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Inaugural cricket tournament at AESGC’s Rugby Ground

The inaugural Al Ain Cricket Association Twenty20 tournament resumes this weekend with matches taking place on Thursday July 30 from 9pm; on Friday, July 31 matches will be at 8am, 6pm and 9pm and on Saturday August 1, play will begin at 6pm and 9pm on the brand new pitch within the Al Ain Amblers’ Rugby ground.

This dawn of a new era for cricket in Al Ain sees 12 teams from Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ajman bat it out over the coming weeks with the final game of the tournament taking place on August 15.

Spectators are invited to watch the matches, and drinks and snacks will be available from the Amblers’ Restaurant in the rugby clubhouse. For details contact 052 7766461.

Summertime at the Zoo

The Zoo’s opening times until the end of September are from 4pm to 10pm. Mayo the new baby hippo who was born in June and had his debut to the public over the Eid holiday is one of the current star attractions to look out for.

Summertime at the Zoo

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has accepted new students to the Foundation Year Accelerated Programme.

Amenah Al Balushi, Director of the Admissions Department, welcomed the students to UAEU and wished them well in their studies. She described the programme, which is part of UAEU’s plan to reduce the number of students enrolling in the Foundation Year. The programme includes foundational courses in Arabic and Mathematics. Students will be tested in these courses and then evaluated to decide whether or not they need to enroll. Students in this programme have achieved high marks in the CEPA exam; exceeding 180, with at least 500 in TOEFL or a band 5 in IELTS.

Passing the programme requires taking two exams: the first is Mathematics, which is divided into two tests. The first test is in algebra and the second test is in trigonometry.

Students should obtain at least 60 per cent in algebra and 50 per cent in trigonometry. A pass in the Arabic language exam requires 60 per cent.

Students who pass the tests will be exempt from the Foundation Program, and will join their specialisations directly. Students who do not pass will attend the Foundation Year Accelerated Programme, which runs until August 13th.

Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club serves a Buffet Lunch from 12.30pm to 4.30pm for Dh85 and, in the evening, Al Rikab hosts Khaleeji Night from 10.00pm to 3.30am: free entrance for ladies and a special drink; Dh50 entrance for gents including a beverage.

Weekend brunch with soft drinks in Elements at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana: 12.30pm to 4pm, Dh119++. Also, Flavours from the East in Elements from 7pm to 11pm, inclusive of soft drinks: Dh111++.

Le Belvedere at Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet serves Seafood for lunch (12.30 to 4pm) and dinner (7pm to 10.30) both for Dh145. Over at Lawrence Bar, same hotel, it’s Ladies Night with buy one, get one offers.

Moroccan buffet night in the Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel. 7pm to 11pm Dh99++.

Saturday Brunch in Elements at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana from 12.30pm to 4pm: including pool access: Dh150++ for adults and Dh75++ for children aged between six and 12. Also, Flavours from the West in Elements from 7pm to 11pm; Dh111++ including soft drinks.

Ray & Shaapy Moroccan Night in Al Rikab Restaurant, AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am. Free entrance for ladies plus a drink; Dh50 including a drink for gents.

Sedra Restaurant in Ayla Bawadi Hotel serves Around the World in 20 Dishes for Dh80 from noon to 5pm. There is also a weekly draw for exciting prizes and diners will receive a goodie bag.

Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet serves Mediterranean buffet for lunch (12.30pm to 3.30pm) and dinner (7pm to 10.30pm) for Dh115 each. Plus, hoteliers Night in Lawrence Bar: 50 per cent discount off total bill on presentation of Hotel ID.

Teachers’ and Nurses’ Brunch in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 12.30pm to 3.30pm for Dh149++ including free access to the pool. Arabian Night in Moodz, same hotel, from 10.30pm to 3am.

Retro Rock Night in Paco’s at Hilton Al Ain from 9pm onwards.

Mega Mix night in Blue Velvet, Ain Al Faida One to One: 11pm to 3am. Dh50 entrance for men including one drink. Free entrance plus a drink for ladies.

Dom Tak Night in Al Rikab Restaurant, AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am. Free entrance and a drink for ladies; Dh75 and a drink for gents.

Greek Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Dh149++.

