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Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your
Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your
Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your
Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your
Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your
Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your
Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your
Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your

Issue 400

August 2011

Issue 400 August 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 How to clean up your act
UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000
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How to clean up your act this Ramadan

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Contents

Features

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Detox your life Ramadan is a time for reflection, so what better month to sort out your life? Find out how, with our comprehensive detox guide, covering everything from health testing, to financial planning and quitting the dreaded white sticks

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Abu Dhabi's best bowling alleys Bowling is one of our favourite summer pastimes. Enjoy our round up of the city’s finest lanes

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Win, win, win In celebration of our 400th issue, we’ve rounded up more than 400 prizes, which could be yours. If you’re lucky…

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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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The round up

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Salaam August dissected and served in easy to digest portions: what’s hot and what’s not, insider tips from a local UAE artist and some serious newsy number crunching

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Film This month's movies include the Palme d’Or- winning The Tree Of Life, the side-splitting comedy Bridesmaids and the star-studded romantic drama Crazy, Stupid, Love. Plus the rest of the latest releases

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Eating out Putting new summer menus to the test, our verdict on two new burger joints, the expansion of the Jones The Grocer empire, seafood restaurant Sennara and DIFC’s Blue Rain. Plus The Critic, this month’s Twitter recipe and all the latest new openings and food news

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Arts Saudi Arabian artist Sami Al-Turki talks us through his exhibition, all the news on the latest exhibitions, The Art Insider on the importance of authenticity, Syrian painter Aboud Salman and a summer camp for grown ups

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

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

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Sport & outdoor Discover your inner Robin Hood with archery lessons, Mr Fitness answers all your health and fitness queries, What’s On's world war, and our pick of the UAE’s football supporters clubs – just in time for the new Premiership season

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Travel A culinary journey around the Jordanian capital, Amman, another globetrotter reveals his travel secrets and a trio of

travel deals

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Hot list The best iftars this Ramadan, plus our ten favourite bars, spas and restaurants

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Backchat Emirati film-maker and producer Nayla Al Khaja reveals her new independent film club

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Testing summer perfumes, p53 p69 Editor’s note OK, I’ll let you into a secret – I

OK, I’ll let you into a secret – I quite like Ramadan. Yes, I know the bog- standard response from most Western folk is to pull a face and start complaining about how their lives have been interrupted because they can’t eat a Big Mac in public during daylight hours or whatever, but they’re kind of missing the point. For Muslims, it’s obviously a very special time of year. And for me, even as a non-Muslim, it’s still a special time – like a lot of people, I use it as a time to reflect, take stock. Everything moves just that little bit slower during Ramadan, and when you’ve been here long enough you appreciate the respite in the traffic, or the hectic nightlife and brunch circuit or, well, the pace of Abu Dhabi life in general. And, again, like a lot people, I use that break as the perfect time to clear out all the rubbish that’s been accumulated over the past year – both mentally and physically – and get back on the right track. Which brings us nicely to our cover feature – detoxing your life. Detoxing doesn’t always have to mean dieting, or staying off the sauce (although both aren’t bad ideas now and again) – we’ve also explored our stress levels, checked our finances and investigated our sleeping patterns, for a whole new healthy us. And, of course, you.

Enjoy the issue, and Ramadan kareem.

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The world according to What's On, in handy bite-sized chunks

according to What's On , in handy bite-sized chunks What’s hot MCDONALD’S McDonald’s in the UAE

What’s hot

to What's On , in handy bite-sized chunks What’s hot MCDONALD’S McDonald’s in the UAE is
MCDONALD’S McDonald’s in the UAE is to start running its delivery trucks on bio-fuel made
MCDONALD’S
McDonald’s in the UAE is to
start running its delivery trucks
on bio-fuel made from used
cooking oil.
CHEAP MEDICINE
The Ministry Of Health has
decided to slash the price
of nearly 2,000 pharmacy-
bought medicines.
NAMING RIGHTS
Manchester City will rename
their stadium the Etihad
Stadium after an agreement
was struck for the new season.
WILD SIDE
Shooting has begun in the
UAE for Wild Arabia, a new
BBC nature documentary.
What’s not
EXPENSIVE LIVING
A recent study shows that the
UAE is the most expensive
place in the GCC for expats
to live.
ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS
ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS

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.

handbags in the UAE, despite his Dhs928,000-a-week wage. HIDDEN AIRPORT COSTS As of this month, UAE
HIDDEN AIRPORT COSTS
HIDDEN AIRPORT COSTS

As of this month, UAE airports will be charging passengers a Dhs5 security and safety fee.

will be charging passengers a Dhs5 security and safety fee. Guess list Big names rumoured to

Guess list

Big names rumoured to be visiting the UAE

fee. Guess list Big names rumoured to be visiting the UAE FOO FIGHTERS With the success

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.

25% 40% 35%
25%
40%
35%
be stopping by as part of their world tour. 25% 40% 35% TIGER WOODS Out of

TIGER WOODS Out of form, maybe, but the rumour in the clubhouse is that the Tiger will make his Abu Dhabi debut this year.

is that the Tiger will make his Abu Dhabi debut this year. TOM CRUISE Our man

TOM CRUISE Our man in Hollywood tells us that the big little man will be at the UAE premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol lmed in the Emirates – later this year.

THIS

MONTH

WE'RE

GOING

TO

– later this year. THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING TO ART IN SPACE A wild and varied
– later this year. THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING TO ART IN SPACE A wild and varied

ART IN SPACE A wild and varied array of sculptures at Saadiyat’s Salwa Zeidan gallery. Until Aug 30, Salwa Zeidan, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, free. Tel: (02) 6669656

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Ghaf Art Gallery co-owner and professional artist Jalal Luqman Relaxing Art supplies I
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Ghaf Art Gallery co-owner and professional artist Jalal Luqman Relaxing Art supplies I

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ghaf Art Gallery co-owner and professional artist Jalal Luqman

Relaxing

co-owner and professional artist Jalal Luqman Relaxing Art supplies I tend to buy my supplies from

Art supplies

I tend to buy my supplies from the Jarir Bookstore in the Meena area. I will also go to Ace Hardware occasionally. Jarir Bookstore, Meena Mall, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6733999. jarirbookstore.com Ace Hardware, Meena Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6731665. aceuae.com

When I’m done working and delivering all the paintings to clients, I love to sit down in the Gold Class at Marina Mall Cinemas, and enjoy a good movie (it's the only time my phone is on silent). VOX cinemas, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6818484. voxcinemas.com

Inspiration

Inspiration As an artist I can gain inspiration from anything, but I particularly like to go

As an artist I can gain inspiration from anything, but I particularly like to go to the Abu Dhabi Country Club where I use the gym and cycle. Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al- Sada Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel:

(02) 6577777. adhfc.com

Galleries

Eating out

Being an Emirati who has travelled a lot, I have a local favourite and an international favourite. For local food, I love going to the Saudi Kitchen and ordering a plate of mandi. At other times, I like to go to The Meat Company and have a steak. Saudi Kitchen, Gava Hotel, Defence Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6416744 The Meat Co, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 5581713. themeatco.com

Naturally I love my Ghaf Gallery, but I also enjoy going to Gallery One at Emirates Palace and the Salwa Zeidan Gallery – to name just a few. Ghaf Gallery. Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6655332. ghafgallery.blogspot.com Gallery One, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6908207 Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6669656 salwazeidangallery.com

Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6669656 salwazeidangallery.com RAMADAN FESTIVAL From 7pm to 3am, for most of

RAMADAN FESTIVAL From 7pm to 3am, for most of Ramadan, ADNEC will be hosting various fun family events. Aug 9 to 30, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. adnec.ae

Centre Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. adnec.ae GAMES NIGHT From bingo to pictionary, if

GAMES NIGHT From bingo to pictionary, if it's a board game then they will give it a go at PJ O'Reilly's. Every Sun, Le Royal Méredien, Sheikh Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6742020. lemeridien.com

LET THE

GAMES BEGIN

IN

The grass is cut.The players are ready. All you need is a place to watch the games

the new football season kicks off

as as off
as as
off

Hemingway’s Ernest Hemingway was better known for his writing than any sporting prowess, but it’s a little known fact that he was a keen footballer in his school days. So, he would doubtless have appreciated the devotion to the sport displayed by the bar that carries his name, with big screens galore. A shame the great man isn’t around to pen the post-match reports. Hemmingway’s, Hilton, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6811900

Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6811900 NRG There might be a blooming great
Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6811900 NRG There might be a blooming great

NRG There might be a blooming great racing car suspended outside, but footy has its fair share of coverage at sports café NRG. Thanks to a host of o ers that run until the end of August – including extended happy hours and a free pint with every sizzle platter – there are plenty of reasons to make it the bar to follow your boys at. NRG, Le Méridien, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6446666. lemeridienabudhabi.com

3rd Avenue Though Ramadan restrictions will prevent you from catching most of the Saturday afternoon kick-o s from European leagues, you can guarantee plenty of bar ies will ock to 3rd Avenue once darkness falls. There are screens for viewing at almost every angle in the old school pub’s nooks and crannies, and plentiful seating too. 3rd Avenue, Sheraton Khalidiyah, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, from sunset. Tel: (02) 6666220. sheratonkhalidiyaabudhabi.com

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SALAAM

IN THE NEWS

SALAAM IN THE NEWS

Hey, big spender

An anonymous UAE man recently bought the world’s most expensive car – a custom-made Bugatti L’Or Blanc – for Dhs8.8million. Bargain. What else could he have bought for that pile of cash?

What else could he have bought for that pile of cash? 1,760,000 shawarmas Dinner for two
What else could he have bought for that pile of cash? 1,760,000 shawarmas Dinner for two

1,760,000 shawarmas

Dinner for two at Hot List favourite Hakkasan, every day for 24 years 502 years of Mawaqif parking 880,000 copies of What’s On 12 flights to space on Virgin Galactic

New Abu Dhabi waste disposal plans

As if taking notes from last month’s What’s On, the Abu Dhabi government is looking to give wide-scale recycling another go

is looking to give wide-scale recycling another go Dhs284m The value of the five-year contract given

Dhs284m

The value of the five-year contract given to waste resource company Averda by the Centre For Waste Management

1,000

People employed to clean and collect waste

70

Trucks used to collect waste around the city

They are like buses The Department Of Transport recently pledged to expand the capital’s bus
They are like buses
The Department Of Transport recently pledged to expand the
capital’s bus services. Here are the stats:
50km Total length of new bus lanes planned
1,360 The size of the projected bus fleet
123 The total number of bus routes

Super cow

Al Ain Dairy claims its cow 4307 produces an astounding 100 litres of milk per day – that's a million litres of milk during its nine years to date. Here’s how some other animals weigh-in with milk output

Average amount of litres produced per day:

AVERAGE COW COW 4307 30 100
AVERAGE COW
COW 4307
30
100
CAMEL 20
CAMEL
20
BUFFALO 20
BUFFALO
20
GOAT 25
GOAT
25

Who are the better drivers – men or women?

91% of motor accidents caused by men in the last 18 months 9% of motor
91%
of motor
accidents
caused by
men in the last
18 months
9%
of motor
accidents
caused by
women in
the last 18
months

Source: latest gures from Abu Dhabi Tra c Police

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w DETOX YOUR LIFE Have you been working and playing a little too hard of late?

DETOX

YOUR

LIFE

Have you been working and playing a little too hard of late? Feeling a bit run down? Well, the Holy Month of Ramadan is the ideal time to give your body a break, with our ultimate guide to detoxing

What is detoxing? We asked nutritional therapist Laura Holland from Food For Life to break it down…

THE WHAT…

Your body experiences a toxic accumulation as you go through life and detoxi cation 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 co ee, or toxins we aquire through our diet – we absorb a lot of toxins.

THE WHY…

When we start to digest, that digestion process isn’t optimal, with food o en 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 you’re detoxing is

to

never put anything into your body that

has potential toxins. Tea with ca eine,

co ee, alcohol, cigarettes

go, otherwise there’s no point detoxifying

yourself.

they’ve got to

THE WHEN…

It really does depend on the person. People detox

for any number of days. Even one day will help your body nd its balance and relieve your digestive system for a while. I like three days because it’s a nice so approach to detoxing. at’s enough to start to get over the initial headaches and thinking ‘Oh my, what am I doing?’

SUPERFOODS

A superfood is something that has exceptional

nutrients that your body needs in a bio- available form, like coconuts, goji berries, cocao beans and spirulina. eir nutrient pro les are amazing. eir ability to create balance, scavenge free radicals in your body, to provide minerals and vitamins, that essentially

aid the detoxi cation process, are in a league of their own. When you’re detoxing, the foods you want to eat are predominantly green, then pink and, nally, red.

ADDITIONAL FOODS

Aduki beans and lentils are excellent. With fruit, eat the whole fruit as opposed to juice, because that’s very high in sugar. When you eat the whole fruit you’re getting fibre as well. Blueberries are superb for their antioxidant content. And drink as many fluids as possible – clean water and herbal teas. Nettle tea and dandelion tea are great choices.

MYTHS

Detox shouldn’t be used just for weight loss.

You are going to lose a little bit of weight, but

it isn’t the prime motivation. Detox should be

a kick-start to a healthy way of eating, which

will start weight loss.

Food For Life, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (050) 5048523. inshallah.org.uk

DETOX

THE

METABOLISM

TEST

Detox is not just a matter of cutting things out of your diet and lifestyle, there might be nutrients your body needs that you’re not providing it with. Fully understanding how your body functions is essential to getting it running properly. Metabolism is key, and here’s how you can improve it

Metabolism is key, and here’s how you can improve it What is metabolism? e faster your

What is metabolism?

e faster your metabolism, the more kilojoules your body burns, converting food into energy. Dependent on a series of chemical reactions, enzymes break down food and turn proteins into amino acids, fats into fatty acids and carbohydrates into simple sugars. ese compounds are then absorbed into the blood. e number of calories an individual burns depends on the amount of exercise they do, levels of fat and muscle in the body and their BMR (basal metabolic rate), which measures how quickly energy is burned while at rest. It tells you how many calories you can eat per day without losing or gaining weight if you were to stay do nothing. If you have a low BMR then you’ll tend to gain more fat.

How can you test your metabolic rate?

Simple body composition tests will give you an indication of your BMR, along with your fat percentage and the amount of water and proteins in your system. However, these tests do not take into account any chemical problems in your body. If you are concerned that your BMR is preventing you from losing (or gaining) weight then it’s time to get scienti c. It’s necessary to pick up on vitamin and mineral de ciencies, amino acid insu ciencies, antioxidant levels, central

amino acid insu ciencies, antioxidant levels, central nervous system function, bacteria or yeast overgrowth, and

nervous system function, bacteria or yeast overgrowth, and more. Problems could be caused by a nutrient de ciency, inherited enzyme defect, toxic build-up or a side

e ect from medication. Abu Dhabi’s NMC

Healthcare o ers a variety of tests to help identify many of these a ictions.

How can you boost your metabolism?

Metabolic disorders that can be medicated include thyroid problems and diabetes. If, however, you just have a sluggish system that can’t be treated with drugs, then a lifestyle change is needed. Eating breakfast and ‘front loading’ your food (eating the majority of your calories at the start of the day) is key to kick-starting your system. Also avoid eating three to four hours before bedtime, so your body has the chance to burn the calories. Small, light meals are preferable to keep your blood sugar constant – don’t starve yourself. Low GI (glycaemic index) foods like porridge, lean meat and fresh vegetables will help fuel your body, releasing energy slowly. You should also include fatty sh like salmon, which are rich in omega-3. A pinch of chilli is good, too, as it contains capsaicin, a chemical that speeds up your heart rate and keeps the body burning calories. And drinking enough water is crucial. Exercise wise, a combination of aerobic cardio to burn fat, and resistance or weight training is ideal; muscles burn more energy than fat, even converting calories while you rest. If your energy levels are low then you might be lacking in B vitamins, so try taking a B-12 supplement along with co-enzyme Q10 (sometimes labelled as CoQ10), which aids in the supply of energy to your muscles.

NMC Healthcare, Electra Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6332255. www.nmc.ae

TEST YOURSELF

Three more tests to try…

FOOD INTOLERANCE

Some allergies can be easy to spot; people allergic to nuts may go into anaphylactic shock or break out in a nasty rash. Intolerances, however, can be harder to pick up on. Feeling groggy or bloated after meals, or su ering from headaches, can be traced to food intolerances that you didn’t even know existed. Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital can help you identify such problems: its allergy clinic uses methods including blood and skin prick tests. Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6658090. gdc-hospital.com

Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6658090. gdc-hospital.com STRESS Whether it is tra c, waiting for

STRESS

Whether it is tra c, waiting for that urgent e-mail or moving house, nothing seems easy these days. We all deal with varying stress levels, but it’s important to ensure that it doesn’t start a ecting your health. Breath And Health’s 90 minute consultations aim to determine your level of stress using a quantum biofeedback machine. It might sound like a science ction lm prop, but the machine actually monitors factors including your brainwave frequencies and hormone and toxicity levels, giving you a reading on your‘bio-energetic data’, which is then used as a starting point for future treatment. Breath And Health Alternative Medical Centre, 1080 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai, Dhs550. Tel: (04) 3489940. breathandhealth.net

INSOMNIA

Ensuring a good night’s shut-eye is essential – it allows your body to relax and recharge. So, if you are struggling to get the required six hours per night, it might be worth seeing the clever clogs at the American Hospital Dubai’s The Sleep Centre. With everything from loud snoring to dropping o at work considered a sleeping disorder, the centre invites people to spend the night at the facility with various sensors placed on the body to monitor sleeping patterns. When you wake up, a diagnosis is provided – after breakfast of course. The Sleep Centre, American Hospital Dubai, Oud Metha Road, Dubai. Dhs4,110.Tel: (04) 3367777. ahdubai.com

of course. The Sleep Centre, American Hospital Dubai, Oud Metha Road, Dubai. Dhs4,110.Tel: (04) 3367777. ahdubai.com
American Hospital Dubai, Oud Metha Road, Dubai. Dhs4,110.Tel: (04) 3367777. ahdubai.com 14 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011

DETOX

DETOX

TREATMENTS

DETOX TREATMENTS Whatever your issue, there’s a treatment to deal with it

Whatever your issue, there’s a treatment to deal with it

DETOX TREATMENTS Whatever your issue, there’s a treatment to deal with it
DETOX TREATMENTS Whatever your issue, there’s a treatment to deal with it

ANXIETY

Anxiety – and especially in its excessive form, an anxiety disorder – causes a variety of physical problems, from headaches to heart palpitations, and can also lead to panic attacks. e Well-Being Zone combats anxiety with emotional freedom therapy. “We tap into the subconscious while working on the body and releasing kinetic energy to unblock negative emotions, attitudes or beliefs,” explains Well-Being Zone’s Houry Pappin. “We’re working on all levels: mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual.” While she admits this therapy won’t be for everybody, the technique does boast a signi cant worldwide following. The Well-Being Zone, Mina Road, Abu Dhabi, by appointment, Dhs500 per session (sessions resume after Ramadan). Tel: (050) 4457370. thewell-beingzone.com

FEARS AND PHOBIAS

Rational or irrational, most of us have fears or phobias, from spiders or enclosed spaces to the more obscure a ictions (fear of clowns, and err, fear of knees). Susan Smith, who runs Healing 4 Hearts, tackles fears and phobias using elements of meridian psychotherapy and emotional freedom technique. “ e body is made of energy and when we have a disruption in our energy that can create a fear or a phobia,’ explains Susan. “Depending on the fear and phobia it can take ten minutes or a couple of sessions.” e treatment works by tapping on meridian points, the same areas targeted in acupuncture, a technique that Susan logically describes as “a bit like acupuncture without needles.” ese areas are manipulated to release energy ows, which in turn promises to take away the fear. Susan has successful alleviated past customers of fears of cats, water, ying and dentists. Healing 4 Hearts, Abu Dhabi, Dhs200 per session. Tel: (050) 7236703.

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ANGER MANAGEMENT

In an increasingly fraught world, controlling rage has become an important personal and professional issue. Statistics suggest that one in ten people have trouble controlling their temper. It’s an important issue to resolve too, as the long and short-term physical health e ects of anger are wide-ranging, including increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke, exacerbating digestive problems, weakening your immune system and taking a toll on mental wellbeing. Don’t get mad, don’t get even – do something about it. American Centre For Psychiatry And Neurology, behind Khalidiyah Mall, Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 9pm, initial assessment Dhs600, subsequent sessions Dhs300 to Dhs600. Tel: (02) 6664866. americancenteruae.com

LIFE COACHING

Stuck in a rut? Needing a kick-start to get back on track in life? Life coaching is a practice on the rise in the Middle East, designed to help you “set an agenda according to your priorities and desired accomplishments,” according to UAE expert HNI. Run by CEO Hanan Nagi, HNI helps you to gure out your goals, whether they be linked to your career, nancial issues or relationships. “ e rst question I would ask is, ‘how badly do you want the change?’”, Hanan says. “People say, ‘I want to change this or change that’, but they’re not willing take the risk. e person that wants to change is the real player in this relationship. e coach helps them to get everything out of their mind. It’s like spaghetti: it’s all tangled and the coach helps arrange it on the table.” e rst sample session is normally free, then depending on the scale of the goal, anything from three to four further meetings are required, based a personal understanding of yourself and your behaviours, thoughts and beliefs. HNI, Abu Dhabi, average price Dhs500 per session. (02) 4047174. hni.ae

SHIRODHARA

Despite the sceptics, alternative forms of medicines and practices are still very much trusted methods for curing ailments and relaxing the mind. e shirodhara treatment is a branch of traditional Indian method ayurveda, which involves pouring warm herbal oil over the forehead for a prolonged period. To the uninitiated, this might seem like an unusual treatment, but the hour- long sessions are recommended for people su ering from insomnia, chronic headaches and more, to help relax and clear your mind. e oil used varies depending on what is being treated, with a range of liquids from essential lavender oil to coconut water, tailored to the patient’s concerns. Eden Spa, Le Méridien, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 11pm, Dhs360 for 60 minutes. Tel: (02) 6446666. starwoodhotels.com

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

Despite sounding like a particularly invasive medical procedure, this massage is actually very gentle. Intended to improve metabolism and help the body eliminate waste and toxins, it delicately stimulates the lymphatic system and boosts the immune system. Zen Spa, Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm, Dhs350 for 60 minutes, Dhs525 for 90 minutes. Tel: (02) 6979000. rotana.com

10am to 10pm, Dhs350 for 60 minutes, Dhs525 for 90 minutes. Tel: (02) 6979000. rotana.com AUGUST
THREE-DAY DETOX MENU Day one Breakfast Coconut smoothie, with fresh coconut water and pulp, with

THREE-DAY

DETOX

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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 sun ower 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

DETOX

ALIGN YOUR LIFE

Is your dull office space getting you down at work? Forget forking out on flash furniture or moving to new premises, perhaps you need to try the ancient Chinese art of feng shui, says expert Shivani Adalja

Feng shui is about creating balance between the ve fundamental elements: re, earth, metal, water and wood. Fire when burned creates earth, earth gives birth to metal, metal when corroded produces water, water nourishes wood, and wood when burned creates re. is cycle can bring about harmony and growth. ere are many con icting schools of feng shui, so it is very important to implement changes only a er employing a good feng shui consultant. e direction of the room is as important as the direction of the building. As your o ce or room is part of the building, it is very important to rst assess the energies of the building and then locate your o ce within that energy grid of the building. Once you have identi ed which sector of the building your o ce is located in, we can then focus on enhancing the energies within the o ce. We also need to nd out if the room is getting enough chi (movable life force energy) and how can we balance and enhance it. An o ce 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 o en, productivity has improved and inter-o ce politics diminish.

“FENG SHUI CAN BRING ABOUT WONDERFUL POSITIVE CHANGES IF IMPLEMENTED CORRECTLY. IT HELPS EVERYONE BE AT PEACE AND ABLE TO WORK AS A TEAM”

When designing an o ce 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 o ce 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 o ce plays an important role. e most important person in the o ce has to sit in the most remote corner. Which will allow them to focus on important tasks.

The Alignment Institute, Abu Dhabi.Tel: (050) 6811728. E-mail: align@shivaniadalja.com shivaniadalja.com

FENG SHUI QUICK TIPS Shivani’s cut-out-and-keep guide to office alignment… 1. The desk should never
FENG SHUI QUICK TIPS
Shivani’s cut-out-and-keep guide to office alignment…
1. The desk should never be placed opposite the door of the o ce, as the chi will hit
you hard.
2. There should be enough natural light in the o ce for chi to rotate.
3. The colours in the o ce should be yin (light) colours to help you focus with mental work.
However, if the person working in the o ce is in sales and marketing, and will need to get
out of the o ce often, then the o ce can be coloured in yang (bright) colours.
4. The o ce should not have any thorny plants. Bamboo or money plants are
recommended in the lit corners of the o ce.

DETOX

PUT YOUR FINANCES IN ORDER

Moneysavingexpert.com’s Dan Plant offers his top tips for sorting out your finances

What age should you start saving for a pension?

Once it’s a ordable, start as early as possible. A good rule of thumb for a comfortable retirement is to pay in a percentage of your salary equal to half of your age e.g. if you’re 25 years old, pay in 12.5 per cent of your salary, including any employer contributions.

nally, to get a higher rate, you o en 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 o en substantial.

What immediate steps should you take to put your personal finances in order?

Most crucial is to do a budget, taking into account every single expense. We have built

a tool to do this – budgetbrain.com. Next,

cut the cost of your debts. Don’t consolidate just for the sake of it – only move debts to a di erent card if it makes it cheaper overall. Pay of as much o as you can a ord, focusing on the most expensive debt rst. Also, plan what to buy on food shopping trips beforehand (and don’t go when you’re hungry) and, if you smoke, quit.

What’s the best bit of financial advice you’ve ever been given?

Never pay more for something than you absolutely have to. You can o en get exactly the same service or product by paying less – so why wouldn’t you? All it takes is a bit of research.

If somebody is a compulsive spender, what safeguards can they put in place to prevent unnecessary spending?

Leave credit cards at home, and only take cash out with you, so you can’t overspend. Plan everything in advance. We have built a great tool to show people the wastefulness of their spending (demotivator.com). When people see they spend two whole weeks a year working to a ord their daily co ee, it o en shocks them into submission.

Dan Plant is the web editor of moneysavingexpert.com

What are the most important things to consider before you start saving?

Check if any tax-e cient 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

QUIT SMOKING

Four ways to ditch the dreaded white sticks

1. Hypnotherapy

Quit the ciggies with a programme tailored to you. The Well-Being Zone, Mina Road, Abu Dhabi, Dhs500, sessions restart after Ramadan. Tel: 050 4457370. thewell-beingzone. com

2. Nicotine gum and patches

Kill the cravings with every quitter’s friend. Boots Pharmacy, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, gum Dhs15 to Dhs16, patches Dhs76. Tel: (02) 4437167. me.boots.com

3. Champix

It might sound like

dog food, but this nicotine-free tablet is popular at present. Boots Pharmacy, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, Dhs198 to Dhs444. Tel: (02)

4437167.

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4. Acupuncture

Why not ditch the lthy habit by going full-on Hellraiser? Gulf Chinese Medical Centre, Mohammed Bin Butti Building, Abu Dhabi, Dhs100 for initial consultation, Dhs150 per session Tel: (02) 6343538. gulfchinesemedical.net

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The great

Use our highly scientific chart to find

The great Use our highly scientific chart to find Boxing You might not expect a punch

Boxing

You might not expect a punch in the nose at the International Tennis Complex, but tramlines and racquets aren’t the centre’s only sporty concerns. Its boxing facilities offer group classes and private tuition. Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, daily 6am to 10pm, Dhs60 each to Dhs3,500 per person. Tel:

(02) 4034200. zsc.ae

Dhs60 each to Dhs3,500 per person. Tel: (02) 4034200. zsc.ae Squash Shooting The quintessential lunchtime racquet
Squash Shooting
Squash
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The quintessential lunchtime racquet game of o ce co-workers the world over, squash is a top workout. It’s also among Abu Dhabi’s most widespread sports, with a wealth of courts across the island. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Bainouna Street, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to 10pm, Dhs50 to Dhs 75 per hour, members free. Tel: (02) 6666888. ichotelsgroup.com

Al Forsan’s impressive 300m sniping range, plus 50m and 25m galleries, are sadly shut until September, but a rather fun laser alternative, with full recoil, is still operating through Ramadan with a special dual 10-minute

shooting/15-arrows

archery package. Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, daily 2pm to 10pm, Dhs200. Tel: (02) 5568555.

Equestrian

It’s a little humid to don your jodhpurs in the midday sun right now, a problem foreseen by Al Forsan’s 65m air-conditioned indoor equestrian training arena, o ering lessons for all abilities. The horses, meanwhile, reside in air-conditioned stables. Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, daily 2pm to 10pm, Dhs150 to Dhs3,100. Tel: (02) 5568555. alforsan.com

Martial arts

OrientalKarate&KobudoClub is the first stop in the capital on your quest to become a black belt. With more than 1000 active students, it runs Tourist Club, Airport Road, Khalifa Street, Madinat Zayed and Khalidiyah branches. The Oriental Karate & Kobudo Club, various branches, Abu Dhabi, various times, Dhs250 to Dhs675 per month (initial registration Dhs100). Tel: (02) 6771611. orientalkarate.com

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indoors

the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer

indoors the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer Ice skating If the habitual daily transition
indoors the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer Ice skating If the habitual daily transition
indoors the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer Ice skating If the habitual daily transition
indoors the perfect indoor pursuit for you this summer Ice skating If the habitual daily transition

Ice skating

If the habitual daily transition from street to air con isn’t extreme enough, a full on wintry blast at Abu Dhabi Ice Rink should do the trick. Public skating runs throughout the month, with ladies-only sessions on Thursdays. Abu Dhabi Ice Rink, Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, various times, Dhs25 to Dhs35 for 90 minutes. Tel:

(02) 4034200. zsc.ae

Football

Summer can’t halt the beautiful game in the capital during August. And after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup, female players will be pleased to know they’re equally welcome at The Dome, too. The Dome @ Rawdhat, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to midnight, pitches Dhs350 to Dhs700 per hour. Tel: (02) 4498480. thedome.ae

Indoor skydiving

Gagging for an adrenalin rush without jumping out of a plane at frightening altitude? Spacewalk’s parachute-less indoor skydiving lets you do exactly that in complete safety. You can even grab a souvenir DVD of the experience. Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Saada Street, Al Mushriff, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 11pm, Dhs180 to Dhs700 per person. Tel: (02) 6577777. adhfc.com

Table tennis

Picking up a ping pong paddle isn’t quite as exciting as many of the indoor sports you can indulge in this August, but it’s a popular pursuit in the UAE. It’s an Olympic sport too, with Emirati hopes for London 2012 qualification. Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, daily, 7am to 11pm, Dhs15 per person per hour. Tel: (02) 4034200. zsc.ae

AFOC’s 15th Open Sports Festival

Thoughregistrationjustclosed forthisRamadanextravaganza, you can still turn up as a spectator. More than 3,000 competitors contest football, boxing, shooting and more. August 2 to 21, Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, daily after Kyam Prayer (around 9.30pm) to midnight, free. Tel:

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ABU DHABI’S BEST BOWLING ALLEYS

ABU DHABI’S BEST BOWLING ALLEYS for the crash of balls on pins at this downtown entertainment

for the crash of balls on pins at this downtown entertainment haven. As well as an above-average 18 lanes, videogame nuts will love the PlayStations, alongside plenty of shopping and guzzling options around Al Mariah Mall. Al Mariah Mall, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 1am, Dhs12 per game. Tel: (02) 6760444. bowling-city.com

to 1am, Dhs12 per game. Tel: (02) 6760444. bowling-city.com BOWLING CITY @ SPARKY’S The manic surrounds

BOWLING CITY @ SPARKY’S The manic surrounds of Sparky’s house this 12-lane bowling centre, right next-door to a bevy of pool tables should you fancy a spot of between-frame potting. And Sparky’s borderline headache-inducing attractions – indoor rollercoaster and all – will help to banish any lurking boredom. Sparky’s, Khalidiyah Mall, 26th Street, Abu Dhabi, 10am to midnight, Dhs15. Tel: (02) 6354315. khalidiyahmall.com

EMIRATES BOWLING VILLAGE Want to add status to your strikes? With four VIP lanes, Emirates Bowling Village is Want to add status to your strikes? With four VIP lanes, Emirates Bowling Village is the solution. Timing is key if you’re on a budget, though. Take advantage of happy hour (Sun to Wed 10am to 5pm) for Dhs10 games on one of the 32 lanes. Night owls note that EBV has the latest opening hours in the city. Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 1am, Thurs and Fri 10am to 3am, Dhs10 to Dhs20. Tel: (02) 6811185. ebv.ae

Fri 10am to 3am, Dhs10 to Dhs20. Tel: (02) 6811185. ebv.ae KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE If

KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway then the boulder- sized ball above the door should do it. These 40 huge lanes are home to several established bowling

leagues. And afterwards why not head upstairs to aptly named restaurant Noodle Bowl? Pun, we imagine, intended. Zayed Sports City, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, 9am to 1am, Sun to Wed Dhs10, Thurs to Sat Dhs12. Tel: (02) 4034648. zsc.ae

SUPER STRIKE Part of Bawadi Mall’s sprawling family entertainment centre, the garish surrounds of Fun City aren’t Part of Bawadi Mall’s sprawling family entertainment centre, the garish surrounds of Fun City aren’t solely for ankle biters. Super Strike’s dozen lanes provide enough space to knock ‘em down for everyone from gutter ball-prone novices to maximum score-eyeing pros. Fun City, Bawadi Mall, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Thurs 10am to 11pm, Fri noon to 11pm, Dhs12 before noon, Dhs15 noon to 11pm. Tel: (03) 7840338. funcity.ae

WANASA BOWLING CENTRE Wanasa’s grammatically challenged aim –‘make the life always happy’ – is aided nicely by wallet- Wanasa’s grammatically challenged aim –‘make the life always happy’ – is aided nicely by wallet- friendly bowling on one of the six lanes and live sports coverage. If your fun can only begin once the children are occupied, however, simply dispatch the little blighters to Wanasa Land’s veritable kingdom of entertainment. Wanasa Land, Al Wahda Mall, Hazaa Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 10am to 10.30pm, Thurs to Sat 10am to 11.30pm, Dhs15. Tel: (02) 4437654 wanasaland.com

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

as much as we do, check out one of these ten bowling alleys ABU DHABI COUNTRY

ABU DHABI COUNTRY CLUB With a bar and a la carte menu, the Country Club’s four-lane bowling alley is a step up from the average snacks and milkshakes experience. In ate the balloons, too – they welcome birthday parties of all ages. And club membership isn’t required. Abu Dhabi Country Club, Al Saada Street, Al Mushriff, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to 11pm, Dhs100 per hour, Dhs60 per half hour. Tel: (02) 6577777. adhfc.com

AL AIN INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE They sure love their bowling in Al Ain, with several choices in the city’s relatively They sure love their bowling in Al Ain, with several choices in the city’s relatively cosy con nes. The International Bowling Centre has ve lanes and is dirt cheap. Even better, the surrounding International Centre houses additional attractions from videogaming to restaurants and shisha. Al Ain International Bowling Centre, opposite Park

Saleme, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, 8am to 2am, Dhs10. Tel: (03)

7630222. alainintlcentre.net

8am to 2am, Dhs10. Tel: (03) 7630222. alainintlcentre.net AL JAZIRA BOWLING CENTRE Not only can you

AL JAZIRA BOWLING CENTRE Not only can you associate yourself with Abu Dhabi’s double-winning footy champions at Al Jazira, but these six lanes are exceptionally high-tech. Prices are mighty reasonable, too. And add in table tennis (three

tables), darts (two boards) or pool (one table) and it’s an all-round winner. Al Jazira Sports Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to midnight, Dhs12 per hour. Tel: (02)

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A reliable ten-pin shaped xture across the Emirates’

landscape, widespread chain Bowling City began life

at this state-of-the-art Garden City branch. Planning a

full day’s entertainment here couldn’t be easier, with 12 lanes, reasonably priced pool tables and karaoke,

to boot.

Al Ain Mall, Kuwait Area, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, 10am to midnight, Dhs12 per game. Tel: (03) 7510006. bowling- city.com

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a)

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c)

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Phil Spector

WIN! TICKETS TO WILD WADI

Let’s not kid ourselves, August is hot. But luckily, those brain-boxes at Wild Wadi have decided to keep the park open this month from 10am to 8pm (with all of its restaurants open throughout the day), and from noon until midnight every weekend, with special Ramadan rates for visitors between 8pm and midnight. We’ve teamed up with Wild Wadi to give away 30 pairs of tickets to the waterpark. For your chance to win, just tell us the name of a Wild Wadi character:

a) Juha

b) Julia Childs

c) Julia Roberts

*Terms and conditions apply: all tickets must be redeemed by Aug 17th 2011 and used by the last day of Ramadan. wildwadi.com

WIN! ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB VOUCHERS Abu Dhabi Golf Club has handed us four golf
WIN! ABU
DHABI
GOLF CLUB
VOUCHERS
Abu Dhabi Golf
Club has handed
us four golf vouchers
(worth Dhs425 each),

to drive, chip and putt to your heart’s content on the beautiful course. To enter, tell us What is the golfing term for completing a hole one under par?

a) Birdie

b) Albatross

c) Puffin

WIN! A MONTH’S SUPPLY OF PIPER DRINK, PLUS A GRAND PRIZE OF 400 CANS

To celebrate our 400th issue, our generous friends behind soft drink Piper are offering the chance to win 400 cans. Don’t worry if you’re not the main winner, though: 12 runners-up will receive a month’s supply.

Which of these is a character from a famous story?

a) The Pied Piper Of Hamelin

b) Billie Piper

c) Rowdy Roddy Piper

WIN! A BODY FAT ANALYSER

If

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)

b)

c)

you’re following our detox tips this issue,

a) b) c) you’re following our detox tips this issue, 14 1,000 1,000,000 WIN! A MASSAGE

14

1,000

1,000,000

WIN! A MASSAGE AT THE PALACE

What’s On and The Palace in Old Town are giving ten people the chance to unwind and de-stress with 30-minute massages in their lovely spa. If you’d like the chance to relax for gratis, simply tell us… Massages a great way of getting rid of

a)

b)

c)

Mist and fog Stress and tension Cookies and milk

WIN! A MONTH’S MEMBERSHIP AT SERENITY SPA

We have a great spread from Abu Dhabi’s top

ladies-only facility, Serenity Spa. The top prize is

a one-month gym membership, including fitness

classes (worth an impressive Dhs1,000). Runners- up, meanwhile, will receive either two sessions of Hypoxi (worth a total of Dhs400) or a Kerastase hair

treatment (Dhs150).

What is Lady Gaga’s latest album called?

a)

b)

c) Born In The USA

Born This Way Walk This Way

a) b) c) Born In The USA Born This Way Walk This Way WIN! DINNER AT

WIN! DINNER AT LA VERANDA

Whatever your food preference, it should be catered to by Sheraton Khalidiya’s mouth- watering prize: winners will enjoy dinner for two at La Veranda (worth Dhs400), which serves up seafood, Italian, Chinese, Indian and Arabic dishes. In architecture, what is a veranda?

a) A wall

b) A porch

c) A window

WIN! 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

WIN! CDS FROM VIRGIN MEGASTORE

Music connoisseurs – we have five copies of five new albums from Virgin Megastore up for grabs –

that’s 25 CDs to give away, maths fans, including the latest from Tiesto. For a chance to win, just tell us Which of these is a genre of music?

a) Krumping

b) R&B

c) Googlie

WIN! BEACH PASSES FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI

Fancy taking it easy on one of the most inviting shorelines on Abu Dhabi’s main island? We have ten beach access passes, worth Dhs95 each, for the InterContinental. To be in with the chance of winning one, tell us… Who played the lead role in 2000 movie The Beach?

a) Leonardo DiCaprio

b) John O’Shea

c) Rod Hull

WIN! MEALS AT THE AL MANZIL HOTEL

We have vouchers for lunch at Nezesaussi Grill, where you’ll find giant portions, big screen sporting action and super-friendly staff, plus two vouchers for lunch at the lovely, sunny Conservatory Restaurant. To be in with a chance of winning any of these vouchers, answer this question correctly… Nezeaussi Grill screens what genre of entertainment?

a) Sport

b) Cartoons

c) Chat shows

WIN! SPA

VOUCHERS

a) Sport b) Cartoons c) Chat shows WIN! SPA VOUCHERS FOR THE LOUNGE When it comes

FOR THE

LOUNGE

When it comes to pampering for men in Abu Dhabi, the Lounge are executive grooming experts. One reader

will win a Dhs500 voucher, while two runners-up will pick up Dhs300 vouchers and a further 17 people will receive Dhs100 vouchers. Which of these is a famous men’s fragrance?

a)

b)

c) Old School

WIN! APPETISERS AT BORD EAU

Old Hat

Old Spice

Readers with finely-tuned palettes can win an appetiser at Shangri-La’s What's On-recommended French restaurant Bord Eau (worth approximately

Dhs100). To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

How tall is the Eiffel Tower in Paris?

a) 324m

b) 1m

c) Invisible to the naked eye

Tower in Paris? a) 324m b) 1m c) Invisible to the naked eye WIN! A STAY

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! A HEALTHY BREAK AT ABU DHABI’S BEACH ROTANA HOTEL

We have beach and gym access passes for two – worth Dhs300 to Dhs400 – for the Beach Rotana. Also up for grabs is Italian lunch for two at Prego’s (Dhs350). Please specify which prize you would prefer. What car was famously featured in the movie The Italian Job?

a) Mini

b) Range Rover

c) Ford Mustang

WIN! A STAY AT THE AL AIN ROTANA

The Al Ain Rotana is its premier hotel and we have a

one-night stay, with breakfast for two at Zest, to give away. A total of 25 runners-up will snaffle free pool access. Which of these is a famous gardener?

a) Monty Don

b) Monty Burns

c) The Count Of Monte Cristo

WIN! URBAN ENERGY FITNESS CLASSES

These fitness experts are training our World War team, and have given us 100 vouchers for classes, including Urban Prenatal, Running, Kick and Boost, that could be yours. Answer this simple question What footwear should you wear for running?

a) Stilettos

b)

c)

Trainers

Brogues

WIN! A STAY AT THE CRISTAL HOTEL

Want to spend a night in a plush hotel in the heart of Abu Dhabi? Our lovely pals at the Cristal Hotel

have given us an overnight weekend stay to give away, including buffet breakfast for two (worth a cool Dhs2,680). For your chance to win, tell us… Which of the following companies isn’t associated with crystal?

a) Waterford

b) Swarovski

c) McDonald’s

WIN! MEALS AT THE CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI

We have two vouchers apiece to giveaway for lunch

at Cho Gao, tasty Italian Spaccanapoli, Friday roast lunch at Heroes, Vincent’s Bar, and Cappuccino’s Café. Ten runners-up can enjoy 40 per cent off the iftar buffet at Cho Gao, Spaccanapoli and The Garden. Want to enter? Simply tell us… Where are the British crown jewels kept?

a) Wembley Stadium

b) Tower Of London

c) Legoland

WIN! LUNCH AT THE QAMARDEEN

We’ve teamed up with the Qamadeen hotel, Old Town to give away lunch vouchers for two for their Esca Italian restaurant, plus lunch vouchers for two for their new Italian-themed café, Esca. To be in with a chance of winning lunch at either of these venues, tell us Which of the following cities is not in Italy?

a) Rome

b) Milan

c) Glasgow

cities is not in Italy? a) Rome b) Milan c) Glasgow WIN! VOUCHERS FOR SAADIYAT BEACH

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 MASSAGE AT EDEN SPA a) 360 b) 3,600 c) 36,000
WIN! A
MASSAGE AT
EDEN SPA
a) 360
b) 3,600
c) 36,000

Thanks to What’s On and Le Méridien Abu Dhabi you can ease away those summer aches and pains – we’re giving a one-hour relaxing body massage at Eden Spa (weekdays only, advance booking required) worth Dhs300. To enter, tell us… How many seconds are there in an hour?

FILM

From Prada To Nada
From Prada To Nada
The Tree Of Life
The Tree Of Life
 

From Prada To Nada

The Tree Of Life

WHO?

Camilla Belle, AlexaVega,Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D’Agosto, Luis Alfaro (screenplay), Angel Garcia (director)

Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Terrence Malick (writer/director), Emmanuel Lubezki (cinematography)

TAGLINE

‘A riches to rags story’

‘Nothing stands still’

ONCE UPON A TIME

Spoiled Beverly Hills sisters Nora (Belle) and Mary (Vega) barely engaged with their Mexican roots, but their father’s sudden death sent them on a crash course in East LA Latino life.

A

troubled architect (Penn)

struggled to reconcile the death

of

his brother and a con icted

Texas upbringing. en Malick introduced ruminations on planets and dinosaurs, and critics were wildly polarised.

IDEAL IF YOU’RE IN THE MOOD TO

Nod sagely along with a handful of well meaning, if faintly patronising, truisms about the value of migrant cultures in a modern cosmopolitan society.

Get all weighty and existential about life’s fundamental questions, while basking in the glow of a deeply poetic thought experiment bolstered by a couple of A-listers.

WATCH THIS IF YOU LIKE

Fish-out-of-water comedies are hardly a Hollywood rarity; last month’s Monte Carlo pulled a similar trick, albeit in ( nancial) reverse. Perhaps avoid if you’re a huge Jane Austen fan, though – see below.

Any of Malick’s oddly sparse back catalogue – notably Badlands (1973), Days Of Heaven (1978) or e in Red Line (1998), all of which wax philosophical about man, violence and nature.

TOP TRIVIA

e screenplay is actually an adaptation of Austen’s seminal romantic satire Sense And Sensibility, uprooted from 19th- century England and given a modern Latin twist. Hmm.

One Italian cinema screened an early preview of the lm with the reels in the wrong order. Nobody noticed, which gives you an idea

as

to what you’re in for.

WHAT’S ON TEN WORD OR LESS REVIEW

Mawkish and predictable, but the title remains its gravest crime.

e great auteur Malick proves

himself master of the mystifying.

RATE OR SLATE?

★★✩✩✩

★★★★★

28 WHAT’S ON AUGUST 2011

Twelve

Kiefer Sutherland (narrator), Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Curtis Jackson, Esti Ginzburg, Joel Schumacher (director)

‘No one needs anything here. It’s all about want’

Hard-partying lifestyles among the dispossessed teenagers of

Manhattan’s wealthy Upper East Side led to a spiralling body count as the façade began to crumble.

Be alternately titillated, shocked and depressed by witnessing lives of narcissistic privilege so quickly and bleakly eroded by greed, violence and envy.

e 2004 novel, penned by then 17-year-old NYC writer Nick McDonnell. If you didn’t read it, superior early Leonardo DiCaprio ick e Basketball Diaries (1995) o ers 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.

★★✩✩✩

,
,

FILM | NEW RELEASES

Bridesmaids Zookeeper Bridesmaids Crazy,Stupid, Zookeeper Incendies Love Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne,
Bridesmaids
Zookeeper
Bridesmaids
Crazy,Stupid,
Zookeeper
Incendies
Love
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph,
Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-
Covey, Judd Apatow (producer),
Paul Feig (director)
Steve Carell, Julianne Moore,
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone,
Kevin Bacon, Glenn Ficarra/
John Requa (directors)
Kevin James, Rosario Dawson,
Leslie Bibb, Adam Sandler,
Sylvester Stallone, Frank Coraci
(director)
Lubna Azabal, Mélissa
a
Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim
Gaudette, Rémy Girard, Denis
Villeneuve (writer/director)
‘From the producers of Superbad
and Knocked Up’
‘ is is crazy. is is stupid. is
‘Welcome to his jungle’
is
love’
‘ e search began at the opening
of their mother’s will’
Having been sacked as maid
Comfortable mid-life success story
A
mis t zoo employee (James) tried
e dying wishes recorded in
of
honour at her best friend’s
Cal Weaver (Carell) was thrust back
on to the dating mine eld when his
wife asked for a divorce, so laddish
pal Jacob (Gosling) agreed to take
him on as a pet project.
to
quit in order to focus on making
a
mother’s nal testament sent
wedding due to a comedic self-
destruct in rehearsals, a luckless
human friends. But the animals
didn’t want him to go, and revealed
twin sisters Jeanne (Désormeaux-
Poulin) and Nawal (Azabal) on
thirty-something mounted a one-
woman quest for redemption.
their secret gi of speech in order
a
Middle East voyage to explore
to
coach him in social skills.
their knotted family heritage.
See yet another nail driven into
the already-liberally-perforated
See US comedy royalty Carell
playing it a little – not much, but
Walk, talk, squeak and squawk
with the animals, while watching
n of that risible old ‘women
can’t do funny’ argument.
co
little – straighter than his oa sh
turns in Anchorman and Dinner
For Schmucks.
a
an inherently likeable leading man
mugging along with a gag- lled,
but profoundly immature, script.
See the ne line between intimate
and epic artfully trodden by a
stirring Quebec-made drama
that de ly tackles issues of
family, faith and mythology.
e Hangover, 2009’s successfully
blokey pre-wedding disaster
opus to which the female-led
Bridesmaids has repeatedly (and
favourably) been compared.
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-
de
ning turn in the US version of
e O ce.
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.
Skilled, source-faithful
adaptations of revered stage
works – the original theatre
production, Scorched (2005),
was a critical hit for Canadian
playwright Wajdi Mouawad.
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.
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).
Various animal welfare groups
(including PETA) called for a
boycott of Zookeeper, a er video
emerged of its elephant star being
abused by a former trainer in
Incendies was Academy-
nominated in the Best Foreign
Language Film category at last
year’s Oscars, narrowly losing
out to Susanne Bier’s Danish
2005.
masterpiece, In A Better World.
A
chick- ick by de nition, but
A
solid cast drag us along, but
with de antly broad appeal.
nobody’s stretching far.
Unlikely to leave lasting paw-prints;
le under ‘harmlessly fuzzy’.
Expertly directed slow-burner
packing genuine sting in the tail.
★★★★✩
PREVIEW
★★★✩✩
★★★★✩
CELEBRATE THE HOLY MONTH The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre sets the stage for a
CELEBRATE THE HOLY MONTH
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre sets the
stage for a memorable Ramadan to be shared with family, friends
and colleagues and is offering a choice of two spectacular venues
for Iftar and Sohour. Lavish buffet with
six live cooking stations and an a la
IFTAR
carte menu offer an extensive range of
AED 200 NET
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Including Ramadan Juices
international cuisines and traditional
Ramadan beverages.
EID BRUNCH
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please call 9714 372 2323
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EATING OUT

Most people think the Holy Month Of Ramadan Mo is is about a fasting, and
Most people think the Holy Month Of Ramadan
Mo
is is about a fasting, and that’s true, but only during
DUE TO THE
HOLY MONTH OF
RAMADAN SOME
OUTLETS MAY NOT
OPERATE REGULAR
OPENING HOURS.
CALL AHEAD FOR
DETAILS.
daylight da hours. The nights of August will be all
about ab feasting. Once the fast is broken around
sunset, su there will be innumerable iftar banquets
to to attend (check out our Iftar Hot List, p83). And
restaurants re are still open during the evening,
too, to so Eating Out’s cupboards are as fully
stocked st as ever. Following its grand What’s On
opening opening in i July, Jones The Grocer’s doors have been
besieged by diners eager to sample its superb cheeses,
cold cuts, bakery and café menu – and we bring you
our verdict just over the page (p32). We also put two
new burger restaurants to the test (p33), visit Abu
Dhabi seafood restaurant Sennara (p36), test eight
new and revitalised summer menus (p34) and discover
the overlooked Ritz-Carlton Thai restaurant Blue Rain
(p38). Plus, of course, The Critic – this month asking if
the UAE really needs Michelin (we think it does, but our
opinionated friend has other ideas) – all the most recent
food news, new openings, and our monthly Twitter
recipe. Wishing you and yours Ramadan kareem. Enjoy.
Gareth Rees, Features & Food Editor
JONES THE GROCER
EATING OUT Jones The Grocer It’s caused a sensation in Abu Dhabi, but is the

EATING OUT

EATING OUT Jones The Grocer It’s caused a sensation in Abu Dhabi, but is the Aussie

Jones The Grocer

It’s caused a sensation in Abu Dhabi, but is the Aussie café chain’s first Dubai outlet up to scratch?

Aussie café and grocery chain Jones e Grocer has proved a hit down under, in neighbouring New Zealand, Singapore, and, of course, Abu Dhabi. Why? Well, we have no idea how the Aussies, Kiwis and Singaporeans think,

but Jones has caused a big stir in our beloved capital for one reason

– it’s di erent.

And that holds true for Dubai, too. We’re talking clean-cut, industrial design – concrete

oors, the odd bit of exposed

metal girder, high ceilings and bright exposed strip lights. en there are the shelves, stacked

with jars, tins and packets of ‘gourmet’ this and that and a few choice cookbooks and magazines

( Monocle and Wallpaper* ). Add

to that an open kitchen, cheese room, charcuterie counter and, perhaps most impressive of all,

a co ee station where a barista,

equipped with a Bunsen burner, creates magical brews with endlessly entertaining siphons

and drips. It’s a winning formula. Oh yes, the food is pretty good, too. e menu is full of the sort of food people want to eat. Burger? Check. Steak. Check. Fish ’n’ chips. Check, check and double check. And that’s before you consider the cold cuts and the cheese, which is what we started

o with. A whole platter lled

with a meaty, dairy melange. e sharing platters could be ordered on their own with one of the superb smoothies, or the invigorating Granny Smith and ginger cordial with sparkling water. Or as a starter. ere’s the option of three (Dhs45), ve (Dhs65) or seven (Dhs85) items from an extensive

ve (Dhs65) or seven (Dhs85) items from an extensive list of cheeses, cured meats, seafood and

list of cheeses, cured meats, seafood and antipasti. We went for the full seven – a mound of

surprisingly impressive chicken chorizo; greyish slices of UAE

beef (pat on the back for local sourcing), which weren’t too good on their own, but went terribly well with a hunk of the nutty bread; a bowl of ‘stu ed’ olives (good olives, but they seemed to have forgotten the stu ng 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 bene tted from a glass of something red, but that can’t be helped. One of

the excellent co ees would be an acceptable alternative. We’ve raved about the Jones wagyu burger before on these pages, but, su ce 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.

follow me
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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 WhatsOnAbuDhabi

Finally, a neat, remarkably crumbly apple crumble, and a gooey chocolate brownie, both with good ice cream, did the job. Since last month’s opening party (check out the footage on youtube.com/whatsondubai), ravenous diners have been ocking to Jones e Grocer. If you aren’t one of them, you should be. Go. Now.

Need to know

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Times Square, Dubai Tel: (04) 3466886 Web: jonesthegrocer.com Open: daily 10am to 9pm Cuisine type: café, deli Must eat: Jones wagyu burger Bill for two: Dhs230

Two to try: new w burger bars TESTED WHAT? THE BURGER JOINT WHERE? TBJ is
Two to try: new
w
burger bars
TESTED
WHAT? THE BURGER
JOINT
WHERE? TBJ is on the
concourse in Atlantis hotel, near
the entrance to Aquaventure.
Most of the seating is on the
thoroughfare, which means it’s
quite noisy, but this is also a
prime spot for people watching.
We spotted some fairly unique
swimwear. Inside, there’s a diner
theme, with red walls and an
open kitchen, complete with
singing chefs.
THE BURGERS ARE…
Generous. We recommend
signature burger e
Works (Dhs60), a juicy
patty with beef bacon,
cheese, mushrooms,
pickles, lettuce,
tomato, onions and
TBJ sauce, and the
Rooster Booster (Dhs45),
for a crispy chicken burger with
salad, pickles and a tangy mayo.
Add Dhs15 to the burger price to
include a so drink and fries.
AND THE FRIES? Far from
the tasteless, over-salted fare
WHAT? BURGERFUEL
WHERE? You can’t miss New
Zealand chain BurgerFuel, thanks
to a display of purple-liveried
ags outside that would satisfy
any monarch. e
outdoor seating on
JBR isn’t inviting
right now, so we
headed inside,
where large
wooden tables,
exposed ceiling
ttings and an open kitchen of
polished metal lends a converted
Brooklyn warehouse vibe.
THE BURGERS ARE…
Borderline terrifying, in the
best possible way. We couldn’t
pass up the challenge of the BF
Monster. Good luck tting your
jaws around the third-pounder of
char-grilled New Zealand ground
beef (Dhs35). e extras jammed
into a wholemeal bun mean the
monster matches its moniker,
featuring melted cheese, sliced
beetroot, surprisingly ne beef
bacon, mango and fresh avocado.
For such a mouthful, that’s
incredibly good value.
AND THE FRIES? We
wondered whether the modest
box of 'spud fries' (Dhs11),
with aioli dip, were a touch on
the stingy side. But the chunky
specimens proved more than
enough.
1/2
AD
Enjoy a blend of tradition and
novelty in the coolest of settings
for Ramadan
found elsewhere, TBJ’s fries are
more ‘home-style’, with some
skin le on, a rich golden colour
and excellent spices. Extra points
for Hellman’s mayo and Heinz
ketchup on the tables, too.
ANY MILKSHAKES? Do you
really have room a er all that?
One&Only Royal Mirage offers you the ‘coolest’ of two Ramadan
Cafés – a uniquely comfortable, temperature-controlled
environment in a traditional setting, at The Palace “Courtyard”
and the “Peregrine Garden” at the Arabian Court.
Enjoy Iftar buffets, served every day in Tagine restaurant and
The Rotisserie, then spend the evening among friends in a relaxing
atmosphere, enjoying oriental specialities, coffee and tea.
Iftar: 7.10pm - 8.30pm
Ramadan Caf é s: 8pm - 2.30am
If so, try the cookie milkshake,
or go classic with vanilla (both
Dhs25). Word to the wise though,
they are enormous, so unless
Group Bookings/Corporate Packages: Please contact us directly
for special Ramadan offers.
Ramadan Special Room Rates: Starting from AED 975++*
you’re on a weight-gain mission,
it’s best to share.
FINAL VERDICT: You
wouldn’t make the journey to
Atlantis just to visit TBJ, but for
ANY MILKSHAKES? Yep.
Classic avours are order of
the day: chocolate, vanilla or
strawberry (all Dhs15). All are
suitably frothy and towering.
FINAL VERDICT: If you’re
still peckish a er a visit to
BurgerFuel, you should probably
join the circus as a sideshow
Rate valid until 30 August 2011 excluding 10% service charge and
10% municipality fee.
*Subject to availability. Valid for GCC and Middle East residents only.
a wallet-friendly pre-waterpark
meal it’s a tasty, well-seasoned
**
bet. e sta are keen to the
point of exhausting, but this
might be early days enthusiasm.
The Burger Joint, Atlantis The
Palm, The Palm, Dubai, 10am to
10pm. Tel: (04) 4260747
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
The Palace
Residence & Spa
Arabian Court
**
Telephone +971 4 399 99 99 Fax +971 4 399 99 98
oneandonlyroyalmirage.com

EATING OUT

EATING OUT

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

OTTOMANS

CUISINE:

Turkish

MENU:

Appetisers of deep fried courgette cakes (mujver) served with garlic and mint yoghurt – light and refreshing, though the cakes themselves were a little bland – and deep fried prawns with crispy, shredded kunafeh

pastry and a lightly spiced acuka sauce (sehriyeli karides) were pleasant enough, but a yoghurt and rice soup (yayla corbasi) served with mint and chilli sauce had real depth of avour and, as

a starter, would be enough on

its own. e slow cooked lamb

shank with mash and a tomato sauce (kuzu incik) was homely and

lling, if far from mind blowing,

and the chocolate fondant (sicak cikolatali kek) ticked all the right

boxes. If you want traditional Turkish, Ottomans isn’t a bad option. BILL FOR TWO: You’re talking around the Dhs690 mark without alcohol Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Tue to Sun 7.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 3176000. grosvenorhouse- dubai.com

7.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 3176000. grosvenorhouse- dubai.com FILINI CUISINE: Italian MENU: Chef omas Marchi has

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

di polpo (octopus carpaccio) is the obvious standout antipasti, moist morsels of meat simply but e

antipasti, moist morsels of meat simply but e ectively 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

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 a ordable sneak peek at what is normally on o er at this Hot List mainstay. e four courses on the non-vegetarian set menu include a couple of Indego’s signature dishes, such as the excellent tandoori salmon and the inventive marbled chocolate samosa. e only fault is the main course choice of either chicken tikka or lamb rogan josh.

course choice of either chicken tikka or lamb rogan josh. JONES THE GROCER CUISINE: Café MENU:

JONES THE GROCER CUISINE: Café MENU: An ingenious pu crusted tru e soup (perigord tru e 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

Despite being well made and presented, the option is rather safe and doesn’t display just

Despite being well made and presented, the option is rather safe and doesn’t display just how creative the kitchen at Indego really is. Still, food of this quality is a bargain for just Dhs250 per person. BILL FOR TWO: Dhs250 per person, with two glasses of wine Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Tue to Sun 7.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 3176000. grosvenorhouse- dubai.com

CARAMEL CUISINE: International MENU: It is quite hard to pigeonhole Caramel’s cuisine, and the new summer additions to the menu re ect that di culty. 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

Dubai, 11am to 2am, Tel: (04) 4256677. caramelgroup.com RODEO GRILL CUISINE: Steakhouse MENU: Tiny helpings or

RODEO GRILL CUISINE: Steakhouse MENU: Tiny helpings or overblown dishes aren’t really on Rodeo Grill’s radar, so take it easy by starting with an appetiser of chicken liver pate, because the hearty steak and mushroom pie is

a meat, veg and pastry joy sure to keep you stu ed until dinner the following evening. A er that, it’s probably wise to order a slightly less plate-engul ng 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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our taste buds, we opted for a hearty steak of local favourite, king sh. Every
our taste buds, we opted for a
hearty steak of local favourite,
king sh. Every drop of avour
is coaxed from the meaty
esh by charcoal grilling and
complemented smartly with
sautéed veg and handcut fries.
Delicious.
e dessert options were
limited, though by that point
you’ll doubtless be full enough to
need only a plate of the fresh cut
fruits. All in all, not the nest sh
in the ocean, but far from a bait
box tiddler.
Need to know
Location: One To One Hotel
– The Village, Al Salam
Street, Abu Dhabi
Tel: (02) 4952000
Web: onetoonehotels.com
Open: Sun to Fri noon to
4pm and 8pm to midnight
Cuisine type: seafood
Must eat: char-grilled
king sh
Bill for two: Dhs329
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A taste of things to come It’s a good month if you like your food
A taste of
things to
come
It’s a good month
if you like your food
fast
CHI’ZEN
We’re fans of Chi’zen’s
rst branch in Dubai
Festival City for a
spot of lunch, so
the opening of
a branch in Mall
Of The Emirates is
welcome news. Like
most Chinese restaurants,
nts
its menu is extensive and includes
the usual range of dishes from
barbecue-roasted duck to
kungpao chicken; the di erence
is the standard of ingredients and
Chi’Zen’s reliability. Far from your
typical mall fast food joint.
Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3549288
BARCELOS
Having opened 100
outlets across the
world, it was only
a matter of time
before Portuguese
fowl specialist
Barcelos arrived in
the UAE. Famed for its
spicy peri-peri chicken
n
dishes, Barcelos will soon be part
of your take-away rotation. If you
like Nando’s, odds on you’ll like
Barcelos.
Sama Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3425440
RED LOBSTER
Red Lobster has been
whipping up clam
chowder and grilling
crustaceans in the
US since 1968.
We’ve visited the
branch in Orlando,
Florida, and though
the ingredients
weren’t of the highest
quality – not that you’d expect
just out of the ocean freshness
from a fast food restaurant – it’s
a safe choice for the casual, value
for money diner.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3253131
diner. The Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3253131 Sennara Will One To One’s new seafood

Sennara

Will One To One’s new seafood restaurant sink or swim?

