november 2012 | issue 72
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welcome As a visitor and guest in Abu Dhabi, you are staying in a destination of distinction which I hope you will find so engaging and exciting that you return time and time again. We in Abu Dhabi believe our homeland is something of a welcome contradiction for travellers. It is a place where deep-rooted Arabian heritage is deftly woven into a rich destination tapestry which also boasts luxury accommodation and world-class, state-of-the-art leisure attractions. Abu Dhabi is blessed with a diverse landscape. We have 400 kilometres of pristine coastline, over 200 natural islands, vast tracts of serene desert, tranquil oasis towns and a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city. I hope during your stay you are able to experience as much of this variety as possible. In many ways, Abu Dhabi is several destinations in one, from the rustic charm of Al Ain, the birthplace of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the breathtaking vastness of the Liwa Desert in Al Gharbia, with its mountainous dunes, to the energising pace and brightness of our capital city. We all share a desire to make you feel as welcome as possible and hope you leave with a positive, lasting impression of our homeland, traditions and people. In the pages of this magazine, you will get an overview of the emirate’s diverse offering. I am sure you will find something which truly excites and entertains you. I wish you a very relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay in Abu Dhabi.
Mubarak Al Muhairi Director General Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
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In focus Photography: Adham Sneeh Location: Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi Credits: Mirjana wears dress and shoes both Christian Dior; earrings Erickson Beamon at Saks Fifth Avenue; Abdel wears shirt, boots and watch all Dior Homme; trousers Viktor and Rolf at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix offers an opportunity for visitors to see the world’s top F1 drivers in action and enjoy the exclusive social events that take place alongside the race. Concierge headed to Yas Viceroy hotel where sweeping views of the circuit provided the perfect backdrop for this season’s structured silhouettes and power prints. To see the shoot in full, turn to page 58.
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contents NOVEMBER 2012 / Issue 72
18/ESSENTIALS Abu Dhabiâ€™s top attractions and events
26/EXPERIENCE 28/FORMULA ONE FEVER
A frenzy of automotive excitement has gripped the UAE with the return of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to the capital
34/MAN OF THE HOUR
Lewis Hamilton chats to Concierge about his life in the fast lane
40/UNDER THE HOOD
Behind the scenes at Yas Marina Circuit as the team prepares for F1 weekend
44/DIVIDE AND CONQUER Cover Abu Dhabi in a hurry with our city day plans
51/SHOP 52/RACE AGAINST TIME Auto-inspired watches to celebrate the grand prix
58/ In Grand Style
Elegant ensembles inspired by the big race
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68/DISCOVER 70/ROAD TRIP
From multi-coloured Mercedes to vintage Buicks, the UAE’s car museums are full of automotive marvels
Pay a visit to the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to see one of the most impressive sights in the UAE
78/THE BIG PICTURE
An action-packed schedule of talks, exhibits, workshops and more at Abu Dhabi Art
86/HISTORY UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
Delve deep into Abu Dhabi’s past at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Al Ain
93/TASTE 94/DINNER WITH A DIFFERENCE Enjoy a memorable meal at some of the capital’s most distinctive restaurants
With an impressive nutritional profile and centuries of tradition in each glass, it’s no surprise that camel milk is becoming so popular
Q 101/The Guide 120/My Life in Abu Dhabi
Artists and writer Archana R King gives us the inside scoop on the city
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The popular sport, film, music, art, culture and community festival kicks into full gear in early November with an action packed schedule of events. This year, the F1 evening concerts bring headline performances by Kylie Minogue, Nickleback and Eminem at the du Arena while over in the F1 Fanzone on Abu Dhabi Corniche, motor-themed challenges, games and more will be underway to celebrate the Forumla 1. To learn more visit yasalam.ae
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UPCOMING EVENTS F1 YOUNG DRIVERS TE ST November 5 to 7 Get a preview of the next generation of F1 drivers as they display their skills at Yas Marina circuit in hopes of winning a position on the F1 team.
2 012 F O R M U L A 1 E T I H A D A I R WAY S A B U DHABI GRAND PRIX
Arabic sweets No trip to Abu Dhabi would be complete without sampling traditional Arabic sweets, including Baklava. These sticky, irresistible treats come in all shapes and sizes and are generally made from chopped nuts and layers of pastry glued together with honey or syrup. Often served at the end of a meal or as an accompaniment to coffee, Baklava can be found across the Arab world, although the ingredients vary from country to country. In the UAE, filo pastry filled with pistachios or pine nuts, sweetened with honey and flavoured with cinnamon, is typical.
November 2 to 4 Book a seat in the stands to catch the world’s leading race drivers speed around Yas Marina Circuit as the 2012 season draws to a close. For more information turn to page 28 or see yasmarinacircuit.ae
A bu D habi A rt 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. To read more about this event turn to page 78 or see abudhabiartfair.ae
GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR November 22 to 24 See some of the world’s best showjumpers compete for the title of Global Champion in the season finale at Al Forsan International Sports Resort. See alforsan.com
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Montblanc Gentleman on the hunt for a stylish but sturdy timepiece should take a look at the elegant TimeWalker Chrono Voyager UTC by Montblanc. The unmistakably masculine design features a large anthracite dial offset by a black alligator-leather strap and contrasting grey stitching. Other models are available in stainless steel with black, pale grey or anthracite dials and pale or rose gold accents. Where: Avenue at Etihad Towers. When: Open Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Contact: 02 6811480.
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
A bu D habi H S B C G olf C hampionship January 2013 The world’s top golfers kickstart the year vying for the coveted Falcon Trophy at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, one of the UAE’s top golf courses. See abudhabigolfchampionship.com
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Brunch by the sea Combine excellent food with stunning ocean views at some of Abu Dhabi’s best seaside brunches. Take a seat at Le Deck in the Monte Carlo Beach Club (pictured) which offers diners a creative mix of Mediterannean and Asian tapas-style dishes served to the table in front of sweeping views of turquoise waters. Prices range from AED235 per person with soft drinks to AED365 with alcoholic beverages, or AED415 for the French champagne package. Just along the beach at The St.Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is Oléa, where Friday brunch includes a beautifully prepared selection of seafood, meats, breads, salads and more, priced at AED300 per person or AED490 with free-flowing bubbly.
Avenue at Etihad Towers Stock up on the designer collections with a visit to Avenue at Etihad Towers, the capital’s new boutique shopping mall. Dedicated entirely to luxury brands, this five-star venue offers shoppers a VIP mall experience with valet parking, style consultant advice and private collection previews available on request. New boutiques are opening up here all the time and recent arrivals include Roger Dubois, Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels.
EXPERIENCE Chequered Flag Ball
Everyone who is anyone will be in attendance at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Hotel on November 2 to celebrate the F1 in style at the annual Chequered Flag Ball. Rub shoulders with celebrities, F1 drivers and high-profile guests at this star-studded soirée, which has attracted the likes of Hugh Grant, Kelly Brook (pictured), Emile Heskey and David Coulthard in previous years. The evening begins with a champagne reception followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing till 3am. Where: The St.Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. When: November 2. How much: Tickets from AED2000. Contact: 04 4456842.
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Anantara Food Festival Gourmands can indulge their passion for food with dishes from the far corners of Asia at the Anantara Food Festival. Chefs from Bali, Vietnam, China, Japan and Thailand will display their skills in open show kitchens and those who want to recreate the culinary magic back home can sign up for some of the cooking master classes with the ultra-talented Chef Chumbol that will be running throughout the 10-day festival. Where: Ingredients restaurant, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa. When: November 29 to December 8. Contact: 02 6561032
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
DISCOVER Al Ain Oasis
Falcons hold an important place in UAE heritage. Back when the country was little more than desert, local tribes relied on tamed falcons to help them hunt for food. Today, they are prized as pets rather than hunters, but still retain their value as representatives of UAE culture and tradition. Visitors can get up close to these majestic birds and learn more about their former roles at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Guided tours take visitors around the falconry museum, the free-flight aviary and the examination room. Where: Sweihan Road, near Abu Dhabi airport. When: Sun to Thu 10am to 2.30pm. Contact: 02 5755155.
Take a break from the bustle of the city and head out through the desert to Al Ain Oasis, where palm-shaded walkways and landscaped gardens colour the landscape. Research reveals that the oasis, which covers an area of around 1,200 hectares and contains over 147,000 date palms, has been cultivated for more than three thousand years. Of particular interest is the ancient falaj irrigation system, which dates back to the origins of the oasis and can still be seen intact today. Where: Al Ain. When: Open 24 hours. How much: Entry is free. Contact: 03 7630155.
EXPERIENCE So Spa
Already a spa haven, Abu Dhabi has recently boosted its beauty credentials by welcoming the GCCâ€™s first So Spa. Situated in the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, this luxury spa offers a range of therapies designed to soothe, restore and invigorate using a blend of products and techniques from around the world. Where: Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. When: 9am to 9pm. Contact: 02 8137777.
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DISCOVER Saadiyat Island
Just next door to Yas Island is Saadiyat Island where construction is underway on the capital’s much-anticipated culture hub. The new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Louvre Abu Dhabi may not be built yet, but there is still plenty to do and see around Saadiyat. Get to grips with the capital’s ambitious cultural plans in a comprehensive exhibition at Manaraat al Saadiyat. Have lunch on the terrace at the centre’s popular al Fanr restaurant or stop for a bite at Beach House in the Park Hyatt Hotel and Villas and dine on tasty Mediterannean fare while enjoying stunning sea views. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on enormous sun beds at the stylish Monte-Carlo Beach Club or play a round of golf at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
Gold to go From the popular gold souk to the many jewellery shops that line its streets and malls, Abu Dhabi is full of places to buy gold. Perhaps the most interesting, however, is the gold ATM at The Emirates Palace, where solid gold coins and bars of various sizes can be purchased at that day’s market price. Where: Emirates Palace. When: Daily. How much: Price fluctuates according to the international gold rate. Contact: 02 6909000.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an absolute must for visitors to Abu Dhabi. Not only is it stunningly beautiful and finely crafted, but the tours provide visitors with a real understanding of Islam. Emirati guides offer visitors the opportunity to ask questions about the culture and the daily lives of locals here, making for a truly rewarding and richly educational experience. For a taste of culture and history, I would suggest the authentic pearl diving trips offered by Jumeirah. The journey begins as you board the dhow ship and receive a pearl diving demonstration from trained professionals. There are also swimming, snorkelling and souvenir-shopping opportunities, followed by a sumptuous lunch featuring regional specialities. If visitors want to try Arabic cuisine then Li Beirut at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is really the place to go. Chef Nidal takes classic Lebanese cuisine to a new realm of modern artistry. Abu Dhabi offers visitors a wide variety of athletic activities from golf at one of several excellent golf courses to shooting sessions at the Caracal Shooting club. I particularly recommend the shooting club as it offers something a bit different and it has great facilities for every level. There’s also Al Forsan Sport Resort in Khalifa City, which is excellent for shooting, equestrian, paintball, water and motor sports. For a really thrilling experience, there is, of course, the Marina Circuit at Yas Island, where visitors can get behind the wheel of a race car and put their driving skills to the test on the track.
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Watch as some of the worldâ€™s leading pilots take to the skies in Al Ain and perform a series of dazzling stunts to celebrate the 41st UAE National Day. Aeroplane and helicopter pilots, gliders and wingwalkers and other aeronautical stuntmen will entertain crowds with feats of daring in the air from November 30 to December 2. Contact: 02 4440444 for more information.
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AB U D H AB I GRA N D PRI X / E XP E R IE NCE
FORMULA ONE FEVER High-speed thrills, glamorous parties and mega concerts await at the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Q Towards the end of October, visitor arrivals in Abu Dhabi begin to spike. As the month draws to a close, hotel rooms become completely booked up. By the time November rolls around, the city is heaving with racing fans from all over the world here to attend the social and sporting event of the year, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Each year, around 50,000 people pass through the gates of Yas Marina Circuit to attend the event. Itâ€™s not just for die-hard racing fans: people come to enjoy a range of activities, from concerts featuring major international performers and lavish parties to gala dinners and balls attended by celebrities, drivers and other VIP guests. For three days, Yas Marina Circuit is a whirlwind of activity with as many diversions being enjoyed off the track as there are on. Nevertheless, all this fanfare and excitement does build up towards one major event, the Grand Prix on Sunday 4, when the worldâ€™s leading Formula 1 race drivers battle it out for a place on the Abu Dhabi podium and, perhaps, for the title of overall World Champion.
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“Those sitting in the West Grandstand will have the extraordinary experience of seeing the cars belt towards them at 300 km per hour”
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For three-day ticket holders, it all kicks off on November 1 with the pit lane walk, a chance to see some of the drivers and admire the cars up close as the teams prepare them for the practice race. According to Saud al Qaydi, motor sport executive at Yas Marina Circuit, the pit lane walk is one of the best ways to make the most out of the weekend. “It’s an experience you don’t get at many races. Visitors can walk right by all the teams as they prepare for the practice race and it’s really exciting to watch.” Friday brings the drivers out onto the track for the first time for the Formula 1 practice sessions. This is a chance for the teams to test their cars on the track and get to grips with the challenges they will face on the day of the race. There are plenty of them. Designed by renowned track architect Hermann Tilke, the circuit at Yas Marina is considered one of the most demanding in the world with a number of high-speed sections, including the longest straight in Formula 1, some extremely tight corners and a twisting, street-circuit-style zone.
With so many interesting features scattered around the circuit, choosing where to sit can be tricky. It really depends on what you’re looking for, says Malek Rawas Al Rashedi, senior director of support services at Yas Marina Circuit. From the North Grandstand, spectators can see drivers tackle many of the track’s most technical aspects, including the circuit’s tightest hairpin turn, while those sitting in the West Grandstand will have the extraordinary experience of seeing the cars belt towards them at 300 kilometres per hour along the main straight. “If you want the action of the start and finish lines and the F1 pit lane, then go for the Main Grandstand although the South Grandstand really has the best views with the backdrop of the Marina as it’s filled with yachts on race day. However, for a V8 fan watching the Australian V8 Supercar Championship races, which takes place the same weekend, the Marina Grandstand is ideal. It’s right where the pit lanes are situated for that race so you can see a lot of action.”
The Chequered Flag Ball will be held at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island on Friday November 2. Tickets cost from AED2,000 per person and include a champagne reception, four-course gourmet dinner and an open bar until the ball finishes at 3am. Contact: 04 4456842 for more information. Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi will set up at Yas Links Golf Club on Saadiyat Island from November 2 to 4. Prices cost from AED3,400 per person to AED27,400 for a table of eight. Contact: 055 2914013.
