24 October 2016Last updated

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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
23 Jun 2016 | 12:00 am
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Slices of joy

What’s better than eating pizzas for iftar? Eating pizzas along with starters and dessert as part of a wallet-friendly three-course meal, is what! Head to Jazz@Pizza Express at The Hub, World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi, where, for just Dh89, you can enjoy a selection of starters such as fungotto (stuffed portobello mushrooms), Parmesan dough balls, a Romana pizza or pasta dish and delicious dessert options such as mango panna cotta, chocolate fudge cake or banoffee pie. Yum! Call 02 444 7752.


All eyes on you

The fluid elegance of kaftans has always been a wardrobe favourite come Ramadan, and this Izzy maxi kaftan has caught our eye with its quirky embroidered eyes and mascara motifs, and Seventies’ batwings. A sartorial symphony in lace trimming, nude organza-and-tulle kaftan from local brand Zayan The Label, we love how it’s girly and graceful all at once! Dh1,770 at S*uce.


Holistic well-being

The plinky music in the reception of YHI Spa at Meliá Dubai was not the only thing that was soothing; from the service to pampering treatments, just about everything was perfectly relaxing and rejuvenating. I was there for a Ramadan Retreat spa treatment and the only stress was choosing the treatment: a Turkish/Moroccan hammam or the spa’s traditional Sultan Moroccan bath; the Mandarin bliss or the Vitamin C detox. They all promised to detoxify the body and rejuvenate my skin while also packing in a luxurious facial.

A lover of tradition, I opted for the Sultan Moroccan bath. After being luxuriously lathered with an olive oil soap, my expert therapist gently but firmly scrubbed nearly every inch of my epidermis to remove dead skin, before dousing me with gallons of water. I’d never felt as squeaky clean as I did at the end of it. But that was just the beginning. Next up was a relaxing rub with a vitamin C-infused moisturiser that left me pleasantly scented, before I was given a relaxing 25-minute facial with a bouquet of organic products. Later, looking into the mirror, I was truly pleased to see my mug clean and glowing, and walking out, I had a spring in my step.

The Ramadan Retreat packages (Dh495) are available until July. For reservations, call 04 386 8111.

Tested by Anand Raj OK


Stereo love

Literally rising up the ranks to become our favourite gadget is Merlin’s Levitating Orbital Speaker. While the powerful 10-hour battery and 360-degree sound provided by the spherical shape ensure your music will play loud and long, we love the cleverly placed electromagnets that make the speaker hover mid-air, taking every party up a notch. It’s also got Bluetooth connectivity and a USB charging port to connect your tablet or smartphone. How cool is that! Dh495, Emax.


Night alive

The Ramadan Night Market demonstrates once again that the fun is on once the sun goes down. Until July 2, Zabeel Hall 5, Dubai World Trade Centre is packed with stalls dedicated to fashion, health and beauty, jewellery and food, each featuring spectacular deals and offers if you’re gift hunting for Eid. For the little ones, there’s a fabulous array of competitions, fun classes such as sand art and a lantern and gaming zone replete with a PlayStation kiosk and 9D virtual cinema. Dh5 per person per day. 8pm-2am. Call 04 388 5191 or email


Stroke of luck

If you’ve ever dreamed of a fun day of splashing about at Wild Wadi Water Park for free, we’re happy to say today (Friday) is the day! Register your kids for the world’s largest swimming lesson taking place there and the first 150 kids and their guardians receive free day passes to the park. Covering basic techniques such as submerging and breathing, floating and strokes, the lessons ensure your water babies will be in the swim of things. From 8am. For details, email or call 04 348 4444.


Me old China

Give your iftars an oriental edge with Royal China’s delectable a là carte Ramadan menu. Bursting to the brim with seafood, vegetarian and meaty fare, you’ll find yourself tucking into classic Chinese dishes such as crystal scallop dumplings, roasted duck Cantonese style, lotus root cakes and more. Add to that the glamorous decor of this DIFC venue and you have all the ingredients for a perfect family dinner. From Dh38. Call 04 354 5543 or visit


Next, please

Change is great when it’s the changing menu at Glow Lounge’s pop-up iftar marquee that we’re discussing. Decorated like a traditional majlis, the chic H Dubai venue’s daily changing buffet features lip-smacking regional delicacies like laban ummo and lamb tagine bil barkouk, with each day dedicated to one Middle-Eastern region. Sundays are all about Emirati eats, Mondays for Moroccan delicacies while Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are dedicated to Turkish, Egyptian and Persian cuisines respectively. Dh170 per person. Call 04 501 8888.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer