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We have to admit we already filled our basket and are waiting for our delivery.

When we hear about the latest skincare and makeup releases and trends, we find it very hard to resist. Our latest excitement comes from what we think is the most clever launch by Cult Beauty, the launch of our favorites in MINI versions.

Some of our most favorite products are now available in minis or travel sizes, meaning we now have an excuse to order these hero products and new releases more often without the guilt!

You can check out below some of these brands that range from skincare to beauty including, OSKIA to INDIE LEE,  SUNDAY RILEY, PIXI or BY TERRY, LAURA MERCIER, to NATASHA DENONA.

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If we have one piece of advice, don’t wait too long and give it a second thought as these minis will fly off the shelves in no time with summer travels around the corner.

We have also added below our reviews of some of the products for you to know why they are so special and worth adding to your basket next time you order on Cult Beauty. OSKIA








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EXPO 2020 is almost there… but how much do you really know about World Expos?

When it comes to World fairs also known as World Expos, most of us can reckon the last editions that occurred these previous decades such as Shanghai (China) in 2010 or in Milan (Italy) in 2015.

With EXPO 2020 coming in just a year in the UAE in Dubai (20th October 2020 to 10th April 2021), it is time to learn in more depth the basic questions you have probably asked yourself and haven’t taken time to search for answers.

THE WORLD EXPOS IN 5 QUESTIONS 1. When was the first edition and where?

The very first edition of the World Exhibition was held in The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London (United Kingdom) in 1851. Also known as The Great Exhibition or “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations”, it was an idea of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, and is usually considered to be the first international exhibition of manufactured products.

2. How was the World fair created and why?

These expos are are referred to by different names including,  World’s Fair, World Fair, World Expo, Universal Exposition, or International Exposition.

They all are large international exhibitions designed to showcase the achievements of nations. These exhibitions varied in character throughout decades and were held in different parts of the world.

Since the first edition in 1851, the expositions have evolved and it is often said that there were three main periods and purposes with first the era of industrialization, followed by the era of cultural exchange, and the current era, based on nation branding.

3. What are the most famous legacies worldwide that were built for World Fairs?

The video below retraces the important dates and locations related to the World Expos from its beginning until today. It is also interesting to watch as we can actually recognize some landmarks from different Capitals across the World that were built for these Expos.

History of World Expo Cities - timeline 1851 - 2020 - YouTube

This includes The ATONIUM in Brussels (built in 1958) that still stands at the exposition site; it is a 165-billion-times-enlarged iron-crystal-shaped building. In Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, THE SKYNEEDLE was the symbol tower of Expo ’88 and it still stands.

The most visited landmark in the world, THE EIFFEL TOWER in Paris (France) was constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. It has become over time a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

Both The Grand Palais, Petit Palais, and Bridge Alexandre III were built in Paris as part of the preparation works for the Universal Exposition of 1900.

The bronze-golden metallic Pavillion with dunes shapes was designed by the architect Norman Foster to represent the UAE Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in China. It was dismantled afterward and rebuilt besides the Manarat Al Saadiyat Cultural Center (until mid 2018).

UAE Pavilion – Shanghai 2010 Credit Image: Abu Dhabi Confidential

4. How often is the World Expo held?

The registered World Expos usually occur every 5 years but there are more in between. They always come with a specific theme such as “Better Cities, Better Life” in 2010 in Shanghai or “Feeding The Planet, Energy For Life” in 2015 in Milan.

5. What is coming next?

Buenos Aires (Argentina) has been selected to host World Expo 2023. Expo 2025 will be held in Osaka (Japan) and the theme of this exhibition is: “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.

Osaka, Japan

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The Galleria Al Maryah Island commemorates the Year of Tolerance with an exclusive Ramadan exhibition in collaboration with the National Archives

During the Holy Month, Abu Dhabi’s luxury shopping and dining destination is unveiling a never-before-seen selection of historical moments commemorating the Founding Father of the UAE for the Year of Tolerance.

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is devoting this year’s Holy Month to the Year of Tolerance with a never-before-seen photography exhibition in collaboration with the National Archives. The incredible exhibition is now open to all visitors during The Galleria’s operating hours.

Building upon the success of last year’s Ramadan display marking the Year of Zayed, the exhibition is showcasing a curated selection of images featuring His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan during key moments in the development of the UAE, focusing on his efforts to establish tolerance and plant the seeds of this virtue among the UAE community and residents.

