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    8 inspiring things I learned as a third culture kid in Dubai

    “Our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location, but by memories, events, people and places that span the globe”, says author Marilyn Gardner.
    As an exciting land of opportunities for a plethora of adults, Dubai quickly became home to my parents who arrived 30 years ago with no plan of settling down or raising a family here.
    So immediately when people ask “Where are you from?” and immediately my brain starts to do the math. Wait, do I say where I’m born and raised? Or where my parents were born? But hold on, I grew up in Dubai my whole life, so this for me is home.

    Hard Rock Café, Image courtesy of Linda Hollier
    All the early residents have seen the city grow since the early ‘00s, where the emirate as known by many ended at the old Hard Rock café in an area what is today known as Media City today. The comfort, safety and warmth to different cultures has left it as a cushion for many like my parents to settle down and make this inviting haven their home.
    While I often grew up with a sense of being unique in a negative sense, I’ve now realised how being different actually makes you stand out, thereby coming to the conclusion about how the pros outweigh the cons.
    What is the definition of a Third-culture kid?
    As per google, it’s a person who grows up in a culture different from the one in which his or her parents grew up in. The terms refers to the mixed identity that a child assumed, influenced both by their parents’ culture and the one they’re raised in.
    The term was first coined by American sociologist Ruth Useem, who focused on studding the lives of expatriates living in India.
    While a lot of us tend to focus on the negative aspects that come from moving abroad, we usually avoid shedding light on the myriad of positive elements and memories that we can cherish for a lifetime from this experience.
    Now as you go on to read and might be on the same journey as me and what I’ve learned and observed might come with a hint of nostalgia, you might relate to the below as your embark on your own path in this city.
    My friends became my family
    Having been raised in the same school for 12 years, my peers became my family and 16 years later, we to this date still speak on the phone almost every single day. Be it the first piece of advice I need, the first good news I wish to share or the first person to vent to after an unending series of unfortunate events, my friends are now family, and we don’t think twice before showing up and being there for each other on a daily basis.
    I’ve bonded with peers over my differences
    No one person in the emirate fits a mould. We’re all different and unique and come with our own set of experiences to the table. While it was challenging start to absorb facts from different backgrounds, before developing my own identity, I eventually realised that these differences are what gave me my own individual identity. With a sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness instilled in the other children I surrounded myself with while growing up, we quickly started learning from each other and found a comfort in the discomfort.
    I’ve also bonded over nostalgic memories…

    You can spot a Third Culture Kid in Dubai from a mile away. With a somewhat similar upbringing in the emirate, we instantly bond of similar elements of our childhood being, Oman chips, TGIF, street-side shawarmas or even long-standing locations such as the Clock Tower, we all instantly bond with each other, perhaps without even knowing each other’s name.
    I try to comprehend situations with an open-mind
    If there’s one element that stands out in the UAE, it’s respectful tolerance. To see how different cultures bond seamlessly, continues to amaze me on a daily basis. Be it our work environment or a pilates class, the exposure is not limited. With British, Australian, European and various other cultures, being under one roof, we aren’t tied to one culture and tend to appreciate different elements of different cultures from around the world. We don’t immediately rebuff an abstract concept, as we’ve been exposed to various upbringings over the years. Overall, being a third-culture kid is not always easy. You need to understand your cultures and lifestyles to be able to embrace how being different is a good thing. This however, makes you more approachable because you can understand others better.
    I always value my roots

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    Every trip taken to the motherland, comes with a deep appreciation. To see my roots, brings a sense of newness with each visit. For me Dubai is home and I could never replace it with any other city, including my hometown. Although, it’s only when you’re taken away from what you have that you tend to appreciate what’s back home. Every trip that I take back to my roots, to spend quality time with my grandparents or cousins, I realise their value and appreciate what it feels like to be back to where my parents are from.
    Convenience is not taken for granted

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    In which part of the world can you press a button and have your groceries delivered in 15 minutes at any given part of the day? From my favourite gourmet burgers to a green juice, the seamless system ensures, convenience through every aspect of living here. Be it a short-haul trip or a long vacation to different parts of the world, I quickly realise the privileges and quality of life of living in this emirate. With a myriad of services offered right to our doorstep, a sense of appreciation seeps in after every trip taken abroad.
    Every day is an adventure

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    No one day is same here. As a community of learning and growing together, people come to this part of the world with a blank canvas to paint their own story. With new activities and discussions offered, there’s a lot left to the imagination as we’re constantly discovering what the city and its people have to offer. Being born and raised here only taught me more than I could imagine and I’m only excited to see what’s next in line as I continue to live here. As a melting pot of cultures this place has so much to offer and its city full of opportunity to both the working class and entrepreneurs.
    I have a soft spot for beaches
    The undeniable love for sand, picnics, azure waters and the beach is a big part of me. No matter where I am, there’s nothing like a calming walk by the beach or a few hours in the sun on a weekend. Because we are blessed with tropical views and eternal summer here, and I’m never going to let anyone take that away. While my love increases double fold during the Winters, I still enjoy a peaceful stroll during the warm season.
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    8 luxe resorts to visit around the world for a last-minute escape


    by Sarah Joseph
    57 mins ago

    If you’re looking for a luxe travelscape, we’ve got you covered.
    To extend the ongoing 6-day break, switching-off at the right property during your travel plans can make you feel refreshed for the busy season ahead this year.
    For those still wondering where to escape to, there’s a myriad of destinations with picturesque properties to rejuvenate at with your loved ones.
    From tailor-made butler services to overwater bungalows, there’s a property for each type of traveller who’s in need for much-need getaway.
    Whether an expansive idyllic oasis in India, a secluded beach house in Seychelles, an elephant camp and resort in Thailand and more – here, the Emirates Woman guide for all the potential Eid destinations to visit.
    United Arab Emirates, DubaiOne&Only The Palm

