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MARCH 2012 / Issue 64 / abu Dhabi Edition

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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 Abu Dhabi 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 which also boasts luxury accommodation and world-class, state-of-the-art 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, Abu Dhabi 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 get an overview of the emirate’s diverse offering. I am sure you will find something which truly excites and entertains you. I wish you a very relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay in Abu Dhabi.

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Mubarak Al Muhairi Director General Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

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In focus Photography: Astrid Harrisson

Majestic and loyal, the Arabian horse is deeply rooted in the history and culture of the UAE. Accustomed to the harsh desert conditions, the Bedouin tribes relied on these hardy creatures to protect their way of life. One of the oldest horse breeds in the world, Arabians are known for their speed and stamina and are regularly raced in dedicated events in the UAE. They also dominate in the field of endurance racing, which can cover distances of 160 kilometres, and are serious contenders in showjumping and eventing categories. To learn more about the history of this much-loved breed turn to page 22.

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contents MARCH 2012 / Issue 64

10/Essentials

Abu Dhabi’s top attractions, events and news

14/Discover 16/City of Culture

The city’s cultural scene gains momentum through the Abu Dhabi Festival

22/A stable companion

Discover the history of the much-loved Arabian horse breed

28/Inner-city escape Retreat to Khalifa Park and uncover Abu Dhabi’s green side

30/Experience 32/Plain sailing

See the UAE’s most famous sites on an aerial sightseeing tour

36/Relax and rejuvenate

Indulge in a treatment at one of Abu Dhabi’s newest luxury spas

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contents MARCH 2012 / Issue 64

43/Shop 44/Diamond mine

Need help buying diamond jewellery? Concierge leads the way

50/Time is precious

Make a statement with an evening watch for elegant ladies

54/Taste 56/Feast from the East

Take a culinary journey of south-east Asia without leaving the city

62/Flavour of Arabia

Experience the Middle Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social pastime of shisha smoking

Q 65/THE GUIDE

Comprehensive listings to plan the perfect stay

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essentials MARCH

Discover Abu Dhabi Festival

Natalie Cole makes her Middle East debut as one of the headline acts at the Abu Dhabi Festival. Showcasing the best of arts, with a schedule combining classical music, theatre and performing arts, jazz, ballet and fine arts, the event also features Anoushka Shankar (pictured), violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov accompanied by Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest symphonic ensemble, Iraqi oud master Naseer Shamma, monks from the Shaolin Temple and the Royal Opera Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Beloved Friend. Turn to page 16 for more information. Where: Emirates Palace Auditorium. When: March 11 to April 15. Price: Tickets available online at www.timeouttickets.com and at Emirates Palace box office. Contact: www.abudhabifestival.ae or call 050 9076158.

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Experience

EVENTS IN BRIEF

Partake in the glitz and glamour of the Dubai World Cup on March 31 at Meydan Racecourse. With more prize money up for grabs than any other horse race on the planet, the Dubai World Cup attracts the elite of racing, not to mention a star-studded field of spectators. First class and premium seating options are available along with food and beverage packages. Where: Meydan Racecourse. When: March 31. Price: Apron Views AED350, premium seating from AED1,200. Contact: 04 320077 or www.dubaiworldcup.com

Romeo & Juliet

Dubai World Cup

March 1 and 2 One of the greatest love stories is brought to life in a show produced for children. Showing at the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel, tickets cost from AED125 and can be bought at www.timeouttickets.com or call 02 6749199 for information.

D av i d G u e t ta March 2 DJ David Guetta returns to Yas Island for a two-hour set at the Yas Arena. Tickets start at AED195 and can be bought from www.thinkflash.ae

D u b a i I n t e r n at i o n a l B o at S h o w March 13 to 17 Buy a luxury yacht or just window shop at this exclusive event at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi. Tickets cost AED60 and can be bought online at www.timeouttickets.com

Experience Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ride the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest rollercoaster and hit speeds of 240kmh on the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Ferrari theme park. Heaven for enthusiasts of the much-loved car and racing brand, the theme park has 20 rides and attractions. Among them is a ride that propels visitors 62 metres through the roof and back down again and a flume ride through a giant V12 engine. There is also a collection of Ferraris and a junior driving school for budding race car drivers. Where: Yas Island. When: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am until 8pm. Price: General admission tickets cost AED225 for those over 1.5 metres tall and AED165 for those under 1.5 metres. Premium admission tickets available. Contact: 02 4968001 or see www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

UAE N at i o n a l S y m p h o n y Or c h e s t r a March 16 This newly formed orchestra will perform at The National Theatre. Conducted by Andy Berryman, the concert will include music from films such as Star Wars and the work of Michael Nyman and Yann Tiersen. See www.uaenso.ae

G IBTM March 26 to 28 The Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings exhibition showcases business tourism destinations from the Middle East and around the world at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. See www.gibtm.com

A b u D h a b i I n t e r n at i o n a l Book Fair March 28 to April 2 Meet authors, attend book signings and poetry performances and witness the live daily cooking show at this literary event at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The fair is open from 9am to 10pm and on Fridays from 4 to 10pm. See www.adbookfair.com

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Taste Arabic food

For a true taste of the Middle East, visit one of the city’s many Arabic restaurants and feast on regional dishes. Start with hummous and moutabel with flatbread, fattoush and tabouleh salads and grilled halloumi before filling up on mixed grill. Many Arabic restaurants also offer belly dancing entertainment and live music later in the evening. Among them are Atayeb at the Yas Viceroy, Barouk at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Diwan L’Auberge at Emirates Palace and Marakesh at the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi. For more Arabic restaurants, turn to the Taste listings from page 74.

Discover Heritage Village

Situated on the Breakwater near Marina Mall, Heritage Village offers visitors the chance to learn what life was like for the Bedouin. Along with a reconstruction of a desert camp, there’s a souk, workshops demonstrating traditional crafts, a museum and a fine example of the ancient falaj irrigation system. Where: Breakwater. When: Daily 9am to 5pm, Fridays 3.30 to 9pm. Price: Free. Contact: 02 6814455.

Shop Oudh

Take home the perfect souvenir in a delicate and beautiful bottle. Oudh, which is the local perfume, can be smelled wafting in many of the city’s malls, shops, offices and hotel lobbies. It comes many forms, including its original form which is similar to bark and burned to create a lingering and memorable aroma. It is also popular as oil, which can be found in perfumeries in malls across the city. Choose your favourite scent, select a bottle and dab away.

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Ask the concierge

Charles Ferrer, chief c o n c i e r g e at t h e G r a n d M i l l e n n i u m A l Wa h da , o ff e r s h i s t o p s u g g e s t i o n s for visitors to Abu Dhabi

Experience

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon This gruelling triathlon includes a 3km swim, 200km cycle and 20km run past some of the emirate’s best known landmarks. The swim leg takes place at the public beach in the centre of Abu Dhabi, the bike ride leaves from the Corniche and weaves through the city, over Saadiyat Island and around Yas Marina Circuit, while the run takes in the Corniche and Breakwater, before finishing on the public beach. Where: Various locations throughout the city. When: March 3. Race starts 6.40am. Contact: See www.abudhabitriathlon.com for information.

Shop Souks

Make the most of the weather and take in a slice of local culture by visiting one of the emirate’s souks. In Abu Dhabi, visit the Carpet Souk in the Mina Port area or the air-conditioned gold souk at Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre for souvenirs worth treasuring. For a modern take on a traditional shopping experience, visit the The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri or Central Market. Those looking to savour a local experience in Al Ain can practise their bargaining skills at the Old Souk, or visit Souk Al Bawadi and Souk Al Qaws, which are modern markets attached to Bawadi Mall.

A trip to Abu Dhabi would not be complete without a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. One of the most picturesque structures in the capital, it is a proud reminder of the city’s culture and tradition. Experience an adrenaline rush at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s biggest indoor theme park. A visit to Ferrari World will be remembered for Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster. The desert safari is another authentic experience. It includes a six-hour journey to the desert, which showcases the grandeur of the dunes and Arabian hospitality. Visitors will also have a chance to ride a camel. At Al Ain Zoo visitors can engage with nature and endangered species, while the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital educates tourists in the care and handling of the UAE’s majestic bird. Abu Dhabi is also the ideal place to shop for designer brands. Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall and the expansion of Al Wahda Mall offer a great shopping experience. Miraj International located at Marina Office Park overlooking Emirates Palace also sells exclusive handicrafts, carpets, silks, interesting objects of arts and souvenirs. Dining is a hit after a day of shopping and excursions. My recommendation in our hotel is Porto Bello Ristorante, a perfect venue for Italian food lovers. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and Fish Market at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi are also good. Ray’s Bar on the 62nd floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Allure by Cipriani at the Yas Yacht Club are great places to meet people and have fun.

Abu Dhabi Concierge Group With support from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, representatives from the major hotels meet regularly and work to ensure that visitors receive the best possible service and access to information during their stay in the emirate.

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Discover Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Sitting proudly at the entrance of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque cuts a striking image on the horizon. Built using marble, precious stone and materials from around the world, the late Sheikh Zayed hoped the mosque would bring together people of all faiths and foster greater understanding of Islam. Free guided tours are held daily. See www.szgmc.ae for more information.


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City of culture The emirate’s cultural scene is gaining momentum and events such as this month’s Abu Dhabi Festival help to support and nurture the local community

Q Words by Claire Malcolm

While headline-grabbing developments such as Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District are setting the tone for the emirate’s cultural future, the arts are already flourishing at grassroots level with community choirs, theatre groups and artists collectives quietly doing their bit to support Abu Dhabi’s bid to become an international cultural capital. The desire at the highest levels of government to introduce a permanent international cultural element to Abu Dhabi is reflective of the mixed bag of nationalities that paint, sing, sculpt, act and create at all levels; but organisations like the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and are also spearheading the race to preserve traditional cultural activity as well as nurture new local talent. This month’s Abu Dhabi Festival, with its banner theme of ‘Connecting Cultures’, brings together some of the world’s best known artistic talent as well as giving a number of homegrown groups the chance to shine as the emirate plots its roadmap towards an arts-focused future.

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The centrepiece of the emirate’s cultural vision is the multibilliondollar Saadiyat Island development, which will eventually be home to five world-class museums and centres of artistic excellence. Headlined by the mushroomdomed Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first international cultural outpost for France’s landmark art museum – which is scheduled to open in 2015 – the Cultural District will also have a local focus in the Zayed National Museum (2016) followed by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (2017). Two further venues, a Maritime Museum and Performing Arts Center, designed by star architects – Japan’s Tadao Ando and the UK’s Zaha Hadid – will round out the collection by the end of the decade. This cultural quintet is expected to attract around 1.5 million visitors a year once completed and initial construction is already well under way, along with the acquisition of artworks and artefacts to fill the gleaming halls of the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre and Lord Norman Foster’s Zayed National Museum. Visitors eager for a sneak peek, can view a selection of pieces at the Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Watch, listen, appreciate The city will echo to the sound of music this month and into April with the line-up of events for the ninth edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival taking place at key venues around the city. Acclaimed UK theatre company Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a specially adapted production of Richard Sheridan’s The Rivals will feature emerging Emirati acting talent from the Resuscitation Theatre. Visual art showcases include an exhibition of calligraphy by renowned Iraqi artist Hassan Massoudy at the Ghaf Gallery while cultural insight comes in the form of puppetry, with a Sharjah-based traditional Hakawati troupe of actors bringing to life the mythical characters of Arabia. Raga-flamenco sitar star Anoushka Shankar, Russian violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov and Naseer Shamma – Iraq’s oud master extraordinaire – will take festival visitors on a global musical journey. And jazz lovers will enjoy a night with Natalie Cole, as she makes her Middle East debut. Dance also takes centre stage with a unique set of performances, from Shaolin monks blending kung fu, tai chi and contemporary dance to the UK’s Royal Opera House, which will premiere its production of Beloved Friend by Sir Ronald Harwood, which also features dancers from the Royal Ballet. Outside of the festival frenzy, Abu Dhabi still has plenty to offer visitors. A growing number of art galleries are springing up across the city, from

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Lebanese self-taught artist Salwa Zeidan’s international arts showcase to the popular Ghaf Gallery – co-owned by Emirati artists Mohamed Kanoo and Jalal Luqman – which offers wall space to new local talent. The Fanaan art collective, a group of nine mixed-nationality locally based artists, also holds regular exhibitions at locations around town, while out on Saadiyat Island, Manarat

Al Saadiyat offers an insight into the future of art in the emirate and hosts a rotating calendar of exhibitions. Popular culture is the order of the day at Yas Island, which has hosted huge international DJs and chart-topping groups such as Coldplay, Metallica and the Scissor Sisters, while pop icon Madonna is set to brave the summer heat for a June 3 concert .

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Julia Ibbini, founder, Fanaan art collective How has the local arts scene in Abu Dhabi evolved over the last few years? Abu Dhabi has an interesting dynamic in that many of the popular (visual) arts events in the city are artist-led rather than institutional or gallery-led. In the last two years particularly, we’ve seen a good number of artist-led projects take place, which play an important role in the city’s cultural scene. Are all the arts here well represented and well supported? Speaking on behalf of the visual arts, it is getting better in terms of representation. What we need are more projects and initiatives that attract artists from further afield to come to the city, either temporarily or permanently. I think that the willingness and support is there from the government perspective, it is just a matter of time. How do major events such as the Abu Dhabi Festival help promote what you do? We’ve staged a number of exhibitions to coincide with major events. Last year we exhibited alongside Abu Dhabi Art and during the Formula One

weekend. We had a tremendous response from visitors, who were excited to see contemporary work from locally based artists and many of the works sold were to international collectors. Is there growing interest in viewing art collections and investing in art from both Emiratis and expatriates? From what I’ve seen, attendance at exhibitions at all levels is very good. In terms of investment in art, I can’t speak for the very high-end work, but at a local level there is tremendous interest in investing in art from a wide cross-section of nationalities, which is important for artists such as myself. Is there ample opportunity in Abu Dhabi for artists of all levels to find a creative outlet for what they do?  There are opportunities all over the city; it’s a matter of seeking them out and taking an out-ofthe-box approach to exhibiting work and developing projects. Group projects tend to work better than solo initiatives here, so seeking out fellow artists to work with is vital. As areas such as the Cultural District develop I’m sure we’ll see more and more opportunities for artists at all levels. www.juliaibbini.blogspot.com

Laura Roberts, founder, Blue Fever Jazz Ensemble How do major events help you attract new followers and fans? Community-based choirs have sprung up in the last three years, perhaps reflecting the growing population. There is more information for newcomers, both online and through interest groups. The Abu Dhabi Festival has helped by supporting community choir events for the three groups I am involved in – Blue Fever, Voices of Harmony and the Abu Dhabi Choral Group. What spurred you to set up the Blue Fever Jazz Ensemble? I started the ensemble with a member of the all-women’s barbershop group, Voices of Harmony, which has been around for seven years. I love a cappella music and jazz, so a group that incorporates both was right for me. How is cultural diversity between different nationalities in Abu Dhabi being bridged through music and artistic forms? Many art forms are represented here, but are usually performed or displayed for the culture from which they originate. Our audiences are largely made up of expats and a few Emiratis. ADMAF and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Tourism have started to bridge this diversity by offering multicultural events. How will projects such as the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island change the face of the local arts and culture movement in the future? Those involved in community-based arts are positive and it is exciting to see it happening before our eyes. I believe that in the next few years many arts programmes will develop, including smaller homegrown projects, and will surely attract more international tourists, create jobs and attract talented professional artists. www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Fever-a-Cappella-Jazz-Ensemble

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Maggie Hannan, founder, Resuscitation Theatre Are the arts thriving in Abu Dhabi right now? There is a great deal of support for homegrown visual or film artists, but other art performance forms such as opera, theatre and dance are still in their infancy. The arts scene in this area mostly relies on artists imported from outside the UAE. Until the arts are liberally reflected in Emirati schools, it will be quite some time before we see a change. That is why I am thrilled that ADMAF has taken an interest in the work we do, and is supporting us at the Abu Dhabi Festival with our production of The Rivals. What does exposure at the Abu Dhabi Festival mean for your theatre company? The support I am getting from ADMAF is absolutely massive. Although we already have a fan base of both Arabs and expats, I think that this will help promote my work to more Emiratis. Are more people interested in going to the theatre these days? I believe so, although theatre can be tricky for Emiratis. Theatre is up close and personal, unlike film where things can be airbrushed out. In Abu Dhabi, Western expats have two amateur dramatic societies, but these groups focus on popular works while we aim to produce more creative and challenging productions.

Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, founder and artistic director, Abu Dhabi Festival How has Abu Dhabi’s cultural landscape changed over the last few years? The arts scene in Abu Dhabi is fortunate to have the support of the government. This backing and the passion of those involved gives us the ability to engage at a higher level in the arts world, creating strong crosscultural partnerships with renowned international institutions. In less than a decade, Abu Dhabi has become a global hub in the arts world; our arts scene is thriving and will continue to grow at a remarkable pace. Are all the arts well represented or are there areas that ADMAF has identified as needing support? While Abu Dhabi has succeeded in building great international partnerships that have sped up the development of a renowned arts scene, greater work is needed to cultivate local

talent. That is why the festival is committed to providing support and inspiration through a diverse programme of activities that is reflected in ADMAF’s year-round educational calendar of events. With a firm belief in the transformational power of the arts and music in assisting the intellectual nourishment and development of children and young people, we aim to bring the arts to more schools and colleges than ever before. What is the focus for this year’s event? The festival is committed to re-awakening the traditional arts, music and poetry of the Emirates through a programme with events such as Hakawati and Resuscitation Theatre’s production. International events also provide a valuable forum for cultural exchange and, with over 18 nations represented, the festival is placing renewed emphasis on the role of the arts in building meaningful dialogue across cultures.

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How is cultural diversity between different nationalities being bridged through theatre and other forms of artistic expression? My company is very international. In my last play, I had 11 nationalities involved to truly reflect the population of Abu Dhabi. I love bridging cultures because it is so interesting to learn about each other in the trusting and experimental environment of a theatre company. All our shows are shaped by this, in that we work very collaboratively. This show boasts nine different nationalities and I am pleased to have four Emiratis involved in the directing, writing and performing. www.resuscitationtheatre.com

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A stable companion One of the oldest horse breeds in the world, the majestic Arabian is a treasured part of UAE heritage

Q Words by Scott Birch

Noble, distinctive and highly prized, the Arabian horse is an important part of the UAE’s heritage. Famed for their speed and stamina, these horses were a significant part of Bedouin life, living alongside their human masters in much the same way we see the role of camels in desert life. The Arabian is easy to recognise thanks to its distinctive wedgeshaped head, wide forehead and high tail carriage. Arabians also have a small raised area between their eyes (called the jibbah by the Bedouin) which is believed to aid breathing in the arid desert climate. Although many Arabians appear to be white, and are often perceived as such, they are in fact grey. One of the oldest horse breeds in the world – evidence suggests as old as 4,500 years – the Arabian horse naturally originated in this region. The horses lived in close proximity to, and with reliance on, their human owners. But it was not just one-way traffic – the nomadic Bedouin required these horses to protect their way of life.

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Myths and legends

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Arabian horses have been the subject of many myths and legends down the years. One story from the Bedouin says that Allah created the Arabian from the south wind, with the following words: “I call you Horse; I make you Arabian and I give you the chestnut colour of the ant; I have hung happiness from the forelock which hangs between your eyes; you shall be the Lord of the other animals. Men shall follow you wherever you go; you shall be good for flight as for pursuit; you shall fly without wings; riches shall be on your back and fortune shall come through your meditation.” Another story tells how Muhammad chose his horses through a test of courage and loyalty. After a long journey through the desert, Muhammad let his horses free to race to the oasis. Before they reached the water, Muhammad called them back. Five dutifully responded and became his favourites – Al Khamsa, meaning “the five”.

Arabian horses have spread across the world by trade and warfare to now have their bloodlines in most breeds of horse. Arabians were bred to be war horses and aside from their stamina, their good nature and intelligence were also key factors. Indeed, it is this combination of brains and brawn that has endeared the Arabian to horse owners and breeders around the world. Living and working alongside the Bedouin for centuries in harsh conditions created a resilient breed that was also comfortable with humans. In harsh desert conditions, the horses became accustomed to depending on their human masters for food and water, and sometimes even fed on dates and milk. This ‘domestication’ distilled down generations of Arabians to create a breed that is good natured but that also commands respect.

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“A love for horses runs in my blood. Don’t forget that horses have been bred for centuries by Arabic tribes, they were used for hunting and fighting and they symbolise our history. Horse riding is more than merely sitting on a horse’s back. It is nobility and chivalry,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship is a three-day celebration of purebred Arabian horses, showcasing their beauty, agility and heritage. The event will be held from March 15 to 17 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and entry is free of charge.

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About the photographer International equestrian photographer Astrid Harrisson travels the world photographing horses. From the foothills of the Andes to the plains of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild West, she has captured the spirit and character of the beloved creatures in a range of locations, including the UAE. Her work is on display in Dubai at The Majlis Gallery (04 3536233 or www. themajlisgallery.com), online at www.astridharrisson.com and in a new book written by Tamsin Pickeral, The Majesty of the Horse.

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Inner-city escape Ride a train, cool off in the splash park or just relax under a tree at Khalifa Park

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

Photography: Adham Sneeh

In a quiet location, fringed by the city, is a park that’s popular with families of all nationalities. It has museums, gardens, an aquarium, a small night carnival, coffee shop and even a splash park for children. Khalifa Park in Al Matar, near Sheikh Khalifa Bridge and the Park Rotana hotel, is a peaceful escape from the city. It is ideal for families or those who just want to stretch their legs. A popular feature within it is Murjan Splash Park, which has small waterslides, tipping buckets, tunnels, a water wheel, water showers and a water umbrella. There is also a 257-metre-long lazy river, which is only 60cm deep, that winds around the park and a station for water balloon battles. The Lily Pad Hop, meanwhile, has four trampolines with harnesses for guests to perfect their jumps and flips.

M u r j a n S p l a s h Pa r k Where: Falcon Entrance, Khalifa Park / When: Weekdays 3 to 7pm, weekends 10am to 7pm, Tuesday is ladies’ day / Price: AED40 for visitors over 75cm, free for visitors under 75cm / Contact: 050 8781009

For those who’d rather stay dry, there is a ‘Time Tunnel’ journey through the museum that documents the history of Abu Dhabi from pearl diving and fishing times to present day, and an aquarium with a number of exotic marine creatures. There is a separate entry fee for the museum and aquarium. There are a few ways to explore Khalifa Park. Take a stroll through the different gardens and explore the hidden corners, or hire a buggy for one, two or four people. The buggies can be hired from as little as AED20 an hour and are a fun way to spend time with family and friends while burning a few calories. There is a kiosk at the entrance where the buggies can be hired. Khalifa Park is home to possibly Abu Dhabi’s only train, which visitors can ride for AED2. The locomotive takes passengers from one end of the park to the other, pointing out areas of interest along the way. The park can be quiet on a weekday, but comes to life in the evenings, especially at weekends, when a small carnival operates with rides, food stalls and markets.

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Explore the mangroves off Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coast on an ecologically friendly kayaking tour. The 1.5-hour tours head into the heart of the forest and give visitors the chance to spot local wildlife such as birds, crabs and even the elusive red fox. Abu Dhabi is home to more than 75 percent of the UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mangrove forests. See www.noukhada.ae for more information.


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Plane sailing See some of the UAE’s most famous sights on a seaplane flight from Yas Island to Dubai Creek

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

If you’ve seen the sights of the city, toured Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, swiped your credit card in designer boutiques and photographed sunset in the desert, you may be wondering what to do next. You could ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi or hire a bike and pedal along the Corniche, but why not take a seaplane flight from Yas Island to Dubai for a bird’s-eye view of some of the UAE’s most spectacular sights? The newly launched flight with Seawings takes around 40 minutes and provides spectacular views of iconic landmarks such as Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, The World islands and the historic Dubai Creek. It offers some of the best photographic opportunities in the UAE and, best of all, there is no traffic or queuing up.

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The Cessna 208 seaplane accommodates eight passengers, or nine if one sits beside the pilot, and each seat is beside the window, offering unobstructed views of the journey. Guests board the plane from a pontoon behind the Yas Yacht Club and once seated the captain gives a short safety briefing. Within minutes the plane is skimming the flat turquoise water behind Yas Marina, speeding towards Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Once in the air, the view of the island is spectacular and it is clear what a unique destination it is. From here, the scale of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is obvious. In fact, it holds the record for the world’s largest roof at 200,000 square metres and also the world’s largest Ferrari logo, which is 65 metres long and covers 3,000 square metres. What else would you expect from the world’s largest indoor theme park? The world’s fastest rollercoaster, of course, and if you’re lucky you may even see it speeding along its tracks at 240kmh.

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Looping around, Yas Marina Circuit comes into view. This is where the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix is staged each November in front of a crowd of 50,000 spectators and an international television audience of up to 600 million. The 5.55-kilometre track winds around the picturesque Yas Marina and through the futuristic Yas Viceroy hotel. In the distance, a disc-shaped building stands out. Aldar HQ, home of Yas Island developer Aldar, is one of Abu Dhabi’s more unique structures and with Capital Gate (the tower with the world’s steepest incline) and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque it is giving the city’s skyline international acclaim.

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The Classique Yas Experience departs from Yas Marina and lands at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. It takes 40 minutes and costs AED1,225 for adults and AED1,040 for children. Departures are also available from Dubai Creek. For reservations, see www.seawings.ae or call 04 8070708.

From Yas Island, the plane tracks the coastline between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, coursing past Ghantoot and Jebel Ali. Soaring at 2,000 feet (609 metres), the highrise buildings of Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers come into view. These ultra-modern developments contain residential and business towers, retail outlets, restaurants, cafés and hotels. They centre around a series of lakes and the world’s largest manmade marina, and border Dubai’s coastline for five kilometres. Once past these towering buildings, the worldfamous Palm Jumeirah dominates the view. Built in the shape of a palm tree, it is the world’s largest

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The Palm is the world’s largest artificial island and its trunk, fronds and surrounding crescent are home to villas, apartments, hotels and beach clubs outdoor observation deck, elevator with the longest travel distance and the tallest service elevator.

History on show Dubai is a city of contrasts, something which is quite apparent from above. Flying over villas and lowrise buildings, the plane makes its way to Dubai Creek where dhows (Arabian sailboats) that are docked at the wharfage are being loaded with goods before setting sail for foreign ports. Abras (Arabian water taxis) zigzag the narrow waterway transporting people from Bur Dubai to Deira. The plane descends for a water landing, before docking at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The 40-minute aerial sightseeing is over but there is time to explore the city from the ground before making the journey back by car. For those looking for an exclusive way to see some of the UAE’s most renowned attractions, the Classique Yas Experience is sure to impress.

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artificial island and its trunk, fronds and surrounding crescent are home to luxury villas, apartments, hotels and beach clubs. Sitting proudly at the top of the crescent is the imposing pink Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, a popular hotel and leisure destination which is home to Aquaventure water park and Dolphin Bay, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants, such as the renowned Nobu and Ronda Locatelli. The seaplane circles another wellknown Dubai landmark, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, which is built on an artificial island 280 metres off shore. This exclusive, luxury hotel hosts the ‘ultimate afternoon tea’ which is particularly popular with visitors. Heading north from the architectural wonders of New Dubai, the flight takes in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Standing 828 metres (2,716 feet) tall with more than 160 storeys, it holds world records for the tallest freestanding structure, highest number of storeys, highest occupied floor, highest

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Relax and rejuvenate Abu Dhabi’s newest spas offer indulgent signature treatments at some of the most picturesque locations in the city

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

When a swathe of new five-star hotels opened in Abu Dhabi last year, they brought a new level of luxury to the city. While Abu Dhabi has been blessed with some seriously superb spas, the newcomers have introduced their own interpretation of the spa experience. High on the 19 th floor of the iconic Capital Gate building (Abu Dhabi’s own leaning tower), Rayana Spa gives a bird’s-eye view of the city. Its treatments draw inspiration from the natural environment while the suites carry a desert theme. At the newly opened Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, UAE brand Talise Spa places emphasis on Arabian hospitality. Talise’s offerings cover the full spectrum with massages, facials and body treatments, as well as regional specialities such as rasoul and hammam rituals. Heavenly Spa at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa offers a range of signature treatments. Its Golfer’s Recovery treatment, which includes a mud wrap, foot massage and facial, is sure to be a hit with those playing 18 holes at the adjacent Abu Dhabi Golf Club. With arguably the most beautiful location in Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is home to two new luxury spas. Iridium Spa at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort has a fantastic wet area with plunge pool, experience showers and steam room and sauna, while Atarmia Spa at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi has a private outdoor pool and a range of hydrotherapy facilities. Why not treat yourself to a full or half day of relaxation and pampering? Your body will thank you for it.

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Iridium Spa

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort The spa: Beautifully decorated with mosaics and chandeliers, Iridium Spa is a slice of heaven. This is the kind of place where you could happily relax for hours. Arrive well before your treatment time and make use of the extensive facilities, which include a large wet area with steam room, plunge pool, sauna and experience showers. Or, relax in the changing area where there is cocoon-style seating and a bundle of magazines to read. The 12 treatment rooms are intimate and feature experience showers, however there are also three themed spa suites with private terraces and pools for complete exclusivity. Iridium Signature Massage (60 mins, AED525): Relax and let the day’s cares be massaged away with this signature treatment. Choose an oil, depending on your needs – jasmine for relaxation, lavender for calming, or an anti-stress blend – then let the therapist work her magic. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of tea and some dates in the relaxation area. Contact: 02 4988888

Many of Heavenly Spa’s common areas are light and airy with big windows that overlook the hotel gardens and outdoor relaxation areas

Heavenly Spa

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa The spa: The overriding theme of this spa, in addition to tranquility and relaxation, is nature. It features wood and stone materials throughout, with accents of green to mimic the natural environment. In contrast to most spas, which are dark and cosy, many of Heavenly Spa’s common areas are light and airy with big windows that overlook the hotel gardens and outdoor relaxation areas, helping to bring the outdoors in. Guests are advised to arrive early to use the facilities before their treatment. Spend five minutes in the steam room, where the ceiling lights change colour and the steam is infused

with eucalyptus to help clear the airways. Then cool off in the experience shower. Signature Rollerssage Massage (60 mins, AED410): A signature of Heavenly Spas worldwide, this unique massage uses a combination of flowing and connective movements along with heated semiprecious stones to work the muscles. Choose from four stones, each with their own healing property. Hematite works to improve circulation and grounding; tiger’s eye is good for insight, optimism and healing; rose quartz promotes love and wellbeing; while sodalite harmonises the conscious and sub-conscious mind. Continue the journey with tea in the relaxation area. Contact: 02 6169770

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Atarmia Spa

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi The spa: Like the hotel, this spa takes a modern theme, yet every element from the décor to the treatments is understated elegance. Atarmia, which translates as ‘aromatic flowing waters’, prides itself on offering Arabian hospitality. When a guest enters, they are welcomed with a drink and cool towel, while treatments begin with a refreshing foot ritual, which helps guests relax and get into the right mindset. Each of the nine treatment suites has changing facilities, toilet, shower and bath, and many also have views of the adjacent Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Guests can take advantage of the indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, which are spread over three levels and are separated for men and women. Treatments are categorised into four themes: Opulence, which are the most sophisticated and luxurious, making use of caviar, diamonds and other precious ingredients for visible anti-ageing results; Lustrous, which aim to replenish, soothe and hydrate; Majestic for energising, reviving and stimulating the body; and Brilliance, which focus on lightening, brightening, cleansing the detoxifying. Quiro Golf Massage (90 mins, AED710): Falling under the Opulence category, this is a serious deep-tissue massage. Using golf balls, the therapist expertly applies pressure to all the right places to relieve stress and tension from the muscles. Heat is also used to aid muscle repair. While it can be an intense massage, it is also surprisingly relaxing. Contact: 02 4071170

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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers The spa: This homegrown brand has a reputation for indulgent luxury and its latest edition, the first in Abu Dhabi, does not deviate from the rule. In keeping with the theme of Etihad Towers it is modern and sleek. Featuring natural materials, such as wood, marble and stone, the spa has 13 treatment suites, including two couple’s suites and a state-of-the-art hammam. Themed on precious stones, each suite has a rain shower, toilet and changing facilities, as well as a wooden bath and an area for foot rituals. Talise Signature Massage (90 mins, AED620): Starting with a relaxing and refreshing foot ritual, this treatment uses a variety of massage techniques to stretch and relieve tired muscles. The massage begins with gentle Thai stretching and then progresses to a combination of pressure point and medicated oil massage sequences. It is 90 minutes of bliss. Afterwards, enjoy some tea and time out on the plush round sofas in the relaxation area. Contact: 02 8115858

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Hyatt Capital Gate The spa: With 360-degree views of Abu Dhabi, Rayana Spa can easily take the prize as one of the capitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique pampering locations. Located on the 19th floor of the world record-breaking Capital Gate building, each room has a different view of the city. Some have views of the skyline, while others overlook the water. There is even a great view from the changing room, which features a walk-through experience shower and steam room so guests are advised to arrive early to make use of these facilities. Each room carries a desert theme, with desert plants and mini sand dunes in the sitting area where guests are treated to a foot ritual and scrub prior to the treatment. Each room is also equipped with bath, shower and toilet facilities as well as a changing area, so guests have a choice of preparing in the treatment room or in the changing room. Rayana Renewal Massage (60 mins, AED490): This deep-tissue massage incorporates a number of techniques for maximum

Each room carries a desert theme, with desert plants and mini sand dunes in the sitting area where guests are treated to a foot ritual and scrub prior to the treatment

A l s o T ry Cristal Spa Cristal Salam Hotel 02 6597741 This spa in the Tourist Club Area offers a range of customised treatments using natural, organic products. The signature treatment, Cristal Total Body Ritual, is a real indulgence. It begins with a 10-minute welcome foot bath and scrub, before moving to a soothing 60-minute aromatherapy massage. The treatment ends with a 20-minute calm mind ritual and refresher facial. The package is priced at AED249.

benefit. Using Swedish and pressure point techniques, with long slow, flowing strokes, followed by swift short strokes and targeted pressure, it is as relaxing as it is therapeutic. Choose from four oils to enhance hydration, energy, purity or radiance. Desert Muse (90 mins, AED700): This indulgent, hydrating facial is designed to combat the effects of the harsh desert environment. Powerful exfoliants and antioxidants leave skin brighter, while a cool marble stone facial massage helps to firm and tone. The result is soft, radiant skin. Contact: 02 5961100

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Diamond mine Whether it’s a collection of loose stones or a carefully crafted rock set in platinum, diamond jewellery is a big investment, so choose wisely

Q When Marilyn Monroe sang ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ she echoed the thoughts of women across the world. The very word ‘diamonds’ evokes a feeling of luxury, elegance, style and beauty because through the ages diamonds have been sought after, bartered with, traded for, auctioned off and sometimes stolen. They are the emblem of the rich and powerful and it is a rare individual who will turn down the chance to own a perfectly polished sparkler. After all, as the nine-times-married Zsa Zsa Gabor once famously said: “I’ve never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.” Derived from the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning indestructible, diamonds are formed deep in the earth over millennia and are the hardest and most enduring of all precious stones. If you are in the market to buy diamonds or diamond jewellery, then you’ve come to the right place. Abu Dhabi is brimming with reputable jewellers who will happily supply you with anything from rough stones, to exquisitely hewn gem-set rings, pendants, earrings and brooches. Whether your fondness is for yellow, pink, blue or ultrarare red, you’re bound to find what you are looking for and generally at a much lower price than almost anywhere else in the world.

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The four Cs With so much choice, however, surely one runs the risk of being blinded by the bling? In other words how do you tell a top-quality stone from a dud? Colour, cut, clarity and carat are the internationally recognised criteria by which the value of a diamond is judged. Colour generally refers to the presence (or absence) of colour in white diamonds. A colourless diamond allows more light to pass through than a coloured diamond and therefore emits more sparkle. Only a few rare diamonds can be described as truly colourless. Thus the whiter a diamond’s colour, the more valuable it is. An important exception to this rule is the coloured diamond, which ranges from blue to green to bright yellow, pink or red. These are

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some of the rarest and most expensive in the world. “Only one in every 10,000 diamonds possesses natural colour and is referred to as a ‘fancy colour diamond’,” explains Ghada El-Kari, merchandising director at Tiffany & Co. “For this reason, fancy colour diamonds are purchased almost exclusively for the intensity of the diamond’s colour. They are more valuable because of their rarity.” One of the rarest and most precious diamonds in the world is a fancy yellow diamond, which was acquired by Charles Tiffany in 1878. This 12.54-carat, 82-facet yellow diamond is on display in Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York. In neighbouring Dubai there are also some impressive collections. Leading jewellery brand Levant recently unveiled its new breathtaking selection of 13 red diamonds. Ranging in size from 0.46 to 1.16 carats, the entire set is just over 10 carats and was accumulated over an eight-year period.

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K N O W YO U R R I G H T S When buying a diamond, always request a certificate from either the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the American Gem Society (AGS), which are two of the most widely regarded and recognised diamond labs in the world. This official document is proof of the diamond’s exact measurement and weight, as well as the details of its cut and quality. All reputable diamond sellers will have access to the information. If you choose to purchase a diamond without documentation, you are buying the stone based purely on trust, which may not be a good investment.

The cut of a diamond refers to a diamond’s reflective qualities and is what gives the stone its brilliance or reflective sparkle. The angles and finish ultimately determine a diamond’s ability to handle light, which in turn leads to its twinkle. “A well-cut diamond captures the light around it and makes that light perform in breathtaking ways, so it’s important to always pay attention to cut,” says Mumaij Moidu, marketing manager at Levant. “Cut also refers to the overall shape and the way the stone is fashioned – princess, round, marquise, oval and so on.” Clarity is another important factor, as this refers to the unique and identifying flaws, on and within a gem. Most diamonds contain some flaws such as tiny inclusions, or scratches and chips on the surface. “Inclusions are enclosed within the diamond, whereas blemishes are on the surface of a polished diamond,” explains Moidu. “Inclusions normally have more impact on a diamond’s beauty and value than the blemishes and the value of a diamond generally depends on whether these flaws are visible to the naked eye.”

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Finally, carat is the unit of measurement used to weigh a diamond: one carat is equal to 200 milligrams (or 0.2 grams). Since large diamonds are rare they have a greater value per carat so the price of a diamond tends to rise with its carat size. “It’s important to note that value is not just numerical,” says Moidu. “While a one-carat diamond weighs the same as four 0.25-carat diamonds the one-carat diamond is worth more because its larger size makes it rarer.”

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Miles of styles Armed with this knowledge, a shopping spree in Abu Dhabi’s countless jewellery stores should be much more straightforward, but one thing to notice is the wide variety of styles on offer. Just as with clothes, diamonds have fashionable trends that come and go. In the noughties the tendency was to opt for large white diamonds, while the last few years has seen the emergence of coloured stones, with stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Heidi Klum sporting pink and yellow diamonds respectively. “Customers are now much more selective and exclusivity costs,” explains Moidu. “Recent trends have veered towards the more unusual coloured diamonds. Yellow diamonds have been 11&12 Levant

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particularly popular, as well as rarer shades, such as blue and red.” There also tends to be a marked difference in the styles of jewellery favoured by different nationalities. For example, diamond jewellery worn by Arabic brides tends to be very ornate whereas European brides tend to opt for more subtle styles. Of course, with all this choice, you may find yourself in a world of indecision, but fear not, because there is a plethora of jewellery experts in the city who are on hand to create individual masterpieces. From statement solitaire rings to one-of-a-kind bracelets, the possibilities are endless.

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time is precious ...So don’t waste a moment with a less-thanstunning timepiece. Instead, be the belle of the ball with an elegant evening watch

Q TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavée TAG Heuer muse, Jessica Michibata, was the perfect inspiration for the new Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavée. Like the stunning Japanese-born fashion model who dates McLaren driver Jenson Button and has been an ambassador for TAG Heuer since 2011, this timepiece is bold yet feminine and possesses a distinctive elegance that sets it apart from other watches. The 37mm case, which is polished in stainless steel and crafted from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, supports the signature Formula One bezel and 84 Wesselton diamonds. Each of the dazzling stones is set with four stainless steel beads and closed by hand, after which the stones are polished to perfection to create superior sparkle. Gorgeously feminine and smooth, this timepiece features high-precision movements and is waterproof to 200 metres.

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Breguet Reine De Naples

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Two hundred years ago A.L. Breguet was entrusted to design a watch for Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Caroline, Queen of Naples. As a tribute to the original, this elegant timepiece features 117 full-cut diamonds. Breguet has also introduced a function called the Grande Complication. Every hour, two hammers strike twice to signify an hour passing.

Tiffany & Co. Tonneau

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As you would expect from a brand that has been at the forefront of jewellery design since 1837, Tiffany & Co. never ceases to amaze. One of the latest creations to come from the American powerhouse is the Tonneau cocktail watch. Crafted from 18k white gold, this timepiece is encrusted with a grand total of 566 diamonds.

One of the latest creations to come from Tiffany & Co. is the Tonneau cocktail watch. Crafted from 18k white gold, this timepiece is encrusted with 566 diamonds

1 TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavée (previous page) 2 Tiffany & Co. Tonneau 3 Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Mini 4 Saint Honore Opera 5 Breguet Reine De Naples

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Mini Ingenuity and expertise are the key elements of every Van Cleef & Arpels creation and the Charms Mini is no exception. Available in white or pink gold, this ultra-stylish watch makes every moment special with its iconic diamond-set Alhambra motif – a symbol of true love, good health, fortune and luck. Detailed on the dial itself and playfully attached to the side of the case via a ring, the charm, which is set with diamonds, turns freely around the dial. For those who like to accessorise, interchangeable straps are available in black satin and bright alligator leather.

Saint Honore Opera

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The renowned French-Swiss manufacturer of luxury ‘Paris Style’ watches has wowed once more with Opera. A unique blend of watchmaking know-how and luxury detail, this effortlessly feminine timepiece, with elegant diamond detail and chic interchangeable straps, brings a new facet of femininity to the world of horology. The totally round case conjures up softness and underlines the exclusivity of this model, which is conveniently available in two sizes – 33mm and 37mm. In addition, the case is extended for greater comfort by moveable horns that match the shape of the wrist perfectly.

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Boucheron Crazy Jungle Seahorse The artisans at Boucheron have taken inspiration from the depths of the ocean with their latest creation, the Crazy Jungle Seahorse. The grandiose timepiece features a gem-encrusted seahorse-design which appears to almost glide across the motherof-pearl dial. Framing the seascape of the rose gold watch is a bezel covered in 48 brilliant-cut white diamonds. The heritage of Boucheron is apparent along the side of watch, where the house’s iconic Pointes de Diamante motif subtly identifies the timepiece as Boucheron.

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The heritage of Boucheron is apparent along the side of the watch, where the house’s iconic Pointes de Diamante motif subtly identifies the timepiece

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Damas Varotti Make a striking style statement with Damas’s new in-house Varotti collection. Exclusively crafted in 18k white or yellow gold, these elegant timepieces are typical of Damas, a brand that is synonymous with luxury, style and elegance. The diamond-embellished case and bezel on this graceful timepiece is a dazzling example of opulence and symbolises the design and quality that the UAE jewellery house has become famous for.

Bulgari Mediterranean Eden Proving that high-end jewellery and horology are not mutually exclusive, House of Bulgari has created Mediterranean Eden, an elegant tribute to the brand’s Greek origins. These exquisite timepieces, clothed in a rose or white gold case and adorned with pearls and diamonds, feature playful open-worked covers. Designed as a ‘secret’ watch, a style in which the cover is closed, it delicately conceals the mother-of-pearl dial, which is decorated with an arabesque motif.

W H E R E T O BY BOUCHERON 04 3410039 Located in: Mall of the Emirates in Dubai BREGUET AND TIFFANY & CO. Available from Rivoli 800 RIVOLI (748654)

Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Hamdan Street, Khalidiyah, Khalidiyah Mall and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. Al Ain Mall, Al Jimi Mall and Bawadi Mall in Al Ain BULGARI 02 6818828 Located in: Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi International Airport DAMAS 02 6450700 Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Khalidiyah Mall and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. Al Jimi Mall and Bawadi Mall in Al Ain

SAINT HONORE Available from Paris Gallery 02 6816662 Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalidiyah Centre, Khalidiyah Mall and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. Al Ain Mall, Bawadi Mall and Rotana Mall in Al Ain TAG HEUER AND VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Available from Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons 02 6811121 Located in: Marina Mall

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Enjoy a delicious seafood buffet while cruising along the Corniche on board Shuja Yacht. The luxury floating restaurant departs every night except Sunday and offers great views of the skyline during the two-hour cruise. Highlights from the buffet include Thai calamari salad and roasted salmon with lobster. Contact Le Royal MĂŠridien Abu Dhabi on 800 101101.


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Feast from the east From Vietnamese to Japanese, Chinese to Thai, take a culinary journey across south-east Asia without leaving Abu Dhabi

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As the world’s largest continent, Asia has the most diverse cuisines. From sweet and spicy Thai, to the complex flavours of Japanese and the warming curries of India, Asian food is as varied as it is delicious. Visitors craving a taste of Asia have many options in Abu Dhabi, where there is everything from fine-dining restaurants serving what can only be described as art on a plate, to small eateries tucked away in the suburbs. Lovers of Japanese food are well catered for, with top-end restaurants in many of the city’s hotels. For fresh and creative sushi, visit The Yacht Club at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi or Kazu at the Yas Viceroy, while Benihana (pictured) at the Beach Rotana is a fun and interactive teppanyaki restaurant that the whole family will love. Hoi An at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, serves refreshing Vietnamese cuisine in an atmospheric setting, while neighbouring restaurant Shang Palace serves tasty Chinese dishes. On the other side of Abu Dhabi, the ever-popular Hakkasan at Emirates Palace is known for Michelin-quality Chinese cuisine in an über-trendy environment. Those who like to pick and choose from a range of south-east Asian dishes will be well advised to book a table at Noodle Box at the Yas Viceroy, Cho Gao at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi and Sontaya at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. For the ultimate indulgence, visit Quest at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. This 63rd floor restaurant serves creative dishes that will surprise with every bite.

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Noodle Box Cuisine: South-east Asian Step inside this bright and vibrant restaurant and watch the chefs working their woks to create authentic yet contemporary dishes from south-east Asia. The décor is possibly the most visually interesting in this ultra-modern hotel. Amber glass sculpted branches hang from the ceiling and noodle-like chandeliers dangle from the perimeter of the roof. Chef de cuisine Taufik Sutisna, from Indonesia, has extensive experience having worked in the hospitality industry since 1993 for some of the most well-known luxury hotel chains. He has been delighting Noodle Box’s clientele since 2009. The signature dish is Indonesian favourite nasi goreng, which is also known as Indonesian fried rice. Bursting with flavour, it is served with chicken satay, prawn crackers, vegetable pickles and a fried egg on top. Chef Sutisna also recommends the glazed Peking duck and chicken satay. To wash it all down, Noodle Box offers a selection of flavoured ice teas, light-bodied wines and refreshing fruit punches. Where: Yas Viceroy, Yas Island / When: Daily 12.30 to 11pm Contact: 02 6560600

The modern Vietnamese cuisine is the main draw, perfectly complemented by the bright, vibrant colours and authentic decoration. There are even original antique photographs on display to complete the feel

Hoi An Cuisine: Vietnamese As Abu Dhabi’s only Vietnamese restaurant in a fivestar hotel, Hoi An has a lot riding on its shoulders, but this is something the award-winning restaurant takes in its stride. The menu is packed with favourites such as Vietnamese rice paper rolls, seafood stew and chargrilled lemongrass duck breast. Those who struggle to make a decision should consider the Hanoi set menu, which features a sample of appetisers, soup, salad, choice of mains and dessert. The steamed sea bass in banana leaf comes highly recommended. The modern Vietnamese cuisine is the main draw, perfectly complemented by the bright, vibrant colours and authentic decoration. There are even original antique photographs on display to complete the feel. With comfortable, modern furniture, Hoi An offers a true balance of past and present that is eager to be explored. For the perfect way to finish the night, venture next door to Pearls Bar for a signature Champagne cocktail as you gaze out over the water and enjoy the views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain When: Daily 6 to 11.30pm / Contact: 02 5098555

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Benihana Cuisine: Japanese/American Established in Japan during the time of the American occupation after World War II, teppanyaki restaurants have gone global, entertaining diners around the world. More than just a delicious meal cooked on a grill in front of guests, teppanyaki restaurants have earned a reputation for great entertainment. Whether it’s juggling kitchen utensils, catching salt and pepper shakers in their hats or making food dance across the grill, the chefs at Benihana have also earned a great reputation for their entertaining antics. The intimate restaurant is popular with all ages and nationalities, and the chefs even manage to impress their Japanese guests. Begin the meal with deliciously fresh sushi, sashimi and prawn tempura, but don’t overdo it. The teppanyaki portion sizes are notoriously generous. Choose from chicken, beef, salmon and seafood as well as rice and vegetables. The meals are cooked to perfection, but the real stars of this restaurant are the chefs. Watch as they make a firing onion ring volcano, or flirt with danger while juggling kitchen utensils. And for the lucky guests, they may even finish with a personalised message written across the grill. Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area When: Daily 6 to 11.30pm / Contact: 02 6979011

The Yacht Club Cuisine: Japanese This stylish venue is a firm favourite with sushi lovers, particularly since renowned chef Koji Kagawa revamped the menu with his innovative creations. His ‘out of the box’ dishes, which look just as good as they taste, include wagyu gyoza, lobster sushi rolls, cod in miso sauce with Asian vegetables and yuzu lemon tart. While this is a restaurant for the trendy, its marinafacing location lends a relaxed and casual feel. Take a seat on the comfy blue and white sofas overlooking the luxury yachts in the marina, or head inside where the funky décor and purple lighting add extra vibe to the atmosphere. As well as its creative Japanese cuisine, The Yacht Club is also known for its quirky cocktails, many of which feature vodka. The perfect complement to a Japanese meal is undoubtedly a sushi martini and at The Yacht Club, visitors can choose from the cucumber and mint sushi martini, a wasabi sushi martini and more. Continuing with the Japanese theme, try a tempura martini or infuse some colour with a macaroon or fruit combination martini. So whether it’s for a signature sushi dinner, or a sushi cocktail at sunset, The Yacht Club is an ideal place for a Japanese night with a twist. Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen When: Open daily for lunch and dinner Contact: 02 6545000

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Hakkasan Cuisine: Chinese One of the first restaurants of high-end international fame to open in the capital, Hakkasan is an ultra-trendy Chinese restaurant from a Michelin-star stable. The restaurant’s design and décor are as much a work of art as the dishes. Dark wood, high ceilings, creative lighting and private dining spaces adequately reflect the modern Chinese cuisine while still capturing the Middle Eastern location. Start the evening at the 20-metre-long bar and enjoy one of the signature cocktails, before moving to the restaurant, which is divided into two sections with private dining areas. Those lucky to be near the kitchen can watch the chefs in action through the atmospheric, aquarium-like blue glass and those sitting on the new terrace will enjoy views of the grounds of Emirates Palace. The menu is impressive with many Hakkasan specialities. With 24 hours’ notice, the chefs can prepare some exquisite dishes, such as Peking duck with royal Beluga caviar or Japanese abalone claypot with baby sea cucumbers. For those who haven’t pre-ordered, try the crispy duck salad and jasmine tea-smoked wagyu beef ribs as starters, and charcoal-grilled silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey, or stirfried black pepper prime rib-eye beef for mains. An incredibly knowledgeable and passionate sommelier is also on hand to recommend wine pairings. Where: Emirates Palace, Ras Al Akhdar When: Daily 6pm to midnight / Contact: 02 6907999

Dark wood, high ceilings, creative lighting and private dining spaces adequately reflect the modern Chinese cuisine while still capturing the Middle Eastern location

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flavour of arabia With its roots deep in Middle Eastern culture, shisha smoking is a pastime that shouldn’t be missed for those seeking an authentic experience

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The sweet smell of shisha smoke wafting through the air of the UAE is a common one, as this sociable pursuit has become part of the rich culture of the Middle East. Groups of men and women or couples will gather to enjoy shisha over a coffee, dinner or just by itself in a relaxing setting. Shisha, derived from the Persian word shishe meaning ‘glass’, is also known as a hookah in East African countries. A shisha pipe consists of a bowl at the top of the pipe, which is packed with flavoured tobacco and covered with a piece of foil. The foil is pierced several times before hot coals are rested on top. The roasted tobacco smoke is drawn through a glass jar of water before being inhaled through a hose. Because of the bubbles created in the water as it is smoked, shisha is also commonly referred to as hubbly bubbly. It costs anywhere between AED35 and AED50 to enjoy shisha with a flavour of your choice. Take your pick from the many traditional and exotic flavours, with favourites such as mint, apple, grape, strawberry and lemon. These tobaccos create a pleasant smell in the air, far removed from the strong smell of cigarettes and cigars. The origins of shisha are disputed, with India, Persia and Turkey all making a claim on the pastime as their own. However, the most ancient traces of shisha smoking have been found in Ethiopia, with the earliest form of shisha equipment being carbon dated to around 1320. The first poem to include reference to shisha smoking originated in Persia and was written in 1535. But it seems shisha smoking started to become prevalent in the mid-1500s court of Mughal Emperor Akbar I in Rajistan,

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

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Fa s t fa cT On a recent trip to the UAE, American celebrity Kim Kardashian tweeted that she had tried shisha for the first time at Abu Dhabi’s Alhan Restaurant in the Grand Millennium Al Wahda.

India, where his Persian physician prescribed a new way to enjoy smoking. He recommended that smoke be drawn through water to purify it before inhalation. The concept of the hookah was popular and became a matter of prestige and was synonymous with the affluent. Whether this form of smoking was the Persian physician’s own innovation, or merely imported from his home country remains unknown. The trend for shisha smoking has since spread throughout the Middle East and even

recently to the West too, with shisha lounges popping up across the UK (until the smoking ban), Australia and the US. Although smoking shisha for an hour has been equated to smoking 50 regular cigarettes, don’t let the health statistics deter you from sampling this interesting and deep-rooted tradition of the Middle East. If you wish to introduce this pastime to your friends at home, beautifully decorated shisha pipes and tobacco can be purchased from any smoker’s shop.

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my LIFE IN ABU DHABI Lebanese insurance assistant Aline Zoughaib gives an insider’s view of the garden city of Al Ain

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My family moved to Al Ain many years ago. My dad arrived 36 years ago and my mum came here six years later, so this is where I grew up. Al Ain is a quiet city, which makes it easy to get around. There is no traffic and no humidity, unlike Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising and practising yoga, but when family and friends come to visit I like to show them what Al Ain has to offer. I recommend visiting Jebel Hafeet to get a great view of Al Ain and the surrounding area. It is one of the highest mountains in the UAE so the view is one of the best. For the young and young at heart, I suggest a day at Hili Fun City. This theme park has been a favourite with families in Al Ain for over 20 years. I was always a fan of the rollercoaster, but there are 28 rides and attractions for people of all ages.

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The Al Ain Zoo is also a must for families. There is a range of exhibits for African and Arabian native animals, big cats, birds, nocturnal animals, reptiles and white lions, which is one of the most popular. The zoo is set against a backdrop of Jebel Hafeet and makes a great day out. Those who like a bit of motorsport action should visit Al Ain Raceway where they can try go karting. It is one of the best raceways in the UAE. Visitors can arrive and race each other straight away without having to book. I also suggest a shopping trip to Bawadi Mall, which is one of Al Ain’s biggest malls. It has a good range of shops and all of the top brands. When it comes to nightspots, I like Trader Vic’s at the Al Ain Rotana. It has a good atmosphere, music and food, which makes for an enjoyable evening with friends.

Those who like a bit of motorsport action should visit Al Ain Raceway where they can try go karting. It is one of the best raceways in the UAE

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

art galleries

HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY

02 6768614

The gallery shows original art from locally based artists. Hemisphere also organises exhibitions and events. Located next to the Russian Embassy.

Museums and cultural sites

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 1.30pm and 4 to 8pm

Abu Dhabi CULTURAL FOUNDATION

02 6576171

Hosts photography and art exhibitions throughout the year, as well as concerts and screenings of international films. Also houses the National Library and the Institute of Culture & Art.

Timings: Sun to Thu

8am to 4pm

FOLKLORE GALLERY

02 6660361

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 9pm GALLERY ONE

02 6908207

This gallery at Emirates Palace hosts regular temporary exhibitions. For details, see www.artsabudhabi.ae

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm GHAF ART GALLERY

02 6655332

Ghaf is the oldest art gallery in the capital. All forms of art are on display, with work by artists in Abu Dhabi and around the world. Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Khalidiyah.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT

02 6435781, www.saadiyat.ae

Visitor centre on Saadiyat Island housing international exhibitions with four major galleries, a theatre and central events space. Afterwards, enjoy a meal at Fanr restaurant.

Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm QIBAB ART GALLERY

02 6652350

Specialises in Iraqi art, but also shows work from international, regional and local artists. Villa 3, Street 15 in Al Zaab area.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 8pm SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY

02 6669656

This gallery aims to be the main address for international and Middle Eastern contemporary masters as well as emerging artists. Villa 256, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Khalidiyah.

Timings: Sun to Thu 9am to

7pm, Fri and Sat by appointment

Al Ain AL QATTARA ARTS CENTER

03 7618080

Housed in a historic fort in Al Ain’s Al Qattara Oasis, this centre specialises in local and Arab art as well as UAE heritage and culture.

Timings: Sun to Thu 9am to 8pm

The UAE: A brief history The United Arab Emirates was formed on December 2, 1971, with the union of six emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman. Ras Al Khaimah joined the following year. The leaders of these emirates joined forces after the British announced they would withdraw from a protectionist treaty, which had been in place since 1892. Under the treaty, the sheikhs of the Trucial States agreed not to enter into any relationship with foreign governments or dispose of any of their territories except to Great Britain. In return, the United Kingdom offered protection in the event of attack by land or sea. The UAE has had a remarkable history in its 40 years. Once a country reliant on fishing, pearling and trade for its livelihood, it has used its considerable oil reserves to become one of the wealthiest countries in the world (based on GDP per capita income). While it is known for its modern buildings, worldclass sporting events and mega malls, the UAE is also a country rich in history and culture, all of which can be discovered during a visit.

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Abu Dhabi AL HOSN PALACE (WHITE FORT)

www.adach.ae

Built in 1793, Al Hosn Palace was the official home of the rulers of Abu Dhabi. EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM

02 6676999, 050 8293952, www.enam.ae

A diverse collection of more than 200 classic vehicles owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

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

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This tourist site on the Breakwater near Marina Mall is a re-creation of aspects of Bedouin life. It has a museum containing original artefacts and photographs, and a small souk where visitors can buy souvenirs.

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

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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 AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM

03 7641595

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

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

1. Salwa Zeidan Gallery 2. Heritage Village 3. Jebel Hafeet 4. Arabian Adventures 5. Al Gharbia 6. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 7. Emirates National Auto Museum 8. Al Jahili Fort

SHEIKH ZAYED PALACE MUSEUM

03 7517755

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

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

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Al Gharbia CHRISTIAN MONASTERY

History & culture

02 8015400

Explore the remains of an early Christian monastery which is believed to have been founded in the late 6th century AD on Sir Bani Yas Island. The guided tour takes one hour.

NET TOURS

02 6794656

Visit Al Hosn Palace, haggle over carpets, admire the Corniche and skyline, learn about local culture at Heritage Village and visit the Grand Mosque.

Timings: Daily 9am to 1.30pm Guide price: Adults AED150, children AED100 SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

Timings: Daily at 7, 9

and 11am, 2 and 4pm Guide price: AED60

800 555 or www.szgmc.ae

One of the largest mosques in the world, this place of worship is open to non-Muslims.

Timings: Open 9am to 10pm (except Friday mornings), with free tours from Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 4.30pm, Fridays at 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm Guide price: Free

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Water Air

AL DHAFRA

02 6732266

02 4440007

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

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

Timings: Boarding 8.30pm, cruise from 9 to 11pm Guide price: AED225 per hour for large dhow, AED150 per hour for small dhow, private hire starting at AED600 per hour

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

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Land AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 8211797

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.

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Wednesday mornings Guide price: Adults AED160, children AED80 BIG BUS COMPANY

800 244287

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

Timings: 9am to 5pm. Ticket valid 24 hours Guide price: Adults AED220, children AED100, family (two adults, two children) AED540 Emirates Adventures

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 9am to 1pm Guide price: AED180

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Al Ain National Museum The oldest museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum has displays dating from the Stone Age to the country’s preoil era with photography exhibits as well as jewellery, tools, pottery and other artefacts. 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. Heritage Village A must-see destination for traditional Emirati handicrafts, the Heritage Village features reconstructions of Bedouin tents, old fishing villages and traditional markets. 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.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque One of Abu Dhabi’s most recognisable landmarks, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the only one in the emirate that is open to non-muslims and a must on any visitor’s itinerary. Opened to the public in 2007, it houses the world’s largest carpet and the world’s largest chandelier. Many of the columns, walls and furnishings are adorned with semi-precious stones and gold, while the main structure is made from white marble. Location: Al Khabeer Entry: Free tours are held Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 4.30pm, Fridays at 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm Contact: 800 555 or www.szgmc.ae

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 from AED70 per hour, dinner cruise AED300 SEA CRUISER

050 8009495 or www.seacruiser.ae

Cruise along the Abu Dhabi Corniche before stopping for a spot of diving, snorkelling, fishing or other water activities.

Guide price: Adults

AED120, children AED75 SHERATON ABU DHABI

02 6773333

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

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

Emirates Adventures

Head to the ‘garden city’ stopping at museums, oases and the camel market before venturing to Jebel Hafeet.

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

02 6911711

Timings: Tours on Tuesdays Guide price: Adults AED215, children AED110

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

Emirates Adventures

NET TOURS

02 6445117

Discover the heritage heart of the emirate with a full-day tour of Al Ain. Learn about 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: On demand Guide price: AED 180 per boat for 30 minutes, AED330 for one hour

Timings: Daily 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED380 including lunch. Minimum of four people

SHUJA YACHT

02 6794656

02 6950539

A luxury cruising yacht available for private hire or regular dinner cruise bookings.

Timings: Sunset cruise 5.30pm,

dinner cruise 8 to 10pm Guide price: AED220 for dinner buffet

Al Ain AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

NET TOURS See ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures, camel market, forts, dates and Jebel Hafeet.

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Adults

AED290, children AED250

Al Gharbia ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

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

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

Guide price: From AED250 for adults and AED180 for children

Timings: On request Guide price: On request

02 8211797

02 6445117

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 bash 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 AED140

Know the law Only non-Muslims are allowed to consume alcohol and this must be in 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 women in public or taking their photograph without their permission. Offensive language, spitting and aggressive hand gestures must be avoided. Married couples may hold hands in public, but kissing and hugging is not allowed.

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experience With a vast desert, spectacular coastline and world-class sporting facilities, Abu Dhabi is made for action and adventure

ABU DHABI

Murjan Splash Park

02 6354000

This mini water park at Khalifa Park is ideal for youngsters with seven water-based activities. Chill out on the 257m lazy river or battle it out in a water balloon fight.

Timings: Sun to Thu 3 to 7pm,

Amusements CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

02 4415900

This village at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel has a Jungle Garden play area for 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 www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com Ride rollercoasters 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: Tue to Sun noon to 8pm Guide price: AED225 for visitors over 1.5m tall, AED165 for visitors below 1.5m. Premium tickets available FUN CITY

02 6815526

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

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 2pm to midnight Guide price: Varies per ride. Rollercoaster AED10 per ride

AL WATHBA

Branches at Khalidiya Mall, Al Raha Mall, Mazyad Mall and Mushrif Mall with a modest ice rink, bowling alley and soft play area that's ideal for young children.

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight Guide price: AED35 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: 10am to midnight Guide price: AED40 for

Strike Zone, AED35 for play area, AED15 for bowling

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

Cruising & sailing ABU DHABI CHARTERS

050 6129445

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

Guide price: From AED750 per person

ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL

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

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. End the tour with lunch in the majlis.

Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED220 for

adults and AED80 for children with a meal, or AED170 for adults and AED60 for children without a meal

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

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

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

Timings: Check website for details Guide price: AED200

KIDOOS

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm Guide price: AED17 for climbing wall, AED35 weekdays, AED 45 weekends for play area

02 5839200 or 50 6147007

Birdwatching

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

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

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ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

02 5755155 or 050 6660739

Bowling 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

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

SPARKY’S

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6459070

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

Camel racing

055 3349924

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02 4034648

Fri and Sat 10am to 7pm Guide price: AED40 for guests above 75cm tall and free for guests under 75cm

FUN WORLD

02 6322255

KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE

050 6146931

1. Hot air ballooning 2. Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital 3. Indoor skydiving 4. Go-karting 5. Deep sea fishing 6. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club 7. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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Guide price: Call for details ART MARINE

050 4598690 or yas.charter@artmarine.net Take a cruise along Abu Dhabi's coastline and explore the islands, or charter a yacht for a fishing adventure.

Guide price: From AED750 per hour BELEVARI MARINE

02 6594144

Charter a yacht, sailboat, speedboat or even a dhow and enjoy Abu Dhabi's calm waters.

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.

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Guide price: Snorkelling from AED780 including equipment and refreshments NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

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

Guide price: Hobie 16 AED200 per hour, Hobie 18 AED300 per hour

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SHERATON ABU DHABI

02 6773333

Take a sunset cruise along the Corniche to Emirates Palace, watching dolphins at play before the lights of the city switch on.

Guide price: AED50 per person for one hour THE VILLAGE CLUB

02 4952000

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

Guide price: Coastline cruise AED180, island cruise AED300 THE YELLOW BOATS

800 4034 or www.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.

Guide price: From AED150 for

adults, AED100 for children or AED400 for a family of four

Desert safari

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

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

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

050 6146931

Guide price: Call for details OCEAN DIVE CENTRE

02 6441696

Full range of courses available from open water to assistant instructor. Located at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi.

Guide price: Call for details

Fishing

02 6443000

Guide price: AED750 for three hours, AED1,300 for six hours HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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

Guide price: AED750

Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

Big game sport-fishing adventures. Twin diesel sports-fishing boats, tournament tackle and IGFA-certified captains.

Guide price: Call for details

including equipment, soft drinks and water

including fishing equipment. AED50 for each additional hour

Guide price: Call for details AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE

02 6437377 or www.divemahara.com

Offers a full range of PADI courses as well as diving trips and watersports.

Guide price: Call for details

Flying

Horse racing

FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

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

02 4440007

Charter a helicopter for business or pleasure and see the capital from a whole new perspective in air-conditioned comfort. person for 30-minute city tour

02 4459600 (Nine holes, 6,350 yards, par 70) Set in the middle of a racecourse, the club has a golf academy and floodlit driving range and offers night golf with tee-off until 8.30pm.

Green fees: Nine holes

Sun to Thu AED175, Fri and Sat AED195. Rates for 18 holes on request. Includes golf cart, water and towel ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

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

Championship course providing a tough but fair challenge with nine-hole putting green, floodlit driving range and golf institute. Also offers night golf on the floodlit course.

Green fees: National Course,

Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults

Part of the British Club, offers BSAC-certified courses as well as dive trips to Abu Dhabi and the East Coast.

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

Timings: 6 to 8am, 4 to 8pm Guide price: AED 2,900

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.

02 6731111 or 050 5409041

Green fees: Sun to Thu

ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB

02 6911711

ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB

The region's first links-style golf course designed by Kyle Philips with views of the coast from every hole from its prime Yas Island position.

Guide price: AED400,

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

Diving

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

Golf

AED300, children AED240

Timings: 4.30 to 9.30pm Guide price: Call for details

EXTREME ACTION

Riding club and show jumping arena with a stable of 100 horses. Races held on Sundays during the season.

Timings: Daily 4 to 9.30pm Guide price: Adults

Go dune bashing in a 4x4 across the sand dunes as the sun sets, ride camels at a Bedouin camp and then relax on carpets and cushions while savouring Arabic coffee and a barbecue dinner.

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

YAS LINKS

Paddle out into the Arabian Sea and enjoy four hours of fishing. Noukhada promotes ‘catch and release’.

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

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.

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

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

ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB

02 6212100

NET TOURS

02 4952000

Guide price: AED1,250 per

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

AED315, children AED290

THE VILLAGE CLUB

FAMILY FUN Whether you have mischievous infants or impatient teenagers, Abu Dhabi offers something for all the family. We recommend… Al Ain Wildlife Park Board the zoo train and embark on an Arabian safari spotting animals such as oryx, gazelles and camels. There’s also a number of African and Asian wildlife, two rare white lions and a big cat house. Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Learn about this cherished bird and its importance to the people of the UAE at the largest falcon hospital in the country. Get up close to these much-loved creatures and see them in free flight. Desert safari Sandboarding, camel riding, belly dancing, the list of fun-packed activities in the desert is endless. Choose from an adrenaline-fuelled adventure or more sedate cultural journey of discovery. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Ride the world's fastest rollercoaster and hit speeds of 240kmh, then test your driving skills in a Formula One simulator before being shot 62 metres through the distinctive red roof of the planet's only Ferrari World theme park. Sir Bani Yas Island Part of a cluster known as Desert Islands, Sir Bani Yas is home to a diverse range of animals, including the Arabian oryx, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and sea turtles. Why not take a guided safari, mountain bike tour or early morning kayak?

18 holes Sun to Wed AED625, Fri and Sat AED825. Twilight rate weekends AED415, weekdays from 2.30pm AED295. Includes golf cart and unlimited use of practice 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 AED120, Fri and Sat AED165. AED60 for club hire and AED50 for buggy hire SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

02 5578000 or www.sbgolfclub.ae (18 holes, 7,784 yards, par 72) Designed by golfing legend Gary Player, this beachfront course offers spectacular views of the Gulf waters and golfers may even spot dolphins.

Green fees: Sun to Wed

AED600, twilight rate (after 2pm) AED295. Thu to Sat AED825, twilight rate AED395. Includes use of golf cart, water and practice facilities

02 4455500

Check out these top adrenaline-fuelled activities… Helicopter ride Get a bird's-eye view of the city from the comfort of a helicopter. See new developments, such as Saadiyat and Sowwah islands, as well as the emirate's coastal and desert beauty. F1 racing Hold on for the ride of your life as you take the turns and speed down the straight at Yas Marina Circuit. Riding as a passenger in an F1 two-seater, you’ll see the circuit just as the sport’s best drivers do. Indoor skydiving Whether you’re too scared to jump from 3,000 feet or just want to practise your technique before taking the plunge, Space Walk Indoor Skydiving recreates the sensation of a free fall. The view isn’t quite as nice, but the fear factor is virtually zero. Drag racing Experience the raw exhilaration as you thunder down the quarter-mile straight reaching 100khm in 1.5 seconds. Yas Marina Circuit has a modified three-seat Super Comp Dragster so visitors can enjoy the experience with a friend. Hot air ballooning Take to the skies in a majestic hot air balloon and watch the sun rise over the desert. This calm and serene experience is a wonderful way to see the emirate.

full course (Sept to June)

Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

Marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise 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 4034333

Located at Zayed Sports City, the rink can accommodate up to 400 skaters. Ice skating and hockey lessons are available.

Timings: Sat to Wed 8am to 4pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 10pm. Thu ladies only Guide price: AED35 for two hours MARINA MALL ICE RINK

02 6818506

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

Island trips AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

02 6666601

Futaisi Island has 40 chalets and two villas as well as facilities such as a swimming pool, cycling and horse riding.

Guide price: Day trips from 9.30am to 6pm cost AED250 per person

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Parks & gardens AL MUSHRIF CHILDREN’S GARDEN

02 4994303

Families with young children often make use of this garden, which has swings and amusement park rides.

Timings: Sat to Thu 3 to 10pm, Fri 3 to 9pm, public holidays 9am to noon, 3 to 10pm Guide price: AED1

WATER WONDERLAND Abu Dhabi made global yachting history in January as the first Middle Eastern port to host the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race since it began in 1973. Race crews arrived in the capital at the end of the second leg, before competing in in-port racing during the two-week event. Abu Dhabi is not new to water-based racing. The UAE has become a major force in powerboat racing and regularly unveils a top-class team to compete in the UIM Formula 1 World Championship which climaxes in front of thousands of spectators at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club by the Breakwater.

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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

Guide price: AED830

per person

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

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.

Guide price: AED250 per person THE VILLAGE CLUB

02 49520000

Take a relaxing cruise to nearby Bahraini Island and enjoy a barbecue lunch and refreshments.

Guide price: AED500 per person

Karting AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

Experience motorsport 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 2 to 11pm Guide price: From AED120 for 15 minutes YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

800 YAS (927) or www.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 AED100, children under 13 AED80 for 10 minutes

Kayaking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

Venture deep into the heart of Abu Dhabi’s mangroves on this one-and-a-half-hour kayak tour that is suitable for all levels.

Guide price: AED150 per person

Motorsports DRAG RACING

800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

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

Timings: See website

for availability Guide price: AED400 for passenger experience, AED600 for Camaro SS FORMULA ONE

800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

Experience the thrill of Formula One, 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: AED7,500. Formula Yas 3000 experience AED1,200 OFF-ROAD BUGGIES

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

Race fully automatic buggies around the circuit at Al Forsan International Sports Resort, with machines for all levels of experience.

Timings: Daily 2 to 11pm Guide price: From AED200

for 10km session

CAPITAL GARDENS This park containing wellkept gardens provides a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city between Hamdan Street and Khalifa Street.

Timings: Sat to Thu 2.30 to 10.30pm, Fri 9am to 10pm

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 YAS Racing School

02 599393 or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

Drive open-wheel, singleseat race cars, two-seat open sports cars and topof-the-range race-spec sports cars or take a hot lap with a professional driver.

Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED950 to drive, AED350 for hot lap with a driver. Private tuition starts at AED1,500

Mountain biking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

Take an all-terrain bike ride into the desert. See camels feeding, people riding horses, an Arabian sunset and a star-filled sky.

Guide price: AED250 per person

Paintball AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

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

Timings: 2 to 11pm Guide price: From AED120 for 200 balls

THE CORNICHE The Corniche teems with residents each evening and is a popular location with joggers and rollerbladers. Hire a bicycle or buggy and pedal along the wide open paths. For a more relaxed experience, visit the family beach and spend the day on a sunlounger, or enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the cafés and restaurants.

Timings: 7am to 10pm Guide price: Entry to family

beach AED10, sunlounger AED25, buggy hire from AED20 (single) for 30 minutes plus AED100 deposit, bicycle hire from AED20 per hour for adults or AED15 per hour for children

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae See the world’s most technologically advanced motorsport circuit, visiting the pits, team garages and race control with a photo stop at the podium.

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

Timings: Daily 2 to 10pm Guide price: From AED150

Skydiving SPACE WALK INDOOR SKYDIVING

02 4463653

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.

Guide price: Introductory ticket AED180, family package AED720

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

Guide price:

Jetskiing AED180 for 30 minutes Wakeboarding AED150 for 20 minutes Waterskiing AED75 for 20 minutes Windsurfing from AED160 per hour AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

Learn how to waterski, kneeboard and wakeboard, or perfect your technique on the obstacle course in a safe, confined environment.

Timings: Weekdays 2 to 10pm, weekends 10am to 11pm Guide price: AED125 for one hour or AED280 for a full day

ABU DHABI WILDLIFE CENTRE

050 6144024 or wrsmuts@emirates.net.ae See cheetahs, tigers, leopards and other endangered species at this rescue and rehabilitation centre.

Timings: Tue to Sat 10am and 2pm Guide price: AED120

Timings: By appointment Guide price: One-hour guided tour AED45 for adults, AED35 for children under 12 years

Shooting

KIDS PARK

CARACAL SHOOTING CLUB

02 4416404

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

Timings: 1 to 10pm Guide price: AED 150 per person per game including gear and 100 balls

Timings: Sat to Thu noon to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm Guide price: AED255 including 25 bullets and safety briefing

02 4415900

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

Race track tour Wildlife parks

Choose from a variety of pistols and rifles then take aim at the 25m target shooting range. Located at the Armed Forces Officers' Club & Hotel, there is also a 10m simulation shooting range, retail outlet and a coffee shop for light snacks and refreshments.

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB & HOTEL

AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

sport city Abu Dhabi is a haven for sports lovers with world-class facilities and international tournaments to match. Add these to your diary… 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November 2 to 4 Catch the world’s best drivers battle it out around the sharp corners of Yas Marina Circuit at the business end of the 2012 season. The Yasalam entertainment line-up is equally as impressive. Mubadala World Tennis Championship December The intimate setting of the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City allows spectators to watch their favourite players up close. Volvo Ocean Race January Abu Dhabi is the first Middle Eastern port in this gruelling roundthe-world yacht race. Get set for two weeks of events and festivities at the purpose-built Destination Village on the Breakwater near Marina Mall. Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship January One of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour, this golf tournament attracts some of the sport’s highest ranked players and almost 30,000 spectators over four days.

02 5633100 or www.kidsparkuae.com

Meet, touch and help feed a variety of creatures including camels, emus, raccoons and boa constrictor. The park recently opened new sections for aquatic species, snakes, reptiles and amphibians and there is a variety of shows to keep the youngsters amused.

Timings: Sun to Wed 9.30am to 8pm; Thu to Sat 9.30am to 9pm Guide price: AED20 for adults, AED15 for children, AED60 family ticket (two adults and three children)

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AL AIN

Hot air ballooning

Shooting

Desert safari

BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

03 7026500

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

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

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

04 2854949

Camel racing AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK

02 5839200

Get up early in the winter months for an authentically local racing experience.

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: Vary 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 archaeological park dates to the third millennium BC.

Timings: Mon to Thu 4 to

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

Guide price: AED950 for adults, AED800 for 5- to 12-year-olds

AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY

BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE

03 7840000

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

Olympic-size ice rink with ladies- and children-only days. Next door to Hili Fun City amusement park.

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

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

Wildlife park

AL AIN MALL ICE RINK

03 7660333

The ice rink hosts regular skating sessions, monthly family ice shows and hockey tournaments.

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03 7828188

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A desert-themed zoo with animals from the local desert and African savannahs.

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

Timings: Daily 9am to 8pm Guide price: Adults AED15, children AED5, free for children under three years

BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK

03 7840000

This artificial skating rink is suitable for metal blade and roller shoes. There is also a 12-lane bowling alley nearby.

Golf

Karting

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

AL AIN RACEWAY

Green fees: Nine holes AED215

Skiing

03 7845542

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

(18 holes, 6,584 yards, par 71) Includes newly opened back nine holes with lighting, 42-bay driving range and golf academy.

AED90 for 50 rounds

Ice skating

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

03 7026400

Timings: Mon to Sat 2 to 10pm Guide price: From

AL GHARBIA

Camel trekking

03 7686662

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

State-of-the-art floodlit facility suitable for drivers aged eight years and upwards. Offers 'arrive and drive' sessions for individuals and small groups.

02 8862088

Explore the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) by camel, trekking through the vast sand valleys as Bedouins did in years gone by.

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

(Nine holes, par 3) Golf resort with facilities including a health club, two swimming pools and four flood-lit tennis courts.

Green fees: Nine holes AED23

Guide price: Free

03 7686666

02 8015400

Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise around Sir Bani Yas Island, or spot dolphins and dugongs on a private charter.

Guide price: Sunset cruise AED250

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Located 8km off Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mainland and 250km west of the capital, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to 23 species of free-roaming animals.

Guide price: Call for details

Kayaking DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

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

Guide price: AED60

Mountain biking DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8862088

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. It is a popular location for weekend picnics.

Green fees: Nine holes AED50 HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB

02 8015400

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

Cruising & sailing

(Nine holes, par 3) Sand course with a clubhouse and practice putting green. Clubs can be hired.

SIR BANI YAS ISLAND

Guide price: AED60

8. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club 9. Sir Bani Yas Island 10. Paintball 11. Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort 12. Hili Archaeological Park

Parks & gardens

03 7686808

Island trips

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

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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

AL AIN GOLF CLUB

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

02 8015400

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

on weekdays, or AED245 on weekend; 18 holes AED300 on weekdays or AED390 on weekends. Includes use of driving range and golf cart. Ninehole academy course AED100

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

Snorkelling DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

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

Guide price: AED200

Wildlife park ARABIAN WILDLIFE PARK

02 8015400

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

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

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

MALLS

FOTOUH AL KHAIR CENTRE

MUSHRIF MALL

Home to favourite brands including Marks & Spencer, Nine West, Dune and Pumpkin Patch.

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 6811130

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm, Fri 11am to 6pm HAMDAN CENTRE

02 6904422

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

02 6328555

Abu Dhabi ABU DHABI MALL

02 6454858

One of the main attractions on the Abu Dhabi shopping scene with over 220 retail outlets and a range of entertainment options.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 3.30 to 11pm AL RAHA MALL

02 5562229

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

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 2 to 11pm AL WAHDA MALL

02 4437000, 02 4437070

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 DALMA MALL

02 5506111

Abu Dhabi's biggest mall has 480 shops, including speciality retail stores, restaurants and entertainment options.

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

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

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Al Ain AL AIN MALL

03 7660333

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.

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

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

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

03 7638883

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.

AL JIMI MALL

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm BAWADI MALL

03 7840000

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to

Al Ain’s newest and largest mall offers an indoor ski slope, cinema, bowling alley, skating rink, family entertainment centre and almost 400 shops.

MARINA MALL

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

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

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.

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More than 110 shops to choose from offering a wide variety of products from fashion and jewellery to health and beauty.

SOUKS

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

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Abu Dhabi Mall Damas Alesayi Textiles, Marina Mall Iranian souk Traditional souvenirs Bawadi Mall

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SHOPPING ETIQUETTE Women should make sure that shoulders and the top half of legs are covered in Abu Dhabi’s malls and souks. Keep in mind that the UAE is a Muslim country and respect its culture. Take care not to wear anything too revealing or suggestive. Comfortable, light clothing is recommended, but it’s wise to carry a wrap or jumper in shopping malls as the air conditioning can be chilly. Refrain from public displays of affection.

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Abu Dhabi CENTRAL MARKET

02 8107810

Shop 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

02 5581670

Located next to the Shangri-La hotel is this classy, Arabianthemed souk with Venetian canals and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 4 to 10pm

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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, Indian on Wednesdays and brunch on Fridays for AED95. An à la carte menu with salad, soup, main and dessert is available on Thursdays and Saturdays for AED75, while there is a seafood buffet on Sundays for AED130

Al Raha Beach Hotel

Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi

Al Raha Beach

Madinat Zayed

02 5080555

Dine alfresco under the stars with views of the garden, or take a seat in the intimate dining room of Azur. Feast on Mediterranean cuisine with daily specials as well as tailormade menus Al Manzil – International Azur Restaurant – Mediterranean Black Pearl – Piano bar Enigma – Nightclub Sevilla Restaurant – International

Al Rawda Arjaan Abu Dhabi

02 4035000

Al Wahda

City Café – International

Choose continental cuisine from the à la carte menu at Al Dar or try the international buffet. Moka Café is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with light snacks, pastries and refreshments

Aloft Abu Dhabi

Al Dar – International Moka Café – International

02 6545013

Al Safarat

Mai Café has an evening ‘brunch’ every Thursday from 6.30 to 10.30pm. Chill out on oversized beach chairs beside the Splash pool and enjoy a barbecue for AED135 with soft drinks or AED199 with freeflowing house beverages Dine – International Mai Café – International relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar

Local flavour While Arabic food is prevalent throughout Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, traditional Emirati food is harder to come by. It is simple and relies on meat, fish and rice as basic staples, enhanced by the creative use of spices and other flavourings. Although Emirati dishes enjoyed by families, such as harees, thareed and regaag, are rarely encountered, visitors can experience authentic Emirati cuisine at Mezlai restaurant at Emirates Palace. The only fivestar Emirati restaurant in Abu Dhabi, it serves family-style dishes as well as those normally only eaten during special celebrations. Try chef Ali Salim Ebdowa’s signature dish lamb medfoun.

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Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel

02 4415900

Al Maqtaa

Feast on seafood every Sunday night at Al Bathna or the family brunch on Fridays. Enjoy a fine-dining experience at Kennedy, while Mexico meets Texas at Taverna Al Bathna – International Kennedy – European Taverna – Tex-Mex

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

02 6979000

Tourist Club Area Visit Indigo from March 20 to 24 for the Qureshi brothers’ Peshawar promotion. Their special menu showcases dum pukht, which means ‘slow oven’ and is the distinct cooking style of the nomadic tribes of the north-west frontier provinces. Rodeo Grill has a surf ’n’ turf promotion from March 4 to 16, with premium beef and seafood delights, a choice of side orders and sauces prepared by chef Ilker 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 restaurant and bar

Centro Yas Island

02 6564444

Yas Island

C.Taste has introduced new theme nights throughout the week for AED89. Enjoy roasts on Monday nights, burgers on Tuesday nights, pasta on Wednesday nights and barbecue on Thursday nights C.Deli – Deli C.Mondo – Lounge bar C.Taste – International buffet

02 6520000

Gems Restaurant introduces new theme nights including Far Eastern on Sundays for AED129, Middle Eastern on Mondays for AED110, Mediterranean on Tuesdays for AED129, seafood on Wednesdays for AED138, curry on Thursdays for AED129 and international on Saturdays for AED110 Gems Restaurant – International

Cristal Salam Hotel

02 6597666

Tourist Club Area All-day dining restaurant 2.35 offers Asian and international cuisine from the ‘theatre’ kitchens from 6am to 11pm daily 2.35 – International & Middle Eastern

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

02 6166122

1. Barouk, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 2. Fishmarket, InterContinental Abu Dhabi 3. Indigo, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 4. Etoiles, Emirates Palace 5. 18º, Hyatt Capital Gate 6. Royal Orchid, Hilton Abu Dhabi

Al Markaziyah Tuck into your choice of mussels every Wednesday night at Spaccanapoli. The dinner costs AED99 and includes freeflowing wine and antipasti Cho Gao – Asian Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar Spaccanapoli – Italian The Garden – International Vincent’s – Cocktail bar

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

02 6563000

Yas Island

Enjoy music by Stills resident DJ and a barbecue with a wide variety of salads and cold cuts every Friday afternoon on Stills’ terrace. The barbecue costs AED130, or AED190 with house beverages. Every Monday night, Stills holds a mussels promotion. Enjoy unlimited mussels from 7 to 11pm for AED130

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Barouk – Lebanese Jing Asia – Asian buffet Stills Bar & Brasserie – European bar and restaurant Sundowner – Bar

Emirates Palace

02 6909000

Ras Al Akhdar Enjoy a family brunch with Emirati food at Mezlai every Friday. Sample local dishes as well as grilled ostrich and camel. The buffet brunch costs AED280 and is available from 2 to 5pm BBQ Al Qasr – Al fresco dining 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

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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

02 6543000

Bain Al Jessrain Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill offers a four-course degustation menu with wine pairings for AED1,999 per person. Guests will also receive a personalised, engraved Langiole steak knife

Great views

Al Naba’a Lounge – Afternoon tea Cedar Lounge – Lebanese Chameleon – Champagne bar CuiScene – International buffet Frankie’s – Italian Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill – Steakhouse The Chocolate Gallery – Afternoon tea

02 4439999

Al Wahda

Ras Al Akhdar Start with sundowners at Ray's Bar on level 62 before heading to Quest on level 63 for Asian cuisine or Scott's on the waterfront for seafood

Hala Arjaan by Rotana

Brasserie Angelique – 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 – Japaneser

02 4180000

Tourist Club Area The Gallery all-day dining restaurant offers international flavours served with flair The Gallery – International

Hilton Abu Dhabi

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

02 6811900

Al Khubeirah

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Hilton Baynunah

02 6327777

Al Markaziyah Level 2 Restaurant blends local Oriental and Mediterranean flavours Level 2 Restaurant – International

HYATT CAPITAL GATE

02 5961234

Al Safarat

Visit Profiterole for morning coffee, light and creative lunches and hassle-free afternoons. There are nine signature sweet and savoury puff pastries with a delicious flavours. Try Abu Dhabi's newest brunch 80 metres above ground at 18º. It costs AED350 with nonalcoholic beverages, AED450 with house beverages and AED550 with Veuve Clicquot NV and house beverages 18° – Eastern Mediterranean Lounge – Tea lounge and bar Profiterole – Pastries

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Visit on Fridays for the Marina Brunch from noon to 4pm. Choose from two buffets at Boccaccio, then dine inside or out at Boccaccio, Chamas or Belgian Café terrace and enjoy the live jazz music. The brunch costs AED295 with selected beverages or AED395 with free-flowing bubbly

02 8115555

Al Wahda – International buffet Porto Bello – Italian Reflexions – Nightclub

Arabic Cafe – Arabic BiCE – 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

Al Bateen

Jumeirah At Etihad Towers

Visit Porto Bello for delicious Italian cuisine and Al Wahda for an international buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Afterwards, stop by the newly opened Reflexions for a post-dinner beverage

Try chef Cristiano Goattin’s winter menu at BiCE Italian restaurant. Inspired by the cuisine of his hometown Venice, he has added 14 new dishes to the menu, including salmon tartare, Venetian fish soup and risotto with saffron, thyme and grilled scallops

800 423463

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

Grand Millennium Al Wahda

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InterContinental Abu Dhabi

02 6570000

Ras Al Akdar

Check out these top Abu Dhabi restaurants with a view 18˚, Hyatt Capital Gate: Who wouldn’t be impressed by the amazing view from the 'leaning tower' and its fine Eastern Mediterranean cuisine? Al Fanar, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi’s only licensed revolving restaurant serves contemporary cuisine Bord Eau, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri: This romantic French restaurant offers views of the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Nautilus, Yas Viceroy: Admire the luxury yachts berthed in Yas Marina while feasting on fresh seafood (pictured above). Quest, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers: This pan-Asian restaurant has the ultimate view of Abu Dhabi from its 63rd floor location.

