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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.

CIRCULATION & M AR K ETING Miche l l e Hir ao C a rol Mil a n

Mubarak Al Muhairi Director General Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

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In focus Photography: Adham Sneeh Location: Al Barari Credits: Albe wears: Top Dior; skirt Giorgio Armani; shoes Paule Ka; watch Baume & Mercier; jewellery Valencia. Aydin wears: Suit and shirt, both Hackett; belt Burberry, tie Ermenegildo Zegna

With spacious malls packed with luxury labels, Abu Dhabi is a paradise for shoppers. Both Abu Dhabi Mall and Marina Mall house everything from Cartier to Chanel and Dior to Dolce & Gabbana. For a preview of this summer’s leading styles, turn to our fashion shoot on page 38, which features pieces from Oscar de la Renta, Ermenegildo Zegna and timepieces from Baume & Mercier, plus more.

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contents JUNE 2012 / Issue 67

8/Essentials

Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top attractions and events

14/Discover 16/The Art of Collecting

A guide to buying Arabic art in the emirate

22/Song and dance

Evocative performances of Arabic dance are keeping the tradition alive

24/ExperiEnce 26/At Full Throttle

Introducing Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressive line-up of fast and furious attractions

32/Shop 34/Action time Arm yourself with an activity-inspired timepiece

38/This Stylish Life

Take a cue from designs through the decades for a sophisticated summer look

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contents JUNE 2012 / Issue 67

52/Taste 54/From the land of the rising sun

Where to go for delicious Japanese cuisine

58/After Dark A tour of stylish cocktail bars

Q 63/The Guide 64/DISCOVER Art galleries / Tours / Museums

66/EXPERIENCE

Adventure / Family activities / Golf / Sports

70/SHOP Malls / Souks

72/TASTe

Hotels outlets & promotions

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essentials JUNE

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Hatching Hawksbill sea turtles Critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles have been nesting in conservation areas along Saadiyat Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweeping beachfront under the careful observation of the Tourism Development & Investment Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental affairs team. The nests, which can contain between 90 and 100 eggs, are expected to hatch during June and July. Guests staying at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas will have a prime view. Where: Saadiyat Island. When: During June and July. Contact: adta.ae.

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UPCOMING EVENTS A b u D h a b i I n t e r n at i o n a l Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition September 5 to 8 See Arabian horses, camel beauty competitions, salukis, falconry displays and other aspects of local culture at this popular three-day event. See adihex.net

A b u D h a b i F i l m F e s t i va l October 11 to 20 See the latest films and celebrities from the Arab and international film world while participating in a range of events. See abudhabifilmfestival.ae

2 012 F o r m u l a 1 E t i h ad A i r way s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November 2 to 4 Catch the world’s best racing drivers speed around Yas Marina Circuit as the 2012 season draws to a close. See yasmarinacircuit.ae

Taste

Vertical wine bar Immerse yourself in wine culture and visit the recently opened Vertical bar where you can choose from more than 300 varieties of wine. The bar offers a selection from around the world as well as a tapas menu with tasty bites. The bar was named after ‘vertical wine tasting’, which pairs several of the same wines from the same producer or vineyard across a number of vintages and visitors are encouraged to try their own vertical wine tasting. Where: Rooftop, Cristal Salam hotel. When: Daily noon to 2am. Contact: 02 6597666.

Abu Dhabi Art November 7 to 10 This annual art fair brings together prominent galleries and artists from around the world in a showcase of modern and contemporary art. See abudhabiartfair.ae

M u b ada l a W o r l d Tennis Championship December See some of the world’s best tennis stars up close as they battle it out at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex. See mubadalawtc.com

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Experience Madonna

The queen of pop is to perform two concerts in Abu Dhabi as part of her world tour. Expect hits from her latest album MDNA as well as many more from her incredibly successful career which has spanned more than 30 years. Where: Yas Arena. When: June 3 (sold out) and 4. Price: Tickets start at AED495 for general admission (standing). Contact: thinkflash.ae

January 2013 Abu Dhabi stages a leg of the gruelling round-the-world yacht race for the second year. See abudhabioceanracing.ae

A b u D h a b i HSB C G o l f Championship January 2013 The world’s top golfers kickstart the year vying for the coveted Falcon Trophy at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. See abudhabigolfchampionship.com

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Experience Night golf

Escape the heat and tee off after dark at Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s award-winning 27-hole course. The state-of-the-art lighting provides optimum playing conditions, even without natural light, making a round more pleasurable after a day of business meetings or sightseeing. Home to the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the course is played by the sport’s elite each January. Where: Abu Dhabi Golf Club. When: Daily. Last tee time for nine holes is 9pm, 18 holes depends on sunset time. Price: AED275 for nine holes. Contact: 02 5588990

Discover

Al Ain National Museum The oldest museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum offers an overview of the country’s traditions and culture as well as the history of the people who inhabited the region up to 8,000 years ago. The museum is divided into two sections – ethnographical and archaeological – while a separate exhibit explains the history and construction of the falaj water irrigation system, used for transporting and managing water in subterranean channels and introduced to the region during the Iron Age. Where: Al Ain. When: Saturday to Thursday 8.30am to 7.30pm, Fridays 3 to 7.30pm. Closed Mondays. Cost: Adults AED3, Children under 10 years AED1. Contact: 03 7641595

Shop

Avenue at Etihad Towers Shop for high-end brands at Avenue at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi’s newest luxury shopping boulevard. There are 38 boutiques, including a flagship Cartier store and the region’s first A. Lange & Söhne monobrand boutique. Other brands include Breguet, Bally, Chloé, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lanvin, Manolo Blahnik, Blancpain and Van Cleef & Arpels. Where: Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar. When: Weekdays and Saturday 10am to 10pm and Fridays 3 to 11pm. Contact: etihadtowers.com

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S a j e e v K u m a r , a ss i s ta n t c h i e f c o n c i e r g e at A l Raha Beach Hotel, gives his top tips for visitors

Learn about Islam and the role it plays in UAE society by taking a free guided tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The iconic mosque was opened to the public in 2007 and is one of the few in the region accessible to non-Muslims. Visitors must wear conservative clothing and women will be given an abaya and sheila to wear on arrival. Where: Al Maqtaa. When: Tours are held 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. Price: Free. Contact: 800 555 or see szgmc.ae

Experience Ice skating

Whether you’re a budding Olympian or merely a beginner, Abu Dhabi’s numerous ice-skating rinks offer hours of ‘chilled-out’ fun. There are rinks in malls across the emirate and all offer tuition for those looking to polish their skills. One of the biggest is at Abu Dhabi Ice Rink, an Olympic-sized facility at Zayed Sports City (pictured), which can accommodate up to 400 skaters. Where: Abu Dhabi Ice Rink and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi; Bawadi Mall, Hili Fun City and Al Ain Mall in Al Ain. When: Most operate from 10am to 10pm. Price: Varies per venue, with average cost AED25 for 1.5 hours. Contact: See Experience listings for details.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most picturesque structures in the capital. It features 80 domes, approximately 1,000 columns, 24-carat gold-plated chandeliers and the world’s largest handwoven carpet. Heritage Village, a recreation of a traditional oasis village, provides a glimpse of the country’s past, including the falaj irrigation system and workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills. Al Ain Museum, next to the Sultan or Eastern Fort, provides an overview of the UAE’s traditions and culture, alongside the much older story of the people who inhabited the area. I also recommend a visit to the world’s biggest theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and its Formula Rossa, a rollercoaster which reaches speeds of 240kmh. A desert safari is an authentic experience that showcases the grandeur of the dunes, famed Arabian hospitality and camel riding. Al Forsan International Sports Resort offers horse riding, go karting, dune buggies, paintball and wakeboarding. Abu Dhabi is an ideal place to shop for designer brands and Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall are the best places to do this. Miraj Islamic Art Centre, next to Marina Mall, sells carpets, silks and handwoven pashminas, so it is a good place for souvenir shopping. For restaurants, I recommend Azur Mediterranean in Al Raha Beach Hotel. Further afield, there is Italian food at Cipriani on Yas Island, seafood at Fish Market at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi and Emirati food at Mezlai at Emirates Palace. For nightlife, visitors can head to the Souk at Qaryat Al Beri for Left Bank and Eight bars.

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Discover Tr e a s u r e s o f t h e w o r l d ’s c u l t u r e s

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Journey back in time at Manarat Al Saadiyat and discover some of the world’s great treasures at the gallery’s latest exhibition. Open daily until July 17, the exhibition, in collaboration with the British Museum, features regional loans from Al Ain National Museum and Sharjah Archeology Museum and documents two million years of human life. See artsabudhabi.ae

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PHOTOGRAPHY: ADHAM SNEEH

The art of collecting With its flourishing art scene, a trip to the UAE provides the perfect opportunity to take home a piece of Arabic art

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Due to the growing number of art fairs and galleries, record-breaking auctions and a new generation of up-and-coming talent, the art scene in the UAE is attracting attention from aficionados around the world. Visitors with an interest in collecting art will find plenty of ways to acquire a contemporary piece with a local flavour. Indeed, the diversity of art on offer in the UAE is uniquely captivating. From authentic calligraphy, Persian rugs and Oriental carpets to prize pieces from international artists inspired by all the Middle East has to offer, Arabic art celebrates an illustrious history that showcases the different wonders found within the community. Whether you are just starting out or are an avid collector already, you are sure to find something that appeals...

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Different strokes From the inscriptions on the gates of the Taj Mahal in India to the writing on the panels of the Bursa Grand Mosque in Turkey, the centuries-old art of calligraphy also holds a special place in the history of Arabic art. Greatly revered in the Islamic world, calligraphy was the primary means for the preservation of the Qu’ran through the ages. Merging artistry and great learning, calligraphy is still seen as a symbol of Middle Eastern artistry. Whether purchasing ancient and traditional styles or embracing a more modern approach, this sacred script appeals to tourists in a way that surpasses language boundaries. Written from right to left, the fluidity and delicacy of Arabic script is a skill often passed down through generations. Today, artists still very much rely on traditional tools with angled reed pens, known as qalam, favoured because they allow great flexibility. While characters are typically written in black ink on starchdyed paper, there are many ways to have your chosen piece customised, including marbled parchment and script in gold or silver ink. Calligraphy can also be found on items of cothing such as shawls (see page 20) and calligraphy art is widely available from souks to galleries including Miraj Islamic Centre in the Marina area.

