Tickets for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2021 go on sale

·       More top names announced

·       Highlights include Malala, Elif Shafak, Amin Maalouf, and Lemn Sissay

 Tickets are on sale from 12:00 tomorrow, Thursday 14 January for the region’s premier literary event, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (29 January-13 February). Nobel prize winner Malala, Booker nominees Avni Doshi (Burnt Sugar) and Oyinkan Braithwaite (My Sister the Serial Killer) will be among the authors taking to the stage. Programme highlights also include internationally acclaimed authors Elif Shafak, Amin Maalouf and Lemn Sissay.

Featuring an array of fascinating topics which will interest readers and non-readers alike, there will be live appearances and virtual sessions across three weekends and three venues: Jameel Arts Centre (29-30 January), the big middle weekend at the Festival’s home, the InterContinental Dubai Festival City (4-6 February) and Alserkal Avenue (12-13 February).

Additions to the names already announced include the ingenious and avant-garde Irma Boom who will be appearing at Jameel Arts Centre. Described as ‘The Queen of Books’, Boom’s bold experimental approach in creating more than 300 books resulted in her becoming the youngest recipient of the Gutenberg Prize, with a selection of her books held in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York.

How literature contributes to uncovering society’s unspoken rules is the topic in Kuwaiti writer Abdullah Al Busais’ session. He is known for his exploration of the human psyche in his novels, The Taste of the Wolf and K for Killer, S for Saeed, which both delve into the political and cultural attitudes that shaped the societal identity of Kuwait.

Would-be writers won’t want to miss the workshop ‘The Art of the Plot Twist’ with award-winning crime-writer Clare Mackintosh, who will be at the InterContinental giving an insight into the devious mind-bending techniques required when writing in this exciting genre.

Taleb Alrefai, the acclaimed Kuwaiti author, is also featured on a panel with Amin Maalouf, examining how to tackle difficult topics in fiction.

Dana Dajani is an award-winning Palestinian writer, performer, and advocate. Part spoken-word, part one-woman show, Dana’s performance is unique and unforgettable. 

Localtalent is not to be missed include Sultan Al Ameemi, the Emirati author of more than a dozen books, including short story collections, novels, and works of non-fiction.

Many sessions will be inspired by the 2021 Festival theme, ‘Change the Story’, capturing the spirit of the current times through family fun, enlightening and entertaining talks, fresh ideas and dynamic performances centred on books, art, science, current affairs, film and food.

Due to social distancing, there will be fewer tickets available, so early booking is recommended. Tickets will be required for each event, including free sessions, to ensure visitor number restrictions are adhered to. Several sessions will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend or miss out on tickets.

Ticket prices start at AED 60 for adult sessions, AED 40 for children’s sessions, and AED 100 for a digital pass to watch live-streamed sessions from home. A minimum of 10 top sessions will be streamed live from the big Festival weekend at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.

The Festival will be fully compliant with all Covid-19 prevention regulations and guidelines from the Dubai Health Authorities, including social distancing measures across all three venues and mandatory masks. See full details on the Emirates LitFest website.

The Festival is held with Founding Partners Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

For the full list of authors, visit More information can be found online and year-round news of #EmiratesLitFest on LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

You can also tune in to the Foundation’s two podcasts; the Best of the Emirates LitFest, and the Boundless Book Club

Chinese Village – Sea View Hotel Dubai

Chinese Village - Sea View Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chinese Village is amongst those few restaurants in Dubai where you can find an extensive range of Chinese & fusion dishes in their menu. Got to try some very delicious Chinese dishes few days back as I was invited at their newly furbished Restaurant. They had arranged a set menu for the day.

The dishes included soup, starters,& Mains .

 The elegance of interior and color scheme with a touch of indoor plantation is quite inviting after its renovation.

We started with the Manchow Soup. Enjoyed sipping on the delectable soup with the crunchiness of the noodles added on top of it.

Here is the detail of all the delicious dishes which we tried there ……


Crispy Spinach Chicken –  marinated boneless chicken was served with finely chopped fried spinach. The combination was good.

Assorted Dimsums – dimsums were done with Prawn & Chicken Tikka flavors. I liked the twist of chicken tikka dimsum.

Prawns Crushed Chilli –  must try these prawns coated with a mild and perfect marination alongwith vegetables. Great tasting dish!

Main Course:

Chicken Jade Sauce – Chef at Chinese Village is such an expert in preparing amazing sauces and marinades for the dishes. This recipe was also one of those.

Fish Black Pepper Sauce – Soft fish coated generously with black pepper sauce was so delish.

Mix-Veg Black Pepper Sauce – if you fancy eating a good mixed vegetables dish in a delectable gravy with Jasmine rice as a side, go for it!

