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Let Yourself Rest Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause." - Cecilia Tran

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t seems rather trivial to be writing about stress and self-care, wellness and looking after yourself in 2019. Haven’t we already been there, done that? Surely, every single person reading this has had a wake-up call where you realise that taking time out for yourself isn’t something to feel guilty about – after all, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so recharging your batteries in whatever way you see fit is definitely a priority. It’s a surprise how many of us need to be reminded of this, and how often too. Without sounding like we’re preaching (let’s say it louder for the people in the back though), taking care of yourself is not something to be considered as a luxury, rather it’s a necessity. FACT is bringing that all-important reminder this month with a special feature that looks at the idea of burning out through the lens of my new favourite term of the moment – JOMO (Joy of Missing Out). Turn to p31 and join the discussion. Maybe it’s exactly what you need to hear right now – maybe you don’t agree with what we have to say – or, maybe, all you needed was a friendly reminder that saying no to plans, staying off social media for an evening or booking yourself in for a spa day, are all things you shouldn’t feel guilty about doing – especially if they benefit your emotional and mental wellbeing. We stay on the track of tackling stress on p36 at The Smash Room – one of Dubai’s most innovative yet simple and effective leisure concepts that help visitors release and tackle their frustrations through smashing appliances, bottles and other objects – all within a safe environment. And once you’ve smashed things up, check out our round up of some of the city’s best spa venues, starting p42. See what takes your fancy, pick a treatment and get yourself booked in. No excuses! For those looking to escape the Dubai bustle as a way of achieving their balance in mind, body and soul, our wellness trip just an hour away to Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara (p47) is just the calling you’ve been waiting for. Imagine, otherworldly surroundings that promote positivity and peace from the moment you step off the plane. This is the place to get your detox fix in the most healthy way. With direct flights to Salalah running from June onwards, now would be the ideal time to look into booking a visit at this stunning resort. You’ll find all our regular monthly recommendations from food to fashion, tech and travel, plus all the best local hotspots and happenings to keep you all occupied throughout April. Of course, if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past eight years, you’ll know that there is only ONE thing the rest of the world is waiting for this month: April 14, Season 8, Game of Thrones. Need I say more? Until next month, up your self-care game and smash that stress away!☺

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FACT Magazine Dubai Edition • APRIL 2019 VOLUME 02, ISSUE 07

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER GREG HUGHES PUBLISHER EDWARD SMITH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SHABANA ADAM (shabana@fact-magazine.com) ASSISTANT EDITOR AANCHAL DUGGAL LOCAL EDITOR ANGELA BEITZ SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS SYED MUHAMMED RAIHAN JYOTI RAWAT CONTRIBUTORS DAVID TAPLEY JAYNE GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID TAPLEY PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION NEIL MAHMOOD AJIT KUMAR SALES COORDINATOR KIA MARIE PLACIDO ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES EDWARD SMITH (edward@ohlala-magazine.com) PRINTED BY UNITED PRINTING PRESS

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Skorpeus Presents “7” SKORPEUS, LOCATED DEEP WITHIN THE EMERALD PALACE, PALM JUMEIRAH, IS PROUD TO PRESENT ‘7’, A TRANSFORMATIVE ENTERTAINMENT JOURNEY ARTFULLY COMBINING LIVE PERFORMANCE AND CULINARY THEATRE.

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his bespoke experience has been created especially for this late-night venue to celebrate its opening month. Cultural catalysts and movers and shakers are invited to be seduced by the seven forbidden values of vanity, greed, gluttony, envy, lust, wrath and sloth, creating a mesmerizing evening of temptation and transgression, excess and exploration. ‘7’ is a unique sensory and social experience produced by the mastermind duo of Sebastian Clarke of White Rabbit creative agency and choreographer, Danny Lee, who found fame with their avant garde performance “The Act”. International singer Layla Kardan will launch and star in the show, whose smoky soulful voice and hypnotic rhythm are a sensation across the Middle East. ‘7’ will be staged each Thursday and Friday night from March 28 onwards and promises a jaw-dropping spectacle, fusing artistic performance with visual stimulation and the power of music. Expect multiple courses of tantalising culinary delights

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emblematic of each sin served theatrically throughout the night. Savoury dishes include Yellow Fin Tuna, Sea Bass Tacos and Australian Wagyu followed by gluttonous sweet treats including Vanilla & Chocolate Profiterols, Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry & Almond Cookies. Each course will be paired with signature beverages including grapes, hops, house spirits and cocktails, to uplift the soul and encouage a decadently late finish. Where will your imagination take you? ‘7’ by Skorpeus promises to be a thrilling night of eclectic dining and immersive entertainment. Pre-booking is essential and can be done via Whatsapp or phone. AED499 (soft beverages), AED669 (house beverages) and AED799 (premium beverages). From 8pm to 11pm. ✤

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HELLICIOUS BRUNCH Following its fiery Dubai debut late last year, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen has launched the aptly named Hellicious Friday Brunch at the brand-new venue, located in Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. TAKING PLACE AT THE second global outpost of Hell’s Kitchen and first-of-its-kind in the Middle East, Hellicious Brunch will offer weekend diners the chance to dive in to an array of signature dishes, alongside a series of live cooking stations, alfresco popup stalls and live entertainment. Offering a dynamic combination of a la carte and interactive live stations, guests can expect a feast of the highest standards. Manned by teams of red and blue, following in the footsteps of Ramsay’s hit TV show, live stations will include an array of beef, salmon and tuna tartare, an oyster tower and hot starters such as all-American brunch classic Chicken and Waffles, decadent Wagyu Meatballs and ‘HK’ signature Eggs in Purgatory. Served at the table to order with unlimited side dishes, mains will include the famous Beef Wellington, Crispy Skin Salmon and Mushroom and Goat Cheese Gnocchi, allowing guests to enjoy a full Hell’s Kitchen experience. Ending brunch on a suitably sweet note, the Hell’s Kitchen Hellicious Brunch is set to be the stuff of Dubai legend. Expect Sticky Toffee Pudding Pops, layers of the fluffiest cheesecake, feather light chocolate mousse and the most irresistible chocolate fountain in the city. In keeping with Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai’s Las Vegas legacy, the fun factor is turned up a notch with live entertainment. At brunch, things will take a decidedly British turn with a live 10

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indie band to get brunch guests off their seats, rocking out to the beats of Snow Patrol, Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys. Brunch would not be a true Hell’s Kitchen experience without the element of a competition. Diners can take part in the Hell’s Kitchen Hellicious Brunch competition known as “The Eton Mess Challenge” where guests can be budding chefs and plate up their own Eton Mess using various ingredients such as meringue, fresh strawberries, mixed berries and passion fruit. Running on a five-minute timer, one successful diner will be announced winner and awarded a dinner for two at Hell’s Kitchen. ✤ Hellicious Brunch is available every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. AED350 per person inclusive of soft beverages AED450 per person inclusive of house beverages and prosecco AED600 per person inclusive of bubbly AED150 per person for children aged four to 12 Children aged four and below dine for free.

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PERFECTLY PLAYFUL If ain’t broke, don’t fix it – right? But you have to admit that a few clever tweaks and exciting additions are always a welcome bonus. This is the PLAY mantra when it comes to their awardwinning menu, which has had a tasty little facelift. KEEPING THE SIGNATURE FAVOURITES firmly in place, the menu at PLAY has welcomed new dishes including Wagyu Truffle Carbonara Barrel, Butter Chicken Gyoza and Blue Fin Tuna Tartar to join best sellers such as the Crispy Duck Salad, Mushroom Risotto Barrel and the all-time favourite – Pita Surprise. Other newbies include the Popcorn Chicken, an array of classic and custom Nigiri as well as Tiger Prawns in an aromatic Green Curry. New sweet offerings like the beautiful white chocolate Mango Coconut cake and decadent 64 per cent Manjari ‘Chocolate Bar’ dessert takes pride of place next to the irresistible original masterpiece: the ‘Sneaker Bar’ which is still stunningly accompanied by deliciously crunchy caramelised pistachios and soft flavour-filled pistachio ice cream. “We have continued with the fun ethos of what makes PLAY what it is and built on that by introducing a few new things,” explains Head Chef Santiago. “Rather than a brand new menu, we’ve evolved and enhanced the current one. We’ve moved it forward; keeping the classics that we love and everyone keeps coming back for and added more, so you can fall in love with PLAY all over again. “One of my favourites is the Chicken Gyoza,” he continues. “We cook a classic butter chicken and then make it into gyoza with butter chicken sauce and a little bit of yoghurt – it’s amazing! We’ve also added Grilled Octopus as there was no octopus on 12

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the menu. I’m from Spain, so I love it. It’s served with a warm potato salad, pomegranate, olives and coriander aioli.” Another notable new dish is the delicious Beef Rice, which is a play on paella, inspired by Chef Santiago’s Spanish heritage. Play Restaurant & Lounge is as famed for its stylish and playful atmosphere as it is for ingenious and inventive culinary creations, and the new additions to the menu are in perfect harmony with that excellence. ✤

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MASALA LIBRARY Food fiends, Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra has just debuted in Dubai with a prime location at the world’s tallest 5-star hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. MASALA LIBRARY IS THE magnum-opus of Mr. Jiggs Kalra, who is known as the "Czar of Indian Cuisine" and "Taste Maker to the Indian Nation". The restaurant focuses on reviving traditional recipes from across ancient India, while presenting them in a unique and contemporary way. The Masala Library experience showcases cuisine from key provinces of the country with each dish elucidating the rich cultural heritage from centuries before. The exciting new addition to the hotel’s culinary scene is located on the 4th floor and consists of a premium dining area and a trendy bar area serving redefined Indian tapas dishes, along with a unique cocktail selection utilising some of the latest technology and cutting-edge techniques. By capturing the grandeur of centuries-old traditions and combining them with modern day cooking techniques and a futuristic presentation, Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra offers an incomparable gastronomic voyage. The cuisine served at Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra is a synthesis of over four decades of research and exploration across various Indian kitchens by Mr. Jiggs Kalra himself. The philosophy adapted in the menu revolves around showcasing the diversity of traditional Indian fare, in a progressive way. The dishes are presented in a contemporary way, with vibrant colours and a captivating blend of flavours. With an emphasis on using the freshest ingredients, together with carefully-balanced spices and modern culinary techniques – the dishes are prepared from recipes originating from all across India, including those inspired 14

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by the Streets of India. In order to retain authenticity, Jiggs Kalra collaborated with some of the oldest known artisans in the field from each region, ensuring every dish is meticulously prepared by using traditional methods. Additionally, the vast menu takes pride in its vegetarian fare showcasing a separate, specifically designed vegetarian offering, giving patrons another reason to rejoice. Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra is at the forefront of cutting-edge cuisine, incorporating molecular gastronomy as an integral part of its menu. While the focus will always be on taste and authenticity, various aspects of molecular gastronomy have been used to enhance the overall experience, elevating the dishes in terms of flavour and visual appeal, while also introducing an element of surprise. Molecular gastronomy supports the restaurant’s vision of representing the future of Indian cuisine. The restaurant’s signature 12-course Degustation Menu, a treat for epicureans, involves sampling small portions of all essential dishes and can be accompanied by a wine pairing. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include Quail Recheado, Grilled Palm Hearts, Ashen Kulfi and Radhuni Sea Bass with Pui Saag. ✤

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SPILL THE TEA… Are you on the hunt for the perfect cup of Asian tea? Head to Kaffe Bloom, located in the region’s first Asian specialty store 1004 Gourmet, who have mastered the art of brewing the perfect cup of Asian tea. TEA. IT CURES EVERYTHING. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or need a pick me up, a steaming brew can change everything. One of the biggest and most famous exports from Asia, its overwhelming health benefits are largely to thank. Containing countless antioxidants, it can help with everything from weight loss to boosting a person’s immune system. Featuring no dangerous chemicals or unhealthy additives, its unique taste, countless flavours and simple brewing method means it’s a beverage you can indulge in every day. Kaffe Bloom, located in the regions first Asian specialty store 1004 Gourmet champions the art of brewing the perfect cup of Asian tea. Taking you on a unique journey, here are just some of the varieties on offer. SENCHA TEA Japanese sencha is a steamed, high-quality green tea. Do not confuse it with matcha — while matcha is grown under the shade, sencha green tea, grows under full sunlight. During harvest only the tops leaves and buds are picked, before being rolled and steamed. After they are dried, sorted and blended the tea is brewed offering countless health benefits. So many, that this tea makes up 80 per cent of the tea produced in Japan. HOJUICHA TEA A Japanese green tea, Hojicha is distinctive due to it preparation. Roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal, compared to the 16

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majority of Japanese teas which are steamed, the leaf colour turns the tea from green to a reddish brown. Offering a slight caramel-like flavour, the roasting also means this tea has a lower caffeine content. GENMAI CHA Genmai Cha is a Japanese brown rice green tea, consisting of green tea mixed with roasted popped brown rice. Sometimes referred to as "popcorn tea" it was in the past used by people who were fasting due to the sugar and starch from the rice offering a warm and full filling with a satisfy nutty flavour. ✤ To celebrate the start of Spring, Kaffe Bloom is offering 50% off their selection of Kakigori/Bingsoo from April 1 to 6. Bingsoo as it's known in Korean, or Kakigori as it's known in Japanese, is a popular shaved ice dessert that is topped with delicious treats from fruits to syrup and red bean paste to mochi rice cake.

GO: VISIT KAFFE BLOOM AT 1004 GOURMET, ONYX TOWER 2, THE GREENS. FOLLOW @KAFFEBLOOM ON INSTAGRAM OR VISIT WWW.1004GOURMET.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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PARTY BRUNCH AT OSH OSH, La Mer’s highly anticipated ‘Uyghurs’ cuisine concept embraces the fresh season with the launch of the ultimate Friday Beach Brunch. EVERY FRIDAY, GUESTS ARE invited to dine and dance into the afternoon at OSH’s dynamic upper-floor where the scene is set for the essential beach party brunch. Diners can enjoy the perfect weekend social, set against the backdrop of OSH’s vibrant interiors and lush outdoor terrace overlooking La Mer’s panoramic beachfront views. Entertainment for the afternoon brings DJ Diana Montana live on the decks spinning the very best of deep house and tech tunes. Accompanied by the entertainment, guests will experience the authentic flavours of Central Asia, with an offering that showcases a signature selection of OSH’s hero dishes and unique cocktails. The brunch commences with a series of cold appetizers, which includes a serving of the Sako Tuna, Beef Tataki, Garden Salad and a mouth-watering Salmon Poke Bowl. A feast for the eyes and the taste buds, mains highlight the Seared Octopus with fresh guacamole, a Sweet & Sour Red Snapper and the Chicken Shashlik. For a truly decadent finale, guests can feast on sweet 18

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treats to their hearts content from a selection of fruits, honey cake and tiramisu. The celebrations continue with a signature OSH after-party with the resident DJ Jeane. ✤

WHERE: OSH, La Mer North WHEN: Every Friday TIME: 12pm to 4pm PRICE: AED400 per person with house beverages AED250 per person with soft beverages AED150 per person for kids aged between six to 12-years-old Kids aged below six eat for free INSTAGRAM: @oshdubai WEBSITE: www.oshrestaurant.com


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STREET FOOD: GULLY BOY Capturing the essence of the recent Bollywood backstreet rapper movie – Gully Boy, it would be hard not to imagine strolling through the crowded streets of Mumbai without grabbing a ‘vada pav’ or indulging in some tasty ‘chicken chilly’ and relishing the Indian (Gully) Street Food. INDIA IS ONE PROUD nation well-renowned for giving hunger pangs through its wide varieties of scrumptious, quick and cheap street food. And to ensure that you don’t just reminisce the mouth-watering delights, Bar Baar has introduced a new street food menu, aptly called Gully Boy. Promising to offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian street-food paradise, the tantalising delights on the Gully Boy menu are certain to leave you drooling from their Bawa Chicken Puffs, Full Too Samosas, Bhai Ka Mutton Biryani and Ek Dum Mast Momos. It’s available every day of the week for lunch and dinner from 1pm to 3am starting from AED15 to AED55 only. Mr. Parvez Mhd, Managing Director of Bar Baar, said: “Garnering on the Gully Boy Fever, where Bollywood has made its first movie about rap music, we intend to take you on a delicious journey and give you the authenticity of Real India with the opportunity to taste the Indian (Gully) Street Food and introduce the spirit of Indian Hip Hop and Rap culture through the soul of our food. 20

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“Bringing in new Indian Hip Hop and Rap culture with Live performances from India’s most talented, prominent and elite will be a new genre to Dubai - the city that never sleeps,” he added. “Through the Indian (Gully) Street food which has originated from the streets, we want to introduce the raw feel of hip hop, evoke talent and inspire the millennials. We will also start a new venture of outdoor delivery ‘Gully boy’ by BarBaar to cater to our customers and ensure that Indian (Gully) Street food reaches every doorstep.” The new ‘Gully Boy” menu offers all food-lovers an experience that will evoke memories, ignite the passion for Indian rap culture, perfect to excite a smile on their faces and that certainly makes Bar Baar a great place to hang out and enjoy the company of good friends, food and drinks. ✤

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LAID-BACK LUNCH Sit back and relax. Flair No.5 at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, is spicing up your midday break with Laid-back Lunch, the newest al fresco dining offer in the heart of DIFC. Starting at AED95, enjoy a scrumptious two-course lunch spread prepared to add some life to a lazy afternoon. Soup options include Chilli Prawn Broth or Pumpkin Soup the ultimate comfort food. Choose from Snapper Ceviche, Mushroom Arancini, Beef Tiradito or Beetroot and Quinoa Salad as a starter, and dive into gorgeous mains which include Beef Saltado with stir-fry and vegetables, Chicken Nikkei with coconut sweet chilli, Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina with tomato mozzarella, or Glazed Salmon served with tortillas, lime and coleslaw, guacamole. Hungry? Upgrade your meal to three courses for AED120 and enjoy international desserts such as Alfajores and Dulce De Leche Cookies. Better yet, complete the relaxing outdoor experience with aromatic shisha flavours available for your delight. Served from 12noon to 3pm, priced at AED95 including two courses, water and coffee; AED120 including three courses, water and coffee. Add shisha to your lunch for AED90. ✤

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With 360-degree views of the city and an unbeatable view of the Burj Khalifa, Hotel Cartagena is the place to celebrate with family, a loved one or friends. Following the huge success of the special Dubai Restaurant Week set three-course menu, Hotel Cartagena is extending the menu so that it can be enjoyed until the start of Ramadan 2019. With the menu changing weekly with fresh ingredients and flavours, diners can expect to see Hotel Cartagena favourites such as Classic Guacamole and Sweet Corn Dip with cotija cheese, roasted corn salsa and crispy tortilla chips or the Aji Tuna Poke with spicy ponzu and avocado in lettuce wraps to start. For the mains, expect to see Wagyu Picanha Steak with Chimichurri, tostones and maduros and black beans and Jamaican Jerk Chicken served with black bean rice, whilst to satisfy your sweet tooth with a third and final course indulge in Hotel Cartagena’s signature Smoked Vanilla Cigar; vanilla ice cream with a dark chocolate ash wrapped in Venezuelan chocolate to resemble a cigar or Churros served with a choice of passionfruit curd or South American guanaja chocolate. Guests who have missed out on the incredible offer need not fear as they now have until the beginning of May to indulge in the flavours of South America for just AED199 per person. Available daily from 5.30pm to 12am. ✤

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VILLAMORE: APERITIVO AT THE ROOFTOP Villamore, the Mediterranean style beachfront restaurant in Kempinski Emerald Palace, has launched ‘Aperitivo’ at the Rooftop – a chic evening affair in the upstairs lounge outdoor terrace open from 5pm to late, seven days a week. From 5pm to 8pm, Saturday to Thursday, guests who order any beverage from the bar at the Rooftop can enjoy a selection of delicious antipasti served to their table. In keeping with the essence of the time-honoured tradition of Italy and the Mediterranean patrons can now graze upon delicacies including cured meats, vegetables and cheese to pair with their beverage. After 8pm, the bar will remain open until late for those looking to keep the night going. Every Thursday and Friday, DJ Avid Bold will take to the decks, serving up fresh and funky Balearic beats to turn up the tempo throughout the evening. Unwind into the evening from one of the chicest new destinations on the Palm Jumeirah while watching the sunset over the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf and purveying unparalleled views of both Dubai Marina and the Burj Al Arab. ✤

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Dubai’s nightlife scene reached new heights of sophistication when Mantis, the city’s newest venue, opened its doors last month. Located in DIFC, the beating heart of Dubai’s fine-dining and lavish late-night scene, the premier 8,500sqft lounge promises a seamless and authentic luxury experience like no other. Set to re-define high-end lounge culture in Dubai and across the region, Mantis stands out from the crowd as the ultimate destination for discerning partygoers. Located on the podium level in Emirates Financial Towers, the impressive venue signals a thrilling new era for Dubai’s VIP entertainment culture. Guests can expect the UK’s top DJs to deliver an incredible atmosphere with a mix of classic nightlife anthems and the latest international thrillers. Equipped with the very best, state-of-the-art, immersive and mesmerising audio and visual technology, Mantis guarantees unrivalled levels of sound and light perfection the ultimate late-night lounge vibes. Party-goers will experience slick and attentive table service from highly-skilled staff who will serve a sumptuous combination of premium beverages along with delicious food options. Home to talented chefs, the Mantis kitchen will prepare five-star culinary creations including sophisticated Asian and South American-inspired dishes and classic European favourites. Partygoers can dine on hand-crafted sushi rolls and sashimi, fresh oysters, and ceviche while sipping on decadent cocktails made from our expert mixologists’ choice of superior drinks and ingredients. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.MANTIS-CLUB.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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E V E RY F R I D AY F R O M 1 2 : 0 0 - 1 6 : 0 0 The all new Friday Marina Brunch awaits you at InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Our Chefs have transformed the brunch to a haven of many great culinary experiences, retaining our famous seafood buffet and added cold and BBQ options. There is a wider range of Asian delights like sushi & sashimi and Chamas flaming meat cuts are as succulent as ever. Savor delicacies freshly prepared at the live stations including the Italian section that has a variety of fresh pastas such as fettuccine foie gras. There are even more desserts for those with a sweet tooth. The Latino Band and the DJ performing live will add to the fun, not to forget, the magnificent view over the Marina. Starting from AED 215 per person Post brunch at the Belgian Cafe offer 50% on selected beverages with our DJ from 16:00 to 18:00.

For reservations, please call 800 423 463 or book online at www.icad.ae Price inclusive of all applicable services charges, local fees & taxes. Terms & conditions apply. InterContiAD

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HOSPITALITY NEWBIE His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, officially inaugurated Premier Inn Al Jaddaf, the seventh property for the brand within the UAE. A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN Emirates Group and Whitbread, the flagship property signals a new era for Premier Inn Middle East, with greater emphasis on guest experience alongside convenience for mid-market business and leisure travellers. The partnership strongly supports the Government of Dubai’s Tourism vision to offer high standard accommodation, catering to all categories of visitor, and achieve its goal of welcoming 20 million visitors by 2020. As the UK’s top-rated hotel brand, Premier Inn has been a part of the UAE’s growing hotel industry for 10 years, having opened its first hotel in Dubai Investments Park in 2009. Offering the most rooms outside of the UK, the brand is committed to expanding its portfolio further in the region within key business hubs. Premier Inn Al Jaddaf offers a mixed inventory of spacious guest rooms from double occupancy to those which can accommodate a family of up to four. The 389 stylish rooms come with a working desk space and Premier Inn’s signature Hypnos bed paired with a pillow menu and black out curtains fulfilling the hotels’ brand promise of a guaranteed good night’s sleep. Remaining true to its heritage, the new hotel utilises contemporary design while embracing British charm and local culture. Adam Nicholls, Managing Director of Premier Inn Hotels Middle East, said: “Dubai is a city that continues to grow, and our investment into the region doesn’t stop here, with further hotel openings on the horizon,” he continued. “We’re 26

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continually looking at ways to enhance our guest experience, to offer a market leading product and provide a proposition that represents excellent value for money.” The new property provides dining options catering to all tastes. Nuevo, the all-day dining restaurant invites guests to enjoy dishes from around the world including the famous “All You Can Eat” breakfast whilst Mr. Toad’s delivers a traditional British pub welcome serving a hearty British menu. Resident Costa Coffee completes the offering. Leisure facilities include a gym with a variety of equipment and a stylish rooftop swimming pool featuring a gazebo seating area and panoramic views of the Al Jaddaf area. Ideally located in the city’s up and coming cultural district of Al Jaddaf, the new hotel is just 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport and the cities major business districts; World Trade Centre, Dubai International Financial City, Dubai Healthcare City, and is less than 1 km away from the nearest metro station. The hotel group has announced a special opening offer of AED99 which can be booked exclusively on the official website 3 days ahead of the preferred stay date and is valid for stays until September 30. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.PREMIERINN.AE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


A Magical Escape to an Arabian oasis Relax, revive and rejuvenate at an iconic ďŹ ve-star destination in the heart of the capital. Enjoy an authentic Arabian experience at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi starting from AED899 per room per night.

For bookings please contact 02 509 8888 or visit www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Maqta, P.O. Box 128881 United Arab Emirates

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EASTER CELEBRATIONS ZOCO - AL HABTOOR CITY

RAFFLES DUBAI

ZOCO’s Arriba Arriba Friday Brunch gets a fabulous makeover for the coming Easter celebrations. A colourful salad bar boasts a selection of nine different seasonal salads along with tuna tataki and smoked salmon, while the cold station features unlimited guacamole and ceviche. Continue your brunch experience at the live taco station and a live nacho station alongside hearty main courses ranging from seafood, beef, and lamb to chicken. Indulge in Easter specials like Minilla de pescado (shredded fish with spicy sauce), Pescado a la veracruzana (seabass in viacaina sauce), and Alambre de camaron (shrimp with sauté bell peppers, onion, and cheese), and lots more. Finally, end your meal on a sweet note at the Easter-themed dessert counter, where an assortment of pastries, Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies await. The restaurant’s Easter Egg Hunt will delight children and adults alike, so keep your eyes peeled for hidden Easter eggs and stand a chance to win fantastic prizes. A dedicated Kids Corner is also going to be there so your children can enjoy among themselves while you enjoy sipping on your cocktails. From face-painting to fun, interactive games, there’s a lot for children to do here. Also, if you come in with four children, the meal for two adults is free. For those of you looking to celebrate your special occasion on the day, enjoy a complimentary cake or two complimentary desserts too. AED265 inclusive of soft beverages; AED370 inclusive of house beverages and AED440 inclusive of bubbly. AED135 for children aged six to 12, complimentary for children aged under six. CALL (0)4 437 0044 FOR MORE INFO.

Raffles Salon, the festive heart of the hotel, serves an Easter twist on the award-winning floral afternoon tea experience between April 14 to 21 with a delicious selection of savoury and sweet delicacies including Egg Shaped Macaroons and Mini Chocolate Rabbit. Served daily from 2pm to 7pm, AED290 per couple and AED 90 including a glass of bubbly each. Exclusively during Easter weekend, little ones can spend time at the Raffles’ Easter Egg workshops. The pastry chefs will help kids paint eggs and decorate cookies on Thursday April 18, Saturday April 20 and Easter Sunday, April 21. Advance booking is required. Enjoy an Easter themed gastronomic journey on April 19 through several live cooking stalls featuring Arabic, Mediterranean and Asian specialties, including live BBQ and a tandoori station. Guests with a sweet tooth can tuck into all their favourites including, hot cross buns and a selection of signature cake shop temptations. The Easter Bunny leads children on an exciting Easter egg hunt. There’s egg painting, a bouncy castle, face-painting and balloon bending, as well as a dedicated kids’ buffet and juice stations. From 1pm to 4.30pm, priced at AED290 per person inclusive of soft beverages, and AED440 per person inclusive of house beverages. Children under the age of six dine for free (up to two complimentary children per two paying adults) and children aged under 12 dine for AED145. CALL (0)4 324 8888 FOR MORE INFO. ✤

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#MERAAS, #CAESARS #ENTERTAINMENT #AND #MICHELINSTARRED #CHEF #GORDON #RAMSAY# LAUNCH #CAESARS #BLUEWATERS #DUBAI The big-hitting trio of Meraas, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, and multi-Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay put on a spectacular show for the exclusive launch of Caesars Bluewaters Dubai for VIP guests as well as local and international media. Introducing the first non-gaming resort from the legendary Caesars Entertainment brand, the evening also marked the sizzling debut of the second global outpost of Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN. The successful, glitzy grand launch was hosted by the multi-Michelin-starred chef and members of Las Vegas’ Caesars Entertainment team including Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Holdren and concluded with an incandescent firework display. The night got into full-swing with a ‘Caesars and Cleo’ procession welcoming guests.

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IS THIS THE YEAR OF JOMO? What brings you inner peace? Are you REALLY happy? These seem to be the questions of the moment. In 2019, we’re being encouraged to declutter and get back to basics, but is this even possible for a generation that is driven by motivational speakers, busy calendars and 24/7 digital connections? FACT’s Shabana Adam digs deeper…

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oy. A small three-letter word. It’s been weighing heavy on my mind for a while now. It also seems to be creeping into every conversation these days. Fact: it’s becoming harder to avoid the current angst surrounding the “do what makes you happy” wave of inspirational memes and quotes that fill up our social feeds every day. The buzzword of the moment, “joy” has a direct link to the one pursuit we’re all secretly – or not so secretly – going on: “how I can fix my life?” – followed by a trail of thoughts that involve decluttering socially, professionally, emotionally and existentially. In other words, remove those things that don’t spark joy in your life and you’re good to go. Sounds pretty simple, right? Wrong. And I don’t think you’ll be surprised to ready why. In his book, The Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) – philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann, who coined the term JOMO in response to the popular hashtag #FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), talks about the forceful pressures of living in modern day society. The idea that you always need to be doing more: going out more, being invited to more events, getting involved in more activities, acquiring more possessions, and overall just being more. In a world of TED Talks and life coaches, social media influencers and creative advertising, these growing burdens have become an extension of our own minds. “We are constantly invited to do something, think something, experience something, buy something… it is sometimes difficult to distinguish what is important from what is not,” Brinkmann writes. In the Gulf, especially, life clutter builds up when we fill our calendars with social events that we don’t really want to go, too many sale items that take up unnecessary space in our closets, toxic relationships with negative thoughts and feelings, or work tasks that we say yes to when they’re not actually our responsibility (you know where I’m going with this). You see, the idea of decluttering to feel joy could indeed lead us to freedom and contentment – at least, this is what Brinkmann is proposing. But all of this comes from being able to say another very important word – no. YOU CAN DO IT: SAYING NO After reading his book, I felt a sense of validation for something that doesn’t actually require society’s permission: the ability to say “no”. No, I don’t want to go for dinner with you on Friday night, I’d rather sink into my rarely-used couch and read a book. No, that party sounds too rowdy for me, let’s see each other another day for a more intimate coffee or lunch, and, for the sake of my tired eyes and sanity: no, I can’t make it to your last-minute event even if there’s free food and a gift bag because, honestly, I just don’t care enough to dress to impress on a Tuesday night after a 12-hour work day. Sound familiar? Brinkmann’s book has taught me something that a lot of us have forgotten, or pushed to the side because it might be considered “rude” or “too honest” – that is, if you don’t want to do it, JUST SAY NO. It seems like the most logical response to any feelings of being overwhelmed, overworked, and overstressed. Saying no means you’re actually putting yourself first. Giving yourself time to take a break from all the disorder of the world that is made up of insta-stories or online shopping, or simply, too many uninteresting, meaningless conversations. Surely, it sounds like a mantra that should be ingrained into human nature, so why is the idea of JOMO and in particular the act of saying “no” such a difficult concept to grasp? You might struggle to say no in various situations for a number of reasons – the underlying fear that people will think you’re lazy or not trying hard enough, that saying “no” will make you unlikeable so, instead, we form a compulsive pattern of “yes” to erase self-doubt and to keep those around us happy. Subconsciously, this is the lifestyle many of us live here in the Gulf and, in my opinion, saying “no” is one of the realest forms of holding onto the genuine in a society that’s filled with privileges, convenience and, sometimes, tunnel vision, where it’s easy to lose yourself. 32

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TAKE NOTE: SELF CARE How much longer can we really continue to live at the pace we’re living at? Feelings of living detached, unsustainable lives have become prevalent in the region. A number of scattered data reveals that anxiety and depression is rife in this part of the world, according to a 2018 article on Al-Fanar Media: “A 2009 study screened 1,552 adolescents in Saudi Arabia and found the most common mental-health problem was anxiety. A 2005 study concluded that 16 percent of Lebanese adolescents had suicidal thoughts.” According to other global studies, the Middle Eastern region suffers from the highest rates of depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and suicide. It’s challenging to find any accurate and reliable data that monitors

growth, decline, overall progression, patterns and possible triggers about mental health in the region, but many issues have been talked about before: stigmatisation, lack of physical activity, work pressures, environmental factors, biological causes – all of which are mirrored in most parts of the world amongst youth and young professionals. Therefore, it’s so important, now more than ever, to take care of your inner and outer wellbeing - with equal attention. “Overwhelmed is pretty much my middle name,” says Amal Absiye, a full-time English teacher living and working in Abu Dhabi. “I often feel as though I'm swimming both at work and home. My job requires a lot of my time. My days are often long and exhausting ones. As a teacher, I'm sure many can relate when I say that I often feel as though I'm losing ground every day and I'm forever trying to make it up the next day. It’s a never-ending cycle,” she continues. “I don't have the kind of job where I clock in and clock out each day. My work follows me home and so much of my intended me-time turns into having to invest extra time into my work.” So, how does she cope with creating a work-life balance? “Ever since I started eating well and going to the gym, I feel as though this has really helped me cope with stress,” Amal shares. “That one hour to 90 minutes I put in, allows me to truly focus on me and almost kind of escape. Exercising regularly has helped with my health (physical and

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mental), my mood, and my overall productivity at work.” For Amal, she’s found her “thing” – a hobby, an activity, that one part of her routine that’s purely dedicated to herself. No strings attached, just simple metime. And this is something she has come to understand as a result of many years of juggling life’s clutter. “I feel as though I've found that work-life balance that I've craved for so long,” she says. “Having felt burnt out for so long, I've found that happy medium between work life and personal life. Work never ends, and I've learned that what doesn't get finished today can be completed tomorrow,” she smiles. “This has proven beneficial for not just my physical health, but my mental health too.” DEVIL IN DISGUISE: SOCIAL MEDIA Need a virtual talking to, what about some motivation for the gym, or how about your daily dose of lols with memes – there’s an app for it all. A while back, we had a dig at trying to unravel the challenges of a digital detox: what are the signs for when we need a break from the digital world? Whether we like it or not, we are creatures of social media; the Arab Social Media Report 2017 found that 90 per cent of the online population in most Middle East countries use social networking sites, daily. 34

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This might be for personal use to stay in touch with family and friends or for business purposes to build a brand’s reputation, either way it’s clear that we have been well and truly infected with the social media bug. And there’s no rush for a cure anytime soon. But what happens when all the noise gets a bit too much? Sometimes, there’s nothing more soothing than reading a motivational post just when you need it. Other times, there’s nothing more therapeutic than unfollowing that person who adds nothing of value to your timeline. Dare I say it – social media has become the number one reason for unwanted clutter in many of our lives. Whether it’s for positive reasons like following your favourite entrepreneur or getting tips from a bona fide mommy blogger, or if you’re stalking your high school lab partner’s other half, whatever the reason may be – a life before hashtags and IGTV and subscribe buttons seems like a million years ago. The key, like most of the things that could lead to joy, is balance. Juan Jimenez, a Data Analyst living in Abu Dhabi, says: I believe social media is shaping many aspects of our lives; self-care and stress management are perhaps among the main topics. In regard to self-care, I follow people that share tips about gym routines, skin care, healthy eating and fashion,” he continues. “Some of their tips are helpful and easy to add to my daily routine. In terms of stress, yoga and optimising your time when you have a super busy agenda, these are all topics that are usually promoted by “self-made” business people or famous celebrities. Even though this may be a source of motivation, I do believe stress management should be based on realistic lifestyles,” he admits.” Social media is a portal that allows people to portray the life they want the world to see but not the life they actually live. So, I try my best to keep it real," Juan adds.

stay in, adopt JOMO like it’s your new best friend, self-care like you’ve never done before – spa, gym, therapy, alternative medicine – find YOUR thing, and, most of all, disconnect and recharge those batteries as often as you need to. For me, admittedly, I do find my joy in JOMO. Or at least being in control of when to say yes and when to say no. But, mostly, I find joy in the places I’m not looking for it: spontaneous hugs from my friend’s beautiful children, laughter in coffeeshops with loved ones that I don’t get to see as much as I’d like to, a surprise text from family members announcing a wedding or a birth, or when a really interesting podcast episode helps to get me through an hour’s workout every day. Henri J.M Nouwen says: “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Seems like something fleeting, you feel it and then it disappears, you aspire it like a solid state of mind but, joy, much like the hashtagged acronym it inspired, is either momentary or an entirely self-made way of life. To that I say: raise the bar, put joy on a pedestal, be honest and real about what brings you joy and, for the sake of your emotional, physical and mental wellbeing, please feel free to say NO. ✤

BURNOUT: WHAT TO DO Y3NY? If you feel yourself going from bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to seriously burnt out, it’s time for a hard look in the mirror. Left unchecked, burnout can wreak havoc on your health, happiness, relationships and job performance. Catch it early and do something about it: say no and fact magazine

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• THE SMASH ROOM

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THINGS UP! AT A TIME WHEN HOLISTIC THERAPIES ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF CALMING DOWN, SOMETIMES, YOU JUST NEED TO GEAR UP, HAMMER IN HAND, AND DESTROY THINGS – NO BOUNDARIES, NO JUDGMENT! WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET A QUICK ADRENALIN RUSH OR TO BLOW OFF SOME STEAM, THE SMASH ROOM IS THE PLACE TO DO IT. FACT CHATS WITH THE CO-FOUNDERS OF THE HOMEGROWN LEISURE CONCEPT; SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR, IBRAHIM ABUDYAK, AND PSYCHOLOGIST, HIBA BALFAQIH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SAFE SPACE TO UNLEASH YOUR FRUSTRATIONS…

Hi guys! Let’s jump right in… for someone who has never heard of The Smash Room, sum up the experience in one sentence? Hiba: A massage for your inner stress and pent up emotions! Ibrahim: Your Sanctuary; what happens at The Smash Room stays there! So, how does it work – you come with your friends and smash things up? Hiba: Yup! As simple as that. You grab your pals and a weapon of choice, get into a room and smash your stress away. Do you remember where and when you first thought of the idea for The Smash Room – tell us a little bit about its back story… Hiba: The idea for Smash Room was inspired by a difficult time in my life. My grandma passed away and the traditional, more peaceful mechanisms of coping with grief just weren't cutting it. So I took old junk into the backyard and smashed it to bits, and it made me feel massively better. Right then, came that light bulb moment. This is a freaking good idea! Would you say that a trip to The Smash Room is a good stress reliever? Hiba: Good is an understatement. As Trump would say, it’s HUGEEEEEE! Our customers would agree with Trump too! Ibrahim: I am pretty sure that’s the only thing our customers will agree on with Trump! You recycle all the items that are “smashed” – tell us more about how this process works… Ibrahim: We work with partners to make this happen, simply the process starts by segregating the items, metals from electronics then being collected and sent to recycling on a weekly schedule. Who/which type of clientele is The Smash Room most popular with, or do you get visitors from all walks of life? Hiba: Women. Viva Girl Power! We get a lot of women but from all walks of life. Women are comfortable expressing all their emotions. There’s still this taboo around men “expressing” themselves. We are trying to break that stereotype. No pun intended. 36

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• THE SMASH ROOM What has the feedback been like from visitors – any memorable stories you can share with us? Hiba: We had a guy come down three times in one day during his breakup. We actually kept The Smash Room open beyond working hours to accommodate him. The poor guy needed it. Dating in this tinder-era is stressful! Ibrahim: A Japanese tourist walked all the way from Mall of The Emirates to The Smash Room in peak summer to smash some s**t then went all the way back walking; his smile stayed longer than the sweat on his t-shirt. What’s next for The Smash Room – share with us some of the goals for 2019… Hiba: Franchising is part of our growth plans in 2019. We are also coming up with creative ideas for new things to smash. For our first year anniversary, we are releasing the EPIC SMASH where we are giving 10 people the opportunity to smash a car! Ibrahim: Yes, expanding around the world using our franchise system; and keep innovating around the concept. And, of course, a moving smash bus room-in-a-bus anyone? ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.THESMASHROOM.AE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Smash Room also gives back to charities such as Melltoo and Emirates Red Crescent. Why was it important to you to have this connection with a worthy cause? Ibrahim: I have wanted to do this since we started, and it took us a couple of months to make it happen. We started this in Ramadan last year and never looked back. It is simply who we are as individuals, a team and as a brand! In your opinion, what has made The Smash Room a success? Hiba: The idea! Dubai needed a new recreational idea - something unique and innovative. The Smash Room fits that gap. Ibrahim: Amen to that, and the execution too; The Smash Room is very unique. You can’t get the same vibe and feel anywhere else in Dubai. Any advice for budding entrepreneurs who want to start up small businesses but might be afraid of the risks? Hiba: Nothing in life comes without risk! In this economy, your job can also be at risk. If you are passionate about an idea, and your heart tells you to do it, just jump in. If you fail, you learn, if you succeed, you grow. WIN-WIN! Ibrahim: Choose carefully who you partner with; Hiba and I are so different yet our skill sets compliment each other hence the perfect match. And yes, the team; they either make it or break it so I would spend more time and effort into team selection and nurturing each one of them. 38

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Taking Centre Stage Discover the dramatic and warm ambience of Teatro, a perfect setting for an unforgettable night-out, offering both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a bar area. Experience a culinary show, performed by talented chefs, in an open kitchen and taste fusion flavours from Italy, India, Japan, China and Thailand all under one roof.

Teatro. Where Eastern cooking meets Western cuisine

Only at Park Rotana For bookings log on to rotanatimes.com, call +971 2 657 3333 or email fb.park@rotana.com

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WEEKEND W is bringing its work hard/play hard philosophy to the region with the first ever FUEL Weekend in the Middle East… FUEL WEEKEND W Dubai – The Palm Barry’s Bootcamp on the beach. Workouts with UK sensation Bradley Simmonds. Functional movement training with KO8 Fitness. Ride with CRANK. SUP Yoga in the Arabian Gulf. A W Hotels Fuel Weekend means working out never feels like work, and the brand is pumped to announce the first ever Fuel Weekend in the Middle East with a fitness-focused vacation package at W Dubai – The Palm, takes place from April 11 to 14. This will be followed by the region’s second Fuel Weekend at the soon to open W Muscat later this year. Combining celebrity workouts, killer parties, delicious and healthy cuisine and unforgettable adventures all at one stunning W destination, Fuel Weekend at W Dubai – The Palm is turning the typical fitness retreat model on its head, powered by the brand’s DETOX. RETOX. REPEAT. philosophy to give guests everything they need for a life in balance. Candice D’Cruz, Vice President of Luxury Brand Marketing and Management in Middle East and Africa for Marriott International, said: “We are excited to bring FUEL Weekends to the region and we could not have found a more befitting setting than our first W Escape, W Dubai-The Palm. “FUEL Weekends usher in a new era of fitness retreats offering the best of both worlds: a chance to have fun and stay fit, a beautiful destination with unbeatable places to work out and go out, and a great place to eat well and indulge,” she added. “FUEL Weekends are a whole new way to vacation and fuel your lifestyle with a distinctly playful luxe experience of W Hotels.” DETOX: SWEAT IT OUT When guests are ready to get to work, Dubai’s FUEL Weekend will offer daily options for well-rounded workouts in multiple disciplines including yoga, movement + mobility, high intensity (HIIT), and water-based activities. At the helm of the classes are well-known, high-energy instructors who lead pro-level lessons (and stick around for the afterparty). Experts will include: - Barry's Bootcamp: Immersive and high-energy, Barry’s Bootcamp is one of the fastest and most fun ways to get fit. Trainers will coach and motivate the group to run and work harder than they ever thought possible with great music and 40

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energy to keep you moving. - Bradley Simmonds: Personal trainer and fitness influencer Bradley Simmonds aims to motivate people to live and maintain a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, providing fitness enthusiasts around the world with new workout routines and motivational posts on a daily basis. - Crank: Crank, one of Dubai's hottest new gyms, is bringing Stretch, Ride and Shape classes to FUEL Weekends. Co-Founder Nuno brings contagious energy to his session that will push you to your limits all to the rhythm of his beat-pumping tracks. - Watercooled: Join experienced yoga and water sports instructors Helena Sundberg, Harriet Dury, and Alex Edwards for a range of workouts on the beach and in the ocean including SUP Yoga, Core Yoga, Beach Abs and Sunset Yoga. Feed off the energy of the sea as you flex and stretch and work those abs. - KO8 Fitness with Sean & Stephanie Clancy: Have you tried KO8 Fitness yet? Get ready to experience functional training workouts with extraordinary equipment never seen before in Dubai. KO8 Kombat & KO8 Primal Warrior will be the unique flagship classes brought to you by our expert functional training duo. - Jes Body: Join the health coach, personal trainer & student of life for a series of asanas to explore the energetic side of wellness with Power Yoga. Gain a deeper level of connection with your body, ignite power, strength, flexibility and mobility. At this year’s first ever FUEL Weekend in the Middle East, guests at W Dubai – The Palm can choose their own additional adventures including sandboarding in the desert, a dune buggy, local excursions to the world’s tallest building or dance to the epic beats of the region’s hottest new DJs. RETOX: SOAK IT IN There’s no such thing as cheating the routine at a FUEL Weekend. W believes hard work should be rewarded, so indulging one’s taste buds after an invigorating workout is a must. From welcome beverages and light bites upon arrival at Akira Back to brunch (Dubai style) with a poolside party at WET Deck set to world class DJs and dinner in Torno Subito where global culinary superstar Massimo Bottura, (recognised as the World’s Best Restaurant)


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mixes deeply personal nostalgia with the decidedly avant garde in a masterful yet playful menu of his favourite recipes, W Dubai – The Palm’s FUEL Weekend is designed to be savored. ✤

Want to do it all? Make a break for it with three full days jam-packed with DETOX. RETOX. REPEAT programming. W Dubai – The Palm’s FUEL Weekend is now available for booking at: www.whotels.com/ fuelweekends. Rates for the FUEL Weekend start at AED6,720 per person for double occupancy rooms and AED4,725 per person for single occupancy rooms. Package includes a three-night stay with breakfast, workouts and culinary experiences.

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• WELLNESS TREATS SHERATON GRAND HOTEL, DUBAI Soul Wellness and Spa Indulge in a relaxing journey of the mind, body and soul with the Soul Wellness and Spa at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai. Offering luxurious bespoke treatments with organic locally-grown remedies alongside some of the finest skincare brands, including Elemis, the spa lets you truly relax from head-to-toe. Treat yourself to exclusive Ayurvedic treatments, a couple’s massage, body wrap or fitness counselling. GO: Call (0)4 503 4100 for reservations and more information. FAIRMONT THE PALM Willow Stream Spa Escape from the outside world and revel in ultimate relaxation and nourishment with Fairmont The Palm’s Willow Stream Spa. The spa reflects the energy of its surroundings, from the city’s urban joie de vivre and the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding desert, to the flowing waters of the Arabian Gulf. Relaxing, sensorial and social, their authentic spa experiences have been chosen with the utmost care and attention to detail, including their choice of exceptional spa products. GO: Call (0)4 457 3545 for reservations and more information. ADDRESS BOULEVARD The Spa Set in over 760sqm of space, The Spa at Address Boulevard offers a world of elevated relaxation and hospitable serenity. The Spa’s therapy specialists have thoughtfully and meticulously crafted each treatment with the elements of the body and mind considered. From soothing clay wraps to immersive experiences in their signature salt or steam room, all the treatments and facilities are designed to help you rest and revive. Book a Suite for three nights and your Spa treatment is on them! GO: Call (0)4 561 8126 for reservations and more information. ADDRESS DOWNTOWN The Spa Timeless therapies meet advanced methods at The Spa at Address Downtown! An oasis of calm, The Spa restores the delicate balance between body and mind through a blend of rejuvenating treatments, worldclass facilities and stunning views of the scenic locale. Together with the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, Address Downtown presents a health and wellness proposition like no other. A blend of traditional and modern techniques as well as the finest ingredients makes sure you leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. GO: Call (0)4 436 8888 for reservations and more information. ADDRESS DUBAI MARINA The Spa Treat your senses to a world of serenity, tranquility and gracious hospitality at The Spa at Address Dubai Marina. Their lovely facilities offer the ultimate place for your mind and body and to restore your natural balance with an array of pampering treatments and therapeutic aromatherapies. Enjoy stunning views of the Dubai Marina as you restore your natural balance with their blissful treatments delivered by therapeutic experts. GO: Call (0)4 436 7424 for reservations and more information. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON JBR Breakwater Wellness Centre Take some time out of your busy schedule and release the stress at Breakwater Wellness Centre at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Jumeirah Beach. Tantalise your senses with a number of treatments supported by luxurious Kerstin Florian products as professional therapists pamper you. Step into a private treatment suite, and choose from a wide variety of treatments, including back and neck massages to their signature Organic Aromatherapy Full Body Massage. GO: Call (0)4 374 9133 for reservations and more information. JW MARRIOT MARQUIS HOTEL DUBAI Saray Spa Immerse yourself in a restful sanctuary of modern luxury with the Saray Spa at JW Marriot Marquis 42

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Hotel Dubai. Tucked away behind ornately carved doors, the world-class Saray Spa is a health and wellness haven at the heart of the world's tallest hotel. Inspired by the historic Caravanserais located along the silk trade routes, the spa offers a personal experience of restoration and renewal through rituals that have withstood the test of time. Every Sunday to Thursday, book any massage between 9am to 2pm and receive 25% off! GO: Call (0)4 414 6754 for reservations and more information. THE RITZ-CARLTON DIFC The Ritz-Carlton Spa Reflecting Dubai’s multicultural diversity, The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre integrates restorative traditions from around the world with rituals native to the Middle East. This holistic approach to wellness takes many tempting forms, including the East Meets West treatment, which uses techniques from Bali, Mexico, India and the Philippines during a customised, 90-minute massage. This Wednesday, gather your girlfriends and treat yourself to a mid-week spa escape. 60 minutes ESPA Facial, 30 minutes back and shoulder massage and a ESPA gift at just AED499! ✤ GO: Call (0)4 372 2777 for reservations and more information.

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RAFFLES DUBAI Raffles Spa A true retreat from the city bustle, Raffles Spa features exclusive rejuvenating treatments, inspired by Asian, Middle Eastern and European traditions. Raffles Spa is the perfect environment for living well with six comfortable spa suites inclusive of one couples spa suite and over 1200 square meters of spa and wellness facilities. Take advantage of the Early Body Bliss offer: reinvigorate yourself with bountiful energy through our spa body treatment with 50% discount for bookings between 10am to 2pm daily - how great is that? GO: Call (0)4 324 8888 for reservations and more information. LE MÉRIDIEN MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT & MARINA Club Mina Enjoy breathtaking views as well as outstanding resort facilities at Club Mina. Experience a relaxed and stress-free stay with their team of professional trainers on hand to help you keep fit during your holiday. Take your pick from a host of boot-camp, yoga, and other classes or make your way to the steam rooms, sauna and plunge pools to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. GO: Call (0)4 399 3333 for reservations and more information. SWISSOTEL AL GHURAIR Swissotel Spa and Sport An invigorating and nourishing experience awaits you at the Swissotel Spa and Sport at the Swissotel Al Ghurair. The perfect escape to boost, relax and unwind your body, the spa lets you leave reality behind and indulge in a number luxurious facilities and treatments. Unwind with the refreshing Jacuzzi, 44

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SOFITEL THE PALM, DUBAI steam, sauna and relaxing lounge or take your pick from any of the nourishing spa treatments. GO: Call (0)4 293 3000 for reservations and more information. STEIGENBERGER HOTEL BUSINESS BAY The Spa Give yourself some much-needed TLC with the intimate atmosphere at The Spa at Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay. Unwind with their offerings of four spacious treatment rooms, the very best and most respected in wellness & skincare products, such as Babor & Thalgo and an array of body treatments as you are pampered by internationally trained therapists and experts. Shake off the outside world, unwind and be at one with yourself! GO: Call (0)4 369 0045 for reservations and more information. RENAISSANCE DOWNTOWN DUBAI Six Senses Spa With six different treatment suites, each dedicated to a different sense, Six Senses Spa at Renaissance Downtown Dubai will you the very best in rest and relaxation. Enjoy vibrant views of the city as you treat yourself to one of their holistic therapies, wellness activities, or other indulgences, including a hammam, sauna and a flotation pool. Be it a massage, an expert facial, or therapies steeped in alternative medicine, Six Senses Spa has got you covered! GO: Call (0)4 512 5555 for reservations and more information.

SoSpa A place where time stands still and peace reigns supreme. Immerse yourself in a spa that places your well-being and rejuvenation at the centre of their offerings. Highlighting French-Polynesian traditions, highly trained therapists offer revitalising body treatments, soothing massages and purifying facials using advanced techniques and organic ingredients. In their hands, you will see and feel immediate results. Whether you receive your personalised care indoors or within one of the secluded outdoor cabanas, the tranquil Polynesian setting further soothes your senses and imbues you with a deep sense of relaxation. Among the spa services are two brand-new innovations in anti-aging and wellness. Oxygen Therapy accelerates cell regeneration, enhancing recovery from injuries and improving the luster of your skin and hair. Fastacting and safe, Revitalife Drip is a state-of-the-art intravenous treatment that delivers vitamins, amino acids, hormones, DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) and/or MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) directly into the body for 100% absorption. The numerous benefits range from boosting the immune system and correcting hormonal imbalances to relieving joint pain and healing the gastrointestinal tract. GO: Call (0)4 455 6677 or reservations and more information.

HABTOOR PALACE, LXR HOTELS & RESORTS Silk Spa Welcome to a transcendental world, where each moment provides a lasting impression – Silk Spa is just as palatial as its location. Discover services crafted with ancient techniques and scientific expertise. The separate ladies’ and gents’ areas have dedicated wet areas with steam and sauna facilities, two hammams, and a generous relaxation area. ✤ GO: Call (0)4 435 5500 for reservations and more information. fact magazine

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BALANCE: MIND, BODY AND SOUL

IT’S HARD NOT TO FALL HEAD OVER HEELS IN AWE OF THE FIVE-STAR AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH BY ANANTARA. BEAUTIFULLY PLACED BETWEEN A LONG, SCENIC – AND VERY INSTAGRAMMABLE - BEACH AND FRESHWATER LAGOON, THE RESORT BORDERS THE HISTORIC AL BALEED UNESCO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, BEING THE FIRST LUXURY PROPERTY IN SOUTHERN OMAN WITH PRIVATE POOL VILLAS. FACT’S SHABANA ADAM COULDN’T THINK OF ANYWHERE BETTER TO ENCOUNTER A TAILORED WELLNESS PROGRAMME. HERE’S HOW SHE GOT ON... fact magazine

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hen you hear the words ‘wellness retreat’ what comes to mind? Maybe you think of 6am yoga classes and intense daily workouts, interspersed with wheat grass shots and salads that are green enough to test your human limitations. Whatever your notion is, let it go and let’s start fresh. Forget about intermittent fasting, juicing, calorie counts and perfect flexibility. Instead, concentrate on your inner wellbeing – your mind and body connecting to come clean. This is exactly the soulful journey we embarked on during a visit to the luxury resort of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. ARE WE STILL IN THE GCC? In a region where many seek the solace of wilderness for the sake of their human spirit and the necessity of their personal peace, Salalah is the kind of place that can help you put a true perspective on life. As a destination, it offers you the kind of landscapes that speak to your soul; silent, rocky wadis, turquoise waves lapping white sandy shores and plenty of mountainside moments – where you might just spot a tribe of goats moving over rugged ground, or a family of cheekylooking camels resting calmly as 4x4 vehicles whizz by. It is the Middle East after all, and Salalah offers raw, unfiltered surroundings without a single skyscraper in sight. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has every luxury and comfort you could dream of; starting from personalised greetings to a kitchensized mini bar and even a soap menu. They’ve really thought of it all. There’s no compromise on convenience and you’ll quickly start to slow down and appreciate every little detail (we loved the complimentary beach bag, hat and frisbee in the room), something that is so easily lost in the hustle of life in the Gulf. BALANCE WELLNESS PROGRAMME Once we’re well acquainted with the stunning One-Bedroom Garden View Pool Villa, we head for a consultation with our Wellness Guru, Ratheesh, at Anantara Spa. After filling out a questionnaire that specifically asks questions related to your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, including things like “how quickly do you get angry” and “do you have any particular pain in the body to target” – Ratheesh establishes our individual needs and goals of the three-day Balance Wellness Programme. We’re not weighed and our BMI isn’t checked – two things we were expecting to happen at consultation stage. However, it quickly becomes clear that this programme isn’t designed to be a military-style boot camp of regimented exercise and eating, instead you’re encouraged from the onset to choose light daily activities alongside nutritious dining options that will aid in really restoring your internal pipes, so to speak, to their purest form. All the while, you’ll be aiding your body’s natural way of working with three healthy meals a day, fresh juices to top up and stay hydrated, and, of course, a host of activities and treatments that go hand-in-hand with your selected diet. We were ready! DAY ONE If you’re someone who eats sporadically throughout the day or if you’re not used to eating the recommended daily intake specified for your age, gender, body type and so on, then day one is likely to be a little testing – but far from impossible. Breakfast at Sakalan is like walking into a bona fide food paradise; served in the stylish dining room or 48

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on the terrace beside the infinity pool, there’s a full-to-the-brim buffet packed with pastries galore (the vanilla cruffs are well worth biting into), a fruit station, egg counter, cereal and bread for days, healthy smoothies and juices to kick-start your system, and all the indulgent favourites including brick-sized French Toast, Pancakes dripping in maple syrup, savoury classics like Eggs Florentine and even a host of Arabic, Chinese and more worldly options. What we’re saying is – be ready (and behave!). Day one of the programme remains our favourite, all thanks to the resort’s Salalah Guru, Hussain. Without exaggerating, Hussain may just be the best guide you could ask for on an excursion – in this case, a Mountain Hike. He shares with us stories about growing up in a mountain society, how life was as simple as a glass of milk and a piece of bread back then, and, probably the most endearing tale – the Salalah community has set up a WhatsApp group to help each other, and those less fortunate who reside there, with any financial and medical problems. If an issue arises on the group: “you can give even five or ten riyals each and people give something, whatever they can, to help the person,” Hussain says. This, we thought, was exactly the good-natured character we’d experienced of the Omani people and their ways. We drive deep into the wadi on the Dhofar Mountains which resembles something that is easily a cross between the worlds of Mad Max and Jurassic Park. Hussain tells us that in a few months, these empty spaces will be filled with water. We navigate a labyrinth of rocks; white, brown, craggy earth, working up a respectable sweat (for people who haven’t hiked in a LONG time) and admiring the sparse vegetation and wildlife when it appears. It’s windy when we visit, and the breeze helps to keep us going at a steady pace – however, we’d highly recommend wearing a hat and sunscreen. Hussain then drives us to one of his “secret” spots – a place that could easily bring a tear to the eye. Over the edge of a cliff, serene blue water glides onto white sand like something you would only expect to be conjured up on Photoshop – we were lost for words – even more so when Hussain takes just minutes to trek down to the beach and etch “Anantara” in the sand, all for the sake of our insta-stories – LEGEND. We return refreshed and ready for the first meal of the wellness fact magazine

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programme – Avocado Tartare (starter), Red Lentils and Tomato Casserole (main) and Carrot Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting and Goji (dessert). The three-day package includes a three-course lunch and dinner, which you get to personally choose from the Wellness Cuisine menu. All meals and wellness drinks are brought straight to your room or villa, making it pretty smooth to stick with the agenda of the day. We expected the food to be quite basic and small-sized portions, but we were pleasantly surprised. Central to the success of the wellness programme, the specially-designed cuisine is the brainchild of expert vegan-vegetarian chef Valeria Agnelutto. This healthy, cleansing cuisine is designed to maintain your energy and levels during the entire programme while providing you with all the elements that your body needs to detox. We felt it almost immediately. Firstly, every course is oozing flavour – something that is often difficult to attain with vegan and vegetarian ingredients – but is achieved here, so perfectly. The portions are a good size – not excessive but definitely filling. And we notice that our bodies are digesting the food we’re eating with much more vigour and imminence. Before dinner, we head to the spa for a luxurious hammam treatment. Drawing on centuries of Arabian wellness – the ancient ritual starts with a muscle-relaxing steam bath in preparation for a black soap cleansing and kessa mitt exfoliation to sweep impurities. Once steamed 50

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and scrubbed, a Moroccan Rhassoul treatment richly nourishes and rehydrates, leaving the skin silky soft. It’s the complete opposite of our morning hike; just what our bodies needed. The robust scrubbing seems to have washed away any internal negative thoughts as well as the actual dead skin too. By the time dinner arrives, we’re in our robes, ready to eat up and get a good night’s sleep. One thing this wellness programme has triggered is our body clock – it’s getting back in tune with daylight and darkness, which means that we fall into a deep slumber with bellies full, prepared for more nourishment the next day. DAY TWO Day two takes a more chilled-out turn. After breakfast and the first wellness drink of the day, we head straight for the beach where the next few hours is spent shifting between a fair amount of beach walks and topping up the tan. This is one thing we really appreciated about the programme – it allows enough spare time for us to relax and do our own thing. Of course, we headed back into our impressive villa for both lunch and dinner, where the chickpea burger with rosemary and parsley with veggie mayo and the carrot and cashews smooth soup are both highlights. Ingredients are rich and the taste is what we’d easily call Michelin-standard. In between the two meals we opted for our second wellness therapy: the 60-minute Abhyanga Massage, which is designed to restore balance. The ancient healing massage uses herbinfused oils that are gently warmed and lightly massaged into the skin using soothing friction strokes. As the oils penetrate the skin, toxins and impurities are loosened, reducing muscle tension and calming the nervous system. The massage is a great choice for those looking to harmonise their mind and body. The therapists, including wellness guru Ratheesh, are both professional and thorough – we leave the room in a complete state of zen. DAY THREE By the time we arrive at day three, there’s a pep in our step that wasn’t there when we’d arrived to the resort. Although activity has been light, we’re full of energy and the nutritious food we’ve been eating really

seems to have done the trick with balancing out our inner workings. We’re sleeping better, our skin is glowing and overall we feel fresher – no sluggish periods in the middle of the afternoon and no lethargic moments of zoning out for impromptu naps. In fact, we start our day with a 9am yoga class in the spa garden and even manage to make it to the gym a little later on for a cardio hit. The food continues to impress with standouts being the special miso soup and the vegetables fettucine with spinach pesto and cherry tomatoes. The menu is serious foodie goals – even for die-hard carnivores, it’s a big change – but one that’s really worth it. PERSONAL WELLNESS GOALS Ask us again what we think of when the words ‘wellness retreat’ crop up, and we’ll answer: the active process of making better choices towards a healthier mind, body and soul – both inside and out. If there’s one thing you’ll find at the end of your Balance Wellness Programme at the serene Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, it’s that this could very well be the beginning of a constant, conscious pursuit of truly living your best life. ✤

GO: THE 3-DAY WELLNESS PACKAGE IS PRICED AT OMR154 PER PERSON AND INCLUDES TWO WELLNESS DRINKS, LUNCH AND DINNER, ONE PRIVATE DAILY ACTIVITY, ONE 60-MINUTE HAMMAM, ONE 60-MINUTE MASSAGE, ONE COMPLIMENTARY YOGA CLASS AND 10% DISCOUNT ON ADDITIONAL TREATMENTS. BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED IN THE ROOM RATE. VISIT WWW. ANANTARA.COM/EN/AL-BALEED-SALALAH OR CALL +968 23 228 222 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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IRELAND HAS BEEN A HAVEN FOR COUPLES ACROSS THE WORLD, WITH ITS ROMANTIC CASTLES, SCENIC VISTAS, VIBRANT CULTURE AND QUAINT TRADITIONS THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION FOR 2019.

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f you’re looking for somewhere different to lay your head for the night in Ireland in 2019, call off the search. From stunning lighthouses and historic castles, to self-catering pubs, pods and barges, the selection of quirky hideaways on the island of Ireland is plentiful. Here are seven to get you

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A ringfort stayover Experience life in medieval Ireland in a perfect replica of a 1,500 yearold ringfort in the Irish National Heritage Park in County Wexford. Within the ringfort, guests stay in a one-roomed ‘big house’ that has stone walls, thatched roof and a central hearth for cooking. Costumes from the period are available to wear. Sleeps six to eight. www.irishheritage.ie Hideaway in a tower The distinctive Helen's Tower is nestled deep in the woods of the sprawling Clandeboye Estate near the coastal town of Bangor in County Down. The enchanting three-storey stone building is just made for a quirky romantic hideaway. It has panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, with the rooms and rooftop terrace all linked by a narrow stone staircase. Sleeps two. www.irishlandmark.com/helens-tower Stop in a pub with no beer Time has stood still in Conroy's Old Bar in County Tipperary, where a traditional Irish rural village pub has been discreetly converted into the most unusual self-catering accommodation. It retains all of its features, charm and character but no longer holds a liquor licence and is completely ‘dry’ of alcohol, making it perfect for a family stay. Sleeps up to four, plus cot. www.conroysoldbar.com Live it up in a lighthouse Part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland collection, Blackhead Lightkeepers' Houses are ideally situated on the north shore of Belfast Lough on the famous Causeway Coastal Route – there are three to choose from. the cliff heights on which these accommodations are perched provide stunning panoramas. A beautiful coastal path leads from the lighthouse to the Victorian town of Whitehead. Sleeps four, seven and seven. www.greatlighthouses.com/blackhead 52

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Glamp in an old-style caravan Bed down in a colourful, cosy glamping caravan for a truly unique overnight experience. Nestled on a large family farm in County Wicklow, these Clissman Horse Caravans have snug sleeping and eating facilities, perfect for couples and families. For a true feel of the travelling lifestyle you can also take to the road and have a horse pull your caravan. Sleeps up to five. www.clissmannhorsecaravans.com Stargaze in a bubble dome Be awestruck by the night sky in the stargazing bubble domes set within a forest at the luxury Finn Lough Resort in the lakelands of County Fermanagh. The domes combine transparent 180-degree walls and roof with five-star style and design. Perfect hideaways for escaping couples or long haul travellers looking for something totally unique. Sleeps two. www.finnlough.com/bubblehouse Lord it in a miniature Irish castle Cosy up in Annes Grove Miniature Castle in County Cork. This Irish Landmark Trust gate lodge property was designed in 1853 and conceived as an ornamental medieval castle in miniature to impress visitors to the main estate house. The silence that surrounds this rural property is part of its charm. Sleeps two. www.irishlandmark.com/annes-grove-miniature-castle

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Five top Spring things to do in Ireland Crisp, pale-blue skies, bright sunlight and lengthening days form the perfect backdrop to a spring break in Ireland. In springtime, Ireland’s landscape moves out of the winter shadows and becomes a technicolour canvas crowded with yellow daffodils, green fields and budding trees. Here are five ways to make your own picture postcard memories.

Visit a sheep farm Maybe not the first thing you’d think of, but who can resist the cuteness of new-born lambs that dot the island’s hills in spring? Lots of farms let you visit to meet the lambs and marvel at the skills of the sheepdogs at work. Call in for a tour of Killary Sheep Farm in County Galway, where sheep roam freely on the mountain overlooking beautiful Killary Fjord on the Wild Atlantic Way. Or if you’re on a Dublin city break, head for the Family Farm at Dublin Zoo where lambs, calves and pygmy goats are among the most popular residents.

Tee it up early Golf is already in full-swing in Ireland by the time pros tee it up at Augusta for the Masters in April. As the smell of freshly cut grass and blooming flowers permeate the pristine air, springtime is ideal for an inspirational Irish golf trip. Best of all, world-class courses like Royal County Down, Waterville, Royal Portrush and Ballyliffin are easier to book before the busier summer months kick in. Dust off those clubs and get swinging.

Pop into a park Ireland is an island of keen gardeners and spring is the

perfect time to witness the results of their hard work in the birth of buds and blossoms. The Belfast Botanic Gardens are spectacular, as are the grounds of Blarney Castle in County Cork. To enjoy wild beauty, head to Dublin’s Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s biggest city parks, and wander with the fallow deer across the green expanse.

Hit the highlights In summer Ireland’s top attractions are heaving with visitors but in spring you can enjoy easy access to the most popular locations. Stand a while on the famous Cliffs of Moher drinking in the Atlantic views, or climb over the majestic Giant’s Causeway without having to queue. Tour the Game of Thrones filming locations at your leisure or take your time marvelling at the Book of Kells in Trinity College Dublin.

Walk off winter Spring is the time to shake off the winter torpor and get out into nature, and Ireland is the place to do it. With wonderful walking trails across the island there is a forest, hill or cliff top path for everyone. Hike the tail end of the mighty International Appalachian Way that starts in the US and ends in the Donegal to Antrim chapter. Soak up the superb seascapes of the Causeway Coast Way or step back in time on the ancient Glendalough Lake Walk.

GO: VISIT WWW.IRELAND.COM / WWW. TOURISMIRELAND.COM / AND FOLLOW @TOURISMIRELAND ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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#OFFICIAL #LAUNCH #OF #MANGO #TREE #AT #HILTON #DUBAI #THE #WALK #JUMEIRAH Special guests and media personnel were invited to celebrate the opening of Dubai’s newest and most vibrant Thai bistro in the heart of JBR – Mango Tree at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, where Thai cuisine is redefined. Unwind in a casual and vivacious atmosphere where you’re taken back to memories of exotic Thailand.

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Back for its second edition, the annual FACT Spa & Wellness Awards Dubai will take place in April at a beautiful ceremony in the city with the wellness industry’s top professionals in attendance. We’ll be giving out 50 awards to recognise the best and favourite in 25 categories – and YOU can have your say at www.fact-magazine.com by voting for your fave venues for 2019! Here come the nominees… fact magazine

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HOTEL SPA

• Saray Spa – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai • Talise Spa – Madinat Jumeirah • The Pearl Spa – Four Seasons Resort Dubai At Jumeriah Beach • B/Attitude Spa – Grosvenor House Dubai • Mandara Spa – The H Dubai • Ahasees Spa & Club – Grand Hyatt Dubai • The SPA – The Palazzo Versace Hotel • The Spa – Address Boulevard • Raffles Spa – Raffles Dubai • The Ritz-Carlton Spa – The RitzCarlton, DIFC

RESORT SPA

• Shuiqi Spa – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai • So Spa – Sofitel Dubai The Palm • Talise Ottoman Spa – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray • The Pearl Spa – Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeriah Beach • The Waldorf Astoria Spa Dubai – The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah • Guerlain Spa – One&Only The Palm • One&Only Spa – One&Only Royal Mirage • Anantara Spa – Anantara Dubai The Palm 58

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• Amara Spa – Park Hyatt Dubai • Willow Stream Spa – Fairmont The Palm • Satori Spa – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort • The Heavenly Spa – The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi • Timeless Spa – Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa Dubai • The Ritz-Carlton Spa – The RitzCarlton, Dubai JBR

CITY SPA

• Spa Zen – Nassima Royal Hotel • The Spa – Address downtown • The Spa – Palace Downtown • The Spa – Address Marina Mall • The Spa – Address Boulevard • Softtouch – Kempinski Mall Of Emirates • Saray Spa – JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai • Jiva Spa – Taj Dubai • Mandara Spa – The H Dubai • Chi Spa – Shangri-La Dubai • Six Senses Spa – Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai • Spa Intercontinental – Intercontinental Dubai Festival City • Namm Spa – Dusit Thani Dubai • The Spa – The Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay

• The Ritz-Carlton Spa – The RitzCarlton, DIFC • Soul Wellness & Spa – Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai • Elixir Spa & Health Club – Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City • Swissotel Spa & Sports – Swissôtel Al Ghurair

DAY SPA

• Spa Journey – Palazzo Versace Dubai • Satori Spa – Bab Al Shams Desert Resort • So Spa – Sofitel Dubai The Palm • Senso Spa – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City • Namm Spa – Dusit Thani Dubai • Samana Spa – Melia Dubai Desert Palm Resort • The Spa – Address Montgomerie • The Waldorf Astoria Spa Dubai – The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah • Soul Wellness & Spa – Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai

HAMMAM TREATMENT

• Saray Spa – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai • Talise Ottoman Spa – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm


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• Morning Glory Health Club And Med Spa – Mirdif • Emporio Donna Beauty Lounge – Al Wasl Road

SPA PRODUCTS

• The Spa – Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay • The Guerlain Spa – One&Only The Palm • Chi Spa – Shangri-La Dubai • The Spa – The Palace Downtown Dubai • The Spa – The Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay • So Spa – Sofitel Dubai The Palm • Samana Spa – Melia Dubai Desert Palm Resort • Anjana Spa – Rixos The Palm Dubai • One&Only Spa – One&Only Royal Mirage • The Spa – Palace Downtown • The Spa – The Palazzo Versace Hotel • Anantara Spa – Anantara Dubai The Palm • The Spa – Address Boulevard

SIGNATURE TREATMENT

• Guerlain Spa – One&Only The Palm • Saray Spa – Jw Marriott Marquis Dubai • So Spa – Sofitel Dubai The Palm • Talise Spa – Madinat Jumeriah • Indulgence – Address Marina Mall • The Oberoi Spa – The Oberoi Dubai • Raffles Spa – Raffles Hotel • The Spa – Fairmont Dubai • Timeless Spa – Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa Dubai • The Ritz-Carlton Spa – The RitzCarlton, DIFC • The Ritz-Carlton Spa, the Arabia Felix massage – The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai JBR • Swissotel Spa & Sports – Swissôtel Al Ghurair • Willow Stream Spa, Hydrafacial by Dr. Rita Rakus – Fairmont The Palm

COUPLES TREATMENT

• Armonia Spa – Fraser Suites Hotel Dubai • Amara Spa – Park Hyatt Dubai

• Anantara Spa – Anantara Dubai The Palm • Shuiqi Spa – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai • The Oberoi Spa – The Oberoi Dubai • Raffles Spa – Raffles Hotel • Soul Wellness & Spa – Sheraton Grand Hotel • Elixir Spa & Health Club – Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City • The Ritz-Carlton Spa – The RitzCarlton, Dubai JBR • Swissotel Spa & Sports – Swissôtel Al Ghurair

SPA BRAND

• Guerlain Spa – One&Only The Palm • Shuiqi Spa – Atlantis The Palm, Dubai • Saray Spa – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai • Talise Spa – Jumeirah Madinat • Mandara Spa – The H Dubai • Chi Spa – Shangri-La Dubai • Six Senses Spa – Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai • So Spa – Sofitel Dubai The Palm • Armani/SPA – Armani Hotel Dubai

HEALTH CLUB

• Fitness Center – JW Marriott Marquis hotel Dubai • The Spa, Health Club – Hilton Dubai Jumeirah • The Fitness Center – The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai • NYSA Gym & Fitness – Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights • Health Club & Be Your Best – Fairmont The Palm • Dukes Fitness Centre – Dukes Dubai • Gym & Fitness Center – Roda Beach Resort • Elixir Spa & Health Club – Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City • Caracalla Spa and Health Club – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa • Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club – Al Bandar Rotana – Creek

INDEPENDENT SPA

• Heart & Soul Spa – Al Barari • Livnordic Spa & Wellness – Cayan Tower • Tao Spa – Various Location • Sensasia Urban Spa – Various Location • Yinyang Spa & Massage Centre – The Village Mall, Jumeirah • The Loft Fifth Avenue – Various Location fact magazine

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BEAUTY SALON

• N. Bar – Palm Strip • The Dollhouse – The Dubai Ladies Club • Belle Femme Beauty Salon – Jumeirah 3 • Blowout Bar – Palm Jumeirah • Chloe’S Beauty, Hair And Nails – Umm Suqeim • Salon Ink – Umm Suqeem 2 • Wow Ladies Beauty Salon – Dubai Mall • Sisters Beauty Lounge – Various Locations • Kaya Skin Clinic – Various Locations

BEACH CLUB

• Barasti Beach Bar – Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina • Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE – Ghantoot • Cove Beach – Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai • Nasimi Beach – Atlantis The Palm • Nikki Beach – Pearl Jumeira • Zero Gravity – Dubai Marina • Playa Nomade – Rixos The Palm • Dukes Beach Club – Dukes Dubai • Caracalla Pool & Beach – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa

ROOFTOP POOL

• Mosaic – Sofitel Dubai Downtown • The Pool – InterContinental Dubai Festival City • Pool – Address Dubai Marina • Pool – Meydan Hotel • The Dek on 8 – Media One Hotel • The Terrace – Burj Al Arab • Pool – Fairmont Dubai • Outdoor pool – The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC • Pool – Al Bandar Rotana Creek • Firefly – Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City

FITNESS CENTRE

• In Shape Ladies Fitness Club – Al Joud Building • Symmetry Gym Dubai – Golde And Diamond Park • Tribefit – Silverene Tower • Fitrepublik Fitness Center – Dubai Sports City • Engine Health And Fitness – Jumeirah 1 60

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• Target Gym – Various Locations • Talise Fitness – Jumeirah Emirates Towers • Iconic Fitness – Dubai Marina • Embody Fitness – Lamborghini Building • The Stables Fitness Center – Melia Dubai Desert Palm Resort

MEDICAL SPA

• Yinyang Spa & Massage Centre – The Village Mall, Jumeirah • Cocoona Centre For Aesthetic Transformation – Various Location • Talise Spa – Jumeirah Madinat • Dna Health – Jumeirah Al Qasr • Simply Skin Dubai – Al Ghazal Mall • Obagi Medispa – Dubai Mall • Biolite Skin Clinic – Al Razi Medical Centre • Midas Touch Med Spa – Mazaya Centre • Luxury Ayurvedic Medical Spa Center – JLT


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• Amara Spa – Park Hyatt Dubai • The Spa at Five – FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel T • he SPA – Palazzo Versace Dubai • Mandara Spa – The H Dubai • The Waldorf Astoria Spa – Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

BOUTIQUE SPA

HAIR SALON

• Jetset – Emirates Towers • Marquee – Various Location • Pastels Salon – Various Location • Aveda Dubai – Galleria Mall • Sisters Beauty Lounge – Various Location • We Nails – Dubai Marina • The Dollhouse – The Dubai Ladies Club • Blowout Bar – Palm Jumeirah • Salon Ink – Umm Suqeim 2

MALE GROOMING

• 1847 – Golden Mile • Chaps and Co – Various Locations • Super Trim – Various Locations • Urban Male Lounge – Various Locations • Jazz Lounge Spa – Umm Suqeim Road • Style & Co – Melia Dubai Desert Palm Resort

NAIL SALON

• Ispa – Jumeirah Lakes Towers • Nail Candy Beauty Spa – Dubai Marina • Hello Kitty Beauty Spa – Town Centre Jumeirah • We Nails – Skyview Tower • N.Bar Nail Spa – Grosvenor House Hotel • The Nail Spa – Various Locations

WEIGHTLOSS PROGRAMME

• Fcbs Slimming & Beauty Salon

Services – Al Barsha • Cocoona Centre For Aesthetic Transformation – Various Locations • Votre Slimming Spa – The European Business Center • Vlcc Slimming Beauty Fitness – Marina Park Building • In Shape Ladies Fitness Club – Al Joud Building • Thai Elite Spa & Rehabilitation Center, Abu Hail – Various Locations • Bodysmart Dubai – Various Locations

• The Spa – Palace Downtown Dubai • The SPA – Palazzo Versace Dubai • Samāna Spa – Melia Desert Palm Dubai • Silk Spa – Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts • Rayya Wellness – The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel • The Spa – Address Boulevard • Heart & Soul Spa – Al Barari

NEWCOMER

• Revive Spa – Aloft Palm Jumeirah • Dreamworks Spa – Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront • Cinq Mondes Spa – Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai • Away Spa – W Dubai The Palm • Qua Spa – Caesars Palace Bluewaters

POOL & BEACH DAY ACCESS

• Club Mina – Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina • Riva Beach Club – The Palm Jumeirah • Zero Gravity – Dubai Marina • Azure Beach – Rixos Premium • Cove Beach – Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters, • The Beach – FIVE Palm Jumeirah, • DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah Beach • Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Autograph Collection • Anantara Dubai The Palm • Caracalla Pool & Beach – Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa • La Baie – The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai JBR

SPA DESIGN

• Armani/SPA – Armani Hotel Dubai • Talise Ottoman Spa – Jumeirah Zabeel Saray fact magazine

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#THE #BACKYARD #AT #STEIGENBERGER #HOSTS #A #FUN #CARNIVAL #PARTY The Backyard hosted a fun Carnival event, restricted only to the loyal corporate clients that since the opening of the hotel, have chosen Steigenberger for their groups, events and conferences. In line with the Carnival season, the theme was all about masks and fun. An amazing masquerade party that saw more than 150 guests enjoying the spirit of Carnival with great food prepared for the occasion by the hotel chefs that regularly delight all delegates with amazing food options for their coffee breaks. Lively and sparkling Brazilian dancers and the tunes of resident Dj set the tone and the mood of the evening. The most popular and visited corner, after the bar counter, was definitely The Spa stand sponsored by Babor, distributing happiness with express back and shoulder massages and ultimate facial products to every guest. The Spa at Steigenberger, winner of the Best Spa Products at the FACT Spa & Wellnes Awards Dubai in 2018, is shortlisted for many categories this year. Many prizes were distributed throughout the night by Mr. Torsten Obermann, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay General Manager.

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he commissioned exhibition, curated by Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, showcases six of the region’s scripts that have influenced the Middle East we know today including culture and communities. The exhibition features nine newly-commissioned works by artists from across the GCC and the Levant, and will highlight themes that speak to both the UAE and the Middle East more widely.

ARTISTS AND WORKS BEING EXHIBITED INCLUDE: YAD - Margherita Abi Hanna Yad draws on the Phoenician script, the world’s oldest recognized language, which inspires Abi-Hanna’s work as a Lebanese artist looking back to the ancient civilization that once called Lebanon her home. Yad, both the Phoenician and Arabic word for ‘hand’, embodies Phoenician text with five distinctive rings, made for each finger. Capitalizing on the abstract, simple geometry of the Phoenician script, Abi-Hanna created a twisted interpretation of the letter into a complex architectural form. The Sun Never Sets on the Empire - Sarah Alagroobi Sarah Alagroobi, the Emirati cross-disciplinary visual artist, explores geopolitical notions of both sovereignty and cultural agency through re-interpreting a phrase used by Western imperialists, ‘the sun never sets on the empire’, phonetically into Phoenician text. Sculpting the phrase into bright, neon lights, the piece subjects the audience to the experience of exposure to blinding light in constrictive space, speaking to the Eurocentric approach to cultural exploitation. From the Ashes and Into the Fire - Xeina AlMalki This work draws its inspirations from funerary reliefs of the ancient Palmyrene civilization. AlMalki, a Syrian national, was drawn to the Palmyrene script following the destruction of Palmyra in 2015. From the Ashes and Into the Fire recreates Palymrene text in three-dimensional clay sculpture, which were formed by hand, instead of using a mould, looking to explore the limitations of the clay and discover how the material can lend itself to larger designs. These sculptures come together to create a three-dimension memento mori of a civilisation turned to ash. And We Adorned the Nearest Heaven With Lamps - Nasser Al Salem Nasser Al Salem draws on the Mashq script from Hijaz as his inspiration for his spatial installation. The ancient Arabic script was dotless, used around 700 CE. Dots emerged into Arabic for non-native speakers as reading guides that helped to differentiate letters which shared the same base letter shape, and Al Salem uses the dot to guide the viewer through his piece. Al Salem, who is known for philosophical allusion within his 64

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work, uses the dot, the line and the circle as an allegory for the metaphysical schema we collectively inhabit, and how modern life breaks from connecting with that which lies above us. Typographic Souvenirs of Arabia - Rasha Dakkak This installation uses six separate scripts: three living scripts and their corresponding ancestral scripts: Arabic, Latin and Hebrew, and Nabatean, Phoenician and Aramaic. Rasha Dakkak, a Palestinian designer, seeks with this installation to remind that the languages spoken by billions across the world originate from one common ancient tongue from the Arab East. Dakkak, through creating a cross-sectional letterform from an ancient script through to its living equivalent, has created souvenirs of this ancient Arab language with objects that trigger conversations on origin and on provenance. Maktoob - Nadine Kanso ‘Maktoob’, meaning ‘written’, has a variety of meanings in Arabic: to be physically written, to be written for posterity, to be a proof of authenticity or to be predestined. Maktoob, which draws on the geometrical Musnad script, builds into Kanso’s portfolio of jewelry design, and seeks to ask what it truly means to be ‘written’ when possessing an Arab identity. To be an ‘Arab’ is to both belong to an ancient people and to be part of a major global community, and so in this piece, Kanso combines the ancient script of Musnad with the later script of Arabic, providing a fresh forum for contemporary design on identity. Silk Rogue Kimabaya - Milia Maroun In Silk Rogue Kimabaya, fashion designer Millia Maroun combines the ancient script of Phonecian from West Asia with the modern Japanese script of Katakan from East Asia. Through the unification of the two scripts, through horizontal and vertical patterns, Maroun seeks to highlight the fluidity of the act of writing itself, creating an open map of uncharted roads that allude both to a passage across the continent and a passage through time from the age of gold and silk to the modern day. Maroun brings these elements together in a nomadic hybrid of culture: the kimono and the abaya, or the Kimabaya.


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If Speech Is Silver - Khalid Mezaina The collection of garments used for If Speech Is Silver are a textile wrap, a talismanic shirt and a sarong, which use the metal of silver as their starting inspiration. Mezaina sought to reinterpret mystic, ancient beliefs regarding the use of silver and of talismanic devices toward the modern day, and to do so he uses two scripts, Musnad and Aramaic, and applies them in the form of textile prints, assigning the letters mystical and protective powers. Through using textiles, he views scripts as passing beyond linguistic forms of communication that cross borders and, in this sense, become nomadic. Markab - Hamza Al-Omari Nomadism is often associated with land-based travel, yet AlOmari takes his inspiration from human movement across waters in his piece Markab, meaning ‘boat’ in Arabic. The history of these scripts depended on vessels, as Phoenician spread across the Mediterranean basin by water, and trade travelled the Persian Gulf through ships. In Markab, Al-Omari has created a stool using the olive wood used to make dhows. His design was inspired by the Mashq script, extending the script’s strokes into the design of the stool, which additionally combines Islamic arabesque geometry to create a minimal design which interprets Arabic calligraphy and appropriates them for a contemporary function. ✤ 66

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GO: NOMADIC TRACES: JOURNEYS OF ARABIAN SCRIPTS WILL RUN UNTIL JULY 28 AT WAREHOUSE421, MINA ZAYED, ABU DHABI. VISIT WWW.WAREHOUSE421.AE/EN/ FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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• ENTERTAINMENT

BIG SCREEN Shazam!

Highlights

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Billy Batson, a street smart 14-year-old can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam, simply by shouting out one word. His newfound powers are soon put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Bestowed with tremendous powers, what lies ahead is Billy Batson’s journey to becoming a hero.

DIRECTOR: David Sandberg CAST: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

Set to be the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel is shaping up to be yet another cinematic success. The film sees Academy award-winner Brie Larson star not only in the lead role, but also as the cosmic hero’s alter ego, Carol Danvers. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel explores the powerful hero’s adventures in the time before Iron Man and The Avengers. After giving us a hint of Carol Danvers’ existence at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel explores more of the ultra powerful superhero. Giving a glimpse into a previously unseen period in the history of Marvel Cinematic Universe, the story follows Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war. There’s amazing action sequences with a hint of comedy. Sidestepping from the traditional origin story concept, this all-new energetic adventure definitely gets a yes from us.

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There’s amazing action sequences with a hint of comedy. Sidestepping from the traditional origin story concept, this allnew energetic adventure definitely gets a yes from us. – Captain Marvel

The Best of Enemies WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

During the racially charged summer of 1971, Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader, come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. What follows next changes their lives forever.

DIRECTOR: Robin Bissel CAST: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

A civil rights drama starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, The Best of Enemies helps evoke dialogue about the eternal humanity that is at the heart of this powerful story. Based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, the film offers a beautiful look at this unlikely alliance that arose from one of the most unsettling times in America’s history. Ann Atwater (played by Henson), a civil rights activist in Durham, N.C., who battled KKK leader C.P. Ellis (played by Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree.


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FULLY BOOKED

ON THE RECORD

FICTION

The Suspect By Fiona Barton

R&B/SOUL

Free Spirit By Khalid

After wowing us with his mesmerising vocals and epic collabs, Khalid is back with a whole soundtrack packed with absolute bangers! The much-anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed 2017 debut American Teen, Free Spirit features songs that were written all over the world. Offering a gamut of genres including disco to soulful R&B to pop, the album takes a darker and more grown-up turn than his debut project. Giving us more relatable content, Talk, a synth-pop slow jam encourages honest communication. Expressing his anxieties through music, the song fuses electronic beats with pop music and has a feel-good vibe that we adore. Khalid’s chill sound and youthful bravado is what makes him a winner. Keeping up his knack for catchy hooks and acoustically inspired grooves, My Bad talks about love and everything that comes with it. Featuring swirling yet delicate guitar tones, the heartwarming track has us deep in our feelings. Keeping his versatile and magical streak alive, Free Spirit is turning out to be one of the most soulful albums of the year. His consistency and talent have managed to amaze us again and we’re totally under his spell!

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Amidst the Chaos By Sara Bareilles

Following a long wait, Sara Bareilles is back with a bang with her upcoming sixth studio album. Her first imminent album in six years, the new music has a rootsy sound and touches on everything from love to politics. Blessing us with some really beautiful music with the hit musical Waitress, a full-fledged album was much awaited from the singer. Celebrating female strength, the groovy, jazz-infused Armor offers a fitting message about sisterhood and defiance. The femalecentric anthem celebrates women and girls of different colors, orientations, ages and sizes, while also showcasing Bareilles’s musical prowess. Speaking about the therapeutic quality of art right now, the song couldn’t have come out at a better time. Another testament of the songstress’ mesmerising vocals, Fire talks about the acceptance of an ending relationship that wasn’t thrilling to begin with. Backed by acoustic guitar and a quivering beat, the single spotlights the strength of Bareilles’s delectable voice. She has definitely grown as an artist and as a songwriter.

When two 18-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their family is desperate, frantic with worry and thrust into the spotlight. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth. This time it’s personal as she can’t stop thinking about her own son who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they all realise danger is sometimes closer than you expect.

NON-FICTION

Thick: And Other Essays By Tressie McMillan Cottom Dissecting everything from beauty to Obama to pumpkin spice lattes, this is the cultural bible you need in your life right now. Writer, professor and acclaimed author, McMillan Cottom uses humour and her original thoughts to talk about race, beauty, money and more. The writer’s freshman collection also illuminates a particular trait of her tribe, being thick - in form and in substance. Serving up clever prose and southern aphorisms, the book is an absolute page-turner!

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APP-LICIOUS LET’S SEE WHAT’S ON THE SMARTPHONE AGENDA FOR APRIL…

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QuizUp

SkyView

Flex those grey cells with QuizUp! The super cool gaming app boomed on the app scene a while ago and features a polished interface, a wide variety of trivia question categories and a diverse following of gamers to play against worldwide. Simply choose a category you want to compete in, and the app quickly matches you up against gamers worldwide. In addition to the amazing presentation and question variety, QuizUp also lets you play against friends, chat with other players and discuss questions and categories!

Calling all space junkies! Watch the biggest space events, mobile star maps and so much more with the SkyView app! Terminal Eleven’s SkyView uses your phone’s screen and sensors to give you an augmented reality view of what’s up in the sky. Users can turn their smartphones and tablets into AR viewfinders for identifying stars, planets and constellations. The app can also display an object’s track in the sky as well as information on select objects, planets, and satellites.

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ALL ABOUT THE SOUND Amazing sound quality, gorgeous design and unparalleled features? Yes, please! Bang and Olfusen’s new Beoplay E8 2.0 gives you all that sound and then some.

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ffering superior sound, beautiful design in exclusive materials and intuitive touch control on the earphones that gives you total control over music, calls and voice commands, Bang and Olufsen’s first true wireless earphones Beoplay E8 was designed for people who don’t want to compromise sound and design for real wireless freedom. The all-new Beoplay E8 2.0 comes equipped with improvements to the design of the original product as well as a number of cool new features. The premium leather charging case has been redesigned with a new, more exclusive form factor and comes with wireless charging to make Beoplay E8 2.0 truly and totally wireless. Replacing the 12 hours playing time of the original product, the new Beoplay can last up to 16 hours and is easily enough for a day’s listening on the move. For charging in style, Bang and Olufsen is also announcing a new wireless charging pad for use with Beoplay E8 2.0. The charging pad is crafted from luxurious materials, including brushed aluminum and cowhide leather, designed to last and to age beautifully. The perfect companion to your Beoplay E8 2.0 as well as your smartphone, the wireless charging pad supports regular charging (5W) and fast charging (10W). If you already own the existing Beoplay E8, you can still enjoy wireless charging as the original earphones fit perfectly into the new wireless charging

case. Staying true to its signature sound, the new earphones come tuned by Bang and Olufsen’s acclaimed sound engineers for a rich, full-bodied and precise soundstage that will leave your ears wanting more. For the ultimate listening experience, users will also be able to tune the sound themselves in the Bang and Olufsen app for Android and iPhone. Offering totally wireless, cord-free convenience, longer battery life and an updated design, the new Beoplay E8 2.0 gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The new and improved edition of the original E8s is definitely a strong contender in the true-wireless earbuds market. ✤

Beoplay E8 2.0 comes complete with a premium leather wireless charging case, five ear tips and UBS-C charging cable. The earphones are launching in the colours Black, Indigo Blue, Natural and Limestone and retail for AED1,380 excluding VAT. The Bang and Olufsen Wireless Charging Pad will be available in matching colours- Black, Indigo Blue, Natural and Limestone. GO: VISIT WWW.BANG-OLUFSEN.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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#WORLD #CLASS #DCFESTIVAL #MAKES #MIDDLE #EAST #DEBUT Shakers at the ready: DCFestival presented by World Class kicked off for the very first time in the region on March 7. Dubai’s finest beverage festival rolled out over two weeks across over 55 of the most prestigious and well-known venues in the city. The activation brought together the best of Dubai’s food and beverage culture, for a festival of mixology; celebrating the art of fine beverages. The event was an unmissable celebration of the world’s greatest beverage brands, handcrafted by the city’s most talented bartenders. The preview event took place at Mamazonia, Pier 7.

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MANGO SS19 Highlighting the power of culture in the community and embodying the essence of the Californian summer, Mango encapsulates the best styles of the season with their new collection.

