Be Mine...At Vu's

Sunday, 12 February 2012

My fiancé travels a lot for work, so when he’s in Dubai, we like to make the most of our time together. Cue an evening at Vu’s restaurant, in the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Having never been to Vu’s before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard all the stats: over 10 years’ of excellence in contemporary European cuisine, some of the best views in Dubai, gorgeous décor, the list goes on.

And so last Thursday, my fiancé and I dressed up, called a cab, and then stepped into the glass elevators that whizzed us up to the 50th floor for an early Valentine’s dinner.

The menu is by no means light on the wallet, but every mouthful is worth it. I promise. We opted for the four-course menu, specially designed for Valentine’s Day (Dhs600 per person for four courses and a glass of bubbly on arrival).

The meal extravaganza kicked off with a hot and cold starter – Norwegian scallops and beef carpaccio (and a splash of aged Pinot Noir, thank you very much).

As the courses stretched on, we came to the main event – I opted for the sea bass while my fiancé chose the veal tenderloin. He’s picky when it comes to meat, more often than not declaring that the cut, cooking method or presentation aren’t up to scratch. I held my breath. He cut a slice. My fork hovered in mid-air. He put the bite to his lips. I watched. He broke out into a broad smile. Winner! In fact, he said it might just be the best he’s had.

Dessert didn’t disappoint either, and the creamy white chocolate ice cream and the dark chocolate crisp with marinated passionfruit and strawberry puree had us practically licking our plates.

All up, we stayed at Vu’s for nearly four hours, enjoying the food, atmosphere and each other’s company. As Dubai buzzed along, 50 floors below us, Vu’s offered us the perfect place to escape for a much-needed romantic night out.

Want to take your other half for a romantic dinner at Vu’s? The Above & Beyond experience is valued at Dhs1,200 for two, and includes four courses, a glass of bubbly on arrival and a surprise gift. To win, simply tell us why you and your partner need to go above and beyond at Vu’s. This prize is to be redeemed throughout the month of February.

Madonna… Is The Show Finally Over?

Monday, 6 February 2012

Hands up to watched the American Superbowl overnight. Keep your hand raised if you sat through Madonna’s half-time ‘performance’. And finally, keep that arm up in the air if you think someone should quietly whisper to the superstar “Hey Madge, the show is over, say goodbye”.

The queen of pop wheeled out some pretty big names to help her through her mega-watt show, including the likes of Nicki Manaj, M.I.A and Cee Lo Green, who popped up thoughout the 10-minute production.
It was Cee Lo who hit the high notes in Like A Prayer, while an acrobat whose highly-charged tight-rope performance only highlighted Madonna’s lack of her own choreography and mobility, and it was MIA whose expletive shouted into the audience was the only reminder of the Madonna we used to love (you know, the one who didn’t try so hard). There was a particularly concerning moment when Madge tried to hoist herself onto a higher step, only to fail not once, not twice, but three times before giving it one more heave-ho and climbing to the higher height.

Madonna is 53. Now, before you accuse me of being ageist or calling Queen Madge ‘old’, hear me out. I’m suggesting that at 53, and the mother of a 14-year-old daughter (not to mention 11-year-old Rocco, six-year-old David and four-year-old Mercy), Madonna should perhaps reconsider doing backflips in a g-string in front of millions of people, no? I’m certainly not suggesting she should call time on her career and book herself into a nursing home, but perhaps she should spare a thought for what her grinding and gyrating on live TV will mean for teenage daughter Lourdes at school tomorrow. Just a thought.

So, what do you reckon?

The Great Man Survey

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Wanna know what guys really think? All will be revealed in Cosmo's Great Man Survey!

Hey ladies, want to know what really goes through guys’ minds? Copy and paste the below survey and send it to your boyfriend, husband, guy friends and ask them to take part in Cosmo’s Great Man Survey! And don’t forget to get him to include in his email to us that it was you who convinced him to do it…because you’ll be in the running for a cool prize!

Below, you’ll find a stack of questions. Your guy can answer completely anonymously if he wishes. Otherwise, he should include his full name, age and a head shot with his reply (or make a note next to any specific questions that he’d like to remain anonymous for – we don’t want to put his safety on the line, after all). Also, we’d love if he were to add any of his personal comments along with your answers.

So without further ado…we present The Great Man Survey.

·         Who are you most attracted to – blondes, brunettes, redheads.

·         Would you prefer a pretty face or a hot body?

·         Is cellulite a turn-off?

·         What knickers do you prefer to see in the bedroom – thong, French-cut, bikini bottom, boy-leg.

·         Thoughts on false lashes – tacky or hot?

·         Thoughts on make-up – less or lots? Why?

·         What’s hottest in hair – short, long, curly, straight?

·         Curvy or super-thin? Why?

