also does shisha and nibbles. Pool tables: nine Snooker tables: four Net.com Building, near Lamcy Plaza, Karama, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2629290

7 NIGHTS BILLIARDS

Not even the most passionate player can binge for 14 hours, so if you need a respite they also do food and have a range of video games to pass the time. Pool tables: 18 Snooker tables: 0 Al Meena Residence Building, Mina Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai, 11.30am to 2am, Dhs25 before 5pm, Dhs35 after 5pm. Tel: (04) 3458899

BOWLING CITY
BOWLING CITY

Don’t let the name fool you, bowling city has plenty of snooker tables and a nice atmosphere. Plus you can sneak off there whilst your other half goes shopping. Pool tables: eight Snooker tables: 0 Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 10am to midnight, Dhs35. Tel: (04) 2328600

FILM

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2
 

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2

WHO?

Daniel Radcli e, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, David Yates (director)

TAGLINE

‘It

all ends’

ONCE UPON A TIME

Harry, Ron and Hermione went back to Hogwarts – despite now being old enough to teach there – to defeat Voldemort by nding, and destroying, his three remaining horcruxes.

IDEAL IF YOU’RE IN THE MOOD TO

Finally witness the wrapping up

of

a franchise that, in the decade

 

since it hit our screens, has

become roughly as popular as breathing.

WATCH THIS IF YOU LIKE

Any of the previous seven instalments. If you’ve been living down a well and missed them, think Lord Of e Rings meets e Goonies – but, frankly, this is no time to be jumping onboard.

TOP TRIVIA

Pyrotechnics used in one scene caused a sizeable blaze on the Hogwarts set, which had to be rebuilt before the lm’s climactic battle could be shot.

WHAT’S ON TEN WORD OR LESS REVIEW

A

grandstand nish as Harry

bows out in explosive form.

RATE OR SLATE?

PREVIEW

30

WHAT’S ON

JULY 2011

Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, John Cameron Mitchell (director)

e only way out is through’

Becca (Kidman) and husband Howie (Eckhart) dealt with their son’s death in very di erent ways, creating marital ri s as they battled to process their grief.

Be kicked repeatedly in the

cheeriness glands for pretty much the entire 90-minute run time.

Crushing but oddly redemptive explorations of personal woe – Robert Redford’s 1980 directorial debut, Ordinary People, would be a fairly obvious point of reference.

e screenplay was penned by David Lindsay-Abaire, an adaptation of his 2005 Broadway play of the same name.

Kidman and Eckhart make heartbreak a curious pleasure.

★★★★✩

Monte Carlo

Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Andie MacDowell, Tom Bezucha (director), Nicole Kidman (co- producer)

‘She’s having the time of someone else’s life’

ree young women on a second-rate French holiday found themselves whisked into the lap of luxury when one of them was mistaken for a visiting heiress.

Bathe in the lightweight froth of pure escapism, complete with the inevitable arrival of an apparent Prince Charming…

Mistaken identity, a cinema a iction roughly as widespread as the common cold. Peter Sellers bene tted from it in Being ere, but this is closer in tone to e Lizzie McGuire Movie.

e original novel, Headhunters, by Jules Bass, involved three middle-aged women. Nicole Kidman was originally slated to be playing a role, but the studio wanted a younger vibe. Shame.

So light and u y it might just blow away.

★★✩✩✩

a role, but the studio wanted a younger vibe. Shame. So light and u y it

FILM | NEW RELEASES

Honey 2
Honey 2
The Conspirator
The Conspirator

Honey 2

Katerina Graham, Randy Wayne, Melissa Molinaro, Lonette McKee, Bille Woodru (director)

‘Go every step of the way’

Feisty teen Maria (Graham) used her talent for street dance to follow in the footsteps of her choreographer and idol, Honey, whose mentorship o ers a route out of the ‘hood.

Feel extremely un t and unattractive, shovelling stfuls of popcorn into your face while a parade of impossibly lithe youths ricochet around the screen.

e rst Honey movie, which came out in 2003 and starred Jessica Alba. Not that you’d be very likely to admit it. Probably wise; Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo was much better.

At least director Woodru has form in the musical arena – he directed the video for Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart, amongst others.

Lord of the dance? Bored is probably more like it.

★★✩✩✩

5 Days Of August

Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle, Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer, Renny Harlin (director, co-producer)

e rst casualty of war is truth’

It was 2008, and Russo-Georgian war had just erupted over South Ossetia, where two US reporters struggled to tell the human story behind the violence.

See an impressive supporting cast (including Garcia as Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili) relive dark days that still feel harrowingly fresh.

Mel Gibson’s 1981 breakthrough, Gallipoli, takes an equally dim view of war’s ultimate purpose, while 2001’s Behind Enemy Lines addresses the 1990s Bosnian con ict to similar e ect.

Director Renny Harlin’s CV is somewhat chequered, ranging from success with Die Hard 2 to the dismal Cutthroat Island – a op so catastrophic it made the Guinness Book Of Records.

Absorbing and powerful, but strangely enjoyable.

★★★✩✩

The

Conspirator

James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Redford (director/co-producer)

‘One bullet killed the president. But not one man’

Seven men and one woman – guesthouse owner Mary Surratt (Wright) – were arrested and tried as accomplices in the 1865 assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln.

Formulate your own opinion as to whether or not Surratt deserved to become the rst woman executed by the US Government.

Conspiracy- ecked political

drama – particularly Oliver Stone’s controversial 1991 fact- mangler, JFK, or the more recent Frost/Nixon.

is is the debut o ering from Joe Ricketts’ American Film Company, a new production house dedicated to dramatising true stories.

Redford’s slow-burner demands extreme patience, but rewards it.

★★★✩✩

Conviction n

n
n

Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Juliette

Lewis, Tony Goldwyn (director, co-producer)

‘An extraordinary journey of how far we go to ght for our family’

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) was horri ed when her brother, Kenneth, was arrested for a murder he hadn’t committed, putting herself through law school to help get him released.

Be reminded that, sometimes, one individual against the system can make a massive amount of di erence. Even if it does take 20 years…

Stories of triumph against the odds with a legal twist. Erin Brockovich might be a decent place to start, with a bit of e Shawshank Redemption for good measure.

Unfortunately, the real Kenneth Waters only enjoyed six months of freedom before he died in a freak fall while walking home from a family dinner.

Swank and Rockwell are solid, but this never fully ignites.

★★★✩✩

EATING OUT

Summer is well and truly upon us, like sticky, Su microwaved hollandaise over a pert
Summer is well and truly upon us, like sticky,
Su
microwaved hollandaise over a pert poached egg.
mi
But it’s not all bad news. Fortunately, summer
Bu
also means it’s ice cream season – if ice cream has
als
a a season, s that is. We think it does, and this is it, so
we’ve tested nine of the UAE’s best gelaterie and
w
ice cream parlours (p35), gaining a few pounds
ic
in the process (no need to thank us, just doing
in
our jobs). The onset of the quieter, farcically
o
broiling broiling months, m it seems, is also the ideal time to open
a new, internationally celebrated, big name restaurant
– like The Ivy, for example. Our verdict on the Dubai
version of one of London’s most famous restaurants can
be found in the following pages (p34) and, because one
restaurant is never enough, you can also see what we
thought of the DIFC branch of global Chinese restaurant
chain Royal China (p38). Imported names are also on
The Critic’s mind this month, and you can read what he
has to say here (p40). So, gorged on the nest ice cream
in the Emirates and reeling from dinner at The Ivy, you
can also nd out what we thought of recently opened
‘Meditarabian’ restaurant M’s at Emirates Golf Club, two
new Dubai brunches (p39) and a couple of afternoon
teas (p36). Still not satisfactorily sated? Then why not
whip yourself up a spot of supper with the rst of our
new monthly Twitter recipes (p36)? That should keep
you going until August. Salutê.
Gareth Rees, Features & Food Editor
M'S RESTAURANT

EATING OUT

On the menu Wrap your chops around these summery treats BRING YOUR CLEGS We’ve long
On the
menu
Wrap your chops
around these
summery treats
BRING YOUR CLEGS
We’ve long believed that the
letter C
letter C is underrated. And
it seems the Cavalli Club
it se
Restaurant & Lounge
Res
at
at the Fairmont Hotel
is i
is in agreement, as
it’s it’s running a specially
cra crafted Seven Cs
seve seven-course menu for
the the entir entire month of July.
Why Seven Cs you ask? Well,
young landlubber, it’s because
the Cavalli menu will o er up
canapés, caviar, chocolate,
cocktails, cheese, co ees and
other concoctions (see what
they’ve done there?). Crikey.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai. Tel: 04 3329260.
www.fairmont.com/dubai
LIGHTENING LUNCHES
Just because you only have an
hour for lunch doesn’t mean
you have to inhale a cheese and
pickle sandwich at your desk.
Pop down to one of three Rotana
hotels (Villa, Rimal or Rihab)
where you will be able to enjoy a
three-course lunch for just Dhs59
in less than 50 minutes. The best
bit? If it takes longer than 50
minutes you don’t pay a dirham.
Villa Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, Rimal Rotana, Murraqabat
Street, Deira, Dubai and Rihab
Rotana, Garhoud, Dubai, Dhs59.
Tel: (04) 7054277. www.rotana.com
FRESH START
Al Fresco. Not an Italian mobster,
but an Italian restaurant at
Crowne Plaza Dubai, and one
with a new menu, at that. Chef
Marco Turatti is clearly a ercely
loyal Italian and the menu sings
with antipasti, contorni and
zuppe. But it's the mains that
grab our attention. More than
the stereotypical pasta and pizza
(although those classics are on
o er), you can delve into the
baked lamb rack, the braised
grouper in mussel stock, or even
the roasted duck breast with
polenta. Delizioso .
Al Fresco, Crowne Plaza Dubai,
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04)
331 1111 www.crowneplaza.com
Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 331 1111 www.crowneplaza.com chopped rather than criminally minced, and, of course,

chopped rather than criminally minced, and, of course, the famous bang bang chicken. Of the mains, we enjoyed

a poached lobster salad with artichoke and fennel, just heavy

enough for dinner if you’re having the full three courses (and you should be), sea bass – mildly spicy, baked and served in a banana leaf

– and a monstrous veal chop in anchovy butter.

e shepherd’s pie was divine,

while a plate stacked with calfs’

liver with bacon in a delicious

gravy was probably one for liver lovers only.

A classic beef burger, not trying

to be something it was never meant

to be as so many burgers are these days, didn’t disappoint, likewise the nice cut of Aussie grain-fed

llet with a bowl of charmingly fat

chips and, nally, a salute to the magni cent llet of cod with salty samphire and the tastiest clams we’ve ever eaten in Dubai. We also devoured a decent sticky to ee pudding, the playful chocolate bombe, a health conscious plate of Scandinavian iced berries and the selection of English cheeses. But forget that last

sentence and order the gooseberry pie with custard – it’s the nest dessert we’ve eaten this year, perhaps ever.

If we have one criticism, it is the location – no windows and an indoor “outdoor” area, an unwelcome reminder to diners that they are in a mall. But the design, conjuring images of a Victorian-era

gentleman’s club, with its polished wood, racing green leather seats, aged mirrors, rather good artwork, white table linen and stained glass, is precisely as one would wish it to be. As is e Ivy itself.

Need to know

Location: Emirates Towers, The Boulevard, Dubai

Tel: (04) 3198767 Web: www.theivy.ae Open: lunch noon to 3pm, dinner 6.30pm to 11pm, bar to 2am Cuisine type: British/ International Must eat: gooseberry pie Bill for two: Dhs550 (sans alcohol)

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the visit. Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and WhatsOnAbuDhabi The Ivy The grand, old, British culinary institution

The Ivy

The grand, old, British culinary institution has, after much hoo- ha and tantalising delay, opened in Dubai. But has it been worth the wait?

Some people, including our very own e Critic (p40), bemoan

the fact that so many of the city’s ritziest and most chinwagged about restaurants are concepts imported from more established culinary destinations, or wear the name of a superstar chef like a badge of honour, hopefully guaranteeing quality. But we believe that these international colossi provide a benchmark for new, hopefully local, enterprises and keep Dubai

rmly in the global culinary

consciousness. In our minds, e Ivy was always welcome, as long as it lived up to expectations. And we have had plenty of time, and

opportunity, to watch e Ivy grow – to develop from a delicious rumour to a full-blown restaurant. We talked to the (then newly appointed) executive chef Colin Clague about it prior to Taste Of Dubai, we sampled dishes from the menu with the team from Caprice Holdings, the company behind the London restaurant prior to the opening and twice in the nished restaurant. It’s fair to say that, during these numerious visits, we’ve had e Ivy experience, and tasted perhaps 70 per cent of the unpretentious menu. An alluring list of hors d’oeuvres sets the tone, and we were impressed by the venison carpaccio drizzled with a zingy, but not

overpowering, citrus and rosemary dressing; a shrewd and perfectly balanced salad of hoisin smothered duck, water melon and cashew nuts; a slightly overgenerous (not

a complaint you hear o en from

these quarters) portion of a ne

smoked salmon; a beef tartar,

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THE TAKE AWAY TEST

We asked 12 ice cream parlours for their most popular flavour in their smallest take-away size. Here's what we bought…

   
   
 
   
   
 
   
   
   
   

BASKIN ROBBINS

HAAGEN-DAZS

COLD STONE CREAMERY

MARBLE SLAB

Choc Trilogy TASTING NOTES: A mesh of chocolate types, Choc Trilogy was, perhaps unsurprisingly, crammed with pieces of chocolate. Unfortunately, the ice cream was a

little grainy. Not one for a cionados. PRICE: Dhs8 Various locations, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Tel: (04) 2653696/ (02)

Strawberry Cheesecake TASTING NOTES: Smooth and not sickly sweet, this scoop is one of the mighty Haagen-Dazs’ classics. It has a good fruit to biscuit ratio, too. PRICE: Dhs14 Various locations, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2229247. www.haagen-dazs.com

Cookie Doughnut TASTING NOTES: Filled with chocolate chips, lumps of cookie dough and caramel sauce mixed in, this is one for those with a sweet

tooth. The wafer waf e basket was a bit soggy, though. PRICE: Dhs22 Various locations, Dubai. Tel: (04)

CREAMERY

Birthday Cake TASTING NOTES: A avour dependant on toppings – the thick, creamy ice cream is plain, but with the right adornment it came to life. PRICE: Dhs16 Various locations, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3411182. Marina Mall, Corniche

3996526. Abu Dhabi Mall, Tourist Club Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6818160
3996526. Abu Dhabi Mall, Tourist Club Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6818160

3996526.

Abu Dhabi Mall, Tourist Club

Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6818160

6267478.

www.baskinrobbins.com

6267478. www.baskinrobbins.com
6267478. www.baskinrobbins.com

Area, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6455316

Area, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6455316
Area, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6455316
6267478. www.baskinrobbins.com Area, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6455316
6267478. www.baskinrobbins.com Area, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6455316

MORELLI’S GELATO

CONE STREET

BRUNETTI

LONDON DAIRY

Pistachio TASTING NOTES: A classic Italian ice cream avour presented well.

Biscotto Cookies TASTING NOTES: Thick, creamy and not too sweet. The biscuit crumbs lifted what was otherwise a pretty bland ice cream into the realms of tastiness. PRICE: Dhs12 The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4486401.

Rocher TASTING NOTES: This is ve-star luxury ice cream. The single scoop was light with an intense avour, identical to the popular Ferrero Rocher chocolates. We’d love to know how they do that. PRICE: Dhs13

 

Chocolate Hazelnut TASTING NOTES: An exceedingly creamy chocolate ice cream with a strong nutty avour, choc full of chunks of chocolate and hazelnut. PRICE: Dhs6 Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai. Tel:

This scoop was light, sweet, nutty and perfectly put together. PRICE: Dhs13 The Dubai Mall, Dubai. Tel: (04)

3398313.

Khalidiyah Mall, Al

(04) 3415727. Marina Mall, Corniche

Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02)

   

6354698.

www.morellisgelato.com

6354698. www.morellisgelato.com
6354698. www.morellisgelato.com

www.cone-street.com

www.cone-street.com
www.cone-street.com
 

The Dubai Mall, Old Town, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3398173

The Dubai Mall, Old Town, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3398173
The Dubai Mall, Old Town, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3398173

Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6815181. www.mylondondairy.com

Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6815181. www.mylondondairy.com
Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6815181. www.mylondondairy.com

LA FRAGOLA

FORTY

GALLER

GELATO DIVINO

Forest Berries TASTING NOTES: A nice break from the creamier varieties, the Forest Berries is intense, tart – almost sour – and refreshing. Perfect for the summer. PRICE: Dhs12 Souk Al Bahar, Old Town, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3661688

Fruity Ice Cream Storm TASTING NOTES: Reminiscent of Mr Whippy ice cream with sweet caramel sauce bringing back childhood memories of summers past. Chunks of over-sweet fruit salad were not so nice. PRICE: Dhs12 Various locations, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Tel: (02) 6354511. www.fortyfruity.ae

 

Mocha TASTING NOTES: The portion size

Cheesecake TASTING NOTES: A sophisticated version of raspberry ripple ice cream. GD's wares are freshly prepared by a genuine Italian chef. PRICE: Dhs12 Various locations, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Tel: (02) 4437070.

is a touch measly, but this could win over the most ardent coffee hater. Delectably smooth, the initially strong mocha taste soon subsides. PRICE: Dhs10 Various locations, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02)

4437147.

www.galler.com

www.gelatodivino.com

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A taste of things to come Seek out new feeding grounds this summer ESCA CAFÉ
A taste of
things to
come
Seek out new
feeding grounds
this summer
ESCA CAFÉ
You do
You don’t have to jet o to
Italy to bask in the oh
Italy
so s
so stylish Italian ca é
cul
culture. The Esca Café
at t
at the Qamardeen
Ho
Hotel in Downtown
Dubai tempts you to
Dub
wrap y
wrap your lips around a
lingering cappuccino or nibble
lin erin
ca
on some sweet pastarelle treats. If
you ask nicely, they’ll even set you
up a cheeky shisha. Not Italian
but, hey, who’s complaining.
Qamardeen Hotel, Old Town,
Dubai, 7am to midnight. Tel: (04)
4285888
FANR
We haven’t quite gured out
how to pronounce it yet, but
Fanr (f
Fanr (fan-r?), the new
restaurant at Saadiyat
rest
Isl Island’s Manarat Al
Sa Saadiyat, boasts
e enough room for
25 250 diners, and
ch
chef Jihab Bawabejy
pro
promises a tidy catch-
all men
all menu, including hearty
dishes like Moroccan lamb
shank and sh sayadia.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat
Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm, Thurs to Sat 10am
to midnight. Tel: (02) 6575888
LIME TREE CAFÉ
It’s no secret that Dubai loves the
Lime Tr
Lime Tree Café. But if more
evid
evidence was needed,
the
the opening of its
fou
fourth branch – the
sec
second one this year
– is
– is it. Their simple,
hom
homemade grub is a
hit wit
hit with everyone from
Jumeirah Jay
Jumeirah Jaynes to ravenous
o ce workers, and if the Beach
Road branch is anything to go
by, it’s best to arrive early to
ensure a table.
The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen,
opposite Royal Mirage Hotel,
Media City, Dubai, 8am to
8pm. Tel: (04) 3256325 www.
thelimetreecafe.com
NEW
NEW
8am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3256325 www. thelimetreecafe.com NEW Afternoon teas Practice drinking cups of tea

Afternoon teas

Practice drinking cups of tea with your little fingers just so, at this duo of new afternoon soirées

THE LOUNGE, PARK HYATT DUBAI WHERE? Taking a comfortable seat in the serene environs of e Lounge at Park Hyatt Dubai is an immediately relaxing experience. Read the daily papers while watching the wind blowing through the treetops below the dull summer sky. e

ideal manner in which to while away a hot and humid Saturday

a ernoon.

