Connector April 2024

CONNECTOR.AE 3 Welcome Welcome to the April edition of Connector, offering a curated blend of insights, entertainment, and practical advice for Dubai’s dynamic community. In this issue, we present your indispensable guide to the Dubai Comedy Festival 2024, promising laughter and entertainment from the 12 to 21 April. For Pakistani cuisine enthusiasts, explore our feature highlighting top places to savour authentic dishes in Dubai. Dumpling enthusiasts, rejoice! Our ‘Ten to Try’ segment showcases the city’s most tantalising dumpling destinations, offering a symphony of flavours. In Chef ’s Corner, we spotlight Chef Fernando Ray Golfarine, sharing insight into his culinary expertise and inspiration. Education takes precedence as we explore the significance of practical learning in schools, equipping students with essential real-world skills. Thinking about skincare? Our comprehensive guide explores key considerations before investing in skincare products, ensuring effective beauty regimens. For those tackling bloating discomfort, our feature offers valuable insights into causes, prevention, and relief tips. As Eid approaches, discover thoughtful gift suggestions for him, her, and little ones, ensuring joy-filled celebrations. Escape the city hustle with our roundup of Dubai’s finest infinity pools, providing serene oases against the city backdrop. Navigating finances? Look no further than our guide to applying for a personal loan in the UAE, offering essential tips for a seamless process. Lastly, meet Priyanka Sengar, the visionary behind the UAE’s inaugural women-only job portal, as she shares her journey empowering women in the workforce. Join us on another thrilling journey through Dubai, celebrating its diversity, innovation, and boundless opportunities. Chris Nicolaides Concord Tower, PO Box 126732, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 04 454 9826, Contents of this publication are copyright. No material may be reproduced without written permission. Notice and disclaimer. The material used in this publication is intended to be used for informational purposes only. A sincere effort has been made to report accurate information. However, one or more recognised authorities in health and nutrition may hold different views than those reported therein, and the reader is so advised. This publication is not meant to be an endorsement of any specific product or services offered. Yogita Chainani Vishakha Ramchandani Welcome BACK B 90's ' TO THE 1 9 9AED SEAT ED GRANDS TAND 2 2 5AED GROUND S TAND I NG DOORS OPEN 7PM SHOW STARTS 9PM OVER 21 ’ S ONL Y WWW . T H E I R I S H V I L L A G E . C O M @ T H E I R I S H V I L L A G E D U B A I WWW.800TICKETS.COM A T D U B A I D U T Y F R E E T E N N I S S T A D I U M

CONNECTOR.AE 5 Understanding The Importance Of Practical Education In Schools 28 Best Infinity Pools With Day Passes To Visit In Dubai 42 Understanding Bloating: Causes, Prevention, Tips Top Things To Consider Before Investing In Skin Care Products Chef’s Corner: Chef Fernando Ray Golfarine 36 32 26 Contents 7 Monthly Events Dubai Comedy Festival 2024: All You Need To Know Top Places To Enjoy Pakistani Cuisines In Dubai Your Guide To Applying For A Personal Loan In UAE Eid Gift Suggestions For Him, Her, And The Little Ones Ten To Try: Dumplings Meet Priyanka Sengar, The Woman Behind UAE’s First Women-Only Job Portal A round up of all the major events this April 14 18 46 40 23 50 23 40 42 32 50 Welcome Etisalat Academy - Mirdiff Gems Founders School - Al Barsha +971 50 102 6265

CONNECTOR.AE 7 Out And About 3>HS‡3gr‡} >>g # - . /0124 56 01 7gH gH 3>HS‡3r‡} >>g 69 The renowned Persian singer Ebi is returning to Dubai to perform his latest project, ‘Pooste Shir’, live at Coca-Cola Arena. With a career spanning over 50 years, Ebi has released over 30 albums and close to 100 singles, enchanting audiences worldwide with his hits. His passion for music across genres has garnered an eclectic fan base spanning three generations globally. You can experience the trance of his new project with tickets starting at Dhs 395. OUT & ABOUT April is known for April Fool’s Day, but it’s also a month filled with concerts and events in the UAE. The Laughter Factory’s ‘Sticky Social Glue’ Tour 4 To 6 April Ebi Live 9 April The Laughter Factory brings a stellar lineup of three comedians to Dubai. Online sensation Jack Skipper commands the stage with strong punchlines, praised by industry experts. Canadian Comedy Award Winner Brian Aylward debuts in Dubai, sharing hilarious tales from his global adventures. Italian comedian Valentina, known for her witty observations and comedic talents, adds to the laughter. Don’t miss this stand-up show, offering a unique blend of humour and entertainment. Catch themat Al Habtoor Polo Resort on 4 April, Radisson DAMAC Hills on 5 April, and 6 Dukes The Palm on April. Tickets cost Dhs 160. 1 2 If you plan to attend some events in April, Connector is here with its April events guide, highlighting all the must-attend events in the UAE.

CONNECTOR.AE 8 CONNECTOR.AE 9 Out And About Out And About Scooby-Doo And The Lost City Of Gold Nawal El Kuwaitia Live Afroworld Mau P, Paco Osuna And Blackchild Live 10 April 11 April 12 April Dubai Opera will host Nawal El Kuwaitia, the renowned Kuwaiti vocalist, on 10 April for a night of enchanting melodies. With a massive fan base, she’s known as ‘the queen of classic music’ and boasts over one million Instagram followers. Enjoy timeless hits like Qeda Omry, Wesh Yes3edk, and Babak W Babak. Tickets start from Dhs 540 for an unforgettable evening of music. Afroworld will return to Coca-Cola Arena on 11 April, featuring Afrobeat sensation Rema as the headliner. Known for hits like ‘Calm Down’, ‘Dumebi’, and ‘Iron Man’, Rema’s dynamic performance promises an unforgettable experience. The concert celebrates African music’s rich diversity, uniting artists and fans in a vibrant showcase of Afrobeat rhythms and melodies. With tickets starting at Dhs 199, this one cannot be missed. Tomorrowland presents Mau P, Paco Osuna and Blackchild at Terra Solis Dubai on 12 April for an unforgettable event. Rising star Mau P, known for his hit track ‘Metro’, promises electrifying energy. Renowned artist Paco Osuna will transport fans to Ibiza, while Italian DJ Blackchild adds underground vibes. This momentous occasion in the contemporary electronic music scene guarantees a night to remember. Tickets start from Dhs 150 for an experience you won’t want to miss. 12 To 14 April Get ready for an exciting adventure with Scooby-Doo as he heads to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi! Held at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island from 12 to 14 April, in this thrilling show, Scooby-Doo and his friends will tackle a new mystery in Alta Luz, a fictional South American town haunted by ghostly sightings of La Dama de Oro. Created and directed by industry veterans, the production promises cutting-edge technology, original music, puppetry, magic, singing, dance, and more. DAZ Festival 12 To 21 April The DAZ festival is making a comeback in April and is a family event at Al Ain Zoo inspired by nature’s beauty. Visitors enjoy treats, live music, movies, rides, kids’ activities, shopping, and more. For 2024, the theme is ‘Farm Meets Safari,’ and the 10-day festival will be held from 12 to 21 April. Enjoy a fun-filled event featuring live music, exciting rides, interactive workshops, and delicious food and beverages. Kandura Rally 13 April Get ready for the third edition of the Kandura Rally on 13April at Dubai Autodrome inMotor City, showcasing automotive excellence. The free event will feature over 200 supercars, classic cars, muscle cars, and four-wheel drives in an exciting motor show. You can also have their vehicles replicated as Hot Wheels collectables onsite. Enjoy delicious food from food trucks and participate in a cosplay contest. It’s set to be the coolest motor event in the city. 3 5 6 7 8 4

CONNECTOR.AE 10 CONNECTOR.AE 11 Out And About Out And About Embark on a journey of self-discovery at the Kayan Wellness Festival in Abu Dhabi, running from 17 to 21 April, 2024. Nestled on Al Fahid Island’s shores, indulge in five days of rejuvenation with global speakers and wellness experts leading holistic sessions. Explore seven distinct ‘wellness valleys’ offering yoga, meditation, workshops, sound and energy healing, and more. Tickets start from Dhs 377. elrow XXL Sarah Geronimo And Bamboo Live Kayan Wellness Festival 13 April 14 April 17 To 21 April The Philippines’ biggest music icons will perform in the Coca-Cola Arena on 14 April. Rock Icon Bamboo and Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo join forces for an electrifying performance in Dubai. Sarah, known for her incredible voice and stage presence, returns to the UAE after her 2019 Papal Mass performance. Joined by award-winning rock star Bamboo, the concert promises hit songs, duets, and surprises, offering fans an unforgettable night of original Filipino music. Tickets start from Dhs 149. 9 10 11 The Kid Laroi Live 19 April The Kid Laroi is all set to take over Dubai again on 19 April 2024. The Australian rapper and singer will perform at Coca-Cola Arena along with special guests Iann Dior and Karl Wolf. The one-night-only event guarantees a unique experience you won’t want to miss, with incredible performances by all three artists. Tickets start from Dhs 195. White Festival 20 April White Festival is coming back to Dubai Harbour on Saturday, 20 April. This music, dance, and cultural extravaganza will be headlined by the globally acclaimed Grammy-winning artist Black Coffee, renowned for his fusion of jazz and African rhythms. Expect electrifying performances featuring his hits like ‘Superman’, ‘Drive’, and ‘Turn Me On’. Joining Black Coffee is &Me, real name André Boadu, a DJ and producer from Berlin’s techno and house music scene. Tickets are now on sale starting at Dhs 150. BRED Abu Dhabi 24 To 28 April BRED Abu Dhabi is the ultimate neo-culture festival, spanning five days of festivities. Presented by Hypebeast, BRED Abu Dhabi is taking place from 24 to 28 April at Yas Bay, with tickets starting from Dhs 75. This event showcases the region’s creative flair with performances by local and international hip-hop and R&B artists, a curated retail experience featuring global street wear brands, diverse street food, and immersive art exhibitions. 12 13 14 The elrow XXL festival returns to Dubai for its second year and will be even bigger! With elrow’s largest stage making its Middle East debut, the festival promises an unparalleled experience. Expect extravagant decorations, vibrant visuals, and energetic dancers in stunning costumes. With a capacity to accommodate over 12,000 people, the festival will take place on Saturday, 13 April, at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Tickets start from Dhs 350 for this one-day extravaganza.

CONNECTOR.AE 12 CONNECTOR.AE 13 Out And About Out And About Cirque Du Soleil Crystal Atrasa Live Arijit Singh Live Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Boyz II Men Live 26 April To 5 May 28 April 28 April Experience Cirque du Soleil Crystal, a groundbreaking production that combines stunning skating and acrobatics like never before. Witness acrobats and skaters perform on ice and in the air, seamlessly blending multiple disciplines for an unforgettable audience experience. From synchronised skating to traditional circus acts, this show pushes the boundaries of the circus arts. Catch it at Etihad Arena on Yas Island from 26 April to 5 May. Tickets start from Dhs 275. The Modern Theatre Group presents ‘Atrasa’, written by Sultan bin Dafon and directed by Omar Al Mulla. This Emirati theatrical production for children explores the theme of time, emphasising its value as a precious resource in life. Promising to engage young audiences, the play at Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi, delivers a lasting lesson on the importance of time and tickets for the same start from Dhs 30. Known for his soul-stirring melodies, one of India’s finest singers, Arijit Singh will redefine the concert experience in Dubai at Coca-Cola Arena with a specially constructed stage, a first-of-its-kind in the city. The extended stage promises fans a closer, more intimate connection to the artist, enhancing the visual and auditory aspects of his musical tunes. Tickets start from Dhs 250 for this soulful performance. The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, is a global gathering for the creative and publishing industries to connect, learn, and thrive. More than just a fair, it’s a platform for partnerships, trend discovery, and passion cultivation. The fair features talks, workshops, music shows, cooking demos, and children’s activities. Boyz II Men, the iconic R&B group known for their timeless classics, will perform at CocaCola Arena on 28 April. Prepare to groove to hits like ‘End of the Road’ and ‘One Sweet Day’ in a one-night-only event. Boyz II Men in Dubai promises an evening of soulful R&B that will have you dancing and singing along. Secure your tickets now, starting from Dhs 299. 16 17 18 19 15 27 April 29 April To 5 May

CONNECTOR.AE 14 CONNECTOR.AE 15 Out And About Out And About Don’t miss out on 10 days of side-splitting shows featuring the funniest comedians delivering unforgettable performances. The Dubai Comedy Festival will take place at multiple venues across the city, including Dubai Opera, Coca-Cola Arena and Roxy Cinemas Dubai Hills Mall. At Dubai Opera, there will be a new central setup, making it easy for you to move between shows or mingle in one area, creating a festive atmosphere perfect for socialising. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with stand-up performances in various languages like English, Arabic, and French, as well as lively variety shows, interactive activities, and a lot more from established and up-and-coming comedians from around the world. Day-Wise Line-up For Dubai Comedy Festival 12 And 13 April Gad Elmaleh: Gad Elmaleh, a well-known French-Moroccan comedian and actor, has gained fame in France, Morocco, and the United States. Get ready to laugh uncontrollably as Gad takes the stage at the Dubai Opera Main Hall on 12 and 13 April. His comedic talent will have you roaring with Dubai Comedy Festival 2024: All You Need To Know Get ready to chuckle and have a blast this April as the hilarious Dubai Comedy Festival returns on 12 April! Back for its 2024 edition, this beloved festival guarantees nonstop laughter with top comedians from around the globe. 14 And 15 April Kenny Sebastian: Prepare to laugh out loud on 14 April as the renowned Indian standup comedian Kenny Sebastian will take the stage at Dubai Opera. With a significant online presence, Kenny Sebastian is known for his versatility, seamlessly switching between English and Hindi for comic effect, you won’t want to miss his comedic genius live at Dubai Opera. Frank Skinner: Don’t miss out on the chance to see Frank Skinner, the experienced English comedian, actor, presenter, and writer, at Dubai Opera Main Hall on 15 April. With almost four decades in the comedy scene, Frank Skinner is a master of observational humour. 16 And 17 April Al Murray: Enjoy a side splitting performace from English comedian, actor, musician, and writer Al Murray at Dubai Opera Main Hall on 16 April as part of the Dubai Comedy Festival. Known for his hilarious performances, Al Murray’s show is a mustsee event. laughter throughout the show. Katherine Ryan: Katherine Ryan, a versatile talent, is set to make her Dubai debut at the festival. Scheduled to perform on 12 April at the Dubai Opera Main Hall, Ryan’s sharp and witty comedy style, often likened to the legendary Joan Rivers, has earned her widespread acclaim and a devoted fan following worldwide. Laughtrip: Laughtrip is a comedy group including Alex Calleja, Israel Buenaobra, Jeps Gallon, and Mak Navarez. With Alex’s relatable humour, Israel’s incisive observations, Mak’s edgy comedy, and Jeps’ animated performances, their show promises an evening of laughter and authenticity on 13 April at Dubai Opera Main Hall. KATHERINE RYAN ALEX CALLEJA KENNY SEBASTIAN

CONNECTOR.AE 16 CONNECTOR.AE 17 Out And About Out And About Emirati Showcase: Get ready for a hilarious evening as the ‘Emirati Showcase’ hits the stage at Roxy Cinemas Dubai Hills Mall on Saturday, 20 April. Featuring a lineup of talented local comedians, the show promises to deliver a unique blend of humour and cultural insight. From the witty antics of Abdallah Alansari to the insightful comedy of Ali Saleh Awadh, audiences can expect an entertaining night filled with laughter and memorable performances. 12 To 21 April Comedy Bizarre: Prepare for an extra dose of laughter as the Dubai Comedy Festival brings back the Comedy Bizarre, happening daily at Dubai Opera Studio from 12 to 21 April (except 15 and 18 April). Enjoy hilarious performances from international comedy stars like Aditya Thomas, Amr Elassal, Bronwyn Byrnes, Emaad Siddiqui, Folly Olubiyi, Ismail Abdirahman, John Hague, Joshua Dias, Liz Bains, and many others. Don’t miss out on this comedic extravaganza at Dubai Opera Studio. Tickets, Timings And Other Information You can buy tickets for Dubai Opera performances from Dubai Opera’s website or Platinumlist. For Coca-Cola Arena performances, you can purchase tickets through the Coca-Cola Arena’s website or Platinumlist. Ticket prices for these events start at Dhs 250. To know more about the festival and the acts, head to Dubai Comedy Festival website - his new show ‘Kisi Ko Batana Mat’. With a Bollywood debut and his stand-up special ‘Bas Kar Bassi’ on Amazon Prime Video, Bassi’s comedic prowess is not to be missed. Riaad Moosa Live In Dubai: Get ready for an unforgettable night with South Africa’s beloved doctor-turned-comedian, Riaad Moosa, at Roxy Cinemas Dubai Hills Mall on Saturday, 20 April. Known for his witty humour and insightful observations, Moosa’s performances offer a healthy dose of laughter and thought-provoking commentary. From his experiences as a Muslim to his adventures as a father and entertainer, Moosa’s comedy covers a wide range of topics, ensuring an entertaining and memorable evening for all. Spencer and Vogue: Join media personalities Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams for an unfiltered live show at Dubai Opera Main Hall on 19 April. Get ready for a hilarious evening as they lift the curtain on their lives, from Spencer’s love for James Blunt to their competitive relationship. Mo Gilligan: Don’t miss British stand-up comedian Mo Gilligan’s unique brand of comedy on 19 April. With his distinct take on British culture and mastery of genres like grime comedy, physical comedy, and musical comedy, Mo guarantees a diverse range of humour on stage. Alfred Adriaan’s Unfit and Forty: Don’t miss the hilarious South African comedian Alfred Adriaan live at Roxy Cinemas Dubai Hills Mall on Friday, 19 April, presenting his side-splitting show ‘Unfit and Forty’. With his unique comedic style, Adriaan shares his witty observations and relatable anecdotes about middle-aged life, marriage, parenting, and the comedy scene in Johannesburg. Get ready for a laughter-filled evening as Adriaan takes you on a rollercoaster ride of humour and charm. 20 And 21 April Anubhav Singh Bassi: Get ready for a night of laughter with Anubhav Singh Bassi at Dubai Opera Main Hall on 20 April, with Chris Distefano: With 15 years of experience bringing laughter in different forms, Chris Distefano is ready to take the stage at Dubai Opera Main Hall on 16 April. Known for his unique comedic talent showcased on MTV’s ‘Guy Code’ and ‘Girl Code’, Chris promises a night of non-stop hilarity. Amer Zahr: Amer Zahr, a PalestinianAmerican comedian, speaker, writer, and academic, will showcase his over 10-years of comedy expertise at the Dubai Opera Main Hall on Wednesday, 17 April. Prepare for an evening filled with laughter and insightful humour from Amer during the festival. 18 And 19 April Zarna Garg: Prepare for a night of laughter with Zarna Garg at Dubai Opera on 18 April. Known for her fearless social commentary and sharp wit, Zarna’s comedy has gained acclaim for her unique blend of humour showcased in her comedy special, ‘One in a Billion’, available on Amazon Prime. CHRIS DISTEFANO ZARNA GARG SPENCER AND VOGUE RIAAD MOOSA ANUBHAV SINGH BASSI

CONNECTOR.AE 18 CONNECTOR.AE 19 Dining Around Dining Around Top Places To Enjoy Pakistani Cuisines In Dubai Dubai is renowned for its diverse culinary scene, boasting an array of cuisines to satisfy every taste bud. Among these, Pakistani cuisine stands out for its bold flavours, vibrant spices, and diverse dishes. From aromatic nihari to sumptuous biryani, Pakistani food offers a delectable experience for all. Connector has curated a list of Pakistani restaurants in Dubai that are a must-visit for any foodie eager to explore the city’s culinary delights. Situated in Meena Bazaar, Shehar-E-Karachi is a quaint eatery in Dubai renowned for its diverse selection of Pakistani cuisine, particularly its assortment of Pakistani bread. With an average cost of Dhs 45 for two people, standout dishes include special chicken Peshawari, chicken shahi darbar, shahi haleem, mutton Shahjani biryani, and chicken Shahjani biryani. Their sheermal, romali roti and keema paratha make excellent accompaniments to the main courses. 04-3510605 Shehar-E-Karachi Pak Liyari, a familyfriendly Pakistani restaurant, has multiple branches across Dubai in Bur Dubai, Deira, and Al Nahda. Established in 2007, it is renowned for serving some of the finest Pakistani biryanis in Dubai. Their specialities include mutton biryani, chicken biryani, white roast, chicken karahi, chicken and mutton Peshawari. With reasonable prices, an average meal for two costs between Dhs 50 to Dhs 75. For over five decades, Student Biryani has been a renowned Pakistani brand, known for its unique and delicious biryani with consistent taste and quality. Originating from a small eatery in Saddar, Karachi, it has grown into a household name. Located in Al Karama, Student Biryani offers dishes such as chicken biryani, mutton biryani, barbecue biryani, chicken white karahi, and beef qeema, paired with Pakistani bread like sheermal, taftan, and romali toti. With an average cost of Dhs 70, it promises delightful flavours. Named after the countries it represents, I n d i a , Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Sthan in Karama offers a diverse range of dishes. For Pakistani cuisine, don’t miss out on specialities like Lahori gosht sheekh, Karachi boti tikka, Peshawari Kadai murg, and murg biryani. Complement your meal with their signature bread, Naan-eSthan, which is generously sized to satisfy even the heartiest appetites. Sthan Pak Liyari Student Biryani

CONNECTOR.AE 20 CONNECTOR.AE 21 Dining Around Dining Around Since its establishment in 2017, Karachi Grill has been a culinary gem in Dubai, showcasing the essence of Pakistani cuisine with pride. Situated in Jumeirah 2 and with an average cost of Dhs 190 for two, Karachi Grill offers a delightful array of dishes including Karachi special bun kebab, mutton rogan josh, chapli kabab, Karachi grilled chicken tikka, and more, ensuring every bite is a testament to flavour and tradition. Situated in Al Karama, Al Ibrahimi Restaurant offers a diverse buffet showcasing an array of culinary delights, ranging from BBQ specialities to vegetarian options. Among their standout dishes are mutton kabab, lamb chops, chicken karahi, kabab karahi, dall mutton, chicken qorma, and chicken biryani. With an average price of Dhs 85 for two, you can indulge in a wide selection of Pakistani delicacies alongside other delectable choices. Barbecue Delights offers over 50 Pakistani curries and grills, showcasing the authentic flavours of Pakistan. Located in The Walk JBR, Ibn Battuta Mall, and Motor City, the restaurant offers a diverse menu including chicken karahi, mutton chapli kabab, prawn biryani, Lahori fried fish, along with grills, barbecues, chaat, and starters. With an average cost for two at Dhs 155, it’s the perfect spot for a wholesome meal with loved ones. Karachi Grill Al Ibrahimi Restaurant Barbecue Delights Nestled in JLT Cluster G, Little Lahore is your go-to spot for authentic Pakistani breakfast delights. Don’t miss their Pakistani omelette, Lahori chana, paratha omelette roll, and achari aloo bhaji for breakfast. Beyond breakfast, the restaurant offers delectable options for lunch and dinner. For later meals, indulge in dishes like chicken hara masala, tawa keema, and mutton karahi. With an average cost of Dhs 140 for two, you can visit this place for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the flavours won’t disappoint. 04-4414280 Little Lahore Spread across various locations in Dubai including Karama, Fahidi, Satwa, Oud Metha and more, Karachi Darbar is renowned for its flavourful Pakistani grill dishes. Since its inception in Dubai in 1973, the restaurant has been delighting foodies across the UAE with its delectable offerings. With an average cost for two at Dhs 100, Karachi Darbar offers dishes like Karachi boneless karahi, namkeen roast, nihari, keema paratha, and mutton kabab karahi, alongside a variety of sides, grills, and refreshments. Karachi Darbar Situated in Oud Metha, Des Pardes is a 24-hour restaurant renowned for its authentic Pakistani food in Dubai. Offering a diverse menu, with an average cost of Dhs 85 for two, highlights include dal gosht, chicken seekh kabab kadai, badami murgh qorma, mutton biryani, and achari gosht. Complement your main courses with bread options such as kalonji naan, rogni naan, keema naan, and more. 04-3795702 With over 29 branches across the UAE, Pak Darbar serves delectable Pakistani cuisine at affordable prices. Located in various areas of Dubai such as Al Nahda, Al Fahidi, Garhoud, Al Barsha, JLT and more, the restaurant offers must-try dishes like Pakistani chana, keema, nihari, chicken Peshawari, chicken boti pulao, and chicken biryani. With an average cost for two at Dhs 75, you can also indulge in Mughlai delicacies alongside Pakistani delights. R a v i Restaurant in Al Satwa is synonymous with Pakistani c u i s i n e s u p e r i o r i t y in the UAE. Established in 1978, it’s renowned for its delectable curries, fluffy naan, and succulent grilled meats. With an average price of Dhs 85 for two, musttry dishes include reshmi kabab, paya, achari chicken handi, mutton jalfraizi, chicken palak, and chicken masala rice. 04-3315353 Ravi Restaurant Des Pardes Pak Darbar

CONNECTOR.AE 22 CONNECTOR.AE 23 Dining Around Dining Around Ten To Try: Dumplings Are you a fan of Asian cuisine? If so, you probably have a soft spot for dumplings. These delightful treats are like little pockets of heaven, steamed to perfection and bursting with flavour. In Dubai, you can find a variety of dumplings from all over the world, each with its unique twist. While we often associate dumplings with Asian cooking, many countries have their versions, coming in various shapes, sizes, and tastes. So, if you love Asian cuisine and dumplings, Connector recommends you try these 10 places in Dubai for dumplings. With branches in Al Barsha, Al Satwa, and beyond, Nayaab Handi serves delectable Pakistani cuisine across Dubai and the UAE. With an average cost for two at Dhs 100, indulge in their dishes like chicken seekh kebab, malai boti, and mutton biryani. Families can opt for the family meal combo. Alongside kebabs, barbecue platters, and tandoor dishes, their varied combos and deals ensure there’s something to satisfy every palate. Nayaab Handi O p e n e d in 2011, Lal Qila in Jumeirah 1 serves up a u t h e n t i c M u g h l a i , t a n d o o r i , and classic Pakistani food. With an average price of Dhs 135 for two, it offers a diverse menu featuring mutton kabab, barbecue platters, chicken biryani, mutton karahi, and a range of combo meals and monthly specials. Spread across Dubai in Deira, Al Barsha, Mirdif, and beyond, Daily Restaurant promises to tantalise your taste buds with authentic Pakistani flavours. From aloo gosht to fried nihari and behari kabab, their menu offers a diverse range of options, including vegetarian dishes. Don’t miss their daily specials for a chance to try something unique. With an average cost for two at Dhs 80, it’s an affordable culinary journey through the streets of Pakistan. Dubai’s first truck-art-themed restaurant, nestled in Cluster D, JLT, Truck Adda brings the essence of Pakistan to the UAE. Vibrant and styled like traditional Pakistani dhabas, the place offers a unique dining experience. With an average cost for two at Dhs 85, indulge in classic Pakistani dishes like anda paratha, palak gosht, mutton chapli kabab, fish and chicken karahi, bun kebabs, chicken samosas, and more. Daily Restaurant Truck Adda Lal Qila

