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Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan 2013 Mubarak to all our readers, guests, associates, visitors, neighbours, and friends!

Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar and occurs about 11 days earlier every Gregorian year.

The start and end of the month is determined by the sighting of the new moon. The word ‘Ramadan’ comes from the Arabic root word ‘Ramida’ meaning ‘scorched heat’ or ‘parched thirst’.

The month holds special importance since the Quran, the Holy Book of the Muslims, was first revealed to the Prophet during Ramadan. Furthermore, fasting is recognised by Muslims around the world as one of the 5 pillars of Islam; the others being faith, prayer, charity and the pilgrimage.

In this part of the world, the phrase used to greet during Ramadan, is ‘Ramadan Kareem’ meaning ‘Ramadan is generous’.

We are progressing through Ramadan with overall working hours reduced as per the UAE Labour Law, but, being a hotel, we never really sleep, of course.

During Ramadan, the opening times of some of our restaurants and bars will change:

Healey’s Bar & Terrace will remain closed during the day, but open after sunset for soft drinks, snacks, and shisha.

The Pool Bar will remain closed throughout the Holy Month.

The Authors’ Lounge will be open daily from sunset to midnight.

McGettigan’s will be open daily from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., but no live entertainment will take place and our popular iPaddy pub quiz night will also take a Ramadan break. Alcoholic beverages will only be served after sunset.

The Cavendish Restaurant will be open daily without breaks from 6.30 a.m. to 11 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. We offer a fabulous Iftar buffet every evening during Ramadan, too!

Ramadan 2013 at Bonnington

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Bikes, cars, and #guestcommentswednesday

Jumeirah Lakes Towers is fast becoming quite the happening place! It doesn’t just have the Bonnington and McGettigan’s at its heart, but there are more & more events taking place in the local area.

On our Facebook page, we recently reported that JLT now has a weekly farmers’ market. You can find out more about that here.

This coming Friday, another new event is taking place in JLT:

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Meanwhile, at the hotel and McGettigan’s, we’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day 2013.

You can find out what McGettigan’s offers by checking out their blog “St. Patrick’s Day in Dubai” – here at the Bonnington, we’ve already raised the flags and the menu for our special St. Patrick’s Day dinner is ready, too:

st.patricks-day-2013

Our Golden Book had a busy time, too, recently, and here are some of our latest guest comments. Don’t forget – you can follow this on Twitter with hashtag #guestcommentswednesday:

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Our basketballers are champions & our towels have won, too! Don’t even mention our bread or petits fours!

March has been quite the month so far for us here in Jumeirah Lakes Towers!

First up, our hotel basketball team won the 2013 Dubai inter-hotel championship! Congratulations to Cezar & his team!

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Secondly, our hotel towels were awarded the 2013 UAE Fluffies Award for the fluffiest hotel towels in the United Arab Emirates. Our towel won in the contest, which was launched by radio station Dubai 92 and judged by the stations breakfast show presenters Catboy and Posh Anna together with Katie Heskett from Ahlan!. The Bonnington towel won based on its fluffiness, but also sheer size (see picture), beating the Moevenpick Ibn Battuta into 2nd place and also leaving towels from The Address Hotels + Resorts, Rotana, JW Marriott Marquee, and the One & Only trailing behind.

Thirdly, Gulfood 2013 finished last week and, like 2012, some of our chefs excelled in the show’s Salon Culinaire!

Congratulations to Nuwan Abeyrathna and Indika Wickramatunga! Nuwan won a bronze medal for his bread showpiece, while Indika got a merit for his petits fours display.

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Mother's Day at the Cavendish in Dubai

Don’t forget! Mother’s Day is coming up! We’ve got a special menu for dinner in our Cavendish Restaurant. You can find out more and book online on the Cavendish’s Facebook page.

Last, but not least, a shout-out to our colleagues from Healey’s Bar & Terrace! Not only do they have a fantastic March offer, which allows you to enjoy a shisha and the cocktail of the day for only AED 49/person, but they have also been nominated for “Best Ladies’ Night” in the 2013 TimeOut Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards!

Best Ladies¹ Night - Shortlisted

Don’t forget to visit our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?
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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! Plus, the last #guestcommentswednesday of 2012!

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A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us here at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers! We’d like to thank you for your support in 2012 and are looking forward to an exciting 2013!

Our Christmas Day lunch was a sell-out as every year, but we still have a few seats available for our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner in our Cavendish Restaurant. Here’s the menu:

Cavendish NYE Menu Tall

Whether you’re joining us for dinner on New Year’s Eve or not, our Healey’s Bar & Terrace is ready to welcome you at any time throughout the evening. There’s no cover charge and you’re welcome to brings friends:

Healey's NYE Party

Golden BookWe’re also closing our Golden Book for 2012 and bring you a few more guest comments we received over the recent weeks.

We always like to hear from our guests, whether through messages on Facebook or Twitter, comments in our Golden Book, or on our comment cards.

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Healey's Live Music

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Don’t forget to visit our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

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More laughter in JLT!

The Laughter Factory is coming back to JLT on Friday, 2nd November 2012! This month’s line-up promises a great show, so why not make an evening of it and come down early for dinner in our Cavendish Restaurant?

The show takes place in our Almas ballroom, just across the road from the Bonnington.

Doc Brown is an underground rapper who worked with, among others, De La Soul and Mark Ronson. In 2008, Doc Brown put down one mic and picked up another after working as a “slang consultant” on a Lenny Henry sitcom, written by Danny Robins and Dan Testell for Radio 4.

