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August 2011 Issue 400

How to clean up your act this Ramadan


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AUGUST 2011 WHATS ON 3
Contents
Features
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Detox your life
Ramadan is a time for
reection, so what better
month to sort out your life?
Find out how, with our
comprehensive detox guide,
covering everything from
health testing, to quitting the
dreaded white sticks and
nancial planning
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Dubais best
bowling alleys
Bowling is one of our
favourite summer pastimes.
Enjoy our round up of the
citys nest lanes

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p23
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The great indoors
Tired of festering in your
apartment this summer? Time
to go out, and then in again,
as we discover the perfect
indoor sport for you

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Salaam
August dissected
and served in easy
to digest portions:
whats hot and whats
not, insider tips from
a local UAE artist and
some serious newsy
number crunching
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Win, win, win
In celebration of our
400th issue, weve
rounded up more
than 400 prizes, which
could be yours. If youre
lucky
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Film
This month's movies
include the Palme dOr
winning The Tree Of
Life, the side-splitting
comedy Bridesmaids
and the star-studded
romantic drama Crazy,
Stupid, Love. Plus
the rest of the latest
releases
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Eating out
Putting new summer
menus to the test, our
verdict on two new
burger joints, the
expansion of the Jones
The Grocer empire,
Abu Dhabi seafood
restaurant Sennara and
DIFCs Blue Rain. Plus,
The Critic, this months
Twitter recipe and all
the latest new openings
and food news
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Arts
Saudi Arabian artist
Sami Al-Turki talks us
through his new show
at The Pavilion, we give
you the inside info on
all the latest exhibitions,
The round up
The Art Insider lets us
know the importance
of authenticity, we meet
Syrian painter Aboud
Salman and theres
a summer camp for
grown ups. Phew

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Shopping
Our resident fashion
expert solves your
sartorial puzzles, we
put the latest summer
fragrances to the test,
what not to put in your
summer suitcase, and
our pick of the latest
page-turners, DVDs,
albums and games

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

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Sport & outdoor
Discover your inner
Robin Hood with
archery lessons, Mr
Fitness answers all
your health and tness
queries, Whats On
versus Dubai 92, and
our pick of the UAEs
football supporters clubs
just in time for the new
Premiership season
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Travel
A culinary journey
around the Jordanian
capital, Amman,
another globetrotter
reveals his travel
secrets and a trio of
travel deals
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Hot list
The best iftars this
Ramadan, plus our ten
favourite bars, spas
and restaurants
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Backchat
Dubai 92s Catboy
bemoans having to
take a summer trip to
his rainy UK hometown

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AUGUST 2011 WHATS ON 7
Editor-in-Chief
Obaid Humaid Al Tayer
Group Editor & Managing Partner
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Interns
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Editors note
This month weve been...
Testing summer perfumes, p53
Kicking off our
tness challenge,
p69
OK, Ill let you into a secret I quite like Ramadan. Yes, I know the
bog-standard response from most Western folk is to pull a face and
start complaining about how their lives have been interrupted because
they cant eat a Big Mac in public during daylight hours or whatever,
but theyre kind of missing the point. For Muslims, its obviously a very
special time of year. And for me, even as a non-Muslim, its still a special time like a lot of
people, I use it as a time to reect, take stock. Everything moves just that little bit slower during
Ramadan, and when youve been here long enough you appreciate the respite in the trac, or
the hectic nightlife and brunch circuit or, well, the pace of Dubai life in general.
And, again, like a lot people, I use that break as the perfect time to clear out all the rubbish
thats been accumulated over the past year both mentally and physically and get back
on the right track. Which brings us nicely to our cover feature detoxing your life. Detoxing
doesnt always have to mean dieting, or staying o the sauce (although both arent bad ideas
now and again) weve also explored our stress levels, checked our nances and investigated
our sleeping patterns, for a whole new healthy us. And, of course, you.
Enjoy the issue, and Ramadan kareem.
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SALAAM
Salaam!
Whats not
Reports have surfaced
that Chelsea football club
captain John Terry was seen
buying dodgy handbags in
the UAE, despite his Dhs928,000-
a-week wage.
We're ocially part of the Twitterati.
Follow us at WhatsOnDubai for
exclusive updates on nightlife,
restaurants and more around the
UAE. Tweet yourself.
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Three lms that focus on the increasing
importance of environmental issues in the UAE.
Until Aug 27, The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard,
Downtown, free. Tel: (04) 4477025. pavilion.ae
Whats hot
The Ministry Of Health has
decided to slash the price
of nearly 2,000 pharmacy-
bought medicines.
The ever-popular UAE
website, Dubizzle, is now
available as a smartphone app.
A recent study shows
that the UAE is the most
expensive place in the GCC
for expats to live.
The RTA has backtracked on
plans to make all Dubai taxis
hybrid cars.
MCDONALDS
THE DUBAI SKYLINE
CHEAP MEDICINE
DUBIZZLE
EXPENSIVE LIVING
CHEAP FOOTBALLERS
McDonalds in the UAE is
to start running its delivery
trucks on bio-fuel made from
used cooking oil.
Dubais skyline has been named
the eighth best in the world by
leading building-data firm, Emporis.
THIS
MONTH
WE'RE
GOING
TO...
The world according to What's On, in handy bite-sized chunks
Guess list
Big names rumoured to
be visiting the UAE
40%
25%
35%
TIGER WOODS
Out of form, maybe,
but the rumour in the
clubhouse is that the
Tiger will make his Abu
Dhabi debut this year.
TOM CRUISE
Our man in Hollywood tells us that the big
little man will be at the UAE premiere of
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol lmed
in Dubai later this year.
FOO FIGHTERS
With the success of their new DVD,
Back And Forth screened in the UAE
last month come fresh rumours
that Dave Grohl and the boys will be
stopping by as part of their world tour.
NON-ECO TAXIS
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Salaam!
Find us at
www.facebook.com/WhatsOnDubai
FASHION SOUQ
Dubai Ladies' Club is setting up a make-shift souq
involving small businesses and new designers.
Aug 4 and 5, Dubai Ladies' Club, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3499922. dubailadiesclub.com
GROUP POWER
The new exhibition Divison By Zero explores the
dierent boundaries of contemporary art.
Aug, Carbon12, Warehouse D37, Al Quoz, Dubai.
free. Tel: (050) 4644392. carbon12dubai.com
GIRL
ABOUT
TOWN
Dubai 92s
Geordie Bird
gives us the
heads up from
the UAE bar
scene
THIS MONTH:
CABANA
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
Wasel Safwan, leading Emirati artist
The world according to What's On, in handy bite-sized chunks
Art supplies
I usually buy my supplies
from Daler Rowney and the
Mitsubishi Japanese Pencil Co.
Kazim Gulf Traders, Dubai. Tel:
(04) 3524648. daler-rowney.com
Mitsubishi Japanese Pencil Co.
uniball.com
Inspiration
When the moon is full, I go
at midnight to Jumeirah
Beach and enjoy the sound
of the waves with the
moonlight reected on
the water. I have secretly
produced several art works
there.
Galleries
Working as an artist in Dubai, I have often received encouragement
from both The Third Line and The JamJar galleries.
The Third Line, Al Quoz 3, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3411367. thethirdline.com
The JamJar, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3417303. thejamjardubai.com
Eating out
I prefer Emirati and Indian
food, and I like to sit on the
ground and eat with my
hands. But when it comes
to eating out, then Noodle
Factory is top of my list.
Noodle Factory, various
locations, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3399419
Relaxing
I feel the most relaxed when I
drive through the Nad Al Sheba
1 district. I feel attached to
that place although I have no
house or history there, its just
a beautiful stretch of landscape
and nature.

What does it look like?
The pool is stunning and
the view tops the pool.
The Dubai skyline to one
side and Burj Khalifa to the other.
Who goes there?
It was pretty quiet and seemed to be
mainly hotel and hotel apartment guests.
Any bar nibbles?
The bar snack menu was pretty limited for
veggies like me, but I did take a carnivore
along with me. Unfortunately, the meaty
treats weren't great, either. The nachos
werent really worthy of the name, and
they forgot the salsa and guacamole,
which Im sure were on the menu.
Drink recommendations?
They do a bucket of four beers for Dhs99.
Not bad at all.
When should you go?
Sunday night is movie night by the pool.
So that would be a good time to visit I
youre a movie fan.
Dress code?
If you're not too fussed about jumping in
the pool, there were a lot of people sitting
around fully clothed.
How's the service?
Service was ne, but the time from
kitchen to table was pretty poor.
What's the taxi situation?
You're at The Address Hotel, near (in)
Dubai Mall, so grabbing a cab was easy.
GB VERDICT:
There were no inatables, the screen
wasn't angled towards the pool, and I
didn't see anyone with towels. Not one of
the best movies in the pool nights, but it
wasnt too bad.
Cabana, The Address Dubai Mall, Dubai Mall,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 4388888. theaddress.com
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SALAAM
Dubai International
Number of terminals three
Number of runways two
Passengers per year
46,909,812
Number of Starbucks four
Hey big spender
An anonymous UAE man recently bought the most expensive car in the world a custom-made Bugatti
LOr Blanc for Dhs8.8million. Bargain. What else would that pile of cash buy?
Who are
the better
drivers
men or
women?
91%
of motor
accidents were
caused by men
in the past 17
months
Power to the people
More than 180million passengers have used Dubai public transport since the beginning of the year,
according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Heres the breakdown:
WATER VEHICLE
7,291,712
DUBAI METRO
28,986,110
BUSES
54,077,652
TAXICABS
90,188,898
1,760,000 shawarmas
Ten top-of-the-range Mercedes AMG S65
Dinner for two at Hot List favourite La Petite
Maison, every day for 24 years
Crossing Garhoud Bridge 2,200,000 times
Playing 586,000 games of bowling
Flying into space 12 times on Virgin Galactic
Dubai International
versus the world
As Dubai Airports moves ahead with its Dhs28,650 billion expansion plan, heres how
Dubai International compares to two other global big hitters
New York (JFK)
Number of terminals eight
Number of runways four
Passengers per year
23,186,800
Number of Starbucks ten
London Heathrow
Number of terminals ve
Number of runways two
Passengers per year
61,113,190
Number of Starbucks four
IN THE NEWS
9%
of motor
accidents
were caused
by women in
the past 17
months
Source: General Department of
Trac, Dubai Police
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AUGUST 2011 WHATS ON 13
Have you been working and playing a little too
hard of late? Feeling a bit run down? Well, the Holy
Month of Ramadan is the ideal time to give your
body a break, with our ultimate guide to detox
DETOX
YOUR
LIFE
THE WHAT
Your body experiences a toxic
accumulation as you go through life and
detoxication is all about ridding your
body of those toxins. From the air we
breathe, through gas or fumes, chemicals
in deodorants or cosmetics, chemicals we
consume if we smoke, drink alcohol or a
lot of coee, or toxins we aquire through our
diet we absorb a lot of toxins.
THE WHY
When we start to digest, that digestion
process isnt optimal, with food oen le in
our systems, so we accumulate residue. is
residue is toxic, so we start to build up a
toxic accumulation. e point of a detox is to
reduce those levels of toxicity and to clear out
our bodies.
THE HOW
e golden rule when youre detoxing is
to never put anything into your body that
has potential toxins. Tea with caeine,
coee, alcohol, cigarettes... theyve got to
go, otherwise theres no point detoxifying
yourself.
THE WHEN
It really does depend on the person. People
detox for any number of days. Even one
day will help your body nd its balance and
relieve your digestive system for a while. I like
three days because its a nice so approach to
detoxing. ats enough to start to get over
the initial headaches and thinking Oh my,
what am I doing?
SUPERFOODS
A superfood is something that has exceptional
nutrients that your body needs in a bio-
available form, like coconuts, goji berries,
cocao beans and spirulina. eir nutrient
proles are amazing. eir ability to create
balance, scavenge free radicals in your body, to
provide minerals and vitamins, that essentially
aid the detoxication process, are in a league
of their own. When youre detoxing, the foods
you want to eat are predominantly green, then
pink and nally red.
ADDITIONAL FOODS
Aduki beans and lentils are excellent.
With fruit, eat the whole fruit as opposed
to juice, because thats very high in sugar.
When you eat the whole fruit youre getting
bre as well. Blueberries are superb for their
antioxidant content. And drink as many
uids as possible clean water and herbal
teas. Nettle tea and dandelion tea are great
choices.
MYTHS
Detox shouldnt be used just for weight loss.
You are going to lose a little bit of weight, but
it isnt the prime motivation. Detox should be
a kick-start to a healthy way of eating.
Food For Life, Dubai. Tel: (050) 5048523.
inshallah.org.uk
What is detoxing? We asked
nutritional therapist Laura
Holland from Food For Life to
break it down
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DETOX
What is metabolism?
e faster your metabolism, the more kilojoules
your body burns, converting food into energy.
Dependent on a series of chemical reactions,
enzymes break down food and turn proteins
into amino acids, fats into fatty acids and
carbohydrates into simple sugars. ese
compounds are then absorbed into the blood.
e number of calories an individual burns
depends on the amount of exercise they do,
levels of fat and muscle in the body and their
BMR (basal metabolic rate), which measures
how quickly energy is burned while at rest. It
tells you how many calories you can eat per
day without losing or gaining weight if you
were to stay do nothing. If you have a low
BMR then youll tend to gain more fat.
How can you test your metabolic rate?
Simple body composition tests will give you
an indication of your BMR, along with your
fat percentage and the amount of water and
proteins in your system. However, these
tests do not take into account any chemical
problems in your body. If you are concerned
that your BMR is preventing you from losing
(or gaining) weight then its time to get
scientic. Dubai company Diagnostika can
run an Organic Prole check (Dhs1,750) to
detect imbalances, using a simple urine test.
From a single sample they can pick up on
vitamin and mineral deciencies, amino acid
insuciencies, antioxidant levels, central
nervous system function, bacteria or yeast
overgrowth, and more. Looking at these
markers, Diagnostika then assesses if there is
a metabolic inhibition or block, which could
be due to a nutrient deciency, inherited
enzyme defect, toxic build-up or a side eect
from medication.
A bottle is delivered to you, overnight and
early morning samples are deposited, and they
pick it up the next day. e results take 12 days
and reveal any genetic or chemical complications.
How can you boost your metabolism?
Metabolic disorders that can be medicated
include thyroid problems and diabetes. If,
however, you just have a sluggish system that
cant be treated with drugs, then a lifestyle
change is needed. Eating breakfast and front
loading your food (eating the majority of
your calories at the start of the day) is key to
kick-starting your system. Also avoid eating
three to four hours before bedtime, so your
body has the chance to burn the calories.
Small, light meals are preferable to keep
your blood sugar constant dont starve
yourself. Low GI (glycaemic index) foods like
porridge, lean meat and fresh vegetables will
help fuel your body, releasing energy slowly.
You should also include fatty sh like salmon,
which are rich in omega-3. A pinch of chilli is
good, too, as it contains capsaicin, a chemical
that speeds up your heart rate and keeps the
body burning calories. And drinking enough
water is crucial.
Exercise wise, a combination of aerobic
cardio to burn fat, and resistance or weight
training is ideal; muscles burn more energy
than fat, even converting calories while you
rest. If your energy levels are low then you
might be lacking in B vitamins, so try taking
a B-12 supplement along with co-enzyme
Q10 (sometimes labelled as CoQ10), which
aids in the supply of energy to your muscles.
Diagnostika, Nucleotide Complex, Dubai
Biotechnology & Research Park, near Motor
City, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4473820. diagnostika.ae
Detox is not just a matter of cutting things out of your diet and lifestyle
there might be nutrients your body needs that youre not providing it
with. Fully understanding how your body functions is essential to getting
it running properly. Metabolism is key, and heres how you can improve it
THE
METABOLISM
TEST
TEST YOURSELF
Three more tests to try
STRESS
Whether it is trac, waiting for that
urgent e-mail or moving house, nothing
seems easy these days. We all deal
with varying levels of stress, but its
important to ensure that it doesnt start
aecting your health. The Breath And
Health Alternative Medical Centre oers
90-minute-long consultations aiming
to determine your level of stress using a
quantum biofeedback machine. It might
sound like something out of a science
ction lm, but the machine actually
monitors factors including your
brainwave frequencies and hormone
and toxicity levels, giving you a reading
on your bio-energetic data, which is
then used as a starting point for future
treatment.
Breath And Health Alternative Medical
Centre, 1080 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim
2, Dubai, Dhs550. Tel: (04) 3489940.
breathandhealth.net
INSOMNIA
Ensuring a good nights shut-eye is
essential, allowing your body to relax
and recharge. So, if you are struggling
to get the required six hours per night,
it might be worth seeing the clever
clogs at the American Hospital Dubais
The Sleep Centre. With everything
from loud snoring to dropping o at
work considered a sleeping disorder,
the centre invites people to spend the
night at the facility with various sensors
placed on the body to monitor sleeping
patterns. When you wake up, a diagnosis
is provided after breakfast of course.
The Sleep Centre, American Hospital
Dubai, Oud Metha Road, Dubai.
Dhs4,110. Tel: (04) 3367777. ahdubai.com
FOOD INTOLERANCE
Feeling groggy or bloated, or
experiencing headaches can be often
traced to dietary habits and food
intolerances that you didnt know
existed. The Eastern Biotech Institute
runs an extensive Food Print Test that
examines up to 221 dierent foods
in your blood and plasma, testing for
everything from eggs and wheat to
seafood intolerances.
Eastern Biotech, Building 3, Dubai
International Academic City, Dubai. Tel: (04)
4503875. foodintolerancetest.ae
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DETOX
HOLISTIC HYPNOTHERAPY
Sometimes it can feel like you have the weight
of the world on your shoulders and with
the added pressures of balancing work and
life, it can be easy to lose focus on what is
most important to us. e obvious question
beckons: what can I do about it? Holistic
hypnotherapy looks at dealing with a problem
as a whole, rather than pinpointing a specic
issue that is holding you back. It is important
to understand the core principles in life such
as who you are, why you act as you do and
why you hold on to negative perceptions of
things, explains clinical hypnotherapist and
founder of the Illuminations clinic, Soniyaa
Kiran Punjabi. e idea is that to achieve
better mental health you have to get beyond
the belief of failure and learn to live your
life by thinking positively.
Illuminations, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 9am to 9pm,
daily meditations Dhs20, group workshops
Dhs200 to Dhs500. Tel: (050) 4665849.
illuminationsworld.com

ANGER MANAGEMENT
In an increasingly fraught world, controlling
rage has become an important personal and
professional issue. Statistics suggest that one
in ten people have trouble controlling their
temper. Its an important issue to resolve too,
as the long and short-term physical health
eects of anger are wide-ranging, including
increased risk of coronary heart disease or
stroke, exacerbating digestive problems,
weakening your immune system and taking
a toll on mental wellbeing. Dont get mad,
do something about it. It is oen the case
that fear is the main cause of anger issues,
says Change Associates Beryl Comar. Our
sessions aim to get to the root of these fears,
to understand where they come from, and
to teach them to learn to let go and forgive
whether those be at home or at work.
The Change Associates, Block 2B, Dubai
Knowledge Village, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 8am to
3pm, Dhs800 for 90 minutes. Tel: (04) 3902217.
changeassociates.ae
THE
METABOLISM
TEST
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
MASSAGE
Agreed, this treatment doesnt have the
most appealing of names, but inamed
lymph glands can be cause for concern as
they play a major part in the bodys immune
system. e MLD treatment involves
circular massage to stimulate the lymph
glands, which helps the body eliminate
metabolic waste and excess uid from
the tissue. e sessions last anywhere up
to an hour, aer you and your therapist
have discussed a treatment plan. is
treatment is oen used to counteract chronic
inammatory condition such as sinusitis
and arthritis, however, due to it alleviating
uid congestion it is also particularly good
for those sporty types who have picked up a
sprain or ligament damage.
Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Oud Metha,
Dubai, Dhs350 per session. Tel:(04) 3351200.
dubaihtc.com

AYURVEDA SHIRODHARA
TREATMENT
Despite the sceptics, alternative forms
of medicines and practices are still very
much trusted methods for curing ailments
and relaxing the mind. The Shirodhara
treatment is a branch of the traditional
Indian method of Ayurveda, which involves
pouring warm herbal oil over the forehead
for a prolonged period. To the uninitiated,
this might seem like an unusual treatment,
but the 30 to 50 minute sessions are
recommended for people suffering from
insomnia, anxiety and chronic headaches
as way to help relax and clear your mind.
The oil used varies depending on what is
being treated, with a range of liquids from
essential lavender oil and buttermilk to
coconut water, all tailored to the patients
concerns.
Breath And Health Alternative Medical
Centre, 1080 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2,
Dubai, Dhs450. Tel: (04) 3489940.
breathandhealth.net
FIVE-DAY YEAST-FREE PLAN
e yeast-free programme is not a diet
that will change your life like so many
promise, but a guide to help you develop
a less destructive eating pattern. It teaches
you to eat to tweak your metabolic
hormones and get your insulin levels
under control to eliminate cravings.
Booking in a 90-minute consultation at the
Dubai London Clinic will allow you talk
over your eating habits, diet and goals.
From there, you are given a personalised
five-day eating plan that concentrates on
regulating your intake and eating the right
quantities for your body type.
Dubai London Clinic, Dubai Festival City, Dubai,
initial consultation Dhs375. Tel: (04) 2325751.
dubailondonclinic.com

LIFE COACHING
Stuck in a rut? Needing a kick-start to
get back on track in life? Life coaching
is a practice on the rise in the Middle
East, designed to help you set an agenda
according to your priorities and desired
accomplishments, according to UAE
expert HNI. Run by CEO Hanan Nagi,
HNI helps you to figure out your goals,
whether they be linked to your career,
financial issues or relationships. The first
question I would ask is how badly do you
want the change? Hanan says. People
say I want to change this or change that,
but theyre not willing take the risk. The
person that wants to change is the real
player in this relationship. The coach
helps them to get everything out of their
mind. Its like spaghetti: its all tangled
and the coach helps arrange it on the
table. The first sample session is normally
free, then depending on the scale of the
goal, anything from three to four further
meetings are required, based a personal
understanding of yourself and your
behaviours, thoughts and beliefs.
HNI, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, Dhs500 per session.
Tel: (04) 8019253. www.hni.ae
Whatever your issue, theres a treatment to deal with it
DETOX
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ALIGN YOUR
LIFE
Feng shui is about creating balance among
the ve fundamental elements: re, earth,
metal, water and wood. Fire when burned
creates earth, earth gives birth to metal,
metal when corroded produces water,
water nourishes wood, and wood when
burned creates re. is cycle can bring
about harmony and growth. ere are many
conicting schools of feng shui, so it is very
important to implement changes only aer
employing a good feng shui consultant.
e direction of the room is as important as
the direction of the building. As your oce/
room is part of the building, it is very important
to rst assess the energies of the building and
then locate your oce within that energy grid
of the building. Once you have identied which
sector of the building your oce is located in,
you can then focus on enhancing the energies
within the oce. You also need to nd out if the
room is getting enough chi (movable life force
energy) and how to balance and enhance it.
An oce environment must be peaceful and
conducive to good work. Feng shui can bring
about wonderful positive changes if implemented
correctly. It helps everyone be at peace and
able to work as a team. It will create a sense of
harmony, leading to growth and stability. Many
establishments who have implemented feng
shui successfully notice that employees are not
reporting sick so oen, productivity has improved
and inter-oce politics diminish.
When designing an oce space, be mindful
of the harmony and balance. Water is for
movement and prosperity, wood depicts growth
and earth denotes stability. However, these
elements must be placed in the right corners of
the oce to bring about balance.
Seating arrangements for all employees must
be based on the dates of births and kua number
(a calculation based on date of birth and gender).
e hierarchy in the oce plays an important
role. e most important person in the oce has
to sit in the most remote corner, which will allow
them to focus on important tasks.
The Alignment Institute, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (050)
6811728. E-mail: align@shivaniadalja.com
shivaniadalja.com
FENG SHUI QUICK TIPS
Shivanis cut-out-and-keep guide to ofce alignment
1. The desk should never be placed opposite the door of the oce, as the chi will hit
you hard.
2. There should be enough natural light in the oce for chi to rotate.
3. The colours in the oce should be yin (light) colours to help you focus with mental work.
However, if the person working in the oce is in sales and marketing, and will need to get
out of the oce often, then the oce can be coloured in yang (bright) colours.
4. The oce should not have any thorny plants. Bamboo or money plants are
recommended in the lit corners of the oce.
Is your dull ofce space getting you down at work? Forget
forking out on ash furniture or moving to new premises,
perhaps you need to try the ancient Chinese art of feng shui,
says expert Shivani Adalja
FENG SHUI CAN BRING
ABOUT WONDERFUL
POSITIVE CHANGES
IF IMPLEMENTED
CORRECTLY. IT HELPS
EVERYONE BE AT PEACE
AND ABLE TO WORK
AS A TEAM
Day one
Breakfast Coconut smoothie, with fresh
coconut water and pulp, with added
strawberries
Snack Almonds and goji berries
Lunch Spinach and avocado salad with
parsley, celery, sugar snap peas and peppers,
drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice
Snack Raisins and pumpkin seeds
Dinner Vegetable chilli with quinoa
Day two
Breakfast Fresh raspberries, blueberries and
pomegranate salad with sunower seeds,
chopped banana and honey
Snack Walnuts and dried apricots
Lunch Roca leaf salad with mint, parsley and
hummus and raw carrots, cucumber and
broccoli with olives
Snack Organic peanut butter (no added salt
or sugar) on Ryvitas
Dinner Vegetable stir fry with fresh ginger,
lime and coriander (include veggies like
cabbage, bean sprouts, asparagus, broccoli,
carrots, beans)
Day three
Breakfast Strawberry and avocado smoothie
Snack Brazil nuts with dried gs
Lunch Mixed bean salad with a shredded
cabbage, sultana and pine nut raw slaw (kind
of like coleslaw but no mayo)
Snack Goji berries and pumpkin seeds
Dinner Vegetable Thai green curry
THREE-DAY
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What age should you start saving for
a pension?
Once its aordable, start as early as possible.
A good rule of thumb for a comfortable
retirement is to pay in a percentage of your
salary equal to half of your age e.g. if youre
25 years old, pay in 12.5 per cent of your
salary, including any employer contributions.
What are the most important things to
consider before you start saving?
Check if any tax-ecient savings schemes
exist. In the UK, for example, all adults can
save GBP5,340 per year in a cash ISA, which
accrues interest and is safe from the taxman.
Check if it is a pure savings account to make
sure you are guaranteed to get back what you
put in, plus the stated interest, with no risk
involved. If there is risk, you are investing.
Check how the money is protected in the
worst-case scenario of a bank collapsing. And
PUT YOUR
FINANCES
IN ORDER
nally, to get a higher rate, you oen have
the option of a xed rate, but your money
is locked away without access for a set time
usually from one to ve years. e penalties
for accessing a xed account are oen
substantial.
What immediate steps should you take
to put your personal nances in order?
Most crucial to planning your personal
nances is to do a budget, taking into account
every single expense. We have built a handy
tool to do this budgetbrain.com. Next,
cut the cost of your debts. Dont consolidate
just for the sake of it only move debts
to a dierent card if it makes it cheaper
overall. Pay of as much o as you can aord,
focusing on the most expensive debt rst.
Also, plan what to buy on food shopping
trips beforehand (and dont go when youre
hungry) and, if you smoke, quit.
Moneysavingexpert.coms Dan Plant offers his top tips for sorting out your nances

