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

By Shreeja Ravindranthan
17 Mar 2016 | 12:00 am
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Zoom into the zoo

Constructing visually arresting animal kingdoms is a Disney formula that never seems to fail. Following its tradition of affable animal protagonists is Zootropolis with rookie bunny officer Judy Hopps. The premise is simple – author and philosopher Sir Thomas More’s idealistic, imaginary utopia is an animated reality in the city of Zootropolis – a multi-environment, egalitarian metropolis where preys and predators coexist peacefully and anyone with ambition succeeds. When Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives at Zootropolis she finds herself solving, with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a missing mammals case threatening to revert the tamed zoo community into a jungle. An engaging story for all ages. Now in cinemas across the UAE.


New Year, new cuisine

Here’s a delicious reason to dine out on Mother’s Day: the Nowruz (Parsi New Year) buffet dinner at Kebab Bistro. Serving authentic Parsi dishes like patra ni macchi, mutton sali boti, and lagan nu custard (traditional Parsi wedding custard), the Karama joint is your gateway to exploring the traditions and flavours of the small but vibrant Parsi community, made famous by Mumbai’s Irani Cafés here in Dubai. Dh69 per person. Call 04 3271211 or visit


Figurine it out

With Emirati Mother’s Day on March 21, you can still celebrate the most important woman in your life. Thank mum for sculpting you into a fine person with these fine china figurines from Lladró, the renowned Spanish porcelain brand. The collection of mother-and-child porcelain figures suspended in activities such as bedtime, reading together etc. perfectly capture the precious moments of the relationship. This one will find a place on her mantelpiece – and heart – forever. From Dh1,335 at The Dubai Mall.


Meat and sweets

Feast on chocolate and meat treats too at Ruth’s Chris Steak House this Easter. The three-course Easter set menu is hopping with delicacies such as saffron-infused veal osso buco ravioli for starters, a choice of succulent lamb rack with mint sauce, melt-in-your-mouth fillet Oscar-style or pan-roasted salmon for mains, and the crowning glory – bread pudding elevated with creamy white chocolate. Yum! Dh450 per person, from March 24-27, Address Marina, call 04 454 9538.


Maternal ornaments

If your mum is more of a gem of a person, Jewel Corner’s Mother’s Day collection of pendants fashioned from pearls, diamonds and gold is for perfect her. Of the eight designs our hearts melt for this intricate piece resembling a mother cradling her baby. The cherry on top? It costs an affordable Dh669 and comes with an elegant three-tier jewellery chest to store her trinkets in – the chest is available with purchase of any item from the collection, starting from Dh549 at


Bunny brunch

There’s no time like Easter to crack up with puns and themed-food. We’ve hunted down the latter at Raffles’ Easter brunch on March 25. Springtime and Easter-inspired, the indoor buffet at Azur serves up treats like cucumber shooters with elderflower and mint and smoked duck breast. Step out into The Gardens rooftop terrace, and ice-cream trucks, popcorn carts, bouncy castles, face painting, egg hunts and myriad activities await so the entire family can soak up the last of Dubai’s mild sunshine. From Dh235, 1-4.30pm. Call 04 324 8888 or email



Sweeter than honey

The whole town’s abuzz about Hive, the new concept brunch at the Warehouse Lounge, and we agree it’s the bee’s knees. A luxe blend of two restaurants and live entertainment, on Fridays this trendy space at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre is a honeycomb of beelicious whole chicken, risottos and sushi from live cooking stations and a BBQ corner. Sun yourselves in the lush gardens, enjoy terrace views or unwind indoors catching up with friends who’re busy as bees all week. From 1pm-4pm. Dh259 per person. Call 04 702 2455.


The great egg hunt

Forget putting all your eggs in a basket this Easter if you’re headed to the Dubai 92 Easter Eggstravaganza – you’ll be scavenging for a record-breaking 50,000 eggs! On March 28 from 8am the Aquaventure Waterpark will turn eggy as participants crack across a trail of River Rapids and tidal waves to win prizes such as annual Aquaventure Waterpark passes, Dolphin and Sea Lion Interactions, or sweet treats. Full-day access egg-hunt passes from Dh305 per adult and Dh360 per child at


Back to the Bab

Stepping into spring with a seven-star worthy clean new look is Bab Al Yam, the pool deck restaurant at Burj Al Arab. The striking reboot features a spacious terrace, lavish lounges and a cavernous central brick kitchen oven. The new menu is equally arresting – Mediterranean cuisine tinged with Middle Eastern flavours. Graze on buttered tiger prawns, Taggiasca olives and samphire and datterino tomato bruschetta with anchovies while gazing at sumptuous views of the Arabian Gulf through floor-to-ceiling windows. Call 04 301 7600 or email


Hunt with the Birds

This Easter get your square-eyed little bunnies off the virtual world and outdoors for a round of Angry Birds in real-time at AOC French Brasserie. The chic Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach eatery recreates a play area inspired by the video game, along with an Easter egg hunt. A buffet spread of spring roast lamb, live cooking stations, and giant eclairs will keep the rest of the family merry. March 25, 1-4pm, from Dh230 per person. Call 04 448 4733.


TLC mondays

If you’re in pursuit of happiness, Jiva Spa at the Taj Dubai is where your chase ends. The serene and tranquil haven’s Happy Hours offer will cheer you up with 20 per cent discount on signature Ayurveda treatments from 9am-noon, Monday to Thursday. Improve circulation and get that blood pumping with the exfoliating Jivaniya treatment, or pick the relaxing Trupti massage. You know where we are if we aren’t at our desks Monday morning! Call 04 438 3171 or email


Barbie girl

Little girls who love playing dress-up with their Barbies can now doll up with Babyshop’s Barbie collection. There’s plenty of pink and sparkly sequins, but the collection weaves girly motifs into wearable pieces like handy leather jackets and these floral jeggings that are blooming right for spring (Dh46). Plus, visiting Dubai for just one day on 
March 29 is human Barbie at the Barbie Event, Fashion Atrium, The Dubai Mall.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer