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

By Shreeja Ravindranthan
9 Jun 2016 | 12:00 am
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Shower with love

Pamper your papa with a gift that keeps on giving (during every shower) – Lush’s Superdad gift set. Tucked away in the funky box are Brazilian orange oil-infused Modfather bubble bar and the lingering sandalwood scent of Superdad bath bomb, which, when dropped into a warm tub of water, will froth and foam into colourful bubbles that’ll have even alpha males reconnect with their inner child. Manly tears of joy will be shed. Dh100, Lush stores.


Mighty pens

If your dad is not just your hero, but also your superhero who raised you on comics about truth, justice and saving the day, then these zany pens from the Montegrappa DC Comics Heroes & Villains range will make for a super gift for him. In vivid acid green for Green Lantern, jet black for Batman and bright blue for Superman, featuring each hero’s signature look, they’re available in fountain, rollerball and ballpoint versions. From Dh1,380 at


Macho meals

What brunches are to Mother’s Day, stodgy roast dinners are to Father’s Day, and that’s exactly what The Sportsman’s Arms in Abu Dhabi has planned for June 19. The sporty restaurant will have live screenings of Euro 2016, a plush gentleman’s club ambience and a menu filled with juicy beef strip loin, lamb and turkey. From Dh95 per plate. Call 02 403 4235 or email


Oh, organic!

Bask in the good health offered by this basket full of goodies from Greenheart. The organic farm’s Ramadan Gift Hamper (Dh280) packs a delicious punch of GM and chemical-free snacks such as Medjool dates, spinach crunchies, beetroot chips and sun-dried berries, ensuring the day’s main meal – iftar – is a deluge of nutrients that stabilise blood sugar and leave you energised. Wrapped up festively featuring choice brands, it’s a gift gourmands will relish. We (green) heart! Visit


Cruise control

The dads we know love to dream up far-flung nautical expeditions with their kids. If your dad is the same, give him a chance to steer a real vessel with the Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy’s sailing lessons. The hour-long sessions on open water cover the basics on a sail around the marina and Yas Island channel under the supervision of a real-life skipper. There’s a 20 per cent discount during Ramadan. From Dh150 per hour. Email


Better late…

Treat your dad to a lavish Italian iftar at Per Te this Ramadan. The Italian eatery is keeping late hours until 11pm, so leisurely devour the set three-course menu of fruits and welcome rose milk drink, creamy burrata, fried calamari with pesto mayonnaise, epicurean truffle mushroom risotto or lamb chops with balsamic shallots for mains. Sensational desserts like the half-frozen semifreddo will leave you feeling full until suhoor. Dh150 per person. Call 04 344 6455 (Jumeirah) or 04 440 3051 (Business Bay).


Dream dinners

For sophisticated fathers who enjoy life’s finer things, Mint Leaf of London’s three-course Father’s Day set menu is perfect for a dinner date celebrating the man in your life. The glitzy Indian restaurant will serve a sumptuous selection of gosht ke gole, beetroot pudina tikki and murgh tikka lazeez, set against glittering Downtown views. Dh189 per person, June 19. Call 04 706 0900 or email


Mr Scent-sational

Most of our childhood memories are laced with the scent of dad’s signature cologne or aftershave – instant triggers for nostalgia. This Father’s Day, gift dad a fragrance to remember you by – Mr Burberry Eau de Toilette. Inspired by the Brit brand’s classic black heritage trench coat, the bottle, replete with a gabardine knot, contains a melange of zesty grapefruit, vetiver and a smokey base of guaiac wood. Très dashing. Dh300 for 50ml, Areej stores.


Look sharp

Well-groomed is well done at the Royal Cut Salon, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa. The urbane barbershop’s Gents Grooming and Relaxing package spruces up dads burnt out from late-night nappy changes or gruelling school runs in an 
hour. The traditional Royal shave and haircut tame messy manes and whiskers, while the complimentary and refreshing Lime Scalp treatment’s lime and oil massage banishes stress. Dh250. Book between 9am and 1pm for a 30 per cent discount. Call 04 316 5303 or email


Focus on fathers

Gone are the days of bonding on fishing trips with daddy dearest. Fathers of selfie-generation kids can capture snap-happy moments when you sign up together for Picture People’s photography workshop from June 19-23. The family studio’s in-house photographers will teach the basics of camera positioning, settings, props and lighting, and using software like Photoshop. Ideal for kids aged 14 and over. From 10am-1pm, Dh595 per class per day and Dh2,475 for five days. Call 04 343 4413 or visit

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer