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

By Shreeja Ravindranthan
2 Jun 2016 | 12:00 am
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Arabian nights

Take a taste trip around the world under 88 lanterns with the far-reaching iftar buffet at Al Bahou, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai. Relive the legendary Moroccan explorer’s global journey with mouthfuls of spicy curries from India, creamy Italian pastas, oriental delicacies and traditional staples such as lamb ouzi and mixed grills. Along with rich umm ali and melt-in-your-mouth mohalabia, the live Qanun player’s soothing strumming creates the perfect Arabian mystique. Dh170 per person, from sunset until 9pm. Call 04 444 5613 or email


Beauty and the box

This month, look as good on the outside as you feel within with Cure Salon’s Ramadan Gift Boxes. Packed to the rafters with must-have cosmetics, a manicure and pedicure voucher as well as complimentary mehndi design, it will cover every woman’s beauty needs until Eid. The embellished boxes are gorgeous keepsakes too. Dh150 at Dubai Media City and Green Community salons through June. Visit


Cool it at Iridium Spa

While the mercury is rising, what better way to cool down and unwind than by having an ultimate luxury treatment? The Iridium Spa at St Regis Dubai is offering several treatments during the summer months with fab discounts, but the one we recommend is Retreat from the Heat.

To start with, you are welcomed by your very own spa butler, who is there to offer whatever you may desire during your visit.

This 60-minute spa ritual begins with a cold mist rain shower that starts the cooling down process - very welcoming after you step in from the sizzling 40-degree heat. The treatment continues with some cold compressions to the feet followed by a full body massage that is pure relaxation.

The therapist then uses refreshing essential oils to revive your skin, and rounds off the treatment with a cold compression that’s applied to pressure points across the face and scalp.

Once you are out and settled in the relaxation area, the spa butler magically appears by your side with a refreshing cup of iced lemon tea. Cooling down has never been easier!

Dh390 for 60minutes. For bookings, email or call 04 435 5500.

Tested by Verina Durand


Road trip

Clocking out early during Ramadan leaves you with extra hours to explore with the family the UAE’s far-flung parts like Sir Bani Yas Island off Abu Dhabi. Do it luxuriously with Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts’ Ramadan Day Escape and enjoy scenic boat transfers from Jebel Dhanna jetty, a safari to sight oryx, cheetahs and other exotic species, and a four-course iftar at 
Al Shams, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Dh300 per person, 2-10pm from June 6- July 5. Call 02 801 5218 or email


The Thai way

With its beautiful views of Madinat Jumeirah’s waterways – reminiscent of Bangkok’s canals – Pai Thai’s a là carte Ramadan menu adds some far-east flavour to iftars. Gorge on favourites such as yam phed oob (smoked duck salad with onions), kha noom pang na goong (crispy shrimp bread), and spicy taley phad cha (stir-fried mixed seafood) and end the evening on a golden note as you sip the 24-carat-gold-flake-infused Elixa lemonade. Call 04 432 3232 or email


Amber alert

Ring in Ramadan in style, literally, with this gorgeous ring from Escada. Part of the Ramadan collection, its geometric lines resemble traditional fanoos lanterns that symbolise hope and dispel darkness. We love how the gold-plated band’s baguette-cut amber adds an unmistakble sparkle of style to our iftar dos. Dh719, Paris Gallery.


Easy gifts

As the iftar invites come rolling, your shopping list for gifts rolls out of hand. Bateel’s here to save the month with its gourmet Ramadan Gift Boxes. Layer various decorative boxes – Merchman oak squares (from Dh80), cushioned Merchman silver ovals (Dh140) or the artistic Oriental Emerald boxes (from Dh631) – with stuffed dates (think pistachios, oranges, hazelnuts, etc.). There’s one for every budget. Available at all Bateel stores.


Nocturnal fitness

Staying toned this Ramadan despite the scrummy biryanis and decadent iftar desserts just got easier with Physique 57’s late night barre classes. Say night-night to empty stomach workouts at the gym with the fitness company’s conveniently timed 9pm, 9.30pm and 10pm classes at both the Citywalk and Al Thanya Mall studios. That means you have enough time for a light meal before letting it rip with the celebrity-favourite regimen of stretches, ballet-inspired cardio and strength training. For more information, go to

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer