Thursday, 27 February 2014

@dubaigoldcup Nominated at Best Sport Event (Professional) in upcoming SPIA Awards

Mohammed K. Al Habtoor , Chairman of Dubai Polo Gold Cup Organization says: "We are honored that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. I am proud to say that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup organization  is well established and being in its fifth  year has earned itself a worldwide reputation. The Sport of Polo has once again proved its massive appeal as DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP Series has been shortlisted in the top 8 Best Sport Event (Professional).  The Sport Industry Awards category finalists were announced yesterday, at the Press Conference that was held  at the  Royal Box of Zayed Sports City Stadium by the SPIA committee  in association with the Dubai Sports Council."

“We are proud to be nominated for 2014 SPIA Awards.”

  • Best Sport Event (Professional)
  • Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
  • Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
  • Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
  • Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
  • Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s
  • Mubadala World Tennis Championship
  • OSN 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations
  • European Tour’s Race to Dubai

Being recognized as one of the leading Best Sport Event in the region is testament that DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP Series ability is to become one of the leading sports hub locally and internationally , attracting the best polo teams from around the world

The  Sport Industry Awards recognizes the greatest achievements across the entire business of sport, including the most outstanding and innovative work in marketing, PR, advertising, community investment and sponsorship.

In addition ,the “ Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series “ an impeccable organization that was recognized by the World Polo Tour  in 2011 , and in January 2014 the WPT committee announce that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is now the highest tournament in points inside the Challenge Cup Category by raising to 50 points for the winners.

The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo.

@DubaiGoldCup Strong start by UAE Polo and Desert Palm 2 in the Bentley Emirates Dubai Polo Gold Cup

Great victories by UAE Polo and Desert Palm 2 in today´s matches of the Bentley Emirates Dubai Polo Gold Cup, the most important trophy of the UAE. Desert Palm 2 had a strong start against Edrees Polo by winning 9 goals to 2 and UAE Polo achieved a great victory against Bin Drai by 8 goals to 7. Both matches were held at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

In the first game of the day, Desert Palm 2, winner of the President´s Cup and finalist of the McLaren Silver Cup, showed it´s potential from the beginning to the end of the match. Team made by Tarik Albwardy, Matías Machado, Alejo Taranco and Santiago Laborde were too much for Edrees Polo in their first appearance in the Dubai polo season.

Match Progression:
Desert Palm 2: 3-0/ 6-2/ 8-2/ 9-2

The second match of the day was one of the most exciting games of the season. Bin Drai and UAE played a thrilling match that was decided in the last 8 seconds of the game.

UAE Polo Team, with it´s new foursome, made by HH Sheika Maitha, Ollie Cudmore, Agustín Martínez and Martín Aguerre (h) achived an important victory after a great come back in the fourth chukka. Bin Drai had a great start with 3 consecutive goals in the first chukka and the control of the game during the half time of the match.
UAE reaction started in the third chukka, closing the gap to one goal (4-5) and in the fourth and last period of the game they managed to take the lead of the score by one goal in two opportunities (6-5 & 7-6). With only one minute to go the game was still tied in 7 goals a pice but in the last seconds UAE had a 30 yards penalty scored by Martín Aguerre (h) for the final 8 goals to 7 victory.

Match Progression:
UAE Polo: 0-3/ 3-4/ 4-5/ 8-7

The Bentley Emirates Gold Cup will continue next Thursday 27th February with two matches at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. At 2.30 pm, Habtoor Polo will face Zedan in field 2 and from 4 pm Abu Dhabi will play against Desert Palm 1.

@hmuae H&M SS14 Collection in stores

H&M SS14 Collection in stores
 March 6, 2014
For the women’s collection, urban style goes bohemian this spring with a collection full of playful and personal style. Snug patchwork jackets of leather and suede, graphic-printed and fake fur waist jackets, frilly blouses and long-sleeve tops in matt metallics are in this season. Delicate cotton voile dresses and graphic-print dresses are covered in fortune teller symbols for a sense of city mysticism. This bohemian feeling continues in to the woman’s accessory wardrobe with big jewellery, belts and thigh-high stretch suede boots.

@Nikotinmusic Nikotin announce debut album release and launch concert

Dubai-based hard rock band are set to release their debut album "Panodrama" which includes their hit track 'Overloaded' -  this track that also features a crowd-sourced initiative, the first of its kind in the region, that patches in the voices of the band’s local and International fans.

From L to R: Frederick Mondol, Irfan Omar, Neil D'cruz, Kenan Bairouti & Walid Khalife

Dubai rockers, Nikotin have announced that they will be performing a very special concert at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 8th 2014 to celebrate the release of their debut album, Panodrama. The album release and launch concert caps off an extremely busy and fruitful two years for Nikotin, who since their formation in 2009 have supported several International artists, the likes of Nickelback, Maximo Park and The Kooks to name a few, live in concert.

With a sound that harks their classic hard rock influences that are subtly diffused with impressive melodic riffs, the 5 piece collective will perform their full length debut in its entirety for the very first time.

Through the album setlist, the band will launch into an exploration of their melodic resonance while keeping with their eclectic and grungy hooks that have become their signature front and centre. Also amongst the 8 tracks is "Overloaded" - a crowd favourite at their live shows that instantly catapults the audience into a roaring symphony of the tracks memorable chorus. For their debut album, Nikotin have woven in the voice of their loyal fans by devising a 'crowd-sourcing' idea that gets their followers a whole lot closer to them. The band will express their gratitude with special thanks and a mention of all the names of those who lent their voice for the song's chorus, on their CD inlay.  

Produced by Elvis Garagic at Soundstruck Studios in Dubai, the album is an ode to Nikotin's history, distilling a culmination of their individual and combined experiences into 8 tracks bursting with character and energy."It didn't come fast. It certainly didn't come easy. But it's here and we couldn't be happier with the final outcome. This album is the soundtrack to our lives and hopefully the first of many to come!" says Cruize, the lead vocalist when asked what it feels like to be a heartbeat away from release date.

The band are looking forward to unleashing "Panodrama" upon a host of special guests at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 8th with a first time preview before the album hits the stores thereafter.

"Panodrama" Launch Concert
Event Details

Saturday, 8 March 2014
Event time
7:30 p.m. onward
Event Venue
Hard Rock Cafe, Dubai Festival City
Open to all ages | Free Entry

@mallofemirates‏ @MirdifCityCtr @DeiraCityCtr Mall of The Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and Deira City Centre Becomes Foodie’s Paradise at Dubai Food Festival

  • Held in partnership with the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment to celebrate Dubai’s diverse dining options
  • Launches ‘Hi-Fi Flavours’ campaign in parallel to the festival
Majid Al Futtaim shoppingmalls in Dubai have joined hands to create a campaign that showcases their multicultural range of dining options. ‘Hi-Fi Flavours’ campaign will run in parallel to the festival, which allow shoppers and diners who spend AED 150 at any retail store or food outlet to enter the weekly draw and win AED 10,000 worth of dining vouchers.  Receipts from food outlets will be exchanged for two coupons giving diners double chances of winning. Draws are held every Tuesday evening, 7pm at each mall.
The mall activities are as follows:
Deira City Centre
The Singing Classic Waitress Comic:  A 20-minute cabaret act from the UK featuring three girls from an outstanding 3-part vocal harmony group, performing songs from a vast range of eras, from the swinging classics of the Andrews Sisters, to the modern and funky beats of Girls Aloud! in their glamorous costumes and funny dance moves. The show is suitable for audience of all ages.  Three shows daily.
  • Date:  March 5th – March 11th, 2014
  • Venue:  East Court Slab, Level 2
  • Timings:  4:30pm, 7:00pm and 8:30pm
Kids’ Corner:  A themed zone within the mall conducting various activities for children aged 4 to 11, teaching children the food pyramid, healthy eating habits through fun and practical games as well as creative activities. Classes and demos include art & craft, healthy food and
habits, food design, creative menu and sandwiches, and a comic act.
  • Date:  March 5th – March 11th, 2014
  • Venue:  East Court Slab, Level 2
  • Timings:  4:30pm - 9pm
Jazz Musicians:  A musical ensemble of two musicians will serenade customers during peak lunch and dinner hours over the weekend, creating a festive ambience and providing diners with jazzy blues in the background.
  • Date:  February 24th- March 15th, 2014
  • Venue:  West Court Slab, Level 2
  • Timings: 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Mall of The Emirates
Food Flash Mob: Participants in chef’s attire will form a symphony of acts in a random manner.  Dancers acting as chefs and servers will come from behind the food counters and begin a routine, all at the amazement of the mall visitors.  A 10-minute show will be taking place at two venues within the mall – food court next to Magic Planet and food court next to Centre Point. 
  • Date:  March 7th – March 13th, 2014
  • Schedule:
    • o   Food Court next to Magic Planet - 4:30pm
    • o   Food Court next to Centre Point - 5:30pm
    • o   Food Court next to Magic Planet - 7:30pm
    • o   Food Court next to Centre Point - 8:30pm
Jazz Musicians:  A musical ensemble of two musicians will serenade customers for 45 minutes during peak lunch and dinner hours over the weekend, creating a festive ambience and providing diners jazzy blues in the background.
  • Date:  February 24th – March 15th, 2014
  • Venue:  East Food Court, Ground Floor
  • Timings: 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Mirdif City Centre
Acrobatic Pizzaioli:  A 20-min act with groups of pizziaolos showcasing tricks and fancy moves in pizza dough freestyle acrobatics.  Pizza spinning is now evolving into a sport where individual pizza superstars test their skills and vie for the largest dough, the longest spinning dough, the highest tossed dough, and the fastest dough.
  • Date:  February 27th – March 5th, 2014
  • Venue: Central Galleria
  • Timings:  4:30pm, 6:30pm and 9:00pm
Delicious Food Circus Show:  A 30-min non-verbal performance featuring Korean’s traditional rhythms, Salmunori with comedy and drama in the kitchen that audience of all ages and nationalities can enjoy.  Three shows daily.
  • Date:  March 1st – March 7th, 2014
  • Venue: Central Galleria
  • Timings:  5:30pm and 8:00pm
The Aerial Show:  A 20-min act that gives a new dimension to the environment in the food court.  Ten aerial artists will sway, swirl and jump up in the air to the beats of the musical score to keep diners entertained while enjoying delectable food offerings from various outlets.
  • Date:  March 9th – March 15th, 2014
  • Venue:  North Food Court
  • Time: 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Jazz Musicians:  A musical ensemble of two musicians will serenade customers during peak lunch and dinner hours over the weekend, creating a festive ambience and providing diners jazzy blues in the background.
  • Date:  February 24th - March 15th, 2014
  • Venue:  1st floor Oasis Restaurant area
  • Timings: 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Dubai Food Festival is an initiative of DFRE that brings together some of the Emirate’s premier consumer food events such as Gulfood and Taste of Dubai, with the inaugural editions of the Dubai Food Carnival and The Big Grill.

@hhcgovae Youngsters shine at 6th Fazza Athletics IPC Grand Prix Competition 2014

14-year old British national Maria Lyle wins gold in 100m races

Young women athletes grabbed the limelight on day 3 of the 6th Fazza International Athletics IPC Grand Prix Competition 2014 at the Al Thiqa Club in Sharjah.
14-year old British national Maria Lyle who had earlier set a new European and world record in the 200m track races won gold in the 100m category. Thrilled by her debut performance at the Fazza Championships in the UAE she said: “I have been to competitions in the UK, but this is my first international championship and it feels great to be here. I have been an athlete for 2 years now and it is encouraging to win gold on my first overseas competition.”

21-year old Tunisian paralympian Neda Bahi who has won gold and bronze for her country at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London bagged bronze in the 100m races at this series of the Grand Prix. Neda has so far won gold in the long jump and silver in the 400m and 200m races, taking her total tally of medals in this Championship to 4.
With a team of 15 athletes, Tunisia is currently in the lead with the maximum number of medals in the Championship so far.
Mohammed Yahya, Captain of the Tunisian team said: “Tunisia has always participated in the Fazza Championships and athletics receives a lot of support from the Tunisian government which has led to Tunisia producing several Olympians and paralympians.
Tunisian Paralympian Walid Ktila who has won 3 international Paralympic titles set a new African and world record in the 200m wheelchair race at this Championship.
Mohammed added: “We are proud of our young athletes and look forward to the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha and the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.”
Ahmed Al Hamadi, head of the technical committee, Fazza Championships commented: “The Grand Prix has progressed well so far and athletes have adjusted to the new rules of the competition quite successfully, particularly in the wheelchair races. The Grand Prix has given the Fazza Championships an international appeal and we are thrilled to host such a highly competitive group of athletes.”
The 6th Fazza Athletics IPC Grand Prix Competition 2014 is being organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and will culminate in the finals in the UK.
Participating Countries:
Tunisia; Slovakia; Nigeria; Greece; Saudi Arabia; Mexico; Japan; Scotland;  Great Britain; Algeria; Iraq; Azerbaijan; Germany; Bulgaria; Kazakhstan; Egypt; Kuwait; Qatar; Russia; Bahrain; Sweden; Thailand; Ireland; Brazil; Cameroon; Denmark; Jordan; Lithuania; Netherlands; Switzerland; Hong Kong; Gambia; India; Oman; Syria; Mauritius  and host nation the United Arab Emirates.

@QasrAlHosn Qasr al Hosn Festival School Engagement Programme

In collaboration with ADEC, the School Engagement program brings more than 2,000 students from schools across Abu Dhabi to Qasr al Hosn Festival this week. Accompanied by their teachers, students will go on tailored fort tours to learn about the history of Abu Dhabi’s most important building, and take part in special educational sessions and workshops at the Cultural Foundation that focus on aspects of Emirati culture and traditions.

@property_finder @PFUAE Abu Dhabi rents rise by over 20 percent in 2014, reveals

Abu Dhabi is following its glamourous rival, Dubai, as the emirate engineers a recovery that could pave way for a new phase in the performance of its real estate market. Following the ‘live local’ policy and the removal of the rental cap last year, rents have ticked up in the capital, according to, the UAE’s leading property portal.
“Up until the beginning of 2013, rents in Abu Dhabi were traditionally considered to be higher than those in Dubai. However, just as the housing decree was passed late last year, we revealed a decline in Abu Dhabi’s rental prices even as rents in Dubai continued to rise, narrowing the price gap between the two emirates. However, with the removal of the rental cap and the number of new tenants in Abu Dhabi increasing due to the relocation of government workers to the city, rents in the emirate are seeing an upswing,” commented Michael Lahyani, CEO and Founder of
Reporting an overall hike of over 20 percent in leasing prices in December 2013, has also revealed individual rent rises in Abu Dhabi’s popular neighbourhoods. “When we ran the numbers on Market Price Live this month, our up-to-the-minute data centre, Hydra Village for instance, already showed an increase of three percent from December 2013 figures. Rents in Mohamed Bin Zayed City, on the other hand, have risen by over two percent,” said Lahyani.

The latest move by the government to regulate rental prices in the capital was announced earlier this month. A rent index, expected to be introduced soon, will use market data to set fair rents for each of Abu Dhabi’s 10-12 residential zones. “Numerous residents have been forced to downsize due to the surge in rents. So the hope is that the index will protect tenants and landlords by maintaining prices at competitive levels as rents are expected to rise further this year,” added Lahyani.

@digc2014 Property developers race to make Dubai the ‘Garden City’ before Expo 2020, as DIGC shortlists its Grand Finale participants

“Best of the best” landscapers shortlisted to battle it out in 1st Dubai International Garden Competition

Real estate players are racing to give Dubai’s properties a ‘green makeover’ with its own unique identity -- in the same way that Venice in Italy is famous for its ‘underwater streets’ or canals, while Cape Town is famous for its hilltop houses overlooking the sea. 

After weeks of heightened suspense and anticipation, the wait is finally over as the final list of participants in the first-ever Dubai International Garden Competition have been announced. The list was unveiled at a VIP event that brought together senior representatives from the event patron Dubai Municipality, event partners and hopeful participants.

Participating companies are as follows, Mirak Irrigation & Landscaping, Toscana Landscaping & Pools, Jenny Flowers, Spring Rose Landscaping, Waho & Vogue, Miracle Garden, Terra Verde the Landscape Solution, Greenable Landscapes, Orchid Garden Centre.

The Middle East’s biggest gardening showcase will be held from April 3rd to 6th at The Venue, Downtown Dubai at the foot of Burj Khalifa -- the world’s tallest building, developed by Emaar Properties. The event is eagerly anticipated by real estate investors looking to give their properties a makeover in time for Expo 2020, while boosting the value of their properties through stylish landscaping; as well as players in the tourism and leisure markets.

The participants include architects, botanists, designers, engineers, garden manicurists and horticulturalists among others. A recurring theme among the entries is the emphasis on eco-friendly solutions ideal for Dubai’s arid climate, balancing natural beauty with innovation.

According to Nasser Khan, CEO of the competition organizers Purelife: “Our judges from the UK have reassured us that in all their years of judging competitions worldwide, these are some of the most stunning concepts they have ever encountered. Purelife believes that this creativity is inspired by Dubai’s reputation as a ‘City of the Impossible’ that touches the sky. Visitors will be even more astounded when these concepts are brought to life right before their eyes. Although the event is only four days long, the concepts they inspire will live on until Expo 2020 and beyond.”
Engineer Taleb Jalfar, Director of  Parks & Horticulture Department at Dubai Municipality, expressed his optimism about the upcoming event: “We are confident that the outstanding innovation and eco-friendliness shown by participants in the Dubai International Garden Competition will put Dubai high on the map of landscaping globally. This is not just about landscaping; it’s about encouraging tourism, family bonding and healthier lifestyles outdoors.”

The organizers have expressed their appreciation to the event’s generous supporters, companies include Dubai Municipality, Emaar, Dubai Tourism Commercial Marketing, Dubai Calendar, DEWA, Danube Buildmart and Al Baddad.

Interested landscaping organizations, businesses, community groups, architects and other participants can register or find more information on  

@TajHotels Taj Palace Hotel Dubai adds two new theme nights

Chefs at the Taj Palace Hotel Dubai have devised two new theme nights for guests and visitors looking for the best in value dining, with a Philippine extravaganza every Sunday and a new barbecue theme night at Al Waha on Wednesdays.

According to Acting General Manager, Mr Ahmed Badawy, the additional theme nights offer an opportunity to taste new cuisines and dishes and widens the already extensive programme of dining available at the hotel.

“Al Waha restaurant has already gained loyal customers with its seafood and Friday brunch, and the barbecue grill is expected to attract a wider audience tempted by the live cooking and quality produce on the menu,” he said.

“At Sakura, we have a SaloSaloSaHapunan evening to introduce the flavours of the Philippines to a wider audience – as well as catering for Filipino nationals resident in Dubai.”

Priced at AED99 per person, inclusive of tax and service charge, the theme night covers an all-you-can-eat buffet between 1900 and 2300 hours, plus free soft drinks.
In addition, Sakura has special Asian theme nights on both Mondays and Fridays, similarly priced at AED99 per person including soft beverages.

The barbecue theme night at Al Waha costs AED99 per person, inclusive of freshly-cooked grills and soft drinks – children under six eat free and those aged between six and 12 can eat for half price.

The Taj Palace Hotel Dubai is conveniently located in the heart of Deira, minutes’ from the international airport, within easy reach of the business and commercial district, touristic sites, shopping malls, leisure and entertainment facilities, the beach and creek, as well as the Dubai Metro line. The hotel features 159 rooms and suites plus 90 apartments as well as superb dining and leisure options. The unbeatable combination of luxury, location, convenience and comfort guarantees true value for money at Taj Palace Hotel Dubai.

