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The leisure charts

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

Shreeja Ravindranathan
18 Sep 2016 | 10:42 am
  • Social House


Sweet socialising

Sugar-coat desert life into dessert life with Social House’s Down To Dessert menu. Four international treats – Latin hit churros and Nutella dip, Italy’s burrata panna cotta drizzled with fresh berries, France’s vanilla ice cream topped apple tarte Tatin, and creamy pecan flan arrive at the casual Dubai Mall eatery. Both the confections and the communal wooden dining area’s cosmopolitan vibe and Dubai Fountain views will cheer exhausted shoppers. Dh35-Dh39, throughout September. Call 04 339 8640.

Butterfly effect


Do you believe in love that gives you butterflies in your feet? Just look at this winged wonder (like mythical Greek messenger Hermes’ shoes) by designer Sophia Webster. Ever since her signature butterfly-wing motifs fluttered on to the Chiara stilettos, they’ve unleashed a style storm. The competitive dancer-turned-designer makes wearable heels – so this techno tangerine and ultraviolet pair turn cropped trousers and midi dresses into fashionable flights of fancy with a message of comfort. Dh2,150 at Bloomingdale’s.

Such a doll!


When little girls sing Aqua’s Nineties’ hit I’m a Barbie Girl, they will no longer mean fair, blonde, blue-eyed and size zero. The new Barbie Fashionistas collection’s realistic dolls are a giant step forward in normalising tall, curvy and petite body types. Hooray! Fifty-seven years after Barbara Millicent Roger first hit the shelves, she has seven skin tones – African American, Latin, Asian etc.; 24 hair styles such as curly, wavy, redhead, even blue; and trendy, wearable outfits like shorts and flat boots – better late than never! Barbie is finally the girl next door. From Dh69 on, Toy Store and Hamleys.

Fast and furious feasts


Give lunch – the prince of meals – deserving royal attention instead of rushed sandwiches with Armani/Deli, Burj Khalifa’s Pronto Lunch menu offering two courses of tasty Italian dishes for Dh130 and Dh160 for three. From 12-3pm glossy chessboard interiors offer a stylish respite from hectic weekdays, serving elaborate seared tuna tomato bruschetta, black ink baby squid risotto, veal escalope with wild mushrooms etc., all molto rapido so you can exploit measly lunch breaks. Call 04 888 3666 or email – pronto!

Tried and tested: B/Attitude spa


After a long day in the office, a pamper session at Grosvenor House’s B/Attitude spa was the ultimate way to unwind.

As soon as I stepped in, deep wooden walls, burnt orange rugs I could feel the week’s stress evaporating. What completely de-stressed me was the Signature package’s hammam body treatment and the Arabian Jewel body massage that saw aromatic, moisturising oils like argan and figs and dates massaged into my skin as the therapist kneaded away knots and tense muscles. Dh650 for one hour, 45 minutes. Until September 30. Call 04 402 2200/2201.

Reviewed by Verina Durand

Port of call


If you’re looking for a gadget gift to overcome the grief of the anticlimactic iPhone 7, pre-book the Xperia XZ smartphone, available starting October. You won’t be left exclaiming Y. Its 23MP camera’s triple image sensing tech captures blur-free photos, Type-C USB charging port eliminates upside-down cables, it has a 5.2in glass display with sleek loop surface, and a waterproof Alkaleido metal body in gorgeous navy blue, platinum and black. Most importantly, there’s a headphone jack. They’ve nailed the ABC’s of a smartphone. Dh2,299, electronics retailers.

Thread softly


Weaving a textile story of Indian heritage with traditional handwoven saris is Hyderabad-based designer Gaurang Shah’s forte. A Lakmé Fashion Week regular and celebrity-favourite (Vidya Balan and Sonam Kapoor are fans), his exclusive show tomorrow at the Opera Ballroom, Taj Dubai will see 11 top models and a Bollywood celeb (it’s a secret) parade exquisite cotton and silk saris crafted using age-old Jamdani technique and pure zari. The exhibition after is your chance to snap up these dreamy drapes. From 11am-12pm. Call 055 560 9524.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer