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Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ―- Gustave Flaubert

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t’s no secret at all that this is my favourite issue of the year. Just speak the word “travel” around me and I’ll happily sit with you for hours to talk about why taking off to see the world is high up on my list of priorities. And it seems that travel is also of huge importance to the people of the Gulf. Be it the local or expat community, the chances are that some of your best conversations in Abu Dhabi have revolved around a mutual love of travelling. There’s just something beautifully liberating about being plucked out of your everyday comfort zone and landing in a completely foreign place to see how different cultures live. With undiscovered destinations now opening up for tourism, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best destinations that are seeing a travel revival and others that are newbies on the bucket list. Turn to p25 for #Hashtag# Travel Inspo and start your adventure today - be it solo, with family or a group of friends - there’s plenty of leisure, food, activities, beaches and more waiting! Of course, there’s just as much intrepid inspiration to awaken the travel bug as there is luxury vacays that blend the best of both worlds, seamlessly. If it’s this perfect balance of exploration and relaxation that you’re looking for, take note of our Eid Escapes (p38) where everything from island living to UNESCO sites and safari vibes can make for the perfect getaway during the Eid Al Fitr break. June is also the start of the most-anticipated sporting event of the year - the 2018 FIFA World Cup - and you can believe that Abu Dhabi’s venues are going all out to make sure that you catch all the action live from Russia on the biggest screens, accompanied with the best food and beverages. Turn to World Cup Watch on p20 where we round up some of the social spots to get your footie fix. We’ve got your monthly dose of fashion, tech, dining and all the need-to-know events, openings and foodie deals for the next 30 days. Whilst planning my own summer abroad, I was constantly reminded that the freedom to hop on a plane and venture to somewhere new is a privilege that many people around the world still don’t have. So, let’s be cultural ambassadors and share travel stories as often as possible! As the meme says: catch flights, not feelings - and I’m all about that life. Happy wanderlusting!☺

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I Drive, U Drive, Everybody Drive! UDRIVE, A DEDICATED PAY-PER-MINUTE CAR RENTAL SERVICE HAS OPENED ITS SERVICES TO RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF ABU DHABI. THE NEW SERVICE IS IN LINE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT’S PLANS TO ENHANCE AND DEVELOP THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN ABU DHABI.

IN THE INITIAL ROLL-OUT, Udrive will provide 100 vehicles with free inclusions of fuel, parking and comprehensive insurance for all its members. The current fleet includes the newest models of Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 208, Nissan Tiida, Nissan Sunny, Ford EcoSport, Ford Figo, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Aveo and Kia Picanto. On top of this, five per cent of the fleet will comprise electric cars. Vehicles can be driven per minute or per day, depending on what suits the user. The user can take a car from anywhere and drive anywhere he or she chooses to. The car needs to be returned to the same city from where it was picked up. Hasib Khan, CEO and Founder of Udrive, said: “We would like to thank the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi for their continued support and cooperation to help us introduce this service to the Emirate. “With Udrive’s new rental scheme ‘the more you drive, the more you save’, the service supports all kinds of public mobility requirements. Whether you need to run quickly for a meeting or spend the whole day driving around the city, Udrive is the right option,” he continues. “You decide if you want to use the service for a minute or a day. We are also planning to allow customers to drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai or Sharjah and end your trip there 8

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against an additional fee.” Udrive’s rental service can be accessed via a dedicated smartphone app. Vehicles can be rented 24/7 at a point nearest to the driver’s location via the Udrive app. The vehicle selected can be unlocked using a smartphone or the optional personal membership card. This keyless access through a mobile phone, and the ability to park for free across permitted key areas of the city along with free fuel makes it easy for customers to travel wherever they like. The rental service will provide a simple and straight forward pricing scheme, where members only pay for what they use. The service costs 50 fils plus VAT per minute and is capped at AED135 offering commuters with an affordable option to travel from anywhere to everywhere in the city and at any time. To start using the service, customers need to download the app and register or follow registration instructions on the website. Udrive is complete flexibility, comfort and freedom while driving. ✤

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SUMMER SPACATION The new treatment package at the high-end Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi now includes complimentary lunch as well as beach and pool access for the day. PAMPER SEASON IS HERE! CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, welcomes all to enjoy the warmer months in the UAE with its indulgent ‘Spacation’ package. Those booking a full body massage at the luxurious spa this summer can make the most of their day at the hotel by combining their treatment with a complimentary dim sum lunch at the signature restaurant, Shang Palace, and a day pass to the private beach and infinity pool. The ‘spacation’ treatment includes a 60-minute massage of choice for AED 398++++ and the use of all spa facilities. The full body treatment takes the guest away from the stress of daily life and allows them to submerge into a world of relaxation within the opulent Arabesque settings of CHI, The Spa. The massage can also be paired with two other treatments to avail the ‘Spacation’ benefits. For an additional AED159++++, those with dry and sun-weathered skin can experience the soothing Rose & Honey Linen Wrap. The rich creamy rose wrap, infused with honey milk, promises to hydrate, soften and cleanse the body and accelerates cell renewal, leaving the skin smooth and petal soft. Offering the ultimate cure from the effects of the Middle Eastern summer is the Ultra Hydrating Facial for an additional AED 239++++. The hour-long re-plumping facial is ideal for toneless, normal, devitalised and wrinkled skin. The skin’s irregular microprofile is smoothed, and the shape of the face is redefined to leave it looking smoother, cleaner and younger. 10

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CHI, The Spa draws inspiration from the legendary ShangriLa – a place of personal peace, enchantment and wellbeing. All massages and treatments are based on authentic natural healing methods found in traditional wellness practices shared by many Asian cultures. ✤

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RAMADAN RECAP You’ve got two more weeks to join in the beautiful festivities of the Holy Month. Here’s a reminder of some of our fave places to gather…

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IFTAR IN THE SKY Experience the capital’s most exclusive Ramadan experience, an unparalleled Iftar in the world’s highest suspended suite, situated 220 meters up in the sky, adjoining the Nation Towers. These truly memorable moments are available exclusively for up to 50 guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the Holy Month. The Abu Dhabi Suite promises a special affair for families and friends to enjoy with an extensive Iftar array of exquisite, traditional Arabian delicacies, a dedicated dessert room featuring Kunafa and Atayef and Ramadan beverages. AED320+++ per person. Sunset to 10pm. GO: Call (0)2 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

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BYBLOS SUR MER Experience a traditional Ramadan at Byblos Sur Mer this year. Get together with family and friends to enjoy authentic Lebanese cuisine available for both Iftar and Sohour. The Sahaara Tent offers entertaining evenings complete with an Emirate FM live broadcast, giving away gifts and prizes. The delicious menus and live entertainment are sure to make this an occasion to remember. Iftar (sunset to 9pm) for AED225+++ per person and Sohour (9pm to 3am) has a minimum spend of AED150+++ per person. GO: Call (0)2 666 6888 for reservations and more information.

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IFTAR AT GIORNOTTE The Iftar buffet at Giornotte features favourites from across the region, including Lebanese, Egyptian and local Emirati cuisines 12

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as well as delicious Ramadan beverages. With a delicious menu that changes daily, guests will discover new flavours throughout the month whilst interacting with the chefs, showcasing their creative flair at the live stations. Iftar is served from sunset to 9pm. AED235 net per adult and AED120 net per child (aged six to 11-years-old). Children aged five and below will eat for free. GO: Call (0)2 818 8282 for reservations and more information.

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RAMADAN PAVILION Expect another memorable Ramadan at the Emirates Palace this year. This beautiful venue has raised the bar once again by designing an iftar tent by the sea. The Ramadan Pavilion will offer one of the very finest Iftar and Sohour options in Abu Dhabi complete with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. It’s one of the capital’s most extravagant fast-breaking feasts, serving up a lavish Iftar buffet for AED320 net, from sunset until 9.30pm. The Sohour à la carte menu is a minimum spend of AED180 net and is served between 10pm and 2am. ✤ GO: Call (0)2 690 7999 for reservations and more information.


LA FAMILIA Brunch

La Famila Brunch is all about simple, classic Latin dishes, with high quality food and ingredients matched with a contemporary setting that delivers a friendly, relaxed and affordable experience for the whole family.

SATURDAYS: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM Taking your senses on a South American culinary journey, featuring a versatile menu with a variety of dishes to choose from, La Familia Brunch is the only place to end your weekend on a positive note. SOFT - AED 195 HOUSE - AED 295 Inclusive of 5% VAT*

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EID DEALS THE ST. REGIS ABU DHABI

Eid Al Fitr Staycation Celebrate Eid Al Fitr with a family staycation to create lasting memories. Live the exquisite life in one of the hotel’s Superior Rooms or for the ultimate level of luxury upgrade to a Signature Suite. Located in the vibrant heart of Abu Dhabi with a 200-metre stretch of pristine beach, overlooking the turquoise waters of Nation Riviera Beach Club. You’ll have the beach on your doorstep! Offer: Superior Room from AED650++++ includes: Complimentary upgrade to Sea View room (subject to availability), AED200 restaurant dining credit, breakfast and 4pm late checkout. Signature Suite from AED1200++++ includes: AED500 restaurant dining credit, breakfast and 4pm late checkout. Book one room and save 50% on the second room. Perfect for families, with connecting rooms available (subject to availability). GO: (0)2 694 4666 for reservations and more information.

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Eid Friday Brunch at Giornotte Giornotte’s award-winning brunch shines with its masterfully presented live cooking stations serving everything from freshly shucked oysters to wagyu beef. Children will delight in the sweet wonders of Dolce café with candy floss, popcorn, waffles and chocolate fountains while parents explore the cheese room and beverage stations. To keep the fun as fresh as the food, Giornotte introduces an all-new entertainment line-up, with the troupe of resident dancers moving to a different beat each month, thrilling the crowd with their smooth moves and acrobatic routines. Brunch is followed by an after-party at Sorso bar with a selection of handcrafted beverages and resident DJ on the decks. June 15, from 1pm to 4pm. AED620 for the bubbly package; AED495 for the house beverages package; AED370 for the soft drinks package. 50% discount for children aged between six to 11-yearsold; and complimentary dining for children under five-years-old. GO: (0)2 818 8282 for reservations and more information. 14

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KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA

Eid Holiday Brunch During the festivities of Eid Al Fitr, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana invites you to savour a lavish brunch buffet on the second day of Eid. After a month of fasting from dawn-to-sunset, indulge in a fabulous feast filled with all sorts of international and traditional food and sweets for the special occasion. Horizon restaurant is the perfect venue to enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. Enjoy an array of scrumptious dishes at the Eid Holiday Brunch! AED185 net per person inclusive of selected beverages. Kids aged six to 11-years-old get 50% discount and kids aged five and below dine for free. ✤ GO: (0)2 657 0200 for reservations and more information.


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June Delights THERE ARE PLENTY OF FOOD FIESTAS AND WELLNESS OFFERS TO LOOK FORWARD TO LATER THIS MONTH AND WE’VE PICKED SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES…

MIJANA, THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL WHAT: Monday Seafood Night WHERE: Mijana Restaurant and Lounge WHEN: 7pm-1am, every Monday PRICE: Food only package - AED225; Soft drinks package AED295; House beverages package AED370. 50% discount for children aged between six an 11; complimentary dining for children aged five and below. Every Monday, Mijana offers a beautifully laid out seafood bar filled with ocean favorites waiting to be cooked to perfection on an outdoor grill. The menu also includes a choice of three mezzeh and a sharing dessert. Entertainment by an Arabic band and fragrant wisps of shisha wafting through the air create a distinctly Oriental atmosphere. CALL (0)2 818 8282 FOR MORE INFO. SI RISTORANTE, SAADIYAT ROTANA RESORT & VILLAS WHAT: Il Dolce Farniente Aperitif WHERE: Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar WHEN: 6pm-8pm, daily PRICE: AED100 per person Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar welcomes those ready to savour the Italian way of life can experience Aperitif with two glasses of bubbly or choice of grape and selected antipasti. Served everyday, from 6pm to 8pm, priced at AED 100 per person. CALL (0)2 697 0000 FOR MORE INFO. WELLNESS CENTRE, KHALIDIYAH PALACE RAYHAAN by 16

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ROTANA WHAT: 2 x 60-minute Aromatherapy massages WHERE: Wellness Centre WHEN: Through summer PRICE: AED665 instead of AED950 Pamper yourself this summer at the Wellness Centre this summer, experience a whole new level of relaxation with our terrific massage package for less money. Book now the ultimate customized aromatherapy experience, using carefully applied techniques to encourage wellbeing for body and mind. CALL (0)2 657 0188 FOR MORE INFO. REMEDE SPA, THE ST REGIS ABU DHABI WHAT: Spa Summer Savers WHERE: Remède Spa WHEN: Until August 31 PRICE: 90 minutes for AED830, 60 minutes for AED595 Indulge with the Remède Spa signature Customised Massage featuring aromatherapy blends and warm paraffin and enhance your rejuvenation with a complimentary 30-minute Express Facial, or a 30-minute Body Scrub. CALL (0)2 694 4100 FOR MORE INFO. ✤

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DINING NEWBIES Foodies rejoice! The 5-star Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is taking the city’s culinary game up to a whole new level of epicurean envy. Check out the hotel’s newest dining destinations…

SAADIYAT ROTANA RESORT & VILLAS, a one-of-a-kind, 5-star property has introduced three new venues. Enhancing the Saadiyat Island dining scene with the latest unique, approachable offerings, Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar, and Hamilton’s Gastropub are now open. Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, a stunning two-storey venue has opened the pool front, lower deck restaurant, serving the finest grills from the land and sea, al fresco. In September, the open air rooftop lounge will open for the winter season, set to become the island’s hottest sunset spot, with live DJ sounds and exceptional views. The recently opened resort also welcomes a new immersive, authentic Italian experience, Si Ristorane Italiano & Bar. Presenting the best of Italian cuisine in traditional bustling style, the venue offers Italian delicacies made from fresh seasonal ingredients, prepared in open kitchens with a large modern pizza oven, and served amongst a relaxed, family-friendly ambiance. For those seeking a lively atmosphere, the first gastropub on Saadiyat Island has opened its doors. Hamliton’s Gastropub brings authentic British and American cuisine including classic Fish & Chips, as well as, original, creative, expertly poured or mixed drinks. The latest additions enliven the city’s dining scene with fresh flavours and distinctive concepts, providing new experiences for friends and families of all ages to enjoy. All you have to do now is pick a day, book your table and ENJOY! ✤ 18

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Turtle Bay & Grill Opening Hours: Daily, 12.30pm to 3.30pm & 5pm to 12am Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar Opening Hours: Daily, 6pm to 11pm Hamilton’s Gastropub Opening Hours: Daily, 5pm to 2am

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FOOTBALL’S COMING HOME! All the best places in Abu Dhabi to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches live from Russia…

STARS ‘N’ BARS Catch all the matches live and with commentary across the 76 HDTV Screens. Best sports and award-winning atmosphere in Abu Dhabi. Sunday to Thursday from 5pm to 2am; Friday and Saturday from 12noon to 2am. Free entry. Buy one get one on selected hops during Football matches. Receive a Loyalty Red Card: Buy five ales and get the 6th one free, stand a chance to win your height in hops. Plenty of daily prizes to be won. GO: Call (0)2 565 0101 for reservations and more information.

BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

Watch the football game of the century at the Brauhaus tent. The popular and oldest German restaurant in Abu Dhabi offers authentic cuisine and a selection of 10 hops from the tap. The menu proposes rustic dishes from all corners of Germany, including sausages, catering for meat lovers as well as vegetarians with special dishes for the soccer matches. The tent has a glass front towards the courtyard and offers stunning views at night while the atmosphere inside will be a cheerful one with the set-up of traditional beer benches and 10 large TV screens to watch your favourite team. Get 25% cash back vouchers that can be used in any participating Rotana property; buy six and pay five on selected hops; book a table for eight and pay for six (pre-payment required). GO: Call (0)2 697 9000 for reservations and more information. 20

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EMIRATES PALACE

Emirates Palace Ramadan tent transforms into Emirates Palace World Cup tent. Football fans may relax in the cool comfort of the spacious tent during the hotly anticipated games and never miss a single moment of action across the seven-metre by fourmetre giant LED screens. Alternate views of the screens with the tents singular sea view while enjoying a delightful range of snacks and meals available on the menu throughout the entire tournament. AED100 net, from 2pm to 12midnight/until the end of the last match. From June 14 to July 15. On June 16, enjoy a World Cup Brunch from 12.30pm to 4pm. Priced at AED280++++ with soft drinks and AED370++++ with vino and hops. GO: Call (0)2 690 7999 for reservations and more information.

PARK ROTANA ABU DHABI

Cooper’s at Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi invites you to be part of the most exciting sports event of the year! Catch the football action live from June 14 to July 15, and enjoy Cooper’s, which will be set as one of the city’s football event hubs. Cheer for your favourite teams as you watch the matches live from huge screens, be spoiled with great food and drink deals, exciting games and amazing prizes. The pub makes watching the games with friends and fellow fans an exciting sports adventure as the setting is transformed into a football-themed venue. Guests get to enjoy special deals


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such as pub bites from AED15, hop buckets from AED97, bucket and pub grub combo for AED125, themed cocktail selection and exciting pub grub menu showcasing sport event favorites. During match time, go for unlimited selected beverages for 90 minutes for AED129. It gets more fun when you get a free house beverage if you wear the jersey of the current match! Bring out the football fan in you, ensure you are selfie-ready and take advantage of the dedicated fan zone corner. Make sure you take advantage of the free face painting during the semi-final and final matches. Cooper’s is definitely your place to be this football season! GO: Call (0)2 657 3325 for reservations and more information.

beverages package for three hours AED99. Spend AED100 at c.mondo and get enrolled in a raffle for a chance to win a ticket to go to see the World Cup Quarter Final in Russia! Prior reservations are recommended. GO: Call (0)2 409 6666 for reservations and more information.

THE ST. REGIS ABU DHABI

The St. Regis Bar presents all football world cup matches live from June 14 to July 15, with iconic beverages and hearty food during the biggest sporting event of the year. GO: Call (0)2 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

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Enjoy fun, food and a World Cup to remember at c.mondo bar. With two large projection screens & HD TVs, c.mondo will be your place to be for a memorable world celebration. The bar will feature all the games through the world cup season along with special combos of food & drinks along with a special menu of delicious bar bites and happy hour beverages. Unlimited house fact magazine

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GRAND MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA The FIFA World Cup 2018 is just around the corner and Grand Millennium Al Wahda is inviting football fans to enjoy all the action live at Porters English Pub and up above the city at Sky Lounge Thirty One. Porters will feature several large screens and TV’s, World Cup related competitions with great prizes, plus themed décor and food for an all-around immersive experience in a fantastic English Pub environment. Sky Lounge Thirty-One will offer fans a more relaxed environment to support their team whilst enjoying delicious cuisine, shisha and drinks. Both venues will provide great offers on food and beverages throughout the tournament – a winning combination for all football fans! From June 14 to July 15. GO: Call (0)2 495 3936 for reservations and more information.

KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA Watch your favourite team live and exclusive on huge projection screens at the seaside tent Khaymetna. Cheer while enjoying your favourite Hubbly Bubbly flavours, Arabic bites and the awesome Meter Kebab! Attention to food lovers! Don’t miss out sampling traditional dishes from the respective countries of that will be playing each day. That’s not all! Predict the score and win yummy prizes. From 12noon to 2.30am. GO: Call (0)2 657 0111 for reservations and more information.

SAADIYAT ROTANA RESORT & VILLAS At Hamilton’s Gastropub, you’ll get 25% cash back voucher will be given to guests based on their total spending; the voucher can be redeemed in their next visit during the World Cup. From 5pm to 2am (when games are showing). GO: Call (0)2 697 0000 for reservations and more information.

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in Russia for one of the world’s biggest sporting events. From kick-off on June 14, when the hosts take on Saudi Arabia, until the final on July 14, you can catch all of the action on the big screens at Al Fresco. Correctly guess the score before kick-off and claim a complimentary pint. GO: Call (0)2 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

MARRIOTT HOTEL AL FORSAN, ABU DHABI

It’s game time at Appaloosa! The hotel is doubling up the excitement this match season. Enter the raffle draw and stand a chance to win a staycation for two in Dubai inclusive of brunch. Spin the wheel - over 10 prizes and amazing discounts up for grabs! From June 14 to July 15. GO: Call (0)2 201 4000 for reservations and more information.

LE MERIDIEN ABU DHABI Head to NRG for a real World Cup atmosphere. Happy Hour runs from 3pm ‘til late with selected beverages at AED25 net. Reduce the tension and cool off during the games! The World Cup Cooler is the best deal for you and your mates. One snack platter is on the hotel! They challenge you to find a better deal! AED450 net for 25 bottles of beer and one snack platter

(serves four people). Running from June 14 to July 15! Calling all gamers to show off their skills for a chance to win as NRG will host mini championships on console football games. Register in advance to participate in head to head gamers’ football competition on PlayStation 4s. The tournament winners will be generously awarded and will also be eligible to enter the weekly raffle and the “Finale” World Cup Raffle. June 30 to July 15, from 8pm to 10pm on game days. Guests must register in advance, limited slots available per game day. GO: Call (0)2 644 6666 for reservations and more information.

MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN ABU DHABI Score the best seats this football season with Velocity Fan Zone’s food and beverage offers. This sports venue has an offering that cannot be beaten, a selected beverage is free until the first foul is called during all 64 games from June 14 to July 15. Velocity will also give away AED3000 in cash, simply purchase a selected beverage to enter the draw and be in with the chance to win. Happy Hour is on daily from opening until midday and AED12 beverages on Thursdays will continue throughout the football tournament. A stylish sports bar and restaurant in the heart of the capital, Velocity will bring you all the excitement live during the Football in Russia, with 38 screens including the biggest indoor screen in Abu Dhabi. ✤ GO: Call (0)2 304 7777 for reservations and more information. fact magazine

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SERBIA

Wanderlust factor: A rich history, buzzing nightlife and surprisingly good cuisine, the Balkan nation of Serbia is East meets West done just right! Home to an array of annual festivals, spectacular monasteries as well as abundant natural beauty and national parks, the country is cultural fusion at its best. Dance the night away on one of Belgrade’s party boats, revel in the stunning architecture of Vojvodina city or treat your taste buds to some of the most succulent meat in the region. Don’t miss: One of Serbia’s most exciting and well-known attractions, the EXIT Festival combines the best of Serbia in one big extravaganza. Enjoy concerts from dusk till dawn and dance to the tunes of some of the biggest music stars from across the globe!

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Wanderlust factor: An exotic blend of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian histories, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect spot for a relaxing escape. Rising from the heartbreaking civil war of the 1990s, the country is now known for its unparalleled hospitality, stunning moutainscapes and numerous medieval castle ruins. The incredible blue rivers and dramatic rocky mountains make it one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. From the gorgeous scenery to the reincarnated historic centres of Sarajevo and Mostar - it’s impossible not to fall in love! Don’t miss: An important part of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s social life, Bosnian coffee is an absolute must-try! The fine coffee grounds are prepared with boiling water in a metal coffee pot called a dzezva. This is then stirred and finally served in a round cup known as a fildzan with sugar cubes to balance the bitterness. Heaven in a cup!

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secret! From the mythic beauty of the Bay of Kotor to over 295 kilometese of clear blue waters, the country’s natural and manmade wonders will have you in awe. Make a beeline for the café-lined squares and soak in the sunny afternoons or wander the streets and explore the arresting sights, including the remnants of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. Don’t miss: Sit back and relax with an invigorating glass of the traditional Rakija! Widely considered to be the national drink of Montenegro, this refreshing drink is one that will make an appearance wherever you go. Its instant bacteria and pain relieving properties are an added plus!


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FINLAND

Wanderlust factor: Endless daylight, stunning lakes and inspiring design and architecture, Finland is where you’ll get to experience it all! Immersed in the tranquil and easygoing Finnish way of life, the country lets you unwind and explore as you dig into some deliciously creative cuisine. Experience sauna the Finnish way, indulge in some skiing or make the most of the sun that never sets. Divided into four main regions, Lapland, Lakeland, Helsinki and the Coast & Archipelago, the often overlooked Finland is as magical as it gets! Don’t miss: Feast your eyes on a marvellous natural phenomenon with the splendid Northern Lights! Visible roughly 200 nights a year, witnessing the Aurora Borealis is definitely a once-in-alifetime experience. You can choose from a number of new and unique accommodation options to admire the spectacular views over the Northern skies.

SWEDEN

Wanderlust factor: Brimming with stunning natural beauty, delectable cuisine, glorious architecture and warm hospitality, Sweden is a gift that keeps on giving! Offering a host of different

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experiences and adventures for visitors, the country’s amazing diversity and immense variety of flora and fauna make it every nature-lover’s paradise. Go and explore one of the 29 national parks, let your hair down at a crayfish party, enjoy reindeer sighting, go on a boat ride in a traditional Viking ship or visit the majestic Drottningholm castle! Don’t miss: The world’s very first Ice Hotel! Located in Jukkasjarvi, the hotel lets you stay in a room made up entirely of ice. Chill out in the below-freezing setting of their Icebar or cosy up in one of their warm rooms.

DJIBOUTI

Wanderlust factor: Giving a whole new meaning to good things come in small packages, the petite nation of Djibouti is home to everything that you could ever desire! From majestic canyons and extinct volcanoes to salt lakes and basaltic plateaus, the country’s varied landscape is every adventure traveller’s dream. Take a look at the fascinating lives of the nomadic tribes, participate in a good mix of land and water activities, party it up at the Safari Club in Kempinski Palace or explore some stunning buildings that reflect the country’s French architectural style. Don’t miss: Diving with sharks! This little piece of Africa also gives you the opportunity to swim with enormous whale sharks. These gentle omnivore fish are some of the biggest in the world and taking a dip in the sea with them entails a kind of wildness that cannot be experienced anywhere else.


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MACEDONIA

Wanderlust factor: Rich in history, beautiful landscape and some of the most welcoming people, Macedonia offers an abundance of opportunities to the discerning traveller. A stunning mix of old and new, the country is home to everything from the historic Stone Bridge to bustling modern shopping malls. Varying with the season, visitors can enjoy various activities including kayaking, skiing, scuba diving, caving as well as hiking at the summit of Mount Vodno. When you’re done exploring, make your way to the Archaeological Museum of Macedonia to witness the country’s history in all its glory! Don’t miss: The wine! Boasting some delectable and super affordable home-grown wine, the country’s winemaking history goes way back to Philip II. Make your way to Kavadarci, the wine capital and relax with a glass of vino at Macedonia’s biggest vineyard, Tikves Wines.

Don’t miss: Set in a former theatre, the El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires is heaven on earth for all bookworms. Featuring red velvet curtains hanging over a stage as well as ornate stalls containing elaborately-lit shelves, you will never want to leave!

ARGENTINA

Wanderlust factor: Beguiling wilderness, riding with gauchos and some really amazing coffee - that’s just some of the great things Argentina has to offer! The third most populous country in South America and the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina has everything you need for a first-time visit or even seasoned travellers to the Latin America region. From indulging in special Argentinean wine and shopping in Palermo Soho to participating in the Ushuaia Winter Sports as well festivals celebrating art, music and tango, the country has something for everyone so make sure you check what’s on the calendar during your trip.

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ERITREA

Wanderlust factor: One of the most undiscovered countries in Africa, the cultural melting pot of Eritrea is the perfect destination for travellers who are looking for something utterly different. Steeped in religion, the fascinating country’s untouched coastline and islands along with its vibrant history and archaeology are one of its major attractions. Featuring quintessentially Abyssinian landscapes, deserted beaches of the Red Sea as well as breathtaking scenery, the country will take you on a journey like no other! Don’t miss: Built in 1922 by the Italian colonial government, the gorgeous Cattedrale di Asmara definitely deserves a visit. Step inside the ornately decorated interiors as you revel in the complex Romanesque and gothic façade of the breathtaking architecture.


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SIBERIA

Wanderlust factor: From fine art museums and underground cafés to majestic glaciated mountains and freshwater lakes, Siberia has a lot in store for every traveller. Hop on the TransSiberian Railway, the longest in the world, and explore the region’s rich tradition and iconic landmarks. Make your way to Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, enjoy snowboarding at the Sheregesh Ski Resort in the Kemerovo Region or ride around the area on a bike and explore the attractive and picturesque wild destinations. There is never a bad time to visit Siberia! Don’t miss: Offering an impressively photogenic and phenomenal hiking experience, Stolby National Park in the city of Krasnoyarsk is natural beauty at its best. Featuring comfortable wooden paths, a tent area, fire places and guest houses - this is an adventure you’ll remember for a long time!

SOMALILAND

Wanderlust factor: If you’re looking for a totally unusual travel experience, Somaliland is the place to go! Home to a resilient local life, the legendary sense of hospitality of the Somali people as well as it’s off the beaten path charm - this destination is an absolute must-visit for intrepid travellers. Interact with the locals as you explore the fast-growing capital, admire some exceptional rock paintings, visit vibrant market towns, walk along the deserted beaches or just relax and unwind in the stunning backdrops! Don’t miss: Featuring hundreds of magnificent Neolithic rock art paintings in perfect condition, Las Geel is indisputably a sight to behold. Some of the paintings adorning the walls of the caves and shelters exceed one metre in length and are in an excellent state of preservation. 32

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Wanderlust factor: Be it a solo soul-searching trip or a fun family holiday, the huge island nation of Madagascar has got you covered! One of the most stunning places on earth, the vibrant African country is home to a unique and distinctive ecology. Over 15,000 plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else, a goregous landscape, an extremely diverse cultural scene, some fun and entertaining transport options and miles and miles of beautiful coastline - Madagascar has it all! Don’t miss: The world’s only pirate graveyard! Situated on the small island of Ile Saint-Marie, the graveyard is a thriving tourist destination. Covered by tall, swaying grass, the peaceful and still cemetery is a fascinating find that is definitely worth a visit.


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KYOTO

Wanderlust factor: Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital for over 1,000 years and home to the country’s many cultural traditions, and arts and crafts, has struck a chord with the hearts and minds of travellers everywhere – and rightly so. Riverside cherry trees, kimono-clad geishas, historical temples, centuries-old craftsmanship and traditional tea ceremonies – this is the heart and soul of Japan. Kyoto’s most alluring charm lies in the fact that it embraces both forwards and backwards with beauty and ease. Don’t miss: Possibly the most instagrammable place to travel, due to its vibrant natural splendour, visit Kyoto’s Arashiyama district where mountains across the Ōi River form a backdrop unlike any other. Arashiyama is also where you’ll find the picturesque winding bamboo forest.

IRELAND

Wanderlust factor: The scenery is enchanting, the culture is captivating, and the people will give you a welcome that will warm your heart. A rugged coastline shaped by time and pounding waves, the Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s epic 1,500mile coastal touring route. Wave-riding thrill-seekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast, where pounding waves and poetic silence exist side-by-side. Savour Irish flavour with simple natural produce that include artisanal cheese, fresh seafood, and exceptional beef and lamb. The Irish food scene is currently exploding with innovative restaurant concepts led by boundary pushing chefs.

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Don’t miss: There is a good reason that Ireland is a star of the screen – from romantic castles to the mysterious beauty of the landscape, Ireland has a cinematic sense of style. Visit the stunning Atlantic island of Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, which featured as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

SLOVENIA

Wanderlust factor: The capital city Ljubljana is a mix of some of our favourite European destinations like Prague and Berlin, but this hidden gem has so much to offer and, for the moment, without crowds. Serving up cultural, fashion, history, and foodie delights in vast quantities – easy enough for any seasoned traveller to enjoy as well as first-time city breakers. Make sure you stop by the Central Market and have a wander peeking at the fresh fruit, cured meat and flowers on display. Don’t miss: An hour north of the city will take you to the Julian Alps region where you can explore glacial lakes – like Bled and Bohinj – and scenery that is so stunning, you’ll just have to hashtag fairytale life it on instagram.


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Top Travel Trends As questions like where to go, who with, and when, fly fast and furious, Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the MENA region, has put together a list of major travel predictions to simplify and spur on your holiday planning process.

1. Responsible Tourism: Today’s travellers prefer travel and hospitality service providers who embed green or eco-friendly practices into their operations. Best ethical destinations include: Panama, Dominica, Tonga, Mongolia, and Uruguay. 2. Short Leisure Trips: Weekends are the perfect opportunity to take a three- to four-hour flight out to nearby destinations such as Goa, India or Tbilisi, Georgia. Globally, an estimated 60 percent of Wego users look for one-night or two-night stays. 3. Culinary Holidays: Increasing numbers of travellers are following their stomach, combining the attractions of a new destination with experiential and culinary delights. Whether your tastes run to trying out a Michelin-starred restaurant or a celebrity chef or singular dining experience or simply sampling ethnic food traditions or street food at its source, you’re in good company. According to the World Food Travel Association, 75 per cent of leisure travellers visit destinations because of local food-based activities. 4. Cold Locales: The thought of escaping to a cosy log-house or to watch the stunning Northern Lights in Iceland, Alaska or Antarctica continues to surge in popularity. This preference for freezing-cold locales is primarily because travellers are looking to dive into new, exotic cultures and adventures. 5. Luxury backpacking or ‘glamping’: For those who wish to go backpacking, but do not want to give up on the luxurious amenities of a five-star hotel – try ‘glamping’. It’s the most comfortable way to experience the adventures of an Indian desert or an African jungle.

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6. Solo Trips: Young travellers could pick a solo-trip to a peaceful Indonesian island or the culture-soaked streets of Cuba: to see the world on their own terms, or even find like-minded people. 7. Cultural Hunt: There is no better way to experience and understand new cultures than by visiting museums. Some of the recent big draws in the museum circuit have been: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Oman Opera House & Museum MACAN in Jakarta. 8. Bleisure: Mix work and play on every business trip as more city hotels offer full leisure facilities such as swimming pool and spa services. This works best for employees who travel for work on long weekends, and even take their families with them. 9. Off-the-beaten-track Destinations: Forget the traditional locations of Paris, Vienna, and New York; and say hello to lesserknown and exotic destinations. Think: bird watching in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, or camping out by the gorgeous lakes of Slovenia.✤

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ESCAPES THERE’S NO BETTER TIME FOR A QUICK B R E A K T H A N T H E M U C H-A N T I C I PAT E D E I D H O L I D AY S A N D W E ’ V E G O T S O M E O U T- O FT H I S -W O R L D R E C O M M E N D AT I O N S …

Maldivian Island Vibes Picture this. Speeding across lagoon waters to a welcoming party at the jetty of native bodu beru drummers. Throwing open the doors of your sprawling overwater hideout to a panorama of nothing but open ocean and infinite blue. Welcome to paradise, your private sanctuary on Nature’s Playground. Live on the edge this Eid at Niyama Private Islands Maldives while taking advantage of the special Eid offer. Book your stay on niyama.com and enjoy an incredible 40% off the room rate, enjoy a free half-board upgrade and 60-minute massages for two at Drift Spa. Created especially for Middle East-based families and jet setting couples, this promo starts at AED2,500++ per night – the Maldives has never been more affordable, all the reason you need to seize the day and indulge with wild abandon. Terms and conditions apply. Book your whirlwind escape now. WWW.NIYAMA.COM

Luxury Living Located within the inner islands of the Seychelles, 30km away from the main island and only a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Mahé airport, North Island is the ultimate playground for your children, with a wide range of activities on land and in the water designed to keep young minds and bodies active, to satisfy the most inquisitive and thrill the most adventurous. Balloon tennis, pizza making lessons and pirate treasure hunts are all on the agenda for a fun packed family holiday. North Island’s generous all-inclusive offering allows you to completely give yourself over to the Island’s laidback spirit of barefoot luxury and do whatever you like whenever you like without having to worry about or plan a thing. 2018 rates for the Presidential Villas start at EUR6,127 per night and EUR9,644 per night for Villa North Island excluding tax. Children under the age of 17 sharing the second bedroom are free of charge. For young adults aged 17-19 sharing the second bedroom, the rate is EUR672 per night. WWW.NORTH-ISLAND.COM

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Exotic Marrakech With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, a series of serene ponds as a centerpiece and only 10 minutes from the city’s famous Medina, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has all the features to make your holiday great. This Eid, treat your family to a fun- filled break at the elegant, contemporary resort that has 54 luxurious villas and nine spacious suites, excellent dining and a world-class spa. With the ‘Experience Marrakech’ package, guests are invited to enjoy the best of the resort at great prices. Priced from EUR1,250 per night, the package includes: one complimentary night for every two or three consecutive paid nights, a dining or spa credit of EUR100 for one bedroom accommodations and EUR 200 for two bedrooms accommodations once per stay until 25 December 2018; full daily buffet breakfast, served in the restaurant; high speed internet access; round trip transfer from Marrakech Menara Airport; fast Track through the airport. Valid for a minimum of three nights’ stay, The Experience Marrakech package is valid for a minimum three nights stay. WWW.MANDARINORIENTAL.COM

