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WELCOME TO DUBAI 16 Credits 18 Message from the managing editor 20 Welcome to Dubai WHERE EVERYTHING GLITTERS AND NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS.

28 Fast facts STAY WELL-INFORMED WITH THESE SUPER HANDY TRAVELLING TIPS.

32 Express yourself WORDS AND PHRASES THAT MAY PROVE HELPFUL DURING YOUR STAY.

34 Must dos 40 Events calendar 2014/15

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ESSENCE OF DUBAI 46 Emerging café & confectionary scene WELCOME TO EXPOSES A NEW BREED OF SPECIALITY STORES ON THE LUSH DUBAI AVENUES.

50 Arts and culture FROM THE BASTAKIYA REGION TO THE DUBAI MUSEUM AND GREEN ART GALLERY, DUBAI ART IS WHERE IT IS AT.

56 Fashion ROUGE COUTURE, FENDI, DUBAI FASHION WEEK, YOU NAME IT… DUBAI IS A HOTBED FOR STYLE.

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EXPERIENCE DUBAI 80 Shopping LONGCHAMP, MALL OF THE EMIRATES AND DUBAI DUTY FREE ARE ALL LEADING THE WAY IN THE SHOPPING DEPARTMENT.

90 Sport SPEED, GLAMOUR, SPECTACLE… EXPLORE A RANGE OF HOT SPORTS IN DUBAI.

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MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR Dubai emerges out of the desert and shines as bright as the gold that covers the landscape. This is a sophisticated, manifold city full of contrasts and affluent, earthly experiences. Radiant, high-tech design rules the skyline, and traditional mosques and fragments of old colonial times are everywhere you gaze. Think luxury shopping malls with European labels and Western fashion trends emerging, while local fashion house Rouge Couture leads the way with a fusion of Arabian and Chinese design that brings a uniquely tailored look to the catwalk. There has been a rise in new ventures such as a café and confectionary scene and nightlife to rival New York’s, while Dubai cuisine is continuing to impress with Atul Kochhar, the first Indian Michelin-starred chef, representing ‘New India’ at his Rang Mahal eatery. Enjoy thrill-seeking and desert adventures, themed retail centres, glamorous jewellery stores and even an indoor ski field. Visit the souks (traditional marketplaces), which never fail to draw big crowds, much like the spotless beaches in the region. Welcome to Dubai.

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Relaxing with the Burj al Arab hotel as backdrop. © Dubai Tourism

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Welcome to Dubai WHERE EVERYTHING GLITTERS AND NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS.

WORDS EMILY PARKER

Make sure you pack your Aviators, because everything glitters here. It could be the freshly polished cars, the sparkling sunshine of a desert day, the gleam from grains of nearby sands glinting in your eye or the reflective glass of a dozen mirrored windows, but, more likely than not, it’s gold – lots and lots of sparkling, shimmering gold – which tends to adorn the city in every which way. Welcome to Dubai. Conveniently located in… well... the centre of everywhere, Dubai is a natural meeting point between Asia, Africa, Europe and even further afield. Its location has cemented the city as a gateway to the rest of the world and a great stopover mid-route for any weary modern traveller. Dubai has existed as a township since the 17th century and it solidified its alliance with the Western world in the 1820s, when local sheikhs signed a

DESERT DAYS If the desert sands are calling you à la Lawrence of Arabia, then it’s easy to arrange a trip to the dunes. Options vary between half-day, full-day and overnight trips, where you can sand ski, ride a camel, surf the dunes, take a fourwheel drive safari or quad bike your way through the heavy sands. If you choose a later in the day option, make sure you enjoy a quintessential Dubai sunset over the sand while enjoying a shisha (traditional Arabic water pipe).

maritime treaty with the British to protect the emirate against the Ottoman Empire. Dubai’s geographical location has always worked in its favour, allowing it to attract traders and merchants from around the world, something that continues to this day. With the region having been populated since 3000BC, the sheikhs in this part of the world don’t let adversity stand in their way and today Dubai is one of the largest re-export ports in the world, buoyed, of course, by the discovery of black gold (crude oil) in the 1960s. Today, the emirate boasts a plethora of mindboggling architecture and fantastical experiences on a scale so grand you couldn’t dream it like this! Make your first stop the must-see Burj Khalifa, an architectural and engineering masterpiece. It’s the tallest building in the world and holds no fewer than seven world records, including the ‘elevator with the longest travel distance in the world’. Don’t forget your camera, as this structure is truly a spectacular example of how things are done well in this part of the globe. If the view from the observation deck isn’t enough for you, there is a fine dining restaurant on level 122, 11 hectares of park with six water features and more than 3000 underground car parks. Next stop, the gold souk… All that glitters really is gold in Dubai and, as its reputation as the City of Gold implies, you can’t visit without witnessing the real thing for yourself.

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Here you get to partake in the great Middle Eastern pastime of haggling and, remember, anything you buy can normally be adjusted to fit you perfectly by the local craftsman found in each store. Again, take your sunglasses, though, as the displays here are really dazzling, with everything from modern to traditional pieces in all shades of yellow, white and pink. Add to the authentic atmosphere with a stroll along the spice souk just minutes away and indulge in the scents of the region – you’ll feel downright Biblical, breathing in the aromas of frankincense, which sits alongside displays of rich spices, herbs and nuts. If you are thirsty for more, a visit to the Souk Al Bahar, an Arab-styled shopping mall, should satisfy all your cravings for an authentic retail experience. Designed in a traditional style with palm trees, lanterns and high ceiling archways, the souk has a vast range of gifts and goods on offer, as well as waterside dining, which comes complete with views of the mammoth Burj Khalifa tower. Dust off the desert sands with a fresh sea breeze when you visit the iconic Burj al Arab. Designed to mimic a billowing sail standing beside the turquoise

THE WORLD’S ONLY SEVEN-STAR HOTEL Designed by British architect Tom Wright, the Burj al Arab hotel is reputed to be the world’s only seven-star hotel and it’s not hard to see why. Built on a reclaimed artificial island just offshore, the hotel features a large seawater aquarium, which holds roughly 990,000 litres of water and is accessed via a simulated submarine ride; and the Al Muntaha restaurant, sitting 200 metres above the water and offering spectacular views.

waters of the Arabian Gulf, this iconic building is quintessentially Dubai and it offers a chance to witness ambition at its finest. Dubai is an unrivalled melting pot of old-world charm, imagination, modern ambition and excess wealth that should not be missed. And it is this appeal, mixed with its picturesque location, history and people, that has caused it to be one of the world’s finest destination cities. ●

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Fast facts STAY WELL-INFORMED WITH THESE SUPER HANDY TRAVELLING TIPS.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Ambulance and Police: Fire: Directory Assistance:

AIRLINES Air Canada +971 4 211 2537 Air France +971 4 602 5400 Air India +971 4 227 6787 American Airlines +971 4 316 6116 British Airways +971 4 352 0000 Cathay PaciďŹ c +971 4 204 2888 Continental Airlines +971 2 612 3471 Emirates Airlines +971 4 214 4444 Etihad Airways +971 2 511 0000 Finnair +971 4 397 8434 Gulf Air +971 4 271 6207 Kuwait Airways +971 4 228 5896 Lufthansa +971 4 373 9100

999 997 181

Qatar Air +971 4 229 2229 Royal Jordanian Airline +971 4 294 4322 Saudi Airlines +971 4 221 4000 Singapore Airlines + 971 4 316 6888

ALCOHOL Alcoholic drinks are served in major hotels and clubs, but not in restaurants outside of hotels. Non-Muslim residents can buy supplies of liquor for home consumption by obtaining a permit. It is against the law to drink alcohol in public areas. During Ramadan, only hotels can serve alcohol, and serving cannot start until 7pm.

BUSINESS HOURS The working week in Dubai runs from Sunday to Thursday. Government and corporate oďŹƒces are open between 8am and 5.30pm. However, some businesses trade between 8am and 1pm, then break for lunch and reopen from 3pm or 4pm until 7pm or 8pm, but these are generally located

outside of the city. The Islamic weekend generally begins at noon on Thursday, while Friday is recognised as a holy day when businesses close down completely. On regular days, shops are open from 9am until 1pm, and from 4pm until 9pm or later. Most supermarkets remain open all day except Friday, when they close for prayers between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

CLOTHING Light clothing is suitable all year round, but a jacket may be required for cool winter nights. Many of the air-conditioned hotels and restaurants can also be quite cold, so carry a jacket out with you. During the summer months, it is advisable to wear loose, comfortable, washable clothes in fabrics that are suitable for hot and humid conditions. Except on beaches and around swimming pools where modern swimwear can be worn without contravening local dress codes, visitors are expected to dress conservatively in public. It is highly recommended to

protect yourself from the sun with sleeved clothing, hats and sunglasses. Hotel restaurants do not insist that male guests wear ties, but most men, if not wearing a lightweight suit and tie, will at least be in smart casual attire. Men should not wear open-toed shoes.

COMMUNICATIONS NEWSPAPERS There are a number of English language newspapers, including 7DAYS, the Khaleej Times and Gulf News, which are published daily, alongside several Arabic newspapers. Foreign newspapers, especially British ones, are freely available in hotel bookshops and supermarkets, albeit a day or two late. A glossy local colour magazine called Time Out reports on social and cultural events throughout the UAE.

RADIO Both Arabic and English commercial radio stations broadcast in Dubai. UAE Radio Dubai broadcasts in English 24 hours a day on 92 MHz FM.

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THE ISLAMIC WEEKEND GENERALLY BEGINS AT NOON ON THURSDAY, WHILE FRIDAY IS RECOGNISED AS A HOLY DAY WHEN BUSINESSES CLOSE DOWN COMPLETELY. TELEPHONE AND INTERNET Telecommunications in Dubai are modern and efficient. Telephone calls within Dubai are free of charge and International Direct Dialling is available to most countries. Pay phones can be operated by coins (Dh1 or 50 fils) or phone cards, which may be purchased from the Etisalat Company, post offices or licensed agents throughout the city. Major hotels also have fax and telex services and can organise internet access. Internet services are modern and very fast due to large investments made in broadband infrastructure. Wi-Fi hotspots are found in hotel receptions and many modern cafés; however, you may need to pay a small fee.

TELEVISION Arabic and English commercial television stations broadcast from mid-afternoon until late evening. Channel 33 televises a variety of programs in English. Some are locally produced, but most originate from the UK, the US and Australia.

FINANCES CREDIT CARDS Major credit cards are accepted in hotels and some of the larger stores. Cash is preferred by most market vendors and will usually gain visitors a better price.

CURRENCY

LANGUAGE

Dirhams and fils are the units of currency with 100fils to the Dirham (Dh). The Dirham is tied to the US dollar at a steady exchange rate of US$1 = Dh3.672. Banks usually give the best rates on foreign currency exchange, but hotels and airports are often quicker and are open outside of normal banking hours. Moneychangers tend to have a wider range of currencies, but their rates may be higher.

The official language of Dubai and the UAE is Arabic, but English is widely understood in hotels and shops, and used as a second language in commerce. Because of the cosmopolitan expatriate population in Dubai, many languages are spoken, particularly Urdu, Hindi and Farsi.

newspapers for information. There are some fixed nonMuslim holidays such as New Year’s Day on 1 January, the holiday to mark the Accession of HH Sheikh Zayed on 6 August and National Day on 2 December. Western companies often observe Christmas and some diplomatic missions may observe Easter.

MEDICAL CARE

RAMADAN

There are several wellequipped, modern hospitals, including the New Dubai Hospital, regarded as one of the best medical centres in the Middle East. Most hotels have their own doctor on 24-hour call, and pharmacies carry the most common medicines and health products.

Ramadan signals a month of fasting when Muslims abstain from eating, drinking or smoking during daylight hours. Non-Muslims should observe these religious customs when in public view. During Ramadan, working hours are reduced and business is sometimes conducted after dark. The end of Ramadan is marked by ceremonial cannon shots, followed by joyous feasting and dancing during the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday. The dates of Ramadan change every year.

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE Dubai’s duty free allowance permits two litres of spirits and two litres of wine (for non-Muslim adults only), 400 cigarettes or two kilograms of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume. There are no restrictions on the amount of currency you may bring to Dubai and no customs duty on personal effects accompanied or unaccompanied. There is a duty free store at the airport for incoming visitors that also stocks liquor.

ELECTRICITY The electricity supply is 220/240 volts AC at 50 cycles.

EMBASSIES Most diplomatic missions are located in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. There are, however, some consulates and commercial attachés in Dubai.

PHOTOGRAPHY Dubai is popular with photographers worldwide for its diverse scenery. Photographers must note, however, that certain restrictions are enforced. It is forbidden to photograph Muslim women and military or other government installations. It is courteous to ask permission before photographing any nationals. Take particular care to protect your photographic equipment from the sand and heat.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS As the dates of Islamic holidays are not fixed, it is best to ask a local or consult the daily

RELIGION Islam is the official religion, but other creeds are tolerated. Every Muslim has a duty to pray five times a day, with the precise times published daily.

TRANSPORTATION DRIVING LICENCES A temporary local driving licence is issued when you hire a vehicle, if you can produce a valid passport, two photographs and an international driving

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licence. A national licence from any of the following countries is acceptable in place of an international licence: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the US.

TAXIS Taxis are plentiful, relatively inexpensive and easily obtainable in Dubai. The Dubai Transport Corporation’s ivorycoloured cabs are fitted with fare meters. In the case of all other taxis, fares are subject to negotiation between the driver and passenger. Taxis operate a very cheap service rate, Dh10 for pick-up, followed by Dh1.7 per kilometre. For longer journeys, an hourly rate of about Dh30 is reasonable and for the whole day the price is negotiable upwards of about Dh500. Dubai Taxi also offers SMS and online booking services. You can text 4774 or visit www.dubaitaxi.ae to take advantage of these services.

TIME The UAE time is four hours ahead of UCT (Universal Coordinated Time – formerly Greenwich Mean Time). There are no special summer daylight savings times.

TIPPING Tipping practices in Dubai are comparable to most places throughout the rest of the world. Even when a service charge is applied, staff expect a little extra – 10 percent is acceptable in hotel restaurants; for luggage porters at airports a tip of Dh5 or Dh10 is standard, depending on the amount of luggage. The same applies for taxi drivers.

VISAS Most visitors are eligible to enter the UAE on either a 30-day tourist visa or a visit visa for up to 60 days. Citizens of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Britain (or those who hold the right of abode), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Vatican, as well as, nationals from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in Asia, and those from the US are granted, free of charge, a one-time entry visit visa on arrival. Those travelling on Israeli passports are not allowed entry.

Horse on the beach. © Tourism Dubai

Fun Park Dubai. © Tourism Dubai

WATER Tap water comes from desalination plants and is not ideal to drink. Bottled water is freely available and served in hotels and restaurants. ●

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Express yourself

Yes

Na’am

I want to buy…

Areed ashtiri…

No

La’

Do you sell…?

Andak…?

Hello

Marhaba

Where is the market?

Wain is-souq?

Thank you

Ashkurak (female – ashkurik)

One

Wahid

Welcome

Ahlan wa sahlan

Two

Ithnain

How are you?

Kaif halak? (female – Kaif halik?)

Three

Thalatha

Very well, thank you

Taib katheer, shokran

Four

Arba’a

I am grateful

Ana muttashakkir

Five

Khamsa

Thank you for your hospitality

Shokran ala hathihi-l-dhiafah

Six

Sitta

Good morning

Sabah al-khair

Seven

Sab’a

Good evening

Masa’al-khair

Eight

Thamaniya

Goodbye

Fi aman lllah

Nine

Tis’a

How much?

Qadaish

10

Ashara

On the right

‘Ala yaminak

100

Mi’a

On the left

‘Ala shimalak

1000

Alf

Straight ahead

Doghri

Sunday

Yom al-ahad

When?

Emta?

Monday

Yom al-ithnain

I do not have…

Ma’indi…

Tuesday

Yom ath-thalatha

Stop

Qif

Wednesday

Yom al-arba’a

Go

Imshi

Thursday

Yom al-khamees

I don’t speak Arabic

Ma ata – kallam Arabi

Friday

Yom al-jum’a

What time is it?

As-sa’a kam?

Saturday

Yom as-sabt

Call me a taxi

Areed taxi

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Lighting Bridge. © Dubai Tourism

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Must dos VISIT WELCOME-TO.COM

BURJ KHALIFA

DUBAI CREEK

One of the most recent editions to Dubai’s FOR A WEALTH skyline is also one of its most spectacular. OF MORE MUST DOS At 828 metres tall and 160 storeys, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the tallest manmade structure on Earth. The tower’s observation deck, on the 124th floor, unveils astonishing views of central Dubai. Named after Sheikh Khalifa, the President of the UAE, Burj Khalifa was six years in the making and offers shopping, restaurants, parks and gardens, and is the home of the Armani Hotel Dubai.

One of the most picturesque locations in Dubai is the waterfront along Dubai Creek, a large saltwater inlet that in 2010 was extended all the way around Bur Dubai and into the Arabian Gulf. Catch an abra (a boat taxi) along the waterfront and take in the Dubai skyline, eat at one of the many street vendors or take the hour-long tour in a traditional dhow sailing boat past the Dubai trading ports to the tip of the creek. www.tour-dubai.com

SOUKS

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The Bastakiya district of Dubai, with its narrow laneways and stone streets, is a must for anyone interested in the history of the emirate. Established at the end of the 19th century, the district features traditional courtyards, wind towers and bustling markets. Many of the traditional buildings house galleries, cafés and boutique hotels. Part of the old city wall that surrounded Bur Dubai, built in 1800, can still be seen here, in one of the most elegant areas in Dubai.

Dubai is famous for its shopping and, while the large air-conditioned shopping malls can be a great escape from the heat of the day, nothing really compares to the bustle of Dubai’s markets, or souks. Situated in Deira, Dubai’s souks trade in gold, spices and ittar (a spicy Arabian perfume). Even if shopping is not your activity of choice, the souks are wonderful places to people watch and take in the sights and smells of traditional trading in Dubai. Watch the abaya-clad women testing the burning oud (fragrant wood), the rows and rows of glittering gold jewellery or take in the pungent aromas of the spice souk.

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BASTAKIYA DISTRICT

ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE LOCATIONS IN DUBAI IS THE WATERFRONT ALONG DUBAI CREEK, A LARGE SALTWATER INLET THAT IN 2010 WAS EXTENDED ALL THE WAY AROUND BUR DUBAI AND INTO THE ARABIAN GULF. www.welcome-to.com

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Bastakiya District. © David Steele

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DESERT SAFARI One of the most exciting and popular Dubai activities is a desert safari tour. With numerous tour operators to choose from and the option of morning, evening or overnight safaris, it’s a chance to encounter the rolling deserts of the UAE up close and, depending on the tour, experience an adventure-packed morning or an evening of traditional food and culture. Dune bashing (a white-knuckle four-wheel drive ride through the sand dunes), camel rides, belly dancing and an unforgettable desert sunset are all part of the desert safari experience. www.desertsafaridubai.com

DUBAI MUSEUM Situated close to Dubai Creek and Bastakiya heritage area in Bur Dubai is the Dubai Museum. The museum is housed in Al Fahidi Fort, an impressive building with previous incarnations as a palace, garrison and prison. Completed in 1787, the building is the oldest in Dubai and is

worth a visit for the history of the museum itself. A circuit of the museum takes around an hour, but visitors have been known to spend a whole afternoon, taking in the life-sized dioramas that depict everything from traditional Arab houses to mosques, as well as souk, desert and marine life. The pearl diving exhibit is not to be missed. www.visitdubai.info

MAJLIS GALLERY Dubai’s longest-standing gallery, Majlis, has been operating since 1976 as a commercial gallery and meeting place for artists. Compared to some of the more contemporary galleries in Dubai, Majlis exhibits more traditional Arab painting, craft and furniture, as well as special exhibitions and workshops through the year. It is located in the historic Bastakiya district in Bur Dubai. Artists can book studios in the gallery to work and the gallery offers a residency program for overseas artists to exhibit in Dubai. www.themajlisgallery.com

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Al-Mamzar Park. © Vladimir

Ski Dubai. © Dubai Tourism

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HERITAGE AND DIVING VILLAGE

SKI DUBAI

Pearl diving is an ancient tradition in the UAE and once provided the only real income for residents of the city of Dubai. The industry prospered in the 18th and 19th centuries when demand for pearls in neighbouring India grew, but faltered in the early 1930s with the Great Depression. Dubai’s Heritage and Diving Village offers a rare and fascinating look at the history of pearl diving in the UAE, the daily demonstrations a must for anyone interested in the cultural history of Dubai.

A stark contrast to the sometimes stifling midafternoon heat of Dubai is Ski Dubai – the Middle East’s first ski resort. The huge resort has five runs that range from beginner to advanced and even offers a 90-metre long half-pipe for the snowboarder in the family. Ski clothing and equipment are provided as part of the cover price and there are professional instructors on-site if you need to brush up on your skills. www.skidxb.com

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AL-MAMZAR PARK SHEIKH SAEED’S HOUSE Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the leader of Dubai from 1912 to 1958 and the grandfather of the current president. His house, at the Shindagha end of Dubai Creek, has been restored to its former glory and exhibits photographs, lithographs, coins and art that vividly depict the history of the UAE. The house itself is worth the visit, typical of 19th century Islamic architecture. Particularly impressive are the four tall wind towers that flank the house, designed to catch the wind and relieve the household of the afternoon sun. www.dubaicity.com

RAS AL KHOR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY About 15 minutes from the centre of old Dubai at the head of the Dubai Creek is the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, home to more than 300 types of flora and fauna. In the colder months (October to May) Dubai’s population of 3000 flamingos flock to hides along the bank of the creek, creating a sea of pink against the backdrop of Dubai’s bustling metropolis. Binoculars can be borrowed to view the birds from a distance. The sanctuary also goes by the name of the Dubai Creek Wildlife and Waterbird Sanctuary or simply, Al Khor Nature Reserve. www.wildlife.ae

Dubai has some gorgeous parks and Al-Mamzar is one of the best – sandy white beaches, a crisp green lagoon, children’s play areas, swimming pool and private chalets for hire. Al-Mamzar offers respite from the bustling city with 106 acres of greenery. To get around the park, you can hire bicycles or take a train tour of the grounds. There are numerous activities held here throughout the year, including Dubai’s Shopping Festival. Entrance fees are Dhs 5 per person or Dhs 30 per car. www.dubaicity.com

CAMEL RACING Camel races are a national pastime in the UAE and are taken very seriously by locals. The races are free to attend and take place every Thursday and Friday from October to March, offering morning and afternoon races of between four and 10 kilometres. The spectacle is a must, to see both the camels themselves and the rally of Land Rovers that circle the track, with men hanging from windows, caught up in the excitement of it all. The Meydan Racecourse in Dubai or, a bit further afield, the Al Wathba Racetrack near Abu Dhabi are the best places to experience camel racing. www.meydan.ae

WONDERLAND FAMILY PARK

Spread over 18 hectares, this family-orientated amusement park has everything from water slides and rollercoasters to a 3D theatre and an indoor entertainment centre with arcade WELCOME-TO.COM games. With four fast food restaurants to FOR A WEALTH OF MORE choose from for a bite to eat in between rides, MUST DOS you’ll be sure to spend an entire day here. ●

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Heritage and Diving Village. Š Dubai Tourism

Camel Racing. Š Nico Traut

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Events calendar 2014/15 FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP 31 August to 1 September 2014

Watch the best of the best swimmers battle it out at the Hamdan Sports Complex in a series of championship rounds to ascertain the true champion. The meets are held over two days, with preliminary heats in the morning, and finals in the evening, but check the website for all the details. Hamdan Sports Complex www.fina.org/H2O

11TH DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

DUBAI TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

10 to 17 December 2014

The Dubai Tennis Championships attracts many of the world’s top male and female players to the city’s impressive stadium. The tournament incorporates both Men’s ATP and Women’s WTA Tour events and features both singles and doubles competitions, with luxury viewing packages available.

An integral platform for filmmakers from all over the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the Dubai International Film Festival (affectionately known as DIFF) presents cinema from all of these regions. It also supports independent and commercial films through its Muhr Awards – a must for all cinephiles!

February/March 2015

Dubai Tennis Stadium www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

EMIRATES DUBAI RUGBY SEVENS

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28 to 30 November 2014

Thrilling rugby action and record-breaking crowds ensured that the 2013 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens was an event to remember – andt this year’s competition will surely follow suit. Attracting some of the most talented rugby players in the world, this is a true highlight of the Dubai sporting calendar. The Sevens, Dubai www.dubairugby7s.com

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY WEEK

ART DUBAI March 2015

DUBAI MARATHON 23 January 2015

Encompassing many major landmarks after starting at the American University Dubai and before finishing at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the Dubai Marathon gives a different perspective on taking in the city and, with a US$200,000 prize for the marathon winner, there is quite an incentive to get out there! Three- and 10-kilometre runs are also available for those who feel the 42 kilometres is a bit too far.

Art Dubai is the largest and most wellestablished contemporary art fair in the region and attracts artists, collectors and art enthusiasts from all over the globe. Past festivals have featured more than 80 galleries from 34 countries, while also hosting events such as the Abraaj Capital Art Prize and the Global Art Forum. Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai www.artdubai.ae

DUBAI WORLD CUP

Various routes throughout Dubai

March 2015

www.dubaimarathon.org

The Middle East’s largest jewellery and watch show is a collection of the world’s most prestigious watch and jewellery brands, in addition to unique pieces and collectors’ items. It’s a great place to find an exceptional piece to add to your Dubai experience.

With a prize pool of US$10 million, this group one flat race is the richest in the world. The entire meet itself is worth a staggering US$27.25 million, so it’s no surprise that the world’s best horses, jockeys and trainers make the annual trip to the UAE for the premium event.

Dubai World Trade Centre

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

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www.dubaiworldcup.com

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Celebrity. © 11th Dubai International Film Festival

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Art Dubai - Abhishek Hazra, Cantordust Touring Machine. © Art Dubai

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Former Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso with Michael Barzalona aboard. © Credited to Andrew Watkins: Dubai racing club

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Meditation on the beach. © Dubai Tourism

DUBAI’S UNIQUE COMPOSITION OF TRADITION AND MODESTY, ALONGSIDE MODERNITY AND OPULENCE, AS WELL AS THE INFLUENCE BECKONING FROM ITS DESERT AND SEA ARE REPRESENTED IN THE CITY’S ART, CULTURE, FASHION AND STYLE SCENES IN A DISPLAY OF UNMATCHED INDIVIDUALITY. www.welcome-to.com

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Emerging café and confectionary scene WELCOME TO EXPOSES A NEW BREED OF SPECIALITY STORES ON THE LUSH DUBAI AVENUES.

GODIVA CHOCOLATES

Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall, and will impress you with an exclusive dining experience. Open from breakfast through to evening dinner, here you will be surrounded by iconic photography from the Vogue archives, all set within a sophisticated décor. You will be served light, contemporary international dishes, in a relaxed setting, making it the perfect place to meet, mingle and unwind.

Moka General Trading LLC is an exclusive dealer of Godiva chocolates in the UAE. In addition to classic Godiva collections, custom-made arrangements for all occasions including weddings, birthdays and baby-born giveaways are available upon request. Enjoy a lip-smacking range of truffles, caramels, chocolates and ganache at this exquisite establishment.

Vogue Café, Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall

Online shop: www.the-mshop.com

www.ginzaretail.com/restaurants/vogue-cafe

Retail outlets at: Wafi Mall (Ground level), Jumeirah

ATRIUM LOBBY LOUNGE CAFÉ OF AMWAJ ROTANA

Centre (Ground level), Dubai Mall (LG level) www.mokatrade.com

VOGUE CAFÉ AT THE DUBAI MALL Vogue Café and Espresso Bar offers an elegant adaptation of fine international cuisine, with the menu created by the director of Condé Nast International Restaurants, Gary Robinson. Under the tutelage of Condé Nast International, Vogue Café is one of its very first projects in the Middle East. Vogue is the ultimate authority on fashion, chartering the style evolution and inspiring readers internationally for more than a century. Vogue Café is a chic eatery nestled in the heart of

Enjoy an American coffee, Turkish coffee or quality espresso at the Lobby Lounge. Pair this liquid with a fine selection of handmade pastries and cakes from the specials board and our pick of the tea is the Vert a la Menthe, a unfermented rolled leaf green tea with Moroccan ‘Nanah’ peppermint served steaming hot with plenty of sugar. For lunch, the Amwaj Burger or the Classic Club Sandwich are hard to ignore. Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/ unitedarabemirates/dubai/amwajrotana/dining

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VOCUE CAFÉ

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VOCUE café at The Dubai Mall is a chic eatery nestled in the heart of Level Shoe District – the largest luxury retail space dedicated to the world’s most coveted designer shoe brands. The café offers a carefully curated contemporary menu that blends the best of international cuisine with premium ingredients and sophisticated beverages. Feast on the delectable roasted sea bass with wild mushrooms and ricotta cannelloni followed by a selection of our freshly made éclairs or choose our signature VOGUE café garden salad paired with a mango melody mocktail for a lighter option. Whatever your appetite, VOGUE café offers a uniquely fashionable dining experience where you are surrounded by iconic fashion photographs, luxurious food and drinks, and equally elegant patrons. Opening hours: Sun to Wed 10am – 10pm, Thurs to Sat 10am to 12am Tel: +971 4 501 6810 VOGUE café, Level Shoe District, The Dubai MalI www.vogue.com

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DEBAUVE ET GALLAIS DUBAI CHOCOLATE BOUTIQUE AND SALON DU THÉ

Blue Mountain Wallenford of Jamaica, plus so much more, including the velvety, smooth French hot chocolate

Luxurious French chocolatier Debauve et Gallais has opened its first Middle East boutique and salon du thé in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s court, it is home to Baroque and Rococo-style antiques hand-picked worldwide. Exquisite trompe l’oeil murals decorate the ceiling, and servings are presented on one-of-a-kind porcelain with monogrammed linen serviettes, transporting clients back to the era of French royalty. Indulge in a relaxing cup of afternoon tea with Thé Rami – a delicate blend of White China tea and the finest Debauve et Gallais white chocolate – or Arabian Nights – a romantic unity of black tea, Chinese Sencha, currants, red berries and papaya, as well as mallow flowers and rose and sunflower petals. Coffee connoisseurs can enjoy Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (from the country’s Highlands), and the smooth, distinguished

DIFC Gate Precinct 2, Shop 1 – Lobby Level www.debauveandgallais.ae

ANGELINA Angelina, the beloved Tearoom Boutique from Paris, opened its doors in The Dubai Mall’s prestigious Fashion Avenue in November 2013. The concept, which was born in 1903, brings together a classic Parisian tearoom and boutique in one location. Angelina serves a range of bespoke macaroons and chocolate ganaches along with a wide range of teas. It’s most iconic signature dishes include the ‘Mont Blanc’, a delicious cake made up of meringue, light whipped cream and chestnut vermicelli. You can also enjoy a selection of dishes from the à la carte menu, which includes ‘Summer Truffle Omelette’ and ‘Duck Foie Gras Terrine’. The Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue, ground floor, Dubai

Art Show. © Tourism Dubai

Delectable pastries. © VIVEL

© Hugo Café

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DEBAUVE ET GALLAIS DUBAI CHOCOLATE BOUTIQUE AND SALON DU THÉ

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Luxurious French chocolatier Debauve & Gallais has opened its first boutique in the Middle East. Reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s court, the establishment is home to Baroque and Rococo-style antiques hand-picked worldwide. Exquisite trompe l’oeil murals decorate the ceiling, and servings are presented on one-of-a-kind porcelain with monogrammed linen serviettes, transporting clients back to the era of French royalty. Indulge in a selection of fine tea blends (Thé Rami - a delicate blend of White China tea and the premium Debauve & Gallais white chocolate; and Arabian Nights - a romantic unity of black tea, Chinese Sencha, currants, red berries, and papaya with mallow flowers, rose and sunflower petals. Coffee-wise Debauve & Gallais offers worldwide variations such as Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and the smooth, distinguished Blue Mountain Wallenford of Jamaica. Opening hours:   Sun - Thurs 11am - 8pm Fri - Sat 2pm -8pm DIFC Gate Precinct 2, Shop 1 - Lobby Level Tel: +971 4 386 8000 / +971 4 386 8666 Mob: +971 50 250 0622 www.debauveandgallais.ae  

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VIVEL

HUGO CAFÉ

Vivel is a collection of over 300 pastries; each one is uniquely produced and shaped by hand using the highest quality ingredients. Full of exotic and unique flavours, the recipes have been collected over the years from the finest European and Middle Eastern delicacies with a strong Persian influence. They have been modified and refined by quality chefs.

Emporio Armani Caffè is the premium Milanese restaurant concept created by Giorgio Armani. The exclusive menu reflects the personal taste of Giorgio Armani, who dislikes culinary gimmicks and overcomplicated recipes. The kitchen offers a totally Italian menu in which simple and light elements are combined with sophisticated and distinctive flair. 

The latest addition to the Bin Hadher Group’s extensive dining network, Hugo Café (named after the great French writer of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo) is an innovative concept outlet that delivers a cerebral ambience and the finest in French/Vietnamese cuisine. Located right in the heart of posh Jumeirah, the café seamlessly blends traditional French eatery style with the mystic flavours of the Far East and is a must-visit for connoisseurs and those with more refined palates. Thought-provoking pieces of poetry and literature are on permanent display at the café, presenting visitors with the chance for a good read while they indulge in the unique culinary delicacies on offer. Hugo Café supports existing and upcoming talents, and plans to establish a platform for poets and writers to showcase their work and seek recognition on the local scene. ●

Lower ground level, The Dubai Mall www.vivel.com

EMPORIO ARMANI CAFFÈ

Mall of the Emirates. Also visit Armani / Dubai Caffe,

1st floor, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road

Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall

Jumeirah, Dubai

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Arts and culture THE RISE IN MODERN ART.

WORDS NYSSA VERAPHUNT & MARLO LEVINS

ART Dubai’s vibrant arts scene began the moment people first inhabited the region thousands of years ago, when the stories of events such as hunting expeditions or fishing missions were passed down from generation to generation through music, song and dance (which are all characterised by the use of percussion and drums). Today this art form survives with these same traditional performances enjoyed at cultural occasions such as festivals, national holidays and weddings. The artefacts of Dubai’s art history have been preserved at many of the city’s museums, including the Dubai Museum, which showcases the local antiques and handcrafted specimens of bygone eras.

In terms of modern day masterpieces, the best of the region’s art can be found in Dubai’s numerous art galleries, museums and art centres, many of which are recent developments and have paved the way for a significant growth in the local art scene in recent years. The city has many galleries, such as Majlis and XVA, which are popular choices for viewing and purchasing art, including paintings, sculptures, glassware, ceramics and jewellery from local and international artists. Contemporary art has also built up its profile, with the Green Art Gallery and Gallery 76 (at the Dubai International Art Centre) leading the way for the movement in the city, as well as Art Dubai, a contemporary art fair held at Madinat Arena every March.

THE ARTEFACTS OF DUBAI’S ART HISTORY HAVE BEEN PRESERVED AT MANY OF THE CITY’S MUSEUMS, INCLUDING THE DUBAI MUSEUM, WHICH SHOWCASES THE LOCAL ANTIQUES AND HANDCRAFTED SPECIMENS OF BYGONE ERAS. Sir Bani Yas. © Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

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LAYERED ON TOP OF THESE ANCIENT CUSTOMS ARE DISTINCTIVELY MODERN ONES, HOWEVER, WHICH HAVE ALSO SHAPED DUBAI’S RICH CULTURE. The rise in modern art is underlined even further each year with the awarding of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, which, with a US$1 million prize pool, offers the greatest payment of its kind anywhere in the world. This honour is awarded to proposals, rather than completed pieces, so that the funds can be used toward the creation of a piece that may not have had backing otherwise. Theatre has also captivated Dubai in recent times, with the Madinat Theatre established in 2004 and the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) opening two years later. Both centres are regarded as world-class, and feature a range of performances year round.

CULTURE Placing your finger on one feature that perfectly describes Dubai’s culture is a difficult task – it’s new while being old, humble yet opulent and Middle Eastern yet cosmopolitan. And so the best way to describe Dubai is as an exciting and vibrant mix of contrasts and juxtapositions. The lifeblood of Dubai’s culture is Islam, which inspires almost every aspect of the city’s daily life, from the traditional white robe, or dishdasha, worn by the men and the black headto-toe abbaya worn by women, to the mosques that are a centrepiece of most neighbourhoods. There is also a culture of hospitality, courtesy, warmth and friendliness in Dubai, which is reminiscent of many traditional Arab communities. Layered on top of these ancient customs are distinctively modern ones, however, which have also shaped Dubai’s rich culture. Examples

include the wealth found in modern day oil drilling that has brought a new affluence to the city and consequently seen the emergence of skyscrapers and luxury cars, as well a large expat population, which has brought a distinctly European influence to the city. Dubai’s geographical location and close proximity to Asia, Europe and Africa, has also played a part in shaping its cultural identity, which celebrates its own multicultural and cosmopolitan nature as a mecca for cultures and people. Shopping and trade are embedded in Dubai’s culture. The city began with the pearl trade, but has now expanded to souks or traditional marketplaces that sell anything from spices, gold, clothes, crafts and perfume to everyday items like groceries (Deira is a good place to visit for these), or plush department stores and shopping centres. For a traditional culture fix, take in some of the city’s old architecture (Al Fahidi Fort and Jumeirah Mosque are highlights) or perhaps catch an abra (traditional wooden boat) across Dubai Creek. Or you could get yourself down to a camel race or go for a stroll through the Bastakiya region, with its late 19th century maze of lanes and restored art galleries, cafés, traditional houses and boutique hotels. Dubai’s new traditions are just as exciting as the old and include the annual Gulf Film Festival, watching a game at the Dubai Sports City stadium, tobogganing at Ski Dubai or enjoying the city’s new wave of contemporary art, all of which adds to the delightful contrasts and range of experiences that have created modern day Dubai.

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THEATRE MADINAT THEATRE

ART GALLERIES DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ART CENTRE

Opening in 2004, Madinat was Dubai’s first purpose-built theatre and showcases a range of productions including operas, dramas, film screenings, magic shows and musicals throughout the year.

Here you’ll find one of the city’s largest collections of local and international paintings, photography, sculptures and installations. It also houses a library and a learning centre complete with art classes for those who have been particularly inspired by their experience here.

Souk Madinat, Jumeirah

Villa 27, Street 76b, Jumeirah

Just as the name suggests, DUCTAC is dedicated to the arts, boasting world-class facilities including a 543-seat theatre, an art gallery and the Dubai Centre for Musical Arts, as well as various art studios, which hold regular workshops.

Tel: +971 4 344 4398 www.artdubai.com

GREEN ART GALLERY If you’re interested in viewing the work of local artists while in Dubai, then this is the place to come, as the Green Art Gallery was one of the first galleries in Dubai to exhibit Arab art, and continues to support the region’s emerging contemporary artists. Al Quoz 1, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai Tel: +971 4 346 9305 www.gagallery.com

Tel: +971 4 366 6546 www.madinattheatre.com

DUBAI COMMUNITY THEATRE AND ARTS CENTRE (DUCTAC)

Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: +971 4 341 4777 www.ductac.org

DUBAI DRAMA GROUP This not-for-profit theatre company has been run by local acting enthusiasts for more than 25 years and showcases an eclectic mix of performances that include both classic and original scripts. Tel: +975 0 509 4211 or through the DUCTAC box office

MAJLIS GALLERY This beautifully restored villa in historical Bastakiya provides a meeting point for artists and art lovers alike, with the former often working from within the ground’s courtyard to produce some of the many paintings, WELCOME-TO.COM drawings, furniture, ceramics, jewellery and TO KEEP glass sculptures found here. EXPLORING YOUR

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Al Musalla Roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai Tel: +971 4 353 6233 www.themajlisgallery.com

XVA GALLERY This predominantly contemporary art gallery is also the place to visit for screenings of local and international arthouse films, boutique hotel accommodation, a bite to eat at an award-winning vegetarian café or the purchase of locally inspired jewellery, artwork or crafts. Building 7, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai Tel: +971 4 358 5117 www.xvagallery.com

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MUSEUMS DUBAI MUSEUM Housed in the 220-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, this is worth visiting just to explore the building. You will be equally impressed, however, with its interior, as you delve into Dubai’s history on inspection of the museum’s resident relics and dioramas of life here before the discovery of oil, as well as its displays of regional artefacts and antiques. Tel: +971 4 353 1862 www.dubaicity.com

SHEIKH MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING Set against the backdrop of another of the city’s heritage buildings, this cultural centre was established in order to teach people of all backgrounds, the traditions and customs of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. ● Tel: + 971 4 353 6666 www.cultures.ae

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Dubai fashion: the abaya engineers ROUGE COUTURE, FENDI, DUBAI FASHION WEEK, YOU NAME IT… DUBAI IS A HOTBED FOR STYLE. WORDS HEATHER BLOOM

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AMONG THE COVETED INTERNATIONAL BRANDS ARE MANY MIDDLE EASTERN DESIGNERS, SUCH AS ELIE SAAB AND ABEER AL SUWAIDI, INCORPORATING ARABIC INFLUENCES INTO THEIR DESIGNS AND SHAKING UP TRADITIONAL GARMENTS TO GREAT EFFECT. Sink into exquisite silks and fall in love with delicate hand-woven fabrics made with the finest quality thread and formed into couture masterpieces by world-class designers. You can be sure that each treasure brought back from Dubai will be a uniquely crafted garment of undeniable grace and beauty. A popular tourist destination, Dubai is a global hotspot and well-regarded as an essential stopover for the avid shopper. Visitors should look beyond the tax-free items and discounted gold, however, to find the thriving fashion metropolis just below Dubai’s sandy surface. Dubai is home to some of the world’s largest and most elaborate shopping malls, so it’s no wonder its locals are well-versed in international designers (with the likes of Fendi, Gucci and other big name labels situated here) and thus happily while away many hours in the cool airconditioned havens of these retail centres. Among the coveted international brands are many Middle Eastern designers, such as Elie Saab and Abeer Al Suwaidi, incorporating Arabic influences into their designs and shaking up traditional garments to great effect. Innovative designs of the iconic abaya (traditional long robe generally worn with a headscarf) are causing a stir among locals and the new take on familiar Arabic wear has begun to reach Western stores in a trendsetting global phenomenon. Perhaps the best representation of Dubai’s fashion prowess is disclosed in the biannual Dubai Fashion Week or DFW. Held in April

(autumn/winter collections) and October (spring/ summer collections), this is an event not to be missed by any serious fashionista. Part of Fashion Week’s fanfare includes displaying up and coming artists in the Emerging Designer Awards and showing off local designers to a crowd of trade and industry representatives. The event, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is so exclusive that entry can only be granted by invitation, so if you’re not part of the who’s who of the fashion world, sneaking in via an oversized Hermès Birkin may be your only option. If recent DFW shows are anything to go by, the 2014/15 collections will be sure to have temperatures rising, especially as local designer Rabia Z (a former Emerging Designer Award winner and one of the world’s most influential Arab personalities) takes her latest

THE ABAYA ENGINEERS Two fashion houses continue to make a stir. Dar Waad creates quirky garments that take elements from traditional dress across the globe such as the Japanese kimono, Indian sari and Roman toga. Dar Waad has also been so daring as to cinch in the waist of the abaya in an effort to mildly accentuate the female form. Meanwhile, Rouge Couture blends Arabian and Chinese culture into its fashion line. Created by savvy businesswomen and best friends, Sara Al Madani and Apple Wang, the designs bring together the best of both worlds in elegant and sophisticated pieces, which are cut from the finest fabric and uniquely tailored. Rouge Couture’s latest line, ‘Possessed by Fashion’ seen overleaf is about a haunted house with spirits possessed by fashion. The pieces are again quite cutting edge, and wonderfully eerie. Photographer: Ali Al Shehhi | Makeup and Hair: Erwin Sapio

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Runway Riot #1. © Rouge Couture

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JUST CAVALLI The Spring/Summer 2014 collection is inspired by a surreal and imaginary world. Beyond the limits of space and time, the Just Cavalli woman blossoms in cyber-Eden and she dresses with modern candour. The prints featured on the dresses are creatures from a contemporary Utopia… virtual flora and fauna that develop in three dimensions to create dreams, emotions and harmonies of colour. These pieces express the feminine silhouette through modular volumes and structured shapes.

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collection to the runway fresh from preview on international catwalks. FOR THE Rabia Z’s collection is based on the LATEST FASHION TRENDS idea that modern Arabian women can be both fashion conscious and conservative, and this concept is winning her many international fans. Her first collection, Ruby, was inspired by Middle Eastern traditions and she has continued to design a range of garments that are both practical and fashionable. From sportswear to work clothes, Rabia Z designs have eliminated the distance between fashion and faith, while maintaining a classic style that is beloved the world over. The concept of bringing Arabian fashion into the international market is echoed throughout Dubai’s local collections, and there are several key players in this mission to put the Middle East on par with the largest fashion houses in the world. Emirati fashion pioneer Abeer Al Suwaidi believes that the global perception of Middle Eastern clothing and, in particular, the abaya is shifting from a traditional representation to fashion statement. This has been seen with designers moving away from the traditional black abaya to using colour – Al Suwaidi, along with the likes of Rabia Z (who famously added a pink jumpsuit and headscarf to her collection), includes detailed embellishments on her designs, while playing with the cut and drapery of time-honoured garment models.

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Al Suwaidi’s signature item from her brand USH is the ‘skinny’ abaya. If you can imagine the Western world’s ‘skinny’ jeans with an Arabic twist, you have the latest fashion craze to hit the Middle Eastern market. Al Suwaidi sees the abaya as a vehicle in which to celebrate femininity, and her designs play with colour, texture and shape to transform garments into elegant items of clothing that confidently display the fashion-forward, modern face of Dubai. Along with Al Suwaidi’s Emirati counterparts is German/Arab designer Mona Faris, whose collection reflects her hometown, Dubai. Infused with bright colours and exotic silks, Faris’ designs have been inspired by the vibrant nature of Dubai in a beautiful expression of her birthplace. In an effort to capitalise on the lucrative audience captivated by the modern changes being made to traditional garments, the world’s largest fashion houses are now creating designs specifically for this market. Both Gucci and Hermès have designed a line of headscarves, while John Galliano has created made to measure abayas. There is no way to avoid the fact that Dubai’s spectacular setting is enhanced by its gorgeous local and international garments, and so, if the beauty of this city doesn’t take your breath away, then the stunning fashion certainly will. From the catwalks of the world to the streets of the style capitals, Salam has its finger on the pulse of everything that’s hot in the world of high fashion. From Armani, Boss to Escada, Corneliani and so many more… if you’re looking to look good, Salam is the destination for you. Take a look at www.salams.com for more. ●

SINK INTO EXQUISITE SILKS AND FALL IN LOVE WITH DELICATE HAND-WOVEN FABRICS MADE WITH THE FINEST QUALITY THREAD AND FORMED INTO COUTURE MASTERPIECES BY WORLDCLASS DESIGNERS.

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Arabian jewels GOLDEN MOMENTS FROM THE LIKES OF FREYWILLIE, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS AND MORE.

WORDS VEENAH GUNASEGARAN

Dubai’s wealth of gold is so striking that the city retains a permanent golden hue. It is reminiscent of the impression the sun’s rays make when setting against the Burj Al Arab; while the city’s diamonds and pearls almost make the moon pale in comparison. With these promises, Dubai quietly beckons visitors to indulge in its exquisite jewellery, made by experts who pride themselves on creating unrivalled pieces that outshine expectations. This allure is unsurprising, as Dubai offers an abundance of jewellery shops, both big and small, enforces a strict quality law on its products, which ensures the best of the best, and offers competitive prices by not charging sales tax on purchases.

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Talisman Large Band. © De Beers

DIAMONDS MAY NOT COME TO MIND IN THE SAME WAY THAT GOLD AND PEARLS DO WHEN CONJURING UP THOUGHTS OF DUBAI’S BUSTLING JEWELLERY SCENE, BUT THEY ARE FAST GAINING ATTENTION IN THE CITY’S INTERNATIONAL TRADE MARKET. DIAMONDS Diamonds may not come to mind in the same way that gold and pearls do when conjuring up thoughts of Dubai’s bustling jewellery scene, but they are fast gaining attention in the city’s international trade market. Along with having its own diamond exchange (Dubai Diamond Exchange), Dubai also trades some of the best diamonds in the international market – making the gleam from this precious gem extend beyond its physical properties. Buying a diamond is a difficult task, and the four ‘C’s – cut, colour, carat and clarity – should always be meticulously checked prior to purchase. The charisma of a diamond comes from its precise ‘cut’ and the sparkle that bounces off its polished surface. The cut of a diamond depends on three attributes – the maximum light reflected back through the stone, the dispersion of the light into a spectrum of colours and the flashes of dazzling light that catch your eye with every move of the stone. The ‘colour’ of a diamond is also important in deciding its value, and it is calculated using a colour-grading scale. ‘D’ is graded to diamonds that are close to ‘colourless’ and they are the

generally the most expensive (with the exception of the colours pink and blue, which are extremely rare and not included in this colour range). At the end of the grading scale is the ‘Z’ classification, which is the least desirable and is for diamonds that have slight hints of yellow or brown in them. The weight of a diamond is measured in carats, where one carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams, or about the weight of a paperclip. One carat is divided into 100 points, so a 25-point diamond will be 0.25 carats. Larger diamonds have a higher cost per carat, due to their increased rarity. Carat shouldn’t be confused with ‘karat’, which is used to measure gold purity. A diamond’s ‘clarity’ refers to any of its identifying features and if it contains any flaws. These flaws are called ‘inclusions’ and are basically air bubbles, cracks or any non-diamond minerals that appear in the diamond. Look for an ‘FL’ grade on your diamond to know if it’s completely flawless or, at the extreme end, ‘I3’ for obvious inclusions. Once you’ve gone through the four ‘C’s before buying your diamond, you’re only left with one more ‘C’ – cost, which shouldn’t be too much of a worry considering you are guaranteed the best quality diamonds at competitive prices when shopping in Dubai.

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Margot Robbie. © Van Cleef & Arpels Photo by Jason Merritt Getty Images

Julianna Margulies. © Van Cleef & Arpels Photo by Jeff Vespa Getty Images

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THE MAIN THING TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN SELECTING A PEARL IS THE GLOWING APPEARANCE OF ITS SURFACE AND ITS ABILITY TO REFLECT LIGHT.

MOON LOOP - Cultured pearl earrings, 18ct white gold and brilliant cut diamonds. © Schoeffel

PEARLS There is an Arabic legend that says when moonlight filled dewdrops descended to the sea from the sky, they were swallowed by oysters and thus formed pearls inside their shells. Dubai’s association with pearls goes as far back as this old adage – long before the discovery of oil on the Gulf, pearl trading was the source of most of Dubai’s wealth. Today, while we may have a more scientific explanation for the formation of pearls, the concept of their creation is still similar – when a foreign object slips through into an oyster and irritates it (much like a splinter in a toe), the oyster naturally tries to protect itself by coating the object with layers of the same substance of which its outer shell is made (nacre) and eventually over time these layers form into a pearl. Generally, cultured pearls are less sought after than natural pearls, despite their equalled quality, simply because they are not as rare. Pearls are on a par with diamonds as symbols of elegance and natural beauty, and their

value, like that of a diamond, is also determined by factors like size, colour, lustre, shape and surface quality. The main thing to look out for when selecting a pearl is the glowing appearance of its surface and its ability to reflect light. Look at the pearl and, if you find your reflection looking back at you, then it’s made of exceptional quality, thanks to the layer of nacre coating it. The quality of the pearl’s lustre is attributed to two main factors – the health of the mother oyster and the length of time the pearl spent in the oyster. Pearls can be found in a whole range of colours, from shades of white, pink, silver, gold and blue, through to darker colours such as peacock green and aubergine purple, to shades of grey. The shape of a pearl varies from round to baroque (irregular) with the spherical and symmetrical shapes being the most popular choice with consumers today. The size of a pearl is also important, and is measured in millimetres. This has an impact upon the price, where a millimetre’s difference can raise the price by up to 200 percent.

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FREYWILLE’S PASSIONATE RUSSIA COLLECTION

GOLD Dubai is also known as ‘The City of Gold’, both because of the important part the city plays as an international platform for gold manufacture and trade, and because of how much the locals appreciate this precious metal. Indeed, Dubai’s inhabitants are so enthralled by gold that 76 percent of them are owners of it and they are also eager to share it with those that travel to their land –almost 95 percent of Dubai’s tourists make a gold purchase of some sort! On average, 34 grams of gold is bought by each person in Dubai per annum, which accounts for the highest per capita of gold sales in the world. One of the most popular places to purchase gold in Dubai is the Gold Souk, a traditional market

DUBAI’S WEALTH OF GOLD IS SO STRIKING THAT THE CITY RETAINS A PERMANENT GOLDEN HUE. consisting of around 300 jewellery retailers. At any given time, there is said to be around 10 tonnes of gold or jewellery at the souk and this is evident from the dazzling shine from the window of each store proudly displaying its jewellery. The diversity of shops here gives you an unlimited choice for purchase, which could either help or hinder your decision-making. Haggling is the only way that you can be sure of getting a good deal in the souk, so it is encouraged to be persistent, and even consider walking away, so merchants will drop their price in order to get your business. And even if they don’t come back to you, there are plenty of other vendors from whom you can find the perfect purchase at a price you are happy with. ●

‘Golden Kalinka’ – one of four extraordinary designs within FREYWILLE’s Passionate Russia collection – reveals a real Russian passion: the love of nature. Russian nature indeed has a special niche in the Russian soul as even the poets have dedicated their work to nature, comparing it with a charming and irresistible woman. Nature accompanies everyday life and can make a contribution to back up the prevailing mood or arouse feelings. This emotional side of nature often gives way to its personification. Russian nature is an endless source of inspiration, emotions and temptation at the same time. Nature is also the key element in Russian decorative art, namely ‘Khokhloma’. The pieces are usually made of wood and decorated in gold and red colours. With this artistic touch, simple wooden utensils become valuable pieces. Key elements of the Khokhloma style are vivid flowers and berries. For Golden Kalinka, FREYWILLE’s artists have taken inspiration from the key elements of traditional Russian style and turned them into precious and stunning jewellery pieces. The colour palette is very rich and luxurious. Golden Kalinka is a modern interpretation of a traditional theme, perfectly suited for a world of fashion and luxury. Its expressive design conveys energy and passion at the same time.

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Bangle Diva - Golden Kalinka. © FREYWILLIE

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Timepieces A CULTURED AGE CALLS FOR EVER-EVOLVING SOPHISTICATED WRISTWATCHES.

WORDS TUI THOMPSON

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A timepiece does more than tell the time. It says something about you, about your personal style and about who you are. A timepiece also tells a story – whether it be because it is an heirloom passed down from one generation to another, because it is a gift from someone special representing a milestone or perhaps because it is a holiday souvenir and reminder of your travels. The personal timepiece itself came about in the 17th century after the larger clock was adapted to a smaller size. The first wristwatch was originally a women’s timepiece named the ‘wristlet’, and the concept didn’t became popular among men until the 1920s, after the battlefields of World War I introduced them to the practicalities of having the time in such a convenient location (the pocket watch had been favoured prior to this). The next big innovation to the wristwatch came in 1970, when the first digital watch changed

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AMADEO® FLEURIER TOURBILLON VIRTUOSO III 5-Day Tourbillon with Retrograde Perpetual Calendar and Reversed Hand-Fitting The Tourbillon Virtuoso III is a beautiful and cultured addition to the world of fine watchmaking and keeps alive an unrivalled degree of expertise, bringing BOVET’s past resolutely into the future. It extends the ability to travel in time by drawing inspiration from its historical heritage. A push-piece coaxial to the winding stem and located on the pendant enables the case-back to be opened in the manner of BOVET pocket watches of the 19th century.

Amadeo Fleurier Tourbillon Virtuoso III. © Bovet

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Ballon Bleu de Cartier 39 mm Flying Tourbillon watch, enamel dial. © Cartier

Lady Arpels Féerie Rouge timepiece. © Van Cleef & Arpels

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the face of timekeeping. Since then other technological advancements include incorporating the stopwatch (chronograph), perpetual calendars, minute repeaters (tourbillon), alarms, GPS and even heart rate monitors. While a timepiece is undoubtedly functional, most would agree that in a world of mobile phones, computers, alarm clocks and other household items, the humble wristwatch could be considered somewhat unnecessary. But the popularity of the personal timepiece with men, women and children around the globe is a testament to the value bestowed on it. And this is true for all, from celebrities such as Nicole Kidman with her Omega Ladymatic and George Clooney with his Seamaster to regular people going about their daily business. The longevity of brands such as Vacheron Constantin and Breguet, which have over 500 years’ experience in watchmaking between them, is also proof that watches have more value than telling the time and are indeed a lasting commodity. Because of their grand appeal there is much variation when it comes to wristwatches; for example, men and women’s watches tend to differ in terms of size and capability. If not opting for a classic design, men tend to choose their

timepieces based on added functions, such as water resistance or an alarm; whereas women are more likely to base their watch purchase on appearance or as an adornment. With so much choice out there, it may be hard to know where to start when looking for the right timepiece for you. Choosing a brand that specialises in what you are looking for, however, can be a step in the right direction. For example, brands such as Breitling have made their name by engineering precision timepieces that service a range of professions that rely on keeping time – such as pilots, divers and astronauts. Seiko is renowned for its sports watches, Rolex for classic style, Piaget for its elegance and extravagance, and so on. Nevertheless, no matter what your personal timepiece style is – something classic that reflects a bygone era and won’t date or something more contemporary that can be tailored to be a little more individual – buying a timepiece is like purchasing a piece of art. It is subjective and, once you’ve made your decision, if you look after your purchase, it may even grow in value. But whatever it is that you do find, if you’ve chosen well, you can be assured that your timepiece will be timeless. ●

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Golden Afternoon. © DeWitt

Ladies Grande Date. © DeWitt

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FROM ITS INDOOR SKI FIELD, ADRENALINE-PUMPING ADVENTURE ON THE WATER, DYNAMIC INTERNATIONAL SPORTING AND MUSIC EVENTS, TO ITS FINE DINING AND NIGHTLIFE SCENE IN THE COSMOPOLITAN CENTRE, DUBAI OFFERS AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME NO MATTER WHAT STYLE OR TASTE YOU POSSESS.

