Zenofer Fathima pushes for awareness on internet dangers for children with new short film ‘Hooked’

Studies show that the internet and social may pose serious risks to users’ mental and emotional well-being

 Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi, the independent short film ‘Hooked’ by actor-producer Zenofer Fathima officially debuted  at the Novo Cinemas in Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai.  ‘Hooked’, a film by ZEN Productions under the Enigma series, gives an informative and thrilling look on how the internet and social media can negatively affect kids, with profound implications on their mental, emotional and overall well-being.

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Zenofer has been gaining recognition for creating and envisioning film projects that promote discussion and encourage social action on various issues.  She was inspired to produce ‘Hooked’ in light of several international studies claiming that the psychological and emotional risks of using digital technologies far outweigh the rewards.

“The unseen dangers of the internet and social media continue to receive increased attention. As a parent, I feel it’s crucial to build awareness on keeping our children safe no matter how busy we are,” Zenofer said.

Bollywood Actor & Director Sohail Khan at the launch of ‘Hooked’.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned about the potential negative effects of social media in young kids and teens, including cyber-bullying and depression.  Another note of caution has come from a research published in Preventative Medicine Reports indicating that too much time spent on the screen, gaming and smartphones is linked to heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age two.

Zenofer added, “I believe that the most challenging issue for us parents nowadays is that online access for many kids have become less supervised.  They are spending more and more time online, and so the harmful effects they are exposed to also keep growing – from social isolation to mental health issues, to bullying, bad language and inappropriate content.  ‘Hooked’ is a cinematic necessity, my way of helping educate parents about the need to protect our kids and the whole family against the possible dangers of the digital world.”

The movie stars Zenofer on the lead role, playing the role of the mother of a teenage girl – played by Noor Tucker – who is exhibiting unusual behavioral changes after getting hooked on a dangerous website.  Owais Shah, a former English cricketer, joins Zenofer and Noor in the movie.

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“This is my very first short film and I’m very proud to be given this opportunity to be a part of it. ‘Hooked’ is very close to me.  A large portion it revolves on how a family is ripped apart by a current reality.  I thought we should all do our part to stir action by exploring the horrors and pain of real-life problems like internet addiction,” Owais commented.

‘Hooked’ is now available for viewing on Zenofer’s official YouTube channel House of Zen.

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47th UAE National Day and Year of Zayed Celebrations at Manzil Downtown

Manzil Downtown celebrates the 47th UAE National Day and honors the life and achievements of the nation’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by hosting an exclusive Emirati poetry evening on the 26th of November 2018.

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Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Hind Al-Qassimi, members of board of directors, influential Emirati Culture and Heritage personalities, poets, folkloric musicians and media have joined Manzil Downtown management in honor of this special occasion.

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Sharihan Al Mashary, General Manager of Manzil Downtown says, “Our nation connects through poetry and it is part of our Emirati culture, heritage and identity”, and this is how Manzil Downtown commemorates the UAE National Day and Year of Zayed. She adds that poets in the region deserved recognition and appreciation for their artesian work and for their dedication towards keeping the Emirati culture alive. “We are honored and privileged to have UAE’s remarkable poets, Hamda Al Mur AlMuhairi, Daraa Aljazirah (Humaid AlDeri), Abdallah Bin Qusyier, and Lamya AlSaiqal recite poems for the Nation, H.H. the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan with a memorable tribute to UAE’s martyred heroes. A cultural connection built on memory of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan through poetry. Rasha Ramadan, presenter of Al Dafrah TV eloquently emceed the event.

Manzil Downtown is a culturally inspiring upscale lifestyle hotel, which positions itself as UAE’s epitome of Arabian and Emirati hospitality. The hotel’s essence is brought to life by the Emirati poetry gathering, creating the perfect atmosphere and experience to celebrate the Spirit of the Union.

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UAE’s popular Emirati artists along with other VIP guests and media figures also joined Manzil Downtown in commemorating this special occasion.

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The UAE National day, which is commemorated on December 2nd, is usually marked with pomp and color across all the seven Emirates. Emiratis, residents, and visitors alike are treated to a host of festivities, parades, and entertainment, which takes part over a long weekend.

In marking 100 years since the birth of the country’s Founding Father, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced that 2018 would be the Year of Zayed. This is a special event that celebrates and recognizes the late Sheik Zayed’s achievements.

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Benjamin Moore Unveiled Color of the Year 2019 in collaboration with Ethan Allen

Benjamin Moore and Ethan Allen hosted a morning gathering with leading color specialist Toni Snyder and Feng Shui interior designer Simone Osswald to officially launch The Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019 – Metropolitan AF-690, a stylish gray with cool undertones. It was unveiled on 25th November 2018 to some VIP clients, guests and media at Benjamin Moore Color Studio, Ethan Allen Design Centre Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai UAE.

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 Simone covered the importance of color and furniture placements in relation to Feng Shui while Toni shared her expertise in palette, color selection and fascination with color and design.

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“We are delighted to collaborate with Ethan Allen once again to launch Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019 and it’s always a pleasure to work with them since we both know how to create good content for our target audience”, said Farooq Paracha, Managing Director, Benjamin Moore Middle East.

The color leader also unveiled its Color Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan AF-690. Ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens, the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2019 palette features:

Putnam Ivory HC-39 Balboa Mist OC-27

Kendall Charcoal HC-166 Smoke 2122-40

Black Pepper 2130-40 Soft Fern 2144-40

Cloud White OC-130 Beau Green 2054-20 Metropolitan AF-690 Hale Navy HC-154

Head Over Heels AF-250 Kona AF-165

Decorator’s White OC-149 Pashmina AF-100

Hunter Green 2041-10

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Emphasizing the calming role gray plays in society, the Color Trends 2019 color card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quietude in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered grays and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

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The richness and nuance demonstrated through the Color of the Year and Color Trends 2019 palette can only be achieved with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura®, Aura® Bath & Spa, Regal® Select, Ultra Spec®, Natura® ben®, ADVANCE®, ARBORCOAT® and Aura® Grand Entrance®. All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors are available in pint samples at local retailers along with Color Trends 2019 curated palette cards. Benjamin Moore products are exclusively found in UAE and GCC at dedicated Benjamin Moore stores.

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‘BEASTRO’ Opens its Doors at First Central Hotel Suites

It is time to experience the cool new all-day-dining venue, ‘BEASTRO’, that is now open at First Central Hotel Suites. This one-of-a-kind outlet is the brainchild of the hotel’s Executive Chef Patrick Lanteigne and developed by Rachel Thomson, F&B Concept Development & Performance Manager, The First Group.

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 BEASTRO’s approach is to adapt the great principles of deformalized dining – around great food, approachable and engaged service, and a fun environment while combining it with very market friendly pricing.

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Rachel Thomson said, “We saw a gap in the area for an innovative concept that embrace the words lively, quirky and approachable. Focusing on a comfort-food heavy menu at market disrupting prices we are confident BEASTRO will be unbeatable in terms of positioning for the offering we have.”

 Patrick Lanteigne added, “BEASTRO will offer fun and familiar food that is playful and cool. We are changing the way people think about the food they love to eat. The menu has been created from the ground up to be food that everyone loves and wants to have. Something new and yet familiar. Our cuisine is North American comfort food with a focus on taking classic dishes and making them fun and exciting.”

 The brand development was undertaken in-house to unsure the ethos of the concept rang true. Rachel stressed, “We sourced high-quality, eco-friendly yet cost-effective products for our packing. We are using our own-branded BEASTRO stamp to brand our packages in-house. We also print our menus in-house to allow for greater flexibility and sustainability.”

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 BEASTRO will primarily cater to the local Barsha Heights (TECOM) market. Chef Patrick stated, “We will bring it to your table or drive it to your door. It is important that every time you come to BEASTRO, you leave wanting more, and more and more.”

Chef Patrick continued, “Equally cool is the atmosphere at the restaurant that has been decorated in a simple yet funky style adding a sense of occasion to every meal. So, whether you are dining or merely popping in for a coffee, the restaurant’s décor instantly puts you at ease. And to top it all, here the guests are not referred to as ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’ but as ‘Besties’ because that’s how friendly the service is.”

