Connector November 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 3 Welcome November is all about the great outdoors, and what we can do now the weather is exactly how we like it. From getting active at the Dubai Fitness Challenge to attending the great Taste of Abu Dhabi, this issues event guide on pages 7 to 14, includes a host of different outdoor activations to attend and take part in. Enjoying outside is not restricted to organised events, and there’s lots to do with friends and family, whether enjoying the beach, the garden and the desert. Turn to pages 48 to 51 for a run down of the different things you can do outdoors. Middle Eastern food covers a number of cuisines, most of which use spices, pulses and olive oil, with lamb at the centre. With so many influences, choosing a Middle Eastern restaurant to try can be difficult. On pages 15 to 21 with have pulled out a few that are certainly worth a visit. Everyone has a right to a regular meal, and UAE resident Ayesha Khan is making sure that this is available for all. Read about her story and the great work done by Food ATM, the organisation Ayesha set up offering meals from as little at 50 fils and up to Dhs 3, on pages 56 to 60. That’s not all, there is a lot more inside this issue, so relax and enjoy reading it all as much as we have enjoyed putting it all together. 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. Yogita Chainani Vishakha Ramchandani Welcome

CONNECTOR.AE 5 Diabetes - Understanding Causes, Types, Treatment And More 36 Escape to Elegance: The Ultimate Staycation Experiences in Abu Dhabi What To Ask A Head Teacher At An Open Day 52 30 Contents 7 Monthly Events Chase The Speed In The UAE With The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Enjoy Japanese Brunch With A Fortune Twist At Virgin Izakaya Elevate Your Outdoor Spaces With Durable And Chic UAE Outdoor Furniture Savour The Flavours Of Middle East At These Middle Eastern Restaurants Ten To Try: Pizza Ending Hunger, One Food ATM Dispense At A Time: Ayesha Khan’s Story Day In The Life: Dr Wissam Adada Chef’s Corner: Roberto Segura A round up of all the major events this November 14 22 46 15 23 56 28 23 14 36 44 Welcome V T H E I R I S H V I L L A G E P R E S E N T S T I C K E T S : 1 7 5 A E D D O O R S O P E N 6 P M S H O W S T A R T S 7 P M O V E R 2 1 ’ S O N L Y W W W . 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 W W W . 8 0 0 T I C K E T S . C O M S A T U R D A Y 4 T H N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 3 A T T H E I R I S H V I L L A G E LOADED F T . D J A N D Y B U C H A N TOP S T E R E O D O D G Y LOV I N CRIMINALS MC’S FUN L O A D E R 4 L I V E B A N D S P R E F O R M I N G T H E I R B I G G E S T H I T S

CONNECTOR.AE 7 Out And About Get ready for a spectacular evening as the Russianmusical maestro, Alexey Arkhipovsky, graces the stage of Dubai Opera on 1 November. Arkhipovsky’s distinctive mastery of the stringed instrument has garnered numerous accolades, including a prestigious mention in the Guinness Book of Records in Russia as the world’s finest balalaika soloist. Tickets for this extraordinary performance are available, starting from Dhs 250. OUT & ABOUT The UAE consistently offers an array of outstanding concerts, shows, and events that guarantee entertainment. If you’re looking for exciting activities this November, here’s a list of must-attend concerts and events in the UAE. Bastille Live Show 1 November Alexey Arkhipovsky 1 November On 1 November, the highly acclaimed UK indie-pop band Bastille will take the stage at the Coca-Cola Arena. This versatile British group is famous for its unique fusion of indie rock and synth-pop, promising an electrifying and unforgettable performance. Get ready to be swept away by Bastille’s iconic hits, such as ‘Pompeii’, ‘Happier’, ‘Good Grief’, and many more. Ticket prices for this concert begin at just Dhs 199. 1 2 The Good, the Bad & the Filthy! featuring: Kate Barron, Paddy Lennox & Liz Bains november 17-25 The show starts at 8:30pmwith tickets at AED 160

CONNECTOR.AE 8 CONNECTOR.AE 9 Out And About Out And About Dubai Women’s Run Brian Tyler Live Macbeth Ruki Vverh 4 November 3 To 5 November 5 November In its second concert in Abu Dhabi, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to deliver a spectacular performance at Etihad Park, joined by the renowned film music composer Brian Tyler. The gala evening promises to feature some of Tyler’s greatest hits, including compositions from blockbuster films, series, and games such as Avengers, Yellowstone, Iron Man 3, Assassin’s Creed, Star Trek Enterprise, Transformers Prime, Into Eternity (Thor, The Dark World), Fast And Furious (Fast X), The Mummy, Crazy Rich Asians, Battle LA, 1883, Scream, Call of Duty, and many more. Tickets for this extraordinary event start at just Dhs 195. Dubai Opera is gearing up to present a contemporary interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic works, ‘Macbeth’, from 3 to 5 November. This modern-day adaptation of the tragedy delves into the dark deeds of Scottish General Macbeth and his descent into ruthless crimes. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this unique perspective. Tickets for the event begin at just Dhs 200. On 5 November, Russia’s best-selling band and one of the 90s’ most successful pop groups will perform at Coca-Cola Arena. This highly-anticipated show will showcase a set list filled with fan-favourite hits, including classics like ‘Student’, ‘My Little Baby’, and ‘Dreaming Of You’. Secure your tickets starting at just Dhs 250 and be part of this historic night! 5 November The 10th edition of the highly anticipated Dubai Women’s Run, a prominent event in the city’s sports calendar, is returning as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge. This ladiesonly event will take place at Dubai Festival City Mall and offers a fantastic opportunity to complete your 30x30 challenge for the day. Enjoy the pleasant Dubai weather while taking in breathtaking city views along the course. A Journey With Jada Pinkett Smith 7 November Get ready for a special evening with the Hollywood legend, Jada Pinkett Smith, as she brings her global tour, ‘Worthy, A Journey with Jada Pinkett Smith’, to Dubai’s prestigious Coca-Cola Arena on 7 November. Fans will have the chance to share an intimate experience with Pinkett Smith as she explores the depths of her debut memoir, ‘Worthy.’ Tickets for this exceptional event begin at just Dhs 295. META Film Festival 9 to 12 November Dubai is set to host the second META Film Fest from 9 to 12 November. Film enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy a lineup of acclaimed movies at VOX Cinemas Wafi City, just like last year. The festival also offers workshops and masterclasses for aspiring film-makers, led by industry experts. Tickets for individual movies start at just Dhs 35. It’s a cinematic celebration not to be missed! 3 5 6 7 8 4

