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OCTOber 2011 | issue 59

OCTOber 2011 | issue 59

abu dhabi edition

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welcome As a visitor and guest in Abu Dhabi, you are staying in a destination of distinction which I hope will you find so engaging and exciting that you return time and time again. We in Abu Dhabi believe our homeland is something of a welcome contradiction for travellers. It is a place where deep-rooted Arabian heritage is deftly woven into a rich destination tapestry which also boasts luxury accommodation and world-class, state-of-the-art leisure attractions. Abu Dhabi is blessed with a diverse landscape. We have 400 kilometres of pristine coastline, over 200 natural islands, vast tracts of serene desert, tranquil oasis towns and a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city. I hope during your stay you are able to experience as much of this variety as possible. In many ways, Abu Dhabi is several destinations in one, from the rustic charm of Al Ain, the birthplace of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the breathtaking vastness of the Liwa Desert in Al Gharbia, with its mountainous dunes, to the energising pace and brightness of our capital city. We all share a desire to make you feel as welcome as possible and hope you leave with a positive, lasting impression of our homeland, traditions and people. In the pages of this magazine, you will get an overview of the emirate’s diverse offering. I am sure you will find something which truly excites and entertains you. I wish you a very relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay in Abu Dhabi.

Sa l es & M a r k et ing Su pport M a ry Ja n e Go Dav id R ie l

Mubarak Al Muhairi Director General

CIRCULATION & M ARKETING Miche l l e Hir ao C a rol Mil a n

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In focus Image: NPI archive Subject: Camel racing Camel racing season, which resumes this month, has a huge following, particularly among the Emirati population. Millions of dirhams in prize money and luxury cars is available to the owners of the winning camels, not to mention the glory of owning such a prized beast. Visitors can watch the races on weekend mornings at the Al Wathba race track outside of Abu Dhabi and the Al Maqam Camel Race Track near Al Ain. Those in Al Gharbia can watch the camels in training at the track near Tilal Liwa Hotel, just outside Madinat Zayed. For more information, turn to page 14.

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Celebrate German Gemütlichkeit 19th – 28th October 2011 A German tradition hailing back to the 1800s, celebrate the world’s largest fare – Oktoberfest, with a range of Teutonic delicacies and traditional malt brews and ales at Brauhaus. Enjoy live music with the Tschirgant Trio and be part of our fun-filled games such as “Nagelschlagen” For reservations or more information, please visit rotanatimes.com

Tourist Club Area , P.O. Box 45200, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates T: +971 (0) 2 6979011, F: +971 (0) 2 6979018, fb.beach@rotana.com


contents OCTOber 2011 / Issue 59

8/Essentials

Abu Dhabi’s top attractions, events and news

12/Discover 14/Camel culture

The sport of sheikhs kicks off this month

20/Hunters in harmony

Falcons are a cherished part of the local culture

22/Experience 24/Paddle power

Kayak through the mangroves along Abu Dhabi’s coastline

28/Capital attraction Concierge highlights the city’s top visitor attractions

32/Healing touch

Try a massage in one of Abu Dhabi’s luxurious spas

34/Shop 36/Made for men

The latest trends for autumn/winter 2011

40/Here comes the sun Protect your skin while prolonging your tan

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42/Taste 44/Arabian nights

Discover the unique flavours of the region

48/The original sweet

Dates are a symbol of hospitality in the Middle East

50/YAS ISLAND 50/LEISURE ISLAND

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

Q 65/THE GUIDE

Comprehensive listings to plan the perfect stay

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essentials OCTOber

Experience Al Ain Wildlife Park

Feed the giraffes and take a camel ride at Al Ain Zoo’s newest attractions. The giraffe feeding experience allows visitors to get up close to the long-legged creatures and marvel at their long tongues and other interesting features. Children will love Elezba petting zoo which has been designed in the style of a local farm with sheep, goats, camels, llamas, chickens and ducks. Where: Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. When: Zoo open from 9am to 8pm. Elezba open from 11am to 8pm. Giraffe feeding five times daily. Price: Entry costs AED15 for adults and AED5 for children. Extra cost for giraffe feeding. Contact: 800 AWPR (2977) or see www.awpr.ae

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calendar of events 2011 F O R M U L A 1 E T I H A D A I R WAY S ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

Taste Shisha

Along with the distinctive smell of oudh, or Arabic perfume, one of the most noticeable scents lingering in the Abu Dhabi breeze is that of shisha. Tobacco, which comes in a variety of flavours from mint to apple, is smoked through a water pipe and is very much a part of UAE social life. Visitors have the opportunity to try this local tradition at Arabic restaurants and cafés throughout the city. See the Taste listings from page 74 for locations.

November 11 to 13 The world’s best F1 drivers speed around Yas Marina Circuit in the final weeks of the 2011 season. See www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

A B U D H A B I A R T 2011

November 16 to 19 This platform for modern and contemporary art brings together a selection of leading art galleries from around the world. For information, see www.abudhabiartfair.ae/en

A l D hafra C amel F esti val

December 1 to 10 As well as a camel beauty contest, there are competitions for traditional handicrafts, poetry and date packaging. See www.algharbia.ae

U A E N ational D ay

December 2 Immerse yourself in local culture as the UAE celebrates its 40th year. Festivities will be held across the emirate. See www.abudhabievents.ae

M ubadala W orld T ennis C hampionship

December 29 to 31 Watch the world’s top tennis stars up close in the intimate setting of the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex. See www.mubadalawtc.com

F1 P O W E R B O AT CHAMPIONSHIP

December Support Team Abu Dhabi as it competes in the local leg of this global series. For details, see www.adimsc.com

V O LV O O C E A N R A C E

Experience Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Catch new films from around the world and spot some of Hollywood’s biggest stars at this year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Famous faces to have visited in previous years include Uma Thurman (pictured) and Clive Owen, as well as leading actors of the Arab world such as Khaled Abol Naga and Yosra. Films will be screened at three locations: open-air screenings at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr overlooking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; Marina Mall VOX Cinema; and the Abu Dhabi Theater on the Breakwater. When: October 13 to 22. Contact: See www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae for details.

December 31 to January 14 This round-the-world yacht race stops in Abu Dhabi for the first time in the event's history. Expect two weeks of festivities, including a New Year’s Eve party. For more information, see www.abudhabioceanracing.ae

A bu D habi H S B C G olf C hampionship

January Catch some of the world’s top golfers as they tee off in one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour. For more information, see www. abudhabihsbcgolfchampionship.com

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Discover Al Ain Oasis

The ‘garden city’ of Al Ain is home to numerous parks, gardens and plantations. The Al Ain Oasis, in the heart of the city, covers 1,200 hectares and has more than 147,000 date palms. There are marked trails through the oasis, taking in several points of interest, including the remains of an old fort and the Al Nasseri Mosque. Visitors can also see working examples of falaj, the traditional irrigation system which has been used for centuries to tap into underground wells. Where: Al Ain

Discover Heritage Village

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

Shop

International Jewellery & Watch Show See exquisite jewellery and timepieces from some of the world’s most exclusive brands at the International Jewellery & Watch Show. Last year there were 155 exhibitors from 18 countries, while the show attracted almost 6,000 visitors. Among this year’s exhibitors are Abu Dhabi jewellers Al Masaood and Mohammed Rasool Khoory and Dubai-based jewellers Dhamani and Samra. Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. When: October 17 to 21. Noon to 10pm. Price: Entry AED20. Contact: www.jws.ae

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SHOP

ASK THE CONCIERGE

Souks

Make the most of the cool weather and take in a slice of local culture at the same time by visiting one of the emirate’s souks. In Abu Dhabi, visit the Carpet Souk in the Mina area or the air-conditioned Gold Souk at Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre for souvenirs worth treasuring. For a modern take on a traditional shopping experience, visit the The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri (pictured) or Central Market. Those looking to savour a local experience in Al Ain can practise their bargaining skills at the Old Souk, or visit Souk Al Bawadi and Souk Al Qaws, which are modern markets attached to Bawadi Mall.

S A J I T H K U M A R , C O N C I E R G E AT T H E H I LT O N A L A I N , G I V E S H I S T O P R E C O M M E N D AT I O N S F O R V I S I T O R S T O T H E ‘G A R D E N C I T Y ’

EXPERIENCE Janet Jackson

Abu Dhabi’s entertainment scene gets another boost this month with Janet Jackson starring as part of the Yas Island Show Weekends series. Performing at the Yas Arena on October 13, the singer/songwriter has selected Abu Dhabi as one of the 35 international cities she will visit during her Janet Jackson, Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour. Where: Yas Arena, Yas Island. When: October 13. Price: General admission AED265, fan pit AED665, grandstand AED365. Contact: Tickets can be bought from www.thinkflash.ae.

I often suggest to guests that they visit Al Ain National Museum and Al Ain Palace Museum to get a broad understanding of the rich culture and heritage of the city. The museums cover the early roots thousands of years ago to the time oil was discovered and on to the present day. Al Ain is unique because it is an oasis and that is best documented in the museums. Al Jahili Fort is also worth visiting because it shows a lot about the tribal culture that ruled the country until 1971. During the past centuries, Al Ain’s forts have been vital for the survival of the tribes and this is interesting to see. Another place to visit is Green Mubazzarah at the foot of Jebel Hafeet and the mountain itself. Green Mubazzarah is a real oasis and is green because of the hot springs that come from under the mountain. Al Ain Wildlife Park is ideal for families and those who love animals. The best zoo in the region, it is home to treasures like white lions and white tigers. There is a very good display of animals from the Middle East and Africa and its setting against the Hajar Mountains is picturesque. For those staying in Abu Dhabi, it is easy to visit Al Ain for a day trip as the city is only one and a half hours away. It is very different from other places in the UAE, making it worth the short journey. In addition to being one of the greenest places in the country, Al Ain is also one of the oldest. Many sites have received UNESCO World Heritage listing, proving that Al Ain has something different to offer from the metropolises of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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.

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Discover Emirati Expressions

This photography exhibition explores Emirati identity, capturing moments, places, people, sounds and mirages that reflect the essence of Emirati expression. The exhibition runs from October 29 th to January 28th at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island. Admission is free. Contact 02 6575800 or see www.artsabudhabi.ae for more information.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF TDIC AND MIRA AL QASEER

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Camel culture As the camel racing season gets under way this month, Concierge shines a spotlight on these much-loved ships of the desert

Q The camel is synonymous with life on the Arabian Peninsula and its silhouette, wandering across an undulating desert at dusk, has become a celluloid icon. For thousands of years, and from one generation to another, the single-humped dromedary has played an indispensable part in Arab culture, both socially and economically. Long used for transportation, trade, food and entertainment, there are 160 words for ‘camel’ in the Arabic language and these ships of the desert are deeply ingrained in Emirati life. While camel trains carrying silks and spices no longer roam the land, camel racing is big business in the UAE. Trackside at these noisy events is unfailingly busy and the excitement contagious. Hundreds of spectators, owners and trainers throng the edge of the sandy tracks during the official race season, which runs from October to the end of April. There are two races per day on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and national holidays, and admission is free.

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The sport of sheikhs There are several purpose-built facilities for races throughout the UAE. The main ones are Al Wathba Camel Race Track, 45 kilometres from Abu Dhabi on the Al Ain Road, and Al Maqam race track, just outside Al Ain. Races are held on weekend mornings and are free to attend. There is also a race track and camel farms near the Tilal Liwa Hotel just outside Madinat Zayed, where visitors can watch races and the camels being trained. Attending the camel races remains a popular tourist attraction. Trackside at these noisy events is unfailingly busy and the excitement contagious. Each adrenaline-fuelled race comprises brightly coloured robot jockeys that replaced the child jockey a few years ago, being carried along at breakneck speeds of approximately 60kmh. In the ’80s, there may have been 30 or 40 races per season with a Range Rover

a typical prize for the winner. Now, the prize for winning the final race of the day is approximately AED400,000 as well as a car. Twelve years ago a camel may have cost a few hundred dirhams. Five years ago, it would have been AED1.5 million or AED2 million. Now it can be anywhere from AED7 million upwards. Spotting a potential winning camel requires a great deal of patience. There are two important traits to look out for: large, powerful hind legs and a broad chest, which indicates a big lung capacity. A camel’s reflexes are also important as well as its attention to its surroundings. If the camel ticks all of these boxes, training will begin from the age of 18 months. The animals are normally trained in groups of 20 or 30 and trainers use contemporary techniques including swimming pools, treadmills and massages to ensure the camels are in peak condition.

In the ’80s, there may have been 30 or 40 races per season with a Range Rover a typical prize for the winner. Now, the prize for winning the final race of the day is approximately AED400,000 and a car

CAMEL MAGNETISM To get up, a camel must first straighten its hind legs and then jerk up its front legs. This allows the animal to rise, even when heavily loaded The UAE has approximately 15 racetracks with spacious and wellkept stadiums. They are located on the city outskirts and have rest tents, connecting roads, electricity, water, telephone lines, equipment for live television and radio broad-casts and a team of doctors. Race distances vary between four and 10 kilometres and may include anywhere from 15 to 70 camels or more.

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Cheers and chukkas Aside from camel racing, visitors can get up close and personal with camels on a trip to one of the vibrant, year-round camel markets. At the bustling Al Ain Camel Market near Bawadi Mall, camel owners meet to barter, buy and sell. Traders can still be seen hand weaving camel halters and lead ropes or offering to sell their large, colourful and inexpensive cotton camel blankets. Alternatively, contact a local tour operator and enquire about nostalgic camel treks to traditional Bedouin camps nestled in the sand dunes, or visits to Bedouin villages and their camel farms. Many desert safaris combine camel riding with sand-boarding, dune driving and barbecues under the stars. The Al Dhafra Camel Festival in Madinat Zayed in Al Gharbia (Western Region) usually takes place in December. It includes a rare camel beauty contest and other cultural events that

promote the emirate’s unique heritage. The camels are judged on features such as the length of their eyelashes and legs, the shape of their head and ears, and the colour of their fur. Winning camels can fetch millions of dollars in prize money and cars, not to mention the increase a win adds to their value. Visitors can also head to the Dubai Polo Academy (050 8879847) near Arabian Ranches and try their hand at camel polo. Two team members ride one camel in this surprisingly popular sport. One sits in front and steers while the other attempts to hit the ball. At the end of a chukka – each period of the game – the players swap roles. There are four chukkas per game and the camels, who have a tendency to stop and sit at any given moment, are allowed two ‘lie downs’ in any one chukka. There is a big ball which the camels often kick. Players wear proper team shirts and look like polo players. Novices can also play, ensuring a memorable experience working with traditional transport in an unconventional fashion. It makes for a uniquely Arabian day out with family and friends.

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Hunters in harmony The bond between the falcon and the Bedouin has always been strong, based on the bird of prey’s ability to hunt game for food

Q Words by Scott Birch

The national bird of the United Arab Emirates, the magnificent falcon adorns every official document in the country. Prey caught by the birds helped to feed Bedouin families, contributing in a practical way to the survival of the nomads in a hostile desert environment. As a result, the birds are respected, admired and revered in local culture and people from all backgrounds keep and breed them. Hunting with falcons has been banned in the UAE to protect species such as houbaras (bustards) or karawan (stone curlews) – the natural prey which were becoming endangered species. Despite this, the husbandry of falcons still remains of paramount importance to local people and many falcon enthusiasts travel abroad on hunting holidays to Africa and Asia. The admiration of these majestic birds is passed from generation to generation. Hunting plays a less significant role, with enthusiasts often simply training and flying the birds for pleasure. Falcons think with their eyes. Because their eyesight is so sharp, they can be upset by large crowds of people or unfamiliar places. Birds can be calmed by placing a hood over their heads, locally called a burqa. When they cannot see, they are immediately calmed. Training a falcon to return to the owner’s hand is a slow and instinctive exercise in bonding. The falconer begins slowly, allowing the falcon to roam for short distances. He uses a lure, usually a reward of food, to bring the falcon back. The two major breeds of falcon native to the UAE are the saker (al hurr) and the peregrine (al shaheen). The process of breeding and registering the birds is taken seriously. There are even falcon passports, aimed at stamping out illegal trade. Most birds are bought in August before the sport season starts in September. This marks the busiest time for breeders. Tall birds are prized, especially the gyrfalcon/peregrine mixed breeds. The gyrfalcon are revered for their good looks, but being Arctic birds are less adaptive to the heat of the desert. Breeding a gyrfalcon with a peregrine introduces stamina and the ability to cope with the harsh desert climate. Birds are measured for height, breadth and length from shoulder to tail. They are also analysed for athleticism. White birds and those with certain shades of brown are considered more beautiful among local falconers and are consequently more expensive. Deals are done, birds literally change hands and the falconry community prepares itself for a winter of sport.

Fa l c o n e x p e r i e n c e s : Many tour operators and hotels offer falconry experiences, where visitors can view impressive demonstrations of the birds’ skills and beauty in flight. Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital provides tours for those wanting to learn more about the bird and its role in historic and modern times. Visitors can get up close to the falcons and watch them in full flight. For more information, see www.falconhospital.com

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experience Desert safari

See the spectacular desert sunset, slide sideways in a 4x4 down the side of a big red dune and enjoy Arabian hospitality at its best. Desert safaris are held in the late afternoon and evenings and include a typical Arabian barbecue and entertainment, making them the ideal holiday adventure. Turn to the Experience listings on page 68 for a list of reputable tour operators.

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Paddle power Explore Abu Dhabi’s mangrove forests on an environmentally friendly kayaking tour

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

With more than 200 islands, a beautiful coastline and calm seas, Abu Dhabi is a water lover’s paradise. It’s also a haven for nature lovers with an abundance of marine life and 3,000 hectares of mangroves to discover. For an environmentally friendly way to explore one of the emirate’s greatest natural assets, take a one-and-a-half-hour kayaking tour through the mangroves and see flora and fauna up close, while escaping the fast pace of the city. Noukhada Adventure Company operates daily kayaking tours through the mangrove forests on the Eastern Corniche of Abu Dhabi island, giving visitors a chance to learn about the importance of these forests. The eco-tour operator offers low-impact tours to several locations around Abu Dhabi and the UAE, educating residents and visitors and promoting awareness of the region’s vital ecosystem.

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Delicate ecosystem After a safety briefing and quick instruction on how to paddle, our guide Mark Freeman, who is co-owner and managing partner of Noukhada Adventure Company, leads us into the open water. Our flotilla of five kayaks surges towards the mangrove forests, with a mild headwind slowing things down. As it’s the start of the tour, however, we are full of energy and enthusiasm and the breeze provides welcome relief from the sun. On reaching the mangroves, we head down a dredged boating channel. Unfortunately the impact of boats cruising through at speed has caused erosion on a sand island, which is home to an elusive Arabian red fox. As Mark is telling us about the female fox that lives there with her young cub, she rears her head briefly. It’s the first time in a month that she has been spotted, but her appearance is limited. Nevertheless, we still feel privileged that she chose that moment to surface.

A number of herons can be seen on the tours, making it ideal for those who like to bird watch, particularly as the kayaks produce little noise

Paddling further along, a small flock of herons flies overhead. A number of different heron varieties can be seen on the kayaking tours, making it ideal for those who like to bird watch, particularly as the kayaks produce no startling noises to scare them away. Mark paddles close to the mangroves to explain why Abu Dhabi’s forests are so unique. Not only do they have to contend with extreme heat for a good portion of the year, they have also had to adapt to warm water temperatures, high salinity and very little rainfall. As a result, the mangroves have become extremely hardy.

Mark shows us some small crabs, no bigger than the palm of a hand. He says we will see thousands of the little crustaceans on the trunks of the plants, just above the water line. Our group ventures into the mangrove forest. The temperature is much cooler under the shade of the canopy and there are easy-to-follow natural canals. These change depending on the tide, however, so tours do not always follow the same route. The width of the canals varies as we proceed and sometimes thoughtful manouevres are required to nagivate the path, which causes a few pile-ups and giggles

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from the kayaking party. Once inside it is so easy to spot the thousands of small crabs and take a close look at the remarkable mangrove plants. It seems a world away from the skyscrapers and traffic of Abu Dhabi and even further from the desert landscape that the emirate is known for. As we make our way out of the bushes, I reflect on how peaceful and calm the tour has been. It is ideal for those who enjoy being active in the great outdoors as well as anyone with an appreciation for nature.

Mangrove conservation Mangroves around the world are incredibly important for the health of the oceans. Not only do they filter the sea water, they provide vital breeding and nursery grounds for many species of marine animals as well as protected habitats for birds and other marine creatures. In addition, mangroves help reduce shoreline erosion by acting as a buffer from

waves and ocean currents, and reduce the impact of global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide. Realising the importance of mangroves, the late Sheikh Zayed introduced a planting programme towards the end of the 1970s and today, more than twothirds of the UAE’s mangrove forests can be found in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Thabit Al Abdessalaam, director of biodiversity management sector at the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, says, “The mangrove plays an integral role in the marine ecosystem, providing a habitat for aquatic and terrestrial fauna and flora, as well as offsetting carbon emissions which help reduce the effects of climate change.” What better reason to get out and explore these wonders in an environmentally friendly manner. Not only will you have a great time and learn about the flora and fauna of the local area, you’ll burn a few calories too.

Noukhada Adventure C o m pa n y: Noukhada offers a range of kayaking tours, including the one-and-a-half-hour mangrove tour daily. The tour costs AED150 for adults and AED100 for children in a double kayak. For more information and bookings, contact 02 6503600, 050 7218928 or visit the website www.noukhada.ae.

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capital attraction Abu Dhabi has an extensive checklist of must-do visitor experiences. Concierge rounds up the top five with tips from the emirate’s experts

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Without doubt, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is Abu Dhabi’s number one attraction for visitors. It receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each month and is one of the few in the UAE open to non-muslims. Said Orchi, concierge at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, says the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the most remarkable religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi. “It’s possibly one of the most significant architectural treasures of the UAE and one of the largest and most beautiful in the world,” he explains. Opened to the public in 2007, its namesake the late Sheikh Zayed wanted a mosque that would bring together people of all nationalities and religions and help them understand Islam. And in doing so, he gave the emirate one of its most striking monuments. Visitors can take one of several daily tours conducted by Emirati guides who detail the architectural and cultural significance of the mosque as well as Sheikh Zayed. The guides also answer any questions. The tour takes in the courtyard, ablution areas and the main prayer hall, which can accommodate 7,126 worshippers. The entire mosque, meanwhile, has a full capacity for more than 41,000 worshippers. “I tell my guests to look out for the mosque’s many features, such as the seven imported chandeliers from Germany featuring millions of Swarovski crystals, and the world’s largest carpet designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliki, which is located in the main prayer hall,” Orchi explains. “Other things to look out for are pools along the arcades that reflect the mosque’s spectacular columns and become even more glorious at night, or the 82 Moroccan-designed domes made of white marble and the 96 columns in the main prayer hall that are ornately clad with marble and inlaid with mother of pearl.” Free tours are held from Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 5pm, Fridays at 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm. Contact 800 555 or see www.szgmc.ae for more information.

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Concierge tip Wear modest and conservative loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves, long skirt or trousers. Also, it’s more convenient to wear slip-on shoes as visitors are asked to remove them before entering the mosque. Said Orchi, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

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Beaches and islands Abu Dhabi’s stunning coastline is peppered by more than 200 islands, making it a haven for water lovers. Whether it’s jetskiing, scuba diving or sailing, the emirate offers a plethora of aquatic activities for all ages. Abu Dhabi is fast making a name for itself in the yachting world with luxury marinas at Emirates Palace and Yas Island and the staging of the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, a first for the Middle East. The gruelling roundthe-world yacht race stops in the city from January 1 to 14 with a range of big-ticket events and festivities. In the meantime however, there is plenty to see and do on the water in Abu Dhabi. Visitors can charter a luxury yacht and explore the islands, take a kayaking tour through the mangroves or go deep sea fishing to land the catch of the day. Kona Nageswara Roa, chief concierge at the Hilton Abu Dhabi, suggests visiting nearby Bahraini and Futaisi islands, where visitors can spend a day enjoying the scenery, unspoilt beaches, blue sea and the wildlife. “Guests can also enjoy

Desert Beautiful and picturesque, yet harsh and unpredictable, the desert plays a huge role in Abu Dhabi’s culture, heritage and identity. Once inhabited by the Bedouin, who had ingenious ways of dealing with the conditions, the desert is a must-visit. The desert scenery changes dramatically along the road from Abu Dhabi to Liwa, from a flat sandy landscape near the coast to the rolling red dunes of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter). In fact, the inhospitable Rub Al Khali begins in Abu Dhabi’s Al Gharbia (Western Region) and spans a quarter of the Arabian Peninsular, or an area roughly the size of France, Belgium and Holland combined. It is the largest uninterrupted sand mass in the world. Visitors can take a day trip to the Rub Al Khali through a tour operator, or experience the desert on a half-day safari, which includes dune driving before stopping at a desert camp for camel riding, an Arabic barbecue and belly dancing entertainment. Gharib Aly Hassan, concierge at the Tilal Liwa Hotel near Madinat Zayed, recommends a trip to Tel Moreeb, the world’s tallest sand dune at 300 metres high with a 50-degree incline. “Visitors should definitely explore the dunes of Liwa and the legendary Rub Al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter,” Hassan says. “Sunset is a beautiful time in the desert, so take some time to watch the sun dip behind the rolling sand dunes of Liwa.”

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Concierge tip Spend some time experiencing the beautiful natural surroundings by taking a guided walk through the rugged desert landscape. Gharib Aly Hassan, Tilal Liwa Hotel

sightseeing cruises along the Corniche, or for the fishing fans, there are daily fishing trips where hammour, kingfish and barracuda are often caught,” he says. “Abu Dhabi boasts many spectacular beaches and islands. From the natural islands of Saadiyat and Futaisi to the manmade islands of Yas and Lulu, travellers of all ages and interests have plenty to explore with natural, pristine beaches and wildlife, to culture, international festivals and sporting events.” Turn to the Discover listings on page 66 and the Experience listings on page 68 for reputable tour operators.

Concierge tip For first-time visitors, we recommend a scenic Abu Dhabi cruise taking in the main highlights, or a snorkelling trip at Futaisi Island where they can explore pristine beaches, underwater world and wildlife. They may even spot a dolphin. For the adventurous, why not take a jetski to one of the nearby islands? Kona Nageswara Roa, Hilton Abu Dhabi


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Yas Island Yas Island is entertainment central. Boasting a Formula One circuit, Ferrari theme park, links golf course and concert arenas, it is where a lot of the action happens. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest indoor theme park and according to Oussama Itani, chief concierge at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, it has something for everyone. “There are 20 rides and attractions, including Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, which hits a breathtaking 240kmh,” Itani says. Visitors can also race a simulator around a virtual Yas Marina Circuit. Yas Links provides an 18-hole beachfront golf challenge with picturesque views. “Designed by golf course architect Kyle Phillips and set against dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf, Yas Links is the perfect place to experience the island’s natural beauty,” Itani explains. Yas comes alive at night with regular concerts at the Yas Arena and Flash Forum, as well as trendy bars and clubs to get the party started. “The hotels on Yas Island offer a variety of dining options. Those visiting for the nightlife can try ladies’ night at Stills on Thursdays and Fridays, while Allure nightclub has an international DJ every Thursday and Friday.”

Concierge tip Sporty visitors should bring some outdoor clothes just in case they want to do some kayaking or participate in a golf academy class at Yas Links. Oussama Itani, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Golf Abu Dhabi has some of the most spectacular golf courses in the Gulf, including two stunning beachfront courses and a desert course, so it’s no surprise that golf has become a leading activity for visitors. The city’s three main courses include the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links. All three are of international standard, having been designed by Peter Harradine, Gary Player and Kyle Philips respectively. The Emirates Palace concierge team, headed by Sandra Newman, fields regular questions from guests about the golf offerings in the city.  “The courses in Abu Dhabi are suitable for all levels from beginners to amateurs to professionals with a range of courses, including the unique Al Ghazal sand course,” Newman says. “Abu Dhabi Golf Club has a 27-hole National championship course, while the club house is an award-winning architectural wonder of a spanned-wing

falcon perched on a golf ball. The course weaves through breathtaking terrain and seven saltwater lakes. The course is also home to the annual European PGA Tour-backed Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.” The team also recommends Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the region’s first beachfront course. “This Gary Playerdesigned masterpiece harnesses the natural beauty of Saadiyat Island. The course meanders along the coastline, providing stunning sea views and a chance to spot dolphins and turtles at play in the glistening Arabian Gulf.” For those whose days are filled with meetings or sightseeing through the day, twilight golf is just the ticket. “Abu Dhabi City Golf Club has a nine-hole course with the skyline as a backdrop. Guests can end the day with a round of nine holes under the floodlights, which is ideal after a stressful day,” Newman says. For details of each course, turn to the Experience listings on page 68.

Concierge tip Visit during January for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, a major event on the sporting calendar, and witness play from professionals like three-time champion Martin Kaymer of Germany. The event also attracts other well-known players such as Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Henrick Stenson and Miguel Angel Jimenez to name a few. Sandra Newman, Emirates Palace

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Healing touch Experience the soothing power of massage with four different treatments

Aromatherapy wellness massage Essential oils have long been used to help relaxation, stimulate the senses and increase wellbeing and one of the most popular, not to mention enjoyable, ways of application is through massage. Bodylines Leisure and Fitness Club offers 60- and 90-minute aromatherapy massages, which can be either stimulating or relaxing depending on the oils used and the technique applied. Swedish and neuromuscular techniques relieve muscular tension, while lymphatic drainage movements encourage healthy circulation. Aromatherapy Associates oils are used for the massage, which works from the top of the head to the tips of the toes to reduce stress and tension.

Where: Bodylines Leisure and Fitness Club, Park Rotana When: 9am to 9pm Cost: AED250 for 60 minutes or AED340 for 90 minutes Contact: 02 6573373 or bodylines.park@rotana.com

Four-hand massage Overlooking the beach, Hiltonia Beach Club has one of the best locations in Abu Dhabi. To help guests get into the beach mood, the club’s spa offers the Tropical Bliss, a rejuvenating four-hand massage with an island twist. The treatment begins with a coconut foot bath followed by dry brushing to rid the skin of dead cells and help it absorb the moisturising oils. Warm lemongrass towels are then applied to the body to soften the muscles before two therapists conduct the massage for double the relaxation. The treatment ends with the application of coconut oil on the scalp.

Where: Hiltonia Beach Club, Hilton Abu Dhabi When: 9.30am to 6.30pm Cost: AED800 for 90 minutes / Contact: 02 6811900

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Lomi lomi massage Originating in Hawaii, this exotic Polynesian massage creates harmony within the body. It works gently, yet deeply, into the muscle, using continuous flowing strokes to balance body and mind. Using the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees and feet, the practitioner soothes the muscles to bring a complete sense of relaxation. Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and numerous desert islands, Spa InterContinental is the ideal place to try lomi lomi massage.

Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi When: 6am to 11pm (treatments from 10am) Cost: AED528 for two hours / Contact: 02 6666888

Hot stone massage One of the biggest spas in Abu Dhabi, Zayna offers an assortment of massages and signature treatments to aid relaxation, relieve stress and rejuvenate tired bodies. For a thoroughly relaxing experience, that relieves tense muscles and sore joints, try the hot stone massage. Basalt stones are heated and then oiled and placed on specific points of the body to warm and relax the muscles, while Swedish massage techniques remove tension. Where: Zayna Spa, Grand Millennium Al Wahda When: Daily 9am to 10pm Cost: AED440 for 60 minutes or AED550 for 90 minutes Contact: 02 4953822 , zaynaspa@grandmill-alwahda.com

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The Tribute to Mont Blanc collection features the Meisterstuck fountain pen, jewellery and leather pieces for men and women. Celebrating the natural beauty of Europe’s snowy summit, Montblanc has crafted the collection with stones and material that ref lect the snow, ice and rocky surfaces. Montblanc is located in Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall and Al Ain Mall.

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STYLE AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON Another season is here and with it come countless style conundrums. We give you the scoop on the current trends in menswear

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Autumn/winter 2011 depicts today’s gentleman as confident, resilient and decisive. His suits are tailored to a tee and he isn’t afraid to experiment with colour – be it striking rose pink or dazzling red-orange. The spirit of adventure courses through his veins. Rugged, weathered denim, paired with mountaineer boots and an oversized sweater is his rough-and-ready weekend look. His accessories, whether it’s hats, shawls or weekend bags, are essential to complete his look.

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The most refreshing element of autumn/winter 2011 is the colour palette. Neutrals are filled with blues, camels and rich caramels, while mid-tones lean towards red, orange, navy and most importantly, chocolate. The more vivid hues are yellow, teal and blue. A dusty rose tone was also popular with Lanvin and Gucci. The latter paired it with an indigo blue, exploring a striking new colour harmony. As expected, these colours are featured on the D&G catwalk and even Hermès got in on the action with a surprising array of warm yellows and bright blues. Over at Louis Vuitton, studio director Paul Helbers was inspired by the dramatic red-orange shade of motel neon signs from David Lynch films.

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Perhaps the most impressive collection out of Milan this autumn came from the house of Ermenegildo Zegna, a brand that has always been a good representation of the most important cuts and silhouettes in the world of men’s fashion. While other designers (namely Lanvin) appear to be torn between a slim silhouette and a more relaxed look, Zegna knows exactly what it’s doing. Razor-sharp precision in tailoring means the new Zegna suit is extremely flattering, especially with its hourglass jackets and bold, defined shoulders. Admittedly, this is a more feminine shape, but lately androgyny seems to be the name of the game, especially for autumn/winter 2011. This season, the brand commemorates its 20-year collaboration with China, which resulted in a feast of textures and fabrics. These included a luscious wool plaid, pure cashmere and, of course, silk.

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For a more comfortable look (one which the American designers have mastered) it turns out patchwork is no longer a grandma’s pastime. This trend is emerging in American brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren lines, Rugby and Denim & Supply. While the Hilfiger and Rugby iterations are somewhat demure (think corduroy and herringbone tweed), newly launched Ralph Lauren label Denim & Supply went all out with its statement flag patchwork jeans. Oversized cable knits and patterned sweaters (once again, not just for your grandma) are also trending.


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Accessorising for the cooler climes of autumn/winter is a matter of necessity and this season’s fashion accoutrements don’t disappoint. Footwear is all about chunky boots, which perfectly offset the slimmer pant leg. At the top of the list are Thom Browne’s creations and Louis Vuitton’s range is a close second. Although Christian Louboutin is best known for his ladies’ shoes, the men’s line is unlike any other. The spiky Louis sneaker comes in a Swarovski-encrusted strass assortment. For the less adventurous, the Alfie ankle sneaker is a safer bet but still proves the French designer’s shoe prowess. Hats are definitely trending this winter, but rather than the knitted variety, more structured looks from Dior Homme and Louis Vuitton have hit catwalks across Paris. Lanvin also presented a fine collection of head ware in a diverse winter colour palette. The most exciting collection of men’s bags is Louis Vuitton’s brand new Damier Inifini line. This embossed calfskin take on the classic chequered pattern is seen in the Keepall (the ultimate weekend/travel bag for guys), Porte-Documents Voyage, Zippy Wallet and other small leather goods.

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The outerwear The most exciting part of any autumn/winter collection is the outerwear and this year is particularly interesting. Double-breasted seems to be the name of the game, be it a smooth, navy Hermès or heftier khaki wool by Giorgio Armani. Viktor & Rolf led the trench coat race by a mile with their sleek, belted variety. Bomber jackets are also a must-have for autumn, from Jean Paul Gaultier’s over-the-top gold version to a sleeker olive green alternative from Z Zegna. And of course, shearling is everywhere, but it’s the black Rick Owens variety that is particularly noteworthy. Louis Vuitton expertly combined these two autumn jacket trends with a shearling bomber in charcoal grey. On the opposite side of the outerwear spectrum, the flowing, minimalist coats set in pale creams and greys from the likes of Lanvin and Dior Homme were by far the greatest outerwear creation for the season, adding an air of elegance to the more formal, tailored looks shown underneath.

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HERE COMES THE SUN Protect your skin, prolong your tan and perfect a glowing complexion with our guide to suncare and tanning

Q Protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun is paramount and there are many products that come in an array of formulas, which boast additional benefits.

The body From Lancaster comes Sun Care Oil-Free Milky Spray SPF15, a lightweight broadspectrum spray that protects, hydrates, prevents premature ageing and enhances the tan. For a higher protection sunscreen, try Lancaster’s Sun Age Control Firming & Comforting Radiant Tan, or Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray UVB 50+.

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The face There are specific face sunscreens which fuse anti-ageing and high-factor protection benefits. Try Clarins’ Sun Wrinkle Control Cream For Face UVB 50+; Lancôme’s Soleil DNA Guard; or Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF50+, a water-resistant formula. For daily use, try Kiehl’s Abyssine Lotion SPF15 sunscreen.

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Those with sensitive skin should look for natural ingredients. Kiehl’s Vital Sun Protection All-Sport Year-Round Face & Body is an easily absorbed fragrance-free sunscreen that’s ideal for kids and adults. The all-natural Korres Sweet Orange Sunscreen Emulsion Face & Body SPF15 offers broad-spectrum sun protection and helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing.

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Tan enhancement There are lots of multi-tasking products, which not only prolong, but also intensify tans and nourish skin after sun exposure. Guerlain’s Terracotta Collection and Lancaster’s Tan Maximiser products are particular highlights. Try Guerlain’s Terracotta James De Gazelle Cooling Bronzing Mist, a quick-drying tan-accelerating cooling bronzing mist that intensifies, embellishes and prolongs a tan. Or simply mix several drops of super-concentrated Terracotta Serum Tan-Prolonging Complex with your usual skincare creams for a tan-accelerating action. Lancaster’s Legendary Tan is an oil, which not only leaves skin nourished, but helps enhance the tan, giving it shine.

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Want tanned legs before your vacation? Lancôme’s Flash Bronzer Smoothing Self-Tanner Sublime Legs provides pins with a golden caramel colour, while Lancaster’s Flash Bronzer Airbrush gives an all-over spray tan. Lancaster also offers tanning mousse, gel and one with extra shimmer. New to the market, Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning is a silky, lightweight mousse, which not only develops a subtle healthy glow – intensifying to a tan with regular application – but also smoothes away fine lines. For a lightweight, tinted face cream, try Lancaster’s Infinite Bronze Face Bronzer.

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T O P TA N N I N G T I P S 1. Use a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays. 2. Apply the sunscreen about 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure 3. Ensure you reapply sunscreen every two hours 4. Protect your face and eyes with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection. 5. Choose water-resistant products if you’re swimming and opt for a high SPF factor sunscreen when in water

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For those looking for a glow, Bourjois and Estée Lauder offer a range of tanning/bronzing make-up products. Bourjois’ Delice de Soleil range includes a traditional bronzing powder compact, as well as an innovative body and face bronzing powder that comes as a spray, delivering a subtle shimmer. Estée Lauder’s latest Bronze Goddess collection – inspired by the hues of the Riviera – includes an eyeshadow palette of surf and sand shades and a limited-edition Sea Star Bronzing Blush, providing skin with a sun-kissed finish.

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Arabian nights With authentic cuisine and nightly entertainment, a meal at one of the city’s Middle Eastern restaurants is the ideal way to sample Arabic culture

Q Words by Amanda Tomlinson

Anar Cuisine: Persian Meaning ‘pomegranate’ in Farsi, Anar serves traditional Iranian food and if the clientele is anything to go by, it’s safe to say this is something it does very well. The restaurant attracts a mix of nationalities, but is particularly popular with the Emirati crowd. A warm friendly welcome greets diners before they are ushered along a wide corridor decorated with Iranian trinkets. The restaurant, which is bathed in light courtesy of large windows, has a predominantly red colour scheme from the highly decorative Persian carpet on the floor to the table runners and glass plates. The vibrant tone contrasts perfectly with the blue and white Persian tiles on the walls. But Iranian architecture and décor form just one part of the Anar experience. Start the meal with Beluga caviar, which comes with chopped egg white and egg yolk, parsley, onion and toasted taftan bread which is made onsite in the restaurant’s tanoor oven. There’s an extensive selection of salads to follow but save room for the polow (rice dishes), which come highly recommended, and the grills, which can be ordered as part of a mixed platter for maximum variety. End the meal with Iranian tea served with saffron sugar sticks and start planning your next visit. Where: Emirates Palace / When: 1 to 3.30pm, 7 to 11pm / Contact: 02 6907999

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Min Zaman Cuisine: Lebanese This Lebanese restaurant in the heart of Al Ain city is renowned for its authentic cuisine and nightly belly dancing performances. With both indoor and al fresco dining options, guests can sit outside with a view of the garden and swimming pool by night while enjoying their favourite f lavoured shisha, or relax in air-conditioned comfort inside the restaurant. The signature dish is the Lebanese mixed grill served with the chef’s special sauce which is unique to Min Zaman and won’t be found anywhere else in the emirate. Each dish is delivered with a unique Arabic presentation, which adds to the authenticity of the restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed, cosy and semiformal, while the décor is a chic coupling of ‘East meets West’. For example, guests will find Swarovski crystal chandeliers adorning the cosy majlis-style seating and entertainment each night. Where: Al Ain Rotana When: 6.30pm to 3.30am / Contact: 03 7545111

Marakesh Cuisine: Moroccan Themed after the red city in Morocco, Marakesh is a lively restaurant with a large capacity. Frescos painted on the walls, a red, cream and gold colour palette, date palms and window shutters set the scene, while nightly entertainment furthers the experience. The selection of dishes on buffet nights is extensive – at least 14 at Monday’s Ibn Battuta seafood night – so diners should show restraint with the enticing starters. This may not be so easy for the seafood lovers as a platter of prawns and other ocean delights greets them at the door. Those who hold out will be rewarded with mixed seafood tagine, grilled lobster, seafood thermidor and oyster provencal. Energetic entertainment by a belly dancer and Moroccan singer is held from 10.45pm until the early hours of the morning. Visit on Monday for the seafood buffet, Tuesday for a Moroccan buffet or on remaining nights, except Saturday, for á la carte orders.

Where: Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi When: Daily (except Saturday) 7pm to 3am Contact: 02 6146000

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Cedar Lounge Cuisine: Lebanese Fast becoming one of the city’s hottest dining destinations, Bain Al Jessrain (also known by its English name, Between the Bridges) is home to an increasing number of quality restaurants and bars. Among them is Cedar Lounge, a fine-dining Lebanese restaurant with a popular terrace overlooking the beach, waterway and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Those who want the prime position at the front of the terrace with the best views need to arrive early, but the atmosphere is pleasurable regardless of where you sit. On one side there is a water wall which flows into the shallow pools surrounding the terrace, while the other side is bordered by gardens. Shisha (hubbly bubbly) is available on the terrace and diners can select from a menu with Cedar Lounge’s take on some must-try favourites. Among them are hot and cold mezzeh plates and the popular mixed grill with tender, juicy lamb, shish taouk and kebab, served with rice and grilled vegetables. Where: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr When: 12.30 to 3.30pm, 7pm to 2am Contact: 02 6543000

In the kitchen, the Lebanese chefs carefully select their ingredients and prepare dishes that accurately reflect their country’s culture and culinary offerings

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

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The original sweet For centuries, dates have been a source of nutrition and a symbol of hospitality in the Middle East

Love them or loathe them, dates are relished not just in the Middle East, but the world over. With their dark, waxy skin and soft, sweet flesh, dates were sold extensively along the trade routes of yesteryear and played an important role in the lives of the Arabian Bedouin, who relied on the fruit as a premium source of vitamin C, carbohydrate, fibre and potassium. Today, dates are used as a gesture of hospitality to greet guests, break the fast during Ramadan and as a sweet souvenir to take home to friends and family. Different varieties of dates vary in sweetness, size and softness, but the stage at which they are picked also greatly affects the resultant taste and texture. Balah is when the dates are still hard and have not ripened, but they are turning to yellow from green and are sweet. Rhutab is when the fruit has turned from yellow to brown, but is still not fully ripe. When the rhutab is dried, it becomes tamr. Dates are also classified according to their fleshiness: soft dates (barhee, halawy, medjool), semi-dry dates (dayri, noor, zahidi) and dry dates (thoory). The soft dates are rich in glucose and fructose, whereas the drier dates have a larger percentage of sucrose. Up to 80 percent of the date flesh is sugar.

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Aside from their use as a fresh or dried fruit, with excellent storage capacity, dates are commonly used in confectionery items. Dates are mixed with Belgian chocolate to make date truffles, or marzipan, shortbread and pistachio to make fancy biscuits and other gourmet delicacies. There is even a date drink. Sparkling date juice, usually a combination of apple juice and date syrup, is a refreshing beverage served as a welcome drink and as a celebratory toast for special occasions and celebrations. Dhibs is the natural syrup that comes from dates. It was discovered centuries ago while harvesting when the pickers of the day filled their burlap-woven sacks with dates and noticed that the pressed dates at the bottom of the sack secreted a syrupy substance. Today, jam and honey made from date syrup, as well as sweets made with date sugar rather than cane sugar are popular regional desserts.

M a k e a d at e To appreciate the relevance of the date palm to the region, take a drive into the heart of the country and the garden city of Al Ain. The heritage heart of the emirate, Al Ain is built around no less than five date-producing oases – Al Ain, Al Jimi, Al Qattara, Al Hili and Al Mutaredh – which together cover five million square metres and sustain around 375,000 date palms, irrigated by the traditional falaj system.

Known as the ‘fruit of the desert’, dates are also a valuable source of nutrition. In the heyday of Bedouin tribal life, dates were served with camel’s milk as a complete standalone meal. The fruit contains almost every nutrient required by the human body and some modern dieticians recommend dates to reduce the risk of heart disease. As well as health benefits, dates have a religious significance and are mentioned in the Qu’ran and the Bible. Muslims use dates to break their fast during Ramadan because the fruit’s high sugar levels offer an immediate energy boost. Dates are common for daily consumption as well as for special occasions. For example, Indians traditionally give dates at Diwali as gifts to friends and family. Arabs buy larger platters of dates and related confectionary items, while Europeans tend to purchase smaller quantities, primarily for gift-giving. If you have a sweet tooth, sampling dates is a must on your list of things to do while in the region. But if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you probably have a friend who does and you’ve just found the sweetest gift to give.

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LEISURE ISLAND Already one of the most exciting destinations in the UAE, Yas Island is an adventure that gets bigger by the day

Q Just 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi’s city centre and a 50-minute drive from Dubai is Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s newest and most impressive leisure and entertainment destination. With a Ferrari theme park, Formula One circuit, luxury hotels, links golf course, marina and a yacht club – plus a mall and water park under construction – it’s a must on any visitor’s itinerary. Those with a love of speed can get their kicks on the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi then get strapped in to a Formula One car as it speeds around Yas Marina Circuit at 300kmh. At a much slower pace, Yas Links golf course is one of the most picturesque in the region, while the island’s two spas take relaxation to a whole new level. The luxury hotels have some of the city’s finest restaurants, not to mention some of the best views. Why not find out what the fuss is about?

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

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

• S even football fields can fit in the 86,000sqm enclosed area of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • T he volume of concrete in the Hoover Dam could fit inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • T he roof structure is more than 700 metres in diameter, or the approximate length of seven Statues of Liberty if they were laid head to toe • I f Ferrari World Abu Dhabi was turned upright, it would be the tallest manmade structure in the world at over 300 floors • T he Ferrari logo on the roof is the largest ever created and measures 65 metres long, covering an area of 3,000sq m. It could accommodate at least seven basketball courts • T here are 1,200 dining seats at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • T he total roof area (200,000sq m) uses enough aluminium to cover 16,750 Ferraris • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the largest indoor theme park in the world • I t has the planet’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, which reaches speeds of 240kmh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS Yas Marina Circuit operates year round with a number of international motorsport events. 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix The penultimate race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held from November 11th to 13 th at Yas Marina Circuit. Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel has won both Grands Prix in Abu Dhabi and his victory last year, in the final race of one of the most fiercely fought seasons, awarded him the championship. The win also put him in the history books as the youngest driver to claim the championship title. Tickets start at AED2,000 for grandstand seating. For information, visit 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For head-to-toe pampering, Espa at The Yas Hotel offers the ultimate relaxation journeys. The spa is a modern take on Middle Eastern traditions with a hammam to complement the eight treatment rooms, separate men’s and women’s relaxation areas and a presidential treatment suite. The chic, urban spa emanates style and sophistication from its stunning location overlooking Yas Marina. For the ultimate in relaxation, try the 90-minute fourhand massage in which two specially trained therapists use simultaneous and synchronised rolling movements across the back and lower spine to ease stress. Warm volcanic stones aid relaxation, while a series of body stretches removes stiffness and relieves any remaining tension. The massage costs AED 725. See www.theyashotel.com or call 02 6560862 to book a treatment.

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One of Yas Island’s defining features is Yas Marina, a 142-berth facility capable of accommodating vessels ranging from 15 to 66 metres, with guest berthing for up to 120 metres. It is one of the most prestigious positions from which to watch the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and berths fill up quickly for this event each November. Yas Marina also hosts the annual Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, an exhibition showcasing luxurious super- and megayachts. This year’s event was held from March 24 to 26. The marina is served by the Yas Yacht Club which, in addition to the onsite management office and yacht brokerage and charter companies, has a number of restaurants and bars. Among them is the Monaco institution Stars ‘N’ Bars, an American-style sports bar and diner with a well-executed motor racing theme. Some of the world’s biggest names have dined and partied at Stars ‘N’ Bars, including Sir Richard Branson, Prince Albert of Monaco and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

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Welcome to the weekend While away the afternoon with brunch or a long lazy lunch at one of Yas Island’s favourite restaurants

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Jing Asia Lovers of Asian cuisine will walk away with a smile on their face after sampling the delights at Jing Asia’s weekly brunch. Held every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm, the brunch has a selection of international dishes as well as a children’s buffet and activity corner to keep the little ones entertained. At this brunch, you’ll find groups of friends celebrating the start of the weekend as well as families with children making the most of the activity corner’s face painting and entertainment. The atmosphere is lively and entertaining with enticing aromas from the cooking stations beckoning diners to return for more. The live cooking stations serve both Asian and international dishes, which allows guests to interact with the chefs for a personalised experience as well as a dish made to order. The colourful and bright restaurant has Asian details, while the large outdoor terrace offers sweeping views of Yas Links golf course and the Arabian Gulf. Where: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island When: Fridays from 12.30 to 4pm Price: AED150 with soft drinks, or AED210 with house beverages. AED75 for children aged six to 12 / Contact: 02 6563053

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Stars ‘N’ Bars Jumpstart the day with the ‘Brunch of Champions’, a tasty breakfast served at lunchtime. Available on Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 4pm, the brunch is ideal for those who like to rise late on weekends and enjoy a leisurely afternoon with friends and family overlooking the yachts of Yas Marina. Diners will find hearty dishes on the menu, such as the English breakfast with two eggs (fried or scrambled), bacon, English sausage, baked beans, mushrooms and tomato. Variations include the American and Mexican breakfasts. Why not try the ultimate breakfast which, in addition to the above, comes with potatoes, fruit salad and a pancake? Diners can also feast on eggs benedict, omelettes and pancakes. Guests sit in racing seats in the diner-style restaurant. On the walls is a collection of posters, while memorabilia fills some of the tables. Another is made from a foosball table. More than 30 plasma TVs show sport from around the world and there is a dropdown screen for the big games. There are pool tables, a games arcade and a stage for live bands, DJs and dancing, but what makes it even more special is its prime position overlooking Yas Marina and its close proximity to Yas Marina Circuit. Where: Beside Yas Yacht Club When: Sunday to Wednesday 11.30am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday 11.30am to 1am Contact: 02 5650101

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Origins Open and airy, and bathed in light with floor-to-ceiling windows, Origins offers a fun family brunch every Friday. The brunch boasts an impressive selection of local, regional and international cuisine in a buffet style. There are live cooking stations for those who like to personalise their meal, a seafood station for lovers of the deep blue and a chocolate fountain for anyone with a sweet tooth. Afterwards, continue the fun at Rush bar, which opens at 4pm, with cocktails overlooking Yas Marina Circuit, or head to Skylite for an evening under the changing lights of the hotel’s iconic gridshell exterior. The brunch is fun and lively, and with the option to continue the festivities well into the evening, it is sure to be one of Abu Dhabi’s best weekend activities this month. Where: The Yas Hotel When: Friday and Saturday, 12.30 to 3.30pm Price: AED240 with house beverages, AED180 with mocktails. Half price for children aged five to 12 and free for children under five Contact: 02 6560600 or email dining@theyashotel.com

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Janet Jackson October 13 Get up close with the legendary singer at her Abu Dhabi concert, which promises to be huge. Performing at the Yas Arena, Jackson will be in the capital as part of her Janet Jackson, Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour, which stops in 35 international cities. For tickets and information, see www.thinkflash.ae.

F1 t w o - s e at e r October 14 Hit speeds of 317kmh as a passenger in a modified Formula One car at Yas Marina Circuit and see the track just as the world’s best drivers do. The experience costs AED7,500 and can be booked through www.yasmarinacircuit.ae or by phoning 800 YAS (827).

Experience Oktoberfest

Art exhibition Daily See the work of artist Abdul Rauf Khalfan all month at The Yas Hotel. His paintings concentrate on the traditions and symbols of Emirati culture through its architectural heritage, natural environment and familiar objects such as the coffee pot.

Enjoy German cuisine, beverages and entertainment at the three-day Oktoberfest celebration at Stills Bar this month. Guests can admire the view of the Arabian Gulf from the terrace, which will be decked out with long rows of wooden benches, while enjoying the festivities. Where: Stills Bar, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island. When: October 26 to 28, 6pm to late. Price: AED130, includes entry and buffet. Contact: 02 6563053

Quiz Night Mondays Think you’ve got what it takes to beat the opposition in a pub quiz? Put your general knowledge to the test at Stars ‘N’ Bars every Monday night from 8pm. Contact 02 5650787 for reservations.

Ladies’ night Wednesdays Get the girls together for ladies’ night at Stars ‘N’ Bars. With live entertainment and free bull frog drinks for ladies from 8 to 11pm, this is one night not to miss. Contact 02 5650101 for more information.

Karaoke Sundays Visit Stars ‘N’ Bars every Sunday from 8pm and belt out your favourite tunes on stage in the Killer Karaoke promotion. Singers receive a free drink for each performance, while those in the audience can relax and enjoy the entertainment. Contact 02 5650101.

Experience Metallica

Hard rock band Metallica perform for the first time in the UAE on October 25 at the open-air Yas Arena. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, Metallica have sold 100 million albums worldwide, scoring almost a dozen multi-platinum albums, including Metallica in 1991 which sold over 25 million copies. Where: Yas Arena, Yas Island. When: October 25. Price: General admission AED295, fan pit AED595. Contact: www.thinkflash.ae for tickets and information.

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Stay and play Attractions E S PA The Yas Hotel 02 6560862 With stunning views overlooking the Yas Marina, Espa offers relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments for men and women. The hammam is a highlight.