Whats the best bit of nancial advice
youve ever been given?
Never pay more for something than you
absolutely have to. You can oen get exactly the
same service or product by paying less so why
wouldnt you? All it takes is a bit of research.
If somebody is a compulsive spender,
what safeguards can they put in place
to prevent unnecessary spending?
Leave credit cards at home, and only take cash
out with you, so you cant overspend. Plan
everything in advance. We have built a great
tool to show people the wastefulness of their
spending (demotivator.com). When people see
they spend two whole weeks a year working to
aord their daily coee, it oen shocks them
into submission.
Dan Plant is the web editor of
moneysavingexpert.com
QUIT SMOKING
Four ways to ditch the dreaded white sticks
1. Hypnotherapy
Quit the ciggies with
a programme tailored
to the peculiarities of
your addiction.
Orators Forum,
Knowledge Village,
Dubai, Dhs1,500
to Dhs3,000.
Tel: (04) 2848001.
o.ae
2. Nicotine gum
and patches
Kill the cravings with
every quitters friend.
Super-Care Pharmacy,
The Dubai Mall, Dubai,
gum Dhs15, patches
Dhs76. Tel: (04)
4341687
3. Champix
It might sound like
dog food, but this
nicotine-free tablet is
popular at present.
Super-Care Pharmacy,
The Dubai Mall, Dubai,
Dhs198 to Dhs440.
Tel: (04) 4341687
4. Acupuncture
What better way to
punish yourself for your
lthy habit, than going
for the full-on Hellraiser
treatment?
Dubai Herbal And
Treatment Centre, Oud
Metha, Dubai, Dhs500
to Dhs1,050. Tel: (04)
3351200. dubaihtc.com
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The great indoors
Use our highly scientic chart to nd the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer
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Chevrolet Insportz
Theres no better place during
a Dubai summer to shoot
some hoops than this huge,
air-conditioned indoor sports
arena in Al Quoz. Insportz is
purpose built for team sports,
and there are also pitches for
cricket, football and hockey.
Street 17A, Al Quoz, Dubai,
Mon to Sat 9.30am to
9.30pm, Dhs50 per person,
per hour. Tel: (04) 3475833.
insportzclub.com
Dubai Ice Rink
To really stick it to the weather
outside, head on down to
the Dubai ice rink. Whether
you are perfecting your triple
salchow, strapping on your
hockey pads, or trying to stop
wobbling like Bambi, the
Olympic-sized ice rink is large
enough for people of all ages
(and skills) to hit the ice.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown,
Dubai, daily 10am to 1am,
Dhs20. Tel: (04) 4485111.
dubaiicerink.com
Ski Dubai
Being in the desert during
summer shouldnt stop you
from enjoying winter sports.
So dig out that snowboard,
and head down to Ski Dubai.
If youre a bit rusty, lessons
are available. And you can also
enjoy skiing, tobogganing
or even zorbing.
Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, Sun
to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thurs
10am to midnight, Fri 9am to
midnight, Sat 9am to 11pm,
Dhs120, children Dhs110, lesson
Dhs220. Tel: (800) 5347873.
skidxb.com
Al Nasr
Leisureland
Is being stuck indoors
making you angry? Do
you feel like punching
something? Head down to
Al Nasr Leisureland and try
your hand (st) at boxing.
A month of coaching and
youll be oating like a
buttery and stinging like a
bee. Hopefully.
Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud
Metha, Dubai, Sat, Mon and
Wed 8.30pm to 10.30pm,
12 lessons Dhs550. Tel: (04)
3371234. alnasrll.com
Dubai Karate
Centre
Were not advising you to
go on a Street Fighter-style
rampage, but we are partial
to an afternoon spent
watching the Karate Kid
icks (the originals, that is).
If youre a man (or woman)
of action, The Dubai Karate
Centre has courses in karate,
aikido, judo and taekwondo.
Al Raizi Boys School,
Jumeirah 3, Dubai, various
times Wed to Fri, Dhs350 per
month. Tel: (04) 3447797.
dubaikarate.com
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Use our highly scientic chart to nd the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer
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Chevrolet Insportz
Theres no better place during
a Dubai summer to shoot
some hoops than this huge,
air-conditioned indoor sports
arena in Al Quoz. Insportz is
purpose built for team sports,
and there are also pitches for
cricket, football and hockey.
Street 17A, Al Quoz, Dubai,
Mon to Sat 9.30am to
9.30pm, Dhs50 per person,
per hour. Tel: (04) 3475833.
insportzclub.com
Dubai Ice Rink
To really stick it to the weather
outside, head on down to
the Dubai ice rink. Whether
you are perfecting your triple
salchow, strapping on your
hockey pads, or trying to stop
wobbling like Bambi, the
Olympic-sized ice rink is large
enough for people of all ages
(and skills) to hit the ice.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown,
Dubai, daily 10am to 1am,
Dhs20. Tel: (04) 4485111.
dubaiicerink.com
Ski Dubai
Being in the desert during
summer shouldnt stop you
from enjoying winter sports.
So dig out that snowboard,
and head down to Ski Dubai.
If youre a bit rusty, lessons
are available. And you can also
enjoy skiing, tobogganing
or even zorbing.
Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, Sun
to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thurs
10am to midnight, Fri 9am to
midnight, Sat 9am to 11pm,
Dhs120, children Dhs110, lesson
Dhs220. Tel: (800) 5347873.
skidxb.com
Al Nasr
Leisureland
Is being stuck indoors
making you angry? Do
you feel like punching
something? Head down to
Al Nasr Leisureland and try
your hand (st) at boxing.
A month of coaching and
youll be oating like a
buttery and stinging like a
bee. Hopefully.
Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud
Metha, Dubai, Sat, Mon and
Wed 8.30pm to 10.30pm,
12 lessons Dhs550. Tel: (04)
3371234. alnasrll.com
Dubai Karate
Centre
Were not advising you to
go on a Street Fighter-style
rampage, but we are partial
to an afternoon spent
watching the Karate Kid
icks (the originals, that is).
If youre a man (or woman)
of action, The Dubai Karate
Centre has courses in karate,
aikido, judo and taekwondo.
Al Raizi Boys School,
Jumeirah 3, Dubai, various
times Wed to Fri, Dhs350 per
month. Tel: (04) 3447797.
dubaikarate.com
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The great indoors
Use our highly scientic chart to nd the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer
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Dubai Kartdrome
For those petrol-heads who
cant wait until the cooler
months to hit the track,
Dubai Kartdromes 500m
indoor circuit is ideal. Its fully
air conditioned warehouse
means that up to 20 drivers
can race against each other
all summer long.
Dubai Kartdrome, Motor City,
Emirates Road, Dubai, Dhs100
for 15mins. Tel: (04) 3678744.
motorcity.ae
Soccer Circus
Dubai
Soccer Circus is a great
place to shake o those o-
season cobwebs, oering a
series of electronic games
and challenges, developed
to improve your skills. There
are also three ve-a-side
pitches available for hire.
Playnation, Mirdif City Centre,
Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to
10pm, Thurs to Sat 10am to
midnight, Dhs70, pitch hire
Dhs400 per hour. Tel: (800)
5347873. playnationme.com
Al Badia Golf
Academy
A two-hour session
at Al Badia Golf Clubs
TaylorMade Performance
Lab equipped with
motion-capture technology
to analyse your golf swing
is a must for all serious
golfers.
Al Badia Golf Club, DFC,
Dubai, daily 6.30pm to 11pm,
Dhs750. Tel: (04) 6010101.
albadiagolfclub.ae
The Quay
Healthclub
Perfect your front crawl
with The Quay Healthclubs
indoor pool, and you can
and impress everyone on
the beach come the cooler
months. It is, however,
members only so youll
need to cough up for a
membership.
Mina A Salam, Dubai, single
Dhs18,500 per year, couples
Dhs23,000 per year. Tel (04)
3666821. jumeirah.com
Adventure HQ
Visit Adventure HQ to
test the latest outdoor
equipment and have a go
at climbing its enormous
indoor climbing wall,
Walltopia. If that isnt
daring enough for you, its
suspended obstacle course
should sate your inner
adrenalin junkie until the
cooler months kick in.
Times Square Mall, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai, daily
10am to 10pm. Tel: (04)
3466824. adventurehq.ae
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The ridiculous (read stylish) footwear, the highly polished wood, the clink of pins
and the heady scent of success and failure. If you love bowling as much as we do,
check out one of these ten bowling alleys
DUBAIS BEST
BOWLING ALLEYS
YALLA! BOWLING
The newest addition to the Dubai bowling scene,
PlayNations Yalla! Bowling is stylishly designed, with
12 lanes, a billiards area and even its own Johnny
Rockets attached. Burgers and bowling. Yes, please.
And big plus if youve forgotten your socks, they
will sell you a new pair for Dhs5. Nice touch, that.
Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to
11pm, Dhs20, Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight, Dhs25.
Tel: (800) 5347873. yallabowlingme.com
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL
BOWLING CENTRE
No fancy gimmicks, booming music or ashing
lights here DIBC is for the serious bowler only. And,
with 36 lanes, it is the largest in the city and home to
most of the citys bowling teams including the UAE
national team. Bring your A-game.
Al Mamzar, near Century Mall, Sun to Wed 9am to
4pm, Dhs10, 4pm to 1am, Dhs12, Thurs to Sat Dhs15.
Tel: (04) 2969222. dubaibowlingcentre.com
DUBAI BOWLING CENTRE
This quirky-looking Dubai landmark near Al Quoz is
a popular haunt for both serious rollers and novices
alike. Its 24 lanes ensure that, most of the time, you
wont need to wait too long to get your bowl on.
Al Hadiqa Street, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am
to 6pm Dhs15 per person, Dhs85 a lane per hour, 6pm
to midnight Dhs17 per person, Dhs100 a lane per hour,
Thurs to Sat Dhs120 a lane per hour. Tel: (04) 3391010.
bowlingdubai.com
BOWLING CITY
Tucked away in a far corner of Dubai Festival
City, Bowling City is kitted out with all manner of
entertainment. Its 12 lanes come with a good
selection of bowling ball weights and sizes,
while the music comes in one volume loud.
Dubai Festival City, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to
midnight, Dhs15, Thurs to Sat Dhs20. Tel: (04) 2328600.
bowling-city.com
SWITCH BOWLING
Lit up with blue neon, music pounding, the set-up
at Switch Bowling is what bowling would be like if
it were available in a nightclub. With big screen TVs
ickering with animation, sleek billiard tables and
private karaoke and gaming rooms its bowling for
the sci- generation.
Indian Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, daily 10.30am
to 11pm, Dhs25, Dhs125 a lane per hour. Tel: (04)
4405961. switchbowlingdubai.com
MAGIC PLANET
With swirling lights and playful LCD animations,
Magic Planet is for people who dont take the game
of bowling too seriously. Youll nd its 12 lanes
are often lled by families, who divide their time
between bowling and two oors of arcade games.
Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to
10pm, Dhs20, Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight Dhs25.
Tel: (04) 3414444. magicplanetme.com
AL NASR LEISURELAND
There are only eight lanes at Leisureland. But its not
as well known as the purpose-built centres, so you
can perfect your technique away from prying eyes.
Members of Leisureland also enjoy discounted rates.
Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai, daily 9am to midnight,
Dhs15. Tel: (04) 3371234. alnasrll.com
DEIRA CITY CENTRE BOWLING
Deira City Centre is a place for families, and its
eight-lane bowling alley reects this. The place is
often busy, and always loud, so not ideal for young
singletons. Perfect for parents looking to treat their
brood to a thrashing on the lanes, though.
Bowling City, Deira City Centre, Deira, Dubai, Sun to Wed
10am to 10pm, Dhs15, Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight,
Dhs20. Tel: (04) 2957070. deiracitycentre.com
GOLDEN HALL BILLIARDS
AND BOWLING
Golden Hall only has four lanes, but if you are happy
to wait until its your turn, then there is plenty to
keep you amused, including pool tables, foosball,
gaming consoles and even a decent little caf.
Net.com Building, near Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha,
Dubai, daily 9am to 3am, Dhs25 Tel: (04) 2629290
VIRTUAL BOWLING AT SEGA REPUBLIC
It might dismay the traditionalists, but SEGA
Republics virtual bowling is a must for the iPad
generation. Its not the bowling youre used to, but
the novelty adds a little something extra. There are
no pins, the lane is shorter than the dreary old alleys
of the real world and you can choose from various
dierent sized balls. Word of warning: it might
bemuse the old folks.
SEGA Republic, The Dubai Mall, Downtown, 10am to
midnight, Dhs15. Tel: (04) 4488484. thedubaimall.com
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WIN! GOODIES FROM JONES
THE GROCER
Having championed the splendid Abu Dhabi
outlets, Whats On teamed up with Jones The
Grocer to throw a party for gourmet chains rst
Dubai store last month. To coincide, we have ten
sets of JTG food goodie packs
for you hungry readers.
What is Jones The
Grocer's country
of origin?
a) France
b) Japan
c) Australia
WIN! WEEKEND STAYS AND POOL
PARTY PASSES AT ALOFT
Almost 1,000 revellers ocked to Alofts Liquid
by Mai Caf rain pool party last month. After
a Ramadan break, theyre doing it all again on
September 30, in collaboration with Radio 1.
Weve teamed up with Aloft to give away four one-
night stays for two, worth around Dhs400, valid for
any weekend, plus six runners-up prizes of entry
for two to their September pool party.
Which of these wouldnt you expect to nd at
a swimming pool?
a) Lifeguard
b) Life preserver
c) Life coach
WIN! AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE
CITYMAX HOTEL
Fans of musical and culinary pleasures won't
struggle to nd reasons to enter to win an overnight
stay for two at Citymax Hotel Al Barsha, inclusive
of dinner at MAXX Music Bar & Grill. The whole
package clocks in at Dhs600 (subject to availability
and prior reservation; the three-course meal includes
soft drinks).
What was Mel Gibsons breakthrough lm
called?
a) Sad Max
b) Glad Max
c) Mad Max
WIN! DINNER AT FANR
Airy new contemporary international restaurant Fanr
at Manarat Al Saadiyat is an early culinary attraction
on the fast-developing Saadiyat Island. Were giving
away four meals for two (worth approx Dhs350 per
person), and you could grab one by telling us
Which of these attractions isnt being built on
Saadiyat Island?
a) The Louvre
b) London Olympic Stadium
c) Guggenheim
WIN! A
VALERA
HAIRDRYER
Want to look your best this summer? Valera
has given us an i-f@n digital travel hairdryer
worth Dhs359, plus ve runner-up prizes
of silent 2200 super ionic hairdryers, worth
Dhs219. To have a chance of winning, tell us
What makes up human hair?
a) Keratin
b) Carrots
c) Caramel
WIN! DINNER AT THE SILK ROUTE
We have six vouchers worth Dhs100 each to
redeem at The Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spas
Silk Route restaurantany time until December 31.
To get your hands on one, just tell us...
Which of these is not traditionally made from
silk?
a) Scarves
b) Handkerchiefs
c) Jeans
WIN! IFTAR AT THE ONE TO ONE
HOTEL
The homely One To One Hotel is a Ramadan
favourite and four readers can nd out why by
winning an iftar buffet for two, worth Dhs300.
Which of these isnt a real football team?
a) Aston Villa
b) Villareal
c) Toon-real-rubbish
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400 prizes, from mini-breaks to tness classes, waterpark passes to iftars. Are you feeling lucky?
WIN! TICKETS
TO WILD WADI
Lets not kid ourselves, August is hot. But
luckily, those brain-boxes at Wild Wadi have
decided to keep the park open this month
from 10am to 8pm (with all of its restaurants
open throughout the day), and from noon
until midnight every weekend, with special
Ramadan rates for visitors between 8pm
and midnight. Weve teamed up with Wild
Wadi to give away 30 pairs of tickets to the
waterpark. For your chance to win, just tell
us the name of a Wild Wadi character:
a) Juha
b) Julia Childs
c) Julia Roberts
*Terms and conditions apply: all tickets must be
redeemed by Aug 17th 2011 and used by the last
day of Ramadan. wildwadi.com
WIN! DINNER AT FLAVOURS
You could win dinner for two at Flavours restaurant,
worth Dhs350, including soft drinks, or a pair of full-
day resort access passes, including use of the gym,
three pools, sauna and private lagoon (worth Dhs400
per pair). To enter, please tell us...
Which body of water does The Corniche
overlook?
a) Persian Gulf
b) Indian Ocean
c) Pacic Ocean
WIN! IFTAR AT THE ARABIAN
COURTYARD HOTEL & SPA
Sampling the excellent iftars around the UAE during
Ramadan is a must, so why not answer this little
question and be in with a chance of winning one
of ten vouchers for the Bastikiya restaurant at the
Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa. Just tell us...
Which month does Ramadan fall in this year?
a) April
b) January
c) August
WIN! A MINI-BREAK AT THE YAS
ISLAND ROTANA
Escape the city with a one-night stay for two at Yas
Island Rotana, worth Dhs800. Two runners-up will
win meals for two at Indian restaurant Rangoli (worth
Dhs300) and another duo will nab international meals
for two at Choices (worth Dhs350).
Which of these attractions isnt on Yas Island?
a) Ferrari World
b) Marina Park
c) The Coliseum
WIN! IFTAR AT HILTON ABU DHABI
We have iftar vouchers for two (worth Dhs159
per person), courtesy of our chums at Hilton Abu
Dhabi to give away, for their wonderful La Terrazza
restaurant, including Arabic fruit juices. Fancy it?
Try your luck by telling us
The Hilton familys famous socialite is named
after which iconic city?
a) Mogadishu
b) Paris
c) Honolulu
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WIN! DINNER AT LA VERANDA
Whatever your food preference, it should be
catered to by Sheraton Khalidiyas mouth-
watering prize: winners will enjoy dinner for
two at La Veranda (worth Dhs400), which serves
up seafood, Italian, Chinese, Indian and Arabic
dishes.
In architecture, what is a veranda?
a) A wall
b) A porch
c) A window
WIN! A MASSAGE AT THE PALACE
Whats On and The Palace in Old Town are giving
ten people the chance to unwind and de-stress
with 30-minute massages in their lovely spa. If
youd like the chance to relax for gratis,
simply tell us
Massages a great way of getting rid of...
a) Mist and fog
b) Stress and tension
c) Cookies and milk
WIN! A SPA BREAK AT THE ABU
DHABI PARK ROTANA
One lucky reader will win a relaxing one-night
stay for two at Abu Dhabis ve-star Park Rotana
hotel, completed by two one-hour massage
treatments (total value Dhs1,200). Is it you? Try
answering this question correctly
Rock group Blur had a hit with Parklife. Who
did it feature?
a) Phil Daniels
b) Phil Collins
c) Phil Spector
WIN! A BODY FAT ANALYSER
If youre following our detox tips this issue,
you may want to keep an eye on your pounds
and ounces. Now you can, by winning a set of
Terraillon Body Fat Analysers, state-of-the-art
bathroom scales worth Dhs350.
How many grams are there in a kilogram?
a) 14
b) 1,000
c) 1,000,000
WIN! IFTAR AT LE ROYAL MRIDIEN
They dont do Ramadan by halves at Le Royal
Mridien Abu Dhabi, and you can see for yourself
by winning vouchers for two at their Ramadan tent,
worth Dhs200 per person. To enter, tell us
Which of these are usually used to hold up a
tent?
a) Scaffolding
b) Guy rope
c) Elephants
WIN! MEALS AT THE CROWNE
PLAZA YAS ISLAND
Crowne Plaza Yas Island contains a wealth of
great restaurants and you can sample some of
the best with this giveaway. Win a meal for two at
Jing Asia (choose from lunch, worth Dhs260, or
dinner, worth Dhs320) or you can enjoy the lunch
delicacies of Lebanese restaurant Barouk (worth
Dhs510). To enter, tell us
What is the capital city of Lebanon?
a) Abu Dhabi
b) Amman
c) Beirut
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WIN! TICKETS
TO WILD WADI
Lets not kid ourselves, August is hot. But
luckily, those brain-boxes at Wild Wadi have
decided to keep the park open this month
from 10am to 8pm (with all of its restaurants
open throughout the day), and from noon
until midnight every weekend, with special
Ramadan rates for visitors between 8pm
and midnight. Weve teamed up with Wild
Wadi to give away 30 pairs of tickets to the
waterpark. For your chance to win, just tell
us the name of a Wild Wadi character:
a) Juha
b) Julia Childs
c) Julia Roberts
*Terms and conditions apply: all tickets must be
redeemed by Aug 17th 2011 and used by the last
day of Ramadan. wildwadi.com
WIN! CINEMA TICKETS FROM VOX
Our friends at VOX cinemas have given us 20
pairs of VOX Max tickets to use at any VOX
cinema this month the winners can choose
from Ajman City Centre, Deira City Centre,
Mirdif City Centre, Mall Of The Emirates and
Marina Mall Abu Dhabi. If you want to be in with
a chance of checking out the latest releases
on the 20-metre screens with super-modern
technology and bigger, VIP seating, just tell us...
How many VOX cinemas complexes are there
in the UAE?
a) Five
b) Zero
c) One
WIN! A MONTHS MEMBERSHIP AT
SERENITY SPA
We have a great spread from Abu Dhabis top
ladies-only facility, Serenity Spa. The top prize is
a one-month gym membership, including tness
classes (worth an impressive Dhs1,000). Runners-
up, meanwhile, will receive either two sessions of
Hypoxi (worth a total of Dhs400) or a Kerastase hair
treatment (Dhs150).
What is Lady Gagas latest album called?
a) Born This Way
b) Walk This Way
c) Born In The USA
WIN! ABU
DHABI
GOLF CLUB
VOUCHERS
Abu Dhabi Golf
Club has handed
us four golf vouchers
(worth Dhs425 each),
to drive, chip and putt to your hearts content on
the beautiful course. To enter, tell us...
What is the golng term for completing a hole
one under par?
a) Birdie
b) Albatross
c) Pufn
WIN! A MONTHS SUPPLY OF
PIPER DRINK, PLUS A GRAND
PRIZE OF 400 CANS
To celebrate our 400th issue, our
generous friends behind soft drink
Piper are offering the chance to win
400 cans. Dont worry if youre not the
main winner, though: 12 runners-up will
receive a months supply.
Which of these is a character from a
famous story?
a) The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
b) Billie Piper
c) Rowdy Roddy Piper
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WIN! A STAY AT THE CRISTAL HOTEL
Want to spend a night in a plush hotel in the heart
of Abu Dhabi? Our lovely pals at the Cristal Hotel
have given us an overnight weekend stay to give
away, including buffet breakfast for two (worth a cool
Dhs2,680). For your chance to win, tell us
Which of the following companies isnt
associated with crystal?
a) Waterford
b) Swarovski
c) McDonalds
WIN! MEALS AT THE CROWNE
PLAZA ABU DHABI
We have two vouchers apiece to giveaway for lunch
at Cho Gao, tasty Italian Spaccanapoli, Friday roast
lunch at Heroes, Vincents Bar, and Cappuccinos
Caf. Ten runners-up can enjoy 40 per cent off
the iftar buffet at Cho Gao, Spaccanapoli and The
Garden. Want to enter? Simply tell us
Where are the British crown jewels kept?
a) Wembley Stadium
b) Tower Of London
c) Legoland
WIN! VOUCHERS FOR SAADIYAT
BEACH GOLF CLUB
Want to work on your swing? Grab yourself one of
these four golf vouchers worth Dhs825 each for
use at the picturesque Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
course. To enter, tell us
How old was Rory McIlroy when he won the
US Open recently?
a) 12
b) 22
c) 42
WIN! A STAY AT THE DANAT JEBEL
DHANNA RESORT
Escape the city with a one-night weekend stay for
two, including buffet breakfast (worth Dhs499 during
Ramadan and Dhs699 afterwards).
Which of these is on the USA's west coast?
a) New York
b) Chicago
c) Los Angeles
WIN! SPA
VOUCHERS
FOR THE
LOUNGE
When it comes to
pampering for men
in Abu Dhabi, the
Lounge are executive
grooming experts. One reader
will win a Dhs500 voucher, while two runners-up will
pick up Dhs300 vouchers and a further 17 people
will receive Dhs100 vouchers.
Which of these is a famous mens fragrance?
a) Old Hat
b) Old Spice
c) Old School
WIN! A STAY AT THE AL AIN ROTANA
The Al Ain Rotana is its premier hotel and we have a
one-night stay, with breakfast for two at Zest, to give
away. A total of 25 runners-up will snafe free pool
access.
Which of these is a famous gardener?
a) Monty Don
b) Monty Burns
c) The Count Of Monte Cristo
WIN! URBAN ENERGY
FITNESS CLASSES
These tness experts are training our World War
team, and have given us 100 vouchers for classes,
including Urban Prenatal, Running, Kick and Boost,
that could be yours. Answer this simple question...
What footwear should you wear for running?
a) Stilettos
b) Trainers
c) Brogues
WIN! APPETISERS AT BORD EAU
Readers with nely-tuned palettes can win an
appetiser at Shangri-Las What's On-recommended
French restaurant Bord Eau (worth approximately
Dhs100). To be in with a chance of winning, simply
answer the following question:
How tall is the Eiffel Tower in Paris?
a) 324m
b) 1m
c) Invisible to the naked eye
WIN! CDS FROM VIRGIN
MEGASTORE
Music connoisseurs we have ve copies of ve
new albums from Virgin Megastore up for grabs
thats 25 CDs to give away, maths fans, including the
latest from Tiesto. For a chance to win, just tell us...
Which of these is a genre of music?
a) Krumping
b) R&B
c) Googlie
WIN! BEACH PASSES FOR THE
INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI
Fancy taking it easy on one of the most inviting
shorelines on Abu Dhabis main island? We have ten
beach access passes, worth Dhs95 each, for the
InterContinental. To be in with the chance of winning
one, tell us
Who played the lead role in 2000 movie The
Beach?
a) Leonardo DiCaprio
b) John OShea
c) Rod Hull
WIN! MEALS AT THE AL MANZIL
HOTEL
We have vouchers for lunch at Nezesaussi Grill,
where youll nd giant portions, big screen sporting
action and super-friendly staff, plus two vouchers for
lunch at the lovely, sunny Conservatory Restaurant.
To be in with a chance of winning any of these
vouchers, answer this question correctly
Nezeaussi Grill screens what genre of
entertainment?
a) Sport
b) Cartoons
c) Chat shows
WIN! A HEALTHY BREAK AT ABU
DHABIS BEACH ROTANA HOTEL
We have beach and gym access passes for two
worth Dhs300 to Dhs400 for the Beach Rotana.
Also up for grabs is Italian lunch for two at Pregos
(Dhs350). Please specify which prize you would
prefer.
What car was famously featured in the movie
The Italian Job?
a) Mini
b) Range Rover
c) Ford Mustang
WIN! LUNCH AT THE QAMARDEEN
Weve teamed up with the Qamadeen hotel, Old
Town to give away lunch vouchers for two for their
Esca Italian restaurant, plus lunch vouchers for two
for their new Italian-themed caf, Esca. To be in
with a chance of winning lunch at either of these
venues, tell us...
Which of the following cities is not in Italy?
a) Rome
b) Milan
c) Glasgow
WIN! A
MASSAGE AT
EDEN SPA
Thanks to Whats On and Le Mridien Abu Dhabi
you can ease away those summer aches and pains
were giving a one-hour relaxing body massage at
Eden Spa (weekdays only, advance booking required)
worth Dhs300. To enter, tell us
How many seconds are there in an hour?
a) 360
b) 3,600
c) 36,000
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WHO?
TAGLINE
ONCE UPON A TIME...
IDEAL IF YOURE IN THE
MOOD TO...
WATCH THIS IF YOU
LIKE...
TOP TRIVIA
WHATS ON TEN WORD
OR LESS REVIEW
RATE OR SLATE?
Kiefer Sutherland (narrator),
Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts,
Curtis Jackson, Esti Ginzburg,
Joel Schumacher (director)
No one needs anything here. Its
all about want
Hard-partying lifestyles among
the dispossessed teenagers of
Manhattans wealthy Upper East
Side led to a spiralling body count
as the faade began to crumble.
Be alternately titillated, shocked
and depressed by witnessing lives
of narcissistic privilege so quickly
and bleakly eroded by greed,
violence and envy.
e 2004 novel, penned by then
17-year-old NYC writer Nick
McDonnell. If you didnt read it,
superior early Leonardo DiCaprio
ick e Basketball Diaries (1995)
oers a few parallels.
Joel Schumacher also directed
Kiefer Sutherland in Flatliners
(1990), A Time To Kill (1996) and
Phone Booth (2003), the latter of
which also saw largely Sutherland
restricted to a voiceover role.
Overly slick in translation, it
worked better as a book.

Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica


Chastain, Terrence Malick
(writer/director), Emmanuel
Lubezki (cinematography)
Nothing stands still
A troubled architect (Penn)
struggled to reconcile the death
of his brother and a conicted
Texas upbringing. en Malick
introduced ruminations on
planets and dinosaurs, and critics
were wildly polarised.
Get all weighty and existential
about lifes fundamental questions,
while basking in the glow of a
deeply poetic thought experiment
bolstered by a couple of A-listers.
Any of Malicks oddly sparse back
catalogue notably Badlands
(1973), Days Of Heaven (1978) or
e in Red Line (1998), all of
which wax philosophical about
man, violence and nature.
One Italian cinema screened an
early preview of the lm with the
reels in the wrong order. Nobody
noticed, which gives you an idea
as to what youre in for.
e great auteur Malick proves
himself master of the mystifying.

Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer


Valderrama, Nicholas DAgosto,
Luis Alfaro (screenplay), Angel
Garcia (director)
A riches to rags story
Spoiled Beverly Hills sisters Nora
(Belle) and Mary (Vega) barely
engaged with their Mexican roots,
but their fathers sudden death
sent them on a crash course in
East LA Latino life.
Nod sagely along with a handful
of well meaning, if faintly
patronising, truisms about the
value of migrant cultures in a
modern cosmopolitan society.

Fish-out-of-water comedies are
hardly a Hollywood rarity; last
months Monte Carlo pulled a
similar trick, albeit in (nancial)
reverse. Perhaps avoid if youre a
huge Jane Austen fan, though
see below.
e screenplay is actually an
adaptation of Austens seminal
romantic satire Sense And
Sensibility, uprooted from 19th-
century England and given a
modern Latin twist. Hmm.
Mawkish and predictable, but the
title remains its gravest crime.

Twelve The Tree Of Life From Prada


To Nada
The Tree Of Life From Prada To Nada
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Lubna Azabal, Mlissa
Dsormeaux-Poulin, Maxim
Gaudette, Rmy Girard, Denis
Villeneuve (writer/director)
e search began at the opening
of their mothers will
e dying wishes recorded in
a mothers nal testament sent
twin sisters Jeanne (Dsormeaux-
Poulin) and Nawal (Azabal) on
a Middle East voyage to explore
their knotted family heritage.
See the ne line between intimate
and epic artfully trodden by a
stirring Quebec-made drama
that dely tackles issues of
family, faith and mythology.
Skilled, source-faithful
adaptations of revered stage
works the original theatre
production, Scorched (2005),
was a critical hit for Canadian
playwright Wajdi Mouawad.
Incendies was Academy-
nominated in the Best Foreign
Language Film category at last
years Oscars, narrowly losing
out to Susanne Biers Danish
masterpiece, In A Better World.
Expertly directed slow-burner
packing genuine sting in the tail.

Steve Carell, Julianne Moore,


Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone,
Kevin Bacon, Glenn Ficarra/
John Requa (directors)
is is crazy. is is stupid. is
is love
Comfortable mid-life success story
Cal Weaver (Carell) was thrust back
on to the dating mineeld when his
wife asked for a divorce, so laddish
pal Jacob (Gosling) agreed to take
him on as a pet project.
See US comedy royalty Carell
playing it a little not much, but
a little straighter than his oash
turns in Anchorman and Dinner
For Schmucks.
e 40-Year-Old Virgin, Date
Night or Dan In Real Life, all of
which starred Carell in similarly
clownish roles. As did his career-
dening turn in the US version of
e Oce.
Co-directors Ficarra and Requa
made their directorial debut in
2009 with the well-received, fact-
based romcom I Love You Phillip
Morris (starring Jim Carrey and
Ewan McGregor).
A solid cast drag us along, but
nobodys stretching far.
PREVIEW
Kevin James, Rosario Dawson,
Leslie Bibb, Adam Sandler,
Sylvester Stallone, Frank Coraci
(director)
Welcome to his jungle
A mist zoo employee (James) tried
to quit in order to focus on making
human friends. But the animals
didnt want him to go, and revealed
their secret gi of speech in order
to coach him in social skills.
Walk, talk, squeak and squawk
with the animals, while watching
an inherently likeable leading man
mugging along with a gag-lled,
but profoundly immature, script.
Goofy Jim Carrey vehicle Ace
Venture: Pet Detective, or any
other live-action lm in which
the animals atly refuse to
be portrayed as cutesy CGI
caricatures.
Various animal welfare groups
(including PETA) called for a
boycott of Zookeeper, aer video
emerged of its elephant star being
abused by a former trainer in
2005.
Unlikely to leave lasting paw-prints;
le under harmlessly fuzzy.

Incendies Crazy, Stupid,


Love
Zookeeper
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph,
Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-
Covey, Judd Apatow (producer),
Paul Feig (director)
From the producers of Superbad
and Knocked Up
Having been sacked as maid
of honour at her best friends
wedding due to a comedic self-
destruct in rehearsals, a luckless
thirty-something mounted a one-
woman quest for redemption.
See yet another nail driven into
the already-liberally-perforated
con of that risible old women
cant do funny argument.
e Hangover, 2009s successfully
blokey pre-wedding disaster
opus to which the female-led
Bridesmaids has repeatedly (and
favourably) been compared.
e lm was overseen by Apatow
Productions, responsible for such
hits as Anchorman and Forgetting
Sarah Marshall, and quickly
overtook Knocked Up (2007) as
their biggest earner to date.
A chick-ick by denition, but
with deantly broad appeal.

Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids Zookeeper
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Most people think the Holy Month Of Ramadan
is about fasting, and thats true, but only during
daylight hours. The nights of August will be all
about feasting. Once the fast is broken around
sunset, there will be innumerable iftar banquets
to attend (check out our Iftar Hot List, p83). And
restaurants are still open during the evening,
too, so Eating Outs cupboards are as fully
stocked as ever. Following its grand Whats On
opening in July, Jones The Grocers doors have been
besieged by diners eager to sample its superb cheeses,
cold cuts, bakery and caf menu and we bring you
our verdict just over the page (p32). We also put two
new burger restaurants to the test (p33), visit Abu
Dhabi seafood restaurant Sennara (p36), test eight
new and revitalised summer menus (p34) and discover
the overlooked Ritz-Carlton Thai restaurant Blue Rain
(p38). Plus, of course, The Critic this month asking if
the UAE really needs Michelin (we think it does, but our
opinionated friend has other ideas) all the most recent
food news, new openings, and our monthly Twitter
recipe. Wishing you and yours Ramadan kareem. Enjoy.
Gareth Rees, Features & Food Editor
DUE TO THE
HOLY MONTH OF
RAMADAN SOME
OUTLETS MAY NOT
OPERATE REGULAR
OPENING HOURS.
CALL AHEAD FOR
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EATING OUT
Jones The Grocer
Its caused a
sensation in Abu
Dhabi, but is the
Aussie caf chains
rst Dubai outlet up
to scratch?
Aussie caf and grocery chain
Jones e Grocer has proved a
hit down under, in neighbouring
New Zealand, Singapore, and, of
course, Abu Dhabi. Why? Well,
we have no idea how the Aussies,
Kiwis and Singaporeans think,
but Jones has caused a big stir in
our beloved capital for one reason
its dierent.
And that holds true for Dubai,
too. Were talking clean-cut,
industrial design concrete
oors, the odd bit of exposed
metal girder, high ceilings and
bright exposed strip lights. en
there are the shelves, stacked
with jars, tins and packets of
gourmet this and that and a few
choice cookbooks and magazines
(Monocle and Wallpaper*). Add
to that an open kitchen, cheese
room, charcuterie counter and,
perhaps most impressive of all,
a coee station where a barista,
equipped with a Bunsen burner,
creates magical brews with
endlessly entertaining siphons
and drips. Its a winning formula.
Oh yes, the food is pretty
good, too. e menu is full of the
sort of food people want to eat.
Burger? Check. Steak. Check.
Fish n chips. Check, check and
double check. And thats before
you consider the cold cuts and the
cheese, which is what we started
o with. A whole platter lled
with a meaty, dairy melange.
e sharing platters could be
ordered on their own with one
of the superb smoothies, or the
invigorating Granny Smith and
ginger cordial with sparkling
water. Or as a starter.
eres the option of three
(Dhs45), ve (Dhs65) or seven
(Dhs85) items from an extensive
list of cheeses, cured meats,
seafood and antipasti. We went
for the full seven a mound of
surprisingly impressive chicken
chorizo; greyish slices of UAE
beef (pat on the back for local
sourcing), which werent too good
on their own, but went terribly
well with a hunk of the nutty
bread; a bowl of stued olives
(good olives, but they seemed
to have forgotten the stung in
several of them); several thick
cuts of gleaming gravlax salmon;
a poky Roquefort, a nice brie and
a ne semi hard petite cantal. All
of which would have benetted
from a glass of something red,
but that cant be helped. One of
the excellent coees would be an
acceptable alternative.
Weve raved about the Jones
wagyu burger before on these
pages, but, suce it to say,
ordered medium (at most)
it is one of the juiciest, most
delectable renderings of the
most primal of menu staples
we have ever tasted. e sh
n chips, consisting of three
decent chunks of sheri (thumbs
up for sustainability) in a crisp,
fairly airy batter accompanied
by a good handful of fries, was
satisfying, but would have been
easier to eat had it been served
on a plate, rather than a wooden
board.
In tweet form Finally, Jones The Grocer
has landed in Dubai. Order the burger,
explore the cheese room and ask for a
demonstration of the coffee siphon.
Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and
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Need to know
Location: Sheikh Zayed
Road, opposite Times
Square, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3466886
Web: jonesthegrocer.com
Open: daily 10am to 9pm
Cuisine type: caf, deli
Must eat: Jones wagyu
burger
Bill for two: Dhs230
Finally, a neat, remarkably
crumbly apple crumble, and a
gooey chocolate brownie, both
with good ice cream, did the job.
Since last months opening
party (check out the footage on
youtube.com/whatsondubai),
ravenous diners have been
ocking to Jones e Grocer.
If you arent one of them, you
should be. Go. Now.
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Two to try: new
burger bars
WHAT? THE BURGER
JOINT
WHERE? TBJ is on the
concourse in Atlantis hotel, near
the entrance to Aquaventure.
Most of the seating is on the
thoroughfare, which means its
quite noisy, but this is also a
prime spot for people watching.
We spotted some fairly unique
swimwear. Inside, theres a diner
theme, with red walls and an
open kitchen, complete with
singing chefs.
THE BURGERS ARE
Generous. We recommend
signature burger e
Works (Dhs60), a juicy
patty with beef bacon,
cheese, mushrooms,
pickles, lettuce,
tomato, onions and
TBJ sauce, and the
Rooster Booster (Dhs45),
for a crispy chicken burger with
salad, pickles and a tangy mayo.
Add Dhs15 to the burger price to
include a so drink and fries.
AND THE FRIES? Far from
the tasteless, over-salted fare
found elsewhere, TBJs fries are
more home-style, with some
skin le on, a rich golden colour
and excellent spices. Extra points
for Hellmans mayo and Heinz
ketchup on the tables, too.
ANY MILKSHAKES? Do you
really have room aer all that?
If so, try the cookie milkshake,
or go classic with vanilla (both
Dhs25). Word to the wise though,
they are enormous, so unless
youre on a weight-gain mission,
its best to share.
FINAL VERDICT: You
wouldnt make the journey to
Atlantis just to visit TBJ, but for
a wallet-friendly pre-waterpark
meal its a tasty, well-seasoned
bet. e sta are keen to the
point of exhausting, but this
might be early days enthusiasm.
The Burger Joint, Atlantis The
Palm, The Palm, Dubai, 10am to
10pm. Tel: (04) 4260747
WHAT? BURGERFUEL
WHERE? You cant miss New
Zealand chain BurgerFuel, thanks
to a display of purple-liveried
ags outside that would satisfy
any monarch. e
outdoor seating on
JBR isnt inviting
right now, so we
headed inside,
where large
wooden tables,
exposed ceiling
ttings and an open kitchen of
polished metal lends a converted
Brooklyn warehouse vibe.
THE BURGERS ARE
Borderline terrifying, in the
best possible way. We couldnt
pass up the challenge of the BF
Monster. Good luck tting your
jaws around the third-pounder of
char-grilled New Zealand ground
beef (Dhs35). e extras jammed
into a wholemeal bun mean the
monster matches its moniker,
featuring melted cheese, sliced
beetroot, surprisingly ne beef
bacon, mango and fresh avocado.
For such a mouthful, thats
incredibly good value.
AND THE FRIES? We
wondered whether the modest
box of 'spud fries' (Dhs11),
with aioli dip, were a touch on
the stingy side. But the chunky
specimens proved more than
enough.
ANY MILKSHAKES? Yep.
Classic avours are order of
the day: chocolate, vanilla or
strawberry (all Dhs15). All are
suitably frothy and towering.
FINAL VERDICT: If youre
still peckish aer a visit to
BurgerFuel, you should probably
join the circus as a sideshow
freak. As gourmet burgers go,
in both quality and price, this is
right up there. Expect BF to be
jam-packed come the weekend.
BurgerFuel, Bahar, JBR Walk,
Dubai, 11am to 5am. Tel: (04)
4458220. burgerfuel.com
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EATING OUT
OTTOMANS
CUISINE:
Turkish
MENU:
Appetisers
of deep
fried
courgette
cakes
(mujver) served
with garlic and mint yoghurt
light and refreshing, though the
cakes themselves were a little
bland and deep fried prawns
with crispy, shredded kunafeh
pastry and a lightly spiced acuka
sauce (sehriyeli karides) were
pleasant enough, but a yoghurt
and rice soup (yayla corbasi)
served with mint and chilli sauce
had real depth of avour and, as
a starter, would be enough on
its own. e slow cooked lamb
shank with mash and a tomato
sauce (kuzu incik) was homely and
lling, if far from mind blowing,
and the chocolate fondant (sicak
cikolatali kek) ticked all the right
boxes. If you want traditional
Turkish, Ottomans isnt a bad
option.
BILL FOR TWO: Youre talking
around the Dhs690 mark
without alcohol
Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina,
Dubai, Tue to Sun 7.30pm to 1am.
Tel: (04) 3176000. grosvenorhouse-
dubai.com
FILINI
CUISINE: Italian
MENU: Chef omas Marchi
has pulled out all the stops with an
imaginative array of fresh air at
Filini. Carpaccio di polpo (octopus
carpaccio) is the obvious standout
New summer menus: tested
The quiet summer
months are the
perfect time for
restaurants to test
out fresh ideas and
launch new menus.
Take your pick from
these beauties
antipasti, moist morsels of meat
simply but eectively presented
with lemon olive oil and rocket
leaves. e spaghetti alle vongole
(spaghetti with clams and cherry
tomatoes) keeps an oceanic theme
owing in pleasingly healthy
fashion. e good waistline karma
is dented a little by the semifreddo
al torroncino con salsa ai lamponi
(nougat semifreddo with raspberry
sauce), although its fruity tang at
least lends a nod to healthiness.
BILL FOR TWO:
Approximately Dhs340, without
alcohol
Radisson Blu Yas Island, Golf
Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,
6pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6562000.
radissonblu.com

