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

Shreeja Ravindranathan
10 Nov 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai


Bollywood Parks opens

Bollywood Parks Dubai opens its doors on November 15 allowing guests to live out their favourite Bollywood films such as Lagaan, Sholay, Rock On!, Krrish and more. The park’s five zones include rides such as Don The Chase – a 3D tunnel ride; lavish sets replicated in a themed restaurant such as Mughal-E-Azam; and the energy of song and dance routines in live acts. The Broadway-style Bollywood musical Jaan-E-Jigar opens in December. A ticket costs Dh285 and an annual pass Dh755. 800 2629464,

Taste of Abu Dhabi is here


Abu Dhabi is the capital of gastronomy this weekend with Taste of Abu Dhabi’s third edition at Zayed Sports City. The festival features plenty of fine food from restaurants such as Barfly By Buddha Bar, Sho Cho and Royal Orchid, Velocity, while live tutorials and Q&A sessions will feature celebrity chefs such as Sanjeev Kapoor, Jenny Morris, Ed Baines, Tarek Ibrahim and Ghaf Kitchen’s Joshua Stanzl. Scottish-Canadian band The Boxtones and Dubai-based quartet The Maplejacks perform throughout the weekend. Until tomorrow, tickets from Dh65.

Usha Uthup belts ’em out


Award-winning playback singers Mohit Chauhan and Papon and indie-pop hitmaker Usha Uthup (famous for her song Darling from the film Saath Khoon Maaf) are taking to the stage at the Dubai World Trade Centre today. Expect a repertoire of ballads and energetic songs from Bollywood films at Zabeel Hall 3. Get your tickets from Dh65 from We are told the show runs ‘from 7.30 to 11.59pm’.

Bond’s in town


After touring the world, the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition lands in Dubai on November 14 at The Annex Burj Khalifa. Curated by London’s Barbican Centre, the exhibition showcases props and fashion featured in the iconic films – think Scaramanga’s Golden Gun from The Man with the Golden Gun, Daniel Craig’s wardrobe from Casino Royale, and the Spectre Aston Martin DB10. Tickets from Dh125 at Staying in? OSN is showing all 24 James Bond movies for the next seven weeks on — where else? — channel 007.

Register for Sole DXB


Visit the sixth edition of Sole DXB — Dubai’s home-grown street culture festival — at D3 Dubai Design District on November 18 and 19. There’s urban music and fashion with live performances by Skepta, Little Simz, and BJ The Chicago Kid, plus pop-up stores from Puma and streetwear brand R.A.P London; a basketball tournament and screenings of films on street movements and art. Visit to register for free entry.

Garden glow opens with new adds


Dubai Garden Glow – the Zabeel Park’s theme park – reopens for its second innings, with 100 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Bigger, better and wilder, the display of dinosaurs from three eras backed by facts and figures on their life cycles, and causes of extinction, will recreate prehistoric epochs for visitors. Make sure to check out the glow-in-the-dark park’s neon light installations. Entry fee Dh60 per person, until end of April, 2017.

Les Misérables comes to Dubai


Les Misérables, the West End’s longest-running musical, made its Dubai debut with a Broadway cast at the Dubai Opera last night, running until December 2. Based on the historical French novel by Victor Hugo, the popular production explores the themes of justice, redemption and family through the lives of Jean Valjean, Fantine and Cosette. Look forward to renditions of all the award-winning songs such as I Dreamed a Dream, Do You Hear the People Sing? and Bring Him Home. Tickets from Dh275 at Matinee performances from 2.30pm-5.20pm (except Saturdays) and evening performances from 8pm-10.50pm (except Saturdays).

Are you ready for spartan race?


Register now to test your grit in Mleiha, Sharjah, on November 18. Participants climb walls, and crawl through mud and barbed wire against the backdrop of the Palaeolithic site. There are courses for beginners, athletes, kids and adults alike. Race starts at 9.30am, spectators are welcome at the festival area with music, obstacle challenges, food and giveaways. Dh20, children under 12 enter free.

4 of the best…

Thai Loy Krathong set menus

Loy Krathong – the Thai festival of Lights held on the full moon day in the Thai lunar calendar’s twelfth month – falls on November 14 this year. Although celebrations have been toned down due to the death of the Thais’ beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, there are a few restaurants in the UAE serving special menus in honour of the occasion…

Sukhothai, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre


Sukhothai is keeping tradition alive all through November with a special four-course set menu of authentic Thai dishes served daily from 7pm-11.45pm. Dh259 per person. Call 04 702 2455.

Thiptara, The Palace Downtown Dubai


This glamorous waterfront restaurant’s Loy Krathong week-long celebrations inject some culture into its special three-course meal with a dose of live Thai entertainment. Take a seat at one of the al fresco tables to enjoy spectacular Dubai Fountain views while you feast. Dh320 per person including a Thai mocktail. From November 13-19, 6pm-11.30pm. Email or call 04 888 3444.

Sontaya, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi


For those in the capital, Chef Surachit’s four-course dinner of traditional Thai dishes is a great option to kick back with friends and family in the restaurant’s beachfront floating pavilions. The celebrations will take place from November 17-18, 6.30-10.30pm. Dh250 per person. Call 02 498 8443/ 8762 or email

Pai Thai, Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai


Loy Krathong will be a 10-day event at Madinat Jumeirah’s Pai Thai restaurant, featuring a set menu. Tuck into Gaeng Panang Goong (red prawn curry), Nuea Phad Phed, sweet sticky rice with mango and more as you watch vibrant traditional dance performances unfold on a floating abra in the Madinat lagoon. Dh280 per person. Call 04 432 3232 or email

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan