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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Hit List: Pro wrestling lessons, slick salon, beachside bliss and more

Your weekend mantra includes your ticket to wrestling glory, a luxury hair salon and an immersion in anime

The elegant Buddha-Bar Beach is now open at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Courtesy St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
The elegant Buddha-Bar Beach is now open at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Courtesy St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Buddha bliss by the beach

The first permanent Buddha-Bar Beach opened at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort at the end of April and it offers suitably fancy mixed drinks and excellent (but pricey) Asian food. While it may have some strange and arbitrary rules (for no understandable reason you must enter via the main door and trek through the incredibly cold interior rather than using the multiple paths that lead up to the terrace from the beach), when you kick back, feet in the sand and watch a crimson sun drop behind the horizon with the best raspberry sorbet we’ve ever tried cooling your temper, all is forgiven. Opening hours are 5pm to 1am, Saturday to Wednesday, 5am to 2am, Thursday to Friday. www.buddhabarbeachabudhabi.com

Summer slam with warriors of the ‘squared circle’

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, JUNE 24, 2016. Arabian Knight, in white, fights Crimson Cage. Dubai Pro Wrestling Championship League, a weekly event featuring matches between national and international professional wrestlers, has kicked off on 17 June at Dubai Sports World. Photo: Reem Mohammed / The National (Reporter: Paul Radley / Section: SP) Job ID 78561 *** Local Caption *** RM_20160624_WRESTLING_005.JPG
Reem Mohammed / The National

If you thought you needed to travel to the United States or Japan to learn to run the ropes like WWE’s Roman Reigns or NJPW’s Kenny Omega, you’re wrong – Dubai Pro Wrestling offers lessons right here in the UAE. Usually based at Just Play in Al Quoz, the warriors of the “squared circle” are spending the summer at Dubai Sports World at Dubai World Trade Centre. Group classes (5pm for children, 7pm for adults, Sunday and Tuesday) will teach you how to perform and take a body slam, and everything else you need to become the next Stone Cold Steve Austin or The Rock. If taking bumps isn’t your thing and you’d rather just get really fit, consider the Ring Warriors calisthenics workout, weekdays at 6pm. www.dubaiprowrestling.com

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Trevor Sorbie’s salon makes waves in Dubai

Courtesy Trevor Sorbie
Courtesy Trevor Sorbie

The Dubai Mall’s slick new Fashion Avenue extension could not be a more fitting home to the city’s newest big-name hair salon, Trevor Sorbie. Fitted out with lush greenery, industrial-chic fittings and its own chill-out room, this luxury salon means business. Sorbie, who has tended to the tresses of Helen Mirren and The Beatles, opened his first salon in the UAE in late April and has sent across some of his best hairdressers, so you know you’re getting top-of-the-range talent dealing with your locks. Be warned though that it can be a lengthy process. We wandered in at 7pm on a Thursday and after a balayage and cut, we weren’t out of the door until midnight. However, for one of Sorbie’s signature edgy yet wearable looks, it was worth every minute. Daily 10am to midnight, 04 388 8440, trevorsorbie.com

Anime that packs a punch

Now that it’s Ramadan and we have a bit more time on our hands, we’ve been flipping through Netflix to see what’s on. Giving the anime genre a try, the show One Punch Man offered an option so entertaining that we were easily able to binge through the 12 24-minute episodes that made up season one. The show is witty and easily addictive. One Punch Man follows the story of Saitama, a very strong superhero, who has grown bored of being able to beat opponents with just one punch. His quest to find a more worthy opponent leads to some very interesting scenarios. One Punch Man is available for streaming on Netflix.

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