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capital of the Kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site, described as the ‘Jewel in the Laos Crown’ thanks to its untouched, natural beauty. Most of the city can be explored on foot; the perfect way to take in the temples, monk monasteries and waterfalls. For millennial-minded travellers, the recently launched AVANI+ Luang Prabang offers everything – and more. Ideally located in central Luang Prabang, just a few steps from the Mekong River, Royal Palace, and the popular Night Market, AVANI+ Luang Prabang is set to become the hottest property in town. AVANI+ Luang Prabang raises the bar on the contemporary French neo-classical architecture that runs through the historical neighbourhood, with elegant, French colonialinspired interior design. The 53 guest rooms and suites enjoy an intimate, open-plan feel with French-styled louvered wooden doors that open onto a balcony or terrace overlooking either the pool or a private courtyard. Offer: Plan your trip earlier and take advantage of the Advance Purchase Offer. Book 15 days in advance to enjoy 20% savings along with complimentary daily breakfast. WWW.MINORHOTELS.COM

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Wild, Wild, Wild Located in the heart of the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and on the naturally terraced southern slope of Nyamuma hills, Meliá Serengeti Lodge offers a blend of nature and luxury in this secluded destination. The location offers stunning sunset views over the mountains beyond with an abundant population of resident game as well as the annual migration right through the area. The exclusive lodge features a pool, fitness centre, and spa, as well as three uniquely luxurious categories of room. There are three restaurants: The Savannah All Day Dining and The Savannah Grill, which offer African, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine as well as the Boma restaurant, a fine dining experience showcasing the best of Tanzanian fare. The hotel’s two bars provide idyllic views across the African plains and stock local Tanzanian teas, wines and African spirits, providing the

Sunsets in Seminyak Located just 890km south of the equator, Bali’s tropical climate and moderate weather conditions make for a splendid getaway this Eid. With its world-class clubs and restaurants, and expansive villas, the recently relaunched Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa provides a welcome escape from the outside world. The resort hosts a range of facilities including villas, guestrooms and suites, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, the Kahyangan Spa as well as an infinity pool sitting on the edge of the 40

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perfect setting to unwind after a day of adventure on safari. This Eid, Meliá Serengeti is offering attractive rates to tempt all travellers. For those who book the Eid special offer, guests will be offered a 20% discount in the spa and one romantic dinner in their fine dining restaurant, Boma. And here’s the best part, one child (under 12 years and sharing the room with their parents) is free of charge for every two adults! The offer is valid for bookings and stays until June 30. Alternatively, go for the All inclusive – Game Drive package: daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Savannah Restaurant, plus a selection of beverages in the bars and during the Game drive (which includes selected house wines, well spirits, local beers and soft drinks). Seronera airstrip transfer included and one-half day shared game drive daily. WWW.MELIA.COM

oceanfront. Rates for the Ocean Suite start from USD486 net per night, One Bedroom Garden Pool Villa from USD 36 net per night, and One Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa from USD771 net per night. WWW.THESEMINYAK.COM


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#KENZO #SPRING #SUMMER #2018 #PART Y KENZO once again threw a Dubai party to be remembered. A selection of top tier press from fashion and lifestyle publications, influencers and bloggers were invited to the exclusive KENZO Spring Summer 2018 event, inspired by the KENZO - La Collection Memento N°2, a collection that revisits the brand’s archival elements and reworks them with summer staples. To celebrate the new collection, party-goers were immersed in a unique and exciting Asian inspired experience. Guests arrived at an unexpected location for the late-night party – a stylishly designed office building in the heart of Dubai’s Financial District – DIFC. Upon arriving at the quiet lobby, guests were escorted to the 43rd floor where the brand had transformed the industrial space into a physical realisation of KENZO’s Japanese world.

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POSTCARD PERFECT WHITE SAND BEACHES, TURQUOISE WATERS AND LUSH GREENERY, YOU’LL FIND ALL THREE AT THE GORGEOUS NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS. LOCATED IN THE MALDIVES’ DHAALU ATOLL, A 45-MINUTE SCENIC SEAPLANE RIDE AWAY FROM MALE, THIS IS NATURE’S PLAYGROUND AND THE COMPLETE EPITOME OF PARADISE. fact magazine

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othing quite prepares you for your first time in the Maldives. No matter how many times we had Google searched Niyama Private Islands, coming faceto-face with the resort’s sandy shores hugged by clear blue waters was a sight that far exceeded all of our real life expectations. We’re greeted by Niyama staff at Male airport and taken for light refreshments at the property’s arrivals lounge. It’s packed with delicious snacks and drinks, a large, cosy seating area and showers for those who may have come off a long flight and need a relaxing rinse. The best bit? You look right onto the docking area for the seaplanes – and soon, we’re hopping onto one for our 45-minute journey to the picture-perfect Niyama Private Islands. For those who may have a fear of small planes, you can rest-assured that safety is paramount before departing and, surprisingly, the seaplane ride is one of the best naps we’ve ever had in the air! On arrival, staff wait with cool drinks and cold towels, and we’re assigned our very own Thakuru – a member of the Niyama team who acts as our very own personal guide for the trip. In fact, this is the Maldivian Butler Service that’s offered with every room at Niyama. Always on hand (just a phone call away), our Thakuru is Camille, a polite and friendly lady who makes everything from needing a buggy to booking a spa treatment and arranging our excursions an absolutely easy request. We’re impressed from start to finish!

BEACHFRONT LIVIN’ When it comes to accommodation, Niyama Private Islands is the embodiment of what you imagine the Maldives has to offer. From beach suites to ocean pavilions and the very exclusive over water seclusion of The Crescent (ideal for large groups and families – 14 adults and eight children to be precise), the resort ticks all the boxes of room type, making sure that guests have an abundance of choice. We check into the lavish Beach Studio with direct beach access and sunrise views (how Maldives does that sound?). There’s too much to take in, but we’re especially BLOWN AWAY by the open-air bathroom which takes up the space of an entire garden. The outdoor rain shower and huge bathtub are literally made for those instagrammable posts to garner all the FOMO and likes from your followers. Tropical plants line the walls of this heavenly space, easily transporting you to a faraway destination, where it feels like you have access to your very own waterfall. I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. There’s a covered shower option too for any rainy days! Our next favourite area is on the private deck which leads right onto the beach. Sun loungers have got our names written all over them – we spend much time here relaxing and topping up the tan. Whilst a Dhoni-

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shaped swing is the most tranquil spot to curl up in, with a good book. Inside, it’s space galore! Aside from storage, you’ve got a massive king bed as well as a beautiful chaise longue to lounge on. However, the standouts of this room were in the little details. These included an array of high-tech toys and gourmet treats, creating an indoor playground that we reveled in to the max. We’re talking popcorn machine – YES – a full-sized fridge housing homemade ice cream – DOUBLE YES – and a fabulous selection of hot and cold beverages as well as snacks like our favourite, cassava chips – SO MUCH YES! It’s, hands down, the best mini bar of any hotel we’ve ever stayed in. To top this off, alongside your standard amenities like cosy slippers and bath robes, you’re given mosquito repellent, extra adapters, a night light and more to make sure that every single one of your needs is met during the stay. It’s this attention to detail and pleasant surprises that further elevated our stay at Niyama. SPA GOALS There are spas and then there’s Drift Spa, a labyrinth of tranquil walkways and greenery that winds all the way to the beach where six over water treatment rooms with lagoon views stand beautifully. There are two further treatment sanctuaries with private gardens, outdoor bath, rain shower and daybed as well as a relaxation area with lime tree garden, sauna, steam baths, plunge pools, Jacuzzis and Vitality juice bar. As far as world-class spas go, this place offers rituals from around the globe and bespoke therapies with products by Anne Semonin, Intraceuticals, Aromatherapy Associates and Margaret Dabbs. A Signature Niyama Massage is just what we need to take our holiday mood to all new levels of serene. A blissful coconut oil soothes our tired muscles, helping us fall into a deep slumber. Afterwards, we’re reenergised with hot ginger tea, completely refreshed and ready to do some more exploring! fact magazine

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DINING FOR DAYS Just because you’re in the Maldives, at a 5-star resort in one of the most secluded spots in the Indian Ocean, doesn’t mean that the gastronomy is slacking. It’s very much the opposite at Niyama, where the food game is, literally, STRONG. World cuisines are represented through the resort’s nine dining outlets, and as true food connoisseurs, we can testify to the amazing dishes being plated up at each venue. EDGE Honeymooners, families who want a treat and anyone with a taste for the finer things in life, Edge is going to be THE place for you (and your Snapchat!). Whisked five minutes away by speedboat and you’ll arrive at the exclusive overwater restaurant, Edge. Focusing on fresh local seafood, including only local Maldivian reef fish, prepare your palates for a culinary tour. Not only are dishes intricately presented, the combination of ingredients is sophisticated and high-quality fine dining at its best. During our visit, a set degustation menu reveals distinct tastes to choose from. The creamy Asparagus Soup and the top-notch Fresh Tortellini, Crusted Scallops are taste-bud-stealers at the table. We can’t get enough! TRIBAL Our absolute favourite food experience at Niyama had to be the venue that whipped up the most exotic flavours and unusual dishes. A menu of African, Central and South American cuisines amidst blazing fires is what you’ll find here. A genuine feeling of being in the Masai takes over when you enter the venue. Our waiter, Lucas, is an absolute joy. He explains the dishes that we enquire about and makes some good recommendations. Try more unusual concoctions like Warm Ostrich Bobotie with a heavenly nectar of peach chutney, sweet peri peri sauce, and tomatillo confit or the Ox Tongue Berbere; spicy tender ox tongue, berbere sauce, cucumber, anchovy relish, parsley, micro herbs, pickled onion. Our highlights were the Shrimp and Sweet Lobster Ceviche – super fresh, the Jerked Jumbo Prawns, with sugarcane, tortilla, pimento, habanero, lime, and hibiscus, and the Brahman Beef, which is braised beef cheek, sweet potatoes, heirloom carrots, and fermented dosa – deliciously tender. Venezuelan Moist Chocolate Cake with ginger, honey, caramelised banana, lemon, lime and alfajores sorbet, is the star of the desserts and a sweet ending to a memorable meal. NEST As far as dining experiences go, this place takes the prize for most beautiful and intriguing design. Climb up the stairs and into the tree house that is Nest, to navigate the jungle on a walkway of wooden paths amongst the treetops. Avant-garde presentations by Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian chefs will grace your table in what we truly believe is one of the most spectacular restaurants in the Maldives, or dare we say, the world. Our Asian feast began with gorgeous sushi and sashimi alongside Lobster Spring Roll and Chicken Flower Dumplings. The Som Tam Poo Nim - green papaya salad, carrot caviar, chilli, peanut, dried shrimp, and tamarind sauce is everything that we wanted it to be. Light, fresh and packed with all the goodness of carefully-selected ingredients. 46

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Massaman Nua is slow-cooked beef cheeks, potato, shallots, and roasted peanuts, in a mouthwatering curry. We haven’t tasted meat as tender as this in a long time – highly recommended. For a theatrical meal, the teppanyaki table is a must-visit spot at lunch time – watch the chef play with fire as your choice of meat, seafood and veggies are grilled to perfection. Whenever you visit Nest, make sure to order the roasted banana ice cream – we’ve never tasted anything like it. So yummy! EPICURE If you live for hotel breakfasts, you’d better believe that Niyama knows how to do a good, delectable spread. Flaky pastries, tantalising egg dishes, a cereal bar, fresh fruit counter, healthy juices and SO much more open the morning to a simply divine start. You can follow with fruit salads made to order from the familiar to the tropical, or an omelette embracing fine cheese and a chiffonade of garden-fresh herbs. The coffee is freshly brewed whilst the juices provide a muchneeded a.m. boost. The restaurant overlooks the hotel’s pool and powdery beach, right onto the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. From the extensive breakfast buffet to a la carte lunches and dinners, Epicure is infinity poolside indulgence at its best. SUBSIX A complete underwater playground, Subsix will take your breath away. Six metres below the water, you’ll witness everything from Parrotfish swim past shoals of Moorish Idols, Moray eels slide through the lagoon, Groupers make goliath appearances amidst the rainbow of butterflyfish and damselfish, while the resident Hawksbill turtle glides in for rare visit. Walk down a three-tier staircase to find a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’re in the ocean. Chandeliers hang to give the illusion of shining coral whilst mixologists concoct all kinds of liquid creations at the clam-inspired bar. Take a seat on the soft anemone chairs and tuck into a champagne breakfast, a subaquatic lunch, or a gourmet dinner followed by the popular glow party illuminating the night alongside the theatre of the reef. fact magazine

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NATURE’S PLAYGROUND It’s clear why Niyama’s motto is: Welcome to Nature’s Playground. The resort is has a plethora of activities on both land and sea, and for all ages – enough to keep even the fussiest of travellers entertained. Here are just some of the best excursions and pastimes that we’d recommend: - SNORKELLING WITH TURTLES What lies beneath the surface? Go deeper into the mysteries and secrets with the Marine Biologist as your personal guide. Immerse yourself in the house reef and speedboat to spectacular sites. On our morning ride out to sea, our instructor and the boat’s captain go over safety procedures and reassure us that this is going to be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Little did we know how true this was until hopping over the edge of the boat and starting our soothing snorkel session. We spot intricate bouquets of coral and groups of colourful fish as well as the stars of the underwater world here; the elegant Hawksbill turtle who glide effortlessly just beneath us. If you’ve got a waterproof camera, TAKE IT WITH YOU! - ADOPT A CORAL You would think that being in the Maldives means miles and miles of sea that’s home to the most striking coral – think again. Thanks to Niyama’s coral regeneration programme, life under the ocean is kept alive and well cared for – and you’re encouraged to be a part of it. Snorkel to the coral nursery and select your ‘baby’. Give your chosen little coral a name and help cultivate it. Together, you lend a hand in maintaining the rich but fragile ecosystem for which the Maldives is so famous. Receive a certificate and follow up images to watch your adoptee grow and thrive. It’s a forever souvenir! - SUNSET CRUISE Possibly one of the best excursions we embarked on at Niyama. Whether you go for a Dream Dhoni (an exotic curved sailing vessel) or a sophisticated yacht, get ready for an unforgettable evening. Bubbly and canapés accompany the trip alongside friendly and expert staff who will keep an eye out for the dolphins at sea. You’ll sail the blue waters and pass small deserted islands all while watching the dramatic sunset and how the Maldives does day to night – it’s a spectacular view that you’ll surely want to capture on camera. - WATER SPORTS Now, when we say that Niyama is a haven for on-water activities, we’re not exaggerating. You name it and they’ve got it! The resort’s FLOAT programme has an adrenaline-surged array of water sports: jet skiing, water skiing, mono-skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, catamarans, windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, fun tubes and so much more. Surfers can catch the most glorious waves whilst those who want to take things a little slow can hop in a glass kayak or get their adrenalin going with the 20km/ph underwater rocket. The choice is yours! ✤ 48

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WE ALL GET TIRED OF ‘HORSING-AROUND’ IN THE MIND-FIELD THAT IS DUBAI, AMIDST ITS TOWERING BUILDINGS AND FAST-PACED LIFESTYLE, AND SO CAME THE IDEA TO SOURCE OUT A TRANQUIL ESCAPE CLOSE BY. FACT TROTTED TO THE LUSCIOUS SERENITY OF THE DESERT PALM DUBAI AND WE CERTAINLY DIDN’T HAVE A LONG FACE DURING THIS STAY!

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he Desert Palm Dubai is set amidst an expansive estate with 160 acres of polo fields, tree lined lanes and secluded, shady nooks housing residences and villas. The sprawling Metropolis of Dubai with its array of entertainment and frenzied business and shopping districts is a mere 20 minutes away. When approaching the property, you’d imagine that those who designed each space and vista simply looked to the high rise cacophony of the city and said “Shhh! Serenity reigns here.” Remove words such as hustle, bustle, overwhelming, frenetic and anxiety from your vocabulary and replace them with lush, vegetation, tranquil, relaxing, leisurely and inviting - the language of Desert Palm Dubai guests. WATCH ME NEIGH NEIGH Visitors are greeted by a beautiful wooden sculpture depicting a horse drinking from a watering hole. Inspired, you might assume, by the old adage ‘You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink’. This illustrates how closely each element of the estate is intrinsically linked to the equestrian stables and prestigious Dubai Polo Club. Guests can indulge their interests in both polo and riding as much or as little as they desire. The Club which was founded by Ali Albwardy in 1994 houses over 250 ponies during the course of the season which runs from October to April with practice chukkas being held on Thursdays and Saturdays within sight of the hotel’s terrace. In addition, the beautiful Spanish-style stables, draped in bougainvillea, accommodate private livery horses and riding school horses which hotel guests may use. Saddle up and meander across the vast expanses of lush greenery or down tree-lined lanes. A visit to the stables is a must even for those who aren’t horse enthusiasts. THE SUITE LIFE If the thought of all that exertion is simply too much for those wishing to unwind and indulge then the hotel itself has just the ticket! The accommodation on offer, comprising 38 luxurious rooms along with additional private villas and residences is understated sophistication. The colour scheme boasts a spectrum of creams and browns which remove any hint of sterility whilst retaining clean lines and a contemporary vibe. The Palm Suite - our inviting home for three nights - had a superb layout which flowed effortlessly from the relaxed seating areas adorned with complimentary beverages and fruit platter to the expansive sleeping area with king size bed and modern amenities through to the stunning eggshaped bathtub which was the centre piece of the wet-room-style bathroom. 50

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Floor-to-ceiling windows afforded us views of the paddocks and polo pitches. This was not just a space in which to sleep and leave hurriedly but rather a space in which to spend time enjoying the facilities. RARE FOOD GOALS By the time dinner came around, the delirium we had experienced whilst in the city was no more and we moseyed from the room feeling like we didn’t have a care or worry in the world. Due to the location of the hotel it is less likely that guests would venture back into the city to dine, therefore, we were overjoyed to find that this had not created a sense of complacency at having a ‘captive’ audience as we perused the menu at RARE. The setting itself was one of ‘fire and iron’ (which the menu refers to) with industrial inspired pendants of light crafted into various shapes from opaque glass. Flames soared in the open grilling station and could be seen ferociously heating the ovens above them. Beyond the cooking stations dishes were swiftly delivered to our table by knowledgeable hosts. Some of the platters mimicked distressed steel trays whilst others were equally interesting shapes and colours whilst drinks were delivered in perfectly mismatched pewter tumblers or exquisite long stemmed saucers. This all added to the panache. The plenteous variety of salads, soups, ceviches and appetisers bamboozled me in the most wonderful way. As my eyes continued onwards into the entrees we quite literally rubbed our hands together with delight. What could possibly follow poached Veal Loin Carpaccio, Seared Diver Scallop, Peruvian Fish soup or indeed Seared Lobster tail? Ordinarily, we would try something slightly more experimental or adventurous such as their Braised Beef Cheeks accompanied with smoked vegetables or Pumpkin Gnocchi with sautéed Mango Spinach and Tomato Concasse. However, we were completely smitten by the splendorous selection of beef steaks and ribs which began with the ‘baby’ 40-Day Aged Prime US Grass Fed Beef through to the ‘Godfather, the patriarch of

the family’ 450-Day aged Wagyu Beef from Ranger’s Valley. If the flavour profile wasn’t already outrageous enough, diners can opt to add Foie Gras or Blue Cheese or one of seven sauces. In addition the 12-hour double cooked beef short ribs served with in-house barbeque sauce brought this carnivorous escapade to a crescendo. For those who prefer to opt for something more heart healthy or who have removed meat from their diet completely, RARE offers mouth-watering options such as Roasted Vegetable Ravioli and Baked Provolone with vegetable compote. We challenge anyone to visit RARE and leave feeling anything other than mind blown... and extremely satisfied. The resident chef is also available for those staying in villas and residences for bespoke private BBQs. AN EPIC FEAST Epicure – Gourmet, Gastronome, Gourmand. With breakfast being prepared in an establishment with such a title we had no doubt that quality would be guaranteed. The Epicurious Breakfast menu boasted 14 tea choices and Desert Palm Dubai’s signature Arabica coffee blend as well as juices and homemade smoothies. Traditional Arabic breakfasts along with the best of the ‘Hen House’ or ‘Heart Healthy’ dishes once again provided something for everyone. For those with a big day ahead the ‘Big Breakfast’ would set you up to tackle anything. The menus have been skillfully crafted in order to ensure that even guests staying for weeks at a time need not grow tired of the dishes on offer and could probably eat something different every day of their stay. Brilliant! AND RELAX… Samana Spa was our final destination. Although we might suggest that the best was saved for last, that would be an injustice as my time at Desert Palm Dubai was phenomenal from the moment I arrived. Nevertheless, the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly their spa and the treatments it offers. The healing qualities of crystals are renowned the world over and therefore Samana has sourced crystal-infused waters which each hold special properties. fact magazine

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The crystals are displayed, suspended within the dispensers. An invigorating yet thoroughly relaxing one hour massage was concluded with time in the relaxation zone which boasts heated tiled loungers, beautifully ornate day beds and a selection of teas and preserved fruits including apricots and dates. Despite our best efforts to remain, our time here had ended and we grudgingly left to face the loud, brash, reality of the world outside. Desert Palm Dubai is the epitome of a hidden gem. It’s the kind of secret you feel you want to share but are too afraid to because it’s just so wonderful. The proximity to the city means that it’s both a perfect getaway for residents or businessmen and a superb location for those hoping to discover the delights of Dubai by dipping in and out as they see fit. ✤

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BIG SCREEN Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Following the demise of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar off Central America’s pacific coast, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. In their quest to rescue the dinosaurs, they encounter terrifying new breeds while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet

DIRECTOR: J.A. Bayona CAST: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine

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Featuring gnashing teeth, sharp claws and nightmareinducing visuals, the most notorious theme park in movie history is back for yet another thrilling ride! A race against time and nature, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes the beloved franchise to an intense new level. Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are back on the island to save the dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption. As Claire teams up with Benjamin Lockwood to bring the creatures back to safety, they face off with scary new breeds of gigantic dinos while discovering a plot that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. An adrenalinefueled, action-packed extravaganza, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a wild and entertaining rollercoaster ride that will have you hooked till the very end.

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Ocean’s 8 WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

An adrenalinefueled, actionpacked extravaganza, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a wild and entertaining rollercoaster ride that will have you hooked till the very end. – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

After spending over five years planning for the biggest heist of her life, Debbie Ocean knows exactly what it’s going to take to attempt an impossible robbery at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. Together with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller, they recruit a crew of specialists to target a necklace worth more than $150 million.

DIRECTOR: Gary Ross CAST: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph

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Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling - need we say more? Bidding adieu to George Clooney and Brad Pitt as well as the rest of the OG Ocean’s cast, the feisty and heist-y ladies of Ocean’s 8 are here to take over! After five long years of devising the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala, Debbie Ocean, along with Lou Miller, assemble a team of the best people in the field. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweller Amita, street con Constance, suburban mum Tammy, hacker Nine Ball and fashion designer Rose to rob a necklace worth more than $150 million. With a star-studded cast, a refreshing plot line and some killer acting, we definitely have a summer winner on our hands!


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Look Alive Out There By Sloane Crosley

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No Shame

No Shame

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Coming at us with a whole lot of energy and an unmatched intensity, Chvrches’ newest album is here to shake things up! In their third full-length effort, the Glasgow trio gets real about the world we live in and they have a lot to say. An album about growing up and coming to terms with the great as well as awful things in the world, Love Is Dead takes you on an unfiltered musical journey. Catchy pop and a typically powerful performance from primary vocalist Lauren Mayberry, Get Out sticks to what Chvrches know best. While the song fails to push any boundaries that the band hasn’t pushed before, it’s definitely one for the weekend party playlist. Featuring the most pop they’ve ever produced and a collabo with Grammy award-winning producer Greg Kurstin, the band is definitely treading uncharted territory. Commencing with an enigmatic intro, My Enemy makes perfect use of space and contrast, both vocally and instrumentally. The youthful and vibrant collaboration of Chvrches and Matt Berninger is bound to tickle every listener’s fancy. Taking risks and producing brand new sounds, the band has come a long way since their huge first studio album. This is a pleasant listen!

