Abu Dhabi Happenings September 2017


Taking place at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, hotel guests will witness an exclusive fashion show extravaganza by Ashi Studio on September 18.

Presenting its newest Fall/Winter collection, The Girl On The Moon, fashion designer Mohammed Ashi will take guests on a journey of 1001 fairy tales through meticulously handcrafted pieces. Expect to witness understated sophistication and Arabian elegance under a starlit desert sky. Ashi Studio’s new collection,The Girl On The Moon, embraces the tormenting battle of longing to break free. Lunar shaped floor-length sleeves, embroidered to resemble the moon’s craters. A sensual touch of lace and a rugged taffeta especially crafted for the wanderlust souls who crave a cosmic affair. Rays of ethereal lights emitted by the collection’s pearly tones and a feast of intricate embroidery techniques leave her lovers in awe.

To attend this exclusive event, guests can book the Ashi Fashion Show package, starting from AED2,270+++, which includes: one night’s accommodation at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara on September 18; lunch at Ghadeer; welcome reception at Al Liwan; attendance to the Ashi fashion show; barbecue dinner at Al Falaj, inclusive of selected beverages; buffet breakfast on September 19; make up workshop on September 19; and individual fitting with Mohammed Ashi. Born in Saudi Arabia in 1980, Mohammed Ashi solidified his talent for fashion in the prestigious ESMOD fashion school, France. His work caught the attention of the acclaimed Italian Vogue Editor, the late Franca Sozzani, who remained Ashi’s idol from that moment onwards, throughout his professional career. The designer continuously attracts his followers with his understated colour palette, sculptor’s sense of silhouette and painter’s eye for decorative effect. Ashi embraces embroidery to tell fairy tales with a modern twist. He conjures up the Golden days through ruffles, feathers, delicate fabrics, and fringing. Now, it’s your turn to get up close and personal with the fashion legend and his newest designs!



Attention all photography buffs, amateur snappers and anyone who fancies themselves the chance to win a photo shoot in the sky – literally! In partnership with Sony Middle East and Africa (MEA), The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is calling all luminaries in the art of capturing the moment. The captivating location announced its unique photography competition offering enthusiasts the chance to win access to Abu Dhabi’s most exclusive sunset photoshoot setting, the highest active helipad in the Middle East, using state-of-the-art Sony technology, as well as a three-night luxurious stay at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort. The competition celebrates innovative talent and a commitment to supporting creativity amongst the local and wider UAE community.

Aspiring photographers and social media fanatics of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to partake in the competition which runs until September 18.To enter, images that feature The St. Regis Abu Dhabi hotel, captured either inside, outside or from the hotel, on a mobile device, should simply be posted via Instagram,and tagged with#MyStRegisSonyMoment#LiveExquisite.Participants also need to be following and can mention @StRegisAbuDhabi,@SonyMEA and@StRegisMauritius Instagram profiles for consideration.All entries will be judged and a shortlist of five top finalists will be announced on September 20.The finalists will be invited to shoot the world’s highest suspended hotel suite, the Abu Dhabi Suite using the award-winning Sony α7R II (model ILCE- 7RM2) camera.The Abu Dhabi Suite shoot final five photos will be posted via Instagram where voting will commence, the winner will be announced on September 26. Good luck all!



Namm Spa at the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi has been crowned with the prestigious World Luxury Spa Award 2017 as the Best Luxury Boutique Spa in the Middle East. Winners at the awards were selected from more than 1,000 entrants through public voting that saw more than 100,000 votes cast. Mr. Desmond Hatton, General Manager at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, said: “We are honoured to receive this esteemed recognition for our Namm Spa as this clearly reflects our service excellence at the facility. “We are delighted to exceed our guest expectations at all times in delivering exceptional spa treatments and this award is a testament of the same.

Please join me in congratulating our spa team,” he added. Embracing a Thai wellness philosophy of four spa elements – Natural, Aroma, Massage and Marine – Namm, pronounced “Narm” is a Thai word that signifies ‘water’ – the most essential element of life associated with healing. This unique concept of healing through water has inspired the creation of the Thai spa, which features eight spacious private treatment rooms. Each specialised treatment at Namm Spa is designed to pamper senses and redefine the inner balance and outer beauty.



Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi has launched an array of new and yummy dishes at the award-winning restaurants, Cho Gao and Spaccanapoli, available from September 1. Cho Gao will see nine new dishes added to its already robust menu, with delish options including Asian Beef Salad, Char Kway Teow with Beef – wok fried noodles with vegetables and Khao Naa Ped – succulent roasted duck, marinated with five spices. Head Chef, Areewan Larpnikorpkul takes inspiration from her Thai roots, and incorporates fragrant Asian spices and succulent fresh ingredients into her cooking. Chef Luca, the mastermind of Spaccanapoli’s kitchen goes back to basics with 26 new dishes, all rooted in tradition, and served with true Italian soul.

