Monday, 30 September 2013

MEMENTO VERDI Montegrappa @Montegrappa1912 marks Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial with a limited edition pen series

Montegrappa marks Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial
with a limited edition pen series

As Italy and the world all over celebrate this year Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial, Montegrappa, Italy's oldest manufacturer of luxury writing instruments, have marked this momentous occasion with a limited edition pen collection.

The ‘Bicentenario di Giuseppe Verdi’ collection is a result of a close collaboration between Montegrappa, Giuseppe Verdi Foundation, the estemeed Superintendence of Teatro Regio in Parma and renowned Italian designer Maurizio Cavazzuti, and represents the apogee of craftsmanship, artistry and passion, paying homage to Verdi on his 200th birthday, and his exquisite operas.

“True beauty is recognizable in every language and land, and Giuseppe Verdi moved the world with his music, which is still ingrained in our popular culture today,” said Montegrappa CEO Giuseppe Aquila.

The musical genius of Verdi has endured time and his works - Rigoletto, Nabucco and Aida - have been the mainstay of opera companies worldwide for over a century, reaffirming his status as an operatic titan and one of the finest dramatists in history.

Much like Verdi’s operas, Montegrappa’s commemorative collection of writing instruments is also a thing of beauty!  

Let’s take a closer look. Each pen is turned from rods of black resin and is highlighted with rhodium plated trim. The cap is laser engraved with a portion of Giuseppe Verdi’s face on one side and his signature on the other.  The cap’s band features the anniversary date (1813-2013) on the front and the wording ‘Bicentenario’ at the back; Montegrappa’s logo, which is surrounded by the Italian ‘tricolore’ (flag); and the logo of the Teatro Regio di Parma which decorates the grip section of the pen. The fountain pen is fitted with a cartridge filling system and a rhodium plated 18K gold nib.
The number of pens crafted for this special Montegrappa limited edition is 1,813 (the number is the year of Verdi’s birth) of which 350 fountain pens, 650 roller balls and 813 twist-action ballpoint pens, and are priced from AED 2,165.

Paying tribute to Verdi’s much-loved operas is Montegrappa “Emozioni in Musica” collection which honours La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Il Rigoletto, the latter to be launched this October.

 The design of Il Rigoletto pen immediately recalls the attire of the traditional court jester, a harlequin pattern of red, along white and black diamond shapes. The body and the all-red cap are made of resin, with a mosaic effect. All trims are made of solid silver or solid gold, according to the model. The handmade black and red glass ‘murrina’ on top of the red cap was inspired by the puffy sleeves and pantaloons of a harlequin’s garb, while the pocket clip is styled in the manner of the jester’s footwear. For the ring encircling the body, Montegrappa’s artisans have etched a pattern to denote the type of belt worn by a jester.

Montegrappa’s Rigoletto limited edition consists of 1851 pens(the number is the year Il Rigoletto made its debut): 900 fountain pens and 900 rollerballs with sterling silver trim, 30 fountain pens and 21 roller balls with solid 18K gold trim.

Priced from AED 12,260, Il Rigoletto pens are launched in Dubai by the CEO of Montegrappa Italia Mr. Giuseppe Aquila in the presence of noted celebrities and VIP guests, on the 10th of October 2013, at a special operatic concert, with gala dinner, held at Raffles Hotel Ballroom to celebrate the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth.

Like all Montegrappa limited edition series, the Giuseppe Verdi and Il Rigoletto pens are presented in a regal box, perfectly suited to house the opulent writing instrument. 

More Live Acts Confirmed to Perform at Gulf Bike Week @gulfbikeweek

The Best in Local Talent to Rock Dubai Media City, Along with MTV EMA Nominated Juliana Down

Jay Wud Band
With the region’s best bike festival just around the corner, Clarion Events Middle East has announced additions to the music line-up. Jay Wud, Point of View and Chronicles of Khan will also be performing at Gulf Bike Week 2013, in addition to the seven previously confirmed bands.

Already confirmed artists include: The Maplejacks, The Boxtones (winners of Rolling Stone’s Street to Stage), Juliana Down, Sandwash, Salha & The Million Dollar Band, Riff Raff, and Screemin Egulz. In addition to a plethora of bands, DJ Kinky D. will also be spinning the latest tracks throughout the event, which will be held at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from October 24 to 26.