ON THE MENU? It takes a determined pair to make their way through the three tiers of naughty delicacies begging to be devoured, but it simply wouldn’t be right to leave any of the lovely

treats unsco ed. Smoked salmon

and cucumber and cream cheese

sarnies sans crusts, mozzarella

and tomato rolls, scones with pots of jam, cream and lemon curd, and numerous pastries and cakes – the best of which were the chocolate éclairs (leave them until last). And, of course, there are numerous teas and co ees to wash it all done, as well as a glass of prosecco. ose concerned about their weight may bemoan the absence of more savoury nibbles but, a er all, cakes are what a ernoon tea is all about. The Lounge, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai, daily from 2pm to 6pm, Dhs140 for two, Dhs220 for

Dubai, daily from 2pm to 6pm, Dhs140 for two, Dhs220 for two with champagne. Tel: (04)

two with champagne. Tel: (04) 6021234. www.dubai.park.hyatt. com

RAFFLES WHERE? e peaceful café in the lobby of Ra es is a world away from mall mayhem, boorish brunches and hideous humidity, with low sofas and elegant décor providing a serene backdrop to the daily a ernoon tea. ON THE MENU? Dotted throughout the café are fashion- inspired paintings by artist Hetty Pedder, so it’s no surprise that e Collection, Ra es’ new a ernoon tea, features sartorially stylish snacks and a selection of teas and

co ees, plus bubbly. You’re best to book in even numbers as the plates and platters are to share, with the rst round boasting duplicates of mini dishes.

O erings including a smoked

salmon open sandwich in the shape of a dress, complete with cream cheese bodice and chive bow, and an egg mayonnaise ‘sun hat’ are the stu of little girls’

fantasy tea parties. Next up is a towering sculpture of all things

sugary; couture cakes, a chocolate almond stiletto, macaroon corsages, evening bags made of white chocolate, a carrot cake tote, shortbread sundresses and

a chic slice of scone, served with

strawberry jelly and clotted cream in a tube. is is the kind of tea you could linger over for the full ve hours, or whizz through before heading to the mall to try to nd an out t as sweet as the one you just feasted on. Raffles, Oud Metha, Dubai, daily from 2pm to 7pm, Dhs199 for two, or Dhs399 for two with champagne. Tel: (04) 3248888. www.raffles.com

for two with champagne. Tel: (04) 3248888. www.raffles.com TWITTER RECIPE Enjoy the first of our monthly
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LUNCH M’s Is “Mediterrabian” cuisine as silly as it sounds? Remember your mum telling you
LUNCH
M’s
Is “Mediterrabian”
cuisine as silly as it
sounds?
Remember your mum telling
you not to judge a book by
its cover? Well, that’s sound
advice when it comes to M’s
restaurant, the newest dining
addition at Emirate’s Golf
Club. Amusingly billed as a
“Mediterrabian” restaurant,
our concern was that the
cuisine would be muddled
– a mishmash of con icting
culinary styles. However, the
variety of olives, capsicums,
aubergines, mashed beetroot,
tabouli and other wonderful
Mediterranean ingredients on
the bu et were impressive. e
lunch bu et costs Dhs62, and
you can tuck in to as much
salad and dessert as you please.
And, if you fancy something
more substantial, M’s signature
skewers (Dhs70 to Dhs80) –
served, rather confusingly as
it is neither a Mediterranean
nor Arabian country, in the
style of Portuguese espetada
on a suspended skewer – were
sublime.
Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai, noon to
2.30pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel:
(04) 3802222. www.dubaigolf.
com
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garnered an instant thumbs up

“…a bowl of tom yum seafood soup

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tom y u m s e a f o o d s o u p EATING

Royal China

Popular in London and Singapore, will DIFC’s newest offering prove a success in the UAE?

Dubai is not overrun with Chinese restaurants, so the arrival of a big name from across the seas is always welcome. Royal China is a successful chain, especially in London, so it’s probably a good bet there are more to come. But for now, we have the new restaurant in DIFC – the most exciting location for new restaurants in Dubai at present, with Zuma and La Petite Maison already established, e Ivy up and running and Hakkasan on its way. Tough competition. As with most restaurants in Dubai, the space came rst and the restaurant second, but local rm LW Design, responsible for Dubai favourites Okku and Rhodes Twenty10, has done its best to make the restaurant welcoming with a cocktail bar (yet to be licensed), red and black colour scheme and tasselled, jelly sh-like lights drooping from the ceiling. Royal China might truly come into its own when its outdoor tables can be utilised. Now, it’s a little bit claustrophobic. But the tasting menu we sampled contained some dishes worth going back for – maybe when the restaurant is more established, and licensed to whip up those cocktails it’s so eager to serve. Two small dishes containing some morsels to wake up our palate arrived rst – moreish shreds of pickled turnip and mushrooms – described lovingly by the waiter as “fungus” – served with sauce that tasted of bubble gum and was, surprisingly, agreeable. en came a huge – the manager later admitted it was

en came a huge – the manager later admitted it was “too big” – bowl of
en came a huge – the manager later admitted it was “too big” – bowl of
en came a huge – the manager later admitted it was “too big” – bowl of

“too big” – bowl of tom yum seafood soup strong enough to make our noses run, garnering it an instant thumbs up, and deep

fried oysters, which we were directed to wrap in a crisp lettuce leaf and dip in Worcester sauce. We did. And we didn’t regret it. e cold snap of the lettuce, the warm crunch of the batter and, at last, the slippery esh of the oyster – a glorious combination of textures. e most substantial dishes were several pretty standard duck pancakes, made for us at the table – though we were given the option to construct our own. ere were, unhappily, a couple of unwelcome bones. But, a few spoonfuls of prawn fried rice and

a few hunks of deep fried llets

of so , gleaming sh in a thick, orange sweet and sour sauce

lled any space remaining in our

bellies. Dessert – a melted vanilla ice cream – was odd and not quite there yet, but satisfying nonetheless. Just like Royal China.

Need to know

Location: The Balcony, Precinct Building 4, DIFC, Dubai Tel: (04) 3545543 Web: www.royalchinadubai. com Open: noon to 11pm Cuisine type: Cantonese Must eat: deep-fried oysters Bill for two: set taster menu Dhs150 per person

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New brunches s TESTED Our verdict on two of the UAE’s newest brunches MARGAUX e
New brunches s
TESTED
Our verdict on two
of the UAE’s newest
brunches
MARGAUX
e less gluttonous approach
of the Margaux brunch is a
welcome change
of pace. e two
starters, main and
dessert you order
from the specially
devised a la carte
brunch menu are
served at well judged
intervals, which, of course, frees
you up to sip the unlimited
Moet Champagne and cocktails.
When it comes to the food, we
still miss the more obviously
French Margaux of old and
still have our doubts about its
new, mainstream direction. But
there’s no denying chef Jason
Oakley knows his way around
a kitchen, and the food was,
undeniably, good. Oysters on
the half shell in a bowl of ice
and asparagus rolled in pressed
wagyu beef were well executed
starters, there was a nice cut
of sirloin steak for main and
the tennis ball-size doughnuts
served with ice cream and
various dollops of sauce were
pleasingly playful – if a little
unsophisticated. ere’s nothing
to blow your mind, and maybe
we could warm to the new
Margaux a little easier if they
would just take down that
dreadful picture of Bono.
Margaux Restaurant & Lounge,
Souk Al Bahar, Old Town, Dubai,
Fri 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs495
with champagne, Dhs375 with
house beverages, Dhs250 with
soft drinks. Tel: (04) 4397555.
www.margaux.ae
TERRA FIRMA
Terra Firma, tucked away at
the Al Badia Golf Club, is what
is o en referred to as a hidden
gem. Rather too well hidden,
unfortunately. But you should
make the e ort to go and nd
it, especially considering the
launch of its amiable new
Grapes and Roast brunch. Not
quite the sunny a air that the
Blades picnic brunch – back in
October – is during the cooler
1/2
months, the Terra Firma brunch
is, despite being a rather muted
at the moment, an exquisite and
peaceful a air. And the menu
AD
is perfectly judged, consisting
of a succession of light dishes
brought to your table, followed
by a carving station o ering a
choice of three roasts with all
the trimmings, including roast
beef and Yorkshire pudding
and, nally, a
dessert station.
All helped
on its way by
a qua able
red it is ideal
preparation for
a summer siesta.
Terra Firma, Al Badia Golf Club,
Dubai Festival City, Dubai, Fri
noon to 4pm, Dhs330, Dhs195
without alcohol. Tel: (04) 7011127.
www.albadiagolfclub.ae
ONE
LEFT BANK
It’s probably better known for its cocktails, and the new a la
carte brunch at Left Bank, Souk Al Bahar, seems designed to
enjoy with something shaken and stirred, serving up dishes
MORE
TO TRY
of nger food such as chicken satay skewers, spiced tiger prawns with
ns with
paprika mayonnaise, mini Angus beef burgers, braised New
Zealand lamb and mini sh and chips. Cocktails and
nothing too big or cumbersome from the kitchen – the
lounge lizard’s idea of the Friday brunch.
Left Bank, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Fri noon to
4pm, Dhs275. Tel: (04) 3684501

THE CRITIC

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 Ivy is one of a rare breed of lucky restaurants. The famous haunt of celebrities and thea- tre-goers in London’s West End is somewhere that food critic AA Gill has said something nice about. “A table at The Ivy is one of the most sought-after pieces of furniture in London,” wrote the grumpy grand-père terrible of British restaurant criticism, wittily. High praise indeed from a man who once shot a baboon. Well, now you too can enjoy a morsel of that urbane celeb- drenched sophistication – by association, if not directly. The

sophistication – by association, if not directly. The “THEY APPEARED ALMOST OVERNIGHT, AS IF SOMEONE HAD

“THEY APPEARED ALMOST OVERNIGHT, AS IF

SOMEONE HAD WHEELED IN A GIANT TROJAN

HORSE JAMMED TO THE FETLOCKS WITH

 

CELEBRITY CHEFS AND LEFT IT IN JUMEIRAH”

Ivy has opened over here, which, of course – being the switched-on bunch of rampant guzzlers you are – you already knew. But instead of a joyous chorus of whimpering delight and knee-knocking excitement, how come all I can hear is a jaded collective “meh”? It’s not exactly the first big name from overseas to settle its stoves in the UAE. Among the numerous, and notorious, brands to grace our shores are Rainer Becker’s Zuma, La Petite Maison and The Ivy’s sister restaurant, Rivington Grill. Alan Yau’s glam Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan, graces Emirates Palace, but Abu Dhabi shouldn’t feel too special, as there’s a Hakkasan in Miami, Istanbul and Mumbai as well. en we have the big name chefs. Gordon Ramsay was one of the rst to see the potential

of Dubai when he opened Verre in 2001. en the oodgates opened – Gary Rhodes, Pierre Gagnaire, Nobu Matsuhisa,

