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    7 exciting things to do in the UAE this weekend


    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

    Your ultimate weekend guide in the UAE – August 18 to August 20, 2023.
    Try this new summer menu

    For fresh authentic food, tashas café has launched a new classic menu with fresh authentic dishes thoughfully crafted to savour with friends and family. With tantalizing flavours at its core, this premium dining experience has a reputation for quality dishes designed to take the menu to the next level. Guests can expect a contemporary spin on breakfast classics with mouthwatering additions to the menu such as the Oriental Omelette with stir-fried julienne vegetables, feta cheese, herbs and soy marinade. The latest additions to the mains include a Mexican-inspired Quesadilla, the succulent Roadhouse, a steak sarmie with 125g fillet steak, and the enticing Prawn Pasta, featuring tiger prawns and rigatoni tossed in prego sauce, lemon butter, roasted tomatoes and more. For those looking for something lighter, the new salad offerings like the Carrot and Lentil Salad are not to be missed. Located at five locations across Dubai, it’s situated in Al Barsha, Al Jalila, Galleria, Marina Mall and Mirdif.
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    Brunch it up

    To experience culinary innovation at its finest, Masti has launched an exclusive Elephant Bath Brunch with a symphony of Indian gastronomic delights. By embracing culinary innovation, the brunch presents a symphony of flavours and textures, offering everything from tantalising starters to hot and cold appetizers, decadent mains, and irresistible desserts. The whole experience perfectly encapsulates the multi-award-winning restaurant’s artful approach to dining. With dishes such as burrata butter chicken, mango cheesecake tarts and more, there’s enough and more to try from the menu. It takes place every Saturday from 1 to 4pm and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at The Dubai Edition and is priced at Dhs250 non-alcoholic package and Dhs399 per person for the alcoholic extravaganza which includes a myriad of beautifully-crafted cocktails by the team of acclaimed mixologists.
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    Pamper yourself

    After a long week, it’s important to unwind and the Four Seasons Resort is here to help. For an exquisite experience, guests can opt for the ‘Serenitea’ package that includes a 90-minute Pearl Signature Massage at spa with access to the indoor pool and spa facilities adding to the blissful journey. Once the spa is complete, guests can indulge in luxe Afternoon Tea experience at Shai Salon with a culinary masterpiece menu curated by French pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert to match the opulence of the resort. The spa is open from 10am to 4pm and the afternoon tea is available from 4pm to 8pm and the package is priced at Dhs950 per person.
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    It’s shopping time

    The luxury fashion house Tom Ford has reopened its Dubai boutique in the heart of Dubai in Dubai Mall. From eyewear to leather goods, the store spans across three floors and has a full range of products for both men and women to immerse the complete world of Tom Ford. Designed with sleek interiors, the space has clean lines with chrome and mirror finishes modelled after the brand’s Madison Avenue flagship store in New York City. Customers can also opt for a private one-on-one appointment for custom pieces and a bespoke tailored experience.
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    Transport yourself to Thailand

    To indulge in delicious Thai food, Pai Thai has launched an exclusive The 5 Tastes of Thailand menu, where guests can celebrate the flavours of the season. Embark on a picturesque journey through Madinat Jumeirah’s tranquil waterways before reaching the much-loved venue for a unique culinary experience for the senses. Once there, unwind and indulge in a carefully crafted sharing menu featuring a delightful mix of light, aromatic, and flavourful dishes nestled within the serene gardens of the palatial Jumeirah Al Qasr which can be reached by an abra. The menu features dishes such as green curry, steamed seabass, marinated chicken wrapped in Pandan Leaves, mango sticky rice and more. This experience is available daily from 6pm onwards and is prices at Dhs550 for two people for food only and Dhs990 for two persons including grape pairing.
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    Book a staycation with a private pool

    As the sweltering heat is here to stay for the next couple of months, there’s nothing like cooling off in the privacy of your own private pool. From temperature-controlled swimming pools to luxe views of the UAE’s skyline, these exotic properties offer their own private swimming facility to unwind with friends and family. From resorts such as Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa and Anantara The Palm, there’s a variety of luxe hotels, that offer a secluded getaway with your loved one. Emirates Woman has curated a list of must-visit resorts located both in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, that offer their own space to unwind as you book a premium villa or suite that best fits your needs. Read the full Emirates Woman guide on staycations to book this week
    Shop as per your convenience

