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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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contents DECEMBER 2012 / Issue 73

16/ESSENTIALS Abu Dhabi’s top attractions and events

24/DISCOVER 26/INTO THE WILD

From manicured flower gardens and sprawling nature reserves to leafy inner city parks, Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer the nature enthusiast

32/GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE Saadiyat Island is shaping up to be a major hub for art and culture

36/EXPERIENCE 38/CELEBRATION OF A NATION National Day festivities remind us of the UAE’s remarkable achievements over the last 41 years

42/AROUND ABU DHABI

Get under the skin of Abu Dhabi by exploring the city’s most attractive neighbourhoods

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contents DECEMBER 2012 / Issue 73

49/SHOP 50/THE FINER THINGS

Find inspiration for the perfect present with our selection of exclusive gifts

56/Leading lady Red carpet glamour abounds with these show-stopping ensembles

66/THE DAWN OF TIME

Concierge celebrates Breguet’s 200th birthday with the brand in Capri

71/TASTE 72/ASIAN ADVENTURES New Asian eateries are setting the bar extremely high for oriental cuisine in the capital

76/CULINARY CAPITAL

As competition on the dining scene increases, Abu Dhabi’s chef’s find new ways to make an impact with their food

Q 79/The Guide 95/My Life in Abu Dhabi

Jennifer Simon shares her experience of life as an artist in the UAE capital

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EXPERIENCE Al Ain Aerobatic Show

Watch as some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading pilots take to the skies in Al Ain and perform a series of dazzling stunts to celebrate UAE National Day. Airplane and helicopter pilots, gliders and wingwalkers will entertain crowds with feats of daring in the air from November 30 to December 2. Contact: 02 4440444.

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UPCOMING EVENTS World Future Energy S u m m i t 2 013 January 15 to 17 Leaders from around the world will come together to discuss and shape the future of renewable energy at the sixth edition of this annual summit. See worldfutureenergysummit.com

Gourmet Abu Dhabi February 4 to 20 Sample a series of culinary delights from around the globe and learn tricks of the trade from Michelin-starred chefs at the city’s annual food festival. See gourmetabudhabi.ae

Dubai World Cup March 30 Head over to neighbouring Dubai for a day at the races and enjoy one of the glitziest events on the UAE’s social calendar. See dubairacingclub.com

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Arabic coffee Strong, black and bitter, Arabic coffee is definitely not for the faint-hearted. In the UAE, coffee was traditionally prepared in copper pots on beds of coal in the desert. Today, aside from the cooking implements, the method remains largely the same. The ground beans are boiled rather than filtered before cardamom and saffron are added to complete the distinctive flavour of the brew. It is then drunk from small, expresso-style cups and often accompanied by sweet dates to help offset the sharpness of the beverage. Served in many hotels and practically every Arabic restaurant in the city, it’s easy to enjoy this distinctive flavour of the UAE.

A b u D h a b i F e s t i va l March/April A feast of music, dance and art featuring some of the best performers from around the world. See abudhabifestival.ae

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Curated by French conceptual artist Fabrice Bousteau, this series of live performances, artistic installations and sensory experiences offers alternative perspectives on life in this vibrant city. Musicians, artists, dancers, philosophers, architects and geographers are all involved in interpreting the city through various mediums and telling its story via art and performance in this extraordinary exhibition. Where: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. When: November 7 to Jan 6. Contact: 02 6575800.

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5th Abu Dhabi S a l sa F e s t i va l April 25 to 27 Anyone with a taste for South American dance will enjoy this salsa extravaganza. See abudhabi-salsafestival.com

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

EXPERIENCE New Year celebrations

If you’re planning to spend the festive season in Abu Dhabi then prepare to celebrate in serious style. Almost every hotel in the capital will be laying on an elaborate event to welcome in the New Year. Wave goodbye to 2012 as you circle the city at Al Fanar, the revolving restaurant at Le Royal Meridien where a sophisticated five-course dinner, priced at AED600 per person, will be accompanied by live music from the venue’s violin and piano duo. See the sky illuminated by fireworks from Turquoiz, the new beach restaurant and lounge at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, where live entertainment and cocktails and dinner can be enjoyed for AED395. For a truly Arabian experience, Anantara’s luxurious desert resort, Qasr al Sarab, is hosting a lavish gala dinner at Al Waha restaurant for AED999 per person where you can toast the New Year against a backdrop of sand dunes.

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Montblanc No two people have identical handwriting and, with this in mind, Montblanc offers a bespoke nib service that can create a pen specifically designed to complement a person’s particular style. Using sophisticated technology, Montblanc will measure writing speed, pressure, pen rotation and swing range and use these findings to craft a bespoke nib at the workshop in Hamburg. The elite service is only available at five Montblanc boutiques around the world, one of which is in Abu Dhabi. Where: Montblanc boutique, Avenue at Etihad Towers. How much: Price available on request. Contact: 02 6811480.

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MONTBLANC TIMEWALKER CHRONOVOYAGER UTC

A second time zone synchronised with Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) makes this self-winding chronograph the perfect companion for all frequent travellers. Its robust 43-mm-diameter stainless steel case with satin-finished bezel and push-pieces unites elegant design and the traditional art of watchmaking. This chronograph features a second time zone with day/night indication displayed by 24 hours on the flange, a date display, a central second-hand as well as two additional counters for up to 30 elapsed minutes and maximally 12 elapsed hours. The TimeWalker ChronoVoyager UTC is crafted in the Montblanc Manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland.

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Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2012 The popular dance festival returns to Abu Dhabi this month for an eight-hour electronica marathon. Dance till you drop as some of the world’s leading DJs, including David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren, hit the decks in the atmospheric du Arena at Yas Marina Circuit. Where: du Arena, Yas Island. When: December 7. How much: Tickets range from AED275 to AED595. Contact: 80035274 or visit thinkflash.ae for more information.

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The souks A visit to some of Abu Dhabi’s souks is a great way to experience the cultural side of the capital. Particularly popular is the venerable Gold Souk, one of the city’s oldest attractions and an excellent place to purchase gold and other jewellery, or just to soak up the bustling atmosphere of a traditional Arabian marketplace. There’s also the Fish Souk at Mina Zayed and the Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Market opposite. Outside the city centre, there’s Al Ain Souk, Souk Al Bawadi and Souk Al Zafarana. More recently, a couple of modern souks have sprung up in Abu Dhabi, including the Souk Qaryat Al Beri, which offers a waterfront dining and shopping experience and the Souk at Central Market (pictured), where shoppers can browse stalls selling traditional and regional carpets, jewellery and antiques.

EXPERIENCE Mubadala World Tennis Championship

One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the UAE’s sporting calendar, the annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship brings six top tennis players to Abu Dhabi. This year will see Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, David Federrer, Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic battle it out on court for the championship title and an impressive US$250,000. Where: Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City. When: December 27 to 29. How much: Prices range from AED150 to AED1,400 on day one to AED450 to AED2,100 on day three. Contact: 04 3662288.

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Ask the concierge Cle tus D’Souza, c o n c i e r g e at S h e r at o n A b u D h a b i H o t e l & R e s o r t, d i s c u s s e s t h e c a p i ta l’ s c u lt u r a l h i g h l i g h t s

Abu Dhabi is packed with attractions and those on a short visit will be hard-pressed to fit everything in. If you have only set aside a day for sightseeing then I suggest focusing on those places that offer the greatest insight into the city’s culture and history. Begin at the Heritage Village near Marina Mall, which paints a picture of the life lived by local Bedouins in Abu Dhabi before the oil boom brought rapid modernisation. After this head to the Souk at Central Market for an Arabian-style shopping experience based on the traditional Middle Eastern market place. The cultural highlight for most visitors however, is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the third-largest mosque in the world and a truly beautiful sight. Then, if there’s still time, I suggest a trip to Manaraat Al Saadiyat, where a fascinating exhibition covers the past and future of the city. Because Abu Dhabi is part of an island group, I often advise visitors to join a boat tour and explore the city from the water. This can be done though Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, which also runs deep sea fishing, snorkelling and islandhopping tours. One great way to get a different perspective of Abu Dhabi is to join one of the Corniche cruises. The Corniche is a major landmark in the capital and a dhow or yacht cruise along here takes in all the highlights. Alternatively, visitors can borrow a bicyle from The Sheraton and cycle down towards Marina Mall and back, it’s a lovely way to experience the full the eight kilometre stretch in detail.

La Mamma

Fresh basil, sweet balsamic and rich truffle oil – these are the aromas that waft from the kitchens at La Mamma, where talented chefs use the freshest Mediterannean ingredients to create traditional Italian dishes that transport you to Tuscany in an instant. Where: Sheraton Abu Dhabi. When: Open daily for lunch and dinner. Contact: 02 6970224.

EXPERIENCE Rasul Mud Treatment

Abu Dhabi is no stranger to pampering. The UAE capital boasts some of the world’s most luxurious spas with the latest beauty technologies, offering everything from caviar facials to gemstone massages. However, some of the most indulgent therapies are those that have withstood the test of time such as the purifying Rasul Mud Treatment. Available from Zen the Spa at the Beach Rotana, this detoxifying mud treatment is one of the oldest beauty rituals in Arabia. The treatment is carried out in a special Rasul Chamber at the spa. First, four types of Rasual mineral mud are applied to different parts of the body and then the steam is switched on and you are left to relax while the mud soaks the toxins from the skin before the showers come on and rinse them away. Where: Zen the Spa, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi. When: Open 10am to 10pm. How much: AED250. Contact: 02 6979000.

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Something of a hidden gem, the beautiful Bahraini Island lies just 40 minutes off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Dock at the tiny harbour and pay AED100 to enjoy the pool and other facilities at Al Maha Resort, the only one on the island. Those who want to stay overnight can book one of the six luxurious villas which are decorated in traditional Arabian style. Contact: 02 6677777.


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INTO THE WILD Spectacular nature reserves, landscaped gardens and mile upon mile of untouched desert makes Abu Dhabi a haven for nature enthusiasts

Q To some, the amount of greenery adorning the Abu Dhabi landscape may come as a surprise. It certainly is impressive that a city, which sprang out of barren desert only 41 years ago, should contain so many parks, gardens and wildlife reserves. In addition to this, the collection of islands just off the coast opens up another realm of natural beauties to explore. Simply hire a speed boat or join an island-hopping tour to discover a whole new dimension to the emirate. Back on land, give in to the call of the wild and head out to Al Ain Zoo, home to more than 4,000 animals including many rare and endangered species. Also in Al Ain is the Paradise Hanging Gardens, which hold the Guinness World Record for the most hanging baskets, with some 2,968 in total. Central Abu Dhabi is almost as colourful with several parks and gardens scattered throughout the city, including Khalifa Park, the Old Airport Garden, Al Khubeirah Garden, Al Ghaf Park and the picturesque Capital Gardens. Read on for Conciergeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pick of the best natural attractions.

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Al Ain Zoo Spread across 900 hectares of stunning landscape in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain Zoo is one of the largest animal conservation centres in the UAE. It was founded in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to provide a place where a number of species could live freely in their natural habitat. Since then, the centre has made a name for itself as a regional pioneer in conservation, most notably with the successful breeding of desert antelopes and gazelles, including the endangered Arabian oryx. Among the other creatures that can be observed here are big cats, including lions, pumas, leopards and jaguars. There is also a reptile house, where visitors can admire some of the most hair-raising snakes from around the world, among them the local Diadem Snake, the Red-Tailed Boa of South America and the sly UAE Sand Boa which buries itself beneath the sand before pouncing on its unsuspecting prey. More approachable animals can be found in Elezba petting zoo, with goats, ponies, sheep, ducks and rabbits all keen to be stroked and fed. This is one of many interactive exhibitions at the zoo, which places great emphasis on educating visitors and forging connections with other zoos around the world to spread the conservation message. Where: Al Ain When: Daily 9am to 8pm / Contact: 03 7829112

The centre has made a name for itself as a regional pioneer in conservation, most notably with the successful breeding of desert antelopes and gazelles, including the endangered Arabian oryx

Paradise Hanging Gardens Prepare to be blinded by colour and intoxicated by scent (in a good way) at the aptly named Paradise Hanging Gardens. One of Al Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous attractions, these beautiful gardens welcome around 1,000 people a day and are a must-see for any visitor, whether flowers are your thing or not. The sheer array of colours in the displays is breathtaking. At the entry gate, the Guinness World Record notice proudly states the following: The largest display of hanging baskets consisting of 2,968 arrangements was achieved by Akar Landscaping Services Agriculture (UAE) in the Zakher area in Al Ain, UAE, on February 28, 2011. Since then the park has undergone an expansion in an effort to break its own record and is now more than ever one of the most wondrous sights in the UAE. Where: Al Ain When: Opening hours are subject to change, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to call ahead / Contact: 03 7820788

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MIDDLE EASTERN INDULGENCE A culinary journey around Arabia

Every Saturday at OlĂŠa, feast on a lavish selection of Arabic delicacies specially crafted to entice your taste buds whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the turquoise ocean. Indulge in fresh mezzeh and grilled seafood, while the live cooking stations leave you mesmerized and coming back for more. Relish the flavours of the Middle East perfectly matched with Mediterranean ease, one of the many reasons why.

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City parks If the hustle and bustle of the city gets too much then head to one of the many parks scattered throughout Abu Dhabi island to enjoy some peace and quiet. Just off the Eastern Ring Road around the Al Matar and Al Madina areas is the grand and impressive Khalifa Park, one of the city’s major landmarks. The design of the park was inspired by the world’s great gardens and features canals, fountains, lakes and waterfalls. Near here is the Old Airport Garden, a quiet, pleasant spot which offers plenty of shade. Further towards the Corniche is Al Mushrif Children’s Garden, a favourite for families due to the combination of picturesque gardens in one part, (which are ideal for picnics) and amusement park rides in another. Just off the Corniche is Capital Gardens, which provides a welcome patch of green in the heart of one of the city’s busiest areas and further along the coast is the larger Khubeirah Garden.

Island hopping Futaisi Island:

Horse riding, kayaking, snorkelling and more awaits on this beautiful retreat. Dalma Island:

Find an insight into the region’s pearl-diving history at one of the country’s oldest inhabited settlements. Bahraini Island:

Get the real desertisland experience by pitching a tent in this picturesque spot.

See the map on page 92 for precise locations of the city parks.

Arabian Wildlife Park Easily one of t he most beaut iful and impressive wildlife reserves in the region, this vast park sprawls over 4,100 hectares. The reserve is situated on Sir Bani Yas Island, one of the UAE’s largest natural islands and named after the tribe that first inhabited Abu Dhabi 250 years ago. Human habitation on this island dates back much further to the Bronze Age, with the last settlement departing around 110 to 120 years ago. The discovery to date of some 36 archaeological sites on the island makes Sir Bani Yas of equal interest from an historical perspective, with the oldest dating back to 600CE. Today, while humans are welcome, the emphasis is on the 10,000 animals here and the island is largely dedicated

to providing an authentic environment for them to live in. A particular focus is placed on the breeding and rehabilitation of animals indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula, including the critically endangered Arabian oryx, which was classified as extinct in the 1960s. Today, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to a herd of over 500. In addition to safari drives and walks, visitors can experience a range of activities on the island from kayaking and mountain biking to snorkelling and archaeological sites tours, available through the luxurious Desert Islands Resort & Spa, the island’s only hotel. Where: Sir Bani Yas Island / Contact: Desert Islands Resort & Spa 02 8015400 or visit desertislands.com

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Q Of the many development projects currently underway in Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island certainly seems to be the most hotly anticipated. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise. The destination thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapidly beginning to take shape will offer something for everyone when the final phase is completed in 2020. Already, phase one of the project, Saadiyat Cultural District is in development and plans are afoot to begin phase two. While much remains to be done before the ambitious project is complete, Saadiyat Island is already open for business and living up to the high expectations set for it. 1 Performing Arts Centre 2 Saadiyat Island

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Manarat Al Sa adiyat Get to grips with the Saadiyat story, told through a series of interactive displays and multimedia exhibitions at the island’s visitor centre. Wander through the nine chapters, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the development and learn about the past, present and future of this ground-breaking project. In one chapter, a scale project gives viewers a real sense of what the island will look like on completion, while another offers insight into the conservation programmes, one of which is designed to protect the island’s indigenous population of Hawksbill turtles. The final chapter features a real-time video feed from the major construction sites so visitors can see how work is progressing for themselves.

