Wednesday, 31 July 2013



Available in Stores on August 30th

Today, Ubisoft announced a key difference for Rayman Legends fans. The Vita version will feature an Arabic menu and subtitles,  showing the publisher’s continuous commitment to the Arabic speaking world. This follows recent commitments on other leading franchises, reinforcing Ubisoft’s growing credentials in the localization of content.
Rayman Legends on Vita also includes all of the original Rayman Legends content, as well as five exclusive maps playable with Murphy, the greenbottle fly seen in previous Rayman games, controlled through the Rear Touch Pad. A multiplayer mode is locally accessible on Wi-Fi and fans from the same country can play in cooperation. Players can also compete with one another in the online challenges and compare rankings in the online leaderboards.
In addition to the five Vita-specific maps, two exclusive costumes were created by the Ubisoft Montpellier team. Fans will have the opportunity to dress Rayman in a costume from Prince of Persia, the legendary hero of Ubisoft popular franchise, while Globox can be dressed in a costume from the famous spy series, Splinter Cell.
Rayman Legends will also be available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC and Nintendo Wii U™ at the same time, on August 30th.
Rayman Legends retains the fantasy appeal of its predecessor while adding a multitude of clever and entertaining game modes, new characters, new environments and a new soundtrack. The award-winning team of artists, designers and composers from Origins has also returned with an advanced UbiArt engine to include multi-dimension gameplay elements, an improved lighting system and updated game rendering that elevate Rayman’s graphics to the next level.

For more information on Rayman Legends, please visit:

@DubaiPoliceHQ Dubai Police accredits the certificate of the (SM4A) for their cadres and determines the first regionally nominated group for this Program.

An internationally accredited Program aiming at empowering individuals to efficiently, safely and responsibly use social network websites

The General Training Department in Dubai Police has announced defining the first group of candidates on the regional level for the Social Media for All (SM4A) Program in cooperation with the ICDL GCC Foundation. This Program will be executed by the National Institute for Vocational Education as of 16th June to 4th July 2013 in the headquarters of the Institute in the Academic City in Dubai. This group, consisting of 25 of Dubai Police cadres, is one in a series that will successively start the Program following Eid El Fetr.
The official spokesman of the General Training Department said: "This event accentuates the message of Dubai Police aiming at developing their functional structure through enhancing efficiency and developing professional performance. Acquired the necessary skills and knowledge, Dubai Police staff will be enabled to keep up with the developments occurring in the information technology field."
He also added: "This Program is paramount for us as it is executed in light of our support to the directives of Dubai Government concerning utilizing digital applications geared towards enhancing a unified strategy designed to achieve the Smart Government program. Moreover, we are so proud of being the first group of the GCC countries participating in this workshop and we believe that this certificate program is a useful addition to our message in Dubai Police through directing our employees to have full responsibility towards protecting and securing society as a whole and the field of electronics in particular."
Jamil Ezzo, Director General of the ICDL GCC Foundation, said: "Unrestricted access to smart devices and open communication between our children and the internet have become easier than any time in the past. Striving to raise the level of awareness of responsible and safe usage of social media sites, our Institution has launched a new initiative designed to achieve cooperation with all entities to enforce laws and disseminate education in the region to be accessible to the public. Furthermore, developing the skills of Dubai Police workforce related to social media is paving the way to close cooperation as we can take part in raising the level of knowledge and vigilance in schools not only among children but among parents and teachers as well."
In the same context, Dr Nagi al Mahdi, CEO of the National Institute for Vocational Education , commented: "This Program aims to cultivate the Dubai Police personnel and enable them to acquire the practical knowledge and skills required for using and applying the technologies of social networking websites and information security to their work. This can exceedingly strengthen the methods followed to preserve the highest level of professional performance by which Dubai Police is characterized." Dr Nagi al Mahdi also expressed his wishes saying," I hope all other authorities and entities in Dubai Government takes Dubai Police as an example and approve that Program for their employees as it focuses on providing the necessary knowledge and awareness enabling users to have full and effective protection for their families and work."
The ICDL GCC Foundation, an organization that promotes digital skills and cyber safety for-all across the GCC and Iraq, has announced adopting the Social Media for All International Certificate in mid-March, 2013. This Program aims to empower all categories in society to acquire practical skills and knowledge related to using social networking websites for social, educational, cognitive and insititutional purposes. The Foundation has played a major consulting role to develop the content of the new Program by virtue of its vast experience in disseminating the skills of information technology and communication in the region. The Program is geared to provide services to both government and education sectors and achieve individual needs to learn social media applications and tools, network communication platforms and blogs including Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn for social, cognitive, educational and professional purposes.
The SM4A Program is developed in line with Ofqual Qualification number 601/0393/0, ProQual Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Use of Online and Social Media Platforms (QCF). This program is divided into three main modules: Social Media, Safe Online and Search Online. The Social Media module concentrates on providing the candidates with new skills on using the social networking websites and blog sites to enrich the professional and personal knolwedge, creating new employment and commercial opportunities and gaining knowledge and skills related to safe and effective use of social media. The Safe Online module focuses on boosting the candidates’' skills and knowledge of safe and responsible usage of social networking websites.As for the third module “Search Online” assists in establishing clear search values queries enabling the candidates to effectively search for the information they need. As for the third module, Electronic Security, it The Social Media for All Program has been adopted in accordance with the standards of Qualification and Credit Framework regulated by Ofqual, the regulatory body for awarding organizations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Social Media for all Program is provided through selected entities from the network of the centres approved by the ICDL GCC Foundation including schools, universities, training centres and government organizations depending on interactive training methodology. The Program is accredited and authenticated by the ICDL Foundation to ensure applying the international standards.

50 of the World’s Most Innovative Art Galleries Participating in @AbuDhabiArt Abu Dhabi Art’s Fifth Edition

With an astounding 91% return rate – the highest to date since its inception in 2009, Abu Dhabi Art’s exhibitor list presents leading galleries in five diverse sections highlighting emerging and established names from around the world 

20-23 November
UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat
Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi

Fifty leading modern, contemporary art and design galleries from around the world will participate in the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Art (from 20-23 November) in the UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island this year.
Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and sponsored by Bank Julius Baer Co. Ltd, Abu Dhabi Art announces a record return rate of galleries, cementing itself as a leading platform for culture and a highly anticipated event on the international arts calendar.
Galleries will exhibit under the five sections: Modern & Contemporary Galleries, Beyond, Design as well as Bidaya (one emerging gallery) and Signature (exhibiting galleries presenting emerging artists). Abu Dhabi Art will be presenting a new project that will allow visitors to ‘discover’ artworks by emerging artists and galleries. This will be shown in exhibition format and curated by Fabrice Bousteau as part of the sixth edition of Art, Talks and Sensations.
“This year’s applications were overwhelming and we’re delighted with the 91% return rate of galleries taking advantage of opportunities offered by Abu Dhabi’s growing cultural landscape. Cultivating an art market is an important step in the maturity of any cultural hub and Abu Dhabi Art is one of the many driving forces behind this progress; supporting UAE and regional artists, bringing museum-quality art work to Abu Dhabi and creating a wide array of public programmes,” says Rita Aoun-Abdo, Executive Director, Culture Sector, TCA Abu Dhabi.
The artists and works represented will be accompanied by Public Programme featuring leading figures in the art world (including artists and gallery owners from participating galleries), encouraging audience awareness and involvement, and offering additional experiences through exhibitions, talks, conversations and design workshops as well as Art Zone, a dedicated space for children. Abu Dhabi Art is sponsored by Bank Julius Baer Co. Ltd.

Participating galleries include: AB Gallery | Agial Art Gallery | Art Sawa | ARTSPACE | Atassi Gallery | Athr Gallery | Ayyam Gallery | Bait Muzna Gallery | Carpenters Workshop Gallery | Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, L.L.C. | EOA.Press | Gagosian Gallery | Galeri Zilberman | Galerie Brigitte Schenk Galerie | El Marsa Galerie | Enrico Navarra Galerie | GP & N Vallois | Galerie Janine Rubeiz | Galerie Kashya Hildebrand | Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Galleria Continua | Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde | Hanart TZ Gallery | Hauser & Wirth | Horrach Moya | Hunar Gallery | kamel mennour | Kerlin Gallery | Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery | Lam Art Gallery | Lawrie Shabibi (Bidaya) | Leehwaik Gallery | Leila Heller Gallery | Lisson Gallery | Meem Gallery | October Gallery | Paul Stolper Gallery | Salwa Zeidan Gallery | SFEIR-SEMLER | The Breeder | The Park Gallery | The Third Line | Tina Keng Gallery

For more information or to book in advance for the workshops, go to:

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Get the BENEFIT: Cult Success Make-Up from GlamBox @GlamBoxME

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Klayya Bakery & Sweets Supports Emirati Artistic Talent @Klayyabites @DarAlBerSociety

Klayya Bakery & Sweets Supports Emirati Artistic Talent in the Spirit of Ramadan with ‘Klayya Lantern’ Event

Klayya Bakery & Sweets, Dubai’s favourite authentic Emirati bakery, has recently launched an initiative promoting Emirati artist talent and giving back to the community in the spirit of Ramadan and Zayed Humanitarian Day. This was marked by the successful “Klayya Lantern” event held at the bakery on the 28th of July. Fifteen Emirati lanterns were designed by fifteen Emirati artists, each producing an individual and unique artwork. The lanterns were sold during the event and all proceeds were donated to Dar Al Ber Society in order to help vulnerable families during Ramadan and Eid.    

At the event, which was held in collaboration with Emirati artist Fatima Al Mulla, the lanterns were prominently displayed throughout the bakery, where guests were able to not only view the talented designers’ work, but also interact with the artists and understand the inspiration behind their creations.

The ‘Klayya Lantern’ initiative is aimed at supporting a new generation of local creative talent as well as promoting Emirati art and food in the spirit of giving back during Ramadan.
The list of participating artists included Fatima Al Mulla, Hamdan Al Shamsi, Khalid Bin Hamad, Emirates Diaries, Khaloodies, Afra Bin Dhaher,  Sheika Bin Dhaher, Wafa Al Marzouki, Khawla Darwish, Sara Al Arif, Keswah, Latifa Al Shamsi, Alia Al Marri, Majeda Ahmed Al Musalli and Hessa Al Serkal.

The ‘Klayya Lantern’ initiative is closely aligned with Owner and Founder, Asma Al Falasi’s core value of encouraging and supporting local talent, food, tradition and culture. Ms Al Falasi is a young female Emirati entrepreneur herself and aims to share her passion for local food, heritage and culture with the Dubai community.
A raffle was held at the end of the event and three lucky winners will get to experience an authentic Emirati breakfast for two at Klayya Bakery & Sweets.

For more on the initiative or Klayya Bakery & Sweets visit: or call: 04 325 5335.

Pinko Fall-Winter 13/14 @PINKOworldwide

Fall Winter ‘13/14
Pinko’s latest collection encourages women to explore their style, offering creative ways and options to combine and match their looks this winter. This season Pinko focuses on rich themes like ‘Sporty Gypsy,’ Sixties slink,’ and  ‘Androgeny.’ The result is a series of strong looks blending all these influences and inspirations– ‘60s shapes in tech fabrics, sleek cuts, camouflage prints, candy colours and fun detailing, making winter fun!
Sixties Slink. Revisit the influences and inspirations behind that revolutionary age by showcasing three different bold, sassy and versatile looks fine for a mild early fall season bustling with both casual and dressy occasions. Skirts may still play up bare legs, while jackets are definitely open to all possibilities.
Sporty Gypsy. Rethink the gypsy style and palette by adding a clearly boyish and contemporary slant. Color combinations are smart and strong, shapes a matter of severity elegance. The fanciful flair, by contrast, emerges in a few precise elements: the pattern on a sweater, the print of a blouse, the cut of a dress, the tapestry effect of a jacket, a most unusual material mix. Now Flower Power gives way to Urban Connection.

