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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
21 Apr 2016 | 12:00 am
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Heroes in Zero

Zero Gravity’s shaded beach with its daybeds and loungers has always been our favourite spot to watch Dubai’s glittering skyline while sunbathing. On Wednesdays, it’ll be our new favourite to watch open-air movies with the free Sunlounge Cinema nights. Showing cult hits like The Italian Job and World War Z on a 5.6m HD screen, there’s popcorn for every movie-goer to munch on, at zero fees! Until May 25 from 8pm, first-come, first-serve basis. Call 04 399 0009 or visit


Digital closet

Fashionistas of Abu Dhabi, you can finally make like Cher (Alicia Silverstone’s character in the film Clueless) and use a virtual wardrobe at The Galleria’s Virtual Style Pod starting May 4. The futuristic boudoir’s 3D body-mapping technology lets you digitally try on outfits by selecting clothes and accessories on-screen from a variety of in-mall brands like Diesel and Fendi, and then see yourself wearing those items. All without changing in real life even once. Literally, the best virtual news! On level 1. Call 02 6166 999 or visit


Gem of a month

Diamonds are timeless, we know, but April is when they shine brightest as the month’s birthstone. And Liali’s dazzling Diamond Festival adds the sparkle of affordability to the rocks. Until April 30, enjoy precious perks, easy instalment plans and free jewellery cleaning and polishing when you splurge Dh2,000 and more on diamond jewellery. You can also exchange old or unworn trinkets for trendy pieces in a variety of styles – think solitaire rings, chandelier earrings and elaborate necklaces.


Top theatrics

Watch Indian theatre’s crème de la crème during the Prithvi Theatre Festival (April 27-May 1) at Ductac, Mall of The Emirates. Organised by the legendary theatre company, there will be productions in English and Hindi with thespians like Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie starring Shernaz Patel is on April 30. Tickets from Dh100 at Visit


Spice eats

Move over spice markets – modern spice bistro Farzi Café has opened at City Walk Phase 2, Dubai, and we don’t want to leave the star-studded, golden walls of this Delhi restaurant. Urdu for illusion, this clever concept by celebrity chef Jiggs Kalra and restaurateur son Zorawar breaks all illusions about taste and texture of world cuisines through molecular gastronomy. Avant-garde plating of classic Indian and Arabic dishes like lamb boti tacos, duck samosa, green apple mohamarra hummus etc. will turn heads and taste buds! Call 04 394 2556 or email


Tasty tunes

Let two classic Italian institutions stimulate your senses at Yas Island today: iconic restaurant chain Cipriani matches legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli’s (his Cinema World Tour starts today) angelic voice note for note with its four-course The Legend menu. After mellifluous arias and ballads at du Arena melt hearts, end the evening pitch perfectly at Yas Marina with melt-in-your-mouth risotto, Angus oyster beef and airy vanilla meringue. Strikes all the right chords! From 6pm, Dh370 per person. Call 02 657 5400 or email


Cutting-edge vision

Apart from seeing clearly – like the famous Johnny Nash song says – here’s another reason to celebrate bright, sunshiny days: rocking these slick Edge glasses (Dh2,590) from Italian fashion house Marni’s eyewear collection. The incomplete acetate frames in summery peach add an edgy vibe and shape the face with accented angles. The cool green lenses, while trendy, can be replaced with prescription lenses too so you can see all the obstacles in your way! Available at


Forever and always

While we’re yet to find beasts that transform into princes, the rose in a bell jar from Beauty and the Beast exists in real life, thanks to floral company Forever Rose. Specially harvested from Ecuador’s mineral-rich volcanic soils that make petals thicker and larger, every bouquet and single-stemmed bloom from this London brand (that has royal and celebrity fans), lasts for three years in open air sans sunlight or water, making them an elegant gift for your eco-conscious soulmate for Earth Day today. But enclosed – like this crimson rose from the Bella collection – they remain forever. Like diamonds and true love. From Dh500, in 18 colours including chocolate, green and blue. Visit or call 800 367 3837.


Thai fi brunch

Fuse some Far Eastern fun into your Friday at Busaba Eathai. The popular Thai restaurant franchise that turned the UK coconuts now has an outpost at The Beach that serves brunch. Spilling out from the cheerful orange-flecked wooden interiors to an outdoor terrace with sea views, chow down on sticky tamarind wings, asparagus fried rice and Thai calamari. The signature pad thai, flavourful curries and lemongrass sorbet from the land of smiles will leave you grinning from ear to ear. From 12pm-6pm, Dh150 per person. Call 04 428 1421.


Magic in the sunlight

This summer your kids will eagerly stay outdoors (whatever the temperature) to chase the sun for rainbows. Just make sure they’re wearing French kids’ wear Okaidi’s snazzy Magic Tee –its photochromatic black-and-white prints burst into colour under sunlight! Featuring six nature and animal-inspired designs (butterflies, tigers, etc.) each for boys and girls, this capsule collection of airy pastel-coloured cotton T-shirts matches everything and makes kids merry while the sun shines! From Dh65 at all Okaidi stores.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer