Thanksgiving Flavours at The St. Regis Dubai

Reviving the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, The St. Regis Dubai invites you to embark on a culinary journey at the hotel’s signature restaurant, J&G Steakhouse. For this special occasion, Chef De Cuisine, Diego Solis and his award-winning culinary brigade have prepared an exclusive menu offering a delectable selection of holiday favourites.

Tease your taste buds with a themed menu, highlighted by smoked pumpkin soup, slow-cooked turkey, served with all the trimmings and an indulgent pecan pie, topped with popcorn ice cream.

Thanksgiving Flavours at J&G Steakhouse

Date & Time: Thursday, 23 November, 6:30pm-12am

Price: AED 320, inclusive of a 4-course set menu and house beverages

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Oktoberfest at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Bring friends and family together for a celebration of Germany’s best-loved cultural festival. Enjoy flame sizzled skewers, authentic specialties and frothing tankards of Bavarian cheer. The atmosphere will keep everyone enthralled with music, dancing and children’s entertainment activities.

Date: October 26 and October 27

Time: Thursday, 6pm to 12am and Friday, 5pm to 12 am

Price: Free Entry

For more information, please call +971 4 361 8111 or email


Polo Brunch at Palermo, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Our unique Polo Brunch presents the perfect opportunity to spend special time with special people. Think lush green fields, fresh air, delicious food and all the thrills of the sport of kings. Relax in true style at the Palermo Terrace while you are treated to a special brunch packed with exquisite flavours for the senses. Indulge in a selection of over 30 different international cheeses while the children enjoy an array of engaging activities.

Date: Every Friday until end of December 2017

Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Price: AED 275 including unlimited soft beverages, AED 375 including unlimited house beverages, AED 110 per child aged between 6 to 12 years old.

For reservations, please call +971 4 888 3444, email or visit


Backyard Grill at Palermo, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Prepare for a taste of the Southern Hemisphere with a good old South African Braai on Palermo Terrace. Perfect for friends and large groups, tuck into fine meat cuts washed down with specialist beverages.

Date: Monday to Saturday, until end of December 2017

Time: 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Price: AED 120 per person, AED 60 per child aged between 6 to 12 years old.

For reservations, please call +971 4 888 3444 or email


Drop Shares Insights: What You Didn’t Know About That Cup of Joe

From its potential discovery by the legendary Kaldi, an Ethiopian goat herder, to being celebrated internationally in the month of October, coffee has grown to become a ritualistic lifestyle for many.

But have you ever wondered if there was more to that delicious cup of joe you drank this morning than just a kick of energy?

With over 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed daily all over the world and scientific research behind the benefits of sipping on brewed arabica beans, it is becoming significantly evident that coffee contributes to health benefits, economic growth and society development.

Coffee-lovers can rejoice while they sip on their favorites as the cool kids from Dubai’s newest specialty coffee offering, Drop, list the marvels of coffee. 

Debating diabetes with coffee
In the UAE, where 19.3 percent of the population suffer from diabetes, coffee may play a crucial role.  According to an intensive research conducted by Dr. Frank Hu from Harvard, the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed, with decaf decreasing risk by 6%. 

Coffee and weights, the perfect date
Drinking coffee before a workout has been found to improve gym performance. A research conducted by Coventry University in the United Kingdom discovered that a cup of coffee not only enhanced and boosted effective gym participation, but also improved manual dexterity.   

A coffee a day keeps the Grim Reaper away
Earlier this year, a study that involved 185,000 people from different cultures revealed coffee increases longevity irrespective of race and lifestyle. The study, conducted by Annals of Internal Medicine, helped discover a stronger biological possibility for the relationship between coffee and longevity. It also concluded that heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and stroke had a lower chance of occurring due to the consistent consumption of coffee.

Coffee currency
Ethically sourced coffee instigates genuine relationships directly with farmers and supports fair payment. The elimination of a middle man and mutual understanding for quality beans at fairly paid prices helps enrich the farmers’ lives. This in turn helps lead to opportunities of better quality of life with possibilities of schools and education in a poverty-dominant environment. Also, an estimated 27 million people rely on coffee as their economic mainstay with an estimate of 197 hands that have worked to deliver every cup of coffee from seed to cup.

Cup of happiness
What’s better than an energy boost? A happy boost! According to a decade-long study on caffeine and its relationship with mental health, it was found that depression risk decreases with increasing caffeinated coffee consumption.

The coffee industry is always growing, always evolving, and always adapting. New ways of growing, harvesting, and processing are being explored on a daily basis. Coffee is a science to a very large extent, but is also a very niche art.

Enjoy the Festive Season at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Island Resort

The private island resort marks its first-ever Christmas Holiday with indulgent dining offers and family activities   

Abu Dhabi, October 23 2017: With more than six flights arriving daily to the Maldives from the Arabian Gulf, the St. Regis Maldives is the ideal Christmas holiday for Middle Eastern families.  

The private island resort will celebrate its first festive season by inviting guests to enjoy an abundance of Christmas activities whilst enjoying the pristine white-sand beaches of Vommuli Island.

Kicking off the celebrations on December 23rd, the ultra-luxury resort will hold a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Vommuli House from 5pm-6pm.

On Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy The St. Regis’ signature beverages, live DJ and saxophonist whilst watching the sunset at the iconic Whale Bar.

Just a quick stroll across the beach to Alba restaurant, guests can tuck in to a Christmas Eve feast with live cooking stations and the finest selection of grape. They will also be joined by Unoosha, the island nation’s much-loved leading vocalist who will provide a live performance on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The excitement of Christmas Day will be heightened for all children with the arrival of Santa Claus at Vommuli Island from 10am until noon.

Guests can then indulge in a Christmas Day lunch at the resort’s beach front restaurant, Alba, where they can enjoy a delicious three-course Mediterranean menu with an Asian twist.

To continue the festive spirit, a gourmet, five-course dinner will be prepared by Executive Chef Ayyoub Salameh at the resort’s underground cellar, Decanter. The chef and sommelier will host the dinner from 7pm to 11pm on the 25thDecember, and introduce each course and the grape chosen to accompany it.

To limit the holiday damage, guests can take part in an invigorating aqua cardio workout at the Iridium Spa’s, Blue Hole pool on Boxing Day. There is also an opportunity to experience a moonlight meditation session with the in-house yoga instructor.

On December 31st, the resort will host a beachfront New Year’s Eve dinner from 8:30pm until 11:30pm at their signature restaurant, Alba. Guests can then enjoy an unforgettable firework show at midnight whilst dancing away to live music by a Maldivian singer and DJ.

Get spooky at WAFI this Halloween

Trick or treating, storytelling, cash prizes and more to be experienced at WAFI’s Halloween Bash!

A range of events will take place to create a truly spooky experience at WAFI. The Halloween Bash will include activities for all the family, such as trick or treating, storytelling, costume competitions, arts and crafts and much more!

Located in the main atrium of Wafi Mall, the spooky experience will be free for all visitors to enjoy an ethereal environment from 2pm – 9pm on 27th and 28th October. Children can enjoy trick or treating at participating outlets throughout the mall or simply engage in arts and crafts and face painting. Mystical stories will be told for those little ones who are in for a scare and a giggle. What’s more, mall visitors of all ages can look forward to winning cash prizes based on their eccentric costumes. Participants of the costume competition can gear up in their creepiest attires where two winners will be chosen on each day with a chance to take home a cash prize of AED 1,000 each.

Scary characters will be roaming throughout the mall on these two days and those who dare to take a selfie with them can also win WAFI vouchers and cash prizes worth up to AED 2,000. Visitors can take part in this social media competition by simply posting their best pictures with these characters on Instagram and following the simple steps to WIN! In addition to all the spooky activities, ARTE The Makers’ Market will be at WAFI for the first time on 28th October! Visit the market for a selection of unique handmade products of all kinds from 10am to 8pm.

It’s a Halloween Bash for all at WAFI; little visitors can dress up in their scariest costumes along with the grownups to enjoy this free event. Visit for more information


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (22 October 2017) – Ronda Locatelli, by Michelin Star Chef, Giorgio Locatelli, launches a new night, taking place every Tuesday from 6pm until late. Inspired by the celebrity chef’s recently launched cookbook, Made at Home, the dishes are transported from page to plate, allowing guests to experience a three-course menu for just AED195 per person, accompanied by live music.

The rustic, warm and inviting restaurant, located within The Avenues, is the ideal location for friends and families to enjoy a delicious array of authentic Italian food. Diners can relish a selection of Ronda Locatelli’s signature starters from the Beef Carpaccio served with Rocket leaves and aged Grana Padano cheese or a creamy fresh Burrata. Followed by a choice of seven main courses, including the Pan-Fried Fillet of Cod, Pizza baked in a wood oven, and a 12-hour slow cooked Lamb accompanied with rosemary sauce and soft Polenta. To finish off, guests can enjoy a trio of three desserts including, Tiramisu, a scoop of Gelato, and Cassata; a Ricotta Mousse served with a Pistachio Sponge.

Guests will be kept entertained all evening with the wistful and elegant notes from Jazz singer, Irina and her accompanying pianist, Maci.

For more information or to reserve a table, email or call 04 426 2626.

Taco Tuesdays At Waka

Mid-week blues? Waka Restaurant and Bar has the perfect solution! Your post-work fix, Taco Tuesdays offers unlimited tacos (you heard that right!), paired with a delightful signature margarita. Every Tuesday, from 8-10pm, choose from a selection of gourmet tacos, prepared with a unique twist, for only AED150 per person. What better way to lift your spirits than all-you-can-eat tacos on a Tuesday evening?

Taco Tuesdays at Waka

Date & Time: Every Tuesday, from 8-10pm

Package: AED150 (unlimited tacos & one signature Waka margarita)


About Waka:

Offering a relaxed and immersive space for patrons to unwind and enjoy their dining experience, Waka’s aim is to create an unforgettable dining experience where guests are immersed into a stunning atmosphere and can enjoy creative and innovative food and drinks, inspired by the best flavours of Latin America with an Asian twist. Set to take Dubai’s gastronomic scene to a fiery new level, Waka brings with it a unique interpretation of the magic and culinary traditions of Latin America. Creating a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Waka is set to shake up your dining routine.


Located at The Oberoi, Dubai (Lobby level)

Opening times: Saturday to Tuesday from 6pm to 12am;

Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm – 1:30am;

Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30am

For reservations:

Contact number: 04 444 1455

Email: reservations 


Facebook: @WakaDubai

Instagram: @WakaDubai


Freedom Pizza is giving away tickets for the Fiesta de Los Muertos Concert

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 19 October 2017: If music lovers needed another reason to order from Freedom Pizza, then here it is. The home-grown UAE pizza company will be giving away tickets worth AED 350 per person, for the Fiesta de Los Muertos Concert at Autism Rocks Stadium, for anyone who makes an order online or from the app from Friday 20th to Monday 23rd October 2017. The night has an amazing line up of acts from the Gorillaz, Stormzy, Chemical Brothers and Carly Rae Jepsen.

All music fans have to do to obtain this awesome offer is to purchase one of Freedom’s deliciously healthy food items from either the slick, user friendly website and app. A banner will appear after your order and an email will be sent detailing how to redeem the ticket from the 117 Live website. This amazing giveaway will only be one ticket per order, meaning this weekend is now the perfect month for you and your friends to order pizza. For those Freedom Fans who have already got tickets, have no fear you won’t be missing out on the pizza action. Freedom Pizza will be a part of the designated F&B area at the arena and will be serving its tasty and organic menu items.

Freedom Pizza makes honest food with organic produce from Greenheart Organic Farms, using multigrain pizza dough for the base, and for those who are Vegan, Vegetarian or Gluten free, Freedom’s got your back. Freedom is knowing exactly where the ingredients comes from and how they are made, from production to the ride. Freedom is committed to food integrity and quality, and supporting local businesses creating relationship that are personal.


Thailand, October 2017 – Three Banyan Tree Spas in Thailand have won the Award of Excellence for Health Tourism at the prestigious biannual 11th Thailand Tourism Awards 2017 organised by Tourism Authority of Thailand.  Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary garnered Award of Excellence for Health Tourism – Health & Wellness Destination (Nationwide), Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok received Award of Excellence for Health Tourism – Hotel/Resort Spa (Central Region) and Banyan Tree Spa Samui achieved Award of Excellence for Health Tourism – Hotel/Resort Spa (Southern Region).

Thailand Tourism Awards are designed to raise Thailand’s industry standards and recognise companies and individuals that have contributed to advancing a positive image of the Thai travel and tourism sector, established as one of the country’s key socio-economic development pillars. The Awards are unique in that they meet very specific criteria that link a high-quality tourism product with exemplary standards of service and facilities to the broader goals of national development, including culture, heritage and the environment.

The Judging Committee consists of specialists and experts from various sectors related to tourism. The judging criteria requires applicants to highlight how they are helping to conserve the country’s natural resources, mitigating climate change, contributing to economic and social development, practising good governance and innovation.

“We are honoured that our three Banyan Tree Spas located in Thailand are the distinguished winners of Thailand Tourism Awards 2017 Award of Excellence this year. These awards are fine testimonies of Banyan Tree Spa’s strong brand recognition and service quality, as well as the result of our core focus on the rigorous training and development of our spa therapists at Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, so as to ensure a high level of consistency in our service delivery,” says Ms Kingkarn Olarngarnjanin, Assistant Vice President/Executive Director of Banyan Tree Spa & Gallery.

When Banyan Tree Spa first opened in Phuket, Thailand in 1994, it pioneered the tropical garden spa concept with its Asian therapies and holistic focus on spiritual, mental and physical harmony. Like the tropical and sacred tree from which it got its name, the Banyan Tree Spa offers guests a Sanctuary for the Senses – a place for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. To achieve this, the spa focuses on a non-clinical and holistic approach based on traditional Asian healing therapies. It emphasises a ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates the human touch and the use of natural herbs and spices.

Today, Banyan Tree Spa continues to raise the bar in the evolving spa and wellness industry, strengthening its brand presence in the global spa scene and amongst global travellers. With close to 600 spa awards and accolades, the intuitive art of touch is the key to its expansion and global footprints, growing from one Banyan Tree Spa in 1994 to become one of the largest spa operators in Asia today.

Banyan Tree Phuket Spa Sanctuary
Nestled near the tranquil shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, a boutique pool villa resort, marks the first resort conceptualised and managed exclusively by Banyan Tree Spa. Fourteen luxurious Spa Pool Villas offer a peaceful retreat from which to create tailor-made wellness experiences infused with spa elements, healthy cuisine, award-winning spa treatments and wellness activities.

Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok
Banyan Tree Bangkok features one of the city’s most exclusive spa experiences perched atop the bustling central business district. The spa sets to dazzle guests with a total of 16 well-appointed treatment rooms spanning three levels from the Spa Reception at the 21st floor to the 19th floor. A unique Bamboo ‘garden’ designed to spark the spirit with a flow of crystal reflections greets harried guests with a sense of peace upon arrival at Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok.

Banyan Tree Spa Samui
Tightly clustered on a private hill cove within the scenic Lamai Bay, Banyan Tree Spa Samui rests on a hill cascading into sapphire waters preceded by a white sand beach. Boasting the first comprehensive hydrothermal circuit on the island, The Rainforest is an innovative hydrothermal experience infused with time-honoured Asian wellness philosophy. The Rainforest at Banyan Tree Spa Samui is the Group’s first in Thailand.


Where: Hunters Room & Grill

When: Every Wednesday night

Time: 7pm onwards

Price: 50% off the Huntress menu for women dining together with complimentary free-flowing house wine. Plus one free drink at Oeno wine bar after dinner


The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina’s steakhouse, Hunters is launching a new night for the ladies who like to eat!


Huntress, taking place every Wednesday night from 7pm offers 50% off the Huntress menu as well as free-flowing complimentary house wine all night for ladies dining together.


With a menu featuring signature starters, and mains including Tuna Tartare Crispy Calamari, Lobster Thermidor and of course our mouth-watering steaks; followed by a delectable selection of deserts like Crème Brulee, Chocolate mousse and fruit sorbet – it’s not for the fair hearted!