1 Calligraphy on copper: a wall hanging at the Miraj Islamic Centre (previous page) 2 & 4 Persian poetry inscribed on the centre’s bronze Lota pots 3 Carved through silver on to copper: the centre also sells stunning works of embellished art

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Written from right to left, the fluidity and delicacy of Arabic script is a skill often passed down through generations

Worth a thousand words

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From the vastness of the surrounding desserts to an ever-changing skyline, the Middle East provides an incredible canvas. Historic Arabic art that drew inspiration from faith steered away from human figures as a reference to piety. Today, thanks to the emergence of exciting new mediums, such as digital manipulation, the modern market is awash with striking pieces that provide a fresh take on historical views. Merging the two worlds of contemporary culture and tradition has influences all art forms. Fatema Al Mazrouie, one of the first Emirati artists to be headhunted by the world-famous London auction house Sotherby’s, explores her passion by taking a closer look at Muslim women around the world. Stating the importance of an artist’s message as “the most

comprehensive way to communicate with people”, she believes that there is no more formal channel of communication to convey society’s issues, ideas and concepts.” Emirati artists are making more of an impact on the international scene and the scope of contemporary art available is proving a big attraction for visitors. One of the UAE’s most influential artists and gallery owners Jalal Luqman offers some advice for buyers. “It’s important that you find out the track record of artists if you’re not familiar with their work. Ensure they have some kind of standing in the field and that the artist has a developing future. That way, even though you’re buying a piece that you visually like, it will also mean that you’re buying something that over time will increase in value,” he said.

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Woven through time

Places of interest

Enjoying a golden age for centuries and still sought-after the world over, Persian rugs and Oriental carpets are renowned for their rich heritage and intricate designs. From the homes of royalty to the walls of great museums, these decadent styles of rugs and carpets have formed a significant part in the history of collectable art. Wandering through the halls of the Miraj Islamic Centre offers a greater appreciation of the detailed workmanship that goes into creating the rugs, especially when it becomes clear that it takes a single weaver months or even years to produce. Imtiyaz Ahmad Beigh, regional marketing manager of the centre, describes the intricacy involved. “Without actually knowing what the final image will look like, each weaver follows a pre-written code of colours and stitches, which over time evolves into the final design,” Beigh says. As the price tags can vary considerably, it’s best to find out exactly what determines a good investment. Beigh explains that key factors often include “the size and origin of

Ghaf Art Gallery 02 6655332 or www.ghafgallery.com

5 Two years in the making, this carpet, hand-woven in silk and wool, depicts the Door of Kabba 6 Kani Jamawar (woollen shawl) used by ancient royal families

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Founded by leaders in the Emirati art scene Mohamed Kanoo and Jalal Luqman, Ghaf Art Gallery opened in 2006 as Abu Dhabi’s first dedicated art gallery. Both prominent artists, Kanoo and Luqman actively promote the growth and development of the capital’s art scene with a mix of exhibitions by both local and international artists. The gallery is open from Saturday to Thursday, between 10am and 9pm. Miraj Islamic Centre www.mirajislamicartcentre.com

Located in the middle of Abu Dhabi’s upscale Marina area, this centre acts as a museum-like exhibition for unique Islamic art available for purchase. Browse through a collection of exquisitely bejewelled carpets, calligraphy-engraved antiques, marble furnishings and silk textiles. The centre is open daily from 9am to 7pm and offers free entry. Manarat Al Saadiyat 0 2 6435781 or www.artsabudhabi.ae

Translated as ‘the place of enlightenment’, the visitor centre was designed to showcase the story of the cultural hub that is Saadiyat Island. In addition to the permanent exhibition entitled ‘The Saadiyat Story’, the centre is also home to three major galleries and a central events gallery. It also runs a series of shows and educational programmes. The centre is open daily from 10am to 8pm.

the rug or carpet, materials used – because this can vary between silk and wool – and most importantly the number of knots it has per square inch, with a higher knot count representing better quality”. Replicas can actually be easily avoided, as all carpets of this calibre should come with a certificate of authenticity. If you enjoy ambling around the alleyways of traditional markets, the Carpet Souk on Mina Road, Abu Dhabi, provides an authentic experience and an opportunity to discover the perfect carpet. With a variety of rugs piled high, accompanied by a selection of traditionally styled ceramic goods and pottery, it’s a meeting place catering to any lifestyle and interior design.

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Song and dance Stories shared by Emiratis from hundreds of years ago describing accounts of love and of wars won and lost are being kept alive through performances of traditional song and dance

Q W O R D S B Y C h a r l o t t e V a n D e n B ro u c q u e

The UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional dances are a cultural spectacle not to be missed. Largely performed by men, although women play their own parts, the dances are dramatic re-enactments of battles, victories and religious celebrations. The ancient ayyalah is one of the most popular folk dances and signifies a victorious battle. Wearing the national dress, the kandura (white robe) and gutra (headscarf), Emirati men form two or four rows facing each other and hold wooden sticks that represent swords. Hundreds of men perform this dance together, while musicians beat drums. A single dancer then begins to chant or sing poetry while two dancers take to the middle of the lines, spinning their sticks or, in some versions of the dance, a rifle. The remaining dancers sway and dip their heads in time with the music. In the past, tribes treated the dances more as contests and would meet to exhibit their dancing and singing skills. Nowadays the dances are seen at more joyful occasions such as weddings, national days and Eid holidays. With an ancient heritage spanning hundreds of years, variations of the dances have developed across the Middle East. The harbiya dance, for instance, originated in Oman, but has been adapted over time into a unique spectacle performed across to the UAE. It too tells the story of war and, along with other regional dances such as the liwa, was used to raise fighting spirit.

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These dances and other variations have been passed from generation to generation with each one conveying a different story or theme, including love, victory, hunting and fishing

These dances and their variations have been passed from generation to generation with each conveying a different story or theme, not only of battles but sometimes of love and even hunting and fishing. The poetry sung or chanted during the dance falls into one of two categories and is integral to the history of the UAE; poetry of the sand and poetry of the sea. Less than a century ago, the UAE was sparsely populated with Bedouin tribes living in harsh desert conditions. As international trade increased, settlements appeared around waterways where fabrics, dates and spices could be traded. The population lived from the sea and as pearls became valuable, so did the practice of pearl diving.

It is these activities that have contributed to the rich heritage of dance, combined with input from other Middle Eastern nationalities that travelled to the area during this time to work and trade. In other parts of the world, important traditions similar to the UAE’s folk dances are all but dying out as sports and popular culture become favoured pastimes of the young. However, national government and local authorities are keen to uphold the region’s cultural dances and actively encourage their preservation through performance. Chairman of the Ayal Nasir Society, Masood Rashed Al Suwaidi, is determined to reverse the more recent downward trend that has seen fewer young men taking part in cultural dance.

FA S T FA C T As a musical dedication to Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the world’s largest dance was performed in February 2008. A total of 221 men completed five minutes of rifle spinning and rhythmic stepping.

“Traditional dancing is an important part of our heritage and we, with the support of the UAE government, believe it is essential to pass this on for generations to come,” he says. Al Suwaidi is a member of three organisations, the earliest of which dates back to the pearl diving era of 1877. The Ayal Nasir Society aims to popularise not only traditional dancing, but other cultural activities such as Arabic art, music and sailing. For more information on where to see traditional dances, contact Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (cultures.ae) or the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism & Culture (adach.ae).

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No trip to Abu Dhabi would be complete without venturing into the desert and experiencing an Arabian-inspired camel ride through the dunes. There are numerous tour operators in the Emirate offering desert trips at dusk, when the heat is more bearable, for camel rides, sand boarding, henna demonstrations and barbeques around the campfire. Ask your concierge for details.

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AT FULL THROTTLE With a love of all things fast and furious, Abu Dhabi is a haven for those who like to test their own limits

Q Home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster and one of the most exciting Formula One circuits, Abu Dhabi is a city where speed, adventure and excitement are celebrated. In one day, adrenaline junkies could hit 320kmh as a passenger in a modified F1 car on the main straight at Yas Marina Circuit before heading next door to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for a frontseat ride on Formula Rossa, a rollercoaster which hits 240kmh thanks to the same technology and equipment used to launch fighter jets from aircraft carriers. If being in the driver’s seat is the preferred option, head to Yas Marina Circuit’s Drag Racing Academy and face off against a friend in a 400hp Chevrolet Camaro putting the pedal to the metal over the quarter-mile. Those who prefer to work on their aim will find the city’s shooting ranges up to standard and there are paintball facilities for those who’d rather a moving target. As the home to the UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways, it’s perhaps no surprise that visitors can also try their hands at flying a Boeing 747-400 simulator (pictured), which offers all the excitement and none of the risk. So whether it’s getting behind the wheel of a seriously fast car or the thrill of flying a jumbo jet that gets your blood pumping, Abu Dhabi is sure to impress.

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Drag racing Think you’re fast? Why not put your skills to the test over the quarter-mile on Yas Marina Circuit’s drag racing strip. Get behind the wheel of the thunderous Chevrolet Camaro SS with its 400hp, 6.2-litre V8 engine and tear down the strip, reaching 100kmh in just 4.6 seconds and breaking through the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds. The Camaro has an automatic transmission, so there’s no need to perfect gear changes and you can even race your friends along the NRHAcertified drag racing strip. Drivers will receive a technical briefing from the Yas Drag Racing Centre’s chief instructor, who will take you through the necessary training and safety procedures as well as drive the first test run to demonstrate. You will take the wheel for the second run, with the instructor in the passenger seat assessing your ability to drive solo. If you pass, you will be allowed to take the remainder of the runs without the instructor. Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island When: See website for availability Price: AED600. Bookings essential Contact: 800 YAS (927), 02 6599800 / or yasmarinacircuit.ae

F1 two-seater There is nothing like extreme speed to get the adrenaline pumping so for the king of all adrenaline-charged experiences, get strapped in to the passenger seat of a modified Formula One car. Speeding around the stunning Yas Marina Circuit, which is home to this November’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, you will reach speeds of more than 300kmh and experience the same G-forces felt by F1 drivers during a race. The ride is not for the fainthearted, so only serious speed lovers and adrenaline junkies need

apply. Hit top speeds as you roar down one of the longest straights of any F1 circuit, then feel the force as the driver drops down to first gear for two sharp 90-degree turns. You’ll pass under The Yas Hotel, the only five-star property to be built over a Formula One race track and snake around the beautiful Yas Marina where luxury yachts are berthed. Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island When: See website for availability Price: AED11,500 for an open-ended ticket Contact: 800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

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Paintball Practise your aim, let off a bit of steam or take delight in firing a round with friends and family at Al Forsan International Sports Resort’s impressive paintball facility. There are two air-conditioned domes to choose from as well as two outdoor floodlit tournament fields. To make things a bit more interesting, why not stage a Wild West shootout or practise tactical warfare on a Pacific Island? Al Forsan has different themed play zones equipped with special sound effects, lighting and air-conditioning. There are interactive props, ‘intelligent’ sounds and smoke effects to add to the fun. The paintball centre has an indoor practice range where people can acquaint themselves with the arsenal as well as briefing rooms and changing areas. Coaching is available for all skill levels, making it an entertaining challenge for groups of friends, family and colleagues. In addition, competitors can upgrade their weapons to a Tippman Custom 98 or a TPX pistol for extra oomph or add paint grenades to their arsenal to gain an edge on the opposition. Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City When: Daily / Price: From AED120 per person for 200 paintballs and equipment. Group packages are available and competitors can upgrade their weapons and ammunition for an additional fee Contact: 02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Beginners are given a safety briefing, while for those looking to improve their skills there are training courses for shooters of all levels

Shooting The UAE’s only Olympic medal was won in double trap shooting by Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum in Greece in 2004, so it’s no surprise that shooting is a popular pastime here. In Abu Dhabi, visitors can make like an Olympic champion and fire a few rounds at Caracal Shooting Club where the arsenal includes semi-automatic pistols, bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic rifles and sport pistols. Most of the action happens at the 25-metre target shooting range and there is a 10-metre open range for training. A gallery overlooks the 25-metre range so those who would rather not participate can still watch. Beginners are given a safety briefing, while for those looking to improve their skills there are training courses for shooters of all levels. Once on the range, officers accompany all shooters throughout the session to ensure the safe use of the firearm. Under UAE law, the minimum age for shooting is 12 and identification such as a passport must be shown. Where: Caracal Shooting Club, Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel, Al Maqtaa When: Saturday to Thursday noon to 10pm, Friday 2 to 10pm / Price: AED205 for first-timers with 25 bullets and a safety briefing / Contact: 02 4416404

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World’s fastest rollercoaster Ever wondered how fast the world’s fastest rollercoaster goes? Precisely 240kmh. That’s fast enough to put an enormous smile on your face. The best news is that this high-speed attraction is right here in Abu Dhabi. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to Formula Rossa, the F1-inspired ride that has thrilled the likes of Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felippe Massa as well as thousands of other speedsters since its November 2010 opening. Wearing safety goggles, passengers will experience up to 4.8Gs as the coaster is launched using the same equipment that propels fighter planes off aircraft carriers. The two-kilometre track reaches heights of 52 metres giving unrivalled views of Yas Island for those brave enough to open their eyes. Formula Rossa is the star attraction at this indoor theme park. However, there are 19 other Ferrari-themed rides catering for all ages. Why not try the F1 simulators and race your friends around Yas Marina Circuit? Where: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island When: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm Price: Over 1.5m tall AED225, under 1.5m AED165. Premium admission tickets available Contact: 02 4968001 or ferrariworldabudhabi.com

The simulator mirrors 747-400 cockpit specifications for authenticity and budding pilots can even set their own flight paths choosing between any two airports and more than 200 destinations Flight simulator It’s not every day that you get to take the controls of a Boeing 747-400, but in Abu Dhabi anything is possible. Mutahida Simulators at Al Forsan International Sports Resort offers visitors the chance to get a feel for flying a jumbo jet without leaving the ground. The simulator mirrors 747-400 cockpit specifications for authenticity and budding pilots can even set their own flight paths, choosing between any two airports and more than 200 destinations. The process is monitored and managed by 10 state-of-the-art computers. Those looking to perfect their flying skills have the option of practising only take-off and landings and can adjust the length of their flights to suit. Best of all, no experience is necessary and flights are suitable for those aged 12 and above. Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City When: Wednesday to Monday, 10am to 2pm and 3 to 8pm (5pm on Thursdays). Friday 2 to 10pm Price: From AED120 Contact: 02 5568555 or mutahida.com

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Something for everyone Privé is the ideal place to gather with friends and colleagues, or to relax after work with business associates. Providing a much-needed space in Capital Centre for informal drinks, satisfying cuisine, and the occasional live sports match and cigar, Privé offers something for everyone. Privé is open Sunday – Friday from 7 pm – midnight. Enjoy 3 for 2 on selected beverages until 1 September 2012. For more information, please phone +971 2 596 1440 or email restaurants.capitalgate@hyatt.com.

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Modelled by Gisele Bündchen and Noah Mills, Salvatore Ferragamo’s spring/summer 2012 collection radiates glamour. Tropical influences meet tribal themes, giving way to vibrant ‘silk scarf’ maxi dresses for her and elegant suits in natural tones for him. Available from the Salvatore Ferragamo in Marina Mall, call 02 6816662 and Avenue at Etihad Towers, call 02 6655481.

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Action Time Be a good sport and arm yourself with one of these activity-inspired timepieces

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As a celebration of sporting excellence, nothing says ‘winner’ like an activity-inspired timepiece. Yet with an abundance of sports watches on the market, from the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, a golfer’s dream watch, to the Oris ProDiver Chronograph (pictured) – the perfect chronograph for diving devotees – shopping for watches can be a time-consuming business. To help make it easier, Concierge has compiled a selection of the best timepieces for active types. All you need to do is pick your perfect match.

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Best for… diving devotees

Oris ProDiver Chronograph In the world of professional diving the Oris ProDiver Chronograph is the ultimate in safety equipment. The lightweight titanium case houses a black DLC-coated side safety barrier, which protects the crown and chronograph pushers, allowing them to be screwed to the case. This also ensures the water resistance of the ProDiver in depths of up to 1,000 metres. An in-built, automatic, self-regulating helium valve is even ideal for professional divers who regularly experience deep-sea conditions and spend long periods of time in a diving bell. Oris is available at Rivoli stores in all major malls

Longines HydroConquest The HydroConquest is ideal for divers and enthusiasts of the open seas. Fitted with the L667 automatic self-winding mechanical movement, this timepiece offers a power reserve of 46 hours. Its abyss-black dial shows the date, hour and minutes and has a subdial for the seconds at 9 o’clock and counters for the chrono mechanism: 30 minutes at 12 o’clock and 12 hours at 6 o’clock. In addition, the Hydroconquest is water resistant to 300 metres and comes with a rubber strap with a double security deployment buckle. Longines is available at Rivoli stores in all major malls

Greg Norman wearing the Omega Aqua Terra

Best for… golfers

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Renewing its commitment to the game of golf, Omega, a brand that is synonymous with both beauty and utility, has released the Seamaster Aqua Terra. A golfer’s dream timepiece, the steel-onsteel case and the black and silver dial gives the watch a durable and stylish façade and the distinctive green elements fashionably identify the timepiece with the global sport. This elegant watch features a classic brushed and polished stainless steel case and bezel. Omega is available at Rivoli stores in all major malls

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Best for… Formula One fans

Armin Strom Racing Chronograph PVD The first collaboration between Armin Strom and Marussia Virgin Racing team is a series of three custom-built timepieces in the racing stable’s team colours – black, red and white. Fashioned from the same components and materials as the engine parts of Formula One racing cars, these titanium marvels are crafted with automatic winding and have a power reserve of 46 hours. Armin Strom is available at Damas Les Exclusives in Abu Dhabi Mall

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Inspired by Formula One automotive technology, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 is the definitive casual watch. Originally launched in 1986, the 2012 selection includes a total of 18 completely new editions, which are all co-engineered with the F1 team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and tested by star drivers including Lewis Hamilton (pictured below). One of the highlights of this range is the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph Black and Red Bezel, which is crafted from black titanium. TAG Heuer is available at Al Manara Jewellery in Hamdan St

AVA I L A B L E F R O M ARMIN STROM

Available from Damas Les Exclusives 02 6450700

Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall BAUME & MERCIER

Available from Al Manara Jewellery, 02 6272222

Located in: Hamden Street Available from Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons 02 6811171

Located in: Marina Mall OMEGA, ORIS, LONGINES

Available from Rivoli 800 RIVOLI (748654)

Located in: All major shopping malls in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain TAG HEUER

Available from Al Manara Jewellery 02 6272222

Located in: Hamdan Street

Best for… spectators

Baume & Mercier Capeland 10062 The Capeland series of exclusive chronographs is built with top-quality movements and features striking details on the dials. The Capeland 10062 is designed with a new metal bracelet, a rich sun satin-finished black anthracite dial and its waterproof up to 50 metres. Baume & Mercier is available at Al Manara Jewelly in Hamden Street, AED15,270

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this stylish life Take a cue from designs through the decades for a sophisticated summer look

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Albe wears: Dress Marni; scarf (in hair) Ralph Lauren; watch Baume & Mercier; sunglasses YSL Aydin wears: Shirt and belt, both Hackett; jacket Rick Taylor at Boutique 1; trousers Burberry; watch Baume & Mercier; sunglasses YSL

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Opposite page Albe wears: Dress Ala誰a and cardigan Oscar de la Renta, both at Boutique 1; jewellery Nina Ricci Aydin wears: Vest Ralph Lauren; trousers, shirt and tie, all Hackett; shoes and belt, both Burberry

Albe wears: Dress Marc Jacobs; pearls and earrings, both Carolina Herrera Aydin wears: Shirt Hackett; trousers Ermenegildo Zegna; tie YSL; shoes and belt, both Burberry

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Dress Dolce & Gabbana; bangle Furla, glasses Jeremy Scott at s*uce

Albe wears: Top Dior; skirt Giorgio Armani; shoes Paule Ka; watch Baume & Mercier; jewellery Valencia Aydin wears: Suit and shirt, both Hackett; belt Burberry, tie Ermenegildo Zegna

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Dress Chanel; jewellery Nina Ricci

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Albe wears: Dress Moschino; bag and jewellery, both Furla Aydin wears: Trousers and jacket, both Ermenegildo Zegna; shirt and belt, both Hackett; shoes Roberto Fabiani at Valencia

