The Ripe Food & Craft Market. Courtesy of Ripe Food & Craft Market
The Ripe Food & Craft Market. Courtesy of Ripe Food & Craft Market

Abu Dhabi Foodie News: Cantonese street food, limited-time burgers at Jones, and more

• Get over to Jones the Grocer for a taste of their limited-time only burger menu. Included on the menu are a salmon and wasabi slaw burger, chermoula and chicken burger, pulled beef burger and an ultimate veggie burger with a kidney bean and porcini mushroom patty. Available at all JTG outlets until March 22.

• The much-anticipated Cantonese restaurant Dai Pai Dong opens at Rosewood Abu Dhabi today. Along with an array of popular street food, the restaurant will offer its signature dish: roast duck cooked in a traditional clay pot. Head chef He Jia, who is from Nanjing City, has previously worked at Toshi in Dubai and Emirates Palace.

• The Ripe Food & Craft Market is launching its flagship location in Abu Dhabi at Mushrif Central Park on March 21. Every Saturday, local farmers, businesses and artists will set up their stalls in the park to showcase fresh produce and unique wares. The park is scheduled to open on March 20 after a two-year, Dh179 million refurbishment.

• Catalan, the Spanish restaurant at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi has launched a special new tasting menu with a focus on seafood. Michelin-starred head chef Francisco Sanabria will serve up unique dishes such as Txangurro Imperial crab (spider crab), percebes (gooseneck barnacles) and red prawns. The tasting menu will be available until March 28 for Dh445 per person. 02 813 5552

• The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s Nation Riviera Beach Club now offers a weekend barbecue that includes a barbecue lunch, two complimentary beverages and full day access to the beach club, which features beach activities, water sports and a supervised children’s club. The barbecue lunch is available every Friday and Saturday for Dh300+ per person. Children between ages six and 12 are Dh150 and those under six are free. 02 694 4553

• Check out Iris Yas Island’s new Family Saturdays, which features a new kids’ menu and a breakfast menu from noon onward every Saturday. It’s the perfect outdoor venue for parents to relax while kids play on the nearby Yas Marina playground. 055 160 5636


Uefa Champions League, semi-final result:

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

Liverpool win 4-3 on aggregate

Champions Legaue final: June 1, Madrid

UAE rugby in numbers

5 - Year sponsorship deal between Hesco and Jebel Ali Dragons

700 - Dubai Hurricanes had more than 700 playing members last season between their mini and youth, men's and women's teams

Dh600,000 - Dubai Exiles' budget for pitch and court hire next season, for their rugby, netball and cricket teams

Dh1.8m - Dubai Hurricanes' overall budget for next season

Dh2.8m - Dubai Exiles’ overall budget for next season


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If you go…

Emirates launched a new daily service to Mexico City this week, flying via Barcelona from Dh3,995.

Emirati citizens are among 67 nationalities who do not require a visa to Mexico. Entry is granted on arrival for stays of up to 180 days. 

Day 5, Dubai Test: At a glance

Moment of the day Given the problems Sri Lanka have had in recent times, it was apt the winning catch was taken by Dinesh Chandimal. He is one of seven different captains Sri Lanka have had in just the past two years. He leads in understated fashion, but by example. His century in the first innings of this series set the shock win in motion.

Stat of the day This was the ninth Test Pakistan have lost in their past 11 matches, a run that started when they lost the final match of their three-Test series against West Indies in Sharjah last year. They have not drawn a match in almost two years and 19 matches, since they were held by England at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

The verdict Mickey Arthur basically acknowledged he had erred by basing Pakistan’s gameplan around three seam bowlers and asking for pitches with plenty of grass in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Why would Pakistan want to change the method that has treated them so well on these grounds in the past 10 years? It is unlikely Misbah-ul-Haq would have made the same mistake.

The bio

Who inspires you?

I am in awe of the remarkable women in the Arab region, both big and small, pushing boundaries and becoming role models for generations. Emily Nasrallah was a writer, journalist, teacher and women’s rights activist

How do you relax?

Yoga relaxes me and helps me relieve tension, especially now when we’re practically chained to laptops and desks. I enjoy learning more about music and the history of famous music bands and genres.

What is favourite book?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - I think I've read it more than 7 times

What is your favourite Arabic film?

Hala2 Lawen (Translation: Where Do We Go Now?) by Nadine Labaki

What is favourite English film?

Mamma Mia

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Profile of Tamatem

Date started: March 2013

Founder: Hussam Hammo

Based: Amman, Jordan

Employees: 55

Funding: $6m

Funders: Wamda Capital, Modern Electronics (part of Al Falaisah Group) and North Base Media

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Engine: Long-range dual motor with 400V battery
Power: 360kW / 483bhp
Torque: 840Nm
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
Max touring range: 628km
0-100km/h: 4.7sec
Top speed: 210kph
Price: From Dh360,000
On sale: September

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