From lighting a barbecue to getting a driving licence
This is the season to get on top of your life – the city is quiet, it’s too warm to play outside and Game of Thrones has finished until next year. What better time to accomplish a few things that have been lingering on your to-do list since you set your New Year’s resolutions? Whether you want to finally work out how to properly use that posh camera you got for your last birthday, gain skills to save lives or win over dinner party guests, there’s no time like this summer. After all, that new baby you’ve got isn’t going to apply for a visa by itself.
Clothes and style Get an oil stain out of fabric Cover the oil stain with talcum powder and then remove the powder with a paper towel or spoon. Work a small amount of dishwasher detergent and water into stain with your thumb. Once the detergent begins to foam up, take an old toothbrush and begin rubbing the stain using circular motions. Wash the garment, alone, with laundry detergent and air dry. Teresa Karpinska, freelance stylist and blogger of styledrifter.com (050 656 9640).
Get sunglasses that suit your face shape ‘When it comes to buying sunglasses, determining your face size and shape is important because it will help you find a better-fitting, more functional pair of frames.
Round: The round face has noticeable curves and less-defined angles. The ideal eyewear should lack curved features while emphasising sharp angular lines that will help elongate your face and make it look thinner and sharper. This face group may benefit from high-on-the-temple, colourful frames as well. Rectangle, square, wrap and shield are the keys to round-faced sunglass success.
Square: Square-shaped faces are generally about the same length and width across the face and are characterised by a broad forehead and a strong jawline. People in this category should choose a frame with round or oval-shaped lenses that will help balance the sharpness of their features. Styles that suit include aviators, butterflies, or any frame that has oval or circular curves. Frames set on the centre or top of the temples are the way to go with a square face.
Oval: Oval faces have it made because literally every frame looks awesome. Oval faces have gently rounded, fairly even features and pretty much any shape is going to work well on them. Designer to sport, fashion to function, anything goes. But don’t get huge frames that block out those pretty symmetrical features; choose sunglasses that cover the face from the eyebrows to the cheekbones.
Diamond: Diamond-shaped faces are characterised by a narrow jaw line and forehead with the cheekbones as the widest part of the face. Oval and rimless frames will help compliment wide or high cheekbones. Diamond faces should use frames that feature gentle curves and should not be wider than the wearer’s cheekbones. Heart: Heart-shaped faces, sometimes called triangle, are widest at the temples and narrowest at the chin. Sunglasses that feature wide lower edges with no straight lines along the top work especially well for this facial group because they shift attention downward and elongate the face. Cat-eye styles or glasses that feature rounded edges are ideal for giving the wearer a more balanced look. This face shape will be best served with shield, butterfly, rimless, or aviator-styled frames.’ Teresa Karpinska, stylist and blogger of www.styledrifter.com (050 656 9640).
Sew a button Materials you will need: • Hand-sewing needle
• Thread to match the button or fabric
• Straight pin, another needle or a tooth pick to use as a spacer, which will provide the lift for the button hole and fabric under the button
• A button
1 Thread and double knot your needle. Place the needle into the fabric so that the knot ends up on the back of the fabric.
2 Make a couple of stitches in the fabric where the button is to be located to anchor the thread. Lay the button on the place you will be attaching it.
3 Bring the needle up through the button. Lay the straight pin, needle or toothpick on top of the button. Take the thread over the top of the straight pin, needle or toothpick and bring your needle and thread back down through the button.
4 Repeat step three to make about six stitches over the straight pin, needle or toothpick to anchor your button.
5 For a button with four holes, simply repeat the above steps for the other two holes.
6 Bring the needle and thread to the back of the fabric and knot the thread in the threads that have sewn the button to the garment. Then cut the thread.
7 Remove the straight pin, needle or tooth pick and snug the button to the loops of thread by tugging the button.
Take your hobbies further Become a yoga teacher ‘If you’re deeply passionate about the benefits that yoga delivers both mentally and physically and wish to become a fully certified yoga teacher, your first step is to enroll into a 200-hour (Level 1) yoga teacher training programme. Make sure the teacher training is registered with Yoga Alliance and taught with both a Western and Eastern background to absorb the philosophy and anatomy/biomechanics at the same time. Make sure to build up your technique at least six months prior to joining the training so you’ll be physically prepared. My recommendation is to practise in the discipline of yoga you like and to really focus on this one style. The personality of the teacher is what attracts the students in the long run, so don’t stress about passing the exam with flying colors. Rather, teach in your own authentic voice, personality and spirit in how you would handle a class. Authenticity and integrity really does keep students coming back to your classes. Afterwards a teacher can advance into a 300-hour programme or continue their education with shorter workshops, intensives and teacher trainings if they wish. I am holding an upcoming collaborative 200-hour Pranavayu Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai, taught by senior expert teacher, David Magone from Boston from Friday August 8 to 31.’ Noura El-Imam, founder of Yogalates Bliss, www.yogalatesblissindubai.com.
Use your DSLR properly Got yourself a fancy camera but aren’t quite sure how to use it? Pink Pepper Photography is hosting a series of five-day courses with photographer Ian Hardie to help you get the best from your equipment and take quality photos. The course covers everything from exposure and aperture to composition techniques, white balance to post-production skills.’ Dhs1,000 (adults), Dhs800 (under 18s). Course runs July 6-Thu 10; July 13-17; July 20-24 from 9.30am-12.30pm or 7pm-10pm. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.pinkpepperuae.com (04 434 0437).
Become a lifeguard ‘To be a lifeguard you must first attend an NPLQ course (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) and meet certain criteria. You must be able to swim a minimum of 50m and learn the correct rescue techniques. Don’t worry, these will be taught to you on the course; knowledge of first aid is beneficial, but not compulsory. The role of the lifeguard ranges from risk assessments, bather supervision, first aid and customer service. If you are friendly, enjoy swimming (there is a chance you may have to jump in the pool) and like to help people, then maybe you would suit this career path. Once you have passed the course you will be presented with your colours, the red and yellow uniform, and will have opened up many doors in the future.’ Georgina Goddard, Hamilton Aquatics. Various locations including Dubai British School, The Springs, www.hamiltonaqauticsdubai.com (04 450 8832).
At home Get water and electricity connected The first thing you need to do when moving into a new apartment is register with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).
1 Head to any DEWA office (all listed on the website ) with your DEWA number (found on your front door frame for apartments or your gate if you’re in a villa), copies of your passport and tenancy agreement.
2 Fill in the application form and pay the deposit of either Dhs1,000 for an apartment or Dhs2,000 for a villa (which is redeemable at the end your tenancy) and a new connection fee of Dhs110.
3 The application is processed almost immediately and your apartment or villa should have water and electricity the same day, or the next at the most.
4 Bills are calculated by monthly metre readings. You can pay your bill in person at any DEWA office, at most petrol stations, or set up an online account. You can also register online and send scanned copies of the relevant documents. For more information visit www.dewa.gov.ae (04 601 9999).
Get TV and internet ‘Visit your nearest du Shop with your passport (including valid residency visa for expats), Emirates ID, and a valid tenancy contract or a copy of your ownership title deed, with name and physical address. You can send someone else to sign up for you with the above papers and an authorisation letter.’ Customer service team at du. Locations across Dubai, including Dubai Media City, www.du.ae (04 390 5555).
Change a showerhead ‘Unscrew the fitting attached to the tap. Make sure that the fitting purchased is of the same diameter as the old one, make sure that the rubber washer is inside of the fitting. Screw fitting to the tap, if the rubber washer is not seated correctly it will cause the fitting to leak.’ Paul Sumner, Must Have Maintenance. Services properties across Dubai, www.musthavemaintenance.com (04 333 8874).