For more information about the hotel visit

@GlamOnYou Take an Elegant Stroll through Paris with the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection by GlamOnYou


Take an Elegant Stroll through Paris with the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection by GlamOnYou

Dubai-based fashion house GlamOnYou has launched their magnificent Spring/Summer 2014 collection which has been inspired by the beautiful and metropolitan city of Paris.

The collection of dresses and gowns are all named after the diverse provinces of Paris and capture the essence 

Take a walk around the Louvre in the playful Tuileries Dress, meander through crowds towards the iconic Eiffel Tower wearing the relaxing yet sophisticated Trocadero Dress and indulge in a delicious dinner in the Elysee Dress before catching a dramatic Opera performance in the Opera Jumpsuit.

“Paris is one of my favourite cities and I love nothing more than spending summer days and evenings in this beautiful city. While there I spend all my time taking in the rich cultural beauties that Paris has to offer so it was only natural for me to seek inspiration for my new collection form there” says Nadine Arton.

The GlamOnYou Spring/Summer 2014 collection is available at the GlamOnYou Show Room on Al Wasl Road.  

@MCFC Pellegrini Speaks About Cup Final Ahead Of UAE Fanzone Event

Manchester City FC manager Manuel Pellegrini has spoken to fans in the UAE about the chance for his team to win the first trophy of the season this Sunday in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.
It comes as the club have revealed a special free-of-charge Fanzone event will be held at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi for the big game.
The Fanzone is open to all supporters and starts at 5.15pm with the game kicking off at 6pm.
Responding to questions from members of the official Sky Blue membership scheme in the UAE, Pellegrini said it will be a major day for everyone at Manchester City.
“A cup final is always special and this one is a chance for us to take a very positive step forward this season,” he said.
“Do we talk about winning trophies all the time? No, we don’t and that is the correct way to do things.
“Manchester City is now a major club and only at the end of the season can you look at what you have done. That is the time to celebrate."
When asked about Manchester City’s chances in the Champions League he added: “People will keep talking about the Barcelona game, but we are still in that competition.
“The Capital One Cup gives us a chance to lift everyone and then we go from there and hopefully keep improving.
“And of course the League is a truly important trophy as it shows what you have achieved over the full season. Again, this cup final will help us with that part of the season.”
For several seasons, Manchester City have organised FanZone events at Zayed Sports City for major matches.
This one will be outdoors on Football Pitch One, which is next to the tennis stadium, with refreshments available through the evening.
Pellegrini said: “It was wonderful to see so many City fans on my recent trip to Abu Dhabi and they will once again be really supporting us in this Cup final I am sure.”

All fan enquiries go to

@Diesel's JOGG- Revolutionary Denim SS14

Denim illusion Sweat look
A new generation of clothing, a revolution led by the brand, which more than anyone else has based its successful living on creativity and innovation. The Jogg Jeans are an electrifying new hybrid product category at Diesel, which combines two staples of the casual wear: denim and sweat
The woven and knitted fabric has the look of a jersey weaving, giving the garment 360° elasticity. The circular weaving technique highlights the lightness, softness and comfort of the fabric combined with a perfect fit, while the indigo dying of the garment strengthens the idea of having an all-in-one product. But the real revelation is the final effect: the Jogg Jeans are an illumination for the senses.This unseen combination of techniques translates into a denim illusion from the outside and a sweat look from the inside.
Jogg-jeans are available in different styles both for women and for men, including jackets. The waistband drawstrings, the side stitching, the coin pocket with the Diesel flag as well as the materials used in the production make the Jogg Jeans substantially different.

@AbuDhabiAwards Under the patronage of Mohamed bin Zayed - Abu Dhabi Awards 2013 ceremony announcement

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Awards Organising Committee announced the new date of the ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The Organising Committee is looking forward to welcoming this year’s recipients of the highest civilian honour in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The awards are organised upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, who is keen to preserve the legacy of our nation's father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
In addition to being attended by VIP guests, previous recipients and members of the Abu Dhabi Emirate community, it will be broadcast live on Abu Dhabi Al Emarat at 7:30pm and then shown again on:
Abu Dhabi Al Emarat (LIVE)
Tuesday, March 11 (LIVE)
19:30 (LIVE)
Abu Dhabi Al Emarat
Wednesday, March 12
Abu Dhabi Al Oula
Wednesday, March 12
Abu Dhabi Al Oula
Wednesday, March 12
Abu Dhabi Al Emarat
Friday, March 14
Abu Dhabi Al Oula
Friday, March 14
Abu Dhabi Al Emarat
Saturday, March 15
During a six-week period in 2013, people from across the Abu Dhabi Emirate nominated fellow members of society who they felt deserved to be recognised for their selfless contributions to the community.
People of all ages and nationalities are nominated. Regardless of their age, nationality or gender, the recipients are individuals whose good deeds have contributed to supporting and benefiting the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s communities.
This includes Abu Dhabi citizens, residents and non-residents, as well as Abu Dhabi citizens performing good deeds internationally. Award recipients are selected based on their deeds and actions, not by the number of nominations received.

