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Issue 401

September 2011

ALSO INSIDE: Fish n chips, Al Murray, new bars to try and we talk to Beady Eye


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15 Find the sport for you How long have you been meaning to get back into that sport you loved so much as a teenager? Well, the weather is cooling, the new sports seasons are starting now is the time 21 Al Murray One of Britains most successful comedians, better known as The Pub Landlord, talks to us about misconceptions, weird gigs and more before his threenight sell-out run in Dubai 23 Five new bars to try Thirsty? Drink up our roundup of the citys best new bars 24 Fish n chips: tested Theres always controversy when it comes to judging a classic dish, but we braved the harsh debate to bring you our verdict on Dubais best fish n chips

26 Beady Eye Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher reveals that he enjoys super cuddles ahead of his new bands gig this month. Hes changed



The round up
8 Salaam Rumours, news, mustvisit events, whats hot, whats not and more 13 Win, win, win Do we have some exciting prizes for you lucky pups this month? How about a weekend away in swanky hotel? Yeah, that should do it 28 Film The only opinion you need to read on this months movie releases, including the long-awaited Captain America and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the absurdly premised Cowboys And Aliens, Friends With Benets, Conan The Barbarian, The Smurfs and Final Destination 5 31 Eating out Our verdict on the new menus at Bord Eau and Caf Chic, chatting with a salt sommelier, the new Mad Men lunch at Ruths Chris Steak House, railway-themed burger joint Grand Central, ne Indian dining at Mahec, The Critic on buffets, our monthly Twitter recipe, food news and latest restaurant openings 39 Arts Dutch-born snapper Erwin Olaf on his new shot at Carbon 12 Gallery, ve must-see exhibitions and The Insider on the growing inuence of the Internet on the art world 43 Shopping All the latest offerings from the regions stores, new openings, how to fold a pocket square and the ins and outs of personal shopping 47 Mind & body Five of the best deep tissue massages, spa news, the solution to a beauty dilemma and a tantalising giveaway 51 Sport & outdoor Fencing lessons, and Mr Fitness answers all your well-being woes 55 Club diary The club scene returns with a vengeance this month with the dXb Beach Festival 59 Travel Forty-eight hours in Istanbul, plus travels with award-winning Palestinian lm-maker Najwa Najjar, bargain breaks and our spanking new travel clinic with terribly welltravelled Open Skies editor Conor Purcell 65 Hot list The denitive list of Dubais best bars, brunches, restaurants and spas 82 Backchat Dubai 92s Tom and Dan prepare for one half of the duos imminent departure. Sad times




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Editor's note
Sport, where Im from, consists of one thing: football. In the north-east of England, youre either a football fan, or youre someone whos just visiting the north-east of England. Even now, thousands of miles away from England, my life still pretty much revolves around football, and more specically Sunderland AFC. Dont even think of planning anything with me on a Saturday Saturday is football day, Sunderland are playing, so Im busy. Actually, the way the English game is these days, thanks to satellite TV, Sundays and Mondays are also football days, and then theres the midweek xtures, and cup games and, well, you get the picture. Its not just me you try calling my house back home on match day and chances are the only person who'll answer the phone will be my mam, and even then shell probably tell you to call back after the game. Here in the Emirates, there is, thankfully, more on oer. Sport in Dubai represents not just a chance to watch games, but to get involved and that means a chance to make new friends and ll your weekends with something other than malls and brunches. From rugby to running, badminton to basketball, and, yes, football too, if theres sport going on in Dubai, well show you how to get involved, join the team and where to buy the T-shirt. If all thats sounding a tad energetic for you, then worry not, there are plenty of other distractions to keep you going this month, including comedian Al Murray, our round-up of Dubais best sh n chips, and we chat to (well, the bits I could print, anyway) erstwhile Oasis singer and now Beady Eye frontman, Liam Gallagher. Enjoy the issue.

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Life in Dubai, in bite-sized chunks

Whats hot
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding has announced that permanent exhibitions showcasing Emirati culture could soon be set up in many of the citys malls.

Guess list
Rounding up the UAEs latest rumours this month

In response to the terrible droughts a icting the African country, the UAE is sending humanitarian aid to refugee camps in Somalia.

NEW DUBAI MARINA RESTAURANTS Good news for foodies in Dubai Marina, as were told that both Ruths Chris Steak House and Roka will be opening branches up that end of town. Ruths Chris is set to open at The Address Dubai Marina apparently the deal is done all but the signature on the contract while Roka, which is part of the Zuma family, are actively looking for premises.

Motorists will be given 30 per cent o their tra c nes for three months, starting this month. Pay up while its cheap, and dont do it again. This means you.

BRITNEY SPEARS Unquestionably pop royalty, Britney, according to our insider, will be headlining at a sporting event near you soon, although we cant say what. Sporting event, yeah? Have a think. Cars? Fast cars? Oh, OK, the F1 shell be headlining the F1 after-race events. Were rubbish with secrets.



Whats not
The architect behind Saudi Arabias Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, claims that it will be 3,381ft tall - thats around 50 storeys bigger than the Burj Khalifa. Dubai has o cially opted out of bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games. Never mind, maybe 2024? It was announced that rapper 50 Cent was playing Dubai this month. Yay. But then he cancelled. Boo. From hot to not in one swift contractual argument.

EMINEM We have it on very good authority that Marshall Mathers will be heading our way very soon. Expect the slim shady one to doing his thing somewhere big probably Yas Island.




ANATHEMA If you like your music dark and sinister, then British metal band Anathemas next gig is a must. Sept 8, Jumeirah Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs200 to Dhs400. Tel: (050) 9110600. anathema.ws

Aaron Kim, professional jazz musician
Music society
The Fridge in Al Quoz puts on a series of concerts from October to May with both local and international artists playing everything from classical to contemporary jazz its a great community to be a part of. The Fridge, 26 Street, Al Quoz 4, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3477793. thefridgedubai.com

WIN! A balloon ight

After shutting down for the summer, those adrenaline junkies over at Balloon Adventures are back, so were giving away two hot air balloon ights to watch the sunrise. Dont say that we dont spoil you. For your chance to win, email winwithwhatson@motivate.ae with balloon in the subject line and tell us: Which gas do you put into party balloons? a) Helium b) Oxygen c) Gasoline

Live music

The Blue Bar at the Novotel World Trade Centre hotel is a great place to see regular live jazz acts. De nitely worth checking out. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre Hotel, World Trade Centre, Dubai, 2pm to 2am. novotel.com


When Im looking to buy music, I go to Virgin. It might sound obvious, but its the record shop with the biggest selection of jazz music. Virgin Megastore, Mall Of The Emirates and The Dubai Mall, Dubai. virginmegastore.me

Vampire king
Long before Robert Patterson et al, Dracula was the main vampire on the block. As plucky amateur theatre company Backstage puts its own spin on Bram Stokers masterpiece this month, we look at our favourite adaptations of the original of king of vampires

Nosferatu (1922) Eating out

Wonderfully eerie silent movie classic from the 1920s. A masterpiece of German expressionism.


If Ive had a particularly stressful day, one of my favourite things to do is go-karting at the Autodrome. Dubai Autodrome, Motorcity, Dubai, Dhs110 for 15 minutes. Tel: (04) 3678744. dubaiautodrome.com

I love the burgers at Shake Shack. The Shack Stack burger has to be one of the best I have ever eaten. Shake Shack, Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3475513. shakeshack.com

Dracula (1958)

If there were ever a de nitive performance from Christopher Lee, it would be this.

Bram Stokers Dracula (1992)

Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder. Good show.

Count von Count (1972)

Sesame Streets resident vampire is probably the nicest bloodsucker youll ever come across he sure does count a lot though.

Interview With The Vampire (1994)

With a cast consisting of Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas, this is certainly the best-looking telling of a vampire tale. Until Twilight, of course.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

OK, so its not exactly a vampire ick, but the vampire puppet show at the end is amusing and shows Draculas more lighthearted side. Sept 15 to17, Kilachand Auditorium, DUCTAC, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs50. Tel: (04) 3414777. ductac.org

GRAND GALA BALLET Get your culture x by going to see the brilliant Bulgarian So a Ballet. Sept 14 to 17, Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs180 to Dhs195. Tel: (04) 3666546. madinattheatre.com

DUBAI SPORTS WORLD Football. Beach volleyball. Table tennis. They're all available at this pop-up summer sports facility. Until Sept 10, Dubai International Convention And Exhibition Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3086333. dwtc.com

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The UAE is currently looking for a way to increase rainfall, with the National Centre For Meteorology & Seismology using planes to facilitate cloud growth. Experts believe cloud seeding can increase the expected annual rainfall by


10 -15%

Triple star turn


Theres a trio of international music stars ying in to celebrate Eid at the Shoppiesta festival this month Name: Faheem Najm Famous for: Auto-tune raps Awards: Two Grammys Popular tracks: Good Life ft. Kanye West, Blame It ft. Jamie Foxx

Message in a bottle
How many bottles of water do you drink a day? Environmental research organisation Worldwatch Institute claims that the UAE goes through 275 litres of bottled water per person every year the highest per capita in the world.


Auto-tune rapper

Sean Paul

Name: Sean Paul Henriques Famous for: Jamaican R&B Awards: American Music Award, Grammy, two MOBOs Popular tracks: Get Busy, Like Glue, Gimme The Light

Jamaican R&B

Shaggy look-a-like

Kelly Rowland

Since the speed limit on the Abu Dhabi to Dubai highway was cut by 20km/h to 140km/h, back in April, accidents on the road linking the two emirates have dropped 30 per cent, compared to last years gures.


Name: Kelendria Rowland Famous for: Founding member of Destinys Child Awards: Two Grammys Popular tracks: When Love Takes Over, Dilemma ft. Nelly


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Sept 4, Shoppiesta, Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai. Dhs100 to Dhs1,500. Tel: (04) 3588 911. shoppiesta.com

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To enter any of these fantastic competitions, just email winwithwhatson@motivate.ae with the name of the prize in the subject line and the correct answer to the relevant question


A trio of treats for your competitive pleasures


Take a tasty tour of the Sofitel Dubai, with these waist-widening prizes. To celebrate the new menus at the hotels restaurants, we have a Culinary Journey for two people, allowing the hungry winner and a friend to dine in AOC, Rococo, Plantation and The Hub and more, all on September 28. Were also treating one winner and three friends to the Friday afternoon tea at Plantation, where youll find a traditional spread with a French twist. For your chance to win these fantastic feeds, answer this question Which of the following is not usually found at an afternoon tea? a) Scones b) Miniature sandwiches c) Butter chicken

WIN! A LUXURY BREAK AT THE W DOHA, PLUS FLIGHTS WITH FLYDUBAI WIN! BIO SCULPTURE A luxury city break is closer than you think, more than 40 destinations across the Middle NAIL TREATMENTS AT with this weekend escape at the W Doha East, Asia, Africa and the fringes of Europe, home to stylish restaurants by Michelinallowing more people to travel to more NIVEA HAUS starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, places, more often. All fares are one way and
the hottest nightspots in the city, and the regions rst Bliss Spa. One lucky winner and a friend will live it up with the New York Is Just 5 Minutes Away package, kicking back or party hard, enjoying a W suite for the night, breakfast for two, Friday brunch at Spice Market restaurant, poolside relaxation at Wet, including a couple of drinks, then a private cabana at Wahm lounge before moving onto nightclub Crystal for the full VIP treatment and your own table. Youll even receive an after-party munchie box and 6pm check out the next day. Wowsers. The trip also includes return ights with ydubai. Since its rst ight in June 2009, ydubai Dubais pioneering low-cost airline has been dedicated to making travel a little less complex, a little less stressful and a little less expensive. The airline now ies to inclusive of taxes, plus one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and a small handbag or laptop bag. Customers then pay for any extras they want, such as checked baggage, which starts at Dhs50 for 20kg, or a seat with extra legroom for Dhs100. The inight entertainment also means passengers can now watch movies and TV programmes onboard, as well as play games or listen to music. For more information and a full list of destinations, visit ydubai.com. If youd like the chance to win this fantastic mini-break, simply tell us Doha is the capital of which country? a) Qatar b) Kuwait c) Kazakhstan

Are your nails a mess? Are you in desperate need of pampering? Weve teamed up with luxurious sanctuary NIVEA Haus to sort out the digits of some needy winners, with one Bio Sculpture French manicure, two colour manicures and three everlasting manicures to give away. Bio Sculpture uses layers of colour, sealed by UV light, so theres no waiting around, no danger of smudging, and it lasts for weeks. For your chance to win beauti ed nails, youll have to get this question right: What colour are the tips of your nails when you have a French manicure? a) White b) Red c) Black


Theres nothing more primal than putting one foot in front of the other quickly. And there are plenty of opportunities to run in Dubai
LEARN TO RUN If you cant run (many cant, surprisingly), Urban Energy will teach you from scratch, dealing with your gait, form and breathing, aiming to take you to a standard where you can run at least 5km comfortably. Urban Energy, Dubai, Dhs50 per session. Tel: (055) 8869158. urbanenergytness.com ESSENTIAL KIT: RUNNING TRAINERS

Have you been planning to pick up a tennis racquet, polish off your old footie boots or bring that faithful cricket bat out of retirement? Well, as the summer heat slides away, and the new sports season is upon us, now is the time to sign up



KIT: The glorious WHITES thump of (SHIRT AND TROUSERS), PADS, leather on BOX, BAT, GLOVES, willow can be heard HELMET across Dubai all year round


IFTAR CHALLENGE 2011 If you are a beginner, this 5km race, organised by Dubai Creek Striders, would be the ideal start to your competitive running career. Sept 21, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, Dhs50. premiermarathons.com ABRAS MINA 10KM SERIES RACE 1 Its expensive, but weve run this 10km race, organised by the ABRaS running club, and it was a morning well spent. Sign up now and youll have almost two months to work on cutting down your time before race day. Oct 28, Le Mridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, Dhs295. premiermarathons.com RAK HALF MARATHON 2012 Weve run the RAK Half twice and, even though the course is pretty dull, its a superb event with competitors ying in from around the globe to take part, and a real carnival atmosphere. Feb 17, 2012, Near Manar Mall, opposite City Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah, Dhs150. premiermarathons.com



DUBAI ROAD RUNNERS Every Saturday evening at 6.30pm, Dubai Road Runners meets to run one or two laps of Safa Park (3.43km per lap). Each runner predicts his or her time, and the closest wins a prize. Safa Park, Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat 6.30pm, Dhs5. Tel: (050) 6243213. dubai-road-runners.com ABRAS AC is club is not for beginners, and members have to be able to run at least 8km. You can attend three free group sessions, held on Mondays and Wednesdays, before deciding to join the club. Various locations, Dubai, Mon and Wed 6.30pm, annual membership Dhs400. E-mail: info@ abrasac.org. abrasac.org DUBAI CREEK STRIDERS If youre serious about long distance running and you dont want to run alone, the Dubai Creek Striders club meets every Friday for a lengthy running session. Opposite Novotel World Trade Centre, Dubai, Fri 6am, free. dubaicreekstriders.com

DUPLAYS Whether youre a star all-rounder in search of a team, or a group of eight in need of competition, Duplays can either nd you a team or provide your cricketing crew with a place in its twice-weekly eight-a-side outdoor league. Deadline for team applications is September 10, with the league set to begin on September 21. You can sign up online now. Howzat? Sept 21 to Nov 9, Dubai Modern High School, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, Mon and Wed 7pm to 10.30pm, individual Dhs600 per season, team Dhs5,000 per season and Dhs15,000 per year. Tel: (04) 4472394. dubai.duplays.com

INSPORTZ CLUB KIT PROVIDED If youre not ready to commit yourself to regular weekly matches, InSportz can help. You and a pal can go along for a practice session, 12 or 16 friends can play an indoor match, or InSportz can arrange for you and your buddies DUBAI MARATHON to play a one-o friendly against another team. e Dubai Marathon has what is perhaps the And all the equipment is provided free of charge, most tedious course imaginable, but its an and an umpire is on stand-by for matches. We exciting event and the only option for anyone dont like InSportz. We love it. wanting to give the full 26.2 miles (42.195km) Al Quoz, Dubai, Mon to Sat 9am to 11pm, a go. Were warning you, though its tough. practice sessions Dhs50 per person per hour, Jan 27, 2012, Dubai, Dhs370. Tel: (04) 4335669. team matches from Dhs450 for eight overs. dubaimarathon.org Tel: (04) 3475833. insportzclub.com




If you miss having your feet on the The beautiful game is the most pedals and the wind caressing your widespread sport in the Emirates, face, our ne emirate has it all, from so nding somewhere to play is a bike hire to competitive racing painless process


ESSENTIAL KIT: DUBAI ROADSTERS BIKE, For those of you who crave HELMET the social aspect of sport and yearn to jump back in the saddle, Dubai Roadsters is a group of city residents who just love to cycle. e membership fee is used to provide support cars and water for three weekly rides. Sun and Tue, Nad Al Sheba, Fri 6pm to 9.30pm, Lime Tree Caf, Jumeirah Beach Road, 5.30am to 7.15am, membership Dhs200. Tel: (04) 3394453. dubairoadsters.com SPINNEYS DUBAI 92 CYCLE CHALLENGE If youre not a complete novice, you have time to prepare for the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge, run by cycling organisation Cycle Safe Dubai a 92km jaunt around our fair city, taking in all the major sights. It should be a wheelie good day (sorry). December 16, outside Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, Dubai, Dhs250. cyclechallenge.ae




WOLFIS BIKE SHOP e guys at Wol s are so passionate about cycling that they have ten bikes available for beginners to hire. If you decide to commit, a new road bike will set you back around Dhs4,500. Sheikh Zayed Road, between interchange two and three, Sat to Thurs 9am to 7pm, Dhs100 per day, Dhs400 per week. Tel: (04) 3394453. wbs.ae ADVENTURE HQ e new adventure sports paradise that is Adventure HQ has mountain and triathlon bikes available for hire, as well as car racks if youre exploring further a eld. Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thurs to Fri 10am to midnight, Dhs100 to Dhs200 per day. Tel: (800) 23836873. adventurehq.ae

ESSENTIAL DUBAI AMATEUR LEAGUE INSPORTZ CLUB KIT: For the full 11-a-side If youre more into close control SHIRT, SHORTS, SOCKS, SHIN PADS, experience, this fourand ball skills than running several BOOTS (OR SUITABLE kilometres a match, try a smaller division beast (colloquially SPORTS SHOES/ known as the Expat League) scale option. For ve-a-side, the INDOOR BOOTS), GLOVES FOR is the smart place to start. Insportz Club at Al Quoz boasts GOALKEEPERS e 2011/12 season gets ve pitches, which can be hired for underway with friendlies this casual matches. month, ahead of its October 2 league Insportz Club, Street 17a, Al Quoz, Dubai, Mon kick-o . Division Four is currently accepting to Sat 9.30am to 9.30pm, Dhs50 per person, per new teams, too, should you have a stack of hour. Tel: (04) 3475833. insportzclub.com friends or colleagues itching to hit the pitch. SOCCER CIRCUS DUBAI Games are played on weekday evenings, the Soccer Circus Dubais Team Zone in Mirdif majority at e Sevens facility on Al Ain Road. City Centre o ers three pitches for hire, and Various locations, Dubai, league registration a host of computerised training drills. Dhs100 per person, plus team fees. Soccer Circus Dubai, Playnation, Mirdif dubaifootball.com City Centre, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to DUPLAYS 10pm, Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight, pitch Sports league organiser Duplays has two hire Dhs700 per hour. Tel: (800) 5347873. seven-a-side outdoor leagues starting this playnationme.com month from September 11 and 12, especially recommended for those looking to get involved as an individual. In addition to entering an entire team, you can opt to be placed in one by Duplays. Among a multitude of youth football Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, Sun to training camps in the Emirates, for sheer Wed 7pm to 11pm, Dubai, Dhs500 per individual kudos the kids are bound to gravitate or Dhs3,750 per team. Tel: (04) 4472394. towards a soccer school endorsed by dubai.duplays.com English Premier League giants. Arsenal Soccer Schools new term begins on DUBAI WOMENS LEAGUE September 26, teaching the expansive Footy is far from a lads-only pursuit nowadays. methods used by the clubs manager, e Dubai Womens winter season starts in midArsene Wenger. Stars including Robin van September, with 16 seven-a-side teams across two Persie visited last year, so expect similar divisions. To join, attend a training session at Jebel treats this season. Ali Centre Of Excellence on either Sept 19 or 26 The Sevens, Al Ain Road, Dubai, youll be allocated to a team according to ability. from Dhs1,750. Tel: (04) 8096679. Jebel Ali Centre Of Excellence, Jebel Ali Shooting playthearsenalway.com/dubai Club, Jebel Ali, Dubai, membership Dhs100 per person, plus team fees. Tel: (050) 6598767. dubaiwfa.com




CYCLE, RUN AND SKATE SAFE Not con dent about riding on the roads? Unprepared for a race? Pop along to Dubai Autodrome with your trusty cycle and enjoy three hours gliding around the track for absolutely nothing every week. Dont forget your helmet, or you wont be allowed to cycle. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, Dubai, Wed 6pm, free. Tel: (04) 3678700. dubaiautodrome.com

With so many expats in the UAE originating from countries inextricably linked with the sport, theres no shortage of rugby ESSENTIAL options in Dubai KIT:

Softball is often unfairly regarded as baseballs lesser cousin, but it doesnt deserve the bad rap. What it lacks in bravado and posturing, softball makes up in team spirit and accessibility

Not a pastime for the fainthearted, the USAs most punishing team sport has touched down in the UAE and is already proving popular

SHIRT, SHORTS, SOCKS, RUGBY JOIN A TEAM BOOTS, DUBAI HURRICANES DUBAI SOFTBALL LEAGUE GUM SHIELD While the Hurricanes rst Helping people to team is one of the regions get involved with ESSENTIAL best, less experienced players are one of Dubais most KIT: still welcome, with two mens, one veterans entertaining and A GOOD PAIR OF and two ladies sides, not to mention an rapidly growing TRAINERS AND extensive junior section. Training is on grassroots sports is the A SOFTBALL GLOVE Mondays and Wednesdays. Dubai So ball League. The Sevens, Al Ain Road, Dubai, membership e league format, Dhs1,000 per person. Tel: (050) 6266107. starting in September, is dubaihurricanes.com broken down into three di erent divisions catering to seasoned old hands (Mens A), and DUBAI EXILES women and rookies who harbour dreams of A key name, well known thanks to the Dubai knocking their rst curveball out of the park Sevens, the Exiles operates two mens teams, (Mens B). ere are two seasons over the a womens side, plus an extensive youth setcourse of the year, with games being played up. Training is Mondays and Wednesdays on Wednesdays, ursdays and the occasional from 6.30pm, while the club has an open day Saturday. Come springtime, the DSL even on September 23, featuring various games hosts the Middle East So ball Championship. and activities. If this sounds like your version of the Great The Sevens, Al Ain Road, Dubai, membership Dubaian Pastime, then look into joining a TBC. Tel: (050) 5506197. dubaiexiles.com team, or better yet, gather eight of your friends together and start your own. JEBEL ALI DRAGONS Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Having shi ed home base last summer, the Wed, Thurs and Sat, registration fee Dhs150 to team once known as the Dubai Dragons is Dhs400 per person. Tel: (050) 6514970. expanding for the forthcoming season. Adding dubaisoftball-league.com a womens side to two existing mens teams and veterans, there are also future plans for junior rugby. ey train two nights a week. Jebel Ali Centre Of Excellence, Jebel Ali Shooting Club, Jebel Ali, Dubai, membership TBC. Tel: (050) 6579827. thedubaidragons.com




KIT UAE FALCONS PROVIDED e only full-contact Gridiron club in the Emirates, UAE Falcons is testament to the multicultural spread the sport encourages. Founded last year, its 45-player squad is made up of more than 20 nationalities, uniting expats with Emiratis. Currently seeking new players, trials for the new season begin this month at Al Ittihad School, next to Safa Park, while matches take place at e Sevens stadium. And a er 500 hopefuls turned up at last years trials, the sports popularity in the UAE is certainly in no doubt. ere is currently no league as such, but a slew of matches, including against teams from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, are being lined up for this season. With a lack of suppliers of full American footy garb in the Emirates, the Falcons helpfully provide all kit as part of players registration fees. The Sevens, Al Ain Road, Dubai, registration fee Dhs2,500 for new players. Tel: (050) 1206154 or (050) 4367649. uaefalconsfootball.com


Much like touch rugby, American flag football is a less brutal version of the fully-fledged sport it originates from, replacing the bone-smashing element with a flag in the players belts that the opposition has to remove to stop the ball carrier from advancing. Duplays Varsity Blues mens league is currently open for registration for either individuals or teams, scaling down the full game to six-a-side, but maintaining the basics of touch downs, field goals and the like over two 25-minute halves. Duplays, Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Tue 7pm to 10.30pm, Dhs400 per person or Dhs3,600 per team. Tel: (04) 4472394. dubai.duplays.com

Touch rugby is a great way to enjoy the sport fondly dubbed egg chasing. Its essentially the same game, only six-aside and with the bruising art of tackling replaced by a tap to signify when a player has to release the ball. Duplays Scoring Tonight league begins this month (register before September 10), with individuals given the option of being placed in a team. Duplays, Jumeira Baccalaureate School, Jumeirah, Dubai, Tue and Wed 7pm to 11pm, Dhs450 per person, Dhs3,600 per team. Tel: (04) 4472394. dubai.duplays.com


The UAE is the ideal place for tennis. It hardly ever rains, and there are dozens of courts scattered around Dubai

Anyone who plays netball will laugh off the idea that its friendly and girly. Viciously quick hands and a cunning mind are the secrets to this sport (although it does pay to be seven foot tall, too)


Apparently frisbee is not just for the beach its a proper sport. How does one play? Well, the aim is to pass the frisbee to a team-mate in the opposite teams end zone. Sports league organiser Duplays runs a weekly six-a-side league. And theres only one way to nd out what its really all about. Sept 12 to Nov 28, Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Mon 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Dhs2,700 per team per season, Dhs11,700 per team per year, Dhs338 per person per season. Tel: (04) 4472394. duplays.com


ESSENTIAL KIT: Tired of acing the TENNIS same colleague every RACQUET week? en think about signing up to take part in the Clark Francis Tennis League. e round-robin format is broken down into various categories depending on age, gender and experience, so you should have no problem nding your level and duelling it out with some worthy opponents. Membership gives you free reign to play on any of their participating courts located in Jumeirah, Al Barsha, Wa and more. Clark Francis Tennis League, various tennis courts. Fee Dhs225 per person. Tel: (04) 2833444. clarkfrancistennis.com



e Dubai Netball ESSENTIAL League starts up KIT: again on September A GOOD 28 with Wednesday PAIR OF night games at TRAINERS e Sevens stadium running until early April. Divided into three di erent leagues, the weekly event is not only a great way to let o some steam, but also an opportunity to socialise with other likeminded combatants. Just remember to register before September 16. Dubai Netball League, The Sevens, Al Ain Road, Dubai, Wed 7pm to 9pm, registration fee Dhs500 per person. dubainetballleague.com


If you fancy giving a bunch of feathers a good thwacking once a week, sign up to the Shuttle Fun III badminton league, or just head along for a one-o session. A civilised way to close out the weekend. September 17 to Nov 19, Raes West Campus, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, Sat 7pm to 9pm, Dhs50, Dhs400 for ten sessions. Tel: (04) 4472394. duplays.com


If youve got an infuriatingly low rst-serve percentage, then why not sign up for a few cheeky lessons? e Dubai Tennis Academy o ers world class coaching sessions taken by its former pros and coaches. Classes can be tailored speci cally, so you can iron those kinks out of your pesky backhand. The Dubai Tennis Academy, American University Dubai, adult evening clinics Dhs70 for members, Dhs80 for non-members. Tel: (04) 3994539. dubaitennisacademy.com


If youre worried that it all sounds a bit too competitive, the same friendly people at the Dubai Netball League are holding a pre-season tournament on September 16, which is an ideal place to get involved before the serious stuff starts. Sept 16, The Sevens, Al Ain Road, Dubai, Dhs100 per team. dubainetballleague.com

AL BADIA GOLF CLUB Both group and individual lessons are available with a PGA-accredited golf pro. And during September you can take advantage of the reduced summer rates for both 18 and nine holes. Dubai Festival City, Dubai, individual lesson Dhs350, group lesson Dhs1,750 for six, 18 holes Dhs275 Sun to Thurs, Dhs375 Fri and Sat, nine holes Dhs179 Sun to Thurs, Dhs279 Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 6010101. albadiagolfclub.ae



Some people take tennis a bit too seriously. If all you really want to do is knock a few balls about with a mate, then members and non-members alike can book one of the ve courts at e Aviation Club, and the walk-in fee also covers the use of the pool. The Aviation Club, Garhoud, Dubai, 6am to 11pm. Nonmember walk-in fee Dhs250 per day. Tel: (04) 2824122. aviationclub.ae

A great social sport, squashs main aim smashing a rubber ball against a wall demands surprising levels of tness. There are plenty of courts in Dubai available for hire. Here are three to try AL NASR LEISURELAND Two courts, with squash lessons also available. Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha Road, Dubai, 9am to 11pm, Dhs50 per person, per hour. Tel: (04) 3371234. alnasrll.com SHERATON JUMEIRAH Two courts. Flat hourly rate for up to three people per court. Sheraton Jumeirah Health & Beach Club, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, 7am to 9am, Dhs150 per hour, per court. Tel: (04) 3995533. sheratonjumeirahbeach.com RADISSON BLU DUBAI DEIRA CREEK Two courts, available to members and nonmembers. Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Bani Yas Road, Deira, Dubai, open 24 hours a day, health club day pass weekdays Dhs75, weekends Dhs100, members free. Tel: (04) 2227171. radissonblu.com



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Somebody always puts their hand up and asks Where is your pub?
As loudmouthed xenophobic alter ego The Pub Landlord, Al Murray is one of Britains most recognisable comedians. Whats On tracked him down ahead of a sold-out threenight run of his current show, Barrel Of Fun
You played Dubai a couple of years ago. Fond memories? I had a great time. ats why were coming back. I made it happen. Rather than do one big gig, were doing a longer run in a smaller room, which, personally, I nd a lot more exciting because you can really get stuck into the crowd. Is that intimacy lost playing larger venues back home? Yes and no. To be honest, Ill play small places if I want to. Its normally my manager who says Were not going to make as much money. But you have to do things you enjoy, otherwise why bother? Whats the weirdest place youve ever played? e Falklands was the oddest by quite a mile. It went great, but its a very peculiar journey. You y in a military jet with no in- ight drinks except for orange squash. And its the middle of nowhere. Are promoters too scared to ask you to tone down your act in places like Dubai? Lets nd out, shall we? Nobody has ever sat me down and said Now, listen And there is that red-rag-to-a-bull thing with comics. Ive done corporate gigs where they say, is is what you cant talk about. You become obsessed and thats what the whole routine ends up being about. Stereotypical British expats might share a few views with The Pub Landlord. What does he make of expat crowds? Hed be very pleased that theres an outpost of common sense in a foreign land. Does The Pub Landlord have a favourite bar in Dubai? Well, we ended up in Barasti last time [laughs]. Does that answer the question? Is it weird when people dont realise the satire of The Pub Landlord character? Yeah. Although there is face value comedy as well. But thats a Zen lesson you learn as you get older doing comedy; not everyone can get it the way you want. Whats the strangest reaction youve ever experienced? I do a Q&A at the end of the show and somebody always well, one gig in ve puts their hand up and asks Where is your pub? Im doing an act in a theatre, drinking fake beer you tell me where you think my pub is! Its cute really. I like that moment. Sep 7 to 9, The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 3666546. thepublandlord.com



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Voda Bar instead opting for a medieval theme. In fact, were not sure what is Welsh about it even Nell herself was actually English, but still never let the facts get in the way of a good pub. And thats what Nells is a good pub in the heart of new Dubai, so much so that its fast becoming one of the busiest spots in the Marina. And among the historical paintings and faux stonewalls there are at-screen TVs showing the footy, a pool table and darts, making this a real traditional style boozer but well leave it to you to gure out where from. Byblos Marina Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4488222 o ering freebie frolics at the weekend. Hurrah. e Friday night fun involves fashion-inspired drinks at the stylish bar, Arabian tapas thumbs up to the zaatar fries and shisha, including a bubblegum avour that will give you Hubba Bubba schoolyard ashbacks. is is your new weekend hangout. The Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3118316

Feel like youve become part of the wallpaper around the same Dubai bars? Its time to break away and test out the new kids on the block

It doesnt take a word nerd to gure out from Vodas name what its tipple of choice is; thats right, its decidedly Russian. With a Kremlinsized cocktail list. e menu, however, is anything but, featuring an expertly assembled selection of sushi to ensure you stay as stylish as the surrounds. Voda is a vision in white; 1960s inspired furniture, high ceilings, stark spaces and a futuristic feel, all with a loungey soundtrack. In short, wear anything less than your most polished togs and youll stick out like a fur hat at a PETA protest. A great one for Palm people, Voda is a chic local, but a bit of a trek if you dont live on the trunk. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, West Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4530444


Listen up old-timers. Remember Jimmy Dix? e basement bar at the Mvenpick? Well, Jimmy has le the building. Instead youll nd Pulse, the shiny new bar that has replaced the red vinyl The new ladies night seats with black leather, the sports memorabilia We love the idea of an evening where the fairer with chandeliers and the cheesy tunes with deep sex are invited to imbibe bubbles and qua house. A massive DJ booth rules the roost, elegant cocktails for free, but why are so many of these snacks appear from the kitchen and the smart The new music venue magical nights mid-week? It does nothing for crowd is older than your average Nasimi attendee, Sadly, this isnt Ted Dansons foray into productivity the next day. Or so weve heard. It making this a hot spot for the well-heeled. franchising, but Cheers Bar is still a place where, seems the team at Nine have heard your pleas Mvenpick Hotel, Oud Metha, Dubai. if you move in rock circles, people will certainly (and mid-morning calls to Burger King) and are Tel: (04) 3582090 know your name. e metal community has quickly adopted the new British-themed nightspot, situated next door to Chi, with Metal Asylum hosting its birthday party there and As the cooler weather and tourist season approach, expect more bars and clubs to open local groups ghting to the death (metal) in their doors. Heres a couple to get excited about and watch this space for more details battle of the bands events. ink leather, denim, pool tables and speakers that go up to 11. Chi @ The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud A favourite with the moneyed London crowd As Grosvenor Houses second tower Metha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3379470 (including the royals), Mahiki is a Tiki-themed is perfected, the top three oors will super brand o ering good times and be under particular scrutiny with club The new pub legendary cocktails. Opening at the Jumeirah kings watching closely from London. Despite declaring itself as a Welsh pub, Nell Beach Hotel in the space once occupied by Embassy, a massive nightlife name, will Gwynnes is surprisingly free of stereotypical The Apartment, we have no doubt that Mahiki attract Dubais party people and visiting Welsh symbols no da odils, dragons or leeks will join the likes of The Ivy and Zuma as an footballers with its famed blend of bling, (well, maybe youll nd the leeks in a pie) international name to be reckoned with. VIP treatment and tunes.

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Fish nchips
Few traditional treats are so fondly regarded, or hotly debated, as sh n chips. But how do Dubais pun-heavy offerings measure up?
Rivington Grill

Fish & Chips Room

Fish n chips, as it should be. A seriously large piece of cod with a suitably crispy batter not too greasy, not too so served with proper, slightly soggy, takeaway chip shop chips. Top stu . Fish: 4/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 5/5 Price: Dhs54 Sector 2, Murjan, Jumeirah Beach Residence, daily noon to 4am. Tel: (04) 4270443

Rock n Sole Plaice

e Rock n Sole Plaice knows its way around a piece of sh. e enormous chunk of cod is perfectly cooked and the crispy batter has all the hallmarks of your favourite childhood chippie. e mushy peas were crying out for a bit of added avour, though. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 2/5 Price: Dhs45 Al Safa Centre, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, daily 4pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3953722. rocknsoleplaice.ae

London Fish n Chips

The Plaice

Something rings true about this piece of battered cod. e manageable portion, the undercooked chips, the haphazard garnish it reminded us of what a lot of real UK chippies are like. Plus, if you factor in the very a ordable price tag, your looking at a decent contender. Fish: 3/5 Chips: 3/5 Extras: 2/5 Price: Dhs40 Century Village, Garhoud, daily 11am to 1am. Tel: (04) 2868233. centuryvillage.ae

Despite the appealingly low price tag, the bog standard cod and chips on o er albeit with free so drink suggest that more competition is required if this mall food court staple is going to pick up its game. Fish: 2/5 Chips: 2/5 Extras: 2/5 Price: Dhs36 Various locations. Tel: (04) 4479788. londonsh-chips.com


ree chunks of hammour in a brittle batter, with a mountain of what appeared to be and tasted suspiciously like oven chips, complete with some pretty standard tartar sauce. A healthy portion size, mind. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 2/5 Extras: 3/5 Price: Dhs56 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily noon to 1.30am. Tel: (04) 3311111 A generous portion of succulent sh and just the right side of cooked chips is neatly presented on a chopping board, with a substantial dollop of deliciously creamy mushy peas. But, if we were to nit-pick a little, the batter could do with being a touch crisper, please. Fish: 3/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 3/5 Price: Dhs78 Le Mridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina, daily 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 3993333. lemeridien-minaseyahi.com


The Irish Village

The British Kitchen

Fresh sh is the name of the game here theres nothing frozen along with crispy batter, seriously large chunky chips and a delicious portion of mushy peas. e homemade tartar sauce is a nice touch, but the authentic pickled onions are the real winner. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 3/5 Extras: 4/5: Price: Dhs55 Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, daily 11.30am to midnight. Tel: (04) 3468190

e IV, as it is a ectionately known, has a reputation for serving good pub grub, and this large piece of cod, perfectly cooked and not overpowered by the batter, does nothing to harm it. Served with traditional sides of mushy peas, tartar sauce and chunky chips this is de nitely one of our favourites. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 4/5 Price: Dhs60 The Aviation Club, Garhoud, Sat to Wed 11am to 1am, Thurs to Fri 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 2824750. irishvillage.ae

Left Bank

Le Banks demure alternative is mini sh n chips. e basket of goujon-ish battered morsels, with just the right amount of coarse

The Plaice

London Fish n Chips

steaming cod in rm, crunchy batter, served with thick cut chips, a tart tartar sauce and magni cent mushy peas packed with plenty of avour. ese are not just crushed peas; a combination of stock and a hint of malt vinegar li them above your average bland slop. Fish: 5/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 5/5 Price: Dhs115 Le Royal Mridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina, Tue to Sun 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3995555

Jones the Grocer The Gramercy

e Gramercy may be a New York-inspired bar, but it also does British very well. Served on a rustic chopping board, the sh n chips is a dish of epic proportions; four pieces of succulent hake encased in light, crisp batter, shoe-string fries, tartar sauce, a generous pot of vibrant mushy peas, half a lemon and all the condiments you desire. Big enough to share or induce a food coma in a solo diner, its lick-smackingly good. Fish: 5/5 Chips: 3/5 Extras: 4/5 Price: Dhs90 Building 3, DIFC, noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 4377511. thegramercybar.com

tartar sauce, is not for serious sh n chip lovers, but it will satisfy a light craving, and goes well with a beer. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 3/5 Extras: 4/5 Price: Dhs45 Souk Al Bahar, Downtown, Burj Khalifa, open daily noon to 1.30am. Tel: (04) 3686171


ree pieces of local sheri encased in a light, crunchy batter served on a wooden board with a good handful of chips. A ne rendering of a classic dish, and extra marks for using a sustainable sh. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 4/5 Price: Dhs49 Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Times Square, daily 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3466886. jonesthegrocer.com

Despite not being set amidst the rolling hills of its namesake (the English county of Somerset), a er sampling its sh n chips, you would be forgiven for feeling a little homesick even if youre not British. e hammour is spot on and the mushy peas with thyme and mint are a real treat. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 3/5 Extras: 5/5 Price: Dhs70 Mvenpick Hotel, Oud Metha, daily noon to 3am. Tel: (04) 3366000

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Dubais newest, and busiest, Irish pub sticks to the tried and trusted pub grub mantra when it comes to this bar food staple go large. Two whopping great hunks of sh are served up with equally massive chips (a lot of spuds, according to Chef John) alongside a generous helping of mushy peas. Wash it down with a few jars of the black stu . Fish: 4/5 Chips: 5/5 Extras: 4/5 Price: Dhs68 Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, daily 12.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3560000

The Ivy

is is a gargantuan piece of sh, not to be ordered unless youre psyched up for a proper meal theres nothing sadder than a half devoured plate of sh n chips, especially when youve paid Dhs125 for it. e batter was respectable, the thick cut fries were full of avour, while the mushy peas were nicely seasoned and the tartar sauce was spot on. Fish: 5/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 4/5 Price: Dhs125 The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, daily noon to 3.30pm, 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3198767. theivy.ae

More is known for robust food from almost every continent. e sh n chips is a reliable choice; two decent sized llets, milky white and tender, in a batter that has the right amount of crunch without sending shards ying across the table the moment you stick your fork in. e chips are not chips, but wedges no skinny deep-fried nonsense here. e only drawback would be the lack of mushy peas. Instead, there is a bowl of green salad ne with a sarnie or a panini, but serving it with sh n chips is bordering on culinary crime. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 5/5 Extras: 3/5 Price: Dhs56 Various locations. Tel: (04) 3234350

The Wharf

Rivington Grill

Nautical names lead you to expect a top-class sh thankfully the Scottish haddock does not disappoint. e thick cut chips and tangy tartar sauce were proper dock food as well. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 4/5 Price: Dhs90 Madinat Jumeirah, Sat to Thurs 7pm to 11.30pm, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 43666730.


If the secret to a good sh n chips is the batter, then the Riv is certainly in possession of that secret. e batter for the haddock is made with Kentish Spit re ale (just as it should be), and the chips and mushy pea and mint sauces are handmade every morning. e real deal, no question. Fish: 4/5 Chips: 4/5 Extras: 5/5 Price: Dhs115 Souk Al Bahar, Downtown, Burj Khalifa, daily noon to 11pm. Dhs115. Tel: (04) 4230903

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Proving there is life after Oasis, Liam Gallagher hits the capital this month with new band, Beady Eye
When was the last time you got into a ght? Probably Munich [Liam was arrested at a Munich nightclub in 2002]. Im not a big ghter, man. I was sued for about 150,000 and I had to do a community service thing where you go and clean up and all that. I think they let me o if I signed a couple of records for the copper who I assaulted. I laugh at it now, but at the time it was heavy for everyone involved. As much as people go, Oh, it was their fault, Im telling you, mate, we were just having a time and something had gone on. It was just mucky, man. But no one died. When was the last time you walked out of a lm at the cinema? I havent done that. Ive fallen asleep in many of them, though. Last time was one of me kids ones that we went to. ere was one called Wall-E or something. About four hours long. Its like they gas you. Im just When was the last time you used the like that [pulls comatose pose], dribbling. words, Do you know who I am? I normally put the kids right in at the wall, Never, mate. I leave that up to our kid. get me head down, put my feet up and then Never, ever. You go to hell for doing stu like thats it. that, man. Not into any of that. Dont need to, to be quite honest. When was the last time someone was When was the last time rude to you? you were thrown out of I get it when I walk When was the last time you used public a hotel? across a zebra transport? Not for a long time crossing. ats We have a pair of tickets to Beady Eyes A long time ago. Me, Liam Howlett, Nat and now. One time, we your right of show at Flash Forum to give away. Nic [Appleton] were going to the pub, and were in Manchester way, eh? ere For your chance to win, simply email we just thought, Oh **** it, well jump on a with [Lemonheads was this taxi WinWithWhatsOn@motivate.ae with bus. I had a good time, actually. I couldve frontman] Evan driver once, Beady Eye in the subject line and the stayed on it forever. Its great. I dont know Dando, and I just turned answer to the following question: what everyones moaning about. remember getting round and Which of these is an album by Oasis? thrown out then. Cant said, Youre a) Almost Certainly When was the last time you told a lie? remember what over, welcome. b) Probably Isnt Just then! [Laughs] Nah, it might have been at but we got launched out. c) De nitely Maybe the US Embassy this morning. But I wont tell I got asked to leave Soho When was the last you about what, because itll get me in ****. House one night. is geezer time you thought come over and said, [whispers] about death? When was the last time you swore at the Excuse me, I think youre going to I dont think about death. Nah, telly? have to leave. I said, [whispers] Alright. So man. I mean, its going happen, isnt it, eh? is morning, watching [Jerry SpringerI le . Which was good. Because it was full of But, you know, think about it then. Just esque UK chat show] Jeremy Kyle. Just going, ***** in there. before it happens. You ******. I mean, I like him and that, but I bet hes a right ****. When was the last time you asked What is the last thing youd do if the someone for their autograph? world was ending? What was the last book you read? Never done it. Its a waste of time. I mean, I Youd have to just go and grab your kids and I dont read books. e last one was e understand people doing it and that. But you your missus and have a super-cuddle. Beatles one [Richard DiLellos e Longest end up losing it. A piece of paper. I dont want Cocktail Party about Apple Records, which is someones signature on a cigarette box. I dont Sept 16, Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, being made into a lm produced by Liam]. mind giving them. Takes two seconds, man. If 8pm, Dhs295 to Dhs495. Tel: (800) 35274. Derek Taylor [late Beatles publicist] was a it makes their day and all that. beadyeyemusic.com dude. Hes up there with Lennon. e lm script is done. Its going to blow peoples minds, man. Im just waiting to nd out when we choose the actors. I want Johnny Depp to play Derek Taylor. Its got Johnny Depp written all over it, man.

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Cowboys & Aliens

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Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Joe Johnston (director) Avenge. A wannabe Second World War solider (Evans), barred from enlisting on health grounds, tested an experimental supersolider serum. It worked, and the Nazi enemy suddenly had a problem on its hands. Ignore the fact that its a rather imsy predecessor to next years e Avengers, and enjoy a classic Marvel hero in a well-observed period setting. Any of the other pre-Avengers blockbusters weve seen recently namely the Iron Man and Incredible Hulk CGI-fests with which this has much in common. Rather than use a skinny body double for Evans in the pre-serum shots, the lm-makers decided to digitally erase the actors bulkier bits, then ll in the background around him. Never really breaks a sweat, but the shield remains iconic. Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau (director) First contact. Last stand. An outlaw awoke in a New Mexico desert, 1873, with no memory of getting there. His abductors then tracked him to a nearby town at which point the situation became all too apparent Not merely suspend your disbelief, but lasso it, hogtie it, throw it over the haunches of a bucking colt and send it galloping o towards the sunset. Extra-terrestrial invasion icks that avoid giving the antagonists any detectable hint of empathy or personality think Independence Day, rather than District 9. Director Favreau held his ground in the face of considerable pressure to shoot in pointless 3D, insisting that Westerns only worked if done on proper lm. Respect. De antly da , but dodges a bullet by being played straight.

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Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Will Gluck (director) Friendship is a four-letter word. An LA guy was head-hunted for a NYC job, and sparks soon ew with his recruiter. Predictably, their simple commitment-free deal soon took a turn for the complex. Be pleasantly surprised that Timberlake and Kunis both of whom are clearly capable, but come with patchy CVs appear to have found their niche. Quick- re urban romcoms with a salty edge, in the familiar mould of e Proposal, Knocked Up, and the near-identical No Strings Attached. Despite looking luminous in Get Over It and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Kunis is arguably best known for voicing Meg Gri n in the hit animated series Family Guy. Smartly self-aware, but proves that risqu doesnt equal refreshing.








The Smurfs

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Conan The Barbarian

Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Marcus Nispel (director) Enter an age undreamed of. A big sweaty guy with a shortage of modest clothing saw his tribe destroyed by an evil warlord. Embracing the feral warrior lifestyle, he resolves to track and confront his mystical nemesis. See the 1980s trash classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger given a new spin this is pointedly not a remake in todays obligatory 3D glory. Well, despite this showcase for Momoas muscle-bound manliness attempting to distance itself from the previous Arnie vehicles, theyd be the obvious place to start. Our heros equally bruising father is played by Perlman, who has form with Conans voyages he voiced the barbarian himself in a well-received 2007 video game. Grunting sorcery slasher just avoids falling on its own sword.

The Smurfs
Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofa Vergara, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Raja Gosnell (director) Where the smurf are we? An incident at the Smurf s Blue Moon Festival led to the bite-size blue Belgians falling through a portal into modern New York, pursued by villain Gargamel and his cat, Azrael. Disengage your brain, engage your inner child, and then watch countless elements from better family lms rehashed into a wellmeaning, but messy, romp. Other out-of-place-critter CGI yarns such as Ratatouille, Over e Hedge, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc all of which, alas, are considerably better. Director Raja Gosnell is clearly something of a Hanna-Barbera fanboy he also directed ScoobyDoo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Harris is solid, but everything else leaves us pretty blue.

Rise Of The Planet Final Of The Apes Destination 5

James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, Rupert Wyatt (director) Evolution becomes revolution. Drug trials on chimpanzees gave them huge intelligence boosts, but produced a virus fatal to humans. e apes made for the forest as their captors society began to collapse. Witness that all-too-rare phenomenon, a humans vs. nonhumans lm in which were shown to be the nave aggressors whose arrogance is our downfall. Obviously itll help if you enjoyed any of the other entries in the Planet Of e Apes series, but fans of motion capture poster boy Serkis are also in for a real treat. is franchise reboot is absolutely groaning with references to the earlier lms most obviously in the many character names and nicknames that, er, ape the 1968 original. An absorbing, resonant tale boosted by stunning CGI. Monkey see... Nicholas DAgosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Steven Quale (director) Death has never been closer. A er a spooky premonition, a man coaxed several co-workers o a bus, which was promptly destroyed by a bridge collapse. It didnt turn out to be that lucky an escape. Watch people meet increasingly sticky ends, with all the grinding inevitability that the Final Destination franchise has built its (puzzling) fanbase on. e previous four Final Destination lms. ( e latter was somewhat cheekily titled e Final Destination, which now looks like a broken promise more than anything.) All predecessors to this rst IMAX installment were released at three-year intervals, but its only been two years this time so the franchise is getting bigger and faster. Increasingly contrived deaths mean that chills take a back seat.



If you're the keen foodies that I know you are, you will already have cast your line into our sh 'n' chips: tested feature and discovered, to your unfettered delight, that the UAE's culinary sea is swimming with a promising catch of cafs, bars, pubs, restaurants and takeaways committed to the classic British dish. Is there anything more pleasing than a newspaper parcel wrapped around a piece of soft sh, encased in light, crispy batter (preferably spiked with beer so the bubbles add that extra crunch and lightness), thick cut chips perhaps a little soggy with vinegar and a serving of mushy peas? No, there isn't. And we tasted some pretty decent renderings on our travels around the UAE, I can tell you. But there was one problem. Something that really irked us. What, you might ask, left us so disgruntled? Well, I'll tell you. It is the unforgivable and all too common use of unsustainable local sh notably hammour. We can just about forgive imported international brands using cod (although we shouldn't really), but there is no excuse for serving the severely over shed hammour. There are plenty of alternatives gliding through the waters of the Arabian Gulf, yet only one restaurant we visited attempts to educate the masses by serving sustainable breeds. So next time you see hammour on a menu, refuse to eat it and explain why. Visit choosewisely.ae for a list of sustainable local sh. OK, enough of that, this month we bring you our verdict on new menus at Bord Eau and Caf Chic (p32), words from the Desert Islands Resort & Spa's salt sommelier (p33), the new Mad Men lunch at Ruth's Chris Steak House, railway-themed burger joint Grand Central (p35), The Critic's homage to the bu et and new Indian restaurant Mahec. And last, but by no means least, voting opens for the What's On Awards 2011, so head over to whatsonawards.com. Tuck in. Gareth Rees, Features & Food Editor

Bord Eau
Will an update to the capitals nest French cuisine continue to provide that je ne sais quoi?
While it wouldnt exactly be entering the realms of journalistic genius to roll out countless clichs about the French and their much-celebrated cuisine, there is an amount of acknowledged truth behind such stereotypes. Bord Eau doesnt do much to alter the general view of Gallic haute cuisine, but the kitchen is blessed with an inventiveness that ensures theres rarely a dull culinary moment within the Shangri-La agships small-yet-stately walls. Cocooned in an interior worthy of a high fallutin Parisian restaurant, this is the closest youll get to the city without hopping on a 767. An inventive overhaul of a menu that has already consistently pushed Bord Eau toward the pinnacle of Abu Dhabi eating, then, is an event that demands breaking out the fancy cutlery. Immaculately presented evidence of Bord Eaus dedication to ne dining arrived immediately as we sampled a dish of seared foie gras with cherry marmalade, asparagus and socca (a thin chickpea crepe) served as a pre-appetiser, it combined fruity beauty with the familiar, full French avours. eres a real possibility of foie gras overload (surprise, surprise), with slivers of rich goose liver sandwiching mi cuit of tuna (which roughly translates to part cooked). ose worries are eased from the mind thanks to the shs meaty thwack and lobster civet. Still, with generous tru e shavings and a rich foie gras and tru e sauce, gout was becoming a genuine fear. When our venison arrived, mercifully, our veins were allowed a temporary reprieve. e satisfyingly sized serving was far from overawing, but the light accompaniment was a masterstroke. Dainty cylinders of salsify (a turnip-like root vegetable) were in nitely

so er than any potato-based alternative, while maintaining su cient bite to compete with the tender, lean esh. And the combination of carrot mash, clove sauce and agrumes (citrus) emulsion work in perfect harmony. To nish, the chocolate sou with vanilla ice cream could, in less skilled hands, lend a predictable conclusion to an otherwise imaginative evenings dining. Not at Bord Eau, however: an orangey infusion of Grand Marnier liquor kept our taste buds dancing to the very last. If there was ever any danger of French cuisine becoming pass, Bord Eau foresees the trouble and heads it o with ardent attention to detail.

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Location: Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri, Between The Bridges, Abu Dhabi Tel: (02) 5098888 Web: shangri-la.com Open: 7pm to 11.30pm Cuisine type: French Must eat: venison with salsify, carrot mash, clove sauce and agrumes emulsion Bill for two: Dhs940, without wine

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Caf Chic
With a new chef and a new menu, has Le Mridien Dubais French restaurant upped its game?
could have done with crisping up under the grill, came with a deliciously thick, rich blend of wild mushrooms and puy lentils, a few lines of pommes pure and a Madeira jus. To say this dish was confused is to put it mildly. e cod and the jus were completely overpowered by the mushrooms and lentils, and the dish was displayed in the shape of a house. ats right. A house. Some might regard it as playful, but it was a step too far in our book. More impressive was a black angus steak, topped with mushroom gratin and served with potato fondant and creamed spinach. Unfortunately, the spinach was horribly bitter. e kitchen found its form again with a chocolate sou so naughty it deserved to be spanked and sent to bed early with no supper. A mass of chocolate, which should have been too much for anyone but wasnt. A lovely chocolate tart cleverly combined with a ai basil ice cream was also worth a round of applause. eres certainly enough skill at Caf Chic to warrant a visit, but the price tag might be a little high, and the kitchen could do with suppressing its childish side just a smidgen.

A taste of things to come

There are new restaurants galore this month
MONTE CARLO BEACH CLUB Change is a-coming to the capitals culinary landscape, as the Monte Carlo Beach Club becomes the rst property to open on Saadiyat Island. Armed with four brand new restaurants the Sea Lounge, Le Deck, Bubbles and Library Lounge there will be more than enough for its paid up members. Monte Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. montecarlobeachclub.ae VOI Fusion cuisine can be a tricky business, but were hoping it wont be a problem when Zabeel Sarays new ne dining restaurant, Voi, opens its doors on September 22. It shouldnt be, because the cuisines involved were rst fused during 1920s French Colonial era. Expect our verdict soon. Voi, Zabeel Saray Hotel, The Palm, Crescent Road (West), Dubai. Tel: (04) 4530444. jumeirah.com NARA CAF In the UAE, new shisha caf openings are as common as 40-degree heat and abysmal road etiquette but, like the seemingly endless variety of shisha avours, they can all have subtle di erences. Nara Caf, on Sheikh Zayed Road, is a new late night caf from the people behind Caramel at DIFC, o ering a variety of shisha, serving a light Arabic menu and showing sports, with an emphasis on football. Indigo Building 3, Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 7pm to 3am. Tel: (800) 62722233

We reviewed the new lunch menu at Caf Chic back in June, and the recently arrived chef de cuisine, Etienne Truter, and his team showed enough promise to tempt us back for dinner. Depending on your geographical perspective, Caf Chic is not in a prime spot. OK, its minutes from the airport, so the hotel is popular with tourists, providing a fair helping of inhouse clientele. But, unless you are a resident of Garhoud, Mirdif, or perhaps Deira, its unlikely youre going to nd yourself in the vicinity of Caf Chic. A pity, because its a ne spot for lunch. On the other hand, some will probably be willing to travel for their dinner. And Caf Chic might just be worth the journey. We couldnt resist the Mystery Basket, because it sounded, erm, well, mysterious. And we do love to be surprised. You will receive ve courses comprised of vegetables displayed in a wicker basket shown to you beforehand. ough it is an intriguing concept, the execution le it poised on the precipice of being gimmicky it didnt really deliver. e basket contained only vegetables, and nothing was said of their provenance. And almost all of the dishes featured on the menu, so there were no huge surprises. Using local vegetables, and sh come to think of it, to produce daily specials would make the idea truly unique. Having said that, dinner started well, with an amuse bouche of warm, buttery scrambled egg

served in a hollow eggshell with salty-sweet crabmeat and tru e shavings. If we could eat it for breakfast every day, we would. Second course a pleasing pair of soups. A palate cleansing beetroot and tomato gazpacho with rm parcels of cannelloni encasing so crab, scoops of sweet melon and a micro herb salad; and a more warming asparagus with just-right scallops and a couple of creamy, orange quenelles (one dish thats not on the regular menu). A foie gras and chicken terrine with pineapple chutney and pistachio brioche was nice enough, though a bit heavy for a ve-course menu. But a beef Nioise salad, an interesting take on the French classic, was the star dish. Cutting through the gooey quail eggs, allowing the yolks to mingle with the salty anchovy dressing and coat the peppery beef carpaccio, ratte potato, olives and crunchy French beans was a heavenly experience, and it was one of the most beautiful dishes weve seen in a long time a perfect combination of colours and textures. A dish of overcooked cod, topped with a herb lattice that

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Location: Le Mridien Dubai, Airport Road, Dubai Tel: (04) 2170000 Web: diningatmeridiendubai. com Open: lunch 12.30pm to 2.45pm, dinner 7pm to 11pm Cuisine type: European Must eat: Black angus beef Nioise Bill for two: Dhs790

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Salt of the earth

Wine or cheese experts are commonplace, but what on earth is a salt sommelier? Damynfu (Dams) Dato-On, the new salt guru at Desert Islands Resort & Spas seafood restaurant, Samak, explains
What is a salt sommelier? A salt sommelier is basically the same as any other sommelier. We are passionate and knowledgeable about the product. In the same way that people are interested in how di erent wines enhance di erent foods, salt has always intrigued me. What is your role at the restaurant? I approach guests with our salt trolley displaying the seven kinds available and I explain the concept and the history, before suggesting speci c salts to best suit items on the menu. e salts that will help enhance the avours of their food. Isnt salt bad for you? Salt can only be consumed in small doses. It has nutritional value, but doesnt make food any healthier. But every great dish deserves the perfect salt.

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Hawaiian sea salt is wonderful for roasting and grilling meats. Its traditional seasoning for native Hawaiian dishes. The food match at Samak is salmon tartare, grilled salmon or grilled calamari. Hickory smoke is synonymous with southern cooking, and Durango hickory smoked sea salt works magic with ribs, burgers, red meat, turkey and chicken. Our recommended dishes are any meat and poultry items. Fumee de sel from France is an exquisite salt for tuna carpaccio, Thai sh cakes and grilled tuna. Its crystals are gently smoked with oak wine barrels used for years to age ne chardonnay wine. Peruvian pink salt has a strong avour and is great seasoning for seafood risotto or vegetarian dishes.

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Sel Gris grey sea salt is great for baking and cooking, or to add crunch to your favourite dish. Try on Thai shrimp salad, red Thai curry prawns or crab. Used as nishing salt, Bolivian sea salt is wonderful for cooking and preparing soups and sauces, and is also great for roasting white or red meat, and sh. Our recommended dishes are seafood soup and grilled fresh sh. Flower of Bali tropical sea salt, for our mussel hot pot and grilled lobster, is a unique nishing salt. It is 100 per cent hand-harvested, only available in limited quantities and wonderful to top o vegetables and seafood. Samak, Desert Islands Resort & Spa, Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (02) 8015400. desertislands.anantara.com

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On the menu
Whats new in the world of food this month?
FIVE STAR LUNCH Fancy some ne dining on a Friday, as opposed to the traditional, slightly out of hand, brunch? Re ets is o ering four courses of its highest quality dishes to tempt you away from the run-of-the-mill bu ets and into its Michelindaubed embrace. And from only Dhs250 for what is really superior food, its a bit of a steal. From Sept 2, Reets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, noon to 2pm, Dhs390, Dhs250 without alcohol. Tel: (04) 7011127 RE OPENING The InterCon's Italian restaurant, Boccaccio, has brought onboard sous chef Federica Piccioni, and with her arrival has revamped its menu to include some promising dishes such as spinach gnocchi with crab and warm chocolate cake with chilli and mousse. Boccaccio, InterContinental Hotel, Bainouna Street, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6666888. ichotelgroup.com MOVING TEA Yum Cha, formerly the bustling Saturday brunch at The Westin, has moved to Fridays at Waves at Le Mridien Mina Seyahi. Have no fear, it has lost none of its air you can still expect to be wowed by the Chinese lion dancers and acrobats. Yum Cha at Waves, Le Mridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299, Dhs99 with soft drinks. Tel: (04) 3993333 MASTER CHEF The Yacht Club welcomes Thai Chef Ian Kittichai between September 14 and 16. Kittichai will head up dinner service, with a cooking class (Dhs215) thrown in for good measure. Sept 14 to 16, The Yacht Club, InterContinental Hotel, Bainouna Street, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0800) 423463. ichotelsgroup.com 34 WHATS ON SEPTEMBER 2011

Ruths Chris Steak House

Will Ruths Chris new Mad Men business lunch prove as popular as the television show?
Businesses lunches are a big hit in the UAE. Matthew Weiners AMC hit, set in the fast-paced world of 1960s advertising, is an even bigger smash the world over. So combining the two seems like a dream ticket. A guaranteed success. But hang on a cotton-picking minute, were huge fans of Mad Men a neatly folded pocket squares width away from obsessive, truth be told and we dont recall all that many lunches that involved imbibing anything other than whisky or martinis. So is this just a cynical attempt to cash in on a popular television series. Well, of course it is, but who can blame em, eh? A er all, Ruths Chris cocktail man, Murphee Evangelista, does whip up a ne dry gin martini, it is an American steakhouse so you could easily imagine Don Draper and Roger Sterling at least ordering lunch at Ruths Chris, even if the copious smokes and shorts drowned their appetites. And businessmen and creatives across the city will enjoy imagining themselves as highying, sharp suited ad men while tucking into their lunchtime burger. So, everyones happy. In fact, Mad Men a cionados that we are, we were quite excited. At Dhs99 for three courses at a Whats On Award-winning steakhouse, the Mad Men menu is the kind of bargain pennypinching British accounts man Lane Pryce would be happy to receive an expenses claim for. And the kitchen, headed up by chef Paul De Visser not

shy of a turn on the goggle box himself, as his regular Dubai One appearances attest does not disappoint. From a list of three starters, which also included a salad and a seafood gumbo, we opted for an onion soup au gratin. A bistro staple, it was, as expected, a bowl of steaming broth, thick with onions, sitting beneath a lid of toast and cheese. Not even the exacting Don Draper would complain about such a homely dish. Beef carpaccio, salmon, barbecue shrimp and a chicken sandwich all auditioned for the main show, but the burger wins every time. Like the soup, it was served without fuss no messing about, no exotic extras and was all the better for it. Cooked to our liking and accompanied by a simple mixed salad and a bowl of crunchy fries, it is sure to be a favourite. A couple of scoops of sweet vanilla ice cream to close out the deal, and we were done. Now, it must be Martini oclock, surely?

Need to know
Location: The Monarch Hotel Dubai, One Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Tel: (04) 45018666 Web: ruthschris.ae Open: Sun to Thurs noon to 3pm Cuisine type: steakhouse Must eat: burger Bill for two: Dhs198

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Grand Central
WHAT? Grand Central WHERE? Nestled a few strides from the National Bank Of Abu Dhabi, behind Muroor and 15th Streets, the surrounding area nearby mosque included doesnt necessarily scream open eccentric burger bar here. But Grand Central is a law unto itself, boasting an American railroad theme, replete with wooden signal box exterior and interior. The endearing railway dcor is all encompassing, from red, amber and green signal light graphics on the takeaway bags, to a model locomotive clickety-clacking around a ledge inside the building. THE BURGERS ARE They have a homemade quality about them. Eschewing the temptation to use frozen patties, all of Grand Centrals food is freshly prepared. The freerange wagyu beef burger (Dhs30, or Dhs35 with cheese) is far from a soggy whopper. Its not huge, but with chopped, instead of sliced, tomato and a wholewheat bun, the old qualityover-quantity argument wins out. AND THE FRIES? There are two options: keep it simple with skinny Metro Fries (Dhs10) or switch things up with sweet potato South Station Fries (Dhs15). Opt for the latter and you will be rewarded with a decent helping of crispy, cooked-through chips that at least feel healthier than regular spud alternatives. ANY MILKSHAKES? You betcha. At a competitive Dhs20, theyre thick enough that you'll need to stir the nal dregs of ice cream just to force it through your straw. Cho-chochoose (sorry) from old favourites vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. FINAL VERDICT: Though the indoor area, with a handful of counter seats, isnt much beyond a serving counter, the cute fenced outside dining area evoking a Railway Children-era station caf should come into its own post-summer. As burger bars go, with delivery, takeaway and eat-in options, Grand Central is just the ticket. Grand Central, behind Muroor Street and 15th Street, Abu Dhabi, midday to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 6426499. grandcentral.ae



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greasy tongs and mucky spoons. And they span the entire gamut, from the absolutely sumptuous, to the unspeakably drab. Staggering away from your nal Id always associated bu ets i ar blowout, you probably with family weddings. Little thought enough was enough mounds of sandwiches cut into you dont want to see another quarters, sausages on sticks, bu et again. But you will. Sooner pineapple and cheese. A bit of than you expect. Youll experience quiche. All that changed when that Friday twinge, which usually I saw my rst ever bu et in grabs your subconscious by Dubai the legendary Al Qasr the throat in the early hours of Friday brunch. the morning while youre still I had to catch my breath on the asleep, pins it against the wall stairs. I saw what looked like a pile and demands a massive brunch, of toddlers arms weightli ing starting no later than noon. toddlers at that. But by the time Well, youre in luck. e UAE is I reached my table I could see it a world-beater when it comes to was just a mountain of enormous the bu et. Not just for Ramadan or jumbo shrimps you know, the Friday brunches, but every day of kind of jumbo shrimps that tell the week. Right now, somewhere sharks what they can and cant do. in this city, theres a line of tables ey were part of a naval eet of loaded with steaming bain maries, intimidating lobsters, hard-looking

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langoustine, no-nonsense crabs and an armada of oysters that could wrap up a maritime con ict in minutes. If the World Wildlife Fund wanted to know where all the planets marine life had disappeared to, they only had to sni around Jumeirah for the answer. ere were more dishes and live cooking stations than there were people. But that didnt stop them displaying the classic psychological signs of a bu et crowd. A behavioural scientists dream. e quickening pulse. e widening eyes. e jostling at the foie gras station. e barely concealed whi of borderline desperation that one might miss out on a barbecue chicken wing. It doesnt matter how lavish or expensive the bu et is, its always two stages of panic away from a full-blown riot.

Which brings me to a famous Dubai bu et a few years ago in Zabeel Park, which must rank as the closest thing the emirate has seen to an uprising. e Orwellian-sounding Bu et 101 event was billed as the worlds largest bu et, with 501 dishes in total, arranged in the shape of the Palm Jumeirah. No, really. It went on all day. e rows of cha ng dishes looked like a car park full of Volkswagen Beetles, their roofs peeled back to reveal cowpats of congealed curries, withering vegetables and exhausted desserts. My friend was sick behind a towering bin of rubbish a er half an hour. And then there was an announcement that the bu et would end in 15 minutes. Hurry, hurry. A hooter sounded like an air raid siren. ere were scu es. Children cried. Words failed one man who let out a primeval grunt. As I watched I thought, whatever happens now, I had already seen the worlds best and worst bu ets right here in this city. I felt like Alexander e Great. Almost tearful at there being no worlds le to conquer. But deep down I knew an essential truth. Id soon be back among the bain maries. Jostling over the chicken wings. Long live the bu et.

e name, which stands for Modern Authentic Hindustani Evolved Cuisine, is horribly clunky, but this confused collection of catchall adjectives is just another instance of a concept becoming lost in translation. As common as sand here in the UAE. And who cares, anyway? We werent there to eat the name its the food were a er. e feasting started with an amuse bouche of tiny potato and chickpea chaat, and a delightful shot of orange and ginger with basil seeds, hinting that chef Bhat has learnt a thing or two about blending spices. A good start. And it doesnt stop there. e wonderfully presented and de ly cooked starters, including a tandoori charmoula prawn on a bed of spiced khichdi, mustard chicken tikka and a spinach and coconut samosa with dhokla chutney, each proudly aunts the restaurants modus operandi it is clever cooking. Your bellybloating local curry house, this is not. A common gripe with highbrow Indian restaurants is their tendency to avoid spicing up dishes lest they scare away their Western clientele a hurdle well dodged, as the food demonstrated an excellent use of spices that certainly warmed the roof of ones mouth, but seldom threatened to overpower the dishes. e main, a lamb chop biryani, sadly proved to be somewhat of a weak point. e meat, despite being perfectly cooked, lacked the clever juggling of avours that we had witnessed earlier in the meal. But the accompanying cucumber raita and creamy dal makhani were excellent (we even greedily ordered an extra bowl). Admittedly a little glum a er the main, the dubiously named chef s chocolate surprise dessert caught us completely o guard. An orb of chocolate alone on a plate didnt bode well, but a er having a warm pineapple sauce poured over, it burst open to reveal an impeccably light zabaglione (custard). Total bliss.

NEW in Town!

Does former Indego chef Bharath Bhat manage to do mentor Vineet Bhatia proud at Le Mridien Dubais new ne dining Indian?
Creating ne-dining Indian cuisine is a tough business either its too far removed from its roots, or people complain that they could eat the same thing at the takeaway down the road for a fraction of the price. Yet persuading people that Indian food can be both re ned and packed with avour is the, seemingly thankless, task chef Bharath Bhats at Le Mridien Dubais Mahec has taken on. ankless, that is, until you hear that Bharath has come straight from the kitchen of Indego by Vineet. Yes, thats right, Vineet Bhatia, the genius chef famed for combining European style sophistication with clever Indian spice combinations.

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Location: Mridien Village, Le Mridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud, Dubai Tel: (04) 7022615 Open: Lunch 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Sat to Wed 7pm to midnight, Thurs to Fri 7pm to 1am Cuisine type: Indian Must eat: Chefs surprise dessert Bill for two: Dhs600 (without alcohol)

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Erwin Olaf is one of Europes leading photographic artists. We caught up with the Dutch-born snapper as he was preparing to show for the rst time in the Middle East
You began as a photojournalist before developing your highly stylised signature technique. Does your early work continue to in uence you today? I started out as a photojournalist, but soon realised that I would be more satis ed if I could organise and control all the di erent elements in the photo. Even back then I would always very naturally try to make a beautiful or interesting composition, which is something that I still do today. I work very di erently now from my early photojournalist days, but the aim is still the same. Your images are very self-contained many of them feel very carefully staged, yet there is still a feeling of something else in them; a story beyond the tableau, perhaps a feeling of loss or even menace. Would you agree? Yes, I would agree with that. Usually I get an idea or feel I want to morph into a photograph or a photo series. e shadow or ghost of the original idea is still there in the photographs, even when the series has developed into an idea where the original mood or idea is not apparent. You have said that your early work taught you what does and does not attract attention. Has that in uenced your later work? In the beginning of my career I was not only trying to make good photographs, but also looking to get attention, trying to be acknowledged. Later in my career, a er all the recognition, and a er becoming older and wiser, I think [laughs], I feel less imposed to make loud statements. I prefer


a ected your work and the way you approach it? Part of it is physical: I am less able to work as hard and long as I did before, and if I do, the recovery takes longer. e other side of it is that I am more careful how I distribute my energy. I want to put most of my energy into my personal work, for that is most important, and less into projects that might be less inspiring. Its a disease that creeps into my whole life and being. But I am still able to have a wonderful life, and work and play. You have a reputation for controversy have you had to consider what youre celebration of life, di erences, tolerance, and going to show in the Emirates? How do beauty. at doesnt mean I dont feel the you think your work will be received? need to scream every now and then. We made the list of works together with How important is storytelling to you? the curator in Dubai, and it was di erent Its becoming less important. Over the from what I would have expected, but a course of my career I feel less and less very interesting collection. I dont know that I have to tell the whole story. It is also how it will be received I hope well. We important for the viewer to ll in their own came to Dubai through my gallery in the story and their own thoughts. I dont feel Netherlands, and I am very much looking the need to guide the onlooker as much as forward to the exhibition; its a completely before. I think that is also part of growing up di erent world from ours so I am anxious and being older, and also of the maturing of and curious to see what the reaction will be the audiences. to the work.


Five to see
Ten contemporary artists explore Mother India in all her colourful, chaotic glory, in a group show across XVAs DIFC and Bastakiya sites. Sept 21 to Oct 30, XVA Gallery DIFC, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC, o Zabeel Road, Dubai and XVA Bastakiya, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, free. Tel: (056) 1032766. xvagallery.com


China has been touted as one of the leading lights of the contemporary art movement for several years now. Find out why, at this group show, which features 25 multi-media works by eight of the countrys leading artists, including the controversial Gao Brothers. Sept 19 to Nov 12, Gallery Etemad, Unit B 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8 Al Quoz 1, Dubai, free. galleryetemad.com


Maastricht, Contemporary Istanbul, Art Hong Kong (bought recently by Art Basel) or, in the MENA region, Abu Dhabi Art, Art Dubai, and Art Marrakech, these fairs allow the galleries to compete more aggressively with the auction houses. E-retail in the art market kicked I have been travelling for the past o with the linking up of Sothebys month. In fact, as I pen these very and eBay in February 2002, only for words I have just arrived in France this collaboration to be cancelled from Morocco. So Im going to in May of the following year. But wrestle with two creations that span Sothebys online o ering was rebuilt the world. e internet and art fairs. later, and Christies followed, with e global economic downturn both houses now having a presence has seen the international art on the web, alongside their auctions, market adapt, with a new focus with live video links. on online business and art fairs. Galleries have developed webis fact is backed up by a recent based business to highlight what report from non-pro t dealers they have to o er, with pioneers in federation CINOA (Confdration the online art business being artnet. Internationale des Ngociants en com, mutialart.com and artfacts.net. Oeuvres dArt). ough there are more for display e sales split between auction and reference than actually e-retail. houses and galleries or dealers In 2011, the focus has been on was close to 50/50 in 2010 $21 online gallery sales through the billion by the auction houses and planned art.sy, paddle8.com and the $22 billion by dealers with the online fair vipartfair.com. top two to ve per cent of dealers e jury is out, as galleries believe accounting for well over half the such portals are better suited to value of total sales. lower priced works, but the CINOA For galleries, clients are driving report states that e-retails intake is this change by developing a loyalty expected to overtake o ine sales to fairs, rather than dealers the by 2020. It is clear that the internet market is becoming event driven. is going to play a big part in the art Whether its Art Basel, Frieze, markets future.

Art historian, dedicated collector and managing director of Dubais Meem Gallery Charles Pocock knows the UAE art scene like the back of a Picasso


Palestinian-Iraqi multi-media artist Sama Alshaibi plays with perceived gender roles within the Middle East in this, her rst solo exhibition in Dubai. The artist employs video, sculpture and photography to dexterous e ect. Alshaibi will be talking about her work at The Pavilion in Burj Khalifa on September 18. Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Unit 21, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3469906, free. lawrieshabibi.com


Green Art Gallery kicks o its new season programme with a new body of largescale paintings from the acclaimed Syrian expressionist painter. Bold and uncompromising. Sept 26 to Nov 10, Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3569305. gagallery.com


Carpets may seem an unlikely edition to the UAEs gallery space. However, as one of the most skilled of Middle Eastern crafts it seems tting to celebrate their delicacy and visual appeal, as this exhibition of Safavid carpets from 16th and 17th century Iran sets out to do. Sept 6 to Oct 30, Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC, of Zabeel Road, Dubai, free. Tel: (04) 3230303. farjamcollection.org


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Shop talk
Wardrobe woes
What are the key trends that I should be shopping for? And how can I adapt them for the UAE? Jess, JLT, Dubai The tux trend was one of the biggest hits at the A/ W11 shows. Ralph Lauren did my favourite version with a shrunken boy-style jacket. YSLs was very Bianca Jagger, with very little worn underneath. To make this look UAEappropriate, wear with a form- tting camisole underneath try Stella McCartney in Harvey Nichols lingerie department. And you can also beat the heat by investing in a sleeveless jacket Alexander Wangs double-breasted crepe blazer is available at net-a-porter.com now. Sarah Joan Ross is the Style Director for Emirates Woman. Sophia Serin is away.

The hottest news from the regions stores

On September 17, the Sheratons ballroom will be lled with clothes, furniture, toys and more, with all money raised donated to UNICEF. If you want to be a vendor, a table will cost Dhs250 (or Dhs200 if booked before September 8). Sheraton, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6773333. E-mail: martina.venus@sheraton.com.


The blog
Stuff magazine editor and blogger Tom Shambler talks timepieces
Say what you want about fashionable watches these days, but that strap on your wrist isnt just a means to not missing the morning metro. Consider, if you will, the incredible engineering that goes into making a tiny, wrist-mounted device that keeps time accurately to a few milliseconds. Its pretty amazing stu , which is why a dedicated watch snob wont think twice about spending $5,000 when looking for his next wrist-mounted work of art. Its all down to the movement, you see, the delicate balance of cogs, springs and tiny screws working in perfect harmony to achieve a singular goal: timekeeping accuracy. Of course, back when Patek Phillipe made the rst wrist watch in 1868, keeping perfect time was vital to ensure trains didnt collide and ships could navigate. ese days, we have computers to do that, meaning we can choose a watch for more self-indulgent reasons. Whats getting me hot under the horological collar at this precise minute is the Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS. It ticks all the right boxes chunky titanium casing and a superb movement that guarantees 1/10th second accuracy. Yes, its rather expensive $8,850 to be exact but watches can appreciate in value wildly over just a few years. is makes them a sound investment, as well the ultimate indulgence for men. Tom Shambler is the editor of Stu magazine. stu mideast.com


As much as we love The Dubai Mall, theres one oversight that has been driving us to distraction where can you buy CDs and DVDs? Panic not, as Virgin Megastore opens in the rst week of September, with all the latest releases, games, books and more, plus in-store events and activities throughout the month. Virgin Megastore, next to Kinokuniya, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 10am to 10pm

Shopping website www.markavip.com is an invite-only community, where members are privy to ash sales lasting up to three days. Youll have to be referred by a friend or approved via the website to get access to the designer discounts (think 85 per cent o Burberry or a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors marked down to Dhs147), but once given the nod you can go crazy on slashed price clothes, accessories, electronics and homewares, all from the comfort of your laptop. markavip.com



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Simon Parton of top tailor Logsdail of London tells us how to perfect The Flute

Place the handerkerchief on a at surface, pinch it in the middle and lift it up

Create a ring below the pinch, pull down to create a ' ute' and turn upside down

Fold in half and tuck into the pocket, with 1.5 inches visible. Adjust as desired


Get personal
No longer the domain of the super-wealthy, personal shopping is available to us all often for free. With the autumn/winter season approaching, its time to call in the professionals


e department stores where youll nd savvy shoppers on hand to help


Clueless about colour? Confused by cut? Sartorially stumped? Going back to basics is the best way to edit your wardrobe and prevent regrettable purchases


Cost: Free What does it involve? An in-depth chat to establish tastes, size and requirements, so the personal shopper can start pulling items to bring to you. Sometimes customers will walk the shop oor with them to point out pieces. How long as does it take? As long as it takes; anything from 15 minutes to nd a dress to a full day for a whole new look. What should you wear? Something comfortable, and bring any items, or colours, that youre looking to match. What brands are on o er? Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent, Agns B, McQ, Jenny Packham the list goes on. Any added extras? So drinks, individual lounges for men and women with TVs, and speci c shoppers available upon request. At Your Service, Bloomingdales, The Dubai Mall, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3505111


Cost: Free What does it involve? Discussing lifestyle, requirements and current style, plus colours, body shape and any pet peeves to nd attering garments that t in with your existing wardrobe. How long does it take? ere isnt a speci c time frame, with sessions taking as long as is needed. What should you wear? Something that re ects your day-to-day look. What brands are on o er? Slick designerwear including Elie Saab, Preen, Paul & Joe, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford. Any added extras? Youll be o ered refreshments, co ee, tea and food upon arrival. ere is a parking space allocated for Boutique 1s clients in JBR at the VIP entrance. e team is also available for home service when they can create a wardrobe and take it to you. Boutique 1, various branches, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4483400. privateshopping@boutique1.com



Cost: Free What does it involve? Identifying your body type, choosing cuts and fabrics, talking through how to combine clothes and accessories and getting to know your favourite styles and brands. How long does it take? e rst visit is usually around three hours. What should you bring? Wear something comfortable and bring along any accessories, or shoes to coordinate with your new out ts. Which brands are on o er? All the highend labels, from the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren. Any added extras? Male and female departments, free tea and co ee, and parking for up to four hours. Harvey Nichols, Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4098833


Take a personal shopper with you, so you can browse more stores with an expert on hand


Personal shopper, stylist and Reiss brand ambassador Step one: The style consultation An appointment in your own home allows Kelly to go through your wardrobe to identify whats needed, plus nd out more about your tastes. A shopping list is then devised. Dhs800, or Dhs1,000 if in Abu Dhabi, for three to four hours. Step two: The shopping Visit your favourite stores, venture into new shops or go to the tailor for custom pieces, with Kelly advising. Dhs450 per hour or Dhs2,700 for seven hours. Tel: (050) 962296. shop@divine.ae. divine.ae

Why? You may have unwittingly gone through your life wearing colours that do you no favours, choosing un attering hemlines and coordinating out ts with the skill of a chimp. After all, as Clairee in Steel Magnolias says The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorise. Which is why House of Colour is on hand to help you pick pieces to transform you from dowdy to dazzling. How? A three-hour consultation can be done either alone or with friends, and involves an in-depth discussion with consultant Janet Small to nd out your requirements, tastes and concerns. The majority of your appointment will be spent in front of a mirror, with various swathes of fabric placed next to your face to determine which season you are. Your skin tone will either be blue or yellow based, with two seasons for each type. Its not as simple as blondes are summer and brunettes are autumn, so forget any preconceived ideas you may have about what suits you; the exercise is about looking at your face and what e ect di erent colours have, rather than what you like. Some shades can make you look slimmer, with an even skin tone, while others might create a rounder face with a grubby appearance. Nice. Once Janet has worked out your season, youre introduced to your colour palette, with recommendations made for di erent pieces of clothing, makeup and accessories. Youll leave with a folder full of colour swatches and tailor-made advice. The bad news? Half your wardrobe (and even your jewellery) might have to be given away. The good news? Its time to go shopping. House Of Colour, Arabian Ranches, Dubai, Dhs700. Tel: (050) 2420443





News, reviews, giveaways and more from the world of well-being

Body talk
NEWS FLASH POWER WATER UAE Sadly, both the bottled and tap water in the

can be lacking in essential minerals to keep us properly hydrated, but rather than splashing out on isotonic sports drinks, were now adding colourless concentrate Elete Electrolytes to our drinking water, food and even cosmetics, which contains naturally occurring salts and electrolytes. One small bottle (Dhs45) is enough to make ten litres of super-charged uid (with no di erence to taste) and has been given to construction workers in Dubai over the hot summer, as well as athletes, cabin crew and diabetics. We recommend it for working out, as well as part of your recovery from a heavy night out. A gym kit and handbag essential. Organic Foods & Caf, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, Dhs45. eletewater.ae

DIFC dwellers and workers should keep their eyes peeled for the latest tness and wellness centre to open. U Concept will o er a health club, training, nutrition, retail, a spa and even at-home services. Due to open in September, this slick space will be the go-to gym for burning o all those long lunches at La Petite Maison. uconcept6.com


Beauty dilemma
Q. Ive recently become sensitive to chemicals in even the gentlest beauty products can you recommend some recipes for making my own at home? A. Head to the supermarket, not the pharmacy. Keep it natural and cheap with a soothing face mask of equal parts honey and natural yoghurt (not a Muller Corner), add half a cup of coconut milk and half a cup of rose petals to your bath for extra hydration and try a scrub of cornmeal (four tablespoons) and half an orange, mixed into paste. For more ideas, check out A Green Guide To Natural Beauty, Dhs56, from amazon.co.uk

Fitness fix

If youre getting hot and bothered over Bikram yoga, then its time to sign up to Club Stretchs new challenge; Dhs630 for 30 classes in 30 days. Miss a session? Just double up the next day (gulp). There are prizes to be won should you complete the month-long body blitz. Club Stretch, Mind Road, Satwa, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3452131. clubstretch.ae


Hip brand Kiehls has teamed up with arty types from the Middle East and the Make A Wish Foundation to create a limited edition 500ml body cream, with all proceeds going to help grant the wishes of terminally ill children. Four women, including architect Zaha Hadid and fashion designer Ayesha Depala, have been commissioned to create labels for the luxury product, so you can add a touch of culture and charity to your bathroom shelves. Bloomingdale's, The Dubai Mall and Harvey Nichols, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, Dhs300 for 500ml. kiehls.com

Sadly, exercise and anti-cellulite massages can only do so much. Sometimes, super strong pantyhose are the sole solution. The saving grace of many a woman, from the boardroom to the red carpet, Spanx have only been available online until now. These form- tting undergarments smooth lumps and bumps, often helping the wearer to drop a dress size. Sign us up. Available from K-Lynn, various branches, Dubai. klynn.co

Reveal softer skin with this gentle gel scrub from ESPA (Dhs199), which uses apricot kernels, aloe, spearmint and nutrient-rich phytoplankton to remove dead skin cells. Ideal for post-holiday and AC-parched skin, it promises a brighter and more toned appearance. For your chance to win this product, e-mail winwithwhatson@ motivate.ae with ESPA in the subject line and the correct answer to this question Which 1990s girl group sang No Scrubs? a) ABC b) TLC c) JLS


Deep tissue massages

Overdone it at the gym? Shoulders seized up from sitting at your desk? Ditch the softly-softly approach and tackle those troubled muscles with a hard-hitting session at the spa
WHAT? Active muscle massage WHERE? Zen Spa HOW MUCH? Dhs400 for an hour, Dhs600 for 90 minutes Dont let Zens sedate surrounds lull you into thinking this treatment wont crunch where it matters. De Stress muscle gel soothes and improves circulation, but when the therapist begins to use her elbows like pistons to work away tightness between the shoulder blades, youre going to know about it. Concentrating on and we quote back, shoulder, butt and legs, a er special attention toward a longstanding calf complaint, an hour later its as if two new legs had been attached. Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 6979000. rotana.com



Zen Spa

early, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam before your treatment. e approach was a little bit on the spiritual side for our tastes we had to rate emotions and stare into a worry basket, which was then le outside the door, before jumping on the table but e Butter y WHAT? Traditional Thai massage E ect was a no holds barred sports massage, WHERE? Grand Bliss Relaxology and no mistake. Billed as a combination of HOW MUCH? A rock bottom ai, deep tissue and sports massage, it is Dhs190 for an hour, or Dhs350 for two hours designed to tackle tight muscles. A painfully Don your cotton jim-jams, lie on the mattress e ective range of stretches really loosened and be kneaded, stretched and manipulated up our limbs, and our therapist asked plenty into oblivion; therapist Duangphon cant of questions, tailoring the massage to relieve weigh more than 40kg, but has the strength a niggling back pain. A good option for all to twist your body into a pretzel, crack joints sportsmen and women. and leave muscles quivering in her wake. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort Far from a namby-pamby aromatherapy & Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 8am to rubdown, this is an enthusiastically 10pm. Tel: (04) 5117901. westin.com administered and energising massage that might hurt a little at the time, but your body WHAT? Golf Ball Massage will thank you for it later. WHERE? SPA InterContinental, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, 9am to midnight. HOW MUCH? Members Dhs360 Tel: (04) 3493490 for an hour, or Dhs440 for 90 minutes; non-members Dhs450 for an hour, or WHAT? The Buttery Effect Dhs550 for 90 minutes WHERE? Heavenly Spa Whether youve just stepped o the green HOW MUCH? A slightly above or just had a particularly stressful week, the average Dhs595 for 85 minutes self-explanatory golf ball massage releases Make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes the built-up tension hidden around your

bodys nooks. erapist Odiya is equally happy giving you everything from a gentle rub to getting her elbows stuck in so let her know your preference. A er the initial de-stress oil massage, warmed up golf balls are brought into play and pressed rmly into all your pressure points unorthodox, but e ective. Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 9am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 7011257. albadiagolfclub.ae WHAT? Sports man massage WHERE? Man/Age HOW MUCH? Dhs320 for an hour, Dhs425 for 90 minutes Personalised by choice of essential oil, areas of focus and pressure level, one glance at our therapists stocky build leads us to wisely downgrade our usual rm request to medium-to- rm. Various contortions follow soon a erward. All four limbs are lent a new lease of life by brisk rounds of stretching, while liberal applications of the spray-on essential oil nicely eases a particularly sti lower back. Level One, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thurs 10am to 11pm, Fri 2pm to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6818837. managespa.com



In this ever-transient region, when pals depart its time to expand your horizons. Put on your friendliest face, make room in the diary and wade into new social circles
GOOSEBERRY Gooseberry is the website that brings together foodies for social dinners in Dubai. Diners are matched by age, interests and location, and then introduced over a meal, with tables of up to ten people enjoying a feed and good chat at a restaurant. Membership costs Dhs1,500, which entitles you to eight events and is open to over 25s. gooseberrydubai.com NEW TO DUBAI A community event open to people who have recently arrived in the UAE, New To Dubai will showcase everything from local sports clubs and choirs, to maintenance companies and dentists. Free to attend, the evening will also o er entertainment, advice from experts, entertainment and giveaways. facebook.com/newtodubai NEW IN ABU DHABI Newcomers to the capital can nd plenty of kindred spirits by joining this almost 500strong online Abu Dhabi group. It acts as a home base for organising evening and weekend social events, including co ee, dinners, drinks, beach visits and barbecues. Come armed with inspiration too, as new suggestions for meet ups are welcome. meetup.com/New-in-Abu-Dhabi ROTARACT CLUB OF JUMEIRAH Meet people and do charitable work too, with this organisation for professionals under30. It meets every Monday night to address community and social issues, and has arranged events including a fashion show featuring local designers, with all proceeds going to Dubai causes. Its a friendly, informal meet up, and is always looking for new members. rotaractjumeirah.org

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Our features writer, Matt, spends far too much time indoors watching lms. So we thought we d send him off to brave whatever adventures we deem fun and/or silly enough to make us laugh.This month, Matt tackles fencing
One of cinemas golden rules: the master swordsman always gets the girl. Errol Flynn, Antonio Banderas, Orlando Bloom Im pretty sure that all their success boils down to how well they wield a sword. Safe with this watertight theory in mind, I headed to the MK Fencing Academy for a bit of swordplay. En garde. forward or backward. Maria pairs me up with Simon, a veteran of one previous lesson and, unarmed, we practice reacting to and anticipating each others movements.




Tempted as I am to pick up a sword and start slashing away at imaginary foes, my instructor, Maria, is quick to tell me that there is no messing around when it comes to fencing. Safety is key. Plans to swing from curtains and chandeliers dri sadly (but safely) from my mind. A er a brief warm up she introduces the three types of weapons and explains their di erences: the foil lightest and traditionally used for duelling, pe heavier than the foil with a larger hand guard, and sabre the heaviest and most pirate-like, used for slashing. We start with the pe, and I inwardly curse the lack of potential pirate slashing on the horizon.


My previous duelling experiences revolve around me scampering away to a safe distance, so I am happy to learn that speed and being slight of foot is essential to fencing. First up, we learn the en garde stance. Legs should be shoulder width apart, your knees bent with your legs in an L-shape and your dominant foot facing forward. Your sword arm should be slightly bent and held out in front, with your back arm held up behind you. Moving towards or away from your opponent relies on staying in the stance and quickly shu ing

Ah, the lunge. Now were talking. Lets face it the whole reason anyone takes up fencing is to score that classic lunge to the chest. Extending your sword arm and lunging forward seems simple enough, but thats before you factor in an array of defensive movements and counter attacks available to your foe. To help make our lunge more e ective, we are taught the ballestra an explosive jumping motion, and VERDICT Fencing is a sport that can take various feints essential to catching years to master: the subtle moveones opponent o guard. ments, gauging your opponents DEFENCE ability and the skill to fully capiApparently, telling Simon that his talise on an opening are all things shoelace is untied does not constithat come through time, focus tute as a valid defence. What does, and practice. As far as learning however, are subtle movements of the basics, the beginner classes the wrist, known as parries, which are a ordable, informative and, de ect the opponents blade. Quick most importantly, fun. Although, motions such as these allow you to it might take a few more years enjoy the upper hand in the duel, before I am able to impress the especially when counter-attacking. girls with my skills.

MK Fencing Academy, Raes International School, Jumeirah, Dubai, beginners pe Wed 6.30pm to 7.30pm, advanced pe and foil Wed 7.30pm to 9pm, Dhs60. Tel: (050) 7944190. dubaifencingclub.com Emirates Heritage Club, near Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, Sun, Tue and Thurs 8pm, Emiratis free, expats Dhs100 to Dhs150 per session with equipment provided, Dhs35 per session with own equipment. Tel: (050) 3203421

The stages
Literally translates to "on [your] guard". Fencers take this stance when they are ready to begin


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An attacking move that can cover a lot of distance. It also ensures that your body is a safe distance away from an opponent's counter-attack

A defensive de ection of an opponent's weapon




In his seven years as a personal trainer, James Houghton has helped everyone from West End actresses to the Arabian Gulf rugby sevens team lose the pounds and keep in shape


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

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Im in pretty decent shape, but if I do put on weight its always around the stomach. Ive heard this is a problem common to most men. Do you have any tips for banishing my belly? Faisal, Abu Dhabi Just as the majority of women tend to store most of their weight around their hips and thighs, men tend to store it around the lower part of the abdomen. Honestly, its generally a by-product of the food and drink we consume, alongside environmental and psychological stresses, which are linked to the hormone cortisol. Ask any man where the last place they lose weight is and theyll say the lower part of the abdomen, so dont worry, you are not alone. By simply focusing your food intake on sources of protein, good fats and carbohydrates in the form of brous vegetables and those varying in colour you will be able to drop body fat from your belly. Add to that a training programme that is written for fat loss and you cant go wrong. But let me make one thing loud and clear sit-ups wont do it.

embarking on a well-planned strength and conditioning programme, which does need to be gym-based. Perhaps you could look at doing two pitch or court sessions and two to three gym sessions per week. But dont waste your time on isolation exercises.

I love popcorn going to the cinema isnt the same without it but Ive heard that even a small, salted box contains hundreds, or even thousands, of calories. Is popcorn bad for me? Gemma, Al Quoz, Dubai Popcorn itself is not very calorie dense. A er all, what is it? Popped kernels of corn, plain and simple. Air popped popcorn is naturally high in bre, low in calories and fat, contains no sodium and is sugar free. However, the way in The new sporting seasons are about to start. If I play sport two which it is prepared, as well as or three times a week, can those the choice of topping you decide sessions act as replacements for to coat your popcorn with, can massively alter the number of gym work, or do I still have to calories you end up consuming, keep up my three weekly gym which is all too easy if you like sessions? going to the cinema. Certain Jean-Paul, Satwa, Dubai studies have quoted that cinema If you truly want to out perform your peers, then I strongly suggest popcorn can range from 400 to 1,200 calories. If you do want your popcorn x, stick with the air-popped variety.


This month's clubbing highlights

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Jamrock @ Sublime Lounge Urban and dancehall from DJ Brooklyn and DJ Taz. Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 10pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies and couples free before midnight. Tel: (04) 3324444


Vogue Party @ Ryders Lounge Lavish new party with tunes from DJs Lady Red Label, Ka Boo and Kat. Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, 19th and 24th Street, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, 9pm to 3am, Dhs100 including one drink, ladies and couples free. Tel: (050) 2641834. adcitygolf.ae

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The swanky Monte Carlo Beach Club opens its doors this month and the MustHaveSoul crew are taking full advantage with a brand new residency. MHS Simon Reid reveals all
Are you excited about helping to launch MCBC? Extremely. The venue is amazing, right in front of the beach with a fantastic Funktion One soundsystem, for all the sound geeks out there. As with all of our nights, you can expect the very best in soulful dance music by our team of residents. Once a month we will be bringing international DJ talent to Abu Dhabi. Our rst guest will be UK producer/DJ Soul Purpose on Oct 7. Are you aiming to replicate the vibe of your parties in Dubai at 360? MCBC has many similar features: a great sound system and it's Abu Dhabi, 5pm to 3am, free. Tel: (02) 6545138. www.relaxat12.com

Al Maya Island Beach Party @ Al Maya Island Season opener for popular parties on the idyllic island resort. Al Maya Island & Resort, Abu Dhabi, noon to 10pm, Dhs100, ladies free until 2pm. Tel: (02) 6577777 Loaded @ Casa Latina Indie, pop and rock hip-shakers from the See You Next Friday gang (also Sep 30). Ibis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, free. Tel: (055) 8825675. www.facebook.com/seeyounextfriday


Ferry Corsten @ Progressive Beats Boutique The Dutch trance scene leader ies into town ahead of his forthcoming fourth studio album. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs150 to Dhs250. Tel: (050) 3832012 or (050) 3830405. ferrycorsten.com

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Audio Tonic @ Sea Lounge New season, new location for the Audio Tonic crew, with residents Mr Mr, Vas Floyd, Raxon, JC and Soul sher. Monte Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 9pm to 3am, free. Tel: (02) 6563500. myspace.com/audiotonic

Fashion Overdose @ Armani/Priv Pierre Ravan, plus residents. Armani/Priv, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 10pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free. Tel: (04) 8883308. dubai.armanihotels.com

Chris Montana @ Viva The German DJ is joined by Darko De Jan and Patrik Carrera Armani/Priv, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 10pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free. Tel: (04) 8883308. myspace.com/djchrismontana

predominantly outside with sea views. In our mind, its the best place to view the sunset in Abu Dhabi, which always creates a special vibe. What else is in the pipeline? We're working on a few projects. We're also looking in to doing international tours in 2012, plus we have our DJ agency, MustHaveDJs. And we've been trying to launch a label for a while now. We're hoping by the end of this year we'll have a solid release in place. Monte Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 2am, free. Tel: (02) 6563500. musthavesoul.com A ten-hour pre-launch for Audio Tonics sixth season, led by residents including Mr Mr, Raxon and Julian Jinx. 360, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 4pm to 2am, free. Tel: (050) 1076405. myspace.com/audiotonic

Danism @ Ministry Of Sound Brit house double act, aka Dan Smith and Dan Nu:Tone, plus Conan Manchester. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free before midnight. Tel: (04) 4084444. myspace.com/danismuk

Roberto Mermand @ Relax@12 Globetrotting spinner brings his beats back home. Aloft, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre,


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British king of smooth R&B bangers Matt White has also worked with countless superstars at major record label Universal. He kicks off Ministry Of Sounds new night at Sensation
You were the rst UK R&B DJ to play Dubai. How has the city changed since you rst came over? So much; buildings and streets popped up out of nowhere every six months, golf courses came and went, and clubs changed more than I care to remember. I love golf so Im going to try and nd time for a round or two, plus Im going to check out some restaurants. And I collect classic watches, so I may head to the Gold Souk to see if I can nd one. Dubai has always been so good to me and appreciated the music, so its always nice to go back and see how its changed. Of all the multi-million-selling artists youve worked with, who has been your favourite? Eminem and Snoop Doggs humour is hysterical. 50 Cent and Nicole Scherzingers work ethics are incredible. Black Eyed Peas sense of togetherness reminds me of being in a family. LMFAO make a day feel like an hour, But working with Timbaland and Dr Dre my two favourite producers of all time, hands down.


Eclectic Circle @ MustHaveSoul Launch of MHSs new regular eclectic Saturday night, digging out northern soul to house. 360, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 4pm to 2am, free. Tel: (050) 1076405. musthavesoul.com

Does it inspire your own DJ career? Not really. I had success as a producer and DJ with Soul II Soul, Kiss FM and Ministry Of Sound before many of the artists I work with had a deal. But it makes me proud that I can help them achieve the success they deserve. Sensation, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 10pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free before midnight. Tel: (04) 3311111. facebook.com/djmattwhite

Jerry Ropero @ Viva Belgian-born, Croatia-based house name, plus residents. Armani/Priv, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 10pm to 3am, Dhs100, ladies free. Tel: (04) 8883308. myspace.com/ jerryroperoocialmyspace Liquid Rain Pool Party @ Aloft Radio 1 takes over Alofts huge regular party, broadcasting live from the splash pool. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 3am, Dhs100 including two drinks, ladies free. Tel: (02) 6545138. relaxat12.com



dXb Beach Festival

Aiming to attract an estimated 12,000 revellers, with 27 artists over three stages, the brand spanking new dXb Beach Festival is an impressively ambitious way to celebrate the end of summer. e headline draw is a live set from party-loving American electro duo LMFAO, who leapt to fame a er second album, Sorry For Party Rocking, was released earlier this year. e album s rst single, Party Rock Anthem, con rmed the pair s stratospheric rise, topping charts in their homeland and abroad. Also playing live are Black Cards, the new electronic project from Fallout Boy rock icon Pete Wentz. Elsewhere on the line-up, house heads are very well catered for in the shape of experienced Argentine Hernan Cattaneo, British scene leaders Dave Seaman and Nick Warren, and remix king Tommie Sunshine. US indie hip hoppers e Cataracs, Amanda Wilson, Jimmy Van M and a host of top spinners complete the bill, spread across the pool, beach and indoor tent stages, alongside a clutch of local deck-shredding talents. Sep 30, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 2pm to 3am, Dhs350 to Dhs950. Tel: (04) 4262626. dxbfestival.ae

Hernan Cattaneo
Growing up in Buenos Aires in the late 1980s, Hernan Cattaneos life was changed when he rst heard Chicago house. He hasnt looked back since, playing every inhabited continent on earth in a career that has conrmed him as one of South Americas biggest DJs
Argentina isnt necessarily mentioned in the same clubbing breaths as, say Detroit or Berlin, but it must still be an incredible place to play? Ive heard many of the biggest DJs in the world choosing Argentina as their favourite place to play. In Buenos Aires there are some of the greatest events in America, like the Moonpark shows or Cream elds Argentina, the biggest Cream elds event outside the UK. Do you think your South American roots give your music a certain rhythm that producers elsewhere in the world might not be able to harness? Theres a mix of that, even when I dont play any Latin or related music in my sets. I would say the approach is di erent. We have always been close to a big variety of styles. Youve played Dubai on several occasions. Do you look forward to shows here? Ive been to Dubai many times, most of them playing Peppermint, and always had a very good time. The mix of cultures makes a great atmosphere and thats crucial to having a good show. Are there any countries left that you havent played that you really want to visit on tour? Over the past 12 years Ive had the privilege to travel to almost every city in the world where theres club culture. Maybe Thailand would be the one left. Youve just played in Greece with Nick Warren, who is also on the dXb bill. Are you two pals? We are very good friends. Weve played together many times around the world. Im also friends with Dave Seaman and Jimmy Van M. I think Dubai will really enjoy our shows. Its going to be a really good festival. hernancattaneo.com

Nick Warren

The Bristol-based DJ, and one half of seasoned production duo Way Out West, recalls his top ve favourite musical cities from his global travels
Buenos Aires, Argentina Buenos Aries has wonderful people, amazing food, great football and a crowd who love deep underground music. What more could I ask for? Reykjavik, Iceland For its small population, Iceland produces an amazing number of talented bands and musicians, such as Bjrk and Sigur Rs. Its also one of the friendliest places to visit. Bristol, UK My hometown is a hotbed for musical talent. The list is amazing: Massive Attack, Portishead, Way Out West, Roni Size and many, many more. New York, USA NYC is always an exciting place to visit and to perform in; very cool crowds and the chance to see some amazing emerging talent every night of the week. Turku, Finland This is my second home and where I always seem to be inspired to write my music. Its also home to many amazing Finnish electronic artists. djnickwarren.com

Dave Seaman

British house legend Dave Seaman celebrates dXbs sandy setting with a beachbased inquisition

Are you a beach lover? Not at all, actually. I hate beaches. Its just not natural. Human beings arent built for sweating in the sand. Id much rather be by a pool with air-conditioning. Factor 50 or sunburn? Im an Englishman with a bald head who goes red very quickly. Ive been various shades of lobster over the years, but Ive learnt my lesson. Swim-shorts or Speedos? Oh, swim-shorts, unless you need to scare everybody o the beach. Which are you favourite beaches in the world? I really like Sa Caleta in Ibiza. Cocoa Island in the Maldives, where I went on my honeymoon, is beautiful. And Boracay in Manila is truly stunning. djdaveseaman.com



The Turkish capital is less than ve hours ight from the UAE, but once there it feels like a million miles away
e clich about Istanbul is that the two sides straddling the mighty Bosphorus are a bridge between East and West. But on our rst day in the Turkish capital, our Bosphorus yacht tour guide told us, dont bother with the Asian side, theres nothing there. People might live on the Asian side, but they work, eat and play here on the European side this is the real Istanbul. And though we did have a desire to see the famous Hyderpassa Station the only notable sight on the Asian side agged in all the guide books it is just a train station, and there is plenty on the European side to give you a taste of the Turkish capital in two busy days. And its sure to leave you hungry for more. Everyone who has been to Istanbul returns full of an unbridled passion for the city determined to persuade all their friends to add Turkeys stamp to their passport. Some cite how easy it is to get around on foot compared to the UAE, others the many delicious restaurants that have sprung up some homely, others intriguingly inventive but Istanbuls charm is that the majority of its citizens are modern, open-minded and distinctly European in attitude, whereas its architecture, its makeup, is a fascinating blend of old and new. Its not hard to nd yourself sipping a bottle of the local brew Efes in a roo op beer garden looking down on people striding along the chic, suburban streets of Ortakoy. Nor alternatively, qua ng a cocktail at a terrace table of a highend fusion restaurant overlooking the waters of the Golden Horn and the frenetic streets and majestic timeworn buildings of Eminonu, Cagaloglu and Sultanahmet beyond. East and West, old and new Istanbul has it all. And a surprising amount can be packed into a short space of time.

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Old and new: The Ortakoy Mecidiye mosque sits next to the Bosphorus bridge

of children hopping on and o the slow moving tram. Its worth exploring the maze of side streets surrounding the tower, maybe popping into one of the small bars or restaurants for refreshment, but you probably wont want to dip into your wallet its mostly tourist tat, unfortunately. The tower itself, though, begs to be climbed. The focal point of the Genoese community of medieval Constantinople, as it was then called, climbing, or taking a lift up, the Galata Tower and venturing out on to the dizzyingly slanted terrace that runs right around the building, you are aorded 360 views of the city. 8pm to 11pm If youre only going to splash out on one dinner during your stay, make sure you book a table (well in advance) at the citys most famous restaurant, Mikla (miklarestaurant.com), at The Marmara Pera in Beyoglu, where chef-owner Mehmet Gurs fuses Turkish and Scandinavian cuisine (trust us, its good). 11pm until bedtime If youre not ready for bed, its possible to party into the wee small hours. You could just head up to Miklas roof terrace for cocktails, pop in to Nardis Jazz Club (nardisjazz.com) near the Galata Tower, or if you really want to party there are numerous nightclubs in the side streets of Beyoglu. Seek out electro haunt Indigo (livingindigo.com), or live music hot spot Babylon (babylon. com). If youre really in the mood, jump in a cab and head to Reina (reina.com.tr) beside the Bosphorus in Ortakoy.

9am to 11am Wake up at the boutique W Istanbul in the gentried district of Besiktas. Close to the suburban bars and cafs of Ortakoy, and within comfortable walking distance (or a short taxi ride) of almost anywhere you would want to visit in the city. Walk the 15 minutes to Ortakoy, taking a detour to the waters edge to ogle the grand Bosphorus Bridge, and enjoy breakfast or coee at The House Caf (thehousecafe.com) before browsing the scattering of small shops dotted around the streets near the quayside. If youre visiting Ortakoy on a Sunday, make sure you visit the small Sunday market and pick up a few knick-knacks. 11am to 1pm From Ortakoy, walk back along Ciragan Caddesi until it merges into Dolmabahce Caddesi, at which point you can take in the Dolmabahce Sarayi the baroque palace on the banks of the Bosphorous, formerly home to the Ottoman sultans and the scene of Ataturks death in 1938. Continue along the road that soon becomes Meclis-Mebusan Caddesi until you reach Istanbul Modern (istanbulmodern.org) in Karakoy, where you can admire Turkish art before taking a table on the terrace at the restaurant and enjoying one of its terric pizzas while looking out over the Bosphorous. 1pm to 5pm Full of ne food, high culture and a tipple or two, you will be ready to explore the magnicently muddled streets and alleys of the Taksim and Beyoglu districts, right at the heart of the city. Make your way up one of several very steep hills to the main shopping street, Istikal Cadessi, and wander towards the Galata Tower, pausing to take a couple of snaps of the seasoned buskers and street performers, or gaggles


9am to 11am If you can only spare a morning, you would be a fool not to book a two-hour sightseeing cruise, which will take you from the Kabatas Pier, close to the Dolmabahce Sarayi, past palaces, mansions and adventurous locals in dubious swimwear contemplating a leap into the deep, dark water. We booked through Zoe Yacht Cruises (bosphorusyacht.com), and enjoyed a couple of hours reclining with a beer while a pleasingly no-nonsense guide answered our questions. 11pm to 2pm Follow Meclis-Mebusan Cadessi until you reach the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn to Eminonu. Seek out Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi (Tahmis Sokak 66, Eminonu) and grab a bag of the best Turkish coee in Istanbul, before visiting Haci Bekir (Hamidiye Cadessi 83, Eminonu) for a box of freshly made (dont let them fob you o with the pre-packaged tourist gu ) pistachio lokum (Turkish delight). Your shopping done (for now), head to Sultanahmet and Yerabatan Sarnici, the Byzantineera underground cisterns made famous by James Bond lm From Russia With Love, before taking in the majestic Blue Mosque. 2pm to 4pm Grab something hearty for lunch at one of the restaurants around the Blue Mosque before strolling to Cagaloglu and the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar. You will nd everything from antique shops to purveyors of tourist junk under the Bazaar's roof, but make sure you head outside to the open-air courtyard where predominantly elderly gents with their wares laid out on rugs welcome all comers. 7pm to bedtime Theres no better way to spend your nal evening than with a plate of tapas-style cold cuts and cheese washed down with a bottle of Turkish wine at the alfresco tables of Corvus (corvus.com.tr) in Besiktas.

A river runs through it: Istanbul sprawls along the banks of the Bosphorus



Pottery barn: There are plenty of places to pick up brightly coloured knick-knacks

Air Arabia ies from Sharjah to Istanbul Sabiha Airport daily from around Dhs1,400



W Istanbul The W Istanbul is a boutique hotel in the vibrant and stylish district of Besiktas the perfect location for Istanbul rsttimers (or second timers, for that matter). Its on the right side of town for the quieter Istanbul Sabiha Airport, where most lowcost ights from the UAE will land, and promises a warm welcome with a team of helpful reception sta ready to provide maps and directions. The breakfast is superb (the French toast will see you through the busiest of mornings) and the hotel boasts a lobby lounge with free Wi-Fi, sleek second oor bar with a terrace and two restaurants. Its the trendiest hotel in the city. wistanbul.com.tr


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Travel talk

Advice, deals and other tasty travel tidbits

Travels with Najwa Najjar

Dubai International Film Festival is screening Najwa Najjars Pomegranates & Myrrh. The award-winning Palestinian lm-maker believes that travel should be central to everyones life
Whats the best holiday you have ever had? I loved Cuba. It is one of the last remaining non-commercial destinations, with fantastic people, scenery, history, beaches, music and food. What has been your biggest travel disaster? I dont look at single bad incidents that have happened; I think the biggest travel disaster would be not travelling at all. If you could advise people to visit one destination, what would it be? Palestine, of course. What are your top three tips for surviving a long airport layover? You should try and pay a visit to the stopover destination. Before you travel, try to download lms and books. And, if you have enough frequent yer miles, go and relax in one of the lounges. What do you never travel without? I always make sure I have my laptop or iPad, a book, toothbrush and change of clothes. Sept 1 to 14, Pomegranates & Myrrh, The Picturehouse, Reel Cinemas, The Dubai Mall, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4491988. reelcinemas.ae

Open Skies editor and passport stamp collector, Conor Purcell,answers your travel dilemmas
I would like to trek up a mountain, but I really don't want to join the "I've climbed Kilimanjaro" crowd. I'd also like to see some exciting wildlife on the way. Any suggestions? Nick, Dubai Marina The best place in Africa for mountains is the area bordering the Great Rift Valley in the north-east of the continent. This is as desolate and rugged as Africa gets, and areas like the Danakil Depression (straddling Ethiopia and Djibouti) are otherworldly. Northern Ethiopia has some of the best trekking in the world: the Semien Mountains are particularly stunning; with Ras Dashen (at more than 4,500 metres) a worthy climb. The mountains contain baboons, ibex, wolves and caracal, as well as numerous small villages. Local guides are available or you can go through a trekking company. For something more extreme, head east towards the Eritrean border and the Afar Depression. This particularly venomous stretch of land contains the Erta Ale volcano, one of the most spectacular in the region. The heat, isolation and local tribesmen (you will need armed guards) mean this is a trek for the hardy, but on the plus side, it is light years away from the Birkenstock set you will meet on Kilimanjaro.

This months travel news

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Al Qasr is never lacking patronage, despite the number of tables it has to ll.

The choice is truly mind boggling from seafood to steak and everything in between and it's all bang on the money.

The outside is still closed for September, but the three indoor restaurants should provide plenty of space to revel in.

Big groups and special occasions only. It's not really a romantic, one on one brunch spot.

At a hefty Dhs495, its not cheap, but its worth every l in our book.

Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Al Qasr, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3666730. jumeirah.com


Champagne is served all over in Dubai, but at Traiteur drinking it feels more right than anywhere else. The jazz band adds a lively spark, too. One of the most popular brunches in town, Zuma is always fully subscribed, but an air of sophistication is guaranteed. Watching the hotel guests enjoying themselves in the pool outside while listening to the guitarist, you'll feel like you're on holiday. If it weren't for the lovely grub, you could put your feet up, and relax to the sound of the chilled out soundtack.

Eggs benedict to order, all sorts of roasted meats, a dessert room and a host of French brasserie classics.

The highceilinged restaurant is bathed in sunlight reminding you it's brunch time.

A sophisticated afternoon with a few close friends or that special someone.

Up to you Dhs375 sans booze, Dhs450 with wine and beer, Dhs595 with bubbly and Dhs1,998 with a limo pick up.

It'sdoesn't It a the pricier end of the have Al Qasr's spectrum, but reputation, but Traiteur never Traiteur is the disappoints. connoisseur's choice.

Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai, noon to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3172222. dubai. park.hyatt.com

Zuma The Talk

There's a good selection of hot dishes from the a la carte menu, as well as plently of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi.

No matter where they live, nobody is going to complain about travelling to DIFC.

Sharing. Everything comes on small plates, giving you and your pals the chance to coo about the delicious dishes.

Kitsu (no alcohol) Dhs315, Kowaku Dhs425 (with alcohol) and Kyasha (with champers) Dhs550.

If you want to taste endless quantities of the best Japanese food in Dubai, book a table.

Building 6, DIFC, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 4255660. zumarestaurant. com

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A sumptuous seafood bu et, tandoori and pizza ovens, roast beef and Yorkshire pud and a dangerous dessert station. Nice sushi and sashimi to start, and a BBQ platter served at your table to nish the job.

Sports fans should head downstairs to sports bar West Beach Bistro to catch the latest live action postbrunch.

At Dhs299, it's a frugal choice for a big group brunch.

Dhs299 with house beverages, Dhs399 with Cattier champagne, Dhs455 with Met, Dhs499 with Veuve. Dhs290 with soft drinks, Dhs380 with house beverages. Dhs585 with spirits and half a bottle of Bollinger.

The food is At just Dhs350, good. It's The Talk not o nitely walks de ensively expensive. the walk. You can't go wrong.

Mvenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 4498888. moevenpickhotels.com

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Sushi at the Burj. Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, noon to 3.30pm. Tel: (04) 8883444. dubai. armanihotels. com



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One of Dubais most established and popular Friday brunches, Spectrum On One has its very own windowless oor ideal for escaping the summer heat. It also has eight kitchens serving Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, European and Thai dishes. Plus a cheese and port room, and oysters aplenty. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, noon to 3pm, Dhs550 with champagne, Dhs395 with house beverages, Dhs295 without alcohol. Tel: (04) 4068999
Evening brunch is a contradiction in terms, but it's also darn tasty.

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Toshi The Grand Grill

The evening brunch is a tamer beast than the afternoon species, but Toshi purrs along nicely.

It's Asian Night, so think sushi, dim sum, soup and grilled meats made to order.

Hidden away on the 18th oor of the Grand Millennium hotel with a bar just next door for post-10pm drinks.

An evening meal shared with a big group of friends for less than Dhs200 each. Result.

An eminently doable Dhs195.

Grand Millennium Dubai, Tecom, Al Barsha, Dubai, 7pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 4299999. millenniumhotels. com

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GG is the most laid-back brunch option in town.

Buckets of beer, well populated plates of protein, plus various sides and salads.

Dubai Marina has several decent postbrunch options, so you'll be able to avoid that irritating 'where shall we go next?' chat. The 52nd- oor of The Marriot is a good vantage point from which to access your post brunch options.

Birthdays, hen parties, stag dos, anything involving fun, really.

A bargain at Dhs295 with alcohol or Dhs225 without.

The sta create the buzz at Grand Grill. They sing, they dance and they serve beer. Brilliant.

Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Lobby level, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3994221. thegrandgrill. com

The Observatory

Couples can book a private booth and large groups can opt for a long table, so it is what you make it.

There's a la carte and bu et, but the carvery is the star of the show.

Anyone who enjoys a good view. Take in Dubai Marina, Palm Island and the Arabian Gulf as you lll your belly.

Dhs350 without alcohol, Dhs450 with, so it's not the cheapest brunch around.

Only a mug would miss the mojito and martini trolley.

Marriott Harbour Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai, noon to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3194795. marriott.com

Thai Kitchen

It's a mellow a air at Thai Kitchen. Perfect for lling a lazy Friday afternoon.

An a la carte menu and table service just like dinner. Only you can eat as much as you like.

Park Hyatt Dubai. Well worth the trip to Deira. Plenty of bars in the vicinity for afterwards, too.

Those in the mood to take it easy.

Dhs245, making it one of the cheapest brunches in Dubai.

If you're looking for a bargain brunch, call o the search immediately. This is it.

Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai, noon to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3172222. dubai. park.hyatt.com

Belgian Beer Caf


It's just like your local pub, but a little bit nicer.

Order from the menu, help yourself to cold cuts, salads and cheeses from the bu et and then move on to the carving stations.

Crowne Plaza DFC, our favourite of the two BBCs in Dubai.

An extended pub lunch for not very much cash at all.

Dhs249 makes it one of the best valuefor-money brunches in Dubai.

Save room for the desserts.

Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 7011128. ichotelsgroup. com


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Long's Bar





Call us greedy (most do) but we can't resist the 'serve yourself' beer taps. DIY drinks.



Low-key and cool; groups of friends around high tables and gossiping at the bar, with nachos nearby.

Its a trek from the marina, but Loca has breathed new life into this resort.

Casual gettogethers and quality Mexican munchies the ribs are worth a plate or two.

Average, but there are o ers on during the week.

Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, noon to 2am. Tel: (04) 3461111. dxbmarine.com

Zuma McGettigans

Cooler than a penguin's undercarriage. Slick dcor, gorgeous sta and seriously stylish clientele. Dress down at your peril.

Slap bang in the middle of DIFCs stylish concrete jungle.

Fixing up and looking sharp, creative cocktails and the amazing menu downstairs.

Steep, but ultimately worth it. You get what you pay for, after all.

Rejoice, the wonderful DJ Adrien is back behind the decks.

