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AUGUST 2011 | issue 57

AUGUST 2011 | issue 57

abu dhabi edition

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welcome

AUGUST 2011 Issue 57 abu dhabi Edition

Publisher Rob Nicholas editorial Editorial Director Scott Birch Editor Amanda Tomlinson Deputy Editor Kathryn Roberts Contributor Cavell Mallett studio Senior Art Director Andrea Tempesta Senior Designers Prachi Bhaumik Tim MacDonald Kelly Massie Tony Santiago Photographer Adham Sneeh Production Coordinator Naveed Aziz advertising Advertising Manager Prashand Menon Sales Managers Sangeeta Butani Edward Nicholas Kirat Sabharwal CIRCULATION / MARKETING Michelle Hirao Carol Milan

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As a visitor and guest in Abu Dhabi, you are staying in a destination of distinction which I hope will you 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

In focus Image: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Photography: Gavin Hellier/Photolibrary Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world, not to mention one of the most beautiful. The mosque's main prayer hall (pictured) has the largest chandelier in the world, which is 10 metres in diameter and 15 metres in height. The chandelier, one of seven at the mosque, features Swarovski crystals from Austria and glasswork from Italy. The Qibla wall features the 99 names, or qualities, of Allah and is a fine example of traditional Kufi calligraphy. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can accommodate almost 41,000 worshippers, including 7,126 in the main prayer hall, where Muslims pray on the world's largest handmade carpet.

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contents AUGUST 2011 Issue 57

ESSENTIALS

Abu Dhabi’s top attractions, events and news

OBSERVING RAMADAN Discover Islam’s holy month and its fascinating intricacies

CAUGHT ON CAMERA Award-winning images show the culture of the UAE

RAMADAN NIGHTS

Break the day’s fast with a lavish iftar buffet

THE GIFT OF GIVING

Find the perfect souvenir or a treasure to take home for loved ones

BEAT THE HEAT

Chilled-out activities to help you keep cool this summer

YAS ISLAND

Shining the spotlight on Abu Dhabi’s newest entertainment and leisure destination

ASK THE CONCIERGE

Expert recommendations for visitors who want to discover the best of the emirate

THE GUIDE

Comprehensive listings to plan the perfect stay

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The Guide

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Art galleries / Tours / Museums

60 Experience Adventure / Family activities / Golf / Sports

68 Shop Malls / Souks

70 Taste Hotel outlets & promotions / Independent outlets

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August

Discover

Ramadan Ramadan is a deeply spiritual period, but also a time of celebration as families use the occasion to visit loved ones. Expected to begin on August 1st, the most noticeable element for visitors is fasting during daylight hours. While non-Muslims are not expected to fast, they are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public from sunrise to sunset and failure to abide by these rules can result in fines. See page 14 for more information on Ramadan. Visit the Ramadan and Eid 2011 festival for family friendly consumer goods and gifts, Arabic food, toys and games as well as traditional song and dance. Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Halls 1 to 5. When: August 9th to 20th, 7pm to 3am. Contact: www.adnec.ae

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Shop

Ramadan Art Bazaar Buy original pieces of art by established and emerging talent at Sumayyah Al Suwaidi’s Ramadan Art Bazaar. Opening on August 4th, the exhibition aims to reflect the community spirit of Ramadan. Purchase photography, digital art, mixed media and traditional paintings from renowned and established artists as well as young and emerging artists of different nationalities. Where: Ghaf Art Gallery. When: August 4th to 31st, Saturday to Thursday 10am to 1pm and 8 to 11pm. Price: Entry is free. Art priced under AED4,000 per piece. Contact: 02 6655332

Shop

Carolina Herrera Visit the new CH Carolina Herrera store in Abu Dhabi Mall, the first to open in the capital by the famous American designer. The 310sq m store will carry all of Carolina Herrera’s men’s and women’s collections in a personal and intimate environment. Where: Level 1, Abu Dhabi Mall. When: Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday 10am to 11pm, Friday 2.30 to 11pm. Ramadan times may vary. Contact: 02 6503867

ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL HUNTING AND EQUESTRIAN EXHIBITION September 14th to 17th Become acquainted with the deep-rooted traditions of Abu Dhabi and the UAE with camel, equestrian and traditional hunting activities. See www.adihex.net ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL October 13th to 22nd See the work of Arab filmmakers alongside work by the major talents of world cinema at Emirates Palace. See www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY AND WATCH SHOW October 17th to 21st An exclusive high-end jewellery and watch event showcasing the world's leading brands. See www.adnec.ae

2011 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX November 11th to 13th The world’s best F1 drivers speed around Yas Marina Circuit in the final weeks of the 2011 season. See www.yasmarinacircuit.ae ABU DHABI ART 2011 November 16th to 19th This platform for modern and contemporary art brings together a selection of leading art galleries from around the world. For information, see www.abudhabiartfair.ae/en AL DHAFRA CAMEL FESTIVAL December 1st to 10th As well as a camel beauty contest, there are competitions for traditional handicrafts, poetry and date packaging. See www.algharbia.ae F1 POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP December Support Team Abu Dhabi as it competes in the local leg of this global series. For details, see www.adimsc.com VOLVO OCEAN RACE December 31st to January 14th This round-the-world yacht race stops in Abu Dhabi for the first time in the event's history. Expect two weeks of festivities, including a New Year’s Eve party. For more information, see www.abudhabioceanracing.ae

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MY LIFE IN ABU DHABI

Name: Manar Al Hinai Nationality: Omani Position: Fashion designer/ writer and recipient of the Arab Woman of the Year award I have lived in Abu Dhabi all my life and I cannot imagine myself anywhere else. There is something magical about Abu Dhabi that makes people want to stay forever. I love how everything is close and how it is turning to a world-leading cultural hub. My Lucky Nooni fashion brand, which launched in April 2010, is a trendy line of T-shirts influenced by Khaleeji (Gulf countries) heritage and traditional fashion. I am inspired by everything Arabic and vintage. Abu Dhabi has to be the next fashion capital. Women here pay so much attention to detail and they love to stand out and be different. Wearing the abaya (long black robe) they become so creative with design and accessories, making them the most fashionable women in the city, even while covered up. Every visitor should taste the fi ne Emirati dishes in the traditional setting of Mezlai restaurant at Emirates Palace hotel. Those looking for adventure should not miss Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, where they can hop on the world's fastest roller coaster and scream their lungs out. There are a lot of heritage sites in Abu Dhabi as well. Visit Heritage Village next to Marina Mall, or go for a 90-minute drive to Al Ain, which the United Nations has recognised for its historical sites, listing it along with the Taj Mahal and Pyramids. Ladies, if you’d like to take home a piece of cultural fashion, visit Grafi ka Boutique in Al Wahda Mall for fashionable abayas and dresses. And fi nally do not forget to snap lots of pictures from your memorable time in my favourite city.

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Experience

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort Explore one of the region’s finest attractions every night during Ramadan. Among the park’s stars are two white tigers, Nubian giraffes (pictured), white lions and other big cats. There is an impressive display of animals from the Middle East and Africa as well as lovely park areas for families to relax. The zoo is set against a backdrop of the stunning Jebel Hafeet mountains. Where: Al Ain. When: 6pm to midnight during Ramadan. Price: AED15 for adults, AED5 for children. Contact: 03 7828188 or www.awpr.ae

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The Saadiyat Story Learn more about Abu Dhabi’s plans to be the cultural hub of the Middle East at The Saadiyat Story exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The interactive multimedia exhibition looks at the plans for the upcoming Cultural District, which will include the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museums as well as a national museum and performing arts centre. It also shows plans for remaining districts which include residential, business and leisure. Where: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. When: Daily from 10am to 8pm. Price: Free. Contact: www.saadiyat.ae

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Sculpture exhibition See small and large contemporary sculptures by regional artists at the ‘Art in Space’ exhibition this month. Made from steel, marble, stainless steel and granite, the pieces are by artists including Billy Lee, Caroline Ramersdorfer, John Van Alstine, Junyi Wang, Gheorghi Filin, Hwang Seung-Woo, Arya Azadi and Salwa Where: Salwa Zeidan Gallery. When: Until August 30th. Price: Free entry. Contact: 02 6655332

Experience

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

Taste

Iftar

Experience Ramadan in Abu Dhabi by breaking the day’s fast at any number of iftars throughout the emirate. Iftar, which is the meal that breaks the fast at sunset, is a social time when Muslims meet with family and friends. Visitors don’t need to be Muslim to attend iftar. Expect lavish buffet spreads with local and regional food, dates, a variety of juices and desserts. Where: Hotels throughout the emirate. When: Every evening at sunset during Ramadan (expected to begin on August 1st). Price: Varies according to the restaurant. Contact: See the Taste listings on page 70 for details

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protected past Al Ain was recently registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its important archaeological sites, historical buildings and natural areas. It is the first site in the UAE to make the prestigious list and now features alongside famous landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Taj Mahal in India. Among the sites listed for their geological, archaeological and historical importance are the Jebel Hafeet and Hili cultural landscapes, Bidaa Bint Saud, the oases areas and the falaj water transport system. The Hafeet tombs (pictured) date back to the Bronze Age and contain more than 500 graves. Al Ain is one of the more traditional cities in the UAE, where old social customs and traditions – such as wedding celebrations, Bedouin hospitality, falconry, camel races and handicrafts – are still practised in much the same manner as previous generations. And despite the modern shopping malls with brands from around the world, souks still provide an important retail service.

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

Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, the month in which Muslims believe that

Allah chose to reveal the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad. For Muslims, Ramadan, which this year is expected to start on August 1st with the sighting of the new moon, is a deeply spiritual time of year that marks a personal journey in which they seek to become closer to God. Muslims increase faith during Ramadan through the act of fasting, abstaining from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. They also recite the Muslim profession of faith, perform ritual prayers five times a day and donate time, food and money to charitable causes. With the aim of pleasing the Almighty by helping others, controlling emotions such as anger, lust and envy, and refraining from gossip and physical intimacy, they cleanse their soul.

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RAMADAN RITUALS To those unfamiliar with Islam, Ramadan has its own distinctive ambience and while daily life continues, there are subtle differences that every visitor will experience. Working hours are curtailed and shops may close for prayer times, so be aware of the slower pace of life and adjusted hours of operation. Also, to be respectful to those observing the rituals of the season, nonMuslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during the day, and to dress modestly. Ramadan is a social season and everyone, not just followers of Islam, can get involved in Ramadan-related activities. Friends and families gather each evening to enjoy iftar (the meal over which the fast is broken) and celebrate their blessings. Visitors to Abu Dhabi are encouraged to experience an iftar buffet and sample the full range of Middle Eastern cuisine. For more information on some of the finest iftars in the city and the dishes you can expect to eat, turn to page 24.

To be respectful, non-muslims must refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public during the day, and dress modestly 1 The Qu'ran (previous page) 2,5 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 3 Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai 4 Prayers at Fujairah Mosque

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Seyam, fasting during Ramadan, is one of the five pillars of Islam together with shahadah, sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith; salat, performing ritual prayers five times a day; and hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. Zakat, giving alms (or charity) to the poor and needy, is another. Visit any of the city’s shopping malls throughout the holy month and it’s likely you will see charity stands dotted around the main thoroughfares. Ramadan is a time of giving and Muslims donate money, clothes and food to charities. Visitors who would like to participate in the spirit of Ramadan might like to give larger tips than usual to their waiter or taxi driver.

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RAMADAN | Discover

LEARNING ABOUT ISLAM The end of Ramadan is marked by a three-day holiday called Eid Al Fitr (expected to fall on August 31st), which begins with the sighting of the new moon. The first day of Eid is spent with family, although traditionally the senior member of the household will pay courtesy visits to prominent elders or local sheikhs to wish them Eid Mubarak (a blessed Eid). For those with a limited knowledge of Islam, a guided tour around Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an excellent way to find out more about the faith. The largest mosque in the UAE and a must-see on any trip to the capital, the building is breathtaking both from the inside and outside. More than 3,000 workers helped to construct the mosque using natural materials such as marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics. The maximum capacity is approximately 41,000 and the overall structure is 22,412 square metres.

Respecting Ramadan • Refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during the day in Ramadan, even inside cars • It is considered polite to cover shoulders and legs • The only live music played during Ramadan is traditional Arabic music. Dancing is not allowed • Most businesses and government offices will close between 2 and 4pm • Iftar, the meal over which the daily fast is broken, is held around 6.30 to 7pm depending on the time of year and when the sun sets • Supermarkets and shops may be closed during the day, but will usually have extended hours at night – sometimes until midnight

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As one of the most visited buildings in the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is not only a place of worship and Friday gathering, but a place of learning and discovery through its education and visitor programs. Its ‘doors’ are open to everyone. Throughout Ramadan, guided tours take place at 10 and 11am each day to encourage cultural understanding. The complimentary tours, which last approximately 45, are led by Emirati guides who will show you around the mosque interpreting the architecture, artistic elements and Islamic culture.  Visitors are advised to arrive approximately 15 minutes before the tour time and meet one of the visitor experience co-ordinators. General visiting hours are 9am to noon, daily. For more information, call 02 4416444 or visit www.szgmc.ae. 

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CAught on cAmerA Some of the region’s finest photographers have been awarded in the recent Emirates Photography Competition

As Abu Dhabi moves towards its goal of becoming the cultural capital of the Middle East, it is carefully

Culture Maha Ahmad Al Jeziri, UAE Before the discovery of oil in Abu Dhabi, the emirate’s residents lived in barasti huts built from date palms.

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nurturing talent in a range of artistic fields, including photography. The Emirates Photography Competition, organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, this year attracted more than 6,000 photographers from 134 countries, including the UAE, proving the region is a breeding ground for creativity. Concierge has compiled a selection of the winning entries that depict life in the region.

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In Terrible 1 Hamad Salam Alsulaimi, Oman Camel racing is a popular pastime in the UAE between October and April. The camels are ridden by robotic jockeys, which are controlled by the trainers and owners who drive alongside the track in four-wheel drives.

Agility Moza Moh’d Al Falasi, UAE A gazelle skips through the desert. Native to the Arabian Peninsular, many species of gazelle are now threatened or endangered.

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Handicraft makers Asma Hilal Al Kharusi, Oman To the untrained eye, men’s traditional dress may look the same across the Arabian Peninsular, but each country’s attire has defining features. In Oman, for example, the headdress is folded and wrapped around the head.

Beauty of nature Mansor Hamad Al-Mnaai, UAE The desert is sculpted and carved by the wind, creating wave-like ripples on the surface and determining the shape and form of the dune.

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Horse 2 Saad Saleh Al Shabeeb, Saudi Arabia The Arabian horse is treasured in the UAE for its hardiness, intelligence and good temperament.

3 Ahmed Sameer, UAE Sunset and sunrise are the most beautiful times of day in the Arabian Desert.

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Discover

002 Rowda Ahmad Alsayegh, UAE The UAE celebrates National Day on December 2nd. This year will mark the country’s 40th year and is cause for great festivity.

1 Eid Al-Mazrouei, UAE The hardened leather or canvas burka is mostly worn by the older generation and is traditionally used to shield the eyes and face from the sun.

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Ramadan NIGHTS Whether you’re breaking the day’s fast or sampling a slice of local culture, iftar is the ideal way to enjoy an August evening

Those looking to experience a slice of local culture and taste traditional Middle Eastern cuisine are in for a treat this month. With Ramadan falling in August, lavish iftar buffets are being served in hotels and other venues across the emirate. A deeply spiritual time, Muslims seek to become closer to God by following a set of religious and spiritual observations. The most noticeable of these for visitors is fasting during daylight hours. Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking between sunrise and sunset, but when the time comes to break their fast, it is a social occasion and everyone is invited. Traditionally the fast is broken with a date and some milk before enjoying harira (Moroccan

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soup) con-taining lentils, coriander, tomatoes and dried figs. Soup is a key dish at iftar as it is easy to digest and gives almost instant relief from the fast. Soup is often followed by hot and cold mezzeh, with dishes such as fattoush (salad with fried pita bread), hommous, sambusek (pastry stuffed with cheese or meat) and kibbeh (ground meat and bulgar wheat). The centrepiece of most iftar buffets is ouzi, a large dish consisting of lamb that is covered with liquid and cooked on a bed of rice. The array of desserts is also vast with Arabic treats such as baklava (a sweet pastry with chopped nuts and syrup or honey) and regional favourite umm ali (an Arabic version of the British bread and butter pudding).

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Emirates Palace One of Abu Dhabi’s most popular iftars is held at Emirates Palace. In a large, air-conditioned Ramadan tent in the grounds of the luxurious hotel, the city’s Muslims break the day’s fast with delicious Emirati and international cuisine. They are joined by guests of other faiths who are eager to experience a slice of local tradition. The elaborate pavilion set-up, located along the beach side of the hotel, incorporates a traditional design to enhance the spirit of Ramadan. This is an ideal time to sample authentic Emirati meals as well. In the extensive buffet, guests will find local dishes such as thareed and machboos, mixed in with typical Ramadan dishes such as lamb ouzi and harees. The buffet is complemented by an extensive dessert selection of local, regional and international delights as well as typical Ramadan juices. Where: Palace Terrace When: Sunset until 9pm Price: AED215 Contact: 02 6909000

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Essence, the newest restaurant at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, will be showcased this month with iftar being served nightly from August 9th. A wide selection of dishes from around the world will feature in the buffet, however the focus will be primarily on classic Arabic dishes. Visit the live cooking stations for saj (flatbread), falafel, shawarma and favourites such as kibbeh and fatayer (pastry with spinach or cheese). When it comes to mains, visitors will be well fed with dishes such as Lebanese mixed grill, ouzi, laban ammu (lamb cooked in yoghurt) and

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dawood bash (spiced meatballs in tomato and pine nut gravy). In addition to dates grown in Liwa in Abu Dhabi’s Al Gharbia (Western Region), Emirati dishes such as machboos (lamb cooked with basmati rice and local spices), harees (boiled, cracked or coarsely ground wheat with chicken or lamb that is typically served first) and thareed (similar to stew with either chicken or lamb) will be offered. A full complement of Ramadan juices will be served as well as fresh and canned drinks. Where: Essence (from August 9th) and Diwan ballroom (August 1st to 8th) When: Sunset until 8pm Price: AED165 Contact: 02 6979000

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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri Sofra bld takes on a Middle Eastern theme this month with traditional Arabic lanterns, carpets and other decorations to complete the Ramadan experience. Guests can enjoy the ‘Grand Iftar’ from sunset each evening and feast on an array of traditional iftar delicacies, or broaden their scope and sample delights from Sofra bld’s international offering. Taking centre court will be Middle Eastern dishes, such as hot and cold mezzeh, salads and soups as well as mains of mixed grill, seafood grill, tajines and ouzi. Ramadan is the ideal time to sample Emirati dishes, such as harees. Authentic Chinese and Vietnamese dishes from Shang Palace and Hoi An will also feature in the buffet along with a selection of Indian, Asian and Western dishes, Arabic sweets and desserts from around the world. Typical Ramadan drinks, such as jallab (grape extract, rosewater and sugar), tamerhindi (tamarind juice), karkade (hibiscus or rosemallow juice), kamaruddin (apricot juice) and laban (yoghurt drink) will be served during iftar. These drinks, which act as soothing agents, are excellent thirst-quenchers and provide a quick dose of energy. Where: Sofra bld When: For two hours from sunset Price: AED185 including Ramadan beverages Contact: 02 5098555

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Hilton Abu Dhabi The chefs at the Hilton Abu Dhabi have joined forces to prepare a sumptuous buffet of Arabic delights for iftar. Visit La Terrazza and break the Ramadan fast with mixed grills, classic lamb ouzi, shawarmas and hot and cold mezzeh, such as falafel, hommous, kibbeh, grilled halloumi and tabouleh. Don’t forget the traditional juices and hot beverages, such as tamerhindi, karkade, jallab, kamaruddin, anis, Moroccan tea and helba (made with fenugreek seeds), and be sure to stop by the extensive dessert buffet, which features the Middle Eastern favourite umm ali as well as semolina pudding and osmalia. After dinner, head to the Hiltonia Beach Garden for suhour and enjoy even more delicious food, different flavoured shisha and live oud music. The Suhour Zaman tent will be open each night from 9pm until late. Where: La Terrazza When: Sunset until 11pm Price: AED159 Contact: 02 6811900

Sheraton Abu Dhabi In keeping with the Arabic style of Flavours’ iftar buffet, there is a range of dishes to suit all tastes and this year’s spread is more extensive than ever. Guests will be able to sample a range of small bites with the hot and cold mezzeh, while the ouzi and shawarma station will no doubt be a highlight. Those in the know, however, will make sure they save room for the delights of the Arabic dessert buffet. When it comes to traditional Ramadan drinks, Flavours has it covered with tamerhindi, jallab, karkade, kamaruddin and rose milk to quench the thirst of those who are fasting. This well-established iftar is well worth a try. Where: Flavours Restaurant When: Sunset until 8.30pm Price: AED180 Contact: 02 6773333

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Grand Millennium Al Wahda Abu Dhabi’s biggest hotel will host two iftar buffets each night – one in Al Wahda all-day dining restaurant and the other in the Alhan Ramadan tent in the courtyard. The traditional affair will include a combination of cold mezzeh and a variety of main courses from the traditional Arabic cuisines of Lebanon, Syria and the wider Middle East. The chefs also promise a fusion of international cuisine to cater to all tastes. A highlight of the menu will be the Emirati dishes. Sample harees, thareed and machboos. Complementing the menu will be Ramadan beverages such as rosewater, tamerhindi, karkade, kamaruddin, jallab and laban, while both venues will be brightened with typical Ramadan decorations.

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island Enjoy flavours from around the world while observing local traditions at Jing Asia’s iftar. The all-day dining restaurant on the lobby floor will be given an Arabic flair this month and guests can enjoy some of the best sunset views in Abu Dhabi. While taking in the stunning Yas Island scenery, guests can feast on traditional Ramadan dishes with an international flavour. Among the highlights are jat khodra (vegetable platter), kachumber salad (tomato, cucumber, onion and greens with lime and coriander dressing) and grilled hammour (a local fish) with lemon butter sauce and grilled artichoke. There are also live cooking stations where guests can have a dish made to order. But first, break the day’s fast with a refreshing and thirst-quenching Ramadan drink, such as jallab, kamaruddin, tamerhindi, laban and fresh orange juice. As an added bonus this Ramadan, Jing Asia will give guests a loyalty card and for every 10 iftars purchased, they will receive two free. Then all that’s needed is to finish the evening with shisha on the terrace overlooking the water at Barouk Lebanese restaurant. Where: Jing Asia When: Sunset to 9.30pm Price: AED120 Contact: 02 6563053

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Where: Al Wahda and Alhan Ramadan tent When: Sunset until 8.30pm Price: Al Wahda iftar AED160 Contact: 02 4439999

Also try Al Ain Rotana 03 7545111 Visit the Al Zaeem Village each evening and enjoy an Arabian iftar for AED115. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi 02 6166122 Break the fast at Cho Gao, Spaccanapoli or The Garden and receive vouchers worth AED25 with each AED100 spent. InterContinental Abu Dhabi 800 423463 Selections will serve iftar nightly until 10.30pm with a full buffet, Ramadan juices and live kanoon player for AED195. Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi 800 101101 Enjoy suhour in the Layali El Hilmiya Ramadan tent each night from 8.30pm.

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the gift of giving In a country as rich in culture and imagery as the UAE, there is no excuse to RETURN HOME with only a fridge magnet or keyring as a reminder of your stay. Concierge rounds up some of the most UNIQUE gifts and souvenirs

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OUDH Wander through the malls and modern souks in Abu Dhabi and chances are you will smell the distinct aroma of oudh. A resin found in agarwood, oudh is often burned with the tree’s bark, creating an aromatic smoke that wafts through the air. Its most basic form, however, is a strong-smelling oil that is sold in beautiful and delicate bottles and dabbed on the skin like perfume. Arabic perfumeries are plentiful in the city’s malls and shopping areas and while they all stock ready-made blends, some can also tailor a perfume to suit. Then it’s simply a matter of choosing your favourite bottle. The strong-smelling substance may not be to all tastes, but it serves as a nostalgic reminder of a visit to the UAE, one which will linger for a long time.

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SWEETS Never has the saying ‘sweets for my sweet’ been more appropriate than in the UAE where a huge percentage of the population has a wicked sweet tooth. A wander through the city’s malls will uncover sweet shop, after chocolate shop, after cupcake shop. The ‘original’ sweet however is the date, which is grown in abundance

in the UAE’s oases. Packed full of energy and highly nutritious, dates are a popular gift during Ramadan as they are one of the most common foods used to break the day’s fast. There are many shops selling a variety of dates, including the decadent chocolate-coated treat, but one of the best is Bateel, which can be found in malls and modern souks throughout the city. If dates are not to your liking, why not take home a box of Arabic sweets such as baklava and nougat. Syrupy sweet with typical local flavours of pistachio and rose, the treats are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Chocoholics aren’t forgotten either and the UAE is home to the first producer of camel milk chocolate. Said to be low in lactose and more nutritious than cow’s milk, Al Nassma camel milk chocolate could prove to be a healthier alternative. The chocolate comes in standard bars of varying sizes as well as cute camel shapes and a boxed ‘camel caravan’.

for a more local shopping experience, visit the gold souk where you can haggle with vendors once you find your desired treasure GOLD One of the world’s most precious metals, gold has long been traded in the UAE. In fact, with its tax-free shopping, buying gold and gold jewellery here may be cheaper and easier than you think. The city’s shopping malls are home to many reputable local jewellers which stock everything from delicate earrings and sparkling diamond rings to elaborate pieces that would not look out of place on members of the royal family. For a more ‘local’ shopping experience however, visit the Madinat Zayed Gold Centre where you can haggle with the vendors once you find your desired treasure. There is an enormous array of styles, sizes and shapes to suit all budgets and if you can’t find what you want, why not ask to have it made? Alternatively, purchase a souvenir gold bar from the world’s first gold vending machine at Emirates Palace. The bars start at AED500 and are stamped with the hotel’s logo.

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ART Whether it’s for investment purposes or to decorate a home, a piece of art can serve as a useful and beautiful postcard from Abu Dhabi. There are numerous galleries throughout the city displaying and selling works by established Emirati artists as well as pieces by up-andcoming young stars. While choosing an art piece is a deeply personal task, the staff at the gallery will be able to offer information on the artist, their background and their work. Another unique and popular treasure to take home is Arabic calligraphy, whether it be verses of the Qur’an on canvas or in the form of jewellery. Names written in Arabic and worn as pendants have become popular souvenirs of a visit to the UAE.

SHISHA Smoking shisha, or flavoured tobacco through a water pipe, is a popular pastime in the UAE. Enjoyed by men and women in groups and couples, shisha has been a tradition in the Middle East for centuries. The tobacco is available in a wide variety of flavours such as double apple, grape or mint, or more obscure options such as cola and chocolate. The water pipes come in various sizes and colours, and can be bought in souvenir and traditional gift shops throughout the city. Less expensive versions are also stocked in many supermarkets. Choose a design you like in your favourite colour and select a few flavours of tobacco, but be sure to pack the pipe with lots of padding for the journey home. 

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experience | Summer activities

Words by AMANDA TOMLINSON

With Ramadan coinciding with summer’s harshest month, many visitors will be looking to enjoy the emirate in air-conditioned comfort. Concierge highlights some of the coolest activities

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Ramadan is the ideal time to learn more about Islam and the role it plays in Abu Dhabi society, and one of the best places to do this is at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The breathtaking mosque sits on the edge of Abu Dhabi island and is one of the few in the UAE open to non-Muslims. Special 45-minute tours are held at 10 and 11am during Ramadan so visitors can learn more about the Holy Month and what it means to Muslims. Specially trained local guides discuss Islam and its practices, answering any questions visitors may have. They also discuss the structural intricacies of the mosque, such as its architectural styles and record-breaking achievements. All visitors are asked to wear respectful clothing, which includes trousers for men, and women will be given an abaya and sheila to wear. There is no need to book ahead for groups of less than 10 people, however visitors are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour. Where: Al Khabeer When: Daily (except Fridays) at 10 and 11am Price: Free Contact: 02 4416444, tour@szgmc.ae or www.szgmc.ae

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi When the temperatures are sizzling outside, one of the best ways to keep cool is to visit the world’s largest indoor theme park. The fully air-conditioned Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has 20 rides and attractions that are sure to keep every member of the family entertained. From Junior GT for youngsters who want an early start at driving, to Scuderia Challenge where visitors can race each other in Ferrari simulators around a virtual Yas Marina Circuit, there is something for everyone. Even adrenaline junkies are well catered for with Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, which reaches speeds of 240kmh. Where: Yas Island When: Daily (except Mondays) noon to 10pm Price: AED225 for guests 1.5m tall and above, AED165 for guests under 1.5m. Premium admission tickets available Contact: 02 4968001 or www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Al Forsan International Sports Resort Why let the heat interrupt sporting pursuits? Al Forsan International Sports Resort has a range of thrilling sports available in air-conditioned arenas, enabling Abu Dhabi’s residents and visitors to keep active throughout the year. Those who would like to improve their aim will be kept amused on the shooting ranges, while those who prefer a moving target and an adrenaline rush will get their kicks in one of two themed, air-conditioned paintball arenas. The paintball activities are a definite highlight with themes such as 'Pacific warzone' and 'wild west'. Visitors can also request a tailormade scenario, such as rescuing a hostage from the rival team or defusing a bomb while under fire. For added comfort Al Forsan has four self-contained, luxury air-conditioned pavilions for clay shooting as well as indoor handgun ranges at 25- and 50-metre lengths, while those who are brave enough to venture outdoors can try their hand at wakeboarding or waterskiing at the cable park. All equipment is supplied and there is a choice of quality food and beverage outlets so visitors can make a day of it. Where: Khalifa City A When: Times vary, however most activities run from 2pm until late Price: Varies with activity Contact: 02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

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yasyasyas ALREADY ONE OF the most exciting destinations in the UAE, Yas Island is an adventure that gets bigger by the day

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ercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi then get strapped in to a Formula One car as it speeds around Yas Marina Circuit at 300kmh. At a much slower pace, Yas Links golf course is one of the most picturesque in the region, while the island’s two spas take relaxation to a whole new level. The luxury hotels have some of the city’s finest restaurants, not to mention some of the best views. Why not find out what the fuss is about?

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1 Yas Island aerial view (previous spread) 2 G-Force 3 Junior GT 4 G-Force 5 Bell’Italia

Essential info Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon until 10pm General admission tickets cost AED225 for those over 1.5 metres tall and AED165 for those under 1.5 metres. Premium admission tickets (AED495, AED390) give fast track entry andaccess to the VIP lounge. See www.ferrariworld abudhabi.com

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Ferrari World If the thought of riding the world’s fastest rollercoaster has you trembling with excitement, then Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the place for you. Opened in November 2010, the attraction is the only Ferrari theme park in the world and is brimming with high-octane rides and attractions to suit both thrill-seekers and those looking for less scare. The world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has been built under a distinctive red roof designed in the style of a classic double-curve body shell of a Ferrari GT. Among its 20 rides and attractions is the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, which accelerates to 240kmh and emulates the feeling of being in a Ferrari F1 car with coasters designed to resemble the iconic red vehicle. The G-Force experience takes passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up 62 metres through the roof and back down again. The view of Yas Island from the top of the tower is worth it for those brave enough to take the ride. For those who like their thrills a little closer to earth, there are state-

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Facts & figures • Seven football fields can fit in the 86,000sq m enclosed area of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • The volume of concrete in the Hoover Dam could fit inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • The roof structure is more than 700 metres in diameter, or the approximate length of seven Statues of Liberty if they were laid head to toe • If Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was turned upright, it would be the tallest manmade structure in the world at over 300 floors • The Ferrari logo on the roof is the largest ever created and measures 65 metres long, covering an area of 3,000sq m. It could accommodate at least seven basketball courts • There are 1,200 dining seats at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • The total roof area (200,000sq m) uses enough aluminium to cover 16,750 Ferraris • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the largest indoor theme park in the world • It has the planet’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, which reaches speeds of 240kmh

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of-the-art racing simulators just like the ones used by the Ferrari racing team and a driving and racing school for junior drivers. At a slower pace, the V12 flume ride takes passengers through the heart of a Ferrari 599 engine or they can take a seat in a scaled-down 250 California Spider and journey past re-creations of some of Italy’s most famous landmarks in Bell’Italia. There is a display of Ferrari cars owned by collectors from around the world. The cars date back to 1947 and there is even a waiting list of collectors wanting to display their 7 treasured vehicles. These can be seen at Galleria Ferrari. Everything about Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is distinctly Italian, including the food. In addition to VIP lounges, there are two restaurants inspired by the Maranello experience, live food shows and a delicatessen serving customised fresh pizza and pasta. In fact, it is the first time that four chefs with Michelinstar experience have joined forces to work together under the one roof. 5

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ENTERTAINMENT ISLAND Yas Island has become Abu Dhabi’s ultimate entertainment destination. Not only does it have the world’s only Ferrari theme park, the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit and the stunning Yas Links golf course, it also hosts some of the planet’s biggest performers and entertainers. While some of the most recent stars to perform on the island include Snoop Dogg and The Wiggles, the lengthy list of entertainers includes Prince, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Nelly Furtado, Tiny Tempah, Kanye West, the Jonas Brothers, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Guetta, Eric Clapton and Tiësto, to name just a few. The Yas Arena is a well-designed outdoor venue beside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. In November last year, it welcomed a capacity crowd of 45,000 for the Prince concert on the final day of the 2010 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. VIP areas, a roomy general admission area,

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large screens, ample F&B outlets, plentiful parking and numerous amenity blocks combine to make it arguably the best concert venue in the emirate. Nearby is the Flash Forum, an air-conditioned structure that has hosted events such as the NBA JamFest and SkyBar Abu Dhabi. Both venues host the highly successful Yas Island Show Weekends, a series of international acts designed to appeal to all ages. In launching the series last year, Ossama Khoreibi, chairman of Flash Entertainment, the event organiser,

said the concerts would position Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island as one of the world’s premier entertainment and cultural destinations. “Flash has designed the Yas Island Show Weekends to offer people another reason to keep coming back to this wonderful leisure destination each and every weekend,” Khoreibi said. “Through Aldar, which has seen the development and implementation of a world-class infrastructure, Yas Island is becoming an internationally recognised centre for events and entertainment.”

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Yas Marina Circuit Host of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit is an innovative track showcasing several firsts in motorsport design, spectator comfort and adrenaline-packed family days out. It is the only F1 track in the world to run through a five-star hotel, offering unparalleled views to guests staying at the 499-room Yas Hotel. The track has the longest straight (1.2km) of any current track in the F1 series with a unique run-off area underneath

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the West Grandstand where spectators can enjoy a rare bird’s-eye view of any cars that spin out as they tackle the tight turn after the straight. Boasting top speeds of 317kmh and average speeds of 198kmh, the track features 21 turns and is one of the few motorsport venues to run in an anti-clockwise direction, weaving around an impressive marina. These inventive design elements make Yas Marina Circuit a challenge for the drivers and a more intimate experience for race-goers.

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Yas Marina Circuit operates year round with a number of international motorsport events. 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix The penultimate race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held from November 11th to 13th at Yas Marina Circuit. Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel has won both Grands Prix in Abu Dhabi and his victory last year, in the final race of one of the most fiercely fought seasons, awarded him the championship. The win also put him in the history books as the youngest driver to claim the championship title. Tickets start at AED2,000 for grandstand seating.

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For information, visit www.yasmarinacircuit. ae or call 02 6964444

Want to experience Yas Marina Circuit for yourself? Visitors can get behind the wheel of a race car and test their driving skills or sit back and let the professionals show them how it’s done. At the Yas Racing School, visitors can drive an Aston Martin GT4, a single-seat Formula 3000 or a Yas Supersport SST with expert tuition from the school’s drivers. For the ultimate thrill however, lower yourself into the passenger seat of a Formula One two-seater and hang on tight as the driver speeds around the circuit hitting speeds of 300kmh. More high-octane thrills are available at the Yas Drag Racing Academy where visitors can ride in a modified drag car that reaches 250kmh in under five seconds. Want to get behind the scenes at Yas Marina Circuit? Tours taking in some of the most exciting elements of the circuit are held from Tuesday to Sunday. Visit the pits and team garages, then take a look at the heart of the circuit, race control. Find out how news and images are broadcast to the world from the stateof-the-art media centre and stop for a photo on the podium. Tours cost AED120 for adults and AED60 for children under 14. They run for two hours and are held at 10am and 2pm. For bookings and information about the the circuit’s driver and passenger experiences, see www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

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Yas Links For a more relaxed luxury sporting activity Yas Island presents the first links course in the Middle East. The championship course on the western shores of Yas Island features floodlit practice ranges, as well as a golf academy and clubhouse. Yas Links course has rolling hills, seashore green locations and 130,000 new mangrove plants lining the island’s western coast. Specialist golf course architect Kyle Phillips has designed this unique course in keeping with the traditional form of links golf commonly associated with the coastal towns of Scotland and Ireland, while incorporating the landscape of the region. Yas Links has a 7,450-yard par-72 course utilising five teeing grounds per hole with eight holes running along the coastline and all 18 holes offering Arabian Gulf views.

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The Andalucía clubhouse has areas for relaxation after playing a round. There’s a sports bar, fine-dining restaurant, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms with steam rooms, a pro shop and an outdoor pool and croquet lawn with coastal views. “Fairways, tees and green elevations range from +1 to +8 metres above sea level. This, coupled with

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a rugged finishing and the planting of native, wispy grasses, will allow the golfing enthusiast to drift back in time to how the original links courses were laid out through the redundant sand dunes that separated the open sea from the more valuable arable land,” says Chris White, general manager at Aldar Golf and a former PGA professional.

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STYLISH HOTELS The Yas Hotel is the flagship property on the island and is also the most prominent feature of Yas Marina Circuit. Although it is the only five-star property on the island, other options include the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, in addition to four other hotels. With a fun, futuristic design and a racing theme that is carried throughout, the 499-room Yas Hotel has seven restaurants and two bars, including Rush which is located in the bridge that crosses the circuit. Visit Nautilus for sensational seafood overlooking the marina, or Kazu for delicious Japanese cuisine.