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Away from the track The Yasalam after-race concerts attract almost as much attention as the race itself. This year, race-goers can look forward to a star-studded line-up with Kylie Minogue set to perform on Friday, Nickleback on Saturday and American rap legend, Eminem to round off the weekend on Sunday. During the day, the F1 Village and Oasis areas keep children and adults entertained with live music, interactive games and competitions, jugglers, break dancers and other performers. Food stalls selling snacks and drinks are available for a quick bite while those who prefer a sit-down meal can head over to the Yas Viceroy hotel, where restaurants will be offering a range of brunches, buffets and gourmet dining options throughout the weekend. In the evenings those with invites can carry on the fun at a series of red carpet parties that take place over the weekend. Always popular is the incredibly glamorous Chequered Flag Ball, which has been attended by the likes of Hugh Grant, Boris
Need to know Formula One is extremely loud and can cause damage to eardrums. Bring earplugs or buy some at the circuit. Food and drink is not allowed into the venue. Refreshment can be bought in the Oasis Village and grandstands. In addition, free water will be available at locations around the circuit. Different tickets allow entry on different days. Make sure you bring the right ticket. There are numerous ATMs at the circuit. Unlike other years, concert-goers need to collect a wristband from Yas Marina Circuit each day or they will be denied entry. Autograph sessions with drivers will be held throughout the weekend. Visit yasmarinacircuit.ae for updates on who, where and when.
Becker and David Coulthard in past years. Another place to party with famous actors, sports stars and F1 drivers is Amber Lounge, which this year will feature two live performances by Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.
The big race Come Sunday and the atmosphere multiplies in intensity as the drivers take their places on the grid for the Grand Prix. With 55 laps to complete over a total distance of 305.355 kilometres at average speeds of 195 kilometres per hour, they have their work cut out. Last year it was British driver Lewis Hamilton who took the trophy, breaking Sebastian Vettelâ€™s two-year winning streak at the circuit. This year, Hamilton says, he is going for back-to-back wins. With Vettel 62 points ahead of him at the time of going to press, Hamilton will need a victory in Abu Dhabi if heâ€™s to have any chance at claiming his second world champion title.
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MAN OF THE HOUR Lewis Hamilton takes time out of his busy racing schedule to chat to Concierge ahead of the 2012 Forumla 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Q The records Lewis Hamilton has set are outnumbered only by the trophies, titles and awards he has won. He began his glittering career as the youngest driver, aged just 13 to be offered and fulfill a Formula 1 contract before going on to become the youngest ever Formula 1 world champion (at the time). Along the way he claimed the highest number of wins in a season debut and, unusually, became the first and only driver ever to have his car recovered by a crane and put back on the track during a Formula 1 race. Last year, he showed UAE crowds just what he was capable of when he stormed to victory at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and this year the stands will be packed with fans hoping to see him do the same again. It was an important win. The 2011 season was a tough one for Hamilton who had several setbacks early on. When he crossed the finish line in first place it was, he says, a huge feeling of satisfaction coupled with relief. “Last year was a very tough season because one team and one driver dominated most of the races, which made it difficult to get a breakthrough result. “Everything came together at Abu Dhabi. I qualified on the front row and led pretty much the whole way.” This was the first time that Hamilton, who lost out the preceding year to fellow Formula 1 wunderkind Sebastian Vettel, won at Yas Marina. “It’s always nice to win at a circuit for the first time. It’s a new experience and I was pleased to tick this one off my list, especially as I’d led and lost out in 2009,” he adds.
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This year, Hamilton has added a few more firsts to his ever-expanding list of personal records. His win at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix was a particular victory, he says, because it was the final step in collecting an F1 grand slam, given to victories at the sport’s four oldest and most historic circuits: Monza, Silverstone, Monaco and Spa-Francorchamps. “As with every season, there have been ups and downs. I’ve had three victories, one in Canada, which is one of my favourite races on the calendar, one in Hungary and the one in Monza, which completed the grand slam making it a personal milestone. I’ve got the whole set now and that makes me very proud.” Among the highlights of his career was lining up on the grid at Melbourne in 2007, he says. “That was the moment when it suddenly hit me that I was a Formula 1 driver and that I was lining up alongside Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, people I’d watched on the television when I was growing up. Suddenly it all felt real and that was an incredible moment of realisation. It’s been non-stop ever since.” Hamilton’s passion for motor sports began early on. At the age of 10, he famously approached the McLaren team principal,
Ron Dennis while attending the Autosport Awards ceremony, informing him that he wanted to race for him one day. In signing Hamilton’s autograph book, Dennis replied: “Phone me in nine years and we’ll sort something out.” Three years later it was Dennis that called Hamilton after the young driver’s performance on the karting circuits became too impressive to overlook. Hamilton had begun karting in 1993 at the age of eight and quickly shot through the ranks, winning in the Cadet class, cleaning up in the Junior Yamaha in 1997 and claiming his second British Championship by the time he came into contact with Dennis once more. Placing Hamilton firmly on the path to Formula 1, Dennis signed him up to the McLaren driver development programme. True to form, the young protégée raced through the ranks, claiming the European Championship title in 2000 with maximum points. The following year, Hamilton got his first experience of driving against a racing legend when seven-times Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher made a one-off return to karts and competed against Hamilton alongside other future F1 drivers.
Hamilton got his first experience of driving against a racing legend when seven-times Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacker made a one-off return to karts and competed against Hamilton alongside other future Formula 1 drivers 1 Lewis Hamilton, TAG Heuer brand ambassador
The German driver was impressed by the young karter and afterwards described him as a quality driver. “If he keeps this up I’m sure he will reach F1. It’s something special to see a kid of his age out on the circuit. He’s clearly got the right racing mentality.” He was right. Seven years later, ironically just as Schumacker was announcing his retirement, McLaren signed Hamilton to partner Fernando Alsonso for the 2007 season. McLaren wasn’t the only one to place its faith in the young driver. Swiss watch creators, TAG Heuer was quick to sign him up as an ambassador to the brand and he has worn its designs ever since. It’s an ideal partnerships, Hamilton says. “TAG Heuer is a very important brand within motor sport. It has been Formula 1’s official timekeeper for 20 years and it’s great to share the role with guys like Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen guys who are my racing heroes.”
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Armed with a Formula 1 contract, a prestigious brand association and buckets of raw talent, Hamilton quickly built himself a reputation as one of the best drivers on the Formula 1 circuit today, earning the World Champion title in 2008 after only two seasons The watch Hamilton wears, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Automatic Chronograph is designed specifically with high intensity sports in mind. The Carrera Series was first conceived in 1964, when brand founder, Jack Heuer created it in honour of the Carrera Panamericana Mexico, the most gruelling automobile endurance race in history. Hamilton describes his model as a modern classic with “all the elements of a classic timepiece, but with a modern twist”. Armed with a Formula 1 contract, a prestigious brand association and buckets of raw talent, Hamilton quickly built himself a reputation as one of the best drivers on the Formula 1 circuit today, earning the World Champion title in 2008 after only two seasons. Five years later his passion for the sport remains as strong as ever. “Every time I get in the car, I still feel grateful for having a job as a Formula 1 driver. I never take it for granted.” It’s hard work. When he’s in training he follows a rigorous routine, beginning with an early morning run that lasts around 90 minutes. This is the length of an average grand prix so it’s the best way to replicate the fitness levels needed in the car, he explains. “After that I
might have some lunch and then spend two or three hours in the gym focusing on core and strength work.” Racing in a Formula 1 grand prix is not just about physical fitness, a driver must be mentally prepared too. “Before a race I like to listen to music to get myself relaxed and into the zone. While it’s relatively straightforward to train your body to adapt to the physical demands of driving flat-out for two hours, it can be difficult to mentally prepare for the stress of a race. “I always relax in my room by listening to music – it helps me to focus so that I am perfectly ready to start the race in a positive frame of mind.” Once on track, Hamilton wastes no time fighting for the lead. His driving style, he acknowledges, has frequently been described as aggressive, but he disagrees. “I don’t think that’s a particularly accurate description. I like to attack, but if you’re not smooth and controlled then you’re not going to get the best from the car. You have to be a smooth driver to look after the tyres properly too. I guess I’d most like to be known as an entertainer, a driver who gets the fans excited during a grand prix.”
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UNDER THE HOOD Concierge takes a look behind the scenes at Yas Marina Circuit in the build-up to the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Q It takes an enormous number of people, many monthâ€™s work and huge sums of money to organise the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Aside from the obvious arrangements like hiring additional staff, setting up the hospitality areas and preparing the circuit for the race, a great many smaller details must be attended to before the venue is ready to host the largest event on the Abu Dhabi social and sporting calendar.
Early summer As far back as June, the Yas Marina team are meeting to discuss plans for the November race. At this point, the emphasis is on preparing and then refining the all-important operations manual, which determines how issues such as signage, customer service, traffic and transport and crowd safety will be addressed. Meanwhile, other members of the team focus on the many temporary structures that need to be installed. Tents, prayer rooms, stages, extra bathrooms and additional hospitality spaces are just a few of the additional areas required to cater to the huge influx of visitors that will pass through the gates of Yas Marina Circuit over race weekend.
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Late summer As the summer draws to a close, it’s time to start putting these plans into action. Around the end of August, the temporary structures are already starting to go up and work has begun on the track, garages and team areas so that everything is perfect when the cars, drivers and their entourages arrive on Monday before the race. By the end of September, orders are flooding in from the F1 teams to equip their individual villas with all the furnishings required to host their sponsors, important clients and VIP guests throughout race weekend. The villas also provide a base for team operations during the day. At this point, one of the biggest jobs is painting the track and the hot and tiring work is already underway. The sporting team, responsible for bringing the circuit to life with the blue run-off areas, red and white kerbs and white demarcation lines, have 5.5 kilometres to cover. It takes months and the team will still have to touch up the paintwork over race weekend to ensure that it looks immaculate each day. Countless checks must be run and every last centimetre of the circuit scrupulously examined, from the guard rails and debris fencing to the crash barriers and kerbs.
The final week
Already, freight is arriving from Europe and America to equip the team villas. It’s also time to set up The Paddock Club, located over the team garages to provide prime viewing of the race and hospitality for the guests of Formula 1 – another lengthy job. “Given that Formula 1 bring everything from their own furniture and carpets, right down to their own cutlery, this set up takes weeks. The Formula 1 team also has a contractor in to install sponsorship signage and, as a lot of this is painted on, it can be a very painstaking job,” explains Mark Hughes, operations director at Yas Marina Circuit. At the same time, Formula 1 television crews arrive to connect the world to Yas Marina Circuit over race weekend. The live global audience is approximately half a billion viewers and complete coverage of the event is crucial.
The last of the freight, which is also the bulk of it, arrives on Monday from India and from now on it’ll be flat out to get everything ready in time for the weekend. Throughout the day, the teams and their cars are arriving, despite the fact that the Indian Grand Prix has only finished at 4:30pm UAE time on the preceding day. In the days leading up to the race weekend, last-minute preparations are underway to make sure everything flows smoothly and looks perfect from every angle. The condition of the landscaping is especially important and the team must be certain that the trees, plants and grass look neat and tidy for the aerial TV shots. “Cleanliness is obviously very important, particularly if we have any showers or sandstorms. This can cause havoc as we then have to clean all canopies and glass work,” says Hughes.
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The rest of the year Yas Marina Circuit is not just about motorsports. The venue plays host to a wide variety of events throughout the year. To find out more see yasmarinacircuit.com
November 16 Walk 2012 November 24 ADNIC Yas Run December 7 Yas Racing Series Round 2 December 13 Gulf 12 Hours December 20 Pro Drag Series Round 1 January 18 Cycle Yas
“Even when the race has been won, the last concert performed and the final ticket holder has left, there’s still a lot of work to do”
Race weekend On Thursday, the gates are open to the public for the first time to allow threeday ticket holders access for the pit-lane walk. It’s a great chance to see behind the scenes of Formula 1. As Hughes says: “Not all tracks do this, which is a shame, as it is the only chance people have to get this close to the F1 cars. We often get drivers hanging around and there is a fantastic buzz about the day.” The next three days are a blur of activity as tens of thousands of people arrive to witness the grand prix. Each day, the team must begin with a drivearound to ensure that all the signage is in place before people arrive. Once this is done, it’s time to inspect the venue. Every last corner from the car parks, grandstands and oasis areas right through to the paddock, media
centre and, of course the track, must be scoured before the public arrive each day. In the evenings, the focus switches towards the north end of the venue as crowds head towards Flash Arena for the post-race concerts. It’s fullon with the team working in shifts to provide 24-hour attendance at the circuit. Even when the race has been won, the last concert performed and the final ticket holder has left, there’s still a lot of work to do. “The break down goes on throughout the night and it’s amazing how much is already on the plane to Europe by sunrise on Monday,” Hughes says. “However, as we host the annual Young Drivers Test immediately after the grand prix, we won’t be able to rest on our laurels.”
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DIVIDE AND CONQUER Only here for a short period? Make the most of your time in Abu Dhabi following one of Concierge’s individual day plans to cover the city
Q November in Abu Dhabi is non-stop. With the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Art both in town this month, many visitors will be hard-pressed to make time for anything else. Faced with a guide book full of options, how do you choose what to see when there’s only a day or less to spare? Not, ideally, by rushing around the city in a desperate attempt to fit in every major attraction from forts and mosques to golf courses and theme parks. It may be a good way to tick all the boxes but it won’t give you a real sense of this dynamic city. If you really want to get under the skin of Abu Dhabi and only have a few days or even just an afternoon to spare, why not focus on a particular characteristic? The UAE capital has something for every interest so plan your visit around the side of the city that best suits you with the help of our dedicated day plans. That way you can gain a real insight into the history, modern culture, shopping scene, sports activities and leisure opportunities or any other aspect that appeals. If you don’t fit it all in this time, you can always come back.
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The landmark day
If a tight schedule only allows time to visit one landmark in Abu Dhabi then head straight to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, where history, culture and architectural wonders await. One of the largest mosques in the world, this magnificent structure features over 1,000 columns, 82 domes and interiors bedecked with 24-carat gold chandeliers and Persian carpets. Join a guided tour and learn about Islamic culture or simply wander through columned walkways wrought from white marble and high-ceilinged rooms ornamented with calligraphy, floral motifs and goldleaf designs. Next, hail a cab and head towards the Corniche, itself one of the city’s defining features and also home to the iconic Emirates Palace hotel. On the way, you can take a quick detour via the distinctive circular Aldar HQ building, Abu Dhabi’s answer to the London Gherkin and Capital Gate tower, which leans an astonishing 18 degrees to the west.
