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The Eco Heroes and the Plastic Planet by Colette Barr The third book in ‘The Eco-heroes’ series highlights how plastic is present in so many aspects of our daily lives. Filled with humour and enchanting illustrations, it touches on traditional culture, family and friendship, whilst delivering a clear message on plastic pollution and ocean conservation. When a group goes on a trip to the beach, their day out has some eye-opening consequences and they learn valuable lessons about why we all need to use less plastic. Save me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl Acclaimed food writer and…

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Set in London, this romantic comedy centres around a young woman named Kate (Emilia Clark). After a string of bad luck, Kate accepts a job as one of Santa’s elves in a Christmas-themed shop that stays open throughout the year. She meets Tom, played by Henry Golding, while on the job and a relationship –…

Nikki Beach

Friday fun

Make the most of your free time at our top beachfront hangouts 1. Saadiyat Beach ClubRelax on a sun-shaded terrace along this pristine stretch of beach and indulge in an al fresco feast of mouthwatering BBQ grills, live cooking stations, a seafood spread and a cheese bar, every Friday from 1-4pm. One of Abu Dhabi’s…

Baku old town

Best of Baku

Looking for a nearby destination to celebrate the National Day weekend? With its medieval town and fascinating culture, Baku makes for an intriguing break LOSE YOURSELF IN HISTORY After a three-hour flight, start your journey in Azerbaijan’s capital city in its Unesco-listed İçəri Şəhər or “old city” – a cobblestoned labyrinth of ancient mosques, mansions…

At the Movies

Aladdin UAE release date: 23 May 2019 Starring: Marwan Kenzari, Billy Magnussen, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Nasim Pedrad, Navid Negahban, Will Smith Disney’s latest live-action remake, filmed in Jordan, tells the story of a street urchin who finds a lamp with a genie inside. He uses the lamp to turn himself into a prince in…

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NEW ON THE SHELVES                 Will AI Replace Us? – Shelly Fan This well-balanced, comprehensive and engaging review surveys the development of Artificial Intelligence over the last 60 years and highlights the likely transformative effects of AI on society over the next few decades. Available from: Virgin Megastore…

Eid Breakaways

With Eid Al Fitr just around the corner, we’ve put together a quick guide for ideas to escape from the city.

At the Movies

UglyDolls UAE Release Date: 16 May 2019 Age restriction: PG – Suitable for kids over eight years old Starring: Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy (Voice of Kelly Clarkson) and her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved,…