FERRARI WORLD Abu Dhabi 02 4968001 Ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster, speed around Yas Marina Circuit in an F1 simulator and shop in the planet’s biggest Ferrari store before dining on authentic Italian cuisine.

YA S K A R T Z O N E

T H E YA S H O T E L 02 6560000 This racing-themed hotel is set in the heart of Yas Marina and crosses the race track. Its restaurants are among the best in the city and the bars are unique.

Restaurants & Bars Afternoon Tea VIEWS LOUNGE Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 02 6563066 With stunning views over the water, this lobby lounge is an ideal location for casual meetings and get-togethers.

YA S L O U N G E The Yas Hotel

K A Z U The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 Teppan chefs show their flair and sushi chefs present masterpieces at this Japanese restaurant.

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

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

International BARRANCA Yas Links

800 YAS (927) Show off your driving skills at Yas Marina Circuit’s karting facility. Catering for those aged eight and over, Yas Kartzone offers 10-minute arrive and drive sessions.

02 6560600 Enjoy cakes, pastries and chocolates along with a selection of sandwiches, terrines and salads.

S TA R S ‘ N ’ B A R S Yas Yacht Club

ORIGINS The Yas Hotel

YA S M A R I N A C I R C U I T 800 YAS (927 )

02 5650101 Sports-themed bar and diner with signed memorabilia, sport on big screens and a games arcade for hours of entertainment.

02 6560600 All-day dining restaurant with international flair from distinctive regions as well as local specialities.

Heaven for speed demons, Yas Marina Circuit offers the chance to be a passenger in a modified Formula One car or a modified dragster, while for those who want to get behind the wheel, there are a number of racing cars available to drive.

YA S L I N K S 02 8107710 With stunning Arabian Gulf views from all 18 holes, Yas Links is one of the finest golf courses in the region. It offers social memberships and has a pro shop, academy and practice facilities.

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02 8107777 A fine-dining restaurant with a strong Mediterranean influence.

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02 6560666 Rustic, classic Italian fare served with crusty ciabatta and olive oils from the Mediterranean.

02 6560600 Sample dishes from the bordering regions of the Mediterranean and across the Arabian Gulf with regular entertainment.

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Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 02 6563064 Authentic Lebanese cuisine with belly dancing, music by an oud player and shisha on the terrace.

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

Nightlife HICKORY SPORTS BAR Yas Links

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02 6563053 Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Yas Links and the Abu Dhabi skyline, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island has a number of popular restaurants and bars and is close to all of the island’s attractions.

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02 6563333 Ideal for extended stays in the capital, Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island offers the comforts of home and the luxurious benefits of hotel living.

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SKYLITE The Yas Hotel

02 6563055 Asian-influenced all-day dining restaurant featuring live cooking stations. Offers Friday brunch.

02 6560600 Listen to tunes by the DJ under the changing lights of the hotel’s iconic grid shell.

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02 6563063 Contemporary European food and beverage specialities with a unique signature bar and outdoor terrace overlooking the water.

02 8107777 Casual sports bar with live matches shown on four screens.

RUSH The Yas Hotel 02 6560600 A fashionable cocktail bar with creative drinks, tasty appetisers and a funky lounge setting.

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

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HEMISPHERE DESIGN STUDIO & GALLERY

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The gallery shows original art from locally based artists. Hemisphere also organises exhibitions and events. Located next to the Russian Embassy.

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Abu Dhabi CULTURAL FOUNDATION

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Hosts photography and art exhibitions throughout the year, as well as concerts and screenings of international films. Also houses the National Library and the Institute of Culture & Art.

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FOLKLORE GALLERY

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 9.30am to 1.30pm and 5 to 10pm GALLERY ONE

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This gallery at Emirates Palace hosts regular temporary exhibitions. For details, see www.artsabudhabi.ae

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT

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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

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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

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

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

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

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A diverse collection of more than 200 classic vehicles owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

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

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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.

Timings: Daily 9am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm Guide price: Free

GHAF ART GALLERY

AL QATTARA ARTS CENTER

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.

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.

Al Ain

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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.

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Capital of culture Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will soon be home to the world-famous Louvre and Guggenheim museums. The Abu Dhabi government is spending over US$1 billion to bring these cultural landmarks to the emirate. They have also signed some of the world’s most renowned architects, including Frank Gehry who shot to fame with his design of the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, and Jean Nouvel, who designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. In addition, the Zayed National Museum will be designed by Lord Norman Foster, making the Cultural District the only place in the world to have buildings designed by five Pritzker Prize winners. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2013, while the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open in 2014. Learn more about Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District at an exhibition at Emirates Palace which is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Entry is free. For more information, phone 02 6908207. Alternatively, visit the Saadiyat Story exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat, which is open daily from 10am to 8pm. See www.saadiyat.ae for details.

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

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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

03 7517755

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 8am to 7.30pm, Fri 3 to 7.30pm. Closed Mondays Guide price: Free

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Al Gharbia CHRISTIAN MONASTERY

02 8015400

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.

LOCAL SPEAK

NET TOURS

02 6794656

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: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 9am to 1pm Guide price: Call for details

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.

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Timings: Open 9am to 10pm (except Friday mornings), with free tours from Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 5pm, Fridays at 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm Guide price: Free

TOURS

Water Air

AL DHAFRA

FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

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

02 6732266

02 4440007

Timings: Boarding 8.30pm, cruise from 9 to 11pm Guide price: AED225 per hour for small dhow, AED600 per hour for large dhow plus AED275 per person for food

For a completely different view of Abu Dhabi, board a helicopter and see the city from the skies.

Guide price: AED1,250 per person for a 30-minute city tour

02 6212100

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

Guide price: From AED150 for

adults and AED100 for children ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

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

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Timings: Monday and Wednesday mornings Guide price: Adults AED150, children AED75 BIG BUS COMPANY

800 244287

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 AED200, children AED100, family (two adults, two children) AED500 KURBAN TOURS

050 7479164, 02 5550566

Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Women’s Handicraft Centre, Heritage Village and Al Hosn Palace on a half-day city tour.

Timings: Saturday to Thursday 9am Guide price: AED165

Location: Al Khabeer Entry: Free tours are held Sunday to Thursday at 10am, 11am and 5pm, Fridays at 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm and Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm Contact: 800 555 or www.szgmc.ae

HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

Land AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

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.

02 6811900

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

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 dress 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

Guide price: Abu Dhabi

cruise AED815 for two hours 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.

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

KURBAN TOURS

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

See the magnificent dunes of the Rub Al Khali, the largest desert on the Arabian Peninsular, and enjoy lunch at a local guest house.

02 6911711

Timings: Tours on Tuesdays Guide price: Adults AED215, children AED110 KURBAN TOURS

050 7479164, 02 5550566

SHERATON ABU DHABI

Tour museums, the camel race track and camel market, gaining a real insight into the UAE’s heritage and culture.

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

Timings: Saturday to Thursday 8am Guide price: AED475

Timings: On demand Guide price: AED 180

NET TOURS

Guide price: Call for details 02 6773333

per boat for 30 minutes, AED330 for one hour SHUJA YACHT

050 4428623

A luxury cruising yacht available for private hire or regular dinner cruise bookings. Maximum capacity 100 passengers.

Timings: Dinner

cruise 8 to 10pm Guide price: Call for details

Al Ain AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

02 6212100

Visit Al Ain’s main attractions on this eight-hour tour. See the ancient falaj irrigation system, oases, souks, the Al Ain Museum, camel market, palaces and archaeological sites.

02 6794656

See ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures, a real-life camel market, forts, dates and the country’s highest mountain, Jebel Hafeet.

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Call for details

Al Gharbia ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

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

050 7479164, 02 5550566

Timings: Daily 8am Guide price: AED515 NET TOURS

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

Enjoy a thrilling 4x4 bash over the sand dunes and visit the Rub Al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert, before lunch at a local hotel.

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price: Call for details

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.

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

ABU DHABI

SPARKY’S

02 6354000

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

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 1pm to midnight Guide price: AED35 for ice rink, AED15 for bowling

Amusements CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

02 4415900

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

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

www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com Ride rollercoasters, race in an F1 simulator and feel the force of being propelled 62 metres into the air.

Timings: Tue to Sun

noon to 10pm Guide price: AED225 for visitors over 1.5m tall, AED165 for visitors below 1.5m. Premium tickets available FUN CITY

02 6815526

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

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to

11pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 2pm to midnight Guide price: Varies per ride. Rollercoaster AED10 per ride FUN WORLD

02 6322255

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

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am

to 1.30pm, 4 to 10pm; Fri 4 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

02 6459070

Kidoos at Abu Dhabi Mall offers electronic arcade games, a 10-metre-high climbing wall and a play area for younger children.

Timings: Sun to Wed

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

Cruising & sailing ABU DHABI CHARTERS Take a three-hour cruise and experience sunset over the Arabian Gulf or charter a sailboat and explore at your own pace.

Guide price: From AED750 per person

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

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTS FISHING CHARTERS

Timings: 10am to midnight Guide price: AED40 for

Strike Zone, AED35 for play area, AED15 for bowling

Birdwatching ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL

02 5755155/050 6660739

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

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

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

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

Timings: Check website for details Guide price: AED200

Bowling ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB

02 4415900

Huge sports complex boasting a bowling centre with four alleys,

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: Members

and guests AED10 per game including shoe hire. Non-members AED15 per game KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE

02 4034648

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

Guide price: Call for details ART MARINE

050 4356184 or yas.charter@artmarine.net Take a cruise along Abu Dhabi's coastline and explore the islands, or charter a yacht for a fishing adventure.

Guide price: From AED750 per hour BELEVARI MARINE

050 6612176

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

Guide price: Call for details HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

02 6811900

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Guide price: Snorkelling from AED780 including equipment and refreshments 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 SHERATON ABU DHABI

02 6773333

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

Timings: Daily 9am to 1am Guide price: AED10 per game

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

02 5839200 or Osama 050 6147007

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

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

Guide price: AED50 per person for one hour

AL WATHBA

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050 6146931

A state-of-the-art centre with 40 international-standard lanes and a retractable seating gallery for 1,000 spectators.

Camel racing

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050 6146931

WANASA LAND

02 4437654

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THE VILLAGE CLUB

02 4952000

Guide price: Coastline cruise AED180, island cruise AED300 THE YELLOW BOATS

800 4034 or www.theyellowboats.com

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

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

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

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

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Desert safari

Fishing

AL MASAOOD TRAVEL

Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request

02 6212100

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

Timings: Daily 4 to 9.30pm Guide price: Adults

AED300, children AED240

ARABIAN ADVENTURES

02 6911711

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.

Timings: Daily Guide price: Adults AED305, children AED280 KURBAN TOURS

050 7479164 or 050 5550566

Drive over sand dunes, visit a camel farm and watch the sun set before an Arabic dinner at a desert camp with traditional entertainment.

Timings: Daily 3.30pm Guide price: AED295

ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTS FISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

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

Guide price: Call for details BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

02 6443000

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

Guide price: AED750 for three

hours, AED1,300 for six hours HILTONIA BEACH CLUB

NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

Golf

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

ABU DHABI CITY GOLF CLUB

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

Guide price: AED400, including fishing equipment. AED50 for each additional hour

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.

THE VILLAGE CLUB

Green fees: Nine holes

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

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

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

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

02 4952000

Flying FALCON AVIATION SERVICES

02 4440007

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

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

Guide price: AED750 including equipment, soft drinks and water

Guide price: AED1,250 per person for 30-minute city tour

02 6811900

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

Sand course near Abu Dhabi International Airport that provides free transit visas and complimentary transport for those passing through.

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.

Brown fees: 18 holes Sun

to Thu AED120, Fri and Sat AED165. AED60 for club hire and AED50 for buggy hire

Timings: 4.30 to 9.30pm Guide price: Call for details

SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

Diving

02 5578000 or www.sbgolfclub.ae (18 holes, 7,784 yards, par 72)

ABU DHABI SUB AQUA CLUB

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

Guide price: Call for details AL MAHARA DIVING CENTRE

056 1606748 or www.divemahara.com

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

Guide price: Call for details ARABIAN DIVERS & SPORTS FISHING CHARTERS

050 6146931

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

Guide price: Call for details OCEAN DIVE CENTRE

02 6441696

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

Guide price: Call for details

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 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. 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. 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.

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

Hot air ballooning

Green fees: National Course,

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

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 YAS LINKS

02 8107710 (18 holes, 7,450 yards, par 72) 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.

Green fees: Sun to Thu

AED550, twilight rate (after 3pm) AED450. Fri and Sat AED850, twilight rate AED650

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

02 4455500

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. 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

Horse racing

ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB

NET TOURS

02 6731111 or 050 5409041

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

EXTREME ACTION

BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

04 2854949

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.

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

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

Ice skating ABU DHABI ICE RINK

02 4448458

Located at Zayed Sports City, the rink can accommodate up to 400 skaters. Ice skating and hockey lessons are available.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Thu ladies only Guide price: AED25 for two hours MARINA MALL ICE RINK

02 6818506

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

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

Island trips AL FUTAISI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

02 6666601

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

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

02 6677777

Relax on white sandy beaches or enjoy a cocktail by the pool on this beautiful island just 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi.

Guide price: AED100, includes entry to the island and boat transfers

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Parks & gardens AL MUSHRIF CHILDREN’S GARDEN

02 4994303

Families with young children often make use of this garden, which has swings and amusement park rides.

WATER WONDERLAND The latest addition to Abu Dhabi’s international sporting portfolio is the Volvo Ocean Race. The city is set to make global yachting history as the first Middle Eastern port to host the event since it began in 1973. Race crews will arrive in the capital on January 1st 2012, with a huge New Year's Eve party marking the start of the two week event. Abu Dhabi is not new to water-based racing, though. 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

02 6811900

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

per person

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

02 49520000

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 Sat 2 to 10pm 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 beginners and experienced paddlers.

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.

Timings: See website for availability Guide price: AED7,500

YAS DRIVING ACADEMY

800 YAS (927) 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

Mountain biking NOUKHADA ADVENTURE COMPANY

02 6503600 or www.noukhada.ae

Take an all-terrain bike ride into the desert on a flat trail with minor climbs. See camels feeding, people riding horses, an Arabian sunset and a star-filled sky.

SPACE WALK INDOOR SKYDIVING

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

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

800 YAS (927) or www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

Shooting

Stage a shootout in the wild west or a Pacific warzone with special effects and air-conditioning.

CARACAL SHOOTING CLUB

Race fully automatic buggies around the circuit at Al Forsan International Sports Resort, with machines for all levels of experience.

ARMED FORCES OFFICERS’ CLUB & HOTEL

Timings: Daily 2 to 11pm Guide price: From AED200 for 10km session

Timings: 1 to 10pm Guide price: AED 150 per person per game including gear and 100 balls

02 4415900

Test your commando skills, take aim and let off a bit of energy.

02 4463653

Experience the thrill of a free fall without the fear of jumping from a plane.

Guide price: Introductory ticket AED180, family package AED720

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

Guide price:

Jetskiing AED180 for 30 minutes Wakeboarding AED150 for 20 minutes Waterskiing AED75 for 20 minutes Windsurfing from AED160 per hour AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

Learn to waterski, kneeboard and wakeboard, or perfect your technique on the obstacle course.

Timings: Weekdays 2 to 10pm, weekends 10am to 11pm Guide price: AED125 for one hour or AED280 for a full day

Race track tour Wildlife parks

Paintball

AED120 for 200 balls

Timings: Daily 2 to 10pm Guide price: From AED150

CAPITAL GARDENS A park containing well-kept gardens, situated in the heart of the city between Hamdan Street and Khalifa Street.

Timings: Tue to Sat 10am and 2pm Guide price: AED120

OFF-ROAD BUGGIES

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.

Skydiving

Guide price: AED250 per person

Timings: 2 to 11pm Guide price: From

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

Timings: Sat to Wed 3 to 10pm, Thu and Fri 3 to 11pm Guide price: AED1

See the world’s most technologically advanced motorsport circuit, visiting the pits, team garages and race control with a photo stop at the podium.

02 5568555 or www.alforsan.com

AL FORSAN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS RESORT

02 4172409

Facilities include two shooting ranges, a hall for pistol shooting and another for rifle shooting.

Timings: Call for details Guide price: 0.22mm AED1 per bullet and 0.9mm AED2 per bullet. AED175 for non-members, including pistol and target lane.

ABU DHABI WILDLIFE CENTRE

050 6144024 or wrsmuts@emirates.net.ae See cheetahs, tigers, leopards and other endangered species at this rescue and rehabilitation centre.

Timings: By appointment Guide price: One-hour guided tour AED45 for adults, AED35 for children under 12 years

sport city Abu Dhabi is a haven for sports lovers with world-class facilities and international tournaments to match. Add these to your diary… 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 11th to 13th) Catch the world’s best drivers battle it out around the sharp corners of Yas Marina Circuit in the season’s penultimate race. The Yasalam entertainment lineup is equally as impressive. Mubadala World Tennis Championship (December 29th to 31st) The intimate setting of the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City allows spectators to watch their favourite players up close. Volvo Ocean Race (December 31st to January 14th) Abu Dhabi makes history as the first Middle East port on this gruelling roundthe-world yacht race. Two weeks of events and festivities on the Corniche will begin with a huge New Year’s Eve party. Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (January) 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.

KIDS PARK

02 5633100 or www.kidsparkuae.com

Meet, touch and help feed a variety of creatures including camels, emus, raccoons and boa constrictor.

Timings: Sun to Wed 9.30am to 8pm; Thu to Sat 9.30am to 9pm Guide price: AED20 for adults, AED15 for children, AED60 family ticket (two adults and three children)

AED2 per bullet

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AL AIN

Hot air ballooning

Shooting

Desert safari

BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

03 7684888 or 800 8777

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.

04 2854949

Camel racing AL MAQAM CAMEL RACE TRACK

02 5839200

Get up early in the winter months and witness camels in action for an authentically local racing experience.

Timings: Fri to Sat 7 to 9am approximately Guide price: Free of charge

Family amusements BAWADI MALL ENTERTAINMENT

03 7840000

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

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

Ice skating AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY

03 7845542

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

Timings: Mon to Thu 5 to 11pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: AED10 AL AIN MALL ICE RINK

03 7660333

The ice rink hosts regular skating sessions, monthly ice shows and hockey tournaments.

Timings: Mon to Sat 2 to 10pm Guide price: From AED140 for skeet and trap shooting and AED50 for range

Skiing BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am

Located 8km off Abu Dhabi’s mainland and 250km west of the capital, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to 23 species of free-roaming animals.

to 10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Fri 2pm to midnight, Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: Skiing AED60 for two hours, includes equipment

Wildlife park AL AIN WILDLIFE PARK

for 1.5 hours

Timings: Vary Guide price: Call for details

BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK

Timings: Daily 6 to midnight Guide price: Adults AED15,

HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

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

03 7845542

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

Timings: Mon to Thu 4 to 10pm , Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat noon to midnight. Wed ladies only. Closed Sunday Guide price: Mon and Tue AED35, Wed to Sat AED40, including rides

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

Golf AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

03 7684888 or 800 8777

(18 holes, 6,584 yards, par 71) Includes newly opened back nine holes with lighting, 42-bay driving range and golf academy with indoor swing studio.

Green fees: Nine holes AED180 on weekdays, or AED200 on weekend; 18 holes AED270 on weekdays or AED330 on weekends. Includes use of driving range and golf cart. Ninehole academy course AED100 AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686808

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

Green fees: AED50

for nine holes

HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686666

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

Green fees: Nine holes AED24

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03 7828188

children AED5, free for children under six years

AL GHARBIA

Camel trekking

Timings: Mon to Wed 2.30 to 10pm, Thu and Fri 2.30 to 11pm, Sat 10.30am to 6pm. Closed Sunday Guide price: AED100 for 15 minutes; full circuit AED250 for 30 minutes,

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

Guide price: Free

Kayaking DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

Explore the quiet waters of Sir Bani Yas Island by kayak and discover rare birds, fish and wild gazelle grazing nearby. The route of the two-hour tour is dependent on the tide.

Guide price: AED60

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

State-of-the-art floodlit facility suitable for drivers aged eight years and upwards.

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: Call for details

02 8015400

AL AIN RACEWAY

Parks & gardens

02 8015400

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

Karting 03 7686662

Island trips SIR BANI YAS ISLAND

Polish your snow plough technique on the artificial ski slope.

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

03 7660333

Timings: Dunes 6am, 8.30am, 5.45pm. Flat sand 10.30am, 3.30pm Guide price: AED175

03 7840000

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

Timings: 10am to 11.30pm Guide price: AED25

02 8862088

02 8862088

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

Guide price: AED60 QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

02 8862088

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

Timings: 6am Guide price: AED60

Snorkelling DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

Cruising & sailing DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

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

Guide price: Sunset

cruise AED250

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

Guide price: AED200

Wildlife park ARABIAN WILDLIFE PARK

02 8015400

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

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

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

MALLS

FOTOUH AL KHAIR CENTRE

MUSHRIF MALL

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.

02 6393084

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm, Fri 10am to 6pm HAMDAN CENTRE

02 6328555

02 6904444

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

Abu Dhabi

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

Al Ain

ABU DHABI MALL

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

AL AIN MALL

02 6454858

One of the main attractions on the Abu Dhabi shopping scene with over 220 retail outlets and a range of entertainment options.