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It will be a global hub for culture and learning with a series of high-profile institutions, including some of the world’s most respected names in art and education, set to open here over coming years Last month, one of the region’s largest art fairs, Abu Dhabi Art took place in Saadiyat Cultural District at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the island’s visitor and exhibition centre. The event, which has been held here every year since its inception in 2009, provides a taste of the extraordinary opportunities this place will afford when the international museums, galleries and universities arrive. It will be a global hub for culture and learning, with a series of high-profile institutions, including some of the world’s most respected names in art and education, set to open here over coming years. First up will be the Louvre Abu Dhabi, due for completion in 2014. Projections of the building, designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel, show a beautiful, white structure called the Rain of Light that will allow natural sunlight to form constantly changing patterns on the floor and walls of the museum thanks to the geometric lace effect of the domed roof. It will be the first universal museum in the Arab world, housing artwork that reaches across countries and centuries. Next to open will be the Zayed National Museum in 2016. With a Pritzker prizewinning name behind the design again, this time Foster + Partners, hopes are high for another iconic structure. Plans show a dramatic

design inspired by the wings of the Falcon, the national bird of the UAE. Inside, visitors will find the story of the country conveyed through a series of sophisticated exhibitions focusing on the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world. The third major museum to arrive will be the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, expected to open in 2017. Pritzker prize-winning architect Frank Gehry is behind this vast structure, which will feature 13,000 square metres of gallery space and a further 18,000 square metres of exhibition space in spectacular cones. There will also be a 350-seat theatre, an on-site conservation lab and classrooms where workshops, discussions and exhibitions will focus on contemporary art and culture from all over the world. The second phase of development will bring a Maritime Museum and a Performing Arts Centre to the Island, which will be located in Saadiyat Marina, destined to be a glitzy waterfront destination complete with boutique shops and chic cafés. For now, though, visitors must be content with the already substantial offerings of this up-and-coming place, which so far includes two five-star hotels, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, numerous restaurants, bars and cafés, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Monte Carlo Beach Club and miles of untouched beach.

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CELEBRATION OF A NATION As the UAE gears up to celebrate its 41st birthday on December 2, Concierge looks at the incredible achievements of this young country

Q If you want to learn about the history of the UAE youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to dig a lot deeper than 41 years, because the earliest known habitation in this area stretches as far back as 5500 BCE. However, it was a historic day on December 2, 1971, when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruler from 1966 to 2004) and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum (the ruler of Dubai from 1958 to 1990) formed a union between their two emirates and the neighbouring sheikhdoms of Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman (Ras Al Khaimah joined in 1972). Prior to the agreement, the seven emirates had lived in relative harmony, united for many years through a treaty with Great Britain, which earned them the name of the Trucial States. Under the agreement, which was signed in 1892, the sheikhs agreed not to enter into any relationships with foreign governments or to dispose of any of their territories, except to Great Britain. In return, the UK offered protection to the Trucial States in the event of attacks by land or sea. It was a successful partnership, but in 1968 the UK announced that it would be ending its protectorate, which left the area open to attack. In order to maintain security, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid reached out to their neighbours and, in 1971, they signed an agreement that signified the creation of the UAE.

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The combined union brought together thousands of years of history and heritage and, even at the time of the formation, the UAE was regarded as a rich country. Traditionally, the economy was rooted in pearl diving. Fishing and trading also supported the financial system, while further inland, money was made though date farming and camel herding. However, the First World War had a severe impact on the pearl industry and that, combined with the economic depression of the 1930s and the Japanese invention of the cultured pearl, resulted in a few very difficult decades. Fortunately, in the early 1960s things began to look up when the first oil company teams arrived on these shores and carried out preliminary surveys. The first cargo of crude oil was exported from Abu Dhabi in 1962 and Dubai followed in 1969. Two years later, the UAE was formed and revenues were ploughed back into the country.

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Fast forward to today and it’s clear that the rewards have been reaped. Billions of dollars have been spent on improving the infrastructure and the last decade in particular has seen the completion of various high-flying projects, including the 2010 unveiling of the world’s tallest tower – Burj Khalifa (measuring 828 metres), the development of Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai Marina, the largest manmade marina in the world. Abu Dhabi has also been busy setting records with the world’s thirdlargest mosque, the world’s fastest roller coaster and, until recently, its most expensive hotel, the opulent Emirates Palace.

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Other economy-boosting projects include the Dubai International Financial Exchange, and Dubai Media City, and in the capital, Yas Island and Khalifa City, all of which have provided a wealth of opportunity for Emiratis and expatriates alike. The UAE is also home to two of the fastest-growing airlines in the world – Emirates, the flag carrier of Dubai and Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE. Between them the airlines cover the globe and operate, on average, around 3,500 flights a week.

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Yas Circuit Parade: A troupe of forty horses ridden by men and women bearing UAE flags will ride around Yas Marina Circuit. December 1, 5pm to midnight. Official ceremony: At Zayed Sports City Stadium operettas accompanied by dramatic visual effects will celebrate UAE achievements over the past 40 years. December 2 from 5 to 7.30pm.

Let’s celebrate With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that for the last month UAE communities have been abuzz with a variety of events, including poetry nights, art exhibitions and traditional band performances. In Abu Dhabi the highlight will be the Corniche Parade, which will include a convoy of 200 Hell’s Angels on their motorbikes, followed by anyone with a vehicle who cares to join in. The Corniche road will be transformed into a Carnival with others following on foot. Expect a sea of black, white, green and red with flags, cars and even faces painted in UAE colours. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks displays, which will take place at 8.30pm on the Corniche every night from November 30 to December 2.

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AROUND ABU DHABI From the cosmopolitan Tourist Club Area with its vibrant restaurant scene to the quiet, leafy district of Al Mushriff, Abu Dhabi packs a surprising amount of variety into a relatively small space

Q Although the largest of the emirates by a long way, with almost 87 percent of UAE land to its name, Abu Dhabi city is relatively small. Perched on an island jutting off the coast, it first attracted settlers in 1760 with the promise of fresh water. From then on, the town expanded steadily until the discovery of oil in the 1950s accelerated development, bringing a rapid influx of hotels, shopping malls and residential buildings. The pace has only increased since then as, with empty space on Abu Dhabi Island growing scarce, developers look to both the mainland and other islands to house further expansion. New developments such as Yas and Saadiyat Islands, soon to be followed by Reem and Maryah Islands, will boast some of the capitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most enticing attractions. Nevertheless, the hub of activity and the centre of the city remains on Abu Dhabi Island, where a charming blend of old and new awaits in the different neighbourhoods and districts.

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One of the city’s most upmarket areas, Al Khalidiyah comes complete with high-rise towers, neat suburban streets, manicured parks, shops and cafés. The most popular attraction here is probably Al Khalidiya Mall, which offers everything from furniture to fashion. More shopping can be found in the area between 7th Street and 9 th Street, where local confectionary shops, Arabic cafés and grocery stores offer an insight into daily life in this affluent area. The neighbourhood is also home to some of the capital’s most significant historical sites, including the 18th century Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi’s oldest building and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. There are also two large public parks in the area, Khalidiyah Garden and Khalidiyah Children’s Garden (for ladies and children only) offering ample opportunity for pleasant strolls, picnics and snoozes in the shade. Where: Between 26th Street and 32nd Street, runs from the Corniche down to 11th Street

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The liveliest, trendiest and most cosmopolitan part of the city, this is where the highest concentration of five star hotels, restaurants and bars is to be found

Al Markaziyah, Madinat Zayed & Tourist Club area The liveliest, trendiest and most cosmopolitan part of the city, this is where the highest concentration of five star hotels, restaurants and bars is to be found. New buildings are going up all the time here, but the area, which is also one of the oldest in the city, still retains its local flavour in the shawarma stands that line Electra Street and the curiosity shops dotted between buildings along side roads. Abu Dhabi Mall, which sits in the heart of the Tourist Club area, is one of the best in the city with a wide selection of high-street and designer fashion outlets. A few minutes’ drive away, in Madinat Zayed, is the Gold Souk, one of the most popular visitor attractions in the city for cultural as well as shopping purposes. Where: Together, these three areas form a rectangle, 4

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Situated at the southern tip of the island, furthest from the busy Corniche, this area forms the gateway to Abu Dhabi. A couple of the city’s major landmarks can be found in and around this area, including the aweinspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world. Nearby is the 200-year-old Al Maqtaa Fort and, forming a dramatic contrast to this is the sleek and modern Sheikh Zayed Bridge, which was designed by world famous architect, Zaha Hadid. A little way along the slim channel that divides the city from the mainland is an up-and-coming area referred to as ‘between the bridges’. Several five-star hotels have opened their doors along here, all with excellent bars and restaurants. Also here is Souk Qaryat Al Beri, a contemporary take on the traditional Arabian marketplace with smart souvenir shops and boutique stores where fish vendors and spice stalls might once have been. Where: Situated along the southern tip of the island

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The Corniche Running the full length of the island’s northern face, the Corniche is the beating heart of the city. Simply put, Abu Dhabi would not be the same without it. The beach here is often used by the city as a venue for events, with world music festival, WOMAD, the Red Bull Air Race, the international wake-boarding festival, Wakestock and big name concerts among the many that have been held here over recent years. During the day the eight-kilometre promenade is populated by cyclists, joggers and people out for a stroll. Cafés and parks are dotted along the stretch, which affords stunning views of the ocean, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Another great way to enjoy the Corniche is to board a boat and cruise along the length. A number of tour companies, including Arabian Divers & Sportfishing Charters (050 6146931) and Art Marine (04 3388955), as well as several hotels, including Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort and Hilton Abu Dhabi offer Corniche cruises.

