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Eid Al Adha at Majid Al Futtaim malls

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King Charles Troupe at Mall of the Emirates

Get ready to be spellbound as this young group of basketball players from New York ring the wackiest basketball game, as they dribble, alley-oop, double dunk and weave their way around a court with the ball all while balancing on a unicycle.

Timings: August 21-25, 4PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 9PM

Enchanted Circus at City Centre Mirdif

Agile aerialists will create a fairytale setting for the audience with their mystical costumes and graceful moves

Timings: daily during Eid in 20-minute shows at 4pm, 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm

The Red Icon at City Centre Deira  

For those with a sweet tooth, this show is not to be missed as boisterous performers, jugglers, mime artists dressed in loud and eccentric costumes will bring unrestrained fun for the entire family to the mall every day.

Timings: August 21 – 24 at 2:00 p.m.,5:00p.m.,7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  

Flight Crew Jump Rope troupe at City Centre Deira

Kids and adults can join the vivacious artists as they perform jaw-dropping jumps and unimaginable feats.

Timings: August 21 – 24 at 3pm, 6pm, 8.30pm and 10pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at City Centre Me’aisem 

Join in the festivities as everyone’s favourite characters from the beloved Roald Dahl’s tale will bring smiles to the faces of kids and parents with their easy-to-follow Oompa Loompa dance moves!

Timings: 3pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 9pm for the first four days of Eid

City Centre Fujairah and City Centre Ajman 

The malls will come alive will high-energy performers that will embody sea creatures and divers with their vibrant costumes and 20-minute dynamic musical acts

Timings: four days of Eid until August 24

6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm at City Centre Ajman;

6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm and 10pm at City Centre Fujairah

Back-to-school-themed entertainment at City Centre Sharjah 

Lively artists dressed as books, pencils, erasers and sharpeners will descend on the mall and make families groove to their special choreography cued to upbeat tunes!

Timings: four days of Eid, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm and 10pm 

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4 Reasons Chia Seeds must be a part of your diet! – India Gate

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Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are rich in nutrients that are beneficial for both, your body and your brain.

India Gate has recently expanded their healthy food products portfolio with the launch of India Gate Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are the ultimate super food containing protein, fiber minerals such as phosphorus and potassium, and also trace elements such as manganese and selenium.

Wholesome and easy to prepare, they’re a very versatile ingredient that can be easily added to recipes

Here are the top 4 benefits of this powerhouse of energy and nourishment from India Gate.

  • Improves Heart Health

Chia seeds’ are high in healthy fats and contain Omega-3 that helps regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure. This is essential and particularly beneficial for heart health

  • Promotes Digestive Health

Chia is super-high in fiber, and provides the recommended fiber intake for the day with just one serving, thus making you feel full for longer. Adequate levels of fiber in your diet helps in better digestion, reduces the risk of heart disease, and controls blood sugar.

  • Stronger Bones

Chia seeds are high vitamins and minerals such as calcium, proteins and magnesium etc. All of these nutrients are essential in providing bones with the required nutrition

  • Promotes Skin Complexion

Chia seeds are loaded with high-antioxidants. Antioxidants accelerate the skin’s repair systems thus preventing skin damage and premature skin aging. Anti-oxidants also help fight the production of free radicals that contribute to diseases such as cancer.

Here is a recipe for Banana Cake from India Gate Chia Seeds:

Banana Cake with India Gate Chia Seeds

Preparation Time: 20mins

Cooking Time: 30mins

Serves: 4 people

  • Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon India Gate Chia Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup Walnuts chopped
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Method
  1. Mix the almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, salt and India Gate Chia Seeds.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream together coconut oil (not melted) and honey with a hand mixer.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and continue mixing.
  4. Add in mashed banana, vanilla extract and coconut milk
  5. Mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour wet ingredients in with dry ingredients and mix together with hand mixer to form batter.
  7. Line the baking pan with parchment paper, covering two sides and leave some parchment paper so you have a handle to pull cake out.
  8. Pour the mixture evenly in the pan.
  9. Spread walnuts as toppings
  10. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  11. Set the pan on a wire rack and allow it to cool.
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Spa Serenity Afternoon Tea at Address Boulevard

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Head down to The Spa at Address Boulevard and take advantage of their afternoon tea and spa package, Serenity Afternoon Tea. A soothing yet an indulging experience that starts with a 60min relaxing massage or an invigorating facial followed by an art crafted afternoon tea at The Lounge, featuring a beautiful chest of drawers full of tantalising delicacies. During your visit you can also enjoy full access to the facilities at The Spa.

Date & Time: Weekdays from 2.30pm to 6pm

Price: AED 469 per person

Venue: The Spa at Address Boulevard

For reservations, please call +971 4 561 8888 or email spa.adboh@addresshotels.com

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Canon Middle East partners with Dubai Cares to host a fundraising event

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  • ‘Canon Day of Giving’ to raise funds to support two educational programmes in the Middle East and Africa

Canon Middle East (CME), a provider of imaging technologies and services, will be hosting a fundraising event at Zaabeel Park on 28 September 2018 in partnership with Dubai Cares to raise AED 250,000 to support two educational programmes, one in the Middle East and a second in Africa.

The ‘Canon Day of Giving’ fundraising event will be hosted as a fun and entertaining carnival and is open to everyone across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to join and contribute to raising funds for two primary education programmes.

Anurag Agrawal, Managing Director, Canon Middle East, said: “Access to education is recognised as a global fundamental right in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and I therefore cordially invite UAE residents and visitors to join the Canon Day of Giving to support the cause.  Together we can make more children happy and optimistic about their future.”

Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said: “We are happy to once again partner with Canon Middle East and build on our collaboration in an effort to provide children and young people access to quality education in developing countries. We value their efforts to launch a campaign and not only open it up to their stakeholders, but also to the wider community.  We look forward to a high turnout from individuals, groups and families who will be contributing to raising funds for Dubai Cares.”

The Canon Day of Giving event will be hosted in Zabeel Park Amphitheatre from 2 pm until 10 pm. Entry will be through gates 1 and 3. To register your attendance, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2123194521252937/

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Caparol signs strategic agreements in Iraq to increase market reach

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Caparol Paints, the German leader in the global paints industry, recently signed strategic partnership agreements with a number of contractors from Iraq to increase its market reach in the country.

Caparol hosted contractors from various parts of Iraq to provide them with firsthand experience of Caparol’s paints and techniques.  This is part of Caparol’s growing interest in the region and increasing its reach across the Middle East. The contractors were given insights on various Caparol paint techniques, the strength of the brand and the paints that will be ideal for the Iraqi market.

With the aim to market Caparol across Iraq, Caparol will also participate in an industry event scheduled to be held in November. Caparol aims to showcase its products to a larger audience in Iraq.

Caparol products including Dibson, Texture and Stone were showcased to the contractors from Iraq. They were also provided training to understand the different decorative paints and uses including ArteTwin, Makhmalia, Armareno, DecoLasur, ArteLasur, Stucco Di Luce and Metallocryl interiors.

Speaking about expanding Caparol’s reach into Iraq, Mr. Mowaffaq Balish, Commercial Director Middle East at Caparol Paints, said, “It was a pleasure to host the delegation from Iraq. As we aim to increase our reach in the Middle East, Iraq has been our major focus. We aim to penetrate the market further and carve a niche for ourselves. Our growth in the UAE has helped us explore various other markets in the region and hosting the contractors has been an extremely important step in reaching out in the Iraqi market”.

“At Caparol we focus on knowledge sharing and its importance for growth. Our understanding of the interiors and paint industry in the UAE and Middle East has only grown stronger over the years. Through this exercise we have also educated them on the various paints we have at Caparol and its applications. Having developed our product range in-house with an up-to-date research and development team, we believe that providing insights into the industry to our peers is a great opportunity for us”, he added.

“Our interest in the region lies in being able to reach across markets and providing our paints and expertise to the interior and paint industry. Our highly efficient paints are a result of our commitment to provide the best in the industry to the people. We hope to further strengthen our relations with contractors in Iraq and increase our reach”, Mowaffaq said..

Caparol Paints has always been at the forefront of innovation with a highly sophisticated research and development department that constantly innovates technologies and manufacturing techniques, which complement the local market conditions.

Through its range of products, Caparol brings German paint techniques while focusing on appealing colours and paint textures. The brand has also made headway in sustainability by paying attention to quality and balancing between economy, environmental capability and quality of life.

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Copthorne Hotel Dubai hosts Filipino pop star Morisette Amon

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  • The 4-star property is the Official Hotel Partner of “Morissette is Made” concert

Copthorne Hotel Dubai, the popular 4-star hotel located in Port Saeed in Deira, hosted the stay of Filipino pop star Morissette Amon, who staged a successful concert at the Dubai World Trade Center last August 17.

Copthorne Hotel Dubai was the official hotel partner of “Morissette is Made”, the singer’s first solo concert. A press conference was held at the hotel’s Penthouse Suite where Morisette and her team stayed during the 4-day visit to Dubai.

Morisette became famous for her high-flying singing style called “whistling”, and is now dubbed as Asia’s Phoenix. She had previously performed the “Morisette is Made” concert in Manila and Cebu and the Dubai concert was her first international performance of the show.

Glenn Nobbs, General Manager, said: “I would like to congratulate Morisette on her successful concert, we are truly delighted to host one of the Philippine’s most talented singers. Copthorne Hotel Dubai is a proud supporter of community events and this is our way of supporting the Filipino community. We look forward to hosting other artists to showcase their talents and for the other communities to have access to different entertainment and leisure activities.”

As the official hotel partner, Copthorne Hotel Dubai hosted Morissette, Sam Concepcion and the entourage, extending them the hospitality that the Copthorne Brand has become known for.

The Hotel is earning a reputation within the circles of Philippine artists, having previously welcomed Alden Richards, Aiza Seguerra, Regine Tolentino and actor Ian Veneracion through their doors.

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ALL DAY EID AL ADHA CELEBRATIONS AT AL GHURAIR CENTRE

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Al Ghurair Centre, the GCC’s first shopping Centre, invites family and friends to celebrate Eid Al Adha with a host of diverse and exciting entertainment. For three days commencing 21 August, the mall will host spectacular visuals, filling guests with festive cheer while they watch fun-filled activities and musical performances.

The grand celebration will host a Drum Fest, an African drumming session with a group of artists performing and parading all across the mall dressed up in traditional African attire. In addition, there will be a live interactive session wherein visitors can sit and play the drums along with the artists.

Families and kids can also enjoy the Aloha Summer Corner, where they can create summer themed handicrafts like flower garland creation, greeting cards etc. while enjoying the feel of a beach inside the mall.

In midst of all the fun, visitors will get a chance to win amazing prizes and deals. They can stand a chance to win gifts worth up to AED 500,000 through a raffle draw promotion, on a minimum spend of AED 200 any of the outlets within the mall. Al Ghurair Centre will host the finale of the city-wide Eid Al Adha promotion by hosting the raffle draw announcement on 23 August 2018 at 5pm.

Visitors can also participate in the ‘Win a trip to Srilanka’ for two by simply posting their photos on Facebook and Instagram pages while shopping at Al Ghurair Centre with the hashtags #alghuraircentre #cozmotravel #travelwithAlGhurair. The travel contest is active until 25 August 2018.

Additionally, the mall will have extended trading hours from 10am to 1am throughout the Eid holidays.

For more information, please visit http://www.alghuraircentre.com/en/

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Enjoy Eid with a feast at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR

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  • Get a free Mediterranean dinner buffet when you stay at the property

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR presents unbeatable deals for Eid Al Adha for those who are yet to decide on how to spend the holiday.

Relax and book a staycation at the property for as low as AED 750/, and enjoy complimentary one-time Mediterranean dinner buffet for two for at Flavours Restaurant. This offer is valid for hotel bookings from 20th to 26th 2018.

Situated within a short walking distance from the beach, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR offers a bag of beach essentials including towels and umbrellas for guests who wish to spend the day by the shore. It also has a range of leisure amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and spa for those who are looking for a laidback sojourn.

For a gastronomic celebration, the property offers a sumptuous brunch at Flavours Restaurant. Treat your taste buds to an array of international dishes for only AED145/ per person. The special Eid Al Adha brunch is available from 21st to 23rd August.

For bookings and more information, email reservations@hsdubai.com or call +971 4 399 9979. For the Eid brunch, email dining@hsdubai.com. Hotel terms and conditions apply.

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WORLD’S BEST CRICKETERS READY TO STEP UP TO BAT IN 2018 ASIA CUP

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  • TICKETS GO ON SALE ON 20TH AUGUST, WITH PRICES STARTING FROM 20 DIRHAMS
  • DUBAI INTERNATIONAL STADIUM AND ABU DHABI’S ZAYED CRICKET STADIUM TO HOST GAMES FROM 15TH TO 28TH SEPTEMBER

The eyes of the cricketing world will be fixed on the UAE from 15th to 28th September as Dubai and Abu Dhabi prepare to host the 2018 Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Asia Cup.

Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is hosting the Asia Cup 2018 on behalf of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and Dubai International Stadium and Zayed Cricket Stadium will be hosting the matches as per the schedule.

Tickets for the 2018 Asia Cup, which are priced from AED 20 to AED 750, will be available via the online booking site Platinumlist and at retail outlets across the UAE from 20th August. Cricket fans can also buy season tickets for both the venues at attractive prices.

In Group A, India, the defending champions, will face Pakistan, while in Group B Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The games will be played over a 50 over format starting from 3.30pm onwards.

The teams will start arriving in the UAE from 10th September. The first game will see Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in front of what is sure to be a full-house at Dubai International Stadium.

All of the teams taking part in the 2018 ACC Asia Cup can expect huge support from fans who have flown in especially for the tournament as well as residents who live in the UAE, with a party atmosphere guaranteed in the stands.

Hospitality packages for VIP and Corporate Suites can be purchased directly from Dubai Sports City and Abu Dhabi Cricket. Those interested can email Hospitality@dsc.ae or viphospitality@abudhabicricket.ae to find out more about hospitality prices and packages.

Khalid Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board said, “We are proud to host the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE, which promises to be a thrilling festival of cricket with some of the world’s best players battling it out on the field.

“The game of cricket is hugely popular here in the UAE, and we are sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere in the stands as well as great entertainment on the field throughout the tournament.”

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Ditching the digital detox: Lack of Wi-Fi a deal-breaker for Arab tourists

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  • New Linksys research shows holidaymakers from the Middle East demand round-the-clock connectivity – even while abroad.

Much has been said about the ‘digital detox’ – in which web-weary travelers seek screen breaks while vacationing.

Yet new research by Linksys®, a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, suggests the trend isn’t gaining traction; conversely, tourists now consider internet access an integral part of their holidays.

“Most Middle East travelers want to be connected all the time, wherever they are, just like at home,” said Amanulla Khan, Managing Director of Linksys Middle East, Turkey & Africa.

“This insightful research shows that we have become more dependent on Wi-Fi even when we travel and consider it a basic need.”

With the summer in full swing, school is out and everyone is in full holiday mode. This means a lot of extra time to spend on social media, streaming movies, shopping, video gaming and – for the conscientious – checking work emails.

Linksys commissioned a consumer study of 8,000 people living in several countries. They found Middle East-based participants valued internet access even more highly than those in Western Europe, demanding the same level of connectivity while on trips as they did when at home and declaring it an absolute must.

No signal, no stay

Only a tiny percentage of people surveyed said they would be prepared to ‘switch off’ completely by going offline for the duration of their break.

Lack of internet access was a no-deal for Arab travelers’ choice of accommodation, 95.2% of whom said they would refuse to book anywhere where the web was unavailable. This sentiment was most marked amongst UAE residents, 96% of whom ranked this a top priority, compared with 94.4% of Saudi Arabian residents. More remarkably, around half of Middle East respondents questioned would definitely choose alternative accommodation due to lack of Wi-Fi connectivity and a third would strongly consider staying elsewhere.

The survey found 92.9% of Middle East-based respondents rated Wi-Fi availability as a deciding factor when planning a holiday. Just 1.5% of Middle East participants didn’t consider Wi-Fi important at all, and 3.3% rated it ‘not very important’. UAE residents valued it slightly higher than their counterparts from Saudi Arabia – 94% versus 91.8%, respectively.

Conversely, participants from Western Europe placed less of an emphasis on connectivity. The British residents valued it most highly – 82% considered it essential – in contrast with 75.3% of German residents.

Family values

Families with children have a greater need for Wi-Fi connectivity than those traveling with their adult offspring – 77% versus 62%, respectively. It also appears that the under-18s’ preferences had a greater influence on their parents’ choice of hotel, campsite, or privately rented accommodation than those of grown-up kids.

Home from home

When travelers from the Arabian Gulf vacation in their home countries, access to Wi-Fi is a huge factor – 94.8% of these respondents considered the presence of Wi-Fi to be important. In contrast, only 77.3% Western Europeans rated this important. The situation was similar for those traveling to other countries: 82.3% of Middle Eastern travelers versus 67.5% of Europeans said Wi-Fi was a necessity. Some 84.4% of Saudi Arabians demanded it, followed by the UAE in the second spot with 80.2%.

Khan said the results were clear – lack of Wi-Fi really could be a deal-breaker. He advised owners of holiday lets, Airbnb landlords, and hotel managers to ensure they could offer strong, fast, and secure Wi-Fi connections to their guests, or risk losing their custom.

Fortunately, he added, setting up a guest network is a simple way to provide strong connectivity to customers while restricting their access to the staff’s internal home network or any Internet of Things devices connected to it.

He added: “When we are home, we take it for granted that we have Wi-Fi to stream on our 4K TVs, smart speakers playing our favorite music, laptops, PCs, and tablets to work from home and do homework as we connect more and more smart IoT devices to our networks.”

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