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Haute Joaillerie, place Vendôme since 1906

Majestic Cadeau Impérial Earrings, two exceptional pear-shaped D Internally Flawless diamonds – 43.14 cts. Mystery Set rubies and diamonds.

DUBAI: Dubai Mall +971 4 339 8001 - Mall of the Emirates +971 4 347 2487 ABU DHABI: Marina Mall +971 2 681 1121 - Etihad Towers + 971 2 681 1919 The Galleria, Al Maryah Island +971 2 643 2088

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The eyes of the world are fixed firmly on Dubai as the city is poised to undergo still more metamorphosis. A slew of ambitious plans are in place in the years ahead which will see this dynamic and ever-changing destination evolve into not only a cosmopolitan metropolis but a formidable centre for business, shopping and luxury living. At the time of writing, the nation held its breath in anticipation of the all-important World Expo 2020 vote. Success for Dubai would be shared by the entire country while, at the same time, reaffirm Dubai’s status as a must-visit location. No matter the decision, Dubai is a city with its sights set on the future. Underscoring an ability to attract global talent, this month sees film and television luminaries descend as the Dubai International Film Festival gets underway. Exclusive screenings, red-carpet occasions and a host of stars set the city alight during the event which also celebrates the best in new filmmaking talent. Turn to page 92 for a glimpse of just some of the region’s directorial talent taking part. Architectural wonders, iconic sights and manmade marvels have made images of Dubai indelible the world over. As a result, the destination is now making important strides as a locale in movies. Explore film-set Dubai with our feature on page 100. As the festive season is upon us, thoughts turn to finding the perfect gift. For something truly unique, why not commission a bespoke piece from some of the world’s most luxurious jewellery and watchmakers? Turn to page 42 for more. Enjoy this special time of year with family and friends at a host of exclusive restaurants offering a festive touch. From fine food to seasonal music and decoration, you’ll find a warm welcome on page 110. No celebration is complete without a glass of crisp Champagne. Add some sparkle at one of Dubai’s chic bars, where a series of luxurious settings add to any sense of occasion, turn to page 118 for more. Enjoy all that Dubai has to offer with Concierge.

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The stage is set for a host of stars and talented filmmakers to shine this month during the 10th edition of Dubai International Film Festival. Icons of stage and screen have participated in the festival throughout its history ensuring each glamourous edition builds on the successes of the last. Acclaimed photographer Susanne Spiel captures the mood of the prestigious occasion perfectly in this striking shot which combines vintage cinema and luxurious high-fashion design.

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Contents DECEmBER 2013 / IssuE 112


The emirate’s top attractions, news and events

24/Light fantastic New Year celebrations at Burj Khalifa are a spectacular sight


Shop 28/Diamonds are forever

For the last word in luxury, look no further than a stunning gem from Graff Diamonds

36/Time travel

Set your own pace with a stylish travelling companion from the world’s luxury watchmakers

42/Especially for you Find the perfect gift with a bespoke jewellery creation

48/Star quality From Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for Bulgari to Tiffany & Co.’s jazz-age style in The Great Gatsby, film and fine jewellery have long been linked


58/Raising the flag

Learn the history of the UAE flag, hoisted high this National Day




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64/Stroke of genius

Islamic calligraphy: a beautiful, ancient art form

70/Towering glory

A host of iconic buildings bring the landscapes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi to life

72/In the detail

The UAE’s architectural gems shine through in the Concierge photo essay

84/Secret garden Dubai Creek Park offers a verdant city oasis


Experience 86/Ladies’club Leading lights of female golf tee-off at Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 2013

92/Screen time Dubai International Film Festival offers an important platform for the region’s talented crop of directors

100/Setting the scene


Dubai’s unique sights have become celluloid stars


106/City of the future

Building greatness for Dubai’s Expo 2020 bid and beyond

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Taste 110/A season to savour Celebrate with family and friends at a festive feast

118/Add some sparkle Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luxurious bars are the perfect spot to sip Champagne

124/Sweet sensation

From traditional to modern creations, Arabic sweets offer a delicious treat


127 The guide


152/My Dubai

Dubai-based fashion designer Aanchal Chanda shares her city highlights

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E X PER I E NCE Dubai Marina

The distinctive towers of Dubai Marina make for a must-see city vista. For a novel way to see the space, opt for a trip on Dubai Ferry. Enthralling routes include journeys which pass by iconic destinations such as Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on manmade marvel Palm Jumeirah. Begin your voyage at the station in Dubai Marina and see the area anew as the ferry sails on out towards the Arabian Gulf. Cruises begin from 11am daily and last for around an hour. Tickets are available onboard, from AED50 per person for silver class and AED75 per person for gold class premium seats. Contact: 800 9090



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D I S C OV E R UAE National Day

Join in the celebrations as the nation marks this important date on the calendar. The United Arab Emirates was formed on December 2, 1971, when the UK’s treaty expired and the sheikdoms decided to join as one independent nation. At first, the UAE was a federation of six emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman. Ras Al Khaimah joined a year later. Fireworks, celebrations, live entertainment and colourful decorations mark this special occasion.

Until March Enjoy a fun-filled day for all the family at Global Village, the largest cultural extravaganza in the region. Visitors can expect festivals, shopping and entertainment in an al fresco theme park which is open for 148 days and hosts 70 participating countries presented in 36 pavilions. There are more than 50 fun rides and 26 restaurants offering food from around the world. Now in its 18th season, among the exciting shows this year will be a new 3D mapping show, Chinese Circus, trapeze artists and tightrope performance. Street shows will feature Emirati performers, a Lion Dance, Drumming Circle and Fire Show. Tickets from AED15 for adults. Children under three years old, individuals with special needs and people over 65 enter for free. Contact:


Souk Madinat Festive Market Get in the shopping spirit of the season with a visit to Madinat Jumeirah’s Souk Festive Market. From December 17 to 27, the charming destination is transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland, spread along the meandering waterways of the lagoon. The market is open from 3pm to midnight on weekdays and 1pm to midnight on weekends. Guests can expect seasonal food and beverages with snacks including roasted chestnuts and gingerbread treats. A festive tree boasting beautiful decorations will set the scene for a memorable outing. Contact:

D u b a i i n t e r n at i o n a l Jewellery week December 4 to 7 More than 300 exhibitors from over 30 countries take part in this jewellery showcase at Dubai World Trade Centre. Buyers, suppliers and a mixture of leading brands come together in this prestigious event which also sees boutique outlets join in this glittering presentation of finery. Admission is free. Contact: 04 3086183

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Dubai International Film Festival 2013 Now in its 10th year, this is the premier film festival in the region and as such attracts a raft of talented filmmakers from across the globe as well as celebrity attendees. This year Oscar winner Cate Blanchett joins film and television icon Martin Sheen and a host of screen stars on the red carpet. The festival is an important platform for local and international directors, filmmakers, writers and actors to join in workshops and seminars. Visitors to the festival can look forward to fascinating new films and glittering gatherings. Where: Madinat Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates. When: Dec 6 to 14. Contact:

December 5 to 7 Enjoy a great day out for all the family at the region’s largest consumer lifestyle show. Taking place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre, visitors can expect fantastic offers from big name brands in sport and leisure, toys, technology and fashion. Highlights include the Nintendo Gaming Stage where visitors can trial the latest gadgets and Kidzania Village for children. Parents can visit the celebrity cooking theatre featuring Gary Rhodes and Khulood Atiq. Entry is free for children under 16. Adult tickets from AED50. Contact: 04 4453718



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Ask the concierge E c at E rin a a p o s t oiu, a s s i s ta n t c on c iE rgE M a n agE r at bur j a l a r a b gi v E s hE r rE c oMME ndat ions f or a s tay in t hE c i t y

guests who come and stay with us have seen some amazing sights and travelled around the world. this means that their expectations are always very high. Fortunately, Dubai has a lot to offer. it has a wide selection of world-famous restaurants that serve many types of cuisine to satisfy even the most discerning food connoisseurs. For an opportunity to try out a number of outlets in one location, i recommend the culinary Flight at Burj Al Arab. guests can taste each course in a different restaurant at the hotel and enjoy an exquisite culinary journey. taking a trip to the desert is a must while in Dubai. Arabian Adventures offer luxury packages for visitors looking to add a special touch to experiences such as watching the sunset, off-roading on dunes or taking a camel ride. Dubai offers the ultimate shopping experience and in the Dubai Mall visitors will find haute couture straight from the catwalk alongside the very latest collections from world-leading designers. take a private helicopter trip from Burj Al Arab’s helipad for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. guests are escorted to the private elevator which leads straight to our helipad. A red carpet leads to the Agusta 109 which flies 300 metres above the Arabian gulf. A historical trip starts at Dubai Museum where informative exhibits tell the story of how Dubai has transformed over the years. For a further taste of life in the city, try a cultural breakfast at the sheikh Mohammed centre for cultural Understanding where guests can try traditional dishes and speak with an emirati host. From here, stroll through Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood where traditional wind towers give a glimpse of life in Dubai many years ago.

e X Per i e nce New Year’s Eve

Welcome 2014 in style at one of Dubai’s many new Year’s eve celebrations. choose from a variety of ways to celebrate the coming year as the city is illuminated with shimmering festive lights and colourful fireworks. For a night to remember, join the crowds at Downtown Dubai where activities include special performances of the Dubai Fountain’s water and light show while the world’s tallest building Burj khalifa is framed by a stunning fireworks display. elsewhere, Palm Jumeirah comes alive with festivities at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai where another incredible fireworks show is staged. Burj Al Arab also stages a stunning new Year’s eve pyrotechnic performance to usher in the year ahead.

shoP Montblanc

Montblanc celebrates the genius of the greatest artist of the italian renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci with its great characters Limited edition Leonardo writing instrument. inspired by da Vinci’s talents as a painter, sculptor, scientist and inventor, the considered design includes elements of his fascination with human flight. crafted in anodised aluminium with polished platinum-plated fittings, the materials are a reference to those still used in aviation manufacture today. the nib is engraved with one of da Vinci’s famous drawings of a bat whose wings he studied to develop his flying machine. the great characters Limited edition Leonardo is available at the Montblanc Boutique in the Dubai Mall. Contact: 04 4340300

tA s t e Toko

new to Dubai’s dining scene is contemporary Japanese restaurant toko. this is the first toko restaurant to open outside of sydney and promises to bring a fresh new approach to Japanese cuisine when it opens this month. Presenting the izakaya bar dining concept, the menu will encompass a sushi bar with delicious dishes from a traditional charcoal robata grill. the chic space features minimalist touches with a neutral palette and natural timbers for a warm and welcoming feel. Where: Vida Downtown. When: Daily, 6pm to 2am. Contact: 04 4428383



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Discover Luxury

The largest selection of 19th Century French antiques in the region, 19th Century Antiques specializes in rare furniture, bronzes, paintings, clock sets, and vases of exceptional quality and taste.

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LOOKING AHEAD D u b a i S h o p p i n g F e S t i va l Jan 2 to Feb 2 Shopaholics and fashionistas will be in their element at this annual month-long shopping extravaganza. Taking place at retail outlets throughout Dubai, you can expect discounts, competitions, live entertainment and daily raffles. Contact:

TA S T E Festive brunch

Mizaan at The H Hotel, Dubai is the ideal choice this month for an archetypal Christmas dinner of turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing and brussels sprouts. Adding a seasonal touch to the Friday brunch experience, chefs carve turkey at the table giving diners the freedom to choose the parts of the bird they prefer. The meat is presented with cranberry sauce and gravy. A selection of international hot dishes is also served. How much: From AED325 per person Contact: 04 5018888


Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 2013

omega Dubai DeSert C l a S S i C 2 014 Jan 27 to Feb 2 Stars of the golfing world will be out in force for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which takes place from January 27 to February 2 at Emirates Golf Club. For four nail-biting days, world-class players will battle it out on the fairways in the hope of taking home the trophy. Contact:

One of the most eagerly awaited events on Dubai’s golfing calendar, Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 2013 sees the finest in the sport’s female talent battle it out at Emirates Golf Club. The prestigious event has attracted a high calibre of players over the years and this edition boasts another incredible roster of tennis talent such as Laura Davies, Lexi Thompson and last year’s winner Shanshan Feng (pictured). The competition is one of the most popular stops on the Ladies European Tour. Admission is free. When: December 1 to 7. Contact: 04 3802112

abu Dhabi hSbC golF ChampionShip January 16 to 19 The world’s top golfers kickstart the year vying for the coveted Falcon Trophy at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, one of the UAE’s top golf courses. Contact: abudhabigolfchampionship.comi

ChineSe neW Year

January 31 Celebrate the start of a new year in the Chinese calendar at a host of exciting events in Dubai. The city’s luxury hotels host special entertainment evenings and dinners at gourmet Oriental restaurants to mark the occasion and usher in the year of the horse.

Camel raCing Until April This ancient sport of sheikhs has enjoyed a renaissance in recent decades and a variety of new and improved camel farms and purpose-built venues have been erected with state-of-the-art race tracks. Contact: Dubai Camel Racing Club, 050 7740005

E X PER I E NCE Meydan Race Nights

Dubai’s thrilling horse-racing season is now underway and an exciting series of races and events has begun. The programme, which started on November 7, is a showcase of nine race meetings building up to Dubai World Cup in March. Enjoy exceptional dining and entertainment at the heart of the racing action. A wide range of tailored hospitality packages are offered at gourmet restaurants, first-class lounges and private suites, each boasting sensational views of the racetrack at the impressive Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse. Contact:



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Light fantastic A great swathe of colour bursts from the sky surrounding the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. As one of the globe’s most dynamic cities, Dubai is the destination for unforgettable festive fireworks. New Year’s Eve celebrations in Downtown Dubai are made all the more special by the breathtaking pyrotechnics at Burj Khalifa. Undoubtedly one of the city’s most iconic attractions, this impressive tower is also an incredible feat of design. Standing at over 828 metres with more than 160 floors, it is also home to the world’s highest restaurant, At.mopshere and the world’s highest viewing platform, At the Top, from which incredible city panoramas can be enjoyed. The New Year’s Eve fireworks show is accompanied by the dancing water and lights of The Dubai Fountain. Located at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the rousing music is carefully choreographed to a mesmerising light show as soaring jets of water shoot high in the air. Thousands flock to Downtown Dubai for a chance to see the performance while hundreds more visit one of the many prestigious hotels, restaurants and bars with prime positions overlooking the magnificent scene. 24


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Chic and glamorous, the autumn/winter 2013 collection from Italian design house Cruciani makes the perfect style statement. Inspired by 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s styling, dynamic textures and beautiful earth tones are carried across the elegant collection. Cruciani luxury knitwear is complemented by elegant wool crepe, leather inserts, and vintage-styled sheepskin. Contact: 04 43864724


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Diamonds are forever graff Diamonds boasts a rich history in which quality and exclusivity reign supreme Words by

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Graff Diamonds is a stellar appropriator of diamonds and as such, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading creators of luxury jewellery. Applauded for handling some of the most valuable stones ever sourced, the company enhances these incredible raw materials through the highest standards in craftsmanship employed at each stage of the design process. The result is exquisite diamond jewellery and watches sought after the world over. Concierge speaks to CEO Francois Graff about the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and why diamonds make the perfect gift for the current festive season.


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Six decades ago, in 1953, at the age of 15, Laurence Graff became fascinated by the purity and cut of diamonds and began an internship at a diamond workshop in London. In 1960, the determined entrepreneur overcame criticism and a tough climate to establish Graff Diamonds. The brand went from strength to strength, finding fame and fortune in the acquisition of some of the globe’s largest and most valuable diamonds. In 1970, the company really caught the public eye by creating the US$1 million Hair and Jewel coiffure, an ornate arrangement featuring a multitude of precious diamonds and gems. The piece, inspired by royal hair fashion from 18th century Versailles, would go on to become an iconic image for the brand – an image that has recently been recreated to celebrate Graff Diamonds’ enduring success. Laurence launched his business by opening jewellery boutiques in London, where he gained the support of royals, household names and celebrities thanks to the quality of his products. It wasn’t long before he saw the potential in taking the company overseas. It was while visiting Kuwait that Laurence met a member of the Kuwaiti royal family who was so impressed that he acquired a ring and

1 Chronograff 45mm 2 Laurence Graff OBE 3 Infinity Sapphire and Diamond earrings 4 Dragonfly white and yellow diamonds 5 Francois and Laurence Graff oversee the mining of diamonds 6 Graff Diamonds first flagship store in London



extended a dinner invitation at the same time. After dining at the Sheikh’s palace, Laurence had made his first connection in the Middle East, a relationship that continues to prosper and strengthen to this day. Graff Diamonds has two stores in Dubai: one in the heart of The Dubai Mall Fashion Dome; and a second stunning outlet in Burj Al Arab. Francois Graff, Laurence’s eldest son and company CEO, says: “Dubai has always been an important market for us. We were well-supported



“Dubai has always been an important market for us. We were well-supported by the royal family in the early days when they were the main clients here, but today it’s a world hub”



by the royal family in the early days when they were the main clients here, but today it’s a world hub. To be able to find the best diamonds in the world in Dubai had to be on the cards.” It was in t he mid-’70s t hat Graff Diamonds began to find fame with the acquisition of some of the globe’s largest and most valuable diamonds. In 1974, the company acquired the Star of Bombay, a 47.39-carat yellow diamond that would become the first of many famous stones bought and traded by the brand. Graff Diamonds’ archive is truly exquisite. One of the most valuable was the 23.88-carat Graff Pink, a stunning stone famous for its particularly rare colour. It was bought for approximately US$48 million and is, to this date, the most valuable diamond ever sold at auction. Another achievement was the company’s purchase of the 603-carat


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Lesotho Promise in 2008 – the 15th largest diamond ever discovered. The diamond was cut and polished to yield 26 flawless stones that were subsequently set into one stunning necklace resulting in one of the most valuable pieces of jewellery ever created. “We’ve become famous for having very important diamonds, very famous diamonds and often very valuable diamonds,” says Francois. “We’ve made headlines purchasing those diamonds, but it was never gratuitous. It’s because those diamonds were available. They were the best and they commanded great sums of money. The fact that it helped the perception of the brand was part and parcel of our business. The archive is now very precious to us and we add to it every day.” Graff Diamonds is still controlled by the family. Founder Laurence is chairman and was honoured with an OBE

7 The Graff Pink 8 Graff diamond necklace set with carved ruby leaf and tourmaline drop 9 Graff Alice band 10 The Graff Sweethearts 11 Guest at The Dubai Mall Graff boutique re-opening 12 Francois Graff cutting the ribbon at The Dubai Mall boutique

in the British Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours List for his services to jewellery, which recognised him as one of the world’s leading diamantaires. Francois fills the role of CEO and explains that, as a family-owned company, Graff Diamonds enjoys great advantages and challenges. “It means we have our finger on the pulse throughout the business. It allows us to steer the ship, if you like, but it also means that we’re competing with big international conglomerates for retail





spaces in malls and for advertising space in magazines. Being a family-owned company is a David-and-Goliath situation in certain circumstances, but we manage to hold our own,” he says. Francois continues to spearhead Graff Diamonds by following his father’s founding vision. He says: “Quality is the most important thing. It permeates through everything we do from the furniture in our stores to the employees.” Graff jewels are all handmade by skilled artisans based in the brand’s London workshop. Many pieces take several hundred hours to create from design through to completion. Diamonds sourced from across the globe are cut and polished in facilities in South Africa, New York and Antwerp. Out of the thousands of stones that are worked


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on, only the best make it back to London for inclusion in Graff Diamonds’ jewellery. “We continue to focus on the very best quality on all levels, even in certain parts of the world where the product range isn’t as broad as it is in London or Dubai,” Francois adds. “Whether your budget is US$10,000 or US$10 million, you can always expect the very best quality. Quality is not compromised.” For Francois, the enduring appeal of diamonds lies both in their beauty and rarity. “Find me a lady that wouldn’t love to have a diamond,” says Francois. “Diamonds are beautiful to look at, first of all. Secondly, everyone knows they’re rare and hard to come by. Thirdly, they

make you feel fantastic. I’m very lucky that I’m in a business where people come to us not because they have to, but because of love. Diamonds are celebratory.” A few key products for the festive season include Infinity earrings that were inspired by the stars and feature a striking mix of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires; and single stone rings from the brand’s Love collection. These rings are available in a spectrum of colours and variety of cuts so customers can tailor their purchase to suit the individual. A diamond timepiece, for example the Butterfly watch which features a unique ‘diamond on diamond’ setting, also makes a special investment. For a male clientele, on the other hand, a 42millimetre or 45millimetre


13 The Graff Sweethearts 14 White diamond butterfly 15 Graff Butterfly Watch 16 Diamond Alice band 17 Yellow oval diamond 18 The Dubai Mall boutique

These rings are available in a spectrum of colours and variety of cuts so customers can tailor their purchase to suit the individual


ChronoGraff timepiece from the Graff Sports Watch collection is available with varying degrees of diamond settings and makes a stylish purchase for gentlemen who lead a life of luxury. With a turnover of approximately US$1 billion, Graff Diamonds is one of the world’s superior diamond traders and continues to prosper. With two stunning locations in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi, the company is now turning its expansion plans to the rest of the region, starting with a store opening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in early 2014. Whether buying diamonds as a gift or investment, Francois says: “It’s a true luxury buying a diamond. It’s not a necessity and that is what’s so wonderful about it. It gives you great pleasure because that’s all it is: it is pleasure.”


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Time travel Luxurious watches designed with the seasoned traveller in mind ensure the time is right, no matter the destination

As the world becomes a smaller place, the need for a reliable, yet stylish watch to transcend time zones is ever present. From luxury international travel to business transactions more often taking place between countries and continents, there is an ongoing need to cater to society’s jet setters. For the true timepiece connoisseur, who also flits between some of the world’s most fashionable cities, the necessity arises for a watch that combines exceptional performance with an elegant look and feel. In response to that demand, the world’s finest timepiece designers have risen to the challenge with sophisticated models capable of keeping up with fast-paced modern lifestyles. From watches that show the time in any city simultaneously, to designs which compensate for daylight-saving time or boast a built-in compass, altimeter and barometer, there is an incredible selection of elegant wristwatches which not only make a strong style statement but are the perfect travelling companion. Choose from Concierge’s selection of fine timepieces for traversing the globe while keeping an eye on home.



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Montblanc Timewalker World-Time Hemisphere The watches in this innovative collection endeavour to represent world time in a sleek design. Time zones show the progress of the sun from east to west while the northsouth axis is also brought into play. The watch hands indicate the local time at the wearer’s location while the ring around the dial bears the names of 24 cities, each representing a different time zone, displayed

simultaneously. There is also a day and night indication to signify the wearer’s home time zone. Montblanc’s latest clever creations are also available in northern and southern hemisphere versions showing on the dial a map of the earth as seen from the North or South Pole. Each timepiece is crafted from a smooth, satin-finished titanium while rhodium-plated luminescent hands stand out on the dial which leads to a triple-folding clasp on a stainless steel bracelet.

The Swiss watchmaker has made an addition to the Movado Series 800 collection with two exciting new quartz-powered men’s watches equipped with world-timer movements. One sportive model comes with a dial in black and silver while the second is an elegant timepiece boasting a dial in tones of rose gold and grey. A silver signature concave dot at 12 o’clock defines the first distinctive model which also features a black dial and reflector ring with white minute index. The world’s major cities are noted around the edge of the dial while black and silver 24-hour detailing indicates day and night. An arrow-tipped second time-zone hour indicator hand points to the time in a host of cities around the world. The second innovative model from Ebel sports a sophisticated brushed grey dial. Its 24-hour border numbering is in striking rose gold tones to represent day and grey to symbolise night.


1 & 2 Montblanc Timewalker World-Time Hemisphere 3 Ebel Movado Series 800 4 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon Dualtime

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon Dualtime


As this iconic watch brand celebrates its 180th anniversary this year, the Swiss firm has redesigned one of its finest timepieces and added special features for travellers. The Master Tourbillon Dualtime updates the classic round lines of the Master collection and adds clear-cut elegant lines. Equipped with a new tourbillon, the watch allows the viewing of multiple time zones with ease

through a crown-operated travel time zone change, synchronised with the date. Meanwhile, a 24-hour reference time and date hand adds to the flexibility of this timepiece. Its sapphire crystal caseback enables lovers of fine horology to admire the traditional handmade high-quality movements housed within. An alligator leather strap finishes off this exceptional wristwatch which also boasts a silvered sunray-brushed dial with gold appliqués.



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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone


Designed specifically as the optimum companion for busy travellers, this wristwatch effortlessly guides its wearer through the world’s 24 times zones, night and day. A stand-out function of this timepiece is the way in which it displays the crossing over from one time zone to another. The dial indicates home time and the current time in a second time zone at a single glance. The applicable time zone can be set simply by the push of a button. The watch features a rotating ring with the names of 24

cities that represent the respective time zones while a synchronisation mechanism allows the time zone displayed on the subdial to be swapped to the main dial. A striking white gold finish comes with luminous hands and appliqués in rhodiumed gold that act as the perfect guide in the dark. As expected from this prestigious brand, the calibre L031.1 powering the timepiece ensures exceptional quality such as that derived from the twin mainspring barrel to allow a power reserve of more than three days.

A stand-out function of this timepiece is the way in which it displays the crossing over from one time zone to another. The dial indicates home time and the current time in a second time zone at a single glance

Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer This is a watch that will undoubtedly capture the imagination of both globe-trotters and watch aficionados alike. With travel at the heart of this illustrious watch firm’s history, this is a fitting timepiece to pay tribute to that legacy. A watch for the seasoned traveller, the design reflects a passion for exploration that dates back to Baume & Mercier’s origins. From inception, Frères Baume was an adventurous company, quickly expanding from Switzerland through the British Empire from India

to Singapore and Africa to Australia. The Capeland Worldtimer builds on the notion of journeying far and wide, with its exceptional complication that shows, at a glance, the time in 24 cities chosen to represent the times zones of the world. Available in 18-carat red gold or polished satin-brushed steel, this watch delivers exceptional performance while the timepiece connoisseur will undoubtedly appreciate the self-winding mechanical movement that can be viewed through the sapphire caseback. The classic pebble-shaped case lends a vintage feel.




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W H E R E T O B U Y: Montblanc: The Dubai Mall, 04 4340300 Baume & Mercier: The Dubai Mall, 04 3398880 A. Lange & Söhne: The Dubai Mall, 04 3253923 Ebel: Mall of the Emirates, 04 3411661 Jaeger -LeCoultre: The Dubai Mall, 04 3398769



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Especially for you It’s the time of year when attention turns to festive offerings and if you’re after a little treasure that will stand the test of time, these gems could be just what you’re looking for Words by


When it comes to describing fine jewellery and accessories, the words ‘unique’ and ‘rare’ are frequently used but in today’s competitive market, it takes more than a few well chosen adjectives to stand out from the crowd. In a bid to bring back a more exclusive element to haute jewellery, a number of brands have upped the ante when it comes to creating bespoke pieces. Jewellery personalisation has come a long way since the start of traditional engraving. Now, thanks to continual developments in jewellery making, customers are beginning to find the only restrictions lie in their own imagination. With a thriving jewellery trade and an abundance of high-end shopping experiences, Dubai is the perfect playground to test out just how far the industry has come. Whether buying with the heart or the head, Concierge rounds up several brands that have raised the bar for the unique.



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With links to Russian royalty, service to the Romanov dynasty and a legacy entrenched in the opulence of an era gone by, Fabergé has, with the exception of one brief period, remained one of the most well-known names in the jewellery world. As part of Fabergé’s spectacular return to the limelight, its recent launch in the Middle East has seen the region’s love affair with the brand rekindled. Among the collections brought back to life are the Zenaide egg locket pendants. Embodying the elegance of Fabergé’s legendary Imperial Easter Eggs, the lockets are named after Princess Zénaïde Yusupov and can be found in a

capsule collection featuring three stunning designs. At 28 millimetres, the pendants take inspiration from Uzbek textiles, with graphic detailing that includes the brand’s iconic zig-zag line motif, rhythmic designs and dainty floral emblems. Each design is interspersed with a palette of rubies, emeralds or sapphires set against white gold and round white diamonds. However, those eager to add their own ending to this famed fable can experiment with a number of colour combinations and choice of precious stones.


Fabergé, available at Damas, The Dubai Mall 04 3398846



1 Fabergé Zenaide Ruby Egg Pendant 2 Fabergé Zenaide Emerald Egg Pendant 3, 4 & 5 Aliel Jewellers



Championing itself as the jeweller of choice to connoisseurs, Aliel creates one-off pieces that best show the brand’s dedication to innovation and craftsmanship. Founded by Mohammed Ali, a fine jewellery specialist who began in the industry by working with jewellery house Khalil Al-Sayegh, Aliel has caught the eye of the international set largely due to its specially crafted, individually commissioned pieces. Ali is of the belief that no two people are the same and their jewellery should reflect this, making Aliel a haven for those who seek to put their own personal stamp on a purchase. Greatly inspired by the beauty of nature, Aliel’s designs marry ancient crafting traditions with fine materials and the latest in cutting-edge technology. In addition to

offering a service that allows customers to redesign an existing accessory or perhaps modernise a vintage piece that holds sentimental value, visitors to the boutique are also able to bring in their own gems and work with Aliel’s team of designers to create something truly exclusive. Even more exciting, though, is the prospect of conceptualising an original idea. Clients are able to pick from a selection of precious stones that have each been specially procured by highly trained gemologists across the globe. The concept then materialises through a series of sketches and production at Aliel’s own factories, before the exquisite piece is presented. Aliel, Dubai Gate Village 04 3231113



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The Reverso was destined to be far more than a sports watch. The potential to personalise its distinctive metal caseback has led, over the years, to a veritable archive of sentiments, parting words and special engravings

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Boasting brand ambassadors than include Clive Owen and Diane Kruger as well as celebrity fans that stretch from Meryl Streep to Jenson Button, it’s clear Jaeger-LeCoultre possesses both classic and contemporary aesthetics that appeal to a global audience. Of the many pieces to capture the hearts of its fans, the Reverso is one of the Swiss brand’s most recongisable collections. Dating back to 1931, the first Reverso watch was born from the desire of British colonials in India to own a timepiece that could withstand the strains of a polo match while still looking elegant. Yet, right from the offset the Reverso was destined to be far more than a sports watch.

The potential to personalise its distinctive metal caseback or casefront has led, over the years, to a veritable archive of sentiments, parting words and special engravings. Additionally, since the timepiece’s 80th anniversary in 2011, alongside a range of bold new typefaces, Jaeger-LeCoultre has added numerous ways to customise the watch to its portfolio. From outlines of individual countries to intricate drawings and motifs, the brand is able to reproduce personal digital imprints and enamelling, while further embellishing designs with an array of vibrant gems. Jaeger-LeCoultre, The Dubai Mall 04 3398769


Van Cleef & Arpels Formed in 1906 and revered in the horology and jewellery industry for its pioneering spirit, Van Cleef & Arpels considers enabling its customers to realise their design dreams an imperative part of the brand’s philosophy. Art on Dial is one such tool that allows the wearer to reflect his or her personality or indeed that of someone close. The process starts with a detailed briefing with skilled Van Cleef & Arpels’ designers to help them fully understand the wearer’s vision, stylistic tastes and the desired end result. Once this has been visualised through a set of gouache drawings, the materials and movements can be selected, as well as any engravings before the piece is hand made. To truly appreciate the complex process of watchmaking, Van Cleef & Arpels attempts to involve the customer as much as possible so they may immerse themselves in the art and secrets of this time-honoured tradition. Overall, it becomes a highly pleasurable experience for both the person purchasing the timepiece and its lucky recipient. 9

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Designer jewels have long gone hand in hand with Hollywood. Earlier this year, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher were among the The Great Gatsby stars to don a range of bespoke art deco-style creations made especially for the film by luxury jewellery house Tiffany & Co. The brand has a longstanding affiliation with Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading ladies and famously counts â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s actress Audrey Hepburn among its early ambassadors. Other actresses of the day had similar ties with leading jewellery houses, most notably Elizabeth Taylor, whose large Bulgari collection was recently bought back by the brand for a vast sum. As the 10th annual Dubai International Film Festival prepares to open on December 6, Concierge explores brand affiliations with movies and their glamorous protagonists both on and off our screens.



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Whether featured in movies, inspired by stars or worn by celebrities, jewellery lights up the screen and dazzles in a way that only an association with fame and fortune can. Film appearances can have profound affects on brands and even help shape identities. This is perhaps best demonstrated by the representation of Tiffany & Co. in Hollywood classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn’s performance as eccentric Holly Golightly cemented the brand’s position in Hollywood and has continued to enhance the image ever since. The luxury jeweller recently celebrated the relationship between fashion and film through a display of its most famous pieces, some of which were brought to the UAE earlier this year. “Hollywood and film continue to play a significant role in setting trends for style and glamour and the heritage collection helps to convey Tiffany & Co.’s long-standing links with these industries,” said Linda Buckley, vice president of international public relations. Tiffany & Co. designers turned to old sketches and models housed in the




brand’s heritage collection to create the elaborate, diamond-studded pieces worn by actresses in The Great Gatsby and available as part of a jazz age-inspired range called The Great Gatsby Collection. “The jewellery symbolises the story’s themes of wealth and privilege and we approached its design with the utmost style and luxury in mind,” said Jon King, executive vice president of Tiffany & Co. Costume designer, Catherine Martin adds that having such exquisite jewellery pieces adds to the characters’


“Tiffany & Co. is by no means alone in using high-profile films as a vehicle to display and publicise its designs”



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Collection headband Chopard Happy Spirit earrings Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld Collection necklaces Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld Collection lighter Naomi Watts in Diana wearing Chopard Tiffany & Co. The Great Gatsby Collection bracelet

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visual development and helps immerse the actors in the world of the person they are portraying. Tiffany & Co. is by no means alone in using highprofile films as a vehicle to display and publicise its designs. With the release of almost every hit movie, major brands vie for a slice of the star-studded action. In September this year, the long-awaited premiere of Diana was aired featuring the actress Naomi Watts as the late Princess Diana dripping in Chopard jewellery during key scenes. The Swiss-based luxury watch and jewellery company produced exact replicas of the highly coveted royal Windsor collection for the movie, including tiaras, diamond necklaces, ruby bracelets and the Princess of Wales’ sapphire engagement ring, the original of which is now worn by The Duchess of Cambridge. Another brand appreciating the allure of the silver screen is Van Cleef & Arpels. The luxury jeweller recently provided stunning pieces for the royal characters in two impressive film titles: Mirror Mirror and The King’s Speech. In Mirror Mirror, Lily Collins and Julia Roberts, who play Snow White and the Queen, respectively, wore a grand platinum tiara featuring 77.34 carats of round, pear-shaped and marquise-cut diamonds. Meanwhile, in The King’s Speech, the Duchess of Windsor is seen commissioning the renowned Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace, a piece that marked a major moment in the brand’s history.



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It’s not only women’s luxury accessories that attract big name brands. Dunhill has been linked with the James Bond film series for many years, providing accessories such as cufflinks in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies and a lighter in the 1989 movie Licence to Kill. Luxury crystal brand Swarovski also collaborated with the series by creating a Skyfall collection of four pieces inspired by the movie, worn on screen by Bond girl Severine, played by Bérénice Marlohe. The same items were available to buy in store. This December will bring another Hollywood and haute jewellery house collaboration when Nicole Kidman takes to the screen in Cartier jewels to play Grace, Princess of Monaco. Grace Kelly first entered the public arena as an actress and style icon, known for her passion for Parisian






7 Heat Seeker earrings, Swarovski 8 Cartier Grace of Monaco Poodle Brooch 9 Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco earrings 10 Swarovski Queen Cobra pendant 11 Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco bracelet 12 Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace 13 Carey Mulligan wears Tiffany & Co. jewels in The Great Gatsby



jewellery. Her favourite brand was Cartier and her husband, Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, gave her many custom-made pieces throughout their marriage, including her 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring. As such, Cartier was the natural partner for this film project and the brand created exact reproductions of Kelly’s favourite Cartier pieces worn by Kidman throughout the biopic. Rather than creating jewellery to be worn on screen, some brands take a dif ferent route and forge a link with Hollywood by paying tribute to stars through limited edition collections. To this day Grace, Princess of Monaco continues to be a muse. Last year, Montblanc unveiled a tribute to the late princess with the Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco, a range of jewellery, watches and writing implements. Montblanc creative director, Carlo Giordanetti, revealed that this capsule collection was actually the idea of Kelly’s son, Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco and the pair worked together to design each piece.



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Similarly, last year S.T. Dupont launched the Night Symphony collection inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart to mark the brand’s 140th anniversary. Explaining the brand’s choice to represent such an important occasion, Alain Crevet, President of S.T. Dupont, said: “I wanted something very special. At Mr Dupont’s house I found a big book of orders following all of the major clients from the 19th and 20th centuries. There were a lot of other celebrities but I think Audrey was the most amazing.” The collection, which features lighters, writing inplements, cufflinks and bags, coincided with the 60th anniversary of the release of Hepburn’s hit movie Roman Holiday and the 20th year since the actress’ passing. One silver screen heroine with a particularly famous love of high jewellery was Elizabeth Taylor. Her collection was vast, encompassing a wide range of Serpenti bracelets, dazzling chains of pearls and, of course, the magnificent green emerald necklace given to her by Richard Burton, her fifth and seventh husband. So great was the actress’ influence in her heyday that photographer Gianni Bozzacchi revealed on the set of Ash Wednesday in 1973: “Elizabeth needed something more and she asked for Bulgari pearls. Gianni Bulgari delivered them personally.” This led to the famous photo of the actress gazing out from behind a string of pearls held across her face and in return gave Bulgari huge exposure.




14, 15 & 17 Bulgari necklace, broach and ring purchased back by the brand from Elizabeth Taylor’s collection 16 Bulgari Serpenti bracelet 18 Elizabeth Taylor wearing Bulgari

“The value of iconic shots like this is immeasurable for brands, who will send statement pieces to actresses ahead of premiers in the hopes of seeing them on the red carpet ”


The value of iconic shots like this is immeasurable for brands, who will send statement pieces to actresses ahead of premiers in the hopes of seeing them on the red carpet. In 2011, as a celebration of this relationship, Bulgari spent around US$20 million buying back pieces that it had sold to Taylor in the ’60s and ’70s in order to put together an exhibition that toured the world, including a stop in Abu Dhabi. At the Venice Film Festival in August, Bulgari launched the Diva collection – a range of over 200 gem-studded creations inspired by movie-star fans of the brand such as Sophia Loren, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor. The collection draws on the parallels between film and fashion with high-jewellery pieces inspired by some of the famous women that have patronised the brand over the years. Calling on leading ladies from the Hollywood golden age and referencing the films they starred in, the collection calls to mind this era of glamour and stardom, reminding us of the enduring bond between iconic actresses and the wolrd’s leading jewellery houses. As Carla Bruni, the face of the campaign, said: “An item of jewellery is not like any other object. It is more intimate than anything else. From the simplest of rings to the most sophisticated necklace, an item of jewellery always has a personal story to tell.”



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Raising the flag As the UAE flag flies proudly each National Day, it carries with it the dreams of a country and the teenage boy whose winning design now adorns the patriotic pennant Words by


A symbol of national and cultural identity, the UAE flag flies proudly above government buildings, hotels and homes across the country, a witness to the birth and development of the nation. Yet its fascinating history is the story of an Emirati boy who rose to become a UAE ambassador. In a non-traditional move in 1971 the ruler’s office in Abu Dhabi decided to launch a newspaper competition to design the UAE flag. The nation responded and the office received over 1,000 proposed designs. Just six were shortlisted. The winning entry was submitted by teenager HE Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah and was one of several options the enthusiastic 19-year-old submitted. “Drawing had been a hobby of mine since an early age. I decided to take part in the competition at the last minute. The idea to participate was the realisation of a dream to design the official logo of our newly founded state, following a talk by the rulers of the Emirates, led by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” says Al Maainah. “I submitted six designs in the first phase, one of which was chosen to be presented to the Supreme Council of the Federation for the final decision.



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“I cannot describe the feeling of joy and pride I felt at the time. I saw the flag that I had designed raised by the hands of HH Sheikh Zayed and HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and other members of the Supreme Council. The joy was twofold that day, as a citizen of the union and because God blessed me with this great honour,” recalls Al Maainah. That ambitious young teen has now risen to become the UAE ambassador to Chile, following on from the success of his winning design, which earned him a 4,000-riyal prize in the days before the dirham existed. His E-shaped design uses four colours – red, green, white and black – with the red the vertical backbone of the ‘E’ and the corresponding horizontal strips descending in green, white and black.

1 UAE flag flies on Dubai Creek abra 2 & 3 National Day celebrations


“The UAe flag is the symbol of an independent country and of the state’s sovereignty and dignity. it is a companion in the daily life of all UAe citizens and residents. it is a mark of security, peace, joy and happiness”

“The colours of the UAE flag were inspired by the colours of flags and brigades used since the time of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him). The Umayyad and the Abbasid flags were black and the Fatimid state flag was green, with red featuring in the flag of the Ottoman Empire. Red and white were also commonly used in each of the seven emirates’ flags before the union was formed. “The UAE flag is the symbol of an independent country and of the state’s sovereignty and dignity. It is a companion in the daily life of all UAE citizens and residents. It is a mark of security, peace, joy and happiness in national achievements from religious holidays to social and sporting events,” says Al Maainah. The UAE will be awash with red, green, white and black on December 2 as the country celebrates National Day. This year marks the 42nd annual celebration of the


F ly i n g t h e F l a g Union House in Dubai is home to one of the city’s best-known landmarks and one of the world’s largest flagpoles (122 metres) and flags (40 metres by 20 metres). Abu Dhabi also has one of the world’s largest flagpoles at the Breakwater area of the city with a 30-metre by 15-metre flag and 123-metre tall flagpole. In 2012, as part of the 41st National Day celebrations, the emirate of Sharjah inaugurated Flag Island by raising a 123-metre flagpole – the seventh highest in the world. The current Guinness World Record for the largest flag flown from a flagpole was a 34.3-metre by 60-metre


Mexican national flag in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, on December 2, 2011. The current Guinness World Record for the tallest unsupported flagpole goes to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Measuring 165 metres in height, it was erected by US-based flag company Trident Support on May 24, 2011. The current Guinness World Record holder for the largest draped flag draped belongs to Ashraf Makarem of Lebanon (2010), with the flag covering an area of 65,975 square metres, measuring 325 metres by 203 metres and weighing in at six tonnes.

formation of Dawlat al Imarat al Arabiyya al Muttahida – the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Originally mooted as the Union of Arab Emirates, with Bahrain and Qatar also invited to join the proposed union but opting for independent statehood instead, the seven Trucial States (or sheikhdoms) joined forces to form the UAE in 1971. On December 2, the federation was formalised during a ceremony at Union House in Dubai, in the presence of the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. Two months later Ras Al Khaimah, the seventh emirate, joined the federation, completing the unification of the newly formed country.



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Today, National Day celebrations are a highly anticipated annual opportunity for Emiratis to proudly share their love for their homeland, with the country a riot of colour and festivities during the public holiday and the national flag a focal point.


Patriotism by design The National Day holiday also means increased demand for UAE f lags of all shapes and sizes. “With 15 years’ experience in flag making we are pretty much able to predict demand and so we gear up for National Day by making sure we have up to 75 percent of the required quantities of readymade flags in stock, in all major sizes,” says Manoj K, sales manager for Sharjah-based Traditions Trading. “We receive a lot of custom orders and we can turn these around in one week, including large-scale f lags. We always get last minute requests and will even be delivering on December 2 itself,” he adds. Traditions Trading supplies flags as small as 20 centimetres by 30 centimetres for tabletop display up to gigantic 30-metre by 40-metre flags, as well as flagpoles. 6


Flag etiquette

4 UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan 5 Children in traditional dress on uae national day 6 & 7 National Day celebrations

The Protocol School of Washington conducts annual training sessions for protocol managers in the UAE and the intensive course includes a section dedicated to flag etiquette and handling, while the Protocol DepartmentDubai also provides guidelines on flag usage. WHAT TO DO

When flags of two or more nations are flown together, neither can be higher than the other. The host nation’s flag is usually to the right (on the the observer’s left), but in the UAE the guest country gets the position of honour. When flying a flag at night, the flag should be illuminated. When flying all the flags of the GCC countries together, the ranking is alphabetically in Arabic: GCC, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

“We are a government-approved supplier and work with a lot of five-star hotels, including the Jumeirah Group, Hilton and TDIC in Abu Dhabi, as well as universities and municipalities,” he says. With two local factories, Traditions Trading started production for the UAE National Day flags several months ago. The choice of material is also important. For large-scale flags, parachute fabric or micro-polyester from Korea is extremely hardwearing, while smaller decorative flags are available in woven polyester, taffeta or satin. Traditions Trading both imports material and produces flag fabric locally, working with a team of skilled flagmakers, all with more than a decade of experience. “We pull out all of the stops for National Day to do the day and the flags justice,” says Manoj.

The UAE flag can be flown in vertical position, but the red strip must be on top with the green strip leading the three bands from the right. When flying the presidential flag, the coat of arms of the UAE must be used in the centre of the white coloured band. The national flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously but also hoisted first and lowered last when used at official occasions. WHAT NOT TO DO

The colours of the UAE flag should not be used to paint houses, presented upside down or used for decorative purposes on cakes. The UAE flag should never be placed on the floor or feature any logo, drawing or additional design. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.




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Stroke of genius Centuries of expertise have been handed down the generations to preserve the ancient art of calligraphy. Concierge explores the roots of this treasured tradition If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching a calligrapher at work, you will have gained an insight into the serenity of this ancient art form. It is both a peaceful and thoughtful endeavour as the artist contemplates each inky black stroke to create wonderful works of art. The word ‘calligraphy’ originates from the Greek meaning ‘beautiful writing’, elevating the written word to so much more than a functional activity. Calligraphy comes in a variety of forms from west to east incorporating Arabic styles that date as far back as 2000BCE with early examples found in cave paintings. Long before the printing press, calligraphy was used to form early publications, painstakingly created by etching ink onto parchment by quill. Some of the finest calligraphy appears on formal documentation and legal decrees, while the script adorns a wide range of material from early earthenware to building interiors. Nowadays, these unique handwriting styles are works of fine art in their own right. It takes decades of practise to become a calligrapher and for UAE artist Majid Alyousef, it is a lifelong passion. “I started at a very young age, he says. “I remember the first time I used a calligraphy pen and tried to work on the alphabet when I was eight years old. It is an ongoing process like all other arts – you keep learning over the years. I started with the traditional method developed by master calligraphers and worked out my way later on. I did not have a mentor, so I had to come up with my own training and learning solutions, while at the same time focusing on mastering the most difficult classical calligraphy styles.”



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In the Arab world, calligraphy occupies a special space because it developed alongside Islam and was used to document the Qur’an

Majid experiments with more modern styles of calligraphy, but recommends that any learner start out with the classical types. “Most calligraphers, especially beginners, like modern styles that look good, but are not extremely difficult to master. Young artists tend to learn them to make pieces in a short time with a lot of creative flexibility. Classical calligraphy is difficult, but to be really good, in any modern style, you have to start with the classics to understand the basic rules of aesthetics and then develop your own style.” In the Arab world, calligraphy occupies a special space because it developed alongside Islam and was used to document the Qur’an. Arabic Script Calligraphy, more commonly known as Islamic Calligraphy, encompasses all works by Muslim practitioners of the craft from Morocco to China. Beautiful examples of this special script can be seen throughout the UAE, particularly on mosque ceilings, in interior design and in advertising and corporate branding. Traditionally, Islamic Calligraphy is drawn using a carved reed pen and there are several styles within the genre, each with distinct shapes and characteristics. Mastering Islamic Calligraphy clearly means mastering the Arabic alphabet, which is a script of 28 letters distinguished

1 Calligrapher Majid Alyousef at work (previous page) 2 Thuluth style 3 & 4 Calligraphy tools



by a dot or dots placed above or below the letter. There are around 20 different types of Islamic Calligraphy though not all are still in regular use. The three main styles are Kufic, Naskh and Thuluth. Kufic is a geometric style characterised by horizontal, sharp lines. It was originally developed for writing on stone and used in early religious texts because of its formal style, but has now all but disappeared. Naskh is a more cursive calligraphy style that appeared in the 10 th century and replaced geometric variants such as Kufic as it was easier to both read and write. The style is distinct with neat and compact letters which lean slightly to the left. It is the most widespread of scripts in Islamic Calligraphy used in Qur’ans, official documentation and is the most common font in printed Arabic today. The third style is Thuluth where one-third of each letter slopes. Large and elegant, Thuluth was used in medieval times in mosque decorations and is still in use today, often written in conjunction with Naskh and seen most often in deeds and architectural inscriptions.

Distinct from these formal styles, the 17th century brought a more pictorial form of Islamic Calligraphy known as Calligrams. A word, phrase or poem is written in a specific order to create an image that also represents the word’s meaning. Common Calligrams include swords, mosques, ships and praying men. These unique scripts are traditionally seen on the fringes of pure Islamic Calligraphy and as such aren’t exhibited in mosques,




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but can still be seen today in modern corporate logos. Aside from the three main styles, Diwani is also prevalent and is a prized style among the art world. With two variants, this cursive style is sweeping and intertwined. Riq’a Diwani style can be identified by its curved lettering but little decoration compared to the more elaborate Diwani Jali variation. Majid, originally from Saudi Arabia, but moved to Dubai 11 years ago, favours the traditional Thuluth form. He says: “Thuluth is the style I practise most. It is also the most difficult to learn and most prestigious form of calligraphy. It took me several years to master it.” Based at his Dubai workshop, Majid uses traditional tools such as reed and bamboo pens, inks and handmade paper. For more experimental work, he turns to canvas and acrylic. For most calligraphers, the qalam reed pen is favoured over metal-tipped pens due to the f lexibility provided by the reeds. The ink of choice is often black and made from soot, dissolved gum and water poured into a small inkwell lined with raw silk fibres. By absorbing the liquid, the fibres allow the pen to lift the ink in smaller amounts, avoiding blotting.

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For important manuscripts such as the Qur’an, vibrant red and gold colours are used. The calligrapher’s original canvas was papyrus made from fresh-water reeds or parchment derived from animal skin. This changed in the 10 th century when paper was introduced in the Middle East that was cheaper to produce. Before beginning work, a calligrapher usually dyes the paper cream or tan which doesn’t fade as fast as white before using a tool to smooth the surface in preparation for the ink. Depending on the size and detail

involved in a piece, it can take anything from a week to several months to complete a specific work with prices also varying. Majid explains: “Prices are hard to estimate as each art piece has its own specifications. The size, material and complication of the piece have to be taken into account. Exclusivity also plays a large role in deciding the final price. It may be a few thousand or tens of thousands of dirhams in some cases.” Learning to read these elegant scripts can take years and is a challenging yet rewarding enterprise. Experts recommend taking the time to try and recognise whole words first and then practise reading shapes and lines – remembering to read from right to left. With a number of workshops in Dubai now offering calligraphy classes, there are plenty of opportunities to learn. Majid, who has had exhibitions in the UAE and abroad, hopes the calligraphy scene in the UAE will grow. He says: “It is promising, there is a lot of investment in the exhibitions and events. With specialised and practising calligraphers leading the way, the future of calligraphy in this country could be very bright.”



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With its soaring skscrapes and cutting-edge developments, the UAE has gained a reputation for distinctive architectural designs

Home to some of the most talked-about structures on the planet, the UAE is no stranger to eminent architecture. In recent years, the addition of numerous record-breaking buildings to the property portfolios of Abu Dhabi and Dubai has attracted widespread attention from international onlookers, who have been eager to join in the dialogue on the country’s limitless structural ambitions. One of the most widely discussed was Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, a project that proposed to create the world’s largest manmade island and set new standards for maritime engineering in doing so. Billed as the eighth wonder of the world, the palm tree-shaped development was to be visible from space and serve, among other things, as a prominent symbol of the emirate’s success.

1 Palm Jumeirah, Dubai 2 Skyscrapers along Sheikh Zayed Road 3 Artist’s impression of The Louvre Abu Dhabi 4 Minaret from Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 5 Traditional wind tower

Delays during construction fuelled controversy surrounding the project, which some felt was simply unfeasible. However, in 2006, UAE developer Nakheel announced the handover of the first residential units and today Palm Jumeirah is one of the most sought-after addresses in Dubai, home to numerous five-star hotels and resorts, not to mention some of the city’s most luxurious residences. The ultimate success of the Palm Jumeirah project fuelled the emirate’s appetite

for pioneering construction and in 2008 Dubai completed another ground-breaking development, The World. Also visible from space, this artificial archipelago sits 4.5 kilometres off Dubai’s coast and consists of 300 islands that have been reclaimed from surrounding sea beds. Further along the coast other, even larger palm-shaped islands are under construction while an hour’s drive away in Abu Dhabi, the purpose-built Yas Island is a major magnet for visitors and residents.




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Here, many of the city’s top attractions are also some of its most intriguing structural feats. There’s Ferrari World Abu Dhabi where the vast red roof covers the largest indoor theme park on the planet and Yas Marina Circuit, home to the striking Yas Viceroy, which sits astride the race track at the base of the longest straight in Formula 1. With the main island of Abu Dhabi reaching construction capacity, the UAE capital is increasingly turning its attention to both the natural and manmade islands clustered around its coast. A number of these, including Al Maryah Island and Saadiyat Island have been earmarked for development as part of a multi-tiered expansion plan that will see Abu Dhabi metamorphose into a global capital by the year 2030. Visitors to the UAE capital can look on as the programme unfolds across the city leaving a trail of impressive structures in its wake. Already, the capital’s new heart of business and commerce on Al Maryah Island is visible, where the sleek Rosewood Abu Dhabi tower rises up over The Galleria, Abu Dhabi’s vast new luxury mall. Nearby, on Saadiyat Island, work is underway on the new Cultural District which will house some of the capital’s most visually compelling structures. The new museums, which include Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum, represent a major step in the capital’s plans to establish itself as an international hub



Woven into the fabric of many towering skyscrapers, luxury resorts and contemporary structures across these cities are gestures that remind onlookers of the country’s culture

for art and education. The impressive structures, each of which has been designed by a world-renowned architect, will provide a focal point for visitors coming from all over the world to experience the Saadiyat Cultural District. Visitors and residents are already looking forward to the 2015 launch of Louvre Abu Dhabi, which has been designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel. Artist impressions reveal a beautiful, futuristic edifice with a vast domed roof where a geometric lace effect allows the ever-shining sun to stream through, creating a spectacular dappling effect on the white walls and floors inside. Nouvel took inspiration for this from the traditional barasti homes that lined these shores back when Abu Dhabi was little more than a simple fishing village. Bedouin settlers constructing basic dwellings made use of the few resources available to them back then, fashioning makeshift roofs from interlaced palm leaves. The atmospheric dappling effect has been recreated on a grand scale by Nouvel for the new landmark – one of many contemporary UAE structures that bear subtle reminders of simpler times. At first glance, both Dubai and Abu Dhabi appear to be progressively modern cities with few vestiges of the past to speak for traditional ways of life, but a closer inspection of the details reveals otherwise. Woven into the


fabric of many towering skyscrapers, luxury resorts and contemporary structures across these cities are gestures that remind onlookers of the country’s culture and heritage. Wind towers, calligraphy patterns, minarets and many other architectural idiosyncracies are everywhere in the UAE, reminding visitors and residents that, though the cities are new and the buildings modern, the land on which they have placed their foundations and the culture of its people reaches back centuries. Concierge explores this link between the modern city and the ancient land overleaf in this month’s photo essay.


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In the detail There's more to the UAE than first meets the eye. Concierge photographer Adham Sneeh presents a gallery of cutting-edge design details that provide a fascinating insight into the country's architectural landscape


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One of the best ways to fully appreciate the pioneering design of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa is by visiting at night when its intricate detailing stands out. The structure, which dominates the city's skyline, is an icon for the region. At over 828 metres and more than 160 storeys high, the tower holds a slew of records, however its true magnificence lies in the carefully considered design features


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The name, Almas Tower, means diamond â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a shape reflected in the distinctive base of this striking structure. Upon completion in 2008, the 68-storey building became the tallest in Dubai until it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa in 2010

Drawing on Arabian themes from across the region, the base of Burj Khalifa takes the shape of a hymenocallis desert flower while its core incorporates build elements particular to the Middle East such as the spiral minaret â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a feature found in mosques and other traditional structures in the UAE and beyond


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Standing at 355-metres tall, Jumeirah Emirates Towers is not only a stunning example of interconnected architecture but a major component of any view of Dubai's skyline. A striking jigsaw-puzzle effect is created by the indentations of each perfectly matched sister tower. The space is further enhanced by the presence of the five-star Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel and adjoining designer shopping boulevard

The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab is one of the most recognisable Dubai sights. Inside, the luxurious hotel's magnificent 180-metre atrium features aqua hues and gleaming golden arches that rise to form a colourful ceiling. The unusual atrium links the building's 'sail' with two 'wings' spread in a V to form a vast mast

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Another take on the twisting-tower theme can be found in Dubai where the 80-storey Cayan Tower spirals up towards the sky. The residential building, which opened earlier this year, was designed by the same team behind Burj Khalifa and Chicago's Trump Tower. It complements well the distinctive collection of skyscrapers lining Dubai Marina

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Another example of pioneering engineering in the UAE capital is the Capital Gate building. Known for being the furthest-leaning madmade tower on the planet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; its incline is an impressive four degrees more than Italy's famous Tower of Pisa - the structre is one of several in Abu Dhabi to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records. Inside, the Hyatt Capital Gate occupies floors 18 to 33 and adds a luxurious touch to this iconic edifice

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Many of the UAE's modern structures recall centuries of culture and tradition in their design. Emirates Palace (pictured left), the capital's landmark luxury hotel, features a number of the region's traditional architectural styles in the Arabesque motifs and ornate gold finishing that adorn its interior. Other structures in the city take inspiration from the local landscape such as the 842-metre-long Sheikh Zayed Bridge (below) which echoes the undulating sand dunes of the desert

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As Abu Dhabi forges ahead with its ambitious development plans, the city is shaping up to be a centre for innovative architecture in the region. Cutting-edge designs such as the perfectly circular Aldar HQ building display the city's determination to impress the outside world with its structural feats. The distinctive building was voted Best Futuristic Design by The Building Exchange Conference in Spain. Its shape is achieved through the use of a diagonal grid of steel

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Secret garden Get back to nature and unwind in the lush green surroundings of Dubai Creek Park Lining the shores of Dubai Creek in the heart of the city’s historic quarter, is Dubai Creek Park. This verdant oasis offers a peaceful retreat from the fast pace of the city and is a much-loved destination for families who flock to its green spaces at the weekend and in the evenings. One of the city’s oldest parks, it benefits from a cool breeze which blows in

Arrive by boat for a novel way to reach the park. Berths located at several entrances host boats bringing visitors fresh from a creek cruise

from the creek. Winding paths are peppered by a great swathe of landscaped greenery where rare birds nest among the trees. More than 80 types of foilage have been planted here, alongside expansive lawns. There are also lush mazes and a nature trail to discover as well as designated barbecue areas and children’s playgrounds. A running stream flows among various trees through escalating curves and slopes. In addition to the gardens,

fountains and a sundial sculpture add to the ambience. The park, which opened in 1994, is popular with cyclists who can rent bikes to explore the sprawling space. Arrive by boat for a novel way to reach the park. Berths located at several entrances host boats bringing visitors fresh from a creek cruise. For a new view of the city, take a ride on the cable car which transports passengers high above the park to offer magnificent views of the creek and beyond. The engaging journey lasts 30 minutes over a route of 2.3 kilometres and offers vistas stretching for miles and a glimpse of old and new Dubai. Dubai Dolphinarium is also located at Dubai Creek Park. One of the city’s bestloved attractions, the venue boasts amazing daily dolphin and seal shows and the chance to swim with dolphins. With attractions also including a mirror maze and laser light show, Dubai Dolphinarium is a fun activity for all the family. For those simply looking to unwind in the park’s pleasant surroundings, there is a café and plenty of picturesque spots to enjoy a picnic. A paved walkway along the shore of the creek presents an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in this historic quarter. A return visit at night is well worth it to see trees illuminated, creating a pretty evening scene.



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Ladies’club The stage is set for Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 2013, a stunning showcase of international golfing talent

One of the most anticipated events on the golfing calendar, the prestigious Omega Dubai Ladies Masters not only reaffirms the city’s credentials as one of the world’s top destinations for golf but also the prominence of women in the sport. The competition’s launch in 2006 marked the first full Ladies European Tour (LET) event played in the Middle East. With a prize purse of EUR500,000 and the winner taking home EUR75,000, the contest, which is this year held from December 1 to 7, marks the season end of the LET and attracts thousands of spectators to watch the stars of the sport battle it out at one of the city’s best venues, Emirates Golf Club. The exciting contest is sponsored by luxury watch brand Omega and delivers an action-packed schedule. Last year’s winner, Shanshan Feng, an Omega brand ambassador, made history with her sensational triumph, recording the lowest 74-hole score of 21-under to beat the previous best of 18-under, jointly held by Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam and South Korea’s In Kyung Kim. “This tournament is a major on the Ladies European Tour and I’d always heard that it’s very good. Finally, I got a chance to play. I like the course and I think I handled the pressure pretty well,” says Shanshan Feng, current world number six from China. The event is held under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.



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Talent tees off As Shanshan Feng returns to defend her Omega Dubai Ladies Masters title, she is joined by world number three Stacy Lewis and a host of golfing greats such as Laura Davies, Pornanong Phatlum, Cheyenne Woods and Lexi Thompson, all set to tee off to make this year’s edition another thrilling slice of golfing action. All eyes will undoubtedly be on Feng as she aims to deliver another triumphant performance. The star began playing golf at 10 years old as her father worked for the golf association in her home city of Guangzhou, China. She went on to become the first full-exempt player from China to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour (LPGA) and in the years since, has emerged

as one of its fiercest competitors. Feng won the LPGA Championship in 2012, making her the first Chinese golfer to win a major golfing tournament. The victory sealed her place among the top-ranked women golfers and she is currently seeded sixth in the world. Speaking of her performance last year, Feng says: “I kind of lost my confidence after three and a half years, because I had some chances before but I let them go. Finally last year, because I actually made birdie into the final hole, I said to myself, if I don’t get a shank, I’m going to win this tournament. So after that, I got the feeling back.” Making her Omega Dubai Ladies Masters debut is American golfing star Stacy Lewis. Diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11, a



1 Emirates Golf Club 2 Stacy Lewis 3 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 2012

World number three Stacy Lewis and a host of golfing greats such as Laura Davies, Pornanong Phatlum, Cheyenne Woods and Lexi Thompson, are set to tee off to make this year’s edition another thrilling slice of golfing action


disease which causes curvature of the spine, Lewis wore a back brace for seven-and-a-half years. Her passion for golf, however, never waned and in March 2013, the determined sportswoman earned a four-week run as world number one. An Omega brand ambassador, Lewis also won her second major on the LPGA Tour earlier this year at the Women’s British Open at St Andrews in Scotland. “This will be my first visit to Dubai, but I have heard many good things about the city from fellow professionals and know the tournament attracts a very strong field each year. With all those top LPGA and LET players in the field, it will be fun to play in Dubai,” says Lewis. Fellow American golfing great Lexi Thompson started her international career early and by the age of 12, was the youngest golfer to qualify to play in the US Women’s Open. At 15 years old, Thompson turned professional and set a new record the following year as the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA tournament, winning the



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Navistar LPGA Classic. Three months later, she became the second youngest winner of a Ladies European Tour event, winning the Dubai Ladies Masters by four strokes in December 2011 and she returns this year in a determined bid to repeat her success.


An exclusive club A major draw for international talent is the outstanding facilities on offer at Emirates Golf Club. The world-class venue also hosts the PGA European Tour-sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic each year and boasts two of the city’s finest courses: the Majlis and Faldo. There is also a nine-hole, par-three course and golf academy which sit alongside a variety of restaurants, bars, a gymnasium and tropical swimming pool – all set in stunning grounds.

Recently ranked among the world’s top 100 golf courses, as the club’s flagship championship course, the Majlis is perfectly suited to host a contest of this stature. A challenging par-72, 7,301-yard layout, the green was designed by Florida-based course architect Karl Litten. The original 18 holes were built in and around the dunes of a site donated by HH Sheikh Maktoum. To honour his wishes, the naturally occurring desert flora and fauna has been maintained throughout this magnificent course. Verdant fairways are interspersed by seven fresh and saltwater lakes. Since its inception in 1988, the picturesque course has earned a reputation worldwide as a challenging destination for professional golfers.



4 Shanshan Feng with HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein in 2012 5 & 6 Emirates Golf Club 7 Lexi Thompson

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Screen time From pioneering journalists to soldiers-turned-directors, Dubai international Film Festival provides an important platform for some of cinemaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading lights

As the cameras start rolling, the director sets about making those all-important final checks to ensure everything from set and lighting to cast and crew is in place. The moment marks the start of a long journey that begins with the vision of one individual who has a story to tell and culminates with the sharing of that idea with a potential audience of millions in theatres across the globe. The magic of cinema lies in its ability to captivate and transport the viewer to another place and time; introducing characters, events and moments that are often cherished for years to come. While an expert team comes together in the many months spent making a movie, it is the overarching vision of the director which lends the unique special touches to a finished film and its characters. A directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own experiences, influences and imagination are woven into each strand of the portrayal. This is felt all the more when a director is also involved in the creation of the story and characters presented.



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In Middle Eastern cinema, this makes for a fascinating mixture as cultural, political and regional influences leave a mark on rich storytelling. Now in its 10th year, Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is an important celebration of the wealth of filmmaking talent throughout the region. Aside from showcasing the work of a host of established figures from the f ilm industr y in countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the event also strives to assist aspiring filmmakers in getting their stories told.

During last year’s event, DIFF joined forces with Swiss luxury watchmakers IWC Schaff hausen for an innovative new competition. Talented filmmakers from the region were asked to submit proposals for film projects, with the winner awarded US$100,000 to help make the project a reality. Maysoon Pachachi won the award for Nothing Doing in Baghdad, a tale of life in the city during the US occupation in 2006. This year, the IWC Filmmaker Award returns and four projects have been shortlisted. Each proposal will be assessed by a jury



1 IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner 2012 2 Georges Kern, Cate Blanchett and Kevin Spacey, DIFF 2012 3 Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF chairman 4 IWC Filmmaker Award 2012 winner Maysoon Pachachi



of international film industry experts, including Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern. Multiple elements will be carefully considered, from scripts and the assembled crew to financing and overall commercial value. The winning entry will be announced during the festival at a gala dinner on December 7. Faiza Ambah’s A Reverence For Spiders is among the projects shortlisted for the coveted award. Ambah is one of the first female journalists to hail from Saudi Arabia having joined the country’s Arab News during the 1980s. Since then she has gone on to work as a correspondent for the Washington Post and Associated Press. Ambah’s recent focus on filmmaking saw her join California’s USC School of Cinematic Arts. A Reverence for Spiders, Ambah’s first foray into film, tackles father-daughter relations, set against the backdrop of religion and tradition. The main character, Omar, an imam and father of two daughters, is so desperate



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for a son that he moves his family to America where his wife can undergo fertility treatment. In a new country, he starts to gain a deeper appreciation for his daughters just when a tragic event threatens to separate them for good. “I’ve been waiting to submit my entry to IWC for this award since I first heard of it last year and to be shortlisted is very special. The IWC award provides recognition, financial contribution and helps push emerging filmmakers towards the right partners. All of that is incredibly helpful,” says Ambah. “People don’t realise and I didn’t either before I started, how much work goes into getting a feature film made, especially for first-time independent filmmakers. At the beginning you have this dream, this vision that you want to see realised and it’s not always very practical. “My script, A Reverence For Spiders, is the story of a conservative imam who raises daughters in the exciting wide-open chaos that is New York. He comes to realise that his daughters are the most important thing in his life but he struggles to hold on to them because of the strong hold his culture and upbringing have on him,” says Ambah.

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“I have spent years working on this project. There are so many great stories to tell in this part of the world. I dreamt of making films to tell compelling engaging stories but until very recently the idea of being a Saudi and a filmmaker was not even a possibility. When recently things began to change and film festivals and filmmakers started coming out of the region, I knew that it was time,” she adds. Also shortlisted for the award is Dalal from Hussain al-Riffaei, a tense drama that

“There are so many great stories to tell in this part of the world. I dreamt of making films to tell compelling engaging stories”


sees a young girl left alone in a house as sinister events unfold in the streets outside. Left to her own devices, the abandoned girl has to decide where to run and who to trust, relying on her own wits to keep her safe as society deteriorates around her. Hailing from Bahrain, al-Riffaei has been both director and actor, having previously directed three short films, Voices, The Cage and A Dinner. Waleed al-Shehhi is an award-winning Emirati director whose films include the acclaimed Aushba’s Well and documentary Ahmad Suliman, which won the Best Documentary Award at the Jordan Film Festival. He has submitted Dolphins for the IWC Filmmaker Award, a story that centres on Fadel, an ambulance driver with a son called Saud, who lives with his mother Kawthar. Following his parents’ divorce, al-Shehhi’s touching story sees Saud and his friend Hilal embark on an unusual adventure with an extraordinary outcome. 7



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The final contender for this year’s IWC Filmmaker Award is How I Got Here from Zeyad al-Husaini. The dark story charts a downward spiral that leads to the criminal underbelly of the Gulf. A thought-provoking journey into a rarely explored side of Kuwaiti society, the film follows aimless Salim. He begins his criminal career by dabbling in selling alcohol and ends up fighting for his life against a gun-running gang whose reach extends throughout the region. Al-Husaini’s interesting work has won him plaudits at home and abroad. In 2000, he won the New York International Independent Film Festival Audience Award while in1999 he was the recipient of the Egypt Film & TV Festival Best Music Video Award. Al-Husaini, who has lived in Kuwait, Spain and the US, served in the Gulf War at just 17. After his time in the military, he was awarded a scholarship to study film at the University of California, Berkeley. “My film is about an unconventional young Kuwaiti man who takes us on his journey from growing up as a decent average young man to his excursions into the gritty underground world of the Gulf,” says al-Husaini “The film is a colourful, high-energy exploration of the social fabric of the

Gulf and an eye-opening journey into the dark inner workings of its organised crime networks.” “I decided to be a filmmaker in the middle of a battlefield during the first Gulf War. I started working at the bottom in the film business while studying. I tried to intern and work on film sets as much as possible. I started making my own films soon after, where I had to do everything myself.


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F e s t i va l h i g h l i g h t s Conversation with Martin Sheen Q&A event the public can attend with the iconic film star who is also being presented with a lifetime achievement award during the festival Cinema of the world Acclaimed films from a variety of filmmakers including Asghar Farhadi’s The Past , a follow-up to the Oscar-winning A Separation Arabian Nights Screening of 18 films featuring Arab themes including French filmmaker and writer Mohammad Hamidi’s feature debut Homeland


“Once I began working in Hollywood things got even more challenging. Even though I was sought after, not a lot of executives wanted to take a risk on a young Arab filmmaker. I had to work extra hard against stereotypes and change producers’ and executives’ perspectives towards my abilities and skill sets as a filmmaker,” explains al-Husaini. “There is a very bright future for the filmmaking scene in this region. A lot of talented young filmmakers are coming up with great stories and films specific to this region. It is crucial for our region to support young filmmakers, for they are the voice and reflection of our artistic culture,” he adds. The Dubai International Film Festival is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It will run from December 6 to 14. For more details and ticketing information, contact:



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Setting the scene A host of architectural and natural charms have helped put Dubai’s film industry on the global map Words by

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Blessed with a hyper-modern cityscape, dazzling desert vistas and unrelenting sunshine, Dubai’s filmic quality has never been in doubt. Hollywood blockbuster Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol saw daring Tom Cruise scale Burj Khalifa before sprinting through the city. The star has since paid tribute to Dubai’s credentials as a destination for film, saying it is an “incredibly beautiful, modern, cinematic city”. Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan calls it a “perfect location for a film shoot” while Vin Diesel is geared up to joyride in the seventh instalment of his Fast and the Furious franchise all over the city. “From modern skyscrapers to diverse landscapes, turquoise seas, rose-tinted sand dunes, well-worn alleyways, gilded mansions and rugged mountains, there is a multitude of locations that make it possible for filmmakers to transform Dubai into whatever they want it to be,” enthuses Jamal Al Sharif, chairman, Dubai Film and TV Commission and managing director, Dubai Studio City. The city’s sheer dramatic flair, visual versatility and the notion that Dubai and its surrounding landscape can in itself serve as the ‘star’ is proving to be an increasingly enticing prospect for discerning filmmakers from across the globe. Whether it is blending into the background in the weighty George Clooney vehicle Syriana or breathtaking landmark cameos such as that of Emirates Palace in The Kingdom, Dubai Airport in Code 46 or Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab in the recently released Chinese blockbuster Switch, Dubai is cinematically irresistible.



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Yet the city’s reputation as a go-to filming destination isn’t just down to hitting the aesthetic jackpot, according to Al Sharif. “Dubai understands business and there is a make-it-happen attitude written all over the city,” he says. “It is also equipped with numerous professional studios, a strong talent pool and the largest production base in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, Dubai is home to three state-of-the-art sound stages located in Dubai Studio City. As they are the most advanced sound stages in the Middle East and North Africa, they have been custombuilt to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of the high-growth entertainment industry. Every producer and filmmaker that has had the chance to visit the sound stages has been blown away,” Al Sharif adds. Dubai’s cinema business savvy is certainly written large across the aforementioned Switch, which arguably packs in the most obviously Dubai-distinctive cameos yet and is set to further strengthen ties with China. The film has already become one of China’s largest grossing films of all time and Dubai has cemented its relationship with the Chinese film industry. “Switch will no doubt make a significant positive impact in increasing awareness in the China market of Dubai and help achieve our growth plans. The film and television industries have a significant impact on a destination’s external image and we are seeing an emerging global trend for visitors to make travel decisions as a result of

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exposure to locations featured in popular films or television shows,” says Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of strategy and tourism sector development at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. The Dubai Film and TV Commission notes that the number of productions in Dubai shot up during the first half of 2012 with total spend standing at around AED35 million. It is estimated that between 2009 and 2012, film production contributed to around AED189 million to Dubai’s GDP and there are big plans in place to significantly

1 Actress Freida Pinto, DIFF 2012 2 & 3 Syriana scenes filmed in Dubai


bolster that figure in the near future with the Dubai Film and TV commission set to shortly announce a structured incentive programme to further increase the city’s appeal. “We understand the important role that costs play in production decision-making and the Dubai Film and TV Commission is always available to discuss, on a caseby-case basis, ways to reduce the cost of filming in Dubai and to provide financial incentives, whether through special arrangement with key industry partners, licensing and fee rebates, or negotiations with service providers,” Al Sharif explains. However, the progressive, eminently enabling and constantly changing face of Dubai’s film industry is not just set up for those that make blockbusters. There’s a bustling community of local filmmakers keen to make their mark and with a slew of



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support programmes in place and more than enough technology to take visions from drawing board to celluloid, the talent pool is only going to get bigger. Ali Mostafa’s internationally acclaimed City of Life, which is arguably the most compelling cinematic document of Dubai yet, may have just been the beginning. Dubai International Film Festival, marking its 10th edition this month, celebrates the very best in filmmaking from across Dubai and beyond, showcasing the wealth of talent in local film from directors and producers to talented set and costume designers, actors and screenwriters. Following the increase in filmmaking in the region and the interest in stories from the Arab world, Dubai’s Gulf Film Festival was recently launched to discover, facilitate and



For visitors to Dubai, the emirate’s iconic sights are further enhanced by appearances on the silver screen, presenting the opportunity to visit the sights featured in a slew of major movies


4 Life of Pi actor Suraj Sharma at DIFF 2012 5 Film set in desert near Dubai 6 Chi-ling Lin and Andy Lau at Switch premiere in Beijing 7 Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, featured in Switch

celebrate regional talent, creating more opportunities for local filmmakers in the areas of training, development, production and distribution. In a further boost to the emirate’s film industry, Dubai International Film Festival and Gulf Film Festival recently teamed up with the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen to launch The IWC Filmmaker Award. The annual cash award of US$100,000 is dedicated to the production of feature-length fiction films.

Combined, these efforts are changing the way the Middle East is being portrayed in film, as well as helping to contribute to the overall growth of the international film business. For visitors to Dubai, the emirate’s iconic sights are further enhanced by appearances on screen, presenting the opportunity to visit not only iconic attractions but sights featured in a slew of major movies and reaffirming the city’s status as one of the world’s most dynamic destinations.


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Dubai’s World Expo 2020 bid has not only galvanised a nation but helped bolster the city’s status as one of the most exciting destinations on the planet

Skyscrapers dominate an iconic city skyline which is synonymous with innovation and ambition. Dubai’s attractive mixture of sunshine, majestic malls, luxury resorts and five-star experiences brings visitors in their millions each year. Its rich cultural heritage is a major draw with character-filled areas such as Dubai Creek and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood an important stop during any visit to the city. Dubai also offers a warm welcome to visitors from all corners of the globe who share in the unique atmosphere created from the wonderful melting pot of communities found here. Through its Expo 2020 bid and the raft of exciting new projects planned in the months and years ahead, Dubai is set for even greater achievments. At the time of going to press, the nation held its breath in anticipation of a decision, on November 27, as to which city will host Expo 2020. Dubai’s carefully considered bid, with the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, takes into account the importance of a city’s past, present and people as Dubai reaches towards still more advances.

“Places that have come back from the tough economic crisis the best and the quickest are the ones which have an operative model that creates co-operation across all sectors of society, races, religions and ethnic groups, where people find a way to celebrate and are proud of their differences and they work together in shared responsibility,” says former US President Bill Clinton, who lent his support to Dubai’s Expo 2020 campaign. “That’s what Dubai and the UAE represent. Dubai’s model of shared prosperity is more important today than ever and an inspiration to many countries in the Middle East.”

No matter what the outcome of World Expo 2020 outcome, the scene is undoubtedly set for incredible expansion in Dubai with a host of exciting projects planned that will change the city dramatically. Transport in particular is set to be transformed across Dubai with a planned AED5 billion expansion plan for Dubai Metro while the first phase of the Dubai Tram project is projected to be operational by November 2014. The high-tech network is set to be the world’s first tram system to have sychronised automatic platform doors as well as automatic train protection. Phase one of the project spans 10.6 kilometres

1 Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai 2 Architectural impression of Al Wasl Plaza, planned Dubai World Expo site



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from Dubai Marina, connecting Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village and Al Sufouh before finishing at Dubai Police Academy. Around 27,000 passengers will benefit from the new tram each day and there will be a gold class cabin, two cabins for ladies and children and four silver class cabins. Meanwhile, plans are in full swing for the Dubai Water Canal project which would transform the landscape from Business Bay to Jumeirah with luxury residential areas, retail spaces, a public beach and dedicated cycling zones planned along its route. Reaching Dubai will be easier than ever with the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali. The bustling new airport is set to expand in coming years while Dubai International Airport, led by bid supporter Emirates airline, is poised to be the world’s busiest international airport by 2015. Dubai’s shopping offering is to increase further still with work on The Dubai Mall expansion well underway. Estimated to be completed within a few years, the expansive project will see the world’s largest shopping mall welcome over 100 million annual visitors to a space extended by one million square feet. A host of new shopping destinations are expected to open their doors in 2014 including The Beach Mall at Jumeirah Beach Residences and Dubai Heritage Market, a new Deira souk dedicated to selling traditional artifacts. A major extension to Madinat Jumeirah, pencilled in for completion by 2015, will also bring a host

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of additional retail options alongside a traditional Arabian souk, including a new luxury five-star hotel and restaurants. The proposed site for World Expo 2020 Dubai will be Dubai Trade Center – Jebel Ali, an impressive site on the southwestern edge of the city which would later serve as an exceptional venue for meetings and events. Shoring up Dubai’s already extensive entertainment offering will be Blue Waters Island, off Jumeirah Beach Residence, which will be


3 Architectural impression of planned Dubai World Expo 2020 site by night 4 Burj Al Arab supports the bid 5 Emirates airline supports the bid 5

the home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel at 210 metres, in addition to retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones. The wheel, called ‘Dubai Eye’, will offer breathtaking views of Dubai’s coastline and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. The piazza at the base of the wheel will serve as an entertainment zone and venue for events and conferences. The island would also feature a souk encircled by a promenade of al fresco dining outlets, retail stores and a food hall offering fresh produce. Planned for 2015 is Falcon City of Wonders which will boast a replica of the Taj Mahal called the Taj Arabia set to include more than 400 luxury hotel rooms and gourmet dining venues. Sitting alongside are planned icons of architecture such as The Pyramids, Eiffel Tower and Great Wall of China which when coupled with a raft of new developments, reaffirm Dubai’s status as an exciting, cosmopolitan destination fit for international visitors of the future.


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Savour fine Italian flavours at this elegant restaurant in Rixos The Palm Dubai. Celebrating all things Mediterranean, this chic space serves up a mouthwatering selection of authentic, homemade recipes, such as this classic dish, spaghetti alle vongole with fresh clams and creamy pasta. A live jazz band adds to the ambience while Arabian Gulf views set the scene. Contact: 04 4575454


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A season to savour Celebrate with friends and family over an indulgent spread of fine festive fare

For many, this time of year brings with it a special sense of occasion which evokes treasured memories. The festive season is not only when gifts are exchanged and traditions kept, but when loved ones take a break from busy schedules to come together and indulge in sumptuous feasts, enjoying both fine company and bountiful plates. T his is epitomised by the many traditions observed at this time of year where food undoubtedly takes centre stage. Piping hot mince pies, delicious fruit-filled puddings and mouthwatering turkey with all the trimmings are just some of the delights to be savoured in warm and welcoming surroundings. For restaurateurs, the season brings with it one of the busiest periods where every aspect of the dining experience culminates in creating special festive moments ref lected in music, lighting, decoration and, of course, fine food. As a dynamic and ever-changing city, Dubai embraces occasions for its vibrant cultural mixture to celebrate with gusto. This month across the city, luxury hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and attractions are awash with bright colours and festive lights. Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressive selection of gourmet restaurants also embraces the spirit of the season offering diners the chance to indulge in festive brunches and sumptuous Ă la carte menus. The finest meat cuts are draped in decadent sauces with seasonal vegetables piled high. Trifles, puddings and delicious cakes are hard to resist as are generous servings of fine cheeses from around the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all accompanied by an incredible selection of mulled wines, sherry and Champagnes to toast a wonderful festive season in Dubai.


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Terra Firma Steakhouse For a festive experience with a difference, why not celebrate the season at this vibrant steakhouse. See in the New Year in style with a Great Gatsby/ Broadway-themed party complete with sumptuous gala dinner, live band and singer. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, enjoy a menu boasting the finest cuts of steak and choose from a delicious wine list offering vintages from around the world. The ambience is completed with the sounds of a pianist and singer. Overlooking Dubai Creek and Festival Marina, the restaurant is ideally placed to celebrate a special occasion. Where: InterContinental Dubai Festival City When: New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Great Gatsby Gala Dinner, Dec 31 How much: From AED645 per person with soft beverages and AED845 per person with house beverages and French bubbly Contact: 04 7011127

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, enjoy a menu boasting the finest cuts of steak and choose from a delicious wine list offering vintages from around the world. The ambience is completed with the sounds of a pianist and singer

Crescendo Celebrate the season at one of the newest additions to Palm Jumeirah. Perched on the eastern crescent luxury hotel Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa boasts water villas and serene lagoon pools arranged around peaceful gardens. A host of international cuisines are available and throughout December, a fine selection of festive fare is offered. A gingerbread house in the lobby is filled with chocolates and cookies to add a special touch from December 8 while December 10 brings a tree-lighting ceremony with mulled wine, traditional eggnog and mince pies. An international fine-dining restaurant, Crescendo is set alongside the sparkling waters of an infinity pool and is offering a delicious Christmas Day Lunch of traditional seasonal dishes. A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corner boasts face painting, balloon sculpturing and a special visitor from the North Pole. Where: Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa When: Christmas Day Lunch, Dec 25 / How much: From AED250 per person with soft beverages / Contact: 04 5678888


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The Ivy Dubai Enjoy the monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities in style at this chic British brasserie, a sister restaurant to the world-famous London venue which is frequented by A-list celebrities. Ensuring there is something on offer to suit all tastes in December, The Ivy Dubai team has created an exciting festive programme. Gourmet delights to savour include a special seasonal Friday brunch complete with mulled wine, turkey and all the trimmings served with festive pudding and sherry trifle. The evening Ă la carte menu during December carries on the theme with roast meats, delicious gravies and mince pies. On Christmas Day,

diners can revel in a fun atmosphere, pulling crackers before tucking into a traditional four-course set menu. Musical entertainment throughout the month includes jazz melodies from vocalist Ciaran Fox and an accompanying saxophonist. An eight-foot tree and tables adorned with holly and ivy add to the traditional feel. Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers When: Throughout December How much: Contact the restaurant for pricing Contact: 04 3198767 or email


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Marco Pierre White Grill Another recent addition to Dubai’s fine-dining landscape is this elegant restaurant which is under the tutelage of famed British chef Marco Pierre White. Expect the best of British cuisine and the finest cuts of meat, fish and seafood dishes prepared on the grill. For the festive season, this chic restaurant is offering dishes in keeping with the time of year. A four-course festive menu presents chestnut soup served with compressed apples and sage, warm scallops and beetroot with truffle sauce or Barbarie duck and butternut squash and juniper berries. To finish, try traditional British dessert sticky toffee pudding with a whisky parfait and melt-in-the-mouth teccino hazelnut crêpe. To welcome in the New Year there is a five-course menu boasting dishes from around the globe such as Alaskan crab leg and New York strip steak. Favourite British sweet bread and butter pudding makes a divine finish. Where: Conrad Dubai When: Festive menu from Dec 15, New Year’s Eve menu, Dec 31 How much: Festive menu AED375 per person, New Year’s Eve Menu, AED850 per person / Contact:

A four-course festive menu presents chestnut soup served with compressed apples and sage, warm scallops and beetroot with truffle sauce or Barbarie duck and butternut squash and juniper berries

Manava Add a Polynesian twist to festive proceedings with a memorable meal at Sofitel The Palm, Dubai. This island-style paradise, on Palm Jumeirah, boasts vertical gardens, fresh flowers and artwork, including Gauguin’s Tahitian paintings, which add a further exotic touch. The culinary team are offering an array of traditional festive cuisine. Manava’s Christmas Day Brunch is a sumptuous buffet of premium roasts, seafood stations as well

as an incredible selection of traditional desserts. To add to the atmosphere, festive favourites will be sung during the brunch by in-house carolers. Where: Sofitel The Palm, Dubai When: 12.30 to 3.45pm, Dec 25 How much: Christmas Day Brunch AED580 per person including selected beverages and bubbly. Children aged five and under dine for free / Contact: 04 4556677


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Add some sparkle celebrate in style with a glass of champagne at one of Dubai’s breathtaking bars

Heralding status, wealth and success, Champagne is also synonymous with celebration. Whether a festive occasion such as New Year’s Eve or to mark an important milestone or event, opening a bottle of Champagne signals a moment to be remembered. From Formula 1 racing drivers who celebrate a win by uncorking a bottle, to magnums smashed on hulls to christen ships, a bottle of Champagne undoubtedly affirms a sense of occasion. The Romans are credited with planting the first vineyards in the Champagne region of France around the fifth century. Following this, churches cultivated vineyards for communion wine while the coronation ceremonies of French Kings used wines from the region until the 17th century. The oldest sparkling wine on record can be traced back to Benedictine monks of Carcassonne in southern France who, in 1531, achieved a fizzed result by bottling the wine before fermentation ended. However, it was over a century later that English scientist Christopher Merret added sugar to finished wine to create a second fermentation, causing effervescence to lend the signature sparkle known today as Methode Champenoise. This coincided with British glassmaker Sir Robert Mansell’s successful production of a glass durable enough to contain the carbonated wine.



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Champagne was first thought to have been enjoyed to mark occasions at the opulent parties of the 17th century

Six years later, Benedictine Monk Dom Perignon improved upon the formula while at the Abbey of Hautvilliers in Epernay, Champagne, where he spent 47 years as cellar master. He drafted winemaking rules which were published after his death and many are still adhered to today when making Champagne. These include recommendations that the cork should be held in place with a wire collar and that harvesting should take place in cool, damp conditions such as early morning. 3

To make Champagne, sugar and yeast is added to wine which is then bottled and left in a cellar for anything from 18 months to 10 years. The bottles are turned each day to bring the sediment to the neck of the bottle in a technique known as remuage before the neck is frozen and pressure eventually forces out the frozen sediment. Finally, the cork and cage is added. Blended from base wines using up to three different grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the best Champagne houses use as many as 100 combinations. Champagne is made according to a precise set of laws set down by the Comité Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne in an effort to protect its production. These include where grapes can be grown, what types can be used and how to prune and harvest them. Only when a wine meets these requirements, can it be labelled Champagne. The classification of wines in the Champagne region follows the crus, or villages, where the grapes are grown. The finest are Grand Cru and grown in just 17 villages which include Ambonnay, Avize and Mailly


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Champagne. Premier Cru Champagnes come next in the pecking order and hail from the 43 Premier Cru villages. Other Crus comes from more than 300 villages that make up the rest of the region. Some of the world’s most famous Champagne houses and their top-of-the-range Prestige Cuvées include Moët et Chandon’s Dom Perignon, Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne; Perrier-Jouët’s Belle Epoque and Louis Roederer’s Cristal. Champagne was first thought to have been enjoyed to mark occasions at the opulent parties of the 17th century European royal courts. Its rarity and expense soon made it the sought-after tipple of the wealthy, reserved for exceptional events.



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It is a tradition that has endured and with such an illustrious legacy, Champagne is still considered a drink for only the choicest gatherings. In Dubai, there is a host of world-class establishments where the finest Champagnes can be enjoyed in a series of breathtaking settings. Offering an outstanding combination of sensational setting and fine Champagnes is At.mosphere lounge on level 122 of Burj Khalifa. This chic bar’s setting in the world’s tallest building means the views are unparalleled. Elegant décor adds to the lounge’s luxurious feel, making it the perfect place to enjoy an occasion. Gaze on Downtown Dubai and the city beyond or take in the stunning shows of The Dubai Fountain from this incredible vantage point. For New Year’s Eve, there really is no better spot to enjoy the breathtaking fireworks display which encircles this iconic building. Another of the city’s extraordinary venues in which to pop a Champagne cork and enjoy a special occasion is Skyview Bar at the majestic Burj Al Arab. Boasting beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf, this opulent space is positioned on the 27th floor, 200 metres above sea level. Grand windows also offer magnificent vistas of the glittering Dubai skyline and New Year’s Eve fireworks as

you choose from a fine selection of Champagnes. Bar 44 is one of Dubai’s favoured locales to enjoy Champagne, located at Grosvenor House Dubai. Its positioning on the 44th floor affords sweeping views of Dubai Marina and out to Palm Jumeirah. A dedicated Champagne and cocktail lounge, Bar 44 presents an exhaustive selection of Champagnes to choose from. For those looking to take a celebration to the next level, Dubai’s luxurious clubs offer both a spectacular venue and wealth of fine Champagne. Cavalli Club, in collaboration with renowned fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, is an opulent space resplendent in sparkling chandeliers and plush fabrics featuring bold designs synonymous with the couture icon. Located


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at Fairmont Dubai, there is a chic lounge area, separate from the club where guests can unwind with a glass from an excellent selection of Champagnes to choose from. VIP Room is one of the newest additions to Dubai’s nightlife and has fast become the destination for the city’s elite. Located at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the internationally acclaimed nightclub chain has opened in the city following in the footsteps of venues in St Tropez and Paris. Spanning two levels, lavish design features include a rotating DJ booth and upscale private area that flows through to an outdoor terrace. Another favourite celebration spot is Mo*Vida at Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai. Also a European clubbing concept, the sophisticated venue is one of the city’s finest. Choose from a wide selection of Champagnes to celebrate in style. 7




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A delicious Arabic dessert is a special treat where the ingredient to be savoured most is hospitality

Tafathalo in Arabic means ‘do me the honour’ and is an invitation for guests to come to the dining table and enjoy a range of delicious dishes. Sharing a meal with others is integral to the way of life among local communities in the region and is the ultimate expression of hospitality. This tradition is every bit as important when it comes to dessert, a highlight at any feast and a chance to unwind with guests during what is arguably the most social part of a meal. If invited to share a meal at an Emirati home, a selection of sweets will be served as the conversation and freshly brewed Arabic coffee flows. The roots of the word ‘dessert’ come from the French verb ‘desservir’ meaning to clean the table and to remove what has been served. The earliest dessert incarnations came from naturally available ingredients such as dried fruits, honeycomb or nuts.

The advent of sugar in the Middle Ages brought with it a sweeter form of dessert, such as fudge which was presented to deities in India. Marco Polo encountered ice-cream in China and upon his return to Europe saw to it that the taste for the treat developed further. In the UAE, Bedouin who depended on camels for transport across the desert landscapes drank camel milk for a taste of something sweet with added health benefits. Influences from these early choices are today found in many desserts eaten in the region. Popular

dessert ingredients include pomegranates, lemons, dates, apples, figs, oranges, apricots, mangos, almonds and pistachios. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims break their fast at iftar meals when the sun sets and an important part of the offering is an incredible variety of tasty and energising sweets. At the end of the month, traditional Arabian sweets are among the gifts shared between families and friends to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting period. Guests attending local weddings or a special family gatherings



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1 Arabic sweets 2 Dates are a popular traditional Arabic sweet 3 Arabic sweets at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach 4 Arabic sweets selection

among the exciting array of traditional delicacies to try in Dubai are sweet pancakes and dumplings while contemporary offerings of flavoured camel milk and chocolate make a novel and delicious alternative

will also come across a variety of dessert offerings which often double as an elaborate decorative centrepiece at festivities. Among the ecclectic array of traditional delicacies to try during a visit here are sweet pancakes and dumplings while contemporary offerings of flavoured camel milk and chocolate make a novel and delicious alternative. Baklava is one of the most popular Arabic desserts. These sweet, sticky treats are traditionally served with a small cup of strong, black Arabic coffee perfumed with cardamom and unsweetened. Consisting of a nut filling, usually of pistachios, walnuts or almonds, layers of buttery dough encase the sweet centre. Baklava is also often scented with orange blossom or rose water to enhance the flavour. Legematt is another favourite sweet option among Emiratis. A deep-fried ball of pancake batter, it is rolled in sesame seeds to make the dumpling before it is fried and then drizzled with date syrup for a delicious finish. Khabeesa is a tasty dessert of breadcrumbs blended with sugar, cardamom and saffron while bethitha consists of semolina blended with crushed dates, cardamom and clarified

butter. Umm ali, or bread pudding, is another of the best known desserts in the UAE. Umm ali translates to mean â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the queen of puddingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and is a favourite among locals, particularly popular during Ramadan. Originally from Egypt, local variants use ingredients more common in this area. This delicious version of bread pudding sees puff pastry combined with nuts, raisins and dates and topped with pistachios. Another stand-out Arabic sweet is undoubtedly kunafe nabulsia, a sticky pastry made with sweet cheese laced between layers of shredded kunafe pastry. This speciality originates from the Palestinian city of Nablus and is prepared in enormous round trays lined with rose-scented syrup. Once baked it is cut into slabs and garnished with chopped pistachios. In this region, kunafe is typically enjoyed in restaurants or at special occasions. For a more contemporary take on locally sourced sweets, products made from camel milk have increasingly gained popularity. Al Nassma farm in Dubai boasts around 2,500 camels providing milk for the hugely successful Camelicious firm. The company not only produces camel milk but also flavoured milk


and cheese, ice-cream and chocolates made from camel milk that have proven to be a hit with locals and are exported worldwide. In Dubai, visitors can sample the very best in Arabic desserts at Ewaan restaurant at The Palace Downtown Dubai which is a wonderful choice for authentic Arabic sweets served in elegant surroundings. Another fantastic spot to try delicious local sweets is Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach where guests can try a variety of freshly baked traditional treats in stunning surroundings overlooking the Arabian Gulf.


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21/11/2013 17:22



From haute couture to traditional souvenirs, Dubai is a shoppers' dream with luxury malls, atmospheric souks and cool markets



04 3900091

Though not a mall, this picturesque 1.7km-long beachside shopping promenade, is home to nearly 200 retailers including Boots, Boutique One, Zadig et Voltaire and Aiyanna of London. The views are also stunning.

Dubai DUBaI MaRINa Mall

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Spread over four levels, the mall is home to 160 stores dedicated to fashion, jewellery and home furnishings with waterfront dining and a children’s area.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to

10pm, Thu and 10am to midnight Metro: Dubai Marina Map reference: A1


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Inspired by the Arab traveller Ibn Battuta, the mall is home to designer shops, Woolworths and a multi-screen cinema complex.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am

to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Ibn Battuta Map reference: A1


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Find the world’s largest indoor ski slope nestled among 350 shops, children’s entertainment areas and a cinema.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Mall of the Emirates Map reference: B2


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Located in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Village is home to a range of high-end stores.

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Metro: Financial Centre Map reference: D1

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to 1am Metro: Dubai Marina Map reference: A1

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Downtown Dubai

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to


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A stunning selection of antique paintings, furntiure and sculpture at this magnificent space in Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Timings: Contact outletMetro: Emirates Towers Map reference: D1 BOUlEVaRD aT JUMEIRaH EMIRaTEs TOWERs

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An elegant mall featuring 50 premium boutiques and fine-dining restaurants spread over two floors. Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm Fri 4 to 10pm Metro: Emirates Towers Map reference: D1 BURJUMaN

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This mall is one for label lovers with Saks Fifth Avenue, Chanel, Dior, Versace, Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Furla and more.

Timings: Sat to Wed

10am to 10pm. Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Map reference: E1

Buying time Dubai is peppered with world-renowned shopping malls and those in the market for a bit of retail therapy should direct their attention to Mall of the Emirates, which offers a large selection of designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Burberry (pictured). The mall is also home to Ski Dubai, the region’s first indoor ski slope. For details visit

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A mix of brands caters to the needs of the entire family with stores such as Bhs, Camaeiu, The Body Shop and Rivoli Watches.

1. Piaget Limelight tonneau-shaped watch 2. Chanel boutique, Mall of the Emirates 3. The Gold Souk 4. The Dubai Mall 5. Khan Murjan, Wafi Mall 6. Mall of the Emirates


midnight. Thu to Sat 10 to 1am Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: E2 MERCaTO

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A Renaissance-styled mall on Jumeirah Beach Road featuring a wide variety of brands such as Pandora, Armani Junior, Gant and Virgin Megastore. There is also a seven-screen cinema and a children's play area. Throughout the year Mercato also hosts various entertainment acts in the central area.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm. Metro: Burj Dubai Map reference: D1 OasIs CENTRE

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This four-storey mall spans 134,000 sq m and houses 77 stores, including Carrefour Express and Fun City.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Al Quoz or Business Bay Map reference: C2 PalM sTRIP

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Get some beach action before browsing the shops at Palm Strip – a two-storey open mall with designer shops and restaurants.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Fri 1.30 to 10pm Metro: World Trade Centre Map reference: D1



800 DUBAI MALL (382246255)

The world’s largest shopping mall covering 550,000 sq m. In addition to over 1,000 shops, this mall is home to the world’s largest indoor gold souk, an Olympic-sized ice rink and aquarium.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: Burj Dubai Map reference: D2 THE VIllaGE

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A selection of boutiques such as s*uce and Candella, a high-end bridal store, a footwear and accessories shop and many top brands.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 10pm. Fri 4 to 10pm Metro: Financial Centre Map reference: D1




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A one-stop shop for everything from lifestyle and home to fashion

SouK ShoPPiNg

Timings: Sat to Wed

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A bargain hunter’s dream, covering 93,000 sq m of discount shopping 20 minutes out of town on the Dubai – Al Ain highway.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: No Metro nearby Map reference: d3

10am to 10pm. thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Al Quoz Map reference: C2 WAFI


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This Egyptian-themed shopping haven has over 200 designer stores with 1,000 fashion brands including Miss Sixty, Chanel and Escada.

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Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: e2

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: No Metro nearby Map reference: e3

The newest addition to Dubai’s shopping scene, this largely residential mall is home to 350 brands including Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear.


Dubai Festival City/Deira

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Located in Sharjah, the mall is best for lifestyle shopping with sporting goods, toys, cosmetics, jewellery and home furnishings from leading retailers.


Timings: Sun to tue 10am

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to 10pm. Wed, thu Sat 10am to 11pm, Fri 2 to 11pm Metro: Al Rashidiya

With 200 retail outlets, Dubai’s first mall offers a great range of value fabrics, alongside high-street favourites.

Timings: Sat to Wed10am to 10pm. thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: union Square Map reference: e1



Timings: Sun to Wed

10am to 10.30pm. thu and Sat 10am to 11.30pm Metro: Al Rashidiya Map reference: F3 DEIRA CITY CENTRE

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Great for bargains, this popular mall features well-known brands such as Debenhams, Benetton, Shoemart and Next.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. thu to Sat 10am to midnight Metro: deira City Centre Map reference: e2 DRAGONMART

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Built in the shape of a dragon, this 1.2km mall is one of the largest trading hubs for Chinese products outside China.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. thu 10am to 11pm. Fri 2pm to 11pm Metro: Al Rashidiya Map reference: e3 DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

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Covering 204,000 sq m, this retail resort is home to 550 shops including Marks & Spencer. There is also a Community Arts Market.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm. thu to Sat 10am to 1am Metro: emirates Map reference: e2



For an authentic slice of uAe life, take a trip to one of dubai’s many souks where authentic souvenirs, spices, perfumes and fabrics await. undoubtedly one of the most famous is the gold souk which glitters with an array of gilded wares. the spice souk is a delight for the senses with herbs and spices spilling out of sacks and baskets at every turn. Meander through the perfume souk where knowledgeable sellers will offer advice on their fragrant wares. Why not take a trip to the fabric souk which is another must-visit traditional market where bales of cotton and silk from this region, the orient and beyond are piled high. dubai’s souks are located in and around the banks of dubai Creek and close to the city’s oldest quarter, Al Fahidi historical Neighbourhood.

Major credit cards are accepted in most shops and outlets. there are many AtMs around the city and foreign currencies and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, hotels and banks. A passport is required.


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Featuring 75 boutique shops and craft stalls set in a bazaar environment overlooking the scenic waterways of the adjacent hotel complex.

Timings: daily 10am to 11pm Metro: Mall of the emirates Map reference: B1 SpICE SOUk Brimming with sacks full of colourful and aromatic spices, the spice souk is a feast for the senses.

Timings: daily 7am to noon and 5 to 7pm. Fri 5 to 7pm Metro: union Square Map reference: e1 TExTILE SOUk Haggle hard and pick up yards of fabric including silk, satin, linen and polyester. Cotton is harder to find.

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Home to more than 200 fashion, perfume, homefurnishing and electronic brands with shopping zones catering for men, women and children.

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Located in Times Square shopping mall, this small market sells handcrafted jewellery, accessories and contemporary UAE art.

Timings: daily 7am to noon and 5 to 7pm. Fri 5 to 7pm Metro: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Map reference: e1


Timings: Noon to 7pm every

second Friday of the month Metro: First gulf Bank Map reference: C2

GOLD SOUk Comprising more than 300 retailers, this traditional souk is one of Dubai’s oldest trading areas and one of its biggest attractions.

Timings: daily 7am to noon and 4 to 10pm. Fri 4 to 10pm Metro: union Square Map reference: e1 kHAN MURJAN

04 3244555

Modelled on an ancient 14th century souk Khan Murjan has more than 150 stalls offering traditional arts and crafts.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm. thu and Fri 10am to midnight Metro: Al Jafiliya Map reference: e2


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Open every first Friday of the month, this market held in Dubai Festival City, brings together artists and craftsmen. This is the place to shop for works of art.

Timings: Fri 10am to 8pm Map reference: e2 COVENT GARDEN MARkET DUBAI

050 4250543

Browse more than 100 boutiques before admiring views of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Fountain.

Artisans from across the emirate congregate at this market, located in The Walk – Jumeirah Beach Residence, to sell their wares which range from souvenirs from the region to one-off pieces of art.

Timings: Sat to thu 10am to 10pm. Fri 2pm to 10pm Metro: Burj dubai Map reference: d2

Timings: Wed and thu 5pm to midnight. Fri and Sat 10am to 9pm Map reference: A1


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21/11/2013 17:54



Dubai is one of the world’s most modern and dynamic destinations, with a fascinating heritage very much alive and waiting to be discovered

art galleries

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PrO art gallery

Showcases paintings, sculptures and photography from local emerging and international artists.

One of Dubai’s newest art galleries, Pro Art sells some of the most carefully curated contemporary art in the global market.

04 3444398

Timings: Sat to Wed 9am to 6pm; Thu 9am to 4pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1 gallery eteMaD

04 3468649 1X1 art gallery

04 3411287

Located in Al Quoz, this established gallery showcases international mixed media and is a big favourite with Dubai's budding art scene.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10.30am

to 8.30pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 art saWa

04 3408660

A showcase of regional contemporary art with a library and video lounge for artists and art enthusiasts to interact. Art Sawa recently opened a second gallery space in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Timings: Sat to Thu 11am

to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 artsPaCe

04 3230820

A contemporary gallery displaying the works of international and local talent in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: D1 ayyaM gallery

04 4392395

Exhibits striking artwork that features in museums and international collections.

Timings: Sun to Thu

10am to 6pm; Sat noon to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 gallery isaBelle VaN DeN eyNDe

04 3235052

Local and international artists exhibit at this well-known gallery in the Al Serkal district

CarBON 12

04 3406016

With regular exhibitions this gallery features art by newly discovered artists and internationally recognised names.

Timings: Sat to Thu 11.30am

to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2

CUaDrO MUseUM & FiNe art gallery

the MOJO gallery

Map reference: C2

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1

A non-commercial contemporary art space where visitors can view and discuss local and international artists. The Pavillion includes two galleries, a restaurant and a shisha lounge.

laWrie shaBiBi

Closed Fri


04 4477025

Founded by the former head of sales of Christie’s Middle East and the former MD of Art Dubai, the gallery showcases works by regional artists.

Timings: Daily 10am to midnight Map reference: D2

Timings: Sun to Thu

04 3411367

MaJlis gallery

This charming gallery with an idyllic courtyard features art by local and international artists.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am

to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: E1

the thirD liNe

Exhibitions by artists from the Middle East, with a schedule of events both in the gallery warehouse and outside locations.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri

tOtal arts

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MarsaM Mattar

Founded in 2003, this Arabic gallery is located off Mankhool Road in Bur Dubai.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: E1

04 3470209

MeeM gallery

04 3477883

One of Dubai’s leading galleries specialising in Arab and Iranian art.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 7pm. Closed Fri and Sat. Map reference: B2


Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 7pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2 XVa gallery

04 3585117

04 3230909

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm; Sat noon to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1

With operations all over the world, the gallery showcases the work of great masters as well as new talent.

Art buffs with love this ultramodern gallery, where modern art is on show in a 2,500 sq ft gallery in Gate Village in DIFC. Current exhibitions include work by Yazid Oulab and Sami Al Karim

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm. Sat 12 to 11pm. Closed Fri Map reference: D1

Timings: Sun to Thu 11am to 7pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: E1

An area of 4,000 sq m dedicated to international contemporary art in the heart of Gate Village, DIFC.




Specialising in contemporary art, Traffic houses two galleries.

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OPera gallery

1. Palm Jumeirah 2. Spice Souk 3. Jumeirah Mosque 4. Camel racing 5. Dubai Creek

Map reference: C2

Spanning two floors and 10,000 sq m, Total Art specialises in artists and art influenced by the culture of the Middle East.

04 3988331


04 3477388

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm.

04 3469906


Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 6pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2

greeN art gallery

04 3536233

Timings: Daily 10am to 11pm Map reference: A1

Located at Alserkal Avenue, Showcase was one of the first galleries to be established in the UAE in the 1990’s and has a venerable reputation with art collectors and designers.

The oldest gallery in Dubai, the Green Art Gallery showcases contemporary art with a focus on regional work.

04 3469305

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 8pm. Closed Fri and Sat Map reference: C2

This modern gallery on The Walk – Jumeirah Beach Residence has different exhibitions every month and showcases a variety of artworks by local artists.

shOWCase gallery

04 3790940

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 7pm; Closed Fri Map reference: C2

10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm. Closed Fri Map reference: C2

BOUtiQUe 1 art gallery

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 9pm; Fri 2pm to 9pm Map reference: D1

Mojo focuses on contemporary exhibitions of original paintings, conceptual photography, digital media prints, illustrations, video art, installation pieces and sculptures.

Representing some of the Arab world’s leading and emerging artists, Ayyam promotes contemporary Middle Eastern art.

04 4257888

04 3450900


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City tours

CrEEK CruisEs

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Choose four-star cuisine with lively entertainment, or a more tranquil option with five-star catering by the Taj Palace Hotel.



Timings: 7.30pm to 10pm Guide price: From Aed175 CrEEKsiDE LEisurE

Air ALPHA tours

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Dubai’s most impressive landmarks in a helicopter. City shuttle services from your hotel are available.

Timings: Flights depart from 10am to 4pm Guide price: City tour Aed1,199 per person (25 minutes), private hour-long tours Aed3,060 per person FALCoN AViAtioN sErViCEs

02 4448866

This Abu Dhabi-based company also operates flights over Dubai’s key landmarks.

Timings: Flights depart from 9am to 5pm daily (except tue) Guide price: Prices start from Aed800 (20 minutes), Aed3,350 for up to six people sEAWiNGs

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04 3368406

Hire a dhow with dinner and transfers, plus butler service and enjoy unlimited beverages.

Timings: daily boarding 8.30pm Guide price: Aed200 dinner cruise

Enjoy an evening cruise on a traditional dhow. Private charters are available.

Timings: daily 8 to 10pm

and 10.30pm to 12.30am. Boarding at 8pm Guide price: Aed160 Map reference: e2 AL MANsour DHoW

04 2057033

This five-star dhow from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, offers international cuisine, alcoholic beverages and live entertainment.

Timings: daily boarding at 8pm. Cruise from 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide Price: Aed185 Art MAriNE

04 3388955

Cruise around The World islands, Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab and Dubai Creek with Art Marine chartered yachts.

Timings: From 7am into the night Guide price: From Aed750 per hour


Cruise from 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide price: Aed175 for an evening dhow cruise

This 442-seat luxury venue hosts popular productions from drama to dance and comedy to film.


This amphibious bus departs from BurJuman before sailing up Dubai Creek for an hour-long cruise.

Map reference: B1 sHEiKH MoHAMMED CENtrE For CuLturAL uNDErstANDiNG

Guide price: Aed145

adults; Aed95 children (3-11 years); Aed450 family (two adults and two children)

JuMEirAH MosQuE tour Visitors should cover arms and legs and women must wear headscarves when visiting the mosque.

Timings: Sat, Sun, tue and thu for one hour from 10am Guide price: Aed10 Map reference: d1 AL FArooQ oMAr BiN AL KHAttAB MosQuE

04 3944448

Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque in Umm Suqeim is one of only a few mosques in the city open to non-Muslims. Tours run three times a week. Timings: Sat to thu 10.30am. Closed Fri Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: C1 tHE BiG Bus CoMPANy

04 3407709

If your stay in the emirate is short, you might not have time to take in the sights under your own steam. For an organised tour, why not hop aboard a double-decker bus for fantastic city views from the open-air top deck?

Timings: tours depart

every 20 minutes from any of the 20 stops Guide price: day tour – Aed220 adults, Aed100 children, Aed540 family. Night tour – Aed125 adults, Aed75 children, Aed375 family (two adults and two children)

heARt OF the CitY

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04 3595656

04 3536666

Traditional Arabian dhows take guests on cruises each evening, with a banquet of food included in the price.

Map reference: B2

Timings: daily boarding at 8pm.

Timings: Flights depart from 9am to 5pm every hour Guide price: From Aed1,325 per person (40 minutes)

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Located at Mall of the Emirates, this centre brings together a wide variety of performing and visual arts including drama, dance, opera, comedy and children’s shows.

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AL BooM tourist ViLLAGE

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DANAt DuBAi CruisEs

Fly from Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in the south west or Dubai Creek in the north east and explore the city from up high.


DuBAi CoMMuNity tHEAtrE & Arts CENtrE (DuCtAC)

04 3536666

the allure of Persian carpets stretches back centuries. Striking visual objects, they have captivated collectors and scholars alike. in recent times, the woven masterpieces have attracted global interest with worldfamous auction houses inundated with a flurry of requests from aficionados who are just as passionate about their exemplary workmanship as they are their mysterious heritage. history suggests carpet weaving in the Middle east could be as much as 2,500 years old and while different styles have emerged, the methodology has remained the same. Many handmade carpets use sough-ater Kush wool and cotton. Authentic Persian carpets, rugs and tapestries are ubiquitous in the uAe; whether adorning the floors and walls of holy sites, historic buildings and museums or inspiring the design of machinemade replicas that can be found in homes everywhere, it’s their spectacular journey through the ages that is their real attraction.

Enjoy an Emirati breakfast or lunch and chat freely with local volunteers about the life and culture in the UAE.

Timings: Sun to thu 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 1pm Guide price: Breakfast Aed60, lunch Aed70. Reservations essential Map reference: e1


dubai Creek, also known as Khor dubai, is a natural seawater inlet of the Arabian gulf which runs for 14 kilometres and divides the city into two parts – Bur dubai and deira. it has played a major role in the economic development of the region throughout history. the creek was the motivation for dubai’s creation and early development as a trading port and to this day is a bustling import and export hub. For visitors, the creek offers the chance to soak up the character of Old dubai and take an abra ride, on a traditional boat, along its gentle waters.

DuBAi MusEuM

sALsALi PriVAtE MusEuM

Dubai’s most comprehensive museum features a rich collection of aerial photographs of 'old' Dubai, an assortment of multimedia exhibits and a wide variety of artefacts. This museum, located inside the impressive Al Fahidi Fort, provides visitors with an in-depth history of the emirate.

As the first private museum for contemporary art in the region, this important venue provides a key platform for new and established collectors.

04 3531862

Timings: Sat to thu 8.30am to 8.30pm, Fri 2.30 to 8.30pm Guide price: Aed3 adults, Aed1 children (under 5 years free) Map reference: e1 AL AHMADiyA sCHooL & HEritAGE HousE

04 2260286

Learn about the education system of yesteryear at Al Ahmadiya School & Heritage House. Located in Deira in the north east, visit Dubai’s first school and traditional house, which is home to fascinating life-size dioramas.

Timings: Sat to thu 8am to 7.30pm, Friday 2.30 to 7.30pm Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: e1 DuBAi MuNiCiPALity MusEuM

04 2253312

Located next to the spice souk, the museum contains rare manuscripts of royal and administrative decrees and photographs and provide a glimpse of times gone by. This is definitely one for culture vultures and history buffs to try out.

Timings: Sat to thu 9am to 5pm Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: e1


04 3937151

This museum, where Emiratis prepare local food and perform dances to Arabic music, provides a glimpse of a bygone era, when pearl trading and fishing were the emirate's main source of revenue.

Timings: Sat to thu 8am to 10pm, Fri 4 to 10pm Guide price: Free of charge Map reference: e1 MAJLis AL GHorFAt uM-AL-sHEiF

04 3946343

A peaceful majlis with antique interior ornaments in Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s former summer residence.

Timings: daily 8.30am to 1.30pm and 3.30 to 8.30pm. Fri 3.30 to 8.30pm Guide price: Aed1 adults, children under six years free Map reference: C1

04 3809600

Timings: Sun to thu 11am to 6pm. Closed Fri. Sat 1pm to 5pm. Guide price: Admission free Map reference: e1 tHE HousE oF sHEiKH sAEED AL MAKtouM

04 3937139

Wander around this restored house and see fascinating paraphernalia including old photographs and currency of Dubai.

Timings: Sat to thu 7.30am to 9pm. Closed Fri Guide price: Aed2 adults, Aed1 children (under eight years free) Map reference: C2

In the know: LoCAL DIALeCt Arabic is the official language of the UAe, although english is widely understood. Using some common Arabic phrases is appreciated: Marhaba – hi or welcome Shukran – thank you Ma’asalama – Goodbye



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With a vast desert, spectacular coastline and world-class sports facilities, Dubai is full of fun-packed tours and activities



050 5517406

Take out a 60-foot catamaran as near or as far as you like (within reason)

Timings: From 2:30pm Guide price: Adults

AED250, children AED210 First yAcHt

04 3754148/050 6550313


Range of options from speedboat rides to refined electric boat cruises.

Individual hotels and tour operators can also organise pleasure cruises on request

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: From AED200

AL WAsL crUisinG & FisHinG

oAsis PALM toUrisM

04 2394760

Charter an exclusive yacht and sail past modern icons including Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and The World islands.

Timings: Call for details Guide price: From AED600 per hour Art MArinE

04 3388955

04 2629993/050 7548466

Take a two-hour cruise along Dubai Creek on a traditional dhow.

Timings: From 8.30 to 10.30pm Guide price: AED150

Timings: Daily boarding at 7.45pm, departing at 8.30pm. Returns 11pm Guide price: AED350 cLUB MinA

04 3993333

As well as fishing trips, Club Mina offers all kinds of exciting or relaxing cruising options.

Timings: From 6am to 6pm Guide price: From AED3,500 DAnAt DUBAi crUisEs

04 3511117

A range of experiences are available including sailing on a traditional dhow and private charters .

Timings: 8.30am to 11pm Guide price: AED225 DUBAi FErry

800 9090

A novel way to see the city’s sights. Routes include journeys past Palm Jumeirah.

Timings: Daily from 11am Guide price: AED50 DrEAMDAys

800 2080

Take a four-hour catamaran cruise along Dubai’s coastline and enjoy a barbecue lunch as well as snorkelling.

Timings: Every Saturday 8pm to midnight Guide price: AED275

04 2340812

Overnight desert camping, quad biking and a Liwa expedition are all available. LAMA DEsErt toUrs & crUisEs

04 3357676

Journey to a Bedouin campsite, ride a camel, smoke shisha together with a range of other desert-based activities.

04 2666655

See world-famous offshore projects on yachts ranging from 36-foot to 180-foot.

Enjoy sand boarding, camel riding and shisha (hubbly bubbly) as well as belly dancing and a barbecue dinner.

800 8044

Adrenaline-pumping tours around Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab hotel in bright yellow inflatable crafts.

Timings: Call for details Guide price: Adults from

AED200. Children from AED150 ULtiMAtE cHArtEr

04 3254975/050 1002477

Enjoy a dinner dhow cruise along Dubai Marina. Inclusive of buffet, drinks and live entertainment.

Timings: Call to arrange Guide price: From AED275 per adult and AED90 per child

04 2629993/050 7548466

050 6289667

Offers excursions including dinner at a Bedouin camp, overnight camping and trips to Liwa. oriEnt toUrs

04 2828238

Expect innovative desert trips, tours between Dubai and Muscat and adventurous expeditions. royAL ArABiAn toUrs

04 2999339

Drive over the dunes before heading to a traditional campsite. trAVco

04 3366643

Desert tours include an offroad adventure, a dune dinner and an overnight safari.

Hop aboard the Arabian dhow for a one-hour day cruise or a two-hour dinner cruise.


Timings: Dinner cruise

at 8.30pm. Call for details on daytime cruises Guide price: AED195 per person. Call for details on daytime cruises

Desert tours Call individual tour operators for times and prices ArABiAn ADVEntUrEs

04 3034888

Dine among the dunes, explore the wadis, go desert driving, sand boarding or camel riding. ArABiAn DEsErt toUrs

04 2682880



VEnUs FLoAtinG rEstAUrAnt

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1. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall 2. Desert Safari 3. Speed boat tour 4. Skidive Dubai 5. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

nEt toUrs DUBAi

oAsis PALM toUrisM

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tHE yELLoW BoAts

Sail along the Creek on Bateaux Dubai and enjoy a welcome beverage, canapés and a four-course gourmet dinner.



Timings: From 7am Guide price: From

04 3994994

A range of exciting desertbased activities are available such as camel trekking, desert driving and rock climbing.

Half-day and full-day desert safaris are available as well as overnight camping.

Timings: From 7am Guide price: AED2,400 per 24 hours for up to seven people


04 3572233

per person

Set sail from Jumeirah Beach Hotel and cruise around The World islands, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Creek.

AED750 per hour

DEsErt rAnGErs toUrs & ADVEntUrE sPorts



04 2949888

Discover Dubai from the sky and marvel at a long list of world-renowned landmarks.

Timings: From 10am to 4.30pm Guide price: From AED1,199

per person for 25 minutes. Private hour-long tours are priced at AED4,840 per person

EMirAtEs FLyinG scHooL

04 2995155

Learn how to fly or top up your hours at the only approved flying school in Dubai.

Timings: From 9am to 5pm Guide price: AED1,000 for first-time flyers trial flight, plus AED100 for airport pass

From a Hummer safari taking in an authentic Bedouin camp, to a trek through the Hajar Mountains.




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This Abu Dhabi-based company also operates flights over Dubai’s key landmarks.

Timings: Call for details Guide price: Call for details FUJAIRAH AVIATION ACADEMY

09 2224747

Take pleasure flights over the neighbouring emirate of Fujairah or enjoy a flying lesson from the fully equipped aviation centre.

Timings: From 8am Guide Price: Fun flying



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

Enjoy fast-paced action with state-of-the-art semi-automatic paintball guns and the latest anti-fog visor masks. Timings: 10am to 11pm Guide price: AED80 includes 100 paintballs, unlimited gas propellant and coveralls

04 2854949

Timings: Before sunrise Guide price: AED995 per

adult. AED850 for children between 5 and 12

Karting (see Sports)

lessons AED960 HELIDUbAI

04 2081455

Enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the sights from a helicopter.

Timings: Call for timings Guide price: From

AED595 person SEAWINGS

04 8832999

Enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the new developments around the city including the Burj Khalifa.

Timings: From 9am to 4pm Guide price: AED1,375 per

person for 40 minutes


04 3464194

Take a 15-minute tour over Dubai.

Timings: From 10am Guide price: From AED999


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Hunt down your adversaries in a mock medieval castle with artificial fog, moody lighting and a pumping soundtrack.

Timings: Call for timings Guide price: From AED80 for 15 minutes PURSUIT GAMES AT WONDERLAND

04 3244755/050 6514583

Go head to head with paintballing opponents in the heart of Dubai city at the Wonderland entertainment complex.

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED80 for two

hours, includes 100 paintballs, masks, coveralls and paintball gun. Call for bookings

06 5487777

Shooting (see Sports)

Skydiving IFLYDUbAI

04 2316292

Experience the thrill of skydiving without jumping from a plane at this indoor centre in Dubai Festival City.

Timings: Daily 9am to 11pm. Price: AED215 SKYDIVE DUbAI

Swimming with dolphins (see Marine adventures)



Swimming with sharks DUbAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO

800 LEISURE (5347873)

Features games, tasks and facilities to test children's limits, help them discover hidden talents and develop skills.

04 4485200

Swim among 33,000 aquatic animals including sharks, giant groupers and stingrays in The Dubai Mall’s 10-million-litre tank.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 8pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED130 for one adult and one child

Timing: Call to arrange time Guide price: AED875 for non-certified divers (includes short diving course), AED675 for certified divers


800 LEISURE (5347873)

A fun and interactive family-focused amusement centre in Deira City Centre and Mall of the Emirates.


Timings: Daily 10am to midnight Guide price: Rides vary in price. Buy a AED50 credit voucher and get an extra AED10 free, AED100 – AED40 free, AED200 – AED80 free

Based in Dubai Marina behind the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, this centre offers tandem skydiving for thrillseeking tourists.

800 28843867

Admire unparalleled views of Dubai in this spectacular tour through the tallest building in the world.

Timings: Sun to Wed 9am to midnight. Thu 8.30am to midnight. Sat 4.30am to midnight Guide price: Adults AED125, children (4 to 12 years) AED95. Children aged three or under go free. Immediate entry AED400 DUbAI LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW

04 3244555

WATER WORLD From world-class water parks to mesmerising aquariums, there is a host of marine adventures to be had in Dubai. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Teeming with creatures of the deep, this award-winning attraction is located at The Dubai Mall. Visitors can gaze at hundreds of brightly coloured fish, rays and sharks. Walk through a viewing tunnel for an incredible view of this underwater world or for an even better perspective, there is the chance to scuba dive inside the vast tank. Aquaventure Waterpark Reignite your sense of adventure with a visit to this sprawling water park where white-knuckle rides, river rapids and a pristine beach await. The recently opened Tower of Poseidon (pictured) boasts heart-pumping water slides and the longest zipline in the Middle East. Wild Wadi Located in front of iconic Burj Al Arab, this fun attraction features Tantrum Alley with two downhill water slides and three tornadoes among the many high-octane rides.


Amusements & attractions bURJ KHALIFA ObSERVATION DECK (AT THE TOP)

A brilliant light and sound show featuring Egyptianthemed graphics and a storyline depicting The Return of the Pharaohs.

Timings: Daily 9.30pm at Wafi Guide price: Free of charge FERRARI WORLD AbU DHAbI

02 4968001/

Ride rollercoasters, race in an F1 simulator and feel the force of being propelled 62m into the air.

Timings: Daily, 11am to 8pm. Guide price: AED235 for

visitors over 1.3m tall, AED195 for visitors below 1.3m. Premium tickets available

A 'mini city' in which kids can role play over 80 adult professions including pilots, doctors and firefighters.

Timings: Sun to Wed 9am to 9pm,Thu 9am to 11pm, Fri and Sat 10am to11pm Guide price: AED 95 for children aged two to three, AED140 for four to 16-year-olds. LITTLE ExPLORERS

050 1533222

Timings: From 2pm to dusk Sun to Thu. From 11am to dusk Fri and Sat. Guide price: Adults AED1,750. Cash only

04 4485222

04 4297949

Peekaboo! Creative Play offers fun activities for 0 to seven-year-olds such as cookery classes, face painting and board games.

Guide to the greens Golf is one of the most popular activities in the emirate and a host of world-class courses offer an incredible day out on the greens. Emirates Golf Club is one of the city’s best loved spots and hosts the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic, part of The Race To Dubai each February. The prestigious event sees the club play host to some of the sport’s international greats and the Faldo course is a particular draw all year round with expertly designed greens and the option of golfing at night on the specially floodlit course. Contact: Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City is an 18-hole, championship golf course featuring an award winning clubhouse, four restaurants and a luxurious spa. Contact:

Timings: Mall of the Emirates, 10am to 9pm. Ibn Battuta Mall, 10am to 9pm. The Village Mall, 9am to 8pm Guide price: From AED40 per hour SEGA REPUbLIC

04 4488484

Explore five zones and 150 amusement games at the first Sega Republic indoor theme park in the region.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 1am Guide price: Thrill ticket AED 160 Platinum Power Pass AED220 THE DUbAI FOUNTAIN

800 382246255

From the foot of the world's tallest building, watch the world’s tallest dancing fountain shoot jets of water 150 metres into the air in time to music.

Timings: Sat to Thu 1 to 1.30pm, 6pm and every 30 minutes thereafter until 11pm. Friday 1pm, 2pm, 6pm and every 30 minutes thereafter until 11pm Guide price: Free of charge WONDERLAND

04 3243222

Creekside family entertainment village is a great day out for the entire family.

Timings: Daily Splashland 10am to 6pm, theme park 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED125 adults, AED115 children, under four AED40 and younger free



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Arts & crafts CAFÉ CERAMIQUE

04 3447331/04 3410144

Create your own piece of pottery art at Café Ceramic.

Timings: Daily 9am to 10pm to midnight Guide price: ceramic prices vary from AED45 to AED200 JAM JAR

04 3417303

Head to Jam Jar for a threehour painting session.

Timings: Sat to Thu 10am to 8pm, Fri 2 to 8pm. Closed Sun Guide price: Prices start at AED85 per canvas


04 3380201

Learn all about the national bird of prey at the falconry centre just outside Meydan Racetrack.

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am

to 1pm and 4 to 10pm Guide price: Free of charge SNOw pENgUINS AT SkI DUbAI Visitors have a rare opportunity to interact with these remarkable birds in a oneof-a-kind encounter.

Timings: Sun to Thu 1 to 9pm, Fri and Sat noon to 9pm Guide price: AED145 per person


04 3340808

An interactive science and cultural centre.

Timings: Sat to Thu 9am to 8.30pm, Fri 3 to pm Guide price: AED15 adults, AED10 children 2 to 15 years and AED40 for a family ticket ENCOUNTER ZONE

04 3247747

Wafi’s adventure playground for kids. Look out for 'Lunarland', 'Galatica' and the skate park.

Timings: Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu and Fri 10am to midnight Guide price: AED45 for five hours, AED35 for two hour. AED35 for Lunarland (under eight years) two-hour pass

Ice skating (see Sports)

Marine adventures DOLpHIN bAY

04 4261030

For the ultimate aquatic experience that you'll never forget, meet Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins under the supervision of marine mammal specialists at

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. This is one of Dubai's most famous attractions.

Timings: Open 10am to sunset. Guide price: Individual



800 WOWRAK (969725)

A sprawling ice-themed water park in the middle of the desert.

Timings: Sun to Wed and Fri 10am to 6pm. Thu and Sat 10am to 7pm Guide price: Above 1.2m AED150. Below 1.2m AED100

rate AED790 with access to Aquaventure and private beach DUbAI AQUARIUM & UNDERwATER ZOO


04 4485200

Marvel at the diverse collection of marine life or swim with the sharks at The Dubai Mall. There are also glass-bottom boat rides for the less brave and a behind-the-scenes tour.

04 3241222/04 3243222

Splashland is a fun family water park near the Dubai Creek featuring slides, twisters, a lazy river, water cannons and children’s activity pool.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to midnight Guide price: Combo ticket AED55

Timings: Daily from 10am to 6pm Guide price: AED105 adults; AED95 children


04 3484444

wILD wADI With its central location next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, along with funpacked rides, this water park is always a hit with adults and children of all ages.

04 3369773

Learn more about dolphins, seals and other marine life at this fully air-conditioned dolphinarium.

Timings: Shows Mon to Thu 11am and 6pm. Fri and Sat 11am, 3pm and 6pm. Closed Sun Guide price: From AED120 adults; AED80 children

Timings: Daily from 10am to 6pm Guide price: AED225 adults; AED175 children under 1.1m, children under two go free


04 4260000

Discover a maze of underwater halls and tunnels, with 65,000 marine animals swimming at the Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis, The Palm.

Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm Guide price: AED100 for

adults, AED70 for children aged three to eight

Waterparks AQUA pLAY

800 LEISURE (5347873)

Aimed at children from the age of two to eight, Dubai's latest waterpark is both fun and educational.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to

10pm, Thu 10am to midnight, Friday 9am to midnight and Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: From AED5 AQUAVENTURE

04 4260000

Ride the rapid and shoot down the fastest free-fall slide in the Middle East into a shark-filled lagoon. Located at the Atlantis, The Palm.

Timings: Daily from 10am to sunset Guide price: AED225 for adults, AED180 for children under 1.2 metres DREAMLAND AQUA pARk

06 7681888

Perfect for families and only an hour’s drive from Dubai, this large fun-filled park has a number of entertaining rides.

Timings: Sun to Thu 10am

to 6pm. Fri, Sat and public holidays the park is open for families only from 10am to 8pm (no all-male groups) Guide price: AED135 adults; AED85 children

There is a host of beautiful green spaces peppered across Dubai where visitors can enjoy a peaceful oasis in the city. Safa Park This sprawling green space is situated minutes from Dubai’s thriving Business Bay district, close to Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall. The park boasts lakes, cafés and an art library. Dubai Miracle Garden The dreamy landscape of Dubai Miracle Garden offers the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city. The futuristic garden in the Arabian Ranches area of the city is home to more than 45 million blooms in all shapes and sizes with 45 different varieties of flower on show. Dubai Creek Park Lining the shores of Dubai Creek, in the heart of the city’s historic quarter, is Dubai Creek Park. This verdant oasis is a much loved destination for families who flock to its green spaces on weekends and evenings. More than 80 types of trees and flowers have been planted here, alongside expansive lawns.

5. Dolphin Bay, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai 6. At the Top 7. Emirates Golf Club


04 6010111

(7,303 yards, par-72) This championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II.

Green fees: Sun to Thu AED595 for 18 holes. Fri and Sat AED875 for 18 holes ARAbIAN RANCHES gOLF CLUb

04 3663000

(6,531 yards, par-72) This is a popular course with both visitors and locals, designed by Ian Baker-Finch.

Green fees: Sun to Thu AED460, Fri and Sat AED550 for 18 holes(AED60 cart free added each day)



04 2956000

(6,800 yards, par-71) The superbly manicured fairways feature date and palm trees, lakes and the Creek on at least four holes.

Green fees: Sun to Thu AED695 and Fri to Sat AED595 for 18 holes EMIRATES gOLF CLUb

04 3802222

Majlis Course:

(7,211 yards, par-72)

Faldo Course:

(6,916 yards, par-73)

The Par Three:

1,239 yards, par-27) Emirates Golf Club is home to the annual Dubai Desert Classic tournament, but also offers everything from fine dining



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to bar bites available alongside top-notch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a spa.

can safely accommodate up to 12 people in a group at the same time.

Green fees: majlis course daily

Timings:10am to 9pm Guide price: aeD100 for 30

aeD995 for 18 holes. Faldo course sun to thu aeD595 and Fri to sat aeD595 for 18 holes

minutes with unlimited shots



04 8145555

(3,299 yards, par-36, nine holes) This pretty nine-hole course features wooden gazebos, views of the Arabian Gulf and peacocks which roam the fairways.

Green fees: sun to thu aeD160 for 9 holes and aeD240 for 18 holes. Fri and sat aeD195 for 9 holes and aeD320 for 18 holes. twilight rate is aeD125 from approximately 5.10pm JumEIRAh GOLF ESTATES


04 3240000

For an exciting and challenging rock-face experience perfect for fit and energetic types, why not head to the only state-of-the-art textured indoor climbing wall in the UAE?

Timings: sat to thu 6.30am to 10pm, Fri 9am to 9pm Guide price: aeD60 for one hour with an instructor

04 3752222


(6,473 yards, par-72) Fire Course: (6,507 yards, par-72)

It's a challenge, but at more than 15 metres high (that's

Earth Course:

One of Dubai’s most prestigious golfing destinations, host of last year’s Dubai World Championship.

Green fees: sun to thu aeD495 and Fri and sat aeD795 for 18 holes ThE ADDRESS mONTGOmERIE DuBAI

04 3905600

04 3065061

animal encounters one of the most exciting and memorable activities to enjoy in Dubai involves getting up close and personal to a range of exciting creatures.

(7,396 yards, par-72) One of the most luxurious golf clubs in Dubai, the Colin Montgomerie-designed course features lakes, landscaped gardens and 81 large bunkers.

Green fees: Daily

aeD825 for 18 holes ThE ELS CLuB

04 4251010

(7,538 yards, par-72, 18 holes) Set on undulating slopes of native desert vegetation, this links-style course offers a challenging round.

Green fees: Daily aeD895 for 18 holes



04 8523211

Think you’re Robin Hood? Put your archery skills to the test while taking in the scenic views of the Hajar Mountains.

Timings:8am to 6pm Guide price: sun to thu aeD50 for 30 minutes and Fri aeD50 for 30 minutes JEBEL ALI ShOOTING CLuB

04 8836555

The 5,000-square-metre soft sand archery range

Meet the penguins meet the newest and undoubtedly the cutest arrival at Dubai aquarium and underwater Zoo. a baby Humboldt penguin has been born on site to proud parents rami and circo. the fluffy chick has already taken some tentative steps outside its nest, entertaining visitors to this mesmerising space at the Dubai mall. Feathered friends meet a host of colourful new characters at Dubai Dolphinarium. the fun-filled venue now boasts the uae’s only exotic bird show featuring over 20 species of birds and parrots. learn all about these fascinating feathered friends with informative talks on their natural habitats, social structures, training and conservation issues. Dolphin Bay swim with dolphins and enjoy a once-in-alifetime encounter with these magical creatures. Dolphin Bay at atlantis the Palm, Dubai offers incredible experiences where you can meet and swim with these special mammals.

nearly 50 feet), this is the UAE's highest climbing wall.

Timings: sat to thu 2 to 10pm. closed Fri Guide price: aeD90 per hour without an instructor. aeD75 with an instructor

Diving PADI and BSAC approved instruction is available at all levels. Hotels will organise dives on request. Freediving courses are also available.

Guide price: two-day PaDi course for supervised dives up to 12 metres, aeD1,850. Pleasure dives from aeD400

Fishing Individual hotels without marinas can also arrange fishing trips on request




04 2950516

Experience the thrill of deep-sea fishing in the Arabian Gulf.

Timings: call for details Guide price: From aeD500 per person ART mARINE

04 4068825

Charter a vessel for six people or more and take to the Arabian Gulf’s turquoise waters.

Timings: call for details Guide price: aeD750 per hour onwards DuBAI CREEK GOLF & YAChT CLuB

04 2054646

Up to six people can enjoy a day of fishing.

Timings: 8am to 6pm Guide price:aeD2,000 for four hours. longer trips are available as required FIRST YAChT

04 3754148/050 6550313 Up to seven people can enjoy a day of fishing.

8. Snow penguins, Ski Dubai 9. Wake boarding 10. Rock climbing 11. Wild Wadi

Timings: 6am onwards Guide price:aeD3,400

for four hours.


04 8145555

Take a group fishing trip and make the catch of the day. Timings: mon and Wed 3 to 6.30pm Guide price: aeD1,750 for four hours on the boat. NO BOuNDARIES

050 2514988

Book in for seafishing in southern Oman and stay the night in a lodge.

Timings: call for details Guide price: aeD4,400 a day for up to four people. aeD440 to stay in a lodge


04 2573084

Up to seven people can be accommodated on private fishing trips.

Timings: From 6am to 10am and midday to 4pm Guide price: aeD2,500 per hour



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050 1002477

Catch your own lunch on a deep-sea fishing trip.

Timings: From 7am Guide price: From

AED1,800 for four hours. No fish, no pay guarantee

Horseracing The season is November to March. For more information, visit


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From show jumping and dressage to desert hacking and stable tours, the club offers a wide range of equestrian experiences.

Timings: Desert hack 6 to 8am or 5 to 7pm Guide price: AED350 EMIRATES EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

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A British Horse Society-approved riding and training centre for all abilities. Learn show jumping, dressage and eventing.

Timings: Lessons from 7 to 11am 4 to 7pm Guide price: AED145 for adult group lesson. AED250 for private lesson JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA

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Enjoy the natural desert surrounding in a resort setting, or

RACE DAY For an exhilarating day out all of the family will enjoy Dubai Autodrome’s Indoor Kartdome offers non-stop fun. The circuit boasts a fleet of leisure karts that deliver an excellent racing experience while ensuring safety at all times. The state-of-the-art facility also hosts daily ‘Arrive & Drive’ sessions meaning visitors can easily turn up and enjoy an exhilarating drive around the expertly designed track. Fully equipped and with knowledgeable instructors, this is one of the city's best driving days out. Contact: 04 4361422


Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED30 for

take lessons under the guidance of qualified riding instructors.

mini golf and fun course. Hotel entry fee redeemable against hotel facilities

Timings: Tue to Sun 7am to noon and 4 to 7pm Guide price: AED150 for a 30-minute lesson, AED200 for a one-hour outdoor ride (experienced riders only)

Motorsports DRAG RACING


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This out-of-town equestrian centre offers riding lessons and desert hacks as well as the chance to meet and learn about camels.

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

Timings: See website for availability Guide price: From AED55

Timings: 9am to 12noon Guide price: Desert

riding from AED200


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Ice skating

Experience the thrill of Formula One, screeching around Yas Marina Circuit at top speed as a passenger in an F1 two-seater.


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Cool off and burn a few calories skating around the Olympic-sized ice rink or try your hand at 10-pin bowling.

Timings: Call for details Guide price: AED70 for two

hours of ice skating. Includes park entrance and skate hire

Timings: See website

for availability Guide price: AED1,200 3000 Yas Experience

12. Ski Dubai 13. Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club 14. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club 15. Dubai Autodrome


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This Olympic-sized ice skating rink is situated at The Dubai Mall and is perfect for skaters of all skill levels.


Timings: See website

for availability Guide price: Private tuition starts at AED1,500 for private tuition

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm; Thu to Sat, 10am to 11.45pm. Guide price: AED55 for two hours



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This ice skating rink at the Hyatt Regency Dubai offers professional coaching and fun for the whole family.

Timings: Sun and Tue 10am to 9.30pm; Mon, Wed and Sat 10am to 9.30pm Guide price: Sun to Wed AED35; Thu to Sat AED40 including skate hire

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The Formula One-standard track on the outskirts of Dubai boasts an outdoor and an air-conditioned kartdrome with hi-tech machines.

Timings: Call for details Guide price: Free of charge.

Timings: Daily 3 to 10pm Guide price: AED100 for

Call for season information

30 minutes


Mini golf


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Enjoy a guided canoeing tour through Khor Kalba nature reserve while spotting birds and other sea life along the way.

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Fun, cross country golf course and driving range with scenic views of the Hajar Mountains.


The facility includes two polo fields, a riding school and equestrian centre.

Located on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi highway, watch polo while enjoying a meal in the clubhouse. Nonmembers are welcome.

The centre at Jebel Ali provides karting for everyone over the age of eight on its one-kilometre track just outside Dubai.


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Take your pick from five boats that can be chartered for a day on the water or go one step further and learn to sail one yourself.

Guide price: Call for details SUMMERTIME MARINE

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Enjoy the ultimate holiday experience when you set sail on a luxury yacht ranging in size from 50 to 188ft.

Guide price: AED6,400

for four hours


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The fortress-style architecture opens to an indoor and outdoor shooting academy and floodlit clay-shooting ranges.

Timings: Winter – Wed to Mon 1 to 10pm; summer – Wed to Mon 3pm to midnight Guide price: Outdoor AED220 for 25 shots; indoor AED140 SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB

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One of the UAE’s biggest shooting clubs.




Guide price: AED220 DUSAIL

Guide price: AED300 per person for a day’s trip. See Listings for tour operators

Timings: Call for details Guide price: Call for details

Timings: Call for details Guide price: From AED115

Learn how to sail or improve your sailing skills with twoday courses or day training in the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Timings: 12 noon to 10pm Guide price: AED185 for .22, AED180 for 9mm and AED235 for .38. Sessions last for 40 minutes



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Tour operators offer biking trips through the Hajar Mountains, with gear provided. Trips include pickup and lunch on request.



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.



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Chill out at the indoor snow park and ski slope, in Mall of the Emirates.

Timings: Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm; Thu 10am to midnight; Fr 9am to midnight; Sat 9am to 11pm Guide price: AED120 for entry to Snow Park for adults, AED110 for children; AED180 for adults and AED150 for children for two hours on the ski slope

Watersports Hotels can organise watersports on request. Some have their own facilities. See Taste section for hotel telephone numbers

Guide price:

Banana rides AED150 for 20 minutes Parasailing AED250 per ride Waterskiing AED150 for 20 minutes Wakeboarding AED150 for 20 minutes Windsurfing AED170 per hour

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Superb restaurants, chic cocktail bars and hip nightclubs make Dubai a stylish and sophisticated city for fine food and drink

Hotel outlets & promotions

Al QAsr, mADinAt jumeirAH

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Umm Suqeim For a delicious selection of authentic Thai food, book a table at Pai Thai. Relax and unwind with delicious cocktails at Koubba Bar.

Al BustAn rotAnA

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Choices offers a wonderful array of international dishes to enjoy with theme nights throughout the week. Or head to Blue Elephant for the best in Thai cuisine. Benihana – Japanese Blue Elephant– Thai Choices – International Mawal – Lebanese Rodeo Grill – Steakhouse

Al GHurAir rAYHAAn BY rotAnA

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Liwan serves a delicious international selection at the Friday Family Brunch with live cooking stations, a dedicated section for children and mocktails, smoothies, shakes and soda pops. From AED165 per person. Liwan – International Shayan – Iranian Yasmin Lounge – Lounge Buzz Deli Cafe – Cafe

Al mAHA Desert resort & spA

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Al Diwaan is a popular gourmet restaurant serving an eclectic selection of international cuisine in a stunning desert setting. Al Diwaan – International

Al mAnzil Hotel

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Downtown Dubai One of Dubai's favourite sports bars, Nezesaussi Grill is a lively spot with good food. An inviting atmosphere makes it a great place to relax with friends and family.

Al Fayrooz Lounge – Afternoon tea Al Hambra – Spanish Arboretum – International Khaymat Al Bahar – Arabic Koubba Bar – Cocktail bar MJ'S – Steakhouse Pai Thai – Thai Pierchic – Seafood

AmwAj rotAnA

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Jumeirah Beach Residence Brandish your chopsticks at Benihana where the finest Japanese food awaits. For gourmet Italian dishes served in a beautiful setting with views out to the Arabian Gulf you might like to also pay a visit to Rosso. Benihana – Japanese Horizon – International Rosso – Italian

AnAntArA DuBAi tHe pAlm resort & spA

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Palm Jumeirah Crescendo is a sophisticated buffet-style restaurant which offers the delights of international cuisine within a dazzling setting. Set by the waters of the infinity pool, the spacious outdoor terrace affords fabulous views of the coast, complemented by the succulent delicacies prepared at the live cooking stations. Bushman’s Australian Restaurant & Bar – Australian Crescendo – International Mekong – Asian The Beach House - Mediterranean The Lotus Lounge - Lounge

ArABiAn rAncHes Hotel & Golf cluB

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An elegant, out-of-town venue with fine international food served at the signature Ranches Restaurant. For a relaxing evening visit Birdies for some drinks and light bites at this lively sports lounge.

Conservatory – International The Courtyard Restaurant – Arabic Nezesaussi Grill – Sports bar

Ranches Restaurant – International Birdies – Sports lounge

Al murooj rotAnA – DuBAi

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Downtown Dubai Head to Pergolas for fine international fare and delicious seafood served in a sophisticated setting where you can enjoy an array of dishes from every corner of the globe. Or try Zaika Restaurant for a vibrant and authentic taste of Indian cuisine. Alegra – Nightclub Double Decker – English Mawal – Lebanese Pergolas – International Zaika Restaurant – Indian



ArmAni Hotel DuBAi Downtown Dubai Armani/Lounge presents a sixcourse Christmas degustation menu of Italian gastronomy. Enjoy classic and contemporary flavours matched by sommelier recommendations. Priced from AED700 per person. Available December 20 to 26. Armani/Amal – Indian Armani/Hashi – Japanese Armani/Mediterraneo – Mediterranean Armani/Deli – Italian Armani/Privé – Lounge/nightclub Armani/Ristorante – Italian fine dining

AsiAnA Hotel

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The property’s signature restaurant Sonamu offers fine Korean cuisine and is ideal for those seeking a place to socialise. Also try Lamesa which offers an authentic Filipino dining experience. With a cosy warm ambience and chefs serving a wide selection of dishes, this is an excellent choice for Filipino cuisine. Hanabi – Japanese Lamesa – Filipino Sea World – Seafood Sonamu – Korean Yuraku – Japanese



AtlAntis tHe pAlm, DuBAi

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Palm Jumeirah With 20 restaurants, bars and lounges brought to you by world-renowned chefs, Atlantis, Dubai is one of the most diverse and iconic culinary destinations in the city. Make your weekend lunch something special with the different flavours and styles at Kaleidoscope. Each venue is unique and, as you’d expect from a five-star venue, there’s something to suit every taste and occasion. Asia Republic – Asian Barazura – Cocktail bar Kaleidoscope – International Levantine – Arabic Nasimi – International N'Dulge – Nightclub Nobu – Japanese Ossiano – Seafood Plato's – Afternoon tea Ronda Locatelli – Italian Rostang – French Saffron – Asian Seafire – Steakhouse The Burger Joint – American diner

Auris plAzA Hotel Al BArsHA

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1. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City 2. Afternoon tea, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai 3. Celebrities Restaurant, One&Only Royal Mirage 4. Armani/Hashi, Armani Hotel Dubai 5. Blue Flame Restaurant, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

This inner city hotel is home to Didon Restaurant, a traditional Arabic eatery, well-known for its Levantine-inspired dishes, warm atmosphere and fantastic service. Didon Restaurant – Arabic

BAB Al sHAms Desert resort & spA

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Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant offers traditional local dishes in a stunning setting. Al Forsan – International Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant – Arabic Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge – Cocktail bar Al Shurouq – Rooftop terrace Masala – Indian Pizzeria Le Dune – Italian Ya Hala – Arabic tea bar


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Enjoy the finest in Arabic fare at Al Iwan restaurant where sensational local dishes are offered. The Skyview Bar is a wonderful destination to enjoy a cocktail and breathtaking views out to the Arabian Gulf. Al Iwan – Arabic Al Mahara – European Al Muntaha – International Bab al Yam – International Juna Lounge – Cocktail bar Junsui – Far Eastern Majlis Al Bahar – Mediterranean Sahn Eddar – Afternoon tea Skyview Bar – Cocktail bar

ConrAd, duBAi

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Sheikh Zayed Road Modern and elegant venue in the heart of Dubai's financial and shopping district. For fine wines try Cave or enjoy the best of British at Marco Pierre White Grill. Izel – Latin American Marco Pierre White Grill – British Purobeach Urban Oasis – Lounge Ballarò – Sicilian Cave – Wine bar

CourtyArd By MArriott, duBAi Green CoMMunity

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Green Community A relaxing out-of-town property with an excellent buffet offering an eclectic mix of dishes at Pine Grill international restaurant. Try The Bar for a relaxing evening drink.

duBAi MArine BeACh resort & sPA

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Located in the heart of Jumeirah, hip lounges and stylish restaurants attract a late-night crowd at this vibrant and varied venue with Boudoir, Loca Restaurant and Bar and Sho-Cho hosting regular theme nights to enjoy. Al Khayma – Arabic Al Qasr – Lebanese Boudoir – French/nightclub Capanna Nuova – Italian El Malecon – Cuban Flooka – Mediterranean Loca Restaurant & Bar – Tex-Mex Lounge Bar – Afternoon tea Serai – Arabic nightclub Sho-Cho – Japanese Taverna – International Thai Bistro – Thai

duBAi MArriott hArBour hotel & suites

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Dubai Marina The Observatory is one of the most picturesque venues in the city to celebrate New Year overlooking Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. Priced at AED1,299 per person for house beverages package. Az.u.r – Mediterranean Counter Culture – International The Observatory – International

dusit thAni duBAi

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Sheikh Zayed Road Enjoy the finest in Italian cuisine at PAX which also boasts stunning views across Dubai.

Aquamarine – Pool bar Cucina Italian Kitchen – Italian Pine Grill – International Rendezvous – International The Bar – Casual bar

Benjarong – Thai Dusit Delicatessen – Deli gourmet My Bar – Bar Pax – Italian The Californian – International

Crowne PlAzA duBAi

FAirMont duBAi

Sheikh Zayed Road

Sheikh Zayed Road

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Al Dana restaurant offers a wide selection of tasty international dishes and traditional Arabic delicacies. Al Dana – International Al Fresco – Italian Al Tannour – Arabic Harvester’s Pub – English Oscar’s Vine Society – Wine bar Sakura – Japanese Trader Vic's – Polynesian Wagamama – Far Eastern Western Steakhouse – Steakhouse Zinc – Nightclub

Crowne PlAzA duBAi deirA

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Enjoy sumptuous flavours from all over the globe at Spice Island.

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Gourmet international dishes are the order of the day at Spectrum on One. Bridges – Bar Cascades – International Cin Cin – Wine bar Nine – Arabic lounge Spectrum on One – International The Cigar Bar – Cigar lounge The Exchange Grill – Steakhouse The Sushi Café – Japanese

FAirMont the PAlM, duBAi

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Palm Jumeirah Home to a variety of highend restaurants including Flow Kitchen, Seagrill on 25° Restaurant and Frevo.

Dubai Festival City

Ba Restaurant and Lounge – Chinese Frevo - Brazilian Flow Kitchen – International Mashrabiya Lounge – Lounge The Cigar Room – Lounge Seagrill on 25° Restaurant & Lounge - Seafood The Cigar Room - Lounge Delicacy - Deli

The Belgian Beer Café boasts a hearty selection of fare.

FujAirAh rotAnA resort & sPA

Belgian Beer Café – European Mazar – Afternoon tea Zaytoun – International

Al Aqah Beach

Aquarium Lounge – Afternoon tea Harry's Place – American Spice Island – International

Crowne PlAzA duBAi FestivAl City

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This out-of-town option is popular as a weekend getaway with Dubai residents. Al Falaj – Lobby lounge Mozaique – International Waves – International

DINE BY CUISINE ARABIC Mawal – Al Bustan Rotana The Courtyard Restaurant – Al Manzil Hotel Mawal – Al Murooj Rotana – Dubai Khaymat Al Bahar – Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Didon – Auris Plaza Hotel, Al Barsha Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Al Tannour – Crowne Plaza Dubai Sakura – Crowne Plaza Dubai Al Khayma – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Al Qasr – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa The Sushi Café – Fairmont Dubai Awtar – Grand Hyatt Dubai Al Basha – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Shahrzad – Hyatt Regency Dubai Al Nafoorah – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Al Nafoorah – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Al Khaima – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Al Diwan – Metropolitan Palace Hotel Fakhreldine Lebanese Restaurant – Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Café Arabesque – Park Hyatt Dubai The Lounge – Park Hyatt Dubai Al Hadiqa Restaurant & Tent – Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers Topkapi – Taj Palace Hotel Na3Na3 – The Address Dubai Mall Al Bayt – The Palace Downtown Dubai Ewaan – The Palace Downtown Dubai Amaseena – The RitzCarlton Dubai

ASIAN Benihana – Al Bustan Rotana Blue Elephant, Al Bustan Rotana Pai Thai – Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Benihana – Amwaj Rotana Armani/Hashi – Armani Hotel Dubai Hanabi – Asiana Hotel Yuraku – Asiana Hotel Asia Republic – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Nobu – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Saffron – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Al Iwan – Burj Al Arab Junsui – Burj Al Arab Sho-Cho – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Thai Bistro – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Benjarong – Dusit Thani Dubai Peppercrab – Grand Hyatt Dubai Sushi – Grand Hyatt Dubai Wox – Grand Hyatt Dubai Toshi – Grand Millennium Dubai Buddha Bar – Grosvenor House, Dubai Siddharta Lounge – Grosvenor House, Dubai Summer Palace Chinese

Restaurant Lounge & Bar – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Miyako – Hyatt Regency Dubai Shanghai Chic – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel White Orchid – Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Beachcombers – Jumeirah Beach Hotel Nomad – Jumeirah Creekside Hotel ET Sushi – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hakkasan – Jumeirah Emirates Towers The Noodle House – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Tokyo@thetowers – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Zheng He’s, Mina A’ Salam – Madinat Jumeirah Rooftop Terrace – Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Wok-In Restaurant – Mövenpick Hotel Deira Eau Zone – One&Only Royal Mirage The Thai Kitchen – Park Hyatt Dubai Minato – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Sumibiya – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek The China Club – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Yum – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Icho – Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai Indothai – Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai Tomo – Raffles Dubai Shang Palace – Shangri-La Hotel Dubai Creekside – Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Peacock – Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers Sakura – Taj Palace Hotel Okku – The H Hotel Dubai Shiba – The Meydan FAI – The Palace Downtown Dubai Thiptara – The Palace Downtown Dubai Blue Rain – The RitzCarlton, Dubai International Financial Centre Spice Emporium – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

INDIAN Zaika Restaurant – Al Murooj Rotana – Dubai Armani/Amal – Armani Hotel Dubai Masala – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa iZ – Grand Hyatt Dubai Indigo by Vineet – Grosvenor House, Dubai Chor Bazaar – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Amala – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor – Meliá Dubai Chutney’s – Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Ashiana – Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Handi – Taj Palace Hotel

MEDITERRANEAN Rosso – Amwaj Rotana Armani/Peck – Armani Hotel Dubai Armani/Ristorante – Armani Hotel Dubai Ronda Locatelli – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Pizzeria Le Dune – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Majlis Al Bahar – Burj Al Arab Cucina Italian Kitchen – Courtyard by Marriott, Dubai Green Community Al Fresco – Crowne Plaza Dubai Capanna Nuova – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Flooka – Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa Az.u.r – Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites Pax – Dusit Thani Dubai Andiamo! – Grand Hyatt Dubai Dante – Grand Millennium Dubai Luciano’s – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Soda Box – Hotel Pullman Mall of the Emirates Foccacia – Hyatt Regency Dubai Cubo Pasta – Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai Mistral – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Sicilia – Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel La Traviata – Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Carnevale – Jumeirah Beach Hotel La Veranda – Jumeirah Beach Hotel Biscotti – Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Mosaico – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Brunello Restaurant – Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah The MED – Media One Hotel Prego’s – Media Rotana Dubai Sketch – Metropolitan Palace Hotel La Plaza – Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai Frankie’s – Oasis Beach Tower Thyme Restaurant – Oasis Beach Tower 101 – One&Only The Palm, Dubai La Moda – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Certo – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City Roccha Mediterranean Restaurant – Rixos The Palm Dubai Vivaldi – Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Rococo – Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Verdi – Taj Palace Hotel Shades – The Address Dubai Marina Bas Pasta – The Meydan Splendido – The RitzCarlton Dubai

Bussola – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

SEAFOOD Pierchic – Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Seaworld – Asiana Hotel Ossiano – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Fish Bazaar – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Divaz – Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Mi Vida – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Ossigeno – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Pizzeria – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Beach Bar & Grill – One&Only Royal Mirage Fish Market – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Al Mersat Restaurant – Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai Amwaj – Shangri-La Hotel Dubai Zeta – The Address Downtown Dubai

STEAKHOUSES Rodeo Drive – Al Bustan Rotana MJ’s, Al Qasr – Madinat Jumeirah Seafire – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Western Steakhouse – Crowne Plaza Dubai The Exchange Grill – Fairmont Dubai The Grand Grill – Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Terra Firma – InterContinental Dubai Festival City Blue Flame – Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Gaucho – Dubai International Financial Centre The Rib Room – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Rhodes Twenty10 – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Palm Grill – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Fire & Ice – Raffles Dubai Chef’s Steak House Restaurant – Rixos The Palm Dubai Ruth’s Cris Steak House – The H Hotel Dubai Prime – The Meydan Center Cut – The RitzCarlton, Dubai International Financial Centre Hunters – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina


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Grand Hyatt dubai

Hilton dubai creek

Oud Metha


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Sushi offers an incredible array of contemporary Japanese cuisine in stylish surroundings. Highlights of a newly revamped menu include fresh sushi, tempura and a host of mouthwatering traditional Japanese desserts.

Award-winning chefs Scott Price and Nick Alvis' table9 by nick and scott offers elegant cuisine in an intimate setting. Or you may like to try Issimo Bar & Lounge for the relaxing ambience and light bites on offer at this popular sports bar.

Andiamo! – Italian Awtar – Lebanese Cooz – Jazz bar iZ – Indian Manhattan Grill – American Panini – Italian deli and café Peppercrab – Singaporean Sushi – Japanese The Market Café – International Wox – Vietnamese

Glasshouse – International Issimo Bar & Lounge – Sports bar table9 by nick and scott – European

Grand MillenniuM dubai

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Toshi restaurant offers festive sushi with a succulent array of Asian delights. 6. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire at Intercontinental Dubai Festival City 7. Indigo by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai 8. Fish Market, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek 9. Okku, The H Hotel Dubai

Atrium – International Belgian Beer Café – European Crystal Bar – Bar Dante – Italian Toshi – Asian Exit 36 – Garden venue

Grosvenor House, dubai

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Dubai Marina Enjoy a sumptuous Christmas Day Lunch at Sloane’s. The buffet features classic favourites and special seasonal treats. Savour seafood, soups, and delectable roast meats, freshly prepared cuts from the live grill, Indian treats, continental fare, as well as an impressive selection of festive desserts.



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Bar 44 – Champagne bar Buddha Bar – Far Eastern Embassy Dubai – European Indego by Vineet – Indian Leaves – Afternoon tea Ottomans – Turkish Rhodes Mezzanine – British Rhodes in Residence– Afternoon tea Siddharta Lounge – Asian Sloane's – International The Bar – Bar The Gallery – Bar Toro Toro – South American

Habtoor Grand beacH resort & spa

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Dubai Marina Al Dhiyafa is hosting an international festive buffet on Christmas Eve. Al Basha – Arabic Al Dhiyafa – International Al Majlis – Afternoon tea Fish Bazaar – Seafood Thai Restaurant Luciano’s – Italian Polo Bar – Cocktail bar Summer Place Chinese Restaurant Lounge & Bar – Chinese Salamar – Garden lounge The Grand Grill – Steakhouse The White Lounge – Lounge The Underground Pub – English

Hatta Fort Hotel

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Enjoy drinks by the pool and watch your favourite films at Movies Under The Stars nights every Thursday and Friday. Café Gazebo – International Jeema Restaurant – International

Jebel ali GolF resort & spa

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Embark on a culinary journey at Ibn Majed. Buffets feature specialities from Germany, Thailand and India.

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Divaz – Seafood restaurant Mushref Bar – Cocktail bar Ibn Majed – International La Fontana – International La Traviata – Italian Tex Mex Steak House – American Sports Cafe – Sports bar White Orchid – Far Eastern

Dubai Marina

JuMeiraH beacH Hotel

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Savour sublime Italian food at this award-winning restaurant. Sleek interiors at BiCE Ristorante add to the ambience at this elegant evening destination. For a lively experience Pachanga offers Latin American flavours in a vibrant atmosphere. Axis Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea BiCE Skybar – Bar BiCE Restaurant - Italian Cuban Bar – Cuban Oceana – International Pachanga – Latin America Pure Sky Lounge - Lounge Studio One – Sports bar Wavebreaker – Beach bar

Hotel pullMan dubai Mall oF tHe eMirates

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Sheikh Zayed Road For multicultural cuisine, visit allday dining restaurant Sanabel. Sanabel – International Soda Box – Mediterranean Vantage – Cocktail bar

Hyatt reGency dubai

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Al Dawaar, Dubai’s only revolving rooftop restaurant, presents a sumptuous Christmas buffet this month with turkey, salmon, oysters and scrumptious desserts. Priced from AED220 per person, available December 25. Al Dawaar – International Carpenter's Bar – Sports bar Hibiki – Karaoke lounge Miyako – Japanese Shahrzad – Arabic The Bar – Cocktail bar The Kitchen – International The Premiere Nightclub– Nightclub

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Nine venues at this hotel are offering special brunches and dinners between December 24 and 25, while seven restaurants are staging special celebrations for New Year’s Eve. 360° – Terrace bar Beachcombers – Far Eastern Carnevale – Italian Der Keller – German Dhow & Anchor – English Go West – American Jamie's Italian – Italian La Parrilla – Argentinean Latitude – International La Veranda – Italian Mahiki – Nightclub Uptown – Bar

JuMeiraH creekside Hotel

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Blue Flame will this month be hosting a delicious dinner as part of New Year's Eve celebrations. The Gala Dinner will be held on December 31. Plumeria – Healthy café Blue Flame – Steak Cu-ba – Cuban Nomad – Asian Crimson Gallery - Afternoon tea

JuMeiraH eMirates toWers

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Alfie's offers a special December 25 brunch with a sumptuous selection of à la carte starters and mains, complemented by a cheese and dessert buffet and a seafood bar. Alfie's – English

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Al Nafoorah – Arabic Clique – Bar ET Sushi – Japanese Hakkasan – Chinese Harry Ghatto’s – Karaoke lounge The Ivy Dubai – International Mosaico – Mediterranean The Agency – Wine bar The Noodle House – Far Eastern The Rib Room – Steakhouse Tokyo@thetowers – Japanese Vu’s Bar – Champagne bar Vu's Restaurant – International

Dubai Festival City

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ibis World trade centre dubai

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Cubo Pasta is a popular spot for delegates at neighbouring World Trade Centre. Cubo Pasta – Italian

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Enjoy carol singers, a gingerbread house and classic Rock Me Amadeus show on New Year’s Eve at Anise. Anise – International Bistro Madeleine – French Eclipse – Champagne bar La Terrasse par Pierre Gagnaire - Lounge Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire – French Terra Firma Steakhouse – Steakhouse

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Palm Jumeirah Imperium lends French flavour to seasonal dinner packages on December 24 and 25. Christmas Day brunch also available. Al Nafoorah – Lebanese Amala – Indian C Club – Cigar lounge Imperium – French Lalezar – Turkish Plaj – Beachside international dining Sultan’s Lounge – Afternoon tea Voda bar – Vodka bar Voi – French Vietnamese



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Jumeira rotana Hotel

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Try some authentic German flavours in a series of traditional and delicious dishes from this influential European nation at Brauhaus.


Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai Marina

Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai is located in the heart of the city. Drop into La Plaza for a spot of Mediteranean fare.

Brunello Restaurant offers Italian cooking at its best in the chic surroundings of Palm Jumeirah.

La Plaza – Mediteranean Metro! – International Infinity – Pool bar

Beachside Barbecue – Brasserie Brunello Restaurant – Italian K-West Bar – Wine bar

mina a' salam, madinat JumeiraH

le méridien mina seyaHi BeacH resort & marina

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Umm Suqeim

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Dubai Marina

The Wharf is a British-style restaurant which serves delcious fare that includes big-bone, sticky beef ribs with mashed potatoes and the restaurant’s signature sticky sauce.

Latest Recipe offers an al fresco barbecue on the terrace with a variety of meats and seafood served in front of stunning views of the Gulf.

Dubai Marina Maya presents an exquisite Christmas Eve sharing menu of flavours from across the globe on December 24. Al Khaima – Arabic Al Murjan – Afternoon tea Maya – Mexican Bar Below – Wine bar Brasserie – International Mi Vida – Mediterranean/Seafood Ossigeno – Italian Pizzeria – Italian Rhodes Twenty10 – Steakhouse Seabreeze – Sports bar

media one Hotel

04 4271000

Dubai Media City The MED is a stylish yet relaxed Mediterranean eatery boasting stunning views over Palm Jumeirah. THE DEK on 8 – Terrace bar The Z:ONE Bar & Lounge – Bar The MED – Mediterranean

media rotana duBai

04 4350000 Al Barsha

Prego's presents a delicious selection of gourmet Italian fare. Channels – International Prego's – Italian Nelson’s Bar – Pub Rare – Nightclub The Terrace – Outdoor bar

melia duBai

04 3868111 Port Rashid

Celebrate the season with dinners and brunches at this hotel. Azalya – International Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor – Indian

Jumeirah Beach Residence

A quaint, old-school hotel located in Deira.

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le royal méridien BeacH resort & spa

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04 2270000

Al Shindagah – International Al Diwan – Lebanese Malate Bar & Restaurant – Filipino Sketch – Mediterranean

Boston Bar – American Brauhaus – German Five Dining – International

Barasti – International Latest Recipe – International Watatsumi – Japanese Latitude Bar – Bar

metropolitan palace Hotel

Yuan Contemporary cool meets traditional flavours at the latest exciting addition to Dubai’s dining scene. The exciting fine-dining concept offers a blend of traditional Szechuan cuisine in a modern setting. Delicious dishes such as Szechuanstyle sautéed string beans with minced chicken are among the menu highlights. Location: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Contact: 04 4262626 Ba An exciting Chinese dining venue has also opened its doors. Enjoy flavours from the eight regions of China as you dine gazing on spectacular sunset vistas over the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina. Location: Fairmont The Palm Contact: 04 4573338 The China Club A Dubai dining favourite, this elegant restaurant offers delicious dishes in a luxurious setting. Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek Contact: 04 2057333

Al Muna – International Al Samar Lounge – Afternoon tea Bahri Bar – Bar Shimmers – Beachside dining The Wharf – British Zheng He's – Chinese

mövenpick Hotel Bur duBai

04 3366000 Bur Dubai

Chutneys restaurant features a selection of traditional North Indian dishes. Some of the culinary delights include gosht korma, tawa murgh and fish tikka. Chutney's – Indian Fakhreldine Lebanese Restaurant – Lebanese Pulse The Club – Nightclub Rooftop Terrace – Far Eastern Somerset’s – English The Fountain – International

mövenpick Hotel deira

04 4440111 Deira

Located in the heart of Dubai’s historic quarter, this five-star property offers three food and beverage outlets for discerning tastes. Jigsaw – International Spiritz – Bar Wok-In Restaurant– Pan Asian

mövenpick Hotel iBn Battuta Gate

04 4440000 Jebel Ali

Enjoy an impressive festive feast of global delicacies served from all of the venue's restaurants. Mistral – Arabic Al Bahou – Brunch buffet Sicilia – Italian Shanghai Chic – Chinese Moroc Bar – Moroccan lounge Chor Bazaar – Indian

04 4498888

Start your weekend in style at West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge. Singer Harry Austin performs live rock and pop classics every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm. Enjoy the atmosphere with a 50 percent discount on selected beverages until 9pm. The Talk Restaurant & Lounge – International West Beach Bistro & Sports Lounge – Sports bar

mövenpick Hotel JumieraH lakes toWers

04 4380000

Jumeirah Lakes Towers Pay a visit to international restaurant Nosh for fine fare from all corners of the globe. Urban bar & kitchen – Gastro pub Nosh – International Crema lobby lounge – Lobby lounge

novotel World trade centre

04 3320000

Trade Centre Pay a visit to international restaurant Entre Nous for fine fare from all corners of the globe. Blue Bar – Belgian bar Entre Nous – International

oasis BeacH toWer

04 3994444

Jumeirah Beach Residence For a taste of Italy, don't miss a mouthwatering meal at Frankie's. There is also internationally renowned restaurant Wagamama. Frankie’s – Italian Mai Tai – Cocktail bar Thyme Restaurant – Mediterranean Wagamama – Noodle house

one&only royal miraGe

04 3999999 Al Sufouh

Celebrities restaurant has undergone an exciting redesign. Dine in style on delicious dishes such as wild mushroom risotto. Beach Bar & Grill – Seafood Celebrities – International Eauzone – Far Eastern Kasbar – Nightclub Nina – International Olives – International The Jetty – Beach Bar The Roof Top Lounge – Bar The Rotisserie – International Tagine – Moroccan

one&only tHe palm, duBai

04 4401010

The Palm Jumeirah STAY by Yannick Alleno presents a five-course Christmas Dinner on December 24 and 25. Priced from AED495 per person. 101 Dining Lounge and Bar – Mediterranean Stay by Yannick Alléno – French Zest – Oriental and Middle Eastern

park Hyatt duBai

04 6021234 Garhoud

Traiteur offers a Christmas Eve Festive Feast on December 24 priced from AED425 per person. Cafe Arabesque - Arabic The Lounge – Arabic The Terrace – Bar The Thai Kitchen – Thai Traiteur – French


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04 2227171 Deira

Savour Christmas Brunch from eight restaurants. Four packages are available from AED199 per person for food only. Enjoy festive delicacies such as English favourites from The Pub, seafood from Fish Market and prime rib carving at Palm Grill steakhouse. Desserts will be served from famous pastry shop, Boulevard Gourmet.

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Sheikh Zayed Road/DIFC Sample creative dishes from around the world at Petals. Café Rose – Afternoon tea Petals – International

shangRi-la hotel dubai

04 3438888

Sheikh Zayed Road Hoi An offers modern Vietnamese cuisine with French influences, served in a vibrant and colourful atmosphere.

04 4502000

Downtown Dubai

Radisson blu hotel, dubai media City

04 3669111

Dubai Media City Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner at Certo for a traditional Italian affair with a carefully crafted five-course set menu. Priced from AED215 per person. Certo – Italian Chef's House – International Icon Bar & Lounge – Sports bar Tamanya Terrace – Cocktail bar

Radisson Royal hotel dubai

04 3080000

Sheikh Zayed Road Celsius offers a delicious Christmas Eve buffet dinner this month with a wide selection of traditional dishes including turkey and festive sweets. Priced at AED195 per person including soft drinks. Celsius – All-day dining Mo*Vida Nightclub – Nightclub Icho – Japanese Indo Thai Asian Restaurant – Asian

RaFFles dubai

04 3248888 Oud Metha

The Raffles Roast Christmas Day Edition will be held in the Raffles Ballroom, transformed into a winter wonderland with igloos and a giant gingerbread house. Azur – International Crossroads – Cocktail Bar Fire & Ice – Steakhouse People By Crystal – Nightclub Raffles Salon – Afternoon Tea Tomo – Japanese

Ramada plaza JumeiRah beaCh

04 4398888

Jumeirah Beach Residence This hotel, located in Jumeirah Beach Residence, is home to the city's first Brazilian restaurant and well worth a visit.

Salt offers the finest seafood in a friendly dining atmosphere.

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

Radisson blu hotel, dubai downtown

Infiniti Bar & Terrace – Bar Lemon Pepper – International

Palm Jumeirah

A la Turca – International L'Olivo Restaurant – Italian Nargile - Shisha lounge Biber- Lounge Salt - Seafood

Boulvar – International Fish Market – Seafood Ku-Bu – Cocktail Bar La Moda – Italian Marbles – Lobby bar Minato – Japanese Palm Grill – Steakhouse Shabestan – Iranian Sumibiya – Asian The China Club – Chinese The Pub – English Up On The 10th – Jazz Bar Yum – Noodle bar

Located on the upper floors of a mixed-use building close to the thriving Business Bay district, this new property has excellent views of Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.

04 4575555

Armani/Amal Contemporary cool meets old-world charm at this first-class dining destination on the third floor of Armani Hotel Dubai. The finest ingredients are expertly prepared here for an exciting journey through Indian cuisine. Location: Armani Hotel Dubai Contact: 04 8883888 Amala Explore Mughlai cuisine at this stunning restaurant where a rich setting is created by wooden ceilings and glittering chandeliers. The Mughlai cooking style is strongly influenced by Iran and Turkey. Signature meals to enjoy at Amala include dal fry of yellow lentils, cumin, coriander and spinach and the delicious bharwan tandoori aloo which is a tasty mix of potato, paneer, pistachio and cashew nuts. Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Contact: 04 4530444 iZ The finest Indian cooking is presented with a fresh urban zeal at this chic eatery. Location: Grand Hyatt Dubai Contact: 04 3172221



Balcony Bar – Bar Dunes Café – International Hoi An – Vietnamese/French Ikandy – Cocktail bar Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Marrakech – Moroccan Shang Palace – Chinese

sheRaton dubai CReek hotel & toweRs

04 2281111 Deira

Vivaldi offers stunning views of Dubai Creek which present the perfect backdrop to a delicious Italian meal. Ashiana – Indian Chelsea Arms – English pub Creekside – Japanese Vivaldi – Italian

sheRaton JumeiRah beaCh ResoRt & toweRs

04 3995533

Dubai Marina Visit Peacock for delicious Chinese cuisine. Al Hadiqa Restaurant & Tent – Lebanese Ciao Ristorante – Italian Moods Bar – Bar Palm Garden – International Peacock – Chinese

10 Fish Market, Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek 11 Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai 12 Teatro, Towers Rotana 13 Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Meliá Dubai

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04 3772000

An abundance of dining options is on offer here including Mediterranean restaurant Sanabel offering a host of European fare. Sanctuary Pool Lounge - Lounge Sanabel - Mediterranean Vantage - lounge

soFitel dubai JumeiRah beaCh

04 4484848

Dubai Marina A.O.C. French Brasserie is offering exciting theme nights from seafood to Asian and Indian cuisine. Mondays mean an Arabian-themed buffet, Tuesday while Wednesdays are reserved for India cuisine. Seafood Night is on Thursdays while every Saturday brings a barbecue night. Finally, take a culinary tour of Italy every Sunday. AOC French Brasserie – French Plantation – Afternoon tea Rococo – Italian The Hub – Sports bar

Shores – International Fogueira –Brazilian




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04 4556677

Studio Du Chef is a chic restaurant offering the finest French fare. Manava – International Studio Du Chef – French Porterhouse Steaks & Grills – International Bottega - Italian Deli – Italian Hong Loong - Asian

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04 2232222 Deira

Handi is the place to go for fine Indian thali. Handi – Indian Le Rendezvous – International Sakura – Japanese Topkapi – Arabic Verdi – Italian

04 3813333

Enjoy the finest, succulent steaks with sensational racecourse views at stunning restaurant, Prime. Bas Pasta – Italian Equus Bar – Poolside dining Farriers – International Millennium Lounge – International Prime – Steak house Shiba – Asian

the oBeroi, dUBAi

04 4441444

Sheikh Zayed Road For an authentic taste of India, why not try a delicious meal at Ananta. This chic hotel, located close to Downtown Dubai and DIFC, also offers fine Asian fare Umai restaurant.

Downtown Dubai

Nine7One – International Umai – Asian Ananta – Indian The Lobby Lounge – Lounge The Lobby Bar - Bar

Fazaris offers the finest in Italian and Japanese cuisine.

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04 4368888

Calabar – Latin lounge Fazaris – Italian and Japanese Hukama - Chinese Neos – Cocktail bar Risala – Afternoon tea Zeta – Seafood

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04 4388888

Downtown Dubai Enjoy festive afternoon tea at Karat with ginger bread cookies and candy canes from December 1 to 31. Cabana – Lounge Karat – Afternoon tea Na3Na3 – Arabic

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04 4238888

Dubai Marina Kambaa offers festive flavours with mouthwatering seasonal delights including festive cookies, mince pies and gingerbread men. From December 1 to 30. Blends – Lounge bar Kambaa – Lobby lounge Mazina – International Shades – Mediterranean

the Address montgomerie dUBAi

04 3905600

Emirates Hills Enjoy tapas at Monty's every evening. Choose from an offering including crispy calamari with lemon mayonnaise. Available Sunday to Thursday from 7 to 9pm. Priced from AED109 per person. Monty's – Pub Links – International Monty Cristo's – Cigar lounge Nineteen – International

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04 5018888

Sheikh Zayed Road Savour the finest quality produce and a delicious steak at one of the city's most popular spots. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse offers a gourmet dining experience in chic surroundings. Okku – Japanese Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - Steakhouse Gold lounge – Lounge Mizaan - International

04 4287888

Downtown Dubai A Festive Eve Party at The Palace marks the season at Asado or Ewaan, where guests can savour a set menu or buffet on December 24, priced at AED300 at Asado and AED250 per person at Ewaan. Al Bayt – Arabic Asado – Argentinean Ewaan – Arabic FAI – Asian bar Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Thiptara – Thai

ARABIC TASTE Dubai's rich cultural mix has given rise to a wide variety of cuisines. All cooking styles can be found here from Italian and Japanese to Korean and Lebanese. Local Arabic food tends to be full of flavour with an array of spices used in rice, fish and meat dishes. On special occasions, such as weddings, camel is served while its milk is a healthy drink. Al Mahshi: Roasted lamb stuffed with rice, raisins, onions, eggs and a host of different spices and seasoning. This dish is usually prepared for feasts and weddings. Al Balaleet: A kind of fine pasta made from eggs, onion, cinnamon, sugar and oil.

04 3994000

Cit y dining

Lobby Lounge presents a traditional three-course menu of classics such as chestnut soup, roasted turkey with sage and onion, cranberry sauce and gravy. Try Christmas pudding with gingerbread ice cream. AED275 per person, from December 15 to 25. Amaseena – Arabic Blue Jade - Asian Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea Library Bar – Aperitifs/nightcaps Splendido – Italian

the ritZ-CArlton, dUBAi internAtionAl finAnCiAl Centre

04 3722222 DIFC

Center Cut offers extensive festive buffet, White Christmas Brunch, on December 25. Guests can celebrate outdoors on the terrace or inside for an intimate festive feel. Highlights include fresh seafood, oysters, carved prime rib and roasted turkey. Blue Rain – Thai Can Can – French bistro Center Cut – Steakhouse No.5 Lounge & Bar – Bar


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Al Murooj Rotana This stylish bar is located in the heart of the city. AQUArA

04 3627934

Dubai Marina Yacht Club Enjoy spectacular views over Dubai Marina. At.mosphere

04 8883828 Burj Khalifa

The world's 'Highest Restaurant from Ground Level'. BArZAr

04 3666197

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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Ideal for a lively night out, BarZar also serves British food.

Dubai Marina

04 4341320, 04 3997844, 0428943728

04 3994141


Enjoy delicious dishes from Blue Orange, Hunters and Spice Emporium at the Bubbalicious Friday brunch. Priced at AED650 per person with free flowing bubbly.

The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and Mirdif City Centre Authentic Italian cuisine in a friendly environment.

Blue Orange – International Bussola – Italian El Sur - Spanish Hunters – Steakhouse Oeno – Wine bar Senyar – Bar Spice Emporium – Thai

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04 3666730

04 3438000

Sheikh Zayed Road Long's Bar is a lively spot for New Year's Eve celebrations. There is also Christmas Dinner at Flavours on Two and Teatro on December 25. Teatro – International Long’s Bar – Bar Wraps – International

trAders hotel dUBAi

04 2659888 Deira

The Junction combines Arabian spirit with international style. Or choose from a wide selection of delicious and refreshing cocktails to relax and unwind at the chic Chameleon Bar. Chameleon Bar – Cocktail bar The Junction – International

04 332960

Fairmont Dubai A chic nightspot that attracts a trendy late-night crowd.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah Enjoy bruschetta sold in 10cm denominations. Chi’Zen

04 2329077, 04 3549288 Dubai Festival City and Mall of the Emirates

First-class Cantonese cuisine and amazing views. rivington grill

04 4230903, 04 3666464 Souk Al Bahar and Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Steak, fish and fine wine are the order of the day. the mAngo tree

04 4267313

Souk Al Bahar Enjoy delicious Thai cuisine while overlooking Burj Khalifa.

Sheikh Zayed Road


Moka Café serves an excellent daily international buffet with a host of dishes to choose from at this sumptuous feast served in a chic and contemporary setting. Moka Café – All-day dining

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah Chic décor and excellent cuisine. vip room

04 3881400

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Dubai's hottest new clubbing venue.

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West 14th

04 4477601

The Palm Jumeirah Expect succulent steaks at this New York grill and bar.



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PALM JUMEIRAH AND ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI This manmade island is home to an incredible selection of first-class restaurants, bars, entertainment and white sand beaches. Luxury resort Atlantis The Palm, Dubai calls this idyllic spot home. From world-class restaurants to the finest in designer shopping the hotel also offers family fun at Aquaventure water park set in 42 acres with speed slides, river rapids and lush tropical landscapes. Take a ride on the Palm Monorail for panoramas of this unique island.

DUBAI MARINA MALL, THE WALK AT JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE, JUMEIRAH BEACH Nestled among a clutch of skyhigh towers Dubai Marina Mall offers an unforgettable shopping experience. Browse designer brands before relaxing at a selection of restaurants or enjoy al fresco eateries lining the water’s edge. Minutes away are Jumeirah Beach and The Walk at JBR where a leafy boulevard boasts cafés, fivestar hotels and art stores. Skydive Dubai is based at Jumeirah Beach for your chance to soar over the stunning sights below.

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MADINAT JUMEIRAH, BURJ AL ARAB, JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL This picturesque cluster of Jumeirah properties boasts an eclectic range of luxury hotels, fine dining and entertainment. Shop at Souk Madinat, relax in the Assawan Spa or make waves at Wild Wadi water park. For the ultimate in luxury experiences visit Burj Al Arab with stunning ocean views, ornate interiors and decadent dining. Or enjoy the pristine beaches of Jumeirah Beach Hotel.


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Al Bustan Rotana Dubai Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa Al Manzil Hotel Al Murooj Rotana Dubai Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach Residence Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa Armani Hotel Dubai Asiana Hotel Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Auris Plaza Hotel Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana Arabian Ranches Hotel & Golf Club Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Burj Al Arab Centro Barsha by Rotana Conrad Dubai Courtyard by Marriott, Green Community Dubai







MALL OF THE EMIRATES, SKI DUBAI Hundreds of designer stores, boutiques and entertainment options abound in this sprawling mall. Enjoy a 14 screen cinema complex or dine in one of two food courts. For something different, try Ski Dubai. The Middle East’s first indoor skiing complex offers a range of alpine fun from skiing to snowboarding.















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MERCATO SHOPPING MALL, JUMEIRAH BEACH ROAD. The first themed shopping mall in the Middle East, Mercato is one of the city’s best loved retail spaces. It boasts beautiful Renaissance style architecture and represents the very best of Italy in Dubai. Home to over 130 shops, superb cafes, restaurants and a cinema, wander the mall's charming cobbled streets for an enjoyable experience.


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THE DUBAI MALL, BURJ KHALIFA AND THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN The world’s largest mall offers more than 1,200 shops alongside an abundance of dining and entertainment options. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is teeming with ocean life while The Dubai Fountain can be accessed from the mall where a stunning water show takes place every half hour each evening at the foot of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.











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DUBAI CREEK, SOUKS AND DUBAI MUSEUM The heart of the city, the Creek is a stunning spot to catch a glimpse of authentic Dubai. See dhows (traditional boats) ply their trade along the waters while early morning visitors will see fishermen at work on the river banks. Also in this part of the city is Dubai Museum which makes for a fascinating day out with interactive displays and exhibits charting the emirate’s history from its pearl diving days. Stop by the gold, spice and perfume souks for some traditional treasures before leaving this vibrant area.

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My Dubai Dubai-based fashion designer Aanchal Chanda shares her city highlights




I have lived all over the world from Delhi to New York and now Dubai. I have been in the UAE for four years and it now feels like home. I love living here as there is so much to discover. I enjoy Dubai 365 days a year but from December to March is my favourite time as all of my friends and family come and visit me back to back. My weekend generally starts with brunch with friends at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumierah. I also like to make time for sport at the weekend, whether it’s golf or bowling. At least one weekend in a month, I head to one of the resorts in Ras Al Khaimah, Oman or Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi for a lot of spa time and some lovely meals. In Dubai, there is an incredible selection of quality restaurants to choose from. Japanese restaurant Zuma at Dubai International Financial Centre is one of the city’s finest places to enjoy contemporary cuisine from the far east. Another of my favourites is Thiptara at The Palace Downtown,

Dubai, where stunning views of The Dubai Fountain and sensational Thai dishes make a memorable evening. After New York, Dubai is the ultimate shopping destination for me. The malls are just fabulous and the very definition of a one-stop shop. I would say I prefer Mall of the Emirates, unless I am going for Beach Road boutique shopping. The Dubai Mall is also fantastic as it has everything you could want and retains a feel of Arabic culture. Another aspect of life in Dubai I enjoy is the luxurious bars where I can unwind with friends and enjoy a refreshing drink. Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar at Grosvenor House Dubai is a chic spot with wonderful views out to the Arabian Gulf. Palm Jumeirah is another of my favourites and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray offers an elegant atmosphere. It is hard to choose my best memory from my time here, there are so many. When I bought my own place in Dubai, it felt great. The UAE has become such a comfort zone for me and for that reason, all of the moments here are cherished.

“I enjoy Dubai 365 days a year but from December to March is my favourite time as all of my friends and family come and visit me back to back”

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