Visitors to last year’s inaugural Taste of Abu Dhabi  food festival at du Arena on Yas Island. Pawan Singh / The National
Visitors to last year’s inaugural Taste of Abu Dhabi food festival at du Arena on Yas Island. Pawan Singh / The National

Taste of Abu Dhabi: what’s new and how to get your ticket



The festival is at du Arena. It runs on Thursday, November 5 from 4pm to 11pm; Friday, November 6 from noon to 11pm; and Saturday, November 7 from noon to 10pm. Tickets start at Dh65 on Friday and Saturday (Dh80 at the door) and Dh120 on Thursday.

On Thursday night, your ticket includes a one-night-only performance by the late Bob Marley’s reggae band The Wailers. VIP tickets are available each night of the festival for Dh170 (Dh190 at the door).

Standard tickets get you into the festival and access to all cookery shows and demonstrations. On Thursday night, those tickets include two drinks.

VIP tickets get you fast-track entry; access to the VIP enclosure; two drink vouchers, three food vouchers and access to all cookery shows and demonstrations.

New this year: Premier Family Lounge tickets. For Dh130 (Dh150 at the door), you'll get fast-track entry; family lounge access; two soft beverage vouchers; three food vouchers; and complimentary Arabian teas, coffee and dates.

All tickets gets you an entry into the Ultimate Dining Experience raffle. The winner will receive a Dh500 voucher for each of the 25 restaurants featured at the festival.

Practise your skills with celebrity chefs

The OSN-Food Network Chef’s Theatre will host live cookery demonstrations from chefs Steven Edwards; Joshua Stanzl; Eric Lanlard; Reza Mahammad; Jenny Morris; Suzanne Husseini; Valentine Warner; Jose Pizzaro; winner of MasterChef India Nikita Gandhi; and Food Network favourite Siba Mtongana.

Or get your hands dirty and cook alongside the chefs in the cookery school. Participants will get slots on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full schedule of the Chef's Theatre and the cookery school, visit www.tasteabudhabi.com.

Eat ... and then eat some more

Twenty-five of Abu Dhabi’s best restaurants will serve signature bites throughout the festival. Where else will you be able to dine in 25 of the capital’s best restaurants in one night? Restaurants on tap include Villa Toscana, Avasa, Koi, Caramel, Safina, Nolu’s Cafe, Flooka, Prego’s and many more (See box for four eateries we are excited about). Served in small portions, plates range from Dh15 to Dh40 each.

Can’t eat anymore? Browse the market

There will be 30 tabletop vendors displaying their goods for sale at the festival. Brands in attendance include Coral Mermaid Tails; Oriental Leather Arts; Fahima Fattah Art; Lynda Marion Jewellery; Dee’s Boutique; Ta’ansami and more. In addition to the tabletops, the festival will feature more than 65 exhibitors. On the list: Love Doughnuts; Just Kunafa; Molten Me, Galito’s Flame-Grilled Chicken; Gelato Divino; Sushi Central; The Raw Place and many more.

Music, entertainment, fun and games

The Wailers will perform live on Thursday night at 9:30pm. The Maplejacks, 4TheMusic and Leading Lights Productions will perform throughout the festival and DJ Superfly will keep the music flowing between the live acts. Kids will have plenty to do in the Funky Monkeys Kids Zone with 15 activities, six carnival games and a big bouncy slide.

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Director: Lee Sang-yong
Stars: Ma Dong-seok, Sukku Son, Choi Gwi-hwa
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Director: Rajesh A Krishnan

Starring: Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kriti Sanon

Rating: 3.5/5

Dubai World Cup Carnival Thursday race card

6.30pm: Dubai Millennium Stakes Group Three US$200,000 (Turf) 2,000m
7.05pm: Handicap $135,000 (T) 1,600m​​​​​​​
7.40pm: UAE Oaks Group Three $250,000 (Dirt) 1,900m​​​​​​​
8.15pm: Zabeel Mile Group Two $250,000 (T) 1,600m​​​​​​​
8.50pm: Meydan Sprint Group Two $250,000 (T) 1,000m​​​​​​​
9.25pm: Handicap $135,000 (D) 1,400m
10pm: Handicap $135,000 (T) 1,600m

5 of the most-popular Airbnb locations in Dubai

Bobby Grudziecki, chief operating officer of Frank Porter, identifies the five most popular areas in Dubai for those looking to make the most out of their properties and the rates owners can secure:

• Dubai Marina

The Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence are popular locations, says Mr Grudziecki, due to their closeness to the beach, restaurants and hotels.

Frank Porter’s average Airbnb rent:
One bedroom: Dh482 to Dh739 
Two bedroom: Dh627 to Dh960 
Three bedroom: Dh721 to Dh1,104

• Downtown

Within walking distance of the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the famous fountains, this location combines business and leisure.  “Sure it’s for tourists,” says Mr Grudziecki. “Though Downtown [still caters to business people] because it’s close to Dubai International Financial Centre."

