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contents February 2013 General Information

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Events This Month

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Sports & Activities

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Shopping

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Dining Out

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Nightlife & Entertainment 56

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Map of Dubai

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his month sees the return of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, where Serena Williams will be battling it out with the top females in the business, and the legendary Roger Federer will be showing us what it takes to be a winner. The Dubai Jazz Festival is also back and is packed with groups like OneRepublic, 3 Doors Down, Deep Purple, the Script and many more, so if you’re in town between the 14th and 22nd Feb, get down to Festival Park for a great night out. The ever-romantic Valentine’s Day is upon us again and this issue is packed with things to impress your better half! From extravagant dining options, breathtaking seaplane rides above the city and slow balloon rides across the desert, we’re sure you’ll find something to make this year a memorable one. But remember that holidays are supposed to be relaxing, so check out the beach clubs and waterparks for the days when all you want to do is kick back and catch some sun. For an added treat, check out the discount vouchers at the back of the magazine. Don’t forget to log on to www.mydubaiconnection.com so you will always have access to Discover Dubai during you’re holiday (and to help you plan the next one). Whatever you get up to... Enjoy!

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GENERAL information

Welcome to

Dubai

In 1833 the Bani Yas tribal family moved into Dubai headed by Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti. Sheikh Maktoum became the founder of the Al Maktoum family who still rule the Emirate today.

PRESENT DAY DUBAI

The current ruler of Dubai is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed is committed to fulfilling his father’s dream of making Dubai one of the leading cities in the world. Sheikh Mohammed is probably the best known of all the Al Maktoum family, having an extremely high profile, not only because of his love for sport, horse racing in particular, but also because of his charismatic personality and hugely ambitious projects aimed at promoting the city of Dubai. • Sheikh Mohammed's eldest son, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the deputy ruler of Dubai. • Sheikh Mohammed’s uncle, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum is the Chairman of Emirates Airline.

RELIGION

The official religion of the UAE is Islam and there are a large number of mosques situated throughout the city. Except for the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque, non-muslims are not permitted entry into mosques.

POPULATION

The estimated population of Dubai is 2.1 million people of which about 80% are expatriates from various countries, attracted by the tax-free working conditions and the relaxed, relatively crime-free lifestyle.

LOCAL TIME

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT during winter months and 3 hours ahead in the summer months during daylight saving.

LANGUAGE

The official language is Arabic, although English is the most commonly used language in all areas that incorporate tourism and commerce. Hindi, Farsi and Urdu are also widely used.

WEEKEND

Friday and Saturday

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DUBAI CLIMATE

Dubai has a tropical desert climate, with summer temperatures reaching the mid to high 40’s and staying in the 30’s overnight. Winter months are milder and more comfortable, with average temperatures in the mid 20’s, dropping to 12ºC-14ºC at night. But be aware, winter weather can also bring short, irregular rainfall between December and March - so be prepared!

Credit: Dubai Meteorological Office

CURRENCY

The local currency is the Emirati Dirham which is pegged to the US Dollar. The Dirham is commonly referred to as either AED or DHS when shown in written form on price tags or menus etc. There are 100 fils to one Dirham and coins come in 5 fils, 10 fils, 25 fils, 50 fils and one dirham. Notes are issued in denominations of Dhs 5, Dhs 10, Dhs 20, Dhs 50, Dhs 100, Dhs 200, Dhs 500 and Dhs 1,000. Always try to have a selection of smaller notes available for cheaper items, as it can be difficult getting change for a Dhs 500 or Dhs 1,000 note.

please don’t expect retail outlets to accept a cheque even when presented with a personal cheque guarantee card.

The following Dirham exchange rates are correct at the time of publication: • One US$ = Dhs 3.67 • One UK£ = Dhs 5.92 • One Euro = Dhs 4.92

BANKING AND MONEY EXCHANGE

Exchanging cash or travellers cheques is relatively easy in Dubai and there are numerous Exchange Centres situated throughout the main shopping malls. The main banks are open Saturday to Thursday and closed on Friday. Personal cheques are not widely used in the UAE so www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 13

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PUBLIC DECENCY LAWS

Public decency laws are not new and in Dubai you would be well advised to take these laws seriously. If someone takes offence to your behaviour, including offensive hand signals or swearing in public, you could be arrested - ignorance is not a defence.

DRUGS

Don’t even think about it. If you are caug ht in possession of an y controlled substa nce you could be sent to pr ison for up to seven ye ars and then deported. A nyone caught importing drugs into Dubai is pote ntially looking at a life se ntence.

ALCOHOL

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UsefulC PHRASES

I B A R A Greetings

Hello - marhaba Peace be upon you as-salaamu alaikum (Response) Upon you be peace wa-alaikum as - salaam Welcome - ahlan wa sahlan Pleased to meet you - tasharrafna Goodbye - maas-salaama Until we meet again - ilallika’

General

Yes - naam No - laa Maybe - mumken I hope so (God willing) - In shaa’ Allah Please - min fadlak Thank you - shukran You’re welcome - afwan Excuse me - udhran Lets go - yalla Congratulations! - mabrook! Do you speak English? hal tatakallam al-ingliiziya?

Numbers

0 - sifr 1 - waahid 2 - ithnaan 3 - thalaatha 4 - arbaa 5 - khamsa 6 - sitta 7 - sabaa 8 - thamaaniya 9 - tisa 10 - ashara 100 - mi’a

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Introductions

My name is... - ismii.. What is your name? maa ismuka? (male) maa ismuki? (female) Where are you from? - min ayna anta? How old are you? - kam umruka?

Shopping

How much? - bikam? Do you sell...? - hal tabii...? I want to buy... - uriidu an ashtarii... I want to pay... - uriidu an adfa... Price - si’r Receipt - iisaal

Dining out

The menu please al-kaa’ima, min fadlak Water - maa’ Salt - malh Sugar - sukkar The bill please - al hisaab, min fadlak

Directions

Right - yamiin Left - yasaar Straight on - alaa tuul Airport - mataar Bank - bank Beach - shaate’ Hotel - funduk’ Toilet - hammam

Where is...? - ayna...? I am lost - anaa daa’i How can I find a taxi? - kayfa yumke nunee aluthoor ala sayyaarat ujra? I would like to go to... awad an adhhab ila... Discover Dubai FEBRUARY | 15 1/23/13 6:10 PM


GENERAL information

CAR RENTAL

There is a large selection of vehicles available in Dubai and depending on your budget you could be driving anything from economy models to top of the range performance vehicles. Hiring a car is a great way to get out and see the Emirates, and most rental companies will deliver to, and collect from, your hotel or apartment.

or over to drive a small economy car and over 25 to drive a larger car with an engine capacity over 2 litres.

Petrol in the UAE is cheap compared to European countries, with prices currently ranging between Dhs 1.72 and Dhs 1.83 per litre. Expect to pay about Dhs 100 for unleaded petrol (called ‘Special’) to fill an economy car, and up to Dhs 170 for a larger car or 4x4. Rental companies will generally quote for third party, CDW and theft insurance, so if you require fully comprehensive insurance you will need to make this clear when arranging the car. Drivers must be 21 years

LIMOUSINES

For the ultimate luxury night out with your friends, or to make a real impression, why not hire a chauffeur driven limousine and arrive at your destination in style. The prices are surprisingly affordable, especially when split between 8 or 10 people, and very reasonable if the limo is only hired for a one-way journey. Some limo companies provide a stretch Hummer which leases at around Dhs 500 per hour. For other stretch limousines expect to pay about Dhs 300 for 3 hours for 3 passengers, rising to Dhs 1,000 for a group of 14 passengers for 3 hours. Prices include the driver, insurance, unlimited mileage and soft drinks.

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The Dubai Metro

The Dubai Metro is a driverless transport system linking the main areas of Dubai. Each station is served by feeder buses to take you to destinations in the immediate vicinity and your NOL ticket is valid for the entire journey. The best ticket for tourists is the Red NOL ticket priced between Dhs 2 and Dhs 6 depending on the length of journey, however if you wish to travel in style a Gold Class ticket ranges between Dhs 4 and Dhs 12 (children under 5 years travel for free). Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office within each station.

Buying your ticket

To travel on the metro you need a NOL card or a NOL ticket. To buy or top-up a card, or add trips to your NOL ticket, just go to a ticket vending machine, ticket office or RTA authorised sales agent. Red Tickets can be topped up at any ticket office machine or vending machine. Each time you travel, tap your card at the card reader on the fare gates and it will automatically deduct the correct fare. It's easy!

DUBAI METRO OPERATIONAL HOURS

The Metro runs from 5.50am until midnight from Saturday to Wednesday, 5.50am until 1am on Thursday and from 1pm to 1am on Friday. Trains run every 4 minutes during the rush hours and at intervals of 7 minutes at all other times.

COST OF THE TICKET

Tier 0

Tier 1

Trip cost (AED) Regular Class

2.00 2.50 4.50 6.50

Trip cost (AED) Gold Class

4.00 5.00 9.00 13.00

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90 1.80 1.80 1.80

Single trip maximum transfers

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1 Day Ticket (AED) Regular Class

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What’s happening this month ALL THAT JAZZ The 2013 Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is set to rock the city through 22 performances spread over nine consecutive nights from 14th to 22nd February at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City. This year’s event will feature the acclaimed OneRepublic, 3 Doors Down, Deep Purple, The Script, The YellowJackets, Chuck Loeb, Nicholas Cole, and the region’s leading fusion jazz artist Guy Manoukian. Ticket prices are Dhs 295 for Regular Standing, Dhs 395 for Middle Seat, Dhs 495 for Front Seat and Dhs 995 for the VIP Terrace, and are available from Time Out, Ticketing Co., Ticketmaster, and Virgin Megastore UAE. Visit www.dubaijazzfest.com.

JAMES WALSH Celebrated English singer and songwriter will open for Manchester rockers The Stone Roses at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Thursday 21st February. Having supported acts such as The Rolling Stones and Cheryl Crow, and selling more than three million albums worldwide-James Walsh is sure to impress at what is set to be a sellout show. Visit www.thestonerosesdubai.com for more information.

ANYONE FOR TENNIS? The world’s best tennis players are set to return to Dubai this month for the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Five time champion Roger Federer will be back to delight the crowds as he takes on world number one Novak Djokovic in the men’s tournament, while defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska will be up against world number one Victoria Azarenka, and favourite Serena Williams. The tournament will run from 18th February to 2nd March with the action commencing with the $2 million WTA event, followed on 25th February by the $2 million ATP tournament. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, which is open from 9am to 9pm daily. Grandstand tickets can also be bought online at www.timeouttickets.com. Visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com or call 04-4172415. 20 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 20

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STREET ART DON MOEN AND FRIENDS Celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy a special night of inspiring music with award-winning singers Don Moen, Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche. The concert will be held on Thursday 14th February at Wonderland Theme & Water Park, Oud Metha, and tickets prices are Dhs 200 - VVIP, Dhs 100 - Platinum, and Dhs 60 - Gold and can be purchased online from Timeout Tickets or Dobazaar or directly from Choithram and Spinneys outlets. Call 050-2183536.

ProArt Gallery is holding an exhibition entitled ‘Street Art In The City’ showcasing artworks of over eight international street artists, running until 13th Febuary. Unique art works by prominent street artists such as Banksy, Saif B.Chilmiran, Salamech, Mau Mau, Shepard Fairey, D’Face, Richard Mirando aka Seen, British Design Collective, Evil Dr Revolt and Mr Brainwash will be on display. Call 04-3450900.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL DRALION Don’t miss the most exciting and breathtaking acrobatic show series in the world on Wednesday 6th February at Dubai World Trade Centre. Fusing the 3,000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures - the dragon, symbolising the East, and the lion, symbolising the West and the show’s multi-talented performers present a variety of high-caliber acts including teeterboard, ballet on lights, hoop diving, bamboo poles, juggling, single hand balancing, double trapeze, skipping ropes and more. Tickets are priced at Dhs 295 - Silver, Dhs 495 - Gold, Dhs 1,295 Platinum, and Dhs 2,295 - Royal and can be purchased online at www.platinumlist.ae. Exclusive tickets for Cirque Club members are available at www.cirqueclub.com. Call 056-6752181 or visit www.cirquedusoleil.com. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 21

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SIGHTS & attractions

Sights& Attractions Dubai’s rich history and modern architecture provide superb sightseeing opportunities, and with an ever growing list of things to see and do, you’ll find it difficult to get everything in during your trip. But don’t worry, our Sights & Attractions guide will put you on the right track. Bedouin jewellery. There is a small souq (market) where the visitor can try traditional Arabic coffe and bread. There are also remains dating from the 6th century which were found at the Jumeirah archaeological site. The Diving Village displays historical features on what was once the major industry of Dubai, pearl diving.

Bayt Al Wakeel Maritime Museum and Burj Nahar

CULTURE & HERITAGE Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House

Built in 1896 from coral covered in lime and sand, and situated on Dubai Creek next to the Heritage and Diving Village, Sheikh Saeed’s house is one of the most popular and best known sights in Dubai. This was the house of the grandfather of the current ruler and has now been turned into a museum with photographs depicting the history of Dubai and its swift rise to prominence. Open daily from 7.30am to 9pm, and 3.30pm to 8pm on Friday. Telephone 04-3937139.

Heritage and Diving Village

The Heritage Village incorporates a small museum displaying ancient artifacts dating as far back as 550BC. The Village also displays and sells traditional crafts, pottery, woven goods and

Situated near the abra (water taxi) station at Dubai Creek, the restored Bayt Al Wakeel museum was Dubai’s first office building. Built in 1934, the building has been completely restored and is now a popular museum depicting Dubai’s oncetraditional fishing and maritime history and culture. On the opposite side of Dubai Creek tourists can find Burj Nahar, one of three watchtowers which were used to guard Dubai. Set amongst beautiful gardens, Burj Nahar is a fine example of an old watchtower and is a wonderful photo opportunity.

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Grand Mosque

Built in the 1990’s the multidomed Grand Mosque is located near the Ruler’s Court. The mosque has sand coloured walls, wooden shutters and stained glass windows and also features Dubai’s tallest minaret. Unlike the Jumeirah Mosque it should be noted that non-muslims are not allowed inside the mosque.

Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum

The main attraction in the district of Bur Dubai is Al Fahidi Fort which incorporates Dubai Museum. The fort, built in the late 18th Century has been, in the past, a seat of government, the ruler’s main residence, a military barracks and prison, and now provides the starting point for a walking tour of the ancient Bastakiya district. The restored fort provides a fascinating insight into days of old, with many interesting archaeological finds displayed in cavernous underground rooms including spears, armour, khanjar knives and cannons, many of which are inscribed with the maker’s name. Al Fahidi Fort is open daily from 8.30am to 8.30pm. Telephone 04-353 1862.

JUMEIRAH MOSQUE

Situated on Jumeirah Beach Road, the enchanting Jumeirah Mosque with its huge central dome is the best known mosque in Dubai and is the only place of worship that non-muslims are allowed to enter. There is an organised tour of the mosque every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am and the tour may be booked by calling the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding on 04-353 6666. The entrance fee is Dhs 10. Please remember that Jumeirah Mosque is a place of worship and you will be expected to cover shoulders, arms and legs whilst inside the building. Enchanting Jumeirah Mosque

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GOLD SOUK

Dubai Creek and Abra Rides

The best way to see the amazing and impressive buildings that have sprung up along Dubai Creek is from the waterway. Bustling abra stations provide workers and tourists with quick and efficient travel and crossing the Creek is only Dhs 1. Incidentally, the work force commute across the Creek on a regular basis and there are in excess of 17,500 crossings per day. Abras are small barges which used to be rowing boats but are now powered by diesel engines. They will seat about 20 people per crossing, but if you are wearing expensive or light coloured clothing I would suggest that you remain standing for the trip, as the bench-type seats can get a little grubby. Abras can also be hired for private trips along the Creek and if you negotiate well with the boat captains you should not have to pay more than Dhs 70.

With annual imports of over 500 tonnes and the gold business worth in excess of Dhs 25 billion per year, it is little wonder that Dubai is known as the City of Gold. There are over 800 jewellery shops in Dubai, and with no taxes, low import duties and high turnovers allowing for lower margins, Dubai is one of the cheapest city in the world to buy gold jewellery. The Gold Souk is in Deira (the old part of town) and even if you are not in the market to buy, it is worth a visit to see the glittering array of merchandise on offer, especially in the evening. If you are looking to buy there’s plenty of choice and you don’t have to buy from the first shop you go in to (and remember - be prepared to barter).

Spice Souk

Situated close to the Gold Souq is Deira Old Souk. The souk has a breathtaking selection of spices such as ginger, chillies, cardamom and frankincense, all displayed in huge sacks just bursting at the seams. Wandering around the stalls is a pleasant way to pass an evening and the fragrances can really help to work up an appetite. As with the Gold Souk, the best time to go is in the evening when the souk is busier. 24 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 24

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ICONIC BUILDINGS Burj Khalifa The world’s tallest tower

Burj Khalifa was developed by Emaar Properties and unveiled in February 2010 in a crescendo of fireworks, lasers and fountain displays. The official height of the tower is 828 metres which is 320 metres taller than Taipei 101, which held the record since 2004. Other records include the highest occupied floor at over 550 metres; the highest outdoor observation deck – ‘At the Top’ on Level 124; and the tallest service elevator, which travels to a height of 504 metres. Tickets to the observation deck are time stamped at 30-minute intervals in order to manage the daily rush, with prices at Dhs 100 for adults, Dhs 75 for children up to 12 years and free for children under 3 years. For those who just cannot wait, immediate entry is Dhs 400 per person and the ascent to the 124th floor in the double-deck elevator takes less than a minute!

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BURJ AL ARAB TOWER OF THE ARABS

In its short time on the Dubai coastline the Burj Al Arab has attracted immense media attention, making it one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's only seven-star hotel", the Burj Al Arab was designed to resemble the billowing sail of a ship and standing at a height of 321 metres it makes an impressive addition to the Dubai skyline. To make it even more inspiring, the building is illuminated at night by a choreographed light show representing water and fire. This symbolic hotel offers the finest hotel services, with a discreet in-suite check-in, private reception desk on every floor and a team of highly trained butlers, you can be assured of the ultimate in personal service throughout your stay. And if you want to push the boat out a little further, you can even book your own chauffeur driven Rolls Royce.

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SIGHTS & attractions

WATER PARKS WILD WADI

Situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Themed around the tale of Juha, a well known character from Arabian folklore, the park is one of Dubai's foremost tourist locations. Upon entry guests are supplied with a waterproof 'wristwatch' which stores electronic credits so that towels, lockers, food and refreshments can be paid for without the need to carry cash around with you. Prices range from Dhs 175 for children under 1.1 metres in height to Dhs 220 for adults and includes the use of sun loungers and rubber rings. Any credit left over is refunded as you exit the water park. Wild Wadi is open from 10am to 6pm between November and February. As a Discover Dubai reader you can also receive a discount of Dhs 30 per person! Simply present the voucher supplied at the back of this magazine. For more information call: 04-3484444, or visit wildwadi.com.

Dreamland Aqua Park

Dreamland is located on the scenic coastline of Umm Al Quwain, about 40 minutes drive from Dubai. The 250,000 square metre expanse of lush, green, landscaped gardens makes Dreamland the perfect place for a holiday escape. Catch the action on over 30 thrilling rides, slides and attractions or push the snooze button on a sun bed and take advantage of the two shaded areas, Palm Path and Peak Park. Dreamland also has overnight waterside camping facilities in either tents or cabanas, allowing 36hour access to the water park. Plenty of sporting activities await you such as basketball, volleyball and tennis. Specialty restaurants including Arabic, Indian and international cuisine are available for a quick bite or for indulging. Dreamland Aqua Park has a capacity of 5,000 visitors and is open from 10am until 6pm between December and March. Ticket prices are Dhs 135 per adult and Dhs 85 for children below 1.2 metres and adults over the age of 65. Infants under 2 years and those with special needs are free of charge. As a Discover Dubai reader you can receive a discount of Dhs 100 per couple by presenting the voucher supplied in the pink pages section at the back of this magazine. For further information call 06-7681888 or access www. dreamlanduae.com. 26 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 26

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Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium is a 5000sqm modern marine mammal facility located in the Creek Park and is the first fully air conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East. Inaugurated in May 2008, Dubai Dolphinarium has welcomed over 1 million visitors and gained a reputation as a first class family entertainment venue. The live Dolphin and Seal show is a 45 minute spectacular, where the audience

witness bottlenose dolphins and northern fur seals play basketball, sing, jump, paint, juggle and even dance. The show is full of action and involves the dolphins interacting both with the audience and the trainers. The appearance of the fur seals on stage, watching their funny gestures and their great adaptability for both land and water, brings an easy smile to any visitor’s face. Dolphins on the other hand are born with a natural smile on their face and are considered one of the most intelligent animals on earth, and watching them perform amazing displays based on their natural behaviour is an unforgettable visual and emotional experience. Dubai Dolphinarium is a perfect place for the whole family, with mascots, clowns, puppet shows and jugglers creating a great atmosphere.

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SIGHTS & attractions

AQUAVENTURE

With 42 acres overflowing with fun, experience heart-thumping slides that catapult you through shark filled lagoons, uphill water roller coasters, never ending rapid river adventures and up-close animal encounters. Kids will love Splashers, a children’s play area featuring 10 slides, rope bridges, water cannons and much more. Or you can choose to just relax on our private beach surrounded by lush tropical landscapes. Spectacular rides and thrilling glides make Aquaventure Waterpark the most exciting day out in the Middle East! Located on the Palm Jumeirah, Aquaventure is open daily 10am to Sunset* (Opening hours subject to change depending on time of year). For more information call 04-4260000.

ICE LAND

Located in Ras Al Khaimah with over 50 attractions, Ice Land Water Park caters to all age groups from toddlers learning to swim to the water sports enthusiast seeking a thrill. Spread over an area of 110,000 square meters along the coastal waters of the Arabian Gulf, Ice Land Water Park is extensively themed as a ‘Penguin Home Land’ with a day capacity of up to 10,000 guests. Besides traditional water park attractions, Ice Land offers some unique attractions with the ‘Penguin Falls’ - the world’s largest manmade water fall, ‘Rocky Polar Mountains’ - the largest assortment of water slides, ‘Penguin Bay’ - the world’s largest rain dance pool, ‘Aqua Soccer’ and other thrilling experiences. No need to worry about transport, enjoy the FREE shuttle buses to Ice Land! For more information call 800-969725 Or book at the Dubai Office on 04-2567313.

