Food, fun, events and studios, these are our favourite things in the UAE right now…

Filling my summer with staycations at… Movenpick Al Marjan

I think I’ve shared my recipe for surviving the UAE summer before: staycations, staycations and more staycations. This weekend, I made a beeline for Movenpick Al Marjan Island, a newly opened resort in Ras Al Khaimah, and was blown away by the facilities on offer. Movenpick are a brand well known for their focus on food, and this property is no different with an impressive offering that includes an every-taste-catered breakfast buffet, top quality steaks at boons and the tastiest prawn tostadas I’ve had in ages at Beach House. Add to that chalets with private pools, an inflatable water park and a gorgeous outpost of Dubai beach bar Ula, and you’ve got yourself one of the UAE’s best new resorts for some laidback fun. We’re going to be announcing something very exciting for our readers at this resort soon, so stay tuned.  – Alice Holtham, Group Editor 

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Getting my locks fixed with… Rumour Hair Extensions

Lamiese, the founder of Rumour Hair Extensions, has been fitting my extensions for more than five years, and has always been my go-to for adding some thickness to my own locks that have felt the effects of the UAE water for almost seven years now. She’s got an instant eye for a colour match, and released her own brand Rumour that caters to every colour imaginable. You can buy hair direct from her and get it fitted elsewhere, or book in with Lamiese for both a colour match and fitting, where she’ll be able to give you all the best recommendations for aftercare to ensure you can get up to twelve months use out of your extensions.  – Alice Holtham, Group Editor 

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Feeling zen at… Nikki Beach Spa

 

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There’s something so special about Nikki Beach. Whether it’s the beach club or the hotel, I just feel at home. So, it was a real treat to have a day at the Nikki Spa last weekend. There’s a deal right now at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, where guests can get a spa treatment, two course lunch and pool access for Dhs575 per person. Despite the terribly dusty and humid conditions, I had an incredible massage and a tasty, nutrition-packed lunch. I’ll just have to save the pool day for another time. – Elise Kerr, Deputy Editor

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Upgrading my loungewear with… L’Couture

 

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Now that I’m nearing the big Three-Oh, spending time at home can honestly be considered a treat. Taking time to chill out and get comfortable is so important and when life gets busy it’s tricky to remember to make time for myself. Lucking L’Couture made it very easy this week, by sending me a gorgeous set from their new SoCal Sorbet collection. Made with a beautifully soft terry towelling material, I had no issues unwinding on the sofa this time around. – Elise Kerr, Deputy Editor

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Getting nerdily excited for… House of Dragons

It’s been three years since Game of Thrones concluded and because we were teased with possible prequels and spin-offs, even before season eight had shakily (although in my opinion perfectly adequately) signed off — I have spent three years waiting impatiently ‘holding the door’, like a loyal dire wolf pining on the welcome mat, waiting for the return of its master. But it’s almost here — House of the Dragon, a BTS on the lives and times of everyone’s favourite arson enthusiasts, the spicy Targs, hits our screens simultaneously with the US this Monday, Aug 22. And compounded by the fact the early reviews have been dizzyingly enthusiastic, I could not be more excited. – Miles Buckeridge, Senior Online Reporter

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Channelling my inner Wentworth Miller at… Prison Island

Alice and I finally got to try out Abu Dhabi Mall adventuretainment hub, Prison Island this week. Calling it an escape room would be unfair, if anything, it’s a series of 26 escape rooms — each posing an individual cerebral, physical or skill-requiring challenge. There was laughter, there were tears (of laughter) and we both amazed and dispapointed ourselves in equal measures, but we’ll definitely be heading back because like the famous Fox TV show, Prison Break, has taught us — this breaking out of jail is addictive stuff. – Miles Buckeridge, Senior Online Reporter

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Looking forward to shopping for swimwear at… TKD

 

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Learning to swim is on my bucket list (I know, I know, I’m getting to it…) but before book that instructor, I need to find my attire. Being a little self-conscious, I am opting for a one piece swimsuit and I’ve seen plenty of great ones (as modeled by my lovely friend and radio host, Helen Farmer) from TKD Lingerie. The swimwear options available are both numerous and colourful, so I know I’ll find one that suits my personality. – Aarti Saundalkar

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Excited to try the chicken burger from… Wingstop

 

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I am a huge fan of boneless chicken wings. So, when Wingstop, one of my favourite restaurants in town announced they were launching a chicken burger, I knew I had to try it. The Big Flavor Burger features a crispy chicken fillet served in one of Wingstop’s 10 delicious chicken wing flavours. I’m thinking of starting out with wither the Garlic Parmesan or the Louisiana Rub. Slurp… – Aarti Saundalkar

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Getting my Lebanese fix with… Al Safadi

I’ve been craving good Arabic food for ages, so last weekend saw me at popular Middle Eastern joint Al Safadi. Our table was overflowing with a smorgasbord of dishes, including classics like shish tawouk, kafta kebabs, sambousik and halloumi. We also topped it off with kunafah and ghazel banet for dessert. Suffice it to say we brought the house down with how much we ate. – Saniya Udeshi, Editorial Intern

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Swinging away at… Top Golf

It’s definitely way too hot to be outdoors right now, so we chose to meander down to the mini golf area at this famous golfing hub. Nine holes and numerous arguments later, we crowned a winner and called it a day. Top golf offers a range of activities, and each one is worth a visit, so make sure to make your reservations soon. – Saniya Udeshi, Editorial Intern

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