Connector October 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 3 Welcome October is marked the world over as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is symbolised by the pink ribbon. The ribbon was originally created in 1991, by breast cancer survivor Charlotte Haley from California, USA, who began hand-making peach-coloured ribbons in her dining room, and is now worn by many people, from those undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as survivors, and supporters and families of people affected by breast cancer, to raise awareness. This issue Connector has spoken with Usha Shah, a UAE resident and mother of three who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2020, and though was told at the time it was late stage three of breast cancer, by October 2021 was told she was in remission. Read her story on pages 63 to 66. Early detection of breast cancer is important and plays a critical role in how it can be treated. Connector asked specialists in the UAE to share their valuable advice on what to look out for, what the early signs are and when it is advisable to seek medical advise. Find out this useful information on pages 42 to 45. The weather is cooling which drives a lot of us out and about more, and one of the favourite weekend pastiness is brunch. With so many to choose from, finding a great brunch can be overwhelming, however Connector has looked around and highlighted some of the varying and best brunches around. Choose which ones you want to try on pages 14 to 27. 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 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 : 2 2 5 A E D S E A T E D G R A N D S T A N D 2 5 0 A E D G R O U N D S T A N D I N G D O O R S O P E N 7 P M S H O W S T A R T S 9 . 0 0 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 F R I D A Y 1 3 T H O C T 2 0 2 3 A T D U B A I D U T Y F R E E T E N N I S S T A D I U M THE BOYS ARE BACK I N TOWN ! ONE NIGHT ONLY TO SEE ALL YOUR FAVOURITE BOY BANDS WITH 26 NUMBER ONE HITS! BLUE BOYZLIFE FIVE

CONNECTOR.AE 5 Raising Awareness On Breast Cancer 42 Chef’s Corner: Miguel Huelamo Estrada UAE Car Rental Handbook: Everything You Must Know 54 Amazing Vacation Options In Oman You Must Check Out Right Away Ten To Try: Falafel 58 29 Contents 7 Monthly Events Delight In A Disney Extravaganza! Tempting Brunch Options in Dubai You Can’t Afford to Miss Day In The Life: Dr Juliana Korth British, American, or IB Curriculum: Picking the Right Path for Your Child OSH Del Mar - Exporing Delicious Uzbek Flavours Usha Shah: Overcoming Stage Three Breast Cancer Meet The Teacher: Marie Oliver Connolly A round up of all the major events this October 13 14 50 36 28 63 34 14 63 42 40 Welcome JAGUAR SKILLS MOTION | YEOMANS | WHITLEY RUCHEA PROJECT 174 FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER MEDIA ONE, DUBAI MEDIA CITY P7 ARENA TICKETS FROM 200 AED 8PM 3AM ANDY C

CONNECTOR.AE 7 Out And About Connector has listed some amazing events happening in October, to make it a month full of fun, laughter and joy. South African comedian Trevor Noah, is making his way to Dubai for a onenight-only special set at Coca-Cola Arena. The artist will perform as part of the ‘Off The Record’ tour, and has won an Emmy Award for his hilarious sketches as the host of ‘The Daily Show’. Prices for the show are set at Dhs 250. OUT & ABOUT Looking to make some brilliant memories to remember for years to come? The UAE is the place to be, as the country is constantly buzzing with activities and events, from concerts to comedy shows. Charlie Puth Live 1 October Trevor Noah 3 October American pop singer and songwriter Charlie Puth is set to kick off the month with a spectacular show in Abu Dhabi. Held at Etihad Arena, the artist is bringing the ‘Charlie Live Experience’ tour, where fans can enjoy listening to chart-topping hits like ‘Light Switch’, ‘Left and Right’, ‘That’s Hilarious’, and ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’. Ticket prices start at Dhs 270. 1 2 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 8 CONNECTOR.AE 9 Out And About Out And About Denzel Curry Matilda The Musical NBA Abu Dhabi Games Junoon: Azadi Tour 3 to 12 October 5 and 7 October 6 October Delight in watching a marvellous musical, based on the book ‘Matilda’, written by Roald Dahl. Running for 10 days at Dubai Opera, the show follows Matilda, a young girl that loves to read, and with the help of her teacher in school, decides to change her life for the better. Prices for tickets start at Dhs 325. The second edition of the NBA Abu Dhabi Games is making its way to Abu Dhabi for two days only. In 2022, two pre-season NBA games were held in the city for the first time, and this year, the matches will see Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks compete. Ticket prices for a game start at Dhs 345. The popular Sufi rock band, Junoon are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their album ‘Azadi’. Performing at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, the group formed in 1990, and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Fans can enjoy listening to songs like ‘Sayonee’, ‘Taara Jala’, and ‘Garaj Baras’. Prices start at Dhs 150. 12 October American rapper and singer Denzel Curry will perform this month at Bla Bla Dubai, The Beach at JBR in Dubai. The artist is popular for exploring a wide range of genres from hip-hop to trap metal. Fans can enjoy listening to songs like ‘Cash Maniac’, ‘Tokyo Drifting’, ‘Wish’, and ‘Walkin’. Ticket prices start at Dhs 199. The Boys Are Back In Town 20 October Fans of boybands can enjoy travelling back in time to the 90s thismonth at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium. Enjoy listening to tunes from British boybands Blue with hits like “All Rise’, ‘One Love” and ‘If You Come Back’, and Five with tunes including ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Keep On Movin’. Also joining the lineup is Boyzlife, a supergroup consisting of Keith Duffy from chart toppers Boyzone and Brian McFadden from popular group Westlife. Ticket prices start at Dhs 250. KISS: End of the Road Tour 13 October American rock band KISS is set to perform in Dubai one more time, as part of their ‘End of the Road’ tour at Coca-Cola Arena. The group formed in 1973, has left their legacy in the rock world and fans can enjoy listening to hits including ‘Detroit Rock City’, ‘Rock And Roll All Night’, ‘Black Diamond’, and ‘Love Gun’. Prices start at Dhs 495. 3 5 6 7 8 4

