Victoria celebrates 20 years of commitment to the MENA region


The State Government of Victoria is celebrating 20 years of trade, tourism and investment links with the Middle East region.

The Australian state set up its Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) in 1997 to drive trade and investment links with the region, which two decades later has seen Victoria’s annual exports to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region grow to AUD$ 2.49 billion (US$ 1.85 billion).

Over a 10 year-long period (2006-2016), Victoria’s total exports into the MENA region was valued at AUD$ 29.34 billion (US$ 21.76 billion).

“Victoria has had a long-standing and ongoing commitment to the MENA region which has been established through a sense of deep trust and a mutually beneficial relationship that has been harnessed for 20 years,” said John Butler, Commissioner for the State Government of Victoria in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

“There are many countries in the MENA region that have played a vital role in the Victorian economy as both a source of imports and as an export destination. We can only see our relationship strengthening further as we grow even closer together and develop the successful two-way collaboration between Victoria and the region.”

Through a variety of programmes and business initiatives, the VGBO has assisted Victorian exporters and provided assistance to Middle East, African and Turkish companies and organisations to source products and services, business introductions and investment opportunities with Victoria.


Growing Victorian food and beverage exports


The Victorian food and beverage sector is a key component of the Victorian economy and the industry has built a well-established relationship with the MENA region. Each year, up to 100 of Victoria’s top F&B companies attend the annual Gulfood exhibition in Dubai, joining a Victorian Minister who leads the delegation of the state’s high performing companies to the region.


During the period 2006-2016, Victoria exported AUD$ 10.24 billion (US$ 7.6 billion) worth of food and agriculture products into the MENA region.

In the UAE alone, Victoria’s food exports were doubled over the past 10 years (2006-2016). During this period, Victoria exported AUD$ 2.84 billion (US$ 2.1 billion) worth of food and agriculture products to the UAE. The UAE consists of 24% of Victoria’s total exports and 35% of Victoria’s total food export into the MENA region.


“Victoria is a leading exporter of superior food and beverage products with an ongoing commitment to the highest international standards of quality management, food safety and Halal accreditation,” said Mr. Butler.


Diverse sectors and experience


The MENA region is also an important export region for Victorian service providers, particularly in the building and construction sector where companies have established offices in the UAE and beyond.


Education is another important export sector with organisations offering in-country courses and over 6,300 students from the MENA region enrolling in Victorian education institutes last year. Victoria is the most popular Australian study destination for Saudi Arabian students, who account for the largest cohort of MENA students in the state (around 2,900 in 2016).


Strong tourism and aviation links

Tourism and aviation links between Victoria and the region have been enhanced over the years, with Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways all flying daily to Melbourne.

Emirates Airline has a long-term relationship with Melbourne, having sponsored the famous Collingwood Football Club and the Emirates Melbourne Cup, the flagships among a portfolio of key partnerships in the state.

Etihad Airways also has a strong connection with Melbourne, which is home to Australia’s Etihad Stadium and has seen the UAE’s national carrier become the lead sponsor of Melbourne City Football Club.

“With a vibrant arts scene, a passion for great food and Australia’s leading sporting events, it’s no surprise that Victoria is known for its amazing tourism experiences,” said Mr. Butler.


Fast-growing with significant investment opportunities

Victoria also offers a highly-skilled and innovative workforce across a range of industries, including world-class capabilities in biotechnology and life sciences, carbon trading, automotive, aerospace, defence and ICT.

“Equally, Victoria is a significant destination for MENA exporters and investors,” said Mr. Butler. With direct daily flights into our capital city Melbourne, and a reputation for leadership in Islamic banking, Victoria is an attractive destination for prospective investors into our great state.”

Melbourne’s attractiveness to live and work is underpinned by its position as one of the top cities in the world, as voted by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Liveability Report which consistently ranks the Victorian capital as number one.

