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First of all, let me start by wishing you a happy 2012. The promise of a New Year brings with it vigour, enthusiasm and the opportunity to pursue fresh goals, and for Abu Dhabi it is no different. Over the coming 12 months, we will see the destination mature further to give visitors a much more diversified and in-depth emirate-wide offering, which we hope will attract many new guests and keep old friends coming back. True to our word, we have started this year at full sail, plotting a course for a record 2012. For those of you that have taken a stroll down the city’s sweeping Corniche, you may very well have encountered our newest sporting endeavour, the Volvo Ocean Race. Abu Dhabi has made history by becoming both the first Arabian destination to enter a team in the race and to be a stopover hosting the fleet of this ‘Everest of Sailing’. On the Corniche, you will find a purpose-built ‘Destination Village’ – the size of eight football pitches – which is hosting the six competing yachts, including our very own Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the world’s best sailors and a wealth of free activities, entertainment, concerts, rides, sailing schools and so much more. The Destination Village celebrations will run daily until January 14, so there is plenty of time to see all the action. Just 12 days after the Volvo Ocean Race leaves town we’ll be welcoming the world’s golfing giants to Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. This promises to be a tough battle with Martin Kaymer out to defend his title; Paul Casey looking to lift the Falcon trophy for the third time; three reigning Major holders, and the Abu Dhabi debut of the legendary Tiger Woods. It’s a golfer’s dream field. We in Abu Dhabi are pretty buoyant about the year ahead – it’s started well for us. The emirate has been named ‘The Middle East’s Safest City’ in the Mercer Consulting Quality of Living Report. The International Association of Golf Tour Operators has named Abu Dhabi ‘Golf Destination Of The Year Middle East & Africa’ while the USA’s prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked the emirate among its Top 12 ‘Hottest Destinations of 2012.’ These are great credentials on which to build and on I hope your experience bears out this fulsome praise. So enjoy your time in Abu Dhabi and we hope to welcome you back time and again.
Mubarak Al Muhairi Director General, ADTA
In focus Regarded as the world’s toughest sailing event, the Volvo Ocean Race arrives in Abu Dhabi this month. This will be the first time that the prestigious event has visited the Middle East and something of a coup for the emirate, which itself has a rich maritime heritage. A marathon test of sailing skill and human will, the ultimate endurance race lasts eight months and covers five continents. Home hopes will rest on the Azzam yacht of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by British double Olympic champion Ian Walker. Catch the sailing action at the purpose-built Destination Village while enjoying free events and activities throughout. See page 34 for more details.. Photography: Ainhoa Sanchez Abu Dhabi Ocean Race
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Abu Dhabi’s top attractions, events and news
16/Discover 18/Ancient vessels in modern times
Keeping local history alive through dhow racing
Concierge highlights some of the emirate’s favourite destinations
30/Cruising the Corniche Relax on the beach or hire a buggy and explore the waterfront
32/Experience 34/On the high seas
Abu Dhabi rolls out the red carpet for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet
40/A water wonderland Discover why Abu Dhabi is a boat-lover’s paradise
44/Battle of golf’s greats
Tiger Woods among the stars at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
50/Under the sea
Indulge in a pampering marine-based spa treatment
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53/Shop 54/Dive watches Take the plunge with superior timepieces
58/Jewels of the sea
Pearls have a long association with the UAE
Luxury creams and potions to fight the ageing process
64/Taste 66/Catch of the day Feast on the freshest seafood from around the world
70/Sun, sea and supper
Take in views of the Arabian Gulf at a waterfront restaurant
74/Pearls of the plate
Visitors can soon enjoy locally produced caviar
Q 77/THE GUIDE
Comprehensive listings to plan the perfect stay
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Experience Volvo Ocean Race
Cheer on hometown heroes Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing when they arrive in the capital on January 1 at the end of the second leg of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. Visitors can watch the world’s toughest teams as they compete in in-port races and head to Destination Village to learn more about the ‘Everest of Sailing’. Turn to page 34 for more information. Where: Destination Village, Breakwater near Marina Mall. When: January 1 to 14. Contact: www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com
calendar of events Gourmet Abu Dhabi February 8 to 23 The biggest event on Abu Dhabi’s culinary calendar, Gourmet Abu Dhabi is a festival of fine food, with some of the world’s most famous chefs flying in for dinners and masterclasses. See www.gourmetabudhabi.ae
A b u D h a b i Ya c h t S h o w
March The emirate’s ultimate luxury event for super and megayachts, Abu Dhabi Yacht Show will be held at a new venue this year. See www.abudhabiyachtshow. com for more information.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Learn about Islam and the role it plays in UAE society by taking a free guided tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The iconic mosque was opened to the public in 2007 and is one of the few in the region accessible to non-Muslims. Visitors must wear conservative clothing and women will be given an abaya and sheila to wear on arrival. Where: Al Maqtaa. When: Tours are held from Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 4.30pm, Fridays at 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm, and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm. Price: Free. Contact: email@example.com, 800 555 or see www.szgmc.ae
A b u D h a b i F e s t i va l
March/April Dedicated to high culture, this festival features music, dance and art with some of the best performers from around the world. For more information, see www.abudhabifestival.ae
A b u D h a b i F i l m F e s t i va l
October 11 to 20 Catch film premieres, red carpet appearances by Hollywood and Bollywood stars and the newest films from the Middle East and around the world. For more information, see www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae
Abu Dhabi Art
Taste Arabic food
For a true taste of the Middle East, visit one of the city’s many Arabic restaurants and feast on regional dishes. Start with hommous and moutabel with flatbread, fattoush and tabouleh salads and grilled halloumi before filling up on mixed grill. Many Arabic restaurants also offer belly dancing entertainment and live music later in the evening. Among them are Atayeb at the Yas Viceroy hotel, Barouk at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Diwan L’Auberge at Emirates Palace and Marakesh at the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi. For more Arabic restaurants, turn to the Taste listings from page 86.
November This boutique art fair showcases art, artists and galleries from across the Middle East and around the world. There is also a series of workshops and events throughout the three-day event. Held on Saadiyat Island, it is a must for art lovers and collectors. See www.abudhabiartfair.ae
2 012 F o r m u l a 1 E t i h ad A i r ways A b u Dhabi Grand Prix
November 2 to 4 After a Red Bull onslaught in 2011, can Sebastian Vettel maintain his winning ways and bag a third world championship? Catch the action at the stunning Yas Marina Circuit in the premier sporting event of the year. See www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
EXPERIENCE Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke will be among the world-class golfers aiming to take the Falcon Trophy from reigning champion Martin Kaymer at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Kaymer has won three Abu Dhabi Golf Championships, while Paul Casey (pictured) has taken the title twice. Turn to page 44 for more information. Where: Abu Dhabi Golf Club. When: January 26 to 29. Price: Tickets cost AED50 for a day pass or AED150 for a four-day pass. Contact: www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com
Limited-edition Abu Dhabi bag Take home the ultimate souvenir of your visit to Abu Dhabi â€“ a limited-edition Abu Dhabi shopping bag by Carolina Herrera. The bag was released to celebrate the opening of the store in Abu Dhabi Mall last year. Reflecting the spirit of the UAE capital, the name of the city is printed in silver leaf on delicate golden tattoo leather with finishing touches of a leather palm tree and Swarovski crystals. Where: CH Carolina Herrera, Abu Dhabi Mall. When: Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday 10am to 11pm, Friday 3.30pm to midnight. Contact: 02 6503867
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Learn more about the cherished falcon and its importance in UAE culture at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Guided tours take visitors to the falconry museum, the free-flight aviary and the examination room where they can see procedures such as feather repair. Tours are held in English, Arabic, French and German. Where: Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. When: Sunday to Thursday, 10am and 2pm. Price: AED170 for adults and AED60 for children. Contact: 02 5755155
Experience Desert safari
Ask the concierge
See the spectacular desert sunset, slide sideways down the side of a big red dune and enjoy Arabian hospitality at its best. It’s easy to see why the desert safari is at the top of the wish list for most visitors. The safaris are held in the late afternoon and evenings making them the perfect sundown adventure. Where: Arabian Desert. When: Hotel pick-ups normally begin after 3pm. Price: Approximately AED320. Contact: Speak to your concierge for details.
M a r k C o r p u s, h e a d c o n c i e r g e at t h e S t. R e g i s S a a d i yat I s l a n d R e s o r t, g i v e s h i s t o p r e c o mm e n d at i o n s f o r visitors to Abu Dhabi
Souk at Qaryat Al Beri Themed on a traditional Arabian market, the Souk at Qaryat Al Beri has a variety of shops selling everything from Arabic perfumes and carpets to dates and chocolate. An abra (small Arabian boat) ferries people through the meandering waterways of the Qaryat Al Beri complex and there is a multitude of restaurants, cafés and bars along the waterfront overlooking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Where: Bain Al Jessrain. When: Saturday to Thursday 10am to 10pm, Friday 4 to 10pm. Contact: 02 5581670
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most awe-inspiring landmarks not only in Abu Dhabi, but the entire UAE. Its external beauty, attention to detail and humbling intensity of its religious blueprint will amaze people from all walks of life. I believe the best way to know about the uniqueness of a country and its people is by learning how it all began. Heritage Village beautifully captures the history of this nation and its forefathers and is located on the Breakwater close to Marina Mall. Showcasing history in the making, Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Saadiyat Story exhibition highlights the island’s vision including details of the Cultural District which will position Abu Dhabi as the Middle East’s art capital. Emirati Expressions, an exhibition of photographs by Emirati artists, is also on display here until January 28. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is not only for car enthusiasts but anyone with a sense of adventure, or is plain curious about the world’s first Ferrari theme park. My favourite ride is Formula Rossa, the fastest rollercoaster in the world. This is a perfect attraction for a day with the family. Abu Dhabi is a city of islands and has plenty of mangroves. This makes it perfect for leisurely guided tours around the coastal waters and inland areas. Noukhada’s kayaking tours take you through the natural mangrove forests dotted around the islands in view of the rising Abu Dhabi skyline. More details are available on their website www.noukhada.ae
Abu Dhabi Concierge Group With support from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, representatives from 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.
Discover Hawksbill turtles
A nine-kilometre stretch of beach on Saadiyat Island provides an important nesting ground for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, which lives in the warm, shallow water off shore. Elevated boardwalks have been built by Saadiyat developer TDIC to allow visitors to reach the beach, while protecting the delicate dunes and turtle nests.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF TDIC
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ANCIENT VESSELS IN MODERN TIMES Dhow racing showcases traditional craftsmanship and keeps UAE history alive
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The graceful Arabian dhow is a cultural symbol of the UAE, its billowing sails reflected in the design of the iconic Burj Al Arab, one of the early landmarks of neighbouring Dubai’s success. This traditional wooden sailing boat, whose name derives from the Persian word ‘dawh’ meaning sailing vessel, was originally used for transportation, pearl diving and trading. Today, these majestic vessels can be seen under full sail on the horizon each winter, racing over the waves of the Arabian Gulf. The boats are crewed mainly by teams of young UAE nationals under stiff competition, with big prize money at stake. Traditional sailing skills, passed from generation to generation, are still in use in these races, as sailors hoist the boom carrying the sail by hand, using traditional block and tackle, and navigate by the methods of their forefathers. The huge white triangular sails, called lateens, distinguish the dhow from other sailboats. When the boats are under way, the massive sails can be seen from a great distance, making dhow racing an easy sport to watch from shore.
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Building on tradition Frédéric Dignef of Outsider Sails has been making sails for dhow racing for five years. This is an area where tradition gives way to technology in favour of speed. “The sails for dhows are different because the dhows don’t have to sail upwind. The races are always downwind or beam reaching so we make the sails more deep and powerful,” he says. “The sails were made traditionally on the beach with no stitching machine, no computer and cheap cloth. When [companies] started sponsoring races, prize money became an important factor for owners so the quest for a better sail became vital for winning.” The curved boats were originally made from teak and teak is still the rule, although today’s boat-builders sometimes incorporate fibreglass and steel into the framework for strength and maneuverability. The teak may be varnished, but paint is not permitted. Sails must be white and boats can cost up to AED500,000 (US$136,000) to build.
Visitors can see dhows being crafted the traditional way at heritage sites in the UAE. At the Al Bateen boatyard in Abu Dhabi, craftsmen use the original hand tools and the ancient knowledge and skill passed down through the generations to produce the UAE’s best racing dhows without drawings, but to the exact specifications the sport dictates. According to Saeed Hareb, president of the UAE Marine Sports Federation and managing director of the Dubai International Marine Club, dhows constitute the biggest fleet of traditional boats in the world. In an interview with Valencia Sailing, he talked about the importance of preserving the dhow-sailing tradition in the UAE for young nationals. “Sailing is in their blood,” he said. “Their fathers and their grandfathers were all sailors because they lived by the sea and it was the only means of transportation and trading. In addition, a lot of them were fishermen so they have known the dhows all their lives. Yet, life and society are evolving and as a result we don’t want them to turn their back to the sea.”
At the Al Bateen boatyard, craftsmen use original hand tools, ancient knowledge and skill passed down through generations to produce the best racing dhows
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And since all the boats on the start line are the same, the competition is fair and winning comes down to skill, experience, strategy and strength. The sails are not hoisted until the race begins and participants must do this with skill and speed in order to get going quickly. There are three classes â€“ according to the length of the competing dhows â€“ 22ft, 43ft and 60ft. During the Louis Vuitton Trophy held in Dubai during November 2010, the international crews were given the opportunity to race in traditional dhows. They were impressed by the lack of sophisticated instruments and with the sailors judging speed by the wind on their faces. Before the race they commented on the small size of the rudder and speculated about the possibilities for capsizing. But they were all smiles after the race, which was won by the Franco-German alliance All4One. The racing season runs from September to May. The final and most prestigious race of the season is from Sir Bu Nuair Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi, to Dubai, about 100 nautical kilometres, following the historic journey of pearl divers after months of being away from home. The race offers prize money of AED10 million (US$2.7 million) and attracts around 100 teams.
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Past and present
Abu Dhabiâ€™s skyline cuts a fine image against the night sky. A picture of modernity with its growing collection of skyscrapers, it contrasts nicely against the traditional dhow sailing vessels that cruise up and down the Corniche each day. For unrivalled views of the rapidly changing skyline, head to Heritage Village on the Breakwater near Marina Mall or take a sightseeing cruise along the Corniche. Dinner cruises are another way to get a different perspective of the city. To learn more about the emirateâ€™s past, take some time to wander through Heritage Village. As well as sweeping views of the Corniche and skyline, there is a re-creation of a Bedouin village with a souk and desert camp, a museum displaying artefacts, photographs, weapons and clothing, a re-creation of a beach hut with a barjeel (wind tower) and an example of the falaj water transport system. 24
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Island escape Ever wanted to be stranded on a desert island? Concierge knows just the right places
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With more than 200 natural and manmade islands, Abu Dhabi is the ideal place to find your sea legs and go exploring. The majority of the islands are uninhabited and off limits to the public, but there are a few where visitors can drop anchor and spend hours or even days soaking up the sunshine and wallowing in the clear waters. Whether you are chartering a yacht, joining an organised tour or going it alone, Abu Dhabiâ€™s islands provide a welcome escape from the busy city.
