Every week the staff at The National bring you a list of their favourite discoveries in the UAE.
The Hit List : get a discount at Toni&Guy, discover the best hummus in the capital and more
Discounted beauty services
Toni&Guy has just opened its fourth UAE franchise at Dukes Dubai, on the Palm Jumeirah. It joins those already operating at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, DIFC and in Abu Dhabi’s Al Bandar precinct. The new salon offers the usual hair cutting, colouring, styling and hair extension services and also has a selection of men’s grooming services and beauty treatments on its menu. To celebrate the opening, the salon is offering 25 per cent off on appointments for cut and colour (when booked together) and eyelash extensions (previously Dh600, now Dh450), from now until the end of August. Complimentary valet parking is available too. Visit www.dukesdubai.com/beauty-fitness/toni-and-guy/
Get a taste of the best hummus in the capital
Those who live in the region are familiar with the Lebanese “hummus test” and how difficult it is to find good hummus in restaurants. Don’t roll your eyes just yet! Preparing this Levantine dip, considered a highlight of the Lebanese mezze, can be tricky and getting the right proportion of each ingredient is no easy feat. Where can you find the best hummus in Abu Dhabi? Mosaic. Located in the Embassies District, the restaurant serves authentic Lebanese cuisine, with hummus and baba ghanoush to die for. A plate of hummus is Dh23, hummus beiruti is Dh25 and baba ghanoush is Dh23. It is located at Guardian Towers off Rabdan Street. Opening Hours: 9am to midnight.
Delicious and healthy bites
Circle Café is quickly becoming a top choice as a lunch-order spot for the staff at The National. The sandwiches – the chicken and avo (Dh44) and the turkey and swiss (Dh42) are our favourites – they come in a bagel, wrap or sourdough, served with sides. Salads are popular among our gang as they are large and flavourful with generous, filling portions, but most importantly, they are not “mostly lettuce”. The Mexican Chicken (Dh54) is frequently ordered as well as the Goats Cheese Salad (Dh58), while The Family Salad (Dh58) comes with a plump piece of burrata, chicken and chunks of sweet pumpkin and beetroot. But the real star of the menu is the Oreo pudding (Dh28). Plus, they offer 30 per cent off when you order online at www.zomato.com. Locations in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Fitness at your fingertips
Whether you’re new to the gym scene or have been a fitness lover for most of your life, GuavaPass is a wonderful way to get the most of your workout while also discovering what fitness regimens work for you. The app is available in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and is connected to gyms, yoga studios and CrossFit boxes around each emirate. Participants can book their entire week or month of fitness workouts, four classes at a time, though just three times per month at the same venue. Members can sign up for a class or gym session up until an hour before the class starts (if it not yet full) through the website or do so on-the-go with the app. There is also the option to cancel a class without being charged, if done 12 hours in advance. Each membership lasts for 30 or 31 days, depending on the month. Visit www.guavapass.com for more information.
Convenient home share for Muslim families
While surfing the web recently looking for interesting tidbits, we stumbled across a couple of innovative concepts we think you might be interested in. Book Halal Homes and Muzbnb are home-sharing platforms that offer Muslim travelers across the world a comfortable place to stay when abroad. Book Halal Homes is based out of London, and has been around for a couple of years, while Muzbnb is a Washington-based start-up led by a so-called “team of adventure-preneurs”. Visit www.bookhalalhomes.com and www.muzbnb.com for more information.
Compiled by The National staff