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OCTOBER 2014 | ISSUE 95

OCTOBER 2014 | ISSUE 95

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OMEGA Boutiques - Dubai: BurJuman • Deira City Centre • Dubai Mall • Dubai Festival City • Mall of the Emirates • Mina A'Salam • Mirdif City Centre • Sahara Centre • Wafi and at select Rivoli Stores. Abu Dhabi: Marina Mall • Toll Free: 800-RIVOLI

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Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duo. Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 854/1. Two dials driven by a single movement: for the very first time, the iconic Reverso reveals a second face within its ultra-thin case. It combines two back-to-back dials to offer its owner a fascinating journey through time. A refined blend of style and watchmaking performance stemming from 180 years of expertise cultivated by the Inventors of the VallĂŠe de Joux.

CROSSING THE GLOBE IN TWO SECONDS. YO U D E S E RV E A R E A L WATC H.

M A J O R PA RT N E R O F

Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutiques: The Dubai Mall +971 4 339 8769, Abu Dhabi Marina Mall +971 2 658 0004, Avenue at Etihad Towers +971 2 681 2834 Find your nearest point of sale at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

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Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duo. Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 854/1. Two dials driven by a single movement: for the very first time, the iconic Reverso reveals a second face within its ultra-thin case. It combines two back-to-back dials to offer its owner a fascinating journey through time. A refined blend of style and watchmaking performance stemming from 180 years of expertise cultivated by the Inventors of the VallĂŠe de Joux.

CROSSING THE GLOBE IN TWO SECONDS. YO U D E S E RV E A R E A L WATC H.

M A J O R PA RT N E R O F

Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutiques: The Dubai Mall +971 4 339 8769, Abu Dhabi Marina Mall +971 2 658 0004, Avenue at Etihad Towers +971 2 681 2834 Find your nearest point of sale at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

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ENGINEERED FOR MEN WHO HEAR A CALL FROM THE WILD.

Aquatimer Deep Three. Ref. 3557: There are times when all it takes to hear the call of the wild is a glance at your wrist. With the water-resistant Deep Three in its titanium case, it’s immediately clear that your next job will be in another latitude and, more significantly, somewhere below the surface of the ocean. The mechanical depth gauge, which shows current dive depth to a maximum of 50 metres, and the newly developed IWC SafeDive system are your companions as you push your limits downward. And for

your ascent, you can calculate the necessary decompression stops using three parameters: actual dive time, maximum depth attained and the seconds hand. At the same time, you have a complete backup system for your dive computer. In short: this watch puts you in control of any subaquatic adventure you might undertake. But even without a wet suit, the Deep Three and its elaborate diving helmet relief engraving on the case back make it eloquently clear what your I WC . E N G I N E E R E D FO R M E N . answer to the call of the wild will be.

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN BOUTIQUES: DUBAI | ABU DHABI | BEIRUT | KUWAIT | ISTANBUL | ROME | NEW YORK | PARIS | GENEVA | ZURICH IWC.COM IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN BOUTIQUE: DUBAI | THE DUBAI MALL | TEL. 04 339 8111 IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN BOUTIQUE: ABU DHABI | THE GALLERIA AT SOWWAH SQUARE | TEL. 02 622 7820

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ENGINEERED FOR MEN WHO HEAR A CALL FROM THE WILD.

Aquatimer Deep Three. Ref. 3557: There are times when all it takes to hear the call of the wild is a glance at your wrist. With the water-resistant Deep Three in its titanium case, it’s immediately clear that your next job will be in another latitude and, more significantly, somewhere below the surface of the ocean. The mechanical depth gauge, which shows current dive depth to a maximum of 50 metres, and the newly developed IWC SafeDive system are your companions as you push your limits downward. And for

your ascent, you can calculate the necessary decompression stops using three parameters: actual dive time, maximum depth attained and the seconds hand. At the same time, you have a complete backup system for your dive computer. In short: this watch puts you in control of any subaquatic adventure you might undertake. But even without a wet suit, the Deep Three and its elaborate diving helmet relief engraving on the case back make it eloquently clear what your I WC . E N G I N E E R E D FO R M E N . answer to the call of the wild will be.

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN BOUTIQUES: DUBAI | ABU DHABI | BEIRUT | KUWAIT | ISTANBUL | ROME | NEW YORK | PARIS | GENEVA | ZURICH IWC.COM IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN BOUTIQUE: DUBAI | THE DUBAI MALL | TEL. 04 339 8111 IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN BOUTIQUE: ABU DHABI | THE GALLERIA AT SOWWAH SQUARE | TEL. 02 622 7820

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MODERN. CONTEMPORARY. ABU DHABI ART. 5 - 8 November 2014 Manarat Al Saadiyat Saadiyat Cultural District

Abu Dhabi Art offers a multi-disciplinary experience combining an art fair with a diverse public engagement programme which includes art, talks and sensational events.

ABU DHABI ART 2014 GALLERIES AB Gallery Acquavella Galleries, Inc. Agial Art Gallery Aicon Gallery ARNDT Athr Gallery Ayyam Gallery Carpenters Workshop Gallery Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, L.L.C. Elmarsa Galeri Zilberman Galerie Brigitte Schenk Galerie Enrico Navarra Galerie GP & N Vallois Galerie Janine Rubeiz Galerie Tanit Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac GALLERIA CONTINUA Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Hanart TZ Gallery Hauser & Wirth Horrach Moya Hunar Gallery

kamel mennour Kashya Hildebrand Gallery Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery Lam Art Gallery Le Violon Bleu Leehwaik Gallery Leila Heller Gallery Lisson Gallery Meem Gallery October Gallery Park Ryu Sook Gallery Paul Kasmin Gallery Paul Stolper Gallery Salwa Zeidan Gallery Sfeir-Semler Gallery Simon Lee Gallery Taymour Grahne Gallery The Breeder The Park Gallery The Third Line Whitestone Gallery XVA Gallery

*Gallery list correct at time of printing, visit abudhabiart.ae for up to date information.

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Welcome As a visitor and guest in Abu Dhabi you are staying in a destination of distinction, which I hope you will find so engaging and exciting that you return time and time again. We in the UAE capital believe our homeland is something of a welcome contradiction for travellers. It is a place where deep-rooted Arabian heritage is deftly woven into a rich destination tapestry complete with luxury accommodation and world-class leisure attractions. Abu Dhabi is blessed with a diverse landscape. We have 400 kilometres of pristine coastline, over 200 natural islands, vast tracts of serene desert, tranquil oasis towns and a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city. I hope during your stay you are able to experience as much of this variety as possible. In many ways, this emirate is several destinations in one, from the rustic charm of Al Ain, the birthplace of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the breathtaking vastness of the Liwa Desert in Al Gharbia with its mountainous dunes, to the energising pace and brightness of our capital city. We all share a desire to make you feel as welcome as possible and hope you leave with a positive, lasting impression of our homeland, traditions and people. In the pages of this magazine, you will find an overview of the emirate’s widespread appeal and I’m sure you will find much to inspire and entertain you. I wish you a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay in Abu Dhabi.

HE Jasem Al Darmaki Deputy Director General Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

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Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi lends an iconic silhouette to the emirate’s stunning skyline. With a dramatic and record-breaking incline of 18 degrees, the Capital Gate building ideally reflects the avant-garde vision of the UAE. The contrast between old and new is presented in a contemporary setting where the gleaming tower overlooks a centuries-old coastline that has seen the emirate’s remarkable transformation into a world-class capital.

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PIAGET BOUTIQUES: Abu Dhabi: Avenue at Etihad Towers, 02 667 0044 Dubai: The Dubai Mall, 04 339 8222, Mall of the Emirates, 04 347 6336 Dubai: Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Atlantis 04 422 0233, Burj Al Arab, 04 348 9000 Burjuman Centre, 04 355 9090 Abu Dhabi: Al Manara International Jewellery, St. Regis Hotel, 02 6673535 The Galleria Sowwah, 02 6743444 Untitled-4 1 - Abu Dhabi G34LX700 220x275.indd 1 UAE Concierge

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Contents OCTOBER 2014 / ISSUE 95

18/Essentials

Top attractions and events in the UAE capital

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Discover 24/A tale of two cities

New developments in Abu Dhabi and Dubai reflect the future vision of the UAE

30/Crafting moments

Concierge presents a photographic portrait of life in the UAE

38/A fine weave

The ancient craft of Persian carpet-making inspires a new generation of art connoisseurs

42/A closer look... Concierge highlights the best of Abu Dhabi’s second largest city, Al Ain

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Shop 46/The perfect setting

The right ambience and décor makes all the difference to top brand boutiques

52/In good hands Master watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre takes great pride in its artisanal credentials

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AL AIN ZOO

58/Shop around

From designer collections to local handicrafts, the city’s retail scene is rich and vibrant

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Experience 64/Good vibrations

The UAE capital renews its focus on classical music with the revival of Abu Dhabi Classics

70/In the swing

Concierge discovers why Abu Dhabi is a premium international golfing destination

76/A place to... Soak up the sun in style at the Saadiyat Beach Club

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Taste 80/The great outdoors

Indulge in a meal to remember at one of the many al fresco restaurants in the capital

84/Making the cut

Step into opulent cigar lounges and savour a pleasure for the senses

BORD EAU, SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

89 The guide

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104/My life in Abu Dhabi

Maryam Al Hamly, fashion entrepreneur, shares her city highlights

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Essentials

OCTOBER

E X PER I E NCE Abu Dhabi Film Festival

The capitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading annual film event, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, returns this month with an action-packed schedule of VIP events, movie premieres and talks hosted by industry experts. From October 23 to November 1, visitors can view the latest movies and participate in a range of events and activities at the eighth edition of this popular festival. Celebrating its fourth year as major partner of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre will also be showcasing the exquisite Hybris Artistica collection of timepieces. Visit: abudhabifilmfestival.ae

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D I S C OV E R

UPCOMING EVENTS

Local art scene

Boasting a burgeoning art scene, Abu Dhabi is increasing its number of gallery spaces to house artists’ creations. Etihad Gallery (02 6444366), Ghaf Art Gallery (02 6655332) and Salwa Zeidan Gallery (02 6669656) are just a few of the creative spaces in the capital, while Abu Dhabi Art Hub (02 5515005) offers artists a venue in which to stay, work and exhibit.

ABU DHABI CLASSICS SEASON October 14 to May 28, 2015 This month TCA Abu Dhabi launches its 2014-2015 classical music season during which enthusiasts will be treated to a host of concerts and recitals from some of the best musicians around the world. Contact: abudhabiclassics@ tcaabudhabi.ae

D I S N E Y ’S B E A U T Y A N D T H E B E A S T October 30 to November 8 Watch the magical Disney classic Beauty and the Beast come to life on stage at du Forum on Yas Island. Visit: thinkflash.ae

TA S T E

Bespoke blends In the UAE, a growing trend towards exotic luxury tea is taking over the cafés and lounges of five-star hotels. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi employs a professional tea sommelier who advises guests on bespoke blends and introduces less experienced drinkers to the many different varieties on offer, while Lemon and Lime at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa (pictured) is a lounge known for the care and attention paid to the selection and preparation of its teas.

SHOP Montblanc

The new Montblanc Extreme Collection of leather accessories is a reflection of true craftsmanship. Boasting sleek and functional designs, the Extreme collection blends signature Montblanc leather manufacturing processes that have been in use since 1926 with new techniques that have resulted in creating high-performance leather which is resistant to water, heat and small abrasions. In contrast to this strong outer leather, the insides of the passport holder, business card holder and wallet are lined with soft black Italian natural cow-hide. Larger leather products from the Extreme collection including briefcases, messenger and clutch bags are all detailed with the same soft leather, while larger compartments are lined with synthetic rubber to provide electronic devices such as laptops with extra cushioning. The Galleria, Abu Dhabi. Contact: 02 6764776

ABU DHABI ART November 5 to 8 Explore artwork from some of the world’s leading modern and contemporary galleries and get involved in an interactive programme that celebrates the cultural diversity of the region. Visit: abudhabiartfair.ae

TA S T E O F A B U D H A B I November 6 to 8 The world’s favourite al fresco food, drink and music festival makes its Abu Dhabi debut at Yas Island’s du Arena. Visit: tasteabudhabi.com

2014 FORMUL A 1 E T IHAD A IRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX November 21 to 23 The hottest sporting event of the season; book a seat in the stands or reserve a place in the prestigious Paddock Club to watch the world’s best racing drivers compete at the Yas Marina Circuit. Visit: yasmarinacircuit.com

V O LV O O C E A N R A C E December 12 to January 3 As all six teams in the Volvo Ocean Race make a stopover in the UAE capital, join in the festivities and enjoy a 23-day festival of sport, heritage and entertainment. Visit: volvooceanraceabudhabi.com

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SHOP

ASK THE CONCIERGE

Lucky charms

L OA N A JUA RE Z , A S S I S TA N T C HIE F C ON C IE RGE AT IN T E R C ON T INE N TA L A BU DH A BI SH A RE S HE R T OP T IP S F OR V I S I T OR S T O T HE UA E C A P I TA L

Abu Dhabi has a special flair about it. It’s a beautiful city with a lot of hidden gems and all the visitors who come to the capital for the first time fall in love with it. The vast greenery and cleanliness of the city is admired and the well-organised and affordable transportation network makes it easy to get around. Also, the wide selection of restaurants, entertainment facilities and shopping malls offers visitors plenty of choice. The concierge team is in contact with our guests from the minute they make their booking. I advise them on what clothing to bring to suit the weather and offer cultural tips that they need to know to respect our culture here in the UAE. I also give them tips on sightseeing tours and places they can visit. The first attraction I recommend is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. I also advise them to visit Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s Heritage Village and check out events that take place in the city. During the cooler months, I recommend guests spend the day on the beach or visit the desert for dune driving. If they are interested in shopping, I suggest visiting The Souk at Central Market where they can pick up some nice souvenirs. In the evening, visitors can enjoy the sea breeze at the InterContinental Marina where they have a choice of dining options. The Yacht Club presents delicious cocktails and Asian tapas, Chamas Churrascaria & Bar offers 15 different cuts of meat served Churrascaria-style, while Belgian Café serves excellent pots of mussels and chunky fries. Fishmarket is also worth a visit to experience all kinds of seafood in a wonderful marketplace setting.

This month, Pandora adds 12 new charms to its Essence collection. Designed to represent different personalities and moods, each charm has a distinct look. Collectors can select from options such as beaded silver that symbolises curiosity, baby blue lace agate for patience and 14-carat gold that represents intuition. Where: Pandora, The Mall at World Trade Centre. Contact: 02 6440446

TA S T E

Middle Eastern cuisine One of the best ways to immerse in Arabian culture is to try the cuisine. Visit the city’s first dedicated Emirati restaurant, Mezlai at Emirates Palace (pictured), to explore traditional UAE dishes. Alternatively, taste authentic Moroccan cuisine at Marakesh at Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi or visit Li Beirut at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers to sample cuisine that boasts a unique contemporary twist on Lebanese fare.

E X PER I E NCE Dragon boat racing

The Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival returns to the capital this month. Hosted by the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, the seventh edition of the popular festival takes place on October 17 and 18 and brings together the whole community for a variety of fun activities and entertainment as they cheer on their favourite teams. Visit: dubaidragonboat.com

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SHOP

World Trade Centre Mall A new hot spot in the heart of the city, this mall stands in place of the old Central Market, where traders once gathered in their thousands to exchange goods during the 1970s boom period. The Mall at World Trade Centre is one of the newest and boasts the Middle East’s first House of Fraser alongside a host of other global brands that represent a mix of high-street and luxury fashion. Contact: 02 5082400

TA S T E Afternoon tea

Abu Dhabi’s five-star hotels have afternoon tea down to a fine art. At The St. Regis Abu Dhabi (02 6944444), a dedicated tea sommelier designs a bespoke blend for each guest to enjoy with their sandwiches and cakes, while Emirates Palace (02 5961440) offers a local spin on the tradition of afternoon tea with an Arabian-themed selection of luxury treats.

E X PER I E NCE Water sports

As a coastal city Abu Dhabi has a big water sports culture. Water skiing and wake boarding are hugely popular and visitors will find plenty of places to practise their skills or try them out for the first time. The beach clubs at Emirates Palace, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort and Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi all have water sports facilities while Al Forsan International Sports Resort (02 5568555) offers a water cable park system and separate areas for both beginners and advanced wake boarders.

D I S C OV E R Heritage sites

The capital is peppered with cultural sites that offer an insight into UAE history. Located next to the Qasr Al Hosn fort, Cultural Foundation (pictured) hosts exhibitions of art and Arabic calligraphy. Elsewhere, Heritage Village offers visitors a glimpse into Bedouin life. In neighbouring Al Ain, visitors can find Al Ain National Museum and the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, the latter of which was built in 1937 as a palace for the country’s first president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

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Discover Treasure trove

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Walking into Etihad Antiques Gallery feels like wandering into a scene from the Arabian Nights stories. Historic art works, magnificently hilted swords and stately ornaments from centuries past fill the rooms, where you could be forgiven for rubbing an old-style lamp in the hopes of being offered three wishes by the resident genie. Contact: 02 6671229


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AB U D HA BI AND D UBA I / DIS COVE R

A tale of two cities Exciting developments in Abu Dhabi and Dubai usher in a new chapter in the UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success story WORDS BY

CATHERINE LANGLEY

For over two thousand years, the Gulf coast has been known as a gateway to the rest of the world. From the fifth century when the Persian Royal Road served as a crossroads of communication, to the trading posts of the 19 th century, people have always converged here. However, despite its central location, the United Arab Emirates, as it became known following independence from the British in 1971, was considered a relative backwater as recently as 20 years ago. Today, following extensive reinvention plans in the two main cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the UAE is now a hub of breathtaking development. The former pearling and fishing villages are popular international destinations but, despite their shared history and simultaneous expansion programmes, these two buzzing metropolises have taken very different paths. Abu Dhabi has adopted a more cultural approach, establishing itself as an international centre for the arts as well as an emerging centre for business and leisure, while Dubai is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular visitor destinations and has become an ultra-modern melting pot of jaw-dropping manmade attractions and world-class events. Here, Concierge looks at this tale of two very different UAE cities.

