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European Tour: Dubai World Championship


Golf fans should take some time out to watch the finale of the European Tour as it unfolds at Jumeirah Golf Estates from December 8 to 11. Players ranking in the tour’s top 60 will play in the $7.5 million Dubai World Championship, after which just the top 15 players will share in The Race to Dubai’s additional $7.5 million prize fund.


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its doors on November 17, in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre. Located in the Boulevard, on the ground level of the hotel, Hakkasan is approached via an impressive slate stone corridor. One of the restaurant’s most attractive


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ICHELIN-STARRED CANTONESE fine dining restaurant Hakkasan opened


the new location in Dubai will prove just as popular and heading the Hakkasan Dubai kitchen is Chef de Cuisine Pang Pin Lee from Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, who boasts more than ten years experience in gourmet Cantonese cuisine and the art of dim sum. Lee has crafted several dishes specifically for


features during the city’s cooler months is its outside terrace, which features wooden pavilions surrounded by a wall of vegetation, creating the feel of a luxuriant, luscious garden. Designed by Gilles and Boisseur, the venue also includes two private dining rooms inside as well as the Ling-Ling lounge with its distinctive black, gold and white styling. Abu Dhabi based property investment company Tasameem owns Hakkasan, which was originally founded in London in 2001, and a restaurant opened in the UAE capital in June last year. CEO Niall Howard is confident


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the UAE market which complement familiar Hakkasan signature dishes such as Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar, steamed dim sum platters and grilled Wagyu beef with king soya sauce. Despite only opening last year, Hakkasan


Abu Dhabi has attracted a loyal following and the likes of Morgan Freeman and Uma Thurman have enjoyed its cuisine, while the restaurant picked up three gongs at the What’s On Awards 2010. Although the Hakkasan brand can be found in a varied number of locations including Miami and Mumbai, plans are in place to open yet another eatery in New York early next year.


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British singer Sade turns back the clock in the UAE capital on Friday, December 16 as she performs songs from her back catalogue spanning the last three decades. Concert-goers can expect to hear some of the pop vocalist’s early hits including ‘No Ordinary Love’, ‘Sweetest Taboo’, ‘It’s a Crime’ and ‘Smooth Operator’.


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Although the Christmas holiday season can get expensive, with presents to buy, The Spa at The Address Dubai Marina is offering a special deal. On booking three treatments, you’ll get 30 per cent off your first spa treatment, 40 per cent off the second and the third will be half price.


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You don’t have to leave Dubai’s business hub to unwind. The Ayyam Gallery at the Dubai International Financial Centre has several exhibitions throughout December, including the large-scale ink paintings on paper and video installation by Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji. His anonymous everyman figure illustrates the artist’s philosophical musings on life and the plight of humanity, in a manner that is both thought provoking and quietly beautiful. The exhibition runs until December 15.


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Christmas Day, Traiteur “Brunch at the Park”


If you happen to be in the business quarter of Dubai on Christmas Day, with a craving for turkey and all the traditional trimmings, then head to Traiteur at the Park Hyatt, Dubai where there will be a spread of seasonal choices alongside free-flowing champagne and live entertainment.


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