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

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

CARAMEL
CUISINE: International
MENU: It is quite hard to
pigeonhole Caramels cuisine, and
the new summer additions to the
menu reect that diculty. ere
are some exceptional additions
the salmon salad, the
spicy tuna roll, and
the glorious baked
Alaska but some
items are slightly
o target, such as
the TNT shrimp,
which is far too creamy
and rather expensive. All in all,
though, a welcome renewal of the
menu.
BILL FOR TWO: Dhs600 with
a cocktail
DIFC, Building 3, 2nd Floor, Dubai,
11am to 2am, Tel: (04) 4256677.
caramelgroup.com
RODEO GRILL
CUISINE: Steakhouse
MENU: Tiny helpings or
overblown dishes arent really on
Rodeo Grills radar, so take it easy
by starting with an appetiser of
chicken liver pate, because the
hearty steak and mushroom pie is
a meat, veg and pastry joy sure to
keep you stued until dinner the
following evening. Aer that, its
probably wise to order a slightly
less plate-engulng dessert, and
the warm rhubarb and strawberry
tartlet is a sweet and charming
conclusion to proceedings.
BILL FOR TWO: Around
Dhs500
Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area,
Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel:
(02) 6979000. rotana.com
WHITE ORCHID
CUISINE: Asian
MENU: e token Asian staples
are all here, including vegetable
spring rolls and chicken satay for
starters, but go for the crispy tiger
prawns, smothered in spicy wasabi
salsa, or the prawn salad (plaa
goong) avoured with lemongrass,
mint and ai coriander. e
Madam Pa's chicken curry lacked
spice and was terribly sweet, but
the roasted duck, with pineapple,
cherry tomatoes and roast lychee
in a red curry sauce, had us wiping
the plate clean. e wok-fried
snapper was overcooked and
without avour, but the stir-fried
beef and hot basil had plenty of
heat. White Orchid has everything
from Hong Kong-style favourites
to hand-rolled sushi and a range
of ai curries. It's a jack-of-all-
trades, but only a master of some.
BILL FOR TWO: Our meal cost
Dhs490 without alcohol
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai,
12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 814 5604.
jebelali-international.com
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36 WHATS ON AUGUST 2011
EATING OUT
Sennara
Will One To Ones
new seafood
restaurant sink or
swim?
Hooking the nest catch, as any
sherman will doubtless tell you,
requires the perfect bait. And
Sennara (shhook in Arabic)
has many attractive facets sure to
entice its human prey.
Taking cues from traditional
shoreline cafs of the
quintessentially Lebanese variety,
Sennaras catch of the day menu
arranges a lip-smacking display
of straight-from-the-boat
treats in raw form, ready for
pre-preparation deliberation.
e welcome is warm and the
dcor nets thronging the
ceilings and walls smattered with
other assorted seafaring props
manages, just about, to avoid
going overboard. So far, so good.
A handful of light mezze
selections, including a zingy
fattoush, the patatas bravas-
esque batata harra (fried potato
cubes with tomato, green pepper
and onion) and consummately
presented classic, deep fried
calamari, all slipped down well.
But it was the mains that
impressed the most. e
shmongers arrangement
comprises rotating selections
priced by the kilo rather than
the serving a welcome option
for those who, like us, prefer
dictating their own portion sizes.
You can also choose the cooking
method char-grilled, deep-fried,
steamed or Provencal and there
are sauces to suit every palate.
Anybody longing to pick their
dinner while it's still alive select
from several ne specimens
of Australian spiny lobster,
Canadian lobster and mud crab
can now indulge their crustacean-
based food fantasies, although
sadly when we visited Sennaras
tank was still on the cusp of being
fully completed and stocked.
Without the lobester to tempt
In tweet form Sennara sets sail (sorry)
to be one of the citys best seafood
specialists. Its early days yet, but so far,
so good Follow us at WhatsOnDubai
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Location: One To One Hotel
The Village, Al Salam
Street, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 4952000
Web: onetoonehotels.com
Open: Sun to Fri noon to
4pm and 8pm to midnight
Cuisine type: seafood
Must eat: char-grilled
kingsh
Bill for two: Dhs329
our taste buds, we opted for a
hearty steak of local favourite,
kingsh. Every drop of avour
is coaxed from the meaty
esh by charcoal grilling and
complemented smartly with
sauted veg and handcut fries.
Delicious.
e dessert options were
limited, though by that point
youll doubtless be full enough to
need only a plate of the fresh cut
fruits. All in all, not the nest sh
in the ocean, but far from a bait
box tiddler.
CHIZEN
Were fans of Chizens
rst branch in Dubai
Festival City for a
spot of lunch, so
the opening of
a branch in Mall
Of The Emirates is
welcome news. Like
most Chinese restaurants,
its menu is extensive and includes
the usual range of dishes from
barbecue-roasted duck to
kungpao chicken; the dierence
is the standard of ingredients and
ChiZens reliability. Far from your
typical mall fast food joint.
Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3549288
BARCELOS
Having opened 100
outlets across the
world, it was only
a matter of time
before Portuguese
fowl specialist
Barcelos arrived in
the UAE. Famed for its
spicy peri-peri chicken
dishes, Barcelos will soon be part
of your take-away rotation. If you
like Nandos, odds on youll like
Barcelos.
Sama Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3425440
RED LOBSTER
Red Lobster has been
whipping up clam
chowder and grilling
crustaceans in the
US since 1968.
Weve visited the
branch in Orlando,
Florida, and though
the ingredients
werent of the highest
quality not that youd expect
just out of the ocean freshness
from a fast food restaurant its
a safe choice for the casual, value
for money diner.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3253131
Its a good month
if you like your food
fast
A taste of
things to
come
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NEW
SUMMER
MENU
If were
looking
for dim
sum in
a hurry,
Ping Pong is
our rst port of call. We love
those little parcels of joy, so
well certainly be checking out
the new Ping Pong summer
menu. The steamed lobster
dumplings, crab spring rolls
and refreshing mocktails are
all healthy options, too, so the
indulgence is fairly guilt-free.
Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3399088.
pingpongdimsum.ae
CURRY ON SPECTRUM
As if summer wasnt hot
enough already,
Spectrum on
Ones Curry
And Hops
night is
cranking
up the
temperature
on Mondays.
With unlimited curry on oer,
the chefs will be dishing up
more Kashmiri rogan josh,
butter chicken and biryani than
you can shake a naan at. Even
better, theres unlimited beer to
wash it all down with.
Spectrum on One, Fairmont
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3118316.
fairmont.com/dubai
GOOD VERSUS BAD
The Chinese
philosophy of
Yin and Yang
promotes
balancing
good and
bad but
in the case
of the Sizzling
Wok's all-you-
can-
eat night challenges you to
ignore your good side and
indulge in the set menu of
Chinese platters and dim
sum. You wont feel too bad,
however, as it will only set you
back Dhs99. Tasty and cheap. A
ne balance, indeed.
Sizzling Wok, Citymax Hotel, Al
Mankhool, Bur Dubai, Dubai,
Dhs99, 8pm to 11pm. Tel: (04)
4078000. citymaxhotels.com
DIABETES MENU
Chefs from the
Millennium
Hotel have
been working
with diabetes
experts
from Mafraq
Hospital, to
create a menu
that is nutritionally
balanced and helps those with
diabetes to control levels of
blood glucose, blood fats, and
blood pressure.
Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 614 6000.
millenniumhotels.com
New Asian nights and bites
On the menu
TWITTER RECIPE
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La Petite Maison, DIFC, Gate Village 8, Dubai,
Sun to Fri noon to 2.30pm and 7pm to 11pm.
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RIB-EYE STEAK
Marinate rib-eye with green chili, garlic,
rosemary and olive oil. Season with rosemary
and garlic salt mixture. Grill. Serve.
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38 WHATS ON AUGUST 2011
EATING OUT
Blue Rain
It opened quietly a
few months back,
but Ritz-Carltons Thai
restaurant is only
now starting to make
some noise. But is it
as good as word on
the street suggests?
We visited Ritz-Carltons DIFC
steak restaurant Center Cut
(their American spelling, not
ours) back in August, reporting
back that, although it was decent,
it was entirely bere of patronage.
In fact, aer its grand opening,
talk of the Ritz-Carlton seemed
to zzle and fade pretty quickly.
But recently, its ai restaurant,
Blue Rain, started to be dropped
into conversation the kind of
conversations we have, anyway.
Word was it was worth a visit.
And who are we to argue with the
word so time to revisit e Ritz.
On a Tuesday night the
restaurant was empty, but it
shouldnt have been. ere are a
handful of laudable ai places
in the UAE and Blue Rain
deserves to be counted among
them. Not least because the sta
are so enthusiastic about their
restaurant. Especially our waiter,
Nirut, who harbours a strong,
and not particularly well hidden,
desire to be a chef he loves ai
food, and is ready and willing to
explain every little detail to you,
from avours and provenance to
how to devour particular dishes.
Current chef Sawai Krasian
creates food for Nirut and his
colleagues to be passionate
about. Of the soups, salads
and appetisers, the pick was an
exemplary tom yum soup a
giant prawn, not overcooked as
they so oen are in this most
ubiquitous of broths, bobbing
about in a sour and spicy stock of
coconut, lemongrass, coriander,
mushrooms and lime. Also
good were the mieng kham
In tweet form Blue Rain is better than
your average Thai. Order the wagyu
curry, and dont miss the lunchtime
Express menu or Saturday Thaipas
Nights. Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and
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Location: The Ritz-Carlton,
Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3722222
Web: ritzcarlton.com
Open: Sun to Thurs noon to
3pm and 6.30pm to 11pm,
Fri to Sat 6.30pm to 11pm
Cuisine type: Thai
Must eat: Panang nua wagyu
Bill for two: Dhs700
(without alcohol)
kung (prawn wrapped in a betel
leaf with ginger, lime, chilli and
coconut), gai hor bai toey (a
nubile nibble of chicken, again
wrapped in a leaf, this time
pandan, with crunchy noodles)
and some fresh popia sot, or ai
spring rolls. And nally, a tangy
papaya salad with fried catsh.
We were advised to try the
Panang beef curry (a speciality,
apparently), which, thankfully,
we did. Beef curries in ailand,
as the restaurant manager
reminded us, are oen made
with extremely tough beef from
the shabby local cattle stewed
for hours and thus lacking in
avour not so at Blue Rain.
Made with melliuous wagyu,
steeped in a smooth curry sauce,
we can see why the punters love
it. But its not the be all and end
all; the grilled lamb rack in holy
basil marinade also hit the spot,
especially accompanied by a
large helping of soupy morning
glory (water spinach). So called,
according to Nirut, because it
makes the eyes brighter, and one
has to wake up early to buy the
best of it.
A light, tea avoured panna
cotta, an attempt to create a
dessert with a ai twist that has
the advantage of a broad appeal
to all palates, was a success.
As is Blue Rain dinner and a
culinary education, what more
could you ask for?
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EATING OUT
Blue Rain
It opened quietly a
few months back,
but Ritz-Carltons Thai
restaurant is only
now starting to make
some noise. But is it
as good as word on
the street suggests?
We visited Ritz-Carltons DIFC
steak restaurant Center Cut
(their American spelling, not
ours) back in August, reporting
back that, although it was decent,
it was entirely bere of patronage.
In fact, aer its grand opening,
talk of the Ritz-Carlton seemed
to zzle and fade pretty quickly.
But recently, its ai restaurant,
Blue Rain, started to be dropped
into conversation the kind of
conversations we have, anyway.
Word was it was worth a visit.
And who are we to argue with the
word so time to revisit e Ritz.
On a Tuesday night the
restaurant was empty, but it
shouldnt have been. ere are a
handful of laudable ai places
in the UAE and Blue Rain
deserves to be counted among
them. Not least because the sta
are so enthusiastic about their
restaurant. Especially our waiter,
Nirut, who harbours a strong,
and not particularly well hidden,
desire to be a chef he loves ai
food, and is ready and willing to
explain every little detail to you,
from avours and provenance to
how to devour particular dishes.
Current chef Sawai Krasian
creates food for Nirut and his
colleagues to be passionate
about. Of the soups, salads
and appetisers, the pick was an
exemplary tom yum soup a
giant prawn, not overcooked as
they so oen are in this most
ubiquitous of broths, bobbing
about in a sour and spicy stock of
coconut, lemongrass, coriander,
mushrooms and lime. Also
good were the mieng kham
In tweet form Blue Rain is better than
your average Thai. Order the wagyu
curry, and dont miss the lunchtime
Express menu or Saturday Thaipas
Nights. Follow us at WhatsOnDubai and
WhatsOnAbuDhabi
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Need to know
Location: The Ritz-Carlton,
Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
Tel: (04) 3722222
Web: ritzcarlton.com
Open: Sun to Thurs noon to
3pm and 6.30pm to 11pm,
Fri to Sat 6.30pm to 11pm
Cuisine type: Thai
Must eat: Panang nua wagyu
Bill for two: Dhs700
(without alcohol)
kung (prawn wrapped in a betel
leaf with ginger, lime, chilli and
coconut), gai hor bai toey (a
nubile nibble of chicken, again
wrapped in a leaf, this time
pandan, with crunchy noodles)
and some fresh popia sot, or ai
spring rolls. And nally, a tangy
papaya salad with fried catsh.
We were advised to try the
Panang beef curry (a speciality,
apparently), which, thankfully,
we did. Beef curries in ailand,
as the restaurant manager
reminded us, are oen made
with extremely tough beef from
the shabby local cattle stewed
for hours and thus lacking in
avour not so at Blue Rain.
Made with melliuous wagyu,
steeped in a smooth curry sauce,
we can see why the punters love
it. But its not the be all and end
all; the grilled lamb rack in holy
basil marinade also hit the spot,
especially accompanied by a
large helping of soupy morning
glory (water spinach). So called,
according to Nirut, because it
makes the eyes brighter, and one
has to wake up early to buy the
best of it.
A light, tea avoured panna
cotta, an attempt to create a
dessert with a ai twist that has
the advantage of a broad appeal
to all palates, was a success.
As is Blue Rain dinner and a
culinary education, what more
could you ask for?
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40 WHATS ON AUGUST 2011
James Brennan
knows food. Having
written on everything
from bhajis to burgers for
a string of international
publications, James is
now the Middle East
chairman of the Worlds
50 Best Restaurants
judging panel. Dont miss
his monthly musings
every issue.
THE CRITIC
Rumours that the Michelin Red
Guide could appear in the UAE
by 2013 are enough to get most
chefs toques standing on end.
e thought of something as big
and sparkly as a Michelin star
to brag about must be the stu
of saucy dreams for the local
big-hitters. In fact, if you put
your ear to the ground and feel
a nascent rumble, thatll be the
food and beverage PRs of the
Emirates, vibrating gently.
Exciting stu, theres no
doubt. But just a month or so
aer a French restaurant handed
back its Michelin star, it has
to be asked: are Michelin stars
becoming an irrelevance?
Le Lisita the only restaurant
to be awarded the accolade in the
southern French town of Nimes
ooaded its star because the
demands of being a Michelin-
rated restaurant were just too
great. More sta had to be hired
to deliver the exacting level of
service required and costs went
up, driving punters away. Once
the restaurant reverted back to
its brasserie-style service, the
customers returned in their
droves. e food hadnt changed.
e above case may be down to
the economic situation in Europe,
but theres reason to believe
diners around the world are
looking for a more relaxed and
informal experience without
compromising on the food.
ree Michelin stars
disappeared o the face of the
earth last month when El Bulli
closed for good. But the legendary
restaurant of Catalan chef Ferran
Adria has been superseded in
Barcelona by Tickets a casual
tapas concept with a fairground
theme. Standards are still
impeccably high, of course, but
instead of having a snotty matre
d glare at you for picking up the
wrong spoon, the emphasis is on
having fun.
Perhaps Michelin will award
Adrias latest venture a star?
at might be the catalyst for
changing the way Michelin
judges restaurants. But should we
really pay attention to a bunch
of self-important and stuy
inspectors with anal xations on
how many creases there are in a
folded napkin anyway?
Even the number one
restaurant in the world
(according to the San Pellegrino
Worlds 50 Best Restaurants) has
yet to win its third Michelin star.
Yet youll have to be cryogenically
frozen and thawed out when
Aston Villa win the Premier
League [for which read, never
Ed] to get a reservation at
Copenhagens Noma.
Dont get me wrong. e kudos
that comes with Michelin stars
is something all chefs crave. But
by the time the Michelin guide
comes to the UAE with all the
pyrotechnic promotional hoo-ha
that will involve the light shed
from its coveted stars may well be
starting to zzle out.
THERES REASON TO BELIEVE
DINERS AROUND THE WORLD
ARE LOOKING FOR A MORE
RELAXED AND INFORMAL
EXPERIENCE WITHOUT
COMPROMISING ON THE FOOD
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Al-Turki made a name
for himself charting the
physical development
of Dubai, a passion that
continues in his latest series,
Constructakons
How did you come to work in Dubai?
Well, I grew up in Saudi Arabia, where it was
said that the citys people bathe in black gold.
When the time came to move on to higher
education I le in search of a dream, one that
was promised by ad campaigns and the giant
billboards in this new oasis called Dubai.
Your current exhibition charts the
continuing growth of the city. Why is that
so important to you?
Continuing growth not any more, as one
can see; as the whalers of the city are now
realising, what goes up must come down. e
only thing that kept the momentum going
was a presence of a monster slowing down
the ship, but the wake of the boom is nally
catching up with the vessel.
Tell us a little about your fascination with
construction and machinery.
Im just like any young boy who became
fascinated with machines and the way that
they can construct something out of nothing
not on their own, obviously, but with the aid of
humans. e principal of shiing earth around
and forcing a change to what was laid by
nature and transforming the landscape into a
creation of their own is somewhat bewildering,
but has consequences in the long run, I believe.
As a photographic and video artist, are
you merely recording what you see or do
you put something more personal into
your subjects?
Artists have several ideas and judgments
about one thing; there must be a form of a
complex compassion between the receiver,
messenger and the message. So being an
observer is only a part of what is expected,
otherwise I would have been wildlife
photographer.
Building blocks
You rst came to attention with a series
recording the lives of Dubais migrant
workers. How did that come about?
e idea of the project Lis was that I would
give a li/ride to anyone who seemed to need
one, and by the wheels that turned in Dubai
all who did were the migrant workers who
put their hopes and dreams into the city. en
I ended up in Sanapor, a labour camp on the
city limits. Funnily enough, I think the name
translates to city of gold.
Why does Dubai remain such an
interesting subject for you?
In pre-recession, the city was a test subject
to the whims and the ideas that any human
could come up with. Whatever they dreamed
of, everyone was ready to lay their life on the
line for it cites in the sky, vertical gardens
in the desert, underwater hotels, islands
dropped in the sea, canals running for miles
through the dry deserts. I guess in a sense
that an old proverb could work here No
one ever thinks that the well will run dry, and
that is what fascinated me about Dubai in the
past. Now being a part of the city that gave all
the opportunities I could have ever dreamed
of is something special, unforgettable and Im
hopeful for what comes next. But only time
will tell.
Until Aug 31, Gallery 2, The Pavilion
Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard,
Downtown Dubai, free. pavilion.ae
Paint charts
Take advantage of the quiet
summer season with the Jam
Jars cut-price rates for painting sessions.
With prices starting from as little as Dhs35
for a seven-inch-square canvas, theres no
reason for you not to add it to your list of
summer resolutions (see page 46). Picasso,
your canvas awaits!
thejamjardubai.com
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Five to see

NEW WORKS: NARGESS HASHEMI


The Iranian artists solo show reopens after a short summer nap. The
fascination in Hashemis drawings of traditional Iranian ceremonies
and celebrations lies in the subtext. Not only do they speak of her
awkwardness in relation to such aairs, but drawn as they are from
real events, they reveal the clash between traditional Iran and its
recent political struggles. Fascinating.
Aug 15 to 31, Gallery IVDE, Unit 17, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3235052. ivde.net

DIVISION BY ZERO
Carbon 12 presents one of the
strongest of this years crop of
summer exhibitions. Anahita
Razmi, Mathias Garnitschnig,
Aamir Habib and Florian Hafel
explore the criss-crossing
boundaries of contemporary
art, investigating the path from
concept to form between the
personal and the political.
Until Sept 15, Carbon 12,
Warehouse D37, Al Serkal
Avenue, Dubai. Tel: (050) 4644392.
carbon12dubai.com

STEPHANO GALLI
The Italian artist takes up
residence at Abu Dhabis The
Social Hub caf throughout
this month. We think their
colourful slice-of-life scenes are
a little reminiscent of popular
British artist Beryl Cook (minus
her trademark fat ladies). Not
challenging, perhaps, but just
the thing to brighten up a long
summers day.
Until Aug 31, The Social Hub, 2454
Bldg 4, Al Salam Street, Khalifa
Park, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4411117

POSITION, VELOCITY, ACCELERATION


Rather appropriately, this group exhibition at XVA takes summer as its
focus. Seven artists stick more or less loosely to the theme, including
Sami al Karim, Nelda Gilliam and Caroline Krop. Loredana Mantellos
Sea Serpent is staggering for its scale alone.
Until Sept 19, XVA Gallery DIFC, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC, o Zabeel
Road, Dubai. Tel: (056) 1032766. xvagallery.com

ART EUPHORIA
Artist and gallerist Cynthia Reta Richards presents a solo show of
her own work this month. Expect to see much of her trademark
colour and pattern, mixed with a rich geometry. And on August 23
the gallerys monthly Art & Coee event will be looking at how art
soothes, with Ayushy Sajnani.
Until Aug 31, Art Couture Gallery, Blue Al Fattan Marine Towers, The Walk,
JBR, between the Ritz Carlton and Hilton hotels, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3994331.
artcoutureuae.com
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46 WHATS ON AUGUST 2011
Art historian, dedicated collector
and managing director of Dubais
Meem Gallery, Charles Pocock
knows the UAE art scene like the
back of a Picasso. Do you have
an art question for Charles? E-mail:
editor-wo@motivate.ae
THE ART INSIDER
ARTS
THE
What inspires your
work?
My wonderful mother's
small talk was the rst
thing that helped me to
create my paintings. My works
are heavy with colours and fonts,
amulets and icons, the life of the
people of my country and everyone
who is full of creative anarchy. They
represent beauty ghting back
against the forces of ignorance,
disease and stagnant minds,
because beauty alone puts man on
the purest and highest level of life.
Your canvases are full of imagery
whats behind that?
The experience of transforming my
work on paper, with all its elements,
to a work of art on canvas was one of
my dreams after my work about the
Euphrates and the Syrian desert was
exhibited in Paris in 1992. I became
obsessed with the idea of adapting
the work of art and its subjects into
other assets that may riot against the
human and turn into other objects.
Describe your work in three
words
Love and life.
Until Sept 6, Aspen, Kempinski
Hotel, Dubai, free. vindemia2010.
dukkanarabia.com
Syrian artist
Aboud Salman
Five minutes
with...
Think summer camps are just for kids? Think
again. DIAC has a list of activities to get any
grown-ups creative juices owing. Fancy
channelling your inner Monet? Then theres
a short course in impressionist painting. Or
perhaps Van Goughs fervent, thickly daubed
paint is where you see your talent developing?
Then it would be the weekly palette knife
painting course for you. To learn more about a
traditional art form, there is Arabic calligraphy.
Or you could take your genre o the page
completely with a lesson in sculpture, pottery,
dress pattern making, photography, knitting,
crochet or stued toy making: the list, while
not quite endless, is certainly exhaustive.
artdubai.com
Learning Zone
Having covered the pricing of artworks
in my last column, I will now delve into the
oen-tricky world of authenticity.
When buying a work of art, a certificate
of authenticity should always be requested
from the seller. It acts as a warranty that
gives you the right to reclaim your funds if
the work turns out to be an outright fake
or has perhaps been predated by the artist
to add more to its value. The artwork in
question may have been looted, and there
have been instances when the seller is
unauthorised in their dealings, that is he or
she is not the legal owner (who in this case
would be unaware of the sale). If something
unpleasant arises in the future, and if there
is proof that there was intent to deceive, it
is this certificate or printed warranty that