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

02 5562229

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

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

02 4437000

With over 150 shops covering three floors, Al Wahda Mall houses fashion, jewellery and beauty stores as well as entertainment and restaurants.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to

10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm DALMA MALL

02 5506111

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

KHALIDIYAH MALL

02 6354000

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

02 6318555

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

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

02 6818300

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

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

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03 7660333

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

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

03 7638883

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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 11pm BAWADI MALL

03 7840000

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

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

SOUKS

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

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Abu Dhabi Mall Damas Alesayi Textiles, Marina Mall Iranian souk Traditional souvenirs Bawadi Mall

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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

800 ALDAR (25327)

Shop for traditional souvenirs, spices, jewellery, perfumes, sunglasses and electronics at this modern souk.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to 11pm THE SOUK AT QARYAT AL BERI

02 5581670

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

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

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

Hotel outlets & promotions

Al Maha Arjaan

02 6106666

Al Markaziyah City Café offers Mexican on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays, Oriental on Wednesdays, international on Thursdays and Saturdays and brunch on Fridays for AED95 City Café – International

Aloft Abu Dhabi

02 6545013

Al Safarat

Get set for the Liquid by Mai Café pool party on October 28 from 7pm to 3am. Ladies receive free entry while men pay AED100, which includes two drinks

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Tourist Club Area

Ras Al Akhdar

02 6979000

Get dinner and a show at Prego’s from the 10 to 15 when Danilo Sangrigoli tosses and twirls discs of dough and turns them into oven-crisp pizzas. Visit Trader Vic’s on October 31 for Hulaween with Polynesian hula dance, themed food and beverages and other spooky treats 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

02 6564444

Yas Island

Give your Fridays a tasty start from AED99 at the C.Taste Friday brunch. C. Mondo hosts happy hour daily, allowing guests to enjoy selected beverages for AED15 from 6 to 9pm

Dine – International Mai Cafe – International relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar

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

Al Raha Beach Hotel

02 6520000

02 5080555

Al Raha Beach Sevilla 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

02 4035000

Al Wahda

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

Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi

Madinat Zayed Pay for two Mediterranean buffets every Tuesday night at Gems and receive one free. Feast on dishes from Italy, Greece and Morocco. The same offer applies to Sunday night’s Far Eastern buffet and Friday’s brunch Gems Restaurant – International

Cristal Salam Hotel

02 6597666

Tourist Club Area All-day dining restaurant 2.35 offers Asian and international cuisine from the ‘theatre’ kitchens from 6am to 11pm daily

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

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

Grand Millennium Al Wahda

02 4439999

Al Wahda

Al Wahda – International buffet Chill Out Lounge – Outdoor lounge Porto Bello – Italian Toshi – Asian

Hala Arjaan by Rotana

Tourist Club Area

Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel

Al Markaziyah

Al Maqtaa

Enjoy seafood every Sunday night at Al Bathna or a finedining experience at Kennedy Al Bathna – International Kennedy – European Taverna – Tex-Mex

Gourmet Abu Dhabi Each February, the city’s top restaurants, with a host of internationally renowned chefs, gather for the Gourmet Abu Dhabi food festival. Held at the city’s top hotels, the event allows visitors to meet the chefs and enjoy master classes, workshops and a selection of fine wine and other beverages. Visit www.gourmetabudhabi. com for information.

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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

02 6563053

Yas Island

Stills Bar hosts Oktoberfest from the 26 to 28 with promotions on selected German draught beverages and dishes There will also be music by German band Barfuss. The promotion costs AED130 including entry and the buffet Barouk – Lebanese Jing Asia – Asian buffet Stills Bar & Brasserie – European bar and restaurant Sundowner – Bar

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Diabetics are catered for with a special menu including starters, main courses and desserts at Porto Bello Italian restaurant. The chocolate mousse comes highly recommended

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

Catch all the action of the Rugby World Cup until October 23 at Heroes. The bar will be open for all matches

1. relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi 2. Sayad, Emirates Palace 3. Stills, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island 4. Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

02 6543000

2.35 – International

02 4415900

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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Al Dar – International

02 6166122

1

02 6909000

02 4180000

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

Hilton Abu Dhabi

02 6811900

Al Khubeirah 3

Oktoberfest will be held at the Hiltonia Beach Gardens on October 13 and 14 with Bavarian music, dances and dishes. Indulge in a German buffet, which includes traditional desserts such as apple strudel, while listening to the oompah band. The buffet costs AED125 Arabic Cafe – Arabic Mawal – Lebanese BiCE – Italian Cinnabar – Nightclub Escape Restaurant – Beachfront restaurant Hemingway’s – American bar and restaurant Jazz Bar & Dining – Jazz bar La Terrazza – Mediterranean Royal Orchid – Asian Toki – Japanese Vasco’s – International

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HILTON BAYNUNAH

02 6327777

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

INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI

800 423463

Al Bateen

Belgian Café chef Daragh Lawlor hosts a cooking class on October 8 from 11am, which costs AED215 , including lunch. Every Tuesday night at Belgian Café feast on unlimited mussels for AED120, while on Saturdays there’s ribs for AED160, including one draught beer 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

LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

800 101101

Al Markaziyah Enjoy brunch every Friday with sushi in Soba, Italian in Amalfi and barbecue in L’Opera for AED180, including house beverages, and receive free pool access. Take Mum for dinner on Thursday nights at Amalfi and she eats for free

Horizon – International buffet The Beach – Seafood

LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

02 6446666

Tourist Club Area Enjoy a Bavarian celebration during Oktoberfest from the 26 to 28 with a live band, Bavarian buffet and German beers. Entry costs AED125 and includes the buffet, or AED60 for children 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

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.

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Al Matar

Visit Cooper’s and enjoy mussels on Sunday with a Belgian beer for AED85, or the German special on Mondays with a roasted half-chicken with potato salad and a Bretzel for AED100 Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International

Al Markaziyah

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

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, ABU DHABI YAS ISLAND

02 6562000

Yas Island

Filini launches a new Friday brunch on October 14 with Italian dishes prepared by chef Thomas Marchi. The brunch costs AED145 with soft drinks, or AED190 including special beverages Assymetri – International buffet Fast Track Lobby Bar – Cocktail lounge Filini – Italian restaurant and bar

MILLENNIUM HOTEL ABU DHABI

02 6262700

Al Markaziyah Indulge in Italian food and wine every Thursday night at Sevilo’s. For AED150, enjoy antipasti, pasta, risotto, main course and dessert as well as unlimited house wine and beer. With unlimited soft drinks and juices, the dinner costs AED120 Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

ONE TO ONE HOTEL THE VILLAGE

02 4952000

Al Nahyan

Enjoy Wokcano’s dinner bento boxes for one or two people every night of the week. The single bento for AED99 includes a three-course set menu and unlimited green tea, while the couple’s bento costs AED189 for a three-course set menu with unlimited green tea 18Oz – Steakhouse Resto! – International buffet Sennara – Mediterranean seafood The Village Club – International Wokcano – Asian

ORYX HOTEL

02 6810001

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

Enjoy a kilogram of US angus beef as barbecue rib or cowboy steak with fries, corn on the cob and two beverages for AED299 at Amerigos

02 6573333

02 6333555

Le Beaujolais – Bistro Le Jardin – International buffet Le Prive – French Mood Indigo – Lounge bar Pergola – Sports bar Restaurant China – Chinese

Ras Al Akdar

Yas Island

PARK ROTANA

MERCURE CENTRE HOTEL

02 6570000

02 6562222

Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet

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

Chef Robert Chaffanjon hosts the Foie Gras Festival at Le Beaujolais Restaurant from October 26 to November 4 with entertainment by French duo Frank Gergaud on the accordion and singer Stephanie

KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA

SMOKE SIGNALS

PARK INN YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

02 5098555

Bain Al Jessrain

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.

Sofra bld hosts a brunch every Friday with an international buffet and free-flowing selected beverages for AED270, including a glass of bubbly on arrival Al Hanah – Wine bar Bord Eau – French Hoi An – Vietnamese Pearls & Caviar – Middle Eastern, Mediterranean restaurant and bar Shang Palace – Chinese Sofra bld – International

SHERATON ABU DHABI HOTEL & RESORT

02 6773333

Al Markaziyah El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant has a new Latin band, Swing Bongo, and a special promotion this month: all you can eat and drink for AED165 Bravo Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Spanish Cloud Nine – International El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant – Mexican Flavours – International La Mamma – Italian The Tavern – English pub The Beachcomber – Tapas Zenith – Nightclub

SHERATON KHALIDIYA HOTEL

02 6666220

Al Khalidiyah Feast on an array of international cuisine every night in Downtown restaurant with a three-course set menu. For AED99, enjoy soup, mains and dessert as well as tea or coffee Downtown – International La Veranda – International buffet The 3rd Avenue – Bar

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The Yas Hotel

WINING AND DINING

02 6560600

Yas Island

Enjoy fresh seafood overlooking Yas Marina at Nautilus before heading to the rooftop for after-dinner 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

Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

02 5108888

Bain Al Jessrain Indulge in a generous steak meal at Afya with classic vegetables, potatoes and mustard for AED600 for four people. The meal is served daily from 6.30 to 11.30pm Afya – International buffet

5. Zest, Al Ain Rotana 6. Choices, Yas Island Rotana 7. Suhail, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort 8. Amici, The Yas Hotel

Yas Island Rotana

02 6564000

Yas Island

Bite into steaks from America, Argentina and Australia coupled with fine wines at Blue Grill’s AAA Friday lunch for AED175. Rangoli restaurant offers an à la carte brunch starting from AED119

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

Ushna

02 5581769

Souk Qaryat Al Beri Indulge in classic Indian cuisine on the waterfront overlooking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Yas Links Golf Club

02 8107777

Yas Island

Fine-dining restaurant Barranca has an international menu with a Mediterranean flavour

Mercure Grand Hotel Jebel Hafeet

03 7838888

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

al Gharbia

Barranca – International Hickory’s – Sports bar The Hideaway – Wine cellar

Al Ain

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

Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort

02 8012222

Ruwais

independent outlets

Al Ain Rotana Hotel

03 7545111

Al Muwaiji Take part in the Oktoberfest celebration on the 27 from 7.30pm and pay AED125 for three beverages and unlimited food

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

02 5588990

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

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Ayla Hotel

03 7610111

Al Mutaredh

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

Desert Islands Resort & Spa

02 8015400

Sir Bani Yas Island With an impressive wine list and an abundance of grilled seafood and imported steaks, Samak is a relaxing beachside retreat set amid romantically lit landscaping and poolside surrounds

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

Ayla Restaurant has a seafood buffet every Thursday from 6.30pm for AED130

Fanr

Ayla Restaurant – International Tamra Cafe – Tea lounge

Saadiyat Island

Danat Al Ain Resort

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

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

Al Nyadat East

Liwa Desert

02 6735290

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

02 557 8000

Saadiyat Island Overlook the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and the stunning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club while dining

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

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

The Hawksbill - International

Stars 'n' Bars

02 5650101

Yas Island

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

03 7046000

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

03 7686666

Al Surooj

Paco’s Bar hosts Oktoberfest from October 16 to 3t, however things turn spooky on the 28 at the Halloween party Casa Romana Restaurant – Italian Flavours – International Makani Café – Arabic Paco’s – Tex-Mex Snooker Bar – Sports bar

Samak – Seafood The Lounge – Lounge bar The Palm – International

02 8862088

Watch the sun set over the desert from the rooftop terrace at Suhail, then feast on steak and seafood Al Liwan – Lobby lounge and bar Al Waha – International/Emirati Ghadeer – Mediterranean Suhail – Steakhouse

Tilal Liwa Hotel

02 8946111

Madinat Zayed Enjoy Thursday’s seafood night at Al Badiya restaurant for AED160 or the Friday brunch from 12.30pm with live entertainment for AED130. Visit on Saturdays for a barbecue on the terrace from 6.30pm for AED140 Al Badiya – International Al Liwan – Snacks Layali – Bar

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