Jimmy McGhie’s career was kickstarted in 2005 after reaching the finals of the prestigious ‘BBC New Talent’ competition and performing in the ‘Amused Moose Hot Starlets Showcase’ at the Edinburgh Festival. He then began working full time as a stand-up comedian performing in theatres, clubs, arts centers and universities all over the country and abroad.

Alistair Barrie has been performing professionally for nearly an entire century… this one. Much in demand as both a headline act and MC, he has played all over the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield including the States, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Prague, Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Hong Kong, Macau, Malta, Cyprus, Singapore, Bahrain, Indonesia, Mumbai, Athens (during riot season) and the middle of the North Sea.

After-show venue: McGettigan’s JLT

The hunt is on for the finest cupcake chef in Dubai!

The hunt is on for the finest cupcake chef in Dubai! Use your imagination and showcase your cooking skills by creating your very own CUPCAKE masterpiece! To win, simply upload a photo of yourself while making the cupcake and of the finished product and post it on https://www.facebook.com/bonningtontower! You can also make a video (less than 1 minute long) and email it to us via bonningtontower@gmail.com and we’ll post it on our page for you.

The small print:

  1. Entries can posted/emailed until 4 p.m. Dubai time on 24th of September
  2. The best 3 entries will be selected by us and presented for final judging by our Facebook fans on 25th of September
  3. Our Facebook fans will have from 25th – 30th September to vote for the winning cupcake
  4. The winner will be announced on 1st October 2012
  5. The winner will receive a voucher for an afternoon tea for 2 adults + 1 child in our Authors’ Lounge
  6. Prize cannot be exchanged, sold, or transferred.
  7. You must own the rights to the photos & videos you upload to our Facebook page – we will only accept original photos and reserve the right to delete fake photos/videos, unsuitable material, or media copied from other sources.
  8. In the final round, the winner will be decided by votes from our Facebook community. Obvious fake votes will be deleted.

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Don’t forget to visit our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

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What’s On Awards 2012 – Help us win & you could be a winner, too!

You may remember that, about a year ago, our McGettigan’s Irish Pub, won the What’s On Award for “Best Pub Grub”.

Time flies, and voting for the 2012 What’s On Awards is now open. McGettigan’s is, of course, in the running again, but so are some of our other outlets.

Please vote for us! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to http://whatsonawards.com/login.asp and register (it’s quick & painless).
  2. Select “Dubai” and cast your votes as follows:
  • McGettigan’s for “Best Bar” in the ‘Music & Nightlife’ category
  • McGettigan’s for “Best Pub Grub” in the ‘Eating Out’ category
  • The Cavendish for “Best International Restaurant in the ‘Eating Out’ category
  • Healey’s Bar for “Best Bar” in the ‘Music & Nightlife’ category
  • The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers for “Best Hotel” in the ‘Travel’ category

What’s On Magazine will pick a lucky winner from everybody who votes in the awards and you could win AED 5,000 just for voting!

Thank you for your support!

Don’t forget to visit our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

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2012 Bonnington Associates’ Iftar & July Birthday Celebrations

Last night saw our annual Associates’ Iftar taking place in the Almas Tower Conference Centre across the road from the Bonnington.

Big thanks to the entire kitchen team, especially Chefs Derek, Mouin, and also our F&B teams around Bernd, Ashraf, and Mahesh, for preparing and serving a very tasty Iftar feast.

As always, we also used this opportunity to celebrate the winners of the Associate of the Month awards as well as the team-members with birthdays during the month.

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You can find more pictures on the Bonnington’s Facebook Page and on the Almas Tower Google+ Page.

Don’t forget to visit our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

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Did you know? There’s a Ramadan shisha terrace in JLT…

Just in case you haven’t heard it yet… We’ve opened a Ramadan shisha terrace in the heart of JLT. Come and join us on Healey’s Terrace every evening after iftar for shisha, juices, tea, or snacks with a view over the Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

While we’re on the subject of all things “new”: Have you seen the latest video put together by our colleagues from McGettigan’s Irish Pub? It’s pretty snazzy – have a look:

The video is part of McGettigan’s expansion campaign. That’s right, our Irish Pub has grown up and is spreading its wings! Read all about it in the McGettigan’s blog.

Don’t forget to visit our homepage! Have you seen our YouTube channel already?

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Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan 2012 Mubarak to all our readers, guests, associates, visitors, neighbours, and friends!

Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar and occurs about 11 days earlier every Gregorian year.

The start and end of the month is determined by the sighting of the new moon. The word ‘Ramadan’ comes from the Arabic root word ‘Ramida’ meaning ‘scorched heat’ or ‘parched thirst’.

The month holds special importance since the Quran, the Holy Book of the Muslims, was first revealed to the Prophet during Ramadan. Furthermore, fasting is recognised by Muslims around the world as one of the 5 pillars of Islam; the others being faith, prayer, charity and the pilgrimage.

In this part of the world, the phrase used to greet during Ramadan, is ‘Ramadan Kareem’ meaning ‘Ramadan is generous’.

We are progressing through Ramadan with overall working hours reduced as per the UAE Labour Law, but, being a hotel, we never really sleep, of course.

During Ramadan, the opening times of some of our restaurants and bars will change:

Healey’s Bar & Terrace will remain closed throughout the Holy Month.

The Pool Bar will be open daily from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Authors’ Lounge will be open daily from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

McGettigan’s will be open daily from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., but no live entertainment will take place and our popular iPaddy pub quiz night will also take a Ramadan break. Alcoholic beverages will only be served after sunset.

The Cavendish Restaurant will be open daily without breaks from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. We offer a fabulous Iftar buffet every evening during Ramadan, too!

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