Point of View
Pauline Ryan, Marketing Manager, Clarion Events Middle East, said: “The entertainment we have planned this year will certainly captivate visitors, as you don’t see a collective line-up of the best and budding upcoming talent like this too often, especially for an entry price of AED 60. Our aim this year has been to provide the bike week audience with something different, fresh, and dynamic. A true festival feel.”

Visitors will be entertained from early afternoon till the end of the show across all three days. Commencing at 04:00pm, day one will see Jay Wud, The Maplejacks, The Boxtones and Juliana Down perform, with the festival concluding for the day at 11:00pm.

Day two will have Screemin Egulz, Salha & The Million Dollar Band, The Boxtones and The Maplejacks wow the crowds with their talents, with the session beginning at 01:30pm and concluding at 11:00pm.

Chronicles of Khan
Craig Paul, the Front Man for Screemin Egulz, said: “The Skreemin’ Egulz are excited and proud to perform on stage at Gulf Bike Week 2013. All members of our classic rock and blues band are bikers who ride Harley Davidson motorcycles, so for us and the Bike Week crowd, this event is a perfect fit". 

Riff Raff, Chronicles of Khan, Point of View, Sandwash and The Maplejacks will be seen entertaining the crowds on the third day. The final day of the event will begin at 01:30pm and conclude at 09:30pm.

Tickets are priced at AED 60 per day, allowing visitors access to all day live local bands and DJs, entertainment, great food and beverage outlets, and the Bike Show itself.

Organised by Clarion Events Middle East and brought to you by Dubai Calendar, Gulf Bike Week is Middle East’s only dedicated bike festival that showcases the very latest in motorcycles, cruisers, off road and all/urban-terrain vehicles, apparel, accessories and motorcycle-related products as well as major international lifestyle brands all over the world. It’s one of the few festivals that has been able to draw not just increased visitors from across the region, but also VIP’s, royalty and international celebrities. 

For more information on the artist line-up and Gulf Bike Week please visit:

Pantry Café @Pantry_Cafe to Offer Gourmet Produce at @Ripeme Ripe’s Forthcoming Foodie Friday Market

Weekly Community Market in Safa Park to Showcase Fare from UAE’s Leading Artisans

Pantry Café, the popular gourmet all day dining restaurant in Al Wasl Square, has announced its participation in Ripe’s forthcoming Foodie Friday Market launching on 1 November.

Each Friday Pantry Café will showcase a wide selection of its produce at the market held to provide a family-friendly environment for the community to browse and buy delicious and nutritious food, to support local producers and to enjoy the great artisanal talent in the UAE.

“Since our launch earlier this year, our goal has been to engage with our local community and also provide guests with locally sourced ingredients and gourmet fare. We are delighted to be involved in the Ripe Foodie Friday Market and look forward to enjoying the stunning surroundings of Safa Park with our patrons, friends and family,” said Yana Kalwani, Vice-Chairperson, Pantry Café.

Pantry Café will offer a feast of foods to visitors including salads, sandwiches, cakes and beverages, all the ideal components for a picnic in the park.

Stalls at Ripe’s Foodie Friday Market will cater for everyone, foodies and non-foodies alike; from Ripe’s seasonal, organic produce and locally made cheese and chutneys, cakes, bakes and gluten-free items, to lovely gift items from the UAE’s leading artisans. There will also be activities for all ages including yoga classes, cooking workshops and a petting zoo for little ones.

Since its opening in January 2013, Pantry Cafe is dedicated to providing the highest quality of food and beverages prepared using only the freshest ingredients, most of which are organic and locally sourced. A true gourmet experience, the restaurant has its own wood-fire oven where fresh pizzas are baked upon order, a large selection of salads and sandwiches, an international breakfast menu and an all-day dining menu that any food fanatic will devour. The restaurant also boasts a wide selection of unique merchandise and kitchen products that are showcased around the outlet in a true ‘pantry’ style.

Musical Evenings of Ghazal at Claypot @CitymaxHotels

Enjoy dinner at Claypot with vocalist Najmi Khan from India singing live Ghazals from 15-25 October.
The Ghazal is a specific form of ancient poetry set to a musical score, traditionally invoking melancholy, love and longing. Njami Khan is a well known vocalist of international repute and the son of the living legend of Hindustani Classical vocal Padma Shri Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan.
An a la carte menu with specialities from Lucknow will be offered to compliment the poetic musical entertainment with kebabs, curries, biryanis and desserts from the region.

What:   Musical Evenings of Ghazal; Phir Sham E Ghazal
Where: Claypot, Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai
When:  15 October – 25 October 2013
Time:    8pm onwards daily
Cost:     A la carte
Reservations:    +971 (0)50 1007065

Recycle Your Gadget at City Centre Malls @MallofEmirates @MirdifCityCtr @DeiraCityCtr

All About Electronics this October 
The focus on electronics comes on the back of a recent report from Business Monitor International citing a growth in the UAE retail sector based on a boost in development of the consumer electronics market. Flat screen televisions and smartphones are noted as the main growth drivers.
“Electronics is one of the biggest retail categories across City Centre malls, and new, exciting technology is always being launched for shoppers and tech-lovers,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Senior Director – Property Management for Majid Al Futtaim Properties. “There are a number of technology events taking place in Dubai during the month of October, and as a member of the community, City Centre malls wanted to highlight the latest technology in the malls for shoppers as they get excited about the newest tech toys being unveiled in the market.”

Throughout October, shoppers are encouraged to go ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ for the ‘Recycle Your Gadget’ project. In collaboration with Red Crescent, each mall with have a special bin for shoppers to recycle their old gadgets, phones, laptops and electronics devices. Red Crescent will make sure the devices are recycled properly, helping create a greener community for everyone. Once their old devices are recycled, visitors can shop for the newest electronic items in stores. Shoppers will also have the chance to win daily tech prizes and enter the draw to win the grand prize latest 85 inch Samsung TV! 


Deira-based mall to add hundreds of new retail outlets and introduce vibrant street culture scene
DUBAI // Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai’s original shopping mall, will open its highly anticipated retail expansion tomorrow, a key part of its AED 2 billion overhaul. 
Featuring over 130 new stores, the mall will now offer more than 850,000 square feet of retail, food and beverage and entertainment across 350 outlets. 
The expansion is certain to raise the competition for shoppers and tourists in Deira, offering a wide range of international retail concepts.
Key retail brands such as Marks & Spencer, Mango, Iconic, Omega, Cortefiel and Aeropostale are joined by newcomers to the market such as George, Crazy 8, Calzedonia and I Am. 
David Thurling, Vice President Malls for Al Ghurair Properties, said: “The new retail offering appeals to a broad customer base being primarily mid- to upper-mid income consumers.
“Our goal was to create a spectacular yet comfortable shopping environment for our customers. The sense of space and light will provide them with a wonderful ambience in which to shop, dine and catch up with friends.” 
Central to the expansion opening is a complete re-packaging of the mall’s branding. 
“We feel our brand belongs to our community. Our mall, being an urban downtown property, has a unique place in this city,” Mr Thurling said.
“Al Ghurair Centre is as much an outward facing shopping destination as it is inward facing.  Unlike almost every major mall in Dubai, we connect directly to the people who live in our community.  Our external sidewalks and tree-lined streets are a part of the Al Ghurair Centre experience, just as the wonderful new interiors.” 
Al Ghurair Centre is planning to conduct a marketing strategy in which it will move away from the traditional seasonal promotions so common in other malls. 
“We intend to create a very special district in and around our mall that will come alive throughout the entire year as a place for street theatre, art and music,” said Mr Thurling.
“In many ways, the centre will build on the inherent vibrancy of the surrounding streets to create a bustling experience similar to places like Greenwich Village in New York or Covent Garden in London.
“Over time we firmly believe that Al Ghurair Centre will become a centerpiece tourist attraction famous for its street festivals, public art pieces and ongoing community driven activities.”
The new expansion also features an 18 outlet international food court, Sparky’s a Family Entertainment Centre featuring an ice rink, indoor rollercoaster and other rides. 
Two impressive atriums rising over the three levels of the mall provide customers with natural light and striking open spaces. 
Unique to the mall are two indoor fountains that feature an array of choreographed effects, including a jet of water that shoots up almost 30 metres to the underside of the mall’s glass atrium roof.
The Al Ghurair Centre will kick off the new opening with three months of international and local entertainment and activities. 
This will include appearances by renowned Colombian urban circus troupe Circolombia, British magician James More, and from the USA, the Voca People, who will perform musical hits with just their voices. 

In addition to this, visitors can enjoy all-day roaming street theatre performances appearing in eight different zones in and around the mall. 



