Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long Editor nlong@gulfnews.com

Ican’t be­lieve it, but it’s al­ready time to talk about Eid Al Fitr – well, if you are one of the lucky peo­ple plan­ning to take a mini-break next weekend. I’d be among you ex­cept that a) in the last 10 years, thanks to my last-minute ways, not once have I got­ten around to book­ing an Eid break in time, and b) I’ve been roped into paint­ing my apart­ment. Plus, I like how quiet the roads are on pub­lic hol­i­days, OK?

But if, like more or­gan­ised peo­ple at this time of year, you are look­ing to hop on a plane to spend the cel­e­bra­tory hol­i­day over­seas, it’s high time to start book­ing. We’ve done a lot of the leg­work for you in this weekend’s edi­tion, iden­ti­fy­ing the places that can be reached in un­der five hours’ flight time, and even find­ing out which air­lines do a red-eye flight so that you get max­i­mum time on the beach or in the city. Our band of well-trav­elled writ­ers has ze­roed in on the ex­act spots to de­liver what­ever it is you’re look­ing for – do you want to un­wind, or do you want to ex­plore? Turn to page 28.

For more hol­i­day in­spi­ra­tion, our col­league Sangeetha takes us on a jour­ney to mag­i­cal Ge­or­gia – home to moun­tains, beaches, cheese pas­tries and spooky ho­tels. Read all about her trip on page 64. But what about some­thing to do this weekend? If you’re fast­ing with your fam­ily, we rec­om­mend get­ting them in­volved in the kitchen. Jas­mine Ban­dali has cre­ated six recipes for chil­dren – and yes, there is a rain­bow dessert in there (make sure you share a pic­ture with us on In­sta­gram if you make it). Find them on page 54. If you think cook­ing for your guests is a chal­lenge, spare a thought for the vol­un­teers of the In­dian Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion here in Dubai – they pre­pare an iftar that feeds up to 5,000 peo­ple – yes, you read that right – every night. Fri­day was given per­mis­sion to go be­hind the scenes of how the special dish that they pre­pare is made, from scratch, on page 52. In case it had slipped your mind, this com­ing Wed­nes­day is Fa­ther’s Day in the UAE – don’t for­get to cel­e­brate with your dad.

On page 36, we’ve lined up some gifts, as well as ideas for fun ex­pe­ri­ences to do to­gether, from paint­balling to golf to sports cars. And not a sock or a soap-on-a-rope in sight.

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