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Your time to reconnect

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The earliest known reference to a ‘birthday cake’ was in 1785. And the world record for eating cupcakes stands at 82 in six minutes.


France’s Eiffel Tower grows by more than six inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.


The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore contains more species of trees than the entire North American continent.


Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips. While Pablo Picasso could draw before he could walk.


In Latin, Audi means “hear” and the German word for hear is “horch”. The Audi founder was August Horch.


Up until around 1910, it was totally common for little boys to wear dresses until they were around five or six-years-old.

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Most Italians eat pasta at least once a day. And each region in Italy has its own favourite ways to eat pasta. In Rome it’s the carbonara.


The most popular day to eat out is Saturday. Second is Friday, third is Sunday. Monday is the slowest day for restaurants.


Not all summer drinks hydrate you the same way. Certain beverages have a diuretic effect, which leads to dehydration.

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THE EDITOR FACT Magazine Abu Dhabi Edition August 2014 Volume 1, Issue 3

Sun is Shining… “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it” – Russell Baker.

foodie tips and exercise ideas to keep you energised throughout the hottest month of the year!

If you’ve just been away for Eid, we hope you

but the weather’s not always so sweet

at this time of year! Here in the FACT office, as much as we love summer and all the great events happening around the city, it’s also a season that brings with

it unbearable heat and stuffy, humid days. Fear not

had a fabulous vacay! Others (like myself ) who are still planning a getaway, check out our Globetrotter in Singapore (p37) for everything this amazing

destination has to offer. If you want something a little closer to home, our regional Diary Dates (p16) is

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Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes Editor-in-Chief Shabana Adam ( Group Motoring Editor Tony Sidgwick ( Editorial Assistant Pallavi Ramesh ( Creative Director Paula Leal Senior Graphic Designer Raquel Henriques

perfect to inspire your next weekend break.

Design & Photography Rashed Bin Daina

feature packed with activities and entertainment to

dining and pampering this month too. Read all about

all about where you should be Friday brunching, body

in Grand Millennium Al Wahda (p71), our Venue

Production & Distribution Manager Neil Mahmood

though, in this issue we’ve got a BIG Summer Survival help you beat the August heat. Turn to p19 and read pampering, and taking the family to keep cool this

month. We especially love the awesome line-up of acts visiting the city as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season

(definitely excited for Shadowland and David Blaine). If you’re into arts you’ll be pleased to know that

two great exhibitions are on at Saadiyat Island. Check out Expanding Horizons, a unique group showcase at

Salwa Zeidan Gallery in The Collection (p41). And if photography is more your thing head to Manarat Al

Don’t forget to check out our local hotspots for

our Chef ’s Table at the fabulous Porto Bello restaurant Review at the impressive Market Kitchen in Le Royal Meridien (p74) and my Spa Review for Talise Spa in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers (p85).

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you

to all our readers, followers, and everyone we’ve met in the city so far, who has shown support for FACT

Abu Dhabi and welcomed us with open arms. We’re enjoying our new home, immensely.

Don’t forget to tweet us with what you’re up to

Saadiyat to marvel the winning photos of the Eighth

this summer at @FACTAbuDhabi and follow us on

expos - another great way to escape the scorching sun!

time, Keep Calm and Survive Summer the fun way!

Emirates Photography Competition (p47). Visits to art

Summer survival doesn’t stop there; our resident

Facebook for all the latest from our team. Until next

motoring man has some great car care tips for your

wheels on p60; for beauty queens, UAE blogger Reshu Malhotra shares her skincare advice; and for the

health and fitness conscious there’s everything from

Shabana Adam Editor-in-Chief

Regional Key Account Manager Chelsea Copenhaver Contributors Reshu Malhotra Advertising Enquiries Email: Printed By Awal Press

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Every month we pick the tweets that caught our attention. Follow us on twitter and check back next issue to see if your tweet made the page! EngineeRoholic @EngineeRoholic Twitter is nothing but a crowded Railway Platform where no one is going anywhere.

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Real men don’t take selfies in bed.

At the end of the day, I’m happy to let go of all the perks of a business trip for an unplanned flashpack all by myself! #ttot

Jein @missisjp Good Morning all my #followers. Another hot morning - better not to even look at the thermometer. #abudhabi #dubai #Uae




Yeah summer bodies are nice but so are those brownies over there

Just getting into the car in this heat feels like it’s going to explode when I turn it on.

He’s hidden somewhere in this issue, also available to download.

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If there is a recession, I would like anyone to take a look at #OxfordStreet in #London on any given day...WOW! #Travel #Economy


Find Rashed


Scott Eddy @MrScottEddy

Jasmine Bager

@JasmineBager #Excel is like tiny jail cells for words and numbers #PreferWord

WIN Find FACT’s dapper designer chilling somewhere in this issue for a chance to win a Lunch For Two at Selections Restaurant in InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Look close and hard because Rashed can be found perched on any of the editorial pages! Email with the page number you think he’s on! Good Luck!

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Fact Finds Yummy Treats at Magnolia Bakery

Discover more of Abu Dhabi with FACT Finds. Every month we’ll bring you a new hotspot, our favourite happening, eatery activity or interesting find from around the city.

GO: Visit Magnolia Bakery at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island. Call +971 2674 9380 for more information.


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It all began on a quiet street corner in New York’s West Village where the first Magnolia Bakery opened in 1996. Much to our delight, this charming sweet treat haven has a prime position in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, bringing Classic American baked goods to all those with a sweet tooth in Abu Dhabi. As lovers of all things cake-like, cookie-crumbling, and pie-perfect, we took a trip to Magnolia Bakery to find out what makes the visitors tick. There’s a warm, vintage feel embedded in the classic decor with a family-home style, kitsch and quirky charm. Coloured chairs are dotted around the trendy tables, simple white drapes hug the windows, and blackboards display specials and other menu info. Big glass counters allow an instant peek at cakes and cookies, and all kinds of colourful and fabulous desserts. There was only one thing on our minds; Red Velvet. It’s one of the bakery’s speciality cupcakes available with whipped vanilla icing or (our favourite) cream cheese icing! The texture of the cake was beautifully moist and fluffy, and the taste, just exquisite (we dare you to try it!).

There was a wonderful balance of flavour with the cocoa and vanilla, and what we were told is a little ‘southern mystery’. Personally, the icing on the cake (no pun intended!) was the winner for us; smooth, creamy and unusually light. We also opted for the Blueberry Lemon Cheescake which happened to be the cupcake of the day. Covered in lemon cream cheese icing, it was, to simply put it, sugary heaven on a plate. Yum! It was clear that Magnolia Bakery’s desserts are prepared using the freshest and finest ingredients. As well as cupcakes, the eatery has pies, cheesecakes, pudding, icebox desserts (try the peanut butter icebox pie – it’s divine!), cookies, brownies and bars, and a huge variety of classic and speciality cakes, including muffins. For anyone who wants to experience a little taste of pure sweet seduction in a homely and welcoming atmosphere, Magnolia Bakery should be right up your foodie street!

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COMP CORNER FACT has some fabulous giveaways this month and here’s how you can enter for a chance to win…

WIN! A Thursday Dinner For Two At Porto Bello’s Pizza & Pasta Night After visiting Porto Bello and meeting Chef Georgy Daniloff to try some of his delicious Italian cuisine, we were sold on the restaurant’s menu, the laid back atmosphere and the chef’s passion for cooking good Italian food. This month we’ve got a Thursday dinner for two, for the venue’s pizza and pasta night, up for grabs! To enter, all you have to do is turn to page 71, have a read of our chef’s table visit, and find the answer to the question below:


WIN! A Lunch For Two At Market Kitchen in Le Royal Meridien This month we tucked into a scrumptious menu at the impressive Market Kitchen in Le Royal Meridien. From the appetisers, entrées, soups, salads, and mains, all the way down to desserts, this was by far one of the highlights of our time in Abu Dhabi. Now, one lucky reader can go and experience this dining delight as we’re giving away a lunch for two people at Market Kitchen. To enter all you have to do is turn to page 74, read our venue review, and find the answer to the question below:


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Around the world ...Doing the UAE Proud

Bringing you the latest news of local and fellow Emiratis and their influence around the world... tell us your news, or share your finds with us on twitter @FACTAbuDhabi!

Germany The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Foreign Minister and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited the German Capital, Berlin for a one-day visit. General Sheikh Mohammed met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed strategic relations of cooperation and friendship between the two countries.


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Australia A nine-strong delegation, led by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, and including Etihad Airways, hoteliers, tour operators, DMCs and Yas Island, visited Australia to develop and strengthen tourism to Abu Dhabi from Down Under. They took part in a threeday road show covering Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, aimed at capitalising on growing awareness in, and gaining business from, the Australian market. Let’s hope more will come and experience the UAE!

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Abu Dhabi Summer Season

The city is coming to life this month with an amazing line-up of performances for all to enjoy. There’s theatre, concerts, film premieres, and exciting live shows like David Blaine and Shadowland. We applaud all the authorities involved in making these excellent shows possible!

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New Zealand Diplomat Jeremy ClarkeWatson, currently the Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) Auckland office has been appointed as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Abu Dhabi by Foreign Minister Murray. UAE is considered as New Zealand’s most expanded market in the Middle East with two-way trade worth $1.65 billion in 2013.

Poor Tyre Care Causes Accidents

According to the Ministry of Interior, there has been an increase in accidents caused by tyres bursting. In Jan and Feb, Abu Dhabi Police logged 7603 felonies against motorists for using faulty tyres. The summer heat is well and truly here, so drivers, get those tyres in check now, and stay safe on the roads.

Can’t Believe it

Weight Loss Operations For Children

Parents are booking weight-loss surgery for kids as young as 12 years old (wait… what?). With obesity rising, there’s worry about the diseases that can develop as a result. We can’t believe that surgery is being used as the easy way out – how about trying a healthier lifestyle with a controlled diet, smaller portions, and more exercise?!

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Getting Out & About This month in Abu Dhabi Say goodbye to boredom this month and mark your diaries with these allimportant dates. We’ve put together a calendar packed with happenings just for you. This is what FACT recommends.

03. Sunday

The Eighth Emirates Photography Competition Exhibition Check out the winning photos from this renowned competition, all of which are on show to the general public at Manarat Al Saadiyat. And read more about the expo in our arts pages this month! Call +971 2657 5800 for more information.

11. Monday

Cheese and Wine at Crowne Plaza Enjoy an extensive and delicious cheese and vino selection along with an antipasti buffet at Spaccanapoli in Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. From 6pm - 11pm. Call +971 2616 6251 for more information.

12. Tuesday 07. Thursday

Freej Live: Abood’s Dream in Arabic at Emirates Palace A locally produced stage show featuring hilarious antics of hero character Abood. Enjoy this fun filled traditional theatre experience with all the family as it takes to the stage in Arabic. Call +971 2690 9000 for more information.

08. Friday

Kids Summer Festival at Various locations One month of entertainment, activities and games from August 8 - August 29, at Boutik Sun&Sky, Gardens Plaza, Al Bandar Plaza, Al Raha and Khalifa City A. There’s face painting and cool water sports plus mascot characters and game stations to keep all entertained. Call +971 2810 5562 for more information.

Kids Dolphin Summer Camp, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana From water sports and painting, to cooking and filming, there’s something to catch the attention of every child at this summer camp. Let your kids create memories this summer. Call +971 2657 0000 for more information.

13. Wednesday

Shadowland at ICC Hall, ADNEC Go and check out the groundbreaking performance by international dance troupe Pilobolus. A part shadow, part dance, part concert, and part circus act, the show is guaranteed to blow you away. Call +971 2444 6900 for more information.

14. Thursday

Arab Stars Showcase at Emirates Palace Enjoy an evening of incredible performances by Mohammed Assaf, Ahmed Al Bayed and Mohammed Al-Dairi, all from the region’s popular talent shows. Call 800 86 823 for more information.

01. Friday

Summer Weekend Escape at Tilal Liwa Hotel Kick-start August with a weekend escape to the desert! Take your family for a lovely one-night stay and enjoy sand boarding, bicycling and kite flying too! Call +971 2894 6111 for more information.

04. Monday

Lunch at Rosewood Abu Dhabi Try Aqua’s set lunch menu throughout the month featuring scrumptious appetisers, mains and desserts priced at AED 99++ per person. A great place for meetings! Call +971 2813 5552 for more information.

05. Tuesday

02. Saturday

Summer at the Emirates Park Zoo & Resort Interact and relax in an educational family environment. Take photos with the animals during feeding time or head to the electronic games city for hours of fun. Call +971 2563 3100 for more information. 14.

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Belgian Brew Festival at InterContinental Abu Dhabi Chef Daragh treats you with his special brew planke including mini cold cuts, cheese cuts and French fries all served in a special cone. Call +971 2666 6888 for more information.

06. Wednesday

So Spa at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche Take a mid-week respite with an exclusive summer day pass at the Sofitel. Enjoy 30% off selected treatments including the relaxing hammam. Call +971 2813 7777 for more information.

09. Saturday

The Cake Boss Live in Abu Dhabi at Emirates Palace Fans of the TLC show ‘Cake Boss’ are in for a real treat as Buddy Valastro will be in the city demonstrating his culinary skills. Join in the fun with all the family! Visit for tickets.

10. Sunday

Steakhouse Dinner at Dusit Thani Dusit Thani offers foodies and meatlovers a great option for juicy steaks in a traditional steakhouse setting at The Capital Grill. Go and treat yourself today to a hearty meal! Call +971 2698 8888 for more information.

15. Friday

Sunidhi Chauhan at Emirates Palace Bollywood sensation Sunidhi Chauhan will perform her Hindi film hits live in Abu Dhabi for the first time. The concert also celebrates Indian Independence Day. Visit for tickets.


23. Saturday

Peanut Butter & Jam night at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Enjoy an open mic night and free concerts which will be held in the large beach side summer tent on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Providing an opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talents and win valuable prizes. Call +971 2654 3333 for more information.

16. Saturday

Energy Boost Breakfast at Café Mozart, Al Raha Beach Hotel Get a great start to the day with Café Mozart “Energy Boost Breakfast” that includes an inspired selection of nutritionally balanced healthier fare. Enjoy this delicious breakfast at AED68++. Call +971 2508 0493 for more information.

24. Sunday

Let’s Get Cooking at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort Families, get down to this stunning Al Gharbia resort where the whole family can join in with making their own pizza and baking their own sweet treats! Call +971 2801 2222 for more information.

25. Monday

Happy Hour at The Retreat Sports Bar, The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Take advantage of great beverage deals on house vino, spirits and a whole selection of other drinks available from 5pm to 8pm. Great for after work drinks! Call +971 2616 9999 for more information.

27. Wednesday

4P’s Pappagallo in Le Meridien Prepare for an evening of prosecco, proscuitto and pasta! Indulge in a delicious selection of antipasti, risotto and pasta, as well as free flowing drinks, for AED169++. Call +971 2644 6666 for more information.

28. Thursday

United Nations of Comedy II at Emirates Palace The funniest Arab comedians will unite once more for a belly-aching performance to get the crowds giggling. The show includes the likes of Nemr Abou Nassar, Aron Kader and Mo Amer. Call 8008 6823 for more information.

21. Thursday

17. Sunday

Grape and Cheese at Shangri-La Enjoy the art of grape and cheese pairing by treating your taste buds to artisan cheeses, served with crackers and fruit and complemented by delicious vino. Call +971 2509 8555 for more information.

18. Monday

Quiz Night at Le Meridien Head down to Captain’s Arms and test your general knowledge against participating patrons for a chance to win an AED500 voucher for Captain’s Arms. The game starts at 7pm so don’t be late. Call +971 2644 6666 for more information.

19. Tueday

Jazz and Fizz Night at Sofital Abu Dhabi Corniche Join in the ‘back to school’ theme and toast the night away to your youth by dressing up in school uniform once more. Best dressed gets a prize on the door! Call +971 2813 777 for more information.

20. Wednesday

Burgerlicious & Smoothie at La Piscine Pool Bar & Restaurant, Al Raha Beach Hotel Savour the succulent rich flavour of burgers or sandwiches and select a yummy smoothie of your choice. Call +971 2508 0586 for more information.

David Blaine: Real or Illusion at Emirates Palace Watch world-renowned illusionist, David Blaine, take to the stage for his first ever endurance act in the Middle East. His show is set to include life-threatening feats with a death-defying finale. Call 8008 6823 for more information.

22. Friday

29. Friday

Friday Brunch at Giornotte, RitzCarlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal Tuck into fine international cuisine including elaborate tapas and ceviche stations, seafood bar, Wagyu beef station, sushi and sashimi selection, an Arabic corner, and yummy dessert options too! Call +971 2818 8282 for more information.

Latino Barbeque, Al Raha Beach Hotel Enjoy casual, poolside dining in an alfresco setting. Sample the delicious delights of the Latino BBQ at La Piscine Pool Bar and Restaurant with the Cuban band Ire singing Latin melodies. Call +971 2508 0555 for more information.

30. Saturday 26. Tuesday

Spa Essence at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Start the weekend early with a trip to the sandy desert and give your body the nurturing it deserves while easing the tensions of everyday life. The package includes 150 minutes spa experience for two, breakfast and stay. Call +971 2886 2088 for more information.

Weekend Breakfast at Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Indulge in a delicious a la carte breakfast overlooking the waters of Saadiyat Beach. From Egg omelettes to leek cakes, begin your day with a sumptuous delight. Call +971 2407 1138 for more information.

31. Sunday

La Verita in ICC Hall, ADNEC Marvel an original Salvador Dali painting as it acts as the backdrop for this beautiful theatrical performance, produced by the geniuses behind Cirque du Soleil. Call 056 133 3268 for tickets and more information. fact magazine


lebanon Byblos International Festival 2014

Renowned for bringing together the true heritage of Jbeil, a crossroads where all cultures feel at home, the Byblos International Festival features artists from China, Greece, Belgium, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Ethiopia and Lebanon. One of the highlights for August is indie-rock American band ‘Beirut’ (with a name like that, it’s only appropriate they play at one of Lebanon’s biggest festivals!) with their Balkan folk, Mexican marching band sound. We’re also huge fans of Belgian born singer-songwriter Stromae, who will be performing his string of hits to a roaring crowd, no doubt! Visit for more information. WHERE: Jbeil-Byblos WHEN: Runs until August 19.


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The Side Culture and Art Festival 2014

Bahrain Summer Festival 2014

Art and culture buffs looking to get away for a long weekend would do well to visit Side this month. The stunning ancient Greek city on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey is not only picturesque, with its attractive classical sites and coastal charm, but until mid-September it plays host to The Side Culture and Art Festival. Events are dotted around the city and free for all. The aim of the festival is to showcase a number of world famous orchestras, musicians, and dancers to celebrate art, history, music and tourism. There’s everything from a Tango Show, a Jazz Quartet and a performance by the Bodrum Chamber Orchestra, amongst many more acts. This one’s not to miss!

Head over to the tiny island of Bahrain for big entertainment, this month. The annual Bahrain Summer Festival has an exceptional programme of events for the young and old, kids and parents, families and friends, and anyone looking to experience something fun! Local and international shows will be presented throughout the month and this year includes the likes of legendary performer Ilham Almidfai, the theatrical acrobatics of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, the international dance sensation Blaze, and so much more. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and visit www. for more information.

WHERE: Side, Various Locations WHEN: Runs until September 17

WHERE: Various Locations WHEN: Runs until August 30

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For those of you thinking of jetting off around the region this month, we’ve rounded up some of the best events for you to check out in our neigbouring nations…


CYPRUS Group Exhibition of Cypriot and Greek Artists

From the pretty to the obscure, and abstract, if art is your passion or interest then a trip to Limassol should surely be on the cards this month. A fantastic exhibition showcasing the talents of Cypriot and Greek artists will run until the end of September for visitors to attend and marvel the group’s art works. Pieces by Dimitris Alithinos, Andreas Morphis, Stelios Votsis, Zenon Jepras and more than 25 others is on display! It’s, simply, a must-see expo for appreciators of art! WHERE: Gallery Morfi, Limassol WHEN: Runs until September 27

JORDAN Jordan Electric Area Festival 2014

A four-day musical mayhem is set to take place in various locations all over Jordan, and if you’re a fan of electric sounds and the festival scene, you’ll definitely want to go and check this one out. The first day held at Wadi Rum will see a number of established and up-and-coming artists entertain the crowds. Acts include Felipe Faria, Funkerman, David Vendatta & Micah, to name but a few. Day 2 heads to Petra with performers like Da Candy, Mary Jane, Alex Kenji and Paul Darey, and the festival ends in Aqaba with an exciting pool party, beach party and boat party across various venues with a number of thrilling performances. Sounds electrifying to us! WHERE: Wadi Rum, Petra and Aqaba (check website for specific dates). WHEN: July 4 to 28

OMAN Khareef Festival

More widely-known as Salalah Tourism Festival, from around the end of June until late September, the Dhofar region comes to life with cultural attractions, sporting events, concerts and shopping promotions. The festival coincides with the phenomenon of rain-bearing fog that brings cool rains from the southwest monsoon winds, and that is locally known as ‘Khareef’. It’s a complete family event with plays, folkloric shows, concerts by prominent Arab singers, a kite festival, theatre, a heritage village and so much more to enjoy! WHERE: Baladiya Entertainment Centre, Salalah WHEN: Runs until September 21

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Best of the Brunch Your ultimate guide to indoor brunching in Abu Dhabi

WESTIN ABU DHABI GOLF RESORT & SPA Revel in the Bubbalicious Friday Brunch in Fairways Restaurant with a range of live cooking stations serving Asian, Mediterranean and Arabic dishes. If you’re a sushi lover like us, there’s an exquisite sushi-dedicated station with some yummy choices. Seafood fans have delectable dishes to select from too! Soak up the atmosphere with free flowing vino, spirits and soft drinks priced at AED325++. When: Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call: +971 2616 9999 for more information.

INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI Three restaurants and two package options… this can only be the Friday Marina Brunch. Indulge in a sumptuous affair with buffet and live cooking stations combined for you to enjoy a lavish meal. Savour fresh mussels, choice cuts of meat, delicious pasta and mouthwatering desserts. The brunch is priced at AED250++ (incl. soft drinks) and AED285++ with beverages and bubbly. When: Every Friday from 12pm to 4pm. Call: +971 2666 6888 for more information.

ROSEWOOD ABU DHABI Lebanese delights at the Fan Lubnan set-menu brunch in Sambusek feature a wide array of tasty hot and cold mezze, such as fattouch, baba ghanoush and fried dough stuffed with feta and akkawi cheese, alongside a mixed grill of shish kebab, shish taouk and kofta kebab. Possibly the ultimate choice for brunching on a Saturday if you love Lebanese food! The Fan Lubnan set menu is available at AED 449++ with French vino and Lebanese grapes. When: Every Saturday from 12pm to 3.30pm. Call: +971 2813 5552 for more information. 20. fact magazine

LE ROYAL MERIDIEN ABU DHABI Taste a slice of Italy at one of the most eminent Italian restaurants in town. With a wide spread of its signature Italian cuisine and international dishes too, Amalfi is where you can indulge in a sumptuous meal while enjoying the terrace ambience and sipping on a glass of your much-loved beverage. Treat your taste buds to homemade pasta; wood oven-baked pizza and freshly made bread, to name but a few of the delicious choices. Friday brunch is priced at AED185 with unlimited select beverages. When: Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call: +971 2674 2552 for more information.


ST. REGIS ABU DHABI Enjoy British favorites alongside mouthwatering creations by Gary Rhodes with ‘At the table! Friday Brunch’. A treat for the entire family, you can feast on a delicious variety of starters, mains and desserts alongside a great selection of cocktails, vino and bubbly. The brunch normally consists of six starters, six mains and yummy desserts. Seafood lovers can enjoy oysters, prawns, fish, crabs and lots more. The brunch starts from AED270 onwards. When: Every Friday from 12.30pm to 3pm. Call: +971 2694 4553 for more information.

CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI Crowne Plaza offers a wide choice of brunches across three restaurants with diverse cuisines. The Garden has a sumptuous menu and live entertainment with unlimited drinks for AED185++ only. La Dolce Vita Brunch at Spaccanapoli offers a good variety of Italian delicacies at AED119++ including soft beverages. At the Cho Gao brunch treat your taste buds to Asian delights for AED148++ (top up AED20 for unlimited beverages) the choice is yours!

YAS VICEROY ABU DHABI Origins offers an outstanding international buffet as well as a delicious selection of local and regional specialty dishes, and entertainment from a live DJ. Dine indoors and soak up the vibrant surroundings as you embark on a fabulous journey of flavours, and a lively dining experience, in a great atmosphere, exploring cuisine from around the world. Origins Ultimate Friday Brunchis priced at AED350++ including house beverages and bubbly.

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI Revel in a uniquely splendid buffet that features exclusive stations offering a wide variety of oysters, cheese, foie gras, scallops, and nachos with traditional dips. A live Chinese wok station at the terrace offers diners an entertaining culinary experience, whilst a range of activities like face painting and a bouncy castle are available for kids. The Friday Brunch is priced at AED285++ per person with free-flowing selected beverages.

When: Every Friday from 12pm to 4pm at Spaccanapoli and Cho Gao. Brunch at The Garden is from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call: +971 2616 6101 for more information.

When: Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. Call: +971 2656 0600 for more information.

When: Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm Call: +971 2509 8555 for more information.