CONNECTOR.AE 10 CONNECTOR.AE 11 Out And About Out And About Ben&Ben Mashina Vremeni Eifman Ballet Gala 14 October 14 October 18 and 19 October Ben&Ben, the popular folk-pop group based in the Philippines, is coming to Dubai for its first arena tour in the UAE. Held at CocaCola Arena, the nine-piece band has received more than a billion streams, and was named the ‘Most Streamed Artist’ in the Philippines by Spotify in 2020. Sing along to tunes like ‘Susi’, ‘Leaves’, ‘Ride Home’ and ‘Strange’. Ticket prices start at Dhs 149. Russian rock band Mashina Vremeni will perform in Dubai for one night only at The Agenda, Dubai Media City. The group was formed in 1969, and the concert is part of the ‘We Are Near’ world tour. The band have been in the music industry for over 50 years, and the concert is sure to be a night to remember. Prices start at Dhs 295. Ballet enthusiasts delight in watching a spectacular performance by the Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg. Choreographed by Boris Eifman, and held at Dubai Opera, the show incorporates various styles by exploring themes of emotions and mental life. Ticket prices start at Dhs 350. 9 10 11 Neha Kakkar 22 October Indian playback singer Neha Kakkar is set to perform an electrifying show this month at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. After performing on the second season of ‘Indian Idol’ in 2006, the artist rose to fame and has released multiple hits for Bollywood movies including ‘Kar Gayi Chull’, ‘Garmi’, ‘Dilbar’ and ‘O Saki Saki’. Prices start at Dhs 99. David Garrett: ICONIC Tour 26 October Dubai Opera is set to bring the amazing violinist David Garrett to Dubai for a oneday-only show. Held as part of his ‘ICONIC’ world tour, the artist made his debut on stage at ten years old. In 2023, David Garrett released his album ‘Iconic’, which pays tribute to great violinists including Bach, Heifetz, Kreisler, and Schumann. Prices start at Dhs 295. Alessandro Safina Live 26 October Italian tenor Alessandro Safina is celebrating his 60th birthday with a special concert in Dubai. Held at The Agenda, Dubai Media City, the artist is popular for his shows that incorporate opera with rock. Fans can enjoy listening to tunes like ‘Luna’, ‘Your Song’, ‘O Sole Mio’, and ‘Diva Mea’. Ticket prices start at Dhs 170. 12 13 14

CONNECTOR.AE 12 CONNECTOR.AE 13 Out And About Out And About Jo Koy Kenny Garrett: Sounds from the Ancestors Dubai Fitness Challenge 28 October 28 October 28 October to 26 November Looking to enjoy some laughs this month? Jo Koy is heading to Abu Dhabi for a brilliant stand-up comedy set, that is sure to have the crowd in hysterics. The performer has released four Netflix comedy specials, which have received high praise. Ticket prices start at Dhs 180. American jazz musician, Kenny Garrett, is heading to Dubai for a special performance. Held at Dubai Opera, the artist will play tunes from his latest album ‘Sounds from the Ancestors’, which explores various musical sounds from popular performers like Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye. Ticket prices start at Dhs 250. People looking to start their fitness journey or add some more excitement to their workouts can make the most of the Dubai Fitness Challenge. The sixth edition of the challenge encourages individuals to get fit by working out for half an hour daily for 30 days. A range of free classes will be held across the city, from yoga, HIIT, Zumba and more. 16 17 15 This month, marvel in watching the globally well-loved movies played out at Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Wonder. Running for five days from 11 to 15 October, stars portraying the cult classic characters will dance and sing while skating across the ice, performing amazing stunts like flying jumps and spins. The show will also celebrate 100 years of the American multinational mass media and entertainment company, Walt Disney Company, bringing amazing tales to life through the power of storytelling. The audience can enjoy watching Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy perform, joined by characters from ‘Aladdin’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Moana’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Tangled’ and ‘Princess and the Frog’. Visitors can enjoy singing along to songs like ‘How Far I’ll Go’, ‘A Whole New World’, ‘Part of Your World’, ‘Let It Go’, and ‘I See the Light’. The show will feature intricate props, set designs, lighting and special effects, and is sure to leave guests in awe. Ticket prices for the show start at Dhs 84 and are available for purchase on the Etihad Arena website, with a special 10% discount available for shows held on a school night. Delight In A Disney Extravaganza! Disney fans, there is nothing more exciting than seeing beloved characters from popular animated movies come to life.

CONNECTOR.AE 14 CONNECTOR.AE 15 Dining Around Dining Around Tempting Brunch Options in Dubai You Can’t Afford to Miss Dubai has earned a reputation as a cultural melting pot and a constant source of culinary surprises. Whether you’re looking for upscale brunch experiences, midday business lunches, hidden culinary gems, or budget-friendly deals, Dubai caters to every food enthusiast’s desires. The city has truly established itself as a paradise for food lovers. However, one standout feature in Dubai’s culinary scene is its brunch culture, which combines gastronomy with entertainment. These brunches aren’t just about food; they are immersive experiences ideal for celebrating birthdays, special occasions, anniversaries, and more. If you relish brunching in Dubai, look no further than Connector’s brunch guide. Whether you’re a fan of classic brunch settings, eager to explore new brunch offerings, or enticed by all-you-can-eat deals, our carefully curated recommendations will ignite your brunch cravings. Virgin Izakaya, located on Bluewaters Island, presents an innovative dining experience with its latest offering, the Fortune Omakase Brunch. This brunch goes beyond the typical weekend meal; it promises to elevate your Saturdays by blending traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine. The brunch menu is a culinary delight, and it features a selection of dishes including edamame, avocado salad, chicken and shrimp popcorn, a chef’s omakase platter full of sashimi, nigiri and rolls, as well as a delectable mochi selection for dessert. Omakase brunch takes place every Saturday from 12pm to 5pm with the price starting from Dhs 275 per person. 058-5231702 New Fortune Omakase Brunch At Virgin Izakaya The Oriental Brunch at Asil, located at Rixos Premium Dubai in the heart Jumeirah Beach Residence, lets you savour the exquisite flavours of Lebanese, Moroccan, and Turkish cuisines. This delightful brunch experience includes free-flowing house beverages and live entertainment. You can enjoy this experience every Saturday, from 12.30pm to 4pm, with prices starting at just Dhs 350. 04-5200055 MICHELIN Guide-listed Masti, located in The Dubai Edition in Downtown, is ready to elevate your weekends with its Desi Brunch taking place every Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Enjoy the unique blend of Indian-inspired global flavours in an Instagrammable setting. Diners can choose from an array of cold appetisers such as spinach and kale leaves chaat warm starters, the mysore masala dosa, vada bao, mains like pindi chana-kulcha and desserts like hot pipping gulab jamun. This desi brunch starts from Dhs 250 per person. 800-62784 Graze, located at La Ville Hotel and Suites in the heart of City Walk, offers the ultimate 4-course brunch with tempting starters, main courses, and a dessert spread featuring creamy soft baked San Sebastian Cheesecake. The brunch is available every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, with prices starting from Dhs 299 per person. 04-44033111 Saturday Brunch At Graze The Oriental Brunch At Asil Desi Brunch At Masti

CONNECTOR.AE 16 CONNECTOR.AE 17 Dining Around Dining Around Salmon Guru, located at the Opus by Omniyat in Business Bay, has launched its latest evening brunch, ‘Friday Fiesta.’ Perfect brunch to begin your weekend on a fun note, Salmon Guru brunch starts from 7pm, and offers vibrant atmosphere where extraordinary flavours and hilarious moments await, fuelled by an irresistible mix of deep house chill, electro-funk, and groove spun by their talented DJ. The restaurant offers two brunch packages, one from Dhs 195 per person, which includes a generous serving of edamame and regular house beverages, the perfect way to unwind and get into the Friday spirit! And for the ultimate feast of flavours and amusement, guests can opt for the second package, priced at Dhs 255 per person. 052-8149537 Mott 32, the acclaimed dining destination atop the 73rd floor of the Address Beach Resort, JBR, announces the much-anticipated return of its renowned Saturday brunch experience. The brunch starts from Dhs 375 per person and offers tantalising starters like fried soft-shell crab, shredded 42 days Peking duck salad, wild mushroom dumplings and more. For the main course, indulge in dishes like sweet and sour free-range chicken wok-fried angus beef and leave room for dessert as the sesame tart and the almond and chocolate oolong tea promise a sweet conclusion to your feast. 04-2784832 Experience the iconic vibes of London’s underground station right in Dubai’s JBR with the renowned London Social Brunch. Taking place every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, enjoy a delightful spread that includes fragrant curries, traditional roasts, and an array of tempting desserts. Prices for this delectable experience start at just Dhs 395 per person. 04-3186150 Nestled in DIFC, Hidemasa, Dubai’s freshest sensation in Japanese fine dining, welcomes you to a unique culinary adventure with its delectable OISHII Brunch. This brunch elevates Japanese cuisine by blending top-notch ingredients, creative methods, and artistic presentation. Available every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, starting at just Dhs 299 per person, treat yourself to a symphony of flavours with meticulously crafted dishes. 04-2509459 Friday Brunch At Salmon Guru Saturday Brunch With A View At Mott 32 London Social Brunch At The Ritz-Carlton Japanese Brunch At Hidemasa Barfly by Buddha-Bar, the city’s latest rooftop hotspot at Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, is offering a Saturday evening brunch running from 7pm to 11pm, where you can eat pan-Asian bites and sip on drinks while enjoying live entertainment. The price starts from Dhs 365 per person. 04-2300000 Located in Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, The Palm, Raia Restaurant and Lounge is offering an after-dark brunch on their stunning rooftop venue from Dhs 299 per person. Taking place every Saturday from 7pm to 11pm, guests get to enjoy fusion cuisine, exotic beverages, and captivating entertainment with a stunning view. 04-2754444 Torno Subito at WDubai, The Palm has upgraded its Saturday brunch with the new Sabato in Riviera. From 1pm to 4pm every Saturday, immerse yourself in the delightful brunch experience that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera right on Palm Jumeirah. Indulge in a tempting array of authentic Italian dishes and refreshing drinks, starting at just Dhs 325 per person. Live La Dolce Vita! 04-2455800 Are you a fan of Southeast Asian home-style cooking? If yes, then LAO, located in Waldorf Astoria Dubai, is hosting a Southeast Asia brunch every Friday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Enjoy an extensive menu featuring dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, China and Indonesia with freeflowing beverages and live entertainment, with prices starting from Dhs 350 per person. 04-8182222 The Panorama Brunch 2.0 After Dark At Raia Restaurant And Lounge Southeast Asian Brunch At LAO Saturday Pan-Asian Brunch At Barfly By Buddha Bar 1960’s Italian Riviera Brunch At Torno Subito

