Let’s start with some good news…
Now restrictions have been eased in Dubai, you can ditch the oven gloves and head out for a meal. Restaurants and cafés can now operate normally (although don’t expect a buffet or shisha services), with protective health and safety measures in place in line with government guidelines. For those looking to dip a toe back into the world of dining out, Jumeirah Group has re-opened three of its signature restaurants at Jumeirah Al Naseem and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. Peruvian-Nikkei restaurant KAYTO is offering an à la carte dinner service from 6pm onwards, while Mediterranean seafood restaurant Rockfish is serving lunch from 12.30-3.30pm and dinner from 5pm onwards, and you can lap up Greek food with a side of sea views at Shimmers, which is open daily from noon.
Do this for a healthy body
If you’ve been meaning to try Yin Yoga or are desperately in need of some stress-relief yoga, we’ve found just the thing. NYU Abu Dhabi Athletics is posting weekly virtual yoga and meditation classes every Thursday, at 8am GST. Led by NYUAD Physical Education Instructor Miriam Maher, the pre-recorded classes are available via the official Instagram account and YouTube channels.
Do this for a healthy mind
Need some beautiful music to play as you relax or meditate? Put on this beautifully animated song by Monoman and let your worries drift away with the strum of a guitar.
Delicious deliveries to your door
If your little ones are screaming for ice-cream, Cone Street’s ice cream delivery, which contains 1,360ml of creamy gelato, should last you at least until the end of the week. Simply pick six flavours to include – from tiramisu to lemon sorbet and everything in-between – and dish out the spoons.
What to watch
If your house is in need of a clear out, the Minimalism documentary on Netflix will help inspire you to throw things away. Less is more for these two friends who decided to get rid of nearly everything they own and become the ultimate minimalists, and travel across the USA telling their story.
What to listen to
If you’re a pop music fan, the Switched on Pop podcast will give you an interesting insight into what makes a great record. Hosted by songwriter Charlie Harding and Musicologist Nate Sloan, the pair dissect the work of Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Dua Lipa and others.
You can style your home on a budget thanks to PAN Emirates, which is offering an additional 15% off on top of its 30-70% sale prices, plus a free interior design consultation when you shop online. And if you’re struggling to decide what to buy, you can WhatsApp its interior design experts, Nada Al Shamarri (+971 52 101 4438) and Alaa Eissa (+971 52 101 4462), who are on hand to help.
Isolators we love
Although celebs are also in quarantine, the shows are still going on. If you’re in need of some light-hearted relief today, the latest episode of TheEllenShow features some of the most interesting ways that people have chosen to protect themselves… including a supermarket shopper wearing scuba-diving gear.
Join the party
If your kids are cracking through the crayons in-between distance learning, their creative masterpieces could form part of a new virtual gallery by The Aldar Education School. Aimed at those aged three to 11, the gallery is a hub for everything from paintings to snapshots of sculptures, with some seriously impressive aspiring artists in the mix.
Cook like a pro
We’re feeling healthy today and have turned to chef Louie Mallorca at FIKA, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, for this simple and scrummy superfood salad recipe.
Ingredients (for 4):
a. A thumb of ginger, finely grated
b. 1 clove garlic, finely minced
c. 2 medium carrots, grated
d. 2/3 cup beetroot, grated
e. 2 kale leaves, chopped (no stalk)
f. 1 stick celery, chopped
g. ½ avocado, sliced
h. 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
i. 2 tbsp lemon juice
j. Salt & pepper, to taste
1. Make the salad dressing by mixing the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper
2. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl
3. Add the salad dressing and toss to coat all ingredients