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10 things we love this month

What the Aquarius team are planning for the month ahead

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1 Tales of the unexpected

The Maine thing is...

...you probably wouldn’t expect to find an upmarket restaurant tucked away in a hotel’s loading dock. But then, not much about this new eaterie is to be expected. Upmarket? Yes; pretentious? Most definitely not. In an odd location, but in no way gimmicky. Billed as an honest dining experience ‒ or apparently, as they say in New England, ‘The Way Life Should Be’ ‒ The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill boasts a glistening raw bar with towers of the freshest seafood as well as a comprehensive brasserie menu of simple crowd-pleasers such as steaks, chops and pot roasts. Drinks menus are equally unpretentious and naturally, the atmosphere is too. DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR. 04 457 6719

I can’t wait to try this place out! - Catherine

2 A spot of culture

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Celebrate women

Local artist Susan Brooker has a new solo exhibition from March 6 - April 5. entitled ‘More Than a Woman’, it’s in honour of International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day and is on at the Pullman Hotel, JLT. www.artbysusanbrooker.com

I’ll be meeting some girlfriends at this one - Melany

3 Date for your diary

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Laughing for ladies

Got a baby bump? You’ll get complimentary access to Laughter Factory shows in March at smoke-free venues Mövenpick JBR and Grand Millennium Tecom. And if you fancy making an evening of it, there’s also a brand new Comedy Brunch offer; drinks and dinner from 7pm-9pm and show tickets for the bargain price of Dh320, or Dh280 with soft drinks only. www.thelaughterfactory.com

4 New movies

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We’ll be cooing over the romance between Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Luca in All Roads Lead To Rome, holding our breath as Taron Egerton portrays daredevil Eddie The Eagle, and chuckling our socks off at Nia Vardalos, back for more matrimonial excess in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. www.reelcinemas.com

5 Read all about it

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There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

Brooke Shields

Far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Shields grew up with hardy, resilient single mother Teri; troubled, drinking and in love with all things showbiz. Brooke’s turbulent tale of choices, sacrifices and the everyday difficulties of a mother/daughter relationship is one to which many of us will relate. Great for a read by the pool.

This will be my me-time treat this month - Louisa

6 Cafe culture

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Anything can happen...

We’re off to try a signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at the first international branch of New York boutique café Serendipity 3, recently launched at Dubai Festival City. Described as the ‘quirkiest eaterie from the Big Apple’, you can expect a tasty menu of NYC favourites including burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and pastas, and of course a host of delectable delights for dessert. Decor is an eclectic, theatrical mix of Tiffany, period wall art and candy colours; no wonder they say anything can happen! 04 284 3149

I can’t wait to try this one! - Belle

7 Out and about: Abu Dhabi

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Picnic with PAUL

Paul café celebrates the beautiful weather with its new picnic bags so you can enjoy its famed French favourites outside. Choose from a breakfast or lunch bag for two to four people, including a complimentary picnic cloth and a selection of delicious food. 02 444 6188

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Alluring nails

House of Allure now provides a new kind of nail art experience with its iconic and exclusive photo painting nail art machine. Ranging from cartoons to celebrities, festive themes and floral patterns, the choice is all yours. Anyone for a pic of Justin Bieber? 02 666 6317

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Touring the city

Remote Abu Dhabi returns with a two-hour guided tour around the capital, walking participants through a carefully curated sequence of both familiar and unexpected locations in groups of 50. Make sure you’re wearing your comfy shoes! www.abudhabievents.ae

8 Out on the town

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High society

Pop along to the recently revamped Bussola at The Westin for an evening of bubbles and treats on the beautiful terrace. The new Society night - 7pm-10pm every Wednesday - offers free-flowing Italian fizz and grape accompanied by a selection of Italian delicacies for just Dh275. 04 511 7136

9 New Friday favourite

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Al fresco luxury

Elegant yet relaxed, refined but friendly; new eaterie Brasserie 2.0 at the Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa has launched its brunch offering and it’s up there with the best. Extensive buffets groaning with dishes from all corners of the globe are complemented by live cooking stations and an outdoor grill, along with a well-stocked bar and grape tasting with sommeliers. We were simply blown away by the practically-still-swimming seafood selection and the divine beef Wellington, and the desserts drew us back at least three times. A live band plays popular classics at just the right volume while the friendly, attentive staff make sure you have everything you need. Dh400-Dh680. 04 316 5550

I’d be here every Friday if I could! - Catherine

10 New family brunches

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On the boulevard

Boulevard Kitchen, Manzil Downtown, has a dedicated buffet for little ones and plenty of kids’ activities including face painting and arts ‘n’ crafts. For bigger guests, there’s a delectable buffet of Middle Eastern treats and shisha out on the terrace. Dh195-Dh295, Dh95 for children aged 6-12 and under-fives free. 04 888 3444

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Eastern fun

Got little ones who don’t like to be confined to the table at brunch? Try the new family-friendly option at Japanese fusion restaurant Toko, Vida Downtown; there’s a bouncy castle, face painting, kids’ area with toys and plenty of staff on hand to keep an eye out. There’s even non-Japanese menu choices for pickier little eaters. 04 442 8383

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Take it outside

There’s bouncy castles, face painting, cooking classes and an art station ‒ not to mention plenty of grass to run around on at the new Raffles Garden family roast brunch. Every Friday from 1pm-4.30pm, Dh235-Dh385 will get you a traditional roast package with drinks, or you can simply pick from the menu and pay as you go. 04 324 8888

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