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CONNECTOR.AE 26 CONNECTOR.AE 27 Dining Around Dining Around Chef ’s Corner: Chef Fernando Ray Golfarine In an interview with Connector, Chef Fernando Ray Golfarine, theesteemedheadchef at FogueiraRestaurant and Lounge, Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, shares insights into his culinary expertise rooted in Brazil’s rich gastronomy. Originating from the Gaucho culture, Chef Fernando specialises in churrasco, a renowned culinary style from Brazil’s Gaucho region. Reflecting on his culinary journey, Chef Fernando talks about his earliest cooking experiences and his midnight cravings, offering a glimpse into his passion for food and dedication to his craft. 1. How did you get started in the food industry? In my case, it’s more about culture. I grew up in Rio Grande do Sul, where people call us ‘gauchos’. Since childhood, I’ve been involved in the Gaucho Traditionalist Centre (GTC). These are places where you can experience only Gaucho and rural culture. My first involvement was in the kitchen, helping to prepare meats over a fire and skewers for big events. It all started when a friend’s uncle invited me, and since then, I never looked back. 2. What is your earliest cooking memory? Cooking has been in my life since childhood, but one particularly unforgettable memory stands out from a Farroupilha event. During this special occasion, spanning from 7 to 20 September, we managed to cook over 1,500kg of meat to feed more than 1,500 attendees. The event commenced at 3am and extended until 10pm, requiring the relentless efforts of over 20 cooks and profuse amounts of firewood to sustain the cooking process. 3. What is your favourite dish from your country? As surprising as it may sound, my favourite dish is gnocchi with ragú sauce made by my mother. She’s of Italian origin, and this dish is a traditional delicacy we enjoy on the 29 of each month. On the 29 of each month, it’s a cultural tradition in my maternal family, who hail from Italy near Naples, to prepare gnocchi. According to custom, after enjoying the gnocchi, you should set aside the last three pieces, wrap them in cling film, and carry them in your purse. This act is believed to ensure a continuous flow of money into your wallet. 4. What is the one go-to and easy snack you love making for midnight cravings? One of my favourite homemade snacks is a sweet Arabic delicacy called Kunafa. I enjoy making it at home using filo dough and love layering it with plenty of cheese and honey. 5. What is the one raw ingredient you cannot cook without from your country? My favourite ingredient is garlic, it’s an ‘allrounder’. Garlic has a unique and robust flavour profile that enhances the taste of dishes and adds depth and complexity to the simplest dishes. The versatility, flavour enhancement, health benefits and aromatic qualities make it the perfect go-to ingredient. 6. What is the best dish to try at Fogueira? At Fogueira restaurant, we have a strong menu with some outstanding options, but of course there are several exceptional dishes that I would always recommend. One standout dish is the campeira ribs; black angus USA beef ribs slow-cooked for six hours, encased in puff pastry, and served with a special sauce. Another favourite dish is the caldeirada, an indulgent combination of salmon and other seafood, which is simmered in a rich fish broth with coconut milk and cassava, a Brazilian root vegetable.

CONNECTOR.AE 28 CONNECTOR.AE 29 Kids And Education Kids And Education Helps With Improving Skill Sets Learning a theory in school and then applying it in practical situations not only demonstrates the substantial benefits of the theory but also develops skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. Children learn to apply, analyse, understand, and evaluate the utility of a theory, which not only aids them academically but also prepares them for their future careers. The skills acquired in school and the theories learnt as children, play a key role in shaping their future endeavours in various ways. Adding to this, Nicholas Kilty, Design Technology Teacher at Bloom World Academy, says, “Firstly, they allow students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world contexts, fostering a deeper understanding of academic concepts. This handson approach not only reinforces classroom teachings but also facilitates the development of essential skills. Through the project, students cultivate problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and decision-making skills, essential for success in both academic pursuits and future professional endeavours, contributing to a well-rounded and practical education.” initially, long-term remembrance often requires a practical application. Whether it’s physics or any other subject, incorporating hands-on activities aids in better understanding for children. Commenting on this, NicholasKilty, DesignTechnologyTeacher at BloomWorld Academy, adds, “Participating in practical activities significantly enhances students’ comprehension and retention of concepts through diverse mechanisms. This engagement extends beyond theoretical learning, immersing students in real-world applications of physics, engineering, and technology principles, fostering a profound understanding of these concepts.” Mrs Sharon Robertson, Foundation Stage 1 Class Teacher, Horizon English School and former UAE Teacher of the Year Award winner, adds, “It generates a deeper more bespoke understanding of skills and allows our brains to engrain more knowledge whilst developing our understanding of concepts and skills. When children are actively involved in their education through practical activities, they use their experiences to support their real-life experiences and learn how to cope with life andmanage themselves. It improves their overall development and creates a high level of engagement, sense of agency, fulfilment and allows information to be used practically whilst placing a positive lifelong learning attitude and mindset in the heart of every child.” Understanding The Importance Of Practical Education In Schools In the space of education, there’s often an overemphasis on theoretical learning, neglecting the significance of practical education. While mastering theory is crucial, When children apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings, they learn its purpose and remember it for longer. This handson approach helps them connect learning with real-life situations, enhancing their understanding and memory retention. Besides, engaging in hands-on activities helps with skill development, leading to proficiency. Let’s decode the importance of practical education as Connector talks to several professors and understands their take on this. Practical Education Helps You Understand Concepts Better Certain concepts are best understood through first hand experience, a principle that applies to many subjects. For example, merely explaining the laws of physics to children without demonstrating how they function practically reduces them to mere words. While they may understand the concept

CONNECTOR.AE 30 CONNECTOR.AE 31 Kids And Education Kids And Education It Makes Learning Interesting Practical education makes concepts and theories interesting for kids compared to simply memorising them. When something intrigues your interest, it feels easier to understand, right? With practical learning, children engage with the subject matter wholeheartedly, paying close attention and applying creativity. This hands-on approach makes learning more effective, helping them apply and remember concepts more easily. How Can Teachers Add More Practical Education In Their Teachings Sharing her insights on this, Mrs Sharon Robertson, Foundation Stage 1 Class Teacher, Horizon English School and former UAE Teacher of the Year Award winner, says, “The measures that educational institutions and policymakers can take to prioritise and integrate practical education into formal learning environments, ensuring that children are adequately prepared for the demands of the modern workforce and society are simple. Keep being visible, consult, ask a wide range of questions to the whole community that surrounds the child, listen to the quietness, there is often opportunity and learning there. Be deliberately bothered by the culture that surrounds you and maintain it through accountability and compassion. Continue creating happy diverse memories and healthy mindsets to have a well-balanced, successful, and happy future for each child that we are privileged to work with and care for.” Susan Walker, Head of Art at Brighton College Dubai, says, “There are several ways in which policymakers and educational institutes can support and prioritise integration. Some ways in which this can be done are in the allocation of resources for hands-on learning and materials and by integrating project-based assessments into the curriculum. Besides this, teachers should strive to foster a culture that values experiential learning to further support the integration of practical education into formal learning environments.” risks. To support their brain development by providing opportunities to remember and to complete complex tasks relevant to them through stories, games, conversations, puzzles, and interactions. Teachers should be positive regulators for children as they develop their self-regulation skills which allow them to grow and be successful, inspiring, confident and responsible individuals.” It Promotes Collaboration Practical education encourages collaboration and communication skills as students frequently collaborate to generate ideas, exchange feedback, and finish tasks together. This collaborative setting promotes a sense of community, teaches students to appreciate teamwork, respect differing opinions, and learn to coexist harmoniously. Susan Walker, Head of Art at Brighton College Dubai, adds, “In contrast to purely theorybased learning, practical work, such as that done in art or photography, offers a holistic approach that integrates cognitive, emotional, and social development, providing a wellrounded education that prepares pupils for success in various aspects of life. Besides, practical processes provide hands-on learning experiences that cater to different learning styles, making complex concepts more accessible and understandable.” Helps With Self Confidence When teaching children about courage, it’s important to provide practical experiences that allow them to learn its meaning first hand. Allowing children to take risks, face failures, and learn from them instils courage and boosts their confidence. Moreover, these experiences contribute to their brain development and help them gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and the world around them. To ensure that children learn through practical experiences, teachers should design and arrange a variety of hands-on educational activities in school. Adding more to this, Mrs Sharon Robertson, Foundation Stage 1 Class Teacher, Horizon English School and former UAE Teacher of the Year Award winner, says, “It can be done quite simply by creating daily opportunities for the children to be active learners, who are immersed in hands-on learning opportunities which foster a real understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and world. To boost their confidence, encourage independence and keep trying as they face challenges and take

CONNECTOR.AE 32 CONNECTOR.AE 33 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Top Things To Consider Before Investing In Skin Care Products Taking care of our skin and using the correct set of products not only helps maintain the skin barrier but also helps us achieve the dewy and radiant skin we all dream of. People often confuse skincare with makeup, but the two are different. Skincare products focus on maintaining the health of your skin, while makeup adds an extra layer of glamour. Hence, the two are not the same. When it comes to choosing products, whether you opt for high-end brands or a stores own branded rage, it’s crucial to choose your skincare wisely. The brand doesn’t always matter, but the ingredients and quality do. So, if you’re new to the skincare world, here are the top things you must consider before investing in skincare products. Understand Your Skin Type First and foremost, before investing in any product, it’s important to understand your “There are four common skin types, normal, oily, combination and dry. The easiest way to figure out your skin type is to wash your face with a cleanser. Wait for 30 minutes and then assess your skin. If you see shine and oil on your skin, this means you are oily. If your skin feels tight and dry, this means you are dry. If you see a mix of oil on your T zone and tightness on your cheeks, this means you are a combination. Finally if your skin feels just fine, no tightness and no oiliness, this means you have normal skin. Note that skin can vary and change depending on the environment, so adjust your skincare accordingly.” Start Reading The Ingredients When purchasing skincare products, it’s easy to fall into the trap of advertisements and buy products solely based on brand promises and claims. However, it’s crucial to read the label, understand the ingredients, and research their effectiveness and compatibility with your skin type before investing. For example, a good moisturiser should be easy to absorb, non-sticky, and lightweight, with no synthetic ingredients. Similarly, sunscreen should provide broadspectrum protection, be lightweight, and leave no white cast on your face. So, start reading and prioritise your skin’s health and avoid potential long-term issues. Explaining this further, Mukta Purain, Founder of MissPalettablle, adds, “Depending on your skin, you should be looking at ingredients. If you have oily skin, products with salicylic acid or mandelic acid are great. Niacinamide is a great ingredient as well for inflammation. When it comes to chemical exfoliators, BHA is great for oily skin. On the other hand, hyaluronic acid is skin type because every product caters to a particular skin type. You need to determine whether you have oily skin, dry skin, a combination of both, or if you have acne or skin allergies. This is crucial because if the product doesn’t suit your skin type, it might cause more harm than good. So, you can either consult your dermatologist or seek advice from a beauty expert at the skincare store to understand your skin type before investing in products. Helping us understand the importance of understanding skin types, Mukta Purain, Founder of MissPalettablle, adds, “Everyone’s skin is different and it’s really important to understand your skin type and concerns before investing into any skincare products.