Gulf Film to Distribute Relativity’s Films Across All Media in the Middle East
Part of Relativity’s Expansion in the Fast-Growing Region; Studio Also Building a New Company To Produce Local Film, Television and Digital Content
(Beverly Hills, Calif. and Dubai, United Arab Emirates) September 30, 2013 – Relativity today announced that the company has extended its Middle East distribution partnership with Gulf Film, the leading film distributor and exhibitor in the region, accounting for over 50% of the Middle East’s film releases. As part of the multi-year agreement, Gulf Film will distribute Relativity’s films across all media in the territory including Relativity produced and acquired titles and third party, sales agency titles handled by Relativity International.
This announcement comes as Relativity has been expanding its presence in the Middle East, one of the world’s fastest growing film markets. Relativity is working on establishing a new venture, which will partner with local producers to create original film, television and digital entertainment content.
Ryan Kavanaugh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Relativity said: “Demand for high-quality entertainment content in the Middle East has been expanding rapidly over the past few years. Relativity is committed to building on our already strong presence in the region and to help accelerate growth across the film, television and digital media landscapes.”
Selim El Azar, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Film, said: “We're very pleased to announce this partnership, which further cements the synergistic relationship between Gulf Film, the Middle East's leading film distributor and exhibitor, and Relativity Media, a next-generation studio at the forefront of entertainment.”

Camela Galano, President of Relativity International will oversee the relationship with Gulf Film. She added: “Gulf Film is a leader in the Middle East’s media industry and a tremendous partner to Relativity.”

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Introducing New Kelly Van Gogh Masterblend™ @Kelly_Van_Gogh Luxury Multi-Dimensional Hair Colour Kits For Thick Hair


Especially for thick hair to give superb colour from the comfort of your own home

Autumn is a wonderful time for change, as the weather cools down and your wardrobe shifts. It is so important to remember your hair when changing your style, and always know that a fresh new colour gives you a rejuvenated feeling! But what happens if you have extra thick hair that takes a long time to colour? Or what if your locks are so long that you have always needed more than one pack of hair dye?

Celebrity colourist KELLY VAN GOGH® has the answer just for you. Her very own best-selling Master Blend™ Multi-Dimensional Luxury Hair Colour range has just launched extra special kits for THICK HAIR. Every colour made in the original variety is now available for you and your lovely long or luscious thick tresses!

So, how does this work? How will there be enough colour for you hair? Basically, the Master Blend™ kits for THICK HAIR contain two developers and two cream colours, saving you the hassle of having to buy two packs! And yes, of course, it is cost effective. Do you recall having to pay double the price for two packs? Not anymore. One pack of original Master Blend™ Multi-Dimensional Luxury Hair Colour is AED 145, and for the double pack especially for THICK HAIR, the cost is just AED 199... providing you with a saving of AED 90!

Master Blend™ Multi-Dimensional Luxury Hair Colour THICK HAIR kits are available in 10 beautiful shades from 1st October 2013. The KELLY VAN GOGH® luxury hair colour and care range can be found at Bloomingdales, Jet Set (Grosvenor House & Emirates Towers – hair care products only), Make up Etc in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah and at and  

This autumn allow your wonderfully thick hair to enjoy full colour all season long!

Cesare Paciotti: FW13 Women's Collection @CesarePaciotti_

The Cesare Paciotti Fall/Winter 2013-14 Collection is dedicated to a woman with definite taste… a woman who loves a challenge without any limit and is always dressed to challenge.
Five 'absolute' themes:
This line features a clean and sharp design, styled with definite lines and accentuated by the logo.
The dagger in the logo resembles a metallic arch that cleverly lends its roundness to the sharp features of shoes.
Featuring an illuminating block colour palette almost like a mosaic of shades. 
Two main palettes:
Bold black coupled with grey and a pearl white & a chocolate brown joined with a warm Bordeaux and a dusty pink.
Utilizing graphics- a clear homage to Walter Albini.
For ultimate glamour in the cold, this range sees precious fur detail, on décolleté, ankle and stiletto heel boots.
Black takes centre stage on this line.  Ankle boots, skyscraper heels and cowboy style boots, embellished with radiant studs, zippers and intricate metal detail.

A more classic range featuring a softer shape of shoes- heavily embellished with micro sequins in both sliver and a warm gold that beautifully reflect light and add shimmer to the winter grey.


Top DJs and spectacular entertainment set to wow guests on Saadiyat Island 
Top DJs from Beirut’s legendary Sky Bar - MaDJam and Kiko Navarro - will be part of a six DJ line-up to entertain guests at Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat’s spectacular anniversary party on October 25th, it was announced today.
The event, hosted by Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, will honour the 150thAnniversary of its parent company, Monte-Carlo SBM (Societe des bains de mer de Monaco). The iconic Monte-Carlo SBM owns some of the most prestigious hotels in Europe, including the Hotel de Paris and Monte-Carlo Bay.
The exclusive evening will play host to VIPs, club members and other reputable personalities from UAE and Monaco, who will enjoy a private celebration from 7.30pm onwards with a live Jazz band followed by an exhibition about the conception of Monaco 150 years ago and Saadiyat island development, that all started with a vision of excellence.
Members of the public can join in the festivities from 9.30pm onwards, when the real party begins around the club’s palatial pool with Radio 1’s DJ Simon B and precarious fire-breathing dancers are just a few of the acts that will dazzle guests. Guests will even have the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Monaco for two people, staying for three nights at one of Monte-Carlo SBM’s prestigious properties.
General manager of the club, Bill Loveday, spoke of the upcoming event: “This is one of the biggest events we have organised at the club since its opening in 2011 and is sure to be one of the best parties Abu Dhabi has ever seen.”
Since its opening two years ago, Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat has become a favourite destination of celebrities visiting Abu Dhabi, including actress Demi Moore and tennis champion Novak Djokovic.
Bill added: “We are thrilled to be hosting our very own 150thanniversary party and sharing in Monaco’s rich history. Who knows, perhaps we’ll be celebrating our landmark anniversary in many years to come!”
Guests will enjoy delicious canapés created by Monte-Carlo Beach’s chef Paolo Sari, who will be flown over from Monaco especially for the event.
Members of the public can purchase tickets starting at 200 AED, inclusive of two drinks. VIP Cabanas and table bookings are available through various packages from Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat.
The event has secured high-end brands to sponsor the evening including luxury car manufacturer Audi, celebrity favored swimwear designer Vilebrequin and menswear fashion designer Zilli, who will be on-hand to add a touch of glamour to the evening.

General Manager of Ali & Sons Audi division, Mark Austin, stated "we are very pleased to be associated with Mont Carlo Beach Club and congratulate them on their anniversary. We feel this is an ideal event to showcase Audi's exciting RS and S model range and are pleased to be able to display cars like the Audi S6, S7 and S8, together with the recently launched RS4 Avant that will be seen for the first time in the city".

Opulence at ValleyDez @ValleyDez @fishfrymanish @Kzeniya @CharlotteSparre

Manish Arora
Regarded by many as "the John Galliano of India," Manish Arora is not afraid to revolutionise current trends. Blending elegant Western cuts with Indian embroidery; he creates an aesthetic look that is one-of-a-kind.
Kzeniya fashions another set of beautiful clutches that incorporates a luxurious colour palette, geometric shapes, and delicate embellishments.
Charlotte Sparre
Charlotte Sparre is no stranger to trendsetting, and is all set to brighten up the winter months with this colourful collection. Bold and feminine prints and patterns are sure to add zest to your look.


An accessories design workshop - 2 levels of 3 month each 
focusing on Hand Bag design, shoes, jewelry, sun glasses, hats and scarves with ecology and sustainability in mind, 
From design process, to production, manufacturing and marketability, 
No previous experience needed, perfect program to start your own hand bag and accessories label.

The 1st level covers History of accessories of the most famous brands, Accessories Design, 
Style, Illustrations, production technics and prototypes through hands on practical workshops.---------

The 2nd level focuses on designing and producing prototypes within a collection concept learning accessories design studio methods 
in view of integrating production and marketing aspects of selected products at the initial design stage.

The Tutor is famous French Accessories Designer Bruno Fuscien-Trasan 
Designer & Owner of "Kis - Keep in Shape" Luxury brand 
distributed in Harrods London, New York and Courchevel France. 
Celebrities fans of his brand include David Beckham, Kylie Minogue & Madonna.

Day & evening sessions
For registration call +971 4 429 12 28

Program details click here


A Fashion Illustration workshop - 2 levels of 3 month each 
From learning how to draw fashion figures to developing a personal fashion drawing style  
The best program to become a professional fashion illustrator.
No previous experience needed, 

The 1st level covers Human body understanding, Body movement, Learning how to draw fashion figures,
Humanization of silhouettes, drawing fashion garments, color rendering.---------

The 2nd level focuses fashion silhouettes structures, developing your own style using
Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Technical drawings.

The Tutor is famous French Designer - Fashion Illustrator Nathalie Ozier 
who's collaborations rank from Trend forecasting agencies
such as Carlin International, Peclers Paris, A+A to Gianni Giudicci, La Perla Bambini
& Studion Contrepoint. 

Day & Evening sessions
For registration call +971 4 429 12 28

Program details click here


@AbuDhabiArt Emirati Winners Announced for Abu Dhabi Art’s Wings Project

The designs of six Emirati artists have won the Abu Dhabi Art Wings Project competition organised by TCA Abu Dhabi.
Part of the wider Abu Dhabi Art Design Programme, it has received an enormously positive response which was supported by a multitude of submissions from all over the country to create new concepts featuring the Abu Dhabi Art ‘wing’ logo. Winners for this year’s Wings Project are: Eman Al Raesi, Kaltham Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Khalid Mahmood, Mariam Al Shamsi, Maryam AbdulRazaq Al Fahim, and Rahma Fadhel Al Mehairbi. Their designs will be on display in Artyfact, the merchandise space in Manarat Al Saadiyat and across the Abu Dhabi Art programme including printed materials, advertising and other related collateral. The artists will also be part of the wider education programme of Abu Dhabi Art this year.
“The encouragement that comes from first applying for the Wings Project is then escalated when the winning designs are presented to the visiting audiences during Abu Dhabi Art. With their designs now being exhibited on a global platform these Emirati artists are presented with a unique opportunity to share their creativity and ideas with this international art community, as well as continuing to enhance Abu Dhabi as the cultural destination it is,” says Hind Khouri, Marketing Manager, TCA Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Art organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is an annual platform for modern and contemporary art and design to be held from 20-23 November 2013. Sponsored by Julius Baer, Abu Dhabi Art is held at Manarat Al Saadiyat and the iconic UAE Pavilion on Saadiyat Island.
For more information visit:

London College of Fashion Joins Fashion Forward @ffwddxb to Share their Academic Expertise!

The leading fashion institution, London College of Fashion is joining forces with Fashion Forward on the 15th October to bring one of their renowned lecturers and experienced fashion journalists, Paul Tierney to give two talks: “How to Make it as a Fashion Journalist” and “The Rise of the Fashion Blogger: Digital vs Print”. Paul will be joined at the panel discussion with the prominent and talented fashion blogger Tala Samman and Elaine Lloyd-Jones, Editor of Grazia Middle East.
'Toby Meadows presented sessions on 'Your future in fashion' and 'How to start your own fashion label' The London College of Fashion are currently in Dubai running their successful programme of short courses and will be back again in February 2012 with an exciting schedule of classes.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

@shjbabyfriendly Massive boost for hundreds of children as Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign launches ‘Salamaty’ program with Alkounouz

Massive boost for hundreds of children as Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign launches ‘Salamaty’ program with Alkounouz

In a partnership that will yield substantial benefits for over 130 children currently enrolled and many more children in upcoming phases, the Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign (SBFEC) has entered a collaboration with Alkounouz Kindergarten to launch a program called ‘Salamaty’, which will greatly increase the awareness of breastfeeding benefits and practices among mothers and kindergarten staff. This comes after observations that breastfed children at the kindergarten enjoyed higher levels of physical and developmental progress than non-breastfed children. The launch ceremony was attended by representatives from the Motherhood and Childhood Center and Sharjah Educational Zone, along with numerous mothers and staff members.
Expressing her optimism for the program’s future success, Dr Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, Director of the Executive Committee of the Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign said: “For mothers and staff at Alkounouz Kindergarten, the benefits of breastfeeding are no longer just a scientific theory but an everyday reality. Each day across Sharjah’s kindergartens there is mounting first-hand evidence of how breastfed children tend to enjoy a superior level of physical, intellectual and emotional development compared to their non-breastfed counterparts. Therefore ‘Salamaty’ will ensure that these benefits do not end with the current stream of children but extend to future intakes, thus helping hundreds and potentially thousands of children in future.”

Dr Al Ghazal added: “We are absolutely delighted to be collaborating with Alkounouz Kindergarten, and their enthusiasm makes us eagerly look forward to future collaborations. Our partnership is proof that nothing is impossible in Sharjah if we think beyond the ordinary and dare to aim for the extraordinary.”