The Beach is a contemporary seafood restaurant with a choice of indoor or alfresco dining overlooking the pool and beach Horizon – International buffet The Beach – Seafood Sunset Bar – Beach restaurant

Le Méridien Abu Dhabi

02 6446666

Tourist Club Area When two people enjoy the Thai buffet at Talay one person dines for free. The offer is available every Tuesday evening and during the Friday brunch 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 Talay – Thai WakaTaua Terrace – Polynesian outdoor lounge

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

800 101101

Al Markaziyah Admire the view while enjoying a meal at the city's only licensed revolving restaurant, Al Fanar Al Fanar – European Amalfi – Italian Illusions – Nightclub L’Opera Brasserie – International Oceans Seafood Kitchen & Lounge – Seafood P.J. O’Reilly’s – Irish pub Sax Restaurant Club – International restaurant and bar Shuja Yacht – Seafood Soba – Japanese The Piano Lounge – Cocktail lounge

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Mercure Centre Hotel

WINING AND DINING

02 6333555

Al Markaziyah Enjoy fine French cuisine at the popular Le Prive restaurant, or Asian delights at Restaurant China, then stop by Mood Indigo for a post-dinner drink Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Prive – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar Restaurant China – Chinese

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi

Park Inn Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

Al Markaziyah

Yas Island

Bain Al Jessrain

02 6262700

End the day the German way at Cristal Bar every Wednesday from 5 to 10pm. Starting on March 7, enjoy a package of five German brewed beverages and a German platter for AED99. Share an authentic Italian meal every Thursday at Sevilo’s restaurant for AED150 including unlimited house beverages. Enjoy a variety of appetisers, a selection of pasta, risotto and pizza, two main courses and a classic Italian dessert

7. Zest, Al Ain Rotana 8. Filini, Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island 9. Amador Restaurant & Cellar, Park Rotana 10. Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

One to One Hotel The Village

02 4952000

Al Nahyan

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Visit One to One Hotel's newest restaurant Sennara for delightful Mediterranean seafood dishes. Choose from a selection of mezze from the à la carte menu or let the chefs surprise you. Or if it's meat you prefer, make a reservation at 18Oz for a mouthwatering steak 18Oz – Steakhouse Resto! – International buffet Sennara – Mediterranean seafood The Village Club – International Wokcano – Asian

Oryx Hotel

02 6810001

Al Khalidiyah Choose steak, salad and seafood from the à la carte menu at Horizon, then admire the view of the city’s skyline while enjoying the food. Afterwards, enjoy a drink at Blueline Bar or venture to the rooftop Horizon Terrace

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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

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

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

02 4071234

Saadiyat Island The Beach House hosts a barbecue every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm with chill-out music by the resident DJ. Enjoy barbecue favourites such as beef short fibs with marinated barbecue sauce, lamb cutlets and whole marinated tiger prawns as well as salad and dessert for AED300 with soft drinks or AED290 with alcoholic beverages Beach House – Mediterranean Park Bar & Grill – Steak and seafood/bar The Café – International The Library – Tea lounge The Park Bar – Cocktail bar

02 6562222

Visit Amerigos every Wednesday night and tuck into a juicy steak with mashed potatoes or French fries from AED105. Enjoy a three-course Mexican business lunch with one soft drink for AED60 and an extended happy hour with 50 percent off selected beverages from 6 to 8pm every night Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet

Park Rotana

02 6573333

Al Matar

Celebrate the weekend with brunch from noon to 4pm at Ginger All Day Dining and Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant. Ginger’s brunch is ideal for families with an international buffet and children’s activities. It is priced at AED175, including two selected beverages, and children aged six to 12 receive a 50 percent discount. Cooper’s carvery brunch includes free-flowing selected beverages and costs AED179 Amador Restaurant & Cellar – Avante gard cuisine and tapas bar Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International

Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island

02 6562000

Yas Island

Assymetri hosts an Arabian theme night every Thursday with hot and cold delicacies, live cooking stations, charcoal grill and more for AED125. On Fridays, there is a brunch with international cuisine for AED140 including soft drinks or AED180 with selected beverages. Head to Filini for brunch every Friday and enjoy Italian dishes served to your table, then relax on the terrace or cool off in the pool for AED145 with soft drinks or AED190 with selected beverages Assymetri – International buffet Fast Track Lobby Bar – Cocktail lounge Filini – Italian restaurant and bar

Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi

02 6170000

Al Madina Al Riyadiya Enjoy premium cocktails while taking in the panoramic views of the city from the 12th-floor Blue cocktail bar Blue – Cocktail bar Noche – Bar and nightclub Oceana Grill – International/seafood Oro – Italian Rouge – Chinese/Japanese

02 5098555

Chef Wu presents the Dumpling Festival at Shang Palace from March 8 to 28. Available for lunch and dinner, prices start at AED48 per dish. Chef de cuisine Alexandre Pernetta has a new set menu at Bord Eau. Featuring French turbot and Champagne sabayon or blanquette of milkfed veal, the blind-tasting set menu costs AED500 per person. Enjoy a tapas set menu every Sunday night at Pearls & Caviar for AED195 including freeflowing selected beverages Al Hanah – Wine bar Bord Eau – French Hoi An – Vietnamese Pearls & Caviar – Middle Eastern, Mediterranean restaurant and bar Shang Palace – Chinese Sofra bld – International

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

02 6773333

Al Markaziyah Try the new ‘Late Arabic Friday Lunch’ at Flavours restaurant every week from 4.30 to 10pm. The buffet features fresh seafood as well as smoked fish, sushi, Arabic mezze and salads, in addition to an array of Arabic dishes. The buffet costs AED170 including mocktails. La Mamma’s Italian chef Andrea Molinari hosts a winepairing dinner on Thursday, March 22. With four courses and award-winning wines, the dinner costs AED195. Head to the newly opened B-Lounge by Beachcomber. Set in the resort gardens with relaxed seating, there is a pit for bonfires, occasional live performances and a DJ on Thursday nights 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 Zenith – Nightclub

Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel

02 6666220

Al Khalidiyah Downtown Restaurant has a three-course set dinner menu every night starting from AED99. It includes soup, main course and dessert. During the day, there is a business lunch from noon to 4pm for AED85. The 3rd Avenue has free cocktails and bubbly for ladies from 9 to 11pm on Tuesdays Downtown – International La Veranda – International buffet The 3rd Avenue – Bar

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St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Al Ain

02 4988888

Saadiyat Island Visit 55th&5th, The Grill, a classic New York-style grill and lounge for mouthwatering steaks overlooking Saadiyat Beach, or stop by the beachfront Turquoiz restaurant for fresh seafood in a vibrant setting 55th & 5th, The Grill – Steakhouse Olea – Mediterranean Sontaya – Southeast Asian Turquoiz – Seafood

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

800 04413232

Sas Al Nakhl

Try the Bubbalicious Brunch every Friday at Fairways. Pay AED490 for free-flowing Louis Roederer bubbly, AED270 with wine, beer and pouring spirits, or AED240 for non-alcoholic beverages Agadir – Moroccan Fairways – International Lemon & Lime – Bar The Retreat – Bar

Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

02 5108888

Bain Al Jessrain Treat yourself to a delicious three-couse dinner in Afya with access to the salad bar and your choice of main course before finishing with dessert. Including unlimited selected red and white wine, the dinner costs AED125 Afya – International buffet Afya Beach Lounge – barbecue

Yas Island Rotana

02 6564000

Yas Island

Blue Grill offers a WWW dinner from Monday to Saturday with wine, wagyu and whiskey for AED250. Get more out of the weekend at Choices’ Saturday barbecue from noon to 4pm. For AED145, it includes a barbecue, unlimited softdrinks and complimentary pool access. Guests can also enjoy happy hour at the Aquarius Pool Bar from noon to 6pm Blue Grill – Steakhouse Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian Y Bar – Bar

Yas Viceroy Hotel

02 6560600

Yas Island

Indulge in the fresh seafood buffet designed by executive chef Michel Jost and sip on a glass of bubbly or a cocktail at Origins every Thursday night. Starters include aromatic tobiko bars, poached prawn with truffle-infused jelly and quail eggs with caviar. The fresh seafood options include fish, prawns, mussels, crab, crayfish, lobster and squid, all of which can be prepared according to taste. The buffet costs AED250 for food only, AED400 with house beverages or AED500 with Champagne Amici – Italian Angar – Indian Atayeb – Arabic Kazu – Japanese Nautilus – Seafood Noodle Box – Asian Origins – International buffet Rush – Cocktail bar Skylite – Cabana lounge

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Al Ain Rotana Hotel

Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort

03 7545111

Al Muwaiji

02 8012222

Ruwais

Visit Trader Vic’s from March 8 to 15 and sink your teeth into a juicy flame-grilled angus steak from Scotland. Enjoy a barbecue by the pool on March 9 for AED50, including two beverages. Trader Vic’s offers a three-course set menu business lunch from Sunday to Thursday for AED99. Diners can also enter the draw to win a complimentary dinner for two including a cocktail

Visit Tides restaurant on Thursday and Friday nights for a seafood barbecue, which includes lobster, shrimp, fish and tandoori. The seafood buffet costs AED225, while the regular buffet is AED165. Enjoy a Friday brunch with unlimited house beverages for AED250 C-View – Lobby lounge Gazebo – Shisha café L’Attitude – Cocktail bar and lounge Tides – International Zaitoun – Italian

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

Desert Islands Resort & Spa

Ayla Hotel

02 8015400

Sir Bani Yas Island

03 7610111

Al Mutaredh

With an impressive wine list and an abundance of grilled seafood and imported steaks, Samak is a relaxing beachside retreat set amid romantically lit landscaping and poolside surrounds. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap at The Lounge

Ayla Restaurant offers different themes throughout the week. Try the seafood buffet on Thursday nights and Asian cuisine on Saturdays. This month, Tamra Café offers all-you-can-eat buffalo wings with beer for AED70 Ayla Restaurant – International Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge

Danat Al Ain Resort

03 7046000

Al Nyadat East Arabesque offers a buffet with cuisine from the four corners of the globe every Tuesday for AED140. On Wednesday night, there is a fine selection of meat while Thursday's seafood night has an extensive range of fresh fish, shellfish and other treasures from the deep 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

Hilton Al Ain

03 7686666

Al Surooj

Feast on Arabic food such as manakeesh, saj and mezze at Makani Café. Shisha is served in the gardens and there is Arabic music from 8pm to 1am Casa Romana Restaurant – Italian Flavours – International Makani Café – Arabic Paco’s – Tex-Mex Snooker Bar – Sports bar

Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet

03 7838888

Jebel Hafeet Ladies receive one free cocktail on Thursday nights at Lawrence’s Lounge Eden Rock – Arabic Le Belvedere – French-Mediterranean Lawrence's Lounge – Bar Orient Cafe – Oriental

al Gharbia

Hummus: Well known and loved even beyond the Middle East, this Arabic dip or spread is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Moutabel: A delicious and spicy smoked aubergine dip that is popular in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. 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.

Samak – Seafood The Lounge – Lounge bar The Palm – International

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

02 8862088

Liwa Desert Watch the sun set over the desert from the rooftop terrace at Suhail, then feast on steak and seafood. Ghadeer meanwhile offers Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the pool and towering sand dunes that surround the resort Al Liwan – Lobby lounge and bar Al Waha – International/Emirati Ghadeer – Mediterranean Suhail – Steakhouse

Tilal Liwa Hotel

02 8946111

Madinat Zayed Enjoy Thursday's seafood night at Al Badiya restaurant for AED160 or the Friday brunch from 12.30pm with live entertainment for AED130. Visit on Saturdays for a barbecue on the terrace from 6.30pm for AED140 Al Badiya – International Al Liwan – Snacks Layali – Bar

Bill please When dining at restaurants in the emirate's hotels a service charge of 10 percent and a tourism fee of six percent will be added to your bill.

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