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Diamonds are not just for eveningwear and black tie events. Home-grown international jeweller, Damas has recently set out to prove this with a series of stunning diamond jewels designed for everyday wear. The emphasis is evident in the title of the collection, OneSixEight, which refers to the number of hours in the week. Contact: 04 4270336.

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THE FINER THINGS With the festive season upon us, Concierge scours the UAE in search of the most exclusive gifts money can buy

The UAEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as a hub for luxury is renowned. From the palatial hotels with their gourmet restaurants and opulent spas to the enormous shopping centres that burst with designer boutiques, this small country offers visitors big opportunities for indulgence. When it comes to sourcing the perfect gift, visitors here are spoilt for choice. Many companies in the UAE have perfected the art of bespoke service with everything from personalised perfume bottles to tailormade experiences on offer. Alternatively, visitors seeking gifts can enjoy limitless prospects for sheer extravagance in the malls, which are laden with boutiques and designer stores. For a glimpse of some of the most lavish products on the market Concierge has completed a luxury gift list that allows discerning shoppers to find the ideal purchase for that special someone.

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The Golden Phoenix cupcake At first sight, the elaborate sculptures that make up the Golden Phoenix cupcakes look more like expensive ornaments than baked goods. Covered in 23-karat gold and priced at AED3,700, it seems almost a shame to eat them. Almost, but not quite. Shafeena Yusuff Ali, the amateur chef responsible for creating the culinary work of art, is adamant that they taste as good as they look and has hand-picked the best ingredients, sourced from around the world for the purpose. The founder of cupcake café chain, Bloomsbury’s, she spent weeks perfecting the recipe after announcing that she intended to create the world’s most expensive cupcake, finally settling on a blend of Doves organic flour from the UK, Rachel’s organic butter from the UK, Premium Amadei cocoa from Italy, Gold Ugandan high-quality vanilla beans and 23-karat edible gold sheet. Where: Bloomsbury’s, Abu Dhabi (Al Wahda Mall and Mushriff Mall), Dubai (The Dubai Mall) and Ras Al Khaimah (RAK Mall).

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1 Leviev (previous page) 2 Roberto Coin, Mauresque Collection UAE jewellery set 3 Leviev, D Internally Flawless Pear-Shaped Diamond earrings 4 Bloomsbury’s Golden Phoenix cupcake

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Leviev Diamond earrings Perfect clarity, beautiful cut and weighing in at an impressive 33.29 and 31.05 carats, the dazzling, pear-shaped Leviev diamonds make a stunning statement gift. These are not just any stones. Leviev has used only D-grade diamonds, the clearest possible grade, to create these one-off earrings, which cost AED119,815,637. Where: Available in the Levant boutique, Al Qasr hotel, Dubai / Contact: 04 4243892

The Roberto Coin UAE parure This beautiful jewellery parure, which is part of the Mauresque collection by Roberto Coin, was created especially for the Gulf region. The matching set costs AED337,638 and consists of a 3.21-carat diamond collar, a six-carat diamond bracelet, earrings studded with 22 diamonds and a 1.03-carat diamond ring. Available from select Damas outlets across the UAE and the Roberto Coin boutique in Wafi Mall, Dubai. 4

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Personalised Perfume by Micallef Niche perfume manufacturer Micallef offers shoppers the opportunity to give the product a personal touch by having a name or message inscribed on the bottle for around AED1,000. Browse the various collections, which include The Specials, originally created for Middle Eastern royal families with bottles wrought from crystal and 24 karat gold, before selecting a design and scent. The newest fragrance, Ylang in Gold, which was recently launched in the Middle East, comes in a beautiful bottle, hand-decorated with Swarovski crystals. The brand, which is only available in select outlets around the world, including Paris Gallery in the UAE, will also create bespoke perfumes for individual clients. A minimum order of 120 bottles is required in addition to a payment of around AED23,500 for the development of the exclusive fragrance and packaging. To find out more visit Paris Gallery: parisgallery.com

Gold body oil by Shiffa The use of gold to nourish, restore and heal dates back thousands of years. Ancient Egyptian cultures used to ingest the precious metal in the belief that it would yield mental, bodily and spiritual purification. Today, homegrown cosmetics brand, Shiffa has revived the ancient practice with a line of gold-infused products that make for perfect stocking fillers or table presents. Founded by Dr

M O R E E X T R AVA G A N T GIFT IDEAS Guerlain’s Abeille Rêve de Lune: Only available in the Middle East, this heavenly scent, packaged in the limited-edition crystal bee bottle is the last word in luxury perfume. Available from select Paris Gallery outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, priced at AED97,187. Visit: parisgallery.com

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Montblanc Ruby Set: Laden with rubies and diamonds this one-of-akind set, including fountain pen, timepiece and cufflinks makes for truly elaborate gift. Available only from the Montblanc boutique in Avenue at Etihad Towers. Price available on request. Contact: 02 6811480. UAE Gold bullion coin: Great as a souvenir or gift, these solid gold coins are designed to celebrate the achievements of the UAE, with images of the country’s leaders on one side and landmarks on the other. Price depends on the daily gold rate. More information, including a list of local distributors is available at uaegoldbullioncoin.ae

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Lamees Hamdan, Shiffa (which means ‘healing’ in Arabic) sources precious ingredients from around the world for its luxurious products, including the indulgent Shiffa Gold Body Oil, a blend of pure essential oils and Argan oil, infused with real gold pieces to purify and cleanse. Priced at AED989. For more information, contact 04 2656165.

An exclusive experience with Armani Once-in-a-lifetime experiences make a thoughtful gift and the Exquisitely Festive, Exceptionally Armani tailored package could hardly be more carefully considered. Every luxurious detail has been carefully planned by Armani Dubai to create the perfect

package for a night of indulgence. A chauffeured Maserati will take you to the hotel where you begin with a glass of Dom Pérignon before taking to the skies in a private helicopter tour over the city. After this, it’s off to dinner at Armani/Ristorante where a sumptuous feast awaits. Tuck in to terrine of foie gras and saviour slow-cooked lobster followed by caviar-dressed seabass and a delectable crème brûlée adorned with 24-karat edible gold, then retire to the hotel’s spacious signature suite. Wake to breakfast in bed followed by a couples’ treatment at Armani/Spa and leave with a bespoke Armani/ Fiori fragrance bouquet. Prices start from AED60,000. For more information contact: 04 8883999.

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Adriana wears: Dress Emilio Pucci; bracelet Cartier; clutch Diane von Furstenberg Michael wears: Tuxedo jacket Salvatore Ferragamo; tuxedo trousers Burberry; shirt Marc Jacobs; tie Giorgio Armani; watch Cartier

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THE DAWN OF TIME Concierge joins Breguet in Capri, Italy to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the wrist watch

Like many of historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealthy and indulged royals, Queen Caroline of Naples was accustomed to fine things. She had an eye for beauty and was not afraid to spend vast sums of money in the pursuit of lovely possessions. It was this, no doubt, that drove the young Queen to commission a landmark item in the early 19 th century, one that still characterises the way we capture time today. Queen Caroline is not a dominant figure in European history, but she does have several claims to fame that keep her in modern memory. Not least of these was her relation to one of the most powerful men of the period, Napoleon Bonaparte. She was his youngest sister and, though no match against the charms of her elder sibling, Pauline, she was said to have possessed the most beautiful complexion in France.

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Commentators described her skin as resembling white satin when viewed through pink glass, but otherwise they reserved their compliments for Pauline, who also enjoyed the distinction of being her brother, the Emperor’s, favourite sibling. Unlike Pauline, Caroline’s colouring did not suit heavy brocades, sections and other fashionable adornments of the time and she seldom wore them. Perhaps this is why Caroline turned her attention to a new form of ornament that would unite her passion for extravagance with the innovative spirit of the era. One of the most eminent clock makers of the day was Abraham Louis-Breguet, whose reputation as one of the world’s greatest horologists and founder of the prestigious brand, Breguet, lives on. Caroline was a fervent admirer of Breguet, whose talent for combining technical brilliance with exquisite design had already made him a favourite in aristocratic circles. Over the course of their association, Caroline placed no less than 34 orders with Breguet, but in 1810 she had a slightly different request. Whether it was her idea or his suggestion will never be known, but between them Breguet and

Queen Caroline came up with a new kind of timepiece that would revolutionise timekeeping from that day forward. In the original order book which survives today in the Breguet archives, the entry details a “repeater in oblong form for a bracelet” quoted at a sum of 5,000 francs, an enormous amount of money at the time. It took Breguet two years to design and make the intricate piece, which was delivered to Caroline in 1812 with a bill for 4,800 francs, 200 francs below budget. Sadly, the landmark piece, a wrist watch widely believed to be the world’s first, is now lost. Records tells us that the watch was returned to the company twice for repairs, once in 1849 and then again in 1855. After this, the trail ends. By this point, Queen Caroline had been dead some 16 years, but the maintenance of the watch after her demise, presumably by one of her heirs, suggests that it retained more than usual value.

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Breguet’s death also precedes the loss of the watch, but by the time he passed away on September 17, 1823 he had established a legacy that would last forever. Among his many contributions to the world of horology, Breguet provided automatic winding mechanisms, vital improvements to the balance spring and, most famously, the tourbillon, which has changed remarkably little from Breguet’s original designs and remains a highly sought-after feature in premium and collectors’ watches to this day. His remarkable designs earned him a great many honours, not least an extremely distinguished client list, which reads like a who’s who of the day. Louis XVI and Louis XVIII of France, George IV of England, Alexander I of Russia, Napoleon Bonaparte and the first Duke of Wellington are among the many well-known, public figures who commissioned a timepiece from the talented clock-maker.

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W HE R E T O FIN D I T All pieces in the Reine de Naples collection are limited edition. To place an order contact the Breguet boutique at Avenue at Etihad Towers on 02 6655185 or Rivoli at Abu Dhabi Marina Mall on 02 6796919.

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Breguet also proved himself indispensable in scientific and military circles. In 1815, he was appointed as official chronometer-maker to the French Navy and the following year he became a member of the French Academy of Sciences before being presented with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by Louis XVIII. In addition, his name is one of just 72 inscribed on the Eiffel Tower. Impressive as these and his many other accolades are, to most people Breguet’s most resounding achievement remains the invention of the wrist watch. Before this, watches were large, cumbersome devices, worn first around the neck as pendants and then carried in pockets or special containers. This year marks the 200 th anniversary of the wrist watch Breguet designed for Queen Caroline and the brand has been celebrating the milestone with a travelling exhibition around the world. In October, a gala dinner was held in the luxurious Capri Palace Hotel on the Italian island of Capri to toast the bicentennial of the famed first wrist watch. Concierge was among guests invited by the brand to visit the majestic former residence of Queen Caroline, the Reggia di Capodimonte in Naples. In this grand setting, surrounded by banners emblazoned with the famous Breguet logo, we gathered to see the new Queen of Naples Collection and raise our glasses to the memory of Abraham Louis Breguet and his revolutionary contribution to horology.

The Queen of Naples’ collection Ten years ago, Breguet unveiled the Queen of Naples’ collection – a series of luxurious timepieces inspired by the original design of the watch Abraham Louis Breguet created for Caroline. The launch of the prize piece, however, was saved for the anniversary celebrations this year, when the breathtaking Reine de Naples special anniversary model was unveiled during a press conference held in Queen Caroline’s palace. Not content to stop with the watch, Breguet has developed an entire jewellery set to honour the occasion with necklace, tiara, earrings and ring to match, priced at a total of 750,000 Swiss francs. Purchased individually, the Reine de Naples special anniversary watch costs 200,000 Swiss francs, a price that reflects the intricacy of the mechanism and design. Some 233 brilliant-cut diamonds and 303 blue sapphires, each hand-picked to create the perfect colour gradation, illuminate the dial and more diamonds adorn the case, bezel and clasp. The selfwinding mechanical movement features a silicon balance spring and a handoscillating weight in 18-karat gold.

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Taste Tu s c a n t r e a t s

The melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fondant is a must for diners with a sweet tooth at Filini and it tastes even better while enjoying stunning views over the golf course and towards the sea. The savoury dishes are just as good with delicious, thin-crust pizzas, rich pastas and fresh seafood dishes prepared in true Italian style. Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island. When: Noon to 3pm and 6 to 11.30pm. Contact: 02 6562000.

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ASIAN ADVENTURES A wave of new Asian restaurants are raising the bar even higher on Abu Dhabi’s dining scene

Q From black cod, cooked Tokyo-style along the Corniche to aromatic Lobster curry, served beside the sea, the list of ways to enjoy Asian cuisine in Abu Dhabi just grows longer. This year, Abu Dhabi has welcomed several more Asian finedining venues to the fold, creating an ever more diverse culinary subscene that offers varying approaches to cuisine from all corners of the Orient. It’s not simply a matter of specialising in food from Thailand, Japan, Bali or any other Asian country. In Abu Dhabi, where each month seems to bring the launch of another gourmet eaterie, it takes a minimum of creative food combinations, exquisite flavours and stunning settings to merit the nod of approval from discerning diners, who are accustomed to the very best. With this in mind, Concierge has selected four of the finest new Asian restaurants from 2012, each of which offers a fresh take on Asian dining and brings something different and delicious to Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning culinary scene.

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It’s hard to imagine anyone but a professional chef capable of whipping up the delectable Sontaya duck red curry, Singaporestyle poached chicken or softly-spiced Laksa soup with quite the same results

Sontaya: Southeast Asian Good food tastes even better when eaten in a stunning setting and this perfectly situated Southeast Asian eaterie is proof of that. Appropriately named Sontaya, which means sunset in Thai, the restaurant sits on a deck facing out to sea and offers terrace seating accompanied by uninterrupted views of the ocean. Even inside, the vista, clearly visible through floor-toceiling windows, is magnificent. When you’ve spent sufficient time admiring the lovely surroundings turn your attention to the menu, which more than lives up to the expectations raised by Sontaya’s setting. Home-style Asian cooking is the focus here, athough it’s hard to imagine anyone but a professional chef capable of whipping up the delectable Sontaya duck red curry, Singapore-style poached chicken or softly-spiced Laksa soup with quite the same results. Equally delicious are the salad starters, which surpass expectations with their complexity of flavours and creative combinations of ingredients. Where: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island When: Open daily from noon to 3pm and 6.30pm to midnight. Contact: 02 4988888

Tori No Su: Japanese There may be an abundance of Japanese restaurants in Abu Dhabi, but real Japanese food, cooked in the traditional style using authentic ingredients, is harder to come by. Those who want a true taste of the country’s famed cuisine should book a table at Tori No Su, where kaiseki-trained Chef Ando can transport diners to Toyko with one bite of his king crab sushi roll. The black cod (gindara teriyaki donburi), always a reliable gauge of a quality Japanese cuisine, is simply sublime, while the scallop tamamotoyaki melts in the mouth. More than just tasting good, the dishes here really feel Japanese and are devoid of the international f lourishes that often characterise Japanese restaurants outside their homeland. Where: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers When: Sun to Thu, noon to 3.30pm and 7 to 11.30pm Contact: 02 9115666

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Rouge: Japanese and Chinese Bypassing other Oriental cuisines, Rouge combines Chinese and Japanese food to exquisite effect. Taking inspiration and ingredients from both nations, Chef Naoki Uchiyama has created a series of fragrant and flavoursome dishes that offer a novel take on popular classics like dim sum and nigiri. For those who want to broaden their culinary horizons still further, the menu also features a smattering of Korean dishes like haemul pajeon (Korean seafood pancake), bulgogi (marinated beef) and bibimbap (rice with mixed vegetables and beef). Offsetting all this is the dramatic interior of Rouge, which is housed in a soaring atrium. By day the restaurant is flooded with natural light and in the evening itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bathed in a soft red glow, enhancing the sultry nighttime vibe of this ultra-trendy venue. Where: Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi When: Noon to 3pm and 7 to 11.30pm. Contact: 02 6170000

A l s o t ry Silk and Spice at the

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche specialises in authentic Bangkok-style food, served in the traditional, Thai kneeldown style at sunken tables. Contact: 02 8137777

Hakkasan, the worldrenowned Michelin-star

restaurant in Emirates Palace offers diners contemporary Chinese cuisine with a twist. Contact: 02 6907999 Hoi An serves tasty Vietnamese fare in a colonial-style setting with wooden ceiling fans and wicker armchairs. Contact: 02 5098888

Pachaylen: Thai Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear from the first bite that you are in for a treat at Pachaylen when, to whet your appetite for the delights to come, the waiter brings over Miang Kham, a traditional Thai street snack. This combination of chopped chilli, lime, shallots, peanuts, dried shrimps and toasted coconut shavings served in separate bowls with sweet dipping sauce on the side, looks too simple to taste so good. The idea is to take one of the betel leaves provided and make a bite-size parcel with all the fresh ingredients, then enjoy the explosion of flavour. Difficult though it is to stop eating this devilishly moreish snack, save some room for the meal

proper, where Chef Aphithak Withojit has more delicious novelties in store. Try the bright blue chor muang (chicken dumplings) followed by the sumptuous gheang massaman lamb (slowcooked lamb shank in Thai massaman curry) or, for something lighter, the beautiful pla kra pong nung ma naow, a fillet of fresh seabass steamed in lemongrass, lime juice, chilli and garlic dressing. If you take a table near the open show kitchen, you can even watch the magic unfold. Where: Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara When: Noon to 3.30pm and 7 to 11.30pm Contact: 02 6561000