CONNECTOR.AE 34 CONNECTOR.AE 35 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness great for hydration. Again it comes down to doing your research on ingredients and what your skin concerns are. Skincare is very personalised, so you have to look at it from that point of view. Reach out to professionals and dermatologists if you are feeling lost and start slow. Don’t start a 10-step skincare regimen just because someone told you so. Start with a basic skincare routine for your skin type. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise. Build from here and add activities depending on your needs.” Dr Tanya Unni, Founder and Director at Dr Tanya Skincare, Skincare and Cosmetic Care Specialist, says, “A fewkey ingredients to look for in skincare products include hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, and peptides. One can also look for specific concentrations of active ingredients listed on product labels. Effective ingredients are usually present in higher concentrations, typically listed higher on the ingredient list. It’s important to note that ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration.” Patch Test Is A Must After reading the ingredients and doing your research, the next step is to conduct a patch test. Apply a small amount of the product on the inside of your forearm to determine if it suits your skin. This simple test helps rule out any possible irritations and protects your face from potential damage. Understand How Each Product Works Not all body lotions are suitable for every part of your body. While one lotion may work well for your hands and legs, it may not be the right choice for your face and eyes. It’s wise to invest in products specifically designed for different areas. For the delicate skin around your eyes, consider using an eye cream. For your lips, opt for a lip balm with sun protection factor (SPF), no colour, and moisturising properties. When it comes to your face, choose a lightweight or a heavier cream-based moisturiser based on your skin type. “Investing in skincare products that are tailored to your skin needs can be more cost-effective in the long run. By selecting products that work well for your skin type and concerns, you are less likely to try numerous products that don’t deliver the desired results, saving both time and money,” adds Dr Tanya Unni, Founder and Director at Dr Tanya Skincare, Skincare and Cosmetic Care Specialist. Opt For Products Approved And Certified By Dermatologists Many products proudly display certifications and approvals from dermatologists on their packaging. Always keep an eye out for these indications. Your skin is delicate and sensitive, so it’s crucial to use products backed by research and endorsed by experts. Using products that lack professional support can potentially harm your skin. Ensure that experts endorse the products you choose, or consult your dermatologist to verify if the product is suitable for your skin type. Dr Tanya Unni, Founder and Director at Dr Tanya Skincare, Skincare and Cosmetic Care Specialist, adds, “While purchasing a product, one can access reliable information to evaluate products before making purchases through third-party sources such as websites, magazines, and independent experts. These sources can provide unbiased reviews and evaluations of products based on their ingredients, performance, safety, and suitability for different types of skin. It is essential to check the credentials of the reviewers to ensure they are reputable and unbiased. In addition, shoppers can seek the advice of dermatologists and other healthcare professionals to enquire about the best skincare recommendations for their skin type, acne, wrinkles, or other skin concerns. Healthcare professionals can guide products to use, their ingredients, and the science behind them.” Set A Budget It’s essential to set a monthly budget for skincare products and conduct research on brands within that budget range. Affordable brands can still provide effective skincare solutions, while high-end brands offer advanced formulations for quicker results. Allocate your budget wisely based on your skin’s needs and desired outcomes. Remember, not all expensive products guarantee results and not all cheaper options are bad. So, choose products that provide value for your money to achieve your desired skin goals.

CONNECTOR.AE 36 CONNECTOR.AE 37 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Understanding Bloating: Causes, Prevention, Tips Stomach aches are a common occurrence with various causes ranging from dietary factors to menstrual cycles and bloating. Bloating, in particular, occurs when the abdomen feels full and tight due to gas, often associated with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It’s a global issue affecting people of all ages, leading to discomfort, changes in bowel habits, and more. Often mistaken for indigestion, bloating can disrupt daily activities, causing embarrassment and social withdrawal. Both adults and children can experience bloating; now, let’s understand its causes, symptoms, and treatments through expert insights. What Is Bloating And How Does One Feel When The Stomach Is Bloated? Bloating can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain and is common for many. It may come and go, but for some, it’s a persistent concern linked to digestive problems and hormonal changes. When experiencing bloating, your stomach feels tight or full, accompanied by swelling, hardness, and pain in the abdomen. Symptoms may include pain, excessive gas, frequent burping, and abdominal rumbling. What Causes Bloating? Bloating largely occurs due to gas accumulation, particularly after consuming a heavy meal. This build-up of gas in the digestive system happens as undigested food breaks down or when air is swallowed while eating or drinking. Common factors contributing to bloating include rapid eating or drinking, chewing gum, smoking, and constipation. Shedding light on this and helping us understand the causes better, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Healthpoint Professor Dr. Laith Al-Rubaiy, shared insights and said, “Bloating occurs when there is an excess of air in the small bowel or colon. This excess can be caused by two main factors: physiological and organic.” • Physiological causes of bloating stem from eating habits and food choices, such as eating quickly, swallowing air, and consuming gas-producing foods like beans, garlic, and onions. Lack of dietary fibre leading to constipation can also worsen bloating. • Organic causes involve underlying digestive issues, including conditions like celiac disease (immune reaction to eating gluten), lactose intolerance, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Inflammatory bowel disease can also disrupt normal bowel function, leading to bloating. • The gut microbiomeThe gut microbiome, comprising trillions of microorganisms, plays a pivotal role in digestive health. Imbalances in the gut microbiome, known as dysbiosis, can lead to bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Factors such as diabetes, fatty liver, and colitis can influence microbiome composition. Diagnostic tests are necessary to assess changes in the gut microbiome and identify abnormal patterns contributing to bloating.