    Mall of the Emirates has launched an all-new Digital Concierge service as part of the brand’s vision to adapt to a digital society for unhindered convenience. After placing an order through the simplified one-to-one WhatsApp conversation, customers can receive their purchases in a span of few hours right at their doorstep without any added hassle. With over 350 international designers and a plethora of homegrown brands, the shopping experience has never been easier than before through the power of technology as you can seamlessly shop via WhatsApp for a nuanced shopping experience. From brands such as Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Harvey Nichols, Zara and more, customers can choose from a myriad of products through this unique shopping experience
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    All the luxe hotels with private pools in the UAE


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    As the sweltering heat is here to stay for the next couple of months, there’s nothing like cooling off in the privacy of your own private pool.
    From temperature-controlled swimming pools to luxe views of the UAE’s skyline, these exotic properties offer their own private swimming facility to unwind with friends and family.
    Emirates Woman has curated a list of must-visit resorts located both in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, that offer their own space to unwind as you book a premium villa or suite that best fits your needs.
    Abu Dhabi
    Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa

    If you’re looking for a city escape in the heart of Abu Dhabi, this urban waterfront retreat offers an expanse of mangroves with waterfront swimming and mangrove kayaking during your stay as you unwind at the Mangrove pool suite. It offers a host of privileges from an abundance of space to basking on your terrace or in the mini plunge pool, which elevates your stay in UAE’s capital.
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    Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island

    Located on the pristine white beach of Abu Dhabi’s breathtaking Saadiyat Island, this one-of-a-kind five-star property features a striking modern Arabic architecture with uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf. Starting with the one-bedroom beach villa, guests can rejuvenate at their very own large private plunge pool with a fully furnished terrace, as they absorb unrivalled sea views that are reminiscent of an elegant beach house with a location that is hard to beat.
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    Al Wathba, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

    Rooted deep within the desert landscape of Al Wathba, an intimate retreat with natural beauty lies at the hallmark of this hotel experience, with guests ready to embark on an individual wellness journey, immersed by privacy. With a secluded plunge pool, guests can take in serene views of the Arabian Desert from their villa with a generous amount of space as they lay back and absorb the beauty of the property.
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    One&Only The Palm

    This glittering sanctuary with lush gardens is secluded on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah with opulent hotel rooms, while also featuring beachfront villas with their own private swimming pools as you witness breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. The premium villa allows you to step into the world of luxury with complete relaxation as you’re surrounded by lush private gardens and can cool off in your private temperature-controlled swimming pool with a majlis-style space shrouded by an oversized gazebo.
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    Anantara The Palm

    With a private sanctuary that overlooks the beach and Arabian Gulf beyond, you can enjoy luxurious sunny days by the poolside with private concierge services at the Villa with options for one or two bedrooms as you unwind in style with oversized daybeds featuring a lagoon that is made into something special.
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    Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

    With a relaxed yet effortless atmosphere, Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts prides itself in providing guests with an unrivalled luxury lifestyle experience, while offering guests contemporary dining with an enhanced Nikki Beach experience. The Nikki beach pool villa is pleasant to the eye, with a uniquely designed space featuring an external shower pool and vast recreational areas that are perfectly conceived down to the smallest detail. With a perfect combination of white, light blue and beige colours in the interiors, the outdoor area is fitted with high-quality furniture offering a unique area for private dining or relaxing.
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    Melia Desert Palm

    This urban oasis offers lush green surroundings with an elegant oasis in the one-bedroom hideaway villas with ground floor living and dining spaces that extends to the spacious outdoor as guests enjoy a home away from home for the ultimate privacy with an alfresco dining area, complemented with a stone-walled courtyard for utmost serenity. With fascinating views of Dubai’s skyline and your own space to unwind at, there’s enough of room in this superlatively designed area to relax with friends and family.
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    Bulgari Resort Dubai

    Bringing the Mediterranean style to the Middle East, while being surrounded by ocean views with a nautical spirit imbibed at the property, guests can unwind at the luxurious beach view villas with stunning landscaped gardens and a temperature-controlled pool, as the villas offer the perfect amount of space to have the ultimate luxury gathering with the feeling and privacy of being at home, while enjoying the details of a sunken marble bathtub in the layout.
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    Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

    Just under an hours drive from the city of Dubai is Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa. This luxury hotel, which resembles a luxurious Bedouin encampment, is the perfect escape for a weekend recharge. While the resort’s location already ensures maximum privacy for guests, Al Maha’s 42 suites take luxury and privacy to the next level. Each suite boasts a private temperature-controlled pool overlooking the infinite desert views, alongside opulent interiors which pay tribute to Arabian heritage with handcrafted furnishings, antiques and artefacts.
    Ras Al Khaimah
    The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

    Escape to the shores of Ras Al Khaimah at The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach resort which has 32 luxurious villas that each have their very own private pool, as well as direct beach access.
    The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

    For those seeking a desert escape in Ras Al Khaimah, The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert resort is ideal. Similar to its sister resort, there are 100 villas available each with its own private pool.
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    8 romantic hotels in the UAE to book for a short-haul getaway


    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

    In need of some quiet time with your partner, why not book a romantic staycation to relax and recharge as a couple?
    If you’re in the need of some inspiration, Emirates Woman has collated a list a of properties to have a wonderful experience with the ones you love.
    Anantara, The Palm

    Immerse yourself in island bliss as you soak up the sun and sand at this world-class accommodation with an exclusive Dubai escape including luxurious spa treatments, a stylish resort and an exclusive beach escape to unwind all day at the Palm Jumeirah hotel’s spa with views of the Arabian Gulf.
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    One&Only Royal Mirage

    Indulge in abundant space, luxurious rooms and suites, nine inspiring restaurants, and dramatic, Arabesque architecture at One&Only Royal Mirage with immaculate gardens, for you to instantly feel at home while you lead down to the one-kilometre sweep of Jumeirah Beach and dream of a magical glamorous evening.
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    Burj Al Arab

    As one of Dubai’s most glamorous hotels, you can unwind in true luxury. Enjoy the private pool 150m above the ground with views of the scintillating skyline as you relax in awe of the luxurious views. While being a global icon of Arabian luxury, you’re sure to have a romantic getaway.
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    Palace Downtown

    Adding a dose of Arabian heritage, this tastefully decorated hotel is fully-equipped with luxurious rooms and suites, allowing the hotel to stand out for its individualistic architecture and commitment to offering the highest service standard.
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    Atlantis, The Palm

    Nestled on the calm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, overlooking Dubai’s magnificent skyline at this world-famous Palm island in Dubai. This world-renowned resort has an array of award-winning celebrity chefs with one-of-a-kind signature suites and 360-degree views for you to stay in style.
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    Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

    Inspired by the Bedouin setup from back in the day, amidst the dunes lies one of Dubai’s most romantic hotels with its sumptuous tents complete with their own private pools, handcrafted furnishing and its very own butler service. With all the privacy you need, this luxurious getaway is definitely a romantic staycation for all.
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    Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

    This Ottoman-inspired elegance on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah has an elegant design with club lounge access dedicated to awakening your senses amongst the calm of Talise Ottoman Spa definitely making it a stay to remember.
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    Oberoi Al Zorah

    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, Oberoi Al Zohrah is the perfect staycation to book this weekend. Located just 25 minutes by car from Dubai and set in the midst of nature, Al Zorah feels like a world away from its bustling urban counterpart with pristine natural white sand beaches, forests, lagoons and a biodiversity of 100 species of birds. With minimalist architecture and wide-open spaces, this rejuvenating resort ensures each guest remains at utmost comfort. The resort’s 56 rooms and 33 suites and villas, including both two and three-bedroom private villas with 24-hour private butler service, are flooded with natural light and fantastic garden and sea view. Visitors can dine at the resort’s luxury beachfront restaurant Aquario and other fine-dining spots. Prices start at Dhs2,400 per night with a private garden.
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    7 exciting things to do in Dubai this weekend


    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

    Your ultimate weekend guide in Dubai – August 11 to August 13, 2023.
    It’s brunch time

    For a vibrant brunch with live music and mouth-watering gastronomy, Netsu by Ross Shonhan allows diners to enjoy a wide-ranging menu. This Michelin restaurant has a delectable range of dishes such as Salmon Tacos, Tuna Tataki, Korean Fried Chicken, Australian Wagyu Ribeye and a curated dessert platter with free-flowing drinks. With upbeat tunes from the live DJ and musician, guests can enjoy an unprecedented culinary experience. Located at Mandarin Oriental Dubai, it takes place every Saturday from 12:30pm until 3:30pm and is priced at Dhs450 per person inclusive of selection of soft and house beverages.
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    Book a relaxing staycation

    Missing the cooler months amid peak summer? A staycation at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates allows UAE residents to immersive themselves in the beauty of the Aspen Ski Chalets offering breathtaking views of Ski Dubai’s snowy slopes, complete with Hermes amenities, private butler service and more. Guests can get 20 percent off on the best available rate, receive two complimentary tickets to the renowned Ski Dubai’s snow park, complimentary access to the prestigious Executive Lounge and the ultimate cinematic treat at the Vox Private Cinema once during their stay where guests can relish gastronomical delights at the dining lounge before enjoying the latest blockbuster on a luxurious 15-seater screen, complete with unlimited popcorn and soft drinks. With an early check-in at 12pm and a late checkout until 3pm, guests can full unwind with 20 percent off on spa treatments in Dubai’s most luxurious spa, Sensasia stories, making this stay a memorable one with timeless moments. So now, It’s time to gather your friends and family and enjoy the UAE Residents’ staycation offer for a minimum stay of four nights at the three-bedroom Aspen ski chalets.
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    Indulge in a new tasting menu

    Embark on a Michelin Star culinary journey at José Avillez’s Tasca, with an alfresco terrace for unmissable views. By presenting a refined tasting menu, the authentic flavours and traditions of Portugal’s most celebrated summer destinations. This exclusive Taste of Algarve embraces all the summer moments spent with family and friends and is designed for groups of two or more, presenting a unique gastronomic journey. The menu is available daily for dinners including Fridays and Sundays for lunch and is priced at Dhs900 for two guests with wine pairing and Dhs600 without wine.
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    Revamp your fitness routine

    For workout fanatics look for a break from their mundane fitness routine, 1Rebel is the ultimate fitness desitnation to stay fit. The boutique fitness brand made a name for itself after launching in London during 2015 and has now opened its doors at the ICD Brookfield Tower. Nestled behind the Arts Club with 11,600 square ft of beautifully crafted space, this two class studio and gym floor has the best trainers and facilities in every class. From spinning with pop rock to afrobeats vs techno, the spinning sessions are priced at Dhs270 for three sessions
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    Visit this new cocktail bar

    Home to all things botanical, the cocktail and social club, AGORA, situated in heart of Downtown is an enchanting venue with old-school glamour inspired by the Grecian era. With the charm of the twenty-first century, this venue promises an appealing mix of classic beverages with avant-garde elements. With a contemporary twist, guests can savour a myriad of exotic cocktails crafted to perfect. Beyond a bar, this space is the perfect social club for thoughtfully created events and gatherings for like-minded individuals to come together. Open daily from 6pm onwards its located at Dubai Edition and has a host of not-to-miss events on the list.
    Pamper yourself

    As an oasis of relaxation, the newly opened NICHE Salon has redefined the concept of a traditional salon with a modern touch. With a comprehensive range of services ranging from microblading, lip blush, hair colouring, hair cutting, styling, treatments, lashes, facials, makeup, nails, manicure, pedicure services, extensions and hand tool treatments, women can experience tranquility with professionals to cater to their every desire. Located in Shobha Hartland, this salon offers a seamless blend of modernity as it warmly welcomes guests to relax. The salon is open from Tuesday to Thursday & Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm.
    All appointments can be made here.
    Shop ‘til you drop

    With a wide variety of designs and jewellery pieces, Poison Dop has an unending list of statement for summer to complement each look. With cult pieces designed by talented designers from around the globe, these pieces serve as the ultimate conversation starter with light and fresh hues including deep emerald shades that transcends boundaries becoming the must-have in every wardrobe. With a treasure trove of options you can choose pieces that resonate closely with your style including earrings, necklaces, rings and more to infuse your style with ocean magin.
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    7 celebrity-approved hotels to visit in Dubai ASAP


    by Sarah Joseph
    46 mins ago

    While being titled as one of the most luxurious capitals in the world, Dubai is a hub to millions of visitors every year, some of which include celebrities.
    Emirates Woman has curated a list of A-list-approved hotels where popular faces from around the world have chosen to have a getaway.
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    Executive Chef at Address Grand Creek Harbour on his culinary journey and future vision

    Meet Shokry Abouelsoud, the exceptional culinary mastermind leading the team at Address Grand Creek Harbour.
    With extensive international experience and a passion for gastronomy, Chef Shokry brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Executive Chef at this prestigious 5-star property. Having obtained a Diploma in Hospitality from the Australian Skills Management Institute and honing his skills over a decade-long career, he has worked with renowned hospitality brands to create culinary masterpieces that showcase his creative flair.
    In an exclusive conversation with Emirates Man, Chef Shokry talks about his culinary journey so far and what’s his vision for this new haven by Address.
    What inspired you to become a chef, and how did you develop your culinary skills?
    My journey as a chef began at a young age when I developed a passion for cooking and a goal of mastering my craft. For me, being a chef is not just a profession, but a deeply rooted passion and a platform for creativity. There is no greater joy than seeing the satisfaction on the faces of my guests when they indulge in the culinary creations I’ve carefully crafted. Over the years, I have honed my culinary skills through continuous learning, experimentation, and dedication. It’s a constant process of refining my techniques, exploring new flavours, and expanding my culinary knowledge.

