The most skilled and professional baristas in the UAE will again battle for the coveted title of the 3rd UAE Barista Champion at the Dubai Coffee & Tea Festival 2011. The heated 3-day competition begins on 3rd November and concludes with a final round and champion’s ceremony on 5th November. [more...] pictureFeel like getting back to nature? Dubai's St George's Society is offering the chance to do that with a trip into the desert in search of gazelle. This is a desert route so a four-wheel-drive vehicle is essential but it's a great chance to get some off-road experience in expert hands... [more...] pictureInternational superstars Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder are to perform at Yas Island this year. The megastars will headline a series that will also include Tiesto and Thirty Seconds to Mars. [more...] pictureToday, the UAE is officially free of indigenous malaria, but only 30 years or so ago, it had a significant problem with the mosquito-borne disease. During one particularly bad season in 1978, one major hospital was treating 30 patients a week and the country was in the midst of a campaign to fight malaria. [more...] pictureClannad are bringing their ethereal sounds to Dubai this month. These natives of Donegal delight with a unique fusion of traditional and modern strains. [more...] pictureEver wondered what jitterbugging looks like? A new show's in town, with all the steps from the 1920s right through to modern day. Jo Finzi reports. [more...] pictureIf you've ever had a close relationship with a pet, you'll understand this story - otherwise, you'll think it's a bit bizarre. A growing number of pet owners are turning to custom-built wheelchairs to restore mobility to furry friends whose legs, hips or backs don't work... [more...] pictureA ten-year retrospective of the work of artist Sacha Jafri is being stage at the Sharjah Art Museum in Al Qasba, under the patronage of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. [more...] pictureGoing to the big race? Need the right hat in a hurry? Kim Fletcher, milliner to the Melbourne racing circuit, and specialist in hats for Ascot, is here in Dubai with a limited collection of exclusive creations. [more...] pictureEvery year, police see "mystery crashes" in which it is not possible to determine a cause for a fatal car accident. Many of these incidents are thought to involve a fatigued driver who fell asleep at the wheel... [more...] pictureGreen brew will be flowing, people will be heading off to their favourite pub, breaking into poor imitations of Irish accents and wishing each other Happy St Patrick's Day. But what's it all about? Who exactly was St Patrick? [more...] pictureFebruary sees the return of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival. Now in its sixth year, there may be some contention about whether the headliners constitute anything like jazz but there's no doubting the quality. [more...] pictureThere's really no excuse for not treating the one you love to something really special for Valentine's Day this year, with so many memorable and great value offers available throughout the UAE... [more...] pictureFor four decades the fluid sound of Carlos Santana's "world music" has spread around the globe. At age five Carlos started his musical career by learning the violin but some years later he picked up a guitar and the rest, as they say, is history. [more...]
UAE communications provider du is alerting customers to a degradation in its internet and international voice calls during peak times. This is due to cuts in two international submarine cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea, which is affecting a number of telecome operators globally. [more...] pictureIt's a bit of a joke really - every December, as the countdown to New Year's gets under way, every wannabe psychic begins to rattle off a list of half-baked predictions that are little more than guesses. Jo Finzi can't resist the challenge... [more...] pictureIf tea is, well, your cup of tea, then a major event in Sharjah will definitely be... to your liking. Tea World, being held at Qanat al Qasba, brings together a blend of teas from across the globe, along with fantastic entertainment and educational events [more...] pictureCocktails are hot news this month at the Renaissance Hotel in Dubai. The hotel's bar, Harry's Place, is offering some of the most imaginative and innovative drinks - some of them designed by you! [more...] pictureWhen you’re rushing about getting ready for the Holiday season, it’s easy to lose perspective. What you need is a diversion. Here are a few stories from around the world intended to relieve the pre-holiday stress... [more...] pictureChristmas always brings a flurry of great offers in the UAE's many shopping outlets, spas and sports clubs. As usual, is on the case to bring you the best of them right here. [more...] pictureWafi City, now known just as Wafi, has complete a major development across its site in time for the holiday season. It includes the opening of a new retail extension, adding 70 new brands to the mall's existing mix and bringts the number of stores to almost 350. [more...] pictureThere's no mystique about cooking the perfect Christmas turkey, but you need to take a bit of care and know what you're doing. Here is's guide to preparing everyone's favourite festive bird... [more...] pictureIf you really want to impress your friends and family this season, why not make your own Christmas pud? shares the secrets of a really great pud with you... [more...] pictureThe festive season always brings its fair share of cooking duties but unlike most adults, kids find this part of the holidays fun! Here are a couple of fun, festive recipes that your children