The city is also the fastest growing in Australia, forecast to overtake Sydney’s population as early as 2030. Melbourne’s population has grown more quickly than any other Australian city over the past 10 years.



About The Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO)

Established in the UAE in 1997, the Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) is operated by the State Government of Victoria to help promote Victorian trade and investment in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. Through a variety of programmes and business initiatives, the VGBO assists Victorian exporters and provides assistance to Middle Eastern, African and Turkish companies and organisations to source products and services, business introductions and investment opportunities with Victoria. For more information visit

STARSKIN® presents… The Ultimate EID GIFT TO Detox YOUR SKIN

With Ramadan around the corner, give the gift of beautiful skin to you and your loved ones with STARSKIN®’s range of powerful skin-detoxing marine-based skincare solutions – The Master Cleanser MASK™ and The Master Cleanser foam™.

Starskin’s Sea Kelp mask will enhance your mood  with its marine ingredients. Sea kelp, seaweed and algae have long been hailed for their heavy-duty detox and skin-hydration properties, as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. The powerful and natural extracts will nourish your skin and remove impurities, giving you the ultimate skin detox. Hand-harvested sea kelp, a superfood for the skin, is combined with the finest botanical ingredients to deliver dramatic results, for a healthy, smooth and glowing complexion.

STARSKIN® co-founder Nicole Arnoldussen says, “Kelp has long been a staple in many Asian cuisines but the benefits of kelp go way beyond the table; it is also taken as a health supplement. Now kelp (or seaweed) body wraps are being offered at many luxury spas as a premium skin softening and detoxifying treatment.”

Using kelp on your skin works wonders for your complexion, she explains. “We are exposed to toxins every day and this is from the food that we eat, pollutants and the chemicals we come into contact with. Kelp itself helps to remove toxins or heavy metals in your body and together with a host of powerful active marine ingredients, The Master Cleanser Mask and Foam Cleanser nourishes the skin with a whole load of skin-benefiting minerals, fermented marine ingredients, amino acids and vitamins.”

The Master Cleanser MASK™ (AED 80AED or US$19.95 for 25ml serum/40g) and The Master Cleanser foam™ (AED130 or US$32.50 for 150ml) masks are exclusively available at Sephora Middle East.  

As with all STARSKIN® products, The Master Cleanser Detoxing Sea Kelp Leaf Face Mask and Foam Cleanser are free from parabens, silicone, mineral oils, sulphates and synthetic dyes.

THE MASTER CLEANSER MASK™ is made from hand-harvested 100% sea kelp and fermented in a purifying seaweed base that is infused with a super-hydrating 90.37% organic serum to help remove impurities and promote healthy, smooth and glowing skin.



Milk plays a crucial role in our diet, and is the sole nutrition for newborns. Many of us know that milk is rich in CALCIUM, which is vital for building and maintaining strong bones. However, milk also provides many other nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Iodine, Riboflavin, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Phosphorus, as well as high-quality proteins and carbohydrates.

You are never too old to gain the rewards of drinking milk and, when fortified, it ensures you get the vitamins and minerals your body needs. If you love drinking milk, the good news is that you are doing your health a great favor!

So, why is it important to enjoy two glasses of fortified milk daily?

✔ Milk Fuels Your Body by providing you with a powerhouse of nutrients important for healthy bones and teeth

✔ Milk Fuels Your Mind by strengthening your mental performance, knowing that it is a source of hydration and, when it is fortified, it offers the essential vitamins and minerals needed to improve brain health and function

✔ Milk Fuels Your Morning by giving you an energy boost during breakfast time and mid-morning snack to keep you up and running between meals

✔ Milk Fuels Your Thirst, as it’s the second best source of rehydration after water!

Moreover, research shows consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension, as well as type 2 Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and colorectal cancer. Consumption of dairy has been also linked with a healthy body weight, and has been shown to play an important role in improving physical performance.


People in the Middle East still have vitamin D deficiency at a rate of 86%**!

Therefore, it is crucial to choose the right kind of fortified milk for you and your family.

Your suggested milk choices:

For adults

  • Semi-skimmed or low fat milk, such as KLIM low fat
  • Skimmed or fat-free milk

For children

  • Aged 1 to 3: Specialized growing-up milk, such as NIDO 1+ or NAN 3
  • Aged 3 to 5: Specialized growing-up milk formula, such as NIDO 3+ or NAN4
  • Age 5 and above: NIDO fortified milk

Other types of milk include: soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and coconut milk.  Among these milk alternatives, choose fortified versions whenever possible.

Young or old, it’s never too late to enjoy the goodness of fortified milk. So make sure to always start your day with a glass, and end it on a milky note!


  • Maria Baghdoyan, Nutritionist, Nestlé Middle East





About Nestlé Middle East

Nestlé Middle East’s heritage goes back 80 years to 1934 when the first import operation was set up in Lebanon. Today, Nestlé Middle East owns and operates 18 factories and provides direct employment to more than 11,000 employees who are all committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. It also provides indirect employment to several thousand more.


The Nestlé portfolio in the region currently exceeds 60 innovative product brands in a wide range of categories: dairy products and infant nutrition, bottled water, chocolate and confectionery, coffee creamers, breakfast cereals, and culinary products, among others. Nestlé Nido, Nestlé NAN, S-26, Progress, Maggi, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Coffeemate, Nestlé Cerelac, Nestlé Pure Life, Nespresso and Nestlé Fitness are just some of the brands available in the Middle East.


To know more about Nestlé Middle East’s activities, you can visit our social media pages below:



For more information, please contact:


Lynn Al Khatib

Nestlé Middle East FZE

+971 (4) 807 9411



Rima Taha

ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller

Tel: +971 (0) 4 4507 616




Ranches Restaurant, Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Be treated to a delicious homemade-like meal at Ranches Restaurant where all those who love food and good company come to dine. If you haven’t been to the restaurant lately, come down and enjoy refreshing settings that feel just like an extension to your dining room. Every day is different at Ranches Restaurant, we offer theme nights, including the popular and most attended Quiz nights in town every Tuesday. In addition, you can now say goodbye to your normal daily meals and savour a range of seasonal starters and mains created by Chef Nugi at Ranches Restaurant.

Date: Throughout June

Venue: Ranches Restaurant, Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Time: 6.30 am to 12:00 am

Price: A la carte

For more information, please call +97143607935 or email

Celebrate Ramadan at Baker-Finch Room, Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Step into the clubhouse-themed settings of the Baker-Finch Room, complete with ambient lighting and warm interiors, for a memorable Iftar with those near and dear. The ideal destination to savour a blend of authentic Arabian traditions and contemporary European flair, it presents exceptional opportunities to create memories to treasure, with a lavish spread of delicacies served within elegant settings. Explore the Arabic theme décor and menu and take advantage of an exclusive venue booking available for larger groups.

Time: Sundown till late

Date: Throughout Ramadan

Price: Adults (12 years and above). AED 180 per person; AED 160 per person, special Early Bird price on bookings before 20 May 2017; Minimum booking required for 20 people

For bookings, please call +97143664700 or email or visit


International Women’s Golf Day at The Academy, Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Join us for the ‘Ladies 9-hole team Texas scramble’ hosted by The Academy in celebration of the Women’s Golf Day. Featuring lots of activities on the driving range, tuition and putting green challenges for both experienced and non-golfers. Morning Session is for experienced golfers on the main course and the evening session is open to all levels.

Date: 6 June 2017

Morning Session Timing: Registration at 8:00 am | 8:30 am the game starts (for experienced golfers on the main course)

Morning Session Price: AED 200

Evening Session Timings: Registration at 6:30 pm | 7:00 pm start (open to all levels)

Evening Session Price: AED 50 includes a welcome drink and prize

For bookings, please call +97143664700 or email


Refresh your golf game this Summer at The Academy, Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Learn the game you love most in refreshing settings at The Academy this summer. Led by our PGA qualified golf professionals, our lesson programmes and state-of-the-art facilities provide everything you need to learn in a heartbeat.

Date: 12 to 15 & 19 to 22 June 2017 | 18 to 21 & 25 to 28 September 2017

Day & Timings: Every Monday and Thursday from 7:15pm – 8:15pm



Summer Swing Fix – Individual lesson for 30 minutes

Lesson by Head Professional – Member: AED 250 | Guest: AED 300

Lesson by Teaching Professional – Member: AED 230 | Guest: AED 265

Assistant Professional – Member: AED 165 | Guest: AED 185

Summer 5-Hour Lesson Package

Lesson by Head Professional – Member: AED 1,850 | Guest: AED 2,220

Lesson by Teaching Professional – Member: AED 1,650 | Guest: AED 1,980

Start Golf Summer

Individual: AED 395 | Couple: AED 700 | Family: AED 1,100*

*A family includes 2 adults and 1 child. Additional child AED 300


For more information and bookings, please call +97143664700 or email

Celebrate Iftar with friends and family at Address Boulevard Ballroom

A new landmark in the vibrant heart of Downtown Dubai, Address Boulevard is the ideal destination to savour an iconic Iftar in the company of friends and loved ones. Gather at Boulevard Ballroom for an elegantly themed Iftar experience over a long communal table offering a tantalising set menu to make the Holy Month all about sharing. Setting new, aspirational standards of hospitality that are second to none, Address Boulevard will redefine your Ramadan experience.

Discover more and engage with us on #RamadanBoulevard


Time: Sunset to 9pm

Date: Throughout Ramadan

Price: AED 250 per person, for groups of 8 guests and above; AED 200 per person, special Early Bird price on bookings before May 20, 2017


Sumptuous Suhour at The Restaurant at Address

Exuding the homely look and feel of a residential apartment, The Restaurant at Address offers the perfect ambience for an inspiring Suhour with the family. Whether you wish to immerse in the traditions of Ramadan within the living-room-style setting indoors or a gorgeous al fresco terrace, your experience will be truly memorable. Indulge in warm inviting spaces of The Restaurant with the à la carte menu complemented by flavoursome hubbly-bubbly on the terrace.


Time: 9pm to 12am

Date: Throughout Ramadan

Price: À la carte


For reservations, please call +9714 561 8213; email at or visit

Portuguese cuisine at Veri Peri Dubai

Craving for some Portuguese grilled chicken? Then head over to Veri Peri who can cook up a storm meaning their flame grilled meat in no time. Veri Peri put their pride in their carefully hand picked sauces ranging from mild to very hot, leaving your taste buds to take the test.

We ordered the chicken picatta from the starters, suggested by the staff and boy were we not disappointed. Thin beaten slices of chicken breast met our eyes, cooked in olive oil and coated with a delicious mixture of beaten egg, mozzarella and parsley – the result – crispy and tender chicken making you yearn for another plate.

The chicken and meat espetadas are a must try with which we chose a side dish of mozzarella tenders.although i liked the former as the pieces of chicken were moist and tender , packed with flavor literally to the bone, we went with the hot sauce to go with it which was a choice we were pleased with.If you are a complete vegetarian, don’t worry about being left out you can also enjoy a vegetarian espetada containing chunks of paneer but maybe we will leave that for next time.

The steak deserves a notable place as we went with the sizzled tenderloin steak, the flavor of the smooth pepper sauce perfectly pairs up with the medium inch steak ,sizzler style leaving you to enjoy the very last bite, the steak is accompanied with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables.

Another authentic portugese dish we did try was the cataplana which acts as a meal on its own as grilled chicken pieces are met with numerous vegetables like roasted baby marrow, broccoli,baby corn ,carrot and bell peppers all cooked together in a tomato based secret sauce stew form served with rice. I loved every bit of the sauce and wished i had gone slow on the grilled chicken in order to have an enjoyable moment with this dish.

Coming to my favorite part was the chocolate molten lava cake with ice cream. Lets just say, my hubby got to literally only taste the remains. A portion good enough for one, the cake was what i expected to be , moist and fluffy from out and liquid goodness from the interior enjoyed with a dose of ice cream – the perfect way to end my meal on a happy note.

For more details, tel: +971 4 263 8638

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A celebration of Ramadan at Armani


Social interaction and personal reflection symbolise the Ramadan season, and this year Armani Hotel Dubai presents an appetising collection of cross-cultural dining experiences. Break your fast with a choice of four-course menus at Armani/Amal, where traditional mezze are followed by a selection of spiced signature dishes; at Armani/Deli, where sharing the best that Europe has to offer defines the seasonal ambience; at Armani/Ristorante, for a quintessentially Italian dinner or at Armani/Mediterraneo, with a lavish Iftar buffet. Alternatively, relax in the contemporary setting of Armani/Ballroom, with daily changing Iftar menus and live entertainment.

Date: Throughout the Ramadan season

Time: Sunset onwards


Armani/Amal & Armani/Deli Iftar – AED 250 per person

Armani/Ristorante Iftar – AED 290 per person

Armani/Ballroom and Armani/Mediterraneo Iftar – AED 235 per person

Children aged 4 and below – Dine with our compliments

Children aged 5 to 11 years – Enjoy 50% discount

Book online before 20th May, 2017 to receive 20% off on your Ramadan bookings. Promo code: RAMADAN20


For restaurant reservations/enquiries, please call +97148883666 or email


Iftar at the Ewaan Ramadan Tent

Iftar at the Ewaan Ramadan Tent

Add a touch of authentic charm to your Iftar experience as you gather near and dear ones to delight in a generous Iftar at an elegant Ramadan tent at Ewaan. The signature restaurant at Palace Downtown, Ewaan echoes the classic style of the destination with a sumptuous spread served within a recreation of a traditional Arabic tent, which extends from the terrace into the gardens. Set within the elegant settings of Palace Downtown, this sanctuary of serenity will place you at the heart of culture.

Time: Iftar – Sunset until 9pm

Price: Adult (12 years and above): AED 255 per person, inclusive of Iftar buffet, Ramadan juices and water,  Hubbly bubbly – AED 100 for a single flavour and AED 110 for double flavour

Children (aged 6 – 11 years): Enjoy 50% discount; Children (aged 5 years and below): Dine with our compliments. Children under 18 are not permitted to dine in the smoking section. Complimentary valet parking.

Suhour at the Ewaan Ramadan Tent

Retreat to the serenity and tranquility of Palace Downtown to share the traditions of Suhour with family and friends within the Ramadan Tent at Ewaan. Extending into the Palace Gardens, the tent reflects the distinctive architectural qualities of the destination itself, creating a unique sense of tradition. Delight in an authentic Arabic buffet, while live oud harmonies fill the air with a sense of enchantment. Looking out across a mirror-flat lake, nestled amidst tall palm trees, this beautiful resort has all the charm and mystery of a Middle Eastern palace and all the flair and sophistication of a boutique hotel.

Time: Suhour – Weekdays, 10pm to 1am; Weekends 10pm to 2am

Price: Adult (12 years and above): AED 170 per person for buffet, Hubbly bubbly – AED 100 for a single flavour and AED 110 for double flavour

Children (6 – 11 years): Enjoy 50% discount; Children (aged 5 years and below): Dine with our compliments

Children under 18 are not permitted to dine in the smoking section. Complimentary valet parking.


Ewaan Breakfast and Lunch during Ramadan

An Ewaan breakfast is the perfect start to every day. Whether a leisurely bite or morning meeting, make the most of Ewaan’s delectable breakfast spread offering English, Arabic, Asian and Indian options.

With architectural touches of Arabia and cuisine inspired by the world, the live cooking stations and sumptuous buffet at Ewaan present a perfect lunchtime of taste and leisure.

Timing: Breakfast 6am to 11am and lunch 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Price: Buffet breakfast from AED 150 person and buffet lunch from AED 175 per person, a la carte also available.


From lavish to legendary – the impressively extended menu at Asado

With a diverse selection of Argentinean fare, from ocean-fresh seafood to premium cuts of meat cooked to order, Asado is an exceptional South American dining destination. Alongside tried-and-true favourites, tantalising new additions to the menu include exotic dishes such as slow-cooked rabbit and mushroom stew, Chilean sea bass with squid ink risotto, and other intriguing preparations, extending the enjoyment of this fascinating cuisine even further.

Date: On-going during Ramadan

Time: Sunset to 11.30pm daily


Taking Thai tastes further – Thiptara’s exciting new menu

Dubai’s beloved and eminently awarded lakeside Thai restaurant, Thiptara, now gives our guests even more reasons to return, with a menu that extends its savoury, piquant and tantalising repertoire. Deep-fried soft-shell crab with Sriracha sauce, beef tenderloin in massaman curry, and mixed seafood salad with Thai herbs and spicy sauce are only a handful of new additions, while Thai-tea flavoured crème brûlée puts an exciting new twist on an old favourite.

Date: On-going during Ramadan

Time: Sunset to 11.30pm daily


The 1,001 Flavours Brunch at Ewaan

Dubai’s most sought-after brunch is set amidst its most desirable community, Downtown Dubai. Overlooking Burj Khalifa, The Palace Gardens, and our vibrant poolside, the 1001 Flavours Brunch can be enjoyed in palatial splendour with friends and family. The cuisine is just as exquisite, with variety and authenticity to complement our premium beverages. Shouldn’t every Friday be this special?

Date: Every Friday, throughout summer and Ramadan

Time:  1pm to 4:30pm
Price: Detox Brunch

AED 325 per person – A range of healthy detox beverages high in antioxidants as well as freshly squeezed juices, water, coffee and tea

Premium Brunch

AED 480 per person – A selection of premium grape beverages and ports as well as freshly squeezed juices, water, coffee and tea

Luxurious Brunch

AED 695 per person – An exquisite selection of premium grape beverages and free flowing bubbly, as well as freshly squeezed juices, water, coffee and tea



For bookings and more information, please contact +971 4 428 7888, email  or visit

Ethiopian eatery Gursha presents flavours for Ramadan

  • Gursha, an Ethiopian cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Palm Jumeirah, introduces a special Iftar dinner
  • At the price of AED 175, the restaurant offers an exclusive buffet for Iftar apart from it’s a la carte menu for the month of Ramadan
  • Catering to a variety of taste buds, Gursha’s Iftar buffet provides scrumptious vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with a 50% off for kids and one can call to reserve group booking discounts for 10 or more adults

Gursha, an authentic Ethiopian restaurant located in Palm Jumeirah, introduces its Iftar buffet for the holy month of Ramadan. The Iftar menu is set to host a wide variety of mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The complete menu is a blend of flavorsome dishes for everyone which will be served throughout the month of Ramadan from sunset to 9:00pm with a 50% discount for kids. Groups of 10 or more people can reserve a table and avail a discount. The delicious buffet comprises of dates and dry fruits to break the fast and feast on healthy and enjoyable bites such as lentil or lamp soup, samosas and spring roll platters served with avocado or labne mitmita dips. One can also make additions to the platters with half grilledchicken marinated with Ethiopian spices and served with Basmati rice, fossolia and doro sauce.

