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Issue 402 October 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 NOW WITH ADDED GARY RHODES!
Issue 402 October 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 NOW WITH ADDED GARY RHODES!
Issue 402 October 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 NOW WITH ADDED GARY RHODES!
Issue 402 October 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 NOW WITH ADDED GARY RHODES!
Issue 402 October 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 NOW WITH ADDED GARY RHODES!
Issue 402 October 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 NOW WITH ADDED GARY RHODES!
Issue 402 October 2011 UAE DHS 10 OMAN RO 1.000 NOW WITH ADDED GARY RHODES!

Issue 402

October 2011

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Contents

Features

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Singing in the city Fancy yourself as a bit of a crooner? Here’s our run-down of Dubai’s best karaoke bars, choirs and singing lessons

33

Road trips Whether you have a week off or just a few hours, grab your car keys and get ready for our tried and tested road trips

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Sandance Richard Ashcroft, Example and DJ Joris Voorn call by for a chat as we don our flip- flops for the return of Nasimi’s beach festival

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Janet Jackson The youngest member of the Jackson clan talks about her brother Michael and life on the road ahead of her Yas Island show this month

27

Oktoberfest Find the Oktoberfest for you, with our guide to the best Bavarian-based knees ups

45

Metallica One of metal’s biggest bands touches down in the UAE

47

Yasalam Tropfest Arabia, film screen- ings and art shows are all happening in the warm up to next month’s Formula One Grand Prix

30

Football fever The most hotly anticipated season in UAE history kicks off of this month. Meet the contenders

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Salaam October in a nutshell

Music Artist of the month Mary I, plus all the latest from clubland

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Win, win, win It’s competitions galore this month with hotel stays, din- ners, brunch for six and VIP tables all up for grabs. For more see pages 106 and 119

Travel Exploring the new marina development in Hamburg, advice, deals and rugby great Colin Charvis gives us his travel tips

48

Film Colin Farrell and Dr Who’s David Tennant face off in the vampire-flick remake, Fright Night, plus the twisted superhero story Super, and yet another Hollywood role- reversal misadventure in The Change-Up

Hot list The top ten of everything

Backchat with… Catboy Our man on the radio reflects on the highs and lows of his karaoke career

51

Eating out Our verdict on new restau- rant Toro Toro, Friday lunch at Reflets, the latest additions to the brunch scene and we welcome What’s On’s new columnist, chef Gary Rhodes

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Arts Workshops, classes, courses, exhibitions and more this month on the cultural scene

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Shopping Kit out your bachelor pad, check out the latest releases and what every lady needs on her feet

83

Mind & body The secret to a good night’s sleep, a look at the five best hair treatments, and how to take care of your skin

91

Sport & outdoor We tackle kickboxing, and look forward to this month’s international swimming and cricket events

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Chatting to Gary Rhodes about his new recipe column, p54 Discovering the UAE’s best road
Chatting to Gary Rhodes about his
new recipe column, p54
Discovering the UAE’s best road
trips, p33
Braving kickboxing
lessons, p94

Editor's note

p33 Braving kickboxing lessons, p94 Editor's note Roy Keane, ex-Manchester United ace and sometime Sunderland

Roy Keane, ex-Manchester United ace and sometime Sunderland manager, has a saying: "Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail." For me, planning is a concept as foreign as going for a walk in Dubai or applying for your Emirates ID card (you haven’t, and you’re unlikely to do it any time soon). Don’t get me wrong, at work I’m fine (*disgruntled noises from Team What’s On*), but socially, I’m totally inept. This, I feel, should have been taken into account when, along with a group of friends, I planned my first ever road trip some time back. Or didn’t plan it, as the case may be. The idea was simple enough – drive to Oman, Muscat specifically, hang out for a couple days, check out a few bars, maybe some restaurants, and generally do what tourists do. Easy. Unfortunately, a lack of planning meant we couldn’t actually find Oman – I mean, it’s Oman, it’s an entire country, you’d think it would be easy enough, right? Apparently not – and the couple of hours trip to the border took the best part of a day. Then, when we actually arrived at the border, someone (me) hadn’t brought insurance documents for the car (insurance? For crossing borders? Who knew?), meaning we had to lie our way across. Literally, we lied our way over the border with a series of unconvincing tall tales that were either more convincing than we thought, or just wore down the poor man on the border crossing until he relented and let us through. Finally, after yet further travel direction mishaps – and yet more hours – we arrived in Muscat. And everything was closed. It was Ramadan, and unlike here in Dubai, everything just shuts down for the Holy Month. Which we would have known, had we actually planned the trip. If you’re going on road trip, plan it first. A great way to start is by reading our guide to the best regional road trips (p33). In it you’ll find out how to make the most of an adventure, whether it’s just for the day or even longer. Perfect planning. Roy would be proud. Enjoy the issue.

just for the day or even longer. Perfect planning. Roy would be proud. Enjoy the issue.

OCTOBER 2011 WHAT’S ON 11

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UAE. Tweet yourself.
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the UAE. Tweet yourself. U Salaam! Welcome to our world What’s hot WORLD’S BIGGEST KEBAB Dubai

What’s hot

Tweet yourself. U Salaam! Welcome to our world What’s hot WORLD’S BIGGEST KEBAB Dubai being home
WORLD’S BIGGEST KEBAB
WORLD’S BIGGEST KEBAB

Dubai being home to the world’s tallest building wasn’t enough for one local restaurant, which has set a Guinness record of its own – for the world’s largest kebab.

record of its own – for the world’s largest kebab. APPLE UAE Technology whizking Apple has
APPLE UAE
APPLE UAE

Technology whizking Apple has nally launched a dedicated UAE version of its online store. Fanboys rejoice as you can now order your Apple tech to your door.

rejoice as you can now order your Apple tech to your door. METRO OPEN LONGER First
METRO OPEN LONGER
METRO OPEN LONGER

First the new Green Line opened. And now the RTA has extended the opening hours for the metro, with the last train departing at midnight on weekdays, and 1am on weekends. Time to ditch that car.

What’s not

and 1am on weekends. Time to ditch that car. What’s not SERVICE CHARGE We’re all for
and 1am on weekends. Time to ditch that car. What’s not SERVICE CHARGE We’re all for
and 1am on weekends. Time to ditch that car. What’s not SERVICE CHARGE We’re all for
SERVICE CHARGE
SERVICE CHARGE

We’re all for tipping in restaurants

– good service deserves its

reward. But it's nice to have the option, as opposed to having it automatically included in the bill, which is happening in some DIFC restaurants.

EXPENSIVE PETROL
EXPENSIVE PETROL

A global survey has shown

that the UAE is the only GCC country not to make the list of the cheapest places to buy petrol.

not to make the list of the cheapest places to buy petrol. ID CARD DEADLINE After
ID CARD DEADLINE
ID CARD DEADLINE

After several deadlines have been and gone, The Emirates Identity Authority has con rmed that Dubai-based expats have until June 2012 to register for an Emirates ID or incur a daily ne. We think they mean it this time.

ID or incur a daily ne. We think they mean it this time. Guess list Here's

Guess list

Here's what we've heard, but keep it 'hush hush'

what we've heard, but keep it 'hush hush' LADY GAGA Sales of meat-based dresses in the

LADY GAGA Sales of meat-based dresses in the Emirates could go up by one, if our showbiz insider is to believed, thanks to a planned visit by Lady Gaga. Our connected chum insists the singer will be over ‘by the end of the year’.

15% 35% 50%
15%
35%
50%
will be over ‘by the end of the year’. 15% 35% 50% DURAN DURAN E ortlessly

DURAN DURAN

E ortlessly

easing

the year’. 15% 35% 50% DURAN DURAN E ortlessly easing MOVIDA Bad news for ugly people

MOVIDA Bad news for ugly people – the chances of you being refused entry to a club look

the squares of his Rubik’s Cube to complete three sides (yellow, white and blue – a new personal best), the What’s On man-in-the- know circa 1980 looked us dead in the eye and whispered two words:

“Duran Duran”, before cycling home on a Raleigh Burner bike to watch an episode of Miami Vice.

set to increase, with news reaching us that swish London celebrity hangout Movida will be opening up a Dubai branch in

2012.

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MONTH

WE'RE

GOING

TO

Dubai branch in 2012. THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING TO CIRQUE DU SOUK What’s that? An Arabian
Dubai branch in 2012. THIS MONTH WE'RE GOING TO CIRQUE DU SOUK What’s that? An Arabian

CIRQUE DU SOUK What’s that? An Arabian inspired spectacular with ying tanoura dancers and acrobats? We’re in. Oct 7 and 8, Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs185. Tel: (04) 3666546. madinattheatre.com

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Ashraf Ghori , film-maker and CEO of Xpanse CGI Eating out a Art
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Ashraf Ghori , film-maker and CEO of Xpanse CGI Eating out a Art

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Ashraf Ghori, film-maker and CEO of Xpanse CGI

Eating out a
Eating out
a

Art space

I love Lebanese food. You have to try the grilled chicken at Al-Reef in Al Qusais and the mandi at Tawasol, Deira. Al Reef Lebanese Bakery, Al Qusais. Tel:

(04) 3945200 Al Tawasol, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira, noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 2959797

Equipment

I’ve seen world- renowned independent lm- makers use the most humble of entry-level equipment. At Salam, in Oud Metha, they have an excellent range of Nikon and Canon DSLRs, which can do an amazing job capturing video. The sta are also really helpful and actually know what they are talking about – which is always a bonus. Salam Studio, Grand Store, Wafi Mall, Oud Metha. Tel: (04) 7048484. salams.com

Shelter, in Al Quoz, is

really cool, creative

space – great for having meetings with people, and they also put on

lm screenings and

workshops throughout the year. Shelter, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3809040. shelter.ae

Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3809040. shelter.ae Graphic Novels My work is highly in

Graphic Novels

My work is highly in uenced by my love for comics. Kinokuniya is the best option in the UAE for a good selection of graphic novels. Their range of scale models and action gures is amazing, too. Book World by Kinokuniya, Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4340111. kinokuniya.com

Mall, Downtown, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4340111. kinokuniya.com OLIVER Family musical Oliver makes its way onto the

OLIVER Family musical Oliver makes its way onto the boards at Ductac. Best of all, a percentage of the tickets sales is being donated to children's charities. Oct 21 and 22, Ductac, Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 3414777. ductac.org

Al Barsha, Dubai, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 3414777. ductac.org WHO'S A GOOD BOY? Paws Pet Planet –

WHO'S A GOOD BOY? Paws Pet Planet – the day care centre for dogs – is hosting an o the leash park day for dogs, with giveaways, games and goodie-bags. Oct 8, Dubai Investment Park, Green Community, 10am to 4pm, free. Tel: (04) 8848894. pawspetplanet.com

GIRL

ABOUT

TOWN

Dubai 92’s Geordiebird gives us the heads up from the Dubai bar scene

What does it look like? It’s very cool and modern, actually – a contrast to the hotel – with marble pillars

THIS MONTH: VODA BAR d
THIS MONTH:
VODA BAR
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and white pod seats dotted around.

Who goes there?

I didn’t see any familiar ‘faces’, which was kind of nice, to be honest. The crowd was fairly mixed, from mid-20s to early 40s,

including a few holidaymakers. When should you go? We went on a Thursday and it was nicely full, with a happy hour from 7pm to 9pm and DJ Da Sendri playing deep house. The tunes weren’t intrusive though, and provided a soundtrack to our chatting. Drink recommendations? The signature Turkish delight cocktail is amazing, and we also tried some fantastic mocktails – you should de nitely try the virgin mojito. Any food on the menu? Sushi. We shared an excellent platter and nibbled on edamame. Dress code? It’s a smart bar but people didn’t go too overboard with the designer togs. No shorts or ip- ops, though. How's the service? Our smiley waitress was so nice we nearly invited her to join us. Sweet, speedy and not in your face. What's the taxi situation? Easy. There were loads outside. Beware the many speed bumps nearby though – we counted 16 of them! GB VERDICT:

A great bar if you live on The Palm, but an awkward, isolated place to start, or end, an evening.