Building 6, DIFC, Dubai, Fri to Wed noon to 2am, Thurs noon to 3am. Tel: (04) 4255660. zumarestaurant.com

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McGettigan's is JLTs only watering hole, so its busy, busy, busy, especially when theres a game on.

The pub is attached to the Bonnington, but has its own entrance so theres no bright lobby to contend with after closing time. Yay.

Sports, sh n chips (see p24 for the scoop), an Irish fryup and a relaxed gang of revellers.

Very well priced indeed, and the food portions are enormous.

, We love the

non-traditional pub dcor check out the cool log-lined wall.

Bonnington Hotel, JLT, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 3560470. bonningtontower.com


Buzzing. Caramels crowd of city slickers pile through the doors for mid-week drinks, but Fridays are a bit quieter.

Another jewel in DIFCs crown, Caramel keeps well-heeled types well fed and watered.

Some of the best bar snacks in town, or a good choice for a main meal. Lollipop chickens and some mini burgers, please.

Its pricey, but that goes with the territory in this part of town.

The Caramel team has opened Nara, a new shisha lounge. See p32 for details. Smokin'.

Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 11am to 2am. Tel: (04) 4256677. carameldubai.com

West Beach Bistro

The English Premiership has kicked o and this is where the marinas footie fans are congregating.

WBB (as were coining it itll catch on) is what JBR has been crying out for.

Watch your team on the giant curved screen, and play some pool or chat at the bar at halftime. Lad heaven.

Fair and in true sports bar style, theres a happy hour (or two) too.

A bucket of onion rings, a drink and the match. Good times.

Mvenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sun to Wed 6pm to 2am, Thurs to Sat, noon to 2am. Tel: (04) 4498888. moevenpickhotels.com



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Neos is dominated by a jaw-dropping window, allowing views across SZR. The art deco decor, with mirrors, pillars and glam bathrooms add to the luxury feel, so this a place where you should dress up. Speaking of up, youll need to take two lifts to reach Neos lofty heights. A great choice for wowing visitors and doing business in style. The Address Downtown Dubai, 7pm to 2.30am. Tel: (04) 4368927. theaddress.com
We love the Victorian tiles, vintage signage and European pub feel.

Jetty Lounge







Belgian Beer Caf

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Busy at the bar, packed out pews and more chilled upstairs. Love it.

One of the rst dining and drinking spots in Festival City, the BBC has been joined by a bevy of outlets.

Want to feel like youre not in Dubai? This is the place for you. Order the moules frites and youll practically get a stamp in your passport. Meeting models, pumping tunes, wearing heels with your bikini (ladies only, of course).

There are drink and dinner deals through the week, but it can be on the expensive side otherwise.

Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Festival City, Dubai, 7.30pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 7012222. ichotelsgroup.com

XL Beach Club

Merry mayhem. Private cabanas with glass-fronted plunge pools, mingling at the bar, VIPs and a glam crowd.

Right on the beach at the Habtoor Grand, with all the action centred around the pool.

Club in with your mates and fork out for a table. It looks cooler and means less trips to the bar.

Thanks to an air-conditioned tent, XL is open over the summer.

Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, Dubai, noon to 3am. Tel: 056) 6406161. habtoorhotels.com

Upmarket wine bar, with a ridiculously popular ladies night on Tuesday. Packed to the rafters.

It's in the Westin, so Senyar is across the lobby if you fancy a change (or need to avoid someone at ladies night).

Oenophiles. Obviously. Theres an impressive list of vinos for all budgets waiting to be sampled.

A real mixed bag, starting from free for the fairer sex, to some pricey bottles for true connoisseurs.

Warning: don't have too many and try to climb the ladder. Many have tried and failed.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, Sat to Thurs 6pm to 2am, Fri 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 3994141. starwoodhotels.com

Nezesaussi Grill

A sporty sanctuary for your summer, Nezesaussi isnt so masculine that non-athletic types wont feel alienated.

Its in the Al Manzil Hotel, where theres also an air-conditioned courtyard with Wi-Fi and Arabic nibbles, should you want to calm down during half-time. You'll face the sea and The Palm, as Jetty Lounge is right on the water at the original One&Only.

Big screens and big portions. Youll nd dishes from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and the pies are epic.

Quite expensive for a sports bar, but this place manages to be both pub and place suitable for a date. Impressive.

If you're hungry for ribs and the Rugby World Cup there's no better place to be.

Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4285888. southernsunme.com

Jetty Lounge

It's a wee bit warm for those beachside cabanas, so stay in the cool blue interior for a chic sampling of cocktails.

Lovely snack platters and Pimms make for a fab spot for sundowners.

It's one for the beginning of the month, no doubt, but you won't begrudge the dirhams for such a lovely location.

Want to feel like you're on holiday this weekend? This is the bar for you.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 2pm to late. Tel: (04) 3999999. oneandonlyresorts. com





La Petite Maison

The Ivy


Everything a restaurant should be, but many in the UAE aren't.






La Petite Maison

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The number of people we've heard say, "it's not like we're eating in Dubai" is phenomenal. The buzz is like no other restaurant here. Zuma is a place to 'see and be seen', as we're sure the fashionable clientele would tell you.

There's a long bar, an open kitchen and lots of close (but not too close) tables. It's light and bright at lunch and dinner.

The onion and anchovy tart and the burrata for starters, followed by the lobster and the razor clams, with cheesecake for dessert. Order the wagyu tenderloin from the robata grill, or the divine veal. At lunch there are three menus available, starting at a cheap Dhs62. The menu changes regularly, but the venison carpaccio, aromatic duck salad and sh 'n' chips are all good. With the Dhs250 summer menu you can enjoy the nest Indian food in Dubai without breaking the bank.

The Ivy hasn't taken Emirates Towers to the top of the culinary league. DIFC is still champ. But Hakkasan arrives in November... DIFC, just a short stroll from sister restaurant, and Hot List leader, La Petite Maison. Together they rule Dubai's food scene. The Ivy su ers from being located in a mall, but the opening of more restaurants should spice things up. In a popular ve-star hotel in the most popular residential area of the city. That'll do, we reckon.

Sharing is the done thing, so it depends on the number of dishes. Dhs800 to Dhs1,000 should do it for two. But it's truly worth it. Dhs1,000 for two is to be expected.

DIFC, Gate Village 8, Dubai, Sun to Fri noon to 2.30pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 4390505. lpmdubai.ae

Dark, cool and moody in the upstairs bar. Bright with open sushi counters, so you can see the chefs in action.

Still the Still the best allallround Japanse round Japanese restaurant restaurant in Dubai. Dubai.

Building 6, DIFC, Sat to Thurs 12.30pm to 3pm, Sat to Wed 7pm to midnight, Thurs and Fri 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 4255660. zumarestaurant. com The Ivy, The Boulevard, Emirates Towers, Dubai, noon to 3pm, 6.30pm to 11pm, bar to 2am. Tel: (04) 3198767. theivy.ae Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 7.30pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3176000. grosvenorhousedubai.com

The Ivy Indego by Vineet

The Ivy has quickly gained a loyal clientele, but the arrival of Hakkasan at Emirates Towers in November should boost business further. Neither riotous nor quiet, Indego oats along serenely, safe in the knowledge its food is so good the diners are sure to return. It's hit and miss. A bit at sometimes, when there aren't many diners.

Green leather, dark wood and crisp, white table clothes. And there's a handy little cocktail bar and lounge area in which to enjoy a tipple. A winding stairway leading to an inviting and pleasant restaurant.

You could enjoy three courses for around Dhs550 (sans booze), but spending more would be easy.

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Dhs900 (without alcohol) if two of you are eating three courses from the main menu.

Indian food with nesse. The best in Dubai.

As the kitchen team would probably admit, it's not the best space for a restaurant. But it functions well enough.

Scott Price was 2010 What's On Chef Of The Year. Scott and side-kick Nick Alvis are two of Dubai's most talented chefs.

Deira is so 2001, Gordon. Time to move to pastures new. Dubai Marina, perhaps?

Dhs395 for three courses, Dhs495 for six courses. For the chefs table its Dhs695, with wine pairings Dhs350 to Dhs600.

The food is worth the journey, but a restaurant of Verre's stature shouldn't be in Deira in 2011.

Hilton Dubai Creek, Sun to Fri, 7.30pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 2271111. gordonramsay. com



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The chef is on TV and fans of the high-end American steakhouse are devoted. If you havent dined at Ruths Chris before, the new Dhs99 three-course Mad Men lunch would be a ne start. Check out our review on page 34. The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 45018666. ruthschris.ae

Rivington Grill

Blue Rain





The lunch is back, so you had better book yourself a table, hadn't you? And be quick about it.


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After a month of evening-only service during Ramadan, RG's loyal diners will be eager to get back to normal.

Clean, bright and white, with chalkboards displaying the delicious daily specials and a buzzing open kitchen.

The menu changes with the British seasons. The lamb is a musteat this month.

The Riv made Souk Al Bahar the dining hub it is today, and it's still the best restaurant of a pretty decent bunch.

Around Dhs400 for two, but on weekdays you can enjoy two courses at lunchtime for Dhs80, or three for Dhs100.

Souk Al Bahar, Level 3, Old Town, Dubai, noon to 7pm. Tel: (04) 4230903. rivingtongrill.ae

After a month o for Ramadan, Traiteur is sure to be busy in September.

Looking down on the open kitchen as you descend the winding stairway, you know you're in for a treat.

Chef Franck Detrait and his team, unsurprisngly, specialise in French cuisine and trs bon it is, too.

Park Hyatt Dubai. What a lovely, lovely hotel.

The degustation menu is Dhs375 for four courses and co ee. For a la carte you're talking around Dhs650 for two.

You after a Backcan't go wrong with month o for Traiteur. It ticks Ramadan, the all the boxes Traiteur kitchen from the food is sure to be on to form this topdesign and atmosphere. month.

Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, DubaiSun to Fri 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3172222. dubai. park.hyatt.com

Reets par Pierre Gagnaire

It's quiet, but that's because everyone is there for one reason and one reason alone the food.

A private lift leads to Re ets' private oor, where the restaurant dwells in all its purple-pink glory.

Always inventive, the Re ets kitchen will never present you with anything boring. Prepare to have your taste buds dazzled. Chef Paul Lupton is one of Dubai's most talented chefs. Order the seared tempura scallops.

With the newish Marina Pavillion, DFC is trying to turn itself into a food destination. Re ets is a destination in itself. Gary called it just right when he chose to located both his Dubai restaurants in the marina.

Dinner for two will set you back more than Dhs1,000, but the business lunch is a bargain at Dhs180.

Try the new Try the new Friday lunch Friday lunch for Dhs250 or for Dhs250 or Dhs390 with Dhs390 with wine. wine.

InterContiental Dubai Festival City, DFC, Dubai, 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 7011128. ichotelsgroup. com

Rhodes Mezzanine

Re ned. Mezzanine is never lacking covers, but it's never bursting at the seams, either.

White, white, white, white, white, with the odd colourfully upholstered chair to liven things up a bit.

Dhs800 for two. Good value for such ne food.

Rhodes Twenty10 is good, but Mezzanine is where it all started.

Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Mon to Sat 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3998888. garyrhodes.com

Rhodes Twenty10


When business is slow Twenty10 closes the upstairs dining room, so the restaurant is always busy.

There's a nice little bar and a small lounge area for pre dinner cocktails.

The sh 'n' chips we tested this month (p24) are ever so good.

Le Royal Mridien is a little dated, but Rhodes' place is spot on and the location is perfect.

Around Dhs650 for two. Not bad, really.

If you're looking If you're looking for something for something lling but lling, but don't want to don't want to compromise on compromise on quality, this is quality, this is the place. the place.

Le Royal Mridien Beach Resort & Sp, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3995555 garyrhodes.com



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Amara Spa

One&Only Spa





Make a day of it with pool access and dinner at Traiteur afterwards.


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Pleasant and e cient, theyll welcome you back like an old friend. What more can you ask for?

Grouped by theme, theres an emphasis on rituals and packages that include pool and health club access. And the pool is a knockout.

From the tiled entrance to the outdoor showers, Amara is gorgeous. It is especially good for couples, with romantic VIP suites.

Steep, but there are monthly o ers that take the sting out. We reckon the quality of products, spa and therapists are worth it anyway.

Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, Dubai, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 6021234. dubai.park.hyatt.com

One&Only Spa

At ease to explain the hows-andwhys behind your treatment, the sta are utterly expert, super friendly and skilled beyond belief.

Bursting with ESPA treatments and products, theres something for everyone.

Sumptuous and secluded. Expect lots of wood, terracotta and gorgeous fabrics.

Not as expensive as it could be (shush) with a 25minute body scrub for Dhs215 and one-hour massage at Dhs490. Big thumbs up.

Were dying to try the medi-pedi, which promises healthy, pretty feet.

One&Only The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 10am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 4401010. thepalm. oneandonlyresorts. com

SensAsia Urban Spa

Gentle, kind and with a rm hand when required, SensAsias sta are top-notch at what they do.

Simply put, the menu is both innovative and imaginative. It caters speci cally for mum-to-bes, golfers, high-heel fans and frequent yers. In addition to a packed spa menu, Talise has a naturopath, life coaching and medical testing on o er.

Asian chic with splashes of jewel tones to balance the signature Oriental ambience; the cosy rooms are a true treat. It has the best dressing gowns in town, too. Explore the leafy pathways leading to treatment rooms and an outdoor pool thats tucked away just for those day-long spa sessions. Only minutes away from the stress of The Dubai Mall, this shrine is a tranquil haven for shoppers.

Worth a visit for the ginger tea alone, but if you choose wisely youll get an hourlong massage for Dhs310.

Take your pick from branches at MOE, Village Mall and The Palm.

Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 4179820. sensaisaapas.com

Talise Spa

Packed with experts, theres a mix of nationalities and specialities, from massage therapists to a GP.

Not bad for such a high-end establishment. The 80-minute Royal Hammam costs a fair Dhs450.

Try out the day retreat with sunrise yoga, a signature massage, mini-facial and beach access.

Al Qasr, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3666681. jumeirah.com/talise

The Spa

Superbly trained therapists are on hand to guide you through the vast spa on your journey from reception to relaxation.

Tired? Try out the highly recommended jet lag treatment. If youre looking for something else, theres a separate menu for ladies and gents.

For the quality of the treatments and snooze youll enjoy, the higher prices are worth it.

Give the summer citrus reviver treatment a try and leave with a spring in your step.

The Address Dubai Mall, Old Town, Dubai, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 4388888. theaddress.com



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Situated in the busy Monarch hotel, this spa is a world away from the business and conferences happening nearby. Theres a health club and pool, but the best reason to go is the lunch deal; occasionally theyll team up with a neighbouring restaurant like Okku to offer a midweek meal and massage deal, usually a bargain at around Dhs350. The Monarch, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 5018888. mandaraspa.com
A lovely spot to relax before getting a table at Ewaan.

Talise Spa

Lime Spa






The Spa

Be prepared for the therapists to whisk you away from the daily grind into a cocoon of comfort.

You wont be spoilt for choice here, but there is a decent selection of rituals for lengthy pampering.

High-quality spa real estate the relaxation rooms overlook the lakes at the base of Burj Khalifa.

It may seem pricey, but youll get your moneys worth by enjoying the relaxation and steam areas.

The Palace, Old Town, Dubai, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 4287888. theaddress.com

The Spa

Very knowledgeable, super sweet and ber-attentive.

Its all here, from express facials for DIFC o ce-dwellers, a mens menu and a host of exotic treatments.

Modern, bright and calming, with steam and sauna rooms, plus a lovely relaxation area.

At the top end of the scale, with an 80-minute Thai massage costing Dhs600, but there are regular promotions.

Linger for a juice and a browse of the books in the lounge afterwards.

The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, 9am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3722777. ritzcarlton.com


A mix of sta from all over the world. We had a knotbusting South African who was truly impressive.

Choose from 90-minutes to a full day, book your time slot and let the therapist decide whats best theres no treatment menu as such. Our favourite from the Asianinspired menu is The Rainforest Indulgence, where you journey through various saunas and steam rooms. Theres an array of treatments from Eve Lom and Anne Semonin plus a ton of other stu whatever takes your fancy.

As stylish as youd expect from Giorgio. This sleek space with dark greys and clean lines gives o a masculine aura.

Dont be afraid, theyre not as bad as you wouldve expected with 90-minutes costing Dhs650 and up to Dhs2,500 for a full day.

A great one for chaps who dont like u y luxury.

Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Old Town, Dubai, 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 8883888. dubai.armanihotels. com

Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Although the spa at Banyan Tree is split in two (The Rainforest hydrotherapy area and the treatment rooms) the sta are fab throughout. Male and female therapists, all with extensive knowledge.

While the drive to Ras Al Khaimah might be o putting, just think of the gigantic and utterly decadent spa that awaits you.

If youre not a hotel guest, an hour in The Rainforest is Dhs77. Treatments may be on the expensive side, but theyre high quality.

' A wonderful

way to spend a hot summers day. Even better if you're staying.

Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, 10am to 10pm. Tel: (07) 2067777. banyantreespa.com

Lime Spa

The steam and sauna facilities are shared. Ideal for couples. We love the two-way windows overlooking the polo elds.

For an hour in the spa you could enjoy either the Anne Semonin massage for Dhs450 or re exology for Dhs395.

There are some quality dining options too, so enjoy a massage then a meal.

Desert Palm, Al Awir Road, after International City, Dubai, 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3238888. desertpalm.ae








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As one half of the Dubai92 duo packs his bags, its time to get the low-down on their friendship, foibles and futures
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