 

The sumptuous Buffet selection & Non- Alcoholic Beverages

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Sukh Sagar Restaurant Dubai

Sukh Sagar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sukh Sagar REstaurant in Karama proved to be a perfect vegetarian dining spot. We had our lunch few days back at this Indian restaurant, the restaurant attracts a good crowd for its great hospitality which we also experienced, & classic food flavors, aromas & those who miss back home can enjoy their favorite home like recipes here.

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When I was asked to opt meals from the menu, my first request was Saag & Maki ki Roti, although not on the menu but was available in the kitchen.

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Paneer Seekh Kebabs were soft & amazingly done with a great recipe.

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The most favorite item was the truly irresistible Dahi Puri plate richly layered with all ingredients, chutneys & yogurt.

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Delish Stuffed Parathas were served with green chutney & achaar.

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We also tried & enjoyed the stuffed Dosa with freshly made coconut chutney.
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Vegetable Pulao was so aromatic combined with vegetables & paneer.
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Ganga Jamna was a mix of Mosambi & Orange & the other one was Pomegranate. The juices were not much concentrated as they were supposed to be. But overall we had a good dining experience.
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Zenofer Fathima’s first feature film premieres

Inertia to be aired by Dubai-based free-to-air channel Imagine Movies.

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Actor-producer Zenofer Fathima, who rose to the front ranks of the local independent film scene by releasing a series of short movies praised for their sense of realism and social impact, debuted  her very first feature film at the Novo Cinemas in Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai. Set to be showcased late this year on television by free-to-air channel Imagine Movies,  Inertia  is starred in by Zenofer on the lead role with Bollywood actor Mukul Dev and Casey Shannon, the double for Tom Cruise in  Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol , as co-stars.

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Inertia , directed by Sachin Ramdas, chronicles one fateful day in the life of a successful  businesswoman. While on a business trip, she  is whisked through a series of unexpected events, ending up in a terrifying predicament and exposed to an unravelling mystery after meeting a cryptic stranger. Full of heart-stopping twists,  Inertia  demonstrates a compelling reality that overconfidence can at times lead to some not so pleasant results and take your life off the rails.

 Inertia  is an extension of my passion to create visual narratives that emotionally connect. Its effectiveness comes from a reality that mirrors societal complications and creates dialogues amongst a broad audience,” Zenofer explained.

“As a committed filmmaker, it is very important for me to create content that strike a chord with my audience because a material that they can relate to can help build their loyalty and trust to my projects. I believe that  Inertia  has what it takes to create resonance with my viewers and this is why I chose it to be my inaugural full-length movie. I cannot be more grateful that Imagine Movies is lending its support by airing the film, hopefully by next month, so that more fans will be able to see it,” Zenofer added.

Imagine Movies is a Dubai-based FTA channel known for showcasing a wide range of movies across all genres, from timeless classics to the latest blockbusters. It also runs Hindi Movies with Arabic subtitles and also some Local contests that are hosted and held by local celebs.

Following the premiere,  Inertia ’s five-minute opening sequence has been released for viewing on Zenofer’s official YouTube channel  House of Zen . Imagine Movies will broadcast the entire full-length feature film, which runs for 70 minutes.

Looking forward, the CEO and Founder of Zen Productions revealed that she plans to do more film projects, including a new full-length Bollywood movie.

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Lee’s Wok

Lee's Wok Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Recently tried this Chinese eatery situated in Gardens Dubai. Earlier, I had a delightful dining experience at the same spot, as they master serving two different cuisines under one roof. I had been there before to try the Indian menu, & this time we were there for the Chinese food.

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And like last time the restaurant & its team amazed us with delicious Chinese Meals.
In starters we had Wasabi Prawns & Dry Chili Chicken, Both items were made so delicious. Chili Chicken along with a crunch of veggies is a must try & same is for the prawns.

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And upon our request the chef added his expertise to adjust the spices in meals to keep it mild.

Our Min Course was Sauteed Ginger Garlic Chicken & Chicken Chowmein. Enjoyed the combination!
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And if you are looking for home like Indian food or Chinese food, they also offer delivery service at home & your work place.
So the way you want it to be is delivered by the same management with an offer of two different cuisine types in perfect parcel packs.
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QD’s, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

QD's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Launch of the new menu at QD’s Dubai took us to their enchanting Terrace.