CONNECTOR.AE 18 CONNECTOR.AE 19 Dining Around Dining Around OPA’s exclusive brunch occurs only twice a month and offers shared starters, including delectable options like crispy lamb hummus, tzatziki, and spicy feta. You’ll also relish fresh Greek salads and the classic homemade meat pie. For the main course, you have the delightful choice of roasted sea bass, sumptuous lobster orzo and more. And, of course, don’t forget to save room for desserts. Prices for this exceptional brunch start at Dhs 335 per person. Make sure to call and check, when the next brunch is. 04-3570557 Located on Bluewaters, VAGA Restaurants has announced ‘Vagabond Brunch’, promising an Instagram-worthy feast for the senses, featuring a curated menu that showcases the best of modern Armenian-Arabic cuisine. Vagabond Brunch offers a rich menu that promises to satisfy all taste buds; from the rich aromas of the lamb ouzi to manti and grilled baby chicken, the menu is to die for. It also offers a delightful array of hot and cold starters like spiced beef tartare, spiced avocado, tuna ceviche and more. And if you’re craving something sweet to round off your meal, don’t miss the exquisite VAGA pavlova. Brunch packages start from just Dhs 299 per person every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. 056-8000990. Attention all brunch aficionados! Make your Saturday special at the spectacular Reef and Beef, where you can savour a sumptuous brunch from 1pm to 4pm. Delight in the mouthwatering prime steak cuts and delicious dishes while soaking in the awe-inspiring view of the Burj Khalifa. Relish a sharing-style brunch menu showcasing an array of delightful starters, enticing main courses, delectable sides, and tempting desserts, all elegantly served at your table. Prices begin at just Dhs 200 per person. 04-8358164 Greek Brunch At OPA Vagabond Brunch At VAGA Restaurant Lavish Brunch At Reef And Beef February 30 at Palm West Beach throws a Saturday brunch from 1pm to 5pm. They serve a menu filled with sharing-style dishes like crispy beef, California maki rolls, mac and cheese, baklava cheesecake, and more. The price starts at Dhs 295 per person. February 30 opened in Dubai in 2021 and since then the popular beachside spot offers great offers for residents. In fact, every Sunday, February 30 offers family day from 12pm until 8pm, where children under 8 dine for free. 04-2447200 Origins, situated within Vida Emirates Hills, is serving the ultimate brunch every Saturday, running from 1pm to 4pm, for just Dhs 199 per person. Take a refreshing dip in the pool, savour delicious cocktails under the sun’s warmth, and after your swim, make your way to Origins for an exceptional hillside escape. There, for the brunch, you can relish in delectable bites and delightful sips. Put on your favourite bikini, groove to the music’s rhythm, and get ready for an unbeatable brunch party that will leave you yearning for more! 04-8728888 Cavo Dubai, located in the Ramee Dream Hotel in the bustling Business Bay, is hosting a fun brunch. Every Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm, immerse yourself in a brunch experience with live entertainment. Relish da electable menu of Asian-inspired cuisine featuring delightful sharing starters like sea bass ceviche, dynamite shrimp, and a tempting cavo sushi board. The price for this fantastic brunch starts at just Dhs 219 per person. 055-6005358. Saturday Brunch At February 30 Hillside Brunch At Origins Brunch With Live Entertainment At Cavo Restaurant

CONNECTOR.AE 20 CONNECTOR.AE 21 Dining Around Dining Around Experience the ultimate party brunch in Dubai at Saffron in Atlantis, The Palm, where the hottest DJs, live performances, and an electrifying atmosphere await you. This brunch is all about non-stop fun with 20 live cooking stations featuring everything from meat carving to sushi making, low and slow BBQ, and much more. Gather your friends for an unforgettable afternoon filled with endless food, drinks, and chart-topping hits. The party happens every Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm, and prices start from Dhs 495 per person. 04-4262626 Experience a Saturday like never before with the Rise Brunch and After Party, the hottest new party sensation in Dubai! Held at Nonya Restaurant, in Taj Hotel JLT Dubai, this event guarantees unforgettable moments and endless enjoyment. From 2pm to 5pm, savour a delightful array of Pan Asian dishes served directly to your table, accompanied by a thrilling selection of beverages. Groove to the beats of Rise Resident DJs and be mesmerised by roller-skating performers. After 5pm, the day seamlessly transitions into an electrifying evening with the after-party that lasts into the late hours. Brunch starts at Dhs 299 per person, and the after-party begins at Dhs 99 per person. 058-5916268 Fi’lia located on Level 70 of SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences, Business Bay, offers an enchanting brunch every Saturday, from 12.30pm to 4pm, inspired by the lively ambience of an Italian fruit and vegetable market. The five-course menu is a culinary journey through Mediterranean delights, beginning with freshly baked focaccia and a selection of salumi, followed by stracciatella and tomatino. As the beverages keep pouring and the atmosphere becomes more vibrant, a talented singer and the renowned DJ Verou will have guests dancing to the beat. Prices for this delightful brunch experience start at just Dhs 250 per person. 04-6070737 At the magnificent Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, The Underground Pub In Dubai Marina is the ultimate destination for a fulfilling Friday evening brunch, available from 7pm to 10pm. Embark on an unforgettable Friday evening brunch experience, presented in a familystyle feast format, complete with your preferred beverages. The mouthwatering menu boasts delights such as ploughman’s salad, underground slider, traditional fish and chips, roast beef rib eye, onion rings, and more. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere with live band and DJ performances. The price for the brunch starts from just Dhs 250 per person. 050-7806342 Saturday Brunch At Nonya At The Taj Whimsical Brunch At Fi’lia Friday Evening Brunch At The Underground Pub Discover an unparalleled brunch affair with Belgian Café’s all-day Sunday brunch. This extraordinary experience extends over an impressive 11-hour duration every Sunday, bringing together a captivating medley of flavours, engaging games, and delightful beverages. For Dhs 199 per person, indulge in a 3-hour dining extravaganza featuring a diverse menu of authentic Belgian favourites, all complemented by unlimited servings of Belgian draught hops, grape beverages, and house spirits. 04-4234100 All Day Belgian Brunch At Belgian Café Party Brunch At Saffron Dubai’s legendary dark brunch at Hutong, located at ground floor DIFC, gate building 6, is back every Thursday from 9pm to 12am and will be available throughout the year. The event promises a unique blend of delectable cuisine, enchanting entertainment, and an ambience that bespeaks luxury. Menu curated by Head Chef Ren includes dishes like spicy crispy octopus, duck bao with hoisin sauce, roasted chicken medallions and more, and price starts from Dhs 248 per person. 04-2200868 Dark Brunch At Hutong Dubai