will really enjoy making... [more...] pictureGet ready for Dubai International Jewellery Week 2007, running from December 11-15 December. Formerly known as Watch & Jewellery Dubai, the show is unveiling a sparkling new format featuring three unique exhibitions. [more...] pictureMore than 100 cyclists pedalled their way around Dubai's Autodrome track to raise both money and awareness for breast cancer. [more...] pictureGet down to the Montgomerie Dubai on 2nd November and support the Par 3 Parent and Child golf tournament. All proceeds are being donated to the Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs. [more...] pictureHalloween is believed to have begun as a pre-Christian Celtic festival to honour the dead. November 1st on the modern calendar marked the advent of winter, a date which marked both an ending and a beginning in a perpetual cycle of life... [more...] pictureFrom October 17th to 21st, Michelin Star chef David Thompson will be cooking live at the Thai Kitchen in Dubai Park Hyatt. All the way from Nahm, at the Halkin Hotel, in the heart of Belgravia, London, David will be delighting diners with a mouthwatering menu. [more...] pictureThis year's ninth month of the Gregorian calendar coincides with the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, and the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan. It marks the Holy Quran being "sent down from heaven, a guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation". [more...] pictureRugby Sevens is on the way back to Dubai, as the International Rugby Board (IRB) announced plans for its 2007/08 series. The tournament kicks off in the UAE in late November and climaxes in Scotland in June next year. [more...] pictureWant to be a DJ? Now you can learn what it takes - right here in the UAE. [more...] pictureBurj Dubai is now officially the world’s tallest building, its developers have announced. A year and a half ahead of completion and already 1,680ft tall, the skyscraper means that the Middle East can now reclaim the honour of having the tallest man-made structure. [more...] pictureSummer's here (despite what any friends and family in Europe may be telling you at the moment!) and with it comes the vexed question of keeping the kids amused. In the UAE, there's now a wide range of summer camps to help answer that inevitable query: "What can I DO?" [more...] pictureSummer's well and truly here - and so are the shopping bargains throughout the UAE. Keep an eye on this thread for the latest bargain news, courtesy of the team! [more...] pictureThis month Dubai Summer Surprises celebrates its the tenth anniversary. Starting on June 21st, the summer shopping and events festival is set to attract a growing number of tourists. [more...] pictureThis month's Dubai Drama Group production is Oscar Wilde's hilarious tale of romance and comic deception. There's a dash of added intrigue when Wilde uses his own devastating brand of witty wordplay to highlight the foibles of the British class system. [more...] pictureThere's a Mediterranean flavour to a series of events this month and next at the Mercato shopping mall on Jumeirah Beach Road, including dance lessons and cookery classes. [more...] pictureThis week, Dubai Police launched a system to protect your home whilst you're on vacation. They will increase the number of patrols and undercover agents in your area and keep an eye on things while you're away... [more...] pictureA child care expert is running a workshop in Dubai for housemaids who look after children. The programme is aimed at those looking after children up to eight years of age... [more...] pictureThe Park Hyatt in Dubai is welcoming May with three new special offers or events, including two appearances by New York DJ Osunlade... [more...] pictureUK's Royal Ballet School stars will be performing at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC), at 8.30pm on 3rd and 4th May (plus matinee performances on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th at 4.30pm). [more...] pictureSince 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters have been delighting the crowds with their own personal style of basketball. The Globetrotters are also committed to giving back to the communities that have supported the team during its long history. [more...] pictureThe legs are long, the eyes are big, the bodies curvaceous. Contestants in this Saudi-style beauty pageant have all the features you might expect anywhere else in the world, but with one crucial difference -- the competitors are camels. [more...] pictureLooking for the ultimate club membership? The Ritz Carlton, Dubai Platinum Card has it all. For Dhs175,000, lucky couples can indulge themselves every day of the week for a whole year. [more...] pictureLooking for a gift idea for Mother's Day on the 13th? These pretty rocks look the part, and are actually made of soap - with a unique blend of whole herb extracts, vitamins and minerals. [more...] pictureAkshaya Thritiya - one of the four most sacred days in the Hindu calendar - is considered a very auspicious time to start something new, or perhaps do a spot of a shopping. [more...]
What sold at the first Gulf Art Fair? Gavin Turk’s prized rubbish bags or a gun-wielding terrorist Snoopy? David Rose of The Times has a full retrospective on the British newspaper's website... [more...] pictureThe 3rd Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF) opens today under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry. [more...] picturePlanning a summer wedding? Park Hyatt Dubai is offering soon-to-be newlyweds a special treat. If you hold your wedding at Park Hyatt Dubai from 1st June 2007 to 31st August your first anniversary celebration is one them. [more...]
