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  Ahead of the January 9 start to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Ali Khaled provides a guide to the tournament being held in Australia, where the UAE will be among the teams with big ambitions. >>  
  The UAE are optimistic about their chances of ending the year on a high after naming a sevens squad combining expatriate and Emirati players for the first time in years. >>  
  Starting today, the very easy process of snapping a photograph could very easily land you a round of golf with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose or Martin Kaymer. >>  
  World Superseries Finals offer Chinese badminton players one final slam in Dubai >>  
  Progress of Mena golfers in shade at UAE’s crossroad for Asian and European Tours >>  
  UAE women cricketers aim to strike hot at the GCC T20 tournament >>  
  Amir Khan dominates Devon Alexander: ‘I’ve earned my shot’ at Floyd Mayweather >>  
  It remains the defining image of Leg 2, perhaps of the Volvo Ocean Race so far. Nine days into the journey from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, two weeks before the leg ended, Team Vestas Wind ran aground on a reef nearly 300 nautical miles off the coast of Mauritius. >>  
  Manchester United had not won a competitive game under Louis van Gaal. They had lost 4-0 to League One’s MK Dons in the League Cup. They had drawn 0-0 with Burnley, who had calculated that, in their 132-year history, they had spent less on transfers than United paid for Angel Di Maria alone. >>  
  Thierry Henry, retiring from football, left imprint on Arsenal few footballers can match >>  
  NHL should put their trust into the legendary Wayne Gretzky >>  
  'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world' - Nelson Mandela  
UAE firefighters put through extreme tests with Jaheziya training programmes
UAE firefighters put through extreme tests with Jaheziya training programmes >>
Solar power picking up pace
Experts have welcomed a new ruling that will allow residents to install solar panels on the roofs of their homes and businesses and sell the energy generated back to the emirate’s power grid. >>
UAE keeps an eye on safety after Reem Island mall murder
The speed with which Abu Dhabi authorities identified and held the suspect in the Reem Island Mall stabbing at the start of this month highlights the robust security infrastructure of the country. >>
National service should be mandatory for women too, say Emirati high school students
Female Emirati high-school pupils have called for national service to be made mandatory for both sexes so that more women can have the chance to “defend our country”. >>
Crown Prince wingwalks over Dubai
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, posted a video on Saturday that shows him wingwalking over the city. >>
Gulf Capital to help Amana Healthcare with expansion
Gulf Capital has unveiled an investment in Amana Healthcare, with a view to helping the specialised care provider to expand across the UAE and the GCC. >>
Dubai expats want to bring out the fun in people through barbecuing
A chance meeting between two entrepreneurs dropping their children off at school has sparked an idea to create a network that helps bring fun and joy to people. >>
UAE residents warned to get home insurance
Residents preparing to travel abroad for the holidays need to ensure their home insurance coverage is sufficient to cover risks when leaving their property vacant for an extended period, according to Nexus Group, an independent financial adviser. >>
World Cup and Disney’s Frozen top UAE’s Google searches
The football World Cup in Brazil and Disney movie Frozen were among the year’s top internet search terms. >>
‘Serendipitous’ Al Wathba Wetland reserves are home to more than 4,000 flamingos
Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, a 45-minute drive from Abu Dhabi Island, provides a good overview of more than half the species of birds found in the UAE. >>
Elephant family to arrive in the UAE
The Ministry of Environment and Water has confirmed that it has placed an order for seven elephants from Zimbabwe. >>
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Film adaptation of Maha Gargash’s The Sandfish gets distributors
The film adaptation of the Emirati writer Maha Gargash’s best¬selling book The Sand Fish has secured a distribution deal. /encid/as3/opt/local_news_catch/offset/0
Catch Pakistan’s pioneering comic Saad Haroon, voted second-funniest man in the world, in Dubai
Pakistan’s Saad Haroon is the second-funniest man in the world. The title was bestowed on him at the American comedy club Laugh Factory’s first international competition in October, during which Haroon got more than 7,000 votes in a public poll, beating comedians from France, the UAE and Spain. Haroon, who has been touring in the United States, will perform at the Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha on Wednesday, December 17, in a show hosted by Dubai Laughing Comedy Club. /encid/as4/opt/local_news_catch/offset/10
Hazem Sharif crowned new Arab Idol in sparkling finale
The 21-year-old Syrian, Hazem Sharif, won the third season of MBC’s Arab Idol programme on Saturday, November 13 after amassing the most votes from a pan Arab television audience estimated at over 100 million people. /encid/as5/opt/local_news_catch/offset/10
Moscow City Ballet brings The Nutcracker to Emirates Palace
Just hours before the curtain went up for the first Dubai performance of Moscow City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the weekend, principal ballet mistress Ludmila Nerubashenko sat in the topmost row at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, her voice blaring through the speaker each time the principal dancer faltered. /encid/as6/opt/local_news_catch/offset/10
Louvre Abu Dhabi: raising the roof on history
How do you move what is essentially a giant overturned wok that weighs almost as much as the Eiffel Tower and has a span the length of two football pitches? /encid/as8/opt/local_news_catch/offset/15
Gyan and Stoch’s class enough for Al Ain to blank Baniyas
Luis Garcia, the Baniyas coach, has predicted that Al Ain will win the Arabian Gulf League title after his team were thrashed 3-0 at home by the Garden City Club last night. >>
Arabian Month at the Zoo

The Zoo has kicked-off its winter season with an interactive themed month celebrating Arabian wildlife and culture, allowing visitors to explore the region’s rich history through traditional performances, culinary treats and art work, alongside the Zoo’s Arabian species.

Each week spotlights a different grtoup of countries from the Arabian region, promoting the conservation and arid wildlife. This week, from December 11, the Zoo will showcase Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Jordan and Tunisia. The Zoo is open daily from 3.30pm to 8pm.

Lebanese night in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 11pm to 3.30am. Dh150.

Levant Night in Flavours at Hilton Al Ain from 7pm to 11pm: Dh125.

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

Moodz in the City in Moodz at the Al Ain Rotana from 11pm to 1am with special beverage deals and free entrance for ladies.

Taste of Thailand in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 11.30pm; Dh149++ including soft drinks.

Seafood Night with ‘drink for a Dirham’ in Arabesque at Danat Al Ain Resort from 7pm. Dh160++; Dh85++ for kids 6 to 12.

Lebanese Night in The Glass House, Ain al Faida One to One from 11pm to closing. Also, Arabic Night in Zaitounah, same hotel from 11pm to 3am.

Seafood Night in Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel from 7pm to 11pm. Dh130++.

Jazzy Brunch in Zest at Al Ain Rotana with live music by a saxophonist plus free-flow bubbles. Dh159++: from 12.30pm to 4pm.

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 10.30pm to 2.30am.

Brunch in Elements Restaurant at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana from 12.30pm to 3.30pm: Dh119++. Buy two get one free.

Brunch in Flavours Restaurant at Hilton Al Ain from 1pm to 4pm with live cooking stations and kids’ activities: Dh185 for adults; Dh85 for children.

Palm Green Restaurant at the Golf Club AESGC, offers Friday lunch with a range of enticing dishes. 11.30am to 4pm, Dh80.

The Ain Al Faida One to One offers a Taste of Beirut lunch in Glass House Restaurant from 2pm to 5.50pm: Dh99++. Oriental Night in the same outlet from 11pm.

Arabian Night, with ‘drink for a Dirham’ in Arabesque Gardens, Danat Al Ain Resort from 7pm. Dh125++. Also Karaoke Night in Horse & Jockey at the same hotel from 7pm to 9pm.

Hi Five Night in Al Ain Rotana’s Moodz from 7pm to 3am. Dh100 entrance for gents with two beverages and free entrance for ladies along with special beverages’ deals.

Moroccan buffet night at the Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel. 7pm to 11pm Dh111++.

Mediterranean Buffet Lunch in Le Belvedere Restaurant, Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet from 12.30pm to 4pm; Dh145.Also Mediterranean Buffet in the same restaurant from 7pm to 11pm: Dh145.

Moroccan and Khaliji Night from 11pm to 3am in Zaitounah at Ain Al Faida One to One.

In Shooters Restaurant at the Shooting Club, it’s Seafood Night from 7pm to 10.30pm. Dh135.

Teachers and Nurses Brunch in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 12.30pm to 3.30pm: 20 per cent discount plus free entrance to the pool for both professions. Dh149++ .

Brunch in Elements at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana from 12.30pm to 3.30pm: Dh119++. Buy two brunches get one free.

It’s Mexican Night in Palm Greens Restaurant at AESGC from 6pm to 10pm. Dh65 plus special beverages at Dh15.

In Al Rikab Restaurant at the Equestrian Club, AESGC, it’s Ladies Night from 10pm to 2am. Free entrance for ladies, with a beverage, and Dh50 entrance for gents including one beverage. Tex-Mex Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 11.30; Dh149++ including soft drinks.

Sports Night in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain Resort from 8.30pm and 1855 Black Angus Beef special.

Football Weekender in Moodz Al Ain Rotana from 3pm to 10.30pm: bucket deals.

Ladies Night from 5pm to closing in The Glass House at Ain Al Faida One to One.

Roast Night in Palm Greens Restaurant at AESGC’s Golf Club, from 6.30pm to 11pm. Dh75.

