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10 things we love this month

What the Aquarius team are planning for the month ahead

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3 Apr 2016 | 03:39 pm

1. A shimmering light

Relax by the beach at the recently revamped Shimmers restaurant and lounge, which has been given a complete overhaul. Billed as casual chic during the day and an elegant place to dine at night, the ocean-side eaterie now boasts an authentic Mediterranean menu with decor to match. The treats on offer include fried calamari with quinoa, tuna ceviche and wild green pita filled with feta, honey and yoghurt, while the decor has a relaxed vibe, with whitewashed wood, gentle sandy tones and pops of bright sea blue. Lounge music and a fresh sea breeze complete the picture. Choose a table in the main dining area or kick back on a beanbag for the ultimate in chillaxing. Madinat Jumeirah, 04 366 5866

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2. Science on stage

Educational stage show ministry of science is at DUCTAC on April 20. Presented by Brainiac Live duo Emma Blackwell and Mark Thompson, it’s billed as a non-stop, exciting look at chemistry and physics that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Suitable for 5+. www.artforall.ae

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3. Coffee and culture

Prefer your coffee with a spot of conscience? There’s a new Raw coffee corner tucked away at open art studio Mawaheb from Beautiful People, which aims to bridge gaps between society and those with special needs. Enjoy a coffee and an apple tart while you browse the artwork – including paintings, sculptures, jewellery and more – and meet their creators, who all work there. www.mawaheb-dubai.com

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4. New movies

This month we’ll be laughing our socks off at Melissa McCarthy as a rogue trader trying to make amends in The Boss; taking our children to see the new animation of childhood-favourite Robinson Crusoe; and catching a remade classic featuring the voices of stars such as Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson in The Jungle Book. www.reelcinemas.com

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5. Read all about it

Humans of New York: Stories Brandon Stanton

Enjoy the feel-good factor in this, a compilation of the heartwarming interviews collected by photographer Stanton for his pictorial blog Humans Of New York. Featuring on the New York Times bestseller list since it was released, Stanton’s book gives a fascinating insight into the lives of Big Apple dwellers; not always pretty, but always thought-provoking and often inspiring.

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6. Make it a big one!

Bright, appealing decor, a tasty menu stacked with fresh, healthy options (and some sinfully sweet treats) and a leafy upstairs terrace; what’s not to love? Big Chefs Studio at BoxPark is definitely on our radar right now. There’s a kids’ menu with plenty of choice that’s just right for picky little ones, fun stuff for them to do and the staff are super-friendly and helpful. It’s the perfect place for an after-school dinner or a long, lazy meal on a weekend. 04 551 5302

7. Out and about: Abu Dhabi

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A thrilling ride

Daredevils take note; there’s a new ride at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The record-breaking Flying Aces boasts the world’s tallest loop, and the steepest and fastest cable incline. It reaches 120km an hour –so definitely not for the faint-hearted! 02 496 8000

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The perfect pairing

Every third Wednesday of the month from 7pm-11pm – starting April 20 – join the sommelier at Yas Viceroy’s Amici restaurant where you’ll get a selection of cheese accompanied by chutneys, bread and crackers, plus unlimited grape for just Dh175. 02 656 0600

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It’s a classic

The legendary Andrea Bocelli is gracing us with his operatic presence again on April 22 at du Arena, Yas Island. Tickets for the all-seated gig are available on Ticketmaster and at Virgin Megastores across the UAE. Form an orderly queue! www.ticketmaster.ae

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8. Picnic with a view

JBR favourite Pure Sky Lounge has launched a Saturday picnic pop-up from 2pm-10pm. Dh300 per couple gets you a picnic basket filled with goodies including quiche, wraps, fruit and sandwiches as well as a cocktail pitcher, plus all the picnic staples such as blankets, grass and greenery. 04 374 7888

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9. Little appetites

Fed up with resorting to chicken nuggets and chips because your little horrors turn their noses up at anything else? Check out Pi.Dubai at The Dubai Mall; the new kids’ menu has been designed and researched to appeal to children’s taste, smell and sight. And it’s been road-tested on several highly critical little diners to ensure it cuts the mustard. There’s a huge variety of options, including pizza, pasta and hormone-free chicken Parmigiana bites, as well as treats such as home-made jelly with hidden kale sneaked in and a rich hot chocolate made with organic milk. There’s even a baby purée of the day, made with organic fruit and vegetables, and a range of child-friendly fresh juices. 04 447 1757

10. New brunches to try

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Ooh la la!

Fancy taking on the world’s largest éclair? There’s that and more on Fridays at AOC French Brasserie at the Sofitel hotel in JBR. Expect a mix of buffet spreads and live cooking stations with a range of French classics and international cuisine, as well as a children’s brunch and Kids’ Zone with interactive entertainment. Dh230-Dh320, 04 448 4733

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The Italian job

Saturdays are for families at Palm restaurant Ronda Locatelli and under-11s eat for free. Designed to represent a traditional Italian family meal, brunch comprises sharing-starters, pasta, a meat course and dessert. There are also activities for little ones including pizza-making and live entertainment. Dh195-Dh295, 04 426 2626

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One for busy bees

Party-favourite Warehouse has launched the Hive brunch, held on Fridays. Offering a variety of live cooking stations, a raw bar, a barbecue corner and plenty of drinks options, it’s priced at only Dh295 for unlimited food and beverages. Tables are available in the main restaurant, the lush gardens or on the chilled terrace. 04 702 2455

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