Androgeny. Reinterpret mannish style, imbuing the concept with novel twists and turns. As in a slightly baggy cut to highlight a sexy detail, or long fluid feminine/nude mix to offset the pure masculinity of a jacket. On the color front, a palette of slate grays joins forces with free-for-all white and luscious hints of framboise pink. @Southafricahol1 nominated for “Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency” award by World Travel Awards

The 2013 winners of Africa World Travel Awards will be announced at the annual Africa Gala Ceremony to be held this year in Kenya on 16th October 2013.

Dubai, UAE:, the One stop holidays shop for Africa, has been nominated as ‘Africa's Leading Online Travel Agency’ category of the prestigious World Travel Awards 2013. 

World Travel Awards is celebrating a landmark 20th year as the Oscars of the Travel Industry.  The annual awards were established to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. In the Africa region, travel, tourism and hospitality companies from 31 countries will compete for the prestigious top accolades culminating in a glittering Gala Presentation Ceremony in Kenya on Wednesday 16, October 2013

Online voting is opened until 25th August 2013 and both travel trade and consumers can submit their votes to by going to the World Travel Awards website or clicking on

The World Travel Awards are voted by travel industry professionals and customers worldwide and’s nomination follows at a time when the site has enhanced new features online.

“World Travel Awards is an international benchmark for excellence in the travel and hospitality sector. Whether we win or lose, the nomination of’s to the ‘Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency’ category of the World Travel Awards is a solid recognition of the product being positively received by both our customers and Travel Trade alike. We are focused on developing innovative ways to ensure our customers receive the best.  The wide variety of flights and hotels connected with the best rates and the ability to compare the rates on to the African Continent is unmatchable. Our ability to create exceptional travel experiences to Africa in creating both tailor made itineraries and custom made has been accepted by the Travel Trade and Customers. We will continue to unveil further new products and services which will add even greater value experience.  After all we know Africa better than anyone else” commented Gagandeep Singh, Marketing Director offers a range of hotels and apartments in all star categories across the African Continent. In order to offer the most competitive rates and availability, Hotels and Apartments are sourced from a number of wholesale room providers and through direct contracting. Customers can choose hotels according to the lowest price in all-star categories, book and purchase online with instant confirmation according to their choice and convenience.

The car hire option on is provided through the world's largest and leading leisure car hire broker also offers a travel insurance which can be booked and purchased online to have peace of mind while travelling for a nominal fee. has recently increased its distribution channel to the Travel Trade.  Travel Trade can now have their own access to for making hotel, car and insurance bookings and accepting payments from their customers. supply retail travel agents and tour operators the content to create truly exceptional travel experiences to Africa for their customers. 

The UAE would be a nation of engineers, if parents had their way @hp

HP reveals the professions parents  would prefer their children to pursue

HP Ink Advantage - MUM and DAD
Parents only ever want the best for their children. New research[i] released today from HP suggests that given the choice, over a fifth of UAE parents would most like their child to become an engineer, indicating the significance of construction and development in the UAE. While engineering clearly remains a highly respected profession, as a sign of the times, one in five parents would opt for their child to become an entrepreneur, suggesting the high regard given to strong business acumen in the UAE.

With parental encouragement and children’s creativity flourishing, less conventional roles are on the rise. In fact, while becoming a doctor or scientist (10%) remains popular with parents, other traditional professions, such as law and journalism are low on the list of career choices parents would like for their children, with just 4% and 1%, respectively opting for these roles for their child. In fact, UAE parents would far rather their children are free to express their artistic side with ‘creative professional’ being the fourth most favoured career path (12%). 
The HP Ink Advantage 5525 e-All-in-One printer

Old or new, there is one thing these careers all have in common - a good education is essential to success. Studying and revision are vital to any child and with children needing to print out more and more revision notes and school projects, printing costs can often be a concern for even the most dedicated and high-aspiring parent. HP’s Ink Advantage printing system is the ideal solution to this, enabling families to print twice as many pages for the same cost as before. With HP Ink Advantage, printing costs are no longer a barrier to children achieving more. 

Education expert Professor Sarah Moore commented: “Education is the key to success in any career, be that in the journey to becoming a doctor - or a designer. One of the best methods of efficient studying is to print out revision or study notes. Children often find they absorb information better when reading from the page so printing can be a real aid to effective studying.”

Kees Verton, Printing Category Manager,
 Printing and Personal Systems, HP ME-2
Kees Verton, Printing Category Manager, Printing and Personal Systems Groups at HP Middle East, said: “At HP we want to encourage children to follow their dreams, the innovative HP Ink Advantage range allows students and their parents to print twice as much for the same price. This means that there never needs to be a compromise when it comes to learning.”

The HP Ink Advantage system includes five new inkjet printers ideal for home use to print study notes, homework assignments and presentations. Plus two new HP Ink Advantage high-capacity cartridges address a dependency on unreliable third-party ink alternatives. The cartridges match the quality and reliability of other Original HP ink cartridges with a consistent page yield and they can print twice as much for the same cost, while delivering archive-quality documents and lab-quality photos. All of the new printers offer HP ePrint and HP wireless direct printing so that anyone can print immediately from any wireless-enabled devices – without a network.


Gloria Hotel is celebrating a month of awards, after recently winning the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) award for “Your Can for a Tree” initiative, Gloria Hotel is proud to be conferred the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on Trip Advisor's website. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the previous 12 months.

“It’s a very special award because it is based on guests’ experiences and we’re very pleased to have such an excellent rating from our visitors,” said Freddy Farid – Area General Manager – Gloria Hotel and Yassat Gloria Hotel Apartments. “We are especially proud of our staff who take such pride in their work and who always try to go the extra mile to please a guest”.
Trip Advisor is the world's largest travel site operating in 30 countries worldwide, enabling travellers to post comments after their stay. It therefore offers trusted advice and its branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, and over 60 million reviews and opinions.
Gloria Hotel known as one to be the largest all suite hotels in the Middle East the hotels offers comfortable luxury in an atmosphere to suit everyday life style with exceptional services and amenities. The hotel is a perfect combination of style and taste with contemporary, elegant and warm ambiance it’s the perfect location for families, executives and holidaymakers.

“With social media as a fundamental tool of communication for guests and the travel industry, people listen more to other people. Hence, it’s great pleasure to receive Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor” concluded said Freddy Farid – Area General Manager – Gloria Hotel and Yassat Gloria Hotel Apartments

Kiehl’s Now Open At Dubai Mall @Kiehls

After a long wait, Kiehl’s, your favorite quirky apothecary from New York has opened the doors of its first stand alone boutique in the Middle East at the prestigious Dubai Mall.  Known for quality skincare products that speak for themselves, customer satisfaction at the top of the priority list, with a team dedicated to satisfying your every need.  The Kiehl’s boutique in Dubai Mall stocks a comprehensive range of skincare, body care & hair care products for women & men with remedies for everything from frizzy hair to summer meltdowns to dry skin in the winter.
As with every Kiehl’s boutique, the brand’s favorite ambassador - Mr. Bones, who has become a part of the brand’s DNA, welcomes customers to find a remedy for their every need.  An exciting addition to this boutique is the in-store treatment room which will afford clients the opportunity to get private skin consultations with the knowledgeable KCRs - Kiehl’s Customer Representatives.  For those still unsure of their purchase, Kiehl’s offers sample sizes to all its customers, a part of their “Try Before you Buy” philosophy, knowing that anyone who tries a moisturizer, shampoo or serum will come back for the full sized bottle!
Kiehl’s is now available at 3 locations in Dubai – The Kiehl’s Boutique, Dubai Mall (Beside Starbucks, Above the Jewelry Court); Bloomingdales, Dubai Mall and Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates.
162 Years of Kiehl’s – A Heritage of Service
Built on the corner of Thirteenth Street and Third Avenue in New York City, USA, the first ever Kiehl’s pharmacy hasn’t changed much since its humble beginnings. John Kiehl and his apprentice, Irving Morse, began their business selling old world myths along with truly effective remedies.  Passed down through the Kiehl’s family, John Kiehl handed the store to his apprentice, who then passed it down to his son Aaron, a former WWII pilot. With each new generation, the store developed new personality traits but always stayed true to its roots.
A brand built on customer loyalty and a focus on service and customer satisfaction; Kiehl’s has always stood apart. At one stage, realizing that men would not stay in the store while their wives were shopping, Aaron Morse brought in a collection of items to interest them, including his personal collection of Harleys. Stories say that at one point there was even a stunt airplane displayed in the store! With bikes in the front and creams in the back, the little corner shop at Thirteenth & Third became the talk of the town.
Rather than being hyper-driven, Aaron focused on building loyal customer base. Known for giving generous samples to each customer, Kiehl’s constructed its image based on ‘try before you buy’. To date, the brand has never invested in advertising, instead handing out approximately 8.5 million samples each year. Due in part to their unique image, and in part to Aaron Morse’s determination and contribution to the pharmaceutical world, Kiehl’s in all it’s quirky glory was institutionalized, at the Smithsonian Museum in NYC, where over 100 of their original bottles and labels have been displayed for decades and can still be found today.

When Aaron’s daughter Jami Morse took over the company in the 1990’s, she initiated Kiehl’s philanthropic efforts that have since become an integral part of the brand. In collaboration with Magic Johnson, Jami launched the Magic Elixir range, where 100% of the profits went towards benefiting the Magic Johnson Foundation for the social, educational and physical well being of urban youths. Kiehl’s has since initiated several regional and international collaborations to support its main Kiehl’s Gives charity focuses (Children, Environment and Aids) including the iconic Holiday Crème De Corps that is launched every Christmas across the globe. Other popular initiatives such as Hand Care for a Cure to benefit AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS research); and the fund to support the Harvard Center for Cancer Biology have also shown great success.  On Earth Day in both 2012 and 2013, Kiehl’s UAE donated proceeds from specific products in the Rare Earth Range towards donating Ghaf trees through locally based environmental initiative, Goumbook.

As the brand grew in name and fame, so did its product range. Each new member to the Kiehl’s family inspired a line. Jami’s husband, a professional athlete, inspired the all-sport range, and the birth of her daughter brought about Kiehl’s baby care. In this way, Kiehl’s has grown slowly, changing hands but never changing its image and identity. Today, it is one of the most loved and appreciated brands in the world of natural, efficacious skincare. With numerous samples, motorbikes and delivery apes (as legend has it, Aaron Morse would personally oversee home delivery to his most loyal customers. He would knock on their doors and hide away to the side, leaving an ape with their delivery bag standing in the doorway) it is no wonder that Kiehl’s has created an unmovable and ever-growing niche for itself in the global market.

Get a pHenomenal 3 Week Glow on Your Skin @vitaliberataUAE

With Vita Liberata’s New pHenomenal Long Lasting Tanning Range
When you care for your skin and choose to fake it, you always know that the golden glow won’t last very long.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the same tan and even tone still in place at the end of your holiday?

Well, now you can! Organic tanning product and celebrity favourite Vita Liberata, has now launched its pHenomenal range, the world’s first 2-3 week long-lasting tan!

Available in the UAE from August 20th, the brand new pHenomenal Tanning Mousse range is odour free, 70% organic and packed with nourishing extracts such as silk proteins, seaweed and ylang ylang. You can choose from light, medium or dark in tone, all of which will give you a beautiful, long-lasting tan for 2-3 weeks. The pHenomenal Tanning Mousse retails for AED 250.

How does it work? A new technology - pHeno2 - works alongside the traditional active tanning ingredient DHA to ensure the formula stays on your skin for longer. Being Vita Liberata, of course this range is enhanced with unique moisture lock, maintaining a perfect moisture balance that helps to maintain an even tan.

Vita Liberata tanning range is free from paraben, perfume, alcohol and toxins, and is  enriched with organic ingredients. The range is now stocked at over 20 outlets across the UAE, including POSH by Feryal at The Burj al Arab and Address Downtown, Maison de Joelle in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Glamour in Abu Dhabi, Physiomins Abu Dhabi, Rocco de Forte Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Pelle Capelli in Dubai, The Beauty Spot at Eastern Mangroves Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Ushi Nail Spa, Al Ain, Nadia Beauty Centre, Kalm Spa, Sugar and Spice, The Cure, Roots, Hair Lounge, Pastels, Sugar Urban Nails and Dial a Nail.

Visit to find out more. 

Monday, 29 July 2013

SEWA alleviates the suffering of Syrian refugee’s children with a generous donation of AED 2 million @ShjLadiesClub

Charity Suhoor and donations of AED 1million generated from the event at Sharjah ladies Club

With the Syrian crisis degenerating on an hourly basis, and the gap in the funding required by the Syria Regional Response Plan to help 1,846,486 million refugees spreading around in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and North Africa, The Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children continues its humanitarian efforts, and donations from Big hearts still continuing to provide Syrians Refugees with life-saving humanitarian assistance including food, shelter, healthcare and education.

On behalf of all the beneficiaries of the “Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children” campaign, The Executive office of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, applauds the generous patronage of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qassimi, chairperson of Sharjah Investment & Development Authority – Shurooq, Deputy Chairperson of Sharjah Ladies Club, of “Charity Suhoor” supporting the Big Heart Campaign, for the relief of the Syrian Refugee children.

The Big Heart Campaign expresses heartfelt gratitude to Sharjah Ladies Club & Khawla Al Serkal, the Director of SLC, for their constant cooperation and continued support, and for hosting this humanitarian event to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees.Her Highness' Executive Office is grateful to all the supporters of The Big Heart Campaign who have generously contributed their time and effort and funds to come to the aid of Syrian refugees. The aid to this cause keeps pouring in which is a testimony to the fact that people of the UAE care and always reach out to help their brothers and sisters in need.

Special thanks to Sharjah Electricity Water Authority for donating AED 2 million which will go toward providing shelter & a better life to Syrian refugees.

 The Big Heart and Her Highness Executive office would also like to thank Mr.Hamid Jaffar - chairman of the board of the Crescent Group of companies, and his wife Mrs. Sawsan Jaffar for making a life-changing contribution of AED 1 million and Mr. & Mrs. Majid Jaffar for their donation of AED 100,000.It is also important to mention and thank Mr. & Mrs. Badr Jaffar for their kind donation.

These contributions are massive boosts in the humanitarian cause of giving hope to our Syrian children in their greatest time of need, as these generous donations will go a long way towards providing food, shelter, education, medical attention and other vital necessities that help to relieve them from their hardships.

Donors can make life-saving contributions to the ‘Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children’ campaign. Funds are collected through ‘Salam Ya Seghar’, endorsed by HH Sheikha Jawaher.

SMS “Donate”:

Etisalat network: 2000 (AED10), 2002 (AED50), 2003 (AED100)
du network: 9965 (AED10), 9967 (AED50), 9968 (AED100)

Bank Details:

Account Name: Salam Ya Seghar “For Syrian Refugee Children”
Account Number: 00344 3043 0012
(Kindly write the bank account number behind your cheque)
IBAN: AE5804 100000 3443043 0012

Contact: +971-6-594-1111/15/03



Make it special this Eid with Jabra @We_are_Jabra

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Jabra Extreme 2 - AED 299
Eid Al Fitr is almost here. Along with wishing everyone ‘Eid Mubarak’, exchanging gifts is a valued tradition. And Jabra offers Eid gifts tailor made for your friends and family.

For those who like to work out or jog, the Jabra Active Yellow headphones will be an ideal gift. These in-ear sport headphones are water and wind resistant and are built for active use, along with a microphone that has wind/ noise reducing ability, which means that you can definitely use them while running outdoors in the Dubai summer.
Jabra TAG - AED 299
Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones - AED 1222

Jabra Active Yellow - AED 179
If you want a gift for someone who enjoys multi-tasking, then the Jabra Extreme2 is the Bluetooth headset to select. It is completely voice controlled, and is equipped with HD Voice technology, so regardless of the environment you are in, the conversations will be clear .  Whereas the Jabra Clear allows you to manage your Smartphone without any wires. You get quick and easy access to your calls, and multimedia streaming lets you listen to music, GPS directions and even Internet radio directly through your headset.

James & Alex Dance @jamesandalex Studios Announce Exciting New Contemporary Dance Classes This Autumn

** 7 Week Courses and New Drop In Classes Kick Off September 2013**

Contemporary Dance has changed the face of dance forever. Choreographers can use their creativity to their full potential and dancers are constantly challenged with its steps and moves. If there was ever a dance style to make you feel passionate and alive, it’s Contemporary.

