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september 2011 | issue 58

september 2011 | issue 58

abu dhabi edition

THE DEFINITIVE FIVE-STAR VISITOR MAGAZINE

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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. Mubarak Al Muhairi Director General

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In focus Image: Courtesy of TDIC subject: Scimitar-horned oryx Native to North and Central Africa, the scimitar-horned oryx once roamed the Sahara Desert, however it is now almost extinct in the wild as a result of poaching. The species was prized for its scimitarshaped horns, which can reach more than a metre in length. There are more than 4,000 of these beautiful creatures roaming freely in the Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island, making it one of the world’s largest herds. Visitors can see the scimitar-horned oryx and many other endangered species on nature and wildlife drives through the wildlife park.

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contents september 2011 / Issue 58

8/ESSENTIALS

Abu Dhabi’s top attractions, events and news

12/DISCOVER 14/CAPITAL AMBITION

With the Louvre and Guggenheim museums, Saadiyat Island will put Abu Dhabi on the cultural map

18/KEEPING CULTURE Award-winning images show the traditional side of Abu Dhabi life

22/GO FOR GOLD Find row after row of shiny jewellery, diamonds and pearls

24/EXPERIENCE 26/TREASURES OF THE DEEP Get up close to the Arabian Gulf’s rich marine life

30/SUN SOOTHERS

Reverse the effects of UV damage with indulgent spa treatments

32/SHOP 34/NIGHT WATCHES Elegant evening timepieces designed to catch the eye

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38/SCENTS OF ADVENTURES Enhance your travels with one of the latest fragrances

40/SOUK STYLE Traditional and modern meet at Central Market Souk

42/BEST BUYS Be on trend with this season’s looks

43/TASTE 44/FLAVOURS OF ITALY

Abu Dhabi offers authentic examples of one of the world’s most loved cuisines

48/JUST DESSERTS

Laced with syrup and nuts, Arabic sweets are a delicious end to any meal

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 september

ExpEriEncE Al Ain Wildlife Park

Enjoy a range of family activities when visiting Al Ain Wildlife Park on Wednesdays this month. In addition to the animal attractions from the Middle East and Africa, there will be cartoon movies on a big screen, children’s games and a bouncy castle. There is also a children’s garden, playground and picnic area for some downtime. Where: Al Ain. When: Daily 4 to 10pm. Family night activities start at 6pm. Price: AED15 for adults, AED5 for children. Contact: 03 7828188 or see www.awpr.ae

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Shop Oudh

Take home the perfect souvenir in a delicate and beautiful bottle. Oudh, which is the local perfume, can be smelled wafting in many of the city’s malls, shops, offices and hotel lobbies. It comes in two forms, including its purest form which is similar to bark and burned to create a lingering and memorable aroma. It is also popular in the liquid variety, which can be found in perfumeries in malls across the city. Choose your favourite scent, select a bottle and dab away.

calendar of events A B U D H A B I F I l m F e s t I vA l October 13 th to 22nd See the work of Arab filmmakers alongside work by the major talents of world cinema at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. For details, see www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae

I n t e r n At I o n A l J e w e l l e ry A n D wAt c H s H o w

October 17th to 21st An exclusive high-end jewellery and watch event showcasing the world's leading brands. See www.adnec.ae

2011 F o r m U l A 1 e t I H A D A I r wAy s ABU DHABI GrAnD PrIX

November 11th to 13 th 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 16th to 19 th This platform for modern and contemporary art brings together a selection of leading art galleries from around the world. For information, see www.abudhabiartfair.ae/en

Al DHAFrA c A m e l F e s t I vA l

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

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

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

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

ABU DHABI HsBc GolF cHAmPIonsHIP

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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ExpEriEncE Shooting

Fire off a few rounds at Caracal Shooting Club where the arsenal includes semi-automatic pistols, bolt-action rifles, semi-automatic rifles and sport pistols. Most of the action happens at the 25-metre target shooting range and there is a 10-metre open range for training. A gallery overlooks the 25-metre range so those who would rather not participate can still watch. Beginners are given a safety briefing, while for those looking to improve their skills there are training courses for shooters of all levels. Where: Caracal Shooting Club, Armed Forces Officers’ Club & Hotel. When: Saturday to Thursday noon to 10pm, Friday 2 to 10pm. Price: AED225 for first-timers with 25 bullets and a safety briefing. Contact: 02 4415900

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Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition Discover unique Emirati traditions and customs, such as falconry, horsemanship, hunting and fishing, as well as arts and crafts at the annual Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition. The event includes competitions for falconry, preparing traditional Arabic coffee, painting, poetry and photography, beauty contests for salukis (Arabian hunting dog) and falcons, and camel auctions. Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. When: 11am to 10pm September 14th to 17th. Contact: See www.adihex.net

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Friday brunch The Friday brunch is an institution in the UAE. Popular with the expat community, the Friday brunch is more of an extended three- to four-hour lunch, rather than a meal enjoyed between breakfast and lunch. Available at most of the emirate’s hotels, brunch normally includes an extensive buffet with options for free-flowing alcoholic beverages, however some restaurants offer an à la carte menu. Where: Hotels throughout Abu Dhabi. When: Fridays between midday and 4pm. Price: Varies according to restaurant and package. Contact: See the Taste listings from page 74

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Ask the concierge

Monte Carlo Beach Club

Experience the VIP treatment at Abu Dhabi’s newest beach attraction, which opens on September 1st. The exclusive beach club on Saadiyat Island is the first of the brand’s foray outside Monte-Carlo. Visitors can lounge in cabanas, swim in luxurious pools, indulge in spa treatments and enjoy fine cuisine at one of the club’s four food and beverage outlets. There is also a kids’ club and stateof-the-art fitness facility. Where: Saadiyat Island. When: Daily, 7am until late. Price: AEDxxx. Contact: 02 6563500

ExpEriEncE Desert safari

See the spectacular desert sunset, slide sideways down the side of a big red dune and enjoy Arabian hospitality at its best. It’s easy to see why the desert safari is at the top of the wish list for most visitors. The safaris are held in the late afternoon and evenings making them the perfect summer adventure. Where: Arabian Desert. When: Hotel pick-ups normally begin after 3pm. Price: Approximately AED300. Contact: See the Experience listings from page 68 for a list of reputable tour operators.

ExpEriEncE Monte-Carlo Beach Club

Experience the VIP treatment at Abu Dhabi’s newest beach attraction, which opens on September 1st. The exclusive beach club on Saadiyat Island is the brand’s first foray outside Monte-Carlo. Visitors can lounge in cabanas, swim in luxurious pools, indulge in spa treatments and enjoy fine cuisine at one of the four food and beverage outlets. There is also a kids’ club and fitness facility. Where: Saadiyat Island. When: Daily, 7am until late. Price: Weekends AED500, weekdays AED400. Contact: 02 6563500

G h a r i b a ly h a s s a n , c h i e f c o n c i e r G e at t h e t i l a l l i wa hotel, Gives his top recomm e n d at i o n s f o r v i s i t o r s t o al Gharbia (western reGion) Madinat Zayed, the official capital of Al Gharbia, was established in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s first president. From here, there are many places to explore, such as the Liwa Oasis, one of the largest oases in Arabia and the birthplace of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, the Al Nahyans. Liwa is the traditional home of the Bedouin society and visitors can see historical forts that were built in the 19th century. Another area to explore is the legendary Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), one of the biggest sand deserts in the world and the largest in the Arabian Peninsula. Here visitors will find Tel Moreeb, the world’s tallest sand dune, which is more than 300 metres high and has a 50-degree incline. There are many activities to enjoy in the desert, such as a half-day safari which includes 4x4 driving through the golden dunes and watching an Arabian sunset. Other desert activities include riding an Arabian horse and exploring the beautiful surroundings on a desert nature walk. Just five minutes’ drive from the hotel is a camel race track and camel farms. These provide a unique opportunity to watch the traditional sport of camel racing. It is one of the main tourist attractions, as there are practice sessions in the mornings and late afternoons. During the day, the camels are free to roam through the desert, foraging and exercising. While here, I suggest visitors try Arabic sweets and coffee, which are a significant part of the Bedouin culture and a sign of the famous Arabian hospitality. For something a little more substantial, Al Badiya Restaurant offers a selection of contemporary and regional cuisine, while visitors can try different flavoured shisha at Al Liwan. 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 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque sits on the edge of Abu Dhabi island. A magnificent structure, it was built using marble and precious materials from around the world, a symbol of its purpose to unite people of all religions and nationalities. Tours are held daily to educate visitors about Islam, its role in Abu Dhabi life and its namesake, the late Sheikh Zayed.

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capital ambition Abu Dhabi is carving a name for itself as a world-class hub for arts, culture and heritage. At its heart will be the much-anticipated Saadiyat Island with high-profile museums, galleries, performing arts centres and a host of enticing visitor attractions

Q W o r d s b y K at h r y n r o b e r t s

The largest of seven emirates to make up the UAE, Abu Dhabi is an emerging destination for travellers who want to explore the culture and traditions of the Middle East in five-star comfort. Like the neighbouring emirate of Dubai, the nation’s capital has invested billions into world-class, internationally renowned projects such as Yas Island, Al Raha Beach and Central Market, helping to attract millions of visitors from around the globe every year. One of the next major developments, and undoubtedly one of the most eagerly awaited, is Saadiyat Island, developed by TDIC (Tourism Development and Investment Company). Located 500m off the coast of Abu Dhabi, this multi-faceted destination, whose name translates to island of happiness, is home to seven key districts: the Cultural District, Beach, Retreat, Marina, Promenade, Reserve and Lagoons. The districts will incorporate a buzzing business hub, waterfront residences, luxury spa facilities, a pristine beachfront and a focal point for sport, such as the Gulf’s first tidal and ocean golf courses. A five-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat will also be the only place in the world that is home to architecture designed by five Pritzker prize winners including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to open in 2014 and will present a collection of the most important artistic achievements of our time. Saadiyat, which will be a cultural hub for arts aficionados, is poised to become a key attraction for Abu Dhabi and one of the most desirable destinations in the world.

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Cultural magnet Alongside the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in the Cultural District will be the Zayed National Museum. This fascinating centre will tell the story of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his unification of the UAE, the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world. There will also be the Performing Arts Centre, home to music, dance and theatre. For more information on these cultural centres visit the Saadiyat Cultural District Exhibition at Emirates Palace. The permanent exhibition showcases the architectural designs, models and concepts behind the museums and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. Entry is free of charge.

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Manarat Al Saadiyat is another highlight of the Cultural District. This purpose-built 15,400sq m visitor centre houses international exhibitions from around the world in three galleries. These are the Abu Dhabi Arts Gallery, a permanent space for a series of exhibitions and educational programmes, the Universal Gallery and the Central Events Gallery. Manarat Al Saadiyat will also house a 250-seat theatre and restaurants. While visiting the centre, be sure to take time to go through the Saadiyat Story exhibition, an interactive and entertaining display showcasing the island and its development, and enjoy a bite to eat at Al Fanr restaurant afterwards. Next to the Cultural District is Saadiyat Beach. This 9km arc of white sand will be home to dune grasses and nesting turtles. It will feature private and public beach clubs, such as the newly opened Monte-Carlo Beach Club, and offer a host of sport and recreational facilities, state-of-the-art gymnasiums, day spas and pool access. A championship golf course designed by Gary Player, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, opened in 2009. The Beach District will also boast nine five-star hotels and international resorts. So far these include the Middle East’s first St. Regis hotel and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, both set to open later this year. There will also be a Shangri-La, a Mandarin Oriental and a Rotana hotel. Other properties and operators are yet to be announced. Next to Saadiyat Beach to the north is the most secluded point of the island, Saadiyat Retreat. A haven of peace and tranquility, this ‘island within an island’ will hide an exclusive range of intimate boutique hotels and shoreline homes.

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Array of attractions In stark contrast, on the southwest coast will be Saadiyat Marina, the island’s commercial heart. This will feature colourful cafés, boutique arcades and a glittering nightlife as well as designer apartments, upscale hotels and elegant waterfront restaurants. The district will also be home to traditional dhow boats, positioned on an ultramodern business bay. The cosmopolitan, self-contained marina will have berthing for more than 1,000 vessels. Next to the Marina is Saadiyat Promenade. This colourful, downtown waterfront hub for families and young couples will offer a mix of contemporary homes, hotels, shops, modern cafés and restaurants all fringed by a pretty beachfront, linked by picturesque boardwalks. The Promenade is a place to while away the day, order that third scoop of ice cream and lose yourself in a sunny seaside market. With its coastal ambience, laidback resorts, family entertainment facilities and tourist attractions, the Promenade is expected to be a magnet for regional and international visitors.

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Saadiyat Lagoons, meanwhile, which stretches from the island’s northeast coast to its southern central region, combines modern home living with a tidal lagoon system, inviting a leisurely boating lifestyle. Here beautiful homes will be nestled on the banks of tiny islets, offering residents immediate access to a network of idyllic waterways, encompassing a beautiful canal system and the open Arabian Gulf. Finally, Saadiyat Reserve, located on the island´s southeast coast, will be a sustainable environment of natural wetlands, lush mangrove sanctuaries and free-flowing waterways, dotted with luxury homes and boutique hotels. Developer TDIC has worked hard to ensure that the development does not impinge on the surrounding environment.

Its mangrove forests are in an entirely protected sanctuary and not one plant has been removed. It is also home to a native mangrove forest and sanctuary, breakthrough environmental initiatives, as well as the region’s first championship tidal golf course. The Saadiyat Reserve Golf Club will be designed by Robert Trent Jones II, one of the world’s premier golf course architecture firms. It is a 72-par, 18-hole course that centres around the network of tidal waters, which contribute to its constantly changing topography so players discover a different game every time they tee off. Positioned within a natural sanctuary of mangrove forests and waterways, the state-of-the-art club creates a new benchmark in golf-course design.

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keeping culture preserving heritage is hugely important for abu Dhabi as it rapidly modernises with towering skyscrapers, multi-lane highways and world-class sporting facilities. annual events such as the 10-day al Dhafra Festival held each December in Madinat Zayed have helped abu Dhabi retain its traditional culture. the festival is dedicated to the camel and the role it has played in abu Dhabi life, however there are other elements such as cultural activities and photography competitions. the winners of the 2011 al Dhafra Festival photography Competition are published on the following pages

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E m i r at i traditional dancing Kamran Abdol Mahammad Jebreili, Iran The yola is a celebraTion dance performed by men who TradiTionally spin and Throw rifles. canes or sTicks are also used.

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The Two SprinTer Donell Cablas Gumiran, Philippines A mAn runs Alongside two cAmels.

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A G l o r i f y i n G wA l k May Corona Ponce De Leon, Philippines A mAn rAces A cAmel At the Al dhAfrA festivAl. in competitive cAmel rAcing, where millions of dirhAms in prize money is on offer, robot jockeys Are used.

