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Contents A special dedication Facts about UAE The Emirate of Abu Dhabi Rulers and Ruling Families Sands of time – UAE history Abu Dhabi Milestones A glimpse of Islam National dress Good to know - General services and do´' and don'ts Arabic Hospitality Arabic coffe receipt's Traditional Emirati food Sportive highlight Art and cultural highlights Historical Buildings Modern Buildings Mosques Abu Dhabi's Islands Abu Dhabi's Bridges The Arabian Gulf Historical Abu Dhabi Places to visit Tour 1 – A visit to the Breakwater Island Tour 2 – A stroll around Bateen Tour 3 - Saadiyat and Yas Islands Tour - 4 Meena Area

Abu Dhabi 2013

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi


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Contents Falcons, camels and more natural beauties Art Galleries Parks Shop untill you drop – Malls & Markets Marina Mall Abu Dhabi Mall Souk Beit Al Bahar Meena Area - Iranian Markets Fetou Al Khair (Marks & Spencer) Garden city Al Ain Liwa Oasis and Empty Quarter 1001 Nights – Desert Adventures Dine in Style Spots for Nightbirds Motorsport Diving Golf Yachting Car Rental Airline/Airport Map Important Contacts and Phone-numbers Numbers Editorial




Facts about the United Arab Emirates

Location The United Arab Emirates is located along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders with Saudi Arabia to the west, south and south-east and Oman to the south-east and north-east. The northern and western coast of the UAE lies on the Arabian Gulf, its eastern coast it located at the Indian Ocean. The UAE is confederation, formed of the seven emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quawain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

Arriving by plane - International Airports n Abu Dhabi International Airport - AUH n Dubai International Airport - DXB n Al Maktoum International Airport - DWC n Sharjah International Airport - SHJ n Al Ain International Airport - AAN n Al-Fujairah International Airport- FJR n Ras Al Khaimah International Airport – RKT

Arriving by sea - Cruise Ports tourism The UAE is one of the fastest growing touristic destinations worldwide. It's unique combination of Arabic tradition and heritage, year around sunshine, unbeatable shopping facilities, world-class hotels and a service-oriented safe environment leads to ever growing numbers of visitor.

n Dubai Cruise Terminal Port Rashid n Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal Mina Zayed Port n Port of Fujairah n Passenger Cruise Terminal RAK Khor Port Rask Al Khaimah

Arriving by road – Land checkpoints n Hatta – Omani border n Al Ain/Buraimi – Omani border n Dibba – Omani border (Mussandam) n Al Ghuwaifat – Border to Saudi Arabia

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Important phone numbers Ambulance ....................................................................998 or 999 Police ................................................................... 999 – emergency ..........................................................................901 - non-emergency Fire . ............................................................................................ 997 Coast Guard ...................................................... 996 and 800 4438 Tourist police .................................................................800 2626 Directory Inquiry ................................................... Etisalat – 181 ....................................................du – 800 155 from any UAE phone .................................................................... du – 155 from du mobile

Capital Political Structure Official Language Foundation of the country Territory Population Official Religion Currency Time zone Internet International Vehicle registration code International calling code

Abu Dhabi Constitutional Confederation Arabic 2nd of December 1971 83600 km² 7,200,000 Total 947,997 UAE Nationals (Published by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce in April 2012) Islam UAE Dirham GMT+4 (no daylight saving/ summer time) .ae UAE +971

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The UAE is following the Gregorian calendar as well as the Islamic Hijri calendar. Friday is the weekly day off, schools and most offices remain closed during the 2-dayweekend on Fridays and Saturdays.

The UAE has an arid climate with year around sunshine. Summers are hot and humid, winters warm and at times windy. With day-temperature in the mid 20th and night temperatures between 11 and 15 degree Celsius winters are very pleasant. During summer thermometers will climb into the 40th during the day and remain in the 30th at night. Humidity in coastal areas is on average 50 percent and can reach up to 90 percent during mid-summer ( June – august). Shamal are strong winds that are common during winter. Sandstorms and strong winds from the desert are the usual harbingers of the change of seasons. Rainfall is very rare – in spring (March/April) some rainy days might happen, not more than ten during the whole year. A „wet year“ might see 350 mm of rain, in a „dry year“ it might be as little as 30 mm. Water temperatures in the Arabian Gulf change from 20 degree in winter to 36 degree in summer. The waters of the Indian Ocean at the East coast are with 18 degree in winter and up to 30 degree in summer slightly cooler.

Holidays – fixed dates New Year's Day 1 st of January UAE National Day 2nd of December Islamic Holidays – approximate dates The Hijri calendar is based on the moon-cycle and therefore the following dates of the Islamic holidays are approximate. The exact dates will be announced following the moonsighting. 24th of January 6th of June 9th of July 8th of August 14th of October 15th of October 4th of November

Prophet Mohammed's Birthday Ascension of the Prophet Begin of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Arafat (Haj) Day Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Al Hijara (Islamic New Year's Day)

Topography 80 percent of the UAE's landmass is desert with picturesque sand-dunes. The Hajar mountain range stretches along the Eastern coast and its highest tips reach up to 1.900 meters. Wadis, dry river-beds, are unique natural features. The UAE is home to more than 200 Islands, some of them accessible to visitor.






Rulers and ruling families of the United Arab Emirates Names of the Rulers of the UAE and the seven emirates Al Nahyan – ruling family of Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Commander of UAE Armed Forces Al Maktoum - ruling family of Dubai

Not long ago what is today the United Arab Emirates was a desert-land, inhabited by nomadic shepherds, settled Bedouins and fishermen. People lived together in tribal structures. In 1904, during the British Protectorate, the tribal structures were recorded by J.G. Lorimer, the author of an official documentation on behalf of the Indian government. About 80000 people were living in 44 tribes, forming five principalities with the Bani Yas tribe as the largest amongst them. The first reference to Bani Yas dates back to 1633. Abu Dhabis ruling family, the Al Nahyan family, is rooted in the Al Bu Fala section of the Bani Yas tribe. Dubais ruling Al Maktoum family hails from the Al Bu Falash section of Bani Yas. Even though most Arabic tribes share common roots, rivalries amongst them were common in the struggle for survival in the harsh desert environment. The control over water resources and territories was crucial for their survival and only those leaders, who could provide and protect those resources, would be accepted by their people and able to remain in power. It was a very simple principle: If a leader would look well after his people, his people would stand behind him in days of trouble. The formation of the UAE and the unification of the tribes under one leadership was one of the greatest achievements of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was since 1966 the leader of Abu Dhabi and who became the first President of the United Arab Emirates. Tribal identity and affiliation to the tribe is part of Emiratis identity and tribal names were not long ago part of their rightful names. Social structures in the UAE´s are still based on the tribal affiliations. Even nowadays Emiratis stick to their tribes and in return tribes and tribal leaders take care for their people. The implementation of tribal leadership has changed over the years and occurs in the 21st century in a different way. While a tribal leader in the desert might have distributed the hunting pray, nowadays the leaders distribute the profit of their modern economies in form of general welfare and gracious grants, ensuring a carefree life for all their people. The Rulers of the UAE enjoy a great amount of respect and affection by their own people and residents of the country alike. Even though they live not anymore in tents but in palaces, they are still ruling in their tribal tradition and the doors to their majilis, the Arabic counterpart to Western royal audience halls, are regular open for people to meet their Sheikhs and ask for guidance and help or discuss tribal matters and future plans.

His Highness sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE; Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai Al Qasimi - ruling family of Sharjah His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Sharjah Al Qasimi - ruling family of Ras Al Khaimah His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah Al Nuaimi ruling family of Ajman His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi , Ruler of Ajman. His Highness Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman Al Mualla Um - ruling family of Um Al Quwain His Highness Sheikh Sound Bin Rashid Al Mualla, Ruler of Umm al-Quwain His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mua'lla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Quwain Al Sharqi - ruling family of Fujairah His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah His Highness Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sarqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah







The Emirate of Abu Dhabi

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Out of the seven Emirates Abu Dhabi is the largest, occupying with its 67,340 square kilometers about 86 percent of the total land mass of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate consists of the city of Abu Dhabi with its suburbs, the Western Region “Gharabiya” with the desert of the Empty Quarter and the Liwa Oais and the Eastern Region surrounding the oasis city of Al Ain. Over 200 islands of different size belong to the Emirate. The city of Abu Dhabi, located on an atoll of Islands at the shoreline of the Arabian Gulf, is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It hosts the seat of President and Federal Cabinet, foreign Embassies and the headquarters of many oil-companies. The mangrove surrounded islands were

Out of the seven Emirates Abu Dhabi is the largest, occupying with its 67,340 square kilometers about 86 percent of the total land mass of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate consists of the city of Abu Dhabi with its suburbs, the Western Region “Gharabiya” with the desert of the Empty Quarter and the Liwa Oais and the Eastern Region surrounding the oasis city of Al Ain. Over 200 islands of different size belong to the Emirate. The city of Abu Dhabi, located on an atoll of Islands at the shoreline of the Arabian Gulf, is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It hosts the seat of President and Federal Cabinet, foreign Embassies and the headquarters of many oil-companies. The mangrove surrounded islands were almost uninhabited till the middle of the 18th century. Tribesmen would visit by this time the islands regularly

during their hunting expeditions. Legend has it, that the hunting Bedouins once watched a group of dhabis, a kind of gazelles, fleeing from the main land onto one of the islands – not a common thing to happen. So the hunter got suspicious and followed the animals all over the Milh island. The Arabic name “Milh” means salt. Since Bedouins used to name places according to a unique feature, the name most probable refers to the salty water surrounding the Island. To the great surprise of the hunters the animals headed straight to what turned out to be a freshwaterwell towards the edge of the island. This was for the Bedouins a great surprise and they hurried to share this news with their tribal leaders. Access to fresh water was crucial for the survival of the Bedouins and therefore extremely precious and of great strategic importance. The leaders decided, to take control over this new






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A brief history of the UAE

The United Arab Emirates has a long history and recent finding support the theory that during the early immigration of man from Africa into Asia the region became inhabited. Archaeological findings provide proof of interaction with the outside-world as early as during the Neolithic period about 7,500 years ago. Most probably settlements and relationships were related to copper-trade from the Hajar Mountains. About 4500 years ago camels were domesticated in the southern coastal areas of the Arabian Peninsula. This made a remarkable change in the possibility of man to interact with the outside world. Travel became an option and consequently trading relations started to develop. Remaining of early settlements during the Um al Nar period, about 4000 to 4500 years ago, were found in the lower areas of the Hajar Mountains. Relatively large oasis

towns must have existed. The remaining of a remarkable circular burial tomb can be seen in the Hili archaeological garden in Al Ain. Remaining of pottery and metal items are evidence of the relations with Mesopotamia, Iran, the Indus Valley, Baluchistan and Bactria, the later Afghanistan. In Mesopotamian sources the areas is referred as Magan. The Iron Age about 3300 to 2500 was characterized by the first use of iron and irrigation systems. With sand- and mud-made terraces and channels, the so called falaj, it became possible to distribute water over larger areas of the oasis´ to increase agricultural cultivation. The people no longer relied only on the dates, the natural growing palm-trees in the oasis' would provide, but they gained the means to grow more plants and keep a small life-stock as well. The larger resources of food lead to an almost explosive growth in population.

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During the Late Pre-Islamic area, around 2300 to 17000 years ago, the use of horses became common and a large trade-network connecting the Gulf areas with Mesopotamia, India and the Mediterranean was established. With the rise of the Sasanian dynasty in Iran most eastern Arabian territories were conquered. In the 6th century Christianity was introduced to the area. Archaeologist found on the Sir Bani Yas Island the remaining of a monastery that belonged to a Nestorian Christian community. Between 630 and 637 first envoys of Prophet Mohamed arrived and used Julfar – today Ras Al Khaima – as a staging port during their conquest of Iran. Julfar started to flourish as a se-port and was over centuries a wealthy port and pearling center. In 892 the port played again a strategic important role during the Abbasid Invasion of Oman. 963 the Buyids, a Shiah-dynasty from Iran, conquered south-eastern Arabia.

The 14th and 15th centuries were the time of great sea-farers. The fairytale figure of “Sindbad the seafarer” shares a lot of features with the region’s most famous sea-man, Ahmed Bin Majid, born 1421 in Ras Al Khaimah. Bin Majid was one of the most knowledgeable navigators and cartographer of his time. He even became famous in the West because he helped the Portuguese Vaso de Gamma to find the sea-way to India. De Gamma used for this first sea passage from Europe to India and Arabic map, at this time unknown to the European seafarers. The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century. At the same time the Quasimi gained strength and build up a fleet of more than 60 strong vessels with almost 20,000 sailors at arms. It must have been during this period of time and due to the ongoing attacks of British boats sailing to India, when the area around Ras Al Khaima became known as the “Pirate Coast”.






Meanwhile the Liwa-based Bani Yas discovered water at the Milh Island, later named Abu Dhabi. The Bani Yas took control over the island and build 1761 the Al Hosn Fort. Soon after Abu Dhabi became an important pearling center and the political leaders of the Al Bu Falah, the Al Nahyan family, moved to Abu Dhabi. The waters off the east coast became at the beginning of the 19th century quit dangerous for the ships of the British East India Company. They were challenged by an armada of almost 60 large deep-sea-dhows, 800 dhows. The legendary pirates of Arabia mobilized a contingent of up to 19,000 men. After a series of bloody sea-battles the British Navy and its Indian troops gained victory and broke down the forces of the Qasimi. In the aftermath of the siege the British Empire signed peace treaties with the local Sheikhs. Those agreements got renewed and were in extended and amended form in place till the final withdraw of the British Empire in 1971. The area, that is today the UAE, was from 1822 onwards known as The Trucial States. The British Empire established a protectorate, assuring the freedom at the sea. The Tribal territories were autonomies, ruled by the local sheikhs. At the beginning of the 19th century members of the Al Bu Falasah tribe, also a branch of the Bani Yas tribe, settled by the creek in Dubai. In 1833 Dubai was formally established by Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti Al Maktoum and the Maktoums became the ruling family of the area. Dubai´s creek provides a safe harbor to trading vessels and provided the area with opportunities to develop sea-trade at a larger scale. Mutual disputes amongst the Sheikhdoms happened regular, quarrels over territories were a common reason for armed conflicts. In 1853 an agreement was signed, to involve the British administration as moderator. Trade was flourishing, the pearling industry in winter and the date-farming provided a humble but steady income and allowed the tribes a relatively stable life. The introduction of cultural pearl by the Japanese stripped the region of its main source of income and triggered in the 1920 a deep economic crisis with severe consequences for the people. The Dubai Creek, over centuries a harbor for small trading vessels and a resourceful fishing place, came more into focus. In order to further develop commercial activities and to allow more and larger vessel to anchor, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rasheed bin Saed Al Maktoum, started an extensive program to develop the creek. The shallow seabed was dredged and the beaches were developed to become quays, suitable for loading and unloading of cargo. In the 1930 oil-companies started their first surveys in the area. At this time the

first planes landed in the area and a first airport was building Sharjah, used as a stopover-point by Imperial Airways on the way to India and Australia. Interrupted during the Second World War the surveys were intensified in the 1950th and with the discovery of oil 1958 everything changed almost overnight. The formally widely unnoticed desert region became a place of global interest. In 1962 the first oil-tanker left Das Island. Nothing would be anymore as it was before. Even though the UAE was the last Gulf-country to discover oil, what happened afterwards seems like a modern fairytale. Changes took place almost overnight. With the discovery of oil international experts came to the region, growing in numbers at the time of petrol-production. Not everybody welcomed the new developments and some fair amount of skepticism and even fear spread amongst the people. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan became 1966 the ruler of Abu Dhabi. He was the leader, people trusted and felt confident with his abilities to lead the tribe in those difficult times full of changes. In his previous appointment as the ruler´s representative in Al Ain he had gained the trust of the tribesmen and had proven his ability to be a wise and caring leader. When the British Empire announce 1968 its intention to withdraw, Sheikh Zayed

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started talks with the neighboring rulers to form an independent state. The rulers of Bahrain and Qatar were included in the talk, however decided to form independent states. An historical agreement to form a federation was reached in July 1971 and on 2nd of December 1971 the state of United Arab Emirates was formed and the flag of the new country was flown for the first time at Jumeirah beach in Dubai. The initial member Emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah Ajman, Um al Quawain and Fujairah. The emirate Ras Al Khaimah joined the federation in February 1972. Since then the seven Emirates have build up a distinct national identity and the UAE’s political system combines traditional and modern. The flag of the Emirates consists of the pan-Arabic colors red, green, white and black, representing according to common understanding the four main historical periods of Islam.






