The Collective DXB is a springboard for Dubai’s hottest new trends


The trailblazing event will gather the city’s leading tastemakers and trendsetters

  Debuting in the UAE, The Collective DXB is the first international spinoff of a Los Angeles lifestyle conference.


Enjoying a cult following in LA – the event will connect influencers from Los Angeles and Dubai over food, fashion, and travel. The space will be designed to spark inspiration, stir social chemistry, and create budding relationships.

What: The Collective DXB

When: November 7   10am -6pm

Where: Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club

Fine print: 365 AED for early birds

The full-day conference will be hosted on November 7 at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. The panel will feature prominent industry voices from Los Angeles and Dubai. Speakers to anticipate are YouTube personality, Gemma Stafford, known and loved for her cooking vlog Bigger Bolder Baking, fashion blogger and influencer, Christine Kong, the writer behind popular fashion blog Daily Kongfidence, and rising stars like Rabia Z (modest fashion vlogger), Lucy Chow (founder of The Elements Group), Aishwaria Ajit (TV presenter, lifestyle and fashion blogger) and Haifa Addas (founder of Instaglam).

“We are excited to be one of the official sponsors for this event, and we’re certain this will open the door for future collaborations. Dubai is now the center for influential trendsetters from the worlds of fashion, beauty, food and travel who are aligned with a passion for brands to share their experience of being successful in today’s world” says Elias Boutsikaris, Head of Commercial at Dubai On Demand.


The Collective DXB will witness the inception of new food, fashion, and travel trends as international trendsetters start ping-ponging ideas around.

Expect special guests like: STARE cosmetics / InstaGlam (App)/ InstaSize (App)

Existing Partners  – Young Arab Leaders YAL, Rove EMAAR Hospitality, IQ Robotics, LinkedIn

Founders: Reim EL Houni (DXB) / Ferial Moloo (LAX)



Instagram: @collectiveaffairdxb

Grand Opening of Hamoudah Kafarneh’s Atelier in Dubai


New Haute Couture Collection Revealed

 Mohammed also known as Hamouda Kafarneh,  an artistic and globally acknowledged Arab designer held a grand opening of his atelier and launched his new  haute couture collection on 17th of September in Um Suqeim 2 Villa 677 Dubai UAE. The event was successfully attended by VIP guests, media and celebrities such as Rowaida Al Mahrooqi, Jumana Murad, Diana Karazoon, Fayez Al Saeed, Abdullah Bulkhair, Dalaia Mubarak and Fadia Al Taweel.

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Inspired by his mother’s great passion for fashion, he started fashion designing at the age of sixteen and since then he was a great source of creativity that went beyond talent.

Hamoudeh Kafarneh has built a solid network in the world of fashion, and he has made Dubai as a foundation of his brand in the Gulf Region after his participation in some TV programs, commercials and festivals in the Arab Gulf.

“Dubai has steadily positioned itself as the regional hub for fashion entrepreneurs, stylists, designers and international retail brands. I’m so thankful to this country since I have given the chance to pursue my dreams. Now my fashion brand is booming and will definitely continue to grow. Moreover, we plan to expand to other countries in the region to be able to reach out to other clients”, Hamouda Kafarneh said.

Back to Grills Resto Café – DXB

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Looking to try something which is grilled, done with innovations & hand picked recipes from around the world ? Even the desserts you will find here will mostly be done by baking or grilling using the seasonal fruits & maintaining the health standards. This is all about the restro café Back to Grills in Oud Metha.


Last week we savoured this delicious lunch, started with Chinese Fried Noodles served by our cheerful attendant as we were told while the food is in making you can munch on these crispy Noodles.


The Salad which we opted was Melon & Berry Feta Salad drizzled with balsamic reduction. Quite refreshing to have this bowl of Melon Salad in afternoon.


For starter we had Thai Fish Parcels …. Flavored with lemon grass , galangel, kaffir lime, & thai chilli wrapped in banana leaf. Wrapped fish was too yummy well immersed with all flavors.


This was our main course ……Harissa Lamb Shank …… succulent lamb shanks barbecued in harissa marinade served with Carribean Rice, Grilled Pepper & Baby Corn. Smoking hot & delicious lamb was great going with grilled veggies & rice.


For desserts, Tangerine baked Yogurt sounded interesting to try …… Zesty Yogurt which is baked & daintly glazed with Orange, very pleasurable & healthy sweet to end up.

Home delivery is also available.
Their menu has a wide variety of different cuisines, fresh juices & mocktails.


Year of Tolerance Art Exhibition by

2XL Furniture & Home Décor Opens with a Grand Celebration


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The Year of Tolerance Art Exhibition by 2XL Furniture & Home Décor was inaugurated on 11th September 2019 by H.E. Fernando Luís Lemos Igreja, Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Vipul, Consul General of India, Mr. Abdul Qader Alrais, Celebrated Emirati Artist and Mr. Khalil Abdulwahid from Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

The four-day event running from 11th to 14th September brings together over 100 leading and emerging, local and international artists from diverse nationalities to pay tribute to the UAE’s spirit of peace and equality. On display at the show are over 250 spectacular artworks reflecting . Part of the exhibits is also Mr. Ram Kumar Tolani’s precious Coin Collection that includes many rare coins and masterpieces.

Commenting on the exhibition, H.E. Fernando Luís Lemos Igreja, Ambassador of Brazil, stated, “In the UAE’s Year of Tolerance it is a great initiative by 2XL Furniture & Home Décor to invite artists from all over the world for this wonderful exhibition. For Brazil, which is a country very proud of its diversity and culture of tolerance, it is very important to take part in this event through the works of distinguished Brazilian artists.”

Mr. Suood Al Sadi, General Manager of 2XL Furniture & Home Décor, said, “We are proud to host this unique exhibition in commemoration of the Year of Tolerance in the UAE. Our objective with this show at 2XL has been to celebrate and salute the emirates as a global capital for tolerance.”

Amit Yadav, Head of Marketing, 2XL Furniture & Home Décor, said, “The potential of art is enormous – be it in terms of interior design or bringing cultures and people together. Best of all art ignites ideas and allows people to share their experiences even if they see the world in radically different ways.”

This year also marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who is remembered the world over for his teachings of tolerance and respect and during the opening ceremony Midhun Mohan, a member of Art4You Gallery supported by Jesno, paid tribute to Gandhiji with his live painting.

Year of Tolerance Art Exhibition by 2XL Furniture & Home Decor

  • Venue: 2XL Furniture & Home Décor store on Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Open to Public: 12th to 14th September 2019
  • Show Timings: Daily 10am to 10pm and on Friday from 2.30pm to 11pm




Emly Chilli

Emly Chilli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you are looking for tantalizing Desi dishes along with some great options in Street food. And specially if you are missing the spicy tasty Rolls & Bun Kababs from the streets of Karachi. And also the aromatic Pulao, Biryanis like the Popular Chhipa Biryani, all is available under this roof Emly Chilli. They have their two outlets one in Al Mamzar & the other one in Oud Metha, we had our sumptuous lunch spread at Oud Metha Branch.


The staff & the cheerful CEO at Emly Chilli took good care & explained to us the way food is prepared under great supervision of her own self by maintaining healthiest standards & using only fresh chicken & meat which is imported from Pakistan.
We had our starters …… Chicken Samosa, Vegetable Spring Rolls & Chicken Wings. All tasted good, liked the stuffing of Samosas.

Bihari Rolls & Bun Kababs …….. From the streets of Karachi, very delicious Chicken & Beef Bihari Rolls just so delightful. So were the Bun Kababs richly stuffed with delicious Shami kababs & layerd with green chutney.

Grills….. Mutton & Chicken Seekh Kebabs, Chicken & Mutton Tikkas were done to perfection.


Chhipa Biryani & Mutton Pulao with their authentic cooking styles and spices is available here.

In addition to this they also have Pizza & other BBQ varieties in their menu.
Fresh juices & Lassi is also available, We had Karak Chai .

Emly Chilli also cater all sorts of private or corporate events. Delivery of customized boxes & other delivery options are also available.

During this month of September, they are celebrating 10 years of celebrations. Avail this great chance to win gifts & vouchers. Everyone is a winner daily. Bumper Prize include Diamond Pendant. Once you are there for dinein, don’t forget to take your picture at their Photo Booth and share on Instagram with hashtags #10yearscelebration & #emlychillioudmetha …… Hurry up & be part of this exciting offer.

MemSaab Curry & Tandoor

Memsaab Curry & Tandoor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

At Memsaab Curry & Tandoor you can get a variety of tantalizing curries & tandoori dishes. Under this one roof they have cuisine options like North Indian, Mughlai & Indo-Chinese Food.

They have two outlets in Dubai. We had our lunch last week at their Healthcare City branch. We were impressed by their food quality, taste & service.

This refreshing & energizing Lassi made our lunch so special

Our welcome drink which is my favorite Jaljeera drink, they served shots of Jaljeera along with Namak Para & chutney to munch on.


The soup ……. It was a special recipe palak & Dhaniya Ka Shorba, enjoyed sipping on it.

Next came the starter …… we had a mix plate of Chicken & Mutton Seekh Kebabs & grilled fish.


Our main Course included Chicken & Mutton curies both had a great taste. We had those curries with freshly served Garlic & Lachha Parathas accompanied by Kachumar Salad


Desserts …… Best combination which we had here is of juicy warm Gulab Jamuns combined with Vanilla Ice-cream. So delightful!!


Des Paredes

Des Pardes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Last week we had a very indulgent Pakistani lunch at Des Pardes …… its like “Pardes mai Des ka Maza”. Although UAE is our second home, such Pakistani outlets add more comfort where you get to try authentic taste from backhome.


Des Pardes is a small Outlet in Oud Metha but seems busy all time because of its comfortable family styled ambiance, great hospitality of staff & delicious food. We went there on Friday & were offered Zarda first which was their dish of the day.

Later came the mixed Grills, this tempting platter had Mutton Seekh Kebab, Chicken Seekh Kebab, Chicken & Mutton Tikka. In main course we had Mutton Biryani & sizzling hot Dahi Gosht with hot crispy Naans & Tandoori Chappatis.


They offer variety in desserts , we had Kheer & Kulfi.


To end up this tasty lunch session we were offered special foamy Karak Chai. Had a very good time .


Rich & Aromatic Mughlai Styled Dishes…..

India Palace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


If you are in Dubai mall & looking for Mughlai Food , India Palace restaurant is a place where they offer variety of aromatic curries & grills. Last week got a chance to try their menu. The menu has a good variety of veg & non veg items.


Sumptuous servings of assorted salads are available. We had Chicken Tikka & Fresh Vegetable Salad. Vegetable salad is a mix of freshly cut vegetables, chunks of Greek Cheese & Green Olives. Chicken Tikka Salad…… a bowl of flavorful bites with garnish of crunchy Popadum & crispy vegetables, chunks of chicken adds much delight in each bite.


They have assorted grills available which include Chicken Tikkas with different marinations, Kebabs & Chicken Wings too. We tried all of these & would definitely recommend these. Chuttneys go amazing with these grills.


In Main Course Paneer, Vegetables & Dal opttions are available. I tried Daal & it was good.


Non Veg variety includes curries & Biryanis. We had Mutton Biryani & Mutton curry. Both were done to perfection.


In desserts we had soft Gulab Jamuns drenched in sugar syrup. And delicious Ras Malai.

India Palace is situated at the lower Ground Level of Dubai Mall in their Lower Ground Food Court with ample seating available.



  • Montegrappa commemorates 50 years since the first moon landing with a limited edition collection of writing instruments inspired by the Saturn V rocket design.


  • One unique piece, commissioned for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, celebrates the UAE’s first manned mission to space this September. The pen will be on display in the Montegrappa boutique in Dubai Mall for the month of July.

  On July 16, 1969, the United States launched Apollo 11 toward the moon with the goal of landing two astronaut explorers on the lunar surface four days later.  This successful mission accomplished mankind’s dream of walking on another celestial body.

50 years on, inspired by this mission, in a licensed collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), luxury goods company Montegrappa, has reproduced the iconic Saturn V rocket, interpreted as a writing instrument made in a three-dimensional effect of the rocket body’s First, Second and Third “stages”.


Montegrappa has issued a limited edition of 53 pens in solid 18k gold and titanium commemorating the 50th anniversary of this historic event, and 473 pens in resin and sterling silver.  The Moon Landing Collection arrives in a magnificent enclosure in the form of an Apollo 11 capsule in a special collector’s display case.


As well as being the Year of Tolerance, 2019 also will mark the year of the first UAE National in space, a project managed and executed by Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). In September later this year, UAE Astronaut Hazzaa Al Mansouri, along with the mission’s main crew Roscosmos commander Oleg Skripochka, and American astronaut, Jessica Meir will be launched into space aboard a Soyuz MS 15 spacecraft.


With this mission, and its quest for knowledge and learning, MBRSC is taking a leap into the future, whilst writing a new chapter in history of the UAE.

Montegrappa is marking this significant event in the history of the UAE by creating a one-of-a-kind fountain pen dedicated to MBRSC. The design of the pen is based on the Moonlanding Limited Edition inspired by the ‘Saturn V’, however this unique piece features a UAE flag, the letters ‘UAE’ on the barrel, and the logo of MBRSC on the cap. The nib is adorned with a portrait of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose vision of the future of the UAE has made this possible.   This bespoke pen has been designed by Montegrappa’s talented craftsman and will be presented to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre ahead of their Soyuz MS 15 spacecraft mission in September 2019.

“The leadership of the visionary leaders of the UAE has helped Montegrappa thrive in this region and we have always shown our gratitude in the form of special editions of writing instruments themed around various elements of this country. In 2017 we launched the ‘Ishy Bilady’ collection celebrating the country’s National Anthem, and last year we launched the ‘Year of Zayed’ pen celebrating the founding father’s life, work and vision of prosperity, tolerance and peace. With this special pen made for MBRSC, we at Montegrappa celebrate the UAE’s first step into space and a leap into the future” said Charles Nahhas, Montegrappa’s Middle East Distributor.

Speaking of this gesture from Montegrappa, Salem AL Marri Assistant DG at MBRSC said: “We are delighted to receive this special memento from Montegrappa which reminds us that everything we are able to achieve comes from the vision of our great leaders to create a country in which we value education, scientific exploration and push the limits of human progress. Mankind’s ability to reason, to write and pass our learnings and values through generations is at the core of this philosophy. In the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ‘The pen and knowledge are mightier than all other powers’. 

This unique pen is not for sale, but will be on display at the Montegrappa boutique in the UAE throughout the month of July 2019, following which it will be presented to Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre for display to commemorate this special event.





Swedish Furniture giant, IKEA, launched today its all-new 2020 Catalogue at an event in its Dubai Festival City Mall store. This year’s catalogue theme is ‘A fresh start’ and focuses on how important mental and physical rest is for people to feel happy and live life to the fullest.

In its 2020 edition, the catalogue aims to launch product ranges that are affordable, high in quality and sustainable in nature for each season. IKEA has come up with innovative solutions that are relevant and have a distinct look and features.



IKEA has four upcoming seasonal launches, The Autumn Launch in the 2020 catalogue is about a fresh start as it’s when the holiday period is over, people go back to their offices and kids begin the new year at school. The Winter Launch is all about ‘celebration and joy’ and how to transform your home to make space for its ever-changing members and activities. Meanwhile the Spring Launch encourages people to have a ‘conscious home’ with innovative new IKEA products that can be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold, and recycled. Finally, the Summer Launch looks at ‘expanded homes’ and having fun with the great outdoors.

Commenting on the launch, Vinod Jayan, Managing Director – IKEA UAE, Egypt and Oman at IKEA commented, “Our 2020 Catalogue is all about helping people put things in perspective and offer them innovative ideas and solutions to give them a fresh start. We want our customers to be able to do this every day and live by the fresh start motto. With different personalities and preferences in the UAE, we are keen to offer better solutions to the many and we truly believe that focusing on sleep to improve your life is essential, which is the essence of our 2020 catalogue.”


At the event, IKEA also announced the results of its independent online survey that delved into the UAE’s most popular scents and how they make people feel. Gathering results from over 4,000 respondents across the UAE, the survey revealed that residents prefer fresh scents with zesty, minty and fruity notes, with 55% respondents saying these triggered a feeling of happiness.

Seventy-three per cent of respondent answered they preferred fresh scents as opposed to warm, woody and spicy scents. When it came to objects that people loved the smell of, 60% of participants called out the fresh smell of a new book, with 40% saying they enjoyed the scent of a fresh new catalogue, stating the smell of a catalogue made them feel excited (35%), happy (19%) or relaxed (17%). More than a third (37%) of people said their top scent was fruity fresh, with 29% stating that they loved zesty fresh fragrances.

Following the research, IKEA worked with a perfumer to create a scent inspired by the feeling of freshness to tie in with the launch of its new 2020 catalogue as well as the research findings.  The scent featured various fresh top notes including Kiwi, mandarin, guava and pomegranate and base notes including blackberry, sandalwood and musk.

Lucky guests that attended the exclusive 2020 catalogue launch were given a limited-edition ‘fresh start’ fragrance to enjoy in their own homes and as a keepsake from the event.

The IKEA 2020 catalogue is available in store now and online.

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Food at Ikea