    Inspired by the architecture of Andalusia’s Moorish palaces, this exquisite low-rise boutique oasis promises sweeping views of the Dubai skyline. Guests can spend more time doing things they love this break, including savouring Michelin-starred dining at STAY by Yannick Alléno, rejuvenating at the boutique Guerlain Spa with a range of bespoke treatments and also unwind at the chilled swimming pools. Prices for one night start from Dhs2,100, making it a truly indulgent escape.
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    New York, Midtown NYCAman

    As a peaceful haven in the heart of Midtown, the property has an inviting sense of warmth from the moment you enter. With spacious living areas and oversized king bedrooms, By making it an invitation to switch off from the outside world. With a strong focus on fresh seasonal ingredients and uncomplicated, heart-warming dishes, guests can experience  the Japanese washoku dining tradition at Nama. As an urban sanctuary this city retreat offers cutting-edge wellness services with an integrative medical doctor, traditional Chinese Medical practitioner and an experienced physiotherapist to cater to any specific requirements. Prices start at Dhs6,427 per night at this sophisticated haven.
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    SeychellesMango House

    Looking to escape to pristine waters? This luxurious property offers an exceptional getaway as part of LXR Hotels & Resorts. The stunning property offers breath-taking views of the Anse Aux Poules Blues Bay, the elegant Seychellois heritage is woven into every fibre of the hotel, and guests can enjoy an abundance of activities – ranging from excursions such as hiking along the stunningly rugged coastline, or lazing in a glass-bottomed boat on a tour of the island; to various water sports and wellness adventures.The hotel features premium rooms, and the suites fitted with the utmost comforts, to the private villas that give guests their own secret space within a slice of paradise. With white-sand beaches, crystal waters and host of watersports, visitors can explore Mahés gorgeous sites. The prosper for room rates from June 27 to June 30, 2023 start at Dhs2,963.
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    India, UdaipurLeela Palace Udaipur

    A piece of cultural heritage amongst nature can be found at The Leela Palace Udaipur, for those seeking a rich experience away from the bustling city. Set amongst the Aravalli mountains and Lake Pichola, guests will have a rich cultural experience through every aspect of their stay. Whether witnessing a traditional folk dance, visiting the 162 year old Temple or learning about the ancient art form of Pichwai painting – visitors are sure to leave their trip culturally enriched.
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    MaldivesSheraton Full Moon Resort & Spa

    The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa offers a luxurious Eid break, where you can create unforgettable memories. The Ocean Pool Villas provide a complete sense of place, with thatched roofs and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase a private recreational deck, replete with a swimming pool, sun lounger and tropical-style hammock. With year-round sunshine, the five-star getaway provides ultimate relaxation within an utterly Instagrammable paradise. Experience the Dolphins firsthand at this exclusive resort as you cruise along the Indian Ocean on a traditional Maldivian Cruise Dhoni, soak in the breathtaking sunset and get your camera ready for a moment with these magnificent creatures.
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    IstanbulVakko Hotel & Residence

    The lavish property has 31 generous suites designed for a bespoke experience. Each suite offerings soft furnishings with neutral hues and a luxurious marble bathroom for an unforgettable experience. Situated in a prime location in the heart of the city, the property is designed with the modern architecture. With a new approach to the accommodation experience, the hotel brings exclusive services under one roof, including holistic spa services, a personalised shopping experience and retail offerings all in a central location. Guests can book a hotel room starting at Dhs2,350 for two guests and experience a midweek getaway as per their convenience.
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    Turkey, BodrumMett Hotel & Beach Resort

    Perfectly situated in the private Haremtan Cove on the Aegean Sea in Turkey, this stunning property has a plethora of dining experiences and accommodation options to choose from, guests can spend the long weekend seeking out life’s simplest pleasures and enjoy an enriching escape that blends modern minimalism and easy living within a truly stunning natural environment. Guests can expect 72 elegant and beautifully designed guest rooms and 31 premium suites, lofts, or villas, For those looking to be pampered during their stay, guests can relax at the resort’s, MOI Spa, where skilled therapists help guests choose the best spa treatment designed to soothe, pamper, de-stress or invigorate the mind and body. This Eid Al Adha, prices start from EUR 870 (AED 3,481) for an Atrium room, whilst suites start from EUR 2550 (AED 10,203).
    Thailand, Chiang RaiAnantara Golden Triangle

    Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle immerses you in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It has 40 rooms and 15 perched on a jungle hilltop, with a spread of valley, river and grazing elephants below. Lose yourself in the most stunning of natural settings, with a private balcony and exquisite Thai daybed. With the scent of lemongrass, guests can take a break and experience a massage in a lush setting. Discover the elephant outside your room. Spend an unforgettable night observing Thailand’s majestic elephants in their natural habitat from the comfort of your very own, fully furnished, transparent Jungle Bubble.
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    7 unique cultural sites to visit in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    After unifying in 1971, the UAE has come a long way and there are several spots that mark its rich heritage.
    In Dubai, there are many sites that display the nation’s history and pay homage to where it all began.
    As an ode to the UAE’s long-standing cultural heritage, here are seven renowned sites to visit in Dubai.
    Coffee Museum

    Designed to pay homage to the UAE’s coffee culture, this concept features different roasting and brewing styles close to the country’s heritage. From Middle Eastern techniques to a wide selection of coffee documentaries, visitors are educated about the ins and outside of its historical significance in Dubai. Located in Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai, this heritage hub promises a relaxing atmosphere with traditional regional architecture.
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    Etihad Museum

    Designed to highlight the nation’s history and how the seven emirates came to unity 1971, this heritage site displays a fascinating collection of artefacts. The museum is a masterful tribute to the manuscripts on which the union agreement was originally signed. With key photographs and interactive audio-visual exhibits, visitors can experience the UAE’s archival symbolism in a creative manner. Located in Jumeriah St. 1, it’s open daily from 10am to 8pm.
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    Old Souq

    This expansive area is nothing short of lavish gold jewellery, handwoven fabrics, traditional oud perfumes and exquisite souvenirs. For visitors and tourists wanting to take back a piece of the UAE, they can opt for bespoke jewellery pieces as a special memento. Known for an array of exotic spices, this neighbourhood has a plethora of high-quality spices and locally-blended teas to take home. Additionally, visitors can discover the colourful textile market in the heart of Bur Dubai.
    Hatta Heritage Village

    Go back in time to the life of ancient villagers with a host of citadels, forts and towers in Dubai’s mountain town. With springs and lush valleys, visitors can experience the life of villagers who have adopted a sustainable technique of living. To visit nature’s beauty first-hand, the Hatta Dam provides activities such as kayaking for that picturesque spot. For an insight into the UAE’s traditional techniques, visitors can view the villagers’ inherited traditions that include jewellery making, weaponry, pottery and more for an ideal afternoon getaway.
    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding

    Founded in 1998, this centre was founded to educate expats from different communities living and visiting the UAE. Located in a beautifully restored wind tower house in the historic, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai, where visitors can interact with local Emiratis and learn about traditional cuisine. With a 360-degree experience, guests can take a seat on the Bedouin-style carpets and indulge in a traditional Emirati meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner and experience a guided tour of the neighbourhood.
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    Arabian Tea House

    To experience fine Emirati hospitality, this venue has provided the first Emirati cuisine since 1997. With authentic elements such as rattan chairs, lace curtains, turquoise benches, visitors can enjoy a cup of traditional Arabic coffee known as gahwa to explore the city’s past. As a relaxing oasis to talk and unwind, customers can go back in time to when old architecture reigned supreme. This concept is situated in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood which was previously known as Al Bastakiya.
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    Dubai Museum

    To delve into life before the discovery of oil, this ancient museum takes visitors on an unseen journey in a quaint, low-slung military fort from the 1700s. From pearl diving to fishing, light is shed upon ancient occupation and other archaeological finds. The galleries recreate scenes from the creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life. Again, the museum is situated in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Built in 1787, this fort was once the monarch’s base and highlights the history of the UAE.
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    13 exciting activities to do in the UAE this Eid Al-Adha

    Your ultimate guide to this weekend in the UAE –June 23 to July 2, 2023.
    Savour Mexican cuisine

    For authentic Mexican flavours, the newly opened Puerto 99 in DIFC boasts an incredibly diverse menu offering. Blending reminiscence with forward-thinking, Puerto 99 DIFC combines elements of Mexican tradition with futuristic installations that tell their unique story—an exotically playful space that is both enchanting and sophisticated, borrowing inspiration from the depths of the Mexican jungles. In addition to their elevated dining element, Puerto 99 DIFC offers an exciting nightlife experience with its top-notch sound and light systems, attracting the late night DIFC dwellers looking for a gateway to the most exclusive fiesta in Dubai. Located in Waldorf Astoria DIFC, It’s open from Sunday to Wednesday 1pm to 1am and Thursday to Saturday 1pm to 5am.
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    Hone your inner artist

    Guests are invited to step into the realm of inspiration at One&Only The Palm curated by the talented local artist, Rabab Tantawy, as they participate in a captivating workshop at the stunning 101 Privé, One&Only The Palm’s exclusive overwater event space with ArtKorero. Perfect for families and friends, attendees can immerse themselves in the creative process and unlock their artistic potential. Known for its renowned traditional Arabian hospitality, the resort warmly welcomes visitors within the cultural hub of the Middle East. The workshop is taking place on Friday, June 30, 2023 and is priced at Dhs400 per person and includes all materials, refreshments and bites at 101 Privé.
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    Brunch it up

    The award-winning fine-dining restaurant Demon Duck welcomes guests to savour the finest Asian cuisine. Indulge in the exquisite Pan-Asian cuisine crafted by the renowned celebrity chef Alvin Leung. Filled with a vibrant atmosphere accompanied by eccentric and whimsically theatrical décor, savour the flavours of the menu’s exceptional classics along with entertainment by the one and only DJ Aneesh Gera. It takes place every Saturday at Caesars Palace Dubai from 1pm to 4pm
    Unwind at this spa-cation