Voda Bar, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4530444

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SALAAM In the news THE NAME GAME You might think that naming a Metro station

SALAAM

SALAAM In the news THE NAME GAME You might think that naming a Metro station after

In the news

THE NAME GAME You might think that naming a Metro station after a bank or
THE NAME GAME
You might think that naming a Metro station after
a bank or electronics store is confusing, but the
RTA has appealed for sponsors for the naming of
the 18 new Green Line stations – and it's easy to
see
why
2 billion dirhams have been raised from
station branding over the last two years
If you could name a Metro station what would you call
it? Tweet us @WhatsOnDubai
What’s On Station
Jetting in Its London incarnation is a famed celeb magnet, and following the so opening
Jetting in
Its London incarnation is a famed
celeb magnet, and following the so
opening of members' club Embassy
Dubai this month we’ve had a tip o
from an insider that Iron Maiden’s
Bruce Dickinson will be ying a
planeload of his rock ‘n’ roll chums
in for the grand opening on the
weekend of November’s Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix.
OTHER CELEBS RUMOURED TO BE ON THE GUEST LIST: Britney Spears The Saturdays Kimberly Wyatt
OTHER CELEBS
RUMOURED TO BE
ON THE GUEST LIST:
Britney Spears
The Saturdays
Kimberly Wyatt (Pussycat Dolls)
JLS
Nick Knowles
Denise van Outen
cast members from The Only
Way Is Essex
Peter Andre
Outen cast members from The Only Way Is Essex Peter Andre Celeb spotter Star visitors to

Celeb

spotter

from The Only Way Is Essex Peter Andre Celeb spotter Star visitors to keep an eye

Star visitors to keep an eye out for in the coming months

Chris Brown (December), Kim Kardashian (October), Metallica (October), Janet Jackson (October), Eva Longoria (Octo- ber), Michael Bolton (November), Kelly Brook (October)

ber), Michael Bolton (November), Kelly Brook (October) CESSION? RECESSION? WHAT RECESSION? The world is

CESSION?

RECESSION?

WHAT

RECESSION?

The world is going through a tough time financially, but these figures suggest Dubai isn’t too bothered by the global financial crisis

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The number of Porsches sold at the Dubai deal- ership in August 2011 – a company record

5

Average percentage increase in UAE salaries over the past year

15

Per cent increase in new jobs created across the UAE in 2011

FILM CORNER As life kicks back into top gear following the long summer, the Dubai
FILM CORNER
As life kicks back into top gear following the long summer, the Dubai Con dential Film Club
has re-emerged with a ni y little idea for its up and coming a ernoon screening of Breakfast
at Ti any’s. Wait a minute, an a ernoon screening? Why that is madness, we here you say. But
the key is that Blake Edwards' much-loved 1961 classic will be followed by a vintage English
a ernoon tea party, replicating the atmosphere of the lm – I say! How quaint.
Oct 8, Dubai Confidential Film Club, Pavilion, Downtown, Dubai, 2pm, Dhs150. Tel: (055) 5537686.
dubaiconfidential.ae

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A duo of decadent delights for your competitive pleasures

WIN! IMPERIUM BRUNCH FOR SIX AT JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY

One of Dubai’s most impressive new hotels

has launched a new Friday brunch and, to celebrate, we’re giving you the opportunity to win a table for six. Set in stunning French restaurant Imperium, you and your guests can enjoy a sumptuous seasonal selection including cold cuts, roasts, artisan cheeses, brasserie-style dishes, fresh seafood and, of course, divine desserts, all with Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne and live jazz. Afterwards head next door to Voda Bar for buy one get one free drinks until 9pm. For your chance to win this dazzling prize, simply tell us… Where is the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel?

a) The Tree

b) The Palm

c) The Branch

Zabeel Saray hotel? a) The Tree b) The Palm c) The Branch WIN! A NIGHT’S STAY
Zabeel Saray hotel? a) The Tree b) The Palm c) The Branch WIN! A NIGHT’S STAY

WIN! A NIGHT’S STAY FOR TWO AT THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA

Treat yourself and a loved one to a weekend in a swanky hotel, with this fantastic prize. We have a night’s stay in a deluxe room at The Address Dubai Marina up for grabs, including bu et breakfast in Mazina and access to the gorgeous elevated in nity pool. Home to a fab spa, four restaurants and lounges and a 24-hour gym, the hotel also has direct access to Marina Mall so you can satisfy your food, tness and fashion cravings. For your chance to win a weekend away for two, you’ll have to get this question right… Which mall is the hotel attached to?

a) Deira City Centre

b) Marina Mall

c) Mall Of The Emirates

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

SINGING

Listen up all you attention seekers, potential pop idols and tone-deaf wailers. Dubai’s singing scene has taken off in a big way, turning us from mute wallflowers to wannabe warblers. Whether you’re ready for the spotlight, taking to the stage for the first time or just want to warm up those rusty pipes, we’ve found the best places and people to kick-start your crooning career

KARAOKE

Where to publicly strut your stuff

HIBIKI KARAOKE LOUNGE

BEST FOR… SHY TYPES Too chicken to rock the mic in front of a crowd? Hibiki has three private rooms equipped with machine, ideal for private parties. is Dubai singing stalwart has a loyal crowd of regulars (we’ve spotted Dubai 92’s Catboy belting out Wichita Lineman there on several occasions…) but the happy hour from 7.30pm to 9.30pm pulls in new performers too. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira, Dubai, Mon to Sat 7.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 2096701. dubai.regency. hyatt.com

ROCK BOTTOM CAFE

BEST FOR… POST-BRUNCH ENTERTAINMENT Every Friday from around 8.30pm the stage is handed over to the punters. Probably not the wisest move, but amusing nonetheless. Famed for blue drinks and hardened drinkers, Rocky B’s is a magnet for fun loving party people, guaranteeing you a good time, whether you’re belting out a tune or just tittering from the sidelines. Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai, noon to 3am. Tel: (04) 3963888. regentpalacehotel.co.uk/ dubai

to 3am. Tel: (04) 3963888. regentpalacehotel.co.uk/ dubai KUNG KOREAN RESTAURANT & KARAOKE BEST FOR… FOOD FANS

KUNG KOREAN RESTAURANT & KARAOKE

BEST FOR… FOOD FANS AND THE MARINA MASSIVE We love karaoke. We’re big fans of Korean food. And this end of town has long been without a spot for us to show o our pipes/ merrily humiliate ourselves, so we’re tipping our caps and dedicating a shaky rendition of Wonderwall to Kung, the latest karaoke club in town. Housed in the Byblos hotel, there are eight private karaoke rooms, two private dining rooms and authentic Korean cuisine (you might need to ask a hostess to translate the menu). Get there before the crooning crowds discover it. Byblos Hotel, TECOM, Dubai, 7pm to 2.30am. Tel: (04) 4488000. bybloshoteldubai.com

BOSTON BAR

BEST FOR… A LOW-KEY LAUGH Five drinks for Dhs89 and karaoke from 8pm until midnight? Sign us up. At Boston Bar on Friday nights everyone who sings is rewarded with a free drink, with no one taking it too seriously and some of the nest ‘shout alongs’ we’ve ever witnessed. It’s worth mentioning the quality pub fodder too, which you might appreciate a er you’ve dominated the mic for four hours. Jumeirah Rotana, Al Diyafah Street, Satwa, Dubai, noon to 2.30am. Tel: (04) 3455888. rotana. com

IN THE CITY

IN THE CITY HARRY GHATTO’S BEST FOR… EXHIBITIONISTS A tiny room packed with people not so
IN THE CITY HARRY GHATTO’S BEST FOR… EXHIBITIONISTS A tiny room packed with people not so
IN THE CITY HARRY GHATTO’S BEST FOR… EXHIBITIONISTS A tiny room packed with people not so
IN THE CITY HARRY GHATTO’S BEST FOR… EXHIBITIONISTS A tiny room packed with people not so

HARRY GHATTO’S

BEST FOR… EXHIBITIONISTS A tiny room packed with people not so patiently waiting for their signature tune, Harry’s is the hottest spot for budding professionals. e Kosupure promotion (‘kosupure’ is the Japanese word for costume and play) on Monday and Tuesday nights invites you to glam up as your favourite pop or rock star, with everyone who dresses to impress earning a free drink and the best e ort (for both appearance and singing performance) winning a grand prize from behind the bar. Registration starts at 10pm, with the winner announced by the judges at midnight. Need some Dutch courage? ere’s a happy hour from 8pm to 10pm. However, it’s worth a visit all through the week, with some impressive cover versions and the hostesses getting involved too. We may have sung A Whole New World from Aladdin with them once. Maybe. Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 8pm to 3pm. Tel: (04) 3198088. jumeirah.com

Road, Dubai, 8pm to 3pm. Tel: (04) 3198088. jumeirah.com IT’S MIRCHI BEST FOR… BELTING OUT THE

IT’S MIRCHI

BEST FOR… BELTING OUT THE BOLLYWOOD Do you like curry? Do you like karaoke? en you’ll love curryoke. Every night at Indian restaurant It’s Mirchi there’s a curry bu et (Dhs79 or Dhs155 with ve drinks) and a mic up for grabs. If Bollywood songs are your forte then you’ll love this place, but there’s English language tracks too. ere’s a di erent theme each evening, with ladies’ night on Tuesdays with free drinks for the fairer sex, Rocking Retro on Wednesdays and Desi Fever every Friday with DJs broadcasting live on 89.1FM. Can you handle the heat? Ramee Royal Hotel, Karama, Dubai, 7pm to late. Tel: (04) 3344088. rameehotels.com

CHINA SEA

BEST FOR… VALUE FOR MONEY FEASTS AND YOUR OWN MACHINE Home to some of the most authentic Chinese cuisine in Dubai (and it’s super cheap to boot) China Sea also has private dining rooms upstairs kitted out with karaoke machines, all in kitsch surroundings. It’s not licensed so you’ll have to be con dent in your abilities or go with a tone-deaf group, but you’ll have control over the tunes and enjoy some seriously good food. Near Clocktower Roundabout, Maktoum Street, Deira, Dubai, 11am to 1am. Tel: (04) 2959816

SWITCH BOWLING

Deira, Dubai, 11am to 1am. Tel: (04) 2959816 SWITCH BOWLING BEST FOR… FAMILIES Über-modern bowling haven

BEST FOR… FAMILIES Über-modern bowling haven Switch also boasts two private karaoke rooms (Dhs50 per hour) where you can enjoy a massive range of tracks in a state-of-the-art setting. ere’s regular membership o ers and ladies’ nights too, with billiards, PlayStation rooms and dining on site, plus some seriously impressive bowling lanes. Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 10.30am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 4405961. switchbowlingdubai.com

TIME CAFE

BEST FOR… PEOPLE WITH A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN Another one in the Ramee Royal Hotel (the neighbours must love them…) you can sing your little heart out from 10pm each night at Time Café with a book full of English language tracks. It’s also ladies’ night seven days a week, and happy hour every day from 9pm to midnight, with 20 per cent o all drinks. If singing isn’t your thing, you’ll also nd loads of screens showing sport, plenty of pool tables and beanbags for lounging on. Ramee Royal Hotel, Karama, Dubai, 7pm to late. Tel: (04) 3344088. rameehotels.com

SINGING IN THE CITY

OPEN MIC NIGHT If you’re ready for an audience then head to Bert’s Café in
OPEN
MIC NIGHT
If you’re ready for an audience then
head to Bert’s Café in The Greens on
Wednesdays at 8pm. Established local
musicians and rst-timers alike can take
to the tiny stage and serenade diners, with
no pressure and a welcoming crowd.
Bert’s Café, The Greens, Dubai.
Tel: (04) 3619292

CHOIRS

Meet up, tune up and perform with a group

BELLE VOCI

An informal, friendly band of singers, Belle Voci performs music from across a number

of genres and decades. Rehearsing weekly

and free to join, the choir is always open to new members, with the emphasis on enjoying music and meeting like-minded songstresses.

