The Daily: A cozy iftar for the family

The buffet had a variety of dishes, mostly from Arabic cuisines. (Supplied)
Updated 02 June 2019

The Daily: A cozy iftar for the family

  • The desserts were the best part of the Daily's buffet
  • The restaurant gives out vouchers for free iftars to be shared

DUBAI: For a warm and cozy iftar, head to the buffet at the Daily in any of the Roves across Dubai.

The branch at Trade Center has a variety of starters and sweets, most of the options from Arabic cuisines.

The lentil soup was delicious, combining the right amount of spices for a perfect flavor. One of my favorite starters was their tabbouleh, a parsley salad with burghul and tomatoes.

There was also variety of main dishes, such as couscous, samaka harra and chicken biryani. The samaka harra was delicious, coated in a tomato and chili sauce while remaining juicy inside.

However, the desserts were the most notable part of this iftar.

The Umm Ali, which is similar to bread pudding, was creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. Another Arabic dessert, Halawet Jubn, or Arabic cream rolled in a cheese dough, transported me right back to when I used to eat it in Syria. Coffee and tea are also offered at the buffet.

For this Ramadan, the Daily is giving a free iftar coupons for every purchased meal, to highlight and support the spirit of giving the holy month is famed for. Guests in turn are welcome to share their coupons with their friends, or even strangers.

The staff were attentive and friendly, and the ambience was welcoming. There is an enjoyable outdoor terrace, where visitors can enjoy pleasant weather, but the indoor space can get a little cramped.

The buffet is priced at $27 per person, and the Rove has various locations across Dubai, including Downtown, the Trade Center and the Marina.

What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?

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What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?

  • Some of the gifts have either gone missing, were stolen or destroyed over the decades

HOUSTON, Texas: US President Richard Nixon gave moon rocks collected by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 astronauts to 135 countries around the world and the 50 US states as a token of American goodwill.
While some hold pride of place in museums and scientific institutions, many others are unaccounted for — they have either gone missing, were stolen or even destroyed over the decades.
The list below recounts the stories of some of the missing moon rocks and others that were lost and later found.
It is compiled from research done by Joseph Gutheinz Jr, a retired NASA special agent known as the “Moon Rock Hunter,” his students, and collectSPACE, a website which specializes in space history.

• Both the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 moon rocks presented to perpetually war-wracked Afghanistan have vanished.

• One of the moon rocks destined for Cyprus was never delivered due to the July 1974 Turkish invasion of the island and the assassination of the US ambassador the following month.
It was given to NASA years later by the son of a US diplomat but has not been handed over to Cyprus.

Joseph Gutheinz, an attorney known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," displays meteorite fragments in his office on May 22, 2019 in Friendswood, Texas. (AFP / Loren Elliot)

• Honduras’s Apollo 17 moon rock was recovered by Gutheinz and Bob Cregger, a US Postal Service agent, in a 1998 undercover sting operation baptized “Operation Lunar Eclipse.”
It had been sold to a Florida businessman, Alan Rosen, for $50,000 by a Honduran army colonel. Rosen tried to sell the rock to Gutheinz for $5 million. It was seized and eventually returned to Honduras.

• Ireland’s Apollo 11 moon rock was on display in Dublin’s Dunsink Observatory, which was destroyed in a 1977 fire. Debris from the observatory — including the moon rock — ended up in the Finglas landfill.

• The Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 moon rocks given to then Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi have vanished.

• Malta’s Apollo 17 moon rock was stolen from a museum in May 2004. It has not been found.

• Nicaragua’s Apollo 17 moon rock was allegedly sold to someone in the Middle East for $5-10 million. Its Apollo 11 moon rock ended up with a Las Vegas casino owner, who displayed it for a time in his Moon Rock Cafe. Bob Stupak’s estate turned it over to NASA when he died. It has since been returned to Nicaragua.

• Romania’s Apollo 11 moon rock is on display in a museum in Bucharest. Romania’s Apollo 17 moon rock is believed to have been sold by the estate of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed along with his wife, Elena, on Christmas Day 1989.

Spain’s Apollo 17 moon rock is on display in Madrid’s Naval Museum after being donated by the family of Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, who was assassinated by the Basque separatist group ETA in 1973.
Spain’s Apollo 11 moon rock is missing and is believed to be in the hands of the family of former dictator Francisco Franco.