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DIS C O VER/ A B U DHA B I A ND DU B A I

Capital plans Change is afoot in Abu Dhabi. Having long been overshadowed by its glitzier neighbour, Dubai, the UAE’s capital is coming into its own, emerging as the Middle Eastern hub for the arts. With year-round exhibitions and major international art venues planned, Abu Dhabi is determined to make itself a world-class cultural destination, channelling the likes of London, New York and Paris as inspiration. “The Government of Abu Dhabi is going forward with big, art-related projects,” says Ahmed Saleh Al Yafei, founder of Abu Dhabi Art Hub, a live-work space for artists that hosts art programmes and provides studio space for art-related companies to occupy. “In the coming years, this will put Abu Dhabi on the map in the art world,” he adds. Al Yafei is, of course, referring to ambitious plans announced in 2007 to build a museum complex, Saadiyat Cultural District, on Saadiyat Island off the coast of the city. This surge of interest in art is nothing new in the UAE, as Dubai has boasted an art fair, Art Dubai, for several years now and global auction house Christie’s opened its own office in the city in 2005. However, the difference is that Abu Dhabi has managed

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While Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the two best-known emirates, Sharjah, the third largest city in the UAE and a historical hot spot, boasts a multitude of attractions for the more intrepid of visitors. A range of museums are on offer, including the Sharjah Science Museum, the Sharjah Archaeology Museum and the Sharjah Natural History Museum. Sharjah Heritage Area near the city’s main corniche is also a must for culture aficionados. Here you’ll find Al Hisn Fort, the former residence of Sharjah’s ruling family and a masterpiece of old Arabic architecture, as well as the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation. Meanwhile, for retail therapy, head to The Blue Souk, which houses more than 600 shops that sell everything from electrical goods to traditional jewellery and antique artefacts.

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to attract world-famous galleries and the city’s iconic Saadiyat Cultural District will host branches of The Louvre, scheduled to open in 2015 and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, due to open its doors in 2017. It will also be the base for the highly anticipated Zayed National Museum in 2016. Louvre Abu Dhabi is already accumulating its own permanent collection with other exhibits on loan from French museums including the Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou, while Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is set to display a varied selection of global art, as well as

playing host to educational programmes with a particular focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art. The Zayed National Museum has a local theme with seven permanent gallery displays inspired by the long history, heritage and culture of the UAE. The Saadiyat Cultural District has quickly become the epicentre of Abu Dhabi’s expanding art and culture. Once finished, the high-profile museum projects will be an important boost to the city’s name, creating a cultural attraction unmatched in the region and with few rivals anywhere else in the world. 4

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Dare to dream Anyone who has ever so much as searched for Dubai online will be aware of the city’s record-breaking developments from Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – to The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall on the planet. Lively, diverse and filled with record-breaking achievements, it certainly is the flashiest of the seven cities that make up the UAE and, unless you’re a hardened sceptic, it’s hard not to be impressed. In a little over four decades, Dubai has become

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one of the world’s most modern, innovative and technological cities, attracting investors and workers from over 200 countries. This rapid rise has been reflected in the city’s recent successful bid to host the Dubai Expo 2020. While news of the successful bid was announced with typical Dubai fanfare – fireworks erupting from the side of Burj Khalifa and public holidays declared for all – what the expo actually means for the city is a little bit more difficult to define. Most analysts believe it will boost the city’s already thriving tourism industry, which currently boasts a handsome 11 million visitors a year, as well as reinvigorating other areas of the economy, such as real estate. “The impact on travel and tourism will be significant,” says Kinda Chebib, research analyst for Euromonitor in London. “Dubai Expo 2020 is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors, 70 percent of whom will be travelling to the city to attend; the largest number of international visitors ever reached through an expo.”

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In a little over four decades, Dubai has become one of the world’s most modern, innovative and technological cities

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While Dubai Expo 2020 doesn’t quite have the kudos of the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, there’s no denying that the sixmonth-long exhibition of trade, innovation and products from around the world will certainly put the global spotlight back on Dubai, further reinforcing its position as the Middle East’s business and tourism hub. Added to this, an impressive citywide expansion project, estimated at more than US$8 billion, is currently underway. The mammoth 120 hectare Safari Park in Al Warqa will open to the public next year and house more than 1,000 animals, while plans are also on track to build the Dubai Wetland Centre that will include a museum and visitor centre in the existing Ras Al Khor Sanctuary. Another remarkable project is the Mini World Park that will include Dubai icons such as the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab and expected to the be largest park of its kind in the world. Ultimately, the end goal is to create a lasting tourism legacy that the UAE will benefit from for many years to come.

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Abu Dhabi presents a rich kaleidoscope of contrasts that blends the country's past with a grand vision for its future. An architectural marvel in the UAE capital, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands tall amidst a backdrop of towering skyscrapers, while traditional dhows offer a glimpse of the past as they sail across the pristine blue waters of Abu Dhabi. Built in 1891, the historic Al Jahili Fort in the emirate's second city of Al Ain is a cultural highlight. After carefully restoring the fort, it today houses a permanent exhibition on Sir Wilfred Thesiger's journey across the Rub al Khali (The Empty Quarter) desert, preserving past memories for generations to come

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Standing at the crossroads of east and west the UAE occupies a unique position and, as such, is an incredibly diverse destination. From the burnt orange hues of the majestic dunes to the golden arcs of pristine coastline that surround both city and desert, this is a nation of extraordinary contrasts. The story of the emirates' development is one defined by boundless vision and a pioneering spirit that have seen humble fishing villages transformed and futuristic cities rise from the sand

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With each passing year, Dubai grows ever more varied and vibrant. From an eclectic selection of innovative architecture to a thriving arts and social scene, the city is steadily growing into one of the world's most exciting destinations. At its heart is Dubai Creek, an enduring symbol of the historic roots which are very much a part of the city's future. Here, fishing and dhow-trading days gone by are recalled as traditional boats ply their trade along the creek's waters. Wind tower architecture of the old quarter, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, lines the banks and offers visitors a glimpse of Dubai down the decades. Look back across the water and the city's modern skyline provides a stark contrast. The world's tallest building Burj Khalifa towers over a host of modern marvels which have come to define any present notion of the city

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A fine weave Steeped in history, the craft of Persian carpet-making has inspired generations of connoisseurs with its artistry.

Persian carpets have long been deemed a status symbol, indicative of their ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth and sophistication. While their exact origins remain largely unknown, 20th century discoveries have unearthed treasures and with them folklore that is galvanising a new desire for these inspired works of art. Art lovers, from royalty to business leaders, have invested millions in rare Persian carpets, the finest examples of which now adorn museums and palaces the world over. The purpose of the beautiful pieces may vary, from functional as a floor covering, to purely aesthetic as a spectacular wall hanging or piece of art, but the creative process behind them has remained largely unchanged for millennia. Concierge delves into the history of Persian carpet-making and discovers a true art form.

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Laying the foundations Research suggests carpet weaving in the Middle East is about 2,500 years old and while different styles have emerged over the years, its methodology has remained the same. Many handmade carpets and rugs use sought-after Kush wool and cotton. Occasionally silk and even camel hair are incorporated, ensuring they’re made to last. They are renowned for their vivid colours because artisans have cultivated and applied years’ old dyeing processes to textiles using organic roots, flora, barks, animal products, insects and plants. However, the actual process of creating the intricate designs is even more elaborate and requires serious dexterity. Using varying knotting techniques such as Sinneh from Persia and Pakistan or Ghiordes from Azerbaijan and Turkey, these finely knotted carpets can vary in complexity from anywhere between 70 to 500 knots per square inch and are usually priced on their density.

Carpets are one of the most fundamental examples of Islamic art and creations from Iran have been highly-prized by connoisseurs for centuries. Renowned for their vibrant colours and artistic patterns, Persian carpets boast the highest standards of quality. Persian wanderers may have perfected the art of the knotted carpet before 500BCE but the practice only gained popularity during the reign of the Safavid dynasty from the 15th century that many consider to be the beginning of modern Persian history. Two of the best examples of carpets from the Safavid period are from the mosque of Ardabil and the larger of the two carpets is today housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, while the other is displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum.

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Back to the future Believed to be the world’s oldest recorded knotted rug, The Pazyryk, was discovered in 1949 preserved in the tombs of the High Altai region of Siberia and was carbon-dated

“There is an expression in Farsi which says that three things become more valuable with age: a Persian carpet, good wine and friendship”

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back to the sixth century, opening an intriguing historical window into the little-known nomadic tribes of the era. Now housed at St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, this pile rug’s origin is still widely debated but is thought to be rooted in the Middle East. Persians perfected the art of knotted carpets over centuries and today an outstanding example of the hand-woven technique graces the main prayer hall of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The brainchild of artist Dr Ali Khaliqi, the mosque’s awe-inspiring carpet, believed to be the largest in the world at 5,700 square metres and containing 2.2 billion knots, was custommade from 30 tons of wool. Hand-sown by 1,200 weavers employed by the Iran Carpet Company at three workshops in the province of North Khorasan, the commission took approximately 21 months from concept to completion and cost in the region of AED30 million. It was flown to Abu Dhabi in three aircrafts and hand stitched on site making it one of the most ambitious handmade projects in living memory and a breathtaking focal point of the mosque.

Persian persuasion When choosing a Persian carpet, it’s often a case of man versus machine, making it tricky for a carpet novice to recognise true art. Fortunately, for visitors to Abu Dhabi

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looking to purchase an authentic Persian carpet as a reminder of their trip, there are several reputable carpet dealers selling the real deal. They include the Centre of Original Iranian Carpets (COIC), established in the UAE capital by expert Dawood Hosseinzadeh in 1977 and part of a family business that dates back to the early 1900s. “Our Abu Dhabi showroom is spread over three floors and home to more than 5,000 pieces. It boasts one of the largest selections of Persian carpets in the UAE,” says Hosseinzadeh, adding: “All of the carpets are imported from Iran and are made in some of the country’s most famous workshops.” Renowned for its exclusive Persian rugs, COIC has sourced carpets for the royal families of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but its most frequent customers include UAE nationals, ex-pats and increasingly, leisure and business tourists visiting Abu Dhabi. “The UAE is the best place to buy a Persian carpet outside of Iran because there is no tax or VAT and Abu Dhabi’s close proximity to Iran makes importing easy,” says Hosseinzadeh. Another reputable carpet dealer is the Persian Carpet House (PCH), established in the UAE in 1979 by the Al Shareif family and, today, one of the Middle East’s largest retailers of handmade carpets. The company, which has three branches in Abu Dhabi, deals directly with elite Persian rug families including: Zabihi and Jamshidi in Qom;

BUYERS’ GUIDE The Centre of Original Iranian Carpets (COIC) Corniche Road, Street 30, Abu Dhabi Contact: 02 6811156 or visit: coicco.com Persian Carpet House (PCH) Abu Dhabi Mall Contact: 02 6452115 Central Market Contact: 02 4910554 Khalifa Compound Contact: 02 6455353 Visit: pch.ae Iranian/Persian market For a wide selection of replica Oriental rugs, try Abu Dhabi’s Persian Market, located in the city’s Mina Area next to Gate 2 at Port Zayed.

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There are three types of Persian rugs – city-, village- and tribal-made, Hosseinzadeh explains. “City-made rugs are the best in terms of perfection. They have a high knot count of more than 490,000 knots per square

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metre. A near perfect example reaches more than one million knots per square metre.” Other important factors to consider is the fact that Persian carpets not only have the most knots per square metre, they have the smallest knots and are thinner than other carpets available in the market. Real Iranian pieces will also have minor imperfections in the design, which is important, because that is what makes them unique. Patterns on the front of a rug will be mirrored on the back, while each knot is entirely separate. Contrary to popular belief, the knot density is the least pertinent of four main factors that differentiate the quality of a Persian carpet. “The most important factor is the design and the intricacy of the pattern, followed by colour and the durability of the dye, then the grade of the silk or the wool and lastly, the knot density,” confirms Hosseinzadeh. Fine Persian carpets can last a long time and serious buyers and collectors hand them down to future generations. “There is an expression in Farsi which says that three things become more valuable with age: a Persian carpet, good wine and friendship,” says Hosseinzadeh. Persian carpets are likely to become even more valuable in years to come as their production becomes more limited. “Sadly, there is a gloomy future for this craftsmanship and we are gradually losing weavers. It’s a dying art,” Hosseinzadeh explains. “Buy a Persian carpet today and it could be worth a fortune in the future.”

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Al Ain A plethora of cultural and historical sites are waiting to be explored in Abu Dhabi’s second-largest city

MINI BREAK With so much to see, visitors can extend trips with overnight stays at one of Al Ain’s top hotels. In the heart of the city and close to all the key attractions lie five-star properties Al Ain Rotana (03 7545111) and Danat Al Ain Resort (03 7046000). Both boast a wealth of restaurant and spa options between them. Elsewhere, in the business, shopping and entertainment district, Ayla Hotel (03 7610111) offers a luxury stay in stylish settings and has recently opened an excellent rooftop lounge, Sky 5. A short drive up Hafeet Mountain, Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet (03 7838888) offers unbeatable views over the city.

Situated an hour’s drive from the capital, the city of Al Ain is steeped in history. Originally home to the Bani Yas tribe who first settled here before moving to the coast in the late 1700s, Al Ain has played an important part in the birth of the country. The city’s key attraction, Al Jahili Fort, was once the summer residence of the UAE’s ruling Al Nahyan family. Now, it stands as a reminder of times past and visitors can enter the restored structure to explore exhibitions about the country’s rich history. In areas surrounding the fort, archaeologists have unearthed a wealth of artefacts from early settlers, offering great insight into the transition of cultures in the region. As such, in 2011, the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Such findings can be discovered at Hili Archaeological Park, the Hili tombs and Al Ain National Museum. Al Ain is set in the shadow of Jebel Hafeet. At 1,240 metres, the mountain is the second-highest peak in the UAE and the winding road to the summit makes for an excellent drive with even more impressive views once you reach the top. Back down at the foot of the mountain is one of the city’s most popular attractions: Al Ain Zoo, which is home to around 190 species and more than 4,000 animals.

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360˚ of enjoyment... Witness and enjoy 360 degrees of unparalleled views of Dubai and beyond from level 124 of the world’s tallest tower. Cruise at an incredible 10m/s with the world’s fastest double deck elevators. Explore the story behind Burj Khalifa with unique and interactive exhibits. Step on to an outdoor terrace and experience sweeping views of Dubai’s ever growing skyline. To experience all-round enjoyment, visit At the Top, Burj Khalifa.

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Nature meets humanity in the much-anticipated Salvatore Ferragamo autumn/winter 2014-15 campaign. Models pose against the stunning backdrop of a field of flowers, showing off snug capes, pleated skirts and new Fiamma handbags, while animal prints inject a pop of colour to moody ensembles. Discover the sophisticated collection at Salvatore Ferragamo, Avenue at Etihad Towers. Contact: 02 6655481


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The perfect setting The colour scheme, ambience and design of a store is just as important to a brand as its merchandise

Stepping into Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luxury boutiques is like entering another world, with its own values that differentiate the stores, not just from life outside, but from its competitors. A huge amount of time and money goes into crafting these bespoke environments, which are meticulously designed to create just the right mood, tone and image for the brand. Customers will build associations based on the look and feel of these luxury spaces, which are recreated in outlets around the world to maintain a strong and familiar image. Concierge explores the significance of boutique interiors to identify how the different features reinforce and reflect the images of a few top brands and how, in turn, they appeal to customers, old and new.

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Thomas Pink Thomas Pink is an established heritage brand with an authority on shirting. Created in London in 1984 by three Irish brothers, the brand was named after Mr Pink, the famed 18th century London tailor who designed the scarlet red hunting coat worn by British huntsmen; a look that remains instantly recognisable among fox hunters today. Carrying Mr Pink’s legacy across the globe, the company now boasts more than 100 stores worldwide that stock ready-towear pieces and offer the famed tailormade White Shirt Bar and Personally Pink madeto-order services.

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Thomas Pink unveiled its first standalone outlet in Abu Dhabi at The Galleria last year. Its wares – largely comprising luxury shirts and ties – are quintessentially British and the store concept reflects this. The 1,216-square-foot boutique is bold yet sophisticated. Rich limed-oak panelling contrasts with stainless steel fixtures. Wooden shelving displays the brand’s multicoloured ranges of formal and informal shirts, while wooden units tempt customers with deluxe accessories such as pocket squares and cuff links. Underfoot lies a herringbone floor of polished black granite accented with a narrow band of tiling in the signature Thomas Pink colour, bringing out the shades that are then accentuated by the natural light flooding in from a large window overlooking the mall’s waterfront. Look closer and figurines of Thomas Pink’s Cheeky Fox emblem pop up around the boutique and hints of British pride are prominent via cleverly placed books about London, miniature London cabs and Union Jack-print chairs and accessories. Once inside, customers could well feel as though they’re in Thomas Pink’s flagship boutique on London’s Jermyn Street, far from the modern extravagance of The Galleria.

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Diane von Furstenberg is known for her collections that combine playful sophistication with remarkably modern femininity. The quirky designer’s store concepts are similar the world over and the 2,152-squarefoot store at The Galleria, the brand’s first in Abu Dhabi, offers a novel update to this model. Setting foot inside, the store’s identity is clear. With an initial colour palette of black, white and pink, Furstenberg’s personality spills out via iconic artwork and dramatic wall coverings that play off the monochrome gallery-like interior. Lip motifs decorate whitewashed walls, reflecting the Salvador Dalí lip sofa which is a highlight of the designer’s work space in New York’s Meatpacking District, while black steel features highly, providing a beautiful contrast with the painted walls. Steel-framed display boxes and shelves exhibit the hottest accessory offerings, while hanging rails present a rainbow of new-season ready-to-wear pieces.

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Mannequins in the centre of the store show off the latest styles of the brand’s famous wrap dress, hanging scarves add a flash of colour and a 3D gold wall display breaks the colour code to present sunglasses in a unique manner. In the accessories lounge, a pink carpet provides a comfortable surface on which to try on footwear, while in the ready-to-wear section, sofas in the identical pink shade lie atop a monochrome leopard carpet; a print synonymous with the brand. From the power-woman illustrations on the walls to the luscious pink drapery of the fitting rooms, the Diane von Furstenberg shopping experience is, from start to finish, a celebration of femininity and glamour.

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Loud, provocative and highly creative, Moschino founder Franc Moschino was known for injecting a little humour into fashion, but at a high-quality level. The fashion house’s newest UAE boutique at The Galleria is both eclectic and enchanting. Never a brand to play by the rules, chequered flooring is reversed and appears on the ceiling, while mirrors create the illusion of infinite space. The opulent fabrics of new season ready-to-wear collections hang from seemingly endless rows of colour-coordinated railings. Golden fixtures and shelving reflect the Moschino emblem that sparkle from carefully arranged accessories and, in the window, a large gold bird cage encases the display, adding a further touch of magic to the concept. Designed by architect Michele De Lucchi, the bold look reflects the brand’s new global concept.

Coach is famed for its artisanal leather bags and quality accessories and stores are designed in such a way that attention is drawn to the merchandise WHERE TO SHOP Coach, Marina Mall: 02 6813997, The Galleria: 02 6351776 Diane von Furstenberg, The Galleria: 02 6767071 Moschino, The Galleria: 02 6767707 Thomas Pink, The Galleria: 02 6767002

Coach More than 70 years since its launch in a loft in the Big Apple, Coach continues to ooze sophisticated New York style wherever in the world it’s found. Maintaining this classic yet modern tone in its boutiques across the world is so important to the luxury accessories company that it formed its own firm, Coach Architecture Group, to design all its store concepts. In late 2013, the second Abu Dhabi boutique opening unveiled an innovative dual gender design. While the male and female areas sharing the 2,034-squarefoot space have completely different styles, including separate entrances, both sections maintain the brand’s distinctive qualities. Coach is famed for its artisanal leather bags and quality accessories and stores are designed in such a way that attention is drawn to the merchandise: shop fittings simply provide a flattering backdrop. The women’s space at The Galleria boutique – which is similar to the brand’s store in Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall – is sleek and stylish

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with white walls, marble flooring and glossy lacquer fixtures, complemented with mirrors and stainless steel accents. In contrast, the men’s section is more traditional with wood flooring, industrial-inspired furnishings and dark brown walls to reflect the aesthetic of the original men’s shop on Bleecker Street. Completing the look, each section is decorated with photographs of craftsmen at work, behind-the-scenes production and New York City shots; offering customers valuable insight into the company.

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In good hands At the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture in the heart of the Swiss mountains, master watchmakers are hard at work crafting extraordinary moments

Inside the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, an entire wall is dedicated to the amazing accomplishments that have come from its artisans since its doors opened. Each piece on display is more innovative than the last and the wall of calibres, as it is known, is intended to inspire the creative teams within the Manufacture, spurring them on to even greater watchmaking heights. This is a place where innovation is found at every turn and where watchmakers have in some cases dedicated their entire working lives to the intricate craft and to preserving the legacy of a company which was founded by one passionate artisan toiling in his workshop more than 180 years ago. “Inside the Manufacture, people are very proud of the products – that is something you can feel,” says Daniel Riedo, CEO, Jaeger-LeCoultre. “There is no compromise on quality. There are 180 skills present and for that reason we open the doors regularly receiving 3,000 visitors every year. It is important for us to share the passion of all the watchmakers and employees. We are an integrated operation and that means we produce everything. Our artisans stay with us and progress inside the Manufacture, from the very simple movements to the complicated pieces. Our focus is very much on developing our people.”

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The luxury Swiss watch brand’s reputation for innovation means there is a steady supply of watchmakers keen to join the Manufacture. Riedo says: “There are many ways in which we find our artisans. Some come to us because we are very well-known but, we also take people from school and they learn a lot inside the Manufacture. “We have one person whose previous job was as a lumberjack. He cut down trees in the forest and now he sets very small stones. He was interested in working with us so we gave him some tests and employed him. Since then, we have developed his skills and now he works in the artisan field, having come from the forest. I believe, with artistic work, that there is no real school for it. In the end, there is only people.” He adds: “Some have worked with us for a long time. One watchmaker is about to leave after 49 years. He started at the age of 15 and is retiring just before he turns 65. We have another retired watchmaker who is 75 years old and has been with the company since he left school. He still works for the research and development department a few days a week, even though he has been retired for 15 years.” A commitment to artisanal roots is at the heart of the Jaeger-LeCoultre story. Founder Antoine LeCoultre studied metallurgy in his family’s forge with his father where he invented new alloys. A gifted inventor, he created the Millionometer in 1844, which was the first instrument able to measure the

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“We have to think about the connection between mentor and protegé and the ways in which we can transmit knowledge from generation to generation” micron – one-millionth of a metre or onethousandth of a millimetre. In 1847, LeCoultre’s pivoting winding device was the first system for winding the watch and setting its time without the use of a key. A succession of firsts followed as did hundreds of global patents. In 1888, seven years after the death of Antoine LeCoultre, records show his son Elie carried on the pioneering work with around 500 watchmakers and technicians. From the 1890s onwards the Manufacture began producing a series of Grandes Complications – incredibly intricate timepieces that were to become a hallmark. In 1903, French watchmaker Edmond Jaeger joined forces with Antoine’s grandson Jacques-David LeCoultre and a world-famous partnership was born. The pair collaborated on one of the first collections of ultra-thin watches that included the thinnest watch in the world. Building on the decades of success that followed, the JaegerLeCoultre brand was formed in 1937. Just as early expertise was handed down from generation to generation within the company, talent is still carefully nurtured within the Manufacture. Based in the Swiss Vallée de Joux, an expert team of 1,800 people works within its walls where more than 1,200 different calibres and over 400 patents have been filed since the brand’s beginning. A host of legendary timepieces have made their mark on the watchmaking industry including the Reverso, Duoplan, Memovox and Atmos clock, while the Calibre 101 in 1929 remains the world’s smallest mechanical watch movement.

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“It is great for the younger watchmakers coming through and part of their education. We try to transmit from one generation to another. It is more complicated today than it was in the past as we have more people and we have developed the Manufacture dramatically in the past five years. We have to think about the connection between mentor and protegé and the ways in which we can transmit knowledge from generation to generation,” says Riedo. He adds: “We have the wall of calibres which displays only half of what we have produced over the years but is a fantastic place to find inspiration. There are more than 120 people working just on the development of new ideas. Often I am asked about the most difficult part of the creative process and my answer is that the greatest challenge is to reduce the number of ideas as there are so many that it is difficult to select one and not another.”

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With each year that passes, the innovations continue and, since 2000, the Manufacture has created 75 new calibres, including grand complications, tourbillons, minute repeaters, chronographs and perpetual calendars. Earlier this year the impressive Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon watch was launched, the 11th in the Hybris Mechanica collection and the first ultra-thin grand complication model. One of the slimmest minute repeaters in its category, at just 7.9 milimetres, the piece is based on eight separate patents, six of which are entirely new. Hybris Mechanica 11 is equipped with an original tourbillon, high-performance new

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balance-spring and automatic winding system as well as a new minute repeater. “As the first minute repeater to be ultraslim, it is something really astonishing and is a milestone in the development of high complications. It is very wearable but also has high-end complications because of our capacity to produce ultra-slim components for high-end pieces. This idea is at the heart of the Hybris Mechanica collection,” says Riedo. He continues: “We also have the Hybris Artistica, a unique collection of just 12 models at the high-end in terms of the artistic developments that we are capable of. These two pillars are the pinnacle of mechanical and artistic creativity within our business.” The collections are supported by some of the brand’s most iconic lines, such as the Atmos and Reverso, which are continually updated and reinvented in special editions. First presented in 1928, the prototype of the Atmos clock caused a stir among the world’s media as it appeared to achieve perpetual motion. Drawing its energy from the smallest changes in temperature, a one-degree fluctuation is enough to drive it for two days, while the clock consumes 60 million times less energy than a 15-watt electric light bulb.

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Its stunning design means it is as impressive today as it was 85 years ago and a number of special editions in recent years have ensured its continued popularity. Meanwhile, 1931 marked the birth of the Reverso watch. During a trip to India a distributor of Jaeger-LeCoultre was challenged by polo enthusiasts to create a watch capable of withstanding hard knocks sustained during the game. The idea heralded the birth of the Reverso, which in one quick motion sees the case swivel in its carrier to protect the watch glass as the back of the dial is instead turned to face outwards. “The Reverso was developed in 1931 for polo play, to protect the glass itself during the game. Now this idea has evolved into watches for ladies, two time zones, plus an opportunity to personalise the watch with engraving. There is almost no limit to the imagination. That is part of the creativity of what we love to show to customers and, for that reason, Reverso is a very big icon of the brand.” Looking to the future, Riedo says: “This is a great place to expand in the UAE and in the wider Middle East region, but it’s not expansion for expansion sake. It’s a qualitative expansion. For sure, there is potential here. “We hope to continue to grow as a company and to continue to foster the direct connection we have with our customers. That is something we are very focused on. We have so much to offer with the Manufacture and the passion that can be felt there; that is something we want to share with others. We have great movements and watches but it is very important to us that people come to understand something more of the dream of the watch itself.”

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Shop around From designer collections and leading luxury jewellery brands to local fashion houses and Emirati handicrafts, Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-stocked retail scene offers a wealth of opportunity to shoppers

When it comes to retail therapy, Abu Dhabi is a shoppersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dream. International luxury labels abound in the malls, offering access to the latest designer collections from the catwalks in Paris, Milan, London and beyond. Then there are the home-grown fashion boutiques where beautiful garments crafted by talented local designers are artfully displayed alongside jewels and accessories from across the region. Abu Dhabi is also a centre for fine jewellery and, alongside the major international brands, visitors will find countless local suppliers, particularly in the gold souk, where craftsmen design bespoke pieces to order. Other local markets specialise in different wares, such as the Carpet Souk, which sells hundreds of beautiful Persian designs and the Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk, equally worth visiting for the cultural experience as for the fresh produce found there. Some of the modern markets, including the Souk at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi and the Souk at Qaryat Al Beri are great options for those looking to buy souvenirs and feature stores packed with local handicrafts and trinkets from around the region. There is also a thriving art scene here and a growing network of local and regional artists whose works are on sale in galleries around the city. To help visitors make the most of the capitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent retail offerings, Concierge has compiled a guide to shopping in Abu Dhabi.

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Shopping for souvenirs is a great way to explore Emirati culture and experience a more historical side to the capital. Uncover the country’s heritage by browsing wares such as Arabian coffee pots, a symbol of local hospitality deeply rooted in UAE tradition. Prayer beads, ghutra headscarves and beautifully bound Qur’ans may also appeal to those looking to investigate Middle Eastern culture. There is a number of places that stock such items. The Souk at Central Market is one of Abu Dhabi’s modern markets and offers more than 250 stores offering a span of goods and sevices that includes quaint antique shops, jewellery stalls, tailors and numerous eateries while the Souk at Qaryat Al Beri features a wide range of outlets from crafts and jewellery stores to galleries and fashion boutiques.

Efforts are underway to revive some of the capital’s more traditional retail offerings and preserve handicrafts that were once vital to its people’s fortunes

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Efforts are underway to revive some of the capital’s more traditional retail offerings and preserve the handicrafts that were once vital to its people’s fortunes. Sougha, meaning ‘a traveller’s gift’ in Arabic, is one such initiative. Established to reignite interest in the art of weaving among Emirati women, the organisation sells handmade products, including brightly-coloured bags, tapestries, pillowcases, bracelets and even phone covers through its store in the Souk at World Trade Centre. Looking further afield, Abu Dhabi is ideally placed to provide goods from around the region, including luxury Persian carpets from the Carpet Souk, which offers designs from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Asia. The most expensive are the handmade silk carpets from Iran. Many outlets will organise international shipping, so visitors concerned about luggage restrictions are free to purchase all they please.

the shopping centre, where skilled craftsmen work within a broad spectrum of designs from delicate pendants to ornate 24-carat-gold collars dripping with diamonds and pearls. Gold here is priced according to the daily rate and the souk is frequented by couples looking to have dream designs realised at market prices, without paying for big-brand names. Those who prefer major brands will find them all in Abu Dhabi’s malls. Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Chopard are situated alongside the major watch companies, including Breguet and IWC Schaffhausen, among others. Many have also opened standalone boutiques in the capital’s luxury malls, including The Galleria and Avenue at Etihad Towers, while 3

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Jewellery is a big part of Arab culture and wealthier families will exchange lavish gem sets to mark milestones such as weddings and anniversaries. In the UAE, many women tend to opt for statement accessories, adorning themselves with elaborate pieces, many of them custom-made for special occasions. A great place in which to tap into this tradition is the Madinat Zayed Gold Centre within

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others are available through leading regional jewellers such as Damas, Pure Gold, Rivoli and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.

Works of art November brings Abu Dhabi Art back to the capital and with it visiting artists from across the Middle East, who will be exhibiting and selling their work during the four-day event which runs from November 5 to 8 at Saadiyat Cultural District. Outside the art fair, visitors looking to buy works by local or regional artists can explore some of the city’s galleries. Ghaf Art Gallery was the first contemporary independent gallery in Abu Dhabi and is known for hosting impressive exhibitions that uncover emerging artists, while Etihad Gallery is the heart of the antique art scene and features a showroom packed with traditional Arabian

artefacts. There’s a modern art gallery under the same ownership next door. Other galleries well worth visiting include Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Barakat Gallery, Hemisphere Design Studio & Gallery and Gallery One.

Luxury experience Visitors looking to stock their wardrobes with the latest designs will find no end of opportunity in the UAE capital. Valet parking and smart restaurants contribute to the high-end retail experience offered by malls such as The Galleria and Avenue at Etihad Towers, which are dedicated to luxury brands. Stores at these venues will often produce exclusive models designed for the local market that are not available anywhere else. Another shopping centre that has only recently opened its

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As the Middle East’s premier shopping destination, it’s not surprising to find that the UAE is home to many up-and-coming fashion designers. One woman making a name for herself across the region is Sumayyah Al Suwaidi, the mastermind behind couture fashion label SEEN, who creates one-off dresses and abayas that win praise for their creative and bold designs. Another Al Suwaidi making waves is Emirati fashion pioneer Abeer Al Suwaidi, best known for her luxurious abayas. Mauzan, created by Rafia Helal bin Drai from Al Ain, is another popular abaya label with a store in Abu Dhabi Corniche Towers. Those looking for Western-style designs should pay a visit to Mirabelle, an LA concept boutique in Khalifa Park offering classic American fashion.

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Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural mangroves offer a beautiful backdrop for kayaking trips. Noukhada Adventure Company (02 5581889) hosts guided kayak trips for AED150 in Eastern Mangroves and Yas Mangroves areas, while hotels based among the coastal vegetation such as Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa (02 6561000), also offer tour and buffet breakfast packages for AED225.


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Concierge highlights Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to classical music and efforts to inspire a new generation of talent

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There is no doubt that Abu Dhabi is a pioneer in the UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts and culture scene with a grand vision that incorporates milestone collaborations for developments such as Louvre Abu Dhabi and The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and big-ticket events including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival that runs from October 23 to November 1. Cementing its reputation worldwide as a champion of fine arts, Abu Dhabi has reinforced its commitment to bringing the best of classical music to the capital with the revival of the Abu Dhabi Classics that opens this month.

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Return of the Classics After a three-year hiatus, Abu Dhabi Classics – an international cultural concert season that features some of the best music talent and orchestras – will be hosted in the UAE capital, Saadiyat Island and Al Ain from October 14 to May 28 next year. “This is a very welcome return of a series which found a strong local, regional and international following and we are confident that the powerful line-up of both established and upcoming global talent will resonate with worldwide classical music lovers,” says HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Encompassing the theme of The Traveller, Abu Dhabi Classics’ 2014/15 season will highlight the finest classical music from the east and west, opening on October 14 with a concert on Chopin’s travels at Manarat Al Saadiyat by renowned French pianist Lydie Soloman. Acclaimed classical violinist Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra will follow on October 28 at the Abu Dhabi Theatre. “This is a concert season which will reflect the excellence that this emirate has achieved in the field of culture,” adds Al Nahyan. So far 12 concerts featuring artists from over 20 countries have been confirmed. In addition to the main programme, the new Abu

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Dhabi season will also focus on the transfer of music knowledge with several award-winning artists visiting schools and universities in Abu Dhabi to encourage and inspire a new generation of talent in the country.

Rising ambition A passion for nurturing young artists in the capital is shared by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), a non-profit organisation that was established in 1996 with the aim of supporting the city’s cultural vision. ADMAF contributes twofold to the music scene: introducing audiences to different

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types of music; and encouraging excellence among young people, pre-professional and professional musicians. ADMAF also creates initiatives that show the positive impact music can have on young people. At 2014’s Abu Dhabi Festival, concerts by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, brought icons of youth music to the UAE capital “to inspire the next generation”. The Artists’ Studio that sees ADMAF interview leading music mavens for YouTube audiences was another key success with featured artists including legends such as Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Kevin Spacey and Herbie Hancock. In addition to such creative initiatives ADMAF also offers a series of grants to support independent efforts by young and talented individuals. “ADMAF is committed to helping people realise their creative dreams and artistic endeavours,” explains HE Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder, ADMAF.

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Al Khamis Kanoo is also Artistic Director for the annual Abu Dhabi Festival that celebrates art and culture and brings together musicians, performers and artists. The classical arts event is celebrating its 12th edition in March 2015 with performances by jazz legend Sérgio Mendes, violinist Anne-Sophie Muttea and world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti among others. Now more than ever there is an audience that appreciates such talent in Abu Dhabi. “The music scene is being grown organically by the people and for the people of the capital. From annual events to pop-up platforms, more and more spaces across Abu Dhabi are creating opportunities for a diverse range of music to be performed and experienced,” adds Al Khamis Kanoo.

Sounds of the Gulf Fou nded i n 2011, t he UA E National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has engaged audiences with classical and contemporary concerts performed by artists that reside in the country. Representing over 20 nationalities, the NSO is presently made up of more than 100 professional musicians skilled in a range of styles from orchestral through to Arabic music and shines a spotlight on Emirati talent such as opera singers Sara Al Qaiwani and Balqees Fathi and pianist Sarah Al Kaabi.