CONNECTOR.AE 10 CONNECTOR.AE 11 Out And About Out And About Japan Culture Con Abu Dhabi International Boat Show Ali Sethi Live 10 to 12 November 9 to 12 November 11 November Visit Burj Park in Downtown Dubai from 10 to 12 November for the inaugural Japan Culture Con. This event features a wide range of attractions, from traditional tea ceremonies to a marketplace offering Japanese kimonos, cosmetics, and a children’s corner with local games. Be sure to catch live performances by skilled voice over artists during an Anime and Manga series showcase. Tickets are available from Dhs 30, and there’s a lot to discover and enjoy at this cultural gathering. The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) is a global event that you can’t afford to miss if you’re interested in the latest developments in boating, fishing, and water sports. ADIBS serves as a gathering point for top-notch brands and experts in the marine industry. It’s the perfect venue for marine enthusiasts and families to come together, enjoy captivating attractions, live performances, and explore the waters of Abu Dhabi. Ali Sethi, the celebrated writer, composer, and singer, who shot to fame with his charttopping single ‘Pasoori’ on Spotify’s Global Viral chart last year, is set to grace Dubai during his 2023 World Tour. Catch him live at Dubai Opera as he delivers a mesmerising performance, including the blockbuster hit from Coke Studio and other beloved fan favourites. Secure your tickets for Ali Sethi Live, starting at just Dhs 185. 9 10 11 Hyperound K-Fest Abu Dhabi 11 November Prepare for an electrifying one-day festival at the Etihad Arena, Hyperound K-Fest Abu Dhabi 2023! This event is your ticket to experiencing the best of K-pop music and culture right in Abu Dhabi. With phenomenal performances by Enhypen, Sunmi, Epik High, Dpr Ian, Cherry Bulley, Peakboy, and more, get ready to be mesmerised by pulsating beats, captivating choreography, and powerful vocals. Tickets for this unforgettable experience start at just Dhs 315. Dubai Ride 12 November Dubai Ride returns on 12November, offering an exciting fitness opportunity for all ages. As part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, join over 20,000 cyclists for a memorable ride through the city. Pick the family-friendly 4km route around Downtown Dubai or take on the 12km challenge along Sheikh Zayed Road, passing iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa. Taste Of Abu Dhabi 10 to 12 November The city’s most prominent food, beverage, and music festival, Taste of Abu Dhabi, is all set to return from 10 to 12 November at Yas Gateway Park South. The eagerly awaited event promises a diverse array of culinary, drink, and music experiences for everyone. Tickets for this amazing food festival start from Dhs 75. 12 13 14

CONNECTOR.AE 12 CONNECTOR.AE 13 Out And About Out And About Set your alarm clocks early and get ready for the upcoming Dubai Run. Race alongside participants of all ages and skill levels on a dedicated section of Sheikh Zayed Road. Choose between the 5km or 10km route and work up a sweat as you strive to achieve your fitness targets. Register now for this enjoyable and free event. Arijit Singh Live Sheikh Zayed Festival 2023 Dubai Opera Ball 17 to 18 November 18 November The renowned Bollywood playback singing sensation, Arijit Singh, is all set to grace the stage at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. After a sensational sold-out concert at the Arena two years ago, Arijit Singh is returning with an all-new performance, featuring a captivating lineup of his latest Bollywood hits. Tickets for this remarkable event are available starting at just Dhs 100. The festival pays tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, honouring his vital role in preserving genuine Emirati heritage and presenting family-friendly events. The festival is in association with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and under the wise guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE. Experience a night of enchantment at the Dubai Opera Ball, featuring an exceptional lineup of international talents. Prepare to be captivated by the world-renowned soprano Aida Garifullina, Bolshoi Theatre’s premier dancer Denis Rodkin, La Scala’s tenor Riccardo Massi, jazz sensation Igor Butman, and Austria’s Janoska Ensemble. The extraordinary event promises a harmonious fusion of cultures as the artists don elegant tuxedos and stunning ball gowns, delivering impeccably choreographed performances. Tickets for this grand affair start at Dhs 399. 16 17 15 Al Ain Book Festival 19 to 25 November Established in 2009 as the Al Ain Book Fair and rebranded in 2022 as the Al Ain Book Festival, this event is a celebration of Al Ain’s rich cultural heritage and the creative contributions of Emirati writers, intellectuals, and artists, both past and present. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, the festival offers a diverse program aimed at promoting a culture of reading and connecting people with Emirati heritage, culture, and creativity. Coke Studio Live 25 November Prepare for another electrifying evening at Coca-Cola Arena as the highly anticipated second edition of Coke Studio Live takes centre stage. On 25 November, more than ten incredibly talented artists will grace the event, promising an unforgettable night filled with music and entertainment. The show, curated by the visionary producer Zulfiqar (Xulfi) Jabbar Khan, is a must-see. Ticket prices start at just Dhs 179. Dubai Run 26 November 18 19 20 17 November to 9 March, 2024

CONNECTOR.AE 14 CONNECTOR.AE 15 Dining Around Out And About The 2023 Formula 1 season kicked off on 3 March and will conclude in grand style in Abu Dhabi. For food, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 will showcase an array of globally acclaimed cuisine and extraordinary dining opportunities. During the Grand Prix weekend, there’ll be 15 hospitality options spread throughout the iconic track. Among these is the newly introduced ‘Deck at Two’, a VIP viewing platform at Turn 2, that will feature exclusive menus from Nobu Dubai, estiatorio Milos, and Hakkasan Dubai from Atlantis Dubai. Roka, known for its premium sushi and grilled Japanese cuisine, will debut this year at Club 58. In addition to the exciting newbies, beloved fan favourites are making a comeback for this year’s event. Turns at West, North Straight Hospitality, Deck At Nine with Opa, Luna Lounge featuring Ce La Vi, Turn 1 with Il Borro, Alici and Maya Bay, and Shams Suites with Gohan and Ninive are all set to return by popular demand for 2023. At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023, on 26 November concert headliner will be the Foo Fighters. On the opening night, Thursday, 23 November, renowned Dutch DJ Tiesto will take the stage, accompanied by pop star Ava Max. Hospitality tickets start from Dhs 1,450, and Grandstand from Dhs 2,425. At present, North Straight Hospitality tickets are available, and they start from Dhs 8,990. There are five options, North, West, Main, Marina, and South. All these tickets offer one-day complimentary access to the Louvre Museum, Qasr Al Watan, and any one theme park of your choice. Select from Ferrari World, Warner Bros. World, Yas Waterworld and SeaWorld. Chase The Speed In The UAE With The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Chase the speed at the 15th edition of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit. The grand finale of the Formula 1 race is scheduled to take place from 23 to 26 November. Savour The Flavours Of Middle East At These Middle Eastern Restaurants Dubai is renowned as a cultural melting pot, boasting an array of world cuisines, including Pan Asian, Japanese, Korean, Nepalese, Italian, and many others. However, if there’s one culinary experience you shouldn’t miss in Dubai, it’s Middle Eastern cuisine. This cuisine is celebrated for its fragrant spices, sumptuous flavours, and slow-cooked dishes, making it a beloved choice not only in Dubai but also across the GCC region. From delectable kebabs to mouthwatering baklava, doner kebabs, mulukhiyah, and more, Middle Eastern cuisine offers tons of choices that will tantalise your taste buds. If reading about it has already stirred your appetite, Connector has excellent recommendations for you.

CONNECTOR.AE 16 CONNECTOR.AE 17 Dining Around Dining Around Situated in Souk Al Bahar, Abd El Wahab proudly celebrates its Lebanese heritage and has garnered a reputation for delivering authentic Lebanese cuisine. While the restaurant excels in offering the authentic tastes of Lebanon, its menu also presents a diverse array of mouthwatering Middle Eastern dishes. Indulge in delectable options such as foul medammas, potato harra, chicken fatteh, shish taouk, lamb cutlets, and other flavourful offerings. And for desserts, cheese knefe and baklawa mix will leave your taste buds thoroughly satisfied. 04-4230988 Abd El Wahab Nestled on the first floor of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Al Iwan embodies luxury and opulence in every aspect. This Arabic restaurant not only boasts a chic and lavish ambience but also presents quintessential Arabian delicacies at their finest. When dining at Al Iwan, be sure to savour their culinary offerings, including the grilled lamb reyash, kebab halabi, fattoush, baba ganoush, and for seafood enthusiasts, the indulgent mixed seafood platter is a must-try. Al Iwan promises a dining experience of exquisite flavours within an extravagant setting. 800-323232 Nestled in Umm Al Sheif, Al Beiruti offers a delightful taste of Beirut in its decor and cuisine. While its interior exudes a sensory experience that immerses you in Lebanese culture, it is the food that takes centre stage. When dining at Al Beiruti, try their delectable offerings, including eggs and sujouk, foul medammas, Al Beiruti kebbe, beef sambousik, grilled kebbe skewers, and a variety of other enticing options. For dessert, savour the exquisite ghazal Al Beiruti dessert. Al Beiruti promises a culinary journey that captures the essence of Beirut in every bite. 04-4213999 Situated in the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Shabestan has been a beloved destination for authentic Persian cuisine for nearly three decades. With a rich cultural heritage and a menu that tantalises taste buds with bold and exotic flavours, indulge in a feast of succulent grilled specialities, including juje kabas, chelo sultani, and shandiz. You can also savour traditional favourites like baghli polo ba mahicheh and ghalieh mahi, all served alongside flavourful saffron rice. The flavours at Shabestan are sure to delight your senses and leave you with a memorable dining experience. 04-2227171 Shabestan Al Iwan Al Beiruti Nestled within Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah, Ibn Al Bahr stands out as a renowned Lebanese seafood restaurant in Dubai, celebrated for its offerings of fresh and delectable seafood. The restaurant provides spectacular beach-front views, making it the ideal atmosphere for a memorable dining occasion. For food, Ibn Al Bahr offers an array of delectable dishes such as hummus Al Bahr, fish kabab, shish tawouk platter, golden fried breaded shrimp, and loubye b zeit. For seafood enthusiasts, the catch of the day is a must-try, available in various preparations to cater to diverse tastes. 04-5539575 Ibn Al Bahr Nestled in Cluster D, JLT, the MICHELIN Bib Gourmand restaurant known as Bait Maryam is a genuine hub for Middle Eastern comfort cuisine. When dining there, indulge in a delightful array of dishes that truly capture the essence of Middle Eastern comfort food. Start your culinary journey with the Maryam salad, labneh, muhamara, manakeesh, spinach fatayer, and cheese burek, all of which promise a symphony of flavours. As for dessert, treat yourself to the exquisite umm ali and kunafa kheshne. These dishes tantalise your taste buds, and the restaurant’s ambience will envelop you in a cosy, homey atmosphere, leaving your heart and soul satisfied. 054-7044774 Set amidst the enchanting Bab Al Shams resort, Al Hadheerah is an open-air desert restaurant that offers a captivating Arabian theatre of open-air dining and live entertainment. Rooted in the rich tapestry of ancient and diverse Arabic cultures, it promises a truly unique experience. At Al Hadheerah, you can savour authentic Middle Eastern cuisine prepared at live cooking stations. Indulge in the heady aromas and distinctive flavours of signature hot mezze, expertly seasoned kebabs, flame-grilled seafood, and tender lamb ouzi, all cooked in desert tradition. To conclude your meal on a sweet note, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the speciality of sticky date pudding. Al Hadheerah offers a magical desert dining experience that is truly unforgettable. 04-8096100 Bait Maryam Al Hadheerah

