SHARJAH: Saudi Prince Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, Head of Pledge-Allegiance Commission met the UAE Balloon Team here today. He was briefed by the UAE Balloon Team, led by Captain Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Mansouri, to take part in this year’s edition of the Al Janadriyah, an annual cultural festival held in the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Chairman of the Higher Committee of the 7th UAE International Balloon Festival and Cup, Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mualla, also briefed Prince Meshaal on preparations to launch the King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Balloon at this year’s festival in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The event to be held in December this year will also see the launch of the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Balloon Cup, the “Faris Al-Arab” (Arabic for the Arab Knight) Balloon Cup, the Spirit of the Union Balloon and the Gharbia Balloon will be launched at the same event.
In remarks at the meeting, Prince Meshaal hailed the achievements of the UAE in different spheres to advance prosperity and success in society. He also praised the achievements of the UAE Balloon Team in international competitions.
DUBAI: H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), officially inaugurated SIKKA 2013, the Authority’s contemporary artist-led fair in Dubai.
The fair was held in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, which seved as centre of the city in the past. 24th March, SIKKA 2013 features works from 70+ Emirati artists, and 14 multi-disciplinary initiatives and collectives, an array of special projects, workshops, panel discussions, live music and entertainment, film screenings, performances and a children’s educational programme, in addition to guided and self-led tours.
The SIKKA will last 11 days, visitors can discover over 45 new works on display and experience a diverse selection of interactive projects and hands-on workshops, shedding light on Dubai’s alternative arts and cultural scene.
H.H Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Dubai’s cultural scene is witnessing incredible growth and the city has evolved as one of the world’s leading hubs for fine arts today. SIKKA stands apart in the arts sector of Dubai with its focus on promoting Emiratis and UAE-based artists. Over the past three years, the contemporary art fair has served as a platform to highlight the rich talent in our country. With the largest showcase of works, performances, and community-centric initiatives to date, SIKKA will continue to build on Dubai’s rich artistic identity and promote intercultural dialogue.” With numerous acts scheduled each day, SIKKA’s commissioned musicians will take the stage with their most recent creations. These include: As per Casper; Beatbox Ray; Fables of Cantt; Gayathri; Harrison Rice; Jabbar; Layla Lacole; Liminal Roots; Nada Dada; Regal Beats; Sach Holden; Shay; Swerte; THEM;’ and Valentin Spasov, in addition to performances from Imagyne, Paul D, and Star TOO.
Works by up-and-coming filmmakers include Amal Agroobi’s 90% Psyche; Anushka Anand’s Lonely @ Night; Camille Mallat’s SIKKA Photo Booth; Hania Ansari’s My Heart My Fellow Traveler; Mohammed Al Marzouqi’s Travelling Through Time; and Salma El-Shami’s Shiddi ?eilek.
Over 45 commissioned visual artists will showcase a diverse breath of mediums including installations, photography, graphic design, sculpture, painting, drawing, video art, and mixed media, among others.
Visual artists working on site and context specific work and installations include: Aaesha Al Ahmed; Abdul Azim Al Ghussein; Ahmed Bouholaigah; Amal Al Khaja; Amartey Cousland-Golding; Arwa Jundi; Cristiano Luchetti; Caravan + Studio 7; Darwin Guevera; Gilda Jabbari; Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi; Karee Dahl; Khawla Darwish; Mia O; Mohammed Jumairi; Mouza Al Matrooshi; Nadine Nour El Din Ezzat; Noor Al Suwaidi; Nouf Aljahdhami; Nourhan Darwish; Rabi Georges; Rami Farook; Rashid Al Mulla; Reem Abdulwahid; Saba Qizilbash; Sara Al Hadad; Shaikha Al Mazrou; Shamma Al Amri; The Good News Team; Vikram Divecha; Walid Wawi; and Zahra Jewangjee ‘&’ Simon Coates.
This showcase is rich with photographic and video works and installations from Alia Hussain Lootah; Cristiana De Marchi; Farah Al Qasimi; Hazem Mahdy; Mark Pilkington; pointCOUNTERpoint; Rania Jishi; Sinisa Vlajkovic; and Zara Mahmood.
This year will also have a special house dedicated to design, comprising young designers exploring the medium beyond the commercial context. These include: Khalid Mezaina; Layan Attari; M?bius Design Studio; Nada AlYafaei; Talin Hazbar; and Tulip Hazbar.