CONNECTOR.AE 22 CONNECTOR.AE 23 Dining Around Dining Around At JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay, Hotel Cartagena is offering a fantastic brunch deal. Available every Saturday, you can indulge in a three-course menu from 1pm to 4pm or in the evenings from 6.30pm to late. The menu has dishes like Jamaican jerk chicken, kimchi quinoa, mushroom truffle empanada, and baby gem and avocado salad. As you savour your meal, enjoy captivating performances by dancers and lively entertainment provided by DJ Leo spinning upbeat tunes. Prices for this experience start at just Dhs 295 per person. 050-1197743 Brunch At Hotel Cartagena Every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, enjoy Italian hospitality, characterised by great home-made food and family time only at Luigia, at the Rixos Premium Dubai JBR. Savour authentic Italian delicacies including, lasagne, parmigiana and tasty pizza all seasoned with Italian music. Prices start at Dhs 220 per person. 04-3496950 DoubleTree by Hilton’s Republic Adda and Lounge in Business Bay introduces its “Citizens Brunch.” Available every Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, savour a delectable spread featuring dishes like bun kebabs, stir-fried chipotle prawns, samosas, and more, all while delighting in live entertainment. Prices for this experience begin at just Dhs 299 per person. 052-9247596 Bistro des Arts, located at Dubai Marina Promenade, the quintessential 1970s Parisian bistro offering views of Dubai Marina’s waters, presents the ideal brunch to kickstart your weekend with flair. Available every Thursday and Friday from 7pm to 10pm, guests can indulge in limitless starters and desserts, complemented by a delightful main course. Prices begin at just Dhs 329 per person. 04-5511576 Citizen Brunch At Republic Adda And Lounge Brunch At Bistro Des Arts Sunday Brunch At Luigia Pai Thai, the renowned restaurant at Jumeirah Al Qasr, in Madinat Jumeirah, invites you to savour their award-winning four-course brunch experience. The menu comprises a variety of small plates, a main course meant for sharing, and a dessert of your choice. Prices for this delightful brunch start at just Dhs 245 per person. You can relish this brunch every Saturday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, all while soaking in stunning views of the Burj Al Arab. 800-323 232 If you’re looking for a Sunday brunch spot, don’t miss the Latin American brunch menu at Rumba Cuban Bar and Kitchen every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Relish specialities such as ceviche, guacamole, tacos, and empanadas. And make sure not to miss their signature churros, they’re a must-try treat. Prices for this brunch experience begin at just Dhs 230 per person. 04-5708111 Immerse yourself in the vibrant Asian flavours with Saigaon Social Brunch at Blue Jade, located in The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, every Friday, 7pm to 10pm, during their Vietnamese night brunch. Indulge in a delectable spread featuring dishes like pho, ginger lotus sea bass, and more, inspired by the culinary delights of Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay, and various other cities in Vietnam. The price for this mouthwatering brunch begins at just Dhs 265 per person. 04-3994000 Four-Course Brunch At Pai Thai Sunday Brunch At Rumba Cuban Bar And Kitchen Saigon Social Brunch At Blue Jade Transport to the lanes of Thailand with the Sawasdee Sunday Brunch at The Thai Kitchen at Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek. Enjoy authentic flavours from Thailand every Sunday from 12.30pm to 4pm with dishes like chicken satay, spicy prawn tom yum soup, pad thai noodles, steamed sea bass, green curry and more. Prices start at Dhs 220 per person. 04-6021814 Sawasdee Sunday Brunch At The Thai Kitchen

CONNECTOR.AE 24 CONNECTOR.AE 25 Dining Around Dining Around If you are planning to go all out with food this weekend, this spectacular and luxurious Sunday Brunch at Armani/ Mediterraneo is for you. Relish a Mediterranean feast featuring your favourite classics from coast to coast, complemented by a lip-smacking selection of signature dishes from the renowned Armani/Amal like butter chicken, spicy tuna rolls, beef tataki from Armani/Hashi, and Armani/Ristorante’s exquisite risotto and made-to-order pasta. The brunch takes place every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, and the price starts at Dhs 399 per person. 04-8883888 Savour The Armani Flavour At Armani/Mediterraneo If you’re a fan of Chinese cuisine, then Zheng He’s Yum Cha Brunch is a must-try for you. Situated at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, this restaurant serves up this enticing brunch experience every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Prices for this delectable brunch start at Dhs 275 per person. 800-32323 Akira Back at W Dubai, The Palm, is back with a new brunch, Canypants Brunch, that will let you experience a roller-coaster of flavours with Japanese cuisine boasting a Korean essence by Akira Back in the city’s scene stealers, Candypants. Derived from seasonal produce and artisanal sourced ingredients, taste the eclectic flavours whilst looking out on the Dubai skyline. The price for main dining seating starts from Dhs 425 per person, and the lounge and private dining room starts from Dhs 399 per person. 04-2455800 C e l e b r a t e modern Indian cuisine every Saturday at Carnival by Trèsind in DIFC, by enjoying a delicious brunch from 12pm to 4pm. Savour in dishes like crab tempura with coconut sambal, tikka masala, tandoori buratta, brisket lettuce wrap with sour cream and chocolate brownie. Prices for the brunch start at Dhs 289 per person. 052-2424262 Candypants Brunch At Akira Back Saturday Brunch At Carnival By Trèsind Lip-Smacking Chinese Food At Zheng He Punjab Grill, situated at the lobby level of Anantara Hotel in Downtown, presents an incredible weekend brunch experience available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Weekend Brunch at Punjab Grill is served on Fridays starting from 6.30pm onwards and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm, with prices starting at Dhs 195 per person. Indulge in a diverse selection of mouthwatering kebabs and tikkas, featuring delights like malai chicken tikka and raunakeen lamb seekh. Vegetarian options are also on offer. Following the grills, relish unlimited hops, house grapes and more. 050-1941107 Vero Coastal Italian at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, offers a little slice of coastal Italy in the heart of JBR. The restaurant has launched a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ Saturday brunch offer, with brunch starting from Dhs 299 per person. Transport yourself to Italy with their delicious offers every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. 04-3182319 Take your Saturday brunch to new heights by enjoying panoramic views of Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah only at Observatory Bar and Grill at Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites. Price starts at Dhs 346 per person and includes juicy grills with fresh beverages from around the world and more. The brunch runs every Saturday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. 04-3194000 Weekend Brunch At Punjab Grill Buy One, Get One Free Brunch At Vero Coastal Italian Sky High Brunch At Observatory Bar And Grill Experience the Americano, an American-inspired bar nestled in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, where every Saturday from 12pm to 3pm, you can revel in their enticing brunch starting at just Dhs 199 per person. This brunch affair combines live entertainment, stunning views, and a diverse array of dishes, with creative mocktails, handcrafted mixed drinks and more to delight your palate. 04-5846475 Americano At Souk Madinat Jumeriah

CONNECTOR.AE 26 CONNECTOR.AE 27 Dining Around Dining Around Immerse yourself in the lively Bangkok street vibes right in the heart of JBR at Mango Tree Thai Bistro’s Saturday brunch, available from 1pm to 4pm. This brunch showcases a lip-smacking array of southern Thai dishes, including fresh seafood, succulent barbecue meats, and their signature curries. Prices start at just Dhs 189 per person. 04-3747555 For Japanese food enthusiasts, Ikigai at Millennium Place Marina, Dubai Marina, presents the ultimate Tokyo Mix Brunch, every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. With prices starting at just Dhs199 per person, indulge in a three-course set menu featuring sharing starters, mains, and a delectable dessert platter. Highlights include ikigai shrimp pops, wokfried ramen, miso grilled chicken, and robatayaki salmon, promising a delightful culinary experience. And if you are celebrating your birthday at Ikigai, your birthday brunch is FREE. You must present an official card with date of birth for verification and birthdays one day before or one day after the brunch will be accepted. 04-5508114 Bangkok Street Brunch At Mango Tree Thai Bistro Japanese-themed Brunch At Ikigai Experience the ‘Double Trouble Brunch’ at @JazzPizza Express, where you buy one brunch and get another brunch FREE! This fantastic offer is also extended to group reservations. Enjoy boundless beverages, delectable Italian starters, a mouthwatering main course, and a delightful dessert every Saturday from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Prices start at just Dhs 139 per person. 04-4416342 Double Trouble At @JazzPizza Express Experience the vibrant energy of Tokyo on Friday and Saturday evenings at Ba-Boldly Asian’s Fierce Nights. From 6pm to 11pm, indulge in Asian dishes representing Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. While you savour these culinary delights, groove to the beats of a DJ who sets the lounge-style venue ablaze with a continuous flow of popular tracks. Prices start at just Dhs 250 per person. 04-4573457 Ba-Boldly Asian Brunch At Fairmont The Palm Warehouse at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre in Garhoud is offering “Summer of Luv’ brunch,” every Saturday between 1pm and 4pm. The cost begins at Dhs 195 and includes an array of live cooking stations and beverages. Additionally, you can groove to the beats of DJ sets, enjoy live guitar performances, and be surprised by unexpected hip-hop flash mob appearances. 050-3685149 TABU, located at St Regis Hotel, Business Bay, offers a day-to-night dinner and show brunch every Saturday from 2pm to 6pm. Experience enigmatic theatrics, indulge in exceptional cuisine, and enjoy an unparalleled party atmosphere with a live DJ and drummers. Price starts from Dhs 329 per person. 052-9501309 Saturday Brunch At TABU Summer Of Luv Brunch At Warehouse Head over to Lock Stock And Barrel at Rixos Premium, JBR, where they’ve got a mouthwatering Saturday brunch waiting for you. It runs from 1pm to 4pm, and here’s the deal, you can indulge in unlimited rounds of tacos, mac and cheese, dynamite shrimp, and more. And the best part? You’ll have free-flowing beverages to accompany your feast, all starting at just Dhs 225 per person. 04-3927120 Saturday Brunch At Lock Stock And Barrel