For further information please visit

Check-in at Cargo – Now Open in Dubai Marina’s Pier 7

Meet, eat and mingle at the city’s newest social hub

Sit back and take in the view as Cargo transports you to a bustling harbour-side eatery, reminiscent of 1960s Hong Kong. With its roots firmly planted in East-Asian culture, Cargo is a laid back restaurant and lounge bringing the rawness and spice of the East to new Dubai. Think shipping crates, raw steel, concrete and weathered wood interiors, looking out onto impressive views of Dubai Marina. Throw in delicious ‘street food’ inspired Asian cuisine, an eclectic beverage menu and relaxed atmosphere, and you have a perfect place to meet, eat and mingle, whatever the occasion.
Cargo’s kitchen serves up sharing dishes including chilli and garlic edamame, sesame crusted Ahi tuna and lemon grass chicken skewers, along with much –loved mains of teriyaki- glazed cod or Pad Thai with smoked duck. Bring friends and fill up a high top bench for dinner, or take a window table and turn it into your desk for the afternoon, making the perfect relaxed meeting venue.

Situated in the area’s newest dining destination, Pier 7, Cargo’s interior makes the most of the tower’s cyclical shape, with free-standing tables throughout the open-plan dining area. More secluded spots are created with wooden, Asian-style screens, giving the option for more private dining.

@Gulfood 2014 - Picture of the Day

How big is your appetite? Dubbed ‘Big BRO’ and made with 2 kg of bread and 2 kg of cheese and fresh vegetables, this giant sandwich at Gulfood was created to attract hungry visitors. Mission accomplished, as ‘Big BRO’ is something visitors – hungry or not - can’t miss.  

Gulfood 2014 is strictly a trade-only event and is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry only. The show is open 11am-7pm from February 23-26 and 11am-5pm on February 27. For more information, please visit

Novotel Dubai Al Barsha hosts Opening Event

The recently opened Novotel Dubai Al Barsha hosted a launch party on Monday 24th February 2014 at 7pm. The opening ceremony was conducted by Guest of Honour - His Excellency Michel Miraillet, French Ambassador for the UAE, with more than 500 invited guests.

A fiesta-type atmosphere - akin to the popular carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro and the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans – greeted guests, who were kept entertained by live performers. In addition, expert chefs from Cravin’ Cajun, Bubbles and Café Java - three of the hotel’s Food & Beverage Point of Sales - produced mouth-watering dishes, sweet treats and exotic cocktails.

Philippe Montaubin, General Manager of Novotel Dubai Al Barsha enthused: “We have received a fantastic response from the Dubai market. Since we opened, the hotel has been very busy and guests are not only loving the rooms and facilities, but also Cravin’ Cajun, the region’s only Cajun Louisiana restaurant. We are looking forward to welcoming many more guests from around the world in the coming years.”

The Novotel Dubai Al Barsha boasts 465 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, including superior and executive rooms, over 100 interconnecting family rooms and 89 fully-furnished suites. The property also includes Novotel’s unique Eureka concept via 10 state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

Five restaurants and bars provide an eclectic mix of culinary experiences for guests to enjoy. Complementing the impressive Cravin’ Cajun, ‘365’ has an all-day dining space, whilst Café Java is a 24-hour boutique pastry takeaway coffee corner. Bubbles is the place to be for a contemporary bar and lounge experience, together with an array of live music while Deck Se7en, the tropical-inspired poolside terrace, offers a relaxing ambience. And after a long day, guests can unwind at In Balance Spa, the hotel’s fitness and spa facility, complete with the latest Technogym equipment and exotic treatments.

The Novotel Dubai Al Barsha is ideally located near to Sharaf DG Metro Station and Mall of the Emirates, connecting tourists to Dubai’s popular attractions and major business hubs. It is also the fifth Accor Group Novotel property to open in the United Arab Emirates.

For more information or reservations, please call +971 04 515 6622.

Introducing The Secret Ingredient - One-Stop Solution for All F&B Business Needs

More than 20 successful businesses come together to create an alliance and cater to all needs of those in Food and Beverages business
An alliance, Secret Ingredient, has been recently launched to offer holistic services to establishments in Food & Beverages sector. Under their umbrella are successful entrepreneurs and businesses, with years of experience and expertise in their respective fields, which cater to all F&B business needs – from drafting a business plan to ensuring consistent sales and revenue growth.