    Indulge in an exclusive idyllic getaway at One&Only The Palm and relax at the property’s private air-conditioned poolside cabana, a few steps away from the stunning grand pool. Curated for couples or any two guests, the Guerlain Spa offers a luxurious 60-minute treatment, along with a Pool & Beach day pass accompanied by a 3-course lunch menu at ZEST. The package is available until September 30, 2023 and is priced at Dhs2,800 on the weekends including public holidays and Dhs2,300 on weekdays from Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.
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    Indulge in an elegant Afternoon tea

    Situated in the elegant lobby of Mandarin Oriental with an adjoining terrace, there’s no shortage of traditional treats and decadent delights when it comes to the Summer Afternoon Tea menu at Noor Lounge: a selection of savoury and sweet bites is complemented by a variety of refreshing mocktails, iced teas and coffees. The Summer Afternoon Tea is priced at Dhs320 for two or Dhs165 for a single guest, available daily from 2pm to 6pm from July 1 to August 31, 2023.
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    Enjoy a laid-back brunch

    Spanning over four hours, the generous Maison Mathis brunch takes place to the backdrop of incredible live music provided by the soulful Charlene Duo who will take the celebrations into the after party, which kicks off from 5pm, along with an epic buy one get one free deal available on selected drinks. The main sharing style concept is available for re-order again and again, starting with Maison Mathis’ legendary oysters. Freshly shucked, the oysters are the perfect way to tantalize tastebuds and begin the meal with a bang. The dishes include Wagyu Tartare, Lamb Chops and more.  The soft drinks package is priced at Dhs229 per person, with the house beverage package priced at Dhs329 from 1pm to 5pm, making it one of the longest brunch at Voco Dubai The Palm.
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    Savour a delectable burger at home

    From glorious patties to juicy fries, there’s an array of delicious burger joints in Dubai that we’ll surely be savouring from. Whether you need a bit of mid-week indulgence or are simply looking to treat yourself after a long week, a burger is the best way to enjoy an indulgent meal, making those calories worth-it. From gourmet-style burgers at La Maison Ani to innovative palate tingling katsu burgers at High Joint, there’s an arrat of endless options available. With no shortage of brilliant buns across the emirate,Emirates Woman  is here to present our tried-and-tasted hotspots to visit ASAP.
    Rejuvenate at a blissful staycation

    For an undisturbed beach getaway, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa promises a staycation unlike any other. Guests can savour in the dishes from the renowned Café Nikki featuring dishes made from the freshest ingredients including highlights such as, Yakitori, and much more. For some secluded tranquility, guests can visit the idyllic Nikki Spa for a complete relaxation with a Hammam, sauna, steam, ice fountain and a mixed vitality pool both indoor and outdoor with an exclusive offer for UAE residents at 30 percent off the best available rate for a two night stay, complimentary breakfast at Café Nikki, 30 percent off treatments at the spa, use of Tone Gym and thermal zones and complimentary entrance to the beach club during the stay. To redeem the offer, visitors need to present a valid UAE ID and mention the code ‘STAYCATION’.
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    Make a splash at the pool

    Fridays are all about making a splash at Terra Solis. Guests can dive into the weekend with the irresistible pool access packages at AED 200 per person, accompanied by a 50 percent redeemable voucher for food and beverages. Visitors are in for the electrifying Ibiza Friday experience, featuring a live performance by the dynamic Quilliam, complemented by the soulful Mambo Brothers’ Ibiza sunset mix, meticulously curated by One World Radio. Tantalise taste buds with the delectable specials of the day for just Dhs255, including refreshing Sangria and mouthwatering Patatas Bravas, all while basking in the sun-kissed paradise of a poolside oasis.
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    Experience a dreamy escape

    Searching for a dreamy adult-only escape right above the sea? SAL is the place to be! Soak up the sun in style as you laze by the infinity pool, taking in breath-taking views of the pristine coastline. And if that’s not enough, unwind at SAL’s chic restaurant and indulge in its delectable cuisine while sipping on delicious cocktails. The package is available on weekdays from Monday to Thursday for Dhs500 per person inclusive of Dhs250 redeemable on F&B, weekends from Friday to Sunday for Dhs700 per person inclusive of Dhs350 redeemable on F&B.
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    Opt for a summer glow up

    Throughout the season, Raffles the Palm Dubai offers an extraordinary experience with the Summer Glow Up package that enlivens moments of reflection by immersing themselves in a 60-minute Balinese massage, followed by a day at leisure by the pool or on the picturesque, white-sanded shore of Raffles the Palm Dubai. For Dhs550 per person, guests can experience all this and redeem AED 150 F&B credit by the pool or at Piatti by the Beach. Anyone wishing to treat themselves to the epitome of wellness and serenity can do so with the exquisite ‘The Joy of Eid Al Adha’ package, exclusively available from June 28 until July 2, 2023. Crafted to make this special occasion truly memorable, spa enthusiasts can embark on a blissful journey with a luxurious 120-minute Relaxing North African Hammam treatment meticulously designed to soothe body and mind. As an added delight, each guest will also receive a complimentary Cinq Mondes Spa gift, ensuring a truly immersive and rewarding experience. Priced at Dhs995 per person, this package promises an unrivalled escape and an opportunity to celebrate Eid Al Adha in pure serenity and comfort.
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    Work it out