Spanning more than two decades, from 1965 to 1990, the collection highlights the fundamental values the Year of Tolerance represents, such as the spirit of coexistence amongst all cultures, and enrichment of society through the promotion of tolerance through education and within the community.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, during his visit to Bangladesh, 7 May 1984. © National Archives

Husniya Al Ali, acting Head of the Corporate and Community Outreach Department at the National Archives said: “The participation of the National Archives in this exhibition opens the door to many historical pictures that showcase the efforts of our founding leader in shaping the UAE community and driving its ambitions and human values, which increase its solidarity and enhance its standing among all countries in the world.”

The National Archives exhibition at The Galleria further establishes the national identity and promotes a sense of loyalty and belonging. They are inspired by some aspects of the visions, values, noble achievements and national principles of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

More activities await visitors the last five days of Ramadan

Visitors can also come together at The Galleria Al Maryah Island from 8 pm to 11 pm during the last five days of Ramadan to enjoy complimentary family-friendly activities including henna art, children’s face painting, sand art, lantern making and more. Exclusive Eid Al Fitr themed activities will also continue throughout the first week of June.

The Galleria also welcomes guests to dine for Iftar and Suhoor during the Holy Month at its award-winning selection of Dining Collection restaurants, including COYA, Zuma, La Petite Maison, Almaz by Momo and Roberto’s.

THE GALLERIA | Al Maryah Island | www.thegalleria.ae

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A great Iftar to try if you’re looking for a casual Iftar with great value for money

We headed over for Iftar at Khayal restaurant inside Marriott Al Forsan this weekend and were surprised to see how busy it was.

During the Holy Month, Marriott Al Forsan has extended its usual capacity by building a Ramadan tent adjacent to the all-day dining restaurant Khayal, so there is room to welcome more guests and offer buffet tables across both the tent and the restaurant.

We were kindly invited by Marriott Al Forsan to check out the Iftar buffet this year and had a great experience as guests are really spoilt for choice.

The restaurant decor and setting immediately make guests feel relaxed as they can opt for either a restaurant table or go for the comfy sofas that have a homely vibe. The service is impressive and the waiters are very attentive-making sure glasses are filled, plates cleaned and checking you spend the perfect evening at their venue.

From sushi and maki corner to Thai and Asian delicacies – with various dim sum, spring rolls, or even Arabic mezze, there is so much to choose from to break your fast that the hardest is to make better choices in order to not over-indulge. The food display is appealing with accessories and crockeries pairing with the regions of the world where the dishes are coming from. They even have a Mexican section filled with nachos, tacos, chili con carne, guacamole and more.

The selection for the mains is also impressive ranging from Indian to grilled meats and flavored fish or pastas, pizzas and more. We especially enjoyed the colorful and flavorful Indonesian Seafood Curry.

If there are cheese lovers around, make sure to visit their cheese station and don’t miss their glass fridge filled with a larger selection including brie with truffles, Vieux Pané and many more tasty kinds of cheese.

Khayal also proposes some Ramadan delicacies such as the whole lamb Ouzi and a large section of the desserts is dedicated to Arabic sweets. All the kids loved the cotton candy station and we have to confess we also stopped at the Chocolate Shawarma station: the “shawarma sweet wraps” were actually crepes filled with chocolate and cherry jam-this is just as enjoyable for the adults as it is for the kids.

The different large nougat cakes are one of the highlights you should make sure to try as we never see them around apart from Ramadan.

If you are looking for lighter options, then the soups, gorgeous salads and cut fruits are ideal. Don’t miss the selection of different dates and dried fruits neatly displayed as if you were visiting a market stall.

This Iftar is priced at AED 210 per person and AED 90 for kids aged between 6 and 12. It runs daily between sunset and 9.30 pm. 

KHAYAL RESTAURANT | Marriott Al Forsan Hotel


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An Iftar buffet with Arabic flavors but not only

You have probably visited Fairways restaurant inside The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Restaurant and Spa that faces the golf course and lawns.

It is a buffet-style restaurant with water channels and fountains that separate the different areas inside the restaurant giving it a very calming vibe, especially during Ramadan when the Oud music and the water features mix together.

It was our first time visiting Fairways during the Holy Month and we really enjoyed the overall set up with a splash of color from fresh vegetables, appealing salads, to overfilled fruits baskets and more.

Once settled at our table, the waiters came with individual hot lentil soup bowls for us to break our fast along with a tray filled with different types of dates. A detail we really liked appreciated, before heading to the buffet.

The Fairways team has worked hard to create a menu that will satisfy any palate. If you like to discover and try Arabic food, we noticed a lot of dishes we had never heard about before, such as Modardara, Mohamara, Spinach Bel Zeit, and more. The usual classics like hummus and baba ghanoush are also served.

There is a corner dedicated to warm mezze and grilled meats and fish with an Arabic twist. Their falafels were actually quite crunchy and light. They also serve an impressive platter of lamb ouzi this Ramadan.

Another corner is filled with Indian specialties such as the Murgh Malai Tikka, kadai paneer, Jeera Aloo, a comfy and flavorful Dal – called Dal Pancham Tadka- and an Asian corner filled with many delicacies to try from vegetable or chicken dim sum to steamed fish with soya, Tom Yum Soup, Fish Cake and more.

But to be honest, what amazed us most was the dessert selection, with the entire hallway of Fairways showcasing more than 30 different Arabic sweet options and specialties from different countries.

Their Arabic Sweets selection is beyond impressive!

For those who plan to visit Fairways Iftar this year, be wiser than we were and save room for their dessert selection as it is really worth it.

We adored their Turkish Baklava served warm with saffron ice cream scoops served in between the layers of the baklava. Their qishta ice cream – with a distinct orange blossom flavor – was another winner. There is a lot more to try from Znud Al Sit, Mafroukeh, Assorted Malmuls, Halawat Al Jaben, Namura, Borma Pistachio, Katayef Asafery, Aish Al Saraya, Shoaybiat Cream, Basma Walnut or the classic Um Ali and date pudding both served warm.

A pure feast for the eyes we promise there are many other desserts apart from the ones we have mentioned.

This Iftar is served daily at Fairways between sunset and 9 pm.

AED 225 per adult inclusive of buffet, tea and juices only. 
AED 85 per child 6 – 12 years old
Soft drinks are not included in this package
Supplement of AED 50 available for unlimited soft drinks. 
This Ramadan, Fairways has got something special for the little ones. All children 5 years old and below can enjoy Iftar for free. Terms and conditions apply. One child is free per paying adult.

To book a table, you can contact +971 2 616 9999 or email fairways.auh@westin.com

FAIRWAYS | THE WESTIN ABU DHABI GOLF RESORT AND SPA | Website: https://www.fairwaysabudhabi.com/ramadan

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MICRO-FOLIE is quite unique and definitely worth visiting in Abu Dhabi

As part of the Emirati French Cultural Dialogue and in tune with the Year of Tolerance in the United Arab Emirates, the French Alliance Abu Dhabi (Alliance Française of Abu Dhabi) inaugurated the «Micro-Folie» in Abu Dhabi on the 25th of April 2019, the very first in the Gulf Region actually.

If you haven’t yet heard about Micro-Folie Abu Dhabi, it is a friendly and free of charge permanent cultural space inside Alliance Française that allows visitors to discover the  masterpieces from France’s greatest cultural institutions thanks to this Digital Museum.

Since its initial launch in 2017, Micro-Folies expanded with various locations in France and abroad including Rangoon (Myanmar), Izmir (Turkey), Sibiu (Romania) and Lima (Peru).

Aiming to promote universal masterpieces, the Micro-Folie project takes the form of a digital museum  – with a large screen, tablets, virtual reality space exploring artistic and natural universes in 360 – that highlights a selection of more than 500 artworks from twelve prestigious French cultural institutions such as the Pompidou Center, the Palace of Versailles, the Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, the Avignon Festival , the Institute of the Arab World, the Louvre Museum, the Picasso National Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac, the Opéra National de Paris, the Rmn-Grand Palais, Universcience and other national operators.

What is this Digital Museum concept all about?

The Digital Museum is an innovative device made of a big screen, on which a movie is playing, presenting the artworks of the partner institutions, and tablets that offer additional contents, explanations and games about the artworks on the screen.

The didactic approach proposed by the «Micro-Folie» allows the public to discover treasures covering many parts of the history of art, ranging from Antiquity to the most contemporary expression of creation. This tool gives access to hundreds of artworks mixing painting, sculpture, design, architecture, scientific videos, concert, drama, dance, etc.

Currently available in French language, MICRO FOLIE will also be available in English and Arabic from June 2019 onwards and will be fully operational to visit after summer, in September 2019.

In the meantime, visitors are encouraged to go and have a first glance as the Digital Museum is open to visit anytime with the regular opening times of Alliance Française.