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Albe wears: Dress Elie Saab at Boutique1; bag Nina Ricci; jewellery Valencia Aydin wears: Tuxedo and shirt, both Armani Collezioni; bow tie Burberry; watch Baume & Mercier

Fashion editor: Naomi Chadderton Stylist: Christina Karachaliou (omyglamour.com) Hair and makeup: Dennie Pasion Models: Albe and Aydin at Bareface Location: Al Barari

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A LUSTROUS HISTORY With a history that spans over 75 years, Paspaley has become the world’s leading South Sea pearl company devoted to the delicate art of culturing the finest quality and most beautiful pearls

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Known as the ‘first gem’, pearls are beautiful from the moment they are plucked from the heart of the oyster. Unlike gemstones, pearls require no polishing or cutting before being set into stunning pieces of jewellery. Indeed, the iridescent lustre of pearls has enchanted people since ancient times. One modern-day admirer is the late Nicholas Paspaley, a refugee who travelled from Greece to the northern coast of Australia in the 1930s. As he quickly discovered, his new home harboured rich pearl beds and the young entrepreneur set about finding these hidden treasures. He bought his first traditional pearling lugger aged 19 and started his own business, navigating his way through the perils of hardhat diving amid cyclones and shark-infested waters. Despite the challenges, Nicholas did find the pearl of his dreams and brought it safely home. His prize catch laid the foundations for his eponymous company, which grew to become a worldwide sensation and continues to be run by the family today. With its incredible pearling heritage, the story of Paspaley has particular resonance in the UAE, where the pearling industry can be traced back hundreds of years.

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Cultivating a legacy Here in the UAE at the turn of the 20 th century, 1,200 boats were recorded pearling along what was known then as the Trucial coast. These boats were crewed by around 12,000 men, a large number of them pearl divers. Around the same time, Broome in Western Australia had become a global hub for mother of pearl (extracted from inside the oyster shell), supplying 70 percent of global demand to be used mostly as buttons. However, the golden age of pearling was not to last. The invention of the cultured pearl, pioneered in Japan in the early 20th century, provided an easier, more effecient way of acquiring pearls. After World War II, the Australian pearling industry all but disappeared as more affordable materials were developed for jewellery. It was during this precarious time in the pearling industry’s history that Nicholas Paspaley discovered a renewed

1 Paspaley, The Dubai Mall (previous page) 2 Gold, pearl and diamond rings from various collections 3 Rose quartz, gold and diamond pendant and earrings from the Muse collection 4 Paspaley, The Dubai Mall 5 Muse collection strand of pearls

With a childhood filled with memories of mesmerising pearling legends, Nicholas’ son was inspired by his father’s enthusiasm and passion for the pursuit of the pearl

passion for the pearl. Inspired by the techniques developed by the Japanese in culturing pearls, he dreamt of utilising the same technology to grow exquisite South Sea pearls of unrivalled size and magnificence off the coast of Australia. Partnering with Mother Nature herself proved to be fraught with difficulties and the quest for the holy grail of the pearling world was long and arduous. Nicholas Paspaley’s passion and persistence was finally compensated with fruitful harvests of luminous pearls, bringing his vision to life and the company continued to grow.

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With a childhood filled with memories of mesmerising pearling legends, Nicholas’ son was inspired by his father’s

enthusiasm and passion for the pursuit of the pearl. Nick Paspaley says: “As a child, I never had a holiday. After school and every vacation I would go and work with my father.” Nick joined the company in 1969, learning the ropes on a traditional pearling lugger. Along with the help of Nick’s two sisters, the family expanded the business to include 20 pearl farms across 2,500 kilometres of isolated, pristine northwest Australian coastline. The tropical waters provide the perfect conditions for the oysters to flourish. The original Paspaley boutique opened its doors more than 20 years ago and is now the premier destination for those wanting to invest in the finest examples of South Sea pearls in the world.

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Now the executive chairman of the company, Nick Paspaley reminisces about the origins of the family firm. “When I travel the world and see Paspaley pearls on display in the world’s leading jewellery houses, it always takes me back to the source... back to my father’s grand vision and a journey that involves so many years, so many miles and so many memories. Now we have our own 6 & 7 Bangle and drop earrings with diamonds and onyx from the Muse collection 8 Muse collection necklace, earrings and ring with blue sapphires and pavé-set diamonds 9 Muse rings with onyx, rose quartz and moonstone 10 Additional bracelet and rings from the Muse collection

boutiques around the world in which to house these magnificent gems that we have produced in harmony with nature.” I n 20 05, Paspa ley brought its uniquely beautiful pearls to the UAE with the opening of the first boutique in the region. There are now three stores in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Nick Paspaley remarked on the synergies between the UAE and his company, commenting that “Paspaley grows the world’s finest and most valuable pearls, so it is natural for us to want to showcase our collections in a location renowned as a destination for luxury brands and to a market that will truly appreciate and value the most beautiful pearls in the world.”

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Pearls of wisdom It can take years to accumulate pearls of the matching colour and size to create a perfect string of pearls. They are meticulously scrutinised and rigorously graded in the same way as other gemstones but considering the ‘five virtues’ of size, colour, shape, lustre and complexion. The Paspaley Strand Signature is a glittering Paspaley-branded diamond set flush into one of the strand’s pearls. It is a guarantee of authenticity as well as the highest quality that money can buy as only the most lustrous and perfect pearls are used in the creation of Paspaley’s exquisite pieces of jewellery. Each year the rarest and most magnificent pearls are set aside to create only a few ‘super strands’ of pearls, which boast the coveted Paspaley Strand Signature pink diamond. Strictly for those with serious spending power, these are at the pinnacle of the jewellery world. “Our customers are discerning and seek out the finest quality products with authentic provenance,” says Nick Paspaley. “With a 75-year heritage dedicated to the creation of naturally beautiful pearls, we are excited to pioneer this new strand feature for our customers’ reassurance of true quality and natural beauty.”

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For pa n-Asia n cu isi ne w it h spect acu la r v iews, v isit Quest on the 63 rd f loor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Talented Singaporean chef de cuisine Benjamin Whatt and his team from across Asia create innovative dishes t hat su r pr ise w it h ever y bite. T he f ive - spiced duck (pictured) comes highly recommended. Contact 02 8115555.

PHOTOGRAPHY: ADHAM SNEEH

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From the land of the rising sun Say konnichiwa to delicious Japanese cuisine in some of the city’s finest Southeast Asian restaurants

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Sushi may be the most famous of Japanese dishes, but there is more to this fascinating cuisine than raw fish rolled in rice and seaweed. It is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, using staples such as rice, fish, seaweed, soy bean products and vegetables. It combines a complex mixture of ingredients to create a delicate flavour and balance, while maintaining painstaking attention to detail in presentation. Well-known dishes include tempura (lightly battered vegetables and prawns), yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and teriyaki (meat and fish grilled in a sweet soy sauce marinade). Those looking to experience authentic Japanese cuisine have a number of options while visiting Abu Dhabi. Kazu (pictured) at the Yas Viceroy hotel offers all manner of Japanese dishes, from sushi and sashimi to more complex dishes. Regular promotions often include a kaiseki menu, which is a multi-course meal containing small samples of many dishes. The Yacht Club at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi has employed the services of renowned sushi chef Koji Kagawa to make the outlet’s offerings among the best in the city. Benihana at the Beach Rotana is ideal for dinner and a show as the talented teppanyaki chefs impress diners with their skills at the grill. Expect to be wowed by their antics as well as their culinary creations. Finally, for those who can’t decide between Japanese and other Southeast Asian cuisines, Soba is the place to go. The menu is predominantly Japanese, but there are also dishes from Thailand, China, Malaysia and Korea. So whether you’re craving simple sushi and sashimi or want to settle in for a traditional multi-course kaiseki meal, Abu Dhabi’s Japanese restaurants have it all. Itadakimasu (Let's eat!).

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The Yacht Club 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 marina-facing 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 vibes 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-style 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

Koji Kagawa’s ‘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

Kazu Combining fine Japanese cuisine with Yas Island views, Kazu is one restaurant that should be at the top of any Asian food lover’s list. The bamboo feature walls and wooden furniture suggest a modern approach, while the brown leather-bound menu features all the traditional fare plus a few house specialities. A visit to a Japanese restaurant would not be complete without sampling some of the sushi and fortunately Kazu’s sushi and sashimi platters with fresh salmon, tuna, hammour and scallops make the perfect starter. For a different take on the standard favourite, try the ‘new-style salmon sashimi’, which is lightly seared and served with olive oil. However, the real must-try is the signature lamb chops cooked with garlic and mint. There are two teppanyaki tables for those who like some light entertainment with their dinner, a sushi/sashimi bar, tempura station, private dining room and a full-range sake bar with experts available to offer the perfect pairing. Where: Yas Viceroy, Yas Island When: Monday to Saturday 7pm to midnight, also Friday and Saturday 12.30 to 3pm / Contact: 02 6560600

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Soba Casual, light and friendly, Soba is ideal for those who like a variety of Asian cuisines. The menu is predominantly Japanese, with dishes such as sushi and beef teppanyaki. However, there are also splashes of Thai, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisines. Recommended dishes include the signature sushi rolls, especially the salmon philly rolls, which are deliciously fresh and light, while the prawns with basil sauce and the beef teppanyaki from the main menu are not to be missed. As the name suggests, Soba – which is a thin Japanese noodle made from buckwheat – has a great selection of noodle and rice dishes. The restaurant is furnished in neutral tones with plenty of natural light and appeals to those looking for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner with family and friends. The Chinese chef also passes on his knowledge during weekend sushi classes. Where: Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi When: Daily, noon to 3pm and 7 to 11.30pm (12.30am on weekends) / Contact: 800 101101

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One of the city’s most popular Japanese restaurants, it has private dining rooms and a sushi counter. Tori No Su

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers 02 8115555

Due to open this summer, big things are expected from this modern Japanese restaurant. Toshi

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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 teppanyaki antics as well as their excellent cooking skills. This intimate restaurant is popular with all ages and nationalities and the chefs even manage to impress their Japanese guests. Guests sit at communal tables, so while it's not the ideal place for a romantic meal for two, you are guaranteed a fun and highly social evening out. Begin the meal with deliciously fresh sushi, sashimi and prawn tempura, but try not to overdo it. The teppanyaki portion sizes are notoriously generous. Choose from chicken, beef, salmon and seafood, accompanied by rice and a selection of vegetables. Each dish is cooked to perfection right in front of you. However, the real stars of this restaurant are the chefs. Watch closely as they make an onion ring volcano, dice and chop at great speed, or flirt with danger while juggling razor-sharp kitchen utensils. For one lucky guest, they may even finish with a personalised message written across the teppanyaki grill.

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This Southeast Asian restaurant offers a great selection of Japanese dishes.

Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club Area When: Daily 6 to 11.30pm / Contact: 02 6979011

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After dark Whether it’s a pre-dinner drink or a night out with friends, Abu Dhabi’s bars offer style and sophistication

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

While Abu Dhabi is a traditional emirate that values culture, it is also a social place where visitors can have a fun night out. There are numerous bars, pubs and clubs catering for all occasions, whether it’s a drink with colleagues after a business meeting, catching the latest sporting match or celebrating an important milestone with a loved one. Whether you are seeking a fantastic view, a lively atmosphere or are keen to experience special ladies' night promotions, you can find it all and more in the capital. Those looking for a bird’s-eye view of the city should consider Ray’s Bar on the 62nd floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers or relax@12 (pictured) at Aloft Abu Dhabi. For a night of glamour and dancing until the early hours, visit Etoiles at Emirates Palace, while those seeking a more casual evening with friends will be wise to visit Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant (Park Rotana), Hemingway’s (Hilton Abu Dhabi) or Y Bar (Yas Island Rotana). With views of the Arabian Gulf, Beach House (Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi) and The Manhattan Lounge (St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort) cannot be beaten, especially at sunset. Concierge rounds up some of the venues that are known for their sophisticated cocktails and vibrant atmosphere.

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Pearls Bar This open-air bar attracts a cool and sophisticated crowd and it’s easy to see why. The night-time views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the waterfront are nothing short of spectacular and the comfortable U-shaped sofas are perfect for a catch-up with friends. The pearly-white décor reflects the bar’s name, while the extensive cocktail list exudes charm and sophistication. Try the aptly named Mother of Pearl with gin, Cointreau, guava, pineapple and lemon juice and a dash of sugar syrup, or the fabulously fruity Show Girl with raspberry vodka, strawberry purée and lychee juice. Visit on Fridays from 4pm to 3am for UAEbased DJ Rone Jaxx’s Urban Education featuring hip hop, R&B dance hall and funk music for true aficionados. Those looking for a snack will find the diverse tapas menu has something for everyone with dishes such as salt and pepper shrimp with wild ginger and Tahitian lime, plus Sichuan king crab dumplings with spicy herbs. Having firmly established itself as a mustvisit on Abu Dhabi’s nightlife circuit over the past three years, this is one venue that continues to impress. Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri When: Sun to Wed 6pm to 1am, Thu 6pm to 3am and Fri 4pm to 3am Dress code: Smart casual / Contact: 02 5098777

The night-time views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the waterfront are nothing short of spectacular and the comfortable U-shaped sofas are perfect for a catch-up with friends

Rush

A L S O T RY Chameleon

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr This stylish venue has a range of signature cocktails, vintage Champagnes and creative bar snacks. Ray’s Bar

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Sip on innovative cocktails while gazing out at one of the most impressive views in Abu Dhabi. JAZZ 'N FIZZ BAR

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche Unwind with drinks or simply a glass of champagne while listening to chilled-out, live music.

For unrivalled views of Yas Marina Circuit, there is no better place than Rush. Situated in the bridge that crosses the race track and joins the two sections of the ultra-modern Yas Viceroy, Rush is a cocktail bar and lounge with a difference. A creative concept from the designers behind the George V restaurants and Buddha Bars around the world, Rush offers a chilled-out atmosphere and chic house music mixed by the resident DJ. To get in the thick of the action, take a seat at the bar or for a more relaxed approach, join friends in the comfy sofa-style seats by the windows and admire the scenery. Both sides offer brilliant views of Yas Marina and the race track, making it the ultimate vantage point for those planning to watch the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November. The beverage menu is extensive with a range of modern, traditional and speciality cocktails, fine wines, premium spirits and exotic liqueurs. There is also a range of tapas, mezze and a smorgasbord of finger food to complement the liquid offerings. Where: Yas Viceroy / When: Daily from 4pm to 1am Dress code: Smart casual / Contact: 02 6560600

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relax@12 One of the hippest hotspots, relax@12 has fabulous views of the city from all angles, from both inside and outside of the bar. Step into the glass-walled venue, take a seat at one of the booths and gaze at the panoramic view of Al Muzoon Peninsula, the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and beyond to Yas Island. Venture outside to the terrace for fresh air and views of the Abu Dhabi skyline towards Al Bateen Airport and the eastern section of Abu Dhabi island. While it’s one of the best places to catch the sunset and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, relax@12 is popular with nocturnal types, with resident DJs playing until the early hours throughout the week. The Asian tapas menu has a distinct Japanese flavour with a heavy focus on sushi and sashimi, while the beverage menu is also decidedly Japanese with a selection of sake and sake cocktails. With some of the best views and a trendsetting crowd moving in, this is clearly not just a place for seeing, but also a place to be seen. Where: Aloft Abu Dhabi When: Sat to Wed 5pm to 2am, Thu and Fri 5pm to 3am Dress code: Smart casual / Contact: 02 6545000

Trader Vic’s This quirky bar and restaurant takes its inspiration from the South Pacific Islands. With an eclectic mix of decorations, such as antique tribal masks, tiki carvings, woven-grass wall coverings, fish traps and hand-hewn canoes, it’s almost like stepping into a Polynesian museum. Yet what you won’t find in too many museums around the world is a vibrant bar mixing creative cocktail concoctions with a restaurant that serves a mix of Polynesian, French, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. After meal times the Mai Tai cocktail lounge takes the mood up a notch with a Cuban band and the temptation of more than 150 delicious tropical drinks from around the world, including the bar’s famous namesake, the Mai Tai cocktail. In a city where new restaurants and bars are opening on a regular basis, Trader Vic’s, in contrast, has been a firm fixture on the city’s dining scene for almost 20 years. Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi When: 12.30 to 3.30pm and 7 to 11.30pm Dress code: Smart casual / Contact: 02 6443000

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

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Top your 50% off with a 50% cash back*! Rotana fills the summer with sizzling surprises for the Rotana Rewards members. Dine at any Rotana restaurant in the UAE and get a voucher worth half the value of your discounted bill redeemable on your next visit. In addition, for every AED 699* you spend at any Rotana participating restaurants you will receive a voucher for a one-night stay at one of our properties in the UAE. Join today and benefit from the exclusive privileges for only AED 850: • One year complimentary dining when accompanied by at least one person. • 15% discount on beverages when dining. • Dining certificate worth AED 250 to enjoy in our Food & Beverages venues. • Preferred room rates at all Rotana properties. • Points when dining in our Food & Beverage venues and when staying in our properties. • Guaranteed late check-out till 6pm. • Over 950 Rewards prizes to choose from. *Terms and conditions apply. *Promotion is valid from May 15 until July 15, 2012.

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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 1pm and 5 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.

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT

02 6575800, 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.

Abu Dhabi

Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm

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

QIBAB ART GALLERY

02 6652350

Timings: Sun to Thu

8am to 4pm

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

FOLKLORE GALLERY

Timings: Daily 10am to 1pm and

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 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

5 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

AL HOSN PALACE (WHITE FORT)

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EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM

02 6676999, 050 8293952, 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

1. Falconry display at Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital 2. Hot springs, Hatta 3. Al Ain National Museum Exhibit 4. Abu Dhabi Corniche 5. Arabian oryx 6. Maqtaa Fort

HERITAGE VILLAGE

02 6814455

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

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

Al Ain AL JAHILI FORT

03 7843996

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

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

HISTORIC BUILDINGS Sightseers are spoilt for choice as Abu Dhabi is peppered with historic landmarks. Make sure you pay a visit to Qasr Al Hosn Fort, constructed in the 18th century and symbolising the development of the emirate and its rulers. Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain is also well worth a visit. It houses a permanent exhibition devoted to the explorer and traveller Mubarak bin London (Wilfred Thesiger) who crossed the Empty Quarter twice in the 1940s, as well as a temporary exhibition space, a shop and a café.

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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 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.

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Al Gharbia CHRISTIAN MONASTERY

02 8015400

Explore the remains of a 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.

LOCAL SPEAK

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 1pm 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 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). See boxout at right for free tour times Guide price: Free

TOURS

Water AL DHAFRA

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02 6732266

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

Air

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

FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

02 4440007

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

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

Guide price: AED1,250 per

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

person for a 30-minute city tour

Land AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6211797

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

Guide price: From AED150 for adults and AED100 for children ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

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

Timings: Monday and

Wednesday mornings Guide price: Adults AED160, children AED95 BIG BUS COMPANY

800 244287

See Abu Dhabi's major attractions on an open-top doubledecker 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 1.30pm Guide price: AED180, children AED120 6

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Abaya Traditional black dress worn by local women Abra Water taxi or traditional wooden boat used to transport people across waterways Dhow Traditional wooden fishing boat, bigger than an abra Kandoura Traditional white robe worn by local men Labneh Traditional yoghurt drink, usually served with Arabic food Majlis A room or seating area usually used for entertaining guests Manakeesh Popular Arabic food, consisting of dough with toppings such as cheese, thyme or ground meat, similar to pizza Shawarma A sandwichlike wrap usually filled with meat, such as chicken or lamb. Very popular across the Middle East Shisha A water pipe used for smoking flavoured tobacco. Sometimes referred to as hubbly bubbly

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

050 8009495 or seacruiser.ae

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

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 5pm, Fridays at 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm Contact: 800 555 or www.szgmc.ae

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 set 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 AED225, children AED115

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 the history of the region at the city's museums, see how Al Ain earned its reputation as the 'garden city' and go shopping for camels at the Camel Market.

