Going out: Urban Experience at the Movenpick Hotel in JLT

Jay Asser 12/07/2016
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Venue can accommodate 300 guests while there are private booth areas.

The European Championships and Wimbledon just concluded in exciting fashion, but there’s plenty of sport still left this summer to catch at one of Dubai’s premier dining venues, Urban Bar & Kitchen.

Located at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, UBK has quickly become a fan favourite in the emirate since opening in 2013.

If you missed out on enjoying the venue’s fun-loving atmosphere during the Euros, fear not because there are still a number of major sporting events coming up, including but not limited to The Open Championship, Test cricket, Formula One grand prix and of course, the Olympics.

UBK can accommodate up to 300 guests indoors and in the air conditioned tent, while boasting a whopping 23 screens and two HD projectors to watch the action on. There are even three newly-renovated private booth areas with each offering premium viewing for the ultimate fan experience.

It wouldn’t be a viewing party without UBK’s extensive selection of food and beverages.

Share a platter of tasty pub food such as loaded nachos or crispy wings with friends, family and colleagues, or grab a gourmet burger, with the local favourite starting from Dh65.

For seafood lovers, the pot of fresh mussels cooked in your choice of broths is a must-try and will have you coming back for more.

Wash it all down with cold drinks, including a buck-load promotion of five bottles for Dh130, or a selected beverages for Dh25.

Happy hour runs from 20:30 to 22:30 daily and the price is as low as Dh19 on selected beverages.

If you’re looking for things to do outside of watching sport, UBK always has something going on throughout the week. Take part in quiz night on Mondays with Big Rossi from Virgin Radio for the chance to walk away with prizes like brunch for eight (worth Dh2,400).

Ladies night is on Wednesday, bringing a mix of music, free drink deals and even a live violin act.

Friday Brunch is the place to be when the weekend hits, with a live band and all you can drink on selected beverages from 15:30 to 18:30 for Dh175.

When the weather does get cooler in the next few months, this turns into a BBQ Brunch in the outdoor garden. UBK is open from 12:30 to 03:00 daily.

Visit www. movenpick.com/jumeirah-lakestowers for more information and call 04 438 0000 for reservations.

Head to UBK this summer for all the hottest sporting events and for a fun night out, regardless of the occasion.

What: Urban Bar & Kitchen

Where: Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, Dubai

When: Open daily from 12:30 to 03:00

Contact: Visit www.movenpick. com/jumeirah-lakes-towers

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Going Out: Maxtalent Global Sports’ cricket camp will knock you for six

Denzil Pinto 11/07/2016
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Pathway to success: A number of UAE internationals have emerged from Maxtalent’s summer camps.

There’s no reason for budding cricketers to feel bored this summer with fun coaching sessions and activities lined up at Maxtalent Global Sports’ camp.

After launching in 2006, it is one of the oldest cricket academies in the country and they certainly know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in the sport, having produced a number of players who’ve represented the UAE national team across different age groups.

And MGS’ experienced coaches will continue to pass on their knowledge to youngsters during the on-going camp until August 27. Al Nasr Sports Club in Dubai, home of MGS, will host the outdoor sessions every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday between 17:00 and 18:30, while the indoor camp will be held at Cover Drive Academy in Al Quoz, with dates and timings still to be finalised.

“We are celebrating our 10th anniversary and we are pleased to have reached this milestone,” said Sudhakar Shetty, head coach of MGS. “Our outdoor sessions have been really popular, with more than 40 children attending. We’ll also have another edition of the two-day Indoor Max Super Big Bash at Cover Drive Academy and this is a great opportunity for people to test themselves in a fun and competitive environment.”

Besides just learning and developing their fielding, batting and bowling skills, Shetty insists there’s plenty of other elements that the kids will learn.

What, where and when?

  • What: Maxtalent Global Sports’ Summer Camps
  • Where: Al Nasr Sports Club and Cover Drive Academy, Dubai
  • When: On-going until August 27th
  • Contact: For registration or more information call 04 283 1705

“It’s not just all about cricket,” he said. “The youths will do a lot of fitness drills because that’s very important, while they will also be able to do yoga and team-building. We will also be visiting the Shyam Bhatia museum in Dubai where they can be inspired by the memorabilia of signed shirts and bats by some of the legends. The idea of this camp is to keep them engaged during the summer.

“Technology and computer games can be a easy distraction for children but our camp allows them to have fun and be active at the same time. We have many activities here that not many people offer in the UAE.”

Open to all abilities, Shetty insists there’s plenty of advantages by signing up.

“If parents are working during the holidays, this camp is the perfect solution. They will not have to worry about their children sitting at home as they can have a lot of fun playing cricket, while also meeting new friends.”

“There are new people who attend every year and that’s great to see because it shows our camp is highly-regarded and that kids are really enjoying themselves.”

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Going out: Battle for supremacy at hard rock cafe

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Delightful: The venue has multiple TV screens and a superb menu to entertain fans.

Today’s the day when European supremacy will be decided between Portugal and France, with Hard Rock Cafe providing the perfect setting to watch the thrilling football unfold.

The iconic venue is located in Festival City and is the largest Hard Rock Cafe located outside of the U.S. since opening in 2012.

Boasting 2,700 square metres of space, the location has plenty of room to host a live screening of the Euro 2016 final tonight (23:00).

Catch the stars in action as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal clash with Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann’s France, the host nation of the tournament.

No matter which side you support, Hard Rock Cafe will have an electric atmosphere to watch the match with your friends, family and colleagues.

The bar can accommodate over 300 seated guests, with a large television screen on the stage and 14 other TVs on the main floor. There’s even an outdoor terrace, which has two TVs, and a VIP Lounge with three TVs, meaning you’ll never miss a moment regardless of the area you choose to watch from.

As you cheer on the players, make sure to refuel with delicious food and cold beverages.

Hard Rock Cafe’s menu features a wide variety, including classic starters like nachos and spring rolls, entrees like fajitas and fish & chips, as well as burgers, salads, grilled meat and deserts to satisfy that sweet tooth.

“Our world famous menu features a wide variety of tasty options including our mouth-watering Legendary burger, refreshing salads, and house made entrees infused with the non-stop energy of Dubai,” said a Hard Rock Café spokesperson.

“No matter what you are in the mood for, our menu is sure to satisfy.”

Even after the Euros are over, there’s plenty of reason to return as Hard Rock Cafe has two Rock Shops with cool souvenirs and collectibles, as well as entertaining live performances on their stage.

Hard Rock Cafe is open daily from noon until 02:00, with the Rock Shop opening earlier at 10:00 and live music beginning at 20:30.

For more information, visit www.hardrock.com/dubai, and call 04 232 8900 for reservations. Experience the Euro final in a great atmosphere and be a witness to history on the football pitch tonight.

What: Euro 2016 final viewing

Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Festival City, Dubai

When: Sunday night beginning at 23:00

Contact: Visit www.hardrock.com/dubai and call 04 232 8900 for reservations

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