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The NSO is showly making an impression outside of the UAE after a rousing performance at the Dubai World Cup in March this year that was televised worldwide. They will now perform in Abu Dhabi with composer George Fenton at the BBC’s Blue Planet in Concert that opens the Volvo Ocean Race’s three-week stopover in the capital. The globally-acclaimed show combines stunning footage from BBC documentary series The Blue Planet with a live orchestral score. The performances on December 12 and 13 will be screened on a 10 metre screen atop a floating stage just off the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and will be a true reflection of the musical harmony that exists today between Abu Dhabi and the rest of the world.

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In the swing Award-winning courses, bespoke stay-and-play packages and exciting leisure options are positioning Abu Dhabi as a top-ranking golfing destination WORDS BY

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The capital’s lush fairways, beautifully manicured greens and top-drawer clubhouse facilities have been attracting professional and amateur golfers since 1976 when Abu Dhabi Golf Club became the first facility for the sport in the city. Today, the emirate is home to a wide variety of awardwinning courses and is swiftly gaining a reputation as one of the best golfing destinations in the region. The addition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship to the European PGA Tour calendar in 2006 further boosted the profile of the emirate as a must-play global destination and added a roster of legendary golfing names to its guest list. Since then, golf tourism has flourished in the capital, growing substantially over the years as more visitors arrive in Abu Dhabi with the express purpose of playing a few rounds on its greens. According to figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the emirate saw a 49 percent leap in the number of overseas rounds – a term attributed to non-UAE residents paying for tee-times – played in 2013 versus 2012 and also accounted for over 30 percent of overseas rounds played in the UAE through the latter part of last year. The more recent unveiling of two new courses, the upgrade of existing facilities and the launch of Golf in Abu Dhabi – the definitive go-to resource for course information, stay-and-play packages and events news – has further reaffirmed the emirate’s status as one of the world’s most desirable golfing destinations.

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Golf in Abu Dhabi Launched in late 2011, the Golf in Abu Dhabi (GIAD) initiative brought together major players in the tourism sector and local golf clubs with the aim of increasing the emirate’s market share of a segment valued in excess of US$17 billion annually. TCA Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways and destination management company Hala Abu Dhabi joined forces with six distinctly different golf courses and nearby luxury hotels to create what is effectively a onestop shop for golf travel. Visitors can play a different course every day of their stay, with night golf also an option. Abu Dhabi offers a choice of three championship-standard courses within 20 minutes’ drive of one another – Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi Golf Club

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(ADGC) and Yas Links Golf Club – together with both the floodlit nine-hole urban course at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, a unique 18-hole sand course at Al Ghazal Golf Club and the 18-hole country course at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club, situated in the emirate’s second city. With a global remit, GIAD works with nearly 400 international tour operators to promote its suite of stay-and-play options. These range from an exclusive five-night bed and breakfast championship package available every January with access to the HSBC tournament, city tours, rounds of golf and a clinic with a world top-30 player, to fully customisable mix-and-match options that appeal to golfers of every ability that want to spend time in the capital.

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Abu Dhabi offers a choice of three championship-standard courses within 20 minutes’ drive of one another

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For the people at the helm of the emirate’s golf course operations, the partnership with GIAD is based on competitive collaboration to promote Abu Dhabi as the ultimate 19th hole, both in the Middle East as well as internationally. “We have been successful as a region in providing value for money, but we need to make sure that we are also bettering the offerings of top golf destinations such as Spain and Portugal,” says Chris Card, group general manager for Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, part of Troon Golf. The focus remains on presenting Abu Dhabi as a five-star international luxury golf destination that can offer something for everyone. “The key time of the year to come and play golf in the UAE is October through to April, but there are very attractive offerings out there from May to October, which allows us to cater to a different market that wouldn’t come in high season,” notes Chris White, general manager, Yas Links Abu Dhabi. The fact that Abu Dhabi’s courses are maintained in a pristine condition year-round is another positive, as is easy accessibility.

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“Abu Dhabi is just seven hours from London and there are very few destinations where you have guaranteed winter sun and beach weather. We also see golf professionals using destinations such as the UAE in the winter, where they will come out here for three to four weeks and welcome a different group of 12 people each week for a clinic,” says White. “We also benefit because we have four top-tier annual professional golf events that are held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar, so if you are a golf fan, you might see the coverage on television and decide to forgo the Portugal proposition this year and try something different,” adds Card. 6

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The youngest golfer to win a PGA European Tour event and the face of Golf in Abu Dhabi, Matteo Manassero picked up his fourth and biggest tournament career win in 2013 when he became the BMW PGA Champion and entered the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking. “[Abu Dhabi] is, without doubt, one of the world’s finest golf destinations. In every corner of the globe I travel for golf tournaments, I am inundated with people asking me about Abu Dhabi and what experiences are on offer. I tell them that it is where I spend my time practising between events, because of the golf facilities and because of the hotels and relaxation it affords visitors. It is number one for me.”

Traditional source markets include the UK, Germany and Sweden, but GIAD and its partners hit the road on a regular basis to take the golfing proposition to new regions. Card says the number of Asian golfers visiting Abu Dhabi seems to have increased fairly rapidly in the last two to three years, certainly from Etihad Airways’ perspective. Golfers from China are also visiting in growing numbers and those from India could start arriving over the next couple of years, linked to growth in the middle classes. “What’s exciting about China is that there is exponential middle- to upperclass growth and, while the domestic golf scene has expanded, these classes are now at a point where they want to try different destinations, from the perspective of a golfing as well as a cultural and shopping experience,” adds White. A new breed of golfers has also brought with it fresh challenges, as White explains: “Language is a definite barrier and we work closely with Etihad Airways when we welcome Chinese groups, using their native-speaking personnel to ensure we deliver the best experience.” Opportunities from the West are also on the radar. Etihad Airways recently launched its Los Angeles route and, with Dallas opening up later this year, all eyes are on the North American market. “The US market has tremendous growth opportunities despite the distance. We see business travellers coming up first and we need to entice them to tag on an extra day of leisure activities that includes golf,” says Card.

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Yas Links also recently signed an agreement with Etihad Airways, whereby every passenger who is on the ground in the emirate for six hours or more has the choice of three added-value leisure options, from a quick nine holes to pool time. “We are all looking at every single channel through which people can experience Abu Dhabi,” explains White.

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Rounded offering Abu Dhabi’s golf marketing success story has meant that the three championship courses are seeing increased bookings. “As we continue to add more four- and five-star resort opportunities, we will need more golf courses if we are going to grow further,” says Card. According to GIAD, with more hotels in the pipeline, increased air travel connectivity and a forecasted growth in stop-over business, the focus is on developing a full destination golfing experience and increasing demand for the other courses under its umbrella.

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“Airlines and hotels are the main drivers for tourism into the emirate and golf is just one of a number of attractions that round out the experience”

“Here you see an entirely different golf experience. All courses have the latest buggies equipped with GPS; we go out with water and cold towels; there are refreshment offerings every three holes; we offer hi-tech golf academies; and golfers can rent golf clubs with the option of stiff, regular or graphite. It really is the best of the best,” explains White. “Airlines and hotels are the main drivers for tourism into the emirate and golf is just one of a number of attractions that round out the experience. It is 100 percent necessary to have more courses and, if you look at the growth in golf tourism over the last few years, there’s no reason to think that it won’t continue,” he says. Card agrees, adding: “We want people to say ‘I’ve played there and it’s been some of the best golf I’ve ever played’ and want to come back again and again. I believe we can rank our products up against other top destinations.”

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8 - 17 October Enjoy the many German traditions that have made Oktoberfest legendary at Brauhaus, the only German Restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Dating back to 1810, Oktoberfest is about celebration, and to compliment the festivities resident Chef Kevin Pohl, a German native, will be presenting a feast of authentic Bavarian cuisine. Come and enjoy the atmosphere, participate in our Oktoberfest games, taste our appetizing food and rebel in the sounds of the Winter Baum live band. For reservations or more information, please contact us on +971 (0)2 697 9011 or via email at fb.beach@rotana.com.

Al Zahiyah, P.O. Box 45200, Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates T: +971 (0)2 697 9000, F: +971 (0)2 644 2111, beach.hotel@rotana.com

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Unwind in style Relax in sun-fuelled luxury at Saadiyat Beach Club

NIGHT CLUB When the sun sets on Saadiyat Beach Club the party starts. Cabana9 on the terrace is an excellent spot from which to watch the sun go down while enjoying quality nibbles and drinks. The opulent menu contains an extensive beverage selection, ranging from fruity cocktail concoctions to Dom Pérignon champagne. Elsewhere, De La Costa offers relaxed beachside sofa-style seating, which is often used as the location for special events and weekly house music DJ sets. Keep an eye on saadiyatbeachclub.ae for details of upcoming events.

A haven for those who enjoy the finer things in life, Saadiyat Beach Club ups the ante on luxury. From deluxe bed-sized sun loungers in private poolside cabanas, guests can spend the day relaxing, swimming in the 650-square-metre pool and ordering bedside refreshments from attentive servers. The club also offers direct access to Saadiyat Beach – a pristine nine-kilometre stretch of natural coastline – where visitors can select a sunbed on the sand and soak up the rays while overlooking the Arabian Gulf and its rolling waves blending with the clear blue sky on the horizon. When guests need a break from the sun, they can explore the club’s other facilities, including a tranquil spa, a fitness centre, a library lounge and three eateries. The main restaurant, Safina, offers Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the French and Italian rivieras. De La Costa is a stylish and contemporary venue encompassing a shaded veranda and beachside sofas where diners can order drinks and light bites, while Cabana9 on the clubhouse’s terrace is particularly popular at sunset. Saadiyat Beach Club has recently been renovated, adding even more charm to the unique venue. Visitors to the exclusive club can access the restaurants for free, while beach and pool access entails a day pass rate. Monthly and annual packages are also available for those who wish to make a visit to the beach club a regular date on their social calendar.

Day passes: Weekdays: AED220 per person, AED370 per couple, AED110 for juniors, AED75 for children. Weekends: AED420 per person, AED720 per couple, AED210 for juniors, AED75 for children. Private pool cabana: AED600 Private dune cabana: AED200 Contact: 02 6563500 or visit: saadiyatbeachclub.ae

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Absolute escape. It’s a shore thing. A little “me” time at the spa. A sundowner or snack by the pool. A stroll on the 300 metre beach. Or a work out in the health club. Whatever you choose, life at the all-new Bayshore is the ultimate leisure experience. And that’s a shore thing.

At InterContinental Abu Dhabi For membership and enquiries, please call +971 2 666 6888 dining-intercontinental-ad.ae

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Whether you’re a golfing pro or a sideline supporter, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s Hawksbill Restaurant offers post-game dining with a difference. Named after the turtle species that use the island as a hatching spot, the family-friendly restaurant serves up international cuisine and unbeatable views over the golf club’s luscious green course. Contact: 02 4998107


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Beach House Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Island boasts one of the most beautiful private beaches in Abu Dhabi and Beach House is located right in the middle of it. The restaurant is about as far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre as you can get and offers homemade Mediterranean cuisine in a family-friendly setting. Dip your toes in the sand as you enjoy a predinner glass of sangria with beachside seating, before heading to your candlelit table on the al fresco patio area. If the sea breeze gets a bit much, diners have the option to

sit inside next to windows that fully fold out; allowing the benefit of fresh outdoor air while remaining sheltered. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re visiting on a Thursday or Friday night, head upstairs to Beach House Rooftop. There, unbeatable views of the Arabian Gulf are coupled with chill-out lounge music and a fresh cocktail menu to explore as you relax. Open from 6pm to 2am, this hot spot is perfect for both pre-dinner sundowners and post-dinner night-caps. Where: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas Contact: 02 4071138

The Yacht Club Bar & Galley While a number of restaurants based at InterContinental Abu Dhabi offer al fresco seating areas, The Yacht Club Bar & Galley offers arguably the most impressive vistas. Directly overlooking the glistening waters of the marina and the super-yachts berthed at its piers, diners will feel like a million dirhams as they sip on Oriental cocktails and sample Asianinspired tapas such as wagyu tataki, coconut shrimps and sushi. In the evenings, the venue transforms into a trendy bar where DJs entertain welldressed guests and bartenders show off their mixing skills. An ideal spot to watch the sunset in style, the bar also presents weekly promotions such as Glitz and Glam ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; night on Wednesdays. In addition, the venue presents a Friday Marina Brunch, where guests can explore waterfront barbecues and live cooking stations displaying everything from fresh mussels to pasta dishes. Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi Contact: 02 6666888

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Sontaya Sontaya, meaning sunset in Thai, has won awards for its Southeast Asian cuisine and romantic atmosphere. Accessed via a walkway over water, the venue stands out as special before you’ve even set entered the space. Once inside, the beachside restaurant boasts a number of seating options, including sofas and al fresco pavilions that appear to be floating on water as they overlook shimmering pools. Sontaya is particularly beautiful at nightfall but, if you’re not enchanted by the picturesque décor and scenic coastal views alone, the culinary offerings are sure to tempt your taste buds. Created by Thai chef de cuisine Peter Peerapong, the flavoursome menu features specialities from across Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, with key highlights a Vietnamese beef salad with homemade garlic chili sauce, massaman short rib curry and steamed red snapper. The restaurant, which also offers a variety of infused beverages prepared by expert mixologists, is an excellent location for a special occasion. Where: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi Contact: 02 4988888

Sontaya is particularly beautiful at nightfall but, if you’re not enchanted by the picturesque décor and scenic coastal views alone, the culinary offerings are sure to tempt your taste buds

Prego’s Bringing flavours of Italy to Abu Dhabi, Prego’s is a restaurant that’s especially appreciated at this time of year when it’s cool enough to dine outside. Opt for a table on the palm tree-lined wooden terrace and enjoy views over the hotel gardens and waterways surrounding Al Maryah Island. It may not quite be Venice, but the eatery’s authentic Italian menu makes up for it. Nibble on antipasti such as bresaola, burrata and Parma ham with melon, before indulging in spreads of seafood and meats. Chefs also prepare an array of pizza, pasta and risotto options to satisfy those hungering for something more substantial, plus traditional desserts from across Italy such as zuccotto from Florence and Sicilian cannoli. After dinner, continue your Italian journey by taking a seat at Enoteca – the first wine bar in Abu Dhabi – and sample fine vintages from well-known Italian winemakers. If you have a sweet tooth, visit Prego’s delicatessen to pick up treats that have been flown all the way from Italy. Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi / Contact: 02 6979011

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Making the cut Step into one of Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opulent cigar lounges and savour a unique pleasure for the senses

A marker of sophistication and taste, cigars also embody many years of expertise and passion. Each carefully crafted premium cigar is handmade over many months on a journey from seed to shelf, infused with generations of passion and know-how. As with fine wines, the variety in flavour, taste and aroma across many blends offers a robust selection to explore for occasional smokers and aficionados alike. The history of cigars is rooted in the exploits of globetrotting explorers as lucrative international trade routes were established. The very notion of cigar smoking was first recorded among the ancient Mayans of South America who were shown in early 10th century depictions smoking tobacco leaves bound with string. The term cigar itself comes from the Spanish word cigarro, from the Mayan term for smoking sikar.

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Christopher Columbus, credited with the discovery of tobacco, encountered early incarnations of cigars upon his arrival in the Americas in 1492. He found indigenous people throughout the Caribbean islands, particularly Cuba, smoking cylindrical bundles of twisted tobacco leaves wrapped in dried palms. Columbus and subsequent explorers in turn introduced the idea to European shores. Cigars soon became popular in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy where Cuban varieties in particular were most prized. Cubaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm, temperate climate lends itself particularly well to cultivating all three types of tobacco leaves used in a cigar; the wrapper, filler and binder. Sailing ships carried much sought after Cuban tobacco from Europe to Asia and once Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain, the Spanish took over its burgeoning cigar industry. Considered a luxury pursuit 2

among the gentleman of the day, cigar smoking in Europe and America of the 18th and 19th centuries not only denoted social class but also marked a moment when men would traditionally retire from gatherings to discuss business. Today, cigar smoking is of course not reserved for just men and is a wonderful digestif and pleasurable way to unwind, offering something to savour for all. Enthusiasts not only relish the enjoyment of quality cigars but also collect and age their own selections. A great deal of time, effort and skill goes into crafting the perfect cigar to satisfy a discerning clientele. The artistry involved is a technique handed down from generation to generation. Much like a vintage wine, the choice of soil, type of seed and timing of the tobacco harvest all leave their mark on the finished product. Once harvested, tobacco leaves are aged in a technique that uses heat and shade to reduce sugar and water content to ensure the best quality f lavour and condition for smoking. This first stage, known as curing, can take 25 to 45 days and is tailored to both the specific type of tobacco used and the desired leaf colour. Leaves are then fermented in carefully controlled temperatures and humidity

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levels to ensure the drying process occurs slowly and avoids crumbling. It is at this point that the unique characteristics of each cigar emerge such as flavour and aroma combinations. Fermented tobacco leaves can be aged in bales for anything from two to several years and once matured to satisfaction, are used as either filler or wrapper depending on the quality of the finished product. The best quality cigars are handmade and an experienced cigar-roller is easily able to craft hundreds in a day using the skills passed down from previous generations. Tools of the trade include a crescent-shaped knife, known as a chavetas, which helps form the rounded shape of the filler and wrapper leaves. Once rolled, finished cigars are then stored to dry and aged from a minimum of 21 days to many years in some instances if the optimum temperature of 21°C (70°F) is maintained. After ageing, the cigars are sorted by hand into groups for boxing during which time checks for colour and condition are made before finally

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packing into cardboard or Spanish cedar boxes. After purchase, it is still possible to age cigars and often, aficionados continue the process by storing in a wooden box inside a humidor in a technique known as box ageing. The world’s most established cigar brands hail from renowned families who have been in the business for generations such as Ortega, General Cigar, Matasa, Davidoff and Padron Cigars. Leading brands often use two types of tobacco for the filler and wrapper in the most sought-after cigars. Long-filler cigars are considered the best quality due to the use of long leaves and often the addition of a third layer or binder between the filler and outer layer, which allows for a variety of delicate and attractive leaves to decorate wrappers. Distinctive and rich flavours are achieved by blending different types of tobacco leaves in the filler and some of the best Cuban brands mix tobaccos from different parts of the island for a truly original taste. Taste, texture and aroma are all important elements which factor in the enjoyment of cigars. Following months or even years of careful attention to detail such as temperature and storage, the intended flavour can be impacted at the last moment by the way in which a cigar is cut and lit. As a result, a variety of implements have been developed specifically to aid cutting depending on the size and type of each cigar. The wedge cutter for example, is designed to open up a larger space to channel the smoke while guillotine cutters offer a precise, straight-edged cut. Chemicals in lighters and matches can also

tarnish taste so, for purists, strips of cedar known as spills or long, sulfurless matches offer optimum conditions to enjoy. Setting is also of great importance and a well-considered venue boasting the right ambience and comfort in which to enjoy cigars is the perfect complement to the many months of hard work and dedication channelled into each handmade cigar. In Abu Dhabi, a host of stunning venues provide not only a bespoke space for the cigar smoker but also grand destinations which pay tribute to the pastime’s classic roots while offering an excellent selection of brands to try presented by knowledgeable staff. Cloud Nine at Sheraton Abu Dhabi is a dedicated cigar and champagne bar offering a premium cigar selection in a masculine yet homely setting. Guests recline on cosy dark leather armchairs as they smoke and sample fresh oysters and top quality fizz from the decadent menu. During the evenings, from Monday to Saturday, resident pianist Bruno adds to the relaxed and sophisticated ambience by performing sets of live music. Elsewhere in Abu Dhabi, Havana Club at Emirates Palace is as grand as the hotel that houses it. Cigar connoisseurs will revel in the lounge’s selection of rare cigars, while those who like to pair smoking with a beverage or two can explore a vast selection of fine cognacs from across the globe. Located conveniently on the lobby level, the bar’s cigar leaf laden walls and humidors create a sophisticated atmosphere that’s ideal for winding down at the end of a day.

C O N TA C T: Al Hanah Bar, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, 02 5098514 Cloud Nine, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, 02 6773333 Havana Club, Emirates Palace, 02 6907999 The St. Regis Bar, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, 02 6944444

An alternative destination that’s equally excellent for the discerning smoker is The St. Regis Bar at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. A lengthy selection of worldy cigars awaits guests who find themselved seated in the intimate ambience of the bar’s Cigar Lounge; a classic yet intimate spot rich in walnut finishings. Quench your thirst with a signature St. Regis Bloody Mary, prepared by one of the bar’s expert mixologists. Another lounge within a bar, Cigar Lounge at Al Hanah Bar, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, is a popular choice for connoisseurs in the capital who want to indulge in topquality cigars in a tranquil and cosy setting. Head outdoors to the bar’s terrace and enjoy a spectacular view over the canal that’s particularly beautiful at sunset.

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ART GALLERIES / MUSEUMS AND CULTUR AL SITES TOURS / FAMILY ACTIVITIES / ADVENTURE GOLF / SPORTS / MALLS / SOUKS HOTEL OUTLETS AND PROMOTIONS

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Proud of its culture and history, Abu Dhabi has focused efforts on preserving its identity through galleries and museums

art galleries

Manarat Al Saadiyat

02 4061400, saadiyat.ae

The interactive exhibition offers an insight into future developments on Saadiyat Island, including the culture hub taking shape here.

ETIHAD GALLERY

02 6444366

On one side of this converted villa is an antiques emporium, crammed with historic treasures and on the other is a sleek modern art gallery featuring works by regional and international artists.

N2N Gallery

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 8pm

Browse and buy paintings, sculptures and prints from established artists at this small gallery where there is a particular emphasis on the European school with works displaying influences that range from impressionism and classical realism to modern contemporary styles.

Aims to be the main address for international and Middle Eastern contemporary and emerging artists.

9am to 10pm

GHAF ART GALLERY

02 6655332

Ghaf is the oldest art gallery in the capital and features work by artists in Abu Dhabi and around the world.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm

1. Henna painting, Heritage Village 2. Yola dance 3. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 4. Arabic calligraphy 5. Abu Dhabi Corniche

to 2pm and 5 to 9pm, Sat 11am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm

FOLKLORE GALLERY

Timings: Sat to Thu

Museums and cultural sites

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am

SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY

Offers art, craft and gift items from the Arab world along with prints and paintings inspired by the UAE landscape.

03 7618080

Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 1.30pm and 5pm to 10.30pm 02 6660361

AL QATTARA ARTS CENTER Housed in a historic fort in Al Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Al Qattara Oasis, this centre specialises in local and Arab art as well as UAE heritage and culture.

02 6908929, n2n-gallery.com

Abu Dhabi

Al Ain

02 6669656, salwazeidangallery. com/connect

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am

to 7pm. To set up a private viewing contact: 02 6669656 Abu dhabi art hub

02 5515005, adah.ae

A community venue where emerging and established artists can stay, work, interact and exhibit in a purposely designed space.

Timings: Sat to Wed 9am to 8pm, Thu 9am to 2pm

Abu Dhabi EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM

02 6676999, 050 8293952, enam.ae

A diverse collection of more than 200 classic vehicles owned by Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

Timings: Daily 9am to 6pm (closed for lunch) Guide price: AED50 HERITAGE VILLAGE

02 6814455

This tourist site on the Breakwater near Marina Mall is a recreation of Bedouin life with a museum of original artefacts and photographs and a small souk for souvenirs.

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 5pm, Fri 3.30 to 9pm Guide price: Free MANARAT AL SAADIYAT

02 6575800, saadiyat.ae

This visitor centre on Saadiyat Island houses international exhibitions with four galleries, a theatre, events' space and Fanr restaurant.

Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm ZAYED CENTRE

02 6659555

For a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed visit the Zayed Centre in Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen district. This museum, housed in an Emirati heritage village is an incredible homage to the man who shaped the nation.

Timings: Open Sun to Thu. Bookings must be made a week in advance.

back to basics Fishing was one of the oldest means of survival for Abu Dhabi inhabitants who have relied on the fruits of the ocean for centuries. The practice lives on here today as fishermen head out on traditional dhows to cast their nets and haul in the day's catch. For visitors, a trip to the dhow port by Mina Zayed in the early morning is a great way to tap into local culture.

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Al Ain AL JAHILI FORT

03 7843996

One of the largest forts in the UAE, Al Jahili Fort was built by Sheikh Zayed the First between 1891 and 1898 and used as a royal summer residence.

Timings: Daily 9am to 5pm, Fri 3 to 5pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: Free

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AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM

03 7641595

This museum illustrates the UAE's distant past as well as recent history through archaeological and ethnographical sections.

HERITAGE SITES

Timings: Sat to Thu 8.30am to 7.30pm, Fri 3 to 7.30pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: AED3 adults, AED1 children under 10 years

03 7517755

800 244287

See Abu Dhabi's major attractions from an open-top double-decker bus at your own pace, hopping on and off where you like. Commentary is available in eight languages.

Timings: Sat to Thu 8.30am to 7.30pm, Fri 3 to 7pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: Free

Timings: 9am to 5pm. Ticket valid 24 hours Guide price: Adults AED200, children AED100, family (two adults, two children) AED500

Al Gharbia CHRISTIAN MONASTERY

02 8015400

Emirates Adventures

Explore the remains of a Christian monastery which is believed to have been founded in the late sixth century CE on Sir Bani Yas Island. The guided tour takes one hour.

02 6445117

Experience Abu Dhabi's unique culture by visiting Heritage Village, the dates market, Gold Centre and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on the half-day city tour.

Timings: Daily at 7, 9 and 11am, 2 and 4pm Guide price: AED250

FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

02 4440007 4

For a completely different view of Abu Dhabi, board a helicopter and see the city's major landmarks from above.

Guide price: AED1,250 per

person for a 30-minute city tour

Land AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6211797

Explore Abu Dhabi’s rich Arabic culture and modern architecture on this fivehour city tour that takes in all the major sites.

Guide price: From AED150 for

adults and AED100 for children ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

Take in the Grand Mosque, Cultural Foundation, souks, Corniche and Heritage Village before driving past the presidential palace area and Emirates Palace.

Timings: Monday and Wednesday mornings Guide price: Adults AED160, children AED80

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The corporate travel company organises excursions around the capital. Visitors can also book an overnight stay at the Arabian Nights Village, a luxurious Bedouin camp in the desert.

BIG BUS COMPANY

Originally a palace for the Al Nahyan family, it is now a museum that chronicles the lifestyle of the ruling family.

Air

02 6779988

Guide price: Accommodation at the village ranges from AED1,250 for a bayt al bahr heritage room to AED3,750 for a luxurious wind tower suite

SHEIKH ZAYED PALACE MUSEUM

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ARABIAN Nights

Heritage Village A must-see destination for traditional Emirati handicrafts, the Heritage Village features reconstructions of Bedouin tents, old fishing villages and traditional markets. Al Ain National Museum The oldest museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum displays artefacts dating from the Stone Age to the country’s pre-oil era with photography exhibits as well as jewellery, tools and pottery. Cultural Foundation Located in the grounds of the Old Fort, the Cultural Foundation hosts year-round exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and Arabic calligraphy. Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum Built in 1937, the palace of the late Sheikh Zayed was converted to a museum and opened in 2001. Visitors won’t find a large collection of photographs or exhibits because Sheikh Zayed wanted the royal palace and residence to be a true reflection of his country’s culture prior to the discovery of oil.

Timings: Daily 9am to 1pm Guide price: AED180, children AED120 NET TOURS

02 6794656

Haggle over carpets, admire the Corniche, learn about local culture and visit the Grand Mosque.

Timings: Daily 9am to 1.30pm Guide price: Adults

AED150, children AED100 SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

800 555 or szgmc.ae

One of the largest mosques in the world, this place of worship runs tours that offer an insight into Islamic culture and religion.

Timings: Open 9am to 10pm (except Friday mornings). Call direct for free tour times Guide price: Free SUNSHINE TOURS

Movie magic Abu Dhabi is becoming a regular feature in Hollywood blockbusters. Boasting incredibly varied landscapes, location scouts have a wealth of settings to choose from here with rolling desert dunes, coastal cityscapes, towering buildings and luxury hotels among the options. Some of the biggest movies to have been filmed in the city in recent years include Star Wars Episode VII and Fast & Furious 7. By exploring the emirate, you could well be following in the footsteps of your favourite movie stars.

CAPT. TONY'S

02 6507175

Abu Dhabi's first ecoconscious boat tour operatours runs island-hopping excursions, coastal cruises, mangrove trips and more.

Guide price: Sunset cruise AED250 for adults and AED150 for children. Island Beach Tour, AED350 for adults and AED250 for children. Private charter AED2,800 HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

Take a sightseeing cruise along the Corniche, around Abu Dhabi island or enjoy a dinner cruise.

Guide price: Sightseeing cruise along Corniche from AED250 for half an hour (five people or less). Cruise around Abu Dhabi AED750 for two hours (five people or less). Dinner cruise AED300 Pearl Journey

02 6419914

02 6732266

Al Dhafra’s dhows can take up to 60 people. Sail to nearby islands or simply cruise along the Corniche.

Timings: Boarding 8.30pm, cruise from 9 to 11pm Guide price: AED180 per hour for large dhows, AED150 per hour for small dhow, private hire starting at AED600 per hour

Guide price: From AED250 for adults and AED180 for children Emirates Adventures

02 6445117

Discover the heritage heart of the emirate with a full-day tour of Al Ain. Learn the history of the region at the city's museums, see how Al Ain earned its reputation as the 'garden city' and go shopping for camels at the Camel Market.

Timings: Saturday to Thursday (except Monday) 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED380 including lunch. Minimum of four people

Visit the edge of the Rub Al Khali (also known as the Empty Quarter), stopping in Liwa to see Bedouin camps and enjoy lunch. Then take in an old fort before the journey back.

children (under 12) AED400.

Guide price: Abu Dhabi

AL DHAFRA

Visit Al Ain’s attractions, including oases, souks, the Al Ain Museum, camel market, palaces and archaeological sites.

Guide price: AED500 for adults,

Cruise along the Abu Dhabi Corniche before stopping for diving, snorkelling, fishing and other water activities.

Water

02 6911711

Al Gharbia

SEA CRUISER

city tour AED190. Dubai or Al Ain city tours cost AED390 and include lunch

AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

Learn more about the pearl diving industry that once underpinned the local economy on this fascinting cruise, where guests get a chance to find their own pearl.

02 4449914

Tours are available in different destinations around the UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Liwa and Al Ain.

Al Ain

050 8009495 or seacruiser.ae

Guide price: Adults AED120, children AED75 Yellow boats

800 8044

Skim through the waves in these bright yellow boats on a high-speed tour of Abu Dhabi.

Guide price: Adults AED200, children AED150 SHERATON ABU DHABI

02 6773333

See the city from the water along the Corniche on a private boat for up to six people.

Timings: On demand Guide price: Corniche cruise AED200 for 30 minutes. Sunset cruise AED200

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

Timings: On request Guide price: On request Emirates Adventures

02 6445117

Join a safari into Al Gharbia and the Rub Al Khali, see the Liwa Oasis and enjoy lunch at a local guest house.

Timings: Daily 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED550 including lunch. Minimum of four people NET TOURS

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 drive over the sand dunes and visit the Rub Al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert, before lunch at a local hotel.

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Adults AED290 children AED235

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ABU DHABI

MURJAN SPLASH PARK

050 8781009

This mini water park at Khalifa Park is ideal for youngsters with seven water-based activities.

Amusements CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

02 4415900

This village at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel has a Jungle Garden play area for the under-eights, electronic games and a bowling centre.

Timings: Sat to Wed 9am to

8pm, Thu and Fri 9am to 10pm Guide price: Varies. Bowling AED15 per game FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI

02 4968001 or ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Ride roller coasters at top speed, race in an F1 simulator around a virtual Yas Marina Circuit and be propelled 62 metres into the air. Then feast on fine Italian cuisine before stopping in the world's largest Ferrari store.

Timings: Open daily,

11am to 8pm

Guide price: AED235 for visitors over 1.3m tall, AED195 for visitors below 1.3m. Premium tickets available FUN CITY

02 6815527

Hi-tech amusement centre in Marina Mall with an impressive line-up of rides, including a roller coaster, bumper cars and an area for under fives.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight. Guide price: Varies by ride Roller coaster AED10 per ride FUN WORLD

02 6322255

Fun World at Al Muhairy Centre caters to youngsters up to eight years old with soft play areas, bumper cars and a bouncy castle.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 1.30pm, 4 to 10pm; Fri 3.30 to 11pm; Sat 10am to 10pm Guide price: From AED3.50 for arcade games, AED10 for bouncy castle and AED15 for soft play area KIDOOS

02 6459070

Kidoos at Abu Dhabi Mall offers arcade games, a climbing wall and a play area for younger children.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm Guide price: AED17 for climbing wall, AED35 weekdays, AED45 weekends for play area

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Timings: Sat to Sun 2 to 6pm and 7 to 11pm. Ladies' day on Tuesdays is from 10am to 7pm. Guide price: AED40 for guests above 75cm tall and free for guests under 75cm SPARKY’S

02 6354316

Branches at Khalidiya Mall, Al Raha Mall, Mazyad Mall and Mushrif Mall with a modest ice rink, bowling alley and soft play area.

Timings: Sat to Sun 9am to

midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight. Guide price: AED36 for ice rink, AED15 for bowling WANASA LAND

02 4437654

Wanasa Land at Al Wahda Mall boasts Strike Zone, a six-lane bowling alley and soft play area.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to midnight, Fri to Sat 10am to 1am. Guide price: AED40 for Strike Zone, AED35 for play area, AED15 for bowling YAS WATERWORLD

02 4142000, yaswaterworld.com

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

050 7218928 or noukhada.ae

Take the two-and-a-half-hour Twitcher's Tour, paddling past the mangroves and see a variety of birds, including herons.

Timings: Check website for details Guide price: AED200

Bowling 2 ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB

02 4415900

This huge sports complex is an active family's paradise. Test your aim at the bowling centre which has four alleys.

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: Members

and guests AED10 per game including shoe hire Non-members AED15 per game KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE

02 4034200

A state-of-the-art centre at Zayed Sports City with 40 international-standard lanes.

Camel racing

Guide price: Standard admission AED240 for adults, premium admission AED440 for adults

Call the UAE Camel Race Association for directions to the camel race track.

MONTE-CARLO BEACH CLUB, SAADIYAT

02 6563500, montecarlobeachclub.ae

A hot spot for culinary connoisseurs and sun worshippers, a day at this picture-perfect beach club is a truly luxurious experience.

AL WATHBA

02 5839200 or 50 6147007

Timings: Fri and Sat 7 to 9am and 2.30 to 4pm Guide price: Free

Cruising & sailing AL BANDAR SAILING SCHOOL

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050 6606428

Guide price: AED250 for a day pass and lunch from Sunday to Thursday

Brush up on your sailing skills with professional lessons then charter one of Al Bandar's dinghys, keelboats or powerboats.

Birdwatching

ABU DHABI CHARTERS

ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL

Take a three-hour cruise and experience sunset over the Arabian Gulf.

02 5755155 or 050 6660739

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Timings: Daily 9am to 1am Guide price: AED12 per game

Choose between 40 rides, slides and attractions at this new water park which is the latest addition to the Yas Island entertainment hub.

Beach clubs

1. Nation Riviera Beach Club, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi 2. Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara 3. Freediving in the UAE 4. Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 5. Desert safari

Timings: Daily, 9am to 5pm 02 6424222

Get up close to the national bird of the UAE and see it in full flight. Educational and informative tours are available in a number of languages.

Guide price: From AED750 per person

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am and 2pm. All tours must be booked in advance Guide price: AED220 for adults and AED80 for children with a meal, or AED170 for adults and AED60 for children without a meal

Charter a boat for cruises along the Corniche, around Abu Dhabi island or to visit the outlying desert islands.

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

Guide price: Call for details

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T HE GUI D E / E XPE R IE NCE

ART MARINE

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

Fishing

THE VILLAGE CLUB

Take a cruise along Abu Dhabi's coastline and explore the islands, or charter a yacht for a fishing adventure.

Take a four-wheel drive journey over the rolling dunes of the desert, visit camel camps, watch the stunning Arabian sunset and enjoy a traditional barbecue feast.

Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request

Enjoy fishing off the coast of Abu Dhabi or venture out to the deep sea to try your luck.

Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults AED315, children AED290

050 6146931

04 3388955 or yas.charter@artmarine.net

Guide price: From AED750 per hour CAPT. TONY'S

02 6911711

02 6507175

The Yas Island-based boat tour company offers a range of cruises around the Abu Dhabi waters and other aquatic activities.

Guide price: Call for details HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

Charter the 31-foot, twin-engine Barracuda and enjoy sightseeing along the Corniche, island trips and snorkelling. Timings: 8am to 8pm. Guide price: Weekdays AED150, weekends AED185 NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or noukhada.ae

Learn to sail or just enjoy the sailing experience on Hobie 18 and Hobie 16 catamarans.

Guide price: Three-hour

Diving

Guide price: Call for details

FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

Part of the British Club, it offers BSAC-certified courses.

Hotel boat available for charter for fishing trips or sea cruises. Equipment, bait and beverages are included in the price.

Charter a helicopter for business or pleasure and see the capital from a whole new perspective in air-conditioned comfort.

02 6731111 or 050 5409041

Guide price: Call for details AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE

02 6443000

Guide price: AED750

for three hours, AED1,300 for six hours

02 6437377 or divemahara.com

Provides a full range of PADI courses as well as diving trips and water sports.

Guide price: Call for details ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

SHERATON ABU DHABI

Guide price: Call for details

Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Corniche to Emirates Palace, watching dolphins at play.

OCEAN DIVE CENTRE

02 6441696

A full range of courses is available. Located at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi.

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

Charter a 31-foot, twinengine boat for a fishing trip for up to six people.

Guide price: AED750 including equipment, soft drinks and water

Guide price: AED400, including fishing equipment. AED50 for each additional hour

02 4459600 (Nine holes, 6,350 yards, par 70)

Green fees: Nine holes

Take a relaxing one-hour cruise along the Corniche or a four-hour cruise to nearby Bahraini Island.

Sun to Thu AED145, Fri and Sat AED195. Rates for 18 holes on request. Includes golf cart, water and towel

800 4044 theyellowboats.com

Get the adrenaline pumping on an ultimate thrill ride, or take a more relaxed cruise and enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace.

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

02 5588990 National Course (27 holes, 7,334 yards, par 72)

Guide price: From AED150 for

adults, AED100 for children or AED450 for a family of four

Home to the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, this challenging course offers tough, but fair, play with a nine-hole putting green, floodlit driving range and golf institute. Also offers night golf on the floodlit course.

Desert safari ARABIAN NIGHTS

02 6779988

The corporate travel company organises excursions around the capital and stays at the Arabian Nights Village, a luxurious Bedouin camp in the desert.

Guide price: Accommodation at The Village ranges from AED1,250 for a heritage room to AED3,750 for a wind tower suite AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6212100

Go deep into the Arabian Desert, driving over the towering dunes, before heading to a camp for camel riding, belly dancing, shisha and a barbecue.

Timings: Daily 4 to 9.30pm Guide price: Adults AED300, children AED240

Green fees: National Course,

GOING GREEN Abu Dhabi’s growing appeal as an international golfing destination is easily explained by the wealth and range of excellent facilities available here. Three championship-standard golf courses within a 20-minute drive from the city centre offer golfers an opportunity to put their swings to the test on some of the region’s most challenging holes. Follow in the footsteps of the sport’s superstars at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, home to the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, enjoy stunning scenery during a round at the protected Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and experience the Middle East’s first true links course on Yas Island.

AED550, twilight rate (after 3pm) AED450. Fri and Sat AED850, twilight rate AED650

Horse racing Racing season is November to March. For more information visit adec-web.com

to 2pm and 3 to 7pm, Fri 2 to 7pm. Closed Tue Guide price: From AED350 for one hour

THE YELLOW BOATS

02 4952000

Green fees: Sun to Thu

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

Guide price: Coastline cruise AED180, island cruise AED300

THE VILLAGE CLUB

Guide price: Call for details

The region's first links-style golf course with views of the coast from every hole.

Slip into the pilot's seat of a life-size Boeing 747-400 simulator and take flight.

Set in the middle of a racecourse with the city skyline in the background this course was the first nine-hole facility to open in Abu Dhabi. The 27-year old club has a golf academy and a floodlit driving range in addition to a new pavilion with views of the greens where players can relax with a drink after their game.

person for one hour

YAS LINKS

02 5568555

ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB

18 holes Sun to Thu AED525, Fri and Sat AED675. Night golf AED275. Includes golf cart and unlimited use of practise facilities AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB

02 5758040 (18 holes, 6,450 yards, par 71)

Sand course near Abu Dhabi International Airport that provides free transit visas and complimentary transport for those passing through.

Brown fees: 18 holes Sun

to Thu AED140, Fri and Sat AED190. AED60 for club hire and AED50 for buggy hire

Designed by golfing legend Gary Player, this beachfront course offers spectacular views of the Gulf waters and golfers may even spot dolphins.

02 8107777 (18 holes, 7,450 yards, par 72)

MUTAHIDA FLIGHT SIMULATOR

Paddle out into the Arabian Sea and enjoy four hours of fishing.

02 5578000 or sbgolfclub.ae (18 holes, 7,784 yards, par 72)

AED525, twilight rate (after 2pm) AED275. Thu to Sat AED675, twilight rate AED350. Includes use of golf cart, water and practice facilities

Guide price: AED1,250 per person for 30-minute city tour

Golf

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

Green fees: Sun to Wed

02 4448866

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or noukhada.ae

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Flying

BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

island tour AED250 for adults and AED200 for children

Guide price: AED50 per

For big game sport-fishing adventures, twin diesel sports-fishing boats, tournament tackle and IGFA-certified captains.

Guide price: Four-hour angler cruise costs AED400, six-hour deep-sea fishing cruise costs AED650

ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB

PADI dive resort with equipment sales/services, private instruction and daily dive charters.

02 6773333

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

02 4952000

ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB

02 4455500

Hit the road in search of the emirate's best adventure spots Al Gharbia Al Gharbia is feted for its beautiful beaches – gleaming arcs of white sand that see very few people from one day to the next. Another opportunity for visitors looking to immerse themselves in nature awaits on Sir Bani Yas Island, an animal sanctuary that’s home to an exotic array of beasts. Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Known as the garden city thanks to the abundance of oases and date-palm plantations here, Al Ain has long been the agricultural heart of Abu Dhabi. More recently, the area has been recognised for its historic significance. Liwa, Abu Dhabi The origins of the UAE can be traced back to Liwa Oasis where the Bani Yas tribe lived before moving to the coast and laying the foundations of modern Abu Dhabi. The journey there is coupled with beautiful scenery with sand dunes reaching up to 300 metres.

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club offers a riding club and show jumping arena with a stable of 100 horses. Horse races are also held on Sunday evenings during the racing season.

Timings: Private lessons 6 to 10am, group lessons 4.30 to 8pm Guide price: Group lessons AED300, 20-minute pony riding AED50

Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

Marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise from above the dunes with a peaceful hot air balloon ride.

Guide price: AED995 for adults, AED850 for 5- to 12-year-olds

Ice skating ABU DHABI ICE RINK

02 4034200

Located at Zayed Sports City, the rink can accommodate up to 400 skaters. Hockey lessons are also available.

Timings: 9am to 10pm daily. Thu ladies only Guide price: AED25 per hour MARINA MALL ICE RINK

02 681 5806

This ice-skating rink at the heart of the mall is ideal for ice skaters of all skill levels. Lessons are available.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 11am to 11pm Guide price: AED40 for one hour. Includes skate hire, socks and protective pads

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ARMED FORCES OFFICERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CLUB & HOTEL

02 4415900

Test your commando skills, take aim and let off a bit of steam.

Timings: 1 to 10pm Guide price: AED150 per

person per game including gear and 100 balls

Parks & gardens A LIFE OF LUXURY The UAE's coastal location and year-round sunshine make it a veritable playground for yachting enthusiasts. The luxury lifestyle the destination is famed for is transferred to the waves where taking a luxury cruise on a superyacht is a popular activity for visitors looking for an extra-special experience. Whether for a few hours or several days, visitors have ample opportunity to charter yachts. Two upcoming events this year are particularly popular with such aficionados; the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November which sees yachts lining the Yas Marina track and the Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi in December, where sailing fanatics from across the region meet in the capital to celebrate the race and the sport of sailing.

Island trips AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

02 6666601

Futaisi island has 40 chalets and two villas, as well as other facilities such as a swimming pool, cycling, nature walks and horse riding.

Guide price: Day trips

from 9.30am to 6pm cost AED250 per person HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

Up to six people can spend the day relaxing at Bahraini and Futaisi islands with pick-ups, drop-offs, drinks and umbrellas included.

Guide price: AED830

per person

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

This new go-karting centre has 40 karts for both adults and children.

Timings: Tue to Sun 3 to 11pm Guide price: Adults

AED120, children under 13 AED100 for 10 minutes

Kayaking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

050 7218928 or noukhada.ae

Venture into the mangroves on this one-and-a-half-hour kayak tour that is suitable for all levels.

Guide price: AED450 per person

Motor sports

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

DRAG RACING

Paddle to nearby islands on this three-hour trip, stopping off to enjoy the quiet life and take photos at areas only accessible by boat.

Hit 250kmh in five seconds in a drag car driven by a world champion at the Yas Drag Racing Centre, or race your friends in the Chevrolet Camaro SS.

050 7218928 or noukhada.ae

Guide price: Two-hour

eco tour AED220, 1.5-hour mangrove tour AED150, threehour island tour AED250

Karting AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Experience motor sport on a smaller scale racing around a circuit in karts for cadets, senior racers and advanced racers. Arrive and drive sessions are available.

Timings: Daily 3 to 11pm Guide price: From

AED120 for 15 minutes

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

Timings: See website

for availability Guide price: Three-seat dragster passenger experience from AED500. Formula Yas 3000 experience AED1,200. Off-road buggies AED200 adults and AED150 children FORMULA 1

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

Experience the thrill of Formula 1, screeching around Yas Marina Circuit at top speed as a passenger in an F1 two-seater. Alternatively, get behind the wheel of the Formula Yas 3000.

Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED11,500. Formula Yas 3000 experience AED1,200

OFF-ROAD BUGGIES

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Race buggies around the circuit with machines for all levels of experience.

Timings: Daily 3 to 11pm Guide price: From AED200 for

10km session

YAS RACING SCHOOL

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

Drive race cars and sports cars or book a hot lap experience with a professional driver.

SHEIKH KHALIFA PARK Situated in Al Matar near Al Bateen Airport, the park features gardens that reflect Arabic and Islamic architecture with lakes, fountains and canals.

Timings: 10am to 11pm Guide price: AED1 THE CORNICHE Hire a bicycle or buggy and pedal along the wide open paths. Visit the family beach and spend the day on a sunlounger, or enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the cafĂŠs and restaurants.

Timings: 7am to 10pm Guide price: Entry to family beach AED10, sunlounger AED25, buggy hire AED20 for 30 minutes, bicycle hire AED20 per hour

Guide price: AED200

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or noukhada.ae

Take an all-terrain bike ride into the desert for an unforgettable experience. See camels, horse-riders, an Arabian sunset and a star-filled sky.

Guide price: AED250 per person

Paintball AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Stage a shootout in the Wild West or a Pacific warzone with special effects and air-conditioning.

Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm, weekends 10.30am to 10pm Guide price: From AED120 for 200 balls

Guide price: Introductory ticket AED180, family package AED720

Camel racing

Water sports

AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK

Hotels can organise watersports on request, while some have their own facilities.

Get up early in the winter months and watch a camel race for a unique and authentic Emirati cultural experience.

Guide price:

Jet skiing AED180 for 30 minutes Wake boarding AED150 for 20 minutes Water skiing AED75 for 20 minutes Wind surfing from AED160 per hour AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Learn how to water ski, knee board and wake board, or perfect your technique on the obstacle course in a safe and slightly more contained environment.

TILAL LIWA

Guide price: AED950

Mountain biking

Experience the thrill of a free fall without the fear of jumping from a plane at this wind tunnel located at the Abu Dhabi Country Club.

DANAT JEBEL DHANNA RESORT

Race over the dunes on a quad bike for an exhilarating way to explore the UAE desert.

to drive, AED350 for hot lap with a driver. Private tuition starts at AED1,500

02 6577601

Quad Biking 02 8946111

for 60 minutes, AED100 for 30 minutes

02 8012222

A huge array of water sports and aquatic activities is available here, including banana boat and tube rides, wind surfing, water skiing, knee boarding, kayaking, fishing trips, snorkelling and boat cruises.

Guide price: Ask at reception

Shooting

for details

CARACAL SHOOTING CLUB

050 6144024 or wrsmuts@emirates.net.ae

02 4416404

Choose from a variety of pistols and rifles before taking aim at the 25-metre target shooting range. Located at the Armed Forces Officers' Club & Hotel, there is also a 10-metre simulation shooting range, retail outlet and a coffee shop.

Timings: Sat to Thu noon to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm Guide price: 22lr AED180 and 9mm AED205. AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Catering for all skill levels, this expansive sports and leisure resort offers Olympic disciplines and sporting clays along with handgun and rifle ranges.

Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm, weekends 10.30am to 10pm Guide price: From AED150

AL AIN

SPACE WALK INDOOR SKYDIVING

Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm, weekends 10.30am to 10pm Guide price: AED125 for one hour or AED280 for a full day

Timings: See website

for availability

Skydiving

ABU DHABI WILDLIFE CENTRE

See cheetahs, tigers, leopards and other endangered species at this rescue and rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of the city.

Timings: Sat to Wed 9am to 5pm Guide price: One-hour guided tour AED45 for adults, AED35 for children under 12 years EMIRATES PARK ZOO

02 5633100 emiratesparkzoo.com

Meet, touch and help feed a variety of creatures including camels, emus, raccoons, a boa constrictor and the park's newest attraction, five fur seals, which can be seen during daily shows.

Timings: Sun to Wed 9.30am to 8pm; Thu to Sat and public holidays 9.30am to 9pm Guide price: AED20 for adults, AED15 for children, AED60 family ticket (two adults and three children). Extra AED5 for the Ocean Park

02 5839200

Timings: Fri to Sat 7 to 9am approximately Guide price: Free of charge

Family amusements BAWADI MALL ENTERTAINMENT

03 7840000

Spanning 10,000 square metres, this family entertainment centre includes a 12-lane bowling alley and Fun Ski Village.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to midnight, Thu and Fri 10am to 1am. Guide price: Call for details HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

03 7845542

A family-friendly destination with landscaped gardens and a fun park, with nine new rides. The adjacent archaeological park dates to the third millennium BCE and makes an interesting day out.

Timings: Mon to Thu 4 to 10pm , Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat noon to midnight. Wed ladies only. Closed Sunday Guide price: Mon and Tue AED35, Wed to Sat AED40, including rides

Golf AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

03 7026400

(18 holes, 6,584 yards, par 71) Enjoy a round of golf and test out the newly opened back nine holes with lighting and 42-bay driving range, or grab some tips from the professionals at the golf academy.

Green fees: Nine holes AED215 on weekdays, or AED245 on weekends; 18 holes AED300 on weekdays or AED390 on weekends. Includes use of driving range and golf cart. Ninehole academy course AED100 AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686808

(9 hole, par three) Sand course with a clubhouse and practise putting green. Clubs can be hired.

Green fees: Nine holes AED50

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T HE GUI D E / E XPE R IE NCE

HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686666

(Nine holes, par three) The expansive Hilton Al Ain Golf Club also offers a health club, two swimming pools and four floodlit tennis courts making it an ideal family destination.

Green fees: Nine holes AED23

Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise.

Guide price: AED950

Parks & gardens

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

Experience the beauty of the UAE in true Bedouin style â&#x20AC;&#x201C; aboard a camel.

03 7840000

10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight Guide price: AED25 for two hours, includes skate hire

Karting AL AIN RACEWAY

03 7686662

A state-of-the-art floodlit facility, Al Ain Raceway offers popular 'arrive and drive' sessions for individuals, small groups and children over seven.

Timings: Mon to Wed 2.30 to 10pm, Thu and Fri 2.30 to 11pm, Sat 10.30am to 6pm. Closed Sunday Guide price: AED150 for 15 minutes, AED250 for 30 minutes, AED400 for one hour

Explore the desert by four-wheel drive, either through the sand dunes or along a flat track.

Timings: Dunes 6am, 8.30am, 5.45pm. Flat sand 10.30am, 3.30pm Guide price: AED175

Al Ain Zoo is one of the largest in the world with a diverse collection of mammals, reptiles and birds from the local area as well as the African savannahs. Discover almost 200 species and take part in interactive activities for all the family such as giraffe feeding.

TILAL LIWA HOTEL

02 8946111

Discover the desert by 4x4 or quad bike and pause to try the exhilarating local sport of sandboarding down the dunes.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm; Fri 10am to 8pm Guide price: Adults AED15, children AED5, free for children under three years

Explore the rugged landscape of Sir Bani Yas Island with two trails suitable for all levels.

Guide price: AED60 QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

02 8862088

Start the day with an energising cycle across the desert while the sun rises from behind the dunes.

Timings: 6am Guide price: AED60

Wildlife park

Guide price: AED200

02 8862088

03 7828188

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

Taking up much of Sir Bani Yas Island, this nature reserve is home to free-roaming cheetahs, Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes and much more.

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

AL AIN ZOO

Guide price: AED60

ARABIAN WILDLIFE PARK

Desert safari

Zoo

Explore the quiet waters of Sir Bani Yas Island and discover rare birds, fish and wild gazelle.

02 8015400

Explore the rich underwater world near Sir Bani Yas Island on a snorkelling tour.

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02 8015400

02 8015400

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

Go kayaking, white water rafting and surfing or challenge your friends and test your skills on the adventure course.

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

Cruising & sailing

Snorkelling

03 7818422

Kayaking

Mountain biking

Guide price: Sunset cruise AED250

WADI ADVENTURE

Guide price: AED250 for two-hour Royal Bay Ride, lessons from AED200

Timings: 6am and 8am (40 minutes), 4.45pm (25 minutes), 5.45pm (50 minutes) Guide price: AED135 for 40 minutes, AED60 for 25 minutes, AED195 for 50 minutes

Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise around Sir Bani Yas Island, spotting dolphins and dugongs.

Guide price: AED400 for adults and AED200 for children

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Explore the Rub Al Khali desert, trekking through vast sand valleys with incredible scenery.

02 8015400

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am

Timings: Sun, Tue, Wed noon to 11pm; Thu noon to midnight; Fri 9am to midnight; Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: Entry adults AED100, children under 1.2m AED50. Surf pool, kayaking and white water rafting AED100

02 8862088

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

Polish your snow plough technique on the artificial ski slope or slide downhill on a big rubber ring.

Water park

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to

6. Desert mountain biking 7. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 8. Seaplane tour

BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED25 for 1.5 hours

This artificial skating rink at Bawadi Mall is suitable for both metal blades and roller shoes. There is also a 12-lane bowling alley nearby for the community.

6

Skiing

to 10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 2pm to midnight, Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: Skiing AED60 for two hours, includes equipment

03 7840000

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

The ice rink at Al Ain Mall hosts regular skating sessions for both the young and old, monthly family ice shows and regular hockey tournaments for the community.

BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK

Guide price: AED30 for every 10 minutes of camel trekking

Try your hand at skeet and trap shooting as well as range shooting from 10 to 50 metres with rifles and pistols.

AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY

03 7660333

02 8946111

03 7026500

The resort is the first in the Gulf to offer both Olympic disciplines and sporting clays combined with handgun and rifle ranges.

AL AIN MALL ICE RINK

Camel trekking TILAL LIWA HOTEL

Ice skating

Timings: Mon to Thu 4 to 10pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat noon to 10pm Guide price: Sun to Tue AED35, Wed to Sat AED35

Enjoy a two-hour horse ride along sandy beaches or take a lesson to improve your skills and confidence. Wildlife rides will be introduced soon.

Shooting

AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

Enjoy an ice skating session with family and friends at this Olympic-size ice rink, which also offers ladiesand children-only days.

04 2854949

Guide price: Free

Timings: Mon to Sat 2 to 10pm Guide price: From AED90 for 50 rounds

Horse riding SIR BANI YAS STABLES

GREEN MUBAZZARAH HOT SPRINGS At the foot of Jebel Hafeet, Green Mubazzarah is a park of rolling grassy hills with streams, hot springs and waterfalls.

for adults, AED800 for 5- to 12-year-olds

03 7845542

AL GHARBIA

02 8015400

Guide price: Nature and wildlife drive AED100, nature walk AED60

KNOW THE LAW Consumption of alcohol must be within licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs or private venues. Do not consume alcohol if driving. Dancing is only allowed in the privacy of your hotel room or at licensed clubs. Avoid addressing Muslim women in public or taking photographs without their permission. Offensive language, spitting and hand gestures must be avoided. Married couples may hold hands in public, but not kiss or hug.

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Shop

From haute couture to traditional souvenirs, Abu Dhabi is a shopping haven with spacious malls and atmospheric souks

MALLS

MADINAT ZAYED SHOPPING CENTRE & GOLD CENTRE

02 6333311

The 400 outlets sell just about everything, while the adjacent Gold Centre is the ideal place to browse for gold, diamond and pearl jewellery.

Timings: Sat to Fri 9am

Abu Dhabi ABU DHABI MALL

02 6454858

Abu Dhabi Mall is one of the main attractions on the shopping scene with over 220 retail outlets, plus entertainment options.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am

to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 3.30 to 11pm AL RAHA MALL

to 11pm. Gold Centre Sat to Thu 9am to 2pm and 4 to 11pm, Fri 4 to 11pm MARINA MALL

02 6818300

A retail haven with a waterfront setting, Marina Mall has over 300 stores, a 100-metre-high viewing platform and an ice skating rink.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 11pm

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm

AL WAHDA MALL

WORLD TRADE CENTRE MALL

With over 150 shops covering three floors, Al Wahda Mall houses fashion, jewellery and beauty stores as well as entertainment and restaurants.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm AVENUE AT ETIHAD TOWERS

800 3844238

Al Jimi Mall boasts more than 110 shops to choose from offering a wide variety of products from fashion and jewellery to health and beauty.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm BAWADI MALL Al Ain’s newest and largest mall offers an indoor ski slope, cinema, bowling alley, skating rink, family entertainment centre and almost 400 shops.

SOUKS

02 5082400

Offers a diverse range of fashion and food, as well as the region’s first House of Fraser. Other retailers among the 160 outlets present here include Karen Millen, BCBG and Missoni.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 11pm

Abu Dhabi THE SOUK AT WORLD TRADE CENTRE Shop at the Souk at World Trade Centre for traditional souvenirs, spices, jewellery, perfumes, sunglasses and electronics at this modern souk.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 11pm THE SOUK AT QARYAT AL BERI

Timings: Call for store timings

03 7660333

Located next to the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri hotel is this classy, Arabianthemed souk complete with Venetian canals and a variety of restaurants. Shops and boutiques offer traditional souvenirs, perfumes, jewellery and so much more.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 3 to 10pm

Abu Dhabi's latest luxury mall features a wide selection of shopping and dining options in a waterfront setting.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm Thu 10am to 12 midnight, Fri 12 noon to 12 midnight

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02 8107810

Al Ain

02 6166999

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Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight

This newly opened exclusive boulevard is home to almost 40 luxury shops, showcasing designer labels and high-end brands, spread across two levels.

THE GALLERIA

1

03 7840000

02 6904422

Abu Dhabi’s newest mall with more than 200 outlets stocking fashion, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty and electronics, as well as dining and entertainment facilities.

02 4437000, 02 4437070

03 7638883

MUSHRIF MALL

Close to Abu Dhabi International Airport and Yas Island, this mall boasts an array of fashion outlets plus a cinema and food court.

02 5562229

AL JIMI MALL

1. Jolie Abu Dhabi 2. Gold Souk 3. Cartier Jeanne Toussaint collection 4. Frederique Constant, available at Mohammed Rasool Khoory & Sons 5. Avenue at Etihad Towers

02 5581670

AL AIN MALL Offers over 100,000 square metres of retail and entertainment space spread over three floors, with cinemas, an ice skating rink and a bowling alley. 10pm, Fri to Sat 10am to 11pm

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HAMDAN CENTRE

02 6328555

Houses fashion, sports equipment, jewellery and souvenirs at reasonable prices in addition to a cinema complex.

Timings: Daily 10am to 1.30pm and 5 to 10.30pm KHALIDIYAH MALL

02 6354000

Spread over three levels with distinctive Islamic architecture, this mall has everything from fashion to furnishings.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm

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Taste

Superb restaurants and glamorous cocktail bars make Abu Dhabi a stylish and sophisticated choice for fine food and drink

HOTEL OUTLETS & PROMOTIONS

AL MAHA ARJAAN

02 6106666

Al Markaziyah City Café offers Mexican on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays and Indian on Wednesdays for AED95. An à la carte menu with salad, soup, main and dessert is available on Thursdays and Saturdays for AED75 and Sunday features a seafood buffet for AED130.

BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

02 6979000

Tourist Club Area Enjoy a live teppanyaki cooking experience at Benihana, indulge in top quality steak at Rodeo Grill or explore contemporary Italian cuisine at Prego's. Bay View – Beach restaurant Benihana – American/Japanese Brauhaus – German Essence – International Finz – Seafood Indigo – Indian Prego’s – Italian Rodeo Grill – American steakhouse Trader Vic’s – French Polynesian

CENTRO CAPITAL CENTRE

02 4096666

Al Safarat

City Café – International

Contemporary cuisine is served throughout the day at C.Taste while drinks and light bites are available from C.Mondo.

ALOFT ABU DHABI

C.Mondo – Lounge bar C.Taste – International buffet

Al Safarat

CENTRO YAS ISLAND

For international fare and lounge pods for two complemented by an eclectic mix of laid-back tunes, don’t miss the evening brunch at Mai Café every Thursday from 6.30pm. On Tuesdays ladies enjoy free-flowing cocktails at Club So-Hi while Thursday is Global Fusion night.

Yas Island

02 6545013

Dine – International Mai Café – International Relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar

AL RAHA BEACH HOTEL

02 5080555

Al Raha Beach Sevilla Restaurant serves tasty international fare while Wanasah is a great venue for those seeking an introduction to authentic Arabian cuisine. Al Manzil – International Azur Restaurant – Mediterranean Black Pearl – Piano bar Enigma – Nightclub Sevilla Restaurant – International Wanasah – Arabic

AL RAWDA ARJAAN ABU DHABI

02 4035000

Al Wahda

Choose international cuisine from the à la carte menu at Al Dar or the international buffet for speciality dishes. Enjoy light snacks, coffee and cakes at Moka Café. Al Dar – International Moka Café – International

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB & HOTEL

02 4415900

Al Maqtaa

Head to Taverna for lively barbecue buffet nights every Wednesday with two house beverages included for AED120. Al Bathna – International Kennedy – European Taverna – Tex-Mex

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02 6564444

Thursday is ladies' night at C.Mondo with free beverages for girls from 8 to 11pm. Friday is brunch day at C.Taste with a variety of international cuisine plus beverages from only AED119 per person.

CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI YAS ISLAND

02 6563000

Yas Island

Every Friday throughout October at Jing Asia's brunch enjoy special Chef-designed pink dessert specialties in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Barouk – Lebanese Jing Asia – Asian buffet Stills Bar & Brasserie – European bar and restaurant

DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

02 6988888

Al Mushrif

Enjoy a variety of events across Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi this month including Oktoberfest from October 1 to 3, Diwali Festival of Lights on October 7 and Halloween on October 31.

EASTERN MANGROVES HOTEL & SPA

02 6561000

Eastern Mangroves For cocktails and light bites choose the Impressions lounge or head to Pachaylen to explore the flavours of Thailand through a vast Southeast Asian menu. Ingredients – All-day international Pachaylen – Thai restaurant Impressions – Rooftop lounge

CRISTAL HOTEL ABU DHABI

EMIRATES PALACE

Madinat Zayed

Ras Al Akhdar

Theme nights are all the rage at Gems Restaurant with Arabic cuisine taking centre stage on Thursdays and Indian fare on Fridays from AED99. Gems Restaurant – International

CRISTAL SALAM HOTEL

02 6597666

Tourist Club Area Visit Vertical bar during happy hour when drinks are half price or swing by on a Wednesday for Spanish night with tasty tapas for AED99 per person. Champagne and strawberries with a chocolate or cream dip can be enjoyed for just AED325. 2.35 – International & Middle Eastern

02 6909000

Every Friday from October 4 enjoy the fishermen’s catch of the day at sophisticated seafood brasserie Sayad. BBQ Al Qasr – Al fresco BBQ Breeze Lounge – Spanish bar Cascades – International Diwan L’Auberge – Lebanese Etoiles – European restaurant and nightclub Hakkasan – Chinese Havana Club – Wine and cigar lounge Las Brisas – International Le Café & Caviar Bar – Caviar bar Le Vendôme – International buffet Mezlai – Emirati Mezzaluna – Italian Sayad – Seafood

Vertical – Wine bar

FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR

CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI

Bain Al Jessrain

02 6166122

Al Markaziyah Throughout October, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi supports Breast Cancer Awareness with a themed bubbly brunch on Fridays at The Garden and pink sweets and cupcakes at Cappuccino’s. Treat yourself for a good cause. Cho Gao – Asian Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar Spaccanapoli – Italian The Garden – International Vincent’s – Cocktail bar

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Urban Kitchen – Arabic Benjarong – Thai Dusit Gourmet – Lounge The Capital Grill – Steakhouse Breeze – Bar

C.Deli – Deli C.Mondo – Lounge bar C.Taste – International buffet

02 6520000

1. Mezlai, Emirates Palace 2. The Forge, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal 3. The Park Bar & Grill, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas 4. 55&5th, The Grill, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

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02 6543000

Chameleon hosts a ladies' night on Thursdays while Friday welcomes a special brunch featuring cuisine from three of the hotel's restaurants; Frankie's Italian Restaurant & Bar, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill and CuiScene. Cedar Lounge – Lebanese Chameleon – Champagne bar CuiScene – International buffet Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill – Steakhouse Frankie's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Italian The Chocolate Gallery - patisserie

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GRAND MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA

02 4439999

Al Wahda

Thursday at Porto Bello is pizza and pasta night where patrons can feast on unlimited food and wine. Elsewhere, at Porters, try out the new carvery night on Saturdays and Sundays and enjoy a traditional all-you-can-eat roast dinner starting at only AED99.

FEASTS OF FLAVOUR

HALA ARJAAN BY ROTANA

02 4180000

Tourist Club Area

Ras Al Akdar

HILTON ABU DHABI

02 6811900

HYATT CAPITAL GATE

02 5961234

Al Safarat

Watch the sun set over the terrace and soak up the atmosphere at 18° where diners can relish a culinary journey around the Mediterranean. Elsewhere, every Wednesday evening Privé is hosting a wine and cheese night for AED150, while Monday is Italian night. 18° – Eastern Mediterranean Lounge – Tea lounge and bar Profiterole – Pastries Privé – Bar

INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI

800 423463

Al Bateen

Start your weekend off in style at InterContinental Abu Dhabi's Friday Marina Brunch. Choose to sit at Friday Yacht Club or Chamas and enjoy freshly prepared cuisine and drinks as you overlook the marina. Alternatively, spend an evening at Chamas on October 8 or 29 and enjoy live samba dancing performances as you dine. Belgian Café – Belgian bar and restaurant Boccaccio – Italian Chamas Churrascaria & Bar – Brazilian restaurant and bar Piano Lounge – Piano bar Selections – International Fishmarket – Seafood The Yacht Club – Asian restaurant and bar

From October 5 to 30, enjoy a four-course set menu with Champagne pairing at Li Beirut. Also this month, Nahaam relaunches its Chill and Grill Friday Brunch from AED285 per person.

02 6570000

The Gallery – International

Arabic Cafe – Arabic Bocca – Italian Cinnabar – Nightclub Escape Restaurant – Beachfront restaurant Hemingway’s – American bar and restaurant Jazz Bar & Dining – Jazz bar La Terrazza – Mediterranean Mawal – Lebanese Royal Orchid – Asian Toki – Japanese Vasco’s – International

Ras Al Akhdar

KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA

The Gallery restaurant at the Hala Arjaan by Rotana hotel offers international flavours served with flair.

Revel in a taste of Italy with views overlooking the bustling Corniche at Bocca, explore South American delicacies at Hemingway's or sample the very best in Lebanese cuisine at Mawal.

02 8115555

Brasserie Angélique – French Li Beirut – Lebanese Nahaam – International Observation Deck – High tea Quest – Asian fusion Ray’s Bar – Bar Rosewater - International Scott’s – Seafood Tori No Su – Japanese BiCE – Italian

Al Wahda – International buffet Porto Bello – Italian Porters – Pub Toshi – Asian

Al Khubeirah

JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS

Abu Dhabi restaurants offer a number of dining experiences where guests can sample multiple cuisines in one sitting. Brunch Friday brunch is a must for visitors looking to tap into the city’s social scene and experience the wide range of cuisines on offer here. A number of hotels offer the weekly experience including InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi and The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. Theme nights Explore different cuisines every night of the week at restaurants across the city. At Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Essence hosts a maritime banquet every Thursday. Wednesday is steak night at Amerigos in Park Inn by Radisson on Yas Island while La Brasserie at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi lays on a lavish buffet focusing on different cuisines every evening such as tapas on Fridays and Pacific Rim cuisine on Saturdays. All-day dining Tour the world’s cuisines at lavish international buffets. Origins at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi serves up a huge daily feast of local and regional speciality dishes, while at Jing Asia in Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island excellent multinational fare with an emphasis on Asian cuisine is available.