Timings: Saturday to Thursday

Timings: On demand Guide price: Corniche cruise AED 180 for 30 minutes. Sunset cruise AED200

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

SHUJA YACHT

02 6794656

02 6742020, 02 6950530

A luxury cruising yacht available for private hire or 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 6211797

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

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 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 11am 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

02 5839200 or 50 6147007

02 6354316

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

Timings: Sat to 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

AL WATHBA

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

2 ABU DHABI CHARTERS

02 6424222

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: 10am to 2pm Guide price: AED220 for

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

050 7218928 or 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

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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1. Horse racing, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club 2. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 3. Desert safari 4. Noukhada Adventure Company 5. Camel races

Cruising & sailing

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

02 5755155 or 050 6660739

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

Birdwatching

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

Timings: Sat 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

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

SPARKY’S

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.

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

Camel racing

FUN WORLD

02 6459070

02 4034200

7pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 7pm. Ladies' day Tue 3 to 7pm. Guide price: AED40 for guests above 75cm tall and free for guests under 75cm

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6322255

KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE

050 6146931

Guide price: Call for details ART MARINE

04 3388955 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.

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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.

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

050 7218928 or 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

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

Guide price: AED50 per person for one hour

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

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

Guide price: Call for details

THE VILLAGE CLUB

OCEAN DIVE CENTRE

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

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

02 4952000

02 6441696

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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

Guide price: AED750 including equipment, soft drinks and water NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPA

02 6503600 or noukhada.ae

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

Guide price: Coastline cruise

Guide price: Call for details

THE YELLOW BOATS

Fishing

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

Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request

Guide price: From AED150 for

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

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

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

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

AED180, island cruise AED300

800 4044 or theyellowboats.com

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

Desert safari AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6212100

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

Timings: Daily 4 to 9.30pm Guide price: Adults

AED300, children AED240

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

Guide price: AED400,

050 6146931

Guide price: Call for details BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

02 6443000

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

Guide price: AED750 for three hours, AED1,300 for six hours

including fishing equipment. AED50 for each additional hour THE VILLAGE CLUB

02 4952000

Flying FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

02 4448866

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

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

02 6911711

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 6794658 or info@netgroupauh.com

Go dune bashing in a 4x4 across the sand dunes as the sun sets, ride camels at a Bedouin camp and then enjoy an Arabic barbecue dinner.

ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB

02 6731111 or 050 5409041

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

Guide price: Call for details

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. 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.

AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE

Arabian Wildlife Park Sir Bani Yas Island is home to a diverse range of animals, which can be seen on a guided safari or early morning kayak.

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

Camel races A popular pastime in the Arabian Gulf is camel racing. Events are held at weekends at Al Wathba and Al Maqam camel race tracks.

02 6437377 or divemahara.com

Guide price: Call for details

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

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.

Hot air ballooning

Green fees: Nine holes

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

BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

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

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

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

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

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.

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

Arabian horses Visitors can watch these hardy creatures in action at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Centre on Sundays during horse racing season or go horse riding at the Sir Bani Yas Stables (pictured).

Riding club and show jumping arena with a stable of 100 horses. Horse races held on Sunday evenings during the racing season.

ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB

Course, 18 holes Sun to Wed AED600, Fri and Sat AED825. Twilight rate weekends AED395, weekdays from 2.30pm AED295. Night golf AED275. Includes golf cart and unlimited use of practice facilities

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

02 5578000 or 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 YAS LINKS

02 8107777 (18 holes, 7,450 yards, par 72) The region's first links-style golf course with views of the coast from every hole.

Green fees: Sun to Thu

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

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

02 4455500

Golf

Green fees: National

Horse racing

ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB

to 2pm; Sat to Wed 3 to 8pm; Thu 3 to 5pm; Fri 2 to 10pm. Closed Tue Guide price: From AED350 for one hour

Brown fees: 18 holes Sun

ANIMAL ANTICS

Sky-high sights

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

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

NET TOURS

Diving

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

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

AED315, children AED290

desert safari, adults AED275, children AED200. Morning safari, adults AED140

02 5568555 or mutahida.com

AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB

Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults

Timings: 4.30 to 9.30pm Guide price: Half-day

Mutahida Flight Simulator

Ice skating Get a bird’s-eye view of the emirate with one of these aerial activities… Hot air ballooning Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and watch the sun rise over the desert. This calm and serene experience is a wonderful way to see the emirate. Seaplane flight Fly from Yas Island to Dubai Creek on a seaplane and see some of the UAE’s most famous sights, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit, the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa.

ABU DHABI ICE RINK

02 4034200

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 6812310

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

Helicopter tours Enjoy unrivalled views of the capital from the comfort of a helicopter and see the city’s latest developments such as Saadiyat and Sowwah islands, as well as the emirate’s coastal and desert beauty.

Island trips

Flight simulator Ever wondered what it’s like to fly a plane? Mutahida at Al Forsan International Sports Resort offers visitors the chance to fly a Boeing 747-400 simulator and choose the destination too.

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

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, nature walks and horse riding.

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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

Guide price: AED830

per person

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THE CORNICHE Hire a bicycle or buggy and pedal along the wide open paths. Visit the family beach and spend the day on a sunlounger, or enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the cafés and restaurants.

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

AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

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

Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm,

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

Race track tour Wildlife parks YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

ABU DHABI'S GRAND WEEKEND The 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix rolls into the capital from November 2 to 4, bringing 50,000 motorsport fans, the world's best race car drivers and a swathe of celebrities all ready to party the weekend away in style. The high-octane event, one of the biggest and most glamorous on the city's sporting calendar, is held each year at Yas Marina Circuit, a 5.55km track that winds around a stunning marina and through the five-star Yas Viceroy hotel. Tickets sell out and hotel rooms are booked well in advance so it is wise to book early to avoid disappointment. For more information, see yasmarinacircuit.ae

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

Visit the pits, team garages and race control with a photo stop at the podium.

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

Shooting CARACAL SHOOTING CLUB

02 4416404 NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

050 7218928 or 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: Two-hour

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

Karting AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Experience 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 3 to 11pm Guide price: From

AED120 for 15 minutes

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

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

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

AED120, children under 13 AED100 for 10 minutes

Kayaking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

050 7218928 or noukhada.ae

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

Guide price: AED450 per person

Motorsports DRAG RACING

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

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

Timings: See website for availability Guide price: Camaro passenger experience from AED100, driving experience AED600. Three-seat dragster passenger experience from AED440 FORMULA ONE

800 YAS (927) or 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: AED11,500. Formula Yas 3000 experience AED1,200 OFF-ROAD BUGGIES

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

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

Timings: Daily 3 to 11pm Guide price: From AED200 for 10km session YAS Racing School

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

Drive race cars and sports cars or 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 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 alforsan.com

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

Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm, weekends 10.30am to 10pm Guide price: From AED120 for 200 balls ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB & HOTEL

02 4415900

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

Parks & gardens 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

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.

Timings: Sat to Thu noon

to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm Guide price: AED255 including 25 bullets and safety briefing AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

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

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 on the outskirts of the city.

Timings: Sat to Wed

9am to 5pm Guide price: One-hour guided tour AED45 for adults, AED35 for children under 12 years Emirates PARK Zoo

02 5633100 or kidsparkuae.com

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

Timings: Sun to Wed 9.30am

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

AL AIN

Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm, weekends 10.30am 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

Camel racing AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK

action packed Abu Dhabi is a haven for adrenaline junkies with world-class attractions for thrill seekers… Al Forsan International Sports Resort Try paintball, shooting, horse riding, go karting, wakeboarding and skiing at this international sports facility in Khalifa City. Then create some dust as you race your friends on the dune buggies. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster, hitting 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-themed amusement park. Wadi Adventure With three worldclass courses, Wadi Adventure in Al Ain is the Middle East’s only manmade whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility. Take a lesson from the professionals or hone your skills in a controlled environment Yas Marina Circuit Hold on for the ride of your life as you speed around Yas Marina Circuit as a passenger in a modified Formula One car, or test your nerve behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. Why not try drag racing your family and friends? Yas Marina Circuit is not for the faint hearted.

02 5839200

Get up early in the winter months for a unique and authentic Emirati cultural 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

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HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

03 7845542

A family-friendly destination with landscaped gardens and a fun park, with nine new rides. There are cafes and restaurants as well. The adjacent archaeological park dates to the third millennium BC and makes an interesting day out.

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

Golf AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

03 7026400

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

Green fees: Nine holes AED215 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 AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686808

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

Green fees: Nine holes AED50 HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686666

(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

Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

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

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

Ice skating AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY

03 7845542

Enjoy an ice skating session with family and friends at this Olympic-size ice rink, which also offers ladies- and children-only days. It is located next door to Hili Fun City amusement park.

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

AL AIN MALL ICE RINK

03 7660333

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

03 7840000

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

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

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

AL AIN Zoo

03 7828188

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

6. Yas Marina Circuit and Yas Viceroy hotel 7. Game drive, Sir Bani Yas Island 8. White tiger, Al Ain Zoo 9. Paintball, Al Forsan International Sports Resort 10. Kayaking, Sir Bani Yas Island

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

AL GHARBIA

Timings: Mon to Wed 2.30

7

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

04 2854949

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

Island trips SIR BANI YAS ISLAND

02 8015400

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

Parks & gardens

Camel trekking QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

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.

02 8862088

Explore the Rub Al Khali, trekking through vast sand valleys.

Timings: 6am and 8am (40

8

minutes), 4.45pm (25 minutes), 5.45pm (50 minutes) Guide price: AED135 for 40 minutes, AED60 for 25 minutes, AED195 for 50 minutes

Guide price: Free

Shooting

Cruising & sailing

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

03 7026500

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

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

02 8015400 9

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

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

Guide price: Sunset cruise AED250

AED90 for 50 rounds

Skiing BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE

03 7840000

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

02 8015400

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

Guide price: AED60 QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

02 8862088

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

Timings: 6am Guide price: AED60

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

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

ARABIAN WILDLIFE PARK

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

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

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

Desert safari 02 8862088

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

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Sir Bani Yas Stables

Go kayaking, whitewater rafting and surfing or test your skills on the adventure course.

Wildlife park

Karting 03 7686662

Wadi Adventure

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

BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK

AL AIN RACEWAY

Horse riding

03 7818422

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

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

Water 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

DALMA MALL

MUSHRIF MALL

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

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 5506111

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

02 6328555

Abu Dhabi ABU DHABI MALL

02 6454858

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

Timings: Daily 10am to

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.

02 6354000

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

02 5562229

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to

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

10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm MADINAT ZAYED SHOPPING CENTRE & GOLD CENTRE

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm

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

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

MARINA MALL

Avenue at etihad towers

1

Al Ain

KHALIDIYAH MALL

AL RAHA MALL

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

Houses fashion, sports equipment, jewellery and souvenirs at reasonable prices in addition to a cinema complex. 1.30pm and 5 to 10.30pm

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

02 6904422

AL AIN MALL

03 7660333

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 10am to 11pm AL JIMI MALL

03 7638883

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

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

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

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

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03 7840000

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

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

02 6818300

800 3844238

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Souks

1. The Souk Central Market, Abu Dhabi 2. Madinat Zayed Gold Centre 3. Alesayi Textiles, Marina Mall 4. Carolina Herrera, Abu Dhabi Mall 5. Abu Dhabi Mall

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

Timings: Call for store timings

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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

NAVIGATE THE SOUKS Abu Dhabi’s souks offer an authentic shopping experience. With everything from spices to textiles and gold, they are a haven for hidden treasures. Put your bargaining skills to the test, as prices of most items can be reduced by up to 75 percent – except for gold which is sold by weight and the price is more or less fixed. .

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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

Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Al Maqtaa

Yas Island

02 4415900

Taverna hosts Lone Star Nights every second Friday, with line dancing, country and western music and Tex-Mex food. Sessions times are 6.30pm and 8.30pm and cost AED50 per person. Call 050 7089262 to book. 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. City Café – International

Aloft Abu Dhabi

02 6545013

Al Safarat

Asian Tapas Nights at Relax@12, take place every Saturday and Sunday from 5.30pm providing Oriental bites, tapas and sushi for AED99 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. Two glasses of house wine are included in the price. For international fare and lounge-pods-for-two complemented by an eclectic mix of laid-back tunes, don’t miss the Evening Brunch at Mai Café every Thursday from 6.30pm. It costs AED135 including soft drinks and AED199 including free-flowing house beverages. Dine – International Mai Café – International Relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar

Al Raha Beach Hotel

02 5080555

Al Raha Beach Visit Sevilla Restaurant on Monday from 7 to 11pm for Middle Eastern nights, with authentic Arabic food that costs AED145 per person or indulge in the Chocolate Obsession brunch on Friday from 12.30 to 4pm. With chocolate in every course, it costs from AED185 per person. The elegant Black Pearl bar hosts the longest happy hour in the city every weekday from 12 to 8pm. Al Manzil – International Azur Restaurant – Mediterranean Black Pearl – Piano bar Enigma – Nightclub Sevilla Restaurant – International

Al Rawda Arjaan Abu Dhabi

02 4035000

Al Wahda

Choose continental cuisine from the à la carte menu at Al Dar or try the international buffet which features speciality dishes from around the world. Enjoy a light snack and coffee at Moka Cafe. Al Dar – International Moka Café – International

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Al Bathna – International Kennedy – European Taverna – Tex-Mex

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

02 6979000

Tourist Club Area Visit Benihana for Sensational Sushi Saturdays from 6 to 10pm. Head to the buffet for sushi, sashimi or makimono for AED160 including soft drinks or AED199 with selected house beverages. Bay View – Beach restaurant Benihana – American/Japanese Brauhaus – German Essence – International Finz – Seafood Indigo – Indian Prego’s – Italian Rodeo Grill – American steakhouse Trader Vic’s – French Polynesian

Centro Yas Island

02 6564444

Yas Island

C.Taste has introduced theme evenings for AED89. Enjoy roasts on Mondays, burgers on Tuesdays, pasta on Wednesdays and barbecue on Thursdays. C.Deli – Deli C.Mondo – Lounge bar C.Taste – International buffet

Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi

02 6520000

Madinat Zayed Visit Gems Restaurant for 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.

02 6563000

Splash out on a pre-concert buffet dinner and a ticket to the Madonna concert at Yas Arena on June 3 for AED799 per person. Over at Stills, Euro 2012 matches are being shown on the big screens from June 8 to July 1. Live Wimbledon matches will also be shown on June 25. Celebrate Father’s Day with the family at Jing Asia on June 17 from 7 to 11pm and dads dine for free. Barouk – Lebanese Jing Asia – Asian buffet Stills Bar & Brasserie – European bar and restaurant Sundowner – Bar

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa

02 6561000

Eastern Mangroves Savour authentic Thai cuisine served from the open kitchen at Pachaylen. For all-day dining and a live sushi bar, head to Ingredients where it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from five different kitchens. Eat indoors or al fresco on one of two spacious terraces.

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

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

02 6543000

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar offers two- or three-course business lunches from Saturday to Thursday. The two-course menu is priced at AED95 while the three-course costs AED125.

Al Markaziyah Visit Cho Gao for Southeast Asian cuisine popular with the after-work crowd. Spaccanapoli offers an array of authentic dishes Cho Gao – Asian Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar Spaccanapoli – Italian The Garden – International Vincent’s – Cocktail bar

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2.35 – International & Middle Eastern Vertical – Wine bar

02 6166122

1. Benihana, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 2. Porto Bello, Grand Millennium Al Wahda 3. Royal Orchid, Hilton Abu Dhabi 4. Sayad, Emirates Palace 5. Azure, Al Raha Beach Hotel

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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

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02 4439999

Al Wahda

Visit Porto Bello for delicious Italian cuisine and Al Wahda for an international buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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

02 4180000

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

Start with sundowners at Ray's Bar on level 62 before heading to Quest on level 63 for Asian cuisine.

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HILTON ABU DHABI

Ras Al Akdar

02 6570000

Al Khubeirah

Contemporary seafood restaurant The Beach has a choice of indoor or al fresco dining overlooking the pool and beach

Jazz Bar & Dining and Hemingway’s Pub and Restaurant host Bargain Night every Wednesday with a raffle draw at 10pm, live entertainment by resident bands and drinks for AED10 between 7 and 9pm. Ladies who visit Jazz Bar & Dining on Monday nights receive complimentary house white, red and bubbly from 8 to 11pm.

Horizon – International buffet The Beach – Seafood Sunset Bar – Beach restaurant

LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

02 6446666

Tourist Club Area Head to NRG Sports Bar and watch live Euro 2012 matches on the giant screen from June 8 to July 1. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at Captain’s Arms, with an extended happy hour daily from noon to 7pm. For foodies, Chef Daniel has devised a new menu at Le Bistrot, available from 7 to 8pm with drinks on the house.

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

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. 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 Privé – Bar

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800 423463

Al Bateen

Try the lavish new Marina Brunch every Friday from noon to 4pm and enjoy extensive buffets from Boccaccio, Chamas and Belgian Café with music by DJ Rabih and the Chamas band. The brunch costs AED295, or AED395 with free-flowing bubbly. 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

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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 – Japanese

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Smoking shisha (hubbly bubbly) is very popular in Abu Dhabi. The Middle Eastern water pipe, which is thought to have originated around 500 years ago, purifies and cools the smoke from flavoured tobacco heated on top of the pipe by coals. It costs approximately AED35 to AED50 to smoke and the most popular flavours are apple, mint, strawberry, apricot and grape. Although relaxing and sociable, estimates suggest that an hour of shisha smoking equates to inhaling as many as 50 cigarettes. If you’re after an authentic taste of Middle Eastern culture, however, smoking shisha is a must. Just remember not to inhale too deeply, blow down the pipe to get rid of smoke build-up in the water and share your shisha among friends. This is a social tradition and to be enjoyed in groups or couples.

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

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Al Markaziyah Enjoy high tea at the Al Fanar revolving rooftop restaurant boasting 360-degree views. Mouthwatering finger food, French pastries and light snacks are served with fine brews from around the world. Daily from 3 to 7pm. AED95 per person. 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

MERCURE CENTRE HOTEL

02 6333555

Al Markaziyah Tuck into mussels and fries every Thursday and Friday (Jazz night) from May 10 at Mood Indigo Bar. Celebrate French Mother’s Day on June 3 and Father’s Day on June 19 at Le Beaujolais Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Privé – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar Restaurant China – Chinese

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WINING AND DINING

02 6262700

Al Markaziyah Football fans can watch live Euro 2012 matches from June 8 to the finals on July 1 in the Cristal Bar. Guests can also sample North American Latin food at Citrus International Restaurant every Sunday from 19pm to midnight for just AED175 per person, inclusive of house beverages. Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

One to One Hotel The Village

02 4952000

Al Nahyan

Resto’s business lunch offer includes a salad buffet for AED60. Wokcano has added an unlimited sushi buffet to its Southeast Asian menu, while Sennara highlights wild salmon as the chef’s special.

6. Olea, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort 7. Zaitoun, Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort 8. Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel 9. Suhail, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara 10. Angar, Yas Viceroy

18 OZ – Steakhouse Resto! – International buffet Sennara – Mediterranean seafood The Village Club – International Wokcano – Asian

Oryx Hotel

02 6810001

Al Khalidiyah

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Choose steak, salad and seafood from the à la carte menu at Horizon, then afterwards, enjoy a drink at Blueline Bar. Blueline Bar – Bar Horizon Terrace – International Horizon Restaurant – International West Side – International

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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

02 4071234

Saadiyat Island The Beach House hosts a barbecue every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm. Enjoy beef short ribs, lamb cutlets and marinated tiger prawns for AED300 with soft drinks or AED390 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

Park Inn Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

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Amerigo’s offers three tapas for AED100 every Monday night from 6 to 11pm. Wednesdays play host to steak night for AED105. Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet

Park Rotana

02 6573333

Al Matar

Daily promotions for ladies at Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant include complimentary Martini Cocktails from 6 to 10pm on Tuesdays and free bubbly from 8 to 10pm on Sundays. Cooper’s is open daily from noon to 2.30am. Amador Restaurant & Cellar – Avant-garde cuisine and tapas bar Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International

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.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel

Yas Island

Al Khalidiyah

02 6562000

Take a culinary tour of Italy at Filini thanks to Chef Salvatore Barcellona and his team, who are recreating famous regional dishes throughout June. Learn more about the origins by sampling the tasting menu themed on: Sicily from June 3 to the 9; Puglia, from June 10 to 16; Campania from June 17 to 23 and Liguria from June 24 to 30. Also, catch the Filini Brunchiamo! every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm where Chef Barcellona and his team prepare sumptuous Italian dishes, brought to your table. From AED145 including soft drinks and AED 190 including special beverages. Assymetri – International buffet Fast Track Lobby Bar – Cocktail lounge Filini – Italian restaurant and bar