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Shopping in Dubai WORDS JAMES JORDAN

Dubai Mall. © Kiev.Victor www.welcome-to.com

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DUBAI DUTY FREE, WHICH CELEBRATED ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY ON 20 DECEMBER 2013, HAS GROWN TO BECOME ONE OF THE LEADING AIRPORT RETAILERS IN THE WORLD WITH A SALES TURNOVER OF DHS 6.65 BILLION ($2.01 BILLION) IN 2013.

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Dubai Duty Free, which celebrated its 30th anniversary on 20 December 2013, has grown to become one of the leading airport retailers in the world with a sales turnover of Dhs 6.65 billion ($2.01 billion) in 2013. Its founding principle of providing travellers with a first-class retail experience in a shopper-friendly environment and a diverse range of products still holds true to this day.

With around 1200 stores, as well as a bevy of activities and attractions, such as an aquarium, ice-skating rink and cinema, not to mention more than 150 food vendors ranging from fast food to fine dining, one could easily while away an entire day (or even a week!) here. Not that you could miss it, but while you are here, be sure to drop into Galeries Lafayette, which is Dubai’s largest department store and houses the latest in fashion, cosmetics, interior design and gourmet food products, as well as a modern French restaurant. Paris Gallery is another ‘must’ for those who enjoy high-end accessories and luxury beauty products.

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MALL OF THE EMIRATES A central city hub of shopping, leisure and entertainment, Mall of the Emirates became Dubai’s first ‘shopping resort’ when it opened its doors in 2005. With an eclectic mix of brands such as Harvey Nichols, Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Zara and Virgin, Mall of the Emirates caters to every shopper’s needs… every shopper and skier that is, as the world-renowned indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, is also located here. Open all year round, the Ski Resort hosts myriad winter activities guaranteed to entertain any snow bunny for hours. www.malloftheemirates.com

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LONGCHAMP Known across the world for its creativity, innovation, quality and craftsmanship, the familyrun French brand has seen steady growth since its foundation in 1948. Throughout that period its popularity has grown across the Middle East and the rest of the world thanks to iconic bags such as Le Pliage and inspirational partnerships with famous artists and models. www.thedubaimall.com/en/shop/longchamp

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Dubai Duty Free Shopping Complex in Concourse A. © Dubai Duty Free

The Abaya Engineers Breakout /Possessed By Fashion. © Rouge Couture

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PULLMAN DUBAI DEIRA CITY CENTRE This is Dubai’s urban shopping and entertainment destination with over 370 international stores featuring popular high street brands such as Iconic, Debenhams, Virgin Megastore, Zara and H&M. Whether you’re here to dine at the mall’s choice of more than 55 restaurants and cafés, catch the latest blockbuster at VOX Cinemas or spend time with the family at Magic Planet, Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre is where you’ll love to shop, dine and play. www.deiracitycentre.com

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IBN BATTUTA MALL Designed as a homage to the travels of 14th century Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta, this mall lays claim to being the world’s largest themed

shopping mall, with its six courts reflecting each of the regions Battuta travelled to – China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and Andalusia. While the centre aims to be an experience in itself, this does not overshadow the 275 retailers, 50 restaurants and 21 cinema screens, including Dubai’s only IMAX theatre, that also reside here. www.ibnbattutamall.com

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BURJUMAN CENTRE If high fashion and elite brands are your thing, then you’ll love the BurJuman Centre, which is touted as one of most luxurious retail centres in the world, with a list of residents including Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Dior, DKNY and Burberry. The centre itself, which also comprises business space, duplex residences and hotel suites, is a testament to style and design with ornate and well thought out architecture being one of its major features. www.burjuman.com

Mercato Shopping Spree. © Mercato Shopping Mall

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DUBAI OUTLET MALL Get yourself ready for a bargain at the Middle East’s only outlet concept shopping centre, Dubai Outlet Mall, where you’ll find 240 stores with more than 800 high-end fashion brands at discounted prices. And with 30 to 90 percent of the recommended retail price off most products, it may just be worth your while starting your Dubai shopping safari here. www.dubaioutletmall.com

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WAFI MALL Combing fashion, food, entertainment and art in one place is Wafi Mall, which has more than 350 stores, and entertainment including an Encounter Zone with rides and games, an indoor climbing wall

and regular live music acts. The mall also features art exhibitions by local and international artists, galleries and art cafés. For those who enjoy art of the wearable kind, there are many fashion stores including Salam, which has the best in women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing and accessories, as well as beauty, photography, travel and home wares. www.wafi.com

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DUBAI MARINA MALL With around 160 stores, this may not be Dubai’s biggest mall, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with impressive waterfront views, being located on Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Marina. For a bite to eat, there is alfresco dining along the Marina Promenade or casual dining in the mall’s Gourmet Tower. www.dubaimarinamall.com

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DUBAI SOUKS

GALERIES LAFAYETTE

Dubai’s traditional marketplaces rival any of the mod cons and glitz of the new malls, in terms of experience and excitement. They are largely located in Deira and Bur Dubai on either side of Dubai creek, so grab an abra to traverse up and down the creek for a truly local experience. There are a range of different souks, including spice souks for fresh herbs and spices, gold souks for jewellery, textile souks for brilliant silks and perfume souks where you can get a custommade scent. There are also several souks that incorporate a range of goods both old and new.

The legendary French style is truly alive in the shopping capital of the Middle East, thanks to Galeries Lafayette’s massive, three-storey shop at the Dubai Mall. With a total area of 19,980 square metres, Galeries Lafayette claims the distinction of being the largest department store in Dubai. A visit to the shop reveals the various features that make the store stand out: plenty of space to make shopping a breeze, modern and chic interior design, and a countless array of the most fashionable labels under one roof. ●

www.dubaisouks.net

www.galerieslafayette-dubai.com

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DISCOVER DUBAI’S ORIGINAL URBAN COMMUNITY Al Ghurair Centre is the true pulse of Dubai; where everything begins and where everyday experiences are enjoyed by the individual, as well as the community. It is not just a shopping destination but an attitude, a way of life. It is the soul of the city.

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As a celebration of art, culture and music, its festivals and events invite a number of vibrant local and international artists, musicians and street performers to amaze and entertain audiences. Whether it is Battle of the Bands, an enthralling competition for the title of the best band in Dubai or Dub Fest, a street theatre extravaganza, Al Ghurair Centre continually plays host to scintillating acts, performances and entertainment that leave visitors enthralled and coming back for more.

Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday 10.00am to 10.00pm Thursday to Saturday 10.00am to 12.00am For more information, visit alghuraircentre.com

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Sport in Dubai SPEED, GLAMOUR, SPECTACLE… EXPLORE A RANGE OF THRILLING SPORTS IN DUBAI.

WORDS BEN ERSKINE

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DUBAI ALSO HAS PLENTY OF SPORTING ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM, AND ONLY A SHORT JOURNEY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE CITY IS THE OPEN EXPANSE OF THE ARABIAN DESERT

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Clear blue waters, sandy desert dunes and rolling greens allow visitors to practise their golf swing, explore ancient coral reefs or ride across the rugged countryside on a camel’s back. Every sporting taste and skill level is catered for with multimillion-dollar recreational facilities in abundance. Warm temperatures and pristine beaches provide the perfect setting to get your feet wet with sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling facilities at every turn. For those who prefer to keep both feet firmly on the ground, horse racing, motor sports and international football matches offer speed, glamour and spectacle in the comfort of luxury autodromes and arenas.

competing countries from all parts of the globe, making it one of Dubai’s most colourful and multicultural sporting events. Supporters are treated to the cream of international rugby talent as they battle it out in a shorter version of the traditional rugby union 15man game. The contest is always fast and furious, with skill and speed being more important than the conventional brawn associated with rugby. The action is equally exciting off the field, with plenty of music being played around the grounds for all to enjoy, as well as the crowds customarily creating a carnival-like atmosphere in the stands. www.dubairugby7s.com

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Dubai boasts a stunning portfolio of world-class golf courses, including the exclusive Emirates Golf Club, which features two championship courses and a private nine-hole, par three course, along

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HOT WEATHER AND THE PRISTINE WATERS OF THE ARABIAN SEA COMBINE TO PROVIDE EXCELLENT CONDITIONS FOR WATER SPORTS.

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with two premium driving ranges, designed to be enjoyed by golfers of all calibres. The internationally renowned greens play host to the Dubai Desert Classic and Dubai Ladies Masters, attracting a selection of championship players and golfing connoisseurs from across the globe. The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club is recognised by its superbly manicured fairways, undulating sand dunes and date and palm trees perched along the creek’s edge. This spectacular course is floodlit during the evening to cater to all schedules, as the clear waters of the creek wind alongside at least four holes where several artificial lakes embellish the expansive greens. After a round or two with friends or colleagues, members may also enjoy the excellent facilities, including six award-winning restaurants and bars, a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a 121-berth marina.

HORSERACING

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The racing season runs from November to April, with the Meydan Racecourse the centrepiece of the season, boasting a mile-long grandstand able to accommodate 60,000 spectators. The state-of-the-art facility was officially opened in 2010 and also has a nine-hole golf course and five-star hotel trackside. The Dubai racing calendar culminates in the Dubai World Cup, as it has since 1996. This Group One flat race is an invitation-only event with horses travelling from all over the globe for a chance at the US$10 million prize. The race itself is part of the Dubai World Cup day, which has a series of nine races with a prize pool of more than US$27.25 million, making it the richest horseracing meet in the world.

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WATER SPORTS Hot weather and the pristine waters of the Arabian Sea combine to provide pristine conditions for water sports, so it’s no wonder that Dubai has plenty on offer. The Gulf’s shallow waters and coral reefs make the perfect location for snorkelling and scuba diving. The calm waters also fare well for sailing, windsurfing and jet boating. For those who like to spectate, Dubai hosts a range of events. The Dubai International Marine Club has to be the city’s most popular venue for big meets and regularly features a range of events, such as the Dubai Traditional Rowing Race, UAE (United Arab Emirates) Wooden Powerboat Championship, UAE Jet Ski Championship and the internationally renowned UIM World Powerboat Championship. www.dimc.ae

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE On dry land, Dubai also has plenty of sporting activities to choose from, and only a short journey from the hustle and bustle of the city is the open expanse of the Arabian Desert, which offers an adventure playground in itself – go on your own four-wheel drive desert safari, as you shoot across dunes and over steep slopes. Or, if you prefer things at a slower pace, you could take a camel trek through the desert, as many Bedouin tribesmen have done before you. Camels are also used for another pastime and that is the traditional UAE sport of camel racing, which continues to be popular with locals and visitors alike. Racing is held from October to April on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays, and there are 15 tracks in the UAE, with Nad Al Sheba Racecourse being Dubai’s most prominent. Races can have anywhere between 15 to 70 camels racing and are between four and 10 kilometres in length – it is advised that you bring your binoculars. www.dubaicity.com

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FOOTBALL In recent years, the UAE has experienced football fever. Established in 2009, the Dubai Sports City Football Academy was designed to provide worldclass training facilities for children, amateurs and professional teams and players. Similar worldclass venues throughout Dubai host the UAE league matches and international friendly ties. And the fact that a number of international teams now have Dubai-based owners has also invigorated this country’s interest in the world game. During January, the World Series of Football attracts top players from Europe and South America to Dubai, resulting in an edge-ofthe-seat sporting experience not to be missed. Arab neighbour Qatar will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, and so this is set to bring even more football excitement to the region in the coming years. www.theworldseriesoffootball.com

MOTORSPORTS The ultra-modern Dubai Autodrome has established itself as one of the finest motor sport venues within the UAE. This cutting edge circuit features more than five kilometres of high-speed straights and challenging technical corners across six independent configurations. The world-class facility has fast become the favoured venue of international racing events, including the FIA GT Championship, World Touring Car Championship and Al GP. Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Kimi Räikkönen have all raced at the Autodrome, which features a series of VIP suites with superior views across the course. For those would like to add their name to the likes of Villeneuve and Schumacher, the Dubai Autodrome Motor Sports Club offers half- and full-day packages to test out the track. Experience a rush of adrenaline that can only be felt behind the wheel, as you navigate the sharp corners and glide down the straights. www.dubaiautodrome.com ●

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Dining in Dubai WELCOME TO CONTINUES ITS CULINARY TOUR TO UNCOVER THE EMIRATE’S FINEST FOOD INSTITUTIONS.

WORDS ALISON COPLEY & MARLO LEVINS

AL MAHARA

ARMANI/RISTORANTE

This signature restaurant at Burj Al Arab owes its charm to a combination of its unique underthe-sea setting and the serene colourful sea life environment, which serves as a backdrop during your fine dining experience. Renowned for excellence and innovation in food creation, Burj Al Arab’s executive chef, Maxime Luvara, creates a range of sense-stimulating culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning of guests. You will also have a dedicated waiter and sommelier to cater to your every request throughout the evening.

The essence of Italy is brought to life at Armani/ Ristorante where a natural passion for the finest ingredients, exquisite flavour combinations and contemporary presentation come together. In a signature tasting experience for all the senses Italian culinary excellence is paired with uniquely personalised service, taking diners on a memorable journey from a classic aperitivo to the subtle nuances of the degustation style menu and expert recommendations from the restaurant’s own sommelier.

Burj Al Arab

1 Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Tel: +971 4 301 7600

Tel: +971 4 888 3888

www.jumeirah.com

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AMASEENA

AT.MOSPHERE BURJ KHALIFA

Enjoy the soft sea breeze and the sound of gently lapping waves from the Arabian Gulf shore each night in Amaseena, this tented Bedouin village. Select a private tent with your friends and family to relax under a starry sky for the evening. Relish regional Arabian specialities from a nightly buffet complemented by a shisha experience, as you are entertained by a live performance from an Arabic duo.

Situated at a height of 442 metres (1350 feet), At.mosphere, the highest restaurant from ground level, is an exclusive fine dining restaurant and lounge, located on Level 122 of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. At.mosphere has a total seating capacity of 210 people, offering guests the option of dining at the grill or mingling in the lounge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Tel: +971 4 888 3444

Tel: +971 4 318 6150

www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com

Armani Hotel Dubai

Level 122 of Burj Khalifa

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BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT AND SPA Situated in the heart of the desert and nestled in the dunes of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat. An exclusive low-rise resort in the desert surrounded by gently sloping dunes and natural desert landscape, Bab Al Shams offers guests a one of a kind traditional desert experience that is true to the culture and heritage of Dubai and the UAE. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa Tel: +971 4 809 6100 www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams

CENTRE CUT AT THE RITZCARLTON From the moment guests enter through the ornate iron doors of Centre Cut Steakhouse to the sounds of live jazz and blues piano, a memorable dining experience begins. Centre Cut provides the finest cuts of US and Australian beef, complemented by unique condiments and paired with fine wines, which guests can enjoy on the outdoor terrace or inside surrounded by the stylish décor. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial

BICE MARE

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There are currently 35 restaurants worldwide bearing the name of BICE and the company continues to expand into new markets. Mare is located in the prestigious Souk Al Bahar, overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa and the grand fountain. The outlet was opened in November 2009 to instant acclaim with its innovative Italian seafood inspired cuisine.

Tel: +971 4 372 2323

Level 3, Souq Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai Tel: +971 4 423 0982 www.bicemare.com

BRUNELLO RESTAURANT The décor of this buono Dubai Italian restaurant is inspired by an idyllic Italian palazzo. Brunello features a sophisticated approach to Italian cuisine. Its culinary director Deff Haupt is introducing a selection of signature dishes such as tortellini with spinach, ricotta and black truffle; salmon tartar on the green apple, and avocado focaccia crouton spiced by orange essence.

www.ritzcarlton.com/dubaiifc

DHOW AND ANCHOR RESTAURANT AND BAR Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai’s premium family destination and five-star resort has refurbished its D&A, Dhow and Anchor Restaurant and Bar. Previously known as the ‘Dhow and Anchor’, the English pub and restaurant closed its doors in August 2013 to undergo an extensive five-month restoration. Guests can now enjoy uninterrupted views of Burj Al Arab with floor-to-ceiling windows and a new menu by chef Sydney Stranger, who joins Jumeirah Beach Hotel as chef de cuisine for D&A from The Merrywell in Melbourne, Australia. His signature dishes feature the British favourite, fish and chips and the new D&A Wagyu beefburger. Jumeirah Beach Hotel Telephone: +971 4 406 8999 www.jumeirah.com/danda

Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah Tel: +971 4 444 2000

EL SUR

www.kempinski.com/palmjumeirah

Located at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, El Sur is Dubai’s first contemporary Spanish restaurant. Vibrant, lively and sophisticated, El Sur showcases the skills of world-class chefs with an innovative menu that brings together classic Spanish favourites with contemporary twists and the finest ingredients from around the world.

CELEBRITIES A grand staircase leads into Celebrities, this speciality restaurant for international cuisine. A wall fountain trickles over hand-painted tiles creating an elegant atmosphere. Romantic lighting and a multi-level interior that overlooks lushly landscaped gardens further enhance the appeal.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort &

The Palace of One and Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah

Marina

Beach, Dubai

Tel: +971 4 399 7700

Tel: +971 4 399 9999

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Qbara, the award-winning contemporary restaurant lounge and bar, is Dubai’s latest addition to the city’s ever-growing contemporary lifestyle dining scene. Serving dishes inspired by Levantine, Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisines, their menu enriches rather than alters the essential quality of fresh seasonal ingredients with indigenous seasoning. Their menu encourages diners to share dishes in a convivial family style and their signature dishes include Lobster kibbeh with fresh herbs and avocado labneh and Tomato, watermelon, homemade shanklish and mint salad. Qbara is a destination that re-tells Arabesque lore with an unmistakably modern twist. Distinguished by its fascinating interiors, the space is spread over two floors and linked by a unique installation wall. Whether it is a special occasion or a catch up with friends, Qbara is the perfect spot for dinner or a relaxed weekend lunch. Opening hours: Sat to Wed, 7pm-2am Thurs to Fri, 7pm-3am Lunch Fri and Sat, 1.30–4.00 Tel: +971 4 709 2500 reservations@qbara.ae

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INDEGO FAZARIS A restaurant that combines the best of East and West with its signature Japanese and Italian cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fazaris offers an enticing menu of epicurean delights. Every Friday, from 12.30pm, Fazaris features a vintage brunch that reigns supreme. A prestigious dining destination, Fazaris is a feast for the senses. Impeccable service, an evocative ambience and live music enhance your brunch experience, expertly paired with a range of 16 international vintages. A sublime dessert room lends the perfect finishing touch. The Address, Downtown Burj Tel: + 971 4 888 3444 www.theaddress.com

FIRE AND ICE Exuding a cosy atmosphere reminiscent of a New York loft, Fire and Ice boasts a menu inspired by traditional grill dishes with special seasonal offers on the table every month. The chow is complemented by an award-winning wine list of more than 700 wines. Dinner is from 7pm to 11:30pm.

As the first Indian chef to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star, Indego’s consultant chef Vineet Bhatia has a reputation that precedes him. Diners will not be disappointed when they sample Bhatia’s unique blend of subcontinental cuisine with classic European fare. Here’s a tip – leave room for his now famous chocolate samosa dessert. Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Sofouh Road Tel: + 971 4 399 8888 www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com

JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL DUBAI EATERIES With panoramic views of Dubai, Vault premium cocktail bar is a heady experience of black and gold, majestically situated at the pinnacle of the world’s tallest hotel. Prime 68 is Dubai’s premier boutique steakhouse, where supreme quality ingredients are served in elegant style. Elevated on the 68th floor, awe-inspiring vistas are matched by exceptional food. Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai Tel: +971 4 414 3000 www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

Level 3, Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi Tel: +971 4 324 8888

M’S SEAFOOD BISTRO

www.raffles.com/dubai

Chef Yvan’s decade-long experience with M’s Beef Bistro and its discerning clientele inspired him towards creating the menu for M’s Seafood Bistro – a unique blend of classic European influences and flavours. By discovering the freshest seasonal ingredients in the local market and combining these with innovative, classic cooking techniques, chef Yvan conjures up delectable creations that will evoke a sense of pure delight.

GAUCHO DUBAI Located in the centre of the DIFC, Gaucho Dubai offers guests the opportunity to dine in luxurious style, surrounded by contemporary glamour and opulence. With the option to go alfresco, to host an event in one of two exclusive dining spaces, or to simply meet with friends for a cocktail, Gaucho has you sorted.

Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road

Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC, Dubai

Tel: +971 4 702 2710

Tel: +971 4 422 7898

www.diningdubai.com

www.gauchorestaurants.ae

MARRAKECH HUNTERS ROOM AND GRILL

Tel: +971 4 511 7136

Set in the beautiful surroundings of a traditional Moroccan courtyard garden, Marrakech transports you to a relaxing world full of the essence and flavours of Morocco. Savour authentic dishes while enjoying live entertainment. Diners can expect a wide variety of Moroccan delicacies, such as traditional harira soup or bastilla bil djaj (Moroccan pigeon pie).

www.huntersdubai.com

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

Hunters Room and Grill is a stylish contemporary Dubai steakhouse with a minimalistic and elegant décor of leather seats and dark wood tables. The open kitchen serves the finest aged grain-fed meats from around the world. Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina

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Inspired by the world’s leading men’s magazine, GQ Bar combines slick, stylish settings with refined international dishes, artisanal spirits and wines, and eclectic mixology. Located inside the world’s tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the newly opened GQ Bar adds a dynamic new dimension to the city’s vibrant dining and nightlife scene. GQ Bar is a unique venue that caters for the most discerning of patrons. Spanning two storeys, the space is divided into bar, lounge, restaurant and terrace areas – all of which have been specially designed by Bash Hesnef. The aesthetic of the Bar has been created to provide a refined yet cosy environment that is welcoming towards our local and international guests; this approach is also mirrored in the food and drink offering. The food menu, jointly curated by Condé Nast International Restaurants director Gary Robinson and GQ Bar head chef Bruno Carvalho, offers contemporary global cuisine including the likes of coconut ceviche with fresh market fish, and lamb with date and orange cream couscous. This is complemented by an extensive wine, spirit and cocktail list, including unmissable signature drinks such as the GQ Bar Espresso Martini and Smoked Latino, the latter of which is served with apple wood smoked over ice. Whether you are dining out, relaxing with friends over a drink or wanting a night on the town, GQ Bar Dubai is the smarter and sharper choice. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay For reservations: +9 714 321 4541/+9 7156 917 7714 or email reservations@gqbardubai.com facebook.com/gqbardubai instagram.com/gqbardubai www.gqdubai.com

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MEKONG Experience the vibrant culinary cultures of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine at Mekong, Anantara Dubai’s signature dining venue. Named after south-east Asia’s legendary river, Mekong offers a journey infused with rich and flavourful discovery. Indulge in authentic Eastern recipes at rickshaw-style seating and oriental tables, or reserve the discreet private dining room that is perfect for intimate celebrations. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah Tel: +971 4 567 8888 www.dubai-palm.anantara.com

NOBU The Nobu name is synonymous the world over with mastery of Japanese fine dining, and its Dubai outpost is no different. Celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa has created an elegant and sleek space

where diners can spoil themselves with the Chef’s Choice (Omakase) menu, featuring delicacies such as Alaskan king crab claw tempura with butter ponzu. Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah Tel: +971 4 426 2626 www.noburestaurants.com/dubai

RANG MAHAL BY ATUL KOCHHAR Feel the pulsing vibrancy of New India with modern Indian cuisine designed by Atul Kochhar, the first Indian Michelin starred chef. The name Rang Mahal means Palace of Colour, where dynamism and vibrancy is reflected in the fusion of flavours with traditional cooking methods. Creating dishes designed to be sampled and shared, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar is outstanding creative cooking. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 414 3000 www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

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Monaco based Sass Café, owned by famed restaurateur, Salvador “Sassa” Treves and his son Samy Sass, are launching the first venue outside of Monaco in Dubai, UAE. With Sass Café’s 20 years of world-renowned success and international celebrity following, it has become a go-to destination restaurant and lounge amongst the global elite and who’s who. The expansion into Dubai and the Middle East region speaks to Sass Café’s reputation as a venue suited to meet the needs of jetsetters, celebrities and those who appreciate the finer things alike. Known for its superb food and impeccable service to an ultra chic clientele, Sass Café will offer the good life of Monaco right here in Dubai. The restaurant features an intriguing and delectable Mediterranean fare, a piano bar for sophisticated entertainment and a terrace with an all access view to the Burj Khalifa. Opening hours: BAR AND LOUNGE 12pm - 2am  DINING Lunch 12pm - 3.30pm, Dinner 7pm - midnight Tel: +971 4 352 7722 reservations@sasscafe-dubai.ae

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TRADITIONAL BRITISH CUISINE MEETS THE FLAIR OF GAELIC COOKING AT THE DUBAI VENTURE OF CELEBRITY CHEF GARY RHODES. REFLETS PAR PIERRE GAGNAIRE

SALERO TAPAS AND BODEGA

Tumble down the proverbial rabbit hole at Pierre Gagnaire’s namesake Dubai restaurant. You would expect nothing but the unexpected from one of the godfathers of the molecular gastronomy movement and Gagnaire does not disappoint in this restaurant − his special alchemy of multisensory taste and textures makes eating here so much more than just a meal.

As its name implies, Salero Tapas and Bodega is an affair of Spanish gastronomy that exudes flair and elegance, complete with a charming character that befits its casual and accommodating personality. This distinctive tapas and bodega fuses traditional food-sharing platters with a modern sommelier twist, to offer visitors inimitably genuine and unforgettable Spanish dining.

InterContinental, Dubai Festival City

Kempinski Hotel Mall of The Emirates

Tel: +971 4 701 1199

Tel: +971 4 409 5888

www.diningdfc.com

www.salero-bodega.com

RHODES MEZZANINE

SEAGRILL ON 25° RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Traditional British cuisine meets the flair of Gaelic cooking at the Dubai venture of prolific Michelin star celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. Choose from seasonal specials inspired by modern British classics, or even have a do-it-yourself gastronomic adventure with a Rhodes Mezzanine cooking master class. Grosvenor House Hotel, Al Sufouh Road Tel: + 971 4 399 8888 www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com

RHODES TWENTY10 And the aforementioned Gary Rhodes (see Rhodes Mezzanine) also brings a new generation of culinary grill with a twist, where the emphasis is on sharing, bringing family and friends together in sleek and contemporary surroundings. The menu offers guests the chance to tailor their meal depending on their tastes and create a sociable dining experience. Rhodes Twenty10 is open from 7pm until midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa Dubai Tel: +971 4 399 8888 www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com

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Embracing a prime position overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the Seagrill on 25° Restaurant and Lounge plays tribute to the three Ss – sea views, solitude and shisha. Offering a Levantine twist to fresh grilled seafood, this restaurant will also captivate guests with a triple-decker fresh seafood platter, and playful interpretations of classic dishes such as Canadian lobster poutine. A shisha menu composed of bespoke flavours and blends, as well as a wide selection of Mediterranean white and rose vintages, sets the scene for the perfect sundowner experience. Fairmont The Palm, Dubai Tel: 1800 441 1414 www.fairmont.com

SHABESTAN A journey to ancient Persia begins when you enter this authentic Iranian restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek. Splendid views of the creek, traditional cuisine with fresh bread from a clay oven and a live Iranian band all make for an unforgettable dining experience. Awardwinning Shabestan offers sumptuously tender marinated meats grilled to perfection, delicately perfumed rice, fine caviar, desserts, pastries, confectionery and more. Bani Yas Road – 476 Dubai Tel: +971 4 222 7171 www.radissonblu.com/hotel-dubaideiracreek/dining

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This award-winning contemporary Japanese restaurant that has revolutionised Japanese dining in Australia, has spread its wings to Downtown Dubai. Admired for their presentation style, TOKO’s food is ‘authentic yet not traditional’ and offers diners a modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine. The creative menu explores the harmony between texture and taste using premium produce and innovative culinary techniques. The experience is one that is complete – from the food, to the design, to the drinks. Signature dishes include ‘Tenaga Ebi No Nigiri’, ‘Sake No Aburi Yaki’ and ‘Blackmore Wagyu Beef’ from Australia. Located in Downtown Dubai, with direct access from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, a dining room, lounge and bar features soaring ceilings, coupled with an expansive terrace as well as a private dining room. This exceptional space on the ground floor of the luxury boutique Vida Hotel has set a new standard on the Dubai dining scene. Dinner reservations available Sunday to Wednesday 7pm – 2am / last sitting 11.30pm Thursday to Saturday 7pm – 2am / last sitting 12.30am For reservations please call +971 4 4428383 www.toko-dubai.com

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SHIBA RESTAURANT Shiba is the home of authentic, deliciously mouthwatering Asian cuisine. The food captures the heritage and vibrancy of Asia together with some of Shiba’s own innovations and modern cooking techniques. Indian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese – each dish has its own distinct and exciting taste, aroma and local character. Plush and unrushed, the dining room leads into the equally sophisticated Shiba Bar. The Meydan Hotel Tel: +971 4 381 3111 www.meydanhotels.com/meydan/index.htm

STAY BY YANNICK ALLÉNO This eatery invites an out of the ordinary dining experience within a comfortable yet stylish environment, showcasing traditional cooking methods reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion. Distinctive seating arrangements, including a sharing table area as well as a unique Pastry Library concept, are key to the restaurant’s DNA.

Discover simple, great tasting food and unique sharing experiences in an atmosphere of refined elegance for romance and special occasions. One and Only, The Palm, West Crescent, Palm Dubai Tel: +971 4 440 1030 thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com

TABLE 9 Formerly Gordon Ramsay’s revered Verre eatery, the business has now been passed onto Ramsay’s ex-colleagues from the Michelin starred Claridges, Nick Alvis and Scott Price. Still sizzling in the Hilton, the pair has rebranded and shifted the focus to a more relaxed environment. Rather than having a traditional menu consisting of three courses, table 9 offers a wide range of ‘accessible food’ done creatively, such as pork belly, pumpkin, bok choi and crackling or duck, cepes (wild mushrooms) and liquorice. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai Tel: +971 4 212 7551 www.table9dubai.com

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Hakkasan, the luxury Chinese restaurant is brining award-winning Cantonese cuisine to the world, boasting branches from Miami to New York, Mumbai, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Middle East. The ambient 152-cover venue features two private dining rooms, an 88-cover outside terrace, as well as Ling Ling lounge. The terrace conveys a natural oasis of charm achieved by the rustic wooden structures embracing the beautifully designed water features and exotic greenery. Savour true Cantonese gastronomy and indulge in mouth-watering dishes, including Hakkasan classics Peking Duck with Royal Beluga Caviar, divine steamed Dim sum platter and Grilled Wagyu beef in King Soya Sauce. Blending uber-chic modern design with traditional Chinese elements, Hakkasan embraces luxurious glamour. Opening hours: Lunch Daily | 12pm – 3pm Friday Brunch | 12pm – 4pm Dinner Daily | 7pm – 1am Bar Daily | 7pm – 2am Jumeirah Emirates Towers, The Boulevard Tel: +971 4 384 8484 reservations@hakkasandubai.com www.hakkasan.com/dubai

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THE EXCHANGE GRILL Rich surroundings of leather, bas-relief timber and hand-etched Italian glass flooded by natural light have been combined to create the perfect harmonious dining experience. Enjoy a tantalising selection of grill specialities with a modern flair, including tender prime aged Angus beef, classic game dishes and fresh seafood complemented by an extensive wine list of premium international vintages. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: +971 4 311 8316 www.fairmont.com/dubai

THE RIB ROOM Unleash the carnivore within amidst the elegant surroundings of The Rib Room. A venue that is as elemental as it is exquisite, this award-winning restaurant offers a smart, sophisticated menu featuring an incredible selection of succulent steaks and ribs,

prepared to your exacting tastes. Step in today and discover an experience that is everything but traditional. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road Tel: +971 4 319 8088 www.jumeirah.com

TOMO The word ‘TOMO’ is literally translated from Japanese to mean a ‘lifelong friend’. The hope is that TOMO will be the place where good friends will meet often to share memorable occasions. You will enjoy a wonderful selection of authentic Japanese dishes that talented chefs have spent years refining. Partnering with Raffles Hotel Dubai and being nestled on top of the pyramid-shaped building, has ensured a great launchpad for the new concept. TOMO by Takahashi in Raffles Dubai, Wafi City Tel: +971 4 357 7888 www.tomo.ae

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SERAFINA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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Boasting spectacular views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains, Serafina offers several dining options. Guests can enjoy their meal on the licensed terrace or inside surrounded by warm brick, teak interiors and artwork by Michela Martello. This well-known New York-style hotspot is famous for its homemade pizzas and pastas, along with a full array of antipasti, salads and desserts. Weekends at Serafina include live jazz and a brunch to satisfy all tastes, with plenty of activities to keep the young ones entertained. Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday: 12pm – 2am, Sunday to Wednesday: 9am – 2am Tel: +971 4 363 8447 Facebook: www.facebook.com/SerafinaDubai Twitter: twitter.com/SerafinaDubai Email: serafina@ginzaretail.com

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SOCIAL WELCOMES REFINED DINERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A BESPOKE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

VIVALDI BY ALFREDO RUSSO Offering a creative Italian menu composed by Michelin-starred Alfredo Russo, Vivaldi has a trendy bar accessible throughout the day and a climate-controlled terrace for alfresco dining overlooking the Creek waters and skyline of Dubai. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers, Dubai, UAE Tel: +971 4 207 1717 www.vivaldidubai.com

VOI Vietnamese with a French twist. This fine dining Vietnamese and French colonial restaurant serves cuisine that vividly captures the beauty, romance and spirit of French colonial south-east Asia of the 1920s. Signature dishes include the sautéed king prawn salad with tangy guava with fennel salad and Nuoc Mam dressing, and the seared lobster tail with black beans, bean sprouts and mangoartichoke salad.

WALDORF ASTORIA RESTAURANTS SOCIAL BY HEINZ BECK Heinz Beck, Italy’s leading chef removes the ‘formal’ from fine dining, and introduces an outstanding fine-casual dining concept to Dubai’s famous restaurant landscape. Social combines a fine culinary experience with a casual atmosphere, an exciting new addition to Dubai’s vibrant and stylish dining scene. Known for its innovative menu, stylish setting and dazzling views across the city, Social welcomes refined diners from all over the world in search of a bespoke international experience.

PO Box 27722, Dubai, UAE Tel: +971 4 453 0000

LAO

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A unique and contemporary dining experience, bringing the best of South East Asian cuisine to the UAE, designed exclusively for the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. Inspired by the ancient ‘Lao’ tribe that populated South Asia in the first Millennium, LAO takes food lovers on an exotic journey, offering a new interpretation of delectable flavours from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. Lao takes the unique flavours from these exotic nations and showcases the flavours, spices, and evolved culinary ideas through a bold, innovative path.

ZEST The resort’s main restaurant, ZEST, blends the culinary influences of the Middle East, Asia and the West within a fresh and interactive dining concept. Main courses are prepared from two theatrical show kitchens where guests are asked to select one key base – poultry, meat or fish – prepared to their preference. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows create a decidedly elegant and light ambience with the use of fresh modern finishes and fabrics. Glass leaf and cut quartz crystals, accent flourishes of the arabesque-feel interior, promotes a conservatory-style indoor dining environment. ZEST provides a collection of indoor and alfresco dining options overlooking the grand pool and Moorish gardens rimmed with lemon and tangerine trees. ●

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One and Only The Palm

Tel: +971 4 818 2155

West Crescent, Palm Jumeirah

East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah

Tel: +971 4 440 1010

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MILLENNIUM AIRPORT HOTEL Lobby Level, Dubai www.millenniumhotels.com

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DA VINCI’S This award-winning restaurant combines a warm Italian atmosphere with traditional pastas and pizza freshly prepared by our Italian chef. Open since 1989, it is a four-time winner of Dubai’s favourite Italian restaurant. The menu consists of a variety of traditional favorites and an extensive wine list catering to different tastes and occasions. For a romantic or family meal, Da Vinci’s provides private dining rooms that are spacious enough for business lunch or dinners. Opening hours: Daily Lunch 12noon – 3.30pm Daily Dinner 6pm – 12am Casablanca Street, Garhoud Area, Dubai Tel: +971 4 702 8811

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Discover Dubai’s vibrant nightlife with Cactus Jacks Latino Restaurant & Bar with a variety of excellent dishes and Mexican beverages and a nightly live DJ, Cactus Jacks is a clear choice. Cactus Jacks features a private gallery overlooking the restaurant’s bar area and outside terrace, as well as an inviting courtyard that includes a dance area. The restaurant provides a perfect combination of excellent food and good value for money. Whether dining with a group of friends or on your own, Cactus Jacks always manages to serve up a good time. Opening hours: Daily 6pm – 3am Casablanca Street, Garhoud Area, Dubai Tel: +971 4 702 8855

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STUDIO DU CHEF – FRENCH CUISINE Contemporary, modern and exuding style, Studio du Chef offers a relaxed-gastronomy; serving French cuisine, revived classics and an extensive wine collection handpicked from esteemed and boutique vineyards afar. Bar and restaurant combined, guests can watch experienced chefs conjure up modern French cuisine, indulge in the trendy ambience of the bar and terrace or enjoy wine suggestions by the sommelier. With a focus on cheese and wine, Studio du Chef offers weekly cheese nights with cheese and wine pairing. For those seeking a more intimate culinary affair, Studio du Chef provides a bespoke experience with a private kitchen, catering to up to 9 guests. Trust the Chef and let him guide you on a culinary journey, where the menu will change on a daily basis based on the chef’s creativeness and ingredients available on the day. Available daily and priced at AED 475 for a five-course menu. Sofitel The Palm, Dubai Palm Jumeirah - East Crescent Road Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel for reservations: +971 4 455 6677

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AMWAJ ROTANA RESTAURANTS Offering three great restaurants, guests at Amwaj Rotana can enjoy the best of Italian, Japanese and international cuisine as well as live entertainment, happy hours, theme nights and more.

ROSSO The award-winning Rosso serves fine Italian cuisine and international beverages in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Dining indoors overlooking the energy of an open kitchen or alfresco, the passionate team will be glad to serve fresh homemade pastas and pizzas from the wood-fired oven. Rosso operating hours: Restaurant – 12.30pm – 11.45pm Rosso Bar – 12.30pm – 3am

BENIHANA At the world renowned Benihana, a meal is a staged experience. Enjoy a personalised experience of seeing skilled chefs prepare mouthwatering American-Japanese delicacies and perform their tricks at your Teppanyaki table. Benihana operating hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12.30 pm – 12.30 am Sunday - Wednesday 5pm - 12am

HORIZON The world comes together at Horizon as energetic chefs from around the world prepare a tantalising buffet spread in a vibrant setting. Horizon is perfect for meals with a group since everyone will be well and truly spoilt for choice. Horizon operating hours: Daily: 6.30am – 10.30pm Fridays: Open for breakfast and dinner

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Nightlife in Dubai WELCOME TO GOES NIGHTCLUBBING UAE STYLE AND DISCOVERS SOME GENUINE LUXURY.

360° Located at the end of Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Marina walkway – one of the world’s most impressive club locations – 360° promises a night you’ll never forget. The venue is synonymous with quality music, hosting some of Dubai’s most respected club nights. Guest DJs have included Hernán Cattáneo, Spirit Catcher and Milton Jackson. It has been voted in the Top 100 clubs in the world for three years running by the UK’s DJ magazine and in 2013/14 360° scooped up the Time Out Dubai Nightlife Award for ‘Best Club’ and won ‘Best Club in Dubai’ at the Ahlan’s! Best in Dubai Awards 2013. Please note that Jumeirah Beach Hotel guests will always be allowed entry. All visitors must be 21 or above. You must have an original ID, passport or driver’s licence. Tel: +971 55 500 8518 www.facebook.com/360Dubai www.jumeirah.com/360

MALECON This is the place to be for the full-on Latin experience, a zesty blend of Latin American cuisines and a carefully selected fusion of international styles. Live Latino entertainment further serves to highlight the energetic mood and vibrant character of this unique outlet. Malecon offers excitement throughout the week, with a number of theme nights designed to take your entertainment experience to a whole new level. Dance the night away at Dubai’s leading

Cuban outlet! You can also line your stomachs with some of the most delectable Latino-flavoured cuisine in all Dubai. Think ceviche, ensalada and quesadilla, plus a range of sweet desserts, including the intriguingly named ‘Cuban Smokeless Cigar’ and ‘Bananas Cubanas’. Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa Tel: +971 4 346 1111/3048005 www.dxbmarine.com

GQ BAR LAUNCHES IN DUBAI After months of anticipation, Dubai’s hottest new nightspot, GQ Bar, opened on 30 January 2014. Pairing delectable food and drink with great music and an interactive environment, this perfectly placed downtown venue is sure to be the quintessential meeting place for discerning, sophisticated guests. Set across two floors, GQ Bar will offer lunch and dinner, serving contemporary cuisine of the finest quality, with the menu created by director of Condé Nast International Restaurants, Gary Robinson and GQ Bar head chef Bruno Carvalho. Set within a vast 994-square metre space designed by Bash Hesnef, this modern, stylish and tasteful venue will offer a fresh new bar and restaurant experience, in the shadows of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Dubai Tel: +971 4 321 4541/+971 56 917 7714 www.twitter.com/gqbardubai www.instagram.com/gqbardubai

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CAVALLI CLUB

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Bringing a whole new lifestyle concept to the city, Cavalli Club lives true to every element of Roberto Cavalli’s style. From the Swarovski crystal adorned walls to the shiny black quartz flooring, the opulent space exudes luxury, sophistication and glamour. Located in the Fairmont Hotel, Cavalli Club draws in a clientele just as prestigious and elite. Names such as Nelly, EVE, Jay Sean, Flo Rida and Ashanti have all frequented the celebrity lounge spaces. On the top floor, patrons can enjoy culinary delights from Italy at the fine dining restaurant or, if they’re after something light and exotic, guests can try a range of sushi and caviar in the chic and trendy lounges. The club also includes a downstairs boutique, showcasing luxurious designer jewellery, watches and home accessories – an alluring selection of Roberto Cavalli’s couture. At the back of the Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zayed

Supperclub Dubai is a creatively driven titan that stimulates all senses, with 21 years of experience in food, drink, art and entertainment, while all the while pushing creative boundaries. It’s a unique club, cocktail bar, restaurant and gallery – a place to be for creative people. Every Thursday, you can find Deep Nights hosting a global DJ Series and every Friday, there are the Chocolate nights hosting the world’s biggest live hip-hop and R’n’B stars. SD is the first restaurant in the region to offer the unique experience of fine dining complementing performing arts, with the venue standing out for its exotic design and unparalleled dining experience. Have fun, eat, listen, dance and enjoy your evening. Nothing is obligatory. Everything’s possible. Be yourself and anything can happen to you, at Supperclub! ●

Road, Dubai

The Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel

Tel: +971 4 332 9260

Tel: +971 4 451 1100

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BOUDOIR

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Boudoir, the most prominent venue on Dubai’s nightclub scene, clearly stands out amongst the city’s nightspot locations and this year it is celebrating its 11th year anniversary! Boudoir has for the past decade been recognised as one of Dubai’s absolute hot spots, as it is where the stylish go to party and where the party is always happening. And it keeps getting better and better. With its immaculate soundtrack, exclusive interior, seductive ambiance and beautiful crowd, Boudoir allows you to be seduced by a world of grandeur for the night. Every night. And this has always been its rationale. Boudoir is the place where the rich, the glamorous and the famous gather and are spotted. Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 9pm to 3am Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, Jumeirah, Dubai Tel: +971 4 345 5995 or +971 4 345 2662 www.myboudoir.com

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Beyond Dubai ROAMING THE UAE.

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THE CONSTRUCTION OF SAADIYAT ISLAND, 500 KILOMETRES OFF THE COAST OF ABU DHABI, PROMISES EXCITING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND LEISURE DEVELOPMENTS, SUCH AS THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL EXTENSION OF THE LOUVRE MUSEUM.