Guests can enjoy a culinary adventure of the entire Italy through these dishes. There’s Tuna Carpaccio from Sicily, Tagliata from Tuscany, Vitello Tonnato from Piedmont, seafood ravioli from Liguria, and Moscardini in quazzetto from Naples. Spaccanapoli will also feature typical Italian dishes changing on a weekly basis such as Fettucine in mussels and oyster sauce, and beef stuffed tortellini, handmade with mushroom porcini and cream sauce, from Luca’s hometown of Modena. Beautiful dishes prepared using colour, character, texture and flavour with original products imported directly from Italy – yes, please!




SushiSan, the casual Japanese restaurant at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, has re-launched its Friday brunch with a new and exciting formula: Omakase! In Japanese, Omakase stands for “I leave it up to you”. For diners, this means that the selection of dishes is left in the hands of SushiSan’s highly experienced chef who will delight their senses through a three-course set brunch and a delicious array of signature pass-arounds. All guests need to do is relax, enjoy the atmosphere and allow the team to take them on a culinary journey through Japan. The menu of the Omakase Friday Brunch changes and evolves from week to week. What you can expect is a range of mouth-watering appetisers, a main dish featuring an assortment of sushi, sashimi and gunkan, followed by a refreshing desert – y.u.m.m.y. In addition to this, a selection of the signature dishes such as the new sushi pizza and the famous dynamite shrimps will pass by your table, fulfilling your Omakase experience. Prices start from AED179+++ for the soft drinks package, served every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.



Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has launched a new initiative that will contribute to enhancing the art scene and fostering talent within the emirate’s photography community.

This new initiative, in line with TCA Abu Dhabi’s overall mission, is designed to support an inspiring community of photographers, through a vibrant annual programme including exhibitions, workshops, master classes, competitions and projects, as well as the establishment of a dedicated space for the art of photography. The new hub for photographers will be based at Manarat Al Saadiyat, in Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District, where it will offer the essential platform for professionals and artists to improve their skills, expose them to new techniques and the latest approaches in photography, and assist them in maintaining a steady and professional growth of their talent.

Through this specialised facility and the services it will present, artists will be faced with an exceptional opportunity to expand their creative methods, sustain their sources of inspiration, and further deepen their knowledge and unique characteristics in photography. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “As we strive to catalyse creativity in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, nurturing an artistic environment has been our core focus, and through this initiative we strive to introduce the new generation to the art of photography.

“The series of programmes developed, together with the establishment of a dedicated space, will promote photography as a form of art, cultivate the capabilities and skills in our talented photographers, and ultimately will enable the emergence of a group of aspiring young professionals,” he continued. “Aimed at encouraging the arts in the emirate, this initiative signifies our overarching commitment to enhancing the art scene in Abu Dhabi, and ensuring the development of a balanced cultural environment that will allow promising local talent to progressively and naturally flourish.” Set to open later this year, the photography space at Manarat Al Saadiyat will house world-class facilities, such as an Alternative Processes Darkroom, a library, and production equipment that will qualify for holding workshops and master classes conducted by professional photographers.



ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal brings a new range of hammam treatments for guests to indulge in. The three different rituals use products originally from Morocco with natural ingredients such as Argan oil. Three relaxing new treatments are designed to give you a beautiful hammam experience:


Traditional Hammam Ritual
60 MINS | AED580++

The experience begins with a nurturing full body treatment combining a traditional hammam exfoliation using the Moroccan eucalyptus scented black soap followed by a deep purifying back exfoliation. The next step is a refreshing hair cleanse with stretching ritual bath. The ritual completes with the rich Argan oil that will be gently applied into your skin.

Signature Hammam Ritual
90 MINS | AED740++

This total body experience caresses your skin, revitalises your body and calms your mind. The ritual begins with a vigorous cleanse using a traditional kessa glove and Moroccan eucalyptus scented black soap. Further deeply purifying and hydrating your body & face with Exfoliating Body Balm and Exfoliating Facial Cream, your personal therapist soothes away the stress with a refreshing hair cleanse and a stretching ritual bath. Your renewed skin is then nourished with a body balm and facial cream that are rich in Argan oil and finishes with a relaxing scalp massage.

Indulgence Hammam Ritual
120 MINS | AED1100++

This luxurious head to toe cleansing ceremony welcomes you with a foot ritual to awaken the senses. After the traditional hammam exfoliation with a kessa glove and a foot scrub with your personal pumice stone, a full body scrub and a face exfoliation and mask will be performed to further draw out the impurities and rejuvenates the skin. Completes this unique ritual with a refreshing hair cleanse and a gentle drainage techniques body massage with a body balm that incorporating the exotic and powerful property of the Argan oil.

ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal offers the perfect retreat during the summer months with private temperaturecontrolled plunge pools to cool down prior to or after the treatment and multiple relaxation areas ideal for lounging




New Deliveroo data finds that Abu Dhabi residents order from healthy restaurants more than any other Deliveroo city around the globe.

Here at FACT we’re partial to a quick food fix to accommodate our busy schedules, but more often than not we gravitate towards the dreaded ‘C’ word, that’s right – carbs! Now, Deliveroo, the region’s fastest growing premier food delivery service has found that Abu Dhabi is the healthiest city across its global markets and we’re welcoming this healthy camaraderie. Their latest research reveals that Abu Dhabi residents are most likely to order nourishing, wholesome food as opposed to reaching for that kebab. Among Deliveroo’s health-conscious Abu Dhabi customers, 20 per cent of orders are high in protein and a further 20 per cent are gluten-free while vegetarian is the next top option in the UAE capital. Just to get your hunger pang in full swing, some of the region’s favourite dishes include: Quinoa Tabbouleh from Kababji Grill, Tom Yum Goong Soup from Lemongrass Thai Restaurant, Braised Chicken Claypot from Dai Pai Don, Roasted Chicken and Avocado Sandwich courtesy of Jones the Grocer and Urban Bites’ Make Your Own Salad amongst other nutritious choices.

This is no mean feat to top the list as Deliveroo currently operates in over 140 cities across 12 countries, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the UAE and the UK. Anis Harb, General Manager of Deliveroo GCC, said: “At Deliveroo, we have witnessed a clear and growing trend for healthy, gluten-free and vegetarian options among our customers, and we will continue to ensure that this demand is met with a range of exciting options that prove healthy food needn’t be without options.” Deliveroo allows you to order high-quality takeaway online and have it conveniently delivered straight to your home or office in just 32 minutes or less. The company arrived in Dubai in 2015 and has since grown steadily to meet the increasing consumer demand for its award-winning service. Is it lunchtime yet?



After hearing the news, FACT just had to shout it from the rooftops, or rather write it down, but, you know what we mean. We are proud as punch of Abu Dhabi as its just been named the safest city in the world by Numbeo, a website that curates and collates data to develop the world’s largest user contributed database about cities and countries worldwide.


Now, we aren’t one for figures usually, but, with the lowest crime index of just 13.54 in the past six months, and the highest safety index of 86.46, we can’t help but be interested, especially as Abu Dhabi was well ahead of second place city, Basel, Switzerland in the scores for overall safety. Also, Abu Dhabi scored 94% for general feeling of safety in the city on account of respondents stating that Abu Dhabi has very low crime levels. The index, which ranked 334 countries globally, is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country – now that’s impressive! HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Abu Dhabi has a solid reputation for safety with a virtually crime-free society. It is a priority when choosing a city to visit or live in and provides peace of mind knowing that you can feel safe anywhere you go in Abu Dhabi.

The result of this index supports Abu Dhabi’s position as the leading city in the world to live, work and do business in, and highlights an aspect of life in Abu Dhabi that is a matter of great pride to all residents.” As of late Abu Dhabi has been receiving quite the number of compliments as it was only last month that it was named the second-best city in the world to live, work and do business in, overtaking both London and Paris in the most recent Ipsos City Index. #TeamAbuDhabi



With its signature bulls ready at the door, guests will soon be greeted with warm hospitality as they step into the newest culinary hotspot in the capital – renowned Latin restaurant concept Toro Toro by award winning chef, Richard Sandoval. Here’s a sneak peek…


Conveniently located at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, with stunning views of the waterfront and private marina, Toro Toro is the latest addition to celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s unrivalled repertoire of successful restaurants, in a bid to offer an unmatched dining experience in the capital. In partnership with Perfetti Hospitality, the venue is bringing its fiery flair straight to Abu Dhabi’s diners. Pan Latin flavours have been artfully spun to create the most delectable hot and cold sharing plates including aperas and ceviches. Traditional churrasco is served a la carte alongside a wide selection of savoury side dishes to complement these grills. Chef Richard Sandoval, said: “We are extremely excited to bring Toro Toro’s unique and successful concept to a new audience in the capital.

We feel the restaurant will fill a niche in the hospitality scene in Abu Dhabi and look forward to replicating the success we have seen across the Middle East for all our restaurant concepts.” Just like the part of the world that provides the inspiration for Toro Toro, the restaurant’s vast beverage menu is equally colourful and brought to life by a skilled team of bartenders and mixologists. The main dining room on the ground floor feels inviting and intimate while the first floor leads to a magnificent terrace right on the waterfront where guests can enjoy the spectacular sea view while dancing the night away to the exotic rhythms of the resident DJ. Fusing traditional and contemporary tastes, the warm Latininspired tones of orange and red are enhanced by one-ofa- kind décor elements including handmade mosaic frames from Peru displaying dramatic contemporary art alongside Mexican handmade carpets. Toro Toro is a globally renowned brand with restaurants in Dubai, Miami, and Washington DC. The Abu Dhabi addition exudes the brand’s legendary Latin American spirit but with a daring look and feel that is unique to this city’s venue. You had us at ceviche!