LET’S FLY AWAY
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.