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The leisure charts

A round-up of the hottest products, places and experiences you can’t miss this week

By Shreeja Ravindranthan
14 Jan 2016 | 12:00 am

    Rule the roast

    The roost of roasts on your dinner table don’t end with the festive season. Make your way to Mistral at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate for a Friday Roast buffet that revives joys of chatty family dinners around hearty roasts, with all the trimmings – Yorkshire pudding, shallot gravy, glazed veggies, roast potatoes… it’s all there! Succulent lamb racks and juicy rib eyes dot live carving stations, accompanied by a dessert counter piled high with Victorian cakes, Banoffee pies and sticky toffee pudding. Tuck in! From Dh199 per person, 6.30-11.30pm. Call 04 444 5613.



    Super Troupers, set aside the Mamma Mia! DVD and head to Wafi’s rooftop gardens on February 11 and 12 to watch Abba live – well, almost. British tribute act Abba Revival will have you swinging as they recreate the 70s Swedish pop sensation’s music – sing along to Dancing Queen and Honey Honey between mouthfuls of Scottish smoked salmon, roasted chicken, cheesecake and more from a picnic basket included in the ticket of Dh225 per person. Call 04 324 4100.


    Beauty twofer

    Now that you’re clued in on all of 2016’s beauty trends wondering where to stock up on cosmetics? Rush to Lifestyle’s Beauty Festival, taking place at its stores until January 31. The Buy-2-Get-1-Free offer on make-up and spa brands such as Rimmel, Grace Cole, Deborah Milano and Marc Anthony will meet all your beauty needs from head to toe. See you at the checkout line!


    Science scenes

    Feted for his theory of relativity and his IQ of 160, we know everything about Albert Einstein the scientist – but what about the individual? Watch Indian thespian Naseeruddin Shah unravel the physicist’s personality in the play Einstein. This Motley Group production of Canadian playwright Gabriel Emanuel’s drama has been praised for its mix of chuckles and introspection and debuts internationally at Abu Dhabi theatre (January 28) and Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (January 29 and 30). Tickets from Dh150, Call 04 341 4777.


    Discount dreams

    You’ll want to add closets to your DSF shopping list to make space for the footwear loot you’ll be bringing home from Steve Madden. Offering discounts of up to 60 per cent, gorgeous wedges, gladiators and sneakers are yours to have, even if you’re on a shoe-string new year budget. Our favourite? These snakeskin-patterned peep-toes that were Dh499 and are now Dh370 – don’t mind if we channel our inner Carrie Bradshaw. Until January 31.


    Frozen fun

    Admit it, after innumerable viewings of Disney film Frozen (for the kids, obviously), you’ve memorised the lyrics to Let it Go. We have too, which is why the news that Disney In Concert: Frozen arrives at the du Forum, Abu Dhabi starting February 12, is music to our ears! Watch the animated musical that captivated a generation on colossal screens, and sing along – but this time not to a pre-recorded soundtrack but a live rendition of the Oscar-winning score on stage by the UAE National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets from Dh150. Visit for details on dates and show timings.



    Letting a breath of fresh air into your home is so much more exciting than cracking windows open, with Molton Brown’s Aroma Reeds Home Fragrance Collection. We love how the British cosmetic brand’s five luscious scents, which have dressed our wardrobe so far, now uplift the atmosphere of our hearths’. Plus, they also feed our wanderlust. Ylang-Ylang and Gingerlily transform living rooms into Madagascar and Tahitian shores while Mulberry and Thyme imbues spaces with the elegance of Les Cévennes. Dh365 at Molton Brown stores.


    Lunchtime love

    Takeaway team lunches in meeting rooms will become things of the past once you’ve had Inka’s business lunch. High-up on the Sofitel Downtown’s 31st floor, you’ll be racing up the corporate ladder when clients or the boss tuck into aji amarillo ceviche (sea bass and octopus), beetroot causa, and mushroom quinotto (quinoa risotto) in the sophisticated Peruvian eatery. An extra Dh35 gets you Peruvian mess (meringue and strawberries) or passion fruit suspiro. Dh130 per person. Call 04 346 9295.


    Caffeine conundrum

    Literary geeks, here’s the latest from the Emirates Literature Festival’s (March 1-12) contests! Can you use clever arguments to shape popular opinion like Shakespeare’s Marc Antony did? Then the Costa Debate is for you. The topic, thankfully, is light-hearted – Coffee or Tea? In 300 words justify what’s your cuppa to win a 4-day trip to the Costa Roastery in London. Visit


    Fishy highway to Hong Kong

    Can you believe it’s been 23 years since the Far-Eastern style Seafood Market has been treating us with delicacies like Australian lobster in chilli sauce and melt-in-your-mouth hammour fillets? Hotfoot it down to the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre eatery – every Dh200 spent until January 22 enters you into a draw to win a trip for two to Hong Kong! Swing by the anniversary bash on January 23 for live entertainment, a 23 per cent discount and to find out if you’ve won. Call 04 702 2455.


    Jump into Japan

    Sashimi and sushi are just tips of the appetising iceberg that is Japanese cooking. Say koni’chiwa to clean, crisp oriental flavours of robatayaki and teppanyaki styles of cooking at Friday brunch at Armani/Hashi, Burj Khalifa. Try soya lamb chops, black cod with umi cream and more in the dusky minimalist interiors overlooking the Dubai fountain, before wasabi macaroons and green tea sorbet teppanyaki divulge the savoury secrets of dessert. From Dh390 per person, 12-4pm. Call 04 888 3444, email


    Lunar stretches

    Like coyotes we too are howling with delight at the prospect of a full moon on January 24 – we’ll be finding our inner peace at Al Barari’s Full Moon yoga session. The picturesque gardens will set the scene as Canadian yogi influencer Abbey Bates runs you through asanas and postures to increase well-being and positive energy, followed by meditation and tea served at on-site restaurant The Farm. Dh100, 7– 8pm. Visit


    Smoothie player

    Flu shots be gone – this winter we’ve discovered a blast of vitamins, proteins, iron and fibre with the new Smoothie Bombs. These delicious breakfast balls, available in chocolatey Raw Cacao and Super Greenie, are an explosion of superfoods such as chia seeds, almonds and coconut. Gobble as is, or crumble with fruits and milk, and raw-r with energy at winter morning blues! Dh69 at Detox Delight shops. Visit


    Rose-tinted dresses

    It’s only January, but Spaniard Adriana Iglesias has sprung spring upon us with this ethereal Maddalena dress. The prêt-à-porter designer’s floral S/S16 collection is blooming with jackets, trousers and more plastered with big bold roses in blushing shades of pink. This romantic off-shoulder number in luxe silk with feminine frills has us seeing red for Valentine’s Day. Dh7,583,


    Dubai deal

    It was already our favourite shopping venue, but this DSF The Dubai Mall is also our favourite indoor entertainment haven thanks to the Fab5 Pass. And here’s why: you can visit five of the mall’s most popular attractions at discounted rates until February 1 – the Dubai Ice Rink, KidZania, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Sega Republic and Reel Cinemas. In true DSF spirit, the Dh250 pass grabs you savings of around 45 per cent. Hurry and buy yours at or call 800 38224 6255.

    By Shreeja Ravindranthan

    By Shreeja Ravindranthan

    Acting Junior Writer