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300 Murshed Mohammad Al Muhairi, UAE A young boy leAds A cAmel.

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Off tO the shOp Sajid, India An EmirAti lAdy wEAring trAditionAl drEss cArriEs A bundlE of cAnEs At thE Al dhAfrA fEstivAl.

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GOOd mOrninG Al dhAfrA Abdul Nazer Pottemmel, India A mAn tAkEs thrEE cAmEls for A wAlk on A misty morning.

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Go for Gold Find row after row of shiny jewellery, pearls and diamonds at Abu Dhabi’s gold souk

Q Words by AmAndA Tomlinson

Don’t be surprised to find that everything that glitters at this indoor market is in fact gold. The sheer volume of the precious metal on display – as well as the intricate patterns and detailed work of the pieces – is nothing short of dazzling, making this a must-visit place, even if you aren’t in the market for a purchase. Keep an eye out for traditional – and incredibly elaborate – Arabic wedding sets, however there are also classic Western designs for those searching for understated elegance. Located beside Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre in Fourth Street, there are more than 100 shops selling gold jewellery as well as diamond and pearl creations and all at lower prices thanks to the lack of tax. The price fluctuates according to the international daily gold rate with extra added for craftsmanship. It’s a good idea to check the daily gold price with your hotel concierge before visiting, so you have a better idea of what you should be paying. Also, don’t be shy to negotiate a lower price; it’s part of the local culture and an expected part of the transaction process. Nader El Kari, the chief concierge at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi, advises his guests to visit more than one shop

before they start bargaining. “Don’t go into one shop only. You have to bargain and visit different shops until you find a price that fits your budget.” Choose from rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bangles, brooches and more in 18, 21, 22 and 24 carats, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, why not ask to have it made? You will easily gain inspiration from the shelves and glass cabinets stocked to the brim with sparkling diamonds, lustrous pearls and gold in all colours. Or, if an investment is what you’re looking for, purchase gold ingots to take home. El Kari says Abu Dhabi is also a great place to buy secondhand high-end watches. “There are some shops that sell watches as well as gold. In Abu Dhabi, the local people like to change their watches regularly, just as they change their cars. They will buy a watch, keep it for three to six months and then sell it for 60% less,” he explains. If time is limited, visitors can also find an enormous array of jewellery shops in the city’s malls, including some of the region’s biggest and most renowned retailers Damas and Rivoli as well as international brands such as Cartier and Tiffany & Co.

The Madinat Zayed Gold Centre is open Saturday to Thursday 10am to 1pm and 5 to 11pm, and on Fridays from 4 to 11pm. Contact 02 6318555.

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experience Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Get up close to one of the UAE’s most cherished animals at the world’s first public veterinary centre dedicated exclusively to falcon care. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital holds fascinating and informative tours for visitors to learn more about this bird of prey and its place in the local culture. Contact 02 5755155 or see www.falconhospital.com

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Treasures of The DeeP Dive into Abu Dhabi’s turquoise waters and get up close and personal with the Arabian Gulf’s rich marine life

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A common misconception is that scuba diving can only be enjoyed by the young and athletic, however people of almost any age can enjoy this activity, provided they are in a reasonable state of health. With the hot summer weather still upon us, now is the perfect time to seek solace in the cool waters of the Arabian Gulf and discover the hidden treasures of the deep. While scuba diving in the UAE may not have quite reached the internationally renowned standards of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, the Maldives or the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, there are still some fantastic dive sites to be found just off the UAE’s coastline where you can marvel at sunken wrecks, shoals of tropical reef fish, dolphins and sleek manta rays. Diving in the Emirates is generally divided into two categories. The East Coast offers diving in the Gulf of Oman, part of the Indian Ocean, and comprises popular dive spots such as Khor Fakkhan, Dibba and Musandam.

It is possible to enjoy year-round diving in Abu Dhabi, although the water temperature in winter can get down to 15 degrees Celsius and in August it can reach 38 degrees in the first few metres

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The West Coast, meanwhile, involves diving in the balmy Arabian Gulf and incorporates the neighbouring emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. These two UAE coastlines may be geographically close to one another but offer very different scuba diving experiences. All too often visitors head to the East Coast without ever discovering the dive sites to the west of the country, but if you know where to go on the West Coast then you’re in for a real underwater thrill, as little as one mile off Abu Dhabi’s shoreline. “Dive off the coast of Abu Dhabi and you’ll see

a wide variety of colourful, tropical fish year-round, such as angel fish, butterfly fish, snappers, groupers and plenty of other reef-dwelling creatures,” says Abu Dhabi-based Greg Heinricks from Arabian Divers and Sportfishing Charters. “One of our best underwater attractions here is shipwreck diving, much of which can be found at regular diving depths of between 18 and 30 metres, although there are smaller wrecks lying in just 10 metres of water that can be found as little as three or four miles off the coast,” he adds.


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Popular local wreck dive sites include Jasem, a wreck about 35 miles off the Abu Dhabi coast in about 26 metres of water. Divers should have an advanced open water certificate to do the wreck dive. Expect to see shoals of barracudas. Loadwing is another good, small wreck dive relatively nearby. Both of these wrecks are well established dive sites and have been underwater for several years, so the marine life around them is abundant. The diving off Abu Dhabi tends to be fairly shallow – often around 10 to 15 metres – but despite the shallow depths, there’s still an abundance of colourful sea life and reef fish. And the best bit? Scuba diving in the Gulf is possible all year round. “It is possible to enjoy year-round diving in Abu Dhabi, although the water temperature during the winter months can get down to 15 degrees Celsius and in August it can reach a Jacuzzi-like 38 degrees Celsius in the first few metres,” adds Heinricks. “From April to the end of July the water temperature is very pleasant with

comfortable conditions, which means it is a good time to learn if you’re a beginner.” Abu Dhabi’s Breakwater and natural islands contribute to the calm water conditions. “There’s a natural lagoon area just off the coast of the city which is ideal for learning in,” says Heinricks. Those looking to break into the wonderful world of scuba can complete a diving course at any of Abu Dhabi’s PADI-certified dive centres. Courses usually involve sessions in a swimming pool before venturing out into the ocean. Many centres also offer try-dives, so budding divers can get a taste of scuba before committing to a course. There is also a range of options for experienced divers who want to further their skills. So if you’re looking for an exciting opportunity to swim with tropical fish and discover the mysteries of the deep, or are a seasoned diver looking to add another destination to your log book, scuba diving in Abu Dhabi is a fun way to spice up your stay here. Be bold and take the plunge.

D i v e o p e r at o r s in abu Dhabi: Arabian Divers and Sport fishing Charters, Abu Dhabi Greg Heinricks – IGFA certified captain (PADIcertified dive centre) Try a range of scuba diving courses, from Bubblemaker to Assistant Instructor, as well as more advanced options such as deep diving, wreck diving, first aid and nitrox dives. www.arabiandivers.net 050 6146931

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Ocean Diving Center Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi (PADI-certified dive centre) The centre offers a complete range of courses, from Bubblemaker to Assistant Instructor.

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sun soothers With the hot months of summer behind us, it’s time to reverse the effects of UV damage

Cooling Sun Soother, Anantara Spa

Sun Escape, Espa This ultra-modern spa has relaxation areas and treatment rooms overlooking the stunning Yas Marina and its luxury yachts, making it the ideal place for an afternoon of pampering. The two-hour Sun Escape signature treatment, which offers soothing hydration for sun-exposed and sensitive skin, begins with a relaxing foot ritual with mineral sea salts and essential oils to refresh the feet. A nourishing cream mask containing wild yam, which has repairing and skin-conditioning properties, is applied to calm and cool. A desensitising facial to sooth and hydrate follows.

This luxurious spa, nestled among the towering dunes of the Arabian Desert, offers a range of decadent treatments using local products. The Cooling Sun Soother treatment includes a shower, floral foot ritual, soothing lotion application and a mint tea compress. Rich in indigenous marula oil, mint and cucumber, this treatment is the perfect soother for overexposed skin, while the antioxidants in the tea help to defy the ageing process and fight free radicals. Where: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara / When: 10am to 10pm Price: AED490 for one hour / Contact: 02 8862088

Where: The Yas Hotel / When: 9am to 9pm Price: AED725 for two hours Contact: 02 6560862

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Sun & Heat cooler, Zen the Spa Retreat to this relaxing spa haven and enjoy a cooling treatment for hot, sun-exposed bodies. With lavender to soothe and peppermint to cool, the Sun & Heat Cooler begins with a full-body exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and polish the skin before a mask is applied to moisturise, nourish and hydrate. Following the treatment, take time out in the relaxation area and enjoy a soothing cup of tea. Where: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi / When: 10am to 10pm Price: AED375 for one hour / Contact: 02 6979333

A l s o t ry: Chi the Spa Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri 02 5098888

The one-hour rose and honey linen wrap promises to hydrate, soften and cleanse the body, leaving skin smooth and soft. Price: AED500 The Spa Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Yas Island 02 6562000

The one-hour Aromatherapy Associates Lavender & Peppermint Cooler soothes and rehydrates sun-exposed skin. Price: AED320

The treatment begins with skin cleansing and exfoliation to remove dead cells and help absorb the nutrients

Luminous ‘c and Sea’ facial

Hiltonia Beach Club This beachfront spa and health club has one of the best locations in Abu Dhabi and its Luminous ‘C and Sea’ facial is ideal for those who have spent too much time in the sun. It uses high-potency vitamin C and freeze-dried seaweed to brighten, rejuvenate and soften. The treatment begins with skin cleansing and exfoliation to remove dead cells and help absorb the nutrients. The rich mask is then followed with vitamin C serum. Where: Hilton Abu Dhabi When: 9.30am to 6.30pm Price: AED540 for 75 minutes Contact: 02 6811900

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shop Michael Kors

Michael Kors’ autumn/winter collection features platform shoes in neutral colours with thin straps and chunky heels. The brand recently opened its first lifestyle boutique in Abu Dhabi, which carries the full range of Michael Kors readyto-wear garments, jewellery, watches and accessories. The store is open daily in Abu Dhabi Mall. Contact 02 6503890.

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NIGHT WATCHES Be the belle of the ball with an elegant evening watch designed to catch the eye

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Omega Ladymatic Launched in 1955, the Omega Ladymatic was one of the brand’s first self-winding watches and featured the smallest automatic movement Omega had ever made. The legendary name has now been revived with a family of co-axial chronographs equipped with one of the best series-produced, mechanical watch movements in the world. Academy award-winning actress and brand ambassador Nicole Kidman (right) says, “Interest in the quality of a watch movement isn’t gender specific, women have the same interest in its performance as men do. The Ladymatic addresses that perfectly.” The watches feature polished 34mm cases with a distinctive ceramic ring between an outer decorative wave and the inner case body. The cases are crafted in 18-carat red or yellow gold or in stainless steel. They also come with a choice of polished or snow-set diamond-paved bezels, ideal for evening wear.

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Though not strictly an evening watch, the classic 31mm Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady from Rolex is as chic and stylish as they come. Worn both during the day and evening, the superlative timepiece fea-tures 46 brilliant diamonds set around the bezel. It uses a self-winding per-petual rotor, is waterproof to 100 metres and incorporates a sapphire case with Cyclops lens. The dial comes in white, olive green, silver and Champagne. There is also a diamond-encrusted Roman or Arabic numeral at six o’clock.

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Tiffany Watch Co. Ltd Cocktail Oval There’s something about Tiffany & Co. jewels that catches a girl’s attention every time and this Cocktail Oval timepiece is no exception. Available from the brand’s watch division, Tiffany Watch Co. Ltd, the precious high-jewellery piece evokes a bygone era of glamorous cocktail parties and sumptuous soirées. Destined to seduce admirers of vintage styling, the ultra feminine watch joins the elegant Tiffany Cocktail collection and features a distinctive oval case crafted in polished 18-carat white gold with two graded tiers set with a diamond-framed dial. To mark the passing hours, black Roman numerals have been printed on the silver dial complemented by the vintage hour and minute hands, black strap and whitegold oval buckle featuring 23 diamonds. Keeping impeccable time for your social commitments, the heart of the Cocktail Oval is powered by a precision Swiss quartz movement and is water resistant to 30 metres. The Cocktail Oval is also available with a black dial or with a sparkling diamond pavé dial.

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Blancpain St-Valentin Blancpain’s Saint-Valentin 2011 radiates timeless elegance. Dedicated to love, the watch combines femininity and cut-tingedge watch-making techniques. The self-winding Calibre 6763, visible through the sapphire crystal back of the steel case, drives perpetual calendar and moon-phase displays, along with day-of-the-week and month indications at 12 o’clock. The Blancpain movement has a 100-hour power reserve and features an oscillating weight engraved with three hearts. Adorned with a bezel and motherof-pearl dial set with 58 diamonds and a ruby, the Saint-Valentin 2011 features precious stones totalling 1.3 carats. This 99-piece, limited-edition watch is further enhanced by a white leather strap, which contrasts with the heart-shaped ruby at the top of the bezel and the heart embellishing the date hand.

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Bovet Fleurier 39 Ladies’ Touch This striking evening watch, which can be worn around the wrist or the neck, comes with a personalised, miniature hand painting on the dial. The artwork covers only a small area of the delicate black or white mother-of-pearl surface and can be a butterf ly, rose, orchid, initials or any image you desire. As with the entire Amadeo collection, the Ladies’ Touch is convertible into a pocket watch or table clock and can be conveniently removed from its bracelet and worn on the Amadeo sautoir necklace, ideal for cocktail dresses either hanging from the front or back. The watch is 39mm in diameter and comes in an 18-carat white or red gold case. It features 12 diamond indexes and an automatic, 72-hour power-reserve movement. The strap is hand stitched and made of alligator skin while the buckle is made of 18-carat gold. The chain is 26cm long or 78cm upon request.

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WHERE TO BUY BLANCPAIN, OMEGA, TIFFANY WATCH CO. LTD 800 RIVOLI (748654 )

Available from Rivoli Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall, Hamdan Street, Khalidiya, Khalidiya Mall and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Mall, Al Jimi Mall and Bawadi Mall in Al Ain

BOVET 02 6811171

Available from Seddiqi & Sons Located in: Marina Mall PARMIGIANI FLEURIER 02 6450700

Available from Damas Les Exclusives Located in: Abu Dhabi Mall ROLEX 02 6818188

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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalparisma Collection Compact yet striking, the watches in the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalparisma collection are made from 18-carat rose gold and have been redesigned to house the firm’s automatic movement in a compact size. Its lugs (the protrusions on the case that attach to the strap or bracelet) and arched profile are a Parmigiani signature. Available with or without diamonds, this elegant timepiece has a black or white face that matches the leather strap: Hermès calfskin for white or Hermès lizard skin for black. There is also a red Hermès lizard skin version for those dem-anding even greater exclusivity. The Kalparisma Ouranos rose gold model features a constellation setting of diamonds and a white mother-of-pearl dial also set with precious stones. This chic collection is sure to finish off any cocktail dress with a touch of class.

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SCENTS OF ADVENTURE Enhance your travels with one of these latest fragrances

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5. ETERNITY FOR MEN SUMMER Fresh and crisp, this limited-edition fragrance from Calvin Klein blends citrus, mint and coriander with star anise, cedarwood and patchouli. 6. L’EAU D’ISSEY FLORALE This fragrance takes the budding rose as its signature, combined with yellow ginger lily and enhanced with mandarin orange for a soft, floral and feminine scent. 7. DAVIDOFF COOL WATER This classic offering from Davidoff is a sporty, masculine fragrance that is crisp and fresh, boasting citrus tones for a fresh-from-the-gym feel. 8. MARC JACOBS’ DAISY EAU SO FRESH A new version of the original Daisy, this fresh, floral fragrance fuses crisp raspberry with wild rose and warm plum and is housed in a whimsical bottle.

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SOUK STYLE

Visit one of Abu Dhabi’s newest shopping destinations for Middle Eastern souvenirs, perfumes, jewellery and watches in an Arabian-inspired souk. The Souk Central Market, which has gradually opened more stores since its November 2010 launch, has numerous outlets selling spices and Arabic sweets, lanterns and Arabic clothing, while there is a variety of cafes and restaurants, including Abu Dhabi’s first branch of the popular Shakespeake & Co restaurant. Central Market is in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s business district and is open Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm and on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11pm. For more information contact 02 8107810. 40

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1.Leopard print trench, BANANA REPUBLIC , Al Wahda Mall 2.Tortoise eye palette, BOBBI BROWN , available at beauty counters 3.Leather jacket, DIESEL , Marina Mall 4.Men’s studded belt, DIESEL , Marina Mall 5.Waistcoat, DESIGUAL , Marina Mall 6.Jeans, GAP KIDS , Marina Mall 7.Gold cuff, LOUIS VUITTON , Marina Mall 8.Oversized magenta handbag, YVES SAINT LAURENT , Marina Mall 9.Men’s buckle shoe, YVES SAINT LAURENT , Marina Mall 10. Lash Architect 4D mascara, L’OREAL , available at beauty counters 11.Luxury smartphone, TAG HEUER , available at Rivoli, Marina Mall 42

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TasTe Rodeo Grill

Rodeo Grill steakhouse at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi has a new chef and a new menu to ref lect the changing season. Chef Ilker Yokus, from Turkey, shows off his culinary talent with more than just succulent steaks on t he new menu. Sample seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes too. Contact 02 6979000 for reser vat ions.

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flavours of Italy More than simply pizza and pasta, Abu Dhabi’s Italian restaurants offer authentic examples of one of the world’s most loved cuisines

Q Words by AmAndA Tomlinson

Boccaccio Admire pristine white yachts moored in the marina while dining on authentic Italian cuisine on the terrace at Boccaccio. The cast iron chairs and tables with white tablecloths are rustic and charming, while the selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegar complete the setting. While choosing from the extensive menu, which features traditional Italian fare, snack on freshly baked bread with sundried tomato paste, olive tapenade and cream with herbs. Among the highlights is the starter tartufona e tartufo e asparagi (tomato, mozzarella, asparagus and fresh black truffles), while the risotto ai frutti di mare con zucchine e porcini (risotto with Arabian seafood, zucchini, porcini mushrooms and parmesan reggiano) is also worth sampling. After dinner, especially if you’ve indulged in a decadent Italian dessert, take a stroll along the marina and enjoy the waterfront location. Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi When: 7 to 11.30pm. Also open for lunch on Friday / Contact: 800 423463

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Take a seat in this stylish restaurant and admire the view of Yas Links golf course and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea. Inside the restaurant, the views are also pleasing. Dark wooden floors team with rich fabrics, leather and shades of blue to create a warm atmosphere which is enhanced by strategic lighting and carefully chosen music. The action happens in the show kitchen, where Italian chef Thomas Marchi creates authentic dishes using fresh ingredients imported from Italy. The menu changes seasonally with an emphasis on simplistic cooking and classic presentation. Recommended dishes include vegetable, meat and seafood antipasti; seafood ravioli with cherry tomatoes and black olive tapenade; beef caprese with buffalo mozzarella, grilled tomato and basil olive oil; and veal escalope with sage and crunchy bresaola with sauteed spinach, raising butter and hazelnut sauce. The restaurant has a good selection of Italian wine from various winemaking regions of Italy and includes affordable classics as well as exclusive labels.

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The Yas Hotel 02 6560600

Enjoy views of Yas Marina and the F1 race track while feasting on authentic cuisine. FrAnkie’s

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr 02 6543000

A collaboration between famed jockey Frankie Detori and Michelin-star chef Marco Pierre White. LA mAmmA

Sheraton Abu Dhabi 02 6773333

Italian trattoria with an antipasti buffet, pizza, pasta and a selection of delicious mains. mezzALunA

Emirates Palace 02 6909000

Delicious Italian cuisine with views of the beach and gardens, and an al fresco dining area. PortobeLLo

Grand Millennium Al Wahda 02 4439999

A relative newcomer, yet still a favourite on the Italian dining scene. Prego’s

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi 02 6979000

Busy Italian restaurant with a terrace overlooking the beach and gardens.

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island When: 12 to 3pm and 6 to 11.30pm / Contact:02 6562000

Among the highlights is a light and refreshing starter with layers of parma ham, melon and buffalo mozzarella, while the dish that comes highly recommended by staff is the tagliolini con scampi Spaccanapoli This central Abu Dhabi restaurant serves simple traditional food that an Italian family would prepare at home. In fact, according to restaurant manager Luca Busato, when the team was putting together the initial menu, “we had to think of what our mums would cook at home”. With its warm, themed restaurant interior, Spaccanapoli has a relaxed atmosphere making it perfect for families. Upstairs, Spaccanapoli’s surroundings depict views of old Naples with vaults and visible bricks adding to the authenticity. But the real treat is in the eating and this is something Spaccanapoli does on a grand scale. The large wood-fired pizza oven can produce customised one-metre-long pizzas, a concept taken from a little town between Napoli and Sorrento called Vico Equense, where the speciality is metre-long pizzas. Other favourite dishes include veal scaloppini with mushroom sauce and risotto croquette, oven-baked buffalo mozzarella with tomato sauce and the highly recommended involtini di melanzane alla parmigiana (rolled baked aubergines with mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and basil). All recipes are prepared using traditional methods and with an Italian chef and restaurant manager, diners know they are in for the real deal. Where: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi / When: Noon to 4pm and 7 to 11pm / Contact: 02 6166122

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amalfi An established restaurant on the city’s dining scene, Amalfi serves dishes from all regions of Italy in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is light and airy during the day thanks to the large windows, which also give great views outside. In the cooler months, diners can sit on the terrace which overlooks the pool area. For added intimacy, there is a private dining room. Italian chef Massimiliano Sperli is from Rome and has worked his way through Italian kitchens around Europe for the past 20 years. He recommends the sea bass skewered with rosemary and sundried tomatoes or the fresh squid ink pasta. Being an Italian restaurant, there is a good selection of wines – most from Italy – to complement the dishes. Amalfi is a restaurant for lovers of Italian food. It is well suited to both couples and families, however those looking for a business lunch or a place for a solo meal will not feel out of place. Where: Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi When: 12 to 3pm and 7 to 11pm / Contact: 800 101101

BiCe By day, this restaurant is bathed in sunlight through the floor-to-ceiling windows and by night it’s a haven for romantics with soft lighting and piano tunes. The cosy interior is enhanced by wooden f loors, leather chairs and crisp white linen, while the size of the wine room is an indication of the extent of the wine list. The meal starts with a basket of fresh bread and a selection of spreads and tapenades, but the choice of starters and mains is so tempting, restraint will need to be practised to preserve the appetite. There is a fine selection of carpaccio and antipasti for starters, while the mains are classically Italian. Chef Cristiano Goattin recommends pear and gorgonzola ravioli, cured beef carpaccio from Valtellina with arugula salad, and risotto with fresh asparagus and black truffle, made with artisanal rice from Verona, northern Italy. The dishes are complemented by the extensive selection of wine, which mostly comes from Italy and France. Be sure to save room for dessert as it comes highly recommended. An Italian pianist sets the mood with nightly entertainment, while the friendly service and authentic cuisine have visitors returning for more. Where: Hilton Abu Dhabi When: Noon to 3pm and 7 to 11pm Contact: 02 6811900

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just desserts Laced with nuts and delightfully sugary, if you haven’t tried Middle Eastern sweets now is the time

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For many people, the best part of a meal is the dessert and regardless of the cuisine, there’s bound to be a selection of decadent sweets to savour and enjoy. Arabic desserts come in all shapes and colours, and their history, while not that well documented, can be traced back through time and across many countries. As with any culinary fare, traditional Arabic desserts feature ingredients that were readily available in the area centuries ago and commonly contain nuts, cream, milk and sweet soft cheese as well as lashings of syrup. Some dishes also have an interesting story behind their origins. Umm Ali, a milky Egyptian dessert, for instance, means ‘mother of Ali’ in English, but who is Ali and why is there a dish named after his mother? There are conflicting stories about its past. Some say a sultan was hunting in the Nile Delta and stopped at a village because he was hungry. He asked for the village’s best cook, Umm Ali, to prepare a meal for him, but the only ingredients she had

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Another dessert with a disputed history is baklava. Many countries, including Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, claim this dish of puff/ filo pastry, pine nuts, pistachios and syrup as their own. There is evidence tracing baklava to the 8th century BC when the Assyrians baked thin layers of dough with nuts, poured honey over it and enjoyed it on special occasions. Further research suggests the recipe was perfected during the reign of the Ottoman Empire when chefs were brought in from Armenia, Greece, Persia, Egypt, Syria and occasionally Serbia, Hungary and France to cook in the palaces and kitchens of the wealthy. Regardless of where the desserts originate, one thing is certain: they are a must-try while you’re visiting the emirate. Just be sure to do extra laps around the malls to burn off all the calories.

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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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Ferrari World

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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 The Wiggles, the lengthy list of entertainers includes Prince, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Nelly Furtado, Tiny Tempah, Kanye West, the Jonas Brothers, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Guetta, Eric Clapton and Tiësto, to name just a few. The Yas Arena is a well-designed outdoor venue beside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. In November last year, it welcomed a capacity crowd of 45,000 for the Prince concert on the final day of the 2010 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. VIP areas, a roomy general admission area, 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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Boasting top speeds of 317kmh and average speeds of 198kmh, Yas Marina Circuit weaves in an anti-clockwise direction

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UPCOMING EVENTS Yas Marina Circuit operates year round with a number of international motorsport events.

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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 www.yasmarinacircuit.ae or call 02 6964444

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 24th to 26th. 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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Island dInIng Enjoy cuisine from around the world at Yas Island’s fine selection of restaurants and bars

Q Stars ‘N’ Bars Straight from Monaco, one of the world’s most glamorous destinations, Stars ‘N’ Bars offers a touch of Monte-Carlo with a sporting edge. Guests sit in racing seats in the diner-style restaurant and feast on American cuisine which has a Tex-Mex flavour. On the walls is a collection of posters and other memorabilia signed by famous celebrities. The restaurant is a hit with families as it has a dedicated games area for children, which has just been expanded, and more than 30 plasma TVs showing sport from around the world for adults. There are also pool tables and a stage for live bands, DJs and dancing, and a recently added VIP cocktail lounge. What makes it even more special is its prime position overlooking Yas Marina and its close proximity to Yas Marina Circuit, which makes it especially popular during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. There is a packed programme of events and activities, such as karaoke on Sundays, quiz night on Mondays, ladies’ night on Wednesdays, ’80s fever on Thursdays and a live band on Fridays. There is also a monthly family day. The menu stays true to the sporting theme with dishes such as Indy 500 (warm sautéed vegetables on salad greens with tomato, guacamole sweet corn and feta cheese), America’s Cup (tuna melt sandwich) and the tempting desserts from the Finish Line section. The extensive cocktail menu is also worth sampling. Stars ‘N’ Bars is ideal for those looking for a fun night out in a unique setting. 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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Kazu Combining fine Japanese cuisine withYas Island views, Kazu is one restaurant that should be at the top of any Asian food lover’s list. The bamboo feature walls and wooden furniture suggest a modern approach, while the brown leather menu features all the traditional fare plus a few house specialities. A visit to a Japanese restaurant would not be complete without sampling some of the sushi and fortunately Kazu’s sushi and sashimi platters with fresh salmon, tuna, hammour and scallops make the perfect starter. For a different take on the standard favourite, try the ‘new-style salmon sashimi’, which is lightly seared and served with olive oil. The real must-try however, is the signature lamb chops cooked with garlic and mint. There are two teppanyaki tables for those who like some light entertainment with their dinner, a sushi/sashimi bar, tempura station, private dining room and a full-range sake bar with experts available to offer the perfect pairing. Where: The Yas Hotel, Yas Island When: Monday to Saturday 7pm to midnight, also Friday and Saturday 12.30 to 3pm Contact: 02 6560600 or email dining@theyashotel.com

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Stills Bar & Brasserie This European-style bar and brasserie is one of the most popular venues on Yas Island. With the longest bar in the city at 26 metres, European cuisine and views over the Arabian Gulf and Abu Dhabi skyline, there is something different to attract the crowds every night of the week. Stills has introduced a few new promotions, including an additional ladies’ night. Those who miss Thursday’s ladies’ night, which offers free selected cocktails from 8pm to midnight, will be pleased to discover they can now enjoy free Cuban cocktails at Stills every Friday night from 9 to 11pm. Love steak? Choose your favourite cut from veal rack, tenderloin, sirloin, T-bone and rib eye every Friday from noon until 11pm, while on Mondays, guests can enjoy unlimited mussels from 7 to 11pm for AED130. Where: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island When: Noon until late Contact: 02 6563053 or restaurants@cpyas.com

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EVENTS IN BRIEF E i d pa r t y September 1st and 2nd Celebrate Eid over lunch and dinner with friends and family in Barouk with authentic Lebanese cuisine and live oud music and belly dancing, then enjoy shisha on the terrace. Lunch, which costs AED140, runs from 12.30 to 4pm, while dinner starts at 7pm and costs AED180 or AED250 including selected house beverages. Contact 02 6563053

Eid brunch September 1st and 2nd Jing Asia hosts Eid brunches with international dishes, free-flowing beverages and a special children’s buffet and activity corner. The brunches run from 12.30 to 4pm and cost AED150, or AED210 with selected house beverages, and AED75 for children aged six to 12. Contact 02 6563053

