explore. experience. enjoy.
We uncover the breathtaking location of our brand new resort
DUBAI’S TASTEMAKERS SHARE THEIR INSIDER CITY GUIDES
LUXURIOUS SPOTS TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY
BEACH EREADS 1 WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 2011
Unique Nuptials Music Man SAY ‘I DO’ AT THESE SOUGHTAFTER WEDDING VENUES
SUPERSTAR JOHN LEGEND REVEALS HIS JOURNEY TO THE TOP
AL SAHRA DESERT RESORT EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
AL SAHRA DESERT RESORT EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
CONTENTS 06 ❱ THE BUZZ
28 ❱ LET’S DO BRUNCH
The latest news, tips and products to upgrade your fitness regime
The best deals for Friday meals on JBR
32 ❱ WEDDING SEASON
51 ❱ YOGA
Book a rejuvenating yoga retreat for yourself at Hatta Fort Hotel
07 ❱ IN-FLIGHT KIT
Tie the knot at one of our beautiful locations
52 ❱ SPEEDLFEX
The essentials to help you travel in style
38 ❱ MEGA MALLS
56 ❱ JOHN LEGEND
08 ❱ HOW TO BANISH JETLAG Bid farewell to jetlag with our tips on how to fight fatigue
10 ❱ ROOM WITH A VIEW A sneak peek into JA’s most in-demand suites
14 ❱ 48 HOURS IN MALÉ The ultimate guide to enjoying the city
18 ❱ SRI LANKA The countdown is on for our brand new JA Eclipse Beach Resort in Sri Lanka
24 ❱ DIFC & DOWNTOWN DUBAI
A guide to the top spots for retail therapy
The soul superstar opens up about hit songs and reaching his peak
40 ❱ SUMMER STYLE
58 ❱ INSIDER DUBAI
Fashionable finds for beach retreats and city trips
42 ❱ DIVE IN This season’s most stylish swimwear
44 ❱ BEACH BAG What to pack for a day by the shore
46 ❱ SPA TIME
The region’s tastemakers share their favourite places in the city
60 ❱ AMY BOULDEN
The golf champ reveals her pro tips for beginners
64 ❱ E-READS AND BEATS
Kindle books and summer sounds to download now
66 ❱ SOCIAL SCENE
Treat yourself to some pampering
See what’s trending at JA Resorts & Hotels
48 ❱ GET THE GLOW
68 ❱ OUT AND ABOUT
Pro tips for tackling skin woes
50 ❱ BEAUTY BUYS Protect and perfect this summer
What’s happening around the UAE?
74 ❱ WIN!
A big giveaway from JA Resorts & Hotels
PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES (COVER). SHUTTERSTOCK (CONTENTS)
We put a spotlight on the centre of the city
Suss out the latest at our fitness craze
A note from JA A very warm welcome to the latest edition of Discover. The last few months have been a whirlwind of exciting events and project developments, such as our new Sri Lanka JA Eclipse Beach Resort set to open in 2017 – which you can read all about in this issue (page 18). Over the summer we were honoured to receive a number of awards and guest indorsed accolades for our properties both in the UAE and Indian Ocean. These included World Travel Awards – The ‘Seychelles Leading Luxury Hotel Villa’, for Enchanted Island Resort, ‘Middle East’s Leading Family Resort’ for JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort (Dubai), ‘Middle East Leading Serviced Apartments’ for JA Oasis Beach Tower (Dubai) and the ‘Indian Oceans Leading Hotel Suite’ alongside the ‘Maldives Leading Hotel Suite’ for JA Manafaru, Maldives. We were also delighted to receive a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from TripAdvisor for Enchanted Island Resort in the Seychelles, which is a true testament to our guest experience on the idyllic island. As the UAE’s hottest months are now behind us, it’s time to enjoy all the city has to offer: from our incredible beach destinations and suites (page 10), to the top Friday brunches in town (page 28) and all the hidden gems of Downtown Dubai (page 24). With the wedding season in full swing, we’ve also rounded-up the most beautiful locations to tie the knot at our JA properties in the UAE and Indian Ocean and asked our onsite wedding coordinator to share his advice on successful planning (page 32). If you’re looking for a healthy few months ahead, find out about the return of our popular yoga retreat at Hatta Fort Hotel (page 51) and Speedflex, the latest fitness craze to takeover Dubai (page 52). I hope this issue offers you all the insider tips and spots to enjoy while you stay with us. We always love to hear from you, so please feel free to send us any holiday snaps, stories or comments to – discover@ jaresorts.com or follow us online facebook.com/jaresorts twitter @jaresorts instagram.com/jaresorts JA was thrilled to sponsor the Projecx Waterboys for the Amsterdam Rugby Sevens. The team played a fantastic game against international teams and took home the prestigious Heineken Boot trophy. Our congratulations to all the players.
David Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
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CONTRIBUTORS Favourite travel destination: I love Sri Lanka. I used to live there and adore the beaches, the food and the buzz of Colombo. Holiday packing essential: My Aeropress! I can’t live without my portable coffeemaker. Top travel tip: Before you go, ask everyone you know for contacts who live at your destination, and then get their insider info. My perfect trip: I travel for a living, so a proper holiday means lots of beach time and getting away from my laptop. NELL MCSHANEWULFHART WrITEr American, based in Uruguay
ANNAH CUTHBERT EdITor British, based in dubai
My favourite travel destination: I enjoy exploring the UAE, from taking staycations in the city to off the beaten track road trips to oman and Hatta. My holiday packing essential: A great swimsuit and comfortable walking shoes for discovering new places by foot. Top travel tip: Book in advance! I always do my research to find the best foodie spots and live music venues, which often get very busy, so definitely make reservations to avoid disappointment. My perfect trip: I love travelling and never turn down the opportunity to go somewhere new. I’m happy, as long as I have a great travel companion, a new book and an iPod full of my top tunes. SEAN WILLIAMS WrITEr British, based in Berlin
Favourite travel destination: Tokyo is amazing, but I also enjoy going to Sri Lanka – beaches, history and oodles of culture, right there, in front of you and bathed in sun. Holiday packing essential: I travel so light it’s ridiculous. Places are different. But there’s always something, or someone, to wash your clothes. Better than lugging a giant case around, or even thinking about it, any day. Top travel tip: Experiencing the world is to experience differences. To know people best, focus on our similarities. Life is a shared experience. My perfect trip: I’m a city boy so there are ideally plenty of people around – including my wife, of course – and plenty of history, culture and preferably some hopping nightlife to boot.
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Beat the fatigue when travelling between time zones with these easy travel tips
The secret to defeating the dreaded jetlag begins on the plane. While it might be tempting to kick back in the air with a few glasses of your favourite tipple, frequent flyers recommend sticking to lots of water and herbal tea. Snack smart and forgo the salty inflight meals that can leave you feeling heavy. Pick up a healthy wrap and salad at the terminal and load up on fresh berries and almonds. 8
Pop in your earplugs and snuggle down for a powernap. If you struggle with sleeping in the air, take the time to enjoy the tech-free environment and catch up on your favourite top TV shows or new films on the inflight entertainment. Avoid sleeping pills as they can leave you feeling drowsy on arrival. Be sure to move around on the plane when possible. Take a stroll up and down the aisle to stretch your legs.
Once settled and unpacked at the hotel, go for a swim or gentle jog on the beach to shake off the journey. Light exercise will help get your blood flowing and ward off any bloating from the flight. Adjusting to a new time zone can take a few nights at your new destination. Plan your movements to help you gradually shift your body block and save the intensive sightseeing for a few days into the trip. magazine
10 Luxurious suites 14 MalĂŠ 18 Sri Lanka 24 Downtown Dubai magazine
with a view
A look inside JA Resorts & Hotelâ€™s most luxurious suites
Enchanted Island Resort, Seychelles:
Owner’s signature Villa This elegant villa is perched atop the picturesque Enchanted Island in the Seychelles. With incredible views overlooking the Indian Ocean and a private stairway to the pristine beach, this idyllic spot is an unparalleled luxurious haven. Inside you’ll find space for up to four guests, with two bedrooms including a secluded master complete with a king-sized bed and a spa-inspired bathroom hanging above the sea. The décor comprises rustic magazine
handpicked antiques, vintage art and cosy furnishings to ensure you feel at home. The spacious villa also boasts its own infinity pool as well as an outdoor rain shower to cool off after sunbathing. Highlight: The villa’s private deck with a gazebo and tropical gardens is perfect for dining under the stars with your loved ones. Details: Enchanted Island Resort, Seychelles, call (+971) 04 8145678. Website: jaresortshotels.com/ properties/enchantedIsland Facebook: facebook.com/ enchantedislandresort 11
Grand Water tWo Bedroom SuiteS Soak up the breathtaking views of the Indian Oceanâ€™s azure waters from this suite on stilts. Offering space for up to six guests, the exclusive villa comes with designer amenities, a spacious living room, sea-view bedrooms, with luxe bathrooms and your very own outdoor deck complete with a large swimming pool. During your stay, there will be a dedicated villa host on hand to make sure your every whim is taken care of, from booking pampering spa treatments to stocking the in-villa bar with all your favourites. Highlight: Dive off your private jetty for a spot of snorkelling. The clear waters allow swimmers to enjoy the magical underwater seascape with colourful corals and over 2,000 species of tropical fish. Details: JA Manafaru, Maldives, call (+971) 04 48145577. Website: jaresortshotels.com/ properties/jamanafaru Facebook: facebook.com/manafaru 12
JA Palm Tree Court: Beachfront Suite at the reSidence
Set on a stretch of pristine beach among the resort’s lush gardens, the JA Palm Tree Court’s beachfront villa houses a special collection of 2-bedroom suites, 1-bedroom suites and junior suites. Guests staying in these exclusive rooms will be treated before they even arrive, with access to a Pre-Stay Planner to help customise their stay. The beautiful suites also come tricked out with all of the latest home entertainment systems – including a PlaySation for the little ones to enjoy! Whether you’re looking for a weekend escape, a romantic retreat or a family trip, the JA Palm Tree Court offers a getaway for all. Highlight: Take in the incredible sunset before dinner and go for a lazy stroll along the palm-lined beach. You might even spot some of the resort’s incredible wildlife – including their pet peacocks! Details: JA Palm Tree Court, call (+971) 04 8145555. Website: jaresortshotels.com/properties/ jagr/palmtreecourt Facebook: facebook.com/jebelaligolfresort magazine
Most travellers use Malé, capital of the stunning Maldives, as a stepping-stone to the country’s many resorts. But there’s more than enough in this mercantile gem to keep one happy for hours. Here’s how to spend 48 of them well…
AERIAL VIEW OF MALÉ. ABOVE IMAGES, L-R: SEAPLANE TERMINAL AT THE MALÉ AIRPORT, MULEEAAGE SULTAN’S PALACE, GUESTS BOARDING A FERRY TO THE ISLANDS. magazine
WORDS: SEAN WILLIAMS. PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES AND SHUTTERSTOCK
s home to almost half of all Maldivans, Malé is by far the atoll nation’s most important city. Hundreds of years as a fishing and trading post have lent the capital a bright, bustling aura at odds with the laid-back attitude of the rest of the country. That said, it’s still a city surrounded by breathtakingly blue ocean and lined with historic buildings – a soulless metropolis it most certainly isn’t. Malé, and the Maldives, has grown up under a variety of ethnicities and religions – from Sri Lankans and Indians in prehistory, to Buddhists, Brits, Dutch, Portuguese and Arabs, the latter of whom gave the country its Islamic faith, architecture and even some of its linguistic heritage. Malé’s crushed coral, tile-roofed homes are iconic of island life, while a variety of mosques, museums and markets reflect Maldives’ fascinating location at a crossroads of great empires. 15
JOURNEY among the tight-wound streets, though, and you’ll find more than enough to keep you fascinated for two days.