gives you the right to reclaim, as well as sue
for damages.
All galleries, art dealers and auction
houses have a responsibility to supply such
documents to the buyer if requested. One
way to ensure that the information provided
is correct is to buy the work from the recog-
nised agent of the artist. ere was a case, in
New Delhi in 2009, which was well reported
internationally, when SH Raza turned up at
his own show and stated that a few of the
works displayed were by him, but that most
were fake.
e show was organised by an unauthor-
ised dealer and the work came from the sec-
ondary market. When you can, buy artwork
from the recognised gallery that represents
the artist, whom in turn can, and will, liaise
with the artist on your behalf.
In relation to auction houses, Sothebys will
supply certicates of authenticity when and
where available, as will Bonhams. e senior
legal counsel of Christies informed me by e-
mail that: Christies does not issue certicates
of authenticity. Christies states in its list what
is guaranteed, this being what is listed in the
catalogue in upper case script only anything
else they do not guarantee.
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We drag the oh-so stylish Sophia
Serin away from the helm at
Emirates Woman into the grubby
Whats On ofce to answer your
wardrobe woes
Do you have a fashion question for Sophia?
E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae
SOPHIA SAYS...
I often wear ip-ops for work and
need to up my game, but dont want to
wear heels. What style of at should I be
looking for?
Sylvia, Abu Dhabi
You cant go wrong with a chic pair of ballet
ats. Depending on your budget, New Look
have some cheap and cheerful options, but if
you want to walk the designer route Repetto
or French Sole are a stylish option. You can
wear these slippers with a skirt, jeans or day
dress and the best part you will be comfy,
as well as chic.
I am travelling this month and my wife
has told me to ditch the backpack
and buy some new luggage any
suggestions?
Farid, Sharjah
e backpack has denitely got to go, as
these are only acceptable for people under
the age of 21. Head to Samsonite for good
quality luggage that will last a lifetime, and
bon voyage.
I love the colour-
blocking look this
season, but it seems like
a passing trend how
can I incorporate this
look into my wardrobe
without spending too
much money?
Anna, Dubai.
Buy from the high street.
You wont care as much
when you throw out a
Dhs100 dress from H&M than you would
a Dhs10,000 number from Gucci.
The strap on my Mulberry Alexa bag has
snapped is there anyone in the UAE who
can repair it? And sort out the scumarks,
too?
Sarah, Dubai
I would denitely take it back to the place of
purchase. is bag is so new to the market
that it really should not be falling apart
just yet. is might be a problem if you are
pushed for time, as they may need to send the
bag back to England, but good things take
time. If they refuse to x it, try Minutes in
e Dubai Mall for the strap and scumarks.
Whenever you buy a new bag (or shoes) it
is vital to spray it with protector before you
take it out for its rst wear this will keep the
scumarks at bay and protect from things like
drink spills, dust and general wear and tear.
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SUMMER SCENTS
CALVIN KLEIN
CK One Summer
A summery twist on the 1990s classic,
CK One Summer has a long-lasting
citrus smell, fresh packaging and a tres
reasonable price tag, making it a must-
have for the young uns out there. But a
word of caution, as it is unisex, there is a
slightly masculine edge.
Dhs185 for 100ml
BECKHAM
Intimately Yours For Her
This is more of a cleaning product
than a summer fragrance, smelling
articial and fairly unpleasant. On the
bright side, the scent fades quickly.
Perhaps the Beckhams should stick to
socialising and choosing bizarre names
for their spawn.
Dhs195 for 75ml
JEANPAUL GAULTIER
Classique
The striking packaging raised our
hopes, but the initial scent was a let
down. Although distinct, the lemony
aroma was reminiscent of the hot
annels youre given on a plane. Its nice
for the dressing table, but not the nose.
Dhs283 for 100ml
MARC JACOBS
Daisy Eau So Fresh
Sweet smelling with a oral, fruity
twist, Daisy Eau So Fresh has a playful,
feminine personality and the bottle
makes owning a bit of Marc Jacobs
design eau so easy. A woody note
follows the initial owery whi, which
is pleasant but it doesnt last long.
Dhs440 for 125ml
GUESS
Seductive Wild Summer
Youthful and pretty, Guess new perfume
is a long-lasting blend of pear, lychee,
berries and vanilla that is inspired by hot
summer nights. Think Brazil rather than
Barsha, this is an exotic scent design to
seduce. Lock up your sons.
Dhs175 for 50ml
KENZO
Leau De Kenzo Amour
The dominant notes of vanilla, subtle
oral accents and hints of orange
attract a more mature audience to this
summer scent, but sadly it fades fast.
We loved the packaging, but sadly
aesthetic appeal isnt enough when
youre buying perfume.
Dhs327 for 70ml
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Dancing Ribbon
At the pricier end of the scale, but
undoubtedly worth it, Nina Riccis
new scent practically reeks of holiday
romance. No, not Hawaiian Tropic and
teenage boys, Dancing Ribbon has
sweet berry notes and is distinctive
enough for evenings, too.
Dhs225 for 50ml
DAVIDOFF
Cool Water Summer Dive
Fresh, clean and simple, youll sni out
hints of lemon lingering after the initial
scent of zesty melon. A great daytime
fragrance, its not strong enough for
the evening, but is really refreshing
and ideal for the under-25s.
Dhs190 for 100ml
ISSEY MIYAKE
Leau DIssey Summer
The intriguing smell of this scent is just
as unique as its packaging bold and
bright. A new take on Miyakes popular
perfume, the crisp smell of pear with a
woody base note has a lasting eect,
perfect for a long summer day.
Dhs288 for 100ml
BULGARI
Mon Jasmin Noir
Bulgaris new perfume embodies
modern sophistication, while pitching
to a younger audience than the
original Jasmin Noir. It has a musky
base with oral top notes, resulting
in a ladylike fragrance with a hint of
mystery. Expensive, but high quality.
Dhs320 for 50ml
GUCCI
Guilty
Guccis latest oering is well suited to
fans of fresh scents, with a mix of pink
pepper, peach and mandarin creating
a sophisticated aroma. Its more grown-
up than many on the market, and
would be a good choice for a romantic
dinner a deux.
Dhs390 for 75ml
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Saharienne
Saharienne promises to be an ideal
summer scent, contrasting the warmer
desert aromas with more fresh, cooler
accents to give a powerful and exotic
blend. The result is an edgy, unusual
mix with a spicy side that we took
quite the fancy to.
Dhs295 for 75ml
Find a new signature perfume, or the perfect olfactory
companion to your wardrobe, with the latest summer
fragrances
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SUMMER SCENTS
CALVIN KLEIN
CK One Summer
A summery twist on the 1990s classic,
CK One Summer has a long-lasting
citrus smell, fresh packaging and a tres
reasonable price tag, making it a must-
have for the young uns out there. But a
word of caution, as it is unisex, there is a
slightly masculine edge.
Dhs185 for 100ml
BECKHAM
Intimately Yours For Her
This is more of a cleaning product
than a summer fragrance, smelling
articial and fairly unpleasant. On the
bright side, the scent fades quickly.
Perhaps the Beckhams should stick to
socialising and choosing bizarre names
for their spawn.
Dhs195 for 75ml
JEANPAUL GAULTIER
Classique
The striking packaging raised our
hopes, but the initial scent was a let
down. Although distinct, the lemony
aroma was reminiscent of the hot
annels youre given on a plane. Its nice
for the dressing table, but not the nose.
Dhs283 for 100ml
MARC JACOBS
Daisy Eau So Fresh
Sweet smelling with a oral, fruity
twist, Daisy Eau So Fresh has a playful,
feminine personality and the bottle
makes owning a bit of Marc Jacobs
design eau so easy. A woody note
follows the initial owery whi, which
is pleasant but it doesnt last long.
Dhs440 for 125ml
GUESS
Seductive Wild Summer
Youthful and pretty, Guess new perfume
is a long-lasting blend of pear, lychee,
berries and vanilla that is inspired by hot
summer nights. Think Brazil rather than
Barsha, this is an exotic scent design to
seduce. Lock up your sons.
Dhs175 for 50ml
KENZO
Leau De Kenzo Amour
The dominant notes of vanilla, subtle
oral accents and hints of orange
attract a more mature audience to this
summer scent, but sadly it fades fast.
We loved the packaging, but sadly
aesthetic appeal isnt enough when
youre buying perfume.
Dhs327 for 70ml
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NINA RICCI
Dancing Ribbon
At the pricier end of the scale, but
undoubtedly worth it, Nina Riccis
new scent practically reeks of holiday
romance. No, not Hawaiian Tropic and
teenage boys, Dancing Ribbon has
sweet berry notes and is distinctive
enough for evenings, too.
Dhs225 for 50ml
DAVIDOFF
Cool Water Summer Dive
Fresh, clean and simple, youll sni out
hints of lemon lingering after the initial
scent of zesty melon. A great daytime
fragrance, its not strong enough for
the evening, but is really refreshing
and ideal for the under-25s.
Dhs190 for 100ml
ISSEY MIYAKE
Leau DIssey Summer
The intriguing smell of this scent is just
as unique as its packaging bold and
bright. A new take on Miyakes popular
perfume, the crisp smell of pear with a
woody base note has a lasting eect,
perfect for a long summer day.
Dhs288 for 100ml
BULGARI
Mon Jasmin Noir
Bulgaris new perfume embodies
modern sophistication, while pitching
to a younger audience than the
original Jasmin Noir. It has a musky
base with oral top notes, resulting
in a ladylike fragrance with a hint of
mystery. Expensive, but high quality.
Dhs320 for 50ml
GUCCI
Guilty
Guccis latest oering is well suited to
fans of fresh scents, with a mix of pink
pepper, peach and mandarin creating
a sophisticated aroma. Its more grown-
up than many on the market, and
would be a good choice for a romantic
dinner a deux.
Dhs390 for 75ml
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Saharienne
Saharienne promises to be an ideal
summer scent, contrasting the warmer
desert aromas with more fresh, cooler
accents to give a powerful and exotic
blend. The result is an edgy, unusual
mix with a spicy side that we took
quite the fancy to.
Dhs295 for 75ml
Find a new signature perfume, or the perfect olfactory
companion to your wardrobe, with the latest summer
fragrances
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SHOPPING
THE STRANGERS CHILD
Alan Hollinghurst
The latest novel from literary giant
Alan Hollinghurst his rst outing
since winning the 2004 Man
Booker-Prize for The Line Of Beauty
spans 95 years from 1913 to
2008. But the subject throughout
is young, aristocratic poet Cecil Valance and
a poem written before he heads o to ght,
and die, in WW1. Valance scribbles the work
in question in the diary belonging to a friends
sister during a debauched weekend at Two
Acres a majestic villa in the London suburbs.
And, as Hollinghurst guides us into the new
millennium, it is that solitary work that serves
as the driving force of what is a sophisticated
and absorbing story, as the impact of Cecils
weekend at Two Acres is slowly revealed.
HERRING ON THE NILE
LC Tyler
Ethelred Tressider is a struggling
writer attempting to breathe
new life into his career by
embarking on a trip down the
Nile. However, almost as soon as
the boat sets o, a passenger is found dead
murder is afoot, and everyone is a suspect.
Tyler is clearly a fan of the queen of crime
ction, Agatha Christie even the title is a nod
to the mistress of murder mystery but thats
by no means a bad thing. With dark wit and
shady characters, Tylers contemporary spin on
a Christie-esque tale of intrigue and adventure
is at worst an entertaining homage, and at
best an exhilarating read.
IN DEFENCE OF DOGS
John Bradshaw
The age-old question beckons:
if dogs could talk, then what
would they say? It is this poser
that biologist, and all-round dog
man, John Bradshaw attempts to
answer in his book, In Defence Of
Dogs. The book looks into the evolution of the
canine, from being kept for working purposes
to their more common role as a domesticated
pet and, in many cases, a member of the family.
Having studied the behaviour of domestic dogs
for over 25 years, the author proposes modern
ideas of the role of dogs and the way they are
understood by contemporary society.
All available from Magrudys, Borders,
Jashanmal and Kinokuniya
The
bookworm
Recommendations from
our wriggly, book-reading
friend
THE BLOG
e holidays are here, and for most
of us its a chance to escape the
heat of the Emirates and head to
a country where the average daily
temperature isnt 45 degrees and
rising. And with a summer trip
comes the inevitable wardrobe
meltdown, which, for some people,
means a chance to go wild. What
is it about the holidays that bring
normally sane, relatively well-
dressed men and women out in
ridiculous wardrobe attire? Shorts
and oce shoes (boys, you know
who you are), see-through white
dresses (crime against fashion)
Hawaiian shirts, Speedos they
all scream bad holiday wardrobe.
And, judging by the Facebook
photos already popping up, no-one
is safe from this phenomenon.
eres nothing like a Speedo-
wearing perpetrator in the
background of your holiday snaps
to ruin a new potential prole pic.
I remember one aernoon when
the beautiful view of the Indian
Ocean from my remote island
getaway in the Maldives was spoilt
by the outline of a rather large and
tubby man in a very tiny pair of
shorts not nice.
In fact, things were so bad
amongst the British population
that last summer a list of what
not to wear when on holiday was
compiled by Heathrow Airport.
At the top of the list were beach
thongs. is awful, dental oss-
sized beachwear, so popular with
Britney Spears and sleazy nightclub
owners, might give you an all
over tan but its the ultimate in
In this months blog, lovestyle.com
editor and blogger Primrose
Skelton gives us some tips on
what not to pack. Hint: burn the
bad taste. Next up were socks and
sandals although this has been a
recent catwalk trend, I can verify it is
a look for supermodels and fashion
designers only.
For me crazzzzyyy neon, bum
bags, Bermuda shorts, Crocs and
the wrong swimwear are all holiday
fashion monstrosities.
Of course, style and holidays can be
great partners; it just takes a push in
the right direction.
Firstly, remember that just because
you are abroad, it doesnt mean
you cant be stylish. OK, so you
might not see anyone you know for
a couple of weeks (other than the
people who are away with you
show some respect) but for your own
self-worth try to pick pieces that still
represent who you are.
Ladies the S/S11 trend of colour
blocking is great for a capsule
wardrobe while away. Take one
bright skirt, and mix and match
with a couple of dierent coloured
vests. Zara and Topshop have a great
selection. Next up, grab a maxi dress
or two. ey are cool and versatile,
plus buy in light cotton and you
wont have to worry about creases.
Gladiator ats in gold or silver will
work well with dresses and jeans,
while Havaianas are ideal for the
beach and sightseeing. Boys think
tailored cotton shorts, dark jeans, a
couple of T-shirts, a few nice tted
shirts, loafers and ip-ops.
Both sexes should wear Ray-Ban
aviators, a trilby and a laid-back attitude.
Happy holidays!
Primrose Skelton is the editor of
lovestyle.com
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DVD
THE ADJUSTMENT
BUREAU
(Universal Pictures)
While the trailer has you expecting two
hours of Matt Damon running away
from men with fedoras, The Adjustment
Bureau is actually a well-paced lm that
tries hard not to rely on action-heavy
sequences (until the last 20 minutes,
anyway), and more on the relationship
between the two protagonists. Damon plays an
ambitious politician, David Norris, whose life is turned
on its head after a chance meeting with Elise (Emily
Blunt), a beautiful ballerina but was their meeting
really by chance?
Out now
ALBUM
DAVID GUETTA
NOTHING BUT THE BEAT
(EMI)
Feather-fringed Frenchman David
Guettas fth studio album shows o
his mega-star status with a host of big
name guesting alongside the dance
doyen. And if Guettas transition to fully-
edged popstar was ever in doubt, then
this is an album that clearly sets the
record straight, as Guetta and chums
Snoop Dogg, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Usher and
will.i.am show o their lyrical prowess.
Out now
GAME
UFC PERSONAL TRAINER: THE
ULTIMATE FITNESS SYSTEM
THQ for Xbox360 and PS3
The UFC ghting crew throw their hats
into the gaming tness ring, with their
version of personal training, ghting
style. Using the motion detecting
Kinect or Playstation Move, users ght
and kick their way through a specially
programmed workout. You can select
from either pre-made or customised
workouts, or even follow 30-day
programmes if youre dedicated, but
either way make sure you like throwing
a lot of air punches and kicks.
Out now
Playlist
The pick of this months
new releases
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p62 His n hers
p63 Spa news
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The
verdict
Life changing treatment, or utterly terrifying? We don the
protective glasses and let a laser tackle the stubble trouble
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During wintery months in cold countries, our
legs, under arms and bikini lines are hidden
beneath layers of 60 denier tights and swathes
of wool, allowing a cosy cocoon of ignorance.
Not so in the UAE, when each weekend seems
to oer up beaches, boat parties and brunches,
all in the glaring sunlight. Rogue hairs seem
magnied, one-day growth looms like the Black
Forest and good luck if you are a stranger to the
waxers table. So what to do?
To quote Dr Evil, we need a sophisticated
heat beam, which we call a laser. Many use
a machine called Cynosure, which is one of
the most eective methods of permanent
hair removal; most clients require three to six
sessions to become fuzz-free forever. Quick
word of warning to the blondes though lasers
arent for you; the technique explodes the
pigmentation in the hair, which destroys the
follicle and ultimately leads to smooth skin. So
while you might think fair, ne fur would be
easy to get rid of, its actually dark, coarse hair
that yields the best results.
For those of you who incorporate hair
removal into your monthly grooming regime,
view the laser approach like buying a house,
an investment, while temporary methods like
epilating, removal creams and waxing are more
like renting.
Hair
today...
Think laser hair removal
is for girls? Not so: its fast
becoming a grooming
essential for fellas, too
WHY? Simple: clearing hair in unsightly
places. male customers at clinic Silkor have
backs, stomachs, chests, toes and even ngers
turned into hairless expanses smoother than
the proverbial babys backside.
HOW? First, obviously, select the desired area.
I went for my stomach, not least as the pain
increases closer to the bone. A pen guideline
is sketched out in macabre Frankensteins
monster manner, before a trimmer and
disposable razor begin the initial, err,
deforestation. Then comes the laser, a small
handheld gun the size of a barcode scanner,
dragged across the skin and lubricated with
gel reminiscent of antenatal scans.
PAIN FACTOR? With a prickling, pulling
sensation that feels like hair being tweezered
from the inside, therapist Patricia warns this
isnt a relaxing treatment. It is bearable just
although the sizzled follicle odour hardly
heightens enjoyment.
RESULTS? One session isnt permanent;
several more are required for that eect.
But once heat rash-esque irritation subsides,
Im left with a stomach covered in stubbly
hair roots that gradually fall out. A follow-
up session ten days later completes the
zapping process.
Silkor, Villa 1, Zayed The First Street,
Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, from Dhs400 per
session. Tel: (02) 6816070. silkor.com
Dubais Beach Road is lined with clinics
oering the service, including EuroMed.
Rebecca Treston, our practitioner, whips up
her trouser leg to demonstrate shins that look
like theyve always been hairless. Its quite
extraordinary. Filled with condence, we hop up
on the table and put on some protective glasses
and aer shaving the unwanted hair, Rebecca
gets to work with a small laser, administered via
a pen-shaped gun. Depending on the body part
youre treating clearly some areas are more,
well, sensitive than others your reaction will
range from is that all? to yeowwww! but each
session takes mere minutes, numbing gel is used
and the heat generated by the laser quickly cools
down. Aerwards, some people might suer
from tenderness or blisters, but its rare and a
quick slick of a healing cream will sooth any
discomfort. With a wait of a month between
sessions, its best to leave the blitzed area alone
if you can and it took four trips to leave us hair-
free. Do our shins measure up to Rebeccas? Yes.
Its weird as if stubble never grew there. Bye-
bye razors and having hair ripped away with
wax. Forever. Gotta love technological advances.
Rebecca Treston @ Euromed Clinic,
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai,
from Dhs250 per session. Tel: (04) 3945422.
euromedclinicdubai.com
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What? Gelish French mani-pedi
Country of origin? France
Where can I try it? Tips & Toes
What does it involve? French manicures are characterised
by natural, pink polish with white at the tips and are thought to
have been introduced in Paris during the 18th century. Times
they are a-changing, though, and new techniques have been
developed to make your mani-pedi last longer. Gelish is a soak-
o gel polish that, after nails are clipped, led and bued, is
applied in layers (base coat, polish, white tip, polish, white tip,
polish and top coat phew), each sealed with a 30-second blast
of UV light, promising no chipping or peeling for up to three
weeks. The process takes longer than your usual trip to the nail
salon (we started to get a numb bum after an hour and a half ),
but promises the durability of acrylic nails, without the damage.
Does it work? Instead of looking like scary false nails, this
mani-pedi looks like your own nails but better. The big
bonus for clumsy types is that because the gel is set by the
UV light, you leave the salon with rock-hard polish, so theres
no danger of smudging and cursing the second you leave.
The only downside is not being able to remove it with nail
varnish remover and a cotton wool pad you need to soak
your ngertips in acetone for ve minutes then scrape it o, or
go to the salon for the therapists to do it. Still, Gelish saves on
the weekly mani-pedis and looks so good chances are youll be
back to try it again anyway.
Details: Tips & Toes, various branches, Dhs240. Tel: (04) 3492918.
tipsntoeshaven.com
What? Ku Nye massage
Country of origin? Tibet
Where can I try it? The Spa at Ritz-Carlton DIFC
What does it involve? Forget Mount Everest, anti-Chinese
occupation campaigns and, um, yaks; Tibet also has a rich history
of traditional medicines and therapies to experience. The Ku Nye
massage would be ideal if youve been hiking in the Himalayas,
but is equally useful for straightening you out after a week of
pounding the mean streets of Manhattan and a 14-hour ight, as
we found out. It aims to balance the ve elements in your body
with ve essential oils, using Tibetan techniques of massage,
kneading, acupressure on meridian points and cupping. The
spa also incorporates hot herb poultices and stones, with the
therapist working on each limb, leaving heat behind to soothe
and detoxify.
Does it work? Maybe it was the jetlag. Maybe it was the
warm stones. Who knows? But after 15 minutes of stretching,
muscle manipulation and massage, it was sleep central. The
Ku Nye treatment left us refreshed, with the therapist working
on pressure points to energise the body. The combination of
snoozing, moisturising oils and knot-busting beat the body clock
blues and we strolled out recharged.
Details: The Spa, Ritz-Carlton DIFC, DIFC, Dubai, Dhs600 for 80
minutes. Tel: (04) 3722222. ritzcarlton.com
Totally tropical
Try the worlds best treatments from the
comfort of the spa. This month month
we take trips to Tibet and France for a
massage and a mani-pedi
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Totally tropical
Speak up
Terried of public speaking? Improve your
communication skills. Coach and consultant
Jacqueline Harris breaks down how
What are the most common
mistakes people make in their
communications?
One of the biggest I come across
is overuse of e-mail, assuming
that its the most ecient
method. Its oen not the best
or most appropriate method for
the message or the receiver. I go
into businesses and talk about
how e-mails are used in an oce:
people will say they e-mail the
person at the desk next to them.
Has overuse of e-mail and the
Internet signicantly aected
peoples skills?
I think so. Fundamentally
beneath communications skills
is the rapport and connection
you have with the people youre
communicating with. Its very
dicult when its a screen in
front of you rather than a person.
ink through what you want to
communicate and whats the best
method to do that.
What are your top tips for
public speaking?
I really cant underestimate
the importance of prepara-
tion, planning and practicing.
When I work with people who
put the proper preparation in,
they reduce their nerves hugely,
because they feel a lot more
condent in what theyre saying,
and come across a lot more
professional. Make eye contact
with everyone in the audience.
Be comfortable with silence.
Make sure your body language
and tone of voice supports what
youre saying.
Are there any other important
things to remember?
Bring your personality across.
Sometimes, in business, we feel
that we cant do that. People buy
from people, so remember to
bring personality into the pres-
entation of any communication.
On a personal level, improving
your communication skills will
help with raising your prole,
establishing credibility and
enhancing career prospects.
Professional Coaching
International, Abu Dhabi. Tel:
(050) 9087434. E-mail: shan.
veillard@pciperformance.com.
pciperformance.com
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Vertical HP TRIM - 245mm (H) x 88mm (W)
For bookings or more information, please call 04 366 9111
or email chefshouse.mediacity.dubai@radissonblu.com
Break your daily fast
and spend more quality
time with your family
and friends this holy
month of Ramadan at
the Radisson Blu Hotel,
Dubai Media City.
During this month of
blessing, Chef s House
welcomes you with a
delicious array of
traditional Iftar Buffet
at sundown for only
AED 99 per person
or AED 119 including
fresh juices, coffee and
tea.

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

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

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

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

SLEEP FACTOR
e massage was extremely
relaxing, but also gave my
stressed-out shoulders and back
a good working, so no danger
of falling asleep. ere was too
much enjoyment to be had from
the stress absconding to waste it
by falling asleep.
giggles for no apparent reason. I
also had to be shaken awake. So
two fairly awkward moments.
You cant take me anywhere.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
Stretchy mini-shorts. None of
your papery pants here. Very
good indeed.
SLEEP FACTOR?
High. Very. Embarrassingly so.
But I woke up feeling refreshed
rather than disorientated, so
major points for that.
WHO SHOULD GET INVOLVED?
If you need some serious time
out, have aching muscles and
want to enjoy a spa session in a
stunning location then, get thee
to the Al Maha.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
Dhs370 for one hour, or take
advantage of Al Mahas Summer
Indulgence package (Dhs1,200)
which includes a 60-minute
treatment, use of the pool, spa
facilities and lunch.
ALGAE DETOX
MASSAGE THERAPY
DESERT AROMA
MASSAGE
Al Maha, Dubai Desert
Conservation Reserve, Dubai,
8am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 8329900.
al-maha.com
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
Anyone the staff are
incredibly funny, and seem to
really enjoy their work. Anyone
looking for a retreat from the
city should make the visit,
as the spa also benefits from
an enormous infinity pool
overlooking the desert.

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

SENSO WELLNESS CENTRE
Feel the need to relax but dont know what to
choose? It seems The Senso Wellness Centre
has the solution. The three and half hour August
special (Dhs700) includes a Swedish massage,
body polish and wrap, an energising facial, and the
choice of either a manicure or pedicure. Top to toe body blitzing.
Until Aug 31, Senso Wellness Centre, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai
Media City. Tel: (04) 3669111. radissonblu.com

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

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

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

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

SLEEP FACTOR
e massage was extremely
relaxing, but also gave my
stressed-out shoulders and back
a good working, so no danger
of falling asleep. ere was too
much enjoyment to be had from
the stress absconding to waste it
by falling asleep.
giggles for no apparent reason. I
also had to be shaken awake. So
two fairly awkward moments.
You cant take me anywhere.
HOW WERE THE DISPOSABLE
PANTS?
Stretchy mini-shorts. None of
your papery pants here. Very
good indeed.
SLEEP FACTOR?
High. Very. Embarrassingly so.
But I woke up feeling refreshed
rather than disorientated, so
major points for that.
WHO SHOULD GET INVOLVED?
If you need some serious time
out, have aching muscles and
want to enjoy a spa session in a
stunning location then, get thee
to the Al Maha.
HOW MUCH AND HOW
LONG?
Dhs370 for one hour, or take
advantage of Al Mahas Summer
Indulgence package (Dhs1,200)
which includes a 60-minute
treatment, use of the pool, spa
facilities and lunch.
ALGAE DETOX
MASSAGE THERAPY
DESERT AROMA
MASSAGE
Al Maha, Dubai Desert
Conservation Reserve, Dubai,
8am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 8329900.
al-maha.com
WHO SHOULD GET
INVOLVED?
Anyone the staff are
incredibly funny, and seem to
really enjoy their work. Anyone
looking for a retreat from the
city should make the visit,
as the spa also benefits from
an enormous infinity pool
overlooking the desert.

