A monument in Sibelius Park dedicated to the composer Jean Sibelius, Helsinki. Cox & Kings has a two-night city break in the Finnish capital. Getty Images
A monument in Sibelius Park dedicated to the composer Jean Sibelius, Helsinki. Cox & Kings has a two-night city break in the Finnish capital. Getty Images

Coming up: Tempting treats in Dubai, Finland and Vietnam



Dubai

Urban Tails Resort, located in Dubai Investment Park, offers luxury suites for dogs and cats needing a break from the grind. The recently opened pet resort offers a landscaped garden with fountains, an outdoor swimming pool and a fully equipped indoor gym where pets can work out. Owners can opt to send their pooches to bootcamp, or pamper them with a personal butler and a special pet limousine.

The resort's layout is designed to reduce noise and "minimise stress". The staff-to-pet ratio is high at 8:1, there's a strict vaccination policy to maintain safety and health standards, and on-call veterinary services. All suites come with a television, a garden view and a raised bed. Suites for dogs cost from Dh115 per night, going up to Dh395 per night for the royal suite. The en suite "kitty condo" costs Dh80 per night. "Doggie daycare" is available for Dh80 per day, or book a package (three days a week for one month) to avail of a discount of 50 per cent on collection and delivery charges (the prices vary depending on location). Urban Tails is open from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm (closed on Friday). All prices include taxes. Visit www.urbantailsdubai.com or call 04 884 8847 for more information and to book.

Helsinki

Cox and Kings has a three-day, two-night trip to Helsinki. Visitors will enjoy a tour around the Finnish capital, go on a scenic coastal drive and stop at major attractions, including Sibelius Park, the Olympic Stadium, the Opera House, Finlandia Hall, National Museum, the market square and Uspenki Cathedral. The trip ends with a walk around Senate Square.

The package costs Dh1,194 per person, including accommodation in a four-star hotel, based on two sharing, local transport, airport transfers, all sightseeing and entrance fees to sites. International airfare and meals are not included. The offer is valid until October 31. Visit www.coxandkings.ae or call 04 3572 628 for details.

Ethiopia

Take a "wild walk in the Simien Mountains" with Wild Frontiers' eight-day trip to Ethiopia. Located in the country's north, the mountains were formed millions of years ago by river systems cutting through the sandstone rock. At the foot of the range are the remnants of ancient hills, now eroded into hundreds of pinnacles and buttresses. The Simien National Park is also home to all kinds of wildlife, while treks along the escarpment offer stunning views. Visitors will also explore the Unesco World Heritage Sites of Gonder and Lalibela. The tour starts and ends in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

From £1,690 (Dh4,920) per person, with most meals, government passes and permits, entrance fees and all transport outlined in the itinerary. Departure on October 22. Visit wildfrontiers.co.uk or call 00 44 20 7736 for details.

Vietnam

The New World Saigon Hotel, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, has a two-night "all senses" package for couples that includes a 90-minute spa treatment (a combination of a 30-minute Vietnamese dragon fruit scrub, a 60-minute aromatherapy massage and a sauna infused with five types of massage oils), two nights in a deluxe room, breakfast, a half-day guided tour of the city on a vintage Vespa scooter, and a two-hour dinner cruise on Saigon River in a traditional boat.

The package costs from US$430 (Dh1,580) for two nights, including taxes. The offer is valid on weekends until March 21, 2012. Visit www.saigon.newworldhotels.com or call 00 84 8 3822 8888 for more information.

The specs: 2019 Jeep Wrangler

Price, base: Dh132,000

Engine: 3.6-litre V6

Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic

Power: 285hp @ 6,400rpm

Torque: 347Nm @ 4,100rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 9.6L to 10.3L / 100km

COMPANY PROFILE

Date started: 2020
Founders: Khaldoon Bushnaq and Tariq Seksek
Based: Abu Dhabi Global Market
Sector: HealthTech
Number of staff: 100
Funding to date: $15 million

ANATOMY OF A FALL

Director: Justine Triet

Starring: Sandra Huller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado-Graner

Rating: 5/5

The Beekeeper

Director: David Ayer 

Starring: Jason Statham, Josh Hutcherson, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Minnie Driver, Jeremy Irons

Rating: 3/5

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Directed by: Shaka King

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons

Four stars

Children who witnessed blood bath want to help others

Aged just 11, Khulood Al Najjar’s daughter, Nora, bravely attempted to fight off Philip Spence. Her finger was injured when she put her hand in between the claw hammer and her mother’s head.

As a vital witness, she was forced to relive the ordeal by police who needed to identify the attacker and ensure he was found guilty.

Now aged 16, Nora has decided she wants to dedicate her career to helping other victims of crime.

“It was very horrible for her. She saw her mum, dying, just next to her eyes. But now she just wants to go forward,” said Khulood, speaking about how her eldest daughter was dealing with the trauma of the incident five years ago. “She is saying, 'mama, I want to be a lawyer, I want to help people achieve justice'.”

Khulood’s youngest daughter, Fatima, was seven at the time of the attack and attempted to help paramedics responding to the incident.

“Now she wants to be a maxillofacial doctor,” Khulood said. “She said to me ‘it is because a maxillofacial doctor returned your face, mama’. Now she wants to help people see themselves in the mirror again.”

Khulood’s son, Saeed, was nine in 2014 and slept through the attack. While he did not witness the trauma, this made it more difficult for him to understand what had happened. He has ambitions to become an engineer.

TECH SPECS: APPLE WATCH SERIES 8

Display: 41mm, 352 x 430; 45mm, 396 x 484; Retina LTPO OLED, up to 1000 nits, always-on; Ion-X glass

Processor: Apple S8, W3 wireless, U1 ultra-wideband

Capacity: 32GB

Memory: 1GB

Platform: watchOS 9

Health metrics: 3rd-gen heart rate sensor, temperature sensing, ECG, blood oxygen, workouts, fall/crash detection; emergency SOS, international emergency calling

Connectivity: GPS/GPS + cellular; Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC (Apple Pay)

Durability: IP6X, water resistant up to 50m, dust resistant

Battery: 308mAh Li-ion, up to 18h, wireless charging

Cards: eSIM

Finishes: Aluminium – midnight, Product Red, silver, starlight; stainless steel – gold, graphite, silver

In the box: Watch Series 8, magnetic-to-USB-C charging cable, band/loop

Price: Starts at Dh1,599 (41mm) / Dh1,999 (45mm)

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

The specs: 2018 BMW R nineT Scrambler

Price, base / as tested Dh57,000

Engine 1,170cc air/oil-cooled flat twin four-stroke engine

Transmission Six-speed gearbox

Power 110hp) @ 7,750rpm

Torque 116Nm @ 6,000rpm

Fuel economy, combined 5.3L / 100km

The specs: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Price, base / as tested: Dh76,900 / Dh110,900

Engine: 2.0L, turbocharged in-line four-cylinder

Gearbox: Nine-speed automatic

Power: 252hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque: Torque: 352Nm @ 2,500rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 8.5L / 100km

Engine: 80 kWh four-wheel-drive

Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 402bhp

Torque: 760Nm

Price: From Dh280,000

Results:

First Test: New Zealand 30 British & Irish Lions 15

Second Test: New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 24

Third Test: New Zealand 15 British & Irish Lions 15


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