THE HARBOUR OF THE CAPITAL, MALÉ, MALDIVES.
Any visitor to the Maldives will arrive via Malé International Airport (MLE), located on Hulhule Island near the capital. It is surely one of the planet’s most gorgeous descents – and the connections aren’t bad either. MLE hosts the biggest seaplane operations in the world, and it’s one of these that you’ll need to get if you’re headed to or from the JA Manafaru resort, winner of countless awards. Direct travellers from MLE to Malé, meanwhile, can hop on an airport 16
ferry, of which there are dozens daily that leave at intervals from ten to 30 minutes at minimal cost. There are also speedboat services, in case you’ve developed that rare condition in Maldivan vacationers – a hurry. Don’t expect a languid, coastal town on the southern shore of Kaafu Atoll, however: Malé has long been a prized location with little space, and it shows. The building trend for years has been skyward, and a cluster of white-lined blocks juts out of the sand like a bonsai Miami. Weave
Islam shapes almost all aspects of life in the Maldives – it became an Islamic Republic three years after the end of British rule, in 1968 – and good places to start sightseeing in the capital are Malé’s two most famous mosques: the Old Friday Mosque and the Grand Friday Mosque and Islamic Centre. The former, known locally as Hukuru Miskiiy, dates from 1656, at which point the Maldives had already been an Islamic region for up to 500 years. Its coral walls and Quranic carvings are an understated marvel, while its short, muscular minaret is different to most you’ll see across the Muslim world. The Grand Friday Mosque could barely be more different, having been erected in 1984 at the behest of former president Mammon Abdul Gayoom, who served from 1978 to 2008. The Islamic Centre of which it’s a part was named after the 16th century Maldivan hero Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam, who defeated the Portuguese with his brothers Ali and Hasan. His tomb is located at another mosque near the central Sultan Park. Opposite lies Muliaage, the President’s Palace, a brightly-coloured building dating to 1914, and the National Museum, which, despite a 2012 break-in during which 30 ancient Buddhist stone carvings were destroyed, still houses an impressive array of items from the Maldives’ past.
For a real look into daily life in Malé, you’ll need to visit the city’s many markets. Fish is at the top of the local roster, and the main Fish Market, located on the ribboning Boduthakurufaanu Magu road, is a heady mix of sights, sounds and live-action gutting. The latter might not be your favourite tourist activity, but an amble through the market’s tight-wound stalls is exciting and eyecatching. Visit in the mid-afternoon magazine
AN EVENING VIEW OF THE STREETS OF MALÉ. BELOW IMAGES, L-R: DOMINATING THE MALÉ SKYLINE FROM THE SEA IS THE SHINING GOLDEN DOME AND THE MINARET OF THE ISLAMIC CENTER, FRESH CATCH FROM THE MALE PORT AND TROPICAL BEACH SUNSET IN MALDIVES.
when the bartering really steps up. If you’re more in the mood for fruit and vegetables, there’s plenty on offer for you too. Malé’s bustling produce market comprises stacks of coconuts, bananas, yams, nuts and just about anything bright and juicy. And there are also markets catering to artisans hawking locally made arts and crafts, for something unique to take home. There are shops and cinemas, and even the National Stadium, home to the national football side, the ‘Red Snappers’, should you be around on game day. But most activities in the small island city are to be
found offshore in the guise of a wide selection of dive and surf trips. The Sea Explorers Dive School, a short walk from the stadium, is Malé’s best-known.
Whether you’ve explored Malé on foot or in the sea, there’s plenty of good food on offer. Many of the city’s most reputable upmarket eateries focus on southeast Asian cuisine, and places such as Sala Thai, Symphony and Belle Amie Bistro prepare traditional cuisine with the city’s abundance of fresh seafood. For a real taste of the Maldives, head to Irudhashu Hotaa,
where the fish curries and traditional hedhikaa, a local samosa variant, are dished out in their hundreds after prayers. Newport, situated on the beachfront, is an eclectic mix of European, Middle Eastern and local fare, and offers good coffee for the tired traveller. The Jazz Café, contrary to its evening-oriented name, is an excellent breakfast spot and a cozy retreat from the nearby jetties and harbours. Which is useful, because that hustle-bustle is the way you’ll be returning to the JA Manafaru, or home, after a packed two days in one of the world’s quaintest capitals.
Sri Lanka S
ri Lanka is – no question – on the rise. Tourists are rediscovering the charms of the island nation, which has beautiful beaches, exotic animals, verdant highlands and ancient monuments, all contained in an area about the size of Ireland. Big it isn’t, but it’s home to an array of things to see and do out of all proportion to its size. The big draw for most visitors, deservedly, is the beaches. Sri Lanka’s beaches, especially those on the south and east coasts, are world-beating, with all the soft sand, lush vegetation and clear turquoise waters that one could ask for. So it makes perfect sense that JA Resorts & Hotels is due to open a new resort in Sri Lanka in 2017 on one of these spectacular beaches.
WORDS: NELL MCSHANE WULFHART. PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES AND SHUTTERSTOCK
The JA Eclipse Beach Resort will bring its own brand of extraordinary hospitality to the tropical shores of Sri Lanka’s east coast, where the countdown has begun to a truly unique new luxury destination
Guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to meals, as the resort is set to have eight distinct dining options.
SRI LANKAN STILT FISHERMEN AT SUNSET ON THE SOUTH COAST. magazine
JOURNEY Kathiraveli, which lies between the cities of Trincomalee and Batticaloa on Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, was chosen for its natural beauty and will be home to the first ever luxury resort in the area. Imagine arriving by seaplane to see a collection of three-bedroom villas and private pools laid out on a worldclass beach backed by natural greenery. Tempted? Read on…
TREETOP SUITES AND PRIVATE POOLS Colourful fishing boats, blue skies, white sand and palm trees: that postcard-perfect scene will be the showcase for 108 luxury suites and villas running along 450 metres of beachfront and forming a luxurious retreat under the name of JA Eclipse Beach Resort. Paying tribute to its stunning coastal location, water is an integral part of the resort’s design, incorporated everywhere from free-form swimming pools scattered throughout to a lazy river trailing its way through the resort to various water features and private villa pools. The villas themselves also offer
AERIAL VIEW OF RANKOT VIHARA A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN THE ANCIENT CITY OF POLONNARUWA OF SRI LANKA.
multiple bedrooms (with canopied king-sized beds) and outdoor rainfall showers, but guests can choose to elevate themselves in the resort’s modern tree-top suites instead, from which the views out to sea are unsurpassed. Luxury – this is a five-star resort after all – is the key component here, and every detail of the suites and villas, from the Sri Lankan-inspired furniture to the lavish bedding, has been carefully chosen.
Thanks to the beautifully clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka’s developing itself as a top destination for watersports (Arugam Bay and Hikkaduwa in particular are starting to pop up on surfers’ radars), and JA Eclipse 20
Beach Resort will have its own fully equipped watersports centre. This will include a PADI dive centre where qualified instructors will take guests scuba diving, and it will even offer nitrox diving, which means deeper, longer dives. For guests who prefer to stay above the water, whale-watching tours run regularly – Sri Lanka’s coasts are one of the best in the world for spotting the enormous blue whale. Parasailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing and jet skiing will also be offered, allowing guests to spend as much time getting active in the ocean as they do lounging at one of the resort’s four main swimming pools.
Vacationing together as a family is important, but there are moments when every member of the family wants to do something different. The JA Eclipse Beach Resort has plans to keep kids of all ages entertained with clubs and activities, including a crèche that will babysit children from four months to three years old when parents need a break. The ‘Coolzone’ is tailored toward children from four to 12 years of age, and older teens can hang out and meet new friends at the ‘Chillzone’. For adults, the spa and wellness centre can serve as a wonderful retreat and opportunity for some well deserved “me time”, with a variety of therapeutic and beauty treatments. Before a massage or facial in one of the peaceful rooms designed in tropical style, guests can meditate in the herb-infused relaxation garden, or luxuriate in the hydro pools, sauna and steam room. Older kids may want to scuba dive or parasail, and adventurous families with a sense of humour can pile onto a “banana boat” – a long inflated tube pulled through the waves behind a boat. The rapid twists and turns often land riders in the water – luckily, the ocean here is warm! Guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to meals, as the resort is set to have eight distinct dining options. Romantic evening for two? Visit the wine cave for a relaxing pre-dinner drink before sampling Sri Lankan specialties and Asian fusion dishes at the White Orchid. Family meal, post-swim? Meet up at the pizzeria, or try the beach bar and grill. Lively drinks with friends? Head to Eclipse for music and perfectly crafted evening cocktails.
AN ETHICAL RESORT
As part of JA’s policy of supporting its associates as much as possible, a selection of Sri Lankan members of staff may be given the opportunity to return home to work at the new resort. The company will also be hiring heavily from the local population, bringing tourism jobs to a part of magazine
6. 1. The JA TeAm unveiled The new Sri lAnkA proJecT AT ThiS yeAr’S ATm evenT. 2. colourful line up of Tuk TukS in The STreeTS of Sri lAnkA. 3. TrAdiTionAl ArchiTecTure in GAlle forT. 4. elephAnT orphAnAGe in pinnAwAlA. 5. BuddhiST monkS AT AnurAdhApurA, The hiSToric cApiTAl of Sri lAnkA. 6. deliciouS nATive currieS And delicAcieS.
5. Sri Lanka that has been slow to develop. Other plans include purchasing from local suppliers, opening a clinic, and potentially running training programmes for students at the property itself, with a view to making the resort an integral and valued part of the local community – an important facet of the JA philosophy. With properties in the Seychelles and Maldives, JA is no stranger to running tropical resorts in the Indian Ocean, but Sri Lanka is a truly special destination. It’s emerging as magazine
a bright new star on the tourism horizon, and the delights it offers are unparalleled. The convenient location of the JA Eclipse Beach Resort means easy access not just to the coast, but to the country’s lush tea plantations, leopardspotting safaris, and historic sights. There’s enough to do in Sri Lanka to keep you entertained for weeks, but if you prefer to splash in a swimming pool, gazing out on an idyllic beach scene before retiring to your luxury villa for a pre-dinner snooze, we understand. Roll on 2017. 21
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PHOTOS: FAROOQ SALIK
1. Name: M. Janaranjana 2. Peiris age: 56 Job: Assistant chief engineer at the JA Ocean View Hotel HometowN: Panadura (Kalutara District) wHat do you tHiNk tHe New resort will briNg to tHis part of sri laNka? Kathiraveli is a developing area. I’m sure this will mean great expansion for tourism there, and create lot of jobs and business opportunities for Sri Lankans. wHat do you tHiNk guests will eNJoy most about sri laNka? Sri Lanka is a peaceful country, and guests will enjoy it very much – both relaxing at the resort and visiting all of Sri Lanka’s historical sites. 2. Name: Thushara Chaminda Perera age: 42 Job: Housekeeping supervisor at the JA Oasis Beach Tower HometowN: Colombo wHat do you tHiNk tHe New resort will briNg to tHe area iN sri laNka? Kathiraveli is quiet, and it has a beautiful, natural, unspoilt beach. The resort will help this area develop, and a lot of local tradespeople will benefit from the hotel. wHat do you tHiNk tHe guests will eNJoy most? They’ll enjoy Sri Lanka’s culture, temples, and history, along with 22
With the opening of the new property in 2017, here, a few Sri Lankan staff members tell us what they love most about their country
3. traditional dancing. Also the nature and botanical gardens – a new zoo has just opened – and the local fresh food, especially the coconuts!
3. Name: Manjula Priyandha age: 30 Job: Senior lifeguard at the JA Oasis Beach Tower HometowN: Galle wHat do you tHiNk guests will eNJoy most about sri laNka? There is a real mix of historic sights, with many temples and ancients ruins like Sigiriya. Also, there is marine life, like the whales and dolphins, which it’s a pleasure to see. if you go back to sri laNka, wHat are you most lookiNg forward to? Being closer to my family. I’ve just recently become a father and I would love to see my daughter more. wHat’s your favourite part of your Job? There are a lot of opportunities for the staff here, such as training, which gives us the chance to grow and better provide for our families. My favourite part of my job is working with a great team. 4. Name: Aysha Samath age: 29 Job: Hostess at Sahr Al Bahar restaurant – JA Ocean View Hotel HometowN: Colombo wHat do you tHiNk tHe New
resort will briNg to tHe area iN sri laNka? I think the JA Eclipse Beach Resort will be a great addition to Sri Lankan tourism and will definitely set a new benchmark for all the hotels in Sri Lanka, thanks to our brand of casual luxury and heartfelt hospitality. wHat do you particularly love about sri laNka? I love the nature, the beaches, and, of course, my family and friends. if you returN to sri laNka, wHat do you look forward to most? Mostly my mother’s cooking! And also Sri Lankan kottu rotti, one of my favorite dishes. 5. Name: Priyan Awantha age: 34 Job: Restaurant Manager at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort HometowN: Colombo wHat do you tHiNk tHe New resort will briNg to tHe area iN sri laNka? This will bring more job opportunities for people in the area, and help to open the area for new tourists. wHat do you particularly love about sri laNka? Its natural beauty, nature, greenery, culture, fresh and organic food, Ayurvedic treatments and much more! wHat do you tHiNk tHe guests will eNJoy most? All of the above, plus the wildlife, the incredible history, and the friendliness of the people. magazine
Difc & Downtown Dubai
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Discover the beating heart of the city away from the masses
igger is certainly seen as better in Downtown Dubai and DIFC. Dubbed ‘The Centre of the Now’, these neighbourhoods are home to the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Fountain, the world’s highest performing fountain, and The Dubai Mall, an enormous retail haven with thousands of shops and restaurants spanning over 5 million sq.ft. But there is plenty more to see and do surrounding these blockbuster tourist destinations. Here, we share the hidden gems you ought to discover now…
First of all, visit The Dubai Design District, otherwise known as d3, a new creative neighbourhood to be filled with a mix of office space, major brand flagship stores and small boutiques with galleries, workshops and artists’ studios. While the project is still under construction, it’s set to be the new hub for the region’s design talent. Guests are welcome and it’s well worth a visit to see what’s up-and-coming in the Middle East’s art and fashion industry. (dubaidesigndistrict.com) Culture vultures will also be pleased to see a plethora of cutting-edge art galleries in this part of the city. The
region exhibits a huge variety of established Middle Eastern artists, sculptors and emerging talent. If you fancy adding to your collection, or simply browsing the incredible creative displays, head to Gate Village in DIFC where you will find Cuadro Gallery (cuadroart.com), The Empty Quarter (theemptyquarter.com) and Opera Gallery (operagallery.com). While hailing a taxi might seem like the easy route, why not work up your appetite (or burn off the previous night’s feast), and rent a bike. Fun for the whole family, this is our favourite way to see the city. Byky (bykystations.com) has stations set magazine
up in various areas around town, including Downtown Dubai. Prices start at Dhs15 for 30 minutes. There are cafés dotted on nearly every street corner in DIFC and Downtown Dubai. If you’re travelling with little ones, treat them to lunch at Pizzaro (pizzaro. me) on Emaar Boulevard, a local favourite serving some of the best pizza in the city. For dinner make your way to DIFC, an upmarket business district and home to many of the Emirate’s top-tier restaurants, including Gaucho, Zuma and the popular Le Petit Maison – a highend French restaurant lovingly nicknamed ‘LPM’ by Dubai’s socialites. If you fancy a taste of the Middle East, try Em Sherif (emsherif.com), a fine dining experience based around authentic Lebanese cuisine. The jewel-box décor, glamorous crowd and delicious food have made this a new hotspot in town. If you’re after a more casual scene, we recommend Zaroob magazine
(zaroob.com), a quirky eatery with fun interiors and live cooking stations rustling up Arabic street dishes with a twist. As the sun sets and the palm trees lining Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard are illuminated by thousands of twinkling fairy lights, Downtown Dubai is a spectacular setting to while away an evening.
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Feast & Celebrate
28 Best Brunches 32 Wedding
Friday brunch has become a weekend ritual for expats in Dubai. The options are endless; from all you can eat and drink packages to elegant à la carte affairs. We’ve combed through the myriad of offerings to find you the very best deals on JBR from JA Resorts & Hotels…
GIRDERS & GIRDERS GARDEN
This laidback venue draws in the weekend crowds with its gastro pub vibe and top-notch food. Girders and Girders Garden is located on the 1st floor of JA Ocean View Hotel, and its vibe is cheerful and relaxed, with steel bar tops, cement floors, industrial metal light fixtures and comfy leather bar stools. Girders often holds quiz nights, live music acts and showcases the biggest sporting events, making it a top spot to take in the game with friends. The great British grub comes with a Gaelic twist; think classic English breakfast plates and roasts with all the trimmings, as well as salads and tasty sweet treats for dessert. The food is served buffet-style, allowing guests to dig into as much or as little as they like. Go for a seat indoors to take in all the action, or grab a bench at the picnic tables outside on their rooftop garden. Girders keeps their doors open until 3am, so you can push the fun time until the wee hours! Time: Brunch runs every Friday from 12-4pm Price: Dhs199 with house beverages besT for: The party-goers and outdoor lovers book now: Call (04) 8145918 or visit jaresortshotels.com 28
This New York inspired spot has become a popular eatery among JBRâ€™s stretch of beachfront cafes and restaurants. Located in JAâ€™s Ocean View Hotel, the trendy venue has an urban loft motif, with soft leather sofas and tables crafted from recycled materials such as vintage crates and steel piping. Exposed brick walls with bold graffiti by local and international street artists add to the urban atmosphere, creating a warm, groovy vibe. On the foodie front, expect hearty organic fare to suit all tastes. Fusing contemporary American and traditional Mediterranean cuisine, the menu offers a variety of dishes sourced from regional farmers and fair-trade cooperatives. For brunch, Tribeca lays out an impressive buffet spread, including roast chicken, fish fillets, hand-made gnocchi and ravioli, as well as seven different types of salads. Time: Brunch runs every Friday from 2-5pm Price: Dhs349 with house beverages, Dhs249 with soft drinks BesT for: The health-conscious Book Now: Call 050 3456067 or visit tribeca.ae magazine
TRIBECA KITCHEN & BAR
An experience friends and family can enjoy, Le Rivage is a beautiful French-style buffet restaurant with a brasserie feel. Set on the ground floor of the JA Ocean View Hotel, this eatery offers European cuisine including freshly carved Rotisserie meats and decadent desserts. The interior is elegant with a soothing palette of soft creams and greys, with
shiny marble floors and white leather chairs for dining. Le Rivage hosts a brilliant brunch with numerous live cooking stations, serving up lemon chicken, pan-fried hake with tomato olive sauce, mix seafood salad, steamed vegetables, pumpkin soup and much more. For dessert, donâ€™t leave without trying their incredible fruit tartlets and lavender panna cotta.
The best bit? Kids can enjoy fun in the sun at the hotelâ€™s swimming pool or Cool Zone while parents dine. Time: Brunch runs every Friday from 12.30 to 4pm price: Dhs179 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house beverages BesT for: A classy afternoon out Book now: Call (04) 8145590 or visit jaresortshotels.com
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Wedding Say ‘I do’ in style at the most romantic locations in the UAE
ooking for the perfect location to hold your big day? We’ve got you covered with a list of luxurious resorts and packages to turn your fantasy into a reality. Whether you’ve always wanted a laidback beach ceremony or dreamt of a grand marquee affair, JA Resorts & Hotels is on hand to create a tailor-made wedding to suit your tastes.
JA Resorts & Hotels is on hand to create a tailor-made wedding to suit your tastes.
A WEDDING SETTING AT JA JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT.
JA JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT
As soon as your wedding party arrives at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort they’ll fall for the lush green surroundings, palm-lined beach and idyllic fish-filled streams. Opt for a private ceremony on the beach as the soft white sand, cool ocean breeze and picturesque sunset set the scene for your nuptials. Or throw a lavish garden feast on the manicured croquet lawn overlooking the golf course and private marina. With numerous options, the resort can host up to 2,500 guests.
Push the boat out for your special day and take to the seas for an onboard wedding. The unique experience comes courtesy of Bateaux Dubai, an elegant 56-metre long vessel with space for up to 300 family and friends. As you enjoy the cruise, take in the vista of twinkling city lights along with great entertainment and fine dining. This is sure to be a memorable occasion for you and your loved ones. 34
HATTA FORT HOTEL
Travel east of the Emirates, just one hour’s drive from Dubai, to Hatta Fort Hotel, a mountain retreat surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of the Hajar Mountains. Accommodating up to 1,200 guests in a selection of outdoor venues, including a vast garden marquee, this charming retreat is a scenic spot to hold your festivities. 100 of your guests can also stay overnight by booking one of the resort’s beautiful chalet-style rooms.
JA AL SAHRA DESERT RESORT
The JA Al Sahra Desert Resort offers a spectacular backdrop for couples looking to tie the knot in an Arabian setting. Less than a 30-minute car ride from Dubai’s World Trade Centre, the resort offers a host of amazing venues to hold your event, from marquees and private majlis terraces to a dramatic outdoor amphitheatre with tiered seating for up to 3,000 guests.
Visit jaresortshotels.com to view the wedding brochure. For more information call (04) 8145555 magazine
THE WEDDING PLANNER
hile throwing a wedding is an enjoyable experience, it often comes with the stress of planning such a momentous event. From menus to try, cakes to pick and seating plans to arrange, the list of to-do’s can seem never-ending. On hand to take the stress out of the planning process, meet Rijan Sabordo, JA’s Wedding Planner. Here, he opens up his little black bridal book and reveals his expert tips to organising your special day. “Wedding planning is one of the most challenging parts of the hospitality industry. You need to be creative, good at listening, attentive and very patient. I always tell my clients to sit back and relax as I’m there to take on the responsibility and help them realise their dream wedding – a very memorable day which only happens once!”
The BesT DaTe Once your fiancé pops the question you need to start thinking about the ideal date. It’s important to get married at a time that also works for your family and friends. Decide on at least three preferred dates in case one is not available at your selected venue.
Venue Armed with your dates, next it’s onto the location. Ask about the availably upfront to avoid any disappointment. The venue should possess the quality of your requirements. JA Resorts & Hotels offer a brilliant variety of options for weddings; including blessings, dinner receptions and after parties.
RsVP Once you have the date and venue fixed, send out your invitations as early as possible, this will ensure your guests mark the event in their calendar and you can start finalising numbers.
the design, flavour and how many layers you require. You want to make sure that there is enough for all of your bridal party to enjoy a slice.
ConCePTualising Pick out your decorations; this will include the signage, table plan board, chair bow colours, an arch for your ceremony and the lightings for the venue. Decide on the flowers that you want to use, as some florals are seasonal and will not be available. Also select stationaries such as table numbers, guest name cards and your guest book. For party favours, look for something personal that reflects your love story.
The PhoTogRaPhy Once you have confirmed your photographer, ask them to visit the venue to check out the best spots for your photo session. To avoid delaying your event on the day, decide on how many hours you will need them for, so that you do not end up paying extra for unnecessary pictures.
When deciding the menu, think about what will be enjoyable for different tastebuds. Check over your guest list to gauge what kind of beverage package to go for: this will also help bring down costs. For the cake, select magazine
Ask your hair and make-up artist to do a free trial in the lead-up to your big day to avoid any botch-ups or allergies to certain beauty products. When it comes to creating your wedding gown, ask the designer or
tailor to use the softest materials. It will be a long day and while you want to look you best, it’s important to be comfortable.
enTeRTainMenT A great band or musician will add fun to your wedding. Ask them to interact with your guests and encourage everyone to hit the dance floor!
eVenT Running oRDeR This is a must to making sure your days runs on time and also to avoid delays. From duration of blessings to photography times and speeches, I help my clients put together a schedule for the event.
logisTiCs anD aCCoMMoDaTion I advise asking your guests to book a hotel room in the same place where you will be holding your wedding reception. This will help them arrive on time.
Relax Once you’ve organised the above, you’re nearly there! Take the time to relax and enjoy the festivities before your wedding. For more information about Rijan’s planning services, e-mail email@example.com 35
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MEGA W MALLS
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The insider’s guide to navigating Dubai’s top shopping destinations
ith dozens of malls, boutiques and souks selling everything you could possibly imagine, from designer goods to fine jewels and toys, Dubai has become synonymous with shopping. The region’s expansive malls, with their indoor ski slopes, ice-rinks and aquariums look more like luxurious theme parks than shopping spots. But don’t be fooled, these blockbuster retail havens house hundreds of shops to indulge in a little retail therapy. Credit cards at the ready!
The Dubai Mall ArguAbly the most famous of the malls, largely thanks to its enormous square footage, The Dubai Mall is a bustling tourist attraction in the heart of the city. Ranked one of the biggest malls in the world, this retail complex could keep you entertained for weeks. Start with the Dubai Fountain performance, an elaborate water display showcased on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake with choreographed water jets shooting as high as 500 ft. The show occurs every 30 minutes from 6pm till 11pm daily. The mall also has an ice-rink and aquarium making it a great day out for the entire family. 38
While you’d be hard-pressed to visit all the shops in just one outing, there will be something for everyone, from high-end designer stores such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton, to stylish boutiques Symphony and S*uce – fashion fans will be spoilt for choice! There are plenty more retail options for others, selling everything from books and music to tech and jewellery. refuel: Stop in for a healthy bite at Social House. Offering fresh juice, rustic flat bread pizzas, super-food salads and a handful of delicious Asian dishes, this buzzy café will suit all taste buds. the detAils: Visit thedubaimall.com magazine
ENJO Y This enormous mall is one of the busiest shopping destinations in Dubai. With hundreds of stores, dining outlets and entertainment attractions, Mall of the Emirates is a brilliant place for a fun day out. The real selling point is the indoor ski resort. An artificial wintery wonderland with ice sculptures, live penguins, a toboggan run, five ski runs (the longest being 400m) and a Freestyle Zone with jumps and rails – you’ll feel as though you’re swishing down the slopes of the French Alps. On the shopping front, this mall has all the international heavy-hitters, including Topshop, H&M and Zara, as well as sports shops, children’s wear and much more. refuel: St. Tropez Bistro offers a quiet retreat away from the heaving shops. Enjoy a menu full of French classics such as bouillabaise, duck confit and moules marinieres in an elegant and relaxed setting. The deTails: Visit malloftheemirates.com
how To geT There
Mall of the Emirates Ibn Batutta
JA Resorts & Hotels offer free shuttle bus services for guests to a number of malls and tourist attractions in Dubai; including Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and much more. Available from JA Ocean View Hotel, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort and JA Ocean Beach Tower. Contact the hotel’s concierge service for more information.
The elaboraTe design and exotic architecture steal the show at this shopping mall. Inspired by the 14thcentury Arab explorer Ibn Battuta, the décor traces his travels in six themed courts (China, Persia, Egypt, India, Tunisia, Andalusia). There are more than 200 stores, including department store Debenhams, plus a plethora of fashion and lifestyle boutiques. As the sprawling shopping complex is all on one level, the mall provides golf carts to transport you to your next stop. There is also an IMAX cinema showing all the latest films. refuel: While there is a food court with over 16 outlets, we recommend grabbing a bite at Lemonade. This Los Angeles import sells itself as a part lemonade stand and part grade-school cafeteria serving seasonal Southern California comfort food. Load up on a tasty plate of deli favourites after hitting the shops. The deTails: Visit ibnbattutamall.com magazine
STYLE Coral-branch necklace, Dhs2,142, Oscar de la Renta visit matchesfashion.com
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Fedora hat, Dhs158, River Island, visit riverisland.com
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Yellow shorts, Dhs195, Topshop, visit topshop.com
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Leather sandals, Dhs1,931, Louise Leah, visit avenue32.com
Give your soles a break and steer clear of over packing the heels. Sand and stilettos is not a match made in style heaven. Instead opt for studded gladiator sandals or colourful flip-flops. 40
Raffia beach bag, Dhs397, Mar Y Sol, visit shoptiques.com magazine
City breakers will need an array of climatically appropriate dresses with flat sandals for sightseeing plus a pair of jazzy heels for after-dark fun. Mixed metal watch, Dhs1,561, Marc by Marc Jacobs, visit asos.com
Denim shirt, Dhs165, Topshop, visit topshop.com
Red top, Dhs1,682, Isa Arfen, visit stylebop.com
Leather bucket bag, Dhs7,730, Proenza Schouler, visit net-a-porter.com
Black jumpsuit, Dhs2,490, T by Alexander Wang, visit bysymphony.com
Printed dress, Dhs165, Mango, visit mango.com
Green skirt, Dhs554, Boden, visit boden.co.uk
For packing convenience, make sure all of your clothes multi-task, e.g. a pair of shorts to match three tops and a dress to go with all shoes.
Khaki jacket, Dhs681, J. Crew, visit jcrew.com
Embellished heels, Dhs4,800, Aquazzura, visit mytheresa.com magazine
STYLE TYLE Printed bandeau swimsuit, Dhs206, River Island, visit riverisland.com
Fuchsia bikini, Dhs135, Dorothy Perkins, visit dorothyperkins.com
White bikini, Dhs615, Caffe Swimwear, visit boutique1.com
Green bikini, Dhs742, Melissa Odabash, visit farfetch.com
Orange braided swimsuit, Dhs882, Mikoh, visit avenue32.xom
DIVE IN Make a splash in this seasonâ€™s most stylish swimsuits and shorts Printed swimsuit, Dhs205, Topshop, visit topshop.com
Yellow printed bikini, Dhs598, Matthew Williamson, visit net-a-porter.com
Embellished pink bikini, Dhs168, H&M, visit hm.com 42
STYLE Orange swim shorts, Dhs798, Everest Isles, visit mrporter.com
Turquoise swim shorts, Dhs250, Scotch and Soda, visit menlook.com
Red board shorts, Dh s235, Billabong, visit macy s.com
Green printed swim shorts Dhs809, Frescobol Carioca, visit mrporter.com
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Printed swim shorts, Dhs918, Vilebrequin, visit vilebrequin.com
Printed swim shorts, Dhs99, H&M, visit hm.com
Navy swim shorts, Dhs245, Lacoste, visit lacoste.com
TOP IT OFF
Chain embellished hat, Dhs113, Oasis, visit oasis-stores.com
IN THE SHADE
IN THE BAG
Sunglasses, Dhs220, Le Specs, visit lespecs.com
Printed leather tote, Dhs910, Kate Spade, visit katespade.com
Leather sandals, Dhs184, Tkees, visit shopbop.com
Fill your fabulous beach tote with these seaside essentials
iPod Touch, Dhs730, Apple, visit apple.com
Printed towel, Dhs826, Maslin & Co, visit avenue32.com
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, Dhs368, visit urbanoutfitters.com
Milky spray for face and body SPF20, Dhs125, Nuxe, available at pharmacies across the UAE or online at feelunique.com
Drawstring kaftan, Dhs1,015, Heidi Klein, visit heidiklein.com
46 Spa 48 Skincare tips 50 Beauty buys 51 Yoga 52 Speedflex magazine
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If youâ€™re looking to indulge in a little R&R this summer, look no further than these pampering spa packages
CALM SPA SIGNATURE RITUAL Set in the soothing environment of the CalmSpa, this beautifying experience will ensure you leave with a clear complexion and a spring in your step. The treatment will begin with a lime and ginger infused salt scrub to slough off rough skin and improve circulation. Next up, you will be treated to a deeply relaxing massage of your choice, removing all knots and strains. Your therapist will then get to work on your canvas with a pampering Elemis Fruit Active Glow facial, which, as the name suggests, truly does leave your skin glowing. Your pores will be cleansed, buffed and nourished using a host of luxurious products. Post treatment, take to the relaxation area to enjoy the steam and sauna followed by a soak in the spa’s jacuzzi. THE DETAILS: Dhs785 for 150 minutes BOOK NOW: CalmSpa at JA Ocean View Hotel, call (04) 8145968 *This treatment is available for both men and women THE TREATMENT:
THE SPA SIGNATURE RITUAL Feeling wrung-out and in need of a total overhaul? Head to The Spa located on the lush green grounds of the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. This elegant sanctuary is a welcome relief away from the city buzz, with luxurious Arab culture-inspired décor and over 40 treatments to ease you into a state of complete relaxation. If you are looking for a top-totoe treat, opt for the Signature Spa Ritual. The treatment will kick off with a drizzle of warm eucalyptus oil and a special massage using a mix of European and tai-chi techniques to gently stimulate pressure points and rebalance. The blissful experience will continue with a customised facial using Elemis products to rejuvenate your individual skin type. To top off the indulgence, you’ll undergo a thorough full body scrub followed by a hydrating body lotion. As your treatment nears the end you will then be lead magazine
to the spacious relaxation lounge to enjoy the spa facilities, which include a steam and sauna room. You will leave The Spa looking great and feeling refreshed. THE DETAILS: Dhs785 for 180 minutes BOOK NOW: The Spa at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, call (04) 8145555 47
We sit down with Noella Gabriel, Director of Product & Treatment Development at Elemis, the chosen skincare brand of JA spas, to find out her tips on tackling summer skin woes
WHAT MAKES A SUN CREAM ANTI-AGEING? Noella: There are two types of sun screens; those that just contain an SPF which normally end up being cheap and cheerful, and those that are treatment sun care products which also help to ensure the skin is kept highly moisturised and nourished with good protection. An anti-ageing sunscreen is a synergy of good anti-oxidants. THERE ARE A LOT OF SLIMMING AND CELLULITE 48
SUN CREAMS ON THE MARKET. ARE THESE DIFFERENT TO NORMAL CELLULITE CREAMS AND HOW DO THEY WORK? Noella: Personally, being in Product Development for many years, I find these slimming sun creams to be very gimmicky and to only provide the client with an experience without results. Who wants an anti-cellulite cream activated to increase its heat while sunbathing in a very hot climate! magazine
RETREA T What can you do to take the redness doWn from sunburn? Noella: Burning from lack of protection is the most common sign of skin damage in the summer. Once you get sunburnt then sunbathing is over! Skin can appear sore, red and hot to touch as the epidermis has been burnt, damaged and stripped of any oil content, which is why it can feel tight and very dry. The focus is now about reducing redness, preparing skin and to prevent blistering and peeling. I would highly recommend the Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath and Daily Redness Relief, which contains an anti-inflammatory phyto-amino bio-complex to help reduce heat and speed up healing. Milks and oils are great to apply as an aftersun to replenish the skin as quickly as possible. The skin underneath (your new skin) will be much more vulnerable to sensitivity and sun exposure so protection with SPF is key. If you are caught out, I would also recommend booking into a spa for a facial as this would be an excellent treatment to top up on Elemis Daily moisture for the skin.
Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath
Elemis’ philosophy is to encourage the client to body brush daily and to massage an oil or cream into the area depending on the time of day. The benefit of moving that area with the hands is very powerful as it stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage improving skin tone and texture.
Elemis Liquid Layer
if you have sensitive skin, What sun cream ingredients help and What should you avoid? The sun can cause sensitivity so a client who has this skin condition will know not to expose her face to the sun without good protection. Another golden rule is to always wear a hat. Once you
do elemis offer a sun product for eyes and if not – is there a reason Why you shouldn’t have sunscreen in your daily eye cream? Noella: We recently launched Elemis the Elemis Liquid Layer, which Pro Collagen gives our client a choice when Marine Cream it comes to using an SPF. This was one of the reasons why we also developed Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and launched it without an SPF. By having an SPF 30 as a separate product it can be used when necessary.
aggravate sensitivity, e.g. high colour, broken veins, it takes a lot of daily management to get this skin condition back under control. are there any sunbathing rules you should adhere to if you have sensitive skin? Never bathe in midday sun, choose early morning or mid-afternoon to help you get a healthy glow without the burn. a lot of sun creams are going very high factor. hoW do these offer more protection than the standard 15-25 spf? Noella: It simply means using more titanium dioxide to enable a product to have a measured SPF. Elemis’ decision is to not go above 30 as this is proven to give enough protection without a high cost to the skin. What causes prickly heat? Noella: Sometimes it can be a reaction between the product, the heat and sweating or just a very sensitive skin having had very fast exposure to the sun without being prepped. For this type of client I would highly recommend to prep the skin by using a Tan Accelerator 14 days prior to sun exposure. It is normally very fair skins that experience a severe sensitivity to the sun. 49
Sunflower Colour Preserving Depp Recovery Pak, Dhs155, Kiehlâ€™s, visit a store in the UAE or online at kiehls.co.uk
This antioxidant-rich deep conditioner will repair parched locks from a sun, sea and sand while also protecting your colour.
Couture Nail Lacquer in 4 Corail Colisee, Dhs127, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, available at Sephora Middle East
Paint your talons with this bold tanenhancing coral. The long-lasting formula will ensure your mani/pedi stays intact for your entire holiday.
After Sun Gel Ultra Soothing, Dhs112, Clarins, visit clarins.co.uk
Guard your skin against signs of ageing and sun da mage with this cooling body gel.
Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour, Dhs118, Laura Mercier, visit net-aporter.com
Add a flush of petal pink to cheeks and lips with this water-resistant shimmer stick.
SUNSHINE! The best beauty buys to protect and perfect this summer Grapefruit Body Butter, Dhs125, Bliss, visit feelunique.com
Gradual Tan plus Firming 4 in 1 Lotion, Dhs113, St.Tropez, visit asos.com
A super nourishing body butter will be your skin saviour this su mmer. Slather on after your shower to ensure your limbs are kept silky soft and nourished.
The queen of all fake tans is now available in a variety of different formulas. This everyday lotion with a hint of bronze is great for fairer skin types.
Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, Dhs600 for 100ml, Jo Malone, visit a store in the UAE or online jomalone.com
Instant Mineral SPF 45, Dhs135, Peter Thomas Roth, visit cultbeauty.co.uk
Ditch the heavy scents this su mmer and go for something fresh and citrusy. The best-selling perfu me from Jo Malone has fruity notes of mandarin and lime mixed with peppery basil.
We love a multipurpose beauty buy! This smooth brush-on mineral powder leaves skin perfectly matte and grease-free while offering a high dose of SPF.
Beauty Elixir, Dhs185, Caudalie, available at pharmacies across the UAE or online at beauty.com
This cult product acts like a vita min shot for your complexion, refreshing and feeding with a quick spritz. Keep in your beach bag for an instant skin pick-me-up.
Spotlight on… Hit refresh with a trip to Hatta Fort’s Yoga Retreat
BOOK NOW The weekend costs Dhs1,990, and includes twice-daily yoga and meditation, afternoon workshop, deluxe accommodation at Hatta Fort Hotel (including access to pool, tennis, mini-golf, archery and running track), and all healthy brunches and dinners. Please visit suzannecork.com for upcoming dates throughout the year. magazine
op nutritionist and yoga instructor Suzanne Cork is leading a weekend yoga retreat to help you “unplug, recharge and reconnect”. Based in Dubai, Suzanne is a pro yoga teacher known for her Zen methods and quick tricks to calming nerves in less than five minutes. As an ex-corporate lawyer, she is wellversed on the stresses of city life and aims to create a calming experience for those looking to escape the hustle. Following her previous sellout programme, Suzanne is back, but with a few extra surprises in store for the group! The retreat will take place at the charming Hatta Fort Hotel, just an hour’s drive from Dubai. Guests will have their own beautiful deluxe chalet-style room
and be treated to an exclusive menu designed by Suzanne. With a focus on fresh and organic produce, a healthy dinner will be on offer each evening, to be enjoyed as a group on a private candlelit terrace. Victoria Kachel, who attended the last retreat, revealed: “I arrived feeling exhausted and stressed and left feeling totally refreshed, focused and like a new person. I loved the fact it was so convenient to get to, less than an hour away from Downtown Dubai. Suzanne was also a fantastic instructor – very knowledgeable. I will definitely be attending her next retreat!” All are welcome from beginners to experienced yoga enthusiasts. The classes will be led by Suzanne along with an assistant yoga teacher to make sure that anyone who needs it has individual attention. 51
READY TO FLEX
Discover Speedflex, the brand new fatburning exercise class set to give you the best workout of your life
f you’re looking for a new challenge with quick-fix results to up your fitness regime, look no further than Speedflex. The first ever Middle East outpost of this popular fitness class has now arrived in Dubai and the results have won over the region’s fitness fans. Speedflex started in America before spreading to the UK and now Dubai, where legions of gym bunnies have praised this high-intensity, lowimpact class for its speedy fat burning results and full-body workout. Using a series of air-based hydrologic
machines, you get back what you put in, meaning it eliminates the stress and strain usually exerted on your body by typical weight machines, which can leave you aching in the days afterwards. The high-tech class is also guaranteed to blitz fat in a flash – in just 45 minutes you can burn up to 1,000 calories. The classes are available in small groups, which allow instructors to offer personalised support and guidance while you work out. Speedflex is available for everyone and open to all fitness and strength levels. magazine
We take a break with Kayleigh Dawson, the latest fitness pro to join the Speedflex team. An avid health enthusiast, 22-year-old Kayleigh hails from Newcastle in the UK. It was a semester spent studying abroad in Melbourne that really sparked her passion for all things fitness-related. She left Oz with a nutritional diploma, as well as a qualification in scuba diving. Kayleigh is now based in Dubai and working up a sweat with her high-intensity Speedflex exercise classes held at the JA Ocean View Hotel. Here, she shares her top tips to a healthier summer…
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Exercise 4-5 times a week, even if it’s just a 20-minute walk with the dogs. Anything is better than nothing. An hour workout is only 4% of your day, so make time for it! Ensure you get a minimum of six hours sleep. This will ensure your body has enough time to recover from your busy schedule! Don’t eat too late at night; ideally eat at least two hours prior to sleeping. As soon as you wake up drink 500ml-1 litre of water to ensure you body is fully hydrated. Drink a minimum of 3.5 litres of H2O a day. In Dubai people don’t drink enough, we live in 30 plus degrees heat where we’re constantly loosing water. When our body is perspiring and exposed in the air conditioning for numerous hours, it causes us to dehydrate. Therefore, we need to stay on top of our hydration. Allow yourself to have at least one rest day and cheat day a week. As long as you’re good the other six days it’s fine to have a day off for your body to recover. Just don’t over indulge on food! Always eat breakfast as it truly is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast will start you off for the rest of your schedule. My favourite breakfast is oats with almond milk and a handful of blueberries – a slow release of energy that keeps me full till lunch! Eat a palmful of protein with every meal. Do a mixture when it comes to exercising, you want to avoid boredom and stick to your healthy life style. I love doing Speedflex, swimming, running, weights, netball and body pump!
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The high-tech class is also guaranteed to blitz fat in a flash – in just 45 minutes you can burn up to 1,000 calories
Eat clean throughout the week. Eating raw, healthy foods will allow your body to function properly and work to its best ability.
BOOK NOW: Try Speedflex at the JA Ocean View Hotel. Prices start at Dhs150 for a 45-minute class. For more information on classes, packages and instructors, call (04) 8145666 or visit jaresortshotels.com/ properties/oceanviewhotel and facebook.com/SpeedflexDubai magazine
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Do you still get exciteD about performing live? Oh absolutely. Every night is a new show with new fans who I want to make happy. Do you like to improvise your sets? Every show has a different set list so we try to tailor the show for each audience. We don’t do a huge amount of improvisation, but there is some. When you have a huge band you have to have a plan. you were in the uae earlier this year for the Dubai Jazz festival; DiD you meet your fellow performers sting anD James blunt? Yeah, I’ve met both of those guys before too. I grew up listening to The Police, of course, and I’ve done events with him a few times. He’s still one of the best singers around. 56
what Do you talk about – music? Sure. We usually don’t get to see each other because we’re all doing our own thing and we’re on the road a lot. So it’s cool to catch up with musicians and talk about music, travel, whatever is happening at the time. Do you ever ask for autographs? Ha, no. Occasionally I ask for a photo. But I know what’s it like to get asked for photos all the time, so I try not to bother other celebrities with that. you won an oscar for your song glory in the film selma. what Do you think of the movie? I think it’s incredible. I studied Martin Luther King’s life, so seeing his life portrayed on screen was very moving for me, and I was happy to be a part of that film.
With a supermodel wife, a host of hit songs and an Oscar for Best Original Song in the movie Selma, American musician John Legend is at the top of his game. Here, the superstar soul singer discusses music, movies and reaching his peak…
for big gigs, such as the super bowl, Do you feel more anticipation? Yeah, it’s different to my usual show and I get a little more nervous performing at the Super Bowl or Grammys than I would in a normal show. Firstly, you only get to perform one song. You have one moment to make that impact, you know? If I’m doing my own show I have 90 minutes to give a whole experience. In a twominute performance you have to focus and give your best two minutes. you collaborate a lot with fellow musicians anD singers – what Do you enJoy about collaborations? Music is made better by collaboration. I like to collaborate because it’s interesting to see other people’s magazine
I think it’s incredible. I studied Martin Luther King’s life, so seeing his life portrayed on screen was very moving for me, and I was happy to be a part of that film. perspective and ideas. It pushes you in different directions. How does it Happen – do you go tHrougH managers or do you get in toucH personally? It’s a bit of both. Even if you know an artist, if you want to schedule something you kind of have to go through their manager. I usually love an initial conversation with the artist, then we leave it to the managers to find out when we can do it. Logistically it can get pretty difficult but we make it work. wHat’s tHe first step in a collaboration? When I’m writing for another artist, I like to talk to them about what they’re going through and what they want to say in their song. What stories do they want to tell? you recently recorded a song witH sam smitH. How was tHis experience? Yeah, we recorded a song called Lay Me Down. It’s a remake of a song from his album. My agent actually sent me his music before he came out in the States. He said, check out this guy, he’s going to be huge. And he ended up being huge! He has a unique, special voice. He’s put out some great songs and I’m happy for his success. let’s talk about all of me – Have you figured out wHy it was sucH a Huge Hit? I think, lyrically, people relate to the message of the song. It’s universal and personal at the same time. I think people really connected to the fact that I was writing it about my wife and our relationship, but they could apply it to their own relationships. Melody matters too of course. But the song is very simple: just piano and vocal, and that makes it genre-less. It can play on any radio station. magazine
did you tell your wife (supermodel cHrissy teigen) you were writing a song about Her? No, I didn’t go into the studio thinking I’m going to write a song about us. I wrote a couple of songs that day, but All Of Me stood out. it’s going to be tHe song tHat millions of couples cHoose
for tHeir first dance at tHeir weddings – does tHat feel nice? Yeah, I’m always honoured if people use a song for something as special as their wedding. That’s pretty cool. do you now feel pressure to follow it up witH a bigger song? Well, it’s pretty close to impossible for the next song to be bigger, but hopefully I can continue to make songs that have an impact. I’m never going to top All Of Me, it was one of the biggest songs in the world last year. are you ok tHat you migHt Have reacHed your peak witH tHat track? Well, I’m not oK about not having anymore successful songs [laughs]. But it’s going to be hard to surpass it. I’m not going to go into the studio thinking I’m going to top All Of Me. I just want to make the best album I possibly can.
Above: John with his wife chrissy teigen At An event eArlier this yeAr. top right: the singer proudly displAys his AcAdemy AwArd for the movie selma
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DUBAI Rosemin manji,
The best part about living in the UAE… For me Dubai is the best of East meets West. I love that there is a direct flight from here to anywhere you want to go, so it’s easy to visit my family – even for a few days for some home cooking! Shop: I love Internet shopping – matchesfashion.com is my top hit. I always get excited to open their beautiful marble-printed box when it gets delivered. Spa: Vanilla Salon, Palm Jumeriah. I live on the Palm, so it’s like my second home. I actually call them my glam team! They always make me look photo ready. party: Music Hall is lots of fun. I love anywhere with great live music. relax: One of the most enjoyable parts of the region is that there are so many wonderful hotels close by. I have enjoyed weekend staycations in all parts of the UAE, when I need to escape in Dubai I visit JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Culture: Each year I look forward to Art Dubai. The city becomes electric and it’s such a well organised event.
The best part about living in the UAE… I used to always think that I’d only ever stay in one place for a limited amount of time, but I fell in love with Dubai for its vibrancy and diversity. Shop: My favourite brands at the moment are Diesel Black Gold, COS and Berluti. But for my multi-brand needs I always hit Saks in Burjuman Mall, my all-time favourite mall. Spa: I absolutely love SensAsia Urban Spa; it’s a brilliant spot to unwind. party: My top place to party at the moment is Blue Marlin. relax: I love to take little trips to get away from the city. I also like a stroll round RIPE Market. They have amazing organic produce and it’s a brilliant spot to spend a weekend morning. Culture: I love the way DIFC has developed into a little cultural hub with galleries such as Cuadro, Art Space and Ayyam, where you can always find interesting exhibitions at all times. I also go to the Art Nights events when the weather is cool enough.
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Egyptian/Iraqi, Managing Partner of The Qode 12 years in Dubai
Zahra LyLa KhaLiL, rami aL aLi, Iranian, Blogger at LylaLovesFashion.com and Creative Consultant 30 years in Dubai
The best part about living in the UAE… Dubai is home to me. I was born here and my parents also live here. We have seen the city grow and advance into a melting pot of different nationalities and cultures. It is a city that welcomes you with open arms and gives you amazing opportunities and a comfortable way of life. Shop: Etoile La Boutique in Mall of the Emirates is a go-to for my favourite brands. I love that they carry regional designers, many of which I like to wear and support. Symphony Boutique in The Dubai Mall is the perfect place to shop for gowns and accessories. The homegrown boutique has a fabulous range of eveningwear and I always leave with pieces that make me feel like a princess. Spa: You will always find me at The Nail Spa where I get my mani/pedi done. They have really good nail technicians who make my hands and feet look their best. Relax: Dubai has some of the best beaches in the world, but I usually visit Al Sofouh Beach. It is an open stretch of beach situated between incredible villas along the Al Sofouh Road. It used to be called ‘The Secret Beach’ as not many people knew about it. It doesn’t get very busy which is why I keep going back there. CultuRe: Tashkeel is an art gallery and studio space for regional artists. I love being around different creatives and being able to produce my own artwork in their studios. My office is based there so I could be blogging in the morning and silk screening T-shirts in the afternoon. I also like to walk around Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood formally known as Al Bastakiya. It is one of the oldest parts of Dubai featuring the old windtower houses that are now turned into art and culture venues. magazine
Fashion Designer of Rami Al Ali Couture 18 years in Dubai The best part about living in the UAE… I left Syria in 1997 to travel to Dubai and fulfill my dream of being a fashion designer. It has been a great place for me to start a career in the fashion industry and to establish the Rami Al Ali Couture label. Dubai has developed and become an international fashion hub through the years. It has been an amazing journey and I’ve never looked back since then. Shop: While I prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the malls, I tend to visit The Dubai Mall as it offers everything under one roof. Aside from being a high-end shopping destination where you can find both designer and high street stores, the mall also has plenty of restaurants to choose from in between shopping. Spa: There are endless options available in Dubai. However, my idea of a perfect spa getaway is spending a couple of hours in a very serene place listening to a mix of classical and jazz music – I love it. paRty: After a long week, I enjoy unwinding and catching up with friends at Zuma in DIFC. I love its sophisticated and vibrant atmosphere. Relax: I would recommend visiting the older areas of Dubai such as The Souk Al Bahar and the more cultural parts of the city. It’s a relaxing experience – like a miniescape from the modern Dubai. These spots showcase the culture and heritage of this region that brings me back to the Dubai I first knew when I initially moved out here. CultuRe: I love exploring new cities and soaking up new cultures. Travelling has been a huge part of my life – it’s been my number one source of inspiration. It’s my way of expanding my own understanding of the world – the people around me, their customs, beliefs and way of living. For me, the world is like a big gallery full of beautiful and interesting things to see. 59
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AMY BOULDEN Always wanted to take up golf? Award-winning ace Amy Boulden shows you how to kick off your new hobby with her quick tips for beginners
nfluenced by her father, a PGA Professional at Maesdu Golf Club, Welsh-born Amy Boulden had a head start with her putting skills when she started playing golf aged just five years old. The talented sports star spent much of her time on the greens, honing her technique before taking her passion to a new level and playing in amateur competitions across the country. Amy played for her home country of Wales for a number of years and ended her amateur career on a high in helping the Welsh team win the Home Internationals. After making her debut as a pro in 2013, the 22-year-old went on a winning streak in the UK, securing second place in a LETAS event, before taking home the Rookie of the Year award on the Ladies European Tour in 2014. 60
Finishing 18th in the LET Order of Merit last season, Amy has already made a big impact on the course this year. Here the golf pro exclusively shares her top ten tricks to a hole-in-oneâ€Ś. 1. Get professional advice and tuition from your local Pro 2. Keep your head still 3. Practice your short game 4. Good posture, practice this in the mirror at home 5. Make range sessions count, practice with a purpose 6. Spend a lot of time practicing your putting and holing putts 7. Practice playing on a par 3 course 8. Practice perfecting your grip, you can do this at home 9. Relax and have a good attitude 10. Have fun and enjoy! magazine
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Set within the idyllic grounds of the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, the championship standard 9-hole par 36 resort course is both scenic and an exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Practice your swing on the beach
JA Manafaru in the Maldives has introduced Beach Golf, where golf enthusiasts can drive 100% biodegradable golf balls filled with fish food into the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
golF Fun For all the Family in the mountains
Enjoy a light-hearted game of mini-golf at Hatta Fort Hotel. Itâ€™s the ideal way to spend an afternoon for those looking for a fun competition on the cross-country golf course. Visit jaresortshotels.com for more information on golf packages and classes.
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ENTERTAIN 2. THE VACATIONERS BY EMMA STRAUB
1. THE RACE FOR PARIS BY MEG WAITE CLAYTON More than 15 years in the making, Meg Waite Clayton’s powerful new book tells the story of two women who fight against military regulations and gender barriers for access to the biggest stories of World War Two. Both are determined to be the first in the press corps to cover the liberation of Paris. A moving read with adventure, romance and history.
Emma Straub’s second novel is the perfect compliment to a day of sun and sand. The Vacationers follows a family’s two-week trip to the island of Mallorca. What follows are the complicated struggles and dynamics among family and friends. The novel is a sharp, witty read, which will have you laughing and crying in different chapters.
A few of our favourite Kindle downloads to keep you company on the beach
3. ONE MORE THING STORIES AND OTHER STORIES BY B.J. NOVAK Enjoy the hilarious musings of comedian and former The Office writer B.J. Novak with his first adult book. His collection of slick short stories covers the trials of love, social media, and trying to succeed. With plenty of laugh-outloud moments, these witty vignettes are easy to dip in and out of.
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4. I AM PILGRIM BY TERRY HAYES Touted as “The next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” this best-selling novel follows the story of a secret agent who is forced to face his biggest enemy after the murder of a wealthy American. Part police procedural, part international spy thriller you wont be able to put down.
5. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT BY JUDY BLUME The latest tome from bestselling author Judy Blume begins when a series of passenger airplanes crash in New Jersey within a three-month period in the 1950’s. The story trails three generations of families, friends, and strangers, who will be profoundly affected by these events, either directly or indirectly. A tale of grief, hope and love, this has something for everyone.
ENTERTAIN 1. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE: HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL The Grammy-winning band has dropped their hotly anticipated third studio album following the mega success of 2011’s Ceremonials. The new album has already topped the charts in both the UK and US. Singer Florence Welch wrote and recorded the album’s 11 tunes last year with Markus Dravs, a heavyweight producer who’s worked with Coldplay and Mumford & Sons. The new release features 11 tracks with smooth vocals and a mix of heavy blues and pop. Top Track: What Kind of Man
Summer SounDtrack Prep your playlist with our round-up of the best new beats
2. JASON DERULO: EvERyTHING IS 4
3. LIANNE LA HAvAS: BLOOD
4. JAMES TAyLOR: 5. A$AP ROCKy: AT. BEFORE THIS WORLD LONG. LAST. ASAP
The fourth album from the popular American singer and So You Think You Can Dance judge is the perfect party playlist with disco beats and catchy sing-along lyrics. There are plenty of upbeat 80’s inspired grooves, many of which feature collaborations with superstars Steve Wonder, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
Singer, songwriter and Princecollaborator Lianne La Havas is back with a collection of fresh tunes and a sophomore album. This time around, the Brit songstress is giving her fans a slightly new sound with neo-soul vocals and smooth guitar rhythms inspired by her Jamaican and Greek heritage.
A man who needs little to no introduction, the iconic James Taylor has finally released a new album – his first in over 12 years. The musician’s latest beats are a collection of mellow, folky tunes reminiscent of his most familiar work from the 70’s.
Top Track: Want to Want Me
Top Track: Unstoppable
Top Track: Angels of Fenway
To buy: head to your nearest music store or download on iTunes
Hip-hop artist A$AP’s second LP debuted at No.1 on the US charts. The Harlem-born rapper, who’s become something of a fashion favourite, fronting campaigns for DKNy and Ferragamo, is giving fans a treat with his latest beats and an all-new dose of his controversial hedonistic lyrics. The musician also paired up with the likes of Rod Stewart and Kanye West on several tracks. Top Track: Electric Body 65
Through the All As One organisation, the team at JA Resorts & Hotels was honoured to make a difference in the lives of African orphans in Sierra Leone.
SOCIAL SCENE Whatâ€™s trending at JA Resorts & Hotels? Check out our top tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts of the summer
Golf champ Amy Boudlen practiced her swing and roadtested JA Jebel Ali Golf Resortâ€™s eco-friendly fish food golf balls.
Team JA took to the road for a whirlwind European tour showcasing our incredible portfolio of properties.
Team JA took home a prestigious trophy at the World Travel Awards. magazine
Tastebuds were kicked into overdrive when Gulf News ranked the Sports Café’s epic double-decker chilli burger as one of the best bites in the city.
Irish rugby player Jared Payne enjoyed a night out at Girders in our JA Ocean View Hotel.
A friendly face greets guests at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort.
England’s Harlequins rugby star Mike brown shared his holiday snaps while visiting our JA Manafaru in the Maldives. 67
BEACHES Club Jumana Enjoy access to the pool and beach facilities at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. Contact your Experience Desk at your current hotel to find out more.
FRIDAY BRUNCHES Thyme Visit Thyme on a Friday between 12.30pm – 3.30pm and enjoy a hearty and delicious meal. Live cooking stations and an undeniable flair will accompany you as you embark on an enticing journey through the Mediterranean, with a solid mix of both modern and traditional dishes. JA OAsis BeAch TOwer 68
le Rivage Head for a lazy Friday afternoon brunch filled with laughter, flowing beverages and a delicious buffet! The adult-centric brunch is complemented with unlimited house beverages from 12.30pm until 4pm. JA OceAn View hOTel
giRdeRs & giRdeRs gaRden Enjoy our relaxed outdoor Friday Brunch at Girders & Girders Garden from 12pm – 4pm, with selected house beverages and delicious food. Our DJ plays from 2pm – 5pm and live entertainment then takes over till midnight so your Friday experience doesn’t have to stop with brunch! The brunch is only for 21 years of age and above. JA OceAn View hOTel Turn to page 28 for more information on Dubai brunches magazine
LADIES NIGHT Girders & Girders Garden Ladies, grab your heels and strut down to Girders on Tuesday night. Between 8pm and midnight girls will receive one complimentary glass of sparkling wine at the home of rugby in Dubai, plus special prices on drinks throughout the night. The perfect girls night out! JA OceAn View HOtel
HAPPY HOUR DEALS Girders & Girders Garden Treat yourself to Happy Hour with a special selection of our favourite beverages starting from Dhs25. Enjoy a special price from Monday to Saturday between 4pm to 7pm and 11pm to 2am. Every Sunday, you can enjoy the happy discount from 12pm to 2am. JA OceAn View HOtel
EATING OUT diVaZ Taste the delicious culinary seafood creations on the fully-licensed cruise starting from 7pm every night. Experience both the cool air-conditioned interior and balmy breeziness of the elevated rooftop deck, whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. JA Jebel Ali GOlf ResORt
Girders & Girders Garden A British pub where thereâ€™s something for everyone! MONDAY: Music Quiz TUESDAY: Ladies Night WEDNESDAY: Hotelier and Sports Night THURSDAY: Live Entertainment FRIDAY: The Big Girders Brunch SATURDAY: The Big British Breakfast SUNDAY: All Day Happy Hour JA OceAn View HOtel
White Orchid A delectable award-winning Asian fusion restaurant combining the best delicacies of China, Japan and Thailand with Teppenyaki tables. JA PAlm tRee cOuRt
Le riVaGe A brassiere-style restaurant, which offers a delicious buffet for all. Le Rivage serves breakfast, lunch and international themed dinners every other night. JA OceAn View HOtel magazine
ShooterS While a large variety of specially selected meat cuts is at the core of what you can enjoy at Shooters, this restaurant and bar’s Steak-Mex concept also includes a few Mexican bocados. A circular floor-to-ceiling glass wall allows unimpeded views of the clay shooting ranges and the outdoor terrace. JA Shooting Club
La traviata Explore the beauty and simplicity of good, honestlyprepared Italian food at La Traviata. Ease into the carefree spirit of Bella Italia at the Aperitivo Bar and tempt your taste buds with a glance at the exciting dinner menu. The distinctive flavours of fresh home-cooked food within the intimate wood interiors. JA Jebel Ali beACh hotel
SportS Café The perfect meeting place before or after a workout or a round of golf, this casual restaurant in wood and vanilla hues serves a combination of fun fusion cuisine and traditional pub fare either indoors or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the private marina. Club JumAnA At JA Jebel Ali golf reSort 70
This award-winning Italian restaurant is a result of a partnership between one of the greatest chefs of all time, Marco Pierre White, and one of the most recognised awardwinning jockeys, Frankie Dettori. The service combines fine, as well as casual dining, in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, featuring a menu with 80 dishes reflecting authentic northern Italian cuisine. Frankie’s has a vibrant bar with a pianist six days a week from 8.30pm until close. JA oASiS beACh tower
Wagamama Wagamama is a new-style noodle bar modelled on the ramen shops popular in Japan for the last 200 years. Wagamama equates to delicious pan Asian food in a sleek, beautifully designed environment. The lively atmosphere, friendly staff and fantastic value menu makes this noodle bar one of the coolest places to dine in. JA oASiS beACh tower
mai tai Lounge The perfect venue to go and unwind after a busy day, Mai Tai Lounge features live Cuban music, and offers prime viewing of live sporting events on TV in a laid back and warm setting. The popular offerings include the famous Island Tidbits, Crispy Duck, sushi and sashimi that can be flushed down with the Original Mai Tai, and other classics. JA oASiS beACh tower
tribeCa This New York-inspired kitchen and bar, located in the JA Ocean View Hotel at JBR’s The Walk in Dubai, offers a hip and casual lounge atmosphere and a variety of healthy and organic food and beverages. Tribeca and its head chef, Giovanni De Ambrosis, use organic produce magazine
LISTINGS wherever possible and the menu is full of naturally and humanely-sourced ingredients from regional farmers and fair-trade cooperatives. JA OceAn View HOtel
Caffé Via Open 24 hours, this café serves quick to-go sandwiches, pizzas, salads, coffee, tea and more. Perfect for a midnight snack or for an early morning drive to the airport. JA OceAn View HOtel
Bateaux DuBai Cruise down the enchanting Dubai Creek under the starlit sky in air-conditioned comfort onboard the unique Bateaux Dubai. Enjoy this unforgettable luxury dining experience on water. bAniyAs rOAd, deirA
Golf Play in the footsteps of many of the world’s greatest golfers, such as Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara, Ernie Els and even celebrities like Alice Cooper, by booking one of the great value golf packages available for this nine hole, par 36 championship course. JA Jebel Ali GOlf resOrt
equestrian JA Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre A unique desert resort set in 37 million square feet of undulating sand dunes which offers horse riding classes and camel rides.
SPORTS & OUTDOOR tennis Whether you’re an ace that needs some fine tuning or a wild card that needs a new challenge, the pros at the Tennis Academy are now offering individual and group lessons for children, beginners, advanced players and professionals. JA Jebel Ali GOlf resOrt
SPAS The Spa A first-class wellness facility where you can indulge with a menu of over 40 innovative face and body treatments, ranging from refreshing facials to de-stressing massages. Set within stunning surroundings, overlooking the beach and the Arabian Gulf and amidst the resortâ€™s landscaped gardens and palm trees. JA Jebel Ali Golf ResoRt
calm Spa This beautiful Spa promises to take you on an extraordinary journey of wellbeing and relaxation. JA oCeAN view hotel
QUIZ NIGHTS GirderS & GirderS Garden Hop down to Girders every Monday with your mates and test your brainpower at the music quiz night. JA oCeAN view hotel 72
EVEN T MIKE BROWN, ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL RUGBY STAR AND TONY WOODCOCK, EX ENGLAND FOOTBALLER WITH WINNERS.
MIKE BROWN, DAVID THOMSON, COO OF JA RESORTS & HOTELS AND TONY WOODCOCK.
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Sporting enthusiasts hightailed it down to the JA Ocean View Hotel to meet their favourite rugby star, Mike Brown and football legend Tony Woodcock. Set in the bustling Girders Garden, a large crowd gathered for an evening of ‘High Tech Rugby Meets Old School Football’. The fun-filled event saw the top players give insight give into their exciting industries, as they discussed the connections and parallels between business, sport and much more.
MIKE BROWN AND TONY WOODCOCK.