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

SENSO WELLNESS CENTRE
Feel the need to relax but dont know what to
choose? It seems The Senso Wellness Centre
has the solution. The three and half hour August
special (Dhs700) includes a Swedish massage,
body polish and wrap, an energising facial, and the
choice of either a manicure or pedicure. Top to toe body blitzing.
Until Aug 31, Senso Wellness Centre, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai
Media City. Tel: (04) 3669111. radissonblu.com

THAI PRIVILEGE SPA
Start booking ladies, the Thai Privilege Spa is
oering half-price wellness and relaxation
courtesy of its exotic spa concepts. Book an
appointment between 4pm and 9pm from Sunday
to Thursday until the end of August and prepare to
be spoiled by a 50 per cent discount on your chosen therapy.
Until Aug 31, Thai Privilege Spa, Villa 1047, Uttamah Villas, Al Wasl
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3489679. thaiprivilegespadubai.com
30 PER CENT OFF AT THE SPA AT
THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA
Whats On readers can enjoy 30 per cent
o all treatments (excluding packages)
at The Address Dubai Marinas spa this month. Yes, you
can take advantage of a whopping discount on facials,
massages and more, then kick back in the steam and sauna
rooms. Just mention Whats On when you book and bring
along this page to your appointment.
Until Aug 31, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4367777. theaddress.com
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Ramadan Iftar Buffet
AED 119/- net per person for the Iftar Buffet
Function rooms with dedicated service are available for
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Special prices are available for larger events.
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p66 Archery
p68 Mr Fitness
p69 World War What's On
p70 Show your colours
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Theres nothing we like more than to send our
intrepid, albeit slightly nervous features writer,
Matt, to brave whatever adventures we deem
fun and/or silly enough to make us laugh.
This month, Matt tackles archery
Who didnt play cowboys and
Indians when they were growing
up? I did, and I remember how
accurate I was back then with my
imaginary bow and arrow (fash-
ioned, quite accurately, I thought,
from a coat hanger), so I feel more
than condent that aer a few ses-
sions with the Dubai Archers Ill be
able to re a real arrow and split an
apple from 70 metres away. Bring.
It. On.
GETTING STARTED
Archery is more complicated than
youd think. A lot more compli-
cated. e terminology alone is
enough to bae Stephen Hawking
but, luckily, instructor Rao is on
hand to talk me through the basics,
such as determining which is my
dominant eye. Turns out its my
right one. Cracking. All red up, I
re o a few imaginary arrows with
my bow (known as dry ring in
the sport). Big mistake. e string
whips into the forearm of my bow
is key. Rules are enforced rigidly
on the range at all times, the most
important of which being only col-
lect your arrows once everyone has
nished shooting and an all clear
is given. Having watched the speed
of the arrows y, Im more than
happy to comply aer all, Ive just
worked out which is my dominate
eye, so feel in no hurry to lose it.
GROUPING
Surprisingly, the aim of the game,
for beginners anyway, is not so
much to hit the bulls-eye, but
rather to get all your arrows close
together on the target. You can
always adjust your sight aer if
you can group them around the
bulls-eye youre on the right track.
Having a close grouping shows
that you have a steady tech-
nique, which, can only
be perfected aer hours of
practice. However, its all very ad-
dictive, especially when the shots
start going your way, so the hours
just y by.
VERDICT
Once the basics have been mas-
tered, then archery is all about
practice. Put in the hours, and
youll start to see results, and with
Rao and the other archers more
than happy to give out advice my
skills were improving constantly.
OK, I wouldnt volunteer to let me
shoot an apple o your head just
yet, but with more practice, fruit
everywhere will fear for its life.
Dubai Archers, Sharjah
Wanderers Golf Club, Fri
8am to12.30pm, Dhs50.
Tel: (050) 5580951.
dubaiarchers.com
The stages
1
STANCE
Stand side on to the
target with your feet
shoulder-width apart,
spreading your weight
equally.
2
NOCK AND SET
Take an arrow and place the
nock on the string underneath
the nocking point. Place your
bow hand in the bow grip. Hook
the string with three ngers, one
above the arrow nock, two below.
3
PREDRAW
Keep your bow arm
straight as you lift the bow to
shoulder height.
4
DRAW
Pull back on the string using
your shoulder and back muscles.
Hold at the anchor point, with
your index nger touching the
corner of your mouth, close your
non-dominate eye.
5
RELEASE
Line up your aim, pull
the string back and relax your
ngers on the draw hand.
Bulls-eye
arm, and boy, does it sting. Lesson
learnt, and with Raos dont do that
again warning still ringing in my
ears, Im ready to do it for real.
THE STAGES
e process of shooting is broken
down into stages stance, nock,
set, pre-draw, draw, release. See,
told you it was complicated. e
thinking is that if you can perfect
each stage you can develop a
routine and improve your consist-
ency. I strap on an arm guard, give
a half-hearted shout of Release!
and unload my rst set of arrows.
Not bad not bad at all, consider-
ing the shaking from the string
tension. Im secretly smug, and
start working on a series of Robin
Hood jokes.
SAFETY
eres no geting away from it in
the wrong hands these babies
could do some serious damage,
and, not unsurprisingly, safety
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AUGUST 2011 WHATS ON 67
Theres nothing we like more than to send our
intrepid, albeit slightly nervous features writer,
Matt, to brave whatever adventures we deem
fun and/or silly enough to make us laugh.
This month, Matt tackles archery
Who didnt play cowboys and
Indians when they were growing
up? I did, and I remember how
accurate I was back then with my
imaginary bow and arrow (fash-
ioned, quite accurately, I thought,
from a coat hanger), so I feel more
than condent that aer a few ses-
sions with the Dubai Archers Ill be
able to re a real arrow and split an
apple from 70 metres away. Bring.
It. On.
GETTING STARTED
Archery is more complicated than
youd think. A lot more compli-
cated. e terminology alone is
enough to bae Stephen Hawking
but, luckily, instructor Rao is on
hand to talk me through the basics,
such as determining which is my
dominant eye. Turns out its my
right one. Cracking. All red up, I
re o a few imaginary arrows with
my bow (known as dry ring in
the sport). Big mistake. e string
whips into the forearm of my bow
is key. Rules are enforced rigidly
on the range at all times, the most
important of which being only col-
lect your arrows once everyone has
nished shooting and an all clear
is given. Having watched the speed
of the arrows y, Im more than
happy to comply aer all, Ive just
worked out which is my dominate
eye, so feel in no hurry to lose it.
GROUPING
Surprisingly, the aim of the game,
for beginners anyway, is not so
much to hit the bulls-eye, but
rather to get all your arrows close
together on the target. You can
always adjust your sight aer if
you can group them around the
bulls-eye youre on the right track.
Having a close grouping shows
that you have a steady tech-
nique, which, can only
be perfected aer hours of
practice. However, its all very ad-
dictive, especially when the shots
start going your way, so the hours
just y by.
VERDICT
Once the basics have been mas-
tered, then archery is all about
practice. Put in the hours, and
youll start to see results, and with
Rao and the other archers more
than happy to give out advice my
skills were improving constantly.
OK, I wouldnt volunteer to let me
shoot an apple o your head just
yet, but with more practice, fruit
everywhere will fear for its life.
Dubai Archers, Sharjah
Wanderers Golf Club, Fri
8am to12.30pm, Dhs50.
Tel: (050) 5580951.
dubaiarchers.com
The stages
1
STANCE
Stand side on to the
target with your feet
shoulder-width apart,
spreading your weight
equally.
2
NOCK AND SET
Take an arrow and place the
nock on the string underneath
the nocking point. Place your
bow hand in the bow grip. Hook
the string with three ngers, one
above the arrow nock, two below.
3
PREDRAW
Keep your bow arm
straight as you lift the bow to
shoulder height.
4
DRAW
Pull back on the string using
your shoulder and back muscles.
Hold at the anchor point, with
your index nger touching the
corner of your mouth, close your
non-dominate eye.
5
RELEASE
Line up your aim, pull
the string back and relax your
ngers on the draw hand.
Bulls-eye
arm, and boy, does it sting. Lesson
learnt, and with Raos dont do that
again warning still ringing in my
ears, Im ready to do it for real.
THE STAGES
e process of shooting is broken
down into stages stance, nock,
set, pre-draw, draw, release. See,
told you it was complicated. e
thinking is that if you can perfect
each stage you can develop a
routine and improve your consist-
ency. I strap on an arm guard, give
a half-hearted shout of Release!
and unload my rst set of arrows.
Not bad not bad at all, consider-
ing the shaking from the string
tension. Im secretly smug, and
start working on a series of Robin
Hood jokes.
SAFETY
eres no geting away from it in
the wrong hands these babies
could do some serious damage,
and, not unsurprisingly, safety
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MR FITNESS MR
in more and more cushioning
for the heel, which resulted in
a biomechanical adaptation in
running patterns creating a heel-
to-toe running style. Because
of the removal of the thick
cushioning from shoes such as the
Nike Frees and Vibram 5 Fingers,
you are forced to start running on
the ball of your foot. Be careful,
though, if you havent run on the
ball of your foot for a while you
will be in for some sore calves.

Im terribly confused by all the
supplements and sports drinks
on the market. A friend says
I should be drinking protein
shakes before weights sessions
and drinking electrolyte drinks
when running, but I dont know
what to drink when. Help.
Arash, Discovery Gardens, Dubai
I would always recommend
eating a pre-workout meal
before training rather than
drinking a protein replacement.
I would also have a post workout
meal ready to go once I nish
training in order to speed up the
recovery process. is can get
Do you have a tness question for James?
E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae
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H
E