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

02 5098555

Bain Al Jessrain Journey to Provence in Bord Eau this month and sample dishes from chef Alexandre Pernetta’s spring blind-tasting set menu for AED500. Experience the splendour of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay in Hoi An. Available throughout May, the dinner is priced at AED280, with an extra AED45 for cocktails. 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 At La Mamma Italian restaurant, Chef Andrea is celebrating the asparagus season with a special menu from June 2 to 8. Euro 2012 is being shown live on screen at The Tavern from June 8 and, to mark the event, the kitchen is serving up a special menu representing different participating countries such as German chicken schnitzel and Irish Baileys cheesecake. 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

02 6666220

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, which is a good choice for those staying in the city centre. Downtown – International La Veranda – International buffet The 3rd Avenue – Bar

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

02 8137777

Al Markaziyah Enjoy fine dining in one of the city's newest hotels and take in stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Abu Dhabi Corniche. Feast on fresh Gulf seafood prepared in French style at La Mer, while Silk and Spice offers a contemporary take on Thai cuisine in a traditional setting. Jazz ’N Fizz Bar offers live music with chilled-out tunes, jazz and bossa nova. Corniche All Day Dining – International Jazz ’N Fizz Bar – bar La Mer – French seafood Silk and Spice – Thai

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

02 4988888

Saadiyat Island Olea offers international cuisine from the buffet while enjoying fabulous views of the sea, while 55&5th, The Grill is the hotel’s signature restaurant and offers a more bespoke and intimate experience to visitors. Sontaya has introduced a new spring menu that combines colour and flavour to complement the season. 55th&5th, The Grill – Steakhouse Olea – Mediterranean Sontaya – Southeast Asian Turquoiz – Seafood

The Royal Hotel Abu Dhabi

02 8152222

Al Markaziyah ArganaVert Moroccan restaurant has an Andalusian set dinner menu this month, which includes soup, salad, main course of paella or tajine and a dessert, for AED115. Al Hawara Lebanese restaurant offers a daily set menu dinner and live entertainment every Thursday for AED115. Alternatively, enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Optimist all-day dining restaurant. Al Hawara – Lebanese ArganaVert – Moroccan Optimist – International

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The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

Al Ain

800 04413232

Sas Al Nakhl

New promotions at The Lounge include a chocolate fondue experience that teams white, milk or dark chocolate with strawberries, banana, dates, chocolate brownies, pistachio cookies and flavoured marshmallows. Ideal for two people, it costs AED80. The Lounge also has a new menu, with healthy salads, delicious sandwiches and tempting desserts, including the popular raspberry chocolate fondant. On June 27 from 7pm, sample Italian-inspired tapas and new world vintages and vote for your favourites to be in with the chance of winning some wonderful prizes. AED100 per person. 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

Watch Wimbledon matches live on the big screens at Ybar from June 15 to July 8, while enjoying strawberries and cream, as well as expertly prepared strawberry shots and cocktails. For the best steaks and the finest wines from Argentina, America and Australia, try the Blue Grill 'AAA' (triple A) Friday Lunch for AED175 or the 'WWW' (triple W) (wine, wagyu and whiskey) dinner for AED250, available from Monday to Saturday. Blue Grill – Steakhouse Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian Y Bar – Bar

Yas Viceroy Hotel

02 6560600

Yas Island

Fans of authentic Italian dishes can enjoy the new menu at Amici, developed by Chef Andrea Pastore. Highlights include Lobster Risotto All’Aragosta served with a modern twist and designer pizzas with novel toppings such as mashed pumpkin and smoked duck breast. At Kazu, take a journey through ancient Asia with the six-course taster menu, including 15 different types of sake. Served in the authentic Japanese tatami room, guests can remove their shoes and sit on cushions while dining. 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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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 – FrenchMediterranean Lawrence's Lounge – Bar Orient Cafe – Oriental

Al Ain Rotana Hotel

03 7545111

al Gharbia

Al Muwaiji White asparagus takes centre stage at Trader Vic’s in June with a signature menu available from June 1 to 15 showing the versatility of the distinctive spring vegetable. Guests can also try succulent lobster cooked French-style at Trader Vic’s, from June 21 to 27. Over at Zest, there’s Steak ‘n’ BBQ Night every Monday from 6.30 to 10.30pm where guests can select their favourite cuts to be grilled before their eyes for AED158 per person. Seafood Night at Zest takes place every Wednesday, from 6.30 to 10.30pm, costing AED185 per person, including a glass of sparkling wine, free-flowing soft drinks or water and AED215 including unlimited wine.

Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort

02 8012222

Ruwais

Tides hosts a family brunch every Friday with children’s activities. The brunch costs AED150 with soft drinks and AED225 with house beverages, while two children under 12 can eat for free. 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

03 7610111

Al Mutaredh Ayla Restaurant hosts themed buffets throughout the week. Hightlights include the seafood lovers’ night on Thursdays that costs AED130 each, or AED159 if you want to include a small bottle of Champagne. Add half a kilogram of giant lobsters for AED108, or a full kilogram for AED200. Visit on Fridays from 12.30 to 4pm for the Khaleeji feast with children’s activities for AED110. Ayla Restaurant – International Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge

Danat Al Ain Resort

03 7046000

Al Nyadat East The Wok has a seafood night every Tuesday for AED99. Alternatively, visit Arabesque on Thursdays for the seafood night, which includes a buffet of lobster, shrimps, oysters and mussels, for AED140. 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 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

02 8015400

Enjoy an aperitif at one of these trendy venues Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi: Watch the sun set over the Arabian Gulf while enjoying a refreshing beverage in this stunning Saadiyat Island location. Hakkasan, Emirates Palace: One of the city's trendiest restaurants also has one of the trendiest bars, which is ideal for a pre-dinner drink. Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri: Head upstairs to Pearls Bar for a creative cocktail at sunset before enjoying the fine fare and great views in the restaurant. Ray's Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers: Few bars in Abu Dhabi can rival the view of the city, Corniche and Gulf from this 62nd-floor hotspot. Trader Vic's, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi: Sip exotic cocktails and nibble on tasty snacks in this fun Polynesian-themed bar.

Sir Bani Yas Island With an impressive wine list and an abundance of grilled seafood and imported steaks, Samak is a relaxing beachside retreat. Samak – Seafood The Lounge – Lounge bar The Palm – International

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

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Liwa Desert Watch the sun set over the desert from the rooftop terrace then feast on steak and seafood at Suhail, or try Ghadeer which offers Mediterranean cuisine. 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 held 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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I grew up in Abu Dhabi and a lot has changed in my lifetime. The past 10 years has been particularly remarkable. There’s entertainment now on a scale we’ve never seen before. I remember as a child the only entertainment was the ice rink. Today my daughter attends live concerts by Beyoncé and Rihanna. What I like about Abu Dhabi is that it’s also a quiet, peaceful and safe place to live. My top recommendation for visitors is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is an important religious, national and architectural landmark initiated by His Highness, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Visitors must be dressed appropriately and those who aren’t will be refused entry. Appropriate dress is modest, conservative, loosefitting clothing, long sleeves, long skirts and trousers. Women will be given an abaya and head cover. Another place to visit is Manarat Al Saadiyat, which means ‘the place of enlightenment’. It is a cultural centre designed to bring the vision of the island

to life through The Saadiyat Story. Near Saadiyat Island is Yas Island, which hosts motor racing events and is home to Yas Marina Circuit, which has hosted the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009. Yas Island is considered the most prestigious leisure destination in Abu Dhabi. Emirates Palace hotel is one of the city’s most popular landmarks and is the venue for many of the city’s cultural activities. Another cultural landmark is Qasr Al Hosn, also known as the ‘white fort’ or ‘old fort’. This palace is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and dates back to 1793. Located on Sheikh Zayed the First Street, it was the royal palace and seat of government until 1966. The fort is not open to the public, but the area contains the Cultural Foundation which hosts a number of art, music and film events each year. When it comes to restaurants, I like Prego’s at the Beach Rotana because it has good food and a great amosphere. I also like Amador Restaurant & Cellar,

Amador Restaurant & Cellar is a fine-dining concept offering Spanish-influenced cuisine. It’s a new experience, which is fun and daring

which is a fine-dining concept offering Spanish-influenced cuisine at the Park Rotana. It’s a new experience, which is fun and daring. The food is exquisite; the chefs mix different spices and flavours. I really enjoyed the candy floss with passion fruit and chocolate with black pepper. Of course, for those looking to unwind, I recommend paying a visit to the Anahata Wellness Spa to try our signature Seven Chakras Crystal Massage. With traditional Indian ayurveda and Thai healing therapies, the spa offers a holistic approach to keeping its visitors at their best.

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It’s more than just an oasis. It’s alluring Al Ain.

AL AIN OASIS

AL AIN WILDLIFE PARK & RESORT

AL AIN SOUK

JEBEL HAFEET

AL JAHILI FORT

A traveller’s retreat in the heart of the desert. Breathe pure air and tranquillity to the sound of trickling water. Pure relaxation!

Get in touch with nature through unique exhibits. See the White Lions of Sambona and White Tigers ‘Sugar & Spice.’ Evening summer openings include a nightly bird show.

In the heart of the city lies the soul of Arabia. This market has all that’s needed for desert life.

Stand atop Abu Dhabi’s highest peak and look down at the wonder of Al Ain city.

This superbly renovated fort is the birthplace of the late UAE founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

SOUK AL ZAFARANA

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

AL AIN RACEWAY

CAMEL MARKET

AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM

This neighbourhood market delights with handicrafts, perfumes and UAE national dress.

Ride pure bred Arabians in extensive grounds, or play a highly affordable, all-grass, 18-hole course.

Get the adrenaline flowing at this state-of-the-art karting facility.

A photographer’s delight. Noise, bustle and bargaining marks the trading of these ships of the desert.

Discover more about Abu Dhabi’s ruling family by visiting their former home.

Visit a world where tranquillity and adventure meet. Where you can uncover the beauty that lies hidden within the desert. Discover the splendour that is Al Ain. Abu Dhabi. Travellers welcome.

Discover more. www.visitabudhabi.ae or call 800 555

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