Change a plug fuse ‘Isolate and unplug from the socket, unscrew the plastic cover, identify the AMP of the fuse, simply remove the old fuse and replace with the identical fuse, screw the cover back on and plug back in the wall. Turn on the switch on the socket.’ Paul Sumner, Must Have Maintenance. Services properties across Dubai, www.musthavemaintenance.com (04 333 8874).
Start a herb garden ‘Herbs such as coriander, different types of mint and basil, chives, lemongrass, thyme, parsley, rosemary, asparagus etc grow very well in an arid climate. Locate an area where at least six to eight hours of sunlight is available and some sort of protection from heavy and unexpected winds that may arise. The basic soil requirements should be light and airy, well-drained, mixed with compost (organic plant matter) and well-composted/heat-treated manure. If growing from seeds, they can be planted in trays with drainage holes. Seeds can be allowed to germinate indoors from the end September to get a head start and slowly introduced to a few hours of sunlight after the first set of leaves appear (early to mid October). Transplant the seeds into desired containers/beds when there are two to three sets of leaves. When you plant the herbs, care must be taken to know the approximate heights of the full grown plants and spacing should be adequate, too. Always try and keep the herbs compact by pinching or cutting and harvesting, which will encourage fresh growth. Water them well enough to keep the soil moist at all times but never overly wet. Nutrients can be fed at intervals as either foliar spray or soil drench or added to soil. Monitor the plants regularly to prevent spot, treat bugs or viruses.’ Nisha Thomas, Blue Planet Green People, Cluster U, JLT (050 705 7230).
Become a first-aider A number of firms offer first aid courses for companies wanting to train appointed staff and individuals wishing to learn the fundamentals for personal use. Safe Hands UAE’s courses cover the necessary basics and can tailor courses to suit specific hazards or accident risks. Courses focusing on paediatric first aid are also available for parents and home help. Locations across Dubai, www.safehandsuae.com (055 303 1728). treat bugs or viruses. Nisha Thomas, Blue Planet Green People, Cluster U, JLT (050 705 7230).
Get a visa for your new baby Before the baby is born: • You will need to register the would-be mother for delivery at a Dubai hospital specialising in maternity. To do this, you need to provide proof of marriage, a valid UAE visa and proof of your residence in the UAE, such as an electricity bill or rent contract.
After the baby is born: • You will get an official notification of the baby’s birth in Arabic from the hospital and can request a notification in English. This will get you the child’s birth certificate. UAE nationals must bring their Family Book along to register their child, while expat parents must attest the English and Arabic birth certificate from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health before applying for the baby’s passport and residence visa. For more information, visit www.government.ae.
Open a bank account According to the Dubai Government’s official online portal, UAE citizens and residents can open accounts in any bank they wish to. You will just need to provide a passport copy (or family book for UAE citizens), work or residence visa and a salary certificate or letter of no objection (NOC) from your employer or sponsor. Note that the exact procedures and requirements for this will likely differ between banks. For more information visit www.government.ae.
In the kitchen Get a cookery qualification ‘If you are looking for a cookery qualification you need to ensure you pick a programme and a qualification that most closely meets your requirements. You can do this by asking yourself some important questions that will help you to plan your culinary education. A key question is the amount of time you can commit. Programmes range in length from the short ten-class SCAFA’s Fundamentals of Cuisine, to its one year Professional Apprenticeship programme. If you have day time commitments, such as a job, find out about programmes that run in the evenings or on weekends. Culinary programmes often sound expensive but remember that a good programme is very ingredient-intensive and requires close teacher supervision. Check out the costs for the different programmes and if there are any payment plans available to spread out costs. Always plan a visit to the school first so you can have a good look around, meet the faculty and see the facilities and if you can, see a class in action. Cooking schools are always fun to visit.’ Chef Francisco Araya, SCAFA (The School of Culinary And Finishing Arts), Cluster I, JLT (04 379 4044).
Put together a cheese board ‘Begin by sourcing four/five good quality artisan cheeses. I would recommend a blue cheese, brie, cheddar, goat’s and cow’s milk (around 250g of each). Refrigerate until one hour before serving, as it is much better to eat cheese at room temperatures. You will need one large bunch of grapes, a good quality chutney, (I find that fig works well), a selection of mixed cheese crackers, soft butter and also walnuts work well with cheese. Have to hand a large board or plate for presenting the cheese with all the other components along with a cheese knife, and some small plates for each guest.’ Chef Ben Tobitt, The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).
Light and maintain a barbecue ‘The key to a solid barbeque is to make sure you maintain an adequate amount of fanning and air circulation during the process. Use charcoal and fire wood, build a mountain of charcoal using at least two kilos of charcoal. You need to warm up gradually and have enough air in between the charcoals. Have two to three sheets of paper (newspapers or cartons) ready and slide them in between your charcoal to help air circulation, which will assure you get a steady warm grill and no fire as you do not want to have extra heat and always air filtering within the barbecue. Have extra amounts of charcoal next to your grill so you can use extra where needed to make more heat and maintain for the duration of the cooking.’ Chef Gabriel Stival, Asado, The Palace Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7888).
Make a risotto ‘Use a heavy-based pan so that heat is well distributed and the risotto is less likely to catch. Have your stock of choice boiling before you start any kind of cooking. Sweat some finely diced shallots, minced garlic and thyme and bay leaf and a pinch of salt on a medium heat until softened and translucent. Once softened, add your Aborio or Vialone nano short grain risotto rice. Under no circumstances should you wash it, you need the starch from the rice to help thicken the risotto and aid the emulsification of the butter later. Gently toast the rice in the pan with the shallots and garlic for about five minutes until you start to hear it popping. Add your stock, one ladle at a time, stirring occasionally with a spatula (using metal will damage the grains of rice). It is important not to add too much stock as you need to keep an eye on how the rice is cooking and it must cook evenly. Once the rice is nearly cooked (I was taught that you know this by taking a grain of rice and crushing it between your thumb and forefinger, if there are is a mini rice grain in the centre broken into three, it’s there!) remove the pan from the stove (there should only be a small amount of stock left in the pan, not even covering the rice) with your spatula, fold in diced cold butter, bit by bit until melted. You should stir this in quite aggressively so that the butter emulsifies with the excess stock left around the rice. Then finish with a pinch of freshly grated parmesan cheese (no older than 24 months as older parmesan is prone to splitting when hot). Add some chopped herbs and a squeeze of acid lemon juice or vinegar depending on the flavour of the risotto.’ Chef Christopher Graham, Time Out Dubai Young Chef of the year, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
How to choose a fresh fish ‘For selecting fresh fish we need to use our senses: eyes, nose and fingertips. Really fresh fish should be shiny, a little slippery and wet – it is hard to hold a really fresh fish with bare hands. Fish should not smell fishy, it should smell like sea. The eyes should be shiny, bright and clear not cloudy, the gills should be red or pink, fish with scales should have nice even scales, if you have scales missing it indicates the fish is moved a lot. If you enter a fish court and it’s smelly, it is not a good sign; if you get an ammonia smell something is wrong. Sometimes you get a strong smell from the ice under the fish, so get close and smell the fish. When you touch the fish, it should be firm, if it is soft it is not a good sign. Fresh fish has its mouth closed. I suggest really checking the fish at markets, because many times fresh fish is just freshly defrosted, especially after the weekend, holidays or stormy weather. This is when old stock goes on the counter.’ Chef Uwe Micheel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 222 7171).
How to fillet a fish ‘First of all you need a good knife. It should be big enough, very sharp and not too stiff. A filleting knife is a bit like a bow, flexible. If you decide to serve your fish with the skin on, then you need to scale your fish first. Just hold the fish on the tail and use the back of the knife. First, cut the head off the fish straight behind the gills, then hold the fish at the tail. Make sure the knife points away from you, begin to cut just behind the tail and lead the knife on the backbone towards the head. If you want to remove the skin place the fillet skin side down. Hold it on the tail end. Start to cut between skin and flesh, almost scrap the knife on the skin. Now remove all bones if there are any. Make sure you keep all the bones and skin with you for stock, soup or sauces.’ Chef Uwe Micheel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 222 7171).