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SUMMER SURVIVAL FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR Lebanese restaurant, Cedar Lounge, offers a delicious Friday brunch with a succulent variety of traditional Lebanese classics. Don’t miss the delicious mezze, selection of premiere Lebanese vino, and traditionally prepared coffees. Cedar Lounge has all the tasty pleasures to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Enjoy the live entertainment in a contemporary surrounding at this exciting brunch, priced at AED275++ which includes selected house beverages. When: Every Friday from 1pm to 5pm. Call: +971 2654 3223 for more information. SHERATON ABU DHABI HOTEL & RESORT Friday Brunch at Flavours offers a huge selection of dishes that will tempt any taste and budget. There’s the silver package which includes mineral water, juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The Gold package includes the soft options and selected bottled ales, red and white vino, and cooling cocktails. The Platinum package has everything plus Italian prosecco to add some fizzy fun to the afternoon. Bruno the pianist provides great entertainment for all! The Gold package is priced at AED299 net and the Platinum package is at AED349 net. When: Every Friday form 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Call: +971 2677 3333 for more information.

DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI If Asian cuisine is what you live for then look no further than the ‘Wok with Me Brunch’ (get it?) at Urban Kitchen. Celebrating Asian flavours from India to China and many more exotic cuisines, there are five marvelous live cooking stations serving a rand of wok-fried specialties, there’s a tandoori bar, and Asian noodle bar, and rotisseries too. For a lighter option there’s even Mediterranean homemade fresh cheese, yummy seafood, and a delicious array of sweets and pastries – sounds like the Dusit has it all covered! Priced at AED255 net including soft drinks and AED370 net including hops, grape and bubbly beverages. When: Every Friday from 12pm to 4pm. Call: Call +971 2698 8888 for more information.

BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI Start your weekend with a spectacular Bubbly Brunch offering you the best of three restaurants! Enjoy classic German food, including a roast at Brauhaus and Japanese favourites at Benihana. At Essence, indulge in authentic Arabic cuisine, Asian and Continental dishes are available too. Enjoy live entertainment and keep kids occupied with activities like face painting, a bouncy castle, ice cream station and balloon sculptors. The brunch is priced at AED335 inclusive of selected house beverages. When: Every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Call: +971 2697 9011 for more information. 22. fact magazine

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Pamper Picks For Summer

From spas to beauty lounges, there are so many indoor places to get your relaxation on this summer. Here are some recommendations… Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara

For a day of luxury and relaxation head to one of the city’s most sensual spas where you can while away the hours using the magnificent indoor facilities in a tranquil setting. Anantara Spa boasts 15 luxurious treatment rooms, two Vichy shower rooms, a traditional Turkish Hammam, and a sauna and steam room too. Treatments use authentic remedies and therapeutic pampering inspired by the Middle East and Thailand – sounds like a blissful escape from the heat! GO: Call +971 2656 1146 for more information. 24. fact magazine

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

For an exclusive experience tailored to suit individual needs, Iridium Spa has the rare and refined covered. Whether you want to be energised, relax, or simply take a break from the summer sun, Iridium Spa offers bespoke spa packages to meet the elemental needs of each guest. From a selection of the finest teas, delivered throughout your signature treatments, this is the spa for the ultimate in indulgence. GO: Call +971 2498 8996 for more information.

Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi

Refresh and energise from head-to-toe at the Hilton Capital Grand. With 15 lavish treatment rooms, a Moroccan Hammam, and a sauna and whirpool, there’s nothing but options here. Arrive early and make use of the extensive range of modern exercise equipment in the fitness centre, getting your body ready for a relaxing treatment! GO: Call +971 2617 0000 for more information.


everything from a mani-pedi, a facial, a massage, and maybe a touch of makeup too, all in one visit. Sip on tea whilst the therapists work their magic and if you’ve got time on your side, opt for a hammam treatment for pure pampering indoors! GO: Al Bateen Branch - Call +971 2222 2501 for more information. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Branch - Call +971 2694 4444 for more information.

Tips and Toes

For a more sociable setting with friendly staff and exceptional treatment options, Tips and Toes in Khalifa City offers a onestop beauty shop for all your pampering needs. From nail care to facials, haircare and massages, there’s even Moroccan and Turkish baths for you to take respite from the summer heat. With so much available, you’ll easily spend a day here! GO: Call +971 2445 8834 for more information.

Grand Millennium Al Wahda

A sophisticated spa, here it’s all about relaxation, beauty and traditional treatments. Chill out at Zayna Spa in one of the 11 plush treatment rooms whilst getting a customised facial, massage, or body scrub or wrap, designed to meet the needs of your specific skin type. First-class pampering is further enhanced with great Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, rainforest showers, relaxation lounges, and (for the fitness fanatics) a state-of-the-art gym! GO: Call +971 2495 3831 for more information.

Hyatt Capital Gate

Offering unique desert-themed wellness with water, sun, sand, and botanical inspired treatments and services, Rayana Spa, is hands-down one of the best holistically designed spas in the city. Perfect for visiting in the summer, you can choose a Rayana Ritual or a la carte treatments based on your individual needs of either nourishing hydration, energetic awakening, natural purity or defiant beauty. GO: Call +971 2596 1100 for more information.

help you refresh and restore balance during the hot summer days. At The Spa you can choose from a variety of treatments, and we recommend booking a sequence of pamper options to achieve a fully renewed feeling of optimum wellness. GO: Call +971 2656 3500 for more information.

Monte Carlo Beach Club

Sisters Beauty Lounge

Absolute heaven indoors; there’s a workout room with stunning views, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas, and plunge pools (separate areas for ladies and gents) all waiting to

With feminine décor and a treatment menu to cater to all your beauty needs, Sisters Beauty Lounge is a modern salon, perfect for busy bodies who want

The Lounge Executive Grooming

Men of the city, this one’s for you! The Lounge provides executive grooming at its best for all you guys who need to take a break from the city hustle and hot summer days. From haircuts and facials, to nailcare and massages, as well as a choice of Bath treatments to relax and revitalise, the options are endless. For those who don’t regularly indulge in such treatments, The Lounge is an excellent place to step up your grooming game! GO: Call +971 2667 7377 for more information. fact magazine .25



Waterworld Wonders

To beat the summer heat there are fewer better ways to cool off than with a visit to a waterpark. Luckily, Abu Dhabi is home to one of the region’s best… Thrill seekers, waterpark enthusiasts, families and friends - this one’s for you! With 45 thrilling waterslides, rides and attractions, the 15-hectare area offers an exciting entertainment complex for children, teens, young adults and parents too. There’s 45 temperature controlled rides and slides (yay to keeping cool!) as well as a bunch of permanently shaded dining and lounging areas, ideal for hanging out after a full day of excitement. Adrenaline junkies stand up! You’ve got a range of heart-thumping rides including Dawwama; Bandit Bomber, the world’s first interactive water and laser rollercoaster, and the Liwa Loop, the region’s first looping waterslide. Guests looking for a one-of-a-kind attraction can take part in the Yas Pearl Diving Experience. Exclusive to Yas Waterworld, the experience is based on the Emirati heritage of pearl diving and gives guests the chance to plunge to the depths of an underwater tank to collect three oysters, which contain 26. fact magazine

precious pearls. You will then discover the techniques of opening the oysters and have the opportunity to get the pearls set into jewellery as a memorable keepsake. If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, there are air-conditioned cabanas available to rent out that make for a perfect setting to celebrate a birthday and special occasions in a cool outdoor setting.What more could we ask for?

ME+3 SUMMER TAXI OFFER All waterpark goers in groups of four will have their taxi fare fully or partially picked up by the waterpark. All guests traveling by taxi must produce a receipt of their fare upon arrival to take advantage of the offer, redeemable up to the value of AED250.

4 FOR 3 ONILNE OFFER Extending the fun and savings further, Yas Waterworld has also revived the ‘4 for 3’ exclusive online offer. Created for fearless groups of four, the offer allows those booking online to buy four tickets for the price of three. GO: Visit or call +971 2414 2000 for more information.

Perfect for a family day out - Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has plenty on offer for children and grownups alike!

It’s the world’s largest Ferrari-themed park with a sprawling area packed with fun family attractions, thrilling rides and the fascinating story of Ferrari. And there’s no better time to go and check out one of the UAE’s most exciting attractions than the summer months. Discover everything about Ferrari with behind the scenes experiences in makeshift settings. Check out Viaggio in Italia, inspired by the legendary Mille Miglia race, where you’ll soar into the heart of Ferrari’s homeland, rising above Italian mountains, villages, vineyards and forests, as your seat rises into the giant dome projection (a breathtaking sight!). Other exciting encounters to try include the 4D Speed of Magic; the Galleria Ferrari (especially if you’re a car enthusiast) for the ultimate display of Ferrari models; Made in Maranello – an insight into the historic Ferrari factories; Bell’Italia with a miniature Italy on show;

Ferrari World Adventure An absolute one-of-a-kind experience to thrill every member of the family, Ferrari World will keep you entertained on long summer days and Tyre Twist, a spin on the traditional teacups ride, amongst many others. Kids will love a whole little world set up just for them. Little ones have the chance to hone their racing skills and to become junior pilotas behind the wheel whilst learning to drive and cruise through mini streets, in small Ferrari cars. Big kids (that’s you, mums and dads!) can also get competitive with a range of challenges. Take up the Scuderia Challenge in the state-of-the-art racing simulation to battle it out for the best lap times. Shopping and dining options are plentiful, and we can guarantee there’s no room for boredom at Ferrari World this summer, so go, get over to Yas Island today!

GO: Visit or call +971 2496 8000 for more information.

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August is packed full of exciting events for all the family, thanks to Abu Dhabi Summer Season. Here’s the scoop on all that’s on offer…

Arab Stars Showcase

Is your family a fan of MBC’s reality talent shows? If so, this event is set to be a real entertaining treat for you all! Previous winners from Arab Idol, Arabs Got Talent and The Voice will form an exciting line-up of regional stars coming to perform at Emirates palace. The region’s most talented and famous, including Mohammed Assaf, Ahmed Al Bayed and Mohammed Al-Dairi, will take to the stage to thrill admirers in Abu Dhabi. Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf shot to fame after winning the second season of Arab Idol, whilst Ahmed Al Bayed is a Saudi Arabian illusionist best known for his combination of fear and storytelling in his performances. Joining them is an artist specialising in speed painting, Mohammad AlDairi, who will bring his raw talent to the stage for a night of incredible talent. Sounds like a winning formula for the whole family to enjoy! GO: August 14 at Emirates Palace. Buy tickets at or call 8008 6823 for more information.

Cake Boss’ Baking Bonanza

Get ready for a baking frenzy as TLC’s ‘Cake Boss’ is heading to Abu Dhabi this month. Buddy Valastro will be whipping up sweet treats to please all guests, from young budding pastry chefs to amateur kitchen bakers, showcasing his talent and skills that we often see on TV at Carlo’s Bakery. In a two-hour interactive event at Emirates Palace, Buddy will share stories from his colourful Italian family through an audience Q&A as well as a live demonstration of cake design and artistry. Foodie fans and dessert dreamers, this one’s not to miss! GO: August 9 at Emirates Palace. Tickets are AED150 for adults and AED75 for children (under two years get in for free). Buy tickets at and all Virgin Megastore outlets across the UAE.

A Bollywood Spectacle

Best known for her Hindi film songs in blockbuster Bollywood films such as Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Aaja Nachle, and Dhoom, to mention but a few, this will be singing sensation, Sunidhi Chauhan’s first time performing live, in Abu Dhabi. Sunidhi’s show will take place in celebration of Indian Independence Day and the star is expected to put on a spectacle of colour, dance and uplifiting tunes! This is an evening for Bollywood buffs, music-lovers and all who appreciate the talent of good singers! GO: August 15 at Emirates Palace. Buy tickets at

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SUMMER SURVIVAL GO: Shadowland by Pilobolus runs from August 8 to 16 at ADNEC. Call 056 133 3268 for tickets and more information.

Spectacular Shadowland

It’s been described as groundbreaking and magically magnificent by reviewers as well as the general public, so we’re crazy excited for Shadowland this month. The show is put together by internationally acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus who put on a part shadow, part dance, part circus, and part concert – now if that’s not an act to impress, then we don’t know what is! Using multiple moving screens of different shapes and sizes the evening-length performance merges projected images with front-screen choreography. The performance tells a surreal story of a young girl’s sensational world as she comes of age, a story that is both beautifully dramatic and quirkily comedic too. Mums, dads, kids, and even grandparents – there’s no denying that every member of the family will enjoy the thrilling visuals of Shadowland by Pilobolus! We sure are lucky to have this spectacular tour visiting Abu Dhabi.

Captivating La Verita

It’s created by the producers of the world-famous Cirque Du Soleil, so simply knowing that, we already know Abu Dhabi is in for a real treat with La Verita. For the first time since its creation in New York in 1944, an original Salvador Dali painted backdrop will be featured on stage, in a theatrical homage to the life and work of the famous artist. A cast of awe-inspiring acrobats play instruments, sing, juggle, contort, clown, and even can-can against this stunning hand-painted backdrop during the aesthetically beautiful production. The show is packed with jostling themes and explosive ideas, bursting with colour and character. This is set to be a one-of-a-kind performance that you really don’t want to miss! GO: La Verita by the Producers of Cirque Du Soleil Corteo runs from August 21 to 31 at ADNEC. Call 056 133 3268 for tickets and more information.

David Blaine: Real or Illusion

Hands-down the world’s most famous illusionist and endurance artist – David Blaine – is coming to put on, what can only be described as, an electrifying edgeof-the-seat show. He has done everything from being buried alive, to sitting in a giant cube of ice for nearly three days, and even being submerged in a water-filled sphere for seven days and seven nights (and those are not even close to the most chilling stunts he’s done!). It’s these high-profile feats of endurance that have catapulted him to death-defying fame. Go and check out his Middle East debut, which promises a full-length show featuring life-threatening feats… we’ll be there! GO: David Blaine: Real or Illusion will run from August 21 to 23 at Emirates Palace. Call 8008 6823 for tickets and more information.

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InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Summer Camp Craziness

ZSC Kids Holiday Camp

When: August 3 to 28 Where: Zayed Sports City There’s a full day of fun for kids with sports, games and creative activities on offer at Zayed Sports City this summer. Each week is filled with a different schedule of bowling, iceskating, billiards, table tennis, dance parties, movies, arts and crafts, challenging games and so much more! Experienced professionals supervise activities, so kids are in for a treat with safe and exciting choices. GO: Daily and weekly rates are available. Email kidscamp@zsc. ae or call +971 2403 4222 for prices and more information.

InterContinental Summer Activities When: Runs until September 6 Where: InterContinental Abu Dhabi We’re cheating a little with this one as most of the fun is based outdoors, but as long as you’ve got SPF at hand for 30. fact magazine

sun protection and appropriate summer gear, then kids who love to be on the beach and in the water can enjoy summer sports and activities at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi. There’s everything from non-motorised water sports to sunset yoga on the beach, a paddle boat night race, a beach volley tournament, creative sand castle competitions, and daily activities at the Kids Club. With so much to choose from, whether it’s on land or water, inside or outdoors, there’s something for everyone! GO: Email inquiries. or call +971 2666 for prices and more information.

Summer-Jam Camp When: Runs until August 28 Where: HappyNest Playhouse, Al Raha Gardens, Khalifa City A For a play pretend haven this summer, this is the perfect option. Activities range from creative and fun to quirky and educational. Kids can enjoy show & tell, mascot appearances, cooking, science experiments, role playing, and artistic play. There’s daily themes like carnival, superhero, and safari, to choose but a few. This one’s for the lively and

energetic young ones! GO: Email for prices to or call +971 2676 0605 for more information.

Summer Camp at Marina Mall When: Runs until August 31 Where: Marina Mall Marina Mall’s summer activities are nothing short of action-packed! Combining sports, entertainment, education and social fun, most events will be held at the mall’s Emirates Bowling village and Fun City, except for the scheduled field trips. Five to 17-year-olds can take part in laser tag, water polo, table tennis, swimming, taekwondo, badminton, painting, creative robots, interactive games and more excitement on the ice rink and in Fun City. An all-

round summer winner! GO: Visit or call +971 2681 1185 for prices and more information.

Summer Camp at Sandcastle When: August 17 to 28 Where: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Young aficionados can revel in a thoughtfully-designed programme of fun and education. Kids can try their hand at art and crafts, baking and cooking, indoor and outdoor exercises, as well as competitive games. There are also weekly outdoor excursions involving age-appropriate activities for juniors (ages 4 to 7) and seniors (ages 7 to 12). A nutritional breakfast and lunch will also be provided, yum! GO: Email Sandcastle.Saadiyat@ or call +971 2498 8997 for more information.

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11am – 3pm


Temperatures reach their highest between the hours of 11am to 3pm so here are a few simple things you should be doing to tackle the heat and humidity.

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Love it or hate it, there’s no easier way to cool off than cranking up the aircon. The temperaturecooling device will become your loving companion, at home and in the office. If you’re out and about, head to public buildings like the malls, cinemas, art galleries and museums to keep cool.


There’s nothing better than a cold glass of water to give you a boost on a hot day, and summer is the best time to keep a bottle (or five) of good old H20 close by. Drinking plenty of water will help to avoid dehydration, as well as compensating for the yucky sweating throughout the day.


Jump on the summer fashion bandwagon with loose-fitted clothing like linen shirts and trousers, or cotton based kaftans and other apparel to steer clear of that sticky humidity in the summer air. Go for light colours to reflect the sun and maximise your efforts to stay cool. Plus, the sales are on, yay!


As many of you will want to enjoy the occasional outdoor event or activity, not to mention that we all have to head outdoors for work, shopping and social gatherings anyway, so remember to pile on the sunblock. For further measure, always try and stick to shaded areas outside to avert direct exposure to the sun.


Get yourself an eco-friendly, insulated water bottle that keeps your water cool for when you’re desperately thirsty in the sweltering sun.

Smell Sensational Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t smell divine. Keep fresh with a travelsized deodorant or rollerball.

Hide Your Eyes

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There’s nothing worse than feeling bloated or sluggish on a really hot summer day, and this can be easily controlled by your food choices. Diet is key to keeping cool so don’t go eating large portions of proteinrich meals every day as this can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.


Pucker Up

Protect your lips just as you’d protect your skin. Get a lip balm with SPF in it and especially one that helps lock in moisture.


It’s not really a trick – simply, cover your head when out in the summer sun. You can buy a trendy hat that will protect your face from the UV rays.

Slap on Sunscreen

Apply a good amount of sunblock with high SPF before you leave the house. And don’t forget to reapply throughout the day for extra protection.

The summer heat can lead to unwarranted accidents; here are the numbers to know in case of an emergency…

991 996 997 Electricity & Water



999 998 Police


Tip: In the event of a heat emergency call your required service and if people are involved, try to cool the victim until help arrives.

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Back to School It’s that time of year again when families all over the city prepare for another year of books, bus stops and bake sales! FACT has the ultimate guide to everything you need for a great start to the new academic year....


Stationery, backpacks, uniforms, side bags, or rucksacks – survive back to school shopping with our pick of where to go for all those much-needed essentials.


Ultimately a one-stop-shop for all things stationery and crafts related. We love the funky sets of pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, notepads, bags, and books here. The Zanzibar-inspired collection is one of our faves - this is definitely the store for crafty kids and artsy students! GO: Third Floor, Abu Dhabi Mall.


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with everything from popular reads and colourful cases, to quirky pens and awesome lunchboxes; this might just be the place where all the cool kids shop for school. GO: Abu Dhabi Mall and Al Wahda Mall.


Picky kids will rejoice at this massive shoe store where it’s options galore for footwear. Little ones and the teens can choose from a wide range of leather and non-leather school shoes as well as a selection of backpacks to suit all ages. GO: Marina Mall, Khalidiya Mall, and Al Wahda Mall.


Kids will love the colourful choices available at Gymboree. The US brand carries stylish, highquality children’s clothing and accessories for kids up to the age of 12. It’s all about premium fabrics

and colour coordinated outfits for a unique look at school. GO: Third Floor, Al Wahda Mall, and Bawabet Al Sharq.


Selling a great range of educational toys and school supplies along with children’s books, Magrudy’s is a trusted source for back to school material. You’ll find books for parents and children, cool stationery, and plenty of essentials like textbooks, arts and crafts tools, and toys. GO: First Floor, Al Wahda Mall.


The perfect places to shop and save are the different hypermarkets around the city. Head over to Carrefour, LuLu’s or even one of the smaller supermarket chains to check out all their back to school offers - you might just save a few dirham!




Cut out our list of must-have school items and take with you for an easy breezy shopping spree. • Uniform Shoes

School Bag Lunch Box

Eco-Friendly Drink Bottle

Pencil Case

Pencil and Pens

Lunch Box Tips

Turn plain and boring meals into fun, child-friendly treats with these super cool lunch ideas:


Eraser Glue

Marker Pens Crayons

Correction Fluid Compass and Protractor Stapler


Paper Clips


Binder and Files Name Labels Calculator

Get them to happily eat veggies by cutting cucumbers and carrots into thin sticks and pairing them with your child’s favourite hummus or yogurt dip. Use the previous night’s leftovers for delicious sandwich fillings. Mini meatballs, chicken mayo or even pasta salad can go straight from the fridge into the lunchbox. Use tortilla wraps instead of regular bread to put a fun spin on plain old toasties. This also means that you can change up the fillings – maybe try fajitas as well!

Let your child have a say in the content of their lunch box if they are proud of their lunch, they will enjoy eating it in front of friends. Children often leave food that takes a lot of effort to eat, so give your child pre-prepared (peeled and chopped) fruit and vegetables in a variety of colours for a more vibrant lunch! Try to keep your child’s lunch box exciting and varied. Quick ideas such as filled pitta pockets, quiche and homemade pizza slices are simple and easy to prepare in advance. fact magazine .35

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The bustling city of Singapore is an exciting place to explore with an amazing list of places to visit. Pallavi Ramesh reveals an itinerary with the must-visit spots for shopping sprees, culinary adventures, and architectural wonders that the country has to offer.

land to water and back. You can get tickets at any of the city’s tourism counters – surely a unique city tour with a twist.


Enter the thrilling world of street shopping in Chinatown! Haggle for trendy clothes, accessories, souvenirs, bags and lots more. This is a great place to grab lunch as well. Try the hawker centre, for scrumptious, flavourful, and authentic food at really good prices.


Indulge in a traditional Singaporeanstyle breakfast at any cafe in Tiong Bahru. Fill up on an eclectic mix of kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs with kopi, or croissants, pastries and cupcakes. This area will satisfy all your food cravings to start the day.


Head to the sprawling Singapore Botanic Gardens. Take a leisurely stroll around the stunning sanctuary and marvel three concept areas; Tanglin (history and heritage core), Central (tourist belt), and Bukit 38. fact magazine

Timah (education and discovery zone). Photo-op anyone?


Take a high-flying tour of the city in the famous Singapore Flyer. A 30-minute slow spin allows you to experience a multimedia showcase before you step into the observation

wheel. The Flyer offers breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic views of the city, so don’t forget your camera.


Board the half-bus-half-boat vehicle for the Duck Tour and see all the main sights of the city as the ‘Duck’ goes from


Wonder to Bugis Street where small lanes of shops and a huge variety of clothes and accessories await discerning shoppers. For budgetbuyers, this is the place to barter for one-of-a-kind finds as well as being at one with local culture.

GO: Fly to Singapore direct with Etihad Airways. Flight time is around 8 hours. Visit for more information.


Jump in a Cable car from the Harbour to Sentosa. Some of the places to stop by in Sentosa include 4D Adventure, Skyline Luge Sentosa, Underwater World and Dolphin Show, Wings of Time and the serene Palawan Beach.


Explore fascinating nocturnal animals in a guided tram tour in a Night Safari. This fun and exciting 40 minute expedition is an adventure into the nighttime wilderness where you can see lions, elephants, Malayan Tapirs, tigers, and many more animals roam around.


End your day at the Marina Bay Sands for a wonderful culinary experience. With Chinese, Indian, Italian, and French cuisines on offer, this hotel offers delightful dinner options. The whimsical view and luxurious feel of this hotel also adds to the evening charm.


S ingap ore has so many great places to visit. All of these can’t b e covered in a day! So, if you have time, here’s what else to check out: Universal Studios, Orchard Road, Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Bird Park, Mu stafa Centre, River Safari, and Adventu re Cove at Sentosa...

Getting Around Download the SGTransport or MyTransport App on your phone for all the details on getting around in this beautiful city.

MRT and LRT Trains The most efficient way to move around the city is the rail system which is the fastest and affordable mode of transportation with great connectivity. Taxis Dial 65521111 and give your location, you will have a taxi at your doorstep in less than 10 minutes. Buses Buses are available at a distance of every two to three kilometers. The connectivity and frequency of the buses depends on the area you stay in.

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Make the most of your holidays and business trips to the Kingdom of Bahrain this summer at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain with our “Summer Sunshine” offer. Enjoy discounts up to 30%. Offer is valid for stays between June 1st and September 30th, 2014. Terms and conditions apply

For reservations visit or call us toll free from the following countries: Bahrain 8000 1991, Egypt 0800 441 111, Jordan 0800 222 02 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 800 124 2929, Kuwait 2 225 3228 Qatar 800 2001, United Arab Emirates 800 4934

Summer sunshine savings up to 30%.

