Page 1

July 2012 | issue 68

M A G A Z I N E V I S I T O R F I V E - S T A R l u x u r y T H E

ABU DHABI edition July 2012 | issue 68

T H E

l u x u r y

F I V E - S T A R

V I S I T O R

M A G A Z I N E

Licensed by international Media Production Zone


JULY 2012 / Issue 68 / abu Dhabi Edition

Pu bl isher Rob N ichol a s

edi tor i a l GROU P Edi tor Fay e Row e Depu t y Edi tor C at he r i n e L a ngl e y Fa shion Edi tor naomi ch a dde rton PRODUC TION Edi tor DEBR A FR EEMA N-THOR PE cONTRIBUTORS Cl a ir e M a lcol m Ch a r lot t e Va n De n Broucqu e AMA N DA TOMLINSON CAV ELL MALLETT

st u dio Sen ior A rt Dir ec tor An dr e a T e m pesta Se n ior Design er Ton y Sa n t i ago Photogr a pher A dh a m Sn e e h Produc t ion Coor di nator Nav e e d A ziz

a dv ert ising A dv ert isi ng DIREC TOR DAV ID WADE A dv ert isi ng M a nager Pr a sh a n d Me non Sa l es M a nager s M a dih a Zou bir i pAOLO a NGHILE R I Sa nge eta Bu ta n i Mi a C ache ro Speci a l proj ec ts K ir at Sa bh a rwa l

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

Concierge magazine is published monthly and copies a r e dist r i bu t e d fr e e of c h a rge i n f i v e -sta r a n d se l ec t fou r-sta r hot e ls. A lt hough e v e ry e ffort is m a de to e nsu r e t h e acc u r ac y of i nfor m at ion con ta i n e d i n Concie rge m aga zi n e , t h e pu bl ish e r c a nn o t b e h e l d r e s p o n s i b l e f o r a n y e rro r s o r inaccur acies. Articles contained within Concierge m aga z i n e a r e u n de r cop y r igh t to t h e pu bl ish e r a nd ca nnot be r eproduced or tr a nsmit ted in a n y form, without first obtaining written permission.

Nicholas Publishing International FZ LLC P.O. Box 500573, Executive Heights (Damac Building), Dubai, UAE Tel: 04 4243600 Fax: 04 4327505 Email: concierge@npimedia.com Web: www.conciergeabudhabi.com

In focus Photography: Adham Sneeh Location: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Concierge’s circulation is independently audited by BPA Worldwide www.bpaww.com

Concierge magazine is also available in Russian, Arabic and Mandarin languages. Please request a copy from the concierge desk in the hotel lobby.

Жу рна л «Конс ьерж» та к же и з дае т с я на русском, арабском и китайском языках. Вы можете попросить экземп ляр ж у рна ла у консьерж-службы в вестибюле гостиницы.

‫ أطلب نسخه‬.‫مجلة كونسيرج متوفرة باللغة العربية كذلك‬ .‫من مكتب االستقبال في بهو الفندق‬ <<Concierge>> 杂志也以俄语﹑中文﹑阿拉伯语出 版,请联系 您所下榻的酒店 前台索取。

WELCOME_AUH JULY12.indd 3

A hugely prominent and celebrated monument in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is arguably the most important architectural treasure of contemporary UAE society – and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, fondly thought of as ‘the father of the nation’, its role as a place of worship, learning and discovery has particular significance during the Holy Month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin on July 20.

21/06/2012 12:09


Get ready to have tons of fun at Modhesh World, the biggest fun destination for this Summer! From 14 June to 25 August, kids, teenagers and families can have a fantastic time with exciting games, attractions, entertainment and lots of prizes. Meet the amazing Modhesh and make new friends in the region’s favourite indoor theme park, all summer long. See you there! Modhesh World Timings: Sat - Wed: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Thurs: 10:00 am - Midnight Fri: 2:00 pm - Midnight

Main Sponsors

Zone Sponsors

“Ahlan Dubai” +971 600 545555 www.modheshworld.ae


contents JULY 2012 / Issue 68

8/Essentials

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

12/DISCOVER 14/Crossing the Empty Quarter UAE-based adventurer Adrian Hayes follows in the footsteps of Sir Wilfred Thesiger

20/The Rituals of Ramadan Exploring the fascinating intricacies of the Holy Month

24/EXPERIENCE 26/Abu Dhabi in a Day

How to see the best of the city in 24 hours

30/Summer of Fun

Join in an action-packed programme of family-friendly events and activities

32/Time to Unwind

Relax and recharge with an Arabian-inspired spa treatment


contents JULY 2012 / Issue 68

36/SHOP 38/Made in the UAE

Talented designers from the Middle East are gaining international recognition

42/Precious Assets Coloured gemstones could help investors grow their wealth

47/TASTE 48/La Dolce Vita Sample delicious pizza, pasta and risotto right here in the emirate

52/Flavour of the Month Lavish iftar feasts await

Q 55/The Guide 72/My Life in Abu Dhabi Luke Cunningham, surf manager at Wadi Adventure

_CONTENTS_AUH JULY12.indd 6

21/06/2012 18:39


essentials JULY

DISCOVER Powerboat racing

It has attracted legions of fans in the US and UK and now this exciting marine motorsport has finally arrived in the UAE. The P1 Superstock series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Grand Prix of the seas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; kicked off recently at Emirates Palace Marina with the P1 Panthers roaring across the water. With plans in place for a national-level powerboat racing series in the UAE, there are a number of events in the pipeline including races for spectators and passenger experiences for adventure seekers. Contact: p1superstock.ae

8

ESSENTIALS_AUH_JULY12.indd 8

24/06/2012 16:41


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 Experience Arabian horses, camel beauty competitions, salukis, falconry displays and other aspects of local culture at this popular threeday 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 Experience 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

Experience Equestrian adventures

Explore the natural beauty of Sir Bani Yas Island on horseback by visiting the newly opened stables at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Offering experiences for all ages and abilities, including paddock pony treks for children and sunset rides for grown-ups, guests are likely to catch sight of gazelles, deer and other wildlife along the way. Where: Desert Islands, Abu Dhabi. Contact: 02 8015400.

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

SHOP

Avenue at Etihad Towers For a luxury fashion fix, head to Avenue at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi’s newest high-end shopping boulevard. Featuring an exclusive selection of boutiques including Manolo Blahnik, Blancpain and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as a newly opened f lagship Salvatore Ferragamo store (pictured), it is the premier retail destination in the emirate. Where: Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar. When: Weekdays and Sat 10am to 10pm and Fri 3 to 11pm. Contact: etihadtowers.com

December 2012 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

V o lv o Oc e a n Rac e 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

9

ESSENTIALS_AUH_JULY12.indd 9

21/06/2012 18:51


TASTE

Epicurean delights Wondering which restaurant to book tonight? Consider Blue Grill which has recently welcomed a new speciality chef, Zlatko Gersak. The Croatian national is putting his stamp on the menu which features juicy steaks such as Australian wagyu and a range of decadent deserts. With dark wooden tables, industrial-style chandeliers and a large show kitchen, which allows guests to watch the chefs in action, it’s sure to be a delicious experience. Where: Yas Island Rotana. When: Mon to Sat (closed on Sun) from 7pm to midnight. Contact: 02 6564000.

DISCOVER Al Ain Zoo

If daytime heat is too much, head out in the evenings for Family Nights at Al Ain Zoo, now taking place every Wednesday evening. There are 184 species in residence, including giraffes, white lions and two new Kori bustards in the spoonbill aviary (pictured). Children can also join in a variety of sports and games, play on the bouncy castle and watch their favourite cartoons. When: Open from 4 to 10pm until September 30. (During Ramadan, Family Nights will sojourn and the zoo will be open from 6pm to midnight). Contact: alainzoo.ae

TASTE

Afternoon tea Enjoy a stylish twist to afternoon tea with these handbag-inspired cupcakes at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Available exclusively in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge, the gourmet cupcakes are handmade by the culinary team and come in a range of indulgent flavours including, vanilla yoghurt, blueberry cheese, double chocolate chip, orange pistachio and date banana toffee. They’re almost too good to eat. Where: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Contact: 02 8115555.

10

ESSENTIALS_AUH_JULY12.indd 10

24/06/2012 18:00


Ask the concierge Mohamed Bakr, chief c onc ie rge at Sh a ngri-L a H o t e l , Q AR YAT A L B ERI offers advice on some of the best visitor experiences

DISCOVER Heritage Village

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

EXPERIENCE Liwa date festival

Those looking for a fun introduction into heritage-based activities should make their way to the eighth Liwa Date Festival, which hosts a popular fruit beauty pageant. The Ratab Beauty Competition invites locals to display highly sought-after half-ripe dates in the hope of being crowned ‘best in show’ and there are also contests for ‘best mangos’ and ‘best lemons’. For high-quality souvenirs, shop in the festival’s souk where they sell handicrafts made by more than 300 Emirati families. Where: Liwa city, in Al Gharbia. When: July 12 to 18. Contact: adach.ae

Abu Dhabi is a destination rich in culture and heritage. Take a trip downtown to Al Hosn Palace (the White Palace). As a former residence of Dubai’s royal family, the centre now houses an impressive collection of documents on the heritage and on the history of Dubai and the Gulf. A guided tour of the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also a must. During Ramadan, the mosque will be open to visitors between 9am and noon and closed on Fridays. For an alternative photo opportunity, guests staying at the Shangri-La Hotel can enjoy exquisite views over Maqta Creek from the hotel’s private beach and infinity pool. Experience a traditional market atmosphere at Souk Qaryat Al Beri, where you can purchase authentic Arabic perfumes, clothes and souvenirs. Alternatively, take a trip to Abu Dhabi Mall or the Marina Mall for a variety of big-name brands. Lulu Island has become a hub for water-sport enthusiasts and offers picturesque views of the mainland. Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, home to Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster. The nearby Yas Marina Circuit also offers fast and furious driving experiences on the Formula One racetrack, the Yas Drag Racing Centre and KartZone. For French cuisine in a chic setting, dine at the Shangri-La’s Bord Eau restaurant, featuring a blind-tasting menu set by chef Alexandre Pernetta. Pearls Bar, located on the rooftop of the Pearls and Caviar restaurant, is perfect for a night of indulgent lounging. Sax, on the other hand, is known for its superb selection of European fare in a classy and romantic setting.

11

ESSENTIALS_AUH_JULY12.indd 11

24/06/2012 16:45


Discover A r abi a’s ‘ge nt le g i a nt s ’

12

Abu Dhabi’s coastal waters are home to an abundance of tropical sealife, including the distinctive whale shark. These striking fish are lured by the warm waters and abundance of food. Docile in nature, they have been known to allow swimmers to hitch a ride. Organise a journey of discovery with Al Boom, which operates PADI five-star dive centres in the emirates. See alboomdiving.com


13


Crossing the Empty Quarter UAE-based adventurer Adrian Hayes has crossed the north and south poles, scaled Mount Everest and created world records along the way. His latest journey follows in the footsteps of the late great explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who twice crossed the Rub Al Khali

Q The Rub Al Khali, or the Empty Quarter as it is known in English, is one of the harshest places on the planet. With towering sand dunes that shift in the wind, temperatures that soar during the day and plummet at night and very few inhabitants, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the easiest of regions to cross on foot. Yet that is exactly what Dubai-based adventurer Adrian Hayes did. Armed with seven camels, two Emirati companions and some Omani guides, Hayes set off in the footsteps of famed explorer and travel writer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who twice crossed the Rub Al Khali between 1945 and 1949. Thesiger was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1910. He was educated at Eton and Oxford in the UK and returned to Ethiopia in 1930. He completed a number of expeditions in Africa and served in the army there during World War II. He explored the southern regions of the Arabian Peninsula from 1945 and travelled to Iraq, Iran (known as Persia at that time), Kurdistan, French West Africa, Pakistan and Kenya. He is well-known for his two travel books, Arabian Sands and The Marsh Arabs. The former, which was published in 1959, documents his travels through the Rub Al Khali and describes the disappearing Bedouin way of life. Here Adrian Hayes talks about his journey following in the footsteps of the famous explorer...

14


F o o t s t e ps o f T he s i ge r/ DIS COVE R

15

DISCOVER_THESIGER_DXB JULY12-AUH VERSION.indd 15

21/06/2012 11:20


What made you decide to do this journey?

1

I was seconded to the Royal Army of Oman from 1991 to 1993 and that was when I first heard of Wilfred Thesiger and saw his books. It was one of those dreams, along with climbing Everest and walking the [north and south] poles. I have lived in the region for the past five years and for me, it was a no-brainer. I know the region, I speak Arabic reasonably well and it was one of the great adventures I wanted to do. It took two years of full-time planning. When Thesiger made the journey, his challengers were a few bandits and smugglers, those kinds of things. The challenges now are borders – which you need permission to cross – authorities... all of these things. Our journey wasn’t a re-creation, because you can’t re-create what was done in 1947, but we wanted to follow in the footsteps of Thesiger in his first crossing of the Empty Quarter. That was our main aim – to experience it and see what it’s like now compared to 1947.

‘Our journey wasn’t a re-creation, because you can’t re-create what was done in 1947. We wanted to follow in the footsteps of Thesiger in his first crossing of the Empty Quarter’

1 Adrian Hayes, Saeed Rashed Al Mesafry and Ghafan Mohammed Al Jabry 2 Liwa Fort

What has changed since then?

2

In 1947 there was much more grassland and grazing. That’s now gone. We saw a lot of deserted farms. The water that fed these has disappeared, dried out or become too salty. The water’s not there, so the grazing is not there. The Bedu are no longer nomads roaming the deserts with their camels. They still have their camels and they still farm them in the desert areas, but they’re not roaming. They’re living in houses. In some ways the desert is emptier than it was in 1947, but on the other hand you have tracks, you’ve got roads and you’ve got four-wheel drives.

16

DISCOVER_THESIGER_DXB JULY12-AUH VERSION.indd 16

21/06/2012 11:20


F O O T S T E PS OF T HE S I GE R/ DIS COVE R

3 Adrian Hayes 4 Desert camp 5 Camel caravan

5

3

Tell us about the journey We went from Salalah to Abu Dhabi, which was 1,600 kilometres and took 44 days. We skirted the Saudi border, but stayed in the UAE. We went to a place called Umm Zamoul where the borders of Saudi Arabia and Oman meet and from there we continued to Abu Dhabi, passing through Liwa and Al Ain. Salalah to Liwa was pretty much what Thesiger did, except we stayed inside Oman. Thesiger also went to Al Ain just as we did, but after that he went all the way back down, while we continued on to Abu Dhabi. The first phase of the journey from Salalah to Mughshin was quite incredible.

4

It was across the Dofar mountains in Salalah. It’s the only place on the Arabian Peninsula that gets a monsoon, so it’s green. We were hacking through impenetrable jungle bush and forest. Then after 30 kilometres it becomes a wadi landscape with dried up wadis and lots of rock climbs for a few hundred kilometres. After that you’re in the sands of the desert. In the first phase, word spread about our journey so people would gather to meet us and there would be a big celebration. Goats were slaughtered, there was dancing, poetry, speeches… it just got bigger and bigger.

In t he second phase, in t he middle of nowhere from Mughshin to the UAE border, one sheikh drove 200 kilometres to be with us. Another highlight was riding into Abu Dhabi on our camels on the final day with four police car escorts, stopping at traffic lights with cars next to us. It was a surreal and fantastic way to finish. Our journey was touching to this part of the world. Some people did this in the ’90s, but they were three Canadians with a whole army of people. They were outsiders. What made this different was that we were one Brit, two Emiratis and some Omani riders. It was the same composition as Thesiger’s group. I was given the name Abu Ali over a year ago. It means father of Ali and was given to me by one of the Omani sheikhs. This was one of the most rewarding parts. Knowing the language and speaking it – and it improved greatly throughout – I was accepted and I could get in touch. I dressed i n t he t rad it iona l clot hes a nd wore t he khanjar (Omani dagger). I took it seriously.

17

DISCOVER_THESIGER_DXB JULY12-AUH VERSION.indd 17

21/06/2012 11:20


DIS C O VER /Fo o tstep s o f T h esig er

Tell us more about the team There was myself and two others, Saeed Rashed Al Mesafry and Ghafan Mohammed Al Jabry. They are Bedouin, army officers and camel farmers which is why I selected them. We chose people who wanted to do the journey because it is part of their heritage and culture. They loved camels too, so it worked. They’d been taught at school about Sir Wilfred Thesiger, or Mubarak bin London as he was called. It was all part of their history. He’s an iconic figure here, in the whole Middle East. Thesiger is so well-known and so respected and I think what surprised me when we went to Salalah through the wadis and the villages in Oman is how much respect he was afforded and how much we were too. We were modern-day heroes. I think in the cities in the Emirates, a lot of the culture has been lost, but the culture and heritage is alive and well when you get out of the cities. This trip was a reminder and reinforcement of where they’ve come from – Bedouin heritage, their hospitality, kindness, generosity, the camel heritage and where they’ve come from in a short period of time.

6 6 Leaving Liwa Fort

‘What surprised me when we went to Salalah through the wadis and the villages in Oman is how much respect [Thesiger] was afforded and how much we were too. We were modern-day heroes’

Did you ever meet Thesiger? I saw him once when he gave a speech, but I didn’t get the chance to chat with him. I did meet his two companions, Salim bin Kabina and Salim bin Ghabaisha of the Al Kathiri tribe. This was a major tribe in parts of the Empty Quarter. They were housed by Sheikh Zayed after they finished their expedition and live in Abu Dhabi, but they’re Omani.

PHOTOGRAPHY: WOUTER KINGMA

What did you learn along the way?

18

READ ON Adrian Hayes’ book, ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’ about his journey will be available in September along with a documentary. For more information, see adrianhayes.com

The thing I learnt most was about the culture and heritage. There is a huge Bedouin culture which so many visitors don’t get the chance to see. I’ve lived in the Emirates a long time and I’ve never been immersed in the culture so much as I was on this 44-day trip. I’ve never experienced anything like it. When you get in touch, you realise how rewarding and special it is. So that’s what I learned. The power of nature, the desert always wins. I was mesmerised. You wonder what’s beyond the big sand dunes and that’s part of any adventurer’s spirit. What’s beyond the next mountain, next sand dune, the next ridge…


and experience true Arabian hospitality

ENTER A WORLD OF MAGIC...

The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri is the ultimate shopping and dining destination in Abu Dhabi - a place for indulgence and luxury where tradition meets modernity. Enjoy the unique Arabian architecture and atmosphere of a traditional market, brought up-todate with superior shopping, fine-dining restaurants and relaxing cafes. Wander air-conditioned alleyways or savour the alfresco terraces. Discover the new destination with old-world charm - the best of both worlds at The Souk At Qaryat Al Beri. For more information, please call +971 2 558 1670 or visit www.soukqaryatalberi.com


the rituals of Ramadan Ramadan is a rewarding, spiritual time in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and practise great self-control. With the Holy Month spanning much of July and August this year, what better time to explore its fascinating intricacies?

Q Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic calendar, the month in which Muslims believe that Allah chose to reveal the Qurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;an to the Prophet Muhammad. For Muslims, Ramadan, which this year is expected to start on July 20 with the sighting of the new moon, is a deeply spiritual time of year that marks a personal journey in which they seek to become closer to God. Muslims increase faith during Ramadan through the act of fasting, abstaining from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. They also recite the Muslim profession of faith, perform ritual prayers five times a day and donate time, food and money to charitable causes. With the aim of pleasing the Almighty by helping others, controlling emotions such as anger, lust and envy and refraining from gossip and physical intimacy, the soul is cleansed.

20

DISCOVER_RAMADAN_AUH JULY12.indd 20

24/06/2012 16:47


Ra ma d a n / DIS COVE R RAMADAN

COURTESY OF THE SHEIKH MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

1

21

DISCOVER_RAMADAN_AUH JULY12.indd 21

21/06/2012 11:21


A social experience To those unfamiliar with Islam, Ramadan has its own distinctive ambience and while daily life continues, there are subtle differences that every visitor will experience. Working hours are curtailed and shops may close for prayer times, so be aware of the slower pace of life and adjusted hours of operation. Also, to be respectful to those observing the rituals of the season, nonMuslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during the day and to dress modestly. Ramadan is a social season and everyone, not just followers of Islam, can get involved in Ramadan-related activities. Friends and families gather each evening to enjoy iftar (the meal over which the fast is broken) and celebrate their blessings.

3

2

Ramadan is a social season and everyone, not just followers of Islam, can get involved in Ramadan-related activities. Friends and families gather each evening to enjoy iftar (the meal over which the fast is broken) and celebrate their blessings

4

1 Reading the Qurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;an (previous page) 2 Traditional lantern 3 Burning oudh (Arabic perfume) 4 Prayers at Fujairah Mosque

Visitors to Abu Dhabi are encouraged to experience an iftar buffet and sample the full range of Middle Eastern cuisine. For more information on iftar and some of the dishes you can expect to eat, turn to the Taste section from page 64. Sawm, fasting during Ramadan, is one of the five pillars of Islam together with shahadah, sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith; salat, performing ritual prayers five times a day; hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca; and zakat, giving alms (or charity) to the poor and needy. Visit any of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping malls throughout the Holy Month and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely you will see charity stands dotted around the main thoroughfares. Ramadan is a time of giving and Muslims donate money, clothes and food to charities. Visitors who would like to participate in the spirit of Ramadan might like to give larger tips than usual to their waiters or taxi drivers.

22


Ra ma d a n / DIS COVE R

The end of Ramadan is marked by a three-day holiday called Eid Al Fitr (expected to fall on August 19), which begins with the sighting of the new moon. The first day of Eid is spent with family, although traditionally the senior member of the household will pay courtesy visits to prominent elders or local sheikhs to wish them Eid Mubarak (a blessed Eid).

5

Learning about Islam For those with a limited knowledge of Islam, a guided tour around Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an excellent way to find out more about the faith. The largest mosque in the UAE and a must-see on any trip to the capital, the building and the interior is breathtaking. More than 3,000 workers helped to construct the mosque using natural materials such as marble, stone, gold, semiprecious stones, crystals and ceramics. The maximum capacity is approximately 41,000 and the overall structure is 22,412 square metres.

5 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 6 Hilton Abu Dhabi iftar buffet 7 Arabic sweets

6

Respecting Ramadan Refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during the day in Ramadan, even inside cars It is considered polite to cover shoulders and legs The only live music played during Ramadan is traditional Arabic music. Dancing is not allowed Most businesses and government offices will close between 2 and 4pm Iftar, the meal over which the daily fast is broken, is held around 7pm depending on the time of year and when the sun sets

7

Supermarkets and shops may be closed during the day, but will usually have extended hours at night – sometimes until midnight

As one of the most visited buildings in the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is not only a place of worship and Friday gathering, but a centre of learning and discovery through its education and visitor programmes. Its ‘doors’ are open to everyone to encourage cultural understanding. Throughout Ramadan, the mosque is open to visitors from 9am to noon, but closed on Fridays. Walking tours will start at 10am and 11am. The complimentary tours are led by Emirati guides who will show you around interpreting the architecture, artistic elements and Islamic culture. Visitors are advised to arrive approximately 15 minutes before the tour time and meet one of the visitor experience co-ordinators. General visiting hours outside of Ramadan are 9am to noon, daily. For more information, call 02 4416444 or see szgmc.ae

23

DISCOVER_RAMADAN_AUH JULY12.indd 23

21/06/2012 11:22


experience A f a lconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s e ye v ie w

24

For an exclusive way to get your bearings, why not book a helicopter tour? Falcon Aviation Services offers 15-minute flights from the Marina Mall helipad along the Corniche, over Lulu Island and Mina Zayed Port in an EC 13 chopper. Flights are priced at AED2,500 and take up to six passengers. Available daily (except Tue) until September 15. Contact: 02 4440007.


25


ABU DHABI IN A DAY Want to see the best of the city in just 24 hours? Concierge highlights the capital’s top attractions

Q First stop, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque The entrance to Abu Dhabi island reveals the most impressive and revered landmark in the city, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. One of the largest mosques in the world, this magnificent structure is an essential Abu Dhabi experience with its 80 domes and more than 1,000 columns. Unlike most mosques, free one-hour tours are held at convenient times throughout the day for non-Muslims. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan wanted to promote understanding and tolerance between cultures and these tours offer an insight into Islam as well as a fascinating view of an architectural wonder. During the Holy Month of Ramadan – estimated to begin on July 20 this year – the Mosque is open to visitors from 9am to noon Saturday to Thursday, but closed on Fridays. Contact: 02 4416444 or see szgmad.ae

26

EXPERIENCE_24 HOURS_AUH JULY12.indd 26

24/06/2012 17:05


AT T RA CT I ON S / E XP E R IE NCE

1

27


3

2

Spend the morning at Heritage Village After learning about the importance of Islam in Abu Dhabi’s culture and tradition, take a glimpse into the past at Heritage Village. See what life was like for the Bedouin in a reconstruction of a desert camp. Learn about the ingenious falaj irrigation system and watch craftsmen at work on metal, pottery and cloth. After browsing the museum exhibits, with artefacts that include traditional dress, hunting weapons and currency, buy handmade souvenirs and potent spices from the souk. Savour this heritage atmosphere, before soaking up the regal luxury of the next stop on your itinerary. Contact: 02 6814455

1 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (previous page) 2 Heritage Village 3&4 Emirates Palace

Enjoy high tea at Emirates Palace A gilded tribute to service standards and royal lifestyle, Emirates Palace is far more than a luxury five-star hotel. Just a short distance from Heritage Village, the contrast could not be more pronounced. To experience the iconic hotel’s modern standards of excellence and the famous Arabian hospitality that make Abu Dhabi unique, dining here is a must. High tea may be an English creation, but at Emirates Palace it is executed with aplomb and a twist at Le Café from 2 to 6pm daily. Choose either the traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches and scones for AED260 (plus tax) per person or the hotel’s alternative that infuses the ritual with Arabic influences, such as date and zataar scones with pistachio clotted cream for AED310 (plus tax) per person. The residence of choice for visiting dignitaries, celebrities and royalty, you too will be made to feel like a VIP. Remember to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 4

Contact: 02 6909000

28

EXPERIENCE_24 HOURS_AUH JULY12.indd 28

24/06/2012 17:06


AT T RA CT I ON S / E XP E R IE NCE

Complete your day at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel

5

Stop for a meal or a drink at one of the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel’s restaurants or bars and admire spectacular views of the surrounding marina and world-class race track while enjoying some of the emirate’s finest cuisine. The racing-themed hotel is the only one in the world that straddles an F1 circuit. Enjoy a nightcap at Rush, the bar directly above the race track, for the final pit stop of the day. Contact: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/abudhabi

6

Yas Island is where you will find Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel Have an afternoon of fun on Yas Island From the Corniche, traverse Saadiyat Island, which will soon be home to the world-famous Guggenheim and Louvre museums, to Abu Dhabi’s leisure and entertainment district, Yas Island. Here you will find Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel. Escape the heat at the largest indoor theme park on the planet. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, which hits a white-knuckle speed of 240kmh. Open daily (except Mondays) from 11am to 8pm, it is the only Ferrari theme park in the world and offers 20 rides and attractions suitable for all the family. General admission for adults is AED225, AED165 for children under 1.5 metres and free for children under one metre. See ferrariworldabudhabi.com Yas Marina Circuit is home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and is a popular attraction with visitors. Take a two-hour circuit tour on 10am or 2pm Tuesday to Saturday, ride at top speed in a two-seater F1 car, get behind the wheel of a race-spec Aston Martin or hit the go-kart track for racing on a smaller scale. Contact: yasmarinacircuit.ae

5 Yas Island 6 Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel 7 Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

7

29

EXPERIENCE_24 HOURS_AUH JULY12.indd 29

24/06/2012 17:07


Summer of fun With an action-packed programme of family-friendly events and some of the emirate’s top attractions in the spotlight, this year’s Summer in Abu Dhabi festival is set to be the best yet

Q W o r d s b y C av e l l M a l l e t t

1

While Abu Dhabi is home to some of the world’s most exciting attractions, at the peak of summer, extra efforts are made to keep fun-seekers amused with the Summer in Abu Dhabi festival leading the way. Now in its fifth installment, the event, organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), is taking place at ADNEC exhibition centre from June 21 to July 19 and features 11 exciting activities and live daily character shows. “This year we have an action-packed programme that will enthrall everyone from tiny tots to ‎adventureseeking teenagers,” says Faisal Al Sheikh, events manager, TCA Abu Dhabi. Against a backdrop of fun-fair rides and playground activities, the highlight of this year’s fiesta is the spectacular Show World arena, which will host a range of activities based on celebrated children’s characters. Visitors can enjoy a 20-minute musical performance of the popular Arabic doll Louna, which will be recited in English and Arabic. Next, let The Jungle Book’s Mowgli and friends teach the kids to play the bongos. The magic of make-believe continues as characters from childhood classics including Beauty, the Beast, Cinderella and Peter Pan, take to the ice-rink for a spellbinding skate off.

30

EXPERIENCE_SUMMER IN AUH_JULY12.indd 30

24/06/2012 17:11


fe s t i v a l / E XPE R IE NCE

2

A host of leading attractions including Al Ain Zoo, Al Forsan International Sports Resort and Wadi Adventure in Al Ain are joining the party

1 Al Ain Zoo 2 Wadi Adventure, Al Ain 3 Summer in Abu Dhabi activities at ADNEC

T H E D E TA I L S

3

Summer in Abu Dhabi is open at ADNEC daily from 3 to 9pm Sun to Thu and from 2 to 10pm on Fri and Sat. Tickets can be bought on the door, priced at AED40 for adults and AED30 for children under 12. Guests with an Etihad Airways boarding pass, valid until July 19, will be allowed a single free entry. For more information and timings, see summerinabudhabi.ae

Aside from daily live shows, festival-goers can participate in a host of active pursuits, including obstacle courses, zorb-ball challenges and laser beam trials. Creative types will appreciate the Artsville zone, offering activities from face painting to designing and painting bespoke t-shirts and plates. For older children, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council is offering games and workshops on basketball, soccer, tennis, golf and more. Summer in Abu Dhabi is not just confined to the exhibition centre, however, as a host of leading attractions including Al Ain Zoo, Al Forsan International Sports Resort and Wadi Adventure in Al Ain are joining the party by offering two-for-one deals all season long. Visitors who can’t fit everything into their schedules can rest easy as there’s no better time to plan a return trip. Etihad Airways is offering a ‘kids fly free’ deal for those travelling from the GCC until September 10. What’s more, visitors staying two nights or more can claim a second room for free at 50 resorts and hotels, including favourite five-star options such as Emirates Palace Hotel, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi and the new Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara. It’s sure to be a summer to remember.

31

EXPERIENCE_SUMMER IN AUH_JULY12.indd 31

24/06/2012 17:11


ANANTARA SPA, EMIRATES PALACE

32

EXPERIENCE_SPAS_AUH_JULY12.indd 32

24/06/2012 18:24


s pa s / E XPE R IE NCE

TIME TO UNWIND Relax and recharge with a signature treatment and enjoy one of Abu Dhabi’s authentic spa rituals

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

From rasul mud treatments to hammam baths and desert sand scrubs to caviar facials, Abu Dhabi has signature spa rituals all of its own. Blending authentic Arabian therapies with luxurious, indulgent treatments, the capital’s spas are a haven for visitors to rest, relax and revive. Staying true to tradition, many spas offer age-old Arabian therapies, including hammam and rasul treatments. The hammam was originally a wash house (still largely enjoyed in countries such as Turkey and Morocco), where people would go for their regular baths. They would be scrubbed down with an exfoliating mitt and washed with black soap. Their hair would be shampooed and then they would be free to splash themselves with water of varying temperatures or soak in hot tubs. While Abu Dhabi’s hammams cannot lay claim to hundreds of years of history, what sets them apart is their sheer luxury and the fact that they are a great introduction to the city’s spa culture. Similarly, the rasul treatment is another Arabian experience worth trying. Guests are covered in various types of therapeutic mud and left to relax for 30 minutes in a steamy rasul chamber before water rains down from the ceiling to wash them clean. Those who are looking for something extraordinary will be very well catered for in the capital where many spas offer luxurious treatments incorporating gold, caviar and precious stones. When visiting spas, try to arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes early and bring your swimwear to enjoy the facilities, which often include a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and relaxation areas. Concierge has selected a few of the city’s spas that offer an memorable experience, whether it’s for their Arabian offerings or ultra-luxurious decadence.

33


Rayana Spa Where: Hyatt Capital Gate Why: With 360-degree views of Abu Dhabi, Rayana Spa takes the prize as one of the capital’s most unique pampering spots. Located on the 19 th floor of the record-breaking Capital Gate building, every room has a different view of the city. Each room carries a desert theme, with desert plants and mini sand dunes in the sitting area where guests are treated to a foot ritual and scrub prior to the treatment. Try: The 60-minute Rayana Renewal Massage is a deep-tissue treatment incorporating a

number of techniques for maximum benefit. Using Swedish and pressure-point techniques, with long slow, flowing strokes, followed by swift short strokes and targeted pressure, it is as relaxing as it is therapeutic. Choose from four oils that will help to enhance hydration, energy, purity or radiance. Follow the massage with the 90-minute Desert Muse, a hydrating facial to combat the effects of the harsh desert environment. Price: Rayana Renewal Massage AED490, Desert Muse AED700 / Contact: 02 5961100

Anantara Spa Where: Emirates Palace Why: One of the biggest spas in Abu Dhabi, Anantara Emirates Palace offers a luxurious treat. The Moroccanstyle spa is set over two f loors and has seven lavishly decorated treatment rooms with bathtubs, steam showers and views over the gardens. The premium feature, however, is the Moroccan-style hammam with marble beds, Jacuzzis and steam rooms. There is also an ‘ice cave’ for the ultimate invigorating experience. Try: The spa’s signature treatment is the Gateway to Arabia, a hammam experience which includes a scrub using black olive soap and essential oils, a rigorous massage, a royal honey jelly body mask and a visit to the ice cave before retreating to the majlis for sweet cookies and herbal tea. Those who want real opulence, however, should try the caviar facial or the gold facial. The spa’s most popular treatments are massages and the aromatic massage is ideal for relaxation. Combining aromatherapy and Swedish massage, the therapist uses a combination of strokes and acupressure techniques to relax and soothe tired bodies. Price: Gateway to Arabia, AED1,450 When: Daily 10am to 10pm / Contact: 02 6909000

34

EXPERIENCE_SPAS_AUH_JULY12.indd 34

24/06/2012 16:58


s pa s / E XPE R IE NCE

Zen the Spa Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Why: Stepping into Zen the Spa at Rotana is like entering a cave of tranquility. With the soothing aroma of essential oils, dim lighting and natural tones and textures, it invokes an instant sense of relaxation. The spa has 10 treatment rooms, two tranquility suites for couples and relaxation areas where guests can sip herbal tea, read magazines and enjoy some quiet time. The treatments include: specialised massages to target a range of ailments; body wraps and scrubs to smooth, moisturise and revive; facials for all skin types; and couplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; treatments. The spa team offers consultations on the best treatments for each guest, with advice on how to achieve balance and wellbeing. Try: Experience the relaxing and detoxifying effects of the Rasul Mud Extravaganza, one of the oldest Arabian rituals. Taking place in the rasul chamber, which can seat up to six people, the treatment begins with dry brushing to remove dead skin, aid circulation and detoxify the body. Four types of mineral mud are then applied to the face and body and the guest is left to enjoy the rasul chamber, which fills with peppermint- and lavender-infused steam. The lights are dimmed while a fibre-optic ceiling twinkles overhead. After 30 minutes, the lights slowly brighten and the rain showers switch on so the mud can be washed off. This is an ideal companion to another treatment, such as a massage or facial. Price: Rasul Mud Extravaganza AED250 for 45 minutes, or AED200 when combined with an additional 60-minute treatment When: Daily 10am to 10pm / Contact: 02 6979333

Experience the relaxing and detoxifying effects of the Rasul Mud Extravaganza, one of the oldest Arabian rituals. Taking place in the rasul chamber, which can seat up to six people, the treatment begins with dry brushing to remove dead skin, aid circulation and detoxify the body

A L S O T RY

Espa

Atarmia Spa

Where: Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel Why: Set in the middle of the Formula One racetrack, Espa at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is conversely a space of calm and tranquility. Set over two floors, it offers stunning views of Yas Marina and its luxury yachts. The spa offers a range of modern treatments, soothing massages and traditional Middle Eastern rituals. Using only Espa luxury products, it includes a modern hammam for women, while the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area has a private lounge with two Metronap sleep pods for rejuvenation and relaxation. Try: The Ultimate Hammam is a lesson in luxury. Lasting 80 minutes, it starts with a visit to the steam room to relax the muscles and mind. Guests then move to the warmed marble plinth in the hammam room, where they will be exfoliated with a kese mitt and black soap. An invigorating body massage helps to soften the skin before a marine algae body mask is applied. A hair mask provides deep conditioning and is followed by a relaxing bath.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi 02 4071170

This modern spa on Saadiyat Island offers an extensive menu of indulgent treatments. Chi the Spa

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri 02 5098900

An excellent spa offering a range of Asian-inspired therapies. Iridium

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort 02 4988888

A beautiful spa with great facilities at Saadiyat Beach. Talise

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers 02 8115858

This local brand offers the ultimate in luxurious spa pampering.

Price: Ultimate Hammam, AED522 per person When: Daily 9am to 9pm / Contact: 02 6560862

35

EXPERIENCE_SPAS_AUH_JULY12.indd 35

24/06/2012 17:01


shop Coach

36

Gwyneth Paltrow is the epitome of New York City style in this stunning campaign photograph which marks the 70th anniversary of luxury brand Coach. Pictured here carrying the Kristin Woven Round Satchel, the actress was captured by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. Visitors to Abu Dhabi can channel the citychic look from Coach, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi. See coach.com


37


1

38

SHOP_FASHION DESIGNERS_AUH_JULY12.indd 38

21/06/2012 11:29


D e s i gn er i n t erv i ew s / s hop

Made in the UAE Hailing from the Middle East, these talented designers are now gaining international recognition for their couture creations

Q words by Chanelle Tourish

The fashion scene in the UAE has captured the imagination of style mavens around the world due to its unique blend of traditional dress and high-end international brands. Local women are renowned for teaming their abayas with the latest Christian Louboutin heels and Louis Vuitton handbags, while the melting pot of other cultures and nationalities who reside here inspire a diverse range of trends. This, added to the success of home-grown events such as fashion weeks for both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is helping to inspire a new generation of designers eager to put a stamp on the international fashion scene. Concierge asks a selection of the emirateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-profile creatives to share their inspirations and future goalsâ&#x20AC;Ś

39


The haute couturier One of the UAE’s most celebrated designers, Furne One, owner of Amato Haute Couture, takes a bespoke approach to fashion by producing extravagant hand-stitched designs that are a hit with the international elite. Hailing from the Philippines, Furne, who is based in Dubai, has won fans from around the world with his extravagant and artistic designs and carved an enviable path to success. “When I was little I would spend hours marvelling at both my mother’s and grandmother’s wardrobes. As I got older I realised that if I was ever going to be somebody when I grew up it would have to be a fashion designer. I started out by working for other designers and established labels, but my first real break came when I won MEGA magazine’s ‘Young Designer of the Philippines’ in 1994 and then completed my apprenticeship with designer Josie Natori,” says Furne. The talented designer opened his first boutique, Amato, in Dubai in 2002 producing hand-stitched designs for an elite clientele. “Women in the Middle East are very fashionable. In terms of glamour and style they are highly evolved, totally interesting and very much haute couture. An Amato woman is someone who knows what she

wants. She isn’t afraid to express herself and she isn’t bound by conventional restraints. Most of all she is someone who loves herself and celebrates the power of her femininity,” says Furne. In 2008 the designer’s imaginative creations caught the eye of the European fashion elite working on reality television show Germany’s Next Top Model and he was invited to be a special guest designer in the season finale alongside supermodel Heidi Klum. This helped propel Furne onto the international fashion scene and soon he was styling stars including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. His current collection is inspired by a famous Dutch dancer Mata Hari. “I draw inspiration from unlikely sources like music, cinema, cosmic mysticism, vintage and gothic images,” he says. With ambitious plans to expand, 2012 has been a busy year so far for Furne, having recently opened the brand’s first boutique in Los Angeles, US. However, as true Furne fans will know, his roots will always lie firmly in the UAE. Furne One’s Amato Haute Couture boutique is located at Al Hana Centre, Dubai. See amatohautecouture.com

2

1 Amato Haute Couture (previous page) 2 Amato Haute Couture 3 & 4 Marina Quareshi London

The Hollywood hit

3

4

Marina Qureshi draws on her childhood in A l A in as inspiration for her elegant and feminine eveningwear, which is attracting the attention of Hollywood’s finest. She may only have graduated from the Middle East’s leading fashion design institution, ESMOD Dubai, just two years ago, but up-and-coming designer Marina has already achieved remarkable success in the fashion world. Growing up in Al Ain, the Asian-British designer says she dreamt of working in a creative environment from a young age. “I always wanted to do something related to the arts. I struggled to choose whether to pursue interiors or fashion, but eventually set my heart on fashion design when I was 15 and it was the best decision I’ve made,” she says. Graduat ing from ESMOD in 2010 wit h a degree in fashion design and pattern making, Marina’s final student collection was sponsored by international shoe brand Kurt Geiger – a huge accomplishment. While studying in the UA E, Marina nurtured her love for art, creativity and fashion and to this day she still gives thanks to the country that kick-started her career. “It would be very easy to criticise the Middle East fashion scene, but I embrace it for what it is: enthusiastic, bold and hungry for new designers. I have been overwhelmed by the support and openness from the region and I believe that you would be hardpressed to find this in another big city,” she says.

40

SHOP_FASHION DESIGNERS_AUH_JULY12.indd 40

21/06/2012 11:29


D es i gn e r i n t e rv i e w s / s hop

The golden girl Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Dania Khan developed a love for the arts from a young age and is now considered one of the region’s most promising stars. An Iraqi designer who grew up in Abu Dhabi, Dania’s fashion inspiration falls close to home with her mother who she describes as a constant symbol of style and elegance. “From my early childhood it became obvious that my mind was all for the arts and fashion fascinated me,” she says. “My parents had a very good social life, in and out of the country. I would watch my mother, who had a naturally impeccable style and learn from her.” After studying Fashion Design and Marketing at the American University in London, Dania moved to Paris to further her studies at the Paris Fashion Institute, culminating with an internship at a Parisbased fashion house.  Returning to the UAE with a wealth of experience under her belt, Dania produced her first collection in 2004 for private viewing, ‘Chic Afrique’. Hard work garnered her recognition and she went on to compete

5

in a fashion reality TV show in Lebanon, Mission Fashion, under the watchful eye of fashion legend Elie Saab. Soon after, Dania was seconded to work for the well-respected fashion house, Bugatti and thus began her career as a merited professional designer. “My brand is for elegant, sophisticated women, who embrace their femininity and who love and understand fashion and know how to express their feelings through what they wear,” she says. Over the course of a few years, Dania designed and worked on over 1,500 custommade couture pieces. One of her more recent collections, ‘A Crush on Colour’, is a glamorous eveningwear couture collection inspired by the ’50s. She says: “Each piece is quite simple yet has a distinctive detail. It has a very colourful palette, but with the summer season here I want women to feel fresh. The fashion scene in the Middle East is huge and women in the region are beautiful in their own right,” she continues. “They simply love fashion and being stylish is second nature to them.” Dania Khan is available at O Concept Boutique, Dubai. See daniakhan.com

Women in the Middle East are very fashionable. In terms of glamour and style they are highly evolved, totally interesting and very much haute couture 5 & 6 Dania Khan

Returning to her British roots, Marina continued her training at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London before becoming an intern under A lexander McQueen and backstage at London Fashion Week. With impressive experience under her belt, she set about launching her debut collection, Marina Qureshi London, in 2011. “Inspiration for my designs is an organic process and it generally starts with visualising the kind of woman I want to see wearing my creations. A Marina Qureshi woman is one who carries herself with confidence and grace. My current collection has a very sophisticated air to it,” she explains. Her elegant and feminine eveningwear is even attracting attention from Hollywood, with E!’s Catt Sadler wearing a red dress from her second collection at this year’s Oscars. With a luxury footwear collection and a diffusion line on the horizon, there’s much more to come from the girl who grew up in the ‘garden city’. Marina Qureshi’s collection is available from online boutique ASNedits (asnedits. com). See marinaqureshi.com

H o m e - g r o w n ta l e n t More notable fashion designers from the UAE. The DAS Collection of stylish abayas is the brainchild of Emirati sisters Reem and Hind Beljafla. Combining travel inspiration with their rich traditional heritage, the designs are stocked in: Saks Fifth Avenue in the BurJuman, Dubai; and Symphony, The Dubai Mall. See dascollection.com Described as ‘walking works of art’, the Darmaki brand of couture footwear, created by Sultan Al Darmaki and a team of Italy’s finest craftsmen is full of character. One of the designer’s debut designs resides in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Available at Bullets & Butterflies, Mercato Mall, Dubai. See darmaki.com Central Saint Martin’s graduate Tahir Sultan worked with John Galliano in Paris and launched his eponymous prêt label in 2008. Sophisticated and effortless, his clothes marry style elements from the east and west. Available at s*uce boutique, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, see tahirsultan.com

6

41


42

SHOP_COLOURED STONES_AUH VERSION_JULY12.indd 42

21/06/2012 11:30


COL OURE D S T ON E S / s hop

PRECIOUS ASSETS Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are more than just dazzling – they could help savvy investors grow their wealth

Q w o r d s b y c at h e r i n e l a n g l e y

In the current economic climate we have to innovate to accumulate. With this in mind, new avenues are emerging in the financial world where savvy investors are now looking to diversify from traditional investments, such as stocks, shares, bonds and funds to somewhat more attractive projects. While valuable artwork, property and precious metals have played a part in financial portfolios for a long time, more recently a growing number of speculators are looking towards coloured gemstones in order to grow their wealth. “While gemstones vary in value, dealers speculate that prices for high-quality stones are up by 50 percent and have doubled in the past two years,” says Ben Khadra, chairman of Levant Group, the main distributor of Leviev Jewellery. “Average-class stones are up by 20 to 25 percent in the last year and certain semi-precious stones are now priced as if they were precious.” With this in mind, some experts speculate that coloured stones are catching up with diamonds (which have not enjoyed the same price rises lately) in terms of status and value, with many shoppers opting to buy ruby, emerald and sapphireset pieces over diamond equivalents. According to Ivan Zakharchenko, Middle East ceo of Maximilian, the reason for the increase in value is mainly due to shortages. “Good quality coloured stones are hard to find at the best of times because the outfits digging for them tend to be tiny compared with the diamond giants. This, coupled with political instability, means that there is a shortage.” Zakharchenko is referring to limited exports from countries such as Madascagar and Myanmar (Burma), which have suffered political instability in recent years. “In 2008 America banned imports from then Junta-ruled Myanmar, a major source of rubies, while Madagascar has sapphire deposits which aren’t being utlised because of political issues.” The other reason can be attributed to culture, with fast-growing economies such as China and India purchasing valuable gemstones because of the religious significance they hold.

43


Choose wisely For this reason it’s not surprising that investors are now setting their sights on multi-coloured assets. However, investing in gemstones is complicated because stones vary hugely in quality. Difficulty also occurs because the colour is the dominant feature of the stone and as such it is prioritised over cut, clarity and carat in the valuing process, making grading more subjective and less sophisticated than the grading of diamonds. “When it comes to coloured stones, the intensity and purity of the colour is where the value lies. Intense bright colours are the marketplace ideal. The problem is that deciding just how dark or light a stone should be is subjective,” says Zakharchenko.

2

3

4

1 Bulgari high jewellery collection (previous page) 2 Van Cleef & Arpels Balls de Legend earrings 3 Tiffany & Co. Peacock earrings and bracelet 4 Naomi Watts wears Boucheron 5 The Duchess of Cambridge’s sapphire engagement ring 6&7 Montblanc Haute Joaillerie Princess Grace de Monaco collection earings and bracelet 8 Leviev high jewellery collection

6

8

7

5

For this reason experts recommend only buying stones with a certificate from the Gemological Institute of America, which is the most widely regarded and recognised gem laboratory in the world. Another consideration is exclusivity and while rarity often equals profit, there are some exceptions. “Sometimes the geological rarity of a gem can jeopardise its commercial value,” says Khadra. “Take tsavorite garnet, which is much rarer than emerald and sometimes more beautiful. Yet because of its rarity, it cannot compete with emeralds in terms of the consumer perception of its value.” For this reason Khadra advises investing in more popular gems such as sapphires, tanzanite, emeralds and rubies. Zakharchenko agrees. “On the basis of research conducted by leading world banks we know that sales of rubies, emeralds and sapphires are on the rise from private buyers and jewellery companies.”

44

SHOP_COLOURED STONES_AUH VERSION_JULY12.indd 44

24/06/2012 16:35


COL OURE D S T ON E S / s hop

10 9 Julianne Moore wears Boucheron 10,11 & 13 Bulgari Mediterranean Eden collection 12 Maximilian Colombian emerald earrings 14 Leviev high jewellery

11

9

The Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring has done for sapphires what Elizabeth Taylor did for diamonds and with celebrities such as Julianne Moore sporting multihued treasures, the gems become even more desirable

has always been a leader in introducing customers to the hidden allure of lesser-known gemstones,” says Ghada El-Kari, merchandising director at Tiffany & Co. “Tanzanite, kunzite, tsavorite and morganite stones feature prominently in our 2012 collections and we’ve received great feedback.” Of course, while gemstones have risen in value and actually enjoy greater historic stability than the stock market, nothing is without risk. Gem prices have jumped and slumped before, with emerald prices hitting an all-time low just over as decade ago after a surge in flawed stones hit the market and sent prices tumbling. However, the benefit of investing in gems is that even if prices fall substantially you can safely assume that a precious ruby ring or an emerald pendant will always be a statement of style.

A touch of glamour In addition to cultural, political and supply issues, the gemstone industry is also affected by fashion with prices rising accordingly. While coloured gem jewellery has always been considered ‘en vogue’, recent celebrity endorsements have given the market a boost. The Duchess of Cambridge’s highly prized engagement ring has done for sapphires what Elizabeth Taylor did for diamonds and with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore all recently sporting multihued treasures, the gems become even more desirable. Bulgari, Boucheron, Maximilian, Van Cleef & Arpels, Leviev and even diamond powerhouse Tiffany & Co. are just a few of the high-profile jewellery brands to have incorporated colourful stones into their latest collections and it’s a move that has proved popular with consumers. “Tiffany & Co.

12

13

14

45

SHOP_COLOURED STONES_AUH VERSION_JULY12.indd 45

21/06/2012 11:31


Taste Chocolate box

A work of art by pastry chef Anshu Arora, this chocolate-filled dessert is described as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jack in the boxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Served with sweet sabayon sauce and pistachio Chantilly cream, the chocolate pot is topped with a puff pastry mesh and raspberries adorned with edible gold. Available by special request at Views Lobby Lounge, Crowne Plaza Hotel Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Contact 02 656 3053.

47

TASTE_OPENER_AUH_JULY-V2.indd 47

21/06/2012 16:38


La dolce vita Why travel to Italy for delicious pizza, pasta and risotto when you can sample it right here in Abu Dhabi?

Q One of the most loved cuisines, Italian food has crossed borders the world over. No longer confined to Naples, Rome and Bologna, these cities’ traditional dishes are now a regular highlight on menus across the globe. While pizza and pasta are the best-known examples of Italian cuisine, there’s so much more to discover. Meals usually start with bruschetta and beef carpaccio, before moving on to the primi piatti (usually pasta) and then secondi piatti (main course), which can include a choice of anything from risotto to veal. Italy is also known for its beautifully rich and full-flavoured desserts. Gelati and tiramisu may be the most famous, but don’t be afraid to sample other lesser known treats. Abu Dhabi may not spring to mind as a destination for Italian food lovers, but it definitely has its share of great Italian restaurants. So great is the variety that it is hard to narrow it down to just a few favourites. Yas Island is home to two Italian restaurants, each with its own charm and character. Amici at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel is a fine-dining concept with views of the Formula One racetrack and marina, while Filini at the Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Yas Island offers authentic cuisine with an inviting atmosphere and views over the Arabian Gulf and Yas Links golf course. A favourite among residents and visitors alike is Mezzaluna at Emirates Palace. Its premier location makes it a winner every time, but it's the deliciously authentic cuisine and five-star environment that sets this restaurant apart. Further along the Corniche, BiCE at the Hilton Abu Dhabi has kept the city well fed for years. Its delightful location and mouthwatering cuisine keep diners coming back for more. Read on for our pick of the best...

48

TASTE_ITALIAN RESTAURANTS_AUH JULY12.indd 48

24/06/2012 18:00


I T AL I A N RE S T A URA N T S / T a ste

49

TASTE_ITALIAN RESTAURANTS_AUH JULY12.indd 49

21/06/2012 11:32


Amici Feast on rustic, unpretentious cuisine including freshly made pasta, classic antipasti and crusty ciabatta, with olive oils sourced from the Mediterranean. In addition to the à la carte menu, Amici offers an antipasti buffet with traditional fare or guests can choose a made-to-order pizza. The signature dish, gnocchi with ricotta cheese and porcini mushrooms is well worth a try. To accompany the meal, there is a wide selection of aperitifs and Italian wines as well as a speciality coffee menu and a host of decadent desserts. Amici recently welcomed restaurant manager Giuseppe Bonasia from Sicily, who will work alongside chef Andrea Pastore to cement the restaurant’s standing as one of the most authentic in Abu Dhabi. By day, the restaurant is bathed in light through the floor-to-ceiling windows, while in the evening, the changing colours of the hotel’s grid shell casing create a unique atmosphere. Guests also have the option of sitting outside on the terrace to enjoy the island views. Where: Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island When: 12.30pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm Contact: 02 6560600

Mezzaluna This stylish Italian eatery, located at Emirates Palace, offers authentic Italian cuisine in a luxurious five-star environment. The service starts at the door when you are graciously welcomed by the maître d’ who, in turn, passes you to a conscientious team of waiting staff to attend and anticipate your every need. The delicious olive oil, piping-hot bread and fragrant chunks of Parmesan cheese placed on the table as you are seated are a sign of things to come. As you’d expect from Emirates Palace, one of Abu Dhabi’s most luxurious hotels, the menu at Mezzaluna is a culinary adventure that blends old classics, such as minestrone soup, with contemporary innovations like Vitello Tonnato (veal and roasted capsicum served with piedmonte potatoes and tuna sauce). Adventurous diners should begin with the warm calf’s tongue before moving on to the Fergato all Veneziana (which is calf’s liver, caramelised onions, parsley, balsamic and soft polenta). Alternatively, opt for the prime beef carpaccio, followed by the spaghetti seafood carbonara. Dessert lovers won’t be disappointed because traditional classics such as tiramisu, lemon tart and homemade gelato are all present and correct. Where: Emirates Palace When: Nightly 6.30 to 11.30pm / Contact: 02 6909000

50

TASTE_ITALIAN RESTAURANTS_AUH JULY12.indd 50

24/06/2012 17:15


I T AL I A N RE S T A URA N T S / T a ste

BiCE The floor-to-ceiling windows make BiCE a stunning choice for lunch. However, as the sun sets the venue takes on a romantic ambience with soft lighting and piano tunes. The cosy interior is enhanced by wooden floors, leather chairs and crisp white linen, while the size of the wine room is an indication of the extent of the wine list. The meal starts with a basket of fresh bread and a selection of spreads and tapenades, but the choice of starters and mains is so tempting, restraint will need to be practised to preserve the appetite. There is a fine selection of carpaccio and antipasti for starters, while the mains are classically Italian. Chef Cristiano Goattin recommends pear

and gorgonzola ravioli, cured beef carpaccio with arugula salad and risotto with fresh asparagus and black truffle, made with artisanal rice from Verona, northern Italy. The dishes are complemented by the extensive selection of wine, mostly imported from Italy and France. Be sure to save room for dessert as it comes highly recommended. An Italian pianist sets the mood with nightly entertainment, while the friendly service and authentic cuisine have visitors returning for more. Where: Hilton Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Akhdar When: Noon to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm Contact: 02 6811900

'It is important that Filini reflects the true Italian way of living and the concept of our brunch is intended to mirror a traditional family dining experience in Italy' - Chef Thomas Marchi

Filini

B E F O R E YO U B O O K During Ramadan, which is expected to begin on July 20, some restaurants' opening hours can change. Simply call to double check or ask your concierge for advice

Filini is the ideal place to while away an afternoon, indulging in fine Italian cuisine and taking in the Yas Island scenery. Admire the view of Yas Links golf course and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea. The best time to do this is on Fridays when the restaurant offers a unique ‘brunch’ concept with freshly prepared Italian dishes from a specially designed menu. “It is important that Filini reflects the true Italian way of living and the concept of our brunch is intended to mirror a traditional family dining experience in Italy,” says chef Thomas Marchi. Instead of the standard buffet brunch, waiters deliver 15 different small dishes to the table. The menu changes weekly, but includes antipasti, pasta, risotto, pizza, chicken, meat and fish dishes and classic desserts such as tiramisu and panna cotta. Those who visit outside brunch times can make their selections from the extensive à la carte menu. Recommended dishes include: beef caprese with buffalo mozzarella, grilled tomato and basil olive oil; and veal escalope with sage and crunchy bresaola with sautéed spinach, butter and hazelnut sauce. Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island When: Noon to 3pm and 6pm to 11.30pm / Contact: 02 6562000

51

TASTE_ITALIAN RESTAURANTS_AUH JULY12.indd 51

24/06/2012 17:21


Flavour of the month Daily fasting may be required of Muslims during the Holy Month of Ramadan, but as the sun sets, a lavish iftar feast of traditional Arabic cuisine awaits in homes and restaurants across the emirate

Q

1

Anyone with a love of Arabic food is in for a treat this month as hundreds of lavish iftar buffets are served across the emirate in five-star restaurants. With hummus, grilled meats, freshly baked breads, soups and a whole host of other delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, the iftar is a true feast for the senses. Yet these full-scale, opulent affairs represent much more than a hearty repast. Iftar is the meal over which Muslims break their daily fast throughout the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan. They seek to become closer to God by following a set of religious and spiritual observations and the fast (sawn) between sunrise and sunset is the most challenging obligation. After sunset, Muslims traditionally break the fast with dates and some milk before enjoying harira (Moroccan soup) containing lentils, coriander, tomatoes and dried figs. Soup is considered a key dish at iftar as it is easy to digest and gives almost instant relief from the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fasting. Many iftars serve one clear and one creamy soup such as vegetable, chicken, spinach or cauliflower. These are traditionally followed by cold mezze such as fattoush (salad mixed with fried pita bread), hummus and moutabel (a smoked aubergine dip). Then comes the hot mezze often comprising sambusek (fried pastry stuffed with cheese or meat and spices) and kibbeh (a mix of ground meat and bulgar wheat). Both are popular throughout the Middle East and a must for anyone in search of authentic regional cuisine.

52

TASTE_LOCAL FLAVOUR_IFTAR_AUH JULY12.indd 52

21/06/2012 11:33


I FT A R/ t a s t e

2

1 Grand Millennium Al Wahda 2 Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi 3 Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

No iftar is complete without trying basbousa (an almond paste cooked with rose flowers and decorated with almonds) together with regional favourite umm ali (a Middle Eastern version of the British bread and butter pudding) I F TA R T I M E Concierge selects some of the best buffets… The Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat is offering an iftar menu on Thu, Fri and Sat during Ramadan at Le Deck for AED219. Contact 02 6563500. Celebrate in an airconditioned Ramadan tent at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. From AED85 per person for the à la carte menu. Contact 02 5098888.

3

The Mezzoon Ballroom at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is transformed into the glittering Layali Al Baraka (‘Nights of Blessing’) iftar venue serving a gourmet buffet. AED185 per person. Contact 02 8115555.

However, the highlight of any iftar is the main course. Ouzi, for example, which is lamb cooked in liquid and served on a bed of rice or lamb stuffed with spiced rice and baked, is often the pinnacle of the meal and many consider that iftar just wouldn’t be iftar without it. Ouzi is a delicious and flamboyant dish, but it’s also a traditional dish that conveys the warmth of home.

Drink to that Alcohol is forbidden in Islam so what refreshments can one expect? Rose-flavoured milk and kamardin, an apricot syrup, are traditional refreshments. So too is jallab, a syrupy drink made from dates, grape molasses and rose water. This sweet drink is usually served with crushed ice, floating pine nuts and raisins. Tamar hindi, a popular form of date juice, is another favourite.

Fruits are the cornerstone of beverages during Ramadan. Look out for brightly coloured creations from blended smoothies to non-alcoholic cocktails. Those with a sweet tooth are catered for too as a range of exotic desserts is also served. Treats such as baklava (a rich, sweet pastry with chopped nuts and syrup or honey) and moghrabiya (panna cotta cooked with milk and pistachios) are wonderfully indulgent at the end of the evening’s feast. No iftar is complete without trying basbousa (an almond paste cooked with rose flowers and decorated with almonds) together with regional favourite umm ali (a Middle Eastern version of the British bread and butter pudding). Ma’amoul (shortbread stuffed with date purée) is also popular and Emiratis often present the sweet to friends and family throughout Ramadan. Iftar is all about hospitality. As the evening progresses, the occasion traditionally becomes more festive as friends and family members arrive to socialise well into the night.

53


Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.

Get Hooke d*

POPPING â&#x20AC;˘ JIGGING â&#x20AC;˘ BIG GAME FISHING

www.noboundariesoman.com

Adventure fishing lodges : Southern Oman e: ed@noboundariesoman.com w: noboundariesoman.com t: +968 9 5951810

www.facebook.com/NoBoundariesOman

*We promote catch & release and encourage conservation of the Oman coastline


phot ogra phy/ dis cove r

the guide

discover / experience / shop / taste

art galleries / museums and cultural sites tours / family activities / adventure golf / sports / malls / souks hotel outlets and promotions

55

55 GUIDES OPENER_AUH JULY12.indd 55

21/06/2012 11:34


1

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.

Timings: Sun to Thu

8am to 4pm

FOLKLORE GALLERY

02 6660361

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 9pm 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

QIBAB ART GALLERY

02 6652350

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

Timings: Daily 10am to 1pm and

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

Abu Dhabi AL HOSN PALACE (WHITE FORT)

adach.ae

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

3

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 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.

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

5

Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm

Al Ain AL JAHILI FORT

03 7843996

1. Falconry display at Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital 2. Carpet souk, Abu Dhabi 3. Sheikh Zayed Bridge Abu Dhabi 4. Traditional gift 5. Arabian adverture 6. Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi

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.

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.

56

LISTINGS_DISCOVER_AUH JULY12.indd 56

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

03 7641595

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

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

4

24/06/2012 17:25


T HE GUI D E / DIS COVE R

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.

LOCAL SPEAK

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

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 NET TOURS

Al Gharbia

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.

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.

2

EMIRATES ADVENTURES

Timings: Daily 9am to 1pm Guide price: Adults AED150, children AED100 SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

800 555 or szgmc.ae

Timings: Daily at 7, 9

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

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

Timings: Open 9am to 10pm (except Friday mornings). See boxout at right for free tour times Guide price: Free

TOURS

Water AL DHAFRA

02 6732266

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

Air 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.

Guide price: AED1,250 per

person for a 30-minute city tour

Land AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6211797

Explore Abu Dhabi’s rich Arabic culture and modern architecture on this five-hour city tour.

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

Sightsee from an open-top double-decker bus at your own pace, hopping on and off where you like.

Timings: 9am to 5pm. Ticket valid 24 hours Guide price: Adults AED220, children AED100, family (two adults, two children) AED540 6

LISTINGS_DISCOVER_AUH JULY12.indd 57

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

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 HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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. 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. Ramadan: Throughout the Holy Month the mosque is open to visitors from 9am to noon, but closed on Fridays. Walking tours start at 10am and 11am. Contact: 800 555 or www.szgmc.ae

Al Ain

Al Gharbia

AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

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

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

02 6211797

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

adults and AED180 for children

Guide price: Sightseeing

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

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.

Guide price: From AED250 for

02 6911711

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

Timings: Tours on Tuesdays Guide price: Adults

AED225, children AED115

EMIRATES ADVENTURES

02 6445117

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

Timings: Saturday to

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

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

SHUJA YACHT

NET TOURS

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

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

02 6742020, 02 6950530

Timings: Sunset cruise 5.30pm, dinner cruise 8 to 10pm Guide price: AED220 for dinner buffet

02 6794656

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Adults

AED290, children AED250

02 6911711

Timings: On request Guide price: On request EMIRATES ADVENTURES

02 6445117

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

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

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 bash over the sand dunes and visit the Rub Al Khali before lunch at a local hotel.

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Adults AED140

KNOW THE LAW Alochol must be consumed in licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs or private venues and 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 permission. Married couples may hold hands in public, but kissing and hugging is not allowed.

57

21/06/2012 18:37


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

2

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

Cruising & sailing ABU DHABI CHARTERS

02 6424222

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

58

LISTINGS_EXPERIENCE_AUH JULY12.indd 58

1. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 2. Deep-sea fishing 3. Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital 4. Abu Dhabi Golf Club 5. Padraig Harrington, Abu Dhabi Golf Club 6. Arabian horseracing

Guide price: From AED750 per person

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

Timings: 10am to 2pm Guide price: AED220 for

4

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

ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL

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.

3

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

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

02 5755155 or 050 6660739

1

AL WATHBA

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

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

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

FUN WORLD

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.

Guide price: From AED750 per hour BELEVARI MARINE

02 6594144

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

Guide price: Call for details

5

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

6

21/06/2012 18:32


T HE GUI D E / e xpe r ie nce

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.

Guide price: Call for details AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE

02 6437377 or divemahara.com

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

Guide price: Call for details

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.

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

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

Green fees: National

Course, 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

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.