Forty of the world’s leading contemporary and modern galleries gather in Dubai this month for the first Gulf Art Fair. [more...] pictureOn the last Wednesday of the Zoroastrian year, just before the Spring Equinox, bonfires are lit in the streets of Iran and people jump through them, to exorcise the old year and its misfortunes and bring about the regeneration of the world through the new one. [more...] pictureWant to make Mother's Day extra special for your mum? Here at we're rounding up the latest and greatest local offers to make it a day to remember. [more...] pictureLooking for all things Irish in time for St Patrick’s Day on 17th March? comes up with a few web destinations, plus keep it here for the latest UAE St Patrick's Day promotions... [more...] pictureMother's Day is one of those events that we observe every year without really paying much attention to its origin. Kim O'Hare always thought it was the brainchild of one of the greeting card companies, but he was in for a surprise when he started investigating for us... [more...] pictureThis month's horse racing events gets under starter's orders with the Fillies and Fashion socialites spectacular on Thursday 1st and Thursday 9th. Jo Finzi checks out the runners and riders on our behalf... [more...] pictureThe three-day Dubai International Jazz Festival is on at Dubai Media City this month form March 8-10. Aidan Goldstraw presents his guide to this year's line-up... [more...] pictureAn exclusively Vietnamese perspective of contemporary art is to be exhibited at The Red Gallery in Dubai, from Saturday 10th to Sunday 25th March. It's timetabled to coincide with the Gulf Art Fair and it's The Red Gallery's opening exhibition. [more...] pictureWhether you’ve danced before or not, this an experience not to be missed. Strictly Come Dancing is about to hit Abu Dhabi, with two days of dance packed workshops and socialising. [more...] pictureA feast of Arabic fusion music is in store in Abu Dhabi. It's being held at the Al Raha Beach Hotel and features Abdullah Chhadeh & Nara, the Kamal Musallam Band and Racha Ruzk. [more...] pictureHappy Chinese New Year! It's now officially the Year of the Fire Pig - an event that happens only once every 600 years. It's the kind of year that brings greater opportunities for growth, expansion, prosperity and more. So, it's out with the Red Fire Dog year and time to harness the Fire Pig's unique energy for success in the new lunar year. [more...]
A little bird flying over Dubai's Festival City tells us that Valentine's means opening day for a massive new Marks & Spencer store. [more...] pictureMake Valentine's Day extra special this year by adding a little sparkle to your loved one's life. We round up some gifts that will make it day to remember.... [more...] pictureDo you need to find a gift that’s smooth, sweet and silky? Everyone loves chocolate, so it has to be high on your Valentine’s shopping list. But make sure you choose from the best Belgian and Swiss brands. That way your choccie gift will taste as good as it looks. [more...] pictureValentine’s day means romance and fine dining, so impress your loved one this week with one of these very special treats - Jo Finzi is your guide [more...] pictureStuck for ideas when it comes to a Valentine's gift? Has the holiday season taken it all out of you? It's to the rescue, as we round up some great local offers and promotions to brighten up your February... [more...] pictureWhen Esther Howland produced the first commercial valentines in America in the 1840s she had no idea what she had unleashed, but she was on to a good thing as sales that first year topped $5,000. [more...] pictureThe International Business Women's Group in Dubai is this month presenting the first in a series of six professional development workshops. [more...] pictureUp to 250 people are expected to gather at the Gulf Ventures desert camp in Al Awir on 2nd February and drum throughout the night in a unique event, which will start at midnight and go through until sunrise the next day. [more...] pictureThis year's Terry Fox run in Dubai is scheduled for Friday, February 25th. Terry was a bone cancer sufferer who had to have a leg amputated when he was only 18 years old. [more...] pictureAs usual, there are some great deals and offers available during the Dubai Shopping Festival in the Emirates.'s guide will keep you up to date with the latest and greatest of them, so check back here regularly for the best seasonal bargains... [more...] pictureFollowing last month's Asian Games, there's more sport coming your way in Doha this month, with a chance to see the UK's rising tennis star Andy Murray in action. [more...] pictureThe weather's fine and it's a great time of year to be out and about. If you want to combine a good day out with your New Year fitness programme, get your running shoes on for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. [more...] pictureThe sport of showjumping had a local boost last month when the UAE team picked up a bronze medal at the Asian Games. This month, the Dubai Showjumping Championship is being held at Nad Al Sheba from 10th-12th... [more...] pictureLook out for the birdie at the 2nd annual Abu Dhabi Golf Championships and the Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match... [more...] pictureThere's an opportunity to flex those little grey cells this month, with a Brain Gym workshop starting on 20th. [more...] pictureAs the sands of time run out for 2006, brings you the latest and greatest New Year offers from around the Emirates. Don't touch that dial and keep checking back with us for some real blockbusters. Here's a selection of what's on offer... [more...] pictureThe season to be jolly is upon us, and with it comes the round of festive treats from some of the most exclusive venues. takes the wraps off the choicest seasonal offers in the Emirates…