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Expanding horizons Paving the way for upcoming artists, Salwa Zeidan Gallery at The Collection on Saadiyat Island, is introducing new names to the art scene with the bright, fresh and colourful exhibition ‘Expanding Horizons’. Shabana Adam visited the gallery to find out more…

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ucked away in The Collection on Saadiyat Island stands a beautiful artistic space. Large, airy and dotted with pretty, colourful works of art on its walls, and interesting sculptures on display, this is the location of the group exhibition Expanding Horizons. It’s here, at Salwa Zeidan Gallery that around 20 artists are showcasing their most high-quality pieces. This summer expo is bringing freshness and colours to the art scene, and helping to highlight the potential of undiscovered artists and their talents. What’s unusual but also creative and unique is that Expanding Horizons is an exhibition with no thematic background. Instead it is based on the high quality, fresh profile and affordable prices, of the work. Executive Manager, Vanja Rontini, explains, “Since we opened in November, all our shows were very theme-based in the sense that they revolved around one artist or one type of art. “We thought of doing something different as summer was approaching, and something that we’ve never done before, which is to connect artworks not by their thematic background but by the fact that they’re all high quality and they’re all very interesting,” she adds. 42. fact magazine


“We also try and encourage a new generation of art collectors in Abu Dhabi, and to show that art is not for only the super rich. It’s for everyone; everyone who appreciates art.”




I 01. Rahul Dutta 02. Marc Guiragossian 03. Rahul Dutta 04. Alice Al Khatib 05. Abdul Badi Abdul Musawwir 06. Adonia 07. Joelle A Kurdy 08. Chritch


And interesting they are indeed. The exhibition, which was carefully curated by the gallery’s director Salwa Zeidan, along with Vanja, features everything from sculptures, to drawings, collage, installations, and paintings. There is also the connection of summer and summer colours, between all the pieces on display. What’s great to hear is that Expanding Horizons is a way of putting affordable art on display and encouraging a new generation of collectors to experience the concept of investing, in promising artists from the region. “We tried to focus our attention on primarily new artists or emerging artists, to give them a bit of exposure,” says Vanja. “But also to try and encourage a new generation of art collectors in Abu Dhabi, and to show that art is not for only the super rich. It’s for everyone; everyone who appreciates art.” fact magazine .43



“Here, artists tend to be more afraid. They believe they are not ready enough or they haven’t grown enough. I think this barrier needs to be broken…”


Alongside the expo, a series of talks on art collecting, by renowned experts from world-famous art houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s, will also take place. Talking about the current art scene in Abu Dhabi, Vanja says, “Abu Dhabi is still developing; I think it has chosen the path of development that is more sustainable. “There will be a very vibrant cultural district with The Guggenheim, The Louvre, and Sheikh Zayed Museum. I hope that with the arrival of that many things will change,” she adds. Vanja believes that it is the idea of art in Abu Dhabi that many don’t know enough 44. fact magazine

about, especially as neighbouring Dubai has a booming, and dominating, art scene. She says, “I don’t think people are used to the fact that there’s art in Abu Dhabi too. They think ‘I want to buy something, I’ll go to Dubai.’ “And here, artists tend to be more afraid. They believe they are not ready enough or they haven’t grown enough. I think this barrier needs to be broken, and that’s what Salwa is trying to do,” says Vanja. Looking ahead to the future of art in the

city, Vanja hopes that there will eventually be a sophisticated cultural district for locals, expats and visitors to enjoy. If innovative exhibitions like Expanding Horizons continue to pop up around the city, we have no doubt that Abu Dhabi’s art landscape will continue to grow into a thriving community. GO: Expanding Horizons will be on display until early September. Call +971 2666 9656 or email for more information.

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FACT learns more about the eighth Emirates Photography Competition Exhibition (EPC) at Manarat Al Saadiyat… 02.


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he work of some of the finest Emirati, Arab and international photographers is currently on show for general public viewing in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District at Manarat Al Saadiyat. So, why is this particular expo worth a visit? To start off, around 36,000 entry submissions, from 8,410 photographers, representing 58 countries, were made to this year’s EPC, organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA). This year’s main theme was Decisive Moment, inspired by Turkish born artist Yusof Karsh and his work on the importance of research, study and reflection. Innovative and creative ideas were portrayed through thousands of images, but a handful of lucky and talented photographers prevailed. The grand prize winner in the main theme was Italian photographer Cristina Garzone, for her poignant shot which captured a Pilgrimage to Lalibela, earning her an FIAP gold medal and AED80,000 cash prize. This is also one of the stunning images on display at the exhibition! You can also marvel a number of winning photographs from the other seven themes that photographers were invited to submit work for. These include Nature, Creative, Travel, Colours, Future Image by Future Eyes, Monochrome, and Colour Photo Print. On top of this, to complement the main theme, revered artist Tarek Al-Ghoussein, who is also Artistic Director of EPC’s eighth edition, has curated works by four invited artists; Lamya Gargash, Reem Falaknaz, Shahidul Alam and Yasser Alwan, whose work will be on display in a parallel exhibition that will discuss and investigate a ‘Decisive Moment’ in their daily lives. According to the TCA, the EPC’s goal is to develop photography in the UAE by attracting regional and world photographers to reflect a diversified image of Abu Dhabi and the Emirates, as well as represent the world’s rich and diverse cultures.




“This is a unique opportunity to view a stunning collection of photography that illustrates raw talent and encourages diverse cultural discourse.”


Badar Al Nomani, Emirates Photography Competition Supervisor, at TCA, says: “The foundations of the Emirates Photography Competition are deeply rooted in education which aims to develop UAE photography and attract talented artists to reflect upon and foster the concept of understanding cultures.” The contest was held under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and with the recognition of the Photographic Society of America. The EPC is also licensed by the United Photographers International. This is a unique opportunity to view a stunning collection of photography that illustrates raw talent and encourages diverse cultural discourse. Don’t miss out!

I 1. Yasser Alwan 2. Nasser Malek 3. Lamya Gargesh 4. Lamya Gargesh 5. Cristina Garzone 6. Julian Negredo 7. Reem Falaknaz 8. Qingiun Rong

GO: The Eighth Emirates Photography Competition Exhibition runs until August 16 at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Visit www. saadiyatculturaldistrict. ae for more information.

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On the Record Pop/Rock Yes


Back with a resounding Yes! (that’s the statement-making title of the singersongwriter’s fifth studio album), Jason Mraz has a brand new 14-track record to share with the world. And he’s so excited that he kick-started ‘Mraz Mondays’, releasing one single a week leading up to the album release date. We particularly love the intimate sound of Love Someone and the fact there’s a few purely-acoustic choices that will leave you with a musical chill.


Lines & Circles By O-Town

It’s been a decade since O-Town has released new music, but the would-be five-piece (now there’s just four of them as heartthrob Ashley Parker Angel has decided not to join for the reunion) is back for another shot at the mainstream music chart. If we’re completely honest (and we were actually big fans in their Liquid Dreams and All Or Nothing days) we’re really missing the five-part guy harmony so central to the boy band formula. The now foursome made up of Dan Miller, Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood made their comeback with the smooth-sounding, high-note-hitting Skydive, and if this single is anything to go by then expect a more mature album displaying the band’s emoting skills! However, as they once said, ‘I want it all, or nothing at all’ – we just can’t accept their return without baby-faced Ashley!


5 Seconds of Summer


Are they pop? Rock? Who knows, and, musically-speaking, who cares? All we know is that 5 Seconds Of Summer have given us two mega-strong singles – She Looks So Perfect and Don’t Stop – and their debut, self-titled album really lives up to the hype. Kiss Me Kiss Me with chunky guitar chords and an upbeat chorus is one of our faves. Let’s just take them as they are; four guys playing instruments and dominating the stage with their pop/rock melodies.


Mr Mercedes


He’s called it his “first hard-boiled detective book” and boy the critics are loving it! In a high-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three heroes try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. Taking place in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed people are lined up at a job fair when, without warning, a lone driver in a stolen Mercedes runs over innocent folk, backing up, and charging again. The crime is left unsolved until six months later when retired cop Bill Hodges receives a crazed letter from the self-confessing perp. Mr Mercedes is a chilling story of good vs evil, with gritty characters in a dangerous world! It’s another great book from the undisputed master of suspense.

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The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match By Sonya Rhodes

The ultimate, straight-talking guide for successful modern women on finding the right guy without having to change. Yes. You heard. Relationship therapist Sonya Rhodes rather convincingly argues that it’s more than possible for an ‘Alpha’ woman to settle down with their perfect man without making any compromises, and here she tells them how to do it. Now you can get more of an insight as to where you are on the Alpha-Beta spectrum!

Big Screen

Guardians of the Galaxy Director: James Dunn Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan What’s it about: Brash adventurer Peter Quill aka Star-Lord steals a mysterious orb wanted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. Peter quickly becomes the object of a bounty hunt which leads to an uneasy truce with a quartet of misfit superheroes - Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax the Destroyer. Does this orb hold the galaxy’s fate in the balance? Will Peter be able to reunite his ragtag rivals? So.Many.Exciting.Storylines. Why it’s worth watching? We don’t know about you, but most of us in the FACT office are huge fans of Marvel so to find out that we’re going to get a bunch of new characters to admire is exciting news. Guardians of the Galaxy has everything you’d want from a film that’s expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe; an out-of-this-world setting; a rogue adventurer who takes something he shouldn’t have; a crew of good (-looking) superheroes who want to save the universe; and, of course, a villain - a dark-haired, devilishly handsome one at that too - all packed into two hours of Marvel mayhem. We love that Marvel is bringing to life more of its comic book characters, and actually using innovative tools to draw the audience in... go and check out ‘Galaxy Getaways’, a clever and fun way to discover paradise off of earth - what we believe the film will do, brilliantly!

The Expendables 3

Director: Patrick Hughes Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li What’s it about: Possibly the most bad-ass team in Hollywood, The Expendables are back for another action-packed takedown. Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his team of hard-talking, muscle-pumped, macho men face major conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks, who also happens to be the co-founder of The Expendables with the sole mission of destroying the team. Expect explosions, funny moments and heartwarming banter, for your viewing pleasure!

Step Up: All In

Director: Trish Sie Cast: Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman What’s it about: Breaking, popping, locking, krumping, back flips, freestyle and so many more thrilling dance moves await as all-stars from the previous Step Up films come together in Las Vegas. This time they’re battling it out for a win that could define their dreams and their careers. We’re especially looking forward to seeing loveable Moose, and really hope that, like its predecessors, this reunion will also gain huge international success. fact magazine


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App-licious Today’s tech-savvy generation of smartphones and tablets means the world is at your fingertips, literally! FACT has three great apps to download for your device, keeping you plugged-in to all the best techie help for every area of life...

Health & Fitness Water Your Body (Android, iOS)

Drinking water is a must during summer, but do you drink enough? We tend to forget to drink regularly, which leads to dehydration. This amazing app reminds you to upkeep your water intake as well as keeping track of your drinking habits. Enter your weight and the app will determine how much water your body needs everyday. Drink a cup and record it (in ml) and keep drinking until your day’s quota is met!

Cooking The Pit Pal BBQ App (Android, iOS)

Travel Tipulator (iOS)

One of the best BBQ apps for backyard cooks, competitors, caterers and restaraunteurs, The Pit Pal BBQ app monitors consistency of your cooking through tracking, temperature, and marination tools. Even the type of wood used and the weather conditions are variables that can be mastered for the perfect BBQ with this cool app! Making those juicy lamb chops needn’t be hard next time!

When it comes to tipping, how much is enough? Leave 10% in a New York restaurant and your waiter may call you cheap, do the same in Tokyo and your kindness will cause offence, and in China this generosity is highly frowned upon. Luckily, wherever in the world you go, Tipulator can help the mathematically challenged split bills and tips, all while gracefully sidestepping social embarrassment.

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retro Revival: Shoot. Print. Share

The Polaroid Socialmatic Camera could well be every instagrammer turned amateur photographer’s dream. Let’s find out if this cool device is a game changer…

Who remembers the old-school Polaroid cameras? You would snap a pic and out slides the result. Then (usually with a smug look on your face, all proud of your Polaroid) you would stand for a few minutes waving the photo around to let it dry. If, like us, you revelled in the simplicity of snapping your photos this way, then you might want to sit up and take note of the Polaroid Socialmatic Camera. First and foremost what this camera proves is that the good old Polaroid brand isn’t dead yet. What started as simply a 54. fact magazine

concept has now become a product with the look and feel of the original Polaroid styled with new school technology. It allows the user to take pictures, share pictures, and print pictures, all in one! With a 14-megapixel camera, a 4.5inch LCD touch screen display, and wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, the Android operated camera opens up a whole new world of social media-centric possibilities. After taking a photo with the back camera or the 2-megapixel front camera, you can immediately share your pic on

Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest using the built-in software on a wifi network. Now, you might think it sounds like a smartphone, but the Polaroid Socialmatic can turn your insta pics into instant prints in the real world, as you can print little 2x3 photos too (the Socialmatic takes 10 pieces of printing paper at a time, and is pretty easy to load!). Also, every image will have a QR Code embedded in the corner so that other Socialmatic users can scan it, get the digital version from Polaroid’s servers, and reshare or reprint it. As cool as that sounds, we’re not sure about having a QR code on every printed photo. The Socialmatic will be a Godsend to avid Instagram users, who can install the photo-sharing app right away. In this case, as hastags are all the rage and actually great for finding images, the QR Code feature seems unnecessary. The one thing that we are completely impressed with is the use of ZINK technology. Short for Zero Ink, ZINK produces photo-quality, full-colour output without using ink cartridges, ribbons, or toner. The fundamental concept is simple, yet extraordinary; heat from a ZINKenabled printer activates the unique colour-forming molecules embedded

This really feels like a throwback to the future and, for the sake of nostalgia, we hope that this reimagined device is exciting enough to carry the Polaroid name.