Contemporary seafood restaurant The Beach has a choice of indoor or al fresco dining options overlooking the pool or beach. Horizon – International buffet The Beach – Seafood Sunset Bar – Beach restaurant

LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

02 6446666

Tourist Club Area Indulge in traditional English fare at Captain's Arms, sample Italian favourites at Pappagallo or head to La Brasserie to enjoy cuisine from a different country or region each night of the week. Al Birkeh – Lebanese Captain’s Arms – English pub Chi Chi’s – Tex-Mex G-Club – Nightclub La Brasserie – International Le Bistrot – French/sustainable NRG Sports Bar – Sports bar Opus Bar – Bar Pappagallo – Italian Acropolis – Greek Talay – Thai Wakataua Terrace – Polynesian outdoor lounge

LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

800 101101

Al Markaziyah Amalfi is one of the finest Italian outlets in the city and offers a range of traditional dishes, homemade pasta and wood oven-baked pizza. Opt for one of the ‘plated experiences’ to get the most from the menu. Amalfi - Italian Café Palmier – All-day dining Illusions – Nightclub P.J. O’Reilly’s – Irish pub Imago - Bar and restaurant Sax Restaurant Club – International restaurant and bar Market Kitchen – American The Piano Lounge – Cocktail lounge whEAT - Bistro

MERCURE CENTRE HOTEL

02 6333555

Al Markaziyah Le Beaujolais offers an à la carte menu plus specialities that change daily and are presented on a black board, giving patrons even more choice. Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Privé – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar China Restaurant – Chinese

DINE BY CUISINE ARABIC Wanasah – Al Raha Beach Hotel Barouk – Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island Diwan L’Auberge – Emirates Palace Mezlai – Emirates Palace Arabic Café – Hilton Abu Dhabi Mawal – Hilton Abu Dhabi Li Beirut – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Al Birkeh – Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Marakesh – Millenium Hotel Abu Dhabi Pearls & Caviar – Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Al Hawara – The Royal Hotel Abu Dhabi ArganaVert – The Royal Hotel Abu Dhabi Agadir – The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa Atayeb - Yas Viceroy Hotel Min Zaman – Al Ain Rotana Hotel Makani Café – Hilton Al Ain Eden Rock – Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet Al Waha – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

ASIAN Benihana – Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Cho Gao – Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Jing Asia - Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island Hakkasan – Emirates Palace Pachaylen - Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa Royal Orchid – Hilton Abu Dhabi Toki - Hilton Abu Dhabi The Yacht Club Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Quest - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Tori No Su - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Talay - Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Soba - Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi China Restaurant Mercure Centre Hotel Wokcano - One to One Hotel, The Village Rouge - Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi Hoi Ann - Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Silk and Spice - Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche Shang Palace – Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Sontaya - St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Kazu - Yas Viceroy Hotel Noodle Box – Yas Viceroy Hotel The Wok – Danat Al Ain Resort Orient Café – Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet

INDIAN Indigo – Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Rangoli – Yas Island Rotana Angar – Yas Viceroy Hotel Tanjore – Danat Al Ain Resort

INTERNATIONAL Dine – Aloft Abu Dhabi Al Manzil – Al Raha Beach Hotel

Sevilla Restaurant – Al Raha Beach Hotel Al Dar – Al Rawda Arjaan Abu Dhabi Al Bathna – Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel Essence – Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi C.Taste – Centro Yas Island Gems Restaurant – Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi 2.35 – Cristal Salam Hotel The Garden – Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Ingredients – Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa BBQ Al Qasr – Emirates Palace Cascades – Emirates Palace Las Brisas – Emirates Palace Le Vendôme – Emirates Palace CuiScene – Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Al Wahda – Grand Millenium Al Wahda The Gallery – Hala Arjaan by Rotana Vasco’s – Hilton Abu Dhabi Selections – Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Chamas Churrascaria & Bar – Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Nahaam – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Rosewater – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Horizon – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana La Brasserie – Le Méridien Abu Dhabi L’Opera Brasserie – Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi Le Jardin – Mercure Centre Hotel Citrus – Millenium Hotel Abu Dhabi Resto – One to One Hotel, The Village The Village Club – One to One Hotel, The Village Horizon Restaurant – Oryx Hotel West Side – Oryx Hotel The Café – Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Park Inn Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Mint – Park Inn Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Ginger All-Day Dining – Park Rotana Teatro – Park Rotana Assymetri – Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island Oceana Grill – Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi Noche – Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi Sofra Bld – Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Cloud Nine – Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant – Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort Flavours – Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort Downtown – Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel La Veranda – Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel Corniche All Day Dining – Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche Optimist – The Royal Hotel Abu Dhabi Fairways – The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa Afya – Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri Afya Beach Lounge – Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri Choices – Yas Island Rotana Origins – Yas Viceroy Hotel Zest – Al Ain Rotana Hotel Ayla Restaurant – Ayla Hotel

Arabesque – Danat Al Ain Resort Flavours – Hilton Al Ain Paco’s – Hilton Al Ain Tides – Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort The Palm – Desert Islands Resort & Spa Al Badiya – Tilal Liwa Hotel

MEDITERRANEAN Azur Restaurant – Al Raha Beach Hotel Prego’s – Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Breeze Lounge – Emirates Palace Mezzaluna – Emirates Palace Frankie’s – Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Porto Bello – Grand Millenium Al Wahda Bocca – Hilton Abu Dhabi La Terrazza – Hilton Abu Dhabi 18° – Hyatt Capital Gate Boccaccio – Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Bice – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Pappagallo – Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Acropolis – Le Méridien Abu Dhabi Amalfi – Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi Sevilo’s – Millenium Hotel Abu Dhabi Beach House – Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas Filini – Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island Oro – Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi La Mamma – Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort Olea – St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Amici – Yas Viceroy Hotel Luce – Danat Al Ain Resort Casa Romana Restaurant – Hilton Al Ain Zaitoun – Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort Ghadeer – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

SEAFOOD Finz – Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Le Café & Caviar Bar – Emirates Palace Sayad – Emirates Palace Cedar Lounge – Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Fishmarket – Intercontinental Abu Dhabi Scott’s – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers The Beach – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Oceans Seafood Kitchen & Lounge – Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi Sennara – One to One Hotel, The Village Turquoiz – St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Nautilus – Yas Viceroy Hotel

STEAKHOUSES Rodeo Grill - Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill 18 OZ – One to One Hotel, The Village Park Bar & Grill - Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas 55 & 5th, The Grill – St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Blue Grill – Yas Island Rotana Suhail - Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

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MILLENNIUM HOTEL ABU DHABI

PARK INN YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI

SHERATON ABU DHABI HOTEL & RESORT

Al Markaziyah

Yas Island

Al Markaziyah

02 6262700

Sevilo's hosts a variety of dining promotions including a family-friendly brunch on Fridays, a pizza and pasta special on Mondays and seafood night on Thursdays. Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

NOVOTEL ABU DHABI AL BUSTAN

02 5016444

Airport Road

6 Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi 7 Pachaylen, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara 8 Rodeo Grill, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 9 BBQ Al Qasr, Emirates Palace 10 Zuma Abu Dhabi

Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan has launched a number of brand new dining highlights including French night at Choice Cut Steakhouse and a ladies' night and Brussels night at Amber Bar & Cafe. Pepper – All day dining Cafe Caramel - Cafe Choice Cut Steak House – Steakhouse Amber Bar & Cafe - Belgian

NOVOTEL ABU DHABI GATE

02 5089999

Bain Al Jessrain At Gabbiano Restaurant & Bar diners can enjoy an Italian culinary experience while overlooking stunning Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate's coastal views.

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Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet

PARK ROTANA

02 6573333

Al Matar

Soak up the creative atmosphere at Teatro and take your pick from the menu's mouthwatering selection of fusion dishes, which hail from Thailand, Japan, Italy, India, China and beyond. Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Teatro – International

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, ABU DHABI YAS ISLAND

02 6562000

Yas Island

If you can't choose one cuisine, explore Assymetri's international buffet where chefs prepare dishes fresh before your eyes at live cooking stations. Assymetri – International buffet Fast Track Lobby Bar – Cocktail lounge Filini – Italian restaurant and bar

ONE TO ONE HOTEL THE VILLAGE

THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL

Al Nahyan

Bain Al Jessrain

A favourite destination for the city’s steak lovers, 18 OZ serves up no-nonsense steaks in a lively setting. 18 OZ – Steakhouse Resto! – International buffet Sennara – Lebanese seafood The Village Club – International Wokcano – Asian

02 8188888

Enjoy a new bistro night on Wednesdays at Gionotte or head to signature steakhouse The Forge to indulge in the restaurant's white truffle promotion.

ORYX HOTEL

Giornotte – International The Forge – Steak house Li Jiang – Asian Mijana – Lebanese Sorso – Bar Dolce – Italian Café

Al Khalidiyah

ROSEWOOD ABU DHABI

Choose steak, salad and seafood from the à la carte menu and enjoy a dazzling view of the city as you dine at Horizon before heading to Blueline Bar for a nightcap.

Al Maryah Island

02 6810001

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Every Wednesday Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant hosts a steak night and this month, when you order a steak from the trolley display which is cut at your table, if you can guess the weight of the steak within five grammes of accuracy, it's free.

Restaurant – International Gabbiano Restaurant & Bar - Italian Al Nassim Pool bar – Snacks

02 4952000

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Blueline Bar – Bar Horizon Restaurant – International West Side – International

PARK HYATT ABU DHABI HOTEL & VILLAS

02 4071234

Saadiyat Island For some of the best steak in town, book a table in the evenings at Park Bar & Grill, where grade A cuts of beef are complemented by premium vintages from the venue's extensive wine cellar. Elsewhere, Beach House serves wonderfully fresh Mediterranean fare in a rustic, seaside setting while hot beverages and chocolates await in The Library before a roaring fire. Beach House – Mediterranean Park Bar & Grill – Steak and seafood/bar The Café – International The Library – Tea lounge The Park Bar – Cocktail bar

02 8135550

This month Sambusek celebrates the glamorous side of the city of Beirut with Lebanese cuisine in a fun environment and live music, while Aqua serves up delicious Italian fare. Catalan – Spanish La Cava – Wine cellar Hidden Bar – Lounge bar Aqua – Italian Sambusek – Lebanese

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

02 5098555

Bain Al Jessrain Experience Scottish seafood from Loch Fyne all month at Pearls & Caviar from AED150 per diner. Later in the month, head to Sofra bld and revel in the restaurant's Mexican Food Festival from October 26 to 31. Al Hanah – Wine bar Bord Eau – French Hoi An – Vietnamese Pearls & Caviar – Mediterranean restaurant and bar Shang Palace – Chinese Sofra bld – International

02 6773333

Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant is one of Abu Dhabi's only Spanish eateries. Indulge in unlimited tapas and sangria for only AED130 per person on weekends. If you prefer the taste of Tuscany, La Mamma serves a vast authentic Mediterranean menu. Enjoy a three-course tasting menu for AED150 per diner. B-Lounge by Beachcomber – Outdoor lounge Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Spanish Cloud Nine – International El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant – Mexican Flavours – International La Mamma – Italian The Tavern – English pub The Beachcomber – Tapas

SHERATON KHALIDIYA HOTEL

02 6666220

Al Khalidiyah Downtown restaurant has a three-course set dinner menu every night starting from AED99, which includes soup, main course and dessert. Downtown – International La Veranda – International buffet The 3rd Avenue – Bar

SOFITEL ABU DHABI CORNICHE

02 8137777

Corniche

Silk & Spice is an awardwinning Thai restaurant, while Jazz’n Fizz is a chic bar with a live band and DJ on Tuesdays. Corniche – International and Arabic Jazz ’n Fizz Bar – Bar Silk&Spice – Thai

SOUTHERN SUN ABU DHABI

02 8184888

Tourist Club Area Kahraman serves traditional Arabic dishes with a twist of sushi, while The Foundry hosts a popular Friday jazz brunch with the finest cuts of meat. The Foundry – Steakhouse Kahraman – Arabic Filaments - Lobby lounge Balcon - Lounge bar Hytes - Bar

THE ST.REGIS ABU DHABI

02 6944444

Al Khubeirah Rhodes 44 hosts a number of excellent dining options including the Great British Barbecue on Saturdays and a daily grill dinner menu. Rhodes 44 – International Villa Toscana – Italian Café 44 – Patisserie Azura - Lounge Crystal Lounge - Bar The St. Regis Bar - Light snacks

THE ST.REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT

02 4988888

Saadiyat Island 55th&5th is a must-visit New York-style steakhouse while excellent Southeast Asian cuisine can be found at Sontaya. Oléa serves up some of the best Mediterranean fare this side of the ocean. 55th&5th, The Grill – Steakhouse Oléa – Mediterranean Sontaya – Southeast Asian Turquoiz – Seafood

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ARABIC TASTE

AL AIN

THE ROYAL HOTEL ABU DHABI

Al Markaziyah Al Hawara offers Lebanese cuisine on the rooftop with stunning views of the sea, while Basil serves tasty Indian fare, including some very spicy curries.

AL AIN ROTANA HOTEL

THE WESTIN ABU DHABI GOLF RESORT & SPA

03 7545111

Al Muwaiji

02 6169999

Sas Al Nakhl

Agadir – Moroccan Fairways – International Lemon & Lime – Bar Sacci – Italian The Retreat – Bar

Min Zaman – Lebanese Moodz – Lounge bar and club Trader Vic’s – French Polynesian restaurant and bar Zest – International

TRADERS HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

02 5108888

International restaurant Afyä hosts a number of themed nights such as Arabian Nights Sundays, Ribs & Co. Mondays, Italian Tuesdays and Saturday B.E.S.T. (big eats for small tummies) where guests can enjoy large sharing platters.

Fattoush: This Levantine salad is made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread and mixed with lettuce, cucumber, onion and other vegetables. Sambusek: Small, triangular pastry pies filled with cheese, meat or spinach. Ouzi: This popular baked lamb and spiced rice dish is a favourite during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. Umm Ali: Similar to bread and butter pudding served in the west, this favourite Arabic dessert contains milk, pastry and nuts, and is a staple dish in many buffets.

AYLA HOTEL

11 Le Café, Emirates Palace 12 Cipriani Yas Island 13 KOI, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Bain Al Jessrain

03 7610111

Al Mutaredh Ayla Hotel has opened a brand new rooftop chill-out lounge fittingly named Sky5. Guests can expect a great selection of drinks and light bites as they enjoy picture perfect views.

Afyä – International buffet Afyä Beach Lounge – Barbecue

Ayla Restaurant – International Sky5 – Chill Out Lounge Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge

YAS ISLAND ROTANA

DANAT AL AIN RESORT

Yas Island

Al Nyadat East

02 6564000

03 7046000

The Wok hosts a seafood night every Tuesday for AED99. Alternatively, visit Arabesque on Thursdays for a full buffet of lobster, shrimps, oysters and mussels for AED140.

Over Eid Al Adha, Choices will be hosting celebratory lunch buffets priced from AED160 per person. For the rest of the month, the restaurant will continue hosting theme nights, Friday brunches and Saturday barbecues.

Al Nawafeer Terrace – Arabic snacks and shisha Arabesque – International Horse & Jockey Pub – English pub Luce – Italian restaurant and nightclub Shooters – Sports bar Tanjore – Indian The Wok – Asian

Blue Grill – Steak house Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian Y Bar – Bar

YAS VICEROY ABU DHABI

02 6560600

Yas Island

Origins hosts a number of promotions including Friday brunch, seafood Tuesdays and happy hour from 5 to 7pm every day. Elsewhere, every Monday throughout August Noodle Box offers a special menu of authentic Thai cuisine.

MERCURE GRAND HOTEL JEBEL HAFEET

03 7838888

Jebel Hafeet 12

Eden Rock restaurant serves tasty Arabian fare while, at Lawrence’s Lounge bar, ladies receive a complimentary cocktail on Thursday nights.

Amici – Italian Angar – Indian Atayeb – Arabic Kazu – Japanese Nautilus – Seafood Noodle Box – Asian Origins – International buffet Rush – Cocktail bar Skylite – Cabana lounge

Eden Rock – Arabic Le Belvedere – French-Mediterranean Lawrence's Lounge – Bar Orient Café – Oriental

Ruwais

Tides international restaurant serves Asian and Continental dishes while Zaitoun offers Italian fine dining. Relax at Gazebo with a shisha in the evening. C-View – Lobby lounge Gazebo – Shisha café L’Attitude – Cocktail bar and lounge Tides – International Zaitoun – Italian

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

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Sir Bani Yas Island Book a table on the terrace at Amwaj restaurant and enjoy a selection of dishes from the tapas-style menu. Alternatively, dine on delectable seafood at Samak, where the resident salt guru can advise you on the best condiments to complement your dish. Samak – Seafood The Lounge – Lounge bar Amwaj - Tapas The Palm – International

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA

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Liwa Desert Treat the taste buds to an eclectic feast at the Al Waha international and Emirati buffet, which features food from countries around the world alongside local specialities that visitors should make sure they try. Prices start from AED200 for dinner. Al Liwan – Lobby lounge and bar Al Waha – International/Emirati Ghadeer – Mediterranean Suhail – Steakhouse

TILAL LIWA HOTEL

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Madinat Zayed Al Badiya hosts a multitude of themed nights including Latino Sundays and Mediterranean Mondays to Arabian Tuesdays, seafood Thursdays and Friday brunch and barbecue. Al Badiya – International Al Liwan – Snacks Layali – Bar

WINING AND DINING BILL PLEASE

Although the UAE is a Muslim country, alcohol is permitted in several emirates including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Wine, Champagne and spirits are available in most five-star hotels, but be warned, there is zero tolerance to drink-driving and being drunk in public is a crime, both punishable with a fine and, in more serious cases, imprisonment.

As a general rule, all hotels will add a 10 percent charge to restaurant bills in addition to the six percent fee levied by the government. Most menus state whether these taxes have already been incorporated or not but check with the waiter if it is unclear.

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At Zest, there’s steak ‘n’ barbecue night every Monday from 6.30 to 10.30pm where guests can select their favourite cuts to be grilled before their eyes for AED168 per person. Seafood night at Zest takes place every Wednesday evening and costs AED185 per person.

Sacci serves true Italian fare such as handmade pastas, 'alla Piedra' pizza and signature dishes such as Tagliata Florentin where the steak is carved at the table.

Moutabel: A delicious and spicy smoked aubergine dip that is popular in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

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Al Hawara – Lebanese Basil – Indian Optimist – International

Hummous: Wellknown and loved even beyond the Middle East, this Arabic dip or spread is made from cooked and mashed chickpeas blended with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

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The UAE is a cosmopolitan country and a cultural melting pot. I am a UAE national, born in Dubai and working in Abu Dhabi and the capital’s pace and focus on culture has allowed me to cultivate many different interests at a deeper level. The country continues to grow tremendously in the fields of fashion and beauty. As partner of thestylechamber.com, I keep a close eye on emerging design talent. Graduate school fashion shows and pop-ups offer a great insight on who our next industry innovators might be. There is always something new happening in Abu Dhabi. At weekends, I love discovering new places, restaurants and events. The Koi Restaurant & Lounge restaurant at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi offers a great truffle beef carpaccio, but I also enjoy dining at Zuma at The Galleria and Toki at Hilton Abu Dhabi for their sushi and teppanyaki dishes, as well as Brasserie Angelique at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. I am really fond of activities with a creative edge and keep a look out for events in the arts and fashion sector, such as Art

Abu Dhabi and cultural festivals at Qasr al Hosn. When I have friends visiting, I always recommend the Manarat Al Saadiyat for its unique art events or exhibitions. Also, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is marvellous for bringing together the cultural diversity of the Islamic world, combining historical and modern aesthetics in its architecture. My best memory of Abu Dhabi is the first time I visited Saadiyat Beach as a child. I was stunned by its beauty. Its pristine white beaches and sparkling blue waters continue to rival the greatest in the world. Nothing rivals the outdoors when the weather is at its best. For family time, Yas Waterworld is a great place for everyone to have fun. As for shopping, I prefer visiting the Central Market Souk as it’s highly accessible and has everything I need in one place. It also has a lovely old-world charm to it. I think the best time to be in Abu Dhabi is during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It definitely is one of the best events in the capital’s busy social calendar and, for those few days, the whole world has eyes for only one place – Yas Island.

My best memory of Abu Dhabi is the first time I visited Saadiyat Beach as a child. I was stunned by its untouched beauty

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Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection 5 November 2014 - 19 January 2015 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District Abu Dhabi, UAE

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