 Vegatable Thai Red Curry – this Thai dish is one of my favorites. Boneless chicken pieces and vegetables in creamy delicious gravy is another tastiest addition in their menu.

Jasmine Rice &  Veg Bambo Rice – beautifully presented vegetable rice in bamboo serving.

Veg Tapan Soba – I had Noodles with vegetable black pepper sauce.

 we had a great variety on our table. Each and every dish was irresistible. As they offer parcels, & home delivery service so we had our dishes packed for home to enjoy. They have plans to offer Sushi at their live  sushi counter in the restaurant. I will definitely revisit to experience the sushi. Prices are also very reasonable. Chinese tea is also a pleasurable & healthy break in between the meals.

His Highness Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi wins the UAE Jet Ski Marathon

 Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) organized the second edition of Ajman Sea Festival including a Jet Ski Marathon at Ajman Corniche on Friday, 4th December. The festival was held in cooperation with UAE Marine Sports Federation, under the supervision of Dubai International Marine Club for the second year, with the support of Ajman Police, Dubai Police, and the Critical Infrastructure & Coastal Protection Authority.

The Jet Ski Marathon was held with the support of His Highness Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi Chairman of Ajman Tourism who won during the last year’s competition for the category of ’over 40 year old‘. This year, His Highness Sheikh Abdulaziz won the UAE Jet Ski Marathon Championship, and also ranked third in the veteran category of Jet Ski Marathon- Ajman.

Sultan Al Rumaithi came in the first place in the veteran category (sitting) for 40 year old and above for 60 minutes in Jet Ski Marathon- Ajman, and Salman Al Awadhi in  the open category for professionals (sitting) for 105 minutes.

Ajman’s Jet Ski Marathon was successfully hosted with the support of Saudi German Hospital in Ajman, Amina Hospital – Ajman, Red Bull and Pocari Sweat, keeping every precautionary and safety measure in place including temperature checks for all participants, wearing masks and gloves during the race, limiting the number of participants and ensuring social distancing.

Avocado Tartine Masterclass at Le Pain Quotidien Dubai Marina Mall

Le Pain Quotidien Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato I was invited for a funfilled & indulgent evening at Le Pain Quotidien for food masterclass.

Dubai Marina Mall location has an indoor and outdoor setup with marina views. The restaurant has wooden décor, wall to wall shelves with a display of their jams and other condiments.

Every participant walked away with a Goodie bag with their special sourdough bread & fig jam. The bread can be refrigerated and baked when required.

Memsaab Curry & Tandoor Restaurant JLT Dubai

Memsaab Curry & Tandoor - ممساب كري و تندور Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato I still remember my last visit at Memsaab restaurant in Healthcare City. when I was asked to come over for a review at their JLT outlet I got excited to try some more tempting options in their menu. For the location I will give 5/5 as any restaurant with a view is my first preference if I have to choose. They offer indoor and outdoor seating and obviously we sat outside.

We were offered refreshing Jaljeera shots.

In starter we had Ajwaini Fish Tikka which was too good. I enjoyed it with green yogurt dip.

For the mains both our selections made our day. I had the most flavorful Lalmaas ( mutton curry) & Mutton Biryani. Do try these items if you visit them. Assorted chappatis to go with curry. In the basket we had lachha paratha, garlic & plain chappati.

Our sweet dish was kheer, however the dessert did not impress much as the rest of the menu.

You can ask for hot and cold beverage of your choice. They also have fresh juices in the menu.

Overall it was a good experience including service . I would recommend visiting them for a good dinner experience.

Sports on 4 – The perfect spot for game enthusiasts at Gulf Court Hotel Business Bay

Sports On 4 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Looking for a perfect spot to watch your favorite sports along with your favorite company….. Head on to Sports on 4 at Gulf Court Hotel Business Bay. The classy themed restaurant has enough capacity both indoor & outdoor along with a lower level restaurant space. Screens are fitted all around for the sport enthusiasts to spend dining hours on cosy sofas while they watch the favorite teams performing live.

At lower level also you can watch matches, & the hall has outside view through glass walls, if you opt to sit outdoor terrace, enjoy Dubai Canal view & fitted screens all over.

All health & covid safety measures are well intact at all nook & corners of hotel. The seating is done at safe intervals. The staff and entire team is fully alert & provides perfect services.

Chef Anoop has come up with an innovative set menu for the IPL Season. Each dish is named in accordance to the game and players. Intersting names & presentation comes in set platters, recipes are done keeping in mind the traditional and regional aromatic blends of Veg & Non –Veg dishes.

 Find out below how you can make your evening memorable while you watch your favorite teams battling in ongoing cricket matches in Dubai Stadium.

 Drinks ….. amazing blends of Mocktails & other required  beverages are available….. thanks to Staff ‘Nir’ for serving us the best Mocktails. We started with Apple Berry Cinnamon Mocktail and were served with crispy spicy masala Peanuts.

The other one which we had was a mix of fruits. Do ask for the mix Pineapple, Orange & Mango drink.

Food …… Our first platter was

  1. Gayle Balle Balle – samosa chaat. …..   richly garnished topped with yougurt , chutneys and spices.
  2. Boundry Line- Hyderabadi Nizami Lamb Kebabs  …… soft & juicy meat sliders melt in the mouth are a must try.
  3. Helicopter Shots – Chennai spicy chicken wings …… also called Chennai Kozhi Milagu,  marinated in hot sauces ( chatt patay) chicken wings are delicious too.

Our next platter was

1)  Rohit’s Flick -Mumbai’s vada pao, the very famous potato fritters stuffed in bread.

2)  Free Hit –  Kolkata style breaded  fish cutlets also called macher chop.

3) Quick Single – Rajastani banjara gosht roll. It was a richly stuffed lamb curry paratha wrap.

All these items are so Irresistible , indulging bites with different chutneys and dips.  Some more items which they serve in menu are bengaluru fried fish in the menu called King of Cover Drive. Dilli Murgh Makhni , Capital Power Play as mentioned in the menu.

Dessert …… Chocolate Ecsatcy on4* ….. must try this dessert, soft, spongy brownies layered in chocolate sauce, to make it more hearty pour over the melted white chocolate  and enjoy with ice-cream.

Must plan a visit to enjoy all this deliciouness, beautiful ambiance and best service! Prices are very reasonable each dish cost AED 40. You can also order additional dishes from the regular menu.



Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham JBR unveils Flavours of India

The new restaurant offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes including biryani and grilled specialties

Ramada Hotel JBR has introduce a new addition in Dubai dining scene.  Ramada Hotels are always known for their best hospitality and restaurant lines. Few days back we attended the soft launch of their newly introduced restaurant within the property at JBR.  As soon as the restaurant open, the foodie will be able to try sumptuous trending dishes with variety in Veg & Non-Veg. The Mughlai Cuisine is served with its authentic recipes but at the same time care has been taken for the mixed foodie crowd of UAE. The food is not spicy but the dishes are done right with great blends to serve the customers.

Flavours of India specialises in Mughlai cuisine such as Raan e Riyasat, Makhmali Murgh Musallam, Shahjhani Kofta, Zaika-e-Dal Makhnai, Akbari Shahi Tukda and more. Main course selection includes the popular Butter Chicken, Paneer Tikka Masala, and Flavours Special Bhuna Gosht, among others.  

The interior depicts the traditional Mughlai touch with wall Murals and interesting  décor pieces  with kitchen stuff & ingredients.

The restaurant’s culinary team is headed by Chef Mohammed Alam, who is also the hotel’s executive chef. Commenting on the opening of the restaurant, he said: “By combining traditional Indian spices and cooking techniques with contemporary twist, we created the dishes to appeal to the most discerning taste buds. Food is central to every culture but it is also meant to be shared with others thus, we invite not just the Indian expats, but also the diverse nationalities who are living in Dubai to experience rich culinary heritage of India through this new restaurant.”    

 They Chef had prepared a set menu for the launch day.

We started with  flavorsome Dal Shorba.

Next we were served with mixed starters like Alu Tikki, Hara Bhara Kebab, Chicken Saffron Tikka , & Fish Amritsari. Each item is done perfect!

In mains we had ….   Paneer Tikka Masala, Dal Makhani, & Smokey Butter Chicken  with Chappatis. Enjoyed the original recipes full of  flavors.

In desserts we had Gulab Jamun with Rabdi.

As an opening promo, Flavours of India is offering 25% discount for dine-in, takeaway, and delivery orders until 30 November 2020.

The restaurant is located at the plaza level of Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Dubai JBR and can seat up to 30 guests. To order or book a table, call +971 4 309 8177, send a WhatsApp message to +971 52 398 1654, or email It also offers free delivery to select areas for orders worth AED100 and above.   

Burj Khalifa Shines in Pink in Biggest Worldwide Visual Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness

Emirates Oncology Society and Emirates Medical Association, in collaboration with Burjeel Cancer Institute at Burjeel Medical City, initiated nation-wide campaign to raise awareness on early detection of breast cancer

In an effort to spread the strong message of Pink October 2020, and intensify the fight against breast cancer, Emirates Oncology Society and the Emirates Medical Association, in collaboration with Burjeel Cancer Institute at Burjeel Medical City, initiated a nation-wide campaign by lighting up Burj Khalifa with pink colour and displaying a series of tips on the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The activity is the biggest visual campaign for breast cancer awareness in the world up to date.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed in October of every year around the world, provides an opportunity to shine a light on healthy living in the UAE, and remind women to be mindful of their well-being and the importance of early detection of screening tests to ensure speedy cure.

“We are delighted to launch this biggest worldwide campaign for breast cancer awareness in Burj Khalifa, one of the UAE’s landmarks as the country is making rapid strides in healthcare industry as part of its 2021 Vision to be one of the best countries in the word”, said Dr Humaid Al Shamsi, President of Emirates Oncology Society (EOS).

The effective control of breast cancer lies majorly in the early detection of the disease, as it ensures a better chance of accessing a wide range of treatment options”, said Dr Humaid Al Shamsi, President of Emirates Oncology Society (EOS).

Dr Shamsi stressed on the importance of bi-monthly self-breast exams and yearly mammograms. “Combined with clinical and self-breast exams, mammography can increase the likelihood of diagnosing the disease,” he added.

“Changes in the overall size, shape, or appearance of the breast or breast pain are to be noted as serious and alerting signs that women should be aware of,” Dr. Shamsi said while stressing on the need of early detection. 

Worldwide, the most common type of cancer in women is breast cancer. A woman diagnosed with breast cancer in the early stages has a 93 percent or higher survival rate. Experts recommend women who are at higher risk of developing breast cancer, such as women with family or medical history, to follow a periodic consultation plan with their doctor. Age, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking, diet and exercise are some of the risk factors that trigger the development of the disease.

Tandoori Junction JLT Dubai

Tandoori Junction - تندوري جانكشن Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you want to get indulge in delicious desi food with overlooking tall JLT towers & beautiful lake view, then you should head over to Tandoori Junction.

They serve  amazing dishes both veg & non-veg, although its an Indian restaurant but the taste & recipes  also cater foodies for those in search of Non-Veg dishes.

Restaurant has an indoor & outdoor capacity where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with beautiful lake views. As the weather is also getting favorable now for outdoor dining so it makes this restaurant perfect to enjoy food.

Below are few suggestions which I tried here.

They have mouthwatering Snacks and Chaats in menu, we tried Dahi Batata Puri. And also enjoyed munching on popadums with green chutney before the meals.

For Seafood Starters we had Tandoori Prawns, the marination was done right with citrus cream, yoghurt and kashmiri chili.

Kathi Rolls ….  There is a long list of veg & non-veg rolls. I chose Murg Tikka Roll. Other than the rest of their dishes , the roll was not very much up to the mark as paratha was hard and chewy.

If you are looking for best Mutton Rogash Josh recipe, do try it here. Delicious lamb dish with mild gravy , we enjoyed with hot home styled chappatis.

In desserts they only had Gulab Jamuns available which we had.

Prices are reasonable . Fresh juices and other drinks are also available. Overall  it was a good food experience.

Dazzling Botanical Tanqueray Twilight Garden is set to relaunch at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, in JBR

Escape the city and enter an enchanted twilight garden as the lush green oasis in the heart of JBR presents specially curated sundowners and bites

Uniting the bold and beautiful, guests are invited to unlock a world of possibility from 21 October to the end of November 2020 at the Tanqueray Twilight Garden. The globally recognized pop-up will be situated on the lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai in JBR, and the iconic garden with views over the Arabian Gulf and Ain Dubai is set to serve up beautifully crafted beverages, starting from only AED 39, under the twinkling Arabian skies.

As guests make their way through towering archways, with warm glowing lights and whimsical floral décor, they will be greeted by the warm and inviting service for which the resort is renowned for, along with luxurious socially distanced seating and a specially curated free-flowing beverage fountain for an extra special pour.

Featuring a themed mini-golf course and bean bag toss for light amusement along with creative distilled botanicals and tapas, the Tanqueray Twilight Garden creates a refreshing post-work venue to relax and unwind with friends and loved-ones.

Guests can also enjoy the Tanqueray Twilight Garden’s daily Sevilla Sundowners whereby guests purchasing two G&Ts will receive another two complimentary. A delicious tapas menu is also available to enjoy and includes Spanish classics such as Patatas Bravas, Manchego Croquetas and Gambas Al Ajillo for just AED 30 per dish.

At just AED 149 per person, ladies will be treated to a special Ladies Night every Thursday with live entertainment, inclusive of unlimited botanical beverages and selected tapas from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Gentlemen will also be able to enjoy the same offer for only AED 249.

The health and wellbeing of guests and hotel employees remain the topmost priority and the resort is following the direction and protocols provided by the local authorities as well as the guidelines of the Marriott Global Cleanliness Council. Marriott International has been recognized as a hospitality leader for 92 years due to its commitment to quality, exacting standards, and rigorous training, which guests will continue to see implemented throughout the property.  

For more information or reservations please call + 971 4 318 6150 or email