Dane in the desert: Say hi to our new weekly columnist, Dane Bowers!
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What you can expect from me every week...
Hello! I’m really excited about writing to you all each week. The fact that it’s in Ahlan! (my favourite mag) makes it even better!
I’m still a relative newbie when it comes to Dubai; I have been here for around five months now, but I’m still amazed at how many of my expat friends haven’t experienced the brilliant, fun and interesting activities that this great region has to offer. I’m going to give you a little insight into what I think makes the UAE such a great place to live or visit. I’m also going to be introducing you to some amazing restaurants and bars that I, as a new UAE dweller, have discovered and will truthfully tell you whether or not they’re worth a visit.
I love a good club night and will do my best to get around to them here. I’m so excited for some of the acts I’ve heard are coming...
We all know Dubai is a great place for the girls with ladies’ nights and deals pretty much every day and night of the week, but what about us lads? My mission is to try and find great deals for us men to enjoy, too.
I also want to find and introduce you to some cool grooming locations. Be sure to check back each week as I recommend some of my favourite things to do and things to try. Till next week...
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Lounge, Le Royal Meridien, Beach Resort & Spa
Maya is different to your usual Mexican restaurant. Set at the rear of the picturesque Le Royal Méridien Hotel and Spa, to get to this venue you’ll need to take a short drive in a resort buggy, which helps get you in the mood for a special evening.
The menu is sophisticated, with a broad offering catering to most palates. I started off a queso fundido – melted Mexican cheese, sautéed mushrooms and pico de galo. For the main I couldn’t help ordering a traditional fajita. The choice of an Omaha ribeye or filet mignon make fajitas here a little bit more special! Like your seafood? Try the mariscada – prawns, scallops, calamari and octopus on cilantro rice with a coconut achiote sauce. I’m really glad I found this place. INFO: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, 04 316 5550, maya-dubai.com
This week I'm loving...
Its Charcoal series has anti-bacterial properties AND exfoliates. Winner.
I couldn’t start this column without writing about a place that’s already close to my heart. I host my own ladies’ night here and I love it. You’ll find me DJing until 3am every Tuesday night. I play a mix of old-school RnB, house, and dance classics. The party really is a lively one! Depending on my mood, I might even throw in some UK Garage or Dolly Parton. Come see me and say hi!
INFO: Ladies’ night, Tue, weekly, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 04 450 7766, atelierm.ae