PRICE: TBA BUY: Available in shops from Fall 2014 Pros:Retro design with new-school technology and features. Cons: Users may get fed up of the QR Code feature. 14Mp Frontal Camera 2Mp Rear Camera 4.5” Touchscreen 4Gb Internal Storage Stereo Speakers GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth Frontal LCD with Mood Assistant A.

in the layers of ZINK Paper. Colour emerges from the ZINK Paper creating a full-colour print – voila! The camera also has 4GB of internal storage and a Micro SD slot, so there’s no stopping all those who want to take a selfie (or six), or anyone who wants to document their everyday life through taking photos. There’s a whole bunch of cool vintage-esque cases and accessories to go with the Socialmatic too, so the stylesavvy shoppers out there will be catered to as well. What remains of the Polaroid Corporation - PLR IP Holdings, C&A Licensing, Socialmatic and ZINK Imaging - are the four companies behind the Instagram-themed Socialmatic. The companies have the popular Polaroid brand, with its iconic look merged with up-to-date techie features, to give you the Polaroid Socialmatic Camera. This really feels like a throwback to the future and, for the sake of nostalgia, we hope that this re-imagined device is exciting enough to carry the Polaroid name.

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THIS MONTH OUR RESIDENT MOTORING EXPERT reviewS Audi’s seven-seater Q7, a luxurious behemoth that is easily one of the best family carriers on the market today.

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n the face of it, the Q7 has changed little since it was first launched back in 2005, save for a few minor facelifts and extra offerings in terms of gadgetry. However, the biggest change for this generation is the excellent 3.0l V6 turbo charged engine, which replaces the hugely thirsty 4.2l V8 that formerly powered the Q7. Despite the V6 being smaller and more efficient, it is still faster and more powerful than the V8, thanks to the turbo. It’ll do 0-100km/h in a commendable 6.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 245km/h. The main selling points of the Q7 are its comfort and practicality. It is a very large vehicle with seven seats and plenty of room for cargo. There is a third row of seats in the back, which is functional, but cramped. It’s fine for children, but not so much for adults. Even with the third row seats up, the boot space is still large enough for a weekly shop or the school bags of six messy children. With the second and third seats folded flat, the cargo space is vast, making for a very useful and versatile vehicle. Bring it on, IKEA! However, this size does come at a price. Despite parking sensors AND cameras on both the front and rear of the vehicle, parking it anywhere tight is extremely tricky.

To summarise, the Q7 is a fantastic family carrier. It’s safe, luxurious, hugely spacious and versatile.

Despite its size, though, the Q7 handles almost supernaturally, thanks to Audi’s class-leading Quattro technology. To give it a bit of a test, we threw it into a hairpin turn at 70km/h, and the Quattro system simply turned. No understeer, or oversteer, or even noticeable tyre screech. It just turned. Further ‘enthusiastic’ driving on tight corners produced similarly impressive results. It is absolutely phenomenal for a vehicle that weighs almost two-anda-half tonnes! Which brings us to the reason why we feel that the Q7 is such a great family car. It’s not the many different seating configurations, or the third row of seating, or rear climate control. It’s the safety. If you want to ferry your munchkins around in a towering behemoth of sublime comfort and invincibility, the Q7 is your best bet. Aside from the fact that the superb Quattro system will handle almost any emergency manoeuvring at normal driving speeds with ease, the all-round curtain airbags front and rear ensure that, should the unthinkable happen, you’re all cocooned in a cushioned bubble of safety. Now, unlike other large luxury SUVs, the Q7 makes no big claims with regards to its off-road capabilities. It is lacking in gadgetry like terrain select, hill descent control and diff lock settings. This is a Chelsea tractor through and through! It does, however, have an off-road suspension setting that will raise the vehicle’s ground clearance to 240mm, to help you avoid catching that big front spoiler on things. And, the Quattro all-wheel-drive system also serves to make the Q7 surprisingly competent off-road. On gravelly climbs and soft sand, the power goes to where it’s needed to keep the vehicle on the move, and it made light work of the medium-difficulty obstacles we threw at it. To summarise, the Q7 is a fantastic family carrier. It’s safe, luxurious, hugely spacious and versatile. If you’re looking for an SUV for serious off-roading, this isn’t what the Q7 was made for. It was made for trips to football practice, school runs, and the occasional family outing to a camping ground or beach. And in Abu Dhabi, what else could you possibly need it for?

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FACT’s Top 5 Car Tips

for the Summer! 1. Get your A/C serviced! In the hot months, you’ll use your A/C a lot more than the rest of the year, which drains the gas coolant more quickly. This means that it often runs out right when you don’t want it to, i.e. in busy traffic on the hottest day of the year. Trust us, it has happened to us, so make sure it’s all topped up!

2. Get your tyres checked!

This advice is sound at any time of the year, but believe us; the last thing you want to be doing at 2pm on a hot day in mid-August is changing a wheel! And remember, hot weather increases tyre pressure, so if you’re adding air to your tyres be careful not to over inflate them.

4. Get your windows tinted!

A professional window tinting service will add a protective layer of tinting to the windows of your car which will work to reduce the amount of the sun’s energy getting into your car. Not only does this reduce the heat levels, but it also makes for more comfortable motoring by reducing the glare of the sun when you’re driving.

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3. Buy a windscreen sun shield!

As the blazing sun shines through the windscreen of your car, the vehicle essentially acts like a greenhouse, absorbing heat but not letting it out. Everything inside your car, including the steering wheel, dashboard, gear lever and seatbelt buckles can become hot enough to burn your hands when you touch them! Even after you turn the AC on and begin driving, the heat from the dashboard will continue to radiate out into the car for a while, prolonging your discomfort. Most of the sun’s heat is absorbed into a car through the windscreen and rear window, as these are the ones most tilted towards the sky. A windscreen sun shield shades the dashboard and stops it getting so hot, but the most effective type is the metallic shiny one that you can hold in place against the screen with the sun visors, as this type of shield reflects a lot of the sun’s heat back out of the car.

5. Don’t leave your mobile/iPod in the car!

Leaving your iPhone or MP3 player in the car in the blazing summer sun even for only a couple of hours can be catastrophic to the device. At the very least, when you get in you’ll get a warning message saying “Device too hot. Let it cool before switching on.” In this case, you’re lucky if none of the data has been damaged. At the very worst, you get into your car and pick up the device to find that awful telltale crack right down the screen. The heat has made the components expand until the innards have split, and your gadget is no more, so be careful!

An Extra Top Tip Check your oil!

“Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It keeps hardworking engine parts running clean, smooth and most importantly, cool. This is particularly important in the summer, since a hot engine needs all the lubrication it can get, and at high temperatures your engine’s oil is really getting put through its paces.”

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Sacoor Style With a unique store concept and sophisticated collection, Portuguese brand Sacoor Brothers is fast-becoming one of the region’s most favoured fashion stops for men, women, and kids‌

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Sacoor Brothers


n true Sacoor Brothers style, the brands summer collection for both grown-ups and kids is taking the regional fashion scene by storm. From shirts, trousers, blazers, tops, dresses, shoes and a range of gorgeous accessories, the collection exudes sophistication and class, and is based on the theme Rio de Janeiro. The rhythm and colors of Brazil mark the

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vibrant summer collection with beautiful fabrics and textures - a result of a careful selection of resources and materials of timeless quality. For men, we love the pinstripe shirts, the stylish suits, comfy polos, and slick, smart shoes, as well as the trendy casual wear. Women can say hello to summer comfort with light and airy designed blazers, tops,

Sacoor kids shorts, skirts and dresses, along with stunning accessories. The charismatic faces of this campaign are actor Patrick Dempsey from the hit show Greys Anatomy and world-renowned Sports Illustrated model Irina Shayk. The stunning pair perfectly highlights this fun and beautiful line. For kids there’s a whole new world of micro fashion with the Sacoor Kids collection; bright, playful looks are perfectly achieved with a nautical touch and summer colours like yellows, whites, greens and reds, make for a clean-cut style.

We especially adore the unique shopping experience offered at Sacoor Brothers’ stores. Inside every boutique an in-store pianist provides light entertainment for shoppers, whilst staff provide comfort through personal service. Here’s one international lifestyle brand that is gaining strong recognition and setting new trends in the GCC and UAE, and we have no doubts that Sacoor Brothers will quickly mark itself as a favoured choice in the regional fashion market. GO: Shop Sacoor Brothers at Al Wahda Mall or Marina Mall. fact magazine .65


Sun Seeker: Women’s Wants The must-have pieces to keep your fashion-savvy style in check on your summer holiday! h&m POR Big statementmaking pieces is what summer fashion is all about this year!

new look AED155 Add a touch of glamour to your holiday attire with loose and funky kimono cover up.

new lookAED155 Celebrate summer on the beach with this cute floral one piece.

Forever 21 AED83 Pull & bear POR Protect your head from the sun all the while looking trendy in this pretty hat.

massimo dutti AED145 Accessorise with simple yet style-savvy wrist bands and jewellery for an effortless look.

TOPSHOP AED262 Heel up with chunky summer-ready wedges. Try different colours and textures to spruce up your holiday style.

Sparkle when you tell the time on your travels with this stylish watch.

PARFOIS AED169 Bag up all your holiday essentials in this uber cool, oversized holiday carry-on.


BERSHKA AED55 Shorts are great for staying comfy on holiday whilst keeping your fashion game on lockdown. 66. fact magazine

Nothing screams summer holiday like bright, vibrant nails. Get your mani-pedi on with this beautiful sunshine colour!

RIVER ISLAND POR The perfect sunnies to shield your eyes on lazy long days on the beach or by the pool.

Sun Seeker: Men’s MustHaves Everything you’ll want and need for casual and trendy everyday looks on your summer holiday!

21 MEN AED47 Bright, striped, sleeveless tees may just be your summer fashion saviours on holiday.

MASSIMO DUTTI POR Up your wrist game when you’re telling the time with this trendy time piece.

BERSHKA AED55 It’s all about print t-shirts this summer - they’ll help you keep cool and look stylish at the same time.

H&M AED98 Add funky print to your poolside look with these tropical-designed shorts.

TOPMAN AED188 Nothing says style like the perfect holdall. This denimstyle bag is the perfect carrier for your hols.

H&M AED124 Add mysterious island vibe to your beach-bum style when you go for a swim or get your tan on.

LEVEL SHOE DISTRICT POR Ditch the trainers and slip into this comfy footwear on your holiday - perfect for beach strolling!

NEW LOOK AED39 Keep trendy and protected from the strong rays of the summer sun with these cool pair of sunnies.

FRENCH CONNECTION POR Keep shielded whilst looking dapper in this cool blue beach hat.

H&M AED24.8 Add a spiritual style to your beach look with these funky beaded bracelets.

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Beauty Keep up your skin regime this summer with our pick of the best beauty products to buy this season...

Summer Ready Perfect for all skin types, GlamGlow’s Thirsty Mud will leave you with breathtaking glowing skin. Its excellent new technology delivers super-hydration and absorbs moisture into the skin, providing immediate refreshing results. Get ready for an instant, dewy and youthful result with a soft and supple feel!

Twinkling Nails Accentuate your nails with ARTDECO Ceramic Nail Lacquers, and a shimmering choice of new colours. The nail lacquer contains patented ceramic particles which increase resistance, shorten drying time and reduce discoloration. The high quality nylon fibers of the brush are perfectly coordinated to the formula. The brush ensures particularly even application of colour for the perfect shiny nails.

Embrace the warmth Vichy presents the cutting-edge and effective Capital Soleil. The ideal tan revealer BB Dry Touch SPF 50 preserves the quality of the skin in the sun and illuminates instantly the tan with a natural, even result. Its hypoallergenic, paraben-free formula absorbs excess sebum and dries up immediately with a dry touch finish. For ideal skin under the sun, add Capital Soleil from Vichy to your summer beauty buys.

Perfect protection Inspired by the beauty rituals of legendary Orient, Mythic Oil by L’Oréal Professionnel has become the at-home and in-salon must-have. The velvet texture of this balm provides matchless hair protection even at very high temperatures. Hair is protected against heat damage up to 230°C / 446°F. It acts as a unique heat shield for your hair, perfect for super hot summer days.