Oil and Sustainability Abu Dhabi Milestones

Sandy beaches, traditional fishing- and pealing boats peacefully rocking in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and along the coast a humble settlement consisting of houses made from date-leaves – this was more or less, what made up Abu Dhabi till the middle of the 20th century. No roads, no electricity and not tab-water. With the discovery of oil in 1958 nothing remained the way, it used to be.

Oil-companies started their operation from Abu Dhabi and with them came not only people from abroad, they also brought modern technologies, infrastructures and life at the island was shaken up in its roots. 1966 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the ruler of the Emirate and under his guidance and leadership Abu Dhabi underwent an incredible development into a super-modern cosmopolitan city. Sheikh Zayeds concern as tribal leader was the welfare of all his people: Water and electricity available for everybody, appropriate houses, medical services and education – this were his priorities. It was beyond imagination, that one day Abu Dhabi would become one of the largest oil-producers of the world with millions of dollars in revenue daily. The new city was build according to a master-plan, dividing the area into clusters with streets parallel and in right angel to each other. What seems a simple task, to demolish old buildings and remove the debris, was on a 40 km long island without proper roads quit a challenge. Zayed, the man who was known for his practicality and hands-on mentality, came up with a genius plan: The debris of the old structures was dumped off the coast and used to build a wave-breaker, protection the outer coast form the occasional big waves of the Arabian Gulf, that had created in the past more than once

remarkable damage among the costal settlement. Extended and enhanced over the years, the Breakwater became with its Marina-Sports-Club, the Marina Mall and the Emirates Heritage Village a popular leisure spot for residence and visitors. Modern skyscrapers grew like mushrooms, providing housing for the growing population, hotels, offices as well as schools, universities and modern

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medical facilities. The city grew from the main island into the mail land and over surrounding islands, where new residential areas, recreational facilities and industrial areas are developed.

Abu Dhabi´s vision is to build up a diversified sustainable economic basis. The development of world-class cultural, sportive and touristic facilities is a crucial part of the plan.

Abu Dhabi´s identity is deeply rooted in its Arabic and Islamic Heritage. With the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, the late president donated not only a beautiful place of worship to his brothers and sisters in faith, but gifted the city an iconic building and architectural treasure.

Sustainability is a key word in Abu Dhabi´s future plans and so it might not be surprising, that in the homeland of the second largest oil-producer at the Arabian Peninsula and the worlds number 8 in the list of oil producers the use of alternative energy is a key area of development. Over an area of 6 square kilometer Abu Dhabi is realizing one of world largest project of cleantech cluster, where current and future renewable energy and clean technologies are showcased, marketed, researched, developed, tested and implemented. Air-traffic was crucial for the cities development. The Al Bateen Airport on the main Island of Abu Dhabi was opened in 1968. In order to accommodate more traffic a larger International airport was build about 30 km southwards of the city on the main land. Flight operation form the new location started in 1982 and since then the airport underwent constant extensions. Since 2003 Abu Dhabi has its own National Carrier, Etihad airlines. Set up in July 2003 the first flights went off the ground only four months later. With more than 60 aircrafts Etihad operates more than 1000 weekly flights and serves a network of 84 international destinations. Etihad Airways became in a record time a leading premium airline brand and was awarded as “World’s Leading Airline” at the World Travel Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011. With the Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi added it´s unique traditional Arabic touch to the global portfolio of luxury hotels. As one of the fastest growing cities it is only fair to get involved in speedy sports – since 2009 Abu Dhabi host a Formula 1 race at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Ferrari-World, next to the race-court, is the world´s largest indoor theme-park. Ambitious projects are on the way and in various states of completion. The Saadiyat Island, located close by Abu Dhabi´s main island and meanwhile connected via new roads and bridges, will host a stunning cultural district. The Guggenheim Museum, The Louvre Abu Dhabi, a Center for Performing Arts and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum amongst countless other museums and galleries will put Abu Dhabi amongst the top art-destinations of the world.






A glimpse of Islam

Islam is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates. The followers of Islam are called Muslims. Islam is a monotheistic religion and bases on believe that Allah is the one and only God and that Prophet Mohamed (PBUH - Peace be Upon Him) is his last messenger. Allah is the Arabic word for god and refers in Islam to the same god as in Judaism and Christianity. Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) lived from 570 to 632 and starting from an age of 40 till his death he received revelations of god, verbally conveyed by Angel Gabriel. These revelations got after Prophet Mohamed’s (PBUH) death compiled to a single book, the holy book of Muslims, the Quran. The Quran is considered the culmination of goodly revelations and Mohamed (PBUH) as the final messenger of god, following early messengers like Adam, Moses, Ibrahim, David and Jesus. Muslims believe and respect all messengers of good. Jesus is for instance mentioned 25 times in the Quran, while Mohamed (PBUH) is mentioned four times only. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is considered one of the most respectful women in the Islamic tradition. As the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran, references to her are in the Quran more than in the New Testament of the Christian bible. Five pillars form the basis of Islam: Shahada is the declaration of Faith in Allah as the one and only god and Mohamed as his last messenger. Salah are the daily prayers, Muslims perform at five specific times of the day that are defined by certain positions of the sun. Zakat are the five percent of one’s wealth that are given as alms. Sawm is the fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The pilgrimage to Mecca, each Muslim shall perform at least one in a lifetime, is called the Hajj. The Islamic Hijri calendar is a lunar calendar and was introduced at the time of Prophet Mohamed’s (PBUH) arrival in Medina in 622. The Islamic year consist of 12 lunar months and is about 11 day shorter than the internationally used Gregorian calendar. The weekly day of rest is for Muslims Friday

and therefore this day is the weekend in the Arab world. Islam is with about 1.6 billion followers the second largest religion in the world. About 20 Percent of all Muslims live in the Middle East. The two main denominations of Islam are Sunni with about 75 to 90 percent and Shia with 10 to 20 percent of all Muslims.

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Mosques in Abu Dhabi Five times a day “Allahu Akbar, can be heard all over town. The Adhan is the call to prayer, reminding Muslims that it´s time to give worldly activities a little break and come to the mosque for the prayer. For male Muslims it is an obligation to perform their prayers together with their brothers in faith in the mosque. In order to find a mosque in the direct vicinity of residences and work-places, mosques are built all over town. In the UAE exit almost 4800 mosques. For Muslim ladies it is not obligatory to perform their prayers in a mosque however they are free to do so. Even though from a religious point is perfectly fine for men and woman to pray in separate areas of the same prayer-room, most of the larger mosques offer dedicated sections for ladies, allowing more privacy. A typical architectural detail of all mosques are the minarets. In the past the muadhdhin, who calls to the prayer and leads it than, would climb up the minaret and perform his call to prayer form this elevated position in order to be heard over a long distance. Legend has it, that in early days the muadhdin might have even climbed a nearby palmtree, to allow the call to prayer to be carried over a longer distance. Abu Dhabi has centralized the call to prayer. A muadhdhin performs the call to prayer at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and it gets transmitted and broadcasted via the speakers of all Mosques within Abu Dhabi. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is considered be the number of 41.000 worshippers it can accommodate, to be the third largest mosque in the worlds. The mosque is a unique

architectural work of art. The structure is completely covered in white marble, adorned by engravings and inlays of mother of pearl and semi-precious stones. The building features 82 domes of various sizes and its entire floor is covered by the larges knotted carpet of the world. The world´s largest chandelier - measuring 10 meters in diameter, 15 meters in height and weighting 15 tons - dominates with its sparkling Swarovski crystals the main prayer hall. Three of the country’s oldest traditional mosques, the Mohamed bin Jasem Al Muraikhi mosque, the Al Dawsari mosque and the Said Ali Al Muhannadi mosque, are located in Dalma Island, an important pearling site off the coast of the Western Region in Abu Dhabi. In the UAE mosques are strictly considered places of worships and non-Muslims shall refrain from entering. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of only three mosques in the UAE that can be visited by non-Muslims. The mosque is daily except on Friday mornings and religious holiday open between 9:00 and 22:00. During the prayer times the main prayer hall is not accessible to visitors. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center offers complimentary guided tours from Sundays to Thursdays at 10:00, 11:00 and 17:00; on Fridays at 17.00 and 19:30 and on Saturdays at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00 and 19:30. Modest dress is required by visitors. Local attire can be borrowed at the mosque