How to make kunafa ‘I have had kunafa in Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria and in the UAE and there are slight differences in the way each is prepared and primarily, what type of cheese is used. This is a home-made version, using easy-to-obtain shop-bought cheese (Gruyère and feta) but some people swear by using mozzarella. Combine Gruyère and feta together in a bowl. I love za’atar and herbs added to the mix but feel free to leave out if you prefer. Brush flat tart dishes generously with melted butter. Cover with kadaifi pastry, pushing it in with the back of a spoon. Spoon the cheese mixture over the top, and cover with the remaining kadaifi pastry. The trick with kunafa is to press the kadaifi down hard, try using another tray with something heavy on top to weigh it down and keep everything in place. Brush with melted butter, then beat the eggs together with milk and pour over the pies. Bake the pies in a pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees C, until golden and crispy. Serve drizzled with honey.’ Chef Silvena Rowe, Omnia Gourmet, Jumeirah Fish Harbour 1 (04 343 7181).
Driving and vehicles Robert Hodges, COO of Emirates Driving Institute, shares tips on some essentials for anyone living and driving in the UAE
Get a car out of the sand 1 Dig sand away from all the wheels.
2 Use second gear and do not rev the engine too hard. If you have a manual car, gently ‘feather’ the clutch to ‘creep’ forwards.
3 Try to have people push from behind at the same time.
4 If you’re still stuck, lower air pressure in your tyres to approx 15 psi for better traction.
5 If you’re still struggling, try all of the above plus try turning the steering wheel quickly from side to side.
6 If you’re still stuck, find someone to tow you out gently, after digging-out as per the above.
How to jump-start a car 1. Position another car near yours (but not touching).
2. Switch off both engines.
3. Connect the red jump lead to the positive (+) terminal of the flat battery.
4. Connect the other end to the positive (+) terminal of the boosting battery.
5. Connect the black jump lead to the negative (-) terminal of the boosting battery.
6. Connect the other end of the black lead to a bolt or metal bracket on the car to be started (this stops a damaged flat battery from exploding).
7. Start engine of boosting vehicle, run at a ‘fast idle’ speed for 20 seconds.
8. Now start the engine of the ‘dead’ vehicle, to check it is running okay.
9. If all okay, stop the engine of the boosting car.
10. Disconnect the leads individually; black lead first, then the red lead. DO NOT let the metal clamps touch each other – this is very dangerous.
11. Close the bonnets/hoods of the cars.
12. Drive the ‘dead’ car carefully without stalling to the nearest workshop or battery dealer to have your battery/charging system checked thoroughly. Be careful: if you short-out a charged battery it can cause great harm to a person; if you are not sure what to do, don’t do it – call a mechanic.
Bluff your way through a football match Dubai’s Allstars amateur football team provide a few handy tips for surviving the rest of the 2014 FIFA World Cup • If anyone asks you if a certain team will win, you will never be wrong if you say, ‘on their day, they can certainly beat anyone’.
• Rather than follow the crowd and go ‘ooooh’ every time there is a close chance, don’t say anything and act really zen. People will think you’ve seen it all before.
• If you continually refer to the good old days of 4-4-2 and when fullbacks could defend, people will look at you like they look at wise old men.
• If you support England, or any other team that usually struggles to make it beyond the quarter finals, these common musings will stand you in good stead. ‘Why aren’t the players signing the national anthem?’. ‘Why can’t our midfielders hold on to the ball?’. ‘We look tired – we need a winter break.’ If your team don’t make it through the group stages you can say, ‘at least we didn’t go out on penalties’.