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When lit­tle girls sing Aqua’s Nineties’ hit I’m a Bar­bie Girl, they will no longer mean fair, blonde, blue-eyed and size zero. The new Bar­bie Fash­ion­istas col­lec­tion’s re­al­is­tic dolls are a gi­ant step for­ward in nor­mal­is­ing tall, curvy and pe­tite body types. Hooray! Fifty-seven years af­ter Bar­bara Mil­li­cent Roger first hit the shelves, she has seven skin tones – African Amer­i­can, Latin, Asian etc.; 24 hair styles such as curly, wavy, red­head, even blue; and trendy, wear­able out­fits like shorts and flat boots – bet­ter late than never! Bar­bie is fi­nally the girl next door. From Dh69 on­, Toy Store and Ham­leys. Give lunch – the prince of meals – de­serv­ing royal at­ten­tion in­stead of rushed sand­wiches with Ar­mani/ Deli, Burj Khal­ifa’s Pronto Lunch menu of­fer­ing two cour­ses of tasty Ital­ian dishes for Dh130 and Dh160 for three. From 12-3pm glossy chess­board in­te­ri­ors of­fer a stylish respite from hec­tic week­days, serv­ing elab­o­rate seared tuna tomato br­uschetta, black ink baby squid risotto, veal esca­lope with wild mush­rooms etc., all molto rapido so you can ex­ploit measly lunch breaks. Call 04 888 3666 or email restau­rant.reser­va­tions@ ar­mani­ho­ – pronto!

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