Abu Dhabi's best deliveries
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At Time Out, we love be in amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. But there are times, however, that it’s great to take a step back and retreat into your own little world. Thankfully the city provides for such occasions, which is why you can also have the best the best the capital has to offer delivered right to your front door.
Of course, for many the thought of spending an afternoon wandering around the mall from fashion boutique to fashion boutique is the most blissful activity possible, and certainly not one that should be negated in favour of online shopping. But we aren’t all that way inclined, which is why fortunately there are quality online stores that deliver clothes to keep you looking your best right to your doorstep.
This chic online boutique started by 23-year-old Carla Douss stocks serious designers such as Sass and Bide, pieces from Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe’s line and exciting new designers such as Sydney-based label Maurie and Eve. You won’t find any mainstream items such as plain t-shirts or regular tracksuit bottoms, instead pieces are handpicked based on design, quality and edge.
Dress code by Farah
Dress Code and its intensive consultation process goes far beyond the usual personal shopping service – it’s a whole life MOT. ‘This culture says let’s take off your individuality, your personality. That’s what I fight against’, says founding stylist Farah Kabir. Each consultation starts with a questionnaire discussing your lifestyle, personality and practical info such as height, weight and clothes size, before a series of enlightening questions that will tailor the service to your needs and budget.
Price on request. email@example.com, www.dresscodebyfarah.com (055 897 0576).
For women loathe to take off the comfy lycra in between yoga classes, this quirky and stylish active wear website bridges the gap between active wear and women’s everyday wardrobe. A quick and easy online portal for like-minded individuals to offer functional and fashionable active-wear from a variety of brands sourced from all over the world.
Make up junkies can sign up for monthly deliveries of cosmetic samples from a whole host of top brands, such as Benefit, Dermalogica, Cowshed and Elemis. Free shipping to UAE for subscriptions and orders over Dhs200.
A no-brainer styling and personal delivery service for men who hate traipsing the shops or struggle to piece together looks. Sign up online, chat to an in-house stylist via telephone and voila, a box of sartorial goodies will wing their way to your door and you have five days to decide to buy. With free styling and delivery and zero commitment – this is man shopping. Brands include Ralph Lauren and Lacoste mixed with high street faves too. Free styling and delivery.
www.mrdraper.ae (04 320 8910).
The Middle East’s answer to ASOS. That is where the brand comparison ends, for SIVVI.com goes one better with its same-day delivery, insider blogs and growing list of brands that you can’t find elsewhere in the UAE. Shop a mix of more than 60 coveted high street labels, boutique brands and emerging brands at the click of your fingertips with same-day or next-day delivery. This will save you the drama of battling the busy malls and it cuts out the waiting time and expensive shipping charges.
A showcase of new and ground breaking designers from around the world. Fashionable customers can collect the designer pieces from the contemporary fashion hub in the same way they might collect works of art. To make this possible, the store’s designer clothes are reasonably priced from Dhs1,600 to Dhs5,000 for larger pieces so as not to break the bank, and build a fan base for new artists.
Food produce delivery
DinnerTime is a food delivery service that launched in the capital last year. It provides subscribers with ingredients for four meals per week (for either two or four people) and easy-to-follow recipes to cook them. Eager to step away from the takeaway menus for a week or two? Then dust off your chef’s hat and give it a go. Gluten-free packages are also available.
www.dinnertime.me (055 790 8733).
Yas Farms offers a range of organic meats, dairy, produce and eggs that are delivered to your doorstep in fresh farm boxes. In a city where quality culinary ingredients can be hard to get your hands on, the produce coming out of Yas Farm really is unrivalled.
Delivery to Abu Dhabi costs Dhs25, Dubai costs Dhs45 (only on Wed) and Al Ain costs Dhs45 (only Mon). Please order two-three days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Open daily 9am-9pm. Yas Farm, Al Khatim, firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/pages/The-Yas-Farm (050 789 4050).
Order organic food online with Ripe and have fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables delivered to your door, wherever you are in the UAE. Order a Ripe Box and fill up your pantry with superfoods, raw honey, local tahini and gluten free products, local eggs, dairy and dairy free alternatives.
Place your order online at www.ripeme.com or send your order via email to email@example.com (04 380 7602).
This new online shopping service sells only products that have received an award for their quality – hence its name. Items available include handmade pasta, premium teas and coffees, sea salt dark chocolate, black pepper and mint strawberry jam and more. The store is based in Dubai but they deliver to Abu Dhabi at least once per week.
Not be confused with takeaway (although if you are interested in takeaways make sure you check out last month’s online feature where we tested and rated the city’s top takeaway restaurants at www.timeoutabudhabi.com), meal delivery services are all about providing you with a dietary plan to achieve whatever nutritional goals you set yourself, and then delivering all of your meal directly to your door. Perfect for those on a busy schedule or with limited skills in the kitchen.
When you sign up, you’ll be given a full nutritional assessment that takes into account your BMI and level of physical activity. You’re then prescribed a calorie-controlled programme of daily meals and snacks. Great for those with complicated schedules, as Keita delivers to wherever you are, even if it’s somewhere different each day.
www.keita.ae (02 644 6461).
This company offers all sorts of packages, whether you want all your meals catered for or just a healthy lunch brought to the office each day. You can select diets for rapid weight loss, metabolism boosts or even pregnancy, and vegetarians are catered for too.
Slim 'N' Lite
Meals are delivered each evening, and can include everything from steamed fish dishes to burgers. Evening meals arrive warm and your other courses are cold and go in the fridge for the next day. Slim ’n’ Lite can cater for all sorts of intolerances and allergies too.
www.slimandlite.com (02 222 2677).
Fancy hosting a dinner but don’t have the energy to cook? Now that is lazy… but its that attitude that we’re celebrating this week. Head to www.chefxchange.com and hire yourself out a pro who will come and do the cooking for you, there are plenty to choose from with different cuisine specialities so you find exactly the right chef you’re after.
What with the heat, sand and other weather conditions that are prevalent in Abu Dhabi, residents get through an extraordinary amount of laundry every week (at least we hope it isn’t just us). There is some good news though, and that’s that you don’t have to toil over a washing machine all weekend. There are plenty of companies in the city who are more than happy to pick up your unmentionables and deliver them back spotless.
The best option with work clothes, suits, or formal attire is always to have pieces dry cleaned to keep them looking their best for longer. One of the city’s best fuss-free dry cleaners is Bianco Dry Cleaning, which offers a fast, efficient and cost-effective services. Suits and dresses cost Dhs25 to be dry cleaned, with washing and pressing services also available. Naturally, Bianco will deliver all cleaned items back to your door, removing the hassle for you to pick them up.
Open Sat-Thu 9am-11pm; Fri 5pm-10pm. Al Nahyan Compound, Al Muroor (02 633 3157).
Head to any of the more populated areas of town and you won’t be able to move for laundry services. Of course, not all will be of equal quality, so newcomers to the city might want to try a few out with some less valuable or sentimental items before committing their Sunday bests into the hands of a service they aren’t familiar with. One service to put through its paces is Al Rafidain Laundry, which has branches throughout the city including Al Khalidiyah, Salam Street and Airport Road. If your laundry bill comes to Dhs40 or over, they’ll pick up and deliver your laundry for free.
Open daily except Friday before 5pm. Various locations including Salam Street (02 672 7893), Airport Road (02 443 5509) and Al Khalidiyah (02 666 4313).
For those extra special items that have sentimental meaning or are made of special fabrics, you be understandably hesitant to use a regulation dry cleaner to get them cleaned. Thankfully Alessia Couture, the first couture cleaner in the UAE, offers excellent customer care and a faultless service. They are proficient in bridal wear cleaning, leather and suede, high end fabrics and fine dry cleaning, and they even do alterations and shoe repair.
Prices on consultation. www.alessiacouture.com (800 5599). (DEC 4 2013)
There’s no fun staying at home to enjoy being lazy if your pad is a tip or falling down around you. Don’t waste your precious relaxing hours fixing odd jobs or mopping floors, hire a team of professionals to come right to your door instead.
Keep your house upright and functional by keeping the number for KAM general maintenance on your speed dial. KAM undertakes plumbing, electrical and AC maintenance work, as well as smaller handyman jobs and painting and decorating.
For more information visit www.kam.ae or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (800 52646).
Having your home cleaned at least once a week by a maid service is fairly standard in the capital, which is why there are so many companies offering cleaning services. Again, shopping around for the best service for you is the way to go, but to get you started try Exiles Maid Service.
Everyone likes a trip to the salon or spa, whether you’re in for the full hammam or a quick snip off your fringe. But sometimes there simply isn’t enough time in the day for you to get to your favourite manicurist or waxer. Thankfully you don’t need to worry, because these home services will come to you instead.
Slick, fast and stylish, the Bedashing team will whizz to your house to create the perfect mani-pedi at home.
www.bedashingbeauty.com (02 417 1999).
Allow these professional technicians to wax, massage and buff you into bliss while you relax. There is a great range of treatments available, from nails, waxing, threading, facials, make up application, kids’ party services and massages.
www.feelpink.ae (055 408 0100).
Delve into this treasure trove of beauty delights, from hair cutting, styling, colouring and glossing to VIP and bridal services, such as Dreamcatchers hair extensions, jewel bar hair designs and professional make up application. Home services available on request. www.glamoursalonuae.com (02 555 9902).
Purple suitcases dwarf the army of Nail Ink’s tiny beautician army, minibus-ing as far as Ras Al Khaimah to carry out an extensive menu of home appointments. The Zayed University-based salon sends its friendly staff around the clock to deliver manicures and pedicures, nail extensions, waxing, massage, facials, hairstyles, threading, spray tan, eyelash extensions and hand and foot treatments.
Available 8am-midnight Nail Ink home service, www.faceboo.com/NailInkAD (056 722 0116).
The Home Spa
Don’t move a muscle, sit back and enjoy a mani-pedi, waxing, bleaching, massage, facials, nail art and more while you watch your favourite TV boxset.
Follow on Twitter @TheHomespaAD (02 673 8866).
The Nail Spa
Plan your girly get together at work or at home. Choose from a Sofa Spa with a masterful beauty therapist, or how about Desk-Side Revival as you take incoming calls? Forgotten an important date? There’s also a useful ‘emergency service’ for quick fire mani-pedi, eyebrow threading and stress-busting massage or why not throw one of The Nail Spa’s famous Spa-rties to make your group of friends smile.
Price on request. www.thenailspa.com (02 642 3444).
Men’s executive grooming has never been so discreet and easy. Working long hours with little time for a bit of personal upkeep? Put The Lounge of speed dial for hair and nail treatments.
www.thelounge.ae (02 667 7377).
Tips and Toes
Choose from nail care, massages, eyelash extensions, waxing, threading and hair removal services to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Minimum cost of services requested, Dhs200 and client will be charged technician’s taxi fare to and from the spa.
www.tipsandtoes.com (02 445 8834).
Healthy meals not hard-core enough for you? Then go the whole way and give yourself a dose of juicing detox.
This UAE company is great if you really want to give your body a good detox with juices. A daily supply of 473ml drinks will be delivered to you before your cleanse starts. Each juice is designed to replace solid foods and snacks and includes ingredients such as lemon, spinach, beetroot, apple, celery, ginger and more.
Claims it can purify your body with liquid meals that are balanced, healthy and based on a holistic approach.
www.detox-delight.ae (055 556 8318).
The guys at Nosh offer a variety of different juice detoxes and cleanses to help you stay in shape.
Get a personal trainer...without leaving the house
Ok, so getting yourself a personal trainer doesn’t exactly sound lazy. But keeping healthy and exercising in a country like Abu Dhabi, where culinary excesses are the norm and thanks to the climate general physical activity is low during the day, is important. The only problem though is that getting to the gym can be a bit of a faff and memberships are so expensive that they’re only worth the money if you go multiple times a week.
Enter Stay Fit UAE, who will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle in the laziest way possible. You’ll get your own personal trainer come to either a location that suits you (e.g. a park or beach) or your own home and design a specific programme for you. They also do
nutrition programmes as well if you want to be super-committed.
Bring your kids party to you
Sure, we all know how much blood, sweat and tears we’re supposed to put into our little ones special day. But let’s be honest while they can’t hear us, the easier we can make it on ourselves, the better, right? If you’ve got that feeling you’re going to be hosting 20 screaming kids looking to be fed and entertained in the near future, then call in the cavalry to give you a hand.
Do you have a pint-sized pizza lover in your house? Have you ever dreamt of throwing a party with pizza made freshly for you just the way you like it – warm and gooey for five minutes before the cheese congeals and the crust hardens? Well now you can. Making pizzas is a fun activity for the kids to enjoy and you can get them fed at the same time. Double win!
Dhs170 for a party of ten. To book the mobile pizza oven contact email@example.com, www.pizzadirocco.com (02 641 8300).
Like the idea of make your own food parties, but have a little one with a sweet tooth? No sweat. Wafflemeister makes freshly baked Liege waffles, which are served with gelato, cream and melted Belgian chocolate. Why not go big and hire out a live baking station for 25 waffles, for Dhs500. Everyone (you’ll secretly enjoy it as much as the kids) will be able to customize their waffles with a variety of toppings.
To book the mobile waffle bar contact firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wafflemeister.com (02 641 8300).
Do you have a boatload of little monkeys coming to your child’s party and don’t have a clue of how to keep them entertained? Call Music Monkeys. This band of travelling entertainers will get your kids moving and grooving for hours while you socialise with parents.
Dhs500 for a group of ten. To book, contact email@example.com, www.musicmonkeys.ae (056 622 5664).
Outsource your cake
No kids’ party is complete without a magical birthday cake. But mums can often feel very insecure about their baking prowess, so save yourself the stress of dealing with such an important, not to mention labour-intensive task and leave it to an expert by calling Lana’s Partiperfect.
Marina Village (02 681 0090).
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