Giorgio Locatelli, Vineet Bhatia, Antonio Carluccio, Marco

Pierre White

almost overnight, as if someone had wheeled in a giant Trojan horse jammed to the fetlocks with celebrity chefs and le it in Jumeirah. Among them was Jamie Oliver. It’s hard to tell apart the man from the brand these days, what with his increasingly plump face appearing on everything from magazines to frying pans. But while a frying pan is a frying pan, whether it’s in London or Dubai, a restaurant doesn’t always make such a seamless transition. For some, Oliver’s disappointing Dubai venture was the nal straw, and those big

ey appeared

venture was the nal straw, and those big ey appeared overseas names are becoming increasingly passé.

overseas names are becoming increasingly passé. Not even rumours that the likes of Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon will soon be planting their ags in UAE soil can whip up any fervour in some quarters (ie mine). While it’s easy to grow disillusioned about the homogenisation of the world’s cities, we should remind ourselves that scattered among the UAE’s foreign imports are a few home-grown gems worthy of excitement. e contemporary Japanese restaurant Okku, for example, is Dubai born and bred and wholly deserving of our patronage. Not only that, but it’s rumoured soon to be turning the tables on London and opening up there. When AA Gill gets wind of that, he’ll probably wipe out an entire safari park.

ARTS

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ARTS

ARTS Stage-struck Summer musicals in Dubai are like buses – there isn’t one for ages, then

Stage-struck

Summer musicals in Dubai are like buses – there isn’t one for ages, then two come along at once. We catch a ride with some of the performers as Camp Rock and West Side Story prepare to take the city’s stages by storm

a witty script. ere’s a great summer vibe

and will prove perfect for families craving

some indoor entertainment, away from the

heat. It’s instant entertainment. I can’t get the tunes out of my head. It was originally a lm – how has it been adapted for the stage? e original Disney lm introduced e Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato to the world, and it had a sequel last summer which did just as well. e stage version has the best songs from both movies but features the story

from Camp Rock 2 with the battle between

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rival music camps at the heart of the action.

JOHN PAYTON,

PRODUCER OF

CAMP ROCK,

POPULAR

PRODUCTIONS

You’ve chosen Camp Rock as this year’s summer show – what’s the appeal? Camp Rock is a lot of fun. It has engaging and catchy songs, high-energy dance routines and

All the characters are present and it’s pretty

faithful to the movie, but it has been given a

few tweaks to impact on live audiences.

Once again you’ve auditioned in the UAE

to nd new talent to star – how impressed

have you been with the local talent? As always, very impressed. ere really is a

wealth of talent here. Nearly all of the roles are cast from the very best of the auditions

– we had 500 apply to be in the cast so the

competition was tough. We also have a handful of pros joining the cast. Most have worked on West End productions and UK tours. We hope one day that the UAE will have a strong enough entertainment industry that the local emerging talent will become the pros. Many of our audiences have remarked that it’s always hard to tell the di erence between the visiting cast and local. You seem to be coming to the UAE more and more regularly with an ever expanding portfolio – what’s the ongoing appeal for you and Popular? We’ve worked hard to develop entertainment here. It’s exciting for us to be part of the growth of an industry that’s so important the world over. e UAE has been good to us; it’s an ever-changing challenge and we feel it’s important to keep producing the best for as long as we can so we’d like to think we’ll be here for some time yet. Jul 11 to 16, Camp Rock, Madinat Theatre, Dubai, Dhs120. Tel: (800) 4669. www. madinattheatre.com

SHONA WHITE , PERFORMER, WEST SIDE STORY So, West Side Story : surely one of

SHONA WHITE,

PERFORMER, WEST SIDE STORY

So, West Side Story: surely one of the greatest all-time musicals? Obviously you’ve got popular modern musicals like Mamma Mia, but this is one

of the most iconic traditional musicals, with

fantastic music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, who’s one of my favourite lyricists and composers. I just think it’s one of the best – and the story’s based on

Romeo and Juliet, so it’s a fantastic love story

as well.

And Anita is a great role – you get to perform some great songs: America, Tonight And she’s feisty and I’m quite feisty myself. She’s strong-willed and caring – she takes Maria under her wing. Are you looking forward to working with the local talent? I’ve done a few summer schools – a couple based on Wicked and a Mamma Mia – where I’ve worked with children for about a week on singing and movement, leading up to a showcase but never for a full-scale production, so this is going to be something

new. I think it’s going to be a really good experience. It’s always good to give something back and remember what it was like to be

so young and excited. I guess it reminds me

where I came from and why I wanted to do it

in the rst place.

You’ve been working in theatre for 13 years. What does it take to become a professional performer?

A great deal of hard work and dedication;

it’s a very tough business. ere’s a lot of knockbacks. Seen from outside, because my CV’s quite full, it’s easy to think I must work constantly, but it’s not true – there are down periods so it takes tenacity, hard work and dedication but, to be honest, a little bit of luck doesn’t hurt. It does help to be in the right place at the right time. You need to stick in there. Jul 19 to 23, West Side Story, DUCTAC Theatre, Mall Of The Emirates, Barsha, Dubai, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 3414777. www.ductac.org

“AUDIENCES HAVE REMARKED THAT IT’S HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE VISITING CAST AND LOCAL”

ARTS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE VISITING CAST AND LOCAL” ARTS Affordable art Looking at art on gallery

Affordable art

BETWEEN THE VISITING CAST AND LOCAL” ARTS Affordable art Looking at art on gallery walls is

Looking at art on gallery walls is all very well but what art lover hasn’t, at some time or other, had a hankering to take what they’ve seen home with them? Trouble is, for many of us our art passions run rather deeper than our pockets. So we were delighted to receive news from Meem’s in-house publishing imprint about the release of the Dia Al-Azzawi Retrospective.

A comprehensive account of the Baghdad-

born multimedia artist who has been one

of the leading proponents of contemporary

Middle Eastern art over the course of his six decades-spanning career, it has been produced to the highest standard in a limited-edition run of 900 copies. The US$500 price tag might seem a lot. But put it into context against a limited- edition artist print (or, heaven forfend, the cost of an original piece) and the fact that it could, as some limited-editions do,

become a valuable collectible in its own right, and it starts to look like a bargain.

In fact, at over 500 pages in length (less

than a dollar a page), they’re practically giving it away. Ok, that might be rather overstating it, but you get the point – art

Ayyam Editions More limited-edition news – this time in the this time in the more
Ayyam
Editions
More limited-edition news – this time in the
this time in the
more traditional format of art prints. The
freshly-launched Ayyam Editions is selling
archival prints by photographer Ammar Al-
Beik and painters Safwan Dahoul and Khaled
Takreti – on display all this month at Ayyam
Gallery DIFC.
www.ayyamgallery.com
all this month at Ayyam Gallery DIFC. www.ayyamgallery.com books are an accessible, informative and (relatively) a

books are an accessible, informative and (relatively) a ordable entree into the world of collecting. And Meem isn’t the only local imprint to be doing it – The Third Line’s series of art books have long been a What’s On favourite and wouldn’t you know it, they too have a newly-released limited-edition for sale. Jalal Abuthina’s District 333: Beyond the Surface is a documentary of gra ti he has photographed around Dubai (and very surprising some of it is too) and all 100 books have been signed by the artist. www.meemartgallery.com www.thethirdline.com

Swamp life

Don’t miss your chance to catch Je Achtem’s ker-razy show Swamp Juice – a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and coming to Dubai Marina Mall this month. Canadian Achtem harnesses ‘lo- ’ shadow puppetry to capture life in a swamp – as you do – complete with punk snails and opera-singing mice. A must-see for families. For more see page 15. Jul 23 to 31, Theatrespace, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3116536.

Jul 23 to 31, Theatrespace, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3116536. JULY

THE ART INSIDER

THE ART INSIDER Art historian, dedicated collector and managing director of Dubai’s Meem Gallery, Charles Pocock

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

Clients, unsurprisingly, o en ask me about the pricing of art. And the answer is that prices can di er greatly, depending on where you make the purchase. A sculpture by Egyptian artist Ahmed Askalany was sold at a Dubai auction in April 2011 for $118,000; the same work, from the same series, by the same artist, is also available from the artist’s gallery at $22,000. I bought an original work by Iraqi artist Suad Al Attar at a London auction in June 2011 for $24,000; her gallery has similar work at $72,000. is shows that prices can be vastly di erent, and the location of the sale is neither here nor there. So, a potential buyer needs to go into both arenas having done their research. With access to the in nite resources available on the internet, there is no excuse not to be informed.

Knowledge is everything when it comes

to buying art.

e o cial gallery prices are set by the artist with the gallery, with both parties in agreement that the works cannot be sold for above this price. A good example of this is the work of

Parviz Tanavoli (we act as his agents).

e work Heech Lovers (Fibreglass)

is available at Meem for $48,000, this

being the set price con rmed by the artist. Another gallery in Dubai is currently selling the same work for $90,000. is in ated price makes no sense, and the buyer needs to be made aware of the correct prices. Many people will argue that the value of an artwork is set at the price someone is prepared to pay for it – in

some instances this is true, others not.

A speci c piece might be required for a

collection, and it takes only two people

at an auction, chasing a er the same

work, to drive the price through the roof.

at is a case of demand driving up the

price. But marking up an artist’s work

by almost 50 per cent is something else entirely. Buyers beware. Remember the golden rule. Research

is paramount, knowledge is power,

especially when it comes to any work

priced over $30,000. It is also essential

to

look at provenance and certi cates

of

authenticity, a topic I will discuss in

due course.

Five minutes with Moza Al Abbar, founder of The Ara Gallery Ara showcases emerging Emirati
Five minutes with
Moza Al Abbar, founder of
The Ara Gallery
Ara showcases
emerging Emirati
artists – why is that
important to you?
Actually, the Ara
Gallery’s intention is
to showcase emerging
Arab artists generally,
not only Emirati artists.
I believe Ara is a great
complement to the existing
institutions and art galleries in that it provides a
very professional space for artists to begin paving
their way.
And you raise money for charity
We partnered with Habitat for Humanity (HFH)
in our opening exhibition and raised Dhs163,000
through the auction with Christie’s for HFH
Lesotho’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s
programme. We have also created a book
featuring the children that participated in the
project whereby 50 per cent of proceeds of sales
go back to the kids. We’ve also allocated 2.5 per
cent of each sold art piece for the children.
Do you see any particular trends in Emirati
art in terms of themes being represented or
mediums being used?
Emirati artists use a lot of cultural elements in
their artwork. Of course this does not apply to
all, but I believe it is safe to say that Emirati’s