The retail day
Take a quick detour via the distinctive circular Aldar HQ building, Abu Dhabi’s answer to the London Gherkin and Capital Gate tower, which leans an astonishing 18 degrees to the west
1 Emirates Palace (previous page) 2 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 3 Marina Mall Abu Dhabi 4 Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Abu Dhabi’s luxury shopping scene has taken a gigantic leap since the launch of boutique mall, Avenue at Etihad Towers. Home to a large number of high-end brands, this stylish venue is strictly designer and ideal for those who only want to browse the best. For a mix of designer and high-street labels, head to Marina Mall on the Corniche or Abu Dhabi Mall in the Tourist Club Area. Alternatively, blend culture with retail by paying a visit to one of the city’s souks. Souk is the Arabic word for market place and Abu Dhabi offers a mix of modern and traditional styles. For a more upmarket experience, try Souk Qaryat al Beri, where boutique shops and stalls line manmade waterways or the recently refurbished Souk at Central Market. To get a taste of traditional Arabian souks, try the popular Madinat Zayed Gold Souk, the Fish Souk at Mina Zayed and Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Market opposite. 4
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The historical day
Abu Dhabi is known mostly for its avantgarde architecture, the many ambitious new projects underway and the five-star lifestyle enjoyed by its residents. However, just 50 years ago there was little sign of any of this and few could have foreseen the modern metropolis the city would become. With history a part of the recent past, it’s easy to get an insight into the old ways of UAE life. The Heritage Village offers visitors a taste of life in Abu Dhabi’s pre-oil days with a reconstructed Bedouin camp that comes complete with goat-hair tents, camels and a museum. Regular workshops are held to demonstrate traditional crafts like glass blowing and weaving. To travel much further back into the country’s past, head out to Al Ain where the UAE’s oldest museum, the Al Ain National Museum, journeys back into the country’s Stone Age days with weapons, pottery and other relics dating back almost 7,500 years. Near here you can visit the astonishing 5,000-year-old Al Hili tombs, which were recently granted UNESCO world heritage status. 5 Al Ain National Museum 6 Abu Dhabi Golf Club 7 Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
The athletic day Embrace the sporting spirit that seizes the capital over Formula 1 weekend and throw yourself into some athletic activities at Al Forsan International Sports Resort. A haven for sports enthusiasts, Al Forsan has an impressive line-up of facilities, all gleaming new and state of the art. There’s paint balling, with several themed zones, shooting, with handgun and rifle ranges, horse riding in indoor
or outdoor arenas, wake boarding and water skiing on purpose-built lakes for professionals and beginners and, finally, go-karting on the professional circuit. For a round of golf, just nip next door to the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, or try a number of other courses around the city, including the championship course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and a choice of three courses at Yas Links.
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Polo at The Palace The sport of kings is coming to the Emirates Palace from the 23rd to the 24th November. This exclusive two day event, in the regal setting of the iconic Emirates Palace will see teams from around the world compete for the inaugural Coutts Polo Cup. Come and watch all the excitement on the field, whilst experiencing the exquisite service and hospitality of the Emirates Palace. Mark this weekend at one of the most important events of the year. VIP tickets and corporate hospitality packages available. For more information call +971 2 690 8161
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This season, ChloĂŠ has looked over the channel for inspiration. The French fashion house, which coined the term prĂŞt-aporter and paved the way for luxury ready-to-wear clothes, has continued its legacy with a fall/winter 2012 collection featuring airy, feminine daywear that blends Parisian sophistication with an English polish. Contact: 02 6818988.
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RACE AGAINST TIME With the Formula 1 in town, car-themed watches are all the rage. Concierge shines the spotlight on some of the top models on the market
Q To win the Formula 1 grand prix, a driver must combine several key factors, among them speed, accuracy, skill and, crucially, timing. While spectators focus on the car thatâ€™s in the lead, the teams and their drivers will be paying equal attention to the lap times as a way of gauging overall progress. In the cockpit, the driver will also be focusing on how he times the corners, the long stretches and every other aspect of the track as he battles to achieve a faster time than other drivers. Time, as they say, is of the essence in any race, a fact many luxury watch companies have taken into account. Drawing on the natural link between highspeed automobiles and high-end timepieces, a number of luxury brands offer motor-themed watches where the design, materials, mechanics and other features are based on a car race, model or brand.
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Hublot Big Bang Ferrari
The first design to emerge from the new partnership between Hublot and Ferrari, the Big Bang Ferrari more than meets expectations. For fans of the famous car brand, there couldn’t be a more suitable timepiece. The minute counter, which features hands and indices that recall a real Ferrari dashboard, is positioned at 3 o’clock where the date window appears in Modena yellow. Ferrari’s distinctive prancing horse motif is discreetly inscribed on the face at 9 o’clock and even the interchangeable straps, which come in two styles, feature stitching similar to the signature upholstery found in a typical Ferrari. The watch itself is available in two variations, one with a scratch-resistant 18-carat gold case and the other in satin-finished Titanium.
Armin Strom Racing Regulator Now in its second season as the official watch partner of F1 team Marussia Virgin Racing, Armin Strom has taken design elements from the team colours, watch parts from the team car and employed its own widely recognised horological expertise to create a state-of-the-art racing watch. The 43.6-millimetre PVD-coated titanium case comes in a slick matt black, which complements the red, white and black dials under the anti-reflective case.
Ferrari’s distinctive prancing horse motif is discreetly inscribed on the face at 9 o’clock and even the interchangeable straps, which come in two styles, feature stitching similar to the signature upholstery found in a typical Ferrari
1 Frédérique Constant, Vintage Rally – La Carrera Panamericana (previous page) 2 Hublot, Big Bang Ferrari 3 Armin Strom, Racing Regulator 4 Frédérique Constant, Vintage Rally – La Carrera Panamericana
Frédérique Constant Vintage Rally – La Carrera Panamericana For the last 24 years, La Carrera Panamericana has attracted classic car enthusiasts from all over the world to participate in the 2,000 mile race along the famous highway in Mexico. A serious test of drivers and their cars, the event, also known as the Mexican Road Race has inspired luxury watch maker and sponsor of the event, Frédérique Constant to create a limited edition model that celebrates the popular race. Part of the Frédérique Constant Vintage Rally collection, the Carrera Panamericana features a mechanical hand-wound movement with the race logo engraved on the dial. Two dial variations are available, one with rose gold-plated indexes and the other with stainless steel indexes.
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Distributor d e ta i l s Armin Strom Available from Damas Les Exclusives, 02 6450700
Frédérique Constant Available from Mohd Rasool Khoory & Sons, 02 6222200
Chopard Available from the Chopard boutique in Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, 02 6812233 and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, 04 3323777
Parmigiani Fleurier Available from Mohd Rasool Khoory & Sons, 02 6222200
Hublot Available from Hublot, Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, 02 6811822
Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Vitesse
5 La Carrera Panamericana in Mexico 6 Chopard, Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa 7 Parmigiani Fleurier, Bugatti Vitesse
Following on from the success of the Bugatti Super Sport watch, the luxury car manufacturer has once again teamed up with Parmigiani Fleurier to create a model in line with its latest convertible. For the new edition, the movement remains the same, but the shape has been adapted to create a more masculine look that mirrors qualities found in the new car model. The elegant oval dial, which is set on a 90-degree axis, is made from Texalium, a web of fibreglass covered by a thin layer of aluminium and comes in either blue or red to reflect the two shades in which the car is available.
Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa With its vivid red dial, vintage numerals and flamboyant design, it’s apparent from first sight that the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa boasts some Italian credentials. In fact, the stylish model has been designed entirely with Italy in mind, drawing inspiration from the country’s legendary Mille Miglia car rally and its famous Rosso Corsa auto racing colours. Featuring a 44-millimetre-diameter polished titanium case and a red-varnished dial with a self-winding movement that beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, this model is the perfect marriage of elegant design and precision technology.
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in grand style The best of this season's structured silhouettes and power prints, inspired by the F1
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Mirjana wears: Dress and shoes both Christian Dior; earrings Erickson Beamon at Saks Fifth Avenue Abdel wears: Shirt, boots and watch all Dior Homme; trousers Viktor and Rolf at Saks Fifth Avenue
Shirt Gucci; suit Dior Homme; watch Tag Heuer Carrera 1887; bag Tods
Dress Mary Katrantzou at s*uce; earrings Oscar de la Renta at Saks Fifth Avenue
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Shirt Les Hommes at Saks Fifth Avenue; trousers Jecksenson at Bloomingdaleâ€™s; cardigan Burberry; watch Dior Homme; shoes Tods; bag Alberto Guardiani
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Mirjana wears: Dress Lanvin; earrings Oscar de la Renta at Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes Salvatore Ferragamo Abdel wears: Knit Brioni; shoes Tods; trousers Salvatore Ferragamo; watch Dior Homme
Mirjana wears: Dress Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti at Bloomingdale’s; shoes and bag both Tory Burch Abdel wears: T-shirt Alexander McQueen; cardigan Theory at Bloomingdale’s; trousers (part of suit) Dior Homme; shoes Tods
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Dress Lanvin; ring Kenneth Jay Lane at Saks Fifth Avenue; bracelet Celine
Fashion editor: Naomi Chadderton —Stylist: Sarah Maisey at Bareface— Hair and makeup: Toni Antonia Malt at Bareface Models: Mirjana and Abdel at Bareface—Location: YAS Viceroy Hotel, Abu Dhabi
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Discover Into the wild
Spread over 4,100 hectares on the beautiful Sir Bani Yas Island, The Arabian Wildlife Park is easily one of the regionâ€™s most impressive nature reserves. Home to more than 10,000 animals, the park places a particular focus on the breeding and rehabilitation of indigenous Arabian creatures and endangered species. Contact: Desert Islands Resort & Spa on 02 8015400 for more information.
MOTOR MUSEUMS As F1 fans gather in Abu Dhabi for the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Concierge explores some of the other automotive attractions around the UAE
Q This month, excitement is in the air as the UAE capital gears up to host the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Over race weekend, thousands of people will converge on the capital to witness the UAE’s largest automotive event and see the world’s top race drivers in action on the track. With so many race fans and motor enthusiasts here to attend the event, it’s not just Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit that will be in the spotlight. The capital, and the wider UAE, is home to a number of other motor-themed attractions, including some extraordinary car museums where visitors can get a taste of this country’s passion for all things automotive. The UAE is a haven for car enthusiasts. A short spin around the roads here is enough to convince you that this country has a particular fondness for all things automotive. While suped-up sports cars and flashy four-wheel drives might turn heads elsewhere, here they are the norm, so it’s hard to imagine what car collectors in this country consider museum-worthy.
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One visit to the Emirate’s National Auto Museum in Abu Dhabi will show just how special a vehicle here needs to be to merit a place on the museum floor. Housed in a giant pyramid along the desert road that leads to Liwa, this eye-catching collection features all kinds of unexpected cars from the quirky and vintage to the downright bizarre. It’s hard to pick out a prize piece in such a collection and responses differ when it comes to choosing a favourite. For some it’s the customised caravan that looks like a globe and is precisely onemillionth the size of the world, while others might find the series of seven S Class Mercedes’ in the different colours of the rainbow, most appealing. The owner of the museum, Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nayhan, who is affectionately nicknamed the rainbow sheikh because of these Mercedes, clearly has a taste for unusual vehicles. His collection numbers more than 200 pieces and among them are classic cars, military vehicles, (one of which has a golfing range on top), trucks, caravans and convertibles of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps the real crown jewel of this collection is the 1950s Dodge Power Wagon, which holds a Guinness World Record for being the largest vehicle on the planet. Inside this colossal car is a four-bedroom apartment, living area, kitchen and bathrooms and, if that doesn’t sufficiently convey its size, then the car with standard proportions beneath it provides a point of comparison. One of the most eye-catching and unexpected vehicles on display is the glittery silver buggy that the Sheikh had custom-made to replicate one built by Mercedes Benz in 1986 to mark the company’s 100-year anniversary. The original was a one-off and the German car manufacturer
Perhaps the real crown jewel of the collection is the 1950s Dodge Power Wagon, which holds a Guinness World Record for being the largest vehicle on the planet was unwilling to repeat the construction, so Sheikh Hamad had one built from a small plastic model. Of equal interest to car lovers are the older pieces in the collection. Sheikh Hamad has an impressive variety of classic vehicles that range from vintage Buicks and Rolls Royces, one of which reportedly cost AED2.9 million (US$4.6million) to a vintage fire truck. There’s also a collection of Minis, which range from an old, openair Moke to the more recent racing-striped models like those featured in the film, The Italian Job. Unrivalled as Sheikh Hamad’s collection may be when it comes to the weird and wonderful, his museum is not the only one that warrants a visit when it comes to classic and vintage cars. A few hours drive from the city, the Al Ain Classic Cars & Heritage Museum features a small but exclusive collection of old vehicles, many of them extremely rare.
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Recently, another auto museum has provided classic car enthusiasts with a new place to pursue their passion. Located in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Galleria Ferrari boasts an impressive collection of Ferraris that date from 1947 to the present day. Discover the history of the brand and see the cars that made it including the Dino Ferrari, which was named after Enzo Ferrariâ€™s son, who died at the age of 24. The museum is just one of the many Ferrari-themed attractions at Ferrari World, which offers more than 20 rides, including the worldâ€™s fastest roller coaster and F1 simulators. Situated just next door to Yas Marina Circuit, the amusement park, which is the only one in the world built by Ferrari, is perfect for grand prix visitors who want to recreate some of the excitement of the race off-track.
The cars, which date from between 1901 to 1980, were collected from around the UAE and restored by Rashid Al-Tamimi, who established the museum in 2009. In addition to the beautiful, old automobiles on display is an eclectic selection of other exhibits, which include automobilia, vintage toys and Oriental rugs. The museum also has an interesting collection of historic photographs depicting life in Abu Dhabi before the oil boom. Another classic car collection can be found in Sharjah at the Sharjah Old Car Club & Museum, which houses over 100 vintage vehicles dating back to the early 20 th century. The museum, which launched in 2008, gained recognition from the international classic car community when it was invited to join the Federation of Vintage Vehicles. Visitors can browse the beautifully restored vehicles on display and learn more about how this is done in classic car restoration presentations run by the museum.
C o n ta c t d e ta i l s : Emirates National Auto Museum: 02 6676999
Al Ain Classic Car & Heritage Museum: 050 6231323
Sharjah Old Car Club & Museum: 06 5580058
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi: 02 4698001
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LASTING LEGACY If there’s one place every visitor must see it’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Beautiful and majestic, this is one of Abu Dhabi’s most recognisable icons and a proud monument to the country’s late leader
It’s one of Abu Dhabi’s most visited sites, the ‘attraction’ most recommended by the city’s concierges and one of the finest structures you’re likely to see. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a defining feature of Abu Dhabi, a proud monument that makes an impressive statement about the city. Sometimes simply known as the Grand Mosque, it gives the title a whole new meaning with a design and attention to detail that can only be described as breathtaking. While Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is simply stunning from the outside, it needs to be seen from the inside for a full sense of its beauty and importance to the people of Abu Dhabi. It is one of the few mosques open to visitors – part of a plan by the late president Sheikh Zayed to encourage a greater cultural understanding for all nationalities. Guided tours are given by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest in the world. One need only glance at this imposing place of worship to realise that. Yet while it holds several world records, one category it is a serious contender for is that of the most beautiful mosque in the world.
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Its white marble exterior with gold trim cuts a fine image against the blue sky during the day, while at sunset the outline of the mosque creates a spectacular silhouette against the rich red colours of dusk. Take some time to wander around the main courtyard, which can accommodate up to 22,000 worshippers. The area is made almost entirely of white marble, from the tiles on the ground to the columns and ceilings. The workmanship and attention to detail is incredible. Closer inspection of the columns reveals intricate patterns of plants and flowers made from semi-precious stones, mother of pearl and gold. In fact, the materials were sourced from around the world – a symbol of Sheikh Zayed’s desire to unite people of all nationalities. There are over 1,000 of these semi-precious stone-encrusted columns outside. Add to this the 82 minarets (domes) of Moroccan design, some of which feature verses from the Qur’an. The top of every minaret is covered with white marble and embellished with 24-carat gold, while the main dome measures 32.7 metres in diameter and stands 70 metres high from the inside or 85 metres high from the outside.
The workmanship and attention to detail is incredible. Closer inspection of the columns reveals intricate patterns of plants and flowers made from semi-precious stones, mother of pearl and gold
Visit the Grand Mosque Where: Between Al Maqtaa and Mussafah bridges When: One-hour tours are held from Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 5pm, Fridays at 5pm and 7.30pm, and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm Dress code: All visitors must dress respectfully, which means no shorts or short skirts and shoulders must be covered. Women will be given an abaya and sheila to wear, while men dressed inappropriately will be given a kandoura to wear Contact: 800 555 or szgmc.ae
In the room before the main prayer hall hangs a chandelier – the smallest of seven – set with precious stones, crystals and gold, while coloured marble is arranged in a floral pattern on the walls. The spectacular main prayer hall, which can accommodate up to 7,000 worshippers, faces Mecca. There are names written in Arabic on a wall at the front of the prayer hall. These are the 99 names of God taken from the Qur’an. Every Friday this room is full. When Abu Dhabi’s Muslims come here to pray, they kneel down on the world’s largest carpet. Made in Iran, the carpet is green, as this was Sheikh Zayed’s favourite colour. Those who pray here are often in the company of Abu Dhabi’s royalty, while ruling families from other emirates and neighbouring countries regularly visit to pray and pay their respects to Sheikh Zayed. The mosque is a huge credit to the man whose vision it was to see it built, but also to the government and people of Abu Dhabi who ensure it remains open to all nationalities and religions to help promote a greater cultural understanding.
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THE BIG PICTURE Abu Dhabi Art is back in town this month with a culture-packed programme of talks, shows and exhibits
Q It’s only recently that Abu Dhabi has begun to attract the notice of the art world. A few years ago, the capital’s goal to become a major international art hub by 2030 seemed a long way off. Now, with boutique art fair Abu Dhabi Art in its fourth edition and world-class institutions like the Louvre and the Guggenheim set to launch here over the coming years, the emirate’s cultural status is developing rapidly. This month, the focus of the international art community will be directed towards the UAE capital as it prepares to host Abu Dhabi Art 2012 at Saadiyat Cultural District. The event has attracted an increasing number of prestigious galleries from around the world since the inaugural fair in 2009 and is now a driving force behind the development of an established art scene in Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole.
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“Abu Dhabi Art has established itself as an important cultural platform and gateway to the region,” says director of Haser & Wirth gallery Florian Berktold. The UAE’s art scene has grown considerably in the last few years and the Abu Dhabi Art fair’s unique boutique style presents an intimate melting pot of local, regional and international players from the art world in a young and exciting place.” Exhibitors at Abu Dhabi Art represent a hand-picked selection of elite galleries from around the world. Testifying to the success of previous editions of the fair, the 2012 event will see 80 percent of last year’s galleries return, with the likes of Gagosian from New York, Hauser & Wirth from Switzerland, Lisson from London, Enrico Navarra from Paris and Hunar Gallery from Dubai among the major international galleries set to attend again this year. Of t he 50 galleries ex hibit ing, a number will be making their first appearance at Abu Dhabi Art. Among these is Ota Fine Arts, a prominent contemporary art gallery based in Tokyo, Japan. Like many other galleries, Ota Fine Arts has been lured to Abu Dhabi
by the developments taking place in the emirate’s cultural sphere. “We have been intrigued by the movements in Abu Dhabi over recent years and thought it was a good time to make a move here. “We see Abu Dhabi as a city of growth – not only towards the commercial art market, but also towards the museums and institutions in development. We have brought artworks by Middle Eastern artists to Japan and now we would like to see how Japanese contemporary art will be received in Abu Dhabi. It’s exciting to open a new door to this conversation. We think Abu Dhabi’s role will only get bigger and bigger,” says Hidenori Ota, founder and director of Ota Fine Arts. The central point for this creative growth is Saadiyat Cultural District, where construction on the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum has already begun. Surrounding these iconic art institutions will be universities and other centres of learning, providing a global hub for culture and academia. These iconic museums will provide a major boost to the capital’s cultural credentials and to its general appeal
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as a tourist destination, says Berktold. “The museum plans for Abu Dhabi are breathtaking and will surely prompt a huge audience for the arts. It will take time, though, for a lively arts scene with galleries and exhibition spaces to develop.” At present, the capital’s art scene is still in its infancy, but with the opportunities and publicity generated by Abu Dhabi Art in addition to the attention drawn by the new museums, it’s rapidly becoming a must-visit destination for artists, galleries and art buyers. As Berktold says: “Abu Dhabi Art has established itself as an important cultural platform and gateway to the region. It helps us tremendously to showcase our programme.” For some galleries, the fair provides an entry into the Middle East market, while others have used it to develop
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their client bases and forge new connections. “Abu Dhabi Art has helped to create a platform in bridging the gap between eastern and western galleries and artists. It offers an excellent environment for networking between collectors, institutions, galleries and artists,” says Sossy Dikijian, director of Artspace, a Dubai-based gallery that has recently opened a space in London. Although many art fairs feature big-name speakers, Abu Dhabi Art is unique in providing an environment where high-profile guests can interact with the audience. Every year, the fair unveils an impressive line-up of special guest speakers. In the 2011 edition, gallerist, collector and patron Larry Gagosian, artist Jeff Koons, gallerist Nicholas Aquavella, gallerist Andree Sfeir-Semler and historian Salah Hassan were among those in attendance.
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This year’s programme will feature talks, workshops and other cultural activities with artist Subodh Gupta, artist Barthi Kher, HH Sheikha Salama, gallerist Kamel Mannour, artist Tadashi Kawamata, collector Dr Farhad Farjam and designer Stuart Haygarth, among others. Another distinguishing feature of Abu Dhabi Art is the sheer size and diversity of the programme. This is more than just an art show. “Its programme is full of varied elements from design and sculpture to education and local
culture. There are talks, book launches, artist interviews, debates and more – all providing the perfect mix for the visiting audience and participating galleries to see what’s happening in this part of the world,” says director Franz Leupi from Swiss gallery, AB. With so much going on in such a short space of time, visitors will need to plan their time at Abu Dhabi Art carefully. The fair is split into several sections, including Bidya, Signature, Beyond and Design. 7
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This year Bidya, which focuses on one emerging gallery, will feature works by CDA Projects, a contemporary exhibition space from Istanbul. It’s an excellent opportunity for the young gallery, which has never appeared at an art fair in the region before and for visitors to get a taste of what’s happening on the Turkish art scene. “Contemporary art from Turkey is attracting a lot of interest and demand in this region. Abu Dhabi Art is a great chance for the world’s best galleries to build strong relationships and we consider being part of the fair an important step for our gallery,” says Hidenori Ota. Over in Signature a selection of up-andcoming artists will be given the opportunity to present their works in a solo
show, while Beyond provides a platform for the presentation and sale of outdoor sculptures. Lastly, Design is where the leading galleries can be found. New to the programme this year is Art Zone, a specially designed space targeting children from the ages of two to 14. Other categories deal with the educational and informative functions of the fair. Among these is Abu Dhabi Art Conversations, a series of moderated discussions with leading art world professionals and Abu Dhabi Art Interviews, a new series consisting of short interviews with artists, gallerists, collectors and curators participating in the fair. There’s also Abu Dhabi Art Talks, designed to generate an exchange of ideas on topical cultural issues.
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Originally designed by Lord Norman Foster for the Shanghai World Expo 2012, the 20-metre-high UAE Pavilion now serves as the distinctive venue for Abu Dhabi Art. Originally built in Shanghai, the structure had to be dismantled into 24,000 different pieces and reassembled on arrival. Designed to represent the sand dunes of the UAE desert, the pavilion is rippled on the windward side and smooth on the sheltered side, mimicking the way a sand dune is shaped by the wind. By day, its gleaming surface is red, copper and gold and by night it glows with internal golden lighting.
If that isn’t enough to fill four days with cultural activities, then the fair also offers book launches, film screenings and a boutique retail store featuring work by emerging Emirati artists, plus an extensive selection of art books. There will also be a jewellery exhibition by fair sponsor Bulgari, which will display signature pieces that capture the essence of the luxury brand and its 127-year history. With such a packed and varied itinerary, it is easy to see why this is one of the largest events of the year in Abu Dhabi. More than 20,000 visitors attended Abu Dhabi Art in 2011. Organisers are confident that this year’s fair will attract an even greater number of artists, gallerists, curators, collectors and art enthusiasts looking to experience the world’s only boutique art fair and take advantage of the opportunities it has brought to the region. Where: Saadiyat Island Cultural District. When: November 7 to 11 from 3 to 10pm. How much: Entry is free. For more information see abudhabiartfair.com
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SPOTLIGHT ON THE PAST With 17 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Al Ain is the ideal place to learn more about the emirate’s past
Q Abu Dhabi is a land of contrasts. Its capital city is the nerve centre with ultramodern buildings, embassies, spacious malls and opulent five-star hotels. Al Gharbia (Western Region) is a nature lover’s paradise with towering red sand dunes, camel festivals, desert islands and date farms. Al Ain, in the Eastern Region, is the cultural heart of the emirate and a place where tradition features prominently in everyday life. It’s the home of the country’s forefathers and a place where visitors will find 17 UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites waiting to be explored. The cultural sites are of geological, archaeological and historical importance and include the stunning Jebel Hafeet mountain, bronze and iron age sites of Al Hili, tombs of the Bida Bin Saud area and the oases with their falaj irrigation system. Inclusion on the list puts Al Ain alongside well-known international sites such as the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
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Al Ain is a well-preserved city with an abundance of forts and oases. Often called “the garden city” because of its multitude of green areas, it is also the cultural and heritage heartland of the emirate. Its history dates back several thousand years and archaeological investigations have revealed that the area has been continuously inhabited since the late Stone Age period. Archaeological sites and artefacts have been found dating back to the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Hellenistic pre-Islamic and Islamic eras, while there is also evidence the city traded with major cultures in the north (Mesopotamia and Persia) and the east (India and Pakistan). Why not take a trip back in time and visit these historical sites?
Al Jahili Fort, which is the birthplace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s first president, was built in 1891 to defend the city and protect palm groves
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This area contains over 500 graves and Bronze Age cairn tombs. It dates to a period between 3200 and 2700 BCE, also known as the Hafeet Period or the Hafeet Cultural Horizon. The tombs and their contents reveal Al Ain’s role at the crossroads of Mesopotamian trade.
During the Iron Age, the inhabitants of Al Ain began using the falaj, a system that enabled water to be transported from the mountains to the plains. It led to the construction of permanent settlement sites along with agriculture. The oldest falaj, which dates back to 1000 BCE, is located at the Hili Archaeological Park. To see more examples of falaj, visit Al Ain Oasis.
Visitors will see numerous forts in Al Ain, which along with many other historic buildings such as towers, mosques, and private palaces and residences, are reminiscent of pre-1960 before oil was discovered. The beautiful Al Jahili Fort, which is the birthplace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s first president, was built in 1891 to defend the city and protect palm groves. It now houses a permanent exhibition of work by British adventurer Wilfred Thesiger, who crossed the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) in the 1940s. The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage also holds the annual Al Ain Classics music festival in the grounds of the fort.
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Al Ain Palace Museum was once the home of the late Sheikh Zayed and the hub of the city’s political life. Visitors will find a collection of portraits of the royal family, a family tree showing the sheikh’s lineage and a classroom where the children of the ruling family were privately educated.
Moving forward While 17 sites have so far been added to the World Heritage List, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is actively restoring and preserving many other sites of cultural significance. Work is under way to preserve
The city’s six oases have sustained the region as far back as the 2nd millennium BCE and remain an active element of the city today 6 Hafeet tombs 7 Falaj 8 Green Mubazzarah
Museums To learn more about the history of Al Ain, a visit to the city’s museums is a must. Al Ain National Museum is divided into two main sections – ethnographical and archaeological – and provides an overview of the country’s traditions and culture as well as information on the people who inhabited the area up to 8,000 years ago. As well as artefacts, there is also an interesting collection of photographs showing Abu Dhabi in the 1960s.
PHOTOGRAPHY: ADHAM SNEEH AND COURTESY OF ABU DHABI TOURISM & CULTURE AUTHORITY (TCA ABU DHABI)
Natural beauty As well as its cultural significance, Al Ain’s natural attractions include the desert, oases, date palm plantations, wadis and mountains. The city’s six oases have sustained the region as far back as the 2nd millennium BCE and remain an active element of the city today. The harvesting of dates and other crops continues to be preserved and is passed down through generations. To discover the natural beauty, visit Al Ain Oasis or Green Mubazzarah at the foot of Jebel Hafeet.
several fortresses and historical places, including the Jahili mosque and fortress and the Bin Hadi House in the Hili Oasis. Work is also being carried out to revive the original uses of many buildings, such as the old market in Al Qattarah. Many will also be used for new purposes in a bid to integrate the buildings into the infrastructure of the city. So why not take a step back in time and explore the heritage heart of the emirate. With the UAE due to celebrate its 41st year, it’s the ideal time to discover how far the country has come?
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Taste Sea Breeze
Sip cocktails and feast your eyes on picture-perfect views at the newly opened Turquoiz, beach restaurant and lounge at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. The ideal place to relax and watch the sun go down, Turquoiz welcomes diners with large, comfortable chairs, a laid-back vibe and a mouthwatering menu of seafood dishes, light bites and cocktails. Contact: 02 4988888.