·         What do you notice first when you see a girl in a bikini – boobs, bum, tummy.

·         When you’re naked, what are you most insecure about – stomach, hair, birth marks, appendage size, nothing at all!

·         Thoughts on plastic surgery – “she should never do it” or “if it helps then why not?”

·         Piercings on a girl – hot or not?

·         Tattoos on a girl – hot or not?

·         Kim Kardashian’s butt or Pippa Middleton’s?

·         Would you prefer to see a girl in your button-down work shirt or your sports tee?

·         What do you think about most in a single day – food, sex, money, work, your appearance, your sports team.

·         Would you prefer your wife took your surname? Why?

·         Would you rather marry a woman 20 years older than you or 20 pounds heavier than you?

·         You text her, she texts right back. Efficient or desperate?

·         If a girl could only have two of the following qualities, what would they be? Good-looking, smart, caring, fun.

·         When are you most likely to zone out – when she talks about her day, when she tells you about her shopping trip, talking about her friends’ dilemmas, when she’s annoyed with you, when the game is on TV.

And on to the ‘Would you rather’ game

Would you rather:

·         Lose a limb or lose a testicle
·         Have no hair or have Trump hair
·         Be as smart as Bill Gates or be as hot as Ryan Reynolds
·         Drive a sports car or live in a mansion
·         Night in with your lady or out with the lads?
·         Buff body or gorgeous face
·         Marry Anne Hathaway or get dirty with Rihanna?

Please reply to so all answers will be treated in the most confidential manner.

Looking forward to being enlightened, guys!

Team Cosmo xx 

Kim talks to Cosmo Middle East!

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Look who’s on the shelves a day early! Kim chatted to Cosmo Middle East exclusively about her marriage break-down, why she shut down filming for two months, and revealed that she won’t be spending Valentine’s alone. You’re going to want to get your hands on this issue!

Ship Ahoy!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Team Cosmo got our sea legs on today when we boarded the BBQ Donut at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

We admit, we kinda thought we’d be sitting back while someone spoon-fed us our lunch… So we were surprised when Editor Kerrie was nominated to be captain, Deputy Editor Aoife was named head chef, Fashion & Beauty Director Chee was in charge of pointing out when we were about to smash into the Floating Bridge, and Art Director Acacia was on cooler box patrol. We. Had. A. Blast!

The lovely people at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club made sure our donut was loaded up with delectable goodies, packed the drinks box for us, fired up the bbq and got the music flowing. All we had to do was throw the food on the hot plate (and look out for previously mentioned bridges).

Choose between the Afternoon Tea package (sandwiches, macaroons, tea and coffee – Dhs950), the Tasty Mix package (salads, nachos, beef burgers, chicken kebabs and sausages – Dhs1,200), the MeditArabian package (Arabic mezze, rub-eye steak, chicken breasts, prawns, fish, veggie kebabs, fruit salad and cakes – Dhs1,550) or the Creek Indulgence (sushi, wagyu steaks, lamb cutlets, salmon steaks, salads, fruit and cakes – Dhs1,950). All packages are inclusive of soft drinks and serve six people.

Want to experience the BBQ Donut for yourself? We have a Tasty Mix package to give away, so you and five friends can take to the seas! To win it, just tell us: who would your five celebrity BBQ Donut guests be, and why? Post your answers here!
Kerrie learns the basics of driving the donut

Team Cosmo

Chef Aoife in action (Kaptain Kerrie focusing on the steering)

Dessert is served!
Aoife and Acacia (with dessert)
The BBQ Donut fleet

Wanna give it a go? Call +971 4 295 6000, email or visit

And the winners are…

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

It was a tough job to select just five winners from all the fab entries we got to meet Kim Kardashian at Sephora on Saturday, but we’ve finally done it!

The five winners will have a chance to meet with Kim, have a chat and a photo, as well as take home a Dhs500 hamper from Sephora, The Dubai Mall.

If your name appears below, please send an email to with your full name and mobile number, and we’ll send you all the important details!

Congratulations to:

Saima Khan
Nishali Shaikh
Mairam B
Shurooq Al Haremi

See you at Sephora The Dubai Mall!

Here Come The Hot 50!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

So we’ve spent the last few months hunting down the region’s hottest bachelors and then, well, convincing them to take their clothes off.
Check out what went on when Team Cosmo got together with the 50 Hottest Bachelors on the Middle East.

Turn the volume up loud!

Keeping Up With Kim

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Want to meet Kim Kardashian when she visits Dubai next week?

Cosmo and Sephora are giving five readers the chance to meet the famous Kardashian (as well as take home a Dhs500 gift hamper from Sephora on October 15 in Sephora, The Dubai Mall.

Just tell us here what you’d say to Kim if you had the chance to meet her!

Good luck!

PS Don't forget to leave your name!