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The SS19 collection consolidates MANGO’s commitment to contemporary styles and elaborate fabrics…. WOMEN This season’s offering features designs with a range of pastel shades, such as pale pink, sky blue and lime. Timeless garments such as trench coats accompany ground-breaking designs, such as cycle trousers to become key designs. A more summery air is provided by the fluidity of semi-transparent fabrics in blouses and dresses and tie-dye prints in maxi-shirts. The range of accessories reiterates the pastel shades and features materials such as glass and bucket hats and sack bags. Highlighted among the footwear are strap sandals with braided shell details and sneakers in the style of ankle boots. ✤

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MEN This season offers a smart casual style that combines denim, safari and surfer trends with neutral colours such as offwhite, cream and khaki. Classic garments such as oversized trench coats or belted jackets are paired with a simple t-shirt or Hawaiian shirts and check trousers. Through the collection, MANGO also introduces its first washable suit, featuring easy-care fabrics that can be cleaned and ironed at home. The range of accessories offers polarised and vintageinspired sunglasses as well as smart sneakers made of 100% leather. ✤

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SHOP THE BRAND HERE’S OUR WISHLIST FROM THE MANGO SS’19 COLLECTION FOR HER

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Beauty Checklist THIS MONTH’S BEAUTY GAME IS SERIOUSLY STRONG…

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Bourjois FABULOUS STICK FOUNDCEALER

Get instantly flawless skin! Everything you have ever wanted from your face makeup, the unique product offers a at-a-stroke coverage with a lusciously lightweight formula that blends like a dream. Achieve full, waterproof cover for dark circles, blemishes and other imperfections, while its slanted tip delivers precision application.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

FINELINER ULTRA-SKINNY GEL EYE CRAYON EYELINER Create the perfect winged eyeliner. Add precision definition to the waterline and create the illusion of a more voluminous lash line with 5 new, limited-edition shades. The transformative gel formula glides on for a flawless application, and then sets in place for all day wear. Simply glide along lashes or in the waterline for smooth, intensified definition!

Filorga NCEF- NIGHT MASK Wake up to absolutely gorgeous skin! The highly regenerating formula provides tired, stressed skin with the equivalent of hours of sleep through a mask. More than just a night cream, this sleeping mask combats lack of sleep through its action on melatonin and maximises the benefits of sleep by the same active ingredients used in mesotherapy injections.

Sephora NUDESTIX MAGNETIC NUDE GLIMMERS

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More than a glow, less than a shimmer, the glimmers are a multitasking, luminous skin brightener and highlighter for eyes, cheeks and lips. This glimmering metallic gel melts onto skin for a lightweight, skinlike nude glow that layers to a max strobe highlighter for eye brightening, face highlighting and lip foiling.

Rituals Cosmetics

INTENSE HYDRATING SERUM

Hydrate your skin from the inside out. Restore your skin’s natural moisture balance with Rituals Cosmetics’ Intense Hydrating Serum. The lightweight formula helps visibly refine your skin and protect it from the negative effects of city pollution. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and Indian rose, it helps restore skin’s moisture for intensely hydrated and supple skin.

Boscia INDIGO EYE CREAM Keep dull, tired eyes away! A one-step wonder eye cream, it colour-corrects, illuminates, and hydrates dull, dark undereye circles for a well rested, brightened appearance. Soft, blurring pigments help disguise and combat sleepy, tired eyes while Wild Indigo helps reduce the look of inflammation and puffiness, keeping those under-eye bags at bay.

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Grooming Checklist IT’S TIME TO STEP UP THE REGIME AND MAKE APRIL COUNT…

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BOSS THE SCENT PRIVATE ACCORD

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Step into the warmer months smelling absolutely irresistible. A woody, oriental scent, cocoa, coffee and maninka fruit make up the backbone of this delectable fragrance. Magnetic cocoa absolute vibrates at the heart of Boss The Scent Private Accord for Him, while notes of ginger and exotic maninka fruit combine with sophisticated mocha.

CLINIQUE FOR MEN

SUPER ENERGISER ANTI-FATIGUE EXFOLIATING POWDER CLEANSER Take your skincare regime up a notch! This unique Energizing Powder instantly purifies and invigorates dull, tired skin. The water-activated formula lifts away pollution and impurities, while natural exfoliants gently buff skin smooth. It helps remove toxins, unclog pores, remove excess oil and leaves skin feeling super smooth instantly.

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Wake up dull and tired eyes with House 99’s Truly Brighter Eye Balm. Enriched with spirulina & quinoa extracts, Truly Brighter Eye Balm for men reduces signs of fatigue, smoothes and reduces dark circles, crows feet & even pronounced lines for a bright, fresh look. The unique combination of caffeine & mica makes you look rested & awake, while protecting and energising the eye area.

OLIVER J. WOODS PERILLA OIL

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Tame frizzy hair, condition frazzled beards and nourish the skin and the scalp all at the same time with Oliver J. Woods’ multipurpose Perilla Oil! Enriched with Vitamin E, it instantly calms the wildest hair, is great for softening and controlling beards and rejuvenates tired looking tattoos. The oil is a blend of Perilla, Crambe Abyssinica and Macadamia Seed Oils and features the signature OJW scent.

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Keep yourself protected from sun exposure and pollution with Clarins’ UV Plus SPF 50. A multitasking skin saviour designed specifically for men, this portable product protects from UV damage and the stresses of urban living. Perfect for the city and outdoor sports, it has a clean, fresh scent and is light enough to wear over a serum without making the skin feel clogged or greasy.

REN SKINCARE ATLANTIC KELP AND MAGNESIUM ANTI-FATIGUE BODY WASH

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Start your day right! Packed with botanical extracts including sage, cypress, geranium, rosemary and mineral-rich kelp, it helps nourish, tone and smooth skin. Infused with REN’s exclusive Anti-Fatigue Essential Oils blend will awaken and refresh sluggish skin as well as your senses.

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CULINARY SPOTLIGHT •

SPANISH CELEBRATION

El Sur is a causal space where staff are friendly and jovial and unafraid to provide recommendations. During the lunchtime that FACT’s David Tapley visits, there is a distinct buzz on the terrace, as families gather over large dishes of paella and bountiful Spanish cheese boards. Get ready for a lesson in Spanish cuisine 101… fact magazine

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n recent years, the Dubai food scene has followed the trend for Peruvian cuisine which has now subsided in favour of Greek restaurants which seem to be opening at an alarming rate throughout the city. It’s a shame that Spanish cuisine is so often overlooked in favour of other Mediterranean choices, but with such a reliance on differing meat products it’s easy to see why Spanish food has often been a difficult sell in the region. Thankfully, we have restaurants like El Sur to appease our appetite for chorizo, Spanish tortilla and (of course) paella. Located just off the lobby of The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, El Sur’s interior offers a compact space that has been uplifted thanks to the clever use of mirrors and a living wall of verdant foliage, in an area that is also home to a rather well-stocked bar. Passing a free-standing sculpture of a bull waving a red flag created from tangled wires, we make a beeline for the outside terrace. Wrapping around a portion of the hotel’s external façade, the terrace is a pleasant space of simple wooden furnishings and a pagoda-style ceiling strung with dozens of filament lightbulbs. A peek through the palm leaves offers diners superb views of the azure Arabian Gulf waters and the manmade marvel that is the Palm Jumeirah. El Sur is obviously a popular spot that has attracted what appears to be a loyal following of regular patrons. A simple one-page menu presents the expected tapas favourites, including Iberian ham with brushed tomato bread, marinated olives and patatas bravas. We however are feeling much more ambitious and with El Sur’s premise revolving around traditional tapas with a contemporary twist, we fully embrace the sharing small plates and order a number of dishes. Beginning with the avocado cannelloni with marinated tuna and gazpacho jelly (AED79) the dish is rather ambitious and comprises of what is essentially a tuna tartare wrapped in layers of cool avocado. The tuna is nicely seasoned and the avocado brings an undeniable textural element but we’re left uncertain regarding the gazpacho jelly. The seabass ceviche (AED79) is another interesting choice, topped with passion fruit and accompanied by a raspberry sauce that adds vibrancy in terms of both visual and flavour. Despite the modern approach to Spanish cuisine, we actually favour the more rustic dishes that really help to emphasise the feel of a trattoria that El Sur so freely promotes. The Iberian charcuterie selection (AED79) showcases salchichon, lomo, jamon and chorizo and is an absolute delight, especially when paired with a glass of grape. The fiery patatas bravas (AED57) remind us of summer trips to Barcelona where we spent many hours strolling along Las Ramblas and visiting the La Boqueria food market. The paella though is the main draw and we would estimate the majority of our fellow diners ordered the popular rice dish that comes in five variations - chicken, vegetarian, mixed, seafood and negra (black). Following the lead of an adjacent table, we opt for the seafood paella which the staff are proud to inform us is “the best in Dubai.” Adorned with large prawns 82

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and mussels, the preparation process is almost ritualistic with the large paella dish brought to the table where it is ‘scratched’ prior to serving. This elaborate process enables the caramelised rice found at the bottom of the pan to come to the forefront of what transpires to be a spectacular and flavoursome dish. We may have overindulged in the savoury courses but this doesn’t stop us ordering a bag of churros to round out the meal. In our experience, good quality churros are difficult to come by and we’re often disappointed by an overly greasy and soggy dough. The churros at El Sur are made to order, meaning they arrive to the table piping hot and accompanied by lashings of chocolate sauce. With a crisp exterior and a soft interior the Spanish fiesta flair of this dessert is certainly present. With so few Spanish dining options in the city and the region, El Sur specialises in a cuisine that is so often overlooked. With a wonderful terrace, a pleasant atmosphere and a collection of rustic and memorable dishes, El Sur should be on your list next time you’re in need of tantalising tapas! ✤

GO: VISIT EL SUR AT THE WESTIN DUBAI MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT & MARINA. CALL (0)4 399 7700 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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ARABIC APPEAL The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeriah Beach is situated in a fantastic location at the far end of The Walk at JBR and is home to a number of recognisable F&B concepts which include the outsourced Ramusake, Copper Dog and The Maine. Yet it’s Al Maeda, the Hilton-operated Arabic restaurant that catches our attention on repeat visits to the beachfront five-star property. FACT’s David Tapley dines out… fact magazine

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he entrance to Al Maeda, though a little tricky to find, is well worth the effort and despite a rather strange design which basically entails entering through the hotel’s car park, the age-old motto of “never judge a book by its cover” immediately springs to mind. Following a trail laid out by twinkling Arabic lanterns housed in glass jars along the floor, we’re led to the warm and welcoming restaurant. Passing the hostess stand Al Maeda opens up to reveal its true aesthetic. A light and airy space that feels homely and familiar which is only heightened by the demeanor of the staff which epitomise the ethos of Arabian hospitality. The team are attentive and friendly, providing us with a short tour of the restaurant with its open kitchen, bread ovens and large family style dining table. Tastefully decorated with Arabian details and a treasure trove of trinkets, Al Maeda evokes the feeling of an ancient souk through a variety of sensory traits - the Arabic music, aromatic smells escaping from the kitchen and the colourful lanterns and Arabic coffee pots that dot the dining room and outside terrace. The terrace is the restaurant’s best feature, looks out through palm fronds to Bluewaters Dubai and the Ain Dubai, the soonto-open largest Ferris wheel in the world! The terrace feels more like a family dining room with its soft furnishings and floors strewn with woven rugs, making for a preferred option for seating, hubbly bubbly or sundowners. Al Maeda’s menu features many Lebanese favourites alongside some regional specialties, but with so many ‘Arabic’ restaurants vying for diners’ attention, we are intrigued as to what sets Al Maeda apart. The menu offers little in the way of surprises, yet this is a good thing as the culinary team have taken traditional specialities and boosted them via a modern twist. It’s a bold move for such a legacy cuisine where recipes are passed down generation to generation but for Al Maeda it works well and there are very few restaurants in Dubai taking this stance. We begin with a basket of freshly baked Arabic bread and a selection of hot and cold mezze, encompassing everything from hummus and fried calamari through to a delightful watermelon and feta salad. The earthy beetroot moutabel utilises the punch of citrus which really impresses, as do the vine leaves stuffed with vegetables, rice and pomegranate. A simple fattoush, the staple salad of any Lebanese table is classically prepared with diced tomato, cucumber, fresh herbs, olive oil and toasted bread, with just the right amount of vinegar and pomegranate vinaigrette to add flavour to the base ingredients. Following the pattern of the mezze, our mains arrive in quick succession, seemingly in a bid to get all of the dishes onto the table at the same time. Although we completely understand the reasoning behind this, a slightly slower pace to the food delivery would be appreciated. A mixed grill is always our go-to choice when it comes to Middle Eastern cuisine and Al Maeda offer a vast selection which includes grilled prawns, lamb chops, fish taouk, succulent cubes of grilled chicken and

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a lamb kofta that are all rather tender, juicy and nicely spiced. Al Maeda’s portions are overly generous – ideal for sharing. Alas, we are too full for dessert (next time for sure). The restaurant really works to promote the family-style dining concept. With a homely feel and a focus on quality and flavour, Al Maeda stands out as a special entity in a city bursting with options for Arabic cuisine. If you’ve not yet visited, we suggest you add it to your list. ✤

GO: VISIT AL MAEDA AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL DUBAI JUMEIRAH BEACH. CALL (0)4 453 3333 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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Culinary Genius On his latest visit to the city, celebrity chef David Myers cooked up a storm at Taste of Dubai. FACT caught up with the self-proclaimed “Gypsy Chef” to learn more about his famed restaurants, Bleu Blanc, BASTA! and Poppy, all located at the 5-star Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai… As a world-renowned chef, how important is it for you to be involved in food festivals like Taste of Dubai? Thanks for saying that by the way – very nice compliment (laughs). I love to be a part of these local events that happen where we’re able to get out and mingle with our guests and would-be guests. It’s almost like being on a tour and trying to publicise what you’re doing, who you are and talk about it – believe me, there is nothing I love more than talking about what we do. I’m still passionate about our restaurants and a huge believer in our concepts and our team so to be able to get out and talk to people that are in love with food, in a place like Dubai, that’s pretty cool. We love the fresh “farm to table” concept at Bleu Blanc – can you share with us your inspiration behind this venue and concept – and has it lived up to your expectations? First of all, I couldn’t be happier with Bleu Blanc. What we’ve done, not only from a design standpoint, but also the cuisine and service, and a work standpoint – has really met our expectations, even gone beyond. It was inspired by my home in the South of France that was passed down from the family generations and it’s a place where I bring all my friends over and I cook dinners. A lot of the old vintage items are still there which were passed down through the family, silverware and candelabras, chandeliers and even the old part where we do the live-fire cooking – all that’s still there. But then there are some modern touches, so that’s what this whole restaurant has been inspired after. And that’s a story by the way – I don’t have a home in the South of France – but that’s what I envisioned for Bleu Blanc. What can diners expect to taste and enjoy when dining at one of your venues – what are some of the signature dishes you serve? What they can expect to find is something that is really authentic to the region but done in a bit of a modern way with the best ingredients that you could possibly get. Whether it’s 88

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our pizza in BASTA! which is inspired by Naples, or a pasta inspired from Rome – my favourite place – it’s truly a Roman pasta. These are the things that are really important for us when we’re creating dishes. Bleu Blanc is all about Southern French cooking over a grill, so a signature dish at Bleu Blanc would be the Grilled King Crab Leg with butter, or any of our steaks that are cooked over the different woods, which is absolutely beautiful or the Lobster Risotto. What’s the greatest honour or compliment you’ve received as a chef? Oh wow. Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to get a lot of awards, which is always an honour that our team and the restaurants are doing something right. From Michelin to James Beard and even here in town with various magazines, those are all really great things to achieve. But, really what it comes down to is when we see guests come in, they’re happy, and then they come back. There’s nothing that quite beats that. All the accolades are important and it’s what we’ve worked towards, and it helps us measure ourselves. But, at the end of the day, we better make our guests who come through, happy. You’re a busy man – running restaurants around the world – do you still enjoy the grind? Yes! I’m thankful that I do still enjoy the grind. I do love getting on a plane and flying to Singapore, flying to Dubai, flying to Tokyo, flying to L.A, and checking in at the


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restaurants, seeing the guests – that’s actually the highlight of my day. And I do enjoy the other aspects of the business and the development – I thrive on creating. So, when we get a new deal, or we’re pioneering something for a new market, you come alive on that – it’s great. To come back to existing restaurants and see the guests, that’s the happy moment, the reward for all the work that we’re doing. What matters more – taste or presentation? I think they both go hand in hand, and why compromise more on one for the other? Have great presentation with something that tastes great too. I find that when you buy better and better ingredients, the less you have to do to them to make them look great. Do you have any quick advice for young budding chefs? Persevere number one, Read everything you can. And don’t try to be the greatest chef in one day. Enjoy what you’re doing – love it. You don’t have to start a business and the next day think that you’re the number one chef in the world. It’s about enjoying your craft, enjoying you cooking, having that passion of seeing the dish you created enjoyed by the guest. That’s what it’s all about and don’t forget that. All the rest will follow, you just focus on the basics and loving what you do. ✤