    Can you describe your creative process when developing a new dish or menu?
    The creative process behind developing a new dish or menu is a fascinating and ever-evolving journey. Becoming an executive chef or even a sous chef doesn’t happen overnight; it requires years of hard work and experience in the kitchen. While creativity is an exciting aspect, it is essential to have a solid foundation of culinary knowledge and methodology. Understanding the intricacies of cooking various dishes and mastering the techniques is crucial to gain confidence in the kitchen. Once that knowledge and precision are in place, it enhances my creativity. I draw inspiration from different cuisines, ingredients, seasonal produce, and cultural influences to create dishes that are both innovative and harmonious in flavour.
    How do you balance the need for consistency and innovation in your cooking?
    Maintaining a balance between consistency and innovation is never a challenge in a cosmopolitan city like Dubai. The clientele here is incredibly receptive to new culinary trends, and my team shares the same spirit of adaptability. While consistency is important to uphold high standards of quality, innovation allows us to continuously surprise and delight our guests. By infusing new ideas and flavours into our culinary creations, we ensure that our menu stays fresh and exciting. This balance between consistency and innovation keeps our guests intrigued while maintaining their trust in the culinary experiences we offer.

    Tell us about your journey as a chef and how did it begin?
    From a young age, I always felt my palate was different to others. My unique skill for enhancing well-known foods with subtle tweaks set me apart early on. Even as I began experimenting with my first simple dishes, I couldn’t settle for mediocrity. If a meal failed to satisfy me, I instinctively sought ways to elevate its flavours and transform the overall dining experience. This passion for culinary excellence grew with me, and I pursued formal training and education to refine my skills. Through hard work, dedication, and a pursuit of excellence, I climbed the ranks in the culinary world, taking on various roles and responsibilities. Each experience shaped me as a chef, instilling in me the values of discipline, creativity, and a deep understanding of the art of gastronomy.
    Can you share your philosophy on sourcing ingredients and supporting local farmers and producers?
    At Address Grand Creek Harbour, we hold transparency in the highest regard when it comes to sourcing ingredients. We want our guests to know that sourcing the best products goes beyond conforming to certification processes. We prioritise building strong relationships with the best suppliers and producers, both in the UAE and overseas, to ensure that we have access to the freshest and highest-quality ingredients. Supporting local farmers and producers is of utmost importance to us as it fosters a sense of community and contributes to the sustainability of the local food industry. By championing responsible sourcing practices, including at our new weekly Sparkling Thursday where we source our oysters from Dibba Bay, we can provide our guests with exceptional culinary experiences while making a positive impact on the environment and the local economy.

    What is your approach to pairing flavours and creating harmonious combinations in a dish?
    When it comes to pairing flavours, I believe in achieving a delicate balance rather than overpowering the palate. My approach revolves around harmonising flavours and textures to create a memorable dining experience. Each ingredient is carefully chosen to complement and enhance the others, resulting in a symphony of tastes that dance on the taste buds. By considering the interplay of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami elements, I strive to create dishes that are well-rounded and pleasing to all senses. It’s about creating a culinary journey where each bite unfolds a new layer of intrigue and delight.
    How do you adapt your cooking techniques to accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences?
    Accommodating dietary restrictions and preferences is a vital aspect of providing an inclusive dining experience. We approach this challenge with both specified techniques and a readiness to offer alternative ingredients. Through meticulous menu planning and the expertise of our culinary team, we ensure that guests with specific dietary restrictions can still indulge in a satisfying meal. By staying updated on the latest dietary trends and alternative ingredients, we can cater to a wide range of preferences without compromising on taste or quality. At The Restaurant, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of vegetarian and vegan dishes, catering to the preferences of all our guests. Additionally, for health-conscious individuals and gym-goers, we provide a nutritious assortment, including a specially designed breakfast with options like our unique Acai machine, allowing guests to craft their own refreshing acai bowls. It’s all about going the extra mile to ensure that every guest leaves our hotel with a smile on their face.

    What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your culinary career, and how did you overcome them?
    In the life of a chef, numerous challenges arise, but two key factors have helped me overcome them: time management and optimism. The culinary industry demands long hours and relentless dedication, particularly during high-production periods. To navigate these challenges, I prioritise effective time management, ensuring that tasks are organised and delegated efficiently. Additionally, I approach each challenge with optimism, seeing it as an opportunity for growth and learning. By maintaining a positive mindset and fostering a resilient spirit within my team, we overcome challenges together and emerge stronger, continually striving for excellence.
    How important is presentation in your dishes, and how do you strike a balance between aesthetics and taste?
    Presentation plays a crucial role in the culinary experience we offer at Address Grand Creek Harbour. In today’s visually driven world, the aesthetic appeal of a dish is essential in capturing attention and generating excitement. However, while presentation is important, taste and quality are paramount. We strike a balance between aesthetics and taste by ensuring that the presentation of a dish enhances and elevates the flavours within. We believe that a visually appealing dish should also deliver an unforgettable gustatory experience. By prioritising taste and quality, while applying creativity to the presentation, we create dishes that are not only visually captivating but also delight the palate.