Micro-Folie Abu Dhabi currently offers four different collections:
Collections #1 and #2 with 500 masterpieces from 12 French Institutions named above.
Collection Japonism created from a collaboration between France and Japan in 2018
Collection Hauts-de-France which gathers 28 art institutions as a 20 minutes’ free access movie.

What makes it unique is also the different modes to visit the exhibition

The Free Visitor mode
The visitors have access to the screening on a big screen which displays the masterpieces of the cultural institutions, mixing arts, ages, techniques, civilizations, subjects, sciences and live shows.
Several movies are available inside the Digital Museum showcasing the four collections on board.

The Conference mode
This mode allows you to prepare your own playlist online (details here) ahead of your visit. This tool is actually ideal if you want to focus on a specific topic or period.

It also is a fantastic tool for teachers and guides and is suitable for school programs and pedagogical issues with a couple of playlists already available around different themes, historical periods or social issues.

Who is this tool for?

Children, students, adults of all ages should come and visit the Micro-Folie, an exceptional window on the history of artistic creation and a superb overview of the common heritage of humanity.

We also noticed there is an adult and kid mode available on tablets and the content and features about the masterpieces is adjusted upon the age of visitors. Kids will also enjoy their time there as the tool is really visual and allows the little ones to explore through digital games such as puzzles, memory cards and more…

Inauguration Micro-Folie Abu Dhabi - Alliance Française - YouTube

In addition, the «Micro-Folie» will allow each student of the Alliance Française to learn French as a Foreign Language while immersing themselves in an exciting cultural context. The youth will be invited to open up to the world to better understand it.

As a cultural mediation tool par excellence, the «Micro-Folie» is also designed to accompany the process of teaching art history and give the opportunity to teachers of schools and universities of Abu Dhabi to organize courses at the Alliance Française with their students.

FRENCH ALLIANCE ABU DHABI | Villa # 75, Al Baten Street#32 ,Exit 19, Next to the Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi

WEBSITE: https://afabudhabi.org

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

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We haven’t decided yet which one we would try first but these two temporary activities currently available at Louvre Abu Dhabi are so tempting to join! KAYAKING AT LOUVRE ABU DHABI

© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

We don’t know about you but every time we visit Louvre, we are always curious to see the landmark museum from the sea and discover its architecture from a different perspective.

You can now book a kayaking session at Louvre Abu Dhabi until the 7th of June 2019 and enjoy the museum from the stillness of the Arabian Sea.

No prior kayaking experience is necessary. Tours last 60 minutes. Guests will be accompanied by professional instructors and given a safety and paddle briefing prior to the tour.

Every Friday and Saturday until 7 June 2019
9am, 11pm, 2:30pm, 4pm & 5:30pm | 6+ | AED120 + VAT per person
Children between the ages of 6 – 12 are to be accompanied by parents or guardians.
Casual attire is recommended.
Changing rooms are available near the kayaking information desks.
Payment can be made in cash or by credit card.


© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Photo by Rex Mendoza

Plan your day ahead during the Holy month and make the most of your visit at Louvre Abu Dhabi by joining their Iftar after visiting their Rembrandt Exhibition or their photography exhibition.

The Iftar takes place daily at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum Café. Priced at AED 120 (including VAT), guests can experience a set menu with delicious flavors of Arabia. Quite an outstanding location to break your fast while facing the breathtaking views over the Arabian sea.

 Operating hours of museum café during Ramadan are as follows:
•Saturday to Wednesday: from 10 AM till 8 PM (Last order will be at 8 PM with closing time at 9 PM)
•Thursday & Friday: from 10 AM till 9:30 PM (Last order will be at 9:30 PM with closing time at 10 PM)

| Saadiyat Island District




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After two years in the making, in May 2019, IKEA launched a limited edition titled ÖVERALLT which is all about highlighting and showcasing the African contemporary design scene.

The behind the scenes of the ÖVERALLT limited collection

The story of ÖVERALLT began a few years ago when IKEA teamed up with Design Indaba, a global creative network, and online publication, to learn more about what is happening in the contemporary African design sphere.

This turned out to be the start of a collaboration – the first of its kind. In-house IKEA designers teamed up with ten different African designers and artists – from five different countries – within the fields of architecture, fashion, sculpture, and furniture design. Together they explored modern African rituals in urban environments.

The starting point was to explore this area connected to socializing around food, indoor and outdoor living, the rituals around expressing identity and sustainability. From there, the design and development process has resulted in a collection of products that is all about building bridges and discovering the “urban living room” together with others.

