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Some of the biggest names in showbiz will be coming to Abu Dhabi for F1 weekend and we have the lowdown for you.


It’s winter time and many of you will be planning a trip to the desert. Let us help you with the ultimate guide to desert camping.

Falconry dates back thousands of years and has great relevance to Bedouin lifestyle. Today, Falconry is more of a sport and highlyvalued in Emirati culture.


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We take you on a 24-hour trip around Russia’s capital, Moscow. Discover all that’s on offer with our exciting itinerary.

Putting Abu Dhabi’s artistic future onto the world stage, Abu Dhabi Art 2014 comes to the city with beautiful pieces on display.


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Our resident motoring-man takes a trip to London to test the new Ghost Series II. Find out how he got on across the pond.



Art fans you’ll love this! Salwa Zeidan Gallery has a fantastic new exhibition displaying work by various artists. We bring you a glimpse of what to expect from this fascinating expo.


It’s time for a whole new wardrobe and this month we bring you Pull and Bear’s F/W collection.



As Taste of Abu Dhabi’s inaugral festival comes to Yas Island this month, we catch up with ambassador and young Emirati chef Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi to talk culinary success.

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THE EDITOR FACT Magazine Abu Dhabi Edition November 2014 Volume 1, Issue 6

Under the Stars

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“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien.


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Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes Editor-in-Chief Shabana Adam ( Group Regional Editor Tony Sidgwick ( Features Editor Pallavi Ramesh (

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ready for a fun-packed November. One of the

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Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

But, hey, that’s only because this time of year awesomeness that we all love.

For Abu Dhabi, after what has been a

stiflingly hot and humid summer, we can now

venture outdoors and leave behind the comfort of the air conditioning for more pleasant

temperatures (finally!). So, it’s only fitting that

Creative Director Paula Leal Senior Graphic Designer Raquel Henriques

biggest treats this month is, of course, the 2014

Design & Photography Rashed Bin Daina

Music lovers can rejoice as some of the biggest

Production & Distribution Manager Neil Mahmood

names in showbiz are heading to our shores for F1 weekend – Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora, The Who,

Jason Derulo and the list goes on. Turn to p20 for the lowdown on the line-up.

F1 fever continues into the motoring pages

Regional Key Account Manager Chelsea Copenhaver

this issue we bring you a huge feature on desert

starting p57. In an exclusive interview, we chat

Contributor Nick Langmead

region’s, favourite winter pastimes.

resident motoring-man we round up what has

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camping; one of the UAE’s, and in fact the GCC We explore Bedouin history and heritage

and its connection to Emirati culture today, as

with Daniel Ricciardo and in the words of our been an unbelievably exciting F1 season.

Remember, Abu Dhabi Art (p45) takes place

well as the ways of contemporary camping (p25).

in early November, giving visitors a glimpse into

spending a few nights under the stars, we’ll tell

there’s the foodie favourite, Taste of Abu Dhabi.

If you’re up for taking a trip into the desert and

you where to start, what to pack and how to have a safe and unforgettable time.

the artistic future of the city. Alongside this,

We caught up with event ambassador and young Emirati chef, Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi (p88) to

learn more about his home-grown culinary talent.

Shabana Adam Editor-in-Chief

We’re super excited for the festive season and

those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, do enjoy!

Let me ask, how’s your Christmas playlist coming

along? Contrary to what some in the FACT office believe, it’s never too early to be playing Jingle Bell Rock. YouTube, here I come…


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COMP CORNER FACT has some fabulous giveaways this month and here’s how you can enter for a chance to win… WIN! A Dinner For Two At Ushna, Souq Qaryat Al Beri Cooking at Ushna is an inspirational affair. The venue has become one of the most popular restaurants for authentic North Indian food with a twist. Deep reds and warm terracottas, as well as murals of and wall décor depicting Indian heritage and culture can be seen dotted all around the indoor area. We want to give one lucky reader the chance to experience this unique dining experience and have a dinner voucher for two up for grabs. For your chance to win turn to page 95 and answer the following question:


WIN! A Dinner For Two at Lemon Tree, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi… This month our chef’s table is at Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, a hotel where every time we visit, it feels like home! The food is hearty, tasty and there’s plenty of variety as well. Lemon Tree is one of our favourite spots for lunch and dinner – the pizzas here are just to-die-for! Now, one of you can go and experience what it’s like to be welcomed by the Holiday Inn family. For your chance to win, turn to page 91 and find the answer to the question below:


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Who loves shopping at Al Wahda Mall? Well, we would highly recommend that on your next spending spree you take a trip next door to Zayna Spa in Grand Millennium Al Wahda. It’s a haven of relaxation in the heart of the city and a great place to escape every day stresses. We went to experience one of the lovely treatments there, and now one of you lucky readers can do the same. Up for grabs is a 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage at Zayna Spa. To enter all you have to do is turn to page 104 and find the answer to the question below:


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It’s a Date! It’s no secret that dates are a staple of Arab culture, especially in the holy month of Ramadan when dates are traditionally used to open your fast. So, it’s only fitting to dedicate a seven-day festival to the delicious fruit. Alongside a variety of cultural, culinary and entertaining activities, the annual Emirates International Date Palm Festival will give visitors to savour the best dates from the region and abroad. State-of-the-art technologies and innovations in the field of date farming, harvesting, sorting and packaging will also be showcased, bringing interested businessmen, date farmers, scientists and researchers from the ‘date world’ together in one exciting place. Visitors who aren’t there on business, can enjoy an array of activities including an educational maze, date museum, giant puzzle, palm tree climbing competition, date theatre, date tasting, date kitchen and date photography. You can also buy your favourite yummy dates from various regions being sold at the event. Now all that’s left to do is make a date with this fun festival! GO: The 2014 Emirates International Date Palm Festival takes place at ADNEC from November 23 to 29. The festival is open from 10am to 10pm. Visit for more information.

History and Heritage Honoured

In honour of all that the UAE’s late founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, did for the country, a special festival will celebrate the Emirates’ cultural inheritance, showcase the rich diversity of its traditions and provide an educational platform for learning more about the fascinating history of the UAE. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival will illustrate that the country’s remarkable progress is not simply a coincidence, but a legacy of its forefathers’ inspiring achievements. The 2014 edition of the festival creatively blends technology and culture to bring Emirati heritage to life, featuring living museums that allow visitors to experience the nation’s history through interactive activities and live attractions. Visitors will also have the chance to discover the diverse environments that shaped early life in the UAE, namely the desert, oasis, mountains and sea. These environments will be featured through workshops, exhibitions and replicas of old villages and settlements, with traditional tools and artifacts. This is definitely for the historical buffs and culture vultures amongst us! GO: The Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival takes place at Al Wathba Camel Race Track, from November 20 to December 12. Visit for more information.

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Seeing Through Light If, like us, you’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, then this pre-opening exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat will fuel the excitement further! Seeing Through Light will introduce the future museum’s curatorial vision through a theme-based collection, which examines the theme of light as a primary aesthetic principle in art. Tying in with the museum’s vision is to adopt and nurture a transcultural perspective on the history of art, this collection’s richness and flexibility also has particular relevance across cultures and time periods.
There will be 16 artworks on display that were all especially acquired for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection, as well as two key loans from its partner institution, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. GO: Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection will run at Manarat Al Saadiyat from November 5 to January 19, 2015. Visit for more information.


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Science Comes To Life

The annual Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) is back with an event that’s bigger and better than ever. Thousands of visitors have experienced a wide variety of thrilling scientific activities through an array of exciting workshops and shows each year. Ignite your imagination at this year’s 10-day event where there’s everything from Kitchen science, to fire shows, glow shows, scribbling machines, light and colour experiments, code-cracking and so much more! The ADSF is organised by the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), which aims to inspire the nation’s youth through science-related hands-on activities. GO: Abu Dhabi Science Festival takes place at the Corniche, East Plaza, from November 13 to 22. Visit for more information.

Now there’s one more great reason to visit the stunning Emirates Palace – a brand new spa. Bringing world-renowned brands to Abu Dhabi, expect a full range of treatments for men and women that combine precious elements such as gold, diamonds, and caviar with ancient spa traditions like the Moroccan Hammam. Enjoy 5-star luxury and relaxation as the spa delivers fabulous results through the introduction of four brands, each focused on a different area of spa and grooming. Podiatric beautician Bastien Gonzalez provides top-of-therange manicure and pedicure products, while a gentlemen’s grooming area will offer barber and grooming services from luxury UK establishment Gentlemen’s Tonic. The skincare and massage services on the menu will feature scientifically driven products Forlle’d and Amra. Sounds like bliss! GO: Call +971 2690 7898 or email spa@ to book your treatment at Emirates Palace Spa.

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Fact Finds A Little One’s Paradise

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

Little World

GO: Visit Little World located

at the Nation Galleria Mall, Level 2 on The Corniche, open from 10am to 10pm. Various discovery options are available, including hourly play, daily pass, check-in up to three hours, and monthly unlimited access. Call +971 2681 8824 for

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Families looking for fun in a feel-good learning environment should head down to Little World Discovery Centre today. It’s a colourful place where entertainment meets education and children can create, design, build and role-play to their heart’s content. At Little World you’ll find various play zones to explore, such as the Little Village where kids dress up and role play, learning about empathy, problem solving and critical thinking while acting in the makeshift doctor’s office, kitchen, café, house and school. There’s also a Builder’s Zone for construction play; a Creation Station art studio with plenty of arts and craft supplies; a Stage Theatre to get hands-

on with musical instruments and performing; an Enchanted Treehouse for some quiet reading and exciting puppet shows; a Kinetic Exhibits to explore physical science; a Water Explorations zone filled with swirling and whirling adventures; as well as a Dark Sensory Room, Little Tots Room, Computer Explorers area and a Storytime Library. Children aged 0-3 are welcome with their parents or caregiver, and little ones aged 4 and above can be checkedin for safe and monitored play whilst mum and dad go shopping, watch a movie or grab dinner! Little World offers something for everyone, especially for those who prioritise their child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.

The Little Gym

If you’ve got an active young one, look no further than world-famous The Little Gym. Perfect for kids aged four months through to 12 years, The Little Gym is the world’s premier experiential learning and physical development centre, running structured classes in a positive learning environment. There are various programmes run by trained instructors, including parent/child classes, gymnastics, karate, dance and sports skills development, plus enjoyable extras like camps, parents’ survival nights and awesome birthday bashes. This is a nurturing place and The Little Gym’s mantra is Serious Fun, taking a holistic three-dimensional learning approach to skill development. This philosophy is based on three core beliefs; “Get Moving” to foster flexibility, strength, balance and coordination; “Brain Boost” to develop listening skills, concentration and decision making; and “Citizen Kid” to promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities. Activities are tons of fun and kids will be smiling during the entire time they spend at The Little Gym!

GO: Visit The Little Gym

located at the Nation Galleria Mall, Level 2 on The Corniche.

Call +971 2681 6663 for more information.

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Around the world ...Doing the UAE Proud

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


Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited Quirinal Palace in Rome and held talks with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on a number of issues of mutual interest. Shaikh Mohammed and his delegation expressed content over the high-level bilateral relations and assistance in various political, economic, commercial and cultural fields between the two countries.

Algeria General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited People’s Palace in the Algerian capital to meet Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika and discussed mutual relationships between the two countries and the best ways to enhance them. They also discussed the developments taking place in the Arab, regional and international scene. Shaikh Mohammad was received by Abdul Qader Bin Saleh, the Speaker of the Algerian Parliament and other ministers and top officials.


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Kuwait Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry headed to Kuwait for a major promotion at The Avenues Mall, looking to convince expatriates and Kuwaitis about how much there is to see and do in the destination. The promotion featured representatives of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Rotana Hotels & Resorts and Etihad Airways. The delegation highlighted the upcoming exciting events of Abu Dhabi.

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




Where Bahrain International Exhibition Centre. When November 18 to 22.

Where Lusail Marina, Doha When November 11 to 15

Where Various locations When November 13 to 17

All you jewellery fanatics, who love the bling and design of jewels, this exhibition cannot be missed at any cost! Jewellery Arabia is the largest and most prestigious jewellery exhibition in the Middle East, showcasing world famous names and artisan designs from across the globe. Come by and make sure to peek into all the stands, as each of them is unique in itself as they represent styles and designs of the country they are from. Let your eyes shine amid the beauty of the ornaments. To-be brides, this one is for you’ll!

The Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) is coming up with its second edition. QIBS 2014 will be bigger and better, with more than 30 international exhibitors taking part. There will be a section devoted to luxury boating products and services, also will be Shipyards and Boatyards, Marina Display, Boating Equipments and lots more. There will be around 60 boats on display. Expect to see a unique Floating Media Centre and one of the most atmospheric VIP areas of all boat shows!

