Connector June 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 3 Welcome Though schools are due to close for the summer break in a few weeks, some parents are considering where they will send their children next academic year. Whether they are new to Dubai and looking for their first school, or parents who are considering a school change because they have moved to a different part of the city, the decisions can be daunting with a lot to consider. Recently the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai released its annual school inspection reports that it first introduced in 2008, offering some useful insight to help parents with the decision. Read about the 2023 reports, how the inspections are carried out and this years rankings on pages 28 to 33. If only there is somewhere you could go with friends and family on your birthday and be given something for free. Well the good news is there is, and more places than you think. Check out pages 44 to 47 with details of restaurants and attractions where there is something for the celebrant for free, and even discounts for those celebrating with them. Abu Dhabi, the nations capital, is an amazing place to chose for a staycation, with lots of attractions and offers to make you want to go for a stay. From luxurious hotels, world class theme parks and iconic cultural attractions, there really is something for everyone, and more than enough to make people want to extend their stay or return very soon after. Turn to pages 50 to 53 for just some of the deals and offers to tempt you to visit. Have a great month and enjoy the issue. 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. Nicole Pereira Vishakha Ramchandani Welcome 3>HS‡3gr‡} >>g # - . /0124 56 01 7gH gH 3>HS‡3r‡} >>g 69

CONNECTOR.AE 5 Chef’s Corner: Daniel Delgado Make Father’s Day Special With These Gifts! 48 Explore All That Abu Dhabi Has To Offer! Dealing With Food Poisoning 50 36 Make Birthday’s Special With Amazing Freebies! 44 Contents 7 Monthly Events World Padel League Comes To Dubai Steak Restaurants That Meat Your Standards! K-Beauty Products That Are All The Rave! Ten To Try: Biryani La Sirene - Tasty Lebanese Food With A View F.A.M.E: Showcasing Talents Of People Of Determination A Look At KHDA School Inspections A round up of all the major events this June 13 14 42 21 20 54 26 14 44 36 28 Welcome So many jokes, so little time! Show 8:30pm / Tickets AED 160 JUNE 16-24 featuring: Khaled Khalafalla, Liz Miele & Scott Bennett

CONNECTOR.AE 7 Out And About As well as all the amazing activities throughout the month, Eid Al Adha is due to fall at the end of June, making sure to be another great month to make amazing memories with friends and family, and explore all that the country has to offer. With multiple activations happening throughout the year, Connector has listed some of the unmissable events happening around the UAE in June. Delight in a two-day special at Dubai Opera with the brilliant performance by Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’. The show will tell the tale of Aurora, a princess, who has a spell cast on her by an evil fairy, that puts her into a deep sleep on her 16th birthday. The show will feature spectacular sets, costumes and music scores for all that attend to marvel in. Prices start at Dhs 250. OUT & ABOUT The UAE is always busywith so many sights and activities to enjoy, and even with the summer heat coming, there are still so many events to experience to truly make this month a fun-filled one. Sleeping Beauty 2 and 3 June Razorlight Live 2 June Enjoy watching an amazing performance by the British rock band Razorlight. Held at The Tent at Bla Bla Dubai, the four-member group will perform their hits, including tunes from their latest album, ‘Razorwhat? The Best of Razorlight’ like ‘Stumble and Fall’, ‘Wire to Wire’, ‘Before I Fall To Pieces’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 250. 1 2 Having a roller coaster while looking for discounts? Now enjoy the ride to FREE discounts & offers available on Club Connector FREE app & website. Scan the QR code to download the Club Connector app, or visit

CONNECTOR.AE 8 CONNECTOR.AE 9 Out And About Out And About Tom Odell Mjaddara Hamra Paw Patrol Live! 7 June 8 June 8 to 11 June Enjoy a brilliant night to remember as Tom Odell, English pop singer and songwriter, makes his way to Dubai as part of his international tour. Delight in listening to amazing compositions on the piano accompanied by Tom’s mesmerising voice with tunes including ‘Another Love’, ‘Can’t Pretend’, ‘Best Day of My Life’, ‘Half As Good As You’ and more. Prices are set at Dhs 250. Get excited to witness an amazing Arabic play this month. Held at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, Mjaddara Hamra will make its way to Dubai after hosting shows in Lebanon for five years. The play will have actress Anjo Rihane perform. Prices start at Dhs 135. The popular children’s television show is bringing its live show to Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Held over the course of four days, the show will revolve around the pups going on a journey around the Great Adventure Bay to rescue Mayor Goodway. Prices start at Dhs 105. A Tribute to Adele 9 and 10 June Theatre at QE2 in Dubai is bringing a oneof-a-kind tribute to the iconic Grammy award-winning singer, Adele. Helen Ward Jackson will perfectly encapsulate Adele’s music, singing top hits including ‘Set Fire To The Rain’, ‘Hello’, ‘Rolling In The Deep’, ‘Easy On Me’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 99. The Story of Aurora 10 June Dubai Opera is bringing its adaption of the classical fairytale to Dubai Opera for one day only. Turning Pointe Youth Ballet will bring the story of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by Maleficent when she is born. To protect her from harm, three fairies take her to the forest to live, where her tale unfolds. Prices start at Dhs 145. Warsaw Melody 13 June Love is said to conquer all, and this month, The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates is bringing an amazing Russian play to Dubai. Based on Leonid Zorin’s play, the story follows a Russian boy and a Polish girl who, despite falling in love, went their separate ways, with life bringing them back together years later. Prices start at Dhs 312. 3 4 5 6 7 8

CONNECTOR.AE 10 CONNECTOR.AE 11 Out And About Out And About M83 Arabeats Mind2Mind Connected 15 June 16 June 16 June Dubai Opera is bringing a brilliant performance to Dubai with M83. The one-day-only concert by French artist Anthony Gonzalez, who has been in the music industry since 1999, will see the performer play top tracks, including ‘Midnight City’, ‘Solitude’, ‘Oblivion’, ‘My Tears Are Becoming A Sea’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 275. The first edition of Arabeats is being held this month at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. Delight in listening to amazing Arabic tunes from pop to hip-hop at the concert. The lineup for the show will see Siilawy, BiGSam, and MUSliM make their debut at the venue. Prices start at Dhs 145. Nothing is more fascinating than seeing two mentalists perform mind tricks. Held at Theatre at QE2 for one day only, watch James and Marina mesmerise the crowd. The couple have performed on ‘Ukraine’s Got Talent’ and received the golden buzzer and have also performed on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ as well as ‘America’s Got Talent’. Prices start at Dhs 109. Majid Al Mohandis 17 June Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi is bringing the talented Iraqi singer and composer for a one-night-only concert. Known in the Arab world as the ‘Voice of Diamond’, the artist will perform some of his amazing hits, including ‘Ana Blayak’, ‘Bedoon Asmaa’, ‘Al Fate Na’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 295. Viktor Komarov 20 June The brilliant Russian stand-up comedian is making his way to Dubai for a performance at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates. Having performed in the comedy circuit for 15 years, enjoy his hilarious take on all things from family, life and friends. Prices start at Dhs 95. Dubai Esports and Games Festival 21 to 25 June Delight in a five-day event, perfect for avid gamers at the Dubai Exhibition Centre at Expo City Dubai. Enjoy watching amazing panels from gamers to game creators and test out gaming skills by going up against players at the event in thrilling matches. 9 10 11 12 13 14

CONNECTOR.AE 12 CONNECTOR.AE 13 Out And About Out And About Running from 8 to 11 June at Coca-Cola Arena, the tournament will see 24 world-renowned padel players like Maria Virginia Riera, Pablo Lima, Arturo Coello, Marta Ortega Gallego and others go head to head against one another. The tournament will see four sets, mixed doubles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and special doubles. The event is set out to be the ‘Greatest Show on Court’ and will also see four amazing artists perform as part of the entertainment lineup. Shamma Hamdan will kick off the entertainment lineup on 8 June. Known for being the first Emirati woman to reach the finals at ‘Arab’s Got Talent’ in 2012, the artist will sing hits including ‘Moajaba’, ‘Anadt Feek’, ‘Abee Afham’ and more. On 9 June, Simply Red will be the second act as part of the lineup. Back in Dubai to perform after 20 years, the British pop and soul band has been releasing hits since 1985. Enjoy listening to songs by the group, including ‘Better With You’, ‘You Made Me Feel Brand New’, ‘Something Got Me Started’, ‘Money’s Too Tight’ and more. Dutch DJ Nicky Romero will perform on 10 June and will see the artist play songs including ‘I Could Be The One’, ‘So Much Love’ and ‘Legacy’ among others. On 11 June, ‘Jaan Ban Gaye’ and ‘Sanam Re’ singer Mithoon will perform. Joining him are Indian playback singers, Javed Ali, Mohammed Irfan, Asees Kaur, Abhishek Nailwal, Nakash Aziz and Vishal Mishra, sure to put on a memorable show. Prices for the tickets start at Dhs 129 and are available at World Padel League Comes To Dubai The first-ever World Padel League with a schedule of concerts, is set to be held this month in Dubai. Dubai Summer Surprises From Italy With Love Rabeh Sager 29 June to 3 September 25 June 30 June Get excited to shop till you drop at Dubai Summer Surprises. With activations taking place at malls all around Dubai, enjoy shopping at a wide range of sales on clothing, shoes, accessories, electronics, furniture and more. To add to the surprises, discounts will be available on hotel stays, and shoppers can also participate in raffle draws. Enjoy a marvellous classical piece at Dubai Opera with two world-renowned Italian maestros, flautist Tommaso Benciolini and pianist Leonora Armellini. The duo will perform pieces from classical music artists César Franck, Robert Schumann and Antonín Dvorák. Prices are set at Dhs 500. The amazing Saudi Arabian singer Rabeh Sager is celebrating Eid Al Adha with a oneday-only concert. Held at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, the artist has been in the music industry for over four decades and is known for his soulful performances. Delight in listening to songs including ‘Ye Helal’, ‘Khalas’, ‘Gharam’ and more. Prices start at Dhs 175. 15 16 17