All visits and activities at SIKKA 2013 are open to the public. Participation is free of charge; however registration is required for workshops due to limited seating.
SIKKA 2013 will be held concurrently with Art Week, Dubai’s premier umbrella arts initiative encompassing of Art Dubai and Design Days Dubai.
Dubai, 2nd March 2013 — The UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is mobilising Arab, regional and international energies to develop and conserve water resources, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said today.
In remarks on the eve of the Arab Water Day, Bin Fahad the UAE hosted in January the International Water Summit which brought together policymakers, scientists and business leaders to tackle the urgent water and wastewater challenges facing arid regions.
The Arab Water Ministerial Council organises the Arab Water Day on 3rd March every year to urge Arab countries for more work towards achieving water security in the Arab Countries in the way towards sustainable development in the region.
”Acknowledging its water reality and scarce water resources for irrigation, drinking and development purposes, the UAE has made tremendous efforts to make water available for these goals including improving legislative and institutional frameworks that aim to conserve water resources in consistence with principles of integrated water management, conducting research on water resources development, managing and mitigating risks and challenges facing the water sector in terms of increasing demand and consumption, and analyzing the climate change negative impact on sectors like agriculture, water and the environment,” he added.
”The UAE is currently undertaking a national strategy for improving water resources management, replenishing strategic water reserves, developing legislative, economic and technical standards, building local capacities on integrated water resources management and sustainable development of natural resources.” In regards to water projects, the minister added that 116 dams were built with a total capacity of 11 million cubic metres to sustain natural water resources.
It has also utilized the non-conventional water resources with increased use of desalinated water as a key source for fresh water.
”For the moment, the Ministry is crafting along with its stakeholder a national bill for rationalizing fresh water consumption, he said.
Abu Dhabi, Feb 28th, 2013 (WAM)–The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, today afternoon graced the national procession, which started from Qasr Al Manhal to Qasr Al Hosn to mark the 250th anniversary of building of Qasr Al Hosn by the late Sheikh Dhyiab bin Eisa Al Nahyan.
The procession, which symbolised the journey of Al Nahyan family from Liwa in the Western Region to Abu Dhabi, was also attended by a number of other Sheikhs, citizens and tribal dignitaries.
At the celebration centre at Qasr Al Hosn, the UAE Vice President and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince performed the traditional dances amid presence of huge crowd.
Among others present were H. H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, H. H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Crown Prince of Umm al-Qaiwain, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras al-Khaimah, H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, H. H. Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H. H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, H. H. Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative, H. H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H. H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H. H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, H. H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Lt. General Musbeh Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the Office of the UAE Vice President, a and a number of other guests.
Seven Emirati housewives worked to preserve UAE culture and heritage
Dubai: Seven Emirati housewives got together and made a giant traditional mat from date palm tree leaves, as part of their efforts to keep this symbol of the UAE’s culture alive.
The seven women, who are all members of the women committee of Dibba Al Fujairah’s Culture, Theatre and Arts Centre, said it took them around six months to complete the project as they worked on it whenever they got some spare time out of their busy daily routines.
The mat is made of date palm tree fronds and is 24m and 30cm long. Its width is 74cm.
The traditional mat, known in the UAE as a ‘Haseer’, was widely used to furnish floors of houses, mosques and roof tops in the past. They are still used today, but mostly for outings, especially in the desert. The giant mat will be on display at the first Liwa/Ajman Date Festival which begins tomorrow and will continue until Friday, July 29.
Saif Al Dahmani, Head of Al Nakheel Foundation for Heritage and Handcrafts, is the one who suggested the idea of making the giant mat and is now working on promoting it. He is even trying to find a sponsor for the project to help get the mat registered with the Guinness World Records (GWR).
“We already exhibited the mat at the Liwa Date Festival which ended last week and we got a good response from visitors who were amazed at seeing the mat and appreciated the hard work that went into it,” he told Gulf News.
Al Dahmani said he chose the traditional mat because it is part of the country’s heritage and something that was used widely in the past, especially by common people. “I am basically coordinating with the women committee, as I am exhibiting this mat at various exhibitions,” he said. “I also promote the handmade products by these women on various occasions,” he added.
Mariam Juma, the general supervisor, who oversaw the project, said she feels proud of the women who dedicated time out of their busy lives to this project. She said the seven women spent six months first, weaving and then sewing the mat. “When we suggested to them the idea, we did not set a timeframe because we knew it is difficult for them to dedicated certain hours to this because of their other commitments.
“This is the first time the women committee of Dibba Al Fujairah has taken up such a project and we are happy it has seen the light,” she said.
Aisha Hamdan, one of the seven women who worked on the mat, told Gulf News they all took part in the project because they wanted to do something that represented the culture and heritage of the UAE as a country.
“This mat does not only represent us women from Fujairah, but the entire UAE,” she said.
Sindiyah Al Rahma, a 50-year-old housewife and mother of nine, said she spent her time working on the mat whenever she was free from her house responsibilities.
“I used to spend around one to two hours whenever I had some time on hand because I also take care of my house and children,” she said.
Fatima Hassan, a mother of six, said weaving and sewing has always been her passion.
“I learned it when I was a child and still love doing it. So the idea of making a giant mat putting our experience into it was very exciting to me,” she said.
Art of weaving
Halima Ali, another 50-year-old housewife and mother of nine, said she learned the art of weaving and sewing from her grandmother and mother and she still does it. She is also now passing on the skills she learned to her daughters.
“We have to pass on the experience of making these traditional handcrafts to the younger generations because they are part of our identity and we have to preserve it in a way or the other,” she said.
At a glance
Work on the giant mat started on December 1, 2010 and was completed on May 27, 2011.
The giant mat will be on display at the first Liwa/Ajman Date Festival, which starts tomorrow and runs until Friday, at Ajman Festival City, near Ajman City Centre.
For details on the festival contact: 050-3006888
Come the last Friday before holy month Ramadan, another landmark would be added to Dubai’s celebrated landscape matching the city’s ambition.
Though it has already made its presence felt physically, Al Farooq Omar bin Khattab Mosque and Islamic Centre will host its first congregation with a Friday prayer on July 29.
A replica of Istanbul’s fabled Blue Mosque, the Al Farooq Centre is designed to play a similar role that the historic Blue Mosque played with its extended community centre, a public kitchen, a hospital, a bazaar and a madrassa.
While Dubai’s Blue Mosque complex won’t have a hospital or a public kitchen, it houses a madrassa that will facilitate learning of the Holy Quran and Islamic courses, a library with a collection of some 4,000 Islamic and other religious titles to help advance learning, and a lecture hall that will be host to inter-faith dialogue to forge better religious understanding.
The complex also has the customary residences for the Imam (prayer leader) and Muezzin (the caller for prayers).
“Our idea is to pass on the message of Al Farooq (the title of Omar bin Khattab, Islam’s second caliph and a beloved companion of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him), who as a ruler extended his arm of benevolence to people from all walks of life. We want to spread the larger good of Islam rather than just being a player of worship. The centre and mosque would be open for people of all faith,” said Abdul Malek, who is the manager of the centre.
This means the mosque will be one of the three in the country and second in Dubai to open its doors for non-Muslims, the other two being the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and Jumeirah Grand Mosque in Dubai.
“Omar bin Khattab gave generally amnesty to the Christian and Jewish population of Jerusalem after it was peacefully occupied by Muslim troops, and we want to continue his legacy of peace and brotherhood,” he added.
As part of the legacy, the centre will host regular inter-faith dialogues and also host talks by non-Muslim scholars to dispel misconceptions about different religions.
To begin the noble mission, the first prayer congregation in the mosque would be led by Kuwait’s renowned scholar and imam Shaikh Masharey bin Rashid Afasy and is expected to be attended by who’s who of the country’s elite and diplomatic circle.
“We have sent invitations to the Rulers and shaikhs of all emirates, including His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We have also invited many ambassadors and consul-generals, irrespective of their faith, and we hope a very good turnout on that auspicious day,” said Abdul Malek, as he guided us through the complex.
The building’s Ramadan opening is considered auspicious and the centre has planned a month-long festival to mark the occasion.
As many as eight beautiful reciters of the Holy Quran would be flown in from different parts of the world for the special Tarawih prayers offered in Ramadan, special iftar majlis would be held for public every day of the holy month and night lectures by famous scholars would be held for the benefit of the community.
Already taking on the role of spreading the umbrella of peace, the centre looks to be the soul of the quaint neighbourhood of Al Safa where it is located, as passersby — both on foot and cars — get drawn as if by a magnetic pull to the magnificent structure.
“The complex is not yet officially open and finishing works are still on, but we already have dozens of visitors everyday. They are drawn towards the complex as moths are drawn to light,” said Abdul Malek, with his eyes swelled by tears of joy and pride.
The tranquil, almost sleepy surroundings of the mosques seem to be a reflection of the hallowed place of worship, a world far removed from the fast-paced and noisy city of Dubai.
The peace and serenity it brings is not unlike any similar worship houses of God, but what is unique is its design, which is a tribute to two splendid Islamic civilisations. A coherent mixture of Ottoman and Andalusian architectural styles, the structure is based on Turkish mosques of the Ottoman era — more precisely the legendary Blue mosque — though in the much smaller scale, the internal decorations, designs, calligraphy, inscriptions and patterns are taken after the Moorish style of Islamic Spain.
Held by a central dome that is 30 metres high and supported by 21 other half and full domes, resembling the Turkish style of building, the mosque has four 70-metre-tall minarets — the second tallest in the UAE after the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque minarets — that are visible from kilometres afar.
The 2,000 capacity worship hall is 4,200 square metres in size, while the entire mosque site is 8,700 square metres, making it the biggest in Dubai leaving behind the Rashidiya Grand Mosque by a long way.
Handmade by the specially flown Moroccan craftsmen, who are still the guardians of Andalusian science of building, the intricate geometric designs and glazed tile patterns coupled with a mesmeric mix of calligraphy, Quranic inscriptions and 124 stained glass windows combine to form the most soothing symphony for a connoisseur’s eyes.
The grandeur and splendour of the interior take one back to the realms of the Mughals, the Ottomans and the Moors. Not that there aren’t similar structures around (how can one deny the mesmeric effects of Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque?) it’s just that like the person it is named after, Al Farooq stands out tall and high.
“As a strategic partner of DEPE, Dubai Outlet Mall will be a part of DSS 2011. DSS is an important event in Dubai calendar and we look forward for a very successful and an entertaining period,” said Vishal Mahajan, Director of Dubai Outlet Mall.
1st to 31st July 2011, Outlet Mall will run a “Amazing Thailand” festival showcasing Thailand’s unique attractions. The mall is decorated with DSS theme combined with Thai style beautiful and vivid ornaments and lanterns and visitors will get to experience Thai culture, entertainment, cuisine and handicrafts with lots of exhibitors offering unique stuff to purchase. There is a wonderful entertainment lined up including Thai dance and performance, craft demonstrations, Thai massages, the Pink Garden show, Roaming stilt fashion shows, Garden Gnomes and lots more to amuse everyone.
Spend win promotion
With major discounts and attractive bargains customers can participate in a spend and win promotion during the one month festival at Outlet Mall. Buying from any retailer outlet at Dubai Outlet Mall will give customers a chance to win daily shopping vouchers worth thousands of Dirhams plus a chance to win an exclusive trip for 4 – family or friends – to Bangkok every weekend. Shoppers can double their chances by spending with their Emirates NBD credit or debit cards.
Vishal Mahajan said, “This DSS in order to add more value to customers’ visit, we are not only offering them the best shopping experience with our signature value offerings, amazing bargains on variety of big brands with great prices and everyday prizes but we also present them with a unique opportunity to experience Thailand in Dubai and enjoy both destinations at the same time.”
He added, “We believe that this festival, held during Dubai Summer Surprises celebrations, with the offerings of extravaganza of promotions, bargains and entertainment, all of which contribute to Dubai being one of the most sought after cities for tourists and shoppers, will be a great success.”
Dubai Outlet Mall is the ultimate value shopping destination of choice for tourists, visitors and residents of Dubai which offers world premium brands such as Burberry, Massimo Dutti, Sacoor Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Cesare Paciotti, Cole Haan and many more at incredible prices with upto 90% discount every day. Customers will get amazing offers on over 1,200 brands in fashion, accessories, furniture, homewares, leather goods and jewellery in 240 stores at Outlet Mall.
The ‘Amazing Thailand Festival 2011′ will be held at the Dubai Outlet Mall daily throughout the month of July between the times of 10:00 to 22:00 Sundays to Wednesday, and from 10:00 to 24:00 Thrusday to Saturday.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Friday visited the Dubai International Boat Show 2011 at the Jumeirah Beach in Dubai.
Accompanied by Dubai Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Shaikh Mohammed toured the show’s main tent in which, all boat, yacht and marine sport equipment and items are on display.
