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What the Aquarius team are planning for the month ahead

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Mix it up!

Ever been to The Clumsies, the Athens bar that’s been on the list of World’s 50 Best Bars two years in a row? Us neither. But for a few nights in October, you won’t need air miles to sample their mixologists’ work, as they’ll be bringing it to us here in Dubai. FAI at The Palace Downtown – the idyllic venue with stunning views overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain – is hosting a special pop-up bar featuring cocktail-makers from the award-winning Athens venue. Expect innovative twists on classic creations, new-age techniques and of course all the pomp and circumstance involved in being such mixology trailblazers. Cocktails from Dh60, 5pm-2am, October 17-21. 04 428 7806

Divas at Riva


There’s a new ladies’ night at Riva, Palm Jumeirah, just in time for balmy winter weather. Ladies get unlimited drinks from 7pm-midnight for just Dh75, and if you’re feeling peckish, there are sharing platters from dh50-dh100. We can’t wait to go! 04 430 9466

Spread the joy


Need a gift but too time-poor to pop out and find one? Check out Joi, the new UAE-based app and online platform that lets you choose, pay for and send gifts across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. There’s a wide variety of gifts to choose from, including bouquets, hampers, jewellery and sweet treats, and all gifts are delivered by a super-smiley Agent Of Joi. You can even add a singing telegram if you’re that way inclined!

Dates for your diary


Brit gastropub Reform Social & Grill has an exciting calendar of events for its annual HarvestFest this month. The new British BBQ menu launches on October 1, there’s a Twilight Market on October 22 and the Virgin Atlantic Beer & Cider Festival returns on October 27-29. 04 4540 2638

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Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

“It’s about finally finding peace in your own damn skin”. For Melton, this peace comes after bulimia, alcoholism and dealing with a husband with serious fidelity issues; proof that the hardest of battles can sometimes prove the most rewarding on a personal level. This New York Times bestselling memoir is a touching, thought-provoking look at love, faith, confidence and self-esteem. Available at leading UAE bookstores.

New brunches

Family Fridays


Bu! – the Latin American diner at The Hub in The Mall World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi – now offers the Fiesta Del Sol family brunch on Fridays from 12.30pm-4.30pm, featuring food, cocktails and live entertainment. Dh250-Dh450, children six-12 years Dh100. 02 666 8066

One for the ladies


There’s a new Ladies’ Evening Brunch at Les Cuisines, Sofitel Downtown. For just Dh149 ladies enjoy a lavish buffet with drinks entirely on the house, while gents pay Dh149 for food and soft drinks or Dh229 with house beverages. 04 503 6666
A spot of decadence



French eaterie Brasserie Quartier at the St Regis Dubai has launched the Versailles Decadence Brunch every Friday from 12.30pm-3.30pm. Expect inventive French cuisine with table-side service and suitably bold entertainment! Dh450-Dh650. 04 435 5577

Cruising the creek


Everybody’s favourite floating restaurant Bateaux Dubai has appointed a new chef de cuisine, the brilliantly talented Eka Mochamad, who has crafted a menu of 27 new dishes to savour while cruising along The Creek. Guests design their own four-course meal, with options focused on fresh seasonal ingredients and including vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes. Think Canadian Lobster, Warm Cured Salmon, Baked Chermoula Prawns, Roasted Beef Rossini and Braised Veal Cheek. Delectable desserts include Strawberry Cannoli and a Champagne and Coconut Parfait. As part of JA Resorts, the restaurant is licensed and a live pianist adds to the elegant yet relaxed ambience. For the various price options or to book your place on the dinner cruise, call 04 814 5553.

Time for a giggle


Comedy gurus The Laughter Factory are back this month with another sterling line-up. This month’s gig features 2013’s Scottish comedian of the year Larry Dean, outspoken Canadian Allyson June Smith and English newbie Nick Dixon. Check out for dates and times.

A designer dinner


What do you get if you mix art, fabulous food and good company? Design&Dine, that’s what, and the good news is that
it’s now on offer in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi, where it originated. This month’s event – the brainchild of UAE-based artist and art teacher Gemma Gallagher, named Artist of The Year by the UK’s The Independent – is set to be held at 7pm on October 7 at Intercontinental Dubai Marina, with the Dubai skyline as the theme. Gemma will teach you everything you need to create a stunning work of art while you enjoy a sumptuous spread. Dh290 will get you food, drinks and all the materials you’ll need to create your masterpiece. Email to book your place.

A Caribbean vibe

An island oasis


Fresh from New York City, the new Miss Lily’s diner offers modern Jamaican cuisine in a lively, upbeat atmosphere at the Sheraton Grand on Shaikh Zayed Road. Expect traditional classics such as jerk chicken and oxtail stew as well as
a few innovative dishes exclusively designed for the Dubai outpost, including Chilli King Crab and Slow-Roasted Pimento Short Ribs. 04 354 4074

Cuban style


Another NYC favourite, the Dubai branch of Café Habana – located in Souk Al Bahar – offers up a cosy eaterie with friendly, welcoming staff and an eclectic Latin American/Caribbean menu alongside a wide range of authentic cocktails. Getting quite lively after happy hour, it’s definitely one for a crowd or a party. 04 422 2620

All the best tings


You’ll find bright colours and bold flavours – as well as brilliantly named dishes including Chips O’Mon Burger – at Ting Irie, the new Jamaican restaurant and lounge at Souk Al Manzil, Downtown. With ingredients such as Scotch bonnet peppers and pimento seeds shipped in from the island itself, it’s bound to be a fiery experience! 04 557 5601