E
X
P
E
R
T
!
In his seven years as a
personal trainer, James
Houghton has helped
everyone from West End
actresses to the Arabian
Gulf rugby sevens team
lose the pounds and keep
in shape
I read somewhere about
barefoot running. What is it,
and how does it work?
Harold, Jumeirah
Simply, barefoot running is
running without the aid, or
support, of shoes.
When we change from a
walk into a jog, run or sprint,
the emphasis of the load going
through the body as the foot
makes contact with the ground
changes. Biomechanically, the
rst ground contact point when
walking is the heel followed by a
roll through the foot towards the
toes. When running, the ground
contact should be through the
ball of the foot.
As shoe and trainer companies
have developed their products
over the years, theyve added
quite complicated, so I would
stick to the basics. Electrolyte
replacement drinks are denitely
a must, especially if youre
running out in the heat that we
experience here in the Middle
East. Take a bottle with you with
an electrolyte mix in it and make
sure you take regular sips whilst
training. Remember, thirst is not
an indication of dehydration.
Once you are thirsty, you are
already low on uids.
I am usually very active,
exercising four or ve times
a week, but I am ve months
pregnant. What exercises could
I still be doing?
Sunita, Greens, Dubai
If you have not been used to
training for the past ve months
then I would recommend that
you dont start a strenuous
training plan. As your pregnancy
advances, you should avoid
exercises that involve lying on
your back or pressing against
your stomach. As your centre of
gravity changes, it is important
to maintain strong postural
muscles such as the ones that run
the length of the back. You can
probably get away with stability
ball hip bridges (it should only
be your upper back on the ball).
Avoid too much stretching or
over-reaching.
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Amy can measure
our progress. e
aim of the game is to
improve our tness
and lose weight as a
team, with the winners
enjoying some goodies from
Reebok, and free classes with
Urban Energy until the end of
the year.
WANT TO GET
INVOLVED?
Even if youre not part of Team
Whats On, you can come along
to our weekly sessions on
Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Hercules
Fitness near the bowling centre
in Al Quoz and train with
us. Nicola, our personal guru
of all things healthy, will put
you through your paces with
circuits, cardio, resistance
and more. If you cant make
Tuesday nights, well be
attending Urban Energy classes
throughout the week, so you
can join us for some kickboxing
and circuits. Prepare to sweat.
Hercules Fitness Centre, The
Bowling Centre, Al Quoz, Dubai,
Tue 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Tel: (055)
8869158. urbanenergytness.com
BATTLE OF THE
The teams have been picked, our tness
scrutinised and the war against Dubai 92
has begun and you can get involved too
THE
CHALLENGE
ree months, two
teams, one winner.
A ght to the death.
Well, maybe not to the
death, but there are some
seriously tough few months
ahead. Last month we kicked
o World War a 12-week
tness challenge pitting Whats
On against Dubai 92, with
teams consisting of 15 wannabe
warriors from all walks of life,
each looking to up the number
of sit-ups they can do in a
minute and lose some kilos.
e regime involves weekly
training sessions at with Urban
Energy Fitness, extra classes,
free membership at Hercules
gym and an end to the carbs
and cookies we love so much.
It all started with a body
composition analysis to
establish weight and body fat
percentage, followed by a series
of tests to see just how much
trouble we were in. From an
assault course to wall squats,
press-ups to the plank, each
team member has had their
tness assessed and recorded,
so team trainers Nicola and
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BULGE
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SPORT & OUTDOOR
For football fans, World Cup-free summers are
the worst. Thankfully, the wait is over, with Europes
leagues ooding back onto our screens this
month. If you want to celebrate the highs and
lows of your team with fellow fanatics, then your
best bet is to join a supporters club. Here are just
a few of our favourites
WHO: THE BUSBY BOYS
TEAM: Manchester United
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Harvester's, Crowne Plaza,
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3311111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 80
CONTACT: musc-uae@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: muscuae.wordpress.com
WHO: DUBAI MANCHESTER CITY
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Crown & Lion, Byblos
Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4488000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 45
CONTACT: mcfcdubai@gmail.com
WEBSITE: mcfcdubai.blogspot.com
WHO: ABU DHABI BLUES
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas
Al Nakh, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 5588990
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: abudhabiblues@gmail.
com
WEBSITE: abudhabiblues.com
WHO: DUBAI REDS
TEAM: Liverpool
ESTABLISHED: 2006
MEET: Goodfellas Sports Lounge,
Ramee Rose Hotel, Tecom, Al
Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 500111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 200
CONTACT: enquiry@dubaireds.com
WEBSITE: dubaireds.com
Show your true colours
WHO: DUBAI CHELSEA
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Chelsea
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Fibber Magees, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3222400
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 83
CONTACT: lee.sporle@dcsc.info
WEBSITE: uaecsc.com
WHO: UAE CANARIES
TEAM: Norwich City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Dhow And Anchor,
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4068999
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 28
CONTACT: uae-canaries@live.co.uk
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
UAE Canaries
WHO: DUBAI WOLVES
TEAM: Wolverhampton Wanderers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Loca, Dubai Marine Beach
Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3461111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 119
CONTACT: stuart@axyz-me.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
Dubai Wolves
WHO: DUBAI RS
TEAM: Queens Park Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 42
CONTACT: jamonorris@msn.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
Ocial QPR Supporters Club
WHO: DUBAI LOYAL
TEAM: Glasgow Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 75
CONTACT: jim.graham
@rm-electrical.com
WEBSITE: thedesertbears.org
WHO: DUBAI HOOPS
TEAM: Glasgow Celtic
ESTABLISHED: 2004
MEET: Dubliners, Le Mridien
Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai. Tel:(04)
2824040
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 100
CONTACT: dubaicsc@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: dubaihoops.com
WHO: BARCA FAN CLUB UAE
TEAM: FC Barcelona
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: Sevilles, Wa, Oud Metha,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 324 7300
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 155
CONTACT: info@barcauae.com
WEBSITE: barcauae.com
WHO: EVERTON SUPPORTERS
CLUB DUBAI
TEAM: Everton
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: The Locker Room, Golden
Tulip, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3417750
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 70
CONTACT: amit.vyas@wvss.net or
mpjones1971@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
Everton Supporters Club Dubai
WHO: DUBAI TOTTENHAM
APPRECIATION FAN CLUB
TEAM: Tottenham Hotspur
ESTABLISHED: 2010
MEET: West Beach Bistro &
Sports Lounge, Mvenpick
Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4498888
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: steveindubai15@
hotmail.com
WEBSITE: Search
Facebook for
Dubai Tottenham
Appreciation Fan
Club
Norwich City Wolverhampton Wanderers
Glasgow Rangers
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SPORT & OUTDOOR
For football fans, World Cup-free summers are
the worst. Thankfully, the wait is over, with Europes
leagues ooding back onto our screens this
month. If you want to celebrate the highs and
lows of your team with fellow fanatics, then your
best bet is to join a supporters club. Here are just
a few of our favourites
WHO: THE BUSBY BOYS
TEAM: Manchester United
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Harvester's, Crowne Plaza,
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3311111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 80
CONTACT: musc-uae@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: muscuae.wordpress.com
WHO: DUBAI MANCHESTER CITY
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2007
MEET: Crown & Lion, Byblos
Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4488000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 45
CONTACT: mcfcdubai@gmail.com
WEBSITE: mcfcdubai.blogspot.com
WHO: ABU DHABI BLUES
TEAM: Manchester City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas
Al Nakh, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: (02) 5588990
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: abudhabiblues@gmail.
com
WEBSITE: abudhabiblues.com
WHO: DUBAI REDS
TEAM: Liverpool
ESTABLISHED: 2006
MEET: Goodfellas Sports Lounge,
Ramee Rose Hotel, Tecom, Al
Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 500111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 200
CONTACT: enquiry@dubaireds.com
WEBSITE: dubaireds.com
Show your true colours
WHO: DUBAI CHELSEA
SUPPORTERS CLUB
TEAM: Chelsea
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Fibber Magees, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04)
3222400
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 83
CONTACT: lee.sporle@dcsc.info
WEBSITE: uaecsc.com
WHO: UAE CANARIES
TEAM: Norwich City
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Dhow And Anchor,
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4068999
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 28
CONTACT: uae-canaries@live.co.uk
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
UAE Canaries
WHO: DUBAI WOLVES
TEAM: Wolverhampton Wanderers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Loca, Dubai Marine Beach
Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach
Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3461111
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 119
CONTACT: stuart@axyz-me.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
Dubai Wolves
WHO: DUBAI RS
TEAM: Queens Park Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2009
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 42
CONTACT: jamonorris@msn.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
Ocial QPR Supporters Club
WHO: DUBAI LOYAL
TEAM: Glasgow Rangers
ESTABLISHED: 2000
MEET: Centre Circle, Ramada
Chelsea Hotel, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 5019000
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 75
CONTACT: jim.graham
@rm-electrical.com
WEBSITE: thedesertbears.org
WHO: DUBAI HOOPS
TEAM: Glasgow Celtic
ESTABLISHED: 2004
MEET: Dubliners, Le Mridien
Dubai, Garhoud, Dubai. Tel:(04)
2824040
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 100
CONTACT: dubaicsc@hotmail.com
WEBSITE: dubaihoops.com
WHO: BARCA FAN CLUB UAE
TEAM: FC Barcelona
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: Sevilles, Wa, Oud Metha,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 324 7300
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 155
CONTACT: info@barcauae.com
WEBSITE: barcauae.com
WHO: EVERTON SUPPORTERS
CLUB DUBAI
TEAM: Everton
ESTABLISHED: 2008
MEET: The Locker Room, Golden
Tulip, Al Barsha, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3417750
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 70
CONTACT: amit.vyas@wvss.net or
mpjones1971@yahoo.com
WEBSITE: Search Facebook for
Everton Supporters Club Dubai
WHO: DUBAI TOTTENHAM
APPRECIATION FAN CLUB
TEAM: Tottenham Hotspur
ESTABLISHED: 2010
MEET: West Beach Bistro &
Sports Lounge, Mvenpick
Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 4498888
HOW MANY MEMBERS: 84
CONTACT: steveindubai15@
hotmail.com
WEBSITE: Search
Facebook for
Dubai Tottenham
Appreciation Fan
Club
Norwich City Wolverhampton Wanderers
Glasgow Rangers
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e old mans face is as wrinkled and leathery
as his desert trues. Yusef stands there most
days, watching over his side-street grocery
stall as the glaring sun adds layers of character
to his grin. Eat the desert true like a
mushroom, he says. Squeeze the juice into
your eyes. Its good for your eyes.
Round a corner, a clutch of sugar cane
juts from a tin bucket outside a drinks kiosk.
A sign lists the health benets of the juice:
preventing arteries stiness, cleaning chest,
sexual supporter
Most people visit Jordan
to ogle at its historical sites
and oat in the Dead Sea,
stopping in Amman only for
a brief visit. But should you
spend a little longer in the
capital city, theres a host of
culinary delights to discover
Amman
In Jordan, it seems, everything you eat
or drink is an aid to vigour, well-being or
social interaction. e hungry huddle each
lunchtime outside Ammans famous Reem
Cafeteria (+962 4645725, 2nd Circle, Jebel
Amman), the shawarmary hums with friendly
chit-chat as they wait for the meat to be
carved. is place is renowned across Jordan,
not just for serving up some of the best
shawarmas in the Levant, but also for being a
favourite of King Abdullah himself.
A king eating a shawarma. Its an image
SHORT
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that encapsulates the spirit of food in Jordan.
Nothing is considered too low rent; if it tastes
good enough, its t for royalty. Even the
humblest of Arabic street foods, the falafel, is
imbued with a sense of backstreet reverence at
the legendary Hashem Restaurant (Al-Amir
Mohammed St, Downtown Amman). e
dining room amounts to a cluster of plastic
garden furniture in a bland alleyway, but its
golden brown falafel, velvety hummus and
heart-warming ful medames are nothing short
of regal.
Amman is full of institutions like Hashem.
Independent family restaurants, loved by young
and old, are scattered all across this city of
nooks, hills and wandering roads. Just across
the street from Hashem is Al Quds (+962
4630168, Al-Malek al-Hussein St), where some
of the heartiest examples of traditional bedouin
cuisine can be found. e mansaf here is
famous throughout the city. e dish of lamb or
chicken and rice is doused with jameed, dried
yoghurt, which is mixed with hot water and
made into a heavy, but delicious, sauce.
Mansaf is what the bedouin have been
oering guests and travellers for hundreds, if
not thousands, of years. Traditionally served
on a huge platter and eaten communally,
always with the right hand, it is a symbol of
humanity and hospitality in an inhospitable
environment. Tourists passing through the
beautiful, arid sandscapes of Wadi Rum can
enjoy alfresco feasts with bedouin hosts under
the stars. But there are countless tales of
independent travellers being taken in and fed
by kind strangers without any tourist dinars
changing hands.
Jordans cuisine is as much about its
bountiful produce and Ottoman inuenced
delicacies as its simple bedouin origins.
Another of Ammans institutions is
Zalatimo Sweets (Rivoli Plaza, Shmeisani,
zalatimosweets.com), purveyors of luxury
Arabic pastries and baklava. e family
business was started in 1860 in Jerusalem by
the great, great grandfather of the current
general manager, Abdallah Zalatimo. It has
expanded across Jordan to include European-
style cakes and chocolates, but the traditional
baklava around 45 varieties never veers too
far away from its roots.
A lot of the cuisine in Jordan has been
inuenced by the close ties with Palestine. Its
almost like one country, says Abdallah. But
both countries were very much developed
by the Ottomans. eir empire was vast and
culturally diverse. We were inuenced by the
gis brought for the Sultan. Hed say to his
head chef, I have a new spice, give it a go. ats
when fusion started happening.
e building blocks of fusion can be found
in the souks around Ammans vibrant Hashemi
Street. Spice shops have dunes of cumin and
paprika sitting under loops of dried lemons
hung from the raers. Mounds of fresh parsley
and coriander roll like green elds opposite
bloody butchers shop displays. A sharks head
dangles on a hook outside a shmongers, and
everywhere people are munching on fresh
green almonds, young, tart and sprinkled
with salt.
For a country thats 90 per cent desert,
Jordans produce is surprisingly diverse. In
the coastal parts you have a lot of produce,
vegetables, fruit from the orchards, oranges,
cherries, grapes and grape leaves, Abdallah
explains.
Madaba is where some of the best organic
vineyards in the Middle East can be found,
but you dont have to leave the capital to have
a taste. e Winemaker (Wadi Saqra, zumot-
wines.com) has up to 34 varieties of award-
winning bottles. e man behind the vines is
Omar Zumot, who started out 15 years ago
with nothing but a bit of land and boundless
determination.
INDEPENDENT
FAMILY
RESTAURANTS, LOVED
BY YOUNG AND OLD,
ARE SCATTERED ALL
ACROSS THIS CITY
OF NOOKS, HILLS
AND WANDERING
ROADS
Desert Wadi Rum
Baklava
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NEED TO KNOW
HOW TO GET THERE
FlyDubai has a daily service to Amman,
from Dhs980. ydubai.com
WHERE TO STAY
Grand Hyatt Amman
This huge top-end
hotel complex is one
of the plushest in
the city. Lose yourself
amongst its shops and
pools, and stu yourself at
its many restaurants, from Arabic to Asian.
Hussein Bin Ali Street, Jebel Amman. Tel:
+962 64651234. hyatt.com
Palace Hotel
A simple but clean budget option, right
in the thick of the Amman action. The
rooms are of a pretty basic standard, but
the daily sightseeing tours to outside of
Amman are excellent value.
Al-Malek Faisal Street, Downtown Amman.
Tel: +962 4624326. palacehotel.com.jo
DONT MISS
Blue Fig Caf
Keep your dining
options open at this
laid-back caf, with a
range of international
dishes and Arabic
favourites. With a
multicultural vibe, its the
feel of the Blue Fig, as well as the food,
that will keep you coming back.
Jebel Amman. Tel: +962 5928800
Habibah
For some of the citys freshest, gooiest,
sweetest and best kunafe (soft-cheese
desserts) head to this famous sweet shop.
The warbat bil ashta, or pastries with
clotted cream, are also sublime.
Al-Malek al-Hussein St, Downtown Amman
Zad el Khair
A ne Iraqi restaurant serving one of
the delights of Middle Eastern cuisine
masquf. The delicious fresh-water sh is
sliced open, attened out and roasted
around an open charcoal re in the
traditional way, before begin served with
plenty of lemon juice, salad and freshly
baked atbread.
Um Uzaina Main Street, Amman. Tel: +962
65540057. zadelkhair.com
In Jordan, previously the wine was not
of a high quality and I wanted to produce
something thats really Jordanian, thats really
got character and its own personality, says
Omar. e problem I faced was that there
was nobody before me who planted grapes, so
I didnt know what to plant or where.
rough dogged trial and error, and
using as many dierent grape varieties as
possible, Omar succeeded in creating a
natural product that has won plaudits from
tasters around the world, not to mention 15
international medals. Whats my secret? I
do nothing, teases Omar. When you do
nothing, you allow nature to express itself,
and nature can give you much more than 34
dierent avours. Our strength is in how we
grow the grapes. All of it is organic. Weve
never used any pesticides. We fertilise with
dierent techniques. And every year our
wine is better not because we know how to
make wine better, but because our roots are
deeper and our soil is richer and more alive.
Roots go deep when it comes to food and
drink in Jordan. Beit Sitti (+962 795 633 868,
beitsittijo.com) is a restaurant and cookery
school that is all about upholding traditional
homemade recipes and teaching them to a
generation of Jordanians who are losing touch
with their heritage.
e art is being lost, says owner Maria
Hadad. Its not being handed down from
generation to generation, because women
arent getting the chance to teach these recipes
to their kids. So were trying to bring it back.
Its funny because you see women who are
40 or 50 that come to learn. ey are tired of
not knowing how to do this. So we have all
dierent ages.
Set in a beautiful townhouse in the Jebel
Weibdeh district of Amman, the initiative
concentrates on the type of food that cant
be found in many of Jordans restaurants.
We originally started for tourists, but then
we found that its really popular with locals
as well, explains Maria. Locals really enjoy
homemade food. ey really want to learn
how to make it because you cant get it in
restaurants. eyre oen newlyweds who are
sick of takeaways, so they want to learn how
to make Arabic food.
An evening session at Beit Sitti will teach
you how to make four courses from scratch
a mezze, a salad, a main dish and a dessert.
Guests are shown how to prepare and cook
aubergines on an open ame to make the
smokiest moutabel dip imaginable. And for
the main course, spices are blended with
layers of tomatoes and chicken to make an
aromatic rice dish called maqlooba.
A huge pan is stued to the brim and
simmered slowly before being turned over
onto a vast platter maqlooba means upside
down in Arabic. By the time you get around
to dessert, you might also wish to learn the
phrase for please, stop feeding me, Im about
to explode.
As Arabs, were very hospitable and
portions are always huge, says Maria.
She tells a story about a journey King
Abdullah and Prince Hassan once made on
camelback in the desert. ey came upon a
bedouin tent, and were invited in for a large
lunch.
When they were leaving, the King found
out that the man had killed his only camel to
feed them. So the King bought him 30 times
what he had given up. People would really
feed their guests rather than themselves or
their family.
Kebab Shawarma
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Emirati writer Wael Al
Sayegh co-hosts a live talk
radio show every Tuesday
on Dubai Eye 103.8FM, as
well as writing a regular
column in the Emirates
inight magazine, Open
Skies. Describing himself as
a promoter of inter-cultural
intelligence, travel is an
integral part of his life
Travels with
Wael Al Sayegh
The world must learn
to understand China,
and China must learn to
understand the world
THANK EID
Eid is a time that just keeps on
giving. How about a half-price, four-night
stay for two at the Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru
Resort & Spa in the Maldives? Now factor
in that it includes breakfast and all taxes.
Thanks, Eid.
Until Oct 31, Dnata Travel, from Dhs4,830.
Tel: 8008118. dnataholidays.com
HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA
If youre of an adventurous disposition,
signing up to do a 1,350km trip on
a tuk-tuk through the challenging
Cambodian wilderness should be
right up your street. The 21-day
Fancy a trip?
Whats the best holiday you have ever
had?
My most memorable trip has to be my 2004
visit to South Africa. I absolutely loved Cape
Town, and I have never quite been the same
since. When I got back to Dubai, I quit my
banking job and started a new way of life.
What has been your biggest travel
disaster?
Strangely enough, I have to say South Africa
again, but it was a dierent trip in 2006. I
went out to attend a wedding and I had boxes
to deliver. e airport sta in Johannesburg
claimed that my boxes were over the
permitted weight although I knew they
werent. e guy told me he could only put
me onboard the ight if I paid him a bribe. I
hated the whole experience.
If you could advise people to visit one
destination, what would it be?
It would have to be mainland China. You can
read about China all you want, but until you
go there, walk the streets and ride the subways,
you have no idea what it is really like. e
whole world must learn to understand China,
and China must learn to understand the world.
What are your three top tips for surviving
a long airport stopover?
You should always take a good novel with you
personally, I love Haruki Murakamis books.
It is important that you always stay hydrated
and fed, and, lastly, make sure you have a bag
of toiletries with you.
What do you never travel without?
A sense of adventure and a compass that
points in the direction of Mecca.
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Available for: iPhone and iPad
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TOTAL LUXURY
Flights to and from Florence in a
private jet, three nights stay in a
deluxe room at the swanky Il Salvatino
Villa overlooking the Duomo, with breakfast
and a private car. Whats the point of money
if not to spend it lavishly? Warning. For the
super rich only.
Dnata Travel, Dhs66,590. Tel: 8008118.
dnataholidays.com
APP
OF THE
MONTH
Cambo Challenge trek is carried out in
teams, and is an excellent way to meet the
Cambodian people. Sign up now. We dare you.
Nov 6 to 14, Cambo Challenge, Cambodia,
Dhs12,000 for a team of two.
cambochallenge.com
WOMEN ONLY
The World At Her Feet, a
new travel organisation for
women in the Middle East, is
launching its rst trip to India.
The seven-day trip will take female-only
travellers to Mandawa, Jaipur, Agra and
New Delhi, with transport and most meals
included in the price. Holiday, ladies?
Sept 1 to 7, The World At Her Feet, Sheikh
Zayed Road, Dubai, from Dhs4,000. Tel: (50)
6254251. facebook.com/theworldatherfeet
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sheraton.com/abudhabi
DAILY IFTAR AT FLAVOURS
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DISCOVER THE JOY OF RAMADAN AT BRAVO,
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ONWARDS. ENJOY AN ENTERTAINING EVENING
WITH YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY. FEEL AT HOME
IN OUR ARABIC LOUNGES, HAVE A SHISHA,
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For reservations, please call 04 332 9260 or 050 856 6044
www.cavalliclubdubai.com
After Sunset
Relax and delight in a sumptuous buet spread,
set menus and your choice of beverage.
Throughout August.
Buffet is AED 150 per person and set menus are from AED 200 to AED 350 per person.
THE HOT LIST
Its an authentic
Arabic buet,
of course, but
spread over two
oors, so vast
something for
everyone.
A two-storey
glass tent with a
capacity of 500
with views of
Dubai Marina.
Cant ask for
better than that,
can you? Good
eort.
Air-
conditioning,
valet parking,
VIP lounge and
shisha terrace
with views of
The Palm.
Anybody, any
day of the week.
This is going to
be the iftar to
beat all iftars.
Dhs140, Dhs100
for children,
which seems
to be about
average this
year.
Le Mridien
Mina Seyahi,
Dubai, from
sunset, Dhs140,
children
Dhs100. Tel:
(04) 3181398.
lemeridien-
minaseyahi.
com
If its Friday
brunch is
anything to go
by, The Talks
buet and live
cooking stations
should have you
covered.
The Walk, which
is perfect for
Marinaites. The
restaurant has
hung drapes to
give The Talk a
more authentic
Arabian feel.
Arabic music,
henna painting
and an optional
a la carte menu.
Its an all-
rounder,
focused on both
entertainment
and feasting.
A reasonable
Dhs139 or
Dhs120 per
person if you're
in a group of ten
or more.
It's a the pricier
end of the
spectrum, but
Traiteur never
disappoints.
Mvenpick
Hotel Jumeirah
Beach, JBR,
Dubai, from
sunset,
Dhs139. Tel:
(04) 4498888.
moevenpick-
hotels.com
Hot and cold
mezze, soups,
all manner of
Arabic and
international
mains, desserts,
juices and
coee.
The air-
conditioned
Al Sultan tent
at the popular
QDs beside
Dubai Creek.
Shisha is the
speciality at
QDs.
This is one
for the shisha
lovers of Dubai.
Edging a little
closer to the
lower end of the
price spectrum
at Dhs120.
Dubai Creek
Golf & Yacht
Club, Deira,
Dubai, 6pm to
9pm, Dhs120,
children
Dhs60. Tel:
(04) 2956000.
dubaigolf.com
Its a buet, as
these things
usually are,
serving Arabic
Ramadan
classics.
The ballroom
at one of our
favourite hotels
Park Hyatt
Dubai. Head out
to the terrace
for shisha.
There will be
an oud player
providing a
smattering of
traditional tunes
to liven things
up a bit.
Well, everyone
enjoys a spot of
oud, dont they?
It will set you
back Dhs160.
At just Dhs350,
The Talk
denitely walks
the walk.
Park Hyatt
Dubai, Deira,
Dubai, sunset
to 10pm,
Dhs160. Tel: (04)
6021804. dubai.
park.hyatt.com
The Palaces
all-day-dining
restaurant will
serve traditional
fare from live
cooking stations
and a buet.
Ewaans Arabian
dcor ensures
the complete
Ramadan
experience.
You can enjoy a
la carte suhour
from 10pm to
2am weekdays,
and until 3am
Friday and
Saturday.
An authentic
Ramadan
experience. Its
popular with
lots of UAE
locals.
At Dhs190, its
one of the most
expensive in
town.
The Palace,
Downtown,
Dubai, sunset
to 9pm,
Dhs190. Tel:
(04) 4287806.
theaddress.com
1
Mina Seyahi
Ramadan Tent
2
The Talk
3
QD's Al
Sultan Tent
4
The Creek
Ballroom
5
Ewaan
Stay for sohour
and enjoy the a
la carte menu,
too.
Enjoy a shisha
(Dhs70) in one
of the outdoor
majilis by the
pool.
Park Hyatt
Dubai is just the
kind of place
to celebrate a
special occasion
like Ramadan.
Latecomers can
enjoy a Dhs120
sohour menu
from 9pm.
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the spirit of
things during
Ramadan.
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11 Constellation Ballroom, The
Address Dubai Marina
12 Armani/ Mediterraneo,
Armani Hotel Dubai
13 Shangri-La Ramadan Tent,
Shangri-La, Sheikh Zayed Road
14 Esca, Qamardeen Hotel
15 InterContinental Dubai
Festival City, DFC
QD's Al Meera Ballroom
12 ARMANI/
MEDITERRANEO
Armani/Mediterraneo hasnt even considered
straying from its Italian roots this Ramadan,
and a good job, too Mediterranean buffet is
just the ticket. The perfect antidote to break the
cycle of traditional Arabic chow-downs, there
are grand views of the Dubai Fountain, too.
Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Dubai,
sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs260 to Dhs290.
Tel: (04) 8883444. dubai.armanihotels.com
There will be
cuisine from
countries across
the region on
oer, including
Morocco, Turkey,
Egypt and the
Middle East.
The Sotel is
slap bang in the
middle of The
Walk, which is
within walking
distance for
anyone living in
Dubai Marina.
There will be
live grill stations,
as well as the
buet selection.
A taste of the
MENA region.
A pretty
standard
Dhs145.
Sotel Dubai
Jumeirah
Beach, The
Walk, JBR,
Dubai, sunset
to 11.30pm,
Dhs145. Tel: (04)
4484848. sotel.
com
Cavalli is
promising
traditional
Arabic
cuisine with a
fashionable
twist. What
else?
The Cavalli
Club might
be far from a
traditional iftar
venue, but you
could denitely
do a lot worse,
right?
There will be
music from
pianist Malika
Omar.
Fashionistas,
who will enjoy
that twist we
mentioned.
Dhs150.
Surprisingly
reasonable for
this designer
hangout.
Cavalli Club,
Fairmont Dubai,
Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai,
from sunset,
Dhs150. Tel:
(04) 3329260.
cavalliclubdubai.
com
Some of the
best Persian
food youll nd
outside of Iran.
The Radisson Blu
Hotel is in Deira,
beside the creek.
The rose water
ice cream and
Persian sweets.
Lovers of Persian
cuisine, and
those sick of
the run-of-the-
mill pseudo
Lebanese
buets.
Dhs125 is not
bad for a meal
at a Whats On
Award-winning
restaurant.
Shabestan has
a nice view over
the creek, and
if youre lucky
youll see a
rework display.
Radisson
Blu Hotel,
Deira, Dubai,
from sunset,
Dhs125. Tel:
(04) 2057333.
radissonblu.
com
Fresh bread,
meat and
seafood grilled
to order and
a plethora of
mezze options
and desserts.
The Address
Dubai Mall is
connected to
the mall itself
perfect for a
pre or post iftar
shopping spree
in the Ramadan
sales.
Theres an oud
player. Yes,
please. We love a
bit of oud.
Hungry people
who like their
food freshly
prepared.
A rather pricy
Dhs170.
Weve enjoyed
some satisfying
dinners at
Na3Na3, and
you can trust
the kitchen.
The Address
Dubai Mall,
Dubai, sunset
to 11pm,
Dhs170. Tel:
(04) 4388999.
theaddress.
com
Its Arabic, and
the cooking
will done by
guest chefs from
Jordan, Egypt
and Syria.
Grand Hyatt
Dubai is just
the right side of
Garhoud Bridge,
and handy for
a quick whizz
around the
shops at Wa.
Make sure
you try the
traditional
Arabic drinks
created by
Syrian chef
Abou Alaa.
Those who
appreciate a bit
of eort on the
food front.
Dhs150, which
isnt too bad
when you
consider the
visiting chefs.
Grand Hyatt
Dubai, Oud
Metha, Dubai,
sunset to 9pm,
Dhs150. Tel: (04)
3171234. dubai.
grand.hyatt.
com
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Theres a 50 per
cent discount
for children
between six
and 12.
At last,
something
a tiny bit
dierent on the
food front.
Set menus
will also be
available for
Dhs200 to
Dhs350.
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AOC
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7
Cavalli Club,
Restaurant & Lounge
8
Shabestan
9
Na3Na3
10
Al Meera
Ballroom
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11 Constellation Ballroom, The
Address Dubai Marina
12 Armani/ Mediterraneo,
Armani Hotel Dubai
13 Shangri-La Ramadan Tent,
Shangri-La, Sheikh Zayed Road
14 Esca, Qamardeen Hotel
15 InterContinental Dubai
Festival City, DFC
QD's Al Meera Ballroom
12 ARMANI/
MEDITERRANEO
Armani/Mediterraneo hasnt even considered
straying from its Italian roots this Ramadan,
and a good job, too Mediterranean buffet is
just the ticket. The perfect antidote to break the
cycle of traditional Arabic chow-downs, there
are grand views of the Dubai Fountain, too.
Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Dubai,
sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs260 to Dhs290.
Tel: (04) 8883444. dubai.armanihotels.com
There will be
cuisine from
countries across
the region on
oer, including
Morocco, Turkey,
Egypt and the
Middle East.
The Sotel is
slap bang in the
middle of The
Walk, which is
within walking
distance for
anyone living in
Dubai Marina.
There will be
live grill stations,
as well as the
buet selection.
A taste of the
MENA region.
A pretty
standard
Dhs145.
Sotel Dubai
Jumeirah
Beach, The
Walk, JBR,
Dubai, sunset
to 11.30pm,
Dhs145. Tel: (04)
4484848. sotel.
com
Cavalli is
promising
traditional
Arabic
cuisine with a
fashionable
twist. What
else?
The Cavalli
Club might
be far from a
traditional iftar
venue, but you
could denitely
do a lot worse,
right?
There will be
music from
pianist Malika
Omar.
Fashionistas,
who will enjoy
that twist we
mentioned.
Dhs150.
Surprisingly
reasonable for
this designer
hangout.
Cavalli Club,
Fairmont Dubai,
Sheikh Zayed
Road, Dubai,
from sunset,
Dhs150. Tel:
(04) 3329260.
cavalliclubdubai.
com
Some of the
best Persian
food youll nd
outside of Iran.
The Radisson Blu
Hotel is in Deira,
beside the creek.
The rose water
ice cream and
Persian sweets.
Lovers of Persian
cuisine, and
those sick of
the run-of-the-
mill pseudo
Lebanese
buets.
Dhs125 is not
bad for a meal
at a Whats On
Award-winning
restaurant.
Shabestan has
a nice view over
the creek, and
if youre lucky
youll see a
rework display.
Radisson
Blu Hotel,
Deira, Dubai,
from sunset,
Dhs125. Tel:
(04) 2057333.
radissonblu.
com
Fresh bread,
meat and
seafood grilled
to order and
a plethora of
mezze options
and desserts.
The Address
Dubai Mall is
connected to
the mall itself
perfect for a
pre or post iftar
shopping spree
in the Ramadan
sales.
Theres an oud
player. Yes,
please. We love a
bit of oud.
Hungry people
who like their
food freshly
prepared.
A rather pricy
Dhs170.
Weve enjoyed
some satisfying
dinners at
Na3Na3, and
you can trust
the kitchen.
The Address
Dubai Mall,
Dubai, sunset
to 11pm,
Dhs170. Tel:
(04) 4388999.
theaddress.
com
Its Arabic, and
the cooking
will done by
guest chefs from
Jordan, Egypt
and Syria.
Grand Hyatt
Dubai is just
the right side of
Garhoud Bridge,
and handy for
a quick whizz
around the
shops at Wa.
Make sure
you try the
traditional
Arabic drinks
created by
Syrian chef
Abou Alaa.
Those who
appreciate a bit
of eort on the
food front.
Dhs150, which
isnt too bad
when you
consider the
visiting chefs.
Grand Hyatt
Dubai, Oud
Metha, Dubai,
sunset to 9pm,
Dhs150. Tel: (04)
3171234. dubai.
grand.hyatt.
com
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Theres a 50 per
cent discount
for children
between six
and 12.
At last,
something
a tiny bit
dierent on the
food front.
Set menus
will also be
available for
Dhs200 to
Dhs350.
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THE
FINEST FOR
BEVERAGES
AND
BITES
THE
FINEST FOR
BEVERAGES
AND
BITES
During the other
11 months of the
year, Longs is an
average pub. Come
Ramadan, however,
and its the hottest
spot in Dubai. We
have no idea why,
but its tradition.
On the classic
SZR stretch, this
basement bar harks
back to a less glitzy
time, with dark
wood, dance oor
and, of course, a
long bar.
This is where the
partys at this
month. Everyone
from your boss
to your personal
trainer will be at
Longs. Seriously.
Decent prices, with
hefty portions
of pub grub that
wont break the
bank.
Sheikh Zayed Road,
Towers Rotana Hotel,
Dubai, 8pm to 2.30am
(serving alcohol
during this time).
Tel: (04) 3122202.
rotana.com
Low-key and cool,
with groups of
friends around
high tables and
gossiping at the
bar.
Its a trek from the
marina, but Loca
has breathed new
life into this resort.
Casual get-
togethers and
quality Mexican
munchies the ribs
are worth a plate
or two.