Brainchild of Sajith Ansar, Managing Director at Idea Spice says, “The Secret Ingredient is established to ease the pain out of setting up a business in the food and beverage industry. We facilitate a business from the initial phase of idea formation till the very end, and ensure a consistent stream of revenue to keep the enterprise profitable.”
Presently, following businesses are a part of The Secret ingredient’s network:

·         Market Research - Glasgow Consulting Group
·         Accounting Support - Xcel Accounting (Pre and post-opening)
·         Branding - Idea Spice Design
·         Call Center - DVCOM Solutions
·         Food Innovation - Foodwise Consulting
·         Fruit and vegetable distributor – Pan Fresh International
·         Interiors and fit-out  - Invent Interiors
·         Real Estate – Silver Heights
·         Food Supplies – Safco International
·         Seafood Supplies - Magenta Foods
·         Dessert Supplies - Brownie Point
·         Crockery/Cutlery – Al Tannan General Trading
·         Staffing – Ritz Search JLT
·         Staff Training - Solomon                Management Consultants
·         NLP Training - Oxygen Consulting
·         Public Relations - Yardstick Marketing
·         Launch Event - Radical Rising
·         Printing Material - Dubai Printing Press
·         Signage Supplies - Apadana Advertising
·         Disposables - Panache International
·         Photography - Image Solutions
·         IT Support – Add Connections
·         Social Marketing - Smart Ventures

“We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of the Secret ingredient during Gulf Food 2014. The Secret Ingredient is a 360 solution for any new or existing F&B business to establish and prosper in F&B industry. We are a team of professionals who work at all levels to ensure entrepreneurial success is achieved in the shortest time period.” said Anishkaa Samit Gehani, Managing Director at Yardstick Marketing.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


22nd edition showcases 430 boats valued at AED 1.8 billion
The show’s largest-ever superyacht to be showcased along with 42 global and regional premiers and 750 exhibiting companies and brands

Dubai International Boat Show 2014 has experienced robust growth in tandem with the Middle East maritime market’s surge in growth due to a range of factors including major coastal developments, soaring consumer confidence and accelerated boat manufacturing activity. Hosting Expo 2020 is also set to have a significant impact on the marine industry in Dubai and the UAE, acting as a catalyst for economic growth, marine industry experts say.
Robust show growth is evidenced by a 20% participation of new exhibitors among the 750 companies and brands at the show and 42 global and regional premiers that are scheduled to take place. In addition, over 430 boats valued at AED 1.8 billion will be displayed at the 22nd edition of the show. Dubai International Boat Show organisers have confirmed 30 luxury boats exceeding 21 metres, which includes 19 spectacular superyachts.
The Dubai International Boat Show 2014, the region’s leading leisure marine event organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, is expected to draw 26,000 visitors from 70 countries from 4-8 March at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi. Reflecting growing international interest in the Middle East as a key maritime market, over 70% of exhibiting companies come from overseas, highlighting the show’s international status. Participating exhibitors hail from more than 50 countries including the Maldives and the Philippines for the first time.
One of the show’s main attractions is the 88.5-metre-long superyacht Nirvana, built by Oceanco and exhibited by Edmiston, at the stunning Marina Display area. Nirvana is one of the world’s top 50 longest superyachts and the exhibition’s largest-ever superyacht to date. Nirvana is crafted using the world’s most exquisite materials and features two helipads, six decks, a stage for live performances, a 3D cinema and more. It has a range of 6,800 nautical miles, a maximum speed of 19.5 knots and can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins with 27 onboard crew. 
Plans for the world’s largest and fastest-ever all-aluminium yacht, the SILVER-FAST 77m, which is currently under construction, will be announced by UAE-based BehneMar Yachting Consultancy. The SILVER-FAST 77m will be fourth in the company’s Silver Yachts line, complemented by the locally-built 85-foot-long Blue Dubai Dhow.
Strong Maritime Growth
Boat building is a key driver of growth in the maritime industry, as UAE luxury yacht builders plan to build 18 superyachts – those 24 metres and longer – exceeding 850 metres in total, as reported by US-based ShowBoats International Global Order Book 2014. The definitive guide to the world’s luxury superyacht industry ranked the UAE as the world’s ninth most productive manufacturers of superyachts.
Market research undertaken by Dubai Maritime City Authority reveals that Dubai’s maritime sector is a major income generator for the Emirate, contributing AED14.4 billion to Dubai’s GDP and supporting more than 75,000 job opportunities across the UAE due to integrated infrastructure, world-class maritime regulations and services.
With boat purchases highly correlated with consumer confidence and gross domestic product, the MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence scored the UAE’s consumer sentiment levels at 94.7 with UAE consumers “extremely optimistic” over all five indicators, which includes regular income, quality of life, employment, economy and stock market.
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Dubai’s role as a highly influential maritime hub has gone from strength to strength, with the 22nd edition of Dubai International Boat Show continuing to set the bar higher year-on-year. Undoubtedly the show has served as a cornerstone by bringing together the best the industry has to offer on a globally visible platform to drive the regional boating industry. We are extremely confident that the event’s, and indeed the industry’s, futures are extremely robust.”
Saeed Hareb, Vice President, Dubai International Marine Club and Senior Advisor, Dubai International Boat Show, said: “Dubai is set to become the world’s leisure maritime capital, thanks to modern marina facilities, strong maritime tourism infrastructure, and increasingly-knowledgeable boat-buying customers. Dubai cementing its status as a hub for mega-events is making a major impact on the leisure maritime market, with millions of visitors wanting to experience the UAE from the water.”
The enduring partnership between Dubai International Boat Show and Dubai International Marine Club has helped cement Dubai’s strategic position as a premier marina location in the region and the world. Over the years Dubai International Marine Club, one of the region’s leading maritime hubs, and Dubai International Boat Show have jointly grown in influence and stature in the regional and global marine industry.
According to research by ART Marine Marinas Division, the UAE currently has 30 marinas and 4,816 berths, and 64 marinas and 12,629 berths in the GCC overall, with the UAE accounting for 38% of the entire GCC marina berthing market.
Emphasising the UAE’s booming maritime market, the Dubai International Boat Show will host 16 UAE-based boat builders. UAE-based Gulf Craft, one of the world’s top 10 superyacht manufacturers, will bring eight boats to the show. Over the last two years, Gulf Craft reports that orders for small boats (9-13 metres long) have tripled while superyacht orders are also posting strong growth.
‘With the recent breaking ground of a number of remarkable infrastructure and waterfront real estate projects like the Dubai Canal, marine community lifestyle stays very much at the heart of the on-going Dubai developments,” said Erwin Bamps, COO, Gulf Craft. “It is the drive behind the recent upturn in demand for smaller leisure craft as well as mid-size fly-bridge yachts in the local market, with residents of the Emirate displaying a natural affinity for on-water living and entertainment.’
The “UAE Inspired” Pavilion will give a boost to small-to-medium-sized UAE-based boat builders: Al Rubban Marine, Al Shaali Group, Julfar Craft, Ocean Boats, and National Marine Alliance. The Ajman-based Al Shaali Group, one of the region’s prominent manufacturers of yachts and boats, will conduct a global boat launch and will bring a line of boats to the Dubai International Boat Show 2014.
"Dubai International Boat Show is the one and only gathering of all stakeholders in the region’s marine industry,” said Sultan A. Alshaali, CEO, Alshaali Group. “Whether you are a manufacturer, supplier, broker, or a yacht owner, you cannot miss out on this magnificent event, which  has been and will always be the main boat show in the Middle East and GCC, driving the marine industry to constantly develop products and services."
Middle East as Key International Maritime Market
Exhibitors, including the UAE-based ART MARINE, the Middle East's largest 360-degree leisure yachting enterprise, are looking forward to interacting with international clientele.
"The Dubai International Boat Show is always an important event for ART MARINE, and 2014 will be no different,” said Gregor Stinner, CEO, ART MARINE. “The show provides us with the perfect platform to promote our offering to the discerning Middle East customers, and indeed to the customers from all over the world that attend in vast numbers.”
Stinner continued: “Dubai is one of the major hubs for boating enthusiasts in the region, and the show is therefore a key event for us when it comes to reaching new clients and further expanding our business network. Every year sees more and more buyers enter the market, so it is vitally important for ART MARINE to be seen at one of the Middle East's most prestigious marine and leisure events."
Longstanding maritime markets such as the United States are positioning for greater growth in the Middle East, with American exhibitors leasing 35% more space compared to the 2013 edition. Key American exhibitor, Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organisation for over 58,000 businesses, as part of its promotion of international trade will attend the show this year.
Show Features for the Whole Family
“We welcome all visitors aboard the Dubai International Boat Show 2014, from key buyers looking to purchase a superyacht, to casual maritime enthusiasts excited to see the world’s most impressive yachts, the latest diving technology, or the UAE’s rich maritime heritage,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of Dubai World Trade Centre, the organiser of the exhibition. “As we post another year of growth in terms of boats, exhibitors, and launches, the Dubai International Boat Show 2014 is set to hoist anchor and become one of the world’s leading maritime exhibitions.”
Show sectors include The SYBAss Lounge (organised by the Superyacht Builders Association – SYBAss), Marina Display, Outdoor Display, Luxury Supplies and Services, Equipment Supplies and Services, Dive Middle East Exhibition, Supercar Promenade, and the Heritage Village sponsored by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. On 5 March, the Gulf Boating Conference will tackle the topic “Achieving Sustainable Growth in the GCC and Beyond.”
New this year are the On Water VIP Experience, a high-end on-board superyacht catering service for VIP guests, and the Dubai International Boat Show TV (DIBS TV), which features breaking show news, highlights and innovations daily from the exhibition floor and marina. Visitors can also participate in exciting Visit-and-Win promotions, including entering to win 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil semi-final and final ticekts.
Key returning partners include Italian luxury watch brand Officine Panerai as Supporting Partner, Mercedes-Benz as Official Car Partner, and ART MARINE as Marina Display Partner. Bombardier, the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains, is the exclusive sponsor of the LSS indoor pavilion.
As part of a Dubai Food Festival activation, Nobu Atlantis, The Palm, will be at Dubai International Boat Show 2014, which has long been associated with premium brands from yachting to fine dining. Launched by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Dubai Food Festival features city-wide events, industry conferences and appearances from world-renowned chefs, plus a wide range food-related activities, tastings and events.

The 22nd Dubai International Boat Show is held at the Dubai International Marine Club - Mina Seyahi, from 4-8 March 2014. The event will be open to trade visitors and the general public from 3 pm – 9:30 pm daily.