Ameena Al Johari Alkounouz Kindergarten Manager elaborated: “’Salamaty’ would not have been possible without the wonderful support and unwavering hard work of the Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign. The biggest lesson we have learned from the SBFEC is to look at the big picture, so that we don’t just see the children but rather how all the pieces of the community puzzle fit together.”

She continued: “Although the importance of breastfeeding is widely accepted, not all members of society have an in-depth grasp of its medical, psychological or social benefits. Therefore the ‘Salamaty’ program will set off the chain reaction of awareness.”

‘Salamaty’ will initially be implemented among the 130 children at the kindergarten, before being expanded to benefit hundreds and potentially thousands of children and their mothers. Meanwhile attendees at the launch praised the clear and engaging way with which the campaign enlightened mothers.

The Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign was initiated in March 2012 under the generous patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Budoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), President of the Campaign and Honorary President of the Breastfeeding Friends Association. The campaign encompasses four initiatives: Breastfeeding-Friendly Nurseries, Mother and Baby-Friendly Public Places, Mother-Friendly Workplaces and Baby-Friendly Health Facilities. The campaign is sponsored by Sharjah Islamic Bank.

Global Village @GlobalVillageAE Management Team and Dubai Municipality Conduct Site Inspection

Visit Comes As Countdown Commences to Opening Date on 5th October

As the countdown continues to the 18th season of Global Village, its   senior management team and representatives of Dubai Municipality have conducted a site visit to verify on the final preparations for the event.
The visit was led by the recently appointed Executive Director of Operations Ahmed Hussain bin Essa, senior colleagues and a team of engineers from the Constriction and Inspections department at Dubai Municipality.

The specialist engineering team undertook the supervision and checks of steel and metal structures on the large site to finally check that everything was in compliance with Dubai Municipality regulations for construction, safety and security.
Meanwhile Global Village management were undertaking other final preparations and checking the status of infrastructure, pavilion, kiosks and the many commercial retail outlets that will be in operation during the forthcoming season, amounting to more than 3000 outlets.
Commenting on the successful site visit, Global Village Executive Director of Operations, Ahmad Hussain bin Essa said: “We would like to thank the Dubai Municipality and Civil Defence representatives for their continued diligence and support in ensuring that all of our facilities meet the appropriate safeguards and standards. Their support ensures that we are on schedule and ready to open our doors for the 18th season of Global Village in October 5th.”
During the visit Dubai Municipality engineers also undertook supervision of a number of new gateway entrances that are being introduced for the coming season that will have special historical themes linked to the past from London and Egypt among others to provide an exciting new experience for visitors when they arrive at Global Village.

“The creation of a new look to the Gates and a wide range of other new and innovative attractions will make Global Village an even more exciting place to visit this season – especially for families and children,” added Ahmad Hussain bin Essa.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Esmod Dubai’s Graduates got Talent @EsmodDubai

Three Esmod Dubai Graduates selected among nine debutants to showcase their collections at Fashion Forward season 2
Fashion Focus event “Fashion Forward” starting on October 15th 2013 will feature three Esmod Dubai’s graduates: Sheikha Madiyah Al Sharqi, daughter of the Ruler of Fujairah, U.A.E, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi,  “House of Fatam” by Fatma Gargash and her two sisters and “Endemage” by Lubna Zakwani.

I am particularly proud that our former students have managed to implement what they have learned at Esmod Dubai to accredit their ability, start their fashion label in such a short period of time, creating and producing their own collections. The fact that they have been chosen tells a lot about FFWD Founder Mr.Bong Guerrero’s taste and expertise on what fashion stands for in the region. Esmod Dubai in depth professional training proves again that it leads to successful fashion labels recognized by the industry. “Says Mrs Tamara Hostal,
Founder & CEO of Esmod Dubai.

“Esmod’s mission is to nurture the creative spirit within the students and to foster and reward their efforts to create innovative collections.  Esmod assists students to develop their ability to produce meticulous expressions of fashion design, while stimulating their drive for excellence and eagerness to come up with creations that are of international standard”.
Says Mrs Tamara Hostal

Esmod Dubai based in DIAC is the only French Fashion Institute fully dedicated to professional fashion training in the Middle East. It is the Dubai campus of Esmod International, a globally acclaimed and the oldest provider in the world of French based fashion education for more than 170 years.