ABU DHABI For a beautiful day trip, the north-eastern part of the Arabian Gulf is well worth a visit. Only a twohour drive from Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the second largest emirate and home to the capital city, also named Abu Dhabi. With all of its modern luxuries and traditional Middle Eastern charm, it’s an ideal place to unearth the heart of the UAE. Characterised by a diverse range of glittering skyscrapers and top-class hotels, Abu Dhabi is a leader in luxury development and provides a lavish shopping experience for willing shoppers. It is also, however, a place of contrasts and offers a dose of the old with the new, adding to its intrigue. The construction of Saadiyat Island, 500 kilometres off the coast of Abu Dhabi, promises exciting residential, commercial and leisure developments, such as the first international extension of the Louvre museum. It is tipped to be the only place in the world to house architecture designed by five individual Pritzker prize-winners and is expected to be fully completed by 2020. This emirate also houses Al Ain, the proud birthplace of the late Sheikh Zayed’s father and home to the Al Ain Camel Market, the last of its kind in the UAE, which attracts customers from all over the Emirates and Oman.

SHARJAH The third largest emirate in the UAE, Sharjah is a pleasant 30-minute drive from Dubai. It’s the only emirate in the UAE to have coastline on both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, providing lovely scenery. It’s well-known for possessing a

rich cultural heritage, having won the prestigious UNESCO award in 1998 for being the cultural capital of the Arab world. The region boasts more than 20 museums and is often the first choice in the Gulf for educational conferences and exhibitions of science and natural history.

KHOR FAKKAN On Sharjah’s eastern coast is Khor Fakkan. This popular beach resort is an ideal spot for sightseeing, as it possesses gorgeous mountain and ocean views. The region also features coral outcrops, perfect for both diving and snorkelling.

UMM AL-QUWAIN The name ‘Umm al-Quwain’, meaning ‘mother of two powers’, is a reference to the great seafaring history of this emirate. It is one of the smaller members of the UAE, but that does not hold its inhabitants back – Umm al-Quwain has a history of high-paced water sports, including water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and jet-skiing. Adrenaline-fuelled options are plentiful, as the Umm al-Quwain Aeroclub, known for hosting parachute and skydiving championships, provides the opportunity for hot-air ballooning, parachuting and skydiving. For those in the mood for a quieter way to explore the nearby deserted islands and mangrove swamps, both sailing and canoeing are also on offer. Alternatively, Seneyah Island, across the creek from Umm al-Quwain city, is ideal for nature enthusiasts, as it is renowned for being a sanctuary to many different species of bird and deer.

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FUJAIRAH Further down the east coast is the quiet emirate of Fujairah, one of the only UAE members that is almost entirely mountainous. The area is fast developing into a key area for water sports, but is notably a hotspot for diving. Agriculture and fishing are the two traditional mainstays of the economy and still feature prominently in the area. Fujairah also has excellent commercial port facilities and is of strategic importance as a safe haven for oil tankers and cargo vessels in times of war.

AJMAN Ajman, the smallest of the UAE members, is bordered by Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. With an eye for attracting holidaymakers, one of the attractions here is traditional crafts, and visitors can appreciate the artistry involved in converting gold bars into Bedouin jewellery. For a brush with history, the Mowaihat

archaeological site is worth a visit, as it is where a circular Umm al-Nar tomb was discovered – the first sign of Umm al-Nar habitation in the northern emirates. Here numerous soft stone and painted ceramic vessels have been found, as well as a number of other cultural artefacts, such as copper utensils and beads, all of which are on display at the Ajman Museum.

RAS AL-KHAIMAH Situated on the northern end of the Arabian Gulf coast is Ras al-Khaimah. The beautiful coastline includes views of tranquil lagoons and beaches, but also shares Oman’s dramatic mountains. The area is attempting to make its mark on the tourism front and provides some unique activities for tourists. If the idea of a desert safari is tempting, then this is the place to be. A swim in the Khatt Thermal Springs is an appealing option, while a spot of hiking in the surrounding mountains is a superb way to explore this region. ●

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WELCOME TO DUBAI IS FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING LUXURY HOTELS: THE ADDRESS, DOWNTOWN BURJ DUBAI

THE ADDRESS, DUBAI MALL

Tel: +971 4 436 8888 Fax: +971 4 436 8880 www.theaddress.com

Tel: +971 4 438 8888 Fax: +971 4 438 7888 www.theaddress.com

THE ADDRESS, DUBAI MARINA

AL BUSTAN ROTANA DUBAI Tel: +971 4 282 0000 Fax: +971 4 282 8100 www.rotana.com

Tel: +971 4 436 7777 Fax: +971 4 436 7788 www.theaddress.com

AL GHURAIR ARJAAN BY ROTANA

AL GHURAIR RAYHAAN BY ROTANA

Tel: +971 4 293 3333 Fax: +971 4 293 3444 www.rotana.com

Tel: +971 4 293 3000 Fax: +971 4 293 3555 www.rotana.com

AL MUROOJ ROTANA DUBAI

AMWAJ ROTANA JUMEIRAH BEACH – DUBAI

Tel: +971 4 321 1111 Fax: +971 4 321 5555 www.rotana.com

Tel: +971 (0)4 428 2000 Fax: +971 (0)4 434 3666 www.rotana.com

ANANTARA DUBAI THE PALM RESORT & SPA Tel: +971 4 567 8888 Fax: +971 4 567 8009 www.anantara.com

ATLANTIS, THE PALM, DUBAI Tel: +971 4 426 0000 Fax: +971 4 426 0001 www.atlantisthepalm.com

BURJUMAN ARJAAN BY ROTANA

BURJ AL ARAB Tel: +971 4 301 7777 Fax: +971 4 301 7000 www.jumeirah.com

Tel: +971 4 352 4444 Fax: +971 4 352 7666 www.rotana.com

CROWNE PLAZA DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

DUBAI MARINE BEACH RESORT AND SPA

Tel: +971 4 701 2222 Fax: +971 4 232 9097 www.crowneplaza.com

Tel: +971 4 346 1111 Fax: +971 4 346 0234 www.dxbmarine.com

DUBAI MARRIOTT HOTEL AND SUITES

FAIRMONT HOTEL Tel: +971 4 332 5555 Fax: +971 4 332 4555 www.fairmont.com

Tel: +971 4 319 4000 Fax: +971 4 319 4006 www.marriotthotels.com

GRAND HYATT DUBAI

GROSVENOR HOUSE DUBAI

Tel: +971 4 317 1234 Fax: +971 4 317 1235 www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com

Tel: +971 4 399 8888 Fax: +971 4 399 8444 www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com

HABTOOR GRAND RESORT AND SPA

HILTON DUBAI JUMEIRAH Tel: +971 4 399 1111 Fax: +971 4 399 1112 www.hilton.com

Tel: +971 4 408 4444 Fax: +971 4 399 4207 www.grandjumeirah. habtoorhotels.com www.welcome-to.com

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HILTON DUBAI CREEK

HYATT REGENCY DUBAI

Tel: +971 4 227 1111 Fax: +971 4 227 1131 www.hilton.com

Tel: +971 4 209 1234 Fax: +971 4 209 1235 www.dubai.regency.hyatt.com

IBIS WORLD TRADE CENTRE DUBAI

INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

Tel: +971 4 332 4444 Fax: +971 4 331 1220 www.ibishotel.com

Tel: +971 4 701 1111 Fax: +971 4 232 9095 www.ichotelsgroup.com

INTERCONTINENTAL RESIDENCE SUITES DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

JEBEL ALI GOLF RESORT AND SPA

Tel: +971 4 701 3333 Fax: +971 4 232 9096 www.ichotelsgroup.com

JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL Tel: +971 4 348 0000 Fax: +971 4 301 6800 www.jumeirah.com

Tel: +971 4 814 5555 Fax: +971 4 883 5543 www.jebelali-international.com

JUMEIRAH EMIRATES TOWERS Tel: +971 4 330 0000 Fax: +971 4 330 3030 www.jumeirah.com

JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL

Tel: +971 4 453 0000 Fax: +971 4 453 0001 www.jumeirah.com

Tel: +971 4 262 4444 Fax: +971 4 262 6264 www.marriott.com

JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS

KEMPINSKI HOTEL MALL OF THE EMIRATES

Tel: 04 414 3000 Fax: 04 414 0001 www.jwmarriottmarquis dubailife.com

Tel: +971 4 341 0000 Fax: +971 4 341 4500 www.kempinski.com

KEMPINSKI RESIDENCES, PALM JUMEIRAH, Tel: + 971 4 444 2000 Fax: +971 4 444 2777 www.kempinski.com/palmjumeirah

LE MERIDIEN DUBAI Tel: +971 4 217 0000 Fax: +971 4 282 5540 www.lemeridien-dubai.com

LE MERIDIEN MINA SEYAHI RESORT AND MARINA

LE ROYAL MERIDIEN BEACH RESORT AND SPA

Tel: +971 4 399 3333 Fax: +971 4 399 3000 www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.com

Tel: +971 4 399 5555 Fax: +971 4 399 5999 www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com

MADINAT JUMEIRAH, THE ARABIAN RESORT DUBAI

THE MEYDAN HOTEL

Tel: +971 4 366 8888 Fax: +971 4 366 7788 www.jumeirah.com

Tel: +971 4 381 3333 Fax: +971 4 381 3344 www.meydanhotels.com

MILLENNIUM AIRPORT HOTEL DUBAI

NOVOTEL WORLD TRADE CENTRE DUBAI

Tel: +971 4 702 8888 Fax: +971 4 702 8877 www.millenniumhotels.com

Tel: +971 4 332 0000 Fax: +971 4 332 0001 www.novotel.com

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ONE AND ONLY ROYAL MIRAGE DUBAI

ONE AND ONLY THE PALM, DUBAI

Tel: +971 4 399 9999 Fax: +971 4 399 9998 www.oneandonlyroyalmirage.com

Tel: +971 4 440 1010 Fax: + 971 4 440 1011 www.oneandonlythepalm.com

THE PALACE – THE OLD TOWN

PARK HYATT DUBAI Tel: +971 4 602 1234 Fax: +971 4 602 1235 www.dubai.park.hyatt.com

Tel: +971 4 428 7888 Fax: +971 4 428 7999 www.theaddress.com

PULLMAN DUBAI DEIRA CITY CENTRE

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, DUBAI DEIRA CREEK

Tel: +971 4 294 1222 Fax: +971 4 295 4444 www.accorhotels.com

Tel: +971 4 222 7171 Fax: +971 4 228 4777 www.radissonblu.com

RAFFLES DUBAI

THE RITZ-CARLTON, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE

Tel: +971 4 324 8888 Fax: +971 4 324 6000 www.raffles.com

Tel: +971 4 372 2222 Fax: +971 4 372 2020 www.ritzcarlton.com/dubaiifc

RITZ CARLTON DUBAI

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL DUBAI

Tel: +971 4 399 4000 Fax: +971 4 399 4001 www.ritzcarlton.com

Tel: +971 4 343 8888 Fax: +971 4 343 8886 www.shangri-la.com

SHERATON DUBAI CREEK HOTEL AND TOWERS

SOFITEL THE PALM, DUBAI Tel. +971 44 55 66 77 Fax: +971 4 455 6616 www.sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com

Tel: +971 4 228 1111 Fax: +971 4 228 3468 www.sheratondubaicreek.com

WALDORF ASTORIA DUBAI PALM JUMEIRAH

TOWERS ROTANA DUBAI Tel: +971 4 343 8000 Fax: +971 4 343 5111 www.rotana.com

Tel: +971 4 818 2222 Fax: +971 4 818 2233 www.waldorfastoria.com/ dubaipalm

THE WESTIN DUBAI MINA SEYAHI BEACH RESORT AND MARINA Tel: +971 4 399 4141 Fax: +971 4 399 9144 www.starwoodhotels.com

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR WELCOME TO ABU DHABI IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

ABU DHABI HILTON

AL AIN HILTON

Tel: +971 2 681 1900 Fax: +971 2 681 1696 www.hilton.com

Tel: +971 3 768 6666 Fax: +971 3 768 6888 www.hilton.com

AL AIN ROTANA

BEACH ROTANA HOTEL AND TOWERS

Tel: +971 3 754 5111 Fax: +971 3 754 5444 www.rotana.com

Tel: +971 2 697 9000 Fax: +971 2 644 2111 www.rotana.com www.welcome-to.com

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CROWNE PLAZA ABU DHABI Tel: +971 2 616 6166 Fax: +971 2 621 7444 www.crowneplaza.com/ abudhabiuab

DANAT AL AIN RESORT Tel: +971 3 704 600 Fax: +971 3 768 6766 www.danathotels.com

DESERT ISLANDS RESORT AND SPA BY ANANTARA

EASTERN MANGROVES HOTEL & SPA BY ANANTARA

Tel: +971 2 801 5400 Fax: +971 2 801 5404 www.desertislands.anantara.com

Tel: +971 2 656 1000 Fax: +971 2 656 1009 www.anantara.com

EMIRATES PALACE ABU DHABI

HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL ABU DHABI

Tel: +971 2 690 8888 Fax: +971 2 690 9999 www.emiratespalace.com

Tel: +971 2 666 6888 Fax: +971 2 666 9153 www.ichotelsgroup.com

HYATT CAPITAL GATE

JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS

Tel: +971 2 596 1234 Fax: +971 2 596 1235 www.abudhabi.capitalgate. hyatt.com

LE MERIDIEN ABU DHABI Tel: +971 2 644 6666 Fax: +971 2 644 0348 www.lemeridienabudhabi.com

MILLENNIUM HOTEL ABU DHABI

Tel.: +971 2 811 5555 Fax: +971 2 811 5588 www.jumeirah.com

LE ROYAL MERIDIEN ABU DHABI Tel: +971 2 674 2020 Fax: +971 2 674 2552 www.leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com

PARK HYATT

Tel: +971 2 614 6000 Fax: +971 2 626 0005 www.millenniumhotels.com

PARK ROTANA ABU DHABI Tel: +971 2 6573333 Fax: +971 2 6573000 www.rotana.com/parkrotana

ROSEWOOD ABU DHABI HOTEL Tel: +971 2 813 5550 Fax: +971 2 813 5551 www.rosewoodabudhabihotel.com

Tel: +971 2 407 1234 Fax: +971 2 407 1235 www.abudhabi.park.hyatt.com

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA Tel: +971 2 886 2088 Fax: +971 2 886 2086 www.qasralsarab.anantara.com

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL QUARYAT AL BERI ABU DHABI Tel: +971 2 509 8888 Fax: +971 2 558 5999 www.shangri-la.com

SHERATON ABU DHABI HOTEL AND RESORT

SOFITEL ABU DHABI CORNICHE

Tel: +971 2 677 3333 Fax: +971 2 672 5149 www.sheratonabudhabihotel.com

Tel: +971 2 813 7777 Fax: +971 2 813 7799 www.sofitel.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL

VICEROY ABU DHABI

Tel: +971 2 818 8888 Fax: +971 2 818 8088 www.ritzcarlton.com/AbuDhabi

Tel: +971 2 656 0000 Fax: +971 2 656 0001 www.viceroyhotelsandresorts. com/abudhabi

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