    How has the food landscape evolved in Dubai?
    The food landscape in Dubai has undergone a remarkable evolution. Over the years, Dubai has transformed into a vibrant culinary destination that stands out among the best. One of the significant developments has been the increasing emphasis on sourcing local produce. Dubai’s agricultural capabilities have grown, enabling us to rely on local farmers and reduce our dependence on imported products. This shift has not only benefited the local economy but also allowed us to showcase the freshness and quality of locally sourced ingredients. Additionally, Dubai has embraced international culinary trends, fostering a diverse and dynamic food scene that caters to the ever-changing preferences of its cosmopolitan clientele.
    What role do you believe technology plays in the future of cooking and the culinary industry in Dubai?
    While technology undoubtedly has its place in the culinary industry, cooking remains a task that is best performed by human hands. Though concepts like robotic chefs may be intriguing, they cannot replace the creativity, intuition, and passion that human chefs bring to the table. Technology can support various aspects of food production and operations, but it should never overshadow the human touch that makes cooking an art form. As we embrace advancements in technology, we must never underestimate the value of high-quality, handcrafted culinary creations that truly nourish the soul.
    Your culinary journey starting from has been expansive with multiple destinations on your resume – What brings you back to Dubai, and what sets it apart?
    Dubai holds a special place in my heart, and there are several reasons why it draws me back time and time again. Dubai is a melting pot of cultures, offering a rich tapestry of culinary influences from around the world. It serves as a hub for innovation and sets high standards in the culinary landscape. The adaptability and openness of the clientele make Dubai an ideal place for chefs to experiment, push boundaries, and introduce new flavours. Moreover, Dubai’s continuous growth and development have led to advancements in sourcing local ingredients, further enhancing the quality and authenticity of our culinary creations. Dubai truly stands out as a place where culinary excellence and innovation thrive.
    Can you discuss the role of sustainability and responsible sourcing in your culinary practices?
    Sustainability and responsible sourcing are integral parts of our culinary practices at Address Grand Creek Harbour. We recognise the importance of fostering a sense of community and being mindful of our environmental impact. In our efforts to promote sustainability, we have implemented practices to limit the use of non-recyclable materials and actively reduce food wastage. We champion responsible sourcing by collaborating with local farmers, fishermen, and suppliers who share our commitment to quality and sustainability. By embracing these practices, we not only contribute to the well-being of the environment but also ensure that our guests can enjoy the finest ingredients sourced with care and integrity.
    How do you stay updated with the latest culinary trends and techniques?
    Staying updated with the latest culinary trends and techniques is crucial to maintain a fresh and innovative approach to cooking. I keep myself informed through various channels such as culinary books, industry publications, and social media platforms. These sources provide valuable insights into emerging trends, new ingredients, and innovative techniques. However, I don’t simply follow trends blindly; I enjoy combining them with my own style and creativity. By infusing personal touches and unique perspectives, I can introduce new, creative trends and methods to my team, allowing us to develop our own culinary identity.
    What advice would you give to aspiring chefs who are just starting their culinary journey?
    To aspiring chefs embarking on their culinary journey, I offer the following advice: never give up and always strive to be the best in this highly competitive industry. It requires hard work, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Cultivate your own culinary identity by developing your own style and honing specific skills that set you apart from others. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and never lose sight of the value that your dedication and hard work bring to your life as a chef. It is during the toughest times that your strength, knowledge, and confidence as a chef are forged, ultimately shaping your culinary journey.

    Can you share an example of a dish or meal that holds a special place in your heart and explain why?
    One dish that holds a special place in my heart is Pain Perdu. It may seem simple, but the combination of flavours and memories it evokes make it truly unforgettable. The aroma of caramelization, the sweetness of natural honey, and the abundance of seasonal berries come together in perfect harmony. Paired with a good cup of black coffee, this dish has become my go-to breakfast. Its simplicity and the essence it carries never fail to set the tone for an amazing day ahead. It serves as a reminder that even the simplest of dishes can have a profound impact and infuse joy into our lives.
    What is your favourite cuisine to work with, and what about it intrigues you?
    International and French cuisine are my favourite cuisines to work with, and they both allow me to express my innovation and flair with incredible dishes. International cuisine allows me to explore a diverse range of flavours, techniques, and ingredients from different cultures. It offers endless opportunities for creativity and experimentation. On the other hand, French cuisine is the epitome of culinary elegance and precision. The meticulous attention to detail, the classic techniques, and the focus on bringing out the best flavours in every ingredient have always intrigued me. French cuisine represents the foundation of culinary excellence and serves as a constant reminder of the importance of mastering the fundamentals.
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    5 one-of-a-kind escapes to book ASAP in the UAE