Selly Raby Kane (Senegalese Fashion Designer), Laduma Ngxokolo (South African textile designer), Issa Diabaté (architect and designer) and Renee Rossouw are among the different designers behind this collection.

The limited edition collection ÖVERALLT was launched in all IKEA UAE stores and online in May 2019.

This limited edition is a collection of 33 pieces

Here’s a sneak peek of the 33 pieces, mixing modern ideas with traditional craft, designed to create more room for gathering, expressing oneself and creating new and better habits together.
The collection includes large pieces of furniture, tableware, rugs, textiles (cushions, throws, …), and a fashionably sustainable tote bag amongst others – get ready for ÖVERALLT.

Some of the textiles reference African landscapes, rugs are made from recycled crisp packets, while the wooden table with benches and stools’ design immediately encourage socializing; we also really like the oversized black basket looking like braided hair.

The chair  – designed by Issa Diabaté, architect and designer – made with plywood couldn’t look more minimalist with its plain light color and no fixing. Very easy to assemble, it will fit in any room and home style and therefore offers many possibilities to add your personal touch and create a unique atmosphere.

Check out the entire collection here:

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Get that extra dose of motivation to join the upcoming Adnoc Abu Dhabi marathon scheduled for December 2019

That’s exciting news for those of us who have always dreamt of achieving their first marathon!

Adnoc Marathon Abu Dhabi, together with Abu Dhabi Sports Council just launched a very interesting program with free weekly training sessions to join and be able to challenge yourself at the upcoming marathon in the capital that will take place on Friday 6th of December 2019.

These free training sessions take place every Monday starting from 6th May, at Al Hudayriat Island, with a second weekly session starting after Eid.

What you should know about this training program:


Training sessions, which kick-off on 6th May, will run every Monday from 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm throughout Ramadan at Al Hudayriat Island.
The After the Eid holiday, Monday training sessions will move to 6.15am and a second weekly training session will be hosted on Wednesdays – starting on 5th June – at Zayed Sports City from 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm.

Free weekly training sessions timetable:

May 6th – June 5th 9:30-10:30 pm (Ramadan Timings Only)
June 12th – November 25th – 6:15-7:30 am
Meeting point: By kids play park – look out for our flags
Facilities: Showers and Toilets available

Wednesday Evening: ZAYED SPORTS CITY
June 5th – November 27th – 7:45-9: 15 pm
Meeting point: Entrance arch to the International Tennis Stadium – look out for our flags
Facilities: Toilets available


Both training sessions will be hosted by ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon’s official coach, Youssef Rochdi – a member of USA Track & Field Association (USATF) and multiple winner of USATF long distance championships.

Program details:

The sessions will run for six months and have been designed to focus on the preparation required to complete the 42.2km full-length marathon. Encompassing a variety of fitness activities, the sessions will include; drills, fartlek, easy runs, intervals and long-distance runs to help runners to gradually increase their weekly distance.
In September, training sessions catering for runners of all abilities will launch, offering runners participating in the 2.5km fun run, 5km and 10km races, an introduction to the running world with a specially tailored fitness programme.


Registrations for Abu Dhabi’s biggest community sports event opened last month as ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, and Abu Dhabi Sports Council announced the world-class sporting event will take place on Friday 6th December following the UAE’s 48th National Day celebrations.
Runners who register before 31st May will receive a 30% discount and every participant will receive a free race shirt and medal.

2019 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon Prices:

2.5KM ‘Fun Run’: AED 50 (children under six take part for free)
5KM Race: AED 75
10KM Race: AED 150
42.2KM Marathon: AED 350 (podium finishers are eligible for an Age Group Prize Fund)

H.E Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said:

“In the lead up to the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon we are devoted to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in the Capital, and to helping the members of our community prepare for reaching their goals regardless of their ability or the race they are participating in. The ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon is not an event solely for elite athletes; everyone who participates is running their own race and accomplishing their own achievements.

Last year we welcomed 10,000 runners from all over the world to the inaugural ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, this year we hope to grow that number to 15,000. Providing these free training sessions is just one example of how we are making the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon more accessible than ever to all members of our community in the capital.”

For more information visit: www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com

Facebook: ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon
Twitter: @ADNOCADmarathon
Instagram: adnocadmarathon
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Here are easy to follow recipes for the perfect Iftar meal

If you enjoyed preparing the wholesome recipes that Zahra Abdalla kindly offered to share with our readers, you’ll certainly enjoy this new round of recipes ideal for breaking the fast.

This week, we have picked ZAATAR AND CHEESE ROLLS as a starter, GREEN LENTIL SOUP WITH KALE to give you energy and LUQAIMAT to end the meal on a sweet note.


This starter is always a winner with the little ones and it is easy to make and perfect for any occasion—once you have one, you can’t stop.

Chef Zahra usually prepares and freezes the zaatar and cheese rolls in advance so that she is prepared for those last-minute situations where she needs to make something but not sure what to make. Her kids love to have them as a snack with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers on the side and always makes them during Ramadan and serves them with soup at iftar.

Make 30 Pieces
2/3 cup zaatar mix
1 cup Greek feta cheese, finely chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
30 large spring roll wrappers, defrosted
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil, for frying

1. For the filling, combine the zaatar mix, Greek feta cheese and olive oil in a medium-sized bowl, and keep aside.
2. In a small bowl combine the flour with a very small about of water to make a paste This paste will be used to hold the edges of the roll together.
3. To make the roll, lay one spring roll wrapper on a flat base and spoon 1 teaspoon of the filling on to the bottom end of the wrapper. Roll the wrapper tightly until the filling is covered, then fold about 1 centimetre of each side of the sheet (to avoid any spillage), and continue rolling tightly Then brush some of the paste on the edges of the wrapper and press to seal the top end.
4. Once all the rolls are prepared, deep-fry for a couple of minutes until they are golden-brown in colour Alternatively, brush the zaatar and cheese rolls with vegetable oil and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 8–10 minutes, or until golden-brown.


This dish is ideal for those days you want something meat-free, hearty and nutritious. This recipe is adapted from Zahra’s basic lentil soup recipe using green lentils instead of orange lentils, and kale.

This recipe was created by simply using random ingredients from Zahra’s pantry, and resulted in a delicious soup that she now makes all the time.

Serves 6 
2 cups green lentils
4 medium onions,
finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced ginger
2 tsp minced garlic (see page 277)
4 bunches kale, finely chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1 lemon, juiced
1 orange, juiced
salt 1⁄2 tsp black pepper powder

1. Soak the lentils for 30 minutes, drain and keep aside.
2. In a medium-sized cast iron pot, sauté the onions with olive oil until they are translucent. Add the ginger and garlic, and sauté until fragrant. To this, add the kale and cook until the leaves have wilted.
3. Add the lentils and vegetable stock. Cover the pot and leave to cook on medium–low heat for about 45 minutes. Add the lemon juice and orange juice, and season with salt and black pepper powder.
4. Serve in a bowl with a squeeze of lemon for extra flavor.


Luqaimat, also known as awamat, are delicious crispy dumplings typically coated with a sweet topping.

Serves 6-8
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp dry yeast
A pinch of ground saffron (optional)
¼ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
1 ½ cups hand-warm water
Vegetable oil (to fry)

Sugar Syrup
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp orange blossom
1.     In a stand mixer bowl, combine the flour, cornflour, sugar, salt, dry yeast, saffron, ground cardamom and water, until it reaches a thick dropping consistency. Add more water if necessary. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, keep in a warm place to rise for about 30-45 minutes until it has doubled in size.
2.     In a frying pan, add enough oil to fill 2 inches of the pan and heat over medium-high heat until it is very hot, about 180-degree C.
3.     Transfer the dough into a pipping bag, cut the tip of the bag to about ¾ inch opening. Lower the bag near the oil and using one hand, squeeze the top of the pipe to drop 1 inch of the dough, then use the other hand, press the tip with oiled fingers to cut the dough into the hot oil. Alternatively, use a spoon to scoop the dough and with another spoon, drop the dough into the oil.
4.     Fry the dough balls, continually flipping with a slotted spoon until it reaches a golden-brown colour. Remove the Luqaimat from the oil and drain on a paper towel.

If you are interested to discover more recipes from Zahra Abdalla*, she actually published these recipes in a book entitled Cooking With Zahra.

This book is available for sale at all major retailers including Borders, Magrudy’s, Kino and Jashanmal stores and is priced at AED 185.

*About the Author:
Zahra Abdalla is a half-Iranian, half-Sudanese TV personality and food blogger who was born in London, England and lived in various cities across the world, including Khartoum, Athens, Sacramento, London, Vancouver, and Toronto, before moving to Dubai.

Starting her culinary journey online in 2010, Abdalla then presented her own cooking show on My Dubai My City on MBC 3 and went on to host the fourth season of a travel and food documentary called Maggi Diaries on MBC 1.

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