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With the arrival of cooler weather & Dubai being home to numerous outdoor dining spots,we are spoilt for choices when it comes to alfresco dining in Dubai.
QD’s is one such place, quite popular & amongst the oldest restaurants serving the elite & foodie crowd in UAE.

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Its enticing ambiance is a combination of its widespread seating area , done in various sections where groups of friends & families can spent hours without their privacy being disturbed.
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Seating is also done by the beautiful creek. Lake views and Dubai skyline add more delight to your dining experience.
Sport enthusiasts can have a quality time watching their favorite games on LED while having shisha.
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They have great mocktails in the menu. Butter Crunch is a rich milk drink , if you are to sit for hours & your food order is still on its way, you can definitely afford to drink this rich delicious caramel & honey flavored milk shake.
With the changing weather, QD’s have done additions in their menu. The highlights of the new menu are the succulent juicy grills. All meat lovers can have the best meat or seafood temptations by ordering their grilled platters.

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Salad: Quinoa Fattoush …… freshly chopped veggies with quinoa, tossed in pomegranate dressing & garnished with croutons.
Starters:
Arabic Sampler ….. Very delicious mixed Arabic mezzehs which include crispy falafels,baba ganoush, hummus, pickles, olives & freshly baked Arabic bread.
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Dynamite Shrimps …… crunchy & too good! Covered with mayo sauce.
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Crispy Fried Chicken …… soft breaded fried chicken pieces enjoy with chili coriander lime yogurt dip.
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Main Course / Grills:

We had a sumptuous variety of chicken , seafood, lamb & beef grills.
If you like seafood platter, it has big grilled fish & shrimp pieces.
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Chicken Tandoori has juicy , spicy chicken pieces, a big skewer of lemon chicken to tickle your taste buds.
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Mixed grill platter has grilled lamb & beef pieces , shish tawook accompanied by bread & veggies.

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Desserts:

After the palatable spread of main course, we ended up our meals with freshly cut assorted fruit platter with dollops of sorbet over it & also tried Tiramisu along.

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I would definitely recommend this place for a perfect dining experience.

The Sustainable City welcomes you to Origin, a vibrant artisinal experience

The Sustainable City, the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community, welcomes you to ‘Origin’, a market that brings together a community of extraordinary designers, entrepreneurs and artisans. Shop for ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable handicrafts, as well as best quality organic food products sourced from local vendors.

Pick your choice of locally grown vegetables and pure, traceable honey, among others. The market also features kid’s activities, live music, and art activations, as well as workshops and city tours around The Sustainable City. Origin is a bi-monthly event held at The Sustainability City Plaza.

The first event was held on November 3 with a variety of fun family activates such as live music, live illustrations, and children’s activities. The next ‘Origin’ market will be held on 17 November from 09 to 04 PM.

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The Power Lunch at La Cruise Restaurant in Canal Central Hotel Business Bay

Impress your business associates and clients with a delicious business lunch buffet at La Cruise Restaurant in the 5-star Canal Central Hotel Business Bay. A convenient location overlooking the Dubai Canal, impeccable service, flawless cuisine and a relaxed setting makes La Cruise the ideal option for a scrumptious executive lunch. Here you can discuss business over lunch or simply catch up with your clients in a casual atmosphere.

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Shady Dawad, General Manager of Canal Central Hotel Business Bay, said, “We are surrounded by offices and what makes us a fantastic choice is the superb quality of food at a very nominal price. Moreover, the restaurant’s beautiful ambience with a well spread out layout and natural day light coupled with relaxing Dubai Canal views, with the iconic Burj Khalifa in the background, makes La Cruise a very special venue. Here you can have a great conversation or discuss business without having to bother about the place being too noisy or crowded.”

The Power Lunch

Where: La Cruise Restaurant at the Canal Central Hotel Business Bay

When: Sunday to Thursday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Price: AED 90 net per person

Group Offer: 1 person dines FREE when you book a group of 10 people or more

*Prices are excluding 10% service charge, 7% Municipality fees & 5% VAT

For reservations: Call +971 4 873 2100
or email Fb.cc@central-hotels.com

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