Peruvian star chef Virgilio Martínez

For even the casual diner, it is no secret that Peruvian cuisine has become a big deal over the past decade, and in recent years the UAE has seen a number of ­excellent Peruvian establishments open their doors. Now, the chef of Peruvian cooking is launching a ­restaurant in Dubai. Virgilio Martínez is the chef/owner…

The meal deal

Dubai has become one of the world’s best cities for fine dining. So how did this happen, and can the city sustain this huge boom in high-end restaurants? In many ways, Dubai is comparable to Las Vegas. While neither had a long history of fine dining, both were desert towns pushing for tourism and the…

How to… Avoid being fired at work

Some said it wouldn’t affect the UAE, but the global financial problems are seeing companies here cut their costs. Here’s how to improve your chances of avoiding the swinging axe Don’t give them a clear reason – Often, when a recession hits, management use it as an excuse to get rid of the staff they…

How much money do you need to be in the one percent?

We’ve heard a lot about the one percent recently, largely because of people protesting against them. The protesters — the self-titled ninety-nine percent — are angry about the increasing inequality of wealth distribution and it’s a just cause. But there’s a good chance that many of those taking to the streets are in the one…

How to… deal with the beach

As one soldier at Normandy was heard to remark, ‘the beach is something of a minefield’ — here’s some advice to help you HANDLE A JELLYFISH STING – Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a good idea to urinate on the affected area. Especially if there are children and families present and the person who’s…

How to… camp in the desert

It’s not all toasted marshmallows, Kumbya and delightful misunderstandings as to who is sleeping in which tent — there’s danger out there too. Here are some key pieces of advice. Pick the right spot If you’re going to pitch your tent out on the dunes then aim for one of the higher points. While it…

MTV Arabia

MTV Arabia launches this week and the 60th MTV channel could be the most influential since the original launched 26 years ago. Time Out spoke to those in charge about beginnings, censorship, and cleaning up hip hop. Words Matt Pomroy MTV is now older than most of the people who currently watch it. It was…