GO: VISIT BLEU BLANC BY DAVID MYERS, BASTA! BY DAVID MYERS AND POPPY BY DAVID MYERS AT RENAISSANCE DOWNTOWN HOTEL, DUBAI. CALL (0)4 512 5555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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TOP 6: FOODIE FUN AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, DUBAI Craving Thai food? Or how about a social evening with your favourite liquid concoction in hand? Whatever it is that you require this April, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai has got you covered with an array of food and beverage options…

RESORT-WIDE HAPPY HOUR Date: Daily Time: 4.30pm to 6.3 pm at La Baie, Palm Grill and Gulf Pavilion; 5.30pm to 7pm at Blue Jade; and 11.30pm to 1am at Amaseena. Get into the spirit and take advantage of picturesque views across the resort’s gardens, Arabian Gulf or the dazzling JBR skyline while sipping a crafted beverage, at one of the eight restaurants and bars at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. Enjoy a selection of happy hour deals with buy one, get one with our compliments across a range of house pours, mixed beverages, grapes and hops. SONGKRAN THAI WATER FESTIVAL AT BLUE JADE Date: April 8 to 15 Time: 6pm to 11.30pm Price: AED220 per person inclusive of a special four-course menu (guests can choose one from starter, soup, main course and dessert). AED320 per person inclusive of a special four-course menu and two Thai cocktails. A la carte dishes starting from AED55. AED75 for Thai inspired cocktail. With interiors designed to evoke the romance of Southeast Asia, the skillfully prepared dishes emanating from the 90

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dramatic open kitchen, this April, Chef Ta Van and his team will transport you to a Thai food market in the famed Songkran New Year festival. This national holiday has been honored as the means of transformation and change, and what better way to celebrate with family and friends over award-winning cuisine. Menu highlights include the classic Tom Yum soup, chicken and lemongrass salad, stir fry crispy seabass in chili tamarind sauce, prawn with cashew nuts and finished off with sticky rice and sweet coconut milk. CHILL AND GRILL SATURDAY BRUNCH AT PALM GRILL Date: Every Saturday Time: 1pm to 4pm Price: AED265 per person inclusive of soft beverages and AED415 per person inclusive of house beverages Palm Grill is the perfect place to unwind with your toes in the sand. On Saturdays, sit right on the beach while you enjoy the Chill & Grill barbecue session, featuring a buffet of fresh ceviche, tacos and salads, while chefs at the live grill cook salmon, lobster, prawns, sliders and more to order. Relax to the sounds of live music while you sip island-style mixed drinks and let yourself drift off to that idyllic escape you’ve been fantasising about since Sunday morning.


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JAZZ NIGHTS AT THE LIBRARY BAR Date: Every Thursday Time: Open from 5pm to 2am and live jazz from 9.30pm to 12.30am Inspired by a traditional drawing room, the Library Bar evokes elegance as this comforting environment welcomes guests who desire a bespoke and tailored experience. Laden with leather seating and cosy corners to unwind in, it is an idyllic spot to sample one of the flavorsome new age cigars and fine selection of house pours and craft cuisine, while listening to the mellow sounds of live jazz paying homage to the Jazz greats. Epitomising the gracious spirit of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, the Library Bar is the ideal destination for aperitifs or nightcaps; we welcome you to relax, slow down and appreciate the finer things in life.

PISCOS AND TACOS AT THE BEACH Date: Daily Time: 4pm onwards Price: AED79 for one signature serve plus a choice of three tacos; AED149 unlimited tacos; AED49 ala carte menu (each plate of taco x3); signature pisco beverage menu at AED45. Savor the blend of South and Central American, as you sip on one of Peru’s renowned Pisco infusions and feast on the flavorsome tacos of Mexico. Relax beachside as you indulge in this unconventional but perfectly married pair in this unique beachside pop-up venue. A casual feet-in-sand experience on bean bags or rustic benches, accompanied with live acoustic entertainment as you watch the sun set behind Ain Dubai. ✤

LONDON SOCIAL FRIDAY BRUNCH Date: Every Friday Time: 1pm to 4pm Price: Jubilee - AED 395 per person inclusive of nonalcoholic shandies, mocktails, juices and soft drinks. Victoria - AED 495 per person inclusive of signature summer cups, distinct selection of mixed house beverages, craft hops, grape, spirits and sparkling grape. Piccadilly - AED 650 per person inclusive of signature summer cups, distinct selection of mixed house beverages, craft hops, spirits, grape and premium sparkling. Children aged below five dine for free, while those aged six to 12 dine with a 50% discount. The Big Smoke is undeniably one of the biggest foodie capitals of the world, but why travel there when you can get the whole experience at London Social’s buzzing brunch? Prepare to go on a dining spree from the spices of Brixton and Little Beirut, to the stalls of Chinatown, Little Italy, and Borough Market, along with classics like fish and chips. GO: CALL (0)4 399 4000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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INDULGENT TREATS The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dubai has unveiled bespoke and locally-inspired treatments created to enhance your body, mind and soul on the shores of the Arabian Gulf in the heart of Dubai Marina, JBR.

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hether it’s a celebration, a time for quiet reflection, or part of your routine beauty care, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dubai at The Walk, JBR has crafted diverse experiences for each guest. In line with the reinvigoration of the spa, guests can indulge in a number of new packages, rituals and retreats at this awardwinning wellness venue.

SPA-CATION AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, DUBAI This season, escape to our timeless JBR property and enjoy an indulgent spa day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Begin your day of pampering with a 60-minute massage, followed by a two-course lunch in La Baie or the signature Afternoon Tea experience in The Lobby Lounge. This holistic journey is inclusive of day access to all the spa facilities including plunge pools, steam rooms and relaxation lounges along with the resort’s swimming pools and the only private beach along JBR, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Price: AED580* per person on weekdays and AED 680* per person on weekends inclusive of a 60-minute massage, a choice of lunch or afternoon tea and pool and beach access. SPA IT YOUR WAY Recharge, nurture and nourish your body and mind with a fully customized, 60-minute experience as you choose from a selection of 20-minute tailored spa treats. Continue the relaxation with access to the hot and cold plunge pools, outdoor spa lap pool, relaxation lounges and steam rooms. A choice of three of the following 20-minute well-being therapies: Back Exfoliation | Back Massage | Foot Reviver Massage | Hand Reviver Massage | Eye Treatment | Booster Facial | Head, Neck and Shoulder Massage | Scalp Massage with Conditioning Hair Treatment Price: AED580* per person for 60 minutes including a selection of three treatments. LADIES’ AND GENTLEMENS’ DAY AT THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, DUBAI Take advantage of Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s day at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dubai and luxuriate in the perfect setting as the technical expertise of our therapists guide you to a state of tranquility and relaxation. Experience the ultimate indulgence for Ladies on Mondays, and Gentlemen on Tuesdays; and book any 2 treatments of 60-minutes or above and receive 50% off the total treatment bill: the ideal opportunity of pampering with a friend or for spoiling yourself. Enhance your spa journey with access to all the spa facilities – relaxation lounge, outdoor spa lap pool, vitality area including heated beds, hot and cold plunge pools and steam rooms. Price: Book any two treatments, 60-minutes and above and enjoy 50%* off; valid for one person with two treatments or bring a friend and enjoy a treatment half-price each. Valid for Ladies on Mondays and Gentlemen on Tuesdays. Treatment prices starting from AED550 per person. THE ROSE AWAKENING RITUAL As The Ritz-Carton, Dubai heralds in a milestone celebration, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dubai introduces a bespoke 20th Anniversary treatment, exclusively created with ESPA. The Rose Awakening Ritual, incorporates rose geranium infused products and the soothing and healing properties of rose quartz crystal to create an undeniably unique experience, crafted just for you. The journey starts with a soothing, rose petal foot bath, followed by a gentle back exfoliation designed to leave your skin beautifully soft and deeply moisturized. Unwind with a firm back massage incorporating Ritz-Carlton’s exclusive Signature Relax and Sooth Oil to melt away any tension held in 92

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the upper body. The Rose Awakening Ritual is completed with a restoring and clarifying facial that instantly uplifts and firms the skin, giving you a healthy glow as heated rose quartz crystals are lightly massaged across the face to stimulate detoxification. Price: AED620* per person for a 75-minute ritual including rose footbath, back exfoliation and massage and facial. ✤

GO: TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. ABOVE OFFERS ARE NOT VALID IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTIONS OR DISCOUNTS. THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, DUBAI AT THE WALK, JBR IS OPEN DAILY FROM 9AM TO 10PM. CALL (0)4 318 6520 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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FACE OFF It’s not every day that you get to experience a facial that some of the world’s top celebrities can vouch for. Thanks to Willow Stream Spa’s partnership with leading London-based rejuvenation and antiageing aesthetic treatment pioneer, Dr. Rita Rakus, FACT’s Shabana Adam went to try the Red Carpet Facial and Deesse Pro LED mask at Fairmont the Palm’s homely sanctuary…

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hen it comes to spa visits, facials are usually the riskiest. After all, it’s your skin that comes into play and, often, products and therapies can be unpredictable if you’ve never tried them before. It’s safe to say that I was feeling a little apprehensive about trying the Red Carpet Facial and Deesse Pro LED mask at Willow Stream Spa. The idea of putting on a mask that was lit up to tackle skin concerns, seemed a little intense at first, that was until I was welcomed by a lovely team of warm and reassuring staff, who provided welcome drinks and snacks in abundance as well as a ton of advice and information about the treatment. Here goes: the Red Carpet Facial and Deesse Pro LED mask are both genius therapies conjured up by skin-expert Dr Rita Rakus. The Londonbased rejuvenation and anti-ageing aesthetic treatment innovator is an award-winning doctor with her own high-profile Knightsbridge practice. Dr. Rakus, otherwise known as the ‘Doctor to the Stars’ has launched a series of facial treatments, the latest being the Deesse Pro LED mask. The new exclusive treatment is the sixth therapy to be added to Willow Stream Spa’s collection by Dr Rakus, in addition to the BTL X-wave, BTL Exilis, VISIA skin analysis, HydraFacial and Perk Lip and Eye Treatments. One thing that gets me excited is the fact that this treatment is a favourite of many international celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Chrissy Teigen and Kate Hudson – if it’s good enough for the Hollywood squad, it has to work miracles on my lackluster complexion, right? Once I’ve slipped into a comfy robe and filled up on a healthy muffin and green tea, my therapist guides me to a beautiful treatment room where I instantly spot the mask in the corner. It reminds me of something out of the Blue Man Group shows, and looks like it means serious business. After a gentle foot scrub, I’m laying comfortably on the spa bed, ready to get glowing. My therapist informs me that the particular treatment I’ll be experiencing is dubbed the Red Carpet Facial – the go-to prep step in every A-listers’ regime for award’s night. Bring it on. This ultimate facial procedure incorporates all the benefits of the popular HydraFacial system which has become a big deal on its own. The unique Vortex-Fusion serum delivery system is what sets the HydraFacial MD apart from other procedures. The multi-step treatment cleanses, evenly exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time replenishing vital nutrients including antioxidants, peptides 94

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and hyaluronic acid. Thanks to the device’s superior delivery system, these performing ingredients are able to more effectively help mitigate environmental damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and plump and firm skin for long-term results that you can see and feel instantly. The added bonus of “Red Carpet” is the addition of the award-winning Exilis radio-frequency treatment which provides a sublime lifting and tightening function to the neck and face. And it’s before the final application of the award-winning Booster Serum and Booster Cream from Dr. LEVY Switzerland, that I get to experience the Deesse Pro LED mask. The light is set to blue, which my therapist advises is great for targeting pigmentation, dullness and signs of ageing. The mask has holes for the eyes and nose, so anyone who suffers from claustrophobia needn’t worry – plenty of breathing space. The mask provides a safe, pain-free way to achieve naturally vibrant and clearer skin. The device uses Low Light Therapy (LLT) by way of medical-grade, light emitting diodes (LED’s) to expose the skin to clinically proven wavelengths of light, delivered at safe, therapeutic doses. To be very honest, I could have easily napped for the 30 minutes that the mask was on – but, of course, selfie time! My therapist carries out a thorough massage of the arms, hands and décolletage – which helps to forget that this is actually a facial – it’s great for further relaxation. After the final touches, I lift myself up and 96

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Usain Bolt my way over to the nearest full-length, close-up mirror. I would hate to exaggerate, but WOW. My skin is, first and foremost, glowing. But, the best surprise is in the texture and how plump my usually sunken cheeks feel. So, this is why celebs look airbrush-perfect at special events. Got it. Lounging in the relaxation area with more tea and a plate of cashews, I smile like an excited schoolgirl every time a member of staff walks by and compliments the results of the treatment. If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to get from Dr Rakus’ mastermind work it’s that you’ll definitely feel and “Be Your Best” (the resort’s health and wellness brand promise) but also, for a short time, why not experience how the other half really lives?! ✤

RED CARPET FACIAL Duration: 90 minutes Price: AED1,900 per session DEESEE PRO LED MASK The mask is used in combination with any facial by Dr Rakus at Willow Stream Spa to create a lasting glow at just AED300 per 30-minute session. There’s a choice of eight treatment modes; Anti – Ageing, Purifying, Detoxifying, Brightening, Post Procedure, Calming, Purifying and Detoxifying or Purifying and Brightening. GO: CALL (0)4 457 3545 OR VISIT WWW.FAIRMONT.COM/ PALM-DUBAI/WILLOW-STREAM/ FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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Karolina Paliszewska Hotel Manager, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City

Tell us three things that set the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City apart from its competitors... Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City is the biggest Hilton hotel in the Middle East – with 1004 rooms and suites and impressive meeting facilities. One of the most impressive features is Al Joud ballroom that can host big conferences and even weddings, and La Perle offers the unique opportunity to be transformed to a conference space as well. In contrast to our great function spaces, we also offer amazing leisure facilities, so our guests can find balance between business and pleasure. And last but by no means the least, Hilton being part of the Al Habtoor City complex offers guests the advantage to dine in 23 outlets, enjoy three different pool decks, take

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classes at the Tennis Academy or enjoy the stunning La Perle show.

Bay. It’s one of my favourites to enjoy a good Indian dinner.

What are your favourite cultural hotspots in Dubai and why? Personally, I like to keep a balance between cultural entertainment and relaxation. I enjoy evenings at the Opera just as much as beach days, to relax from the busy hotel environment. As I started my career in F&B, I’m naturally curious to try out new restaurants and dining options. Whenever I have to show guests around, I take them to the region’s “must-sees” like Burj Kahlifa and even Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, but also make sure they get the chance to explore the old and authentic side of Dubai, by taking them to the “simpler” restaurants like Saarangaa Bhojan Shala in Business

Share with us some of your professional goals for the rest of 2019. With Ramadan just around the corner, we’re just preparing all of our exciting offerings. I personally love Ramadan – it’s a very special time of the year and I enjoy how a shared Iftar brings friends and family closer together. At Hilton, we’ll offer a great Iftar buffet for the whole family, with a big play area to also keep the kids entertained. For the rest of 2019, we want to build up on our successful group business from the first quarter. We were able to secure big groups like Government Summit or Special Olympics and received amazing feedback from them – so we are very motivated to keep the good work up to deliver the best service and hospitality possible.


A distinctive experience inspired by the true essence of Arabian hospitality.

In celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan, we are delighted to announce the return of the annual Ramadan Majlis, promising an unforgettable dining experience in a traditional ambiance. For bookings please call +971 4 372 2323 or visit ritzcarlton.com/difc

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How can we live stress free in 2019? Is this the year of JOMO and really looking after yourself? FACT digs deeper into what it means to decl...

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How can we live stress free in 2019? Is this the year of JOMO and really looking after yourself? FACT digs deeper into what it means to decl...

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