Fa m i ly F E a s t Eid holiday Enjoy a traditional festive Eid buffet at Origins and dine on regional and international cuisine. There will be live cooking stations and games for the family. Children will enjoy face painting, balloon binding and cartoon character paintings. The fun starts at noon and costs AED200 per person, including soft drinks and Ramadan beverages. Shisha is available. Contact 02 6560600

ExpEriEncE Beady Eye

With former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher at the helm, Beady Eye make their Abu Dhabi debut on Yas Island this month. The band will be promoting their debut gold-selling album Different Gear, Still Speeding, which includes their latest single ‘The Beat Goes On’. Beady Eye formed in 2009 just weeks after Oasis split and includes former band members Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock. Where: Flash Forum, Yas Island. When: September 16th, from 8pm. Price: General admission AED295, fan pit standing AED495. Contact: Purchase tickets through www.thinkflash.ae

ExpEriEncE Formula One

Catch the Monza (Italy) and Singapore Grands Prix this month on the UAE’s biggest high-definition screen at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Fans will be able to watch practice, qualifying and the races live at Cinema Maranello movie theatre. Afterwards, they can test their driving skills around Yas Marina Circuit on the Scuderia Challenge simulators. Where: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. When: Monza, Italy, September 9th to 11th. Singapore, September 23rd to 25th. Park open daily from noon to 10pm. Closed Mondays. Price: AED225 for visitors over 1.5m tall, AED165 for visitors under 1.5m. Premium tickets available. Contact: 02 4968001 or see www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

ya s s u p E r s p o r t s s t September 3rd and 10 th Drive an open-cockpit sports racing car around Yas Marina Circuit, home to the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The experience costs AED1,200. Contact 800 YAS (827) or see www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

Fa m i ly b r u n c h Every Friday Indulge in dishes from around the world at Jing Asia’s Friday brunch. Children are well catered for with a special kids’ buffet and activity corner with face painting and other entertainment. The brunch, from 12.30 to 4pm, costs AED210 including house and sparkling beverages, or AED75 for children aged six to 12. Contact 02 6563053

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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.

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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

KAZU 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 Abu Dhabi

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.

Hotels

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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.

BAROUK

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

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 Abu Dhabi

CROWNE PLAZA Abu Dhabi Yas Island

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

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

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JING ASIA

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.

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

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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STILLS BAR & BRASSERIE

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

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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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LIFE. REFRESHED. Whether it’s your first time in Dubai or you’ve spent a lifetime here, there’s nothing like Wild Wadi’s thrills and spills to turn any ordinary day around. With 2 new wild rides, splashy attractions and sunny surprises, you’re sure to get a fresh take on Dubai and life at the wildest water park in town!

Jumeirah Hotel guests can access the park with compliments of the Jumeirah Group

Master Blaster Tunnel of Doom Jumeirah Sceirah Flowriders Lazy River Wave Pool Flood River Children’s Play Structure Family Rides For more information call +971 4 348 4444 or log on to www.wildwadi.com


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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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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

02 6652350

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

02 6669656

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

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

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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

03 7641595

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

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

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.

Guide price: From AED250 for adults and AED180 for children 9

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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 050 6146931

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

Hot air ballooning Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Indoor skydiving Go-karting Deep sea fishing Saadiyat Beach Golf Club Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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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

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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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ABU DHABI CHARTERS

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 rs night golf range and offers with tee-off until 8.30pm.

THE VILLAGE CLUB

Green fees: Nine holes

02 4952000

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

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

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

NET TOURS

to Thu AED120, Fri and Sat AED165. AED60 for club hire SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

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

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?

Hot air ballooning BALLOON ADVENTURES EMIRATES

Green fees: National Course,

Brown fees: 18 holes Sun

Diving

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

Championship course providing a tough but fair challenge with nine-hole putting green, floodlit driving range and golf institute.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

AED300, twilight rate (after 2pm) AED175. Thu to Sat AED425, twilight rate AED290. Includes use of golf cart, water and practice facilities YAS LINKS

02 8107710 (18 holes, 7,450 yards, par 72) A links-style golf course designed by Kyle Philips with views of the coast from every hole.

Green fees: Sun to Thu

AED399, twilight rate AED299. Fri and Sat AED499, twilight rate AED399. Par-3 and unlimited practice ground AED150

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

02 4455500

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

18 holes Sun to Thu AED300, Fri and Sat AED425. Twilight rate weekends AED275, weekdays from 1.30pm AED195. Includes golf cart and unlimited use of practice facilities

Horse racing

ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB

Sun to Thu AED99 before 3pm and AED119 after 3pm, Fri and Sat AED119. Rates for 18 holes on request. Includes golf cart, water and towel

AL GHAZAL GOLF CLUB

02 6794656 or info@netgroupauh.com

02 6731111 or 050 5409041

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

EXTREME ACTION

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 sports 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

AL AIN ICE RINK, HILI FUN CITY

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

HILI FUN CITY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

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

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.

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

03 7828188

children AED5, free for children under six years

AL GHARBIA

8. Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club 9. Sir Bani Yas Island 10. Paintball 11. Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort 12. Hili Archaeological Park

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,

Guide price: Call for details

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 02 8015400

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

Camel trekking QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT

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

Parks & gardens

02 8015400

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

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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

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.

Cruising & sailing

Guide price: Free

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT & SPA

02 8015400

Green fees: AED50

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

for nine holes

HILTON AL AIN GOLF CLUB

03 7686666

Guide price: Sunset

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

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

Green fees: Nine holes AED24 12

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AL AIN WILDLIFE PARK

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

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

AL AIN RACEWAY

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.

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

03 7660333

03 7686662

AL AIN EQUESTRIAN, SHOOTING & GOLF CLUB

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Timings: 10am to 11.30pm Guide price: AED25

Karting

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am

Wildlife park

03 7660333

Island trips SIR BANI YAS ISLAND

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

AL AIN MALL ICE RINK

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

03 7840000

Polish your snow plough technique on the artificial ski slope.

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

BAWADI MALL SKATING RINK

Golf

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

Timings: Vary Guide price: Call for details

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

BAWADI MALL SKI VILLAGE

03 7845542

for 1.5 hours

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

Skiing

Ice skating

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

03 7845542

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

02 8862088

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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

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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

ArmeD forces officers’ club & Hotel

02 4415900

Al Maqtaa

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

Al mAHA ArjAAn

02 6106666

Al Markaziyah City Café offers Mexican cuisine on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays, Oriental on Wednesdays, international on Thursdays and Saturdays and brunch on Fridays for AED95. There is a seafood buffet on Sunday nights for AED130 City Café – International

Aloft Abu DHAbi

02 6545013

Al Safarat

Enjoy the Easy Breezy Friday BBQ lunch at Mai Café from 12 to 3pm and make use of the Splash pool all day. The barbecue lunch costs AED185, including beverages. Visit on September 30th for the Liquid by Mai Café Pool Party from 7pm. The party costs AED100, including two drinks, for guys, with free entry for ladies Dine – International Mai Cafe – International relax@12 – International WXYZ Bar - Bar

Al rAHA beAcH Hotel

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 Al Dar – International

GOuRMET ABu DHABI Each year, the city’s top restaurants, with a host of internationally renowned chefs, gather for the Gourmet Abu Dhabi food festival in which visitors can sample a range of mouthwatering dishes. Held each February at the city’s top hotels, the event allows visitors to chat freely with the chefs and enjoy master classes, workshops and a selection of fine wine and other beverages. Visit www.gourmetabudhabi. com for information on next year’s event.