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DINNER WITH A DIFFERENCE Discover some of Abu Dhabi’s most exotic epicurean experiences at five-star restaurants around the capital
Q In Abu Dhabi, fine dining is not just about good food. The UAE’s capital is home to a diverse culinary scene that offers a wide selection of cuisines, often in extraordinary venues and each with its own claim to distinction. It’s not even necessary to stick to the same venue for the duration of a meal. Adventurous diners can embark on a culinary journey around different five-star eateries, enjoying a course at each. Alternatively, they can throw caution to the wind and forgo the menu entirely with a blind-tasting experience, designed to broaden culinary horizons and unveil new epicurean delights. Take a seat on the chef’s table and open mind and taste buds to whatever delights the chefs choose to bring or for an entirely different, but equally memorable, culinary voyage, eat meat the Brazilian way – continuously until you’ve space for no more. Read on to learn where and how these experiences are to be found in Abu Dhabi.
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Eat at the chef’s table in 18° There are several features that make this modern eatery stand out from the culinary crowd. The first becomes evident near the edge of the restaurant where enormous windows afford stunning views of the city outside. The closer you get to the edge, the more apparent it becomes that the building leans at an angle, eighteen degrees to be exact, significantly more than the leaning Tower of Pisa. Then there’s the food. This restaurant specialises in traditional Mediterranean cuisine sourced from along the
eastern coast and given an imaginative twist by chefs in the open kitchen. However, to really avail yourself of all the special features at 18°, take a seat at the chef’s table. Right next door to the open kitchen, diners here do not receive a menu – they just have to wait and see what the chefs have in store for them and watch as the feast is prepared before their very eyes. Where: Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel When: Daily, noon to 3pm and 7 to 11.30pm Contact: 02 5961440
A revolving feast at Al Fanar As Abu Dhabi’s only revolving restaurant, Al Fanar is automatically one of the most extraordinary places to eat in the capital. However, even without this signature feature, which takes diners a full 360 degrees and affords views of the city, sea and the islands on the way, Al Fanar would still stand out from the culinary crowd. The menu, overseen by executive chef Pierre Olivier Petit, offers a creative selection of gourmet international dishes all artfully arranged to look as good as they taste. Fans of shellfish will particularly enjoy the pan-fried scallops with green pea soup and passion fruit pulp while meat eaters can get stuck in to the grill options or try the Australian loin of lamb with almond purée and cauliflower couscous. Things get even more interesting on the dessert menu, where mouth-watering treats like red berry bread and butter pudding with pistachio sauce or cheesecake served with lemon-flavoured sago pearl and biscuit ice cream will tempt even the fullest diner into ordering something sweet at the end of the meal. When you can eat no more, sit back and enjoy the ever-changing views as you circle slowly above the city. Where: Le Royal Méridien When: Open Mon to Sat noon to 3pm and 7 to 11.30pm Contact: 02 6742020
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Blind tasting at Bord Eau
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Bord Eau reminds us exactly why French food is so often considered synonymous with fine dining. The meal here begins with a complimentary glass of champagne to sip as you peruse the incredibly gourmet menu. Not until you’ve seen all the delicious and creative-sounding dishes available do you flip the final page and see where the real opportunities for culinary experimentation lie. Chef Alexandre Pernetta’s blind-tasting options pose a challenge and an opportunity, inviting diners to place their taste buds in his capable hands for the duration of the dinner. It’s a wrench to resist choosing from the many tantalising descriptions in the à la carte menu, but as the blind-tasting courses arrive, it becomes all too clear that somehow he knows your preferences better than you do yourself. The waitress will convey any particular dislikes before he begins compiling the menu, which he makes up on the spot, working all the time in conjunction with Bord Eau’s award-winning sommelier Eduardo Perez to create combinations that seem literally sent from heaven. Prices for the blind-tasting menu start from AED375, plus AED200 for wine pairing.
CHAMAS: Meat lovers
are in for a treat at this Brazilian Churrascaria where waiters wander between tables bearing enormous slabs of beautifully cured, cooked and seasoned meat. There are 15 varieties to try and the rule here is eat until you’ve space for no more. Contact: 02 6666888
Try the highest high tea in Abu Dhabi at Observation Deck, located way up on level 74 of Etihad Towers. Contact: 02 8115888 Kazu: Dine here on a race day and watch cars compete on the track from prime window seats in the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel’s teppenyaki restaurant. Contact: 02 6560600
Where: Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri When: Open nightly, 7 to 11.30pm / Contact: 02 5098888
Chef Alexandre Pernetta’s blind-tasting options pose a challenge and an opportunity, inviting diners to place their taste buds in his capable hands for the duration of the dinner Dine around at Emirates Palace Why choose one restaurant when you can try several and all in one night for a set price? Most five-star travellers in Abu Dhabi will visit the Emirates Palace and many will dine in one of their luxurious restaurants, but few will manage to experience several in the duration of one meal. Unless, of course, they try the hotel’s new Dine Around experience. Diners begin with an aperitif at Havana Club before heading over to Mezlai, the UAE’s first Emirati restaurant, for the second course. After that it’s on to Mezzaluna, the hotel’s award-winning Italian eatery, to enjoy a sumptuous main course followed by mouthwatering sweets and cakes at Le Café for Dessert. It’s the ideal way to get an all-round impression of fivestar dining in Abu Dhabi and enjoy a delicious and continuously varied meal. Just make sure to have a light lunch that day. Prices start from AED500 to 650 per person. Where: Emirates Palace When: Contact the hotel to book individual timings Contact: 02 6909000
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MILK MONITOR The wider world is only just waking up to the health benefits of camel milk, but in the UAE, this highly nutritious beverage is a traditional dietary staple
Q Not so long ago, the basic Emirati diet consisted fundamentally of dates and camel milk. For Bedouin desert dwellers, little else was readily available. Then, oil was discovered in the region, the UAE was formed and the arid, desert landscape rapidly transformed with the arrival of international restaurant and supermarket chains. The traditional Bedouin way of life changed and with it went the former emphasis on local food sources. With diminished demand, camel milk faded from the culinary scene and entered into a long hiatus. Then, around two years ago, interest began to pick up as people reawakened to its nutritional benefits, leading to an unprecedented demand, according to April Hobbs at Al Ain Dairy. “In the last 18 months especially, camel milk has seen quite a resurgence. Both the media and the general public have become fascinated with the general subject. There is a certain novelty value that has captured the imagination of expats, but what seems to have sparked this surge in interest is the growing awareness of its nutritional qualities,” she explains. A quick glance at the nutritional profile of camel milk makes it easy to see how a simple diet was sufficient to keep Bedouin tribes healthy. With enough nutrients to sustain a person through the whole day, it is a rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals while also being significantly lower in cholesterol than other forms of milk. In fact, from a health perspective, camel milk runs circles around the more commonly consumed cows’ milk. According to Hobbs, it is one of the most nutritious foods (or beverages) a person can consume, with 10 times more antiviral properties and three times more vitamin C than cows’ milk. According to Hobbs: “Camel milk is the closest to human mothers’ milk and our bodies literally thrive on it.” Its outstanding health credentials have landed camel milk on the World Health Organisation’s exclusive superfood list, alongside nutritional heavyweights like green tea and blueberries. Now, with its reputation growing, demand is spreading overseas to such an extent that camel farms are struggling to meet it.
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“Camel milk is in significant undersupply for the current demand, both globally and here in the UAE. The other challenge is the production. This type of milk farming is highly specialised and, while there are many small holdings and hobby farms around the world still milking by hand the old, traditional way, there are very few that are fully integrated vertical farms equipped for full production. The result of this is that supply cannot meet demand,” says Hobbs. It’s not just basic milk that consumers want either. As its popularity grows, people want to try new forms like camel-milk cheese, a product that has long baffled farmers’ attempts to create it, but is soon to be released in the UAE. Camel-milk ice cream will also make its UAE debut before long. Meanwhile, visitors can become involved in the craze for camel-milk products by trying camel milk chocolate, made by Al
Nassma or sipping on a Camelcino in the lobby lounge at Jumeriah at Etihad Towers. Alternatively, they can just pick up a bottle of camel milk at most larger supermarkets, where it is available in a range of flavours from rose, cardamom and saffron to chocolate, date and laban. Some people, Hobbs agrees, find camel milk to be something of an acquired taste so the flavoured varieties are there to provide an alternative way of reaping its health benefits. However, it’s not just the health benefits that make camels’ milk worth trying. From a visitor’s perspective, drinking a cup of camel milk in the UAE is like eating pizza in Italy or Haggis in Scotland – it’s a way to experience the local culture and get a taste of traditional dietary staples. As Hobbs states: “Visitors should try it simply because camel milk is such an important part of Emirati culture and history. Tasting it is an extension of the UAE experience.”
With enough nutrients to sustain a person through the whole day, it is a rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals while also being significantly lower in cholesterol than other forms of milk
CAMEL CRAZE Other ways to enjoy a camel experience in the UAE include: Camel racing: Camel racing is the UAE’s national sport and, with the new season underway there couldn’t be a better time to see them in action at Al Wathba race track in Abu Dhabi. Camel beauty contests: The country’s prettiest camels compete in this hotly contested competition held during Al Dhafra’s camel festival. Al Dhafra camel festival: If you visit in December make time to take in this annual festival, which offers an unparalleled taste of Emirati culture. December 17 to 28 at Madinat Zayed in the Western Region. Camel farm: There are plenty of camel farms around the UAE and some of the safari tours will stop off at one on the way for photo opportunities. Or just drive along some of the highways where drivers frequently have to stop for crossing camels.
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discover Proud of its culture and history, Abu Dhabi has focused efforts on preserving its identity through galleries and museums
QIBAB ART GALLERY
EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM
Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm
A diverse collection of more than 200 classic vehicles owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.
Specialises in Iraqi art, but also shows work from international, regional and local artists. Villa 3, Street 15 in Al Zaab area.
SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY
Aims to be the main address for international and Middle Eastern contemporary and emerging artists. Villa 256, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Khalidiyah.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm, Fri and Sat by appointment
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 3pm, Fri 3 to 8pm, Sat 9am to 12pm and 3 to 8pm. FOLKLORE GALLERY
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 10pm
AL QATTARA ARTS CENTER
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
Museums and cultural sites
GHAF ART GALLERY
The gallery shows original art from locally based artists. Hemisphere also organises exhibitions and events. Located next to the Russian Embassy.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am
Abu Dhabi AL HOSN PALACE (WHITE FORT)
Built in 1793, Al Hosn Palace was the official home of the rulers of Abu Dhabi. It is currently under renovation.
to 1pm and 5 to 8pm
Capital of culture Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will soon be home to the world-famous Louvre and Guggenheim museums. The Abu Dhabi government is spending over US$1 billion to bring these cultural landmarks to the emirate. They have also signed some of the world’s most renowned architects, including Frank Gehry who shot to fame with his design of the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, and Jean Nouvel, who designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. In addition, the Zayed National Museum will be designed by Lord Norman Foster, making the Cultural District the only place in the world to have buildings designed by five Pritzker Prize winners. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2013, while the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open some time later. Learn more about Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District at an exhibition at Emirates Palace which is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Entry is free. For more information, phone 02 6908207. Alternatively, visit the Saadiyat Story exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat, which is open daily from 10am to 8pm. See saadiyat.ae for details.
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This tourist site on the Breakwater near Marina Mall is a recreation of Bedouin life with a museum of original artefacts and photographs and a small souk for souvenirs.
Timings: Sat to Thu 8.30am to 5pm, Fri 3.30 to 9pm Guide price: Free MANARAT AL SAADIYAT
02 6575800, saadiyat.ae
This visitor centre on Saadiyat Island houses international exhibitions with four galleries, a theatre, events' space and Fanr restaurant.
Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm
Al Ain AL JAHILI FORT 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.
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.
HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY
Timings: Daily 9am to 6pm (closed for lunch) Guide price: AED50
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm
02 6676999, 050 8293952, enam.ae
Timings: Daily 9am to 5pm, Fri 3 to 5pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: Free AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
This museum illustrates the UAE's distant past as well as recent history through archaeological and ethnographical sections.
1. Desert safari 2. Carpet souk, Abu Dhabi 3. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 4. Cultural Foundation 5. Seawings, Abu Dhabi 6. Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi
Timings: Sat to Thu 8am to 7.30pm, Fri 3 to 7.30pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: AED3 adults, AED1 children under 10 years SHEIKH ZAYED PALACE MUSEUM
Originally a palace for the Al Nahyan family, it is now a museum that chronicles the lifestyle of the ruling family.
Timings: Sat to Thu 8.30am to 7.30pm, Fri 3 to 7.30pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: Free
Al Gharbia CHRISTIAN MONASTERY
Explore the remains of a Christian monastery which is believed to have been founded in the late 6th century CE on Sir Bani Yas Island. The guided tour takes one hour.
Timings: Daily at 7, 9 and 11am, 2 and 4pm Guide price: AED60 5
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SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
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One of the largest mosques in the world, this place of worship is open to non-Muslims.
Timings: Open 9am to 10pm (except Friday mornings). See boxout at right for free tour times Guide price: Free
FALCON AVIATION SERVICES
For a completely different view of Abu Dhabi, board a helicopter and see the city's major landmarks from above.
Al Dhafra’s dhows can take up to 60 people. Sail to nearby islands or simply along the Corniche.
Guide price: AED1,250 per person for a 30-minute city tour
Timings: Boarding 8.30pm, cruise from 9 to 11pm Guide price: AED225 per hour for large dhows, AED150 per hour for small dhow, private hire starting at AED600 per hour
HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
AL MASAOOD TRAVEL
Take a sightseeing cruise along the Corniche, around Abu Dhabi island or enjoy a dinner cruise.
Explore Abu Dhabi’s rich Arabic culture and modern architecture on this fivehour city tour that takes in all the major sites.
Guide price: Sightseeing cruise along Corniche from AED250 for half an hour (five people or less). Cruise around Abu Dhabi AED750 for two hours(five people or less). Dinner cruise AED300
Guide price: From AED150 for adults and AED100 for children ARABIAN ADVENTURES
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
See Abu Dhabi's major attractions on an open-top double-decker bus at your own pace, hopping on and off where you like. Commentary is available in eight languages.
Timings: 9am to 5pm. Ticket valid 24 hours Guide price: Adults AED220, children AED100, family (two adults, two children) AED540 Emirates Adventures
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
Visit Al Hosn Palace, haggle over carpets, admire the Corniche and skyline, learn about local culture at Heritage Village and visit the Grand Mosque.
Timings: Daily 9am to 1pm Guide price: Adults
AED150, children AED100
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Al Ain National Museum The oldest museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum has displays dating from the Stone Age to the country’s preoil era with photography exhibits as well as jewellery, tools, pottery and other artefacts. Cultural Foundation Located in the grounds of the Old Fort, the Cultural Foundation hosts year-round exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and Arabic calligraphy. Heritage Village A must-see destination for traditional Emirati handicrafts, the Heritage Village features reconstructions of Bedouin tents, old fishing villages and traditional markets. Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum Built in 1937, the palace of the late Sheikh Zayed was converted to a museum and opened in 2001. Visitors won’t find a large collection of photographs or exhibits because Sheikh Zayed wanted the royal palace and residence to be a true reflection of his country’s culture prior to the discovery of oil.
050 8009495 or seacruiser.ae
Cruise along the Abu Dhabi Corniche before stopping for diving, snorkelling, fishing and other water activities.
History in the making The earliest known habitation in this part of the world dates back as far as 5500 BCE. However, it was in 1971, when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's ruler from 1966 to 2004, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai from 1958 to 1990, set the wheels in motion with their neighbouring sheikhdoms, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman (Ras Al Khaimah joined in 1972) to form an alliance. Prior to this, the seven emirates had lived in relative harmony, united through a protectorate treaty with Great Britain, which earned them the name the Trucial States. It was a successful partnership, but in 1968 the United Kingdom ended the treaty. In order to maintain security, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid reached out to their neighbours and in 1971 they signed an agreement, which signified the creation of the United Arab Emirates.
Guide price: Adults AED120, children AED75 SHERATON ABU DHABI
See the city from the water along the Corniche on a private boat for up to six people.
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.
Take a safari into Al Gharbia and the Rub Al Khali, see the Liwa Oasis and enjoy lunch at a local guest house.
Timings: On demand Guide price: Corniche cruise AED 180 for 30 minutes. Sunset cruise AED200
Al Ain AL MASAOOD TRAVEL
Visit Al Ain’s attractions, including oases, souks, the Al Ain Museum, camel market, palaces and archaeological sites.
Guide price: From AED250 for
adults and AED180 for children ARABIAN ADVENTURES
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
Timings: Saturday to Thursday (except Monday) 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED380 including lunch. Minimum of four people NET TOURS
See ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures, camel market, forts, dates and Jebel Hafeet.
Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Adults AED290, children AED250
Al Gharbia ARABIAN ADVENTURES
Visit the edge of the Rub Al Khali (also known as the Empty Quarter), stopping in Liwa to see Bedouin camps and enjoy lunch. Then visit an old fort before the journey back.
Timings: On request Guide price: On request
Timings: Daily 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED550 including lunch. Minimum of four people NET TOURS
02 6794656 or email@example.com
Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 bash over the sand dunes and visit the Rub Al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert, before lunch at a local hotel.
Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Adults AED140
Know the law Consumption of alcohol must be within licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs or private venues. Do not consume alcohol if driving. Dancing is only allowed in the privacy of your hotel room or at licensed clubs. Avoid addressing Muslim women in public or taking photographs without their permission. Offensive language, spitting and hand gestures must be avoided. Married couples may hold hands in public, but not kiss or hug.
experience With a vast desert, spectacular coastline and world-class sporting facilities, Abu Dhabi is made for action and adventure
Murjan Splash Park
This mini water park at Khalifa Park is ideal for youngsters with seven water-based activities. Chill out on the 257-metre lazy river or battle it out in a water balloon fight.
Timings: Sat to Sun 2 to 6pm
Amusements CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
This village at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel has a Jungle Garden play area for the under-eights, electronic games and a bowling centre.
Timings: Sat to Wed 9am to 8pm, Thu and Fri 9am to 10pm Guide price: Varies. Bowling AED15 per game FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI
02 4968001 or ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Ride roller coasters at top speed, race in an F1 simulator around a virtual Yas Marina Circuit and be propelled 62 metres into the air. Then feast on fine Italian cuisine before stopping in the world's largest Ferrari store.
02 5839200 or 50 6147007
Branches at Khalidiya Mall, Al Raha Mall, Mazyad Mall and Mushrif Mall with a modest ice rink, bowling alley and soft play area.
Timings: Sat to Sun 9am to midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight. Guide price: AED36 for ice rink, AED15 for bowling WANASA LAND
Wanasa Land at Al Wahda Mall boasts Strike Zone, a six-lane bowling alley and soft play area.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to
midnight, Fri to Sat 10am to 1am. Guide price: AED40 for Strike Zone, AED35 for play area, AED15 for bowling
ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL
Hi-tech amusement centre in Marina Mall with an impressive line-up of rides, including a roller coaster, bumper cars and an area for under fives.
Timings: Sun to Thu
10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight. Guide price: Varies by ride. Rollercoaster AED10 per ride. FUN WORLD
Fun World at Al Muhairy Centre caters to youngsters up to eight years old with soft play areas, bumper cars and a bouncy castle.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 1.30pm, 4 to 10pm; Fri 3.30 to 11pm; Sat 10am to 10pm Guide price: From AED3.50 for arcade games, AED10 for bouncy castle and AED15 for soft play area KIDOOS
Kidoos at Abu Dhabi Mall offers arcade games, a climbing wall and a play area for younger children.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am
to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm Guide price: AED17 for climbing wall, AED35 weekdays, AED 45 weekends for play area
Timings: Daily 9am to 1am Guide price: AED12 per game
Guide price: AED225 for visitors over 1.5m tall, AED165 for visitors below 1.5m. Premium tickets available 02 6815527
A state-of-the-art centre at Zayed Sports City with 40 international-standard lanes.
and 7 to 11pm. Ladies' day on Tuesdays is from 10am to 7pm. Guide price: AED40 for guests above 75cm tall and free for guests under 75cm
Timings: Tue to Sun
11am to 8pm
KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE
02 5755155 or 050 6660739
Get up close to the national bird of the UAE and see it in full flight. Educational and informative tours are available in a number of languages. End the tour with lunch in the majlis.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 2pm. All tours must be booked in advance. Guide price: AED220 for adults and AED80 for children with a meal, or AED170 for adults and AED60 for children without a meal NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
050 7218928 or noukhada.ae
Take the two-and-a-half-hour Twitcher's Tour, paddling past the mangroves and see a variety of birds, including herons.
Timings: Check website for details Guide price: AED200
Bowling ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB
This huge sports complex is an active family's paradise. Test your aim at the bowling centre which has four alleys.
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: Members and guests AED10 per game including shoe hire. Non-members AED15 per game
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Call the UAE Camel Race Association for directions to the camel race track.
Timings: Fri and Sat 7 to 9am and 2.30 to 4pm Guide price: Free
Cruising & sailing ABU DHABI CHARTERS
Take a three-hour cruise and experience sunset over the Arabian Gulf.
Guide price: From AED750 per person ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS
Charter a boat for cruises along the Corniche, around Abu Dhabi island or to visit the outlying desert islands.
Guide price: Call for details ART MARINE
04 3388955 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
1. G-Force, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 2. Abu Dhabi Golf Club 3. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi 4. Diving, Abu Dhabi 5. Skyline Abu Dhabi
02 643 1494
Charter a yacht, sailboat, speedboat or even a dhow and enjoy Abu Dhabi's calm waters.
Guide price: Call for details HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
Charter the 31-foot, twin-engine Barracuda and enjoy sightseeing along the Corniche, island trips and snorkelling.
Timings: 8am to 8pm. Guide price:Weekdays
AED150, weekends AED185. NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
02 6503600 or noukhada.ae
Learn to sail or just enjoy the sailing experience on Hobie 18 and Hobie 16 catamarans.
Guide price: Three-hour island tour AED250 for adults and AED200 for children.
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SHERATON ABU DHABI
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
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.
HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
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
ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS 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
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
BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI
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
Flying FALCON AVIATION SERVICES
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
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 email@example.com
02 6731111 or 050 5409041
Part of the British Club, offers BSAC-certified courses as well as dive trips to Abu Dhabi and the East Coast.
Guide price: Call for details
Arabian horses Visitors can watch these hardy creatures in action at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Centre on Sundays during horse racing season or go horse riding at the Sir Bani Yas Stables (pictured). Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Learn about this cherished bird and its importance to the people of the UAE at the largest falcon hospital in the country. Al Ain Wildlife Park Board the zoo train and embark on an Arabian safari, spotting animals such as oryx, gazelles and camels. There’s also African and Asian wildlife, two rare white lions and a big-cat house.
AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE Offers a full range of PADI courses as well as diving trips and watersports.
Camel races A popular pastime in the Arabian Gulf is camel racing. Events are held at weekends at Al Wathba and Al Maqam camel race tracks.
Guide price: Call for details
Marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise from above the dunes with a peaceful hot air balloon ride.
Championship course providing a tough, but fair, challenge with a nine-hole putting green, floodlit driving range and golf institute. Also offers night golf on the floodlit course.
Guide price: AED995 for adults, AED850 for 5- to 12-year-olds
Green fees: National Course,
18 holes Sun to Thu AED525, Fri and Sat AED675. Twilight rate weekends AED350, weekdays from 2.30pm AED275. Night golf AED275. Includes golf cart and unlimited use of practice facilities
SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB
Arabian Wildlife Park Sir Bani Yas island is home to a diverse range of animals, which can be seen on a guided safari or early morning kayak.
02 6437377 or divemahara.com
ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB
to Thu AED140, Fri and Sat AED190. AED60 for club hire and AED50 for buggy hire
BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES
02 5588990 National Course (27 holes, 7,334 yards, par 72)
Brown fees: 18 holes Sun
Go dune bashing in a 4x4 across the sand dunes as the sun sets, ride camels at a Bedouin camp and then enjoy an Arabic barbecue dinner.
ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB
Sun to Thu AED145, Fri and Sat AED195. Rates for 18 holes on request. Includes golf cart, water and towel
Sand course near Abu Dhabi International Airport that provides free transit visas and complimentary transport for those passing through.
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.
AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB
AED315, children AED290
desert safari, adults AED275, children AED200. Morning safari, adults AED140
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club offers a riding club and show jumping arena with a stable of 100 horses. There are also horse races held on Sunday evenings during the racing season.
ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB
02 5758040 (18 holes, 6,450 yards, par 71)
Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults
Timings: 4.30 to 9.30pm Guide price: Half-day
AED350 for one hour
Hot air ballooning
Guide price: From AED150 for adults, AED100 for children or AED450 for a family of four
Enjoy fishing off the coast of Abu Dhabi or venture out to the deep sea to try your luck.
ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB
Green fees: Nine holes
Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request
AL MASAOOD TRAVEL
to 2pm and 3 to 7pm, Fri 2 to 7pm. Closed Tue
Guide price: From
Timings: Private lessons 6 to 10am, group lessons 4.30 to 8pm Guide price: Group lessons AED300, 20-minute pony riding AED50
Get the adrenaline pumping on an ultimate thrill ride, or take a more relaxed cruise and enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace.
Guide price: Call for details
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am
Racing season is November to March. For more information visit adec-web.com
02 4459600 (Nine holes, 6,350 yards, par 70)
Guide price: AED400,
THE YELLOW BOATS
Slip into the pilot's seat of a life-size Boeing 747-400 simulator and take flight.
Guide price: Call for details
800 4044 or theyellowboats.com
Paddle out into the Arabian Sea and enjoy four hours of fishing. Noukhada promotes ‘catch and release’.
Guide price: Coastline cruise
AED180, island cruise AED300
Mutahida Flight Simulator
02 5578000 or sbgolfclub.ae (18 holes, 7,784 yards, par 72) Designed by golfing legend Gary Player, this beachfront course offers spectacular views of the Gulf waters and golfers may even spot dolphins.
Green fees: Sun to Wed
AED525, twilight rate (after 2pm) AED275. Thu to Sat AED675, twilight rate AED350. 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
For a bird’s-eye view of the emirate try one of these aerial activities… Hot air ballooning Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and watch the sun rise over the desert. This serene, yet exhilarating experience is a wonderful way to see the emirate. Seaplane flight Fly from Yas Island to Dubai Creek on a seaplane and see some of the UAE’s most famous sights, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.
ABU DHABI ICE RINK
Located at Zayed Sports City, the rink can accommodate up to 400 skaters. Ice skating and hockey lessons are available.
Timings: 9am to 10pm daily. Thu ladies only Guide price: AED25 per hour. MARINA MALL ICE RINK
02 681 5806
This ice-skating rink at the heart of the mall is ideal for ice skaters of all skill levels. Lessons are available.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 11am to 11pm Guide price: AED40 for one hour. Includes skate hire, socks and protective pads
Helicopter tours Enjoy unrivalled views of the capital from the comfort of a helicopter and see the city’s latest developments such as Saadiyat and Sowwah islands, as well as the emirate’s coastal and desert beauty.
Flight simulator Ever wondered what it’s like to fly a plane? Mutahida at Al Forsan International Sports Resort offers visitors the chance to fly a Boeing 747-400 simulator and choose the destination too.
Guide price: Day trips from 9.30am to 6pm cost AED250 per person
AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Futaisi island has 40 chalets and two villas, as well as other facilities such as a swimming pool, cycling, nature walks and horse riding.
HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
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
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THE CORNICHE Hire a bicycle or buggy and pedal along the wide open paths. Visit the family beach and spend the day on a sunlounger, or enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the cafés and restaurants.
Timings: 7am to 10pm Guide price: Entry to family beach AED10, sunlounger AED25, buggy hire AED20 for 30 minutes, bicycle hire AED20 per hour
AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT
02 5568555 or alforsan.com
Learn how to water ski, kneeboard and wake board, or perfect your technique on the obstacle course in a safe, confined environment.
Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm,
weekends 10.30am to 10pm Guide price: AED125 for one hour or AED280 for a full day
Race track tour Wildlife parks YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
ABU DHABI WILDLIFE CENTRE
Visit the pits, team garages and race control with a photo stop at the podium.
See cheetahs, tigers, leopards and other endangered species at this rescue and rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of the city.
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
Timings: Tue to Sat 10am and 2pm Guide price: AED120
Shooting CARACAL SHOOTING CLUB
02 4416404 NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
050 7218928 or noukhada.ae
Paddle to nearby islands on this three-hour trip, stopping off to enjoy the quiet life and take photos at areas only accessible by boat.
Guide price: Two-hour
eco tour AED220, 1.5-hour mangrove tour AED150, threehour island tour AED250
Karting AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT
02 5568555 or alforsan.com
Experience motorsport on a smaller scale racing around a circuit in karts for cadets, senior racers and advanced racers. Arrive and drive sessions are available.
Timings: Daily 3 to 11pm Guide price: From
AED120 for 15 minutes
YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae
This new go-karting centre has 40 karts for both adults and children.
Timings: Tue to Sun 3 to 11pm Guide price: Adults
AED120, children under 13 AED100 for 10 minutes
Kayaking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
050 7218928 or noukhada.ae
Venture into the mangroves on this one-and-a-halfhour kayak tour that is suitable for all levels.
Guide price: AED450 per person
Motorsports DRAG RACING
800 YAS (927) or yasmarinacircuit.ae
Hit 250kmh in five seconds in a drag car driven by a world champion at the Yas Drag Racing Centre, or race your friends in the Chevrolet Camaro SS
Timings: See website for availability Guide price: Three-seat dragster passenger experience from AED500. Formula Yas 3000 experience AED1,200. Off-road buggies AED200 adults and AED150 children. 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
Test your commando skills, take aim and let off a bit of steam.
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: 22lr AED180 and 9mm AED205. AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT 02 5568555 or alforsan.com
050 6144024 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Catering for all skill levels, this expansive sports resort offers Olympic disciplines and sporting clays along with handgun and rifle ranges.
Timings: Weekdays 3 to 10pm, weekends 10.30am to 10pm Guide price: From AED150
Skydiving SPACE WALK INDOOR SKYDIVING
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.
Jetskiing AED180 for 30 minutes Wake boarding AED150 for 20 minutes Water skiing AED75 for 20 minutes Wind surfing from AED160 per hour
Camel racing AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK
action packed Abu Dhabi is a haven for the adventurous with world-class attractions for thrill seekers… Al Forsan International Sports Resort Try paintball, shooting, horse riding, go karting, wakeboarding and skiing at this international sports facility in Khalifa City. Then create some dust as you race your friends on the dune buggies. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster, hitting speeds of 240kmh, then test your driving skills in a Formula One simulator before being shot 62 metres through the distinctive red roof of the planet’s only Ferrari-themed amusement park. Wadi Adventure With three worldclass courses, Wadi Adventure in Al Ain is the Middle East’s only manmade whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility. Take a lesson from the professionals or hone your skills in a controlled environment Yas Marina Circuit Hold on for the ride of your life as you speed around Yas Marina Circuit as a passenger in a modified Formula One car, or test your nerve behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. Why not try drag racing your family and friends? Yas Marina Circuit is not for the faint-hearted.
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
Spanning 10,000 square metres, this family entertainment centre includes a 12-lane bowling alley and Fun Ski Village.
Timings: SUN to Wed 10am to midnight, Thu and Fri 10am to 1am. Guide price: Call for details
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HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
A family-friendly destination with landscaped gardens and a fun park, with nine new rides. There are cafés and restaurants as well. The adjacent archaeological park dates to the third millennium BCE and makes an interesting day out.
Timings: Mon to Thu 4 to 10pm , Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat noon to midnight. Wed ladies only. Closed Sunday Guide price: Mon and Tue AED35, Wed to Sat AED40, including rides
Golf AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB
(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
(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
(Nine holes, par 3) Golf resort with facilities including a health club, two swimming pools and four floodlit tennis courts.
Green fees: Nine holes AED23
Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES
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
Enjoy an ice skating session with family and friends at this Olympic-size ice rink, which also offers ladiesand 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
The ice rink hosts regular skating sessions, monthly family ice shows and hockey tournaments. 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED25 for 1.5 hours
This artificial skating rink is suitable for metal blade and roller shoes. There is also a 12-lane bowling alley nearby.
Sir Bani Yas Stables
Go kayaking, white water 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: Sat to Wed 10am to
10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight Guide price: AED25 for two hours, includes skate hire
Timings: Sun, Tue, Wed noon to 11pm; Thu noon to midnight; Fri 9am to midnight; Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: Entry adults AED100, children under 1.2m AED50. Surf pool, kayaking and whitewater rafting AED100
BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK
AL AIN RACEWAY
Timings: Sat to Wed
AL AIN Zoo
A desert-themed zoo with animals from the local area and African savannahs.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am
6. Sir Bani Yas Island 7. Karting, Al Forsan International Sports Resort 8. Wadi Adventure
to 7pm; Fri 10am to 8pm Guide price: Adults AED15, children AED5, free for children under three years
State-of-the-art floodlit facility suitable for drivers aged eight years and upwards. Offers 'arrive and drive' sessions for individuals and small groups.
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
Guide price: AED250 for two-hour Royal Bay Ride, lessons from AED200
Island trips SIR BANI YAS ISLAND
Located 8km off Abu Dhabi’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
Explore the quiet waters of Sir Bani Yas Island and discover rare birds, fish and wild gazelle.
Guide price: AED60 7
Parks & gardens
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.
QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT Explore the Rub Al Khali, trekking through vast sand valleys.
Guide price: Free
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
Cruising & sailing
AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB
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.
Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise around Sir Bani Yas Island, spotting dolphins and dugongs.
Timings: Mon to Sat 2 to 10pm Guide price: From
Guide price: Sunset
AED90 for 50 rounds
BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE
QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT
Polish your snow plough technique on the artificial ski slope or slide downhill on a big rubber ring.
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
Timings: Dunes 6am, 8.30am, 5.45pm. Flat sand 10.30am, 3.30pm Guide price: AED175
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Mountain biking DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA
Explore the rugged landscape of Sir Bani Yas Island with two trails suitable for all levels.
Guide price: AED60 QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT
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
Explore the rich underwater world near Sir Bani Yas Island on a snorkelling tour.
Guide price: AED200
Wildlife park ARABIAN WILDLIFE PARK
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
shop From haute couture to traditional souvenirs, Abu Dhabi is a shopping haven with spacious malls and atmospheric souks
Abu Dhabi's biggest mall has 480 shops, including speciality retail stores, restaurants and entertainment options.
Abu Dhabiâ€™s newest mall with more than 200 outlets stocking fashion, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty and electronics, as well as dining and entertainment facilities.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight HAMDAN CENTRE
Abu Dhabi ABU DHABI MALL
Abu Dhabi Mall is one of the main attractions on the shopping scene with over 220 retail outlets, plus entertainment options.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 3.30 to 11pm AL RAHA MALL
Close to Abu Dhabi International Airport and Yas Island, this mall has an array of fashion outlets plus a cinema and food court.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm AL WAHDA MALL
02 4437000, 02 4437070
With over 150 shops covering three floors, Al Wahda Mall houses fashion, jewellery and beauty stores as well as entertainment and restaurants.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm Avenue at etihad towers
This newly opened exclusive boulevard is home to almost 40 luxury shops, showcasing designer labels and high-end brands, spread across two levels.
Timings: Call for store timings
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.
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.
1.30pm and 5 to 10.30pm KHALIDIYAH MALL
Spread over three levels with distinctive Islamic architecture, this mall has everything from fashion to furnishings.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to
10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm MADINAT ZAYED SHOPPING CENTRE & GOLD CENTRE
The 400 outlets sell just about everything, while the adjacent Gold Centre is the ideal place to browse for gold, diamond and pearl jewellery.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 2am, Fri 4pm to 2am. Gold Centre Sat to Thu 9am to 2pm and 4 to 11pm, Fri 4 to 11pm MARINA MALL
AL AIN MALL
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri to Sat 10am to 11pm
1. Bawadi Mall 2. Al Masaood Jewellery 3. Avenue at Etihad Towers 4. Shopping for jewellery 5. Alesayi Textiles, Marina Mall
AL JIMI MALL
More than 110 shops to choose from offering a wide variety of products from fashion and jewellery to health and beauty.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm BAWADI MALL
Al Ainâ€™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
A retail haven with a waterfront setting, Marina Mall has over 300 stores, a 100-metre-high viewing platform and an ice skating rink.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 11pm 3
Abu Dhabi CENTRAL MARKET
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
Go for gold Gold is paricularly popular with tourists visiting the UAE thanks to the competitive prices and lack of sales tax. The Madinat Zayed Gold Centre is a must for those looking to buy jewellery at affordable prices, however there are also many reputable regional and international retailers and brands at the city's malls.
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THE SOUK AT QARYAT AL BERI
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
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
Head to Taverna for barbecue buffet nights every Wednesday with two house beverages included for AED120 and ribs night on Thursday.
Al Maha Arjaan
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 and Sunday feaures a seafood buffet for AED130. City Café – International
Aloft Abu Dhabi
Asian Tapas Nights at Relax@12, take place every Saturday and Sunday from 5.30pm for AED99 per person. Two glasses of house wine are included in the price. For international fare and lounge-pods-for-two complemented by an eclectic mix of laid-back tunes, don’t miss the evening brunch at Mai Café every Thursday from 6.30pm. Dine – International Mai Café – International Relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar
Al Raha Beach Hotel
Al Raha Beach This month Chef Ramy opens his doors to mussels of all shapes, sizes and flavours at Azur. Feast on mussels cooked in Madras curry, Dijonnaise style, with Roquefort and more along with a side of potato wedges and a glass of wine for AED95 per person. On Fridays, the focus switches to cocoa beans with the Chocolate Obsession brunch for AED185 per person. Thursdays are dedicated to fish dinners with the Seafood Blues & Jazz buffet, where a mouthwatering spread of fresh catch, including lobster, shrimp, oysters and muscles awaits. Additionally, the elegant Black Pearl bar hosts the longest happy hour in the city every weekday from 12 to 8pm. Al Manzil – International Azur Restaurant – Mediterranean Black Pearl – Piano bar Enigma – Nightclub Sevilla Restaurant – International
Al Rawda Arjaan Abu Dhabi
Choose Continental cuisine from the à la carte menu at Al Dar or the international buffet for speciality dishes. Enjoy a light snack and coffee at Moka Cafe. Al Dar – International Moka Café – International
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Al Bathna – International Kennedy – European Taverna – Tex-Mex
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Tourist Club Area Prego's is celebrating the delicious white truffle this month with a variety of delectable dishes cooked to order while Brauhaus, the city's only German restaurant will treat diners to mussels cooked by visiting chef Paul Vanlancker from Brussels. Saturaday is sushi night at Benihana, AED220 per person including alcholic beverages and on November 22 gather together family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving at Rodeo Grill. 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
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
Madinat Zayed Visit Gems Restaurant for an Asian and international buffet throughout the week for AED95. Gems Restaurant – International
Cristal Salam Hotel
Tourist Club Area All-day dining restaurant 2.35 offers Asian and international cuisine from the ‘theatre’ kitchens from 6am to 11pm daily. Prices start from AED95 to AED165 with alcholic beverages. Drop in at Vertical bar during happy hour from 5 to 8pm when drinks are half price. 2.35 – International & Middle Eastern Vertical – Wine bar
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Al Markaziyah Celebrate F1 weekend with a mouthwatering BBQ at Stills for AED160 per person and sample a selection of wine and cheese every Tuesday for AED130 each. Cho Gao – Asian Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar Spaccanapoli – Italian The Garden – International Vincent’s – Cocktail bar
In Barouk, authentic Lebanese cuisine is accompanied by atmospheric live oud performances and belly dancing. Barouk – Lebanese Jing Asia – Asian buffet Stills Bar & Brasserie – European bar and restaurant Sundowner – Bar
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa
Eastern Mangroves Savour authentic Thai cuisine served from the open kitchen at Pachaylen. For AED450 per person, diners can enjoy the set menu, a glass of Champagne, and a glass of wine with each course. For all-day dining and a live sushi bar, head to Ingredients and eat indoors or al fresco on one of two spacious terraces. Mangroves Lounge – Lounge bar Ingredients – All-day international Pachaylen – Thai restaurant Impressions – Rooftop lounge The Pool Deck – Pool bar
Ras Al Akhdar
1. Rodeo Grill, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 2. Hoi An, Shangri-la Hotel, Quayat Al Beri 3. Sayad, Emirates Palace 4. Porto Bello, Grand Millenium Al Wahda 5. The Yacht Club, InterContinental Abu Dhabi 6. Chamas Churrascaria & Bar, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
For a real taste of what the Emirates Palace has to offer, spend an evening dining your way around the hotel's restaurants. Begin with an aperitif at Havana Club, followed by a second course at Mezlai, a main course at Mezzaluna and a dessert at Le Café & Caviar Bar. Prices range from AED500 to AED650 per person. BBQ Al Qasr – Al fresco dining Breeze Lounge – Spanish bar Cascades – International Diwan L’Auberge – Lebanese Etoiles – European restaurant and nightclub Hakkasan – Chinese Havana Club – Wine and cigar lounge Las Brisas – International Le Café & Caviar Bar – Caviar bar Le Vendôme – International buffet Mezlai – Emirati Mezzaluna – Italian Sayad – Seafood
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Bain Al Jessrain Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar offers two- or three-course business lunches from Saturday to Thursday. The two-course menu is priced at AED95 while the three-course costs AED125. At The Chocolate Gallery you can enjoy a 24-carat afternoon tea from 2 to 6pm every day, with an array of chocolate treats covered in edible gold leaf and sprinkles. Prices from AED125 to AED195 with a glass of bubbly per person. 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
GRAND MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA
Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine from Japan, Malaysia, China and Thailand at Toshi, the hotel's signature Asian restaurant. Visit Al Wahda to enjoy an international buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Al Wahda – International buffet Porto Bello – Italian Porters – Pub Reflexions – Nightclub
Tourist Club Area The Gallery all-day dining restaurant offers international flavours served with flair. HILTON ABU DHABI
Ras Al Akdar
Contemporary seafood restaurant The Beach has a choice of indoor or al fresco dining overlooking the pool and beach.
Tuck in to a hearty roast dinner during Friday brunch at Hemingways for AED99 per person. The price includes a three-course meal accompanied by a live band. Fans of Peking duck pancakes can head to Royal Orchid on Wednesdays where the popular Chinese dish will be served for AED100 for half a duck or AED180 for the whole bird.
Horizon – International buffet The Beach – Seafood Sunset Bar – Beach restaurant
LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI
Tourist Club Area Have a meal at Talay on a Tuesday and enjoy half price meals for couples or 25 per cent off for groups or five or more.
Arabic Cafe – Arabic Bocca – Italian Cinnabar – Nightclub Escape Restaurant – Beachfront restaurant Hemingway’s – American bar and restaurant Jazz Bar & Dining – Jazz bar La Terrazza – Mediterranean Mawal – Lebanese Royal Orchid – Asian Toki – Japanese Vasco’s – International
Al Markaziyah Level 2 Restaurant blends local Oriental and Mediterranean flavours. Level 2 Restaurant – International
HYATT CAPITAL GATE
Tuck into a wide array of Mediterranean cuisine at the 18º brunch every Friday from 1 to 4pm for AED300 per person. Relax and enjoy stunning views of the city afterwards at Drinks on the terrace while listening to music performed by a live DJ. Prices from AED75 for those who attend brunch or AED150 for everyone else. 18° – Eastern Mediterranean Lounge – Tea lounge and bar Profiterole – Pastries Privé – Bar
INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI
A feast of roast turkey and stuffing, herb-roasted prime rib, garlic mashed potato and much more will greet Thanksgiving diners on November 22 at Selections for AED165 per person. Belgian Café – Belgian bar and restaurant Boccaccio – Italian Chamas Churrascaria & Bar – Brazilian restaurant and bar Piano Lounge – Piano bar Selections – International Fishmarket – Seafood The Yacht Club – Asian restaurant and bar
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Sample some of the finest Beaujolais Nouveau wines from November 15 to 22 at Brasserie Angelique and don't miss the final night of festivities when visiting French wine expert, Anne Trimbach will take diners through an evening of Pan Asian fine dining complemented by the best beaujolais vintages at Quest.
