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Having been in the oil & gas industry in Houston, I’ve heard a lot about Dubai. Every week someone I know is jetting off to the UAE always returning with mixed reviews. It’s a giant sandbox. It’s so fascinating. I can’t wait to return. I’ll never go back. As a traveler I want to go everywhere and rarely do I let others opinions sway me too much one way or another. The same goes for Dubai. Since Emirates offers flights to Dubai from Houston daily, I know I’ll get there one day, but until I do, I’ll just live through my friend, writer, and fellow Texan, Kristin Shaw of Two Cannoli, and her experience. Take it away, Kristin.

Imagine a cross between Disneyworld, Monaco, and Las Vegas. Now imagine that combination times ten, and you have Dubai. It’s all of the superlatives in the world in one glittery, sparkling, one-of-a-kind place. The tallest hotel. The tallest building. The only man-made archipelago of islands. Some of the largest malls in the world. Indoor skiing. A seven star hotel. It all makes me wonder if the radio volume doesn’t go up to 13 (I didn’t check).

I had no idea what to expect, but frankly, the 10-page document my company sent to me to prepare for this business trip frightened me. Swearing in public can result in a fine or jail time. Eating in public during Ramadan can result in a fine or jail time. Public displays of affection can result in a fine or jail time. The headlines online screamed out “UK woman detained in Dubai prison one month!”

So I packed carefully, dressed conservatively, kept my voice down, and moderated any four-letter-words from spilling from my lips. And had a blast. The people were friendly, the weather perfect, and the food outstanding. I had to choose between a trip into the desert to ride dune buggies and camels or explore the city, and I chose the city – this time. There is so much to see.

Since Dubai seems to fall in the category of Seven Wonders of the World, I picked seven of my favorite things:

Dubai has an incredible array of wares to purchase, and the glittering gold market is a must-see. The entrance proclaims “Dubai City of Gold” and you’ll walk past shop after shop of beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other baubles. The gold is gorgeously shiny and enticing, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time walking away… even when you ask the price of the exquisite cuff you just tried on, and it’s nearly 30,000 dirhams (roughly $10,000).

As you stroll through the gold market, vendors will stop you frequently and ask you if you’re interested in designer purses and watches. If you’re interested in a great knockoff, they have them all. I passed them up in favor of the pashminas and housewares. We enjoyed haggling with the shop owners, and they seemed to enjoy it too. Don’t accept the first price; they are eager to sell and will do the best t hey can to meet your price, if it’s reasonable. In one shop, I wanted two pashminas and a beautiful hand-painted table runner, and his first price was 650 dirhams. I gave up one of the pashminas and talked him down to 200 (about $65) for two out of three items I wanted, and we were both happy.

Don’t miss the spice souk for a celebration of scents, sights, and promises of exotic saffrons and crystals of frankincense and myrrh. And for a unique adventure, jump on one of the “water taxis” across the creek for more market fun. It costs only a single dirham to cross the creek in what amounts to a wooden raft with a motor, and it’s great fun.

Dubai is known for stellar service – they opened the very first “seven-star” hotel, after all – and I was still surprised at the level of care displayed by the employees at the JW Marriott in Business Bay, the tallest hotel in the world. The hotel opened just a couple of months ago, and starting from the moment you step out of your taxi and walk to the front door, you will feel like royalty.

Coming from someone with an allergy to tree nuts and peanuts, the service was especially appreciated when it came to the dining room. They take allergies very seriously, and when I alerted a member of the staff for each meal of my allergies, they took the time to show me dish by dish what I needed to avoid. Even more impressively, they didn’t have to consult an ingredient list – they knew it by heart. Prashant, one of the pastry chefs, made my day every day when he would prepare a plate filled with tiny desserts that were safe for me, and when I was in a meeting, he sent up four dishes of my favorite: baked yogurt with blueberries and gold flake. (Yes, gold flake!)

I’ve already mentioned the gold flake on some of their desserts, and that is impressive by itself (you really don’t taste it, by the way). At my hotel, the buffet was, of course, huge. Whether you want Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, or even American food, you can find it here. Breakfast was pancakes and miso soup and an omelette station and fruit, among 100 other things. Dinner was the smoothest, tastiest hummus I’ve had anywhere, along with dolmas and shawarma (in this case, marinated chicken and French fries in a wrap) and two chocolate fountains.

Even in conservative Dubai, woman show up at the beach in bikinis. I visited the public beach near the Burj Al Arab to shoot some photos, and the sunset reflecting in the sea was as gorgeous as any beach I’ve seen in my lifetime.

Dubai has plenty of beachside scenery, and I didn’t get a chance to see the archipelago The World or the palm tree formation, but when I see it, I’d like to see it from the air first. Since all of the flights from the US arrive at night, next time I’ll have to figure out a route arriving in broad daylight.

My two colleagues and I met a new friend visiting from Los Angeles, and we joined her for lunch near the beach near her base at the Sofitel. Outdoor cafes beckoned us to dine al fresco, and every possible type of food was represented, from the obviously American Red Lobster to local specialties. We tried a Turkish restaurant with interesting juice combinations and tiny pickles as appetizers, and relaxed near the sea.

Can you talk about Dubai without mentioning the malls? The two largest – The Mall of the Emirates and the Mall of Dubai – defy imagination. Pick a brand – any brand – and you’ll find it here. Need a camel milk break? Got it. Pinkberry yogurt snack? Got it. Couture fashion? Got it.

Inside the Mall of the Dubai is a huge ice skating rink, a respite from the searing heat most months of the year. Within the Mall of the Emirates is an incredible ski-resort wonderland, with a toboggan run for the kids, a hill to ski down and a chair lift up, and plenty of manufactured snow. It is something to behold.

Just outside the Mall of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world – and a bustling outdoor area in which tourists and locals eat, see, and be seen. The water show is at least twice the size of the one at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and at least five times as beautiful.

As a big fan of fancy, sporty, fast cars, this city is a mecca for people like me. Anywhere you go, you’ll see a Ferrari parked next to a Mercedes next to an Aston-Martin. Lamborghinis fly down the highway, and taxi drivers do their best to keep up, driving like racecar drivers. Keep your seat belt on and eyes closed. Scratch that – keep your eyes open, or you’ll surely miss something. Just keep your seat belt on.

I’ll admit I was nervous about how I would be treated as an American in the Middle East, but all of the advice I received from those who had visited before was spot on: the people are lovely and friendly. Even in the middle of the souks, which is a tourist attraction but very much in the middle of the local culture, Emiratis are welcoming and open. I didn’t feel threatened or unsafe at any time.

That said, no matter where I travel, I keep my eyes open and travel with friends and colleagues as much as possible. I read a harrowing story about travelers in Peru recently, and this was fresh in my mind as I traveled; I also know this is a rare occurrence.

I would return to Dubai someday, when my son is a little older, to explore the area again. And maybe ride a camel next time.

Kristin Shaw is a marketing manager by day, writer by night, a full-time wife and mother of a preschooler. She grew up in the RV capital of the world — Elkhart, Indiana — and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She enjoyed several years in Atlanta before the mother ship called her Texan husband home to Austin. Her favorite things are family, airports, classic cars, sports, Italy and dessert; not necessarily in that order. You can reach her via Twitter @AustinKVS or her blog http://www.twocannoli.com, where she writes about relationships, motherhood and love.

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FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. 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On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

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FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied

10 amazing things to do in the UAE this week

FOR THE LOVE OF WAGYU AT TAIKO EVERY MONDAY: Taiko Dubai, has launched a “For The Love of Wagyu” special menu, a seven-course menu that pays homage to the most Japanese Wagyu. The soiree takes place every Monday and is dedicated solely to the lavish flavours of the renowned Japanese beef. With a blend of flavours of Asia and the Middle East, indulge in a selection of starters including Wasabi Popcorn bites, Tuna and Wagyu Tataki drizzled with Persian sour berries and soy vinaigrette. The menu continues with the Shabu Shabu with Papaya Salad and the innovative Shisha Sushi with Otoro and Wagyu, a contemporary twist on the traditional smoked sushi with shisha. Mains call for Oxtail Gyoza and Rendang Bao Bun with braised wagyu neck and pickled cucumber. Then comes the show stopping Robatayaki Wagyu Steak marinated with wasabi hollandaise. Finish with the playful Moo dessert a smooth buttermilk sorbet served with condensed milk, caramel and topped with whipped cream and wheatgrass. The seven-course set menu is priced at Dh425 per person and is available every Monday from 7pm to 11pm. Image Credit: Supplied START ON YOUR SUMMER BODY WITH CATFISH: Summer in Dubai is sizzling up with the vibrant new introduction of Catfish Lean, an under 600 Kcal menu validated by an accredited dietician and nutritionist. Catfish Lean will see the introduction of lighter versions of their classic warm balanced bowls in portioned controlled sizes, balanced with plant-powered ingredients, which are built to nourish and satisfy without skimping on the vibrant burst of flavours West African cuisine has to offer. The summer dishes include the authentic Catfish pepper soup, made with locally ground spices, and healing fragrant herbs. The vegan menu is also expanding with the addition of our Creamy Coconut Chickpea Stew and West African Peanut Stew all cooked with mouthwatering goodness that will fuel the body, nourish the soul and help you hit your summer body goals. Image Credit: Supplied CHECK OUT THE NEW LOOTAH PERFUME RANGE: Two new perfumes have joined the Lootah family, including ‘Silky Oud’ and ‘Timeless Oud’, both presented in crafted and elegant bottles. These precious perfumes are now available to buy in-store and online for Dh390 each. ‘Silky Oud’ perfectly blends the aroma of oud with rich, woody, floral, and honey scents, along with touches of cinnamon, vanilla and amber suede. ‘Timeless Oud’ is an oriental, spicy, citrus oud, with notes of twisted Bergamot Amberwood and a sprinkle of vanilla. Image Credit: Supplied FLAMINGO ROOM LAUNCHES A NEW MENU: Flamingo Room, located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, is revealing the latest seasonal additions to its menu. New highlights from the menu include luxurious options including a light and refreshing Sea Bass Carpaccio, wonderfully rich Lobster Risotto and a silky Burrata and Butternut Ravioli delicately sprinkled with truffle shavings. For a lovely end to the meal, guests can indulge in the Affogato Al Caffè with a crisp honeycomb moelleux or experience the perfection that is the Cherry Tarte Tartin topped with vanilla ice cream. Image Credit: Supplied COVE BEACH UNPLUGGED IS BACK: Cove Beach’s renowned weekly live music event is back! It’s time to unwind and enjoy your favourite tunes with Dina stars, Greg Pearson, Jay Abo, and special guests every Monday from 8pm to late. For Dh199 enjoy two bites and unlimited house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied LOLA TABERNA ESPAÑOLA LAUNCHES A NEW BUSINESS LUNCH: The neighbourhood Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, presents a daily business lunch, ideal for professionals looking for a relaxed venue for meetings or for a catch-up while enjoying great food. Menú del dia or the menu of the day is served by Spanish restaurants during lunch. It is one of the largest meals of the day in Spain. The offerings for starters include a large selection of tapas. For Mains, guests can choose from Pollo Churrasco, Huevos Rotos, Tortilla de Patatas con Chorizo, Paella Negra con Calamares y All’i’Oli and Filete de Pescado con Ensalada de Tomates. For dessert, there’s a Manchego Cheese Cake, the Apple Tart and Churros. Lunch takes place from Sunday to Thursday between 1pm and 4pm and is priced at Dh65 for a two-course and Dh89 for three-course option. Image Credit: Supplied MAIZ TACOS AND REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL COLLAB: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa by Maiz Tacos and Reform Social & Grill launches on Thursday, June 3 2021 at 8pm, a one-off mash-up with Maiz Tacos bringing the heat to Reform Social & Grill’s summer casa. Maiz Tacos, known for its authentic Mexican street food will be unpacking their spices at Reform Social & Grill’s summer garden, serving up a brunch menu filled with the cult classics from their menu. The five-course menu specially curated by owners Luma Makhlouf and Haider Al Assam includes a selection of Corn Chips and Guacamole, Elotes (Mexican Corn, cooked on the grill and covered in a special Maiz Tacos sauce and crunch), tacos will include the Polo Loco (chicken), La Tierra (vegetarian), Sweet Potato Quesadillas and to finish the feasting with classic Churros and dip. This one-off evening brunch is priced at Dh325 including soft beverages, Dh375 including house beverages. Image Credit: Supplied VISIT THE NEW FITNESS FIRST AT FESTIVAL CITY: Dubai Festival City Mall launched the new workout club featuring pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes. Boasting over 20,000 sq ft of training space, the new Festival City club is centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts including Box, Spin, Hot Studio and GX Studio, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section, featuring state-of-the-art equipment for women to take their workouts to the next level. Image Credit: Supplied STAYCATION DEAL OF THE WEEK: Press pause on life and indulge in 48 hours of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation at Sofitel Dubai Downtown and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, who are hosting a staycation offer from Dh835. Sofitel’s Twin Staycation Offer includes a night’s stay in the Superior Room at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, depending on availability. On a consecutive day, guests can then check-in at Sofitel Dubai Downtown for a second night’s stay in its Luxury Room with a complimentary upgrade to the next room level, depending on availability. Staycations at both hotel’s include a world-class breakfast buffet, 25 per cent off at both hotel-managed restaurants at both venues, and 25 per cent off select treatments at their stunning spas. Guests at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche also enjoy a complimentary beach package and shuttle service to Abu Dhabi’s most popular destinations including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Yas theme parks. Image Credit: THE HUNDRED WELLNESS CENTRE LAUNCH HORMONE HEALTH AND NUTRITION SESSIONS: The Hundred Wellness Centre introduces hormone health and nutrition sessions designed to balance the body, decrease stress levels, regulate mental health, increase energy, improve sleep and feelings of well-being. Led by Dr Ayla Coussa, the bespoke sessions empower clients with the tools to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that instruct our cells and organs to function. Formed in our endocrine system, they are fundamental to all systems of the body, including growth, repair and reproduction. Her mission is to help people of all ages and cultures to achieve positive lifestyle changes through a commitment to educating patients about their bodies and nutrition. Prices are available upon request. Image Credit: Supplied



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