    Looking to revamp your fitness routine? Then Pilates might be the perfect option for you. With celebrities such as Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, elevating their fitness routine with reformer Pilates, it’s time for you to take up a session or two. Designed to improve physical strength and coordination, form long-term habits and ensure greater core strength, these workouts allow to strengthen your muscles and feel mentally fit. Pilates can help create long, lean, and defined muscles, while also helping to reduce stress, creating awareness in the body, and improving mental clarity. So, if you’re looking to begin on your Pilates fitness journey, we’re curated a guide of all the must-visit studios in Dubai. From Blended Wellness to Posture., there are a myriad of professional studios list in our Emirates Woman guide in the emirate with expert trainers.
    Rejuvenate at this short-haul escape

    Escape to the lap of luxury at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, where breathtaking natural landscapes, stunning beaches, and world-class amenities come together to offer an unparalleled luxury getaway. Situated just 25 minutes away from the city center, this stunning oasis blends contemporary architecture with natural colors, providing the perfect backdrop for panoramic ocean views and long white sand beaches, leaving guests feeling both amazed and at peace. For the adventure enthusiast, the resort has a range of outdoor activities, including kayaking and paddle-boarding through mangroves, cycling along scenic trails, and golfing at an exclusive course. For a more laid-back experience, the resort offers yoga, rejuvenating spa sessions, and three exclusive lounges, including Vinesse Bar, Aquario Bar, and The Library. Guests can also unwind by the beach, basking in the warm sunshine while listening to the soothing sound of waves.
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    For the cover we are honoured to have former monk and author, Jay Shetty who we discuss manifestation, meditation, and the power of gratitude with. Jay was also kind enough to share his time with us on his recent trip to Dubai, you can watch the full interview on YouTube where he shares his thoughts on habits, discipline, and happiness – a conversation that is as inspiring as it is insightful. Watch the full interview on YouTube.
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    12 of the best burger spots in Dubai to satisfy your midweek cravings

    Every day is burger day!
    From glorious patties to juicy fries, there’s an array of delicious burger joints in Dubai that we’ll surely be savouring from.
    Whether you need a bit of mid-week indulgence or are simply looking to treat yourself after a long week, a burger is the best way to enjoy an indulgent meal, making those calories worth-it.
    With no shortage of brilliant buns across the emirate, Emirates Woman is here to present our tried-and-tasted hotspots to visit ASAP.
    La Maison Ani

    For a refined burger experience, La Maison Ani offers relaxed French-Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant surrounding. The ever-popular Izu Burger priced at Dhs125 has also made it onto the menu. Designed with Parisienne accents in the form of shimmering chandeliers, guests can dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner at this haven brought to life by Chef Izu. The internationally-influenced menu is a celebration of Izu’s love of travel and inspiration from different corners of the world. Located in The Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue, it’s open daily from 10am to 12am.
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    By bringing an exciting collaboration, Beau and Fouquet have joined hands for a unique experience. The brands will join forces to create a mouth-watering smash burger, unlike any burger the UAE has ever seen. Available for one month only the burger will be available at Fouquet’s Brasserie for dine in and at Beau’s Jumeirah restaurant, for sit in and takeaway. The price at Fouquet’s will be Dhs120 including fries and Dhs80 at Beau for the burger only. At the core of the collab is the limited-edition truffle smashed burger that is sprinkled with the chefs’ secret recipe. It features French Emmental cheese and a rich and sumptuous sauce that intertwines the earthy aroma of truffle with the silky smoothness of mayonnaise, crowned with delicate slivers of fresh black summer truffle. Fouquet is located in Downtown Dubai and open daily from 8am to 2am.
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    The premium burger boutique promises to deliver more than just burgers, with a commitment to offer a unique and elevated dining experience. Guests can look forward to a deluxe menu of burgers, sandos, hot dogs, appetisers, sides, and desserts created by Chef Ali Yazdi. Highlight main dishes include Canoe Marrow Burger Dhs130 (dry aged wagyu ribeye patty, American cheese, fermented cucumber, soy glazed grilled bone marrow, spicy adobo aioli, seeded brioche bun), Truffle Burger Dhs180 (dry aged wagyu ribeye patty, mild aged Gouda cheese, black truffle aioli, rocca leaves, fresh seasonal truffle, grated Parmigiano Reggiano, seeded brioche bun), Fish Sando Dhs160. Located in Jumeirah and Al Barsha, this homegrown premium concept is a must-try.
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    High Joint

    Hands down one of the best burgers in the city. This hole-in-the-wall passion project offers premium burgers ranging from High Jamz to delicious Asian wings. Ensuring that the vegetarian diners have plenty of options too, the restaurant serves dishes ranging from the crispy tempura cauliflower to the halloumi katsu burger that’s sure to keep your palate tingling. This branch will also offer an exclusive menu with platters such as truffle bacon mac n’ cheese and blistered Padron peppers without forgetting desserts to cater to all the sweet tooths. These drool-worthy items will also be available for delivery to nearby communities including Al Barsha South, Damac Hills, Arabian Ranches, Town Square and much more. It’s open every Monday to Thursday from 11am to 12am, Friday to Saturday 12pm to 2am and on Sunday from 11am to 1am.
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    This home-grown brand in the UAE serves fresh juicy burgers, with homemade pickles to take their patties to the next level, with special sauces and spices in the kitchen, as every burger served is made to order as the ingredients are sourced from around the world to deliver straight up honest burgers starting at Dhs30 for a cheeseburger, with orders which can be placed through Deliveroo. The well-known burger spot is located in JLT, City Walk, Time Out Market and Al Safa.
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    One Life & Kitchen

    With the burger fest all ready to begin this weekend, this delicious eatery has created handcrafted burgers made by Chef Kevin with in house freshly made baked buns, hand-ground beef and vegan beetroot base patties to cater to everyone. The menu consists of grilled chicken burgers, Schrute farm burgers and a double cheeseburger to tingle your taste buds, starting at Dhs60.It’s located in D3 and at JVC.
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    Shake Shack

    With creations of the modern-day roadside burger, this instant neighbourhood fixture produces high-quality versions of the classics in a majestic setting. From juicy chicken burgers to mouth-watering delights served to perfection, Shake Shack started out as a hot dog stand from Madison Square Park in 2001. Starting at Dhs35 for specific items including the cheeseburger, chick’n shack burger and much more, an order can simply be placed through Zomato or Talabat.
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    Five Guys

    Straight out of Washington DC to now in the UAE, Five Guys is known for their hand-formed burgers cooked in style with fresh-cut fries cooked to perfection in pure peanut oil. While gaining a cult-like following around the world, it has gain popularity in this part of the world too with the little cheeseburger starting at Dhs35 along with an array of other dishes which can be ordered through Deliveroo.
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    Dave’s Hot Chicken

    The LA famous street food brand famously endorsed by Drake opened its doors in Dubai last year. Dave’s is the hottest spot in town to try the juiciest and most tender chicken burgers. You can test your spice tolerance with the reaper heat level or play it safe and sound with a medium or mild flavor. From the top to the bottom of the spice level, you can taste the bursting flavors in every bite, pair that with their crispy fries and cooling coleslaw and prepare yourself for a truly satisfying meal.
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    This popular food-truck-turned-lifestyle brand serves Instafamous griddled, grass-fed wagyu beef burgers crafted to perfection. The curated burger menu offers two burgers, with two compromising of wagyu beef and one chicken delicately crafted between the bun. These irresistible sliders start at Dhs42. What started at Kite Beach has now expanded in Dubai with different locations across Al Marjan Island, Mushrif, Al Muwaiji in Abu Dhabi and La Mar and Dubai Marina Mall in Dubai. Diners can end their meal with a ‘gram-worthy soft serve.
    Black Tap

    Known for offering award-winning, high-quality burgers, Black Tap has created a name for itself in the market with signature burgers like the All-American, The Vegan Burger and fan-favourite Texan Burger, along with the non-cheat day burger salads, making it the perfect place to hang out with the mates. Located at Rixos Premium, Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Mall, these delectable burgers are available to relish across Dubai with burger prices that start at Dhs75.
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    One of Dubai’s most popular homegrown restaurant, 3Fils has exclusive wagyu burgers for customers to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. For a laid-back grilling experience, everyone can enjoy these delectable burgers with their loved ones. Priced at Dhs275 per box, guests can savour six premium juicy wagyu patties paired with the 3Fils’ very own condiments varying from chipotle mayonnaise and Maldon sea salt and corn oil. For those who enjoy a sweet treat, the box pieced at Dhs295 comes with delectable flavours such as the African powerhouse ice cream and more to enjoy those special moments.
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    Eid escape: 12 countries with visa on arrival and visa-free entry for UAE residents

    If you’re looking for a much-needed escape for the upcoming Eid Al-Adha holidays without any additional visa hassle, we’re here to help.
    While travel is very much back on everyone’s radars, sometimes certain passports require specific visas, which can quite often be a tedious process. However, for UAE residents, there are many destinations which are visa-free or have a visa-on-arrival option.
    When is Eid Al-Adha?
    Following Arafat Day, Eid Al-Adha will commence on Wednesday, June 28. This joyous celebration honours Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son. The festivities will span from June 27 to July 1, marking a six-day long weekend for the private sector.
    Below, the Emirates Woman editors have curated a guide for all the countries offering visas on arrival for UAE residents.

    All UAE residents who have a valid visa can travel to the country and receive a visa on arrival in Georgia. Holders of other GCC countries can travel visa-free for a period of 90 days and receive an entry stamp upon arrival. From Tblisi’s nightlight to stunning mountains, there’s a long list of endless activities to do on your visit.
    Flight time: 3 hours & 30 minutes 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    With a rich history and picturesque ancient architecture, a visit to the country should definitely be added to your bucket list. All Indian, Lebanese, Jordanian and South African nationals with a valid UAE residency visa can receive a visit visa on arrival due to the positive relations between the UAE and Armenia leading to a special visa-waiver programme. The cost of the visa is around Dhs20 and details regarding additional requirements can be found online.
    Flight time: 3 hours & 10 minutes 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    Known for its contemporary design, Azerbaijan is home to iconic buildings including landmarks designed by the famous Zaha Hadid. All UAE residents with a valid residency visa can present their passport at the counter after paying and receive a visa on arrival or apply for an e-visa on to avoid standing in long queues.
    Flight time: 3 hours approx. 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    If Japan was on your travel bucket list this year, the process to visit is now a whole lot easier with the latest e-visa laws. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a new online tourist visa system. All residents are required to apply more than seven days before their trip. Applicants will need to apply via the dedicated website Japan eVISA, where upon successful submission, a digital confirmation visa will be sent to the applicant. At immigration, visitors will need to simply log on to the website and show the visa upon entry. The new system allows residents of permitted countries to apply for an online tourist visa which will grant e-visas for up to 90 days in Japan.
    Flight time: 9 hours and 34 minutes
    For the latest visa requirements visit here.

    For a quick idyllic getaway, a tourist visa is granted to all nationalities visiting the country. A few requirements such as a pre-paid hotel or accommodation booking, sufficient funds to last during the stay, confirmed tickets to return to their home country or country of residence and a traveller declaration form which must be filled in and submitted by all passengers going to and from the Maldives within 96 hours of travel. A visa for a maximum time period of 30 days will be granted on arrival for tourists. With an archipelago of islands to visit, travellers can experience nature at its finest.
    Flight time: 4 hours & 15 minutes
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    With Seychelles being a visa-free country, Indian citizens will not require a visa on arrival or an e-visa to enter the country for a short stay. This scenic escape ensures a seamless travel experience, however, a valid passport will be required to gain entry into the country. However, certain documents such as a valid return ticket, confirmed accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of the stay amounting to $150 (Dhs550) per day are required in case asked for.
    Flight time: 4 hours & 35 minutes
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    Most nationalities can receive a visa on arrival for a small price depending on the tenure of the visit. A 15-day visa costs Dhs110, a 30-day visa costs Dhs183 or a 90-day permit for Dhs460 and can be decided accordingly upon arrival. All Indian passport holders do not require any visa and can visit hassle-free.
    Flight time: 4 hours & 20 minutes
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    For passports with a valid Schengen, UK or US visa, a visa-free entry is granted upon arrival. For those who do not have the mentioned visas, five documents will be required including travel booking details, proof of vaccine, the original passport and proof of funds to substantiate enough money for the stay and to leave.
    Flight time: 5 hours & 55 minutes 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    With the perfect blend of culture, nature, culinary delights and design mastery, this haven should be on your list of destinations to travel to. Bali is now open for tourists after the pandemic, as this irresistible country offers a visit visa on arrival for a period of 30 days, which can be easily extended for another 30 days at any visa office in the country. Upon arrival in Indonesia, there is a checkpoint available for visa on arrival which is priced at $35 (Dhs128).
    Flight time: 8 hours & 27 minutes 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    Known for its expansive beaches, lagoons and reefs, this country is most definitely a must-visit for all. For those who love nature, there’s a wide range of forests, waterfalls and hiking trails to experience the outdoors. The maximum duration of stay is three months and it is free for UAE citizens. Upon arrival, passengers need to visit the immigration counter and show the original passport to obtain an entry stamp.
    Flight time: 6 hours & 35 minutes 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.
    Sri Lanka

    All UAE residents can receive an e-visa which can be obtained from the comfort of their homes. A visa can be applied for online prior to visiting with the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) initially limited to 30 days validity from the date of arrival and extended for up to six months. All applicants require a mandatory passport to be valid for six months from the date of arrival. It is important to check the list of countries eligible for Sri Lanka ETA before applying.
    Flight time: 4 hours & 30 minutes 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.

    All UAE residents will need to apply for a Thailand Pass which takes up to one to two hours when the application is submitted. After submitting the required documents, passengers will receive a QR entry code and a Thailand Pass ID needed for entry. With the UAE included in the Visa Exemption Scheme of Thailand, UAE citizens can stay up to a period of 30 days.
    Flight time: 6 hours and 20 minutes 
    You can check the latest visa regulations here.
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    10 of the best studios in Dubai to book for a zen yoga class

    As the world celebrates International Yoga Day today on June 21, 2023, it’s time to book a session to feel calm from the inside out.
    So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, there’s a class for everyone to try out and feel completely rejuvenated after.
    From Vinyasa to hip hop yoga, you can choose a class that fits best into your workout routine to relax and heal during your time off or for a midweek break.
    Hence, for inspiration on where to book next, Emirates Woman has curated the perfect guide of venues to book for your upcoming yoga class.
    Samadhi Wellness

    For an aesthetic studio, this is newest wellness space on the block. With a wide range of classes including Warm Power Yoga, Candlelit Yin, Sunrise Flow, Warm Vinyasa Flow and much more, visitors are sure to feel calm from the moment they enter. With fine attention to detail, the space uses natural textures, stones, woods and all the elements of a sacred setting. Open daily from 7am to 9:45pm, this newly opened wellness studio promises an unforgettable experience with its zen interiors. Located in Jumeirah, 491b, this space is definitely a must-visit. They have a wide array of yoga classes including Warm Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Philosophy & Flow, with prices starting from Dhs67 for a trial class, and Dhs120 for a one-off, with even more affordable monthly packages
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    Paus; Wellness + Community

    By normalising wellness in your day-to-day life, this wellness studio located in the heart of Jumeirah promises an unforgettable experience unlike any other. For a new take on your workout routines, guests can try a hip-hop yoga class. Participants will typically start with some gentle stretching and breathing exercises to warm up their bodies. The instructor will then guide students through a series of yoga poses, often set to a soundtrack of hip-hop music. Who said feeling zen needs to be boring? Everyone can be a part of the class with a few creative twists to match the rhythm and beat of the music. Located at Villa 1202, Al Reef Villas, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2, this wellness hub is open daily from 7am to 10pm and classes start at Dhs95 per session.

    Introducing a completely unique yoga concept to get the maximum benefit, the team feliver peace of mind with calming meditation sessions that challenge both your flexibility and mental well-being. The studio offers a unique blend of yoga and fitness classes that cater to individuals of all skill levels. The classes offered including Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa flow along with the occasional full moon yoga classes. Located in Warehouse 42 in Alserkal Avenue, it’s open from Monday to Friday 6:30am to 9:30pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 4pm and Sunday from 8:30am to 8pm.
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    SEVA Experience

    With an all-day plant-based dining experience accompanied with classes at its yoga and sound meditation studio to help you unwinds as you enjoy simple pleasures in this haven. For the complete experience guests, indulge in vegan dishes after the class. The yoga classes are tailored for all levels from beginner to advanced with incredibly passionate teachers to guide you through the process. With flow of movement, breath, mindfulness and sound, this all-in-one experience ensures customers feel rejuvenated when they walk out. A single class is priced at Dhs130 and the 5 class package is priced at Dhs550 and is valid for 2 months after the date of purchase.
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    Blended Wellness

    This multi-wellness destination is an all-encompassing space of health, fitness and beauty experiences. If you want to focus on your fitness goals, this professional environment offers personal training sessions and group classes for workouts such as yoga. Guests can also opt for the full moon yoga sessions taking place occasionally at Dhs199 per session with Yin Yoga and Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation. Situated in the luxe surroundings of The Dukes, The Palm Jumeirah, Blended Fit is open daily from 6am to 10pm.
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    Yoga House
    Yoga House offers a variety of classes suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners, from beginners to advance. The main classes include Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Additionally, visitors can opt for workshops and events that focus on different aspects of wellness such as meditation, mindfulness and nutrition along with state-of-the-art facilities and a set of skilled instructors. Located at Emaar Business Park and Intercontinental Dubai Marina Hotel.
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    At this one-of-a-kind all-ladies studio, customers can embark on a holistic wellness journey with a series of invigorating experiences that include Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Gentle Yoga, restorative Face Yoga complemented by other deeply transformative sound meditation and Theta Healing sessions. The UAE’s leading women-only SuperClub is ready to inspire women to unfurl their yoga mats for an extraordinary celebration of International Yoga Day throughout June. Located in al Quoz, Mirdif and Dubai Hills Mall, women can opt for a one time class or opt for the packages with the prices available upon request.
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    Akasa Wellness

    As a sanctuary to connect and thrive in your wellness journey, guests can embark on a fitness journey with Yoga, Pilates and other Holistic activities from beginners to advanced level. The space is place to release, reflect and recharge before, after or during an active day. Located at Loft Office 2 in Al Sufouh, it’s open daily from 7am to 10pm.
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    If you’re looking to release all your toxins. Then Dryp yoga is the right option for you. The space uses latest infrared heat technology that enhances results no matter which class you choose or what level you’re at. We recommend Hot Yin Yoga -slow paced, deep stretching candlelight yoga class practiced with relaxing beats. The classes are priced at Dhs125 per class or Dhs399 for five classes which are valid for one month. Located in Orra Marina Tower, it’s open from Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 10pm, Friday 7:30am to 7pm, Saturday 8am to 6:30pm and Sunday 8am to 8pm.
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    The Hundred Wellness Centre

    From Ashtanga and Vinyasa to Hatha yoga, numerous disciplines are offered at this wellness retreat that is a real haven in the city. A strong focus on balance, power, fluidity, flexibility and alignment make for improved posture, flexibility and overall wellbeing. Located in Villa 21, Street 53 B on Jumeirah Beach Road, it’s open daily from 7am to 8pm and is closed on Friday.
    For more information visit
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    This luxe floral boutique hosted an immersive Peonies workshop in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    The gift of learning a new skill lasts a lifetime. To unleash their inner artist, the UAE-based floral boutique, hosted an exclusive workshop to delve into the world of floristry.
    Year after year, the brand hosts an intimate session with a select guest-list of VVIP customers. This year was no differed as it hosted the workshop, A Symphony of Peonies workshop which was attended by 18 guests from media and VIPs on June 15, 2023, at the Saudi restaurant, Foul & Tamees.

    Held by a team of floral experts and designers, the exclusive workshop gave all the attendees a learning experience and a chance to create their own bouquet through a step-by-step process of special techniques, tips and tricks to curate sophisticated centerpieces, bouquets and decorative displays for any space.

    Workshop participants were also provided guidance on proper conditioning, care, and handling of these exquisite flowers to ensure their longevity and freshness.
    Freshly shipped from Holland and Ecuador, the roses and peonies used were Pink Julietta Peony, Red Charm Peony, Diana Parks Peony, Happy Returns Peony, Heart Roses, Sweet Unique Roses, Art Deco Roses, Miyabi & Candy Roses with over 2000 high-quality stems giving everyone a taste of styling their own bouquets.

    The Marketing Manager at, Dina Malik said, “We are proud to have hosted our second floral workshop just in time for the summer. A Symphony of Peonies was a great chance for participants to explore the versatility and beauty of floral arrangements.”
    Be it a special occasion or if you’re simply looking to treat yourself, a luxurious bouquet from is the perfect option for any event be it a wedding, birthday, special event and a sophisticated addition to any interiors space.
    To make your next purchase visit The brand is proud to have achieved the highest rating on both Trustpilot and Google, making them the Top Rated 24 Hour Flower Delivery Service in Dubai and the most trusted florist in the UAE. With over 94 percent of the reviews earning 5 stars, customers have spoken, and they are committed to maintaining our exceptional level of service.
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