Cinemas of Beirut, Tripoli, Tyre, Saida and Zahleh will feature films and documentaries on war, memory, youth and women rights in Lebanon for the Cultural Resistance International Film Festival. Almost 40 feature films, documentaries, comedies, tragedies, experimental or classical films are gathered around these issues to encourage everyone to think about the meaning of this condition. Promoting the cultural renaissance of Lebanon, this film festival will familiarise you with Lebanon and its culture.

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The Qatar International Boat Show 2014

Cultural Resistance International Film Festival

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F1 Performances

Let’s Get The Party Started

F1 weekend is upon us, and Abu Dhabi is going all out for 2014! Parties, performances and some of the world’s biggest stars are on their way to our shores. FACT has a round up of what to expect…

Yasalam After-Race Concerts

Pharrell’s creative and raw talent as he performs all the big hits including Marilyn Monroe, Get Lucky, Frontin’, and the song we love to hate Blurred Lines! Music lovers, this should be right at the top of your After-Race Concerts list!

November 20 Four of the Arab world’s most prominent music superstars will raise the curtain on the After-Race concerts weekend. Egyptian singer Ramer Hosny, award-winning Lebanese musician Carole Samaha, Emirati singer Fayez Alsaeed, and everyone’s favourite Arab Idol winner, Mohammed Assaf from Palestine will grace the du Arena stage to kick off the festivities and entertain fans on the first night of the 6th annual Yasalam After-Race Concert edition.

November 21 Dance fans get ready for a spectacular Friday night performance as globally celebrated DJ and producer Armin Van Buuren takes to the stage. The Dutch talent has created a special,

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customised ultimate dance party exclusively for Yasalam, so crowds have so much to look forward to. He’ll be performing hits like Intense, Face to Face, and Beautiful Life for party lovers in attendance.

November 22 Unmistakably one of the biggest and most in-demand names in music right now – Mr Happy aka Pharrell Williams will hit the stage on Saturday night for a performance not to miss! Experience

Bringing the 2014 After-Race Concerts season to a rock ‘n’ roll end is one of the world’s most powerful and legendary bands, The Who. With Abu Dhabi confirmed as the first official stop for the band’s first world tour dubbed Who Hits 50, the UAE capital will once more become the ultimate launch pad for globetrotting artists as The Who rock out with the crowd for a concert that won’t be forgotten for a long time.

Feel the rush of the F1 with the popular family festival village at this year’s new venue: the West Plaza on Abu Dhabi Corniche. Offering thrills and spills for motorsport enthusiasts of all ages, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained at the world’s largest and most diverse F1 fan experience.

Beats on the Beach

Volkswagen Beats on the Beach is set to light up Abu Dhabi Corniche with another star-packed line-up for 2014. This free international music festival organised by Yasalam is completely free (yes, you heard right!) to attend and takes place on Lagoon Beach, Abu Dhabi Corniche from November 20 to 22. This year, world sensation Rita Ora will be getting it Hot Right Now as she takes to the stage to perform her biggest hits like R.I.P, Shine Ya Light and How We Do, to name but a few

of the British popstar’s chart-topping songs. Also playing at the festival is R’n’ B megastar Jason Derulo, who will get his Trumpets on for the thousands that are expected to gather for this musical extravaganza. One of the hip hop world’s most established performers, Juicy J, and rising singer-songwriter Tinashe, will also bring their superstar qualities and smash hits to the stage. Delivering on the Yasalam promise of ensuring something for everyone, the Corniche line-up features an abundance of talent including UAE star Ruwaida Mahrooqi, regional Arabic performers Ragheb Alama,Chada Hassoun, Sabine and Two Tone, alongside Filipino sensation Charice and Bollywood crowd-puller Hard Kaur. The extensive line-up is further bolstered by some of the best hand picked UAE-based acts including Juliana Down, The Boxtones, Nikotin, Kicksound and Jae Franklin.

GO: Runs from November 13 to 23 at West Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche. Thursday and Friday 4pm to midnight, Saturday to Wednesday, 5pm to 11pm.

and producer Solomun. At the heart of the Yas Island party scene, O1NE will offer the ultimate party experience over the Grand Prix weekend and play host to a realm of revellers, whether it be racing enthusiasts, residents and tourists, VIPs and celebrities. The line-up at O1NE starts with Jason Derulo on November 20, Armin Van Buuren on November 21, T-Pain on November 22, and Solomun on November 23! O1NE Yas Island is open till late each night.

O1NE Yas Island O1NE Yas Island will play host to some of the biggest names in the music industry over the F1 weekend, as the top afterparty destination of the Yasalam After-Race concerts. The confirmed guest artists are R&B sensation Jason Derulo, trance legend Armin Van Buuren, Grammy Award winning T-Pain and globally acclaimed House DJ

GO: For ticketing, reservations, concierge and shuttle service information, call +971 52 7888111 or email

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Getting Out & About This Month in Abu Dhabi

Say goodbye to boredom this month and mark your diaries with these all-important dates. We’ve put together a calendar packed with happenings just for you! This is what FACT recommends (and you can still find more throughout the rest of the mag!).

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TURN-OVER 2 EXHIBITION By Yoshiyuke Abe at Abu Dhabi Art Hub

TASTE OF ABU DHABI at du Arena, Yas Island

TABEHODAI at The Yacht Club InterContinental Abu Dhabi

FRIDAY MARKET at Al Qattara Oasis Al Ain

INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL Memory Art Festival, at Liwa Art Hub

Head over to Abu Dhabi Art Hub and check out some cool work by Japanese artist Yoshiyuki Abe. This exhibition gives an insight into the unique world of electronic art, through a collaboration between Zayed University and ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art). Visit for

Foodies stand up! The world’s favourite al fresco food, drink and music festival is here, with exclusive new restaurants, chef ’s theatre and cooking classes, to name a few. Check out the Abu Dhabi Street Theatre Festival featuring some of the best of UAE’s street artists.

Indulge in Tabehodai by enjoying a specially designed all you can eat tapas menu at The Yacht Club in InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Pair this with a carafe of grape beverage, Japanese refreshment, or two selected brews. If you’re tired of the usual foodie deals – this is the place to find it! Call +971 2666 6888

Experience this one-ofa-kind cultural haven, that includes 30 shops, where more than 30 local families will showcase a wide variety of traditional products, which offers visitors a convenient shopping experience, while supporting local traders and learning about the Emirati heritage.Visit www.visitabudhabi.

Until November 30, the first International Historical Memory Art Festival offers visitors an insight into the UAE, visual artists and creative thinkers in a month-long cultural journey based on the history of the 60s and 70s, encompassing the pre- and postunification years. Visit www.

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IBN BATTUTA The Voyager of Islam at Emirates Palace

INDONESIAN FESTIVAL Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi


THANKSGIVING BRUNCH at Silk Route, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

43RD UAE NATIONAL Day Celebrations, Emirate–wide

Join Grammy AwardWinner Jordi Savall as he undertakes the incredible task to recreate the music of Ibn Battuta’s spectacular travels. As part of Abu Dhabi Classics season, Jordi Savalla with some of the Arab world’s leading musical artists, performs music of Ibn Battuta.

Experience a culinary delight as Mr. Cho and Mrs. Gao take a trip to the Land of the Gods and Goddesses. The country has one of the most vibrant cuisines in the world, full of intense flavour. The dining promotion is on till the end of November so take some time out and treat your taste buds today! Call +971

If fashion is your thing then this is the event for you! Abu Dhabi Fashion Days is a bi-annual 4-day trade show, serving as a style guide showcasing local and regional designers, brining 46 brands under one roof with their latest AW 2014 collections, styles and cuts.

Reflect on great times spent with family and friends at this fabulous Thanksgiving brunch at the Silk Route. From 12.30pm indulge in succulent turkeys, delicious main courses and traditional desserts with kids below 6 years dining for free! Call +971 2657

Celebrate the spirit of the UAE as Abu Dhabi comes alive this National Day! Activities include firework shows, concerts, and heritage attractions, running across the city. Other activities include hot air balloon rides on the Corniche and concerts by top Khaleeji performers.

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Camp Revamp: UAE Then and now

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Nomad’s Land

For thousands of years, camping was a way of life for the Bedouin of the Emirates, as tribes kept on a constant move across the vast desert, setting up tents and following herds of camel and sheep to greener pastures. Today, there is very little left of that world, and like most long-established traditions, camping has matured with time‌.

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Rewind back 80 years to the UAE where the only way of life was that of the Bedouin. That’s right, not long ago, the Emirates was a vast area of desert inhabited by indigenous tribes, whose proud and resourceful tentdwelling nomads formed a culture that is now one of the founding pillars of the UAE, playing an integral part in Emirati national identity. Life and camping back then was simple; enjoyment came from the freedom of living under the stars, using camels as the main mode of transport, and residing in goat-skinned tents as makeshift homes. The lifestyle of the nomadic tribes was essentially a principal building block of Emirati society. Their independence and resourcefulness in the face of harsh environments, illustrates, even to this day, the Emirati code of hospitality, which is to show great respect and honour to guests. The native Bedouins lived in varied terrain, from the ocean (for pearl-diving and fishing), the desert (for grazing areas for their animals), and the oasis (for the

The Bedouin way of life was one of survival. Moving across the desert, this nomadic lifestyle is rarely found nowadays, but is much-loved and appreciated in Emirati culture even today. Image: Courtesy of Jake Brewer.

farming of dates and veg). If we flashforward to modern day, you can still see the lush date farms in Al Ain and wet terraced gardens in the mountain valleys. Today there’s little trace left of that precious way of life, with camping evolving to keep in sync with modern society needs. Now, taking a trip into the desert is more of a must-do tourist option, or a result of the need to escape mundane daily tasks and the city bustle, to seek solace in the vast emptiness. Especially during the cooler months of November and March, the UAE desert becomes a haven for short breaks and holidaymakers. And there are many different ways to go about planning and visiting the desert. Many will find that tour companies offer the best and safest packages, customdesigned to suit specific time frames and budgets. Desert Safaris are most popular; where people are whisked away in a 4x4 for a thrilling ride over massive sand dunes, either for dinner, dance, and activities in the desert, or an overnight stay. Some locals, on the other hand, do it differently. Many set up semi-permanent winter camps offering the comfort of home and providing modern-day amenities. This experience, aptly dubbed, ‘glamping’ is somewhat of a pimped out version of Bedouin living and a great way for family and friends to enjoy the desert whilst spending quality time together. For those who want a real piece of nomadic life, you’ll have to forgo everyday comforts and get ready to rough it. The best way to do it is plan your route into and through the desert with a mobile tent in tow. Pitch your tent under the stars just as the Bedouins would. With the UAE’s great climate and numerous camping spots, it’s never been easier to take a trip into the desert than it is now. Go on, call on your inner nomad and start planning!

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Camping 101 There’s nothing more important that being well prepared before you head out into the desert to experience life under the stars. Here’s your ultimate guide to prep time…

Where to buy your gear DUBIZZLE UAE

We just can’t get enough of this super useful website, and you’ll be happy to know that Dubizzle also offers somewhere you can buy quality new and used camping equipment including tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, state-of-the-art torches and lanterns, and so much more! You’re guaranteed to find everything you need for a great price too. Visit for more information.

Where to Set Up Camp… The UAE desert is full of wonderful places to pitch your tent and gaze the stars. Don’t expect great facilities in many of these spots but do get ready for space and freedom, and for an experience that will give you a real taste of the country’s outdoors. A two and a half hour journey will get you to the Ras Al Khaimah desert. Here, the true nature of camping comes to life as you can set up near one of the small farms (be sure not too disturb the locals!) surrounded by sand dunes, little oasis farms and camel pens. Take an early morning drive and you might just see some Arabian Oryx, wild birds and pretty banyan trees too. Make sure to take everything, including lots of food and drink, because there are no everyday facilities in the area. The epic slice of Rub Al Khali (the empty quarter) deserves at least a two or three day trip! Liwa is 200km southwest of Abu Dhabi and though it might seem quite a trek, it’s the world’s 28. fact magazine

biggest sand desert, so it’s well worth the drive. These sand mountains are relatively accessible by 4x4 and the whole region is scattered with curved sand dunes and dramatic plunges so if you’re there for a spot of dune bashing (you’d be crazy not to) make sure you’ve got an experienced driver at the wheel. There are plenty of great spots in this desert, dotted with freshwater pools and date plantations; all you have to do is take any road from Liwa oasis or follow the signs for Tal Mireb (Moreeb Hill). If you’re new to this whole desert camping thing then something a little closer to Abu Dhabi like Shwaib would be the perfect choice. This is where you’ll find fairly easy access to hidden campsites where stargazing from the top of a dune will wipe away all your worries. It’s close enough to civilisation that you can get your friends to drop off a Starbucks coffee in the morning, but it’s faraway for you to enjoy and appreciate the stunning scenery.


Located at the sprawling Dalma Mall, this is the ultimate outdoor adventure store for all kinds of camping bits and bobs. For camping there’s everything from tents, sleeping bags, outdoor furniture like lounge chairs, tables, and camp kitchens with pantry, as well as survival packs and accessories to ensure you’ll have a safe and enjoyable desert experience. Visit Adventure HQ, Level 2 in Dalma Mall. Call +971 2 445 6995 for more information.


A favourite hypermarket amongst many, but did you know that Carrefour has more than just food? Yes, there’s an awesome collection of safe and simple camping goods, ranging from tents to a cool foldaway dining table and set – perfect for that barbecue under the stars! Visit Carrefour at various locations in Abu Dhabi or visit more information.


THE CHECKLIST The desert’s unique characteristics require careful preparation, so we’ve put together a basic list of items that you should pack for a desert trip.

Equipment & Gear

Tent Sleeping bags
 Blow-up mattress and pillows
 Backpack Camp Stove and Cooking Equipment Firewood
 Tin foil
 Flashlight Picnic set
 Bowl for washing up
 Warm jacket or cardigan
 First Aid Kit
 Tow rope
 Rubbish bags
 Bathroom Tissue
 Sun Screen
 Sun Umbrella
 Map/GPS Equipment Mobile Phone
 Portable battery Charger Guide Book
 Hand wipes
 Picnic chairs
and table
 Insect repellant
 Cooler Box
& Ice Shovel Make sure to bring plenty of water and remember that you’ll be cooking food on a fire and won’t have a fridge, so really think about what food to take and keep it simple.

The Big Tour AL-BADEYAH EYES TOURISM Overnight Desert Safari – This adventure starts in the day with everything from sand boarding, dune bashing, camel riding, horseback riding, a falcon show, goat ranch visit, barbecue dinner buffet, use of a traditional Arabic majlis and so much more. In the evening gather by the campfire with Arabic coffee, or tea, and dates. Camp is located in Al Khazna on the way to Al Ain (90kms from Abu Dhabi), and is the closest arranged authentic desert camp experience. Visit for more information. EMIRATES TOURS & SAFARI Dune Buggy Tour – Master driving wheels on sand with this exciting excursion into the desert. You’ll get picked up in a 4x4 and drive through the desert with your safari leader who will take you through the

safety of operating a dune buggy. Sign a waiver, put on your helmet and goggles, get set, and go! Explore the desert terrain in a guided convoy. Bottled water and soft drinks are provided; so if you think you’ll get peckish, make sure to bring some snacks along! Visit for more information. PHOENIX TOURISM & DESERT SAFARI Liwa Adventure - This is the ultimate desert day experience, which is best done with a big group of friends (recommended at least three 4x4s) and plenty of kit. Get prepared for an exhilarating ride over rolling dunes with your experienced safari guide at the helm. You’ll stop for lunch at the oasis and drive towards Moreeb sand dune – one of the highest in the world nearing a steep 300 metres. Visit for more information. fact magazine .29

The seven golden rules OF camping

The Site

•Always pitch your camp in an empty open space far from jutting rocks or steep sandy inclines. • Pick a spot clear of plants to avoid any hazardous fire outbreaks. • Do not camp in places that are prohibited, the warning signs are there for a reason!

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The Car

• Before you hit the road make sure you check up on your car for any mechanical problems; tyres, headlights, and battery are the most important. • Always travel in a convoy incase of a breakdown. • If you’re heading out to the desert a 4x4 is a must! •Never pass a petrol station without filling up, you never know when the next one will be.

• Don’t go over board with the menu, just take options that are easy and simple to make. Sausages and smores are always a great idea! • Canned food is always an easy meal and won’t take up too much space in the car. • If you bring fruits or vegetables with pick, something that won’t go bad very fast; you don’t want to get stuck with spoilt produce.



The Water

• Water is essential for anyone hitting the desert so make sure to stock up on H20 but don’t foolishly waste it; water will be your best friend out there. • Remember you’ll need to bring water for both drinking and washing up.

• GPS systems have become a camper’s essential tool but it’s always a safe bet to take a map along just in case the navigation system stops working. • A compass, shovel, torch, rope, air pump, and Swissknife are fundamental to any camping trip.

• When pitching your tent make sure to clear the ground from any unwanted objects. • Before leaving and heading back home clean your camping site and put out your fire.

First Aid

• A first aid kit should be prepared in advance with all the basic necessities like band-aids, burn cream, painkillers, and medicines just in case someone gets hurt or sick. • If you bring along antibiotics with make sure to store them somewhere cool.

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The 23rd Middle East International Jewellery & Watch Exhibition

Chopard Red Carpet Collection: rubellite and diamond necklace

18 - 22 November 2014

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

Open daily to the public





Telephone: +973 17 55 00 33


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Falcons have long-been part of Emirati culture and heritage, playing an integral part of desert life. FACT explores this timely tradition‌

Desert traditions

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When we first moved to Abu Dhabi, finding out the city is home to a falcon hospital was something definitely out of the ordinary; it was unusual but, admittedly, intriguing. According to its website, “The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is the first public institution in the United Arab Emirates providing comprehensive veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons.” How cool is that? Falconry has been practiced in this part of the world for centuries. Primarily, falcons were used for hunting, to supplement an otherwise meagre Bedouin diet with some meat, such as hare or houbara bustard (a large bird in the bustard family). But hunting expeditions also provided the ideal setting for tribal sheikhs to tour their area and connect with the people. Preceding the autumn south-bound flight of the houbara bustard was the migration of peregrine and saker falcons. Falconers would hide in a hole in the sand, and if they managed to trap one of the highly prized birds, they had only weeks to train the falcon before the migrating houbaras started to arrive. The handler’s main task was to develop a strong bond of trust with the wild captured bird as part of the training. Today, falconry is practiced mainly for sport, but the skill of a falconer is still highly esteemed, whilst the beauty and strength of a falcon is very much treasured in the UAE. One place where you can still experience the traditional form of falconry is Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. Here, Naseer Muhammad Abdul Latif, a connoisseur falconer, proudly shows off his amazing skills as he takes guests on the historic journey of falconry that started over two millenniums ago. Naseer has had a passion for birds 34. fact magazine

from a very young age when he used to look after his brother’s pigeons and parrots at home. While working on a farm, Naseer helped feed the local falcons and started training them during his free time. When the farm owner saw his interest and enthusiasm around the birds, he offered him the opportunity to go through proper training to become an expert falconer. The training of a falcon has not changed for centuries – a leather hood is used to cover the falcon’s eyes and the bird is fed only small portions. The falconer names his new bird in the first few weeks and remains with the bird constantly so he gets comfortable with his owner. “Falcons are wild, fast and aggressive birds so finding the right balance between patience, time and effort can sometimes be complex during training,” Naseer explains. “For example, during the initial first few weeks if I release the bird and push him to fly while he is not hungry, chances are he might not come back to me, so training requires a great level of expertise and understanding to master the bird.” Exercising such a free creature often turns into an adventure in itself, and Naseer has a lot of stories to share on the subject: “During the early stages of my training, I had to walk for many kilometres in the sand dunes to find the falcon that I had just released, and try to convince him to come back to me. Sometimes, you just have to accept that he won’t come back, that’s one of the risks.” However, when Naseer watches his falcon’s soar before guests at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, showcasing their incredible speed of 320 kilometres per hour and leaving the viewers in awe, he could not be more proud of his accomplishment as Anantara’s Chief Falconer.

The falconer names his new bird in the first few weeks and remains with the bird constantly so he gets comfortable with his owner.

“Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever chose; but in fact each hill and valley in it had a man who was its acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression.” - T. E. Lawrence. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” - William Butler Yeats. GO: Visit for more information.

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Desert Hospitality Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Venture into the mystical UAE desert to discover true Arabian charm with supreme luxury and comfort. With plush pools at your disposal you can relax and tan with a good read or enjoy a leisurely drink whilst kicking back on the reclining sun loungers. If you can muster up the energy to experience desert life, hop onto a camel for a sunset ride over the sand dunes, jump on a quad for a more thrilling drive or take a stroll through the vast landscape for a picture opp. There’s a wide choice of dining venues with an array of cuisines; get ready for a quintessential gastronomic experience! This resort is the ultimate treat with excellent facilities including a fitness centre, tennis court, kids club, spa, business centre and library. Call +971 2886 2088 for more information.

Tilal Liwa Enjoy a perfect weekend escape and unwind for a few days with breathtaking views of the highest dunes in the world. Adventure activities including sand boarding, desert cycling, quad bike safaris, and dune bashing, are a must in the majestic Rub Al Khali Desert. After a tiring day of escapades, rejuvenate at the Body & Soul Recreational Club with a refreshing dip in the pool or head for a steam and sauna session. The dining is also varied at Tilal Liwa; it offers scrumptious food options and a bar to pop by for a casual and well-deserved drink. This is the place to experience tranquillity, sheer solitude and superb facilities. Call +971 2894 6111 for more information. 36. fact magazine

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa A picturesque drive takes you to the beautiful Al Maha Desert Resort, giving you the unique opportunity to get up close to the free-roaming wildlife in the reserve. There are a range of exciting activities to enjoy, including four-wheel drive desert safari, archery, falconry, ghaf tree walk, horse riding and camel trekking. Stay in a suite, complete with a private swimming pool and wooden deck, for the ultimate tranquil experience. Relax and savour every moment with your special someone for a romantic getaway or a group of friends for a fulfilled flee from the city bustle. Call +971 4832 9900 for more information.

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#O1NE #Wild #Night #Party The start of the new season at O1NE Yas Island has seen the mega club open two days a week, on both Thursdays and Fridays. Each Friday night, O1NE is completely transformed into one of three themes – New York, Jungle or 1990’s, with the entire look and feel of the interior totally transporting partygoers! O1NE Wild Night took revellers straight to the jungle for an unforgettable time! 38. fact magazine

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Kick-start your day with a stupendous buffet breakfast at Baltschug Restaurant in Kempinski Moscow; the gourmet selection here includes delicious sweet and savoury treats made from healthy ingredients. To top that off there are magnificent views of the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square to enjoy whilst sipping on your morning tea or coffee.


Begin a walking tour on the cobblestones of Red Square and soak up the austere beauty of its many lanes dotted with ancient churches, low-rise buildings and famous sites, such as Bolshoi Theater, Resurrection Gate, Kazan Cathedral, State History Museum, the Kremlin, Lenin Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Statue of Minin and Pozharsky. Don’t forget your camera!


Take a wander through the capacious GUM (pronounced goom) and TSUM (pronounced tsoom) malls, two of the country’s most over-the-top shopping centres. GUM faces Red Square; TSUM is across the street, just opposite Karl Marx Place, and aside from being architecturally stunning, both house the likes of Hermès, Burberry, Moschino and more designer brands.

Gulf Air has recently launched four times weekly flights to the Russian capital Moscow from our neighbouring country Bahrain. Shabana Adam brings you an itinerary of the best local hotspots and hidden hole-in-thewalls to spend your break in this pulsating city…


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Stop by the area known as Patriarch’s Pond for lunch. Try Café Margarita (at Malaya Bronnaya) for hearty Russian fare like pancakes with caviar, or head to Shafran, a fantastic Lebanese restaurant (at Spiridonievsky Per.) with simple interior and cushioned divans to relax on whilst tucking into your mezze!


Jump on the metro at Mayakovskaya to Partizanskaya station where close by you’ll find Izmailovo Vernissage, the largest fair in Russia specialising in arts, crafts, souvenirs and antiques. Walk along Craft Street and Artist Alley, or shop for something made in Soviet time at the flea, antique and silver markets. Get ready to put your bargaining skills to the test!


Hop back on the metro to Bersenevskaya Embankment and check out Bar Strelka. It’s located in a former industrial area turned creative hub, packed with galleries, bars and offices with views over the river and Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Sip on a drink then take a leisurely stroll around this hip area to discover all that’s on offer.


Head to Krasnye Vorota where you’ll find 35MM, Moscow’s most storied cinemas playing foreign films (including many

American titles) in the original language. There’s no flashy surround sound or stadium seating at 35MM, but if you’re a Soviet and Russian film enthusiast, you’ll love it here!


