Top 10 Things to Do This Week
Iftar at Ewaan, The Palace – The Old Town
For a real five-star Arabian experience, head to The Palace – The Old Town (our fave smelling hotel in Dubai!) for a lavish iftar or suhoor. An eclectic selection will be served in the elegant Ewaan restaurant, every evening throughout the Holy Month.
INFO: Iftar, Dhs195 per person, 7pm to 9pm; suhoor, à la carte minimum spend of Dhs150, 10pm to 2am; Ewaan, The Palace – The Old Town, 04 428 7806, www.theaddress.com.
Wild Wadi Ladies’ Night
Thursday 2 August
Throughout Ramadan, Wild Wadi is continuing its popular weekly ladies’ night, so you can splash around and get full use of the rides without a man in sight! Perfect for something different to do with the girls on a hot summer evening.
INFO: Dhs205 for adults, Dhs165 for children; 8pm to 1am, Thursdays; Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, 04 348 4444, www.jumeirah.com.
Ramadan Tent at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
One of theses evenings, try out one of Abu Dhabi’s top Ramadan tent experiences at the striking new hotel, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. For iftar, expect a traditional experience with delish Arabian cuisine. Stay on for an à la carte suhoor menu served with shisha and tea.
INFO: Iftar, Dhs125 per person, 7pm to 3.30am; Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, 02 813 7777, www.sofitel.com.
Shop at The Women’s Bazaar
1 to 4 August
Ladies, get ready for some serious shopping at this four-day fashion event showcasing products from local businesses. It’ll be a one-stop destination for clothes, home furnishings and, of course, shoes!
INFO: Free entry, 8pm to 12am, 1 to 4 August 2012; Dubai Ladies Club, Dubai; 04 349 9922, www.dubailadiesclub.com.
Spagain of the Week
Pamper yourself with a soothing and nourishing Pumpkin Body Glow Scrub and a Warming Body Masque at Bellacure Nails in Abu Dhabi. The 60-minute treatment comes at an unbelievable price all month!
INFO: Dhs300 throughout August, 20 per cent discount for Ahlan! readers, Bellacure Nails, Muroor Road at 15th St Golden Tower A, Abu Dhabi, 02 658 4100, www.bellacurenails.com.
Catch a Sunset
If you’re looking for a hang out spot with a view, head to Koubba. The classy Arabian-themed lounge is kitted out with comfy sofas, authentic lanterns and everything you need for a chilled night, including nibbles and shisha.
INFO: 7pm to 2am, Koubba, Madinat Jumeirah; 04 366 6730, www.jumeirah.com.
The Art of Ramadan
Calling all art collectors! The Radisson Blu Hotel on Yas Island is hosting an art exhibition for Ramadan showcasing local and international artists such as Desiree Rader, Abdul Gafoor and B’lu. Artists will exhibit their work and donate ten per cent of their sales to the Hamad Centre for Special Needs for each piece sold. Now that’s nice!
INFO: 20 July to 20 August, Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; 02 656 2000, www.radissonblu.com.
Ice Skating at The Dubai Mall
Were you the queen of the ice skating rink as a child? Now’s the time to show off your skills and cool off at the same time at The Dubai Mall Ice Rink. If you’re worried about embarrassing yourself in front of your mates, head down around midday when the rink will be quietest! This is also perfect if you’re stuck on babysitting duty.
INFO: Dhs55 for a public session per person; 12pm to 1am, Sunday to Wednesday; 11am to 1am, Thursday to Saturday; The Dubai Mall, 04 448 5111, www.dubaiicerink.com.
Iftar at Boulvar
For an iftar with a twist, head to Boulvar. The restaurant is serving cuisine from around the world, including Egyptian-style grilled chicken, Indian curry and a range of Arabian faves such as hot and cold mezze, fatayer and lentil soup. Even the desserts are international, with a range of sweets from chocolate mousse to Arabian umm Ali. Yum!
INFO: Dhs115, 7pm to 8.30pm; Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek; 04 222 7171, www.radissonblu.com.
Watch Isle of MTV Malta Special on MTV Middle East
Saturday 4 August
We give you permission to be a coach potato on Saturday and watch the Isle of MTV Malta Special on MTV Middle East (previously MTV Arabia). The show comes live from the Maltese town of Floriana and captures the huge free music event that’ll see performances from headliners including Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, will.i.am and Eva Simons.
Ahlan! chatted to the talented Nelly ahead of her performance
Do you have any special routines before performing?
I usually put some perfume on and have a breath mint. It’s a date with my fans, so I need to smell good! I also get together with my band and we give each other our ‘secret exploding pound hand shake’! Right before I go on stage, I loosen my body up by sticking my belly out, making strange faces and getting all negative thoughts out of my head, because once you get to the stage, you’re on!
Flo Rida is also on the line-up. We hear you’re buddies?
Flo Rida and I actually have a collaboration together, it’s called Jump. It’s from his last album and I perform it in my show every night. People love it!
Are you planning to go on stage together?
I don’t want to give anything away. Maybe you’ll see us together on stage, maybe not. Flo Rida’s going to get the crowd going for sure. He has so many awesome songs. I love his newest one Wild Ones with Sia. It’s just so infectious! I’m gonna be bouncing right there with the crowd when he’s on.
Another headliner is will.i.am. We’re super excited to see him perform too!
Jeez, will.i.am is so talented. He’s such a mega producer and artist, he’s got a crazy stage presence as well. He’s just so hyped on stage, and he moves so much. He’s a great dancer!
Are you looking forward to the show? We know we are!
I’m excited! I just want to go and rock out and have some fun. I’m hoping to get a tan, too!
INFO: 1.30am UAE time, MTV Middle East, Saturday 4 August, www.isleofmtv.com.