People, places and things on our hot list this week.
M is all about: treasures, flowers and tea
The Treasures of the World's Cultures exhibition
Marvel at human culture and history at The Treasures of the World's Cultures exhibition on Saadiyat Island. The exhibition of more than 250 artefacts from the collection of the British Museum, the Al Ain National Museum, the Sharjah Archaeology Museum and the private collection of Abdulrahem Al Sayed Al Hashemi is not to be missed.
Through July 17, daily from 10am-8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District, www.artsabudhabi.ae
We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah. In celebration of the greatest pop group ever, Harvey Nichols will play host to the Beatles Story attraction. The Hidden Gallery, as part of a travelling exhibition, contains recently discovered photos of the group as well as four original Madame Tussauds waxworks. The Harvey Nichols window displays that showcase archival footage, music and graphics are sure to be a talking point.
From May 3 for six weeks, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, www.malloftheemirates.com
The André Meyerhans exhibition
The Swiss artist André C Meyerhans, known as an architect and jewellery designer, designed the Garhoud Bridge in Dubai, which won the MEED award in 2010. One of the highlights of this exhibition will be the Meyerhans Masharabia Cube, a geometrical structure with a dynamic and perpetual pattern. It follows the principle of kufi, which resembles early Islamic calligraphy.
May 2-15, Toby Arts, Block 1, Warehouse 11, Al Quoz, close to Al Serkal Avenue. 04 380 5292, www.urtoby.com
With summer around the corner, the wedding season can't be far away. If, like us, you have become frustrated at the lack of gift choices, don't despair. MyList.ae is the UAE's first online gift registry, allowing you to create online gift lists for weddings, birthdays and new babies - or for special occasions such as Eid, Diwali or Christmas. The service is free, with no commission or joining fees, and boasts an impressive 40 partner brands and 10 partner stores from which to select your gifts. With categories such as homewares, baby and child, and fashion and accessories, this is the ideal solution for those having a baby, getting married abroad or celebrating a special occasion. Simply create your list, email the link, and wait to receive your gift vouchers to start shopping. Voilà!
Hidden gem: Artteas
The latest treasure in Abu Dhabi's Central Market is a tea shop like no other we've seen in the UAE. Walking into the place transported us all the way to the Far East as we delighted in the shop's high ceilings, dim lighting and clean design. We were overwhelmed by the sheer quantities of tea available for sale, and loved the tea pots, cups and accessories, which would be great gifts for any tea lover. After much deliberation we settled on a small bag of rose black tea, which we enjoy in the morning for a bit of caffeine, and queen peony white tea, for a relaxing end to the day.
Central Market, ground floor, 02 682 2679, www.artteas.com
Spider long legs
The hotter weather has arrived, and we can't think of a better way to enjoy it than by letting our legs see the light. These pale pink brocade shorts from Ted Baker are at the top of our list of things to buy for our summer holiday. Paired with a white T and woven sandals, they would work perfectly for the day, and could easily transition into the night with statement earrings and a tucked-in, buttoned-up shirt. Be sure to keep your limbs tanned for a dramatic contrast.
Dh550, Ted Baker, Marina Mall, 02 681 4711; Dubai Mall, 04 434 0623; and elsewhere
Say it with flowers
We love the way flowers brighten up the house, not to mention their value in matters of the heart and as a gift for a hostess. But we've often been let down by the limp and boring selections at the supermarket, so we're thrilled to have discovered Jeneen Flowers in the growing neighbourhood around the Al Mamoura Building in the capital. The affable Syrian owner, Zhudi Warda, and his staff create stunning arrangements using stems ranging from carnations, daisies and greenery to exotic amaryllis, anthuriums and more. We're now loyal customers.
Jeneen Flowers, arrangements from Dh50, Qrar Real Estate building, Street 3 behind Muroor Road near 15th Street, 02 445 5424