Hooking the nest catch, as any sherman will doubtless tell you, requires the perfect bait. And Sennara (‘ shhook’ in Arabic) has many attractive facets sure to entice its human prey. Taking cues from traditional shoreline cafés of the quintessentially Lebanese variety, Sennara’s catch of the day menu arranges a lip-smacking display of straight-from-the-boat treats in raw form, ready for pre-preparation deliberation. e welcome is warm and the décor – nets thronging the ceilings and walls smattered with other assorted seafaring props – manages, just about, to avoid going overboard. So far, so good. A handful of light mezze selections, including a zingy fattoush, the patatas bravas- esque batata harra (fried potato cubes with tomato, green pepper and onion) and consummately presented classic, deep fried calamari, all slipped down well. But it was the mains that impressed the most. e shmonger’s arrangement comprises rotating selections priced by the kilo rather than the serving – a welcome option for those who, like us, prefer dictating their own portion sizes. You can also choose the cooking method – char-grilled, deep-fried, steamed or Provencal – and there are sauces to suit every palate. Anybody longing to pick their dinner while it's still alive – select from several ne specimens of Australian spiny lobster, Canadian lobster and mud crab – can now indulge their crustacean- based food fantasies, although sadly when we visited Sennara’s tank was still on the cusp of being fully completed and stocked. Without the lobester to tempt

On the menu New Asian nights and bites NEW SUMMER MENU GOOD VERSUS BAD The
On the menu
New Asian nights and bites
NEW
SUMMER
MENU
GOOD VERSUS BAD
The Chinese
philosophy of
If
we’re
looking
for dim
sum in
Yin and Yang
promotes
balancing
good and
a
hurry,
Ping Pong is s
our rst port of call. We love
those little parcels of joy, so
we’ll certainly be checking out
the new Ping Pong summer
menu. The steamed lobster
dumplings, crab spring rolls
and refreshing mocktails are
all healthy options, too, so the
indulgence is fairly guilt-free.
Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3399088.
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bad – but
in the case
of the Sizzling
Wok's all-you-
can-
1/2
CURRY ON SPECTRUM
As if summer wasn’t hot
enough already, y,
Spectrum on
One’s Curry
And Hops
night is
cranking
up the
temperature
on
With unlimited curry on o er,
the chefs will be dishing up
more Kashmiri rogan josh,
butter chicken and biryani than
you can shake a naan at. Even
better, there’s unlimited beer to
wash it all down with.
Spectrum on One, Fairmont
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai. Tel: (04) 3118316.
fairmont.com/dubai
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 ll
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.
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Blue Rain

It opened quietly a few months back, but Ritz-Carlton’s Thai restaurant is only now starting to make some noise. But is it as good as word on the street suggests?

We visited Ritz-Carlton’s DIFC steak restaurant Center Cut (their American spelling, not ours) back in August, reporting back that, although it was decent, it was entirely bere of patronage. In fact, a er its grand opening, talk of the Ritz-Carlton seemed to zzle and fade pretty quickly. But recently, its ai restaurant, Blue Rain, started to be dropped into conversation – the kind of conversations we have, anyway. Word was it was worth a visit. And who are we to argue with the word – so time to revisit e Ritz. On a Tuesday night the restaurant was empty, but it shouldn’t have been. ere are a handful of laudable ai places in the UAE – and Blue Rain deserves to be counted among them. Not least because the sta are so enthusiastic about their restaurant. Especially our waiter, Nirut, who harbours a strong, and not particularly well hidden, desire to be a chef – he loves ai food, and is ready and willing to explain every little detail to you, from avours and provenance to how to devour particular dishes. Current chef Sawai Krasian creates food for Nirut and his colleagues to be passionate about. Of the soups, salads and appetisers, the pick was an exemplary tom yum soup – a giant prawn, not overcooked as they so o en 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

coriander, mushrooms and lime. Also good were the mieng kham kung (prawn wrapped in a betel

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 cat sh. 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 o en 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 melli uous wagyu, steeped in a smooth curry sauce, we can see why the punters love it. But it’s not the be all and end all; the grilled lamb rack in ‘holy

basil marinade’ also hit the spot, especially accompanied by a large helping of soupy morning glory (water spinach). So called, according to Nirut, because it makes the eyes brighter, and one has to wake up early to buy the best of it. A light, tea avoured panna cotta, an attempt to create a dessert with a ai twist that has the advantage of a broad appeal to all palates, was a success. As is Blue Rain – dinner and a culinary education, what more could you ask for?

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)

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THE CRITIC

James Brennan knows food. Having written on everything from bhajis to burgers for a string of international publications, James is now the Middle East chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants judging panel. Don’t miss his monthly musings every issue.

Rumours that the Michelin Red Guide could appear in the UAE by 2013 are enough to get most chefs toques standing on end. e thought of something as big and sparkly as a Michelin star to brag about must be the stu of saucy dreams for the local big-hitters. In fact, if you put your ear to the ground and feel a nascent rumble, that’ll be the food and beverage PRs of the Emirates, vibrating gently. Exciting stu , there’s no doubt. But just a month or so a er a French restaurant handed back its Michelin star, it has

er a French restaurant handed back its Michelin star, it has “THERE’S REASON TO BELIEVE DINERS

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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 – o oaded its star because the demands of being a Michelin- rated restaurant were just too great. More sta had to be hired to deliver the exacting level of service required and costs went up, driving punters away. Once the restaurant reverted back to its brasserie-style service, the customers returned in their droves. e food hadn’t changed. e above case may be down to the economic situation in Europe, but there’s reason to believe diners around the world are looking for a more relaxed and informal experience – without compromising on the food. ree Michelin stars

judges restaurants. But should we really pay attention to a bunch of self-important and stu y inspectors with anal xations on how many creases there are in a folded napkin anyway? Even the number one restaurant in the world (according to the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants) has yet to win its third Michelin star. Yet you’ll have to be cryogenically frozen and thawed out when Aston Villa win the Premier League [for which read, never – Ed] to get a reservation at Copenhagen’s Noma. Don’t get me wrong. e kudos that comes with Michelin stars is something all chefs crave. But by the time the Michelin guide comes to the UAE – with all the pyrotechnic promotional hoo-ha that will involve – the light shed from its coveted stars may well be starting to zzle out.

from its coveted stars may well be starting to zzle out. disappeared o the face of

disappeared o the face of the earth last month when El Bulli closed for good. But the legendary restaurant of Catalan chef Ferran Adria has been superseded in Barcelona by Tickets – a casual tapas concept with a fairground theme. Standards are still impeccably high, of course, but instead of having a snotty maître d’ glare at you for picking up the wrong spoon, the emphasis is on having fun. Perhaps Michelin will award Adria’s latest venture a star? at might be the catalyst for changing the way Michelin

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ARTS

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COURTESY OF THE ARTIST ABOUD SALMAN

ARTS

Building blocks

Saudi Arabian artist Sami Al-Turki made a name for himself charting the physical development of Dubai, a passion that continues in his latest series, Constructakons

How did you come to work in Dubai? Well, I grew up in Saudi Arabia, where it was said that the city’s people bathe in black gold. When the time came to move on to higher education I le in search of a dream, one that was promised by ad campaigns and the giant billboards in this new oasis called Dubai. Your current exhibition charts the continuing growth of the city. Why is that so important to you? ‘Continuing growth’ – not any more, as one can see; as the whalers of the city are now realising, what goes up must come down. e only thing that kept the momentum going was a presence of a monster slowing down the ship, but the wake of the boom is nally catching up with the vessel. Tell us a little about your fascination with construction and machinery. I’m just like any young boy who became fascinated with machines and the way that they can construct something out of nothing – not on their own, obviously, but with the aid of humans. e principal of shi ing 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.

COURTESY OF THE PAVILION DOWNTOWN DUBAI AND PHOTOGRAPHER SARA NAIM, 2011 PHER SARA NAIM, 2011
COURTESY OF THE PAVILION DOWNTOWN DUBAI AND PHOTOGRAPHER SARA NAIM, 2011
PHER SARA NAIM, 2011
DUBAI AND PHOTOGRAPHER SARA NAIM, 2011 PHER SARA NAIM, 2011 You rst came to attention with

You rst came to attention with a series recording the lives of Dubai’s migrant workers. How did that come about? e idea of the project Li s was that I would give a li /ride to anyone who seemed to need one, and by the wheels that turned in Dubai all who did were the migrant workers who put their hopes and dreams into the city. en I ended up in Sanapor, a labour camp on the city limits. Funnily enough, I think the name translates to city of gold. Why does Dubai remain such an interesting subject for you? In pre-recession, the city was a test subject to the whims and the ideas that any human could come up with. Whatever they dreamed

of, everyone was ready to lay their life on the line for it – cites in the sky, vertical gardens in the desert, underwater hotels, islands dropped in the sea, canals running for miles through the dry deserts. I guess in a sense that an old proverb could work here – ‘No one ever thinks that the well will run dry’, and that is what fascinated me about Dubai in the past. Now being a part of the city that gave all the opportunities I could have ever dreamed of is something special, unforgettable and I’m hopeful for what comes next. But only time will tell. Until Aug 31, Gallery 2, The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, free. pavilion.ae

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ARTS

ARTS Five to see Å POSITION, VELOCITY, ACCELERATION Rather appropriately, this group exhibition at XVA takes

Five to see

ARTS Five to see Å POSITION, VELOCITY, ACCELERATION Rather appropriately, this group exhibition at XVA takes

Å POSITION, VELOCITY, ACCELERATION

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

off Zabeel Road, Dubai. Tel: (056) 1032766. xvagallery.com Å NEW WORKS: NARGESS HASHEMI The Iranian artist’s

Å NEW WORKS: NARGESS HASHEMI

The Iranian artist’s solo show reopens after a short summer nap. The fascination in Hashemi’s drawings of traditional Iranian ceremonies and celebrations lies in the subtext. Not only do they speak of her awkwardness in relation to such a airs, 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

Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3235052. ivde.net É STEPHANO GALLI The Italian artist

ÉSTEPHANO GALLI

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

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

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Serkal Avenue, Dubai. Tel: (050) 4644392. carbon12dubai.com Å ART EUPHORIA Artist and gallerist Cynthia Reta
Serkal Avenue, Dubai. Tel: (050) 4644392. carbon12dubai.com Å ART EUPHORIA Artist and gallerist Cynthia Reta

Å ART EUPHORIA

Artist and gallerist Cynthia Reta Richards presents a solo show of her own work this month. Expect to see much of her trademark colour and pattern, mixed with a rich geometry. And on August 23 the gallery’s monthly Art & Co ee 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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ARTS ARTS TH THE ART INSIDER Art historian, dedicated collector and managing director of Dubai’s Meem

Art historian, dedicated collector and managing director of Dubai’s Meem Gallery, Charles Pocock knows the UAE art scene like the back of a Picasso. Do you have an art question for Charles? E-mail:

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Having covered the pricing of artworks in my last column, I will now delve into the o en-tricky world of authenticity. When buying a work of art, a certificate of authenticity should always be requested from the seller. It acts as a warranty that gives you the right to reclaim your funds if the work turns out to be an outright fake or has perhaps been predated by the artist to add more to its value. The artwork in question may have been looted, and there have been instances when the seller is unauthorised in their dealings, that is he or she is not the legal owner (who in this case would be unaware of the sale). If something unpleasant arises in the future, and if there is proof that there was intent to deceive, it is this certificate or printed warranty that

gives you the right to reclaim, as well as sue for damages. All galleries, art dealers and auction houses have a responsibility to supply such documents to the buyer if requested. One way to ensure that the information provided is correct is to buy the work from the recog- nised agent of the artist. ere was a case, in New Delhi in 2009, which was well reported internationally, when SH Raza turned up at his own show and stated that a few of the works displayed were by him, but that most were fake. e show was organised by an unauthor- ised dealer and the work came from the sec- ondary market. When you can, buy artwork from the recognised gallery that represents the artist, whom in turn can, and will, liaise with the artist on your behalf. In relation to auction houses, Sotheby’s will supply certi cates of authenticity when and where available, as will Bonham’s. e senior legal counsel of Christie’s informed me by e- mail that: “Christie’s does not issue certi cates of authenticity.” Christie’s states in its list what is guaranteed, this being what is listed in the catalogue in upper case script only – anything else they do not guarantee.

Five minutes with Syrian artist Aboud Salman What inspires your work? My wonderful mother's small
Five minutes
with
Syrian artist
Aboud Salman
What inspires your
work?
My wonderful mother's
small talk was the rst
thing that helped me to
create my paintings. My works
are heavy with colours and fonts,
amulets and icons, the life of the
people of my country and everyone
who is full of creative anarchy. They
represent beauty ghting back
against the forces of ignorance,
disease and stagnant minds,
because beauty alone puts man on
the purest and highest level of life.
Your canvases are full of imagery
– what’s behind that?
The experience of transforming my
work on paper, with all its elements,
to a work of art on canvas was one of
my dreams after my work about the
Euphrates and the Syrian desert was
exhibited in Paris in 1992. I became
obsessed with the idea of adapting
the work of art and its subjects into
other assets that may riot against the
human and turn into other objects.
Describe your work in three
words…
Love and life.
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Think summer camps are just for kids? Think again. DIAC has a list of activities to get any grown-up’s creative juices owing. Fancy channelling your inner Monet? Then there’s a short course in impressionist painting. Or perhaps Van Gough’s fervent, thickly daubed paint is where you see your talent developing? Then it would be the weekly palette knife painting course for you. To learn more about a traditional art form, there is Arabic calligraphy. Or you could take your genre o the page completely with a lesson in sculpture, pottery, dress pattern making, photography, knitting, crochet or stu ed toy making: the list, while not quite endless, is certainly exhaustive. artdubai.com

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Do you have a fashion question for Sophia? E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae

fashion question for Sophia? E-mail: editor-wo@motivate.ae I often wear ip- ops for work and need to

I often wear ip- ops for work and

need to up my game, but don’t want to wear heels. What style of at should I be looking for? Sylvia, Abu Dhabi You can’t go wrong with a chic pair of ballet ats. Depending on your budget, New Look have some cheap and cheerful options, but if you want to walk the designer route Repetto or French Sole are a stylish option. You can wear these slippers with a skirt, jeans or day dress and the best part – you will be comfy, as well as chic.

We drag the oh-so stylish Sophia Serin away from the helm at Emirates Woman into the grubby What’s On office to answer your wardrobe woes

The strap on my Mulberry Alexa bag has snapped – is there anyone in the UAE who can repair it? And sort out the scu marks, too? Sarah, Dubai I would de nitely 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 scu marks. 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 scu marks at bay and protect from things like drink spills, dust and general wear and tear.

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 de nitely 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.

quality luggage that will last a lifetime, and bon voyage . I love the colour- blocking
quality luggage that will last a lifetime, and bon voyage . I love the colour- blocking

I love the colour- blocking look this season, but it seems like a passing trend – how can I incorporate this look into my wardrobe without spending too much money? Anna, Dubai. Buy from the high street. You won’t care as much when you throw out a Dhs100 dress from H&M than you would a Dhs10,000 number from Gucci.

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Find a new signature perfume, or the perfect olfactory companion to your wardrobe, with the latest summer fragrances

to your wardrobe, with the latest summer fragrances CALVIN KLEIN CK One Summer A summery twist
to your wardrobe, with the latest summer fragrances CALVIN KLEIN CK One Summer A summery twist
to your wardrobe, with the latest summer fragrances CALVIN KLEIN CK One Summer A summery twist

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

MARC JACOBS Daisy Eau So Fresh Sweet smelling with a oral, fruity twist, Daisy Eau So Fresh has a playful, feminine personality and the bottle makes owning a bit of Marc Jacobs design eau so easy. A woody note follows the initial owery whi , which is pleasant but it doesn’t last long. Dhs440 for 125ml

NINA RICCI Dancing Ribbon At the pricier end of the scale, but undoubtedly worth it, Nina Ricci’s new scent practically reeks of holiday romance. No, not Hawaiian Tropic and teenage boys, Dancing Ribbon has sweet berry notes and is distinctive enough for evenings, too. Dhs225 for 50ml

BULGARI Mon Jasmin Noir Bulgari’s new perfume embodies modern sophistication, while pitching to a younger audience than the original Jasmin Noir. It has a musky base with oral top notes, resulting in a ladylike fragrance with a hint of mystery. Expensive, but high quality. Dhs320 for 50ml

of mystery. Expensive, but high quality. Dhs320 for 50ml BECKHAM YVES SAINT LAURENT KENZO GUCCI

BECKHAM

YVES SAINT LAURENT

KENZO

GUCCI

Intimately Yours For Her

Saharienne

L’eau De Kenzo Amour

Guilty

This is more of a cleaning product than a summer fragrance, smelling arti cial and fairly unpleasant. On the

Saharienne promises to be an ideal summer scent, contrasting the warmer desert aromas with more fresh, cooler

The dominant notes of vanilla, subtle oral accents and hints of orange attract a more mature audience to this

Gucci’s latest o ering is well suited to fans of fresh scents, with a mix of pink pepper, peach and mandarin creating

bright side, the scent fades quickly. Perhaps the Beckhams should stick to

accents to give a powerful and exotic blend. The result is an edgy, unusual

summer scent, but sadly it fades fast. We loved the packaging, but sadly

sophisticated aroma. It’s more grown-

a

up than many on the market, and

socialising and choosing bizarre names

mix

with a spicy side that we took

aesthetic appeal isn’t enough when

would be a good choice for a romantic

for their spawn.

quite the fancy to.

you’re buying perfume.

dinner a deux.

Dhs195 for 75ml

Dhs295 for 75ml

Dhs327 for 70ml

Dhs390 for 75ml

Dhs295 for 75ml Dhs327 for 70ml Dhs390 for 75ml DAVIDOFF ISSEY MIYAKE Cool Water Summer Dive
Dhs295 for 75ml Dhs327 for 70ml Dhs390 for 75ml DAVIDOFF ISSEY MIYAKE Cool Water Summer Dive

DAVIDOFF

ISSEY MIYAKE

Cool Water Summer Dive

L’eau D’Issey Summer

Fresh, clean and simple, you’ll sni out

The

intriguing smell of this scent is just

hints of lemon lingering after the initial scent of zesty melon. A great daytime fragrance, it’s not strong enough for the evening, but is really refreshing and ideal for the under-25s. Dhs190 for 100ml

as unique as its packaging – bold and bright. A new take on Miyake’s popular perfume, the crisp smell of pear with a woody base note has a lasting e ect, perfect for a long summer day. Dhs288 for 100ml

JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER Classique The striking packaging raised our hopes, but the initial scent was a let down. Although distinct, the lemony aroma was reminiscent of the hot annels you’re given on a plane. It’s nice for the dressing table, but not the nose. Dhs283 for 100ml

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

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The
bookworm
Recommendations from
our wriggly, book-reading
friend
THE STRANGER’S CHILD
Alan Hollinghurst
The latest novel from literary giant
Alan Hollinghurst – his rst outing
since winning the 2004 Man
Booker-Prize for The Line Of Beauty
– spans 95 years from 1913 to
2008. But the subject throughout
is young, aristocratic poet Cecil Valance and
a poem written before he heads o to ght,
and die, in WW1. Valance scribbles the work
in question in the diary belonging to a friend’s
sister during a debauched weekend at Two
Acres – a majestic villa in the London suburbs.
And, as Hollinghurst guides us into the new
millennium, it is that solitary work that serves
as the driving force of what is a sophisticated
and absorbing story, as the impact of Cecil’s
weekend at Two Acres is slowly revealed.
HERRING ON THE NILE
LC Tyler
Ethelred Tressider is a struggling
writer attempting to breathe
new life into his career by
embarking on a trip down the
Nile. However, almost as soon as
the boat sets o , a passenger is found nd dead d d
– murder is afoot, and everyone is a suspect.
Tyler is clearly a fan of the queen of crime
ction, Agatha Christie – even the title is a nod
to the mistress of murder mystery – but that’s
by no means a bad thing. With dark wit and
shady characters, Tyler’s contemporary spin on
a
Christie-esque tale of intrigue and adventure
is
at worst an entertaining homage, and at
best an exhilarating read.
IN DEFENCE OF DOGS
John Bradshaw
The age-old question beckons:
if dogs could talk, then what
would they say? It is this poser
that biologist, and all-round dog
man, John Bradshaw attempts to