Beide Worku, Managing Partner and Executive Chef, Gursha said, “We are very happy to announce that Gursha is hosting an exclusive buffet for Iftar. Keeping in mind the sentiment of the people living in the UAE, we have created a special menu catering to all people following the practice as well as regular customers. The menu includes a variety of delicacies rich in taste and texture. We also have an a la carte menu that will be priced as per the usual standards.We are hopeful it will help showcase the tastes of Ethiopia here in the region.

Complimenting to Middle Eastern style, the Ethiopian cuisine also has chickpeas in most of their dishes. Their dishes like BuTicha is a thick chickpea paste made in garlic and olive oil that is commonly consumed by the Middle Eastern people. All the dishes are accompanied by a gluten free sourdough bread called ‘Injera’. The restaurant emphasizes on sharing food with the group in a common platter which has the Injera at the bottom to be eaten with vegetables and meat on top.

With multiple nationalities residing in Dubai, Gursha has introduced the Iftar menu with an aim to serve scrumptious meals to its residents as well as expatriates for the month of Ramadan. Some of the other popular delicacies the eatery has to offer are the platters – Ye Getoch, Ye Fisik and Taste of Ethiopia. All the platters at Gursha are in a combo meal consisting of various vegetables, meats and salads accompanied with Injera.

The Iftar menu for the holy month of Ramadan is priced at AED 175 with a mix of Arabic and Ethiopian staples including a 50% discount for kids and other discounts on group bookings for 10 or more adults. Reserve a table at 04-5542665or on the website

About Gursha:

Established in 2016, Gursha is a family friendly refined casual restaurant based in Palm Jumeirah showcasing rich and authentic Ethiopian food. With beautifully decorated interiors, the restaurant offers multiple facilities like indoor and outdoor seating with a beach view, shisha, bar and free Wi-Fi. Founded by, Chef BeideWorku, Gursha aims to introduce the Ethiopian culture in the Middle East region.

The exquisite Bird cage Afternoon Tea

On a lazy afternoon, how better to spend it than indulge in an afternoon tea experience at La Patisserie located in the lobby of the Sofitel Downtown – With a pretty theme of gold and shades of blue, the lobby lounge makes for a perfect and intimate space, with fresh orchid trees to enjoy a quiet moment with family and friends.

For a welcome treat, we were offered a glass of sparkling date champagne and strawberries with whipped cream along with the uber soft choquette parisiennes, which after giving some insta love, finished chomping on in seconds as the strawberries were downright delicious and croquettes were super crispy.

We tried hard but could not resist the temptations of the the perfectly decorated sweet treats and finger sandwiches , all cascaded on an elegant three tier silver stand crafted with pretty pastel flowers that just added to our bespoke experience as the stand hung delicately in a bird cage style.

As our ever sweet waitress placed all the treats on our tray, we decided to delve first into the tea flavored finger sandwiches ranging from the matcha green tea jam and smoked salmon placed on a toasted scone, touareg tea jam paired with mozzarella and tomato, red fruit tea jelly paired with foie gras placed on a grilled baguette and lapsing souchong tea jam and smoked duck, each of which magically disappeared into our stomachs in seconds, each beautifully crafted by the chefs making it hard to choose a favorite.

The sweet treats, well lets just say, one was just as pretty as the other, making it hard to choose the first,after a quick debate, we dashed for the brightest of the lot, the coconut and mango cake in a vibrant yellow which melted oh so sweetly in our mouth as it was a meld of two of our favorite flavors, next up we tried the peanuts caramel and milk chocolate which had just the perfect amount of crunch with decadent chocolate , the pecan nuts financier and the green tea macaroons were close contenders, but my heart and palette fell head over heels in love with the mango and coconut cake.

An afternoon tea is incomplete without The Scones – as our server neatly lined them on our table from raisin and earl grey scones to plain scones served with clotted creamand strawberry preserve along with condiments, we could not resist how freshly baked they smelt and thoroughly enjoyed with a piping hot cup of jasmine tea and makes for the perfect afternoon treat at just 199 Aed inclusive of an amazing selection of teas and coffee.

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