Recipes: 3 easy green dishes to try

Here are three simple recipes that add variety to your meal and tick all the right boxes in terms of nutrition.

Recipes and photos provided by Thomas Bator, executive chef of LaOla Beach Restaurant and The Surf Café Dubai,

Butternut squash and steak salad

Serves 1



100g rib-eye steak

100g mesclun lettuce

120g butternut squash

Handful of fresh shallots, chopped

Fresh chilli, chopped

Balsamic vinaigrette

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp honey

3/4 tsp fresh garlic, minced


Balsamic vinaigrette

• Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl.


• Roast squash until golden in colour.

• Season steak with salt and pepper and grill to your liking.

• Rest it to the side, whole, for 2 minutes.

• Slice into pieces roughly the size of your fingers.

• Cut shallots into thin strips and julienne the chilli.

• Except steak, toss all salad ingredients well with the mesclun lettuce. Layer beef strips on top and dress with the balsamic vinaigrette.

Avocado smoothie

Serves 1


75g avocado, diced

1 stick celery, diced

8g spinach

10g honey

175g cucumber, diced

4-5 ice cubes


• Place all ingredients into the blender and mix until smooth and creamy. Serve in a tall glass.

Chimichurri prawns

Serves 2


300g fresh prawns

100g rice

Chimichurri sauce (recipe below)

30ml olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Chimichurri sauce

1/2 cup red vinegar, cider vinegar or lemon juice

1 tsp salt

3-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 Fresno chilli or red jalapeño, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh coriander, minced

1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced

2 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


• Chimichurri sauce

• Combine vinegar, salt, garlic, shallot and chilli in a medium bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.

• Stir in coriander, parsley and oregano. Using a fork, whisk in oil.

• Remove 1/2 cup chimichurri and place it in a small bowl. Season with salt to taste and reserve as sauce.


• Heat the pan to a very hot temperature.

• Once hot, add the olive oil.

• Add the prawns and cook for one minute.

• Add the chimichurri sauce while the prawns are in the pan. Toss for 30 seconds over heat and serve with steamed rice on the side.

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Ruwais timeline

1971 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company established

1980 Ruwais Housing Complex built, located 10 kilometres away from industrial plants

1982 120,000 bpd capacity Ruwais refinery complex officially inaugurated by the founder of the UAE Sheikh Zayed

1984 Second phase of Ruwais Housing Complex built. Today the 7,000-unit complex houses some 24,000 people.  

1985 The refinery is expanded with the commissioning of a 27,000 b/d hydro cracker complex

2009 Plans announced to build $1.2 billion fertilizer plant in Ruwais, producing urea

2010 Adnoc awards $10bn contracts for expansion of Ruwais refinery, to double capacity from 415,000 bpd

2014 Ruwais 261-outlet shopping mall opens

2014 Production starts at newly expanded Ruwais refinery, providing jet fuel and diesel and allowing the UAE to be self-sufficient for petrol supplies

2014 Etihad Rail begins transportation of sulphur from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais for export

2017 Aldar Academies to operate Adnoc’s schools including in Ruwais from September. Eight schools operate in total within the housing complex.

2018 Adnoc announces plans to invest $3.1 billion on upgrading its Ruwais refinery 

2018 NMC Healthcare selected to manage operations of Ruwais Hospital

2018 Adnoc announces new downstream strategy at event in Abu Dhabi on May 13

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Fly from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Chiang Mai in Thailand, via Bangkok, before taking a five-hour bus ride across the Laos border to Huay Xai. The land border crossing at Huay Xai is a well-trodden route, meaning entry is swift, though travellers should be aware of visa requirements for both countries.

Flights from Dubai start at Dh4,000 return with Emirates, while Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi start at Dh2,000. Local buses can be booked in Chiang Mai from around Dh50


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