Ras Al Akhdar
KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA
The Gallery – International
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
JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS
Smoking shisha (hubbly bubbly) is very popular in Abu Dhabi. The Middle Eastern water pipe, which is thought to have originated around 500 years ago, purifies and cools the smoke from flavoured tobacco heated on top of the pipe by coals. It costs approximately AED35 to AED50 to smoke and the most popular flavours are apple, mint, strawberry, apricot and grape. Although relaxing and sociable, estimates suggest that an hour of shisha smoking equates to inhaling as many as 50 cigarettes. If you’re after an authentic taste of Middle Eastern culture, however, smoking shisha is a must. Just remember not to inhale too deeply, blow down the pipe to get rid of smoke build-up in the water and share your shisha among friends. This is a social tradition and to be enjoyed in groups or couples.
Al Birkeh – Lebanese Captain’s Arms – English pub Chi Chi’s – Tex-Mex G-Club – Nightclub La Brasserie – International Le Bistrot – French/sustainable NRG Sports Bar – Sports bar Opus Bar – Bar Pappagallo – Italian Talay – Thai Wakataua Terrace – Polynesian outdoor lounge
LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI
Al Markaziyah Wash down a seafood buffet with unlimited glasses of bubbly at the Al Fanar Friday brunch while admiring 360-degree views of the city from Abu Dhabi's only revolving restaurant. Brunch runs from 12.30 to 3pm and costs AED220 per person. Al Fanar – European Amalfi – Italian Illusions – Nightclub L’Opera Brasserie – International Oceans Seafood Kitchen & Lounge – Seafood P.J. O’Reilly’s – Irish pub Sax Restaurant Club – International restaurant and bar Soba – Japanese The Piano Lounge – Cocktail lounge
MERCURE CENTRE HOTEL
Al Markaziyah Feast on foie gras prepared by expert, Robert Chaffanjon from November 1 to 3. The celebration of the French delicacy will take place at Le Beaujolais Bistro. Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Privé – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar China Restaurant – chinese
Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi
WINING AND DINING
Al Markaziyah Italian food like mamma used to make is on the table every Thursday evening at Sevilo's Italian restaurant. Enjoy authentic Italian platters served straight to your table, including unlimited house beverages for AED160 per person and AED130 per person including unlimited soft drinks. During the day, stop in for the business lunch offer with antipasti dishes and one main course for AED99 per person. Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian
One to One Hotel The Village
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. A different themed night takes place most nights of the week, with Spanish night on Sundays, Oriental night on Thursdays and barbecue night on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
7. St. Regis Saadiyat Island 8. Corniche All Day Dining, Sofitel 9&10. Quest, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
18 OZ – Steakhouse Resto! – International buffet Sennara – Lebanese seafood The Village Club – International Wokcano – Asian
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
Friday brunch at The Café is a feast of Arabian and international cuisine. There's a large selection of seafood to choose from, including oysters smoked salmon, marinated kingfish and prawns with a chocolate fountain accompanied by other sweets to follow. Prices start at AED200 per person. 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
Amerigo’s Mexican Bar & Restaurant offers three tapas and a pint of Spanish beer for AED99 every Monday night from 6 to 11pm. Wednesdays play host to steak night from AED105. Prices vary according to the steak you order. Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet
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.
Take the kids to Friday brunch at Ginger where a special mini buffet and children's entertainment is available alongside a large spread of international fare. Alternatively, head to Cooper's for the Carvery brunch for AED189 per person. Amador Restaurant & Cellar – Avant-garde cuisine and tapas bar Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International
Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Take a culinary tour of Italy at Filini, where Chef Salvatore Barcellona and his team prepare sumptuous Italian dishes brought to your table between 12.30 and 4pm. Prices start from AED145 including soft drinks and AED190 with alcholic beverages. On Wednesday night, treat your taste buds to an explosion of Asian flavours at Assymetri, which hosts an elaborate Asian buffet every week for AED125 per person. Assymetri – International buffet Fast Track Lobby Bar – Cocktail lounge Filini – Italian restaurant and bar
rocco forte HOTEL ABU DHABI
Al Riyadiya Soak up the sultry atmosphere created by the dramatic red lighting and soaring atrium overhead at Rouge, where a blend of Chinese and Japanese dishes are served. Upstairs at Blue, the stunning bar, covered entirely in semi-precious stones, helps set the sophisticated tone. Oro – Italian Oceana Grill – International Rouge – Asian Brown's Tea Lounge – light bites Noche – South American Blue – Cocktail bar
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Bain Al Jessrain Tickle your taste buds with Chef Alexandre Pernetta's new blind tasting menu at Bord Eau, starting from AED375 per person. Indulge in all the dim sum, noodles and rice you can eat at Yum Cha for AED88 per person or AED108 if you want access to Sofra Bld's delectable dessert station. 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
Al Markaziyah On Fridays, head to El Sombrero for all the Mexican food you can eat and all the (selected) beverages you can drink for AED175 per person. Flavours restaurants holds different themed cuisine nights throughout the week. B-Lounge by Beachcomber – Outdoor lounge Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Spanish Cloud Nine – International El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant – Mexican Flavours – International La Mamma – Italian The Tavern – English pub The Beachcomber – Tapas Zenith – Nightclub
Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel
Al Khalidiyah Downtown Restaurant has a three-course set dinner menu every night starting from AED99, which includes soup, main course and dessert. During the day, there is a business lunch from noon to 4pm for AED85. Downtown – International La Veranda – International buffet The 3rd Avenue – Bar
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Al Markaziyah Feast on fresh Gulf seafood prepared in French style at La Mer, while Silk and Spice offers a contemporary take on Thai cuisine in a traditional setting. Jazz ’N Fizz Bar offers live music with chilled-out tunes, jazz and bossa nova. Corniche All Day Dining – International Jazz ’N Fizz Bar – bar La Mer – French seafood Silk and Spice – Thai
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Saadiyat Island Enjoy the new menu at 55&5th, The Grill, the hotel’s signature restaurant where, if you really want to indulge, you can try the mouthwatering 7-course tasting menu prepared by chef de cuisine, Jason Oakley. Don't miss out on the sophisticated beachside snacks and stunning views at the newly-launched Turquoiz. Meanwhile, the brunch season is well underway at Olea where the Friday feasts cost between AED 300 and AED495 per person. For delicious southeast Asian cuisine in a romantic setting head to Sontaya. 55th&5th, The Grill – Steakhouse Olea – Mediterranean Sontaya – Southeast Asian Turquoiz – Seafood
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The Royal Hotel Abu Dhabi
Al Markaziyah This month every Wednesday is seafood night at all-day dining restaurant Optimist. Alternatively ArganaVert serves up tasty Moroccan fare made with authentic ingredients. Al Hawara offers Lebanese cuisine on the rooftop with stunning views of the sea. Al Hawara – Lebanese ArganaVert – Moroccan Optimist – International
Al Ain Rotana Hotel
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
At Zest, there’s steak ‘n’ barbecue night every Monday from 6.30 to 10.30pm where guests can select their favourite cuts to be grilled before their eyes for AED168 per person. Seafood night at Zest takes place every Wednesday from 6.30 to 10.30pm and costs AED185 per person.
Sas Al Nakhl The Bubbalicious brunch at Fairways is considered one of the best in town with live-cooking stations, free-flowing bubbly and a magician to entertain diners. Prices range from AED260 to 490 per person with alcholic beverages. Enjoy a light and tasty lunch menu at The Lounge, which includes healthy salads, delicious sandwiches and tempting desserts, including the popular raspberry chocolate fondant. Agadir – Moroccan Fairways – International Lemon & Lime – Bar The Retreat – Bar
Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Bain Al Jessrain Make the most of the beautiful November weather at the Afya Beach Lounge seaside BBQ every Friday for AED120 per person. Afya – International buffet Afya Beach Lounge – barbecue
Yas Island Rotana
Some of the best steaks in town are accompanied by a selection of fine wines from Argentina, America and Australia at Blue Grill. Feast on Fridays at Rangoli, which is serving an à la carte Indian brunch for AED 199 per person, including select alcholic beverages. Blue Grill – Steakhouse Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian Y Bar – Bar
Yas Viceroy Hotel
Fans of authentic Italian dishes can enjoy the menu at Amici, developed by Chef Andrea Pastore. Highlights include Lobster Risotto All’Aragosta served with a modern twist and designer pizzas with novel toppings such as mashed pumpkin and smoked duck breast. At Kazu, take a journey through ancient Asia with the six-course tasting menu, including 15 different types of sake. Served in the authentic Japanese tatami room, guests can remove their shoes and sit on cushions while dining. Amici – Italian Angar – Indian Atayeb – Arabic Kazu – Japanese Nautilus – Seafood Noodle Box – Asian Origins – International buffet Rush – Cocktail bar Skylite – Cabana lounge
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Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort
Tides hosts a family brunch every Friday with special activities to keep the little ones entertained throughout the meal. 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
Desert Islands Resort & Spa
Al Mutaredh Ayla Restaurant hosts themed buffets throughout the week. Highlights include the seafood lovers’ night on Thursdays, which costs AED130 each, or AED159 if you'd like to include a small bottle of Champagne. Add half a kilogram of giant lobsters for AED108, or a full kilogram for AED200. Visit the restaurant on Fridays from 12.30 to 4pm for the Khaleeji feast with children’s activities for AED110. Ayla Restaurant – International Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge
Danat Al Ain Resort
Al Nyadat East The Wok has a seafood night every Tuesday for AED99. Alternatively, visit Arabesque on Thursdays for its 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
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
Jebel Hafeet Ladies receive one free cocktail on Thursday nights at Lawrence’s Lounge. Eden Rock – Arabic Le Belvedere – French-Mediterranean Lawrence's Lounge – Bar Orient Cafe – Oriental
Sir Bani Yas Island Samak is a relaxing beachside retreat, with an impressive wine list and an abundance of grilled seafood and imported steaks. Take advice from the resident sommelier to accompany a range of à la carte cuisines at The Palm.
Enjoy an aperitif at one of these trendy venues Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi: Watch the sun set over the Arabian Gulf while enjoying a refreshing beverage in this stunning Saadiyat Island location. Hakkasan, Emirates Palace: One of the city's trendiest restaurants also has one of the trendiest bars, which is ideal for a pre-dinner drink. Pearls & Caviar, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri: Head upstairs to Pearls Bar for a creative cocktail at sunset before enjoying the fine fare and great views in the restaurant. Ray's Bar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers: Few bars in Abu Dhabi can rival the view of the city, Corniche and Gulf from this 62nd-floor hotspot. Trader Vic's, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi: Sip exotic cocktails and nibble on tasty snacks in this fun Polynesian-themed bar.
Samak – Seafood The Lounge – Lounge bar The Palm – International
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
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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. International cuisine takes on a French twist at Suhail, which is named after the star once used by Bedouins to navigate through the desert. Al Liwan – Lobby lounge and bar Al Waha – International/Emirati Ghadeer – Mediterranean Suhail – Steakhouse
Tilal Liwa Hotel
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. Tipping is at diners' discretion, but 10 percent is customery.
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my LIFE IN ABU DHABI Artist and writer, Archana R. King tells us why Abu Dhabi is a great place to experience
1 Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi 2 Filini Restaurant, Radisson Abu Dhabi
I came to the UAE in 2006 and recently gave up a 13-year career in journalism to pursue my true calling as an artist. Since then I have travelled all over the region to get an understanding of the people and culture, but settled in Abu Dhabi after finding it a wonderful place to live and work. To me the city, with its grand hotels, towering skyscrapers and rich history, stands for prosperity and heritage. My ideal weekend here is spent visiting the cultural attractions like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or spending an afternoon exploring one of the museums. For a relaxing Saturday, I love soaking in the pool or indulging in a treatment at one of the capital’s many luxurious spas, like So Spa in Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche or the Mizan Spa at Roccoforte Abu Dhabi. In the evening, I’ll often meet friends for a casual dinner at Filini in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island. Good Indian and Italian food are always on my radar and Filini serves excellent food in a lovely, poolside setting. It’s a relaxing yet
atmospheric place to sit, sip a cocktail and enjoy delicious Italian food while looking out over the pool with the golf course in the background. If I’m looking to dine in a really smart venue, then I go to one of the restaurants at the Emirates Palace like Mezlai, which was the first Emirati restaurant in the UAE, or Mezzaluna, the hotel’s gourmet Italian eaterie. Alternatively, I like to walk along the Corniche and choose a restaurant or café along there where I know I can enjoy a nice meal before stunning ocean views. One of the things I am most looking forward to is the launch of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. I can’t wait. I’m also really looking forward to seeing the completed Mazdar City, an entirely eco-friendly city that will rely on solar and other renewable energy sources with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology. That’s one of the best things about Abu Dhabi – there is always an adventurous project on the horizon and new things to look forward to.
One of the things I am most looking forward to is the launch of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Yas Island
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FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI
Be moved by the wonder of this architectural treasure which can house over 40,000 worshippers.
Experience ultimate luxury at one of the world’s most opulent hotels.
Explore the natural beauty of the Corniche as you drift along clear seas on a relaxing cruise boat.
Seek out a bargain at traditional markets or cut a dash in a modern mall.
Feel the 240kph adrenaline rush of the world’s fastest roller coaster.
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ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL
OPEN-TOP BUS TOUR
MANARAT AL SAADIyAT
DINE AT MEZLAI
Take on the challenge of Yas Links Abu Dhabi - the region’s first links course.
Learn more about the UAE’s national bird and try your hand at the traditional sport of falconry at this state-of-the-art facility.
All aboard for this tour of the UAE capital with commentary in any one of eight languages.
Experience Abu Dhabi’s arts exhibition centre on Saadiyat Island.
Head to Emirates Palace for a taste of Emirati cuisine fine dining style.
Explore a city built on tradition and inspired by innovation. Where you can lose yourself in age-old hospitality and marvel at the wonder that is Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi. Travellers welcome.
Discover more. www.visitabudhabi.ae
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