E-mail: bellevocigroup@gmail.com

LESSONS

Perfect your pitch or take your first steps to stardom

IMPACT

Offering a number of musical stylings from jazz to rock, Impact’s Karen Bradfield says “beginners are better as there are no bad habits” so don’t be shy. Lessons cost Dhs220 for an hour and take place at DUCTAC. With Impact linked to musical theatre productions in the UAE, there’s plenty of scope for taking your new hobby to the next level, too. DUCTAC, Mall Of The Emirates, Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (050) 8549782. ductac.org

JUMEIRAH MUSIC CENTRE

An enthusiastic bunch, the teachers at JMC o er one-on-one lessons for children aged eight up to adult, with everyone from beginners to advanced singers catered for. A one-o class costs Dhs140 or Dhs520 for four, and you don’t need to read music to get the most from a session. Jumeriah Plaza, Beach Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3492662. jumeirah-music.com

VOCAL COACHING DUBAI

Teacher Helen has coached everyone from rst timers who can’t hold a tune to out of practice pros, and everyone in between. All you need is a desire to warble. And don’t worry if you can’t read music or the last time you sang was somewhat awkwardly to earn

or the last time you sang was somewhat awkwardly to earn a slice of your colleague’s

a slice of your colleague’s birthday cake, Helen covers everything from posture to performing. Still unconvinced? A 30-minute no obligation taster lesson costs just Dhs100. The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (050) 5540579. vocalcoachingdubai.com

CENTRE FOR MUSICAL ARTS

Lessons for budding singers aged six and over are available at CMA, with music tailored to suit your interests and preferences? Want to learn a Disney classic? Fancy trying a classical aria? No problem. A term of 13 classes costs Dhs1,635 for half an hour once a week. Youngsters can also attend the Saturday Sessions from 10am to 1pm at Dubai College (Dhs950 for ten weeks), where they’ll meet other wannabe performers, work as an ensemble and create a choir. Mall Of The Emirates and Gold & Diamond Park, Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3418872. cmadubai.com

Diamond Park, Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3418872. cmadubai.com DUBAI CHAMBER CHOIR One of the city’s most
Diamond Park, Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3418872. cmadubai.com DUBAI CHAMBER CHOIR One of the city’s most
Diamond Park, Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3418872. cmadubai.com DUBAI CHAMBER CHOIR One of the city’s most

DUBAI CHAMBER CHOIR

One of the city’s most impressive choirs, the DCC is well known for its

stunning Christmas carols concerts and performances of the classics in venues as diverse as The Fridge and Emirates Palace. The standard is high and members take

it seriously, with auditions held several

times a year. If you have the talent and commitment, this is the ensemble for you.

E-mail: dubaichamberchoir@yahoo.co.uk

DUBAI SINGERS

A lively bunch of talented singers, this

choir has been running for over 30 years, performing everything from well-known musicals to the upcoming production of Petite Messe Solonelle by Rossini. What started as a sing-along round a piano is now a popular group of singers that claims, “even if you are not especially talented, we do expect you to be dedicated”. No auditions are necessary and rehearsals take place in the Kindermusik villa in Umm Suqeim on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm. E-mail: dubaisingers.info

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Sandance

Break out the flip-flops – Sandance is back. The beach-based festival hits the golden sands of Nasimi this month, and it’s boasting another impressive line-up, with The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, chart-topping pop rapper Example, plus a full Chicane live show, DJ action from David Morales, Joris Voorn, Sasha and lashings of local talent

RichardAshcroft

Voorn, Sasha and lashings of local talent RichardAshcroft Performing a special live acoustic set for Sandance,

Performing a special live acoustic set for Sandance, Richard Ashcroft’s first appearance in Dubai is something of a calming lull before the party starts in earnest. We grilled the former The Verve frontman on reunions, his friendship with Liam and Noel Gallagher, and his gangster alter ego…

Have you played an acoustic set at a dance festival before? Not really. But in England, early raves were very eclectic. They weren’t necessarily all- night dance events. People would throw on different things. I had a brief spell clubbing when I was younger. You’d dance to a certain beat for six hours then at the end all you really wanted [to listen to] was Bob Dylan or The Beatles. So long as you’re on

at the right time and you’ve got the songs, it’s not a problem.

Will you be dusting o The Verve’s classic back catalogue? I’ll be playing some of the best songs I’ve written – in my mind – over the last 20 years. I’m not sure if I’ll play e Drugs Don’t Work because, well… but probably Lucky Man, Sonnet, A Song For e Lovers, Break e Night With Colour. I’m not one of these guys who deny the audience the right to hear his best tunes.

Are you looking forward to any other acts at Sandance? Example is doing very well. In England, success comes with a heavy price, and I’ve got a lot of time for anyone who breaks

through and does something half interesting, especially in the pop world. It’s a tough game. And you’ve got to respect people who have been around a while, like Chicane. When I was younger, I probably threw out a few bad comments about people, but with time you learn to respect your peers. You realise how hard it is.

How familiar are you with Dubai? This is my first visit, amazingly. I’m looking forward to checking it out. It looks psychedelic. Everyone has preconceived ideas of places. I try and keep an open mind, but I can imagine a lot of marble and air conditioning, some nice beaches with great water parks, and streets where keeping up with the Joneses means have you got the [Rolls-Royce] Phantom coupé

ever make music together again. Life’s too short. No matter how much money’s on the

ever make music together again. Life’s too short. No matter how much money’s on the table, it really isn’t worth it. I started losing belief in the concept of the band very early in life because it’s unreasonable to ask grown adults to live and breathe the same air in the same space for so long. We watch people crack up on Big Brother within five or six days. With the band, you’re talking ten years. It’s like Spinal Tap. I loved Spinal Tap as a kid, but it’s also a blueprint for all the things that you don’t want to get involved with.

Is there another solo Richard Ashcroft album on the way? I’m in the process of trying to write a set of songs to compete with the best I’ve written. For the last few albums I’ve been on a bit of a voyage, trying to discover different ways of recording, different styles. There’s a certain time when I think people recognised me as a great songwriter. If I’ve got any clarity about what I’m doing next it’s about reclaiming that, if I ever had it. So that’s what I’m heading for: that definitive album. I was 40 the other day, which suggests I’m in a different phase of my life. I think it’s time to relate to my people, the people who have grown up with me. richardashcroft.com

or the drop top or only the four-door hard top. I’m sure there’s a bit of that going on. But if you see the photographs of Dubai merely 25 or 30 years ago it’s astonishing. It was like a little fishing village that’s mushroomed into something entirely different. It’s incredible. I’d be interested in what’s going to be created in Dubai over the next ten or 20 years. What’s going to be the sound of Dubai, in a place that’s relatively young but ancient at the same time?

Your old friend Liam Gallagher’s new band, Beady Eye, played the UAE recently. Will you ask his advice about the country?

[Laughs] I see him now and again. Whenever people are gunning for me, Liam turns up out the blue or he’ll give a call. And Noel [Gallagher] was very good to e Verve at the beginning. So my respect goes

a long way, but I won’t be asking any advice because I don’t need anybody’s anymore. I tend to just do it and see how it goes.

You claim to have a slightly gangster alter ego, named after The Godfather character Michael Corleone. At what point does he come out to play? Michael is something we were laughing about in the studio making my last album in New York. It’s a character we can all relate to. His whole life is spent walking between his very dark side and wanting to morally put himself back together again. Michael, my alter ego, can turn up. I’m not someone who turns into Michael at any given moment. [Laughs] Michael just makes sure other people don’t take the ****.

What are the chances of The Verve

reforming again in the foreseeable future?

I really have no idea. You learn that

sometimes things come to an end for a reason – very real reasons – and time doesn’t always heal. It’s highly unlikely we’ll

Joris

Voorn

The Amsterdam-based tech-house DJ can’t wait for his Dubai debut at Sandance…

I’ve never been to Dubai

ubai
ubai
Dubai debut at Sandance… I’ve never been to Dubai ubai so I don’t know what t

so I don’t know what t to expect. I’ve played all over the world, from really underground venues to larger commercial clubs, so I’m good at adapting. Expect a lot of good music, somewhere between etween

house and techno. I play a lot of my own stu , with quite a few remixes, plus music from artists on my label, Rejected. Every gig I played this summer went really well. I played all over the place: New York, London, Holland. But Europe didn’t see the greatest of summers, so I’m excited to be back in the sunshine. e beauty of festivals is that you have time to go and see other acts perform. I always try to see as many acts as I can. Sometimes it’s hard because of schedules, but I always look if there’s time. And I love going to the beach, although I don’t always have time to go as much as I would like. I’m fully booked for the rest of this year:

South America, North America and a lot of gigs in Europe. I need to make sure that I’ve got enough space in my passport. jorisvoorn.com

WIN! A MEET AND GREET WITH RICHARD ASHCROFT, PLUS SANDANCE TICKETS

We have a meet and greet with Richard Ashcroft for two people (including a pair of tickets), plus more tickets to Sandance to give away. For your chance to win, simply e-mail winwithwhatson@motivate.ae with ‘Sandance’ in the subject line and the answer to the following question:

a) Wood b) Rock and minerals c) Smarties
a)
Wood
b)
Rock and minerals
c)
Smarties

Sand is made from tiny particles of what substance?

David

Morales

The veteran New York clubland legend on tans, his DJ mates and winning Grammys

clubland legend on tans, his DJ mates and winning Grammys Are you looking forward to topping

Are you looking forward to topping up your tan at Sandance? [Laughs]. I’ve been on the beach all summer, so I’m tanned already. But I don’t mind relaxing in the Gulf. Are you pals with any of the other DJs playing the festival? Only Sasha. I’ve known him for almost 20 years. He was my warm-up DJ many moons ago. You’ve played club dates in Dubai before, but do you expect a di erent vibe this time? Yes. Obviously clubs are more intimate. In clubs people get more dressed up and they don’t come out until late. Festivals usually attract a lot more people. You’re among an elite band of DJs/ producers to win a Grammy. Do you keep the gong on display? I keep it in my studio. I have great memories of my journey in this business, from producing famous artists to winning awards. What’s next? Producing new artist, besides producing my own records, and touring as usual. I plan on taking a month o in November and then I have a new album coming out in December. djdavidmorales.com

Oct 14, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, 2pm to 2am, Dhs200 to Dhs350. Tel: (055) 2004321. atlantisthepalm.com

Example

Tracing the evolution of Elliot Gleave, aka metamorphosing West London dance-rapper Example, who plays live at Sandance along- side his spinner, DJ Wire…

2007 Releases debut album, What We Made,

on Mike ‘The Streets’ Skinner’s label, The Beats.

2008 Plays his first stand-up comedy gigs in

London after being mentored by funnyman Richard Herring as part of a feature for BBC TV’s The Culture Show.

2009 Crashes the UK single charts for the first

time with Watch The Sun Come Up, the opening single from his second album, Won’t Go Quietly.

1982

Born in West London.

 

2010

Releases Won’t Go Quietly, featuring

1992

As a schoolboy, wins the Royal Mail Poet

production from Calvin Harris and Chase &

Of The Year competition.

Status.

2000 Starts at Royal Holloway University and

meets his producer, Rusher.

2006 Gains his first sniff of fame with BBC

Radio 1 daytime airplay for Lily Allen parody, Vile. Puts out debut single proper, I Don’t Want To,

films a video in Chernobyl for the track What We Made.

2011 Makes the final leap to stardom during

what future generations may dub the Summer Of Example: two UK number one singles, Changed The Way You Kiss Me and Stay Awake, are followed by his first chart-topping album, Playing In The Shadows. trythisforexample.com

FIVE TO TRY

FIVE TO TRY A bevy of Bavarians couldn’t keep us from donning our lederhosen, grabbing a

A bevy of Bavarians couldn’t keep us from donning our lederhosen, grabbing a stein, eating a bratwurst and cramming as many German stereotypes as possible into a night out. Miles away from Munich, we’ve found the best bars in Dubai celebrating Oktoberfest

HOFBRÄUHAUS

When it comes to Oktoberfest in Dubai, it’s hard to get more traditional that Hofbräuhaus. Despite being the younger sister of the original bar in Munich, the Oktoberfest spread of food and beverages will demonstrate just how traditional it

really is. They have even booked a German band who promise to have you doing an exhilarating rendition of the ‘birdie dance’

– nope, we have no idea what that is either.

Until Oct 31, Hofbräuhaus, JW Marriot Dubai, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira, Dubai, 7pm to 2am, Dhs230 including drinks. Tel: (04) 6077977. marriottdiningatjw.ae

SLOANE’S

At What’s On we love it when people put

a local spin on things, so we applaud

Sloane’s decision to merge the Oktoberfest celebration with the very Dubai tradition of Friday brunches. Expect a buffet chock- full of schnitzels, sauerkraut, Wurts and pretzels – top marks. Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Sloane’s, Grosvenor House, Al Sufouh Road, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs220. Tel: (04) 3998888. grosvenorhouse-dubai.com

GRAND

OKTOBERFEST

The people at Le Méridien are so committed to the goodtime Bavarian vibe that they are erecting an Oktoberfest tent, flying in a band from Bavaria, have two German chefs cooking up a specific a la carte menu and stacking the bar with deals on traditional brews – impressive. Oct 12 to 29, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, Sat to Wed 7pm to 1am, Thurs and Fri 7pm to 3am, free. Tel: (04) 3172271. restaurants. dubai.hyatt.com

Hofbräuhaus
Hofbräuhaus
THE HUB Despite being hosted in an Irish bar, this is still one of our

THE HUB

Despite being hosted in an Irish bar, this is

still one of our top picks for the festivities. Running for a week, The Hub’s

THE IRISH VILLAGE

As you’d expect, the home of Hopfest

does Oktoberfest very well indeed. Taking place over a weekend, the chefs have

celebrations are firmly focused ed on on

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gone gone all all out o with a buffet of

the food. Arrive with plenty of of

grilled grilled sausages, sauerkraut,

room in your leather shorts as as there’s German specialities on offer including pretzels, bratwurst, weisswurst (a veal sausage) and roast chicken braised with cabbage and potato dumplings. Until Oct 3, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 6pm to 1am, free. Tel: (04) 4484862. sofitel.com/dubai ubai

herrings, herr pretzels and

mo more, all washed

down with lashings

of German ale. And

what soundtrack could

be more perfect than

Oompah bank PIK AS?

Oct Oc 13 and 14, Aviation

Club, Clu Garhoud, Dubai, 7pm

to to late, late free. Tel: (04) 2824750.

theirishvillage.ae theirishvi

free. Tel: (04) 2824750. theirishvillage.ae theirishvi WHEN DID IT START? Last year Oktoberfest celebrated its
free. Tel: (04) 2824750. theirishvillage.ae theirishvi WHEN DID IT START? Last year Oktoberfest celebrated its

WHEN DID IT START?

Last year Oktoberfest celebrated its 200th anniversary with an estimated 6.5 million visitors to the home of the party, Munich.

HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?

It was originally all about the royal wedding in 1810, with the people of Munich invited to attend and party in the fields outside the city gates. There were horse races, which were repeated the next year, and it soon morphed into an agricultural show with a few beer stands. By the close of the century visitors were more interested in the steins than the sheep.

WHY DO OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATIONS SOMETIMES HAPPEN IN SEPTEMBER?

Traditionally, festivities took place in the 16 days up to and including the first Sunday in October. Deceiving, we know.

HAS IT TAKEN PLACE EVERY YEAR SINCE 1810?

No, fairly major problems like war and cholera epidemics have cancelled the festival 24 times.

DO I HAVE TO GET DRESSED UP?

No, but you’ll probably have more fun (and enjoy a few more free ales) if you do.

have more fun (and enjoy a few more free ales) if you do. You won’t need
have more fun (and enjoy a few more free ales) if you do. You won’t need

You won’t need to speak German in Dubai, but it’s all about authenticity

An Guad’n – bon appétit Darf ich mich zu dir setzen? – may I sit here? Fingerhackeln – a popular activity in the

tent, involving two men sitting opposite each

other, hooking their middle fingers and trying

to pull their opponent over the table. We don’t

condone this behaviour…

Heisl – toilet (comes from‘häuslein’meaning ‘little house’) Noagerl – the very last sip from your glass. For extra points shout‘pfiati naoger!‘– to bid it farewell

PHOTOGRAPHY: PLC

PHOTOGRAPHY: PLC Football fever After a crazy summer of wild rumours, world-class players jetting in and

Football fever

After a crazy summer of wild rumours, world-class players jetting in and new managers taking the helm – including Diego Maradona – the most hotly anticipated football season in UAE history starts on October 15. Here’s the low- down on the Pro-League teams, their star players and a guide on who to support…

teams, their star players and a guide on who to support… AL AHLI Formed: 1970 League
teams, their star players and a guide on who to support… AL AHLI Formed: 1970 League
AL AHLI

AL AHLI

Formed: 1970 League titles: Five Last season: Eighth Manager: Ivan Hasek Kit: Red/White Stadium: Al-Rashid Stadium, Al Nahda Street, Dubai Capacity: 18,000 Player to watch: Luis Jimenez Summer signing: Gra te alahliclub.ae

AL WAHDA
AL WAHDA

Formed: 1984 League titles: Four Last season: Fifth Manager: Josef Hickersberger Kit: Burgundy/White Stadium: Al-Nahyan Stadium, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi Capacity: 12,000 Player to watch: Fernando Baiano Summer signing: Masa’ed Neda alwahdaclub.ae

Most AL AIN successful club Formed: 1968 League titles: Nine Last season: Tenth Manager: Cosmin
Most
AL AIN
successful
club
Formed: 1968
League titles: Nine
Last season: Tenth
Manager: Cosmin Olaroiu
Kit: White/Purple
Stadium: Sheikh Tahnoun Stadium, Mohammed Bin
Khalifa St, Al Ain
Capacity: 15,000
Player to watch: Mirel Radoi
Summer signing: Asamoah Gyan
alainfc.ae
Diego
Maradona
AL WASL

Formed: 1974 League titles: Seven Last season: Sixth Manager: Diego Maradona Kit: Yellow/Black Stadium: Zabeel Stadium, Dubai Capacity: 12,000 Player to watch: Khalid Darwish Summer signing: Edson Puch alwaslsc.ae

AJMAN
AJMAN

Formed: 1974 League titles: None Last season: Division Two winners (promoted) Manager: Abdul Qader Kit: Orange Stadium: Ajman Stadium, Ajman Capacity: 10,000 Player to watch: Ibrahima Toure Summer signing: Karim Kerkar ajmanclub.ae

BANIYAS

BANIYAS

Formed: 1982 League titles: None Last season: Runners-up Manager: Jorvan Vieira Kit: White/Blue Stadium: Baniyas Stadium, Baniyas Capacity: 6,000 Player to watch: Andre Senghor Summer signing: David Trezeguet baniyasclub.ae

6,000 Player to watch: Andre Senghor Summer signing: David Trezeguet baniyasclub.ae 30 WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 2011
Defending AL JAZIRA Champions SHARJAH AL NASR Formed: 1974 League titles: One Last season: Champions
Defending
AL JAZIRA
Champions
SHARJAH
AL NASR
Formed: 1974
League titles: One
Last season: Champions
Manager: Franky Vercauteren
Kit: White/Red
Stadium: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Capacity: 42,056
Player to watch: Matias Delgado
Summer signing: Lucas Neil
jc.ae
Formed: 1945
League titles: Three
Last season: Third
Manager: Walter Zenga
Kit: Blue/White
Stadium: Al-Maktoum Stadium, Oud Metha, Dubai
Capacity: 12,000
Player to watch: Carlos Tenorio
Summer signing: Mark Bresciano
alnasrclub.com
Formed: 1966
League titles: Five
Last season: Seventh
Manager: Valeriu Tita
Kit: White/Red
Stadium: Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Capacity: 18,000
Player to watch: Anderson de Carvalho
Summer signing: Eder Luciano
sharjahclub.ae
AL SHABAB
EMIRATES CLUB
DUBAI CLUB
Formed: 1995
League titles: None
Last season: Ninth
Manager: Umberto Romano
Kit: Gold/Blue
Stadium: Police O cers Club Stadium, Dubai
Capacity: 6,500
Player to watch: Aboubacar M’Baye
Summer signing: Faouzi Aaish
dubaiclub.ae
Formed: 1969
League titles: None
Last season: Division Two runners-up (promoted)
Manager: Ghazi Ghrairi
Kit: Red/White
Stadium: Emirates Club Stadium, Ras Al Khaimah
Capacity: 6,000
Player to watch: Nabil Daoudi
Summer signing: Alhassane Keita
emiratesclub.ae
Formed: 1958
League titles: Three
Last season: Fourth
Manager: Paulo Bonamigo
Kit: Green
Stadium: Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium,
Al Waheda, Dubai
Capacity: 12,000
Player to watch: Carlos Villanueva
Summer signing: Azizbek Haydarov
alshababdubai.com
WHO TO SUPPORT
TICKETS
STAR PLAYERS
Al Ahli – the Red Knights from Al Qusais mis red
last year, but have spent big to try and regain the
crown they won in 2008/09.
Deciphering how to get tickets for some events
can break a man’s will. However, thankfully the
Pro-League Committee has removed all the
stress from this process allowing you to get
tickets directly from stadiums – best of all,
tickets start from as little as Dhs20.
David Trezegeut (Baniyas) – As well as being
a former World and European champion, the
French striker scored 171 goals for Italian gi-
ants Juventus.
Al Nasr – Translated simply as ‘Victory’ this Oud
Metha-based out t is usually in the mix come the
end of the season.
Al Shabab – Spearheaded by the former Black-
burn Rovers striker Carlos Villanueva, the greens
from Al Waheda took home the Etisalat Emirates
Cup last year.
Gra te (Al Ahli) – Named the Germany
league’s player of the season in 08/09 after
scoring 28 goals in 25 matches to help Wolfs-
burg win the league.
ROUND ONE
Oct 15
Edson Puch (Al Wasl) – The tricky Chilean
mid elder was hand picked by Maradona to
add attacking air to the side.
Oct 15
Al Wasl – Saint Diego himself takes control of
the team ttingly known as The Emperor. Expect
plenty.
Emirates v Dubai
Al Shabab v Al Wahda
Al Jazira v Al Ahli
Ajman v Baniyas
Al Ain v Al Nasr
Al Wasl v Sharjah
(Home team in bold)
Oct 15
Oct 16
Oct 16
Lucas Neill (Al Jazira) – As Australia’s national
team captain, Neill brings further steel to the
defence of last year’s runaway double winners.
Oct 16
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WATERPARK

BEST FOR: FAMILIES
BEST FOR: FAMILIES

What’s on o er? e RAK park’s previous environmental claims – namely that it is a leader in the ght against global warming – may be questionable, but when it comes to activities Iceland Waterpark is de nitely ahead of the game. ere are all sorts on o er, from aqua soccer and an Olympic-size pool to glacier slides and terrifying rides. Essential kit: Swimmers and sunscreen, but jewellery is not allowed. Directions: Come o Emirates Road at exit 119, at the roundabout take second exit towards Al Jazeera/Al Hamra/Sharjah, drive approximately 4km until you see Iceland Waterpark on your right. Travel time: Approximately 60 minutes

(105km).

Iceland Waterpark, Ras Al Khaimah, 11am to 8pm, Dhs100 to Dhs150. Tel: (07) 2067888. icelandwaterpark.com

Dhs100 to Dhs150. Tel: (07) 2067888. icelandwaterpark.com AL AIN WILDLIFE PARK & ZOO BEST FOR: ANIMAL

AL AIN WILDLIFE PARK & ZOO

BEST FOR: ANIMAL LOVERS

What’s on o er? e UAE’s best zoo by a long chalk boasts lions, tigers, gira es, rhinos and zebra, among other animals. Oh my. Don’t miss the nightly 7pm bird show, featuring birds of prey including owls, falcons and vultures, or the gira e feeding, petting zoo, camel rides (Dhs10), and on Wednesday evenings, the bouncy castle (Dhs5) and 8pm cartoon screenings. Essential kit: Camera, sunscreen and comfy shoes. Directions: Easy peasy. Follow the Al Ain Road (E66) straight to Al Ain. e zoo is sign-posted and located on Khalifa Zayed Al Awwal Street. Travel time: Approximately 70 minutes

(125km).

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Zoo, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 10pm, Dhs5 to Dhs15. Tel: (800) 2977. awpr.ae

Antonio Banderas, Actor, “Black Gold” Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe © 2011

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DAY T RIP S Days to remember out and about in the UAE BANYAN TREE

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Days to remember out and about in the UAE

BANYAN TREE AL WADI SPA

BEST FOR: LUXURY FANS

What’s on offer? The Banyan Tree Spa day package lasts for a relaxing 450 minutes. That’s seven and a half hours of pure pampered pleasure. Split into morning and afternoon sessions, it includes a choice of 90-minute massage, refreshments, a 90-minute hydrotherapy experience complete with ice caves, tropical showers and scented steam rooms, lunch, a 90-minute facial and a 30-minute face massage. Now that’s a road worth travelling. Essential kit: Swimmers, a change of clothes. Directions: Head north on Emirates Road (E11), take exit 119, turn right at roundabout, after 4km there is a sign to the hotel, turn right and you will reach the hotel after 3km. Travel time: Approximately 60 minutes

(105km).

Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, Dhs1,800. Tel: (07) 2067777. banyantree.com

CRAB HUNTING

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What’s on offer? Light refreshments, an hour of crab hunting by torchlight in the mangroves with a spear, followed by dinner (crab). If you want to spend a day by the pool beforehand, it’s Dhs50 entrance, and if the hunt makes you weary and you want to take a room for the night, a double will cost

Dhs550.

Essential kit: Swimmers, old trainers, a change of clothes. Directions: Take exit 90 off Emirates Road (E11) and continue straight until you see signs for the Flamingo Beach Resort. Travel time: Approximately 40 minutes

(50km).

Flamingo Beach Resort, Umm Al Quwain, from sunset, Dhs190. Tel: (06) 7650000. flamingoresort.ae

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WEEKEND S AWAY

Break out of your dinner-brunch-bar-sleep routine – load up the car and spend a few days out of the city

KHASAB

What’s on o er? Dolphins. Loads of them. And a very pretty underwater world. Essential kit: Passport (Khasab is in the Omani enclave of Musandam), Oman car insurance, Omani rials, underwater camera, swimmers, sun cream, binoculars. Why should you go? Known throughout

the UAE as the ‘Norway of Arabia’, Khasab’s scenery is nothing short of stunning, with

ords, islands for snorkelling, and quaint

shing villages. Best of all, you don’t need a

4x4 drive to get there. Directions: Dead easy. Take Emirates Road (E11) until it ends in Shams. At the roundabout take the rst exit, which takes you to the coast then on to the Oman border. Flash your passports (they might want to search your car for contraband) then follow the main road to Khasab. Travel time: Approximately 120 minutes

(185km).

The trip: Set o at dawn to make the most of

the day. Base yourself out of the Golden Tulip,

a basic but clean and friendly hotel right on the water, where you can go on excursions,

enjoy a run-of-the-mill bu et dinner and take

a dip in the pool. We went on a full day dhow

trip (9am to 4pm) for Dhs200 per person, which introduced us to hundreds of dolphins that swam alongside the boat, jumping, twisting and vying for our attention. From there, it’s a cruise through the ords to Telegraph Island, named a er a time when

the British used the tiny patch of land as a cable station in the mid-1800s. If snorkelling is your thing get kitted up (equipment is provided) and circle the island, taking in the sh, coral and maybe the odd sea turtle if you’re lucky (we weren’t). Lunch is included and caught by the dhow’s crew while you swim, turning Nemo into nibbles. Not much can beat fresh sh grilled on a barbecue a er an hour in the water. You’ll then slowly glide back to the hotel, exploring inlets and ords on the way, allowing you to see shing villages that can only be accessed by water, where people still live today untouched by technology. en it’s back to reality for a quick swim in the pool and dinner before an early night. e next morning try a mountain safari (Dhs300 per person for a full day) that can be booked through the hotel, taking in the dramatic, rocky scenery, driving through dry wadi beds and enjoying the cooler temperatures, stopping for a picnic lunch. is isn’t as stomach churning as desert driving, with fewer drops and less speed, so it’s more family friendly. Make sure you ask your driver to stop at regular intervals for photos; these views are worth capturing. Once back, it’s time to pack up the car and drive home. Customs queue permitting (it rarely takes longer than ten minutes) you’ll be back in Dubai by sunset. Golden Tulip, Khasab, Musandam, Oman, from Dhs700 for a double room per night. Tel: (00968) 26730777. goldentulipkhasab.com

room per night. Tel: (00968) 26730777. goldentulipkhasab.com S H UWAY HA H What’s on o er?

S H UWAY HA H

What’s on o er? A rugged rocky landscape great for o -roading, camping and relaxing. Essential kit: Passport, Oman car insurance, Omani rials, tent, sleeping bag, camping chair, swimmers, plenty of bottled water, o - roading map, barbecue (optional). Why should you go? For intrepid 4x4- equipped explorers, this route nicely navigates two extremes: challenging boulder- littered o -roading tracks, followed by the reward of peace, tranquillity, seclusion and freshwater pools once you reach the wadi. Directions: Take the Dubai to Hatta road (E44), then turn right at the roundabout next to the Shell petrol station, signposted to Mahdah. Head into the mountains for around 35km then bear le for just over 5km to Shuwayhah village, where you turn le and cut through the rocky o -road track to the wadi bed. ere are numerous at camping spots before you reach the small pools at the end of the wadi. Travel time: Approximately 120 minutes

(160km).

The trip: ere aren’t many more stunning landscape indications of crossing a national border than when you venture into Oman from the UAE. Leaving behind the Emirates’ desert surrounds, you’re almost immediately traversing altogether starker territory, spectacular mountains jutting jaggedly into the sky. ere are still sandy enclaves, however; if you have time, head past your destination towards Al Ain, where there’s the option to swerve o for some moderately straightforward dune bashing. Don’t forget to lower your tyre pressures rst and re-in ate once back on the highway. is is more or less a trek into the easily reachable wilderness, despite the relative ease of spending half the journey distance on tarmac roads. So forget any notions of cushy hotel stays; tents are de nitely required for an overnight stay. e mountain climate ensures bearable evening temperatures, although you may wake up sweaty under canvas once the sun rises on anything approaching a hot day. Take care when pitching tents to nd ground slightly higher than the wadi riverbeds. Flash oods aren’t uncommon, and the consequences could be a touch more serious than a soggy sleeping bag – many unwitting campers have been swept to

their deaths in the past. Once you complete the craggy route, you’ll emerge into the comparatively at wadi, the shallow walls secluded by vegetation, there are plentiful places to pitch safely. e trail is currently fairly unknown, at least once you head a little further up the wadi. And with lots of space to camp, splendid isolation is easily obtainable. We recommend a midnight swim in the pools ve or so minutes up the wadi, although take a torch as it really is pitch black out there. And don’t go alone – the pools can be deceptively deep in places. With enough supplies, you can comfortably stay and kick back for several days, although such is the proximity to Dubai, an overnight stop means you can be back home to civilisation before lunchtime.

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THE LONG WEEKEND

An extra couple of days off will transport you to another country, take you back hundreds of years and introduce you to another way of life

JEBEL SHAMS, AL HAMRA AND NIZWA

What’s on o er? Souks, views, history and an eco luxe retreat Essential kit: Passport, 4x4 with Oman car insurance, Omani rials, camera, hiking shoes, sun cream, lots of water and picnic lunches for the journey. Why should you go? It’s an epic drive, but worth it for a four-day weekend. Your end destination, e View, is a new glam campsite, home to a restaurant and permanent tents with their own terraces. is is roughing it in style. With food, bedding and facilities provided, there’s no need to worry about giant cooler boxes, digging your own toilet or buying sleeping bags. It’s also the ideal spot to use as a base for exploring the nearby villages, forts, markets and attractions. Directions: Take the main highway to Al Ain (E66), which is called Al Buraymi once on the Oman side of the border. Customs shouldn’t take longer than half an hour. Proceed from Al Buraymi towards Ibri in the direction of Bahla and on to Al Hamra. Once in Al Hamra turn right at the National Bank of Oman roundabout towards Hail Al Shas. e road becomes a dirt track that requires a 4x4. e View is signposted. Travel time: Approximately four hours.

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THE TRIP

Day one

Leave home a er lunch, arriving at e View by sunset. Unpack in your en-suite tent, tuck into a bu et dinner then watch the stars from beside the camp re.

Day two

Eat breakfast overlooking the mountains then head into Al Hamra village, a 15- minute drive away. It’s a bit like stepping back in time, with mud houses and a museum where locals show you what life was like here in days gone by. From there, it’s a drive to Al Hoota Caves for lunch at its restaurant. You’ll see an underwater lake among the stalagmites and stalactites. Then it’s time to take in the oasis at Birkat Al Mouz in at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar, picture perfect for photo taking. When you’re done, head back to The Views for a snooze.

Day three

Today take in Nizwa, which is around 45 minutes from the resort, where you can visit the cattle market on Fridays, or a souk selling Omani silver, pottery and souvenirs throughout the week. e town’s fort is one of the nest attractions in the area, dating back to the 17th century. A er lunch in Nizwa drive up to Jabal Shams to witness some of the best views in the country, and enjoy a short hike, if you’re feeling up to it. e Views can suggest routes to suit your tness level.

Day four

Depending on time, either head for home or squeeze in a quick visit to Bait Al Safa, a 400- year-old house and heritage museum 8km away. en line up the podcasts and prepare for the pleasant drive home.