[more...] pictureThis week there's a special gourmet event at the Park Hyatt's Traiteur restaurant. Andalusia's only Michelin starred chef Dani Garcia is about to delight diners with Spanish treasures from his exclusive menu. [more...] pictureSouth Africa turned on a remarkable second half performance against New Zealand to secure the 2006 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. In torrential rain, the Springboks raced in five unaccounted tries, including two inspiring solo efforts from replacement Tobela Mdaka. [more...] pictureFancy a picnic followed by a game of polo? Until April 2007 you can do just that every Friday in Dubai. From 2pm families can come to the Dubai Polo Club and picnic on the field, then watch a match. [more...]'s Stone of the Month columnist Birgit E. Schürenberg is offering some Christmas hospitality at her shop Ornament Gifts on December 9. [more...] pictureIt now seems probable that the artist, inventor and all-round genius Leonardo da Vinci is of Middle Eastern origin. A reconstruction of his left index fingerprint - the result of three years of research - shows a pattern that's common in 60 per cent of the Arabic population. [more...] pictureMaking New Year's resolutions is as predictable as the arrival of the new year itself. We take oaths to quit smoking, lose weight, eat less, drink less, work harder, work less, spend more time with family, be a better person - the list of resolutions is endless... [more...] pictureIf you think that Christmas means spending way too much time in the kitchen, you need the alternative guide to cooking your turkey. Just don't blame us if it all goes horribly wrong... [more...] pictureThere's nothing like a little snow to create that authentic yuletide atmosphere and over the holiday Ski Dubai has some treats on ice for you with its special Christmas camp. [more...] pictureHere's a free gift with a difference - Al Boom Marine are offering a free Christmas tree to customers who spend Dhs500 or more with them over the holiday season... [more...] pictureIt's become a reflex, something we do without thinking, it just pops out of our mouths during the last week or so of December. "Happy New Year, " ..."thank you, and the same to you." So, where did this all get started and what does it really mean? [more...] pictureWith the holiday season quickly approaching it’s time to stock up on the food and drink that help make it a special time of year. But it is all too easy, amid the flurry of activity, to be a little careless in the handling and storage of holiday fare... [more...] pictureNow Ramadan is over and the sun's rays are less fierce, it's time to get out and barbecue. This pudding is a bit sticky and messy to prepare, but yummy enough to be worth it. [more...] pictureWith the Dubai Shopping Festival starting on 20th December and Eid to follow, there are lots of sales and special offers throughout the region. Here are some of the latest offers to tempt you into the shops, malls and entertainment venues near you... [more...] pictureCheck out our review of the food at Cactus Cantina, then tell us about your own experiences in our new FEEDback food forum. Plus, enter our Cactus Cantina competition and take advantage of a great Ramadan eating out offer! [more...] pictureThe days are getting shorter and cooler. It's beginning to feel a lot like Halloween. Kim O'Hare presents your guide to this increasingly-popular festival - oh, and check back here soon for some great local Halloween offers... [more...] pictureBilled as the most outrageous Halloween event in the world, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade has to be one of New York's most lively and colourful parties. Jo Finzi reports... [more...] pictureWhen sunset comes, people wait for the cannon that signals the end of the fast for that day. As the sky begins to darken, friends and family gather together for a traditional meal called iftar... [more...] pictureIf you think you see BBC radio presenter Sir Terry Wogan around Jumeirah in the next few days, you won't be wrong. He flies to Dubai with Virgin Upper Class on September 14 to spend a few days at Burj Al Arab – but it's all in aid of charity. [more...] pictureIf you’re short of cash after the summer holidays, you may be pleased to find out that Emirates Bank has just extended its personal loans promotion into autumn. With mePERSONAL loans of Dhs25,000 or more, you’ll get a Cellucom free gift voucher worth at least Dhs250 (depending on the amount you borrow). [more...]
At last, the moment we've been waiting for – well, not quite. The first event at the much talked about Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre is finally timetabled for Saturday 2nd September. [more...] pictureCan't stand the heat? So stay out of the kitchen and try one of these summer specials, courtesy of some of the UAE's top venues for eating out. [more...] pictureJimmy Barnes - Australia's mover, shaker and rock 'n' roller – will be in concert in Dubai on Sunday, 20th August. Jimmy was lead singer in the legendary rock band Cold Chisel. Since then his solo career has spanned southern soul, hard rock and country rock. [more...] pictureSurprise, surprise! There's a whole load of Dubai Summer Surprises lined up over the next few weeks in this annual festival of events. This year's DSS got off to a cracking start with an ice-themed surprise... [more...]