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beAcH rotAnA Abu DHAbi

02 6979000

Tourist Club Area Guest chef Donald Munro will present a selection of dishes influenced by Scottish produce at Finz from September 18th to 23rd. Visit Trader Vic’s from September 10th to 17th for the Hawaiian Breeze promotion with a special four-course menu and live tropical tunes 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

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

cristAl Hotel Abu DHAbi

02 6520000

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

crowne plAzA Abu DHAbi

02 6166122

Al Markaziyah The Garden, Spaccanapoli, Cho Gao, Heroes and Cappuccino’s Café offer a quick lunch including a starter and main dish for AED50. Pay an additional AED5 and receive unlimited soft drinks or iced tea The Garden – International Heroes Bar – Sports bar Level Lounge – Rooftop bar Spaccanapoli – Italian Vincent’s – Cocktail bar

crowne plAzA Abu DHAbi YAs islAnD

02 6563053

Yas Island

Treat yourself to an irresistible surf ‘n’ turf dinner buffet in Jing Asia every Wednesday from 7pm to midnight. The dinner costs AED160 per person, or AED210 with house beverages Barouk – Lebanese Jing Asia – Asian buffet Stills Bar & Brasserie – European bar and restaurant Sundowner – Bar

emirAtes pAlAce

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02 6909000

Ras Al Akhdar Enjoy a family brunch with Emirati cuisine at Mezlai every Friday. Sample local dishes as well as grilled ostrich and camel. The buffet brunch costs AED280 and is available from 2 to 5pm Anar Restaurant – Persian BBQ Al Qasr – Al fresco dining Cascades – International Diwan L’Auberge – Lebanese Etoiles – European restaurant and nightclub Hakkasan – Chinese Havana Club – Wine and cigar lounge Le Café & Caviar Bar – Caviar bar Le Vendôme – International buffet Mezlai – Emirati Mezzaluna – Italian Sayad – Seafood

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

fAirmont bAb Al bAHr

02 6543000

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

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

HAlA ArjAAn bY rotAnA

02 4180000

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

Hilton Abu DHAbi

02 6811900

Al Khubeirah 3

Enjoy spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf while dining on cuisine from around the world at Vasco’s. Dine indoors or outside on the deck and take in the relaxed atmosphere 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

Celebrate Eid on September 1st at Selections with an extensive buffet for AED195. Masterchef Ian Kittichai returns to The Yacht Club from September 14th to 16th and will also present a lunchtime cooking class on the 17th. The class starts at 11am and costs AED215, including lunch 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

KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA

02 6570000

Ras Al Akdar The Beach is a contemporary seafood restaurant with a choice of indoor or al fresco dining overlooking the pool and beach Horizon – International buffet The Beach – Seafood

LE MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

02 6446666

Tourist Club Area Catch the action of the Rugby World Cup on giant indoor and outdoor screens at NRG from 4pm to midnight from September 9th. There will also be New Zealand snacks and beverages 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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LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN ABU DHABI

800 101101

Al Markaziyah Dine in Al Fanar revolving restaurant until September 15th and receive a 20% discount on your first visit, a 35% discount on your second visit and a 50% discount on your third visit

SMOKE SIGNALS

Yas Island

Filini has an asparagus promotion from September 8th to 24th with a special menu of Italian dishes created by chef Thomas. Visit Assymetri this month and receive a bottle of bubbly for AED299 when buying the allinclusive brunch package

Al Markaziyah Enjoy fine French cuisine at the popular Le Prive restaurant and then stop by Mood Indigo where a British band provides live entertainment.

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

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

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

02 5098555

Bain Al Jessrain

MILLENNIUM HOTEL ABU DHABI

Discover the art of French gastronomy with a five-course blind tasting set menu at Bord Eau. The set menu costs AED333, or AED483 with wine pairings. Shang Palace offers a yam cha all-you-can-eat lunch with dim sum, noodles, rice, soup and dessert for AED88

02 6262700

Al Markaziyah

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

PARK INN YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI

02 6562222

Yas Island

Enjoy a kilogram of US angus beef in your choice of barbecue beef rib or cowboy steak with fries, corn on the cob and two beverages for AED299 at Amerigos. During each Formula One race, enjoy a bucket of five Mexican beverages and a plate of nachos for AED125 Amerigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant – Mexican Mint – International buffet

Teatro has a sake dinner on September 13th for AED300. Visit Teatro between 6 and 8.30pm and enjoy 50% off food ordered before 7.15pm. Ginger offers an Indian theme night every Saturday for AED140

02 6562000

02 6333555

ONE TO ONE HOTEL THE VILLAGE

Al Matar

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, ABU DHABI YAS ISLAND

MERCURE CENTRE HOTEL

Citrus – International Cristal Cigar & Champagne Bar – Champagne bar Marakesh – Moroccan Sevilo’s – Italian

02 6573333

Cooper's Bar & Restaurant – British gastro pub Ginger All-Day Dining – International buffet Teatro – International

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

Spend AED150 or more at Citrus, Sevilo’s or Cristal Bar and receive a AED10 taxi fare for the journey back. Head to Cristal Bar and enjoy three hours of free wi-fi access from 5pm, while making use of the ‘buy one, get one free’ promotion on beverages

PARK ROTANA

Smoking shisha (hubbly bubbly) is very popular in Abu Dhabi. The Middle Eastern water pipe, which is thought to have originated around 500 years ago, purifies and cools the smoke from flavoured tobacco heated on top of the pipe by coals. It costs approximately AED35 to AED50 to smoke and the most popular flavours are apple, mint, strawberry, apricot and grape. Although relaxing and sociable, estimates suggest that an hour of shisha smoking equates to inhaling as many as 50 cigarettes. If you’re after an authentic taste of Middle Eastern culture, however, smoking shisha is a must. Just remember not to inhale too deeply, blow down the pipe to get rid of smoke build-up in the water and share your shisha among friends. This is a social tradition and to be enjoyed in groups or couples.

Al 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 Try the new bubbly brunch every Friday from 12.30 to 3.30pm at Flavours restaurant. With free-flowing sparkling wine and selected cocktails, such as bloody Marys and martinis, the brunch costs AED230 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 Arabic cuisine every Sunday night at La Veranda restaurant with a buffet from AED160. Come Tuesday, La Veranda goes French with a buffet dinner for AED180, while those who fancy seafood will be catered for with Thursday’s catch of the day buffet for AED220 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 a three-course meal with soft drinks and a glass of wine for AED220 at Atayeb, Amici, Kazu or Noodle Box for lunch or dinner during Eid 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 Treat yourself to a three-course dinner in Afya with access to the salad bar and your choice of main before finishing off with dessert. The dinner costs AED125 with free-flowing beverages 5. 6. 7. 8.

Afya – International buffet

Zest, Al Ain Rotana Choices, Yas Island Rotana Suhail, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort Amici, The Yas Hotel

Yas island roTana

02 6564000

Yas Island

Y Bar will host a DJ each Wednesday night, while ladies can enjoy free cosmopolitan drinks from 8pm until midnight Blue Grill – Steakhouse Choices – International buffet Rangoli – Indian Y Bar – Bar

Although the UAE is a Muslim country, alcohol is permitted in several of its emirates including Abu Dhabi and neighbouring Dubai, allowing visitors to enjoy a tasty aperitif and/or bottle of wine with their meal. Wines, Champagnes 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. If you wish to drink, do so in moderation.

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

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

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

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

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Take the plunge at the South African pool party on September 8th and receive entry plus two drinks for AED50

aYla hoTel

Saadiyat Island

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

al GharBia

Ruwais

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

02 6735290

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

02 8012222

Al Muwaiji

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

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