James & Alex Dance Studios, located in the heart of Dubai Media City, is pleased to announce that its new autumn term for contemporary dance will begin on Sunday 8th September.

Contemporary Courses will run in blocks of 7 weeks for dancers to move up through the various levels from beginners to intermediates and all the way to advanced, enhancing their technique and creative skills with every step.

What’s more, Contemporary dance drop-in classes will also be held every Tuesday evening for beginners and every Thursday evening for improvers/intermediates. This offers the perfect opportunity for those dancers who simply want to enjoy the beauty of dance at their own convenience.

Dance material for all contemporary classes differs every term, which also enables dancers to join at anytime throughout the year.

James & Alex Dance Studios is one of the largest studios in Dubai, boasting three stunning studios and 4,000 square feet of space. So you have plenty of room to dance your way to an excellent standard with contemporary dance!

The 7 Week Contemporary Courses start from AED 490 for 60 minute sessions or AED 665 for 90 minute sessions. The Contemporary Drop In Classes are AED 65 per session. Packages are available at the studios for a variety of drop in dance classes this autumn starting from AED 720 for 12 sessions, including contemporary.

In addition to adult contemporary dance, James & Alex Dance Studios offer various classes for children of all ages, fitness for adults, and beginner to professional standard dance styles. The studios are open Saturday to Thursday between 2pm and 10pm. For more information and the latest class schedule, please visit or call +971 (0)4 4470773.

Emirati artists represent their support for the @tawasulfund Tawasul Orphan Education Fund through the auctioning of their art

Masterpieces from leading Emirati artists provide a creative way of uplifting orphans through education
Emiratis are actively engaging with the local community in using art as a trigger to make a charitable difference. Tawasul Orphans Education Fund, is giving Emirati artists a chance to contribute to the education of underprivileged children, through the auctioning of their own work.

Tawasul Online Charity Auction is held under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Patron of Sharjah Business Women Council.

Jasmin Ruehling, Program Executive at Sharjah Business Women Council for the Tawasul Charity Auction, commented: “We are privileged to have four of the nation’s most prominent artists immersing themselves in this initiative and reinventing themselves as role models in support of our cause. We see the merger of art and charity as a creative way for Emiratis to make a life-changing contribution in their communities.”

Sumayyah Al-Suweidi, the first female Emirati digital artist, is one of the four featured artists and has been a strong force in the art world both regionally and internationally. Illustrating the diversity in the types of art being auctioned, Mattar Bin Lahej is a self-taught artist who is active in sculpture, painting and photography, and has also submerged himself in the regional and international artistic landscape. Maitha Bin Demaithan, a visual artist and video designer and Maisoon Al Saleh are also offering their masterpieces to the highest bidder in Tawasul’s online auction.

Further elaborating on art-driven charity, Summayah Al-Suweidi said: “Most artists are inspired by their communities, so this is a unique opportunity for us to give back to the community that shaped us. If one artist can touch the lives of an entire population, Tawasul’s online auction proves that the generosity of a few bidders can dramatically transform the lives of many orphans.”

Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi passionately believes that art is a powerful medium that overcomes obstacles and initiates change, easing the suffering of orphans and giving their lives a blank canvas on which they can paint a brighter future. The initiative has been developed to help orphans cultivate their academic skills, giving them a chance to prosper at institutes of higher education in the country.

Proceeds of the auction will fund higher education as well as professional training and development for orphans across the UAE. Bidding is currently ongoing and interested participants can immediately place their bids on the Tawasul charity website:

Tawasul Orphans Education Fund is a leading Sharjah-based charity that empowers underprivileged children through education, so that they can positively contribute in transforming society. It was initiated by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry in partnership with the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC). As part of its innovative fundraising endeavors, Tawasul is holding an Online Charity Auction under the generous patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Patron of the Sharjah Business Women Council. Interested art enthusiasts and philanthropists are invited to bid for masterpieces from Emirati artists in the ongoing auction on