Frank Porter’s average Airbnb rent:
One bedroom: Dh497 to Dh772
Two bedroom: Dh646 to Dh1,003
Three bedroom: Dh743 to Dh1,154

• City Walk

The rising star of the Dubai property market, this area is lined with pristine sidewalks, boutiques and cafes and close to the new entertainment venue Coca Cola Arena.  “Downtown and Marina are pretty much the same prices,” Mr Grudziecki says, “but City Walk is higher.”

Frank Porter’s average Airbnb rent:
One bedroom: Dh524 to Dh809 
Two bedroom: Dh682 to Dh1,052 
Three bedroom: Dh784 to Dh1,210 

• Jumeirah Lake Towers

Dubai Marina’s little brother JLT resides on the other side of Sheikh Zayed road but is still close enough to beachside outlets and attractions. The big selling point for Airbnb renters, however, is that “it’s cheaper than Dubai Marina”, Mr Grudziecki says.

Frank Porter’s average Airbnb rent:
One bedroom: Dh422 to Dh629 
Two bedroom: Dh549 to Dh818 
Three bedroom: Dh631 to Dh941

• Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah's proximity to luxury resorts is attractive, especially for big families, says Mr Grudziecki, as Airbnb renters can secure competitive rates on one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations.

Frank Porter’s average Airbnb rent:
One bedroom: Dh503 to Dh770 
Two bedroom: Dh654 to Dh1,002 
Three bedroom: Dh752 to Dh1,152 

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

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

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

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  • Third Test: The Oval, London, July 27-31, 2pm
  • Fourth Test: Old Trafford, Manchester, August 4-8
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Sept 16: Pakistan v Qualifier (Dubai)

Sept 17: Sri Lanka v Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)

Sept 18: India v Qualifier (Dubai)

Sept 19: India v Pakistan (Dubai)

Sept 20: Bangladesh v Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi) Super Four

Sept 21: Group A Winner v Group B Runner-up (Dubai) 

Sept 21: Group B Winner v Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)

Sept 23: Group A Winner v Group A Runner-up (Dubai)

Sept 23: Group B Winner v Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)

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Rating: 2/5

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Checking: the obsession or thoughts focus on some harm coming from things not being as they should, which usually centre around the theme of safety. For example, the obsession is “the building will burn down”, therefore the compulsion is checking that the oven is switched off.

Contamination: the obsession is focused on the presence of germs, dirt or harmful bacteria and how this will impact the person and/or their loved ones. For example, the obsession is “the floor is dirty; me and my family will get sick and die”, the compulsion is repetitive cleaning.

Orderliness: the obsession is a fear of sitting with uncomfortable feelings, or to prevent harm coming to oneself or others. Objectively there appears to be no logical link between the obsession and compulsion. For example,” I won’t feel right if the jars aren’t lined up” or “harm will come to my family if I don’t line up all the jars”, so the compulsion is therefore lining up the jars.

Intrusive thoughts: the intrusive thought is usually highly distressing and repetitive. Common examples may include thoughts of perpetrating violence towards others, harming others, or questions over one’s character or deeds, usually in conflict with the person’s true values. An example would be: “I think I might hurt my family”, which in turn leads to the compulsion of avoiding social gatherings.

Hoarding: the intrusive thought is the overvaluing of objects or possessions, while the compulsion is stashing or hoarding these items and refusing to let them go. For example, “this newspaper may come in useful one day”, therefore, the compulsion is hoarding newspapers instead of discarding them the next day.

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Wins by KO: 26
Losses: 4

What is graphene?

Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged like honeycomb.

It was discovered in 2004, when Russian-born Manchester scientists Andrei Geim and Kostya Novoselov were "playing about" with sticky tape and graphite - the material used as "lead" in pencils.

Placing the tape on the graphite and peeling it, they managed to rip off thin flakes of carbon. In the beginning they got flakes consisting of many layers of graphene. But as they repeated the process many times, the flakes got thinner.

By separating the graphite fragments repeatedly, they managed to create flakes that were just one atom thick. Their experiment had led to graphene being isolated for the very first time.

At the time, many believed it was impossible for such thin crystalline materials to be stable. But examined under a microscope, the material remained stable, and when tested was found to have incredible properties.

It is many times times stronger than steel, yet incredibly lightweight and flexible. It is electrically and thermally conductive but also transparent. The world's first 2D material, it is one million times thinner than the diameter of a single human hair.

But the 'sticky tape' method would not work on an industrial scale. Since then, scientists have been working on manufacturing graphene, to make use of its incredible properties.

In 2010, Geim and Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. Their discovery meant physicists could study a new class of two-dimensional materials with unique properties. 

 

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