    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

    One thing you’ll never be short on in the UAE is sophisticated minimal resorts.
    From tropical showers to secluded villas amid the natural desert landscape, there’s a myriad of options to choose from for a unique escape.
    With a host of minimal photo opportunities and luxurious amenities onboard such as a desert spa experience and dining under the stars, guests can unwind at these short-haul escapes without any added travel hassles.
    If you’re looking where to book for your next staycation, look no further, as Emirates Woman has curated the ultimate guide of one-of-a-kind getaways that are perfect for the ‘gram.
    Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort

    You can lose yourself to nature’s beauty as you embark on this wonderful journey in a wildlife sanctuary as you explore this distinct escape from the world inspired by the sights of Africa. Seclude yourself in the utmost privacy in the resort with one-of-a-kind facilities and you also dine in a secluded villa beneath the stars on your terrace.
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    Mysk Al Faya Retreat

    Explore the true beauty of the Mleiha region at this sophisticated gem. Experience Middle Eastern luxury with amenities such as the herbal room, the salt pool, the tropical shower walk and the hands-free spa that makes the desert camping experience in the UAE unique. Away from the city, this desert retreat is the place to be.
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    Hatta Terrace

    Hatta has the perfect solution for you with its newly opened adventurous hotspot known as Hatta Terrace. As travelling to different cities might come with its own set of imposed challenges, heading to Hatta is no tough feat, as this relaxing destination encompasses everything from glamping, lodging in trailers to now also unwinding at this luxe urban venue with its own dedicated camping site, this majestic staycation amidst the mountain tops is the ideal blissful getaway to enjoy with your friends and family, as thisspacious venue comes fully equipped with all the required materials for an enjoyable trip. From a fully equipped kitchen to a dedicated BBQ area with a fully installed TV entertainment system, luxury lodginghas now taken on a new meaning with this contemporary layout.
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    JA The Resort

    Offering activities for those of all ages, this leading luxury family resort is an all-inclusive hotel with lush gardens, an equestrian centre, a golf course, a shooting club and a range of other rejuvenating activities to help you unwind, while being located at this picturesque area in Jebel Ali. JA The Resort is a five-star beach resort comprising of three hotels including JA Beach Hotel, JA Lake View Hotel & JA Palm Tree Court. Renowned for its casual luxury, the resort is set amidst lush, tropical gardens with an expansive area and activities to suit guests of all ages.
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    The Nest by Sonara

    For a more luxe experience, book a glamping at Sonara’s Desert Nesting. Nesting offers a peaceful and innovative sleeping concept designed by award-winning Architect Gianni Ranaulo, for an unforgettable stay.
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    Why you need to visit this multi-sensory wellness sanctuary in Saudi Arabia


    by Sarah Joseph
    16 mins ago

    Spread across the desert valley of Al Ula, this urban sanctuary promises a sustainable getaway for all those who visit.
    This all-villa resort is a one-of-a-kind desert retreat with its natural surroundings and multi-sensory experience. With the stunning rock formations, guests can unwind at these authentic Arabian-inspired villas that showcase expansive views of nature. Located at Wadi Ashar, this property is set in the area known as the world’s largest living museum.
    We discuss the art of balancing history and wellness to perfection with Banyan Tree AlUla’s General Manager Antony Treston.
    Can you define the inspiration behind the design of the resort?
    When it comes to the design of our resort, the main inspiration was the breathtaking surroundings and the rich heritage of the destination. The goal was to seamlessly integrate the resort into its unique setting among the stunning rock formations of the Ashar Valley. Sand-coloured canvas and terracotta for the tented villas were carefully selected, allowing them to blend in with the natural surroundings. The choice of materials was essential in preserving the natural beauty of the area. The design also pays homage to the nomadic culture of the region. The bespoke furniture in our villas expresses a sense of wanderlust and adventure, with patterns inspired by the Nabataean people. This adds a touch of authenticity and cultural significance to then overall design. The overall design embraces the natural beauty of the destination while honouring the heritage and nomadic traditions of the region. This creates a truly immersive and enriching experience for our guests, showing them all that AlUla has to offer.

    This desert retreat is situated in the magical surrounding of AlUla’s Ashar Valley. How canguests embark on a multi-sensory experience?
    The philosophy of the resort embraces three concepts; ‘in-villa, ‘in-valley’ and ‘envoyage’ to immerse guests in the property and magnificent surroundings. From the moment our guests step foot into the valley, they are instantly captivated by the tranquil stillness, the otherworldly rock formations, and the raw power of nature. It’s a profound experience. With ‘In-villa’, we provide guests with bespoke dining, wellbeing and entertainment experiences brought to life by our extremely talented team of Banyan Tree hosts. ‘In-valley’ takes our guests into nature, through exclusive outdoor treatments, nomadic chef’s tables, active adventures, and private events staged in unique settings. Lastly, ‘En-voyage’ takes our guests on a immersive journey, curated in collaboration with local talents, unveiling the many facets of AlUla’s rich heritage.
    The carbon footprint of the resort is reduced to a minimum and the site’s natural habitat ispersevered. Was this the plan from the outset?
    It definitely was. Sustainability and social responsibility are at the heart of the Banyan Tree brand and AlUla creates the perfect home for us, as it is a protected eco-tourism destination. With Banyan Tree, we strive to create a positive impact wherever we are, by acting as committed stewards to the environment, local communities, and regional cultures. We source the majority of our ingredients locally and implemented a zero single use plastic policy throughout the resort. Our villas are also designed to preserve the natural landscape and blend in with our surroundings.
    “When it comes to the design of our resort, the main inspiration was the breathtaking surroundings and the rich heritage of the destination.”
    The culinary journey experienced here is exceptional – can you expand on how you’ve achieved this in such a location?
    For a taste of local culture, Harrat, named after Saudi Arabia’s largest volcanic lava field, offers a range of dishes, from fresh seafood to Middle Eastern mezze and grilled meats, ensuring there’s something to suit every palate. We go above and beyond to create unforgettable dining experiences in the magical world of AlUla. With our destination dining, guests are welcomed to a unique location for the opportunity to dine under the starlit sky in the Ashar Valley. To make the experience even more enchanting, an astronomer will guide our guests in discovering the constellations and their captivating stories with state-of-the-art telescopes. Our guests can enjoy traditional fare and refreshing beverages. It is truly an immersive experience.
    This premium resort prioritises the customer’s wellbeing. What are some of the wellness activities available onboard?
    Wellbeing is a key focus at Banyan Tree AlUla, and we believe that our guests should leave our resort feeling reconnected and inspired. Our wellbeing offerings are designed to provide a holistic and immersive experience that helps our guests connect with nature and themselves. Our expert instructors offer a range of yoga and meditation classes, that are tailored to suit the needs and preferences of our guests. Our classes are held in tranquil outdoor settings allowing guests to connect with the natural beauty of the Ashar Valley while practising mindfulness and relaxation techniques. All the spa treatments are inspired by local traditions and ingredients and are designed to provide a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience. We offer a range of therapies, including massages, body scrubs and wraps, all using natural and organic ingredients. Our outdoor activities such as hiking, stargazing and horseback riding are able to provide guests with an immersive and authentic experience of the AlUla region. These activities allow guests to disconnect from the stress of daily life and reconnect with themselves and nature. Our wellbeing offerings are curated to help our guests connect with the healing properties of nature and the rich cultural heritage of the region, providing a truly transformative experience that goes beyond mere relaxation.

    One of the key attractions is the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. What are the other sites close by?
    Banyan Tree AlUla is located in one of the world’s most breathtaking and historic destinations, and there are so many activities and experiences that guests can enjoy during their stay. AlUla Old Town, a historic and cultural hub that showcases the rich heritage and architecture of the region, is just a short distance from the hotel. Guests can explore the ancient mud-brick buildings and narrow alleys, visit the local souk, and learn about the history and traditions of the local people. Elephant Rock is only 15 minutes away from the resort by car and is one of the more famous destinations in AlUla. As its name suggests, it bears a striking resemblance to an enormous elephant gracefully standing in the desert. This iconic rock formation has been sculpted over centuries by nature and is an emblem of AlUla’s unique beauty. Guests can also stay within the resort for an experience unlike any other, and a welcome sight for those living in big cities. Our guests will be taken to a unique location in the Ashar Valley, while a local Rawi guides them in discovering the constellations and their stories. We provide our guests with state-of-the-art telescopes and stargazing applications, and they can warm by the fire with refreshments.

    Saudi Arabia is growing in popularity as a must-visit destination to visit. What is driving this?
    In recent years, tourism in Saudi Arabia has experienced remarkable growth, fuelled by the country’s efforts to promote tourism as part of its Vision 2030 initiative. With investments in infrastructure, the introduction of electronic visas, and the hosting of international events, Saudi Arabia has attracted visitors from around the world. We are lucky to be situated in one of the most sought-after destinations, with AlUla’s historical sites and its stunning landscapes.
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