Make your way to the House of Music in Kosmodamianskay and marvel one of the many high-calibre classical music concerts taking place throughout the year. Swing by and grab a drink after the show at the City Space Bar & Lounge on the 34th floor of the Swissôtel next door for fantastic panoramic views!

21:00 “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

End the day on an adventurous high and a lateevening dinner, the way the locals do it. Get down to Mayak (at Bolshaya Nikitskaya) boasting Soviet-era décor and a yummy Russian-European menu with soups, grilled fish, and steaks to choose from. The place gets packed after 9pm so be sure to make a reservation. fact magazine





Almost any car in Moscow will stop and take you to your destination for the right price. You can get on the street, hail down a car and name your price, these taxis are known as ‘gypsy cabs’. There are official taxis too that hotels can help arrange for you.

METRO The metro is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way of getting around Moscow; you’ll rarely wait three minutes for the next train and a multi-ride ticket will save the hassle of queuing at ticket booths. As a bonus, Moscow’s metro stations are grand attractions in themselves!

ON FOOT If you’re staying in a central location close to Red Square, it might serve you well to put on some comfy walking shoes and head for sightseeing on foot – you might just find some hidden gems on the way!

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GO: Fly to Moscow with Gulf Air, via Bahrain, on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Visit for more information or to book your flight now.


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#Biscotti #restaurant #opening Biscotti Restaurant opened its doors at Millennium Corniche Hotel Abu Dhabi. The restaurant overlooks the Capital Garden and exudes an ambience of warmth and quintessence. Perfect for casual dining or corporate entertainment, Biscotti is a visual feast for the eyes with the luxury of space and elegance. Chill out while sipping your favourite beverage in the Al Fresco Terrace and savour the tastes of fresh salads, perfect pastas and risottos, and freshly-made pizzas straight from the oven. 44. fact magazine

Art connoisseurs get ready for the 6th edition of Abu Dhabi Art this month. Taking place at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the 2014 occasion will offer a multidisciplinary experience, combining an art fair with public talks, workshops and more hands-on events. FACT has a sneak peek into some of the art works set to go on display‌

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01. NARGESS HASHEMI Carpet, 2014, Pen on Graph Paper.

02. NARGESS HASHEMI Carpet, 2014, Pen on Graph Paper.



Approaching the Mirador, Acrylic on canvas.

04. SAMIA HALABY ‘One or Two Pink’, Oil on linen canvas.

05. Angela bulloch Single Ice, Glacier white pixel box with black box and cables.


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06. Aisha khalid Wound is a place where light enters you.

07. Etel adnan 06

Untitled, 2014, Oil on canvas.



08. mona hatoum Vancanze Romane, 8 Vespa Piaggio.

09. Aisha khalid Unfold your own myth, Gouache on wasli paper.

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Trial No.92; A date with Spring.

11. damien hirst Methylymidine, 3 - Silkscreen print with diamond dust.



12. Damien hirst Methylamine, 13c - Silkscreen print with diamond dust.

13. REZA DERAKSHANI Hunting Silver, hunting gold, mixed media on canvas.


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14. MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO Two less one, Glided Wood Mirror.

15. MOATAZ NASR Nesr, Matches on wood, plexigals.

16. hassan sharif Copper 4, Copper wire and Copper tube.

17. Anish kapoor Untitled, stainless and lacquer.

18. hassan sharif Spoons No.3, spoons, papier-marche, cotton rope and acrylic.


19. Sherrie levine Alligator, bronze, courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

20. CHRISTIAN TRIEBSCH Pleroma, Gold leaf, Gold colour, Gold emulsion on canvas. 20

21. ETEL ADNAN San Gimignano 1, Black Resin alabaster metal.

22. MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO Vortice - dittico, black and silver mirror, glided wood.


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#Emirates #Palace #Spa #opening Members of the media were treated to a sneak peek of the brand-new spa at Emirates Palace. Visitors can expect the royal treatment at a new spa that ‎brings worldrenowned brands to the capital. With a full range of treatments for men and women that combine precious elements such as gold, diamonds, and caviar with ancient spa traditions like the Moroccan Hammam, EXPECT A truly palatial spa experience.

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Collective Chemistry

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With Abu Dhabi Art 2014 taking place this month, galleries around the city are embarking on their very own artistic adventures. One such place is Salwa Zeidan Gallery located in The Collection at Saadiyat Island. FACT caught up with Executive Manager Vanja Rontini to learn more about the new exhibition dubbed Collective Chemistry: Selection of artists from the gallery collection…

Hi Vanja! Tell us a little more about this collective exhibition… Our show Collective Chemistry will try to explore the invisible connections present within the art world: colours that melt together, art expressions that complete each other and ideas that form harmonious unities. Our idea was to create a collective exhibition that will feature around 20 artworks, part of them coming from our gallery’s private collection. As we are opening this event just before Abu Dhabi Art, we hope to add one more successful event to the rich cultural life of the capital in the days surrounding the Fair. The idea is to put some of our wellestablished artists under one roof: Zhuang Hong Yi, Richard Orlinski, Emmanuel 52. fact magazine

Guiragossian, Reza Derakshani, Adel El Siwi, Sabhan Adam, Salwa Zeidan, Katya Traboulsi, Mandy Kunze, Nives Widauer to name few. Some of the private collection pieces by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Jukhee Kwon will also be on display. Why do you think events like Abu Dhabi Art are good for the city?   Abu Dhabi Art has grown significantly during the past years. It operates on stable

“ I believe Abu Dhabi can soon make a notable impact within the global art market”

financial and managing grounds and so far it has built many long-term relationships with high-profile local and world galleries. I believe that following this path and continuing to enrich its programme every year, it is set to attract the world’s best galleries and further enforce its influence within the global art market. This, in turn, sheds a great light on the city and its growing attractions. We see more and more tourists coming every year, and Abu Dhabi increasingly becoming the “future art centre” everyone’s talking about. Together with the ambitious Saadiyat Cultural District, I believe Abu Dhabi can soon make a notable impact within the global art market - and this is something that Abu Dhabi Art is certainly a part of.

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso What can people expect to see at this collective show? Our idea was to try and add more value to the week surrounding Abu Dhabi Art and give the possibility for the Fair audience to enjoy some high-quality work outside the Fair’s walls. Being in close proximity of Manarat Al Saadiyat and inside the St. Regis Hotel, we invite everyone to pay us a visit, join the opening and add a new experience to their stay in Abu Dhabi maybe even buy some new art pieces for their collections! Why is it important for UAE art galleries to collaborate with international artists? I believe this form of collaboration can bring many benefits for the long run. By giving more exposure to international artists, you give the audience important possibility to introduce themselves with new styles and influences, and get a fresh perspective on the newest developments in the art market. This year within our booth in Abu Dhabi Art we decided to put emphasis on both local and international art. We believe in always giving the audience new things to discover, and I think that Abu Dhabi Art is doing the same with each passing year. What do you hope to achieve from this month-long exhibit? Primarily our intention is to make an interesting, high-quality show. We want to give exposure to the artists that are mostly not present in the UAE art market, and make their work available to the art lovers. Our idea was also to make sort of an extension of our booth at Abu Dhabi Art, thus making two separate places to showcase our pieces. We wanted to make the most of this opportunity during Abu Dhabi Art to showcase our gallery’s traits and unique identity, and hopefully further expanding our reach and status worldwide.


Collective Chemistry runs at Salwa Zeidan Gallery until December 14. Visit www. salwazeidangallery. com for more information.

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Big Screen

The Imitation Game

What’s it about:

Set during the darkest days of World War II, this is a British biopic of mathematician and WWII code breaker Alan Turing. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the nail-biting story follows Turing and his team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, as work relentlessly to decrypt enemy communication.

Director: Morten Tyldum Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance. Why it’s worth watching? Let’s not forget that Alan Turing is a pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code, and whose genius saved thousands of lives during WWII. But, Turing lived a troubled life with just as many personal tragedies to go alongside his professional triumphs. It’s this life of alienating others and repeatedly clashing with bosses that Norwegian director Morten Tyldum renders with such accuracy and taste. All the ups and downs of Turing’s life arrive right on schedule in a plot that’s so well told that audiences will be drawn into its manipulation without question. Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance will definitely get even the most highbrow of critics talking. The Imitation Game is compelling from start to finish and we’re convinced it both looks and feels like another serious awards season contender.

Highlights “Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance will definitely get even the most highbrow of critics talking” “The Imitation Game is compelling from start to finish and we’re convinced it both looks and feels like another serious awards season contender.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 What’s it about: Katniss Everdeen and her most trusted friends are back and this time they’re hold up in District 13 as rebels. After Katniss and a few others were extracted from the Quarter Quell, where Peeta was left behind under control of The Capitol, her courage and fight for justice is called upon by those who want to help overthrow the cruel ruling President Snow.

“…though we love that the final part has been split into two films, there’s a sense of underwhelming from the trailer…” Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks. Why it’s worth watching? Though we love that the final part has been split into two films, we’re slightly underwhelmed by the trailer which screams ‘predictable’. Don’t get us wrong, we’re pretty big into the world of The Hunger Games, but now that the initial suspense, of being a tribute and getting thrown into a world where it’s kill or be killed, is over we’re finding it hard to get excited. Here’s hoping that Katniss and her new-found rebel family will bring just as much assault, emotion and drama to the film as audiences expect.

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Fully Booked


What If? - Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions By Randall Munroe



By Calvin Harris

In the world of modern-day music,

it’s becoming rather difficult for artists to retain their signature sound without being too generic. This is, however, not the case with Calvin Harris. Enter Motion, a 15-track record that has, so far, produced a string of hits for the Scottish Producer/DJ. Yes, Calvin Harris seems to be on a bit of a roll. And after 2014’s massive hit Summer, it seems this will be a banner year for one of dance music’s finest. We’re loving the instrumental rave-house track Slow Acid, packed with mid-tempo energetic beats and pulsating jolts of a prodigy-like, high-pitched “Wooo!” in the vocals. Where he really wins is with the visuals for this song (if you haven’t already, go and watch the video on YouTube now!). And it’s no secret that Calvin Harris has earned himself major music credentials these last few years - this only gets better on Motion. Perhaps the most anticipated track on the LP is Together, which features Gwen Stefani on vocals, and then there’s Outside with Ellie Goulding (his phone contact list must be every guy’s dream). Blame is another standout, a more fuller and structurally rounded track – maybe this is a new era for Calvin Harris.

Sonic Highway

By Foo Fighters This album had thousands of reviews months before its release date – how, we hear you ask? The honest answer is, we don’t know, because the Foo Fighters didn’t release a single track in the months leading up to the album release. BUT, does that matter? The obvious answer is no, it doesn’t! It’s the hardcore, loyal fans that built up such a hype for this eight-track record (and we’re not surprised, the Foo Fighters are awesome) without having even the slightest idea of what it sounds like! Now that’s a fandom you don’t want to mess with. Just like these hundreds of thousands of eagerly awaiting music minions, we too were unable to get a real glimpse of Sonic Highway, BUT, let’s be honest, the Foo Fighters wound up being the one band to survive the 90s alt-rock explosion unscathed, and we’re sure that their eighth studio album is going to bring them crazy amounts of success.

Ponder the hypothetical with the creator of the widely popular web comic – xkcd; Randal Munroe. He answers the fuzzy and strange questions put forth by his fans, ranging from unusual to out-and-out diabolical. Questions like, What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? Or horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. These weird and wacky questions are met with Munroe’s well-researched answers. He’s come up with a magnum opus, including never-before-answered questions with a spoon of wit and information!



By David Nicholls

“…let’s be honest, the Foo Fighters wound up being the one band to survive the 90s alt-rock explosion unscathed…”

The story of Douglas Petersen deals with middle-age, relationships, parenthood and youth. Douglas’s wife Connie decides to leave him as she falls out of love with her husband, and begins to comprehend that fact that their son is all set to leave for college after the summer holidays. The family embark on their last vacation together – a trip around Europe – where marriage issues, parenting challenges, and personal relationships are tackled. A heartfelt read!

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#The #Toast #America’s #Festival Crowds in Abu Dhabi turned out for a fun-filled weekend at The Abu Dhabi City Golf Club. Visitor’s celebrated all aspects of American, Canadian, and South American culture, food, drink and traditions. Alongside BBQ, Texan Smoked Brisket, Mexican Canteen, Rib Hut and food stalls, Harley Davidson revealed one of its latest machines ready to take to the road. 56. fact magazine

Rolls Royce Ghost Series II

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when Rolls-Royce want you to experience their cars, they want you to experience the whole shebang – a business class flight to London, a room at the Shangri-La in the Shard, dinner at the Savoy, and a glorious journey through the English countryside.

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So what’s new about the GHOST Series II? Design-wise, very little, as Rolls-Royce feel that their current creation is already as good as it can be, and only minor changes were required to freshen up the new model. They wouldn’t be wrong in thinking this way, as the Ghost has been the driving force behind a huge increase in total units sold for the brand worldwide, since it was first released back in 2009. However, the Series II does now feature the same impressive satellite-guided gearbox that was featured for the first time in the Wraith. This gearbox is fed information from the Sat-Nav to predict upcoming road types, such as motorway, country lane and twisting mountain road, and calibrates the gearbox for optimum performance on that particular type of road. Does it make a difference? We couldn’t tell you, as the technology is not about speed or power, but more about smoothness and refinement. Therefore, if you’ve noticed any

change, the system has failed to do its job. We noticed nothing! Billed as “a less formal, more contemporary and dynamic expression of Rolls-Royce luxury”, the Ghost represents the driver’s alternative to the Phantom, which is most often chauffer driven. Having driven both we can definitely say that the Ghost is less formidable than the Phantom, being smaller in most dimensions, and therefore more manageable. We say ‘less formidable’, as the Ghost is still no compact car. At well over 17 feet long and almost six-and-a-half feet wide, it’s still bigger than other premium luxury

Powering the Ghost is Rolls Royce’s monstrous 6.6l twinturbo V12, which puts out almost 600hp and 780Nm of torque…

barges like the S Class, A8 and the XJ. Powering the Ghost is Rolls Royce’s monstrous 6.6l twin-turbo V12, which puts out almost 600hp and 780Nm of torque, so despite weighing around twoand-a-half tonnes (depending on bespoke custom options), it’s still no slouch. It’ll hit 100km/h in just five seconds, and reach a limited top speed of 250km/h. We experienced the full benefit of that incredible Rolls-Royce powertrain on a delightful cruise through the English countryside. The wonderful thing about British country lanes is the scenery. The not-sowonderful thing about them is the traffic. Thankfully, the queue we were stuck in, quickly shortened until there were only three cars in front. We saw a space, weighed our options… and floored it! And something very strange happened. You see, normally, when you plant the accelerator in a high-powered automatic vehicle, several things occur. fact magazine .59

First, there is a pause, as the gears change down several notches to get the revs up and maximise power. Then there is a massive roar from the engine, and with a lot of vibration and drama the car surges forward and after a couple of seconds you’re going very fast. Now go back and delete everything from “First…” to “… drama”, and you begin to get the idea of what the same experience in a Rolls Royce feels like. As I pulled out and floored it, I noticed in the distance a bus coming the other way. I was already committed, and felt there was enough room. A high-pitched squeal from the passenger seat indicated that my co-driver did not agree. However, about two seconds later we were back in our lane with room to spare, and I was left wondering what the hell had just happened! You see, there was no pause; there was no roar, and certainly no drama. I’d pulled out, the car had simply, silently, and instantly surged forward with unbelievable pace, and glided back into the left hand lane before I’d even had time to ponder whether it was a 60. fact magazine

A tour of the factory in Goodwood revealed an incredible host of craftsmen, engineers and experts that come together to create a Rolls-Royce vehicle. good idea or not. It was all just so… effortless! It was truly the strangest sensation, or lack thereof. And this is exactly what the Rolls-Royce Ghost, or any Rolls-Royce for that matter, is all about. It’s not about action and drama; it’s about luxury. Nothing else. Just pure, unadulterated luxury. They say that Rolls-Royces are all hand built to ensure the absolute highest levels of craftsmanship, but that’s just half the truth. The reality is that each and every car is made to order, and therefore no two Rolls-Royces are alike. Each one is a work of art, and each owner is considered part of the family. As I said, a Rolls-Royce isn’t just a car, but a way of life, and I’m glad that I was able to experience that way of life!

MOTORING It’s not about action and drama; it’s about luxury. Nothing else. Just pure, unadulterated luxury.

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#abudhabi #film #festival Carrying the theme ‘A World of Stories’ – the 8th edition of Abu Dhabi Film Festival lit up the city with red carpet events, film screenings, one-on-one talks and workshops, and celebrity appearances from the wonderful world of film. Established and upcoming filmmakers from the all over the world visited the prestigious annual event held across various venues in the capital. 62. fact magazine

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The Grand Cherokee SRT is a car with a sinister alter ego. What it sacrifices in offroad capability it replaces with utter lunacy – a no-holdsbarred American muscle car disguised as a family SUV! 64. fact magazine

Despite Jeep’s illustrious off-road history, the Grand Cherokee SRT is really designed as a street machine. Granted, it does have far more ground clearance that your average muscle car, but those shiny alloys and that big front splitter rule it out for anything more extreme than a gravel track, though they do serve to make this car look absolutely superb. In addition, the Selec-Trac all-wheel drive system as featured on the SRT doesn’t have the rock, gravel or mud settings that the standard Grand Cherokee has, but tellingly it does have two settings that the normal one doesn’t have, and those are Sport and Track. Even more tellingly, it also has a very unmistakeable launch control button, featuring an icon based on drag strip starting lights. All signs point to the SRT being built solely for the tarmac, but the real truth is in the name – Street Racing Technology. So how does it fare?

Well, the excitement starts when you push the ignition switch and hear that delicious 6.4l V8 rumble to life. We fully predict that the first journey this car makes whenever someone gets into it for the first time is to a quiet, straight stretch of road, where that launch control will be put to the test. It was definitely the case on this particular review! To give you an idea of what came next, I’ll tell you that the 6.4l V8 puts out 470hp and 624Nm of torque. This means a 0-100km/h of just 4.9 seconds. 4.9! It’s absolutely insane.

That’s faster than the V8 Cayenne GTS. The Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 M and the Mercedes ML 63 AMG all do it in 4.7 seconds, but here’s the rub – the Grand Cherokee SRT costs around half of the cheapest of this premium line-up! There is simply no other sports SUV that gives you this kind of performance for this kind of money. The Jeep doesn’t match the Cayenne in terms of agility – you do feel like you’re in a two-tonne SUV – but having said that the Selec-Trac system does an incredible job of hauling the Grand Cherokee SRT around corners. There is some tyre squeal, but you

can corner and change the direction of this big SUV with amazing agility and accuracy. However, I can’t help but feel that it would have benefitted greatly from a hydraulic suspension that lowered the centre of gravity a couple of inches when you really want to throw it around. Inside, the interior really does the exterior justice. A premium vibe is given off by the abundance of padded leather surfaces, carbon fibre panels with chrome finishing, and even a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter. Aside from the gear shifter, there are also paddle shifters on the steering wheel, further enhancing the car’s performance credentials. Then there’s the impressive list of standard features – you name it, the SRT’s got it: Adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, in-built hard disc drive, Sat-Nav, air-conditioned seats… the list goes on. A real bonus is the very cool SRT software displayed on the 7-inch TFT infotainment screen. On this, you’ll find gauges for 0-60 and quarter mile times, g-force indicators and more track-based gadgetry that is loads of fun to play with. So, what is the purpose of this vehicle? Is it simply an oversized and overweight muscle car, or is it a viable mean machine for track, street and mud? Well, the truth is that you’d have to take mud out of that last question, but after only a short while driving it, all doubts are dispelled as to this machine’s true purpose. It is simply being utterly bad-ass! fact magazine .65

F1 Season Review


Championship Season Review As Abu Dhabi prepares to host the final race in what has been a highly interesting and controversial season, we take a look back at all the action that has taken place so far…


he majority of the 2014 Formula One Championship season has been defined by the engine rule changes that saw the introduction of highly complex hybrid V6 engines which many teams struggled desperately to come to terms with. It was Mercedes that clearly gained most from the new rules, with the Mercedes drivers utterly dominating the season with pole-to-finish wins, and often lapping almost every other driver in the field in the process. However, that’s not to say that it has been plain sailing for Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, as technical failures and an increasingly heated rivalry came to a head in the Belgian GP, when the two drivers clashed in a move by Rosberg seen as highly controversial which put Hamilton out of the race and allowed Daniel Ricciardo to steal the win. And it has been the Mercedes-powered F1 teams that have also clearly dominated the season, with teams running Mercedes engines holding three out of the top five spots in the Constructor’s Championship, and drivers powered by Mercedes engines holding seven out of the top ten spots in the Driver’s Championship. 66. fact magazine

But again, it hasn’t all been roses for Mercedes, as a hugely impressive season for Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, powered by a Reanult engine, has seen him steal three well-deserved wins and seven podiums overall, completely overshadowing his teammate and four-time World-Champion Sebastian Vettel and earning himself the third spot on the table as of now. Behind him, Valteri Bottas, driving for the Mercedes-powered Williams F1, has also had a tremendous season, and is close enough to Ricciardo to potentially steal the third spot, although given Ricciardo’s almost flawless form this season it’s a long

shot for Bottas. At the time of writing, we still have the three races of November to go – the US GP, the Brazilian GP and the grand finale in Abu Dhabi. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the season will be a battle to the end between the two Mercedes drivers, and then a battle for third between the rest. Hamilton is now so far in front, almost a hundred points at the time of writing, that Ricciardo would have to take first place in all three races with Hamilton and Rosberg not taking points in any of them for him to steal the championship. We predict a comfortable third spot for Ricciardo, but what will happen between

the two Mercedes drivers is anyone’s guess. As the competition has become more heated, we’ve seen increasingly aggressive and desperate moves by Rosberg who is clearly hungry to win himself a first Championship title, and it’s so close he can almost taste it. Will technical difficulties hamper any drivers, or will they collide again as the temptation of the Championship title hangs tantalisingly over both of them? ? At this stage, we really couldn’t tell you, but we can’t wait to find out See you all at Yas Marina Circuit at the Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23rd! fact magazine .67


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about the after party That’s right, F1 weekend is just as much about the after-parties as it is about the actual race THIS YEAR, The Podium Lounge at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is bringing some serious entertainment game to f1 weekend

i 01.Dirty Vegas 02.Yas Viceroy 03. Freddie Hunt 04.Rudimental 05.Fashion Circuit 06.Miles Slater 07.Patrick Oliver 08. D’ora Tokai 09.Sister Bliss 10. The Podium Lounge

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nown for hosting some of the most glamorous party nights during F1, The Podium Lounge has become a favourite spot to see and be seen during the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. The venue’s Marina Wing rooftop will burst into life each night during F1 weekend bringing some of the world’s hottest performers to the city. The party will run across the four nights of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 November, from 10pm till 5am), with Smokingroove and Patrick Oliver headlining on opening night – Thursday; Electronica star Sister Bliss (one of the founding members of Faithless) playing a DJ set on Friday; and Grammy award-winning dance duo Dirty Vegas entertaining the crowd on Saturday. To top off the exciting weekend Brit Award winners Rudimental will headline on race night, Sunday November 23. Resident Podium Lounge DJs Miles Slater (music director of premier private-members club Boujis) and Patrick Oliver (famed for his two year residency at Pangaea, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore) will be on the decks throughout the weekend alongside the celebrity DJs and live performers. As well as the after parties, The Podium Lounge will play host to a number of exciting and unique events. Freddie Hunt is a Guest Host of The Podium Lounge and will be making a heart-warming tribute to his father, F1 Racing Legend James Hunt, whose fierce rivalry with Nicki Lauda was the focus of the 2013 Formula 1 biopic Rush. From the pit lane to the poolside, the excitement continues as D’Ora Tokai presents ‘The Fashion Circuit’ – an exclusive showcase featuring personalised couture garments and accessories aimed at bringing Monaco’s style to the world. And, for the first time and in collaboration with The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, The Podium Lounge has created ROKU, an exquisite three-course table d’hôte Race Dinner, offering a delectable taste of Japan from 7pm to 10pm (Thursday thru Sunday). There will also be a silent auction of authenticated and exceptionally rare F1 Memorabilia including a signed and framed photo of triple Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, a Fernando Alonso signed race shoe framed with a custom matboard, a Michael Schumacher hand-signed full size Ferrari Race Suit, seven times Formula 1 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel signed race glove, Lewis Hamilton signed 20 x 30 inch photo, very special Andy Warhol and Nicki Lauda items, and a Formula 1 race helmet signed by all of the drivers of the 2013 season. General Admission passes range from AED350 net on Thursday November 20 to AED850 net on Sunday November 23. VIP Tables range from AED6,000 net for four people to AED49,000 net for a VVIP Table for 20 people (which includes a meet & greet with the celebrities and performers in attendance on Race Night).

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The Future of Motorsports Kids across the region, and indeed the world, are being given an insightful look into the world of motorsports through ‘F1 in Schools’. The Yas Marina Circuit isn’t just about Formula One. It has three pillars of operation – health and fitness, education and community, and of course, motorsports. And a highlight of their education and community activities is the F1 in Schools programme, which is running alongside the Abu Dhabi GP. F1 in Schools is a global non-profit initiative run in cooperation with Formula One Management. It’s committed to teaching children the various aspects of project management, and instilling in them an early interest in 70. fact magazine

motorsports and F1 in general. “It has been running for over ten years, and in the UAE for five years. We started with around ten teams in the first year, but in the last national event, for all the schools around the UAE we had 66 teams!” explains Abdullah Yousef Al Shammari, the YAS Community Manager. Under the programme, groups of up to six school children create teams, design promotional and marketing material, create a budget, secure sponsorship and then build a car. The car, which is a scale model

powered by compressed air, competes with cars from other teams on a specially-built straight-line track. The teams allocate roles such as team manager, design engineer and graphic designer. Students must also create supporting documentation such as a project plan, brochures and so on. “Some of the kids have been taking part for three to four years, and they’ve really learned a lot along the way, and it has become so advanced that these kids really impress everyone with their professional approach and achievements,” adds Abdullah. It’s an incredible learning experience for students, as the skills they learn do not just apply to motorsports, but to all areas of business and industry. GO: To find out more, log on to www.



Rock-Hard Ricciardo!

We were lucky enough to grab a quick chat with Red Bull’s new young hot shot Daniel Ricciardo (pronounced ‘ri-kardo’) ahead of last month’s Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, where he beat team-mate Vettel to take an impressive fourth place, after starting in 13th on the grid due to a 10-position penalty…

How are you getting used to all the new media attention? “It’s been a lot easier since Australia, Australia was pretty hectic, there was a lot going on there, but I think you’ve just got to try and go with it, don’t overthink it and try not to burn yourself out with it!” How does it feel to be sitting in the former seat of one of Australia’s most famous racing drivers? “I think it’s really cool. It was obviously a seat that I wanted, and I’d followed Mark from even before Formula One, so it’s quite a privilege to take that seat and now the plan is to run with it and keep it up at the front.”

There are other factors in racing, unfortunately not everything is always in the driver’s control. ”

You’ve risen up through the ranks with Red Bull, so it seemed inevitable that you’d take your place here? “It’s definitely the biggest reward possible with their programme, although World Champion would be nice too! I was 18 when I started in the Red Bull young driver’s programme, in the Formula Renault

2-litre, so yeah that’s their philosophy, to bring us up. Sebastian was obviously the first guy to go from the start to the end, and I’m the second, and it’s obviously the biggest opportunity of my career, and nice to have done it with Red Bull.”

You’ve had a promising start to season, but been let down by unfortunate incidents, which must be kind of frustrating? “Yeah, in the first couple of races the end result has been frustrating, not getting rewarded for having a good weekend, but at the same time I’m not frustrated with my performance, which is a good thing. There are other factors in racing, unfortunately not everything is always in the driver’s control. I’m sure it’ll turn around and I’ll get the points back somehow.” Despite a very tough time in testing, it seems that Red Bull have overcome their reliability and pace problems to have a competitive car once again. It must be quite a relief? “It’s been a big surprise for us, but a good surprise. A month ago, when we were here for testing, it wasn’t looking bright at all, we weren’t expecting to get close to the podium in the first few races. But we’ve done that, so we’ve got a lot of excitement about how the rest of the season’s going to go.” And finally, Ford or Holden? “Holden!”

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Music To Your Ears

The premium-brand Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones instantly stand out thanks to their extremely stylish modern-meetsretro design and eye-catching colours.

Sennheiser is already well known for audio quality, and the brand’s newest headphone offering is no exception; Boasting rich sound performance with a slight bass emphasis. An added bonus is the single detachable cable with in-line remote and microphone compatible with iPhones, meaning you can answer calls without removing the headphones (cool and convenient, right?). On a crowded display stand in an electronic retail giant, our eyes were immediately drawn to these super-stylish headphones. A cool retro design available in an attractive range of colours, including pink, blue and, our favourite, a white/brown combo. Premium materials including soft leather, brushed stainless steel and, most unusually, alcantara, really add to the desirability of these headphones. On-ear headphones can often be heavy and cumbersome, but a clever, minimalist design and lightweight materials, including lovely soft leather for the cans, make these ones super comfy to wear, whilst still providing high-quality sound. Noise cancellation is good, and audio is loud, crisp and clear. While these headphones are a touch above average on the price range at AED800 or thereabouts, they’re still cheaper than a set of Beats, and, in our opinion, far superior in both style and quality!


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

LEISURE/GUIDE Abu Dhabi Events (Android & iOS)

Launched by the TCA this is the first mobile app for the popular website www., and much like the online resource, the app will bring all the events taking place in the city, closer to residents and visitors alike. It’s available in Arabic and English, and allows the user to have up-todate event guide of the UAE capital.


With the 2014 Formula One Etihad Airways Grand Prix taking place this month, we thought it fitting to highlight another cool app! YasHUB, launched by Yas Marina Circuit, is a on-stop guide for racegoers, covering all the needto-know info leading up to the race weekend and afterwards too! There’s info on the drivers, teams, the circuit, and the entertainment so you can plan a motorsport and music-filled weekend.

COOKING Camping Recipes (iOS)

In celebration of getting outdoors this month, this is the perfect app for anyone taking a trip into the UAE desert, the mountains of the Emirates, or even a road trip to our neighbouring nations. You can cook yummy food on the go with delicious and easy outdoor recipes like the 20-minute burger, the baked stuffed fish, and so many more mouthwatering options. Don’t forget to pack all the right tools!

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Health and Wellbeing

At Yas

Yas Marina Circuit strengthened its commitment to health and wellbeing in Abu Dhabi last month with two special fitness events. First off was a special one-off version of GoYAS, the circuit’s female-only community health and fitness initiative. Circuits on the Circuit, a special initiative from Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, in association with Family Development Foundation and Activelife by Daman, was dedicated to helping in the fight against breast cancer, with over 700 ladies being put through their paces to raise money for the worthy cause. Women were also offered free breast screening tests and educational information on health. Next up was the first ever Middle East edition of Urbanathlon, one of the world’s hardest and most exhilarating urban athletic challenges, with a trip to Urbanathlon in the USA up for grabs for the winner. The race has taken place in over 25 cities across 6 continents, and Abu Dhabi is the latest addition to the global roster adding yet another world-class, innovative initiative to the Yas Marina Circuit’s already impressive health and fitness portfolio.

Impressive New Service From Toyota Toyota, along with its premium motoring brand Lexus, has launched the revolutionary smartphone based service application called T-Connect, an interactive telematics services. T-Connect, which will be available through a smartphone app, offers 24X7 services, all year round, at any location; in the car, in a taxi or even when walking. Its navigation feature offers hasslefree turn by turn directions as it provides up to five 74.

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colour-coordinated optional routes based on shortest distance, best route, main road and alternative routes for the user to choose from, as well as the bilingual operator service in English and Arabic. A dedicated

customer service team is available at all times to help the customers find their choice of dinning, shopping or recreational destinations. The application offers many other services such as off-road tracking which traces the path of the user’s vehicle as they travel, enabling them to make the return trip by simply retracing their route. T-Connect is available for all new Toyota customers free of charge for the first year. However, owners of older Toyota vehicles and other motorists can also benefit from the application which is available on Apple Store for all iOS users and on for Android users.

All New Lincoln MKC Leads The Way in Technology The all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle was the ‘Official Smart Car of GITEX 2014’ and automotive centerpiece of the region’s premier technology trade show that took place in Dubai last month. Keeping true to the Lincoln brand promise, the Lincoln MKC follows the MKZ sedan to become the second allnew Lincoln product in two years. The Middle East region can look forward to continued innovation in the Lincoln product line, with the refreshed Lincoln Navigator full-size SUV just around the corner, and the all-new Lincoln MKX luxury crossover expected by 2016. “The MKC is Lincoln’s compelling offer in the fast-growing small premium utility segment where we see a lot of

demand,” said Matt VanDyke, Global Lincoln director, while speaking at the Lincoln press conference on the show’s opening day. “This segment has grown globally by 25 percent since 2012 and by more than 200 percent since 2009, representing a phenomenal opportunity for Lincoln. “This growth is being driven by new luxury buyers who are trading up, as well as by current luxury owners who are moving from larger vehicles to smaller ones as their lifestyles and priorities change,” he explained. “We believe the all-new Lincoln MKC will appeal to all these customers, especially here in the Middle East.” Lincoln’s tie-up with GITEX is into its second consecutive year, with the Lincoln MKC building on the successful launch of the Lincoln MKZ sedan at GITEX 2013. fact magazine .75


#Etoile #Laboutique #opening Etoile “La boutique” celebrated the opening and previewed the Fall/Winter 2014 collection in the The Galleria on Al Maryah Island. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed dressing up models in outfits of their choice, while indulging in delicious canapés, cotton candy, cool cocktails and taking the time to snap pictures at the Etoile “La boutique” photo booth as a token of their eventful evening. 76. fact magazine

strut with pull &bear

Dress casually and feel comfortable with Pull & Bear’s Autumn-Winter 2014-15 collection. The campaign flaunts apparel for the chilly season, featuring original textures and references to iconic decades across the women’s collection, while attires for men comprise outdoor, street and sport influences.

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Take a spin around Fårö, the Swedish island where filmmaker Ingmar Bergman lived. The location was apt for the campaign, with natural sets like typical fishermen houses and evocative landscape. The major trends of the season inspire the collection, along with echoes of key moments from the 20th Century for women, particularly from 1960s to 1990s


Modernised with an urban touch, the men’s collection is inspired by outdoor environments, with diverse materials often mixed in a single garment and the street looks are combined with sportier styles. Beat the cold with the brand’s urban edged waistcoats or canvas aviator jackets in contrasting materials; in fleece lining mixed with nylon, or denim with leather. 78. fact magazine

Play with your look by mixing a technical winter coat with comforting jogging chinos? Sounds different, but will look tasteful! The collection offers running shoes; which are prominent in this line, sharing the spotlight with mountain boots and thick rubber soles. Season essentials aren’t forgotten, such as rubberised parkas in bright colours. As for prints, there are ethnic geometric patterns, as well as

small all-over prints. The colour palette includes reds, burgundies and mustards, as well as classic blacks and whites.


With technical fabrics like neoprene and quilting, this line features innovative textures with

sophisticated finishes and prints. The sixties inspired preppy youthful lines with straight cuts or the seventies style bohemian looks with flowing dresses, rustic fabrics and handmade details; both have generous cocoon silhouettes and structured materials, which make the outfit mod! Prints feature natural elements like water-colours, blots or photographs of large flowers and leopard and snake skins. The tie-shaped or Africaninspired geometric patterns look extremely classy and the texts with evoking advertising slogans are trendy for casual wear. A-line dresses, pleats, culottes and aviator and bomber jackets are key garments, as well as looks that combine the same prints on top and bottom.

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Giving new meaning to womanly allure, with dusky hues and comfy wrap overs, get the season’s most feminine and most flattering fashion pieces now. Stradivarius Funky designed boots in autumnal hues go well with a pair of skinny jeans.

Debenhams Shoulder-detailing on black tops makes for a lovely evening piece.

H&M Add sparkle to your style with a pair of silver earrings.

BHS Newlook

Standout in the crowd with a an elegant midi this season.

Metallic-touches on skirts will give your outfit an edge.

H&M Add texture to your look with grid-style designs.

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Fair & Sqaure

New look Scarves are the new ‘it’ accessory, and we just love the print on this one!

Next Checked t-shirts make for a great pairing with jeans.

TOPMAN An all-over chequered blazer adds sophistication to your day look.

New look Add a sporty look to your outfit with trendy checked caps.

new look Checked shirts make for comfortable and casual style always.

BershkaPOR Ditch everyday work loafers for cool sophisticated sneaker-style shoes.

Forget about old grandpa sweaters, this season’s must-haves are super simple and oh so stylish. Wrap up with trendy grid-print pieces.

Next Take shade in a cool cap and step up your casual daily look.

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An Artistic Love Affair


urating art for Annada scarves is one of the most enjoyable part” says Nada Alawi who is the Founder and Creative Director of the brand. Nada has the tough job of selecting the art pieces which go on the scarf and the selection process is a tedious affair, “ I sit with my creative team and select a palette, based on that we select the art pieces which we receive from renowned local artists” explains Nada. She finds the collaboration with these artists a complete pleasure and honour. Renowned local artist Abbas Almosawi was the artist of Annada’s very first scarf, titled ‘The Secret Garden’. “The Secret Garden is a timeless piece which depicts floral patterns of the 17th Century Persian carpet, it shows the

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Sibling duo, Nada and Noor Alawi ventured into the world of fashion three years ago with the sole motive of Celebrating Art through Fashion. Trying to reinvent a classic accessory, they created the brand ‘Annada’; where beautiful art pieces are replicated on a scarf and stocked at Saks Fifth Avenue. Pallavi Ramesh had a quick tête-à-tête with the gorgeous ladies behind the brand.

“Every scarf created at Annada has four elements; art, fashion, romance;which is in the story and gifting; the way we package each piece. - Nada Alawi

withering of the carpet due to age,” explains Noor. As co-founder of the brand she is in charge of the operational and production side of the business. “Annada believes in the best quality, so we make sure that all our scarves are 100 per cent silk, there is hand hemming at all the ends and the signature of the artist is always on the scarf, because the concept is wearable art,” Noor tells us. With the launch of Annada’s Volume 5.1, they introduce new elements into the collection: “We are presenting a new fabric into our collection, which is cashmere and to follow after will be wool and cotton,” reveals Nada. The duo believes that the fabric should be such, that it beautifies the skin and is extremely comfortable. Making the conversation a little witty, we popped a fun question to both Nada and Noor. If you were a pattern on a scarf what would you be? Intrigued and put on the spot, Nada went first: “I feel I interchange or rather switch a lot, today I want to be a

flower but tomorrow I may feel like words or something more contemporary.” Noor excitedly says: “I love colours! As long as the colours are attractive and vibrant, I would like to be a pattern created by a group of colours.” Nada and Noor have displayed their brand ‘Annada’ at, Paris fashion week, Fashion Forward Dubai andmany other luxury exhibitions. They are very wellestablished in the GCC, Germany, Czech Republic and are next venturing in to China. We think fashion world domination and we couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds for these ladies – good luck!

GO: Check out the vivacious scarf collection and corresponding artworks of Annada on www.annadaonline. com. Budding and rookie artists can upload their art pieces on the website which will be viewed by Nada and the creative team when they select artworks for their next collection. Email info@ for orders and queries. fact magazine .85


Touch of beauty For all you beauty queens out there… FACT has your makeup needs covered this season from top to toe.

Perfect Pout Get camera-ready as Bourjois promises a dazzling smile for hours with its new ‘Rouge Edition 12 hours’. The formula enriched with colour-fixing silk powders, holds your lipstick for 12 hours without retouching, keeping your radiant smile on throughout the day. The stylish range consists of eight high-trend shades, including reds, nudes, plums and more. Relaxing Ritual Unwind and restore with the new range of products introduced by L’Occitane – The Aromachologie. The range consists of two lines of body care products; Relaxing and Revitalising, made with naturally derived ingredients. The revitalising ritual with 100% natural scent combines five essential oils from the Mediterranean, which includes the Revitalising rill-on, Body Scrub and Shower Gel.

Luscious Lips Sephora introduces its latest innovation; the ultimate oil-in-gel lipstick remover that works tirelessly to combat dry and rough lips. Lipstick is stubborn sometimes, but this easy-to-use product eliminates traces of make-up while also moisturising the lips. Apply evenly to your lips and leave it on for 30 seconds, Voila! You’re lipstick-free. 86. fact magazine

So, are you ready to – SAY CHEESE?

Spirited Scent Lively, energetic and totally joyful; this sums up Jo Malone’s Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne. The mineral scent of the rugged cliffs mingle with the woody earthiness of sage to produce the most fresh fragrance that lingers on you till the day ends. Make people swoon, with just the right amount of the scent on your pulse points.

Hair Heaven Adorn your hair with Gueralin’s delicate and refined hair mist. An olfactory variation, in which the cherry note flirts with the blackcurrant and fresh flowers over a base of silky white musk and white amber. You’ll be piercing hearts and turning heads as you let down your hair and walk with confidence to impress!

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Culinary Extraordinaire

He’s a self-taught baker, he presents two television shows, and he’s an ambassador for Taste of Abu Dhabi – did we mention he’s only 18? That’s right, Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi is one of the most talked-about young Emirati chefs in the country, and FACT caught up with the talented man to learn more about his passion for food…

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Hi Bader! Describe the food scene in Abu Dhabi… The UAE is currently turning into one of the biggest pit-stops for food. Chefs, restaurants, and entrepreneurs from all around the world are coming to open up a restaurant here. Nowadays, almost every cuisine internationally can be found in the city. Food itself is starting to become more appreciated day by day. Tell us more about your cooking style and how you keep the Emirati heritage alive in your food… When it comes to cooking, I lean towards desserts more than main courses. I pick up recipes from different sources, learn their basics and techniques, then mix them up to make up something new and exotic. And when it comes to the Emirati heritage, I sometimes like to use traditional ingredients such as saffron and dates and add them to my modern ingredients to create fusions. Where did the journey into baking begin? I was around 13-14 years old when I started getting into baking. All I remember is that I was helping my mother bake a cake for a gathering. That’s where it all started. Have you faced any challenges being a young Emirati chef? People criticised me for being an Emirati guy who’s in the kitchen. Many saw it as a shame to culture. Although I felt like giving up, I realised that I had many people supporting me, and I did not want to let them down. So, I kept going and started opening people’s eyes to the fact that no hobby, dream, or career is restricted to a certain gender. What is it that you love about food and cooking professionally? It fascinates me how when different ingredients are

combined, something beautiful comes out of it. Also, good food brings people together. I also love how food makes you feel, especially when trying different cuisines! What’s it like being on TV and sharing your passion for food with the whole nation? At first, standing in front of the camera was nervewracking (there is proof on film as well, haha!). As the days went on, I started loving it. I also enjoy proving to people who doubted me that I’ve not failed, and that I’m still growing. I love teaching people and also learning from their experiences. Therefore, aside from my TV shows, I host my own Youtube channel which is very personal to me because it’s like a one-on-one class with my followers. I film, edit, perform, and publish the videos myself. I get to be who I am on there. Who are your foodie inspirations? I love the judges on Masterchef Australia, as well as Gordon Ramsey, Buddy Valastro, Duff Goldman, and Jamie Oliver. What’s your favourite thing to cook, and what’s your favourite food to eat? It’s hard to pick a favorite, so all I can say is that love baking French pate choux with crème patisserie. And when it comes to eating, I absolutely LOVE Mexican quesadillas! What’s your advice for other young Emirati chefs… Never doubt yourself, and age is never a restriction to start achieving your dreams. You’ve accomplished so much for being only 18 (congrats!) what are your future goals? (Thanks!) I’m currently working on a new TV show, and the theme is something that I’ve never done before! I’m also planning to attend a part-time culinary school to get the chef accreditation.

GO: The inaugral Taste of Abu Dhabi food festival will take place at Yas Island’s du Arena on November 6 to 8.

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Chef Carl Moore

The Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi offers the city’s diners tasty food in a casual setting, so it’s no surprise that at lunch and dinner, and even themed nights, the hotel’s restaurant’s are packed with happy foodies. We meet Executive Chef Carl Moore to learn more about his recipe for dining success…

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“It’s comfort food at its best; it’s nothing elaborate, nothing extravagant. It’s just good food, cooked well, with simple flavours that stand out for me.”

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Nothing compares to dining out at a venue that feels homely with a family atmosphere, and at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi you’re going to get just that. Chef Carl Moore has been the Executive Chef here for around two years, and everything from his approach to cooking, to the team he works with, and his welcoming demeanour, all makes us reminisce Sunday roast dinners with the family, and we quickly let Chef Carl in on the memories. “You know what, that’s Holiday Inn,” he says. “That really is Holiday Inn and the atmosphere we’re trying to create. “The atmosphere in the kitchen is also very relaxed; we don’t like shouting, in fact, we’re just like the rest of the hotel – calm and relaxed.” Chef Carl hails from Yorkshire in England, and when he first arrived in Abu Dhabi, some five years ago, he was giving cooking lessons as well as preparing food for VIP dinner parties held by Abu Dhabi’s rich and famous. Today, he oversees the smooth running of all the dining outlets at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, including Lemon Tree, Silk Route Café, Hubbly Bubbly, Stay Fresh Café, and Thirty 1st Bar & Lounge. Knowing that Chef Carl works with such diverse menus, we were excited to see (and taste) his culinary creations. First up on to the table is pan-seared scallops with oyster mushrooms and strawberry gel. What sounds

like an unusual combination of flavours actually tastes fresh, light and delicious. The scallop is cooked to tender perfection and every spoonful is tastier than the last. “This food is what I do,” Chef Carl says. “It’s comfort food at its best; it’s nothing elaborate, nothing extravagant. It’s just good food, cooked well, with simple flavours that stand out for me.” Staying on the path to good food next up is Duck confit with balsamic roast fig, caramelised onion, foie gras, and edamame and fig jus. The presentation is fabulous and each component on the plate complements the duck beautifully. We especially loved the fondant potatoes and the balsamic fig gives the dish a sensational bitter sweet taste. Chef Carl says: “This dish is very autumnal. We marinate the duck for a day or so, add a little garlic, a little thyme, and some sea salt to draw out the flavours. Then we slow cook it for about four hours. “It’s a very bold dish, but you don’t have to do that much to it; it’s just about how you treat the ingredients and how you put it all together that makes it work,” he explains. For dessert we’re treated to a berry mascarpone with red velvet crumbs, and it’s the perfect sweet delight to top off a hearty menu. It’s clear as day that if you want to find a place to call your regular, the type of dining venue where staff become your second family; where variety is plenty ; and where you’ll want to go more than once a month – Chef Carl and his fantastic culinary team have your foodie needs covered at Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi.

GO: Call the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi on +971 2657 4888 for reservations and more information.

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Ushna at Souq Qaryat Al Beri is setting the standards for excellent Indian food in Abu Dhabi with its innovative menu, high quality service and desired location. FACT dined at the venue to see just what makes Ushna a popular dinner experience.

Both inside and outside seating at Ushna is near full on the evening we chose to dine there. This is a good sign and our party of three is all the more eager to feast on, fabulous food (it’s some of the best Indian food in the city, so we’ve heard). Ushna is a large venue with modern, stylish interiors adorned with deep, rich colours and wall décor inspired by Indian culture and heritage. The variety of comfortable seating to choose from is made up of a lively area for casual diners and, what was our favourite, a more intimate, private area decked out with big traditional, swing-style seating (found in a lot of homes in India). The ambience is laid-back though emanates elegance in an unpretentious manner, with friendly and welcoming staff catering to the guests’ requirements. As the weather had started to cool down, we opted for a table on the terrace outside, directly overlooking the stunning Grand Mosque. Our waiter, Ryan, was a breath of fresh air; knowledgeable, attentive and very sociable. He handed us the menu and our first impression was, ‘wow, this is Indian food?’ Ryan explained that Ushna combines classic North Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Intrigued by many of the dishes on offer, we ask him for his recommendations. We begin with a starter sampler of Usmaa Scallops, Dakshin Murgh, and Resha Galouti. The latter of the three was definitely the standout here; delicious shredded lamb patties and seasoned yogurt, smoked with screw

GO: Visist Ushna at Souq Qaryat Al Beri. Call +971 2558 1769 for reservations and more information.

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“ Dessert was a treat. A platter of Gulab Jaman, Kulfi and Gajar Halwa got us all talking about.. ” pine roots, inspired from traditional galouti kebab – simply mouth-watering. Some absolute musts on the menu are the Ushna Tandoor Sampler (the tiger prawns and lamb chops were the winners here), and from the mains you’ve got to have the Gosht Khada Masala, made up of succulent lamb pieces, and the Daab Chingri with its flavourful coconut and mustard gravy – both were delectable with the Kachumber and Dahi Ya Raita as accompaniments. Our dish of the evening was from the Chef ’s Corner. The one and

only Potliwala Murgh – slow-cooked whole spring chicken baked “en croute” with aromatic spices. Amazing is an understatement. The presentation of the dish in a huge pastry cocoon blew us away, but then we tried the chicken and we were left speechless, with only a lot of ‘mmm’ around the table. Delicious! Dessert was a treat. A platter of Gulab Jaman, Kulfi and Gajar Halwa got us all talking about our own adventures in India. Ushna also has a huge selection of premium vino and spirits, albeit a tad pricey, but to complete an impeccable dining experience this place has it all. Food that can evoke good memories is always worth going back for, so it’s no surprise that as we were walking out with our bellies full, there was already talk about the next visit to this beautiful venue.

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Saturday Night Market

The City’s Dinner Club

Hagen-Dazs Heaven

If you’re one of those diners who likes to watch your food being prepared in a vibrant ambience, then you needn’t look any further than Li Jiang’s Saturday Night Market. Every Saturday, guests can experience the lively market setting of this welcoming venue and choose from a huge selection of fresh produce including greens, seafood and meats, as well as selecting their preferred sauce. The talented Chef Sam uses the show kitchen as a culinary stage, preparing your chosen ingredients in a traditional wok while guests take a seat on the front row to watch the master at work. Starting at AED 90++ per person, the market night menu can be paired with a selection of homemade dim sum as an appetiser. We’ve been, and trust us, the food is spectacular, the service great, and the surroundings casual and comfortable for an evening out with your partner, family, and friends.

Foodies in Abu Dhabi who have been pining for an invite to the UAE’s’ most exclusive monthly supper club will soon have the chance to experience the menu and signature design for themselves. That’s right, No. Fifty Seven Boutique Café has landed in the city, bringing the famous setup of Alamira Noor Bani Hashim and the culinary expertise of Buthaina Al Mazrui to hungry diners. the co-founders of The Dinner Club by No. 57 will serve up an international menu blending seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce. On weekends, traditional Emirati cuisine will be served. Pastries and specials will also be available, ensuring that patrons will always find something new. Diners will be able to relax and unwind with family and friends in a serene space with all the signature touches found at Dinner Club events. We recommend the revelationary crème brulée donuts – YUM!

Ice cream lovers this one’s for you! Following the successful introduction of Secret Sensations in 2013, gourmet ice-cream brand HäagenDazs has now introduced a brand new creation - Triple Sensations. It comes in two highly indulgent and innovative flavours, each built with three layers of pure satisfaction; a rich and creamy ice-cream base, combined with a salted caramel fudge sauce and capped by flaked crunchy almond topping. This unique layered concept comes together to create a sophisticated three-dimensional combination of flavours and texture sensations, in either Speculoos Caramel Desire or Chocolate Caramel Passion. Yes, it’s the haute couture of ice creams, and yes, it tastes like everything you’d imagine foodie heaven to be!

GO: Saturday Night Market runs from 7pm to midnight at Li Jiang in The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. Call +971 2818 8282 for more information.

GO: No. Fifty Seven Boutique Café at Al Marasy, Bateen Harbour, open Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to Midnight. Call 2441 6100 for more information.

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GO: Try the new flavours at the Häagen-Dazs store on the Ground Floor in Dalma Mall. Call +971 2441 3063 for more information.

Bloody Mary’s Brunch

Diamond of the Kitchen

Shang Palace Specials

Friday brunch at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is back! Every week the hotel’s brand new restaurant – The Terrace on the Corniche – will be celebrating the creation of one of the world’s most famous and original cocktails, the Bloody Mary. If you didn’t know already, the Bloody Mary’s roots date back 80 years ago to The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, when punters first took a sip of this popular drink. Nowadays, the ingredients in a Bloody Mary have stepped up a notch (for example, some bars will add Tabasco to the drink for a spicy kick!). At this unusual but intriguing Friday brunch you can indulge in countless offerings of succulent seafood, grilled delicacies, live cooking stations and decadent desserts, as well as thirst-quenching cocktails. Brunch is priced at AED295 with soft drinks; AED425 with Bloody Mary, vino and beer; and AED525 with champagne, Bloody Mary, vino and beer.

Did you know that the value of truffle is comparable to the carats of a diamond, the larger the size of a whole truffle, the higher it is in value. So you can only imagine that for a chef, truffle is a beautiful ingredient to cook with, and for diners, any food made with truffles is surely a treat for the tastebuds. This autumn Cipriani Yas Island sets the culinary scene with an entire month dedicated to truffle. With an incredibly decadent truffle menu and rare deals for the season, the Italian favourite proves that truffle month is an occasion not to be missed. The delightful aromas of white truffles from Alba fill the air as they’re gloriously shaved over each delicious pasta dish. However, no culinary experience is complete without the perfect duet. To add a little sparkle to each evening, bubbly is offered at a 50% reduced rate per glass, to complete a wonderful gastronomic experience.  

Not only does Shang Palace at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri serve up some of the finest Chinese cuisine, this month it’s offering fabulous dining deals for all you foodies out there. Check out the Grand Prix Set Menu with a specially tailored four-course set menu to complement the race season. Available from 21 to 24 November, priced at AED398++ per person. The second deal that caught our attention is dubbed Kung Fu Tea Master; be transported to ancient China with the resident tea master as he demonstrates the art of Kung Fu tea ceremony while you dine in for either lunch or dinner. This takes place every Wednesday evening with a remarkable face-change performance adding to a unique Asian dining experience. Finally, there’s Yum Cha where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat Cantonese lunch including 12 kinds of dim sum, noodles, rice, spring rolls and unlimited Chinese tea. With so much choice, you’d better start planning your next evening out for good Cantonese food!

GO: The Bloody Mary’s Brunch takes place every Friday at The Terrace on the Corniche at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, from 12.30pm to 3pm. Call +971 2694 4552 for more information.

GO: The truffle menu is available at Cipriani Yas Island until November 15. Call +971 2657 5400 for more information.

GO: Visit Shang Palace at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri. Call +971 2074 3904 for more information.

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#Get #Back #The #Story #Of #The #Beatles Performing timeless classics such as Hey you, Let it Be, and She Loves You, internationally acclaimed Beatles tribute act Get Back The Story Of The Beatles took to the stage for a one-off special show in Abu Dhabi. Music-lovers turned out for the event at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club for a night of fun! 100. fact magazine

STUNNING SKY-HIGH STYLE It’s cosmopolitan, chic, and irresistibly comfortable; Jumeirah at Etihad Towers offers luxury accommodation with modern amenities and excellent service. FACT brings you some of our highlights from this impressive hotel‌

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Every floor has beautiful views of the Corniche, its surrounding area and the Arabian Gulf; so no matter which room type you opt for, rest assured that your view will be an extraordinary one.

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umeirah at Etihad Towers is made up of five high-rise towers – three as residences, one for offices and one for, what we believe, is an exceptional hotel. Somewhat of an architectural wonder, this multi-award winning luxury hotel features 382 stunning rooms and suites, 199 serviced residences for longer stays, a variety (12 to be specific) restaurants, bars and lounges, three swimming pools and a private beach, a superbly equipped conference centre, and a Talise spa with 13 treatment suites – now, if that’s not impressive, we don’t know what

is! Every floor has beautiful views of the Corniche, its surrounding area and the Arabian Gulf; so no matter which room type you opt for, rest assured that your view will be an extraordinary one. There’s so much to experience at this lavish property, and we’ve picked some of the things that stood out for us…

OBSERVATION DECK AT 300 This was definitely the highlight of our stay. Just when you thought


the views couldn’t get any more spectacular, hop into the lift that takes you up to Level 74 where you’ll find the Observation Deck at 300. It’s the highest vantage point in Abu Dhabi and offers panoramic views across the city and the surrounding waters. We recommend popping up for ‘high tea’ where you can enjoy a cuppa with delicious snacks. This is the place where you’ll truly feel on top of the world. Entrance is complimentary for staying guests, or AED75 for visitors.

Let’s talk mega buffets. Rosewater is our choice of dining venue here if you’re staying at the hotel for some time. The lunch buffet is just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. We were blown away by how many delicious options there were – from healthy salads, a pasta station, live cooking station for different meats, Indian food, Arabic fare, and a huge variety of desserts too (and we still haven’t covered it all!). The food is tasty and flavourful, the ambience relaxed, and the staff friendly – overall a dining experience you’ll remember for a long time.

TALISE SPA We had the pleasure of reviewing Talise Spa a few months ago and it still remains one of our favourites. We described it as an oasis of calm, and that is surely is. It has state-of-theart facilities and you don’t just get a treatment room – you get a treatment suite! Yes, a whole area complete with a bathtub, shower, restroom and

changing area (it’s like being at home!). We recommend the 60-minute Talise Signature Massage, which focuses on personal wellbeing and will leave every muscle in your body feeling relaxed.

ROYAL ETIHAD SUITE] If you’re going to stay here, you need to go all out. Though every room type is truly superb, book yourself into the Royal Etihad Suite. It defines regal luxury, pure and simply. defines regal luxury, pure and simply. It’s the highest suite in the hotel, its prime positioning affords magnificent views and reflects stature. Enjoy the private kingdom of separate bedrooms and an exquisite choice of three convivial living rooms. There’s even a dedicated butler service!

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Zayna Spa

A hideaway in the heart of one of Abu Dhabi’s busiest areas? Yes. This month Shabana Adam visits Zayna Spa at Grand Millennium Al Wahda to find out if peace and relaxation can be achieved in the centre of city commotion…


How many times have you been on a shopping spree to Al Wahda Mall and felt in need of some relaxation straight after? For me, the answer is plenty. So, you can imagine how happy I was to learn that just next door, at the fivestar Grand Millennium Al Wahda, is a labyrinth of peace in the form of Zayna Spa. he great thing about Zayna Spa is that even though it’s in the heart of the city, it’s the ideal place for a visit after a shopping trip to the mall as well as somewhere you can go to escape for the day. There are 11 luxurious treatment rooms, where expert spa technicians can customise


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signature well-being treatments for your specific skin type and body needs. hen my lovely therapist Sang asks what I hope to achieve from my time at the spa today, I immediately reply “smooth and energized skin.” Yes, unfortunately, the weather change had taken effect and my skin needed a refreshing boost.



GO: Call +971 2495 3822 for bookings and more information. The spa is open daily from 10am to 11pm.


nstantly, Sang recommends a body scrub followed by a detoxifying massage – sounds great to me. She begins with a strawberry and oat scrub (it smells good enough to it!) applying it all over the body with brisk strokes – I can almost feel the dead, dry skin falling away and, oddly, it’s rather relaxing. ang informs me that using a concoction of strawberry and oats has many benefits including helping to restore smoothness and an even skin tone, just what I need. I rinse off in the shower which is conveniently located in my treatment room, and get comfortable and ready for the massage. elaxing at Zayna Spa comes easy and effortlessly; the lighting is dim and intimate,



the aroma sensual and the professional and friendly staff make you feel super comfortable. he massage uses warm eucalyptus oil which has a compelling and pleasant scent. Sang advises that this particular oil has detoxifying and healing properties that help with relaxation. She was right. I very quickly fell into a peaceful sleep.


Relaxing at Zayna Spa comes easy and effortlessly; the lighting is dim and intimate, the aroma sensual…


y visit to Zayna Spa was made all the more perfect because although I arrived an hour early for the treatment, I was shown to the large changing rooms where a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi awaited (make sure you bring your own swimwear). The facilities were simple but great! hat stood out for me the most was how well-trained the staff is. Sang had the answer to every question I asked about my treatment as well as the spa - it was rather refreshing. xpect nothing short of a fivestar experience with a laid-back atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and welcomed relaxation at Zayna Spa.


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Hande Unveren Marketing Communications Manager at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas.

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Two reasons why guests should visit Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas… It’s a secluded luxury escape destination where guests will experience the best. Just a 10-minute drive from the heart of the city, guests can enjoy a white-sand beachfront surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea; on the other side guests can discover the green fairways of the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Everyone will find something at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi 106. fact magazine

Hotels and Villas: beach, golf, delicious food, relaxation, refreshment, and natural beauty such as dolphins and turtles and, of course, personalised service. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, alone or with family, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is the ultimate modern urban resort.

Describe your ideal day off in Abu Dhabi… My ideal day off would start with a little

exercise and then good breakfast at the Beach House. I would then go and join in with an art workshop before heading to the beautiful Saadiyat Beach Club with friends. For a perfect finish to the day, I’ll enjoy a light dinner and chill out at Iris on Yas Island.

Recommend three outdoor activities in Abu Dhabi… Go on a boat trip; relax on one of the beautiful beaches or drive on the F1 track.

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Your time to reconnect

A family holiday is even more relaxing when it’s close to home. Here in the heart of Doha, discover a kid-friendly urban resort, with an array of restaurants and lounges, beachfront pools, fun children’s activities and a lavish spa for parents. Intuitive Four Seasons care makes everything easy. Explore our offers and packages: 108. fact magazine

FACT Abu Dhabi November 2014  

Welcome to the November issue of FACT Abu Dhabi. This month we head outdoors and into the desert, taking a look at timely nomadic traditions...

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