Shaikh Mohammed officially launched ‘Ferry Dubai’, the latest water transport service offered by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). He was briefed by RTA Chairman Matar Mohammed Al Tayer about the ferry which, in the first stage, will serve Dubai Creek and the coastal line stretching along Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina and the waterfront developments.
The 32-metre-long ferry, which can travel at a maximum speed of 24 knots/hour, can carry 100 passengers and is fitted with modern entertainment facilities.
Al Tayer said the first stage will see two ferries serving a number of lines. They will be increased in later stages to 10 ferries.
Shaikh Mohammed said he was pleased with the achievements of the RTA and its efforts to provide quality services and infrastructure to the citizens, residents and visitors of Dubai.
He also praised the success of the boat show and the growing interest among local, regional and international players to take part in such an important event.
Present were Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and President of the Emirates airline, other Shaikhs and senior officials.
For the Dubai-based designers of the Rouge Couture line on display, the Western music combined with the unusual twists on the traditional abaya worn by observant Muslim women is the perfect contrast which sums up Islamic fashion.
“Our designs are there, in part, to empower women and show that traditional Arab women are strong,” said Rouge Couture founder Sarah Madani at the show in October. “Our line is both traditional and religious and no matter how far we go with it, our clothes are still modest.”
Modesty and religion are the cornerstones behind the fast-growing Islamic fashion industry, which is making a mark on runways from Indonesia and Dubai to Monte Carlo. Islamic fashion is part of a growing appetite for sharia-related industries and assets, ranging from finance to halal food.
Some of the biggest names in couture, such as Christian Dior, are racing to produce Islamic-inspired attire that will tap into the spending power of Muslim women globally.
Muslim designers are also eager to find their place in a fashion industry that is conservatively estimated to be worth more than $96 billion globally.
But the industry has its detractors, who say Islamic fashion misses the spirit of Islam and exploits the faithful by producing attire that is labelled Islamic, but whose aesthetic appeal owes much more to Western ideals of beauty.
A fashion show in Monte Carlo last August — where the Malaysian prime minister’s wife was a patron — sparked protests from student groups and politicians in Malaysia as well as widespread criticism on the Internet.
Some designs featured at the Islamic Fashion Festival were reviled for portraying the Prophet Mohammed’s name in Arabic calligraphy on the chest of a sleeveless abaya-inspired gown.
“The pride of the entire Islamic community worldwide has been tarnished by the Islamic Fashion Festival,” one Malaysian parliamentarian said at the time.
A Facebook page was created calling for the Prime Minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansur, to apologise to Muslims.
But Islamic Fashion Festival founder Raja Rezza Shah said critics missed the point of the event, which brings together designers of all faiths to create clothes with consumers from the Muslim world in mind.
“My event is about showing the gentle side of Islam to a non-Muslim audience,” Shah said. “There will be mistakes made by some designers that do not have a deep knowledge of Islam. How can I show Islam is gentle if I chop a designer at the first mistake?”
Shaykha Halima Krausen, a German-born sharia scholar, said there is always a concern that religion will be exploited for economic gain, but there were also opportunities to be had.
“Rather than looking for conflicting Western and Islamic values … I would really like Muslims to be more creative themselves in order to revive their cultural wealth,” she said.
Atmosphere in Dubai’s 828-metre (2,716.5-feet) building is “one of the finest luxury dining and lounge experiences in the world,” said Emaar Hospitality Group, an arm of giant property developer Emaar.
At two levels below the tower’s observation deck, the “world’s highest restaurant” can host “over 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.”
The restaurant is named as “At.mosphere” where the atmosphere inside is electric, the view outside is breathtaking. Sprawling at over 1,030sqm, the restaurant offers a 360 degree view of the city and beyond.
It’s a soaring symphony to fine dining. Right up there. At 442 metres. That is truly rare even if you like your main course well done.
Because, at the Burj Khalifa everything is exceptional, and this restaurant makes you feel you are someone special and you have arrived.
On the unveiling of the restaurant on Sunday, Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC, the developer of Burj Khalifa, said: “Being one of a kind, anywhere in the world, At.mosphere offers a unique restaurant experience. Every aspect of the restaurant has been carefully designed and executed. At.mosphere is indeed about offering the best in dining.”
To mark the opening of the restaurant, 442 golden coloured balloons were released — some of them bearing dinner vouchers. So if you are the lucky one, and wondering what has popped out of the At.mosphere, head straight to Burj Khalifa to enjoy a grill and lounge experience.