Average, but there
are oers on during
the week.
Dubai Marine Beach
Resort & Spa, Beach
Road, Jumeirah, Dubai,
7pm to 2am.
Tel: (04) 3461111.
dxbmarine.com
Cooler than a polar
bears nose. Slick
dcor, gorgeous
sta and seriously
stylish clientele.
Dress down at your
peril.
Slap bang in the
middle of DIFCs
stylish concrete
jungle.
Fixing up and
looking sharp,
creative cocktails
and the amazing
menu downstairs.
Steep, but
ultimately worth it.
You get what you
pay for, after all.
,
Building 6, DIFC,
Dubai, 7pm to 1am.
Tel: (04) 4255660.
zumarestaurant.com
Buzzing. Caramels
crowd of city
slickers pile
through the doors
for mid-week
drinks, but Fridays
are a bit quieter.
Another jewel
in DIFCs crown,
Caramel keeps
well-heeled types
well fed and
watered.
Some of the best
bar snacks in town.
See page 34 for the
scoop on the new
menu.
Its pricey, but
that goes with the
territory in this part
of town.
Building 3, DIFC, Dubai,
7pm to midnight.
Tel: (04) 4256677.
carameldubai.com
As JLTs only
watering hole its
busy, busy, busy,
especially when
theres a game on.
McGettigans is
attached to the
Bonnington,
but has its own
entrance so theres
no bright lobby to
contend with after
closing time. Yay.
Sports, sh n chips,
an Irish fry-up and
a relaxed gang of
revellers.
Very well priced
indeed, and the
food portions are
enormous.
Bonnington Hotel,
JLT, Dubai, 7.30pm to
midnight.
Tel: (04) 3560470.
bonningtontower.com
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Longs Bar
2
Loca
3
Zuma
4
Caramel
5
McGettigans
When every
other bar is
empty youll
descend the
stars at Longs
and nd
mayhem.
During
Ramadan
alcohol will be
served from
7.30pm.
Ladies can
enjoy half
price signature
cocktails
from 7pm all
summer.
Zuma is
open for
lunch during
Ramadan, but
alcohol wont
be served until
7.30pm.
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We love the
non-traditional
pub dcor
check out the
cool log-lined
wall.
Caramel McGettigan's Zuma
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Upmarket wine bar,
with a ridiculously
popular ladies
night on Tuesday.
Packed to the
rafters.
The Westin, so
Senyar is across the
lobby if you fancy a
change (or need to
avoid someone at
ladies night).
Oenophiles.
Obviously. Theres
an impressive list
of vinos for all
budgets waiting to
be sampled.
A real mixed bag,
starting from free
for the fairer sex,
to some pricey
bottles for true
connoisseurs.
The Westin Dubai Mina
Seyahi Beach Resort
& Marina, Al Sufouh
Road, Dubai, Sat to
Thurs 7pm to 2am, Fri
7pm to 2am.
Tel: (04) 3994141.
starwoodhotels.com
We love the
Victorian tiles,
vintage signage
and European pub
feel.
One of the rst
dining and drinking
spots in Festival
City, the BBC has
been joined by a
bevy of outlets.
Want to feel like
youre not in
Dubai? This is
the place for you.
Order the moules
frites and youll
practically get
a stamp in your
passport.
There are drink
and dinner deals
through the week,
but it can be on
the expensive side
otherwise.
Crowne Plaza
Dubai Festival City,
Festival City, Dubai,
7.30pm to midnight.
Tel: (04) 7012222.
ichotelsgroup.com
The English
Premiership kicks
o mid-August
and this is where
the marinas
footie fans will be
congregating.
WBB (as were
coining it itll
catch on) is what
JBR has been
crying out for.
The massive curved
screen is the main
draw, but the
menu, pool table
and chat at the bar
are worth the visit,
too.
Fair and in true
sports bar style,
theres a happy
hour too.
Movenpick Hotel
Jumeirah Beach, JBR,
Dubai Marina, Dubai,
8pm to 2am. Tel: (04)
4498888. moevenpick-
hotels.com
A sporty sanctuary
for your summer,
Nezesaussi isnt
so masculine non-
athletic types wont
feel alienated.
Its in the Al Manzil
Hotel, where
theres also an
air-conditioned
courtyard with
Wi-Fi and Arabic
nibbles, should you
want to calm down
during half-time.
Big screens and big
portions. Youll nd
dishes from South
Africa, Australia and
New Zealand and
the pies are epic.
Quite expensive
for a sports bar,
but this is place
manages to be
both pub and place
suitable for a date.
Impressive.
Al Manzil Hotel,
Downtown Burj
Khalifa, Dubai, 7pm to
2am. Tel: (04) 4285888.
southernsunme.com
Do the regulars
ever actually
leave? A real
neighbourhood
spot, Fibbers is a
cosy, scruy pub
for a pretension-
free night.
Tricky. If youre
visiting for the
rst time then
take a regular. Or
a compass. Its
behind the Crowne
Plaza on SZR. Kind
of. Good luck.
Chips and cheese,
ardent football
fans, the quiz and
a night away from
ve-star luxury.
Cheap and
cheerful, with
regular promotions.
Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, 7pm to 1.30am.
Tel: (04) 3322400.
bbersdubai.com
6
Oeno
7
Belgian Beer
Caf
8
West Beach
Bistro
9
Nezesaussi
Grill
10
Fibber Magees
Remember
theres no live
music from the
Brian Elwood
Trio this month.
Busy at the bar,
packed out
pews and more
chilled upstairs.
Love it.
The speedy
sta make a
visit a pleasure.
A bucket of
onion rings, a
drink and the
match. Good
times.
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Wear your
trainers and
feel over-
dressed. What
a refreshing
change.
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11 Blends, The Address Dubai Marina
12 Left Bank, Souk Al Bahar
13 Neos, The Address
DowntownDubai
14 Armani/Prive, Armani Hotel
15 Senyar, The Westin
13 NEOS
Neos is dominated by a jaw-dropping
window, allowing views across SZR. The art
deco decor, with mirrors, pillars and glam
bathrooms add to the luxury feel, so this a
place where you should dress up. Speaking
of up, youll need to take two lifts to reach
Neos lofty heights. A great choice for
wowing visitors and doing business in style.
Alcohol will be served from 7.30pm.
The Address Downtown Dubai, 7pm to
2.30am. Tel: (04) 4368927. theaddress.com
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It might
be a touch
quieter during
Ramadan, but
The Ivy is still
the restaurant
to dine at this
summer.
Green leather,
dark wood and
crisp, white table
clothes. And
there's a handy,
little cocktail bar
and lounge area,
to boot.
Venison
carpaccio,
shepherd's pie
and blueberry
pie should do
the job.
It might be in
a mall, but The
Ivy's designers
have done a
good job of
disguising the
fact.
You could enjoy
three courses
for around
Dhs550 (sans
booze), but
spending more
would be easy.
The Ivy, The
Boulevard,
Emirates
Towers, Dubai,
noon to 3pm,
6.30pm to
11pm, bar
to 2am. Tel:
(04) 3198767.
theivy.ae
Book a table
to avoid
disappointment;
LPM is always
busy.
There are
certainly worse
places to be
locked away for
a long Ramadan
lunch, but few
better in Dubai.
Splash out on
the lobster.
You will not be
disappointed.
DIFC. Location
of a fair whack
of Dubai's best
restaurants.
If you're paying
for two and
it's not at least
Dhs1,000, you
will do yourself
and LPM a
disservice.
DIFC, Gate
Village 8,
Dubai, Sun
to Fri noon
to 2.30pm
and 7pm to
11pm. Tel:
(04) 4390505.
lpmdubai.ae
The Zuma
formula ne
Japanese cusine
and a laid-back
elegant style
inspires loyalty,
and it's sure to
remain busy this
month.
Specically
tailored to its
clientele, with a
bar and lounge
upstairs and
an industrious,
interactive
restaurant
downstairs.
Order the wagyu
tenderloin from
the robata grill
menu or the
delicious veal.
DIFC. Where
else?
Dhs1,000 for
two is to be
expected.
Building 6, DIFC,
Sat to Thurs
12.30pm to 3pm,
Sat to Wed 7pm
to midnight,
Thurs and Fri
7pm to 1am. Tel:
(04) 4255660.
zumarestaurant.
com
Both peaceful
and inviting,
Indego never
seems either
packed nor
empty.
A winding
stairway
leading to a
warm elegantly
designed
restaurant.
Always
inventive, the
kitchen at
Indego is pure
Bhatia.
Dubai Marina,
where everyone
knows its name.
Dhs900
(without
alcohol) if two
of you are
eating three
courses from
the main menu.
Grosvenor
House, Dubai
Marina, Dubai,
Sun to Thurs
7.30pm to 11pm.
Tel: (04) 3176000.
grosvenorhouse-
dubai.com
It can be a
smidgen on the
quiet side, but
the food more
than makes up
for it.
Since chef Scott
Price arrived
he has made
the most of
what is an odd
space, installing
a must-book
chef's table.
Last year's
What's On Chef
Of The Year
rarely puts a
foot wrong.
Order the
paprika smoked
salmon.
You never listen
to us, but it's
time to move
out of Deira,
Gordon.
Dhs395 for three
courses, Dhs495
for six courses.
For the chefs
table its Dhs695,
with wine
pairings Dhs350
to Dhs600.
Hilton Dubai
Creek, Sun to
Fri, 7.30pm
to 11pm. Tel:
(04) 2271111.
gordonramsay.
com
1
The Ivy
2
La Petite
Maison
3
Zuma
4
Indego by
Vineet

5
Verre
Lunchtime will
be busy this
month, as The
Ivy is one of the
few restaurants
open for
business.
As soon as some
of the new
opening lustre
wears o The
Ivy, LPM is sure
to be back.
The perfect
spot for a light
(or not so light)
lunch this
month.
Check out our
verdict on the
new Dhs250
summer menu
on page 34.
RESTAURANTS
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OF THE
EATING OUT
SCENE
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Ramadan is
a time for
celebration, so
book the chef's
table for you
and yours.
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RG is closed
for lunch this
month (boo),
which means its
loyal fans will
be itching for
a table come
dinner time.
Clean, bright
and white, with
chalkboards
displaying the
delicious daily
specials and a
buzzing open
kitchen.
Try the heritage
tomato
bruschetta and
crab salad. And
you can't really
go wrong with
the chicken,
leek and bacon
pie.
Pretty central,
and right next
to The Dubai
Mall, Souk Al
Bahar is just
about as handy
as you could
wish for.
Around Dhs400
for two, but
on weekdays
you can enjoy
two courses at
lunchtime for
Dhs80, or three
for Dhs100.
Souk Al Bahar,
Level 3, Old Town,
Dubai, noon to
7pm. Tel: (04)
4230903. riving-
tongrill.ae
It's not exactly
jumping, but
Mezzanine is
never lacking
custom.
The colour
scheme is pretty
simple it's
white. But the
odd colourful,
velvet chair
livens things up
a bit.
Chef Paul
Lupton is one
of Dubai's
most talented
chefs. Order the
seared tempura
scallops.
Dubai Marina.
Gary's Dubai
stomping
ground. And
just a short
stomp from
his Rhodes
Twenty10
restaurant.
Dhs800 for two.
Good value for
such ne food.
Grosvenor House,
Dubai Marina,
Dubai, Mon to
Sat 7.30pm to
11.30pm. Tel:
(04) 3998888.
garyrhodes.com
Asado will
be closed on
Sundays during
Ramadan, so no
Tango. But, no
fear, the tunes
will still play on
the stereo.
Take a table by
the window for
a view of the
Burj Khalifa.
Try the lamb
rack or slow-
cooked veal
brisket.
Downtown Burj
Khalifa. A prime
spot any day of
the week.
Around Dhs700
for two.
The Palace
The Old Town,
Downtown
Dubai, Mon
to Sat 7pm to
midnight. Tel:
(04) 4287888.
theaddress.com
We advise
booking ahead,
Okku's tables
don't usually
lack occupants.
It's like dining in
a basement in
a good way.
The perfect
refuge from
the unpleasant
summer fug.
The Okku
burger is a must
for any rst
timer, but the
sashimi is also
top drawer.
Number One
Sheikh Zayed
Road. Prime real
estate.
Dhs700 should
cover dinner for
two.
The Monarch
Dubai, Sheikh
Zayed Road,
7pm to 2.30am.
Tel: (04) 5018777.
okkudubai.com
It's not
busy at the
moment, but
the Saturday
Thaipas (that's
right) night
is becoming
popular.
Dimly lit, but
serene, with
plenty of
owing water
and a seriously
impressive wine
wall.
Read our verdict
on page 38.
Ritz-Carlton
DIFC is a quiet
place, making
Blu Rain a bit of
a hidden gem.
Around Dhs700
for a big meal
for two.
Okku is back
in the game.
Welcome back
to the Hot List.
The Ritz-Carlton,
DIFC, Dubai,
Sun to Thurs
noon to 3pm
and 6.30pm to
11pm, Fri to Sat
6.30pm to 11pm.
Tel: (04) 3722222
6
Rivington Grill
7
Rhodes
Mezzanine
8
Asado

9
Okku
10
Blue Rain
Take a night of
from the iftar
feasting and
book a table
for dinner at
The Riv.
One of
the most
established
restaurants on
the Hot List, it's
a must visit.
If you love
meat, as we do,
you will love
Asado.
Okku is back
in the game.
Welcome back
to the Hot List.
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Beach Resort & Spa
12 Rare, Desert Palm
13 The Rib Room, Emirates Towers
14 Shabestan, Radisson Blu Hotel,
Deira
15 Nobu, Atlantis
Rhodes Mezzanine Blue Rain
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TWENTY10
Since its grand opening last year, Rhodes
Twenty10 has fast become one of Dubais
most popular grills. More laid-back than
Rhodes Mezzanine, but not so relaxed you
lose the sense of occasion, it will always be a
contender for the Hot List.
Le Royal Mridien Beach Resort & Spa,
Dubai, 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3995555.
garyrhodes.com
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fellow and full
of passion for
Thai cuisine.
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Amara Spa
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One&Only Spa
3
SensAsia
Urban Spa
4
Talise Spa
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THE
DADDIES
OF THE
HEALTH AND
LEISURE
SCENE
Pleasant and
ecient, theyll
welcome you
back like an old
friend. What more
can you ask for?
Grouped by
theme, theres
an emphasis
on rituals and
packages that
include pool and
health club access.
And the pool is a
knockout.
From the tiled
entrance to the
outdoor showers,
Amara is gorgeous.
It is especially good
for couples, with
romantic VIP suites.
Steep, but there
are monthly
oers that take
the sting out. We
reckon the quality
of products, spa
and therapists are
worth it anyway.
Park Hyatt Dubai,
Deira, Dubai,
9am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 6021234.
www.dubai.park.
hyatt.com
At ease to explain
the hows-and-
whys behind your
treatment, the
sta are utterly
expert, super
friendly and
skilled beyond
belief.
Bursting with ESPA
treatments and
products, theres
something for
everyone.
Sumptuous and
secluded. Expect
lots of wood,
terracotta and
gorgeous fabrics.
Surprisingly less
expensive than
it could demand
(shush) with a 25-
minute body scrub
for Dhs215 and
one-hour massage
at Dhs490. Big
thumbs up.
One&Only The Palm,
The Palm Jumeirah,
Dubai, 10am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 4401010.
www.thepalm.
oneandonlyresorts.
com
Gentle, kind and
with a rm hand
when required,
SensAsias sta
are top-notch at
what they do.
Simply put, the
menu is both
innovative and
imaginative. It
caters specically
for mum-to-bes,
golfers, high-heel
fans and frequent
yers.
Asian chic with
splashes of jewel
tones to balance
the signature
Oriental ambience;
the cosy rooms are
a true treat. Best
dressing gowns in
town, too.
Worth a visit for
the ginger tea
alone, but if you
choose wisely
youll get an hour-
long massage for
Dhs310.
Emirates Golf Club,
Dubai, 10am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 4179820.
sensaisaapas.com
Packed with
experts,
theres a mix
of nationalities
and specialties,
from massage
therapists to a GP.
In addition to
a packed spa
menu, Talise has
a naturopath, life
coaching and
medical testing
on oer.
Explore the leafy
pathways leading
to treatment
rooms and an
outdoor pool thats
tucked away just
for those daylong
spa sessions.
Not bad for
such a high-end
establishment. The
80-minute Royal
Hammam costs a
fair Dhs450.
Al Qasr, Al Sufouh,
Dubai, 9am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 3666681.
jumeirah.com/talise
Superbly trained
therapists are on
hand to guide
you through the
vast spa on your
journey from
reception to
relaxation.
Tired? Try out
the highly
recommended jet
lag treatment. If
youre looking for
something else,
theres a separate
menu for ladies
and gents.
Only minutes away
from the stress of
The Dubai Mall, this
shrine is a tranquil
haven.
For the quality of
the treatments and
snooze youll enjoy,
the higher prices
are worth it.
The Address Dubai
Mall, Old Town, Dubai,
10am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 4388888.
theaddress.com
Make a day
of it with
pool access
and dinner
at Traiteur
afterwards.
Were dying
to try the
medi-pedi,
which promises
healthy, pretty
feet.
Take your pick
from branches
at MOE, Village
Mall and The
Palm.
Try out the day
retreat with
sunrise yoga,
a signature
massage,
mini-facial and
beach access.
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summer
citrus reviver
treatment a
try and leave
with a spring in
your step.
The Spa SensAsia Urban Spa
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Armani/Spa
9
Banyan Tree
Al Wadi
Be prepared for
the therapists
to whisk you
away from the
daily grind into
a cocoon of
comfort.
You wont be
spoilt for choice
here but there is a
decent selection of
rituals for lengthy
pampering.
High-quality spa
real estate the
relaxation rooms
overlook the lakes
at the base of the
Burj Khalifa.
It may seem pricey,
but youll get your
moneys worth
by enjoying the
relaxation and
steam areas.
The Palace, Old Town,
Dubai, 9am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 4287888.
theaddress.com
Very
knowledgeable,
super sweet and
ber-attentive.
Its all here,
from express
facials for DIFC
oce-dwellers, a
mens menu and
a host of exotic
treatments.
Modern, bright
and calming, with
steam and sauna
rooms, plus a
lovely relaxation
area.
At the top end of
the scale, with an
80-minute Thai
massage costing
Dhs600, but
there are regular
promotions.
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC,
Dubai, 9am to 8pm.
Tel: (04) 3722777.
ritzcarlton.com
A mix of sta from
all over the world.
We had a knot-
busting South
African who was
truly impressive.
Choose from
90-minutes to
a full day, book
your time slot and
let the therapist
decide whats
best theres no
treatment menu
as such.
As stylish as youd
expect from
Giorgio. This sleek
space with dark
greys and clean
lines gives o a
masculine aura.
Dont be afraid,
theyre not as bad
as you wouldve
expected with
90-minutes costing
Dhs650 and up
to Dhs2,500 for a
full day.
Armani Hotel, Burj
Khalifa, Old Town,
Dubai, 9am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 8883888.
dubai.armanihotels.
com
Although the spa
at Banyan Tree
is split in two
(The Rainforest
hydrotherapy area
and the treatment
rooms) the sta
are fab.
Our favourite
from the Asian-
inspired menu
is The Rainforest
Indulgence, where
you journey
through various
saunas and steam
rooms.
Whilst the drive
to Ras Al Khaimah
might be o
putting, just think
of the gigantic and
utterly decadent
spa that awaits
you.
If youre not a hotel
guest, an hour in
The Rainforest is
Dhs77. Treatments
may be on the
expensive side
but theyre high
quality.
'
Banyan Tree Al Wadi,
Ras Al Khaimah,
10am to 10pm.
Tel: (07) 2067777.
banyantreespa.com
Male and female
therapists, all
with extensive
knowledge.
Theres an array of
treatments from
Eve Lom and Anne
Semonin plus a
ton of other stu
whatever takes
your fancy.
The steam and
sauna facilities
are shared. Ideal
for couples. We
love the two-
way windows
overlooking the
polo elds.
For an hour in
the spa you
could enjoy
either the Anne
Semonin massage
for Dhs450 or
reexology for
Dhs395.
Desert Palm, Al
Awir Road, after
International City,
Dubai, 9am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 3238888.
desertpalm.ae
A lovely spot
to relax before
Iftar at Ewaan.
Check out
page 60 to
read about
the Tibetan
massage.
A great one
for chaps who
dont like uy
luxury.
A wonderful
way to spend a
hot summers
day.
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11 Mandara Spa, The Monarch
12 One&Only Spa, One&Only
Royal Mirage
13 Spa InterContinental,
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
14 ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis
15 The Grand Spa,
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Talise Spa Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Check out
the Movies
& Munchies
nights while
youre there
this summer.
10
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Situated in the busy Monarch hotel, this
spa is a world away from the business and
conferences happening nearby. Theres a
health club and pool, but the best reason to
go is the lunch deal; occasionally theyll team
up with a neighbouring restaurant like Okku
to offer a midweek meal and massage deal,
usually a bargain at around Dhs350.
The Monarch, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 5018888.
mandaraspa.com
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SPAS
6
The Spa
8
Armani/Spa
9
Banyan Tree
Al Wadi
Be prepared for
the therapists
to whisk you
away from the
daily grind into
a cocoon of
comfort.
You wont be
spoilt for choice
here but there is a
decent selection of
rituals for lengthy
pampering.
High-quality spa
real estate the
relaxation rooms
overlook the lakes
at the base of the
Burj Khalifa.
It may seem pricey,
but youll get your
moneys worth
by enjoying the
relaxation and
steam areas.
The Palace, Old Town,
Dubai, 9am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 4287888.
theaddress.com
Very
knowledgeable,
super sweet and
ber-attentive.
Its all here,
from express
facials for DIFC
oce-dwellers, a
mens menu and
a host of exotic
treatments.
Modern, bright
and calming, with
steam and sauna
rooms, plus a
lovely relaxation
area.
At the top end of
the scale, with an
80-minute Thai
massage costing
Dhs600, but
there are regular
promotions.
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC,
Dubai, 9am to 8pm.
Tel: (04) 3722777.
ritzcarlton.com
A mix of sta from
all over the world.
We had a knot-
busting South
African who was
truly impressive.
Choose from
90-minutes to
a full day, book
your time slot and
let the therapist
decide whats
best theres no
treatment menu
as such.
As stylish as youd
expect from
Giorgio. This sleek
space with dark
greys and clean
lines gives o a
masculine aura.
Dont be afraid,
theyre not as bad
as you wouldve
expected with
90-minutes costing
Dhs650 and up
to Dhs2,500 for a
full day.
Armani Hotel, Burj
Khalifa, Old Town,
Dubai, 9am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 8883888.
dubai.armanihotels.
com
Although the spa
at Banyan Tree
is split in two
(The Rainforest
hydrotherapy area
and the treatment
rooms) the sta
are fab.
Our favourite
from the Asian-
inspired menu
is The Rainforest
Indulgence, where
you journey
through various
saunas and steam
rooms.
Whilst the drive
to Ras Al Khaimah
might be o
putting, just think
of the gigantic and
utterly decadent
spa that awaits
you.
If youre not a hotel
guest, an hour in
The Rainforest is
Dhs77. Treatments
may be on the
expensive side
but theyre high
quality.
'
Banyan Tree Al Wadi,
Ras Al Khaimah,
10am to 10pm.
Tel: (07) 2067777.
banyantreespa.com
Male and female
therapists, all
with extensive
knowledge.
Theres an array of
treatments from
Eve Lom and Anne
Semonin plus a
ton of other stu
whatever takes
your fancy.
The steam and
sauna facilities
are shared. Ideal
for couples. We
love the two-
way windows
overlooking the
polo elds.
For an hour in
the spa you
could enjoy
either the Anne
Semonin massage
for Dhs450 or
reexology for
Dhs395.
Desert Palm, Al
Awir Road, after
International City,
Dubai, 9am to 9pm.
Tel: (04) 3238888.
desertpalm.ae
A lovely spot
to relax before
Iftar at Ewaan.
Check out
page 60 to
read about
the Tibetan
massage.
A great one
for chaps who
dont like uy
luxury.
A wonderful
way to spend a
hot summers
day.
THERAPISTS MENU THE SPA PRICE WHATS ON
SAYS...
INFO
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The Spa
H
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11 Mandara Spa, The Monarch
12 One&Only Spa, One&Only
Royal Mirage
13 Spa InterContinental,
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
14 ShuiQi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis
15 The Grand Spa,
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Talise Spa Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Check out
the Movies
& Munchies
nights while
youre there
this summer.
10
Lime Spa
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Situated in the busy Monarch hotel, this
spa is a world away from the business and
conferences happening nearby. Theres a
health club and pool, but the best reason to
go is the lunch deal; occasionally theyll team
up with a neighbouring restaurant like Okku
to offer a midweek meal and massage deal,
usually a bargain at around Dhs350.
The Monarch, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 5018888.
mandaraspa.com
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Our man on the radio
bids adieu to Dubai for
the summer and, boy, is
he excited
As you read this I am on my summer break.
Ive got ve weeks of it. Indulgent, eh? Well, I
do put in a good four hours a day in the studio.
I wont go into the nitty-gritty of the trip
but, suce to say, the parental guilt-vice has
been twisted enough to guarantee at least a
week of my break will be spent in Sheeld,
more than likely huddled round a steaming
cup of tea in a greasy caf, watching the rain
bounce o the road, as angry folk tut and
grunt at the bus stop.
And as I sit there, bleary-eyed, the white
noise of my mums moaning buzzing around
my head, Ill once again think to myself, I
could be anywhere in the world right now.
I know Im not alone in this. The country,
city and caf are interchangeable, but most
of us go through this merry little dance at
least once every couple of years. We treat
ourselves to an indulgent week
Z-list, showbiz, radio cheese-ball, I also live in
the gold-est place on earth Dubai. Im used to
eating ve-star nosh, brought to me by fawning
eets of friendly servants in big, shiny, marble
wonderlands. So when I go home I like to take
mum and dad to nice places to eat. Sadly, the
very suggestion of this starts the inevitable chain
reaction of my dads hypnotic long con. He takes
my suggestion of a well-reviewed restaurant
with fantastic ambience and a view to die for,
then, through a combination of fast-talking and
brow-beating, somehow convinces me that the
chain-pub round the corner from his house that
does two meals for a ten pounds is just as good
an option. Plus theres always the chance of a
bare-knuckle boxing match in the car park as
the aernoon sun glints o the burnt out shell
of a 1993 Vauxhall Astra in the rear garden.
Im back on Dubai 92s Catboy & Geordie-
bird Breakfast Show the rst week of Septem-
ber and, as usual, my rst words will be it is
so great to be back on-air and back in Dubai.
Well, now you know I mean it.
Catboy hosts the Catboy & Geordiebird
Breakfast Show, Sun to Thurs, 6am to
10am, Dubai 92. www.dubai92.com
in the Maldives, or trekking round Nepal,
or a shopping trip in New York and then
you get home to that e-mail from the
parents Hope you had a good time. We
havent been up to much. Were just a bit
nearer death.
Ive been so excited about this trip, even
the parents bit. At the time of writing, Im 16
days away from the rst leg of the ight. I just
spoke to my mum and she literally drained the
battery on my Mac with her pessimism. At the
end of the call I said, Just make sure youre as
happy as this when I arrive.
Of course, Im ever so slightly exaggerating
here but its like the whole visit is designed to
make me feel as awful as possible. Forget doing
anything leisurely or relaxing. Most days are
made up of seeing every single member of my
extended family. And woe betide me if I dont
drive the 300-mile round trip to see aunty
Agnes who, by the way, never takes her eyes
o the telly the whole time Im there and never
calls me by my own name, choosing instead to
call me my dads name, my brothers name, her
dead husbands name and my granddads name.
Next up is not being allowed to enjoy spend-
ing my money. ese days, not only am I a
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