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island offers authentic Lebanese cuisine and regular Arabic entertainment at Barouk, Asian and international buffets at Jing Asia and European cuisine at Stills Bar & Brasserie. Those staying in the capital for longer will be well looked after at Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island. The property has fully equipped studio, one- and twobedroom suites, with complimentary breakfast, wireless internet and after-work receptions four nights a week with beverages. There is also an exercise room, swimming pool with stunning views at sunset and 24-hour shop for essential items.

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SPA SENSATION For head-to-toe pampering, Espa at The Yas Hotel offers the ultimate relaxation journeys. The spa is a modern take on Middle Eastern traditions with a hammam to complement the eight treatment rooms, separate men’s and women’s relaxation areas and a presidential treatment suite. The chic, urban spa emanates style and sophistication from its stunning location overlooking Yas Marina.

This summer, enjoy one spa treatment and receive a second one free for a friend or loved one. The offer applies to treatments over one hour and guests taking advantage of the promotion, which is valid from Sunday to Thursday, receive full use of the spa and pool facilities as well as a 20% discount on their lunch bill at Origins all-day dining restaurant. See www.theyashotel.com or call 02 6560862 to book a treatment.

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YAS MARINA One of Yas Island’s defining features is Yas Marina, a 142-berth facility capable of accommodating vessels ranging from 15 to 66 metres, with guest berthing for up to 120 metres. It is one of the most prestigious positions from which to watch the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and berths fill up quickly for this event each November. Yas Marina also hosts the annual Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, an exhibition showcasing luxurious super- and megayachts. This year’s event was held from March 24th to 26th.

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YAS YACHT CLUB The marina is served by the Yas Yacht Club which, in addition to the onsite management office and yacht brokerage and charter companies, has a number of restaurants and bars. Among them are the worldrenowned Cipriani, which includes not just the famous Italian restaurant, but also the brand’s first Japanese offering, Yotto, and the superclub Allure by Cipriani. Both Cipriani and Allure overlook the marina and The Yas Hotel, providing a stunning backdrop to a delicious Italian meal or an evening at the city’s newest night venue. Visitors to the Yas Yacht Club will also find the Monaco institution Stars ‘N’ Bars, an American-style sports bar and diner with a well-executed motor racing theme. Some of the world’s biggest names have dined and partied at Cipriani and Stars ‘N’ Bars, including Sir Richard Branson, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Juan Carlos of Spain, F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, singers Prince, Nelly Furtado, Linkin Park and Fabolous as well as DJ Erick Morillo, to name just a few.

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Mealtimes are entwined in Arabic culture. The focus is on social and family gatherings, where the atmosphere is festive and the food is diverse, exotic and plentiful. At the start of what is generally a comprehensive menu, you will find an array of tempting hot and cold appetizers, or mezzeh, which are sure to whet the appetite for more. Try popular Arabic salads like tabbouleh and fattoush with chopped mint and fragrant seasoning, served with spicy pickles. Dotted around the table there will be plenty of fresh puffy portions of Arabic bread, so don’t be afraid to tear off a piece and scoop into the selection of delicious dips. Enjoy hommous and other traditional dips such as moutabel and baba ganoush, both made from aubergines. In addition to a variety of lentil soups, discover finger foods including spinach and cheese fatayer, falafel and kibbeh. As menus consist of many dishes don’t over indulge as there is always more fabulous food to come.

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From creamy chicken with almonds and cracked wheat to exotically flavoured vegetables, Arabic cuisine covers it all. Favoured for generations is the mixed grill, with a traditional focus on lamb dishes such as shish taouk, lamb kofta and lamb chops. Also popular among locals is hammour fish, which is seasoned and grilled to perfection, although unfortunately not on as many menus now due to overfishing. Make sure you save space for dessert as you will be spoilt for choice. Top of the list is the authentic Arabic dessert, umm ali, which is a rich bread pudding made with puff pastry and chopped nuts. There is also an assortment of Arabic sweets including baklava, scrumptious honey-drizzled nut-filled pastries and a range of juicy dates to satisfy any sweet tooth. Round off the meal with some locally grown dates and a cup of steaming hot Arabic coffee, offering a distinctive taste of cardamom and saffron.

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Barouk For a taste of the Middle East, Barouk offers more than just authentic Lebanese cuisine. In the kitchen, the Lebanese chefs carefully select their ingredients and prepare dishes that accurately reflect their country’s culture and culinary offerings. Signature dishes include raheb batenjen (chargrilled aubergine with onion, garlic, tomato, parsley and mint), arayess (minced lamb with onion, tomato, mint, pine nuts, chargrilled in Lebanese bread) and hommous Barouk (chickpea tahina dip with wild cucumber pickle, garlic, chopped parsley, olive oil and pine nuts). However, according to executive chef, Danny Kattar, “Guests do not come to a Lebanese restaurant for one specific dish. They come for the whole experience, expecting flavour and freshness from a variety of dishes.” This stylish and elegant restaurant has a modern Middle Eastern look and feel, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens where guests can relax and smoke shisha (hubbly bubbly). Where: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island When: 7pm until late Contact: 02 6563053

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Atayeb Vibrant orange lighting prepares the mood for an exciting yet peaceful dining experience at Atayeb where old world taste marries with modern flair. Flavours from the Mediterranean and Arab regions are given a contemporary twist by the team of chefs headed by Wafaei Al Zaham. Stews, tajines and couscous dishes are prepared using recipes from Tunisia, Lebanon and Syria then cooked over charcoal grills and stoves. Be sure to try the signature dishes, which include boukage basamshkat

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(grilled paupiette of beef, celery and carrots with minced lamb, cooked in a brown tomato sauce) and sawdah dajaj (traditional hot mezzeh). The mixed grill with tender chicken, lamb and beef comes highly recommended and is arguably among the finest in Abu Dhabi. To accompany the meal, there is a selection of Moroccan and Lebanese wines and arak, while shisha can be enjoyed on the large outdoor terrace during the warm balmy evenings. Where: The Yas Hotel When: 7pm to 1am Contact: 02 6560600

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EVENTS IN BRIEF SUHOUR Nightly during Ramadan Enjoy shisha, oud music, Ramadan movies and games in Barouk Lebanese restaurant every night from 8pm until late. An à la carte menu is available with a minimum spend of AED50. Contact 02 6563053 or email restaurants@cpyas.com

YAS TRACK DAY August 4th and 19th Drive your car around Yas Marina Circuit and receive driving tips and coaching from the qualified Yas Racing School instructors. Half-day sessions will be held in the evening in August. Contact 800 YAS (827) or see www.yasmarinacircuit.ae FORMULA YAS 3000 August 5th and 11th Drive a single-seat race car around Yas Marina Circuit, revving a 3000cc V6 engine designed by Formula One engineer Cosworth. Two onboard video cameras capture the drive allowing you to re-live the action later. The experience costs AED1,200. Contact 800 YAS (827) or see www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

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Yas Links Brave the summer heat and play a round on one of Abu Dhabi’s finest golf courses. The first links golf course in the region, Yas Links offers views of the Arabian Gulf from all 18 holes. Cool down afterwards at the Andalucia clubhouse, where Hickory’s will be open. Where: Yas Island. Price: Sunday to Thursday AED399 (twilight rate AED299), Friday and Saturday AED499 (twilight rate AED399). Contact: 02 8107710 or see www.yaslinks.com

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Break the day’s fast overlooking Yas Marina and the adjacent race track. Origins offers a lavish buffet with an array of regional and international cuisine from the live cooking stations as well as hot and cold Ramadan beverages. Complete the evening with shisha and a game of backgammon or cards. Where: Origins, The Yas Hotel. When: Daily from sunset. Price: AED175, including soft drinks and Ramadan beverages. Contact: 02 6560600 or www.theyashotel.com

YAS SUPERSPORT SST August 13th Drive an open-cockpit sports racing car around Yas Marina Circuit, home to the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The experience costs AED1,200. Contact 800 YAS (827) or see www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

EID Expected to start August 30th Enjoy an Eid extravaganza in the Al Manar ballroom at The Yas Hotel with regional and international cuisine, ice cream hut and family games. The event will be held from noon to 4pm over the three days of Eid and costs AED250, including soft drinks and Ramadan beverages.

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Stay and play ATTRACTIONS ESPA The Yas Hotel 02 6560862 With stunning views overlooking the Yas Marina, Espa offers relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments for men and women. The hammam is a highlight. FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI 02 4968001 Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster, speed around Yas Marina Circuit in an F1 simulator and shop in the planet’s biggest Ferrari store before dining on authentic Italian cuisine. YAS KARTZONE 800 YAS (927) Show off your driving skills at Yas Marina Circuit’s karting facility. Catering for those aged eight and over, Yas Kartzone offers 10-minute arrive and drive sessions. YAS MARINA CIRCUIT 800 YAS (927) Heaven for speed demons, Yas Marina Circuit offers the chance to be a passenger in a modified Formula One car or a modified dragster, while for those who want to get behind the wheel, there are a number of racing cars available to drive. YAS LINKS 02 8107710 With stunning Arabian Gulf views from all 18 holes, Yas Links is one of the finest golf courses in the region. It offers social memberships and has a pro shop, academy and practice facilities.

HOTELS CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI YAS ISLAND 02 6563053 Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Yas Links golf course and the Abu Dhabi skyline, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island has a number of popular restaurants and bars and is close to all of the island’s attractions. STAYBRIDGE SUITES 02 6563333 Ideal for extended stays in the capital, Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island offers the comforts of home and the luxurious benefits of hotel living. THE YAS HOTEL 02 6560000 This racing-themed hotel is set in the heart of Yas Marina and crosses the race track. Its restaurants are among the best in the city and the bars are unique. There is also a spa for the ultimate indulgent pampering.

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VIEWS LOUNGE Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 02 6563066 With stunning views over the water, this lobby lounge is an ideal location for casual meetings and get-togethers. YAS LOUNGE The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Enjoy cakes, pastries and chocolates along with a selection of sandwiches, terrines and salads.

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STARS ‘N’ BARS Yas Yacht Club 02 5650101 Sports-themed bar and diner with signed memorabilia, sport on big screens and a games arcade for hours of entertainment.

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ATAYEB The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Sample dishes from the bordering regions of the Mediterranean and across the Arabian Gulf with regular entertainment. BAROUK Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 02 6563064 Authentic Lebanese cuisine with belly dancing, music by an oud player and shisha on the terrace.

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STILLS BAR & BRASSERIE Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 02 6563063 Contemporary European food and beverage specialities with a unique signature bar and outdoor terrace overlooking the water.

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JING ASIA Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 02 6563055 Asian-influenced all-day dining restaurant featuring live cooking stations. Offers Friday brunch. KAZU The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Teppan chefs show their flair and sushi chefs present masterpieces at this Japanese restaurant overlooking Yas Marina Circuit.

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ANGAR The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Enjoy traditional Indian flavours and spices from around the country with a modern twist.

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BARRANCA Yas Links Abu Dhabi 02 8107777 A fine-dining restaurant with a strong Mediterranean influence. ORIGINS The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 All-day dining restaurant with international flair from distinctive regions as well as local specialities.

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AMICI The Yas Hotel 02 6560666 Rustic, classic Italian fare served with crusty ciabatta and olive oils from the Mediterranean. CIPRIANI Yas Yacht Club 02 6575400 Nautical-themed Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Yas Marina.

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NAUTILUS The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Fresh and succulent seafood served simply to enhance the natural flavours. Offers stunning views of Yas Marina.

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NIGHTLIFE

ALLURE BY CIPRIANI Yas Yacht Club 02 5969543 One of the hottest clubs in the city, Allure by Cipriani has an outdoor terrace overlooking Yas Island. HICKORY SPORTS BAR Yas Links Abu Dhabi 02 8107777 Casual sports bar with live matches shown on four screens. RUSH The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 A fashionable cocktail bar with modern, traditional and speciality drinks, tasty appetisers and a funky lounge setting.

NOODLE BOX The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Casual, fast and vibrant atmosphere serving fusion and traditional food from the Asia Pacific region.

SKYLITE The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Listen to tunes by the DJ while snacking on tapas under the changing lights of the hotel’s iconic grid shell.

YOTTO Yas Yacht Club 02 6575400 Intimate restaurant offering authentic Japanese cuisine with views of Yas Marina.

THE HIDEAWAY Yas Links Abu Dhabi 02 8107777 Enjoy wine tasting on the observation deck with a 360-degree view of Yas Island.

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Please note, some restaurants and bars may be closed or have different operating hours during Ramadan

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Ask the concierge MUKESH DARSHAN, CONCIERGE SHIFT LEADER AT THE CRISTAL hotel ABU DHABI, SHARES HIS TOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VISITORS TO THE EMIRATE

DISCOVER Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must-see. It is open every day and there are free guided tours so visitors can learn about Islam, an important aspect of Arabic culture. We also suggest a visit in the evening when the lighting gives an exceptional view. You do not have to be a car fanatic to visit the Emirates Auto National Museum on the E65 road to Liwa oasis. It contains a private collection of cars and vehicles owned by Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The impressive Monster Dodge (pictured right) is a must see. Learn about the fascinating world of falcons and falconry at the UAE’s largest falcon hospital. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital gives visitors an insight into the majestic birds and the history of falconry as well as the life of falcons in modern times. The picturesque Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE's most historic forts. Restored by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage, it houses exhibitions throughout the year. EXPERIENCE Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is at the top of the list of experiences in the capital. The world’s largest indoor theme park, it provides thrilling entertainment for all ages. Learn about the prestigious brand and its history and do not be scared to ride Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster. The Corniche offers watersport activities, such as parasailing, kayaking, jetskiing and beach volleyball. Spend your time actively or simply relax and enjoy the views of the fountains and gardens.

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The hop-on, hop-off Big Bus Tour takes you to the city’s famous landmarks with commentary in a range of languages that explains Abu Dhabi’s rapid development and cultural history. You will hear interesting stories that are not mentioned in travel guide books. SHOP Marina Mall is the first port of call for all your shopping needs. It has more than 400 stores and when you are done with shopping, revive with a cappuccino and a snack, or relax with family and friends over a meal in the food court. There is an ice rink, nine-screen cinema and the exciting Fun City Arcade. Abu Dhabi Mall with more than 220 outlets provides excellent shopping facilities for both women and

men and boasts 40 international food outlets and restaurants, plus an extensive food court. In the family entertainment area on the third floor there is a cinema, kids’ centres and a bowling centre that the whole family can enjoy. If you are searching for gold, diamonds and jewellery, check out Madinat Zayed Gold Centre. TASTE Sample the international and fusion cuisine in the all-day dining Gems Restaurant at Cristal Hotel, Abu Dhabi. During Ramadan guests can choose from several packages including a lavish iftar for AED120 which includes selected Ramadan beverages, or suhour starting from AED75. Marakesh at the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi offers mouthwatering Mo-

roccan cuisines and belly dancing, while Jing Asia at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island offers great Asian cuisine with a selection of live cooking stations. For a local experience, try dinner onboard a traditional wooden dhow. Taste tempting dishes while taking in the sights of the UAE capital. Mukesh Darshan is from Nepal and has worked as a concierge in Abu Dhabi for two and a half years.

Concierge group Abu Dhabi has its own concierge group, which is supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). Hotel representatives from all of the major hotels meet regularly and work to ensure that visitors receive the best possible service and access to information during their stay in the emirate. The group incorporates all concierges in Abu Dhabi, providing a forum through which information about activities and events in the region is circulated.

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

The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is also the largest and wealthiest emirate of the seven that form the country. Before the discovery of oil in 1958, Abu Dhabi relied heavily on pearl diving, fishing and date cultivation. In recent years, however, oil wealth has been used to transform the city into a modern, rapidly expanding metropolis that makes headlines around the world, sparking interest from travellers and investors near and far. Despite this rapid transformation, history, heritage and culture are still very important to Abu Dhabi and there are many ways in which visitors can experience this for themselves.

The Heritage Village, for example, is a re-creation of Bedouin life and has displays, a small museum and souk. Al Ain, the ‘garden city’, is the heritage hub of the emirate with its historical forts, date plantations and multiple museums. Al Ain sits at the base of Jebel Hafeet, one of the emirate’s highest peaks, and has almost 20 sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Abu Dhabi city is also pushing a cultural agenda of its own. Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District will soon be home to the Louvre and Guggenheim museums in addition to a maritime museum, national museum and performing arts centre.

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Hosts photography and art exhibitions throughout the year, as well as concerts and screenings of international films. Also houses the National Library and the Institute of Culture & Art. Timings: Sun to Thu 8am to 4pm

• FOLKLORE GALLERY 02 6660361

Offers art, craft and gift items from the Arab world along with prints and paintings inspired by the UAE landscape. Zayed the First Street, Khalidiyah. Timings: Sat to Thu 9.30am to 1.30pm and 5 to 10pm

• Gallery one 02 6908207

This gallery at Emirates Palace hosts regular temporary exhibitions. For details, see www.artsabudhabi.ae Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm

GHAF ART GALLERY

QIBAB ART GALLERY

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

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

02 6655332

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm

• HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY 02 6768614

The gallery shows original art from locally based artists. Hemisphere also organises exhibitions and events. Located next to the Russian Embassy. Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 1.30pm and 4 to 8pm

• MANARAT AL SAADIYAT www.saadiyat.ae

Visitor centre on Saadiyat Island housing international exhibitions with four major galleries, a theatre and central events space. Afterwards, enjoy a meal at Fanr restaurant. Timings: Daily 10am to 8pm

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02 6652350

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 8pm

• SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY

FALCON AVIATION SERVICES 02 4440007

For a completely different view of Abu Dhabi, board a helicopter and see the city from the skies. Guide price: AED1,250 per person for a 30-minute city tour

02 6669656

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

Land BIG BUS COMPANY 800 244287

Timings: Sun to Thu 9am to 7pm, Fri and Sat by appointment

Take in major attractions on an open-top double-decker bus, hopping on and off where you like. Commentary in eight languages.

Al Ain

Timings: 9am to 5pm. Ticket valid 24 hours

Al qattara Arts Center 03 7118200

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: Daily except Fridays, 9am to 1pm and 4 to 8pm

Guide price: Adults AED200, children AED100, family (two adults, two children) AED500

• KURBAN TOURS

050 7479164, 02 5550566

Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Women’s Handicraft Centre, Heritage Village and Al Hosn Palace on a half-day city tour. Timings: Sat to Thu 9am Guide price: AED165

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Capital of culture Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will soon be home to the world-famous Louvre and Guggenheim museums. The Abu Dhabi government is spending over US$1 billion to bring these cultural landmarks to the emirate. They have also signed some of the world’s most renowned architects, including Frank Gehry who shot to fame with his design of the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, and Jean Nouvel, who designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. In addition, the Zayed National Museum will be designed by Lord Norman Foster, making the Cultural District the only place in the world to have buildings designed by five Pritzker Prize winners. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2013, while the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open in 2014. Learn more about Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District at an exhibition at Emirates Palace which is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Entry is free. For more information, phone 02 6908207.

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Kurban Tours 050 7479164, 02 5550566

See the magnificent dunes of the Rub Al Khali, the largest desert on the Arabian Peninsular, and enjoy lunch at a local guest house. Timings: Daily 8am Guide price: AED515

• SHEIKH ZAYED Grand MOSQUE

800 555 or www.szgmc.ae

One of the largest mosques in the world, this place of worship is open to non-Muslims. Timings: Open 9am to noon during Ramadan, with tours at 10am and 11am Guide price: Free

Water AL DHAFRA 02 6732266

Al Dhafra’s dhows can take up to 60 people. Sail to nearby islands or simply along the Corniche. Guide price: AED225 per hour for small dhow, AED600 per hour for large dhow plus AED275 per person for food Timings: Boarding 8.30pm, cruise from 9 to 11pm

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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 semiprecious stones and gold, while the main structure is made from white marble. Location: Al Khabeer Entry: Free tours are held at 10am and 11am during Ramadan, however the mosque is open to visitors from 9am to noon Contact: 800 555

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB 02 6811900

Take a sightseeing cruise along the Corniche or around Abu Dhabi island. Guide price: Abu Dhabi cruise AED815 for two hours

• SEA CRUISER

050 8009495 or www.seacruiser.ae

Al Ain ARABIAN ADVENTURES 02 6911711

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

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

Timings: Tours on Tuesdays Guide price: AED215

Guide price: Call for details

050 7479164, 02 5550566

• SHeraton abu dhabi 02 6773333

See the city from the water along the Corniche on a private boat for up to six people. Timings: On demand Guide price: AED 180 per boat for 30 minutes, AED330 for one hour

• SHUJA YACHT 050 4428623

A luxury cruising yacht available for private hire or regular dinner cruise bookings. Maximum capacity 100 passengers. Timings: Dinner cruise 8 to 10pm Guide price: Call for details

Museums Abu Dhabi AL HOSN Palace (White Fort) www.adach.ae

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

Kurban TOURS

EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM

Tour museums, the camel race track and camel market, gaining a real insight into the UAE’s heritage and culture. Timings: Sat to Thu 8am Guide price: AED475

• NET TOURS 02 6794656

See ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures, a real-life camel market, forts, dates and the country’s highest mountain, Jebel Hafeet. Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Call for details

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A diverse collection of more than 200 classic vehicles owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. Timings: Daily 9am to 6pm (closed for lunch) Guide price: AED50

• HERITAGE VILLAGE 02 6814455

This tourist site on the Breakwater is a re-creation of aspects of Bedouin life and has a museum containing original artefacts. Timings: Daily 9am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm Guide price: Free

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Al Ain National Museum The oldest museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum has displays dating from the Stone Age to the country’s pre-oil era with photography exhibits as well as jewellery, tools, pottery and other artefacts. There is a separate exhibit demonstrating the falaj water system. Make time to visit the nearby Sultan Fort.

Heritage Village A must-see destination for traditional Emirati handicrafts, the Heritage Village features reconstructions of Bedouin tents, old fishing villages and traditional markets. Located opposite the Abu Dhabi Corniche on the Breakwater near Marina Mall, there are shops that sell local crafts and other souvenirs.

Cultural Foundation Located in the grounds of the Old Fort, the Cultural Foundation houses the National Library, National Archives and the Institute of Culture and Art. It hosts year-round exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and Arabic calligraphy.

Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum Built in 1937, the palace of the late Sheikh Zayed was converted to a museum and opened to the public 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.

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Al Ain AL JAHILI FORT 03 7843996

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

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

• AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM 03 7641595

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

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

• SHEIKH ZAYED PALACE MUSEUM 03 7517755

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

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

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

With the Arabian Desert, more than 200 islands, world-class golf courses and international motorsport facilities, Abu Dhabi is a haven for adventure seekers. One of the most popular experiences is visiting the desert and many people choose to do this on a half-day safari. The afternoon includes a session of desert driving in a 4x4, which is followed by a visit to a camp where guests can ride camels, try sandboarding, wear local dress, smoke shisha and sample local food. In contrast to the giant desert dunes, Abu Dhabi also boasts a lively water culture with more than 200 islands and many active watersports available to try.

One of the latest attractions is Yas Marina Circuit, home to the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. At this state-of-the-art track, visitors can experience the thrill of being a passenger in a two-seat Formula One car. Next door is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, an indoor theme park with the world’s fastest rollercoaster, which speeds to 240kmh, F1 simulators and 18 other rides and attractions. At a slightly slower pace, the emirate is also home to world-class golfing facilities, including the Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Kyle Philipsdesigned Yas Links and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

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

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

ABU DHABI CHARTERS

Guide price: Call for details

050 6146931

Take a three-hour cruise and experience sunset over the Arabian Gulf or charter a sailboat and explore at your own pace.

050 6612176

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA 02 8015400

Guide price: From AED750 per person

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

Guide price: Sunset cruise AED250

02 4952000

Guide price: Coastline cruise AED180, island cruise AED300

THE YELLOW BOATS 800 4034 or www.theyellowboats.com

Get the adrenaline pumping on an ultimate thrill ride, or take a more relaxed cruise past Emirates Palace and Lulu Island.

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTS FISHING CHARTERS

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

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

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

Desert safari

Guide price: Call for details

Guide price: Snorkelling from AED780 including equipment and refreshments

050 7479164 or 050 5550566

050 6146931

ART MARINE

02 6811900

050 4356184 or yas.charter@artmarine.net

SHERATON ABU DHABI

Take a cruise along Abu Dhabi's coastline and explore the islands, or charter a yacht for a fishing adventure.

Take a sunset cruise along the Corniche to Emirates Palace and watch dolphins at play.

Guide price: From AED750 per hour

02 6773333

Guide price: AED50 per person for one hour

Guide price: From AED150 for adults, AED100 for children or AED400 for a family of four

KURBAN TOURS

Drive over sand dunes, visit a camel farm and watch the sun set before an Arabic dinner at a desert camp with traditional entertainment. Timings: Daily 3.30pm Guide price: AED295

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AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 4440007

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

Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES 04 2854949

Marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise with a peaceful hot air balloon ride. Guide price: AED950 for adults, AED800 for 5- to 12-year-olds

02 4415900

Stage a shootout in the wild west or a Pacific warzone with special effects and air-conditioning. Timings: 1 to 10pm Guide price: From AED120 for 200 balls

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB & HOTEL 02 4415900

Test your commando skills, take aim and let off a bit of energy. Timings: 1 to 10pm Guide price: AED 150 per person per game including gear and 100 balls

Skydiving SPACE WALK INDOOR SKYDIVING 02 4463653

Experience the thrill of a free fall without the fear of jumping from a plane. Guide price: Introductory ticket AED180, family package AED720

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Amusements CHILDREN’S VILLAGE 02 4415900

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

FUN WORLD

WANASA LAND

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

Wanasa Land at Al Wahda Mall boasts Strike Zone – similar to laser quest – a six-lane bowling alley and toddlers’ soft play area.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 1.30pm, 4 to 10pm; Fri 4 to 11pm; Sat 10am to 10pm

Timings: 10am to midnight Guide price: AED40 for Strike Zone, AED35 for play area, AED15 for bowling

02 6322255

Timings: Daily 9am to 8pm Guide price: Varies. Bowling AED15 per game

Guide price: From AED3.50 for arcade games, AED10 for bouncy castle and AED15 for soft play area

FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI

www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Ride rollercoasters, race in an F1 simulator and feel the force of being propelled 62 metres into the air. Timings: Tue to Sun noon to 10pm Guide price: AED225 for visitors over 1.5m tall, AED165 for visitors below 1.5m. Premium tickets available

FUN CITY 02 6815526

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

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Kidoos at Abu Dhabi Mall offers electronic arcade games, a 10-metre-high climbing wall and a play area for younger children. Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm Guide price: AED17 for climbing wall, AED35 weekdays, AED 45 weekends for play area

SPARKY’S 02 6354000

Located at Khalidiya Mall with a modest ice rink (suitable for six- to 12-yearolds), a bowling alley and a soft play area.

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight

Guide price: Varies per ride. Rollercoaster AED10 per ride

Guide price: AED35 for ice rink, AED15 for bowling

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02 4437654

KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE 02 4034648

A state-of-the-art centre with 40 internationalstandard lanes and a retractable seating gallery for 1,000 spectators. Timings: Daily 9am to 1am Guide price: AED10 per game

Birdwatching Camel safaris ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL 02 5755155/050 6660739

Get up close to this beautiful bird so rooted in UAE tradition.

NET TOURS 02 6794656

Take a 45-minute ride on one of the ‘ships of the desert’ for a truly Arabian experience. Includes transport, barbecue and shisha (hubbly bubbly).

AL MAYA ISLAND 02 6677777

Relax on white sandy beaches or enjoy a cocktail by the pool on this beautiful island just 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi. Guide price: AED100, includes entry to the island and boat transfers

DESERT ISLANDS 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

Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED220 for adults and AED80 for children with a meal, or AED170 for adults and AED60 for children without a meal

Guide price: From AED290 for adults and AED245 for children

Bowling

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ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB

AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Guide price: AED830 per person

Huge sports complex boasting a bowling centre with four alleys,

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

THE VILLAGE CLUB

02 4415900

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

02 6666601

Guide price: Day trips from 9.30am to 5.30pm cost AED300 per person

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB 02 6811900

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

02 49520000

Take a cruise to Bahraini Island and enjoy a barbecue lunch and refreshments. Guide price: AED500 per person

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Parks & gardens AL MUSHRIF CHILDREN’S GARDEN 02 4994303

Families with young children often make use of this garden, which has swings and amusement park rides. Timings: Sat to Wed 3 to 10pm, Thu and Fri 3 to 11pm Guide price: AED1

CAPITAL GARDENS

A park containing well-kept gardens, situated in the heart of the city between Hamdan Street and Khalifa Street. Timings: Sat to Thu 2.30 to 10.30pm, Fri 9am to 10pm

THE CORNICHE

The Corniche teems with residents each evening and is a popular location with joggers and rollerbladers. Hire a bicycle or buggy and pedal along the wide open paths. For a more relaxed experience, visit the family beach and spend the day on a sunlounger, or enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the cafés and restaurants. Timings: 7am to 10pm Guide price: Entry to family beach AED10, sunlounger AED25, buggy hire from AED20 (single) for 30 minutes plus AED100 deposit, bicycle hire from AED20 per hour for adults or AED15 per hour for children

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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

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Al Ain Wildlife Park Board the zoo train and embark on an Arabian safari spotting animals such as oryx, gazelles and camels. There’s also a number of African and Asian wildlife, two rare white lions and a big cat house.

Race track tour YAS MARINA CIRCUIT 800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

See the world’s most technologically advanced motorsport circuit, visiting the pits, team garages and race control with a photo stop at the podium. Timings: Tue to Sat 10am and 2pm Guide price: AED120

Waterparks AQUAVENTURE 04 4261000

Based in Dubai, Aquaventure is the largest water-themed attraction in the Middle East, complete with a shark-filled lagoon. Timings: 10am to 6pm Guide price: AED200 adults, AED165 children under 1.2 metres tall

As well as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held at Yas Marina Circuit each November, the city hosts annual international tournaments in golf, tennis, aerobatics, triathlon, adventure sport, motorsport and yachting, attracting some of the best athletes in the world.

WILD WADI 04 3484444

Located in Dubai next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Wild Wadi’s 30 rides are a hit with all ages as is FISHO – The Fish Spa. Timings: 10am to 7pm Guide price: AED205 for an adult day pass, AED165 for children under 1.1 metres tall

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. With tours held daily, visitors can get up close and personal to these much-loved creatures and see them in free flight.

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Desert safari Sandboarding, quad biking, camel riding, belly dancing, henna painting, the list of fun-packed activities available in the desert is endless. Choose from an adrenaline-fuelled adventure or more sedate cultural journey of discovery. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Ride the world's fastest rollercoaster and hit speeds of 240kmh, then test your driving skills in a Formula One simulator before being shot 62 metres through the distinctive red roof of the planet's only Ferrari World theme park. Sir Bani Yas Island Part of a cluster known as Desert Islands, Sir Bani Yas and its surrounding waters are home to a diverse range of animals, including the Arabian oryx (which is extinct in the wild), gazelles, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, dolphins and sea turtles. Why not take a guided safari, mountain bike tour or early morning kayak?.

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The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is one of the most prestigious international sports events in the capital. It is the first of three European PGA Tour events held in the Gulf in the space of three weeks – the others being the Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic. From January 21st to 23rd, Abu Dhabi Golf Club hosted the world's top golfers, including reigning champion Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Paul Casey, who battled for a share of the AED9.9 million (US$2.7 million) prize purse and the coveted Falcon Trophy. Kaymer won the championship for the third time in four years. A new addition to Abu Dhabi’s golfing scene, the Kyle Phillips-designed Yas Links staged The Invitational charity golf tournament on January 17th. South Africa's Retief Goosen won the event ahead of Frenchman Thomas Levet and Sweden's Henrick Stenson. Also in January, golfing legend Gary Player hosted the Saadiyat Beach Classic, a charity event that raised almost AED2 million and attracted some of the world's finest golfers. .

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Wildlife parks

AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB 02 5758040

ABU DHABI WILDLIFE CENTRE

050 6144024 or wrsmuts@emirates.net.ae

See cheetahs, tigers, leopards and other endangered species at this rescue and rehabilitation centre. Timings: By appointment Guide price: One-hour guided tour AED45 for adults, AED35 for children under 12 years

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

KIDS PARK

02 5633100 or www.kidsparkuae.com

Meet, touch and help feed a variety of creatures including camels, emus, raccoons and boa constrictor. Timings: Sun to Wed 9.30am to 8pm; Thu to Sat 9.30am to 9pm Guide price: AED20 for adults, AED15 for children, AED60 family ticket (two adults and three children)

Golf ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB 02 4459600

(Nine holes, 6,350 yards, par 70) Set in the middle of a racecourse, the club has a golf academy and floodlit driving range and offers night golf with tee-off until 8.30pm. Green fees: Nine holes Sun to Thu AED99 before 3pm and AED119 after 3pm, Fri and Sat AED119. Rates for 18 holes on request. Includes golf cart, water and towel

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB 02 5588990

National Course (27 holes, 7,334 yards, par 72) Championship course providing a tough but fair challenge with nine-hole putting green, floodlit driving range and golf institute. Green fees: National Course, 18 holes Sun to Thu AED300, Fri and Sat AED425. Twilight rate weekends AED275, weekdays from 1.30pm AED195. Includes golf cart and unlimited use of practice facilities

(18 holes, 6,450 yards, par 71) Sand course near Abu Dhabi International Airport that provides free transit visas and complimentary transport for those passing through. Brown fees: 18 holes Sun to Thu AED120, Fri and Sat AED165. AED60 for club hire

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

02 5578000 or www.sbgolfclub.ae

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

Sports Camel racing AL WATHBA

02 5839200 or Osama 050 6147007

Call the UAE Camel Race Association for directions to the camel race track. Timings: Fri and Sat 7 to 9am and 2.30 to 4pm Guide price: Free

Diving ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB

02 6731111 or 050 5409041

Green fees: Sun to Wed AED300, twilight rate (after 2pm) AED175. Thu to Sat AED425, twilight rate AED290. Includes use of golf cart, water and practice facilities

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

YAS LINKS 02 8107710

(18 holes, 7,450 yards, par 72) A links-style golf course designed by Kyle Philips with views of the coast from every hole. Green fees: Sun to Thu AED399, twilight rate AED299. Fri and Sat AED499, twilight rate AED399. Par-3 and unlimited practice ground AED150

AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE

056 1606748 or www.divemahara.com

Offers a full range of PADI courses as well as diving trips and watersports. Guide price: Call for details

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Helicopter ride Get a birds-eye view of the city from the air-conditioned comfort of a helicopter. See Abu Dhabi’s remarkable new developments, such as Saadiyat Island and Ferrari World, as well as its natural coastal and desert beauty.

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ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTS FISHING CHARTERS 050 6146931

PADI dive resort with equipment sales/services, private instruction and daily dive charters. Guide price: Call for details

OCEAN DIVING CENTRE 02 6441696

Full range of courses available from open water to assistant instructor. Located at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi. Guide price: Call for details

Dolphin watching ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTS FISHING CHARTERS 050 6146931

See Indo-Pacific humpback and bottlenose dolphins in their native habitat as they play in the Gulf waters. Tours available in season from October to May. Guide price: Call for details

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Fishing

BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request

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

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTS FISHING CHARTERS 050 6146931

Big game sport-fishing adventures. Twi n diesel sportsfishing boats, tournament tackle and IGFA-certified captains. Guide price: Call for details

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the largest indoor theme park on the planet, has 20 rides and attractions under a massive red roof designed in the style of a classic double-curve body shell of a Ferrari GT.

F1 racing Hold on tight for the ride of your life as you take the turns and speed down the 1.2km straight at Yas Marina Circuit, home to the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Riding as a passenger in an F1 two-seater, you’ll see one of the world’s newest F1 circuits just as the sport’s best drivers do.

02 6443000

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

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB 02 6811900

Charter a 31-foot, twinengine boat for a fishing trip for up to six people. Guide price: AED750 including equipment, soft drinks and water

THE VILLAGE CLUB 02 4952000

Enjoy fishing off the coast of Abu Dhabi or venture out to the deep sea to try your luck. Guide price: Four-hour angler cruise costs AED400, six-hour deep-sea fishing cruise costs AED650

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Indoor skydiving Whether you’re too scared to jump from 3,000 feet or just want to practise your technique before taking the plunge, Space Walk Indoor Skydiving recreates the sensation of a free fall. The view isn’t quite as nice, but the fear factor is virtually zero. Drag racing Experience the raw exhilaration of drag racing as you thunder down the quarter-mile straight reaching 100khm in 1.5 seconds. Yas Marina Circuit has a modified three-seat Super Comp Dragster so visitors can enjoy the experience with a friend. Hot air ballooning Take to the skies in a majestic hot air balloon and watch the sun rise over the desert. This calm and serene experience is a wonderful way to see the emirate.

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For more information visit www.adec-web.com

ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB

MARINA MALL ICE RINK 02 6818506

This ice skating rink at the heart of the mall is ideal for ice skaters of all skill levels. Lessons are available.

Timings: 6 to 8am, 4 to 8pm Guide price: AED 2,900 full course (Sept – June)

Ice skating ABU DHABI ICE RINK 02 4448458

Located at Zayed Sports City, the rink can accommodate up to 400 skaters. Ice skating and hockey lessons are available. Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Thu ladies only Guide price: AED25 for two hours

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DRAG RACING

800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

Mountain biking

Skiing

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

Chill out in Dubai’s snow ark and the region’s only indoor ski slope.

Timings: 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED40 for one hour. Includes skate hire, socks & protective pads

Hit 250kmh in five seconds in a drag car driven by world champion Rod 'Hot Rod' Fuller at the Yas Drag Racing Centre.

Karting

Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED400

Guide price: AED60

Polo

02 4455500

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

Motorsports

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT 800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

This new go-karting centre has 40 karts for both adults and children. Timings: Tue to Sat 2 to 10pm Guide price: Adults AED100, children under 13 AED80 for one hour

FORMULA ONE

800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

Experience the thrill of Formula One, screeching around Yas Marina Circuit at top speed as a passenger in an F1 two-seater. Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED7,500

02 8015400

Explore the rugged landscape of Sir Bani Yas Island with two trails suitable for beginners up.

GHANTOOT RACING & POLO CLUB 02 5629050

Regular calendar of polo games and international tournaments, including the Emirates Open Polo Championship.

Shooting

800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

CARACAL SHOOTING CLUB

YAS DRIVING ACADEMY

Drive open-wheel, single-seat race cars, two-seat open sports cars and top-ofthe-range race-spec sports cars or take a hot lap with a professional driver. Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED950 to drive, AED350 for hot lap with a driver

02 4172409

Facilities include two shooting ranges, a hall for pistol shooting and another for rifle shooting. Timings: Call for details Guide price: 0.22mm AED1 per bullet and 0.9mm AED2 per bullet. AED175 for non-members, including pistol and target lane. AED2 per bullet

SKI DUBAI 04 4094000

Timings: 10am to midnight Guide price: Snow park entry is AED120 for adults and AED110 for children. AED180 per adult and AED150 per child for two hours on the ski slope

Watersports Hotels can organise watersports on request, while some have their own facilities. Guide price: Jetskiing AED180 for 30 minutes Wakeboarding AED150 for 20 minutes Waterskiing AED75 for 20 minutes Windsurfing From AED160 per hour

AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT 02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

Learn to waterski, kneeboard and wakeboard, or perfect your technique on the obstacle course. Timings: Weekdays 2 to 10pm, weekends 10am to 11pm Guide price: AED125 for one hour or AED280 for a full day

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Al Ain Camel racing AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK 02 5839200

Get up early in the winter months and witness camels in action for an authentically local racing experience. Timings: Fri to Sat 7 to 9am approximately Guide price: Free of charge

Family amusements BAWADI MALL ENTERTAINMENT 03 784 0000

Spanning 10,000 square metres, this family entertainment centre includes a 12-lane bowling alley and Fun Ski Village. Timings: Vary Guide price: Call for details

HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK 03 7845542

A family-friendly destination with landscaped gardens and a fun park with nine new rides. The archaeological park dates to the third millennium BC. Timings: Mon to Thu 4 to 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

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Golf AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB 03 7684888 or 800 8777

(18 holes, 6,584 yards, par 71) Includes newly opened back nine holes with lighting, 42-bay driving range and golf academy with indoor swing studio. Green fees: Nine holes AED180 on weekdays, or AED200 on weekend; 18 holes AED270 on weekdays or AED330 on weekends. Includes use of driving range and golf cart. Nine-hole academy course AED100

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 GOLF CLUB

AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY

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

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

Green fees: AED50 for nine holes

Timings: Mon to Thu 5 to 11pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: AED10

03 7686808

HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB 03 7686666

(Nine holes, par 3) Golf resort with facilities including a health club, two swimming pools and four flood-lit tennis courts. Green fees: Nine holes AED24

03 7845542

AL AIN MALL ICE RINK 03 7660333

The ice rink hosts regular skating sessions, monthly ice shows and hockey tournaments. Timings: 10am to 11.30pm Guide price: AED25 for 1.5 hours

BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK

Shooting

This artificial skating rink is suitable for metal blade and roller shoes.

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

03 7660333

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 11.30pm Guide price: AED25 for two hours, includes skate hire

Karting AL AIN RACEWAY 03 7686662

State-of-the-art floodlit facility suitable for drivers aged eight years and upwards. Timings: Mon to Wed 2.30 to 10pm, Thu and Fri 2.30 to 11pm, Sat 10.30am to 6pm. Closed Sunday Guide price: AED100 for 15 minutes; full circuit AED250 for 30 minutes,

Parks & gardens GREEN MUBAZZARAH HOT SPRINGS

At the foot of Jebel Hafeet, Green Mubazzarah is a park of rolling grassy hills with streams, hot springs and waterfalls. Guide price: Free

03 7684888 or 800 8777

Try skeet and trap shooting as well as range shooting from 10 to 50 metres with rifles and pistols. Timings: Mon to Sat 2 to 10pm Guide price: From AED140 for skeet and trap shooting and AED50 for range

Skiing BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE 03 7840000

Polish your snow plough technique on the artificial ski slope. 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

Wildlife park AL AIN WILDLIFE PARK 03 7828188

A desert-themed zoo with animals from the local desert and African savannahs. Timings: Daily 6 to midnight Guide price: Adults AED15, children AED5, free for children under six years

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

Whether you are searching for the latest designer bag, a tailor-made suit or an authentic souvenir to take home, shopping opportunities in Abu Dhabi are endless. From modern malls with many of the world’s best known brands to traditional souks and handicraft stalls, visitors can easily while away a few hours, or even days, filling their suitcases with mementos from their trip. Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall are favourites with residents, mostly for their variety of high-street and designer labels in everything from fashion to footwear and jewellery to luxury lifestyle products. But don’t discount the smaller malls as there are many treasures to be found here as

well. Make time to stop by Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre where you will find the city’s gold souk and don’t forget to haggle. Those looking for a traditional shopping experience can visit the open-air Iranian souk in the Mina Port area, which is a good place for buying coffee sets and hand-painted pottery, or the carpet souk, where they will find pieces from Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, China and Central Asia. A modern approach on the traditional market can be found at the Souk at Qaryat Al Beri or Central Market, which has partially opened. The Arabian-themed Souk at Qaryat Al Beri is home to numerous jewellery and perfume stores as well as waterfront restaurants.

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Abu Dhabi ABU DHABI MALL 02 6454858

One of the main attractions on the Abu Dhabi shopping scene with over 220 retail outlets and a range of entertainment options. Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 3.30 to 11pm

AL RAHA MALL 02 5562229

Close to Abu Dhabi International Airport and Yas Island, this mall has an array of fashion outlets plus a cinema and food court. Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm

AL WAHDA MALL 02 4437000

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

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KHALIDIYA MALL

BAWADI MALL

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

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

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

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

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

02 5506111

FOTOUH AL KHAIR CENTRE 02 6393084

Home to favourite brands including Marks & Spencer, Nine West, DKNY and The Watch House. Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 11pm

HAMDAN CENTRE 02 6328555

Houses fashion, sports equipment, jewellery and souvenirs at reasonable prices in addition to a cinema complex. Timings: Daily 10am to 1.30pm and 5 to 10.30pm

03 7840000

02 6354000

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

MADINAT ZAYED SHOPPING CENTRE & GOLD CENTRE

Al Ain

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

AL AIN MALL

02 6318555

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 1pm and 5 to 11pm, Fri 4 to 11pm

03 7660333

Offers over 100,000 square metres of retail and entertainment space spread over three floors, with cinemas, an ice skating rink and a bowling alley.

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

02 6818300

MARINA MALL

A retail haven with a waterfront setting, Marina Mall has over 300 stores, a 100-metre-high viewing platform and an ice skating rink. Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to 11pm, Fri 2pm to 11pm

Souks CENTRAL MARKET 800 ALDAR (25327)

Shop for traditional souvenirs, spices, jewellery, perfumes, sunglasses and electronics at this modern souk. Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 11pm

AL JIMI MALL

THE SOUK AT QARYAT AL BERI

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

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

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

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

03 7638883

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Taste Superb restaurants and glamorous cocktail bars make Abu Dhabi a stylish and sophisticated choice for fine food and drink

With almost every type of cuisine catering for all budgets, eating out is as exciting as it is accessible. International speciality restaurants offer excellent cuisine, from French to Moroccan. From fine-dining restaurants in the city’s most luxurious hotels to tiny stalls selling authentic street food for a couple of coins, Abu Dhabi’s restaurants and eateries serve delicacies from all corners of the globe. Alcohol is freely available in many hotels and clubs, but most independent outlets are not licensed. However, they still offer a unique dining experience.

Middle Eastern dishes are a must-try and many Arabic restaurants will offer nightly entertainment, such as belly dancing or oud playing. Shisha (hubbly bubbly) is readily available and is a popular and traditional way to relax and unwind after a meal. With Abu Dhabi’s prime coastal position, waterfront and al fresco dining is also popular. But for something a little out of the ordinary, why not enjoy a meal while overlooking the action of Yas Marina Circuit, try edible gold in the city’s most luxurious hotel or dine surrounded by nature on a desert island?

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Al Maha Arjaan 02 6106666

Al Markaziyah

Iftar will be served each night from sunset at City Café. The buffet costs AED95 per person and is available throughout Ramadan City Café – International

• Aloft Abu Dhabi 02 6545013 Al Safarat

Visit the Al Khaimah Ramadan tent and enjoy a range of Arabic delicacies during iftar for AED135. Stay for suhour and select dishes from the special menu and enjoy shisha and oud music. There is a AED30 cover charge for suhour

Al Raha Beach Hotel

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Tourist Club Area

Madinat Zayed

Yas Island

Enjoy international buffets or choose from the à la carte menu at Gems Restaurant

Al Manzil – International

Visit Essence for iftar with family and friends and enjoy a buffet spread of traditional and international delights for AED165 per person

Gems Restaurant – International

Azur Restaurant – Mediterranean Black Pearl – Piano bar Enigma – Nightclub Sevilla Restaurant – International

Bay View – Beach restaurant Benihana – American/Japanese Brauhaus – German

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

A traditional iftar buffet with international specialities will be served nightly until 9.30pm at Jing Asia. The buffet costs AED120. Barouk will serve suhour nightly from 8pm. There is an à la carte menu, shisha and live oud music. A minimum charge of AED50 applies

02 5080555

Al Raha Beach

Sevilla offers a traditional roast every Sunday, Arabic cuisine on Mondays and Far Eastern delights on Wednesdays for AED140

• Al Rawda Arjaan Abu Dhabi 02 4035000 Al Wahda

Choose continental cuisine from the à la carte menu at Al Dar or try the international buffet Al Dar – International

Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel 02 4415900 Al Maqtaa

Enjoy seafood every Sunday night at Al Bathna or enjoy a fine-dining experience at Kennedy

Dine – International

Al Bathna – International

Mai Cafe – International relax@12 – International

Kennedy – European Taverna – Tex-Mex

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02 6979000

ESsence – International Finz – Seafood Indigo – Indian Prego’s – Italian Rodeo Grill – American steakhouse Trader Vic’s – French Polynesian restaurant and bar

Centro Yas Island 02 6564444 Yas Island

Visit C.Taste for breakfast, lunch and dinner and enjoy a buffet of international cuisine. Alternatively, stop by C.Deli for a quick snack on the go

02 6520000

• 02 6166122

Al Markaziyah

Cho Gao, Spaccanapoli and The Garden will be open for iftar during Ramadan and for every AED100 spent, diners will receive AED25 worth of dining vouchers. In addition, Cho Gao and Spaccanapoli will be open for lunch, with The Garden also serving breakfast

02 6563053

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

Cho Gao – Asian THE Garden – International Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar SpaccaNapoli – Italian Vincent’s – Cocktail bar

C.Deli – Deli C.Mondo – Lounge bar C.Taste – International buffet

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Ras Al Akhdar

HILTON ABU DHABI

Enjoy regional cuisine during iftar at Diwan L’Auberge, Anar and Mezlai, or visit the Ramadan tent with an Arabic setting and live music. Iftar is served in the Ramadan tent from sunset until 9pm and costs AED230

02 6811900

Al Khubeirah

ANAR RESTAURANT – Persian BBQ AL QASR – Al fresco dining CASCADES – International DIWAN L’AUBERGE – Lebanese ETOILES – European restaurant and nightclub HAKKASAN – Chinese HAVANA CLUB – Wine and cigar lounge 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

02 4439999 Al Wahda

Experience iftar and suhour in the Ramadan tent in the courtyard this month. The iftar buffet features dishes such as Arabic mixed grill, lamb harees and dawood basha with vermicelli rice as well as a carving station and costs AED160. There is also a selection of Ramadan juices

ARABIC CAFE – Arabic MAWAL – Lebanese BICE – Italian CINNABAR – Nightclub ESCAPE RESTAURANT – Beachfront restaurant HEMINGWAY’S – American bar and restaurant

800 423463 Al Bateen

Visit Selections for iftar each night until 10.30pm and enjoy the buffet for AED195, including eight different Ramadan juices, four types of dates and dried fruit, as well as Arabic coffee. A kanoon player will perform throughout the evening BELGIAN CAFÉ – Belgian bar and restaurant BOCCACCIO – Italian CHAMAS CHURRASCARIA & BAR – Brazilian restaurant and bar PIANO LOUNGE – Piano bar SELECTIONS – International THE FISHMARKET – Seafood THE YACHT CLUB – Asian restaurant and bar

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill offers a four-course tasting menu for AED399. A glass of wine can be added for an additional AED50

AL WAHDA – International buffet CHILL OUT LOUNGE – Outdoor lounge PORTO BELLO – Italian TOSHI – Asian

JAZZ BAR & DINING – Jazz bar LA TERRAZZA – Mediterranean ROYAL ORCHID – Asian TOKI – Japanese VASCO’S – International