Marc Dardenne, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group, which manages the outlet, said that At.mosphere is the newest addition to the Lifestyle Dining portfolio of Emaar Hospitality Group.
“It redefines the restaurant concepts in Dubai, with a choice of two dining concepts and focus on offering a luxury lifestyle experience.”
Dardenne said the restaurant serves ‘eclectic European’ cuisine, with an emphasis on healthy eating. The upscale lounge has a seating capacity of 135 and a private area for 35. It can host over 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.
At.mosphere is led by Executive Chef Dwayne Cheer. Service is discreet, the experience unforgettable.
In addition to apartments, offices and Italian designer Giorgio Armani’s signature hotel, the building has an observation deck on the 124th floor, open to visitors at an entrance fee of at least 100 dirhams (27 dollars) per adult.
Emaar spent 1.5 billion dollars on the tower, named after United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan who came to the aid of Dubai, hit by the global financial crisis.
Oil-rich Abu Dhabi extended a lifeline of 10 billion dollars, on top of the same amount from the UAE central bank, to bail out Dubai’s heavily-indebted state firms in 2009.
Dubai,29th Nov 2010 — After its successful participation at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London earlier this month, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has highlighted the steadily growing relations between the United Kingdom and Dubai over the last few years.
Eyad Abdul Rahman, DTCM’s Executive Director of Media Relation Division and Business Development, noted that in 2009 Dubai’s hotels recorded a total of 715,000 guests from the UK, and in the first half of this year this figure reached 382,000. Further, the number of tour operators promoting Dubai in the UK witnessed a 5 per cent increase last year.
Abdul Rahman added that the DTCM pavilion at WTM in London generated major response from visitors, especially from UK-based travel agencies. He noted that nearly half of the participating travel agencies attended the special dinner hosted by DTCM which served as an excellent networking platform.
Abdul Rahman also referred to the statement by the UAE Ambassador to London who described the recent visit of the British queen as historical and said that the visit comes at a time when UAE-UK relations have become closer than ever at various levels.
Following on from its launch success in April, the market will be held at Souk Al Bahar every Friday during the cooler months (excepting December 31) from 10am-7pm.
It is a selling market and all proceeds go directly to the farmers, which include: Abu Dhabi Organic Farm; Dar al Fatah Farm from Al Ain and Liwa; Salata Farms from Ras Al Khaimah; Nasser Al Refaee, bringing fresh produce from farmers in the UAE and Oman; Alfoa organic dates and sugarless date syrup from Abu Dhabi; and Showeib Organic Farms.
Baker & Spice food consultant Yael Mejia said: “It’s a great day out for all the family and an opportunity to get to know local produce grown in this region. You will definitely taste the difference of buying local”.
The market promises to deliver native produce, all picked and plucked just hours before the market, with seasonal fruit and vegetables currently including aubergines, red, yellow and cherry tomatoes, cucumber, courgettes, mini mumpkins, grapes, lemons, limes, coriander, parsley and mint.
Baker & Spice has also recently announced the opening of a new kitchen and artisan bakery in Dukkan Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai.
Located in the souk behind Al Manzil Hotel, Baker & Spice will specialize in bread and offer a small retail shop and café as well as home delivering and party catering.
Mejia said, “All around the world bread is one of life’s staples and good bread is a perfect accompaniment to any meal, sometimes a meal in itself. At Baker & Spice, we bake fresh bread daily on the premises, using only the finest chemical-free ingredients, traditional artisan methods and recipes which we originally developed in London for that delicious homemade taste.”
“We know how difficult it is to find exceptional raw ingredients in Dubai, so the shop will retail everything from our store cupboard as part of our campaign to improve on what home cooks can obtain in the region. We have made it our mission to obtain raw ingredients with maximum consideration for environmental issues. We always insist on buying food with integrity at source,” he added
Dubai (UAE): With less than six months to go, registration has opened for the 2011 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, scheduled to get underway on January 21, 2011.
Competitors looking to sign up for the full marathon distance of 42.195km, the popular 10km event or the 3km Fun Run can register now by visiting the event’s official website www.dubaimarathon.org. In order to give organisers enough time to finalise all logistics, entries will close at midnight on December 31.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and staged under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has firmly established its position as one of the world’s leading road races thanks to prize-money of $1 million as well as a $1 million bonus for a new world record, courtesy of Dubai Holding.