The View, near Al Hamra, Oman, from Dhs650 per room for two people including breakfast and dinner. Tel: (00968) 24400873. theviewoman.com

A WEEK IN THE WILDERNESS

A WEEK IN THE WILDERNESS What’s that? You have the week off? Time to get away

What’s that? You have the week off? Time to get away on a serious road trip adventure

Essential kit Passport, Oman car insurance, Omani rials, camping gear, plenty of water, GPS device, camera, shing rods (optional). Also make sure your 4x4 has been properly serviced before setting out.

Day one

It’s best to set o in the morning, as the 320km rst leg drive down the E66 to Nizwa

involves crossing the Omani border at Jebel Hafeet, which could take a while. e dual carriageways make it all pretty quick going until you reach the Omani town of Ibri, where your last 130km sees the roads begin

to wind as you enter rural Oman. Arriving in

Nizwa, you can do a lot worse than checking into the Golden Tulip Hotel. A dip in the pool

and a bu et dinner is just what you need a er day one. It’s advised to make the most of the bed and shower, as it’ll be the last of this type

of luxury until you get to Salalah.

Golden Tulip Hotel, Nizwa, Oman. Tel: (+968) 25431616. goldentulipnizwa.com

Day two

Before speeding o into the Omani wilderness, it’s well worth waking up early and spending a few hours sightseeing in and around Nizwa – it is the former Omani capital, a er all. Known for its vast date plantations, Nizwa also boats a souk, which

is a great place to mingle with the locals –

especially on a Friday. For a few more Kodak moments, it’s worth taking a short 20-minute drive to see the impressive Jabrin Fort. Try

not to dawdle too much, as you need to arrive

at Ras Al Duqm (365km away) before dark in

order to set up camp.

Day three

With the worry of yesterday’s long journey

out the way, the Ras Al Duqm beach is a perfect place to stay an extra day to recharge

– and a er seeing the location in daylight you won’t take much convincing. e sea is calm, the beaches are deserted and the limestone

cli s are spectacular. And Duqm is also

known for an otherworldly ‘garden’ of giant

boulders scattered across nearby sandy plains

– for happy snappers, perspective is key here.

plains – for happy snappers, perspective is key here. Day four You’ve had your fun yesterday;

Day four

You’ve had your fun yesterday; therefore today is all about driving. Salalah is still 480km away and there’s not a dual carriageway in sight – pack up camp and set o early to reach Ash Shuwaymiyah. ere are few roads around this part of the country, so directions aren’t too di cult. e scenery changes dramatically as the main road ascends up to the Dhofar Mountains, but the real joy comes as you take the road descending down the spectacular limestone cli s to the town of Ash Shuwaymiyah – known for its basket-making, and a place to refuel on food and water. If you continue down the beach, towards the bottom of the cli s, this stunning location is as good a place you’ll nd to make camp.

Day five

e long pilgrimage to Salalah is nearly over, so feel free to set o at your leisure. Head back up the cli face, take the turn towards umrayt and then follow the signs to Salalah. From there it is all down hill – literally – as you descend into perhaps one of the Middle East’s most photogenic regions: the plush green valley that is Salalah. Let’s face it, by now you deserve a so bed and a warm shower, so make sure you head straight to either the Hilton Salalah Resort or the Crowne Plaza Resort – you won’t regret it. Hilton Salalah Resort, Salalah, Oman. Tel: (+968) 23211234, hilton.com Crowne Plaza Resort, Salalah, Oman. Tel: (+968) 23235333. ichotelsgroup.com

Day six

ere is plenty to do around Salalah to reward yourself for completing the 1,500km drive. Top of that list are the natural blowholes situated along the cli s to the west of the town, where there are plenty of spots to stop for picnics as you wind through the coastal road. Both hotels can advise on daytrips and nearby attractions, as well as providing swimming pools and restaurants if you want to stay closer to civilisation.

Day seven

ere is no messing around today. e drive back to Dubai is a gruelling 1,200km. It is possible in one day, but likely to take up to 12 hours. Before taking it on, make sure you are well rested and, if possible, alternate drivers to avoid tiredness. e safest option is to break it into two days, stopping again at Nizwa’s Golden Tulip hotel.

safest option is to break it into two days, stopping again at Nizwa’s Golden Tulip hotel.
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“I put the show together – and every song I perform, I’ve written”

Jackson Janet

The youngest sibling of the Jackson clan, Janet Jackson is the multi-award-winning voice behind such hits as

Nasty, Rhythm Nation and That’s The Way Love Goes,

racking up sales of more than 100 million along the way. She hits Yas Island this month as part of her Number Ones: Up Close And Personal tour

What can we expect from your Abu Dhabi show?

ere are no special e ects, nothing like that, no pyrotechnics. It’s just myself, the band and the dancers – that’s it. Do you still enjoy touring?

I do – I love what I do. I don’t think I would

be able to do it for as long as I have if I didn’t.

I enjoy performing and to see those faces, to

make that connection, to see it all the way to the back of the theatre and to be able to say hello to them and to see them waving back at me and smiling – that’s a rush for me. What do you enjoy the most about performing?

I have to tell you, I really do love it all. I put the show together – and every song I perform, I’ve

written. It’s a part of my life. It’s so connected to me, so close, because it is me. So, I enjoy every moment of it. And we have a lot of fun on stage

– I’ve always been very fortunate to be very

close to the dancers. A er I nish today, I’m going to hang out with them and we’re going to go to some museums. at’s life on the road to me. at closeness and that connection that we have, it shows on stage when we’re together.

Will we hear Rhythm Nation? No, we don’t do it in the show.

Really? I’m joking! [Laughs] No, of course we do. It’s too important to me not to because of the message – it’s about illiteracy and bigotry and no colour lines – and all that still resonates with me so deeply. Do you like to see footage of your older hits? When I do see them, yeah, it’s fun to watch.

I mean, I don’t sit there and YouTube

anything, but before the show I’ll dedicate a

little something to each city. It’s fun to watch and reminisce. It’s nice; it’s nice to see. Do you have a favourite song from your back catalogue? ere’s not one in particular that means the most to me. ey all come from me – my heart and my soul – so they’re all important to me, and they all hold a special place in my soul and my life. Are you working on any new music? I’m thinking about it. I’m just going to take my time though, go back into the studio and just fool around, see where I am and just take my time with it, no rush. What direction I’ll take, I don’t know. I have to be there at that very moment to see what I’m feeling at the moment. Who are you listening to right now? You know who? Bruno Mars. I enjoy him

a great deal. And Adele – I think she’s

incredibly talented. I like Lady Gaga – I like the Gaga that sits behind the piano and it’s just her and the piano, her voice and the piano – I think she’s very talented and I wish I could hear more of that from her. Adele is huge right now… Yes, she’s very talented. e rst time I learned about her was a little time back, with her rst project, and I thought ‘wow’ – you

could feel the soul in her voice and it’s real, it’s not something that’s been learned, she really feels it. Her voice is di erent, it’s recognisable, and I love that. You released a book earlier in the year, True You, which gave quite a candid account of your life. What was the thinking behind that? It was important to me because I feel part of the reason why God put me here is to help people, and that’s what I’ve always wanted to do and try to do through my music. And

I took it a step further when I realised how

people were interested in my weight loss – and gain – and what brought it on and how

I dealt with it… And instead of just writing

about that, I wanted to take it to the very beginning, which stems from my childhood and has to do with self-esteem issues. I wanted it to appeal not just to adults, but to kids as well. Children, they’re in my heart, so if I can help in any way, so they don’t take

that same route, the same path I did, then hopefully life will be a little easier for them. I’m not complaining, because I’ve been very, very blessed and fortunate, but you look back and there are things you wish you could have done, that you would have done or could have done di erently. So are you in a good place right now?

I am, I really am, I’m very happy. It took a minute to get here but I got here. You perform Scream in this set, the song you sang with Michael – how does that feel?

It’s therapeutic. e energy of the song is so

erce. It makes me smile inside when I hear

him, when I hear his voice.

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At the pinnacle of metal for the past three decades, Californian rock legends Metallica jet in for a long-overdue debut show in the Emirates this month

in for a long-overdue debut show in the Emirates this month Five of the best Metallica’s

Five of the best

Metallica’s nest ve albums

RIDE THE LIGHTNING (1984)

A classic thrash record blitzing

through eight tracks that irreversibly changed mid-1980s metal, adding an instrumental inspired by horror writer HP Lovecraft for good measure.

Aside from having the temerity to include their chosen genre in their band name, few acts have represented heavy metal as well as Metallica, selling more than 100 million records since they formed 30 years ago. e quartet – frontman James Het eld, guitarist Kirk Hammett, drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo – are currently poised to release Lulu , an intriguing collaborative album with e Velvet Underground’s grumpy leader, Lou Reed. But before then, they divert their World Magnetic Tour to Abu Dhabi for a much-anticipated gig. Time to break out the earplugs.

MASTER OF PUPPETS (1986)

On the last album before bassist

Cli Burton’s untimely death,

brutal thrash numbers like Battery rubbed shoulders with more re ned

moments that developed an orchestral bent.

METALLICA (1991)

The quintessential Metallica record, aka The Black Album, turned the band from cult successes into one of planet’s biggest bands, thanks to singles such as Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters.

The ups and downs of Metallica

1981

1981

Formed in

Los Angeles,

California

1983

1983

Release debut album Kill ‘Em All

1986

1986

Bassist Cliff Burton is killed in a tour bus accident

1991

1991

Self-titled fifth album is released, going on to sell more than 22 million copies

is released, going on to sell more than 22 million copies 1992 An onstage pyrotechnics accident

1992

1992

An onstage pyrotechnics accident leaves James Hetfield with serious burns

2000

2000

The band take on Napster in court after their music is shared on the download website

2004

2004

Documentary Some Kind Of Monster released, depicting Metallica’s personal struggles

2008

2008

Return to form with comeback album Death Magnetic

LOAD (1996)

to form with comeback album Death Magnetic LOAD (1996) Though this record split fans (not least

Though this record split fans

(not least as the band cut their hair short and donned eyeliner), the slowed-down bluesy lilt showcased a more mature, eclectic Metallica.

DEATH MAGNETIC (2008) After 2003’s frankly embarrassingly under-par

St Anger, the chips were down.

Metallica responded with a snarling beast nodding back to their speedy thrash metal heyday.

beast nodding back to their speedy thrash metal heyday. Oct 25,Yas Island Show Weekends, Yas Arena,

Oct 25,Yas Island Show Weekends, Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs295 to Dhs595. Tel: (800) 35274. metallica.com

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Yasalam Though the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid doesn’t line up until the middle

Yasalam

Though the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid doesn’t line up until the middle of November, its huge associated festival,Yasalam, is already revving up to get underway. Offering an extensive programme of music, film, art, sport and more over the coming month, read on for our pick of the best events taking place before race weekend…

CINEMA BY THE SEA

Like movies? Dig cars? Then grab the popcorn for four nights of free automotive- themed screenings on Al Sahil Beach

MONDAY OCTOBER 31

7.30PM

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN Michael Bay’s big budget morphing alien robot sequel.

10.15PM

BACK TO THE FUTURE Iconic time travelling adventure, starring Michael J Fox.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1

7.30PM

THE BLUES BROTHERS John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd combine in this classic musical comedy.

10PM

THE CANNONBALL RUN Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast recreate the real life 1970s outlaw race.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2

7.30PM

CARS 2 The return of endearing animated racing car hero Lightning McQueen.

9PM

TAXI A French taxi driver is forced to help police pursuing German bank robbers.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3

7.30PM

TRON: LEGACY A father and son risk their lives in a futuristic cyber universe.

10PM

SENNA Award-winning documentary tracing the life of F1 legend Ayrton Senna.