DESERT SAFARIS No trip to Abu Dhabi would be complete without an Arabian-inspired desert excursion. There are numerous tour companies offering a range of exhilarating escapes. One of the most well-known is Arabian Adventures (see arabian-adventures.com), which provides a variety of tours and safaris to choose from. During the hotter summer months, consider the Sundowner, which takes guests on a 4x4 ride over the dunes, deep into the heart of the desert. Guests stop at a camel farm for a glimpse of Bedouin life before watching the sun set and enjoying a Middle Eastern feast under the stars.

Hot air ballooning

Green fees: Nine holes

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

Diving

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)

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

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

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

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

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

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

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

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

Island Hopping

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

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

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

02 6731111 or 050 5409041

02 5568555 or mutahida.com

AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB

Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults

ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB

Mutahida Flight Simulator

BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

Abu Dhabi is home to over 200 islands – here’s a few that are easily accessible to visitors. One of the largest natural islands in the emirate, Sir Bani Yas Island is located 240 kilometres from the mainland. A major attraction is the Arabian Wildlife Park, which takes up almost half the island and is home to more than 10,000 free-roaming animals. Ask your hotel concierge for advice on getting a boat across. Inhabited for over 7,000 years and once one of the Gulf's most important pearl-diving centres, Delma Island continues to maintain strong links to its maritime heritage. It also boasts some of the region’s earliest evidence of date-palm cultivation along with Mesopotamian pottery and finely flaked stone tools. Delma Island can be visited by ferry from Jebel Dhanna. Easily reached from Bateen Marina, Al Futaisi Island spreads across an area of around 50 sq km, most of which remains untouched, creating a very effective wildlife sanctuary. Discover the island by bike or take a mini-bus tour to see Gazelles running free, Ospreys nesting on outbreaks of rocks and to observe shy spiny tailed lizards called Dhubs.

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

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

Ice skating ABU DHABI ICE RINK

02 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

Island trips AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

02 6666601

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

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

02 6811900

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

Guide price: AED830

per person

59

LISTINGS_EXPERIENCE_AUH JULY12.indd 59

21/06/2012 18:09


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

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

FAST AND FURIOUS Fun for all the family, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is one of the most thrilling attractions in the city. As the world's largest indoor theme park, it features a host of rides and attractions including the world’s fastest rollercoaster Formula Rosso, which accelerates up to 240kmh. Passengers wear safety goggles for the duration of the ride, just like every other racer that takes on Grand Prix-style speeds. For younger visitors there is a range of tamer rides and experiences, including theatrical shows and a state-ofthe-art flume ride that takes guests on a journey through the heart of a 12-cylinder Ferrari 599 engine. For more information, contact ferrariworldabudhabi.com

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

Motorsports

050 7218928 or noukhada.ae

DRAG RACING

Guide price: Two-hour

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

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. 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

800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae

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

on the water Explore Emirates Palace Marina. This prestigious 167-berth marina plays host to power- and sailingyachts of all sizes. Sheltered by protective breakwaters and flanked by a white-sand beach, it boasts the stunning Emirates Palace Hotel as its backdrop. Contact 02 6907725. Charter a yacht. Providing everything from exhilarating deepsea fishing experiences to leisurely sunset cruises, charter company Art Marine, based at Yas Yacht Club, Yas Marina, offers tailormade trips for sailors of all abilities. Contact 04 338 8955. Go boarding. Try wake boarding, water skiing and more at Al Forsan International Sports Resort, the first facility in the Middle East to introduce the water cable park system (which travels between 29 and 38 kilometres per hour) pulling participants around the lake. Contact 02 556 8555. Try extreme water sports. As the Middle East’s first manmade white water rafting, kayaking and surfing facility, Wadi Adventure in Jebel Hafeet is a treat for active types. A popular draw is the surf pool, capable of making 3.3 metre-high waves every 90 seconds. Contact 03 7818422.

AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK

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

60

LISTINGS_EXPERIENCE_AUH JULY12.indd 60

21/06/2012 18:09


T HE GUI D E / e xpe r ie nce

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.

Wadi Adventure

Sir Bani Yas Stables

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

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.

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

03 7840000

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

Wildlife park 7

AL AIN Zoo

03 7828188

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

Karting

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

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

AL AIN RACEWAY

03 7686662

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

AL GHARBIA

Timings: Mon to Wed 2.30

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

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.

9

03 7026500

Timings: 6am and 8am (40

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

Guide price: Free

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

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.

Mountain biking

Parks & gardens

Shooting

04 2854949

Guide price: AED60

8

7. Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort 8. Karting, Al Forsan International Sports Resort 9. Jetskiing, Hilton Abu Dhabi 10. Paintballing, Al Forsan International Sports Resort 11. Kayaking, Sir Bani Yas Island

Cruising & sailing 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 10

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

11

LISTINGS_EXPERIENCE_AUH JULY12.indd 61

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

61

24/06/2012 17:27


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

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

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

800 3844238

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

3

2

Souks

1&5. Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi 2. Shopping for jewellery 3. Bawadi Mall, Abu Dhabi 4. The Souk Central Market, Abu Dhabi

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

Timings: Call for store timings

4

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. .

62

LISTINGS_SHOP_AUH JULY12.indd 62

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

5

21/06/2012 18:11


Fabulous Summer at the Palace This Summer relax and enjoy yourself at the iconic Emirates Palace. With so much on offer, we will let you decide how to spend your time at one of the world’s most luxurious destinations.

From… A Dine around experience Summer at the Palace beach Book a Diamond Room and enjoy a sunset cruise for free “Camel Burger” Junior chefs competition Celebrate your special day at the Palace …To a relaxing weekend at the spa, and much more!

Let us make your summer, a marvellous summer.

For our fabulous offers, please contact us: By phone on +971 (0) 2 690 7999 or email at restaurants@emiratespalace.ae (for restaurant offers) By phone on +971 (0) 2 690 8888 or email at reservations@emiratespalace.ae (for room offers)

You’ll never want to leave

emiratespalace.ae

0108_FABULOUS AD-CONCIERGE 220x275mm.indd 1

21/06/2012 10:36


1

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. Session times are 6.30pm and 8.30pm and entry costs 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

Enjoy a sumptuous array of international fare including an unlimited supply of house beverages, bottled brews and soft drinks in Dine, served every day of the week between 6.30 and 10.30pm for AED250. During Ramadan, iftar will be served from sunset for AED135 per person. Tickle your tastebuds with the brand new Munchy Mix menu at Mai Café where, for AED100, diners can choose from delicious bites along with three drinks from a wide selection of house beverages. Dine – International Mai Café – International Relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar

Al Raha Beach Hotel

02 5080555

Al Raha Beach Tuck into the grand iftar buffet in Sevilla Restaurant, available daily from sunset for just AED165, including water and Ramadan juices. For something more casual, head to Oriental Café, and watch your favourite live sports on the large television screens while enjoying authentic Ramadan delicacies and shisha. 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

64

LISTINGS_TASTE_AUH_JULY12-FR.indd 64

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 An iftar buffet will be served in Gems Restaurant for AED125 per person. Guests staying with the hotel can also choose to sample the in-room suhour menu for AED85. Gems Restaurant – International

Cristal Salam Hotel

02 6597666

Tourist Club Area In the 2.35 restaurant, an iftar buffet will be served for AED125 per person. Guests staying with the hotel can also choose to sample the in-room suhour menu for AED85. 2.35 – International & Middle Eastern Vertical – Wine bar

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

02 6166122

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

02 6563000

Enjoy a traditional iftar buffet every evening during Ramadan at Jing Asia from sunset until 9pm. From AED140 per person. Suhour will be served in Barouk where guests can enjoy shisha on the terrace. From AED50 per person. 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 food is served from five different kitchens.

1. Relax@12, 2&6. Benihana, Beach Rotana 3&5. Quest, Etihad Towers 4. Jing Asia, Crowne Plaza 7. Yacht Club, InterContinental Abu Dhabi 8. Asia Restaurant, One to One Hotel the Village

Mangroves Lounge – Lounge bar Ingredients – All-day international Pachaylen – Thai restaurant Impressions – Rooftop lounge The Pool Deck – Pool bar

Emirates Palace

02 6909000

3

Ras Al Akhdar Emirates Palace is encouraging guest to 'dine around' this summer. Start the evening with an aperitif at Havana Club, continue with a starter at the first Emirati cuisine restaurant Mezlai followed by a main course in Mezzaluna. Complete your culinary journey with dessert at Le Café. AED500 per person excluding beverages or AED650 per person including selected beverages. Available until September 30. 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

4

5

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

02 6543000

Bain Al Jessrain Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar offers two- or three-course business lunches from Saturday to Thursday. Priced at AED95 and AED125 respectively. 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

7

21/06/2012 18:13


2

Grand Millennium Al Wahda

02 4439999

Al Wahda

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

Yas Island Eateries

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. The Gallery – International

Hilton Abu Dhabi

Al Khubeirah

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

HYATT CAPITAL GATE

02 5961234

Al Safarat

Watch the sun set from 18° and enjoy an iftar meal prepared in the Arabic kitchen by Chef Ivan Musoni. Signature Eastern Mediterranean dishes will be served until 10.30pm and cost AED170 per person. There is also a three-for-two offer on selected beverages in Privé until September 1.

6

18° – Eastern Mediterranean Lounge – Tea lounge and bar Profiterole – Pastries Privé – Bar

InterContinental Abu Dhabi

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

During Ramadan, the Rosewater iftar buffet will feature Arabic delicacies including freshly prepared meat and seafood, salad and traditional syrup drinks such jalab and kamaradein for just AED185.

02 6570000

Ras Al Akdar

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.

02 6327777

Ras Al Akhdar

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

02 6811900

Hilton Baynunah

02 8115555

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

Hala Arjaan by Rotana

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

Jumeirah At Etihad Towers

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

Le Méridien Abu Dhabi

02 6446666

Tourist Club Area

Best for authentic Italian: Filini - Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island Savour simple Italian dishes from the seasonal menu in a contemporary setting. Contact 02 6562000. Best for stunning views: Nautilus – Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel Overlooking the Yas Marina, this Abu Dhabi seafood restaurant is one of the city's most alluring dining destinations. Contact 02 6560600. Best for 'steak lovers': Blue Grill Steakhouse Yas Island Rotana Hearty steaks from the US and Australian Prime Angus Beef are the star dishes of this trendy restaurant, with choice cuts chargrilled to order. Contact 02 6564000 Best for a taste of the exotic: Jing Asia – Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi - Yas Island Chefs prepare pan-Asian food to order from live cooking stations, creating a fun and interactive atmosphere. Contact 02 6563053. Best for a lively atmosphere: Amerigos Mexican Bar and Restauant - Park Inn by Radisson Abu Dhabi, Yas Island For creative dishes including prawn ceviche, quesadillas, fajitas and enchiladas. Contact 02 6562222.

The La Brasserie restaurant will be hosting a daily iftar buffet during Ramadan. AED135 per person, including unlimited Ramadan juices, soft beverages, Arabic coffee and tea. Two guests can dine for the price of one during the first two weeks of Ramadan. Al Birkeh – Lebanese Captain’s Arms – English pub Chi Chi’s – Tex-Mex G-Club – Nightclub La Brasserie – International Le Bistrot – French/sustainable NRG Sports Bar – Sports bar Opus Bar – Bar Pappagallo – Italian Talay – Thai Wakataua Terrace – Polynesian outdoor lounge

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

800 101101

Al Markaziyah Celebrate iftar with a traditional buffet in L’Opera Brasserie for AED160 per person. Next, move on to the Layali el Hilmiya tent, open daily for sohour and priced at AED190 per person for unlimited food, drink and shisha. For contemporary fare, visit Al Fanar, which boasts a new menu crafted by Chef Victor Arijo. 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 Savoury cakes and French pastries are available every day at L’Opera Café until September 30. Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Privé – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar Restaurant China – Chinese

8

LISTINGS_TASTE_AUH_JULY12-FR.indd 65

24/06/2012 17:33


9

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi

WINING AND DINING

02 6262700

Al Markaziyah The lavish iftar buffet served until 10.30pm at the Citrus restaurant is priced at AED149 per person and half price for children between six to 12 years old. The Layali El Alfeya tent at the Marakesh has an à la carte menu available after iftar hours, from 8pm until sohour. Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat

02 6563500 10

11

Saadiyat Island Emirati cuisine specialist Khulood Atiq has helped craft a unique Iftar menu which will be served on Thur, Fri and Sat during Ramadan in Le Deck.

02 6573333

Al Matar

Sample the iftar at Ginger All-Day Dining restaurant for AED175 per person. If you are visiting for business, enquire about the corporate iftar and sohour gatherings in the hotel’s spacious banqueting venues, from AED150 per person.

Le Deck - Mediterranean Sea Lounge – light snacks Library Lounge – lounge Bubbles Bar – bar

One to One Hotel The Village

Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Al Nahyan

Yas Island

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

Oryx Hotel

02 6810001

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

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

02 4071234

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

9. Shuja Yacht, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi 10. Nahaam, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers 11. Zaitoun, Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort 12&13. Sontaya, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Park Rotana

Amador Restaurant & Cellar – Avant-garde cuisine and tapas bar Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International

02 4952000

12

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.

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

02 6562222

Yas Island

Enjoy steak nights offered in Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant every Wednesday. Tuck into your favourite juicy cut with a choice of fluffy mash potatoes or crispy French fries from AED105. Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet

02 6562000

Enjoy a sumptuous iftar buffet with traditional Arabic delicacies at Assymetri from AED105 including Ramadan juices. 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 Make your way to Sofra Bld for the popular iftar buffet from 7 to 11pm, at AED199 per person inclusive of Ramadan beverages. For classic French cuisine, try Bord Eau for signature dishes such as turbot with sauce riche prepared by Chef Alexandre Pernetta. AED375 per person. Alternatively, indulge your palate with the new summer à la carte menu at Pearls & Caviar. 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 On Wednesdays enjoy a lavish spread of fresh seafood for only AED240 per person (food only). Alternatively, if you are a fan of Asian food, visit the Flavours restaurant on Mondays for the Asian buffet, which is served from live cooking stations. The buffet costs 185 AED net per person including a free flow of house white and red grape beverage per person and AED150 per person food only. Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Spanish Cloud Nine – International El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant – Mexican Flavours – International La Mamma – Italian

Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel

02 6666220

Al Khalidiyah For a delicious meal that's great value, head to Downtown restaurant, which has a threecourse 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 the French style at La Mer. Alternatively, 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 Enjoy sohour on the sand at Abu Dhabi’s first beachfront sohour tent. The tent will have special food and beverage options as well as shisha. When it comes to entertainment, there will be a live Oud and a Qanoon player from 8.30pm to 12.30am every evening.Prices range from AED100 per person. 55th&5th, The Grill – Steakhouse Olea – Mediterranean Sontaya – Southeast Asian Turquoiz – Seafood

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

02 8188888

Al Maqta Area Embark on a culinary journey at this newly opened hotel, which is home to restaurants including Giornotte, an all-day dining Italian restaurant and Mijana, a contemporary Arabic restaurant showcasing the very best in the Lebanese cooking. The Forge boasts private dining rooms for the ultimate dining experience. Li Jiang – Southeast Asian restaurant Mijana – Contemporary Arabic cuisine Giornotte – classic Italian The Forge –Steakhouse

13

LISTINGS_TASTE_AUH_JULY12-FR.indd 66

24/06/2012 17:58


The Royal Hotel Abu Dhabi

Al Ain

02 8152222

Al Markaziyah ArganaVert Moroccan restaurant has an Andalusian set dinner menu, which includes soup, salad, main course of paella or tajine and a dessert, for AED115. Al Hawara Lebanese restaurant offers a daily set dinner menu dinner withlive entertainment every Thursday for AED115. Al Hawara – Lebanese ArganaVert – Moroccan Optimist – International

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

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. Agadir – Moroccan Fairways – International Lemon & Lime – Bar The Retreat – Bar

Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

02 5108888

Bain Al Jessrain Treat yourself to a three-course dinner in Afyä for AED125 per person including free-flowing selected beverages. Available daily from 6.30 to 11.30pm until July 18 and from 8 to 11.30pm from July 19. During Ramadan, there will be a sumptuous iftar buffet for AED125 per person, including free-flowing Ramadan beverages. Afya – International buffet Afya Beach Lounge – barbecue

Yas Island Rotana

02 6564000

Yas Island

Dine on platters of succulent fruits, nuts and dates, followed by soups, salads and a variety of authentic dishes and flavourful desserts at Choices restaurant. The iftar costs AED160 per person. Blue Grill – Steakhouse Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian

Yas Viceroy ABU DHABI

02 6560600

Yas Island

Origins is serving up a traditional iftar with classic Arabic family dishes alongside traditional oriental mixed grill. AED185 including soft drinks and Ramadan juices. The award winning Arabic restaurant, Atayeb, will play host to a delectable Sohour a la carte menu set among a backdrop of traditional Arabic decorations and kanoun music. Entertainment is provided in the form of card games and backgammon as well as Shisha. AED185 including soft drinks and Ramadan juices. Amici – Italian Angar – Indian Atayeb – Arabic Kazu – Japanese Nautilus – Seafood Noodle Box – Asian Origins – International buffet

LISTINGS_TASTE_AUH_JULY12-FR.indd 67

ARABIC TASTE

Al Ain Rotana Hotel

Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort

03 7545111

Al Muwaiji

02 8012222

Ruwais

Enjoy iftar and suhour at the hotel’s traditional Al Zaeem Village for AED133 and AED99 respectively and receive complimentary WiFi access inside the tent.

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.

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

C-View – Lobby lounge Gazebo – Shisha café L’Attitude – Cocktail bar and lounge Tides – International Zaitoun – Italian

Ayla Hotel

Desert Islands Resort & Spa

03 7610111

Al Mutaredh

02 8015400

Sir Bani Yas Island

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.

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

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

02 8862088

Liwa Desert

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

Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet

03 7838888

Jebel Hafeet Ladies receive one free cocktail on Thursday nights at Lawrence’s Lounge. For authentic French, Morroccan and Italian food, head to Le Belvedere. Or, for oriental finger food, try Orient Cafe. Eden Rock – Arabic Le Belvedere – French-Mediterranean Lawrence's Lounge – Bar Orient Café – Oriental

al Gharbia

Hummus: Well known and loved even beyond the Middle East, this Arabic dip or spread is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Moutabel: A delicious and spicy smoked aubergine dip that is popular in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Fattoush: This Levantine salad is made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread and mixed with lettuce, cucumber, onion and other vegetables. Sambusek: Small, triangular pastry pies filled with cheese, meat or spinach. Ouzi: This popular baked lamb and spiced rice dish is a favourite during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. Umm Ali: Similar to bread and butter pudding served in the west, this favourite Arabic dessert contains milk, pastry and nuts, and is a staple dish in many buffets.

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.

Ramadan hours Please be aware that during Ramadan some restaurants may change their opening hours. It's best to call in advance to double check or ask your hotel concierge for advice.

24/06/2012 19:22


B

C N W

Al Maha Arjaan E3 Aloft Abu Dhabi H7 3 Al Raha Beach Hotel K4 4 Al Rawda Arjaan E4 5 Armed Forces Officers’ Club J8 and Hotel 6 Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi E3 7 Centro Yas Island L3 8 Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi D4 9 Cristal Salam Hotel E3 10 Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi D3 11 Crowne Plaza, Abu Dhabi L3 Yas Island 12 Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa I6 by Anantara 13 Emirates Palace B5 14 Fairmont Bab Al Bahr K7 15 Grand Millennium Al Wahda E4 16 Hala Arjaan E3 17 Hilton Abu Dhabi B5 18 Hilton Baynunah D4 19 InterContinental Abu Dhabi B5 20 Jumeirah at Etihad Towers B5 21 Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan B5 22 Le Méridien Abu Dhabi E3 23 Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi D3 24 Mercure Centre Hotel D3 25 Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi D3 26 One to One Hotels - The Village F4 27 Oryx Hotel C4 28 Park Inn, Abu Dhabi Yas Island L3 29 Park Arjaan J7 30 Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas H1 31 Park Rotana J7 32 Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi L3 Yas Island 33 Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri K8 1

2

ABU DHABI T H E

l u x u r y

F I V E - S T A r

V I S I T O r

M A G A Z I N E

11

AL MINA

5

www.conciergeabudhabi.com

CORNICHE HOSPITAL

AL

AL KHALIDIYAH CHILDREN'S GARDEN

LA FA

AL KHALIDIYAH

10

ET RE ST RD

th

(30

34

35 36 37

6

38 39

40 41

42 43 44

Sheraton Abu Dhabi E3 Hotel & Resort Sheraton Khalidiya C4 Sofitel, Abu Dhabi Corniche D3 Staybridge Suites, Abu Dhabi L3 Yas Island St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort G1 The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, K8 Grand Canal The Royal Hotel Abu Dhabi E3 The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa M7 Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri K7 Yas Island Rotana L3 Yas Viceroy L3

SHOPPING 1

2

8 A

Al Hosn Palace D4 Al Qibab Art Gallery D5 (Villa 3, Street 5, Al Zaab) 3 Cultural Foundation D4 4 Falcon Hospital M4 5 Gallery One B5 6 Ghaf Art Gallery C5 7 Hemisphere Design Studio & Gallery E3 8 Heritage Village B4 9 Manarat Al Saadiyat G1 10 Salwa Zeidan Gallery C5 1

B

E3 D4 K4 E4 E2 I7 D3 L8 D3 D3 E2 D4 D3 D4

AL MUSSALA

B4 C4 K8

AL ITTIHAD AL MORROR T

S 21

A AD SA AL

Abu Dhabi City Golf Club Abu Dhabi Golf Club Al Ghazal Golf Club 4 Saadiyat Beach Golf Club 5 Yas Links 3

ET RE ST

Abu Dhabi National H7 Exhibition Centre 2 Al Bateen Dhow Yard B5 3 Al Maqtaa Bridge K7 4 Breakwater B4 5 Bus & Taxi Terminal E4 6 Emirates Palace A5 7 Ittihad Square D3 8 Khalifa Mosque D4 9 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque J8 10 Sheikh Zayed the Second Mosque D4 11 Volcano Fountain D3 1

C

CO RNIC HE

AL Q URM

POLICE COLLEGE

AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA

SH RAS HID AL GHAF PARK BIN SAE ED AL MA KTO UM RD (AIR PO RT R D)

QASER AL SHATIE

M7 M4 H1 L3

LANDMARKS

ET RE ST

HADBAT AL ZAFARANAH

AL MUSHRIF

E6 AL HADERYYAT

AL

MANGROVE

GOLF 2

OR

BUS & TAXI STATION ET E R ST

1 1 ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB & ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB

2

KH

5

ET RE NATIONAL ST A THEATRE LIF AL MUSHRIF A KH CHILDREN'S GARDEN AL BATEEN T PALACE BIN EE ED TR M th S AL MUSHRIF M 7 1 A PALACE OH M WOMEN'S HANDICRAFT CENTRE

HERITAGE/CULTURE

1

Abu Dhabi Mall Al Muhairy Centre 3 Al Raha Mall 4 Al Wahda Mall 5 Carpet Souk 6 Carrefour 7 Central Market 8 Dalma Mall 9 Fotouh Al Khair Centre 10 Hamdan Centre 11 Iranian Souk 12 Khalidiya Mall 13 Liwa Centre 14 Madinat Zayed Shopping and Gold Centre 15 Marina Mall 16 Paris Gallery 17 The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri

7

A LM DE

QASER AL BAHAR

AL NAHYAN

) ET RE ST

HOTELS

26

AD RO

MARINA AL BATEEN

RE ST

TH UR FO

STREE T)

AL KARAMAH

th

2

BAYN UNAH (34 th

BI RA LA JA EE AL KH AL

AL BATEEN

AL DHAFRAH ET

4

AL RODHAH

19

PRESIDENTIAL COURT

REEM ISLAND

AL WAHDAH

AL ZAAB

2

AL BALADIA

D YE ZA BIN A ZA 15 HA 4

1 3

AL ET MANHAL H STRE

AL KHALIDIYAH GARDEN 6

14

6

9

STR EET

MADINAT ZAYED

ABU DHABI MALL

TOURIST CLUB AREA

AL MARKAZIYAH

26

AL KHUBEIRAH

17

R ST

A) 1 TR EC 10 T (EL E RE ST ST FIR

1

25 th

H IYA LID HA 27 K

AL KHUBEIRAH GARDEN

5

25 CAPITAL GARDEN

T EE TR ED S ZAY BIN

SOWWAH ISLAND

22

ET RE ST

E ICH RN CO

7

TH

ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL MARINE SPORTS CLUB

EET STR EST -W

35 16 ST) FIR E TH D YE 12 (ZA

36

6

HERITAGE VILLAGE

40

23

ET RE ST

LIFA HA

ST EA

27 th STR EET

EICH RN CO 11

STR EET

LULU ISLAND

AL HOSN AL PALACE & CULTURAL FOUNDATION 10 HOSN 2

8

20

ZAYED PORT

ABU DHABI MARINA & YACHT CLUB

16

34

ET RE ST

ET BIN E 7 N STR ITTIHAD DA ED 10 M M 24 SQUARE E HA AM 13 TH H 7 9 YED MO ZA 8 ETISALAT 8

7

21

2

MIN AR D

ARABIAN GULF

MALL

WEST STREET CORNICHE

THE CLUB

SHEIKH ZAYED CLUB

15 MARINA

AL RAS 6 EMIRATES PALACE AL AKHDAR 13 5

38

9

18

4

G

S

KASSER AL AMOUAGE 5

4

F

M LA SA AL

3

E

K

2

E

Ask the concierge desk for a copy of the Concierge Abu Dhabi foldout map with tips on what to see and do in the city

HOTELS

1

D

23 RD

A

AL K HALE EJ AL

ZAYED M HOS ARA BI RD

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club E6 Abu Dhabi Sailing & Sub Aqua Club F2 3 Al Forsan International Sports Resort M7 4 Art Marine yacht charters L3 5 Falcon Aviation Services (helipad base) B4 6 Ferrari World Abu Dhabi L3 7 International Marine Sports Club B4 8 Monte Carlo Beach Club H1 9 Shooting (Caracal Shooting Club) J8 10 Yas Marina Circuit L3 11 Zayed Sports City I7 1

2

D

KH BU AL SIAIEF

E

F

G

OR

AL

BA


Fold JAZIRAT FAHID 8

30

38

4

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

1

ABU DHABI TOURIST MAP SAADIYAT ISLAND

2 N

SAADIYAT ISLAND

W

E

YAS ISLAND DUBAI

S AS SMAALIYYAH

6

AS SMAALIYYAH

BA

GH

10

5

AL

(ROAD /BRIDG E – UN DER C ONSTR UCTIO N)

28

44

32 11

37

3

4

43 7

AI DUB

31 st STR EET

29 th STR EET

ND

UMM AL NAR

AL ZAHRAA

AL SA LA M

AL ZAFARANAH HEALTH CENTER

AS SMAALIYYAH

RD

AIRPORT AREA

OR

AL SAFARAT

TARY ABU DHABI AL NATIONAL 11 EXHIBITION CENTRE SHATIE NIC AREA

1

FOURTH (EASTERN ) RD

KH

PUBLIC GARDEN

AL

KHALIFA CITY

AL BATEEN AIRPORT

AL QURAYAH

POLICE OFFICERS CLUB 6 SH KHALIFA PARK

CARREFOUR

BA

(UNOPEN ZAYED BR IDG ED - UN DER CO E NSTRUCT ION)

OLD AIRPORT SH RASHID BIN SAEED GARDEN AL MAKTOUM RD ABU DHABI (AIRPORT RD) ICE RINK ZAYED SPORTS CITY UAE FOOTBALL FEDERATION BOWLING HALL MINISTRY OF INTERIOR AL SHATIE 9 PICNIC AREA SH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

AL MUZOON

AL

AL JAMIE AL KHABEER

AS SAMALIYAH

TO DUBAI

3

AL MAQTAA HOSN 3 FORT AL MEENA

TOWARDS FALCON HOSPITAL

ABU DHABI UNIVERSITY A TO AL MAQTA PETROLEUM BRIDGE AIR INSTITUTE 19 PO RT 38

E

15

SOUK QARYAT AL BERI

32

BAIN AL JESSRAIN

AD RT RO AIRPO

SAS AL NAKHL

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS' CLUB & HOTEL 7 13

MUSS BRIDAFAH GE

TO A IRPO RT

TOWARDS MAFRAQ HOTEL 22

N AI AL

31 st STRE ET

27 th STR EET

UMM AL NAR AL SA LA M

AL ZAFARANAH HEALTH CENTER

6 3

DU BAI

29 th STRE ET

MUSSAFAH

AL ZAHRAA

RD

AIRPORT AREA

AL SAFARAT

ZAYED MILITARY ABU DHABI HALE HOSPITAL EJ AL NATIONAL 1 ARA EXHIBITION 2 BI RD CENTRE AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA

23

POLICE OFFICERS CLUB ZAYED BR IDGE

SH KHALIFA PARK

31 29

6

AL MATAR AL SHARIA COURT

OLD AIRPORT GARDEN 11 ABU DHABI ICE RINK ZAYED SPORTS CITY UAE FOOTBALL FEDERATION BOWLING HALL

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA

A AL MAQTA BRIDGE 14 42

AL MAQTAA

AL MADINA AL RIYADIYA 9 SH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

ABU DHABI UNIVERSITY PETROLEUM INSTITUTE

17 SOUK QARYAT AL BERI

39

7

MAFRAQ TOALDU BAI

AL MAQTAA HOSN 3 FORT AL MEENA

AL SALAM RD

AL MUZOON

R A L B AT E E

AL BATEEN AIRPORT

FOURTH (EAST RD ERN)

PUBLIC GARDEN

33

TO INT ABU ’L A DH IRP ABI OR T

TAR IF

OR T RD )

HO

AD RO

12

POLICE COLLEGE

5

1 mile 2 km

EEN AL MAQTAA

4

SWEIHAN

AL MAQTAA

AL SALAM RD

AL SHARIA COURT

31

AL MATAR

GH

4

ABU DHABI INT’L AIRPORT

3 3

AL A IN

3

1 mile

OFFICERS CITY I

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS' CLUB & HOTEL 9 5

J

MUS S BRIDAFAH GE

KHALIFA CITY

BAIN AL JESSRAIN

N H

2 41

8

2 km

TO A

B K INT’L AUIRDHABI PORT

L

TO DALMA MALL 8

M

N


AL FOAA

Hotels

TO DIRATES ST U 110K BAI M

4 5 6 7 8

Al Ain Rotana Ayla Hotel Danat Al Ain Resort Danat Resort Jebel Dhanna Desert Islands Resort and Spa Hilton Al Ain Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara 9 Tilal Liwa Hotel  1

EM

N

2 3

W

E

5

ARDH JOW ST

HILI

S AL MASOUDI

4

Shopping

S ST

ZAYED THE FIRST ST

BANI YA

AL TOWAYYA

HAMDAN BIN ZAYED FIRST

AL JIMI MALL

GU LF S T

B

ST

AR AB

2

DAN

HAM

BIN

HD

MO

AL MARKHANIYA

ST

OO

KB SHA

AN SULT

ST

AL MUTAREDH

B

N LTA

2

3 1

6 2

Sports and activities

FA

ZAY

BIN

AN ULT IN S

AL SHUWAIMAH

ST

4

ST

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

ST

AL WW LA

ST

FIR

AL SAROOJ

B ED

A ED

ZAY

HE

NT

A AYY

AL AQABIYYA

Al Ain Golf Club Hilton Al Ain Golf Club

AL KHATAM ST

3

AFLAJ HAZZA’A

1

Al Ain Camel Market Al Ain National Museum Al Jahili Fort Hili Archaeological Park Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

Golf 1

2

ST

SU

T

AL MAQAM

2

1

ALI

NS LTA

AL SALAMAT DISTRICT

5

AL JAHILI AL MUTAWA’A

KH

LIFA

A KH

3

AL AIN MALL

KH

BIN

ALID

SU

DH ABU M TO 125KZAYED ST BIN

CENTRAL DISTRICT

KHALID BIN SULTAN ST

IN

ASHAREJ

ABI

ST

AL AIN SOUK

ST

ST

AB ZZ HA

OT

KBO

SHA

N ULTA IN S

3

2

1

SULTAN BIN ZAYED THE FIRST

AL MUWAIJI AL BATEEN

4 5 2

SHAKBOOT BIN SULTAN

Al Ain Mall Al Ain Souk Al Jimi Mall Bawadi Mall

Heritage/culture 1

AL KHABISI

T BIN

SULTANATE OF OMAN

ST

HAMDAN BIN MOHD ST

IFA ST

DAN

HAM

HD

O IN M

3

IAN

ORTH

AL JIMI

MOHD BIN KHAL

AL DAHMAA

4 2 3

AN ST SULT

AL AIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

A BIN HAZZ

ST AL ETHIAD

1

AL QATTARA

SANAIYA

NH

AM TW

AFLAJ

Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club Al Ain Oasis Al Ain Raceway Al Ain Zoo Hili Fun City Green Mubazzarah Hot Springs Wadi Adventure

ST

ZOO DISTRICT

AL SHUAIBAH

1

4

HAZZA BIN SULTAN ST

GHAREBAH

BAWADI MALL

AL KHRAIR DEFENCE

ZAKHER

TR

TRUC

UC

K RO

AD

K

RO

AD

Distance from Abu Dhabi to Ajman175km Al Ain 160km Dubai145km Fujairah  315km Liwa  225km Madinat Zayed 165km Ras Al Khaimah 250km Sharjah165km Umm Al Quwain 190km

TRU

CK

RO

AD

NEIMA

AD

K RO

HAZZA

TO IB

TRUC

6

RI 135

ST LTAN

BIN SU

JEBEL HAFEET

KM, N

7

Distance from Al Ain to

IZWA

AIN AL FAYDA

7

(OMA N)

1 mile 2 km

AL DHAHIR

Abu Dhabi 160km Ajman150km Dubai125km Fujairah215km Liwa270km Madinat Zayed 210km Ras Al Khaimah 220km Sharjah140km Umm Al Quwain 165km

SULTANATE OF OMAN RAS AL KHAIMAH

N W

UMM AL QUWAIN

E

311 11

AJMAN SHARJAH AD

FUJAIRAH

D

RO

611

SH EIK

H

DUBAI

ZA YE

S

311

44

EM RO IRA AD TE

S

77

55

03 05

AJ

SIR BANI YAS ISLAND

BA

ABU DHABI

5

RO

AD

22

4

N

SWEIHAN

AL AIN

11 22

ZAYED KHALIFA IBN

9

SAUDI ARABIA

AL MUSAYDRAH

ROAD

LIWA 8

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

STREET

AL BURAYMI

07

OMAN 20 miles 20 km

08

Concierge magazine's Abu Dhabi Tourist Map is protected by copyright. Reproduction in any form is not permitted without express written consent from Nicholas Publishing International. Contact: concierge@npimedia.com This map is an artistic representation and sizes are not to scale. Design & illustration: Nicholas Publishing International & Lava Design


Your five-star concierge is now available online at www.conciergeabudhabi.com

Find everything you need to book and plan your next stay.

July 2012 | issue 68

ABu DHABi edition June 2012 | issue 67

MAY 2012 | issue 66

l u x u r y

T H E

T H E

l u x u r y

V I S I T O r

F I V E - S T A r

V I S I T O r

M A G A Z I N E

M A G A Z I N E

M A G A Z I N E

THE DEFINITIVE FIVE-STAR VISITOR MAGAZINE

l u x u r y

V I S I T O r

M A G A Z I N E

F I V E - S T A r

T H E

F I V E - S T A r

V I S I T O r

l u x u r y

F I V E - S T A r

september 2011 | issue 58

T H E

FEBRUARY 2012 | IssUE 63

THE DEFINITIVE FIVE-STAR VISITOR MAGAZINE M A G A Z I N E V I S I T O r

F I V E - S T A r l u x u r y T H E

abu dhabi dh edition

M A G A Zseptember I N E 2011 | issue 58

V I S I T O r F I V E - S T A r l u x u r y T H E M A G A Z I N E V I S I T O r

l u xABU u DHABI r y edition F I V E - S T A r T H E FEBRUARY R 2012 | IssUE 63 RY

M A G A Z I N E V I S I T O r F I V E - S T A r l u x u r y T H E

June 2012 | issue 67 ABu DHABi editio edition MAY 2012 | issue 66

ABu DHABi edition July 2012 | issue 68

Licensed by internationaL Media Production Zone

Licensed by internationaL Media Production Zone

Licensed by internationaL Media Production Zone

Licensed by internationaL Media Production Zone

Licensed by internationaL Media Production Zone


{

my LIFE IN ABU DHABI Luke Cunningham, surf manager at Wadi Adventure, offers an insider’s guide to the emirate

}

1

1 Corniche Abu Dhabi 2 Stars ‘n’ Bars

I’m originally from South Devon in England, but moved to Al Ain in November 2011 for work. It was an extremely surreal and exciting moment coming face to face with the vastness of the Arabian desert for the first time. I’m amazed at the vast number of attractions and cultural sites there are to visit. During the cooler months I made the most of being outdoors by visiting the Green Mubazzarah – a recreation park located at the foot of Jebel Hafeet. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture, while enjoying a few sporting games and a barbecue. As a devoted water enthusiast, the Corniche is one of my favourite leisure spots. This lengthy stretch of beach has a special ambience and it’s easy to see why it has become such an iconic location. With the Marina Mall and Abu Theatre at one end and Port Zayed and the Iranian souk at the other, it’s also great for keeping visitors entertained. I tend to work most weekends, but when I do get some time off I head straight to Yas Island. The incredible

F1 circuit is definitely a sight to see and the driving packages are great for some fast-paced entertainment. I’ll take any chance to get back in the water so I love hanging out at Yas Marina which has a growing community of stand-up paddlers and it often hosts free events. At the Marina, Stars ‘n’ Bars is always a good choice for a causal bite to eat while watching international sports. For more upmarket dining, the Cipriani restaurant with fanastic views of the waterfront, never fails to impress. I’ve been thrilled with the amount of sporting events here too. I attended the Volvo Ocean race in January where the action was spectacular and I’m really looking forward to the buzz of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later in the year. For me, however, the best part about my move to Al Ain has been my involvement in Wadi Adventure. As home of the UAE’s first manmade surfing pool and white-water rafting channels it is a truly world-class sporting facility and to be able to access my favourite sport every day is a dream come true.

As a devoted water enthusiast, the Corniche is one of my favourite leisure spots. This lengthy stretch of beach has a special ambience and it’s easy to see why it has become such an iconic location

2

72

REGULARS_MY LIFE IN AUH JULY12.indd 72

21/06/2012 16:08


YAS REFINED ELEGANCE ABU DHABI IN A MODERN OASIS

YAS ABU DHABI

ABU DHABI

ANGUILLA

BEVERLY HILLS

RESERVATIONS UAE

concierge magazine art.indd 1

BODRUM

MALDIVES

971 2 656 0700

MIAMI

PALM SPRINGS

SANTA MONICA

SNOWMASS

viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/abudhabi

12/19/2011 9:51:05 AM


Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much more to see and do this Summer in Abu Dhabi! Get down to ADNEC and enjoy fun-tastic games and activities for the whole family, including the amazing Sea Lion Show! All the way from South Africa, three lovable sea lions will entertain crowds with their wiggly dance moves, comedy ball spinning and clownish antics! Purchase a ticket to Summer in Abu Dhabi for your chance to win a Ford Expedition. Make This a Summer to Remember â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in Abu Dhabi For more on our sensational summer deals, call 800 555 or visit summerinabudhabi.ae


Concierge Abu Dhabi Magazine, July 2012  

The Luxury Five-Star Visitor Magazine

Advertisement
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you