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Sir Bani Yas Island A short seaplane flight, or two-and-a-halfhour drive from Abu Dhabi city, lies Sir Bani Yas Island, home to the Arabian Wildlife Park. The park was created by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s first president, as part of his vision to ‘green the desert’. He wanted to make the desert more suitable for human settlement and provide a haven for endangered wildlife. As a result, several million trees were planted and many animal species were introduced to the island for breeding. Among them were gazelles, oryx and ostriches. Under this programme, the beautiful Arabian oryx (pictured previous page) has been rescued from the brink of extinction. Today guests visiting or staying at Desert Islands Resort & Spa can take a nature and wildlife drive through the park to see native animals as well as cheetahs, giraffes and hyenas. Other nature-based activities are available, such as mountain biking, kayaking through mangroves, sailing and snorkelling. Soon the island will be home to a watersports and equestrian centre as well as luxurious lodges located on t he beachfront and in the wildlife park. Explore the island or relax in the beautiful and tranquil surrounds. The choice is yours. Contact: 02 8015400 or www.desertislands.com
Futaisi Island Ride a purebred Arabian horse or a camel around the island or join a mini-bus tour and discover an abundance of wildlife. The activities are varied on Futaisi Island, just a short boat ride from Abu Dhabi city. Alternatively, take a bicycle and complete the tour in your own time. Commonly seen creatures include gazelles that are endemic to the island, endangered sea eagles, dhub lizards and osprey. Futaisi is a transit point for migrating birds and visitors will often spot flamingoes on the shores. As well as hidden lagoons in the mangroves, those who venture out into the surrounding shallow waters may be lucky enough to spot green sea turtles and dolphins. Chalet and suite accommodation is available for overnight guests, while day trips are also possible. The AED250 fee includes boat transfers to and from the island, an island tour and use of the beaches and swimming pool. Entry is free for children under five and AED150 for children aged six to 12. The boat leaves Abu Dhabi at 9.30am and returns at 6pm. Contact: 02 6666601 or www.futaisi.com
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Dalma Island Discover a more traditional side of Abu Dhabi life on Dalma Island, one of the oldest inhabited settlements in the UAE, dating back 7,500 years. The island was a hub for the pearl diving industry and was referred to as Pearl Island on old maps, yet with more than 200 freshwater wells, it also served as a watering hole for passing ships. While the local pearl industry suffered greatly with the creation of the cultured pearl, fishing is still a mainstay of the local economy and visitors can watch traditional dhows as they bring in the day’s haul. History is very important on Dalma Island. It has some of the best preserved buildings from the early 20 th century. In other areas of the country, mosques and houses from that period were rebuilt, however on Dalma Island they have been preserved, making it a haven for history buffs. Those interested in learning about the history of the region’s pearling trade can call into the Dalma Island Pearl Museum. Dalma is part of the Desert Islands cluster. It is a 90-minute ferry ride from Jebel Dhanna (250km from Abu Dhabi city), however flights can be arranged. See www.desertislands.com
While the local pearl industry suffered greatly with the creation of the cultured pearl, fishing is still a mainstay of the local economy and visitors can watch traditional dhows as they bring in the day’s haul
Sun and sea Try these destinations a little closer to the city
PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF TDIC
Saadiyat Island While much of the island’s attractions (Louvre, Guggenheim and national museums) are still under construction, there two newly opened beachfront hotels, an exclusive beach club, the Gary Playerdesigned Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Manarat Al Saadiyat art gallery and exhibition space. See www.saadiyat.ae Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s entertainment destination, Yas Island is home to a Ferrari theme park, a Formula One circuit, Yas Links golf club, a yacht club, seven luxury hotels and numerous bars and restaurants. See www.yasisland.ae
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Cruising the Corniche Watch the sun set while strolling along Abu Dhabi’s beachfront or cool off in the warm, inviting waters of the Arabian Gulf
Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson
Abu Dhabi’s beautiful Corniche stretches more than seven kilometres with sandy white beaches, playgrounds and parks, cafés and restaurants, walking and cycling paths and even a beginners’ wakeboard park. It is undoubtedly one of the city’s greatest assets and is popular with both residents and visitors. One of the best ways to enjoy the Corniche is by foot, however visitors can hire bikes or buggies and make use of the bike path that runs the full length and provides a safe and leisurely alternative to riding on the road. It’s also a fun and efficient way to get from one end to the other. Bikes can be hired from four stations along the Corniche for AED30 per hour for adults and AED20 for children, while buggies cost AED20 for 30 minutes. For those who prefer to walk, there are numerous benches, cafés and shops along the path that provide a break in the stroll.
Along the beachfront, visitors can stop at the public beach is two kilometres long and begins at the southern end of the Corniche. The beach has swimming areas, gardens, pathways, beach volleyball courts, play areas, amenities and cafés. At least 170 umbrellas are dotted along this stretch of the beach to provide shade, while sunloungers allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful beach in comfort. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and a floating fence prevents swimmers from heading too far out to sea. The beach is open from 7.30am to midnight and entry costs AED5 per family. Another beach further along, which is open from 7am to 10pm, offers entry
for AED10 per person with sunlounger hire for AED25. Towards the middle of the Corniche is a permanent beginners’ wakeboard park which is open from noon to 6pm and is free to use. Experts are on hand to offer tips and advice on how to improve technique. For light snacks and refreshments there is a collection of cafés and kiosks along the boardwalk overlooking the sea. There are also shops selling beachgoing essentials, such as flip flops, hats and suncream. So whether it’s a day spent topping up a tan on the sandy white beach, or a leisurely afternoon bike ride as the sun sets, the Corniche is a quintessential Abu Dhabi experience.
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experience Hot air ballooning
One of the most memorable ways to experience the Arabian Desert is by hot air balloon. Setting off early to catch the colourful sunrise, the balloon soars gently over the dunes giving visitors a birdâ€™s-eye view of the stunning landscape. Spot camels, Bedouin farms and a desert that seems to stretch forever. Contact Balloon Adventures Emirates on 04 2854949.
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On the high seas Warm Arabian hospitality will greet weary sailors when they arrive in the capital this month for the gruelling,round-theworld Volvo Ocean Race
Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson
In generations gone by, Abu Dhabi’s people made a living from the sea. They fished it for food and income, and pulled shiny pearls from its depths. Their traditional wooden dhows crossed its length swapping goods from neighbouring countries. While pearling and fishing may have been replaced by oil as the country’s main source of income, Abu Dhabi’s affinity with the sea continues. The emirate has more than 200 islands – some inhabited, some merely desert – and while there are now luxury yachts cruising the Gulf, dhows are still plentiful. With this rich maritime history and traditions that still run deep, it seems a natural choice for Abu Dhabi to be included in the Volvo Ocean Race, a 39,000-nautical mile yacht race for hardcore sailors.
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Meet the teams
Everest of sailing The Volvo Ocean Race started in the Spanish port of Alicante on October 29. Six teams left for Cape Town, South Africa, on November 5, however three (including Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing) retired from the first leg due to damage. On December 11, the teams set sail for Abu Dhabi and were expected to arrive amid much fanfare on New Year’s Day. Among the teams are hometown heroes Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by seasoned sailor Ian Walker, a double Olympic medallist who has previously competed in the Volvo Ocean Race as well as the America’s Cup. He will be drawing on this extensive experience during the nine-month journey. “The Volvo Ocean Race is mentally and physically exhausting. The whole project is quite daunting but it is easier to comprehend having done the race before,” says Walker, one of the world’s leading helmsmen and tacticians. The race has been dubbed the ‘Everest of sailing’ and it’s easy to see why. It passes through four of the world’s most treacherous oceans and seven continents, racing day and night for 20 days at a time between ports.
Each team has 11 professional crew and each person has been tasked with a different job in addition to sailing duties. There are two medically trained sailors on board along with an engineer, sailmaker and non-sailing media person. This is extreme racing. Crews have to make do with freeze-dried food as no fresh produce is taken on board. They contend with temperatures ranging from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius, yet take just one change of clothes. Hunger and sleep deprivation are common.
Azzam Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s yacht is called Azzam, which is an Arabic word meaning determined. The stateof-the-art vessel weighs about 14,000 kilograms and is the height of a 12-storey building from the base of the keel to the top of the mast. She is almost as long as two London doubledecker buses.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is the most intercontinental team ever assembled for the Volvo Ocean Race, representing seven nationalities and five continents. Among them are Emirati sailors Adil Khalid, the UAE’s first sailing Olympian, and reserve Butti Ahmed Al Muhairi, who comes from a long line of dhow sailors. The duo, who are competing in the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time, beat 120 Emirati hopefuls for a place in the team. The remaining five teams in this year’s race include current race leader Team Telefonica, skippered by dual Olympic medallist Iker Martinez; Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in their first Volvo Ocean Race campaign; Groupama sailing team, skippered by French offshore legend Franck Cammas; Puma Ocean Racing, returning for a second year under the leadership of Ken Read; and Chinese debutants Team Sanya, led by Volvo Ocean Race veteran and two-time winner Mike Sanderson.
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With free entry, Destination Village will have a fully packed entertainment programme with exhibitions, shows, simulators, hospitality, game zones, restaurants and cafés, sailing academies, shops and concerts
Fa s t fa c t s • A Volvo Ocean Race sailor burns through 5,000 calories a day • T he Volvo Ocean Race covers 39,000 nautical miles, across four oceans and five continents • T he Volvo Ocean 70 is the world’s fastest monohull. It can reach speeds of 40 knots (74kmh/45.98mph) and is faster than a greyhound • T he largest spinnaker (sail) on board is 500sqm, or the same size as two tennis courts • T he race started in Alicante, Spain, in October and ends in Galway, Ireland, in July. Along the way, it stops in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France)
PHOTOGRAPHY: IAN ROMAN/VOLVO OCEAN RACE, NICK DANA/VOLVO OCEAN RACE & AINHOA SANCHEZ/ ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING
Destination celebration Open during the first two weeks of January, Destination Village is a specially designed 55,000-squaremetre focal point for Abu Dhabi’s leg of the race. The size of eight football pitches, it has been built opposite the Abu Dhabi Corniche to host the yachting fleet and many thousands of fans. With free entry, Destination Village will have a fully packed entertainment programme with exhibitions, shows, simulators, hospitality, game zones, restaurants and cafés, sailing academies, shops and concerts. Among the highlights will be The Ride, a stateof-the-art simulator that emulates the feeling of being on board a Volvo Open 70 yacht at speed in extreme conditions while being bombarded by strong winds and spray. The Dome is a 40-seat interactive 3D cinema, while the Grinding Challenge allows visitors to pit their strength against friends on the same pedestal grinders used by crews on board. Destination Village opened with a bang to a huge fireworks performance and popular British rock band Coldplay entertaining a crowd of thousands on New Year’s Eve. In-port racing will take place throughout the first two weeks of January giving residents and visitors a chance to see the yachts and teams in action. Abu Dhabi is aiming to make this a fortnight to remember, so get your sea legs on and book your berth now.
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A water wonderland With calm turquoise waters and endless sunshine, Abu Dhabi’s coastline is begging to be explored
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With the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf, year-round sunshine and 800 kilometres of coastline, the UAE is the perfect place to jump aboard a luxury yacht and take in the magnificent sights from a different perspective. In Abu Dhabi there are more than 200 islands, an abundance of marine life and sandy white beaches to explore. Sightings of dolphins, turtles and birds are common and occasionally even rare dugongs are spotted. There is rarely a day that isn’t sunny and with calm seas and gentle breezes, there is no better way to spend your time in the emirate. There are many ways to enjoy the water in Abu Dhabi, whether it’s chartering a luxury yacht, setting off on a sailboat, joining a dinner cruise or an organised sightseeing trip. And for those who already have a yacht, the city’s marinas are nothing short of world class.
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PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY OF ABU DHABI TOURISM AUTHORITY
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Charter a yacht
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In Abu Dhabi, visitors can charter everything from a small motor yacht for just a few people to a 280-foot luxury vessel for up to 150 people, with 18 cabins and all the mod-cons one would expect, such as Jacuzzis, plunge pools, formal dining areas, bars and a fitness centre. Of course, there’s everything in between so all that needs to be determined is your itinerary, the number of guests, whether catering is needed and whether to include optional extras such as jetskis or snorkelling and diving equipment. Art Marine has yachts for charter for anything from one hour to one month and all that’s needed is 24 hours’ notice to arrange it. Guests can choose from a range of menus covering everything from soft drinks and snacks to canapés, or for a more personalised touch an onboard chef is available. Yachts, which vary in size from daytrip boats to large vessels, can accommodate two to 25 people. Art Marine is based at Yas Marina. Belevari Marine can organise charters on a range of vessels from luxury yachts to speed boats and even traditional Arabian dhows. Visitors can choose from a private charter where they dictate the itinerary, or join a group cruise to watch the sun set over the Arabian Gulf and take in the city skyline at night.
The UAE is home to some of the most luxurious yachts in the world. In 2006 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE, added a superyacht called Dubai to his fleet. Featuring eight decks spread across a 551-foot length, this gargantuan yacht can accommodate 115 people, has numerous restaurants, bars, a whole deck of suites, pools, Jacuzzis and a helipad among its facilities. It cost more than US$300 million (AED1.1 billion) to complete. Dubai was stripped of her title as the largest yacht in the world in 2010 by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich’s yacht, Eclipse.
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In Abu Dhabi, visitors can charter everything from a small motor yacht for just a few people to a 280-foot luxury vessel for up to 150 people, with 18 cabins and all the mod-cons one would expect, such as Jacuzzis, plunge pools, formal dining areas, bars and a fitness centre
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Ya c h t ’s h o t Contact these companies for an aquatic getaway Abu Dhabi Charters 050 6129445 www.abudhabicharters.com Art Marine 04 4068825 www.artmarine.net Belevari Marine 02 6594144 www.belevari.com
3 InterContinental Abu Dhabi Marina
Set sail If the Volvo Ocean Race has you yearning for the sun on your face and the wind in your sails, then Abu Dhabi is the place to be. Nothing quite beats slicing through the water with the only the sound of the wind flapping the sails and the waves lapping the hull. There is no noisy engine, just a beautiful clear sky, fresh air and the wide blue yonder. If you’re joining a group day trip, or have arranged a crew to do the hard work, there is no need to pull up your sleeves and work up a sweat, but often that’s the best part. Abu Dhabi Charters offers three-hour trips aboard its vessel, Swan 42, with cruises setting sail in the morning, afternoon and sunset. Dusk in Abu Dhabi is particularly spectacular as the huge red sun dips behind the Arabian Gulf, painting the sky in a kaleidoscope of colours. Private charters can be arranged and allfemale crews are available.
Want moor? There are several marinas in Abu Dhabi where yacht owners can pull in. Yas Marina opened in 2009 with 143 berths. With fivestar concierge services and berths adjacent to Yas Marina Circuit Formula One racetrack boasting unique views, the rich and the famous have made their way to this location to enjoy the annual Grand Prix. The marina can accommodate yachts up to 66 metres in length and up to 150 metres on the pontoon adjacent to the Yas Marina entrance. Abu Dhabi’s newest marina opened last year at Emirates Palace. Managed by Art Marine, Yachts Marina can accommodate up to 186 vessels, while yacht owners enjoy the facilities of the luxurious hotel including the gym, pool and spa. Members can take advantage of its prime location on the western side of the hotel in a private bay and are able to sail straight out of the marina and on to the open sea. There is also separate berthing for eight superyachts. Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club offers 170 berths on the Corniche, the perfect location for accessing the centre of the city, while the InterContinental Abu Dhabi Marina, one of the emirate’s most picturesque, has 191 berths, 24-hour security and a members’ car park. With more than 40 marinas expected to open in the emirate over the next two decades, ideal weather conditions and ample areas to explore, Abu Dhabi is well on its way to becoming a major sailing and yachting destination.