Exotic Nourishment Sephora’s new summer 2014 bath collection, Agua de Rio is a limited edition for summer that whisks you away to sunny Rio. The body moisturising sorbet is a lotion to quench the skin. Its unique creamy, ultra-refreshing texture seems to melt into the body while scenting it with an exotic fragrance. It’s a true explosion of sensations for the skin!

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6 Tips for Summer-Ready Skin

UAE-based makeup artist and beauty blogger, Reshu Malhotra shares her insider summer beauty tips to make sure your skin is well looked after in the heat… Reshu Malhotra is one of the UAE’s most popular makeup artists providing beautiful looks for women on special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. Having trained at prestigious makeup institutes like the London Makeup School, Esmod Dubai, Make Up For Ever, and Fat Mu Pro Makeup Academy, Reshu is also a Dermologica-certified skin care consultant, with renowned skills in airbrush and special effects makeup too. She passionately talks and writes about her art, life events and profession on her popoular blog which now, for many women the world over, is fast-becoming a dictionary for beauty, fashion, styling and make up tips.

1. Hydrate Yourself:

4. Don’t Skip Moisturising:

We all know how important water is for our health and wellbeing, but do you actually drink your required daily intake of 2-3 litres? Drinking enough water will vastly help to improve the appearance of your skin by making it clearer and smoother for a healthier look and feel!

It can be tempting to cut out moisturing in the summer months because of excess oil on the skin. However, excess sebum can also be a sign of dehydrated skin. So, it’s best to use an oil free, water-based, moisturiser, different from that which you use on the body!

2. Embrace SPF:

5. Exfoliate Your Skin:

I believe that sunscreen should be the most important part of our daily skin care routine as uncontrolled sun exposure can really damage the skin. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside; reapply every two hours and always after swimming. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it contains high SPF, is high in zinc oxide or high in titanium dioxide.

Sun, sand, sweat, and sunscreen only increase the amount of dead skin cells that build up on your face and body. Slough them off with an exfoliating scrub at least once a week. Try oatmeal mixed with rose water and natural yogurt to tackle irritated skin.

3. Cleanse  & Tone Your Skin: Keeping your skin clean is very important to avoid breakouts and blemishes, especially in the summer heat. Always double cleanse your skin to help reduce build up of dirt and dust. Then comes the toner which helps to refresh and maintain your skin’s PH level and upkeep an even tone, as well as tightening pores and prepping the skin for moisturising.

6. Summer Makeup: The aim should be to keep your look natural during summer. Use a concealer to hide blemishes. Trade liquid foundation for a lighter, mineral-based powder or even a tinted moisturiser. Skip the creamy blush and instead go for a natural-looking glow with a touch of bronzing powder on the apple of your cheeks. Go for natural colours on your eyes and lips, such as coral, pinks and peach to offset the summery skin tone. fact magazine .69

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Chef GEORGY DANILOFF This month we were treated to Italian culinary creations at Porto Bello in Grand Millennium Al Wahda, and the main man behind the food is one of the reason’s why guests continue returning to this charming restaurant‌

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GO: Visit Porto Bello Restaurant at Grand Millennium Al Wahda. Call +971 2495 3905 for more information.

Porto Bello puts a fine-dining twist on Italian food mixed with classic tastes and traditional methods of cooking. For all those reasons we would highly recommend a visit to this foodie haven!


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hen FACT ventures to do a chef ’s table, we never know what to expect, and this month was a pleasant surprise. Meet Chef Georgy, the man behind a team of nine talented chefs cooking in the Porto Bello kitchen. The interesting fact; Chef Georgy has roots in Turkmenistan and Russia, but fell in love with Italian food when he first tried it. “Since I began to work in the kitchen, I liked French cuisine,” he admits. “But the first time I tried Italian food, I just fell in love.” And it was this gastronomic affection that led to Chef Georgy’s pursuit of Italian cuisine., which also led to him working for two Michelin Star Chef Marco Sacco in Piedmont, Italy. On to the food; first up was a Duo of Tuna and Scallop Carpaccio. Immediately, the colour and excellent presentation of the dish jumps off the plate at you; visually, it’s stunning. Our taste buds are soon jumping

with joy too as we get a lovely fresh outburst of flavour from the oranges, fennel and tonka beans - a great light starter. Next we’re treated to Risotto Milanese with Burrata, Black truffle sauce and blueberry sauce. The highlight of this dish was the kick of Saffron you get mixed with the acidity of the blueberry sauce – just exquisite. Chef Georgy reveals that Risotto is by far his favourite dish to cook and to eat. “It took me around ten years to find a good risotto recipe that I like,” he says. He also tells us that butter and eggs are his two favourite ingredients to cook with. “I use smoked butter for the risotto to give it a nice smoky flavour,” he says. Gearing up for another main, Chef Georgy brings out a plate of Sicilian lamb with Caponata and Carrot emulsion. The presentation once more is excellent! The lamb is slow cooked in a water bath and pan seared with rosemary and garlic. It’s juicy and succulent - a winning dish. We ended the meal with Three Way of Chocolate by Porto Bello, and scrumptious

doesn’t even begin to describe it. We loved the caramel coated almonds and popcorn – both complemented the tasty chocolate and added a crunchy texture to top off a palatepleasing dessert. At 28, and having worked four years for Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Chef Georgy recalls the early days of following his dreams to becoming a chef. “My family supported me and I started to work as the trainee in a family friend’s restaurant,” he recalls. “I was washing pots just to see what the chefs were doing, because you have to start somewhere.” Starting from the bottom to now being here in Abu Dhabi shows us just how passionate Chef Georgy is about his craft - anyone he’s tasked with cooking for is definitely in very good hands. Porto Bello puts a fine-dining twist on Italian food mixed with classic tastes and traditional methods of cooking. For all those reasons we would highly recommend a visit to this foodie haven! fact magazine


Dining Defined at Market Kitchen


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Merge brand ethos with character, charm and individuality, and you get Market Kitchen. We went to Le Royal Meridien’s stylish venue to see what a relaxed evening dinner at this fabulous restaurant entails From the second you step into Market Kitchen, everything from the sophisticated décor to the two-level layout, and the open-plan style, reflects the restaurant’s roots. The Market brand was born in New York and the restaurant here, located in Le Royal Meridien hotel, has been inspired by Chef restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. His concept of the “hotel as home” has been executed just perfectly at Market Kitchen; it almost feels like you’re not in Abu Dhabi anymore, until you look out of the large windows at the passersby. Still, at close inspection, we see that the urban-style venue also borrows from the ambience of ancient Arabian souks - contemporary finishings mixed with a subtle Middle-Eastern charm – we were onto something special here. The venue’s casual setting with trendy wood panel ceilings, simple, hanging light fixtures and an upstairs downstairs set up, caters for both those who want to grab a 76. fact magazine

GO: Market Kitchen is located at Le Royal Meridien on Sheikh Khalifa Street. Call +971 2695 0300 for reservations or more information.

laidback drink, and anyone who wants to have a chilled-out, hearty dinner. We opted to sit upstairs next to the bar, an intimate area with an open and inviting ambience. Beautiful exposed brickwork with shelves and ornaments add character and personality. You have the choice of the standard table and chair or, in the corners, comfy sofa-style seating. The menu showcases rich international cuisine as well as authentic local flavours. It’s splendid and simple; reflecting the elegance of the setting in which the food is served. Wanting to try something fresh, bold, and tasty, we ordered a variety of appetisers, mains, sides, and desserts (yes, it’s that easy to get carried away with a menu so focused yet diverse!). Out came Salmon Tartare with Avocado, Spicy Radish and Ginger Dressing; a Black Truffle and Fontina Pizza; and Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Papaya Mustard and Avocado, for starters. Wow! The presentation of food looks effortless and the delicious pizza goes down a treat. Round two consists of Soy Glazed Beef Short Ribs with Apple-Jalapeño Puree and Rosemary Crumbs; Grass Fed Welsh Lamb Chops; Scottish Salmon; Grilled Asparagus drizzled with Olive Oil and Lemon; and two sides of Truffled Macaroni and Cheese, and Mashed Potatoes. The meat dishes were highlights of the meal. Cooked to a medium preference, the meat was seasoned very well. We moved onto dessert and there were two clear sweet champions; the Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, and the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae with

Peanuts and Popcorn, covered in Chocolate Fudge sauce (yes it was as yummy as it sounds!). Highly recommended for anyone with a sweet tooth who doesn’t mind a dessert with a sweet/savoury balance. We thoroughly enjoyed this warehouse-esque, vintage-style venue with healthy portion sizes of mouthwatering food. It was great to see staff and the chef himself interacting with diners. A friendly and sophisticated dining experience that impressed us so much, we actually went back a few days later. fact magazine .77


Thai Traditions At Dusit Thani If you love Asian flavours and especially Thai food then you’ll want to check out Benjarong Restaurant in the Dusit Thani. The venue serves authentic Royal Thai cuisine in a beautiful space that fuses contemporary-style with traditional Thai design. The menu is packed full of delicious recipes that have been passed down over generations – from Som Tam (refreshing green papaya salad), to Tom Kha Gai (spicy and sour coconut cream chicken soup), and mouthwatering vegetarian dishes like Phad Phak Ruam Mith (wok fried mixed vegetables with light soya sauce). You can even create your own curry from a variety of scrumptious ingredients, so the foodie options are endless! GO: Call +971 2698 8888 for more information or to make a reservation.

Happy Days At Holiday Inn Latin Flavours At InterContinental Hands-down one of the most vibrant venues in the city – Chamas – in InterContinental Abu Dhabi provides a gastronomic journey through Latin America. Not only is the food fantastic, there’s vibrant music from Chamas’ very own band, Quattro, who will add lively entertainment with the rhythm and sounds of South America. Don’t miss Señoritas night every Monday at Chamas Bar and catch the Samba dancers performing live on August 20. Foodies will love the Wagyu beef, which gets a flavourful twist from Chef Guillerme every week. GO: Call +971 2666 6888 for more information or to make a reservation.

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One of the most popular places to hang out for food and drink in the city, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, is bringing fun and innovative additions to its dessert menu this month. Get down to the Lemon Tree and try The Oh!-Gaarden a yummy dessert made using one key ingredient; Hoegaarden hops, mixed with chocolate and vanilla ice cream and drizzled with a cherry sorbet (a non-alcoholic option is also available). This is another unique culinary creation from the innovative chef and fun team at the Holiday Inn, and, at AED42, what’s not to love? GO: Call +971 2657 4888 for more information or to make a reservation.

Belgian Cafe at Novotel Gate Exquisite Eats At Emirates Palace One of the world’s most renowned restaurant brands for impeccable, modern Chinese cuisine, Hakkasan, should absolutely be on your dining list this month. Located in Emirates Palace, the glamourous and opulent venue boasts a contemporary Asian ambience and a huge variety of sophisticated menu options. Try the Chinese wild mushroom soup or the delectable Jasmine tea-smoked Wagyu beef ribs, as well as the Stir-fry lobster in black bean sauce, or the popular Hakka hand pulled noodles. You’re instore for an elegant and palate-pleasing culinary journet at Hakkasan! GO: Call +971 2690 7730 for more information or to make a reservation.

Chow On At Cho Gao Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi’s most popular chill-out venue also does an amazing array of food. You can dig into all the tastes and smells of the Far East for lunch or dinner, for the perfect Asian experience. At lunchtime you can indulge in the Hari Kasih “Chop Chop” market special which includes three courses accompanied with soft drinks and iced teas for a splendid AED60. Another of our fave promotions this month is Singapore Fling which involves a culinary journey to an enchanting garden city of Asian flavours and delectable cuisine.

The recently-opened Belgian Café is fast-becoming one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite hangouts and this month there’s more reason to pay a visit to the venue, located in Novotel Gate Hotel. With a range of promotions there’s guaranteed to be a night to suit everyone; Sunday is 50% off on the entire menu and selected house beverages for hoteliers; Tuesday is Ladies Night with unlimited house drinks for the girls from 8pm to midnight; and Wednesday is the iconic Mussels Night with delectable menu options and house drinks available for hungry patrons! GO: Call +971 2508 9999 for more information or to make a reservation.

GO: Call +971 2616 6101 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Raising hospitality standards As far as business hotels go, what you really want is simple home comforts, practical facilities and a few good dining options. Weekenders looking for a pocket-friendly stay, who don’t want to compromise on quality, Centro Capital Centre is just the right choice‌

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usiness hotels aren’t always the first choice for mini-breakers or weekend travellers, but in Abu Dhabi there’s one property that is challenging the traditional expectations of 3-star standards. That’s right. Centro Capital Centre by Rotana is raising the hospitality game for hotels in the business travel category. When we stayed at the property, we found out just how and why Centro is a noticeably more superior accommodation choice than some of its competitors…

STAY: ROOM TYPES GALORE If you’re staying longer than a weekend we would highly recommend booking one of the two studio room types with enhanced amenities and more spacel

When you check into a 3-star hotel, there’s not always a wide variety of room types to choose from. More often than not it goes single, twin, double and family room. But, at Centro the room choices are aplenty. We had the pleasure of staying in a Queen Slick room, and, yes, it was just that – slick. Modern furnishings and practical use of space made getting around the room carefree, while a 4-star standard comfy bed, innovatively styled bathroom, top-of-the-

range technology, and fabulous scenic views, really make this room type perfect for business visitors, couples, and single travellers too. As well as the usual in-room amenities like tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary water bottles, a mini fridge, safe box, hair dryer, and toiletries, more essential things like having a good Internet connection and having a decent TV, are also things that get a big tick from us. Wifi was fast, whilst the 32-inch LCD TV made for great viewing during our down time! If you’re staying longer than a weekend we would highly recommend booking one of the two studio room types with enhanced amenities and more space.


There are three dining options at the Centro Capital Centre; c.taste, c.mondo, and c.deli. We were particularly impressed with the breakfast spread at c.taste. There was a great selection of pastries, delicious hot food, cereals, hot and cold beverages, and in simple terms, everything you would expect from a good brekkie spread. There’s an energetic and upbeat vibe at the restaurant, and the all-day dining menu is packed with a delicious array of food for lunch and dinner too. For those on the go, c.deli is just right; it has some scrummy sandwiches, panini’s, salad boxes, muffins, cookies and other yummy snacks, all at reasonable prices, for any guests who want to grab a quick bite to eat. To end the day there’s c.mondo, a buzzing bar atmosphere serving drinks and tidbits for guests who want to unwind or mingle in a casual setting. In terms of variety and quality, the Centro’s dining options have got you covered! fact magazine



In terms of variety and quality, the Centro’s dining options have got you covered. RELAX: RECREATION BOX TICKED

There’s nothing better than a quick cardio workout to give you an energy boost when you’re away on business. And even leisure travellers are more likely to want to upkeep their fitness regime when they’re away on a short break. Centro has no-nonsense recreational facilities to please even the most discerning traveller. Yes, there’s no luxury spa or fancy whirlpools, but that’s not what Centro is trying to be. The state-of-the-art gym is full of body-pumping equipment to suit every need, whilst the stunning rooftop pool is an excellent place to sunbathe and admire the far-reaching city views. What more can you ask for from what is officially certified as a 3-star hotel? 82. fact magazine

We wouldn’t just recommend Centro for business travellers, but also for holidaymakers wanting a good base from which to explore the city.


Centro Capital Centre has a sophisticated and sustainable approach to hospitality. What it doesn’t do, and what we love, is that the hotel is not trying to be like its competitors, but instead has created its own dynamic identity through high quality finishings, stylish interiors (we wanted to take home the comfy couches in the lobby area!) and affordable accommodation. Even in the rooms, the design and layout is very clever; mirrors are incorporated in the décor to create an illusion of space and

practicality. Staff are welcoming and helpful (we were offered free wifi in the room when I needed half an hour access just to check my emails!) and housekeeping personnel were friendly too. Above and beyond, we love the location of the hotel. Right beside Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and only 20 minutes from the airport as well as 20 minutes the other way to the Corniche (and there’s always a bunch of taxis outside the hotel entrance). We wouldn’t just recommend Centro for business travellers, but also for holidaymakers wanting a good base from which to explore the city! GO: Call +971 2409 6666 or visit centrohotels for more information. fact magazine .83

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An Oasis of Calm

On the tip on the Corniche stands Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, made up of sophisticated skyscrapers offering views that go on for miles. FACT’s Shabana Adam went along to the tranquil Talise Spa to see if this cosmopolitan property can also help guests to reach ultimate relaxation‌ fact magazine .85


his month’s spa visit was combined with a night’s stay at the sky high Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, and, I’ll be honest, my goal for finding the perfect spa treatment at that moment was to go somewhere that promised complete relaxation. Yes, I had a few tight muscles that needed working out, but, ultimately, I was looking for a treatment that would allow me to drift off into a peaceful sleep. When reading about Talise Spa, I was intrigued to find out if such a contemporary hotel with stunning interiors, state-of-the-art rooms and a prime location on the Corniche, could actually be a to unwind as well. From the moment I stepped into Talise Spa, the modern, fast life of the city was 86. fact magazine

left behind. At reception, I’m greeted with a cold towel and tea as a warm welcome. I opted for the 60-minute Talise Signature Massage which focuses on your personal wellbeing. After filling in the necessary pre-treatment information I was led straight into the treatment room. I soon realised why this was – the treatment area wasn’t just a room – it’s a huge space that houses an oversized bathtub, a shower and restroom and a changing area too. As far as adding a personal touch goes, this was incredible! Not having to be around other spa guests and having a large space with all required facilities just to myself, really made me feel uber comfortable and relaxed even before the treatment started. My lovely therapist Sangeeta, ushered

me towards a comfy a chair where your feet are placed in a large bowl of milk and rose petals. Sangeeta then let me decide which oil I wanted her to use. Immediately I agreed to lemongrass as it contained elements of relaxation. Sangeeta got to work straight away, using a range of techniques borrowed from the best massages around the world. The massage, as she explains, is a “therapeutic choice”, combining medicated oil massage sequences to target pressure points. Now, let me say, this was the first treatment that felt like a throwback to the days when my grandmother (a trained masseuse) would treat us girls to a relaxing massage in the comfort of our homes. Sangeeta’s pressure was brilliant with a soft touch yet vigorous strokes that allowed for painful muscles to become

Talise Spa has a wide range of treatments available. From massages to facials, body wraps and scrubs, there’s something for everyone. 01. Having a massage can help to soothe loose and for me to drift into a gentle sleep. This was just like being at home with your own space and having someone really knowledgeable and comfortable in their craft, helping you to chill out. Did I reach my highest point of relaxation that day? Almost. If there’s one thing I would change, it’s to have opted for the 90-minute Talise Signature Massage, as one hour just isn’t long enough to thoroughly enjoy all that this treatment has to offer.

GO: Prices for the 60-minute and 90-minute Talise Signature Massage, vary. Call +971 2811 5858 or email JADspa@ for more information.

anxiety and depression. Massage reduces stress levels, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure.

02. Massage helps people in pain feel and function better. Massage has also been linked to decreased stiffness and pain, as well as better range of motion in people with osteoarthritis. 03. A massage treatment can promote

healthy sleep. If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you’ll know what we mean. Massage’s affect delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep.

“This was just like being at home with your own space and having someone really knowledgeable and comfortable in their craft, helping you to chill out.”

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How To: Have a Healthy Summer From diet to exercise, summertime can be fun yet exhausting, making it challenging to keep up your health and fitness regime. FACT has some simple tips and activity ideas to help keep you energised, upbeat and in the best wellbeing as possible this month…

6 Foods to Eat in Summer and Why…




There’s nothing like delicious, fresh sweet corn on a hot summer day. The good news is that corn contains two antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin – which can act as natural sunglasses for the skin, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the suns damaging rays. Who’d have thought that these little yellow pockets of goodness could be so beneficial in summer?

It’s already a huge favourite in the region, and now is definitely the time to be tucking into wonderful chunks, or sipping on the ever-popular juice, of watermelon. This fruit helps to keep you hydrated, your memory sharp and your mood stable (take note office hot heads!) Another bonus: it contains 92 per cent water, which, according to research, will keep you satisfied on fewer calories

As well as being refreshing on a scorching summer day, iced tea can also do your body a whole lot of good! Numerous studies show that if you drink tea regularly, you could lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and diabetes, plus have healthier teeth and gums… but, how? It’s the class of antioxidants called flavonoids that maximise the power of tea on your health!




Salads are light, fresh and super healthy at any time of year, so there’s no denying that a big bowl of beautiful greens will help to keep your energy levels up and your spirits high in summer. Go for variety and add spinach, bitter greens and coloured peppers for texture, flavour and vibrancy in your simple salad.

If losing a few pounds is also part of your health and wellbeing goal then eating chilled soup at the beginning of a meal is highly recommended. Cold soups are low in calorie, and some of the yummiest include gazpacho or cucumber-dill, both with lots of chunky veg! These broth-based soups will fill you up so you’ll eat less during a meal.

Did you know that one cup of raspberries has eight grams of fibre? Eating foods rich in fibre may help prevent weight gain, which, for anyone looking to upkeep their beach bod, is a good foodie deal. Not only are raspberries a great source of fibre but they also contain pectin, which helps lower cholesterol – perfect!

DID YOU KNOW? Corn: One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of Coca-Cola Vegetables: The highest amount of vitamins and nutrients are contained within the vegetable’s skin and the layer directly underneath it. Watermelons: Watermelons originally came from the Kalahari Desert region in Africa, which is interesting because the average watermelon is 92 percent water.

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Iced Tea: The famous long island iced tea drink doesn’t actually contain any tea. Salad: The medical practitioners Hippocrates and Galen believed that raw vegetables easily slipped through the system and did not create obstructions for what followed, therefore they should be served first. Raspberry: There are over 200 species in either red, purple, gold or black.

Beach Yoga Guaranteed it’s very hot outside, but beach yoga sessions under a shaded area or in the evenings when it’s a little cooler, can work wonders for your summer soul. There are so many benefits to doing beach yoga and number one is to get the ultimate mind and body experience. Listening to the sound of waves and inhaling the smell of saltwater can calm the mood, whilst sunlight is also beneficial to the body – boosting your vitamin D intake as well as helping those with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) feel more upbeat! GO:

Visit www. Raw-Yoga/ for more information on beach yoga in the city.

Paddle Boarding If you love being on the water in summer then paddle boarding is perfect! SUP otherwise known as Stand Up Paddling, is a surface water sport that dates back to the 1960s and originates from the Hawaiian Islands. It’s where the surfer uses a paddle to move through the water whilst standing on a jumbo-sized surfboard. The benefits to SUP are endless; it helps

to improve balance and coordination, develops strength and endurance, and , as it’s a low-impact sport, paddle boarding can also help to release summer stress, leaving you feeling relaxed and invigorated! GO:

Visit www. for more information on Abu Dhabi’s own paddle boarding community and more about the sport.

Pilates Who sits on an office chair all day long? If you’re muscles are feeling tense and rigid then Pilates is the best way to work out all those kinks this summer. Incorporating a range of physical movements that focus on pulling the navel to the spine, working out your core area with breath work and stretches, Pilates will stretch and elongate muscles, hence strengthening your summer bod! It’s mindful and holistic with both physical and emotional health benefits!

Tour which involves more of an educational approach for those who want to learn about the ecology of the mangroves. Kayaking can help improve your cardiovascular fitness, increase torso and leg strength, and improve muscle strength in the back, arms, shoulders and chest (from moving the paddle). GO:


Visit for more information on where you can attend Pilates classes.

Kayaking Noukhada Adventure Company provides a range of fabulous kayak tours in and around the city! Take the Mangrove tour available at both Eastern Mangroves and Yas Mangroves, or embark on the Eco

Visit or call +971 2558 1889 for more information on guided kayak tours.

Zumba This is definitely one of our favourite ways to keep energized and stay fit throughout the season. Zumba is great for all ages and offers stress relief as well as engaging a number of muscles when you’re doing choreography. The best thing is that, often, you don’t realize just how many traditional exercises like squats and lunges, you’re doing during the fun class. It’s a social, upbeat fitness choice that also tightens and tones from head toe, and the best thing is that there are so many classes to choose from around the city… so, no excuses! GO:

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Guntra Lipska

Marketing & Communication Manager at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi. Living in Abu Dhabi for two and a half years.

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Your three favourite foodie spots in the city and why... I am always up for tasty and super healthy salads at Leopold’s of London, divine drinks at Hakkasan and some Asian food in a relaxed, yet happening, atmosphere at Cho Gao. 

Describe your ideal day off in the city... Start the day with an art workshop at Manarat Al Saadiyat. During the day, either, be on, in, or next to the water. 90. fact magazine

I’ll go for a dive around the island, do kayaking at the mangroves, go on a boat trip, or just spend the day at the beach. For a perfect finish to the day, I would go for a run or cycling at the F1 track, or end the day listening to local bands and musicians at an Open Mic Night, or even do yoga on the beach followed by a nice dinner out with friends, at one of the beautiful terraces in Abu Dhabi.

Tell us about one hidden gem you’ve found in Abu Dhabi that blew you away... The One Café. With its cool decor, theatre (menu) concept and hidden location (in the middle of home accessories store) it’s a great place for a meet up with friends (if they manage to find the spot!) and to enjoy a funky interpretation of classic dishes in an arty environment. Highly recommended for a laid back Friday afternoon catch up with your besties.

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Istanbul: Delightfully Turkish, delightfully yours.

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FACT Abu Dhabi August 2014  

Welcome to FACT Abu Dhabi's August issue. Packed with summer survival features, this is your ultimate guide to beat the heat this month. FAC...

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