CONNECTOR.AE 28 CONNECTOR.AE 29 Dining Around Dining Around For diners that are looking to explore the amazing tastes of Central Asia, the newly opened OSH Del Mar at Address Beach Resort in JBR, is the place to try out. The restaurant has a captivating and modern ambience, brilliant for diners looking for an upscale experience, be it for date night or spending time with friends. Serving a fusion of flavours from Central Asia and Uzbekistan, we started the meal with delicious appetisers including watermelon and feta salad and sirtaki mousse. The sirtaki mousse, served with fresh bread was definitely a highlight. Made with roasted OSH Del Mar - Exporing Delicious Uzbek Flavours Food is a universal language and with the variety of cuisines of flavours available in the UAE, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. red capsicum, feta cheese and cream cheese, the light and airy bread paired with the creaminess from the mousse, made the taste buds sing. Next up was the cheese cheburek, which was presented in a brilliant way at the table. The dish is made with stuffed fried cheese with a garlic sauce, and is recommended to eat when hot, as the cheese melts in the mouth. Themain course was a brilliant mix of flavours, where the chicken tabaka was the star of the show. The dish comes with chicken, that is smoked at the table with a blowtorch with rosemary and thyme, and roasted garlic. The smokiness from the chicken elevates the flavour, while the meat is still tender and easily falls off the bone. Two delicious sides, chargrilled broccolini with sesame dressing and grilled sweet corn, were also served, complimenting the main perfectly. Last but never least is dessert, and anyone with a sweet tooth needs to try this dish out. The honey cake is made with layers of sponge cake, honey and cream, and is presented in a stunning way with a drizzle of honey, and a honeybee in edible glitter, topping the dish. The cake melts in the mouth, with the decadent flavours lingering on the tongue. The average price for a starter, main and dessert is Dhs 225. Call 050-9144215 REVIEW Ten To Try: Falafel Food is a staple in everyone’s day-to-day life, and one delicious dish that is synonymous with Middle Eastern cuisine is falafel. The ball-shaped wonder is made out of chickpeas or fava beans, and is deep fried to create a crunchy mouthful of deliciousness. Falafel is a versatile dish that can be turned into sandwiches, added to salads or just eaten plain. The origins of the dish are unclear, as the way falafel is made depends on the choice of ingredients and the country in which they are made in, however, there are two popular theories for how the dish was popularised. The first is that falafel was brought by Copt Christians who moved to Egypt, over 1,000 years ago, while the second theory is that they came from India in the 6th century. After the British conquered Egypt in 1882, the army liked fried croquettes from India, and asked Egyptians to use local ingredients to create a version of the dish, which led to falafel. Here are some great places Connector has come up with to enjoy the crunchy, deepfried treats, that are perfect for a quick bite or as an accompaniment to a meal.

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CONNECTOR.AE 32 CONNECTOR.AE 33 Dining Around Dining Around Easy And Delicious Chicken Vol Au Vent Chickenvol auvent is theperfect quick andeasyappetiser to serve, be it for family gatherings or when guests come over. The popular French dish is made with puff pastry, and stuffed with a tasty filling of chicken and mushrooms. Chicken vol au vent originated around the 19th century, and was common as a amuse bouche, which are bite-sized items of food, had as an appetiser. Chef Jill Okkers, Culinary Director at Tashas Group, who also manages tashas cafe, has shared an easy-to-make dish with Connector, that only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and is sure to be a regular appetiser to make, when in a pinch. Recipe: 1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. If the puff pastry casings are frozen, place them spaced apart on a baking tray, and bake till they puff up and turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool to room temperature. If the puff pastry casings are already baked, pop them in right before serving, to refresh them. 2. Place a large thick base saucepan on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add half the olive oil, followed by half the mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms until they are slightly caramelised and become tender. Remove and repeat with the remaining mushrooms. Once done, remove the mushrooms from the pan. Ingredients: 8 To 10 Store-Bought Puff Pastry Casings 800g Chicken Breast 400g Button Mushrooms, Cut Into Four Quarters 30g Chopped Spring Onion 4 Cups Cooking Cream 1/2 Cup Chicken Stock 2 Teaspoons Chopped Fresh Thyme 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 100g Salted Butter Salt And Pepper To Season 3 Teaspoons Of Chopped Chives 3. Cut the chicken into 2cm cubes and add to the pan. Sauté until the chicken is seared evenly, and golden in colour. 4. Add the spring onion and thyme to the pan with the chicken, and combine for two minutes. Deglaze the chicken using the chicken stock, by adding it in bits at a time. Cook until half of the stock has evaporated. 5. Add in the butter and season lightly with salt and pepper. 6. Pour in the cream and bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow it to reduce to just over half, and add the mushrooms. 7. Give the filling a final taste, and season more if needed. 8. To serve place the puff pastry casings on a dinner plate, press the centre of the pastry down, and spoon in the filling. 9. Garnish with chopped chives.

CONNECTOR.AE 34 CONNECTOR.AE 35 Dining Around Dining Around Chef ’s Corner: Miguel Huelamo Estrada Chefs have multiple roles, from planning a menu, to preparing the food, and serving high-quality dishes. After completing a summer job at university, Chef Miguel Huelamo Estrada, Executive Chef at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, was looking for a way to turn his passion into a profession, which led him towards becoming a chef. Chef Miguel Huelamo Estrada has accumulated fourteen years of experience in the culinary industry, working around the world including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and London, before making his way to Dubai. Inhis role as theExecutiveChef at JWMarriott Marquis Hotel, Chef Miguel Huelamo Estrada oversees 15 restaurants, lounges and bars, leading a team of 300 chefs. Chef Miguel Huelamo Estrada shared with Connector his journey in the culinary world, from finding his passion for cooking, to dishes he recommends at the hotel. Howdid you get started in the food industry? After an unfulfilling summer job, while studying at university, it became very clear to me that I needed to pursue a career that I actually enjoyed and felt passionate about. Growing up, I always enjoyed cooking because, like most families, my family spent a lot of time together in the kitchen, talking about food and visiting relatives to prepare meals and eat together. For me, happiness and food are closely linked. I remember when I was around eight or nine years old and I was shocked when I found out that one of my favourite local eateries had suddenly closed. I frequently visited this restaurant with my parents and family friends as a kid because they served one of my favourite dishes, and no other place made it as well as they did there. That is when I realised that if I wanted to enjoy those exact flavours, I would have to recreate it myself. I became fascinated with the art of cooking, and I see it as a combination of emotions, cherished memories, honed techniques, and a bit of magic. As a chef, the kitchen demands relentless effort and dedication each day, but tasting the fruits of your labour and seeing guests enjoying your creations makes it worth it. What is your earliest cooking memory? When I was around five or six years old, I received my first cooking book as a present. After reading that book, I can still clearly remember how obsessed I became with making the perfect omelette, a smooth skin, slightly runny interior, rolled in with the stuffing inside. I think I made my entire family eat omelette every day for weeks, until I perfected it. What is your favourite dish from your country? As I was born and raised in Spain, it is no surprise that my favourite Spanish dish is Tortilla de Patata, also known as a Spanish omelette. When cooked the right way with high-quality ingredients, this is without a doubt my favourite dish and it reminds me of home. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner, either warm, straight out of the pan or leftover cold from the fridge. What is the one go-to and easy snack you love making for midnight cravings? I lived and worked in Asia for quite a few years including Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and my favourite comfort food is Asian. My favourite quick fix for a midnight craving is a bowl of sesame noodles, which can be prepared in under five minutes. I usually cook a classic one but add a good drizzle of crispy chilli oil and Sichuan pepper oil, which gives it a nice kick. My other go-to snack is Korean instant noodles, available at almost any grocery store in Dubai. I like to spruce mine up by adding an egg, a couple of slices of cheddar cheese, chopped spring onions and a side of ripe kimchi. What is the one raw ingredient you cannot cook without from your country? Spanish saffron from Spain’s La Mancha region. My father’s family comes from there and many of the dishes my grandmother used to cook for us had saffron. For me, it is the best in the world. Besides that, I would say that extra virgin olive oil is probably the most indispensable ingredient for cooking, not only in Spanish food but in a variety of cuisines. It can not only be used for cooking but can be used to finish cooked dishes and dress up raw ingredients. What is the best dish to try at your restaurant? As I oversee JW Marriott Marquis Dubai’s whole portfolio of restaurants, it is difficult to choose just one because each outlet has its own unique offering with an array of amazing dishes. You cannot go wrong with any of the steaks at the award-winning Prime68, and the whole menu at the restaurant is topnotch. The carbonara in Positano is one of my favourite comfort dishes, and I cannot go a day without having the seared salmon nigiri from Izakaya. I also often crave the dal makhani from Rang Mahal, and the flavourful larb gai from Tong Thai.

CONNECTOR.AE 36 CONNECTOR.AE 37 Kids And Education Kids And Education established in 1988, it offers various educational milestones, including iGCSE, AS, A-level, and BTEC certifications. The British curriculum includes important subjects like Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, Design and Technology, Computing, and Foreign Languages. The qualifications it offers, such as GCSEs, IGCSEs, and A-Levels, are widely accepted by universities in the UAE and internationally. Speaking about the British curriculum, Rohan Radia, 13-year-old student, from Brighton College Dubai, says, “With regards to the A-level programme, getting to study 3-4 subjects in depth is very interesting and valuable, and it provides an advantage in applying to European and UK universities. In fact, the British curriculum has made me more curious and is encouraging me to look into things deeper within both my academic studies and extracurricular/personal activities.” British, American, or IB Curriculum: Picking the Right Path for Your Child The UAE is famous for its iconic landmarks, cutting-edge architecture, and futuristic technologies. However, it’s also a hub for a wide variety of private schools, offering diverse curricula from around the world. Among the many options available, three prominent curricula in the UAE are the British, American, and IB systems. If you’re a parent considering these options, here’s a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision about these curricula. Before delving into the selection of a curriculum for your child, let’s understand the differences among the British, American, and IB curricula. What Is the British Curriculum? The British curriculum, also known as the National Curriculum for England, is a highly regarded educational system that spans more than 150 countries worldwide. It stands as one of the preferred educational frameworks in the UAE. Renowned for its commitment to academic excellence and a well-rounded, student-centred approach, What is the American Curriculum? The American Curriculum is known for its adaptability and inclusivity, promoting a well-rounded education with various elective courses. It’s a preferred choice for students aiming for higher education in the United States and Canada. This curriculum emphasises the significance of all subjects, both academically and through a wide array of co-curricular activities. American Curriculum is widely accepted by universities in the US and Canada, and its standardised tests are used as benchmarks by international schools globally. What Is the IB Curriculum? The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is known for its global perspective, encouraging critical thinking and inquiry-based learning. Offered in 146 countries worldwide, it’s the fastestgrowing education system, known for its international recognition and holistic approach. Established in 1969, IB goes beyond local boundaries, encouraging students to consider global factors, a crucial skill in our increasingly interconnected world. The IB program aims to nurture academic, personal, emotional, and social growth, equipping students with essential skills for success in our rapidly globalising society.