Eid round-up

Where to go and what to do during the festivities

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Published: Tue 30 Aug 2011, 9:30 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:59 AM

THE GRAND MILLENNIUM Dubai’s special family room package during Eid costs Dhs800.

The deal includes free breakfast for two adults and up to three children under 12 years, two free movies per stay, complimentary parking and a 50 per cent discount on a Hamam treatment.

Call 04 429 9999 for bookings and more info on the hotel in Tecom.

STARTING ON THE first day of Eid, Ajman City Centre has a wealth of all-day entertainment in store for visitors.

Face painters, balloon benders, clowns and jugglers will show off their skills, and a henna lady will also be on hand from 8pm to 11.45pm.

A half-hour puppet show begins at 9pm and 10.30pm, while a Khaligi dance show takes place from 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.

See www.ajmancitycentre.com for more details.

UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10, Souk Al Bahar presents the ‘Art of Calligraphy’ exhibition – featuring the works of both famed and emerging artists.

The show can be seen at various points on level two of the shopping and dining destination in Downtown Dubai. It is presented by Glory Art Gallery, and provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Arabic calligraphy, the different styles, the various media used and its socio-cultural significance.

See www.soukalbahar.ae for more details.

INDULGE IN A bumper Eid feast at the Nour Arjaan by Rotana Hotel in Fujairah.

The Dhs99 buffet features traditional Oriental and international cuisine, with face painting, movies and toy giveaways to keep the little ones engaged while you enjoy your meal.

In the evening, the Aquarius Pool Café will serve a selection of flavoured shisha, beverages and light snacks as guests enjoy the majestic views.

Call 09 202 5555 for bookings and more info.

TRY A BLEND of Mediterranean and Emirati cuisine on the second and third days of Eid at the Ayla Hotel in Al Ain.

The Dhs110 meal at Ayla Restaurant includes a raffle draw to win airline tickets, discounted rates to Hili fun city and free entry tickets to both the ice skating rink in Bawadi Mall and Al Ain Zoo.

Children under six eat free, and children under 12 eat half price – with activities for youngsters including a bouncy castle, face painting and a trampoline.

To book, visit www.aylahotels.com.

EID RECIPE

Malfouf

(from Chef Hassan Massood, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City)

Serves: 6 people

Preparation: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

· 1 medium sized cabbage

· 1 ½ cups ground meat

· 1 cup rice

· 1 chopped tomato (optional)

· 1 cup lemon juice

· 1 ½ cups water

· 1 ¼ tsp. salt

· 1 tsp. pepper

· ½ tsp. cinnamon (optional)

· 8 garlic cloves

· 1 tsp. dried mint

· Lamb bones

Method:

· Separate leaves from cabbage head. Cut each into several triangular pieces, cutting away stems.

· Dip leaves a few at a time in boiling salted water until they become pliable. Prepare stuffing of meat, rice, tomato, salt, pepper and cinnamon.

· Place tablespoons of stuffing on each triangular leaf, fold sides toward centre and roll up from bottom into a cigar shape. Press together firmly. Place layer of meat bones to form a rack on bottom of pressure cooker. Add the whole garlic gloves.

· Put cabbage rolls in layers over the bones, placing them close together, so that they will keep their shape. Add water, lemon juice and sprinkle with more salt.

· Cook under pressure for 20 minutes.

· Open cooker, sprinkle some cloves, which have been crushed with the dried mint and salt.

· Simmer several minutes more. Add lemon juice and salt to taste.

· Arrange the rolls on a serving platter and serve with the remaining juices. Serve hot.



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