CONNECTOR.AE 14 CONNECTOR.AE 15 Dining Around Dining Around Steak Restaurants That Meat Your Standards! Sometimes the craving for a delicious steak is so strong that all one can do is succumb to temptation. Dubai is a hub for multiple restaurants, and the choices to tuck into a delicious and juicy steak are endless. Steak is a thick cut of beef, served either with or without the bone. The meat is usually grilled or fried, and based on the level of tenderness the person would like to have, is either cooked rare, medium rare, medium or well done. While ordering steak, it is crucial to know the different kinds of cuts available. Diners can opt for beef tenderloin, which is a muscle that runs along the spine, and smaller cuts like fillet mignon are also made from the same area. Ribeye is a smaller cut from the centre section where the ribs are located, with the tomahawk cut from the same area, in a bigger size, making it a good choice for multiple people to enjoy. Cut from the short loin, the New York strip is a boneless piece of steak, with the sirloin steak and t-bone, also known as porterhouse, derived from the back of the cow. While picking the right cut of steak, another factor to consider is the fat content, which can be seen from the white marbling on the steak. Sirloin is a leaner steak, with ribeye, New York strip and t-bone steaks having a higher fat content. Keep reading for some of the best steakhouses to try out in Dubai, that are sure to become a staple while dining out. Doors Freestyle Grill at Al Seef is an amazing steakhouse to enjoy food with a beautiful view. Take in the waterfront at Al Seef and delight in amazing dishes right off the grill, like the Wagyu beef striploin steak or a golden striploin steak, for a decadent steak covered in golden leaves. Enjoy sides like baked potatoes and corn on the cob, while savouring the steak. 04-2049299 Looking for a great spot to tuck into a juicy steak while enjoying the view? Prime68 at JW Marriott Marquis by the Dubai Water Canal, offers a wide range of steaks to tuck into, from Kiwami Wagyu and Black Angus, with cuts including chateaubriand, rib eye, and striploin. Located on the 68th floor of the hotel, the restaurant boasts brilliant views of the Dubai skyline. Baba Steakhouse at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, is a great place to visit, when on the hunt for an upscale dining concept that puts a unique spin on a traditional grill house. Diners can delight in a variety of cuts, including t-bone, striploin and tenderloin and sides like mashed potato and creamed spinach. 04-5117373 Situated at La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk, diners need to visit Graze Gastro Grill and Bar, if on the hunt for premium cuts of steak from Australia. While tucking into delicious steaks, diners can also enjoy tasty sides, including baked truffle mac and cheese, grilled greens and more. 04-4033111 Doors Freestyle Grill Al Seef Prime68 JW Marriott Marquis Baba Steakhouse The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Graze Gastro Grill and Bar La Ville Hotel and Suites City Walk

CONNECTOR.AE 16 CONNECTOR.AE 17 Dining Around Dining Around Carna by Dario Cecchini at SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences, Business Bay, is a great place to visit to truly experience a steakhouse like no other. Located on the 74th floor, enjoy stunning views of the Dubai skyline and tuck into delicious Italian flavours at the steakhouse. With sustainability an important aspect of the restaurant, all the products are used, from nose to tail. Enjoy steaks like Angus fillet mignon, New York striploin and chateaubriand. 04-6070737 Porterhouse Steaks and Grills at Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, is a brilliant dining option to relish in succulent steaks. Enjoy watching the meal cooked live with an open kitchen concept. Diners can delight in various cuts of steak, including Australian Black Onyx tomahawk, chateaubriand centre cut fillet, USDA prime Omaha rib eye and more, along with sides like sautéed wild mushrooms and mac and cheese. 04-4556677 Carna by Dario Cecchini SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences Porterhouse Steaks and Grills Sofitel Dubai the Palm Nusr-Et at Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach, is a great place to try out for all Salt Bae fans. Bringing the tastes of Turkey to Dubai, the restaurant is renowned for its exquisite Nusr-Et golden steak, which is a sirloin steak, cooked to perfection and coated in golden leaves, giving it a decadent look and bursting with flavour. While at the restaurant, diners can also other cuts of steak from fillet mignon and Ottoman steak. 04-4074100 Nusr-Et Four Seasons Resort As in the name of the restaurant, STK Dubai at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR is an amazing place to head to when in the mood to enjoy a delicious steak. With ambient lighting and stunning decor, while dining, guests can also marvel at the view of Ain Dubai. Tuck into steak options including Wagyu striploin, tomahawk and rib eye. STK Dubai Rixos Premium Dubai JBR Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina, the restaurant by the late Gary Rhodes, specialises in steak grills. With an elegant and modern setting, spend time with family and friends, and relish in a mouthwatering menu with dishes including Black Angus rib eye, Wagyu rib eye and Wagyu sirloin. 04-3165555 With two locations in Dubai at The Beach JBR and The Dubai Mall, diners are in for a treat at this amazing grill house. The restaurant combines South African, Portuguese and Australian flavours and is popularly known for its juicy streaks, ribs and burgers. Opt for steaks from New Zealand or Australia like New York strip, prime rib, t-bone and Wagyu fillet. Located at Palace Downtown at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Asado Restaurant brings diners the tastes of Argentina. The perfect spot for a family gathering or a relaxing night with friends, the restaurant transports people to a South American country farmhouse, where a parrilla, which is an open grill, is used to cook meat. Delight in grills, including grilled veal, tenderloin steak, rib eye and more. 04-4287961 Rhodes Twenty10 Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa Hurricane’s Grill The Beach JBR and The Dubai Mall Asado Restaurant Palace Downtown

CONNECTOR.AE 18 CONNECTOR.AE 19 Dining Around Dining Around Hunter & Barrel at Vida Hills Hotel, Emirates Hills, is a great place to enjoy a delicious steak along with drinks. Be it while celebrating a special occasion with loved ones or heading to the restaurant for lunch or dinner, the restaurant serves food that will keep you coming back for more. Tuck into dishes from the grill like Wagyu fillet, Angus striploin and tomahawk steak. 04-5890970 If looking to transport to an American s t e a k h o u s e without leaving Dubai, then World Cut Steakhouse at Habtoor Palace is the place to be. The restaurant has a great ambience for spending time with loved ones while tucking into a delicious meal. Savour in star steak dishes like Black Onyx rib eye and USA prime tenderloin at the venue. 04-4355577 Rhain Dubai at Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, is a brilliant location to check out to enjoy juicy steaks that will surely make the mouth water. The restaurant brings diners amazing flavours to prime meat cuts. Highlight of the menu is the the golden steak, which is Wagyu striploin steak covered in edible gold, as well as tomahawk and fillet mignon. 04-7181007 Hunter & Barrel Vida Hills Hotel World Cut Steakhouse Habtoor Palace Rhain Dubai Conrad Dubai With two branches in Dubai at Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Souk Al Bahar, The Meat Co is a brilliant steakhouse to visit when on the lookout for a juicy steak to tuck into. Relish in the stunning views of Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, and delight in dishes from a menu that celebrates South African flavours including tomahawk steak, beef fillet, rib eye and sirloin. The Meat Co. Souk Madinat Jumierah and Souk Al Bahar Texas Roadhouse, with three locations in Dubai at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City and City Centre Mirdif, is a great place to enjoy the flavours from cooking in Texas. Inspired by traditional roadhouses in Texas, where families gather for a meal, the restaurant is a brilliant place to delight in delicious food while creating memories with loved ones. Relish in steak cuts like fillet medallions, striploin and New York strip. Located at Rixos The Palm, Toro Loco Steakhouse is a brilliant place to visit while at Palm Jumeirah to delight in a brilliant juicy steak, keeping guests wanting more. Savour in steak options, including tomahawk steak, striploin steak, Wagyu tenderloin and more, which can be paired with tasty sides like mashed potatoes, grilled corn and sautéed wild mushrooms. 04-4575454 Situated at Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Seafire Steakhouse is a brilliant restaurant to enjoy delicious grills. The restaurant serves diners premium cuts of Angus beef from Australia and Japan. Choose between choices of tomahawk, boneless rib eye, fillet mignon and more, served with delicious homemade sauces. Diners can also enjoy seafood grills while at the restaurant. Texas Roadhouse The Dubai Mall, Festival City and City Centre Mirdif Toro Loco Steakhouse Rixos The Palm Seafire Steakhouse Atlantis The Palm

CONNECTOR.AE 20 CONNECTOR.AE 21 Dining Around Dining Around A great way to enjoy dining out is at a restaurant with a view, and La Sirene is the way to go. The newly opened restaurant at Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel and Suites has an amazing picturesque view of Ain Dubai, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab while dining outdoors, and modern decor while indoors. Bringing authentic Lebanese cuisine, the restaurant gives diners a taste of Beirut without leaving Dubai. To beat the summer heat, start off with refreshing drinks and tuck into delicious appetisers. The restaurant serves a variety of options, from soups to hot and cold mezze, including tiger prawns and avocado salad, vine leaves, kibbeh nayeh La Sirene - Tasty Lebanese Food With A View While in Dubai, there is never a shortage of amazing dining spots and restaurants to check out. which is minced raw lamb meat and spices, cheese rolls, makanek ghanam that are sausages in a sauce and zaatar manakeesh. The shrimp fatteh is definitely one to try, made with toasted flatbread, chickpeas and a garlic yoghurt sauce. The flavours balance each other, and the shrimp add freshness to the dish, keeping it light and making us want more. Another highlight from the menu was the hummus, made with chickpeas and olive oil, served with meat cubes. While digging in with flatbread, the meat was tender, juicy and paired perfectly with the hummus. We then moved on to the mouthwatering mains, with dishes including mixed lahem meshwi which are shish kebabs, kabab orfali, eggplant kebab and grilled seabass. The arayes was the star of the show, made with minced meat, green pepper, tomato and onion, stuffed into Lebanese bread. The meat is flavoured brilliantly with the right spices, and each bite was a burst of flavour. No meal can end without dessert, and the kounafah was amazing. Made with semolina and cheese, the cheese pull was extremely satisfying, with the sugar syrup adding balance making it a great sweet dish. The price for a starter, main and dessert is Dhs 260. Call 04-6042220 REVIEW Ten To Try: Biryani Biryani is a staple dish in South Indian cuisine, and has a special place in many people’s hearts for its flavour bomb. Biryani is a staple dish in South Indian cuisine, and has a special place in many people’s hearts for its flavour bomb. The dish is made with rice and spices and includes chicken, beef, mutton, prawns or fish. Biryani is also made with vegetables or paneer to cater to vegetarians. To add lightness back into the rich and flavourful dish, raita is served with biryani, made out of cucumber, onions, tomatoes and yoghurt. The origin of the dish is not clear, however versions of the dish can be traced back to the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. With a lot of South Asians calling Dubai their home, there are many restaurants that serve a version of the cult popular dish. If on the hunt for some great suggestions for biryani that are sure to make the mouth water and keep people coming back for more, then look no further.

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CONNECTOR.AE 24 CONNECTOR.AE 25 Dining Around Dining Around Recipe: 1. In a heavy-bottomed medium cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. 2. Add in the onions and sauté until translucent, and then add in the jalapeno peppers and saute till fragrant. 3. Add in the baby marrow squash, sweet corn and cherry tomatoes and cook until the juices are released and it has reduced to half the quantity. 4. Sprinkle the cheese and cream over the filling and cover with a lid until the cheese has melted and the mixture starts to bubble and thicken. 5. Add salt to taste and serve with warm corn tortillas or chips. 6. Garnish with a sprinkle of coriander. Delicious And Fresh Tacos For The Win! Comfort food, as many can vouch for, is a great go-to, be it for a quick snack or a pick-me-up after a long day. Tacos are a staple in Mexican cuisine and loved by many for their bursts of flavours. Made with tortilla, which is a corn or wheat-based thin and unleavened flatbread, the filling is where the magic happens and can be made with beef, chicken, seafood and vegetables topped with beans and cheese, and Chef Shaw Lash Co-Founder Lila Wood-Fired Taqueria 04-2820005 Ingredients: 35ml Olive Oil 1 Medium Diced Onion 1 To 2 Sliced Jalapeno Peppers 400g Sliced Baby Marrow Squash 75g Sweet Corn, Cut From The Cob 75g Cherry Tomatoes, Cut Into Halves 50g Grated Monterey Jack Cheese 40g Cultured Sour Cream Chopped Coriander Sea Salt, To Taste One Dozen Soft Corn Tortillas Or Chips garnished with salsa, guacamole or sour cream. Chef Shaw Lash, mastermind and CoFounder at Lila Wood-Fired Taqueria, Jumeirah 3, has shared with Connector how to make a delicious dish that celebrates amazing Mexican flavours. The restaurant is home to the first woodfired taqueria in the Middle East, which uses wood to cook meals at the restaurant and gives dishes a rich flavour. Launched at the end of 2022, the restaurant has since been offering diners the authentic tastes of Mexico, while also bringing traditional Mexican culinary techniques to Dubai. This vegetarian dish, created by Chef Shaw Lash, is smoky summer squash tacos, perfect as a meal or a quick snack. The recipe is also great option for plant lovers to tuck into and is made with summer squash, sweet corn, and peppers. Easy-to-make, the dish is sure to become a go-to when in the mood to enjoy delicious Mexican flavours.

CONNECTOR.AE 26 CONNECTOR.AE 27 Dining Around Dining Around Chef ’s Corner: Daniel Delgado Chefs are the masterminds behind the smooth operation of any restaurant. With the help of their expertise and mastery in the profession, a restaurant can run smoothly and produce amazing dishes, with diners coming back for more. Chef Daniel Delgado, Head Chef at Lola Taberna Española is a great example of bringing his niche and heritage on the flavours of Spain, to all the dishes cooked. In 2002, Chef Daniel Delgado began his culinary journey in Spain, getting experience and honing his skills by working with talented chefs. Chef Daniel Delgado wanted to bring his culture to Dubai, and in 2013 moved here and has since been adding his flair to traditional flavours from Spain. In this feature, Chef Daniel Delgado shared with Connector his favourite late-night snack to his humble beginnings in the culinary world. How did you get started in the food industry? During my studies, I had the opportunity to work part-time at various restaurants, observing skilled chefs in action and witnessing their expertise. I was very inspired by it and felt that it was my true calling to the industry. I began my culinary journey at the age of 19 when I joined a coastal restaurant in Malaga, Spain, specialising in the art of paella-making. When I first started working perfectly complements the bold and intense flavour of the anchovies. It is a harmonious balance of tastes that never fails to hit the spot. What is the one raw ingredient you cannot cook without from your country? Olives, not only is it an ingredient with innumerable benefits for our health, but it also provides a very pleasant texture and is suitable for many dishes, including roasted chicken, seafood and salads. As olive oil is derived from olives, it represents Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. What is the best dish to try at your restaurant? At Lola Taberna Española, we serve a delicious Black Rice Paella with baby squids and alioli, a must-try. This dish truly represents the essence of Spanish cuisine. We take pride in following the classic recipe and sourcing authentic ingredients directly from Spain. To add an extra dimension of flavour, we finish our rice in a charcoal oven, providing the paella with a delightful smoky touch. The result is a paella with a thin, gratinated layer of rice on top and a crispy bottom, perfectly balanced with the savoury taste of seafood. When you savour our paella, you will experience the true essence of Spanish culinary tradition. there, I recognised it as an invaluable opportunity that I could not let slip away. While there were initial challenges, I never doubted my dream of becoming a chef. Over the course of two years, I was dedicated to perfecting my skills in this restaurant, and it was an incredible journey that led me to eventually oversee and manage the paella section. Today, I feel very proud to be part of Sunset Hospitality Group. My favourite aspect of working at Lola Taberna is being able to prepare some of the best paellas in the city alongside my team. It brings back great memories of when I first started my career and reminds me of how far I have come since then. What is your earliest cooking memory? During my childhood in the countryside, we would regularly gather as a family and prepare meals together, creating cherished memories. The dish that immediately brings back those early cooking memories is the ‘Cola de Toro’, a traditional Andalusian dish. What is your favourite dish from your country? My favourite is the ‘Fideya de Pulpo y Gambas’, a Spanish classic prepared with octopus and shrimp. This dish is very special to me, as I recall memories from my childhood of my whole family gathering whilst enjoying this dish, and celebrating different occasions. What is the one go-to and easy snack you love making for midnight cravings? My go-to and easy snack would be toast topped with brushed tomato, anchovies, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. It is a simple yet heavenly combination, and very easy to prepare. The toasted bread is my favourite part of it all, it is comforting and adds a delightful crunch. The tomato’s sweetness

CONNECTOR.AE 28 CONNECTOR.AE 29 Kids And Education Kids And Education A Look At KHDA School Inspections School inspection reports are one of the most important aspects for parents choosing a private school for their child to attend. Since 2008, every year, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, carries out school inspections that assess how well a school is run, and that help parents find the right school fit for their child. The schools are ranked in six different categories, from Outstanding at the top, followed by Very Good, Good, Acceptable, Weak and Very Weak. To receive a rating, the schools are evaluated in six key areas, Connector spoke to schools around Dubai gain insight into how the inspections are held and what happens behind the scenes at schools to better prepare for them. On each inspection, a team of inspectors visit the school over a period of three to four days, and assess the school on the set criteria. Mark Ford, Principal at The English College, where the school ranked Very Good in the 2023 KHDA reports said, “During the KHDA inspection, 7 or 8 inspectors visit the school. Each inspector focuses on specific aspects outlined in the UAE School Inspection Framework.” As schools are the leading ways to develop a child, one of the main aspects of the inspection is assessing the development and growth of the students. The inspection team visit classrooms to get a glimpse into how classes are run and the way the needs of the students are met. Inspectors also view the results from tests students have taken throughout the year, and evaluate the schools based on the targets they have set themselves to achieve. Maryssa Connor, Principal/CEO at GEMS Wellington International School, which assessed as Outstanding in the 2023 KHDA school inspection reports, and Senior Vice President of Education at GEMS Education said, “They use data from examinations and assessments to establish how well the students achieve and if they are making 1. The achievements of students 2. The personal, social development and innovation skills of students 3. The teaching quality of the staff 4. The school’s curriculum 5. The protection, care, guidance and support given to the students 6. The leadership and management quality at the school As the KHDA school report is broken down into various categories, parents can read through the areas of importance for their child and make a decision based on it. progress. Dubai schools set themselves challenging targets and use thorough selfevaluation against the KHDA framework to indicate what is going well and how they can improve further.” Shiny Davison, Principal at The Indian Academy School Dubai, that is ranked Good in the 2023 KHDA reports, further added, “Inspection judgements are drawn from evidence gathered by the inspection team, including observation of students’ learning in lessons, review of their work, discussions with students, meetings with the staff, parents, and governors, and review of surveys completed by parents, teachers, and students.” Parents play a vital role in the reports, as their feedback can help other parents in making a decision on which school to send their child to. As parents understand their child’s needs and requirements to develop, the inspection team reaches out to parents to understand the level of satisfaction the school provides.

CONNECTOR.AE 30 CONNECTOR.AE 31 Kids And Education Kids And Education Plan and build evidence to present to the inspectors that highlights what has happened since the last inspection. Even schools like GEMS Wellington International School, that has been Outstanding for 14 years, will continue to use the feedback from the inspection report to support the planning for the next academic year and beyond.” The quality of the teaching staff is given high priority, and it is an important part of the KHDA school reports. Through regular training, teachers are better prepared to cater to the needs of the students and nurture them in preparation for the real world. Shiny Davison of The Indian Academy School Dubai said, “The teaching faculty is always under rigorous training to improve the overall learning environment and to create a robust and rigorous classroom environment that will cater to child protection and always keep children safe.” Even the schools that reach the highest rank of Outstanding, constantly aim to improve in order to give the same level of education Shiny Davison of The Indian Academy School Dubai said, “Uninformed conversation with parents is a part of the inspection which helps the team to gauge the satisfaction level of the parent community.” The rating helps position the school based on the quality of education it offers. A school with a higher rating is known for better quality education, as well as teachers that help in the growth of students and a great environment for a child to develop in. Mark Ford of The English College said, “The rating provides validation of the quality of education that the school offers. As a Very Good School, it assures parents and students that they receive an excellent education. For our staff, working in a highly rated school is a testament to their expertise and dedication, which helps attract and retain quality educators. Additionally, the rating plays a role in determining the rate at which school fees can be increased.” During the academic year 2023 to 2024, schools fees can increase after a three year freeze, with the last increase taking place during the academic year 2019 to 2020, and development parents and have come to expect, and maintain their ranking. Maryssa Connor of GEMS Wellington International School and GEMS Education said, “GEMS Wellington International School is committed to being a world class centre for education, ensuring our standards are exceeding the expectations of the framework and high performing schools across the globe. We are also continually reflecting on the personal needs of young people today, ensuring they have the social and emotional skills to be resilient and happy. The balance of high academic standards, innovative and exciting curricular, professional and skillful teachers and a supportive and committed parent body means we thrive in a positive culture with the needs of every student at the centre.” The KHDA inspections are an important element during every school year, as they help parents assess the quality of education provided around Dubai, while also helping them in making decisions that will benefit their child in the long run. and the rating of the school determines how much the fees can be increased by. Schools that have improved their rating can increase fees by 4.5%, if the rating improved from very good to outstanding, and 5.25% for schools rated very good from good. Schools that have maintained the same rating can increase fees by 3%, with schools that have dropped ratings, not permitted to increase. The feedback received from the KHDA school reports is used when planning the next academic year, with schools working on the areas that need development, and help better prepare for the inspections well in advance. Maryssa Connor of GEMS Wellington International School and GEMS Education said, “Preparation for inspections is extremely thorough and requires a lot of focus. Schools will consider the recommended areas from the previous report as part of the School Development

CONNECTOR.AE 32 CONNECTOR.AE 33 Kids And Education Kids And Education 2023 KHDA SCHOOL INSPECTION RANKINGS THE 20 SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN RATED OUTSTANDING ARE GOOD TO VERY GOOD ACCEPTABLE TO GOOD VERY GOOD TO OUTSTANDING WEAK TO ACCEPTABLE In the Dubai 2023 school inspection reports, 199 schools were in inspected of which, 20 schools achieved the top rating of Outstanding, 39 schools were rated Very Good, 84 Good, 55 Acceptable and one school was rated Weak. No schools were rated very weak. The 2023 school inspection reports saw four schools improve their ranking moving to Outstanding from Very Good, 14 schools ranked from Good to Very Good, 15 from Acceptable to Good, and 4 from Weak to Acceptable. The schools that improved in their ranking are: Deira International School, Dubai Festival City Dubai British School, Emirates Hills Dubai College, Al Sufouh 1 Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City Dubai English Speaking School, Zaabeel 1 Dubai International Academy, Emirates Hills GEMS Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha South 1 GEMS Jumeira Primary School, Jumeirah 3 GEMS Modern Academy, Nad Al Sheba 1 GEMS Wellington International School, Al Sufouh 1 Horizons English School, Al Wasl Jumeirah College, Al Safa 1 Jumeirah English Speaking School, Al Safa 1 Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches Kings School Al Barsha, Al Barsha 2 Kings School Dubai, Umm Suqueim 3 Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou School, Oud Metha Nord Anglia International School, Al Barsha 2 Repton School, Nad Al Sheba 3 Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai Sports City Arcadia School, Jebel Ali 1 Ambassador School, Mankhool Credence High School, Al Quoz 1 Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Park Emirates International Private School, Meadows GEMS New Millennium School, Al Khail GEMS Our Own Indian School, Al Quoz 1 GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail Hartland International School, Meydan City JSS International School, Jumeirah Village Circle JSS Private School, Al Wasl M S B Private School, Al Nadha 2 Safa British School, Al Safa 1 The English College, Umm Suqeim 1 Al Adab Iranian Private School for Boys, Al Qusais 1 Al Adab Iranian Private School for Girls, Al Qusais 1 Al Shurooq Private School, Jumeirah 1 American School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba 3 Capital School, Al Qusais 1 GEMS Metropole School, Muhaisnah GEMS Winchester School, Dubailand International Concept Education, Meydan City Star International School, Al Qusais 1 New Academy School, Al Raffa North American International School, Al Mizhar 1 Sabari Indian School, Deira Smart Vison School, Al Barsha 2 St. Mary Catholic High School, Muhaisnah The Indian International School, Dubai Silicon Oasis Deira International School, Dubai Festival City Dubai International Academy, Emirates Hills Nord Anglia International School, Al Barsha 2 Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai Sports City Grammar School, Al Garhoud Gulf Model School, Muhaisnah 1 Pakistani Educational Academy, Umm Hurair 1 The Philippine School, Muhaisnah 2

CONNECTOR.AE 34 CONNECTOR.AE 35 Kids And Education Kids And Education Meet The Teacher: Gillian King Teaching plays a vital role in the development of a child’s life as well as in assisting them in reaching their full potential. The elementary years are a crucial time in honing in on skills and values, that then form the foundation for their future growth. Gillian King is a Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher at Dunecrest American School, situated at Wadi Al Safa 3, and found her passion for teaching by shaping the lives of students during their formative years. With over 14 years of teaching experience, Gillian loves heading to school to assist students in building their love for education, as the school prioritises innovation in teaching and allows the students to contribute to their individual growth. Having moved from Canada, Gillian has spent 11 years moulding children in the UAE, and started out as a kindergarten teacher, now teaching Grade 3. In conversation with Connector, Gillian shares her journey as a teacher, from how she adds a spark to the daily life of the students studying at the school to her favourite teacher during her schooling years. What inspired you to start teaching? I have always had a great respect for teachers and the teaching profession. My mum was an elementary teacher, and I used to love spending time in her classroom, watching her engage with her students. I had an opportunity when I was in Grade 11 to be a teaching assistant for a kindergarten class. I loved working with the younger students and always looked forward to the time I got to spend with them each week. Their love for learning, and their enthusiasm in the classroom was inspirational for me as a young adult. How did you decide to teach your current subject? My first teaching position was as a kindergarten teacher. I loved having an opportunity to support my young learners as they became beginner readers and writers. However, I knew that eventually, I would make the transition from early childhood to elementary. I have been teaching in Grade 3 for the past 8 years, and I have come to appreciate that third grade is a critical year in a child’s academic and social development. Why do you love teaching? Teaching is an incredibly rewarding profession because it allows us to make a real difference in our student’s lives. My students come to school every day excited and eager to challenge themselves in the classroom. Their love for learning and positive attitudes motivates me to continue to build engaging lessons that foster lifelong learning. I am hopeful that each day I am able to create positive moments in the students’ lives that encourage them to be the best they possibly can be. Do you remember your favourite teacher from school? I have been fortunate to have the support and guidance of many excellent teachers over my educational journey. However, one of my favourite teachers was Mrs. Julius. She came into my life at a pivotal moment when my family moved overseas, and I was struggling with my reading and writing comprehension. Mrs. Julius was a warm-hearted, patient and supportive teacher who worked tirelessly with me to build my confidence in literacy. Through modelling her own love of reading and writing, she inspired me to work hard, and it is because of her that I remain an avid reader to this day. How do you make everyday classes more interesting? Elementary students are naturally curious and enthusiastic learners. As a teacher, I can foster this curiosity by creating a classroom environment that encourages exploration, experimentation, and discovery. Through project-based learning and cross-curricular activities, the students in my classroom learn to apply skills and strategies in a way that deepens their overall understanding and allows them to make authentic, real-world connections. What is a unique part of the school? I feel that Dunecrest is truly unique because of the vibrant and supportive community of people. It is a combination of the diversity of students and staff, the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, and the way that everyone works together towards common goals. The CREST values of creativity, respect, excellence, service and teamwork remain a central focus in everything we do. Through school-wide events to everyday interactions, our community of students, teachers, and parents come together to make sure that Dunecrest is a place everyone can achieve success. What would you do if you were not a teacher? I am currently in the process of completing my Masters in International School Counselling. As an elementary school counsellor, I will have the opportunity to work with young students during a critical period of their development. One of my favourite things about working with children is helping them to develop their social and emotional skills, as well as providing a supportive and safe environment for them to grow and learn. I also look forward to working alongside teachers, administrators and other education professionals to support students and promote academic success.

CONNECTOR.AE 36 CONNECTOR.AE 37 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Dealing With Food Poisoning Food poisoning is an issue caused when individuals consume food that has either been contaminated or gone bad, and is a result of a specific toxin or bacteria that is found in something they have eaten or drank. Based on the severity of the food poisoning, it can be a detrimental health issue. However, with the right care received, either at home or at medical facilities, it can be cured within weeks. Connector spoke to hospitals in the UAE to get insight into the condition and find ways to manage and deal with it better at home as well as when medical attention is required. Dr Prayrna Sharma, Specialist Internal Medicine at Medeor Hospital Dubai said, “Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food, specifically from a toxin in food. It is not usually serious, and most people have mild conditions which get better within a few days, as most cases are due to viral infection and are self-limiting. Still, some cases require medical attention due to bacterial causes or complications, particularly dehydration.” There are various kinds of food items that can be consumed to cause the health issue, and this can be due to food that is left open for too long, especially during the summer months, poultry and seafood However, Dr Prayrna Sharma of Medeor Hospital Dubai said that in certain cases, when food poisoning is severe, some of the symptoms include: • Recurrent vomiting and diarrhoea that contains blood • Excessive thirst • Blurred or double vision • Headache • Loss of limb movement • Little or no urination • Food poisoning can be treated at home and does not always require medical assistance, here are some tips to dealing with it. Eat light: Due to the discomfort of the upset stomach and the loss of appetite, it is easy to skip out on eating meals to avoid the discomfort felt otherwise. However, not eating food makes it difficult to get better quicker and can lead to a hospital visit to ensure food is being consumed. It is essential to avoid eating heavy dishes and instead opt for light meals, that are easy for the stomach to digest. Dr Shipra Patil of Dubai London Hospital said, “Eat small, light meals at first and stick to bland foods such as toast, crackers, bananas, and rice until you begin to feel better.” that is not cooked in the right way and is still undercooked, or products that have not been stored in the right way. Dr Shipra Patil, Specialist Internal Medicine at Dubai London Hospital added, “Food can be contaminated because it is not cooked properly, improperly stored, or because of poor hygiene. Foods particularly susceptible to contamination are raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish, unpasteurised milk and milk products, raw vegetables and sprouts, soft cheese and contaminated water.” As each case is different and the intensity of food poisoning can differ, the symptoms can manifest either within hours of consuming the food, or after a few days. Some of the symptoms of food poisoning, as mentioned by Dr Shipra Patil of Dubai London Hospital are: • Upset stomach • Nausea • Vomiting • Loss of appetite • Lack of energy and weakness • Diarrhoea with bloody stools and mucus • Stomach pain and cramps • Fever • Headache • Bloating

CONNECTOR.AE 38 CONNECTOR.AE 39 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Avoid certain items: As food poisoning affects the immune system, consuming certain food items and drinks can lead to severe nausea and aggravate the symptoms experienced. In these situations, some items, that can cause adverse reactions in the body should be avoided. Dr Shipra Patil of Dubai London Hospital added, “Avoid caffeine, fizzy drinks, spicy and fatty foods, and dairy products.” Prevention is always better than cure and there are ways to avoid food poisoning. It is important to be extremely careful throughout the year as bacteria grows in warm temperatures, however during the summer months where temperatures are at their highest, the risk is greater as it grows on food at a faster rate. Not storing food in the right way, or poor hygiene, are factors that could lead to food poisoning. To prevent it from happening and having to deal with the issue, it is vital to ensure that all produce and seafood are cleaned thoroughly and cooked properly. If the products are being stored for a longer Stay hydrated: With food poisoning, the common symptoms are diarrhoea and vomiting, which quickly lead to dehydration. With nausea experienced, many people tend to avoid drinking water and eating to avoid dealing with the symptoms, and this can lead to the issue worsening. Dr Prayrna Sharma of Medeor Hospital Dubai said, “It is essential to avoid dehydration and replenish the loss of fluids and electrolytes through vomiting and diarrhoea. Drink clear liquids such as Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS), coconut water and lemon water.” period of time, once cooled they should be immediately put in the fridge to avoid bacteria from developing. Additionally, products should be consumed before the expiry date to ensure they do not react with the body and cause a negative reaction. Dr Prayrna Sharma of Medeor Hospital Dubai said, “The best way to avoid getting food poisoning is to maintain high personal and food hygiene standards when storing, handling, and preparing food. Remember the four C’s, cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination.” If the issue is widespread from schools and offices, it is important to find the root cause from when it originated from to avoid it from occurring once again. In certain circumstances, when the symptoms are severe and cannot be treated at home, a visit to the hospital is vital. Individuals that are aged 60 and above, pregnant, and have chronic illnesses like diabetes, kidney issues, inflammatory bowel disease and heart ailments, should visit the doctor immediately. Additionally, for individuals that have persistent vomiting, diarrhoea and high fever, even after several days, medical assistance will be required to help reduce the symptoms. In these circumstances, a blood test, clinical examination and other tests will be carried out to find the root cause, in order to provide the right care and treatment. It is possible to treat food poisoning at home by following the right preventive measures and taking care when affected to help the individual feel better within a few days or weeks. However, in severe cases, it is better to visit a hospital and get the right treatment to ensure it does not take a toll on the body.