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    10 new dining hot spots to visit for a delicious meal in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    13 hours ago

    For an avant-garde new lunch and dinner spot, we’re here to help.
    Dubai’s fine-dining and culinary scene never takes a backseat all-year round with its innovative food concepts that are sure to leave your palate craving for more.
    From Japanese to authentic Italian spots, there’s a plethora of exciting dining options that we simply can’t get enough off. With each detail crafted to perfection, be it the interiors, menu and overarching design, these latest culinary havens are a delight to try for any occasion or to simply treat yourself after a new week.
    If you’re on the lookout for the latest hotspots to visit in Dubai, Emirates Woman has curated an exclusive guide on where to dine in the emirate.
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    UAE unveils new Dhs500 polymer banknote with advanced security and sleek design


    by Ruman Baig
    3 hours ago

    In a move to commemorate UAE Union Day, the government has introduced a cutting-edge Dhs500 banknote, set to hit circulation on November 30th.
    Crafted from advanced polymer, this note boasts unparalleled durability, outshining its predecessors with a resilience that makes crinkling a thing of the past.
    Distinguished by a state-of-the-art multi-colored security chip, known as KINEGRAM COLORS, the UAE takes a pioneering step in the Middle East, fortifying the banknote against any potential counterfeiting endeavors.

    CBUAE issues new AED 500 polymer banknote designed to reflect the UAE’s leadership in sustainability#WamNews
    — WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) November 29, 2023

    This security feature, previously showcased on the Dhs1,000 note earlier this year, marks a remarkable stride in safeguarding the nation’s currency.
    On one side, the new Dhs500 bill showcases the Terra Sustainability Pavilion in Expo City Dubai, an emblem of the country’s commitment to environmental consciousness. Meanwhile, the reverse side paints a vivid picture of the Museum of the Future, Emirates Towers, and the iconic Burj Khalifa, standing tall at 828 meters as a beacon of sustainability with its predominant reliance on solar power.
    What sets this note apart isn’t just its aesthetic appeal; it’s a testament to the UAE’s dedication to environmental responsibility. Crafted from fully recyclable polymer, the Dhs500 bill aligns with eco-friendly principles, making it a symbolic representation of progress and sustainability.
    As the nation stands on the cusp of celebrating its 52nd Union Day on December 2nd, this new banknote not only captures the essence of modernity and innovation but also reinforces the UAE’s commitment to security, durability, and environmental stewardship.
    It’s not just currency; it’s a tangible reflection of a nation’s strides into a future marked by resilience and responsibility.
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    9 delectable festive gifts for the ultimate foodie


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    Gourmet gifts for a win this season.
    For the the ultimate stocking filler with fresh baked goodness and sweet treats, you’re in the right place.
    Be it exquisite chocolate covered strawberries or the traditional mince pies, there’s an unending selection of tasty delights to cater to your friend’s festive cravings, making it the perfect gift to bring in the season.
    The best part is – you’ll find plenty of sweet and savoury treats tucked away in this hamper, making it one of the best delectable delights of the season.

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    Ahead of the 52nd UAE Union Day: 10 lesser-known facts about the country


    by Ruman Baig
    7 mins ago

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) boasts a rich tapestry of history beyond its modern skyline.
    On the occasion of the 52nd UAE Union Day, here are 10 lesser-known historical facts:

    These historical facets weave a captivating narrative, revealing the UAE’s diverse and multifaceted journey to its present-day prominence.
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    Sheikh Zayed Road set for brief closure amid COP28 and National Day celebrations


    by Ruman Baig
    3 hours ago

    As Dubai gears up for the 28th annual COP28 summit and National Day celebrations, residents and commuters are advised to plan ahead for a temporary closure of Sheikh Zayed Road.
    The major artery will be inaccessible from Friday, December 1, to Sunday, December 3, between 7 am and 11 am, redirecting traffic headed towards Abu Dhabi from the Trade Centre Roundabout to Expo Road (exit 20).
    This strategic closure aligns with the commencement of COP28 at Expo City, where global leaders will convene to address critical climate change issues.
    The summit, spanning from November 30 to December 12, marks a crucial juncture, seven years post the Paris Agreement, with seven years remaining until 2030.

    Temporary Traffic Diversion on Sheikh Zayed Road1 – 3 December7 – 11 A.M. @rta_dubai
    — Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) November 28, 2023

    To facilitate smooth transportation during this period, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recommends utilizing alternative routes such as Jumeirah Street, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road, and Emirates Road.
    Commuters are also encouraged to embrace public transport, with the Dubai Metro extending its operating hours from 5 am to 1 am (the following day) from November 30 to December 12.
    As the city anticipates an influx of visitors to Expo City, home to both COP28 and various National Day festivities, the RTA’s adjustments aim to enhance the overall transportation experience. The temporary closure seeks to streamline traffic flow, ensuring efficient access to Expo City.
    Expo City itself will be divided into two distinct zones: the Green Zone, accessible to the public, featuring the Sustainability Pavilion, Expo City Farm, Ghaf Food Park, Al Wasl Dome, and more; and the Blue Zone, catering to the summit’s official activities.
    In light of these developments, residents are encouraged to stay informed about traffic updates, plan alternative routes, and consider the extended Dubai Metro hours to navigate the city seamlessly during this period of significant events and celebrations.
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    How I got my job as… Founder of this bespoke fitness studio in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    Welcome to the Emirates Woman weekly series ‘How I got my job as…’ where we speak to some incredible entrepreneurs and businesswomen both based in the UAE and globally to find out about their career paths that led them to where they are now; what their daily routines look like; the advice they’d give to those starting out; and the hurdles they’ve had to overcome.
    This week, we speak to a three-time Olympian, Sarah Lindsay who is a personal trainer like no other. A European gold medalist, 2x world silver medalist and 10x British speed skating champion, Lindsay is an inspiration to anyone looking to reach their full potential.
    Roar Fitness’ personal training in London and Dubai offers clients a bespoke gym environment that is truly conducive to achieving optimal results with cutting edge training.
    To understand more, Emirates woman spoke to Sarah Lindsay on how it all began.
    What was your favourite subject at school?
    To be honest I struggled a lot with concentration at school. I think fast but lack focus and my brain bounces around constantly. I always found that my creativity was stifled, and I just spent most of my time at school trying hard to pay attention and not get into trouble. At 43, I still find it impossible to sit still for more than 30 mins so what hope did I have as a hyperactive child? If I had to choose, I would go with history because I had an amazing teacher who was extremely enthusiastic and fun. I did love it when a teacher was particularly engaging because I was interested, and I did want to learn I just couldn’t sit still and be quiet.

    What was your first job?
    When I first made the National Team at 16, I had to move out of home to be closer to the training facilities. As I wasn’t yet funded, to pay rent I needed to work so I started working as a waitress in a restaurant. Not just any restaurant but a Hawaiian-themed restaurant where the uniform was a hula outfit, and an Elvis impersonator was singing on a stage of sand while I was encouraging mostly hen parties to take shots while I shook their heads and blew a whistle in their ears. Four shifts, 7pm to 1am covered my rent and bills and allowed me to train pretty much full time at the start of my journey to the Olympics. Luckily that season I won the National Championships and started showing promise on the world circuit so I qualified for a small living grant and as the program was fully funded, I could just about get by and no longer needed to work late night restaurant shifts.
    What brought you to Dubai?
    Me and my husband spent some time here in lockdown as the UK winter lockdown was just too depressing and we fell in love with Dubai. We always wanted to expand the business abroad but were unsure where until that trip. We had a conversation, made a fast decision and didn’t look back. We came back the following year to look at properties, picked our favourite, put in an offer and signed 2 weeks later. We regularly travel back to the UK, but we are based here in Dubai as I think the quality of life really is some of the best in the world.
    Talk us through the concept of Roar.
    Roar is a private personal training gym exclusively. We now have 3 London gyms and Roar 4 in Downtown Dubai and we’ve always been known for delivering amazing results. When someone enquires about our services, they are first invited in for a free consultation with myself, my partner Rich or my PT Manager to discuss their specific goals, previous training experience, expectations, packages and of course to see the facilities. Before anyone starts a training plan we conduct a movement screening and a nutrition assessment so that we can build a specific training and nutrition plan to facilitate the client’s goals. Most people train 3-4 times per week and meet with their nutrition coach every three weeks to evaluate how their body is responding to the programme so far, then we can decide how to progress their nutrition and training plan.
    What are the key elements of your role?
    In house, I do all the female client consultations which I love! I want to be able to meet everyone who trains at Roar Dubai and maybe somewhat selfishly be part of their fitness journey as it is the most rewarding job in the world. Seeing someone achieve amazing things and grow in confidence changes them in such a positive way. I still do a limited amount of training sessions on the gym floor because personal training is my craft and my passion post my sporting career which I never want to forget.Behind the scenes, I am an active member of the international management team and speak with our Dubai and London Managers daily. I am also very hands-on with the creative and PR side of the business which really is a lot of fun. I have been extremely lucky with the people I have got to know and been friends with in the media and the public eye over the years who have helped me so much with spreading the word of the brand and helping Roar become so well recognised.
    Talk us through your daily routine.
    What I do changes day to day but my morning routine is important to me. Now I am aware that I sound like a mad old hippy but this routine changes how I feel for the whole day. I wake at around 6am, drink water, take my supplements and walk for an hour. I come back and take my MCT coffee barefoot into the park next door and do just 10 minutes of meditation and grounding. Then I have breakfast and head into Roar Dubai for consults and catch up with the team and clients. I’ll spend a few hours on emails and calls, hopefully get a 40-minute workout in and try to leave before rush hour as I live out in Jumeirah Golf Estates. If I don’t have an event then I will cook dinner and eat outside in the garden and discuss the day with my husband. We are so lucky to be partners in business as we have this shared enthusiasm for a common goal so always plenty to discuss. I’ve recently taken up golf so I might practice my swing for an hour at the Tommy Fleetwood Academy or on the home golf sim before trying to finish my emails. The reality is I stare at my laptop for 10 minutes before giving up due to lack of evening concentration and falling asleep on the sofa by 9pm.

    What advice do you have for anyone looking to follow in the same footsteps?
    If you weren’t to start a business, I believe that you must understand people and be passionate about your product, not the money – people can tell if you don’t care. Once you have written your model (thoroughly) then you just have to start. People can plan forever but you can never be completely prepared for what will happen. There will be curve balls, problems, and failures but you have to just accept that as part of the journey and not give up. It’s not over until you say it is so do not quit. I know there is this statistic of 25% of businesses fail in the first 12 months but I think we can completely change that if we all keep trying.
    What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
    There are no failures, only lessons so enjoy the whole journey.
    And what is the worst?
    Trust me.
    What’s the biggest challenge you have had to overcome?
    From sport coming back from a serious back injury that left me unable to even stand for weeks and unable to train for 15 months. I was told I wouldn’t be able to skate again but 2.5 years later competed in my 3rd Olympics skating the faster I’d ever skated.
    What’s your future for the brand?
    To open more gyms, next will be more in UAE. We have deliberately taken no outside investment so far which although I don’t mind a risk or two, it means that each gym has to be successful. It’s important to me that we don’t dilute the service so I would rather move slower and keep it the high-quality product and amazing experience for our clients that we are so proud of.
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    The top places to purchase your Christmas tree in Dubai this year


    by Team Emirates Woman
    3 hours ago

    The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching (this weekend…).
    With that, now is the time to start thinking about decorations and the most important of them all… your tree.
    Luckily, there’s plenty of places in the UAE where you can buy the perfect tree to celebrate the festive season with your loved ones.
    Real Trees
    Ferns N Petals

    If you’re looking to decorate a real Christmas tree before Santa’s arrival Ferns N Petals has the ideal option – a five-foot tree coming complete with decorations. Priced at Dhs999, this option just made Christmas time a whole lot easier.
    To purchase visit

    Grown in Billund Denmark, this Danish Nordman tree from Bloombox is approximately six to seven feet and priced at Dhs740.
    To purchase visit
    ACE Hardware

    One of the most affordable options for a real Christmas tree is from Ace Hardware. Currently, the UAE-based store has ‘Fraser Fir Fresh’ Christmas trees available with prices starting at Dhs399.
    To purchase visit

    The Nordmann Fir Christmas Trees are sourced from sustainable farms in Denmark. While being pet-friendly this 5ft tree has a classic shape with dark green glossy needles making it much more resilient to heat while giving off a fresh, clean, citrus smell too and is priced at Dhs245.
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    Fake/Faux Trees
    Zara Home
    Crate & Barrel ME

    Want a real tree but don’t want the hassle of the upkeep? This artificial tree from Crate & Barrel offers some of the most real-looking trees. With this 6ft Abies Nordmann Deluxe Xmas Tree you won’t be able to tell the difference.

    This artificial Christmas tree comes with exotic branches and luxe LED lights for the ultimate seasonal décor and is priced at Dhs2,200. All the ornaments to complement the tree can be availed at this popular e-commerce platform too.
    To purchase visit
    Irony Home

    Looking to celebrate Christmas in style and go all out? Well, Irony Home should be your go-to place for all things festive in Dubai. Priced at Dhs10,450, this 9.5ft pre-lit white tree with 1250 LED lights will make for a truly luxe Christmas.
    To purchase visit 
    West Elm

    Designed for a realistic feel, this simple tree can be spruced by adding your favourite lights and pieces to ring in the festive season. Priced at Dhs2,650, the faux unlit tree is 9ft and is generously created with all its branches.
    To purchase visit
    Dragon Mart

    If you’re on more of a budget, opt for this artificial Christmas tree from Dragon Mart. Priced at Dhs135, this 6ft Christmas tree adds to the vibrancy in any home with its clever design.
    To purchase visit
    Home Centre

    This faux Christmas tree from Home Centre is decorated with berries and cones to ensure a classic finish to be reused every year. Priced at Dhs499, this tree is 6ft in height.
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    Home Box

    This Alaska Christmas Pine Hook Tree is designed for easy maintenance and utmost convenience to add to the festive season in any home. Made with good durability, it’s priced at Dhs299.
    To purchase visit
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    7 Christmas scented candles to bring in the holiday season


    by Sarah Joseph
    17 mins ago

    It’s time to fill your home with the comforting scent of holiday delights.
    With festive candles, you can effortlessly bring the charm of winter mornings to your interiors.
    Whether you’re cuddling up on the couch in front of your favourite movie or simple having an intimate gathering with a Turkey Roast, these irresistible holiday scents can always make the holiday season even more warm and cosy.
    To ease the *add to cart* process, we’re here to help out.

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