YAS WATERWORLD

Following the story of ‘Dana’, a young Emirati girl, on a quest for the legendary pearl that had once brought prosperity to her village, the story is brought to life through the colourful characters that greet visitors on the many rides, slides and attractions. When it comes to fun family entertainment that captures the spirit of the Emirates, it really doesn’t get much better than Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. From the atmospheric setting, the thrilling rides, authentic souq-style shopping attractions and the live entertainment elements, there’s something to amuse the entire family all in one place. For more information call 02-4142000.

On 24th January 2013, the best waterpark in the world opened its massive gates to visitors. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is set on 15 hectares of Yas Island and features 43 rides, slides and attractions set in a legendary world that evokes Abu Dhabi’s history and heritage.

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DUBAI BY AIR SEAWINGS

Experience the thrill of a water take-off & landing in a luxurious Cessna Amphibian Seaplane and take a magical journey across the UAE’s stunning landscape. Seawings courteous and enthusiastic staff take every measure to ensure your comfort, and once onboard the hum of the turboprop engine will fill your ears as the pilot takes off from the sparkling blue waters of Dubai. Seawings offers a range of excursions to suit everyone's sense of adventure and a Seawings silver tour is the best way to fully appreciate Dubai’s magnificent architecture and beautiful landscape from 1500 feet above sea level. The Dubai tours take in the magnificent views of Dubai’s architectural marvels, while the Abu Dhabi tour shows you the capital from the skies. In addition, Seawings provides tours across 15 destinations within

the UAE along with several dining options and leisure activities to make your Seawings experience extra special. Whether you just want to sit back and enjoy the glorious scenery or fly to one of Middle East’s many attractions for a memorable experience, Seawings can help you make the most of your time in the UAE. For further information please contact reservations@ seawings.ae or call 04-8070708

Valentine's Day Specials Amidst the clouds over Dubai, there can be few things more romantic than a Seawings flight, so why not make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one. From breathtaking views and finest restaurants, to champagne-fuelled celebrations and a limousine ride, Seawings has everything! Celebrations package AED 2,999 per couple 40 minutes seaplane tour for two (not an exclusive charter), bouquet of red roses, glass of bubbly, a box of chocolates and lunch or dinner for 2 at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Cloud 9 package - AED 8,000 (for upto 4 guests) 40 minute seaplane tour (exclusive charter for upto 4 guests), bouquet of red roses, glass of bubbly, a box of chocolates, red carpet arrival, lunch or dinner at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, luxury Limousine transfer. Both packages are available only in the month of February. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 29

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SIGHTS & attractions

ALPHA TOURS

The advantage of helicopters over fixed wing planes is that they have much larger windows giving completely unobstructed views with no wings, struts or propellers to get in the way of those all-important souvenir photographs. Helicopters are also fitted with headphones allowing you to talk to one another or listen to the pilot’s commentary. All flight bookings are subject to aircraft availability & first come, first serve basis. Hours of operations are from 9am to 6.30pm, 7 days a week. For reservations call Alpha Tours on 04-2949888 or email ramia@alphatoursdubai.com Alpha Tours offer four levels of excursions from their helipad located next to The Atlantis hotel: • 15 minute Fun Ride for Dhs 795 per person. • 25 minute City Circuit for Dhs 1,250 per person. • 45 minute Grand Tour at Dhs 9,450 for a group of 5. • 60 minute Customizer Tour at Dhs 12,850 for a group of 5.

BALLOON ADVENTURES

If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to see Dubai from the air, then a hot air balloon ride is the perfect choice. Balloon Adventures will provide transport to and from your hotel and light refreshments at the launch site. Each flight lasts about an hour and you will be presented with a personalised certificate signed by your pilot - and don't forget your camera! Balloon Adventures is priced at Dhs 995 per person and there is a minimum age requirement of 5 years. Call 04-2854949 and be prepared for an early start! 30 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 30

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FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi features more than 20 rides and attractions, from the world’s fastest roller coaster to advanced racing simulators. The thrill of Rosso – the need for speed! Strap yourself into the F1 cockpit and hold onto your soul as you blast away on the fastest roller coaster on the planet. You will accelerate up to 240kms per hour in less than 5 seconds and feel what 4.8G's feels like, scream over the track and soar 52 metres into the sky before flying across the finish line, with an adrenaline kick worthy of any Grand Prix. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island and is about 50 minutes from Dubai Marina or 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

The park is open from 11am to 8pm, but closed on Mondays. Tickets can be purchased at the park and are based on height, with General Admission tickets at Dhs 225 for guests taller than 1.3m and General Admission Junior tickets at Dhs 185 for guests under 1.3m. Premium Admission tickets giving Fast Track access are available at Dhs 325 and Dhs 265 for Premium Junior tickets. Children under the age of 3 years are admitted free of charge. All tickets provide unlimited access to rides and attractions inside the park. For further information log onto www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com.

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SIGHTS & attractions

Life’s

a beach

BEACH PARKS There are two beautiful beach parks in Dubai, Al Mamzar Park and Jumeirah Beach Park. Both are well developed and scenic, having large grassy areas, shrubbery and palm trees. Be aware though that the beaches can become very busy on Fridays with families taking advantage of their day off, the beautiful weather and barbecue and picnic facilities.

AL MAMZAR BEACH PARK is open from 8am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 8am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday. It has four pristine beaches, two swimming pools, a children’s playground, over 100 chalets which can be rented out on a daily basis, picnic areas, in-park transport system, cafeteria’s and changing rooms. Fees are Dhs 5 per person or Dhs 30 per car which includes the driver and all passengers. Large chalet Dhs 210, small chalet Dhs 160 and pool fees are Dhs 10 per adult and Dhs 5 per child. JUMEIRAH BEACH PARK

is on Jumeirah Beach Road next to the Dubai Ladies Club, the beach is lovely and there are lifeguards in attendance. The surroundings are superb with large lawned areas, beautiful flowers and shrubs. The beach park is open from 8am to 11pm weekdays and 8am to 11.30pm at weekends. Fees are Dhs 5 per person or Dhs 20 per car. Mondays are reserved for women and children only. 32 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 32

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PRIVATE BEACH CLUBS Some of the best beach clubs in Dubai are featured below and all of them will make your stay a lot more memorable

CLUB JUMANA AT JEBEL ALI HOTEL

Club Jumana has superb facilities, and whether it’s embracing the sun, sand or water the vast array of leisure and recreational facilities are sure to keep everyone amused. Cost are Dhs 180 for adults and Dhs 90 for under 12’s during the week, and on Friday & Saturday Dhs 220 & Dhs 110 respectively or Dhs 325 & Dhs 160 with lunch. For further enquiries call 04-8145555 or email jagrs@jaresorts.com

CLUB MINA AT LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI

Club Mina has 500m of pristine private beach, five pools and a water sports centre offering water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, surf ski kayaking, and sailing lessons on the range of Hobie Cats and Lasers. You can even charter your very own speedboat for a tour of the spectacular coastline. Day passes Sunday to Thursday cost Dhs 200 for adults and Dhs 125 for children, weekend passes are Dhs 300 and Dhs 175 respectively. Access is on a first come basis. For further enquiries call 04-3993333.

TALISE AT JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL

Talise features a beautiful sandy beach right next to the Burj Al Arab hotel, with three adult swimming pools (including a lap pool) and a kids pool and play area. There are several restaurants and bars with a choice of views overlooking the beach, the Burj Al Arab or the Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Marina. A day pass costs Dhs 250 for adults and Dhs 150 for kids aged under 15 years. For further enquiries call 04-4068800.

WHITE X BEACH & LOUNGE

White X Beach & Lounge represents the latest evolution of Dubai’s signature Beach Lounge experience. Nestled on a pristine stretch of beach with striking views of the Arabian Gulf, White X offers a beach lounge and dining experience during the day and a sophisticated lounge exprience in the evenings. Entrance is Dhs 50 ladies, Dhs 100 gentlemen, Dhs 100 couples. Rixos The Palm Dubai: East crescent, Palm Jumeirah, White X Beach & Lounge - www.rixos.com or call 04-4575555. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 33

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SPORTS & activities

Sports&activities There is an incredible selection of sporting activities available in Dubai, and following is just an example of some of the more popular activities which should help to get you started. You won’t find a better place to try some of the things you’ve always dreamed of than in Dubai. So why not start with a bit of wakeboarding in the morning, folllowed by a couple of hours on the ski slopes and finish the day off with a skydive over the palm Jumeirah.

DUBAI'S MOST FAMOUS SKI DUBAI

Ski Dubai is the third largest indoor snow dome in the world and brings all the fun of snow skiing to the desert. It boasts a 400 metre ski run with five multi-directional slopes of varying gradients, and a snowboarding park with a metal rail for stunts and purpose built jumps. Ski Dubai is excellent for children and includes the world’s largest indoor snow play area and kids party rooms. Group instructions, lesson packages and private tuition are all available and entry prices include ski jackets and trousers, boots, skis or a snowboard, disposable socks, poles and medical insurance. Prices for 2 hours on the ski slope are Dhs 180 for an adult and Dhs 150 for children. Entry to the Snow Park is Dhs 130 per adult and Dhs 120 for a child under the age of 12 years. Ski Dubai is open from 10am to 11pm during the week and from 10am to midnight at weekends. For more information call 04-4094000, or visit the website at www.skidxb.com.

SKYDIVE DUBAI

There are a variety of jumps Skydive Dubai is the only starting at Dhs 80 for Hop skydiving centre in the Middle n’ Pops and Dhs 120 for full East and combines state-of-thealtitude jumps from 13,000 feet. art equipment, a great location Gear rental, packing and jumps and superb jumping weather with a staff camera flyer are all with an incredible view of The available and the minimum Palm Jumeirah. A tandem jump age requirement is 21 years. is a great way to experience the thrill of skydiving and at a cost of Dhs 1,750 (including a scenic ride to an altitude of 13,000 feet) you will freefall for a minute before your instructor brings you expertly back to Earth. Your skydive includes a professional videographer to film the skydive and take digital photographs, and you will receive a professionally edited DVD of your skydive which you can use to prove to your friends that you really have got what it takes! Skydive Dubai is open Monday through Saturday for experienced fun jumpers, tandems and team training. For more information call 050-1533222 or access www.skydivedubai.ae. 34 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 34

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WATER SPORTS SCUBA DIVING

Dubai’s year-round calm, warm waters are perfect for beginners and experienced divers alike and with the UAE’s two coastlines and the Musandam within driving distance, there are some great diving options available. The Pavilion Dive Centre at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is the only PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre in the UAE. It is run by fully qualified PADI instructors and offers a full range of courses to suit beginners and experienced divers. Weather permitting, daily excursions leave at 10am returning between 1pm and 3pm. Course prices vary between Dhs 350 to Dhs 1,200. Call 04-4068828 or email divecentre@jumeirah.com for further details. Al Boom Diving was established in 1996 and has since gone from strength to strength to become the country’s largest scuba operator.

KITE SURFING

On most windy days you are likely to see the colourful kites of the Dubai Kite Club buzzing around just off the coastline. Kite surfing has become a mainstream watersport for anyone who is reasonably fit and confident in the water, and as Dubai is blessed with warm water and good wind most of the year, it is an ideal place for beginners to advanced kite surfers. If you are a novice it is essential to have lessons and Dubai Kite Club has access to 9 instructors. Each lesson is for three hours with the first lesson being on the beach and includes basic kite flying, safety systems, wind awareness and theory. The second lesson will see you on the water, whizzing over the waves using the kite in the ‘Power Zone’. It is a requirement for all kite surfers in Dubai to possess a licence and therefore you must be a member of the Dubai Kite Club to kite surf in Dubai. Membership of the Dubai Kite Club is your licence and in addition provides you

You will find Al Boom linked to most of the hotels in Dubai and they offer more equipment brands than any other diving distributor in the GCC. For bookings call 04-3422993 or email abdiving@emirates.net.ae. with third party liability insurance. Temporary membership costs Dhs 200, lasts for one month and can be obtained at the beach. You will also require a passport copy, your coolest passportsized photograph and the completed application form. Costs for lessons range from as little as Dhs 85 per person per hour in a group of 4, to Dhs 300 per hour for one to one tuition. For information access www.kitesurf.ae or www.dubaikiteclub.com

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FISHING & CRUISING Game Fishing is a popular sport in Dubai, with Sailfish being the most sought after fish amongst the fishing community. The best times for fishing trips in Dubai are from October to May however some whoppers have been landed in the summer months, but remember, in fishing nothing is guaranteed and the art of the sport is to relax and enjoy yourself! Expeditions can be tailor-made to your requirements and trips vary from 4 hours to 10 hours and range in price from Dhs 2,400 to Dhs 4,500 for the hire of the boat with a maximum of 6 people on board. The main fish to be caught in these waters are Kingfish, Queenfish, Barracuda, Bottomfish, Hammour, Cobia and of course, Sailfish. If it’s Sailfish that you’re after you will have to book a full-day expedition as the fishing grounds are 40 miles offshore. It’s not unusual for an experienced captain with a skilled fishing team to catch, tag and release as many as 10 to 20 fish per day. If your time in Dubai is limited try to book your fishing trip early to avoid disappointment. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has access to the 32 foot Hatteras deep sea fishing yacht, 'Sneak Away' for fishing expeditions. Rates vary from Dhs 3,500 for four hours to Dhs 4,500 for an 8-hour expedition and 'Sneak Away' comfortably carries up to six passengers including your tackle, bait, fuel, soft drinks and a friendly crew that offer a fishing trip to remember. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the 33 foot 'Creek Breeze' with rates starting at Dhs 700 for an hour and a maximum capacity of 6 passengers. There are several options with cruises available from 7am until 9pm. Call 04-205 4646 for details. Deep Blue Fishing are located in Umm Suqeim Fishing Village near the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Their rates include the latest professional fishing equipment and expert techniques, allowing the client to have an amazing experience of fishing in the Arabian Gulf and then cooking your catch on the yacht. Their yachts vary in size including the 85-foot Dubai Marine-Duretti with a capability of hosting 25 guests with three master bedrooms, huge living rooms and 2 dining rooms, a dance

Deep Blue Sea offers luxury boat services which are just perfect for relaxing and exploring all that the pristine gulf has to offer. They offer fishing trips, party trips and packages which you can customise to your requirements of a fun day with friends or family.

floor, jacuzzi and a BBQ area complete with a surround sound music system! All yachts on charter are equipped with the latest technology, from SONAR, GPS and depth finder and other gadgets as well as safety equipment including First Aid Kits and life jackets. Deep Blue Fishing also arrange night fishing on request. Log onto www.deepbluefishing.net.

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MOTOR SPORTS DUBAI AUTODROME

The 5.39km Dubai Autodrome circuit is one of the most modern in the world; it is also one of the most challenging, due to a combination of high-speed straights and technical corners. The circuit, which contains six different configurations, is designed to allow three racing circuits to operate simultaneously, safely and independently from each other. The result presents circuit users with unparalleled options. If you think you can handle it, track day experiences are available in the folowing cars - Audi TT, Subaru STI Legend, Audi R8 V10

and an F1 Style Single Seater. To book a session log onto www.dubaiautodrome.com or call 04-3678700.

EMIRATES KART ZONE

Emirates Kart Zone offer you the opportunity to challenge your friends and the clock, at an adrenaline fueled Formula 1 style circuit. Emirates Kart Zone provides Karts that accelerate like slingshots and make hairpin bends seem like a walk in the park. These mini racers are fuel powered, professionally engineered racing machines! Get ready for high performance thrills that will get your adrenaline pumping as you hurtle around this purpose built track with gorgeous views of Dubai's Skyline and the Burj Khalifa. Strap on your helmet, hammer the accelerator and challenge your friends or family. Call 050-4263424.

KARTDROME ARRIVE & DRIVE SESSIONS

The Kartdrome at Dubai Autodrome offers a fleet of leisure Karts that deliver an excellent racing experience with high safety measures to satisfy those aged 7 and up. Manufactured by SODIKART, the Karts offer a comfortable driving position and top level performance and handling powered by a Honda 390cc, 13.5hp engine, which ensure equal acceleration, guaranteeing that all clients have the most competitive karts available. They are also equipped with transponders that automate timing and scoring systems providing an accurate starting grid in qualifying. This up-to-date system displays laps competed, gap between karts and the fastest lap. At the end of each session drivers are able to compare lap times. To book your session log onto www.dubaiautodrome.com or call 04-3678744.

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SHOOTING JEBEL ALI SHOOTING CLUB

JA Shooting Club is 1.5 kilometres from the main resort. The Shooting Club’s exterior is built in an impressive fortress style architecture which makes an imposing sight from the very start. This indoor and outdoor shooting academy, built to exacting international safety standards, makes the exciting sport of recreational and competitive shooting easily accessible for beginners, corporate groups and experienced shooters. Facilities for Clay Shooting include five floodlit ranges equipped to cater for olympic trap, automatic ball trap, down the line, compak sporting and olympic skeet. The club offer both 12 and 20 gauge Beretta Shot Guns suitable for all shooting disciplines. There is also an indoor pistol range offering .22 and 9mm pistols suitable for beginners and experienced shooters alike. On the order of Dubai Police, you will need to present your Passport to the reception and complete the Guest Profile record before proceeding for shooting. Age Limit is 13 years and above. Working hours are Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays) 1pm to 8.45pm (until 31st May). For more information call 04-8836555 or e-mail jasc@jaresorts.com.

SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB

The indoor shooting range at SGSC is one of the best in the UAE, featuring 25 & 50 Meter ranges. You can enjoy a vast selection of pistols, rifles & revolvers from various international brands such as: .22 Caliber (Semi-Automatic): Walther M16, GSG AK 47, GSG MP5, Sig Sauer Mosquito, GSG Glock, Walther G22, Walther GSP, CZ Kadet, Walther P22, Mactech, Sabatti, Smith & Wesson (Revolver), Hentry Junior. 9mm Luger (Semi-Automatic): Sig Sauer X5 & X6, Beretta 92 FS & PX4 Storm, Beretta CX4 Storm, CZ 75 B & D, CZ Shadow & Mamba, CZ 75 Sport II, Glock 17,19,26, .38 Special: Smith & Wesson, Kora Brono. The range has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with safety as one of the paramount pre-requisites and they also provide you with a personal, fully trained safety instructor who will be with you at all times in the shooting arena. Call 06-5487777 or email marketing@ golfandshootingshj.com. 38 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 38

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HORSE RIDING MUSHRIF EQUESTRIAN & POLO CLUB

Mushrif Equestrian Club is situated in Mushrif Park, just 10 minutes from Dubai International Airport. With over thirty horses to suit every ability, Mushrif can cater for the absolute beginner to the very experience rider. Mushrif also offer riding lessons to suit every level of rider. For a truly different experience, desert rides out into the surrounding park which covers more than a thousand acres of natural forest, are a great way to see the natural beauty of the Emirate and enjoy a peaceful ride amongst the trees. And if a faster ride is more your style then the park also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a brisk gallop along the many tracks and paths. One of the most popular options is the monthly full moon ride, where you will be guided along the many paths, lanes and trees which are softly lit by the full moon. You will experience the park and its wildlife in the eerie still of the night and you will discover that white horses really DO glow in the dark. If you fancy something a little different then the full moon ride is one for your diary. Call 04-2571256 & 050-1030243 or email: mushrif.riding@gmail.com

JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT

The Jebel Ali Golf Resort is the only resort in Dubai which has its own air-conditioned stables. The resort features a spacious paddock with riding tuition given under the guidance of a qualified riding instructor. The stables offer tuition in a fully-equipped schooling environment for beginners and those who haven’t been riding for while, whilst regular riders who are trained in all paces of the horse can experience the outdoor rides and enjoy the natural desert surroundings of the Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Hard hats and half chaps are provided free of charge for the duration of your lesson or outdoor ride. For your own comfort, long trousers and flat shoes with a small heel should be worn. The stables operate from 7am to 12 noon, and again from 4pm to 7pm. Please note the stables are closed on Mondays (animal rest day). For more information, please call 04-8145555 or e-mail jagrs@jaresorts.com. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 39

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SPORTS & activities

GOLF Dubai Golf Creek & Yacht Club

Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for dedicated golfing enthusiasts and with several courses in the development stages, Dubai’s reputation can only go from strength to strength.

AL BADIA GOLF CLUB, DUBAI

Located within Dubai Festival City, adjacent to the banks of Dubai Creek, Al Badia Golf Club combines exceptional golf with a breathtaking retreat. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, it is a 7,303 yard, par 72 course with 11 lakes and a number of smaller water features. Green fees for visitors playing 18 holes, including a shared cart with GPS, access to the driving range and range balls are Dhs 595 during the week and Dhs 875 at the weekend (valid til’ 31st May). Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 175. For tee reservations call 04-601 0101.

ARABIAN RANCHES GOLF CLUB

The Arabian Ranches Golf Club was designed by Ian Baker-Finch Signature Courses in association with Nicklaus Design. This challenging par 72 course uses a natural desert terrain with little landscaping. All standards of golfer will appreciate the GPS yardage service available on every golf cart. The Golf Academy houses a practice facility with swing rooms that open onto the driving range, short game area, putting green and 3 hole pitch and putt practice area. The clubhouse hosts the golf professional’s shop, Grand Lobby area, and the Baker-Finch function room complemented by a terrace and the Birkdale Bar. Green fees for visitors are Dhs 520

from Sunday to Thursday and Dhs 615 Friday and Saturday (valid til’ 31st May). Range balls and carts are included in the price. For tee reservations call 04-366 3000.

DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB

Located in Al Garhoud the uniquely designed club house is easily distinguishable sitting on the banks of Dubai Creek. The course hosted the European PGA Tour Desert Classic event in 1999 and 2000 and was completely re-designed by Thomas Bjorn in 2005. The course is an 18-hole, par 71 and has numerous holes where water comes into play. There is also a floodlit, 9-hole, par 3 course, again complete with water features. Green fees for visitors are Dhs 695 during the week, rising to Dhs 795 at weekends. Prices include a shared cart complete with GPS and driving range balls. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 195 for 18 holes and Dhs 110 for 9 holes (valid til’ 31st May). For tee reservations call 04-2956000.

EMIRATES GOLF CLUB

The Emirates Golf Club is the best known golf club in Dubai and the Majlis course is the traditional host of the European PGA Tour Event, The Dubai Desert Classic. The Majlis

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Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 22 year history, the most recent of which was its 2010 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the 'Top 100 Golf Courses in the World'. The course was built in 1988 and now has two full 18 hole courses. The Majlis is a 7,211 yard par 72 course and the Faldo is a par 73 course playing 7,328 yards from the back tees and is now completely floodlit allowing play until late evening. Green fees to play The Majlis course are Dhs 995 at all times whilst The Faldo is priced at Dhs 595 at off-peak times and Dhs 695 during weekends and public holidays. Floodlit golf is priced at Dhs 425 after 5pm on The Faldo course. Prices include the use of range balls and a cart (valid til’ 31st May). Club hire is available at a charge of Dhs 195 for 18 holes and Dhs 110 for 9 holes. For tee reservations call 04-3802222.

THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE

Designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead, the course features 14 lakes and 72 bunkers and has the largest single green in the world - an incredible 58,000 square feet which is in the shape of the UAE. The par 72 course is an inland links with generous landing areas and undulating greens, however played from the back tees it plays a lengthy 7,308 yards. The clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green, includes a 21-bedroomed Address hotel which is ideal should you wish to stay close to the course. Green fees for visitors to the UAE are Dhs 825 for 18 holes (valid til’ 31st May). Prices include a shared cart, range balls and use of the practise facilities. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 200. For tee reservations call 043905600. Book online at www. themontgomerie.com

selection of differing lengths from which to play, The Els Club offers players a challenging round accompanied by all the essential facilities that extend beyond the immaculate fairways and ultra-fast greens. The magnificent new clubhouse opened in 2012 and has a pro shop, ample locker rooms, changing facilities, outdoor dining and an all-day restaurant. Green fees for visitors are Dhs 895 at all times (valid til’ 31st May). The price includes a shared golf cart with GPS and complimentary range balls. Taylor Made clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 250. For tee reservations call 04-4251010.

JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT & SPA

Part of the Jebel Ali resort, about 30 minutes drive from downtown Dubai and 20 minutes from Dubai Marina. The course is a 9-hole, par 36 course which may be played twice from different tee boxes. The views are impressive with the Arabian Gulf and the impressive Jebel Ali Hotel as a backdrop and peacocks roam freely around the course. Green fees for visitors based on 18 holes play are Dhs 300 from Sunday to Thursday, increasing to Dhs 395 at the weekend. Carts are included in the above prices and golf clubs may be hired at a cost of Dhs 65 for 9 holes or Dhs 125 for 18 holes (valid til’ 31st May). For tee reservations call 04-8836000.

THE ELS CLUB, DUBAI SPORTS CITY

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SHOPPING

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Dubai is becoming one of the most popular shopping destinations in the world, with malls full of modern and inspiring architecture and every designer name and highstreet outlet you can think of; its not surprising that Dubai is renowned as the shopping capital of the Middle East and ranked second in the world (behind the USA) as a shopping destination. With over 50 shopping malls and all kinds of commodities from haute couture, electrical

goods, cosmetics, perfumes, leather goods, carpets and of course gold and jewellery, you can always find what you’re looking for. Dubai’s tax-free environment and low import duties also means goods are distributed at extremely competitive prices, with savings ultimately being passed on to the consumer, and you can find amazing deals on products such as gold and jewellery, electrical goods, men’s and ladies’ fashion apparel, rugs and carpets - so go on, shop til’ you drop!

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SHOPPING MALLS IN DUBAI BURJUMAN CENTRE

BurJuman has one of the finest concentrations of fashion brands, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Prada, Hermes, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Fendi, MiuMiu, Tod’s, Cartier, Zara, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Promod, Massimo Dutti and many more all under one roof. While a range of dining choices, atrium courtyards, beautiful seating and abundant foliage add to the shopping experience. Kids and families have plenty to look forward to in terms of entertainment, with BurJuman regularly hosting international exhibitions, events and shows. The mall has hosted showcases such as the

exclusive Simply Madonna exhibition of the pop queen’s memorabilia, Hello Kitty, Spiderman and the Alice in Wonderland Cirque Show as well as fashion galas, celebrity meet and greets, food festivals, international kids’ shows, festive celebrations and unique markets, all of which add to the fun factor for visitors to the mall. BurJuman Centre

DEIRA CITY CENTRE

City Centre still remains one of the region’s most visited destinations and attracts over 20 million visitors a year. The Centre has over 370 stores including its anchors – Carrefour, Debenhams, Iconic, Sharaf DG, Virgin Megastore and Paris Gallery. It prides itself with its wide range of mid-market popular brands such as Zara, Forever 21, H&M, Splash, Marks & Spencer, American Eagle Deira City Centre and Toys R Us, as well as a host of electronic stores. In addition to offering a great shopping experience, the Centre also features City Centre Hotel and Residence, managed by Pullman; VOX Cinemas, an 11-screen multiplex cinema, Magic Planet family entertainment centre, over 58 international dining options, a Fitness First facility, dedicated tourist services and a Metro Station at its doorstep. Opening times are Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm and Friday 2pm to 10pm. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 43

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DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

Branded as a ‘city within a city’, Dubai Festival City is one of the finest mixed-use waterfront developments in the UAE. The internationally acclaimed project features over 2.1 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment with over 400 stores and restaurants offering visitors the widest variety of brands; including, Carolina Herrera, DKNY, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Ed Hardy, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, Dunhill, Calvin Klein, Mont Blanc, S.T. Dupont, Rolex, A. Testoni, Anne Klein, Ikea, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us, the Ferrari Store, Plug Ins, Paris Gallery, as well as Hard Rock Café and Jamie’s Italian. Dubai Festival City is also home to highly innovative entertainment concepts such as the Dubai Festival City Mall Light & Water Show which offers visitors a nightly iconic display of Light, Water and Fire until 28 February 2013.

DUBAI MALL

Located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai and being the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the world, The Dubai Mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. On one side its positioned as the region’s fashion capital, thanks to the 440,000 sqft Fashion Avenue dedicated to haute couture. From The Dubai Mall

Dubai Festival City

With its renowned hospitality, shopping outlets and international standard entertainment, Dubai Festival City is a mustvisit destination for all visitors to the UAE!

another side it is a prime attraction destination for families and tourists in general, with the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, KidZania, SEGA Republic, Reel Cinemas, an Olympic-sized Ice Rink and The Dubai Fountain. The Dubai Mall also features different key areas such as The Souk that hosts 99 stores offering gold & jewellery, traditional handicrafts, souveniers, abayas, perfumes and carpets, among others, in a precinct designed to reflect traditional Arabic heritage and culture, and The Village, which is the region’s first indoor-outdoor streetscape with a fully retractable roof, tree-lined walkways, cafes and restaurants. The mall is now linked directly to the Dubai Metro station through an exclusive Metro Link that opened recently.

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DUBAI OUTLET MALL

Dubai Outlet Mall is the only ‘Value’ concept mall in the Middle East and houses over 1200 premium and top fashion brands, with 240 individual and multi-branded stores offering 30 – 90% discount every single day.

TOURISTS PROGRAM

There is a free shuttle bus services from Dubai & Sharjah; the Outlet Plus Card - which gives you extra discount and added value in most of the stores and multilingual Customer Service Assistants. There is also a mall Taxi Lounge and a dedicated Mother & Baby Room and Father & Baby Room for families to pamper their kids. Visit www.facebook.com/DubaiOutletMall for updated news, offers & promotions. Dubai Outlet Mall is Located at DUBAILAND ® on Dubai - Al Ain Road (Route 66) and open Saturday Wednesday 10am - 10pm and Thursday and Friday 10 am - 12 Midnight. Go to www.dubaioutletmall. com for further details or phone 04-4234666.

Dubai Outlet Mall

DUBAI MARINA MALL

Dubai Marina Mall is a lifestyle shopping destination for residents and visitors. It features over 140 stores, spread over 390,000 sq ft of gross leaseable space, with over 2,000 undercover car parking spaces. Sporting a distinctive architectural style with a circular atrium, Dubai Marina Mall provides an exciting mix, including fashion wear, accessories, jewellers, boutiques, book & toy shops, a supermarket and children’s entertainment, in addition to a food court, the SEGA Republic Game Zone and the 6-screen premium boutique Reel Cinemas. Most of the cafes & restaurants make utmost use of its Dubai Marina Mall waterfront location. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 45

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Mall of the Emirates

The world’s first shopping resort currently features more than 560 international brands covering 233,467 sqm, including department stores, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing outlets and the largest Carrefour Mall of the Emirates in the city. Family leisure includes a Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen VOX Cinema, the world-renowned Ski Dubai - the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park, the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) and more than 90 international

dining and café options. Mall of the Emirates also features unmatched luxury, housing more than 80 of the world’s most renowned designer brands in the Fashion Dome and Via Rodeo. Open everyday from 10am to 10pm. Call 04-3414747.

Mercato

MERCATO

Ideally located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Mercato is one of Dubai’s best kept secrets. Full of charm and personality, Mercato boasts beautiful Renaissance-style architecture and an unrivalled ambience for shopping and relaxed dining. Essentially a community mall, Mercato continues to be a hit with residents and tourists in Dubai. Home to international brands including Mango, Massimo Dutti, Sacoor Brothers, Nicole Farhi, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Gant, GAP, Armani Jeans, Jack Wills, Top Shop and many more. Anchor stores include Spinneys Supermarket, Virgin Megastore, Fun City and Vox Cinemas (opening in March 2013). From jewellery to cosmetics and home accessories to sportswear, Mercato is the perfect destination for hassle free retail therapy. Mercato also offers a good selection of dining facilities, from a spacious food court with a wide range of fast food outlets to a superb selection of restaurants including PAUL, Fiesta and Chocolate Bar. Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm (certain stores may open at 1.30pm on Fridays). Call 04-3444161 46 | FEBRUARY Discover Dubai DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 46

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WAFI MALL & THE PYRAMIDS

Wafi is a multi-faceted complex offering a compelling mix of retail, leisure, dining, entertainment and residential facilities. The Wafi complex delights its many visitors with unique architecture, an unrivalled collection of high-end retailers and brands – with over 300 stores, many of which are exclusive to Wafi – and a popular and lively variety of restaurants, café’s and bars. WAFI mall is renowned for its haute couture and range of fashion, jewellery, gifts, home and interior accessories. Anchor stores such as Marks & Spencer, Salam and Carrefour Market ensure a high level of repeat footfall, whilst the boutique approach to retail planning attracts a variety of customer profile. An added attraction for those with high purchasing power, is to enjoy the quiet sophistication of Raffles Dubai – part of the Wafi complex. Ultimately, those seeking sophistication always know where to find it. Call 04-3244555. Wafi Mall & The Pyramids

SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH

Choose from the finest Italian restaurants, enjoy fresh sushi and Asian delights, or try Located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai’s only supper club Jambase with blues, Souk Madinat is a traditional Arabian jazz and funk courtesy of musicians Few As souk linking Mina A’Salam Hotel to Al Much. From signature to casual dining or Qasr Hotel. With carefully selected shops, simply catching up with friends over drinks, restaurants, bars, and the 440 seat Madinat Souk Madinat Jumeirah is the ideal setting, Theatre there are unlimited options to offering choice and flexibility. Souk Madinat entertain you. Souk Madinat Jumeirah is Jumeirah opening times are 10am to 11pm, home to more than 75 shops and boutiques, seven days a week. Call 04-3668888. catering to both men’s and ladies’ contemporary fashions as well as more traditional Souk Madinat Jumeirah style clothes and items. Traders selling candles, Arabian scents, and souvenirs, as well as artists specialising in personalised portraits and name paintings provide a choice of gifts for tourists. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 47

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of being on holiday in Dubai is dining out in one of the many 5 star restaurants, and with an abundance of hotels and restaurants to choose from, you will not be disappointed. This month bring’s us the ever romantic Valentine’s Day, and if your looking to impress the other half, check out the great deals on offer for the 14th. If you missed Valentine’s Day in Dubai, not to worry, there are plenty of other great offers for you to try throughout February.

RESTAURANTS

Licensed dining means that many of the better restaurants are in hotels, which may sound strange at first, however you will soon get used to accessing your favourite restaurants via a hotel lobby, and in some circumstances, a lift! Some hotels will reserve seating space for their own guests so we highly recommend that you pre-book a table. Likewise, it is advisable to be dressed in smart casual clothes - tailored shorts don't always cut it in Dubai! Friday brunches are very popular, and whilst they may appear expensive, when you consider that most include free-flowing alcoholic drinks they represent great value. Be aware that alcohol in general and wine especially can be quite expensive in Dubai and can significantly increase your bill.

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We recommend...

All aboard the love boat for the most romantic experience afloat. Drift up and down the creek with your loved one aboard the Al Mansour Dhow and discover a truly unique way to say “I love You” this Valentine’s Day. This delightful buffet dinner cruise costs Dhs 219 per person, which includes non-alcoholic welcome cocktails and a wide-variety of delicious dishes. Call 04-2057333/7444.

SATURDAY BRUNCH La Moda at Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek offers a sumptuous Saturday brunch buffet with a special kids’ corner. Enjoy numerous activities and Italian delicacies prepared by their famous Italian Chef. Brunch is priced at Dhs 119 (food only), Dhs 189 (food with unlimited soft drinks and canned juices), Dhs 249 (food with unlimited house wine, house beer and soft drinks), and Dhs 60 for kids aged four years and above. Call 04-2057333/7444.

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FRIDAY BBQ BRUNCH AT EXIT36 GRAND MILLENNIUM DUBAI Spend your Fridays at a delightful BBQ brunch at "Exit36", the latest outdoor hotspot at Grand Millennium Dubai. It’s a great get-together spot for family and friends to take advantage of the cooler weather this month.

What we ate

The Friday Brunch at Exit36 is in collaboration with Dante Italian Restaurant and their indoor buffet featured a choice of exotic Mediterranean appetisers, and tempting deserts, whilst the main course buffet and BBQ options were located outdoors. The kiddie section offered the usual favourites like mini burgers, pizza, nuggets and fish fingers. With pasta, Sushi, Dim Sum and live meat carving stations, this international buffet is guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s tastes. The BBQ stations and live cooking food stalls offered a mouth-watering array of meat, chicken and fish platters including steaks, kebabs, fish fillets and shish-tawouk. Between a meat lover and a seafood enthusiast there was more than enough choice for both of us to truly indulge. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 49

Verdict

Both the buffet and cooked-to-order BBQ offered a fantastic selection, and we highly recommend the succulent prime rib! With a laid back garden party atmosphere and loads of grassed open space to let the kids loose on, Exit36 makes for a great 'all day' out for the whole family.

Cost

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VALENTINE'S DAY

GRAND MILLENNIUM DUBAI

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL

Enjoy a romantic dinner starting with a classic Valentine’s welcome drink followed by a five-course menu at Dante Italian restaurant for only Dhs 444 per couple. The ambience will be filled with romance and live entertainment and you will wrap up your evening with an authentic ‘him and her’ souvenir hamper of home-made Italian delicacies. Call 04-4299999 or emailfb.reservations@grandmill-dubai.com.

Enjoy a specially designed menu in any of Shangri-La Hotel’s five outlets this Valentine’s Day. Amwaj, Shang Palace, Hoi An and Marrakech are offering a set menu for Dhs 450 (with wine pairing) and Dhs 325 (excluding beverages). .A lavish buffet awaits you in Dunes Café, priced at Dhs 350 (including unlimited house beverages). End your evening in Balcony Bar or the Lobby Lounge where especially themed cocktails and chocolate canapés will also be available. Or for that truly romantic experience dine under the stars at ikandy ultralounge with an intimate Champagne dinner priced at Dhs 575. Call 04-4052703.

BATEAUX DUBAI

AMWAJ ROTANA JUMEIRA BEACH HOTEL DUBAI Celebrate St. Valentine’s with Amwaj Rotana’s gastronomic delights at Rosso, Horizon and Benihana. A sumptuous five-course menu is on offer at Benihana for Dhs 499 per couple (inclusive of soft drinks). Or if you prefer a buffet, head for Horizon and experience the special Asian buffet for only Dhs 189 per person (inclusive of sparkling). Last but not least, pledge your love at Rosso with the sounds of an entertaining Jazz Band and get a taste of Chef Paolo’s special Valentine’s a la carte creations. Call 04-4282000 or email fb.amwaj@rotana.com.

Bateaux Dubai is celebrating Valentine’s Day in style and not just on the 14th. From 13th to 15th February the luxury cruise vessel at Dubai Creek has a special Valentine’s menu for couples, starting from Dhs 480 per person. Roses and chocolates all round, this fantastic price includes a two and a half hour cruise along Dubai Creek as well as unlimited mocktails and a four-course meal. Call 04-8145553 or email mail@bateauxdubai.com.

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RIXOS THE PALM DUBAI Dine under the stars to breathtaking views at Rixos The Palm Dubai. Nestled in a private Cabana on the beach, this romantic evening offers an intimate four-course gourmet seafood menu, inclusive of a bottle of bubbly. Live classic entertainment will serenade you through the night. Gifts include a red rose, sumptuous chocolates, a couple’s photo shoot, and a spa voucher for a Valentine 's couple treatment at Rixos Royal Spa. Each couple will also enjoy complimentary entry to the Valentine’s Party at White X Beach & Lounge. Priced at Dhs 3,000 per couple. Call 04-4575454.

RADISSON BLU HOTEL Love is in the air at Certo, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City on Valentine’s Day with a delicious themed fourcourse set menu for Dhs 550 per couple (inclusive a glass of bubbly Rosé on arrival), Dhs 950 per couple (for set menu with wine pairing) and Dhs 1,200 per couple (set menu and a bottle of bubbly Rosé). A special gift also awaits the ladies. Call 04-3669111.

PARK HYATT DUBAI For a truly inspirational occasion, Traiteur is offering a Valentine’s dining package tailoured especially for couples. Priced at Dhs 590 (for food only and a welcome glass of Champagne) the evening is enhanced with a live piano performance. Call 04-3172222.

JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Latin American restaurant La Parrilla with a fourcourse set menu and delicious mocktails or a bottle of bubbly while overlooking the Arabian Gulf and enjoying the live entertainment. Ladies and gentlemen will receive complimentary Valentine’s Day gifts on the day. Priced at Dhs 1,500 per couple (inclusive of two mocktails) or Dhs 1,900 per couple (inclusive of a bottle of bubbly). Call 04-4068999 or email jbhboxoffice@jumeirah.com.

PARK REGIS KRIS KIN HOTEL DUBAI On Valentine’s Day, indulge your loved one with a romantic four-course candlelit dinner at Kris restaurant located on the 19th floor in Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai. This four-course set menu dinner is priced at Dhs 500 per couple and includes two glasses of Sparkling Rose and one bottle of grape, and is available on 14th February. Call 04-3771111. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 51

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JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY Indulge your loved one with a romantic meal along the palm-fringed beaches of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. A chauffeur will pick up your partner at the location of your choice before escorting them to the romantic beach set-up in your private gazebo. Your personal butler for the evening will serve you a five-course European gourmet dinner with a bottle of Rosé Champagne inclusively. Before your chauffeur takes you home, the lady will be given a bouquet of roses and a special gift hamper. This is priced at Dhs 3,900 per couple and is available on 14th February only. Call 04-4530444 or email jzsrestaurants@jumeirah.com.

AL BUSTAN ROTANA DUBAI Choices Restaurant’s Valentine’s Seafood Buffet is priced at Dhs 280 (inclusive of unlimited selected beverages). Enjoy a spread of authentic Thai dishes in the special Valentine Sawasdee Siam Night at Blue Elephant for Dhs 255 (inclusive of unlimited selected beverages). Or you could go Japanese at Benihana’s Sushi Night for Dhs 255 (inclusive of unlimited selected beverages). Finally Rodeo Grill’s special set menu is priced at Dhs 395 (inclusive of a glass of Champagne). Call 04-7054285.

JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS

AL MUROOJ ROTANA DUBAI Pergolas Restaurant showcases a love-inspired Italian themed Al Dente Night featuring a buffet of culinary masterpieces from the hotel’s master chefs. Celebrate Valentine’s at Al Murooj Rotana for Dhs 350 per person (inclusive of unlimited selected beverages). Call 04-3211111.

Spoil your loved one with a special four-course Valentine’s menu at Vu’s Restaurant, including a bottle of bubbly, strawberry chocolate pralines, a rose for the ladies and a cigar for gentlemen. Couples are also entered into the draw to win a one-night stay at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, including limousine transfers, dinner for two at Alfie’s and an intimate breakfast for two within the comfort of their room. Available on Thursday 14th February and priced at Dhs 1,400 per couple. Call 04-3198088 or email JETrestaurants@jumeirah.com.

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FEBRUARY OFFERS

BUSINESS LUNCH MENU The award-winning seafood restaurant Fish Market, located on the second floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek announces the launch of a business lunch to cater to busy working professionals offering three different set menus for Dhs 99, Dhs 149 and Dhs 199, and available during the month of February. Praised for its exotic seafood, the restaurant offers unrivalled views of the Creek and the freshest seafood prepared by a team of South East Asian chefs. Call 04-2057333/7444.

LOBBY CHIC The ever-popular Aspen lobby lounge has reopened at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates following a complete refurbishment and repositioning. With brand new yet classic, luxurious and warm interiors, Aspen by Kempinski celebrates the European tradition of a grand cafĂŠ in the heart of the city. Open around the clock, Aspen offers all-day dining from Ă  la carte breakfasts and leisurely lunches to sumptuous afternoon teas and delectable dinners. Call 04-4095999 or email restaurants. malloftheemirates@kempinski.com. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 53

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THEME NIGHTS AT THE AL BUSTAN ROTANA DUBAI Spoil yourself with the finest Thai cuisine showcased at the Blue Elephant restaurant. Experience Phuket Night and savour the taste of the region’s dishes for only Dhs 189 every Saturday. Every Tuesday sample the culinary delights of the Royal Thai Night buffet for only Dhs 189, Or make your weekend truly exciting with Sawasdee Siam Night every Thursday with the finest Thai dishes for Dhs 209. On any of these theme nights, dine between 6.30pm and 8pm and receive 20% discount. Call 04-7054818.

THE FULL MONTY AT MÖVENPICK HOTEL & APARTMENTS BUR DUBAI Friday Brunch at the Fountain restaurant is an ideal venue to get together and enjoy a brunch with a British twist, complemented with a selection of fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi, Teppanyaki station and ‘Full Monty’ breakfast platter. The Kids’ Club provides a supervised play area including face painting, arranging characters, play station and a special menu. Brunch is from noon to 4pm for Dhs 195 (inclusive of soft drinks) or Dhs 285 (inclusive of selected house beverages). Children between 7 and 12 years get 50% discount and it is free for children under 6 years. Call 04-3104320.

THE ITALIAN JOB For a ‘steal’ of a price, every Tuesday night the Fountain restaurant at Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai presents The Italian Job, bringing great Italian food at the great price of Dhs 95 (food only), Dhs 120 (inclusive of a glass of wine or beer) or Dhs 165 (inclusive of unlimited wine and beer). Call 04-3104320.

ALL YOU CAN EAT Kuidaore literally means ‘eat till you drop’ and Kuidaore Night is Benihana’s new all-you-can-eat concept, brought straight from Osaka. With Japanese fare at its finest, Benihana is the place to go for sushi lovers who like a theatrical and entertaining dining experience. Pay Dhs 209 per person or book a private table with a Teppanyaki Chef for only Dhs 229 per person. Available every Saturday and Monday night at Benihana, Amwaj Rotana JBR. Call 04-4283089.

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GOT THAT GRILL CRAVING ?

THE HEALTHY OPTION The Fountain restaurant introduces a new concept - Food for Life. Every Wednesday night guests can enjoy eating the good things in life without feeling guilty and still keep in shape. The menu is featured every Wednesday from 7pm to 10.30pm for Dhs 125 (inclusive of chilled juices), Dhs 145 (inclusive of wine and beer) and Dhs 195 (inclusive of unlimited selection of wine and beer). Call 04-3104320.

The Fountain restaurant offers a grill treat every Thursday and Friday where guests can explore some of the finest American Angus beef in town. Grill Night includes a wide selection of delights such as tender cuts of strip loin, rib eye and tenderloin beef, lobster, chicken, salmon, duck fat fries and reef fish. The main course is complemented with some great salads and appetisers that are all topped off with famous Mövenpick ice cream. Priced at Dhs 145 (inclusive of soft drinks), Dhs 165 (inclusive of wine or beer) and Dhs 200 (inclusive of unlimited wine and beer). Call 04-3104320.

LET THE FEAST BEGIN AT MÖVENPICK HOTEL IBN BATTUTA GATE Bring in the Chinese New Year at Al Bahou with a Chinese Friday brunch on 8th February and choose between several drinks packages including Dhs 295 (with soft drinks), Dhs 395 (with free alcoholic house and sparkling beverages) or Dhs 495 (with French bubbly). Teens up to 17 years can dine for Dhs 145 and Dhs 95 for children 6 to 12 years, with little ones eating for free. Alternatively, Shanghai Chic invites you to celebrate with a set menu between 9th and 11th February for only Dhs 188 per person (with soft drinks) and Dhs 288 (with free flowing alcoholic beverages). Call 04-4445613.

SIZZLING SATURDAYS Celebrate Saturday at Double Decker Garden’s Backyard Barbecue at Al Murooj Rotana Dubai. Every Saturday from noon to 4pm enjoy a selection of the best grilled items and pick your choice of chicken, ribs, steaks, burgers or sausages in addition to the fantastic Double Decker traditional salads for only Dhs 169 (inclusive of unlimited selected beverages). Call 04-3211111. www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 55

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Nightlife &

entertainment Holidays in Dubai do not end with the sun going down and there is an energetic and cosmopolitan feel about the many different nightspots that Dubai has to offer.

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fter 9pm, Dubai comes alive with an energetic and cosmopolitan atmosphere buzzing through it's multitude of nightspots. The best nightlife is mainly centred around the hotels, and given the hot climate during the day and people eating late, the bars and clubs don’t usually get busy until around 11pm, but remember, the legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 and it is rigidly enforced! So if in doubt, take some form of photo ID such as a driving license. Most clubs are open until 3am with some of the best DJs in the world performing on a regular basis, add this to a youthful population, a large number of tourists and free drinks for ladies during the week, and there is usually an active social life to be found most nights. Thursday night is the biggest night out as the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday, however Saturday can also be quite busy, making it a virtual 3 day weekend! Although the dress code is fairly casual, wearing trousers, shoes and a collared shirt may help you gain entrance, otherwise you may find yourself on the outside looking in! It’s also worth noting that its illegal to wear the local dress (Khandora) in bars and clubs and anyone in local dress is usually denied entry. One last thing to be aware of is the ‘No Dancing’ rule - its illegal to dance in a bar or club if they don’t have a dance license, but don’t worry about it too much, the security staff will let you know...

Ladies’ nights

In an attempt to promote the quieter nights of the week, normally Sundays and Tuesdays, certain pubs, bars and clubs offer drinks promotions to ladies to entice them inside, hoping, obviously that the men will follow closely behind and spend their hard-earned cash.

BARS, WINE BARS AND PUBS There are countless bars scattered throughout Dubai, varying from British style pubs to luxuriously decorated venues with fantastic views. The following pages will give you an insight into the different choices available. At.mosphere Lounge: Perched on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa with incredible views across the city and overlooking the performing fountains below. There is a DJ playing chilled lounge tunes and the dress code is smart elegant, including long sleeved shirts for men.

Aussie Legends: On the ground floor of Rydges Plaza in Satwa, this friendly bar has a solid reputation as a fun drinking venue and sport-watching bar. Aussie Legends comes complete with large screen TV’s, pool tables and good food. Bahri Bar: Situated within Mina A’ Salam and overlooking the Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab, with comfortable indoor seating around an large oval bar or al fresco seating on the terrace. A great place for a sun-downer!

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Bar 44: Chic and ultra-glamorous cocktail bar on the top floor of the Grosvenor House hotel. The bar has magnificent views over Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah, great for sipping your favourite tipple. Barasti Bar: Situated at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Barasti is the most popular beach bar in Dubai. Barasti has bars on three levels and a restaurant with timber decking extending out over the beach with superb views over The Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf. Barasti is busy most nights during the cooler months, especially on Thursday and Friday nights. BarZar: Located in the Madinat Jumeirah BarZar attracts a regular following especially at the weekends. You can take your favourite tipple indoors or outside on the spacious terrace overlooking the passing abras. Boston Bar: Loosely based on ‘Cheers’ (the American sitcom), the Boston Bar in Jumeira Rotana hotel, Satwa, is a favourite haunt for expats and provides great food combined with reasonable drink prices. Ladies’ night is on Tuesdays and Thursdays when ladies each receive 4 free drinks.

The Irish Village: Nestling in the shadow of the tennis stadium and just off Al Garhoud Road, Deira, boasting a quaint Irish-style pub indoors and a huge al fresco area populated with trestle tables and benches. The Irish Village retains its status as one of Dubai’s favourite watering holes. Jambase: Tucked away within the Madinat Jumeirah, this late-night restaurant and bar features a live jazz band later in the evening. Jambase is extremely popular on Thursday and Friday nights and it is best to arrive early and definitely before 11pm to avoid the inevitable queue. Karma Kafé: Raymond Visan, the developer of the global brand Buddha Bar, has now opened his second Dubai nightspot with Karma Kafé at Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Dubai. The restaurant and bar serve up superb Asianfusion cuisine and cocktails from 10am to 2am every day. The outdoor deck gives wonderful views over Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.

Buddha Bar: Stylish restaurant - bar - nightclub and definitely one of Dubai’s favourite places both to see and be seen. Located on the ground floor of the Grosvenor House Hotel, Al Sufouh. Buddha Bar is busy every day of the week and reservations for dining are essential. Dhow and Anchor: Pub atmosphere on the ground floor of the Jumeirah Beach hotel and popular with British tourists for that home away from home feeling. There is an outdoor split-level decking restaurant with views over the poolside and the fish and chips come highly recommended.

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Fibber Magee's: A cosy but lively bar next to, and at the rear of, Crowne Plaza hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. There is an excellent choice of draught beers and lagers and the food is amazing. Fibbers is especially good for watching sport, especially football!

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NIGHTLIFE NIGHTLIFE DINING out&& entertainment entertainment Left Bank: Set by the stunning waterfront of the Madinat near several promenade restaurants, Left Bank has recently been renovated and is an ideal meeting place. By night the bar evolves into a vibrant lounge environment and is a pleasant place to sit outside during the cooler months whilst enjoying a drink or two. Neo's: Competing at a high level (literally) to be named Dubai's best cocktail lounge, Neo's is on the 63rd floor of the Address Hotel Downtown Burj Khalifa. Neo's has fabulous views of Burj Khalifa and the amazing Dubai Fountain which springs into life every 30 minutes. Rooftop Bar: Arabic-themed rooftop bar in the One&Only Royal Mirage, decked out with large comfortable seating areas and Persian carpets. Sip your favourite cocktail whilst enjoying the views of the surrounding hotel grounds and the sun setting into the Gulf. Sho Cho's

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Seville’s: Popular Spanish tapas bar and restaurant located in Wafi City. The highlight for most is the large outdoor terrace, ideal for sipping a Sangria and listening to a Spanish guitarist. Sho Cho’s: Superb setting during the cooler months as the bar is on wooden decking overlooking the surf gently breaking onto the beach at Dubai Marine Beach Resort. Enjoy the cool breeze as you sway in time with the background music. Dress to impress. The Observatory: Set on the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, the Observatory is the ultimate night out. Savour cocktails and snacks whilst enjoying the panoramic views over Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. Happy Hour is on Saturday to Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm and Wednesday to Friday 6pm to 8pm. 360º: Fabulous al fresco setting at the end of the jetty leading out into the Gulf from the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. A favourite place for a 'Sundowner' with great views of the coastline and the nearby Burj Al Arab hotel with chilled out sounds complementing the relaxed atmosphere. Uptown: Sit outside on the terrace of the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach hotel sipping a cocktail for what is the most spectacular view of the coastline, The Burj Khalifa and the nearby Burj Al Arab hotel. Vista Lounge: A cocktail and lounge bar situated at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City. As the name suggests there is a beautiful view over Dubai Creek and the ever-changing city skyline; evening entertainment is provided by a pianist playing popular music.

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Vu’s Bar: You’ll need a head for heights if you head to Vu’s Bar on the 51st floor of Emirates Towers. There are amazing sights over the city as you sit high up on your perch enjoying your drink whilst looking down on everyone else in Dubai.

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NIGHTCLUBS

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Boudoir: Located in Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Boudoir is a sophisticated and opulent nightclub and with free Champagne served to ladies every Tuesday and Friday nights and free cocktails most other nights, it’s little wonder that Boudoir is popular. Cavalli Club: Offering the finest selection of ingredients from all over the world, experience their signature dishes whilst dining in the luxurious, triple-levelled restaurant. Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Hotel, where food and fashion meet in one single concept.