TROPFEST ARABIA

Taking its bow in the region, the first ever

Tropfest Arabia screens films from its finalists

at Al Sahil Beach on November 4. Showcasing

the talents of Arab film-makers, Tropfest was originally founded in Australia and is now the largest short film festival in the world. Welcoming entries from Middle Eastern and North African nationals, every single short film at Tropfest is created especially for the competition. Prizes for winners include Dhs100,000, while UAE film-maker Nayla Al Khaja is among the panel of judges.

tropfestarabia.com

BEST OF THE REST

OCTOBER 28 TO 30

Opening Parade and Multicultural Weekend Celebrating the 19 countries currently hosting Formula 1 races around the globe at Al Sahil Beach/ The Corniche.

OCTOBER 28 TO NOVEMBER 13

F1 FANZONE Two weeks of free driving-based fun and activities, art and race screenings.

CUT & PASTE

A live design battle showcasing emerging

artists in front of a live audience, Cut & Paste is an audio-visual feast that allows rival designers to flex their skills in real time. In the Middle East for the first time at Yasalam, the fast and furious battle format demands the competitors perform rapidly during 15 to 20-minute rounds. Their design brilliance is projected onto big screens for the audience to watch, accompanied by a DJ and an MC host. After a series of qualifying rounds throughout October in Abu Dhabi, eight finalists will face off at The Corniche on

November 5.

cutandpaste.com

NOVEMBER 5

RED BULLS SPORTS Sport with a twist from the Red Bull Kiteforce competitors and radio controlled car-engineering competition, Red Bull Racing Can. redbullkiteforce.com redbullracingcan.com

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FILM

Fright Night
Fright Night
Arthur 3: The War Of The Two Worlds
Arthur 3: The War Of The Two Worlds
 

Fright Night

Arthur 3: The War Of The Two Worlds

WHO?

Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots, Craig Gillespie (director)

Selena Gomez, Freddie Highmore, Stacy Ferguson, Mia Farrow, Luc Besson (director)

TAGLINE

‘You can’t run from evil when it lives next door.’

e nal

ONCE UPON A TIME

A

Las Vegas teen suspected his

Our diminutive Mimoy hero faced a nal showdown with evil nemesis Maltazard – who was by then a seven-foot giant standing between Arthur and a magic enlarging potion.

neighbour was a bloodsucker responsible for a trail of suburban slayings. When nobody believed him, he sought ‘expert’ help

IDEAL IF YOU’RE IN THE MOOD TO

See a diverting if somewhat pointless remake of the 1985

See o Besson’s clunky trilogy, based on his own adventure novels for children, in the

schlock classic, sneakily redressed

a comedic ri on the US housing crisis.

as

animation-meets-live action style he’s stuck with throughout.

WATCH THIS IF YOU LIKE

Smartly acerbic, convention- mocking B-movies like An American Werewolf In London and e Lost Boys, although it’s far less memorable than either.

Previous installments Arthur And e Invisibles or Arthur And e Revenge Of Maltazard. Failing that, you’ll spot similarities to better- known fare like e Ant Bully.

TOP TRIVIA

Gillespie makes his rst foray into wry horror a er the delightfully skewed 2007 tragicomedy Lars And e Real Girl. Good timing

e cast has always been oddly music-sourced – David Bowie voiced Maltazard in the rst lm, while Lou Reed has played the

he’s also slated for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.

baddie since, with Iggy Pop on hand as his son Darkos.

WHAT’S ON TEN WORD OR LESS REVIEW

Less e ective than the original, despite lashings of 3D gore.

Passable but charmless a air that proves animation isn’t Besson’s forte.

RATE OR SLATE?

★★★✩✩

★★✩✩✩

48 WHAT’S ON OCTOBER 2011

Main Street

Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn, Amber Tamblyn, John Doyle (director)

‘An o er too good to be true… it just might be.’

Abandoned by its tobacco industry, the small city of Durham, North Carolina was decaying. A rich Texan looking to store toxic waste o ered a cash injection… but at what cost?

Relax, let a competently acted but blandly downbeat mood piece wash over you, then cheer up and forget about it by bedtime.

Martin Scorsese’s far superior Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) included laughs – while Main Street never does. Burstyn’s key role in both lms somehow resonates.

is was Pulitzer-decorated screenwriter Horton Foote’s (1916- 2009) last work. Alas, it won’t quite be remembered alongside his stellar adaptations of To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies.

A ecting yet frustrating drama that avoids tackling an intriguing premise.

★★★✩✩

and Tender Mercies . A ecting yet frustrating drama that avoids tackling an intriguing premise. ★★★✩✩

FILM | NEW RELEASES

The Change-Up
The Change-Up

The Change-Up

Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, David Dobkin (director)

‘Who says men can’t change?’

Ex-buddies Mitch and Dave grew apart as adults – one became a harassed lawyer and father, the other an immature bum. A er a heavy night out, they both awoke to

a major identity crisis.

See both Bateman and Reynolds playing against their usual type by wallowing in a movie so staggeringly crass that they occasionally look almost apologetic.

It’s yet another body-swap comedy

– amazingly, that well has yet to run dry for Hollywood – so Big, Freaky Friday, e Switch, Vice Versa

As if to prove the above point, this

is the second lm in two years

(see also 2009’s 17 Again) in which Mann has played the wife of a man who ‘wakes up’ in a di erent body.

A er a couple of crude laughs?

You’ll get little more.

★★✩✩✩

Straw Dogs

James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, Rod Lurie (director)

‘Everyone has a breaking point.’

Screenwriter David Sumner and his wife relocate to Mississippi, where Sumner hires his wife’s ex- boyfriend (Skarsgård) to x their house, leading to strange goings

on with an odd cast of locals.

Watch a remake of a classic, once- banned 1970s movie. e original was directed by Sam Peckinpah, starred Dustin Ho man and was set in rural England. It will take a ne lm to beat it.

Remakes of classic lms, or

perhaps hit vampire TV show True Blood in which Skarsgård also plays a menacing character in a small southern town.

Dustin Ho man apparently gave

director Rod Lurie his blessing to make the lm. But the real question is: would the famously irascible Sam Peckinpah have approved?

Straw Dogs didn’t need to be remade. We just hope it does justice to the original.

PREVIEW

Dark Country 3D Super
Dark Country 3D
Super
does justice to the original. PREVIEW Dark Country 3D Super Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler,

Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, James Gunn (director)

‘Shut up, crime!’

A downtrodden cook lost his

beautiful wife to a ashy drug dealer. Unable to let her go, he designed a crime- ghting alter-

ego – Crimson Bolt – to take his

beef to the streets.

Argue over its merits at length

– this alarmingly brutal, sourly

comic oddity is by no means everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly attempts a new twist on the genre.

Kick-Ass, which approached a very

similar premise from a far safer angle. You‘ll also get a whi of Will Smith’s deeply awed protagonist

in 2008 superhero satire Hancock.

Kick-Ass beat Super to release by a year, prompting accusations

of plagiarism. Kick-Ass creator

Mark Millar always defended

Gunn though, noting that the two projects developed almost

simultaneously.

Insanely violent genre spoof made hugely memorable by its incongruity.

★★★★✩

Dark Country

3D

Thomas Jane (actor/writer/ director), Lauren German, Ron Perlman, Con Schell

‘One wrong turn

Into the dark.’

Las Vegas newlyweds Dick and Gina drove o into the desert night on a honeymoon.

Unsurprisingly, three soon became

a crowd a er they picked up an injured pedestrian.

Witness a fairly plucky – if not

entirely successful – attempt by

a young lm-maker to wring

creepy low-budget thrills from a

somewhat unoriginal tale.

Either of the two X-Files feature

lms – although his directorial

debut is a far more naïve, Jane does partly succeed in generating a

similar sense of eerie discomfort.

Jane always planned for this to be shown in 3D format, but initial

screenings didn’t bother to do so. Now showing as he’d intended, it’s

a rare example of 3D o ering a genuine improvement.

Ambition far outstrips ability, but some fun moments crop up.

★★★✩✩

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EATING OUT

We We like to think of this section as something more than a dining guide,
We
We like to think of this section as something more than a dining
guide, gu or a forum for performing hatchet jobs on mediocre
restaurants. res If a restaurant is worth visiting, you will nd it on
these th pages. But as well as bringing you our verdict on the
newest ne kids on the block, in each review – and throughout
the th section – we try and highlight topics we feel need to be
focused fo upon. Whether that’s the lofty issue of sustainability
or or the worrying percentage of hotels and restaurateurs who
feel fe the UAE needs yet another steakhouse (it doesn’t), we
endeavour endea to spark debate, to create a mood of excitement around
restaurants and food in the UAE. That is why, this month, we bring
you the rst recipe column from British chef and household name
Gary Rhodes (p54). Gary’s eponymous Mezzanine and Twenty10
restaurants are two of Dubai’s most popular, and with the launch of
Rhodes In Residence at Grosvenor House’s new Tower Two and the
imminent arrival of his rst Abu Dhabi restaurant at the St Regis, he
is going to be spending a lot more time in the UAE. Discussing ideas
for the column with Gary, his passion for food, his ability to bring
it to life in words and his unfettered enthusiasm for the project left
us convinced the column is going to be an unquali ed success. On
top of drafting Gary into Team What’s On, we’ve introduced a new
‘cook a classic’ feature (p63) to eliminate some of the fear we all
feel when attempting to cook a timeless dish. For the rst of these,
one of Dubai’s most talented young chefs, Verre’s Nick Alvis, breaks
down the simple steps to preparing steak tartare. And as if that
weren’t enough excitement for one month, we’ve also launched
The Connoisseur – a new, instructive column that we hope will
demystify the wonderful, but daunting, world of wine (p57). Re et
par Pierre Gagnaire’s expert sommelier, Julien Coron, who assisted
us with the rst column, was just as excited as we were to explore
new territory. You can also enjoy our verdict on Richard Sandoval’s
Toro Toro (p58), Re et’s new Friday brunch alternative (p53), a
round-up of new menus (p60) and new brunches (p64). Plus, as
always, our monthly Twitter recipe, and all the new openings and
food news. You lucky beggars, you.
Gareth Rees, Features & Food Editor
MONTE CARLO BEACH CLUB
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EATI t d b a and appealing. ere’s ‘From the sea’, ‘From the land’, ‘From the

and appealing. ere’s ‘From the sea’, ‘From the land’, ‘From the garden’ (side dishes) and what is billed as the show-stopping highlight – the churrasco. From the sea, ceviche nikkei was a shrewd blend of ahi (yellow n) tuna, soy sauce, sweet potato, pickled ginger, cucumber and quinoa, and the combination of fresh and piquant avours complemented each other like brown shoes do a blue suit. e crust encasing the salt cod croquettes broke between the teeth with a crunch, giving way to smooth subtly avoured sh.

with a crunch, giving way to smooth subtly avoured sh. e star performer, though, was the

e star performer, though, was

the causa limena, a vibrant purple potato cake rm and moist at once, almost spongy, which wore

a hat of sword sh so deeply

smoky it woke the mouth up with

a start before the so creaminess of the sh spread across the palate like a silk sheet. e land was just as generous,

o ering up a sweet pancake, a

strip of politely salty halloumi,

a fruity smack of tomato jam

and a nal hit of rich duck to bring it all home at the end. A dreadfully clever mix of avours. Just as delicious were a plate of

EATING OUT

of avours. Just as delicious were a plate of EATING OUT Toro Toro Richard Sandoval’s new

Toro Toro

Richard Sandoval’s new Latin American restaurant is onto a winning formula, but is the food any good?

It’s no secret that many of the UAE’s restaurants are empty. And, as hotels don’t need to make piles of cash from serving people food, most are happy to keep ambling forward, propelled by

a slow drip, drip, drip of all too

o en uninspired customers. ere are exceptions. Zuma and La Petite Maison are two

restaurants that seemed to land in the desert with full reservations books and loyal customers. Why? Well, they are international brands, which helps. But that’s not it. eir kitchens consistently turn out a range of high quality small plates, encouraging sharing and thus conversation. And, in Zuma’s case, a reliable restaurant

is paired with a lounge/cocktail

bar to keep the minglers mixing. And so to Toro Toro, celeb chef Richard Sandoval’s Latin American restaurant at

Grosvenor House’s new Tower Two, which couldn’t be more

di erent to his homely Mexican

at Le Royal Méridien. It’s altogether bigger, brasher and more exciting. It follows the winning formula. Spread over two vast oors, the restaurant is downstairs while a bar/lounge replete with DJ and Latin cocktail bar resides upstairs. With a design featuring wrought iron prison bars, and slender hostesses to escort diners to their tables, it has the exclusive feel of a private member’s club. We’re talking sultry, a little bit naughty, and guaranteed to be a hit with the same trendy crowd that frequents Zuma. e venue wows, and the menu of sharing plates, inspired by Brazilian, Peruvian, Argentinean and Colombian cuisine, is simple

tender d b braised i beef short rib sandwiched between two crisp slices of atbread along with gooey manchego sheep’s milk cheese, and a small pot of chicken chipotle sauce, which smacked us around the chops with such an intense chicken avour that we needed the delayed hit of the chipotle spice to refocus. Unfortunately, we’ve had better churassco. It wasn’t bad, and it certainly didn’t spoil the

evening, but at Dhs420 for a 560g serving for two, a plate of slightly overcooked steak, lamb chops more medium than the requested medium rare and slightly burnt in places, a sweet lamb sausage and no sauces on the side was disappointing. ough two large pieces of chicken marinated in

forceful achiote sauce did hit the spot.

A citrus panna cotta dessert had a nice wobble and enough zing to round things o nicely. And the most impressive thing about Toro Toro? When we went,

it was doing more business than

most restaurants enjoy a er a year in the game. It had only been

open a week.

Need to know

Location: Grosvenor House,

Tower Two, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Tel: (04) 3176000 Web: grosvenorhouse- dubai.com Open: Sat to Wed 7pm to

2am, Thurs and Fri 7pm to

3am

Cuisine type: Latin American Must eat: causa limena Bill for two: Dhs1,000

In tweet form Dubai’s trendiest restaurants had better watch their backs, and their reservations books
In tweet form
Dubai’s trendiest restaurants had better watch their backs, and their
reservations books – there’s a new boy in town, and he’s not messing about. Follow us at
@ WhatsOnDubai and @ WhatsOnAbuDhabi

THE CHEF

THE CHEF As he prepares to expand his UAE operations, we introduce our new, and highly
THE CHEF As he prepares to expand his UAE operations, we introduce our new, and highly

As he prepares to expand his UAE operations, we introduce our new, and highly esteemed, monthly recipe columnist – chef, restaurateur, cookery writer and TV personality, Gary Rhodes

When you have a dinner party at home, or even just cook for a loved one, how o en do you try far too hard, put yourself under pressure and not quite carry o what you initially imagined you would? For my new What’s On column, I’m going to show you how to cook dishes that will wow but will be very simple to make. You will be able to share great avours with very little pressure. I’m going to make the recipes seasonal. But you could make the dishes any

“I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU

HOW TO COOK DISHES THAT

WILL WOW BUT WILL BE VERY SIMPLE TO MAKE”

time of year. I will ensure that all the ingredients are available here in the UAE. For my rst column, I've gone for an autumn avour.

I have chosen an almond

cream sauce served with

chicken and pasta. When

I set about writing a new

cookery book, this is the kind of dish I like to add. Roasting those almond akes really introduces a nutty edge, so the avour becomes quite distinctive. You are creating an infusion, so when you’ve toasted o the almonds you cook them into the very light cream sauce. You don’t want this to be over-creamy on the palate; you want the almonds to be number one. When they are blitzed within the sauce, the lovely natural oil

will be released, becoming the essence of the sauce, with that added roasted avour from the toasting. e great thing is that this sauce is

versatile. With a chicken dish it’s sensational, with a pasta dish it works so well because

it’s just the right consistency, not too stodgy. Quite o en a creamy sauce with pasta can be the worst thing to eat, but

I ensure the consistency is

loose so that avour stays as

lively from the rst bite to the last. If you make it in advance,

it keeps for a couple of days.

If you don’t add the cream,

you could make the stock base, freeze it and then bring

it out when you want it, nish

creaming it, leave it to infuse

and push it through a sieve. Nothing could be simpler.

and push it through a sieve. Nothing could be simpler. ROAST CHICKEN BREAST WITH ALMOND CREAM

ROAST CHICKEN BREAST WITH ALMOND CREAM NOODLES (SERVES FOUR)

INGREDIENTS Four chicken breasts (skin on), sea salt, pepper, olive oil, knob of butter, 400g tagliatelle, 50g aked almonds, two shallots ( nely chopped), one glass white wine, 300ml chicken stock, 200ml double cream METHOD For the sauce: Scatter almonds onto a baking tray and toast in the oven until golden brown. Boil together the shallots and white wine, reducing until just three quarters of the liquid remains. Add the chicken stock, stir in the double cream and toasted aked almonds (keeping a few to sprinkle on top), and simmer sauce for ve to ten minutes until it thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and cool for ten minutes before liquidising in a blender until smooth. Strain through a ne sieve. For the chicken: Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a roasting tray with a splash or two of olive oil. Place the breasts, skin-side down, in the tray and fry on the stovetop for ve to seven minutes until golden brown. Turn the breasts and add the knob of butter. Once melted, baste the chicken with the butter and roast in the oven for a further eight to ten minutes until rm to the touch. While the chicken is roasting cook the pasta in boiling salted water until tender but with a slight bite. Drain and return to pan. Once cooked, baste the chicken with any juices left in the tray. TO SERVE Stir the sauce into the pasta and serve with the chicken, sprinkling a few almond akes over the top.

into the pasta and serve with the chicken, sprinkling a few almond akes over the top.
A taste of things to come This month’s dinner options THE HUDDLE Does Dubai need
A taste of things to
come
This month’s dinner options
THE HUDDLE
Does Dubai need another sports bar and grill? Well, with the football
season in full swing, the Rugby World Cup down to the serious games
and the F1 calendar bubbling to a climax, the one word answer is yes.
CityMax Al Barsha, Al Barsha, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4098000. citymaxhotels.com
TEXAS ROADHOUSE
Everything is bigger in Texas – so the adage goes. So
So
if you nd your tummy constantly growling with
hunger, the giant hand-cut steaks at the Texas
Roadhouse should shut it up.
Texas Roadhouse, The Dubai Mall, Downtown,
Dubai. Tel: (800) 382246255. texasroadhouse.com
GAUCHO
The award-winning London-based Argentinean
steakhouse is the latest big name restaurant to
open its doors at DIFC. We’re not really digging
the cowhide interior, but it does tell us one thing
– vegetarians keep out.
Gaucho, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
gauchorestaurants.co.uk
SHAKESPEARE AND CO.
It may not be as popular as its playwright
namesake, but Shakespeare’s tenth branch sees
the café chain making a bid for a whole new
audience in Al Ain Mall.
Al Ain Mall, Kuwaitat Area, Al Ain. Tel: (03) 7660333.
alainmall.net
LE DECK
For those who want a taste of the exclusive Monte
Carlo Beach Club, without shelling out on club
membership (which will set you back a cool
Dhs35,000 to Dhs40,000), the new resort’s
agship restaurant, Le Deck, is open for all-day
dinning to members and non-members. Sporting
a dark, richly coloured interior and an open
kitchen, the restaurant will specialise in seafood-
dominated Mediterranean cuisine from the Levant t
and French and Italian Rivieras, As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner,
Le Deck will also put on Friday and Saturday brunches. We like the look
of the terrace overlooking MCBC’s pool and landscaped gardens.
Monte Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 7am to 11pm.
Tel: (02) 6563500. montecarlobeachclub.ae
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The connoisseur

Reflets' head sommelier, Julien Coron, explains the basics in the first of our new monthly wine columns

RULES FOR BEGINNERS

You can drink red a er white, but you can’t drink white a er red Don’t spend too much money at the begin- ning, just explore, and nd out what kind of wine and what avours you like New World (South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA) wines are a good place to start, because you always have the name of the grape on the bottle. With Old World (Eu- ropean) wines, you need to know what grapes grow in what region – this requires research

DEALING WITH SOMMELIERS

Never be afraid of the sommelier, and ask plenty of questions If you taste a wine and you don’t like it, return it – always

MATCHING VERSUS PAIRING

Wine matching is just as the name suggests. For example, if you serve a sour dish, you pair

a sour wine with it. Fish and white wine, meat

and red wine – that’s simple wine matching. ere is no room for error. ere won’t be any mistakes. Wine pairing involves thinking about nding a wine to complement a avour e.g. pairing a strong Roquefort cheese with a sweet Sauterne. Or serving a rich, pan-fried foie gras with a Merlot – something velvety, a bit rich, with tannicity (the level of tannin or bitterness). It will go against the richness of the foie gras and create a pleasant result.

ESSENTIAL KIT

Purchase a carafe and, if you only buy one type

of glass, make it a large one with straight sides

– the Bordeaux glass is a great all-rounder

DECANTING YOUR WINE

Decanting a bad wine will make it better; decanting a good wine will also improve it. It’s win-win. It makes a sharp edge smoother and mellows the acidity. You can carafe white or red, but there are a few rules. Carafe Chardon- nay, and it will smooth out the avour, bring out the complexity. But don’t carafe more aromatic wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Chab- lis. If it’s a 1982 Bordeaux, decant it.

Tasting How to taste your wine STEP ONE Tilt the glass and look at the
Tasting
How to taste your wine
STEP ONE
Tilt the glass and look at the wine against t
a white background to see its colour, and
to check it’s not cloudy. Quickly smell it to o
see that it’s not corked or oxidised.
STEP TWO
Once you have had your rst nose, swirl
the wine in the glass to allow more
oxygen into it and expand the avour.
Put your nose in, close your eyes and
think back to the past – it’s all about
memories. The scent should be more
pronounced.
STEP THREE
Taste the wine, trying to incorporate
air into your mouth, like washing your
mouth out when brushing your teeth.

Wine guide

washing your mouth out when brushing your teeth. Wine guide Wines you should have in your

Wines you should have in your cellar

Sauvignon Blanc – An aromatic white with a scent of asparagus and gooseberry; serve with sh (avoid creamy sauces), salad, or as an aperitif Chardonnay – Dry, buttery and a prime candidate for the carafe; drink with white meat or sh in a creamy sauce Cabernet Sauvignon – Full-bodied and peppery; drink with red meat Malbec – A pungent red, which goes well with duck Merlot – This velvety red with hints of plum is an ideal accompaniment to red meat Pinot Noir – Low in tannins, this light red has a cherry character, and works well with sh and any meat Shiraz/Syrah – A rich, spicy, musky red to sip with red meat dishes Riesling – This sweet German wine is not for beginners, but it goes well with spicy foods Gewurztraminer – Found in cool climates in France, Northern Italy, Australia and New Zealand, this aromatic white with hints of exotic fruit goes well with spicy foods Rose – Ideal for a lazy sunny day; goes well with salads. Avoid anything too tinted or fruity Champagne – Try and lay your hands on Louis Roederer or Jacquesson Cava – Julien’s favourite sparkling wine Sauternes – From Bordeaux, the king of sweet wines

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