Priyanka Chopra graces the red carpet at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival  before her crowd pleasing performance. Satish Kumar / The National
Priyanka Chopra graces the red carpet at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival before her crowd pleasing performance. Satish Kumar / The National

Glittering tribute to Magic of Bollywood



ABU DHABI // The Emirates Palace hosted a private music and dance show on Wednesday night at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Titled Magic of Bollywood and conceived by Indian choreographer, singer and actor Ganesh Hegde, the show treated 1,000 guests, dignitaries and VIPs to a glimpse of the grandeur of India's entertainment culture.

The curtain rose at 9pm with a Ganesh Vandana performed by Hegde's dance troupe, as is customary for such performances, followed by a Shiv Tandav, also by Hegde's troupe.

The dancers delivered a spectacular performance, which was highlighted by exquisite costumes and LED lighting effects.

The first of the stars to appear on stage was Anushka Manchanda, the Indian singer, model, an ex-Channel [V] VJ with a successful playback singing career in Bollywood.

Manchanda's cover of Dum Maro Dum, an immensely popular song from 1971's film Hare Rama Hare Krishna catapulted her to fame and was part of her performance.

For her 15-minute set, Manchanda was accompanied by a set of burlesque-ish dancers – decidely risque by UAE standards, as is expected of her.

Next up was Elli Avram, the Swedish-Greek actress working out of Mumbai, who performed In Ankhon Ki Masti from the 1981 classic Umrao Jaan, as well as O Re Piya from 2007's Aaja Nachle.

The event was backed by B R Shetty, the founder and chief executive of NMC Healthcare, and a short break was taken from the performances for his speech.

Ali Al Jabri, the director of ADFF, delighted the audience with a short speech in Hindi.

Then the moment everyone was looking forward to: the performance by Priyanka Chopra.

A vision in green, the Bollywood superstar dazzled the audience with the title song from her 2013 film, Ram Leela.

Finally, Ganesh Hegde took the stage with vocal and dance performances to some of his best-known numbers, leaving the audience mesmerised by Bollywood magic.

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Fixtures (all times UAE)

Saturday
Brescia v Atalanta (6pm)
Genoa v Torino (9pm)
Fiorentina v Lecce (11.45pm)

Sunday
Juventus v Sassuolo (3.30pm)
Inter Milan v SPAL (6pm)
Lazio v Udinese (6pm)
Parma v AC Milan (6pm)
Napoli v Bologna (9pm)
Verona v AS Roma (11.45pm)

Monday
Cagliari v Sampdoria (11.45pm)

Results

Stage 6:
1. Tim Merlier (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step – 3hrs 41min 12sec.
2. Sam Bennett (GBR) Bora – Hansgrohe – ST
3. Dylan Groenewegen (NED) Team Jayco Alula – ST
General classification:
1. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step
2. Lucas Plapp (AUS) Ineos Grenaders – 9sec
3. Pello Bilbao (ESP) Bahrain Victorious – 13sec

DUNE: PART TWO

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Timothee Chamalet, Zendaya, Austin Butler

Rating: 5/5

3 Body Problem

Creators: David Benioff, D B Weiss, Alexander Woo

Starring: Benedict Wong, Jess Hong, Jovan Adepo, Eiza Gonzalez, John Bradley, Alex Sharp

Rating: 3/5

At Everton Appearances: 77; Goals: 17

At Manchester United Appearances: 559; Goals: 253

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 

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- margarines and spreads; cookies, biscuits, pastries, cakes, and cake mixes, breakfast cereals, cereal and energy bars;

- energy drinks, milk drinks, fruit yoghurts and fruit drinks, cocoa drinks, meat and chicken extracts and instant sauces

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Rating: 4/5

The specs

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Transmission: seven-speed auto

Power: 420 bhp

Torque: 624Nm

Price: from Dh293,200

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Barbie

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Stars: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera
Rating: 4/5

Jurassic Park

Director: Steven Spielberg
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Inter Milan 2 (Martinez 33, Lukaku 63)

 

If you go

The flights
Emirates and Etihad fly direct to Nairobi, with fares starting from Dh1,695. The resort can be reached from Nairobi via a 35-minute flight from Wilson Airport or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, or by road, which takes at least three hours.

The rooms
Rooms at Fairmont Mount Kenya range from Dh1,870 per night for a deluxe room to Dh11,000 per night for the William Holden Cottage.

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