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Chi@The Lodge: Situated within Al Nasr Leisureland, Chi@The Lodge is a veteran of the Dubai club scene and has a terrific atmosphere especially on Thursday nights. I wonder if it has anything to do with its nine bars, cheap drinks and large open air dance floors? Cirque du Soir: Theatrical and seductive, Cirque du Soir features trapeze artistes, jugglers, a unicyclist, contortionists, tattooed dancers, fire eaters and great house and R&B music. Cirque could well fashion a reputation to be Dubai's best club and is open on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10pm until 3am. Arrive early or else join a long queue. Mahiki: One of the world’s most famous nightspots and the ultimate venue for cocktail lovers. Situated at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, make the most of Mahiki’s reduced ‘Sunset’ cocktail menu every day between 6pm and 9pm. N'Dulge: Situated within the Atlantis hotel Palm Jumierah, N'Dulge is host to three dance areas as well as stages where live dance performances take place from 11pm. To add to the entertainment, N'Dulge boasts Dubai’s most advanced FX lighting show from 10pm on weekends. There is also a large outdoor terrace area, perfect for chilling out during the cooler months. Rare: Rare is located in the Media Rotana hotel, Al Barsha. With Baroque inspired interior and a contemporary Renaissance feel, Rare offers a varied www.mydubaiconnection.com DISCOVER DUBAI FEB 2013 MASTER FILE.indd 59

food and beverage menu, as well as trendsetting music from Dubai’s top DJs with live jazz on Wednesdays. Rock Bottom Café: A stylish American themed diner at the Regent Palace Hotel Bur Dubai, which is open until 3am every night. After 10pm the night begins to unfold offering party-goers entertainment provided by a DJ and a live band. Trilogy: Featuring three levels of entertainment including a great rooftop terrace, Trilogy is certainly one of Dubai’s finest nightspots. With a line-up of top DJ’s spinning cutting-edge music, Trilogy hosts some of the finest electronic music acts in the world. Situated at the entrance to Souk Madinat Jumeirah and open from Monday to Saturday. Zinc: Zinc at the Crowne Plaza is open seven nights a week until 3am. Resident DJ Greg Stainer pumps up the volume and there are some great drinks promotions including daily Happy Hours from 10pm ‘til 11pm. Arrive early to avoid the lengthy queues. Discover Dubai FEBRUARY | 59 1/23/13 6:15 PM


HEALTH & beauty

Health& beauty VALENTINES SPECIAL FOR TWO AT THE RIXOS ROYAL SPA

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Rixos Royal Spa is a luxury health and beauty centre that offers a plethora of treatments from massages to skincare, derived from a global menu of traditional and contemporary practices. Treatments take place in suites and come equipt with private steam rooms and showers. The spa also features The Vitamin Bar which offers a selection of organic juices and herbal teas.

BEAUTY SALONS

Beauty salons are extremely popular with tourists and residents alike and they offer a wide range of services to their clientele including pedicures, manicures, gel and acrylic nails, facials, hair removal, hair straightening and extensions as well as solarium treatments and spray tanning for that instant glow without the necessity of spending hours on the beach.

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Why not indulge yourself in a little pampering in luxurious surroundings. More popular treatments include reflexology, aromatherapy massages, facial or body treatments, scrubs and peels. If you feel like being especially pampered and don’t have the time to attend the salon there are beauticians who will make a visit to your hotel room or accommodation to make sure you look and feel great with the minimum effort.

PHARMACIES

Some pharmacies are open 24 hours a day and if you need medication your hotel concierge will have the appropriate number, if not you can call Dubai Municipality on 04-2232323.

What’s it for? A perfect Valentines date for you and your loved one, and a chance to unwind from the daily grind, this package offers the getaway you thought you didn't have time for. What’s involved? We chose a Balinese massage, followed by 60 minutes of bliss in a private Jacuzzi. The treatment started in our private suite with the massage which was deeply relaxing, after which we were left to enjoy fresh fruits and juices and the Jacuzzi. What are the results? Considering hubby fell asleep during the massage, deep relaxation for starters! This beautiful suite certainly made this feel like a really exclusive treat and we both went home feeling totally chilled out. Perfect! How much? The 70 minute Balinese massage for two with a 60 minute private Jacuzzi and refreshments was priced at Dhs 1,400. Call 04-4575555 for appointments.

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HEALTH & beauty

February's Spa Promotions BALANCE WELLNESS CLUB

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This month, unwind and enjoy a pampering experience in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The Dreamtime Journey treatment makes that perfect gift with a body scrub, massage and facial. Originally priced at Dhs 575, the session is available for Dhs 399 throughout February. You could also learn the basics of body massage, as Balance Wellness Club’s therapist takes couples through various techniques at the Couple’s Massage Workshop. The workshop is structured to accommodate several couples, who will be trained to perform different massage movements - from Swedish to Ayurvedic Marma Point techniques. A great way to spend quality time together, these workshops are priced at Dhs 350. Call 04-387010/7011.

Buy the perfect present for Valentine’s Day. Purchase Elche’s gift voucher for two facials and get 10% discount from the original price. Alternatively, pamper yourself with the nourishing Rose Petal product family with three products (Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser) and save more than Dhs 100. Products are exchangeable according to your skin type. Call 04-3494942 or 04-3495952.

GRAND MILLENNIUM DUBAI The Adam & Eve massage at Jasmine Spa allows you to indulge in 60 minutes of total relaxation for only Dhs 600 per couple. This treatment, which is available on 14th, 15th and 16th February, is performed by two therapists at a time and a blend of aromatic oils is used to relax the senses and enhance the romance. In addition, you can enjoy a bag of goodies and a rose on Valentine’s Day. Call 04-4299999 or email spa.reception@grandmill-dubai.com.

SHERATON SPA Sheraton Spa introduces its new ‘honey for your honey’ Morjana body treatment just in time for Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself to a wonderful trip into a world filled with mysterious and intoxicating smells of amber and spices. Melting honey will leave you with an incredible silky skin and a refined, rejuvenated silhouette. Try the Valentine’s special for two couples’ massage for Dhs 995 for 120 minutes or treat yourself individually at either Dhs 400 (60 minutes) or Dhs 595 (120 minutes). Call 02-6970272.

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ETERNEL MEDSPA CLINIC

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Thanks to Eternel MedSpa Clinic’s latest promotion, you will not need to have fallen prey to Cupid’s arrow to ensure you glow this Valentine’s Day. Throughout February, when you purchase any facial you will receive a complimentary Carboxy Therapy eye treatment, ensuring radiance is restored to even the most dull complexions. Facials subject to the offer include the Deep Cleansing Facial, Vitamin C Treatment, Vi Peel, Diamond Plus Therapy, and Eternal Youth Signature Facial. Call 04-3440008 or visit www.eternelmedspa.com.

Treat your loved one to the Romantic Journey Package this Valentine’s Day with a therapeutic floral foot bath followed by 75-minute massage of your choice. Let the Soma therapists pamper you with chocolate covered strawberries and grape or juice, guaranteed total bliss. Valid until 28th February, this offer is priced at Dhs 450. Call 04-6038275.

PARK HYATT DUBAI Especially for the month of February, Amara is offering two special packages. The ‘Valentine’s Day at Amara’ package comprises of a 60-minute Amara Massage. Guests are then invited to enjoy the healthy spa menu, which includes a selection of fresh juices, aromatic teas, healthy cuisine and light desserts, before spending the rest of the day enjoying the wet spa facilities. Alternatively, the ‘Romance for Two at Amara’ allows couples to indulge in a signature 90-minute Amara Massage, followed by Champagne and strawberries in the privacy of their own couples’ treatment suite. The ‘Valentine’s Day at Amara’ package is priced Dhs 470 and the ‘Romance for Two at Amara’ package is Dhs 1,290. Call 04-6021660.

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GRAND HYATT DUBAI Ahasees Spa & Club invites you for a romantic experience this Valentine’s Day. Prepare your mind and body with a soothing and nourishing Ahasees signature body treatment along with a revitalising facial. The Individual Spa Package (Pearl Balm Massage and Body Polish or Facial) is priced at Dhs 1,000 and the Couples’ Spa Package (Pearl Balm Massage and Body Polish or Facial for two) is Dhs 1,800. Each package lasts for two hours. In addition, the Spa Concierge is available to assist with the purchase of Ahasees gift certificates, a perfect gift for your loved one. These promotions are valid throughout February. Call 04-3172333.

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SOMA SPA

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Treat your loved one to the Romantic Journey Package this Valentine’s Day with a therapeutic floral foot bath followed by 75-minute massage of your choice. Let the Soma therapists pamper you with chocolate covered strawberries and grape or juice, guaranteed total bliss. Valid until 28th February, this offer is priced at Dhs 450. Call 04-6038275.

Indulge someone you love with a day of heavenly pampering at The Heavenly Spa by Westin. The 90-minute Perfectly Paired Package is the perfect romantic treat for you and your partner. The Energize body scrub will leave your skin radiant and smooth, this is followed by a signature Aspire Massage. A glass of bubbly and a sweet treat ends the treatment before you relax together by the pool and beach with their compliments when you book this offer during the week. Valid through February and priced at Dhs 585 per person. Call 04-5117901.

THE ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA Make it a date this February, and take your loved one to The Spa for a hands-on treat that combines expert pampering with old-fashioned romance. Choose from one of three special couples’ only packages including the Lover’s Delight experience, which offers a 25-minute green tea facial and 50-minute Singaporean massage, and the 75-minute Sweet Temptation with a combination of an Oriental Bamboo exfoliation and Balinese massage. For ultimate indulgence, the Couples’ Escape promises 100 minutes of unadulterated pleasure, courtesy of a his and hers’ Metro and Radiance Facial and relaxing aromatherapy massage. All Valentine packages include pool and gym access, and a box of handmade chocolate truffles. The Lover’s Delight and Sweet Temptation experience is priced at Dhs 1,199 per couple and the Couples’ Escape is Dhs 1,599. All are valid throughout February. Call 04-4367777.

SOFTOUCH SPA This Valentine’s Day treat someone special to a relaxing treatment for two at Softouch Spa at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The package includes a classic full body massage in a couples’ treatment room and a customised fragranced Caribbean body mask. This 75-minute treatment is priced at Dhs 900 per couple. Call 04-4095909 or email spa.malloftheemirates@kempinski.com.

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EMIRATES GRAND HOTEL Emirates Grand Spa introduces the Thai Herbal Ball Massage treatment, guaranteed to provide unparalleled comfort and relaxation by reducing the swelling of joints and tendons, and alleviating muscle pains. Performed by a highlytrained therapist for Dhs 350 for a 60-minute session, the treatment works by pressing and massaging warm balls comprised of traditional herbs tightly wrapped together in a fabric, onto the muscle, or area of pain. Alternatively, indulge in a luxurious spa package of 60-minute full body massage, 60-minute Moroccan bath, and express manicure or pedicure service for Dhs 450. Call 04-3230000.

TIME TO DETOX If you are still feeling sluggish after the Festive Season, then Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre is offering three types of detox packages. Detox Day (Dhs 899) includes colon hydrotherapy, juice, acupuncture, cupping, detox tea, and body composition analysis. The Detox Classic (Dhs 799) includes colon hydrotherapy, manual abdominal treatment or cupping, acupuncture, juice and detox tea. Finally, if you really want to make some changes in your diet and lifestyle then you should go for the Detox Nutrition Package (Dhs 999) with includes three consultations and a detox or meal plan. For bookings call 04-3351200 and ask for nutritionist Lily Muller. Visit www.dubaihtc.com.

JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day package at Talise this February and pamper yourself with a 60-minute massage, full day access to Jumeirah Beach Hotel private beach, use of the leisure and outdoor lap pools and complimentary use of the spa facilities such as the steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna, cold pool and heat tubs. This is priced at Dhs 499 and terms and conditions apply. Call 04-4068800 or email JBHtalise@jumeirah.com.

JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY Set the scene for romance at Talise Ottoman Spa with the Romance Package. This signature session begins with a relaxing skin softening milk Jacuzzi, complemented by the finest bubbly and fresh strawberries. Experience your very own sauna and relaxation room before concluding with an indulgent 60-minute aromatherapy massage. This 120-minute treatment is priced at Dhs 1,675 per couple and is ongoing as part of the new spa menu. Call 04-4530444 or email jzstalise@jumeirah.com. THE NAIL SPA Arabian Ranches Golf Club: 04-4522262 Meadows Town Centre: 04-4470744 Dubai Mall: 04-3399078 Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (The Aviation Club): 04-2821617 Ibn Battuta Mall: 04-3685070 Mercato: 04-3497766

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