Top 10 Things to Do This Week
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January
Tiger Woods is heading our way this week! He’s here to take part in this epic tournament where he’ll be hoping to get his hands on a large slice of the $2.7million prize fund. Of course Tiger will be on his best behaviour, having learned his lessons from all the drama in 2009. He’s now divorced from his wife, Elin. Italian cutie Matteo Manassero is also playing, alongside Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy. Plus, wear a red outfit on Saturday 19 January and you can get in free! Count us and our red outfits in!
INFO: Free (practice days Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 and Pro-Am competition Wednesday 16), Dhs50 per day (Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January), Dhs150 (season ticket), Abu Dhabi Golf Club, 04 408 8388, www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com.
Posh Aussie-born shop Jones the Grocer has launched an elegant High Tea. Go all upmarket with finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and Jones’ triple berry jam, mini pastries, chocolate truffles and a pot of tea for two. You can indulge at the Abu Dhabi or Dubai branch.
INFO: Dhs110 for two, 3pm to 6.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Manara, Dubai, 04 346 6886; 4th Muroor and 15th Street, Al Mamoura, Abu Dhabi, 02 4438 762, www.jonesthegrocer.com.
Paradise Island at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Time is running out to find Nemo at this special exhibit! Plus, you can win a trip to The Maldives. Clown fish, seahorses, long spine porcupine fish, lion fish, and spotted eagle rays are among the creatures you can see in the special tropical tank – it’s enough to put you off fish and chips for life!
INFO: Dhs55, until Tuesday 5 February, The Dubai Mall, 04 448 5200, www.thedubaiaquarium.com.
“I’m going to stop by and see the Paradise Island exhibit at Dubai Aquarium, and I hope I can find Nemo!”
Karin Tanabe, Deputy Editor
Horse Racing at Abu Dhabi
Sunday 20 January
Ease yourself into the week by trotting along to the horse racing at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club. Dubbed ‘the UAEs finest horse race’ the events are held three times a month. Grab a prime seat overlooking the racetrack and sample the fizzy Jacob’s Creek, an all-you-can-eat barbeque, plus live music.
INFO: Dhs110, 6pm to 9pm, Sunday 20 January, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Al Mushrif, 19th & 24th Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 3223, www.adcitygolf.ae.
Talise Spa Madinat Jumeirah
If your poor skin is suffering from festive over-indulgence, treat it to a facial. Talise Spa uses Cell Fusion C products that promise to enhance the skin and increase antioxidant effects. They recommend the 90-minute Customised Nano Facial Advanced Results, which can target specific concerns including dry, ageing, oily and sensitive skin. INFO: Dhs1,099, Madinat Jumeirah Dubai, 04 366 6818, www.jumeirah.com/mjtalise.
Wednesday 23 January
Ladies get three free drinks every Wednesday at Healey’s Bar and Terrace at the Bonnington Hotel. It has a lovely terrace on which to catch up with the girls, plus there’s a DJ.
INFO: 8pm to 11pm, The Bonnington, JLT, Dubai, 04 356 0533, www.bonningtontower.com.
Thursday 17 January
We love a good skewer on the barbie, so Team Ahlan! can’t wait to try this new indulgence at The MED in Media One Hotel. You can order from a variety of colourful, 50cm-long concoctions, which are served with salad and antipasto.
INFO: Dhs149, Dhs249 with house drinks, 7pm to 11pm, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 04 427 1000, www.mediaonehotel.com.
Fancy getting all arty in 2013? Check out The Archive, an art library and creative hub in Jumeirah. With a tranquil café and events such as musical performances and dance classes. Your creative juices will be flowing!
INFO: Free, 8am to 8pm, Gate 5, Safa Park, Dubai, 04 349 4033, www.facebook.com/TheArchiveDubaiCached.
Monday 21 January
Fancy getting into some Latin grooves? Join the Salsa con Timba night every Monday at Plantation at the Sofitel Hotel, where there will be a live Cuban band and salsa DJ. There are also welcome drinks for ladies.
INFO: Dhs50, 9.30pm to 1am, Sofitel Hotel, JBR, Dubai, www.ritmo-de-havana.com.
Trader Vic’s Festival City
If you fancy a post-work drink in Festival City, check out the new Trader Vic’s and its daily Happy Hour.
INFO: 6pm to 8pm, first floor, Dubai Festival City Mall, 04 255 9000, www.rmalhospitality.com.