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Competition on the Abu Dhabi dining scene is stiff and it takes more than a knack for preparing good food for chefs to get the attention of diners

Q At Gourmet Abu Dhabi earlier this year, the emirate hosted a glittering line-up of world class chefs who boasted an impressive 26 Michelin stars between them. It was testament to the city’s emerging status as a major culinary capital, with all the necessary ingredients to attract the best chefs from around the world to come and work their magic in its ever-growing number of gourmet restaurants. According to Chef Mohammed Raess, it won’t be long before the UAE capital can hold it’s own next to gourmet heavyweights like London and New York. “Abu Dhabi is going to be a very popular destination for great food and I am extremely happy to be a part of this scene,” he says. As junior sous chef at the luxurious St. Regis at Saadiyat Island Resort, Chef Raess is ideally situated to gauge the temperature in Abu Dhabi’s five star kitchens and things, he says, are definitely hotting up. 1 Chef David Contreras’ chilled consommé 2 Amador Restaurant & Cellar

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“With new generations of chefs from all over the world coming to work in the city, the scope for real culinary excellence is expanding all the time,” says Raess, who beat off stiff competition to win the 2012 Young Chef of the Year title last June. “In particular, we’re seeing more creativity with the use of unique cooking techniques such as sous vide and molecular gastronomy in several restaurants.” One man who has certainly raised the stakes for Abu Dhabi’s competing chefs is Juan Amador, who opened his restaurant at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi in February this year. A champion of avant-garde cuisine, Amador has accumulated an impressive three Michelin stars for his culinary talents, which he honed under the tutelage of Ferran Adria, who is widely considered to be one of the best chefs in the world. Amador uses a complex series of techniques to create food that is intended to ‘stay in people’s minds’. On the menu at Amador Restaurant and Cellar in Abu Dhabi are intriguing-sounding dishes including Virtual Oyster and Mineral Pigeon with purple curry, each designed to create a perfect harmony of flavour and texture from the ingredients and methods employed in their preparation.

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Increasingly, distinctive culinary styles like Amador’s are needed to attract the attention of diners in Abu Dhabi where the growing number of talented chefs is making it harder to differentiate themselves in the culinary crowd. “The dining scene here is evolving rapidly and it is growing increasingly competitive. With so many new restaurants opening at the moment, it will get more so over the next two to three years,” he says. Over at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, executive chef David Contreras has found a niche in the market with his nutrient-packed brunches, which have a large section dedication to superfoods. The healthy wave, as Contreras describes it, is one of the current culinary trends alongside sustainable cooking, which is increasingly coming to characterise this generation of chefs, he says. While some chefs might attract diners with their alternative techniques and exotic dishes, Contreras prefers to lure them with his less is more philosophy. “I like to keep things simple and focus on selecting the very best ingredients and then treating them with the love they merit. I respect the ancient food marriages, (like tomato, garlic and olive oil) and avoid overwhelming the flavours with too many spices or excessive stirring.”

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His aim is to give guests a lifetime culinary experience, something that discerning diners are increasingly coming to expect from gourmet restaurants in the capital. “Customers here know about quality and expect it, it’s not a surprise factor anymore. As the culinary scene gets ever more competitive, consistently well executed food is the base-level standard requirement,” Contreras adds. These days, to really earn recognition in Abu Dhabi, a chef and his restaurant must work together to create the experience effect with a meal that, as Amador puts it, stays in people’s minds. From the booking stage right through to the farewell, with the unexpected twist on the plate in the middle, the whole meal must be an experience that stands out from all the others. That note of distinction is what’s required to attract diners in the capital, where it takes more than good food to stand out from the crowd.

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

ART GALLERIES

QIBAB ART GALLERY

02 6652350

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

02 6669656

Abu Dhabi CULTURAL FOUNDATION

02 6576171

Hosts photography and art exhibitions throughout the year, as well as concerts and screenings of international films.

Timings: Sun to Thu 8am to 3pm, Fri 3 to 8pm, Sat 9am to 12pm and 3 to 8pm. FOLKLORE GALLERY

02 6660361

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

Timings: Sat to Thu

9am to 10pm

GHAF ART GALLERY

02 6655332

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

Al Ain AL QATTARA ARTS CENTER

03 7618080

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

Timings: Sun to Thu 9am to 8pm

MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL SITES

Ghaf is the oldest art gallery in the capital and features work by artists in Abu Dhabi and around the world. Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Khalidiyah.

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

to 1pm and 5 to 8pm

HERITAGE VILLAGE

02 6814455

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 8.30am to 5pm, Fri 3.30 to 9pm Guide price: Free

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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.

10am to 9pm

02 6768614

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

03 7843996

Timings: Sat to Thu

HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY

02 6676999, 050 8293952, enam.ae

Abu Dhabi AL HOSN PALACE (WHITE FORT)

adach.ae

Built in 1793, Al Hosn Palace was the official home of the rulers of Abu Dhabi. It is currently under renovation.

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

1. Falcon Aviation Services 2. Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi 3. Falconry display at Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital 4. Camel Caravan, Arabian Adventures 5. Al Ain National Museum 6. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

03 7641595

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

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

03 7517755

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

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

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

Al Gharbia CHRISTIAN MONASTERY

02 8015400

Explore the remains of a Christian monastery which is believed to have been founded in the late 6th century 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

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HERITAGE SITES

SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

800 555 or szgmc.ae

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

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

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FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

AL DHAFRA

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.

02 4440007

02 6732266

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

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HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

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

02 6211797

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

Guide price: 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

02 6911711

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

Timings: Monday and

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

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

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

02 6445117

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

Timings: Daily 9am to 1.30pm Guide price: AED180,

children AED120 NET TOURS

02 6794656

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

Timings: Daily 9am to 1pm Guide price: Adults

AED150, children AED100

SEA CRUISER

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.

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

Guide price: Adults AED120, children AED75 SHERATON ABU DHABI

02 6773333

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EMIRATES ADVENTURES

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

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.

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

Al Ain AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6211797

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

02 6911711

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

Timings: Tours on Tuesdays Guide price: Adults AED225, children AED115 PARADISE HANGING GARDENS 03 7820788 Brilliant colours and artistic floral displays await at this breathtaking garden, which holds a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of hanging flower baskets. Timings: Open daily Guide price: Entry is free

02 6445117

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

02 6794656

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

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Adults AED290, children AED250

Al Gharbia ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

Visit 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

02 6445117

Timings: Daily 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED550

including lunch. Minimum of four people NET TOURS

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 bash over the sand dunes and visit the Rub Al Khali, 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.

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

ABU DHABI

Murjan Splash Park

050 8781009

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

02 4415900

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

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

02 4968001 or ferrariworldabudhabi.com

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

02 5839200 or 50 6147007

02 6354316

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

Timings: Sat to Sun 9am to midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight. Guide price: AED36 for ice rink, AED15 for bowling WANASA LAND

02 4437654

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

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to

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

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.

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.

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

FUN WORLD

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

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

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

02 6322255

050 7218928 or noukhada.ae

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

Timings: Check website for details Guide price: AED200

KIDOOS

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB

02 6459070

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

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am

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

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

SPARKY’S

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.

Camel racing

Birdwatching

FUN CITY

02 4034200

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

Bowling 02 4415900

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

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: Members and guests AED10 per game including shoe hire. Non-members AED15 per game

AL WATHBA

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

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

Cruising & sailing ABU DHABI CHARTERS

02 6424222

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

Guide price: From AED750 per person ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

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

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Guide price: Call for details ART MARINE

04 3388955 or yas.charter@artmarine.net Take a cruise along Abu Dhabi's coastline and explore the islands, or charter a yacht for a fishing adventure.

Guide price: From AED750 per hour

1. G-Force, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 2. Abu Dhabi Golf Club 3. Dune driving, Abu Dhabi 4. Diving, Abu Dhabi 5. Skyline Abu Dhabi

BELEVARI MARINE

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

02 6811900

Charter the 31-foot, twin-engine Barracuda and enjoy sightseeing along the Corniche, island trips and snorkelling.

Timings: 8am to 8pm. Guide price:Weekdays

AED150, weekends AED185. NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or noukhada.ae

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

Guide price: Three-hour island tour AED250 for adults and AED200 for children.

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02 6773333

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

Guide price: AED50 per person for one hour

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

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

Guide price: Call for details

THE VILLAGE CLUB

OCEAN DIVE CENTRE

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

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

02 4952000

02 6441696

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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

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

02 6503600 or noukhada.ae

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

Guide price: Coastline cruise

Guide price: Call for details

THE YELLOW BOATS

Fishing

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

Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request

Guide price: From AED150 for

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

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

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

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

AED180, island cruise AED300

800 4044 or theyellowboats.com

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

Desert safari AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6212100

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

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

050 6146931

Guide price: Call for details BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

02 6443000

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

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

Flying FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

02 4448866

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

Guide price: AED1,250 per

person for 30-minute city tour

02 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

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

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

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

02 6437377 or divemahara.com

Guide price: Call for details

04 2854949

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

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.

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

ANIMAL ANTICS

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.

Hot air ballooning

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.

02 6794658 or info@netgroupauh.com

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

Green fees: Nine holes

AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB

NET TOURS

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.

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

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

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

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

02 4455500

Golf

Green fees: National Course,

Horse racing

ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB

AED350 for one hour

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

AED315, children AED290

ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB

to 2pm and 3 to 7pm, Fri 2 to 7pm. Closed Tue

Guide price: From

Set in the middle of a racecourse, the club has a golf academy and floodlit driving range and offers night golf with tee-off until 8.30pm.

02 4952000

Sky-high sights

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

THE VILLAGE CLUB

Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults

Diving

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

ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB

including fishing equipment. AED50 for each additional hour

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.

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

02 5568555

Guide price: AED400,

02 6911711

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

Mutahida Flight Simulator

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

Ice skating 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

02 4034200

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.

Island trips

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

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

AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

02 6666601

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

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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

Guide price: AED830

per person

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

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

AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or alforsan.com

Learn how to 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

02 4415900

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 wrsmuts@emirates.net.ae

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

02 5633100 or kidsparkuae.com

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

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

AL AIN

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

02 6577601

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

Guide price: Introductory ticket AED180, family package AED720

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

Guide price:

Jetskiing AED180 for 30 minutes 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

02 5839200

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

03 7840000

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

Timings: SUN to Wed 10am to midnight, Thu and Fri 10am to 1am. Guide price: Call for details

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HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

03 7845542

A family-friendly destination with landscaped gardens and a fun park, with nine new rides. There are 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

03 7026400

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

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

03 7686808

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

Green fees: Nine holes AED50 HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686666

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

Green fees: Nine holes AED23

Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

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

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

Ice skating AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY

03 7845542

Enjoy an ice skating session with family and friends at this Olympic-size ice rink, which also offers 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

03 7660333

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

03 7840000

This artificial skating rink is suitable for metal blade and roller shoes. There is also a 12-lane bowling alley nearby. 10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight Guide price: AED25 for two hours, includes skate hire

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

AL AIN Zoo

03 7828188

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

6. 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.

AL GHARBIA

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

04 2854949

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

Island trips SIR BANI YAS ISLAND

02 8015400

Located 8km off Abu 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

02 8015400

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

Guide price: AED60 7

Parks & gardens

Camel trekking

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

02 8862088

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT Explore the Rub Al Khali, trekking through vast sand valleys.

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Guide price: Free

Shooting

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

03 7026500

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

02 8015400

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

cruise AED250

Skiing

Desert safari

BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

03 7840000

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

02 8862088

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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Sir Bani Yas Stables

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

Wildlife park

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to

03 7686662

Wadi Adventure

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

BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK

AL AIN RACEWAY

Horse riding

03 7818422

Timings: Sat to Wed

Karting

Water park

Mountain biking DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

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

Guide price: AED60 QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

02 8862088

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

Timings: 6am Guide price: AED60

Snorkelling DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

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

Guide price: AED200

Wildlife park ARABIAN WILDLIFE PARK

02 8015400

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

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

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

Malls

DALMA MALL

MUSHRIF MALL

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

Abu Dhabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest mall with more than 200 outlets stocking fashion, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty and electronics, as well as dining and entertainment facilities.

02 5506111

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

Abu Dhabi ABU DHABI MALL

02 6454858

02 6904422

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

02 6328555

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

Al Ain AL AIN MALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AL RAHA MALL

02 5562229

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

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

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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

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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

KHALIDIYAH MALL

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MADINAT ZAYED SHOPPING CENTRE & GOLD CENTRE

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

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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.

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

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Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to

Al Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest and largest mall offers an indoor ski slope, cinema, bowling alley, skating rink, family entertainment centre and almost 400 shops.

MARINA MALL

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

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

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

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Alesayi Textiles, Marina Mall Red Sea Antiques Marina Mall Al Masaood Jewellery Madinat Zayed Gold Centre

Abu Dhabi

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CENTRAL MARKET

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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

02 5581670

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

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

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Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Al Maqtaa

Yas Island

02 4415900

Head to Taverna for barbecue buffet nights every Wednesday with two house beverages included for AED120.

In Barouk, authentic Lebanese cuisine is accompanied by atmospheric live oud performances and belly dancing.

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

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

Al Maha Arjaan

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Al Markaziyah

Tourist Club Area

02 6106666

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

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Al Safarat

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

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Create your own end of year event from scratch and choose from the hotel's many restaurants or select your own venue and let them take care of the details. Stock up on Christmas gifts at the Swiss Christmas Market in the courtyard from December 6 to 8. 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

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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

Al Raha Beach Hotel

Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi

Al Raha Beach

Madinat Zayed

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Get the seasonal festivities off to an early start by celebrating St.Nicholas feastday on December 5 with a special buffet dinner. On December 12, the tree in the lobby will be lit and on December 20 the carol singers will arrive to perform every evening in the lobby until Christmas Day. In the afternoon a festive high tea will be held at Café Mozart with a selection of delicious desserts. This month also brings Seafood Blues & Jazz night every Thursday at Sevilla where, for AED220 per person, you can pile your plate high with fresh catch of the day, including lobster, shrimp, oysters and mussels. Al Manzil – International Azur Restaurant – Mediterranean Black Pearl – Piano bar Enigma – Nightclub Sevilla Restaurant – International

Al Rawda Arjaan Abu Dhabi

02 4035000

Al Wahda

Choose Continental cuisine from the à la carte menu at Al Dar or 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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02 6520000

Visit Gems Restaurant for an Asian and international buffet throughout the week for AED95. Gems Restaurant – International

Cristal Salam Hotel

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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. 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

02 6166122

Al Markaziyah If you fancy something quick and light then stop off for the business lunch at The Garden which offers soup and salad for AED50 from midday to 4pm on weekdays. Cho Gao – Asian Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar

Spaccanapoli – Italian

The Garden – International Vincent’s – Cocktail bar

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa

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Eastern Mangroves Treat yourself to Christmas with a Thai twist at Pachaylen where couples can enjoy a 4-course set menu for AED900. At Ingredients you can celebrate the season over a sumputous international feast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Prices start at AED395 per person. Mangroves Lounge – Lounge bar Ingredients – All-day international Pachaylen – Thai restaurant Impressions – Rooftop lounge

Emirates Palace

02 6909000

Ras Al Akhdar 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.

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

BBQ Al Qasr – Al fresco dining Breeze Lounge – Spanish bar Cascades – International Diwan L’Auberge – Lebanese Etoiles – European restaurant and nightclub Hakkasan – Chinese Havana Club – Wine and cigar lounge Las Brisas – International Le Café & Caviar Bar – Caviar bar Le Vendôme – International buffet Mezlai – Emirati Mezzaluna – Italian Sayad – Seafood

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

02 6543000

Bain Al Jessrain Roast turkey and all the trimmings will be served at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill from December 24 to 26 while Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar will be giving their seasonal feast an Italian twist with a three-course set menu featuring special desserts like the ice cream stuffed panettone for AED299 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

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GRAND MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA

02 4439999

Al Wahda

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine from Japan, Malaysia, China and Thailand at Toshi, the hotel's signature Asian restaurant.

SMOKE SIGNALS

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

HALA ARJAAN BY ROTANA

02 4180000

The Gallery all-day dining restaurant offers international flavours served with flair. The Gallery – International

HILTON ABU DHABI

Al Khubeirah

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

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

LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

02 6446666

Tourist Club Area Have Christmas in the garden this year and enjoy a festive feast at Le Brasserie and Papagallo for AED205 per person.

HILTON BAYNUNAH

02 6327777

Al Markaziyah

HYATT CAPITAL GATE

02 5961234

Al Safarat

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

800 423463

Al Bateen

Complete with carols, Santa visit, slices of delicious chocolate log and a gingerbread house full of goodies, the Intercontinental's tree-lighting ceremony is a must for families with young children. For adults, the Marina brunch every Friday is one of the trendiest in town. AED250 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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Situated up on the 63rd floor, Quest offers exquisite PanAsian fare in a vibrant environment accompanied by stunning views of the city. An equally impressive panorama can be enjoyed from the 74th floor where Observation Deck serves the highest high tea in Abu Dhabi.