“The 2010 event was a great success with thousands of runners from all over the world joining us to race over what we believe to be the fastest marathon course on the international circuit,” said event director Peter Connerton.
“Within minutes of opening up online registration, we were already receiving entries by the dozen so it shows how much runners look forward to competing in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. By signing up now, athletes have a full five months to train and prepare for what we hope will be another hugely successful event.”
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon event continues to attract a healthy turnout of overseas runners as well as thousands of local and expat athletes based in the emirate.
The 2010 event – which saw the men’s event won by Olympic legend Haile Gebrselassie – featured runners from countries as far afield as Mexico and Australia, while TV coverage of the race was seen by more than 200 million viewers worldwide.
“The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is one of the highlights of our sporting and social year ,” said Jeremy Parrish, CEO UAE for title sponsors Standard Chartered. “Not only does it allow us to enjoy the talents of many of the world’s finest distance runners – many of whom will be using the event as they countdown to the 2012 Olympics – it also gives us the opportunity to maintain our active role in the community as part of our commitment to be ‘Here for good’.
“Sponsoring the marathon allows us to help promote sports health and fitness in the UAE. In our seventh consecutive year as title sponsors we are delighted to see more people incorporating fitness into their every day life.”
The launch of the registration process is the first of many announcements expected from event organisers as they finalise negotiations with elite athletes and sponsors alike. “We are looking into adding more activities around the event in 2011 to give runners and their families even more reasons to take part in the Middle East’s biggest marathon,” added Connerton.
Fees for participation in Dubai Marathon 2011
18 yrs and over starts at 7:00 am
Closing date for entries December 31st
AED 370 US$ 100
10km Road Race
15 yrs and over 7:15 am
Closes December 31st
AED 185 US$ 50
3km Fun Run Open to all
Starting at 11:00 am
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The aireal tour company of which offers Seaplane tour in Dubai is planning a new website to help encourage more people to enjoy aerial tours of Dubai and other emirates.
Seawings, formed in August 2007, offers holidaymakers short low flights over Dubai. This gives a chance to experience a unique view of some of the Dubai’s most famous attractions, including Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, World Islands and the Dubai Creek.
The company has been working on the new website for a while and is hoping it will showcase the unusual tour options offered to visitors as well as improving customer service.
Marketing and communications manager Carine Duvignaud said: “The original idea was to create a website that would provide guests with an idea of what Seawings was about and to make the flight booking process easier.”
Seawings currently has three aircraft, 70 members of staff and operates up to 16 flights per day.
Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced the winners of the “Receptionist of the Year” award which is organized by DTCM in coordination with the Dubai chapter of Association of Front Office Managers and Assistant Managers.
Yefgini Strokov from Ritz- Carlton Dubai was adjudged the winner, while Ms. Josimar Devlin from Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai came in second. Ms. Dian Mendoza from Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa won the third place. Fourteen contestants from various five-star hotels in Dubai took part in the competition, and the winner will represent Dubai in the international finals to be held in January 2011 in New Zealand.
The competition was divided into two rounds – the first round was held on September 25th, during which the contestants were interviewed by the judging panel for 30 minutes each and asked several technical questions. At the end of this round, six competitors were shortlisted for the final round held on October 2nd. During the final round, the competitors were required to answer five questions and take part in role playing, simulating a real hospitality work situation. The performance of each competitor was graded by a judging panel and the final score was the sum of the performance grades given by each of the five judges.
The judging panel included Ibrahim Yaqoot, DTCM’s Executive Director Corporate Support, Samy Abdul Fattah, DTCM’s Senior Specialist Corporate Support and Acting Director Training Solutions; Ms. Louise Oakley, Group Editor Hospitality of ITP; Ms. Cora de Conceicao-Stuart, General Manager of Media One Hotel and Mr. Steven Mueller, President of AICR Dubai, who was overseeing this competition. In addition, Tatiana Lomteva was the winner of the Receptionist of the year 2009.
The first place winner was awarded AED 10,000 and a Letter of Appreciation; in addition he will be fully sponsored to represent Dubai at the international competition of the David Campbell trophy hosted by New Zealand. The winner of the second place received AED 5,000 and the third place winner received AED 3,000. All the six shortlisted finalists received a Letter of Appreciation presented by Ibrahim Yaqoot and Steven Mueller.