CONNECTOR.AE 18 CONNECTOR.AE 19 Dining Around Dining Around The Arabian Tea House, located across Dubai, not only boasts charming and quaint interior decor but also stands out for offering some of the finest Middle Eastern cuisine in the city. It holds the distinction of being the first authentic Emirati restaurant since 1997. While the captivating blue and white aesthetics will mesmerise you, the food served here will satisfy your heart and appetite. For breakfast, you must try the special Emirati Breakfast Tray, which includes delectable offerings like baleet, khameer bread, dates, and more. Additionally, the grilled halloumi and balaleet with omelette are excellent choices to start your day. For lunch, laham machboos and biryani deyay won’t disappoint. And if you’re in the mood for snacks, indulge in their Arabian Tea House Special Wrap and Falafel Wrap for a delightful treat. 04-3535071 Sah El Nom, a culinary gem with locations across Dubai, presents an authentic Syrian and oriental dining experience infused with a modern twist. Established in 2017, this restaurant offers a diverse range of manakesh that are a must-try. Indulge in options like cheese folded with soujok, cheese with muhammara, and za’atar with fresh vegetables for a delightful manakesh experience. If you have a penchant for cold mezze, savour their baba ghanouj. When it comes to hot mezze, don’t miss the mfaraket mushroom with meat and fattet makdous. For the main course, their grilled dishes, including kabab eggplant and Lamb Chops, are bound to captivate your palate. Sah El Nom offers a truly memorable culinary journey that combines tradition with contemporary flair. 04-4231122 Arabian Tea House Sah El Nom Al Safadi, with a legacy of Lebanese dining expertise since the 2000s, has established itself as a prominent Lebanese culinary destination across Dubai. When you dine at Al Safadi, you embark on a gastronomic journey that transports you to the charming streets of Lebanon. Their menu boasts a delectable array of Lebanese delights, including must-try dishes like grilled halloumi, eggs with meat, cheese majouka, seasoned lamb tongues, and the Falafel Plate. If you have a penchant for biryani, don’t miss the opportunity to savour their stuffed lamb biryani. For shawarma enthusiasts, the mixed shawarma platter is a definite treat. To conclude your dining experience on a sweet note, indulge in the delightful flavours of Halawet El Jebben. 600-500601 Al Safadi Al Nafoorah, an acclaimed restaurant, beckons with the promise of exquisite Lebanese cuisine served in a lavish setting at Madinat Jumeirah’s Al Qasr Hotel. Here, you can savour the authentic culinary creations of Chef Ali Fouad amidst opulent surroundings, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the iconic Burj Al Arab from the terrace. When dining at Al Nafoorah, indulge in an array of dishes, like lubia bil zaite, Al Nafoorah hummus, batata harrah, samak bizri, and grilled sujouk, among others. To conclude your meal on a sweet note, the Lebanese Fruit Platter awaits, ensuring a truly memorable dining experience that combines the flavours of Lebanon with a touch of luxury. 800-323232 Spread across various locations in Dubai, Al Fanar Restaurant offers a unique experience by transporting its guests back to the nostalgic ambience of 1960s Emirati culture, all while serving up the authentic flavours of Emirati cuisine. Don’t miss out on their culinary delights, including shakshooka, machboos rice, tandoor tray, hobool, jawaney deyay, koftat samak, and more. However, Al Fanar, is not just a place for exceptional food; it also doubles as a mini-museum where visitors, including tourists and the younger generation, can immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Emirati culture and heritage. It’s a culinary journey and cultural exploration rolled into one, making it a truly memorable experience. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Dubai, Bab Al Mansour invites you to partake in a regal dining experience within its palatial surroundings. With an emphasis on authenticity, it serves up Moroccan cuisine crafted from over 70 sourced Moroccan ingredients, transporting you back to the grandeur of the 14th-century Marinid dynasty. From the exquisite cutlery to the opulent ambience, every aspect of Bab Al Mansour exudes an air of royalty. When it comes to their culinary offerings, don’t miss out on the grilled chicken, grilled spicy beef, kofta skewers, baghrir, harcha, and other Moroccan delights. The flavours on offer are a true testament to the richness of Moroccan cuisine. 04-3509440 Al Nafoorah Al Fanar Bab Al Mansour