02 6570000

Indulge in 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.

Level 2 Restaurant – International

Ras Al Akhdar

KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA

02 6811900

Level 2 Restaurant blends local Oriental and Mediterranean flavours.

02 8115555

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

Tourist Club Area

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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

800 101101

Al Markaziyah If you fancy trying something a bit different this Christmas Eve then go along to the Open Sushi Session at Soba with unlimited sake, bubbly and wine for AED200. Amalfi will be offering a more Italian take on the season with a five-course set menu for AED180 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

02 6333555

Al Markaziyah Head to Le Beaujolais this festive season and enjoy the special menu while a live music duo from Paris entertain guests with a festive line-up on the accordion. At Le Jardin, a traditional Christmas feast will include turkey with all the trimmings. Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Privé – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar China Restaurant – chinese

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Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi

WINING AND DINING

02 6262700

Al Markaziyah Gather round the tree to see the lights come on as the local children's choir sing carols on December 10 at 7pm. On Friday 14, an early Christmas brunch will be served at Sevilo's for AED230 per head, including a visit from Santa bearing gifts. On Christmas Day, a festive brunch will be served while over at Citrus International Restaurant a buffet will be available for AED175 per person. For New Year's Eve, Chef Enrico Morselli will lay on an elaborate Italian spread in Sevilo's for AED495. Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

One to One Hotel The Village

02 4952000

Al Nahyan 7. St. Regis Saadiyat Island 8. Corniche All Day Dining, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche 9&10. Quest, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

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

Oryx Hotel

02 6810001

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

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

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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

02 6562222

Yas Island

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.

Park Rotana

02 6573333

Al Matar

Get into the festive spirit with tree-lighting and carol singing on December 12 and celebrate New Year's Eve with a four-course meal at Teatro for AED440 per person, which includes one glass of Champagne. 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

02 6562000

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.

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

02 6773333

Al Markaziyah Usher in the festive season with Crooners at Christmas in the B-Lounge on December 11. The tree lighting ceremony will take place on the same day and children will love the festive gingerbread factory set up to mark the occasion. Give your New Year's Eve a local flavour at Zenith where an Arabic-themed party will be in full swing. Tickets cost AED200 for ladies and AED400 for gents or book a VIP table for AED3500 net. B-Lounge by Beachcomber – Outdoor lounge Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Spanish Cloud Nine – International El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant – Mexican Flavours – International La Mamma – Italian The Tavern – English pub The Beachcomber – Tapas Zenith – Nightclub

Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel

02 6666220

Al Khalidiyah

Assymetri – International buffet Fast Track Lobby Bar – Cocktail lounge Filini – Italian restaurant and bar

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.

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Downtown – International La Veranda – International buffet The 3rd Avenue – Bar

02 4952000

Al Riyadiya Soak up the sultry atmosphere augmented by dramatic red lighting and the 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

02 5098555

Bain Al Jessrain Get into the Yuletide spirit with a Christmas High Tea in the Lobby Lounge and treat yourself to Chef Muhamed Jejen's mouthwatering pastries served with free-flowing tea and coffee and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for AED110 per person. Al Hanah – Wine bar Bord Eau – French Hoi An – Vietnamese Pearls & Caviar – Middle Eastern, Mediterranean restaurant and bar Shang Palace – Chinese Sofra bld – International

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

02 8137777

Al Markaziyah Get the seasonal celebrations going with a traditional buffet dinner at Corniche All Day Dining on December 24 then, on Christmas Day, swap turkey for lobster at La Mer, where a dazzling seasfood set menu awaits for AED400 per person. Corniche All Day Dining – International Jazz ’N Fizz Bar – bar La Mer – French seafood Silk and Spice – Thai

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

02 4988888

Saadiyat Island Treat yourself to a truly indulgent meal at 55&5th, The Grill, where chef de cuisine, Jason Oakley prepares a mouthwatering 7-course tasting menu. Don't miss out on the sophisticated beachside snacks and stunning views at the recently-launched Turquoiz or, 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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Al Ain

02 8152222

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.

02 6169999

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

Al Muwaiji

Danat Al Ain Resort

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.

Al Nyadat East

Blue Grill – Steakhouse Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian Y Bar – Bar

Yas Viceroy Hotel

02 6560600

Yas Island

Fans of authentic Italian dishes can enjoy the 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

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

Desert Islands Resort & Spa

02 8015400

Sir Bani Yas Island

Al Mutaredh

Yas Island

02 6564000

Tides hosts a family brunch every Friday with special activities to keep the little ones entertained for AED225 with house beverages.

03 7610111

Yas Island Rotana

Make the most of the beautiful winter weather at the Afya Beach Lounge seaside BBQ every Friday for AED120 per person.

Ruwais

Ayla Hotel

Ayla Restaurant – International Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge

Bain Al Jessrain

02 8012222

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

Afya – International buffet Afya Beach Lounge – barbecue

02 5108888

Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort

03 7545111

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.

Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

ARABIC TASTE

03 7046000

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

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Al Surooj

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

Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet

03 7838888

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

al Gharbia

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

Festivites on the island begin with a tree-lighting ceremony on December 23 in the lobby followed by Christmas Eve at The Palm where a hearty buffet will offer a mix of Middle Eastern and international cuisine. Alternatively, feast on seafood at Samak with a five-course set dinner menu for AED375 per person. On Christmas day, couples can enjoy a fourcourse dinner of the finest seafood and Champagne at the restaurant for AED350. Samak – Seafood The Lounge – Lounge bar The Palm – International

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

02 8862088

Liwa Desert For a truly memorable festive season, head out to Qasr Al Sarab and celebrate against a backdrop of desert dunes in Al Waha restaurant. A sumptuous buffet, starting from AED350 awaits diners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day then on New Year's Eve, move over to Suhail, the hotel's signature grill restaurant for a lavish, five-course feast for AED750 per person. Al Liwan – Lobby lounge and bar Al Waha – International/Emirati Ghadeer – Mediterranean Suhail – Steakhouse

Tilal Liwa Hotel

02 8946111

Madinat Zayed Enjoy Thursday's seafood night at Al Badiya restaurant for AED160 or the Friday brunch from 12.30pm with live entertainment for AED130. 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.

“Let the magic of the season unfold and experience the festivities with sparkling decorations and warm Christmas Spirit at the SOUK QARYAT AL BERI.”

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

Abu Dhabi Mall 2 Al Muhairy Centre 3 Al Raha Mall 4 Al Wahda Mall 5 Avenue at Etihad Towers 6 Carpet Souk 7 Carrefour 8 Central Market 9 Dalma Mall 10 Fotouh Al Khair Centre 11 Hamdan Centre 12 Iranian Souk 13 Khalidiya Mall 14 Liwa Centre 15 Madinat Zayed Shopping and Gold Centre 16 Marina Mall 17 Paris Gallery 18 The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri 1

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

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my LIFE IN ABU DHABI Artist Jennifer Simon discusses the advantages of life in the capital with Concierge

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1 Cipriani Restaurant, Abu Dhabi 2 Exhibition of Simon’s works at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

I was born in the UK but grew up in Melborne, Australia before moving to the UAE in 2000. During my time in Abu Dhabi the art scene has grown considerably. Those who want a taste of the city’s cultural offerings should head to Manarat Al Saadiyat, which runs great exhibitions throughout the year and also holds free workshops for people who want to come and try out different forms of art. Anyone interested in seeing works by Emirati artists can visit Ghaf Gallery, which displays a lot of local talent. Several of the hotels and cafés will also run exhibits throughout the year, including Emirates Palace, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Yas Viceroy, Café Arabia and Nolu’s Café. One of the best things about living in Abu Dhabi is that everything is so accessible, which is great when there’s so much to do. You can go from afternoon tea at Emirates Palace on the tip of the Corniche to a concert on Yas Island on the outskirts of the city in just half an

hour by taxi. I also love that it is sunny most days here as you can take advantage of all the outdoor activities. At the weekend, we tend to take advantage of this with camping trips in the desert, boat tours around the islands or even just a peaceful stroll along the Corniche followed by pizza on the beach. Otherwise, we might head to Le Beaujolais restaurant at Mercure Centre Hotel for a causal dinner. It has a warm, cosy feel and serves excellent French food. I also like the café at The One, which has an extensive menu and the added advantage of a lovely home depar tment to browse while you wait for the food. When we want to go somewhere fancy, it has to be Hakkasan at Emirates Palace, where the food tastes even more delicious under the seductive lighting, which adds to the atmospheric setting. Otherwise it’s Cipriani on Yas Island – I love its white, linen table cloths and delicious Italian pasta.

Anyone interested in seeing works by Emirati artists can visit Ghaf Gallery, which displays a lot of local talent

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