Lake Kargha shot by Pia Torelli for Eyes Wide Open – An Afghan Journey. Courtesy: Alliance Francaise Dubai
Lake Kargha shot by Pia Torelli for Eyes Wide Open – An Afghan Journey. Courtesy: Alliance Francaise Dubai

In Eyes Wide Open – An Afghan Journey, the Italian photographer Pia Torelli exhibits images of Kabul she took on a trip in October under the sponsorship of the Fatima bint Mohammed Initiative. From 8.30am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Alliance Française, Oud Metha, Street 18, Dubai, 04 335 8712,

CATCH a performance of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil and enjoy dance, music and theatrics. This show takes place in a fantastical realm that celebrates Jackson’s inspirations with electrifying energy and through fairy tales, magic and the fragile beauty of nature. From today to January 14, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,

LEARN more about your characteristics, personality traits, health and fate from the ancient art and science of face reading. For a limited time, as part of the Visiting Masters series, the face-reading expert Eric Standop will be available for individual consultations starting this week. Dh750 for an 80-minute consultation, Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6818,

ATTEND the Ikea Ladies Coffee Morning, where women can get together for some warm beverages and inspiring ideas from Ikea experts in a relaxed ambience. This month learn about dressing the bed. 10am, Ikea, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 493 5888

BOOK now to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Mexican-themed The Party Tonite. DJ Aakrisht from Mumbai will play Indi Pop, Bangra Pop, hip-hop, Bollywood and disco all night long. The dress code is black jacket formal and a separate kids’ area will include free baby sitting. December 31, from 9.30pm, from Dh550 per person inclusive of a lavish buffet with live stations, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 337 3724,

South Africa's T20 squad

Duminy (c), Behardien, Dala, De Villiers, Hendricks, Jonker, Klaasen (wkt), Miller, Morris, Paterson, Phangiso, Phehlukwayo, Shamsi, Smuts.

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

The specs

Engine: 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8

Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 582bhp

Torque: 730Nm

Price: Dh649,000

On sale: now 

Grand slam winners since July 2003

Who has won major titles since Wimbledon 2003 when Roger Federer won his first grand slam

Roger Federer 19 (8 Wimbledon, 5 Australian Open, 5 US Open, 1 French Open)

Rafael Nadal 16 (10 French Open, 3 US Open, 2 Wimbledon, 1 Australian Open)

Novak Djokovic 12 (6 Australian Open, 3 Wimbledon, 2 US Open, 1 French Open)

Andy Murray 3 (2 Wimbledon, 1 US Open)

Stan Wawrinka 3 (1 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 1 US Open)

Andy Roddick 1 (1 US Open)

Gaston Gaudio 1 (1 French Open)

Marat Safin 1 (1 Australian Open)

Juan Martin del Potro 1 (1 US Open)

Marin Cilic 1 (1 US Open)

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Director: Kangana Ranaut, Krish Jagarlamudi

Producer: Zee Studios, Kamal Jain

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, Danny Denzongpa, Atul Kulkarni

Rating: 2.5/5


Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

If you go

The flights

The closest international airport for those travelling from the UAE is Denver, Colorado. British Airways ( flies from the UAE via London from Dh3,700 return, including taxes. From there, transfers can be arranged to the ranch or it’s a seven-hour drive. Alternatively, take an internal flight to the counties of Cody, Casper, or Billings

The stay

Red Reflet offers a series of packages, with prices varying depending on season. All meals and activities are included, with prices starting from US$2,218 (Dh7,150) per person for a minimum stay of three nights, including taxes. For more information, visit


The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside


Company: Vault
Started: June 2023
Co-founders: Bilal Abou-Diab and Sami Abdul Hadi
Based: Abu Dhabi
Licensed by: Abu Dhabi Global Market
Industry: Investment and wealth advisory
Funding: $1 million
Investors: Outliers VC and angel investors
Number of employees: 14

Company profile

Name: Khodar
Based: Cairo and Alexandria, in Egypt
Founders: Ayman Hamza, Yasser Eidrous and Amr El Sheikh
Sector: agriculture technology
Funding: $500,000
Investors: Saudi Arabia’s Revival Lab and others
Employees: 35