Sports Night in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain Resort from 8.30pm with 1855 Black Angus Beef special. Pinoy Party in Luce at same hotel from 7pm.

Football Weekender in Moodz, Al Ain Rotana from 3pm to 10.30pm with bucket deals.

Oriental night for ladies with two free drinks in Zaitounah, Ain Al Faida One to One: 11pm to 3am.

Arabic Night with a DJ in Luce at Danat Al Ain Resort from 11pm: Dh60 including 2 beverages. Also, Retro Night in Horse & Jockey in same hotel from 8.30pm.

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

BBQ and Steak Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana. Dh168++ including house beverages, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

It’s Teachers’ Night at the Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel. A special buffet from 6pm to 11pm for Dh69++.

Karaoke Night with prizes in The Glass House, Ain Al Faida, One to One from 9pm to closing.

Bingo in Paco’s at Hilton Al Ain from 8pm to 11pm.

Member’s Tuesdays in the Golf Club’s Palm Greens restaurant from 7pm to 11pm with 25 per cent discount on F&B for Golf Club Members Asian Night with ‘drink for a Dirham’ in Arabesque at Danat Al Ain Resort from 7.00pm. Dh125++, kids 6 to 12, Dh65++.

It’s Quiz Night in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain Resort with DJ Mike Greaves from 8.30pm. Also, Ladies Night in Luce at the same hotel from 11pm.

The Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel hosts Candles Night – romantic dining with piano background music for Dh88++. 7pm to 11pm.

Serata Italiana Night at Zest in Al Ain Rotana. Dh149++ including unlimited grape, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Skewer Night in Flavours at Hilton Al Ain from 7pm to 11pm: Dh125.

Arabian Night in Moodz, Al Ain Rotana from 10.30pm to 3am.

Palm Greens Restaurant at AESGC is serving a special Christmas Eve buffet from 7pm to 11pm for Dh95. Free for under-5s and half price for 5 to 12 year olds.

Zest in Al Ain Rotana has an international Christmas buffet and free-flow bubbly with entertainment and a visit from Santa from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Dh195++. In Min Zaman at the same hotel, there’s a Lebanese set menu with turkey and entertainment from 10pm to 2am: Dh195++.

There’s a Christmas seafood buffet in Flavours at Hilton Al Ain from 7pm to 11pm for Dh175.

Special Christmas Eve Buffet in Le Belvedere at Mercure Grand jebel Hafeet. Dh115.

Moroccan Night in Al Rikab Restaurant, AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 2am. Free entrance for ladies with a beverage and Dh100 for gents including two free beverages. Moroccan a la carte menu.

Christmas Eve buffet in Palm Greens restaurant, AESGC from 7pm to 11pm. Fh95 (children under 5 years free; children 5 to 12 half price).

A seasonal dinner is being held in Zaitounah, Al Ain Faida One to One from 7pm to 11pm for Dh99, followed by a party until 3.30am

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

A traditional Christmas buffet is served in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain for Dh99++ and, in Luce, same hotel, Christmas Eve buffet with a bottle of grape per couple is Dh149++ each.

In Ayla Restaurant at Ayla Hotel, there’s a Christmas Eve dinner from 7pm to 11pm for Dh119++. In Le Belvedere, Mercure Grand, jebel Hafeet, a special evening buffet is served from 7pm to 11pm for Dh115.

December 20

The three Wise Men riding camels will be making a grand entrance at Oasis Hospital’s car park on December 20 at 10am.

Looking Ahead to Christmas Day…

Christmas brunch in Flavours, Hilton Al Ain from 1pm to 4pm; Dh192 inclusive of soft drinks, Dh255 with house beverages.

Festive brunch with activities for kids in Arabesque at Danat Al Ain; Dh145++. Christmas buffet in Horse & Jockey; Dh99++ and Dinner in Luce including bottle of grape per couple for Dh149++ each.

Zaitounah at Ain Al Faida One to One hosts a festive brunch from 12.30 to 4pm for Dh99.

Zest in Al Ain Rotana is serving a special buffet from 12.30 to 4pm for Dh165; Dh195++ including malts and grapes. Children under 12, Dh99++.

Ayla Restaurant at Ayla Hotel is serving a Christmas brunch from noon to 4pm for Dh119++.

Festive family lunch is served in Palm Greens Restaurant at AESGC from noon to 4pm for Dh95. Children 5 to 12 half price, under-5, free.

Christmas family lunch in Al Rikab at AESGC, 12.30pm to 4.30pm; Dh95. Children 5-12 half price; under-5, free.

Special lunch buffet with gifts for kids from Santa in Le Belvedere, Mercure Grand, Jebel Hafeet for Dh115; 12.3pm to 4pm.


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