CONNECTOR.AE 20 CONNECTOR.AE 21 Dining Around Dining Around Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant provides a captivating journey back in time, inviting you to savour the authentic Emirati flavours in Dubai. Situated in the historic Al Fahidi district, this culturally-conscious dining establishment offers a delightful glimpse into tradition. It’s more than just a cosy spot for a meal; it’s a place where you can immerse yourself in the bygone days of Dubai. At Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant, make sure to indulge in dishes like chicken shawarma sambousa, hyderabadi biryani, Al Khayma bedouin lamb kebab, Al Khayma seafood maragat, and conclude your hearty meal on a sweet note with ferni. 055-1802080 Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant Al Ustad Special Kebab, a charming establishment in the Mankool area, has been a genuine slice of Old Dubai since its inception in 1978. This restaurant, a favourite among celebrities, pays homage to the Iranian kebab tradition, featuring succulent chunks of barbecued chicken and mutton expertly marinated in yoghurt. While Al Ustad is renowned for its kebab offerings, you shouldn’t miss the chance to savour dishes like kabab khas, joujeh kabab, cholo murgh, and other delightful options. Al Ustad Special Kebab promises a culinary experience that captures the essence of tradition and flavour, making it a true gem in Old Dubai. 04-3971933 Al Ustad Special Kebab Situated within Dubai Mall, Wafi Gourmet stands as a Lebanese culinary expert, celebrated for its commitment to the art of Lebanese cuisine. Enriched with the finest Lebanon-originated products, meticulously selected for their superior quality, taste, and appearance, Wafi Gourmet offers an exceptional dining experience. When dining at Wafi Gourmet, try dishes such as foul moudamas, kebbeh meat, kabab halabi, and the meat shawarma plate, among other delectable options. It’s a true culinary journey that captures the essence of Lebanon, whether you’re indulging in a meal or exploring ingredients in the souq. 04-3244433 Located in Al Manara, Mama’esh offers a wholesome culinary experience that captures the heart and soul of Palestiniancuisine.Here, youwon’tencounter any frozen ingredients; instead, they take pride in using only fresh halal meats and bread crafted from organic flour. The atmosphere exudes warm and inviting homely vibes, making it the perfect setting to savour their delectable dishes. Don’t miss out on lamb sajjeyeh, potato and chicken tray, Palestinian foul medammas,Palestinianmusakhanchickenrolls,mincedmeatandcheesefatayer,andlaham bil ajeen. For those with a sweet tooth, the oven baked nabulsi kunafa rolls are an absolute must-try. 04-4538166 Nestled in Bur Dubai along the creek, Bayt Al Wakeel offers a tranquil vista of the traditional abras and the charm of old Dubai. Here, you can relish a delightful fusion of seafood, Arabic cuisine, and all-day snacks. The restaurant boasts an inviting ambience and a delectable menu. Savour the baby hammour grilled, spinach sambousek, fish basket, and the Wakeel special mixed grill, all of which promise a symphony of flavours. For those with a sweet tooth, the banana split is an absolute must-try dessert. Bayt Al Wakeel combines picturesque surroundings with mouthwatering dishes for a memorable dining experience. 04-3530530 Wafi Gourmet Bayt Al Wakeel Mama’esh

CONNECTOR.AE 22 CONNECTOR.AE 23 Dining Around Dining Around The recently opened Zenon at Address Dubai Mall, is exactly that. The impressive restaurant and lounge, offers an elevated dining experience, within an innovative interior of AI driven interactive art adorning its high walls. As amazing as the everchanging interior is, Zenon replicates that attention in the menu. Influenced by Executive Chef Lorenzo Buccarini, Head Chef Thomas Papas and Head Chef Tatsuya Ueda, Zenon’s menu offers Mediterranean cuisine and Asian flavours For starters we enjoyed the Asian tastes. The flavours of the Usuzukuri in Soy and Yuzu Sauce were distinctive and combined perfectly with the chili mayo, and the Marinated Zenon Dubai’s Immersive AI Dining Experience With an eye-catching skyline, a serene desert landscape or the mesmerising Arabian Gulf, choosing a restaurant with a view to satisfy allmoods is not an issue in Dubai, but what if that impressive and captivating viewwas indoors? Yellowtail with the orange dressing made us want more with each mouthful. We then moved to the Mediterranean with the Red Shrimp Saganaki, a surprising combination, and a Classic Greek Salad. The shrimps were of a quality you come to expect from a fine dining restaurant, but combining them with Saganki took the dish to a different level, requiring all our resolve to stop us from mopping up the sauce with the fresh bread. The quality of the ingredients were evident in the simple Greek salad, where the barrel aged feta from the Peloponnese region of Greece confirms why Greeks are so proud of their national cheese. Our mains featured a seafood pasta dish of Tagliolini with clams, prawn tartare and caviar, a warming dish with well balanced flavours, and a succulent Australian wagyu striploin steak, where every bite melted in the mouth . For dessert we could not say no to a generous helping of profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce, very naughty but so nice, and such a perfect ending to the dining experience. This new restaurant takes the fine dining experience to a different level and is very quickly making its mark on the Dubai dining scene. The average price for a starter, main and dessert is Dhs 485. Call 04 8377222 REVIEW Ten To Try: Pizza If there’s one thing that brings a smile to everyone’s face, it’s PIZZA! Whether you’re feeling like a pizza-party animal, a pizza-sadster, or having a plain ol’ pizza-meh day, pizza’s got your heart covered with its ooey-gooey, cheesy goodness. Pizza, basically Italian for ‘Pie,’ debuted in Naples in the 1600s. Since then, it’s been on a world tour, making people cheesy-happy wherever it goes. And guess what? The UAE is totally on board the pizza train! So, if your life motto is “eat, sleep, and repeat pizza,” and the only love triangle you’re interested in involves three slices of pizza, then Connector is here with the ultimate pizza guide in Dubai to keep your pizza cravings in check. Let’s start from the and get ready to bookmark these pizza hotspots in Dubai.

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CONNECTOR.AE 26 CONNECTOR.AE 27 Dining Around Dining Around Tasty Dragon Roll For Sushi Lovers Sushi is a Japanese dish, that is well-loved by people around theworld, and is traditionallymadewithvinegared rice, vegetables and seafood. With multiple variants available, one popular type of sushi is the dragon roll, also known as the caterpillar roll. The captivating dish is made with shrimp tempura and asparagus rolled in nori sheet which is edible seaweed, and rice, topped with avocado. Chef Nisala Sandaruwan, Head Chef at SushiArt, has shared with Connector the recipe to create the delicious dish at home, perfect for days when craving sushi and not looking to venture outside. Recipe: 1. To make the vinegared sushi rice: 2. Wash the Japonica rice in cold water, repeating the process three to four times, until the water runs clear. 3. Cook the rice for 45 minutes and transfer it into a large pot. 4. Mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a bowl, until the sugar is completely dissolved. 5. Gradually add the prepared vinegar sauce to the rice, while mixing gently. 6. Stir continuously for 10 to 12 minutes, ensuring the rice and sauce are well incorporated without damaging the rice grains. Ingredients: For The Sushi Rice: 80g Of Japonica Rice Rice Vinegar Sugar Salt To Assemble: Half Nori Sheet 60g Of Thinly Sliced Avocado 2 Pieces Of Pre-Cooked Shrimp Tempura 10g Of Asparagus 5g Teriyaki Mayonnaise 5g Goma Ponzu Sauce 1g Chopped Chives 1 Sliced Red Chilli 4 Pieces Of Ikura To Assemble: 7. Place half a nori sheet on a clean surface. 8. Spread the sushi rice evenly over the nori sheet and sprinkle black and white sesame seeds over the rice. 9. Flip the nori sheet, so the rice is facing down. 10. Add the shrimp tempura and asparagus to the nori sheet. 11. Drizzle goma ponzu sauce over the ingredients. 12. Roll the nori sheet using a sushi mat, ensuring the roll is tightly packed. 13. Gently press the roll with the sushi mat to achieve a square shape, and cut the roll into eight pieces. 14. Top off the sushi with thinly sliced avocado, teriyaki mayonnaise, chives, red chilli and Ikura.

CONNECTOR.AE 28 CONNECTOR.AE 29 Dining Around Dining Around Chef ’s Corner: Roberto Segura Food is an integral part of everyone’s daily lives, however, some people have a stronger passion for cooking and pursue a career in it, serving diners at a restaurant with brilliant food to keep them coming back for more. Chef Roberto Segura, Executive Chef at TABU, Business Bay, found his calling for food at a young age, and has since been taking strides in the culinary sector to bring unique flavours to the restaurant. Starting his journey in 2005, Chef Roberto Segura studied in Peru, before travelling around the globe from Chile, Argentina, and New York, before making his mark in Dubai. Chef Roberto Segura uses food as an outlet to showcase his creativity, constantly innovating with various flavours to serve dishes that make the mouth water. In this feature, Connector spoke to Chef Roberto Segura, where he shared his humble beginnings in the culinary industry, to his favourite dish. How did you get started in the food industry? My journey in the food industry came to life thanks to my father’s inspiration, as he was the one cooking at home all the time. Coming from the Northern Peru area, where the best food and flavours come from, my 11 year old self took on the challenge of making my very first dish. Since then, I have never stopped cooking at home for my family and friends. Later in 2005, I took my culinary passion down a more professional route, and enrolled in the esteemed Culinary School of Los Andes in Lima, Peru. This is when I quickly started gaining more experience at renowned restaurants across Peru. What is your earliest cooking memory? I come from a home and country, that loves to cook, eat and celebrate together with family and friends, it is part of our culture. During my childhood, I remember endless Sundays surrounded by loved ones enjoying traditional Peruvian dishes like ceviche, lamb seco with beans, causa, and so much more. These experiences filled my memory and palate with happiness and an explosion of flavours that I will never forget. What is your favourite dish from your country? Definitely, ceviche, which I literally eat every day. What is the one go-to and easy snack you love making for midnight cravings? I do not eat anything at midnight, but in the evening from time to time, I have cravings for canned tuna with white rice, lime and mayonnaise. What is the one raw ingredient you cannot cook without from your country? Aji Amarillo, it is a yellow chilli with a delicate fruity flavour and is mildly spicy. It is used in at least 50% of Peruvian dishes, and I love cooking with it. What is the best dish to try at the restaurant? The Black Black Cod is one of the signature dishes on the menu. It is black cod cooked in a mix of miso paste, squid ink and black sesame sauce, which is a must-try.

CONNECTOR.AE 30 CONNECTOR.AE 31 Kids And Education Kids And Education What extracurricular options do you offer for students? This provides insights into the school’s dedication to nurturing your child’s holistic development, ensuring that they have opportunities beyond academics. Extracurricular activities play a crucial role in shaping a child’s character, teaching values like sportsmanship, and aiding in the development of resilience through experiences of both success and setbacks. How does the school handle the well-being of students? This question delves into the school’s approach to addressing the non-academic aspects of a child’s education, including issues like drugs, alcohol, behaviour, and relationships. It’s especially relevant when considering boarding schools. This openended question provides insight into the daily care and support that the school provides for its students. What To Ask A Head Teacher At An Open Day School plays a vital role in instilling values in children and nurturing their personal growth. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure your children’s well-being and learning experience at school. To facilitate this, educational institutions often organise events like “Open Day” or “Open House,” which serve as opportunities for parents to gain insight into the school’s activities. These events are not only for current students but also for parents seeking the right school for their children. Open Day provides parents a platform to familiarise themselves with the school’s ethos, learn about curriculum enhancements, and stay informed about ongoing developments. Furthermore, attending an open day allows you to understand if the school aligns with your preferences for your child’s educational environment. It offers a valuable opportunity to assess the school’s suitability for your child. Additionally, observing the students during the open day can provide insights into their comfort as they navigate their daily routines at the school. If you’re considering a visit to a school in the UAE for an open day and are confused about what to ask the head teachers, Connector has put together a comprehensive list of questions for your reference. Keep reading to find out more. Could you share your school’s guiding principles and values? This open-ended question aims to delve into the school’s core philosophy and ambience, allowing for a deeper understanding of the institution’s character. It provides a glimpse into the educators’ perspectives on child upbringing and their beliefs regarding the educational role in society. What makes your school stand out from others? This question helps you understand the core of the school’s unique qualities, its primary strengths, and how it distinguishes itself from competing institutions. It provides insights into the school’s perception of its competition, highlighting what they consider important. Secondly, the school will outline its own core values, which reflect its identity and principles. These are the values that will influence your child’s education.

CONNECTOR.AE 32 CONNECTOR.AE 33 Kids And Education Kids And Education When it comes to additional queries, here are some more questions that parents should contemplate asking during an open day. How does the school support students in terms of career guidance and preparing for higher education? Traditionally, schools relied on questionnaires to assess individuals’ aptitudes and interests, which often proved unreliable. Therefore, parents should inquire about the methods and tools the school employs for career guidance. It’s essential to understand whether the school has dedicated staff to mentor students throughout their academic journey or if they outsource this responsibility. What is the rate of staff turnover? This question serves to determine if there are any concerns regarding the school’s ability to retain its staff, which, in turn, can be an indicator of the school’s overall work environment and teacher satisfaction. It offers insight into broader issues such as investment in teacher development, job fulfilment, and teacher engagement. Mr Ian Ward, who serves as the Principal of Emirates International School Meadows, has also provided valuable recommendations for questions that parents should consider asking. According to Mr Ian Ward, parents should pose inquiries such as: • What after-school activities does your school offer? • Tell me about the university destinations of your students. • Is there an ‘open door policy’ at the school if students or parents have concerns? • What is your school aiming to achieve in the next 5 years? • What are you most proud of at your school? • What is your school’s take on bullying? These questions aid parents in gaining insight into current state and future objectives of the school, facilitating an informed decision-making process. Which educational framework is implemented at your school? It’s essential to ensure that your child’s learning and academic needs align with the school’s curriculum. To do this, gather comprehensive information about the school’s curriculum. Inquire about the educational standards and guidelines the school follows. How are individual achievement and progress assessed at the school? Every school employs methods to measure student progress, even those that may avoid conventional grading systems have their ways to track student performance. Exploring the school’s strategy for measuring student progress is imperative, as it’s vital to stay informed about your child’s academic development. What type of student is best suited for this school? This question serves as a valuable tool for uncovering the specific attributes and qualities that the school believes are most conducive to a student’s success within their academic environment. It, in turn, offers insights into the school’s own character and values. Do you provide educational assistance for students with additional learning needs? If you’re aware that your child requires extra help in the classroom, this is a crucial aspect to consider. It’s also valuable to understand the school’s approach to providing additional support, as it can be vital for your child’s future. Similarly, it’s important to know their strategy for highly capable and gifted students to ensure that if your child excels in a particular subject, they receive the necessary guidance, support, and encouragement to continue thriving.

CONNECTOR.AE 34 CONNECTOR.AE 35 Kids And Education Kids And Education Meet The Teacher: Jack Flaherty Football, a globally beloved team sport celebrated for its blend of athleticism and tactical finesse, is no less adored in the UAE. Andwhenwe talk about football, one academy that springs to mind instantly is the SK Football Academy. Established in 2002, this academy reigns as a towering presence in the UAE’s football coaching landscape, spreading its knowledge across the Emirates. However, what truly sets them apart is not just their exceptional coaching but the expertise of their coaches. Jack Flaherty, the accomplished Elite Lead Coach at SK Football Academy, stands as a shining testament to the academy’s esteemed reputation as one of the finest in the UAE. Bringing more than a decade of coaching expertise to the field, Jack Flaherty has been a valuable asset to SK Football Academy for the past 2 years. Originating from Liverpool, UK, Jack Flaherty opens up to Connector about the driving force behind his coaching journey and the daily enthusiasm that fuels his passion as a coach. What inspired you to start coaching? The reason I started coaching was because of my love for the game. It’s about the joy of imparting knowledge and witnessing the smiles on my student’s faces as I deliver interactive training sessions. How did you decide to coach football? My coaching style is always fun and engaging. I always like to challenge my players by posing numerous questions, enabling a process where they contemplate various outcomes and develop their thoughts rather than simply providing them with answers. What do you love about coaching? I love seeing my players progress and learn new skills. Seeing students enjoying and learning football in a fun environment is a must for me. Do you remember your favourite coach or teacher from school? Certainly, there was a coach named Danny Lloyd who played a key role in igniting my coaching journey. It all began with lending a hand at various half-term camps, and from that point, my involvement in coaching experienced significant growth. How do you make everyday sessions more interesting? While planning my sessions, I always think about what if I were to be playing during this session, would I be engaged, and would I enjoy it? I make it a point to incorporate elements of competition to infuse a sense of competitiveness and fun, elevating the overall experience. What is a unique part of the academy? What sets our academy apart is the sense of unity that transfuses every aspect of it. All our staff collaborates seamlessly, supporting one another in various daily tasks, be it session planning or ensuring that everything off the pitch is kept current and in order.

CONNECTOR.AE 36 CONNECTOR.AE 37 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Diabetes - Understanding Causes, Types, Treatment And More Diabetes, often called the ‘silent pandemic,’ is a global health concern. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, and it causes 1.5 million deaths each year. As per the reports in the International Diabetes Federation, in the MENA Region, 73 million people have diabetes, and the number is expected to reach 135.7 million by 2045. In the UAE, there are more than 990,900 cases of diabetes in adults. While these numbers may raise concerns, let’s take a closer look at diabetes, its various types, underlying causes, prevention strategies, and lifestyle adjustments for a healthier future. What Is Diabetes Diabetes is a long-lasting health condition that affects how your body transforms food into energy. When we eat, our body breaks down food into sugar (glucose) and releases it into the blood. When blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas releases insulin, acting like a key to allow sugar into cells for energy. In diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t use it effectively. Types Of Diabetes Diabetes is categorised into several types, which include Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes, and Prediabetes. Let’s understand the symptoms and types of diabetes. Type 1 Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where your immune system targets the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas without a known cause. It can be detected at any age but is more common in children and young adults. Type 2 In Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce sufficient insulin, and your body’s cells don’t respond well to insulin (called insulin resistance). This type ismost common in adults but can also affect children. Type 2 diabetes is often avoidable, and factors like excess weight, lack of physical activity, and genetics play a role in its development. According to the WHO, more than 95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes was formerly called noninsulin-dependent, or adult onset. Gestational Diabetes Gestational diabetes is common in pregnant women who have never had diabetes before. If you develop gestational diabetes, it may pose potential health risks for your baby. Typically, gestational diabetes disappears after childbirth, but it raises your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future. Prediabetes Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet at the level of Type 2 diabetes. It increases your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, This leads to high blood sugar levels, causing serious health problems such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney issues over time. There are a lot of myths around Diabates, and debunking a few of them, Dr Shipra Patil, Specialist Internal Medicine at Dubai London Hospital, said, “Never believe if people say that if you have Type 2 diabates, you’ll always know from the symptoms you experience. Type 2 diabetes is a slowprogressing disease, and many people don’t notice symptoms.” Dr Shipra Patil from Dubai London Hospital also said that diabetes is not restricted to fat people, it’s not just overweight or obesity that matters in diabetes. You may be lean, but you have belly fat, which predisposes you to diabetes.”

CONNECTOR.AE 38 CONNECTOR.AE 39 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness heart disease, and stroke. However, by making lifestyle changes, you can manage and control it. What Causes Diabetes Diabetes occurs when there is an excess of glucose in your blood, regardless of the specific type. Major factors contributing to diabetes include insulin resistance, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances, unhealthy lifestyle choices, excess abdominal fat, and genetic mutations. Symptoms “Diabetes symptoms are fairly wellknown. Those include dry mouth, frequent urination, excessive thirst, fatigue, recurrent tingling, blurring of vision and un-intentional weight loss. For the general population, diabetes -type 2- screening by blood tests should start at 35. However, for higher risk patients, screening starts earlier. Earlier screening is advocated for overweight, obese or sedentary patients or those with high blood pressure, polycystic ovaries, abnormal cholesterol profile and more, explains Dr Ahmed Shehata from Mediclinic Middle East. If you experience these symptoms, it’s important to monitor yourself and promptly seek medical attention without delay. Talking more about the symptoms, Dr Juliana Korth, Internal Medicine Specialist at Allied Medical Centre said, “Diabetes can give you no symptoms, almost no symptoms or many symptoms. It all depends on the age and comorbidities (associated illnesses) that one has. It can range from fatigue, poor wound healing to problems in the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain and extremities (arms and legs). Hence, anyone with symptoms or increased risk factors (overweight or obesity, high blood pressure, should get tested, and all pregnant women should get tested for diabetes regardless of risk factors or symptoms.” Dr Juliana Korth at Allied Medical Centre also added, “According to the American Diabetes Association, all patients should be screened for diabetes at a three-year interval beginning at the age of 45 regardless of symptoms and risk factors.” Prevention Type 1 diabetes is typically not preventable as it results from immune system issues. However, for Type 2 diabetes, there are lifestyle adjustments you can make to prevent and manage it. 1. Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Aim for at least 150 minutes of exercises like walking, running, dancing, or cycling each week if five times a week workout is not feasible. 2. Adopt a balanced diet. Occasional indulgence in junk food is okay, but avoid making it a habit. Incorporate more fibre, vegetables, nuts, and protein into your meals, and stay away from saturated fats, trans fats, and refined carbohydrates. 3. Pay attention to portion sizes. Eat smaller, well-controlled portions every two hours. 4. If you’re overweight or obese, consult a nutritionist and work towards achieving a healthy weight. Diabetes patients should also seek guidance from a nutritionist to create a tailored diet plan based on their daily calorie requirements. To ensure that you lead a healthy lifestyle despite having diabetes, you must adhere to the triad heathy diet, exercises and medication. To this, Dr Juliana Korth at Allied Medical Centre adds, “You should also have a glucometer at home and check your blood sugars (HbA1C) at least every 3 months to make the necessary adjustments. It is estimated that at least 50% of all patients living with diabetes do not achieve adequate glycemic control, and that is what leads to blindness, amputations, strokes, kidney failure and heart attacks.” Lifestyle Alternations Dr Ahmed Shehata from Mediclinic Middle East said, “Diabetes Mellitus type 2 is a result of a genetic predisposition, unhealthy habits and environmental factors. Intensive lifestyle intervention could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60% over 3 years. Moderate exercise (like brisk walking) at least 150 minutes weekly has a positive impact on sugar control as well as weight loss of approximately 7% (through a wellbalanced calorie restricted diet). “ Speaking more about food habits, Dr Ahmed Shehata from Mediclinic Middle East, added, “Habits as simple as breaking prolonged sitting time are associated with lower sugar excursions post meals. Besides, emphasis should be on increasing whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables and reducing/cutting down refined and processed foods.” A healthy lifestyle with good nutrition can help you lead a good life and control you sugar levels. On this, Dr Shipra Patil of Dubai London Hospital added, “Nutrition plays an important role in the management of diabetes. Both the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet are associated with significant reductions in diabetes incidence and risk. The Mediterranean diet consists of fish, sea food, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes, with moderate alcohol consumption.”