DJ Party at the Duck Lake, Ain Al Faida, One to One Hotel: Free entrance and a free drink for ladies; Dh50 for men including a drink. 11pm to 3am. Also Hip Hop & R&B Night in Blue Velvet, same hotel from 11pm to 3am. Dh50 entrance for men including a free drink. Ladies free.

Family Monday in Palm Greens Restaurant, AESGC’s Golf Club from 5pm to 9pm, with 25 per cent discount on F&B for families.

Pizza & Pasta Night in Luce at Danat Al Ain Resort from 7pm. Dh145++.

It’s Teachers’ Night at the Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel. A special international buffet from 6pm to 11pm for Dh73++.

Bingo Night in Paco’s at Hilton Al Ain from 7pm onwards.

Arabic Night with Jamal in Lawrence Bar at Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet.

BBQ & Steak Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 11.30pm: Dh168++.

Members’ Tuesday in the Golf Club’s Palm Greens Restaurant from 7am to 11pm with 25 per cent discount on F&B for Golf Club Members.

Quiz night in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain Resort from 7pm. Also, Asian Night in Arabesque from 7pm for Dh125++.

Serata Italiana Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 11.30pm for Dh149++.

The Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel hosts Candles Night – romantic dining for Dh90++. 7pm to 11pm.

Latin Nights in Paco’s at Hilton Al Ain from 9pm onwards

Moroccan Night in Glass House, Ain Al Faida One to One: 9pm onwards. Dh50 for buffet.

Moroccan Night in Al Rikab Restaurant, AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am. Free entrance and a drink for ladies and Dh50 including a free drink for gents.

Indian Curry Night for Dh35 in Amblers Restaurant at the Rugby Club from 6pm to 10pm and Quiz Night with DJ Chalkie from 8pm.

Sushi Night at Palm Greens Restaurant, AESGC from 6.30pm to 10.30pm; Dh75.

Trattoria Italiano in Luce at Danat Al Ain Resort from 7pm: Dh99++.

Seafood Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 11.30pm: Dh195++.

Mediterranean Night in Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel from 7pm to 11pm. Dh105++.

Filipino Night in Lawrence Bar, Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet.

Ladies Night in Paco’s at Hilton Al Ain from 9pm onwards.

Mega Mix night in Blue Velvet, Ain Al Faida One to One: 11pm to 3am. Dh50 entrance for gents, including a drink. Free for ladies.

Lebanese Night in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am. Dh100.

Seafood Night in Elements, Hili Rayhaan by Rotana from 7pm to 11pm. Dh149++.

Family Dining Night in Amblers Restaurant at the Rugby Club, AESGC from 5.30pm with 20 per cent discount on food.

Seafood Night in Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel from 7pm to 11pm. Dh139++.

Romantic special menu dinner in Lawrence Bar, Mercure Grand, Jebel Hafeet.

July 30

Paco’s, Hilton Al Ain, is hosting a Rock Night on July 30 from 9pm onwards.

Until July 31

Paco’s at Hilton Al Ain is staging an a la carte burger challenge promotion from 7pm onwards. ‘Eat free if you can finish your burger’ is the challenge – otherwise, it’s Dh99! In Casa Romana there is an a la carte Ramadan special dinner being served from 7pm to 11pm.

August 1 to 5

Pizza promotion at Aquarius, Al Ain Rotana: mini, bite sized bases with a choice of toppings. And, in Trader Vic’s, same hotel, there is a Caribbean fish promotion featuring a fusion of dishes from different cuisines running throughout the month. Meanwhile, in the hotel’s Atrium Café there is a cheesecake promotion.

Until August 27

The Kids’ Summer Camp is in full swing this month at the Hiltonia Recreation Club, Hilton Al Ain from midday to 7pm each day. Dh450 per week.

Throughout August

The Sundeck Tent at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana is open throughout the month - a place to chill out by the pool. There’s free entry and the tent is open from 7am to 1am the next morning. The hotel is also inviting guests to create their own ice cream for Dh21.55++ in the Sundeck Pool Cafe while, in the Hili Majlis Lobby Cafe, visitors will find there is a wide range of iced teas at Dh21.55++ available, to help beat the heat!


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