Friday - - Editor's Letter -

Iwill con­fess that this week­end’s cover story strikes a spe­cial chord with me: I’ve been a bit laid­back in my ef­forts to ex­plore Al Ain from my home in Dubai, so when Sil­via Radan sug­gested we take a closer look at the UAE’s ’green city,’ I couldn’t wait to find out more. While it’s al­ways struck me as a lovely place, I wasn’t en­tirely sure of what to visit once I com­pleted the drive down the E66.

What we found is the source of much of the UAE’s his­tory, and many ways to ex­plore it this sea­son. It’s all kick­ing off this month with events de­signed to show­case the coun­try’s cul­ture and her­itage. We’ve put to­gether a list of what to see and do, along with an indepth guide to the key his­tor­i­cal sights, on page 25. It will make you want to hop in the car and tackle the leg­endary round­abouts this week­end – when you do go, send us your pic­tures as we’d love to share them. And if you al­ready live in (or know and love) Al Ain, then share your tips for out-of-town­ers in our Story Tell­ers fea­ture.

This is with­out a doubt the best time to be in the UAE, with more events than we can list in our Week­end Guide (which is why we cu­rate the best ones for you each week). Case in point: Global Vil­lage this week kicks off its 22nd sea­son; by the time it wraps up in April next year, there will have been 12,000 per­for­mances at the cul­tural theme park-car­ni­val­shop­ping fair. (The colos­sal num­ber of leather jack­ets and jars of Ye­meni honey sold dur­ing the pe­riod is un­count­able.) Shreeja Ravin­dranathan rounds up the new­est ad­di­tions on page 19.

Our in-depth guide to Al Ain will make you want to hop in the car and tackle the leg­endary round­abouts this week­end

Even fash­ion ed­i­tor Lind­say Judge gets in on events sea­son with her stylish look at what to wear at the con­certs com­ing up in the next few months – whether you’re wav­ing your arms in the air at Ed Sheeran (yes, he’s con­firmed he’s com­ing de­spite fall­ing off his bike) or rais­ing your opera glasses to watch bal­let mas­ter­pieces at the Opera House. Turn to page 34.

Then again, maybe you just want to stay in, do the cross­word and have a fish fin­ger sand­wich. No prob­lem – we’ve even got a be-good-to-your­self ver­sion on page 45, cour­tesy of well-be­ing guru James Duigan’s new book.

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