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battle of golf’s greats This year’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship has attracted the strongest field yet with half of the world’s top 10 players teeing off alongside golfing great Tiger Woods
Q Just a few months ago, Abu Dhabi was named 2012’s golf destination of the year in Africa and the Gulf States by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. Just a few days earlier, it was announced that Tiger Woods would play for the first time in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. But Abu Dhabi is not new to the world of golf. It has been staging the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the start of the European PGA Tour, since 2006 and has attracted a field of the world’s top golfers each year. Martin Kaymer has won the Falcon Trophy three times and will be looking to add a fourth to his CV, but he has to contend with a star-studded field including three reigning Major winners and past and present world number ones. With Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Jason Day and Kaymer, this year’s championship from January 26 to 29 couldn’t get more exciting.
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1 Tiger Woods (previous page) 2 KJ Choi 3 Darren Clarke 4 Jason Day 5 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
“We are confident record crowds will gather to see Tiger Woods make his Abu Dhabi debut in his only competitive Middle East appearance of the year” – Faisal Al Sheikh Giants of golf This year’s field of players is shaping up to be the best yet and certainly one of the strongest seen in regional golf. But organiser, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), promises there’s more to come. “The giants of golf are coming to Abu Dhabi,” says Faisal Al Sheikh, events manager at the ADTA. “Traditionally, we have prioritised depth of field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and that has not changed for our seventh year. It is safe to say we are amassing the finest field to ever contest a Middle East tournament. “Much loved by Abu Dhabi galleries, the ever-popular Martin Kaymer will be back, but to win a fourth title he must overcome his sternest challenge yet. The collection of world-class contenders includes familiar faces and some new ones. We are confident that record crowds will gather to see Tiger Woods make his Abu Dhabi debut in what will be his only competitive Middle East appearance of the year.” But how will Woods stack up against defending champion Kaymer (of Germany), who sits at number four in the world? “Abu Dhabi is a special championship for me, obviously. I love the course and I’ve played some of my best golf on the National [course]. The amazing field means next year is going to be special and it will be my toughest Abu Dhabi challenge yet,” Kaymer says.
World number one Luke Donald (of England) will be looking to open the year on a high and maintain his ranking, but he’ll have number two Rory McIlroy (of Northern Ireland) hot on his heels. “Abu Dhabi is a great way to begin the year,” says McIlroy, 22. “Every year the field gets stronger and stronger and the championship gets harder to win. I finished second last year, so I’m hoping to go one better this time. I think there will be some truly great leaderboard tussles over the weekend.”
Wa n t f r e e e n t ry ? HSBC customers can present their cards at the entry gate during the tournament week and gain free tickets. Premier card holders can redeem two daily tickets, while regular card holders can claim one daily ticket.
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The championship Now in its seventh year, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is held on the National Course at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Sanctioned by the European PGA Tour, it offers a US$2.7 million (AED9.9 million) prize fund. Last year the event attracted more than 40,000 spectators, all eager to catch a glimpse of their favourite golfer in action, but it’s not just the on-course play that keeps fans entertained. The newly expanded Championship Village has a range of attractions, prizes, games, competitions, live performances and family friendly fun, while in the HSBC Interactive Zone, visitors can test and hone their golf swing and putting techniques. And while the event is world class with its star-studded field, it is very accessible with tickets priced at AED50 for a day pass and AED150 for a four-day pass. Those who wear red on ‘Dress in Red’ Day, whether it’s an entire outfit or just accessories, can enter for free, as can children under 18. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com
Last year the event attracted more than 40,000 spectators, all eager to catch a glimpse of their favourite golfer in action
The line-up for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship includes: 1 Luke Donald (England) 2 Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) 3 Lee Westwood (England) 4 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 8 Jason Day (Australia) 11 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 15 KJ Choi (South Korea) 21 Tiger Woods (USA) 46 Darren Clarke (Northern Ireland)
6 Lee Westwood 7 Charl Schwartzel 8 Luke Donald 9 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 10 Rory Mcllroy
Golf in Abu Dhabi Fancy 18 holes on some of the Middle East’s top courses? Abu Dhabi Golf Club
02 5588990 or www.adgolfclub.com
Home to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the course provides a tough but fair challenge. The falconshaped clubhouse that overlooks the course is iconic. Night golf is available. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
02 5578000 or www.sbgolfclub.ae
Designed by golfing legend Gary Player, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club offers spectacular views of the Gulf and even the chance to spot dolphins out to sea. Yas Links
02 8107710 or www.yaslinks.com
The region’s first links-style golf course was designed by Kyle Philips. Yas Links has views of the coast from every hole.
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my LIFE IN ABU DHABI British construction manager Damian Cosgrove reveals his favourite activities in the capital
1 Saadiyat Beach Golf Club 2 Al Forsan International Sports Resort
I’m a relative newcomer to Abu Dhabi. I arrived eight months ago from Dubai where I had lived for two and a half years. I initially moved there for work, intending to stay just six months. The recession was starting in the UK and work was drying up. A friend suggested I fly to Dubai and arrange some job interviews. Fortunately it worked out and I am still in the UAE three years later. I didn’t really know too much about Abu Dhabi before I moved here. Living in Dubai, I had travelled to the capital for two years but hadn’t explored too much. I now live in Khalifa ‘A’ and really like it. I’m a stone’s throw from Yas Marina, which is where I watched the Formula One Grand Prix in November. My two older brothers were here during that week so we attended the race and went to the concerts. Sir Paul
McCartney performed on the final night after the race and was brilliant. While my brothers were here we also did a desert safari, which I had never experienced despite living in the region for three years. It really surprised me how much fun it was. We also went to Al Forsan International Sports Resort, near where I live in Khalifa ‘A’. It’s a great place which has loads of things to do, such as go-karting, buggies, wakeboarding and paintball. You’re guaranteed a good time. In my spare time, I enjoy going for a round at one of Abu Dhabi’s golf courses. The main three are Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which will host the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship this month, Yas Links and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Yas and Saadiyat have great views of the Arabian Gulf.
While my brothers were here we did a desert safari, which I had never experienced despite living in the region for three years. It really surprised me how much fun it was
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Under the sea From seaweed wraps to caviar facials, indulge in a pampering marine treatment
Anti-Cellulite Hip and Thigh Treatment, Espa Overlooking Yas Marina, the ultra-modern Espa is an obvious choice for a marine treatment and its Anti-Cellulite Hip and Thigh Treatment will have you ready for the beach in 60 minutes, or more if you take time out in the relaxation area. The treatment begins with full-body exfoliation using a special blend of seaweed, salt and oil. It is removed with iced mitts to help tone and firm the skin. Afterwards a brisk and powerful detoxifying massage follows to stimulate the lymphatic system and improve the appearance of the skin. Ref lex zones and pressure points on the feet are activated to leave you feeling revitalised and refreshed. Where: Yas Viceroy / When: 9am to 9pm / Cost: AED380 for 60 minutes / Contact: 02 6560862
Detoxifying Body Wrap, Talise Spa This decadent body wrap detoxifies at all levels using a range of marine products, including sea plants, algae, marine minerals and plant essences. It begins with an exfoliation using organic green tea salt therapy to leave skin soft and enlivened. A warm marine body mask follows before being cocooned in a comforting wrap. While the products are working their magic, enjoy a soothing scalp massage for total relaxation. The treatment finishes with a luxurious lotion for body rejuvenation. Where: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers / When: 9am to 9pm Price: AED750 for 90 minutes / Contact: 02 8115858
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Caviar Sublime, Atarmia Spa Set beside the beach on Saadiyat Island, Atarmia Spa is one of the newest additions to Abu Dhabi’s luxury offerings. Within the walls of this Arabian-style spa, treatments are divided into four categories: Brilliance, Majestic, Lustrous and Opulence. The two-hour Caviar Sublime facial falls into the Opulence category, the most sophisticated and luxurious, which uses gemstones, caviar, diamonds and other precious ingredients. The facial uses lifting and f irming protein-rich caviar with powerful antioxidants to smooth away fine lines and transform the skin’s texture. It includes an Aculift massage on the décolleté, a relaxing scalp massage and a hand and foot treatment to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from head to toe. Where: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi / When: 10am to 11pm Price: AED990 for 120 minutes / Contact: 02 4071234
The two-hour Caviar Sublime facial falls into the Opulence category, the most sophisticated and luxurious, which uses gemstones, caviar, diamonds and other precious ingredients
Elemis Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap Anantara Spa One of the most opulent spas in Abu Dhabi, Anantara Spa at Emirates Palace is a haven of relaxation. With new year’s resolutions in place, it’s time to detoxify and cleanse the body inside and out. The Elemis Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap comes in two varieties to ease muscles or to fight cellulite and fluid retention. Musclease uses a warming and calming blend of pine and rosemary oils to help ease the pain of rheumatism, arthritis, muscle spasm and fatigue, while the Cellutox is a detoxifying blend of juniper and lemon essential oils that helps to decongest and stimulate the body’s natural detoxifying systems. The warm seaweed body mask is combined with either blend of essential oils and applied to the body before being wrapped in foil to ensure deeper penetration. Two treatments per week for one month are suggested for maximum results. Where: Emirates Palace / When: 10am to 10pm Price: AED650 for 75 minutes / Contact: 02 6909000
shop Louis Vuitton
Get the nautical look with Louis Vuitton’s Cruise Collection 2012. Using Sofia Coppola as its muse, LV has captured European iconography and the Parisian experience that is evident in the American film director’s style. With navy blue and crisp whites, nautical never goes out of fashion. Louis Vuitton is available at Marina Mall. Contact 02 6812166.
time to take the plunge Superior watches for discerning divers
Q Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M In 1970, Omega launched the Seamaster Professional 600, one of the most robust and seaworthy divers’ wristwatches ever manufactured. Affectionately called the ‘Ploprof’, (the first letters of plongeur professionnel, French for ‘professional diver’), the watch has been updated and relaunched. Water resistant to 1,200 metres, the Ploprof not only has a bi-directional locking bezel, but also comes with a brushed mesh, shark-proof bracelet. The watch is equipped with a co-axial calibre 8,500. Its case cannot be mistaken for that of any other watch with the screwed-in crown, located at 9 o’clock, positioned under a protective buffer allowing freer wrist movement and preventing any unintentional manipulation. At 2 o’clock is the characteristic bezel-release security pusher with an orange anodised aluminium ring. Pressing the pusher allows the bezel to be rotated in either direction and then locked firmly in position, ensuring that it cannot be accidentally shifted during a dive. The Ploprof has an automatic helium escape valve located on the side of the case at 4 o’clock. This feature allows helium atoms to escape during decompression and is particularly useful for professional divers operating from diving bells. The oversized minute hand, which plays such an important role for divers, is crafted from orange anodised aluminium for legibility.
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Longines Hydroconquest The HydroConquest is ideal for divers and enthusiasts of the open seas. Fitted with the L667 automatic self-winding mechanical movement, the watch produces 28,800 alternations per hour and offers a power reserve of 46 hours. Its abyss black dial, embellished with a ‘big12’ and superluminova luminescent indices, shows the date, hour and minutes and has a subdial for the seconds at 9 o’clock and the counters of the chrono mechanism: 30 minutes at 12 o’clock and 12 hours at 6 o’clock. Featuring a stainless steel case with screwed back and crown, the watch has an aluminium unidirectional turning bezel and lateral protection for the crown. The watch is water resistant to 300 metres and comes with a rubber strap with double security deployment buckle and diving extension piece.
With an uncompromisingly sporty design, the 500 Fathoms is water resistant to 1,000 metres and equipped with a helium decompression valve, vital when diving in a closed environment
Blancpain 500 Fathoms Big sister to the famous Fifty Fathoms watch (shown above), the 500 Fathoms is more high performance and hi-tech than ever. With an uncompromisingly sporty design, the timepiece is water resistant to 1,000 metres and equipped with a helium decompression valve, vital when diving in a closed environment. It is also fitted with a 48mm-diameter titanium case. To enhance readability, there are large phosphorescent numerals as well as luminescent coating on the hourmarkers, bezel markings and hands. The luminescent base of the black dial reveals its f luorescence only in the dark, while the date appears in white against a black background at 4 o’clock. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel facilitates handling and avoids any involuntary extension of the dive time. Crafted in titanium and sapphire crystal, it features a gentle cambered relief that reduces the risk of impacts. The 500 Fathoms is powered by the self-winding Calibre 1315, specifically designed to equip sports watches.
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Parmigiani Fleurier One-One-Five and Pershing Chronograph For its first complete collection of aquatic chronographs, Parmigiani Fleurier has teamed with Pershing, one of the most prestigious boatbuilders in the world. The two brands have produced the Pershing Collection, which features two lines: the limited-edition ‘one-onefive’ timepiece, available in 18-carat rose gold and 950 palladium, and the Pershing Chronograph, available in steel with four dial variants. The ‘one-one-five’ comes in two dial versions, tan and silver, each of 115 pieces, incorporating the self-winding chronograph movement calibre PF 190. It also has an hour and minute display, as well as
chronograph seconds in the centre, a 12-hour counter, 30-minute counter plus the tachometer and large date indicator. The case is water resistant to 660 feet and has a rotary bezel. The non-limited-edition Pershing Chronograph comes with a graphite, silver, blue metal or amaranth dial. This steel-only piece is inspired by the silvery reflections of Pershing yacht hulls. It incorporates the new Parmigiani Fleurier ‘house’ self-winding chronograph movement calibre PF 334. Available with a rubber strap or steel bracelet, it is also water resistant to 200 metres and has a rotary bezel and engraved case-back representing one of Pershing’s flagship models.
Available with a rubber strap or steel bracelet, it is also water resistant to 200 metres and has a rotary bezel and engraved case-back representing one of Pershing’s flagship models
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk
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A professional diving instrument, the Sea Hawk Pro 1000m was launched in 2006 and is a certified diving watch. Featuring a hard-wearing rubber strap and rugged steel case, the watch has luminescent indices on the dial and the hands for instant readability, even underwater in poor light conditions. For optimal integration and wearing comfort, the crown is positioned at 4 o’clock and is protected by a crown shield. It features a unidirectional rotating bezel and helium relief valve, which prevents damage to the case due to helium seeping into the watch after a deep dive. It also comes with a safety folding clasp with rapid extension system to allow the watch to be worn on top of a diving suit. To avoid any unintended opening, the clasp can only be opened by pressing the two push-buttons on its sides.
BLANCPAIN, LONGINES AND OMEGA
Available from: Rivoli 800 RIVOLI (748654)
Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Hamdan Street, Khalidiyah, Khalidiyah Mall, Marina Mall, Al Ain Mall, Al Jimi Mall, Bawadi Mall GIRARD PERREGAUX AND PARMIGIANI FLEURIER Available from: Damas Les Exclusives 02 6813770
Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalidiyah Mall, Marina Mall and Khalid Bin Al Walid Street (Khalidiyah)
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jewels of the sea A modern jewellery hub with a strong heritage, the UAE is the ideal place to buy a luxurious set of shining pearls
Q There is something wonderfully romantic about pearls, their creamy hue and shiny lustre is seductive. And nowhere more so than in Abu Dhabi, an emirate with a rich pearling history and thriving jewellery trade. Head to any of the shopping centres and see stores brimming with bright, gleaming pearls. But before delving into your pocket and purchasing that must-have piece, there are a few important points worth considering. “To be deemed perfect, a pearl should have extremely high lustre, excellent surface texture and it should be free of blemishes,” says Sahil Karani, director at Mikura Pearls. “It should also have a faultlessly round shape.”
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Coloured kaleidoscope There is no international standard for grading pearls so different suppliers may not grade identical examples in the same way. Many reputable sellers, however, use the A, AA and AAA grading system with AAA being the most sought after. As well as lustre and shape, examine the surface of the pearl. It should be free of cracks and holes. Also consider the nacre, the thickness of its exterior. If a pearl has been harvested too early, its nacre may crack and flake. Look at drill holes with a magnifying glass where signs of damage are most likely to be found. The nacre should be at least 0.3mm deep or better, 0.5mm. With pink, black, blue, green and grey pearls available, which is the most popular and why?
As well as lustre and shape, examine the surface of the pearl. It should be free of cracks and holes. Also consider the nacre, the thickness of its exterior. If a pearl has been harvested too early, its nacre may crack and flake
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“South Sea pearls come in varying colours from silvery white to blue grey and there are the brownish black pearls of Tahiti,” says Celina Pandey, marketing manager at Khalil Al Sayegh Jewellers. “Colour is purely a matter of personal choice.” According to Karani, it is still the traditional white pearl that tends to be more expensive. “This is because the overwhelming majority of demand is for white pearls,” he says. “White is the colour most typically associated with pearls from the discovery of the first natural pearls through to the culturing of Akoya, South Sea and Freshwater pearls. “Today, even though pearls are available in a variety of colours and hues, white remains the most sought after, especially in the larger South Sea pearls. “The rarity of finding a truly high-quality white South Sea pearl, however, makes it highly valuable and prized.”
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Another UAE retailer with pearl expertise is Damas. As well as creating its own collections, Damas distributes luxury pieces from high-end brand Mikimoto, whose founder is credited with culturing the world’s first perfectly round pearl in 1893. Paspaley, another leading pearling company, recently made headlines for bringing the world’s largest pearl to Dubai. The precious South Sea gem was transported all the way from Australia for an exhibition at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. Measuring a whopping 22mm in diameter, this priceless jewel of the sea is perfectly shaped and has a strong pink orient. Jewellers today sell cultured pearls, which are created when the oyster’s shell has been opened to insert an irritant, stimulating nacre production. This process, which was developed in the 1920s, destroyed the world’s pearl diving trade, which for decades was the emirate’s greatest source of revenue and accounted for as much as 95 percent of national incomes. Divers would risk life and limb collecting oysters. Holding their breaths for minutes at a time they would scour the seabed in search of the precious gems.
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IN THE KNOW Concierge recommends the following reputable pearl retailers DAMAS 02 6450700
Stores in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Khalidiyah Mall and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. Al Jimi Mall and Bawadi Mall in Al Ain DAMAS LES EXCLUSIVES 02 6813770
Stores in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalidiyah Mall, Marina Mall and Khalid Bin Al Walid Street (Khalidiyah) KHALIL AL SAYEGH 04 2276555/04 3231113 10
International Financial Centre (Aliel Boutique) in Dubai MIKURA 800-MIKURA (645872)/
Available at: Jazira Jewellers in Abu Dhabi Mall and Al Awadhi Jewellery, Jazira Jewellers, Kanz Al Emarat and Maha Jewellery at Madinat Zayed Gold Souk PASPALEY 02 6441475
Store in: Abu Dhabi Mall PINCTADA 04 4340239
Stores in: The Dubai Mall, Mina A’Salam Hotel and Al Qasr Hotel in Dubai
Stores in: Al Maktoum Street, Deira and Dubai
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Reverse the signs of ageing and sun damage with the latest luxury creams, serums and potions
Q Clarins Eye Contour Gel The skincare experts at Clarins have put their heads together and come up with Clarins Eye Contour Gel. This lightweight, non-oily gel, which is designed to reduce puffiness and do away with dark circles, is enriched with four super-active organic plant extracts. The first, ginkgo biloba, encourages circulation, while the cornflower extract protects sensitive skin. Meanwhile, the camomile extract aids soothing and extract of aloe leaves the skin feeling smooth and supple.
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Cellular Power Infusion by La Prairie La Prairie’s most brilliant scientific achievement to date offers the key to youthful skin. Cellular Power Infusion simultaneously impacts on the three dimensions of the skin that are responsible for the ageing process: the energy units within each skin cell, the skin cell itself and the structural makeup of the skin. With a three-pronged approach to anti-ageing, the first step is to reverse the cellular energy loss by recharging the skin with the vital energy essential for its optimal functioning. The next phase renews skin cells by reawakening stem cells, while the third stage begins the rebuilding of the skin’s structure. Apply twice daily for 28 to 40 days, to coincide with the skin’s natural renewal cycle, then repeat every three months.
Bulgari Secret De Gemmes Line The Cosmetic Research Department of Bulgari has created a new programme to immediately and continuously combat expression lines. The exclusive line comprising three high-performing targeted products – Secret De Gemmes Serum, Secret De Gemmes Cream and Secret De Gemmes Cream Rich – contains two unique ingredients: relaxstim and hexapeptide. Relaxstim is a super-efficient anti-wrinkle ingredient, which dramatically reduces the appearance of expression lines. Hexapeptide is a hyaluronic acid matrix, which contains extra moisturising ingredients that help to keep skin hydrated at all times.
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Australian brand, ATP, known for its technological advancements in antiageing and skin solutions, has created ATP Skin Firming Serum. Designed specifically to maintain elasticity and flexibility for firmer, plumper skin, this product is often referred to as the ‘nonsurgical facelift’ serum.
UNE Radiance Programme The UNE Radiance Programme includes Micellar Cleansing Water, Moisturising Cream and Nourishing Cream. Working in harmony, these three products are designed to give a quick (yet longlasting) boost to the complexion, while helping to keep skin naturally smooth, plump and clear.
Strivectin-TL Tightening Face Serum and Tightening and Sculpting Face & Neck Cream With ageing comes loss of skin firmness. Little by little, slackness creeps in making once-toned skin appear loose. StriVectin’s exclusive technology works from within, first tightening the surface, then fortifying the skin’s ability to hold natural collagen. The effects are both immediate and long term.
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Guerlain Abeille Royale Eye Care Kiss crows’ feet goodbye with Guerlain’s Abeille Royale Eye Care. Acting on three levels, this new beauty broth helps to do away with wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes by reweaving the skin’s mesh. The first stage sees the acceleration of tissue cells to damaged areas, which helps to smooth and tighten the skin around the eyes. The second phase improves tissue suppleness, while the third stage reduces puffiness, leaving you bright eyed.
WHERE TO BUY Find these brands and more at the following outlets BOOTS 02 4437167
Stores in: Al Wahda Mall, Murour Mall and Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3
DEBENHAMS 02 6354994
Store in: Khalidiyah Mall DFS GALLERIA 02 5757163
Store in: Abu Dhabi International Airport FACES 02 6354323
Stores in: Khalidiyah Mall and Marina Mall PARIS GALLERY 02 5746565
Stores in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalidiyah Centre and Marina Mall
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Taste Ray ’s Bar
Offering stunning views of Abu Dhabi’s pristine coastline and white beaches, Ray’s Bar sits high on the 62 nd f loor of the newly opened Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel. Visitors can enjoy exot ic cock tai ls and Asianinf luenced tapas while taking in bird’s-eye views of the Corniche, skyline and city areas. Contact 02 8115555.
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Catch of the day With Abu Dhabi’s location on the coast, who could resist a deliciously fresh seafood meal in one of the city’s finest restaurants?
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Nautilus Enjoy unrivalled views of berthed luxury yachts, Yas Marina and the Yas Yacht Club whether dining on the terrace at Nautilus or inside. While the January weather makes alfresco dining the ideal option, those who choose to sit inside can still admire the views through the floor-toceiling glass along the marina-facing side of the restaurant. It’s not just the view from the restaurant of this ultramodern hotel that is the winner. Under the guidance of new executive chef Michel Jost, who has worked in restaurants at luxury hotels in Switzerland, Spain, South Africa and Greece, Nautilus has seen a few changes. Chef Michel and UK-trained chef de cuisine Satish, who is originally from Mumbai, have fine tuned and extended the menu offering a greater selection of Champagne, including an indulgent 22-carat Champagne rosé. The raw bar, meanwhile, is equally indulgent with two types of French farm oysters and three types of premium caviar. The selection of appetisers has increased and the warm dishes have been divided into two styles: Mediterranean and pan-Pacific. Recommended starters include crab cocktail or signature scallop, while the grilled surf and turf gets the tick of approval. Also getting the thumbs up is new restaurant manager Xavier Lignac who brings Michelin-star experience to the restaurant and places great emphasis on staff knowing the menu inside out. With delicious fresh seafood, beautiful marina views and friendly, efficient service, an evening at Nautilus is bound to be special. Where: Yas Viceroy / When: 7 to 11pm / Contact: 02 6560600
Finz Perched over the water in a wooden hut, this romantic seafood restaurant has a boardwalk terrace that’s perfect for outdoor dining. Whether taking in the views of the glistening Gulf waters or observing the growing Abu Dhabi skyline, by day or night Finz is one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite restaurants. The menu features all manner of seafood dishes, but perhaps one of the most recommended is the salt-crusted sea bass for two, which comes with lobster and tarragon sauce, seasonal vegetables, baby potatoes and rice. The mixed seafood grill platter is also popular. The seafood is sourced from all over the world. The sea bass and salmon are from Norway, the Dover sole from European waters, the sako tuna comes from the Philippines, the oysters are from France and the catch of the day is from the local fish market. The wine list is extensive, while the service is friendly and attentive. There are few better ways to enjoy a seafood meal than overlooking the water, with a gentle breeze of mild sea air. Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi When: Daily 12.30 to 3.30pm and 7 to 11.30pm Contact: 02 6979000
Pearls & Caviar A firm favourite on Abu Dhabi’s dining scene, Pearls & Caviar never fails to impress. The venue’s exclusivity and luxurious surroundings are evident from the name alone, but it’s a theme that carries throughout the restaurant. Overlooking the water and the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Mediterranean seafood restaurant exudes class. It is coloured in pewter tones with Arabic touches. There’s an intricate mosaic tile pattern on the floor, white tablecloths and comfortable leather chairs. Guest chef Jean Paul Lourdes, from the ShangriLa Hotel, Toronto, has designed a special menu that shows flair and creativity, while incorporating some local delights. For a starter, try the scallops roasted with coffee and cardamom with salted milk curd and medjool dates, or the puree of pattypan squash, sautéed Gulf shrimp, bitter orange and pomegranate. For mains, it’s hard to beat the Chilean sea bass, garlic ravioli, sour grapefruit essence, beef marrow and juice of young tarragon. Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri When: Daily 7pm to midnight / Contact: 02 5098555
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Sayad Taking its name from the Arabic word for fisherman, Sayad at Emirates Palace is a modern seafood restaurant with an aquatic feel. The turquoise lighting and clever use of glass give the restaurant an aquarium-like ambience, which sits perfectly with its menu of ocean delights. The seafood at this fine-dining restaurant is prepared using mostly European cooking principles, while modern techniques are employed at times to improve the taste or texture of the food. Highlights include the octopus carpaccio served with pickled peach, potato confit and a peach and tamarind dressing, or the sweet corn veloute, which is sweet corn soup served with king crab and curried popcorn. The seafood is sourced from Australia and Europe, particularly France and Norway. Situated on the ground level of the hotel, the restaurant offers views of the beach and marina. There is a terrace for alfresco dining and three private dining rooms, each accommodating up to eight diners.
Turquoise lighting and clever use of glass give the restaurant an aquariumlike ambience, which sits perfectly with its menu of ocean delights
Where: Emirates Palace When: Daily from 6.30 to 11.30pm / Contact: 02 6909000
Fishmarket In a hut overlooking the beach and the Arabian Gulf, sits Fishmarket, a restaurant where diners choose their ingredients and have the chefs prepare it the way they like. In the seafood section, guests can select from fat juicy scallops, Omani lobster, oysters and mussels, squid, shrimp and tiger prawns and an array of crabs sourced from around the world. Each can be grilled or fried and served with sauces, such as lemon and garlic, or sweet chili. In the fish section, the choice is extensive. There is sea bass, red hammour, sultan ibrahim, tuna, salmon, shark and more. Diners can then choose vegetables, salad, noodles and rice and decide how they would like the meal cooked. Staff are on hand to help with selections and also advise on the best sauces. Once diners have ordered, they can enjoy views of the Gulf through the large windows, watch the chefs in action or admire the aquariums around the restaurant. Fishmarket is ideal for those who like the freedom to choose how their meal is prepared. The seafood is fresh and tasty, the restaurant is lively with friendly and helpful staff and the view shows Abu Dhabi at its best. Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi When: Daily 12.30 to 4pm and 7 to 11pm Contact: 800 423463
A l s o t ry Turquoiz St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort 02 4036577 A relaxed beachfront restaurant and lounge serving a good selection of fresh seafood.
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Sun, sea and supper Take in views of the Arabian Gulf with a meal at one of the city’s fine waterfront restaurants
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Nahaam A newcomer to Abu Dhabi’s restaurant scene, Nahaam offers beach views with alfresco and indoor casual dining. It is named after the singer employed on pearl diving ships who would keep spirits high through soulful traditional songs and joyful chants. In keeping with the ‘comforting’ theme, Nahaam serves international favourites such as wood-oven pizzas, Asian stir-fries, salads, steaks and fish dishes. Loughlin Druhan, executive chef at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, recommends the signature dish, black pepper-coated tuna with watermelon and tomato consommé. “Through its cuisine offerings, Nahaam’s goal is to make visitors feel gastronomically at home. There are 13 chefs of various nationalities and culinary backgrounds including European, Asian and Far Eastern and each has specialised in their regional disciplines, ensuring authenticity in flavours,” explains chef Loughlin. Heading the team is chef de cuisine Niels Van Oers, from Belgium, who provides his own culinary creativity and attention to detail. Connected to the sea in both namesake and location, Nahaam is a relaxed restaurant that’s ideal for families, couples and solo travellers. The atmosphere is light and enlivened and the dining is familiar and celebratory. Where: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers When: Daily 11am to 11pm / Contact: 02 8115555
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Shuja Yacht Why have dinner on land when you can have it on a luxury floating restaurant? Departing every night except Sunday, Shuja Yacht sails alongside the Abu Dhabi Corniche offering guests spectacular views of the city from Marina Mall to the port. For an authentic Arabian experience, Tuesday night features a Middle Eastern menu with entertainment provided by a belly dancer and Arabic singer. The remaining nights offer a fine buffet focusing on fresh seafood with international flavours. Highlights from the buffet include Thai calamari salad, soulfish served with tahini sauce and roasted salmon with lobster, mussels and Normandy sauce. Shuja Yacht is the only licensed yacht in Abu Dhabi operating dinner cruises and offers visitors beautiful views of the city, Corniche and coastline whether for a romantic dinner, birthday celebration or a private function. Where: Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi. Leaves from the Breakwater marina When: Boarding 7.30pm, returns 10pm. Cruises every night except Sunday Contact: 800 101101
Shuja Yacht is the only licensed yacht in Abu Dhabi operating dinner cruises and offers visitors beautiful views of the city, Corniche and coastline
A l s o t ry The Beach Restaurant Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana 02 6570000 Enjoy seafood dishes in a semi-formal setting, with alfresco dining by the pool and beach. Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant Sheraton Abu Dhabi 02 6773333 Admire views of the water while snacking on mini Spanish dishes and refreshing sangria.
Being an island, Abu Dhabi has no shortage of waterfront restaurants, but for a serving of tranquility with sea views, visit Talay. Talay serves deliciousThai seafood dishes with uninterrupted views of turquoise waters and lush green gardens in a setting that will make you forget you are in the centre of a bustling city. The terrace is the best place to enjoy the typical Thai menu, but there is also a large air-conditioned indoor dining area. Recommended dishes include marinated prawn salad with chilli paste, lemongrass, onion and mint, stir-fried local blue crab with spring onion, celery, red chilli and fish sauce, or Talay plow, a seafood platter of Australian lobster, jumbo prawns, hammour, squid served with Thai vegetables and fried rice with crab. Those who visit during the day will be tempted by the three-course express lunch for AED85, while Tuesdayâ€™s buffet dinner offers an array of Thai dishes for AED125. Where: Le MĂŠridien Abu Dhabi When: Daily 12.30 to 3.30pm, 7 to 11.30pm Contact: 02 6446238
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BBQ Al Qasr Step outside the usual restaurant surrounds and take a seat under the stars at BBQ Al Qasr. Perched on the beach in traditional Arabian majlis-style wooden gazebos with plush pillows and furnishings, diners can feast on grilled meat and seafood, as well as salads, side dishes and a sensational seafood platter with seasonal lobster, prawns, mussels, scallops and grilled local fish. Set menus are also available. Soft lighting and the sounds of the Arabian Sea set the mood, while the aroma of shisha lingering in the air and traditional oud music in the background make this a romantic yet informal venue. This gourmet beach barbecue is held in the grounds of Emirates Palace, giving diners unrivalled views of one of Abu Dhabi’s most recognised icons. Where: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi When: Daily 6.30 to 11.30pm Contact: 02 6907070
Soft lighting and the sounds of the Arabian Sea set the mood, while the aroma of shisha lingering in the air and traditional oud music in the background make BBQ Al Qasr a romantic yet informal venue
Beach House There are few locations in Abu Dhabi more beautiful than Saadiyat Beach.With sandy white beaches and calm turquoise waters, this serene spot is the ideal destination for watching the sunset. To make the most of this special time of day, head to the Beach House. Nestled between the Arabian Sea and Saadiyat Beach on one side and landscaped gardens and pools on the other, the relaxed venue serves an array of Mediterranean sharing dishes. Chef Michelle Mueller, from Germany, recommends the Yarra Valley feta, sticky balsamic, slow-baked tomatoes and rucola; seared tuna escabeche with lime and ginger; char-grilled octopus with tomato and rocket salad; and sautéed chicken livers with Xeres vinegar. With more than 14 years’ experience, chef Michelle is tasked with ensuring the Beach House is anything but a typical restaurant, matching the diversity and richness of the menu with the unique surroundings. So for mouthwatering platters and sundowners in a casual, warm environment surrounded by a beautiful panorama, be sure to visit the Beach House. Where: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas When: Daily, lunch from noon to 3pm and dinner from 6pm Contact: 02 4071234
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Pearls of the plate One of the finest delicacies in the world, sturgeon caviar will soon be produced in Abu Dhabi
Lovers of fine food will soon be able to feast on caviar produced in Abu Dhabi. The Royal Caviar Company opened in the capital in 2011 and its first commercial batch of caviar is expected to be produced later this year. It will become the world’s largest and most technologically advanced producer of high-quality caviar, supplying up to 35 tonnes annually from homegrown sturgeon. Fetching US$4 to US$6 (AED15 to AED22) per gram, there is a growing demand for quality caviar, particularly in the Middle East and Asia. In fact, 14 tonnes of caviar is consumed annually just in the UAE. In the wild, sturgeon is considered endangered which is why the farmed variety is becoming increasingly popular as an environmentally friendly delicacy. Robert Harper, group commercial director of Bin Salem Holding, the Abu Dhabi-based family-owned holding group behind The Royal Caviar Company, says Abu Dhabi’s location makes it ideal for distribution to the world’s growing markets for high-quality caviar and sturgeon fillets. He says the Ossetra caviar will be produced through state-of-the-art methods. “Cutting edge recirculating technology and digital process control ensures that the sturgeon enjoy an ideal habitat with carefully controlled pH levels, oxygen concentration and regular feeding. Our sturgeon will produce an extremely high quality of caviar and fillets for the local and international markets for many years to come.” Ossetra caviar comes from the Ossetra variety of sturgeon. It is smaller than its prized cousin Beluga and produces a distinct flavour which is considered richer and more nutty. A versatile delicacy, caviar can be enjoyed as a canapé or as a complement to main dishes, according to Harper. “Care should be taken to serve the caviar when very fresh and slightly cooler than room temperature. When served as a canapé, let the caviar be the centre of attention and try not to overpower its delicate and distinctive taste by combining it with strongf lavoured foods.” While the locally produced caviar is not yet available, visitors can enjoy other caviar in high-end establishments, such as Le Café & Caviar Bar (Emirates Palace 02 6909000), Pearls & Caviar (Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri 02 5098555) and Nautilus (Yas Viceroy 02 6560600).
W h at ’s yo u r f l av o u r ? Only roe from the sturgeon fish can be classed as caviar. Beluga Considered the most prized caviar for its soft, pea-sized eggs and delicate flavour. Its colour
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Ossetra Medium-sized eggs, ranging in colour from grey to brown with a distinct flavour. Sevruga Smaller eggs that are grey in colour with a more pronounced flavour.
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discover Proud of its culture and history, Abu Dhabi has focused efforts on preserving its identity through galleries and museums
HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY
The gallery shows original art from locally based artists. Hemisphere also organises exhibitions and events. Located next to the Russian Embassy.
Museums and cultural sites
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 1.30pm and 4 to 8pm
Abu Dhabi CULTURAL FOUNDATION
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
Offers art, craft and gift items from the Arab world along with prints and paintings inspired by the UAE landscape. Zayed the First Street, Khalidiyah.
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 9pm GALLERY ONE
This gallery at Emirates Palace hosts regular temporary exhibitions. For details, see www.artsabudhabi.ae
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm GHAF 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.
Timings: Sat to Thu
10am to 9pm
MANARAT AL SAADIYAT
02 6435781, 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 QIBAB ART GALLERY
Specialises in Iraqi art, but also shows work from international, regional and local artists. Villa 3, Street 15 in Al Zaab area.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 8pm SALWA ZEIDAN GALLERY
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.
AL HOSN PALACE (WHITE FORT)
Built in 1793, Al Hosn Palace was the official home of the rulers of Abu Dhabi.
02 6676999, 050 8293952, www.enam.ae
A diverse collection of more than 200 classic vehicles owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.
Timings: Daily 9am to 6pm (closed for lunch) Guide price: AED50 HERITAGE VILLAGE
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 9pm, Fri 3.30 to 9pm Guide price: Free
AL QATTARA ARTS CENTER
Housed in a historic fort in Al Ain’s Al Qattara Oasis, this centre specialises in local and Arab art as well as UAE heritage and culture.
Timings: Sun to Thu
10am to 10pm
Learn more about Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District at an exhibition at Emirates Palace which is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Entry is free. For more information, phone 02 6908207. Alternatively, visit the Saadiyat Story exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat, which is open daily from 10am to 8pm. See www.saadiyat.ae for details.
EMIRATES NATIONAL AUTO MUSEUM
Timings: Sun to Thu 9am to 7pm, Fri and Sat by appointment
Capital of culture
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This tourist site on the Breakwater is a re-creation of aspects of Bedouin life and has a museum containing original artefacts.
Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will soon be home to the world-famous Louvre and Guggenheim museums. The Abu Dhabi government is spending over US$1 billion to bring these cultural landmarks to the emirate. They have also signed some of the world’s most renowned architects, including Frank Gehry who shot to fame with his design of the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, and Jean Nouvel, who designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. In addition, the Zayed National Museum will be designed by Lord Norman Foster, making the Cultural District the only place in the world to have buildings designed by five Pritzker Prize winners. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2013, while the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open some time later.
Al Ain AL JAHILI FORT
One of the largest forts in the UAE, Al Jahili Fort was built by Sheikh Zayed the First between 1891 and 1898 and used as a royal summer residence.
Timings: Daily 9am to 5pm, Fri 3 to 5pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: Free AL AIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
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
1&4. Arabian Adventures 2. Emirates Palace display 3. Cultural Foundation 5. Falcon Aviation Services 6. Dhow and Emirates Palace 7. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 8. Al Jahili Fort 9. Jebel Hafeet
SHEIKH ZAYED PALACE MUSEUM
Originally a palace for the Al Nahyan family, it is now a museum that chronicles the lifestyle of the ruling family.
Timings: Sat to Thu 8am to 7.30pm, Fri 3 to 7.30pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: Free
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Al Gharbia CHRISTIAN MONASTERY
Explore the remains of an early Christian monastery which is believed to have been founded in the late 6th century AD on Sir Bani Yas Island. The guided tour takes one hour.
Visit Al Hosn Palace, haggle over carpets, admire the Corniche and city skyline, learn about local culture at Heritage Village and visit a dhow yard, Emirates Palace and the Grand Mosque.
Timings: Daily 9am to 1.30pm Guide price: Adults AED150, children AED130
Timings: Daily at 6.30, 8.30 and 10.30am, 3 and 5pm Guide price: AED60
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 10pm (except Friday mornings), with free tours from Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 4.30pm, Fridays at 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm Guide price: Free
FALCON AVIATION SERVICES
Al Dhafra’s dhows can take up to 60 people. Sail to nearby islands or simply along the Corniche.
Timings: Boarding 8.30pm, cruise from 9 to 11pm Guide price: AED225 per hour for large dhow, AED150 per hour for small dhow, private hire starting at AED600 per hour
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
Take a sightseeing cruise along the Corniche, around Abu Dhabi island or enjoy a dinner cruise.
Guide price: Sightseeing
Take in the Grand Mosque, Cultural Foundation, souks, Corniche and Heritage Village before driving past the presidential palace area and Emirates Palace.
Timings: Monday and Wednesday mornings Guide price: Adults AED160, children AED90 BIG BUS COMPANY
Take in major attractions on an open-top double-decker bus, hopping on and off where you like. Commentary in eight languages.
Timings: 9am to 5pm.
Ticket valid 24 hours Guide price: Adults AED220, children AED100, family (two adults, two children) AED540 EMIRATES ADVENTURES
Experience Abu Dhabi's unique culture by visiting Heritage Village, the dates market, Gold Centre and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on the half-day city tour.
Timings: Daily 9am to 1pm Guide price: AED180
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Contact: 800 555 or www.szgmc.ae
AL MASAOOD TRAVEL
Guide price: From AED150 for adults and AED100 for children
Location: Al Khabeer Entry: Free tours are held Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 4.30pm, Fridays at 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm and 8pm
HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
Land Explore Abu Dhabi’s rich Arabic culture and modern architecture on this five-hour city tour.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque One of Abu Dhabi’s most recognisable landmarks, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the only one in the emirate that is open to non-muslims and a must on any visitor’s itinerary. Opened to the public in 2007, it houses the world’s largest carpet and the world’s largest chandelier. Many of the columns, walls and furnishings are adorned with semi-precious stones and gold, while the main structure is made from white marble.
Abaya Traditional black dress worn by local women Abra Water taxi or traditional wooden boat used to transport people across waterways Dhow Traditional wooden fishing boat, bigger than an abra Kandoura Traditional white robe worn by local men Labneh Traditional yoghurt drink, usually served with Arabic food Majlis A room or seating area usually used for entertaining guests Manakeesh Popular Arabic food, consisting of dough with toppings such as cheese, thyme or ground meat, similar to pizza Shawarma A sandwichlike wrap usually filled with meat, such as chicken or lamb. Very popular across the Middle East Shisha A water pipe used for smoking flavoured tobacco. Sometimes referred to as hubbly bubbly
cruise from AED70 per hour, dinner cruise AED300 SEA CRUISER
050 8009495 or www.seacruiser.ae
Cruise along the Abu Dhabi Corniche before stopping for a spot of diving, snorkelling, fishing or other water activities.
Guide price: Adults AED120, children AED75 SHERATON ABU DHABI
See the city from the water along the Corniche on a private boat for up to six people.
Timings: On demand Guide price: AED 180 per boat for 30 minutes, AED330 for one hour SHUJA YACHT
A luxury cruising yacht available for private hire or regular dinner cruise bookings.
cruise 8 to 10pm Guide price: Call for details
Al Ain AL MASAOOD TRAVEL
Visit Al Ain’s main attractions and see the ancient falaj irrigation system, oases, souks, the Al Ain Museum, camel market, palaces and archaeological sites.
Guide price: From AED250 for adults and AED180 for children
Head to the ‘garden city’ stopping at museums, oases and the camel market before venturing to Jebel Hafeet and hot springs.
Take a safari into Al Gharbia and step foot in the Rub Al Khali, see the Liwa Oasis and enjoy lunch at a local guest house.
Timings: Tours on Tuesdays Guide price: Adults AED215, children AED110
Timings: Daily 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED550 including lunch. Minimum of four people
Discover the heritage heart of the emirate with a full-day tour of Al Ain. Learn about the history of the region at the city's museums, see how Al Ain earned its reputation as the 'garden city' and go shopping for camels at the Camel Market.
Timings: Daily 8.30am to 6pm Guide price: AED380 including
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Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 bash over the sand dunes and visit the Rub Al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert, before lunch at a local hotel.
Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Call for details
lunch. Minimum of four people NET TOURS
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
Al Gharbia ARABIAN ADVENTURES
Visit the edge of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), stopping in Liwa to see Bedouin camps and enjoy lunch. Then visit an old fort before the journey back.
Timings: On request Guide price: On request
KNOW THE LAW Only non-Muslims are allowed to consume alcohol and this must be in licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs or private venues. Do not consume alcohol if driving. Dancing is only allowed in the privacy of your hotel room or at licensed clubs. Avoid addressing women in public or taking their photograph without their permission. Offensive language, spitting and aggressive hand gestures must be avoided. Married couples may hold hands in public, but kissing and hugging is not allowed.
experience With a vast desert, spectacular coastline and world-class sporting facilities, Abu Dhabi is made for action and adventure
Murjan Splash Park
This mini water park at Khalifa Park is ideal for youngsters with seven water-based activities. Chill out on the 257m lazy river or battle it out in a water balloon fight.
Amusements CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
This village at the Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel has a Jungle Garden play area for under-eights, electronic games and a bowling centre.
Timings: Sat to Wed 9am to
8pm, Thu and Fri 9am to 10pm Guide price: Varies. Bowling AED15 per game FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI
02 4968001 or www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com Ride rollercoasters at top speed, race in an F1 simulator around a virtual Yas Marina Circuit and be propelled 62 metres into the air.
Timings: Tue to Sun
KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE A state-of-the-art centre with 40 international-standard lanes.
02 5839200 or 50 6147007
Branches at Khalidiya Mall, Al Raha Mall, Mazyad Mall and Mushrif Mall with a modest ice rink, bowling alley and soft play area.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight Guide price: AED35 for ice rink, AED15 for bowling WANASA LAND
Wanasa Land at Al Wahda Mall boasts Strike Zone, a six-lane bowling alley and soft play area.
Timings: 10am to midnight Guide price: AED40 for
Strike Zone, AED35 for play area, AED15 for bowling
Call the UAE Camel Race Association for directions to the camel race track.
Timings: Fri and Sat 7 to 9am and 2.30 to 4pm Guide price: Free
Cruising & sailing ABU DHABI CHARTERS
Take a three-hour cruise and experience sunset over the Arabian Gulf.
Guide price: From AED750 per person
ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS
ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL
02 5755155 or 050 6660739
Charter a boat for cruises along the Corniche, around Abu Dhabi island or to visit the outlying desert islands.
Hi-tech amusement centre in Marina Mall with an impressive line-up of rides, including a rollercoaster, bumper cars and an area for under fives.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 2pm to midnight Guide price: Varies per ride. Rollercoaster AED10 per ride
Get up close to the national bird of the UAE and see it in full flight. Tours are available in a number of languages.
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
NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
Fun World at Al Muhairy Centre caters to youngsters up to eight years old with soft play areas, bumper cars and a bouncy castle.
Take the two-and-a-half-hour Twitcher's Tour, paddling past the mangroves and see a variety of birds, including herons.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to
1.30pm, 4 to 10pm; Fri 3.30 to 11pm; Sat 10am to 10pm Guide price: From AED3.50 for arcade games, AED10 for bouncy castle and AED15 for soft play area KIDOOS
Kidoos at Abu Dhabi Mall offers arcade games, a climbing wall and a play area for younger children.
Timings: 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
02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae
Timings: Check website for details Guide price: AED200
050 4598690 or firstname.lastname@example.org Take a cruise along Abu Dhabi's coastline and explore the islands, or charter a yacht for a fishing adventure.
Guide price: From AED750 per hour BELEVARI MARINE
Charter a yacht, sailboat, speedboat or even a dhow and enjoy Abu Dhabi's calm waters.
Guide price: Call for details HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB
Guide price: Snorkelling from AED780 including equipment and refreshments
Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: Members
and guests AED10 per game including shoe hire. Non-members AED15 per game
Guide price: Call for details
Charter the 31-foot, twin-engine Barracuda and enjoy sightseeing along the Corniche, island trips and snorkelling.
Huge sports complex boasting a bowling centre with four alleys.
1. Hot air ballooning 2. Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital 3. Indoor skydiving 4. Go-karting 5. Deep sea fishing 6. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club 7. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Bowling 02 4415900
noon to 10pm Guide price: AED225 for visitors over 1.5m tall, AED165 for visitors below 1.5m. Premium tickets available
Timings: Daily 9am to 1am Guide price: AED12 per game
Timings: Sun to Thu 3 to 7pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 7pm Guide price: AED40 for guests above 75cm tall and free for guests under 75cm 055 3349924
NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae
Learn to sail or just enjoy the sailing experience on Hobie 18 and Hobie 16 catamarans.
Guide price: Hobie 16 AED200 per hour, Hobie 18 AED300 per hour
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Take a sunset cruise along the Corniche to Emirates Palace and watch dolphins at play.
Guide price: AED50 per person for one hour
ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS
BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI
PADI dive resort with equipment sales/services, private instruction and daily dive charters.
Hotel boat available for charter for fishing trips or sea cruises. Equipment, bait and beverages are included in the price.
Guide price: Call for details
THE VILLAGE CLUB
OCEAN DIVE CENTRE
Take a one-hour cruise along the Corniche or a four-hour cruise to Bahraini Island.
Full range of courses available from open water to assistant instructor. Located at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi.
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.
Guide price: From AED150 for adults, AED100 for children or AED400 for a family of four
Desert safari AL MASAOOD TRAVEL
Go deep into the desert, driving over the dunes, before heading to a camp for camel riding, belly dancing, shisha and a barbecue.
Guide price: Call for details
Guide price: AED750 for three hours, AED1,300 for six hours HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
Charter a 31-foot, twinengine boat for a fishing trip for up to six people.
Guide price: AED750
Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTFISHING CHARTERS
Big game sport-fishing adventures. Twin diesel sports-fishing boats, tournament tackle and IGFA-certified captains.
Guide price: Call for details
including equipment, soft drinks and water
NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae
Paddle out into the Arabian Sea and enjoy four hours of fishing. Noukhada promotes ‘catch and release’.
Guide price: AED400,
including fishing equipment. AED50 for each additional hour
Timings: Daily 4 to 9.30pm Guide price: Adults AED300, children AED240
THE VILLAGE CLUB
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
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.
AED315, children AED290 NET TOURS
Green fees: National Course,
Go dune bashing in a 4x4 across the sand dunes as the sun sets, ride camels at a Bedouin camp and then relax on carpets and cushions while savouring Arabic coffee and a barbecue dinner.
Timings: 4.30 to 9.30pm Guide price: Call for details
FAMILY FUN Whether you have mischievous infants or impatient teenagers, Abu Dhabi offers something for all the family. We recommend… 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.
ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB
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. Get up close to these much-loved creatures and see them in free flight.
Part of the British Club, offers BSAC-certified courses as well as dive trips to Abu Dhabi and the East Coast.
Desert safari Sandboarding, camel riding, belly dancing, the list of fun-packed activities in the desert is endless. Choose from an adrenaline-fuelled adventure or more sedate cultural journey of discovery.
02 6731111 or 050 5409041
Guide price: Call for details AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE
02 6437377 or www.divemahara.com
Offers a full range of PADI courses as well as diving trips and watersports.
Guide price: Call for details
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 is home to a diverse range of animals, including the Arabian oryx, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and sea turtles. Why not take a guided safari, mountain bike tour or early morning kayak?
Riding club and show jumping arena with a stable of 100 horses. Instruction available for beginners. Races held on Sundays during the season.
Championship course providing a tough but fair challenge with nine-hole putting green, floodlit driving range and golf institute. Also offers night golf on the floodlit course.
02 6794656 or email@example.com
ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB
person for 30-minute city tour
02 5588990 National Course (27 holes, 7,334 yards, par 72)
Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults
Racing season is November to March. For more information visit www.adec-web.com
Guide price: AED1,250 per
ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB
Take a four-wheel drive journey over the rolling dunes of the desert, visit camel camps, watch the Arabian sunset and enjoy a traditional barbecue feast.
Charter a helicopter for business or pleasure and see the capital from a whole new perspective in air-conditioned comfort.
02 4459600 (Nine holes, 6,350 yards, par 70)
18 holes Sun to Wed AED625, Fri and Sat AED825. Twilight rate weekends AED415, weekdays from 2.30pm AED295. Includes golf cart and unlimited use of practice facilities AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB
02 5758040 (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 and AED50 for buggy 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.
Green fees: Sun to Wed
AED600, twilight rate (after 2pm) AED295. Thu to Sat AED825, twilight rate AED395. Includes use of golf cart, water and practice facilities
The region's first links-style golf course designed by Kyle Philips with views of the coast from every hole from its prime Yas Island position.
AED550, twilight rate (after 3pm) AED450. Fri and Sat AED850, twilight rate AED650
ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB
02 8107777 (18 holes, 7,450 yards, par 72)
Green fees: Sun to Thu
FALCON AVIATION SERVICES
Sun to Thu AED175, Fri and Sat AED195. Rates for 18 holes on request. Includes golf cart, water and towel
Green fees: Nine holes
Check out these top adrenaline-fuelled activities… Helicopter ride Get a bird's-eye view of the city from the comfort of a helicopter. See new developments, such as Saadiyat and Sowwah islands, as well as the emirate's coastal and desert beauty. F1 racing Hold on for the ride of your life as you take the turns and speed down the straight at Yas Marina Circuit. Riding as a passenger in an F1 two-seater, you’ll see the circuit just as the sport’s best drivers do. 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 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.
Timings: 6 to 8am, 4 to 8pm Guide price: AED 2,900 full course (Sept to June)
Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES
Marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise with a peaceful hot air balloon ride.
Guide price: AED995 for adults, AED850 for 5- to 12-year-olds
Ice skating ABU DHABI ICE RINK
Located at Zayed Sports City, the rink can accommodate up to 400 skaters. Ice skating and hockey lessons are available.
Timings: Sat to Wed 8am to 4pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 10pm. Thu ladies only Guide price: AED35 for two hours MARINA MALL ICE RINK
This ice skating rink at the heart of the mall is ideal for ice skaters of all skill levels. Lessons are available.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 11am to 11pm Guide price: AED40 for one hour. Includes skate hire, socks and protective pads
Island trips AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Futaisi Island has 40 chalets and two villas as well as facilities such as a swimming pool, cycling and horse riding.
Guide price: Day trips from 9.30am to 6pm cost AED250 per person
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Parks & gardens AL MUSHRIF CHILDREN’S GARDEN
Families with young children often make use of this garden, which has swings and amusement park rides.
Timings: Sat to Thu 3 to 10pm, Fri 3 to 9pm, public holidays 9am to noon, 3 to 10pm Guide price: AED1
WATER WONDERLAND Abu Dhabi will make global yachting history this month as the first Middle Eastern port to host the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race since it began in 1973. Race crews are expected to arrive in the capital on January 1 at the end of the second leg, then compete in in-port racing during the two-week event. Abu Dhabi is not new to water-based racing. The UAE has become a major force in powerboat racing and regularly unveils a top-class team to compete in the UIM Formula 1 World Championship which climaxes in front of thousands of spectators at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club by the Breakwater.
HILTONIA BEACH CLUB
Up to six people can spend the day at Bahraini and Futaisi islands with pick-ups, drop-offs, drinks and umbrellas included.
Guide price: AED830
NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae
Paddle to nearby islands on this three-hour trip, stopping off to enjoy the quiet life and take photos at areas only accessible by boat.
Guide price: AED250 per person THE VILLAGE CLUB
Take a cruise to Bahraini Island and enjoy a barbecue lunch and refreshments.
Guide price: AED500 per person
Karting AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT
02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com
Experience motorsport on a smaller scale racing around a circuit in karts for cadets, senior racers and advanced racers. Arrive and drive sessions are available.
Timings: Daily 2 to 11pm Guide price: From
AED120 for 15 minutes
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 Sun 3 to 11pm Guide price: Adults
AED100, children under 13 AED80 for 10 minutes
Kayaking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae
Venture deep into the heart of Abu Dhabi’s mangroves on this one-and-a-halfhour kayak tour that is suitable for all levels.
Guide price: AED150 per person
Motorsports DRAG RACING
800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
Hit 250kmh in five seconds in a drag car driven by world champion Rod 'Hot Rod' Fuller at the Yas Drag Racing Centre, or race your friends in the Chevrolet Camaro SS
Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED400 for passenger experience, AED600 for Camaro SS 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. Alternatively get behind the wheel of the Formula Yas 3000.
Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED7,500. Formula Yas 3000 experience AED1,200 OFF-ROAD BUGGIES
02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com
Race fully automatic buggies around the circuit at Al Forsan International Sports Resort, with machines for all levels of experience.
Timings: Daily 2 to 11pm Guide price: From AED200
for 10km session
YAS Racing School
02 599393 or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
Drive open-wheel, singleseat race cars, two-seat open sports cars and topof-the-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. Private tuition starts at AED1,500
Mountain biking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY
02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae
Take an all-terrain bike ride into the desert. See camels feeding, people riding horses, an Arabian sunset and a star-filled sky.
Guide price: AED250 per person
Paintball AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT
02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com
Stage a shootout in the wild west or a Pacific warzone with special effects and air-conditioning.
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
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 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
02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com
Catering for all skill levels, the resort offers Olympic disciplines and sporting clays along with handgun and rifle ranges.
Timings: Daily 2 to 10pm Guide price: From AED150
Skydiving SPACE WALK INDOOR SKYDIVING
Experience the thrill of a free fall without the fear of jumping from a plane.
Guide price: Introductory ticket AED180, family package AED720
Watersports Hotels can organise watersports on request, while some have their own facilities.
Jetskiing AED180 for 30 minutes 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
Race track tour Wildlife parks 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
Shooting CARACAL SHOOTING CLUB
Timings: 2 to 11pm Guide price: From
Choose from a variety of pistols and rifles then take aim at the 25-metre target shooting range.
ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB & HOTEL
Timings: Sat to Thu noon to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm Guide price: AED255 including 25 bullets and safety briefing
AED120 for 200 balls
AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT
ABU DHABI WILDLIFE CENTRE
050 6144024 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
sport city Abu Dhabi is a haven for sports lovers with world-class facilities and international tournaments to match. Add these to your diary… Volvo Ocean Race (December 31 to January 14) Abu Dhabi makes history as the first Middle Eastern port in this gruelling round-theworld yacht race. Two weeks of events and festivities at the purposebuilt Destination Village on the Breakwater near Marina Mall. Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (January 26 to 29) One of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour, the tournament attracts some of the sport’s highest ranked players and almost 30,000 spectators over four days. 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 2 to 4) Catch the world’s best drivers battle it out around the sharp corners of Yas Marina Circuit at the business end of the 2012 season. The Yasalam entertainment line-up is equally as impressive. Mubadala World Tennis Championship (December) The intimate setting of the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City allows spectators to watch their favourite players up close.
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)
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
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Hot air ballooning
BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES
AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB
QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT
Try skeet and trap shooting as well as range shooting from 10 to 50 metres with rifles and pistols.
Explore the beautiful Arabian Desert by four-wheel drive, either through the sand dunes or along a flat track.
Camel racing AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK
Get up early in the winter months for an authentically local racing experience.
Timings: Fri to Sat 7 to
9am approximately Guide price: Free of charge
Family amusements BAWADI MALL ENTERTAINMENT
Spanning 10,000 square metres, this family entertainment centre includes a 12-lane bowling alley and Fun Ski Village.
Timings: Vary Guide price: Call for details HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
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
Golf AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB
(18 holes, 6,584 yards, par 71) Includes newly opened back nine holes with lighting, 42-bay driving range and golf academy.
Green fees: Nine holes AED215 on weekdays, or AED245 on weekend; 18 holes AED300 on weekdays or AED390 on weekends. Includes use of driving range and golf cart. Ninehole academy course AED100 AL AIN GOLF CLUB
(Nine holes, par 3) Sand course with a clubhouse and practice putting green. Clubs can be hired.
Green fees: Nine holes AED50 HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB
(Nine holes, par 3) Golf resort with facilities including a health club, two swimming pools and four flood-lit tennis courts.
Green fees: Nine holes AED23
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Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and marvel at the changing colours of the desert landscape at sunrise.
Guide price: AED950 for adults, AED800 for 5- to 12-year-olds
Ice skating AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY
Olympic-size ice rink with ladies- and children-only days. Next door to Hili Fun City amusement park.
Timings: Mon to Thu 4 to 10pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat noon to 10pm Guide price: Sun to Tue AED35, Wed to Sat AED35 AL AIN MALL ICE RINK
The ice rink hosts regular skating sessions, monthly ice shows and hockey tournaments.
Timings: Sat to Wed
10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED25 for 1.5 hours BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK
This artificial skating rink is suitable for metal blade and roller shoes.
Timings: Mon to Sat 2 to 10pm Guide price: From AED90 for 50 rounds
Skiing BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE
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
AL AIN RACEWAY
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: AED150 for 15 minutes, AED250 for 30 minutes , AED400 for one hour
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
Timings: Dunes 6am, 8.30am, 5.45pm. Flat sand 10.30am, 3.30pm Guide price: AED175
Island trips SIR BANI YAS ISLAND
Located 8km off Abu Dhabiâ€™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
AL AIN WILDLIFE PARK
DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA
A desert-themed zoo with animals from the local desert and African savannahs.
Timings: Daily 9am to 8pm Guide price: Adults AED15, children AED5, free for children under three years
Explore the quiet waters of Sir Bani Yas Island and discover rare birds, fish and wild gazelle grazing nearby.
Guide price: AED60
Mountain biking DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri noon to midnight Guide price: AED25 for two hours, includes skate hire
Explore the rugged landscape of Sir Bani Yas Island with two trails suitable for all levels.
Guide price: AED60
QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT
QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT
Start the day with an energising cycle across the desert while the sun rises from behind the dunes.
Explore the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) by camel, trekking through the vast sand valleys as Bedouins did in years gone by.
Timings: 6am and 8am (40 minutes), 4.45pm (25 minutes), 5.45pm (50 minutes) Guide price: AED135 for 40 minutes, AED60 for 25 minutes, AED195 for 50 minutes
Cruising & sailing DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA
Enjoy a sunset cruise around Sir Bani Yas Island, or spot dolphins and dugongs on a private charter.
Guide price: Sunset cruise AED250
Timings: 6am Guide price: AED60
Snorkelling DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA
Explore the rich underwater world near Sir Bani Yas Island on a snorkelling tour.
Guide price: AED200
Wildlife park ARABIAN WILDLIFE PARK
Taking up much of Sir Bani Yas Island, this nature reserve is home to free-roaming cheetahs, Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes and much more.
Guide price: Nature and wildlife drive AED100, nature walk AED60
SHOP From haute couture to traditional souvenirs, Abu Dhabi is a shopping haven with spacious malls and atmospheric souks
FOTOUH AL KHAIR CENTRE
Home to favourite brands including Marks & Spencer, Nine West, Dune and Pumpkin Patch.
Abu Dhabi’s newest mall with more than 200 outlets stocking fashion, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, beauty and electronics, as well as dining and entertainment facilities.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm, Fri 11am to 6pm HAMDAN CENTRE
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm
Houses fashion, sports equipment, jewellery and souvenirs at reasonable prices in addition to a cinema complex.
ABU DHABI MALL
Timings: Daily 10am to 1.30pm and 5 to 10.30pm
AL AIN MALL
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
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 Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 2 to 11pm AL WAHDA MALL
02 4437000, 02 4437070
With over 150 shops covering three floors, Al Wahda Mall houses fashion, jewellery and beauty stores as well as entertainment and restaurants.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to
10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm DALMA MALL
Abu Dhabi's biggest mall has 480 shops, including speciality retail stores, restaurants and entertainment options.
Spread over three levels with distinctive Islamic architecture, this mall has everything from fashion to furnishings.
Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm MADINAT ZAYED SHOPPING CENTRE & GOLD CENTRE
The 400 outlets sell just about everything, while the adjacent Gold Centre is the ideal place to browse for gold, diamond and pearl jewellery.
Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm. Gold Centre Sat to Thu 9am to 2pm and 4 to 11pm, Fri 4 to 11pm 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
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 AL JIMI MALL
More than 110 shops to choose from offering a wide variety of products from fashion and jewellery to health and beauty.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 2 to 10pm BAWADI MALL
Al Ain’s newest and largest mall offers an indoor ski slope, cinema, bowling alley, skating rink, family entertainment centre and almost 400 shops.
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight
Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight
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Abu Dhabi Mall Damas Alesayi Textiles, Marina Mall Iranian souk Traditional souvenirs Bawadi Mall
SHOPPING ETIQUETTE Women should make sure that shoulders and the top half of legs are covered in Abu Dhabi’s malls and souks. Keep in mind that the UAE is a Muslim country and respect its culture. Take care not to wear anything too revealing or suggestive. Comfortable, light clothing is recommended, but it’s wise to carry a wrap or jumper in shopping malls as the air conditioning can be chilly. Refrain from public displays of affection.
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Abu Dhabi CENTRAL MARKET
Shop for traditional souvenirs, spices, jewellery, perfumes, sunglasses and electronics at this modern souk.
Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to 11pm THE SOUK AT QARYAT AL BERI
Located next to the Shangri-La hotel is this classy, Arabianthemed souk with Venetian canals and a variety of shops and restaurants.
Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri 4 to 10pm
Taste Superb restaurants and glamorous cocktail bars make Abu Dhabi a stylish and sophisticated choice for fine food and drink 1
Hotel outlets & promotions
Al Maha Arjaan
Al Markaziyah City Café offers Mexican on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays, Oriental on Wednesdays and brunch on Fridays for AED95. An à la carte menu with salad, soup, main and dessert is available on Thursdays and Saturdays for AED75, while there is a seafood buffet on Sundays for AED130 City Café – International
Aloft Abu Dhabi
Spend AED99 on Oriental bites, tapas and sushi at relax@12 on Saturday and Sunday nights and enjoy free-flowing house beverages, including sake and bubbly, throughout the evening. Mai Café offers a poolside barbecue every Thursday from 6.30 to 10.30pm. Including soft drinks, the evening brunch costs AED135, or AED199 with free-flowing house beverages Dine – International Mai Café – International relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar
THE FRIDAY BRUNCH While it may take its name from the meal eaten between breakfast and lunch, confusingly the UAE’s Friday brunch is more of an afternoon commitment. Generally lasting from noon until 4pm, Friday brunch is hosted by most of the city’s hotels and is typically an all-youcan-eat buffet with unlimited beverages. Brunches range from cheap and cheerful (AED100 and up) to a sophisticated gourmet affair (AED500). They are hugely popular with the expat community so be sure to book in advance.
Al Raha Beach Hotel
Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi
Al Raha Beach
Sevilla Restaurant offers a traditional roast on Sundays, Arabic cuisine on Mondays and Far Eastern delights on Wednesdays for AED140 Al Manzil – International Azur Restaurant – Mediterranean Black Pearl – Piano bar Enigma – Nightclub Sevilla Restaurant – International
Al Rawda Arjaan Abu Dhabi
Choose continental cuisine from the à la carte menu at Al Dar or try the international buffet
Gems Restaurant introduces new theme nights including Far Eastern on Sundays for AED129, Middle Eastern on Mondays for AED110, Mediterranean on Tuesdays for AED129, seafood on Wednesdays for AED138, curry on Thursdays for AED129 and international on Saturdays for AED110 Gems Restaurant – International
Cristal Salam Hotel
Tourist Club Area
Al Dar – International
All-day dining restaurant 2.35 offers Asian and international cuisine from the ‘theatre’ kitchens from 6am to 11pm daily
Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Enjoy seafood every Sunday night at Al Bathna or a finedining experience at Kennedy Al Bathna – International Kennedy – European Taverna – Tex-Mex
Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi
Tourist Club Area The Qureshi brothers showcase Indian street foods with dishes from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Madras from January 10 to 14 at Indigo. Trader Vic’s celebrates Chinese New Year from January 23 to February 6 with a unique four-course menu and some à la carte delights. Finz features French Trimbach wines from January 14 to 21 with the most recognised labels being paired with the chef’s specialities Bay View – Beach restaurant Benihana – American/Japanese Brauhaus – German Essence – International Finz – Seafood Indigo – Indian Prego’s – Italian Rodeo Grill – American steakhouse Trader Vic’s – French Polynesian restaurant and bar
Centro Yas Island
Start the new year with C.Taste’s Friday brunch. Starting from AED99, enjoy a smorgasbord of international cooking with treats such as pancakes, waffles and cotton candy from the cooking stations. There’s also access to the swimming pool and tennis court to help work off the day’s indulgence C.Deli – Deli C.Mondo – Lounge bar C.Taste – International buffet
2.35 – International
1. relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi 2. Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri 3. Stills, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 4. Sayad, Emirates Palace
Sample tasty dishes from throughout Asia at Cho Gao, or feast on delicious familystyle Italian at Spaccanapoli Cho Gao – Asian Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar Spaccanapoli – Italian The Garden – International Vincent’s – Cocktail bar
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Celebrate Australia Day on January 26 with a barbecue on the terrace at Stills from 7pm for AED150. Every Friday, Stills hosts a barbecue with a variety of salads and cold cuts, and music provided by resident DJ Jeff Davies. The barbecue costs AED130, or AED190 with house beverages Barouk – Lebanese Jing Asia – Asian buffet Stills Bar & Brasserie – European bar and restaurant Sundowner – Bar
Ras Al Akhdar Enjoy a family brunch with Emirati cuisine at Mezlai every Friday. Sample local dishes as well as grilled ostrich and camel. The buffet brunch costs AED280 and is available from 2 to 5pm 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
Bain Al Jessrain Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill offers a four-course tasting menu for AED399. A glass of wine can be added for AED50
Al Naba’a Lounge – Afternoon tea Cedar Lounge – Lebanese Chameleon – Champagne bar CuiScene – International buffet Frankie’s – Italian Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill – Steakhouse The Chocolate Gallery – Afternoon tea
Ras Al Akdar The Beach is a contemporary seafood restaurant with a choice of indoor or alfresco dining overlooking the pool and beach Horizon – International buffet The Beach – Seafood
LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI
Al Wahda – International buffet Chill Out Lounge – Outdoor lounge Porto Bello – Italian
Tourist Club Area Celebrate Australia Day at La Brasserie on January 26 and enjoy a great Aussie barbecue with fresh seafood, meat and either a pint of beer or glass of wine. Then on January 27, Aussies Abroad hosts another barbecue with typical Australian delights such as pies, sausages, prawns and more.
HALA ARJAAN BY ROTANA
Tourist Club Area The Gallery all-day dining restaurant offers international flavours served with flair The Gallery – International
HILTON ABU DHABI
Al Markaziyah 3
Level 2 Restaurant blends local Oriental and Mediterranean flavours Level 2 Restaurant – International
INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI
Try Boccaccio’s daily Peroni lunch offer which includes salad, pizza, Peroni and coffee. On January 24, Boccaccio is holding a four-course wine dinner for AED375. Visit Piano Lounge every Wednesday and Saturday evening for the cheese and wine night, which costs AED120 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
Start with sundowners at Ray's Bar on level 62 before heading to Quest on level 63 for Asian cuisine or Scott's on the waterfront for seafood
Porto Bello Italian restaurant has a risotto promotion throughout January with dishes from AED65. Try green asparagus with Maine Lobster; quattro fungi (four types of mushroom); duo of artichokes; veal strips and wild arugula; risotto Porto Bello (smoked duck with foie gras); and beet risotto with mascarpone ice cream
Ras Al Akhdar
KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA
Arabic Cafe – Arabic BiCE – Italian Cinnabar – Nightclub Escape Restaurant – Beachfront restaurant Hemingway’s – American bar and restaurant Jazz Bar & Dining – Jazz bar La Terrazza – Mediterranean Mawal – Lebanese Royal Orchid – Asian Toki – Japanese Vasco’s – International
Brasserie Angelique – French Li Beirut – Lebanese Nahaam – International Observation Deck – High tea Quest – Asian fusion Ray’s Bar – Bar Rosewater - International Scott’s – Seafood Tori No Su – Japaneser
GRAND MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA
Lebanese singer Rosario performs every Tuesday night at Cinnabar nightclub and lounge. Ladies also receive free selected drinks from 10pm until late
JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS
Smoking shisha (hubbly bubbly) is very popular in Abu Dhabi. The Middle Eastern water pipe, which is thought to have originated around 500 years ago, purifies and cools the smoke from flavoured tobacco heated on top of the pipe by coals. It costs approximately AED35 to AED50 to smoke and the most popular flavours are apple, mint, strawberry, apricot and grape. Although relaxing and sociable, estimates suggest that an hour of shisha smoking equates to inhaling as many as 50 cigarettes. If you’re after an authentic taste of Middle Eastern culture, however, smoking shisha is a must. Just remember not to inhale too deeply, blow down the pipe to get rid of smoke build-up in the water and share your shisha among friends. This is a social tradition and to be enjoyed in groups or couples.
Al Birkeh – Lebanese Captain’s Arms – English pub Chi Chi’s – 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
LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI
Al Markaziyah Enjoy stunning views of the city, Corniche and Arabian Gulf from Abu Dhabi's only revolving restaurant, Al Fanar. The restaurant recently changed its cuisine category offering and now considers itself 'modern contemporary' Al Fanar – European Amalfi – Italian Illusions – Nightclub L’Opera Brasserie – International Oceans Seafood Kitchen & Lounge – Seafood P.J. O’Reilly’s – Irish pub Sax Restaurant Club – International restaurant and bar Shuja Yacht – Seafood Soba – Japanese The Piano Lounge – Cocktail lounge
MERCURE CENTRE HOTEL
Al Markaziyah Enjoy fine French cuisine at the popular Le Prive restaurant and then stop by Mood Indigo Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Prive – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar Restaurant China – Chinese
Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi
WINING AND DINING
Al Markaziyah Share an authentic Italian meal with family and friends in a homely environment at Sevilo's. Start with a variety of appetisers, then enjoy a selection of pasta, risotto and pizza, two main courses and classic Italian desserts. The promotion is available every Thursday from 7pm and costs AED150, including house beverages Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian
One to One Hotel The Village
Visit One to One Hotel's newest restaurant Sennara for delightful Mediterranean seafood dishes. Choose from a selection of mezze from the à la carte menu or let the chefs surprise you
5. Zest, Al Ain Rotana 6. Choices, Yas Island Rotana 7. Suhail, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort 8. Amici, The Yas Hotel
18Oz – Steakhouse Resto! – International buffet Sennara – Mediterranean seafood The Village Club – International Wokcano – Asian
Ginger offers theme nights to suit all tastes. Try Arabic mixed grill on Sundays, South-East Asian on Mondays, English on Tuesdays, Italian on Wednesdays, seafood on Thursdays, international on Fridays and Indian on Saturdays. All buffets cost AED140 per person, except the seafood buffet which is AED185. Visit on Fridays for the family brunch, which costs AED150 and includes two selected beverages Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International
Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Choose steak, salad and seafood from the à la carte menu at Horizon, then admire the view of the city’s skyline while enjoying the food. Afterwards, enjoy a drink at Blueline Bar or venture to the rooftop Horizon Terrace
Enjoy an authentic Italian brunch every Friday at Filini for AED145 with soft drinks, or AED190 with beverages Assymetri – International buffet Fast Track Lobby Bar – Cocktail lounge Filini – Italian restaurant and bar
Blueline Bar – Bar Horizon Terrace – International Horizon Restaurant – International West Side – International
Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas
Enjoy premium cocktails while taking in the panoramic views of the city from the 12th-floor Blue cocktail bar
Saadiyat Island With views of the stunning Saadiyat Beach, the Beach House is the place to enjoy Mediterranean dishes while the Beach House Rooftop is ideal for sundowners. The Park Grill offers perfectly grilled meat and seafood preparations Beach House – Mediterranean Park Grill & Bar – Steak and seafood/bar The Café – International
Park Inn Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Visit Amerigos every Wednesday night and tuck into a juicy steak with mashed potatoes or French fries from AED105. Enjoy a three-course Mexican business lunch with one soft drink for AED60 and an extended happy hour with 50 percent off selected beverages from 6 to 8pm every night
Although the UAE is a Muslim country, alcohol is permitted in several emirates including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Wine, Champagne and spirits are available in most five-star hotels, but be warned, there is zero tolerance to drink-driving and being drunk in public is a crime, both punishable with a fine and in more serious cases imprisonment
Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet
Al Madina Al Riyadiya
Blue – Cocktail bar Noche – Bar and nightclub Oceana Grill – International/seafood Oro – Italian Rouge – Chinese/Japanese
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Bain Al Jessrain Welcome the Year of the Dragon in Shang Palace from January 12 to 26. The à la carte menu features authentic specialities including a prosperity clay pot with sea moss and assorted seafood, braised quail eggs with mushrooms and fortune salmon yee sang. An eight-course menu by executive Chinese chef Wu is available for AED388 Al Hanah – Wine bar Bord Eau – French Hoi An – Vietnamese Pearls & Caviar – Middle Eastern, Mediterranean restaurant and bar Shang Palace – Chinese Sofra bld – International
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Al Markaziyah Flavours offers a Chinese New Year buffet on January 23. Sample Sichuan chicken salad, fried noodles with Cantonese chicken and other specialities for AED155. Every Friday El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant has an all-youcan-eat offer with free-flowing margaritas and Sol beer for AED165. On Sunday the promotion moves to Bravo Tapas Bar where there are 12 types of tapas and complimentary sangria for AED120 Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Spanish Cloud Nine – International El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant – Mexican Flavours – International La Mamma – Italian The Tavern – English pub The Beachcomber – Tapas Zenith – Nightclub
Sheraton Khalidiya Hotel
Al Khalidiyah La Veranda restaurant holds a French theme night every Tuesday from 7 to 11pm for AED180. Visit The 3rd Avenue nightly from 9 to 11pm and ladies receive unlimited free cocktails and bubbly Downtown – International La Veranda – International buffet The 3rd Avenue – Bar
Gourmet Abu Dhabi Each February, the city’s top restaurants, with a host of internationally renowned chefs, get together for the Gourmet Abu Dhabi food festival. Held at the city’s top hotels, the event allows visitors to meet the chefs and participate in master classes and workshops while enjoying a selection of fine food, wine and other beverages. Previous guest chefs include Juan Amador, a German chef of Spanish origin with three Michelin stars, who will open a new restaurant at the Park Rotana next month. This year's Gourmet Abu Dhabi will be held from February 8 to 23 and is not to be missed. For more information, go to the website www.gourmetabudhabi.ae
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Saadiyat Island Visit 55th&5th, The Grill, a classic New York-style grill and lounge for mouthwatering steaks overlooking Saadiyat Beach, or stop by the beachfront Turquoiz restaurant for fresh seafood in a vibrant setting 55th & 5th, The Grill – Steakhouse Olea – Mediterranean Sontaya – Southeast Asian Turquoiz – Seafood
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Sas Al Nakhl
With views of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, visitors can choose from a variety of cuisines, including Moroccan at Agadir, or head to the trendy lounge and sports bar for a refreshing post-golf beverage Agadir – Moroccan Fairways – International Lemon & Lime – Bar The Retreat – Bar
Al Ain Rotana Hotel
Bain Al Jessrain
Treat yourself to a three-couse dinner in Afya with access to the salad bar and your choice of main course before finishing off with dessert. Including unlimited selected red and white wine, the dinner costs AED125 and is available daily from 6.30 to 11.30pm. Afya Beach Lounge offers a Mediterranean barbecue every Thursday from 6pm for AED120
Yas Island Rotana
Blue Grill’s ‘AAA’ Friday lunch offers mouthwatering steaks and fine wines from Argentina, America and Australia for AED175. Rangoli’s à la carte brunch has curries, desserts and Indian specialties starting from AED119. Or opt for classic brunch favourites at Choices' Friday brunch from AED158 Blue Grill – Steakhouse Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian Y Bar – Bar
Yas Viceroy Hotel
Enjoy fresh seafood overlooking Yas Marina at Nautilus before heading to the rooftop for afterdinner drinks at Skylite Amici – Italian Angar – Indian Atayeb – Arabic Kazu – Japanese Nautilus – Seafood Noodle Box – Asian Origins – International buffet Rush – Cocktail bar Skylite – Cabana lounge
Zest offers different flavours throughout the week. Try Monday’s steak and barbecue night for AED150, or Wednesday’s seafood night for AED175 including a glass of sparkling wine, free-flowing soft drinks and water. Or, pay AED209 and receive unlimited wine. Friday and Saturday play host to brunch, which costs AED139 with soft drinks or AED165 with free-flowing sparkling wine
Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
Afya – International buffet Afya Beach Lounge – barbecue
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort
Min Zaman – Lebanese Moodz – Lounge bar and club Trader Vic’s – French Polynesian restaurant and bar Zest – International
Visit Tides restaurant on Thursday and Friday nights for a seafood barbecue, which includes lobster, shrimp, fish and tandoori. The seafood buffet costs AED225, while the regular buffet is AED165. Enjoy a Friday brunch with unlimited house beverages for AED250 C-View – Lobby lounge Gazebo – Shisha café L’Attitude – Cocktail bar and lounge Tides – International Zaitoun – Italian
Desert Islands Resort & Spa
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. Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap at The Lounge
Ayla Restaurant has a seafood buffet every Thursday from 6.30pm for AED130 Ayla Restaurant – International Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge
Danat Al Ain Resort
Al Nyadat East Arabesque offers an international buffet every Tuesday for AED140 Al Nawafeer Terrace – Arabic Arabesque – International Horse & Jockey Pub – English pub Luce – Italian restaurant and nightclub Tanjore – Indian The Wok – Asian
Hilton Al Ain
Feast on typical Arabic food such as manakeesh, saj, mezze and other Lebanese specialties at Makani Café. Shisha is served in the gardens and there is Arabic music from 8pm to 1am. Or why not head to Paco's for Tex-Mex cuisine and entertainment by a new band? Casa Romana Restaurant – Italian Flavours – International Makani Café – Arabic Paco’s – Tex-Mex Snooker Bar – Sports bar
Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet
Jebel Hafeet Ladies receive one free cocktail on Thursday nights at Lawrence’s Lounge Eden Rock – Arabic Le Belvedere – French-Mediterranean Lawrence's Lounge – Bar
Hommous: Well known and loved even beyond the Middle East, this Arabic dip or spread is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Moutabel: A delicious and spicy smoked aubergine dip that is popular in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Fattoush: This Levantine salad is made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread and mixed with lettuce, cucumber, onion and other vegetables. Sambusek: Small, triangular pastry pies filled with cheese, meat or spinach. Ouzi: This popular baked lamb and spiced rice dish is a favourite during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. Umm Ali: Similar to bread and butter pudding served in the west, this favourite Arabic dessert contains milk, pastry and nuts, and is a staple dish in many buffets.
Samak – Seafood The Lounge – Lounge bar The Palm – International
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Liwa Desert Watch the sun set over the desert from the rooftop terrace at Suhail, then feast on steak and seafood. Ghadeer meanwhile offers Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the pool and towering sand dunes that surround the resort Al Liwan – Lobby lounge and bar Al Waha – International/Emirati Ghadeer – Mediterranean Suhail – Steakhouse
Tilal Liwa Hotel
Madinat Zayed Enjoy Thursday's seafood night at Al Badiya restaurant for AED160 or the Friday brunch from 12.30pm with live entertainment for AED130. Visit on Saturdays for a barbecue on the terrace from 6.30pm for AED140 Al Badiya – International Al Liwan – Snacks Layali – Bar
Bill please When dining at restaurants in the emirate's hotels a service charge of 10 percent and a tourism fee of six percent will be added to your bill.
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BI RA LA JA EE AL KH AL
QASER AL BAHAR
ET RE ST
ET RE ST
HADBAT AL ZAFARANAH
CO RNIC HE
AL Q URM STR EET
AL KHUBEIRAH GARDEN
D YE ZA BIN A ZA 14 HA 4
REEM ISLAND AL DHAFRAH ET
AL ET MANHAL H STRE
AL KHALIDIYAH GARDEN
H IYA LID HA 26 K
ET RE ST
E ICH RN CO
ABU DHABI 6 MALL
TOURIST CLUB AREA
ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL MARINE SPORTS CLUB
EET STR EST -W
35 16 ST) FIR E 4 TH D YE 12 (ZA
ET RE ST
AL HOSN AL PALACE & CULTURAL FOUNDATION 10 HOSN 2
24 CAPITAL GARDEN 1 7 A) IFA 1 TR L EC HA 10 T (EL T E IN REE E B R T T 7 AN D S 10 TS ITTIHAD IRS MD ME 23 SQUARE EF HA AM 13 TH H 7 D O 9 YE M ZA 8 ETISALAT 8
AL MUSHRIF AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA
SH RAS HID AL GHAF PARK BIN SAE ED AL MA KTO UM RD (AIR PO RT R D) 27 th STR EET
EICH RN CO 11
ABU DHABI MARINA & YACHT CLUB
ET RE ST
T EE TR ED S ZAY BIN
WEST STREET CORNICHE
AL RAS 6 EMIRATES PALACE AL AKHDAR 12 5
KASSER AL AMOUAGE 4
SHEIKH ZAYED CLUB
M LA SA AL
Al Maha Arjaan E3 Aloft Abu Dhabi H7 Al Raha Beach Hotel K4 Al Rawda Arjaan E4 Armed Forces Officers’ Club J8 and Hotel Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi E3 Centro Yas Island L3 Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi D4 Cristal Salam Hotel E3 Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi D3 Crowne Plaza, Abu Dhabi L3 Yas Island Emirates Palace B5 Fairmont Bab Al Bahr K7 Grand Millennium Al Wahda E4 Hala Arjaan E3 Hilton Abu Dhabi B5 Hilton Baynunah D4 InterContinental Abu Dhabi B5 Jumeirah at Etihad Towers B5 Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan B5 Le Méridien Abu Dhabi E3 Le Royal Méridien D3 Abu Dhabi Mercure Centre Hotel D3 Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi D3 One to One Hotels - The Village F4 Oryx Hotel C4 Park Inn, Abu Dhabi Yas Island L3 Park Arjaan J7 Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas H1 Park Rotana J7
MIN AR D
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1
Abu Dhabi City Golf Club 2 Abu Dhabi Golf Club 3 Al Ghazal Golf Club 4 Saadiyat Beach Golf Club 5 Yas Links 1
E6 HADERYYAT 1 Grand Al Mariah AL
M7 M4 H1 L3
LANDMARKS Abu Dhabi National H7 Exhibition Centre Al Bateen Dhow Yard B5 3 Al Maqtaa Bridge K7 4 Breakwater B4 5 Bus & Taxi Terminal E4 6 Emirates Palace A5 7 Ittihad Square D3 8 Khalifa Mosque D4 9 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque J8 10 Sheikh Zayed the Second Mosque D4 11 Volcano Fountain D3 1
Al Raha Cinema 3 CineStar Cinema (Marina Mall) 4 CineRoyal (Khalidiya Mall) 5 CineRoyal (Dalma Mall) 6 Grand Abu Dhabi Mall 7 National Cinema (Hindi) 2
QASER AL SHATIE
E3 K4 B4 D4 L8 E3 E3
AL K HALE EJ AL
ZAYED M HOS ARA BI RD
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club E6 Abu Dhabi Sailing & Sub Aqua Club F2 Art Marine yacht charters L3 4 Falcon Aviation Services (helipad base) B4 5 Ferrari World Abu Dhabi L3 6 International Marine Sports Club B4 7 Shooting (Caracal Shooting Club) J8 8 Yas Marina Circuit L3 9 Zayed Sports City I7 1
BU AL SIAIEF
Fold JAZIRAT FAHID 29 37
SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB
SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB
ABU DHABI TOURIST MAP SAADIYAT ISLAND
YAS ISLAND DUBAI
S AS SMAALIYYAH
AS SMAALIYYAH OR
(ROAD /BRIDG E – UN DER C ONSTR UCTIO N)
31 st STR EET
29 th STR EET
UMM AL NAR
AL SA LA M
AL ZAFARANAH HEALTH CENTER
SH KHALIFA PARK
OLD AIRPORT SH RASHID BIN SAEED GARDEN AL MAKTOUM RD ABU DHABI (AIRPORT RD) ICE RINK ZAYED SPORTS CITY UAE FOOTBALL FEDERATION BOWLING HALL MINISTRY OF INTERIOR AL SHATIE 9 PICNIC AREA SH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
AL SHARIA COURT
AL JAMIE AL KHABEER
AL MAQTAA HOSN 3 FORT AL MEENA
TOWARDS FALCON HOSPITAL
ABU DHABI UNIVERSITY A TO AL MAQTA PETROLEUM BRIDGE AIR INSTITUTE 19 PO RT 38
AL SALAM RD
(UNOPEN ZAYED BR IDG ED - UN DER CO E NSTRUCT ION)
KHALIFA CITY POLICE OFFICERS CLUB
FOURTH (EASTERN ) RD
ABU DHABI INT’L AIRPORT
AL BATEEN AIRPORT
ZAYED MILITARY ABU DHABI HOSPITAL NATIONAL L ARA 11 EXHIBITION BI RD CENTRE AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA
SOUK QARYAT AL BERI
BAIN AL JESSRAIN
AD RT RO AIRPO
SAS AL NAKHL
N AL MAQTAA
MUSS BRIDAFAH GE
ARMED FORCES OFFICERS' CLUB & HOTEL 7 13
TO A IRPO RT
TOWARDS MAFRAQ HOTEL 22
31 st STRE ET
MUSSAFAH AL SA LA M
27 th STR EET
AL ZAFARANAH HEALTH CENTER
UMM AL NAR 3
ZAYED MILITARY ABU DHABI HALE HOSPITAL EJ AL NATIONAL 1 ARA EXHIBITION 2 BI RD CENTRE AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA
POLICE OFFICERS CLUB ZAYED BR IDGE
SH KHALIFA PARK
AL SHARIA COURT
OLD AIRPORT GARDEN 9 ABU DHABI ICE RINK ZAYED SPORTS CITY UAE FOOTBALL FEDERATION BOWLING HALL
MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
AL SHATIE PICNIC AREA
A AL MAQTA BRIDGE 13 39
AL MADINA AL RIYADIYA
ABU DHABI UNIVERSITY PETROLEUM INSTITUTE
17 SOUK QARYAT AL BERI
9 SH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
TO DUBAIAL MAFRAQ
AL MAQTAA HOSN 3 FORT AL MEENA
AL SALAM RD
R A L B AT E E
AL BATEEN AIRPORT
FOURTH (EAST RD ERN)
TO INT ABU ’L A DH IRP ABI OR T
OR T RD )
29 th STRE ET
N AI AL
BAIN AL JESSRAIN
N OFFICERS CITY H
AL A 38 IN
ARMED FORCES OFFICERS' CLUB & HOTEL 7 5
MUS S BRIDAFAH GE
B K INT’L AUIRDHABI PORT
TO DALMA MALL 5 8
TO DIRATES ST U 110K BAI M
4 5 6 7 8
Al Ain Rotana Ayla Hotel Danat Al Ain Resort Danat Resort Jebel Dhanna Desert Islands Resort and Spa Hilton Al Ain Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara 9 Tilal Liwa Hotel 1
ARDH JOW ST
S AL MASOUDI
ZAYED THE FIRST ST
HAMDAN BIN ZAYED FIRST
AL JIMI MALL
GU LF S T
Sports and activities
AN ULT IN S
4 5 6 1 2 3
AL WW LA
Al Ain Golf Club Hilton Al Ain Golf Club
AL KHATAM ST
Al Ain Camel Market Al Ain National Museum Al Jahili Fort Hili Archaeological Park Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
AL SALAMAT DISTRICT
AL JAHILI AL MUTAWA’A
AL AIN MALL
DH ABU M TO 125KZAYED ST BIN
KHALID BIN SULTAN ST
AL AIN SOUK
AB ZZ HA
N ULTA IN S
SULTAN BIN ZAYED THE FIRST
AL MUWAIJI AL BATEEN
4 5 2
SHAKBOOT BIN SULTAN
Al Ain Mall Al Ain Souk Al Jimi Mall Bawadi Mall
SULTANATE OF OMAN
HAMDAN BIN MOHD ST
O IN M
MOHD BIN KHAL
4 2 3
AN ST SULT
AL AIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
A BIN HAZZ
ST AL ETHIAD
Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club Al Ain Oasis Al Ain Raceway Al Ain Zoo Hili Fun City Green Mubazzarah Hot Springs
HAZZA BIN SULTAN ST
AL KHRAIR DEFENCE
Distance from Abu Dhabi to Ajman175km Al Ain 160km Dubai145km Fujairah 315km Liwa 225km Madinat Zayed 165km Ras Al Khaimah 250km Sharjah165km Umm Al Quwain 190km
RI 135 KM, N
Distance from Al Ain to
AIN AL FAYDA
1 mile 2 km
Abu Dhabi 160km Ajman150km Dubai125km Fujairah215km Liwa270km Madinat Zayed 210km Ras Al Khaimah 220km Sharjah140km Umm Al Quwain 165km
SULTANATE OF OMAN RAS AL KHAIMAH
UMM AL QUWAIN
AJMAN SHARJAH AD
EM RO IRA AD TE
SIR BANI YAS ISLAND
ZAYED KHALIFA IBN
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
OMAN 20 miles 20 km
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