By Lily Allen

Featuring confessional pop on her own terms, Allen’s latest release is a far cry from her spiky first two albums. With contemporary, minimal dancepop that references Drake, Jamie xx and dancehall, she covers everything from the breakdown of her marriage, her depression as well as fears about her children. Offering a dark, real look at British party culture, Trigger Bang is a weird mix of nostalgia, liberation and exhaustion. Also featuring London rapper Giggs, the languid, worldweary pop song is going to give you all the feels! Away from her trademark wordplay, the album features a whole lot of introspective new lyrics and a refreshing new sound. Laying down her grievances in plain, heartfelt language, Higher sees Allen condemning a tainted relationship. Featuring stunning verses and heavenly vocals, the track is our new favourite heartbreak anthem! While fans had to be patient for her big comeback, Allen has definitely delivered with her fourth studio album.

Filled with a number of relatable but eccentric misadventures, Sloane Crosley’s brand-new collection of essays is exactly what you need to read after a long day at work. Featuring her trademark hilarity, wit and charm, Look Alive Out There talks about everything from scaling active volcanoes and befriending strangers to staring down the barrel of the fertility gun and playing herself on Gossip Girl.

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Ordinary People By Diana Evans Chronicling the lives of two couples who are slowly drifting apart, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of parenthood, grief, aging and the fragile structure of love. Michael and Melissa were once head over heels in love but two kids later things just don’t seem the same anymore. Damian and Stephanie share a perfect home but have never really seemed right for each other. A stimulating read!

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# C E L E B R A T I N G # L E V I ’ S # 5 0 1 # D AY

On May 20th, the Levi’s® 501® jean, the original button fly jean, celebrated its 145th birthday and to mark this occasion, Levi’s created special 501® capsules to celebrate the iconic style. The commemorative product includes limited edition 501® jeans with pops of gold and colourful buttons. 145 years is no small birthday, so Levis’s is looking back through history to inspire this special, capsule collection. Tops feature fun archival graphics, with “Button Your Fly!” loudly emblazoned across the chest in retro throwback colours, celebrating the invention of the button fly jean.

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The top-end sedan segment just got a whole lot sportier, powerful and elegant. FACT takes the all-new Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition out on the roads to see what it’s made of…

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f we had to use one word to describe the game-changing Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition, it would be “posh”. The completely redesigned 8th generation model is the sportiest most powerful Maxima ever, and boy is it visible. Refined like a shy ballerina on the outside yet boasting confidence on stage with performancefocused driving, the new Nissan Maxima breaks all the barriers of what it means to be a full-size, four-door sports sedan. Firstly, its futuristic design will turn heads at every corner; the car delivers Nissan’s dramatic design language with a V-Motion front end, signature boomerang lights, unique floating roof appearance, sport-tuned suspension, a front chassis performance damper, black sport spoiler, black rear diffuser and kick-up C-pillars that provide a sleek wrap-around canopy look that flows with the lines of the car. All of these add to the upgraded features of the Midnight Edition. The car’s sporty, aggressive lines add visual punch; whether you’re valeting it at a hotel, going grocery shopping or get appointed the designated driver on a night out, the new Nissan Maxima will stop people in its tracks – just as we experienced. The LED low beam headlights and 19-inch gloss black aluminium alloy wheels complete the bold exterior of the car. A powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 is under the hood, and an optional sport-tuned suspension turns up the heat in corners without punishing occupants when driving over rough roads. Inside, it’s a whole new story as a space filled with master craftsmanship and premium materials await its passengers. The Nissan Maxima’s premium class-above, bespoke interior is anchored by a driver’s cockpit that easily rivals any luxury vehicle. We learn that Maxima’s interior execution was a strong focus from the onset of development, with the goal of offering an interior that truly rivals the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. It offers genuine stitching on the instrument panel, doors and console, available ambient lighting, available premium leather seating surfaces with diamond-quilted inserts, unique faceted finishers and a sporty D-shaped (flat-bottom) steering wheel. The all-new Maxima’s comfort is inspired by Nissan’s ‘Zero Gravity Seats’ design with added foam topper pad for initial softness and long-term comfort that consists of acoustic laminated glass (windshield and front side glass), and provide a quiet and peaceful environment typically associated with more expensive luxury vehicles.

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The Active Noise Cancellation System for a quieter cabin works perfectly. This we can vouch for having driven the vehicle when the UAE was seeing its stormiest days through – noise was not a problem inside this car. Surrounded by luxury and comfort, we take control from a “command central” cockpit — the centre stack is angled slightly towards the driver and a re-positioned floating console allows for easy reach. You’ll have ergonomic control over Maxima’s next-generation, premium-level technology featuring an 8-inch colour display with multi-touch control for intuitive smartphone-like gestures such as swiping and pinch-to-zoom. The system is paired with a standard 7-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) within the instrument cluster. A Home screen shows navigation, speed, and audio information while subsequent pages relay vehicle and trip data like fuel efficiency, drive time, tire pressures, and more. Convenience features befitting a luxury vehicle are part of the Maxima’s suite of available equipment. Many of these features are not even offered on other high-end nameplates and are found standard on most of the Maxima grades. These include a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with an “Easy Entry” system, Around View Monitor, Remote Start via Key Fob and a power rear sunshade. The vehicle showcased to us its extensive range of safety, security and driving aids, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (CTA). However, it was the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) which really made a HUGE difference to UAE driving. We felt safer knowing that the car can send out a warning about any last minute lane drifters. Maxima also offers an available Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system which monitors steering input patterns to establish a baseline and helps alert the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected (only on Maxima SR grade) – this is a useful feature for long drives between the Emirates when you’re tired or need a reminder to stay alert!


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The new Maxima’s 3.5-litre VQ-series V6 has been redesigned with more than 60 per cent new parts (compared to the previous generation 3.5-liter V6). With 300 horsepower, Maxima has a high specific output of 85.7 horsepower/litre. The revised engine helps Maxima achieve an anticipated 15 per cent increase in highway fuel economy to an EPA estimated 30 miles per gallon. The new Maxima Midnight Edition is so nimble and capable that you’ll often forget there’s a second set of doors and seats. Combining performance with refinement in a beautiful exterior package, the Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition is sufficient comfort to please a luxury buyer. Compared with the other wellequipped full-size sedans available, the Maxima offers the most balanced mix of style, luxury, and sport that we’ve seen in a car, in a long time. Whether it’s your daily commute, you’re a family hauler, or you’re out and about on the weekend, the Maxima will give you an experience of pure joy when driving! ✤

GO: THE ALL-NEW NISSAN MAXIMA, NOW OFFERED IN THREE GRADE LEVELS INCLUDING NEW S, SV AND SR GRADE, HAS A PRICE RANGING BETWEEN $29,999 AND $41,000 IN THE GCC. PRICES PER MARKET ARE AVAILABLE AT THEIR RESPECTIVE SHOWROOMS AND WILL VARY FROM REGION TO REGION. VISIT WWW.NISSAN-ME.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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With summer well and truly here, get into the best shape of your life with Map My Fitness! Under Armour’s Map My Fitness logs more than 600 different fitness activities and syncs with more than 400 devices to give you a complete picture of your athletic performance. Users can search for nearby routes or share their favourite routes, while the app saves data on pace, distance and calories burned for GPS-based workouts. You can also join challenges and get your friends in on the fun!

Turn your smartphones and tablets into a savvy educational tool with BrainPOP! Boasting a number of animated videos aimed at K-12 students, the app makes learning a whole lot more fun. The animated movies engage via narrative, humour, and characters, encouraging kids to further explore the world around them. The app gives your kids the chance to explore hundreds of topics including Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering, Health and more!

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ENHANCED REALITY The market for virtual reality devices is well and truly booming. FACT picks up the HTC Vive Pro to see what it brings to a burgeoning tech sector of innovative gadgetry…

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onverging technology with human imagination, Virtual Reality (VR) is slowly but surely becoming a part of our daily lives. Introducing us to a fantastical realm of science and nature, Virtual Reality can now be experienced in various forms, including video games, movies as well as virtual worlds. Jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon, HTC is introducing its most powerful VR system ever with HTC Vive Pro! Shifting virtual reality into high gear, the HTC Vive Pro system delivers the industry’s most immersive experience for room-scale VR. Built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users, the Vive Pro delivers the best display and audio for the ultimate virtual reality experience. Boasting dual-OLED displays, the VR system provides a crisp picture resolution that is a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD. Apart from some stunning visuals, the Vive Pro also features integrated, highperformance headphones with built-in amplifier that creates a heightened sense of presence and sound through noise cancellation capabilities. Current Vive owners can upgrade their headset to Vive Pro for the best audio, display and comfort in the industry. Compatible with both Steam VR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0, it lets existing Vive customers to upgrade their headset and continue to use current generation controllers and base

stations. These new and improved graphics and audio will allow users to experience VR with enhanced clarity, making it the most realistic and immersive VR experience available in the market. In addition to some truly amazing audio-visual features, the Vive Pro has been rebuilt to maximize comfort for the most demanding VR users. The Vive Pro features a redesigned head-strap that balances the weight of the headset more evenly and features easy adjustment buttons for Vive users with glasses. HTC’s content platform Viveport also brings premium experiences in entertainment, education, arcade, arts and culture and enterprise to a global audience. A Viveport subscription allows customers to choose from over 400 pieces of content from a highly-curated offering. Giving consumers the opportunity to discover the best VR has to offer, the HTC Vive Pro is the technological blessing you need in your life! The Vive Pro’s new Head Mounted Display (HMD) will retail for AED3,299 and is available for purchase through its dedicated Middle East e-commerce store. ✤

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#ETIHAD #AND #MODA #OPERANDI #NIGHT #AT #THE #MUSEUM With a joint commitment to expand the fashion scene in the Middle East through the support of local talent, Etihad Airways revealed an all-new loungewear collection in collaboration with online luxury fashion retailer, Moda Operandi, through an exquisite ‘Night at the Museum’ event held at the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi. The new line by Emirati brand, A Friend of Mine by Xpoze, will be offered to the airline’s guests on all First Class flights, as well as guests of The Residence onboard the Airbus A380 fleet. Co-hosted by Etihad and influential fashion luminary, Lauren Santo Domingo,co-founder of Moda Operandi, the event was attended by leading figures from the world of fashion including renowned models Halima Aden and Eric Rutherford, UAE’s top socialities, global fashion and lifestyle influencers, and media. Dress code for the night was sleepwear-inspired, in line with the newly launched line. Glamorous UAE-based influencers including Natalia Shustova, Teresa Karpinska, Rosemin Manji and Anum Bashir were dressed in stunning pieces by Moda Operandi for this enchanting affair.

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HER Romantic and fluid pieces in neutral, earthy tones from the Spring Summer 2018 collection emerge with a warm attitude. A selection of garments in which romanticism takes centre stage; especially in shirts and dresses with diffused floral prints, ruffles and delicate chiffon fabrics. Discover ethnic prints and embroidery combined with dresses and crochet-knit tops, complete with statement accessories, including basket-style bags and costume jewellery featuring delicate shells. ✤

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HIM Highlights include outfits in lightweight materials such as linen and cotton. Subtle hues, blues and whites take centre stage and stripes become the focus of nautical inspiration - A classic and timeless style inspired by the holidays and film icons of the ‘60s. ✤

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Eid Gifts Treat the leading ladies in your life to something special this Eid…

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Rituals

Dune

Glassing

Namshi Swarovski

Victoria’s Secret

Namshi Premium Ted Baker

Philipp Plein

Christian Louboutin

Namshi GUESS

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Eid Gifts Spoil the men in the family this Eid with a very special treat‌

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Valentino

Namshi Burton

Diesel

Dolce and Gabbanna

Namshi Fujifilm

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Berluti

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Namshi Aseventy Five

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Beauty Box YOUR MONTHLY MUSTS FROM THE WORLD OF ALL THINGS SKINCARE, MAKEUP AND BEYOND…

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Skinade COLLAGEN DRINK With the hot summer months upon us, this is the skincare staple you need! Packed with natural protein and amino acids, the drink helps maintain your skin’s health and leaves it feeling refreshed. Having a bottle of Skinade daily after breaking your fast helps ensure your skin is properly hydrated throughout Ramadan. Beauty begins from within!

