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

Finally dining alfresco at… CE LA VI

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I have a bit of a circuit when we have visitors in town, and eternally at the top of my visitor bucket list is CE LA VI. This modern Asian rooftop restaurant is an eternal visitor-pleaser thanks to its amazing views from the 54th floor, master mixology, and innovative dishes straight from the mind of brilliant executive chef, Howard Ko. Now the weather has finally cooled down enough, we snagged a Burj-facing seat on the outdoor terrace and admired the views of Downtown while tucking into crispy calamari, burrata salad and the truffle beef short rib croquettes.  – Alice Holtham, Group Editor

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Making my home smell like Christmas thanks to… Wallace & Co

Not content with just hanging decorations and switching my usual Alexa playlist to exclusively Christmas tunes, I’m going all out to make my house feel like Christmas. Which includes trading vanilla home fragrance for a new festive scent from homegrown fine home fragrance brand, Wallace and Co. Their limited edition festive collection is scented Winter Whimsy, with spicy notes of Clove and fruity mandarin and amber essences that instantly smell like Christmas. There’s a candle, room spray and incense, or a candle and room spray gift box if you’re looking to treat someone.

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Getting in the festive spirit at… WinterFest

I’m really not one for celebrating Christmas too early, but with our December issue out next week, I’ve been thrust into the world of turkey dinners and glitzy parties before we’ve even finished November. My favourite annual What’s On tradition though, is our festive team photoshoot in Marks and Spencer pyjamas. We popped down to WinterFest by McGettigan’s at Media City Amphitheatre which is like walking onto the set of a Christmas movie. Complete with fake snow and cosy slippers, we got the shot and had a great time doing so. – Elise Kerr, Deputy Editor

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Having a smooth travel experience thanks to… DWC Airport

 

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When you’re planning a trip, a smooth travel experience makes all the difference. This week I took a shuttle flight to Doha from DWC Airport and must give a shout out to them for a seamless journey. Firstly, the airport has free parking, meaning I could drive myself there and back without a huge expense, and once inside the check-in process was super quick. Currently the airport is mostly used for these shuttle flights, running like clockwork between Dubai and Doha, so for anyone thinking about spending a day over there for the World Cup, don’t hesitate to go for it. – Elise Kerr, Deputy Editor

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Cheering on a certain sports team at… The McGettigan’s Fan Zone

It’s coming home. Again, I have to state, I am fully aware that it probably isn’t coming home, but I’m physically incapable of talking about football at the moment without the homecoming prefix. I went to the massive, Media City Amphitheatre McGettigan’s Fan Zone this week, and it truly is a thing to behold. A jumbo cinema-sized screen, electric atmosphere, great spectating snack options (including Pickl and Freedom Pizza), multiple VIP hospitality packages, and yes it does operate on one of those infuriating token-buying systems. But pretty much all the big fan zones do. If you’re looking for that stadium atmosphere, there are few places I’ve seen that have done a better job of replicating a family friendly version of the terrace ambiance. – Miles Buckeridge, Senior Online Reporter

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Unravelling the mysteries of… Monument Valley

I’m not a big mobile gamer, mainly because nobody — and especially not you PUBG fans — is ever going to be able to convince me that phones make for functional control pads. Plus they’re very expensive tools to tantrum quit with. One very rare exception is that every now and again I download a puzzle game, which I then proceed to binge play until I’ve completed it mate. Monument Valley is my latest gaming crush, it’s short, eccentrically Escherian, cerebrally challenging and just poetically beautiful to look at.– Miles Buckeridge, Senior Online Reporter

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Having a grand time watching the World Cup match at… Jumeirah Emirates Tower Arena

Football fever is in the air and I am looking forward to joining the crowds to catch the matches at the very many fanzones across Dubai. One I’ve ticked off my list is Jumeirah Emirates Tower Arena located on the ground floor of the Plaza Terrace with picture-perfect views of the stunning Museum of the Future. Book your next game here for a refined football experience paired with delicious bites available and drinks. – Aarti Saundalkar, Online Reporter

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Enjoying the curated premium cocktails from… Qure

Qure is a newly launched freshly curated premium brand offering freshly crafted cocktails and alcohol-free mixers in Dubai. There are five flavours currently being offered but my personal favorites are basil smash, espresso martini and sangria punch. The bottles come in two sizes: 500ml for Dhs50 and 1 liter for Dhs95. You can even head to the website to find out how you can turn your mocktail into a cocktail. They’re perfect for a gathering or if you want to enjoy a night in.– Aarti Saundalkar, Online Reporter

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Watching a Christmas movie in the snow cinema at… Ski Dubai

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‘Tis the ski-son. And what better way to discover Costa Coffee’s new festive menu than while watching a Christmas classic on the big screen at Ski Dubai? We wrapped up under a blanket to watch Home Alone with popcorn and a warm mug of Costa’s new Kitkat hot chocolate and gingerbread latte. We also got to try some of their festive treats including gingerbread muffins, mince pies, festive macaroons, hazelnut yule log, and roast turkey, brie, and cranberry sandwiches. Such a magical way to enter the most wonderful time of the year! – Tamara Wright, Online Reporter

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Finding the perfect gift this season with…Spinneys’ festive beauty box

 

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If you’re looking for perfect gift, we may have just found it. When I opened Spinneys’ festive beauty box earlier this week, it almost brought (happy) tears! Filled with must-have beauty products and essential stocking-filler smellies including a Philips Sonicare toothbrush, L’Oréal face serums, hair products, Gua Sha, and more. The limited-edition festive beauty box is on sale now for just Dhs250 (and the contents are worth over Dhs900). Everything is perfectly displayed in a chic box and pretty ribbon. They make gift-giving easy!– Tamara Wright, Online Reporter

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Fulfilling my dream at… The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to head down to the capital and marvel at incredible machinery sprint down the track at ridiculously high speeds as the final race of the F1 season landed at Yas Marina. I have always been an F1 fan and being able to go to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to witness the drivers first-hand on the track was truly incredible. Not to mention the delicious food at pop-ups from some of my Dubai faves, Carna and Ce La Vi.– Shelby Gee, Junior Reporter  

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Refilling my skincare with the Black Friday Sales at… Clarins 

One thing to know about me is I do love a sale and a bargain, but I do not love how hectic the malls can get when there are these kinds of amazing sales. So, this Black Friday, I’m doing all my bargain hunting online. My eternal favourite skincare must-haves are the Lotus Face Treatment Oil and the RE-Move Purifying Cleansing Gel, which I managed to snag in the Clarins online sale. I also added an eyeliner pencil and a mascara to try. – Shelby Gee, Junior Reporter  

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Diving into the World Cup at… Barasti

The World Cup has long been one of my favourite sporting events. It evokes such an intense feeling of childhood nostalgia from when I would support the Netherlands in their more glorious days, sitting in Rotterdam alongside my parents in a sea of patriotic orange. This year it was a bit different, as I headed down to Barasti for their famed fanzone to watch the kick off of Iran vs England and later the Netherlands vs Senegal. With sand between my toes and a cold drink in my hand, I was reminded of my love for the World Cup and how it can bring people from all around the world together, through our shared love for the game. I am excited to see what the rest of the tournament has in store for us, considering how the perceived underdogs are deifying all of our expectations. – Romy Hunt, Junior Reporter

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Indulging in a plant-based thanksgiving with.. CMP Bar & Grill

 

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Thanksgiving dinner is something I have never experienced; but this week I was lucky enough to try CMP’s delicious takeaway festive dinner. Having been a vegan and now a vegetarian, I have seen how quickly plant-based foods have become more accessible and definitely so much more delicious. CMP is pioneering the way with their vegetarian Wellington, which uses Impossible Meat as their meat substitute. This Wellington blew team What’s On away, and even the most avid meat eaters on our team were seriously impressed. Its interior was so meaty with the exterior pastry being perfectly crispy. Alongside there was a plethora of other goodies including cheddar biscuits, mashed potatoes, crispy brussels sprouts, gorgeous garlic butter, gravy and cranberry sauce. Yum. – Romy Hunt, Junior Reporter

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