Arabic Hospitality

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Each region hast its own habits. The customs of welcome play amongst various regional practices a crucial role, since it ultimately defines the first impression and as it´s just a generally known, that there is no second chance for a first impression. As a gesture of hospitality in Arabia a guest will be offered coffee and dates. The tradition Arabic coffee is made from grinded coffee, mixed with Safron and sometimes other spices, like cardamom. No milk or sugar is added. Since guest could arrive anytime, coffee shall be always ready and available – a tradition, that is very much alive. The coffee used to be kept in large Dhallas, the tradition metal Arabic coffee pots. In order to keep the coffee always hot, the Dallas used to be placed in a bed of glowing charcoal, placed in a pit in the sand a special wooden box. Since charcoal-boxes might not be the most practical solution in air-conditioned houses, nowadays thermos-pots in the shape of the traditional dallah are commonly used.

serve other guests and always remain alert to refill an emptied cup with another sip of coffee. If the guest wants to signal, that he does not want to get more coffee, he shall shake the cup slightly and hand it back to the host. The slightly bitter taste of the coffee gets compensated by the sweetness of the dates, offered together with the coffee. Dates originate on the Arabian Peninsula were essential for the survival of the Bedouins in the harsh desert environment. The desert inhabitants often had no other source of food than camel milk and dates. Dates are high in fruit sugar and therefore a source of instant energy. Due to their fiber-structure the fruits are gentle to the stomach which makes them to the perfect fastbreaker during Ramadan. About 150 different species of dates are cultivated in the UAE. Towards the end of the harvesting season in mid-summer the city of Liwa host an annual date-festival, celebrating this special fruit, by Arabs considered a special and very precious gift of god to them.

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Once guest arrives, the host will offer the coffee in a small cup without handle. There is really an art of offering the coffee: The host will usually hold a staple of cups in his right hand and pour with his left hand the coffee. It is considered a severe affront, to fill up the cup completely. Only one third shall be filled up. The host will offer than with his right hand the cup to the guest, who shall also receive it with his right hand. The hosts will than





Historical Buildings in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

The one and only historical building on the Abu Dhabi Island is the Qasr Al Hosn, the so called White Fort. The island became permanent inhabited after the discovery of fresh water towards the end of the 18th century. In order to protect the precious water well on the island, in 1760 a watchtower became the first solid structure on the Island. The tower was implemented over the coming years into a fort that served as residence for the ruler. Over the centuries the Al Hosn was extended and reshaped. It was till 1966 the residence of Abu Dhabi´s ruling Al Nahyan family. In order to preserve the fragile historical building, extensive work is under progress. Once renovation-work will be completed, Qasr Al Hosn will be made again accessible to visitors. Next to the modern Maqtaa bridge, at the edge of the Abu Dhabi island, stand the 200 year old Maqtaa Fort, build to protect and control the access to the main island via the Maqtaa ford. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority hosts a visitor center in the old fort.

The Oasis of Al Ain, located in around 150 km east of the capital, is surrounded by some of the most beautiful castles of the UAE. The Al Jahili Fort is of particular significance as the birthplace of the late president and founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The fort was built in 1891 to defend the city and the oasis with its precious palm-trees. It was the Headquarter of Oman Trucial Scouts and the residence of Al Ain's Governor. The fort is now open to visitors and hosts a permanent photo-exhibition with art-work of the British Adventurer and photographer Wilfried Thesinger. The Sultan bin Zayed fort, also known as the Eastern fort dates back to 1910. On its proximity is the Al Ain National Museum. The 1910 build palace of the former president, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is completely renovated and converted into a Museum, giving visitors a very private insight into the daily life of the ruling family.






Modern buildings in Abu Dhabi Futuristic structures made of steel and glass side by side with lavish Arabic inspired buildings - this is Abu Dhabi, the modern capital of the United Arab Emirates, creating an architectural fusion of tradition and modernity. The Emirates Palace, Qasr Al Emarat, is a landmark of Arabia. The majestic palace, a five star luxury hotel, a venue for world-class events and the residence for guests of the state, sits like a jewel in a crown at the edge of Abu Dhabi´s main island. It is surrounded by fresh green gardens and sparkling water fountains. The building has a stunning number of 114 domes, the central dome raising 72.6 meters high above the ground. Finest material is used for the interior: Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the design. With the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the third largest mosque of the worlds, the cities has one of the most stunning sacral buildings.

The Breakwater is an artificial Island, banked up initially with the debris of old buildings as protection and wave-breaker at Abu Dhabi´s most exposed coast-line. The island is home to the Emirates Heritage Village, an outdoor museum, featuring Abu Dhabi´s history. The 122 meter high flagpole at the edge of the Breakwater was erected 2001 to mark the 30th anniversary of the UAE and flies a flag of 20 by 40 meters. Abu Dhabi hold´s the world record for the "furthest leaning man-made tower" as it is officially described in the Guiness Book of World Records. The 35 storey high Capital Gate tower, a hotel building next to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, has an 18-degree slope. In comparison the famous Leaning Towers of Pisa tilts only four degree. Abu Dhabi´s main island was a few years ago extended towards the sea in order to create the space for the sophisticated new cornice. Between modern skyscrapers

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and the azure blue water of the Arabian Gulf spreads the eight kilometer long new Corniche. Immaculate parks and gardens, small restaurants and a wide beach make the Cornice to an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the vibrant city center. Abu Dhabi´s skyscrapers are functional buildings, accommodation the commercial and administrative offices of the capital. Yet each building has its own unique features, some details not obvious at the first glance. The tower of Abu Dhabi´s Investment Authority might look like an ordinary modern tower – only from a birds-eye perspective it´s dollar-sign shape becomes obvious. Architects get in Abu Dhabi encouraged, to try new and unique designs: The headquarter building of Aldar, a Property-Developer, got due to its shape nick-named “The Coin”. The Yas Maine circuit, Abu Dhabi´s race-course at the Yas Island, combines motorsport-facilities with luxury lifestyle facilities. The racetrack is embedded in luxury hotel developments, like the futuristic Yas Viceroy hotel, build directly over the track. With its 200,000 m 2 large red roof the Ferrariworld is not only a stunning building, but also the world´s largest indoor them-park.





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Abu Dhabi Mall Telephone: Facsimile: E-mail: Web:

+971 2 645 4858 +971 2 645 4668

Mall Operating Hours Saturday to Wednesday: Thursday: Friday:

10 am to 10:00 pm 10 am to 11 pm 3:30 pm to 11 pm

A ll F & B Outlets Saturday to Wednesday: Thursday to Friday:

10 am to 11 am 10 am to 12 am

A bu Dhabi C oop Thursday to Saturday: Sunday to Wednesday:

8am to 12 am 8 am to 12 am

The C inema Saturday to Friday:

10 pm to 12 am


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Abu Dhabi shopping guide Marina Mall Corniche/Breakwater Abu Dhabi Telephone: Web:

+971 2 681 8300

Operating Hours – Mall Timings Stores Saturday-Wednesday 10:00 am -10:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am- 11:00 pm Friday 02:00 pm- 11:00 pm Ice R ink Saturday- Wednesday 10:00 am -10:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am- 11:00 pm Friday 11:00 am- 11:00 pmCarrefour 9:00 am- 12:00 midnightFun City Saturday- Wednesday 10:00 am -11:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am- 12:00 midnight Friday 10:00 am- 10:00pm C inestar C inemas 9:30 am- 12:30 am Bowling Village: 10:00 am to 02:30 am


Boggi AbuDhabi Mall Boggi was established in 1939 and has been ever since associated with the well-dressed man. From the executive suit to casual wear, Boggi continuously offers a range of essential classics such as a well cut suit, a blue blazer, grey trousers, an oxford shirt, striped sweaters, ties and much more. The real secret of Boggi is the ability to freshen the product offer while always remaining true to tradition. Call 02-645 2001 Breguet AbuDhabi Mall Breguet exercises a genuine fascination through its capacity for innovation. Its inventions have left an indelible imprint on watchmaking history and the developments currently being achieved within its manufacture make Breguet an undeniable reference in its field. This philosophy is entirely in tune with my vision of fine watchmaking: its ability to push the boundaries of horological construction, blending aesthetics with mechanical constraints, makes it a full-fledged art in its own right. Call 02-645 2002 Breitling Abu Dhabi Mall A specialist of technical watches, Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. The firm has shared all the finest moments in the conquest of the skies thanks to its sturdy, reliable and highperformance instruments. The world’s only

major watch brand to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements, the ultimate token of precision, Breitling is also one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured in its own workshops. This family business is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands. Call: 02-645-2001 Ermenegildo Zegna Marina Mall Ermenegildo Zegna's flagship Middle East boutique has just opened at The Dubai Mall. 580 square metres in size, it is the largest Zegna boutique in the Middle East and carries four lines of Zegna: Couture, Upper Casual, Zegna Sport, and Accessories. Designed by aware-winning architect Peter Merinio, it is his fourth Zegna boutique in the world after Milano, 5th Avenue in New York City, and Shinjuku Tokyo. Call: 02-681-4994 Jaeger-LeCoultre Marina Mall The Rivoli Prestige concept was developed to attract customers who appreciate the world’s finest watch brands. The store is an invitation to luxury with a distinct ambience, subtle tones of elegance and a warm atmosphere. The exquisite collection features some of the world’s most soughtafter timepiece brands such as Brequet, Blancpain, Glashutte Original, Jaquet Droz, Omega, Zenith, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Carl F. Bucherer as well as luxury communication instruments from Vertu. Call: 02-658-0004

Mont Blanc Al Jaber Optical Marina Mall Al Jaber Optical has been associated with quality and service for the last 1 years. The have a network of branches covering Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah. They have a wide range of vision care products such as sunglasses and optical frames. Some of the brand names include Chanel, Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Mont Blanc. They also have a wide range of contact lenses from international companies such as Bausch. Call: 02-681-2529

"Nauticus" for ship, since one of mankind's first accomplishments in exploring the world was to take to the seas. Nautica is working with Oceana an International Organization which is devoted to protecting the world’s oceans. With a growing population and amount of consumed resources, our oceans are as important as ever. There are a million ways to help reduce our carbon and water footprints, many of which fit right into your daily routine. So why not join Nautica, Oceana, and hundreds of people who have pledged to help protect our ocean. Call: +971 4 341 2235

Nautica AbuDhabi Mall Founded 1983, Nautica is a leading global lifestyle brand, with a product offer ranging from men’s, women’s, children’s apparel to footwear and accessories. Nautica products are refined casual classics inspired and energized by water, which are always crisp, clean and distinct. Today, Nautica is available in more than 170 Nautica branded stores worldwide. Its latest store is at the Mall of the Emirates (Ground floor, Ski Dome area) Nautica, a modern American classic, offers quality, design and value while capturing the essence of an active, adventurous and spirited lifestyle. Its AW11 collections are inspired by American Lakeside Living; crisp air and shorter days. From the maritime heritage of the Midwestern Great Lakes to the breathtaking high lakes of the Pacific Northwest, we celebrate life at the water’s edge. Nautica took its name from the Latin word

Lacoste AbuDhabi Mall Salam Studio The Lacoste legend is born in 1933, when René Lacoste revolutionizes mens’ fashion replacing the classical woven fabric, longsleeved and starched shirts on the courts, by what has now become the classic Lacoste polo shirt. More than 75 years after its creation, Lacoste has become a "lifestyle" brand which allies elegance and comfort. The Lacoste art of living expresses itself today through a large collection of apparel for women, men and children, footwear, fragrances, leather goods, eyewear, watches, belts and home textiles. Lacoste founds its success on the essential values of authenticity, performance, and elegance. The crocodile incarnates today the elegance of the champion, René Lacoste Call: 04-3410575

Persol Yateem Optician Marina Mall We have an elaborate infrastructure for production and servicing units that comprises of a professional management team and dispensing opticians. All our showrooms have eye clinics with fully equipped state of art optical instruments that are handled by our qualified optometrists, and you can have your eyes accordingly tested for vision correction. Yateem Optician deals with some of the world’s leading designer optical ranges like Cartier, Persol, Police, Prada, Chanel, Christian Dior, Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Revo, D & G, Luxottica, Silhouette, Versace, Versus, Burberry and many more. Call 02-681-8170 Prada Marina Mall Sophisticated and trendsetting, Prada’s inspiring concept of uncompromised quality and constant innovation has endured for nearly a hundred years. Prada’s history dates back to 1913, when Mario Prada, Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, opened a shop of luxury goods in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an architectural landmark in the heart of Milan. In 1919, Prada was appointed official supplier to the Italian royal family. The search for rare and valuable materials and sophisticated manufacturing techniques became part of Prada’s DNA, and the constant quest for innovation are the values that Mario Prada wanted to pass on and which the following generations have been able to preserve and develop. Uncompromised quality is therefore the byword that applies

to each and every Prada product. The Prada store at The Mall of the Emirates synthesizes these values and showcases the latest and most original men’s and women’s RTW, handbags and accessories, footwear, eyewear and fragrances collections. Call: +971 4 304 9700 Rolex AbuDhabi Mall Simply the best-known, most coveted watches the world aspires to. Call: 02-644 9000 Vertu Marina Mall Vertu is the pioneer and leading manufacturer of handcrafted mobile phones for the luxury market. Vertu was established in 1998 and unveiled its first product in 2002 to answer the demands of its discerning customers who only demand the best in everything they buy. Each Vertu handset is a result of obsessive attention to detail and is handcrafted by experts in Vertu's workshop in the United Kingdom. Vertu also offers clients the unique Concierge service. One press of the discretely positioned Concierge key on the phone offers access to a dedicated team of lifestyle managers, who aim to help Vertu users maximize their valuable free time. The boutique in Dubai Mall features the entire Vertu collection including its classic Signature collection, inspired by the tradition of watch-making, the Ascent, inspired by the aesthetic design and material of luxury sports cars and the Constellation, designed for the world traveler. Call: 02-681-6344



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Top Women’s Fashion






1. Harry Winston watch 2. Emporio Armani handbag 3. Varga Design Web leaf 4. la prairie Platimum 5. Arabian Nights Eau de Parfum

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Top Men’s Fashion 2




1. Alberto Guardiani shoes 2. Ermenegildo Zegna bag – Trofeo collection or 3. Herrera CH Men 4. Breguet watch ó 5. Louis Vuitton sunglasses



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Founded in 1847 by Louis Francois Cartier, the family-run Cartier firm has expanded to become an international jewellery house with a reputation second to none, and for generations the House of Cartier has enjoyed the gift of sophisticated expertise, attracting customers from around the world in search of distinction.

Sophisticated and trendsetting, Prada’s inspiring concept of uncompromised quality and constant innovation has endured for nearly a hundred years. Prada’s history dates back to 1913, when Mario Prada, Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, opened a shop of luxury goods in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an architectural landmark in the heart of Milan. In 1919, Prada was appointed official supplier to the Italian royal family. The search for rare and valuable materials and sophisticated manufacturing techniques became part of Prada’s DNA, and the constant quest for innovation are the values that Mario Prada wanted to pass on and which the following generations have been able to preserve and develop. Uncompromised quality is therefore the byword that applies to each and every Prada product. The Prada store at The Mall of the Emirates synthesizes these values and showcases the latest and most original men’s and women’s RTW, handbags and accessories, footwear, eyewear and fragrances collections.

Abu Dhabi Mall, Paris Gallery Al Manara Call: +971 2 6457575

Marina Mall Call: +971 4 304 9700

Blumarine Designer Anna Molinari and her late husband, Gianpaolo Tarabini, started the Blumarine line in 1977 in Carpi, Italy, where the company’s headquarters are still located today. The brand now falls under Blufin SpA, the Molinariowned holding company that encompasses Blumarine’s sibling label Blugirl, younger offshoots Miss Blumarine and Blumarine Baby, and the Anna Molinari label. Grand Royal Showroom Call: +971 2 639 55 66






Abu Dhabi Art 2012 Abu Dhabi Art 2012 Galleries

7-10 November Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Art, much more than an art fair, is a platform for modern and contemporary art and public programmes, bringing together a selection of leading art galleries from across the world. In its fourth edition, galleries showcase a variety of works in a range of prices; from museum-quality pieces to those in a dedicated section for emerging artists that has already proven popular with collectors. Abu Dhabi Art is held in the Saadiyat Cultural District (currently home to the Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition center and UAE Pavilion) and future home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

2011 was a huge success: 17,000 visitors 500 artists on show 250 media attendees 50 galleries 30 art talks and education workshops 60 of the world’s best artists, galleries, collectors and academics participated in a thought-provoking public programme

Abu Dhabi Art Venue UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Tel: +971 2 657 5800

AB Gallery Agial Art Gallery Art Sawa ARTSPACE Atassi Gallery Athr Gallery Ayyam Gallery Bait Muzna Gallery CDA Projects David Zwirner Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, L.L.C. EOA.Projects Gagosian Gallery Galerie Brigitte Schenk Galerie El Marsa Galerie Enrico Navarra Galerie GP & N Vallois Galerie Janine Rubeiz Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont Galerie Kashya Hildebrand Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Galleria Continua Hanart TZ Gallery Hauser & Wirth Horrach Moya Hunar Gallery kamel mennour Kerlin Gallery Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery Lam Art Gallery Leehwaik Gallery Leila Heller Gallery Lisson Gallery Meem Gallery October Gallery Ota Fine Arts Paul Stolper Gallery Sfeir-Semler Simon Lee Gallery The Breeder The Park Gallery The Third Line Tina Keng Gallery Tony Shafrazi Gallery Waterhouse & Dodd




The Gourmet Metropolis Abu Dhabi

Where Luxury M eets Lifestyle

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Oceana Grill It’s big and swanky, and that’s the first thing you’ll notice about Oceana Grill. The name is a tad misleading, because you expect to be on a beach with people in straw hats tossing shrimp and fish on a barbecue. Misleading but far from disappointing – this place is shiny, elegant and understated, and it makes you feel like dressing up. The service is on par with the swank; elegant, organised and you expect your name and preferences will be remembered if you head there again. And while it looks like the kind of place you’ll shell out a large chunk for, it isn’t, not by a long shot. Oceana Grill’s buffet system is rather interesting. They’ve got a set price for breakfast and lunch buffets (Dhs115 and Dhs150 respectively), but during the dinner buffet – which is when we suggest you go – you’ll get to order your mains from the à la carte menu, and it’s included in the price.

Location Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi Contact 02 617 0000 Cuisine International Experiences All you can eat deal Times Open daily 6.30am-11.30pm

Location The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi Contact 02 445 9600 Cuisine Moroccan Times Open daily 7pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 1pm-3.30pm for lunchtime

2012 promises to be a swanky new year, with swanky new Abu Dhabi hotels (well most opened in November, but they’re still new) to check out, and swanky new hotel restaurants to eat at. Here at TOAD, we’ve already started surveying the landscape so that you’re not treading blindly. So far we’ve had moments of pleasant surprise, ecstatic indulgence, and sorry disappointment. It’s always a mixed bag – especially since new places often experience teething problems in the first couple of months. Nonetheless the offerings so far have been very impressive. Last week we were utterly blown away by the skill and imagination of the culinary magicians at Rouge, this week, we’re salivating at our desks as we recall details of our dessert at the new Westin’s Agadir.

Tanjore Not many restaurants in the UAE manage to create a low-key atmosphere, but Tanjore does surprisingly well. The dark wood furnishing with alcove seating, muted lantern lighting and colourful wall hangings all come together to give a relaxed feel. Service is impeccable and you’ll leave feeling as important as a Moghul emperor, but without being too fussed over. As you’d expect from the restaurant name, Tanjore specialises in tandoori and northern Indian food. Tandoor hansh – duck marinated with spices and cooked to perfection in the clay oven – is a good choice. Also divine is the shikampuri kebab – a vegetable patty with green chillies and ginger. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a dish that doesn’t satisfy.

Location Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Contact 03 704 6000 Cuisine Indian Experiences Alcohol available, Smoking permitted Times Open Tue-Sun 12.30pm-3pm; 7.30pm-11pm








Red brick walls, MTV Arabia blaring out on every screen and an interior rather like a cross between The Cavern and an eighties wine bar makes Y-Bar a rather conspicuous presence on Yas Island. Having just opened when we visited, it was all still pretty new – our advice would be to sit inside, though, given the island’s predilection for attracting flies. But when it comes to the food, Y-Bar clearly has high ideas. The menu is divided into ‘sitting’ and ‘standing’, with a choice of high class appetisers and the occasional oddity. Never did we expect to see a scotch egg (let alone one costing over Dhs20) on a menu in the UAE, although, naturally, this was the chicken version. Additional dishes like the sesame crusted oysters and tempura artichokes offer a break from the usual chicken wings, but it is the ‘sitting’ menu which holds the most surprises. Dishes like the enormous wagyu burger (with porcini mushrooms no less), cod and chips and the hearty shepherd’s pie return you to simpler pub values – no bad thing. We expect big things from this bar in the future. Time will tell when it comes to next year’s awards.

At Chamas, the USP is a simple one. Keep the little green card on your table face-up and men with gigantic sticks of meat will continue to carve their glistening wares on to your plate. Flip it over and they’ll stop. It’s a slightly gimmicky experience, and not for the easily distracted – with spits of rib-eye beef and lamb chops wafting by every five seconds, you may find yourself guilty of drifting in and out of conversations mid-sentence. Certain cuts will even require you to assist your server with your personal tongs, so just pray your companions have the patience for a disjointed dinner. In terms of what’s on offer, there’s everything from chicken wings (tangy, tender and, in our opinion, the best in the city) to juicy, marinated chunks of sirloin steak, spare ribs and a succulent smoked beef that’s so good it’s been known to reduce grown men to tears of joy. Meat aside, the self-service salad bar is also extremely well stocked, fresh and varied. All in all, it’s a testosterone-charged treat.

Location Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Contact 02 656 4000 Cuisine Bar Food Experiences Alcohol available, Outdoor seating Times Open Sun-Thu 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat noon-2am

Location InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi Contact 02 666 6888 Cuisine Brazilian, Steakhouses Experiences Alcohol available, All you can eat deal, Live music, Outdoor seating, Private dining area, Smoking permitted Times Open Sat-Thu 6pm-11.30pm; Fri noon-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm




Golf in Abu Dhabi Six pay-and-play courses – all with certified PGA professionals on the books - ensure variety and truly memorable playing experiences, while some of the finest club house hospitality around delivers luxurious post-round experiences to match. And because we understand that golf is often a key pillar in corporate meetings and incentives success, our Golf in Abu Dhabi team – aided by on-the-ground club professionals - can ensure your focus stays on your swing – and not the running of your tournament.

With unbeatable rates at courses, and package deals encompassing flights, hotel accommodation and on-theground transport, Golf in Abu Dhabi has a host of tailored packages that allow you to book everything via a single source. As Abu Dhabi’s competitiveness in the global golf marketplace comes to the fore, we’re striving to make it easier for you to come and play. In Abu Dhabi we take your golf seriously; leaving you to simply enjoy it.

Fabulous courses carved out of the desert and along spectacular coastlines make up a fascinating golf offering to challenge the world's most premium golf destinations

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Abu Dhabi G olf Club

Saadiyat Beach G olf Club

Yas Links Abu Dhabi

This award-winning facility, managed by Troon Golf, is where it all began.

This is the region’s first ocean course; the Gary Playerdesigned masterpiece respectfully harnesses the natural beauty of Saadiyat Island’s magnificent, white sand beaches for a truly unique playing experience.

‘A course that will both enhance your game and your senses, be part of the tradition’

Featuring 27 holes, including the 18-hole National Course - home to the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, a European PGA Tour event – Abu Dhabi Golf Club is presided over by arguably the Middle East’s most iconic clubhouse: a vast winged falcon perched atop a golf ball. On the playing side, the Par 72 National Course covers 7,600 yards of lush fairways, undulating greens and more than 90 challenging bunkers, while the more accessible Par 36 Garden Course totals 3,341 yards. The fully floodlit, nine-hole Garden Course is also the perfect place for a spot of night golf on a championship-standard facility. The two distinct playing experiences have seen the club ranked among the World’s Top 100 courses by Golf World magazine. For those eyeing the golf day of a life-time, watch out for the club’s ‘Royal Experience’ – a luxury package run in association with Emirates Palace – one of the world’s most opulent hotels - that sees guests enjoy Maybach or helicopter transfers to the club, Rolls Royce golf carts, an exclusive lounge and fine dining.

With the meandering, eco-conscious course providing stunning sea views, there’s also the chance to spot dolphins and turtles at play in the glistening Arabian Gulf. Three salt water lakes and restored beach and sand dunes provide majestic on-course hazards, while more than 60 bunkers force even the bravest to pause for thought on this challenging Par 72. Designed with amateurs and professionals in mind, carefully positioned tee boxes ensure the total yardage starts at 5,290, although the course can be extended to a whopping 7,804 yards for pros. The clubhouse is known as a dining treat and has a great terrace for prize-giving ceremonies or outdoor socialising. Watch out for magnificent permanent clubhouse, designed by Pritzker Prize Winner, Frank Gehry, which is due to open 2012 end.

Set among rolling hills and delicate mangrove plantations, Yas Links Abu Dhabi – designed by Kyle Phillips, the world-renowned course architect – is the Middle East’s only true links course. Nestled on the western shores of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s landmark entertainment destination, every daunting, dynamic Yas Links hole has sparkling coastline views of the Arabian Gulf – indeed eight run right up along the coastline. The course is a favourite among UAE-based players. Voted among the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses’ by the USA’s influential, Golf Magazine, and voted 'The 24th best course in the World outside the US' by Golf Digest Magazine, the Par 72 championship course stretches to a demanding 7,450 yards, while a nine-hole Par 3 academy course, floodlit practice facilities and luxurious clubhouse further complement the offering.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club is 10 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 20 minutes drive from most downtown hotels.

Also, if you want a meeting in a golf environment, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club – just a 20 minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and only 15 minutes from downtown – has a wide range of banquet and conference facilities.

Served by seven nearby hotels, including the iconic, five-star Yas Viceroy Hotel – the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula 1™ track - Yas Links is distinguished by private boat mooring and a fine dining restaurant, with stunning views of Abu Dhabi’s 21 st century skyline thrown in for free, as well as a private lawn for events and croquet.

Course facts No. of holes: Par: Yardage: Designer: Landscape:

Course facts No. of holes: Par: Yardage: Designer: Landscape:

Course facts No. of holes: Par: Yardage: Designer: Landscape:

27-hole 72 National, 36 Garden 7,600 National, 3,341 Garden Peter Harradine Arabian Oasis

18-hole 72 7,806 Gary Player Beachfront Resort

18-hole 72 7,414 Kyle Phillips Links






Abu Dhabi Polo Playing Field Polo is most often played outdoors. The outdoor polo field is 300 yards long and 160 yards wide, the largest field in organized sport. The goal posts at each end are 24 feet apart and a minimum of 10 feet high. Penalty lines are marked at 30 yards from the goal, 40 yards, 60 yards, and at midfield. Polo Mallets Players hit the ball with the mallet using one of four basic shots: Forehand to hit the ball forward or laterally to a teammate Backhand changing the flow of play by sending the ball in the opposite direction. Neckshot hitting the ball under the horse’s neck. Tallshot hitting the ball behind and under the horse’s rump. Pony Goal A pony goal occurs when a pony, usually by kicking the ball, causes the ball to go through the goal posts.

This is natural for equine athletes who love the game as much as their riders. This type of goal counts and is a real crowd pleaser.

and the player may leave the field for a replacement before returning to play, or simply reverse the mallet and strike the ball with the handle.

Chukka There are six chukkas in a polo match. Each chucker is seven minutes long. Breaks between chukkas are three minutes long, with a five minute halftime. The ball is rolled in by an official to start the polo match or resume play after a time out. Each team lines up in numerical order, directly behind the other. The opposing team lines up the same way. Umpire rolls the ball between the two teams, and play begins.

Players There are four players on a team. The forwards are numbered one and two, and are mainly concerned with scoring . Number three is the center half, who assists the scorers and aids in defense. The number three is often the most experienced member of the team. Defense and fast breaks are the responsibilities of the back, number four. Handicaps : Polo Players are ranked yearly by their peers and the USPA on a scale of (-2 to 10 goal). Team play is handicapped on the basis of ability. A team’s handicap is the total of its player’s goal ratings. Tournaments are held in handicap categories. High goal polo is considered to be for teams rated nineteen goals or over, and medium goal play is fifteen to eighteen goals.

The game clock is stopped in case of foul, fallen pony or rider, pony or player injured, broken track, loss of helmet, or if the ball rolls out of bounds. A player may leave the field to change ponies without a time out being called if the pony is no playing well but isn’t visibly injured. A lost or broken mallet does not stop play,

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There are many ways to build a tem that meets the tournament's goal limit. Quite often a strong team will want a ringer, a new or under rated payer, to balance the team’s higher ranked players. Umpires Two mounted umpires do most of the officiating, with a referee at midfield having the final say in any dispute between the umpires. With such a large field and the speed of polo match, the referee is usually busy. Penalties Penalty shots are given from any position the umpires choose from the goal line to midfield, with or without a defender allowed in the goal, depending on the severity of the foul. After each goal, the teams change goals. For complete details please refer to the penalty rules.

Rules This brief overview the rules of polo is for the spectator only. Most of the rules of polo are for the safety of the players and their ponies. If you want to play, learn them thoroughly. The umpires primary concerns are right of way and the line of the ball. The line of the ball is an imaginary line that is formed each time the ball is struck. This line traces the ball’s path and extends past the ball along that trajectory. The player who last stuck the ball is considered to have right of way, and no other player may cross the line of the ball in front of that player, or push that player off the line. Riding alongside to block or hook is allowed, as long as the player with right of way is not impeded. Bumping or riding off is allowed as long as angle of attack is less than forty five degrees, and any contact must be made between the pony’s hip and shoulder. A player may hook or block another player’s mallet with his mallet, but no deliberate contact between players is allowed. A player may not purposely touch another player, his tack or pony with his mallet. Ponies play for a maximum of two chukkers per match.

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Abu Dhabi Aviation

Abu Dhabi Aviation is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, operating 54 helicopters (16 Augusta Westland AW139s, 15 Bell 412s, 19 Bell 212s and 4 Bell 206s), 3 fixed-wing aircraft (DHC-8). The company employs over 800 personnel, including 150 pilots and 150 aircraft maintenance engineers. The bulk of the company's business activity is in support of Abu Dhabi Offshore Oil and engineering and construction companies. Other business activities include medical evacuation, survey, photography and charter. Additionally, all aerial spraying of crops in the UAE and the majority of aerial spraying in Oman is carried out by ADA. By 1983, the fleet size had increased to a total of 34 aircraft, flying over 38,800 hours annually, an average of over 100 hours per day. In 1985, Abu Dhabi Aviation was authorised to operate fixed-wing aircraft and to conduct third-party aircraft maintenance. In 1991, Abu Dhabi Aviation was awarded its first fixedwing aircraft contract. This contract, with the largest oil company in the UAE, is now operated with three new DHC-8 aircraft. Abu Dhabi Aviation has also expanded its operations to cover the region and has completed numerous contracts throughout the Middle East and beyond, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Republic of Yemen, Spain, Pakistan, Eritrea, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Australia, India, Afghani-

stan and Indonesia. Seismic surveys in search of oil and other natural resources have been completed utilising specialist under-slung load techniques using a 100 ft "long line", thus enabling the helicopter to remain well clear of all obstructions. This same technique has also been used most successfully to conduct other work, such as erecting pylons, as part of government schemes to bring electricity to remote areas, and construction of microwave towers. ADA has operated one Bell 212 helicopter in support of long-term contracts for a major oil company in the Republic of Yemen. The company also has an ongoing firefighting contract in Spain. The company's marketing department actively pursues new business opportunities worldwide. Since its inception, ADA is now approaching the 1,000,000 flight hours mark in helicopters and over 55,000 hours in fixed wing aircraft. Bell Helicopter awarded Abu Dhabi Aviation with a plaque to commemorate the completion of 700,000 helicopter hours. The high intensity of offshore oil support work has required an annual average of approximately 200,000 landings and take-offs. In an average month, 15,000 passengers and 162,000kgs of freight are transferred to and from offshore areas. In addition, over 11,000 passengers are moved between various offshore locations. Sustaining these rates has required a high degree of dedication, commitment and professionalism on the part of the pilots, engineers and support staff.

Abu Dhabi Aviation relocated at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. • Specific shipping and mailing address information is as follows: Mailing Address PO Box 2723 • Abu Dhabi • UAE Shipping Address Abu Dhabi Aviation • Abu Dhabi International Airport • Abu Dhabi • United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-2-5758000 • Fax: +971-2-5757775 Email:

LUXURY Abu Dhabi

A Day in the Dunes Full day desert safari

Hop-on, hop off sightseeing Big Bus Tour Abu Dhabi

The tour is a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Abu Dhabi, taking you to all of the cities famous landmarks. The Tour provides a personal commentary in a choice of languages, explaining Abu Dhabi’s rapid development and cultural history. The hop-on, hop-off facility gives you access to the best things to do in Abu Dhabi and the 24 hour ticket provides plenty of time to explore Abu Dhabi’s popular attractions. This fascinating exploration of some of Abu Dhabi’s most interesting locations is centered around the dramatic high dunes of Arjan. The Al Wathba Camel Racetrack celebrates one of the UAE’s glorious cultural traditions. The camel training sessions provide striking photo opportunities, while camel rugs and accessories on sale at the local shops make for unusual souvenirs. Driving past Al Wathba Palace leads to camel farms and Bedouin encampments that dot the area, and there is no better setting for a picnic lunch than under the shade, surrounded by the serenity of the desert landscape. The safari continues through palm studded red dunes before returning to Abu Dhabi.

Contact Tel: +971 2 691 1711 • Fax: +971 2 691 1710 Email: Mezzanine Floor, Emirates Travel Shop, Corniche Road P.O Box 45450, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Timezone: GMT +4 Hours: 0900 - 1800 Daily

Your sightseeing tour of Abu Dhabi also includes a Shuttle to Abu Dhabi’s entertainment capital, Yas Island and free entrance to the Sky Tower at Marina Mall.

Tickets & Prices You can purchase tickets either online or on the day from any of our stops. Full Public Prices Day Tour (24 hour ticket) Abu Dhabi and Dubai Combination

Adult $55 $95

Child $27 $41

Contact If you would like to contact us, please feel free to call, fax or email us at the below. 00 971 800 244 287 Big Bus Tours LLC PO Box 95120 • Abu Dhabi •UAE

Family $137 $232







LUXURY Abu Dhabi

Essential Numbers Emergency Services Police: Ambulance: Fire: Electricity and Water: General Information:

Airport Enquiries (Dubai): 04-2066666 Telephone Directory: 180 / 181 Taxis (Dubai): 04-2080808

Emergency (Abu Dhabi): 344 663 Municipality Emergency Number Abu Dhabi: 02 777 929 Dubai: 04 2232323

Dubai Hospital Al Wasl 04-3341111 Dubai Hospital 04-2714444 Rashid Hospital 04-3371111 American Hospital (Private) 04-3367777 Wellcare Hospital (Private) 04-2827788 Abu Dhabi Central Hospital 02-6214666 Mafraq Hospital 02-5823100 Sharjah Hospitals ANJAD 06-5512222 New Al Qassimi Hospital 06-5386444 Kuwaiti Hospital 06-5242111 Dhaid Hospital 06-8822221 Zulehka Hospital 06-5378866 Al Zahra Hospital 06-5619999 Ras Al Khaimah Hospitals Saqr Hospital 07-2223666 Saif Bin Ghobash Hospital 07-2223555 Ghobash Hospital 07-2223555 Al Ain Al Ain Hospital 03-7635888

Foreign Embassies in UAE Afghanistan Embassy Abu Dhabi 5687 +971 2 661244 Algeria Embassy Abu Dhabi 3070 +971 2 4448943 Argentina Embassy Abu Dhabi 3325 +971 2 436838 Australian Embassy Abu Dhabi 32711 +97126346100 Austrian Embassy Abu Dhabi 3095 +97126267755 Bahrain Embassy Abu Dhabi 3367 +971 2 312200

999 998/999 997 991 101

Bangladesh Embassy Abu Dhabi 2504 +97124465100 Belgium Embassy Abu Dhabi 3686 +971 2 319449 Belize Embassy Abu Dhabi 43432 +971 2 333554 Bosnia & Herzegovina Abu Dhabi 43362 +97126444164 Brazil Embassy Abu Dhabi 3027 +971 2 665352 Britain Embassy Abu Dhabi 248 +971 2 326600 Brunei Darussalam Embassy Abu Dhabi 5836 +971 2 491100 Canadian Embassy Abu Dhabi 6970 +97124456969 China Embassy Abu Dhabi 2741 +971 2 434276 Czech Republic Embassy Abu Dhabi 27+9 +97126782800 Egypt Embassy Abu Dhabi 4026 +971 2 4445566 Mauritania Embassy Abu Dhabi 2714 +97124462724 Norway Embassy Abu Dhabi 47270 +97126211221 Somalia Embassy Abu Dhabi 4155 +97126669700 Embassy of South Africa Abu Dhabi 29446 +97126337565 Eriteria Embassy Abu Dhabi 2597 +971 2 331838 Finland Embassy Abu Dhabi 3634 +971 2 328927 France Embassy Abu Dhabi 4014 +97124435100 Germany Embassy Abu Dhabi 2591 +971 2 435630 Greece Embassy Abu Dhabi 5483 +971 2 654847 Hungary Embassy Abu Dhabi 44450 +971 2 660107 India Embassy Abu Dhabi 737 +971 2 664800 UAE Embassy Abu Dhabi 7256 +971 2 454448 Iran Embassy Abu Dhabi 4080 +971 2 4447618 Italy Embassy Abu Dhabi 46752 +971 2 435622 Japan Embassy Abu Dhabi 2430 +971 2 435696 Kenya Embassy Abu Dhabi 3854 +971 2 666300 Saudi Arabia Embassy Abu Dhabi 4057 +971 2 4445700 Korea Embassy Abu Dhabi 3270 +971 2 435337 Kuwait Embassy Abu Dhabi 926 +971 2 4446888 Lebanon Embassy Abu Dhabi 4023 +971 2 492100 Libya Embassy Abu Dhabi 5739 +971 2 450030 Malaysia Embassy Abu Dhabi 3887 +971 2 656698 Morocco Embassy Abu Dhabi 4066 +971 2 433963 Netherlands Embassy Abu Dhabi 46560 +971 2 321920 Pakistan Embassy Abu Dhabi 846 +971 2 4447800 Palestine Embassy Abu Dhabi 841 +971 2 434652 Philippines Embassy Abu Dhabi 3215 +971 2 345664 Poland Embassy Abu Dhabi 2334 +971 2 465200 Qatar Embassy Abu Dhabi 3503 +971 2 493300 Romania Embassy Abu Dhabi 70416 +97126666346 Russian Federation Abu Dhabi 8211 +971 2 721797 Slovakia Embassy Abu Dhabi 3382 +971 2 321674 Spain Embassy Abu Dhabi 46474 +971 2 6269544 Sri Lanka Embassy Abu Dhabi 46534 +971 2 788881 Sudan Embassy Abu Dhabi 4027 +971 2 666788 Sultanate Of Oman Embassy Abu Dhabi 2517 +971 2 463333 Sweden Embassy Abu Dhabi 2609 +971 2 337772 Switzerland Embassy Abu Dhabi 46116 +971 2 274636 Syria Embassy Abu Dhabi 4011 +971 2 4448768 Thailand Embassy Abu Dhabi 47466 +971 2 770797 Jordan Embassy Abu Dhabi 4024 +97124447100 Tunisia Embassy Abu Dhabi 4166 +971 2 6811331 Turkey Embassy Abu Dhabi 3204 +971 2 655421 Ukraine Embassy Abu Dhabi 45714 +97126327586 United Kingdom Embassy Abu Dhabi 248 +971 2 6101100 United States Embassy Abu Dhabi 4+9 +971 2 4142200 Yemen Embassy Abu Dhabi 2095 +971 2 4448457




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