Ras Al Akdar

AL NABA’A LOUNGE – Afternoon tea

HALA ARJAAN BY ROTANA

HILTON BAYNUNAH

Tourist Club Area

Al Markaziyah

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

Level 2 Restaurant blends local Oriental and Mediterranean flavours

The Beach is a contemporary seafood restaurant with a choice of indoor or al fresco dining overlooking the pool and beach

THE GALLERY – International

LEVEL 2 RESTAURANT – International

CEDAR LOUNGE – Lebanese CHAMELEON – Champagne bar CUISCENE – International buffet FRANKIE’S – Italian MARCO PIERRE WHITE STEAKHOUSE

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Celebrate Ramadan with a traditional iftar buffet at La Terrazza followed by a visit to the Suhour Zaman tent in the Hiltonia Beach Garden. The iftar buffet features Arabic favourites and Ramadan juices and costs AED159, while an oud player will entertain guests in the Suhour Zaman tent, which opens at 9pm

INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI

& GRILL – Steakhouse THE CHOCOLATE GALLERY – Afternoon tea

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02 4180000

02 6327777

• KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA 02 6570000

HORIZON – International buffet THE BEACH – Seafood

LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI 02 6446666

Tourist Club Area

La Brasserie will host an iftar buffet from sunset each night. Enjoy Arabic dishes such as fried kibbeh, kibbeh labaniah and dajaj bil fornon. The buffet costs AED155 and includes Ramadan juices and soft drinks AL BIRKEH – Lebanese CAPTAIN’S ARMS – English pub CHI CHI’S – Mexican G-CLUB – Nightclub LA BRASSERIE – International LE BISTROT – French/sustainable NRG SPORTS BAR – Sports bar PAPPAGALLO – Italian TALAY – Thai WAKATAUA TERRACE – Polynesian outdoor lounge

Bill se plea When dining at restaurants in the emirate's hotels, a service charge of 10% and a tourism fee of 6% will be added to your bill

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Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi

Park Inn Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Al Markaziyah

Al Markaziyah

Yas Island

The Layali El Hilmiya Ramadan tent is open nightly from 8.30pm, offering a selection of mezzeh, teas, juices and shisha as well as live traditional music. A cover charge applies

Enjoy an iftar buffet at Citrus each night from sunset until 10.30pm. The buffet costs AED135 and includes Ramadan juices. The Layali El Alfeya tent will be open in Marakesh for suhour from 8pm with an à la carte menu, shisha, oud player and games

Visit Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant for fine fajitas, tasty tacos and great guacamole

800 101101

Al Fanar – European Amalfi – Italian Illusions – Nightclub L’Opera Brasserie – International

02 6262700

02 6562222

Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet

• Park Rotana

Citrus – International

02 6573333

Oceans Seafood Kitchen & Lounge – Seafood

Crystal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar

Al Matar

P.J. O’Reilly’s – Irish pub Sax Restaurant Club – International restaurant and bar Shuja Yacht – Seafood Soba – Japanese

Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

The Piano Lounge – Cocktail lounge

One to One Hotel The Village

Al Nahyan

MERCURE CENTRE HOTEL 02 6333555

Al Markaziyah

Break the day’s fast in Le Jardin with iftar for AED95, which includes free shisha. Book five iftars and receive one free Le Beaujolais – French Le Jardin – International buffet Le Prive – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar Restaurant China – Chinese

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02 4952000

The Village Club has an iftar buffet spread each evening for AED125. There will be traditional dishes, refreshments and live oud performances in the Ramadan tent from 8pm

Delight in a traditional iftar buffet at Ginger with an array of authentic Arabic food and live cooking stations for AED175, including Ramadan beverages. The suhour buffet starts at AED100 Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International

18Oz – Steakhouse Resto! – International buffet SenNara – Mediterranean seafood The Village Club – International Wokcano – Asian

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DRINKING IN ABU DHABI

Local licensing laws mean that most outlets serving alcohol are limited to the city’s four- and five-star hotels, sports clubs and some governmentowned establishments. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving and anyone involved in a collision found with alcohol in their blood will usually receive a month's jail sentence and a fine. Drinking in public is also illegal and punishable with a hefty fine, and sometimes imprisonment. Alcohol is not sold on religious holidays, nor during daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan, even to non-Muslims. The legal drinking age in the UAE is 21. Young people should carry identification when visiting a bar as they may not be let in.

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL, ABU DHABI YAS ISLAND

SHERATON ABU DHABI HOTEL & RESORT

SHERATON KHALIDIYA HOTEL

TRADERS HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

Yas Island

Al Markaziyah

Al Khalidiyah

Bain Al Jessrain

Visit the Ramadan tent for a special suhour menu and a selection of shisha. An oud player will provide entertainment and there will be free wireless internet. Iftar will be held in Assymetri and costs AED99 including Ramadan juices

Break the day’s fast with a selection of Arabic and international dishes at Flavours for AED180, then head to Bravo for suhour and an entertaining evening with family and friends

Share the spirit of Ramadan at La Veranda and enjoy iftar for AED160. There is even a chance to win a return ticket for two to Europe and a four-night stay at Le Méridien Vienna. Suhour is priced at AED99 and runs from 1 to 4.30am

Head to Afya at sunset and indulge in a Middle Eastern buffet for iftar this month. The meal costs AED115, including selected Ramadan beverages. Afya will also host an Eid brunch with international and Middle Eastern dishes for AED150 with free-flowing selected beverages

ASSYMETRI – International buffet FAST TRACK LOBBY BAR

CLOUD NINE – International EL SOMBRERO MEXICAN RESTAURANT – Mexican

DOWNTOWN – International LA VERANDA – International buffet

FLAVOURS – International IL PARADISO SEAFOOD

02 6562000

– Cocktail lounge FILINI – Italian restaurant and bar

02 6773333

BRAVO TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT – Spanish

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

RESTAURANT – Seafood LA MAMMA – Italian THE TAVERN – English pub

Bain Al Jessrain

THE BEACHCOMBER – Tapas ZENITH – Nightclub

02 5098555

Sofra bld hosts an iftar buffet with flavours from the Middle East as well as dishes from Shang Palace and Hoi An. The Grand Iftar costs AED185. The Al Khaima Ramadan tent hosts suhour from 8pm with Arabic music, shisha, Arabic coffee and an à la carte menu AL HANAH – Wine bar BORD EAU – French HOI AN – Vietnamese PEARLS & CAVIAR – Middle Eastern, Mediterranean restaurant and bar SHANG PALACE – Chinese SOFRA BLD – International

02 6666220

THE 3RD AVENUE – Bar

THE YAS HOTEL 02 6560600 Yas Island

Enjoy a traditional Arabic iftar with a modern twist at Origins. Try regional and international cuisine with Ramadan beverages overlooking Yas Marina, then end the evening with shisha and a game of backgammon or cards. Iftar costs AED175 AMICI – Italian ANGAR – Indian ATAYEB – Arabic

02 5108888

AFYA – International buffet

• YAS ISLAND ROTANA 02 6564000 Yas Island

Enjoy Arabian hospitality at Choices restaurant this Ramadan with iftar for AED155. The buffet includes Arabic dishes, Ramadan specialities, fresh juices and more. As an added bonus, book iftar for 10 people and only pay for eight BLUE GRILL – Steakhouse CHOICES – International buffet RANGOLI – Indian Y BAR – Bar

KAZU – Japanese LONGITUDE & LATITUDE – International NAUTILUS – Seafood NOODLE BOX – Asian ORIGINS – International buffet RUSH – Cocktail bar SKYLITE – Cabana lounge

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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.

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Independent outlets Abu Dhabi Golf Club 02 5588990 Sas Al Nakhl

Visit Café 28 for views of the 9th and 18th greens from the outdoor terrace

Ushna

02 5581769 Souk Qaryat Al Beri

Indulge in classic Indian cuisine in a spectacular setting on the waterfront overlooking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

• Yas Links Golf Club 02 8107777 Yas Island

Café 28 – International Casa Verde – Italian The Grille – Steak and seafood

• Fanr

02 6735290 Saadiyat Island

Savour a variety of regional and international cuisine then discover the latest art exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat gallery

• Stars 'n' Bars 02 5650101 Yas Island

Fun and friendly racing-themed sports bar and restaurant with views of Yas Marina. Serves Tex-Mex-style dishes

Fine-dining restaurant Barranca has an international menu with a Mediterranean flavour, while the intimate bar is ideal for preor post-dinner refreshments Barranca – International Hickory’s – Sports bar The Hideaway – Wine cellar

Al Ain

Danat Al Ain Resort

03 7545111

Arabesque offers an international buffet every Tuesday for AED140

Al Ain Rotana Hotel Al Muwaiji

Experience an Arabian iftar at the Al Zaeem Village each night during Ramadan. Iftar is available from sunset for AED115, while suhour costs AED99, including tea and coffee. Guests can also make use of the free wireless internet Min Zaman – Lebanese Moodz – Lounge bar and club Trader Vic’s – French Polynesian restaurant and bar Zest – International buffet

03 7046000

Al Nyadat East

Al Nawafeer Terrace – Arabic ArabesQUE – International Horse & Jockey Pub – English pub Luce – Italian restaurant and nightclub Tanjore – Indian The Wok – Asian

• Hilton Al Ain 03 7686666 Al Surooj

Flavours hosts an iftar buffet each night for AED95, while suhour will be held at Makani Café from 7.30pm

Ayla hotel

Casa Romana Restaurant – Italian Flavours – International

02 6575400

Al Mutaredh

Enjoy delicious Italian or Japanese cuisine in a luxurious setting or dance the night away while admiring the view of Yas Island

Start the weekend with a seafood buffet every Thursday night at Ayla Restaurant. The dinner starts at 6.30pm and costs AED125

Makani Café – Arabic Paco’s – Tex-Mex

Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet

Allure by cipriani – Nightclub Cipriani – Italian yotto – Italian

Ayla Restaurant – International Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge Sky Five Cafe – Bar

Le Belvedere offers an iftar buffet for AED90 including Ramadan juices

YAS YACHT Club Yas Island

03 7610111

• 03 7838888

Jebel Hafeet

Eden Rock – Arabic Le Belvedere – French-Mediterranean Lawrence's LOUNGE – Bar

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20. Danat Al Ain Resort 21. Choices, Yas Island Rotana 22. Suhail, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

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QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA 02 8862088 Liwa Desert

Watch the sun set over the desert from the rooftop terrace at Suhail, then feast on steak and seafood

Ruwais

Zaitoun features an eclectic menu of Italian and Arabic cuisine amid Moroccan-inspired decor 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

With an impressive wine list and an abundance of grilled seafood and imported steaks, Samak is a relaxing beachside retreat set amid romantically lit landscaping and poolside surrounds SAMAK – Seafood THE LOUNGE – Lounge bar THE PALM – International

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AL LIWAN – Lobby lounge and bar AL WAHA – International/Emirati GHADEER – Mediterranean SUHAIL – Steakhouse

• TILAL LIWA HOTEL 02 8946111 Liwa

Enjoy an iftar buffet in Al Badiya for AED110, while Al Liwan Ramadan Café is open from 8pm with Arabic delicacies, barbecue station, shisha and oud music AL BADIYA – International AL LIWAN – Snacks LAYALI – Bar

SMOKE SIGNALS

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Smoking shisha (hubbly bubbly) is very popular in Abu Dhabi. The Middle Eastern water pipe, which is thought to have originated around 500 years ago, purifies and cools the smoke from flavoured tobacco heated on top of the pipe by coals. It costs approximately AED35 to 50 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 to be enjoyed in groups or couples.

Your five-star concierge is now available online at www.conciergeabudhabi.com Find everything you need to book and plan your next stay.

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POLICE OFFICERS CLUB 6 ZAYED BR IDGE

SH KHALIFA PARK

27 26

AL MATAR AL SHARIA COURT

OLD AIRPORT GARDEN 10 ABU DHABI ICE RINK ZAYED SPORTS CITY UAE FOOTBALL FEDERATION BOWLING HALL

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA

A AL MAQTA BRIDGE 12 34

AL MAQTAA

AL JAMIE AL KHABEER

ABU DHABI UNIVERSITY PETROLEUM INSTITUTE

17 SOUK QARYAT AL BERI

29

9 SH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

7

MAFRAQ TOALDU BAI

AL MAQTAA HOSN 3 FORT AL MEENA

AL SALAM RD

AL MUZOON

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Hotels

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

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

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Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club Al Ain Oasis Al Ain Raceway Al Ain Wildlife Park Hili Fun City Green Mubazzarah Hot Springs

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Abu Dhabi Ajman Dubai Fujairah Liwa Madinat Zayed Ras Al Khaimah Sharjah Umm Al Quwain

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AL AIN

11 22

ZAYED KHALIFA IBN

9

SAUDI ARABIA

AL MUSAYDRAH

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

STREET

AL BURAYMI

07

OMAN 20 miles 20 km

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