Africa-themed ball

We’re all invited to an Africa-themed ball on May 15, raising money to support men in Dubai’s ‘labour camps at sea’

Beats at the ball: Jungle Fever will feature African drumming and cuisine
Beats at the ball: Jungle Fever will feature African drumming and cuisine
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An Africa-themed ball hits The Monarch hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road on May 15, promising ‘jungle fever’. Everyone’s invited, and it’s all in the name of a good cause, raising money to send a team of four do-gooding females up Mountain Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for a charity challenge. Alexi Trenouth, part of the Kilimanjaro team, tells Time Out why we should all go to the ball.

We hear this ball is a real team effort.
Yes, it is! We’ve got the Tanzanian ambassador to the UAE, HE Mohamed Maharage Juma, coming as our guest speaker, which is going to be really fun, and the consul general in Dubai is helping us out with decorations. Dubai drums are playing for us, and we’re getting help from material shops in Satwa – they’re giving us lots of leopard print. We’ve also got a nursery to sponsor us, so they’re bringing two metre palms and there’ll be massive plants every-where. The ballroom’s going to look pretty ridiculous!

Ridiculous in a good way?
Yes, in a good way. I think it’ll be a lot of fun. It’s going to be interesting music and it’s going to look wild. The cause is obviously fantastic, but also it’ll be fun to get everybody together and do something a bit different.

How did you get the ambassador involved?
I emailed him on a Thursday afternoon but I wasn’t expecting to hear anything back. I wasn’t very well that weekend and I got a phone call at 10.30pm on Friday night, I was in bed because I wasn’t well. And this massive jolly voice went, ‘Hello! This is Ambassador Juma!’ He was so excited and was like, ‘I’d be delighted to accept your offer, I’d be honoured to be there’, and I was like ahh, fantastic. He’s just so lovely, we’re really excited about it. It’ll be great to have him there. We’ve got some themed Tanzanian food in his honour.

Ooh yes, tell us about the food.
The Monarch has a North African chef, so we’ve based it around North African food but with a couple of Tanzanian dishes as well. All these big, steaming pots will get brought to the table and you can help yourselves.

What’s Ambassador Juma going to talk about, then?
Tanzania has struggled in lots of different ways and obviously now, in the current climate, tourism is very important. He’s just delighted that we want to go to Tanzania and I think he wants to encourage as many people as possible to go over there. Everybody I’ve spoken to says they can’t wait to meet ambassador Juma!

The cause

Trenouth and chums are climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for Mission To Seafarers (MTS), a Dubai-based organisation sending support to men who spend months away on the ships that bring supplies to Dubai, from gas and oil to food, toiletries and clothes. ‘It’s like labour camps at sea, you just don’t know that they’re there,’ explains Trenouth. ‘But when MTS visits them, the guys are over the moon.’ MTS provides counsellors and communication facilities, such as telephone and internet, to the men on a regular basis. class!’

Jungle Fever Ball, May 15, 7pm-1am at The Monarch hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. Dhs400, includes food and house beverages. All welcome. Dress code is black tie with a splash of jungle fever. For tickets call 050 456 1130 or email

Bistro Breakfast Jam
Bistro Madeleine and art gallery thejamjar have joined forces so that budding artists can unwind over coffee and jazz at the InterContinental’s Parisian café while making their own unique piece of art. A Dhs60 fee gets you all the art materials you need, plus a drink and a French pastry.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-11.30am, for restaurant reservations call Bistro Madeleine, InterContinental Dubai Festival City on 04 701 1128.

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Yogilates, now in Safa Park and Dubai Marina, is a gentle, low-intensity work-out that improves flexibility and tone throughout the body.
Safa Park (gate two) on Al Wasl Road. Sundays and Wednesdays, 9am-10am, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. Dubai Marina, opposite Dubai Marina Yacht Club, there are stairs that lead up to a grassy patch with a small kids’ play area. The grassy patch is also located next to the Horizon Tower. Sundays and Tuesdays, 7pm-8pm. Dhs500 for 10 sessions. or 04 362 6385.

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