Scrub Love AVOCADO AND ALOE VERA (ACTIVATED CHARCOAL RANGE) Made with the best ingredients to hydrate, soften, moisturise, nourish and polish the skin, this scrub is the answer to all your skincare woes! Formulated with activated charcoal from coconut shell and Kaolin Clay, it mildly exfoliates and softens your skin while ridding it of impurities. Aloe Vera soothes and heals while Avocado oil nourishes and moisturises.

Nars HIGHLIGHTING POWDER

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Get glowing for the summer with NARS’ new illuminating Highlighting Powder! Featuring Seamless Glow Technology, the innovative formula combines micro-spherical powders and pearls that reflect light and melt seamlessly into skin to enhance your natural glow. The silky, lightweight texture provides easy blending for buildable radiance. Available in six stunning shades!

Chanel LE LAIT DOUCEUR D’HUILE

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Kiehl’s GINGER LEAF AND HIBISCUS FIRMING OVERNIGHT MASK Get the prettiest skin ever with Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Overnight Mask! Formulated with Hibiscus, the indulgent velvety cream mask delivers smoother-looking skin as you sleep. With continued use, the hydrating formula with Ginger Leaf works to soften the look for fine lines for a younger-looking, instantly firmer complexion.

Guerlain PORE MINIMISER Say goodbye to pesky pores with Guerlain’s Pore Correcting Treatment! Enriched with a unique combination of clay, zinc and a plan extract, it targets all types of pores and unclogs them, allowing the skin to breathe. The wonder formula instantly tightens and visibly minimises pores with a long lasting effect while leaving skin feeling clean and fresh.

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Grooming Box GENTS, WE’VE GOT THE LOWDOWN ON ALL THE PRODUCTS YOU NEED FOR A SIZZLING SUMMER…

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SOLID AND STRIPED SURF SPRAY

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Baxter of California

Dr. Jackson’s 01 DAY CREAM

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Ditch your heavy colognes for a light, daytime scent. Inspired by a rejuvenating morning walk through Central Park, the fragrance’s refreshing citrusy burst revitalises with every wear. Featuring an intoxicating mix of green and woody notes, its deceptive lightness has the strength to uplift at any point in your day.

INVIGORATING BODY WASH

Your mornings just got a whole lot more refreshing with Baxter of California’s Invigorating Body Wash! Enriched with mild, plantderived surfactants, it cleanses and revitalises without stripping moisture while aloe vera soothes and cools the skin on contact. Vitamin E and jojoba oil hydrate and condition to leave skin feeling soft, clean and renewed.

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The lightweight, moisturising cream keeps face and body hydrated throughout the day while the SPF20 protects the skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Enriched with kigelia fruit extract, shea fruit butter as well as baobab seed oil, it calms and sooth problem skin while leaving it feeling clean and rejuvenated.

Neal’s Yard Remedies

AGE DEFENDER POWER SERUM

MEN’S PURIFYING FACE WASH

Turn back the clock with highly concentrated ingredients to target specific concerns, this powerful treatment provides a first line of defense against the effects of aging skin. Enriched with Cypress Extract, the ultralightweight formula easily absorbs and helps to visibly firm sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Get the best skin of your life! This energising, gently foaming men’s wash offers a deep cleanse that is ideal for all skin types. Enriched with an infusion of Fairtrade antioxidant-rich rooibos and organic calendula, it washes away everyday impurities while leaving your skin feeling incredibly clean and refreshed. Just what you need for summer!

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AMAL SHINE With the award-winning and leading voice of fashion and lifestyle in the UAE capital, Amal Salameh. DAY-CAY AT SAADIYAT ROTANA RESORT & VILLAS There’s a new kid in the resort club which happens to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and with zero sky scraper views – just how I like it! Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas has finally opened its doors in Abu Dhabi and is offering Daycation packages which include pool and beach access along with lunch at Sim Sim. And this is something which I had to check out for a much-needed weekend reboot with my husband. Upon entering the pool area, I was greeted by the staff and given more than one option of where I would like to lounge around for my sun basking mission. Private cabanas are available to choose from and there are beanbags in the lawn area for a more chilled vibe too. The hubby and I opted for sunbeds to stay closer to the pool and to immerse in our surroundings while sipping on kiwi mocktails. Ready to top up the tan, I lie in bliss flicking through some magazines and the other half disappeared for a quick workout in the recreational club which he very much enjoyed due to the 360-degree view. And despite it being a busy Friday of the resort means that you won’t feel bothered by overcrowding – this was a big relief. Once you take a plunge in the pool, water fountains shaped as sea turtles (yes turtles) keep you cool rather - and they’re very tempting to take a quick selfie with for the ‘gram. Besides the pool bar menu, another perk they have is juice dispensers for a quick refreshment available to guests at no extra charge. After a few splashes and a serious face-off with the sun, we went for lunch at Sim Sim which is an all-day international buffet venue with food stations galore. We do a little recon and decide on which cuisine to start with; it was the live tandoori cooking station in the Indian section that won me over as nothing beats seeing the chef in action. Extra points for the wide variety of Emirati food available too. After serious contemplations here and there, we took our plates to the patio to enjoy the views and al fresco ambience. Lunch was followed with dessert and coffee which gave us a recharge to go for a beach stroll and enjoy the pristine views of the island. All in all, we had a fabulous vacay in a span of less than 24 hours which totally uplifted our moods and left us with a big smile, a sun-kissed glow and, of course, wanting us to come back for more. Yours fashionably, Amal 78

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Summer Fashion Pick DINZ SISTERS CAPE Capes are usually associated with winter. But why not opt for a blazer style cape for a lighter option during this summer? It’s the perfect take to complete your summer ensemble and this star print from Dinz Sisters adds just the right amount of movement and body to the look that isn’t too heavy or overwhelming for summer. Pair with a white tank and cropped denims and you’re good to go. WWW.OUNASS.COM Summer Beauty Pick JOELLE PARIS Keep your face refreshed in the UAE heat with Stay Cool by Joelle Paris. The rose water mist toner doubles as a primer before make up and your ideal bag essential to stay hydrated all day just one spray away. WWW.JOELLEPARIS.COM Summer Treatment Pick ROSSANO FERRETTI Skin first, make up second. Rossano Ferretti is more than just a hair spa and offers a range of facials to keep your skin in check and leave you with a natural glow. My personal favourites include the brightening and anti wrinkle facials. Hot tip: all my readers receive a 30% discount on treatments at all branches in the UAE. Just mention Amal Shine when booking! CALL (0)2 645 3313 FOR RESERVATIONS.

GO: KEEP UP WITH AMAL ON INSTAGRAM: @AMALSHINE

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#M I C H A E L #KO R S #U N V E I L S #R A M A D A N #2018 #CAPSULE #COLLECTION Michael Kors’ Ramadan capsule collection launch was an affair to remember. Guests were invited to the luxurious and elegant Penthouse, on the 16th floor of the newly opened FIVE hotel. Located on the Palm Jumeirah Dubai, offering picturesque views of the Arabian Gulf - the city’s key editors and influencers explored the brands’ latest offerings while taking in spectacular views of the Dubai Skyline. Media mingled, listened to the smooth tunes of regional DJ and stylestar Tala Samman, and explored a special curation of glamorous clothes and accessories. The capsule collection, which features a total of 19 MICHAEL Michael Kors pieces, includes six hand bag styles exclusive to the Middle East.

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NYC MEETS ITALY Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi’s newest eatery, @District by Amalfi, is an urban culinary experience that every food lover can appreciate. fact magazine

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e love a good splash of graffiti on the walls, so when @District by Amalfi opened at the 5-star Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, our inner foodie jumped at the chance to try out something new. The venue is a fresher, stylish outcome of a much-needed facelift of the long-standing Amalfi restaurant. It brings the distinct flavours of New York’s Upper East Side, Little Italy, Harlem and the Meat Packing District across the pond and right into the heart of the UAE capital. Imagine taking a taxi tour of New York’s most celebrated dining districts, that’s what you’ll find here. The design, atmosphere, and food and drinks is a wicked mix of the casual and flamboyant that could only come from the city that never sleeps. The difference? @District by Amalfi comes alive with its own distinct take on Italian style with sidewalk chic décor, mainly noticeable in the cool graffiti sprayed across its walls. The touch of modern art definitely adds serious street cred to the venue, which is ideal for both a quick bite to eat as well as a leisurely sit-down dinner. A menu bustling with no less than 40 choices, including vegetarian, seafood and meat options, takes diners through the tastes and aromas of New York ‘hoods’ with food choices as reminiscent of the delicate flavours of the Amalfi coast to the robust, heartiness of Little Italy.

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Small plates start as low as AED18 – helping to keep things frugal at a time when eating out is becoming a pricey treat. Starters, salads and meat platters, mains and desserts, the menu is just as New Yorkers would like it – high-end, lowbrow and always good food. Let’s not forget the soul food and star of the show – the pizza-de-resistance (sorry not sorry). The pizza menu meanders from the classic to the signature, from the savoury to the sweet, paying homage to the innovative irreverence that has made pizza a New York staple. Some of the piping hot and mouthwateringly fresh @District signatures to look out for include: the ‘Po boy’ – a pizza with crispy prawn tails, tomato, mozzarella and remoulade sauce – SAY WHAT NOW? Then there’s ‘The dog’ with chicken sausage, roast onions, pickled jalapenos, mustard, and mozzarella – it doesn’t get more New York than this! Or does it? @District lets you make your own pizza serving up the tomato and mozzarella base, and then you pick from no less than 24 toppings! It’s a dream come true for any pizza fan. And while pizza purists will be satisfied with the classic choices, the sweet toothed will be in pizza paradise with the Nutella and banana, roast fig and local honey and cinnamon sugar fried varieties. The best way to end a surprisingly satisfying meal. In keeping with New York tradition, @District by Amalfi will


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#GHAWALI #REAWAKEN #YOUR #FRAGRANCE #RITUALS Founded in 2016, Ghawali represents the next generation of Oriental fragrances. Offering a modern interpretation of time-honored tradition of fragrance layering. Ghawali’s luxurious contemporary Perfumes, Ouds, Oils and Bath & Body will reawaken your fragrance rituals. The Ghawali experience begins with your first step into the boutiques. They take you through a journey of rituals and layering. The unique Bokhour room recreates a majlis sense where you are enveloped with the heady scent of smoke trail. Customisation and Personalisation embodies the spirit of Ghawali. Our collection of luxury gift-sets are tailor made to your choosing, while adding the perfect finishing touch with the complimentary engraving service.

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BON APPÉTIT

Bord Eau, the French fine dining restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, has quite the reputation for launching unexpected and often intriguing concepts upon Abu Dhabi’s discerning diners. FACT’s David Tapley went to see if the venue’s fanciful forays are just as impressive on a regular evening out and indulging from the a la carte menu… fact magazine

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ith French dining options relatively scarce in Abu Dhabi, it’s pleasant to see that Bord Eau manages to retain its unequivocally French charm even upon repeat visits and the restaurant makes for the strongest of the dining options in the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi’s répertoire, in our humble opinion. Bord Eau champions the fine dining experience through a regal room encompassing elegant light fittings, tasteful artworks, natural tones and impeccably pressed table linens. Making for an atmospheric and visually appealing restaurant that bucks the Abu Dhabi trend for over-sized venues in the process. Bord Eau is small and intimate adding to the charm of what is easily one of the capital’s most unique eateries. Despite the recent arrival of La Petite Maison to the city, Bord Eau has remained true to its concept of providing top quality ingredients in the creation of classical French recipes, albeit with a contemporary twist and exquisite plating. All under the guidance of Chef De Cuisine Jimmy De Almeida who has been at the restaurant’s helm for the past two years. A menu can say a lot about a restaurant and at Bord Eau things are no different. A two-page affair of pearl coloured paper and embossed fonts is bound in blue leather, adding a sense of class and romanticism to proceedings. This feeling is heightened by the impeccable service and our waiter Thushaj, is polite, engaging and unbelievably well-versed in the intricacies of the menu (he even remembers us from our previous visit almost a year before). It’s his tact for remembering our choices and helping us to navigate the menu and its 250 vino labels that should not only be admired but commended, especially in a city where service varies so wildly. We begin with a selection of sharing starters which includes a beef cheek croquette served with a light cauliflower puree and comes rolled in hazelnuts. There’s a surprising sweetness to the dish helping to offset the richness of the slow cooked beef. Keeping things typically French we can’t resist the escargots that aren’t served in the shell as expected. Instead this unique take on snails cooks the gastropods in a garlic and parsley sauce before serving them over a crisp puff pastry that brings an additional texture to the intricately plated dish. The biggest surprise of the sharing starters which also includes tuna tartare, foie gras and a traditional pithivier, transpires to be the obsiblue prawn marinated in candied lime. The blue coloured shrimp native to the French territory of New Caledonia are generally eaten raw and at Bord Eau are served in a similar vein to ceviche. With the lime marination adding a distinct lightness to a dish, it’s better than the majority of South American ceviches we’ve tried in recent months. Mains are categorised into fish and seafood, cuts from the lava-stone grill and sharing dishes suitable for two people, further emphasising the romantic concept for which Bord Eau is becoming renowned. It’s a steak lovers paradise and we satisfy our cravings with the 450g classic Chateaubriand served with organic spelt, mushrooms, a delightfully creamy mashed potato and both

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a bernaise and an outstanding beef red vino jus. The thick slices of meat are cooked a perfect medium rare upon our request and deliver in terms of both flavour and texture. We only wish that Bord Eau would bring a little bit of interactivity to the table as showcased with the Chateaubriand at other venues throughout the city. Desserts continue the ethos of less is more with only six choices available and despite staff recommending the appealing coffee soufflé, we decide upon the Valrhona 67% Chocolate Tart and the Extravaganza of the moment. The luxury Valrhona chocolate has been produced in the French village of Tain L’Hermitage for almost a century and makes for a real treat. The mixture is filled with blueberries and topped with a red fruit sorbet that works to complement the chocolate. Yet the Extravaganza of the moment is a dish to remember, living up to the name as a take on the melting chocolate sphere stuffed full of goodies (we won’t ruin the surprise here). Typically fine dining, the portions are somewhat restrained but you’re unlikely to leave hungry, having traversed some of the capital’s best French cuisine - where much of the produce is flown in specially from France - without a duck l’orange or crepes suzette in sight. For a real sense of ‘je ne sais quoi’ - Bord Eau is ready to impress. ✤

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#JAMIE #OLIVER’S #PIZZERIA #OPENING

Apparel Group, one of GCC’s largest retail conglomerates announced the opening of Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria by British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver in Dubai’s popular hub, Jumeirah Lake Towers – Cluster R. This is the first Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria to make it to the Middle East and only the sixth of its kind in the world, serving up authentic Italian Neapolitan hand-stretched pizzas topped with fresh ingredients, salads, nibbles, delicious desserts and amazing healthy breakfast options. The restaurant is a rustic Italian casual-dining concept that has a simple and classic menu with bold flavours.

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FLYING HIGH

Having just celebrated their second anniversary and the title of Best Bar at the 2018 Fact Abu Dhabi Dining Awards, BarFly by Buddha Bar at the Venetian Village has made quite an impact in the capital. FACT’s David Tapley returns to unearth the venue’s success… fact magazine

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due to the sheer quality of the meat which is unbelievably tender and refreshingly, there’s not a potato in sight. Diners instead receive a trio of sauces alongside beautifully seared asparagus and zucchini. The miso cod which has seemingly become a staple of Asian restaurants in the UAE (thanks to the likes of Zuma and Nobu) is the restaurant’s signature dish. When prepared ‘BarFly style’ the fish’s tropical marination boasts a powerful potency and overwhelming sweetness that we’re wholly unaccustomed to, though it should be noted that the texture is faultless. For dessert, we enjoy the chocolate Fondant with it’s seductive ‘ooze’ and though the dark chocolate is slightly bitter, the flavour is offset with a sweet croquette that secretes a caramel sauce into the mix when pierced. It’s another beautifully constructed dish which lies amidst a ‘garden’ of edible flowers, dehydrated pears and a chocolate crumb. Visitors to BarFly should expect the unexpected and although the venue promotes a sense of exclusivity, it’s not at all pretentious and entirely accessible. And when you’re done indulging the food, the expertly crafted cocktail concoctions will surely allow you to linger a little longer. ✤

GO: VISIT BARFLY BY BUDDHA BAR AT VENETIAN VILLAGE. CALL (0)56 177 7557 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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ANCIENT HEALING Amidst all the hustle and bustle of city living, Angela Beitz discovers a world full of relaxation and pampering at Eden Spa, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi.

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love a good massage as much as the next person but sometimes you need to try something different, especially if you’re having neck and back pain that won’t let up. This month, I tried the Ayurveda Package Experience at Eden Spa & Health Club at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, which I’m promised will sort out all my tired and achy muscles. The hotel’s Eden Spa has a unique design, which boasts 10 Spa treatment rooms, and you can indulge in 40 treatments from around the world for the face and body. Treatments range from European to Asian massages and facials and the Spa is referred to as the most admired one-stop destination for the unique Ayurveda and oriental massages including Thai, Chinese, and Shiatsu and Balinese therapies. There are also two swimming pools, a baby pool and a private beach and gym. The space is calm and relaxing and while it’s one of the older spas in the capital, it’s definitely one of the most popular with its professional staff and vast range of treatments on offer. I check into the spa and are shown to the locker room to change into a robe and slippers. i then sit in the waiting area and sip a relaxing ginger tea. The treatment involves three steps; the first a massage with herbal oils, the second a warm, medicated oil poured on the forehead and then a hot massage. I lay on the treatment table and the therapist starts with the Abhyangam which is Traditional Ayurvedic Massage. It’s super soothing and is a whole body massage using a specific herbal oil to nourish and revitalise body tissues and allow toxins to be removed from the cells. Considered as one of the most rejuvenating treatments in Ayurveda, this massage achieves a deeper and more far-reaching effect than an ordinary massage. This treatment increases tissue strength, improves blood circulation, delay signs of ageing, induces sound sleep and promotes vitality. I feel an instant relief, especially from the sore areas. The back part of the massage is actually done with you sitting so that they can really focus on releasing tension and see where your pain is. Its’ then time for the Podikkizhi which is Hot Fomentation Massage with Herbal Bags. It’s a refreshing and relaxing treatment using linen bags filled with herbal ingredients prepared with Ayurvedic oils. This is a form of therapeutic sweating when the heated bags are applied throughout the body. It’s especially effective for those experiencing joint and back aches and helps in the cleansing of the circulatory channels in the body. This further elevates the already amazing massage I’ve had and works perfectly to really lull the tight muscles. To end this lovely experience the next step is the Dhara, a de-stress therapy where a continuous stream of medicated warm oil is poured onto the forehead for 20 to 40 minutes. It might sound strange but this procedure often induces a mental state similar to a trance, which creates profound relaxation and revitalises the central nervous system. It feels super peaceful and I have the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time after the treatment. The whole experience was wonderful and it was exciting to try something different that really worked instantly. ✤

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BLONDE AMBITION Angela Beitz visits Creative Global Director, Tracey Devine-Smith at Abu Dhabi’s Glamour Salon and leaves with fresh tresses…

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with the foils and works quickly to get them all in. We then wait for the colour to develop and then it’s washed out and a beautiful hydrating treatment is applied to the hair. Once it’s washed out, I’m back in the chair for a new cut. You can already see the blonde foils even though my hair is still wet and it’s already a huge improvement. Tracey suggests cutting about two inches off my locks to get rid of any breakage and to even the hair out. Hair looks fuller and a few layers are kept at the front to frame my face. She then does an incredible blow-dry with lots of volume to reveal beautiful blonde highlights. I couldn’t be happier and she has restored my faith in hairdressers. Tracey is also the global ambassador for Affinage Salon, a hair brand manufacturer, where she is responsible for developing the brand’s seasonal photographic collections and trends’ forecasts. Tracey also helps develop new products and is in high demand all over the world for her education shows and seminars. She used these products on my hair and they made a huge difference to it. Tracey flies in to Al Zeina (Glamour’s Abu Dhabi flagship salon) every month to attend to her clients so be sure to book ahead. She’s also great at doing any other hair colour as are the other experts at Glamour Salons. Highly recommended! ✤

GO: VISIT GLAMOUR SALON IN AL ZEINA (0)2 555 9902; OR AL AIN TOWER KHALIDIYA (0)2 626 3003. GO TO WWW. GLAMOURSALONSUAE.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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t’s no secret that here in the UAE it can be difficult to find the right colourist. Being blonde can also add to this dilemma as it’s more high-maintenance and it seems harder to get the colour just right. Throw in environmental factors, bad water and exposure to constant A/C and it’s almost impossible to get blonde locks right and then keep them in good condition. With this in mind, I decided to put my hair into the right hands with Tracey Devine-Smith, Creative Global Director of Glamour Salons. An expert in the hairdressing industry, Tracey DevineSmith is the proud winner of several international awards and a British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame member. Her shelf of achievements boasts three Scottish Hairdresser of the Year Awards with a fourth salon title in the same category, British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year Award, and a British Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year. I have a consultation with Tracey first and we discuss what I’m looking to achieve. My hair is naturally blonde but it’s also dry and needs some TLC. The last colour I had was a full head of blonde highlights but some of them were left on too long creating some snapping to the more fragile layers around the front of my face. Tracey suggests half a head of creamy blonde highlights but assures us that she will apply them in a direction that will make the look natural and help with regrowth. Tracey is lovely and super professional and she puts us at ease instantly. She starts fact magazine

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SEALED WITH A KISS Angela Beitz visits Tips and Toes for a new type of massage that will sort those aches and pains out…

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ips and Toes offers a plethora of fabulous services and is well known to any dame in Abu Dhabi who loves a great mani/ pedi or relaxing treatment. The salon is now offering a new massage called Cup Kiss Full Body Massage which is based on the Ancient art of Chinese Medicine Cupping.

Originally used to treat royals and superiors, Chinese cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine, and dates back thousands of years. With an abundance of health and slimming benefits, including helping to ease pain and inflammation, encouraging blood flow and boosting relaxation. Sounds good to us! I visit the Khaleej Al Arabi branch in Al Mushrif and our masseuse has set up a beautiful room with massage oil choices and cups of different shapes and sizes. I firstly choose our massage oil (coconut for detoxification) and talk through my areas of concern. With medium to deep pressure, my body is first massaged using the hands and the oil – this loosens up the muscles. She shows me the suction cups which seem to be made of some sort of rubber or silicon and explains that in areas of poor circulation it may hurt but that it will work wonderfully to relieve pain in these areas. Starting from the back, she uses the appropriate size cup and moves from top to bottom and after covering the entire back, from bottom to top. Once she releases the cup, it makes a sort of kissing noise - hence the name Cup Kiss Massage. It feels deeply relaxing and stronger than a normal massage and it’s really getting down into the muscles. She spends a lot of time on the back and it really feels amazing like it’s unlocked some deep-seated tension. I then turn over and the cups are taken to the arms and then the legs, with the stomach being optional. The legs and thighs feel much better after and it’s said to help improve cellulite. Once this is done she moves onto our face where smaller cups are used to really boost blood flow and get the complexion glowing and then my scalp is massaged with the hands. The next day I feel lighter and have more energy, I have some tiny bruising on the top of the back but this is a good sign that the blood is flowing. I loved this massage and would truly recommend it for something a bit different and to really loosen those knotted muscles and release tension, completely. ✤

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Khaled Zaki Cluster General Manager - Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi & Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown.

In an increasingly competitive hospitality market - how do both Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi and Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown hotels continue to stand out? Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi has been a part of Abu Dhabi’s history for over 20 years. Many of our guests still remember hosting their graduation parties or meeting their spouses in our establishments, and it’s that kind of connection which makes a hotel truly stand out. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown offers business travellers the ultimate comfort, warm service, and value for money, which in today’s market are the most important elements 98

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of a stay. Both of our properties are located in the heart of the city, which allows our guests to continuously be a part of the city’s culture, and our award-winning restaurants, continue to welcome guests from around the world. What are some of your favourite cultural and dining hotspots around Abu Dhabi and why? Abu Dhabi is my home, I have witnessed the city transform for over 10 years, and to be a part of that history, is very special to me. My favourite cultural spot was the Cultural Foundation of Abu Dhabi, which is now closed for renovation – so now it is the iconic

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. As for dining, I enjoy exploring the little hidden gems which serve cuisine from around the world such as Egyptian, Lebanese, Syrian, Pakistani, and Chinese foods. Tell us three key goals you hope to achieve in your new position… I have three simple goals: strengthen the hotels’ names throughout the community hubs, achieve great results to fortify their reputation, and continue to maintain and build our great team, who enjoy what they do. I am very passionate about coaching and I am determined to drive my team to great success this year.


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